UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for April 2013

Revised location for DSBA event

University Relations staff and Chancellor Brady will present DSBA certificates of recognition this week to representatives of units that have been some of the earliest and most successful adopters of UNCG’s Integrated Marketing & Strategic Communication strategy. The entire campus is invited to the presentation Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 3:30 p.m.

The location has changed. The presentation will be in the School of Education Auditorium (Room 114) and the reception will take place in the Pre-Function space outside the auditorium.

Questions? Contact Helen Hebert at hdhebert@uncg.edu or Debbie Schallock at drschall@uncg.edu.

 

UNCG Dining wants to hear from you

In an effort to better serve you and to have an honest conversation regarding services, UNCG Dining will be performing focus groups April 30 and May 1. They are in search for faculty and staff to participate in these focus groups. The focus groups will last for no more than an hour and a half. Food will be provided, and as a thank you for your time, gift certificates will also be provided. For more information regarding time slots, location, etc., contact Lilkeisha Smith at lmsmi25@uncg.edu or 334-5116.

Campus Weekly 2013 Summer schedule

Campus Weekly will publish every other week over the summer. The CW schedule is:

May 1
May 15
May 29
June 12
June 26
July 10
July 24

On Aug 7, CW will resume its weekly schedule.

For up-to-the-minute news, check UNCG Now regularly. And follow the Campus Weekly Twitter feed and UNCG Twitter feed – as well as the UNCG Facebook page.

 

Dr. Stephanie Daniel

Dr. Stephanie Daniel (Center for Youth, Families and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the School Health Alliance for Forsyth County for the project “Medical Home Extension Program for Adolescents.” She will oversee the Medical Home Extension Program for Adolescents, providing guidance for the development and implementation of the program. Andy Mayfield will serve as Evaluator, analyzing the data collected and reporting the outcomes/impact of the project as well as the use of a standardized web-based youth risk assessment tool. Kara Green will facilitate case management services for any children served by the mobile clinic requiring referral for mental health or medical follow up. She also will serve as the Outreach Coordinator.

 

Dr. Susan Calkins

Portrait of Susan CalkinsDr. Susan Calkins (Human Development and Family Studies) received a competitive renewal from Virginia Tech for the project “Psychobiology of Cognitive Development.” The renewal application will continue a longitudinal study.

Craig Nova

Portrait of Craig NovaCraig Nova (English) has a new novel, “All the Dead Yale Men,” that will be released in early June. It is a sequel to “The Good Son,” published in 1982. His new novel received a “starred and boxed” review from Publishers Weekly,” which notes: “Nova’s scenic evocation of Boston is spot-on, as is his emotional detailing of the fragile intricacies of family.”

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received new funding of more than $1.5 million from Jobs for the Future for the project “Early College Expansion Project Evaluation (I3)”. The third-party evaluation of ECEP will assess the extent to which ECEP is having a positive impact on student outcomes associated with readiness for and success in college. The evaluation will also collect detailed data on implementation to examine the level of implementation and to provide useful feedback to the program developers, the abstract notes. Edmunds is project director for high school reform at UNCG’s SERVE Center.

See/hear: April 24, 2013

Katie Marshall, former UNCG Student Government Association president, was one of several with UNCG ties who gave TEDx talks last week. The 2011 graduate currently is at Volvo Financial Services, in corporate communications. In this video produced by UNCG Student Affairs, she reflects on her time as a student here. “We were all at this age where we knew we wanted to do something great but we had no idea how. And we found ourselves all getting involved in different (UNCG) organizations and that’s how you could see us … all traveling down the road to get us where we are today.”

Sustainability Scholarship Fair on Earth Day 2013

041713Feature_EarthDayEnjoy the Sustainability Scholarship Fair on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. UNCG faculty, staff and students will share sustainability related research and teaching in a casual setting.

The fair will provide an opportunity for faculty currently engaged in teaching and research in sustainability to meet, learn about, and network with others who also are involved in related activities. The event is free and open to the public, and it is coordinated with other student-organized and UNCG-sponsored Earth Day events along College Avenue outside the Alumni House. The Triad Student Energy Alliance, POCAM, Triad Electric Vehicle Association and others will be hosting activities and informational tables, including demonstrations of electric vehicles, alternative transportation options, and solar energy.

UNCG’s newly appointed academic sustainability coordinator, Dr. Aaron Allen, notes that sustainability is a core value defined in UNCG’s Strategic Plan 2009-2014 as “the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.”

Building up to Earth Day, UNCG has two other events:

On Thursday, April 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Sustainability Committee will host the 4th Annual Sustainability Shorts Screening at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Prior to the short films will be a reception with free food, drink and live music. Winners of the Shorts as well as the Creative Sustainability Initiative grants will be announced at the reception.

On Friday, April 19, from 1 – 3 p.m. , the Peabody Park Preservation Committee will hold its semi-annual “Ivy Pull” If you’d like to volunteer to help clean up and remove invasive plants from sections of the Park, simply meet at the Peabody Park Bridge to join a team. Wear appropriate clothing; you may want to wear gloves.

Visual by David Wilson of a campus meadow.

 

1963 African American graduates share eye-opening memories

041713_Feature_AfricanAmerican60s2Elizabeth Withers Stroud graduated in 1963. When she left, she left her yearbook and her degree behind, she said.

“It was not an experience I wanted to keep in my ‘joy circle’.”

One of the first dozen African American students at Woman’s College (now UNCG), she was the first alumna to speak at last Friday’s Reunion event. Nearly a hundred people attended.

“This is my first time back to campus,” she told everyone. She said that people like Chancellor Brady and Hermann Trojanowski reaching out to her had led her to return – to a place that held mixed memories.

She and the other alumni had toured Coit Hall earlier that day. She recalled being an excited freshman in 1959, a valedictorian of her high school class. As she moved in to Coit Hall – all African American students lived in one part of Coit Hall at that time – a white parent saw her. The parent told their daughter she’d need to move her things out, obviously due to the black students moving in. Stroud felt rejected. She felt isolated. Most professors were not supportive, she said, though there were exceptions.

She told a story: She and a black friend, Gwendolyn Jones, had experience dancing in high school. They were good. They auditioned for the junior class show; they expected to be on the cast list. They were not chosen. They volunteered to do the lighting. They were at every rehearsal. They set the lights – and when it came time for the hoe-down dance the night of the show, they came off their ladder and danced on stage with the classmates who’d been chosen. They did not cause a disruption, she explained. “We wanted to do what we thought we should be able to do – and we did that.” They were not chastised.

Stroud came to see that every person was informed and shaped by their unique backgrounds. She learned everyone was “working out of their own experience.”

“My experience (at UNCG) helped me,” she said. She had a very successful career at the Department of Commerce. She retired as the highest ranking career official there.

She spoke of talking with African American UNCG students in recent years, and finding that things are very different on campus today. Touring the campus that morning, she had seen “such variety, such diversity.” It was “beautiful,” she said.

Alice Russ Littlefield ‘63 was next to speak. “I felt like a complete alien,” she explained. “I was the only black kid (at WC/UNCG) from a rural area.”

Her experience at WC? “It absolutely crushed my self-esteem… I had been an A student.” She eventually did further her education, at graduate school at Howard University.

But she learned important things at this campus. She made the analogy to bodies of water. “It taught me how to get along in the ‘world pond’ – and I think I’ve done a relatively good job of functioning in the ‘world pond’ since.”

During her junior and senior years, she became very interested in the Civil Rights movement. She was arrested more than once during demonstrations in Greensboro, she said.

Before their remarks, Dean Rosann V. Bazirjian provided a welcome. Bonita Brown brought greetings from Chancellor Linda P. Brady. Herman Trojanowski spoke of the African American Institutional Memory Project. Divine Harmony, a UNCG student choral group, sang. Charlotte Williamson served as moderator.

A dozen or so black alumni from the 50’s and 60’s spoke. A few white alumni from the 50’s and 60’s shared their perspectives as well.

African-American alumni from the late 60’s observed that their experience was generally different. Caroline Suezette Brown Roney ‘67 noted that she didn’t see the instances of blatant racism that the earlier alumni described. “You really did pave the way,” she told the earlier alumni gathered near her.

A good number of current African American students asked questions and made observations. The moderator called the students “history in the making.”

The president of the UNCG Neo Black Society, Charnele Walton, a senior and public health major, spoke briefly. “I want to thank all these alumni for paving the way for us.” Her tears as she ended her remarks in mid-sentence, “We’re glad that you’re here –” expressed as much as her words.

Several alumni have passed away. Bettye Tillman died in the 60s, as did Diane Oliver. Gwendolyn Jones Magee died in 2011. These three were noted in the course of the conversations. But those who are telling their stories – through events like this – help carry all these alumni’s history forward.

“Tell your stories. They need to be shared,” JoAnne Smart Drane ‘60 told all the African American alumni present. She and the late Bettye Tillman were the first black students at WC/UNCG, moving into Shaw Residence Hall in 1956.

Drane explained that she too had not returned to campus for many years after graduating – 25 years, she recalled. She had a mixed experience as a student here. But an invitation to speak on campus by the student Neo Black Society – some of whose founders spoke at Friday’s event – finally drew her back to UNCG.

“What made me proudest when I came back to campus? The students,” she said.

She became vice president of the UNCG Alumni Association and later a UNCG Trustee – and saw that, at that time, a displayed collection of the campus’ history included many things, such as the first men on campus, but not the experiences of the early African American students on campus.

She and other alumni worked to change that. “We got the story told properly,” she said.

The UNCG University Libraries’ African American Institutional Memory Project already has many oral interviews – several more will be done in the coming months. Sixteen are available online at http://tinyurl.com/ag674ww

By Mike Harris
Photography by Wesley Brown. Visual on this page: Alice Russ Littlefield, with microphone. Visual on CW home page: Elizabeth Withers Stroud, in red at far right, was another 1963 alumna who spoke.

See related story about two WC students who were a part of the 1963 Tate Street protests.

 

Ride the rides at Spartapalooza 2013

041713Feature_Spartapalooza“What kind of art is that in the Weatherspoon Parking Lot?” you might ask, this weekend. “It looks just like a Ferris Wheel.”

It is a Ferris Wheel. This year’s Spartapalooza carnival will feature mechanical rides.

Spartapalooza 2013 will be Saturday, April 20, 4-9 p.m.

This 2013 Spartapalooza carnival, in the Weatherspoon parking lot, will feature a Super Shot, Ferris Wheel, Bungee Run, Double Shot Basketball, photo koozies, graffiti T-shirts, a caricature artist, professional stilt walkers, face painting, balloon art, and carnival food and snacks. (Note – must be at least 18 to ride mechanical rides.)

The event is open for UNCG students, faculty, and staff. Be prepared to show UNCG ID.

Archival visual of an earlier Spartapalooza by David Wilson

EUC Reservations Office Books are open

The EUC reservation books opened on Monday, April 15, 2013, for events and meetings your department or organization would like to hold in Elliott University Center and other campus spaces (College Avenue, The Fountain, Foust Park, Kaplan Commons, Taylor Garden and Stone Lawn). Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014.

The reservation books for the EUC and Atrium display cases, as well as the indoor railing and the outdoor banner space at the EUC, also opened on April 15. For more information, contact the EUC Reservations Office at 334-5378.

Grants available for community-based research teams

The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, Undergraduate Research, and The Graduate School are pleased to offer grants supporting community-based research teams of faculty and students. The community-based research (CBR) initiation grant supports proposals that represent collaborative partnerships among community partner, student, and faculty teams. Projects should advance the development of community partner capacity, student learning through the high impact practice of undergraduate research, and facilitate the evolution of faculty scholarly identity as it relates to community-identified needs.

The goal of this community-based research grant is to support the agenda of each team member while simultaneously grounding the process in mutual development of all three entities. We seek projects that demonstrate community-engagement, as defined as “activities that are undertaken with community members in a context of reciprocal partnership.”

Proposals are due by May 19, 2013, at midnight. Please contact Dr. Kristin Moretto, assistant director for Service-learning, (knmorett@uncg.edu) for more information.

For more information, and to obtain the RFP, please visit: http://olsl.uncg.edu/community-scholarship/cbr-grants/

Course Reserves Due for 2013 summer, fall terms

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first day of class, new lists for summer are due by Friday, May 3 and for fall by

Friday, August 2. Requests to renew spring lists for summer and/or fall are due by Wednesday, May 8.

The Libraries will begin using a new search interface and circulation system for print reserves sometime this summer. While no specific date has been set, these changes do not affect how reserve requests should be submitted. (eReserves will continue to be delivered via Blackboard.) Until these changes are made, continue searching for reserves from the Libraries’ home page by clicking Library Catalog, then Reserves under “Link to the Old Search”. So that lists for summer and fall can be built, the Course Reserve search link is now present in the new catalog in the Search drop down menu located in the upper left corner of the search screen, but this search is not yet functional.

Before placing a film on reserve for your students, check out Swank’s Digital Campus and the Libraries’ other streaming film sources. Also, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see our e-book guide

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

 

Faculty vs. Staff Kickball April 24

The first-ever UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball Game will be Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at UNCG’s Baseball Stadium. 6 p.m. is the start time. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be available at no charge. Please bring donations to the Guilford County Animal Shelter. And enjoy this special time with fellow faculty and staff.

At last week’s Staff Senate meeting, Ray Carney noted that currently Staff have about 40 who’ve signed up to play – Faculty has about two dozen who’ve signed up. Those will be great-sized teams. It should be a fun time. “It will be sunny,” Jason Marshburn confidently predicted.

Blackboard Connect system goes ‘live’ within days

UNCG is testing an improved emergency notification system for students, faculty and staff.

Blackboard Connect will be the new system. This system is scheduled to go “live” later this week – likely the morning of April 19. 18. (If there is a chance for severe weather, etc., the transition will be delayed until Monday, April 22.)

Every person who is already signed up for text message notifications – or is signing up for the first time – will receive one automatically generated text message when it goes live. The message will begin, “UNCG Alert: You are subscribed to receive text alerts….” This message will give you an option to unsubscribe. Do not unsubscribe, if you wish to receive alerts in the future. This one “introductory” text message will not be repeated. You may simply consider it a confirmation. You will not receive an “introductory” email – just this one text message (that is, if you are registered to receive text messages). More information is here. Additional information and contact information may be found at the UNCG Emergency Management web page and the Spartan Alert – Emergency Information web page. Or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 256-8632 or BeReady@uncg.edu.

Update: The system was originally (tentatively) scheduled to go live April 19. Due to potential bad weather that day, the date has been changed to April 18.

 

John Shelton Reed on “Dixie Bohemia” at Friends of the Libraries dinner

041713Spotlight_ReedJohn Shelton Reed, an acclaimed humorist on Southern culture who once compared the modern South to a pair of comfortable tattered jeans, headlines the annual Friends of the UNCG Libraries dinner Monday, April 29. The event takes place from 6-9 p.m., in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center.

Reed, William Rand Kenan Jr. professor emeritus of sociology at UNC Chapel Hill, has written widely and spoken often, seriously and wittingly, about the ways of the South. His latest book, published last November, “Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s,” concerns intellectuals who gathered in New Orleans, including William Faulkner.

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries is a volunteer group that promotes Jackson Library and the Harold Schiffman Music Library. The Friends are currently raising money to redesign the landscape in front of Jackson Library facing College Avenue.

The annual dinner, the Friends’ major fundraising event, starts with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the program and dinner. Tickets are $50 each for members, $60 each for non-members. Table sponsorships are $500.

Those who just want to hear Reed pay a fee of $15 per ticket.

For tickets, call 334-4849. For additional details, contact Barry Miller at 256-0112. Full story at Libraries blog.

 

Looking ahead: April 17, 2013

Entrepreneurial Journeys talk, Randy Goins of TriMark Solutions
Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m., Room 1214, MHRA

Music, Schola Cantorum
Thursday, April 18, 5:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Miles Davis Jazz Festival
Friday, April 19, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Spring Dance concert
Friday, April 19, 8 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre

University Band
Sunday, April 21, 1:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Symphonic Band
Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Faculty vs. Staff kickball game
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m., Baseball Stadium

 

OLSL announces Faculty Fellow program

The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning is pleased to announce a new Faculty Fellow program for 2013-14. The faculty fellows program promotes faculty development and the scholarship of engagement by integrating community outreach with teaching, scholarship and service. This one-year program is designed to increase the quality and quantity of service-learning courses, develop faculty leadership and promote advocacy for service-learning. Benefits include $1,750 in add-pay per semester and up to $1,500 to present at a national conference related to the Fellow’s community engaged work. For more information, please contact Dr. Kristin Moretto, assistant director for Service-Learning, or visit http://olsl.uncg.edu/service-learning/s-l-faculty-fellows/

Allison Seay gives reading

Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 8 p.m., UNCG alumna Allison Seay will read from her debut collection “To See The Queen.”. The reading will be in the Faculty Center.

She won the the 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry for this book of poetry.

Details are at http://eagleeye.umw.edu/2012/01/25/allison-seay-wins-prize-for-poetry-collection/

 

Free market fairness

The BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets, and Morality will sponsor a talk by Dr. John Tomasi (Brown University) concerning his book “Free Market Fairness.” The talk will occur in the School of Education Building, Room 222, at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2013. Questions? Email w_maki@uncg.edu

 

Dr. Nora Bird

041713CampusPeople_BirdDr. Nora Bird (Library and Information Sciences) received new funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences for the project “Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars: New Americans Educated for Community College Librarianship.” The project will recruit and educate librarians who come from a New American, refugee or immigrant, background. The program will commence in April, 2013 and finish in April, 2015. Community engagement is one of the unique program features.

Dr. Robert Strack

041713CampusPeople_StrackDr. Robert Strack (Public Health Education) received new funding from Prevention Strategies, LLC, for the project “Picture Me Alcohol Free.”

Dr. David Wyrick

041713CampusPeople_WyrickDr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) has received a continuation of funding from Prevention Strategies, LLC, for the project “Drug and Alcohol Prevention for Student Athletes.”

Dr. Michael Kane

041813CampusPeople_KaneDr. Michael Kane (Psychology) delivered an invited talk, “The Emerging Cognitive Constructs of Working Memory Capacity and Executive Attention,” at the National Research Council workshop in Washington, DC. The workshop, “Measuring Human Capabilities: Performance Potential of Individuals and Collectives,” was sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Institute.

Memili/Welsh/Luthans

A commentary titled “Going Beyond Research on Goal Setting: A Proposed Role for Organizational Psychological Capital of Family Firms,” co-authored by Dr. Esra Memili and Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (both of the Bryan School) and Dr. Fred Luthans (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), has been accepted at the leading entrepreneurship journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. It will be in the ETP 2013 Special Issue on Family Firms.

See/Hear: April 17, 2013

Dr. Susanne Rinner (Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in fall 2012. She explains in this clip that for students in the College, “You want to give them a broad range of opportunities, and I think we do this very well here…The focus is on combining, connecting the research and scholarship with teaching – and encouraging students to become scholars themselves….”

‘Extraordinary contributions’ cited at Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards

041013Feature_Awards2“Inspirational stories will be heard,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said in previewing the 2013 UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony last Friday in EUC Auditorium. And with each award that was presented, they were.

“We are honoring individuals who have made sustained contributions to this university,” she noted. At the ceremony, attendees learned about the passion those honored have and the philosophies that drive them.

A banner on the stage read, “We’re dreamers and doers.”

For each recipient, a short video was shown. The clips showed some of those dreams and especially what they have done for our students and our university.

The student video artists who created the clips were Benjamin Boyles, Damon Card, Justin Frasier-Wright, Elizabeth Hornshuh, Casey Palin, James Realubit, Angel Singletary and Brad Tarnowsk. The practicum was led by Michael Frierson (Media Studies).

Those who received awards were:
Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards
Dr. Susan Letvak (Adult Health Nursing) – Tenured Faculty
Dr. Chiaki Takagi (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) – Nontenured Faculty

Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Lisa Tolbert ( History)

Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards
Chris Fay (Grounds) – Staff
Dr. James Evans (English) – Faculty
Meredith Swain – Student

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
Dr. Nancy Hodges (Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies)

Staff Excellence Awards
Ray Carney (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Jenni Rikkola (Nursing)

Student Learning Enhancement Awards
Dr. Jeff Sarbaum (Economics)
Dr. Michelle Sheran (Economics)

Service pins were awarded to the following:
30 years
Dr. Bruce Banks
Dr. Jodi Bilinkoff
Kathryn Crowe
Dr. Anthony Fragola
Jerome Hayes
Dr. Timothy Johnston
Dr. Al Link
Dr. John Locke
Setenna Tanksley
Dr. Larry Taube
Ann Venable
Patricia Wasserboehr
Clifton Whitman
Raymond Williams

35 years
Dr. Stuart Allen
Mark Bell
Dr. James Clotfelter
Mary Conger
Chris Russell
Cynthia Slater
Dr. Jeffrey Soles
Dr. Susan Stinson
Neal Thacker

40 years
Dr. Robert Cannon

The service pins are “only a token – but it symbolizes our respect for them and our thanks,” said the chancellor.

She paid special note to the year’s only 40-year service pin recipient, Dr. Rob Cannon. His service to our university and to science students is well-known. She explained that when she first met him, he suggested they go to a UNCG institution: Yum Yum. She still recalls his introducing her to the black cherry ice cream at the longtime campus landmark.

By Mike Harris
Photo on this page: Dr. Jeff Sarbaum and Dr. Michelle Sheran, after the ceremony. Photo on main page: Chancellor Brady presents award to Dr. Chiaki Takagi. Photography by Wesley Brown.

Redesigned UNCG web pages launch April 15

Photo of a web page from the new siteThe UNCG home page will be very different. So will six of the top-tier pages. The upgrade comes Monday, April 15.

The new long-scroll concept will take advantage of the way users interact with their touch-screen and mobile devices. And it allows a dynamic experience, with more content that’s updated often, slideshows, videos – and a generally more richly designed presentation.

For the university, an updated look that provides a great user experience can help in recruiting students and faculty. And one more thing. “Showcasing DSBA stories helps visitors to our site get to know the real UNCG. We are better able to share that with all kinds of audiences,” says Lyda Carpen, director of creative services for University Relations.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady had charged University Relations and ITS to integrate the Integrated Marketing & Strategic Communication (IMSC) strategy into the creation of an upgraded home page and top-tier pages. At the same time, links and content on the pages were updated as well.

The great majority of work on the project was done in-house – with University Relations and Information Technology Services working closely with the UNCG Internet Oversight Committee, composed of staff across campus.

Helen Hebert, associate vice chancellor for university relations, noted the home page and the top-tier pages are often the first experience a prospective student or faculty member may have of UNCG.

“Prospective students, faculty, parents and community members are frequently introduced to UNCG through the home page,” Hebert said. “It’s essential for us to have an appealing, engaging and easy-to-navigate web site. The work of the Internet Oversight Committee achieved the project goals.”

A few highlights:

  • The UNCG News site and the Features site are now combined, to feature DSBA stories and the latest news in one site.
  • A number of pages have calendars. The items on these calendars are drawn from the UNCG Public Calendar – be sure your department’s public events are on the UNCG Public Calendar. The simple instructions are at https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2012/03/27/getitonthecalendar/
  • The addition of an Accolades section that highlights university awards and accomplishments.

The upgrade shows off today’s UNCG. “It shows our university as dynamic as it truly is,” says Carpen.

Next week, check it out. Click through – and scroll through – the pages.

By Mike Harris

Take survey, give your input on Campus Master Plan

Aerial photo of UNCG campusAn interactive survey for the UNCG Campus Master Plan is now posted at http://projects.sasaki.com/uncg/my-campus/. Take a few minutes and fill it out.

Over the next 6-8 months, UNCG will be analyzing the existing condition of campus, identifying key issues, proposing changes and documenting the next steps forward to strategically guide campus growth and development.

UNCG is in the early stages of establishing a presence along the Lee Street Corridor, south of the current campus. The 2013 Master Plan Update will take a close look at what this means in terms of campus identity and functionality, and also identify the opportunities provided by growth into the Lee Street Corridor.

The campus master planning process is an important opportunity to engage the entire UNCG community — faculty, staff, students, neighbors — in envisioning the future for their surroundings. Let your voice be heard, whether through the survey or through written suggestions/feedback at http://projects.sasaki.com/uncg/feedback/

More information, including a timeline and membership list of the Master Plan Steering Committee, are at http://projects.sasaki.com/uncg/

120+ at UNCG Graduate Research/Creativity Expo

Photo of Richard VestalThe 2013 UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo on April 2 drew more than 120 graduate students presenting work in creative arts, humanities, professional programs and a wide range of sciences.

The first place winner in the Health Sciences category was Richard Vestal (Nanoscience), for “Targeting the Atypical Chemokine Receptor CXCR7 for the Treatment of Glioblastoma.” Vestal (in visual) and his research are currently featured on the UNCG main page.

Other first-place winners were:

  • Creative Arts: Felicia Dean (Interior Architecture) for “From Fashion to Furniture: The Formation of Three-Dimensional Upholstery.”
  • Humanities: Amirah Lane (Interior Architecture) for “Aladdin Kit Homes and the Fisher Park Neighborhood.”
  • Professional Programs: Megan Kemmery, Margo Appenzeller, and Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh (Specialized Education Services) for “When Your Car is Your Classroom.” Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Jonathan Messer (Nutrition) for “Effect of Antioxidant, Quercetin, on Bone Cell Function.”
  • Social Sciences: John Nowlin (Geography) for “A Mesoscale Geophysical Capability/Suitability Model for Vitis Vinifera Vineyard Site Selection in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad Region: Case Study of Rockingham County, NC.”

Full story – including honorable mention recipients – at UNCG News.

NC premiere of civil rights activist film

Photo of Anne Braden with Cornell WestThe documentary “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” features the long-time white civil rights activist from Kentucky who died in 2006. Braden, who was favorably mentioned by Dr. Martin Luther King in his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” was very involved in activities in North Carolina, which are depicted in the film. A panel discussion of community members will follow the screening. One of the filmmakers, Anne Lewis, will be on hand as well. More information about the film is at http://annebradenfilm.org/.

There are a limited number of free tickets to the screening for the community. To reserve and print a free ticket for community members, click here. After these tickets are gone, conference organizers will accommodate additional community members at the door on a first come, first serve basis.

The screening is part of the 2013 conference of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, hosted by the UNCG Women’s and Gender Studies Program April 18-20. Details are at http://sewsa2013.wordpress.com/.

A limited number of free tickets for keynote talks – including one by Andrea Smith – are available to the community. Click here to reserve and print a free ticket to a keynote talk.

Photo of Anne Braden with Cornell West, by Sonja deVries.

Make nominations for Staff Senate

UNCG Staff Senate is in the process of soliciting nominations for the 2013-14 Senate. Nominations will be collected through April 12, 2013. Staff may nominate themselves or any of their colleagues.

Criteria needed in order to be able to serve on Staff Senate:

  • Full-time or part-time permanent employees
  • Have 12 months of continuous service in a permanent position with the university
  • Classified as an SPA or EPA non-faculty employee

Make nominations online at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/forms/d/1kjVMul1-go9i8_x74S8QfRnMZeVmU31FTgzuVsvamOE/viewform

Hard copy nomination forms are available upon request to Stacy.Kosciak@uncg.edu.

TEDMED available for campus community

The UNCG community can experience TEDMED Live April 17-19, 2013.

Let the world’s most creative minds take you on a journey of possibilities in health and medicine.

UNCG faculty, staff, and students may access all sessions live from computers, iPads or smart phones.

  • To sign on : go to TEDMEDLive.org
  • Go to : “Click here to start”
  • Enter Organization Name: scroll down to “School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro”.
  • Enter Affiliate ID : L11740
  • Enter : your email address and position.

You should now have access.

See the complete schedule of sessions and speakers here.

If faculty members would like their class to experience a TEDMED session, Room 186 Stone Building will be available for several sessions.

See a listing of these sessions at Stone Building – as well as full details – at http://www.uncg.edu/hhs/tedmed.html.

Questions? Email Eileen Miller (HHS) at ecmille2@uncg.edu.

‘Gateway to Science’ open house at JSNN

The Joint School of Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering BuildingWhat’s it like to be a nano scientist?

Learn more at JSNN’s “Gateway to Science” open house event Thursday, April 11, 2013, 1-5 p.m.

It is part of the NC Science Festival.

The event is sponsored by Girls in Science and Technology (GIST) and the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation, as well as Gateway University Research Park.

The Joint School of Nanotechnology and Nanoengineering is a collaboration between NC A&T and UNCG.