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Archives for September 2013

UNCG seeks student teams for social entrepreneurship competition

The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at UNCG is seeking undergraduate and graduate student teams to compete in the 2014 UNC Social Entrepreneurship Conference in February.

The annual conference provides an opportunity for students at UNC campuses to learn from engaging speakers about topics relevant to social entrepreneurship and present their ideas for innovative, sustainable, business-oriented solutions to problems in communities across our state.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Betsi Robinson

Help women’s soccer support Give N Go initiative

UNCG Women’s Soccer Team has a strong 4-2 start. Come see some great soccer action, at no charge. And help the team support Give N Go. Coach Steve Nugent and many team members took about 1,400 pounds of donated soccer gear to Nicaragua last March. There, they offered soccer clinics at orphanages and distributed gear. (See video clip.)

Thursday, Sept. 12
Women’s Soccer vs. Liberty at 7 p.m.
*Help the Women’s Soccer team support the Give N Go project this season by donating new or used soccer equipment. Drop off all donations Thursday night at the marketing table.

UNCG Art & Community Theater of Greensboro collaboration

UNCG’s Art department has a newly formed partnership with Community Theater of Greensboro involving CTG’s gallery/event space on South Elm Street. The space is called the Studio at CTG. This collaboration will allow UNCG students a space to display work – sometimes their own and sometimes work created in collaboration with the productions being staged by CTG in the adjoining theater.

The first event was at last weekend’s First Friday, in connection with a project called Teens Downtown, spearheaded by Mitchel Sommers, executive director of CTG. The poster read: “Community Theater of Greensboro and UNCG Art Dept. Present: Grand Opening – Merging the Arts.”

Eight UNCG art students showed work in the Studio at Friday’s event CTG hosted for local teens – an effort to give them a safe and fun place to be downtown. Students spent the first hour of the party interacting with these high school students including some interactive art making. The teens were then treated to a DJ and an open mike as well as refreshments and a chance to socialize.

Want details on the collaboration? Contact Lawrence Jenkens at aljenken@uncg.edu.

Series on mathematics education

Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education will be Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

Dr. Megan Franke, professor of mathematics education, University of California Los Angeles, will speak twice during the day.

11 a.m. – Research Talk (SOE Building, Room 307) – “Unpacking the Relationship Between Classroom Practice and Student Learning in Mathematics: An Examination of the Power of Student Explanation”

5 p.m. – Connecting Research and Practice Talk (SOE Building, Room 120) – Supporting Students in “Productive Struggle” – What Can Mathematics Teachers Do?

Details are at http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/MeganFrankeTalks.pdf

Questions? contact Vicki Jacobs at vrjacobs@uncg.edu.

UNCG’s 5th annual “Deaf Kiss-Fist”

This annual event will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 1:30-3:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

It showcases talent by deaf children and adults in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week.

There is an admission charge.

Exhibits will be on site of crafts/talent and professional work by people who are deaf, as well as information booths with several organizations/agencies that provide services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

For more information, email Karen De Naples at kmdenapl@uncg.edu or view the Event Flyer.

EUC Blood Drive Sept. 17

The first EUC Blood Drive of the 2013-14 school year will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC.

Schedule your appointment online at https://euc.uncg.edu/bloodDrive/. Appointments are available for both Whole Blood collection and Double Red Blood Cell collection (automated).

All presenting donors will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card from the American Red Cross.

Also, volunteers Needed for this blood drive. If you are interested in volunteering, click on the following link to sign up: http://euc.uncg.edu/schedule/

If you have any questions contact Kathleen McGirty at kmmcgirt@uncg.edu.

Free depression screening day at clinic

The UNCG Psychology Clinic will host a Depression Screening Day Sept. 12, 2013, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The clinic is located at 1100 W. Market St, 3rd floor. Drop-ins are welcome but those who wish to participate can call ahead at 334-5662. There will be free 30 minute depression screenings. If you have any questions, contact Nneka Morris at 256 0000 or email her at n_morris@uncg.edu.

Dr. Marianne LeGreco

Portrait of Dr. Marianne LeGrecoThe Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL) is pleased to announce Dr. Marianne LeGreco as the 2013-14 Faculty Fellow. The Service-Learning Faculty Fellow program is sponsored by the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning. The Service-Learning Faculty Fellow program promotes faculty development and the scholarship of engagement by integrating community outreach with teaching, scholarship and service. The one year program is designed to increase the quantity and quality of service-learning courses, develop faculty leadership, and promote advocacy for service-learning. For more information, visit http://olsl.uncg.edu/service-learning/s-l-faculty-fellows

Dr. Michael J. Kane

Portrait of Dr. Michael KaneDr. Michael J. Kane (Psychology) has received a grant from the Open Access Publishing Support Fund. In early February 2012, the University Libraries and the Office of Research & Economic Development created an Open Access Publishing Support Fund in order to support faculty, EPA employees, and graduate students who are becoming increasingly involved in open access publishing. A grant of $1,000 from this fund was awarded to Kane for his article “Dispatching the wandering mind? Toward a laboratory method for cuing ‘spontaneous’ off-task thought” in Frontiers in Psychology: Perception Science.

The Open Access Publishing Support Fund primary guidelines for the fund are that the author/applicant must be a member of the full-time faculty, a full-time EPA employee, or an enrolled graduate student; the article must be published in a peer-reviewed open-access journal; reimbursement will be limited to one award per fiscal-year per author; and authors are expected to exhaust all other grant or contract funding sources available to them before applying for support from the Open Access fund. Information about the guidelines and the application process is at http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm

Dr. Heather Holian

Portrait of Dr. Heather HolianDr. Heather Holian (Art) will discuss the placement of studio animation with the history of Western fine art. The talk at The Gallery at Greenhill (at the Cultural Arts Center) will be Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Using Pixar as a contemporary example, Holian will consider the similarities and important differences between animation and traditional, canonical media and methods of art making. The talk is free and open to the public.

See/Hear: September 11, 2013

The “Wine, Women and Song” gala – a collaboration between UNCG Opera and Opera Greensboro – will be Sept. 28. See a short sample of last year’s “Got Opera” gala. The clip features UNCG alumnus Sidney Outlaw, featured in the Fall 2012 UNCG Magazine.

Meet candidates for associate provost for enrollment management

Photo of Minerva statueThree candidates for the UNCG Associate Provost for Enrollment Management position will visit our campus. The first candidate will make a presentation today (Sept. 4). Two other candidates will make a presentation within the next two weeks.

The schedule:

Candidate #1
Sept. 3-4
Campus wide presentation Sept. 4, 3-4 p.m., Kirkland, EUC

Candidate #2
Sept. 9-10
Campus wide presentation Sept. 9, 3-4 p.m., Kirkland, EUC

Candidate #3
Sept. 16-17
Campus wide presentation Sept. 16, 3-4 p.m., Kirkland, EUC

Information about these three candidates may be accessed from a confidential web site on the Provost home page; scroll down, under Current Events in Academic Affairs.

Editor’s note (Oct. 25, 2013) – The listing of the 3 candidates was removed from this CW Online post once the search process concluded.

Pulitzer winner James McPherson speaks Sept. 6

Image from James McPherson bookDr. James McPherson is one of the country’s premier historians, and one of its most respected and honored. The Lincoln scholar and Civil War scholar will give a public talk at UNCG Friday, Sept. 6, in the Jackson Library first floor Reading Room at 4 p.m.

His most recent book is “War on the Waters,” about the navies of the Civil War.

McPherson’s books have won several prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History (1989) for “Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era,” The Lincoln Portait of Dr. James McPhersonPrize (1998) for “For Cause and Comrade: Why Men Fought in the Civil War” and a second Lincoln Prize (2009) for “Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief.” Other awards include appointment as Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2000, the Pritzker Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in 2007, and ten honorary degrees from American colleges and universities.

From 1962 to his retirement in 2004 he taught at Princeton University, where he now holds the chair of George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus.

See more information at the Friends of the Libraries blog.

Make nominations for UNCG Teaching Excellence, BOG awards

Photo of College Avenue in the fallAt UNCG, we recognize teaching and support for teaching, activities associated with the campus since its founding. The Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards program began in 1964 when alumni leaders recognized the value of spotlighting good teaching, particularly as the campus transitioned from college to university. The current program provides for four categories of awards, each named for a number of significant teachers in the past as a reminder to the campus and community of the importance of teaching and support for teaching throughout the programs, departments, divisions, schools, college, and library. The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors recognizes one faculty member on each campus for outstanding contributions to teaching.

All of these awards call attention to the importance of teaching as well as to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in a wide range of pedagogical activities in the classroom, online, and beyond. Recipients for all categories receive a cash award and a certificate, as well as public recognition.

UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award
Recognition for a tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG.

Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
Recognition for a tenured faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG.

James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Recognition for a full-time faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG.

Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Recognition for any lecturer, academic professional or clinical faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG.

Katherine H. Taylor Award for Teaching Excellence
Recognition for an individual who provides significant teaching support in the capacity of his/her position at UNCG, where that individual has supplied that support for a period of at least three years.

Nominations may come from students, staff, faculty, alumni, or community members. Candidates need not be nominated for this award; self-nominations are acceptable.

All nominations must be submitted to the UNCG Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013.

Though teaching comes in many forms and venues, the committee considers the following three criteria:

  1. Outstanding success in guiding and facilitating all forms of best teaching practice inside and outside the classroom (online instruction, community engagement, experiential methods, meaningful mentoring and advising, student research, scholarship or artistic accomplishment).
  2. Evidence of consistent, transformative teaching (linking sound pedagogical approaches, grounded assessment, and meaningful curricular contributions).
  3. Demonstrated leadership in teaching (disciplinary, departmental, university, and professional contributions, presentations, and publications).

See listing of previous awards recipients.

To view the full criteria and download the nomination form, visit http://undergraduate.uncg.edu/colleagues/alumni.php and click “Award Criteria and Nomination Form.”

2013-14 Board of Trustees members

Officers have been elected for the 2013-14 UNCG Board of Trustees:

Chair: David Sprinkle
Vice-chair: Susan Safron
Secretary: Martin Weissburg
Assistant Secretary: Bonita Brown (chancellor’s chief of staff)
Executive Committee Member: Linda Carlisle
Executive Committee Member: Charles Blackmon

The full board is Charles Blackmon, Frances Bullock, Linda Carlisle, Vanessa Carroll, Nathan Duggins, Randall R. Kaplan, M. Lee McAllister, Ward Russell, Susan M. Safran, Harriett Smalls, David Sprinkle, Martin P. Weissburg and Crystal Bayne.

Downtown University Campus initiative

Photo of meeting in sessionWork towards a collaborative downtown campus steadily continues.

Greensboro has seven colleges and universities … 47,000 college students … 6,376 college employees. Of the seven, UNCG is of course the largest.

Opportunity Greensboro, an initiative of the Greensboro Partnership, has been working on the idea of a campus in downtown Greensboro – a collaborative project that would serve the needs of the educational institutions and the larger community. They’ve seen the success that cities such as Spokane, Washington, have had with such projects. And Greensboro has so much potential for collaboration in this regard.

Ed Kitchen and Ken Mayer gave an update on the initiative at last week’s UNCG Board of Trustees meeting. A feasibility study will soon wrap up, and it appears a site for a downtown campus will be selected in the next 60-90 days.

Brady, who represents UNCG on Opportunity Greensboro, explained that receiving funding at UNCG for capital projects will likely be a challenge for years to come. Collaboration is a way to help UNCG meets its needs. She cited JSNN, with its much-needed facility, as a great example of collaboration. The downtown campus project would take that type of collaboration to the next level, she explained. Many educational institutions would be involved in the collaboration.

An area of concentration will be healthcare professions. A “big idea” will be state-of-the-art medical education and training, including simulation technologies, Kitchen said.

Additional areas of concentration ultimately would include a global opportunities center and continual/distance learning.

Phase I would involve a 105,000 sq. ft. facility with four floors.

By Mike Harris

A variety of UNCG offerings, for all who teach

Lots of FTLC groups are getting under way. If you teach at UNCG in any way – from mentoring to lecturing to working peer-to-peer – come be a part. There are lots of groups for a variety of interests – which can be seen at the full FTLC calendar.

Here is a small sampling:

Designing your curriculum vitae. Thurs., Sept. 12, 4 p.m., Faculty Center

Community Engagement at UNCG: What is it? Who can help? How does it fit in with annual reviews and promotion/tenure at UNCG? – Fri., Sept.13, Noon, MHRA 2711

“So You’re Teaching an Online Class?” Tues., Sept.10, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Center.

Community + Entrepreneurship Fri., Sept. 6, 10 a.m., lower level Jackson Library – “How can we as a university become more connected to the city?” and “How does the city get more connected to the university?” specifically addressing mutually beneficial partnership agreements between students and community businesses.

Advising and Student Retention Wed., Sept. 11, 3 p.m.—Faculty Center, This group works cross-departmentally to tease out best practices for faculty involvement with advising and retention.

Global Engagement Learning Community KICK-OFF Wed., Sept. 18, noon, Faculty Center. – Future of Learning: Meaningful, Impactful Pedagogies In and Out of the Classroom. Large group discussion led by guest speaker Dr. William Plater. Lunch provided. Reservations required, email ftlc@uncg.edu.

The Future of Learning Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Holland on Wed., Sept 18, 7-8 p.m.; introductory remarks by Chancellor Brady. Virginia Dare Room. Open to campus + community. Sponsored by Undergraduate Studies and the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE).

Many more are offered. To see all the gatherings and to register, see the registration calendar at https://sites.google.com/a/uncg.edu/ftlc-workshops-events/

Get healthier, with free HealthyUNCG offerings

Several HealthyUNCG fall programs will soon begin. The following are free for UNCG faculty and staff:

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)
Are you looking to become a healthier you? Would you like to lose weight with a coach to guide you? HealthyUNCG is offering the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) program free to all employees as part of a research study. This study will combine individual and small group health and wellness coaching with proven weight management strategies. All participants will attend a 1 hour weekly session. TOPS meets every Thursday beginning Sept 5th from noon – 1 p.m. in the Birch room of EUC.

Spartan Points
Employees, you can earn great prizes just by participating in healthy activities by enrolling in Spartan Points. Earn points between Aug. 1 – July 31 each year. There are four prize levels, Freshmen through Senior. Points can be redeemed for prizes at each level. Registration and participation in Spartan Points is free. Log onto http://healthy.uncg.edu/spartanpoints.php for more information. Earn Spartan Points for participation in campus activities that display the HealthyUNCG symbol or employees can log their own healthy activities. Visit the web site for full details, eligible activities and incentives.

ActiveU: Group Exercise
Active U is an employee wellness program designed to encourage UNCG Faculty/Staff to become more active by participating in a weekly fitness class hosted by the Student Recreation Center. The program begins Sept 13. Info here: http://campusrec.uncg.edu/fitness/employee-wellness/

New this year – Active U Back to Basics (Group Personal Training)
This program is an opportunity for employees to get personal instruction on basic fitness principles to gain comfort and mastery of movements commonly used in group fitness Active U classes. This program will allow trainers to assess and correct issues in movement technique and allow employees to gain a comprehensive knowledge of fitness principles. In addition, this program helps employees create a workout plan to incorporate throughout their day.

A SRC Membership is not required to participate. Simply bring your UNCG Staff ID, a towel, water bottle, and wear comfortable exercise apparel. Begins Sept 25. Info here: http://campusrec.uncg.edu/fitness/employee-wellness/

Questions? Contact Stefanie Milroy, director of HealthyUNCG, at stefanie.milroy@uncg.edu

Raleigh Bailey, leader of UNCG’s CNNC, participated in March on Washington 50 years ago

Portrait of Dr. Raleigh BaileyLast week, our nation marked the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” address highlighted that day a half-century ago. Dr. Raleigh Bailey, director of UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians, was there. He was a young college student from Florida who’d been attending a Methodist student movement conference near Asheville. He shares in the most recent CNNC e-newsletter about his experience. The following is an excerpt:

Our conference decided to send delegates to the march. They asked for volunteers. I impetuously put up my hand. That afternoon I was in a car riding with three other delegates from our conference whom I did not know. I was the only white representative. We slowly wound down out of the mountains on old U.S. Route 70, heading across the Piedmont. We were headed toward Greensboro, a city I had never seen, to catch a bus for the rest of the trip. Around midnight we arrived at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a school I had never heard of, where people were gathering to ride buses. Several buses were parked on campus waiting for people. They filled up and left in unison, with participants singing freedom songs. More than 2000 buses, planes, trains, and cars filled with protestors descended on Washington that day.

We arrived in the early morning and parked somewhere around the mall. Organizers told us to remember where our bus was parked and meet back there an hour after the event was over. From that point on until that evening, I did not see anyone that I knew, but I was swept up in a crowd that flowed like a tidal wave across the city. Many of the marchers gathered behind signs signifying different groups, labor union groups, church groups, civic groups. While African-Americans predominated, the groups were racially mixed, which impressed me. I walked behind a sign that said National Student Christian Federation for a while but then lost them. The wave flowed around government buildings, along city streets and eventually peaked around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. It was hot. There was no room to move. At one point I saw a woman faint, and the crowd lifted her up and passed her along over their heads, to a makeshift first aid tent.

I gradually wiggled over under the shade of a tree and pulled up on a limb to see an ocean of people that stretched as far as I could see. From that vantage point I could see the steps of the Memorial and the speakers standing there. Speeches had started and I was close to a loudspeaker. It was lunch time. I was hungry but still could not move. People around me had brought food and began passing it around. I remembered a story about loaves and fishes. Several powerful and progressive leaders spoke. Musical interludes were provided by Mahalia Jackson and others.

At one point I recognized the cadence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking. The crowd around me began responding in turn. It was mesmerizing. The Martin Luther King speech, near the end of the scheduled program, did stand out. He said the Negro is “…crippled by manacles of segregation and chains of discrimination.” They were “…islands of poverty in a vast ocean of prosperity.” He described the marches and protests as “whirlwinds of revolt (that) will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.” He called for justice, for protection, for job opportunities without discrimination. He called for nonviolent action in response to violence and oppression. It ended with a catalyzing moment as he shared his dream for the children of America, that they would come and hold hands together as they moved forward in America’s future.

Eventually the speaking was over. The crowd slowly began to disperse. It was a laborious process. Within about an hour I had made my way back to my bus, which was actually quite close. We crept out of the capital and arrived back at NC A&T around midnight. My group reassembled and started our drive back to the mountains. We arrived the next morning and reported on the march to the conference participants.

The full impact of this March on Washington would not be clear for months, but it was clear that this was a turning point in our nation’s consciousness about the harm of segregating a portion of the population and the importance of full freedom for everyone….

Excerpt courtesy CNNC. The full article is here.

NPR commentator Bill Harley will give family-friendly concert

Photo of Bill HarleyTwo-time Grammy Award Winner, NPR commentator and acclaimed storyteller/musician/author Bill Harley will perform a free family concert Monday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. The concert will be in EUC Auditorium.

The event is free admission, with a book signing following.

He uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up, parenting and family life. A prolific author and recording artist, he is also a regular commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has been featured on PBS.

Barry Miller at UNCG Libraries says, “Bill connects with children because he has been known to view the world from the perspective of a 4th or 5th grader. He connects with adults because he is a man of deep insight and empathy, seasoned with infectious humor.”

Full details are at this FOL blog post: http://www.uncgfol.blogspot.com/2013/07/bill-harley-2-time-grammy-award-winner.html

Fostering a culture of care at UNCG

In an effort to create a culture of care, the UNCG Dean of Students Office invites and encourages you to attend a workshop series specifically designed for faculty and staff. Visit http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/uncg-cares/ to register to attend. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

The series:

UNCG Cares program
Friday, September 13, 2013
2–4 p.m.
EUC, Joyner

“UNCG Cares” about students. During this two-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders
Friday, September 20, 2013
2–4 p.m.
EUC, Maple

This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns.

Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Friday, November 8, 2013
3 – 4 p.m.
Room 2711 MHRA

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom toward faculty and their peers. This behavior is not only disruptive, but if not addressed, could have irreversible consequences on student learning. The Dean of Students Office may have some solutions. Come learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students.

Establishing Effective Partnership with Parents and Family Members
Friday, November 15, 2013
2 – 3 p.m.
EUC, White Oak (15 space limit)

Talking to parent and family members over the phone/in person can sometimes be frustrating. We’ve all been there. Parent and family members are more involved than ever in their students’ lives. They are communicating regularly with students and the university. This presentation will stimulate dialogue on how university administrators, faculty and staff can establish effective partnerships with parent and family members to help achieve student success and retention.

UNCG trustees hear of supportive environment for veterans

Photo of student veterans that spoke at meetingUNCG has a growing number of students who are veterans. In fact, UNCG has the fifth-largest military veteran population in the UNC system, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said at last week’s Trustees’ meeting. Those students have a high level of success, with a very high 87 percent retention rate, she said.

At last week’s meeting, recent graduate Nicolle Brossard spoke about UNCG’s support of its student veterans. She served as an officer of the UNCG Student Veterans Association and was part of the university’s Military, Veterans and Families Task Force. A survivor of the Ft. Hood shootings of 2009 – “I was eight feet from the Fort Hood Shooter” she said – she is an Army mental health specialist. She now will attend the U.S. Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition.

Joshua Green, assistant dean of students, and Dedrick Curtis, former assistant registrar for veterans services, spoke as well.

Curtis presented the chancellor and the trustees the first of the special coins that Brossard and a designer created for the university to present to student veterans each November 11.

In doing so, they praised the supportive environment that Brady and the board ensure for Spartan veterans.

Brady explained that our university’s military veterans exemplify one of many ways UNCG has a very diverse student body – and works to promote student access and success.

By Mike Harris

Join the FTLC Learning Community for Faculty & Staff on Advising & Retention

Gail Pack, Director of Undergraduate Student Services and FTLC Fellow for Student Advising and Retention, and Dana Saunders, Director of Students First, are co-leading the FTLC’s Advising and Retention Faculty and Staff Learning Community, continuing the conversations from the Task Force on Academic Advising in May 2013. The community will meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 3-4 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

Want to get involved – or want to learn more? Contact Pack at cgpack@uncg.edu or Saunders at dfsaunde@uncg.edu.

Plans for the year include:
Sept. 11-Establish goals and strategies for 2013-2014

  • UNCG Web Resources: Establish subcommittees to 1) search on UNCG site for keyword “Advising;” 2) decide what constitutes mission critical information for advising; 3) find outdated information that should be removed.
  • Develop survey instrument around Student Perceptions of advising roles
  • Begin to discuss what advisors need to know for advising students

Oct. 9-Nuts and Bolts of Advising

  • Professional development for new and seasoned advisors: Advisor Training

Nov. 13-Lesson Learned and Subcommittee Updates

  • Review “Lessons Learned” throughout the peak advising and registration period
  • Establish timeline and logistics to administer the Advising Survey instrument

Feb. 12-Policy Changes from the Board of Governors (BOG)

  • Review new BOG-mandated policies for Course Withdrawal and Academic Standing, discuss impact and effect of policy implementation for academic advising practices
  • Invite Financial Aid and the University Registrar’s Office to participate in this discussion

March 5-Nuts and Bolts of Advising Continued

  • Focus on the Lessons Learned from spring 2014

April 9-Finalize written report from subcommittees’ findings

May 1- Sponsor Faculty Takeover, 4-6 p.m.

Mental Health Month at UNCG

UNCG will mark Mental Health Month in the coming weeks. This will be a time when students are encouraged to ask – ask for help, ask for information, and ask a friend, “Are you OK?” This message not only fits perfectly with the UNCG culture of care, it also addresses a deep societal need.

Some offerings this month:

Mental Health Screening Day
This will take place on Thursday, Sept. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. There will be two screening sites available on campus: Office of Multicultural Affairs (EUC ground floor) and The Counseling Center (Student Health Center, 2nd floor).
Visit studenthealth.uncg.edu to complete an online screening. Bring it to the event to meet one-on-one with a mental health professional.

“Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom”
Comedian and Writer Sara Benincasa – Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. – EUC Auditorium

Yoga on Kaplan Commons
Thursday, September 18 – 5 p.m – EUC Lawn

“Silver Linings Playbook” – September 27 – 29, 7 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, 2 pm on Sunday, EUC Auditorium


A Lunch & Learn series is offered. All Lunch & Learns will take place in the Faculty Center from noon – 1 p.m. Bring your lunch – drinks and desserts will be provided:

Wednesday, September 4 – Intro to Zen Buddhist Meditation
Dr. Mark Villacorta, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Tuesday, September 17 – Have You Seen My Mojo?
Ericka Gonzalez, Office of Leadership & Service-Learning

Thursday, September 19 – Spiritual Health
Andrew Mails and Kevin Matthews, Campus Ministries

Monday, September 23 – Brain Mapping 101: Applying Neuroscience in Daily Life
Dr. Jane Myers, Dept. of Counseling and Educational Development

Tuesday, September 24 – “A Single Story” and discussion about culture, values and mental health.
Dr. Alice Franks and Dr. Lori Hinsley, The Counseling Center

See details at http://shs.uncg.edu/mental-health-month/.

Looking ahead: Sept. 4, 2013

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Talk, Dr. James McPherson
Friday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m., Jackson Library, 1st floor

Volleyball vs. Murray St.
Friday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m.

Music, Collage Concert
Saturday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Women’s soccer vs. Georgia
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2 p.m. (Go Gold – American Childhood Cancer Organization)

Talk, Storyteller/author Bill Harley
Monday, Sept. 9, EUC Auditorium, 7 p.m.

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

Make Staff Stars nomination

Do you know a UNCG employee who has been caught in the act of caring? Someone who has gone above and beyond?

UNCG Staff Senate encourages all staff, campus-wide, to nominate employees whom they observe being kind, thoughtful, helpful or considerate.

A group of Staff Stars will be honored later this semester.

The nomination form is here.

See some of the past recipients.

Two fall entrepreneurship events

She started her own children’s clothing business out of her garage in 2008 – and has just received $20 million in venture capital. Entrepreneur Brandi Tysinger-Temple, Lolly Wolly Doodle founder and CEO, will speak Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m.

Later in the semester, a panel of entrepreneurs will speak. They will present “What you Can’t Do with an Entrepreneurship Major and Minor” on Nov. 20, 5 p.m.

Both are in the Bryan Building, Room 122. Admission is free.

The events are sponsored by the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross Disciplinary Program

Student business idea contest features $1,000 prize

Some enterprising college student in Greensboro is going to earn $1,000 in two minutes this fall.

The N.C. Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG is sponsoring the third annual “2 Minutes to Win It” business idea contest, open to full-time students at UNCG, N.C. A&T, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Bennett College, Elon University, Guilford Tech and High Point University. Prizes will include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and $250 for best presentation.

For students seeking help on how to come up with or refine an idea, a “StartMeUp!” workshop will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Moore Humanities and Research Administration building, Room 1214. Students should register at StartMeUpNCEC.eventbrite.com.

Imogene L. Cathey

Portrait of Imogene CatheyImogene L. Cathey has been appointed university counsel. Cathey had served as interim counsel since February. She previously served as associate counsel.

Before her tenure at UNCG, Cathey was assistant general counsel at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She received her juris doctor degree with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Cathey has been admitted to the bar associations of North Carolina, the District of Columbia and Florida. Her appointment comes after a national search.

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill

Portrait of Dr. Elizabeth PerrillDr. Elizabeth Perrill (Art) will receive a 2013 Craft Research Fund Project grant for “Burnished by History: The Legacies of Maria Martinez and Nesta Nala in Dialogue.” Perrill plans to create a scholarly article and companion artists’ interview focused on the legacies of ceramists Marinez (U.S.A.) and Nasta Nala (South Africa). The grant is awarded by The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.

Dr. Diana Bowman

Portrait of Dr. Diana BowmanDr. Diana Bowman (SERVE) received a continuation of funding from the US Department of Education for the project “National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)”. The SERVE Center will continue operating the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) technical assistance center for homeless education. SERVE has managed multimillion dollar federal contracts since 1992 and has successfully operated NCHE for 11 years. NCHE has a history of providing services effectively and expeditiously. Staff technology expertise has enabled NCHE to expand the scope and breadth of its services in innovative ways.

See/Hear: Sept. 4, 2013

Katie Marshall received the UNCG Young Alumni Award last spring. The Communication Studies major is an online communication specialist at Volvo Financial Services. “The real benefit to a Liberal Arts education, for me now in the business world, is that I can do the creative thinking and the critical thinking that’s needed. I directly apply things that I learned at UNCG to my job every day.” In this video clip, she explains how she learned the value of service and leadership skills at UNCG. “The world needs people who are willing to put in the time and give back,” she says, “to say ‘I’ve got my enthusiasm and my two hands, what can I do to make this situation better?’”