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Archives for January 2014

‘MLK Challenge’ Day of Service

UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, together with Bennett College and Greensboro College, invite you to participate in the “MLK Challenge” Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2014 – an event to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community service. The MLK Challenge consists of a half-day of intense service, where a large number of volunteers from all three campuses will divide into groups to tackle service projects. But this is no ordinary day of service. This day will require problem‐solving, communication, and most importantly, motivation in order to complete the project on time.

The Day of Service starts at 8 a.m. Registration can be found at olsl.uncg.edu.

Global Engagement QEP open forums

UNCG’s QEP Steering Committee and Design Team has announced open campus forums to present an overview of the plan.

Faculty, students, staff and administrators are invited to attend and learn about the quality enhancement plan to enhance students’ capacity for global engagement over the next five years. The open forums will be:

  • Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m. – EUC Maple Room)
  • Feb. 18, 3:30-5 p.m. – EUC Maple Room)

Learn more at http://uncgqep.uncg.edu/.

Undergraduate Research summer support, spring expo

The UNCG Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting requests for student support for Summer I & II through the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award. For more information about this award, visit http://our.uncg.edu/funding/URCA.php. The deadline for requests is Jan. 24, 2014.

Also, The 8th Annual Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo will be Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Elliott University Center. It will showcase the research and creative scholarship of undergraduate students at UNCG. Presentation formats include: poster, oral, panel discussion, exhibit and performance. Expo registration will open on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 21.

Student Excellence Award nominations sought

UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College is now inviting nominations for the Student Excellence Award. These awards are given to seniors whose academic careers are outstanding both inside and outside the classroom. Each academic department and interdisciplinary program may nominate up to two students for the award. Nomination packets have been sent to faculty and can be found at http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/faculty/student-awards.htm

The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in 205 Foust Building. If you have any questions, call Lloyd International Honors College at 334-5538.

School children explore music-making from variety of STEM areas

With support from Burroughs Wellcome Fund, UNCG’s Music Research Institute and UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians, the Guilford County School System’s McNair Elementary School and the Greensboro Science Center will partner to offer “UBEATS: A BioMusic STEM Intervention for ESL Students in Guilford County”.

UBEATS will target recent immigrant students in grades 4-5 and 6-8 in structured informal learning environments with emerging interdisciplinary STEM content using cutting-edge, multimodal instruction grounded in creative uses of information and communication technologies. Students will be invited to explore music-making from a variety of STEM areas (e.g., biology, physics, animal communication, evolution, neuroscience, psychology) by using techniques that underscore connections between music and mind, body and the natural world. Strategic targeting of early adolescents at a time when they are beginning to weigh career choices, and when music permeates their perceptual world in and beyond school, offers opportunities to create resonance between STEM fields, the natural world, the pervasive presence of music technology, and cyber-learning environments.

Dr. Andrew Willis

Portrait of Dr. Andrew WillisDr. Andrew Willis (Music Performance) has released a new CD of Chopin chamber music for piano and strings, on Albany Records. It is titled “A Prayer for Poland: Chamber Music of Frédéric Chopin.” Willis was joined on the recording by UNC Chapel Hill colleagues Brent Wissick, cello and the late Richard Luby, violin. A CVNC review notes that Willis plays a period keyboard instrument – “his Pleyel grand #15270, made in Paris in 1848, a year before Chopin died. The simple English action yields a bell-like, crisp and clear sound even on the low register, and its middle register is especially pleasing. Instead of overwhelming the gut-stringed violin and cello, the Pleyel blends with them readily.”

Dr. Roy Stine

Portrait of Dr. Roy StineDr. Roy Stine (Geography) received new funding from the Bentonville Battlefield for the project “Geophysical Exploration of the Harper House Landscape.” Dr. Linda Stine (Anthropology) is a member of the research team. The battle at Bentonville, North Carolina, was one of the last major battles of the Civil War. Sherman’s Union army defeated the Confederate forces led by Joseph Johnston on March 19-21, 1865. Some of the land, where approximately 80,000 troops fought, is now owned by the State of North Carolina. One of the historic features at the site is the Harper house. The house, which still stands, was used as a battlefield hospital. Both Union and Confederate wounded were brought there. Roy Stine’s project will conduct geophysical surveys, primarily in the backyard of the Harper House. The geophysical instruments will consist of a GSSI 3000 Ground Penetrating Radar with a 400 MHz antenna and a Bartington Dual Gradiometer. The archaeological features may include the remains of structures such as barns, corn cribs and other outbuildings. They may also include features associated with the battle and hospital activities, including burials, exhumed burials and burials pits for amputated limbs. All grids and finds will be located and placed on a map so that the park officials can better manage the hidden landscape. This project will be undertaken in conjunction with the Staff at Bentonville Battlefield (Donnie Taylor; site manager) and the State Office of Archaeology (lead contact John Mintz).

Dr. Emily Levine

Portrait of Dr. Emily LevineDr. Emily Levine (History) has a new book that bridges German history, philosophy, art, economics, and Jewish culture. “Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School” has been published by University of Chicago Press. It tells the story of the emergence of an unlikely trio of illustrious German-Jewish intellectuals, Aby Warburg, Ernst Cassirer, and Erwin Panofsky, in 1920s Hamburg. “The recent discovery of a new trove of Nazi-looted art in Germany has awoken us to the world of culture and ideas that was lost when Hitler came to power,” she says. “My book tells the forgotten story of Hamburg’s emergence as a center of that early 20th century intellectual world. In Germany’s commercial city, these German-Jewish scholars unexpectedly created an innovative school of art history, philosophy and cultural history. “Dreamland of Humanists” opens a window to an influential pre-war German-Jewish scholarly circle that transformed how we think about art and culture today.”

Levine will have a book talk and signing at Beth David Synagogue in Greensboro on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. and at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 5:30 p.m.

She is an assistant professor of Modern European History. Her research centers on the intersection of German Jews, European culture and intellectual history.

Dr. Jonathan Tudge

Portrait of Dr. Jonathan TudgeDr. Jonathan Tudge (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from the John Templeton Foundation for the project “Gratitude, well-being, and the decline of materialism: A cross-cultural study of character formation in children and adolescents”. This project will provide much-needed data on gratitude and materialism in children and young adolescents, the abstract says. Gratitude is crucial to study, as it creates and strengthens relations among people, is associated with a range of positive benefits both for individuals and groups, and is negatively related with excessive materialism.

Dr. Susanne Rinner

Portrait of Dr. Susanne RinnerDr. Susanne Rinner (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) received new funding from the German Embassy for “German Weeks 2013: Germany in Europe”. Last year, the UNCG German Program partnered, for the first time, with German Weeks and the participation led to several recognitions on campus and beyond. For example, one of our students, Nicole Schachter participated in the nation-wide competitions held in Washington DC and has received a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship for study abroad in the spring of 2013. Participating in German Weeks 2013/14 will allow the program to complement its curricular offerings with a lecture series, a film series, and the appropriate public outreach via traditional and social media.

Dr. Greg Carroll

Portrait of Dr. Greg CarrollDr. Greg Carroll (Musicology, Music Theory) participated in three presentations and a panel discussion at the College of Music Society National Conference in late fall in Cambridge, Mass. Carroll is a member of the National Advisory Council for the CMS.

Dr. Joyendu Bhadury

Portrait of Dr. Joyendu BhaduryDr. Joyendu Bhadury (Bryan School of Business and Economics) received new funding from the NCSU Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) for “Evaluating The Usage of LPAs (License Plate Agencies) by North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV)”. “We propose a project whose overarching mission is to conduct a study that will present NC DMV (North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles) and NCDOT (North Carolina Department of Transportation) with comprehensive information on the performance of LPAs (License Plate Agencies) in NC (North Carolina),” the abstract states, “to enable them to: (a) be in compliance with HB 402, Section 34.17 by the deadline of March 1, 2014, and (b) make informed decisions about the usage of LPAs in North Carolina.”

Dr. Jeremy Bray

Portrait of Dr. Jeremy BrayDr. Jeremy Bray (Economics) received new funding from Cornell University Weill Medical College for the project “Quality of life in opioid dependence.”

Also, Bray received funding from Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) for the project “Cross-site Evaluation of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Grant Program”. Recognizing that the treatment needs of the entire population could be better met through a comprehensive approach to identifying and treating substance use problems across a continuum of severity, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) established the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program to systematically screen and provide appropriate treatment to all individuals presenting for care in a variety of medical settings, the abstract explains. Evidence suggests that SBIRT is effective in decreasing alcohol use, cocaine and heroin use, cannabis use, amphetamine use, and benzodiazepine use. Furthermore, for nearly a decade, authors have identified SBIRT as one of the most cost-beneficial yet least-delivered prevention services.

It is important to understand which models of SBIRT offer the greatest potential to improve the U.S. treatment system. This evaluation of the second cohort of SBIRT grantees will further the understanding of the SBIRT program and how it functions in a new set of populations and contexts. Under this task order, RTI International, UNCG, the University of Connecticut Health Center, and Johnson, Bassin & Shaw are evaluating the SBIRT program as implemented in the new cohort of four grantees.

Adelaide Holderness, UNCG advocate/alumna, is remembered

Portrait of Adelaide HoldernessAdelaide Fortune Holderness, a Greensboro native with a long record of service to UNCG, died Dec. 14 at age 100.

Holderness devoted much of her energy to UNCG, from which she graduated in 1934 when it was called Woman’s College.

Holderness in later life served on UNCG’s board of trustees and as president of the alumnae association, the News & Record said. She also helped endow several scholarships, including the Holderness Fellowship for graduate students.

A front page News & Record article noted she served on the UNC Board of Governors, which oversees the 16 state universities. She was elected vice chairwoman in 1976 and became the first woman to hold that post, the story said. In 1982, she was named Greensboro’s Woman of the Year.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady called Holderness “the personification of our university’s motto — ‘service.’

“For almost 80 years,” Brady told the newspaper, “she was a passionate advocate for our university, serving and supporting every aspect of our endeavor.”

In the mid 1990s, Holderness was co-leader, along with Mike Weaver, of the university’s centennial campaign. The university’s Holderness-Weaver award is named in their honor.

By Betsi Robinson

Full story at UNCG NOW.

Full News & Record report here.

Letvak to December graduates: Make your ‘dash’ count

Photo of Dr. Susan Letvak from December commencementDr. Susan Letvak, professor of nursing, advised UNCG’s Class of 2013 to make the most of their “dash” — their time here on Earth. Letvak drove home her point by quoting a popular Linda Ellis poem.

“If we could just slow down enough to consider what is true and real/and always try to understand the way other people feel,” Letvak told the crowd gathered Dec. 13 in the Greensboro Coliseum. “And be less quick to anger/and show appreciation more/and love the people in our lives like we have never loved before./ If we could treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile/always remembering that this special dash/might only last a little while.”

About 1,838 degrees were conferred during the ceremony, awarded to students who completed their requirements in August and December. That total includes 1,365 baccalaureate degrees, 391 master’s degrees, 15 Specialist in Education degrees, and 67 doctoral degrees. About 62 of these degrees went to international students.

Letvak, who also rolled a little nursing humor into her address, had these tips for graduates: Don’t worry about the state of your underwear, adopt a healthy lifestyle, obey your intuition, solicit second opinions, tell the people you love that you love them, and listen to your elders.

“I can tell you that no nurse ever said, ‘Oh my — let’s ignore the bleeding, and come here everybody. Just look at those underwear!’ ” she said before turning more serious.

Letvak, the first in her family to go to college, has 30 years of experience as an RN and received the 2013 Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. She spoke about her grandparents, who came to the U.S. from Poland. Her mother started kindergarten speaking almost no English.

Letvak’s dad was a policeman.

“Look at my life,” he would say to her. “Rotating shifts, working weekends and most holidays, and dealing with people in the worst of times. Why would you want that?”

She would just smile and tell him, “Oh but that is what I want.”

In the end, she said, finding your purpose in life and fulfilling that purpose is what matters most. “What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash. Now that you are a college graduate, or just earned that higher degree, think long and hard: Are there things you would like to change?”

By Michelle Hines

Full story at UNCG NOW.

Letvak’s complete address may be read here.

Hoops hoopla: After win at Virginia Tech, team readies for SoCon season

Crowd photo from men's basketball gameThe Spartans finished 2013 by taking on three ACC teams. They defeated Virginia Tech at Blacksburg, coming from behind to win by three.

It was only the second time Spartan men’s basketball has ever defeated an ACC team.

The team also played well against Wake Forest, taking an eight-point loss in Winston-Salem.

A crowd of 6,000 saw a thriller against NC State on Dec. 30 in the Greensboro Coliseum. The last minutes were loud. UNCG held the Pack to only one field goal in the final 10 minutes with tenacious defense. The Wolfpack’s lead was as little as two points in the final minute. State won by four.

Now the conference schedule – the team has one win and one loss in SoCon play. Upcoming home games include:

The Citadel – Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
Davidson – Saturday, Jan. 18, 5 p.m.

See Athletics’ photo gallery of the UNCG – NC State game.

Visual: Kristen Preston McKillop ‘09 (center) and Ian McKillop ‘09 (with back turned) and Erin Huffines ‘98 (right) were among the many alumni, faculty and staff at the UNCG vs. NC State game Dec. 30. Photo courtesy Tim Cowie / UNCG Athletics.

Web site created for UNCG provost search

Photo of Minerva statueThe search for the next UNCG provost and executive vice chancellor has a web site you can use to give input and see updates on the process.

The web site is https://provostsearch.wp.uncg.edu/

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc., a nationally known search firm, has been hired to assist with the search process. The chairs of the Search Committee for Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor – Dr. Stanley Faeth and Dr. Dr. Randolph Rasch – have been working closely with the search committee and Greenwood/Asher to develop a job description, a strategic advertising and nomination strategy, and the search process and schedule. Advertisements have been placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other higher education publications.

Chancellor Brady and the committee chairs strongly encourage all members of the UNCG community to be actively engaged in this process. The web site allows opportunities to nominate candidates, to suggest interview questions and to provide comments on the desired qualities of the new provost.

The provost job description may be viewed at http://provostsearch.wp.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2013/12/ProvostJobDescriptionFinal.pdf

The members of the search committee may be viewed at https://provostsearch.wp.uncg.edu/search-committee/

Apply to be Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow

Applications for 2014-15 UNCG Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows are sought.

Fellows are typically professors from outside the school of business at their institution. They engage in the development of courses and leadership of projects in support of entrepreneurship education on their campus, inspiring students in non-business disciplines to gain self-employment skills and experience.

“We are particularly interested in boosting the course offerings in the STEM disciplines and other areas we do not have cross-listed courses,” says Dr. Dianne Welsh, director. “However, we encourage all applications.”

Application deadline is March 1, 2014.

For more information including a listing of past fellows, visit http://entrepreneurship.uncg.edu. To request an application form or ask a question, contact Welsh at dhwelsh@uncg.edu.

Two Gerontology events

The UNCG Gerontology Research Network invites you to these Lunch & Learn events:

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
“Health Risks that Double Disability for Older Americans with Diabetes: Results from a National Longitudinal Study” will be presented by Dr. Sarah Laditka, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at UNC Charlotte.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
“Compassionate Communication at End of Life” will be presented by Dr. Christine Davis, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte.

Bring your own lunch to enjoy during the presentation. Seating is limited. Reservations are requested. To attend, RSVP to gerontology@uncg.edu or 256-1020.

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work New Year Open House

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work is open to the entire UNCG community including students, faculty and staff.

Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Come to the open house on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Bryan 113 at noon.

The Weight Watchers @ Work program consists of a series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one hour and meets on Mondays in Bryan 113 from noon-1 p.m.

Interested in joining? Come to the open house or for more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-4297 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.

Cuban and Haitian refugee crises at GTMO

In the 1990s, thousands of Cuban and Haitian citizens fled political and economic hardships in their countries by boarding makeshift rafts that they hoped would carry them to the shores of the United States. Facing harsh weather conditions in unseaworthy boats, thousands were picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard and brought to the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The forum “Severed Roots: The Cuban and Haitian Refugee Crises at GTMO” will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 7 p.m. at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. The event is free admission.

This program will explore the motivations refugees had for leaving their home countries, how the base handled the influx of refugees who were detained there as they awaited decisions on their asylum requests, the differences in treatment between Cuban and Haitian refugees and the legal policies affecting these two groups.

Speakers will include Brigadier General George Walls (Ret.); Dr. Holly Ackerman of the Library of Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Studies at Duke; Deborah Weissman of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law; and Jorge Del Rio, who fled Cuba in 1994 as a Balsero (rafter).

“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.

UNCG Athletics’ first GCS Education Day is a slam dunk

Photo of men's basketball players entering courtUNCG Athletics hosted several thousand middle-school students for the first-ever Guilford County Schools Education Day on Dec. 11. It was held in conjunction with the UNCG vs. Claflin men’s basketball game, which began at noon.

About 4,000 students from 14 schools in the Guilford County system attended. The event was designed to enhance the education experience by utilizing athletics to learn about curriculum being taught in the classroom. Each student received a workbook designed by the UNCG Athletics Department, which emphasizes various parts of their curriculum at the Guilford County Schools. There was also a pregame education fair featuring UNCG campus departments.

The GCS Education Day is another step in building the relationship with the school system and UNCG Athletics. The Spartans are also adopting four middle schools this year to partner with and have selected student-athletes to visit each school monthly.

For the past two years, UNCG Athletics and GCS have partnered on the Roadmap 2 Reading promotion, which rewards elementary school students who read a required number of minutes with tickets to a men’s basketball game. This promotion will continue again this year surrounding the Feb. 1 game against Georgia Southern.

Near the end of the first half, UNCG Pep Band director and music faculty member Dr. Andy Smith noted the middle schoolers’ enthusiasm. “A lot of cheering,” he said. The band played more recent hits and fewer classics for the day’s crowd, he said – as a time-out was called.

He quickly called out “1-2-3 and…” – and the band broke into the ESPN theme.

By Matt McCollester with Mike Harris
Photo by Carlos Morales

Make nominations for Business Affairs’ Betty Hardin Award

The Betty Hardin Award for Excellence in Business Affairs is presented each year to deserving permanent full time employees of UNCG’s Business Affairs Division. Eligible employees may be nominated by anyone. The Betty Hardin Award for Excellence in Business Affairs is presented each year to deserving permanent full time employees of UNCG’s Business Affairs Division. Eligible employees may be nominated by anyone.

Consideration is based on

  • Superior Leadership to the Division of Business Affairs
  • A Positive and Constructive attitude with high standards
  • A Sense of Humor
  • Appreciation for People
  • Rendering of service above and beyond the call of duty to the University Community

Employees may be nominated from all areas of Business Affairs, including:

  • Campus Enterprises
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Foundation Finance
  • Human Resource Services
  • Safety and Emergency Management

Betty Hardin ’80 was a certified public accountant, a graduate of Lees-McRae College and UNCG. She was a 16-year employee of UNCG, working in the Division of Business Affairs and serving as Director of Advancement Services, and was known for her rock-solid dependability. In 1994, she was honored with the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for outstanding leadership and service to UNCG. She died in 2005, and is remembered through this award.

Nominations deadline is March 15, 2014, at 5 p.m.

View details here.

Download the nomination form.

Dr. Bree Jimenez inspires her students to be advocates for those with a disability

Portrait of Dr. Bree JimenezStudents filed into class on a rainy November morning, trying their best to keep their posters dry from the downpours outside. It was the end of the semester, and for students taking ‘SES 200: People with Disabilities in American Society’, it was final project presentation day.

Taught by assistant professor Dr. Bree Jimenez and PhD student Tammy Barron, both from the Specialized Education Services department of the UNCG School of Education, SES 200 is a general education class offered each semester to students of all majors with the goals of providing a background on how people with disabilities have been treated throughout American history, as well as an understanding of current laws, regulations and services offered to individuals with disabilities and the environmental and social challenges they face every day.

But Jimenez wanted to do more than just educate her students – she wanted to inspire her students to become advocates for individuals with a disability, to their friends, their families, and to their community. “I wanted this course to create awareness, to get students to look at different perspectives and educate them on the history and background of disabilities in order to encourage the idea of being a part of social change.”

Every class day in SES 200 was different – in addition to studying Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and articles identifying various disabilities, Jimenez wanted students to have an opportunity to hear from those in the community who have a disability, as well as from family members and professionals who provide critical services to disabled individuals in Greensboro. Students had the opportunity to connect with local advocates and agencies, including the Executive Director of Disability Rights NC, Parent advocate for transition services for people with Autism, and even a tour of the Industries of the Blind, Inc. facility. “Students have even been able to use their personal experiences with disability to support their coursework and share perspectives with their class colleagues,” said Jimenez.

The final project for students was to research, develop and present on a topic in disability, whether it was a service organization, community accessibility or a specific disability.

By Rachel Williams
Full story at UNCG School of Education web site.

Looking ahead: Jan. 8, 2014

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Spartan Trader consignment blitz, collecting items for sale in store
Thursday, Jan. 9

Classes begin
Monday, Jan. 13

Noon at the ‘Spoon art tour
Tuesday, Jan. 14, Weatherspoon

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

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

With the Staff: December 2013

Katherine Fair, Chancellor’s Office; Elizabeth Cranford, Registrar’s Office; Cynthia Wyrick, Development; Titche Tchedre, Housing and Residence Life

Angie Moore, Graduate School; James Sutton, Academic Technology Systems; James Norman, University Printing Center; Deanna Bowman, Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Duane Cyrus

Portrait of Duane CyrusDuane Cyrus (Dance) and Cyrus Art Production will perform at the NC Museum of History on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Kristin Medlin

Kristin Medlin (UNCG Institute of Community and Economic Engagement [ICEE]), has been selected to participate in the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s competitive program – Leadership Greensboro, class of 2014. Leadership Greensboro is a competitive platform that prepares young professionals to take on leadership roles in areas such as education, non-profit, government and business with the ultimate goal of strengthening the community. By participating in the 10-month program, she seeks to develop her skills as a leader in community engagement, working to bring about positive and significant change in the world. Medlin will attend the Leadership Greensboro program as the sole recipient of the 2014 SynerG Leadership Greensboro Scholarship. SynerG is a young leaders branch of Action Greensboro, a nonprofit organization of foundations and the business community dedicated to projects that enhance business recruitment efforts and community vitality in Greensboro.

As Communications & Partnerships Manager for ICEE at UNCG, Medlin supports the collection, analysis, and dissemination of our university’s community engagement metrics. She also leads ICEE’s communication efforts, including the Referral Desk Initiative, and is the co-creator of the UNCG Community Engagement Collaboratory, a social platform that links individuals and organizations within the Greensboro community. She is a recent graduate of the UNCG Master of Public Affairs program, with a concentration in nonprofit management. She was one of 12 national PAGE Fellows with the nonprofit Imagining America. Full story at UNCG Research.

Dr. Kimberly Petersen

Portrait of Dr. Kimberly PetersenDr. Kimberly Petersen (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) for the project “Regio- and Enantioselective Trifluoromethylation Reactions Through a Combined Directing Group/Chiral Trifluoromethylsilane Strategy”. Fluorinated compounds are becoming increasingly important in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and materials. Of particular note are trifluoromethylated molecules. Unfortunately, despite more than 15 years of inquiry, the regio- and stereoselective incorporation of the trifluoromethyl group into organic molecules remains a challenge for chemists, the abstract notes.

Dr. Yashomati Patel

Portrait of Dr. Yashomati PatelDr. Yashomati Patel (Biology) received a grant from the university’s Open Access Publishing Support Fund for the article “Regulation of Myosin Light Chain Kinase during Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes” in PLOS One. It may be viewed at http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0077248

The Open Access Publishing Support Fund primary guidelines guidelines may be found at: http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm

Bill Finley

Portrait of Bill FinleyBill Finley (University Libraries) has been named emeritus faculty. Finley retired this past summer. He came to UNCG in 1998 as head of the Special Collections and University Archives Department. He holds a PhD from Duke, a BA from the College of William and Mary, an MA from the University of Kentucky and an MLS from the University of South Carolina. Under his leadership, the department grew significantly and the collection was deepened and enriched. Finley is especially well known for his teaching and knowledge of the history of books and literature.

Hermann Trojanowski

Portrait of Hermann TrojanowskiHermann Trojanowski (University Libraries) has been named emeritus faculty. Trojanowski retired this past summer. He began working at the UNCG University Libraries while a graduate student here, and returned to become Assistant Archivist. He holds a BA from Greensboro College, an AA from Guilford Technical Community College and an MLIS from UNCG. Among other accomplishments he is known for his campus tours and his knowledge of the history of the institution – and he was instrumental in the development of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Project, for which he completed a number of oral history interviews.

Dr. Daniel Herr

Portrait of Dr. Daniel HerrDr. Daniel Herr (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received additional funding from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) for JSNN undergraduate research opportunities.


Contributions from Michael A. Crumpton and Agnes K. Bradshaw (University Libraries) are featured in a new book, “Revolutionizing the Development of Library and Information Professionals: Planning for the Future”. Crumpton is assistant dean for Administrative Services. Bradshaw is Human Resources Librarian. For more information see http://www.igi-global.com/book/revolutionizing-development-library-information-professionals/77398. This title is also part of the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) book series, which aims to expand the body of library science literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and field at large.