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Archives for February 2013

Here’s the pitch: Baseball and Softball

022013Feature_SoftballA 7-wins-in-8-games start? That takes the cake – or the post-game brownies, as the case may be.

The softball team under new Coach Janelle Breneman has begun the season remarkably strong. The only loss so far was by one run – in extra innings. A lot of players have stepped up, with new heroes each game.

Meanwhile, the baseball team opened their season last Friday. Trevor Edwards, pre-season All-SoCon, and Eric Kalbfleisch knocked in three runs in the first inning and never trailed again, winning 7-4. Lloyd Enzor had a homer. They won Sunday as well.

The baseball team is led by new Coach Link Jarrett.

Admission to games for both teams is free.

The Softball team hosts the Spartan Classic this weekend. Baseball hosts several games as well.

See UNCG Softball schedule here. See UNCG Baseball schedule here.

Photo tweeted by Coach Breneman after Saturday’s victories, with the note: “2 Shutout wins, and delicious Brownies make the Spartans happy!!”

Financial Aid Awareness Week

Over half of the students enrolled at UNCG are taking advantage of the financial aid opportunities available to help pay for the cost of a college education. However, many students think that they will never qualify for financial assistance, so they do not even bother applying.

There are many opportunities for financial aid available.

The UNCG Financial Aid Office will have information tables set up in the Elliott University Center and the Moran Commons this week where Financial Aid Office staff members will be available to answer students’ financial aid questions. Information tables will be in the EUC on Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.-noon. and Feb. 21 from 11 a .m.-1 p.m.

In addition to the information available during Financial Aid Awareness Week, students may also receive assistance in filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on FAFSA Day, held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 throughout the state. UNCG will not be a FAFSA Day site but there will be other places in the Greensboro area. Visit College Foundation of North Carolina at www.cfnc.org for information on locations of the event, required documentation and registration for FAFSA day.

Students may begin filing their FAFSA for the 2013-14 school year now. Students must file a FAFSA each school year they are planning to receive financial aid, even if their aid consists only of student loans.

The FAFSA priority deadline for UNCG is March 1, 2013.

Rachel Propst creates art in tribute to UNCG’s first African American students

022013Spotlight_Propst2Five framed pieces are on display in the MRC. Two women are featured in each.

“My work is meant to be a tribute to Joanne Smart Drane and Bettye Tillman, the first two African American women to graduate from UNCG,” Rachel Propst said.

Propst, who graduated last year from UNCG with a BFA degree in design, had been a student off and on since 2005. She is now building up a body of work as she considers applying for a master’s program.

The five works are not regular prints, she explained. She created them through a photographic printing process called cyanotype, where ultraviolet light creates the image. Art faculty member Leah Sobsey introduced her to the process.

The original photographs were taken in 1956 in what used to be the Shaw parlor here on campus, she explained.

The project started in the fall, after a conversation with an uncle. “He asked me if I knew who the first African-American students were that graduated from UNCG and I honestly didn’t know. I decided to go to university archives and research the story and history of these two remarkable women. I found five amazing black and white photographs and I wanted to bring them back to life in my own way.”

She says she wants her work to give people a glimpse into the lives of the two women who integrated Woman’s College (now called UNCG). “The year was 1956, two years after the Brown vs. Board of Education, four years before the Woolworth sit-in and eight years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed,” she explains. “They endured the looks and derogatory words that my generation never had to. Their courage to be the first should not be forgotten but celebrated.”

Propst had read online Drane’s oral history, recorded by University Archives.

In November she briefly spoke with her, at the rededication of the Quad. “Just meeting her was such a memorable experience,” Propst said.

But they didn’t really have a chance to talk much at the festivities, in which Drane was a featured speaker on the steps of Shaw Residence Hall, where she and Tillman had once lived.

But they did get together and get to know one another. The student visited her at her home in Raleigh. Propst showed all the prints to her.

Drane especially liked one, Propst noted.

On Feb. 6 at an artist reception in the MRC, lots of supporters – including Drane – were on hand. Propst talked about the art works and the full story of how they came to be. And she presented one framed work to Drane.

“I gave her her favorite one.”

As the reception ended, Propst reflected on her exhibition, featuring the first two black undergraduates at UNCG/Woman’s College. “It’s a tribute. And a thank you.”

The exhibition “A Tribute to Joanne Smart Drane and Bettye Tillman,” will be on display in UNCG’s Multicultural Resource Center, EUC, through March 7, 2013.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Linda Dunston-Stacey (l-r, Rachel Propst and Joanne Smart Drane at reception)

Looking ahead: Feb. 20, 2013

Documentary, “Where Soldiers Come From”
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m., Room 032, Jackson Library

Great Conversation, Bas van der Vossen, Why I Shouldn’t Vote
Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

Family Night at Weatherspoon
Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m.

Softball vs. Marshall
Friday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m.

‘Romeo and Juliet,’ UNCG Theatre
Friday, Feb. 22, Taylor Theatre, 8 p.m.

Music, Schola Cantorum
Monday, Feb. 25, Organ Hall, Music Building

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



‘Ethical Leadership’

The BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets, and Morality presents a distinguished lecture on “Ethical Leadership – The Conflict Between Allegiance and Truth” by UNCG alumnus and retired Navy Captain Fred McKenna. The talk will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, in School of Education Building, Room 114. More information is at www.uncg.edu/bae/bbt/speakers/

Becoming an LGBT Ally

Hudson Taylor, founder of the non-profit organization Athlete Ally, will be at UNCG Wednesday, Feb.27, for a talk on “Allyship: Becoming a Champion for inclusion on Your Campus.” He will speak at 7 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 114. UNCG students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

As a student-athlete, Hudson Taylor decided he had to stand up and say something about the homophobia and transphobia he experienced in locker rooms and on playing fields across the nation. He went on to form Athlete Ally, a nonprofit sports organization that calls on athletes, coaches, school administrators, parents and fans to champion respect and inclusion at every level of athletics.

This event is sponsored by Campus Activities & Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Final forum opportunities

A General Education Program Forum — hosted and facilitated by the General Education Council and the Office of Assessment and Accreditation — will be held:

  • Feb. 20 (W), 3-5 p.m. (Faculty Center)
  • Feb. 22 (F), 9-11 a.m. (Faculty Center)

Three others have been held recently.

The purposes of the Forum are for faculty to review results from the fall 2012 General Education Program assessment and to make suggestions to improve student learning in the General Education Program to the General Education Council.

Those with questions may email assessment@uncg.edu.

Hear from the executive chefs

The Weatherspoon’s Think Tank Thursday for Feb. 28, 6-7 p.m., will feature the UNCG Executive Chefs: Josiah Stadler, Gerald Hyatt and Justin Wilson. Details are at http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/eventcalendar/show/?title=328-think-tank-thursday

Dr. Kelly Ritter

102611CampusPeople_RitterDr. Kelly Ritter (English) is co-editor of the recent book “Exploring Composition Studies: Sites, Issues, and Perspectives”(Utah State University Press). Its purpose is to serve as an introduction to the teaching of writing to graduate students and new instructors. The book is a compilation of essays by English and composition scholars who explore, according to one review, “the field as an interdisciplinary discipline.” Full story at the Universities Libraries blog.

Ann Berry Somers

022013CampusPeople_SomersAnn Berry Somers (Biology) was invited to speak about reptiles and amphibians at the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society meeting last week at the Kathleen Price Edwards Family Branch Library, Somers discussed “the secret underworlds of amphibians in winter, which frogs are calling now and how to recognize their calls, and why some wetlands need dry periods to sustain these animals.” She also explained how to make neighborhoods more friendly for these creatures and why observations of them are so important.

Dr. Amy R. Williamsen

022013CampusPeople_WilliamsenThe Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival has awarded Dr. Amy R. Williamsen of UNCG a certificate of commendation for the translation of “Agravio,” a romantic farce adapted from a Spanish Don Juan play written in the 1600s by Ana Caro. Williamsen, a professor of Hispanic studies and head of UNCG’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, worked with director Ian Borden, a professor of theater studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on his adaptation of the play staged last fall in Nebraska. “I did the translation and Ian did the adaptation,” Williamsen said. “The main thrill is having a woman writer’s work staged based on my translation over 350 years after she wrote it.” Williamsen translated Caro’s “Valor, Agravio y Mujer” for modern, English-speaking theater-goers.

See/Hear: Feb. 20, 2013

Dr. Heather Helms (HDFS) received the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award at the 2012 Excellence Awards ceremony. See what some students said about her – and a few thoughts she shared about her work, in this short clip presented at the ceremony.

Inaugural UNCG Donor Appreciation Day

021313Feature_DonorsStudents who received a scholarship and wanted a good way to say thanks, had just that opportunity last week.

Lots of thank you notes were written to UNCG scholarship donors by student recipients, at UNCG’s first Donor Appreciation and Scholarship Awareness Day last Tuesday at the EUC and Kaplan Commons. A large “thank you” banner was signed by students, as well.

“Thank you for all your help and getting me one step closer to my dream,” one message said. “You have no idea how much this means to me and my family and how much we appreciate you,” said another.

The event was hosted by the Office of Donor Relations in conjunction with the Annual Fund and Financial Aid Office.

Student who received dollars from a scholarship in any university unit were invited to stop by. Some posed for photos for emails for their scholarship donors. Others wanted to compose thank you letters. Many learned more than they’d known about the history of their scholarship and gained a deeper appreciation.

By Mike Harris

Tree Campus USA honor, 4th year in a row

021313Feature_TreeCampusOnce again, UNCG has achieved recognition as a 2012 Tree Campus USA.

The Tree Campus USA program, created by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

UNCG met the five core standards for sustainable campus forestry required by Tree Campus USA:

  • establishment of a tree advisory committee
  • evidence of a campus tree-care plan
  • dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program
  • an Arbor Day observance
  • sponsorship of student service-learning projects

Archival photo by David Wilson

Conference: ‘Creating a veteran-friendly campus’

021313Feature_VeteransFriendlyWith rising numbers of veterans enrolling in college, UNCG’s program in Conflict and Peace Studies and UNCG Veteran’s Services will explore what it takes to create a veteran-friendly campus Feb. 20-22.

The conference, “Creating a Veteran-Friendly Campus,” will include a showing of the Emmy-Award winning documentary, “Where Soliders Come From,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, followed by a panel discussion. The film will be shown in Room 032 of Jackson Library.

Dr. David Cortright, director of policy studies at Notre Dame University’s Kroc Center for International Peace Studies, will give the keynote address, “Winning Without War: New Security Strategies for the 21st Century.”

The screening and the keynote address are open to the public.

A full slate of events, as well as conference registration information, may be found at http://conflictstudies.uncg.edu/site/conference.html.

Contact Dr. Tom Matyok at tgmatyok@uncg.edu for more information.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photo: By Chris English at a UNCG ceremony

Nursing School will offer Doctor of Nursing Practice program

UNCG’s School of Nursing received the green light last Friday for a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which administrators say will mean more career opportunities for graduates and fill a huge demand in the healthcare field.

The post-baccalaureate DNP, to start in the fall of 2015, will offer separate tracks for nurse anesthetists and adult/gerontological primary care nurse practitioners. Students must hold baccalaureate degrees in nursing, be licensed registered nurses, and have nursing practice experience related to their track.

“Demand by employers for DNP graduates is expected to be very high,” says Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg, associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Nursing. “We currently have 90 to 100 percent of our master’s nurse anesthesia and nurse practitioner graduates who are certified and employed in healthcare positions. The added preparation at a DNP level will enhance their potential for employment in a variety of settings.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady applauds that move as a win-win-win situation for the university, program graduates and the community.

Students can complete the program full time over three years, Kohlenberg says.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

UNCG students show they (heart) teachers

021313Feature_iHeartTeachersLast semester, great teaching at UNCG was recognized with gold stars by the Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons. Lots were handed out.

This semester, students are doing the honors.

The very first star awarded this year by a student? Liz Friss was the undergraduate. An accounting major in the “UNCG in 3” program – which allows highly motivated students to complete all their work in three years – she knew exactly whom she felt should get a star.

When Katie Davenport, a lecturer in Accounting and Finance, walked into class at Bryan Building, Liz asked if she could present her with something from the “I (Heart) Teachers” program. (The moniker is “I <3 Teachers.”)

“She said that was fine as long as she was not going to get slimed,” Liz explains. “I assured her that there was no sliming involved.”

Liz stood in front of the class and in 20 seconds laid it out, star in hand.

“I proceeded to say some words about Mrs. Davenport. I had Mrs. Davenport last semester for Accounting 218 and loved her. That was my first semester at college, and I was nervous to see what it was like. Her class was a nice transition for me from high school to college to see what a real college class entailed.”

She told the class how their professor makes material she’d expect to be the most boring, much less so. “I also said how she was always available to help, no matter what the problem is. I also just said that Mrs. Davenport is an extraordinary teacher and we are all very lucky to have her this semester.

“Everyone clapped.”

More recently, another star was presented. Dr. Lee Baker, a professor in humanities, was surprised this time. Thomas Carrington did the honors before the Chinese literature class.

“I felt happy to award a professor for his hard work and dedication,” Thomas later said.

“The class has helped me explore the possibility of studying abroad in China,” he said. It has also boosted Thomas’ interest in the Chinese language.

The moment was captured on video. Baker told the class he knew nothing about it till that morning. “It’s a double honor really – because not only do I get recognized as a teacher people like, but also the award comes from students, which makes it doubly meaningful for me.”

The program is just getting started on our campus. “I think this program is going to have more legs than we realize once it gets going,” says Michelle Soler, senior director in the Division of Continual Learning and a key part of the Faculty and Teaching Learning Commons (FTLC). The FTLC sponsors the program. A number of students have picked up stars, she says.

There is a lot of great teaching at UNCG to recognize.

More information about “I (Heart) Teachers” is at http://commons.uncg.edu/iheart.php.

By Mike Harris

30 staff, 8 faculty already signed up to play

021313Feature_KickballMore than 60 staff members have signed up to, in some way, be a part of the Faculty vs. Staff Kickball Challenge. Staff Senate co-chair Ray Carney told Faculty Senate at last week’s meeting that so far, 30 have signed up to play.

At the same time, eight faculty members had already signed up to play. That number is expected to grow in the coming weeks.

The first Faculty/Staff Kickball Challenge will be April 4, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the UNCG Softball Stadium. It should be a fun way to close out the year – and provide a great opportunity for people to get to know each other a little better.

“Help us get the word out,” Carney asked the senators.

The deadline to sign up is the end of February.

All UNCG faculty received an email about the event – including a link to register – about two weeks ago. All staff members received an email as well.

“This will be a fun event, said John Lepri, chair of the Faculty Senate. He noted the sense of community our faculty and staff have. And he encourage faculty to come and take part in the event.

Faculty may sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFk0SkwxV3NPbi0tYzNCR0s0bEdnbUE6MQ

Staff may sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG0wcGVoaUJGblpZNlBGWTVySjZaOGc6MQ

You may sign up as:

  • Game participant (athlete): someone who plays in the game (teams will have designated kickers and runners for those that may wish them).
  • Cheering squad: a group for faculty and a group for staff.
  • Event volunteer: to be involved in some aspect of putting the event on.
  • Arts/crafts display: Any UNCG faculty or staff who have arts or crafts that they do outside of campus. Anyone interested would have the opportunity to show their work during the hours of the event. This applies to UNCG faculty and staff only.

In conjunction with the “Kickball Challenge,” there will be a “Fill the Truck” donation drive to support the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

More information is at www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_News/2012/kickball.html

Also, if you want to keep up with the latest happenings and events related to Staff Senate, “like” the UNCG Staff Senate at Facebook (www.facebook.com/UncgStaffSenate) and follow them on Twitter (twitter.com/UNCGStaffSenate).

Second UNCG Leadership Institute forms

021313Feature_LeadershipInstituteThirty UNCG employees from throughout the university were welcomed Jan. 31 as the 2013 UNCG Leadership Institute class. A large group of mentors and university leaders were on hand at the reception as well.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady said the UNCG Leadership Institute is a great vehicle for bringing together emerging leaders at UNCG. The participants will interact with many others who share a high level of commitment to moving UNCG forward.

She also noted many at the kickoff reception who were participants last year – and who are now mentoring members of the current class. “That’s the ripple effect,” she said.

Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs, and Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resources, offered remarks as well.

The program is designed to provide staff, faculty and administrators with a significant, year-long opportunity to increase their leadership skills and accelerate their own leadership performance and readiness at the unit, department or division level.

The participants this year are:
Joshua Artrip
Mitzi W. Burchinal
Dr. Roberto E. Campo
Imogene L Cathey
Chad Collins
Megan Delph
Maha A. Elobeid
Gwen Evans
John Gale
Dr. Lawrence Jenkens
Dr. Brad Johnson
Sarah A. Krive
Jennifer Leung
Trace Little
Ciara Marable
Trey McDonald
Diana McHenry
Sean Mulligan
Chris Roys
Geoffrey Ruonavaara Jr.
Amanda Schipman
Dr. Paige Hall Smith
Brian Strickland
Dr. Steven Stusek
Mary Swantek
Dr. Anthony Taylor
Barbara Campbell Thomas
Leah Tompkins
Chris Wangelin
Lori Warner

See details at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/Leadership_Institute/

By Mike Harris

Opera outreach

021313Feature_GlobolinksUNCG Opera Theatre and The Greensboro Opera collaborate to present “Help, Help, the Globolinks!” Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20 and 21, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

Alien Globolinks will invade the Carolina Theatre on the 75th anniversary of the CBS Radio Network’s broadcast of H.G. Wells “War of the Worlds.”

Gian-Carlo Menotti called his one-act in English “an opera for children and those who like children.”

“Help, Help, the Globolinks!” will be presented to every Guilford County 5th grade student on the mornings of Feb. 19-21 as part of “Opera at the Carolina.”

Tickets are available for the evening performances on the 20th and 21st.

Call the Carolina Theatre Box Office at 333-2605. Tickets also available online at www.carolinatheatre.com

Collaborative ‘ Preparing Future Leaders’ launches

A total of 34 graduate students from UNCG and North Carolina A&T State are about to receive advanced preparation for their future professional lives and careers.

On Feb. 15, the program launches at the JSNN campus for participants in the new Preparing Future Leaders program. The provosts and graduate school deans of both universities are expected to be on hand to welcome the graduate students.

The Graduate Schools of the two universities have partnered together and established the Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) program for graduate students to advance professional development and career preparation. The program is designed to provide valuable, transferable skills and knowledge that will prepare currently enrolled graduate students to be successful and dynamic leaders in their chosen disciplines and careers. The program consists of two tracks: Preparing Future Faculty – designed to prepare students for future teaching careers in academia, and Preparing Future Professionals – for students seeking professional careers in business, industry, government and non-profit sectors.

As reported in a recent CW, the program has won a competitive national grant from the Council of Graduate Schools – awarded to only seven schools, including Harvard and Cornell. UNCG and NC A&T expect PFL to help attract top level graduate students as the program offers another important dimension to the complete education of graduate students.

New magazine helps UNCG students find their path

There’s a new resource for students looking to explore the wide range of programs, events and services offered by the Division of Student Affairs – a digital magazine called “Pathways.”

Student Affairs plans to make the publication available online each semester.

“We know that it can be hard for students to keep up with everything we’re doing, and at the same time we’re very conscious of the money we spend on promotions,” said Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Cherry Callahan. “Creating this digital publication addresses both of those issues.”

The magazine is called “Pathways” because the division wants to help each student define and discover their own unique pathway to success. The spring 2013 issue includes an events calendar, updates on recreation activities, housing information, a student group spotlight and more.

View “Pathways” online at sa.uncg.edu. The magazine can be viewed in a flip-book format, printed or downloaded as a PDF.

Dr. Gabriela Stein works to help Latino youths and families dealing with depression

021313Spotlight_SteinHer family moved to the United States when she was 4. She came to North Carolina to attend UNC Chapel Hill as a doctoral student. Only then did Dr. Gabriela Stein realize what a robust, growing Latino population this state has.

A disproportionate number of young Latinos have symptoms of depression, she explains. Her passion is to explore why – looking at all the variables – and to help tackle the problem.

While at Chapel Hill, she helped to establish El Futuro. An award-winning mental health care provider focusing on Hispanic and Latino families, it now has locations in Siler City and the Triangle area. The organization is committed to strengthening not just the individual in need, but also the family.

She joined the UNCG Psychology faculty in 2009.

Her current research revolves around three themes:

  • understanding the development of depressive symptoms in ethnic minority youth
  • examining ethnic differences that impact their getting treatment
  • the development of culturally sensitive prevention and intervention programs.

Her lab has three graduate students and 8-10 undergraduates each semester.

“Mentoring undergraduates is very important to me.” She listens and fuels their hopes and dreams. And they learn how to make a difference, as well as the nuts and bolts of doing research.

“I want to demystify the research process.”

Her UNCG students nominated her last year for the Latino Diamante Award in Education, which she won in October. The awards honor individuals or organizations that are making significant contributions to the Latino/Hispanic community of North Carolina. They also honor outstanding Latinos/Hispanics whose success helps to enhance the image of the Latino/Hispanic community.

Interdisciplinary research has been a key part of her work. She has collaborated with Dr. Laura Gonzalez in the School of Education and also with Dr. Andy Supple in HHS.

What drew her to UNCG? The university really values undergraduate education as well as research, she explains.

“I can make an impact – with research, training, mentoring and supporting students,” she says. “I feel privileged to be in this position.”

Read more about her research interests. And see a video of Dr. Stein made by UNCG students a couple of years ago.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Feb. 13, 2013

Faculty forum, with President Tom Ross
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Staff Senate meeting
Feb. 14, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

WAM Jam, jazz in the Weatherspoon
Thursday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Men’s basketball vs. Western Carolina
Thursday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Coliseum

Baseball vs. Army
Friday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m.

Music, Wind Ensemble
Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

UNCG Theatre, ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Men’s basketball vs. Appalachian St.
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m.

Turtles, salamanders, snakes

Know someone who wants to hold a turtle, a salamander or a snake? How about a hayride to an ephemeral pool, a bonfire with hot chocolate and s’mores, face painting, or a puppet show? The Efland Herpetology Celebration “Animals That Slither, Slide, Run & Hide” offers these activities and more, free to the public on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road in Efland, NC, 45 minutes from Greensboro.

The Herpetology Education in Rural Places (HERP) Project will host the event at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center as part of a mission to increase public interest in herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians), local environments, conservation and science.

A multidisciplinary team from UNCG, Elon University and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke have combined their areas of expertise and shared passions for the natural world in the program.

By Betsi Robinson

Charlotte’s Web

The North Carolina Theatre for Young People presents “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White in the Taylor Theatre at 9:30 am and noon on Feb. 26, 27, 28 and March 1; 2 pm on March 2 – 3. In his classic and beloved novel, E. B. White tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte. Lessons of friendship, loyalty and truth bind this story together and show readers that friends come in all shapes and sizes. Call 336-334-4849 or purchase at boxoffice.uncg.edu.

Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award

Once again, the University Libraries are soliciting nominations for their Undergraduate Research Award. The $500 prize will be given in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select and synthesize information from library resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original research project in any media. For more information see https://library.uncg.edu/info/undergraduate_research_award.aspx. Applications are due by March 1.

USA Today 4 1/2 out of 5 stars for Jones’ novel

Holly Goddard Jones’ first novel was officially released earlier this week. A review in USA Today of this novel, “The Next Time You See Me,” called it “a genre-defying novel filled with mystery and suspicion.” The newspaper gave it 4 1/2 stars.

Jones will give a reading of this novel Feb. 21, 8 p.m, in the Faculty Center.

She has been an English faculty member at UNCG since 2009. She teaches undergraduate and graduate workshops in fiction writing and creative nonfiction, as well as courses on narrative form and technique.

See a full listing of MFA in Creative Writing sponsored readings.

Alejandro Rutty

021313CampusPeople_RuttyAlejandro Rutty (Music) was awarded first place at the 2012 American Modern Ensemble Composition Competition for his quintet “Black Box Bossa.” Rutty also received an honorable mention “Distinguished Composer of the Year” for his work “Cantibile Hop” from the Music Teachers National Association.

Erin Lawrimore

021313CampusPeople_LawrimoreErin Lawrimore (University Libraries) was selected as a member of the 2013 cohort of the Archives Leadership Institute (ALI). ALI provides advanced training for 25 emerging and innovative leaders each year, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude. Selection to highly-selective ALI is based upon leadership skills and potential, ability to influence policy and change within an organization and the archival field, commitment to the archival profession, and career progress and history. Participants will attend a week-long Leadership Intensive at Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) in June 2013, conduct a practicum-style leadership project at their home institution, participate in ongoing discussions, projects, and networking opportunities through a virtual ALI Salon, attend the ALI Practices Workshop at the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting in August, conduct a thematic group project with other ALI alumni that will address challenges within the archival field, and professionally present projects and products that were a direct result of ALI experience and training. Lawrimore is University Archivist in the University Libraries’ Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.

Dr. Esther Leerkes

021313CampusPeople_LeerkesDr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development & Family Studies) received new funding from The National Institutes of Health for the project “Identifying Genetic Risk for Maternal Insensitivity and Infant Dysregulation.” The abstract states in part, “Specifically, we will examine the extent to which genes moderate the effect of: (a) early trauma on mothers’ physiological, emotional and behavioral responses to infant distress; and (b) maternal sensitivity to distress on infants’ early regulatory capacity at the emotional, behavioral and physiological levels. This work is relevant to the mental health of children because maternal sensitivity to distress is a predictor of positive child outcomes, but we know little about the biological or psychological processes that promote sensitive behavior in response to infant crying.”

Dr. Jo Leimenstoll

113011CampusPeople_LeimenstollThe Renwick Gallery, part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., will host to a lecture and book signing by Dr. Jo Leimenstoll (Interior Architecture) on April 12, 2013. This event will take place in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color,” the inews newsletter reports. This exhibition runs April 12- July 28. Leimenstoll has dedicated years of research to understanding Day’s furniture, working with Patricia Phillips Marshall to publish their book, “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color.”

Dr. Gabriela Stein

021313CampusPeople_SteinDr. Gabriela Stein (Psychology) gave an invited address titled “Familial Cultural Values and Clinical Treatment with Latino Families” at the Y Ahora Que Conference on Latino Behavioral Health (Feb 1-2, 2013), sponsored by the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society and held by El Futuro at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Stein is featured in the week’s CW Spotlight.

See/Hear: Feb 13, 2013

Michael Byers received the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award at the 2012 Excellence Awards. This video, shown at the awards ceremony, details some of what he does for our university. “The thing I love about the job I get to do is that every day is a chance to come in and try to improve something,” he says. “We like to try to make a difference.”

Forums on QEP’s 3 proposed topics

020613Feature_QEPThe topics for UNCG’s QEP have focused and further coalesced around three areas, says John Sopper. He and Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya are co-directors of the QEP Steering Committee.

The three areas are:
Community Engaged Problem Solving
Global Engagement / Intercultural Competence

Open campus forums to present revised and expanded plans related to these topics and to solicit feedback are scheduled for:
Thursday, Feb. 7, 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 3-5 p.m.

These forums will be held in the EUC Maple Room. (One forum, attended by more than 35 people, was held earlier this week.)

A campus wide vote is planned for Feb. 25-March 1, 2013, to determine which topic will be the focus of the QEP.

Information about the QEP process may be found at http://uncgqep.uncg.edu/about/basics.php

Photo taken at Feb. 4 forum