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Archives for November 2013

Location change: 2014-15 Tuition & Student Fees forums

On Wednesday, November 13, two open forums will be held on 2014-15 Tuition & Student Fees at noon and 7 p.m. The location has been revised: BOTH meetings will now be held in the EUC Auditorium.

Retail strategy competition

UNCG’s fashion student organization, Threads, will host a Retail Strategy Competition for our Consumer, Apparel, & Retail Studies and Bryan School students. Participants will present a case study in front of a judging panel and public audience for a chance to win a scholarship. “Luxury Brand Retailing” is a case study focused on the market changes in the luxury retail sector and promoting growth through retailer and brand relationships. Threads will provide additional time following presentations for networking purposes. UNCG Alumni House, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Great opening game for men’s basketball

UNCG Men’s Basketball won their home opener vs. High Point 82-74. A record UNCG crowd for a season opener was on hand – 5,734 fans. The victory over preseason Big South favorite High Point was the Spartans’ first victory over them since 1982. Kayel Locke and Kyle Cain led the scoring for the Spartans. The Spartans’ next two games are at home: Nov. 17 vs. Chowan and Nov. 20 vs. Greensboro College.

Robert Walker

Portrait of Robert WalkerRobert Walker (Campus Enterprises) received the NACAS 2013 Innovative Use of Technology Award. The presentation was made during the Annual NACAS Conference held Oct. 27-30 in Anaheim, Calif. This award recognizes Auxiliary Services Departments nationwide that use technology creatively in improving services to customers.

Walker developed an innovative system, “Spartan Mail Management,” which reduces labor hours required to maintain campus mailbox assignments and changes. It also eliminates inefficient package and parcel management. Both could provide a substantial cost savings to the university. In addition, through the new system, UNCG has gained better customer service, accessibility, productivity, and value to its postal system.

“We found ourselves in a tough position with the renovation of Moran Commons” says Walker who is director of Business Services with Campus Enterprises. “We had to relocate our operations, but we didn’t want to inconvenience students with a traditional mail system. As they say, ‘necessity is the mother of invention.’ I couldn’t be happier with our results, especially because students seem to really value the service we have added.”

Dr. Donna Nash

Portrait of Dr. Donna NashDr. Donna Nash (Anthropology) recently attended the Digital Heritage International Congress in Marseille, France, where she and colleagues presented two papers which have just been published in Volume 2 of the Proceedings of the 2013 Digital Heritage International Congress. Both papers deal with the use of ground based LIDAR, a remote sensing technique using laser imaging to create 3-D maps of archaeological features of the landscape and architecture in southern Peru.

Crumpton/Bird

Michael Crumpton (University Libraries) and Nora Bird (Library and Information Science) have co-authored “Handbook for Community College Librarians,” recently published by Libraries Unlimited. Their book covers all aspects of librarianship that apply to community colleges in a one-stop reference book.

Dr. Saundra Westervelt

Portrait of Dr. Saundra WesterveltDr. Saundra Westervelt (Sociology) will join co-writer Dr. Kimberly Cook of UNCW to discuss their book “Life after Death Row.” The book looks at the struggles of 18 wrongly convicted people as they try to re-establish their lives in society. Discussion/signing will be Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at Friendly Center.

Dr. Tara T. Green

Portrait of Dr. Tara T. GreenDr. Tara T. Green (African American Studies) gave a series of talks the week of Oct. 28, 2013. Her first presentation was at the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She joined scholars from Vanderbilt, Hofstra and the University of Delaware to present on aspects of Barack Obama as a writer and cultural figure. Responding to an invitation, she presented on her book “Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films and African American Literature” at the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 2. She had the honor of meeting Louis Gossett Jr. and Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, both of whom were promoting their latest published work at the festival. While there, she was interviewed by two reporters for television and radio.

Provost David H. Perrin

Portrait of Provost David H. PerrinProvost David H. Perrin has joined many other provosts across the nation in signing a letter supporting public access to taxpayer-funded research. The letter and signing came during the sixth annual Open Access Week. The letter reads in part, “The broad dissemination of the results of scholarly inquiry and discourse is essential for higher education to fulfill its long-standing commitment to the advancement and conveyance of knowledge. Indeed, it is mission critical. For the land-grant and publicly funded institutions among us, it addresses the complementary commitment to public service and public access that is included in our charters.” Read more at the web site of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

See/hear: Nov. 13, 2013

In the summer of 2014, UNCG hopes to send 10-12 UNCG Guarantee Scholars on a three week journey to Querétaro, Mexico, for a transformational study abroad experience. The three credit hour course, led by a UNCG faculty member from the Department of Social Work, will be taught as they are traveling. Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of immigrant experiences in relation to service-learning, social justice and narrative theory. Students will study the history of immigrants by reading the narrative and biography of Cesar Chavez. The culmination of the course will be a final presentation to UNCG stakeholders at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro. This course is part of an exchange program between Tec de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro and the UNC System. It’s among the first two crowdfunding initiatives by UNCG Annual Giving.

UNCG’s Veterans Day: focus on NC Korean War veterans

Photo of Randolph County Honor GuardMembers of the UNCG community will mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War with a Roll Call of North Carolinians who were killed in action, died while prisoners of war or are missing in action/presumed dead.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at Kaplan Commons in front of the EUC. Col. Ann Fisher, who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) from 1949 to 1976, will speak around 1 p.m. Crystal Wallace, a student veteran and Business Administration major, will speak as well.

At 2 p.m. there will be a moment of silence.

For details, email lmmcguir@uncg.edu.

Two additional events:

  • Field of Honor, Nov. 7-11, UNCG’s Kaplan Commons – A flag field of 869 flags will honor those North Carolinians killed, missing in action (presumed dead), and died while held prisoner of war in the Korean War. If you would like to volunteer your time visit cap.uncg.edu
  • Welcome Home Ceremony for the 5th Battalion 113th Field Artillery N.C. Army National Guard Unit, Friday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m., Fleming Gym. To attend, RSVP to the N.C. National Guard Office of Public Affairs and Visual Information at 919-664-6000 ext. 46902 or email ng.nc.ncarng.mbx.pao-rsvp@mail.mil.

Visual by David Wilson of ceremony in early year, Randolph Co. Honor Guard.

Potential pedestrian-friendly north/south corridor

Photo of rendering of what the walkway at Forest may look like somedayUNCG just might put the “forest” back in Forest.

Planners are considering – at some point in the future – a pedestrian/bike friendly route, shaded by trees, extending from the glen in Glenwood through the new underpass and along what’s now Forest Street. It could pass somewhat close to Mossman Building (away from the service-trucks area of EUC) as it proceeds to Kaplan Commons. It could continue in front of the EUC to a potential transit hub and entranceway adjoining Jackson Library tower.

That was one of the most inspiring possibilities shown during the presentation at the UNCG Campus Master Plan Update forums on Oct. 22 in the EUC. The presentation is now posted online at http://projects.sasaki.com/uncg/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/UNCG-Forum-_20131023_1-Background-and-Campus-Core1.pdf and http://projects.sasaki.com/uncg/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/UNCG-Forum-_20131023_2-Lee-St-Corridor-and-Frameworks1.pdf

Matt Takacs, assistant director of project management in UNCG Facilities Design and Construction, welcomed everyone at the well-attended afternoon forum. There would be an opportunity for questions/comments after the presentation. He introduced two planners with Sasaki Associates, who helped with the campus master plan update in 2007 and are assisting this year as well.

The planners highlighted some of what they’d learned through an online survey:

  • Green spaces and pedestrian malls are important to campus character.
  • Students want good quality, affordable housing on campus.
  • Students want more dining options on Tate and Lee Streets, more places for meeting, and better connectivity among Dining Hall, library and EUC.
  • Students value the campus landscape and want it pulled across to the Lee Street Corridor.
  • Students value sustainability on campus and want to see more sustainability efforts.
  • As for safety, students are most concerned about it at the periphery of campus.

Planners noted the current travel patterns across campus.

As for east/west pedestrian traffic, currently many students pass through the EUC. Similarly, students might pass through Jackson Library the same way, in the future. What is now the back of the Jackson Tower could have an inviting entryway, with a transit hub nearby.

They also addressed Lee Street. While Lee Street is more of a thoroughfare than Spring Garden, it can have some similar elements, the planners noted. Turn lanes could have landscaping. A variety of paving materials could be used. With more landscaping and “less industrial feel,” it could have a more nuanced design, they explained.

As the planners showed possibilities for the future, they noted that the campus has a long history of planning – and that UNCG’s students want green space and landscape.

With the glen on one end of campus, Peabody Park on the other, and other smaller natural spaces throughout campus, that desire could be satisfied.

The presenters explained they were thinking long term. “We’re thinking 10 or 20 years out.”

PowerPoints of the spring and fall presentations – as well as more information about the Master Plan update – are at http://projects.sasaki.com/uncg/

By Mike Harris
Draft visual of what the walkway at Forest may look like someday.

Pixar veteran Bill Cone at UNCG Nov. 14

Photo of Bill ConeIf you’ve enjoyed such Pixar films as “Toy Story,” “Cars” and “A Bug’s Life,” you’ve seen the work of Bill Cone.

Later this month, hear him speak about it.

The talk Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. will be in UNCG’s Curry Building Auditorium. The public is invited to the Art Department sponsored event, which is free of charge.

If you’ve wondered how these films are made and the artistry and vision that goes into them, this is a great opportunity to learn more.

Pixar Production Designer Bill Cone is a studio veteran of more than 20 years. He first started at Pixar as a freelance artist before being hired full-time to work on character and set designs for “Toy Story”. Since then Cone has been responsible for designing the environments, sets and color of such Pixar classics as “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2” and “Cars.” He also contributed work for such films as “Ratatouille,” “Up” and “Brave”.

Dr. Heather Holian, a UNCG associate professor of art who is researching the art of Pixar, notes that his Pixar work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and is currently touring internationally as part of the Pixar: 25 Years of Animation exhibition.

In addition to his work for Pixar, Cone also maintains an active personal studio practice. His personal work consists of evocative pastel landscapes, which explore the unique light, atmosphere, color and essence of place.

Questions about the talk? Email Heather Holian at hlholian@uncg.edu.

Make nominations for 2013-14 Research Excellence awards

Make your nominations for the UNCG Research Excellence Awards.

A faculty review committee will study the portfolios with regard to the following criteria: 1) the importance of the research contributions to the field, 2) the originality of thought, 3) the execution of the research, and 4) the pattern of the nominee’s research productivity.

Up to two Research Excellence Awards may be given each year. The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award will be based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years. The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award. The award will be made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

Due to the exceptional pool of nominees typically submitted and in recognition of the work involved in preparing the nomination packet, the Research Excellence Committee will consider applications for an additional year after the original submission. The nominator will have the opportunity to update the application packet, if desired. This would particularly apply if, for example, a nominee for the Junior award becomes eligible for the Senior Award or if the nominator wishes to highlight significant accomplishments in the past year since the original packet was submitted.

A list of prior recipients may be seen here.

To nominate a faculty member for the 2013-2014 Research Excellence Award, click on this link for a copy of the Nomination Packet which includes the nomination guidelines, selection criteria and the nomination cover sheet. This year, all materials are to be submitted electronically. The Nomination Packet, including the signed nomination cover sheet, should be scanned as a PDF file and emailed to rsh_ptnr@uncg.edu by Dec. 13, 2013.

For more information, contact Debbie Freund at freundd@uncg.edu or (336) 256-0426.

Crowdfunding to support UNCG Yellow Ribbon veterans

Photo of small U.S. flags during Veterans DayA lot of small (and larger) donations, spurred by social media and messages, can add up quickly.

UNCG Annual Giving says that many alumni, especially those who’ve recently graduated, are interested in crowdfunding as a preferred way to make donations.

“The Spartan Project” is UNCG’s new crowdfunding site.

Emily Rector and Sarah Kathryn Coley of UNCG Annual Giving explain crowdfunding presents a convenient, quick way to give and know instantly that you’re making a difference and are a part of something big.

One called “Funding the Journey” will raise funds for UNCG Guarantee Scholars to complete a study abroad trip to Mexico.

The spotlight this week will be on the new “UNCG 4 Vets campaign” – thespartanproject.uncg.edu/uncg-4-vets. The short campaign launches Nov. 8.

It supports UNCG’s Yellow Ribbon program for student veterans. This helps cover expenses beyond what is allotted through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The VA matches the university’s contribution. It’s especially important for out-of-state students, who pay higher tuition rates.

UNCG is known as a military-friendly university, one with a supportive environment for all students. GI Jobs has recognized UNCG since 2012 as a “Military Friendly School.” And UNCG was distinguished as “Best for Vets” by Military Times Edge Magazine.

Learn more about The Spartan Project – and keep track of the fundraising in these short campaigns – at thespartanproject.uncg.edu

See a short video clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWkjUaKpOcs

Healthcare faith community summit Nov. 14

Faculty from the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences will partner with Odell Cleveland, the chief administrative officer of Mount Zion Baptist Church, for the Healthcare Faith Community Summit Thursday, Nov. 14.

The event, which will start at 7:45 a.m., will bring together faith leaders, health professionals, educators and nonprofit health providers to focus on health care issues facing the Greensboro community and to explore what can be done to tackle them.

The free event, to be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Road in Greensboro, is open to the public. Interested participants are asked to register online at http://mtzbc.com/archives/4366?p=4366%3Ferror%3D404 to attend.

“The summit is an effort to bring people from the medical, faith and educational systems closer together in a day of learning about how all can support better health for the entire community,” said Bob Wineburg, the Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor in the UNCG Department of Social Work.

“The summit is the most important conversation about the future of the community’s health this year,” added Vincent Francisco, an associate professor in the UNCG Department of Public Health Education. “Everyone in the community has a part to play in our health, and this summit will determine the next steps for us all.”

Odell also serves as an adjunct professor of community engagement in the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences.

By Lanita Goins Withers

Full story at UNCG NOW.

Who left these apples? Meg Horton knows – and she’s telling

Photo of student's apples at Minerva statueIt started with an email from Meg Horton at Grogan Residential College. The longtime biology lecturer saw her own fruit and money on the web.

She was talking about a picture in UNCG Campus Weekly showing a row of apples left at the Minerva Statue the first day of fall classes. One or two of them had coins pushed into the apples, a new twist on the tradition that’s supposed to bring good fortune.

Now, I’d heard about offerings at the statue since Michelle Hines told me in 2007 she saw a coin there. I took pictures of it. The first apple I noticed was in December 2010. Since that time I’ve seen notes, flowers, various fruits. During one point the middle of this fall semester, I tweeted 30 apples at Minerva.

But I’d never actually seen a student leave an offering.

So, who did it? “Those apples and coins were left by Grogan College students in the Science & Medical Careers learning community,” her message said. “They were honoring the UNCG tradition but they know that you cannot wait until finals to start caring about your grades!”

Horton leads that learning community, one of 12 at Grogan, where she’s a senior fellow. At their first class meeting in August, they talked about their “bucket list.” For the students, it revolved around good grades and their future careers. She and the class talked about doing all you can to ensure success, about their expectations for themselves, how challenging their academic tracks would be.

She told them about item #34 on the UNCG Bucket List – a tradition had developed of leaving offerings at the Minerva statue at exam time, for good luck. She pulled out the recent UNCG Magazine that had that list compiled by Lanita Withers Goins.

Horton happened to have a bag of apples left over from a Grogan event. Some loose change was in her drawer. When class dismissed, some stayed after class to get Horton’s help with scheduling, advice, etc. – and nearly a dozen of the students decided to tromp through the rain, their sights on the Minerva statue. And they all took part in the relatively new campus “good luck” tradition. They all have big dreams about making a difference in this world, and they wanted their year to be a success.

In the next two weeks, you’ll meet these students. You’ll find out how their year is going, their hardest classes, some of their favorite things about UNCG so far – and what they plan to become.

And you’ll hear more about their memorable first day as Spartans.

“For these pre-med, pre-dental and pre-vet students,” Horton said, “the first day of their first college classes was the right time to leave offerings for Minerva.”

Stay tuned. You’ll be hearing from these students in the weeks ahead (and for decades to come).

By Mike Harris. Visual: a detail from CW’s August 2013 photograph.

UNCG men’s basketball vs. High Point Nov. 8

Photo of cheerleaders at men's basketball gameUNCG’s first men’s basketball game will be one of the biggest.

UNCG CAB will sponsor a pregame tailgate for students with free food, games, music and giveaways prior to the game. The UNCG Alumni Association will have a “bring your own” pre-game party as well.

A giveaway of 2013-14 basketball-schedule T-shirts to the first 1,600 students will hopefully help in breaking the student attendance record.

Also as part of UNCG Athletics’ Salute to Military and Veterans Day, UNCG Athletics is offering free admission to the game for any current or former military and their immediate families to the High Point game. They just need to show a military ID at the Coliseum Box Office on the day of the game.

A table promoting UNCG’s Yellow Ribbon program for student veterans will be in the corridor, along with tables for other UNCG activities and initiatives.

High Point won the North Division of the Big South Conference last season and will return all five starters from last year.

Lower level seats are $10. See CW article about various discounts and deals.

Visit the Athletics site for ticket details.

French film festival at UNCG

Five films – all in French with English subtitles – will be screened in the 2013 Tournées French Film Festival at UNCG. The screenings will be in Room 114, School of Education Building, at 7 p.m.

Americano (“Americano”): When his mother dies, a young man is drawn south of the border and into a steamy Tijuana sex club, where a stripper may hold the key to his mysterious past. Nov. 7

Le Bonheur d’Elza (“Elza’s Happiness”): A young Parisian woman of Caribbean descent returns to her native island of Guadeloupe looking for the father she has never known. Nov. 12

La Pirogue (“The Pirogue”): A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them. Nov. 14

Poulet aux prunes (“Chicken with Plums”): Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. Nov. 19

La Folie Almayer (“Almayer’s Folly”): A tale of an occidental merchant, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice. Date: Nov. 21

Each screening will include a brief discussion about the film led by a faculty member or student in UNCG’s French program.

The Tournées Festival is open to the public with free admission. Light refreshments will be available in the lobby outside of the auditorium.

This event is subsidized by the French American Cultural Exchange and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with support from UNCG’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the International and Global Studies Program, the Kohler Endowment of the International Program’s Center, and the Global Village Living Learning Community.

SECC at 60 percent of goal

Photo of Loretta Cou'se (HRL Housekeeping)As the UNCG SECC campaign nears its conclusion, the total stands at $140,338.

The campus goal is $235,000.

If you have been meaning to make a donation online at ePledge or turn in your envelope to your departmental volunteer, now is the time to do so.

The State Employees Combined Campaign supports more than 1,000 charitable organizations in our region and state.

More information is at secc.uncg.edu.

Visual: Loretta Cou’se (HRL Housekeeping)

Students now have Marketing organization

Group photo of the UNCG-AMA chapterThe American Marketing Association now has a student chapter on the UNCG campus. The UNCG-AMA chapter was instituted in May 2013 and became recognized by the university as a student organization this fall. The faculty advisor is Dr. Merlyn A. Griffiths (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) and the president is Richard Howe. On Oct. 23, the chapter held its first event in their speaker series, with guest speaker Arthur Stuart – the event was focused on building your own online brand. For information on the UNCG-AMA, email uncgama@gmail.com.

Chelimo takes SoCon cross country title for 3rd time

Photo of Paul Chelimo during cross country raceUNCG senior runner Paul Chelimo won his third straight Southern Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday in Birmingham, while junior Paul Katam placed second for the second straight year. Chelimo posted a time of 24:19.72 to win by almost 15 seconds over Katam and by 55 seconds over his closest non-UNCG competitor.

Katam earned All-SoCon honors for the second straight year. He has placed in the top four all three years he has competed in the event.

Junior Dylan Belles finished eighth, earning Second Team All-SoCon honors.

In the women’s title race, UNCG had three runners earn First Team All-SoCon.

Senior Shaina Sumney placed fourth overall. Sophomore Lydia Saina finished sixth. Senior Chelsea Sumney rounded out the Spartans in the top 10 as she was seventh overall.

Stories here and here at UNCG Athletics web site.

By Matt McCollester.

Take PWP, get a T-shirt

Take the new Online Personal Wellness Profile, between Aug. 1 and Nov. 30, 2013, and you will receive a free HealthyUNCG T-shirt and be entered to win a one year Campus Rec membership!

This free opportunity is only available to UNCG faculty and staff.

The Personal Wellness Profile is part of a UNCG initiative. At the time you take it you will be asked to participate in a voluntary research study. You do not need to be in the study to participate in HealthyUNCG programs or to be entered into the raffle.

To take the online PWP right now or for more information, visit http://healthy.uncg.edu/personal_wellness_profiles.php

If you have any questions regarding HealthyUNCG or the PWPs, email healthy uncg@uncg.edu.

Academic Think Tank for 2014-15

Lloyd International Honors College is inviting nominations for the fourth annual year-long Academic Think Tank. The Think Tank will bring together a faculty team, highly qualified students, and interested community partners to address an important societal issue or problem. Under the direction of two faculty mentors, students will explore the complexities of the chosen topic for the year, participating in research, classroom learning, special events, and hearing from guest speakers during the fall semester, and completing a significant product of the Think Tank that has application to the wider community in the spring semester. They will earn three hours of Honors course credit in spring, 2015 for successful completion of the full year project. Two-member full-time faculty teams may submit proposals. Deadline for application submission is Dec. 13. The Call for Proposals has been mailed to faculty and full information can be found at honorscollege.uncg.edu

Nine lessons from nature for growth and success

Madan Birla, author of “FedEx Delivers: How the World’s Leading Shipping Company Keeps Innovating and Outperforming the Competition” will discuss the principles in his new book “Unleashing Creativity and Innovation: Nine Lessons from Nature for Enterprise Growth and Career Success” Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 160 of the Bryan Building.

Madan Birla is a speaker, consultant, and trainer for companies around the world and at executive education programs, including Kellogg Management Institute, Northwestern University and Dartmouth College.

A veteran of FedEx for 22 years, he was a member of FedEx’s Long Range Planning Committee, where he worked closely with founder and CEO Fred Smith in developing and implementing innovative business growth strategies.

Call (336) 334-5338 for more information.

UNCG International Education Week Nov. 11-15

Photo of students at previous international weekUNCG has a full slate of events for 2013 International Education Week.

Among the highlights:
“Africa Night” in EUC Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.
HR ESP Intercultural Sensitivity Workshop in Foust 206 on Monday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m.-noon
Study Abroad Photo Contest, Tuesday-Thursday morning, EUC Commons, all day
Graduate Students Study Abroad Opportunities Seminar, Faculty Center on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30-7 p.m.
IEW 2013 Closing Reception with a Special Friday Fest, Friday, Nov. 15, in Phillips Hawkins Hall at 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Full schedule of activities and details are at http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/IEW2013PostersizeFINAL-1.pdf

Athletics at UNCG

UNCG competes in NCAA Division I athletics in the Southern Conference men’s and women’s sports.

The Faculty Senate monitors our intercollegiate athletics program through the Faculty Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (FCIA). Membership of FCIA includes faculty representatives from most units on campus, plus one faculty senator, three students representing various groups and ex officio members from the Department of Athletics. The current chair of FCIA is Dr. Ambrose Jones, associate professor in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

As stated in the bylaws of the UNCG Faculty Senate, the primary concern of FCIA is the academic welfare of student athletes and the overall integrity of the intercollegiate athletics program. The committee wishes for the UNCG community to be aware that the charge of FCIA includes “being available to hear and act on complaints and suggestions about intercollegiate athletics from the faculty, students, and other members of the university community.” If anyone in the UNCG community has constructive suggestions or concerns about athletics, feel free to contact any FCIA representative, listed below with their campus affiliation:

Faculty Members

Business & Economics
Ambrose Jones, Chair, ambrose.jones.iii@uncg.edu

College of Arts & Sciences
Jeff Colbert, mjcolber@uncg.edu

School of Education
Craig Cashwell, cscashwe@uncg.edu

Health & Human Sciences
Scott Ross, seross@uncg.edu

Music, Theatre & Dance
Chip Haas, cehaas@uncg.edu

School of Nursing
Jacqueline DeBrew, jacqueline_debrew@uncg.edu

University Libraries
Beth Ann Koelsch, bakoelsc@uncg.edu

Senate Liaison
Anna Craft, arcraft@uncg.edu

Student Members

Student Athletic Association
Roy Dixon, rgdixon@uncg.edu

Student Government Association
Nahkeya Spencer, nbspence@uncg.edu

Graduate Student Association
Elizabeth Hansen, emhansen@uncg.edu

Adjunct and Ex Officio Members

Faculty Athletics Representative
David Wyrick, dlwyrick@uncg.edu

Director of Athletics
Kim Record, ksrecord@uncg.edu

Associate Director of Athletics
Jennifer Sansevero, jswivell@uncg.edu

 

Gideon Wasserberg combats one of the world’s most common parasitic diseases

Portrait of Gideon WasserbergHuman leishmaniasis is one of the most common vector-borne diseases in the world, ranking alongside illnesses such as malaria and dengue fever. Caused by Leishmania protozoa and transmitted by phlebotomine sand flies. Approximately 350 million people worldwide are at risk for leishmaniasis. Most live in the poorest regions of the world.

Leishmaniasis is also a major cause of infectious disease incidence among military personnel deployed in endemic areas and among tourists and aid-workers.

An estimated 1 to 1.5 million cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis, characterized by ulcerating skin lesions, occur annually. The world also sees about 500,000 yearly cases of the deadly visceral leishmaniasis, which attacks vital organs.

With no vaccine to protect against Leishmania protozoa, the most effective way to combat the disease is to reduce exposure to sand fly bites.

UNCG’s Dr. Gideon Wasserberg studies the behavior of Phlebotomus papatasi, the sand fly that transmits old-world cutaneous leishmaniasis. The UNCG assistant professor of biology is seeking an effective yet environmentally-friendly way to prevent the disease. His plan? To develop a lure that will attract and kill egg-bearing sand flies searching for suitable breeding sites.

A $300,000 multidisciplinary research grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center supports Wasserberg’s collaborative work on this project with North Carolina State University entomologists Coby Schal, Loganathan Ponnusamy, and Charles Apperson.

Wasserberg and his colleagues are employing a four-step strategy to find the ideal chemical blend to use as a lure. If Wasserberg and his colleagues are successful, the resulting attract-and-kill commercial sand fly traps will help control Ph. papatasi sand fly populations, thereby reducing Cutaneous Leishmaniasis burden in endemic regions. Researchers could then apply Wasserberg’s approach to other sand fly species in other Leishmaniasis-endemic regions of the world, contributing to the worldwide prevention of this devastating disease.

Wasserberg wants to contribute toward North Carolina’s economic development by collaborating with local companies to produce his lures and traps. He also hopes his work will promote the health of American soldiers deployed in Leishmaniasis-endemic regions.

Article by Ananya Huria and Sangeetha Shivaji

Full story at Research site.

Looking ahead: Nov. 6, 2013

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Talk, on ‘Race, Gender, and the Integration of the NYPD’
Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., Reading Room, Jackson Library

Music, Casella Sinfonietta
Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Men’s basketball vs. High Point
Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

Play, ‘Peter Pan’
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Phi Beta Kappa, general membership meeting, election of officers
Monday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m., Birch Room, EUC

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

Opera, Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring”
Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

With the Staff: October 2013

Hello: Steven Moore, Housing & Residence Life; Sharlene O’Neil, School of Education; Sarah Caudle, University Libraries

Good-bye: Christina Davis, Facility Services; Judy Tuttle, Bryan School; Mayna Lee, EUC; Bobby McLean, Accounts Payable; Brian King, Advancement

Well∙Spring’s New Cooperative Opportunities with UNCG

Interested in collaborative or research opportunities between UNCG and Well∙Spring?

Learn more at a talk Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 11:45 a.m.—1 p.m. in Stone Building’s Edwards Lounge.

Steve Fleming, president and CEO of Well∙Spring Life Care Retirement Community, will lead the discussion “A Day in the Life: Managing Well∙Spring & New Cooperative Opportunities with UNCG.” He will share his unique experiences in retirement community administration. And he will highlight new collaborative and research opportunities between Well∙Spring and our UNCG faculty and students. If you’d like, bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation.

Chancellor’s Open Forums: 2014-15 UNCG Tuition & Student Fees

Learn about the proposed tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year.

Everyone in the campus community is invited to attend. The two UNCG forums will be Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

Noon – EUC Auditorium
7 p.m. – EUC Alexander Room  EUC Auditorium

Updated on Nov. 11 – the location for the 7 p.m. forum has changed to the EUC Auditorium

 

UNCG launches copyright resource

A new web site designed to present copyright information and resources to UNCG faculty, staff and students launched in late October. Copyright at UNCG (http://copyright.uncg.edu/) presents information tailored primarily for faculty members engaged in classroom teaching and research but also provides resources for university students and staff.

Copyright at UNCG includes sections on copyright basics, classroom use of copyright-protected material, issues related to scholarly publication and open access, and copyright and plagiarism topics for students. The material is tailored toward questions that frequently come up in a university setting.

Full story at Libraries blog.

Connecting libraries and autism

The Department of Library and Information Studies in the UNCG School of Education presents the 5th annual iDEAL (information, Diversity, Engagement, Access and Libraries) Summit: Connecting Libraries and Autism. Come explore what libraries can and are doing for people of all ages on the autism spectrum.

The summit will be Nov. 9, 2013, noon-4:30 p.m., UNCG School of Education Building, Room 120.

The keynote presentation will be given by Meg Kolaya and Dan Weiss. Both are public library directors in New Jersey and are the founders of the web site Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected.

Details are at http://lis.uncg.edu/academic-programs/diversity-and-community/ideals/

Register at: http://tinyurl.com/mqpq9vd

Liz Jodoin

Portrait of Liz JodoinLiz Jodoin (Student Health Services) receiving a Channing Briggs Small Research Grant from the NASPA Foundation. It will help fund the project “Assisting Distressed College Students: Assessment of an Online Interactive Training for Student Support Professionals.” Jodoin is a staff counselor in The Counseling Center, UNCG Student Health Services.