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Archives for February 2013

Quad renovation honored by preservation group

022713Feature_QuadUNCG’s renovation and restoration of The Quad, seven historic residence halls built around the early 1920s, has been honored by Preservation Greensboro for “excellence in preservation.”

“We were the only institutional or large project honored,” said Fred Patrick, director of UNCG Facilities, Design and Construction. “It was a real honor for us to get it.”

The $55 million renovation — funded by student receipts — involved gutting and rebuilding the halls into updated, suite-style living with modern amenities. Steps were taken to retain aspects of the buildings’ original features.

Renovation also allows institutions to take their sustainability efforts to the next level, he added, both in terms of campus facilities and institutional memory. “You’re keeping the bricks and mortar in place. You’re keeping it in use. There’s the whole historical context and the aspect of the community that lived in the buildings. If they’re gone, those memories fade, but if the bricks and mortar are still there, it keeps those memories alive.”

Officials from Facilities, Design and Construction are collaborating with the project designer and UNCG Housing and Residence Life to present a paper on the Quad renovation at an upcoming meeting of the Association of College and University Housing Officers — International.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

UNCG spurs dialogue on ‘military-friendly’

022713Feature_MilitaryFriendly2Part of our mission at UNCG is to foster a campus-wide culture of inclusion.

As Provost David H. Perrin welcomed the attendees of the “Creating a Military Friendly Campus” to UNCG, he said, “As the most diverse institution in the UNC system, it makes sense for us to broaden our reach and embrace all that military-affiliated students bring to our campus community.”

Those attending the conference ranged from staff, faculty and students at UNCG to staff at universities throughout the region. They shared ideas, research and practices and came to know one another. Dr. Tom Matyok noted the conference presented an opportunity for dialogue – for a group of interested, committed people that will grow.

Session topics ranged from families and diversity, to the impact of stress and distress, to policies, systems and supports.

With recent troop drawdowns in the Middle East, UNCG’s veteran community has grown significantly, Perrin explained. “The number of students receiving VA benefits grew from 259 in 2008 to 476 last year. With additional troop drawdowns on the horizon, we expect the number of veterans we serve will grow and we are taking proactive steps to ensure we are prepared.”

Among the steps taken so far:

  • The establishment of the Chancellor’s Task force on Military, Veterans, and their Families in November 2010.
  • It released its report with 24 recommendations in November 2011. The university has already implemented a number of these recommendations and many others are in progress.
  • UNCG has targeted its efforts in three areas: access, support services and outreach.

UNCG’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program provides nearly $200,000 in scholarship money to cover the difference between the VA’s authorized in-state allocation and ineligible out-of-state costs for post-9/11 GI Bill recipients, the provost said. UNCG’s financial contributions to the Yellow Ribbon Program benefitted 22 students during the 2012-13 academic year. UNCG has also established a Veterans Bridge Loan program to help students make the financial transition from the time of separation from service to the real-time disbursement of financial aid funds.

University departments such as the Registrar’s Office, Undergraduate Admissions and Student Affairs are working together to strategically position specialized staff that have the needed expertise to identify UNCG’s military-affiliated students and ensure they are supported inside and outside the classroom from the time they apply for admission to the day they graduate.

Also, the Student Veterans Association has become revitalized, providing peer support and social engagement activities.

“Our student veteran population produces outstanding students who earn high grades and exhibit maturity and persistence in the classroom,” the provost said. “Our military-affiliated population success rates are consistently impressive, as evidenced by an 87 percent retention rate and a 72 percent graduation rate.”

UNCG has been on the “Military Friendly School” list published by GI Jobs Magazine for two consecutive years. And this year, UNCG was the only public university in our state deemed “Best for Vets” by Military Times Edge Magazine.

After the conference’s conclusion, Matyok reflected that the most productive aspect of the conference was “the horizontal engagement.” People could engage – and now can continue to engage – in meaningful conversations that address the needs of active duty military, veterans, and their family members on college and university campuses.

By Mike Harris
Photo: Dr. Tom Matyok speaks at the start of the conference. Among those visible are Provost Perrin and Dedrick Curtis, UNCG’s veteran services coordinator, on front row, far left.

Times editor shows students where hard work, curiosity can lead

022713Feature_NYTThe New York Times foreign editor did not start out in journalism – had never written for student newspapers, etc. “I’d never written an article in my life till grad school,” Greg Winter told the UNCG audience at his Feb. 19 evening talk.

Hard work and curiosity will take you in funny directions, he said.

As an undergraduate at Brown, he decided to major in architecture, with a focus on public policy. His thesis was on “Section 8,” a federal financing program. Soon, his job was focused on public housing in San Francisco, where he was director of public policy at the Hamilton Family Center. “I was bringing classroom discussions to life.”

He got burned out, and was ready for a career change. No one wanted to publish what he wanted to write. “I like to write. I like social issues,” he thought, so he decided to go to journalism school.

“Man created graduate school, to recreate yourself,” he joked.

He was soon freelancing as a journalist, and then interned with the Wall Street Journal. That led to his reporting for the Business desk of the New York Times.

All along, he drew on his interests, his background – and what he’d learned in each part of his education and career.

And that was a big part of his message to the UNCG students attending the talk. You can’t really predict what will happen, he said. One example? There was a time when attending law school was a very safe bet; not now. Another example? When he was in grad school in 2000, few foresaw to what extent the internet would change the world of journalism.

He is now foreign editor at the New York Times. He listed and explained many critical international stories they’ve covered. “I never imagined I would be doing this,” he said.

Hitting deadlines. Following your instincts. Digging for that stellar story. Drawing on your entire background, your personal stamp. These are some of the lessons the UNCG students heard. And one more:

“The more you hustle, the more doors will open for you.”

A few additional notes from his UNCG talk and Q&A:

  • Journalism does have values. “It’s not just information.” The highest honor in their field is the Pulitzer Prize in public service, he noted.
  • Paranoia and utter terror are good things in journalism, he wryly explained. One bad mess-up on a big story, and your career could be over. At the same time, you have the deadline and you have to deliver. “I don’t care how much you triple-checked your story, you get nervous.”
  • ‘International’ is our brand, he said, responding to a question about The New York Times. At another point in his talk, he spoke of “investigative journalism” as their brand identity. He explained that he does not make business decisions, but it is a business decision of his newspaper to devote resources to international coverage and investigative journalism. Those two carry a cost, but “we might make it back in brand” he explained, when people decide who to subscribe to.

The editor spoke at this event and one exclusively for students as part of the “New York Times in the First Year” program. UNCG has leveraged the program to help broaden students’ perspectives and develop critical thinking. Some classes use news stories to promote discussions related to topics such as global issues, leadership, civic engagement, diversity, ethics and global issues.

Afterward, Dr. Steve Roberson, UNCG’s dean of undergraduate studies, explained the value to UNCG students.

“I am extremely pleased that UNCG is one of nine universities in the nation–including Gonzaga and NYU – participating in the New York Times in the First Year program. Giving our students access to the daily print version of the Times, along with electronic access, is sensational. Interactions with New York Times reporters and editors, whether via Skype or in person, is transformative.”

Faculty and instructors interested in using The New York Times in the classroom – both the “First Year” and “Leadership” programs – should contact Laura Pipe at lmpipe@uncg.edu. “Currently, many faculty and instructors formally and informally use the paper on campus,” Pipe said. “However, events like Greg Winter’s visit to campus are the product of a number of committed faculty and staff.” Faculty and instructors who formally designate their course as using the paper receive a free Monday-Friday home delivered subscription during the semester, she noted. Additionally, having more courses formally using the paper allows the university to hold more events and video conferences with journalists from The Times. Faculty may explore current uses of the paper at http://nytimesinthefirstyear.com or http://nytimesinleadership.com

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English, of Winter immediately after speaking with UNCG students in an afternoon session. Joseph Abraham, sports editor for The Carolinian, is to his left (with blue backpack).

Vote on QEP, whether by paper ballot or online

The UNCG Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) voting is this week. The vote ends Friday, March 1.

There are two ways to vote.

1) Students, faculty and staff with an active ID number and PIN may vote by logging in to UNCGenie and entering “election” in the search box. This will take you to “UNCG Elections and Polls” where the QEP vote may be cast.

If you have any technical difficulties with this online method – or if you prefer to simply vote by paper ballot – there is another method.

2) To assure that all members of the UNCG community have ample opportunity to vote on the QEP topic, the QEP Steering Committee has arranged for voting stations in the main hallway of the EUC where paper ballots can be cast by faculty, staff and students with a valid UNCG ID.

You may cast a paper ballot in the EUC on:

  • Tuesday, Feb.26 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Further information, instructions on voting and detailed descriptions of the QEP topics can be found at http://uncgqep.uncg.edu/

Musicologist Aaron Allen reaches out to all students and faculty to consider sustainability

022713Spotlight_AllenMany on campus know Dr. Aaron Allen as an award-winning member of the Music faculty. Now, he’s been appointed to also be UNCG’s academic sustainability coordinator, focusing on initiatives to advance our university’s work in this area.

Last year was spent in research in Italy, the result of his winning the prestigious Rome Prize. Allen’s work there focused on the reception of Beethoven in Italy. While overseas, he got an email from Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker, a long-time campus sustainability leader, asking if he’d be interested in chairing the campus’ Sustainability Council when he returned last fall. That chairmanship led to his appointment, he explains.

He’d been involved in UNCG’s sustainability effort since joining UNCG in 2007. But his commitment goes back a long ways. At Tulane University, where he earned a double major – BS in ecological studies and BA in music – he led their campus sustainability group for three years. He was a two-time Morris Udall Scholarship in Environmental Excellence recipient. He even taught a course on sustainability as an undergraduate. His undergraduate thesis was a case study on the “greening of the campus” movement as it related to Tulane. One focus? How to change the culture of an institution. There, he helped to create a position that would coordinate environmental sustainability.

As a doctoral student at Harvard, his focus was music. His dissertation was on how Beethoven’s music was received in 19th century Italy. But there as well, he was involved in campus environmental efforts.

His current research focus includes ecomusicology – specifically sustainability, environmentalism and the arts; and the history and representations of nature in music.

And his new role as Academic Sustainability Coordinator will give UNCG’s Trey McDonald in Facilities a partner in the campus’ sustainability initiative. McDonald is focused more on the operations side, Allen explained. “I’ll be a partner on the academic side.” His term runs until 2015.

In addition to teaching music courses, Allen will begin teaching a new course called “Introduction to Sustainability Studies,” with units on sustainability as defined as a “core value” in the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-2014.

The language from the UNCG Strategic Plan states: “Academics, operations, and outreach are conducted with careful attention to the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” Allen said, “My job is to ensure that academic sustainability initiatives at UNCG balance those four interconnected areas.”

Provost David H. Perrin said, “Aaron will continue the great work of Anna Marshall Baker, who is largely responsible for launching the sustainability initiative on our campus. As Academic Sustainability Coordinator, Aaron will facilitate interdisciplinary curricular and research approaches to sustainability for our faculty, staff and students. He will be an important member of the Sustainability Council and leader in the advancement of our sustainability goals in support of UNCG’s Strategic Plan.”

Allen plans to leverage his “bi-lingual” academic background, as he continues to reach out and speak with interested professors and classes. “It’s very trans-disciplinary,” he explained. The sustainability-related problems facing our world can’t be confined to a single discipline or subject.

“The challenge is to bring disciplines together,” he said. He will help build bridges in the academic realm, around a topic critical for our world: sustainability.

“I’ve been trained all my life to do this.”

Growing up in rural West Virginia, then Key West, Fl., and Mississippi, he had an ever-increasing awareness and passion for environmental issues. He helped his father, who’s a carpenter, build an environmentally friendly solar-powered home on family land in West Virginia. “My parents live there now.”

His passion now is to combine his love for music and ecology. This campus has natural, sustained beauty, he notes, and it is a microcosm of the world. Now he can share with students knowledge not only about music but also environmental well-being.

“I want to do something that’s beautiful.”

Faculty members may contact him at asallen@uncg.edu or 256-0165.

At Gatewood: What a design we weave

022713Feature_GatewoodUNCG’s Claudia Aguilera, an Interior Architecture master’s student from El Salvador on a Fulbright Scholarship, installed her thesis exhibition “Decoding Crafts” this week at UNCG’s Gatewood Studio Lobby.

If you have interest in the art of weaving, stop in for a moment. If you don’t have an interest in weaving, you might quickly find that you do.

The light fixtures are woven from designed recyclable strips. So are the stools, from designed cardboard. (You can put one together if you’d like.) She explains the forms, which are inspired by traditional woven Petate rugs, through a series of diagrams, posters and prototypes.

It’s all an analysis of cultural referents from El Salvador and the industry manufacturing process. The older meets the newer. Handcrafted meets mass-produced.

A very compelling thesis design work.

The exhibition comes down at the end of this week. If you’re near the Gatewood Building on Highland, stop in, read and learn about her inspiration for the design. And take a moment to absorb the creative thinking.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Feb. 27, 2013

Men’s basketball vs. Georgia Southern
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

Address, “The Progressive Plutocracy Revisited,” David Goldfield
Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., SOE Building, Room 120

Think Tank Thursday
Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

University Symphony Orchestra
Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Aycock

Men’s tennis vs. The Citadel
Saturday, March 2, noon

Children’s drama, ‘Charlotte’s Web’
Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Women’s basketball vs. Wofford
Monday, March 4, 7 p.m.

Presentation, Herbert’s The Digital Temple
Wednesday, March 6, 4 p.m., Jackson Library

Take wellness profile, be entered to win iPad

Take the new Online Personal Wellness Profile and be entered to win an iPad.

Complete the online PWP by March 31, 2013, and you will be entered to win a new iPad and you could help your department win lunch with the Chancellor. The department/unit that has the highest percentage of employees complete the PWP during the promotional period will spend part of an afternoon having lunch with Chancellor Brady.

This free opportunity is only available to UNCG faculty and staff.

The Personal Wellness Profile is part of a university initiative. At the time you take it you will be asked to participate in a voluntary research study. You do not need to be in the study to participate in HealthyUNCG programs or to be entered into the raffle or win.

To take the online PWP, click HERE.

For rules and more information, click HERE.

If you have any questions regarding HealthyUNCG or the PWPs, email healthy_uncg@uncg.edu. HealthyUNCG looks forward to helping you work toward a healthier you.

See/hear: Feb. 27, 2013

See video highlights of Nicholas Paulos’ 10 three-pointers in the Spartan win over Chattanooga last week. It netted him a “Top Performers” notice on the ESPN web site. It also set a new Spartan single-game record. Watch the reaction from the Spartan bench as he keeps hitting the long shots – he made 10 in 12 tries. During one stretch, he made six in only three minutes.

Facilities Operations Employees Recognition

022713Feature_FacilitiesFacilities Management held their Winter Employee Recognition Program on Jan. 24, 2013, in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

Keith Siler, Jim Mohr and Rhonda Mitchell received awards.

Dr. Eric Gladney, associate director of human resources, spoke on the value of customer service excellence and the positive impact that our Facilities Operations employees provide for the university.

The Facilities Management Employee Recognition Program recognizes employees who strengthen the Facilities Management team through their remarkable contribution and performance. Employees are nominated by their peers and campus staff for achievements in the areas of Collaboration/Teamwork, Safety and Customer Service.

Nominees for the 2013 Winter Awards were: David Alcon, Leroy Arrington, Paul Bigelow, Paul Dow, Travis Holcomb, Lori Krise, Jeannie Lasley, James Lyles, James Mason, Rhonda Mitchell, Jim Mohr, Jeremy Myers, Robert Owens (winner of the gift basket drawing), Debbie Reynolds, Keith Siler, Elizabeth Swinson, Pat Williams, James White and Tom White.

Recognition Program Development co-chairs are: Hoyte Phifer (Facilities Operations) and Buddy Hale (Facilities Design and Construction).

Recognition Program Selection Committee members are: Lori Krise (Committee Chair), Leroy Arrington, Shelly Booth, Chris Chilton, Tony Phillips, Kevin Siler and Jay White.

Visual: left to right are Keith Siler, Rhonda Mitchell and Jim Mohr.

Faculty Forum: Innovation Commercialization and P&T

On Thursday, March 7, 2013, 3 p.m., in the EUC Kirkland Room, the Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee and the University Libraries will sponsor a faculty forum on innovation commercialization in the tenure and promotion process. In their creative and scholarly work, faculty members occasionally develop ideas for innovations that might lead to the creation of new commercial products or services. In such cases, the faculty member should consider how patents, trademarks and copyrights help protect those ideas as they are developed into a commercial reality. Join us for a panel of UNCG faculty who will discuss their experiences with the Office of Innovation Commercialization, including observations about patents, trademarks and copyrights, how faculty can benefit, and how their activities can be viewed in the promotion and tenure process. Lisa Goble, director of the Office of Innovation Commercialization, will serve as moderator for the panel, and the panelists are:

  • Vincent Henrich, Center for Biotechnology, Genomics and Health Research
  • Noah Davis, Department of Theatre
  • Dan Herr, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
  • Bruce Kirchoff, Department of Biology

Paulos another ESPN “Top Performer”

022713Feature_PaulosAt Chattanooga last week, sophomore Nicholas Paulos had his best game yet. It landed him on the “Top Performers” list for Feb. 21 on the ESPN scores web page. Earlier in the season, Trevis Simpson was placed on that list, for his 41 point flurry against the same team, Chattanooga.

Paulos set a new team record by making 10 three-pointers in the game. He made six of them over a three-minute period. Due to foul trouble, he only played about half the game, which the Spartans won 94-68.

The team’s 20 three-pointers in the game were the most by any team this season in NCAA Division I.

The team had 27 assists, the most for UNCG against a Division I team in program history, Matt McCollister notes.

The team’s SoCon record stands at 6-10.

Their final home game of the season is tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., against Georgia Southern.

Chelimo and Katam take SoCon titles

022713Feature_ChelimoKatamJunior Paul Chelimo, a public health major, and sophomore Paul Katam, a pre-nursing major, claimed the top two spots in the 3,000-meter race as the 2013 SoCon Indoor Track and Field Championships last Saturday. It was Chelimo’s sixth SoCon title.

On Sunday, Katam gained the third Southern Conference title of his career, winning the 5,000-meter race, finishing over 15 seconds in front of his nearest competitor

Junior Chelsea Sumney, a speech pathology major, finished just .03 of a second out of her first ever SoCon championship as she finished second in the 5,000-meter race on Sunday.

All three runners earned 2012 USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country status, according to an announcement this week.

Visual of Chelimo and Katam (l-r) at the Championships, by Carlos Morales.

Student’s dance a feast for the senses

022713Feature_Dance“Methods of Perception: Dance to Engage the Senses” is a collection of dance works that invites audiences to experience all five senses through dance.

In addition to accessing sight and sound, creator Melanie Greene, in her MFA Thesis concert, investigates how touch, taste, and smell inform the perception and reception of dance.

The evening will include choreography by Greene in collaboration with dancers and colleagues to transform contemporary dance from abstract to literal and back again. Materials will be available before the show to promote dance literacy and inspire an interactive sensory entrance into the dance works before the viewing experience.

The concert will be held March 1 and 2, 2013, at 8 p.m. in the UNCG Dance Theater Purchase tickets at the Box Office, at 334-4849 or visit www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice.

Digital Temple of George Herbert event March 6

022713Feature_DigitalTempleFor literary scholars, it’s the next best thing to being there.

After many years of tedious work, Dr. Chris Hodgkins (in visual), a professor of English here at UNCG, and Dr. Robert Whalen of Northern Michigan University, have thrown open the doors to their Digital Temple of George Herbert. By subscribing to the Temple, scholars and lay readers can access ultra-high-quality, searchable reproductions of two surviving manuscripts and a first edition of “The Temple,” a collection of poems by the Welsh-born poet and Anglican priest who lived from 1593-1633.

The Temple debuts with a free presentation in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. Hodgkins and Whalen will show off the project and answer questions beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

“There’s no substitute for holding the book in your hand, feeling the pages, smelling the pages,” says Hodgkins. “The idea is not to replace a paper archive, but to make it possible to give thousands, tens of thousands, even millions of people over the years, access to these materials.”

In 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) gave Hodgkins and Whalen a $250,000 Digital Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant to complete the project. The Temple went live last month, published through the Rotunda Portal of the University of Virginia Press.

Jackson Library has one of the world’s largest Herbert collections thanks to Dr. Amy Charles, a Herbert biographer and scholar who taught at UNCG from 1954 until her retirement in 1985.

By Michelle Hines
Read additional information at this blog.

Walk from Florida to Maine this spring

HealthyUNGC has a new program starting in March: the Miles for Wellness Walking Challenge – Lighthouse Tour.

On this virtual walk, Spartan employees will be “stepping up the east coast, touring lighthouses as we go, and ending up in Maine on Mother’s Day,” says Michelle Cathorall, director of HeatlhyUNCG. “We hope walkers will make this walk a team competition as well as a family motivator.

“It’s fun because our teams (at UNCG) get to compete against each other but then they also get to see how they do against state employee teams across North Carolina,” she adds.

  • This is a pedometer-based “move more” event with teams of 10 members maximum.
  • Free pedometer for the first 100 participants.
  • Accommodations may be made for anyone with a physical challenge. “Please let me know of those needs and I will do my best to provide assistance,” she says.
  • There are three separate team divisions: Super Hare, Hare and Tortoise. Teams will only be competing among other teams within their own division.

More information and registration materials are available on their HealthyUNCG Miles for Wellness web page. There is contact information on that page as well.

“Hope to see you in Florida on March 14th,” she says.

Special dates for the Miles for Wellness Lighthouse Tour are:

  • Friday, March 1, 2013: Registration Begins.
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2013: Registration ends at Close-of-Business.
  • Thursday, March 14, 2013: Start Date.
  • Sunday, May 12, 2013: End Date. The competition ends at midnight.
  • Friday, May 24, 2013: Spreadsheets are due.
  • Winners will be announced and the trophy handed out in June.

German Day 2013 at UNCG

On Wednesday, March 6, the German Program, with support of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the Kohler Fund, hosts the annual German Day 2013. The German Program will serve as this year’s host.

This year’s German Day theme is “Deutsch ist Handy!” As always, students participating in skit performances, poster design, and the T-shirt contest must incorporate the theme into their work. The motto will also be part of an extemporaneous speaking prompt. The German Program expects to welcome more than 450 high school students from more than 20 high schools across North Carolina together with their German teachers on campus. In addition to the competitions students will participate in a treasure hunt in order to explore the campus. So, on March 6, feel free to practice your German – participants will be wearing T-shirts with the winning design. For more information, contact Dr. Rinner at s_rinner@uncg.edu or visit http://nc.aatg.org/archive/germday13.htm

HR liaisons

An HR liaison meeting will be held Friday, March 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the EUC Maple Room.

Topics include an update on our progress in the implementation of the online employment system for EPA faculty and non-faculty, staffing changes at OSP, and other information items. Joel Dunn, Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Systems, will talk about the ITS Listening Tour.

NC Quest grant to support state’s teachers

NC Quest, which administers federal funds to train and support North Carolina’s teachers, has set aside just under $300,000 to fund a proposal submitted by UNCG’s School of Education.

The project, “Core Math II: Assisting Teachers’ Implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics with Learning Trajectories, Reform-Oriented Pedagogy, and Instructional Support,” will empower public school teachers to better implement the state’s new math standards in their classrooms.

“It’s exciting,” says Dr. Holt Wilson, the project leader and a professor in the Teacher Education and Higher Education Department within the School of Education. “It’s a difficult time for teachers with the changes in standards.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Healthcare-associated infections

Want to learn about how the hospital setting can be an infection risk for patients? Dr. Tim Rice (Cone Health) will speak Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 136, Petty Science.

The talk is sponsored by UNCG STAMPS Science scholarships and Greensboro Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Questions? Call 4-5844

CW schedule for 2013 Spring Break

Campus Weekly will publish March 6, then will not publish during Spring Break week. CW will return March 20.

Six degrees of ‘Lincoln’ at UNCG

022713Spotlight_LincolnWhen Spielberg’s “Lincoln” picked up a couple of Academy Awards on Sunday, a number of tangential UNCG connections came to mind:

  • Playwright/screenwriter Tony Kushner was nominated for an Oscar for adapted screenplay, for the film. Theatre department head Jim Fisher has written extensively on Kushner and hosted a Q&A with Kushner at UNCG’s Taylor Theatre in 2008. Fisher’s several books on Kushner include “Kushner in an Hour” and “Understanding Tony Kushner.” In that 2008 talk, Kushner revealed to the students his then-current project: a screenplay about Lincoln. He detailed the Lincoln family’s emotional dynamics, comparing them to those in a Eugene O’Neil play. “It’s ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night,’ with the Lincolns,” he said. Daniel Day-Lewis, in accepting his Oscar for “Best Actor,” acknowledged Kushner.
  • Dr. Richard Nelson Current, who died in October at age 100, was an influential Lincoln scholar. He taught at UNCG for much of his career. In a November article, the Washington Post noted he worked to dispel myths that had grown up around Lincoln, “including the notion that some of his Cabinet members conspired in his assassination.” His books included “The Lincoln Nobody Knows” and “Lincoln and the First Shot.” The Lincoln Forum named their lifetime achievement award in his name.
  • Union General John Schofield, one of the few generals Lincoln mentions in the film, held a conference with Confederate General Joseph Johnston in the vicinity of today’s UNCG campus, as the war concluded. Days before that May 1865 meeting west of Greensboro, Schofield had issued a General Order stating that “all persons in this State heretofore held as slaves are now free,” citing Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
  • Newspaper editor and political figure Henry Watterson lectured on Abraham Lincoln in Foust Building in November 1897, according to clippings preserved in UNCG Archives in a scrapbook. That was 32 years after Lincoln’s death and the end of the Civil War. He had been acquainted with Lincoln, and provided “personal reminiscences of that great leader,” his admiration for the man approaching “a religious zeal.” What did the 300 students and other residents think of Lincoln? “The first mention of Lincoln’s name – thrillingly led up to – elicited a spontaneous, irresistible and hearty burst of applause…”

By Mike Harris
Photograph of Lincoln by Matthew Gardner, 1863.

ART Madness begins March 8

Enjoy an art exhibition and sale featuring the works of distinguished alumni and faculty from the UNCG’s Department of Art. The ART Madness event will take place in the Gatewood Gallery. A gala opening and reception, with live music, food and beverages, will be held Friday, March 8, 2013, from 6-9 p.m. The cost of attending the gala opening is $25 per person. You can make your reservations online at http://www.uncg.edu/art/ARTMadness/ArtMadnessGalaForm.html

To preview the artwork, visit http://imageevent.com/artmadness/2013 The exhibition and sale will continue through March 15.

Proceeds from art purchases will benefit educational programming for art majors in the Department of Art.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

031611CampusPeople_WelshDr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) was elected president of the Small Business Institute for 2013. Welsh (UNCG) and Mariana Dragusin (Bucharest School of Economics) won the Best Pedagogy Paper at the Small Business Institute Feb. 14-17; the paper was titled, “The New Generation of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) and their Potential Impact on Higher Education Worldwide.” Also, the Spartan Trader Retail Store was a finalist for the Best Practices Award.

Welsh also presented a paper titled “The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on Women’s Entrepreneurship” (co-authors Kaustav Misra, Esra Memili (UNCG), and Hanqing Fang).

In the Project of the Year Competition for the Small Business Institute, SouthData Inc. with the student team of Neha Gupta, Yi-Chen Hung and Alison Weeks and Project Director Jason Bohrer and SBI Director Dianne Welsh placed 2nd placed in the Graduate Comprehensive Category nationally. Their project was part of the MBA capstone course.

Dr. Dan Yasaki

022713CampusPeople_YasakiDr. Dan Yasaki (Mathematics and Statistics) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory.” The goal is to run a one week summer school in computational number theory for approximately 20 graduate students in the years 2013, 2014 and 2015. The grant will support the travel costs, accommodations and meals of the students and up to three invited speakers. On a typical day, experts will give talks in the morning, and in the afternoon students will solve problems related to this material. These will include theoretical as well as programming problems and computer experiments, the abstract states.

UNC strategic plan ‘gives us direction,’ Ross says

022013Feature_TomRossBeing more efficient, while being attentive to quality. Assessing learning outcomes. Serving North Carolina. Being accountable.

As UNC President Tom Ross spoke at the Feb. 6 UNCG Faculty Forum, those were some themes.

Ross gave some background on the UNC Strategic Direction initiative, talked about implementation and fielded questions from the UNCG faculty.

“It did move quickly,” he said, referring to the strategic planning process – and acknowledged some people are unhappy with the process and are unhappy with the plan.

“It gives us direction,” he said.

Now the question is, “How do we go from here?”

Another question he raised, referring to the plan’s degree attainment goal: “What do we need to get there?”

It was not just a recession we just went through, he said. It was a pretty substantial restructuring of the U.S. economy.

“The jobs of tomorrow are not going to be like the jobs of yesterday,” he said. We need to be better educated.

Education is changing rapidly, he explained, looking beyond our state’s and even our nation’s borders. He noted that China has built about 2,000 higher education institutions in recent years. “They’re investing.”

The economy of today is not like the economy of the 1990s. Universities need to be more efficient.

He credited UNCG for having already undertaken academic program review. “You are way ahead of the curve” of other universities that will have to go through it, he said.

After speaking for 30 minutes, he took questions from the UNCG faculty for an hour.

Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya, who serves on the Strategic Direction Initiative’s Faculty Advisory Council, asked Ross the first question: When he looks at UNCG, what are the distinguishing characteristics, in his mind?

UNCG is, physically, not the same campus it was when he was a young man and was familiar with the campus. “It’s now contained like a college campus,” Ross said. And there’s a great sense of community, among students and faculty and staff. He spoke of the importance of “place” for human and intellectual development.

Some programs that readily came to mind were the School of Education, health-related programs, and the business school. (Earlier, he had spoken of the importance of nano.)

He also noted the “quality of undergraduate research here,” speaking about the “depth of education” that that provides students. He explained that UNCG graduates who can “go deep” are needed in the workforce. That quality and skill, which undergraduate research fosters, will help students in their field and throughout their careers.

He responded to questions on a range of topics including distance learning; educating and being transparent to newly elected officials and providing dialog; importance of good data in tracking transfer students and success rates; the need to think long-term for our universities; the role of science and math on UNC campuses; the value of liberal arts; looking at program duplication; and the role of faculty – and students – in assessment measures.

“We are in an interesting time,” he said. He referred to evolving economic, educational and political realities at various times in his talk.

He ended the session by noting the next stage is the plan’s implementation stage. “It’s important that you engage,” he told the UNCG faculty.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English.

Free Family Night at WAM

022013Feature_AlHadid‘Mystery Places & Imaginary Landscapes’ is the focus of this week’s Family Night at the Weatherspoon. The event is Thursday, Feb. 21, 5-8 p.m.

Mythical places, time travel and ancient civilizations are recalled in the evocative drawings and sculptures of Diana Al-Hadid, on view in the large McDowell gallery in the museum.

Come and enjoy – and bring family members. Create an imaginary landscape, take a tour with the museum’s Teen Art Guides or participate in a musical experience with faculty member Chad Eby and students in the UNCG Jazz program. There will be activities throughout the evening.

All ages are welcome. See details.

Visual: art of Diana Al-Hadid.

(Post was edited to include date and start time.)

Dr. Wei Jia’s research on gut microbes garners international attention

022013Feature_WeiJai1A UNCG researcher is among an international team of scientists who may have uncovered the mystery behind one of China’s worst food safety scandals, which took the lives of at least six infants fed powdered milk deliberately tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.

Dr. Wei Jia, a nutrition professor and co-director of UNCG’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research in Kannapolis, along with scientists in China and London, released findings last week that microbes present in the gut can affect the severity of kidney disease brought on by melamine poisoning. News media around the world covered the story last week.

In 2008, nearly 300,000 Chinese children were hospitalized with kidney disease brought on by supplies of powdered milk illegally contaminated with melamine to simulate higher nitrogen content. Although melamine was known to combine with uric acid in the children’s bodies to produce harmful kidney stones, the details of the reaction were not well understood or the fact that the presence of specific gut microbes changed the risk.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson
Visual: Dr. Wei Jia

“New Voyages” focuses on N.C., the South

022013Feature_GoldfieldUNCG will host the final conference in a statewide series titled “New Voyages to Carolina,” which will bring a number of prominent scholars who study North Carolina and the U.S. South to campus Feb. 28 and March 1.

The keynote address by David Goldfield (in visual), titled “The Progressive Plutocracy Revisited,” will begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 in Room 120 in the School of Education Building. A reception will follow in the Alumni House. The event is free and open to the public. Goldfield is a history professor at UNC Charlotte and the author or editor of 16 books, including “Cotton Fields and Skyscrapers” (1992), “Black, White, and Southern” (1990) and “America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation” (2011). He is the incoming president of the Southern Historical Association.

The conference features a dozen speakers, including Deborah Beckel, who teaches women’s history writing at Lynchburg College and is the author of “Radical Reform: Interracial Politics in Post-Emancipation North Carolina;” Robert Korstad, professor of public policy and history at Duke University and co-author of “Like a Family,” “Remembering Jim Crow” and “To Right These Wrongs;” and economic historian Peter Coclanis, director of the Global Research Institute at UNC Chapel Hill and author of “The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670–1920.”

Moderators will include UNCG History faculty members Charles Bolton, Watson Jennison, Greg O’Brien and Lisa Tolbert. Dean Timothy Johnson will introduce the keynote speaker.

Advance registration is encouraged but registration at the door will be possible. All conference events are free to UNCG faculty, staff and students.

Full story – and link to the full schedule – at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson

New Supervisory Recognition pilot program

UNCG is piloting a new Models of Inclusive Excellence Supervisory Recognition program.

The purpose of the program is to align supervisory actions, accomplishments and behaviors with UNCG’s values of inclusiveness, collaboration, sustainability, responsibility and transparency. The program seeks to recognize supervisors for tangible accomplishments in providing a positive work climate, ensuring equity and inclusion, and creating a culture of collaboration that supports career growth and professional development.

This program is a pilot program sponsored by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and administered by Human Resources. As such, it seeks to recognize staff and faculty supervisors for their contributions to the university mission and goals.

There will be two Models of Inclusive Excellence awards (one faculty, one staff) given each year.

A supervisor who models inclusive excellence demonstrates these actions and behaviors:

  • Applies fairness and consistency to all actions;
  • Empowers others through a positive leadership style that supports individual creativity and innovation;
  • Builds a culture of inclusion that models the values of dignity, respect, and integrity;
  • Takes measurable steps to ensure equity and inclusion in organizational processes;
  • Understands and supports work/life balance;
  • Appreciates the contribution that a diverse workforce offers and takes measurable steps to build and sustain a diverse workforce;
  • Promotes teamwork through inclusive, cross-functional teams;
  • Communicates goals and expectations clearly and establishes accountability for results;
  • Removes unnecessary barriers to accomplishment and promotes cross-functional problem-solving;
  • Collaborates with other peers and organizations and supports a culture of collaboration;
  • Manages institutional resources to maximize departmental contributions to institutional goals;
  • Encourages professional development and provides tools for mentoring and professional accomplishment;
  • Creates a positive climate that models UNCG values of inclusiveness, collaboration, sustainability, responsibility, and transparency.

The deadline for nomination submissions is noon, March 15, 2013.

To make a nomination and to see full criteria, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Employee_Recognition/Supervisory_Recognition/

Or access these direct links to the Nomination Form and to the Supervisor’s Confirmation Form.

(Post was revised Feb. 20, removing a word from the third paragraph.)


Day-long Black history event

“Remembering Struggles, Celebrating Futures” will be the theme of a Black History Month event on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. It will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Some features:

  • Exhibit by the Black History 101 Mobile Museum titled: “Drum Majors for Justice”
  • documentary and discussion with Yusef Shakur titled “Detroit’s Native Son: From Z8ne Street Thug to Prison to Community Leader”
  • community mixer
  • performance showcase

See http://oma.uncg.edu/black-history-month for details and a full schedule.

This event is sponsored by:

  • African American Studies Club
  • Black Student Union
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Neo Black Society
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
  • Well Versed Xpressionz
  • UNCG Office of Multicultural Affairs

By Lanita Withers Goins

The Late, Great Bach. How late? 10 p.m.

022013Feature_Willis2The late night concerts have been offered two February nights this month. And there are two more to go: Feb. 22 and March 1.

They start at 10 p.m.

These special Friday night sessions in the UNCG Music Building Organ Hall are called “The Late, Great Bach.” Yes, it’s genuinely Bach. It’s great. And yes, it’s late.

The solo presentations were dreamed up by Andrew Willis, a professor of music who specializes in keyboards and early keyboards.

During the sessions, Willis introduces Bach’s second set of preludes and fugues in all keys, known as “Well-Tempered Clavier II.” Willis has been a UNCG faculty member since 1994, and since 2003 has directed the biennial UNCG Focus on Piano Literature.

“Using a piano such as Bach knew in the 1730s, tuned in the Bach temperament, these informal sessions invite you to kick back with Bach at the end of your week,” the calendar listing states.

Campus Weekly had to find out more:

First, it helps to know a little background, Willis explains. “The first piano known to history was invented in Florence around 1700 by Cristofori. Only three of his pianos survive, and one more by his pupil and successor Ferrini. About three years ago I acquired a piano made in 2005 that is a copy of this very early design. It’s essentially an Italian harpsichord that, instead of using quills to pluck the strings in the regular way, uses hammers to strike them.” That’s the type of very early piano that gained Bach’s attention, and that’s what you’ll will hear.

“J.S. Bach was a very thoroughgoing composer who lived at a time when changes in the system of tuning made it possible for the first time to play on a keyboard instrument in every major and minor key. In 1722, to demonstrate this potential, Bach completed a collection of 24 preludes and fugues for the harpsichord, one pair in each major and minor key. During the 1730s and early 1740s he composed a second complete set of 24 preludes and fugues in all keys.” And that’s the set he’s playing.

Willis suspects that one of Bach’s motivations for repeating this “gargantuan effort” was to explore the expressive potential of the newfangled keyboard instrument he had recently discovered.

“In any case, I have greatly enjoyed studying the later set of preludes and fugues, at my Italian fortepiano, and I decided the time had come to share my enthusiasm for the music and the instrument outside of the formality of a recital setting.”

Why 10 p.m. on Fridays? “To avoid competing with our school’s performance schedule I decided to try a late evening time when students might be finished with other scheduled activities.”

Not only did some students turn out for the first two sessions, he says, but also some professors and community music lovers. “I’ve been previewing highlights of the pieces before playing them and fielding questions from the listeners as we go.”

And why a series of four? “Six preludes and fugues are plenty for one sitting … We are at the halfway point, 12 keys down and 12 to go.”

“Anyone interested is most welcome to come,” he adds, “for some Bach on the Italian fortepiano.” It’s a very beautiful history lesson, on an instrument Bach would have known.

Feb. 22, 2013 F#, f#, G, g, A flat, g# – UNCG Music Building Organ Hall, 10 p.m., free
Mar. 1, 2013 A, a, B flat, b flat, B, b – UNCG Music Building Organ Hall, 10 p.m., free

“Guests are invited to raise questions, share thoughts and let the ‘Bach effect’ take you into the weekend a little bit smarter and happier,” the calendar listing promises.

By Mike Harris

Foundations for Learning Fall 2013 instructor recruitment

Foundations for Learning (FFL) is recruiting instructors for Fall 2013. The FFL program at UNCG is designed to foster students’ academic and personal success, holistic development, and seamless transitions throughout their undergraduate experience. Courses within the FFL program are taught by a cadre of UNCG faculty and staff who have a special interest in first-year student education. Instructors must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have obtained a master’s degree from an accredited institution,
  2. Be a UNCG employee or enrolled graduate student,
  3. Have a special interest in first-year transition and education,
  4. Submit resume via email with subject: FFL Instructor to bspropst@uncg.edu by March 15, 2013,
  5. Complete information form by March 15, 2013,
  6. Attend mandatory Instructor Institute on May 15-16, 2013*.

Want more details? Information sessions will be held in McIver 140 on Feb. 18 and 20, noon-1 p.m. and March 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

*If you have questions or concerns regarding the requirements to teach FFL, please attend an information session or contact Brandy Propst, coordinator for Academic Foundations & Mentoring, at bspropst@uncg.edu or by phone at 256-1246.

‘Brand Your Biscuit’ challenge

022013Feature_BiscuitvilleGreensboro-area college students again get a chance to create a product that will attract new users, ages 18-35, to Biscuitville restaurants. The winning team will receive a $5,000 gift for their higher education institution – and their product will be on the menu at Greensboro Biscuitville restaurants for a period of time.

A variety of events on the campuses and in downtown Greensboro will be a part of the “Greensboro Collegiate Biscuitville Bowl.”

Opportunity Greensboro, a consortium of the business and higher education leaders, is one of the sponsors. The goal is to connect students from all seven higher education institutions, while embracing an entrepreneurship theme.

Students may register their idea here. The first-round deadline is Feb. 25.

Learn more about the challenge, its history, and its objectives here. And see a preview clip of the fun 7 Campus Scramble in downtown Greensboro.

It’s that time. Starfish Academic Status Reports

Faculty and course instructors, have you completed your Starfish Academic Status Reports?

You recently received a request to complete these reports by logging into Blackboard and clicking on the Starfish tab. As an instructor, you can raise flags for students of concern and add “kudos” for students with outstanding performance. The Students First Office solicits your valuable feedback twice each semester (three times for athletes). Your participation drives a holistic approach to student success and retention.

Last semester UNCG faculty raised more than 10,000 flags and kudos for more than 5,000 students. The Students First Office reached out to each student of concern to connect them with academic and campus resources in an attempt to increase student efficacy and improve academic performance. The office looks forward to your feedback which serves as a catalyst to facilitate positive change in student learning and wellness.

Please reference the Starfish web site or Faculty Guide to Starfish for more information. If you have any questions, contact Holly Grabowski Hebard, coordinator of Academic Outreach in Students First, at 256-8540 or hmgrabow@uncg.edu.