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Archives for April 2013

Hazel Brown, longest-serving faculty member for SON, recounts her formative years

Portrait of Hazel BrownDr. Hazel Brown is the longest-serving faculty member in the UNCG School of Nursing to date. She retired in 2011, and will return to campus Wednesday, April 24, 4 p.m. for a reading in the Pecky Cypress Room, Alumni House.

Her book, “Sharecropper’s Daughter,” details the first 22 years of her life. “I was raised in 12 different tenant farmer’s houses and changed schools many times in mid-year,” she explained last week. “We had electricity at age 8, a washing machine at age 9 – my Grandpa bought it for Mama, first had running water at age 12, and never lived in a house with a bathroom. I earned all of the money for clothes and anything else I had from age 7 1/2 until today. Through a series of miracles I got into Berea College, in Berea, KY, and graduated in 1962, and I have not been poor since.”

Dr. Hazel Brown joined the the UNCG School of Nursing in 1974, serving for 37 years. She taught maternity nursing in the baccalaureate program and nursing administration in the master’s program. She was chair of the Maternal-Child Department for about two decades. In her final 10 years at UNCG, she was the first Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor. She chaired the Faculty Senate and the University Promotion and Tenure committee.

She made a big difference not only for her students and the university, but for young people in our community. She co-developed and led two adolescent pregnancy prevention programs: Dollar-A-Day, for five years, followed by the College Bound Sisters (CBS) programs on campus for 20 years. The latter received many awards.

She was honored with an endowed Nursing scholarship in her name. Her daughter Mona received her MSN degree from the School of Nursing – and there are many other UNCG ties, throughout the university.

Her daughter Nadja Brown Ramsay completed her baccalaureate degree in music; Nadja’s husband, Mark Ramsay, earned his music degree there also. Dr. Brown’s son, David Brown, completed a baccalaureate degree in economics and was Student Government Association president. He is now an attorney in Greensboro. A scholarship at the Bryan School is named for her husband, Leonard Brown.

The reading and book signing is open to the public. The reading is sponsored by the School of Nursing.

UNCG alumna Marilyn Lott, Woolworth Sit-in participant

Marilyn Lott, a Woman’s College (UNCG) student during the Civil Rights Movement who participated in the famous Woolworth Sit-in in Greensboro, will join Dr. Omar Ali (African American Studies/History) for “Marilyn Lott and the Woolworth Sit-In: A Woman’s College Perspective” on Friday, April 12, 2013, at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. The 6 p.m. event, at 134 S. Elm St., is open to the public. There is an admission charge.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson

At JSNN seminar: Innovation as a mindset

Portrait of Harry CooverVincent Edgar Paul, MD, will present a seminar Friday, April 12, 2013, at 11 a,m. at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

His topic is “The Life, Legacy, and Lessons of Dr. Harry Coover, Innovation as a Mindset.”

Dr. Coover – the inventor of Super Glue, a polymer chemist, and the holder of 460 patents – was a 20th century leader in industrial chemical science, research management and programmed innovation. Paul hopes to impart Coover’s general philosophies to a new generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators.

Paul’s wife of 40 years is Dr. Melinda Coover Paul. Her father is Dr. Harry Wesley Coover.

Paul entered into private practice in Greensboro in 1981 and is the founding partner of Guilford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, currently employing over 60 people.

Questions? Email Elie Azzi at e_azzi@uncg.edu.

Visual: Harry Coover

 

Golfer Fanny Cnops posts tournament victory

Golfer Fanny Cnops follows through her golf swingSophomore Fanny Cnops posted her first tournament victory of the season and the third of her career Sunday as she claimed the UNCW Seahawk Classic title. Senior Courtney Taylor recorded the best finish of her career, finishing in a tie for fourth place overall, giving the Spartans two top four finishers.

Cnops and Taylor’s play helped the Spartans finish in third place in the event, which is the final tune-up prior to the Southern Conference Championships April 14-16 in Hilton Head, S.C.

Cnops’ title is her first of the season. She has finished in the top 25 of all eight tournaments she has participated in this year, after winning SoCon Golfer and Freshman of the Year honors last season.

Full report – by Matt McCollester – at UNCG Athletics site.

Nursing, emergency management plan mass casualty simulation April 17

An emergency drill training exercise involving UNCG School of Nursing students and faculty, local EMS and campus emergency management personnel, and Cone Health will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9-11 a.m.

It will be held at the UNCG Soccer Field and Student Recreation Center area.

UNCG student nurses will serve as first-responders in an emergency involving mass casualties. Following the drill, they will have a debriefing session.

Questions? Contact Susan Hannah (Nursing) at sdhensle@uncg.edu or Jason Marshburn, (campus emergency management) at jsmarshb@uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: April 10, 2013

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, April 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Opera, ‘Cinderella’
Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Baseball vs. Appalachian St.
Friday, April 12, 6 p.m.

UNCG International Festival
Saturday, April 13, noon, Stone Lawn

Softball vs. Appalachian St. (doubleheader)
Saturday, April 13, 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. Wake Forest
Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m.

Chamber music, Present-Continuous
Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

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

Learn from UNCG’s 1960s’ African-American alumni

During Reunion, an informative, interactive session between UNCG African-American alumni Oral History project participants and current students will be held. The alumni will share some of their experiences as students. The session will be Friday, April 12, 2013, 2:45 p.m. in Jackson Library, 1st Floor. The campus community is welcome to attend. The session will be similar to last year’s inaugural session, but there will be different alumni speaking with the students – including 1963 graduates.

TEDx Greensboro talk simulcast at UNCG, JSNN

Several faculty members will speak at the first TEDx talk to be held in Greensboro. Dr. Dan Herr (JSNN), Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies) and Preston Lane (Theatre) will give presentations, as will former SGA president and alumna Katie Marshall. Trustee Skip Moore has led the TEDx event.

All tickets to the Tuesday, April 16, event at the Greensboro History Museum have been distributed. However, simulcast screenings will be held at UNCG and JSNN.

At UNCG, the screening will be in the Alexander Room, EUC. There will be general admission seating, open to all. The screening, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is sponsored by the UNCG Student Government Association.

At the Joint School, a limited number of seats will be available. For admission, RSVP to jboates@uncg.edu

Dr. Brad Johnson

Portrait of Brad JohnsonDr. Brad Johnson (Housing & Residence Life/Teacher Education & Higher Education) delivered the keynote address for Central Carolina Community College’s Faculty Professional Development Day on March 26. Johnson discussed the findings of the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People report and its implications for practice on a community college campus. He led an interactive discussion with the CCCC community on how to make their campus environment a more inclusive, responsive campus for their diverse population of students, faculty, and staff members.

Dr. Edna Tan

Dr. Edna Tan (Teacher Education and Higher Education) has received word that her book, “Empowering Science and Mathematics Education in Urban Schools,” has been selected to receive the Division B Outstanding Book Award for 2012 from American Educational Research Association. The award will be presented at the annual conference later this month.

Tan co-authored the book with Dr. Angela Calabrese Barton (Michigan State University).

A review stated: “Empowering Science and Mathematics Education makes a compelling case for rethinking science and mathematics education through a critical sociocultural perspective and rich descriptions of ‘empowering learning environments’ in and out of school. By unpacking meanings of equity, equality, and enculturation, Edna Tan and Angela Calabrese Barton offer an important counterpoint to dominant assimilationist approaches to science and mathematics education.” The American Educational Research Association is the largest and most prestigious professional association in education. Division B represents research in curriculum studies.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Portrait of Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse for the project “Molecular Determinants of Cannabinoid Activity.” The project’s long term goal is to elucidate the basis for the actions of the cannabinoids at the molecular level, the abstract notes. “The information about cannabinoid receptor structure and binding modes of ligands will aid in fundamental structure-function studies of this important class of receptors and will also aid in the design of improved therapeutic agents based on the cannabinoids.”

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

Portrait of Dianne H.B. WelshDr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) has been reappointed to the Executive Advisory Board of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers and appointed as the Chair of the Marketing and Membership Committee. Welsh is Hayes Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program at the Bryan School.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Portrait of Roy SchwartzmanDr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) has been appointed by UNC President Tom Ross to serve on the UNC system-wide E-Learning Faculty Development Workgroup. The group will work alongside the UNC General Administration to develop ways to assure delivery of quality online instruction as part of the strategic plan. Schwartzman, a professor of Communication Studies, is a Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons Online Education Fellow.

Sousa-Peoples/Quattrucci/Christman

Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples and Jessica Quattrucci from New Student & Spartan Family Programs and Kristen Christman (Office of Undergraduate Student Excellence) will present a webinar on Academic and Student Affairs: Intentionality and Collaborations in Retention Efforts Wednesday, April 10. The webinar is presented by The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange at the University of Oklahoma. The consortium consists of two-year and four-year institutions that are dedicated to achieving higher levels of student success. During the webinar the trio will share how the UNCG Retention SWOT Team and First Year Task Force worked to address first-year retention as well as four and six-year graduation rates.

Dr. Lisa Levenstein

Portrait of Lisa LevensteinDr. Lisa Levenstein (History) was on WUNC Radio’s “The State of Things” March 28. The topic of the show was women and girls in the state. Listen to the podcast of the program, titled “New Reports On Women Show Progress and Setbacks In North Carolina” at http://feeds.feedburner.com/WuncStateOfThings.

See/Hear: April 10, 2013

Dr. Jim Evans, professor of English, received the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award at the 2013 Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards ceremony. He has served UNCG for 42 years, he notes in this short video shown at the ceremony. “I’ve enjoyed being at UNCG all these years,” he says, “and I’ve especially enjoyed being able to help by colleagues and our students achieve the goals that they were trying to achieve in the last four decades.”

March 26 Campus Master Plan forum

040313Feature_LeeStThe two big questions up for discussion at last week’s afternoon forum on the UNCG Campus Master Plan were:

  • the future of the Lee Street Corridor as it passes the new southern part of campus
  • the favorite elements of the current UNCG landscape to take to that new part of campus.

The landscape, the intimate small spaces and the quality of the current campus were referenced. How and to what extent will we take those characteristics as we move to Lee Street?

On Lee Street, “You don’t have a sense you’re on campus, at the moment,” said Hope Stege, a presenter from Sasaki Associates. Reference was made to the collaboration between UNCG and the City of Greensboro that made Spring Garden feel that it was a part of campus – and to help with pedestrian usage.

There are opportunities for a mixed-use component, to contribute to the city, and to have a sense of campus, the presenters explained.

A meeting was scheduled for later in the week with the City, it was noted, to talk and learn about the Lee Street Corridor.

Susaki and Associates helped with the last campus master plan update in 2007; they are assisting this year as well. After two representatives made a presentation, the floor was opened to ideas and questions. Several members of UNCG administration, including Jorge Quintal and Michael Byers, were on hand to give context, hear ideas and address questions.

The first to speak from the floor was a student: SGA president Chelsea Boccardo. She likes the streetscaping of Spring Garden. “It’s special, the change in the environment.” As a prospective student, that streetscaping attracted her to UNCG. Also, she called attention to the flower that has long been associated with UNCG. “I’d love more daisies on campus.” Also, she advocated for streetlights for the new part of campus that “look nice and that are bright enough.”

Should the area south of Lee Street be more eclectic and mixed-use – not necessarily feel and look like the other part of campus? This is a question Michael Byers (Office of Business Affairs – Campus Enterprises) posed, as he invited Glenwood residents at the forum to speak.

Several residents did speak – with questions about the size of the proposed recreation center, the potential site of playing fields, pocket parks or open spaces, the source of funding for the buildings, whether a small business or a student co-op might run the small grocery, how to ensure safety.

One UNCG staff member asked about the use of blue and gold, where appropriate. In reference to planning for the current campus area, another person asked about potential long-range plans for the current site of Yum Yum.

A few pieces of information from the presentation:

  • A top capital improvement priority for our campus remains replacing the current McIver Building.
  • A new transit hub for multiple forms of transportation may be located on Lee Street at the new pedestrian underpass.
  • Parking occupancy and the demand for parking permits have declined over the past five years, indicating a shift to alternative modes of transportation to campus.
  • Our campus is very walkable. Currently, the majority of the campus is within a five minute walk of Jackson Library.
  • UNCG’s expansion plans will be concentrated on the Lee Street Corridor, Byers noted.

Another forum was held later that evening.

The next public forum for the planning process is expected to be in April or May.

A web site has been created for the process of UNCG Campus Master Planning. At the site, you will see the presentation slides shown at the forum (click “work to date”), a schedule, a place to provide feedback and more. Access it at http://projects.sasaki.com/uncg/

Starting Thursday, April 4, an interactive survey will be posted at http://projects.sasaki.com/uncg/my-campus/. The survey as well as written suggestions/feedback and the forums offer ways to share your thoughts and perspective.

Questions? Contact Jorge Quintal, associate vice chancellor for facilities, at j_quinta@uncg.edu

By Mike Harris
Rendering visual: a potential view of Spartan Village, from archives

On April 5, Keigwin+Company will fill Aycock stage

040313Feature_BoleroOn April 5, 2013, 80 local dancers and community members will take the stage with Keigwin+Company to present “Bolero,” a work inspired by Maurice Ravel’s iconic score.

Bolero incorporates the cast into a tableau of a specific region, examining and de-constructing local traits and stereotypes. Through a collaborative process, they will develop movements, and even costumes, as a way to reflect on the lifestyles and capture the uniqueness of Greensboro. Created over a two-week residency, Bolero serves as a way to deepen the audiences’ experience with dance, allowing participants to explore their own creativity and physicality and transform themselves into performers.

The performers will showcase other artistic pieces as well.

Detail and ticket information are at performingarts.uncg.edu/events/calendar

New Spartan Directions is UNCG’s source for driving/walking instructions

040313Feature_SpartanDirectionsSomeone needs directions to your building? Perhaps it’s just one person – or for a big conference?

Spartan Directions is your new source for UNCG campus access information. Use this tool for driving directions to campus, recommended parking areas and walking paths to each building.

All university web pages referencing directions to campus should be updated in order to utilize or link directly to Spartan Directions

To find out how to create a link for the building where your program resides or where your event will be held, visit http://parking.uncg.edu/access/genLink.html and follow the simple instructions.

Spartan Directions not only provides quick driving and walking instructions to all UNCG campus buildings, it also recommends optimal parking locations.

“Driving directions have been strategically selected to balance the shortest, most direct routes with the more scenic views of Greensboro,” according to Scott Millman, Campus Enterprises director of Auxiliary Services.

Unlike GPS way-finding tools, Spartan Directions recommended travel paths were determined by Executive Staff, Undergraduate Admissions and other university personnel – not generated by an algorithm beyond UNCG’s control.

Scott Millman; Robert Walker, director of the SpartanCard Center; and Suzanne Williams, associate director of Campus Access Management, presented Spartan Directions to Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Executive Staff earlier this semester. It was endorsed as a one-stop source for

  • driving directions and campus maps,
  • visitor parking recommendations, and
  • walking paths to each building.

A web search of directions to departments, conferences and facilities at UNCG show that many sites contain conflicting or outdated information. To maximize efficiency and effectiveness, Spartan Directions is an optimal replacement. With Spartan Directions, you don’t have to make changes each time there are street name changes, highway exit numbers are revised, etc. because updates are automatically updated.

Once every department and program that uses directions links directly to Spartan Directions, there will be consistency and continual accuracy. And the directions are door-to-door so visitors will know where to park and how to walk to where they need to go.

Whether you are updating a site or bookmarking for personal use, you will find Spartan Directions at http://parking.uncg.edu/access.

Have questions? Contact Suzanne Williams at 334-5595, suz@uncg.edu.

Rock your world, at 2013 UNCG International Festival

040313Feature_iFestThe largest student-run cultural event on campus, I-Fest returns for the 31st year Saturday, April 13, 2013, from noon to 5 p.m.

The location this year is on College Avenue between Jackson Library and Stone Building (Rain Site: HHP Building). The event is sponsored by the International Programs Center, the International Student Association and the Student Government Association.

The annual International Festival presents an opportunity for the university and greater communities to celebrate diverse countries of the world and to foster multicultural awareness. It promotes cultural appreciation and understanding through music, food, exhibits, educational demonstrations, and live entertainment from all regions of the globe. This year, passports to the world, which will be distributed at the event, can be stamped as attendees visit numerous country booths and meet representative international students. Parents, children, students and all community members are welcome to this free event.

Last year, some 50 different countries, organizations and vendors hosted booths for the more than 3,000 people in attendance.

Anudeep Katangoori, Indian Student Association president, explained their booth plans to showcase Indian artifacts and provide Indian food “so that everyone can know more about India and its culture.”

The best thing about the festival is its diversity, Katangoori explained. “It’s a great place to learn at once about different cultures.”

A free day at the lake

040313Feature_PineyLakeUNCG Campus Activities and Programs (CAP) and Campus Recreation invite UNCG faculty and staff – and their families – to enjoy a Day at the Lake. Saturday, April 6, 2013, noon-5 pm at UNCG’s very own Piney Lake.

Students are invited as well.

Activities include:

 

  • kayaking
  • canoeing
  • catch/release fishing
  • horseshoes
  • volleyball/badminton
  • disc golf
  • board games

Hamburgers/hotdogs will be available while they last — or bring a picnic lunch (a gas grill is available). Shuttles will continuously run from 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. from the front of EUC on Stirling Street to Piney Lake. The last shuttle leaves Piney Lake at 5 p.m.

Piney Lake is located at:
UNCG Campus Recreation Piney Lake Facility
4016 Blumenthal Rd
Greensboro, NC 27406

Click here for driving directions.

This is a free event open to all UNCG students, faculty and staff.

Improved Emergency Notification System for UNCG

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

Blackboard Connect will be the new system. It will enhance the university’s ability to send text alerts. And it will tie together different communication components – social media, email, texts, etc. – in a more seamless way, for greater efficiency and speed.

This semester during the test period, you will continue to get the same types of emergency-communication messages you have gotten before, says Jason Marshburn, director of the Office of Emergency Management. For example, if you have been registered to receive emergency notifications via text message and email, you will continue to receive them that way. You will likely not notice anything different – except for one thing:

When this system goes “live” – likely the week of April 15 – 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. It 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).

If you are already signed up for the emergency notifications, you do not have to make any changes – unless you need to update your information or settings at any point.

The new system will be promoted to incoming students and their families at SOAR this summer. Starting next semester, students will be able to sign up their family members so that they see the same emergency communication messages at the same time that students will.

Currently, a different list is used for family members, says Marshburn. Starting Fall 2013, both student and other family members can be on the same contact list and can receive all the same messages at the same time, if the student chooses.

Students, faculty and staff will be able to sign up (or revise their notification settings) at their MyConnect portal at Blackboard. Additionally, there will be the occasional reminder at Genie, for those who would like to update their settings for notifications or their information.

The ways you may elect to receive emergency notification messages range from email, RSS feed and text messages to Facebook and Twitter messages. Pop-ups on your desktop computer screen are an option too.

Related 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.

Former state poet laureate Stripling Byer April 10

040313Feature_StriplingAlumnus Kathryn Stripling Byer returns to UNCG Wednesday, April 10, when she will read and sign copies of her new book, “Descent,” in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library. The event begins at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Her work has garnered numerous awards, including the Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Poetry Award, and the Roanoke-Chowan Award. She served for five years as North Carolina’s first woman poet laureate, succeeding UNCG professor Fred Chappell. She lives in the mountains of western North Carolina.

For more information, see http://www.uncgfol.blogspot.com/2013/03/kathryn-stripling-byer-to-appear-at.html

Faculty vs. Staff Kickball moved to April 24

A kickball game in 40-something-degree, rainy weather did not sound like a great idea. That’s the forecast for Thursday night.

A much better idea? Let’s hold the big game on a warm, dry evening in late April, when the sun sets a little later.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, is the new date for the UNCG Faculty vs. Staff kickball game.

Ray Carney, Staff Senate co-chair, said, “The weather is expected to possibly move in around game time (if it had been held this week) – and even if it does not rain it will be cold. So we feel it best to move it to the 24th of April at the Baseball Stadium. 6 p.m. game time.” He joking added, “Besides, it will give the faculty more time to practice…”

DSBA Awards will be presented April 25

Many communicators and marketers across campus have used UNCG’s Integrated Marketing & Strategic Communication strategy effectively for their programs or units in the 12 months since it was launched.

On April 25, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in the EUC Maple Room, Chancellor Linda P. Brady will present DSBA Awards to representatives of units that have successfully executed this strategy in their marketing and communication. The entire campus is invited.

Come see what our units’ communications professionals are doing – get ideas, draw inspiration from their creativity and strategic thinking, and network with other communicators.

Awards will be presented based on these criteria:

  • How well the unit demonstrated self-initiative in working to quickly adopt and independently execute the strategy in the university’s Brand Guide.
  • How well the unit met the university’s IMSC goal of sharing a consistent, unifying narrative through their writing.
  • How well the unit met the university’s IMSC goal of sharing a consistent visual presentation by correctly using official brand elements, photography and other standards.

Enjoy refreshments and pick up a few “Do Something Bigger Altogether” (DSBA) premiums and posters.

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

UNCG Poetry Day

The UNCG MFA Writing Program, The Greensboro Review and the UNCG Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will host a day-long celebration of poetry on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in the Faculty Center.

The events will include readings by UNCG’s graduate and undergraduate poets as well as featured readings by Dan Albergotti, Mark J. Brewin, Jr., Thorpe Moeckel, Nathaniel Perry, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, L. Lamar Wilson, and Jacinta Victoria White. All events are free and open to the public.

Full schedule:
11 a.m. – A reading by UNCG’s MFA Writing Program first-year poets
1 p.m. – Mark J. Brewin, Jr., Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Jacinta Victoria White, and L. Lamar Wilson
3:30 p.m. – A reading by UNCG’s Advanced Undergraduate Poetry Workshop
5 p.m. – Nathaniel Perry, Dan Albergotti and Thorpe Moeckel

April 2013 listings for UNCG Theatre

Enjoy three productions this month:

UNCG Theatre presents “The Metal Children” by Adam Rapp, directed by James Fisher in Brown Building Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on April 10 and 11; 8 p.m. on April 12 and 13; 2 p.m. on April 14. Delve into censorship in small-town America when a young adult book about teen pregnancy ignites heated emotions over abortion, religious beliefs and modern feminism. Call 336-334-4849 or purchase at boxoffice.uncg.edu. Not recommended for children.

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance presents “Cendrillon” (Cinderella), directed by Mark Clark in Taylor Theatre. “Cendrillon” (Cinderella) is an opera, described as a fairy tale in four acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Cain based on Perrault’s 1698 version of the Cinderella fairy tale. The scenario was conceived by Massent and Cain at the Cavendish Hotel while they were in London for the premiere of Le Cid. 7:30 p.m. on April 11 & 12; 2 p.m. on April 14. (10 a.m. on April 10, special student matinee performance.) Call 336-334-4849 or purchase at boxoffice.uncg.edu.

UNCG Theatre presents “Top Girls” by Caryl Churchill, directed by Christine Morris in Brown Building Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 and 25; 8 p.m. on April 26 and 27; 2 p.m. on April 28. One of the seminal plays of the 20th century, “Top Girls” flashes with razor-sharp wit and ingenious theatricality. Not recommended for children.

Talk with other communicators April 11

Are you a UNCG staff and faculty member who produces communication for your unit? Anyone who directs, writes, designs, develops or produces marketing communications is welcome to be a part of the UNCG Community of Content Creators. Known as C3, it brings the UNCG communication community together to network, share best practices, experiences and resources, as well as review updates and new tools added to the university’s Brand Guide. The ultimate goal of C3 is to be a great resource for supporting the university’s communication goals.

Interested in participating – or just want to make sure you are signed up for news and event updates? Go to this C3 interest form at http://goo.gl/QFp1x.

On Thursday, April 11, from 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Alexander Room, EUC, the first event in the C3 Lunch & Learn series will be held. The topic will be “Successful Social Media on a Shoestring.”

RSVP by April 9 by clicking here or visit http://c3ll041113.splashthat.com/#

Questions? Email Danielle Baldwin at ldbaldwi@uncg.edu

Blood drive April 17

The Elliott University Center will host its last Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2012-13 academic year on Wednesday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m in Cone Ballroom. Donors can help the EUC reach its 300-pint goal. For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/ . Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

All donors will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gift card. Donors will also receive the 2013 UNCG Blood Drive T-shirt.

‘The big deal about nano?’ JSNN’s Dan Herr takes on topic at TEDx talk

040313Spotlight_HerrGreensboro’s first TEDx talk is themed ‘“Dreamsboro: Imagine. Design. Build.” Dreaming is what all the nano faculty and students at JSNN do, including Dr. Dan Herr. He will give a talk titled “The language of nature: What’s the big deal about nano?” at the April 16 TEDxGreensboro event, at the Greensboro History Museum.

The event is led by Richard “Skip” Moore, a UNCG trustee. Speakers with UNCG ties include Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies), Preston Lane (Theatre) and former student government president Katie Marshall. Each of the 13 speakers will have no more than 16 minutes.

Herr joined the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering – a collaboration between UNCG and NC A&T – in 2011. He is department head. He is also an adjunct faculty member at NC State.

Collaboration is a big part of his vision. For example, he has seen how universities can share use of their sophisticated nano-related equipment with each other, when needed. They also share use with private industry.

Herr started his career as a mechanistic photo-chemist. He spent decades with electronics firms such as Honeywell and Shipley. More recently, he was director of nano-manufacturing sciences for Semiconductor Research Corporation in Research Triangle Park.

“I’m thrilled to see that manufacturing is coming back,” he said. As an example, he cites Kincaid Furniture, a North Carolina manufacturer since the 1930s. As labor costs rise in China, they have returned some jobs to this state.

This state already has the people, infrastructure and know-how for manufacturing, Herr explains. Similarly, the nano capacity is here as well.

Nano refers to the use of materials incredibly tiny – less than 1/1,000th of a page’s edge. A growing number of everyday products are made using nanoengineering.

He advocates even more nano collaboration between the universities – and also with industries such as furniture and textiles. For example, nano can result in better fabrics and upholstery that are more durable, less expensive and even anti-microbial.

As he talks with civic groups and with school children as part of the joint school’s engagement with the community, eyes light up when he speaks of the tangible promise of nano. There is so much potential. Whether ultra-strong materials made of carbon nano-tubes or the use of nano-size gold whose surface properties change at nanoscale, the possibilities are vast.

This particular talk will be quite different, for him. He usually uses a plenty of slides and visuals in his presentation. But he is using just a few for TEDx – he knows the idea is to tell the story and let the listeners use their mind’s eye.

Herr will speak about his upcoming TEDx talk on WUNC Radio’s “The State of Things” this Thursday (April 4) at noon at Triad Stage. UNCG alumna Katie Marshall will join him. Listen at 104.7 FM or 91.5 FM.

Information about the TEDx Conference is at www.tedxgreensboro.com.

Find more information on Herr’s research and background here. Have questions? Email him at djherr@uncg.edu

 

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: April 3, 2013

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, April 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Men’s tennis vs. Elon
Thursday, April 4, 2 p.m.

Faculty vs. Staff Kickball game
Thursday, April 4,  Postponed until April 24

Faculty/staff Excellence Awards ceremony
Friday, April 5, 9 a.m, EUC Auditorium

Music, Sinfonia
Wednesday, April 10, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, April 11,10 a.m., Alumni House

UNCG Poetry Day
Thursday, April 11, 11 a.m., Faculty Center

With the Staff: March 2013

Hello: Bernard MacSeoin, HRL; Helen Anyan Korang, HRL; Xuezhong He, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Sarah Foster, English; Lauren Williamson, School of HHS; Ernie Welborn, Public Safety & Police; Kavita Gosai, Kinesiology; Michael Martin, Libraries; Melanie Sawyer, Housekeeping; Spencer Smith, Financial Aid; Stephanie Jobe, Financial Aid

Good-bye: Doris Corbett, African American Studies; Margaret Jones, CYFCP; Steven Barnes, LIHC; Shirley Coble, Advancement; Tyler Bradley, Office of Safety; Marcy Williams, Nursing; Jennifer Williams, Nutrition; Francia Rubio, Libraries; Larissa Cooper, Student Health Services; Jonathon Mitchell, ITS; Eric Bender, ITS

51st Student Honors Convocation

The university community is invited to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students, at the 51st Student Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m. It will be held in the Auditorium of Elliott University Center. Student recipients of the following will be recognized: Graduate Student Scholarly and Teaching Awards, Undergraduate Research Awards, University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards. Reception to follow in EUC lobby adjacent to Auditorium. Those with questions may contact Lloyd International Honors College at 334-5538.

Global Engagement QEP Forums in April

On March 1, 2013, the UNCG community selected Global Engagement for the focal topic of our first Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). A design team is currently being assembled that will build on the initial Global Engagement proposals to develop student learning goals and identify specific strategies and approaches to achieving those goals as well as assessment plans.

Two all-campus open forums are scheduled in April to solicit input from the campus community about effective teaching and learning strategies for global engagement that might become part of the QEP. Both forums will be held from 3-5 p.m. The Thursday, April 11, forum will be in Claxton Room, EUC.  The Wednesday, April 17, forum will be in Maple Room, EUC.

Tara Green will give talk on ‘A Fatherless Child’

The next Campus Conversations: UNCG Authors on Inclusive Excellence event will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at noon in the Faculty Center. Dr. Tara Green, director of the African American Studies Program, will share insights on her book: “A Fatherless Child: Autobiographical Perspectives of African American Men” (University of Missouri Press).

The Campus Conversations series is sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association and Human Resources. Light refreshments will be served.