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Archives for October 2013

Dr. Chris Payne

Portrait of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Parent and Family Engagement Training and Technical Assistance for Early Education Providers.” The abstract for this NC Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant for this Head Start Family Engagement Project says the purpose of this project is to develop, implement, and evaluate a sustainable best-practice model of professional development aimed at strengthening family engagement and promoting positive parent-child interactions within the context of multicultural, multilingual Head Start and early education and care programs. The training and technical assistance will serve 1,217 providers in nine counties across North Carolina.

Additionally, Payne received new funding from Guilford Child Development for the project “Early Learning; Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do.” UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships will provide training and technical assistance utilizing the CLASS and the QE-STEP professional development model to Guilford Child Development’s early education teachers and center directors as part of a research to practice grant through the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. This project will address the need for effective implementation of evidence-based best practices in early childhood learning environments.

In memoriam: Steve Watson

Steve Watson, a UNCG Facility Services employee, died Oct. 7. He had worked as a housekeeper on second shift in Elliott University Center since April 2008. A full obituary may be found at: http://www.news-record.com/search/?t=article&d1=1+year+ago&q=steve+watson.

UNCG Dining’s Culinary Flair events

Phase II of the Moran Commons renovation is scheduled to open after the holiday break. Dining Services has been presenting “culinary flair” events to whet your appetite of some of the new offerings. In September, they presented tastings from the Mongolian Grill.

Some samplings that are upcoming:
Sweet Crepes – Oct. 22, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Gourmet salads – Nov. 7, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Nov. 19 , 4-8:30 p.m.

In addition, enjoy these November offerings:
Cake Decorating class – Nov. 12, 5 p.m.
Thanksgiving lunch – Nov. 21, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Information is at the Dining Services site.

Shutdown guide for UNCG Researchers

UNCG Research has launched a list of resources for researchers during the government shutdown. The site includes guidance from our Office of Sponsored Programs, agency specific guidelines, and guidance from the state of North Carolina.

Click here to learn more.

By Sangeetha Shivaji

In memoriam: Mark Gottsegen

Mark Gottsegen, professor of painting in the Art Department from 1976 to 2007 died peacefully in his home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, on Sept. 24, 2013.

Gottsegen was a fine arts painter and specialist in art materials and practices. His studio manual “The Painter’s Handbook,” first published in 1993, is still a staple reference tool for artists nationwide. He was also the founder of AMIEN, an online source of factual information about artists’ materials and practices.

His children, Katherine (UNCG ’14) and Sam, along with their mother, Emilie Gottsegen, will host a memorial celebration of their father’s life in the lobby of the Gatewood Studio Arts Building on campus on Oct. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m.

Statewide Undergraduate Research & Creativity symposium

The State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium is accepting abstracts for student participation in the Nov. 16 state-wide celebration of undergraduate scholarly accomplishments. This ninth annual SNCURCS symposium will be held on the campus of UNC Charlotte. The deadline for abstract submissions is Oct. 23, 2013. “Let’s send a great showing of our students to UNCC,” says Dr. Lee Phillips, director, UNCG Office of Undergraduate Research.

From Rick James and Bee Gees to MC Lyte

This year’s Homecoming events include the musical acts MC Lyte (at Aycock Auditorium) and the cover band Sleeping Booty (on Kaplan Commons). Both play on the big Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 26. This week’s Spartan Stories blogpost at UNCG Libraries gives a little historical perspective on UNCG Homecomings over the decades. It turns out past musical acts that were associated with our homecoming include The Bee Gees, Rick James and the Doobie Brothers. See the blog here – and sign up to receive their posts via Twitter or email.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Portrait of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from New Chapter, Inc. for the project “Dereplication of fungal samples compared to edible mushrooms”. The samples will be compared to the profile of edible mushrooms.

Dr. Raleigh Bailey

Portrait of Dr. Raleigh BaileyDr. Raleigh Bailey (Office of Research and Economic Development) received new funding from the Cone Health Foundation for the project “Immigrant Health ACCESS Project”. Immigrants are uninsured and face multiple barriers to access appropriate and available health care and often end up at the hospital emergency departments for non-emergency health issues, and many who have real emergencies go without care, the abstract explains. The project will assist immigrants in gaining access to health care services and navigate the health systems by providing interpreters and community health workers. In conjunction with the Guilford Community Care Network, the project will provide case management and identify the uninsured and seek solutions to connect them to a primary care facility.

Dr. Eric Jones

Portrait of Dr. Eric JonesDr. Eric Jones (Anthropology) was awarded a one-year National Science Foundation grant titled “Collaborative Research: Cultural Models of Nature Across Cultures: Space, Causality, and Primary Food Producers” for investigating Quichua-speaking agriculturalists’ perceptions of climate change in northern Ecuador. He teamed up with 14 other principal investigators from around the world to do a comparative study of how primary producers’ understand change in their biophysical environments through their specific production activities. He hopes that policy makers engaged in solving problems caused by climate change will find this novel aspect of local/indigenous knowledge very useful. Jones has been a research scientist in UNCG Anthropology since 2006.

Additionally, Jones was awarded a nine-month grant for “Women as agents of change: Understanding impacts and opportunities of their entrepreneurship in the cookstove value chain in the Andean region” by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – an initiative of the United Nations Foundation. He is PI on this non-UNCG-sponsored project through CEDESOL, a solar cookstove organization in Colombia.

See/Hear: Oct. 16, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9kslWinslA

Have you seen our University Libraries’ Jane Austen Pinterest Board? The library has made a video about the board – which is a nice tutorial on Pinterest, if you’re new to it. As they say in this clip, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that if we have an excuse to celebrate Jane Austen, we will celebrate Jane Austen.” See accompanying story.

Nearly 60 positions are eliminated at UNCG

Photo of Elliott University CenterRoughly 59 positions are being eliminated on our campus, including approximately 31 faculty and 28 staff full-time equivalent (FTE) positions.

Forty-eight of the 59 positions impacted were vacant. The full time employees in these remaining positions have been notified. A temporary SPA hiring freeze implemented in August enabled placement of a number of full-time SPA employees impacted by this year’s budget reductions.

This year’s cuts of more than $6 million at UNCG, coming on top of the more than $84 million in permanent and one-time budget cuts over the last six years, will require budget reductions across our university.

The impact of budget reductions will not be limited to full-time employees. Divisions will have fewer resources to renew contracts for part-time and temporary employees who fill important roles in areas ranging from academic instruction to accounting.

Reductions in funding for graduate stipends, need-based financial aid and part-time, on-campus student employment will present additional challenges for our students, faculty and departments across the university. To address the potential loss of course sections and seats, the provost and Deans Council will continue to protect the most crucial courses to keep students on track for graduation, and the temporary course substitution policy approved in 2011 will remain in effect for students whose graduation might otherwise be delayed.

The 2013-14 state budget contains $115 million in permanent budget reductions to the UNC system. UNCG’s portion of the 2013-14 cuts is $6,268,425, reflecting a 4.08 percent reduction, followed by another projected 1 percent reduction of $1,511,878 in 2014-15.

To the greatest extent possible, efforts are being made to protect direct classroom services, safety and security, and financial integrity.

“Throughout the economic downturn, our community has responded with resilience and sacrifice. Students are balancing academic, work and community responsibilities. Faculty have taken on increased teaching loads. Staff are filling multiple roles as a result of cutbacks,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said in an email announcing the news. “We remain determined to preserve the quality of our academic programs and the vibrancy of the overall student experience.

“We have come through several difficult years,” she told faculty and staff. “You have supported one another, inspired our students and helped advance our community’s economic recovery. I am confident that we will continue to rise to the challenge, building on our long and proud history of making a difference in the lives of students and the communities we serve.”

Budget updates can be viewed at the UNCG Budget Central web site.

Browder will speak on women in combat Nov. 9

Image from Dr. Laura Browder's bookDr. Laura Browder, author of “When Janey Comes Marching Home,” will speak about issues surrounding women in combat Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at UNCG’s annual Women Veterans Luncheon.

Browder’s book is a collection of oral history accounts from dozens of military women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For 16 years, this luncheon recognizing the contributions of women veterans has been held.

The purpose of the luncheon is threefold: to honor the service of women who served in the United States armed forces and the American Red Cross; to serve as an educational forum about women veterans; to engage the veteran community at UNCG and Greensboro; and to highlight the work of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) in University Libraries and its ongoing oral history project.

The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are free for UNCG student veterans, $12 for other military veterans and $16 for non-veterans. Table sponsorships to support student attendance are available for $300.

Make luncheon reservations by Nov. 1. Deadline for sponsorships is Oct. 28.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu or 334-5838.

Full story at UNCG Now

By Michelle Hines

Enjoy the food trucks on College Avenue

Photo of food truck serving customerLike food on four wheels? The next Spartan Hour Food Trucks event will be Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Camel City Grill and Kona Ice food trucks will be on UNCG’s College Avenue 11 am.-2:30 p.m., behind the EUC at the Minerva statue. Faculty, staff and students can pay with cash or their UNCG Flex dollars on their Spartan Card.

Two food trucks have been on College Avenue every other week since the soft launch of the program in September. UNCG has had different food trucks each time, providing variety.

The October 22 event will be the last one this semester.

The fall program has been so successful, food trucks will return to College Avenue as warmer weather arrives next semester, says Lisa McGuire (Office of Campus Activities and Programs).

This new initiative has been a collaborative effort between several UNCG offices, including Campus Activities and Program, Auxiliary Services and Dining Services.

Photo of most recent food trucks event courtesy Emily McKenzie

Ticketing changes at UNCG

Photo of Music Building from Peabody Park BridgeThe Box Office in UNCG’s Elliott University Center will close due to budget cuts. The last day it will be open is Friday, October 25. The Division of Student Affairs will work with student groups to find alternate solutions for ticket sales as needed.

To purchase tickets for UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance Events after that date:

During specific hours, tickets for UNCG music and dance events will be available for purchase at the Music Building box office location, or at least one hour before show time at the performance venue. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 336-334-4TIX. Online sales will cease after October 25.

Theatre tickets are available through the UNCG Theatre Box Office, located in Room 115 of the Brown Building or by phone at 336-334-4392. The Theatre Box Office is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., plus Saturdays during productions. You may also purchase theatre tickets online at brownpapertickets.com.

For the most up-to-date UNCG Music, Theatre and Dance ticketing information, visit http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/ticketing

Fall forums: UNCG Campus Master Plan update

Two public forums on the Campus Master Plan will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at UNCG. One will be from 2:30 – 4 p.m. and the other will be from 6 – 7:30 p.m.. Both will be in the Alexander Room at the EUC.

The purpose for these meetings is to provide a forum for UNCG faculty, staff, students and members of the community at large to review the progress of the UNCG Campus Master Plan Update.

The Design Team will be on hand to present their progress and to receive feedback and comments from the various constituencies.

UNCG Volleyball’s breast cancer awareness weekend

Volleyball action photo from last year's eventThe Spartan Volleyball cancer awareness event each year gets a little bigger. This year at the end of the matches, their special Spartan jerseys will be auctioned off as an additional fundraiser.

This weekend’s breast cancer awareness event – Fight Like A Spartan Weekend! – will be held in Fleming Gym. Admission is free, and parking is free at the Walker Avenue Parking deck.

Donations will be collected throughout the weekend to benefit the Mammography Scholarship Fund at Cone Health.

Be a part of the festivities both nights:

Friday, October 11, vs Georgia Southern at 7 p.m.

  • First 100 fans will receive a free pink t-shirt
  • Pre-match recognition for survivors and those who continue to battle
  • Post-match autograph session

Saturday, October 12, vs. The Citadel at 7 p.m.

  • Pink game jerseys will be up for auction
  • All auction proceeds will go to Cone Health.

Doors open at 6 p.m. both nights. Come show your support for the cause and the UNCG volleyball team this weekend – and wear pink.

See Athletics video of senior Morgan Freeman tell more about the event.

UNCG’s SECC at $51,433 after two weeks

The current $51,433 total is approaching one-fourth of the way to the campus’ goal.

The UNCG goal for this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign is $235,000.

The campaign is the official giving campaign for North Carolina state employees.

If you wish to to support one charitable organization of your choice – or more – you can make your selection from the listing of more than 1,000 organizations in our region and state supported by the SECC.

Your gift, no matter how large or small, makes an impact for these groups.

Learn more at secc.uncg.edu.

Do you have a favorite SECC charity? Perhaps one (or two) you specify each year. Let Campus Weekly know about it – and why you support it. We may use that in a future story. Email mike_harris@uncg.edu.

Forum: Evaluating the impact of your research

You’ve published your research. How can you find out how and where it’s being cited, referenced, discussed, downloaded and shared?

A Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m., School of Education Building, Room 120 to explore this topic.

Jennifer Lin (Public Library of Science) will speak on “Article-Level Metrics for Evaluating the Impact of Research.”

Article-Level Metrics (ALM) allow you to see your article’s influence and reach – information you can share with your collaborators, your academic department and your funders.

Lin’s talk will be followed by reaction from a faculty panel. UNCG faculty panelists will include Dr. Stan Faeth, Dr. Nicholas Oberlies and Dr. Robin Remsburg.

 

 

Painting the town blue & gold

Photo of UNCG campus and Downtown GreensboroGetting into the Blue and Gold spirit for UNCG Homecoming?

The inaugural ‘Paint the Town Blue and Gold’ event, a new, spirit-focused city-wide initiative coinciding with UNCG Homecoming and NC A&T’s Homecoming, is being promoted by UNCG, NC A&T and Downtown Greensboro Inc.

The Greensboro event officially starts Oct. 21, 2013 – but feel free to deck out your office or rooms before then.

UNCG faculty, staff and students can share their spirit by decorating their spaces or windows with UNCG paraphernalia and colors (T-shirts, signs, pennants, posters – what have you). And share your photos on social media – use hashtag #UNCGHC13. There will be a contest, as well, according to UNCG CAP.

Questions? Contact Jeff Lail in UNCG Campus Activities & Programs at jclail@uncg.edu.

Look for a preview of UNCG Homecoming’s biggest events soon in Campus Weekly.

How to contribute news and People items to Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly helps keep UNCG faculty and staff informed of news, events and initiatives as well as important work by their colleagues. It helps foster a sense of community. Being informed helps morale and helps us all be informed ambassadors for our university.

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Send your item at least seven days before you’d like it to appear in CW. Want it in the Oct. 23 CW? Send it by Oct. 16. (And if you can send it more than one week in advance, that’s even better.) The CW editor will edit for style/length as needed and may have questions for clarification.

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When does CW come out, exactly?
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Can I get a paper version?
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Dean Wixson holds Moran Professorship

Portrait of Dr. Karen K. WixsonDr. Karen K. Wixson, dean of the UNCG School of Education, has been named the William E. Moran Distinguished Professor in Reading and Literacy.

The Moran Professorship is given to an educator who exhibits the following characteristics: a dedication to and proven excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels; demonstrated excellence in scholarship in reading and literacy; a willingness to serve as a mentor to faculty and a resource to others in the university community; and a willingness to help attract outstanding prospective faculty and students to UNCG.

Wixson has published widely in books and journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Educational Psychology, American Educational Research Journal and the Handbook of Reading Research. She has also served on the editorial advisory boards of numerous journals including Reading Research Quarterly and as a co-editor of the Elementary School Journal. She is an author on the Scott Foresman reading program, co-author of a popular textbook on the assessment and instruction of reading and writing difficulties currently in its fifth edition, and co-editor of books on Response to Intervention and implementing the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

Wixson has been a long-time participant in the development of the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading tests and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Studies and is currently a member of the NAEP Validation Studies Panel. While at the University of Michigan, she served as co-director and principal investigator of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. Since arriving at UNCG, Wixson has assumed the role of co-principal investigator on its Teacher Quality grant (Project ENRICH) and helped initiate its New Teacher Support grant.

Wixson also served as a member of an extended work team for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and continues to assist in the implementation of the new standards. In addition, she served as a member of the Board of Directors of both the Literacy Research Association and the International Reading Association (IRA), as co-chair of the IRA Commission on RTI, and is a member of IRA’s Literacy Research Panel.

The William E. Moran Distinguished Professorship in the UNCG School of Education was created in 1998 by Charles A. Hayes to honor Moran, the university’s chancellor from 1979-94. Moran guided the university during an era when it moved forward on many fronts. Hayes was a leader of Guilford Mills and served on the UNCG Board of Trustees from 1980-91.

Looking ahead: Oct. 9, 2013

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Loewenstein Legacy keynote lecture
Thursday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Women’s soccer vs. Furman
Friday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. The Citadel (cancer awareness)
Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. Davidson
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.

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

Classes resume after fall break
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m.

Engaging global issues in the classroom

Learn more on the topic, from your teaching colleagues. A panel discussion / brown bag lunch will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at noon in 401 Gatewood Building. It is sponsored by the Global Engagement Faculty Learning Community of the FTLC. Questions? Email Tommy Lambeth at tom_lambeth@uncg.edu.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnership) received a continuation of funding from North Carolina A&T State University for a project proposal and research project technical assistance for their School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Bailey/Morrison

Erin Morrison (Learning Assistance Center) and Dr. Geoff Bailey (Student Success Center) co-presented “Raising the Bar: Using Cohort Studies to Demonstrate the Efficacy of Your Tutoring Program” at the National College Learning Center Association’s (NCLCA) national conference in Charleston, S.C., Sept. 27.

Dr. Geoff Bailey (Student Success Center) co-presented an invited pre-conference workshop titled “Technological Resources for the Modern Learning Center: Online, Offline, and On the Go” at the National College Learning Center Association’s (NCLCA) national conference in Charleston, S.C., Sept. 25.

Dr. Michael Kane

Portrait of Dr. Michael KaneDr. Michael Kane (Psychology), along with A. Miyake (UC Boulder), was awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s REAL program, for the project “Collaborative Research: The Effects of Mind-Wandering on the Learning and Retention of STEM Content: Experimental and Individual-Differences Investigation.” The project reflects a series of experimental, individual-differences, and classroom observational studies that seek to understand and reduce students’ failures to attend to, and learn from, college classroom lectures in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Using multiple levels of analysis, the research will examine: (a) how mind-wandering affects learning and retention of STEM concepts and techniques; (b) how typical classroom behaviors may influence student mind-wandering during lectures, thereby affecting learning and retention; (c) whether interventions designed to decrease mind-wandering ultimately improve learning and retention; and (d) how individual differences in both cognitive and non-cognitive variables influence who is affected most (either positively or negatively) from typical classroom behaviors and/or designed interventions in regulating attentional focus and thereby successful STEM learning.

Mark Smith-Soto

Portrait of Mark Smith-SotoAs part of its celebration of Hispanic heritage month, the Greensboro Central Library will dedicate its Monday Night Poetry event on Oct. 21 to a reading by Mark Smith-Soto (UNCG Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures). He will read from his prize-winning collection Green Mango Collage, a series of poems that draw upon his experiences growing up in Costa Rica. The reading will be in the Central Library’s Nussbaum Room, 7 p.m.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Portrait of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from Washington State University for the project “Mechanisms underlying drug-diet interactions.”

The lack of routine consideration of interactions between drugs and dietary substances is largely due to the paucity of knowledge concerning specific foods or components that can modulate drug disposition and, ultimately, drug response. Grapefruit juice and certain drugs is one example, but the list of foods reported to significantly influence drug disposition remains incomplete. The long term goal of the proposed research program is to further our mechanistic understanding of the effects of dietary substances on drug disposition.

Dr. Joseph Lee Beverly

Portrait of Dr. Joseph Lee BeverlyDr. Joseph Lee Beverly (Nutrition) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Hypoglycemia-induced changes in the VMH glucose metabolome and HAAF.” The risk of defective glucose counterregulation is greatly increased following an episode of hypoglycemia, with a blunted sympathoadrenal response a primary indicator of hypoglycemia-associated autonomic failure (HAAF). How HAAF develops is unknown but may be linked to failure of central glucose sensing mechanisms. The overall objective of these in vivo studies is to delineate the mechanisms of glucose sensing, counterregulation, and brain function during hypoglycemia, the abstract states.

Dr. Gregory Raner

Portrait of Dr. Gregory RanerDr. Gregory Raner (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Antioxidant activities of freeze dried acai berry (Euterpe Oleracea) extracts.” Cellular oxidative stress is a major cause of illness and death worldwide, and many are turning to natural products or complementary and alternative medicines to combat this condition. The current study is intended to identify constituents in the very popular acai berry [Euterpe oleracea Mart. (Arecaceae)] with the potential to reduce oxidative stress, thereby preventing the pathogenic conditions associated with disruptions in redox balance. In addition, the study will identify biological targets for these constituents, thus providing insight into the mechanism by which this “superfruit” confers these protective effects in humans. The long term goals for the project are to provide scientific knowledge concerning mode of action of acai products in reducing cellular oxidative stress, and improving human health.

See/Hear: October 9, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuzJtLucKQk

“What’s happening at UNCG? Plenty!” That’s the focus of this UNCG Admissions highlights clip, and it makes an excellent point. UNCG Campus Activities & Programs tweets each weekend with a roundup of key events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Almost every day and night, there are great events to expand your thinking and provide enjoyment. (In recent days, the CW editor caught an inning of fall baseball at the stadium and enjoyed a majestic performance by the University Symphony Orchestra/Chamber Singers/University Chorale. No admission charge.) Check out the UNCG Public Events Calendar – and mark your calendar for some events. And enjoy.

SECC strong start: in first week, 17 percent to goal

Photo of Chancellor Brady holding UNCG Gives signUNCG’s SECC campaign began last week, and UNCG employees have already given $39,478.

The UNCG goal is $235,000 for this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady told the SECC departmental volunteers that while the economy is beginning to recover, our state remains challenged.

Charitable organizations have felt the impact. The SECC provides a simple and straightforward way to make a difference.

If you wish to to support one organization of your choice – or more – you can make your selection from the listing of more than 1,000 organizations in our region and state supported by the SECC.

Your gift, no matter how large or small, makes an impact for these groups.

Learn more at secc.uncg.edu. If you wish to donate online visit secc.wp.uncg.edu/2013-campaign/epledge.

By Mike Harris
Photograph of Chancellor Brady at SECC solicitors’ meeting by David Wilson.

UNCG’s ISSCM ranked among best information systems programs

Photo of the Bryan School of Business and EconomicsThe Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics is among the top 50 information systems programs in the nation as ranked by IS Job Index.

The listing identifies universities with an information systems-focused major and demonstrated excellence as proved by U.S. News and World Report rankings, programs and/or faculty listed on the Association for Information Systems (AIS) collection of journals, or by AIS student chapters.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Modernist houses of UNCG’s Edward Loewenstein

Photo of the Evelyn and John Hyman ResidenceSome of the great Modernist homes of Greensboro and the region have a UNCG connection.

Enjoy the tours and symposium to celebrate the Modernist houses of architect Edward Loewenstein – and others Oct. 10-13, 2013.

On Saturday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday (1-4 p.m.), tours of nine Modernist houses in Greensboro and Guilford County will be offered.

A number of them were designed by Edward Loewenstein, who taught at UNCG in the 1950s-60s. The tour includes houses by Gerard Gray, the builder J. Hiatt and Pittsburgh-based architect Sylvester Damianos.

The weekend also features the premiere of an illustrated publication on Edward Loewenstein titled “Modernism at Home.”

Scheduled events:
Oct. 10, 7 p.m. – Sandy Isenstadt – Lecture on Modernism in the U.S. – Weatherspoon Art Museum
Oct. 10, 7:45 p.m. – Cynthia deMiranda – Lecture on N.C. Modernism – Weatherspoon Art Museum
Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m. – Patrick Lee Lucas – Lecture on Modernism in Greensboro – St. Matthews Church, 600 East Florida Street, Greensboro
Oct. 11, 12:15 p.m. – Sally Shader – Lecture on East Greensboro Modernism – St. Matthews Church
Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m. – Modernism on the Streets, Walking tour with Karyn Reilly, Downtown Greensboro, tour departs from Greensboro Historical Museum [rain or shine]
Oct. 11, 5-7 p.m. (bus leaves 4 p.m. from Weatherspoon) – Cocktail Party/Fundraiser/tour to a special house in Danville – tickets required
Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., House tour – tickets required
Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m., House tour – tickets required

Proceeds from tour ticket sales and the fundraiser benefit the Loewenstein Graduate Award at UNCG.

More information is at http://modernismathome.wordpress.com.

Tickets available online at http://blandwood.org/tour

Photograph by David Wilson