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Archives for January 2013

Community Engagement Series launches

012313Feature_EatmanDr. Timothy K. Eatman, an assistant professor of higher education at Syracuse University and co-director of Imagining America: Artists & Scholars in Public Life, will be the featured speaker in the first installment of the Community Engagement Series at UNCG.

Eatman will deliver a series of talks Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2013.

The keynote address, “The Nexus between Community Engagement, Diversity & Student Success,” will be from 8:30-10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Maple Room, EUC. Eatman will present a framework for the development of community engagement initiatives and strategies for equity, diversity and inclusion to improve college access and success of traditionally underserved students. Panelists from UNCG will talk about the shared role of community engagement. No registration is required.

Registration is requested for four other sessions.

The series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Institute for Community & Economic Engagement, Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons, HHS Office of Community Engagement, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, Office of Learning Communities, Coalition for Diverse Language Communities and UNCG Public Scholarship Graduate Network.

Full story – including details on the sessions – is at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson

Deadline this week, Undergraduate Research funding opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Research offers the following funding opportunities to encourage involvement of UNCG undergraduate students in research and creative activities and to support the faculty who actively work with the students.

OUR Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award – Provides up to $3000 award to students. Deadline January 25, 2013. Formerly known as URA but application and review process is now a bit different. See http://our.uncg.edu/funding/URCA.php for details.

OUR Faculty Mini-grants – A pilot program that provides a small amount of funding (up to $2000) to faculty to work on a research project with undergraduate student(s). Deadline January 25, 2013. See http://our.uncg.edu/funding/faculty_minigrants.php for details.

OUR Research Courses Minigrants – A pilot program that provides a small amount of funding (up to $2000) to the teachers of research intensive courses to enhance the undergraduate student experience. Deadline January 25, 2013. See http://our.uncg.edu/funding/research_courses_minigrants.php for details.

OUR Travel Fund – A revised program that provides support (up to $500) for UNCG undergraduate students to present results of their research at conferences. Deadline is rolling. See http://our.uncg.edu/funding/travel.php for details.

Contact OUR at our@uncg.edu for more information.

Nominate top student employees

The Student Employment Office (SEO) is accepting nominations for the 2013 Student Employee of the Year Award. UNCG faculty and staff are invited to nominate a student employee who has exhibited exemplary service.

  • One undergraduate and one graduate student nomination may be submitted by each supervising faculty or staff member.
  • One undergraduate and one graduate student will be selected based on the following criteria: Reliability, quality of work, attitude, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution.
  • Eligible students must have been employed for a minimum of 6 months part-time between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013 (anticipated), or worked the equivalent of 240 hours during this timeframe.
  • All UNCG nominees will be honored on Thursday, April 11, 2013, as part of National Student Employment Appreciation Week.
  • One nominee will have the chance to win a $1,000 money order and plaque in the regional competition and a $1,000 cash award in the national competition.

To nominate a student, download a form at csc.dept.uncg.edu/faculty/supervisorforms/

All nominations must be submitted electronically by Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 to Elena Medeiros at pemedeir@uncg.edu.

Questions? Call 256-0403.

FTLC Spring 2013 Online Teaching lunch series

Join faculty and staff from across the campus for a casual “brown bag” lunch discussion of online teaching. They will meet once a month to discuss a specific topic (listed below) and any other issues relating to online learning. To accommodate varying schedules, each topic is offered twice monthly.

That group is led by Wade Maki, with online fellows Roy Schwartzman and James Benshoff joining in.

Feel free to attend either or both sessions. Meetings occur in the Faculty Center with coffee and cookies provided by the FTLC. Register here or just show up.

Creative Course Design – Effective course design is the most difficult and important part of online teaching. It is also an evolving process. Join in a discussion about what works, what works better, and what to avoid entirely when designing and improving your online course. Of special significance is an often overlooked question: What can you do online that you can’t do in a traditional class?

Monday, January 28, 1-2 p.m. or Tuesday, January 29, 12:30 pm.. – 1:30 p.m.

Interaction and Engagement – How can you facilitate interaction and engagement with online learners? What roles do discussion boards, blogs, and other tools have in creating an interactive learning community? What sorts of engaging assignments have been tried?

Monday, February 25, 1-2 p.m. or Tuesday, February 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Leveraging Technology – How do UNCG faculty creatively utilize technology in online courses? Several faculty members will share how they use technology to promote online learning. Come see and discuss the creative and cutting edge tools used by UNCG faculty.

Monday, March 25, 1-2 p.m. or Tuesday, March 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Problems, Solutions, and Unresolved Obstacles to Online Success – The final meeting of the semester will focus on identifying particular problems faced in online instruction and potential solutions. Discussions of unresolved obstacles (pedagogical, technological, and institutional, etc.) will be of special focus.

Monday, April 15, 1-2 pm or Tuesday, April 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Questions or suggestions: Contact Wade Maki, FTLC Online Learning Fellow, at w_maki@uncg.edu

Health & wellness coaching and weight loss

HealthyUNCG, the university employee health promotion program, would like to invite you to participate in a research study designed to examine the effectiveness of health and wellness coaching on weight loss. All UNCG employees are eligible to participate.

HealthyUNCG is offering the Taking Pounds OFF Sensibly (TOPS) program. This research study will combine weight management strategies from the nationally recognized TOPS program with individual or small group health and wellness coaching sessions. Each week all participants will attend a 1 hour session.

Registration in the national TOPS program is required, $29.50/year.

Participants will not receive compensation or reimbursement for joining TOPS or for participating in the study. Participants will receive TOPS program materials as part of their registration fee and health & wellness coaching services for free.

All information is confidential and only group data will be used for the study. You may participate in the TOPS program even if you do not participate in the research study.

Attend the information and sign-up session on Thursday, Jan. 24, noon in the Dogwood Room of EUC

For further information about the study, TOPS – and to register for an information session – visit http://healthy.uncg.edu

You may contact Michelle Cathorall, the director of HealthyUNCG and PI of the study,with any questions. She can be reached at healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or by phone at 334-9743.

See it, picture it, learn it. Biology’s Bruce Kirchoff brings innovation to the classroom.

012313Spotlight_KirchoffDr. Bruce Kirchoff sees tremendous value in visual learning, and he helps his students harness its power to learn biology.

Here is an example: In his plant diversity class, students must master the intricate life cycles of the algae, fungi and land plants. Instead of having his students memorize the details of these cycles, he has created standardized ways of representing them visually, and software to teach these representations. “Don’t memorize – picture the life cycle,” he tells his students. The picture is a schema that summarizes a large amount of information.

Trying to memorize the individual parts of the cycle can drive students nuts, he says. Where does the gametophyte go? The archegonium? What about the carposporophyte? And this is just the beginning. Visual learning provides a better way.

In some ways his software is like using flashcards to help memorize and learn – but it’s much more effective.

“I am teaching my students to think visually,” he says: to build up and see patterns in their minds eye. When they can “see” the pattern, they can work back to the facts. The pattern is a visual summary of the facts.

With research centering on plant structure and development, and on visual learning, Kirchoff has been a member of UNCG’s biology faculty since 1986.

His work with visual learning has led him to become an entrepreneur. The UNCG Office of Innovation and Commercialization advised him on starting a company around his proprietary software. The UNCG Teaching and Learning Center (now the FTLC) funded some of its initial development. As a result, the software technology is offered free to any course at UNCG. Any faculty member who’d like more information may contact him at kirchoff@uncg.edu, and more information is available at http://www.metisllc.com/.

In another class he has created a version of the software that teaches plant recognition. “You learn to identify plants using the same part of your brain that you use when you look at faces,” Kirchoff says. Students can see and learn the plants at home, on their own time. They come to class prepared to learn at an advanced level, and they do better on their exams.

The software can be used in any class – wherever visual learning is appropriate.

Classes at the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University in Australia use the software. Medical residents in neuralpathology at Stanford Medical School use it. Dr. Catherine Matthews (Education) and Ann Somers (Biology) are developing a version as part of their NSF-funded HERP project. Leaders of a Science Olympiad team in Honolulu are using it. UNCG chemistry professor Dr. Mitchell Croat is developing a version for organic chemistry, and using it in his classes.

These techniques also have use outside the sciences. Kirchoff asks, is a work of art – even an abstract piece – to be seen as a whole, or as composed of parts? “The answer is …. both.” The parts interact to create the whole, but they are only parts – they only have their form and place in the work – because they are “of the whole.” This is the part-whole relationship in art. The same relationship occurs in organisms.

The great German poet and scientist, Goethe, saw this clearly, and it influenced all of his work. He coined the term “morphology,” which is the study of the structure of living things, and Kirchoff’s field of study. Goethe basically said that organisms are like works of art. There is an integral wholeness to the organism. They are composed of parts, but they are not just the parts.

Is what he teaches like the visual expertise described in the book “Blink”? Yes, the first chapter of that popular book dovetails with what he is hoping to achieve. The idea is to be able to be both quick and accurate, with one look. Visual experts do this, and he is teaching his students to do it too. “Using the software, we can get the instant recognition effect with only a short amount of training.”

Dr. Kirchoff will speak with Lisa Woods of Weaver Academy on visual learning in the upcoming Think Tank Thursday at the Weatherspoon Jan.31, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium. Contact Ann Grimaldi (afgrimal@uncg.edu) for more information.

Looking ahead: Jan. 23, 2013

‘Great Conversation’ lecture, Dr. Carisa Showden
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

MLK Celebration, with Dick Gregory
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Men’s basketball vs. Samford
Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Chattanooga
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.

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.

With the staff: Dec. 2012 /early Jan. 2013

Hello: Seang Y. Lee, Community Practices; Kathryn Wardin, HDFS; Sharon Brinson, Registrar’s Office; Rachel Williams, Dean’s Office – School of Education; Gwendolyn Evans, Human Resource Services; Katherine Stamey, Undergraduate Studies; Kathleen Lukens, Accounting Services; Shante Rosa, Student Health Services; Wayne Michaux, Housing and Residence Life; Clifton Goins, Housekeeping; Linda Schlabach, Housing and Residence Life; Brittany Atkinson, Purchasing; Marty Noe, Registrar’s Office; Liane Elias, University Libraries; Marcy A. Williams, Nursing; Wayne M. Johnson, Nursing – Community Practice; Candice Ciciarelli, Student Health Services

Good-bye: James Lawson, Facilities Operations; Donald Hughes, Housing and Residence Life; Alicia Gestner, Registrar’s Office; Shelia Anderson, Continual Learning; Robert Reid, Housekeeping

Nominations for Student Excellence Award

Lloyd International Honors College is now inviting nominations for the Student Excellence Award. These awards are given to seniors whose academic careers are outstanding both inside and outside the classroom. Each academic department and interdisciplinary program may nominate up to two students for the award. Nomination packets have been sent to faculty; see http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/forms/Student_Excellence_Awards_Bundle_2013.pdf. The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in 205 Foust Building. If you have any questions, call Lloyd International Honors College at 334-5538.

Flu vaccinations available

Flu vaccines are available at Student Health Services Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Shots are $13.71 for students, says Casey Fletcher (Student Affairs), and the cost is $20 for faculty/staff.

Diversity and inclusivity pay off

The talk “Return on Investment – Inclusive Excellence” will be presented by Dr. Edward E. Hubbard. It will be held Feb. 8, 2013, 2-4 p.m. in Room 114, School of Education Building.

It is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and UNCG Human Resource Services.

The speaker is the founder of the Hubbard Diversity Measurement and Productivity Institute and the Hubbard Diversity ROI Institute. He has been recognized for his pioneering work in diversity measurement/analytics and calculating the Return-On-Investment impact of diversity initiatives.

Civil Rights marches of the ‘60s?

The year 1963 was a momentous one in America’s Black Civil Rights struggle.

Did you attend the March in Washington in 1963? Or do you know of a UNCG employee who did? Possibly a retired employee? If so, please let CW know.

If you (or an employee you know) took part in any civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, the CW editor would be interested in learning about it.

Email mdharri3@uncg.edu or call 256-0230.

Now, 10 FTLC Fellows

The Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons has ten FTLC Fellows working this semester to advance the cause of good teaching and learning and a supported life balance for all who teach at UNCG.

Mentoring
Sarah Daynes, Sociology
Susan Phillips, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Online Learning
James Benshoff, Counseling & Educational Development
Wade Maki, Philosophy
Roy Schwartzman, Communication Studies

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
Jacqueline DeBrew, Community Practice
Christian Moraru, English
Heather Rushforth, Biology

Visual Learning
Ann Grimaldi, Weatherspoon Art Museum

Experiential Learning
Jessica McCall

With the addition of Marin Burton to the FTLC staff, the commons has expanded in the area of coaching and department head leadership development.

Learn more about what the FTLC offers at ftlc.uncg.edu

Many served on Depression Screening Day

UNCG’s Wellness Center ranked among the top 10 screening sites for the 2012 National Depression Screening Day (NDSD) based on the numbers of people served. Professionals there screened 136 students that day — a huge increase from the previous year’s 35.

The Wellness Center has coordinated NDSD consistently for the past six years and intermittently before that. The center collaborates with UNCG’s Counseling and Testing Center and the Department of Counseling and Educational Development.

Full story and contact information at UNCG News.

See/hear: Jan 23, 2013

Athletics provides a highlights clip of the men’s basketball 71-52 win over Wofford Jan. 16 at the Coliseum. Three Spartans scored in double figures: Trevis Simpson, Derrell Armstrong and Kelvin McNeil. The team, currently 2-4 in the SoCon, has three home games in the next week and a half: Samford Thursday, Jan. 24; Chattanooga Sunday, Jan. 27; and Elon Thursday Jan. 31. The Elon game will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night.

Dr. Esra Memili

012313CampusPeople_MemiliA paper by Dr. Esra Memili (Bryan School) has been honored with the Best Practitioner Paper Award at the 2013 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference. The paper, “Family-friendly Work Practices in Family Firms: A Multilevel Study,” was co-authored by Dr. Pankaj Patel (Ball State), Dr. Daniel T. Holt (Mississippi State) and Hanqing Fang (Mississippi State).

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins

012313CampusPeople_HodgkinsDr. Christopher Hodgkins (English) has been elected to the national board of the English-Speaking Union of the United States. Hodgkins will represent UNCG annually as member-at-large at the group’s national meetings in New York City. Hodgkins, the recipient of UNCG’s senior faculty awards for Teaching Excellence and Research Excellence, in 2004 and 2011 respectively, has authored or edited six books and many articles on 17th century British literature and culture, the poetry of George Herbert, the British imperial imagination and the literary study of the Bible. He is co-founder of the international George Herbert Society and, through the Atlantic World Research Network, has organized and presented six conferences in Britain and North America. With Robert Whalen, he co-edits “The Digital Temple” (the first born-digital edition of Herbert’s English poetry) and has started work on the complete digital works of Herbert. More information at UNCG News.

Dr. David Ribar

012313CampusPeople_RibarDr. David Ribar (Economics) has been elected as a Council member for the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) from 2013 to 2015. ESPE was founded in 1986 to facilitate research in economic demography, including research on human capital and labor markets, migration, population growth, aging, gender issues, economic development and income mobility. ESPE publishes the Journal of Population Economics, where he is an associate editor; holds an annual conference; and sponsors other conferences and events. The council helps the organization with these activities. His first meeting as a council member will be this June at the ESPE annual conference in Aarhus, Denmark.

Janet Lilly

012313CampusPeople_LillyJanet Lilly (Dance) served as a choreographic mentor for the International Facets Choreography Residence as part of the Attakkalari Biennial Jan. 6-12. While in India she also conducted choreography workshops at the Attakkalari in Bangalore and at the University of Pune. Lilly is head of the Dance department.

Dr. Susan Calkins

042810CampusPeople_CalkinsDr. Susan Calkins (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding from the National Institute of Mental Health for the project “Developmental Trajectories of Early Behavior Problems.” This proposal describes an adolescent follow-up of 447 boys and girls at risk for behavior problems who have been assessed in multiple contexts, using multiple measures, across multiple levels of analysis at 2, 4, 5, 7, and 10 years of age.

Xandra Eden

041112CampusPeople_EdenXandra Eden (Weatherspoon) serves as a Public Art Selection panel member for the Greensboro Downtown Greenway. In a recent video, she discussed her work at UNCG and explained the work of the panel. It may be seen at http://downtowngreenway.org/news-item/public-art-selection/. Eden is curator of exhibitions at the museum.

Hooper will be HHS dean

Dr. Celia Hooper, who helped establish and has led the School of Health and Human Sciences since its creation in 2011, has been named the school’s permanent dean.

Hooper also led the former School of Health and Human Performance for four years, from 2007 to 2011, and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders for four years, from 2003 to 2007. A full professor, Hooper continues to teach classes to undergraduate and graduate students.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady lauded Hooper’s leadership and service to the university. “Celia Hooper is a transformational academic leader, a citizen of the university, and a person who embodies UNCG’s commitment to ‘Do something bigger altogether,’” Brady said. “I expect great things from the School of Health and Human Sciences under her leadership.”

Prior to joining UNCG, Hooper served as a faculty member, clinician and administrator in roles at UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Kansas and Case Western Reserve University, and owned and operated a speech-language pathology business.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Zink is next VC for Advancement

Dr. Janis (Jan) Zink, who has extensive experience in higher education and university advancement, will be the next vice chancellor for university advancement. Zink will begin work March 18.

“I am extremely pleased Jan Zink is joining UNCG as our vice chancellor for university advancement,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “Her experience in all aspects of advancement will be invaluable as we build stronger relationships with alumni and friends.”

Zink served the University of Tulsa as vice president of institutional advancement from 1998 to 2005 and since then as senior vice president of planning and outreach. Prior to joining Tulsa, she served as director of development and alumni relations at the University of Texas at El Paso from 1990 to 1998, and as director of corporate and foundation development for Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center from 1988 to 1990.

Zink will be responsible for providing vision, leadership and strategic planning for UNCG’s 65-member University Advancement division. She will lead the university’s fundraising, advancement services and alumni relations units.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson

Dick Gregory at Jan. 23 MLK event

Unity, diversity and fiscal responsibility are the key messages as UNCG and NC A&T collaborate on the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.

The two universities are combining their resources to offer a themed MLK program, “Empowerment through Diversity: Sharing the Dream.” Dick Gregory, humanitarian and comedian, will deliver the keynote address Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, and doors open at 6 p.m. In addition to Gregory’s remarks, UNCG will present its annual MLK Service Award and NC A&T will present its MLK Scholarship Award.

“We are hoping that both campuses will generate dialogue in and out of the classroom about the importance of Dr. King’s legacy and how he impacted history and the world,” says Audrey Daniel, UNCG’s director for multicultural affairs.

Dr. Mark Villacorta, assistant director for multicultural affairs at UNCG, says the move toward a coordinated MLK event between the campuses is a good one for many reasons.

The universities can share costs and draw a larger crowd for the keynote address, Villacorta says. He adds that working together is a perfect expression of Dr. King’s vision for America.

Gregory has authored 15 books. He has recorded seven records and has appeared on television and in films.

King and Gregory often were jailed together as they demonstrated for civil rights in the 1960s, and Gregory became increasingly involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s efforts to bring freedom, justice and equality to all black people in America.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines
Main CW page visual of Martin Luther King from Creative Commons, Minnesota Historical Society. Visual on this page: from Dick Gregory.

Helms’ 4 bits of advice to graduates

Dr. Heather Helms had four bits of advice for UNCG’s December graduates, learned from three former students: Find your why. Be mindful. Be brave. Unite with others.

“Collectively, these three UNCG graduates have accomplished more than I could ever hope to achieve, and they epitomize the UNCG Spartan spirit,” Helms told the crowd. “Their stories emphasize four important life lessons that I hope to capture in one simple message: Y2BU.”

Helms (Human Development and Family Studies), a 2012 Alumni Teaching Excellence Award recipient, gave the address for the university’s winter commencement Dec. 13. (Read her address here.)

UNCG awarded approximately 1,760 degrees to students who completed degrees in August and December. Of these degrees, 32 were awarded to international students.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady said UNCG stands apart not only because of its outstanding academic programs but also because of the “difference our people make.” What matters even more than the lessons learned, Brady told graduates, is “how the lessons learned are carried forward, locally and on the world stage. You will do something bigger altogether.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

“The Future of Learning”

Dr. Bennett Ramsey (Religious Studies) will deliver the inaugural lecture in a new annual series titled “The Future of Learning,” sponsored by Undergraduate Studies.

His lecture on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, is titled “After Learning: Education on a Hot Planet.” It will address what we need to be teaching our students in order to prepare them to lead successful and fulfilling lives in an economically and environmentally more constrained future.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, with refreshments to follow. Chancellor Linda P. Brady will offer opening remarks. All are welcome.

Ramsey is the incoming Senior Fellow in the Warren Ashby Residential College.

This event will serve as the kickoff to an annual series of events that Undergraduate Studies hopes will annually convene and sustain a multi-perspective, campus and community conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing higher education and how UNCG best responds to benefit students.

The Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons will focus on some of the issues raised in this year’s lecture, in events this semester.

Those with questions about the series may contact Steve Roberson or John Sopper.

Our ideas, chancellor: Leadership Institute concludes with presentations

How did the inaugural year of the UNCG Leadership Institute conclude? With an audience of the chancellor, the Executive Staff, other university leaders and institute mentors from throughout the university – as each of six teams presented the results of their studying an issue affecting our university.

Kristen Christman, Jackie Riffle and Timothy Slone composed the first group to make a presentation.

They had been charged this year with investigating particular areas of student need.

“We need to know from the students’ perspective…how UNCG can better serve their needs,” said Timothy Slone in introducing their work.

They identified two areas:

  • first-generation student need (Many UNCG students are the first generation in their family to attend college.)
  • financial skills and job opportunities. Slone explained there was overlap between the two areas.

He explained what Central Michigan, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky are doing for first-generation programs.

Kristen Christman spoke about “first generation opportunities” at UNCG. Examples included having a larger student ambassador program and bringing back the Summer Bridge program. She also advocated the creation of an online resource like UNC Chapel Hill’s “Carolina Firsts” web site. Our university has nearly double UNC Chapel Hill’s percentage of first generation students, she noted.

Riffle focused on the “financial piece,” showing what universities such as Bowling Green and the University of North Texas do to help their students learn money management and develop career planning and job search skills.

Then they opened it up for a question-and-answer session, with the chancellor and others who’d served as mentors in the Institute posing questions and offering insights.

The other teams that made presentations on Dec. 13-14 were:

  • Brian Clarida, Jacqueline DeBrew, Angela Mahoney, Jason Marshburn, Benita Peace – On finding models, ideas or programs from other universities that could be implemented at UNCG to increase collaboration between divisions, departments or units, that could result in added services or benefit to the campus or that could produce cost saving measures.
  • Aprille Black, Lakshmi Iyer, Todd Sutton, Sherry Woody – On Distance Education, best practices at other institutions, and opportunities for UNCG to best make use of it (including cost-saving measures).
  • Jaap-Jan van Duin, Keith Gorman, Karla Lewis, Carol Seaman, Amy Strickland – On UNCG’s current budget model as well as best practices at other institutions. Are there models (or components of models) that could offer opportunities for greater efficiency at UNCG?
  • Kelly Burke, Eric Marshburn, MaryK McGinley, Stephen Moore – Are there models, ideas or strategies from other universities that could be implemented, at a minimal cost, to increase our visibility, highlight our successes and reinforce our status as a premier institution in the region, state and nation?
  • Joella Anderson, Ray Carney, Joanne Jones, Angela Montgomery, Maurice Tyler – How does UNCG’s computing infrastructure compare and contrast with other research institutions? Are there models used by other universities that may optimize our technology, keeping in mind fiscal restraints?

The presentation sessions had opened with an introduction by Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resources, who particularly acknowledged the contributions of Chancellor Linda P. Brady, Vice Chancellor Reade Taylor, and Bonita Brown, chief of staff, in the institute’s success.

At the conclusion, Brady led a graduation ceremony for the inaugural class of the UNCG Leadership Institute. She indicated she was impressed with the extraordinary talent in this year’s class and the leadership abilities shown throughout the course of the institute. She stated that one of the great values of the Leadership Institute is in the collaboration fostered across disciplines and departments. She thanked the mentors who have worked with the individual participants throughout the year.

The 2013 class will meet for the first time a few weeks from now. The class was selected by an application review panel from all divisions.

Information on the program may be found at leadershipinstitute.uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris

Make nomination for Bullard award

The Gladys Strawn Bullard Award honors faculty, staff and students who provide outstanding leadership and service to our university.

The Bullard Selection Committee is accepting nominations at https://uncg.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a9uXmnCOl1WDkWx.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Jan. 18, 2013.

The award was established to recognize and reward members of the student body, faculty and staff of UNCG who provide outstanding leadership and service to the university.

Remember to consider the people who may quietly guide as well as those who are more conspicuous.

Three $1,000 awards will be given to a member of each group at the April 5, 2013, awards ceremony.

A committee, representative of the diverse constituencies of the campus and appointed by the chancellor, will select the recipients.

All entries must be submitted electronically, via this form, no later than Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.

Please note: Nominations for the Staff Excellence Award will also be considered for the Bullard Award.

Those with questions may contact Angela Montgomery (HRS).

African American Studies in U.S. top 10

UNCG’s African American Studies program has garnered national recognition as one of the top 10 programs of its kind in the country, according to productivity rankings released by Academic Analytics.

Data on faculty research was collected from 383 colleges and universities during the 2010-11 academic year. Among the activities measured were book and journal publications, conference proceedings, federal grants, and professional honors and awards.

UNCG’s program ranked in the company of Ivy League universities Harvard and Yale, as well as programs closer to home at Duke and Emory.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson

2013 Calendar Year holidays

UNCG will be closed for several holidays in 2013:

MLK Day – Monday, Jan. 21
Spring holiday – Friday, March 29
Independence Day – Thursday, July 4
Labor Day – Sunday, Sept. 2
Thanksgiving holiday – Thursday-Friday, Nov. 28-29
Winter holiday – Monday-Friday, Dec. 23-27
University closed – Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 30-31*

*Employees may use accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay to cover the two days the university is closed. Employees who have no accrued leave time may make up the time with supervisory approval.

More information is at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/dates/calendaryears/#y2013.

Those with questions may contact Kathy Watford at 4-5009.

Trustees approve higher tuition/fees

The UNCG Board of Trustees endorsed a plan at its Dec. 6 meeting to increase tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year. The increases must be approved by the UNC Board of Governors and the North Carolina legislature.

The proposal would raise annual tuition by 4 percent for in-state undergraduate students, whose tuition would increase by $153. In-state graduate students would see their tuition increase by 4 percent as well; a $175 increase.

Tuition for out-of-state undergraduate students would increase by $153. For out-of-state graduate students it would increase by $175.

Tuition increases would result in about $2.6 million in additional funds.

Under the plan, student fees would increase by 3.6 percent.

Full story at UNCG News.

Spring 2013 FOL offerings

From book discussions to readings and more, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries provides a number of events this semester:

Monday, January 28 — Book discussion of “When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God” by T. M. Luhrmann, led by Dr. Ben Ramsey, Religious Studies. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13 — UNCG alumnus Wiley Cash, author of “A Land More Kind Than Home.” Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 7 p.m.

Monday, February 25 — Book discussion of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D. H. Lawrence, led by Dr. Keith Cushman, English. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6 — Christopher Hodgkins and Robert Whalen present “The Digital Temple” featuring materials from UNCG’s George Herbert Collection. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m.

Monday, March 18 — Book discussion of “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror & an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson, led Dr. Karl Schleunes, History. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20 — Joseph Bathanti, current North Carolina Poet Laureate, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10 — Kathryn Stripling Byer, UNCG alumna and former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m.

To reserve a spot at one of the three book discussions, register here, or contact Kimberly Lutz at 256-8598 or by email.

All of the events on the list above are free admission. Tickets for the late-April FOL Dinner will go on sale later this month. Information will be in a later CW issue.

Energy consumption efforts on track

Chancellor Linda P. Brady provides an update about energy consumption on campus:

At the beginning of this school year, I challenged to the campus to build on our energy conservation successes of 2011-12 by establishing a goal of reducing energy consumption 3 percent in 2012-13. I am pleased to report that through the first third of this fiscal year we are on track to exceed our goal. Over these four months we have collectively reduced our consumption by 6.45 percent, resulting in avoided costs of over $70,000.

We have achieved this in large part through your cooperation with the Standards of Comfort policy and your participation in programs of the Sustainability Office, including the Green Office campaign and the Vampire Energy Slayers. Somewhat milder weather has helped as well. With your continued attention to more efficient energy use and participation in our successful energy reduction programs, I am confident we will continue to surpass our goal. Simple actions such as powering down your computers overnight and over weekends, as well as ensuring that lights in your areas are off at day’s end, go a long way toward reducing UNCG’s energy consumption.

If you’d like to learn other tips on how to save energy here and at home, please visit the UNCG Sustainability Office web site: http://www.uncg.edu/fac/sustainability/.

Craig Nova at top of list, in New Yorker’s ‘Best Books of 2012’

The New Yorker asked some of its contributors for their favorite books from the year. The first book on the “Best Books of 2012″ list?

Craig Nova’s “The Constant Heart.”

“Nova challenges the reader, writes passages as beautiful as some of James Salter’s, is always upping the ante, and is always himself,” says Ann Beattie.

The list is posted on The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog.

Nova has taught in the MFA Writing Program here at UNCG since 2005.

He is an award-winning author of 12 novels and an autobiography. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine and Men’s Journal, among other publications.

Looking ahead: Jan. 9, 2013

Men’s basketball vs. Lees-McRae
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Classes begin for spring semester
Monday, Jan. 14

Men’s basketball vs. Wofford
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.

“Future of Learning” lecture, Dr. Ben Ramsey
Thursday, Jan. 17, EUC Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Music, Time for Three (part of PAS)
Friday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m., Aycock