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Archives for January 2014

2014 Authors’ Spotlight on Inclusive Excellence

Photo of Faculty CenterTalks by Anne Parsons, Loren Schweninger and Saundra Westervelt highlight a noontime series this semester.

UNCG Authors’ Spotlight on Inclusive Excellence is a program hosted by UNCG’s Black Faculty and Staff Association and Human Resources. In these informal and interactive sessions, UNCG authors discuss and present themes from a recent book they have written with a focus on topics related to inclusive excellence. Light refreshments are served.

Jan. 22 – noon-1 p.m. – Faculty Center
Dr. Anne E. Parsons, Assistant Professor of History, “From Asylum to Prison”

Feb. 5 – noon-1 p.m. – Faculty Center
Dr. Loren Schweninger, Professor Emeritus of History – “Freedom Suits, African American Women, and the Genealogy of Slavery”

March 5 – noon-1 p.m. – Faculty Center
Dr. Saundra Westervelt, Associate Professor of Sociology, “Life After Death Row”

Transition in Health Careers Advisory Committee

A note to the campus community from Dr. Rob Cannon, longtime chair of the UNCG Health Careers Advisory Committee:

Times, they are a-changin’ for the Health Careers Advisory Committee. This coming spring semester as I continue in phased retirement, Robin Maxwell, senior lecturer in Biology, will be joining me as co-chair of the Health Careers Advisory Committee. This spring, I will continue as director of UNCG’s Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program.

Our expectation is that Robin will assume primary responsibility for health career advising during the summer, and in the fall semester, she will take full responsibility for chairing the Health Careers Advisory Committee and directing the Post Baccalaureate Program.

Robin has excellent advising experience both in the Biology Department and with CASA (College of Arts & Sciences Advising). I look forward to working with her this spring to ensure that this leadership transition is a smooth one.

If you have any questions about this change, please call (256-0071) or email me (Robert_Cannon@uncg.edu).

UNCG’s ‘The Late, Great Bach’ is back

Photo of Andrew WillisIf you think a little late-night Bach is the right way to end a week, you’re in luck.

Starting the last Friday of this month, Dr. Andrew Willis introduces Bach’s last and most innovative set of keyboard suites, known as Clavierübung I: Six Partitas (1731), using the kind of piano Bach knew in the 1730s, tuned in the Bach temperament.

These informal sessions invite you to kick back with Johann Sebastian Bach at the end of your week, raise questions, share thoughts, and let the “Bach effect” take you into the weekend a little smarter and a little happier.

All Bach sessions, which are free-admission, are Fridays, 10 p.m., Organ Hall, UNCG Music Building.

Session 1: Jan. 31, 2014 Partitas 1 in B flat and 2 in C minor
Session 2: Feb. 14, 2013 Partitas 3 in A minor and 4 in D
Session 3: Feb. 21, 2013 Partitas 5 in G and 6 in E minor

They are presented by the UNCG Prelude and Fugue Society.

Teresa Little tells of the qualities needed to be a great special education teacher

Dr. Teresa LittleDr. Teresa Little is a clinical assistant professor in the UNCG Specialized Education Services (SES) department and a recipient of the 2013-2014 Distinguished Career Award from the UNCG School of Education. She explains the qualities and skills one must possess in order to become successful in the field – and what drew her to it.

What influenced her to go into the profession? “For as long as I can remember, I have always had the desire to teach. I suppose it started with the numerous life lessons provided by my parents as they stressed the belief that we must give back to the community and we must help those who are in need,” she says.

“The experience that finalized my decision to teach occurred in high school when the class requirement was to complete volunteer hours with a young child. I was assigned to work with Jacob, who was experiencing difficulty working with his peers and was beginning to fall behind in reading. As the school year progressed, I was able to help Jacob become successful in reading and I assisted him with building positive relationships with the other children in his class. This experience helped me realize my passion for helping children reach their academic and personal goals.”

As for the special qualities and skills needed to become a successful special education teacher, she explains: “Collaboration is key… Special education teachers must demonstrate collaborative skills when working with school and community professionals who provide services to students with disabilities. They often serve as facilitators and must be able to work collaboratively with parents/guardians, general education teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, guidance counselors, group home providers, etc.”

She also says advocacy is an extremely important quality for special education teachers to possess. And special education teachers must use research-based evidence to inform practice.

Full story at UNCG School of Education web site.

Looking ahead: January 22, 2014

Sustainability film, “A Fierce Green Fire”
Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

UNCG’s Got Talent
Friday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Southeast Honors String Festival, orchestra concert
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

‘Campus Community Dialogue on Hate Speech,’ moderated by Dr. Omar Ali.
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Men’s basketball vs. Appalachian State
Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Coliseum

Music, ‘The Late, Great Bach,’ Andrew Willis
Friday, Jan. 31, 10 p.m., Organ Hall, Music Building

Men’s basketball vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, Feb. 1, 5 p.m., Coliseum

Guantanamo after 9/11

The forum “GTMO After 9/11: Detainees, Defense and ‘Legal Exception’” will be held Jan. 31, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. The event is free admission.

“GTMO & GSO” is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the UNCG Department of History. UNCG Public History students, led by Dr. Benjamin Filene, have been very involved in this project.

DSBA Awards update – judging team named

UNCG’s 2014 DSBA Awards judging team has been named. The team of communication professionals is Troy Tyner (Mitre Agency), Cheminne Taylor-Smith (Tobi Fairley and Associates), Scott Williams (Emisare), Mike Fox (The Mullingar Group), Kevin Spencer (VF Corporation), Mary Best (Sleep Savvy magazine), Chelsea Boccardo (Volvo Financial Services)
, Katie Marshall (Volvo Financial Services) and Dr. Pat Fairfield Artman (UNCG Communication Studies).

The DSBA Awards competition celebrates the work of UNCG’s content-creating community – the people who share the UNCG story through effective marketing and communication materials. There will be up to three honors – first, second and third places – in a variety of categories, plus a DSBA Gold Pennant Award.

Learn more and submit your entries by Feb. 7 at https://uc.uncg.edu/awards/.

Judy Allen’s retirement celebration

Friends and colleagues of Judy Allen are invited to attend her retirement celebration on Jan. 31 from 3-5 p.m. at the Alumni House. All are welcome. Between being a student and a staff member, she has been a part of the UNCG community for more than 45 years. The last 13 have been at the UNCG Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships. Previously, she had served in the Psychology Department, Chancellor’s Office and Postal Services.

Questions? Email kaaugsbu@uncg.edu

Cast votes in ‘Emerging Issues’ contest

Dr. Jeffrey J. Milroy (Public Health Education), Kelly Langston (2nd year MPH) and Katie Wachtel (PhD candidate in Counseling) submitted a proposal to the Institute for Emerging Issues this past fall aimed at improving adolescent health through parent-school engagement. They were selected as a finalist – along with others from around the state. Four winners will each be awarded $50,000 to realize their idea. The Institute for Emerging Issues has partnered with the State Employees Credit Union to offer this Prize for Innovation in education, health, the natural and built environments and economy.

Public voting for the winners has begun; you can vote once a day through Jan. 26. At this link you’ll be able to learn more about the proposal and vote: http://iei.ncsu.edu/engage/schedule-an-event/prizes-for-innovation/secu-emerging-issues-prize-innovation/secu-emerging-issues-prize-for-innovation-finalists/

Nick Paulos an ESPN Top Performer

UNCG guard Nicholas Paulos set a new team record for three pointers on Jan. 18. Against Davidson, he made all nine of his three-pointer attempts. He finished with 27 points. After the game, the ESPN web site placed his performance on their national Top Performers list.

Davidson won the game 93-82. Shooting 93 percent from the free throw line, Davidson was hard to overcome down the stretch. But the Spartans are playing with spirit. They have three wins and two losses in conference play. Their next home game is Thursday, Jan. 30, against Appalachian State.

Penny for Minerva’s thoughts

The first offering I ever saw at Minerva was a coin. We’ve all seen the tradition grow over the years, to include apples, notes and more. As I passed the Minerva statue at 6 p.m. at the end of the first week of classes, the base looked untouched. But something caught my eye. It was a single penny, right in the center of the base. It bore the year 1993. I don’t know who left it, but many of our students were born that year. Hope the wish comes true.

By Mike Harris

Dr. Brad Johnson

Portrait of Dr. Brad JohnsonDr. Brad Johnson (Teacher Education & Higher Education) was recognized by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Knowledge Community of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrations in Higher Education) with its 2014 Service to Student Affairs award. Recipients for this recognition must have published, presented, consulted, used creative approaches or organized policy around GLBT issues in Student Affairs; must have made contributions above and beyond the expected duties of their position; and be viewed as an excellent Student Affairs administrator by peers by demonstrating their skills, attitudes, knowledge, qualities and values of Student Affairs.

Johnson served as a Student Affairs professional in Housing & Residence Life at UNCG for more than 16 years before becoming Assistant Clinical Professor of Higher Education in UNCG’s School of Education.

Dr. Nadja Cech

Portrait of Dr. Nadja CechDr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Strategies to Investigate Synergy in Botanical Medicines”. The central challenge that impedes research on botanical dietary supplements is how to address their complexity and variability, the abstract states. “Practitioners of herbal medicine argue that this complexity results in beneficial synergistic interactions. However, the specific constituents responsible for synergistic activity, and the mechanisms by which these constituents interact, are rarely known. With this proposal, our goal is to apply an innovative two pronged approach to study synergy in goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). Goldenseal is among the top 20 best-selling herbal supplements in the US and shows promise of effectiveness against multidrug resistant Staphyolcoccus aureus (MRSA), which now kills more US citizens each year than does AIDS. As an outcome of our experiments, we expect to provide a comprehensive list of the array of compounds that are responsible for the antimicrobial activity of goldenseal, including details about their mechanism of action. Our long-term goal is to support clinical trials of goldenseal and to enable effective quality control of commercially available goldenseal preparations. In addition, we seek more broadly to demonstrate new methods by which the multiple constituents responsible for the activity of botanical dietary supplements can be identified.”

Dr. Tom Matyók

Portrait of Dr. Tom MatyókDr. Tom Matyók (Peace and Conflict Studies), with co-editors Maureen Flaherty, Hamdesa Tuso, Jessica Senehi and Sean Byrne (University of Manitoba), recently published “Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies” (Lexington Books). The edited volume provides a critical analysis of faith and religious institutions in peacebuilding practice and pedagogy. The text offers an alternate view that suggests religious organizations play a more complex role in conflict than a simply negative one. Faith-based organizations, and their workers, are often found on the frontlines of conflict throughout the world, conducting conflict management and resolution activities as well as advancing peacebuilding initiatives.

Dr. Jinga Dharod

Portrait of Dr. Jinga DharodDr. Jinga Dharod (Nutrition) received new funding from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Food Insecurity: How is it related to home food environment, pregnancy and birth outcomes among WIC Pregnant Women”. Food insecurity (FI) refers to conditions of limited access to nutritionally adequate and safe foods in socially desirable ways. “It is a major public health issue in the U.S,” the abstract says. “There is strong evidence that FI leads to poor dietary habits among low-income women.” However, research on implications of FI on pregnancy and birth outcomes has been limited.

Dr. Lili Sahakyan

Portrait of Dr. Lili SahakyanDr. Lili Sahakyan (Psychology) has been selected for Fellow status in the Association for Psychological Science, in recognition of her sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of psychological science.

Dr. Robert Anemone

Portrait of Dr. Robert AnemoneDr. Robert Anemone (Anthropology) received new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “Developing and Testing New Geospatial Approaches in Paleoanthropology”. Remotely sensed imagery will be used to develop predictive models for the identification of potentially fossil-bearing localities in Eocene deposits of the Great Divide Basin in Wyoming.

Dr. John Weil

Dr. John Weil (Office of Research and Economic Development) received new funding from the City of High Point Police Department for the project “Evaluation of the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative in High Point, NC”. This will help in evaluating the treatment effects of the Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiative notification intervention in High Point. High Point is the first city in the United States to apply focused deterrence to domestic violence offenders in what is known as the OFDVI strategy.

Dr. Stacy Sechrist

Dr. Stacy Sechrist (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the City of Greenville Police Department for the project “Training and Technical Assistance for Focused Deterrence Implementation in Greenville, NC.” The abstract states, “We work with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners along with community members and service providers to develop and implement a focused deterrence strategy in Greenville, NC. The focused deterrence strategy is designed to reduce violent crime by focusing law enforcement and community resources on the small number of identified offenders who commit the majority of violent crime within a community. The UNCG team will provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to the workgroup to implement the strategy.”

Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell

Portrait of Dr. Matina Kalcounis-RuppellDr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell (Biology) received new funding from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for the project “Mist-Netting Survey of Bats in the Uwharries”. “The Piedmont of North Carolina is home to a number of bat species that include the priority species hoary, Northern long eared and silver haired bats. These are priority species, in part, because systematic investigations of these species have not occurred in the piedmont of North Carolina. Systematic investigations notwithstanding however, priority designation for each of these species is warranted because of realized threats due to loss of forest habitat, mortality from wind farms along migratory corridors, and exceptionally high mortality from White Nose Syndrome in the case of M. septentrionalis.” The abstract adds, “The results will also complement our research in the NC Coastal Plain where we are determining activity of peripheral populations of White Nose Syndrome positive species.”

Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos

Portrait of Dr. Arthur AnastopoulosDr. Arthur Anastopoulos (Psychology) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Longitudinal Outcome of College Students with ADHD”. The abstract notes the recent increase in research investigating ADHD among adults. “Relatively less research has specifically addressed the manner in which ADHD impacts young adults attending college, it explains. “This study will be the first to systematically assess the educational, cognitive, social, psychological, and vocational functioning of college students with ADHD, relative to a sample of peers without ADHD, over time.”

See/Hear: Jan. 22, 2014

“I really think this Leadership Institute is a wonderful vehicle to bring together emerging leaders on this campus,” says Chancellor Brady in this end-of-year clip of the 2013 institute at UNCG. Music is performed by Dr. Steve Stusek (saxophone) – he was a member of the UNCG Leadership Institute class of 2013 – and Dr. Edna Chun (piano).

Wineburg, Cleveland present report before it goes to DC

Photo of Bob Wineburg and Odell Cleveland presenting reportOrganizers of the recent Healthcare Faith Community Summit in Greensboro are sending their findings to the White House in a report that was presented at a news conference on Friday.

The 22-page report details efforts in Greensboro to show how communities can organize to solve health care issues for their neediest citizens. It was requested by Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, who was the summit’s keynote speaker.

“The health system, the faith community and the educational community, acting alone, cannot begin to solve, manage or prevent the huge problems that we have,” said Dr. Bob Wineburg, Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor in the UNCG Department of Social Work. “But perhaps, just perhaps, by working together we can be more successful in taking on the things that we can tackle.”

The report details the steps taken over more than two years to organize the summit, which last fall examined how health care can be expanded in Greensboro through collective efforts among churches, universities and the health system. Read the full report here.

Organizers of the summit were Wineburg, who is also director of community-engaged scholarship for UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences; Rev. Odell Cleveland, chief administrative officer at Mount Zion Baptist Church; and UNCG associate professor of public health Dr. Vincent Francisco.

(See related story about November’s summit here.)

Cleveland noted that the summit is an example of how Greensboro can make the effort to provide care for those without health insurance.

Wineburg noted that the partnership between the university and faith community will serve as a model, demonstrating that two large community institutions can combine forces to work toward a common goal.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph of Bob Wineburg (in foreground) and Odell Cleveland presenting report at Friday’s news conference. Photo by David Wilson.

Implementing recommendations from Task Force on Children

Photo of Minerva statueResponding to what came to light in 2012 about a pattern of child abuse at Penn State University, Chancellor Linda P. Brady charged a Task Force on Children to review processes and set standards here at UNCG.

The 29-member task force, chaired by Dr. Jim Clotfelter, presented its report during the spring semester of 2013. The report, with several recommendation, may be viewed here. (An appendix may be viewed here.)

The task force was impressed with the care and expertise with which many of our colleagues develop and manage these programs and activities. They noted that none of their recommendations should be taken as a negative reflection upon the high quality and careful safeguards found in many programs.

Two new university policies were announced last month in an email from the chancellor. Additionally, Dr. Edna Chun (Human Resources) spoke about some aspects of the policies at December’s Staff Senate meeting.

The chancellor noted the task force report included information on 125 programs that serve about 22,000 children each year.

“UNCG has reason to be proud of the accomplishments of its faculty, staff and students,” she said. “At the same time, we must continue to hold ourselves to high standards. In that spirit, and in carrying out two of the recommendations made by the task force, I have approved two university policies.”

Additional information on the task force may be seen at http://chancellor.uncg.edu/child_task_force/.

New, improved 6-TECH Online

Photo of Forney BuildingWhenever you need online support and documentation for UNCG Information Technology Services (ITS) services and products, “6-TECH Online” is the place to go.

It has recently undergone some significant changes designed to improve functionality.

It is now integrated with the ITS Service Catalog, providing an enhanced way for you to access and request information and services from ITS.

All of the 6-TECH main features are still present:

  • Search for answers to your technology questions
  • Submit a service request to 6-TECH
  • View previously submitted 6-TECH tickets

The new 6-TECH Online web site will be available starting today (Jan. 15).

Visit it at 6-tech.uncg.edu – or from the ITS home page, click Help on the top menu bar and select 6-TECH Online.

Questions? Call 256-TECH (8324) or email 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

Full story in ITS News.

By ITS Communications

Grio’s Jeff Johnson will deliver MLK address Jan. 23

Portrait of Jeff JohnsonJeff Johnson – award-winning investigative journalist, social activist, political commentator and author – will deliver the keynote speech at the 2014 UNCG-NC A&T Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

The program, sponsored jointly for the second year, begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in NC A&T’s Harrison Auditorium. This year’s theme is “Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?”

The event is free-admission.

Originally known as BET’s “Cousin Jeff,” Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture, working as senior advisor for media and youth outreach for People for the American Way, as national director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and as the vice president of Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network.

He is a regular contributor to MSNBC and is White House correspondent for the Grio.

Buses will travel between UNCG and NC A&T from 6-7:30 p.m. and from 9-10:30 p.m.

For more information, visit http://oma.uncg.edu/programs/mlk-commemoration or call 4-5090.

By Michelle Hines

Full story at UNCG NOW.

UNCG’s online graduate programs in nursing, education ranked by US News

Photo of computer keyboardUNCG’s online master’s programs in education and nursing shine in U.S. News’ just-released 2014 rankings for Best Online Programs.

At 45th in the nation, UNCG’s online master’s in nursing program ranked alongside Yale’s and out-ranked Duke’s.

UNCG’s online master’s program in education ranked 61st among similar programs across the country.

Online program rankings in both fields are based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation and admissions selectivity.

“This recognition from U.S. News is a huge point of pride for UNCG and really shows that we are at the cutting edge of higher education as it evolves,” says Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “It also reflects this university’s mission to make challenging academic programs available to a diverse student body with diverse learning needs and preferences.”

The School of Nursing was ranked based on two online programs, the master’s in nursing education and the master’s in nursing administration. Currently, 34 students are enrolled in the education track and 33 in the administration track.

The School of Education was ranked based on its master’s programs in three areas – dance education, Latin and Specialized Education Services. Those programs involve 16 full-time faculty and 119 students who collectively take 29 courses offered completely online.

Projections for next year indicate a dramatic increase in enrollment numbers and faculty as the school offers more programs fully online, says Anthony Chow, assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies and director of online learning.

Chow, who compiled the school’s data for the U.S. News survey, expects to see an increased demand for online courses in the state and the nation. Nationally, online learning continues to grow as 32 percent of all U.S. college students in the 2012-13 academic year have taken at least one online course, the largest ever, and 69 percent of academic leaders view e-Learning as a strategic priority.

UNCG is a statewide leader in online education at both undergraduate and graduate levels. From 2007-2012, UNCG has seen an average of 13.6 percent of its undergraduate courses offered online, close to twice the average of 7.5 percent for the UNC system. About 16.1 percent of UNCG’s graduate courses are offered online. In terms of total student credit hours generated online, UNCG ranks third at both the undergraduate and graduate levels behind only East Carolina and N.C. State.

For full U.S. News rankings, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education.

By Michelle Hines

Full story at UNCG NOW.

Music jam at Spartan Trader

Photo of the Spartan Trader signCome enjoy some music at UNCG’s Spartan Trader. The student-run consignment shop provides a way for UNCG students, faculty and staff to sell their hand-made items. And the new music series for Spring 2014 will provide lots of enjoyment. All of the acts have UNCG students, faculty and/or staff among its members.

Jan. 23 – The Alex Smith Trio (jazz)
Feb. 6 – The Zinc Kings (old time string band)
March 6 – UNCG Opera Ensemble
March 20 – The Bowling Alley Sheiks
April 3 – UNCG Ukes (ukulele)
April 17 – UNCG Old Time Ensemble

Music will be 7-9 p.m. at the Spartan Trader, located at the street side of Spring Garden Apartments across from Bojangles on Spring Garden.

The informal concerts are open to the public with $1 minimum purchase at the Spartan Trader (that could include drinks, snacks or anything else in the store).

More information about Spartan Trader is at Spartantrader.uncg.edu.

UNCG Libraries: preserving the digital for future researchers

Photo of the front entrance to Jackson LibraryHave you ever tried to access a digital document that you created in the mid-1990s? Finding a computer with the hardware to read the 3.5-inch floppy disk it was likely stored on is a massive challenge. But even if you do find a way to access the files, you likely will have trouble opening or reading the content – and that’s if the disk and content haven’t been accidentally erased over the years.

Digital preservation is a huge task, and staff at the UNCG University Libraries are tackling issues head on with a newly-created tool aimed at acquiring, managing, and preserving important digital archival files now so that researchers – now and in the future – can have greater insight into how our university and society as a whole operates. This development puts UNCG ahead of most other institutions in terms of proactively addressing digital preservation.

The new tool – called Born-Digital Records Management, or BDRM – is a collaboration between two UNCG Libraries departments: Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and Electronic Resources and Information Technology (ERIT). In preserving university history, for instance, it allows University Libraries to actively acquire electronic newsletters, presentations, web sites and other materials that typically lose information and operability if printed.

While an archivist may simply find a Civil War era diary that is still perfectly readable, the accessibility of a chance find is much less likely in the digital world. With their work on BDRM, the University Libraries is ensuring that valuable records aren’t lost due to file deterioration or technological obsolescence.

If you have questions about BDRM or transferring digital archival files to the University Libraries, contact University Archivist Erin Lawrimore at erlawrim@uncg.edu.

More examples of UNCG impact in schools

Five more University-School Teacher Education partnership (USTEP) grants in the amount of $3,000 each were recently awarded for the following projects. As part of these grants, UNCG faculty work collaboratively with Piedmont area schools to provide pro bono support for these projects:

  • Dr. Jeanette Alarcon and Dr. Jennifer Mangrum (TEHE) will work with Siler City Elementary in Chatham County by providing professional development, coaching and lesson support for eight social studies teachers as they integrate and teach English language arts, social studies and Common Core State Standards.
  • Dr. C.P. Gause and Dr. Bev Faircloth (TEHE) will assist six Hairston Middle School teachers in Guilford County as they undertake teacher action research in their classrooms on effective strategies that harness and empower student diversity.
  • Josh Eanes and Jon Williams, both UNCG Principal Fellows at McMichael High School in Rockingham County, along with Dr. Carl Lashley (ELC), will use USTEP funds to continue leading professional development about co-teaching and inclusion, including a book study, and support for additional planning time.
  • Dr. Katherine Ennis (Kinesiology) will work with Gentry Middle School teachers in Surry County to identify Middle School objectives for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) objectives that will lead to externship experiences in business and industry for eight STEM teachers.These externship experiences will be used to design Project-Based Learning units for students.
  • Dr. Jennifer Mangrum (TEHE) will provide professional development for teachers at Murphey Traditional Academy in Guilford County about the Paideia Seminar cycle using material from the powerful quilt collection of a UNCG alumnus, Gwen Jones Magee, to plan Paideia seminars. A student field trip to the Weatherspoon Art Gallery is also planned.

Questions? Email Dr. Barbara Levin, director of the Teachers Academy at UNCG, at bblevin@uncg.edu.

UNCG Libraries open Video Game Lab in Jackson’s DMC

Photo of digital media commonsUNCG has a new Gaming Lab.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to see the new Gaming Lab Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Digital Media Center (DMC) in Jackson Library.

The gaming lab opened Dec. 3.

It has four stations/screens in a room in the DMC. To use it, members of the UNCG community must make reservations online (for time slots up to 2 hours). The reservation scheduler is found on the UNCG Library’s home page http://library.uncg.edu/ – see the “reserve a room” blue box.

Lab hours are:
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: Closed

At the DMC desk they can check out controllers and select games – or they can bring their own games.

The Gaming Lab project was spearheaded by Dr. Gregory Grieve, associate professor of Religious Studies, and coordinated by Beth Filar Williams, interim head of the Digital Media Commons (DMC). The lab was realized with support from Lindsay Sabatino, director of the Digital ACT Studio housed in the DMC, along with the financial support from the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, Lloyd International Honors College, Undergraduate Studies and University Libraries.

With the opening of the gaming lab, UNCG is following scholarship and a general curriculum trend around the country. As outlined in The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Games are now used in English classes studying interactive narratives, media-studies classes looking at the cultural impact of violent games, as well as courses in game design offered at about 300 colleges.”

As Williams said, “We are not just building the lab because it is trendy. The Game Lab follows the core mission of the University Libraries, to provide and support innovative, interdisciplinary learning environments needed for faculty and student success.”

Often video games are viewed as little more than niche entertainment. But unlike other types of popular culture, such as films and television, as Grieve notes that “games require that players interact with them, that they have the controllers in their hands. If you want students to study something, you have to have it in front of them.”

About the 2013 CW Readership Survey

The UNCG Campus Weekly survey of November/December 2013 is complete. The survey was the first for CW in three years. Many of the questions were the same as the survey of November/December 2010, allowing us to see how things are tracking. At the time of that previous survey in 2010, the first version of the online Campus Weekly had been in service 11 months. (The 2010 survey was particularly helpful in helping enhance the design of CW in 2011.)

We had 250 respondents for the 2013 survey. (We provided some paper copies to Facility Services and Grounds, which have made use of the printed/pdf CW, and collected those that were filled out.)

Some observations:

  • In 2010, 37 percent of those who took the survey said they read CW every week. In the current survey, 64 percent say they do.
  • You find featured/headline stories most interesting, followed by Campus People and the CW calendar. The feeds from two national publications at the lower right of the CW web page scored lowest.
  • It appears that your busy schedule is the biggest reason CW isn’t read more often. In 2010, the top response (34 percent) for the main reason you don’t read CW more often was “Do not like the current online format.” In the current survey, that response has fallen to 4 percent. Now, the top responses are “Not applicable, I do read it every week” – 58 percent” and “No time – 24 percent.”
  • Most people primarily use a desktop computer (76 percent) or laptop (18 percent) to read it. Only 3 percent of respondents say they primarily use a printed copy. (In 2010, 6 percent said they did.)
  • Some responses haven’t changed much. The percentages of respondents interested in emailing a story (almost 40 percent), posting a story on their Facebook page (was 18 percent in 2010, now 22 percent) and tweeting a story on Twitter (was 5 percent, now 7 percent) have shown little evolution in three years.
  • In 2010, 85 percent thought CW provided you with stories/info you can’t find elsewhere. In 2013, it’s risen to 94 percent.
  • The element of CW that gets your top rating remains “accuracy of information.” It rose a bit from a 3.25 average rating to 3.35 (on a scale of 1 [do not like it] to 4 [like it very much]). Actually, every element rose a little, with “layout/design” rising a lot since then, from 2.17 to 3.01.
  • For the question “How do you read CW?” we find 19 percent of respondents read it in its print/pdf format on the screen. Those respondents who say they read the print/pdf version after it’s printed out? Only 1 percent, according to the most recent survey. (Whether or not those who read it once it’s printed out are less likely to take this survey is an interesting question.)
  • The top three things respondents want to read about remain the same: “Upcoming events” followed by “News of the moment” and “University initiatives.” The lowest rating was for “research projects or publications” – but that still had a 2.65 rating.

This is all helpful to know.

The many comments were helpful to read and consider as well. They ranged from a few invitations to include more pieces about particular programs to a few comments about the slanting of coverage. Some noted the answer function for question 14 (about LinkedIn, YouTube, etc) had an error, which we repaired but regretfully only after a few dozen had completed their responses. There were some suggestions for improving the weekly CW email.

Many comments were of a positive nature.

The three computer-selected recipients of gift cards, by the way, were Sue Miller (Education), Donna Estes (Police) and Adam Horton (Human Resources).

For all the many responses, suggestions and comments, thank you.

By Mike Harris

John Locke awarded Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professorship in Music

Portrait of Dr. John LockeDr. John Locke, director of Bands and conductor of the UNCG Wind Ensemble, has been awarded the Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professorship in Music.

Established in 1988 and launched in 1992, this professorship was the second endowed professorship established at UNCG, and the first funded through the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Since 1982, Locke has directed UNCG Summer Music Camp, which hosts more than 1,750 students each summer and boasts the honor of being “America’s Most Popular” music camp. Under his direction, the UNCG Wind Ensemble has released 16 commercially available compact discs which have received widespread acclaim.

In 2003 Locke received the “Outstanding Teacher Award” from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. In 2007 he received the “Old North State Award” from Governor Mike Easley, and in 2012, Governor Bev Perdue awarded him with the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” one of the highest honors the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen who has contributed more than 30 years of service to the state.

On receiving the professorship (effective Jan. 1), Locke said, “I am truly humbled to learn of this prestigious honor and it came as a complete surprise. My sincere thanks to Dean Alexander, Provost Perrin and Chancellor Brady for their trust and support. Ironically, I’ve been at UNCG so long that I knew Marion Stedman Covington for whom this Distinguished Professorship is named. Dean Robert Blocker introduced me to Mrs. Covington in 1983 and she graciously donated all of the T-shirts for the Summer Music Camp students in our very first summer. She was a loyal supporter of music at UNCG over the years and it was the generosity of her family which established this endowment in her name.”

Full story at Music, Theatre and Dance web site.

Looking ahead: January 15, 2014

Artist talk, Jiha Moon
Thursday, Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Men’s basketball vs. Citadel
Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., Coliseum

Exhibition opening, “Heroes vs. Villains”
Friday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m., EUC Gallery

Women’s basketball vs. Western Carolina
Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Davidson
Saturday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m., Coliseum

Women’s basketball vs. Appalachian State
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m.

Sustainability film, “A Fierce Green Fire”
Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

With the Staff: early January, 2014

Imani Randolph, Nursing; Earl Christian, Housing and Residence Life; Jessica Saunders, Economics; Cameron Hall, Annual Fund; Peter Nielsen, Facilities Design and Construction; Jeffrey Collis, Registrar Office; Marcia Beverly, Student Health Service; Lauren Dykhoff, Learning Communities

Shakina Dillard, Human Resources; Ashley Skinner, Student Health Services; Kimberly Wise, Student Health Services; Sheila Gambardella, Education; Willie Brown, Facility Services; David Combs, Public Safety and Police; Christina Ide, NC Rated License; Rosemary Smith-Marsh, Public Safety and Police; Mary Long, Housing and Residence Life; Russell NcNeal, ITS