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Archives for June 2013

‘The kids are all right’ art lecture

Enjoy a guest lecture by 1985 UNCG alumna Alison Ferris June 13, at the Weatherspoon.

Ferris is curator at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wis., and organizer of “the kids are all right: an exhibition about family and photography.” She will discuss the stories behind the scenes of this featured summer exhibition at the museum. The exhibition recently opened.

A pre-lecture reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the WAM Sculpture Garden. The lecture follows at 6 p.m. in the museum auditorium. The are free and open to the public.

Billie Durham elected chair of Friends of the UNCG Libraries

Portrait of Billie DurhamThe Friends of the Libraries have a new chair that many faculty and staff know: Billie Durham.

She is retired from UNCG’s Library and Information Studies Program, which she joined in 2004 as an adjunct instructor, becoming an assistant professor and School Library Media Program Coordinator in 2008.

Durham holds an MLS degree from UNCG. Her background includes 17 years as a school library media specialist in Randolph County and five years as a public services librarian at Montgomery Community College. In addition, she served six years as English as a Second language Coordinator for the Montgomery County Board of Education. She has served as a member of the State Library’s Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Trinity Music Academy.

The new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Karl Schleunes, professor emeritus of History at UNCG, where he specialized in Modern German History and the Holocaust. Schleunes taught for 45 years, including 39 years at UNCG.

Newly elected for three year terms were Kate Barrett and Mae Douglas of Greensboro. Re-elected to a second term were Robin Sutton Anders, David Arneke, Ned Cline, Carol Douglas, Nancy Fuller and Jim Schlosser

Full story at the Friends blog.

Spock and Leonard Nimoy at UNCG

Image of news clippingIt wasn’t a Vulcan mind meld. But on stage at UNCG, Leonard Nimoy gave a 1976 Spartan audience the next best thing.

A “highly enthusiastic” crowd gathered in Aycock Auditorium to hear the 45-year-old actor speak about his famous role, Spock, in “Star Trek.” He titled his lecture “Spock and I.”

“‘Star Trek’ is unique because of its long afterlife,” he told the crowd on Oct. 12, 1976. “Today it is more popular than it has ever been.” The show’s three-season run had ended eight years earlier.

Carolinian reporter Mary Maxwell said, “The role of Spock has affected him psychologically as well as providing him with his first steady work since he began acting professionally. Nimoy feels that he is now more stable, feels more secure and has a sense of dignity and financial security.”

At that time, no movie had been made – but he spoke of a film scheduled to start production in spring 1977. The film, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” was released in 1979. Fast forward to 2013 and 12 Star Trek films have been produced, most recently this summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” – in which the 82-year-old actor appears.

The university’s concert and lecture series – now called the University Performing Arts Series – has featured figures ranging from Wynton Marsalis to Lily Tomlin – giving students new perspectives and memorable performances. Performers in Fall 1976 ranged from Count Basie & his orchestra to comedian Pat Paulsen.

That October, the Ford vs. Carter campaign was on the newscasts. Comedies like “Happy Days” and crime dramas ranging from the brand new “Charlie’s Angels” to the darker “Columbo” filled prime time.

On the Aycock stage, Nimoy read from his books, took questions, recited an original poem and afterward attended a reception at Ashby Residential College, the article stated.

And he put the show in historical perspective. “I don’t foresee that eight years after any of these (current) TV shows go off the air, that we’ll be having any ‘Kojak’ and ‘Columbo’ conventions with large numbers of followers.”

By Mike Harris
News clipping: The Carolinian, Oct. 15, 1976, “Nimoy lectures on Spock.” In collection of Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.

Looking ahead: June 12, 2013

Reception & lecture, Alison Ferris
Thursday, June 13, 5 p.m., Weatherspoon

Friday, June 14, 9 a.m., Walker traffic circle

Play, “God of Carnage”
Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Play, “Tennessee Playboy”
Sunday, June 16, 7:30 p.m., Triad Stage

WAM Summer Solstice Party
Friday, June 21, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Play, “Noodle Doodle Box”
Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Concert, EMF chamber music
Tuesday, June 25, 8 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

IRB fully online June 17, 2013

As of June 17, 2013, all new Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications, modifications, renewals and closures must be submitted via the IRBIS online system. The IRBIS site contains resources to assist you with this new system. If you or your department needs help, you may contact the Office of Research Integrity to request training.

Full story and more links at Research News.

In memoriam

Ray Davis, who retired after 23 years in Facilities Operations, died June 1. He was a maintenance mechanic here at UNCG and was the husband of Payroll Manager Patricia Davis.

Results of Cram & Scram

There were plenty of happy early morning shoppers in the EUC for the annual Cram & Scram sale. Other results?

More than 3.5 tons of material avoided the landfill, says Ben Kunka (Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling). And $626 was raised for environmental learning opportunities on campus, such as Earth Day.

Items that did not sell were taken to B Thrifty thrift store on the corner of Market St. and Spring Garden St.

Baseball’s Wolfe a 3rd team All-American

Outfielder Christian Wolfe became the 13th All-America honoree in UNCG Baseball history as he was selected to the Collegiate Baseball All-America Third Team.

Wolfe is the first Spartan since Ryan Gordon in 2003 to earn All-America accolades. It was a record-breaking spring for Wolfe as he hit .421 – the nation’s second-best batting average and the best single-season mark in the team’s history.

Wolfe, who is a chemistry major, hit safely in 21 straight games to tie the school record.

By Chip Welch
Full story at UNCG Athletics web page.

Dr. Daniel Herr

Portrait of Dr. Daniel HerrDr. Daniel Herr (JSNN) received a Semiconductor Research Corporation Education Alliance award. The funding will support his “JSNN Undergraduate Research Opportunities” project, with up to up to four 10-week undergraduate internships this summer. The grant encourages and supports undergraduate experiences in nanoscience-related platforms. Details here.


Jenny Dale and Lynda Kellam (University Libraries) received the People’s Choice Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries for their workshop Higher Learning: Effective and Engaging Information Literacy Instruction for Upper-Level Students. The ACRL Insider further reports that Mary Krautter (University Libraries) was runner-up for the same award for her paper “Advocating for the Devil: Transforming Conflict in Libraries.

Steve Moore

Portrait of Steve MooreSteve Moore (Undergraduate Studies) co-authored a guest column for the May 24 Triad Business Journal. The column was titled “Degrees matter for North Carolina’s future,” and was co-written by Jim Applegate, vice president of strategy at the Lumina Foundation. Moore is director of Transfer & Adult Student Academic Success at UNCG. Information about Degrees Matter! may be found at http://degreesmatter.org/

Dr. Benjamin Filene

Portrait of Dr. Benjamin FileneDr. Benjamin Filene (History) received new funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council for the project “GTMO & GSO.” This is a set of public programs designed to supplement the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, a national traveling exhibition that will be showcased at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum this winter. GTMO & GSO will use a variety of formats to re-evaluate Guantánamo’s complex legacy, encourage personal reflections, and make connections with local history so as to inspire active citizenship and community dialogue, the abstract notes.

Dr. Clifford Smyth

Portrait of Dr. Clifford Smyth Dr. Clifford Smyth (Mathematics and Statistics) received funding from the Department of Defense National Security Agency to support his “Correlation Inequalities” project. The grant will support his research on correlation inequalities. These have to do with quantifying how certain random events influence each other.

Sarah Kerr

Portrait of Sarah KerrSarah Kerr (Athletics) was named the Southland Conference’s all-time pitcher, the league announced as part of its 50th anniversary season celebration. Kerr is assistant coach for Softball. In Kerr’s first season at UNCG she helped the team amass 38 victories, the third highest total in school history. Kerr worked primarily with the Spartan pitching staff that included two 10-game winners. Details here.

Dr. Jan Rychtar

Portrait of Dr. Jan RychtarDr. Jan Rychtar (Mathematics and Statistics) received funding from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for the “Game Theory and Applications” project. The MAA, through its Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement program, supports the participation of mathematics undergraduates from underrepresented groups in focused and challenging research experiences. Through June 15, several African-American female undergraduate students from Bennett College worked under the supervision of project directors Jan Rychtar (UNCG), Tsvetlanka Sendova and Hyunju Oh (Bennett College). Details here.

See/hear: June 12, 2013

Chris Fay, director of grounds, will retire at the end of this month. He has been at UNCG since 1980. He received the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award at April’s UNCG Excellence Day – and this short video was shown. He noted that the beautiful grounds are a factor in people choosing to become a Spartan. “My grounds team staff is just an outstanding group and also my sports turf team,” he said.