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Archives for August 2013

UNCG Collage tickets available

Photo of interior of Aycock AuditoriumThe 2013 Collage Concert launches a new academic year for the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Many talented students and faculty will perform in the popular, relatively new way to open the year.

The unique concert will be Saturday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. All proceeds will benefit the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Scholarship Fund

Over 700 tickets were purchased during this year’s online-only sales period. Last year’s concert sold out.

It features:
Wind Ensemble
Symphony Orchestra
University Chorale and Chamber Singers
Jazz Ensemble I
Old Time Ensemble
Gate City Camerata
Opera Theatre
Casella Sinfonietta
Percussion Ensemble
West African Drum Ensemble
Composition Students

You’ll enjoy faculty performing in:
EastWind Quintet
Palladium Brass
Piano Faculty
Voice Faculty
Faculty Jazz Trio

All seating is reserved. Purchase tickets:
Through the UNCG Box Office online
Call 334-4TIX (4849) to purchase
Visit the UNCG Box Office

For more information, visit performingarts.uncg.edu/collage.

Tune in to WFDD 88.5 FM on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 8:35 a.m. and 5:44 p.m. and again on Friday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. to hear Dr. Kevin Geraldi and Dr. Carole Ott discuss this event with “Triad Arts Up Close” host David Ford. 





UNCG’s latest Folger Institute colloquium scholar

Photo of Folger InstituteUNCG joined the prestigious Folger Institute consortium in Fall 2011. In each of the years since, it has had a student Folger colloquium scholar.

This year, English doctoral student Lauren Shook has been chosen to participate in the Folger Institute’s year-long colloquium on “Constructing and Representing Authorship in Early Modern England.” It will be led by Renaissance scholar Barbara K. Lewalski (Harvard University).

Last year, History doctoral student James Findley earned a similar distinction.

Consortium membership benefits for UNCG graduate students and faculty include preferred application status for Folger Institute programs. The institute is dedicated to research in the humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Shook was chosen out of a competitive field of Folger Institute consortium faculty members and advanced graduate students, says Dr. Christopher Hodgkins. She will attend eight monthly colloquium meetings from October 2013 through May 2014 at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Shook is currently at the dissertation stage in her doctoral program in the UNCG English department. Her goal is to teach at a university, where she looks forward to conducting research and helping graduate students increase their knowledge.

Her dissertation topic is on female authorship in early modern England, which aligns well with the upcoming colloquium topic.“What I look forward to the most about this opportunity is the chance to work with other scholars in my field and to work with Dr. Barbara Lewalski, whose scholarship I greatly admire,” Shook says. “I’m also excited to be able to use the colloquium to workshop chapters of my dissertation.”

See information about UNCG’s membership in the Folger Institute at http://www.uncg.edu/eng/awrn/folger_institute.html

By Mike Harris

From UNCG Gardens to salad bar

Photo of Dining Services' staff members at the gardensGerald Hyatt pulled one long stalk of horseradish from the ground. A large plant, it was the first one he planted at UNCG Gardens on McIver Street three years ago. He rooted it, from part of a plant at home.

Now, it’s very productive. Just like the whole garden.

The garden of vegetables, herbs and flowers has 50 plots in the ground and two additional plots (raised off the ground) for those with special needs, says Dr. Susan Andreatta. A co-director of the gardens with Guy Sanders, she notes the garden has contributed to the university’s mission of sustainability.

And it’s a part of many students’ educational experience.

With most of the students away for the summer and the excessive summer rains, the garden was not at its tidiest last week. But with the students’ return and a big community workday approaching, the garden will soon look fantastic.

“Everything’s organic here, too,” says Kevin Deans, Dining Services’ executive director. “No chemicals.”

Hyatt says they did use ivory soap one time as an insect repellent, and cayenne pepper another time.

The volume of the food harvested here is a small fraction of what they use at Moran Commons, Deans explains. “It’s fun for the chefs.” Also, “It’s nice having fresh foods. We put an emphasis on local.”

This garden is as local as it gets.

Hyatt, who’s senior executive chef, and Wilson each work the garden about 2-3 times a week – weeding, watering and harvesting.

Three years ago, they started with two to three plots. Currently they have 10.

Justin Wilson, executive chef, has been using the peppers and eggplants in his stirfry at the Moran Commons on Fridays. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Today they will look over and pick some peppers, tomatoes, beets, eggplants – and several herbs, including purple and green basil. The excessive rain has harmed some yields. “A lot of our tomatoes popped” from too much moisture, Hyatt says.

Some will be on the salad bar. Wilson noted the UNCG Music Camp kids loved the cherry tomatoes.

They start in April, with tilling. And will harvest till it frosts. Hyatt says they will add broccoli and collards as a late season crop. And they rotate their crops, Hyatt explains, to help suppress disease. “We go all-organic out here.”

Interested in the campus’ garden? Some notes of interest:

  • The UNCG student Garden Club’s first meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 29, Room 423, Graham from 6-7 p.m.
  • Faculty, staff and student organizations can get in touch with Andreatta about plot availability.“We still have a few remaining for fall and spring semesters and then we will revisit it for the summer months – tomato season. We have application forms and more information on the campus garden web site”- http://www.uncg.edu/aas/uncg_gardens/
  • You can only work one of these plots if you are part of the class or student group that has the assigned plot, says Andreatta. However, all students, faculty and staff can participate in the garden work days when we working on the larger space and the space in between the plots.
  • The garden work days can attract as many as 85 students, as well as faculty and staff.
  • Interested in volunteering? The first fall work day will be Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The garden is at 123 McIver Street.

By Mike Harris

UNCG Career Services helps advisors see through ‘career lens’

Patrick Madsen, UNCG’s Career Services director, says the idea of offices like his operating as independent “silos” for career development has necessarily gone the way of the dinosaur. So Madsen is reinventing thecareer center as a “central training ground for career development,” making sure career support for students reaches every corner of the UNCG campus.

As part of that endeavor, Madsen and Linda Pollock, a career counselor in his office, have launched a new program to train faculty and staff in the basics of career counseling. So far, about 40 professors, academic advisors and staffers have attended two half-day Career Training Specialist workshops held during semester breaks. More sessions are planned.

“Career development is a university endeavor,” he says. “Why shouldn’t we give our expertise to other people on campus so students don’t get bounced around so much? It’s all about the students. The whole point of the university is our students.”

Jalonda Thompson, coordinator for exploratory advising in UNCG’s Students First Office, agrees. Thompson enrolled in one of the initial workshops and emerged “empowered to facilitate deeper conversations” with students as they explored themselves, potential majors and future careers.

The workshops are voluntary, and Madsen says faculty, especially those who also serve as academic advisors, have responded with enthusiasm. The tough economy of the last several years has only heightened their understanding of the real-world obstacles their students will face after graduation.

The next workshop takes place in December.

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG Now.

Complete a health assessment now to simplify open enrollment

Open enrollment for health insurance and NCFlex benefits runs Oct. 1-31 (changes effective Jan. 1, 2014). There are significant changes to health insurance options – you probably received your first notice from the state health plan in the mail recently. UNCG is committed to helping you through these decisions.

As a first step, for folks who may be interested in health plans other than our current 70/30 model, there are premium reductions for completing wellness activities. One of them is completing a health assessment. This will cut your premium by $10 or $15 per month depending on which health option you choose during open enrollment (not necessary, and no benefit if you elect 70/30).

Since we will be so focused on discussing the details of your options at that point, Human Resources recommends that employees go ahead and complete the health assessment as soon as possible. It will be one less task to complete in October. Only employees (no dependents) have to do this.

To complete the Health Assessment by phone, members may call 800-817-7044.

To complete the Health Assessment online through the Personal Health Portal, members can:

  1. Go to the State Health Plan’s web site: www.shpnc.org.
  2. Click on NC HealthSmart.
  3. Click on Personal Health Portal.
  4. Sign in if they already have an account, or click Create an Account.
  5. Once they are on the Portal’s homepage, click My Health.
  6. Under My Health, click Health Assessment.
  7. Click Work On It on the right side of each category to complete all of the questions.
  8. Once they have answered all of the questions, click Save and Complete Now.

Employees who complete a Health Assessment will also be entered in a drawing to win a new iPad.

Completion is not mandatory, but if you elect a health option other than 70/30 and have not completed this prior to 10/31/2013 you will miss the $10 or $15 premium reduction for all of 2014.

To watch an overview, or read more details of the new plan options, visit: http://www.shpnc.org/myMedicalBenefits/ppo/enrollment/2014-open-enrollment.aspx In addition, Human Resources will be conducting many information sessions throughout the month of October, so stay posted.

2013-14 UNCG honors college ‘Food for Thought’

Photo of North Spencer Residence HallStimulate your mind while having a bite to eat.

The Lloyd International Honors College “Food for Thought” events will be offered every 2nd and 4th Wednesday this semester. All members of the UNCG community are invited to gather for a light lunch and conversation at the Honors College’s Food for Thought series. These lively discussions on various topics are in the North Spencer Parlor.

Today (Aug. 28), honors students Shamira M. Azlan and Eun-Ju Seo will lead the discussion “Getting to Know Oxfam America at UNCG.”

In September:
Sept. 11 Mark Schumacher (Jackson Library) – “Athletics at UNCG”
Sept. 25 Dr. Omar Ali (African American Studies) – “Black Colonial Latin America: San Martin de Porres and the Afro-Peruvian Community”

Future speakers will include Joseph Erba (Management), Elizabeth Keathley (Music & WGS) and Rebecca Muich (LIHC).

Events are on the LIHC calendar here.

Additionally, the Honors College has something new this year, just for students: a new program series called “Pizza with the Profs.” It is a monthly event for students to explore a particular discipline with faculty in a more relaxed setting and have a little pizza too. Dr. Tara Green and African American Studies will host in October and Dr. Emily Levine and History will host in November.

By Mike Harris

UNCG again recognized for civic engagement

UNCG is one of 73 colleges and universities recognized by NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education as leaders in cultivating civic-minded students.

NASPA has named UNCG to its 2013-14 Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. UNCG was also among 50 institutions named to the Lead Initiative for 2012-13.

As part of the diverse network of colleges and universities selected by NASPA, UNCG has committed to strategies to make civic learning and democratic engagement a core component of the Division of Student Affairs through planning, partnerships and assessment.

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG Now.

Fall’s first ‘Faculty Center Take-over’ Sept. 5

Faculty Center Takeover events were popular last year, a great way for all those who teach at UNCG to get to know one another in a relaxed setting.

The first “Takeover” will be Thursday, Sept. 5, 4-6 p.m. The event is cosponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Enjoy food and drink samples from eight different cultures. The event is also co-sponsored by the QEP team/Global Engagement Learning Community, and there’ll be a “mystery object” for participants to use to think globally.

You might ask, “Are staff invited to Faculty Center Takeovers?”

Absolutely. Anyone who teaches – whether in front of a lecture hall, in mentoring relationships, as a tutor, peer-to-peer, as an advisor, what have you – is invited to be a part of the FTLC’s community.

The FTLC is for “all who teach on campus,” says FTLC Senior Director Michelle Soler. She notes that “the mission of the FTLC is to build upon networks of people at UNCG who teach and learn from each other.”

Whomever you teach, come be a part of the Faculty Center Takeover in the heart of campus, beside the Alumni House. There’ll be a Takeover the first Thursday of every month this year.

Roy Schwartzman is director of CAC Program

Portrait of Roy SchwartzmanDr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) is the new director of Communication across the Curriculum. And 2013-14 will be an exciting year for this UNCG program.

When CAC was established more than a decade ago, its requirements for development of intensive oral and written communication were a progressive move. These requirements are now commonplace across higher education, Schwartzman said, and CAC needs some updating.

“The key will be for us to upgrade what we mean by ‘communication’ to include creative, digital, and interpretive skills that expand the traditional ideas of speaking and writing,” he said. “If we can infuse these necessary 21st century competencies systematically into CAC, we could have a comprehensive communication curriculum that stands at the forefront of higher education.”

While students already take a variety of writing and speaking intensive courses at UNCG, CAC needs to address ways that communication competencies interface with majors, he explained. “I hope to collaborate with departments to help us demonstrate that students acquire the communication competencies they need to perform at their best in their chosen fields,” Schwartzman said.

There’s also a real world element. “Considering that employers consistently rank communication skills as one of the most crucial factors in job acquisition and success, vigorous experience of communication throughout the curriculum has immense practical value,” he said.

Schwartzman joined UNCG in 2006 as a full professor. He is an inaugural recipient of the Shoah Foundation Institute Teaching Fellowship and has served on the editorial boards of many scholarly journals. He is a past president of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology. Among his honors, he received the Betty Jo Welch Award from the Carolinas Communication Association for outstanding service to the communication field. He earned a PhD from the University of Iowa.

By Steve Gilliam

Some of the best Spartan summer reading

Photo of student reading in Foust ParkUNCG Campus Weekly asked what you’ve enjoyed reading this summer. And CW readers shared a lot of great recommendations, just in time for the 2013 Labor Day Weekend:

Xandra Eden (Weatherspoon) highly recommends “Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel” by Maria Semple. “It is a fun, witty and inventive mystery told from the perspective of the daughter of a very creative architect struggling with day-to-day life in Seattle,” she says. “One of the best and most entertaining books of the year.”

Dean Robin Remsburg (Nursing) says, “I’m finishing up Tina Fey’s ‘Bossy Pants’ book. It’s a fun read for a manager or someone in a leadership position.”

Kevin Geraldi (Music) enjoyed “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin and “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle.

“I don’t usually read big literary tomes or a lot of non-fiction,” said Maggie Dargatz (Philosophy). “These are for my entertainment and enjoyment.” She passed along 11 great books she read, from “The 5th Wave” by Richard Yancey to “Joyland” by Stephen King to “The Last Word” by Lisa Lutz (“the whole Spellman series is fun and smart”) to “I Feel Bad about my Neck” by Nora Ephron.

Tara Green (African American Studies) re-read “Changes: A Love Story” by Ama Ata Aidoo this summer for her Africana Literature course. “It focuses on a modern-day Ghanaian woman who tries to assert her feminist identity.” And she also enjoyed Tayrai Jones’s “Silver Sparrow.” Set in Atlanta, the novel tracks the lives of two women married to one man and the impact his secret has on the lives of his daughters.

Emily Rector’s (Annual Giving) non-work-related reading this summer has been a mixed bag, she says, ranging from “Lean In” by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. That science fiction adventure will be released as a major motion picture this fall. She’s currently reading “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson.

Drew Sharpe (Elliott University Center) read many books this summer. “The one I would recommend most would be ‘Lone Survivor’ by Marcus Luttrell.” It’s a gripping account of a military operation by Navy SEALS in 2005.

William Hart (Religious Studies) recommends Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen’s “Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop” and Jewell Parker Rhodes’ “Magic City.”

Lee Odom (Undergraduate Studies/Staff Senate) enjoyed “Finding Life” by James Graham. “It takes place along the coast of North Carolina. I would highly recommend this book.” Another book she read in her book club was “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly. “Even though I remember when it happened, I was too young to know about some of the things that he mentioned in the book.”

Listing collected by Mike Harris (whose favorite book this summer was “Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution” by James McPherson, who happens to speak at UNCG this semester)

Looking ahead: Aug. 28, 2013

UNCG Board of Trustees meetings
Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 28-29

Take Back the Night
Wednesday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m., Jackson Library Lawn

Artist talk, sculptor Arlene Shechet
Thursday, Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Music, Marjorie Bagley & Dmitri Shteinberg, violin and piano
Thursday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Dance/music, Frank Vulpi with B.J. Sullivan
Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre

Men’s soccer vs. UNC Asheville
Friday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m.

Labor Day holiday – Classes dismissed, offices closed.
Monday, Sept. 2

With the staff: Aug. 28, 2013

Hello: Deanna Bowman, Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Terri Sparks, MEH&T; Kenneth Gallimore, Public Safety & Police; Tammie Hill, Human Resources; Emily McKenzie, CAP; Emily Sullivan, Student Health Services; Monica Mack, Student Health Services; Kristel Jones, University Libraries

Good-bye: Jocelyn Bryant, Student Health Services; Martha Cecil, Learning Assistance Center; Karen Hayden, Music; Robert Attaway, Facility Services; Bridget Thomas, Kinesiology; Seang Yang Lee, Nursing; Howard Doyle, Design & Construction; Terry Wilson, Facility Services; Barry Williams, Facility Services; Jane Ridge, ITS; Rodney Ouzts, Bryan School; Brenda Jones, School of Education; Donna Spoon, Office of Safety; Christopher Wangelin, ITS; Julie Dupuy, Office of the Registrar; Kavita Gossi, Kinesiology; Richard D. Smith, Department of Institutional Research; Michelle Stanely, Contracts & Grants; Michelle McQuage, Annual Fund; Michael Houck, ITS; Givonne Ivey-Ponton, University Libraries; Joel Vandercamp, Weatherspoon; Pamela Mason, Office of the Registrar; William Hardin, Facility Operations; Geoffrey Ruonavara, ITS

Discussion topics: Henrietta Lacks, Trayvon Martin, LGBTQ

The UNCG Office of Multicultural Affairs announces several discussions in coming weeks:

MRC Book Talk & Art Reception – “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, facilitated by Dr. Frank Woods, Associate Professor of African American Studies.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 4-5 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center, EUC

Trayvon Martin Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 4:30-6:00 pm 5:30-7 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC (note the revised time)
The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of Housing and Residence Life’s Social Justice and Diversity Initiatives Committee, and the Residence Hall Association will sponsor this forum.

LGBTQ Lunch & Learn – on LGBTQ History at UNCG
Thursday, Sept. 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Claxton Room, EUC

LGBTQ Lunch & Learn – on Allyship
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Details? Contact jkcolem2@uncg.edu.

Updated Sept. 3.

An effort to honor Chris Fay

Chris Fay and the Grounds staff have been responsible for making the campus a beautiful place to live and work. Fay worked at UNCG for 33 years before retiring as grounds manager this summer. He was a recipient of the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for service in 2013. An effort is under way to honor Fay with a tree and plaque on campus. Interested faculty and staff may contact Advancement via http://advancement.uncg.edu/giving/. Or you may contact Dr. Rob Cannon in Biology (Robert_Cannon@uncg.edu / 256-0071) or Lynn Bresko in Development (lrbresko@uncg.edu / 256-1283).

Managing trash/recycling at Move-in

The UNCG Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling deployed 29 small Dumpsters for cardboard collection and 58 wheeled trash and recycling roll carts to capture the additional waste associated with students moving back to campus.

About 4,800 students moving in generate a great number of moving boxes. However the bulk of the extra waste come from the material used to package the many items bought to outfit the residence hall rooms. Large items like refrigerators and televisions have oversize boxes that are full of Styrofoam and plastic bags. Small items like hair dryers, laptops and desk accoutrements have surprisingly bulky packaging that many times are larger than the item itself.

All this extra material is a perfect storm for cardboard collection, while the bulk of UNCG’s cardboard is usually recycled with the Commingled Recycling setup, during Move-In the amount of cardboard warrants collecting it separately from other trash and recycling.

More than seven tons of cardboard were collected this year by the OWRR crew: Joe Wagner, Jerome Isley, Carlo Frate and Vincent Whitt

To assist the students and parents on how to properly sort and break down the material the OWRR relies on staff volunteers. This year was the first year that UNCG’s Staff Senators decided to help with this endeavor: Special thanks to Jeannie Lasley, Emily Strandwitz, Vickie DeBari, Audrey Sage, Frankie Jones, Maggie Chrismon, Allen Rogers, Eileen Kane, Jim Kane, Brenda Hampshire, Lee Odom, Trish Plunkett, and several other Staff Senators that are part of the group’s Service Committee. In addition, many “Student Move Crew” volunteers were utilized to encourage folks to use the collection containers correctly.

By Ben Kunka, UNCG OWRR Operations Manager

2013 Upgrades to Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly, the UNCG news source for faculty and staff, has a few enhancements as the year begins.

If you enjoy CW through the print version (available for download by clicking the blue box on the CW web page) or clicking on stories via the email, the changes are minimal.

However, If you’ve scanned over the CW web page, you’ve likely noticed a few changes:

  • The People section is now higher and more prominent, in the center column. We know these items are important to you. (For example, Google Analytics for August 2013 show the third-most clicked CW URL was the People category page, where you can quickly see the week’s People entries and earlier weeks’ as well.) The new placement reflects the section’s importance to our readers.
  • Below that section is our “In the News” feed. Earlier, the feed in the middle column was the broader “University News” – and some items on the feed were duplicated in CW. This more selective “In the News” feed notes lots of UNCG faculty, staff and students featured or quoted in newspapers, magazines and broadcast news. Originating at UNCG Now and very similar to the Newsmakers section on the former “News Page,” it’s updated daily, so check back (or at UNCG Now) throughout the week.
  • The CW twitter feed, in operation since the spring, can be seen at the far right. Consider following “@campusweekly,” with several posts each day geared for the CW readership.

In coming weeks, we plan to freshen the CW nameplate and make one or two additions to the far right column on the CW web page.

If you have any questions about CW – or suggestions – let us know. Email mdharri3@uncg.edu.

Dr. Ye (Jane) He

Portrait of Dr. Ye HeDr. Ye (Jane) He (Teacher Education and Higher Education) has been invited to serve on a Fulbright committee. It will be a national screening committee for Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistantships in East Asia. She will read and rate applications prior to meeting with fellow committee members to recommend a limited number of candidates for further consideration. The committee will meet in late November. She was invited by the Institute of International Education, which annually conducts scholarship competitions for U.S. graduate students wishing to pursue study, research or professional training abroad under the Fulbright-Hays Program sponsored by the United States Department of State.

Dr. Tom Jackson

Portrait of Dr. Tom JacksonDr. Tom Jackson (History) has been awarded a year long-fellowship by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, to write a book about the civil rights revolution of 1963. Reflecting on the unknown history of the 1963 March on Washington, he commented on Al Jazeera America television during the Aug. 24 commemorative march and is a guest in an episode of BackStory with the American History Guys on public radio. The Backstory broadcast can be heard here.


Dianne Welsh (Bryan School), Esra Memili (Bryan School), Kirby Rosplock (GenSpring Family Offices), Juan Roure (IESE), and Juan Luis Segurado (IESE) will have their article titled “Perceptions of Entrepreneurship across Generations in Family Businesses and Family Offices: A Stewardship Theory Perspective” published in the September issue of the Journal of Family Business Strategy. This is the first scholarly article on family offices, Welsh notes.

Also, Esra Memili (Bryan School), Dianne Welsh (Bryan School), Erick Chang and Franz Kellermanns had a paper accepted in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. The paper is “Role Conflicts of Family Members in Family Firms.” It is being published in the special issue on Behavioral Issues in Family Firms.

See/Hear: August 28, 2013

Claudia Buchdahl Kadis ’65 was awarded the UNCG Alumni Distinguished Service Award at the end of the spring semester. Among the many ways she has lived the UNCG motto of “Service,” she had leadership roles in the League of Women Voters in Goldsboro and the Marbles Museum in Raleigh. And she ran a Guardian Ad Litem Program in North Carolina’s 8th judicial district.“We were the advocates for the children who were brought to court because there were allegations of abuse and neglect.” As she says, “When you know that what you’re doing is not for yourself but allowing others to grow, and flourish, and make their impact in some area…it’s a good feeling.”

Chancellor Brady focuses on ‘our mission, our place’

Photo of Chancellor Brady and Trustees Chair David Sprinkle at the eventThe sense of place – historically, physically and metaphorically – was a theme of Chancellor Brady’s State of the Campus Address on Aug. 14.

“We all know that UNCG is a special place,” she said, rich with history and tradition.

“Our mission is to educate, create and share knowledge, and serve. Our place is in this community, this region, and this state.”

In recognizing new faculty and staff and all the Faculty Senate and Staff Senate members in attendance, she noted, “Our people represent the foundation upon which we build.”

UNCG has always been committed to:

  • Empowering students to succeed by providing access and opportunity in a challenging and supportive environment;
  • Creating, sharing and translating knowledge into solutions for the problems we face, locally, statewide, nationally and even globally;
  • Contributing to the public good, enriching quality of life and enhancing economic development through our research and engagement.

She gave a number of examples of this commitment.

And she spoke of engagement – eliminating the obstacles and boundaries between UNCG and those we serve. “Our shared value as a campus community is to do something more with what we teach, learn, and discover – something that impacts those beyond our borders.”

We will continue to plan for our future, she added. “This fall we will launch a strategic visioning process. Our goal will be to work together, across all of our constituencies, to establish a strategic vision for UNCG that will provide a framework within which the details of the next strategic plan can be developed. This will be a collaborative process that will set the direction for our collective future.”

She concluded, “I ask that we – all faculty, staff, students and alumni and friends – continue to work together to further solidify this great university’s mission and our place in this community.”

See text of her address at

See highlights and pictures from a variety of posts that morning at

By Mike Harris
Visual of Chancellor Brady and Trustees Chair David Sprinkle at the event, by David Wilson.

Well•Spring and UNCG celebrate collaboration

Photo of David Holley (Music) greeting Well-Spring residentsA college fair last week at Well•Spring Retirement Community marked the beginning of a groundbreaking relationship that leaders of UNCG and Well•Spring believe will benefit members of both institutions.

It will bring together talented and experienced adults and a vibrant, academic community.

Beginning this semester, residents of Well•Spring will have the opportunity to attend on-campus lectures, concerts, recitals, athletic events and other activities as well as enroll in or audit classes. In turn, they may serve as mentors or volunteers for student and community activities, sharing their business expertise and life experiences with UNCG students.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady called the kick-off a “historic day” for UNCG.

“We have never entered into this kind of relationship before. This is a mutual partnership of mutual benefit,” Brady said. “You have rich experiences that our students can learn from. I believe we will learn as much from you as you will learn from us.”

“This has been a dream of mine since I came to Well•Spring nearly 14 years ago,” President and CEO Stephen Fleming told the large crowd, who’d been part of a similar partnership with Dartmouth College when he worked at a retirement community in New Hampshire.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Betsi Robinson
Visual: David Holley (Music) greets Well-Spring residents. Photo by Chris English.

FOL Book Discussions for 2013-14

Photo of Jackson LibraryEnjoy books from past and present, as UNCG faculty lead Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussions. Anyone interested may attend. To reserve a spot, register on this web site, or contact Kimberly Lutz at 256-8598 or by email.

All book discussions will meet on Mondays in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library.

Sept. 16, 4 p.m.: “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Steven Cureton (Sociology)

Oct. 7, 7 p.m.: “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt. Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. David Wharton (Classical Studies)

Nov. 4, 4 p.m.: “The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai” by John Tayman. Faculty Discussion Leaders: Dr. Janne Cannon (UNC-CH Microbiology and Immunology, emeritus) and Dr. Rob Cannon (Biology).

Feb. 24, at 4 p.m.: “Goodbye to All That” by Robert Graves. Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Ron Cassell (History)

March 17, 7 p.m.: “The Return of the Soldier” by Rebecca West. Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Keith Cushman (English).

April 21, 4 p.m.: “Serena” by Ron Rash. Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly (English).

Full story at FOL blog.

Noel will lead Office of Innovation Commercialization

Photo of Staton NoelStaton Noel took the helm of the UNCG Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC) last month.

As director, he will support and facilitate innovation by UNCG faculty, staff, and students, helping them protect intellectual property, commercialize discoveries, and find research support through corporate sponsors.

During his 20 years working for GlaxoSmithKline, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Noel proposed and led novel drug discovery projects, discovered and published on a novel gene and gene networks, and collaborated with university labs and start-up companies.

Noel graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry. After leaving the world of big pharma, he charted a new course as a UNCG Vision student, completing a dual degree (MBA and MS) in Gerontology.

Noel joined UNCG’s OIC in 2011 as a licensing assistant and then served as a marketing and licensing associate before taking on his current role of director.

By Ananya Huria and Sangeetha Shivaji

Full story at Research web site.

Opening of Spartan Village highlights move-in days

Photo of senior Tony Sanders and Chancellor Brady look over kitchen areaSpartan Village opened last week. And students were impressed. “It is definitely two steps above everywhere I’ve lived,” said Tony Sanders, a senior from Winston-Salem majoring in psychology, with minors in criminology and Spanish.

“This is incredible,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady, who spent Wednesday afternoon visiting with residents. “It’s nothing like what I lived in when I was in college.”

Emily Nanna, a coordinator for residence life, was marveling too — at the high numbers of upperclassmen moving in on opening day. “We’re 60 percent full,” Nanna reported at 2 p.m. “I was hoping for that for the whole day.”

Three of Spartan Village’s four buildings — Haywood, Lee and Union halls — opened to students on Wednesday. Highland Hall, the fourth building seriously damaged by a construction-related fire in March, is being rebuilt and should be ready to open in January, said Tim Johnson, director of Housing and Residence Life.

The university-owned Spartan Village complex on the West Lee Street Corridor includes 800 beds and space for offices and retail.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Betsi Robinson
Photography by Chris English, of senior Tony Sanders and Chancellor Brady

Future of aging studies at UNCG

Join the UNCG Gerontology Program faculty, staff, students and alumni as they envision the future of aging studies at UNCG.

Hear from and chat with guests including Emeritus Professor Vira Kivett; former gerontology program chairs Virginia Stephens, Rebecca Adams, Mariana Newton, and Kathleen Williams; and most recent UNCG Gerontology Program Director Jan Wassel.

Chancellor Linda Brady and School of Health and Human Sciences Dean Celia Hooper also will comment on the future of gerontology at UNCG.

The “Flash Back << >> Fast Forward” event will be Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, in the Alumni House Virginia Dare Room. The panel discussion will be 2-3:30 p.m. A reception will follow.

RSVP by Sept. 5 to Mary Lea Wolfe in the UNCG Gerontology Program at 256-1020 or FlashBackFastForward@gmail.com.

2013-14 FTLC Fellows at UNCG

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons inaugurated a fellows program in the spring semester 2013. With 10 faculty and staff from a variety of departments and disciplines, these fellows looked at online and experiential modes for education, mentoring, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The incoming group of talented professionals will bring insights to our campus culture and will work to create opportunities as our university meets the challenges of teaching and learning in the twenty-first century.

The FTLC Faculty and Staff Fellows for 2013-14 are:
Chris Thomas, Art

Jessica McCall, Communication Studies

Sarah Daynes, Sociology

Tommy Lambeth, Interior Architecture

Amy Harris Houk, University Libraries

Patricia Crane, Nursing

Regina Pulliam, Public Health Education

Leigh Sink, Political Science

Gail Pack, Bryan School of Business & Economics

Sarah Dorsey, University Libraries—Harold Schiffman Library

Beth Filar Williams, University Libraries

James Benshoff, Counseling

Past FTLC Fellows indicate that the success of the fellows program allowed cross departmental and unit exchange and spirited conversation by diverse faculty/staff groups. FTLC Fellows also lead professional learning communities for UNCG faculty and staff.

Join 2013-14 FTLC Learning Communities

Learn from your fellow UNCG faculty and staff in FTLC Learning Communities that meet monthly for an hour. Often they meet as a convenient lunch and learn.

Join a group to talk about strategies for student advising, teaching online, working sustainability into curriculum – or join a book group to discuss how learning works. It’s a great way to meet and work with others who share your passions and interests.

At FTLC, faculty and staff learn from each other, a model that elevates the practice of transformative teaching and faculty leadership from within the university. The FTLC is for “all who teach on campus” – and teaching occurs in many ways, including advising, mentoring and peer to peer. Remember that the unofficial mission of FTLC is to build networks of people at UNCG.

FTLC Learning Communities for 2013-14 are:
Advising and Student Retention (Gail Pack, Fellow, Bryan School of Business and Economics; Dana Saunders Co-leader, Director, Students First) — This group works cross-departmentally to tease out best practices for faculty involvement with advising and retention.

Community + Entrepreneurship (Chris Thomas, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art; Steve Moore, Co-leader, Undergraduate Studies ) — This group enters a series of discussions around the questions, “How can we as a university become more connected to the city?” and “How does the city get more connected to the university?” specifically addressing mutually beneficial partnership agreements between students and community businesses.

Collaborative Leadership Think Tank (William Plater, guest discussion leader, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Affairs, Philanthropic Studies, English, and Informatics at Indiana University, Indianapolis) “As with many other sectors of our society, new forms of leadership are emerging in higher education.” In a continuation of the Future of Learning Speaker Series earlier this year, Dr. Plater will lead discussions around the notion of deploying collaborative leadership for 21st century higher education.

Department Head Leadership (Patricia Crane, Fellow, School of Nursing) — led by a former department head, this group provides much needed support for individuals new to the role of managing a department. Anyone with best practices to share is encouraged to join.

Experiential Learning (Jessica McCall, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication Studies) — will lead discussions around and coordinate the well-attended Rebecca Carver Institute in the spring.

Future Faculty Mentoring (Sarah Daynes, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology; Sheryl Lieb, Co-leader, PhD Candidate Educational Leadership/Cultural Foundations) — Now in its second year, this group highlights the job search process, and provides support for all graduate students.

Global Engagement (Tommy Lambeth, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Interior Architecture) — in concert with the Quality Enhancement Plan, this learning community focuses energy toward several directions including addressing outside the classroom needs of our international student population.

Book Group: “How Learning Works” by Susan Ambrose, 2010. (Leah Miklia, assistant director for Tutoring Services; Kara Baldwin, Senior Assistant Director for Academic Skills Services) — An FTLC book discussion group, this book introduces seven general principles of how students learn. Drawing from a breadth of perspectives to identify a set of key principles underlying learning, and integrating theory with real-classroom examples in practice, this book helps faculty to apply cognitive science advances to improve their own teaching.

Information Literacy (Amy Harris Houk, Fellow, University Libraries) — In partnership with the College Star grant and University Libraries, this FTLC Fellow plans to mine the FTLC groups for best practices, and develop an online model to collect those responses.

Mentoring for Non Tenure-track Faculty (Regina Pulliam, Fellow, School of Health and Human Sciences, Department of Public Health Education) — Newly formed this academic year, mentoring activities are concurrently extended to non-tenure track, academic professionals, adjunct instructors, and lecturers, following the same model as their tenure-track colleagues.

Mentoring for Tenure-track Faculty (James Benshoff, Fellow, School of Education, Counseling Department) — Beginning with New Faculty Orientation, this community continues to meet monthly, with invited guest speakers, to extend the orientation into a semester-long gathering.

Online Learning (Leigh Sink, Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science; Chris Dunst, Assistant Director Online Learning, Division of Continual Learning) —This learning community discusses do’s and don’ts of online learning, and runs events for the university community specifically geared toward best practices in teaching online. Participants from this group will also work with the Division of Continual Learning to develop a model for flipped classrooms utilizing team-based learning principles.

Sustainability (Sarah Dorsey, Fellow, University Libraries/Schiffman Music Library; Aaron Allen, Co-Leader, Director of Sustainability, Professor of Music) — Building upon what is already readily available, the FTLC helps to raise the visibility of this very important university-wide strategic initiative, connecting like minds to each other through events, workshops, and the Sustainability Film Series.

Technology Tools (Beth Filar Williams, Fellow, University Libraries/Digital Media Commons; Todd Sutton, Director of Learning Technology, Information Technology Services) —Technology’s role in teaching and learning is growing. Stay up to date with who’s doing what across the university, and participate in workshops led by individuals in the DMC, ITS and from unit ITCs across departments. Learn how to incorporate new and old tech tools into everyday teaching and living.

Grant Funding Opportunities (Valera Francis, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs; Julie Voorhees, Title III Grant Project Director, Undergraduate Studies) — Learn about the grant process from research to project management after the funding comes in, and maybe find some funding for a project in your department.

Want to be involved? Or have questions? Contact the commons at ftlc@uncg.edu

The latest from University Libraries

What’s new at University Libraries as 2013-14 begins? Here’s an update they’ve provided:

Even though the semester is just getting started, we hope you’ve already begun using the University Libraries, both online and in person. We made a lot of changes over the summer and want to make sure you have the information you need as you return to campus.

Library Faculty — Comings and Goings: This summer, three of our librarians retired: Stephen Dew, Collections & Scholarly Resources Coordinator; Bill Finley, Special Collections Librarian; and Hermann Trojanowski, Special Projects Archivist. Joe Williams, our Head of Access Services and the Digital Media Commons, also left the University Libraries for another position within the UNC system. With these departures, several other librarians within the libraries have moved into new positions. Beth Bernhardt, a long-time member of the library faculty, was promoted to Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications. In this role, Bernhardt will lead, administer, and coordinate collection development, technical services and scholarly communications. She will also provide campus-wide leadership in a collaborative environment to chart a sustainable future for scholarly communication. Jennifer Motszko, who has worked in Special Collections and University Archives for several years, moved into a tenure-track faculty position as our new Manuscripts Archivist. Cathy Griffith was named the Interim Head of Access Services and Beth Filar Williams is the Interim Head of the Digital Media Commons. On August 1, we welcomed a new science librarian, Karen Grigg. She will serve as the liaison to several academic departments, providing instruction, research support, and collection development for Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science, Nanoscience and Physics.

Faculty and Staff Delivery Service Resumes with Changes: During the Fall and Spring semesters, the University Libraries deliver books to faculty and staff members’ on-campus offices. Because of changes to our online infrastructure, faculty and staff will need to place their campus delivery orders through Interlibrary Loan. From the library catalog, simply click on the “UNCG University Libraries” tab and scroll to “Delivery Services” and follow the directions for Campus Book Delivery. To fill out the form, you will need the call number, the author/editor name, and the title of the book.

Find Journals: The Journal A-Z List has replaced Journal Finder as our tool for locating print and online journal holdings. You can find the link to the Journal A-Z List on the library homepage, as well as in the red search box that appears on most library webpages. We recognize that faculty had come to rely on Journal Finder. We liked it too — it was developed and maintained here at the University Libraries before being sold to WT Cox. Over the past year we’ve been transitioning to a new integrated system, OCLC’s Worldshare Management System (WMS), and since Journal Finder is not compatible with this system, we needed to replace it with WMS’s journal tool.

Renew Books: Once you set up a “My Library Account,” you can renew your books online. Your username is your UNCG ID # (the same nine-digit number you use to login to UNCGenie). You will need to create a password. This password is not linked to any of your other UNCG accounts. The password will not expire and can be reset at any time at My Library Account. Once you are signed in to your account, you will see all your checked-out items, as well as your holds, and any fines you may owe.

When a Book Is Checked Out: If the book you need is checked out, you have a few different options. From the catalog record, you can click “Place Hold.” You will need to sign into your My Library Account to complete the hold, and the library will notify you when the book is returned. If you need the book more immediately, click on “Request Item” instead. This link will take you to our Interlibrary Loan page, where you will log in with your iSpartan account username and password to complete the request. As another alternative, you may use your UNCG ID card to check out books in person at any library within the UNC system. We also have reciprocal borrowing agreements with all the colleges and universities within the Triad.

For more information about using the new library catalog, setting up a My Library Account and finding journals, please visit our searching guide. Many of the changes you will see in the library catalog are related to our transition to a new library management system. While our old catalog served us well over the past decade, it was no longer supported by the software vendor. We also wanted to offer patrons the ability to search collections beyond UNCG.

Finally, as the semester gets under way, we encourage you to take advantage of the libraries’ many instruction and research services. Click on “services” from the home page for a list of what we offer. Be sure to check out the Research Assignment Toolkit for tips on developing successful research projects.

‘Sociology Spirit Week’ as UNCG Sociology marks century

The Department of Sociology celebrates its 100th year with a full slate of activities and events. They will coalesce around the theme “Inequality and Social Justice in a Changing World.”

Sept. 3-6 will be Sociology Spirit Week, culminating in an event for students, faculty and alumni at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at Tate St. Coffee. Headlining the event is “Moral Panic,” a band composed of Sociology faculty with guest appearances by faculty from other departments. In keeping with the centennial theme, Tate St. Coffee owner and Sociology alumnus Matt Russ will donate a percentage of the night’s proceeds to the Interactive Resource Center, a local non-profit that assists the homeless.

Additional centennial events scheduled throughout the year include an alumni networking night for current students, a homecoming raffle with proceeds again going to support the IRC, a film series in conjunction with Ashby Dialogue highlighting issues of inequality, an art show at the Weatherspoon Art Museum and poster displays on the third floor of Graham Building.

The Sociology Department began as the Department of Rural Life and Economics in 1913-1914 and soon added ‘Sociology’ to its official title in 1918.

The Sociology Department notes its tradition of inclusion. It was the first at our university to include a course on ‘race relations.’ In 1923, part of It was the home of many prominent female faculty members, including Professor Mereb Mossman who went on to become the first Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Sociology became the home of the first senior level African-American faculty member at UNCG when Professor Joseph Himes came in 1969. Himes went on to found and serve as the first president of the North Carolina Sociological Association and was a renowned scholar of race and ethnic relations in the South. Today, inequalities of all kinds and concerns for social justice remain core issues in the department’s curriculum.

14 apples a day keep less-than-stellar grades away?

Photo of apples placed at Minerva statueThe tradition of leaving items at the Minerva statue continues to grow.

At the end of the first day of classes this week, a light drizzle fell on items left on all sides of the base of the statue. In total there were 14 apples – a few had a coin partly stuck into the side of the apple. Perhaps that’s a double offering?

Lots of coins were evident: 17 pennies, four nickels and one quarter. There was one red, decorative red pepper. And two flowers. One was a red rose.

The other was a large white daisy, set at the center front of the base.

By Mike Harris

Amy Strickland, faculty co-director at FTLC, looks forward to helping faculty make connections

Portrait of Amy StricklandAmy Strickland is an academic professional assistant professor and the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Nutrition Department. This year she will serve as a faculty co-director in the UNCG Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons.

Her focus in the FTLC will be working with faculty fellows to provide leadership and development programs for new, existing and future faculty.

The commons’ focus is the support of faculty in their efforts to enhance UNCG’s instructional programs.

As a double alumna of UNCG, Strickland’s affinity for leadership grew from her experiences in the Bryan MBA program. Since then, she has participated in many leadership programs at the national, regional and local levels. This year, she will be a part of BRIDGES, an intensive professional development program for women in higher education in the UNC system.

“The most rewarding aspect of being co-director of the FTLC will be the opportunities to work with folks across campus to create programs that will bring faculty together to share their best practices and engage in open dialogue,” she says. “I am looking forward to learning about the great things that UNCG faculty are doing and finding ways to make connections between faculty with similar interests and goals.”

In addition to leadership and professional development, student-centered teaching and student development are primary motivators for Strickland. She is a recent recipient of NC Dietetics Association Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award, as well as the Mary Frances Stone Outstanding Teaching Award for the School of HHS.

She loves to travel and spend time outdoors. Strickland frequently treks to waterfalls in the North Carolina and Virginia mountains, she says, and recently spent time hiking in the Bern region of Switzerland.

See more information about the FTLC here. A feature on Wade Maki, FTLC faculty co-director, will be in a future CW.

Looking ahead: Aug. 21, 2013

‘Welcome Back’ from Alumni Association
Wednesday, Aug. 21, all morning, Alumni House steps

CAB Welcome Back Concert
Friday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., Kaplan Commons

Spartan Service Day
Saturday, Aug. 24

Volleyball scrimmage
Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m.,

House Calls by faculty/administration/staff
Monday, Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m., residence halls

UNCG Board of Trustees meetings
Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 28-29

Artist talk, sculptor Arlene Shechet
Thursday, Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Dance/music, Frank Vulpi with B.J. Sullivan
Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre

Chinese language classes

Through a collaboration between UNCG and the Greensboro Chinese Association (www.gcanc.org), UNCG faculty, staff and students are now welcome to register and participate in the Chinese language classes at the Greensboro Chinese Association in Fall 2013. The Chinese language classes will be held in the UNCG School of Education Building. Up to 25 UNCG faculty, staff, and students will receive the tuition waiver ($155/semester). They will only need to submit the Greensboro Chinese Association annual membership fee ($10/year) and any costs associated with the required textbooks. Here, you may download the registration form. For more information, you may visit the Greensboro Chinese Association’s web site: www.gcanc.org/gca_school.html. You can also contact Ms. Jennifer Qian, principal of the Greensboro Chinese School, at fxq2345@gmail.com or Ye (Jane) He (UNCG SOE) at y_he@uncg.edu.

Spartan Trader opens

The Spartan Trader opened for the 2013-14 year earlier this week.

The store will have a “blitz day” Thursday, Aug. 22, 2-6 p.m. At that time, faculty, staff and students may bring items for consideration by managers, who will review and accept potential products to be sold in the Spartan Trader.

The UNCG Spartan Trader is looking for jewelry, clothing, accessories, artwork, decorations and any other product you personally make or design to sell on consignment for Fall 2013 in the Spartan Trader.

Consignees and the store split sales 70/30, with 70 percent going towards the seller, and 30 percent to the store.

See the web site http://bae.uncg.edu/spartantrader/