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Archives for October 2013

Bryan Terry will oversee enrollment, student academic success

Portrait of Dr. Bryan TerryUNCG has appointed Dr. Bryan Terry as associate provost for enrollment management effective Jan. 1.

Since 2009, Terry has served as associate vice president for enrollment management and student academic success at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He was associate vice president for enrollment management at Seton Hall University from 2006-2009.

“Dr. Terry has extensive experiences around issues of enrollment and student success,” said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “We are delighted he will be joining our academic affairs team.”

UNCG Provost David H. Perrin also cited Terry’s strong track record in recruitment and retention.

“Dr. Terry has excellent experience at two institutions whose access and student success missions are consistent with UNCG,” Perrin said. “He also has substantive experience with all three of the offices that will report to him — Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, and the University Registrar. He is known as a strong collaborator and relationship-builder within academic and non-academic areas of the institutions where he has worked.”

At Montclair, Terry implemented a recruitment plan that increased out-of-state applications by 15 percent in the first year, by 30 percent in the second year and by 40 percent in years three and four. Under his watch, community college transfer enrollments at Montclair increased by 12 percent over two years.

During his first year at Seton Hall, applications increased by more than 400 percent. Freshman retention rates increased by four percent that year.

Terry holds a PhD in educational administration and foundations from Illinois State University, a master’s in human resource management from Thomas Edison State College and a graduate certificate in enrollment management from the University of Florida-Gainesville. He has worked in higher education since 1991.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Michelle Hines

17 UNCG Staff Stars

Photo of Chancellor Brady, Tom Baxter and John Foreman“Random acts of kindness” and “other duties as assigned” were two phrases Chancellor Brady referenced as she spoke at the Fall 2013 UNCG Staff Stars presentation.

They both speak to what many UNCG staff members do each day – doing more with less and being kind and supportive as they go about their day.

People are proactive at UNCG, she noted, not waiting for an assignment.

What she sees in many of the nominations for Staff Stars, she explained, is ‘_____ stepped up to help out.”

“We are understaffed – woefully understaffed,” she said. “That people are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to help a colleague” says a lot, she explained.

Staff Stars awards are “one way to celebrate what goes on in support of our students and faculty.”

Staff Star honorees for Fall 2013 are:
Adam Horton – Human Resources
Allison Meridin – Department of Computer Science
Angela Mahoney – Human Resources
Denise Sherron – Graduate Enrolled Student Services
Emily Nanna – Housing and Residence Life
Jamie Stephens – SHS/Wellness Center
Jeff Lail – Campus Activities and Programs
Jeff Melton – Facility Services
Karen Core – Office of Multicultural Affairs
Michele Laudenbacher – Office of the Provost
Olivia Mintah – Student Health Services
Paul Lester – Campus Police
Rachel Hill – Educational Research and Methodology
Terri Vitka – Division of Continual Learning
Tom Baxter – Special Support Services
Valeria Caviness – Graduate School
Zachary Ratcliffe – Information Technology Services

By Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson. On this page: Brady, Tom Baxter, John Foreman (l-r). Baxter in Learning Assistance Center “stepped up” when an employee in LAC retired, Foreman said, making him a Staff Star.  All honorees may be seen on CW main page.

Oring, Eden lead Art in Odd Places Nov. 1-2

Photo of Stacy Bloom Rexrode looping cranberry-colored yarnOn a third-floor hallway in Gatewood Studio Arts Building, Stacy Bloom Rexrode sits on a stool in front of her latest creation, carefully looping cranberry-colored yarn though a crochet hook.

She’s a second-year MFA student at UNCG, and sculpture is her preferred form of expression.

Later this week, Rexrode’s crochet sculpture will be one of 36 pieces of art featured in Greensboro’s first “Art in Odd Places” public art festival along South Elm Street downtown.

Artist and UNCG assistant professor Sheryl Oring is the impetus for bringing AiOP to Greensboro. In 2010, Oring participated for the first time in the popular New York City festival founded by artist Ed Woodham. Two years later, she met Woodham at a conference and learned he planned to stage a version of AiOP at a college in Massachusetts.

They clicked.

“I had just come to UNCG and I felt like Greensboro was a place that really supported the arts,” she recalls. “I thought it would be really exciting to find a way to bring this festival to UNCG and to Greensboro.”

Oring, a co-curator of the festival with Xandra Eden of the Weatherspoon, is excited about the opportunity AiOP gives young artists like Rexrode.

“It helps build their portfolio, it helps them understand some of the challenges that go with creating work that is being presented in a public realm,” she says. “It’s a real, hands-on learning opportunity for them.”

Art in Odd Places will take place Nov. 1-2. For more information, visit www.artinoddplaces.org/greensboro.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Betsi Robinson
Photograph by David Wilson of Stacy Bloom Rexrode.

Open enrollment is extended two weeks, says HR

Open Enrollment period for health insurance and NCFlex benefits was set to end Oct. 31, 2013. However, due to the significant number of members who have yet to take action regarding their benefits, the plans have extended the deadline to Nov. 15, 2013.

Employees will now have until Nov. 15 to take action, or they and any enrolled dependents will be enrolled in the Traditional 70/30 Plan for all of 2014. Employees will have the opportunity to complete their wellness activities for those enrolling in the Enhanced 80/20 Plan and the Consumer-Directed Health Plan in order to reduce their employee-only monthly premium. You now also have additional time to make decisions about NCFlex programs like flexible spending accounts, the new vision option, and the the updated NCFlex term life insurance.

To help communicate this change, the State Health Plan is mailing certain people. Those members who did not take action as of Oct. 17 should receive a postcard in the mail to inform them of this extension and to remind them to enroll. If you completed everything on or after the 17th and get a card, you can verify your elections are in order by:

  1. Logging in to uncg.hrintouch.com
  2. Click “Enroll Now”
  3. Click “Benefits”

Then you will see what action you took on every benefit.

This extension also gives those who have completed their open enrollment time to review and think about their choices. You can make changes to any of your elections prior to Nov. 15 as well.

The State Health Plan has published a new instructional video to help folks understand the new Consumer Directed Health Plan with a Health Reimbursement Account, which you can review here http://bcove.me/xnomur6x

For additional information about open enrollment, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/2014_Open_Enrollment/

Pedestrian Underpass scheduled for completion in December

Photo of Chancellor Brady at Underpass construction siteStudents living in Spartan Village soon will be able to walk to and from campus through a new tunnel constructed under the railroad corridor.

With completion expected in late December, the underpass will provide a safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists to UNCG’s main campus. It exits campus just south of the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, at Forest Street crosses under Oakland Avenue and the railroad corridor, and ends across from the intersection of Lee Street and Glenwood Avenue.

Officials of the North Carolina Railroad, UNCG’s partner in the project, met with Chancellor P. Linda Brady on Oct. 25 to view the progress with Triad news media.

“When we made the decision to expand the campus and to build new residence halls, we knew that access would be a critical factor,” Brady said. “We now have 600 students living in those residence halls. We wanted to ensure that not only students but faculty, staff and residents of the neighborhood had safe and efficient access to the campus.

The line is the major rail artery between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. About 40 trains come by UNCG daily.

Residents of Spartan Village will be the first regular users of the underpass. But it will serve other UNCG projects in the future, such as the new Student Recreation Center and UNCG Police Station. It also will serve the general public, including the surrounding neighborhoods.

Extensive security has been planned for the underpass, which will have cameras and lighting. Its most notable security feature will be the new UNCG Police Station next door, with construction to be completed in 2014.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph by Chris English.

SECC has a ways to go, as deadline approaches

Group photo of Theresa Hancock, Terri Relos and Barbara ChadwellThe UNCG SECC campaign ends in less than two weeks. The campus is not quite halfway to its goal of $235,000.

The SECC is the official giving campaign for state employees in North Carolina. It helps support more than 1,000 charitable organizations in our region and state.

A regularly updated status of our campus’ giving is at www.ncsecc.org/campaign-progress-0, if you want to stay abreast day-by-day as the campaign concludes. And new pictures from your colleagues are at secc.wp.uncg.edu/2013-campaign/uncg-gives-gallery/.

To contribute to the campaign, fill out the hardcopy form each employee has received. (If you need another one, just let the Campus Weekly editor know or your departmental volunteer.) Or you can give online, via ePledge, at secc.wp.uncg.edu/2013-campaign/epledge/. Many employees, including SECC Chair Rob Cannon and the CW editor, have found it to be simple and convenient.

Fall 2013 CNNC personnel update

Raleigh Bailey, founding director of CNNC, has stepped down from his position. Bailey will continue with the center on a part-time basis as director emeritus, continuing work with selected projects and doing field research. Bailey has been a leader in the immigrant/refugee field since 1984, when he become director of the Refugee Programs for Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas.

Maha Elobeid now serves as the interim director of programs, overseeing the CNNC’s outreach education. She first joined CNNC as a lay health advisor for African and Arabic-speaking communities before returning to her native Sudan, where she worked in strategic planning with multinational organizations. Two years ago she returned to CNNC to provide oversight to CNNC’s community centers and started her PhD program in educational leadership and cultural foundations at UNCG.

Holly Sienkiewicz will oversee and further develop the center’s community-based research component as interim director of research as she completes her PhD. She has worked with the CNNC over the last few years as a graduate student in public health education, studying immigrant and refugee integration at our community centers. She has also served with another UNCG center conducting research and evaluation in health education.

Janet Johnson will continue with CNNC as business officer.

Full story at http://cnnc.uncg.edu/2013/10/cnnc-leadership-transitions/

UNCG Leadership Institute 2014 applications deadline Nov. 21

The UNCG Leadership Institute is designed to provide staff, faculty and administrators with a significant, year-long opportunity to increase their leadership skills and accelerate their own leadership performance and readiness.

The program is focused on emerging leaders. It will cover important topics in leadership, but also provide participants with the opportunity to engage in action learning through the development of a project to solve an institutional issue or problem with guidance from a coaching mentor.

The ideal participant in the UNCG Leadership Institute is a UNCG employee who:

  • Supervises others or manages a function with significant scope/impact
  • Is an emerging leader and has demonstrated a commitment to attaining greater leadership or performance competency through job-related training, certifications, or similar activities
  • Has demonstrated the ability to contribute to the university’s strategic goals and the change process

Participants will present their completed project to the chancellor and executive staff at the close of the Leadership Institute Program. The program begins in January 2014 and consists of eight all-day and half-day sessions held throughout the calendar year.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 21, 2013. The application materials – and full information – may be found at leadershipinstitute.uncg.edu.

Are you ready for some basketball? Deals abound.

Action photo of Drew ParkerSpartan men’s basketball kicks into gear next week. Their first four games are at home.

Does your office or work group want a spirited outing? Group ticket discounts for Spartan men’s basketball are offered now.

The minimum is 10 tickets.

For any game against a SoCon opponent (except Davidson), tickets are $10 – and that includes a T-shirt. For four premium games – NC State, ECU, James Madison and Davidson – tickets are $10, or you can pay $15 and get a T-shirt too.

If you plan to attend nearly all the games, why not go for season tickets?

UNCG faculty and staff receive a discount for season tickets. The lower level season tickets, normally $119, are available for faculty/staff for $99. With season tickets come parking passes for all the games, tickets to the women’s games and three buddy passes good for any game(s). Plus you can redeem unused tickets for any future game this season.

Faculty and staff can pay for season tickets through payroll deduction, if they would like.

And there’s another option, too: The Mini Flex 4-Pack. For $49, get a ticket to the NC State game plus three other games of your choice.

For tickets stop by the Ticket Office in UNCG’s HHP Building, call 334-3250, or visit uncgspartans.com.

School of Education Alumni Awards

These UNCG School of Education presented its alumni awards in a ceremony Oct. 26, 2013.

Early Career Award
Ty-Ron M.O. Douglas, PhD
Josh Goodman, PhD

Distinguished Career Award
Richard Huffine
Richard Huffine is currently senior director for the U.S. Federal Government Market for ProQuest, one of the premier library content and services companies in the world today.

Teresa Little, PhD
Teresa Little currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of special education and the director of graduate studies in the Specialized Education Services Department at UNCG.

Outstanding Achievement Award
Wanda Brown
Wanda K. Brown is associate dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. Brown is immediate past-president of the North Carolina Library Association, past president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, recipient of the 2013 BCALA Leadership Award, the 2012 BCALA Distinguished Service Award, the 2009 UNCG Kovacs Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement, and the 1995 REMCO Road Builders Award for Service in Academic Librarianship.

Amanda Northrup
Amanda Northrup is the 2010 North Carolina winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and recipient of the 2011 Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers.

Distinguished Service Award
Liliana ‘Lili’ R. Sznaidman, MS, LPCS
Since graduation, she has worked as a bilingual therapist with victims of family violence and/or sexual assault; however, she has spent most of her time as a private practitioner running her own successful practice. Lili currently serves on the Department of Counseling & Educational Development’s Advisory Board

Details are at http://soe.uncg.edu/alumni-awards-winners/

UNCG’s first police K-9, Aja retires

Photo of AjaUNCG Police’s first K-9, Aja, will retire effective Oct. 31, 2013. Aja’s retirement coincides with the retirement of her handler, Sergeant David Combs. Aja, a female German Shepherd dog, was obtained by the UNCG Police on May 10, 2007. After her training, she hit the streets with Sergeant Combs on August 6, 2007.

During her career, Aja had 317 deployments.

UNCG Police made the announcement this week via its Facebook page. Access the full post here.

According to the post, because of Aja’s searching abilities “police seized nearly 6 lbs. of marijuana, 30 grams of crack cocaine, various amounts of other narcotics, $31,945 in cash, 46 items of drug paraphernalia, 5 guns, and 1 car. Aja also made 7 criminal apprehensions after tracking suspects.”

– Information courtesy Jamie Herring, chief of police, UNCG Police. Photograph courtesy Nancy Sidelinger, News & Record




LIHC’s Chancellor’s Resident Fellowship nominations

Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) announces the 2014-15 Chancellor’s Resident Fellows competition. Central to the mission and work of Lloyd International Honors College are the talented UNCG faculty who teach the LIHC’s courses and interact with its students. For the 2014-15 academic year the LIHC will appoint one Chancellor’s Resident Fellow who will teach full-time in LIHC and participate in the life of the College throughout the year.

In Lloyd International Honors College all classes are small seminars that allow the Fellow to teach the subject matter in new ways and on topics that he or she may not get the chance to teach in the scholar’s own department. In addition to a Fellow’s teaching stipend, the faculty member also receives a research award to be used during the year of the Fellowship.

The Fellowship is open to all full time UNCG faculty. Fellows receive, in addition to their regular salary, a $4,000 teaching stipend and a $3,000 research stipend, both payable only during the year of the Fellowship.

If you are interested in securing the Fellowship position, please submit an application letter, approved by your department head and dean, to Lloyd International Honors College (205 Foust building) by Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The department head and dean should note this approval by affixing their signatures to the bottom of the application letter. Among other items you may wish to enclose, the submitted application should include your curriculum vitae, a list of the courses you have taught over the previous two years, a proposal of the courses you would like to teach during your year in the Honors College with as much specificity as possible, a statement of interest that should address what you might contribute to the mission and work of the College (particularly its commitment to an international perspective), and a brief description of your research agenda.

The selection will be based on the curricular needs of Lloyd International Honors College, the candidate’s qualifications, his or her teaching proposal, and the candidate’s strengths in terms of multidisciplinary studies and global engagement.

If you have questions about the Fellowship Program or your application, contact Dean Jerry Pubantz at 256-2579 or by email at j_pubant@uncg.edu.

For details, visit http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/faculty/fellows-program.htm

Fun films from the 1970s “educational genre”

Who knew mental hygiene could be so much fun?

A program to be presented by Dr. Marsha Gordon and Skip Elsheimer will reflect the revolutionary spirit of the ‘70s through 16mm shorts. The films will screen on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on the UNCG campus.

“I’ve seen several of these shows over the past 15 years,” said Professor Brett Ingram. “They are entertaining and fun, as well as thought-provoking and educational.”

Skip Elsheimer (A/V Geeks in Raleigh) has a collection of more than 25,000 ephemeral 16mm film prints, mostly educational “mental hygiene” films from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s.

Dr. Marsha Gordon is a professor of film studies at NC State and is co-editor of “Learning With the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States.”

The screening will last about an hour followed by a discussion with Gordon and Elsheimer. The event is sponsored by UNCG Media Studies.

Jerry & Theresa Vaughan Conference Room dedication

Photo of Tim Johnston and Dr. Jerry Vaughan during dedicationOn Oct. 9, 2013, a ceremony was held to dedicate the new conference room in the UNCG Mathematics and Statistics Department to Jerry and Theresa Vaughan. The Jerry & Theresa Vaughan Conference Room is located in the Petty Building, Room 149. The funding was provided by the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences.

Drs. Jerry and Theresa Vaughan have been very generous to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The Dr. Theresa Phillips Vaughan Math Scholarship has already been funded and is providing support for students. Dr. Jerry Vaughan has also provided an additional planned gift that will be added to this scholarship. Additionally, Dr. Jerry Vaughan has completed paperwork to provide an additional planned gift to establish the Jerry E. Vaughan Math Scholarship.

Professor Theresa Vaughan was a member of the mathematics faculty at UNCG for 21 years before retiring in 2008. She served as chair of the Mathematics Scholarship committee. She was vice president of the Board of Directors of the International Fibonacci Association, and a member of several professional organizations. Most of her research was in algebra, finite fields, combinatorics and discrete mathematics. She was the author of many published papers collaborating with many colleagues and students at UNCG and with researchers from other universities. In 1988, she conceived the idea of a one-day regional conference on number theory and combinatorics, and she hosted the first of what grew into an annual two-day conference called SERMON which is an acronym the “Southeastern Regional Meeting on Numbers.”

Professor Jerry Vaughan has been a member of the mathematics faculty at UNCG for 40 years and continues to teach and do research with passion and dedication. He has served as interim head of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics and chair of many departmental committees. His research interests include set-theoretic topology, set theory, general topology, mathematical logic, and functional analysis. He is co-editor in chief (with Jan van Mill) of the international research journal “Topology and its Applications.” He also co-edited the book “Handbook of Set-theoretic Topology” with Kenneth Kunen and “The Encyclopedia of General Topology” with K.P. Hart and J. Nagata.

Visual: At dedication, (l-r) Dean Tim Johnston and Dr. Jerry Vaughan

Author of “One City, One Book” selection will visit Nov. 7

Portrait of Luis UrreaLuis Urrea, author of “Into the Beautiful North,” Greensboro’s One City, One Book selection for this year, will come to UNCG for a conversation with our campus community Thursday, Nov. 7. The talk from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Light refreshments will be served.

Because the author is especially interested in reaching students, organizers want to provide students the opportunity to engage directly with him. Since the presentation time is limited, ask students to submit questions in advance — have them include their name, their email, and their questions and send the information to Pat Levitin (patlevitin@gmail.com) by Friday, Nov. 1.

Award winning author Luis Urrea was born in Tijuana, lived in San Diego, then returned to Tijuana. Among his many adventures, he taught at Harvard University. In addition to “Into the Beautiful North,” he wrote “Devil’s Highway,” a work dealing with immigrants in Arizona in the 1990s, the border patrols, Mexican and Arizona politics on illegal immigration. Thus, he has insights into questions about immigration and issues that affect immigrants. He enjoys talking about bridging cultures and would welcome any related questions.

For Rob Cannon, campus SECC chair, it all comes back to UNCG’s motto

Portrait of Dr. Rob CannonDr. Rob Cannon (Biology) has supported the SECC for many years. This year he is UNCG’s SECC chair. Which charity does he mark on his form?

He tells a story, of his father ill in the hospital. “Back in 2000, my father was 87. He’d die soon. My mother wanted him to come home.”

Hospice care was there for the family. The doctors thought his father would live four to five days. He lived under the care of Hospice for eight weeks.

“I’ve been giving to Hospice at Greensboro ever since.”

Our motto at UNCG is “service,” he stresses. The SECC is part and parcel with that motto.

Cannon has begun phased retirement. This semester he is teaching one lab and team-teaching a large lecture class. He continues to chair the Health Career Advisory Committee. And there is still that legendary line of students at his Eberhart door during his office hours, as he offers practical wisdom to aspiring doctors and dentists.

To mark his 40th year teaching microbiology, he reached out to his former students from 20 years and 40 years ago – and many responded with tales of where their careers and lives have taken them.

When you teach and advise for 42 years, you have an impact on many students. And they have an impact on many others.

In a way, the SECC is like that. You contribute to the organizations you want and know your gift makes a difference. One that may ripple and, combined with the gifts of others, affect many lives in many ways.

The SECC total stands at $106,615, with two weeks left in the campaign. The goal is $235,000.

Cannon explains he does not like people feeling pressure to give to the SECC. What he does like is that you can choose what organization you want to support.

For him that’s Hospice. And he’s taking it a step further. On Saturday he said, “Today, I am starting my training to become a Hospice volunteer.”

And by the way, he decided to forego the SECC paper form this year and instead try the new online ePledge. Using ePledge was simple, he said.

SECC details are at secc.uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris

Mass Graves in Iraq

It’s grisly but important work.

Forensic anthropologist David Hines will give the talk “Mass Graves in Iraq” in Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Building, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at 7:15 p.m. Hines has worked extensively in conflict areas and will talk about the state-of-the-art techniques that forensic anthropologists use to locate, excavate and identify human remains in mass graves in international conflict zones like Iraq and Afghanistan. The talk will include graphic images.

Hines is a PhD student in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Florida.

Questions? Contact Dr. Bob Anemone at robert.anemone@uncg.edu.

UNCG Basketball’s Lucy Mason All-SoCon preseason

Action photo of Lucy MasonAt one point last year, Lucy Mason was the leading freshman scorer in the nation. Now as a sophomore, she has been named to the preseason All-Southern Conference Team.

What drew the high school National Junior Honor Society student to UNCG? In a UNCG Magazine article last season she explained, “One of the biggest reasons for choosing (UNCG) was the academic program — especially the African American Studies department. I was thrilled when I had a chance to meet some of the professors.” UNCG’s African American Studies program is one of the top 10 in the nation, according to Academic Analytics.

“Right now I am majoring in African American studies as well as econ. I am deciding how I want to pair the two together and what direction I want to go,” she said.

The first opportunity to see the UNCG Women’s Basketball team is this Saturday (Nov. 2) as they host Francis Marion in Fleming Gym at 11:30 a.m. in an exhibition. The men’s team has an exhibition game afterward.

Season ticket information is at www.uncgspartans.com.

Bryan School in “Best 295 Business Schools”

For the 14th consecutive year, the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics is listed among “The Best 295 Business Schools” as ranked by The Princeton Review.

The recognition is based on feedback from people who know the Bryan School best — current students. They gave the school high marks for its challenging academic programs, supportive environment and affordability.

The 2014 edition of “The Best 295 Business Schools” was published Oct. 8. For the full list of schools visit, http://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings.aspx.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Lanita Goins Withers

Looking ahead: Oct. 30, 2013

Sign thank you notes for veterans
Wednesday, Oct. 30, EUC Commons

Dr. Howard Zehr, “The Growing Edges of Restorative Justice”
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., Stone Building 186

Women’s soccer vs. Elon, preceded by 6 p.m.“Greek Treats”
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

“Show me the Money” funding search databases workshop
Thursday Oct. 31, 10 a.m., Room 304, Curry Building

North Carolina Dance Festival
Friday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m, Aycock Auditorium

Men’s basketball vs. Lee McRae (exh)
Saturday, Nov. 2, Fleming Gym, 2 p.m.

Viewing, 16mm shorts from the ‘70s
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m., Weatherspoon

MRC Book Talk, Dr. CP Gause
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center

Jackson Library exhibition commemorates service during Korean War

In conjunction with 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice signed in 1953, the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project is presenting a library exhibition about women who served in the U.S. military and American Red Cross from 1950-1953.

The historical project is also holding a Women Veterans luncheon from 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The deadline for luncheon reservations is Nov. 1. For more information or to make reservations, contact Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu or 334-5838.

In memoriam: Bill Evans

Dr. Bill Evans, an assistant professor of Public Health Education, died Oct. 22. He was an enthusiastic promoter of health and wellness in both his work and personal life. He played a major role in the creation and development of HealthyUNCG. Before joining UNCG, he had 20 years’ experience working for community health organizations in organizing health education campaigns. He was also an author whose publications ranged from scholarly articles to poetry. Link to obituary.

A student diversity award

Dr. Ya-Ting Shang, a Research Assistant at UNCG, received the Student Diversity Award from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), an international professional organization that promotes the field of sport and exercise psychology. Shang’s research has focused on sport and gender issues. Her recent doctoral thesis was titled “Cultural Competence of Sport Psychology Consultants in Taiwan in Working with LGBT Athletes.”

Shang earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taiwan; a Master of Physical Education in Recreational Sports Management from the National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport; and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Kinesiology from UNCG. She also has a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women and Gender Studies.

Slavery through the ages

The panel discussion “Slavery Through the Ages” will be held Oct. 29, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 118. Panelists will be Dr. Asa Eger (UNCG History), Dr. Watson Jennison (UNCG History), and Dr. Maura Nsonwu (NC A&T Sociology and Social Work). These speakers will lecture for a brief period about each of their research areas in an effort to educate the public about some of the many forms of slavery that have existed and those that continue to exist. By no means does this panel attempt to cover all forms of slavery, notes the UNCG Historical Society, which is sponsoring the discussion, or all periods of history – but the narrow focus that is offered will attempt to make students and staff more informed of the history of this practice.

Chuck Hilton

Portrait of Chuck HiltonChuck Hilton (UNCG Anthropology), along with co-editors Ben Auerbach (University of Tennessee) and Libby Cowgill (University of Missouri), has a forthcoming edited volume titled “The Foragers of Point Hope: The Biology and Archaeology of Humans on the Edge of the Alaskan Arctic,” in press with Cambridge University Press. Over 60 years after the archaeological excavations, “The Foragers of Point Hope” is the first anthropological synthesis of these important ancient arctic foragers of Point Hope, Alaska. The original excavations from 1939-41 were seminal investigations within the field of Arctic archaeology. Written for professional archaeologists and biological anthropologists, as well as informed readers, this integrative volume brings together evidence from archaeological excavations and human skeletal remains to document how past cultures and peoples successfully lived and interacted in the arctic environment of Point Hope, as well as Alaska as a whole.

Dr. Mary Catherine Scott-Little

Portrait of Dr. Mary Scott-LittleDr. Mary Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. [Post was updated 10/31/2013.]

Dr. Raleigh Bailey

Portrait of Dr. Raleigh BaileyDr. Raleigh Bailey (Office of Research and Economic Development) received a competitive renewal of funding from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for the project “AmeriCorps ACCESS Project”. The purpose of this project is to help immigrants gain access to human services, build bridges with mainstream society, and assist immigrants with acculturation leading to self-sufficiency.

Dr. Edna Chun

Portrait of Dr. Edna ChunDr. Edna Chun (Human Resources) led an invited workshop at the Society for Human Resource Management Diversity and Inclusion Conference earlier this week. The talk was on her new book: “The New Talent Acquisition Frontier: Integrating HR and Diversity Strategy.” Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resources, co-presented with Dr. Rohini Anand, senior vice president and global chief diversity officer for Sodexo. At the most recent Campus Conversations Authors Spotlight on Inclusive Excellence talk at the Faculty Center, Chun led a discussion on this topic as well.

Dr. Hamid Nemati

Portrait of Dr. Hamid NematiDr. Hamid Nemati (Information Systems and Supply Chain Management) received a continuation of funding from New Breed Logistics, Inc. for an Extended Agreement for Collaboration between UNCG and New Breed Logistics.

Dr. Victoria Jacobs

Dr. Victoria Jacobs (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from The University of Texas-Austin for the project “Theorizing and Advancing Teachers’ Responsive Decision Making in the Domain of Rational Numbers.”

“In a collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin and SRI International, this project explores teachers’ responsive decision making related to fraction instruction in grades 3–5,” the abstract says. “Responsive decision making refers to teachers’ instructional decisions that cannot be predetermined but instead must be continually adjusted based on children’s ever-changing ideas and actions. This interactive view of instructional decision making has proven challenging to implement, and we are working to better understand and promote this expertise through professional development.”

See/hear: October 30, 2013

UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Now” news program came to UNCG to learn about a new institute. UNCG’s Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness, the first of its kind in North Carolina’s public university system, marries evidence-based programming, educational resources and training to take a holistic approach to an athlete’s well-being. See the news video clip, featuring Dr. David Wyrick and also Dr. Jeff Milroy, Dr. Todd Lewis and Kim Record.

This week is Homecoming 2013

Photo of Spiro from 2011 HomecomingThe campus is abuzz with Homecoming activity through Sunday.

Friday, for example, features the Rugby Past vs. Present Match; Women’s Volleyball vs. Wofford; Women’s Soccer vs. Samford with a 25th Anniversary Celebration at halftime; Alumni reading with Kelly Cherry ’67 and Jennifer Habel, ’97; final round of the UNCG Student Hip-Hop Competition and a late-night Bonfire & Rally at the Rawk. Plus many other events.

But Saturday is the big day.

Saturday’s Homecoming Party at UNCG’s Kaplan Commons starts at 4 p.m.

Some highlights include:

Children’s Festival – A host of fun activities for kids

BBQ meal by Backyard Bistro – BBQ chicken, pulled pork, vegetables and banana pudding, $5 a person. UNCG students eat free with valid student ID.

4:30 p.m. – Homecoming Parade of Chariots

5:30 – 9 p.m. – Sleeping Booty party band

6 p.m. — Women’s Volleyball vs. Furman

7:30 p.m. — Men’s Soccer vs. Georgia Southern

8 p.m. — Neo-Black Society 45th Anniversary Celebration

8 p.m. — Hip Hop Weekend with MC Lyte

8:30 p.m. — Homecoming King & Queen Coronation – Halftime of soccer match

9:30 p.m. — Homecoming Fireworks Show

A complete schedule is at homecoming.uncg.edu/hmcmng/2013/schedule/

H&RL rallies ‘round 2013 SECC

Photo of Jood Schachtschneider, Charles Clency, Konnie Hauser and Guy SandersIf you heard a big noise today coming from UNCG’s Gray Drive, don’t be alarmed. It’s just Housing and Residence Life holding a big pep rally for the SECC.

The SECC is the official giving campaign for state employees. It supports more than 1,000 charitable organizations in our region and state. And each year, UNCG’s H&RL is a big supporter.

Charles Clency, associate director for Residence Life, says it’s really quite simple: “I happen to truly believe that giving back in some sort of fashion is the ethical thing to do, when you’ve been blessed to have something in this world. My preferred charities are the YMCA and United Way because I’ve witnessed their exemplary commitment to families and community my whole life, and I aim to support them so they can continue this effort for generations to come!”

“We have had a 100 percent participation rate of turning in the forms since before I arrived in 1990,” says Guy Sanders, associate director for Administrative Operations in H&RL.

At the early morning pep rally Oct. 23, staff heard from speakers from Hospice of Greensboro and North Carolina Children’s Home Society. “The breakfast rally provides the motivation for over 100 H&RL staff to support the variety of agencies supported by the campaign,” he explained.

Why does Sanders support SECC? “1. It is easy. 2. It’s the right thing to do. 3. It lets me support the groups and agencies that target some of my favorite causes.

“For example, the last couple of years I have supported Catholic Relief Services because they have one of the lowest administrative costs per dollar donated and they are usually the first in and last out to disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, Civil War in Syria, and drought in east Africa. In the past I have supported Alzheimer’s Association (my wife works with them on walks), Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Greensboro Urban Ministries, etc.”

This year’s H&RL SECC solicitor is Mary Davis. (Earlier H&L coordinators have been Mary Griffin and Doris Corbett.) Davis, administrative assistant, says she gives figuring that if everybody is willing to give a little, the money adds up and can make a big difference. “The organizations that receive the funds serve a huge variety of people with different needs. It feels good to know you are helping the SECC organizations help our community.”

Jood Schachtschneider, assistant director for occupancy management, says, “It’s easy to forget that there are a great number of people all over who need a helping hand. When you look at the types of services offered by all the different charities the SECC supports from Adoption Services, Elderly Support Services, Veterans Services, and lots of others, well, it’s a long list.

“Who knows, any one of us might need one of those services one day.”

To give or to see more information, visit secc.uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Mary Davis. L-r, Jood Schachtschneider, Charles Clency, Konnie Hauser and Guy Sanders

UNCG Campus Sustainability Day 2013

Photo of Foust BuildingTake part in UNCG Campus Sustainability Day today (Wednesday, Oct. 23). Events focused on Sustainability and the Arts as well as Healthy UNCG will be offered starting at noon in the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

12-12:45 p.m.: Green Jobs (Career Services)
12:45-1:45 p.m.: Healthy UNCG presentations
1:45-3 p.m.: CSI Posters / Sustainability Scholarship Fair -– faculty research and student projects
3-4:30 p.m: Reception for CSI winners and discussion

Two events are offered later in the week:

Sustainability Film and Discussion Series – Arise – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Weatherspoon Art Museum

“What would a truly sustainable society look like and how do we get there?” Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., 308 Graham. Chris Williams, environmental activist and author of the book Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, will speak. Sponsored by the UNCG Sociology Department.

Questions? Contact Aaron Allen at asallen@uncg.edu or Chad Carwein at cgcarwei@uncg.edu.


The qualities of our next provost?

Photo from Oct. 16 Faculty Senate forumThis UNCG provost search is critically important to our future, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. We need someone who’s an experienced leader. Someone who will engage with all of us as well as with those beyond the campus. It goes beyond being a chief academic officer – the person will ensure Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Research and Engagement are integrated on our campus. The chancellor spoke on many other qualities, but most of the time at the forum was reserved for comments and suggestions from those assembled.

Dr. Patti Sink, Faculty Senate chair, had opened the Oct. 16 Faculty Senate forum by introducing Chancellor Linda P. Brady and the co-chairs of the Provost Search Committee, Dr. Randolph Rasch and Dr. Stanley Faeth (l-r at podium in visual). The search committee, listed in a recent CW, sat facing those in Virginia Dare Room.

Sink asked the first question of those assembled: What characteristics are we looking for? There were a variety of responses.

Dr. Joy Bhadury on the committee asked everyone to name one characteristic that would put them off. The responses were written down.

Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom asked everyone what interview question is a great one to include, to help you really learn something about the person.

Some news from the forum:

  • This will be an open search, Brady said. Once a group of 3-4 finalists for the position of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor are identified, those finalists will have campus visits. There will be an opportunity for an open forum with each of those candidates.
  • UNCG will engage a nationally recognized search firm for this important search. Six proposals from firms have been received, the chancellor said.
  • In February, about eight finalists for the provost position will be determined. By late March, that list will be narrowed and 3-4 finalists will visit campus. The goal is to make an announcement by Spring Commencement.
  • There will be a website; it is being designed now. It will be a vehicle to provide updates on process and to solicit input.
  • Once several finalists are selected in the spring, the schedule of their campus visits and CVs will be posted at that web site.

By Mike Harris