UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2013

State of the Campus Address live-streamed

The State of the Campus Address will be Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 10:30 a.m. in Aycock Auditorium. A luncheon at Moran Commons & Plaza will follow.

The address will be streamed via www.ustream.tv/channel/chancellor

‘30 in 30’ at New Faculty Orientation Aug. 12

UNCG’s new faculty orientation Aug. 12 will begin with a welcome coffee with Chancellor Brady and Provost Perrin. And the orientation will end, after a full morning of sessions, with something new: what organizers are calling “30 in 30.”

Leaders from 30 UNCG programs or departments each will have one minute to make their presentation. They can show one slide, if they want. (How’s that for a quick, creative PowerPoint presentation?) To make it fun, the new faculty will have a chance to vote for best slide and best 60-second presentation. Presenters will range from Nancy Doll (Weatherspoon) to Kim Record (Athletics), from Patti Sink (Faculty Senate) to Steve Roberson (Undergraduate Studies). That should make for a very informative and focused half-hour.


2013 new faculty orientation continues

Orientation for new faculty does not end with the August sessions. Orientation will continue with a series of four, two-hour sessions scattered throughout the semester:

Office of Research & Economic Development
Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8-10 a.m. or Thursday, Sept. 12 at 3:30-5:30 p.m. (MRHA 2711)

University Libraries: Open Access and Publishing Options
Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 3:30-5 p.m. or Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 8-9:30 a.m. (McIver 140)

Student Affairs and Undergraduate Studies
Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 2-3:30 p.m. or Thursday, Oct. 24 at 2:30-5 p.m. (McIver 140)

Faculty Governance, Service, and University Involvement
In November (details tbd)

New Faculty groups will continue into the spring semester as “professional learning communities.” Mentoring opportunities will be offered in the 2014-15 year.

FTLC Faculty Fellows focusing on professional development and mentoring programs are:

  • James Benshoff (Education) – Tenure Track New Faculty;
  • Regina Pulliam (Public Health Education) – Non-Tenure Track New Faculty

Questions? Email Michelle Soler at mlsoler@uncg.edu

In memoriam: Marge Michel

Marge Michel, a School of Education alumna and benefactor, has died. She and her late husband, Jake, supported the Michel Family Foundation Teaching Resource Center in the School of Education Building. She was a member of the UNCG School of Education Advisory Board. She received her MED in elementary education in 1974. She and her husband (posthumously) received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Association of Fundraising Professionals, Triad Chapter, in 2012.

SSC’s Outreach Workshops on Learning Skills

The Learning Assistance Center, located in the McIver Building, is offering Outreach Workshops on Learning Skills (OWLS). And they’ll bring the workshop to you.

OWLS are aimed at helping students develop as independent, self-confident, efficient learners through improved study skills and academic performance. There are 11 topics you can choose from, including time management and study skills to test-taking strategies and note-taking.

Faculty, staff and student leaders interested in having the Learning Assistance Center facilitate a session can view the topics and request OWLS for their class or student group by visiting http://success.uncg.edu/lac/skills/owls.php. Requests for OWLS must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Additionally, a workshop on time management is being offered to all UNCG students on Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. in McIver Building, Room 140. A small number of “campus-wide” workshops will be offered throughout the Fall 2013 semester – for more information, email smoneil@uncg.edu.

Faculty Co-Directors

New for the 2013-14 academic year, the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons (FTLC) provides the opportunity for faculty to rotate into shared leadership roles within the existing leadership structure of the FTLC to collaborate and help shape FTLC fellowships and programming. The co-director role is designed for faculty to maintain a teaching presence in their home department, while exploring leadership opportunities outside of home departments. Faculty co-directors will circulate back to their departments with a depth and breadth of hands-on experience and practical knowledge that will enrich their professional administrative perspective as well as that of the university at large. This year’s co-directors are Amy Strickland from the Department of Nutrition in the School of Health and Human Sciences and Wade Maki from the Philosophy Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

UNCG among best college values nationwide

UNCG has been ranked No. 56 among the top 150 best colleges for your money nationwide by College Factual, a new site that uses customizable, outcomes-based tools and rankings systems to guide students through the college selection process. College Factual’s ranking system is based on a series of algorithms that include information from the Department of Education.

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG Now.

Graduate School Information Session

The Fall 2013 Graduate School Information Session will be held Sept. 24, 2013, 6-8 p.m in Elliott University Center Auditorium. To RSVP, log into the VIP page and register at: grs.uncg.edu/prospective/information-session/

Have questions? Contact Malinda Spencer (Graduate School) at mfspence@uncg.edu or 334-4885.

Investigation yields answer: propane heater

The Greensboro Fire Department has determined the likely cause of the March 14, 2013, fire at one partially constructed building at Spartan Village. It was a propane heater.

According to Greensboro’s Deputy Fire Marshal Todd Lynch, the fire started on the second floor. “We analyzed forensic evidence that aided us in determining that a propane heater located near the point of origin is the likely cause of the fire,” says Lynch. “The evidence in this investigation leads us to believe the fire was not a result of any kind of malicious intent.” Read full release.

CW resumes weekly schedule today

Campus Weekly’s summer schedule has drawn to a close. CW resumes its schedule of publishing every week. The deadline for submissions will remain six days before the publication date.


Dr. Raleigh Bailey (CNNC) and Dr. Karen Wixson (Education) were part of a 10-person North Carolina cultural exchange delegation to Turkey in July. The program was planned by an organization of Turkish immigrants in our state. Earlier in the summer, Dr. Cathryne Schmitz (Peace and Conflict Studies) had been part of another NC delegation to Turkey. More information is in the CNNC newsletter.

Chad Pearson

080713CampusPeople_PearsonChad Pearson has been promoted to interim head coach for the cross country and track programs. Pearson spent the past season as an assistant coach for the Spartans under Linh Nguyen, who is the new head coach at the University of Toledo. Pearson helped the Spartans record a strong showing last year as UNCG posted three Southern Conference individual champions and two All-America honorees. Pearson joined the Spartans after spending time as a volunteer assistant coach at Charlotte (2012) and North Carolina State (2010-11). He was a standout at NC State where he was a three-time NCAA All-America honoree in cross country and track and field. He helped the Wolfpack win back-to-back ACC cross country team championships as well as earned Academic All-America honors during his career. Full story at UNCG Athletics.

Brett Ingram

080713CampusPeople_IngramBrett Ingram (Media Studies) will have a documentary screened this week. His “Rocaterrania” will show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. The film was featured in a recent article in the News and Observer. Ingram will be at the screening to discuss the film about visionary artist Renaldo Kuhler, who died this summer.

Dr. Jennifer Etnier

080713CampusPeople_EtnierDr. Jennifer Etnier (Kinesiology) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “The Effect of Physical Activity on Cognition Relative to APOE Genotype”. It is important to identify preventive strategies that can reduce the risk of or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, the abstract notes. Physical activity has potential in this regard. Her research team has a long range plan of research designed to further our understanding of the potential role of physical activity in the mitigation of cognitive decline and in the delay of Alzheimer’s disease.

Melissa Pihos

Melissa Pihos (Dance) was invited to represent her late father at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio, Aug 2-4. The hall of fame was celebrating its 50th anniversary. Also “PIHOS: A Moving Biography” will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, in November. She will travel in mid-August to work with the dance company at Flatlands Dance Theatre. Pihos, a lecturer in Dance, received her MFA in choreography at UNCG in 2011. As a graduate student, she created “PIHOS: A Moving Biography,” a dance/video production that focuses on the life of her father, hall of famer Pete Pihos, and his fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

See/Hear: August 7, 2013

UNCG Dance has announced its fall schedule. Enjoy this short excerpt from a dance last semester, “No Time Before Time” – choreography by Associate Professor B.J. Sullivan and featuring graduating seniors of 2013. The season kicks off with Frank Vulpi’s annual free concert of music featuring dance performance by B.J. Sullivan. The next dance this fall will be by Associate Professor Duane Cyrus, through Cyrus Art Production, which will open the 17 Days Festival. Full schedule is at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/calendar.