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Archives for March 2013

Online Learning Symposium

The UNCG School of Education Online Learning Symposium will be held Friday, April 5, 2013,11 a.m. – 3 p .m. in Elliott University Center.

It will be presented by the UNCG School of Education, in partnership with the Division of Continual Learning, Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons and University Libraries.

This interactive event will include:

  • Presentation by Dr. Daniel Stanford, assistant director, Faculty Instructional Technology Services, DePaul University, on “Gamification: Four-letter Word or “Epic Win” for Educators?”
  • Juried poster session
  • Panel discussion with UNCG Online Learning Fellows

For more information about the symposium, visit the Online Learning Symposium Web Page

There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. You may register at the Symposium Registration Page

For more information, contact:

  • Dr. Anthony Chow, director of Online Learning, School of Education, aschow@uncg.edu
  • Becky Croxton, coordinator of Online Learning, School of Education, racroxto@uncg.edu

Afro-Latin American poetic texts

032013Feature_TillisUNCG’s African American Studies Program will sponsor a talk by Dr. Antonio D. Tillis, associate professor and chair of the African and African American Studies Program at Dartmouth College.

The talk, scheduled for March 21, 2013, at 2 p.m., is titled “Recuperative Historical Memory and Afro-Latin American Poetic Texts: Conjuring, Re-historicizing a Historical Past, Birthing an Epistemological/Ontological Future.”

Tillis is a specialist in the areas of Latin American, Afro-Latin American and African Diaspora literatures. He is a past president of the College Language Association, editor of PALARA (Publication of the Afro-Latin American Research Association) and a former Fulbright Scholar to Brazil.

His research and teaching interests include Latin American literature, US Latino literature, comparative African-American and Afro-Latin American literatures, Black Diaspora studies, film studies and contemporary theory.

Comment on UNCG Climate Action Plan

When your goal is to become climate neutral by mid-century, you need a great plan.

After several months of work, UNCG has completed the first draft of its Climate Action Plan. The Plan is a comprehensive set of strategies to lead UNCG to climate neutrality by 2050 by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions through six major focus areas: Administration, Infrastructure Energy, Transportation, Water, Materials Management, and Academics. This draft is the culmination of the efforts of more than 50 faculty, staff and students.

Now, the university is asking for your input. The plan has been posted on the blog of the UNCG Office of Sustainability: uncgsustainability.wordpress.com. You may review the plan and offer your constructive criticisms, comments and suggestions on the blog or email them to rkmcdona@uncg.edu. This plan is for the entire UNCG community, and your ideas and voices are important to making this an effective document.

The plan will be up for comments through the end of March. After that, all comments will be reviewed and, if appropriate, incorporated into the final draft that will be presented to the Chancellor and Executive Staff.

If you would rather offer comments in person, the university will hold a public workshop from 3:30 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in the Maple Room, EUC. This will be an open forum for discussion, punctuated with two presentations on the plan at 4 and 6 p.m. Here you may learn more about the plan and discuss ideas with members of the Climate Action Plan teams. Once completed and approved, UNCG will have achieved a major milestone in meeting the obligations the university assumed when Chancellor Brady signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in October 2011.

2013 Leadership program applications accepted

The Chancellor’s Office is dedicated to developing the leadership skills of its faculty and staff. To that end, funding is being provided for one faculty or staff member to participate in the Bridges Leadership Program and one to participate in the Leadership Greensboro program. Funds will cover registration fees and program materials. These programs offer invaluable opportunities for participants to put their skills to work in our community and state.

The UNCG Leadership Programs Committee will review applications and will select candidates for funding. We encourage you to help us select outstanding candidates. Attached is a summary of the Bridges Leadership Program and the Leadership Greensboro program. Also, here are links to each of the programs:

Interested candidates are asked to submit the following materials:

  • current curriculum vitae
  • description of current responsibilities
  • professional and personal reasons for applying
  • list of other leadership or management education programs attended
  • two confidential letters of recommendation placed in sealed envelopes (one must be from within the candidate’s department). When nominees are selected, copies of their recommendations will be sent to the leadership programs.

Anyone who is interested in applying or learning more about specific programs can contact Jay Laramore, Office of the Chancellor, 4-4226 or jhlaramo@uncg.edu. Materials, except for letters of recommendation, should be electronically submitted by April 1, 2013. Letters of recommendation should also be submitted by April 1, 2013; however, they should be submitted in hard copy and delivered to the Leadership Programs Committee, Office of the Chancellor, 303 Mossman Building.

  1. Bridges Leadership Program, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bridges Leadership Program is an academic leadership program for women. Through this program, participants will develop an insight into various leadership roles while focusing on the special skills and attributes that women bring into these roles. In addition, they will acquire an understanding of the many facets of colleges and universities; refine and improve their communication skills; and create a program of personal and professional development that will benefit themselves and their institutions. (Sept. 6 – Nov. 23)
    (Past attendees from UNCG include Celia Hooper, Penelope Pynes, Julia Jackson-Newsom, Beth Baldwin, Kathy Crowe, Kathleen Williams, Janice Wassel, Laura Kelley, Sarah Carrigan and Elizabeth Lindsey)
  2. Leadership Greensboro, Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Greensboro is designed to meet the needs of the City of Greensboro. This program informs, challenges, and motivates existing and emerging leaders by providing information, hands-on experience, and civic leadership skills that prepare them for addressing community issues and needs. Topics include the history of Greensboro, understanding differences, economic development, education, government, public safety, and health/human services. (Sept. 10 – May 21)
    (Past attendees from UNCG include Kevin Bullard, Brian Clarida, Toni Knight, Jamie Herring, Spoma Jovanovic, Donna Seckar, Angelia Scott and Rachel Briley)

Second Annual Creative Sustainability Initiative

UNCG undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled full-time in any major may submit a project proposal for this initiative. Students are limited to one proposal per discipline. Students graduating in May or August 2013 may not apply.

The following disciplines are included:

  • Visual arts (including media)
  • Performing arts: Music, Dance, Theatre
  • Fiction Writing and Poetry
  • Interior Architecture

Proposals are due March 29, 2013, by 5 p.m., and must include the following:

  • Brief biography of applicant, including: name, year, major, contact information.
  • Description of the project, not to exceed three pages.
  • Detailed budget of materials. No travel or consultant fees will be covered by the grant program.

Portfolio review is required for all disciplines. Submission details are as follows:

  • Music, Dance, Visual Art, Interior Architecture – Include a URL of current work
  • Fiction Writing – URL of current work is acceptable, or you may include four pieces of current work as a hard copy with your proposal.

If submitting your proposal by email send to: Sarah Dorsey sbdorsey@uncg.edu

If submitting a paper copy, please hand deliver or put in campus mail to Sarah Dorsey, Harold Schiffman Music Library, Music Building, 100 McIver St.

Counseling & Educational Development is third in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks UNCG’s School of Education among America’s top education graduate schools in its latest survey. Two graduate programs within the school — Counseling and Educational Development along with Library and Information Studies — also rank high among like programs.

The School of Education ranks 51st in the nation on U.S. News’ 2014 Best Graduate Schools list, up from 58th last year. In specific program rankings, Counseling and Educational Development was third in the nation, up from fifth last year; Library and Information Studies was 22nd, up from 29th in 2009.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, committed to social causes, speaks March 20

032013Spotlight_BathantiJoseph Bathanti, the state’s poet laureate, will appear at the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.

Bathanti has a robust commitment to social causes. “He first came to North Carolina to work in the VISTA program and has taught writing workshops in prisons for 35 years,” Governor Bev Perdue said in announcing the selection last fall. “As North Carolina’s new Poet Laureate he plans to work with veterans to share their stories through poetry — a valuable and generous project.”

More information is at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2013/02/nc-poet-laureate-joeph-bathanti-visits.html

Looking ahead: March 20, 2013

Faculty Senate forum
Wednesday, March 20, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Entrepreneurial Journeys talk, Dan Hood
Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m., Room 1214, MHRA

Baseball vs. Princeton
Wednesday March 20, 7 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Expo
Thursday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., EUC

Women’s and men’s tennis
Thursday, March 21, 2 p.m.

Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, University Chorale
Friday, March 22, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Women’s soccer vs. Wake Forest (exh)
Saturday, March 23, 6 p.m.

Baseball vs. NC A&T
Tuesday, March 26, 6 p.m., NewBridge Bank Park

Campus Master Plan open forums March 26

UNCG is in the process of updating its Campus Master Plan.  The next series of planning meetings with the campus master planners will be held on March 26 and 27, 2013.  There will be a series of meetings with UNCG administrators, campus leadership and other stakeholders over this 2-day work session.  There will be two Open Forums scheduled for Tuesday, March 26; one from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. and the second forum scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Both forums will be held in EUC Cone Ballroom B.

The purpose of these Open Forums is to engage students, faculty, staff and community groups to learn about the master planning process and key issues, and to review preliminary ideas for addressing these issues in the plan.  The open forums will help serve as venues for providing feedback and suggestions to help shape the plan as it coalesces.

The Master Plan is a forward-looking document that seeks to build upon the twenty five year legacy of planning. The last update to the Campus Master Plan was 2007.  This update to the Master Plan will build upon the university’s previous planning efforts to further advance the vision of UNCG as a diverse, student-centered research university.

Questions about the open forums? Contact David Reeves at dwreeves@uncg.edu

Open-access policy adopted by UNCG’s Library faculty

On March 5, 2013, UNCG’s library faculty voted unanimously to adopt an open access policy that commits them to archive their journal articles in NC DOCKS, UNCG’s institutional repository.

Their policy statement begins:
“Whereas the Library Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) recognize the vital importance of open-access archiving for the enrichment and expansion of scholarly communication in the Age of the Internet, we adopt the following policy in order to ensure that our research and scholarly works are freely available in perpetuity to the widest possible audience.”

Full text of their resolution may be viewed at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries blog.

Shirley Coble retirement reception

A retirement reception will be held for Shirley D. Coble (Advancement), who is retiring after 23 years of service to UNCG. All in the campus community are invited. It will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 3-5 p.m, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. You may RSVP to rblaplan@uncg.edu.

WGS presents ‘A Place of Rage’

The Women’s & Gender Studies program will screen the documentary “A Place of Rage” by Pratibha Parmar in Curry Building Auditorium, Room 225, Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.

A brief discussion will be facilitated by writer and activist Alexis Gumbs immediately following the film.

The film is described as an “exuberant celebration of African American women and their achievements.” It features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker.

“Within the context of the civil rights, Black power and feminist movements, the trio reassess how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionized American society.”

See details at https://www.facebook.com/events/151073095043370/?fref=ts

In memoriam

Denise Ann Hollas died Feb. 27. She had been an important part of the Child Care Education Program since she joined UNCG in 1994. Upon moving to Greensboro in 1992 she began working with the Headstart Program before becoming assistant director at UNCG’s Child Care Education Program. She worked tirelessly with state and national agencies advocating child welfare. Her obituary can be found at: http://obituaries.news-record.com/obituaries/news-record/obituary.aspx?n=denise-ann-hollas&pid=163540770

In memoriam

Dr. Mary C. Miller died Feb. 28. Miller played an important role in the development of the current UNCG Department of Interior Architecture. As chair of the department in 1974, she led the creation of the new Department of Housing and Interior Design, which merged two separate programs into one integrated department. Dr. Miller was a member of the faculty at UNCG from 1967-1986.

Dr. Heidi B Carlone

082411CampusPeople_CarloneDr. Heidi B Carlone (Education) received funding from the Museum of Science, Boston, for the project “Engineering is Elementary (contract with Museum of Science, Boston).” She will recruit and train a seed leadership team to prepare to launch and support future broader scale implementation, research and support of Engineering is Elementary in North Carolina Triad’s public schools, with emphasis on understanding unique benefits, considerations and constraints of implementing EiE within high-needs school contexts.

Dr. Tara T. Green

040611CampusPeople_GreenDuring Spring Break, Dr. Tara T. Green (African American Studies) visited the University of Ghana, where she gave two lectures. As a special guest of the director and Kwame Nkrumah Chair of the Institute of African Studies, she presented from her book “A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men,” and she led a discussion with the institute’s faculty and graduate students on fatherlessness among African American communities as explored by Barack Obama in his autobiography. While there, she was asked by the chair of the English department to lecture to students and faculty on African-American Southern fiction writer Zora Neale Hurston.

Dr. Saundra D. Westervelt

032013CampusPeople_WesterveltDr. Saundra D. Westervelt (Sociology) received the Margaret Lang Willis Outstanding Criminal Justice Educator Award last month from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association. The award is given in recognition of Westervelt’s “outstanding contributions to criminal justice as an academic endeavor in North Carolina.” She has been teaching within the criminology concentration in Sociology’s BA and MA programs since 1997. She teaches courses including criminology, the sociology of law, and family violence. She recently introduced a course on miscarriages of justice that incorporates interview material from her research with 18 death row exonerees. It was among the first such classes taught at the undergraduate level in the U.S.

Steve Moore

030211CampusPeople_MooreSteve Moore (Undergraduate Studies) has been selected to serve on the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) National Publication Advisory Board. The Publication Advisory Board oversees the recommendation of topics to offer NACADA members on a wide variety of high quality print-based materials that provide professional development and promote and advance the field of academic advising in the larger academic community. The two-year term begins in Fall 2013. Moore is UNCG’s director of Transfer & Adult Student Academic Success.

See/Hear: March 20, 2013

Dr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development & Family Studies) received a UNCG Research Excellence Award at the 2012 Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards ceremony. In this video created by a Media Studies student, Leerkes speaks about her research: ”My goal really is to understand what promotes children’s healthy development, and the outcomes that I am interested in are social, emotional. What is it that helps children learn to regulate their own emotions? What is it that promotes a close, healthy relationship with their parents, which we know if protective for their later development?”

Tolbert will receive BOG Award for Excellence in Teaching

030613Feature_Tolbert2Dr. Lisa C. Tolbert, an associate professor of American cultural history, is the 2013 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor bestowed by the UNC system for superior teaching.

The award will be presented to Tolbert at UNCG’s spring commencement ceremony.

“It is an honor and a pleasure when an excellent teacher is recognized by their peers and by their students, and Dr. Tolbert is a most worthy recipient of this award,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “Exceptional teaching is the bedrock of a quality education.”

Established in 1994, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus.

Tolbert earned a doctorate in American history at UNC Chapel Hill in 1994 and has taught at UNCG since then. She became an associate professor in 2000 and is a past recipient of the Dean’s Merit Award for Research and the Dean’s Merit Award for Teaching Excellence.

“Teaching is my passion and I’m really thrilled and honored to receive this award from the Board of Governors,” she said. “Students learn more when they are actively engaged in the course. Thus my philosophy of teaching may be summed up in the idea that students learn by ‘doing history.’ ”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson.

‘Consequences of conflict’ series at UNCG

030613Feature_Consequences“The Consequences of Conflict” will be the theme of the Spring 2013 UNCG Center for Legislative Studies lecture series.

There will be two lectures:

  • “Remembering Genocide: Memorials, Tourists and the Politics of Suffering,” Dr. Sarah Kenyon Lischer, Wake Forest University – Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • “Stabilization & Reconstruction: Lessons from Afghanistan and Haiti,” Dr. Ann L. Phillips, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.

Dr. David Holian, director of the center, noted the topic’s importance at this moment in history. “The series is important given the United States’ role in the world. What lessons can we draw from our decisions to intervene in, or stay out of, hot spots around the world?”

What might audience members draw from the series? “We hope attendees will think about the consequences of both U.S. intervention in conflicts around the world, as well as non-intervention,” he said. “For example, President Clinton has publicly apologized for his failure to intervene in the Rwandan genocide when he had the chance, stating that a few thousand international troops may have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. On the other hand, our decisions to intervene in places like Afghanistan, regardless of the justification, confer on the U.S. the responsibility to oversee stabilization and reconstruction long after events prompting the intervention have ebbed.”

The lectures will be in the Curry Building Auditorium. A reception follows each lecture.

Department of Defense visual, Afghanistan, Feb. 2013.

Digging into gardens of Italy, at honors symposium

030613Feature_ItalyGardens2When a UNCG undergraduate like Mary Piepmeier gets questioned in front of an audience about Italian history, she doesn’t get nervous. She knows her topic inside and out. The gardens of the powerful Medici family of Renaissance Italy may sound distant and remote to most people. But she has walked them, strolled them, examined them. Spent hours soaking them up.

A UNCG summer experience in Florence will do that.

In any of the Medici gardens, you look down on a vista, she told one person questioning her about a garden. It’s as if the Medici’s were stating: “This is mine. I am ruling this.”

Piepmeier’s presentation was “The Medici Gardens: Microcosms of Divine Rule.”

Suzanne Tisdell and Samantha Way also presented research during the same session at the Lloyd International Honors College Honors Symposium Feb. 22. The most meaningful experience on the trip for Way – who presented on “The Pageantry of Propaganda: Medici Appropriation of Public Court Ceremonies” – was experiencing the San Giovanni Festival in person.

Piepmeier loved that she lived and studied in Florence that month as a resident, not as a tourist. She could visit the gardens in and around the city again and again. She explained that on Sunday mornings, you could have the famed Boboli Gardens virtually to yourself.

About 20 art students took part in the UNCG June 2012 study trip to Florence. The students were led by Dr. Heather Holian, Dr. Lawrence Jenkens and Barbara Campbell.

Holian, a Renaissance art historian, reflected a moment after the three students made presentations and fielded questions.

She greatly enjoys this symposium and the Undergraduate Expo each year. “You really see star students strut their stuff.”

And she valued the opportunity of watching the undergraduates enjoy Florence for the first time. It was the first time she’d taken a group to Italy. She loved showing students her favorite spaces in the city. And seeing them make their own discoveries – seeing their eyes open wide when they saw a favorite painting in front of them.

A great feeling for a teacher. And eye-opening for her as well.

“Like seeing Florence again for the first time.”

A similar study trip to Florence is planned for 2014.

Holian served as faculty moderator during the symposium session. Other faculty who moderated students’ sessions throughout the afternoon, on a wealth of topics, included Dr. William Markham, Eloise Hassell, Beth Walker, Dr. Roy Schwartzman, Dr. Christine Woodworth, Dr. Elizabeth Natalle, Dr. Jodi Bilinkoff, Dr. Kailan Rubinoff, Dr. Sarah Krive, Dr. Robert Simmons, Dr. Paul Silvia and Dr. Tara Green. Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly gave the keynote address and was introduced by Dr. Angela Bolte.

Forty-six students made presentations; about two-thirds were LIHC students. The Symposium Prize winners, each receiving a cash prize, were:

Humanities and Fine Arts:

  1. Alison Stevens, “Teaching Music Theory for Transfer”: Full Honors; Music major; senior
  2. Lauren Carruthers, “Family Politics and the Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn”: History major; senior
  3. Jarrod Rudd, “Bigger Thomas and his Relationship to Black Power”: African American Studies major; senior

Sciences and Professional Fields:

  1. Diana Phelps,“Reducing American College Binge Drinking: A Normative Perspective on Community Action”: Full Honors; Economics major; senior
  2. Anna Sorenson, “Two Worms Don’t Make a Right: Guinea worms, and Disease Control as a Human Right”: International Honors; Public Health Education major; freshman
  3. Mina Yu, “A Study of an Internal Control System Based on the COSO Framework and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002”: Graduated December 2012 with Full Honors; Accounting major

By Mike Harris
Visual: UNCG day outing to Pisa. L-r, Heather Holian, Tisdell and Piepmeier, standing near Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici statue. CW main page visual: Piepmeier at Villa di Castello garden near Florence.

Alexander next dean of School of Music, Theatre and Dance

030613Feature_AlexanderDr. Peter Alexander, dean emeritus of Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts, will head UNCG’s School of Music,Theatre and Dance.

Alexander, principal clarinetist for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic from 1970-97, takes over as the school’s dean July 1.

“Dr. Alexander is an opportune match for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “In addition to his abilities as professor and musician, his administrative experience and commitment to community engagement will serve UNCG well as we continue to enhance the visibility of the performing arts and expand collaboration with the Greensboro arts community. The school is a continuing source of pride for this university.”

Provost David H. Perrin agrees that Alexander has a lot to offer the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Prior to his tenure at Butler, Alexander was dean of the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of the Arts and dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

“Dr. Alexander’s experience as an arts dean at three very different universities and proven record of fostering collaboration among faculty and students in music, theatre and dance make him the ideal candidate to lead the School of Music, Theatre and Dance,” Perrin said. “He will be a wonderful advocate for the performing arts on our campus and in the Greensboro community.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines.

Bunch on ‘women’s human rights globally’

030613Feature_BunchCharlotte Bunch, founding director and senior scholar at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University, will present this year’s Duncan Women’s History Month Lecture at UNCG.

It will be held Tuesday, March 19, at 4 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Her talk is titled “Women’s Human Rights Globally: A Retrospective 20 Years After the UN World Conferences in Vienna, Cairo, and Beijing.”

For four decades, Bunch has been a leading activist, author and organizer in the women’s, civil and human rights movements. She has been a key player in the global campaign to eradicate violence against women and in feminist organizing around the UN World Conferences on Women. Bunch’s accolades include her induction into the U.S. National Women’s Hall of Fame, the White House Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and her selection as one of “1000 Women Peace-makers” nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

The annual Duncan Women’s History Lecture is supported by UNCG/Woman’s College alumna Peggy Duncan Jeens, a 1959 history graduate who became an award-winning history teacher. This year’s lecture is sponsored by the UNCG Department of History, the UNCG Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the UNCG International and Global Studies Program.

HUB networking opportunity

030613Feature_PhillipsTony Phillips, UNCG’s HUB coordinator, and Trace Little, director of purchasing, will represent UNCG at the 2nd Annual Gate City Minority Business Opportunity Fair on March 7, 2013. The event is co-hosted by UNCG.

This networking event welcomes minority and women-owned businesses interested in contracting opportunities with local public institutions and governmental agencies. It’s a collaborative event with representatives from Greensboro/Guilford County/state agencies, universities, college and community colleges.

It will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Galleria Events Center, 1325 S. Eugene St. Event attendees will also be able to learn about additional opportunities with event business sponsors.

The business fair is co-hosted by the East Market Street Development Corporation. It supports historically underutilized businesses (HUB’s), including minority and women-owned business enterprises.

At the table assigned for UNCG, Phillips and Little will explain future construction project opportunities and “The How To.”

Last year more than 150 people attended this event, says Phillips (seen in visual).

UNCG’s QEP focus: Global Engagement

After identifying a slate of three top ideas from among the 25 proposals submitted last semester for UNCG’ s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), and after hosting a series of all campus forums on the top three candidates this spring, the QEP Steering Committee conducted a campus wide vote last week to select the final topic.

The proposal that received the most votes and that will be the focus of UNCG’s very first QEP is Global Engagement. Additional information on this topic idea may be found at: http://uncgqep.blogspot.com/2012/10/submission-e.html

Now that the topic has been identified, the co-chairs and Steering Committee will begin to assemble a QEP Design Team that will spend the next several months determining the best ways to achieve the goal of enhanced Global Engagement at UNCG.

Counseling professors harness neurofeedback technology

It’s BrainMaster’s latest model, the Discovery 24E. And UNCG researchers are using it to put together a map of sorts — a roadmap, if you will, of a high-performing brain.

Only about two practitioners in the Greensboro area can provide similar services, and the cost of analysis and treatment sessions may prove prohibitive for many potential clients, says Dr. Scott Young, head of UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) within the School of Education.

Dr. Jane Myers and Young got the machine, software and training at no cost, in exchange for creating a normative database of “peak performers’” brain function.

“We were really excited because, as a field, counseling needs to move toward a biological measure of what we do,” Young says. Measuring brain function provides hard data for brain changes that are otherwise difficult to quantity.

Feedback from the Discovery unit can be harnessed to help clients retrain their brains for a variety of purposes, whether they want to overcome anxiety or drug addiction, improve their ability to focus or simply get a good night’s sleep.

The process is called neurofeedback.

Myers, who has neurofeedback certification, is supervising the brain-mapping project for CED. The goal is to provide BrainMaster with maps of at least 200 peak-performing brains. So far about 86 UNCG graduate students and faculty members have volunteered.

“We’re chipping away,” Young says.

Neurofeedback brain-mapping sessions are done in a small office in the Curry Building. Sessions are free but do require some paperwork and background information. For details, contact Wendy Mathes at cednfbstudy@gmail.com.

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG News.

UNCG residence hall association named “school of the year”

The UNCG Residence Hall Association (RHA) was named “School of the Year” by the North Carolina Association of Residence Halls (NCARH) during their annual conference in February. The award, the highest one given by the organization, recognizes RHA’s work to become a premier student organization at UNCG.

RHA consists of an executive board, a general body (made up of three standing committees and representatives of each hall council) and 15 hall councils who work together to provide residents with advocacy, high-quality programming and leadership opportunities. The group, whose motto is “Putting the Unity Back Into Community,” works to continually improve the campus atmosphere.

The organization has worked steadily to improve and grow. They have created training events to help Hall Council members learn how to run an effective meeting, held planning sessions and trained new board members. They continue to increase attendance at hall programs and events. This year, during their annual Stop Hunger Now philanthropy event, RHA members worked with the Office of Leadership and Service Learning and the Associated Campus Ministries to package more than 20,000 meals for international communities in need. RHA has formed strong collaborations with other student groups such as Student Government Association and Campus Ministries.

“RHA is not only creating campus leaders, they’re creating a residential community that has improved life on campus. This is critical, because both campus data and national research tells us that living on and being involved in campus yields higher retention and graduation rates,” said Cherry Callahan, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. “I’m so proud of the work our RHA students are doing to make the UNCG experience better and to make our students more successful.”

Outrage, protest & social transformation at April conference

UNCG’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program will present Outrage!: Discourses, Practices, and Politics of Protest and Social Transformation, the 2013 conference of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association. The conference will be held on campus, April 18-20. Conference co-chairs are Dr. Gwen Hunnicutt, WGS director of graduate study and associate professor of Sociology, and Dr. Carisa Showden, associate professor of Political Science and the chair of WGS’s Sally and Alan Cone Awards Committee. Conference organizers expect between 300 and 500 presenters and attendees.

The conference topic was chosen in the wake of the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, and with organizers anticipating dialogue regarding interrelationships among women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and social change.

Five keynote speakers are slated to speak: Caitlin Breedlove, Kai Lumumba Barrow, Wahneema Lubiano, Victoria Marks and Andrea Smith.

The discount early-bird registration rate ends March 17.

Registration and additional information about the conference is available at http://sewsa2013.wordpress.com/.

Elliott lectures on Gettysburg

030613Feature_GettysburgThis summer marks the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, a pivotal point in America’s Civil War.

Dr. Mark Elliott (History) will give the talk “The Battle of Gettysburg: The 150th Anniversary” tonight (Wednesday, March 6) at 6 p.m. in the Bryan Building, Room 160.

The event, free and open to the public, is hosted by the UNCG Historical Society, which plans a summer study trip to Gettysburg.

Elliott’s research focuses on the Civil War and the Reconstruction era; abolitionism, civil rights and human rights; and public history and historical memory.

His two recent books focused on 19th-century civil rights champion (and Greensboro resident) Albion Tourgee, who argued for “color-blind justice” as a lawyer in the Plessy v. Ferguson case.

Visual: Alexander Gardner, 1863, Trostle House after battle. Gettysburg National Military Park, via NPS web page.

UNCG awarded for SECC per-capita giving

UNCG received the Gold Chairman’s Award from the SECC for the highest per capita donation for a UNC school of our size in 2012. UNCG was recognized in the “1,500 – 4,999 Employees” category.

UNCG employees contributed $240,696 to the State Employees Combined Campaign, which helps support more than 1,000 charitable organizations throughout the region and state. It surpassed its 2012 goal of $235,000.

In the same category, NC A&T was awarded Silver.

The 2012 statewide campaign raised $4.4 million, for a more than 5.5 percent increase, reversing a downward trend. The last increase in the campaign had been in 2007.

The SECC site shows that UNCG had 46 percent participation. Only Elizabeth City State, with 53 percent, had a higher percentage in our system. The third highest was N.C. State, with 41 percent participation.

Make nomination for Humanitarian Award

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is accepting nominations for the Humanitarian Award through April 5, 2013, 5 p.m. The Humanitarian Award has been established to recognize and reward any UNCG-affiliated student organization or residence hall that has demonstrated social responsibility in responding to domestic and/or global issues. Groups to be considered for the Humanitarian Award must show examples of having a strong commitment to participating in or promoting activities that emphasize social responsibility in responding to domestic and/or global issues. The winning student organization or residence hall will receive $200 and an engraved plaque. The recipient will be announced on April 22, 2013. For more information on the Humanitarian Award, visit http://maf.dept.uncg.edu/recognition/humanitarianaward.html. To nominate a group or organization, complete this 2013 Humanitarian Award Nomination Form.

UNCG Opera helps bring 5th grader’s story to life

030613Feature_GigleyOperaThe first opera Annabel Gigley saw was her own.

Annabel, a fifth-grader at Erwin Montessori, won Greensboro Opera’s 2012 “Write Your Own Opera!” competition, judged by UNCG Opera Theatre Director David Holley. Last month, she had a front-row seat as her short opera, “Jacks are Wild!” came to life on the stage at the Carolina Theatre. The contest is in its third year. Fourth-graders in the public schools enter each year.

Winning operas are performed along with Greensboro Opera’s full-length show for children, with which UNCG Opera collaborates.

Holley chose Annabel’s short story, “Battle of the Princesses,” and set about turning it into a 10-minute libretto. Mark Engebretson (Music) scored the piece.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines
Photograph by Chris English

New coach Janelle Breneman leads UNCG Softball to a stellar 15-2 start

030613Spotlight_BrenemanCoach Janelle Breneman thought last Sunday’s doubleheader against Monmouth and UVa would be hard-fought – and it was. “I thought this would be a really good test for us, to test our toughness and test our fight,” she said.

Fact is, she’s been talking about their fight since the season opened.

They started the season by winning three on the road. She noted that opening weekend they were down in 2 of the 3 games – but they stayed focused and aggressive. In an interview at the end of that weekend – at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo95Kusbmbc – she said, “I was proud of our fight and how we came back and put runs on the board. Being down didn’t affect our presence and our approach. The kids came out fighting during that deficit and came out on top. I’m proud of their fight and what they brought to the game all three games.”

And the team’s run – and their fight – has continued.

In their most recent game – a 2-1 victory over the ACC’s Virginia – they were down early by one run. But Freshman Lindsay Thomas, their top home run hitter, blasted one to tie it up. And in the bottom of the final inning, a long ball to the fence by senior Eileen Horsmon drove in the winning run as the team (and the crowd) erupted in celebration.

Fifteen wins with only two losses is a stellar way to open a season and the “Breneman era” in Spartan Softball.

Before being named the new coach last July, Breneman had spent the past eight years in the SEC and ACC. Breneman brought 17 years of collegiate coaching experience to UNCG, including nine years as a head coach.

Breneman had spent the past two seasons as the top assistant coach at South Carolina. Before that, she spent six seasons as an assistant coach for the UNC Tar Heels.

She had two head coaching stints: at Bucknell (2001-04) and East Stroudsburg (1996-2000). At Bucknell in 2004, she was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year.

She played two years in the Women’s Pro Softball League for the Georgia Pride and was a four-year letterwinner at Bloomsburg University. She helped Bloomsburg to the NCAA Division II Championships all four years, finishing second in the nation in 1991 and third in both 1990 and 1992. Breneman earned a bachelor’s degree in adult health and cardiac rehabilitation.

UNCG Softball hosts Samford this Saturday and Sunday, and hosts Charlotte next Thursday (March 14). There’s no admission charge.

See full schedule here. And see more information about the team here.

Looking ahead: March 6, 2013

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

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

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, March 7, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

Faculty Forum: Innovation Commercialization and P&T
Thursday, March 7, 3 p.m., EUC, Kirkland Room

Foundations for Learning info session for instructors
Friday, March 8, noon, McIver 140

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, March 14, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Lecture, “Historical Thinking & Other Unnatural Acts,” Dr. Sam Wineburg
Monday, March 18, 5 p.m., SOE Building, Room 120

Entrepreneurial Journeys talk, Dan Hood
Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 p.m., Room 1214, MHRA