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Archives for September 2013

Three UNCG faculty named to new class of Coleman Fellows

For the fourth consecutive year, UNCG has been awarded a grant from the Coleman Foundation to create courses that weave entrepreneurship skills and lessons across the academic curriculum. This year’s $38,000 grant is the largest the university has received from the foundation.

The 2013-14 Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellows are Cathy Hamilton, director of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning; Bill Johnson, student success coordinator in the Office of Life Planning and Personal Development; and Steve Cramer, business librarian in University Libraries.

Ersa Memili, an assistant professor of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, has been named assistant director of the Coleman Fellows Program.

The newest Coleman recipients will join the eight current Coleman Fellows on campus: David Holley from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance; Stoel Burrowes from the Department of Interior Architecture; Cedric Pearce from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Bonnie Canziani from the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation; Duane Cyrus from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance; Sheryl Oring and Chris Thomas from the Art Department; and Jennifer Yurchisin from the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies.

Burrowes has also been chosen as one of the Coleman Foundation’s national group leaders. In that role, he will work with the Coleman Foundation at the October national summit to organize and coordinate a group of Coleman Fellows from around the country in the area of interior architecture and design. They will collaborate on how best to incorporate entrepreneurship in the topics of design and architecture and how best to communicate this through class projects.

“The continued support by the Coleman Foundation of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program recognizes UNCG’s leadership in entrepreneurship education,” said Dianne H.B. Welsh, director of the Coleman Faculty Fellows Program, who wrote and directs the grant.

By Christine Malliet

Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG on U.S. News & World Report rankings

Photo detail of Bell TowerUNCG is among the nation’s best universities, according to the recently released 2014 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News and World Report.

UNCG ranked No. 190 among national universities, private and public institutions that offer a full slate of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral studies and also make significant research contributions.

The university also was included on a list of schools noted for their ethnic diversity and socio-economic diversity.

By Lanita Withers Goins.

Story at UNCG Now.

Couple create graduate fund for American Indian students

A Greensboro couple are establishing a scholarship fund at UNCG that will provide aid to American Indian students who want to pursue graduate studies in nutrition or health education.

Their $5,000 gift establishes the Dr. Ronny A. and Natalie Priest Bell Scholarship, to benefit graduate students in UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences, with a preference to students in the Department of Nutrition. The couple has been providing annual scholarship funding for several years.

The Bells both earned master’s degrees in nutrition from UNCG in 1988, and Ronny Bell went on the complete his PhD in nutrition in 1993. He received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus of the then-School of Human Environmental Sciences. Both serve on UNCG’s Board of Visitors.

Natalie Bell is a retired teacher and coach at Caldwell Academy. Ronny Bell is currently a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and has been serving as director of the Maya Angelou Research Center for Health Equity. A registered member of the Lumbee tribe, he was named to the North Carolina American Indian Health Board.

The Bells want students who come from an American Indian background to have precedence for their scholarship, especially if the students are Lumbee Indians. Students who want to work with American Indian populations or who plan to do research on health disparities can also be considered.

“Natalie and I are honored to be UNCG graduates and to have this opportunity to give back to our alma mater,” he said. “We are especially interested in supporting students who are underrepresented in graduate education and in the healthcare workforce,” said Bell.

By Steve Gilliam

Looking ahead: Sept. 18, 2013

General Faculty Meeting and Convocation
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Documentary/discussion, “Mugabe and the white African,” with Ben Freeth
Wednesday Sept., 18, 4:30 p.m. , EUC, Cone Ballroom C

Talk, Barbara Holland, expert on community engagement in higher education
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Alumni House

Dance gala, Vital Grace Project
Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Volleyball vs. GMU
Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. UNC Wilmington
Saturday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

Theatre, Fall Briefs
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

New Music Festival, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:3 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

With the staff: August 2013

Hello: Deanna Bowman, Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Terri Sparks, MEHT; 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, SMTD; Robert Attaway, Facilities Services; Bridget Thomas, Kinesiology; Seang Yang Lee, School of Nursing; Howard Doyle, Design and Construction; Terry Wilson, Facilities Services; Barry Williams, Facilities 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, Institutional Research; Michelle Stanely, Contracts & Grants; Michelle McQuage, Annual Fund; Michael Houck, ITS; Givonne Ivey-Ponton, University Libraries; Joel Vandercamp, Weatherspoon; Pamela Su Mason, Office of the Registrar; William Hardin, Facilities Operations; Geoffrey Lynn Ruonavaara, Jr., ITS

QEP forum Sept. 23

A UNCG QEP open forum will be held Monday, Sept. 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m, in the Maple Room, EUC. The QEP Committee will share information about the status of work, solicit feedback, and answer questions from members of the campus community.

Noon ball is back – it’s every Wednesday

Noon ball will take place in the UNCG Student Recreation Center basketball courts 2 and 3 on Wednesdays from noon – 1:30 p.m. An SRC membership is not required to participate. Simply bring your UNCG Staff ID, a towel, water bottle and workout clothes – including non-marking shoes – to enjoy the games. For more information visit http://campusrec.uncg.edu/fitness/employee-wellness/

UNCG’s destiny in context of higher education change

Dr. Barbara Holland, an expert on community engagement in higher education, will deliver the 2013 Future of Learning lecture, co-sponsored by UNCG’s Office of Undergraduate Studies and Institute for Community & Economic Engagement.

Her lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 is titled “Determining UNCG’s Destiny in the Context of Higher Education Change.” The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Alumni House. Chancellor Linda P. Brady will offer opening remarks. All are welcome.

Serving as a catalyst and conversation starter, Holland’s presentation will invite us to work proactively and collaboratively to create our own destinies as a university community.

The cognitive benefits of exercise

The UNCG Gerontology Research Network – facilitating transdisciplinary aging-related research at UNCG – invites you to register to attend its first “Lunch & Learn” of the fall 2013 semester.

The event’s topic will be “Move It or Lose It: Evidence for the Cognitive Benefits of Exercise.” It will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Stone Building’s Edwards Lounge.

Dr. Jennifer Etnier (Kinesiology) will discuss the Physical Activity and Alzheimer’s Disease study — examining if a person’s genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease influences benefits they experience from exercise.

To attend, RSVP to Mary Wolfe mlwolfe@uncg.edu or 256-1020.

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work open to faculty, staff, students

The UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work is open to the entire UNCG community including students, faculty and staff.

Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Come to their Open House on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Bryan 113 at noon. Coming to a meeting provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants and have your questions answered by group leader Bobbie Gaski.

The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Mondays in Bryan 113 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. with weigh-in starting at noon..

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-4297 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.

Gala: A Tapestry of Immigrant Perspectives …

You are invited to attend a gala to celebrate “Textured Dialogues: A Tapestry of Immigrant Perspectives on the Meaning of Education.” The event will be Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, 4-6 p.m. at the School of Education Building, Front Lobby. The event is free and open to the public.

This project brought together diverse cultural communities throughout Greensboro to create a tapestry and accompanying book to illustrate the perspective on the meaning of education in their community. At the gala, the completed tapestry and book will be unveiled to the public, as representatives from each community who worked to complete the tapestry will share their experiences on this project.

This project was funded by a grant through the UNCG Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC), and made possible through partnership with the African Services Coalition, the Center for New North Carolinians, the New Arrivals Institute, and multiple community members and artists.

For details visit http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Gala-Flyer-9-8-13.pdf.

iPad apps? Best online teaching techniques? Wade Maki brings faculty together to learn from each other

Portrait of Wade MakiUNCG’s Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons is run by faculty for the faculty, Wade Maki explains.

“We consider anyone involved in teaching to be faculty. Our goal is to bring faculty together and learn from each other.”

Wade Maki was a Spring 2013 FTLC Fellow for Online Learning. Other faculty learned things from him – and he learned from others as well. Recently, he was named a faculty co-director in the UNCG Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons. As such, he is the first FTLC Fellow to transition into an FTLC leadership role.

“One of the great secrets of being an FTLC Fellow is that you learn as much or more from doing it as those who attend your events. This is so important for online learning as most units have a handful of people that do it well. We need a peer group to learn from – and the FTLC provides that.”

He has taught at UNCG for nearly a decade, both online and in person. He currently teaches a variety of courses in the Philosophy department and for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program. He teaches topics ranging from business ethics to the meaning of life.

One such event was a recent iPad/apps discussion “So you’ve got an iPad…” He led a discussion about some powerful apps and how they can be used to enhance classroom teaching, create content for classes, and manage our ever-busier lives. “For example, the $5 iMovie app allows anyone to create a professional looking video with music, graphics, and text popups, in a very short time. With a brief demonstration anyone can create, edit and deploy professional looking videos in their courses.”

They had a good mix of faculty and staff at the event, he adds.

A few personal facts: He grew up in northern Minnesota. The growing season is extremely short there, so he relishes the longer-season Southern gardening. He also enjoys most things involving technology and history – and if you have an interest in Hobbits or Sith Lords, well he does too.

Many may know him as the director of UNCG’s BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets, and Morality, through which he has has worked to connect students to community through a partnership with the Piedmont Business Ethics Award, applying ideas and concepts to real-world problems. Others may know him through Faculty Senate – or his passion for online learning.

As a leader at FTLC, he wants to help bring the best practices out of the silos, he says, and to the entire faculty. “For example, online learning is coming – perhaps like Godzilla to Tokyo – and we need to make it the best learning experience it can be. We have people doing wonderful, creative, and engaging things in the online space that faculty need to know about.

“The first time we brought online teaching faculty together we learned that all of us had made the same mistakes early on. Through the FTLC and online training workshops such as “PowerUp” we can show new faculty how to avoid common mistakes and adopt the best online practices from the start.”

The FTLC is trying to replicate that process for many areas of teaching and learning, as well.

The FTLC’s next PowerUp workshop, which provides training and discussion on online/hybrid teaching, will be Dec.16. See the regularly updated schedule at http://commons.uncg.edu/workshops/index.php

By Mike Harris


Dr. David Remington

Portrait of Dr. David RemingtonDr. David Remington (Biology) is PI for a study that investigates the genetic basis for resource allocation differences in plants. “Complex Genetic Effects on Early Vegetative Development Shape Resource Allocation Differences Between Arabidopsis lyrata Populations” by Remington, Päivi H. Leinonen, Johanna Leppälä and Outi Savolainen was recently accepted for publication in the journal “Genetics.” Both plants and animals need to make “decisions” in allocating limited amounts of available energy or tissues to different uses such as reproduction vs. continued survival, the paper explains. However, we know very little about how these processes work. Their study shows that in the rock cress species they are studying, the process isn’t simply a “switching” process that shuttles resources between reproduction and growth. Instead, it appears to involve genetically-controlled differences in development that occur early in development, well before the plants start flowering, which have consequences for growth, reproduction and survival later on. Moreover, the timing of these processes and their consequences were very different when the plants were grown in different climates. Understanding these processes helps us learn what will happen to growth and development in plants when they are faced with changing climates.

“Nature Reviews Genetics,” a high-profile journal that publishes reviews of cutting-edge research in genetics, recently published online a full-page Research Highlight featuring this study.

Dr. Wendy McColskey

Dr. Wendy McColskey (SERVE) received new funding from the Alabama Department of Education for the project “Alabama School Improvement Grant (SIG) Evaluation.”

Dr. Jeff Sarbaum

Portrait of Dr. Jeff SarbaumDr. Jeff Sarbaum (Bryan School), along with S. Simpkins (NC A&T) and M. Maier (Glendale Community College), was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project “The Math You Need, When You Need It: Modular Student Resources to Promote Successful Integration of Quantitative Concepts in Introductory Economics Courses.” Dr. Michelle Sheran (Bryan School) will assist with the project as a module author.

This project addresses previously-identified math/quantitative skill barriers for student success in introductory economics courses by adapting the successful geosciences web-based student quantitative skills tutorial and assessment framework [The Math You Need, When You Need It (TMYN)] developed by Wenner, Baer, and Burn for economics. The TMYN framework has demonstrated improved student learning in a variety of instructional settings.

Sarbaum and Sheran are each a senior lecturer in Economics at the UNCG Bryan School.

Dr. Chris Payne

Portrait of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Human Development and Family Studies/Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Youth Focus Inc. for the project “My Sister Susan’s House parenting workshops.” My Sister Susan’s House is a transitional living program that supports young pregnant women or young mothers who have been the victim of domestic violence. The abstract notes that this will provide a center staff person who will give parenting workshops for the residents of the program; work with the Youth Focus staff for the purpose of identifying additional programmatic needs and resources to meet those needs; ensure the confidentiality of all persons at MSSH; and collaborate on other related activities as requested by Youth Focus and the center. Payne is director of the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships.

Dr. Joseph Starobin

Portrait of Dr. Joseph StarobinDr. Joseph Starobin (JSNN) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “EAGER: Analysis of cardiac repolarization as a tool for the noninvasive assessment of cardiovascular system exposure to carbon and metallic nanotubes.”

See/hear: Sept. 18, 2013

UNCG Men’s Soccer started the season with three straight wins. Last week’s Soccer America poll put them at No. 15 in the nation. Last week, they lost two, but the home crowds have been big and supportive. At Saturday night’s game, the team came to the stands after a hard-fought loss and applauded the large crowd, who applauded their effort. The team’s next three matches are at home. They’re free-admission. See the schedule here at UNCG Athletics’ newly enhanced web site. Check out the short “intro video” for their games and enjoy the impressive footwork.

Provost Perrin: ‘It has been an honor and a thrill’

Photo of Provost David H. PerrinUNCG Provost David H. Perrin has announced plans to return to the university’s teaching faculty at the end of the academic year.

“This academic year will complete my seventh as provost, and now is the time to begin the search for UNCG’s next chief academic officer,” Perrin told faculty on Wednesday. “My term as provost will end on June 30, 2014. It has been an honor and a thrill to serve this wonderful university for six years as dean and seven years as provost. I am looking forward to preparing for the next phase of my career as professor of kinesiology. ”

The provost shared the news publicly at the year’s first Faculty Senate meeting on Sept. 4. The news was shared by email as well.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady praised Perrin in a message to faculty and staff.

“Dr. Perrin has served as UNCG’s chief academic officer since July 1, 2007, a period of great challenge and change in American higher education. He led the academic restructurings that created the School of Health and Human Sciences and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and concluded a comprehensive academic program review that has positioned the university for future investment and development,” Brady said. “Under Dr. Perrin’s leadership, UNCG collaborated with other universities to launch initiatives such as the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (with N.C. A&T) and, more recently, the Downtown University Campus.”

In the days ahead, Brady said, she will discuss the appointment of a search and screening committee with the Faculty Senate leadership, Deans Council, executive staff and other constituencies with a national search for Perrin’s replacement beginning this fall.

In addition to several major university milestones and initiatives cited above, others during Perrin’s ongoing tenure as provost include:

  • Appointed, in partnership with the Faculty Senate, the Inclusive Community Task Force and launched the Inclusive Community Initiative
  • Worked with the Faculty Senate to revise the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines so that every faculty candidate receives the benefit of a full review at all levels from departmental colleagues to the chancellor – and to recognize, value, and evaluate faculty community-engaged scholarship
  • Worked with the Faculty Senate and General Education Council to reform UNCG’s Gen Ed program
  • Appointed, in partnership with the Faculty Senate, the Task Force on Non-Tenure Track Faculty
  • Led with Faculty Senate past-chair the process that engaged more than 70 faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to create the 2009-2014 UNCG Strategic Plan
  • Launched the Faculty Mentoring program, to develop an academic atmosphere that nurtures faculty through mutually appropriate mentoring in teaching and research
  • Appointed the Deans Council Subcommittee on Recruitment and Retention of Ethnic Minority Faculty
  • Established new academic degree programs in Athletic Training (MSAT), Nanoscience (PhD & MS), Environmental Health Science (PhD), Medicinal Biochemistry (PhD), Communication Sciences and Disorders (PhD), Computational Mathematics (PhD), Entrepreneurship (BS), Interior Architecture (BFA & MFA), Teaching (MFA), Peace and Conflict Studies (BA), and Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Joined the Folger Institute and joined the New York University Scholars at Risk Network
  • Launched three “research networks” designed to foster collaboration among faculty across academic units within the university: the Child and Family Research Network, Gerontology Research Network, and Atlantic World Research Network
  • Received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement classification
  • Collaborated with the Guilford County Schools to establish a Middle College (grades 9-12) on the UNCG campus focused on careers in the health professions
  • Launched the Learning Community Initiative as a goal of the 2009-14 Strategic Plan and created several new communities
  • Implemented a plan to enhance the academic excellence of entering freshmen by changing the admissions process, marketing in new ways, using the Lloyd International Honors College as a recruiting asset, and placing a greater focus on yield of admitted students
  • Launched the UNCG Guarantee Program and launched the UNCG in 3 Program

By Michelle Hines

A look at future Student Recreation Center

Street view rendering of Student Rec CenterUNCG’s new Student Recreation facility design was presented to the UNCG Board of Trustees on Aug. 29. The exterior design and site were approved by the board.

The facility will consist of approximately 215,000 square feet of space. It will include a three-court gymnasium, a two-court gymnasium, an elevated jogging track, weight training rooms, multipurpose rooms, a 25-meter natatorium, a leisure pool, classrooms/conference rooms, offices and storage areas.

  • The site is well developed and will be generously landscaped, providing a park-like setting on the south end adjacent to the neighborhood.
  • It is a highly transparent building that will be filled with natural light and will provide a great sense of openness.
  • The primary building materials are rooted in the UNCG campus architecture – brick, cast stone, and glass.
  • Site work will commence in Spring 2014 and the Student Recreation Center will be completed in Fall 2016.

Visuals (on main CW page and this page): renderings of the new center.

UNCG an integral part of 17 Days Festival

Dance photo from Cyrus Art Production by W. SandhausAs Arts Greensboro presents the 3rd annual 17 Days Festival – featuring more than 100 artistic performances throughout the city – UNCG is fully engaged. The state’s largest collaborate arts festival, with many performances, the lineup launches Sept. 20.

The opening night of the series features a gala evening of dance. Cyrus Art Production presents this gala Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m in UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium. “Dance Gala Greensboro: The Vital Grace Project” will feature a roster of special guest performers including Lloyd Knight & Masha Maddux, soloists with Martha Graham Dance Company, Ben Ingel from The North Carolina Dance Theatre 2, and Aran Bell, the ballet prodigy featured in the documentary film “First Position.” Purchase tickets here. http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=22582&pid=7541343

Another gala will feature opera. UNCG Opera Theatre and Greensboro Opera will collaborate to bring opera lovers “Wine, Women and Song” at Aycock Auditorium Saturday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. Ticket details are here http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7558480

More performances in the festival include:

Theatre: Fall Briefs
Opera: Carmenella, a children’s opera
New Music Festival
Music: University Band
Music: Spartan Jazz Collective: To The Max!
Music: Symphonic Band
Theatre: Spamalot
Music: Wind Ensemble
Music: Jazz Ensembles I and II
Dance: John Gamble Dance Theatre/Jan Van Dyke Dance Group
Music: Andrew Willis, keyboard; David Sariti, violin; Brent Wissick, cello – Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Music: University Symphony Orchestra

In addition to hosting New Music Festival concerts, the Weatherspoon will host:
17 Days Block Party at the Weatherspoon
Artist Talk & Reception: Willie Cole
Public Reception – 2013 UNCG Art Department Faculty Biennial

See more information at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/calendar and at http://17daysgreensboro.org/

Visual of Cyrus Art Production by W. Sandhaus

UNCG’s new HR professional development portal

Photo of Minerva staueUNCG Human Resources has launched a new professional development portal.

Recognizing the benefits of a developed workforce, Human Resources offers a rich selection of professional development opportunities.

UNCG faculty and staff are invited to take a look at all that is offered.

Key programs include:

Fall 2013 Course Catalog – At the core of the Professional Development program is the new 2013 Course Catalog. All courses are available to UNCG employees at no cost to them. Courses range from Leadership and Managerial Development to Life Planning and Personal Development, and more.

Managerial and Supervisory Development Program – The program focuses on leadership and management core competencies.

The UNCG Leadership Institute – Now in its second year, the program provides staff, faculty and administrators with a year-long opportunity to increase their leadership skills and accelerate their own leadership performance and readiness.

Organization Development Network – Working with multiple partners, both internal and external to UNCG, the Organization Development Network seeks to assist organizations within the institution to reach their full potential through customized training.

This university’s professional development program with a wealth of offerings responds to the university’s strategic vision, in which it values its employees as its most important resource, notes Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resources. It is offered without cost for all employees including faculty, staff and administrators and is cost-efficient for the university, built using the talent and expertise of UNCG’s own faculty and staff.

Human Resources has partnered with the Bryan School, the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences and these partnerships have allowed the department to create a state of the art program with limited financial resources, she explains.

“The classes provide material that has direct application to the workplace and also provides opportunities for professional and personal advancement. No travel or departmental expenditures are needed to attend.

“We have also begun to offer customized training that supports organization development so that units or departments can work on specialized issues as teams or groups,” she adds.

Visit the portal, see the offerings and register at http://professionaldevelopment.uncg.edu

An evening to celebrate Maya Angelou

Photo of Dr. Maya AngelouDr. Maya Angelou will read from her collection of literary works. She will speak on her life experiences. And she’ll be celebrated through a variety of performances by UNCG performers.

The first offering of this year’s UNCG Performing Arts Series, “An Evening with Maya Angelou” will be presented Sept. 14, 8 p.m., in Aycock Auditorium.

The evening will also feature a program of original compositions and choreography inspired by, and created for, Angelou by UNCG School of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty, alumni and students.

Composers and choreographers include Patricia Gray, Duane Cyrus, Greg Carroll, Janet Lilly and Annalise Stalls, Alejandro Rutty, Janet Allard, Steve Haines and Chad Eby, Mark Engebretson and Melissa Pihos. With performances by the Peck Elementary Strings Program, UNCG Jazz Ensemble, Carla Lefevre, Joseph Di Piazza, Anthony Taylor, Alejandro Rutty, Levone Tobin-Scott, Robert Wells, James Douglass, Melissa Pihos, Annalise Stalls, Daniel Faust, Adam Snow, Alex Williams, Daniel Williams, Courtney Brown, Devin Hayes, Bria Jeffreys, Bria Powell, Arimentra Lodge, Charlton Provatas and Lorena Guillen.

Dr. Maya Angelou, hailed as a global renaissance woman, is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist.

Her life story is remarkable. She studied modern dance with Martha Graham. She danced with Alvin Ailey. She was a part of the Harlem Writers Guild and acted in the historic Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s “The Blacks” and wrote and performed “Cabaret for Freedom.”

In Egypt, she served as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. She was feature editor for The African Review and wrote for The Ghanaian Times.

While in Ghana, she met with Malcolm X and, in 1964, returned to America to help him build his new Organization of African American Unity. Soon after X’s assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked Dr. Angelou to serve as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

She wrote the acclaimed memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

She wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the 1972 film “Georgia, Georgia.” Her script was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. A quarter-century later, she directed her first feature film, “Down in the Delta.”

Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008.

Ticket information is at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/upas/tickets

UNCG’s community-based research grant recipients

Seven UNCG 2013-14 community-based research grant recipients have been announced.

The community-based research (CBR) initiation grant supports proposals that represent collaborative partnerships among community partner, student and faculty teams. The goal of this community-based research grant is to support the agenda of each team member while simultaneously grounding the process in mutual development of all three entities.

The UNCG Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, Undergraduate Research and The Graduate School made the announcement. For more information, visit: http://olsl.uncg.edu/community-scholarship/cbr-grants/

Recipients are:

Preserving Local History: A Field-Based Digitization Pilot Project
Faculty: Mr. David Gwynn
Students: Rachel Sanders (UG), Megan Coker (G)
Community Partner: College Place United Methodist Church

Engaging Middle School Children in Discourses of Identity, College and Careers
Faculty: Dr. Cerise Glenn
Students: Brittany McGee (UG), Crystal Sutton (G)
Community Partner: Turrentine Middle School

Sustainable Glenwood: Preservation Guidelines for Sustainable Community Development
Faculty: Dr. Travis Hicks
Students: Joylyn Troyer (UG), Catherine French (G)
Community Partner: Preservation Greensboro

Temporary Employment Opportunities for Citizens Experiencing Homelessness: Staffing Agency at the Interactive Resource Center
Faculty: Dr. Channelle James
Student: Fatu C. Faye (UG)
Community Partner: Interactive Resource Center of Greensboro

The Links Between Health Literacy and Use of Health Care Services Among Montagnard Refugees and Immigrants: The Effective Health Communication for Health Promotion
Faculty: Dr. Seung-Hyun Lee
Students: Debra L. Waddell (G), Undergraduate Student TBD
Community Partner: The Montagnard Health Professional Association (MHPA)

Evaluation of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program at Family Services of the Piedmont
Faculty: Dr. Christine Murray
Students: Rachel Shyloski (G), Bethany Garr (G)
Community Partner: Family Services of the Piedmont

The Process and Benefits of Friendship for Boys Aged 8-12 with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Faculty: Dr. Rosemery Nelson-Gray
Students: Jenna Mendelson (G), Undergraduate Student TBD
Community Partner: The Independence Place

See the stars at UNCG

Photo of Spitz planetarium in the Petty BuildingThe UNCG Department of Physics and Astronomy will offer free public planetarium shows in UNCG’s Spitz planetarium in the Petty Building. The shows will be held on the following Fall 2013 Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.:

Sept. 20
Oct. 18
Nov. 15

Reservations may be obtained online at http://physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/tickets.php.

There is no charge for the reservations – UNCG faculty and students donate their time to bring you these shows. The length of each show is roughly an hour.

These popular shows book well in advance, so you may want to make reservations soon.

A planetarium show is very appropriate for older children and adults of all ages; very young children may become bored or restless over the course of a show that lasts an hour.

The planetarium is in Room 310, Petty Building.

With Sink as chair, Faculty Senate holds first meeting of year

Portrait of Dr. Patti SinkDr. Patti Sink, chair of the Faculty Senate, opened the year’s inaugural meeting with a welcome to all the senators. She acknowledged David Sprinkle, chair of the Board of Trustees, as well as trustee Linda Carlisle. She acknowledged the first two members of the UNCG Faculty Senate who are non-tenure track: Wade Maki and Stoel Burrows.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady shared her thoughts about strategic visioning.

Provost David H. Perrin spoke about the budget and tuition issues and gave preliminary enrollment figures.

Global Engagement QEP @ UNCG was a key topic of the senate meeting. Vidya Gargeya and John Sopper spoke about the summer work, including a summer institute held in early June in which 40 faculty members and 10-12 staff and administrators took part.

Two open forums are upcoming, on the QEP: Sept. 23 and Nov. 18.

This year’s officers, in addition to Sink, are Spoma Jovanovic, Senate chair elect; Jim Carmichael, Senate secretary; John Lepri, Senate past-chair; Dan Winkler, parliamentarian; and Randolph Rasch, General Faculty secretary.

By Mike Harris

O. Max Gardner Award nominations deadline Oct. 11

Archive photo of O. Max GardnerThe UNC Board of Governor’s highest faculty award is the O. Max Gardner Award. One is presented each year in the UNC system.

UNCG’s O. Max Gardner Award Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2014 O. Max Gardner Award.

Deadline for your nomination is Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

The will of Governor O. Max Gardner provides that the “Board of Trustees of the Consolidated University of North Carolina” shall pay annually the net income from a trust fund to “that member of the faculty of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, who, during the current scholastic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”

Past UNCG award recipients include Vira Rodgers Kivett, Fred Chappell, Richard Bardolph, Eloise Rallings Lewis, Mary Elizabeth Keister, Naomi G. Albanese, Lois Edinger, Randall Jarrell, Richard N. Current, Mereb E. Mossman, Franklin H. McNutt and Louise B. Alexander.

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, administrators or alumni.

Who is eligible? Any member of the faculty. “Faculty” shall embrace all persons including instructors, engaged in teaching in any unit, institution or branch of service of the Consolidated University of North Carolina.

Nominations should include:

  1. A brief statement giving the reasons the faculty member is being nominated in relation to the parameters of the award, i.e. national/international scope of work, career trajectory culminating in recent accomplishments, and how the work benefits the “welfare of the human race.”
  2. A copy of nominee’s current vita.

A nominee must be willing to work with the committee chair and administrative coordinator to develop materials for submission to the BOG.

Nominations may be submitted:

An electronic vita must accompany your nomination.

Visit http://provost.uncg.edu/Gardner/ for more information.

UNCG Authors’ Spotlight on Inclusive Excellence

This noontime program, hosted by UNCG’s Black Faculty and Staff Association and Human Resources, returns for 2013-14. In these informal and interactive sessions, UNCG authors discuss and present themes from a recent book they have written with a focus on topics related to inclusive excellence. Light refreshments are served.

Friday, Sept. 20
Professor Danielle Bouchard, Assistant Professor Women’s and Gender Studies, A Community of Disagreement: Feminism in the University

Wednesday, Oct. 23
Edna Chun, AVC Human Resources, The New Talent Acquisition Frontier: Integrating HR and Diversity Strategy in the Private and Public Sectors and Higher Education

Wednesday, Nov. 13
Professor Carisa Showden, Associate Professor Political Science, Choices Women Make: Agency in Domestic Violence, Assisted Reproduction, and Sex Work

All talks are noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

UNCG national leader for contributing to ‘public good’

UNCG ranks among the fewer than 300 American universities that contribute most to the public good.

Washington Monthly’s National University Ranking 2013 list includes 284 universities, public, private and for-profit. UNCG ranked 88th overall, based on social mobility, student service and research.

UNCG stands out for recruiting and graduating low-income students and student service.

The magazine ranks UNCG 10th in the nation for serving low-income students and 21st for student service.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Michelle Hines

UNCG Men’s Soccer ranked 15th

Action photo of senior Mahdi AliThe UNCG men’s soccer team upset No. 15 Charlotte – and has shut out the competition in their first three games for the first time since 1983, when they went on to win a national championship.

The Spartans’ strong start put them in the Top 25 this week. They are now No. 15 nationally in the Soccer America rankings and No. 18 in the Soccer News rankings. UNCG is the lone SoCon school in the rankings and the second highest ranked team from our state.

A few highlights for fans in coming weeks:
Tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 11
Men’s Soccer vs. High Point at 7 p.m.
*Come out early and stop by the Keurig van for free Keurig samples
*Stick around after the match for post-match autographs

Saturday, Sept. 14
Men’s Soccer vs. Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m.
*The first 400 fans receive a free mystery gift card courtesy of Mellow Mushroom
*Stick around after the match for a fireworks show presented by the Blue Crew and Campus Activities Board

There is no admission charge. Come cheer on our nationally ranked Spartans.

Visual: Senior Mahdi Ali, who has scored two game-winning goals this season
Text revised end of day Sept. 10, to incorporate the new Soccer America ranking.


Jackie White on national Policy Review Task Force on Prediction & Prevention of Gun Violence

Portrait of Dr. Jacquelyn WhiteThe American Psychological Association has named psychologist Dr. Jacquelyn W. “Jackie” White to its newly formed Policy Review Task Force on the Prediction and Prevention of Gun Violence.

White, whose research on interpersonal violence is nationally known, is a UNCG professor emerita of psychology. Currently, she is working as senior research scientist in UNCG’s Office of Research and Economic Development. She also has been on special assignment with the APA on an AAAS Congressional Fellow in the office of Congresswoman Diana DeGette.

The task force meets in Washington, D.C., Sept. 26-27, to develop a policy on the prediction and prevention of gun violence that will replace APA’s 1994 policy on Firearm Safety and Youth. The APA Council of Representatives created the task force, chaired by Dr. Robert T. Kinscherff of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, to develop a new policy that will reflect current knowledge on gun violence prediction and prevention, provide a strong foundation for APA federal advocacy efforts and inform the field.

“The timing is ideal to address gun violence prevention,” White said. “The recent spate of mass shootings has raised public awareness and spurred a much needed national conversation. These high profile cases, combined with what we know about the role of guns in street crimes and domestic violence cases, as well as in suicides and accidental shootings, make it hard to ignore the problem. Psychological research has much to offer this conversation.”

In her research, White has been particularly interested in sorting out predictors and consequences of sexual and physical assault, with a focus on various mental health problems and substance use. Her approach suggests that adolescent dating violence should be considered within the context of adolescent friendships and romantic relationships, as well as family and other social institutions that shape a young person’s sense of self.

White also has consulted on a project with the U.S. Navy examining the impact of pre-military experiences with physical and sexual abuse on military experiences. She is a past editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly and served on the editorial board for Aggressive Behavior. She is co-editor of the two-volume series being published by the APA, “Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities.”

She has served on several task forces and advisory boards that focus on teenage sexual behavior. One program, “Wise Guys,” encourages responsible sexual behavior in young males. Locally and nationally, the rate of teenage pregnancy has plummeted in the last decade, she explains, and is partly the result of a growing sense of responsibility about sexual behavior among teenagers — particularly young men.

Before retiring in 2012, White was director of Women’s Studies at UNCG and held Linda Arnold Carlisle Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a past president of the Southeastern Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Women. Her honors include the 2008 Carolyn Wood Sherif Award and the 2010 American Psychological Association’s Committee on Women’s Leadership Award. She also received the 2011 Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for distinguished leadership from the Society for the Psychology of Women.

By Steve Gilliam

Looking ahead: Sept. 11, 2013

Staff senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Sustainability Series film, “Greedy Lying Bastards”
Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Music, UNCG Faculty Chamber Players
Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Staff Senate meet & greet
Sep 16, 11 a.m., Alumni House

Book discussion, Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow”
Monday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Women and Gender Studies open house
Monday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m., 336-346 Curry Building

Talk, Barbara Holland, expert on community engagement in higher education
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Alumni House

Meet Staff Senators, enjoy refreshments

The UNCG Staff Senate will hold its second annual “Meet & Greet” on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Chancellor Brady will speak, and there will be music, refreshments, door prizes and more. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with current senators, learn more about what the Senate does, and voice any issues that they may be experiencing – or at least, make connections to have that opportunity at a later date.

High Occupancy Van driver training

UNCG’s High Occupancy Van driver training is offered on:
Sep. 30, 2013 – 1:30-3 p.m. – Campus Supply Building, Room 118
Feb. 24, 2014 – 9-10:30 a.m. – Campus Supply Building, Room 118

UNCG’s EH&S department serves the campus community by offering the safety class High Occupancy Vans (HOV) for university staff who must operate vans designed to carry eight or more passengers (i.e., 15 passenger vans) in carrying out their mission. The class covers the safe operation of the vehicle including: awareness of van crash risks, vehicle limits and restrictions, pre-trip inspection and safe driving practices.

Questions? Contact Todd Beck at rtbeck@uncg.edu

New tool to ensure academic honesty in online testing

Learn about a new tool for ensuring students’ academic honesty in the online testing environment. This fall, UNCG is pilot-testing the UNC Proctoring Network. See a demonstration and ask questions Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Room 140, McIver Building.

Dr. Maggie O’Hara, director of e-learning, UNC General Assembly, will speak, as will Mandy Dough, UNC online proctoring coordinator, General Administration. And if you are a faculty member teaching online interested in beta-test the proctoring network system this semester, feel free to inquire. Questions? Contact Nichole McGill at ntmcgill@uncg.edu.