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Archives for March 2014

UNCG’s new online doctorate in kinesiology, first for campus and country

Exterior photo of Health and Human Performance BuildingThis fall, UNCG will begin offering the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in kinesiology online, a move that will make the degree more accessible nationwide to professionals in the field.

It will be UNCG’s first fully online doctoral degree program, and the only online Ed.D. program in kinesiology in the nation. Approximately 20 students will make up the program’s first class in the School of Health and Human Sciences’ Department of Kinesiology. Applications are being accepted through April 1 in the UNCG Graduate School.

“This program is expected to appeal to a wide range of individuals in the field of kinesiology,” said program coordinator Dr. Pam K. Brown. “Students will be able to remain employed while earning their degree, which allows them to immediately apply what they are learning in their classes to their professional careers.”

A four-year program, the online Ed.D. (http://kin.wp.uncg.edu/overview-education-degree-online-ed-d/) requires completion of 48 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation. Students will take two courses per semester and during the summer. While all course work will be online, three on-campus summer visits are required: an orientation prior to year one, an oral comprehensive exam and dissertation proposal at the end of year three, and a dissertation defense at the end of year four.

Professionals who might take advantage of the program include athletic trainers, physical education and health teachers, sport and exercise consultants or clinicians, community youth leaders, fitness professionals, coaches and college instructors or administrators seeking advanced degrees.

Questions can be answered by contacting Paige Morris at paige_morris@uncg.edu or 336-334-5573 or Dr. Pam Brown at plkocher@uncg.edu.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Steve Gilliam

2014 Heart Walk at UNCG will be May 17

Photo from 2013 Heart WalkFor years, UNCG has participated in the Heart Walk. For the second straight year, our campus will host the big event.

Several UNCG Heart Walk teams have already formed. If you are interested in starting a team or joining an existing one, now is the time to get involved.

The American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Walk will be held the morning of Saturday, May 17, 2014, at UNCG. The starting point will be the Kaplan Commons in front of Elliott University Center. Check in will be at 8 a.m, with activities on Kaplan Commons until the walk begins at 9 a.m.

There will be thousands of fellow walkers – some run, some stroll. It’s low pressure and all for a great cause. The American Heart Association reports that more than one in three adults have cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death of all Americans.

UNCG faculty, staff and students have been strong supporters of the walk for many years by raising money and walking. UNCG teams are already about 60 percent toward their mark of their goal for the year. Teams are formed mostly online. Each team needs a captain who simply gathers team members. A team can be of any size and can have non-UNCG members (family and friends are welcome).

To see a list of UNCG teams and team leaders/contacts, visit http://heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/teams/groupTeamList.asp?ievent=1072204&lis=1&kntae1072204=937C8AB37487440C900BDCC3769D8347&tlteams=5728167.

You may simply join a team at that site.

Have questions about teams or the event? Contact Kim Sousa-Peoples at 4-5231 or k_sousap@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris

UNCG THREADS fashion show April 5

Runway photo from 2013 THREADS fashion showTHREADS, the student organization for the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, will present their 9th annual fashion show, “The Seven Deadly Sins,” April 5 at the Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St.

Tickets for the event are $15 for VIP seating, $12 general admission and $10 with a student ID. THREADS will be closing down February 1 Place for their cocktail hour complete with vendors, a live jazz band, and drinks. Tickets for the fashion show are available at the door or online at http://threads7deadlysins.eventbrite.com/.

Doors to the fashion show will open at 5 p.m. for cocktail hour with the show beginning at 6 p.m. The second half of the night will feature upper level design students and their capsule collections.

THREADS will also hold a movie screening of “The Devil Wears Prada” in Center City Park on April 4, First Friday. The screening will feature event information as well as a meet and greet with designers.

Visit www.uncgthreads.weebly.com for more information on the event as well as the THREADS organization.

Provost candidates at forums

Photo of Minerva statueAs reported in last week’s CW, the UNCG community will have an opportunity to hear each of the four candidates for the provost & executive vice chancellor position.

Each candidate will give a presentation on “Redefining the Public Research University for 2025.” Afterward will be a time for questions/answers.

Date/time/location for each of the four forums have been set:
March 26, 2014, 1:30 p.m., SOE Building, Room 114 – Candidate 1
March 31, 2014, 1:30 p.m., SOE Building, Room 114 – Candidate 2
April 2, 2014, 1:30 p.m., SOE Building, Room 114 – Candidate 3
April 7, 2014, 1:30 p.m., SOE Building, Room 114 – Candidate 4

Information about each of the candidates is at http://provostsearch.wp.uncg.edu

UNCG Facilities Employees Recognized

Group photo of John Tinnin, Jeannie Lasley and Mark Cable Jeannie Lasley, Mark Cable and John Tinnin were awarded recently for outstanding service in the areas of Remarkable Customer Service, Safety and Teamwork/Collaboration.

The Selection Committee of the Employee Recognition Program received 65 nominations with 19 nominees. Nominees for the Employee Recognition Awards were: Jeff Hawkins, Reatha Simerly,Serena Raleigh,Vincent Whitt, Johnny Watterson, Helen Bradford, Maryann Burditt, Heather Edgerly, Lori Krise, Mark Cable, Jeannie Leasley, Josephine Hall, Rebecca Jones, John Tinnin, Donald Joyce, Andrew Gwyn, Geraldine Coppedge, Guy McGayHey, and Travis Holcomb.

The Selection Committee selected:
Jeannie Lasley – Facilities Operations Administration – for the winter 2013 Customer Service Award
Mark Cable – Buildings and Trades Department – Collaboration and Teamwork Award
John Tinnin – Facilities Services Department – Safety Award

The awards were presented as the Facilities Management Division of Business Affairs held its fourth semi-annual Employee Recognition Awards Day in conjunction with its Safety Day program Thursday, Jan. 17, 2014. The guest speaker was Dr. Patrick Madsen, director of the Career Services Center.

The awards Selection Committee consisted of Janet Elmore – Facilities Operations Administration, Jim Mohr – Utilities Department, Rhonda Goins – Facilities Services Department, Jill Snowdon – Facilities Design and Construction, Anthony Phillips – Facilities Management, Chairman, HUB office, and Office of Sustainability, Eddie Taylor – Ground Department, and Jay White – Buildings and Trades Department.

All nominees received framed certificates of recognition and gift cards at the awards presentation. Facilities Administration wishes to congratulate all winners and nominees for their efforts in developing a stronger workforce, a safe environment and providing remarkable customer service.

By Employee Development Committee Co-chairs Hoyte Phifer and Buddy Hale

No parking rate increases next year at UNCG

Exterior photo of Walker Avenue Parking DeckHere’s some good news for next year. UNCG parking rates will stay the same in 2014-15. There will be no increases for faculty, staff, students or visitors.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady shared that news at the most recent UNCG Staff Senate meeting.

Also, Parking Operations and Campus Access Management has announced three new permit options:

Parking Lot 50, at the corner of Lee and Aycock across from Wendy’s – located where the old Leon’s Beauty School used to be – is currently designated for A and C permits. These have cost $311 per year, or $25.91 per month by payroll deduction. Beginning in August, discounted parking permits for this specific location will be available for $250 per year, or $20.83 per month by payroll deduction. The employee permit option will be designated as PA (perimeter A – faculty/staff) and the commuter student permit option will be PC (perimeter commuter) for this lot within walking distance to the campus core.

For residents living on campus, a new parking lot at 1600 West Lee Street next to the current Park & Ride lot will provide roughly 400 parking spaces in a gated lot with shuttle service. EB permits will cost $180 per year, the same as an E permit for Park & Ride.

Sign-ups for dodgeball fundraiser this week

Spartans don’t let Spartans go hungry.

The UNCG community has organized a dodgeball tournament to support the Spartan Open Pantry, a food bank for students or employees who need help.

Students, staff or faculty can register for the tournament this week. The Dodge for a Cause tournament takes place April 5. Teams should register online March 24-28; registration cost is $5 per team plus one donated item per team member.

Teams should include at least six people. Each team will collect donations for the pantry, which typically serves 20-30 people each week.

Prizes go to the tournament champions, the team who collects the most donations, and the team sporting the most creative uniforms.

The Spartan Open Pantry is housed in the fellowship hall of College Place United Methodist Church at Spring Garden and Tate streets directly across from the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Distributions are made Tuesdays from 5-9 p.m. or by appointment.

For more details on the tournament, including registration and suggested donation items, visit http://campusrec.uncg.edu/im/dodge/.

If you or someone you know needs food assistance, contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@uncg.edu or 336-334-5514.

The Spartan Open Pantry also has an online web page at http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/paths/spartan-open-pantry/.

Dodge for a Cause is a joint project of the Dean of Students Office, the Campus Activities Board, Campus Recreation, the Spartan Open Pantry and Wesley-Luther Campus Ministries.

By Michelle Hines

Full story in UNCG Now.

Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design April 2-4

Exterior photo of the Gatewood BuildingThe line-up of events for the 2014 Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design has been announced. Some highlights:

Wednesday, April 2
7 p.m. – Screening of Journey of the Universe – Sullivan Science Building – Mead Auditorium
Emmy award winning documentary. Producer Dr. John Grim (Yale University) will talk briefly before the film and afterwards lead a discussion.

Thursday, April 3
9 a.m. – noon – IARc research and scholarship – throughout Gatewood Building
Faculty, students, and staff in Interior Architecture will present a series of brief presentations regarding their scholarly and creative work in design and community engagement.

Noon – A Tribute to IARc Emeritus Faculty Novem Mason and Mary Miller – Gatewood Building. Lobby and 1st floor

2 p.m. – Education for a Sustainable World – Curry Auditorium . Room 225 – Dr. David Orr (Oberlin College)

3:45 p.m. – IARc panel: Community Engagement and Environmental Design – Gatewood, Room 401 – moderated by Travis Hicks, director of the Center for Community Engaged Design, IARc

Friday, April 4, 9 a.m. – Dedication of the IARc Center for Community-Engaged Design – 842-B Lee Street
followed by daylong Community Engagement: Service Projects in Greensboro

An additional offering:

Monday, April 7 – 5 p.m. – Ashby Dialogues: Adapting to the Future: Architecture and Sustainability
IARc Discussion: Architectural Future and Human Adaptation, Sullivan Building Atrium

Gregg Lewis is an award-winning building professional, business and community leader whose recent work has focused on relief efforts in Haiti. While principal at SmithLewis Architecture, Gregg developed a Cradle to Cradle design competition that launched a conversation throughout the Roanoke Valley that focused attention on healthful environments for people and the planet.

More information is at http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/PDFs/iarc_symposium-tribute-20-mar.pdf

Informing the campus community when a UNCG employee dies

A new policy is in place to simplify the process of informing the campus when a UNCG employee has died.

If the faculty or staff member is currently employed by UNCG, an email communication will be sent to the campus on behalf of the Office of the Chancellor. Please fill out the form located at https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/uncg-employee-death-notices. Be sure to fill it out completely to provide the needed information for this communication. In addition to the email communication, an announcement will be shared in Campus Weekly.

If the faculty or staff member is retired or is a former employee, each unit is asked to share the news as deemed appropriate. Also, please fill out the form at https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/uncg-employee-death-notices so the news can be shared in Campus Weekly.

UNCG Elliott Lectures will focus on “Civil Society and Social Justice” April 8-10

Exterior photo of Elliott University CenterThe 2014 Harriet Elliott Lectures at UNCG will focus on “Civil Society and Social Justice,” Tuesday through Thursday, April 8-10, with lawyer and filmmaker Dawn Porter as keynote speaker.

Porter, who is the founder of Trilogy Films, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on April 9 in the Elliott University Center (EUC) auditorium. A reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in the pre-function area. Details of the entire series are available at the web site http://aas.uncg.edu/harriet-elliott/2014.

A showing of Porter’s award-winning film, “Gideon’s Army,” opens the lecture series on Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m., Room 307, Graham Building. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and debuted on HBO Documentary Films in July 2013. “Gideon’s Army” will have additional showings on Wednesday, April 9, at 2 p.m., Birch Room, EUC and the other at 4 p.m., Azalea Room, EUC.

The programs continue on Thursday, April 10, with five roundtable discussions designed to engage students and citizens with specific social justice issues. The focus of these roundtables is to explore the relationship between scholarship and activism.

The roundtable discussions on April 10 will be held in Graham Building, and the schedule runs:

  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. – “Sociology in the Legislature,” led by Dr. Paul Luebke, UNCG professor of sociology and N.C. state representative, Room 307, Graham; and “Sociology in the Courtroom,” led by Dr. Steve Cureton and Dr. Cindy Brooks Dollar, Room 308, Graham. Cureton is the author of two books about gangs, and Dollar has served as an expert consultant to attorneys throughout North Carolina.
  • 2-3:15 p.m. – “Sociology in the Community,” with Dr. Carol Stack of the University of California, Room 307; and “Sociology in Disasters,” with Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith, Room 308, Graham. Stack is author of “All Our Kin,” an examination of African-American urban culture, and “Call to Home,” a novel-like work on the return of African-Americans to the South. Kroll-Smith is professor of sociology at UNCG. He is an expert on environmental hazards and disasters, health and the environment, and sociologists as expert witnesses. In 2004, he received the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Contribution Award in the study of Environment and Technology.
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m., “Activism and Scholarship,” led by Dr. Bruce D. Haynes of the University of California, Room 308, Graham. He is the author of “Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb,” and coeditor of “The Ghetto: Contemporary Issues and Controversies.”

The film “Gideon’s Army” follows the personal stories of three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, Porter’s film asks the question, “Can ‘justice for all’ be a reality in a system where public defenders struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year?”

Daedalus Quartet will perform on April 7

Photo of the Daedalus QuartetThey’ve been called “an exceptionally refined young ensemble with a translucent sound” by The New Yorker, with playing of “such security, technical finish, interpretive unity and sheer gusto it sounded as if these young string players had somehow been performing these works together for a good 50 or 60 years.” (The Washington Post)

Hear the Daedalus Quartet perform a free concert on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 410 N Holden Road. This performance is sponsored by the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Over the course of their 13 years together, the Daedalus Quartet has established themselves as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Though steeped in the traditional literature of Haydn, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn, they have also won acclaim

for their adventurous exploration of contemporary music. On April 7, the Daedalus Quartet will present a program of challenging, modernist works from three centuries.

The concert is made possible through generous support from the Anglo-American Composers Performance Grants of the Christopher C. and Laura B. Tew Legacy Fund.

Grants supporting community-based research teams

The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office and The Graduate School will offer grants supporting community-based research teams of faculty and students. The community-based research (CBR) initiation grant supports proposals that represent collaborative partnerships among community partner, student and faculty teams. Projects should advance the development of community partner capacity, advance student learning through the high impact practice of undergraduate research, and facilitate the evolution of faculty scholarly identity as it relates to community-identified needs.

The goal of this community-based research grant is to support the agenda of each team member while simultaneously grounding the process in mutual development of all three entities. We seek projects that demonstrate community-engagement, as defined as “activities that are undertaken with community members in a context of reciprocal partnership.”

This year, the undergraduate funding component will be routed through URSCO, please complete the URCA application first, as it is due April 13, 2014: http://our.uncg.edu/funding/URCA.php

You can then copy and paste any information from your URCA application for use in your CBR application, due May 18, 2014: http://olsl.uncg.edu/community-scholarship/cbr-grants/

For questions regarding this application, please attend one of our interest meetings:
April 16, 12 – 1 pm (Drop In), EUC White Oak
April 30, 4 – 5 pm (Drop In), EUC Elm

Or contact Dr. Kristin Moretto, Assistant Director for Service-learning, (knmorett@uncg.edu) for more information.

Greensboro Dance Film Festival at UNCG April 4

Photo of dance performance during "Acquiring Dawn"Robin Gee and Duane Cyrus, both associate dance professors at UNCG, will present the Greensboro Dance Film Festival, Friday, April 4, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Dance Theater at 1408 Walker Avenue on campus.

The festival, free and open to the public, will showcase professional and student dance works made especially for the camera. The event will also feature a panel discussion of professional dance filmmakers.

The Dance Film Festival is a collaboration between Cyrus Art Production, Gee’s Sugarfoote Productions, and the UNCG Department of Dance.

For more information, email gso.dance.films@gmail.com, Duane Cyrus at dacyrus@uncg.edu, or Robin Gee at rmgee@uncg.edu. Or call the Dance Department at 336-256-1486.

By Michelle Hines

‘Empty Bowls’ on sale March 31 at EUC Auditorium

Photo of bowls after being paintedEmpty Bowls has become one of UNCG’s annual traditions to raise awareness of hunger and food insecurity here in the Triad.

This year, the Empty Bowls project has selected to support the Spartan Open Pantry, an initiative of UNCG’s Partners Assisting the Homeless & Hungry Spartans (PATHS). No one knows the exact number of Spartans who face homelessness or hunger, but each year the Dean of Students Office helps more than 100 students facing shelter and food insecurity.

How can you help? UNCG faculty, staff, and students can make an impact – through the purchase of one or some of the painted, glazed, and fired bowls that were completed earlier this year, at the annual Bowl Sale. It will be held Monday, March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium Pre-Function area.

Bowls are $5 or you can buy $1 raffle tickets to win bowls that have been selected as some of the best designs done by fellow Spartans.

This project is a collaboration between UNCG’s Housing & Residence Life, the Office of Campus Activities & Programs, the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Students were an integral part in organizing Empty Bowls. To learn more, contact Mark Villacorta at 336-334-5090 or mark_villacorta@uncg.edu.

Michael McIntosh and students focus on dietary solution to obesity epidemic

Photo of Michael McIntoshObesity and the resulting health complications are an epidemic in our society. Simply trying to change people’s behavior has offered limited success; expense and side effects are among the drawbacks of medicines.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Michael McIntosh, Lucy S. Keker Excellence Professor in Nutrition, has been focusing on natural food components that can decrease obesity. This research on the safety and effectiveness of dietary bioactive compounds that could prevent obesity and the development of obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases may have significant consequences in our country and world-wide.

An example? Data suggests that grapes act as “prebiotics”; non-digestible food ingredients that promote the growth of healthy types of intestinal bacteria, thereby improving the function and health of the intestines.

He has mentored 10 doctoral, 18 master’s and 24 undergraduate students in his quarter-century at UNCG. And influenced many more.

Some of those students wrote effusively in support of his recent nomination: McIntosh is this year’s UNCG nominee for the UNC system’s O. Max Gardner Award. The award recognizes one individual from the UNC system each year who has had a profound impact on our world.

Looking ahead: March 26, 2014

Forum, Provost candidate #1
Wednesday, March 26, 1:30 p.m., Room 114, SOE Building

Jazz recital, Steve Haines and friends
Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall, Music Building

DSBA Community Awards presentation
Friday, March 28, 2 p.m., EUC Auditorium/Pre-function area

Softball vs. Chattanooga
Sunday, March 30, 1 p.m.

Forum, Provost candidate #2
Monday, March 31, 1:30 p.m., Room 114, SOE Building

Lawther Lecture, ‘Creating an Inclusive Climate: Steps Toward Institutional Change,’ Dr. Abigail J. Stewart
Monday, March 31, 4 p.m., Alumni House

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, April 2, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Concert, Sinfonia
Wednesday, April 2, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Academic Writing for International Students Workshop March 27

Graduate-level international students and instructors working with international students are welcome to join the discussion on Academic Writing for International Students on Thursday, March 27, from 3-4 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 301. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Challenges in academic writing for international students
  • Efforts to address these challenges
  • Campus and online resources to support international students

This workshop is sponsored by the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC), the SOE International Committee & Faculty Access and Equity Committee, and the UNCG International Programs Center (IPC) & INTERLINK

For more information, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Academic-Writing-for-International-Students-March-27-3-4pm.pdf

Regarding Black Gay Men of the South

E. Patrick Johnson presents “Pouring Tea,” Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. Entry is free.

This dramatic reading is based on the oral histories collected in Johnson’s book, “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South – An Oral History,” published by the University of North Carolina Press. The oral histories are from gay, black men who were born, raised and continue to live in the south and range from age 19 to 93. This performance covers the following topics: Coming of age in the south, religion, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. Johnson embodies these and others’ stories in the show. E. Patrick Johnson is the Carolos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University.

Health & Wellness Expo this Friday

The UNCG School of Health and Human Services’ Health and Wellness Expo will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. Joined by the School of Nursing, Healthy UNCG, and Student Health Services, HHS will feature its departments through the promotion of health and wellness screenings, activities, and educational materials. Drop by to learn more about paths to wellness. All faculty, staff and students are welcome.

With the staff: March 2014

Hello: Jason Volley, Public Safety & Police; Ashley Corbett, Human Resources

Good-bye: Jason Marshburn, Safety and Emergency; Andrew Huffman, Housing & Residence Life; Randalla Harris, ITS

‘What to Do with Workers that We Just Don’t Need?’

UNCG’s Philosophy Department sponsors two lectures in the coming weeks:

“What to Do with Workers that We Just Don’t Need?”
Allen Jenkins, University of Nebraska
Monday, March 31, 4 p.m., School of Education Building, Room 226

“The Anti-Trust Martyrdom of Bill Gates”
Thomas Bowden, Ayn Rand Institute
Monday, April 7, 4 p.m. School of Education Building, Room 226

Rachel Briley

Photo of Rachel BrileyRachel Briley (Theatre) was selected by the Washington, DC, based Impact Center for its 2014 Women’s Executive Leadership Program. The 18 women participating in this year’s class come from a diverse array of backgrounds, representing fields that include academia, healthcare, the military, business, law firms, and a variety of non-profits. Briley recently returned from a research leave in Mexico City where she was working with the premier puppet company Marionetas de la Esquina on developing a new work for deaf and hearing audiences. She is fluent in American Sign Language and hopes to integrate her expertise in this new production. While in Mexico City, Briley also volunteered at the School for the Deaf, working with young people on a daily basis and learning Mexican Sign Language.

Briley is an associate professor in her 12th year at UNCG. She is the head of the MFA program in Theatre for Youth and the Artistic Director of the North Carolina Theatre for Young People. She came to North Carolina from Michigan where she served as the Director of Theatre Education at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to that, she taught and directed at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Chuck Bolton

Photo of Dr. Chuck BoltonDr. Chuck Bolton’s recent book, “William F. Winter and the New Mississippi,” received the 2013 McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society, awarded to the best book on any subject of Mississippi history or biography. More information is at the University Press of Mississippi blog and web site: http://upmississippi.blogspot.com/2014/03/charles-bolton-awarded-mclemore-prize.html

Bolton is professor and head of the History Department.

Ben Kunka

Photo of Ben KunkaBen Kunka (OWRR) represents UNCG today in a community discussion about Greensboro’s recycling programs, at Guilford College.


Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew (Nursing) and Dr. Lynne Lewallen (Nursing) collaborated with Dr. Edna Chun (Human Resources) on a manuscript which was recently published. It is titled “Outsiders in nursing education: cultural sensitivity in clinical education,” and was published in the Journal of Professional Nursing.

Dr. Susan Calkins

Photo of Dr. Susan CalkinsDr. Susan Calkins (Human Development & Family Studies) received additional funding from Virginia Tech for the project “Psychobiology of Cognitive Development (CAP Study, revision).”

Dr. Michael Frierson

Photo of Dr. Michael FriersonDr. Michael Frierson’s documentary “FBI KKK” will be screened at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris on April 17, 2014. The festival is sponsored by International Social Science Council (ISSC), Society for Social Studies of Science (4s), and the University Film and Video Association. “FBI/KKK,” is a personal, one hour documentary about Frierson’s father, Dargan, an FBI agent in Greensboro and the intersection of his life with George Franklin Dorsett, the Grand Kludd, or chaplain, of the United Klans of America. In the 1960s, Dorsett became one of the highest ranking, paid informants who secretly provided information about Klan activities under the FBI’s COINTELPRO: White Hate program. Frierson is associate professor of media studies. [Editor’s note: Dargan Frierson died earlier this week, according to a News and Record report. He was 92.]

See/Hear: March 26, 2014


Students, staff or faculty can register for UNCG’s ‘Dodge for a Cause’ dodgeball tournament April 5. Teams should register online March 24-28. Each team will collect donations for the Spartan Open Pantry, which typically serves 20-30 people each week. Prizes go to the tournament champions, the team who collects the most donations, and the team sporting the most creative uniforms.

Dine in: New serving stations and College Ave entrance open

Photo of new serving stationsMoran Commons’ College Avenue entrance has opened. And so have new serving stations. Come and enjoy.

For Moran Commons, the longtime dining facility for UNCG, Phase 3 of its renovation is complete.

The newly renovated area of Moran Commons will provide for a comfortable, user-friendly and modern dining space for Spartans for many years to come.

As it opened Monday, a “Find Your Food” color-coded guide showed students, faculty and staff where they’d find their favorite dining options:

  • Gourmet salads; Create your own salad bar; Soup
  • Pizza; Pasta
  • Mongolian Grill, Asian cuisine, Grilled sandwiches; Burgers; Chicken and hot dogs
  • Bakery
  • Homestyle; Gluten-free
  • Breakfast; Omelets; Cereal

Scott Milman, director of Auxiliary Services, was on hand for the soft opening Sunday night as students returned from spring break. He noted that being able to enter from College Avenue as well as the western entrance provides greater access and convenience for students, faculty and staff. He also noted that social media in the first hours of the soft opening showed students liked the new area a lot.

Moran Commons now appears open and airy, with fewer interior walls. Skylights bring in lots of natural light.

Five thousand-pound glue-lam wooden beams with wooden struts are a central feature. An exposed wood roof of arches span the nearly 107-foot-diameter central space. Five identical curved wooden arch vaults have been constructed along the axis of each existing dining wing. The crown of these vaults is 41 feet high.

Milman noted parts of the commons go back more than a century. The space appears new and modern, yet its past is honored.

Earlier phases of the renovation included work on the western part of the commons.

The renovation to Moran Commons will be paid for over time by a portion of meal plan fees.

To see UNCG Dining specials and offers, follow them on Facebook or Twitter:

By Mike Harris

U.S. News ranks UNCG counseling program third in nation

Photo of Dr. Christine Murray with a studentUNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) ranks third in the nation among graduate programs in student counseling and personnel services, according to U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News released its Best Grad Schools 2015 on March 11. Specialty rankings for programs like CED are based on nominations from deans, programs heads and other faculty at peer institutions. Rankings surveys were completed in 2014.

CED has continuously ranked among U.S. News’ top 10 programs in student counseling and personnel services. The department also ranked third in the nation in last year’s report.

“CED is blessed to have the talents of a highly accomplished faculty as well as top-notch students,” says J. Scott Young, professor and department chairman. “The support of UNCG administration over many years has facilitated the development of very high quality programs, ones we hope will continue far into the future.”

CED earned the 2013-14 Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The department has 110 students enrolled and registered for Spring 2014.

CED is part of the UNCG School of Education. The school ranked 70th in nation in the U.S. News report.

By Michelle Hines

Full story at UNCG NOW.

Visual: Dr. Christine Murray with a student.

UNCG Summer Camps 2014

Photo of Music Camp banner hanging at Aycock AuditoriumLooking into summer camp options? Several camps are accepting applications for summer 2014:

All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp
The All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp is designed to give in-depth, hands-on instruction in the arts, sciences, and technology. The camp also includes recreation, citizenship and multicultural entertainment. It is operated by UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning. There are overnight and all-day options. Its week at UNCG is July 27-Aug 1.

It offers a 10 percent discount for UNCG faculty and staff.

Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see details – or to register.

UNCG Summer Music Camp
Known as “America’s Most Popular,” the summer camp had 1,750 students last year, more than any other music camp on a college campus in America. The students receive instruction and supervision from a staff of 150 professionals, including many from UNCG. Student participants came from a 22 state area and four foreign countries.

In 2014, the camp will host 15 concert bands, 4 orchestras, 4 choirs and 160 pianists in two one-week camps:
Week 1: July 13 – 18
Week 2: July 20 – 25

Visit www.smcamp.org to download the camp brochure and application.

UNCG Young Writers’ Camp
This two-week camp, in its third year, is for students in grades 3-12. It will be offered July 14-July 25, 2014, in the UNCG School of Education Building. Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers and supports a variety of writing styles. Visit www.youngwriterscampuncg.com for registration and additional information.

North Carolina Summer Program for Kids (NCSPK)
The NCSPK is a highly structured, fun and supportive summer day camp program for 7- to 13-year-old children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The camp will run Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., June 16 – July 31, with a break in activities during the July 4th holiday week. Enrollment is limited to 36 children.

The NCSPK is a unique summer day treatment program that brings together the expertise of the ADHD Clinic at UNCG and its partner, Noble Academy. The goals of NCSPK are to improve self-control, friendships, academic skills, sports skills and self-esteem. In addition to daily behavioral and educational programming, children have opportunities for sports, arts and crafts, swimming, and weekly field trips. Parents also have weekly opportunities to learn specialized skills that improve parent-child relations and home behavior. For more details, visit www.ncsummerprogramforkids.org.

“IT is for Girls” Summer Camp
UNCG is working in collaboration with the National Center for Women in IT and Guilford County Schools to increase awareness about IT education and careers among middle-school girls in grades 6 through 8. High-school students who have participated in past summer camps will be invited to serve as teen mentors for the campers in grades 6-8. The camp will be held July 14-18, 2014. Registration will be available beginning March 25. Participants will create animations and video games using MIT’s “SCRATCH” software, design web pages, develop Android mobile apps, create a video production, work with LEGO Robotics, go on field trips and more. Details for this camp at the UNCG Bryan School are at http://wiit.uncg.edu/registration_info.htm

Summer Dance Intensive
The UNCG Department of Dance offers the Summer Dance Technique Intensive, a program designed for the intermediate/advanced level upper-age high school dance student and college/university dancers. The intensive runs for one week: June 9-13, 2014, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m

Requirements: Intermediate to advanced level of dance training in contemporary and/or ballet technique. Applicants will be required to furnish contact information for two dance instructors to speak to student level. Details are at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/summer-dance-intensive/.

Herpetological Research Experience
Interested in North Carolina ecology – particularly local populations of reptiles and amphibians? The HERP Project, an NSF-funded program, will offer residential, week-long herpetological research experiences for rising 9th – 12th graders for two weeks this summer. Dr. Catherine Matthews (UNCG Teacher Education & Higher Education) is the project director. Visit theherpproject.uncg.edu for information and applications.

Summer Sport Camps
UNCG coaches own and operate camps in a variety of sports. (In a change from previous years, the sports camps will no longer be run by the university – though many camps will be held on the campus.) For example, the Wes Miller day camp for boys’ basketball will be June 23-26 and July 14-17, plus day sessions for specialized clinics. Information is posted at wesmillerbasketballcamps.com. For information on the various camps, contact the coaches individually to get the necessary information for their respective camps.

By Mike Harris

New program for greater efficiency for UNCG’s managed print services

A new program for managed print services will assist the campus in future cost savings and sustainability efforts.

UNCG has selected Systel as our managed print services (MPS) vendor. MPS is a cost effective and centralized method to print, scan and fax documents.

Over time, UNCG will discontinue ownership and leases of non-specialized printers, copiers, scanners or fax machines. This program will be phased in based on the needs and the potential savings in each department. Except for paper, UNCG will not be responsible for the purchase and replacement of toner cartridges or other materials used in the devices and will not pay maintenance costs. Instead, UNCG will contract with Systel to pay a per-page price for printing, copying, scanning and, in some cases, faxing services.

Effective immediately, Purchasing will no longer process requests for the purchase of new copiers or printers (desktop and network). This also includes renewals on leases for currently owned copiers and printers. Purchases using the PCard are also suspended for these purchases. Departments with urgent printing device needs should contact Trace Little, director of Materials Management, to discuss accelerating their participation in the program.

The new program was announced in a memo from Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for Business Affairs, and Dr. Jim Clotfelter, vice chancellor and chief information officer.

Systel will do a campus wide assessment of our printing and copying equipment. Representatives from Systel and Purchasing will be meeting with all campus departments to assess the volume and cost of print and copy expenses.

After the assessment, the team will meet with departmental representatives to collectively determine the most optimal time to move to the Managed Print Services program.

Some of the basics of the MPS program:

  • Systel will own the printers and copiers and only charge the departments a cost per page to print.
  • The cost per page should reflect a significant savings over current costs.
  • Once a department is phased into the MPS program, they will no longer be able to purchase toner, ink cartridges, or maintenance agreements as these will be provided as part of the university Systel contract.
  • Departments will be responsible for providing paper for the copiers.

Highlights and benefits of the Managed Print Services program:

  • Recycling and Green Initiatives – Systel will help establish/tailor a recycling program for UNCG to meet our environmental sustainability.
  • Billing by department.
  • Eliminate the expense of purchasing consumables up front, as they are included in the 920M contract. No longer invest in supplies that will expire or never be utilized in devices.
  • Dedicated, factory trained service technician to handle campus service and maintenance. Single point of contact for printer related issues.
  • Newer devices that consume less energy, enter and recover from power save mode faster, thus significantly reducing energy consumption.
  • Product consistency, eliminates training from one device to another and helps control the print environment.
  • Encourage responsible printing, by educating the end user community on device functionality and defaulting drivers to:
    1. Default two-sided printing
    2. Black & White instead of Color
  • Remote monitoring and reporting of device utilization.
  • Systel will offer UNCG a credit for displaced and/or unusable equipment.

Any questions regarding the Managed Print Services program may be directed to:
Trace Little, director of Materials Management – 334-4104 – tjlittle@uncg.edu
Chris Roys, Enterprise projects officer, ITS – 334-4366 – caroys@uncg.edu

Stately UNCG oak topples during storm

Photo of fallen oak treeUNCG has hundreds of trees and the great majority withstood the early March ice storm just fine.

“We were very lucky that there was no more damage done considering the amount of ice that had accumulated on the trees,” said Hal Shelton, interim director of Grounds. Trees and large limbs were down throughout Guilford County.

Damage at UNCG was mostly limited to crepe myrtles, magnolias, pines and a few hardwood trees, he noted.

Part of the the university’s sustainability and conservation efforts involve not just planting new trees – but taking good care of the ones we have. Some are as much as a century old – perhaps older. “Without the pruning of the deadwood, opening the canopy up so the wind can get through and cabling the large trees, I think we would have seen a lot more damage,” he said.

It’s part of being a Tree Campus USA university. UNCG was the first in the UNC system to receive that designation.

Some notable trees received damage. The one at the back entrance of MHRA Building split. Several between the Aycock Deck and the Music Building suffered damage.

An old, large willow oak between Aycock Ave. and the Softball Stadium fell. A tree contractor guessed the age was around 80-100 years old. UNCG Sports Turf repaired the Belk jogging track which its roots ripped open.

Grounds had recently worked on that stately tree to help preserve it, removing deadwood and trying to lighten it. It had multiple trunks and it was in decline, Shelton explains. The volume of ice was too much for it.

A few people on campus asked Shelton if they could have a piece of the old campus tree, as it was removed last week. One turns wooden bowls, Shelton says. Another just wanted a piece for nostalgia. Another makes writing pens out of wood.

If your class or a student or a member of the campus community – perhaps for an art project or some other project – is interested in using wood from old campus trees in the future, express your interest by emailing Hal Shelton at hwshelto@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris

Chancellor provides mid-March budget update

Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke with UNCG Staff Senate and answered questions and also sent an email to all employees last week, to provide an update on next year’s budget.

She noted that in the past several weeks she has engaged with the university community in a variety of settings – with students, faculty, staff, academic department heads, members of our Board of Trustees and others.

She has reconsidered the initial allocation decision she shared with executive staff and the Deans Council in January.

“Notably, I have reduced the initial allocation to Academic Affairs from 84 percent of the total budget cut to 73 percent,” she said in her email. “The gap has been closed through the allocation of deeper cuts to other divisions of the university. While this does not exempt Academic Affairs from the budget cuts, it does, I believe, reflect the priority we place on our academic mission.”

She said that in coming weeks, the provost, vice chancellors, members of Deans Council, department heads and supervisors will work with faculty and staff to determine how best to make these reductions. She has made it clear that across-the-board reductions will not be supported, and that our primary goal must be to protect instruction and efforts to restore enrollment.

She encouraged employees to get involved in the process within their school/college, department or other administrative unit.

“I have asked that provisional plans be prepared by the end of March,” she said, “to enable me to present the overall university plan to the Faculty Senate on April 2.”

Environmental awareness a theme of Spring 2014 Chautauqua at UNCG

Photo from past Peabody Park clean-upInterested in environmental awareness – or the role of undergraduate education in meeting the demands of planetary change? Be a part of a chautauqua April 2-4 at UNCG.

At chautauquas, people gather to learn and be inspired to take on big ideas. That’s the goal at this Spring 2014 Think Tank Chautauqua.

This UNCG chautauqua marks the centennial of scholar Thomas Berry’s birth. It is titled “Journey of the Universe/Journey of the University or What’s an Education For?”

The Think Tank Chautauqua will be an environmental awareness/action event focused on undergraduate higher education, with contributions from the arts and humanities. It will include music, poetry and science. And several noted speakers.

All events are free and open to the public. The 2014 Think Tank is taking reservations for seats up until March 28. Reservations are not required. They expect ample seating, but reservations are recommended for groups. Individual reservations can be made also. http://biology.uncg.edu/Chautauqua/Reservations.html

Some highlights:

Wednesday, April 2 – Focus: Planetary-Level Consciousness
4:10 – 5 p.m.
The State of Planet – Dr. Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology, Duke University
5:10 – 5:30 p.m.
Thinking Like an Ocean – Jean Beasley, Director Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital and winner of the Animal Planet Hero of the Planet Award and Ocean Hero Award
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Screening of “Journey of the Universe” – with co-executive producer Dr. John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, who will introduce the film and afterward lead a discussion.

Thursday, April 3 – Focus: Reimagining Undergraduate Education
2:15 – 3 p.m.
Education for a Sustainable World – Dr. David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and Senior Advisor to the President of Oberlin College
3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
Role of the University in the 21st Century – Dr. John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University
4 – 5 p.m.
Panel Discussion – Moderator: Dr. Anthony Weston, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Elon University. Panel: John Grim, David Orr, Stuart Pimm and UNCG Think Tank student

Friday, April 4 – Service Learning Opportunities TBA

The chautauqua is presented by the UNCG Think Tank class Ecologically SANE (Stoked about Natural Environments). The think tank class is led by faculty members Catherine Matthews and Ann Berry Somers.

Sponsors include UNCG Lloyd International Honors College, Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons, Department of Interior Architecture, Department of Biology, Office of Sustainability, Global Village, Environmental Studies Program, Ashby Dialogue, Teacher Education and Higher Education, Peace and Conflict Studies, University Libraries/Digital Media Commons and Department of Art.

Other Sponsors are The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World, Dr. Margaret Berry, Emerging Ecology, Inc., Syngenta and Well-Spring Retirement Community.

Detail and a full schedule are at http://biology.uncg.edu/Chautauqua/index.html