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Archives for March 2014

Hear candidates for UNCG provost, starting March 26

Four candidates have been invited to campus. And each will speak at a forum, where there will be a question and answer period.

The search committee for the next provost & executive vice chancellor is in the last phase of their work. They are in the midst of arranging the details for the four campus visits.

There will be a separate announcement for each candidate that includes that person’s campus interview schedule, photo and curriculum vitae.

“The UNCG community will have the opportunity to meet each candidate at a university-wide forum during which the candidate will give a 30-minute presentation on “Defining the Public Research University for 2025” with 60 minutes following for question and answers,” said search committee ch-chairs Stan Faeth and Randy Rasch. “We trust that you will continue to be engaged in this process and take particular note of the public presentations.”

  • Candidate #1 public forum: March 26 at 1:30 p.m.; Room 114, School of Education Building
  • Candidate #2 public forum: March 31 at 1:30 p.m.; Room 114, School of Education Building
  • Candidate #3 public forum: Date, time and location TBD
  • Candidate #4 public forum: Date, time and location TBD


UNCG Magazine wins CASE Award of Excellence

Photo of Spring 2013 Magazine coverIn the category of magazines for the larger universities of the Southeast, UNCG Magazine received the 2013-14 Award of Excellence. That places UNCG’s magazine in the top 3 this year.

Editor Beth English (University Relations) said she was proud of the magazine’s storytelling, photography and strategic use of UNCG’s integrated marketing. In a recent readership survey, 96 percent of respondents rated the magazine as good or excellent.

The University of Central Florida’s magazine won the highest Grand Award.

UNCG Magazine and the Carolinian of the University of South Carolina each received Award of Excellence. At the third-place level of recognition, Auburn Magazine won the Special Merit Award.

The award recognizes the writing, photography and design of the magazine for the time period Summer 2012 to Spring 2013.

See the award-winning issues – and most recent editions at the UNCG Magazine archives page.

Fall 2013 UNCG Magazine
Summer 2013 UNCG Magazine
Spring 2013 UNCG Magazine
Fall 2012 UNCG Magazine
Summer 2012 UNCG Magazine

NY Times’ Leonhardt, a Pulitzer winner, will speak

Photo of David LeonhardtPulitzer-recipient David Leonhardt will speak on the topic “Inequality and Upward Mobility in a Changing World” March 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. The talk in UNCG’s EUC Auditorium will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Leonhardt is the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. He is the author of the e-book “Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth,” published by The Times and Byliner.

He previously wrote the paper’s Economic Scene column. In April 2011, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

He was a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and helped found the Economix blog. He won the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing in 2009 for the article “Obamanomics.” He has also worked for Business Week magazine and The Washington Post.

He is a contributing author to the book “Class Matters,” which has been a “departmental read” by UNCG Sociology during their centennial year. Sociology students will enjoy a discussion with Leonhardt earlier in the day.

More details are at http://learningcommunities.uncg.edu/current/nytimes.php

Faculty vs. Staff Kickball Challenge 2014

Action photo from past Kickball ChallengeLast year, the UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball Challenge raised thousands of pounds of food and supplies for the Guilford County Animal Shelter. And generated some fun too.

This year’s Challenge is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. The game will begin at 6 p.m. Again the event also will include a food and supplies drive for the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

The event was announced at recent Faculty Senate and Staff Senate meetings.

Many staff have already signed up, and the sign ups for staff are closed, notes Ray Carney, past Staff Senate co-chair. He is a point person for this year’s event. “But we are still accepting those individuals that wish to display crafts.”

Elizabeth L’Eplattenier, co-chair of the Staff Senate Events Committee, adds that more staff are needed for support and cheerleading.

The event still needs faculty members to sign up. Only eight have signed up so far. Faculty sign ups will remain open until March 28.

Last year’s game was won by Faculty 24-2. About 233 people attended the game.

Want to participate in some way? You may register at www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/.

Educational Activism through Community & Coalition Building

All are invited to the Southeastern Association of Educational Studies (SEAES) Conference “Cultivating Hope: Re-Imagining Educational Activism through Community & Coalition Building.”

There is no admission charge to the March 22, 2014, conference at the UNCG School of Education Building.

The SEAES Conference was created as a regional forum for the support, promotion and dissemination of research in educational studies. In keeping with this tradition, all individuals engaged in the study and research of education, regardless of specialty area, are invited for presentations, workshops and discussion.

It is hosted and sponsored by UNCG’s Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations and the School of Education.

They invite PK-12 teachers/practitioners, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, independent scholars artists, activists, and community members from around the region to come together and respond to current issues and re-imagine the possibilities of what education can and should be in North Carolina and beyond.

The Keynote Speaker will be Claudia Horwitz, founder of stone circles at The Stone House, established in 1995 to strengthen and sustain people working for transformation and justice. The Stone House is one of the first land-based centers in the country uniting deep spiritual practice, strategic action for social change and land stewardship. She has been a fellow with both the Echoing Green Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program.

The SEAES Conference will also include a tribute to former ELC alumnus Dr. Tracey Snipes and professor Dr. Dale Brubaker. In honor of their commitment to collaborative work, three of their former colleagues/students will sponsor a conference session: Working Collaboratively as a Graduate Student.

A full conference program/schedule is available at http://seaesconference2014.wordpress.com/program/

Register online at http://seaesconference2014.wordpress.com/registration/.

Have questions? Email seaesconference2014@gmail.com.

Faculty Senate forum today (March 19)

The UNCG Faculty Senate will host a forum devoted to two topics March 19. The topics are “Learning Management Systems,” and “Legislative Structure and Process.” The forum will be 3-5 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium.

The forum presentation, facilitated by Todd Sutton of Information Technology Services, focuses on learning management systems that have been assessed for possible adoption at UNCG. The forum presentation by Michael Tarrant, Director of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, focuses on legislative structure and process as related to communicating effectively with legislators. The latter presentation evolved from faculty requests, expressed since the February 20 special Faculty Senate meeting.

Foundations for Learning (FFL) Instructor Fall 2014 Recruitment

The Foundations for Learning (FFL) program at UNCG is designed to foster students’ academic and personal success, holistic development, and seamless transitions throughout their undergraduate experience at UNCG. Courses within the FFL program are taught by a talented cadre of UNCG faculty and staff who have a special interest in first-year student education. Instructors must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have obtained a master’s degree from an accredited institution,
  2. Be a UNCG employee or enrolled graduate student,
  3. Have a special interest in first-year transition and education,
  4. Submit resume via email with subject: FFL Instructor to ffl@uncg.edu by March 31, 2014,
  5. Complete information form by March 31, 2014,
  6. Attend mandatory Instructor Institute on May 12-13, 2014*.

Information Sessions:
For more details, Information Sessions for interested instructors will be held in McIver 140 the following dates/times:
March 20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p,m.
March 26, 12-1 p,m.

If you have questions about FFL or the requirements to become a FFL Instructor, contact Brandy S. Propst, coordinator for Academic Foundations & Mentoring, at bspropst@uncg.edu or at 336-256-1246.

Bringing former study abroad students together

Photo of study abroad students at a past conferenceThe second annual North Carolina Student Reentry Conference: Go Beyond Abroad will take place on Saturday April 5, 2014, at UNCG.

Developed by a committee of NC study abroad professionals, the North Carolina Student Reentry Conference is an all day event designed to bring former study abroad students together from across North Carolina to share their experiences. Participants will also be able to discuss some of the common challenges and benefits that come from studying abroad. Sessions will focus on a range of topics from reverse culture shock, articulating the value of the experience, discovering intercultural skill enhancement, appropriately incorporating the experience into job search, interviews, and resumes, international work and scholarship opportunities, getting into the field of international education, and many others!

This event is targeted toward study abroad returnees who attend a college or university in North Carolina, but it is open to any student in the area. Faculty, staff, and study abroad professionals may attend as well. More information can be found at www.gobeyondabroad.com.

  • Registration is now open – $15 pre-registration ($20 on site registration)
  • Students and professionals are invited to submit session proposals. The deadline for submission is March 21.
  • Students are invited to participate in the “Two-to-Tell” photo competition for cash prizes (first place will be $150). Detail are at http://gobeyondabroad.com/two-to-tell
  • Business and organizations interested in having a booth in our expo hall are invited to submit their interest to gobeyondabroad@gmail.com

The conference is hosted by UNCG’s International Programs Center.

Have questions or ideas about sessions proposals? Email gobeyondabroad@gmail.com.

UNCG’s first MOOC: Soul and Search for Meaning

“The Soul and the Search for Meaning” will be UNCG’s first massive, open, online course (MOOC). It is available free to anyone with an Internet connection, beginning March 25.

“The Soul and the Search for Meaning: From the Greeks to the Present” will be taught by Dr. Stephen Ruzicka., a UNCG history professor and author of “Trouble in the West: The Persian Empire and Egypt, 525-332 B.C.”

Building on a similar course taught by Ruzicka on the UNCG campus, the new MOOC explores the development of ideas about the soul and the universe and the connection between the two.

Three modules will be offered. The first explores the classical era and how the ancient Greeks understood the origins of the soul, the cosmos and what it means to be human. The second explores how St. Augustine, Dante and other early Christians translated the ancient Greeks’ view of life through the prism of Christianity. The third explores the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, Romanticism, Pragmatism and Existentialism.

“Our quest to understand our existence has played out over many generations and across the rise and fall of civilizations,” Ruzicka says. “We are all driven by a need to understand who we are, where we come from and how we got to where we are today.”

Students can take the self-paced course online when they choose, from anywhere they want to learn. A certificate is available to those who complete the course in its entirety.

More information on the course may be found at moocs.uncg.edu. To register, visit moocs.uncg.edu/sign-up.

Spartan Hour Tuesdays: Food Trucks

Photo of food truck with studentsUNCG Dining Services and CAP are collaborating once again to bring local food trucks for UNCG faculty, staff and students. The trucks will be on College Ave. next to Minerva from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vendors will accept cash, charge, UNCG Flex and SpartanCash.

March 25 – Parlez Vous Crepe and Camel City Grill
April 1 – Marty’s BBQ and the Thirst Responders
April 8 – Hanu Korean and Kona Ice
April 15 – Parlez Vous Crepe and Camel City Grill
April 22 – Taqueria El Azteca Taco and Kona Ice

Joseph will talk on “A Civically Engaged World”

Photo of James A. JosephLast year, the Community Engagement Series focused on the rapid blossoming of community-engaged work at UNCG. In 2014, UNCG will explore how we can work together to continue to enhance, expand and sustain community-engaged scholarship.

The first talk in the series will be “Values, Knowledge and Habits: A Civically Engaged World,” March 27, 2014.

It will be presented by James A. Joseph, M. Div., Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and Leader in Residence, Hart Leadership Program, Duke University; former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa

Other highlights of the series are:
Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design – April 2-4, 2014
Interior Architecture panelists include: Anne-Marie Lubenau (Harvard University), Katie Wakeford (Bizios Architects), David Orr (Oberlin College) and Travis Hicks (UNCG)

Systems of Violence – April 7, 2014
Dr. Robert McAndrews, professor of Social Work and Interdisciplinary Studies, Civic Engagement Hall of Fame Inductee, Salem State University

Community Engagement in Faculty Roles & Rewards and Creating Department-Supported Partnerships – April 23-25, 2014
Dr. Barbara Holland, Higher Education Consultant and Senior Scholar

More info – including times and locations – is at: http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/speaker-series-2013-2014.aspx

UNCG Staff Stars nominations deadline

UNCG employees are long known for volunteering and service. Do you know a UNCG employee who has been caught in the act of caring? For going above and beyond?

All employees, campus-wide, are invited to nominate those whom they observe being kind, thoughtful, helpful or considerate.

Staff Senate Staff Star nominations are due by April 8, 2014, for the spring awards.

A group of Staff Stars will be honored later this semester.

The nomination form is here.

German Weeks 2013/14: Germany in Europe

Two upcoming talks are featured in UNCG’s German Program at UNCG spring series “Germany in Europe,” part of German Weeks 2013/14. With funding from the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., the series of events, including the speaker series, a film series, and campus competitions, facilitates a discussion of Germany’s evolving position in a changing Europe and its implications for transatlantic relations.

  • Dr. Marcus Pindur, Correspondent, U.S.A. and Canada for Deutschlandradio, Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur, and DRadio Wissen. His presentation will deal with current events and is titled “TTIP, NSA-Scandal, Ukraine – conflict and cooperation in US-German Relations.” Friday, March 28, 2-4 p.m. in the Alumni House, Pecky Cypress Room.
  • Mary Nolan, Professor of History, New York University, will present a talk on “Americanization, Europeanization, Globalization: Germany Since 1945” on Friday, April 11, 2014, 12-2 p.m. in North Spencer Parlor.

Questions? Contact Susanne Rinner at s_rinner@uncg.edu.

Girls’ Tech Savvy workshop offered March 29

A Tech Savvy workshop for sixth- through ninth-grade girls will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Sullivan Science Building on campus, and children of faculty and staff can participate.

The event, sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Greensboro branch and UNCG, is one of only 10 being funded nationally with an $8,000 grant from Praxair Corporation.

The workshop is being developed by women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics fields of research, academics and industry.

Invitations are being sent out through educational organizations and institutions. Additionally, open registration is available online: http://greensboro-nc.aauw.net/techsavvy/. There is a nominal fee of $5 per student; or $7.50 for one student and a parent or guardian.

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer of UNCG, who is chair of the organizing committee, said, “It is vitally important that we pass on to the next generation the excitement and the possibilities that STEM careers offer women.”

By Steve Gilliam

Michael Coll, formerly at UNLV, is new Spartans women’s soccer coach

Photo of Michael CollMichael Coll has been named the head women’s soccer coach at UNCG. Coll, who brings 17 total years of collegiate soccer coaching experience, including the last two seasons as the head coach at UNLV, is the fourth head coach in the team’s history.

Coll has spent the previous two years as the head coach at UNLV posting a 22-12-7 mark. During the 2013 campaign, Coll helped lead UNLV to its second-straight 10-win season, which included a stellar 6-1 home record. The Rebels finished the season 5-5 in the Mountain West Conference and senior forward Jenn Wolfe made first team all-conference.

“I am honored and excited to be the next head coach of women’s soccer at UNCG,” Coll Said. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Kim Record and Senior Women’s Administrator Jody Smith for trusting me with this tremendous opportunity. I was impressed by the support and pride in the program from everyone throughout this process and I am excited to get to UNCG to start working with the players. Spartans soccer has a rich history and tradition and I am humbled to be given the reins to lead this team as we compete for championships and NCAA play.”

In his first season at the helm of the team, Coll simply guided the Rebels to a school-record 12-4-4 season, as the .700 winning percentage was the highest in UNLV history. The 12 wins accomplished by the squad was also tied for the second-highest in school history, despite playing only 20 games, while the four losses were the fewest in a season ever at UNLV.

After a 1-2-1 start to begin the 2012 season, Coll’s coaching began to take effect on the squad, leading to a school-record seven-game win streak, which started with one of the highlight victories of the year, a double-overtime victory over Oklahoma. The streak also led into a nine-game unbeaten streak, also a new UNLV mark, which was only snapped in a one-goal loss to seventh-ranked San Diego State.

Under Coll, a school-record three Rebels were named all-region, while four players earned first team All-Mountain West honors, also a program best.

Coll came to Las Vegas from Penn State, where he was an assistant coach for the women’s soccer program for eight years. During his tenure on the Nittany Lions’ staff, he helped guide the squad to five appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16, as well as a trip to the national semifinals in 2005. Penn State claimed eight straight Big Ten championship titles during Coll’s tenure in Happy Valley.

While at Penn State, Coll was the recruiting coordinator for the Nittany Lions

Prior to joining the PSU staff, Coll was the head coach for the women’s soccer program at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa., during the 2001-03 seasons.

A four-year starter for Penn State, Coll was a two-time all-conference selection and earned all-region honors for the Nittany Lions. A native of Derry, Ireland, he represented his country at the World University Games in 1993 (USA), 1995 (Japan) and in 1997 (Italy).

Coll received a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science from Penn State in 1997, and a master’s degree in education from Saint Francis in 2004.

By Justin Glover
Full story at UNCG Athletics.

Looking ahead: March 19, 2014

Faculty forum, “Learning Management Systems” & “Legislative Structure and Process”
Wednesday, March 19, 3-5 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Softball vs. UNC Chapel Hill (dh)
Wednesday, March 19, 4 p.m.

Reading, Michael Parker
Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m., Faculty Center

Talk, “A Question About Ethics in Wages,” Dr. Jeff Moriarty (Philosophy, Bentley University)
Monday, March 24, 4 p.m., Education Building, Room 226

Talk, David Leonhardt, “Inequality and Upward Mobility in a Changing World”
Tuesday, March 25, EUC Auditorium

Music, Casella Sinfonietta
Tuesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

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

UNCG Men’s Golf wins Pinehurst Intercollegiate

The 50th-ranked UNCG men’s golf team claimed the 17th team title in its history as they won the Pinehurst Intercollegiate by six strokes. The Pinehurst Intercollegiate is played with the first and third rounds at Pinehurst No. 8, while the second round is at famed Pinehurst No. 2, home of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship.

End-of-life communication

The talk “Compassionate Communication at End of Life: Construction of an interhuman connection” will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014, 12:30-1:30 p.m. It will be in UNCG’s Stone Building, Edwards Lounge

The talk will be resented by Dr. Christine Davis (Communication Studies and Gerontology at UNC Charlotte).

Using extensive research on end-of-life communication with hospice and a pediatric palliative care team, Davis discusses how communication at end-of-life enables the dying person and their loved ones to see beyond death with empathy, meaning and understanding to perceive and accept the whole being of the person. End-of-life communication can maintain the humanness of the dying person and his/her family and with it the essential relationship between the dying and their loved ones.

Please bring your own lunch to enjoy during the presentation. Seating is limited. To attend, RSVP to gerontology@uncg.edu or call 336-256-1020.

Sarod musician Gaurang Doshi in concert March 21

Gaurang Doshi started learning Indian Classical Music at eight years of age. Beginning in the 1980s he studied sarod with his father and Guru, the renowned Sarod Maestro Dr. Laxmikant Doshi. On Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNCG Recital Hall, Gaurang Doshi will give a concert. Read more in the WFDD post below, which notes that Gaurang will be joined on stage by his daughter sitar player Anusha Doshi, tabla musicians Robin and Rajen Sukhadia, guitarist Dr. Gavin Douglas, vocalist Claire Wright and clarinetist Graham Dart. Tickets may be purchased at brownpapertickets.com (the direct link is http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/587083.) Ticket prices: $10 general / $8 seniors / $3 students.


Revised 3/20, to include ticket prices


Spring 2014 at Spartan Trader

You can enjoy Game Nights and Open Mic Nights this spring at UNCG’s Spartan Trader. These are open to all, with $1 purchase of anything from the Spartan Trader (snacks, drinks, goods. etc.).

Game Nights are on Fridays (March 29, April 12, April 26) 7-9 p.m.
Open Mic Nights are on Thursdays (March 28, April 11, April 25) 6:30-9 p.m.

UNCG Stress-free Scavenger Hunt

Having a stressful semester? Find out all the places where you can relieve stress on campus. Visit seven out of the 13 locations March 24-28 and be entered to win a one-hour massage from the UNCG Wellness Center.

Get a team together of up to four people and email healthy_uncg@uncg.edu the team name, a list of members and contact info for the team captain. And enjoy the scavenger hunt.

Learn more at http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/calendar-events/stress-free-scavenger-hunt/

Dr. Christopher Hodgkins

Photo of Dr. Christopher HodgkinsThe Digital Temple: A Documentary Edition of George Herbert’s English Verse, an online scholarly resource annotated by Dr. Christopher Hodgkins (English) and Dr. Robert Whalen from Northern Michigan University, has been selected by Choice Magazine as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title. The Choice reviewer called the Digital Temple “quite simply an amazing piece of scholarship.” In 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) gave Hodgkins and Whalen a $250,000 Digital Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant to make Herbert’s works available online. “There’s no substitute for holding the book in your hand, feeling the pages, smelling the pages,” Hodgkins said. “The idea is not to replace a paper archive, but to make it possible to give thousands, tens of thousands, even millions of people over the years, access to these materials.”

Dr. Nadja Cech

Photo of Dr. Nadja CechDr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Strategies to Investigate Synergy in Botanical Medicines.”

Dr. Jennifer Keith

Photo of Dr. Jennifer KeithDr. Jennifer Keith (English) has worked with the UNCG Libraries’ Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department to develop the Anne Finch Digital Archive. On April 7 at 3:30 p.m. (note the revised time) in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library, Keith will discuss the significance of Anne Finch’s work, a collaboration with ERIT and the uniqueness of the project.

Revised on 3/24: The time has changed to 3:30 p.m.

Terry Kennedy

Photo of Terry KennedyTerry Kennedy (English, MFA program) will read from his debut collection “New River Breakdown” Monday, March 24, 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. He is the author of the limited edition chapbook, “Until the Clouds Shatter the Light That Plates Our Lives,” selected by Thomas Lux for Jeanne Duval Editions of Atlanta, Ga. His work appears in numerous literary journals and magazines including Cave Wall, from the Fishouse, Southern Review, and Waccamaw, and has been honored with a Randall Jarrell Fellowship as well as fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He serves as the Associate Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing and is editor of the online journal storySouth.

Cathy Griffith

Photo of Cathy GriffithCathy Griffith has been appointed Head of the Access Services Department at the UNCG University Libraries effective Jan. 1, 2014. She has held various positions in the Access Services Department since 1984. Since 2004, she has served as the Assistant Department Head. Prior positions include those of manager of the former Current Periodicals and Reserves areas. She is a graduate of UNCG with a BA in sociology.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received new funding from New Chapter Inc. for the project “ITS Barcoding of Mushroom Samples.”

See/hear: March 19, 2014

News and Record writer John Newsom recently featured UNCG Libraries’ new 3-D printer in the newspaper and on his The Syllabus blog.

See a short clip showing it in action.

More information, including policies and procedures for the printer, is at http://uncg.libguides.com/content.php?pid=559013&sid=4607661

Budget reduction discussion at today’s UNCG Faculty Senate mtg

Photo of Alumni House where discussion will take placeA panel discussion about UNCG’s budget is on the agenda for today’s (Wed., March 5) Faculty Senate meeting. The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in Alumni House.

The panel discussion with Faculty Senate is scheduled to begin at 3:20 p.m. and will last until 4:45 p.m.

Panelists will include Chancellor Linda P. Brady, Provost David H. Perrin, Vice Provost Alan Boyette, Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Reade Taylor and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Cherry Callahan.

3:20 p.m. – Financial Reporting and Financial Framework at UNCG – Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Reade Taylor

3:45 p.m. – Timeline of 2014-15 Budget Reduction Plan – Provost David H. Perrin, Vice Provost Alan Boyette and Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Reade Taylor

3:50 p.m. – Principles of 2014-2015 Budget Reduction Plan – Chancellor Linda P. Brady

4 p.m. – Feasibility of Faculty Senators’ Ideas on Budget Reduction Plan: Open Discussion and Question-Answer Period – Faculty Senators and panel

This is a public meeting. Anyone may attend and listen.

By Mike Harris

At UNCG, ‘Ukulele for Two’ plus ukulele for all

Photo from recent gathering courtesy UNCG Ukes.Pass by Room 110 in the UNCG Music Building on a Thursday evening, you’ll hear an unmistakable sound. Ukuleles. Lots of them.

It’s called UNCG Ukes. Dr. Sandra Teglas calls it a “y’all come hum and strum.” It’s community engagement with four strings. And no strings attached. Just show up and enjoy.

UNCG Ukes is every Thursday night at UNCG, starting at 7:45 p.m. Typically, 10-15 players show up to jam. Maybe some Beatles tunes. Maybe Sting. Invariably, someone will say “Let’s do ‘Rocky Top.’”

It began after music education doctoral student Jackie Secoy was asked a question last April, after the structured “Ukulele for Two” program ended for the semester. “Do you offer an ‘everybody come’ class”?

Now they do. And she’s the president of UNCG Ukes.

The informal session is immediately after the formal UNCG Ukulele for Two class. Uke for Two is for one child with one guardian/parent. Participants need an instrument, music and CD; otherwise there’s no cost to them. UNCG’s Music Research Institute, of which Taglas is program coordinator, uses it for research. They are determining what impact such classes have on the participants.

Why have ukuleles grown so popular in the last few years? You hear them on pop songs; you see them prominently displayed in music stores. Teglas believes whenever the economy is hurting, the inexpensive instrument has a resurgence.

Secoy pulls out her tablet to play Jake Shimabukuro’s performance of “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele in Central Park. The video has gotten 12 million views, Teglas notes, and inspired more people to take up the uke.

Teglas and Secoy are both former public school music teachers. Teglas’ musical focus was trumpet; for Secoy it was bassoon. Now ukulele is a big part of their professional lives.

No one in UNCG Ukes has played more than three or four years on the instrument. Some have just gotten their instruments. “I hope more will come and play,” Teglas says.

One UNCG Ukes participant has purchased every one of her grandchildren a ukulele and a book of 365 songs, Teglas says. While this woman played piano as a child, her mother had played ukulele. The appeal spans the generations.

Ages 14 and up are welcome at UNCG Ukes. Just bring your ukulele. Questions? Email Dr. Sandra Teglas at stmace@uncg.edu or Jacki Secoy at jjsecoy@uncg.edu.

Interested in an upcoming formal Ukulele for Two class? Email Teglas for registration information at stmace@uncg.edu.

See UNCG Ukes and Uke for Two perform at UNCG’s Spartan Trader, April 3, 7-9 p.m. at the Spartan Trader, located across from Bojangles on Spring Garden. ($1 minimum purchase for concert admission)

By Mike Harris

Photograph from recent gathering courtesy UNCG Ukes.

UNCG Planetarium Spring 2014 shows

Photo of UNCG planetariumSee the constellations of our universe at a free public viewing at the UNCG Planetarium.

Shows will be offered March 14, March 28, April 25, May 2 and May 16.

The shows almost always fill up well ahead of time, so make your reservations soon.

In the planetarium located in Room 310, Petty Science Building, a Spitz Projector will project the stars, planets, sun and moon onto the interior of a 20-foot dome.

The planetarium is operated, for the benefit of the UNCG community and the larger community, by UNCG’s Department of Physics and Astronomy

Reserve your free admssion at http://physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/tickets.php.

UNCG Reduction-in-Force (RIF) Plan Calendar and Timeline

A new item was posted Monday, March 3, on the UNCG Budget Central web site. It is a memo from Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs, to all UNCG deans, director and department heads/chairs.

To view this memo, titled “UNCG RIF Plan 2014-15,” visit http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fbudgetcentral.uncg.edu%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F03%2FFinal-RIF-Memo-022814.pdf&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNEk213OwZrs_8EmCDnxCR_1xblNnw

Or download it at the Budget Central web site: http://budgetcentral.uncg.edu.

David Nelson is Faculty Director of QEP

Portrait of Dr. David NelsonDr. David Nelson (Music) has been appointed Faculty Director of UNCG’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

Provost David H. Perrin announced the appointment last week.

The QEP is part of UNCG’s SACS accreditation process. After a thorough, campus-wide decision making process, UNCG chose “Global Learning for Global Engagement” as the topic for its QEP.

“This globally based topic is very important to me,” Nelson said. “I sincerely believe that an awareness of different world cultures is important for everyone. Having such an awareness can only make each of us more accepting and open minded to others. The goal of UNCG’s QEP is to develop multiple ways in which our campus will foster such a breadth of our awareness of ourselves and of others.”

Nelson’s international teaching experiences began in 1992 when he began teaching at a summer program at the University of Innsbruck. He has lectured through Austria and the Czech Republic, and has led more than 20 trips for middle-school aged students through senior citizens to visit the musical sites of Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. One hundred seventy UNCG students have taken his annual spring break trip to these cities since 2006. His 2015 trip will likely be to Cape Town, South Africa.

In 2006, Nelson’s “Vienna for the Music Lover” was published in English, German, and Chinese. This was followed by his “Vienna Music Guide” in 2013 (English and German). A similar book on Salzburg will come out later this year.

In 2002-03 while on the faculty of the University of New Orleans, he held an endowed professorship in Austrian Studies. In 2008, the City of Vienna awarded Nelson the “Golden Medal of Honor.” This was the second highest award Vienna has ever given an American. The highest award went to Leonard Bernstein.

Nelson received his degrees from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University and is Professor of Music in the Department of Music Studies. He has been at UNCG since 2003.

Information about UNCG’s QEP may be found at uncgqep.uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris

Ben Ramsey will be senior fellow at FTLC

Portrait of Dr. Ben RamseyDr. Ben Ramsey has joined UNCG’s Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons (FTLC) as Senior Fellow.

The FTLC works to create common spaces for UNCG faculty and staff to teach and learn from each other in both formal and informal situations.

Ramsey, associate professor in Religious Studies, continues to teach in his home department and is concluding a two-year term as director of UNCG’s Ashby Residential College. Ramsey says, “The ongoing support for and development of UNCG’s faculty is integral to the mission of our university. The FTLC creates opportunities for faculty development and increases visibility of faculty to each other and to the community. The Fellows program, faculty learning communities, workshops and monthly Faculty Center Takeover events are some of the paths we’ve cleared to make these things happen.”

Ramsey and the FTLC team encourage the UNCG faculty community to contact them with ideas for how the commons can create spaces and programs for conversations around education at UNCG, particularly through connections in mentoring, pedagogy and course redesign and global/community engagement.

The FTLC’s new approach to faculty development at UNCG was introduced last year under Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas (Interior Architecture). Lucas is now director of the School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky College of Design in Lexington, Ky. Michelle Solér joined the FTLC with Lucas in 2012 and continues as Associate Fellow.

Saving time and resources at UNCG – professional development opportunities

Enhancing impact and efficacy while maintaining or reducing costs is more and more essential.

Several professional development offerings offer assistance in maximizing these efficiencies.

– On March 7 from 2-4 p.m., Dr. Silvanus Udoka, chair of the Department of Management at North Carolina A&T State University, will lead a session on “Using Lean Six Sigma to Streamline Business Practices, Save Time and Reduce Costs.” This course offers a formalized process to apply Lean Six Sigma principles to identify problem areas, find the root causes of identified problems and craft solutions that address those root causes. The ultimate aim is to improve process outcomes and realize significant cost savings, an imperative in today’s increasingly challenging economic environment. Registration for this course is available at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33018824

– Another course, titled “Managing “Lean” Projects in a University Environment: A Toolkit,” will be taught by Kim Zinke, Project Manager of the Office of Assessment and Accreditation and Sean Farrell, IT Analyst in Human Resources. This course will focus on the tools used by Lean teams from the beginning to the end of a project. It will be offered on Wednesday, May 14 from 10am-12pm in Bryan 113. Registration is available at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33018821.

Over the past several months two Lean Six Sigma teams within UNCG’s Human Resources have been using the Lean methodology to improve some internal processes. It has been beneficial as a method to map out the steps currently taken in each of these processes, determine the places where the processes can be streamlined and develop solutions to save time and resources.

The core idea of the Lean methodology is to enhance and add value to the organization and its external and internal stakeholders through continuous process improvement that maximizes effectiveness and efficiency. Carol Hauser, associate vice president of Human Resources at Miami University of Ohio, visited UNCG in July 2013 to meet with the HR Advisory Group and share strategies and tools for implementing Lean initiatives. At Hauser’s invitation, Sean Farrell visited Miami University to learn how the Lean process has been incorporated to save the university $8 million through systematic Lean initiatives.

As a follow-up to the new continuous improvement series, HR will provide customized workshops on managing Lean Projects for interested departments. Beginning March 10, you may contact Ashley Corbett, Professional Development Coordinator, by phone number or email to schedule a customized session.

See UNCG Human Resources newsletter “The Resource” or HR’s professional development web page for more offerings. This article is courtesy The Resource.

Note: Employees may view current and archived newsletters via http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/HR_Liaisons/