UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for March 2014

Faculty/staff Excellence Awards April 4

UNCG’s Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held on April 4 at 9 a.m. in the EUC Auditorium.

Awards will include:
Recognition for 30, 35 and 40 years of UNCG service
Katherine H. Taylor Award for Teaching Excellence
UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching
Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards
O. Max Gardner Award
Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
Research Excellence Awards
Staff Excellence Awards
Student Learning Enhancement Awards
Supervisory Recognition Award

UNCG students held “rock the runway”

Photo of UNCG junior Rachel Wilson measures model Lindy JacksonThe 2014 edition of Rock the Runway, an annual fund-raiser for Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, had a decidedly Spartan flair: Five of the seven designers tasked with making new fashions out of Goodwill donations had UNCG ties.

Current UNCG students John Lin, Rachel Wilson, Ayanna Harrison, Nhi Tran joined alumnae Carrie Coyle as designers for the event, which was held Friday, Feb. 21, in downtown Greensboro. Tran won the contest.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Full story at UNCG NOW.

Why are there so many NC writers?

Visitors to North Carolina often ask, “Why are there so many writers in North Carolina?”

Georgann Eubanks will address this question March 26, 4 p.m, in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library.

In this presentation with historic photos and lively anecdotes, Eubanks will explore our state’s literary lineage and the conditions and attitudes that have made our state such fertile territory for the production of stories, novels, plays and poems.

Georgann Eubanks is one of the founders of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, a past chair of North Carolina Humanities Council, and former president of Arts North Carolina. She is author of the three volume series “Literary Trails of North Carolina.”

Recycling & Sustainability interactive workshop March 13

Learn about recycling and some other sustainability efforts at UNCG. The workshop will be offered Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2-3 p.m., Room 102, School of Education Building.

The event is sponsored by UNCG Staff Senate.

Among the topics explored will be:
What is Sustainability?
UNCG Climate Action Plan
Campus Recycling — Commingled, E-waste, etc.
Sustainability & Recycling Events & Programs
Energy Conservation & Green Office Program

Speakers at this interactive workshop will be:
Ben Kunka, Recycling Coordinator
Trey McDonald, Sustainability Coordinator
Chad Carwein, Sustainability Specialist

‘Twelve Years a Slave’ featuring alumnus Chris Chalk gets ‘Best Picture’ Oscar

Photo of Oscar statuetteThere was no doubt who UNCG Theatre Assistant Professor Michael Flannery was rooting for Sunday night during the Oscars: His fellow alumnus/actor Chris Chalk and the film “Twelve Years a Slave.”

The film was named Best Picture in the telecast’s final moments. Chalk had a featured role in the film.

Flannery was a classmate and castmate of Chalk’s more than a decade ago at UNCG Theatre. Once Flannery had received his master’s, he taught him in one class. He explains that Chalk was “such a vital part of the theatre department when he was in school.” He adds that in the years since, “He’s been a great friend to the school.”

Tuesday’s News & Record notes that Chalk wasn’t at the ceremony – he was preparing for an audition for another project.

But viewers at home did see the UNCG alumnus. About an hour into the telecast, a compilation reel of movie scenes included his character, Clemens Ray.

See News and Record article, which included brief, informative interview with Chris Chalk.

By Mike Harris

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OLSL Spring Break trips

Photo of students from OLSL service tripTyler Stobbe didn’t really know what to expect when he headed off to the North Carolina coast on a cold day early in the semester to serve at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

But was he ever excited when he came back.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we got to work and take care of these federally protected animals,” Stobbe, a senior, said. “This trip is definitely something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

That kind of enthusiasm is a frequent result of programs offered by UNCG’s Office of Leadership & Service-Learning. Students and other members of the campus community learn firsthand that service is something that can be undertaken by everyone, not left to other people.

“The OLSL service trip program grew out of Hurricane Katrina relief trips and expanded beyond the Gulf Coast to address a variety of social and environmental justice issues in our region,” said Joseph Frey, OLSL assistant director for community engagement. “As you can tell, such experiences provide powerful transformative service and leadership development opportunities for our students.”

Spring Break 2014, running March 9-15, has three trips scheduled. There also is an upcoming March weekend trip and an early summer trip in May. Each is relatively affordable, at $125 for the week-long experiences. About 65 members of the campus community will take part in these five programs.

The Spring Break projects are:

The environment: Participants will serve at Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin, Va., as they help maintain and restore the park grounds. Projects may include fence building, tree planting, invasive plant removal, gardening and planting or fish habitat improvement.

Veterans: Students will give back to men and women who served our country overseas as they work with disabled combat veterans at Veterans Farm in Jacksonville, Fla. This fully accessible organic farm helps vets reintegrate into society through the assistance of horticulture therapy.

Animal welfare. This group will work directly and indirectly with animals at an animal education center called Bear Path Acres in Franklin, Va. Service will include feeding the animals, maintenance projects and more.

Details are at http://olsl.uncg.edu/students/community-service/service-trips/2012-2013-service-trips/.

By Steve Gilliam

Students First Office’s new Peer Exploratory Coaching

This spring, UNCG’s Students First Office launched the Peer Exploratory Coaching (PEC) program as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to foster a learner-centered experience for undergraduate success.

Designed to support Exploratory Majors and other students who are exploring major and minor options, the PEC program uses a team of graduate and undergraduate students trained to support undergraduates in their self, major and career exploration.

While meeting with students, PECs are available to:

  • Provide pre-advising assistance prior to a student’s appointment with their assigned academic advisor
  • Help familiarize students with the Undergraduate Bulletin, UNCGenie, Degree Evaluations, and GEC requirements
  • Discuss self, major, and career exploration
  • Support students in successfully adapting to UNCG’s academic standards
  • Serve as a mentor for academic, co-curricular, and leadership involvement at UNCG
  • Provide information about educational and co-curricular programs connected to students’academic interests

The Students First Office is in 061 McIver Building.

UNCG faculty and staff can can refer any student who may be exploring major or minor options to a PEC. Questions? Call 334-5730.

More information – including walk in hours – is at http://studentsfirst.uncg.edu/about/default.php

UNCG ‘Buy Green’ Expo March 11

Staff and faculty purchasers in the campus community are invited to 2014 UNCG Buy Green Expo.

It is presented by the UNCG Purchasing Department in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, in the Maple Room, Elliott University Center.

See vendor exhibits, product demos, green purchasing services – and learn how campus dollars can be spent to meet sustainability goals.

The event is free-admission, with refreshments, samples and a chance to learn from reps from Staples, Office Depot, Grainger, Forms & Supply, Fastenal, Campus Surplus and Correction Enterprises.

Click here to view the green purchasing page on the UNCG Office of Sustainability web site.

Ritual sacrifice and gender ideologies in Biblical law

The lecture “Gender Ideologies and the Ritual Use of Animals in Biblical Law” will be given by Dr. Nicole Ruane (University of New Hampshire) Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Ruane is the author of “Sacrifice and Gender in Biblical Law” published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.

The lecture is sponsored by The Department of Religious Studies (Jewish Studies Program) and UNCG’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Shaina Sumney sets record In SoCon Indoor Championship

Photo of Shaina Sumney with championship awardUNCG senior runner Shaina Sumney won her first ever individual Southern Conference championship and she did it in style setting a SoCon Indoor Track & Field Championship meet record in winning the 5,000-meter race Sunday afternoon.

Sumney ran away from the field in the 5,000-meter race, breaking the SoCon Indoor Championship record with a time of 16:39.02, a career-best time for her at the distance.

Senior Chelsea Sumney, Shaina’s twin sister, was the Spartans’ other top performer in the two-day event. She finished second in the mile race for the second straight year.

Both are speech pathology majors.

Full story at UNCG Athletics.

Steve Haines comes back for a second lease on his musical life

Portrait of Steve HainesCan you imagine Steve Haines not playing jazz? Sort of like imagining Virginia Woolf not writing novels or Martin Scorsese not making movies. Fact is, he had to contemplate that stark reality. But now he’s back on stage, bass in hand. And he’s ready to jam.

What happened?

Just before leaving on an international tour, he woke up with terrible pain in his right shoulder. “I canceled everywhere I was going to go, since the MRI showed a mass about the size of a racquetball in my shoulder. It was pushing on my shoulder and causing ridiculous pain.”

He had it removed. But because the mass had been pressing on a nerve, he couldn’t lift his arm more than about an inch forwards and sideways. No further.

“It meant no bass playing, no piano playing, no writing on the blackboard.”

After a year of that, he explains, a nerve specialist performed surgery, moving one of the nerves going to his tricep into his deltoid.

“Six months later, I got the use of my arm back. Now I can lift it all the way up. It’s incredible.”

He’s had a comeback physically and musically – and in spirit. “During the time I couldn’t use my arm, I thought about changing careers.” He felt depressed for a while. “This pity party went on for about three months. At some point I thought, ‘How’s this working out for me?!’ – and I realized my attitude wasn’t helping.”

So he changed his outlook.

“I just thought to myself, ‘I’ll just enjoy what I have, and not think about the future. What if my arm comes back? Then I’ve spent all this time worrying for nothing.’” So he started focusing on the good things, he recalls. “I was very, very happy.”

And now there’s a most excellent “good thing” to focus on. Getting on stage again. With some wonderful UNCG colleagues.

“Playing bass now feels really good, “ he said. “Now I’m reminded what a blessing music really is to play. I don’t take it for granted.”

Come and help Steve Haines celebrate his return to performing.

The special concert will feature
Brandon Lee, trumpet
Chad Eby, saxophones
John Salmon, piano
Stephanie Schmidt, organ
Steve Haines, bass
Daniel Faust, drums

Works by Steve Haines and Wayne Shorter will be performed. Proceeds will benefit the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at UNCG.

The concert will be Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m, Organ Recital Hall, UNCG Music Building.

$15 adults, $10 seniors and students. (Tickets only available at the door. Includes parking.)

For more information, call Steve Haines, director of the jazz studies program, at 917-579-9796 or email sjhaines@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: March 5, 2014

Talk, Saundra Westervelt, on ‘Life After Death Row’
Wednesday, March 5, noon, Faculty Center

Baseball vs. East Carolina
Wednesday, March 5, 4 p.m.

Faculty Center Takeover, Tracing Human Culture Through History of Beer
Thursday, March 6, 4 p.m., sponsored by FTLC / Anthropology

Friends of the Libraries event, Nikki Giovanni
Thursday, March 6, 6 p.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Noon at the ‘Spoon, art tour
Tuesday, March 11, Weatherspoon

Softball vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, March 15, 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. Princeton
Monday, March 17, 6 p.m.

Human Subjects Research Training

Attend one of two training sessions if you want to meet the federal requirements for research with human subjects and fulfill the requirement to submit an IRB application to the UNCG IRB.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – 5 – 8 p.m. – EUC Azalea Room:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – 9 a.m. – noon – EUC Dogwood Room

Participants will receive a certificate of completion following their attendance.

Register to attend at https://workshops.uncg.edu – Just click “View all workshops offered” and search for “Human Subjects Research Training”

Questions? Call Melissa Beck at 256-0253.

Editor of Carolina Peacemaker will speak

What is The Carolina Peacemaker and who is the audience? Where can I get a copy?

These are just a few of the questions that will be answered on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at noon in the Hodges Reading Room of the UNCG Libraries. Afrique Kilimanjaro, editor of The Carolina Peacemaker, will be the featured speaker for this program. Since 1967, The Carolina Peacemaker has garnered awards for outstanding news coverage, commentaries, editorial cartoons, sports and entertainment features, photography and effective public service campaigns. Come learn about the importance of The Carolina Peacemaker for the Greensboro community.

An alternative to textbooks?

Students spend a lot on textbooks and course materials.

The week of March 10 – 15 is Open Education Week, a global event to raise awareness of the benefits of free and open sharing in education. Open education refers to the use of “open educational resources” (OER), which are academic materials and practices that are free – meaning no cost – and open – meaning that everyone has the legal permission to use, adapt and share the content.

If you want more information on how to find open educational resources for your classes visit http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm or email the Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communication in UNCG Libraries, Beth Bernhardt, at beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu.

CW will publish again March 19

UNCG’s Campus Weekly will not publish during Spring Break week. Campus Weekly will publish the following week. If you have a potential submission for the March 19, 2014, CW, the deadline will be March 13. Questions? Email mike_harris@uncg.edu.

Academic writing for international students

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

  • discuss challenges in academic writing for international students
  • share efforts to address these challenges, and
  • provide campus and online resources

Questions? Email y_he@uncg.edu.

Art, reconciliations and restorative justice

The documentary film “Concrete, Steel, and Paint” tells the story of men in a Pennsylvania state prison who join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing.

Following the film, there will be a conversation about restorative justice, crime and reconciliation – and how art can facilitate dialogue about difficult issues. The discussion will be facilitated by Amy Knorr and Sarah Roth Shank.

The screening will be Monday, March 17, 5 pm., in Stone 186.

For more on the event, visit: http://hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cps/concrete-steel-and-paint-film/

To see the trailer, visit: http://concretefilm.org/index.php/about-the-film-21/view-the-trailer

To read more about how the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies is engaging with restorative justice, visit: http://hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cps/save-the-date-cps-annual-speaker-series-continues/

Dr. Susan Calkins

Portrait of Dr. Susan CalkinsDr. Susan Calkins (Human Development and Family Studies) received additional funding from the US DHHS NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for the project “Developmental Trajectories of Early Behavior Problems.”

Dr. Ruth DeHoog

Portrait of Dr. Ruth DeHoogDr. Ruth DeHoog (Political Science) received new funding from the Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL) for the project “Instructional Agreement: UNCG and Institute of Political Leadership”. This agreement will provide an internship/graduate assistantship for one student in UNCG’s MPA program to assist in implementing the Institute of Political Leadership’s Fellows Program.

Dr. Diana Bowman

Portrait of Dr. Diana BowmanDr. Diana Bowman (SERVE) received new funding from the Region 10 Education Service Center for the project “Region X – THEO Texas Toolkit.” The SERVE Center at UNCG will develop a program manual with Texas specific information addressing eight important topics.

Dr. Dan Yasaki

Portrait of Dr. Dan YasakiDr. Dan Yasaki (Mathematics and Statistics) received additional funding from the National Science Foundation for UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory. The goal is to run a one week summer school in computational number theory for approximately 20 graduate students (10 local and 10 external students). Subjects for the upcoming summer schools will be:

  • Summer 2014: Geometry and Modular Forms
  • Summer 2015: Computational aspects of Hilbert’s 12th Problem

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

Portrait of Dr. Dianne WelshDr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) was honored at the Small Business Institute national conference in February for serving as the 2013 president. Welsh will serve as the Past President in 2014, completing a five year board term.

See/hear: March 5, 2014

There are likely many reasons ukulele has become more popular in recent years. Jake Shimabukuro’s videos – notably this one of him playing a Beatles tune in Central Park – are one reason. Check it out, if you haven’t seen it already. UNCG Ukes is a community engagement offering for those who love the instrument and want to play with others.