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Archives for February 2014

Loblolly pines added to Peabody Park

Photo of Kevin Siler (Grounds) helped guide students as they plantedThe woodland of UNCG’s Peabody Park just got a little bigger.

Dr. Elizabeth Lacey’s graduate level conservation biology class undertook a tree planting project last Tuesday (Jan. 27) along the slope near McIver parking deck. The students worked with Kevin Siler (UNCG Grounds) to carefully plant the trees.

By protecting and expanding Peabody Park, UNCG is providing habitat for woodland animals.

Adding the trees will help stabilize the slope, said Chad Carwein (UNCG Office of Sustainability). Dr. John Lepri (Biology) added that the trees will help clean the water flowing into the creek.

Lacey likes that her students are getting hands-on experience in habitat restoration.

She explains that when the chiller system was installed at the south end of McIver parking deck, that portion of Peabody Park woods was scoured to make room for vehicles. “Students are now restoring the area by speeding up the process of ecological succession. In several more years when the pine trees form a canopy layer, hardwoods native to the Piedmont will be able to naturally reestablish themselves underneath.”

About 30 loblolly pines, a native species, were planted by the students.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Kevin Siler (Grounds) helped guide students as they planted.

Tim Bucknall named national Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

Portrait of Tim BucknallTim Bucknall, assistant dean of libraries and head of electronic resources and information technologies at UNCG, is the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.

Bucknall will receive a $5,000 award during the ACRL President’s Program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.

“Tim Bucknall’s service to the library profession is truly impressive,” noted Laurel Littrell, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee and director of library planning and assessment at Kansas State University. “Among his many accomplishments, he founded the Carolina Consortium in 2004, to provide access to library resources for the University of North Carolina system. Tim also created Journal Finder, the first open source link resolver and knowledge base tool, which eventually was picked up by a vendor for wider development and distribution in 2008. Not only has Tim created and developed these tools and services, he also shares his experience and knowledge to others in the profession to assist them in using these as models to benefit library patrons across the country and world.”

“I feel deeply honored to be recognized by ACRL for my professional contributions,” Bucknall said. “Of course, academic librarianship is rarely a solo performance, and none of my accomplishments could have been realized without the support, insight and dedication of my fellow library professionals within North Carolina and across the nation. This award emphasizes that when librarians work together, we can do amazing things.”

Bucknall is the founder and convener of the Carolina Consortium, an open coalition that enables academic libraries in North Carolina and South Carolina to use their bulk purchasing power to obtain favorable pricing on a variety of electronic resources that are of significant interest to the scholarly community. As a result of Bucknall’s leadership, the consortium includes more than 147 community colleges, public universities and private institutions of higher learning and yields a cost avoidance of more than $230 million for its members.

Bucknall is also known for his open and inclusive approach to entrepreneurship. In 2000, he developed Journal Finder, the first open URL link resolver and knowledge base to go into production in the United States. Bucknall and his team at UNCG additionally developed NC DOCKS, an institutional repository shared among seven libraries at mainly mid-sized and smaller schools in the University of North Carolina system that provides an affordable repository solution.

His publications include “Library Technology and User Services: Planning, Integration, and Usability Engineering” (with Anthony Chow, 2012), “Usability Engineering and Technology Integration in Libraries” in The International Journal of Science in Society (with Anthony Chow, 2009), “A Comparative Evaluation of Journal Literature Access Options at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro” in Interlending and Document Supply (2009) and “U-Search: A User Study of the CD-ROM Service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill” in RQ (with Rikki Mangrum, 1998).

Prior to joining UNCG as head of the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department in 1994, Bucknall served as electronic services librarian at UNC Chapel Hill from 1989 to 1994. He received the North Carolina Library Association RTSS Significant Achievement Award in 2001 and was named a 2006 Mover and Shaker by “Library Journal.”

Bucknall received his BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas-Austin and earned his MLIS (1989) and MA in Art History from UNC Chapel Hill.

New name: African American and African Diaspora Studies

It’s official. African American Studies will have a new name. Effective Aug. 1, 2014, it will be African American and African Diaspora Studies.

Chancellor Brady gave her approval on Jan. 23, the last stage of the approval process, explains Dr. Tara Green, professor and director of the program. This is the third name for the program since its inception in 1982. Its initial name was Black Studies.

Why the change? A recent study shows that Black Studies programs now usually have some form of “Diaspora”reflected in their name, Green explains. “At UNCG, the name African American Studies did not accurately reflect the program’s evolving core curriculum, which now includes courses that do not specifically focus on the African presence in the United States. These courses include Africana literature, Making of the African Diaspora, and Special Topics in African Diaspora,” she said. These courses also highlight the research interests of some of its faculty.

UNCG’s program has garnered national recognition as one of the top 10 programs of its kind in the country, according to productivity rankings released by Academic Analytics. Data on faculty research was collected from 383 colleges and universities during the 2010-11 academic year. Among the activities measured were book and journal publications, conference proceedings, federal grants, and professional honors and awards. UNCG’s program ranked in the company of Ivy League universities Harvard and Yale, as well as programs closer to home at Duke and Emory.

UNCG conference unites researchers, practitioners to address domestic and sexual violence

Rates of domestic and sexual violence remain high — locally, across North Carolina, and throughout the United States. The local impact was especially high in 2013, with 11 domestic violence-related homicides in Greensboro alone.

On Feb. 6 and 7, UNCG will host the second Innovations in Domestic and Sexual Violence Research and Practice Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Promising Practices for a Peaceful North Carolina.”

The Innovations Conference is unique in that it brings together professionals working a wide range of work functions, including academic researchers, victim advocates, law enforcement officials, representatives of state governmental agencies and prevention specialists.

Dr. Christine Murray, a professor in UNCG’s counseling department who organized the conference, says the gathering represents a unique convergence of diverse experts. “So often, there’s a gap between the work of researchers and those working in the field. We started this conference as one way to bridge that gap.”

The conference is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the UNCG Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development.

About 125 professionals from across the state and beyond will attend the conference.

For more information, visit http://uncginnovationsgroup.wordpress.com/innovations-in-domestic-and-sexual-violence-research-and-practice-conference/.

By Michelle Hines

Entrepreneurship updates

  • The Spartan Trader Retail Store located in Spring Garden Apts. across from Bojangles will have a Consignment Blitz today (Feb. 5) starting at 11 a.m. Come learn more about how to sell your homemade items.
  • The Spartan Trader will start offering homemade cupcakes, cake slices, moon pies, candy apples, brownies, chocolate covered strawberries and other goodies beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, for the Spartan Trader Music Jam. They are offered by licensed bakers: Crawford’s Creations, Delicious Deliveries and My Dream Cakes.
  • Come to a panel discussion on franchising. On Monday, Feb. 17, the Bryan School for Business & Economics Franchising 338 class will offer a panel discussion on franchising. This panel, which is open to the public, will feature local current and former owners and operators from McDonalds Corporation, Great Harvest Bread Company, Waffle House, and The Waiting Game. Panelists will speak on all aspects of franchising from buying, owning and managing a franchise. It will be in Bryan Building, Room 122, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Learning about rare diseases

Rare Disease Day will be held at the EUC Maple Room Feb. 28, 2014.

Rare Disease Day will raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. It will include a panel of UNCG students, parents and families impacted by rare diseases.

The sessions are primarily for the general public but also designed for patients and patient representatives, as well as politicians, public authorities, policy-makers, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare diseases.

11 a.m. Poster Presentations of Rare Diseases

11:30 a.m. Connecting Your Career to Rare Disease – Presented by UNCG Career Services

12 p.m. The Impact of Rare Diseases on the Patient and Family – Beth Hudson, Certified Genetic Counselor, UNC Chapel Hill Hospital – lunch provided

1 p.m. Panel of UNCG students, parents and families impacted by rare diseases

Questions? Email jrirwino@uncg.edu.

Forum: SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation Review

The next Faculty Senate forum topic will be SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation Review. The forum will be organized by Jodi Pettazzoni, director of Assessment and Accreditation. The open forum will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

UNCG’s Recyclemania Recycling Competition

It’s Recyclemania, the 2014 national competition in which hundreds of college campuses compete over eight weeks to see which can reduce, reuse and recycle the most on-campus.

Schools, including UNCG, compete in 11 categories to see which recycles the most on a per capita basis; which produces the least amount of waste; and which recycles the largest percentage of their overall waste stream. The competition runs through March 30.

UNCG will be participating in Recyclemania through various events including “Landfill on the Lawn” (Friday, Feb. 28) at the Quad residential complex where Dumpster contents are dumped in a public area and all of the waste is audited to see how much of the waste could have been recycled.

Other events such as “Caught Green Handed” and “Mug Shots” will be ongoing throughout the competition. These events reward members of the campus community who are caught recycling or using reusable mugs.

Questions? Email Email bakunka@uncg.edu or visit http://facrecycling.uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: February 5, 2014

Spartan Trader consignment blitz
Wednesday Feb, 5, 11 a.m., across from Bojangles

Talk, “Freedom Suits, African American Women, and the Genealogy of Slavery,” Loren Schweninger
Wednesday, Feb. 5, noon, Faculty Center

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House

WAMJam and film “Bestiare”
Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Music, The Zinc Kings
Thursday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Spartan Trader

Artist talk/reception, Nancy Rubins
Friday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Women’s basketball vs. Davidson
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m.

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

Faculty Center Takeover this Thursday

The first UNCG Faculty Center Takeover for 2014 will be Thursday, Feb. 6, 4-6 p.m. The takeover will celebrate teaching excellence nominees. It will also celebrate the diversity of Latino cultures. The event is co-sponsored by the Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons and Alianza, UNCG’s Latina Association. Do you teach at UNCG? Come and enjoy this time together.

Mendoza art exhibition/reception

“This Is Not Wasteland,” a photography exhibition by Dr. Hannah Rose Mendoza (Interior Architecture) is on view through March 6 in the UNCG Multicultural Resource Center.

An artist talk and reception will be held today, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4-5 p.m., at the center in the EUC.

UNCG Spring Career Fair

The 2014 Spring Career Fair will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom. It is free and open to all students in all majors. Employers will attend this event looking to hire UNCG students for full-time job openings and internship opportunities. Representatives from graduate schools will also be there to answer questions about their school and the application process. Students will want to bring plenty of resumes and dress in professional business attire. To view a listing of participating employers and graduate schools, go to www.uncg.edu/csc and click on the Career Expo link.

Steve Nugent named coach at Washington State

UNCG women’s soccer head coach Steve Nugent has resigned his position with the Spartans and has been named the head coach at Washington State. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately. Nugent has led the Spartans for the past three seasons, including a SoCon regular season championship in 2012. Under his tutelage, the Spartans posted a 14-3-4 league record the past two years.

App Banjo firm founded by UNCG finance graduate

UNCG graduate Damien Patton ’99 is the founder and CEO of Banjo, the social discovery app that has become one of the leaders in the industry. Now in its 4.0 version, Banjo has become a news and event detection engine strong enough for news organizations and networks like NBC, FOX and the BBC to use regularly. Banjo’s new version is live now on both iOS and Android, and is a free download for both platforms.

The app has received widespread coverage in the tech press, including Next Web, Tech Crunch, Fast Company, GIGOM, Samachar and Mashable. Launched in 2012, the app has been downloaded more than 6 million times.

By Steve Gilliam
Full story at UNCG NOW.

Dr. Wendy McColskey

Dr. Wendy McColskey (SERVE) received funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) for the project “Read to Achieve Evaluation”. SERVE provides a scope of work to conduct a descriptive evaluation of certain aspects of the Comprehensive Plan for Reading Achievement.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Portrait of Dr. Dianne WelshDr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) received new funding from the Coleman Foundation for the “Spartan Trader Retail Learning Lab”. As the abstract notes, multiple classes are conducted on-site or use the retail store for projects, including classes by Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows. The store is open to the UNCG and surrounding communities.

Welsh received funding from from North Central College for the project “Entrepreneurship Training for Students Outside the Classroom.”

She also was awarded a grant for the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference so UNCG students can attend for $5 instead of $40. Scholarships are still available by contacting dhwelsh@uncg.edu.


Dr. Laura Gonzalez (CED), Dr. Erik Hines (CED), Dr. DiAnne Borders (CED) and Ericka Gonzalez (Leadership and Service Learning) have received funding from GEAR UP to conduct a leadership camp for 30 rising 8th graders during Summer 2014. GEAR UP serves school districts with high financial need and seeks to create a college-going environment for students regardless of their backgrounds or resources. The UNCG camp will have a social justice theme, including visits to the International Civil Rights Museum in downtown Greensboro, and speakers from Guilford College, NC A&T, and UNCG who will describe examples of leadership in the civil rights movement. In addition, the camp will incorporate college access and college readiness activities for the students as well as a workshop for their parents on the last day of the camp.

Dr. Robin Remsburg

Portrait of Dr. Robin RemsburgDr. Robin Remsburg (Nursing) received new funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project “Mason Partners for Education in Geriatrics (Mason PEG): Behavioral Health Initiative”. The PEG-B is an innovative interdisciplinary collaborative that will develop an integrated curriculum to increase geriatric workforce preparation in behavioral health, the abstract states. Through Increasing healthcare workforce (nurses and healthcare providers, including social workers, paraprofessionals and informal caregivers) competencies in behavioral health for older adults, dementia care and outcomes for older adults will be improved. Remsburg is dean of the UNCG School of Nursing.

Dr. Joseph Starobin

Portrait of Dr. Joseph StarobinDr. Joseph Starobin (JSNN) received new funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an EPA pilot study. The Environmental Public Health Division (EPHD) of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) is engaged in high priority research to investigate the modes of action by which air pollution and its individual constituents affect human health. The abstract refers to studies that have implicated ambient particle pollution as a risk factor for cardiac and vascular diseases including cardiac arrhythmia.

See/hear: Feb. 5, 2014


Knowing that her career goal is to provide vital care to children in distressed areas, Danielle Scott chose to study nursing at UNCG. See a clip about this student and her perspective, in the UNCG Admissions video.