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Archives for November 2012

Just the right mentor

Having a good mentor (or several) is part of a supportive environment.

Many students have mentors, whether informally or formally. Likewise, many faculty and staff have mentors – one formal mentorship program for employees is part of the new Leadership Institute Program.

The “How to Be Successful at Getting the Mentoring You Need” event on Nov. 12 gave a roomful of graduate students a chance to speak with faculty members with similar interests. The event in the UNCG Faculty Center was a collaborative effort involving NC A&T State’s Graduate School and their Academy for Teaching & Learning and UNCG’s Graduate School and new Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons.

UNCG’s Dr. Craig Cashwell, recipient of UNCG’s 2012 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, told the graduate students, “I think mentoring is about relationships.”

He explained how one particular faculty member made a large impact on his development when he was a graduate student. “Mentors have to notice, to care, to act.” He advised the graduate students to carefully consider what they are looking for in a mentor. Different types of people will offer different things, he explained.

NC A&T’s Dr. Solomon Bililign (in visual), who received the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, picked up on that theme. “Before choosing a mentor, think of your goals. Your desires, your passion. Be honest.” It goes both ways, he explained – the right mentee for the right mentor and vice versa.

The remainder of the session was spent in informal discussions at round tables – an almost equal mixture of faculty and graduate students. It presented a great opportunity to talk, get to know new people – perhaps the start of a mentoring relationship.

But first, everyone introduced themselves. Each table was already a mix of faculty and staff. The first two to introduce themselves were Dr. Travis Hicks, assistant professor of Interior Architecture, and Dr. Sharon Warren-Cook, co-director of the NC A&T/UNCG master’s program in social work.

“Now some unscripted time,” said FTLC director Patrick Lee Lucas. Students headed to faculty members they found to have similar interests. Everyone gathered around the various tables.

This late-afternoon session was just one event – but for some of these students, it could be a life-changing one. Finding a great mentor can do just that.

Want more information about graduate student mentoring? Visit grs.uncg.edu/pfl/ to learn more about the “Preparing Future Leaders” program – and for contact information.

By Mike Harris

Here’s to the holidays at UNCG

The holiday season is upon us. And there are plenty of seasonal events at our university:

WAMshop Holiday Open House
The Weatherspoon Art Museum’s event will be Thursday, Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m. In addition to having cider and cookies for guests, the WAMshop will have new items just for the holidays and they’ll have a wrapping station set up. As always, UNCG students, staff and faculty get 10 percent off. And check out the Think Tank Thursdays talk. (See story elsewhere in CW.)

Branches of Love, From a Spartan
This annual event will be Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 – 5 p.m,. in the Alumni House. The Branches of Love event is hosted by the UNCG Student Alumni Ambassadors. Dozens of student organizations and Greensboro community families form teams and compete to see who can decorate the best holiday tree. The fully decorated trees are given to needy families around Greensboro.

Holiday Choral Concert
The community is invited to join five UNCG choirs for the annual Holiday Choral Concert. The concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church on Elm Street.

The concert features the UNCG Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Women’s Choir, and Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs. The music showcases traditional and contemporary choral music. More than 200 voices will be heard during the concert. The audience can join the UNCG singers in traditional favorites.

The popular concert is free and open to the public.

Holiday Luminaires
UNCG’s annual luminaire display will begin at dusk on Reading Day, Tuesday, Dec. 4. About 7,000 luminaires will light the night across campus until 10 p.m.

UNCG’s sororities and fraternities sponsor the annual luminaire display, preparing the luminaires, lighting them and cleaning up. The tradition of luminaires at UNCG dates back to 1969. Fraternities and sororities celebrate the holidays by making and displaying luminaires on Reading Day for the entire campus community to enjoy.

Chancellor’s Holiday Reception for faculty and staff
Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and festive music in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 4-6 p.m.

“As the holiday season approaches and the year draws to a close, let’s take this opportunity to reflect on and celebrate all of the things that make UNCG the special place that it is,” Chancellor Brady said. “We all hail from different places and carry with us different stories, but together we are working to enrich our disciplines, expand our horizons, and enhance our communities. As Chancellor, I thank you for all that you have done this year and every year.

Please join me, along with your colleagues and friends, at UNCG’s annual Holiday Reception”

At downtown Festival of Lights – The UNCG Tuba Band will perform in front of Glitters, and the UNCG Spartones and the UNCG Sapphires will be strolling along as they sing. The free event – a downtown Greensboro tradition – will be Friday, Dec. 7, along Elm Street.

Some departments and campus groups are collecting for charities. For example, Staff Senate has collection boxes where you may donate new stuffed animals for families in need. The toy drive continues through Dec. 7. Donation locations are Forney Building (2nd floor); 232 Bryan Building, Sink Bldg 2nd floor lobby, 132A McIver Building, Visitors Center; Jackson Library, and Room 141, School of Education.

Five finalists at November’s QEP forum

Where does the SACS Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) process stand?

After considering many idea proposals submitted by Nov. 1, the Steering Committee earlier this month identified a preliminary “short list” of five. Presented at the Nov. 14 faculty forum was “the short list as it stands,” said John Sopper, co-director of the UNCG QEP process. Additional feedback was being sought at the forum.

One or two of these proposals could possibly be merged, said Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya, co-director.

The short list finalists that were presented at the forum:

  1. Community engagement
  2. Communication enriched curriculum program
  3. Global engagement
  4. Informed and engaged citizenship
  5. Interdisciplinary problem solving for the 21st century

As each proposal was presented, questions and comments were expressed. “I am taking notes,” Gargeya said more than once.

Next steps, between the forum and mid-December:

  1. The Steering Committee meets Nov. 19 to discuss forum feedback. It is possible the committee may combine proposals or refine them at this point so that the number of proposals will be fewer than five.
  2. On Dec. 3 a meeting is planned between the Steering Committee and the five proposal teams on the short list
  3. Consult with primary units impacted by what’s on the short list
  4. Consult with SACS team about the short list.
  5. On Dec. 5, seek Faculty Senate endorsement for the short list.
  6. Mid-December: Finalize and publish (on the QEP web site) the short list of proposals and invite the proposers to develop their ideas further.

Details are at the QEP web site, uncgqep.uncg.edu

Visual: a word cloud generated from all the initial proposed topics

UNC system Strategic Direction Initiative

The UNC Strategic Direction Initiative will set the UNC system’s strategic direction for 2013-18.

Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya serves on the initiative’s Faculty Advisory Council. It advises the two committees in this process: the Strategic Directions Committee and the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions. Chancellor Brady serves on the latter committee.

Brady has given updates at meetings of various UNCG constituencies. The chancellor’s office has a web page giving an overview of this initiative.

During the latter part of the Nov. 14 UNCG faculty forum, Gargeya spoke from his perspective. He referred to Brady’s informative PowerPoint presentation about the process – it is available online at http://budgetcentral.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Strategic_Directions_Presentation_6Nov12.pptx

He encouraged the attendees to visit the system’s web site devoted to the initiative – http://www.northcarolina.edu/strategic_direction/Overview.htm. At the site are videostreams of meetings, documents, membership lists of committees, and a place to provide input and comments.

He noted there will be regional meetings across the state in the coming weeks. The dates and locations have not been announced.

SECC very near goal

At last report, the campus’ SECC total stood at 98.2 percent of the campus goal of $235,000. Envelopes were still coming in, when the report was issued just before Thanksgiving. If you wish to be a part of the campaign, please let your solicitor, Peggy Craig or Kathleen Williams know today.

More than 1,000 charitable organizations in our area and around the state are helped by the State Employees Combined Campaign.

When there is more to report, Campus Weekly will pass that along.

Helping Spartans stay warm

Could you use an item (or more) to help you or family members stay nice and warm? Just stop by the EUC Auditorium foyer today (Wednesday, Nov. 28) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

UNCG’s Staff Senate wants to make sure all Spartans – and their family members – stay warm this winter. People around campus have been placing new or gently used warm clothing in boxes at select spots.

Any items not distributed on campus in this second annual “Share the Warmth” campaign will be donated to an off-campus relief agency by the UNCG Off Campus Service Committee.

Weatherspoon’s new Think Tank Thursdays

Thrift stores and auction houses? Giant pandas and Facebook?

“Think Tank Thursdays,” a new program hosted by Weatherspoon Art Museum, will help visitors explore what those seemingly unrelated things have in common. The programming will pair scholars with community experts to discuss and help foster creative thinking.

This week, Natural Science Center of Greensboro Animal Discovery Curator Jessica Hoffman and UNCG Professor of Sociology Rebecca Adams will talk about the ways animals and adult humans make friends. It turns out it’s more complicated than you might think.

The event, which is open to the public at no charge, will be Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Additional Think Tank Thursdays will be Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 28.

More information is available on the Weatherspoon web site.

TEAM up with US

In today’s tough economy, preparing students for a future in which more and more jobs will require college degrees takes more than a campus: It takes a village. And UNCG is taking steps to build that village.

The university’s new TEAM up with US program, housed in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, is designed to recruit talented volunteers from the local community to teach, mentor and advise undergraduates. The program targets retired faculty and professional staff as well as UNCG alumni.

“I can imagine any number of people in lots of different walks of life who might want to volunteer and provide back to the community,” says Steve Roberson, dean of undergraduate studies. “We want them to do whatever they want to do to help us educate and support kids.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Public Health major Paul Chelimo an All-American, four times running

Four times, Paul Chelimo has made it to the Div. I Nationals. Last year, in fall Cross Country, in winter Indoor track, and spring Outdoor track. And this fall, again in Cross Country.

Every time, he ran so well he earned the honor All-American – the first runner at UNCG to be named an All-American.

This fall, he dealt with an injury. But his eye was on his goal. On Nov. 17, he once again ran alongside the best in the nation. Last fall, he finished 13th nationally in the Cross Country National race. This year, he was 10th, setting a personal-best mark. Once again, he is an All-American.

His time of 29:29.80 in the 10,000-meter race surpassed his previous top marks by almost seven seconds.

As noted in the spring UNCG Magazine piece “Health Conscious Running,” he is majoring in Public Health. He hopes to ultimately work to improve health care in his home country of Kenya.

Paul Katam, who advanced to Nationals this fall for the first time, finished 77th. Katam, a pre-nursing major, plans to attend graduate school, then return to Kenya to improve health care as well.

Details at UNCG Athletics.

Looking ahead: Nov. 28, 2012

Deadline for Leadership Institute applications
Thursday, Nov. 29

Men’s basketball vs. The Citadel
Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Holiday Choral Concert
Sunday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Chancellor’s Holiday Reception for faculty/staff
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m., Alumni House

Staff Senate meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

Hurricane Sandy relief concert

Christina Hart hails from Long Island. A graduate student studying cello performance at UNCG, couldn’t stand by and do nothing to help the countless other families who lost everything to Sandy. With the help of her fellow students in UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and

Dance, she has organized a relief concert for Sandy’s victims. The concert begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Music Building Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public, no tickets required, and a $5 per person cash donation is suggested. Full story at UNCG News.

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Sale

The UNCG Bookstore holds its faculty/staff appreciation sale Dec. 3, 2012.

“Faculty and staff can find something for all the Spartans on their holiday shopping list,” they say.

In addition to the current 20 percent faculty/staff discount, they may take an extra 10 percent off non-textbook items (magazines, computer hardware and software are not included).

Simply present your SpartanCard to the cashier to receive your discount.

Today’s Fit Fair includes exercise classes

Want to try Zumba or yoga or maybe challenge yourself with a fitness boot camp? Do you wish you could afford time with a personal trainer? Do you have the desire to eat healthy but don’t think you can fit it into your lifestyle?

Come to a free Fit Fair Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the EUC from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Open to all UNCG faculty, staff and students, the fair includes half-hour group exercise classes, Q&A and fitness assessment sessions with a personal trainer, and healthy eating education sessions that include chocolate. Read more at cap.uncg.edu/wed-nov-28-onthego-fit-fair/

Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq

Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq (Political Science) received new funding from the University of Notre Dame Kellogg Institute for International Studies for the project “Political Competition and Regime Development in Latin America.” He will use the time in residence at the Kellogg Institute to begin working on a book about the development of democracy, dictatorship, and political instability in twentieth century Latin America.

Dr. Celia R. Hooper

Dr. Celia R. Hooper was co-chair of the American Speech Language Hearing Association’s conference earlier this month. There were more than 11,000 attendees in Atlanta. Dr. Gregg Givens (ECU) was co-chair for audiology; Hooper was co-chair for speech-language pathology. She is dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences.

Dr. Ken Gruber

Dr. Ken Gruber (Center for Youth, Families, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Guilford Adult Health, Inc., for the project “Guilford Health/Guilford Community Care Network Evaluation.” It will fund the establishment of a service and working relationship involving The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Guilford Adult Health (GAH), Inc.

Dr. Frank Woods

An essay by Dr. Frank Woods (African American Studies) titled “Painting and Passing: Robert S. Duncanson’s Dilemma of Racial Identity“ was accepted in the International Review of African American Art. Also, Woods lectured at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art on “From ‘The Thankful Poor’ to ‘Daniel and the Lion’s Den’: Henry O. Tanner’s Emerging Religiosity on Canvas.”

Dr. Stuart Marcovitch

Dr. Stuart Marcovitch (Psychology) recently accepted an invitation to be an associate editor for “Developmental Psychology.” Developmental Psychology publishes articles that advance knowledge and theory about development across the life span. Developmental Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association, is a premier journal for the discipline. The appointment begins Jan. 1.

See/Hear: Nov. 28, 2012

What’s your most treasured children’s book? Chancellor Brady shared hers for the Guilford County Schools’ 3 Million Book Read project, designed to enhance literacy among school children. “What I love about this story is the phrase ’till I I can see so wide,'” she says in the video. “And that’s what reading is all about. It opens up vast horizons for all of us.”

Gray Hall will be an honors residence

Lloyd International Honors College and the Office of Housing and Residence Life will join in a cooperative venture to make Gray Hall the honor college’s second residence hall on campus.

The honors college currently has a housing option at North Spencer Honors Residence Hall which serves as the home for more than 180 honors undergraduates.

Gray will open in August 2013 for occupancy exclusively by LIHC sophomores, juniors

and seniors. Academic programming and community activities will be directed to serving honors upperclassmen interested particularly in research and community engagement. Selected resident student leaders will develop activities that engage the honors students with Greensboro organizations. Residents will have a full-time on-site honors adviser to counsel them on their academic plans.

College Dean Jerry Pubantz noted the addition of Gray Hall to the residential options for the College’s students would enhance the visibility of the Honors community on campus and provide a wonderful complement to the honors housing option in North Spencer. Upper level students will be able to choose the Honors residential community that best serves their goals.

Gray Hall is one of seven residence buildings on the Quad and was completely renovated with the others over the past two years. The newly renovated building includes a redesigned parlor and a new community kitchen on the first floor. Additional amenities include lounges for study and/or programming on the second and third floors, laundry facilities on every floor, an elevator, and a new heating and air-conditioning system. Gray Hall is located immediately adjacent to the new east wing of Shaw Hall, providing easy access to the Shaw recreation room and several academic support and community spaces that are located there.

Current Honors students will be able to declare Gray or North Spencer as their first choice housing option during room selection in the spring semester. Information about eligibility requirements for Gray Hall is listed on the Honors College web site (honorscollege.uncg.edu).

UNCG Classics Day features new location – and chariot races

Ready to do as the Romans do?

This fall’s UNCG’s Classics Day will have a new location at UNCG: the lawn in front of UNCG’s Stone Building (rain location: Elliott University Center). In addition to the normal big turnout, about 400 additional individuals are expected to be on hand, as UNCG partners with the North Carolina Junior Classical League, which will hold its Fall Forum on campus on the same day. The forum, held each fall at UNCG, attracts Latin students and teachers from around the state.

UNCG Classics Day will be Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge. The public is invited.

More than a dozen events and activities will be offered during the very colorful and educational Classics Day. A few highlights:

  • Greek and Roman military drills
  • Scenes from “Medea” by Euripides and “The Rope” by Plautus
  • Gladiatorial combat
  • Olympic Game events
  • Archaeology activities
  • Roman clothing, make up, games and mosaics
  • Learn to write your name in Ancient Greek and write your own Latin tombstone
  • Chariot Races at the end

“For the Junior Classical League (JCL), it will be an opportunity to see the things that they have studied brought to life — gladiators, soldiers, ancient theatre, Olympics, etc. – plus exposure to some things that they may not have seen before that might strike their fancy for future study,” says Dr. Robert Simmons (UNCG Classical Studies).

Asked about a new event on the line-up this year, Simmons replied, “There will indeed be chariot races. The schools bring their own chariots to another JCL event in the spring, so many of them have chariots, and we thought this would be a great addition to the program. The schools will compete against one another as the last item on the program.”

Classics Day is organized by the UNCG Classical Society, a student-run organization. Faculty members in Classical Studies are also very involved.

More information may be found at http://uncgclassicsday.weebly.com/index.html and the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/379064868839531/.

By Mike Harris

Pick up the phone, give them a call

Do you want the best and brightest students in your classroom? Want to make a difference in a prospective student’s life? Then take a few hours to be part of this fall’s faculty phone-a-thon. Faculty contact is a proven, effective part of bringing talented students to UNCG.

Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas (Interior Architecture) shared this story with Admissions last spring – names have been removed. It illustrates the power of a personal contact from a faculty member:

“IARC had its first ever departmental graduation as the newest department to join the college. On Friday, May 4, graduates from the program, along with their families, friends, and others, gathered for our ceremony and reception at the Church of the Covenant. Well into the reception, (one of my students) approached me and asked me to come meet her family (mom and dad, grandparents, and brother) and her boyfriend.

“As you in Admissions certainly would be aware, sometimes we don’t know the consequences of something we have done. During the course of the introductions, (her) mom thanked me profusely for the phone call. It having been a very long day (and night preparing beforehand) I was scrambling to remember if I had ever talked with (her mother) on the telephone and couldn’t dredge up any recollection in that regard. (My student) then reminded me that it was a phone call I made to her on the day that I volunteered (through the Honors program) to call potential IARC students on behalf of the university. Apparently, [she] was sitting on the fence in her decision to come to UNCG, and I prompted her to action to commit and head to IARC.

“…..I had never heard the story about her deciding for UNCG based on our conversation. I know that it can be incredibly difficult to convince faculty to do extra things like the phone calling marathons but as this evidence will suggest, UNCG…and IARC….and the Honors program all benefitted from my efforts five years ago. Given [this student’s] success in our program, and what I perceive to be a tremendous positive transformation of a terrific young woman, I can be VERY easily convinced to volunteer again…Thanks to you and your staff for all of your hard work…and for the opportunity to call potential students.”

The fall Faculty Phone-a-thon will be held Nov. 26-29, 2012. A winter phone-a-thon will be held Feb. 4-7 and 11. Volunteers are needed from all academic departments, and Undergraduate Admissions will provide a script, training materials, a light dinner and small gift to thank you for your participation. Calls to students will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. each day.

Help make a difference in the lives of these students. Those interested may contact Andre Hill in Undergraduate Admissions at 334-5243 or at arhill@uncg.edu.

SECC at 81 percent, with envelopes still coming in

Over the last week, the campus’ campaign went from 53 percent of the goal to 81 percent. “I still have envelopes to open/enter……and they’re still coming in,” says Peggy Craig, SECC coordinator for the campus. The deadline for turning in envelopes was last Friday, Nov. 9, she notes. “However, if some come in this week, I won’t refuse them.”

Kathleen Williams, SECC chair, says “Thanks so much to everyone who has already sent us their envelope in support of the SECC. We are almost there. The official drive ends this Friday – we would love to count each and every faculty and staff member in this year’s total.”

The final total will be announced this Friday. That’s two days away.

Chancellor’s Open Forums on tuition/fees

Two Chancellor’s Open Forums will be held this week on the topic of the proposed 2013-14 tuition and student fees:

Wednesday, Nov. 14 – 7 p.m.
Kirkland Room, EUC

Thursday, Nov. 15 – Noon
EUC Auditorium

Philosophy Library dedication

The dedication of the John L. King Philosophy Library will be Thursday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m. The library is at 212 Curry Building. The dedication will be followed by a Great Conversation on Dr. King’s paper “Bivalence and the Sorites Paradox”. All are welcome.

King was a philosophy professor at UNCG from 1974 until his death in March 2011. His areas of specialization included logic and philosophy of science and he had an extensive collection of books and journals on these topics that his wife, Anne, donated to the department for a library. The library will be available to Philosophy students as a place to meet, study and conduct research. He was an early proponent of computers in the classroom (see archival clipping; King is in center) and served on several UNCG committees developing campus-wide use; he helped develop the Great Conversation lecture series; and he established and advised the UNCG Phi Sigma Tau chapter.

‘Financial issues of growing old’ in Top 20

Assisted Living Today, a provider of free senior care news and information, released its list of the “Top 20 College Courses for Geriatrics and Senior Care,” See the full list at http://assistedlivingtoday.com/2012/11/top-college-courses-for-senior-care/

A UNCG Gerontology course rated in the Top 20. The publication’s criteria used for selecting the top courses on the list include quantitative measures and metrics from a number of educational resources, as well as their own research coupled with the input of the senior living editorial staff. The course is “Financing Longevity: Topics in Insurance.” The publication notes that a gerontology degree with concentration in Aging and Business requires that students learn about the financial issues of growing old, a topical issue in today’s world.

Regarding the contemporary Mexican novel

“The Influence of Pop Culture and Modernist Literature in the Contemporary Mexican Novel” will be a talk given by Geney Beltrán Félix. It will be in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC, Nov. 15, 2012, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

A Mexican writer, currently living in Mexico City, Félix will speak on the influence of American and European literature and culture on recent generations of Latin American writers, including himself. The one-hour long lecture will take place at 3 p.m.

After the one-hour talk by Félix, there will also be a round-table discussion in the same room of the EUC between Félix, and Antonio Moreno, assistant professor of Latin American literature and culture at Barton College. The round-table discussion will focus on the writings and creative writing process of Félix.

UNCG’s Share the Warmth campaign

Have any gently used or new jackets, coats, winter apparel (hats and gloves), and blankets to help those in need stay warm this winter? This includes clothing for children as well.

“Operation Share the Warmth” was launched last year when it came to the attention of the UNCG Staff Senate Off-Campus Service Committee that there is an urgent need within our campus community for articles of clothing to help people in need stay warm.

Donations are being collected now. Drop off locations include: Forney Bldg lobby, 232 Bryan Bldg, Sink Bldg 2nd floor lobby, 132A McIver Bldg, Visitors Center (old Chancellor’s House, Spring Garden Street) and Jackson Library.

The items will be offered free of charge to the campus community (staff/faculty and students – includes immediate family) Wednesday, Nov. 28, 11a.m. – 2 p.m, EUC Auditorium Lobby (pre-events area).

If you have any questions and/or need additional information, contact any Staff Senate Off-Campus Service Committee Member.

Curator Elaine Gustafson creates inviting space to view Cone Sisters’ gifts to Weatherspoon

Elaine Gustafson is first and foremost a teacher. And she has a lot to share about the fascinating Cone sisters, Claribel and Etta.

In the Weatherspoon exhibition space, she points out portraits of the two – the older Claribel, in her stiff Edwardian dress, who went to medical school, graduating first in her class. And Etta, the ninth of the 13 siblings, in charge of the family’s domestic arrangements – and with her passion for music and arts. When brother Moses Cone gave her $300 to spruce up the Baltimore home, she spent it all on art. They were quite liberated, for their time, the curator notes. “However they chose to dress conservatively, in an almost Renaissance style.”

The exhibition “The Cone Sisters Collect” recently opened in the Weatherspoon. Organized by Gustafson, curator of collections since 2008, it presents a sampling of their gift to the Weatherspoon six decades ago.

Sisters of prominent Greensboro textile magnates and philanthropists Moses and Caesar Cone, the women frequently traveled from their Baltimore home to Europe to purchase art in the first decades of the 20th century.

Their circle included artists, musicians and writers. Gertrude Stein was a friend. So was Henri Matisse. They were early patrons of Matisse, important to him financially. “When they started buying (his works) – it started in 1906 – he was considered insane, because he was using these bright colors and abstracting. He was not selling commercially. They really provided important financial support for him…” The sisters bequeathed the Weatherspoon six Matisse bronze sculptures and 71 of his works on paper.

“They supported Picasso early on, as well,” she adds, moving to another part of the room with Picasso works. They purchased his work during his early career, when the “Harlequin” was a common theme, and later in his abstract, cubist period. Both eras are represented in the exhibition.

Their collection is “eclectic,” as visitors may see. Japanese prints over here. Etchings by Rembrandt over there. Contemporary Baltimore artists they supported. Their sisters’ home was filled with treasures.

In 1949, Etta Cone, the surviving sister, bequeathed part of their collection to the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Among the 242 objects are the several dozen on view in this special exhibition.

Once you’ve seen the art, have a seat on the sofa Gustafson installed, with coffee-table books about the sisters, samplings of their letters, and more. And consider you’re in their home. Fact is, their home had many of these works hanging all about the walls.

In the paint scheme for the gallery, Gustafson even used one of their favorite colors, an Edwardian shade of green.

In a display are clothing and personal items. She steps to the display table in the center of the room. A 1914 letter, she points out, reveals that Claribel was not stuck in Germany at the start of World War I, as some have thought. “If you read the letter you see that she chose to stay in Germany because she found it really fascinating.” She ended up staying for years.

As curator, Gustafson wanted visitors to get a sense of the sisters’ personalities. “I feel these personal effects make you feel more connected to the sisters.” The curator sees that objects tell stories. In that sense, “they’re living things.”

The name Cone is all around Greensboro, she notes: Cone Health System, Cone Boulevard, Cone Elementary. Cone Art Building…. “This family has been important to Greensboro and important to the Weatherspoon.” The exhibition has given her the opportunity to learn much more about the two sisters. “They led fascinating lives.”

Appreciating art involves more than considering the pieces on display – there so many facets to convey to museum visitors. “I was pre-med (at Wheaton College in Massachusetts),” Gustafson explains when asked how her career began. “I had to take a freshman course requirement in the humanities. I took Art History – and fell in love with it. I realized Art History has everything – politics, religion, literature, science, perspectives…”

As the museum’s curator of collections, she helps visitors – whether students or the general public – consider them all.

The Weatherspoon’s exhibition is in conjunction with a traveling exhibition by the Baltimore Museum of Art, currently on view at Duke University’s Nasher Museum.

  • Enjoy the talk “Etta Cone’s Displays of Comprehension” by Dr. Porter Aichele (UNCG professor emerita of Art) on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Weatherspoon.

By Mike Harris

UNCG Dining Annual Thanksgiving, assisting homeless Spartans

UNCG Dining will have their annual Thanksgiving lunch on Nov. 15, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. UNCG Dining will also collect non-perishable items.

All donations will be matched and go to PATHS (Partners Assisting The Homeless Spartan). Each year new and returning Spartans are coming from families who are experiencing challenging economic times.

While no one knows the exact number of homeless or hungry students on campus, the Dean of Students Office has provided assistance to Spartans who are cash-strapped and or homeless.

Partners Assisting the Homeless Spartan (PATHS) is a UNCG Cares initiative whereby the Dean of Students Office has partnered with campus units and community agencies to connect homeless Spartans to much-needed support and resources. Guests donating non-perishable items during the Thanksgiving luncheon will receive $1 off that visit.

Drop off locations will be at the Spartan Restaurant, Marketplace in EUC and Spartan 360 in Jefferson Suites.

Copy courtesy UNCG Dining.

Looking ahead: Nov. 14, 2012

Faculty Senate Forum, on QEP
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m., Alumni House.

‘Voices of Homelessness & Hunger’ Panel
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., EUC, Maple Room

Lecture, “The Meaning of the 2012 Elections,” Dr. Scott Keeter (with new data)
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Curry Building Auditorium

Opera, ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ at Aycock Auditorium
Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

UNCG Classics Day
Saturday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m., Stone Building Lawn

Men’s basketball vs. Virginia Tech
Monday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.

Deadline for Leadership Institute applications
Thursday, Nov. 29

UNCG co-sponsored conference on hiring people with disabilities

UNCG’s Office of Research and Economic Development partnered with the North Carolina Business Leadership Network for a statewide conference focusing on helping businesses find, hire and retain people with disabilities. Kicking off the conference was Dr. Steve Roberson, dean of Undergraduate Studies, who spoke on the topic “Recruiting, Accommodating, Educating & Finding Employment for College Graduates with Disabilities.” Roberson highlighted UNCG’s Beyond Academics program, the first and only four-year, post-secondary transition certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities in the state.

Course Reserves due for winter, spring terms

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first day of class, new lists for winter and spring 2013 terms are due by Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Requests to renew fall lists for winter and/or spring are due by Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.

Before placing a film on reserve for your students, check out Swank’s Digital Campus and the University Libraries’ other streaming film sources. Also, they offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these see the libraries’ e-book guide visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

Leadership Institute deadline Nov. 29

The deadline for applications for the UNCG Leadership Institute is Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The institute, in its second year at UNCG, provides leadership training on campus for faculty and staff in a cost-effective manner. Its mentorship component is an important feature.

Details, criteria and application information may be found at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/Leadership_Institute/

Men’s basketball will host ACC’s Virginia Tech

Men’s basketball won their home opener in front of 4,123 fans on Nov. 12, defeating Winston-Salem State 81-65. Enjoy a slideshow of the game – and the scene – at this photo gallery by Chris English.

Their team’s record stands at 1-1. They travel to East Carolina this Friday.

On Monday, Nov. 19, the team hosts Virginia Tech. They will continue the home stand with games against Rutgers, NC A&T and The Citadel.

Details at the Athletics web page.