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Archives for October 2013

Faeth and Rasch will co-chair Provost Search Committee

Photo of Minerva statueDr. Stanley Faeth, professor and head of the Department of Biology, and Dr. Randolph Rasch, chair of the Department of Community Practice Nursing, will serve as co-chairs of the UNCG Provost Search Committee.

The search committee is Dr. Omar Ali, Crystal Bayne, Dr. Joy Bhadury, Michael Boglovits, Dr. Nadja Cech. Dr. Kristen Christman, Dr. Jewell Cooper, Dr. Leslie Davis, Dr. Ruth DeHoog, Dr. Stanley Faeth (Co-Chair), Dr. Kevin Geraldi, Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, Dr. Timothy Johnston, Ed Kitchen, Dr. Derek Krueger, Dr. Patrick Madsen, Wade Maki, Dr. Randolph Rasch (Co-Chair), Dr. Marinella Sandros, Dr. Patricia Sink, Dr. Robert Strack and Reade Taylor.

The Faculty Senate will host an open forum to discuss campus expectations for the next provost at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

In establishing the framework for the search process, a national search firm will be selected to collaborate with the Provost Search Committee.

Recommend book for 2014 UNCG summer read

It’s time for the First Year Summer Read 2014 book recommendations to be made. Consider making a recommendation.

This call for recommendations comes on the heels of a successful First Year Summer Read (FYSR) program on the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” including a visit by members of Lacks’ family.

The FYSR Book Selection Team will review all recommendations for next year’s read for consideration of the selected book. The team will make a final recommendation to the provost and the vice chancellor for Student Affairs for approval.

The FYSR book selection team considers the following criteria:

  • Potential to engage students and spark passionate discussion
  • Appeal to a wide range of students; a fit with the UNCG student
  • Possibilities for classroom use among various departments, including Learning and Living Learning Communities, Foundations for Learning, and any interested academic unit
  • Possibilities for campus programming, particularly hosting an author visit
  • Possibilities for community programming, including alumni and Greensboro reading groups
  • Richness of themes; interdisciplinary in nature
  • Relevance to student life (i.e. coming of age, diversity, relationships, family, self-exploration, identity, etc.)
  • Relevance to global or international appeal if possible
  • Relevance to service
  • Written within the past 4 years
  • Available in paperback
  • 400 pages or less

Keep in mind that UNCG elected “Global Engagement” as the focal topic for our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Our campus will begin to implement the Global Engagement plan in fall 2014. Therefore you may want to give special consideration to books that lend themselves to programming, reflection and discussion around contemporary global issues.

The deadline to submit a recommendation is Oct. 25, 2013.

Visit this link to recommend a book: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FYSRRec

Be an ‘angel’ this winter

Know of a UNCG staff member or student who could use an angel this Holiday Season?

Submit your nominations for the UNCG Angel Tree by Oct. 11, 2013, along with a brief description of the reasons behind your nomination.

All information shared will be kept confidential, and you must have the approval of the nominee, prior to submitting their name.

The selection committee will review the nominations, and contact you for more information, if your nominee is selected. In early November, an email will be sent out, to the campus staff, with directions on how to purchase the needed items for the nominees and where to drop them off.

Last year, several staff members and their families as well as several students had better holiday seasons, as a result of the annual Angel Tree initiative.

Make nominations here.

Questions? Contact the UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree Committee (Cicely Maynard-Ross – cymaynar@uncg.edu/334-5803, Konnie Hauser – klhause2@uncg.edu/334-3500, Jeannie Lasley – jalasley@uncg.edu/334-5485)

Faculty Senate meets today (Oct. 2)

Several items are on the agenda for today’s UNCG Faculty Senate meeting.

  • “Study of Department Governance – Relationships among Department Chairs/Heads, and their Deans and Faculty,” discussion led by Dr. Bruce Kirchoff
  • Proposed resolution, to revise Academic Calendars of Summer 2014, 2015 & 2016 by adding Memorial Day as a University Holiday, discussion led by Susan Shelmerdine
  • Presentation: “Curriculum Tracking & Mapping throughout the Curriculum,” led by Dr. Steve Roberson and Dr. Roy Schwartzman
  • Report of September 2013 UNC Faculty Assembly Meeting, by Kevin Lowe

The meetings are public and anyone may attend.

The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room.

HRL Housekeeping staff recognized

Group photo of housekeeping staffHousekeeping Week was celebrated in Housing & Residence Life the week of Sept. 8, 2013. Fun-filled activities were scheduled throughout the week.

HRL Housekeeping staff participated in the following:
Monday: Continental Breakfast/Social
Tuesday: Breakfast in the dining hall
Wednesday: Special lunch
Thursday: Refreshment break at which Dr. Brett Carter, Dean of Students, shared stories related to his experiences with the housekeeping staff.
Friday: The week ended with a fish fry at Piney Lake. Each associate received a snack pack and personalized lunch bag, along with a T-shirt, badge clip and hand sanitizer.

A more breastfeeding friendly campus

There are now three permanent Nursing Mother Rooms on the UNCG campus in McIver Building, Bryan Building and Jackson Library. These are rooms for the exclusive use of nursing mothers (to feed or pump).

And there are two flex Nursing Mother Rooms in Gove Building and the HHP Building. These are rooms that have multiple uses but are available upon request by a nursing mother.

UNCG’s breastfeeding guidelines state:
Supervisors will provide a reasonable amount of break time to express milk or breastfeed as frequently as needed by nursing mothers. The frequency of breaks needed to express milk or breastfeed as well as the duration of each break will likely vary. UNCG does not require employees to use any form of leave [including sick, vacation, unpaid, paid, bonus, or community involvement] when they take time to express milk or breastfeed. If anyone has any questions please contact Human Resources 336-334-5009.

See details at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/benefits/wellness/Nursing_Mothers/ and at http://hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cwhw/scholarly-engagement/campusengagement/breastfeeding-friendly-uncg/

‘Spartan Stories’ goes to the dogs

Archive photo from faculty dog showOne of the great blogs at UNCG is University Libraries’ Spartan Stories. Many of the posts, including this week’s, are by University Archivist Erin Lawrimore. And this week’s is a timely one – coming on the same week of the FTLC “Wagging the Dog” Faculty Center Takeover. It turns out there’s quite a history of dogs on campus – and Lawrimore lays out the story. And she has some great photos, including this one. Here’s her story behind the shot:

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a faculty dog show was held as part of the Purse Drive, a campus-wide fundraising activity led by the WC’s Service League. In 1958, the dog show, held in the Elliott Hall ballroom, concluded the week-long charity effort. In 1962, the Pine Needles featured a photograph of Katherine Taylor (dean of students) along with professors Richard Bardolph (History and Political Science) and Ellen Griffin (Physical Education) at the dog show. Suki (Taylor’s basset hound) can be seen hiding in the background.

See Spartan Stories for full story at uncghistory.blogspot.com – and to subscribe to the weekly blog.

Delegation from South African university

Eight South African students from University of the Free State visited UNCG Oct. 1.

They attended a class led by Dr. Omar Ali and then a panel discussion with several UNCG students regarding student support services here at UNCG. The event was led by Appalachian State University, which is hosting the students.

The idea behind their visit to the United States? The University of the Free State’s program “Leadership for Change” take students abroad to several universities so that they can see how students of different races interact with each other productively. Also on these trips, the students will learn about how students clubs and organizations on campuses are run.

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

“Portraits of Courage: Latinos Shaping a Nation” will be performed Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, UNCG’s EUC Auditorium at 6 p.m.

This live production showcases the lives of six Latinos who have made contributions to American culture and society.

The featured personalities include:
Gustavo Garcia – the first Latino to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court, Gustavo ensured that all U.S. juries are composed of ‘a group of our peers.’
Luisa Moreno – the only Latina to be elected a senior executive of a national union, she fought for worker’s rights and helped establish minimum wage.
The ‘Undocumented’ Soldier – a young Guatemalan Marine honors the forty-four Latino Medal of Honor winners to serve before him.
Andrea Perez – a chicana from East Los Angeles, Andrea sued California for the right to marry her black fiance.
Roberto Clemente – the Puerto Rican star who battled against racism inside baseball.
Sylvia Rivera – a Venezuelan/Nuyorican, transgender activist, Rivera started the Stonewall riot that led to the creation of the gay civil rights act.

Coalition for Diverse Language Communities fellowships deadline

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) provides competitive fellowships for which research groups including at least one tenured, tenure track, or clinical faculty may apply. Research groups are encouraged to include graduate students. The CDLC (http://cdlc.uncg.edu/) anticipates funding up to six proposals this year.

The CDLC is interested in supporting competitive submissions that:

  • advance the knowledge-base by engaging community voices to address the educational and socio-cultural well-being of diverse language community individuals and groups;
  • establish and strengthen partnerships among diverse language community stakeholders (e.g., individuals, families, students, schools, community organizations, universities, state policy makers);
  • build capacity to value and support international individuals, experiences, and perspectives and to promote global collaboration and opportunities; and
  • advocate, promote policy and engage in outreach activities to leverage positive change for diverse language communities through professional development, community engagement programs, and other avenues as needed for DLC stakeholders.

The application deadline is Nov. 1, 2013.

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) provides competitive fellowships for which research groups including at least one tenured, tenure track, or clinical faculty may apply. Research groups are encouraged to include graduate students. A major purpose of these Fellowships is to support those engaged in research, grant writing and project implementation activities that fulfill the CDLC mission. For 2013-14, the CDLC anticipates funding up to six proposals.

Check the web site for guidelines – http://cdlc.uncg.edu/.

ConvergeSouth on UNCG campus Oct. 11

ConvergeSouth brings together the leading regional businesses and thought leaders to discuss how to combine creativity and technology.

The conference will be Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the EUC.

The theme for 2013 is “#web, #social and #content.” Among the topics will be the integration of social and search, web analytics for business, and content marketing.

The keynote talk, by Glen Gilmore, will be “How to Be ‘Social’ Without Stepping on Legal Landmines: A Primer on Social Media Marketing Law.”

Among the presenters will be Debbie Schallock, who will give an overview of UNCG’s Integrated Marketing and Strategic Communication (IMSC) initiative. She will also be joined by Danielle Baldwin and Lanita Withers Goins to discuss social media strategy.

UNCG is one of the many co-sponsors of the conference.

For more information visit http://convergesouth.com.

Steve Nugent and UNCG women’s soccer make their presence felt in more ways than one

Portrait of Steve NugentSpring Break means a trip, right? For Steve Nugent and many of the UNCG players, it meant a service trip to Nicaragua with loads of donated play equipment for kids in need.

“We visited six orphanages,” the Spartans women’s soccer coach explained recently. “We brought down about 1,400 pounds of soccer gear that we gave out over the course of the week.”

Their work there donating used and new gear while conducting clinics was spotlighted on a regional Fox Sports broadcast recently.

The “Give N Go” initiative was started years ago by Amber Tollefson, one of Nugent’s former Team Boca club soccer players. He has been involved ever since. When he joined UNCG, the soccer team began getting involved too.

“Give N Go is something we do every day. We still get gear,” he says. One of the games this season served as a fundraiser.

Why soccer? As the Give N Go web site says, “Because soccer is the most played sport in the world. We breathe new life into old gear and connect with children through sport.”

Spartans Chesney White, Jamie Simmons, Tracy Wolf, Ashley Stokes, Christina Chai Chang, Katie Durst, Rachel Collins, Stephanie Partenheimer, Karin Sendel and Coach Nugent joined Tollefson on the March service trip.

“Most of the girls who did it [last spring] want to do it again,” Nugent says. ‘The girls are talking about Nicaragua again.” He said they’ll hold a meeting in a few weeks to begin working out the details.

But before they focus on that, there’s a bunch of tough soccer opponents to take on.

On the field, the Spartans have started their SoCon season with one win, no losses and one draw. With last weekend’s win at Western Carolina, they extended their 22-game road unbeaten streak in SoCon play.

Chesney White, Ashley Stokes and Katelyn Mountjoy have led the team in goals this year, while Jamie Simmons has been a force in defending the goal.

Their next home match is Friday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. against Furman. All soccer home matches are free-admission.

For Give N Go details, visit thegivengoproject.org

Looking ahead: Oct. 2, 2013

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Volleyball vs. Elon
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

Music, Wind Ensemble
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Greensboro municipal candidates forum
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m.. Alumni House

Dance, Jan Van Dyke/John Gamble ensembles
Saturday, Oct.5, 8 p.m., Dance Theatre (reception for Van Dyke afterward)

UNCG Founders Day celebration
Monday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m., McIver statue

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

With the staff: September 2013

Hello: April Taylor, Social Work; Lindsay Burkart, HRL; Brandon McDowell, University Police; Christopher Ferguson, Office of the Registrar; Keith Brown, Institutional Research; Natarsha Hood, HRL; Pamela Moffitt, JSNN; Kelly Miles, Student Health Services; Chad Carwein, Facilities

Good-bye: Jennifer Leung, Accounting Services; Lilwanda James, Facilities Services; Derek Cassese, ITS; Dedrick Curtis, Office of the Registrar

Hot topics in higher ed

The Division of Student Affairs will host a mini-conference titled “Hot Topics in Higher Ed” on Monday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Student affairs, academic affairs and enrollment services professionals from UNCG as well as other institutions are invited to attend.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). His presentation will be on “Innovation, Disruption and Change: The New Normal for Higher Education and Student Affairs.” Breakout sessions will address topics such as transgender student issues, career services, technology, government relations, and legal issues in student affairs.

For more information or to register to attend, visit http://sa.uncg.edu/hot-topics/.

Election guide – a great resource

Lynda Kellam, the Data Services & Government Information librarian and adjunct lecturer in Political Science, has put together an election guide just in time for Greensboro’s Oct. 8 primary. Learn about the candidates for City Council and mayor, locate your polling place, view a sample ballot and check your registration. The guide is at http://uncg.libguides.com/elections.

Free mid-semester music and more

The majority of UNCG Music performances this year are free-admission. For example, performances in the next few days include:

  • Tonight (Wed, Oct. 2) – UNCG Wind Ensemble, Aycock Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 6 – University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Singers & University Chorale, 3:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Sinfonia (orchestra), 7:30 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

And many other types of performances are offered on campus as well. If you haven’t seen a music, dance or theatre performance yet this semester, there are plenty of excellent offerings – something for everyone.

See the UNCG Public Calendar for all performances, readings and films.

Dr. Tom Matyok

Portrait of Dr. Tom MatyokDr. Tom Matyok (UNCG Peace and Conflict Studies) is a Visiting Research Professor at the United States Army War College’s Peace & Stability Operation Institute for this academic year.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Portrait of Dr. Olav RueppellDr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received new funding from the NIH National Institute on Aging for the project “Biodemography and Genomics of Aging Trajectories and Plasticity in a Social Model”. He will use the comparative honey bee model that offers many experimental opportunities to study epigenetic influences on aging in a highly social context under natural conditions, the abstract notes. These studies can yield new insights of general relevance into aging processes and generate novel hypotheses or concepts to stimulate human aging studies. Additionally, the funding will allow him to expand his dedication to mentoring student research and fostering the next generation of biomedical scientists.

Dr. Revell Carr

Portrait of Dr. Revell CarrDr. Revell Carr (Music) received first place in solo vocal category at the 2013 Charlie Poole Festival in Eden, N.C. The festival celebrates traditional string band music of the Piedmont. Carr leads the UNCG Old Time Ensemble, which was a featured performer at the festival this year. Carr and graduate student Christen Blanton won first place in the duet vocal category. She is a member of the Zinc Kings – all members are associated with the UNCG Old Time Ensemble – who placed third for “old time band” at the festival.

Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom

Portrait of Dr. Julia Jackson-NewsomDr. Julia Jackson-Newsom (Office of Research and Economic Development) received a continuation of funding from UNC Chapel Hill for the project “Prevalence and Traits of FASD in the US Population: Evidence from Schools.” UNCG will serve as one of four data collection sites for a study to better understand the morphology and prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Dr. Terry Ackerman

Portrait of Dr. Terry AckermanDr. Terry Ackerman (Education) received new funding from the North Carolina Bar Association for “NC Bar Speciality Exam Test Development 2013-14”. This work with the NC Bar involves aiding them with the psychometric development of the speciality exams. He will also help them to develop a technical manual that will accompany and summarize the development of each of their speciality exams.

Dr. Celia R. Hooper

Portrait of Dr. Celia HooperDr. Celia R. Hooper (Health and Human Sciences) has been selected to receive the Fellows Award from the Association of School of Allied Health Professions during the organization’s national conference Oct. 23-25 in Orlando, Fla. The award honors professionals who have made a significant contribution to the field of allied health as administrators, educators, clinicians or researchers. Hooper, who helped establish and has led the School of Health and Human Sciences since its creation in 2011, was named the school’s permanent dean in December 2012.

Dr. Wayne Journell

Portrait of Dr. Wayne JournellDr. Wayne Journell (Teacher Education/Higher Education) received funding from Wake Forest University for the project “Creating Videos of Exemplary Social Studies Instruction.” The mini-grant will enable the production of a series of web-enabled videos that demonstrate effective social studies teaching that is rooted in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. This proposal was written in collaboration and cooperation between Wake Forest University, UNCG, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, and Guilford County Schools, with the overriding objectives being to increase higher education faculty’s knowledge of the revised North Carolina Standard Course of Study and to develop a variety of web-enabled videos that demonstrate effective, research-based pedagogical approaches to teaching social studies, that will ultimately be shared with educators throughout the state.

See/Hear: Oct. 2, 2013

Women’s soccer has started the SoCon schedule with one win, no losses, one draw. The next home match is Friday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m. against Furman. Check out the Spotlight feature on the team’s ongoing service initiative – and check out their intro video played before each match.