UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for November 2012

Two men’s X-country runners head to Nationals

Junior Paul Chelimo and sophomore Paul Katam both qualified for the NCAA Championships after posting top-five finishes in the 2012 NCAA Southeast Cross Country Regional at McAlpine Park in Charlotte last week. This marks the first time in UNCG’s men’s program history that two UNCG runners have qualified for the national championship race.

Additionally, the UNCG men’s cross country and track and field programs were recognized as NCAA Public Recognition Award recipients for the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2011-12 academic year. This specific award is given each year to teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top-10 percent of all squads for each sport. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. Full story at UNCG Athletics web site.

Let UNCG Catering do the work for you

UNCG Catering has begun taking orders for this holiday season. Whether it’s desserts, sides or the whole shebang, let UNCG Catering worry about the food while you enjoy quality time with your family or friends. To view their holiday specials or to customize your order visit https://uncgcatering.catertrax.com/.

See/hear: Nov. 14, 2012

Homecoming 2012 was great. From the Quad rededication to the Robert Watson tribute, from the parade to the music to the big scene in front of the EUC – and more – there was something for everyone. This highlights film captures some of the scene. Perhaps you’ll see many people you know. (Reel courtesy CAP and CAB. Photographer: UNCG student Emma Barker. Video: B&G Studios, run by UNCG students. Music: student band Addison Prophet.)

Chef Josiah Stadler

Chef Josiah Stadler (UNC Dining Services) was named Chartwells’ Chef of the Southeast Region for his innovative menu creations for the UNCG Dining Passport Program. The company honors one chef in the region annually. Stadler created menus influenced by China, Taiwan, France and Italy, to name a few. Guests of the Spartan Restaurant were able to get their culinary passport stamped as a results of his dishes and ideas. “Guests’ taste buds took a flavorful trip around the world without leaving the campus,” Lilkeisha M. Smith (Dining Services) says. The Passport program was recognized in the “On Campus Hospitality” magazine April 2012 issue.

Matt Barr

Matt Barr (Media Studies) was a judge for the inaugural Documentary Film Shorts competition created by the North Carolina Campus Compact. The winners were announced at the annual conference in Wilmington on November 2- 3, 2012. The conference theme was “Becoming Citizens, Becoming Community.” As the web site notes, the competition asked filmmakers “to depict how their campus educates civically engaged students and strengthens the community.” Campus Compact is an organization devoted to fostering service learning and community-engaged scholarship projects on campuses around the state.

Dr. Thomas F. Jackson

Dr. Thomas F. Jackson (History) was recently invited by the U.S. Embassy in Denmark and the University of Copenhagen to teach his book “From Civil Rights to Human Rights” and deliver two public lectures. The U.S. State Department provided the funding. He taught the book to graduate students in a human rights class coordinated by Dr. Helle Porsdam of the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen.

Dr. Edna Chun

Dr. Edna Chun (HRS) was invited to give the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture on Equality and Justice in America at the Baruch College of Public Affairs, the City University of New York, on Nov. 20. The topic will be “Building Inclusive University Leadership.” Chun is associate vice chancellor for human resources. Details on the talk are at www.baruch.cuny.edu/spa/home.php.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) presented a workshop on Individual and Organizational Assessment Tools for the Family Firm Institute meeting in Brussels on Oct. 17. She also presented a paper on Family Business across the Curriculum on Oct. 20. She presented a distinguished lecture at Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland on Oct. 23, on Women Entrepreneurs in Poland and around the world.

Honoring Fall 2012 Staff Stars

The first individual recognized at the Fall 2012 Staff Stars reception expressed her surprise, as the chancellor called her forward to receive her award.

“I’m shocked,” Lisa Alston told the chancellor and everyone gathered. “I thought I was coming to a meeting.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady told a bit about what Alston does for UNCG and our students, noting that she is an outstanding housekeeper at Shaw Residence Hall.

She was one of 23 staff members to receive Staff Stars during the Oct. 31 reception in the EUC.

Ray Carney, Staff Senate co-chair, had welcomed everyone. He explained that the Staff Stars recognitions are a way to say ‘thank you’ to those who go above and beyond. Fifty-five were presented Staff Stars last year.

“I am pleased to see so many ‘stars’ here today,” the chancellor said, before individually recognizing each of them. A special addition to the award on this day, for each recipient, was two tickets to the men’s basketball home opener on Nov. 12.

“What another outstanding group,” she said, after speaking about each of the honorees. She noted that the Staff Stars Program is a simple but meaningful way to express our appreciation.

The Fall 2012 Staff Stars recipients:
Lisa Alston, Housing and Residence Life
Linda Anderson, Nursing
Karen Christensen, Accounts Payable
Cynthia Culberson, Facilities Operations – Electric Shop
Megan Delph, Housing and Residence Life
Carol Gray, Parking Operations
Anthony Gregory, Parking Operations
Cathy Hamilton, Office of Leadership and Service-Learning
Travis Holcomb, Facilities Operations
Julie Landen, Advancement
Mark (Curly) Lasley, Facilities Operations
James Lyles, Facilities Services
James Mason, Facilities Services
Jeremy Murray, Facilities Services
Craig Payne, Facilities Operations
Krista Prince, Housing and Residence Life
Steve Raye, Housing and Residence Life
Fran Rubio, University Libraries
Don Shore, Human Resource Services
Steve Sparks, Parking Operations
Robert Walker, SpartanCard Center
Dale Williams, Facilities Operations
Patricia Williams, Facilities Services

By Mike Harris
Visual above: the recipients with chancellor. Visual on main page: the chancellor with Lisa Alston. Photos by David Wilson.

Behold the beauty: Grounds gain national honor for UNCG

Prospective students and their family members often comment on the beauty of UNCG’s grounds. The alumni returning to UNCG last weekend enjoyed a well-maintained, green campus.

Those who are on campus every day are accustomed to the high standard.

The work that UNCG Grounds does to keep the campus beautiful in a sustainable manner has been recognized with a national honor.

UNCG received the high honor at the 2012 Professional Grounds Management Society Green Star Awards.

The honor presented to the UNCG Grounds division is a Grand Award, the highest level of recognition. UNCG was the only urban university in the U.S. to receive a Grand Award this year, notes UNCG Grounds Director Chris Fay. He and Hal Shelton accepted the award on the university’s behalf at the 40th Annual Green Star Awards Banquet, part of the Professional Grounds Management Conference in Louisville, Ky., last week.

“It is a great honor for the Grounds Division to be recognized nationally and receive a Green Star Grand award for maintaining a well-manicured landscape,” Fay said.

In selecting UNCG for the Grand Award, the society noted such factors as the high level of detail to maintenance practices, especially with the baseball field; the cottage garden and overall turf; sustainability, specifically low maintenance areas and the use of propane as alternative fuel for mowers; the multi-year Tree Campus USA designation; and a safety focus, including personal protective equipment and roadway safety training.

The full listing of recipients may be found at http://pgms.org/2012-green-star-award-winners/

Visual: Jerome Hayes mows turf at beautiful Foust Park. Photo by David Wilson.

Expect the Coliseum to be rocking Nov. 12

Seven thousand fans at the home opener will fill the Coliseum in its curtained configuration. 7K on 11.12.12. That’s the goal.

Expect it to be loud and exciting.

The Monday, Nov. 12, match-up against Winston-Salem State will open the home schedule for the men’s team. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

“There is an excitement surrounding UNCG basketball and this will be the first chance for our fans to see our team this year,” said Wes Miller, who was named head coach at the end of last season. “Our fans and our students provide a great atmosphere for our guys and they make the Coliseum a great college basketball atmosphere.”

The team returns First-Team All-SoCon Trevis Simpson, the league’s leading scorer last year. Third-Team All-SoCon Derrell Armstrong is back. As the espn.com feature “The Rapid Rise of UNCG’s Wes Miller” notes, four starters return in total. The team was picked by the coaches and the media as the pre-season favorite in the SoCon North Division. Davidson was picked to win the South Division.

The home opener Nov. 12 will feature a UNCG Basketball T-shirt giveaway to the first 2,000 fans. Students will enjoy a Kickoff Tailgate Party from 4:30 p.m. till game time at the Coliseum, with games, prizes and free food. A shuttle service will run between campus and the Coliseum.

Individual tickets are on sale through the Coliseum box office or at ticketmaster.com.

Season tickets are on sale as well, for admission to the 15 home games, three buddy passes and a parking pass for the games. For information about UNCG faculty/staff discount on season tickets, call 334-3250.

Two other tickets offers:

  • Family Four-Pack deal gives you four tickets, four soft drinks and one large popcorn at any one game for $44. This offer is available through the Coliseum box office or at ticketmaster.com.
  • Conference Clash 4-Pack – Receive a lower level ticket for one ACC game (Virginia Tech or Wake Forest), one Big East game (Rutgers), one SoCon game and the home opener (Winston-Salem State) for $45.

For more information on purchasing tickets, visit http://uncgspartans.com/tickets/mbk_tickets. Or if you prefer, call 334-3250 or stop by the Athletics Ticket Office in the HHP Building.

For questions such as payroll deduction for season tickets, contact Michael Ehmke, UNCG Ticket Operations & Group Sales Manager, at maehmke@uncg.edu or 334-3250.

SECC, at 53 percent, ends Friday. Envelopes are streaming in.

The campus’ State Employees Combined Campaign drive ends this week. Friday, Nov. 9, is officially the last day.

The total as of last Friday stands at $123,603. That is 53 percent toward the goal of $235,000.

On Monday morning (Nov. 5), coordinator Peggy Craig’s office held a partially filled box with unopened envelopes, to be processed later in the day. She noted that retired faculty and staff had not had their totals counted yet, in addition to the envelopes received in the previous hours. “We’ve had a lot of participation so far,” she said. “A lot of people want to be a part of it.”

Perhaps you are among those who need an SECC envelope? If so, you are not alone. Craig says about 25 individuals around campus have requested new SECC packets in recent days. They want to be sure they give. Getting a new envelope is simple. Just contact your department’s solicitor or call or email Peggy Craig (256-1245 or pkcraig@uncg.edu) or SECC chair Kathleen Williams (256-0218 or k_willia@uncg.edu) today.

Perhaps you planned to turn in your envelope in the final days of the campaign? Great, the campaign is ending, so now is the time to respond. Friday is the last day. The results will be announced next week. (Editor’s note: I turned mine in this week – the last person in my department to do so. I’d been meaning to, just hadn’t done it yet. So I can understand waiting till the final week to join co-workers in participating. The important thing is to participate.)

Perhaps you want to see which organizations are supported by the SECC? They can be viewed at http://www.ncsecc.org/. You can even search by county, by type of charitable service, and/or alphabetically. There are more than 1,000 in our area and around the state that you could select to receive your donation.

“Three days remain in the campaign,” says SECC Chair Kathleen Williams, explaining that a lot of UNCG individuals have already turned theirs in – and that a lot of individuals’ lives will be improved because of it. “Please be a part of the SECC. Please find your envelope, fill it out and turn it in today.”

By Mike Harris

Celebration in spring for William E. Moran Commons and Plaza

When the fences around the UNCG Dining Hall, Fountain and Plaza come down, those areas will have a new look and a new name – the William E. Moran Commons and Plaza.

“Dr. Moran left an indelible footprint on this university and on generations of students that have called UNCG home,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “He made improvements that have had a lasting impact, including the university’s first capital campaign and numerous physical changes to the campus. It is fitting to name this area of the campus, a cornerstone of activity, in his honor.”

Moran served as chancellor from 1979 to 1994. From 1993 to 2000, Moran was a member of the Board of Directors of UNCG’s Investment Fund.

A celebration is planned for the spring.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Beth English
Visual: Moran at 2009 event; photo by David Wilson.

Hunger and homelessness in full focus

Many in our state have personal experiences with homelessness or hunger. Hear some of their stories and perspectives Nov. 14 during a panel discussion at UNCG’s EUC. This will be one of several ways UNCG will engage with the larger community on this important topic.

UNCG’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week features several events open to the general public:

Kaleidoscope – Monday, Nov. 12, Room 105, Bryan Building
Kaleidoscope (Office of Multicultural Affairs) facilitates a discussion on the film “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

Oxfam Hunger Banquet – Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom B
Come to a hunger banquet where “the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw — just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty.” The dinner will include educational information about the distribution of food on a worldwide scale, as well as statistics about hunger here in Greensboro. Sign up by emailing Anya Piotrowski, ahpiotro@uncg.edu

Voices of Homelessness & Hunger Panel – Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6-7:30 p.m., EUC, Maple Room
Did you know Greensboro’s only day resource center for people experiencing homelessness sees over 200 clients a day? Hear from those who have experienced or are currently experiencing or working with those experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging Event, Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Associated Campus Ministries building. Contact Anya Piotrowski, ahpiotro@uncg.edu

Sign up for a two-hour shift at the Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event at http://tinyurl.com/shn-uncg to help OLSL and RHA reach a goal of packaging 20,000 meals.

Local Service Event, Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Location: TBD
Join others in morning of service at a local non-profit that works with people experiencing hunger here in Greensboro. Transportation will be provided, but spaces are limited so sign-up soon by emailing Anya Piotrowski, ahpiotro@uncg.edu.

For updates (several things were “tbd” at press time), visit http://olsl.uncg.edu/co-curricular-service/short-term-service/hunger-homelessness-awareness-week/.

UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning sponsors all the events; events are co-sponsored by organizations such as RHA and the Kaleidoscope organization in Multicultural Affairs.

Anya Piotrowski, an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at UNCG as part of NC Campus Compact, has led the organization of the week. “We all have the ability to get out and make a difference based on the skills we bring to the table,” she says. She notes there are many students very dedicated in organizing and leading the week’s events.

First Year Summer Read: redesigned

Coming on the heels of a successful First Year Summer Read (FYSR) program with “Wine to Water,” including a visit from the author, Doc Hendley, the office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs has proposed a program redesign to Provost David H. Perrin. It was recently approved.

A component of the redesign is the opportunity for the UNCG community, including faculty, staff, and students, to submit book recommendations. If you have a book recommendation, you may visit the following link to submit your recommendation no later than Nov. 30: http://s.zoomerang.com/s/FYSRbookrecommendation

Additionally, the book selection process has been revised to include faculty appointed by the provost, staff appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and students appointed by New Student & Spartan Family Programs. Independent faculty and student readers will also provide feedback on a short-list of book finalists. Complementing the book selection team is the FYSR programming and implementation team, charged with creating a dynamic and comprehensive curricular and co-curricular experience for new students.

For more information on the FYSR, visit https://yourfirstyear.uncg.edu/the-first-year-summer-read/

eDisposal coming soon, says Fixed Assets

UNCG continues to green with an electronic disposal form for capital assets (assets on your inventory).

Campus Enterprise Technology, working with the Fixed Assets staff, UNCG Surplus Warehouse staff and Purchasing staff, has designed an electronic capital asset disposal form called eDisposal, which will replace the FA-13 Equipment Disposal Form.

eDisposal will be available Jan. 1, 2013.

Robette Edwards, Fixed Assets supervisor, will provide training for eDisposal in MHRA Building, Room 2711. This workshop will walk you through the how-tos that include locating the electronic form online, a web page of instructions and examples of info you will need, a visual for filling out the new form, the results you should get on submission including confirmation emails from Fixed Assets, Warehouse Services and the submitting department head, and other information you’ll need to make the transition to this form on Jan. 1.

  • Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 – 10:30 a.m. – noon
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 – 2:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 – 10:30 a.m. – noon
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 – 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Visit http://workshops.uncg.edu/ to register for one of the training sessions. Click on Banner Finance (UNCG Faculty/Staff Only) and select eDisposal Training.

Spoma Jovanovic details first ‘truth and reconciliation’ effort in the U.S., in new book

More than a decade ago, Dr. Spoma Jovanovic was teaching a class on social change at UNCG when a grassroots group in Greensboro announced the formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to examine the Klan-Nazi shootings that rocked the city on Nov. 3, 1979.

Inspired by a similar effort in post-apartheid South Africa, it would become the first commission of its kind in the United States. Jovanovic’s students decided to document the commission’s work for a class project.

Last weekend, the 33rd anniversary of the shootings that left five people dead at a protest organized by the Communist Workers Party in a local African American neighborhood, Jovanovic gave her first reading from her new book. It’s titled “Democracy, Dialogue, and Community Action: Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro.”

Jovanovic, a communications scholar, advocate and associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies, says, “Greensboro is not the only city that has had a tragic event in its history,” she said. “That Greensboro was brave enough to tackle this says a lot about the character of this community.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson.

International Week at UNCG

UNCG’s International Week 2012 is Nov. 12-16. The majority of events are student-focused. One geared for staff and faculty is the workshop “Intercultural Sensitivity: Looking Through Other Eyes” This event, sponsored by the International Programs Center and Human Resource Services, will be Monday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. It is designed to help UNCG faculty and staff increase awareness of their own cultural background and heighten their intercultural sensitivity. All employees interested in incorporating intercultural competency into their curriculum (as part of our university-wide internationalization plan) and/or into their daily/personal lives are invited to register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77001000

African Night on Nov. 10 at the EUC Auditorium kicks off the week’s events. The IEW Reception on Friday, Nov. 16, will be at Phillips Hawkins Residence Hall.

See the full listing of International Week events on campus at http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/iew2012.pdf

Looking ahead: Nov. 7, 2012

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m., Alumni House

American Indian Culture / Dance Exhibition
Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom

Talk, Dr. Ann Millett-Gallant, on disabled body in contemporary art
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m., MRC, EUC

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
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Curry Building Auditorium

Academic Think Tank for 2013-14

Lloyd International Honors College invites nominations for the third annual year-long Academic Think Tank. The Think Tank will bring together a faculty team, highly qualified students and interested community partners to address an important societal issue or problem. Under the direction of two faculty mentors, students will explore the complexities of the chosen topic for the year, participating in research, classroom learning, special events, and hearing from guest speakers during the fall semester, and completing a significant product of the Think Tank that has application to the wider community in the spring semester. They will earn three hours of Honors course credit in Spring 2014 for successful completion of the full year project. Two-member full-time faculty teams may submit proposals. Deadline for application submission is Dec. 14. Full information may be found at honorscollege.uncg.edu

SACS’ QEP topic of forum

The next Faculty Senate Forum will be Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room of Alumni House. The topic will be the QEP – Quality Enhancement Program. Vidya Gargeya and John Sopper will speak.

2012 Audit: no issues

Last week, Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Reade Taylor, vIce chancellor for business affairs, met with representatives from the State Auditor’s office. The university received the official word that the auditors have completed the 2012 fiscal year audit with no findings or issues. An ITS review as part of the financial audit had no issues as well.

The chancellor and Reade Taylor send their thanks to all those who process and approve financial transactions and help keep the university’s ITS systems secure. A clean audit requires the attention of many, they note.

Grant for Police building back-up power source

In an effort to enhance university safety and preparedness, UNCG’s Office of Emergency Management applied for a hazard mitigation grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management.

UNCG has been selected by the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management to be supported for a $224,500 grant. This grant will allow the university to purchase and install a redundant power source for the new Police Department building, located near the Pedestrian Underpass.

The building will serve as the central location for coordinating emergency incidents on campus.

‘Jingle Bells, Batman Smells’

The North Carolina Theater for Young People, marking its 50th year, presents “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” The production, directed by Rachel Briley, will be at UNCG’s Taylor Theatre on Nov. 10-18, 2012.

Dates/times: 2 p.m. on Nov. 10, 11, 17, 18; 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, 16, 17; 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 13-16; & noon on Nov. 16.

Ticket Sales & Event Info: 336-334-4TIX (4849) or purchase online at performingarts.uncg.edu.

Women Veterans Historical Project luncheon/panel discussion

The luncheon will feature a panel discussion with activists who work on different military-related issues focusing on women, such as student veterans activism, homelessness, and sexual assault and trauma in the military. The program, on Nov. 10, 2012, 11:30 in the EUC Cone Ballroom, is open to everyone, with a special focus on veterans, their friends and families. Tickets will be $12 for all military veterans and $16 for non-veterans. Questions? Contact Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu or 334-5838.

CW schedule for remainder of Fall 2012

Campus Weekly will publish on Nov. 14, but will not publish on Thanksgiving Week. CW will resume publication on Nov. 28. The final CW of 2012 will be Dec. 5, the day final exams begin.

The first CW of the new year will be Jan. 9, 2013 (the week before classes resume).

Enjoy speakers at Staff Senate meetings

Staff Senate’s monthly meetings are open to everyone in the campus community, notes co-chairs Jason Marshburn and Ray Carney. Each month there are interesting speakers during the first part of the meeting. For example, at tomorrow’s meeting (Nov. 8, 10 a.m., Alumni House), several speakers will give short talks:

Spartan Athletics Women’s Volleyball – Coach Patrick Nicholas and members of the volleyball team

UNCG Student Recruitment Plan, Lise Keller

International Programs Center – Dr. Penelope Pynes and Nor A. Othman-LeSaux will present information about Staff PAL, Interlink’s Staff Conversation PAL Program, IEW 2012 ESP Workshop, and other matters relating to staff and international efforts.

Music and dance of West Africa

Sugarfoote Productions, and Africa Unplugged will present an evening of music and dance celebrating the art of West Africa and beyond on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17 at 8 p.m. at the UNCG Dance Theater. The two arts organizations will collaborate on an evening of music, song and dance highlighted by special guest artists Jason Aryeh, Artistic Director of Africa Alive Dance Company and Souleymane “Solo” Sana, principal dancer with Ballet du District in Bamako, Mali. Tickets may be purchased at the UNCG Box Office. In conjunction with the concert there will be a day of workshops and master classes on Nov. 10 at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center.

Recipient of the 2010 Multicultural Arts Investment Grants for their Arts Extension Program, Sugarfoote was founded by Robin Gee (UNCG Dance). She is a 2012 recipient of The Fulbright Scholars Award and will be traveling to Burkina Faso to continue her research on indigenous dance and music in West Africa January 2013.

November 2012 Blood Drive

The EUC will host its second Red Cross Blood Drive of the academic year on Wednesday November 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom. The goal is 400 pints. For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome. All donors will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gift card.

Pharmaceutical founder and CEO to speak Nov. 14

Roland Johnson, chief executive officer and founder of Piedmont Pharmaceuticals, a Greensboro-based company that develops new medications for humans, dogs, cats and horses, will speak at the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center’s monthly Entrepreneurial Journeys program Wednesday, Nov. 14. The event, free and open to the public, will be held in Room 1214 of the Moore HRA Building. Registration and networking will take place from 5-5:30 p.m. A networking reception will follow the 5:30 p.m. program. Due to limited seating, attendees are asked to RSVP to ncec@uncg.edu. The Entrepreneurial Journeys program for November is taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. For a complete listing of activities, visit www.greensboroentrepreneur.com.

‘Their Eyes Were Watching God” turns 75

The African American Studies Program at UNCG is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

Enjoy a film viewing preceded by dramatic readings from the novel on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. in Curry 225, hosted by AFS. The readings will be directed by Logie Meachum. All are invited to read their favorite passages.

The Oprah Winfrey-produced film version of “Their Eyes” will be the topic of a lecture Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in Joyner Room, EUC. Dr. Carol E. Henderson (University of Delaware) will be the speaker. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Hurston was a Harlem Renaissance writer who traveled throughout the South, including her hometown of Eatonville, Fla., and the Caribbean to collect stories about Black life. While in Haiti, she wrote her most famous and influential novel, “Their Eyes.” In 2005, Oprah Winfrey assembled a stellar cast of writers and actors to make a film version for ABC.

LIS faculty speak on refugee cultural heritage preservation

Dr. Clara M. Chu, Dr. Nora J. Bird, and Dr. Fatih Oguz will provide information on Project APRCH, which deals with the cultural survival of refugee communities. The event will take place in room 401 in the School of Education Building. The talk, sponsored by The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) and the School of Education’s Access and Equity Committee (AEC), will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m.

Project APRCH (Agency in the Preservation of Refugee Cultural Heritage) asks refugees to speak in their own voice (agency) about the preservation of their cultural heritage. Chu, Bird and Oguz began the multi-phase project using a community-grounded approach to understand the preservation of the intangible cultural heritage of refugee communities. The project aims to learn directly from the community how they would like to document, perpetuate and disseminate their cultural heritage on their own terms.

In memoriam: Richard Current

Dr. Richard Current, professor emeritus, died last week at the age of 100. The New York Times, in reporting his death, said his “award-winning scholarship helped demythologize Abraham Lincoln and raise Lincoln studies to a professional level of scholarly inquiry.” His papers from 1930 to 2003 are archived in UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. The archive summary notes his academic standing as a Lincoln expert and Civil War scholar. He was a University Distinguished Professor of History at UNCG from 1966 to 1983 and also served as the Head of the Department of History and Political Science at UNCG from 1955-1960. The New York Times notes several other universities at which he served. He authored or co-authored more than 15 books, dozens of articles published in journals, encyclopedias, and dictionaries, and more than 300 book reviews.

Among his honors were an honorary MA degree from Oxford University and the Oliver Max Gardner Award in 1960 for outstanding academic and public service. He was involved with The Abraham Lincoln Association, the Civil War Round Table, the Conference on European Problems, the Historical Society of North Carolina, the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, and the Southern Historical Association. Obituaries for him appeared in the Washington Post and The New York Times last week.

In memoriam: Robert Bixby

Robert Bixby died Friday, Oct. 26, after an extended illness. He was an employee of University Libraries, working as a Digital Imaging Technician in Jackson Library since May 2009. He joined UNCG in April 2003, and worked for the Center for Youth, Family & Community Partnership as a Computing Support Tech II prior to transferring to University Libraries. His obituary may be found online here.

Capstone course pairs Triad organizations with MBA students

For the seventh year, MBA students in UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics will partner with local organizations to tackle business problems as part of the school’s Capstone Program.

Partner firms selected for the 2012-13 academic year include Amarr Garage Doors; Bank of Oak Ridge; Gilbarco Veeder-Root; Greensboro Children’s Museum; Industries of the Blind of Greensboro; Memios, LLC; Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery; Tanger Outlet Centers; TE Connectivity and Volvo GTT.

“By having our students work with local firms, they are able to move from the classroom and apply their knowledge in real time to our partner firms’ business challenges,” said Richard Browne (Bryan School).