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Archives for February 2013

UNCG ‘best workplace for commuters’ among universities

020613Feature_CommutersThe National Center for Transit Research has named UNCG the “Best Workplace for Commuters” among universities nationwide.

Last year UNCG received a gold medal award, and Stanford University received the highest honor among universities. This year UNCG, again a gold medal winner, took the top prize in the university category.

“The annual Race to Excellence provides national recognition for employers who offer high level commuter benefits,” said Julie Bond, NCTR’s national program manager for the Best Workplaces for Commuters program.

The designation solidifies UNCG’s reputation as a sustainable transportation innovator.

The announcement and list of recipients may be viewed at http://www.bestworkplaces.org/uncategorized/3650/

Full story at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson

NY Times foreign editor Winter speaks Feb. 19

020613Feature_NYTimes2New York Times foreign editor Greg Winter will speak at UNCG Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium.

The talk is titled “Learning Matters: Your Learning Comes to Life.”

A growing number of classes at UNCG have leveraged the “The New York Times in the First Year” program to help broaden students’ perspectives and develop critical thinking. As reported earlier in Campus Weekly, the program sponsors faculty talks as well as regular teleconferences with editors and writers at the Times, in which UNCG students and students at other universities can ask questions and learn. Also, faculty may use news articles in their classes. UNCG, which has been a part of the program since 2011, was one of the first nine universities to take part.

This semester, some UNCG classes began to participate in a sister program, New York Times in Leadership, which focuses on leadership.

Winter oversees the coverage of Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the United Nations for the foreign desk of the New York Times, supervising the Times’ correspondents in those regions. He came to the Times in 2000 and started as a business reporter. After stints in Los Angeles and on the Metro desk, he became a national education writer. He focused on topics such as higher education, educational finance and educational access.

Before becoming a journalist, Winter was a public policy analyst in San Francisco, focusing on affordable housing, welfare and homelessness.

The event at UNCG is hosted the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Learning Communities.

A reception will be held in the foyer immediately after the presentation.

Visual on this page: Greg Winter. Visual on CW home page: Program participants at UNCG pick up a newspaper.


President Tom Ross at UNCG Feb. 13

022311Headline_TomRossUNC System President Thomas Ross will speak at the UNCG Faculty Senate forum on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. It will held in the Virginia Dare Room of Alumni House, 3-5 p.m..

At the forum, President Ross will speak about the future of the UNC system, with special emphasis on the UNC Strategic Directions process and implementation, and he will answer questions from faculty.

Something new, before they SOAR

Rising freshmen will have something new this year, even before they come to campus. Every new first year student will have an online orientation.

It’s called “Before you SOAR: Online Orientation.”

The goal is help students be better prepared for SOAR and to free up time during on-campus SOAR that can be used for more impactful activities that students have said they find very helpful.

Students will go through a series of video modules and quizzes on topics such as student health insurance and financial aid. They’ll also learn more about academic advising and what to expect at SOAR, so when they attend they’ll be better prepared. Giving them information online allows for more time and activities with peers, orientation leaders and academic advisors during on-campus SOAR.

“Students told us they wanted more time for these high-impact activities,” said Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of New Student & Spartan Family Programs.

Questions? Email soar@uncg.edu.

Rescheduled ‘Future of Learning’ lecture Feb. 11

Dr. Bennett Ramsey will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Undergraduate Studies Future of Learning Lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11. He is an associate professor of religious studies and senior faculty fellow in the Warren Ashby Residential College.

The event had been originally scheduled for a date in January, but was postponed due to the weather.

In the lecture, “After Learning: Education on a Hot Planet,” Ramsey will provide a critical analysis of the current culture of learning in American higher education and discuss ways in which that culture should be reimagined to provide students with the knowledge, skills and perspective necessary to meet today’s challenges.

The event at EUC Auditorium is free and open to the public.

Inaugural Carolina TrumpetFest

The Carolina TrumpetFest, hosted and created by the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, attracted about 110 participants in its first year.

“The festival seeks to provide a regional/national forum where those of like interests can network, learn and enjoy music and trumpet related activities. It is an interface for information and artistry, “ said Mark Clodfelter, professor of trumpet. “By providing participants with access to world class artists as well as the industries leading instrument makers, it serves as a conduit for the dissemination of knowledge with UNCG at the epicenter.”

Two free concerts last weekend (highlighted in last week’s CW calendar) attracted an audience of about 150 each night to Recital Hall. They, and the receptions afterward, were a great example of community outreach to brass-loving music lovers and rising trumpet players in the area.

“The S.E. Shires High School Solo competition drew highly qualified contestants from four states,” he added, speaking of engagement with the larger community. “A number of these contestants are considering the UNCG Trumpet Studio as their college destination. Indications are that this participation will grow dramatically as a result of this year’s success.”

By Mike Harris

Nominate students for UNCG Golden Chain

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to submit outstanding students for The Golden Chain Honor Society. Founded in 1948, The Golden Chain is unique to the UNCG campus. The seven links of the Golden Chain symbolize the qualities that have always been prerequisite for election to membership: leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity and character.

Candidates for Golden Chain must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. Nomination forms can be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain and should be returned to Meredith Vaughn at mevaugh2@uncg.edu by Friday, March 1, 2013. Nominations may be submitted by students, faculty, Golden Chain alumni and honorary members.

Campus Weekly printable pdf

Great news, for our readers who prefer the pdf version of CW. A printable pdf is posted this week. You’ll find it in its normal spot, the blue box at the top right. Read it on the screen, or print it out and read it at your convenience.

It was not available during the previous two issues.

Think you may possibly have missed some stories during those weeks, if you are used to reading the pdf version? Here’s an easy way to see every CW story from last month with few clicks, just simple scrolling: Go to CW Archives (click Archives at the top of the CW homepage) and choose January 2013. Or simply click this link: https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2013/01/. Every story published in January is there, from the most recent posts to the early-January posts.

Career Expo 2013

The UNCG Career Expo 2013 will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC.

The Career Expo is free and open to all students in all majors. Employers will attend this event looking to hire UNCG students for full-time job openings and internship opportunities. Representatives from graduate schools will also be there to answer questions about their school and the application process. Students will want to bring plenty of resumes and dress in professional business attire. To view a listing of participating employers and graduate schools, visit www.uncg.edu/csc and click on the Career Expo link.

Book chosen for First Year Summer Read

This year, the process for choosing the “summer read” book for freshmen was more developed than ever before.

A 22 member book selection committee of students, faculty and staff solicited suggestions. There were nearly 40 suggestions, though some did not meet the criteria. (For example, the book has to be available in paperback, it can’t be longer than 400 pages, etc.)

Twenty suggestions met the criteria. This number was whittled down to six finalists, then three.

The committee divided itself into three groups, with each taking a book, assessing the book’s fit for the first-year read by use of a rubric, and making a presentation to the full group. A “winner” was selected:

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Scloot.

Various campus programs will have their students participate in the FYSR, including Lloyd International Honors College, FFL, and some learning communities. All told, every incoming freshman will receive a book at SOAR, if not through one of these programs, then through either Housing & Residence Life or Commuter Student Programs, says Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of New Student & Spartan Family Programs.

Soon, the programming team will meet to begin planning for the curricular and co-curricular programming that will surround the read. As events and offerings are planned, they will be added at the web site http://yourfirstyear.uncg.edu/the-first-year-summer-read/about-fysr/

Gen Ed program forums this month

General Education Program forums – hosted and facilitated by the General Education Council and the Office of Assessment and Accreditation – will be held:

  • Feb. 12 (Tuesday), 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Faculty Center)
  • Feb. 14 (Thursday), 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Faculty Center)
  • Feb. 18 (Monday), 1-3 p.m. (140 McIver Building)
  • Feb. 20 (Wednesday), 3-5 p.m. (Faculty Center)
  • Feb. 22 (Friday), 9-11 a.m. (Faculty Center)

The forums 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.

Romeo and Juliet

020613Feature_RomeoandJulietUNCG Theatre will present “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by John Gulley, in Taylor Theatre.

One of the greatest love stories of all times, it will be staged at 8 p.m. on Feb. 15, 16, 22, 23; 2 p.m. on Feb.16, 17, 24; 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 19, 20, 21, 22; 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, 20, 21. Call 336-334-4849 or purchase tickets at boxoffice.uncg.edu.

Visual: Rebecca Woodrum and Patrick Ball as Romeo and Juliet.

Wiley Cash will read Feb. 13

UNCG alumnus Wiley Cash (‘01) burst onto the book world last year with a literary thriller set in his native Appalachia that met with considerable critical success and landed its young author on the New York Times Best Seller list during its first week of release – then rejoined the list as positive reviews came in and readers learned more about it. “A Land More Kind Than Home” eventually was named a 2012 New York Times Notable Book.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Cash will give a talk and reading in Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, at 7 p.m. The event is free.

A paperback version of the book was released Jan. 22.

Lalenja Harrington found her voice, now helps others find theirs in Beyond Academics

020613Spotlight_HarringtonAt what moment did she really find her voice?

“The first time I stood on the stage at the Cantab Lounge. I was supported by the audience…and people said ‘Thank you.’” The feeling was very powerful.

It was Lalenja Harrington’s first “slam poetry” piece. She’d graduated from Princeton in psychology and was working in Boston. On the stage of this club, she was elevated. Her slam poetry team eventually made it to Nationals. The experience has inspired her ever since. And it inspires what she does at UNCG.

Harrington is director of academic life for Beyond Academics at UNCG. The program, marking its sixth year, is for students with intellectual disabilities. Integrative Community Studies, a four-year UNCG certificate course of study, prepares students for a self-determined life. The program emphasizes careers and meaningful avocations and community living. Students completing the program receive the certificate awarded by Undergraduate Studies at UNCG.

She advises the students and helps them on their way to success. All the while, her artistic side is evident.

When the Carolina Chocolate Drops gave the kickoff concert for this year’s UNCG Performing Arts Series, she was invited on stage for a duet of “I Know I’ve Been Changed” with her sister, Rhiannon Giddens, a lead singer in the band. It brought the house down.

The band auctioned off a special banjo for Beyond Academics, the week of that concert. Harrington’s sister, featured in the recent UNCG Alumni Magazine, was once in the UNCG graduate program in Music.

Giddens told the audience that her sister helped write one song on the CD. She’d been stuck. But that particular song, “Country Girl,” became the most popular on the album. “I got a check – not a huge check,” from royalties, Harrington says, explaining the song did particularly well in Australia.

The song is on the “Leaving Eden” CD, nominated for a Grammy for “Best Folk Album.” Harrington and her family will gather this Sunday to watch the “live stream” of the awards show.

Harrington and Giddens have recorded a new CD, “I Know I’ve Been Changed” by The Giddens Sisters, released this week by Music Maker. Harrington played Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at the Emerson’s Bar & Grille” last year in Winston-Salem. Two years ago she was the narrator and co-author of “Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville” with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and other artists at Chicago’s legendary Old Town Folk School.

She has applied to the UNCG doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations. And her work in Integrative Community Studies involves a lot of responsibilities, to help ensure success. She says her focus in recent years is much less on her art and expression, but instead on others’.

“I want to support folks in finding their voice and having space to express themselves.”

Two classes of Beyond Academics students have graduated. After six years, the program’s enrollment has grown from eight to 48. In addition to staff, many faculty and students are involved in some way. Last semester, 17 of Dr. Stephanie Kurtts’ students majoring in specialized education furthered their engaged learning by serving as academic coaches. Since almost the inception of the program, Dr. Stuart Schleien’s students in community and therapeutic recreation have matched up with Beyond Academics students to explore inclusive activities in student life.

The learning is cross-disciplinary, and everyone is fully engaged, learning from others. And the program’s students have had an increasing amount of access to degree-track classes.

It’s very fulfilling – making a difference in others’ lives, bringing people together, fostering collaborations and relationships. She’s found a very productive space in which to serve.

“I feel like I’m at the right place at the right time, at this university.”

Want to know more about Beyond Academics at UNCG? Visit beyondacademics.uncg.edu/about/. And see an archived feature on the program at www.uncg.edu/ure/alumni_magazineT2/2011_spring/feature_beyondacademics.htm

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Feb. 6, 2013

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

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

Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference
Saturday, Feb 9, EUC

Future of Learning Lecture, Ben Ramsey
Monday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

MRC book talk, Dr. James Anderson (History)
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 3-4 pm, MRC, EUC

University Chorale and Chamber Singers
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

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

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

Free jazz on Valentine’s evening

UNCG Jazz Studies majors, led by professor Chad Eby, return to WAM Jam this month to perform their own compositions inspired by works by artist Diana Al-Hadid.

The event will be Thursday, Feb. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. The Weatherspoon is open Thursday nights until 9 p.m.

WAM Jam is a series of informal performances featuring UNCG students, faculty and friends. Enjoy jazz, new music, a capella and more performed in spaces throughout the museum. Look for WAM Jam on Thursday evenings throughout the spring.

In memoriam

Dr. Edward McCrady died Jan. 24, 2013. McCrady was a graduate and trustee of the University of the South. He was a professor of biology at the UNCG for 31 years. Funeral services took place at All Saints’ Chapel at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.

Reception for Hispanic/Latino students and employees

A coffee reception for Hispanic/Latino students, faculty and staff will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 4-5 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC.

It is hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and The Spanish-American/Latino Student Association.

RSVP to jeffrey_coleman@uncg.edu.

Dr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard

020613CampusPeople_PickardDr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard, a licensed clinical social worker whose research centers on issues surrounding mental health, will chair UNCG’s Department of Social Work effective Aug. 1. Floyd-Pickard has been at UNCG since 2002 and has served as director of the bachelor’s in social work program since 2007. She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focus — on mental health issues social work practitioners encounter, including involuntary treatment and jails — has earned her a national and international reputation. Floyd-Pickard has a particular interest in professional dissonance in helpers, which she has conceptualized as the collision between required work tasks and professional ethics that results in harm to the helper.


Dr. Albert N. Link (Bryan School) was a guest editor for the latest edition of Economic Development Quarterly, a leading publication in the field of economic development. Link also co-authored a report, “Regional Appropriation of University-Based Knowledge and Technology for Economic Development,” in the journal with fellow Bryan School faculty member Dr. Dennis Leyden and Dr. David B. Audretsch, the distinguished professor and Ameritech chair of economic development at Indiana University.

Dr. Roy Stine

053012CampusPeople_StineDr. Roy Stine (Geography) received a continuation of funding from Syngenta for GIS research internships.

Dr. Chris Payne

071112CampusPeople_PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received supplemental funding from the University of Virginia for the project “Banking Time: Supporting the Social Emotional Development of Young Children through Positive Teacher-Child Relationships.” The goal is to evaluate the effect of a preschool-based intervention, called Banking Time, for children who display significant behavior problems in classrooms, such a aggression, low frustration tolerance, non-compliance and impulsivity. The abstract says in part, “It is called Banking Time because teachers serve as a valuable resource to children and a teacher can invest in this relationship with a child that the child will later draw upon to help cope with common classroom challenges (eg., work on a frustrating task, deal with peer conflicts). Funding will cover the implementation of the intervention in various day care, preschool, and Head Start sites in Guilford County along with the comprehensive evaluation of its efficacy.”

Dr. Ang Chen

020613CampusPeople_ChenDr. Ang Chen (Kinesiology) has been named the 2013 Scholar for the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group in “Research in Learning and Instruction in Physical Education.” Chen will deliver an invited keynote address at the organization’s conference in San Francisco in April.

See/Hear: Feb. 6, 2013

Dr. Thomas Martinek (Kinesiology) was awarded UNCG’s Gladys Strawn Bullard Award at August’s Excellence Awards ceremony. This short video, shown at the ceremony, provides a glimpse of why he received this honor – and what his work has meant not only to the university but also to the larger community.