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Archives for November 2013

Chelimo wins NCAA Regionals title in Cross-Country

Action photo of Paul Chelimo during the raceUNCG’s Paul Chelimo and Paul Katam are heading to the NCAA National Championship cross-country race.

They earned two of the four men’s individual spots from the Southeast Region.

Chelimo became UNCG’s first ever NCAA Regional Cross Country Champion last week as he won the 10,000-meter race with a personal-record and UNCG program-record time of 28:37.30.

He edged out N.C. State’s Andrew Colley by just 1.4 seconds. Chelimo’s time of 28:37.30 trims almost a minute off his previous program-record time of 29:29.80 set last year at the NCAA Championships where he finished seventh overall. The two-time cross country All-America runner will be one of the top contenders in the 2013 NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Katam qualified for his second NCAA Championship race, placing seventh overall with a time of 29:00.90. Katam’s time of 29:00.90 set a personal-record, trimming 43 seconds off his previous time of 29:43.62 set at the 2012 NCAA Regionals.

Also at last week’s Regionals, the UNCG women’s cross country team turned in an 11th place performance in the 38-team field. The women’s team placed four runners in the top 100 of the field. Shaina Sumney led the Spartans with a 15th place showing as she set a personal-best time in the 6,000-meter race.

By Matt McCollester
Full story at UNCG Athletics.
Photo courtesy Virginia Athletics.

UNCG’s experiential learning at Fresh Market

Photo of UNCG students with Fresh Market principalsYou see a lot of examples of learning outside the classroom at UNCG – of getting real-world understanding first-hand.

To promote experiential learning, Dr. Jiyoung Hwang, a new assistant professor of Marketing at Bryan School of Business of Economics, organized a store visit for her students. It was coordinated through the executives at The Fresh Market, a Greensboro based gourmet, health and fresh produce retailer. The goal of this store visit was to provide an opportunity for students to see and experience a unique business model comprising the dynamics of an open-air, European style market, reflecting “old-world” appeal of countryside farming.

Andy Lewis, the marketing director, and Sheila Bennett in Community Relations & Marketing at The Fresh Market gave the students a tour through which they learned about the dynamics of specialty retailing – from the store display, to pricing, promotion and fundamental business strategy.

The visit was a success as expressed by the students: “Our visit to The Fresh Market was extremely informational,” said one. “From the visit, I learned a great deal about the retailing environment. I learned strategies for product placement, customer targeting, as well as profitability targets,” said another. “A store visit creates value for me as a student because I can compare the theory I learned in class with the real life,” said a third.

Visual: UNCG students with Fresh Market representatives. Third from the right, in white shirt, is Dr. Jiyoung Hwang.

FTLC highlights in late fall 2013

UNCG’s Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons continues to offer lots of opportunities to learn from and share with fellow faculty members, as the semester winds down. Some highlights:

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. – 3:30 p.m, Faculty Center. Dr. Larry K. Michaelsen developed Team-Based Learning (TBL), a comprehensive small-group based instructional process. Sponsored by the Division of Continual Learning. Lunch provided. Email Josette Rubino-Tucker (j_rubino@uncg.edu) for more information.

“Communication in the Disciplines: Beyond Manipulating Markers”- Undergraduate Pathways Learning Community gathering on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m., McIver 140.

“Who are we, what holds us together, and what else do we need?” Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. Dr. Bill Plater leads the introspective gathering. Plater proposes, “If questions are not asked in a hostile way, it opens the door to productive discussion.” Lunch provided. Register here.

Book Discussion Group: “How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose,” Fri., Dec. 6, 9-10 a.m, Faculty Center (Leah Miklia, assistant director for Tutoring Services, and Kara Baldwin, senior assistant director for Academic Skills Services)

PowerUP Online Learning Hands-on Workshop, Monday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Stone 186. Participants will receive access to online courses, tips for design, best practices, available support – and hear from UNCG students about online course experiences. They’ll have demonstrations of technologies and methods used by faculty and have hands-on “sandbox” sessions with UNCG’s experts. Working knowledge of Blackboard suggested. To register.

Workshop – Technology-Mediated Active Learning (TeMALe), Fri., Dec. 20, 9 a.m.-noon. Faculty Center. TeMALe is a UNC GA funded project aimed at transforming several large, high-DFIW courses through the use of two synergistic, research-based, technology-mediated instructional innovations: Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment implemented with a classroom response system (“clickers”), and Just-in-Time Teaching implemented with an online homework/quiz system. While the project’s mandate is to target specific courses, participation is open to all regardless of subject, course level, class size or DFIW rate. The Dec. 20 workshop will kick off the year-long project by introducing the pedagogy and technology. (Other workshop days, FTLC learning community meetings and an online discussion/support forum will follow.) Email ftlc@uncg.edu for more information and to register.

Mid-career Faculty Promotion and Tenure Panel, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, noon-1 p.m., McIver 140. Panel discussion with DiAnne Borders (CED), Karen Kilcup (English), Cheryl Buehler (HDFS) and Holly Buttner (BUS) facilitated by James Benshoff (CED, FTLC Fellow for Tenure Track Mentoring).

See full FTLC Calendar of Events.

UNCG Sociology making a difference for the Holidays

According to Interactive Resource Center Director Liz Seymour, the IRC staff were hoping to open on the weekends over the upcoming holidays, but likely were not going to have the funds to make that happen. It costs $1,500 to stay open on the weekends for a month.

Thanks to the efforts of UNCG Sociology, the IRC will now be able to serve the homeless on weekends for an entire month when they otherwise would have been closed.

During homecoming week, the sociology department focused on their “Inequality and Social Justice in a Changing World” theme by asking the UNCG and Greensboro communities to “help sociology help the homeless.” The department hosted a raffle to benefit the Interactive Resource Center of Greensboro. The IRC provides services for the homeless in Greensboro and is the sociology department’s community partner for this year.

The department raffled off an array of goods and services provided by local businesses and non-profits.

Sociology raised $1,506 to support the IRC.

For more information about the sociology centennial activities, visit soc.uncg.edu, where a full list of business and community contributors to the raffle also can be found.

Sustainability in the curriculum

If you would like to apply for the next Faculty Workshop on Sustainability in the Curriculum, to be held Jan. 9-10, 2014, (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), fill out the brief application here by Dec. 4: http://form.jotform.us/form/33024522854146?

Participants may be existing experts in sustainability, complete novices, or anywhere in between.

Past participants may apply again as long as they submit a different course.

The goals of the Faculty Workshops on Sustainability in the Curriculum are:

  1. to increase the number of new and existing sustainability courses at UNCG,
  2. to improve the quality of sustainability education at UNCG, and
  3. to strengthen the community of scholars and teachers involved in sustainability education at UNCG.

The participating faculty submit syllabi in advance, participate in the two-day workshop, and then submit revised syllabi by the end of the following semester. The workshop is organized by the UNCG Academic Sustainability Coordinator in collaboration with UNCG faculty and staff and the UNCG FTLC; healthy and sustainable meals and drinks are provided each day. Upon successful completion of the workshop and submission of the revised syllabus, UNCG faculty participants receive a stipend (add pay), budget permitting.

See Isner vs. Roddick in UNCG’s Fleming

Photo of tennis charity ad from FacebookAmerica’s No. 1 tennis player, John Isner, will play former World No. 1 Andy Roddick in an exhibition in Fleming Gym.

The Ebix Charity Challenge will be played Dec. 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $20.

Isner is a Greensboro native.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is where Isner’s mother was successfully treated during her two battles with colon cancer.

Serving as the event emcee will be Justin Gimelstob, a former professional player and current broadcaster for Tennis Channel.

(The exhibition is scheduled to be over around 4 p.m. – leaving you plenty of time to get to the 7 p.m. matchup between the men’s Spartans basketball team and the Tar Heels in the Smith Center.)

Ticket information is http://ebixcharitychallenge.eventbrite.com.

Special offer – There is a 15-percent-off on grandstand tickets offer for UNCG students, faculty and staff. To get the discount, visit http://ebixcharitychallenge.eventbrite.com/ and use the promo code UNCG15.

Visual: Ebix Charity Challenge Facebook page.

Holly Downs and students work with Physicians for Peace in the Dominican Republic

Portrait of Dr. Holly DownsDr. Holly Downs provides hands-on experiences to her students in their field of program evaluation, including working with Physicians for Peace in the Dominican Republic.

An assistant professor in the Educational Research Methodology department in the UNCG School of Education, she offers her students tremendous learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. As an instructor in the classroom, she provides her students thoughtful lectures embedded with real-life practical examples and lessons learned.

Because so much of Downs’ work involves practical, hands-on experiences of ERM students, she was a natural fit to serve as associate director of ERM’s Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS), which supports and facilitates out-of-classroom learning experiences of ERM students. In this role, she works to connect ERM students with external organizations seeking evaluation support through student internships, practicums, and applied learning experiences. As just one recent example of her role in this capacity, she coordinated an evaluation of an educational program for prosthetic and orthotic technicians in the Dominican Republic. The program had been implemented by Physicians for Peace, a nonprofit organization that aims to deliver healthcare education and support to underserved countries around the world. She headed up the evaluation team, which consisted of three ERM graduate students, and ultimately led the evaluation team to travel to the Dominican Republic to collect data for the evaluation project. These experiential learning opportunities provide students with solid real-world background experience upon graduation, making them top hiring prospects for national employers.

Full story at the UNCG School of Education web site. Story by Dr. Randy Penfield.

Looking ahead: Nov. 20, 2013

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Lecture, “Second Amendment & Gun Policy in post-Heller America”
Wed., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Curry Auditorium

Application deadline for 2014 UNCG Leadership Institute
Thursday, Nov. 21

“American Indian Culture and Dance Exhibition”
Thursday, November 21, Cone Ballroom, EUC

Will Read for Food, Art and Song
Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Fall Dance Concert
Friday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre

Music, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs
Saturday, Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m., Aycock Theatre

University Chorale and Chamber Singers
Sunday, Nov. 24, 3:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

University Symphony Orchestra
Monday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Women’s basketball vs. VCU
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1 p.m.

Volleyball heads to Tourney winning 8 of last 11

UNCG volleyball team received stellar performances from its seniors to defeat Davidson on Senior Night in front of a huge crowd at Fleming Gymnasium. The Spartans head into this week’s SoCon Tournament having won eight of their last 11 matches.

UNCG picked up its 10th conference victory, marking the first time it has reached double digits in league wins since 2008 and the first time since the league went to a 16-match conference schedule. The Spartans also went 6-2 at home in league matches. Senior Karrian Chambers – majoring in kinesiology and pre-occupational therapy – led all players with 17 kills.

By Chip Welch
Full story at UNCG Athletics

Nataly Blas

Portrait of Nataly BlasNataly Blas (University Libraries) is among the 2014 class of Emerging Leaders named by The American Library Association (ALA). The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers. She is Diversity Resident at the University Libraries. More at University Libraries blog.

Dianne Welsh

Portrait of Dianne WelshDr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) delivered the invited Distinguished Lecture in Entrepreneurship at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Nov. 12.

Frank Woods

Portrait of Frank WoodsFrank Woods (African American Studies) has art exhibited as part of the “Aggie Alumni and Friends” exhibition at the University Galleries at North Carolina A&T State University. The exhibition is in the Dudley Building. His three pieces include “Best Friends,” “Christ on the Road to Emmaus” and “Portrait of Charles Henry Moore.” Moore was the first vice-president of the school and the man who successfully led Greensboro’s effort to have A&T located in the city. He has two buildings named for him on the campus. Moore is also Frank Woods’ great-uncle. The exhibition will be up until Dec. 6.

See/Hear: Nov. 20, 2013

Spartan Men’s Basketball is in full swing. They have started the season with 2 wins, 1 loss. They host Greensboro College tonight (Nov. 20). They host Presbyterian Tuesday, Dec. 3. Their commercial highlights the “Four Pack” deal that includes the NC State game.

Bryan School’s evening MBA program jumps to 13th nationally

Photo of Bryan School entranceThe UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics’ evening MBA program has vaulted to No. 13 in the nation in newly released rankings of the best part-time MBA programs by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The No. 13 ranking is the fourth best among public universities in the country and the highest overall ranking for a public program in the state of North Carolina. The Bryan MBA program leapt 37 spots from the No. 50 ranking earned two years ago.

“I could not be more pleased with this fantastic improvement in our ranking,” said Bryan School Dean McRae C. Banks. “Our faculty and staff have worked hard to improve our program and make it relevant to both students and employers. Our focus on producing

exceptional problem solvers who understand innovation, globalization, sustainability and ethics is resonating with students and employers.

“To have the fourth best MBA among public universities — eclipsed only by Berkeley, UCLA and Michigan — is a tremendous accomplishment that reinforces the high quality of what we are doing at UNCG.”

Sixty percent of Bryan MBA graduates reported a salary increase after completing the program.

By Lanita Withers Goins.
Full story at UNCG NOW.

Together, gaining good fortune at Minerva

Photo of students from Grogan Residential CollegeLeaving good luck offerings at a statue only takes you so far.

But maybe it’s a start.

On the first day of classes this semester, a dozen students walked from Grogan Residential College to UNCG’s Minerva statue and gathered round it. In the rain, they stood and contemplated their futures. They’d heard about the campus good-luck tradition – leave your offering and make a wish. They decided that each would tell what they were wishing for.

These students in the Grogan College Science & Medical Careers learning community recently recounted that moment in time.

Ashlyn Fisher, a pre-veterinary freshman, recalls, “I asked to make Dean’s List.”

Nick Eze said, “I wanted a 3.3 GPA and to make Dean’s List.” He is a pre-med freshman who plans to be a cardiologist in his home city of Durham.

Danielle Hill, a biology major with a pre-med concentration, kept it nice and simple. “I wished for a good year.” She is in the Lloyd International Honors College as well as the Grogan learning community, and is on the Campus Activities Board.

Matthew Prosser is pre-med (medical studies). He sees himself in 10 years doing cell identification for pathology. He says he probably said something typical like “have a good semester.” But what did he really want? “I wanted to understand EVERYTHING.”

For about 10 minutes they reflected and, one by one, stated their wishes. They knew they were going to be friends. They were going to live on the same floor of Grogan. They would study together, be in class together, support each other. They might as well make their intentions known.

And they stepped to the base of the statue and left their offerings. Minerva, embodying wisdom, has been the university’s symbol since she appeared on the school’s first diplomas. The statue by alumnus Jim Barnhill was commissioned in 2003 by the Class of 1953.

Chaviaus Floyd, an aspiring pediatrician who’d said he wanted to make all A’s and make Dean’s List, decided to do something unique with his offering. He had an apple and a coin – and jabbed the coin so it stuck out of the top.

Some of the coins were actually Chuck E Cheese tokens, Prosser adds.

And then they just talked. In the drizzling rain. They were new friends and new Spartans. They had the semester ahead of them. Finally the rain sent them back to Grogan.

One of the 12 was a sophomore. Kayla Pratt, the peer academic leader (PAL) for the learning community led by Meg Horton, plans to specialize in biotechnology. She’ll get her master’s here at UNCG and be a genetic counselor, hopefully in her home city of Fayetteville. Her wish? “I wanted to pass all my classes, maintain Dean’s List and improve my GPA.”

She is not the only student skeptical of how much good fortune it might bring. Perhaps those very determined freshmen, on their way to their various health careers, were making their own fortune. With support from each other.

“It was a bonding experience,” she explains. “They did it together.”

Next week, hear more from the group – including what they like about UNCG. And check out the first post in this three-part series.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Days later at a large outing at Piney Lake, the students grouped together for a quick shot. L-r, front, Tyrick Stewart, Danielle Hill, Alyse Schmidt, Jajiba Biswas, Briana Daniels, Kayla Pratt (PAL); back, Katherine Nicholson, Ashlyn Fisher, Matthew Prosser, Nicholas Eze, Joseph Diodato, Chaviaus Floyd

UNCG Theatre takes flight with ‘Peter Pan’

Publicity photo for Peter PanFlying boys who refuse to grow up. Wayward shadows. Pixie dust. Pirates. A croc with a clock.

Yes, UNCG Theatre’s original adaptation of “Peter Pan” takes flight through Nov. 17 in Taylor Theatre on campus.

Why “Peter Pan”? Rachel Briley, theatre professor and the show’s director, says Peter’s story is a timeless one that appeals to all of us — young and old.

“Peter represents something that we all long for on some level: eternal youth,” Briley says. “In our culture we often romanticize youth, but, in reality, young people are just as complex and full of contradictions as adults.”

The spectacle of Pan is amped up in the UNCG production. Actors fly through the use of tracks and pendulums. Nana the dog, the vengeful crocodile, mermaids and a Neverbird appear through the use of puppetry.

The story is streamlined to keep it to an hour and 15 minutes.

See Peter in action Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.; Nov. 13-15 at 9:30 a.m.; or Nov. 15 at noon.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for children, seniors, students and groups of 10 or more; and $7 for UNCG students. Call the theatre box office at 4-4392 or buy tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/412573.

By Michelle Hines
Photo by Chris English. L-r, Cassie McHale as Wendy, Adam Kampouris as Peter Pan.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

Take a Roman holiday, at UNCG

Photo of past Classical Studies event at Foust Park2013 Classics Day at UNCG is a multi-event festival celebrating a range of interesting aspects of Greco-Roman antiquity.

The event will take place 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, on the lawn in front of the Stone Building. (The rain location is Cone Ballroom, EUC.)

The public is invited to take part.

It is organized by the student-run UNCG Classical Society and sponsored by the Department of Classical Studies. The event is in its fourth year, and the second year in which it has been planned in partnership with the North Carolina Junior Classical League, an organization of teachers and students of Latin from around the state. The 400 students, teachers and chaperones of the NC JCL, who will join the festivities, will hold their Fall Forum on UNCG’s campus on that day.

Classics Day events include:

  • A performance of a portion of Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King,” put on by a troupe from ECU.
  • A performance of a portion of “Casina,” a Roman comedy by Plautus, by UNCG students.
  • Roman and Greek military exercises.
  • Roman gladiatorial combat.
  • Eight ancient Greek Olympic events.
  • Roman-style puppet show.
  • Archaeology exhibit: students learn archaeological principles while doing sand art and painting pots.
  • An Oracle at Delphi telling people their futures.
  • Etruscan divination: students predicting the future based on interpreting (printouts of) pig livers.
  • Readings of Greek myths to the accompaniment of a lyre.
  • Roman-style photo booth: people can dress in Roman tunics, togas, etc. and be photographed.
  • Learn to write your name in Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Syriac.
  • Roman games, mosaics, and food.

Planned recreation center will enhance student success, Brady explains

The new recreation center will enhance the residential character of the UNCG campus – and enhance student success.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke about the planned facility in Spartan Village on the Lee Street corridor in her remarks at the Nov. 6 Faculty Senate meeting.

A goal of the 2008 UNCG Housing Plan was to have more students residing on campus. She cited figures from that time showing retention and also graduation rates being lower for off-campus students.

The new rec center will help UNCG relieve crowding and wait times at the rec facilities, she explained. And there will be more spaces, relieving pressure on the EUC.

It will help with health and wellness for students, at a time when obesity is a nationwide concern.

It will incorporate “universal design” – for example, the entrance will be on street level for ready access.

She explained that UNCG is committed to providing living environments and learning environments that will prepare students for success. She noted there is no single strategy for doing this. This is one component.

“We believe it will encourage more people to live on campus,” she said.

She cited a memo of understanding with Glenwood residents – and noted that the size of the rec center project was reduced due to concerns raised by residents in Glenwood.

She noted that while UNCG’s graduation rates are up, our enrollment rate is down this year. UNCG is one of 10 system campuses that experienced a drop. She proposes UNCG work to diagnose the problem and determine strategies for rebuilding enrollment.

Several faculty members asked questions or offered suggestions. The first to speak, Dr. Dan Winkler, posed the suggestion generally of looking at more ways to conserve money on campus.

The chancellor was available after the meeting as well for faculty who were not able to ask questions or make suggestions during that first part of the meeting.

By Mike Harris

Global Engagement QEP forum

Attend the UNCG Global Engagement QEP forum Monday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. – noon. It will be held in the Maple Room, EUC.

The QEP Design Team will share updates on the current status of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). This is another opportunity for the entire UNCG community – faculty, staff and students – to provide feedback on the QEP.

“The forum will share information on the variety of ways that global engagement and the QEP student learning outcomes are addressed in the curricula of the academic departments,” says John Sopper, co-chair of the QEP steering committee. “This information was collected by the QEP Design Team through its visits with academic departments during fall 2013. In addition, the forum will provide opportunities for participants to comment on strategies being developed through the QEP to encouraging and support further incorporation of global engagement and the QEP student learning outcomes in the curriculum, especially in the majors.”

Information about the QEP may be found at http://uncgqep.uncg.edu/

Questions about the forum? Contact John Sopper at jrsopper@uncg.edu.

Academic Advising task force recommendations

An Advising Task Force was created early this calendar year to look at the advising and registration process at UNCG.

It was formed in response to an enrollment/retention audit led by consultant Jim Black.

Dr. Kathleen Williams and Dr. Steve Roberson are co-chairs. (Dr. Sue Stinson, an original co-chair, retired.)

Williams presented recommendations to Faculty Senate at the Nov. 6 meeting. She had earlier presented to Deans Council.

Recommendations of the task force:

  • Simplify the curriculum.
  • Consolidate registration and advising resources into a single web portal – to make it easier for students to find information.
  • Ensure all UNCG students have access to a “life planning” course.
  • Reallocate scarce advising resources to assist students with “special needs.” This may range from students who are exploring major or career choice changes to those who had to step away and are trying to determine where they stand.

Williams noted an FTLC learning community is already considering these recommendations.

“There are many excellent resources already available at UNCG. How can we better deploy these?” she said.

Renowned Mexican-Arabic writer Naief Yehya

Take part in two cultural and literary events with the renowned Mexican-Arabic writer Naief Yehya:

On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. MHRA 3501A, Naief Yehya will deliver a lecture titled Cyber Culture, The Body and the Mind, in conversation with Antonio Moreno.

Light refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m.. After the event there will be a Q &.A session.

The event is free and open to the public.

On Friday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m., at Glenwood Coffee and Books (1310 Glenwood Avenue), Naief Yehya will talk about his creative writing process, in conversation with Verónica Grossi and the audience. The event is free and open to the public. A small reception will follow.

Both events are sponsored by the International Programs Office, UNCG Lloyd International Honors College, Global Village, Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Global Studies, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG.

Writer and cultural critic, Naief Yehya writes for La Jornada, Letras Libres, Zócalo, Replicante, Deep, Luvina, and Art Nexus, among others publications in Latin America, Europe and the USA. He has published three novels and several book essays. Yehya’s book essays deal mainly with the impact of technology, mass media and propaganda in culture and society. His most recent book is “Pornoculture,” published by Tusquets. Yehya was born in Mexico City in 1963 and has lived in Brooklyn since 1992.

Antonio Moreno, assistant professor at Barton College, in Wilson, NC, is a writer and a literary critic who specializes in Latin American narrative. He has published essays, short stories and book reviews in book anthologies and journals. He is the editor of Road to Ciudad Juárez. Crónicas y relatos de frontera (2013), and co-editor of Acercamientos a la narrativa de Luis Arturo Ramos.

Gender politics in Africa

Activist-scholar Dr. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, will give a lecture on gender politics in Africa.

She will speak Nov. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Maple Room, UNCG’s Elliot University Center.

“Notwithstanding political and cultural divergences from feminist approaches in the Global North, gender studies in Africa are not homogeneous in the issues they focus on, their approaches, or politics. They reflect the diversity, not only among gender scholars, but also in women and men’s relations among themselves and with each other.”

Diana Bowman helps homeless students get ahead

Portrait of Diana BowmanEach year, approximately 1.6 million American children experience homelessness.

Children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence face unique sets of problems, particularly with regards to education.

As director of the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) since 2000, UNCG’s Dr. Diana Bowman has made incredible strides in improving the situation of these students nationwide. The NCHE, funded by the US Department of Education and housed within the UNCG SERVE Center, provides information to state departments of education and school districts all over the country on how to identify homeless students, increase enrollment and keep students from falling behind in their classes.

“There has been a huge increase in the number of homeless children and youth identified and so the need is huge, in terms of school districts making sure that the children are enrolled and are receiving services,” Bowman says. The efforts of NCHE and its collaborators are part of the reason an estimated one million children struggling with homelessness are now enrolled in school and receiving the education they need.

“The approach is always to get as much information from the field as possible before you jump out there and give [schools] things that they don’t need,” says Bowman. The center demonstrates this ethic at every level of involvement, from local actions in Greensboro and Guilford County to policy making on a national level.

In order to improve the policies and information that they distribute, NCHE receives feedback from individual state programs on the practical results they are receiving, including here in North Carolina. NCHE-SERVE also operates the North Carolina Homeless Education Program. “We actually get to see [the results of] what we are telling the states to do…It’s been our grounding in reality,” Bowman explained. The information NCHE receives is essential in finding practical and standardized ways to enforce laws such as the McKinney-Vento act, which guarantees homeless students enrollment in school, regardless of available documentation or residential situation. These laws are designed to provide support for the academic success of homeless youth.

NCHE implements several mechanisms to improve the enrollment and educational opportunities for homeless students, including a comprehensive website, toll-free helpline, online and face-to-face trainings, and informational resources. In addition to the center’s basic funding from the US Department of Education – more than $8.6 million since the center was established – NCHE regularly receives other competitive contracts and grants and works with other partners to disseminate information on how to improve school policies dealing with homeless students.

In the end, Bowman’s story isn’t really about grants, networks, strategies and infrastructure. It comes down to Bowman and her staff’s passion for helping disadvantaged youth. “Bottom line,” she says, “kids experiencing homelessness are getting to school. They’re being connected with services, and they are getting the education that they need.”

By Mary McLean
Full story at UNCG Research.

Faculty Forum on Online Learning Nov. 20

Get a fuller perspective on online learning at UNCG at a Faculty Forum Wednesday, Nov. 20, 3-5 p.m. The Faculty Senate sponsored forum will be held in the Virginia Dare room of the Alumni House.

It is being coordinated by Wade Maki (Philosophy) a senator who is co-director of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons.

Learn about how online teaching has changed in recent years and about online programs. You’ll hear from faculty and staff on topics ranging from data to GA policies to support/training. Also, hear firsthand about online learning from students’ perspective.

This year, sponsor a luminaire at UNCG

Photo of luminaries in front of Elliott University CenterMembers of the UNCG community will have the opportunity to sponsor a luminaire this December.

The Luminaires dedication ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at the Moran Plaza.

UNCG’s Fraternity and Sorority Association (FSA) is running the annual luminaires lighting. For $1, students, faculty, staff, groups or departments can have their name and/or a message on a luminaire and have it placed in the area of their choice: in front of the EUC, by the Rawk and Clock Tower, at Moran Plaza and the Fountain, around Alumni House and the Minerva statue, along College Ave., or in front of Jackson Library.

100 percent of the proceeds will benefit local elementary school teachers and their classrooms.

Stop in from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the following locations:
Nov. 11, 13, and 14: First Floor, Moran Commons
Nov. 18, 19, and 21: EUC Commons
Dec. 3: EUC Cone Ballroom

Any questions may be directed to:
FSA Executive Board, uncgfsaexec@gmail.com
Audrey Italiano, FSA President acitlalia@uncg.edu
Carly Riddle, FSA Director of Service cvriddle@uncg.edu
Sean Goheen, FSA Advisor s_goheen@uncg.edu

Currently, second-highest SECC participation level in system

UNCG solicitor volunteers will gather in a few days to hear the total of UNCG’s SECC campaign. As of Monday, it stood at $155,097 – about two-thirds the way to the campus goal.

With 28 percent of our employees having already participated, UNCG currently has the second-highest level of participation is the UNC system. Only NC State is higher, with 32 percent.

“We are approaching the holiday season – a time of giving,” says Dr. Rob Cannon, campus SECC chair. “The SECC Campaign is a wonderful opportunity to give to those organizations that YOU care about.

“I thank all of you in the UNCG community who have already pledged to the campaign, and encourage those of you who have not already participated in this important endeavor to do so now.”

You may give online at http://secc.wp.uncg.edu/2013-campaign/epledge/. Or you may fill out your paper form. Need a form or have a question? Just ask the solicitor in your department or email CW and we’ll help.

UNCG receives “Excellence in Diversity” award

Photo of College Avenue with studentsUNCG has received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—UNCG has been featured along with 55 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2013 issue.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected UNCG based on our institution’s exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on our campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community.

For more information about the 2013 HEED Award, visit www.insightintodiversity.com

Article courtesy The Resource, UNCG HR newsletter.

UNCG Interior Architecture launches MFA program

UNCG has launched a new Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interior Architecture program, offering students a venue for advanced investigations of the interior environment in close collaboration with faculty mentors.

Students pursuing an MFA in Interior Architecture develop their own intellectual interests in design while preparing for careers in teaching, research or specialized practice. With a long-standing history of community-engaged efforts and environmentally conscious design, the Department of Interior Architecture supports a broad range of student specializations based on current faculty’s area of expertise.

UNCG Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness helps raise awareness of hunger and homelessness on a local and national level – and provides a way for the campus community to be engaged.

The Greensboro & High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area is currently ranked fourth in the nation for food insecurity. Greensboro’s day center for the homeless, the Interactive Resource Center (IRC), often sees more than 200 people a day. Hunger and homelessness are prevalent issues.

Events:

  • Monday, Nov. 18 – Bread for the Journey
    Distribute care packages of hygiene items and basic necessities to people in need on the streets of Greensboro. Registration online. OLSL Conference Room, 3rd Floor EUC, 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19 – Faces of Homelessness
    Learn about the realities of homelessness from a panel of speakers who have experienced it firsthand. Connect with staff from local nonprofits that are working to end homelessness in our community. EUC, Maple Room, 6-7p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 – OxFam Hunger Banquet
    Where will you sit at the table? Join us for this interactive event which educates participants about the global hunger crisis by using varying amounts of food and luck of the draw. Registration online. EUC, Kirkland Room, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21 – 19th Annual Will Read for Food, Art + Song
    Join us for a performance by the UNCG Sapphires a capella group followed by readings by local authors. All donations will go to fight hunger and homelessness in our community. This event is in conjunction with the UNCG MFA Writing Program and UNCG Alumni Relations. Weatherspoon Art Museum, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Serve GSO: Second Harvest Food Bank Service Event
    Spartans will be serving at Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem. This event is full.
  • Friday, Nov. 22 – Stop Hunger Now
    Join us as we package 10,000 meals for hungry school children worldwide. Registration online. This event is in conjunction with the Residence Hall Association. 10 a.m., Associated Campus Ministries Center

Details at http://olsl.uncg.edu/co-curricular-service/short-term-service/hunger-homelessness-awareness-week/

Celebrate Britten’s centennial, with opera

Enjoy Benjamin Britten’s opera “Albert Herring” in Aycock Auditorium.

The UNCG Theatre production will be staged Nov. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

It’s part of the celebration of the centennial of Benjamin Britten’s birth in 1913, says David Holley, director of UNCG Opera.

“Many consider Britten the greatest English opera composer,” Holley said. “He had an incredible theatrical sense in his operas, which was also evident in his other compositions like the War Requiem and smaller compositions.”

“‘Albert Herring’ is an incredibly crafted comedy,” he added. “Many of his operas were social commentaries, and some of them were anti-war, since Benjamin Britten was a pacifist.”

To purchase tickets, visit http://opera.uncg.edu

Looking ahead: Nov. 13, 2013

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Talk, Pixar’s Bill Cone
Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Curry 225

Dance, Prime Movers
Friday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre

Play, Peter Pan
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Men’s Basketball vs. Chowan
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m.

Music, Sinfonia
Monday, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Music, Old Time Ensemble
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., Organ Hall, Music Building

Music, Symphonic Band
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

In memoriam: Mary Stone Brodish

Mary Helen Stone Brodish, faculty in the School of Nursing 1976-1988, died Nov. 7, 2013. She was a member of the Department of Parent-Child Nursing, educating hundreds of student nurses during her tenure at UNCG. She was the 1984-85 recipient of the UNCG Teaching Excellence Award. She was a longtime active volunteer for the organization Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). View obituary.

In memoriam: Hazel Brown

Dr. Hazel Brown, who retired from UNCG Nursing in 2011, died Oct. 31. She served on the faculty of the UNCG School of Nursing for 37 years, from 1974-2011. She retired in 2011 as the Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor of Nursing. She was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award as well as the UNCG Bullard Award for service. She was a double alumna, earning a master’s and doctoral degree at UNCG. Dr. Brown served as Faculty Senate chair and was chair of the Department of Parent-Child Nursing. She also served as co-director of the Dollar-a-Day & College Bound Sisters programs. More more information here. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday, December 13 (Commencement afternoon) in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, at 3 p.m. All invited to attend. A brief program will commence at 3:30 p.m. during the celebration reception.

Course Reserve due for winter, spring terms

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first day of class, new lists for winter and spring 2014 terms are due by Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Requests to renew fall lists for winter and/or spring are due by Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

Before placing a film on reserve for your students, check out Swank’s Digital Campus and the Libraries’ other streaming film sources. Also, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see our e-book guide.

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

CW takes Thanksgiving break

Campus Weekly will publish Nov. 20. There will not be an issue of CW the week of Thanksgiving. CW will publish the first day of exams, which will be the final issue of this calendar year. For updates, follow CW on Twitter at https://twitter.com/campusweekly