UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2013

Part-time Job Fair for Students

UNCG’s annual Part-time Job Fair for students will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Cone Ballroom, EUC. The job fair, sponsored by the Student Employment Office and the Career Services Center, helps students locate part-time jobs at the beginning of each academic year. Approximately 30 employers from campus and throughout the Triad will recruit part-time job candidates, collect resumes and schedule interviews with students at the job fair. Last year, more than 900 students attended the event. Details are at at csc.uncg.edu/events/majorevents.html.

A favorite book you read this summer?

With Labor Day weekend on the horizon, your fellow faculty and staff may like a few recommendations – or just enjoy hearing what others have been reading this summer.

What one or two books were great reads this summer? Let us know, if you will. We may run some book titles in a later issue or tweet some. Email mdharri3@uncg.edu.

Dr. Esther M. Leerkes

Portrait of Dr. Esther M. LeerkesDr. Esther M. Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies) has accepted an invitation from the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review to be a member of the Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention Study Section through June 2019. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

Dr. Jing Deng

Portrait of Dr. Jing DengDr. Jing Deng (Computer Science) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “CIF:Small:Collaborative Research:Security in Dynamic Environments: Exploiting the Randomness and Diversity of Ad-Hoc Networks.” The abstract states, “We propose to investigate ways to combine the two concepts under a real-world framework, and thus exploit the benefits of both. Our research is a first step towards a physical-layer-aided cryptography paradigm, and has the potential to bring improvements to the current ciphers, by decreasing the complexity and physical-resource expenses associated with the secret-key-exchange overhead.”

Steve Cramer

Portrait of Steve CramerSteve Cramer (University Libraries) is one of the new Coleman Faculty Fellows for 2013-14. According to the Coleman Foundation, the Coleman Fellows are “typically professors from outside the school of business at their institution” who “engage in the development of courses and leadership of projects in support of entrepreneurship education on their campus.” He is creating the course “ENT/LIS/GEO 530, Researching Opportunities in Entrepreneurship & Economic Development”, to be offered in Spring 2014. He says he is looking forward to teaching the new class as well as further increasing the connections between the University Libraries and campus entrepreneurial initiatives. Full story at the FOL Blog.

Welsh/Memili/Ochi/Kaciak

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, Dr. Esra Memili, Miyuki Ochi (former exchange graduate student) and Dr. Eugene Kaciak (Brock University) have their paper, “Japanese Women Entrepreneurs: Implications for Family Firms” being published in Journal of Small Business Management. Dianne and Esra are faculty in the UNCG’s Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism Department.

See/Hear: August 21, 2013

Beth Clinkscales McAllister ’63 was awarded the UNCG Alumni Distinguished Service Award in May. In the spring, several of her classmates and fellow alumni spoke of her service.

One noted, ”From the very beginning she was an outstanding leader. She was full of passion.” Over her career she has led the creation of Meals on Wheels of Wake County, became executive director of Hospice of Wake County, co-founded the AIDS Service Agency of Wake County and developed Raleigh’s Summit House. “It was so important to me to be at UNCG,” McAllister explained, “not only to learn academically but to learn about service, and how to help and support people.”

UNCG creates institute focused on athlete health/wellness

Photo of trainer working with student athleteAthletic organizations are faced with a significant challenge: They are well aware of the need for educational resources that focus on an athlete’s health, wellness and lifelong development, but quality resources specifically devoted to that cause are limited.

UNCG has positioned itself to become part of the solution. The university has established the UNCG Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, which will marry evidence-based programming, educational resources and training to take a holistic approach to an athlete’s well-being.

The institute is the first of its kind in North Carolina’s public university system.

The institute, which officially opened July 1, draws from the experience and expertise of Dr. David Wyrick, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Education and a noted expert in alcohol and other drug prevention.

In addition to Wyrick, the institute will be staffed by Dr. Jeffrey J. Milroy, associate director, and and Institute Coordinator Samantha E. Kelly.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Full story at UNCG Now.

Bringing CSI to HHP, Middle College at UNCG starts third year

Photo of students with Chancellor Brady as Principal Polk-Jones looks onFingerprint analysis. Bone analysis. Hair analysis. Is this CSI? Yes – and it’s an engaging way to open the year for incoming 9th graders.

The Middle College at UNCG began its year with Freshmen Orientation & STEM Camp. The week revolved around a CSI-style investigation.

On the final day (Aug. 1), students presented their findings from a Crime Scene Investigation as parents watched. Chancellor Linda P. Brady was on hand as well, and students eagerly gave her a tour of the various investigation stations.

Earlier in the week, the ninth graders had spent time at Moses Cone Hospital. English teacher Dea Riha noted that students, in the midst of their CSI-style project, were impressed with their talk with the mortician. The entire week had been a chance for the students to get to know each other while learning about science.

The middle college is led by Principal Angela Polk-Jones, who was once an exceptional player on the Spartans Women’s Basketball team. The alumna now leads a school in the same building where she once led her team.

A class of 50 ninth graders are joining the Middle College at UNCG this year – for a total student body this year of 150. The school is located in HHP Building.

“It is a tremendous partnership between our university and Guilford County Schools,” chancellor said in brief remarks at the event. And she spoke of the engaged way of learning exhibited that day. “Students are engaging hands-on – connecting the science with the real world.”

By Mike Harris
Visual: Students speak with Chancellor Brady as Principal Polk-Jones looks on. Photographer: David Wilson

Free admission to many UNCG concerts

Photograph of the UNCG Wind Ensemble by Brad McMillanThis announcement will be music to your ears. Free, wonderful music that is.

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance has announced that admission to the majority of its music concerts and recitals will now be free of charge.

The change will make the music performances more accessible to those on campus and to the community.

Free events for 2013-14 include most band, orchestra and choral concerts, as well as faculty, chamber music and guest artist recitals. A few select events will remain ticketed, and these performances will be clearly identified on the school’s events calendar.

Complimentary parking is available in the McIver Parking Deck for ticketed events held in the Music Building. (Patrons will have to pay to park for all other events.) For concerts in Aycock Auditorium, limited parking is available for free after 5 p.m. in the lot behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum, except on Thursdays and during special Weatherspoon events.

Both theatre and dance events will remain ticketed. For a complete schedule of School of Music, Theatre and Dance events, visit performingarts.uncg.edu.

For the school’s ticketed events, where do you purchase tickets?

UNCG Theatre will now sell tickets through the “Theatre Box Office” in Brown Building.

UNCG Dance and Music events are still being sold through the University Box Office at EUC and the Music Building.

And just as last year, University Performing Arts Series tickets will be sold through Triad Stage.

Box office information and links may be found at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/ticketing

Photograph of the UNCG Wind Ensemble by Brad McMillan

Will UNCG stay with Blackboard? Or make a switch?

The Academic Technology Coordination Committee was charged by Provost David H. Perrin in Fall 2012 with studying Learning Management Systems (LMS) to determine if UNCG should continue using Blackboard or change to another LMS when the current Blackboard contract expires.

An important series of presentations will be held in the coming weeks by the committee to introduce the campus to the four LMSs under consideration: Canvas, Desire2Learn, OpenClass and Blackboard.

Vendor presentations for the selected LMSs will take place in the EUC Auditorium. Interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Aug. 27 – Canvas
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Presentation
3:30 – 4 p.m. – Q&A

Aug. 29 – Desire2Learn
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Presentation
3:30 – 4 p.m. – Q&A

Sept. 3 – OpenClass
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Presentation
4:30 – 5 p.m. – Q&A

Sept. 17 – Blackboard
Note – this presentation is for a newer version of Blackboard Learn – service pack 13. UNCG is currently running service pack 11.
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Presentation
3:30 – 4 p.m. – Q&A

The presentations will be recorded and made available to those who cannot attend.

Questions? Contact Dr. Robert Hansen, chair of the Academic Technology Coordination Committee, at rchansen@uncg.edu

QEP work continues, forums soon

Work on UNCG’s Global Engagement Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) continued apace over the summer months.

On June 3 and 4, 2013, the QEP Committee sponsored a campus-wide faculty institute in which more than 50 faculty and staff participated. The purpose of the institute was to gather additional ideas about ways to define and measure global engagement learning outcomes and to identify effective curricular and co-curricular strategies for teaching global engagement competencies.

Following the Institute, three work groups were formed composed of members of the QEP Design Team. The SLO Work Group took up the task of further refining and focusing the student learning outcomes (slos) for the QEP paying particular attention to the promotion of learning along dimensions of knowledge, attitudes and skills in order to effectively and significantly enhance students’ ability to interact in intercultural and international contexts.

The Strategies Work Group is drafting a focused set of experiential and co-curricular activities that address the QEP student learning outcomes and build on initiatives UNCG currently supports. The Assessment Work Group is exploring ways to measure students’ global knowledge and intercultural competency at both its current level and over the course of the QEP’s implementation. In addition, four members of the Design Team participated in the annual SACS QEP Summer Institute held in Dayton Beach, Fla., from July 21-24, 2013.

With the beginning of the semester, Design Team members will begin visiting academic departments to share updates and engage faculty in conversations about how the QEP slos are addressed (and might be further addressed) in the curriculum. Departments that have not yet signed for a QEP visit may still do so by contacting Lynn Wyrick at plwyrick@uncg.edu.

In addition, open campus forums about the QEP are scheduled for the following dates:
Aug. 22, 2013 – Maple Room (EUC), 2 – 4 p.m.
Sept. 23, 2013 – Maple Room (EUC), 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Nov. 18, 2013 –Maple Room (EUC), 9:30 a.m. – noon

UNCG’s QEP document is due to SACS-COC in December 2013. UNCG’s on-site SACS visit is scheduled for March 19-21, 2014.

Additional information about the QEP msy be found at http://uncgqep.uncg.edu/

Newly named senior lecturers in College of Arts & Sciences

Photo of Foust BuildingLast year, 20 lecturers in the UNCG College of Arts & Sciences were promoted to the new rank of senior lecturer. Promotion is based on a recommendation from the department and requires at least five years of full-time service to the college, excellent teaching credentials and a record of additional contributions to the institution or the profession.

Dean Timothy D. Johnston said, “I am very pleased to be able to recognize the long record of outstanding contributions to the college by these individuals, some of whom have served in their positions for more than two decades. Our non-tenure-track faculty are vital to the College’s teaching mission and include among their ranks some of our most dedicated and successful teachers. In addition, these individuals have made contributions that go beyond the classroom, including serving in important leadership roles, or maintaining active programs of research or scholarship.”

Promotions to the new rank took effect Aug. 1, 2013. The following individuals were promoted to senior lecturer:
Mark Armstrong, Computer Science
Jeff Colbert, Political Science
Jacquelyn Daughton, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
Dorothy Davis, Anthropology
Peter Dola, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
Franklin Donaldson, Media Studies
Patricia Fairfield-Artman, Communication Studies
Richard Gallimore, Philosophy
Mary Hall-Brown, Geography
Pamela Ladrow, Psychology
Ellen Lamb, Biology
G. Jay Lennartson, Geography
Wade Maki, Philosophy
Robin Maxwell, Biology
Jessica McCall, Communication Studies
Leigh Sink, Political Science
Ann Somers, Biology
Chiaki Takagi, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
Elizabeth Walker, Women’s & Gender Studies
Walker Wiegel, Mathematics & Statistics

UNCG among Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’ for 2014

For the 15th consecutive year, Princeton Review highlights UNCG among the country’s best universities for undergraduate education.

The education services company features UNCG in the just-released 2014 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 378 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.

Rankings are based on institutional data, visits to schools over the years, feedback from students attending the schools, and the opinions of Princeton Review’s staff and its 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG Now.

Literacy volunteering, a topic at August Staff Senate meeting

A featured speaker at August’s UNCG Staff Senate meeting was Emily Strandwitz (HRL), who spoke about Reading Connections. One in seven Americans function at the lowest literacy level, she said. She volunteers at Greensboro’s Reading Connections to improve adult literacy. She brought it forward as a potential service opportunity for Staff Senate – or for any individuals looking to volunteer. Details are at http://www.readingconnections.org/

Another speaker, Edna Chun (Human Resources), explained House Bill 834 had been passed by the state legislature. She touched on some of the provisions of the bill – from performance evaluations to probationary status timetables for employees. No guidelines have been issued yet.

Additional news:

  • A Staff Senate meet and greet, where staff can meet their representatives, will be held Monday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m, says Maggie Chrismon.
  • Sean Farrell says Staff Senate plans to heavily utilize social media this year. They had invited Danielle Baldwin and Debbie Schallock to speak about social media use.
  • Staff Senate volunteers will help at Move-In near Dumpsters, helping break down boxes and ensure recycling went in recycling receptacles and trash in Dumpsters.
  • Hoyte Phifer explained there was ongoing discussion about the Staff Stars recognition program. It may be revised and improved.
  • Bill Hardin, who will retire in a few weeks, spoke about Grounds and Staff Senate heritage. He has been on staff 33 years.
  • At the September meeting, Jan Zink (Advancement) and Angela Montgomery (Human Resources) will speak.

 

2013-14 special vacation leave

The Office of State Human Resources released notification on July 30, 2013, that the North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Bill 402, which grants a one-time additional five days of special vacation leave effective July 1, 2013. The special leave is for permanent full-time leave-earning employees of the State. Part-time permanent leave-earning employees are to receive a pro rata amount of five days.

The policy provisions are the same as the 2012-13 Special Leave Policy. The policy allows each state employee to choose when the additional five days of leave (or pro-rated amount) is used from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. However, no different than with any other leave requests, the immediate supervisor’s approval for special vacation leave is required. Special leave is accounted for separately from annual vacation leave. Therefore, employees will record special leave taken under the earning code of 196 Annual Special Leave.

Special leave not used by June 30, 2014, will be forfeited and shall not be paid in a lump sum upon termination of employment except in the case of separation due to immediate retirement from a State-supported retirement system. The retirement separation effective date must occur between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Managers and supervisors should make every effort to allow employees to use the special vacation leave before the June 30, 2014, expiration date.

The full policy for Special Annual Leave Bonus can be located on the OSHR web site at the following URL: http://www.osp.state.nc.us/Guide/Policies/Special%20Leave%20Policy%202013-2014.pdf.

Please direct your questions to Kathy Watford (SPA) at (336) 334-4506, Marcia Rey (EPA Non-Faculty) at (336) 334-4210 or Andrea Whitley (EPA Faculty) at (336) 334-5494.

Information provided by UNCG Human Resources

Dr. Lee Phillips knows what undergraduate research did for him, and will do for many Spartans

Portrait of Dr. Lee PhillipsDr. Lee Phillips is the new director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. And he can readily tell you what undergraduate research has meant to him.

As an undergraduate at UNC Wilmington, he walked into the Geology Department and asked, “Do you need a research assistant?”

The professor told them there was a catch. “If you work with me, you’ll have to make a presentation.”

Phillips explains, “He knew I had a less-than-stellar academic record.” Up until that point, that is.

The following March, he gave that presentation at the Southeast Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

“An empowering experience,” he explains. He’d had to be dedicated, to follow through – “to deliver results.” It put him on a new trajectory. For the first time, he considered graduate school. As a master’s student and doctoral student, he mentored undergraduates.

“It was fun to learn in a group setting – as a mentor and as a mentee.” He adds, “I think I have learned more as a mentor.”

The UNCG Office of Undergraduate Research supports undergraduate research on our campus in a variety of ways including awards for undergraduate research and creativity, an annual celebration of undergraduate scholarship at UNCG, and travel awards for undergraduates presenting the results of their work at various conferences and meetings.

Phillips wants faculty to know the office supports those who want to engage undergraduates in scholarly research and creative activities.

“Our office recognizes scholarship across all academic disciplines,” he adds.

Phillips had been associate professor of geology at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He was also the director of the UNCP Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center.

He earned degrees at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (B.S. and M.S in geology) and The University of Iowa (Ph.D. in geoscience).

Now, rock and sand samples fill one part of his office in UNCG’s Undergraduate Studies division in McIver Building. Geology remains a passion. But seeing undergraduates grow academically through discovery of conducting research has become his focus.

He knows what it did for him.

Our university will make the same difference in many students’ lives.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Aug. 14, 2013

Student move-in begins
Wednesday, Aug. 14

State of the Campus address
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Women’s soccer vs. NC State (exh)
Saturday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. Gardner-Webb (exh)
Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m.

Chancellor’s New Student Convocation
Sunday, Aug. 18, 3:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Classes start
Monday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m.

Fall Kick-off
Monday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m., College Avenue

Dr. Moses Acquaah

Portrait of Dr. Moses AcquaahDr. Moses Acquaah has been appointed MBA Director ad interim at the Bryan School of Business and Economics. He is a professor of management.

Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou

Portrait of Dr. Zhanxiang ZhouDr. Zhanxiang Zhou (Translational Biomedical Research) received additional funding from the US DHHS NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for the project “Adipose Tissue Lipolysis and Alcoholic Fatty Liver”. Alcoholic fatty liver is one of the earliest pathological changes in the progression of alcoholic liver disease. The research team’s overall hypothesis is that reverse fatty acid transport due to excess lipolysis of the adipose tissue plays a crucial role in pathogenesis of alcoholic fatty liver. This project will test this hypothesis.

Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg

Portrait of Dr. Eileen KohlenbergDr. Eileen Kohlenberg (Adult Health) received a competitive renewal from the Department of Health and Human Services to provide traineeships to nurse anesthesia students.

Dr. Holt Wilson

Portrait of Dr. Holt WilsonDr. Holt Wilson (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received a continuation of funding from North Carolina State University for the project “Contextual Research – Empirical: Building a Conceptual Model of Learning-Trajectory Based Instruction sub.” This project will develop a web-based system and professional development for math teachers.

Terry Kennedy

Portrait of Terry KennedyTerry Kennedy (English) has a new book of poetry, “New River Breakdown,” soon available from Unicorn Press. He spoke about his poetry on WUNC Radio’s “The State of Things” earlier this week. Kennedy is associate director of the UNCG MFA Writing Program, editor of the online journal storySouth and associate editor of The Greensboro Review. . He is also an alumnus, having received his MFA degree in the program in 1999.

See/Hear: Aug. 14, 2013

Preston Lane and Richard Whittington, the founders and leaders of Triad Stage, received the Holderness/Weaver Award from UNCG this year. Triad Stage is a professional regional theater located on Elm Street. Now entering its 14th season, it had a great impact on the rebound of downtown Greensboro, with productions many evenings of the year. “It’s been a real journey for us,” says Lane, who is also a faculty member in UNCG Theatre. “It started sort of as a dream of sort of changing the way that theater gets made in America and the belief that we could make a real impact not in New York City or one of the big cities around the country, but right here in Greensboro.” The annual Theatre 232 collaboration between Triad Stage and UNCG had another successful collection of productions this summer.

Key dates as UNCG’s Fall 2013 begins

Photo of Chancellor Brady entering doorway carrying items during move-inChancellor Brady’s State of the Campus Address is one of many important events on our campus in coming weeks. Here are some highlights:

  • New faculty orientation – Monday, Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium
  • State of the Campus Address – Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Opening luncheon for faculty/staff/board members – Wednesday, Aug. 14, 11:15 a.m., Moran Commons & Plaza
  • Residence hall move-in days – Wednesday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 16 (date varies by hall)
  • New graduate student orientation and campus tour (second of two options) – Thursday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. Details.
  • Chancellor’s new student convocation – Sunday, Aug. 18, 3:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Charlie’s Fountain Fest – Sunday, Aug. 18, 5 p.m., Moran Plaza
  • First day of classes – Monday, Aug. 19
  • Fall Kick-off – Monday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m., College Avenue
  • 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, 8:30 a.m., meet at EUC Cone Ballroom
  • HRL Carnival – Saturday, Aug. 24, 5 p.m., Quad lawn
  • House Calls by faculty/administration/staff – Monday, August 26, 6:30 p.m., residence halls
  • Faculty Convocation and General Faculty Meeting – Sept. 18, 3 p.m., Alumni House

By Mike Harris
Visual: Chancellor Brady assists students at last year’s move-in. Photographer Chris English.

1,000+ Spartans in learning communities

Photo of students in classroomFirst-year student enrollment in a residential college, living-learning community or learning community will surpass the 1,000-student mark this fall at UNCG.

National data indicates involvement in learning communities corresponds to greater academic success – and it helps in ensuring a supportive environment. UNCG will offer 34 learning communities, living-learning communities and residential college programs this fall – with two communities specifically focused on upperclassmen.

What else is new?

Creation of the Transfer Spartan Living-Learning and Learning Community
This fall UNCG also will welcome its first community exclusively for transfer students. We will have just over 30 students participate in this community focused on finding your home at UNCG. The LLC will reside in the new Spartan Village across Lee Street.

Creation of a Spring Start Learning Community
This spring UNCG will offer its first spring start learning community focused on students admitted to the university in Spring 2014. This community will focus on growing connections at UNCG, and will have 25 participants.

The New York Times partnership grows
Three years ago, UNCG was one of nine campuses nationally invited to participate in The New York Times in the First Year pilot. This program has grown to include The New York Times in Leadership program.

These two programs provide our campus with 300 papers Monday through Friday for classroom use. Additionally, the campus receives 300 digital seats for students, faculty and staff use daily. Anyone with a UNCG e-mail address can reserve a 24-hour digital access seat to utilize the paper’s archives and online programs. Each seat resets after 24 hours allowing students to access the paper as needed. Digital seats can be reserved at http://learningcommunities.uncg.edu/current/nytimes.php.

The paper also provides UNCG with access to eight videoconferences a year – dates and topics can be found at http://nytimesinthefirst.com and http://nytimesinleadership.com. These are free and open to the public. Additionally, the paper provides UNCG with one national speaker each spring, also open to the public and local community. Last spring, UNCG hosted “Global Matters: Bringing your learning to life” with Foreign Editor Greg Winters.

National exposure for UNCG in the Learning Community movement
UNCG, an early leader in residential college creation, remains among an elite group of regional institutions dedicated to learning communities. This past year marked a year of UNCG gaining momentum and prominence on the national learning community scene. Through a partnership with Western Carolina University, UNCG and WCU have begun the creation of a regional learning community network – the South Atlantic Learning Community Consortium. Additionally, UNCG’s director of Learning Communities recently served as Resource Faculty at the National Summer Institute for Learning Communities through the National Resource Center for Learning Communities housed at Evergreen State College.

The Faculty in Residence program at UNCG
UNCG will expand the Faculty in Residence (FIR) this fall to include four faculty members. The FIR program provides UNCG faculty members and visiting scholars an opportunity to work closely with UNCG’s students and staff to create an academically enriched environment within the UNCG residence halls and learning community programs. FIRs facilitate academic-based programmatic opportunities for students living in UNCG residence halls and learning communities, thus fostering intentional and intellectually enriching out of the classroom interactions among students and faculty. In addition, FIRs serve as an academic role model and mentor for students living in the residence hall and/or learning communities to which they are assigned, thereby creating an environment that supports intellectual growth, inquiry and lifelong learning both in and out of the classroom environment.

UNCG offers four FIR appointments, with faculty living in a residence hall apartment. This includes two apartments in the Quad and two apartments in Spartan Village. One Quad apartment is traditionally reserved for a Fulbright or Visiting International Scholar/Artist.

Carola Dwyer (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) will continue to serve as an FIR in the Quad, and UNCG will welcome Carla Fitz, a Fulbright scholar from Austria, to the second Quad apartment. Both will provide support for the UNCG Global Village. Denise Gabriel (Theater) and Sarah Carrig (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) will serve as FIRs in Spartan Village.

Find out more
Faculty and staff wishing to create or develop a learning community, or possibly get involved with an existing community, can contact Laura Pipe (lmpipe@uncg.edu) directly.

Additionally, faculty and staff wishing to use The New York Times in the classroom should contact her.

Also, consider joining a Faculty/Staff Learning Community through the FTLC. Tommy Lambeth and Laura Pipe co-lead a Faculty and Staff Learning Community on Learning Communities and Integrated Learning in a Global Society.

More information is at the Office of Learning Communities web site.

New sustainable tourism and hospitality program

Photo of Tony Villier showing off the hotel's sustainable practicesUNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics will launch a new, progressive program in sustainable tourism and hospitality this fall that is among the first of its kind in the nation. The new curriculum features a fundamental shift in the program’s mission, a dozen new courses and a holistic integration of sustainability principles.

The potential impact is significant for the industry. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, 983 million people traveled in 2011, representing more than $1 trillion (US) in global tourism receipts and making travel one of the largest contributors to the world economy. The tourism and hospitality sectors employ more than 200 million people worldwide — one in every nine workers — and account for more than 10 percent of all consumer spending.

“While the huge economic benefits from global tourism and hospitality are undeniable, the impacts of this massive activity on society, culture and particularly sensitive environments and landscapes are staggering,” said Sevil Sönmez, professor and head of UNCG’s Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism.

UNCG is the first American university to merge the business and sustainability principles facing the hospitality and tourism industry into a program of study, but leaders in the field hope other institutions will follow. New courses in the curriculum include:

  • Introduction to Sustainable Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Hotel Operations
  • Tourism Impacts and Alternatives
  • Sustainable Food and Beverage
  • Greening Hotel Facilities
  • Sustainable Tourism and Transportation
  • Sustainable Destination Planning and Management, and
  • Sustainable Revenue Management

The first graduates are expected in 2017.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photo by Chris English, of local university students touring Proximity Hotel

Full story at UNCG Now.

BOG will allocate cuts to campuses Aug. 9

An update to the UNCG Budget Central site provides an overview of the newly passed state budget’s impact on the UNC System.

A few excerpts:

  • 4.5 percent is cut from the UNC System’s FY 2012-13 state budget in FY 2013-14 and an additional 0.8 percent is cut in FY 2014-15 (a total of 5.3 percent over the biennium). The UNC Board of Governors will allocate cuts to the campuses at its meeting on August 9.
  • Over the next few weeks, Chancellor Brady, Provost Perrin and vice chancellors will be working with division leaders to revisit the preliminary reduction plans made this spring and then to implement budget cuts based on the university’s budget principles. Chancellor Brady also will convene the Budget Sounding Board to review strategies and operational plans for dealing with the budget situation during the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Any person who was a full-time, permanent, leave-earning employee of the state on July 1, 2013, is granted one-time additional five days of annual leave to be used by June 30, 2014.

The complete, informative update is at http://budgetcentral.uncg.edu/2013/07/30/general-assembly-passes-budget-2/

UNCG faculty retirements for 2012-13

Faculty members who have given nearly 400 years of service to UNCG have retired during the past academic year. They are:

Mary J. Bannon, clinical assistant professor, Adult Health Nursing, 9 years
William Carroll, professor, Music Performance, 29 years
Stephen Dew, professional librarian, University Libraries, 6.75 years
Richard Ehrhardt, professor, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, 30.5 years
William K. Finley, professional librarian, University Libraries, 15 years
Charles D. Fisher, visiting assistant professor, Sociology, 11.5 years
Mary Ellis Gibson, professor, English, 34 years
Harvey Gruchow, professor, Public Health Education, 24.5 years
Richard Gantt, lecturer, Art, 25 years
Charles D. Orzech, professor, Religious Studies, 26.5 years
Lynn G. Pearcey, dean and professor, Parent-Child Nursing, 24 years
John J. Seta, professor, Psychology, 35.5 years
Susan Stinson, interim dean and professor, Dance, 35.5 years
Hermann Trojanowski, professional librarian, University Libraries, 14 years
Jan Van Dyke, professor, Dance, 24 years
James Williams, professor, Music Studies, 41 years

UNCG leads nation in closing black/white graduation gap

A new report by The Education Trust, a national watchdog group for parity in education, singles out UNCG among the nation’s universities for its success at closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students.

A story about the report recently appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“At UNCG, we pride ourselves on providing a supportive and challenging learning environment for all students and it is gratifying that The Education Trust continues to acknowledge our success in this area,” says Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Above all, I am pleased to see our emphasis on support and inclusion reflected in the strong graduation rates for our African American students, a trend UNCG has maintained over the last decade.”

UNCG — with a black student population of just over 23 percent — has graduated black students at similar or higher rates than white students at least since 2002, the reports says. Graduation rates for black students at UNCG jumped to 60.1 percent in 2011 from 52.3 percent in 2010; the graduation rate for UNCG’s white students was 51.9 percent in 2011.

While the Education Trust report notes small gains nationwide over the last few years, the gap between black and white graduation rates was still 22.2 percentage points in 2011, based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG launches degree in Peace & Conflict Studies

UNCG will launch a new bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies this fall, a unique course of study in the UNC System that trains students in conflict management and resolution skills. The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies is housed in the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences.

Administrators said the new bachelor’s program was driven by student requests and provides skills needed in the workplace. “Throughout the country, programs in peace and conflict studies are growing, especially at the undergraduate level,” said Dr. Cathryne Schmitz, the department chair. “Conflict management, resolution and transformation skills are applicable throughout our communities and work sites, at the local and the global levels.

Starting this fall, the department will add a slate of 300-level courses to the 200-level courses already offered. Courses will be open to majors and non-majors; some classes will also be available online.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG makes engineering elementary for kids

080713Feature_EngineeringThere are real problems to be solved. Global problems.

A young girl in Africa needs help designing a solar oven.

In Russia, twin sisters need advice on how to replicate a petroglyph.

A cohort of fourth and fifth-grade teachers tackled these problems head-on this summer during a four-day Engineering is Elementary workshop offered by the UNCG School of Education.The six teachers, from public schools in Guilford and Chatham County, will use case studies like these — and the hands-on learning required to solve them — to teach engineering this fall.

Engineering is Elementary, designed by the Museum of Science in Boston, aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards suggested for adoption by state public education systems across the country. Heidi Carlone, a UNCG education researcher, is contracting with the museum to study implementation of the curriculum locally.

The Next Generation standards, published in March, exemplify “what quality science education should look like,” Carlone says. “Engineering is Elementary really humanizes engineering as a career and makes it more real to students. It opens their world to potential jobs they didn’t even know existed. It gives them a reason to learn about science.”

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG Now.

JSNN consortium to drive economic growth

080713Feature_JSNNConsortiumThe Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering has announced the establishment of a Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium that aims to be a global leader in research and education as well as a driver of local economic development.

JSNN’s goal is to support economic growth throughout the region.

NIC provides access to unique capabilities for product development, materials testing, analysis and evaluation to address the diverse needs of consortium members. Members gain insight into JSNN’s ongoing research in nanobiology, nanomaterials and cleanroom technologies, and access to JSNN’s state-of-the-art research and education facility at Gateway University Research Park.

Companies that have joined the consortium range from Xanofi to Syngenta. Other charter members include RF Micro Devices, VF Jeanswear, Evonik, DIGITALoptics, Schneider Mills/Premiere Fibers, Glen Raven and Engineered Biopharmaceuticals. NIC also has attracted several local organizations, including the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, Cemala Foundation, Weaver Foundation, Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and Stearns Financial Group.

“The development of strong industry relationships is critical for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering to be a leader in nano-related research and education, and to help with local economic development,” said James G. Ryan, founding dean of JSNN. “JSNN has already benefited from the leadership and vision of member companies, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration.”

The consortium enables businesses and organizations to take advantage of research, equipment and facilities that will immediately help their “bottom line” while also offering strategic opportunities in technology development, said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

Full story in UNCG Now.
Story by Betsi Robinson

Candace Williams, a housekeeper and student, is making sure Grogan ready for move-in

080713Spotlight_WilliamsOn a recent morning, UNCG housekeeper Candace Williams made sure the doors and windows at the Grogan main entrance were spotless.

Starting Aug. 14, the UNCG residence halls will welcome students. She and her fellow housekeepers in Housing and Residence Life are ready for their arrival. “I feel really happy,” she explained. “They have an energy.”

Like most housekeepers, she takes time to talk with the students throughout the year. She helps look out for them, a bit, and gives a little advice now and then. She’s a student as well. “I’m working on my undergraduate degree,” she notes. “I’m a visiting student.”  Her focus is human resources.

“Good grades now, party later.” That’s her advice to Grogran students about priorities and time management. “That’s my quote.”

Her housekeeping co-workers at Grogan are Rita Locust, Anthony Gilyard and Tanka Timsina.

Ed Keller, associate director for operations in HRL, says housekeepers accomplish a lot during the summer months. For example, they prepare residence hall buildings for occupancy and maintain them through all eight SOAR sessions. “Students and parents arrive for a two-day stay, so we are flipping this building eight times through the month of June.” Then housekeepers do a final clean of the facilities for fall occupancy.

In addition, rooms are needed for camps and conferences. “Some of the bigger groups such as Music Camp can have 1,000 campers here for a week,” Keller explains. Before the first group arrives for the summer, the facilities have to be prepared. Housekeepers also do that between each group. And in recent weeks the residence halls are being prepared for the college students’ return.

That’s in addition to switching out mattresses, maintenance painting, and all the other things HRL does each summer to have a great living environment for the students.

See http://hrl.uncg.edu/about_us/directory2/housekeeping.php for a picture and listing of all Housekeeping staff in HRL.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Candace Williams at Grogan

Looking ahead: Aug. 7, 2013

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Aug. 8., 10 a.m., Alumni House

Student move-in begins
Wednesday, Aug. 14

State of the Campus address
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Women’s soccer vs. Ohio (exh)
Thursday, Aug. 15, 1 p.m.

Women’s soccer vs. NC State (exh)
Saturday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. Gardner-Webb (exh)
Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m.

Classes start
Monday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m.