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Archives for October 2013

Jill McCorkle reads from ‘Life After Life’ at UNCG Oct. 29

Photo of Jill McCorkleWriter Jill McCorkle visits UNCG Tuesday, Oct. 29, to read from her latest novel, “Life After Life.”

McCorkle’s reading begins at 4 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. A book signing follows the reading.

“Life After Life” focuses on a cast of characters – ages 12 to 85 – surrounding Pine Haven retirement center. As their lives intersect, they learn deeper truths about themselves and each other.

Five of McCorkle’s books have been named New York Times notable books. She has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

McCorkle, whose books include “The Cheer Leader” and “July 7th,” has taught at UNC Chapel Hill, Tufts and Brandeis. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard for five years where she also chaired Creative Writing. She currently teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at NC State University.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Michelle Hines

Lots to learn from (and with) your colleagues

UNCG’s Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons offers many workshops and events, in a wide variety of realms. Here is a sampling in the coming weeks:

Team-Based Learning Workshop: “Designing Group Work that REALLY Works” and “Getting Beyond Covering Content: A Key to Student Motivation and Success.” Friday, Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Faculty Center. Lunch provided. Dr. Larry K. Michaelsen developed Team-Based Learning (TBL), a comprehensive small-group based instructional process that is now being used in more than 200 academic disciplines. Sponsored by the Division of Continual Learning. Email ftlc@uncg.edu for more information.

“What would the university look like if structured around student success?” Wednesday, Oct. 30, 11:30-12:30 p.m., 186 Stone. Skype discussion led by guest speaker Dr. William Plater, Provost Emeritus at IUPUI. Seating limited. Email ftlc@uncg.edu for more information and to register.

POWER UP Online Learning Hands-on Workshop. “Hybrid Training for Hybrid Instruction,” Monday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pre-workshop materials — including sample web-based courses — available online starting Friday, Nov. 1. Participants will hear from UNCG students about online course experience and receive access to online courses, tips for design, best practices, available support, demonstrations of technologies and methods used by faculty, and hands-on “sandbox” sessions with UNCG’s experts. Working knowledge of Blackboard suggested. POWER UP.

Screencasting from your PC or Mac, Oct. 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m., McIver 140: (Matt Libera, ITC, School of Music, Theater and Dance) Video is taking over the web, and recording your computer screen (called “screencasting”) is an easy way to augment your instruction. Whether you want to demonstrate a computer task, record a PowerPoint lecture, or something else, there are free tools to help you get the job done. Attendees should bring laptops. Register here.

Quick and Free Visual Tools, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2-3 p.m. – ONLINE ONLY! (Beth Filar Williams, FTLC Fellow for Technology Tools, and Amy Harris Houk, FTLC Fellow for Information Literacy) Discover a few quick and easy-to-use visual tools such as pixlr for quick online image creation and editing and others. These tools can also help you develop a more universal design for learning in your classes.

How do I position myself to go to the next level? Mid-career Faculty Mentoring. Promotion and Tenure Panel in November. Date TBD. Discussions and organization led by James Benshoff, CED, FTLC Tenure Track Mentoring Fellow and Chris Poulos, Department Chair, CST.

Future Faculty Learning Community “Teaching Philosophy Workshop” by (Sarah Daynes, SOC, FTLC Fellow and Sheryl Lieb, ELC on Thursday, Oct. 24, 4-6 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Register here.

Community + Entrepreneurship Friday, Nov. 8, 8:30-10 a.m., TBD possibly Glenwood Coffee? (Chris Thomas, ART, FTLC Fellow and Steve Moore, Co-leader, Director, Undergraduate Studies)- UNCG has multiple efforts and initiatives going on across the city, but most prominently in Glenwood and the Downtown area. Find out who’s doing what across disciplines and more importantly, find out how to get your students involved. Registration.

Advising and Student Retention Wednesday, Nov.13, 3-4 p.m., —Faculty Center (Gail Pack, BUS, FTLC Fellow and Dana Saunders Co-leader, Director, Students First) This group works cross-departmentally to tease out best practices for faculty involvement with advising and retention. Campus Weekly article.

Deliberative Dialogue for Global Pedagogies, Thursday, Nov. 14, noon-1:30 p.m. (Brown bag), 401 Gatewood (Tommy Lambeth, IARC, FTLC Fellow for Global Engagement) Dr. Katy Harriger (Wake Forest University, Department of Politics and International Affairs.) Deliberative dialogue involves establishing ground rules for discussion that discourage dominance by a few, storytelling to promote empathy and understanding, and surfacing the values conflicts that underlie most policy debate.

Protect your hearing – learn more at Homecoming

Photo of mannequin to determine safe hearing levelsHomecoming Week offers several ways for the campus community to learn about enhancing and protecting their health.

Thursday, stop by the EUC retail area around noon for a food demo featuring healthier options available on campus. Friday, ActiveU yoga is offered in Foust Park at noon. And if you complete a Personal Wellness Profile during the week, you get a free T-Shirt from Healthy UNCG.

Saturday at Homecoming’s HHS tent, meet “Genie” – a mannequin with an integrated sound level meter that allows you to determine if a person is setting his/her ipod at safe levels.

Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells that are found in the inner ear. Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear (sound energy) into electrical signals that travel to the brain. Once damaged, human hair cells cannot grow back, which causes permanent hearing loss. NIHL can result from prolonged exposure to loud sounds of 85 decibels or greater.

Dr. Lisa Fox-Thomas, audiology professor at UNCG, notes, “Damaging levels of sound don’t have to perceived as ‘noise’ and can include sounds we enjoy such as music or the roar of a crowd.” In fact, the prevalence of hearing loss in the United States is rising at an alarming rate. This is due in part to the increased time Americans spend listening through cellphones, iPods, and other audio devices.

Fox-Thomas adds, “Not only are we listening to sounds louder, we are listening longer, which has a direct impact on the damage that is done.” As a result, audiologists at UNCG Speech and Hearing Center are attempting to educate children and adults about the dangers of sound exposure.

A lot of years, a lot of support and friendships for UNCG Catering’s Penny Hovis

Portrait of Penny HovisCatering serves a lot of people. Which means a lot of people know Penny Hovis ’71, catering coordinator. She’s the first person you see when you come through the office’s door.

But next week, someone else will be in that spot. Penny’s retiring.

She started at UNCG Dining in 1967 as a Spartan freshman – this was well before the 1980’s dining hall renovation. Students used a bridge from the east to the second floor, and there was a gravel parking lot where the fountain is now.

It was an era of “miniskirts and bell bottoms and hippies,” she says. She vividly recalls the cafeteria workers’ strike of 1968. By that time she was a student supervisor with her work-study job in Dining, and watched as students literally marched on the tables. “I did not go on strike. I considered myself management.” The strike did mean she worked “some horrendous hours.”

She graduated in English with a secondary education concentration. But her work experience with ARAMARK set her career trajectory. She worked for them at Clemson planning parties, doing catering, creating contests and theme nights. Then a succession of colleges, including USC and Georgia Tech. While at High Point College in 1989, she was diagnosed with MS. She accepted a desk job with ARAMARK here at UNCG. “It was like coming home,” she says.

And when she underwent treatment for breast cancer in 2001, she gathered lots of strength from faculty and staff. “Thirty or 40 women at UNCG called me to offer support and their stories. It was unbelievable.”

She joined a campus support group and they all supported each other.

UNCG Catering serves lots of UNCG events. About 3,700 in a big year, she says. Whether it’s banquets or conferences, sorority/fraternity functions, weddings at Alumni House or the coffee and cookies before Faculty Senate meetings, they are busy.

Things do change as years go by. The dining areas in the EUC were renovated in the ‘90s. Chartwells currently holds the dining contract. The dining building – now named the Moran Commons – is undergoing a multi-phase renovation. But UNCG still has its core characteristics. And that starts with its people.

“I’ll miss the people I work with and the people I work for – my customers,” she says.

Anything else she’ll miss most? “I’m going to miss the vibrancy – the university is so alive.”

A retirement reception for Penny Hovis will be in Moran Commons Nov. 1, from 3 -5 p.m.

By Mike Harris

See/hear: Oct. 23, 2013

Dr. Chris Rhea’s “virtual reality” research is making an impact in the realm of physical therapy. “We are primarily focused on how we can use virtual reality for physical therapy – such as using avatars and other virtual environments – to re-train people how to walk” after after a stroke or injury, the assistant professor of kinesiology says. You see how ever-progressing virtual reality is used in movies and gaming. “How we can ultimately use those same analyses and that same technology to help create more defined and optimal rehabilitation programs?” See additional videos of STEM research at UNCG at the UNCGResearch YouTube page.

Looking ahead: Oct. 23, 2013

“The Great American Gun War…” Dr. Philip Cook (Duke)
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Curry Auditorium

“Personhood, Ethics and Animal Cognition,” Dr. Gary Varner, Texas A&M
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

Volleyball vs. Wofford
Friday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m.

Homecoming Party
Saturday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m., Kaplan Commons

Men’s soccer vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Concert, MC Lyte (Performing Arts Series)
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

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

MRC Book Talk, Dr. CP Gause
Tuesday, November 5, 4 pm, Multicultural Resource Center

Darden opera, piano music collection

UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives has received the donation of an extensive opera and piano music collection by the distinguished pianist and conductor George Darden. It includes nearly 200 annotated scores, 22 monographs and an impressive collection of signed photographs and tear sheets from the Metropolitan Opera.

In 1985, he began his collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera, providing piano and music preparation for major works by Mozart, Verdi and Rossini. Darden retired from the Metropolitan Opera in 2006. Among the most visually stunning items within the collection are a series of performance photographs, signed tear sheets and letters framed in gilt, chronicling George Darden’s performance history while at the Met.

Full story at Libraries blog.

Thank you notes to veterans, Oct. 29-30

Be a part of a “Spartan Hour Veterans Day” service project for hospitalized veterans from U.S. wars and conflicts since the Korean War. Stop by the Jackson Library Reference Lobby from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to sign a thank you card that will be given to one of the veterans in the VA Hospital of Salisbury during their breakfast and lunch on Veteran’s Day. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students.

Update: This event will last two days. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the event will be in Jackson Library. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the event will be in the EUC Commons.


Spooky sweets, then soccer

Come trick or treat at UNCG a day early. The UNCG Fraternity and Sorority Association will partner with UNCG Athletics to host Greek Treats on Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5-7 p.m. 6-8:30 at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. Each UNCG fraternity, sorority and social fellowship organization will have a table where children can trick-or-treat in a safe environment. This event is open to all local children, including those of UNCG faculty, staff and alumni. The event will conclude as the Women’s Soccer team faces Elon. Stay for the game – there’s no admission charge – and cheer on the Spartans on their Senior Night.

Update: The time has been changed. Greek Treats will be 6-8:30 p.m.

Emergency exercise for Nursing students today

Today (Wednesday, Oct. 23) an emergency exercise will take place along College Avenue in the area of the Faculty Center between 8 a.m. and moon. Ambulances will be parked along College Avenue and there will be several individuals wearing make-up and other props to simulate injuries.

At approximately 11 a.m., activities will move to the practice field adjacent to the Soccer Stadium. The purpose of the exercise is to allow senior Nursing students an opportunity to practice skills they have learned during a simulated disaster scenario. There will be no impacts to campus activities and the university will continue to operate as normal during the exercise.

Dr. Charles Bolton

Portrait of Dr. Charles BoltonDr. Charles Bolton’s book “William F. Winter and the New Mississippi: A Biography” has been published by University Press of Mississippi. It is the first biography of one of Mississippi’s most well-known statesmen. Bolton recently completed a series of readings in Mississippi to promote the book. The publisher has posted a video of one of his talks at http://vimeo.com/76983536. Bolton is professor and head, UNCG Department of History.

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Portrait of Dr. Arthur MurphyDr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) received a competitive renewal from the NC DHHS Division of Social Services (DSS) for the project “Nutrition Education for New North Carolinians (Recipe for Success in North Carolina)”. Although some immigrants and refugees are able to access certain familiar foods in North Carolina, they must, of necessity, learn to eat “American” foods. A study released several years ago by the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated that the average immigrant was actually healthier than the average American upon arrival to our shores. Yet within two or three years, their health declined to the same level as Americans. National Academy of Sciences researchers concluded that adoption of the standard American diet of fast foods, high in fat and low in fruits, vegetables and fiber, played a major role. They recommended that there be more culturally appropriate nutrition education for immigrants and refugees. This project will address that need.

Dr. Robert Anemone

Portrait of Dr. Robert AnemoneDr. Robert Anemone (Anthropology) has been named to the editorial board of the Journal of Human Evolution (JHE), where he will serve a three year term (2014-17) as associate editor. With an “impact factor” of 4.094, JHE is the second highest ranked anthropology journal (out of 83) and the leading venue for publication of work in human and primate evolution, the areas in which Anemone’s editorial work will be concentrated.

Dr. Edward Hellen

Portrait of Dr. Edward HellenIn 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 from this fund was recently awarded to Dr. Edward Hellen (Physics and Astronomy) for his article “Noise-Aided Logic in an Electronic Analog of Synthetic Genetic Networks” in PLOS One.

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. Learn more at uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycom or email beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Portrait of Dr. Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors”. The goal of the proposed project is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse.

Dr. Mitch Croatt

Portrait of Dr. Mitch CroattDr. Mitch Croatt (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors.”

Terry Kennedy

Portrait of Terry KennedyTerry Kennedy (English) appeared on WFDD’s “Triad Arts” last week to discuss his new book of poems, “New River Breakdown.” Each purchase made from the Unicorn Press site will get a discount when “UNCG” is entered into the coupon code and a $2 donation will be made to UNCG’s Fred Chappell Fellowship Endowment.

Dr. Nancy Hodges

Portrait of Dr. Nancy HodgesDr. Nancy Hodges (Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies) and CARS PhD candidate Phillip Frank were awarded a Paper of Distinction Award for their paper “Reinventing ‘Towel City, USA’: Textiles, Tourism and the Future of the Southeastern Mill Town” at the International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Oct. 18.

Memorial Day will be a UNCG holiday

Photo from the Department of Defense of veterans holding flags It’s official. Starting May 2014, UNCG will observe Memorial Day as a university holiday.

On that day, offices will be closed and classes will not be held.

For EPA faculty, SPA staff and 12-month faculty another date will be added – pursuant to state requirements – which will be covered with accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay. In 2014 that date will be December 30.

The scheduling will ensure the same number of class hours for students as before.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady, who has advocated this change to the university calendar, gave her official approval earlier this week.

Dr. Susan Shelmerdine, chair of the Faculty Senate’s Academic Policies and Regulations Committee, brought a resolution of support for the calendar change before the Faculty Senate Oct. 2. The senate’s vote was unanimous.

Staff Senate was supportive of the change as well. They discussed it at their May meeting, and last week they voted unanimously in favor of the change.

On Memorial Day, most schools are closed. Many offices in the private sector are closed.

The change will allow UNCG students and employees to more readily honor those Americans who’ve fallen in military service.

“UNCG is recognized as a military-friendly university,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Making Memorial Day an official university holiday reinforces our commitment to veterans, service members and their families.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by DOD, public domain

JSNN Building gets LEED Gold rating

Exterior photo of The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) BuildingThe Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) Building has been awarded LEED Gold Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

JSNN is a joint school of NC A&T State University and UNCG. The JSNN Building is a 105,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research facility with numerous specialized nanotechnology resources. It is located in the south campus of Gateway University Research Park on Lee Street.

JSNN achieves a 30 percent reduction in energy use and a 51 percent reduction in water use when compared to conventional buildings of the same size. Also, JSNN’s iconic, transparent glass entrance combined with other design features enables 79 percent of the occupied areas in the building to receive natural light. Its location at the entrance to the research park invites interaction with the community it serves, and offers a dramatic view into the sleek, cone-shaped auditorium at the front of the building.

LEED GOLD certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. Some of the key factors which Gateway included as part of the JSNN’s design and construction include:

  • Use of paint, carpet, sealants and adhesives that were low in volatile organic compounds;
  • Installation of high efficiency air filters to provide cleaner indoor air;
  • Light pollution reduction measures such as interior and exterior fixtures equipped with automatic lighting sensors to automatically turn off non-essential lighting during business and non-business hours;
  • Utilization of roofing materials, which significantly reduce the heat island effect;
  • Recycling materials during and after construction;
  • Intentional inclusion and placement of designated parking areas proximate to the building entrance specifically designated for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles as well as bicycle storage facilities.

In addition, the building met these additional sustainable benchmarks:

  • Enhanced commissioning
  • 96 percent of construction waste recycled
  • 31 percent of construction materials contain recycled content
  • 46 percent of construction materials are regionally-sourced
  • 74 percent of the wood used is from FSC-certified forests

HDR Architecture, Inc. designed the sustainable building, working with the joint-venture construction team of Barton Malow/Samet/SRS.

Last year, the JSNN facility won a Merit Award for Excellence in Construction from the American Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas. It also won the Star Award as 2012′s most outstanding new construction project in North Carolina in the over $20 million category. That award was presented by the Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina.

Jane Austen, literary pop star

Image of visual adaptation of sketch of Jane Austen, from WikimediaWhy is Jane Austen so popular? The author and her books are as well-loved as ever, after most writers of her era have been forgotten. True “Janeites” can tell you even the most obscure trivia from her novels.

Dr. Hepsie Roskelly, professor of English, will lead a public discussion on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Her talk, titled “Loving Jane,” about how participants are drawn to Austen, and what aspects of popular culture have attracted them – ranging from film and TV adaptations to parodies to zombie movies. Roskelly will engage the audience in assessing why they like Austen and how widely she has influenced our modern culture.

The program, sponsored by Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is part of a series of UNCG or UNCG-related programs marking the 200th anniversary of Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

The Greensboro Public Library is also participating in the celebration with a series of films. For example, “Emma,” a comic adaptation of the novel, will screen at the Benjamin Branch Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:45 pm. And the Bollywood musical retelling Bride and Prejudice will screen Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m., Glenwood Branch.

UNCG English professor Dr. James Evans will be the featured speaker at the Greensboro Public Library’s “An Afternoon of Jane Austen.” The event will be Saturday, Oct. 26. starting at 12 p.m., Central Library.

At noon, Evans will make a Pride and Prejudice presentation, which will be followed by a book discussion. Three film screenings will follow.

The celebration continues this February, when UNCG Theatre will present an adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan from the novel by Jane Austen. The production in Taylor Theatre will be directed by John Gulley. Tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com.

More information is at the University Libraries blog.

Visual: Adaptation of sketch of Jane Austen, from Wikimedia

UNCG/GTCC dual admission on the horizon

Photo of Minerva statueUNCG and Guilford Technical Community College already have a strong relationship. Soon, students will reap the benefits as that relationship expands.

UNCG and GTCC are co-developing a dual admission program agreement for two programs – psychology and business administration – with a pilot group of 30 students in each major.

The plan is that students would apply to GTCC and UNCG at the same time and be co-admitted. They would then start at GTCC and complete an Associate in Arts degree, then finish their BA program in Psychology or BS program in Business Administration at UNCG.

Students will be able to enroll in this dual-admission program in Fall 2014.

The collaborative program is designed for high school graduates as a lower cost, high value educational pathway that would be among the best values in higher education in the United States.

The business administration and psychology majors were chosen because of high interest among current transfer students from GTCC.

GTCC enrolls about 7,000 students in varied college transfer programs. Approximately 22 percent of the students who transfer to UNCG come from GTCC.

The UNCG/GTCC collaboration builds on GTCC’s dual-enrollment agreement with NC A&T State in engineering.

GTCC and UNCG officials met on Oct. 9 to continue planning.

Partners on the project include:
From UNCG – David Perrin, Steve Moore, Steve Roberson, Camy Sorge, Kacy McAdoo, Lise Keller, Deborah Tollefson, Debra Banks, Deb Hurley, Rick Titus, Nancy Bucknall, Peter Delaney, Rob Guttentag, Bill Brown, Gail Pack and Vicki McNeil
From GTCC – Beth Pitonzo, Connie Carroll, Kristi Short, Alison Wiers, Jesse Cross, Sanjay Ramdath, Keisha Jones and Ed Bowling

Provost search: A forum is today (Oct. 16)

The Faculty Senate will host an open forum today devoted to the provost search, and a discussion of critical issues and challenges facing UNCG as related to desirable qualities of our next provost.

The forum will be today (Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013) 3- 5 p.m. (refreshments at 2:30 p.m.)

It will be held in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

The agenda will be an informational and open forum for faculty to provide input regarding expectations of our next provost, and to pose questions that may be asked of the provost candidates who participate in airport interviews and who visit our campus, explained Dr. Patti Sink, Faculty Senate chair. “I hope that you will be able to attend the October Forum, and to participate in the open discussion that will be facilitated by the Co-Chairs of the Provost Search Committee, Dr. Stan Faeth of the College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Randy Rasch of the School of Nursing. Faculty, administrator and student collaborations and input are essential to the success of this important search for our next provost.”

Nominations for 2014 MLK Jr. Service Award

UNCG’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award was established in 1986 to honor the memory of the civil rights leader. In 2014 the 28th annual award will be presented to a student at UNCG whose community activities and involvement embody the spirit of Dr. King’s service to humanity.

The award Selection Committee will look for one who has gone “beyond expectations” in making outstanding contributions in the area of social justice through service, particularly service to the UNCG community. The winner will be recognized at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 23 and will receive a $500 award.

Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Following receipt of a nomination, the nominee will be asked to accept the nomination and then submit supporting information.

To nominate a student, contact mavillac@uncg.edu or go to: http://oma.uncg.edu/student-advocacy-outreach/recognition-and-awards/mlk-service-award

UNCG Basketball Homecoming Banner Contest

Photo of 2012 Homecoming Float with studentsUNCG Athletics invites the campus community to take part in the inaugural UNCG Homecoming banner contest. The contest is open to all UNCG student organizations, university departments or groups of students or staff on campus who wish to participate – and celebrates the start of the basketball season as well.

Groups will create banners, which incorporate the spirit of UNCG, as well as the basketball season themes #believeintheG and #DR1V3N. Prizes will be awarded to the top three groups.

The banners can be created out of any material but cannot exceed the size of a twin-sized flat bed sheet (66″x96″). The banners will be judged during the 2013 Homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 4:30 p.m. Groups will walk their banners in the parade for judging and receive bonus points for having their group walk alongside their banner in the parade.

The top banner design will receive a $200 gift card. Second place prize is a $100 gift card and third place is a $50 gift card. All banners created will be displayed in the Greensboro Coliseum for the home opener.

If you intend to participate, send an email with your organization, department or group team name along with contact information anytime before noon Oct. 26 to bluegold@uncg.edu.

Make nominations for 2013-14 Staff Excellence Awards

The UNCG Staff Excellence Award will be awarded for the 10th year. This award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to the university this year.

The University Staff Excellence Award of $1,000 will be presented to up to two deserving permanent SPA or EPA non-faculty employees who are in good standing and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline of Nov. 10, 2013. Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award. Nominations should be based on one or more of the following criteria:

Devotion to Duty – The nominee has exhibited unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and has contributed significantly to the advancement of service to the UNCG community and to the people of North Carolina.

Innovation – The nominee has successfully established new and outstanding work methods, practices and plans for his/her department that are consistent with the university’s mission.

Service – The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the university through involvement on committees and/or representing the university in civic or professional organizations.

Human Relations – The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the field of human relations or employee-management relations that foster a model working and/or learning environment.

Other Achievements – The nominee has made outstanding contributions or service deserving recognition not described in the categories above, including, but not limited to, acts that demonstrate safety and heroism or other examples beyond the call of duty.

You may complete the nomination form and return it to the Staff Excellence Awards Committee, in care of Sharon Williams Brown, Parking Operations & Campus Access Management, Campus, by Nov. 10, 2013.

To make a nomination please visit the website www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_Committees/Staff_Recognition/excellence/.

Nominations may be submitted online or a paper form is available to print.

New UNCG Latino group among news at Staff Senate

UNCG has a new grassroots educational and networking group: Alienza – UNCG Latino Association. Anyone in the campus community is invited to be a part. The first meeting will be held Oct. 22, 4 p.m., MHRA Building, Room 2501.

Four staff members, David Schaeffer, Kattya Castellon, Pat Levitin and Gabriel Bermea presented to Staff Senate last week about the new group. They noted that Hispanic/Latino students make up about 7.5 percent of the our student body. The fledgling group, even before its first meeting, has about 50 student and employees across campus.

Other highlights at the Staff Senate meeting:

  • Jan Zink, vice chancellor for university advancement, noted that UNCG has a fairly high percentage of employees who are donors to the university. She promoted UNCG Homecoming Oct. 21-27. The biggest day is Saturday, Oct. 26. (See story in next week’s CW.)
  • Caroline Kernahan said that in response to the (then) suspension of WIC funding in North Carolina due to the government shutdown, she’d started an infant formula drive at UNCG. Staff Senate Service committee is the university sponsor, Urban Ministry is the collector and a collection box is outside her office at 248 Stone through Thanksgiving. All the local food banks are in need of formula she said.
  • A staff get-together, sponsored by Staff Senate, will be tonight (Oct. 16) at McCoul’s downtown. Appetizers will be provided. All staff are welcome to stop in and enjoy the good company.
  • Dr. Edna Chun noted some excellent professional development courses – such as ones led by Vidya Gargeya and Kevin Lowe – still have slots available. Register here.
  • Staff Senate, knowing that many staff do not use computers regularly, is working on a quarterly flyer newsletter that will be printed, said Sean Farrell.

By Mike Harris

Lots of SECC spirit at the Bryan School

Photo of Glenda Lloyd and Lisa McLaughlinA glance at the SECC gallery shows a good number of folks from UNCG’s Bryan School. There’s even a humorous one of Dean Mac Banks.

Lisa McLaughlin in the Bryan School’s Department of Management supports the SECC. “I like to support Hospice and Senior Resources of Guilford.”

Why is that? “My father was under the care of Hospice before he passed. Currently, my mother attends monthly meetings sponsored by Senior Resources of Guilford. They provide informative speakers, a time to socialize with other seniors and a catered meal.”

The SECC supports more than 1,000 charitable organizations in our region and state.

When you give, you can specify one or more that you’d like to support.

Glenda Lloyd in the Department of Management is another SECC supporter. “I have been supporting Operation Catnip, which spays and neuters cats,” she tells CW.

Whatever you support – whether it’s environmental charities, animal welfare organizations, care for seniors or children, etc – the SECC gives you a great way to help. You’ll be joining many of your UNCG colleagues.

“When many folks contribute, funds are available to help different organizations,” Lloyd adds.

Photo: Glenda Lloyd and Lisa McLaughlin (L-r) Bryan School’s Department of Management
By Mike Harris

UNCG Psychology Clinic’s Walk-in Wednesdays in October

Mental health screenings for children ages 3-17 will be offered with no charge this month on Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.

The clinic is located on the corner of Tate and Market St. at 1100 W. Market Street.

On Wednesday Oct. 16, 23, and 30th, the UNCG Psychology Clinic will be open for walk-in mental health screenings. Caregivers who have concerns about a child’s behavioral or emotional well-being can complete screenings without prior appointments at these times. All therapists conducting screenings are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists who are faculty in the UNCG Department of Psychology. Beginning Oct. 15, UNCG employees receive a 50 percent discount on any fees associated with treatment at our clinic after the screening appointment.

Screening structure:

  • Your child does not have to attend the screening – you may come alone or with another family member.
  • Screenings last approximately 45 minutes
  • Caregivers complete paperwork and a brief questionnaire about their child’s behavior
  • Caregivers briefly discuss concerns and child’s history
  • Therapists provide information about available services

If you are unavailable during Walk-In Wednesday times, call the clinic secretary at 334-5662 to schedule a free screening on another day of the week. The clinic is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

More information is at www.uncg.edu/psy/clinics/psy/

ITS personnel update

UNCG’s Information Technology Services (ITS) has hired or identified new leadership in business intelligence (the use of data to improve decision-making), learning technology (the use of technology to improve learning outcomes) and other areas. Personnel updates include:

  • Laura Young became associate vice chancellor for administrative systems in ITS effective Oct. 1, replacing Joel Dunn, who is retiring this fall. She previously served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Administrative Applications, reporting to Vice Chancellor Reade Taylor but managing campus-wide IT governance processes involving all UNCG divisions. In addition to taking Joel’s place as the senior manager for the ITS Management Information Systems & Data Management groups & other ITS responsibilities, she will retain her current AVC-EAA responsibilities for governance of administrative systems. As she does in her current position, she’ll continue to focus on developing the most cost-effective administrative solutions for all UNCG divisions.
  • On Nov. 4, Lee Norris will become manager for the Data Management group, the role previously played by Valerie McFadden. Lee and Laura will play lead roles on business intelligence and data governance. Lee comes to UNCG from UNC-Charlotte.
  • Todd Sutton, who has led the Client Services/application services group, has taken on additional responsibilities. His new title is Director of Learning Technology.
  • Chris Waters has returned to UNCG to be university webmaster and lead the web services group (previously headed by Andrew Marker).

A new enterprise application administration group is being formed to manage Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Mobile, Google Apps for Education, iTunesU, WordPress and Qualtrics, among other tasks. ITS has assumed responsibility for application administration for Blackboard Learn, the Learning Management System previously handled by the Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons. ITS’ new manager for the application administration group, Nick Young, comes to UNCG from NC State, filling a position previously occupied by Kevin Bullard. The staff handling the Bb Learn & Bb Collaborate applications will be announced soon.

Silvia, Jovanovic, veterans, entrepreneurs in UNCG Magazine

Image of the front cover of the fall 2013 UNCG alumni magazineUNCG Magazine hits mailboxes this week. Featured stories include our supportive environment for military veterans; Spoma Jovanovic’s engaged research with UNCG students and Dudley students; UNCG Psychology’s innovative look at grit, led by Paul Silvia; and an alumna who’s created a unique youth entrepreneurship program. And lots more.

The site features two web-only exclusives:

Dozen great photos of UNCG Dance through the years, including one of Jan Van Dyke and John Gamble from 1990

Slideshow of Moran Commons dedication, with lots of faces from the past

“The grandfather of restorative justice,” Dr. Howard Zehr will visit UNCG Oct. 30 for two events

Portrait of Dr. Howard ZehrWidely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Dr. Howard Zehr will visit UNCG’s campus later this month to discuss restorative justice, an approach that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the state. It engages with victims, offenders, and the community to foster dialogue, repair the harm, and ensure accountability.

His talks are a part of UNCG’s Department in Peace and Conflict Studies Speaker Series.

Zehr has worked to make the needs of victims and respect for the dignity of all peoples central to the practice of restorative justice. He has led hundreds of events in more than 25 countries and 35 states. As a photographer, he has worked with family members of the incarcerated and incorporated the arts into restorative justice theory and practice.

His two talks:
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Interdisciplinary and Community-Based Approaches to Restorative Justice*
Edward’s Lounge (in Stone Building)
*Open to UNCG faculty, administrators, and staff
RSVP to Janeen Chastain to jkchast2@uncg.edu by Oct. 23

Reflection questions: What are the cross-disciplinary links of RJ as theory and practice? How does RJ balance a victim-centered approach with the needs of all stakeholders? How has photography/the arts influenced your work and thinking? What are some of the best practices and barriers of integrating RJ into local, state and national legislation? What role might restorative justice play in developing partnerships for service-learning curriculum or community-engaged scholarship more generally?

The Growing Edges of Restorative Justice
6 p.m.
Stone Building 186
This event is open to public; all are welcome

Reflection questions: Where do you think the field and pursuit of RJ is headed in the next 5-10 years? In what specific ways does the use of art, music, and other creative outlets facilitate or contribute to RJ processes? What are some of the limitations of these approaches?

The talks are co-sponsored with the:

  • Office of Research and Economic Development
  • Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE)
  • Innovations in Interpersonal Violence Prevention Research Group (IIVPRG)

For more information, visit: http://hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cps/

Looking ahead: Oct. 16, 2013

Talk, “Value of Academic Integrity,” Chancellor Brady
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m., EUC Auditorium (part of students’ ‘Geek Week’)

Forum, provost search
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Staff Networking Event
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., M’Coul’s Public House

WAM Fall Family Day
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m., Weatherspoon

UNCG Homecoming events begin
Monday, Oct. 21

Discussion, “Loving Jane,” led by Dr. Hepsie Roskelly
Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Alumni House

Public forum: Campus Master Plan
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC

“The Great American Gun War…” Dr. Philip Cook (Duke)
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Curry Auditorium

Grant to support sexual assault and domestic violence prevention

The Verizon Foundation presented the UNCG Wellness Center with a one year grant to support sexual assault and domestic violence prevention on campus. The grant will be used to develop and implement a bystander intervention targeting men on UNCG’s campus. Research suggests that 80 percent of college age men are uncomfortable when women are belittled or mistreated, said Jeanne Irwin-Olson, associate director of The Wellness Center at UNCG Student Health Services. They do not express their discomfort because they believe they are the only ones who are uncomfortable. Bystander intervention better equips men to express their discomfort. This strategy provides community members with the awareness, skills, and ability to challenge social norms in their community that support sexual assault and violence against women.

An essential part of pursuing research funding

Faculty are offered a RAMSes 101 workshop today (Wed. Oct. 16) 3-5 p.m. in 2711 MHRA Building. It is hosted by Chris Davis (OSP) and Chris Farrior (ORED).

This workshop is being conducting as both an introduction on how to use the RAMSeS external funding proposal routing process. It is helpful for new faculty as well as a refresher course for those who have already somewhat familiar with the system. RAMSeS is the tool by which faculty, who are applying for research funding from sponsors outside of the university, are able to electronically route their research proposals through the university prior to submission to the sponsor. This system connects the principal investigator to their academic department, school, and sponsored programs in order to ensure that the proposal has been reviewed prior to submission for university support, budget approval, and compliance with the sponsor guidelines. For new faculty interested in pursuing research funding, RAMSeS is an essential part of the process. For existing faculty who have used the system before, there are some recent updates to the system of which ORED and OSP would like to make them aware.