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Archives for February 2014

UNCG among top schools under proposed federal ranking system

Photo of Jackson Library with McIver statueUNCG and two other UNC system campuses fare exceptionally well under the federal government’s proposed system to rate colleges and universities on affordability, access and quality measures, according to a report released by the American Enterprise Institute.

UNCG, along with Appalachian State University and UNC Asheville, was listed among only 19 institutions of 1,700 nationwide – or 1.1 percent – that fare well on all three criteria of the Postsecondary Institutions Rating System (PIRS).

The AEI study was reported on in the current issue of U.S. News & World Report.

President Barack Obama’s proposal to rate colleges would give families more information about how well colleges serve students and would tie federal financial aid to those ratings. Schools that rate high would receive larger Pell Grant funding and federal student loans, while those rated lower would lose funds.

The AEI report, titled “Access, affordability, and success: How do America’s colleges fare, and what could it mean for the President’s ratings plan?” was done by Andrew Kelly, director of AEI’s Center on Higher Education Reform, along with Awilda Rodriguez, a center research fellow. They analyzed information from more than 1,700 four-year colleges with federal data available on all three PIRS measures.

Overall, they found that although very few colleges would miss the mark on all three measures, just 19 of those 1,700 colleges – or about 1.1 percent – would perform well on all three. UNCG is one of those 19.

By Steve Gilliam

Full story at UNCG NOW.

UNCG’s next summer read? ‘Little Princes’

Photo from book coverUNCG’s First Year Summer Read 2014 book has been chosen.

“Little Princes” by Conor Grennan is the selection.

“Little Princes” is based on Grennan’s year-long journey around the world, starting in Nepal. During his time volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal, he learns about the issue of human-trafficking.

UNCG’s FYSR Book Selection Team, composed of faculty, staff, and students, received 58 book recommendations, 14 of which met the FYSR guidelines. Once the options were narrowed down to the top 5, the book selection team read the top choices and then determined the winning title after thorough discussion about the potential for the book to appeal to a wide range of students, to engage students in discussion, and for the book to have global relevance and opportunity for service.

The FYSR Programming Team will begin meeting soon to discuss and plan curricular and co-curricular programming around the book. A variety of academic programs are committed to using the text in the classroom, including UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College, select Learning Communities, and Foundations for Learning. Other partners in programming include Housing and Residence Life, Jackson Library, Alumni Relations and others.

If your department would like to be involved in the First Year Summer Read, contact New Student & Spartan Family Programs at yfy@uncg.edu.

‘Pride and Prejudice’ at UNCG

Photo of students from Pride and PrejudiceIt’s a Valentine’s gift for Jane Austenites. UNCG Theatre presents one of her most admired works, “Pride and Prejudice.”

In the play, the free-thinking heroine Elizabeth Bennett is pressured to find a husband by her mother and sisters. When she meets the handsome Mr. Darcy who is rich and arrogant, the two explore manners and the nature of love and independence.

The production will be in UNCG’s Taylor Theatre 8 p.m. on Feb. 14, 15, 21, 22; 2 p.m. on February 16 & 23; 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18, 19 and 20. Call 334-4392 for tickets or purchase online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/412626. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students, groups, children and senior citizens; and $7 for UNCG Students.

Looking for continued romance in February? Join the UNCG Theatre Angels, auxiliary support group, for a themed Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Dinner on Friday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the UNCG Alumni House. Tickets for the dinner are $30 per person and include dinner, dessert, beer/wine, coffee, tax and gratuity. Call 334-4392 for dinner reservations or for more information.

Concerts at UNCG’s Carolina Band Festival & Conductors Conference

UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance will host the 25th Annual Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference Feb. 13-15, 2014. Two public concerts will be featured in Aycock Auditorium during the festival. There is no admission charge. The UNCG Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Students in the two Honor Bands will perform a concert Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m.

The Carolina Band Festival began in 1990 as a way to reach out to talented high school musicians and their teachers by utilizing first-class conductors and music faculty to work with attendees. “When we started the Festival, it was planned to be an event which would attract the very best students to our campus,” says Dr. John Locke, the event founder and Director of Bands at UNCG. Last year, nearly 400 students from a five-state area applied for about 180 seats in the Honor Bands.

The Carolina Conductors Conference, which coincides with the Band Festival, draws approximately 60 public school music teachers who attend sessions focusing on the technical, gestural and musical aspects of conducting.

Full story at the SMTD web site.

Report to Faculty Senate: Employment Analysis at UNCG

Photo from employment analysis meetingThe co-chairs of UNCG’s Administration-Faculty Joint Working Group on Employment Analysis presented the group’s report to Faculty Senate Feb. 5.

The group reviewed UNCG’s budgets and employment data for the interval 2007-08 to 2011-12. The co-chairs making the presentation were Dr. John Lepri and Provost David H. Perrin.

Many figures were presented, in FTE (full-time equivalent) numbers. Among them:
– Student enrollment at UNCG increased 5.8 percent across the interval.
– Faculty numbers grew by 10.5 percent across the interval.
– The number of executive/professional staff increased by 26.6 percent across the interval.
– The number of other staff positions was reduced by 8.3 percent across the interval.
– The total number of UNCG employees increased 7.4 percent across the interval.

Employment data across the UNC system were reviewed as well. For the 2011-12 academic year, the UNC system as a whole averaged 0.93 FTE faculty per FTE executive-and-professional staff and a median ratio of 1.29 FTE faculty per FTE executive-and-professional staff. UNCG’s ratio is 1.00 FTE faculty per FTE executive-and-professional staff.

Compared to UNCG’s three UNC system peers UNC Charlotte, ECU and NC A&T, UNCG’s FTE “other staff” positions had the largest decrease. Changes in FTE students, FTE faculty, and FTE executive-and-professional were similar across all four institutions.

For the 2011-12 academic year, the UNC system as a whole averaged 14.2 students per FTE faculty (median ratio of 15.7 students per FTE faculty). UNCG’s ratio is 18.3 students per FTE faculty. One UNC system school (UNC Charlotte) has a higher ratio of FTE students per FTE faculty.

Additionally, data from UNCG’s 17 national peers were reviewed over the interval. For all 18 institutions, the number of FTE faculty increased on average by 8.6 percent with a median increase of 6.1 percent. With UNCG ’s increase of 10.5 percent FTE faculty, there are five peers that had greater percentage growth in FTE faculty.

For all 18 national peer institutions, the number of FTE executive-and-professional staff increased on average by 10.5 percent with a median increase of 12.1 percent. With UNCG’s increase of 26.6 percent FTE executive-and-professional staff, only two peers had greater percentage growth.

In regard to the employment trends, the group notes that UNCG is a popular choice for Pell grant recipients and first-generation college students. “For prospective students in these two categories, the availability of financial, academic and social supports is important in their college decision. Those supports are also important for retaining these students, a matter to which UNCG carefully attends. Providing the full range of supports to all of its students requires UNCG to have in place a broad offering of programs and professional staff — advisors, the Writing and Speaking Centers, Veterans’ Services, technology infrastructure and support, disability services, mental health professionals, financial aid officers — and the list goes on.”

The summary as well as the presenters noted a number of limitations, caveats and “confounding factors” in assembling and analyzing data such as this.

As the presentation ended, some observations and questions were raised by faculty. Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq asked, “Will this lead to something?” Lepri recommended to Faculty Senate that they get more involved in budget discussions. He echoed what the report’s abstract states: “A recommendation emerging from the report is that UNCG’s administrative and faculty leadership regularly study the distribution of personnel and other resources in conjunction with how the university allocates its funding to support strategic priorities, especially the balance of the various employment categories at UNCG.”

In addition to co-chairs John Lepri (last year’s chair of Faculty Senate) and David H. Perrin (Provost), committee members included Deb Bell, Alan Boyette, Cherry Callahan, Sarah Carrigan, Edna Chun, Joel Dunn, Michael Frierson, Barbara Hemphill, Steve Honeycutt, Nir Kshetri, Carl Lashley, Judy Piper, Kim Record, David Ribar, Susanne Rinner, Andrew Supple, Reade Taylor and Anita Tesh.

The report may be found on pp. 20-54 of this document: http://facsen.uncg.edu/Content/AgendaPackets/f.Faculty%20Senate%20Agenda%20Packet%2002-05-2014.pdf

By Mike Harris

Some UNCG FTLC highlights for February 2014

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons offers a lot of ways to learn from your fellow faculty members. There’s a lot of knowledge – and camaraderie – to be shared. A sample:

“What are the new UNC BOG policies and how will they affect your teaching”,” Wed., Feb. 12, 3-4 pm, Faculty Center. The Advising Learning Community welcomes all faculty and professional advisors for a discussion about BOG academic policies that will affect Fall 2014. Attendees will learn about the new policies and what Students First is doing to educate our continuing students on the policy changes.

Second in the Stars of Pedagogy Series:
Thurs., Feb. 13, noon-1:30 pm, in the Faculty Center. Chris Poulos (Communication Studies) will explore the philosophical foundations and the importance of service-learning and community engaged pedagogy. All questions, stories, examples, and experiences are welcome. Register here. Future sessions in the Stars of Pedagogy Series include:

– Deep, Dense Discussions in Google Drive presented by David Wharton (Classical Studies) on March 5.
– Using Assignments to Integrate Research Skills across the Curriculum presented by Lisa Tolbert (History) on March 19.
– The Risky Business of Group Work presented by Hepsie Roskelly (English) on April 8.

Tech Tool Thursday (ONLINE): Quick and Free Visual Tools in 30 minutes Thursday, Feb. 17, 12:15-12:45 p.m., via Google Hangouts. Faculty are welcome to discover quick and easy ways to use visual tools, such as pixlr, for quick online image creation and editing. These tools can assist with the development of a universal design for learning in the classroom. Presenters include: Beth Filar Williams (University Libraries, FTLC Fellow) and Amy Harris Houk (University Libraries, FTLC Fellow). REGISTRATION.

Show me the Money! A Guide To and Through Grant-Seeking Databases Friday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, in 304 Curry Building. University Libraries and Office of Sponsored Programs will host a workshop on the various ways to get the most from grant-seeking databases. Participants will learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will also have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Workshop pre-registration is requested by Monday, Feb. 17. To register, go to: THIS LINK. For further questions, contact Gerald Holmes (University Libraries) at gvholmes@uncg.edu or Aubrey Turner (Sponsored Programs) at arturne2@uncg.edu.

UNCG, NobleHour.com announce software development licensing agreement

UNCG’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) has signed a software licensing agreement with NobleHour.com, LLC to develop the next version of the Community Engagement Collaboratory, a web-based software application that tracks partnership and public-service activities between universities and communities. The Collaboratory will facilitate measurement of activities, identify patterns of engagement, and provide ongoing data collection to convene people and resources around important community priorities.

“We created the software system to satisfy UNCG needs – to know who is doing what where when and with whom for what purposes – but sought a commercial partner to help us get it onto a shareable platform because of the many requests we received from colleagues across the U.S. and world who had seen our tool and asked us to share it with them,” said Emily Janke, director of ICEE. “They saw our unique ability to keep track of and get the word out about hundreds of activities and relationships for planning, research and recognition purposes.”

Janke and Kristin Medlin, ICEE communications and partnerships manager, along with ICEE senior scholar Barbara Holland, are co-inventors of The Collaboratory, which uses a web-facing database to create a portrait of community engagement and public service.

Photo contest: Where in the UNCG is the world?

Photo of globe in Elliott University CenterEngage your “selfie” with UNCG’s World Photo Contest.

There is a large globe on campus. It’s 8 or 9 feet tall. This week, it’s in the EUC. After that, who knows? It’s a question of, Where in the UNCG is the world?

It’s all part of promoting UNCG’s QEP topic, which is Global Engagement, as the SACS visit in March approaches.

For the next five weeks, Global Engagement is sponsoring a university-wide photo contest to coincide with this QEP Mobile Global Display traveling around campus Feb. 10 through March 28.

Take pictures with the QEP Mobile Global Display and post them to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be creative, funny, artistic, interculturally relevant, etc. – wherever serendipity and good taste take you. (For safety reasons, the globe display cannot be touched.)

All photos tagged globalqep and including the week’s theme will be reviewed by the QEP student/staff team which will select one lucky winner per week. Winners will be announced on Mondays at globalqep via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and will receive a bag of global engagement related swag (chocolates, a pencil, a global pen, an inflatable globe, a sticky pad).

Anyone in the campus community may enter. The five weekly winning semi-finalists’ photos will be shown at the Global Engagement QEP booth at I-Fest (UNCG’s International Festival) on April 12. There will be a vote on the best of the semi-finalists to win the Grand Prize: a Kindlefire HDX.

Bryan Toney is new Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development

Portrait of Bryan ToneyBryan C. Toney, who has served as director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center since 2011, has been named associate vice chancellor for economic development at UNCG.

The appointment was announced by Dr. Terri Shelton, vice chancellor for research and economic development at UNCG, who said it was approved by the UNCG Board of Trustees in December. Toney started the position in January.

In his new role, Toney will work to expand UNCG’s regional role through more engagement in external economic development initiatives that offer “win-win” opportunities for businesses and communities that connect with the university.

“I want to encourage both external and internal stakeholders to reach out to me in my new position for anything related to economic development,” he said. “We have all the ingredients here: a good transportation and logistics infrastructure in Greensboro, along with a top-notch school system, a dynamic downtown, a thriving arts community, great quality of life and a strong history of global engagement.”

As NCEC director, he has provided leadership for entrepreneurship and economic development programs. He succeeds Jerry L. McGuire, who retired in December after serving at UNCG since 2001, and who founded the UNCG Office of Technology Transfer in 2002.

With NCEC, Toney has built new relationships across the region. One recent accomplishment was establishing the highly successful collaboration among the NCEC, UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and the Lloyd International Honors College and the Louvain School of Management in Belgium, which was recently ranked number 8 in the world for its entrepreneurship program.

New programs he helped create include the Growing Entrepreneurs by Mentoring Students Program (GEMS), the 2 Minutes to Win It idea competition, the Entrepreneurial Journeys monthly speaker series, a new Experience Business Abroad program, and Startup Weekend Triad. He has also co-chaired the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts (SEA) Conference, coming up on Feb. 22 at UNCG.

Toney came to UNCG from Appalachian State University where he founded the Center for Entrepreneurship in 2006. Earlier, he was the entrepreneur-in-residence for the School of Management at Georgia Tech where he taught courses and developed new programs for high-growth businesses. He got his business start as founder and CEO of Information Management Inc., a custom software development company.

By Steve Gilliam
Full story at UNCG NOW.

Next Tuesday – or even this weekend – catch some ball

Photo of baseball players listening to the coachIf the idea of catching a little softball or baseball – or better yet both – at the end of your workday sounds appealing, next Tuesday’s your lucky day. The long-range forecast calls for weather decidedly more springlike than what we’re experiencing right now.

UNCG Baseball hosts George Washington for a three-game series this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They host Duke on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

UNCG Softball begins their home slate this weekend by hosting Virginia and Radford in the Triad Blue-Gold Challenge Saturday and Sunday. They also host Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

All games are free-admission. It’s free ball in warm(er) weather. Let’s play two. At the same time.

UNCG’s Green Office Certification Program

The UNCG Office of Sustainability presents Version 2.0 of the Green Office Certification Program. Offices that choose to participate will help our university work toward carbon neutrality and reaching its sustainability goals. The Office of Sustainability realizes each member of the university staff and faculty face increased demands and responsibilities. However, the Green Office Certification Program has been updated to take the guess work out of campus sustainability as well as to provide ample resources and tools. Click http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/get-started to get started.

2014 Financial Aid Awareness Week Feb. 17-21

More than half of the students enrolled at UNCG are taking advantage of the financial aid opportunities available to help pay for the cost of a college education. However, many students think they will never qualify for financial assistance, so they do not even bother applying. There are many opportunities for financial aid available.

The UNCG Financial Aid Office will sponsor a number of opportunities for students to learn more about their financial aid. Financial Aid counselors will be available Monday, Feb. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Thursday, Feb. 20 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the EUC’s Dail Room.

In addition to the information available during Financial Aid Awareness Week, students may also receive assistance in filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on FAFSA Day. This will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014,throughout the state. UNCG will not be a FAFSA Day site but there will be other places in the Greensboro area. Visit College Foundation of North Carolina at www.cfnc.org for information on locations of the event, required documentation, and registration for FAFSA day.

Students may begin filing their FAFSA for the 2014-2015 school year right now.

Students must file a FAFSA each school year they are planning to receive financial aid, even if their aid consists only of student loans. The FAFSA priority deadline for UNCG is March 1, 2014.

New entrance to Oakland Deck is open

Photo of new entrance to Oakland Avenue Parking DeckUNCG’s Oakland Avenue Parking Deck has a new entrance/exit, located on its south side.

Closing the entry/exit on Forest Street while creating this new entry/exit on Oakland Avenue will help eliminate any conflicts between the flow of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians along Forest, as the Pedestrian Underpass prepares to open later this semester.

New blog at UNCG: Minerva’s Mentions

Photo of Minerva statueBeing a nine-foot statue has its perks, it seems. “I hear and see all the wonderful, little joys across campus that probably go unnoticed. There’s the young man who held the door for the teacher with her arms full, and the group of young ladies who meet every Tuesday at the swings for a fun break during studying…..”

UNCG’s Campus Activities & Programs hosts the new blog known as Minerva’s Mentions. They hope it grows not just with students but faculty and staff as well.

Through the blog, Minerva has been sharing the little joys across campus that might otherwise go unnoticed. “Minerva’s Mentions is a place to share any acts of kindness, happy news, or announcements for the whole campus to read,” the blog’s intro page says. Share good news about your classes, the department you work in, your staff, etc. The idea is to celebrate the great things happening here at UNCG.

For more information, visit http://cap.uncg.edu/minervas-mentions and share what you think is wonderful about UNCG. You can also follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Looking ahead: February 12, 2014

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.

Talk, Peter Jaworski (Georgetown), “Markets without Limits: Moral Virtues & Commercial Interests”
Thursday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m., Education Building, Room 226, 4 p.m.

UNCG Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Play, ‘Pride and Prejudice’
Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Global Engagement open forum
Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m., Maple Room, EUC

Music, University Band
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Baseball vs. Duke
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

Softball vs. Virginia Tech
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

With the Staff: January 2014

Hello: Sandra Cook, Human Resources; William Bradford, Facilities Services; Virginia Plummer, Facilities Services; Sobia Saqib, Student Health Services; Barbara Henry, Public Health Education; Amy Cales, Public Safety & Police; Craig Johnson, Facilities Services

Good-bye: Jessica Clifton, Registrar’s Office; Patricia Rowland, Interior Architecture; Pauline Sturdivant, HDFS; Rita Locust, Housing and Residence Life; Barbara Jean-Pierre, Student Health Services; Judy Allen, CYFCP; Diane Barber, Registrar’s Office

University Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award

The University Libraries want to recognize students’ research skills.

The Libraries seek submissions for our Undergraduate Research Award. This $500 prize is given in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original research project in any media. Any paper or project completed by an undergraduate in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters of 2013 is eligible. Applicants must be enrolled at UNCG in the Spring 2014 semester. It is open to all undergraduate students. A faculty letter of support is required.

Applications are due March 21, 2014, and full details are available at: http://library.uncg.edu/info/undergraduate_research_award.aspx.

Communication Sciences & Disorders accreditation review meeting

You’re invited to a Public Meeting hosted by UNCG Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, 4 to 5 p.m., Ferguson Building, Room 325.

The purpose of this meeting is to solicit public comments from students, alumni and consumers as part of a required accreditation review conducted by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology for the UNCG Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Want to take the stairs? It’s UNCG Library Tower Stairclimb

If you’ve ever wanted to climb all the way to the top of the library tower, here’s a great chance. It’s 203 steps, we hear.

The UNCG Library Tower Stairclimb will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meet at the Jackson Library Tower Basement.

Participants will receive a complimentary OnTheGo & Fit T-shirt. Present your SpartanCard ID. The event is sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities & Programs. It’s an OnTheGo & Fit event, open to all students, faculty and staff. Wear appropriate clothing and sneakers.

Spanish-Speaking Parents Reflect on a College Preparation Workshop

The UNCG Coalition of Diverse Language Communities and the SOE Faculty Access and Equity Committee will sponsor a discussion led by Dr. Laura Gonzalez (CED) titled “It Changed My View of the World: Spanish-Speaking Parents Reflect on a College Preparation Workshop” on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 401, SOE building. Gonzalez will share observations from facilitating a six-week college access curriculum with Spanish-speaking parents in a nearby school district. For additional information, view the event flyer.

Rescheduled talk on hate speech

Bad weather led to a new date for a discussion about hate speech.

The new date for a Campus Community Dialogue on Hate Speech will be Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. It will be in EUC’s Cone Ballroom A&B. The entire campus is invited to attend this event, which will be moderated by Dr. Omar Ali, associate professor in African American Studies.

Make student nominations for Golden Chain

Do you know an outstanding junior or senior who exhibits the qualities of leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity and character? Nominate them for the Golden Chain Honor Society. This organization is unique to UNCG and was founded in 1948. Complete details and the application form may be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain/

Hollister is UNCG’s MLK Service Award Winner

Photo of Kelton HollisterUNCG undergraduate Kelton Hollister is the 28th recipient of UNCG’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award, reports the Student Affairs Update. This annual award is given to a deserving student who has gone beyond expectations in making outstanding contributions in the area of social justice through service, particularly service to the UNCG community.

Since transferring to UNCG, Kelton has been a leader on campus and within the Greensboro community on issues related to the Trans* community. (Trans* includes people of many gender identities that fall under the ‘transgender umbrella’.) Kelton works to make UNCG a more understanding and inclusive campus. Full story at the Student Affairs web site.

Libraries’ WWI book discussions

The next two Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussions feature World War I related books.

“Goodbye to All That” by Robert Graves will be discussed Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at 4 p.m. Faculty discussion leader will be Dr. Ron Cassell (History). In 1929, Robert Graves published his memoir of World War I. Now remembered more perhaps for “I, Claudius” and his poetry, Graves’ “Goodbye to All That” was an instant best seller

“The Return of the Soldier” by Rebecca West will be discussed Monday, March 17, 2014, at 7 p.m: Faculty discussion leader will be Dr. Keith Cushman (English). Rebecca West was a renowned journalist, critic, and novelist. Her first novel, “The Return of the Soldier,” was published before the war ended.

Details and registration for the sessions are at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2014/01/spring-semester-book-discussions.html

Black actors on Brazilian television ‘soaps’

On Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 202, the African American Studies Program will show the film “A Negação do Brasil (Denying Brazil)”. Following the showing, the filmmaker, Joel Zito Araujo, will lead a discussion on the film. “A Negação do Brasil (Denying Brazil)” is a documentary about the taboos, stereotypes and struggles of Black actors in Brazilian television “soaps.” Based on his own memories and on a sturdy body of research evidence, the director analyzes race relations in Brazilian soap operas, calling attention to their likely influence on Black people’s identity-forming processes.

Robert Barker

Portrait of Robert BarkerRobert Barker has joined UNCG as Assistant Dean of Students. He comes to UNCG from UNC Chapel Hill where he served as Judicial Programs Coordinator. Barker has extensive experience leading the training efforts for faculty and staff who serve on hearing boards, adjudicating disciplinary hearings related to policy infractions, and providing educational judicious resolution and intervention. He also has extensive experience managing crisis situations which include providing on-call crisis response for students and, when appropriate, coordinating efforts between key stakeholders including the Dean of Students, Campus Police, Housing and Residence Life, and the Counseling Center.

Dr. Nir Kshetri

Portrait of Dr. Nir KshetriDr. Nir Kshetri’s 2013 book “Cybercrime and Cybersecurity in the Global South” (Palgrave Macmillan) has received positive reviews from a number of academic journals. Reviews of this book have been published in Journal of Global Information Technology Management, Communications & Strategies, Telecommunications Policy and Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, a joint project of Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, September 2013. Also a TechRepublic article, “Understanding what motivates Chinese hackers,” featured this book. Kshetri is a professor in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Dr. Randall Penfield

Portrait of Dr. Randall PenfieldDr. Randall Penfield (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Chatham County Schools for the project “OAERS Contract with Chatham County Schools: Analysis and Interpretation Services”. OAERS will conduct analyses and interpretation of student assessment data to be used by Chatham County Schools administration.

Dr. Roy Stine

Potrait of Dr. Roy StineDr. Roy Stine (Geography) received new funding from Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. for UNCG students’ GIS Research Internships with the company.

Dr. Laura Gonzalez

Portrait of Dr. Laura GonzalezDr. Laura Gonzalez (Counseling and Educational Development) received new funding from the University of North Carolina General Administration for the project “GEAR UP NC Middle School Campus-Based Program”. The abstract states, “Our program will expose students to relevant role models of leadership (in terms of race/ethnicity, age, SES, and gender) and help them reflect on how educational attainment could be an important component of their future as leaders.”

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little

Portrait of Dr. Catherine Scott-LittleDr. Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “Supporting Development of the North Carolina K – 3 Assessment”. The NC department received funding through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund to develop a new formative assessment system to be used in Kindergarten through Third grades. The proposed project will provide technical expertise to support the assessment design process.

Dr. Corey Dzenko

Dr. Corey Dzenko (Art) received new funding from the University of Nottingham for “2014 Visiting Fellowships: Art and the American Midwest”. She will examine contemporary representations of the Midwest, in particular the role the “battleground state” Ohio holds in the imagined nation. As a case study, she plans to analyze The Ohio Project (1999), a subseries within South Korean-born, New York-based artist Nikki S. Lee’s Projects (1997-2001).

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Portrait of Dr. Olav RueppellDr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) received new funding from Project Apis m. for the project “Behavioral and molecular studies to enhance Varroa-specific hygienic behavior of honeybees (Apis mellifera)”. He says, “By improving understanding of and capacity to enhance mite resistance in honeybees, this research will contribute novel and sustainable alternatives to use of harmful miticides improving honeybee, human and environmental health worldwide.”

See UNCG Libraries’ new 3-D printer this Friday

Photo of Brown Biggers and the 3-D printerYou’re used to making copies in 2-D, on sheets of paper. But have you seen a 3-D printer yet?

University Libraries is unveiling the first 3D printer for UNCG’s entire campus community at an open house this Friday.

Brown Biggers did a short demo last week – as an example, he created a plastic cat. It would be one inch wide and half inch high. In 20 minutes, the MakerBot Replicator 2X would create the prototype from Bigger’s computer disk.

“It builds a layer. The build plate will drop a short distance. And it’ll build another layer,” said Biggers. He is server administrator for UNCG Libraries.

The plastic taking form was white. They will also have blue and gold plastic on hand, in the coming months, and may have more variety in the future.

“It’s at 18 minutes – 94 percent,” Biggers said, reading the screen. The warm plastic feline form was only missing the uppermost part of the head and ears, as you saw it taking shape, layer by layer.

An object could be as large as 10 inches x 6 inches – but smaller sizes work better.

Biggers and Armondo Collins received the UNCG Libraries’ Innovation and Program Enrichment Funding Award for the project “DMC Makerspace.” The grant funded the purchase of this device.

The vision: expanding Jackson Libraries’ Digital Media Commons to be a location where students and the campus community make things. It’s a trend in university libraries, Biggers explains. The commons already offers multi-media support services. In the future, in addition to video presentations and audio recordings, students may come to the commons to make much more.

Beth Filar Williams, interim head of the Digital Media Commons, encourages faculty and staff to consider ways to incorporate it into their instruction and contact the commons to discuss ideas. There has been growing interest from a variety of departments already, she explains.

That ranges from archaeology, to produce artifact replicas for students to handle, to geography, to build 3-D city spaces or digital elevation models, to education, for creating manipulatives, to chemistry, to create 3-D models of molecules, to CARS, to create apparel and other retail items. “3-D visualization skills are an important and creative part of problem solving in this 21st century, linking the theory to real world practice,” she says.

Biggers notes it is not the first 3-D printer at UNCG. The Art and Interior Architecture departments have made use of the technology, he explains.

See the new 3-D printer at Jackson Libraries’ Digital Media Commons open house Friday, Feb. 7, 3-4:30 p.m. The new Gaming Lab will be on display as well.

For information and to sign up for use of the 3-D printer, visit http://uncg.libguides.com/makerspace

Questions? Email efwilli3@uncg.edu or fbbigger@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Photograph of Brown Biggers and the 3-D printer

A new way to get wireless, at UNCG

Aerial view of College AvenueHave you seen “eduroam” as one of your internet connection options here on campus?

UNCG’s Information Technology Services has begun broadcast of this new supplemental wireless service on campus.

“eduroam” (education roaming) is a secure, worldwide federated roaming wireless access service developed for the research and education community. The eduroam wireless service allows UNCG students and researchers to use the same wireless configuration locally as well as remotely at eduroam member institutions in this country and around the world. Furthermore, visitors traveling to our campus from other participating universities can use their home institution’s login credentials to access secure wireless services at UNCG without the need to apply for a UNCG computing account.

Donna Heath, Associate Vice Chancellor for Systems & Networks, says, “The new eduroam service will provide essential infrastructure for research by seamlessly connecting our faculty and students to critical resources and partners worldwide.”

Benefits of eduroam include getting immediate wireless access when travelling to participating institutions, access through a secure wireless protocol, and increased bandwidth and fewer restrictions than are often afforded to authenticated connections over guest services.

It’s an attractive option because you can use your own UNCG credential to log in and access wireless services at any eduroam member institution, says Amie Mabe (ITS). The difference is that you log in with your full email address (username@uncg.edu) instead of your username.

Rob Gorrell (ITS) adds that the traditional UNCG-Faculty/Staff/Student service and the new eduroam service both deliver the same experience while here on campus. “However, eduroam delivers the same service plus more. So why not have more, right? By choosing to use eduroam, you have automatically set yourself up for instant mobility – opening up the possibilities of free, easy and secure internet access while traveling at remote participating institutions.”

Clemson and The University of Tennessee – Knoxville are two nearby participating universities. Gorrell says Duke and N.C. State are formally doing their own internal testing and may shortly adopt it as well.

UNCG is the first school in the UNC system and in the state to put eduroam into production.

eduroam is broadcast throughout the majority of wireless locations on the UNCG campus (http://its.uncg.edu/Network_Services/Wireless/Locations/) and at thousands of locations both nationally and internationally. View maps of where eduroam is available at https://www.eduroam.us/eduroam_us_institutions and https://www.eduroam.us/eduroam_international_map.

For more information, including setup instructions, go to http://its.uncg.edu/Network_Services/Wireless/eduroam/.