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Archives for May 2013

Music in support of Greensboro Urban Ministry

On Saturday March 30, Imaginary Friends Ensemble, Immer String Quartet, and the Hendiatrist Trio took to the stage at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant to collect food donations for the Greensboro Urban Ministry. Composed of both current UNCG student and alumni musicians, the three ensembles presented a concert of traditional classical works featuring Schumann, Schubert, and Chopin, among others.

Three large boxes of food and more than $100 in cash donations were collected.

On Monday, April 1, the music performance department revived an old tradition of hosting a follies concert with the “Beaux Eaux Extravaganza!” It featured music faculty and students playing everything from Bach to Tenacious D and supported Greensboro Urban Ministry. “Beaux Eaux” collected 20 grocery bags of food.

See full story at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/news/article?a=2013-04-24


Civil Rights milestone on Tate Street

Archive photo of Tate StreetStep down to Tate Street May 16 and imagine the scene of exactly 50 years ago.

On the sidewalks, you’d have seen three small groups of Woman’s College (UNCG) students, picket signs in hand, marching. The cinema, the Apple House Restaurant and the Town and College Restaurant were segregated at that time. And many Woman’s College (UNCG) students intended to make a stand.

A circular about the protest listed six student contacts – three were African American, three were white. Apparently two to three dozen actually marched. “The students picketed in groups of 3 to 5 in front of each of the three establishments, in hour shifts during the designated times,” the Carolinian noted. All the marchers were WC/UNCG students.

The women rotated in hourly shifts, to avoid missing any classes.

The student government had voted its support of a student-led boycott of these businesses. And a group of students picketed. They were determined. Marian Thornhill McClure ‘64 said during the recent UNCG Reunion, “Herbie, he was determined he was not going to serve black people.” She was speaking of Herb Apple, proprietor of the Apple House Restaurant, where she picketed. But their collective effort was a success. “It was a matter of wearing them down,” she concluded.

  • The students’ signs bore such slogans as “Liberty and Justice For All” and “All WC Students Are Equal.”
  • The picketing lasted May 16-22, according to a flyer.
  • Both African-American and white students participated in the 1963 Tate Street picketing.
  • Participants speak of verbal harassment. Some recall being spat upon or things being thrown at them.

Sina McGimpsey Reid, one of the many organizers, told UNCG Magazine, “There was bravery that was demonstrated…. Some were very courageous.”

See related story of two old friends who marched on Tate Street, in today’s Campus Weekly.

See a complete story of the Tate Street picketing at www.uncg.edu/ure/alumni_magazineT2/2010_spring/feature_tatestreet.htm

The Spartan Stories blog, by UNCG Archives, plans a story on the protest next week, at uncghistory.blogspot.com/.

By Mike Harris


John Salmon joins jazz luminaries to celebrate late, great Dave Brubeck

051513Spotlight_SalmonIt was a rare gathering. Paul Winter, Branford Marsalis, Bill Charlap, Roy Hargrove, Tony Bennett, lots more jazz greats, all joining in a celebration of the life and music of Dave Brubeck. The large Cathedral of St. John the Divine was overflowing for the program last Saturday.

Thirteen Brubeck compositions were played, by various stellar ensembles.

Dr. John Salmon, UNCG professor of music, was asked to play a solo, Brubeck’s “Doin’ the Charleston.” The other solo on the program was played by Chick Corea.

“My relationship with (Dave Brubeck) started out at age 5 – as a fan,” Salmon recalled when he arrived back in town. His family had the album “Time Out,” one of the most popular jazz albums ever.

In 1992, he wrote an article on Dave Brubeck. Brubeck’s brother, Howard, soon died. Howard had been his editor.

“I started editing his music – and I recorded it.” And they became friends.

Salmon has edited about eight volumes of scores, and he has released three CDs of Brubeck’s classical compositions.

The fourth is being readied for release.

“My relationship with Dave has influenced me in lots of personal and musical ways,” he explains. Brubeck was self-effacing, generous, open-minded. “It was his humanity that impressed us all.”

He gives an example. Brubeck was one of the first celebrities in the jazz industry to speak up for civil rights and against segregation. He cancelled a tour in the South when he saw new band member Eugene Wright, an African-American bass player, was not going to be treated equally. Wright, now in his 90’s, played at Saturday’s tribute.

Another was the way he engaged with his audiences, as he toured the world. He would talk to them.

Salmon tries to do the same. “I always want to reach out to people.” Salmon has toured in China four times, and soon leaves for his fifth, to China and Mongolia. He plays jazz and blues on piano, and always learns a different traditional Chinese composition. The audience will sing along.

“He was an embracer and a bridge to different cultures,” Salmon says. “It’s something I’ve taken to heart.”

Salmon recalls the last time they talked in person, March of 2012. He drove to his home outside of New York City, planning to stay a short while. “Dave wanted me to play some of his pieces.” He did.

“Dave, I’ve got to go,” he said. He wanted him to play more. So he did. Brubeck’s wife of 70 years, Iola, was there as well. He told him he had to go. Dave wanted him to play another. And another. “I spent two and a half hours playing.”

He died December 5. Salmon was invited to be one of the performers in the tribute. “I was honored to be asked.”

A chance to play one more for Dave Brubeck.

By Mike Harris

Expansion of Online Employment System for EPA faculty and non-faculty searches

In a major efficiency initiative, on May 15, 2013, UNCG will transition to JobSearch, a fully online employment system for recruitment, outreach and affirmative action processes that will include faculty and EPA non-faculty searches. Since 2006, UNCG has used an online system for recruitment processes for SPA staff.

The new process will reduce and eliminate time-intensive paper processes and ensure compliance with required review and recordkeeping processes. It will integrate existing affirmative action forms and processes within the JobSearch workflow and allow continuous, real-time monitoring of applicant pools for diversity as searches progress. The system will also provide enhanced tools and resources to search committees, including customized emails, automated reference letter collection, evaluation tools and reporting resources. The online employment system will decrease the time-to-hire, provide candidates with 24/7 access to the application process as well as updated status notifications. The enhanced system will reduce advertising costs and amplify UNCG’s outreach capacity and ability to showcase the university as an employer-of-choice in a competitive job market.

Human Resources will provide lab sessions that offer users of the system the chance to practice recruitment scenarios specific to their areas in a training version of the UNCG jobsearch site. These sessions will be offered prior to, and following the go-live date of May 15, 2013. To register for the lab sessions, go to http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77002593.

91,295 pounds of organic/recyclable materials recovered

Recycling rivalries added another level of “madness” to March this year, as UNCG competed with more than 520 others in the RecycleMania Tournament, which harnesses the competitive spirit around sports rivalries and uses them to increase campus recycling and waste reduction.

UNCG participated in the eight-week competition in which schools are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect. Between the Feb. 3 kickoff and the tournament’s final day on March 30, participating schools collectively recovered 90.3 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of nearly 121,436 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere.

Locally, UNCG recycled more than 26 percent of its waste during the course of the competition. This recycling rate beat out NC A&T (24 percent), UNC Chapel Hill (24 percent), NC State (22 percent) and ECU (21 percent). Guilford College was one of the top performers in the neighborhood, with a recycling rate of 60 percent.

During this 13th annual tournament, updated weekly rankings allowed schools to track their performance in eight categories – measuring their recycling rate; overall recycling by weight; lowest amount of total waste; and per capita recovery for paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, and food waste. Colleges also participated in several special categories targeting electronics and film plastics, as well as the “Game Day: Basketball” category, which ranked schools based on recyclables collected at a single home basketball game.

UNCG finished 33rd in the National Waste Minimization category, disposing of 17.7 lbs. per capita.

“UNCG should be proud of its performance in Recyclemania this year but there is still much room for improvement for recycling and waste reduction on campus,” said Ben Kunka, manager of Waste Reduction and Recycling at UNCG.

The RecycleMania Tournament is an independent program of RecycleMania, Inc., a nonprofit organization led by recycling managers from participating schools. Complete results for the competition may be found at http://recyclemania.org.

Looking ahead: May 15, 2013

Baseball vs. Citadel
Thursday, May 16, 6 p.m.

Baseball vs. Citadel
Friday, May 17, 6 p.m.

Heart walk
Saturday, May 18, UNCG Campus

Baseball vs. Citadel
Saturday, May 18, 2 p.m.

“Spanish Libraries Enhancing Open Access to Knowledge” Dr. José A. Merlo.
Thursday, May 30, 1:30 p.m., Hodges Reading Room

Cram and Scram Sale
Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m., Cone Ballroom. EUC

ITS launches Service Catalog

Information Technology Services has launched the ITS Service Catalog, a centralized listing of the services provided by the division. The purpose of the Catalog is to provide faculty, staff and students a simple and effective means of browsing and selecting from the division’s service offerings.

View the service offerings included in the Catalog at its.uncg.edu/services/. Full details at ITS Newsletter.

In memoriam

Dr. Carol Blue (Community Practice Nursing) died May 12. She joined the School of Nursing in 2004 and taught in the PhD and MSN programs, with a focus on health promotion and prevention research and theory. She was a Certified Health Education Specialist, a long-time member of the American Public Health Association, co-editor of “Public Health Nursing: Policy, Politics and Practice” and a thirty year member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Two for a buck, at Cram & Scram sale

Bargains will abound, at the two-for-a-dollar UNCG Cram & Scram sale.

It will be held Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m., in Cone Ballroom. EUC.

The program’s aim is to find a home for the many useful items that on-campus students discard before leaving campus for the summer. All items – mostly clothing – are sold for just 50 cents each.

Large crowds are on hand each year for the sale.

It is a cash-only sale; free parking will be available at the Walker Avenue. Parking Deck.

For more information, see http://facrecycling.uncg.edu/

The Kevin Bullard Bon Voyage

Kevin Bullard (ITS) is leaving UNCG at the end of this month, embarking on a new career path.

Bullard served as chair of Staff Senate 2009-10.

A “Bullard Bon Voyage” reception will be held in the Alumni House 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 31. Brief comments will be made at 2:30 p.m. The campus community is welcome to attend.

“Several years ago my wife, Cetelia (’99) and I began marriage education and mentoring as a hobby, and it has since grown into a calling that requires our full attention. Cetelia and I are grateful that many of the lessons and skills learned at UNCG are transferrable to our new adventure.”

Bullard has been at UNCG for 13 years.

Golfer Cnops again SoCon Player of Year

Sophomore Fanny Cnops was named 2013 SoCon Player of the Year in women’s golf. Last year as a freshman, she earned the honor as well. Additionally, she was selected as one of 18 individuals to earn an NCAA Tournament Regional bid. This is the second straight season that Cnops has been chosen as an NCAA Regional participant.

See/Hear: May 15, 2013


Jennie Rikkola (Nursing) received a Staff Excellence Award at the April Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards. She helps students get in – and out – of the Nursing program, as she explains. In this clip, she talks about the people she is surrounded by in the School of Nursing. “It’s a great group of people who work really well together to help students reach their goals, becoming nurses, pursuing big-deal dreams and careers. We’re making a difference in their lives.”

Cristy McGoff

050113CampusPeople_McGoffCristy McGoff has been named director of the UNCG Office of Research Integrity (ORI). She has led the office as interim director since August 2012. She served more than two years as assistant director for Research Integrity. Full story at Research News.

Dr. Catherine Matthews

051513CampusPeople_MatthewsDr. Catherine Matthews (Education) was awarded the Outstanding 9-16 Educator Award in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education for her work mentoring future educators. The North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT) presented the honor at their annual awards dinner on Saturday to honor teachers, students and organizations throughout the state that have made an impact on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and development. Matthews boasts a 40-year career in science and 20 years with UNCG. One of her notable accomplishments is the design and implementation of the Environmental Education Professional Development for Schools program (PDS), where Matthews has mentored future educators as undergraduate students and helped usher them into their teaching career. The award recipients were nominated by their colleagues as outstanding champions of STEM education in the state of North Carolina.

Dr. John Locke

051513CampusPeople_LockeDr. John Locke (Music) has been named a 2013 recipient of the Signature Sinfonian Award by the National Offices of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. The Signature Sinfonian award recognizes alumni members who have achieved a high standard of accomplishment in their field or profession, thereby bringing honor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

The Signature Sinfonian represents an elite class of Sinfonians who exhibit a high standard of performance in their area of profession or service work. Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the world’s oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music.

Locke is director of bands and also director of the UNCG Summer Music Camp.

Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell

051513CampusPeople_RuppellDr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell (Biology) received additional funding from the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement for the project “The Influence of Change in Habitat Structure from Switchgrass and Biomass Treatments on Community, Population, and Individual Behavioral Responses of Rodents.”

Dr. Edna Chun

051513CampusPeople_ChunDr. Edna Chun (HR) will speak on her forthcoming co-authored book “The New Talent Acquisition Frontier: Integrating HR and Diversity Strategy” as part of an invited Meet the Author session. It will be at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in New Orleans on May 30. Details here. Chun is associate vice chancellor for human resources.