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Archives for January 2013

See the heavens at UNCG planetarium

011613Feature_PlanetariumThe planetarium shows at UNCG are very popular. Only a handful remain (at press time) for February’s viewing, for example.

If you – and friends or family members – want to attend one of the free monthly shows this semester, it’s wise to plan ahead and make reservations.

The public planetarium shows for the spring are Feb. 22, March 23, April 26 and May 24. Each show is at 7:30 p.m. on the third floor of Petty Building, Room 310.

Guests may request tickets at physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/tickets.php

Some facts about the planetarium:

  • Its Spitz Projector can project the stars, planets, sun and moon onto the interior of the planetarium’s 20-foot dome.
  • The planetarium is used to depict the motions of astronomical objects for classes of UNCG students.
  • It is operated, for the benefit of UNCG students and the Greensboro community, by UNCG’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Slam poet Buddy Wakefield Feb. 7

013013Feature_BuddyIn 2001, Buddy Wakefield left his position in a biomedical firm, sold or gave away everything he owned, and hopped into a Honda Civic to tour the North American performance poetry scene and slam competitions. Wakefield has since become the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, winning the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals in 2004 and then successfully defending that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands, against the national champions of seven European countries. He has shared the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in hundreds of venues internationally.

UNCG’s Center for Creative Writing in the Arts and the UNCG Creative Writing program bring Wakefield to Greensboro as part of Wakefield’s “Out of the Flood” Tour. The performance is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Jarrell Lecture Hall.

The evening begins with performances from local performance poets and musicians.

General admission tickets are $10, all students $6, UNCG students $5.

For tickets and information contact the UNCG Box Office at 334-4849 or http://euc.uncg.edu/box-office/

Southern hospitality goes well with wine

013013Feature_WineThe key to the continued growth of North Carolina’s wine tourism industry may be one of the state’s longstanding hallmarks: Southern hospitality.

That hospitality — in the form of excellent customer service — ranked as the top feature prompting consumers to visit a winery, according to a new research study on tourism to North Carolina’s wineries led by Dr. Erick Byrd (Hospitality and Tourism Management) in the Bryan School.

The research was funded by the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development, the Department of Commerce and UNCG. Dr. Bonnie Canziani, Dr. Yu-Chin “Jerrie” Hsieh and Dr. Keith Debbage also participated in the study.

North Carolina is home to many award-winning wineries, but the state’s nascent wine industry lacks the brand association of Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley or France, Byrd said. What does resonate with consumers is the story behind the product. “Customer service is where it’s at,” he said. “It helps create a story.”

The report gives important guidance on how to promote tourism opportunities in the state, said Wit Tuttell, director of tourism marketing for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.

Full story – including other key findings from the study – are at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Update on payroll taxes, new electronic access

The following Payroll Tax Information is effective Jan. 1, 2013:

FICA OASDI. The employee tax rate for social security is increasing from a rate of 4.2% (which was in place during 2011 and 2012) to 6.2%. The employer tax rate for social security remains unchanged at 6.2%. The social security wage base limit is $113,700.

FICA Medicare. The Medicare tax rate is 1.45% each for the employee and employer, unchanged from 2012. There is no wage base limit for Medicare tax.

FICA Additional Medicare Tax. For an employee with wages in excess of $200,000, a new additional tax Medicare tax of 0.9% withholding applies. There is no additional employer share of the additional Medicare tax.

Federal Tax Withholding. New Federal Tax withholding tables have been applied, and will be reflected in employees’ net pay. For all earning levels, the tables have been changed by the IRS, although higher wage earners may notice the largest difference versus the prior year levels. The Federal Income Tax Withholding tables can be reviewed at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/n1036.pdf.

Access to New Payroll Forms through UNCGenie

Form W-2. Electronic W-2s are now available in UNCGenie self-service. Each employee can now view their W-2 for 2012 and for prior years selected back to 2008 (the first year UNCG was on Banner HR). The W-2 can be printed from UNCGenie by the employee, if needed. Instructions to access this new feature, as well as the applicable Notice to Employee for the applicable year previously pre-printed on the back of paper W-2s, can retrieved from the Payroll Forms web page at http://fsv.uncg.edu/payroll/payroll_hrforms.html.

Form W-4. As a new feature, each employee will have the ability to update their Federal W-4 Tax forms for future activity within UNCGenie self-service. Instructions to access this new feature, can retrieved from the Payroll Forms webpage at http://fsv.uncg.edu/payroll/payroll_hrforms.html. (An electronic version of the North Carolina NC-4 Tax form is not available at this time.)

If you have any questions, contact Pat Davis, Payroll Manager, at padavis@uncg.edu or 334-4126.

Writers’ readings for Spring 2013

013013Feature_PoetsThe UNCG MFA Writing program will sponsor (or co-sponsor) a variety of readings this semester:

Feb. 1 – Fausto Barrineuvo / Brendan McKennedy – Fiction & Poetry Reading – St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.

Feb. 7 – Buddy Wakefield, Slam Poet – Jarrell Lecture Hall, 7 p.m. (co-sponsor: Center for Creative Writing)

Feb. 8 – Christie Adams / Greg Brown – Fiction & Poetry Reading – St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.

Feb. 13 – Wiley Cash (see visual) – Reading – Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 7 p.m. (co-sponsor: Friends of the UNCG Libraries)

Feb. 15 – Beckie Dashiell / Jenny Raha -Fiction & Poetry Reading – St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.

Feb. 21 – Holly Goddard Jones Faculty Fiction Reading – Faculty Center, 8 p.m.

Feb. 22 – Zach Dayhuff / Corrie White – Fiction & Poetry Reading – St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.

March 20 – NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti – Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m. (co-sponsor: Friends of the UNCG Libraries)

March 21 – Lee Zacharias Fiction Reading – Faculty Center, 8 p.m.

April 4 (tentative) – A. Van Jordan Poetry Reading – Faculty Center , 7 p.m.

April 10 – Kathryn Stripling Byer Alumni Poetry Reading – Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library – 4 p.m., (co-sponsor: Friends of the UNCG Libraries)

April 11 – UNCG Poetry Festival – All day, faculty Center – Dan Albergotti, Mark J. Brewin, Jr., Katie Chapel, Travis Denton, Neil Perry, Beth Rogers

April 25 – Allison Seay Alumni Poetry Reading – Faculty Center, 8 p.m.

The MFA Writing program also will co-sponsor the North Carolina Writers Network Spring Conference on Saturday, April 13, here at UNCG.

Graduate School gets award to prepare grad students for faculty careers

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) announced awards to seven universities to develop new approaches for enhancing graduate student skills and understanding in the assessment of undergraduate learning. Supported through grants to CGS from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Teagle Foundation, the awardees will integrate learning assessment into programs that prepare graduate students for faculty careers.

The project is designed to identify effective institutional models for improving the preparation of future faculty across all fields, while also examining issues specific to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, social sciences and humanities. CGS will work with partnering institutions to develop their findings into best practice guidelines for integrating assessment into faculty professional development programs.

The institutions selected to receive funding are:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
North Carolina A&T State University
Cornell University
Harvard University
Indiana University
Michigan State University
University of California, Merced

Creating Positive Student Outcomes with UNCG Cares

“Stories of egregious behavior, violations of every sort, threats – they’re going to happen to you,” said Meg Horton, lecturer in the Department of Biology and Senior Faculty Fellow of Grogan Residential College.

“The UNCG Cares program helps you shape the end of that story – from ‘I wish I had…’ to ‘This is what I did and here’s how the story had a good ending.’”

UNCG Cares is a program presented by the Dean of Students office that teaches faculty and staff how they can recognize and support students who may be in crisis while maintaining their professional role. They learn about campus resources and receive guidance on the best way to approach students about concerns. The program reminds faculty and staff that they are not alone, that there are a wide range of resources available within the university community.

The next UNCG Cares training session will be held Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. To register, contact Dr. Brett Carter at bacarte2@uncg.edu or 334-5514.

Site shows ‘triumph’ of domestic violence survivors

Stigma still surrounds domestic violence. Even those who escape it can feel misunderstood, even re-victimized, by friends, family, law enforcement, the court system and therapists.

“See the Triumph,” a new web site and blog, offers support for those struggling to break free from abusive relationships. The site is the brainchild of UNCG Counseling and Educational Development Associate Professor Christine Murray, and Allison Crowe, assistant professor of counselor education at East Carolina University.

Based on research conducted by Murray and Crowe, survivors share their stories, as well as uplifting messages, through the site. “It really shows the courage it takes to get out, to leave, to end the abuse,” Murray says.

Murray, who also directs the Program to Advance Community Responses to Violence Against Women in UNCG’s Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, and Crowe developed “See the Triumph” as a result of two research studies.

While “See the Triumph” is not an abuse helpline, it does list resources for seeking help.

Access link and see full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Go gaga – Lady Gaga that is – for men’s hoops Thursday

013013Feature_BasketballLady Gaga look-alikes. Bowl-flipping unicyclists. Great basketball action. All surrounded by a sea of gold.

The men’s basketball game this Thursday (Jan. 31) will feature UNCG vs. rival Elon at 7 p.m. in the Coliseum. UNCG is currently riding a two-game winning streak heading into Thursday’s match-up. They are two games out of first place. Elon is in first place in the SoCon North Division standings.

GOLD RUSH T-SHIRTS At the game, you can purchase Gold Rush Shirts for only $7. Whether you have your own shirt already or get one at the game, be sure to wear gold.

LADY GAGA LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST A pair of tickets to the Lady Gaga concert at the Coliseum will be given to the fan that comes best dressed like Lady Gaga. Wear your favorite, fan-friendly Lady Gaga costume to the game and, if it’s the best, you could go home with free tickets to the concert.

RED PANDA Will PERFORM AT HALFTIME Enjoy the show as Red Panda performs her Guinness World Record unicycle bowl flipping act.

And see if UNCG can pull within one game of division-leading Elon.

Tickets may be purchased at the game. Tickets are free for UNCG students, and students will enjoy a free tailgate at the Coliseum Pavilion before the game. The first 500 UNCG students will also receive a free “Gold Rush” T-shirt.

Join a faculty/staff learning community

This semester, groups of trans-disciplinary faculty, graduate students and professional staff will gather to engage in conversations on a wide variety of topics.

For these faculty and staff “learning communities,” the FTLC partners with the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, the Office of Learning Communities and the associate dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Spring 2013 groups and facilitators are:
ABCs of Teaching, Patrick Lee Lucas
College STAR, Amy Harris Houk + Patrick Lee Lucas
Digital Pedagogies, Roy Schwartzman
Experiential Education, Marin Burton + Jessica McCall
Future Faculty, Sarah Daynes + Sheryl Lieb
Health and Wellness, Michelle Cathorall + Rob Owens
Online Learning, Wade Maki + Michelle Solér
Service Learning, Kristin Moretto
Understanding Student Learning Communities, Tommy Lambeth + Laura Pipe
Unpacking Student Success, John Sopper + Brandi Probst

Join a faculty/staff learning community – or learn a bit more – by using this online form.

Check out “cloud computing”

Much of UNCG’s use of cloud computing technology has been limited to specific uses and specialized programs. However, ITS is now seeking to deploy this technology on a broader scale. ITS encourages its UNCG client community to visit the SuperLab in Jackson Library, where it is launch a pilot program, and provide feedback.

A story on cloud computing is featured in the latest issue of Technology@UNCG, the ITS newsletter. See it at http://itsnews.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/ITS_Newsletter_2013_January.pdf

Other newsletter stories include tips on how to help keep UNCG’s computing resources a little safer and a new teaching station that is outfitted with a SMART Podium monitor. Its interactive pen display allows users to write notes directly on the screen.

Tara Green shines light on Oprah Winfrey’s far-reaching cultural influence

013013Spotlight_GreenDr. Tara T. Green remembers what a big deal it was to watch Oprah Winfrey on TV as a young black girl.

“I’m an Oprah child,” says Green, associate professor of African American literature and gender studies at UNCG. She is director of the university’s African American Studies program, recently rated as one of the top 10 nationally based on productive rankings. “I can remember coming home from school in my Catholic school uniform and watching Oprah because there was a black woman on TV in the afternoon. I would see her before I saw my mother, because she was still at work.”

Little did Green know then that she would grow up to study the pop culture icon and media mogul’s influence on shaping racial and cultural literacy the world over.

“The first time I read ‘Native Son’ was because I saw Oprah Winfrey in the telefilm. And here I am with a PhD in English and I wrote my thesis and dissertation on Richard Wright. So I know personally the impact,” Green says.

Green’s recently released book, “Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature,” is a collection of essays that examine the role the media mogul has played as an actress and producer of films based on African American novels. The first essay in the book is written by Green. The essay is on Sofia, played by Oprah Winfrey, in Spielberg’s “The Color Purple.”

Robert Randolph, AFS alumnus and adjunct lecturer, also contributed an essay on the film adaptation of Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson

Looking ahead: Jan. 30, 2013

Think Tank Thursday, Bruce Kirchoff/Lisa Woods
Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Men’s basketball vs. Elon
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

Concert, Carolina Trumpet Fest, Jazz Ensemble/Charles Lazarus
Friday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Women’s basketball vs. Western Carolina
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

Trumpet Spectacular, Mark Clodfelter/Kevin Finamore/Triangle Youth Brass Band
Sunday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

QEP forum (first of 3)
Monday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Maple Room

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Slam poetry event, Buddy Wakefield
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Jarrell Lecture Hall.

With the Staff: Jan. 2013

Hello: Kernsie M. Shrewsbury, Housekeeping

Good-bye: Karen Christensen, Accounting Services; Dawna Perdue, Public Safety and Police; Irving S. Young, Housekeeping; Vonetta McClellan, Student Health Services; Melanie Humpal, English; Patricia Joyner, Undergraduate Studies; Elisabeth Thomas, Postal Service; Dale Koutsky, Parking Services; Judy Allison, Kinesiology; George Rivera, Housekeeping

Expansion of slavery in Georgia

At the next Campus Conversations talk, Dr. Watson Jennison (History) will share insights on his newly published book “Cultivating Race: The Expansion of Slavery in Georgia 1750-1860.”

The talk will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, at noon in the Faculty Center.

Research Compliance becomes Research Integrity

On Dec. 19, 2012, Chancellor Brady approved a name change for the Office of Research Compliance. The office will now operate as the Office of Research Integrity.

The new name better reflects the university’s responsibility to ensure integrity and ethical practice in the conduct of research. While the basic functions of the office will remain the same, the new name more accurately reflects the entire scope of activities for which the office is responsible.

The new Office of Research Integrity (ORI) reinforces the principle that quality research requires adherence to the highest standards of integrity in proposing, conducting and reporting research.

The alteration in name follows several personnel shifts within the office in August 2012. Leadership of the ORI changed hands with the arrival of Interim Director Cristy McGoff and Assistant Director Melissa Beck. Meanwhile, Sherry Ritter continues to provide administrative support to the office.

Full story at Research News.

IRB applications online, as of Feb. 18

In addition to a new name, a new director, and a new assistant director, the Office of Research Integrity (formerly Compliance) boasts one more major change. As of Feb.18, 2013, the office will accept IRB applications online.

To facilitate the transition to the online IRBIS system, the ORI will not accept new IRB applications between Feb. 11 – 18, 2013. UNCG personnel currently preparing paper IRB applications are expected to use this downtime to shift to the online system.

The ORI will only receive new submissions online. While the office plans to accept modifications and renewals online, it has not yet determined a date for this transition.

The ORI will offer IRBIS training sessions over the next several months.

Read the full announcement at integrity.uncg.edu.

Empty Bowls this week: Recruiting volunteers

Bowl painting dates for the Spring 2013 Empty Bowls program are this week through Feb. 1.

Empty Bowls is a UNCG tradition that raises funds and awareness for hunger and homelessness. The concept for this program is simple – participants paint ceramic bowls early in spring, the bowls are fired, and in April the bowls are sold with the proceeds benefitting a local non-profit addressing hunger/homelessness. Students are needed to volunteer during Bowl Painting Week and the Bowl Sale. This project is a collaborative effort between the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, Campus Activities and Programs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Housing and Residence Life.

The Empty Bowls sale dates are April 1-2.

To volunteer, contact Joe Frey, jjfrey@uncg.edu.

To learn more about the Empty Bowls program, visit: oma.uncg.edu/student-advocacy-outreach/empty-bowls

Tribute to Drane, Tillman

The current MRC Art Exhibition is “A Tribute to Joanne Smart Drane and Bettye Tillman,” by Rachel Propst ’12. It will be on display in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC, through March 7, 2013. An artist talk and reception will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, 3-4 p.m. “My work is meant to be a tribute to Joanne Smart Drane and Bettye Tillman, the first two African American women to graduate from UNCG,” Propst said.

Get blood pressure, blood sugar screenings

Wellness Wednesdays are at noon-1:30 p.m. through April 3 in the EUC Commons.

UNCG employees can receive wellness information and screenings from Student Health Services Nursing Staff. This includes free blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings. If you want to have a blood glucose (sugar) screening, it’s best not to eat or drink beforehand, notes Jeanne Irwin-Olson, director of The Wellness Center. For more Information, contact Cassandra Foy at c_foy@uncg.edu.

Grant workshops from University Libraries, OSP

Faculty, students and staff are invited to participate in two types of hands-on workshops offered by University Libraries and the Office of Sponsored Programs over the next month.

Show Me the Money! A Guide to and through Grant-Seeking Databases
February 21, 2013
March 1, 2013

Proposal Development – Easy As P.I.E.
February 26, 2013
February 27, 2013

For full details and to register, see Research News.

Blood Drive

The Elliott University Center (EUC), will host its third Blood Drive of the school year on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom. We are offering faculty and staff the opportunity to sign up for times to donate before we promote this to students. Visit https://studentaffairs.uncg.edu/blooddrive/ and sign up. When you arrive at the Blood Drive, let the check-in staff know that you are faculty or staff so that we can make every effort to minimize your processing time and get you back to class or to your office.

The goal? Collecting over 300 pints by donating blood on Feb. 12.

Kathleen Dufford-Melendez

Kathleen Dufford-Melendez (SERVE) received new funding from the Guilford Child Development for the project “Training and Technical Assistance on Professional Learning Teams for Head Start Staff.”

Dr. Deborah J. Taub

081810CampusPeople_TaubDr. Deborah J. Taub (Teacher Education & Higher Education) will receive the NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Graduate Faculty award. The award is given to a tenured faculty member who is teaching full-time in a graduate preparation program in student affairs. Nominees must be a personal inspiration to graduate students, have served on doctoral committees, have distinguished records of scholarly achievement including publication in relevant literature, and have made significant contributions to professional associations, the award copy states. Taub, a professor of higher education, coordinates the master’s program in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education.

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic

013013CampusPeople_JovanovicDr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies) will receive the “Outstanding Faculty Member” Award at the 2013 Gulf-South Summit on Service Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education. The honor recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates excellence incorporating service-learning pedagogy in the university classroom. The award will be presented at the summit in Louisville on Feb. 28.

Dr. Carol A. Mullen

091212CampusPeople_MullenDr. Carol A. Mullen (Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations) has been named the new Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Representative to the United Nations (UN), a position that is coordinated through the UN Department of Public Information. In this national-level community-engaged role that began January 2013, Mullen is being immersed in work that foster’s KDP’s strategic alliance with UNESCO, a division of the UN, to advance the understanding and acceptance of education for sustainable development in teacher preparation programs and activities.

Dr. Craig Cashwell

013013CampusPeople_CashwellDr. Craig Cashwell (Counseling & Educational Development) will receive the 2013 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. The award will be presented in Greenville, SC, on Feb. 23 at the 2013 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools annual meeting. Cashwell received UNCG’s inaugural Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from The Graduate School in 2012, leading to his nomination for this award.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

082912CampusPeople_OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the University of Washington for the project “Mechanisms of Silymarin Hepatoprotection.”

See/Hear: Jan. 30, 2013

How does one player score 41 points? See for yourself.

Trevis Simpson’s 41 points in Sunday’s win over Chattanooga evened the team to a 4-4 record in the SoCon standings. A big game later this week: hosting Elon on Thursday. Come support the team.

From Strategic Directions to the semester ahead, Brady fields questions

012313Feature_CHAQ&AAs the spring 2013 semester begins, Chancellor Linda P. Brady answers questions about the ongoing UNC Strategic Directions Initiative process and what it may mean for UNCG. She also reflects on her nearly five years as chancellor and looks to the semester ahead, in this interview with CW editor Mike Harris.

The UNC strategic directions initiative process has been a news item over the past weeks, chancellor. You have served since last fall on the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions. Your committee met Jan. 9 and discussed major recommendations. The Strategic Directions Committee met yesterday (Jan. 14). What can you share with the UNCG community about the status of this initiative?

I’ve been very pleased to be part of this process since last fall. It’s a very unusual planning process. The various groups meeting for discussion have included not only university administrators, faculty, staff and students, but also members of the business community, and representatives from the legislature. That’s highly unusual for an academic planning process. The rationale for this approach, I believe, was to ensure that the important constituents were represented as part of the process. It’s especially important that legislators and their staff are included because the plan will shape the University of North Carolina’s budget request going into the next biennium.

As for the recommendations, can you speak about one or two of them?

There are five major goals in the draft report, which is available on the UNC System web site. I really would encourage everyone to take a look at those recommendations and provide feedback. One of the goals reflects a movement that is going on around the country, and that is a desire to set a degree attainment goal for the state of North Carolina. That’s important for us in Greensboro and the Triad, because we know there are currently 67,000 adults living here who have earned some college credit but lack a degree. It will be important for us to focus on how we can contribute to the 32 percent degree attainment goal for our adult population that is recommended in the draft report.

Another goal is to strengthen academic quality. We must ensure that students continue to receive a quality education, despite the fact that we are in a constrained resource environment. The focus on academic quality is consistent with UNCG’s values and the direction of this university.

An additional goal, which again is consistent with where we’re going at UNCG, is to serve the needs of the people of North Carolina in the years ahead. For UNCG that involves producing teachers and nurses, graduating entrepreneurs who will start companies and employ people in the Triad, educating an informed citizenry, engaging in research that will impact the problems of our state and region, as well as service in our community.

Degree attainment, academic quality and serving the people of North Carolina – I’m pleased because I think that UNCG is well positioned to contribute to each of these goals.

(Editor’s Note: The final section of the draft Strategic Directions Report, which includes the final two goals, was released after this interview was conducted with Chancellor Brady and will be covered in next week’s CW.)

You’ve spoken to how we are already contributing in those areas. Can you talk about the short term or long term impact that the initiative may have on UNCG?

Because of much good work by Dean Steve Roberson and his colleagues in Undergraduate Studies, we have been engaged with the community and with the Lumina Foundation around an initiative called Degrees Matter. We are working with colleges and universities in Greensboro to identify those adults who have earned some college credit but lack a degree, and provide a one-stop shop to enable those adults to determine which programs might be appropriate for them. Whether they enroll at UNCG or decide to attend North Carolina A&T or Guilford College is at some level immaterial. We believe we will recruit more than our fair share of these students because we have a very good reputation in serving adult students, including veterans.

On the issue of academic quality, we’re very committed to providing high quality academic programs that provide students with the skills that they need to be successful. An example is our Global Opportunities initiative, which is part of our downtown university project. Bryan Toney in the Bryan School is leading that effort, which is designed in part to provide a portal for the business community to engage students as interns on team-based projects. It will provide students with the kind of hands-on experience that is so important to the quality of their education and also serve the needs of the business community.

When it comes to serving the people of North Carolina, we continue to offer exceptionally strong programs that articulate well with the needs of the state. Nursing is one of the best examples. As we introduce our Doctor of Nursing Practice (pending approval of the UNC Board of Governors) and serve more employees of Cone Health and others who want to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, we continue to respond to the needs of the state.

You mentioned the Downtown University District initiative. Can you tell about that?

This is an initiative that has emerged after about two years of work through Opportunity Greensboro, which brings together the seven presidents and chancellors of the colleges and universities with a physical presence in Greensboro – including Elon Law School – and a number of local business executives to explore ways in which the universities can better collaborate with each other and also with the business community. The downtown university district project is designed to provide a physical space that all campuses could use, located in downtown Greensboro. The group is also discussing an executive education center; partners now include Cone Health and The Center for Creative Leadership. We believe the downtown university district will be primarily focused on health-related programming. We know that’s a very significant need; we know that’s where the future jobs are.

What are UNCG’s priorities in this project?

First, we are exploring the possibility of locating our Doctor of Nursing Practice Program downtown. We have submitted a request to plan that program, which we hope will be approved by the UNC Board of Governors this spring. We also are responding to Cone Health’s need to deliver the BSN degree to approximately 500 RNs who are employed by Cone. We are also considering locating the Global Opportunities Center that I mentioned earlier downtown, as well as a portal for the Degrees Matter effort. All three of those projects are included in the expansion budget request that we have submitted to UNC General Administration.

You became chancellor of UNCG in the summer of 2008. Your five year mark as chancellor is approaching. Briefly, can you reflect on some of the biggest challenges we’ve faced over that time?

Perhaps the biggest challenge has been the downturn in the economy and the impact on our budget. We experienced four years of significant budget cuts and lost a number of faculty and staff positions as a result. Despite the challenge, we have continued to serve the needs of our students. I’m pleased, now in my fifth year, that we had no significant budget cut and were able to provide a small salary increase for faculty and staff. I think that has made a difference and has had a positive impact on morale. We’re not totally out of the woods – but I do think we’re in a different place this year.

Another major challenge relates to the very difficult decisions that we made around academic restructuring and program review. While in the case of academic restructuring we experienced some savings, the goals of the academic restructuring and program review were not to provide a rationale for the budget cuts, but rather a recognition that universities in this day and age must become more focused, with more clearly defined missions. We must focus on our strengths and our distinctive advantages in order to maintain the quality of the institution. Academic program review eliminated more than 40 programs but also identified an equal number as exceptionally strong and deserving of future investment.

The third challenge relates to the changing politics of the state. In 2013, we have a Republican governor and Republican-controlled General Assembly. More than half of the members of the General Assembly are either in their first or second terms. One of our challenges has been getting to know all the new faces and articulating our mission and the role that we play, particularly in this part of the state. It’s a challenge but of course it’s also an opportunity. I expect to spend a great deal of time in Raleigh when the General Assembly gets underway later this month.

You’ve spoken of a number of positives, even as you’ve talk of the challenges. Can you speak to one or two of the university’s successes you value the most during your time as chancellor?

We early on developed a Strategic Housing Plan as part of our effort to restore the residential character of the university. We thought that was important because we know that students who live in university-managed housing are more successful academically. Our plan around housing and our plan around “learning communities” within those new and renovated spaces are designed to provide an enhanced educational experience for our students and help us improve our retention and graduation rates. The decision to renovate the Quad was controversial. I think it was clearly the right decision. The development of physical spaces and learning communities within those spaces to address the needs and interests of our students will have a major impact on this university. We may not fully see that impact for five or ten years. But I think the decision to restore the residential character of our university is one of the significant successes of the last five years.

As you look to the remainder of 2012-13, what are some things the campus community may want to keep an eye on?

We continue to move forward with our Reaffirmation of Accreditation through SACS. This spring we will make a decision by a vote of the campus on a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is an extremely important part of what we need to accomplish in order to be successfully reaccredited. I am excited about the ambitious proposals that have come forward from faculty and staff, designed to enhance student learning. I want to express my appreciation to John Sopper and Vidya Gargeya, who have co-chaired the QEP, and to Jodi Pettazzoni, who is providing overall leadership and guidance for our SACS efforts.

Another area about which we will have more conversation in coming months is the potential around Online Education and an appropriate role for UNCG. I am pleased about the redefinition of the Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons and the work that Patrick Lucas and Jim Eddy are doing around faculty development and online education. There is much in the media around MOOCs – massive open online courses –in fact there was a piece in the New York Times today about a new partnership between San Jose State University and Udacity to develop online courses, particularly in math and statistics, that are often challenging for students in the Cal State system. Their effort is designed to integrate online learning opportunities with face to face instruction and quality student-faculty interaction. We need to engage in serious discussions on campus with our faculty, staff and our Board of Trustees around the potential for online learning.

This brings us full circle to the importance of degree attainment, academic quality and serving the needs of the people of North Carolina. 2013 is destined to be an exciting year.

Photograph by Chris English, Jan. 15, 2013.

Remsburg will lead School of Nursing

012313Feature_RemsburgDr. Robin E. Remsburg has been named dean of UNCG’s School of Nursing. Remsburg, currently director of the School of Nursing and associate dean for the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, starts work July 1.

Remsburg earned her master’s in nursing education at UNCG, graduating in 1982. She replaces retiring dean Dr. Lynne G. Pearcey.

“It is an honor to rejoin this remarkable nursing school and the Greensboro community,” Remsburg said. “UNCG launched my academic career, enabling me to do things in nursing that I never could have dreamed of—including becoming next dean of the school. The school is ideally positioned to

become a national leader in student-centered education in practice, research, service and policy. I look forward to expanding cutting-edge research and exploring innovative new academic-community partnerships to meet community needs and enhance student learning.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

New Google Transit makes catching a bus easier

012313Feature_GoogleTransitYou want to get across town. Which bus routes are best for you at that moment – and when does each run?

Open the new Greensboro Google Transit app. Plug in your location, and then plug in your destination. You’ll see your best options for GTA or HEAT buses/routes, when and where the buses would leave and arrive, and maps of each option.

Greensboro’s version of Google Transit has been beta-tested, and it launched on Jan. 16. Kevin Elwood at GTA (Greensboro Transit Authority) has led the project. Elwood notes the version will even tell you how much you will save vs. the estimated cost of driving.

It was created through collaboration between the Greensboro Transit Authority and UNCG’s Center for Geographic Information Science, led by Dr. Rick Bunch. Bunch is a professor of geography and director of the center.

What is Google Transit? It’s an app to access routes and sites for public transit in Greensboro, Bunch explains. “It’s a dynamic map.” Students – or anyone in Greensboro – will be able to pull out their smartphone or access the application on their laptop, and have the best transit options available at that moment shown almost instantly.

Bunch, as well as Matt Catanzarite and Anna Tapp at the center, worked in a collaborative way with GTA in 2012. The goal was to integrate bus route and schedule information with Google Maps. They all thought they could have the essential work for the Google Transit app done in weeks. But there were challenges. “It’s not straightforward,” Bunch explains. For example, in using the data, you have to consider the direction of travel. “The data has to have intelligence.” The data must also be correct, complete, and pass Google’s stringent quality assurance and control measures, he explained.

They used data that George Linney at GTA provided. And helped in bringing the Greensboro version of the app to fruition. “It’s a GIS, is what it is,” Bunch explains. “The app is based on the fundamental architecture of GIS.”

Elwood explains that Scott Milman and Suzanne Williams in UNCG’s Parking Operations & Campus Access Management brought GTA and UNCG’s Center for Geographic Information Science together. Milman and Williams knew the project could result in something very helpful for many students – and the Greensboro community at large.

Bunch’s GIS Center, part of UNCG’s Office of Research and Economic Development, is an educational research entity that solves, analyzes and models the geographic aspects of human and natural phenomena. Their many projects since their creation in 2006 range from radio wave propagation modeling with North Carolina’s Department of Commerce to conducting spatial analysis for research partners and companies.

Elwood spoke of the expertise UNCG’s GIS Center brought to the project. “It was invaluable.”

Try the app at http://maps.google.com. Click the bus icon (between the car icon and pedestrian icon) at the top left. Type your location in slot A and your destination in slot B, in order to see your public transit options.

UNCG students and employees with their ID card may ride GTA buses, including HEAT buses, without paying fare. Contact UNCG POCAM for more information.

By Mike Harris
Visual: archival photography, UNCG

2013 Staff Excellence Award nominations

Chancellor Linda P. Brady provides a message to the campus community about nominations for the University Staff Excellence Award:

I am proud of the many outstanding, devoted employees of UNCG and am pleased to encourage your nominations for the University Staff Excellence Award for the eleventh year. This award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to the University this year.

The University Staff Excellence Award of $750 will be presented to up to two deserving permanent SPA or EPA non-faculty employees who are in good standing and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline (February 15, 2013). Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award. Nominations should be based on one or more of the following criteria:

Devotion to Duty – The nominee has exhibited unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and has contributed significantly to the advancement of service to the UNCG community and to the people of North Carolina.

Innovation – The nominee has successfully established new and outstanding work methods, practices and plans for his/her department that are consistent with the University’s mission.

Service – The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the University through involvement on committees and/or representing the University in civic or professional organizations.

Human Relations – The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the field of human relations or employee-management relations that foster a model working and/or learning environment.

Other Achievements – The nominee has made outstanding contributions or service deserving recognition not described in the categories above, including, but not limited to, acts that demonstrate safety and heroism or other examples beyond the call of duty.

I encourage you to consider nominating a colleague for this important award. Please complete the nomination form and return to the Staff Excellence Awards Committee, c/o Betty Betts, Human Resources, Campus, by February 15, 2013.

Thank you.

To access the form, see details, view recipients from the past decade, visit www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_Committees/Staff_Recognition/excellence/

New in 2013, for your dining pleasure

012313Feature_DinningHall2As we move into the new year, Dining Services announces some changes and upgrades:

  • With the completion of Phase One of the university’s renovation of the Dining Hall Building, patrons can now once again access the building from the fountain entrance. The entire area has the new name Moran Commons and Plaza.
  • Guests will notice the great patio and balcony seating overlooking the fountain as well as the interactive seating in the atrium area. To access the Spartan Restaurant, guests will be able to ascend the staircases at the front of the building.
  • New this semester is the relocation of the Spartan Market and Taco Bell to the very front of the Dining Hall building.
  • Guest will also notice the addition of Pizza Hut/Wing Street.
  • The Spartan Market is open from 9 am-11 pm Monday-Friday. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Wing Street hours are from 11 am-midnight.

In the EUC food court, two things are new:

  • The campus welcomes Hissho Sushi. Hissho Sushi offers a wide variety of fresh, hand rolled, sushi products daily. If you’re not in the EUC Food Court, you may pick some up to go at C-Blue, Spartan Market or Spartan 360.
  • Also new to the food court is the rotating Asian concept at the Yan Can Cook station. Dining Services has partnered with Thai Garden (on Tate Street) & MiMi Sushi & Hibachi to offer their popular menu items from their home location. Guests may enjoy the Thai Garden’s popular Pad Thai or MiMi’s Hibachi Chicken without leaving campus. Both restaurants will also offer vegetarian dishes.

Finally, the UNCG community asked & Dining Services heard you, notes Lilkeisha Smith, marketing director for Dining Services. In an effort to expand on the gluten free offerings throughout campus, Au Bon Pain now offers a selection of gluten free pastries. Au Bon Pain is located in the Bryan Building on the lower level.

Professional development for Spring 2013

Looking for ways to acquire new knowledge and competencies?

Human Resource Services’ Professional Development Catalog for Spring 2013 is now available.

The courses are available without cost to all UNCG faculty, staff and administrators.

HRS notes some highlights:

As part of our continuing emphasis on cultural competency, Maria Schilke will continue our popular courses in Beginner’s Spanish, and Dr. Brooke Kreitinger will teach a new series in Beginning German during the month of February.

Dr. Penelope Pynes will lead a course on Intercultural Sensitivity.

HRS will offer a new three-part series on management policies and processes for EPA non-faculty as well as courses on Preventing Workplace Harassment and Bullying Prevention.

Also of particular note this semester are Dr. Kevin Lowe’s course on Managing Cultural Change, Holly Buttner’s workshop on Assessment of Cognitive Style and a collaboratively taught course on Managing Student Employees taught by Dr. Patrick Madsen, Dr. Eric Gladney and Chad Collins.

As part of our focus on workplace competencies and organizational capabilities, Dr. Eric Gladney, Associate Director of Professional Development, will offer a number of courses on teamwork, emotional intelligence, networking, interpersonal communication and related topics.

The catalog may be accessed (click the cover) and course registration is available at web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/ Seating is limited.