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Archives for April 2014

UNCG students win Fulbrights

Two UNCG students have won 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards that will allow them to further their studies overseas.

Angelica Kapely will travel to Bahrain while Kelly Donovan will head to Taiwan.

Angelica graduated in May 2013 with an MEd in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a focus on teacher leadership.

Kelly earned her degree in December 2013 with a 4.0 GPA and full university honors. She completed a double major in Spanish and Asian Studies.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Kickball Challenge rescheduled for Monday, April 28

The 2014 UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball Challenge has been scheduled due to weather.

The new date is Monday, April 28. The game will be held in the UNCG Soccer Stadium.  The gates will open at 5 p.m. and the game will begin at 6 p.m. Free refreshments will be available while supplies last and free parking is available at the Walker Ave. Parking Deck.

Come enjoy – and bring some items to help “fill the truck” in the Guilford County Animal Shelter drive. Staff Senate has donation drop boxes on campus – and they’ll accept curbside drop off donations at the corners of Kenilworth and Walker Ave. and Stirling and Walker Ave. from 5 to 6:30 p.m. the night of the game. Or simply bring your items to the game. If you have questions about the drive, contact Jeannie Lasley at jalasley@uncg.edu.

Apply for New Faculty Mentoring Program at UNCG FTLC

The Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons (FTLC) New Faculty Mentoring Program is open to all full-time faculty in tenure-track positions at the rank of assistant professor or above who are currently incoming new appointments or in their first or second year of teaching at UNCG.

The due date for applications for this one-year program is April 30, 2014.

Selection is made by the FTLC Directors and Mentoring Fellows based on the faculty member’s expressed needs and ability to benefit from the program. The information submitted in your application will be used for selection purposes as well as assignments to discipline-specific Communities of Practice where mentees will engage with each other several times a year.

By April 30 please send:

  • An electronic copy of your application to FTLC@uncg.edu
  • The original copy of your signature page via campus mail to FTLC, 256 McIver Building.

To receive an application page and the signature page, contact Dr. Ben Ramsey at bhramsey@uncg.edu or Dr. James Benshoff at benshoff@uncg.edu.

Dance marathon for a great cause

Students will let loose before final exams with a night of dancing – and raise money to fight childhood cancers.

Spartathon, a dance marathon, is set for Saturday, April 26. The danceathon, the first held on campus in more than a decade, runs from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. the next morning in Fleming Gym.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Erin Lawrimore

Photo of Erin LawrimoreErin Lawrimore (University Libraries) is the founder and one of two editors in chief of Archival Practice, an open access, peer reviewed journal focused on practical application of archival theory in the modern archival repository. The journal is hosted through the University Libraries’ installation of Open Journal Systems, a journal management and publishing system.

Publication of Archival Practice began in late March, and new articles will be published on a rolling basis. The journal can be accessed free-of-charge at http://libjournal.uncg.edu/index.php/ap. Lawrimore is university archivist in UNCG’s Special Collections & University Archives.

Richard Cox

Photo of Richard CoxRichard Cox (Art) received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the “CAMstudio Project.” It will support the CAMstudio Project in the creation and exhibition of new work that examines and challenges the use of digital fabrication in the production of fine art. New work will be created during a series of four intensive three-day workshops, open to artists and designers, held at UNCG’s Computer.Aided.Making Studio (CAMstudio).

Dr. Raleigh Bailey

Photo of Dr. Raleigh BaileyDr. Raleigh Bailey (Center for New North Carolinians) received a competitive renewal from the DHHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for the project “Micro-Enterprise for Refugees in the Triad (MERIT).”  The abstract explains that refugees, which traditionally have found employment in factories, have been among the hardest hit with the shortage of jobs and employment opportunities in the Triad area.  Many refugees have not established credit, have poor credit or need help with the business aspects of running or starting a business.  “This grant will provide loans to refugees who are selected based on experience, knowledge and skills to start up or expand an existing business. A revolving loan fund will be set up to provide for approximately 25 loans for around $4,500 each to selected refugees.  The refugees will receive training on credit establishment, business plans, and business management and will be monitored to ensure that they are able to manage their business and repay the loan.”

Dr. Nir Kshetri

Photo of Dr. Nir KshetriDr. Nir Kshetri (Bryan School) was invited to speak at the Information Economy Seminar in Shanghai , China. The seminar was organized by the United Nations and hosted by School of Management at Shanghai University. Earlier, he participated as a speaker or moderator at a number of events organized by various UN agencies including: a) Forum on Smart Sustainable Cities (organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2014), b) 2013 Global IGF (organized by the United Nations’ Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), October 2013, Bali, Indonesia), c) 2013 APrIGF(Asia Pacific Regional IGF) (organized by the UN Secretariat of IGF, September 2013, Seoul, South Korea) and d) ITU Regional Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap, Yangon, Myanmar November, 2013 (Organized by the ITU).

Dr. Joyendu Bhadury

Photo of Dr. Joyendu BhaduryDr. Joyendu Bhadury (Bryan School of Business and Economics) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the “AGRI-SIGN Research Project.” The Bryan School will facilitate the study with the North Carolina Wine & Grape Growers Council and NCDA&CS. AGRI-SIGN Research Project team members shall include Dr. Joy Bhadury, Dr. Erick Byrd, Mr. Sam Troy and additional members as required. AGRI-SIGN Research Project will provide rigorous and scientific basis for evaluating the North Carolina Agritourism Highway Signage Program.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received funding from the Guilford County Partnership for Children for “Promoting Positive Development: Bringing Out the Best.”  This project will increase school readiness/success by improving the quality of the daycare/preschool experience for many infants and young children.

Dr. Peter Wilson

Photo of Dr. Peter WilsonDr. Peter Wilson (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received a competitive renewal from North Carolina Quality Educators through Staff Development and Training (NCQUEST) for the project “Core-Math III: Supporting Teachers in Using Learning Trajectories to Implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.”

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) Content Standards represent a curriculum significantly different than previous state standards in terms of the sequencing of content topics and the required cognitive demand. In order to successfully implement the CCSSM, teachers should be supported with extensive and intensive job-embedded professional development on learning trajectories and on reform-oriented pedagogies that use learning trajectories to build student understanding, the abstract explains. Core-Math III continues the partnership among UNCG and Rockingham County by extending the NC QUEST Cycle XI Core-Math II project for 15 teachers and administrators in the high-need district of Rockingham County Schools.

See/hear: April 23, 2014

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff (Biology) will receive the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award at Commencement. He was recognized by Chancellor Linda P. Brady at the recent UNCG Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards celebration. At the event, this video about Kirchoff was premiered. It was created by a student in Dr. Michael Frierson’s media studies class. Enjoy.

Randall Jarrell centennial: symposium and celebration at UNCG

Photo of Randall Jarrell courtesy Special Manuscripts & University ArchivesUNCG’s most well-known figure in its storied history? That’s likely Randall Jarrell.

A UNCG professor from 1947 until his death in 1967, the acclaimed poet, essayist, novelist and critic would have been 100 years old this year. The spotlight will be turned on his work and legacy this month at UNCG.

The Randall Jarrell Centennial Symposium and Celebration will be held April 24-25 on campus.

Some highlights:

  • Stephen Burt, poet, professor at Harvard University, and author of “Randall Jarrell and His Age,” will give a poetry reading.
  • UNCG professor emeritus Fred Chappell, former NC Poet Laureate, will provide the symposium’s first talk, introduced by Professor Michael Parker.
  • Noted photographer of North Carolina writers Jan Hensley will give a photography presentation, at a large tea honoring the Class of 1952.
  • Betty Watson, whose portraits of Jarrell hang at the National Portrait Gallery and in Jackson Library, will speak on the painting of those portraits.
  • Stuart Dischell, Linda Gregerson, Anthony J. Cuda and James Applewhite will be among the speakers at the two-day event.

“We are gathering together to celebrate and pay homage to the works of one of America’s most important poets and literary critics – the most prestigious figure to be involved with UNCG when it was the Woman’s College,” said Dischell, poet and UNCG professor. “We will be hosting both young scholars presenting papers on his writing as well as the most distinguished poet/scholars in the country.”

The event not only acknowledges the centennial of Jarrell’s birth, he explains. “We are also celebrating the history of our university and the Woman’s College.”

Jarrell, who was consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress – a position now known as Poet Laureate – was highly influential. “Jarrell’s significance as a poet grows with each generation that reads his work. His use of persona – writing in the voices of others – was in advance of the poetry of his contemporaries. Jarrell’s use of myth and fairy tales as points of departure for his poems also presages the works of the poets to follow,” Dischell said.

And his influence went further. “His literary criticism changed the way American readers and critics approached the art form.”

The event is hosted by the UNCG MFA Writing Program and The Greensboro Review.

All events will be on the UNCG campus. For details and a complete schedule, see http://mfagreensboro.org/event/randall-jarrell-centennial-symposium-celebration/.

By Mike Harris

Photo courtesy Special Manuscripts & University Archives

STEM fun for the day, as JSNN welcomes budding scientists

Photo of UNCG master’s student Jesse Plotkin (right) does a demonstration about enzymes. Photo courtesy JSNNWhat’s a microscope? A young student, perhaps a first-grader, nailed the answer.

“High five!” said Divya Shankar, a JSNN master’s student showing groups of budding scientists cells of an organism.

The Gateway to Science event last Thursday at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) had attracted almost 100 visitors by mid-morning. Two school groups, home school groups and a church group were among the early visitors. The open house event would last all day. (The final attendance tally was 135.) The science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) event had the theme ”Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a scientist?”

The young people toured the facility, seeing the cleanrooms behind glass walls – and lots of equipment. “I saw a person with a thingy in there!” one preschooler excitedly told her friend, as they observed researchers in a cleanroom. They also stopped at a variety of experiment stations. Doctoral student Richard Vestal was on the second floor, as was doctoral student Steven Coleman, getting the young people jazzed about science, with demonstrations at tables. They are both UNCG students. Dankar is an A&T student.

Near the entrance, UNCG master’s student Jesse Plotkin, in his second year at JSNN, was showing young people how to make “elephant toothpaste.” He explained, “It teaches about enzymes.” The students crowding around just knew it looked cool and they wanted to know more.

JSNN is a collaborative project of NC A&T and UNCG. Its mission is to train students to conduct research in nanoscience and nanoengineering, and to work closely with the Piedmont Triad community to help enhance opportunities for economic and academic growth through its outreach and engagement activities.

It’s a milestone moment for JSNN. The first doctoral degrees will be awarded in a few weeks. The first female at JSNN to earn a Ph.D. will be UNCG’s Rabeah Rawashdeh. UNCG’s Joseph Estevez will be the first JSNN male to earn a Ph.D. These UNCG degrees will be conferred May 9.

Just as these two students were once inspired to pursue science, now a new generation is hearing the call.

Dr. Joseph Starobin, professor of nanoscience at JSNN, paused on his way to a National Science Foundation meeting. The building was filling with young people energized about science. “These kids are our future,” he said. “You see their excitement.”

By Mike Harris

Visual: UNCG master’s student Jesse Plotkin (in plaid shirt) does a demonstration about enzymes. Photo courtesy JSNN.

This post was updated 9 a.m. April 16 to correct one name and provide final tally of visitors.

Finding efficiency ‘with fresh eyes’: UNCG’s innovative Dynamic Mailboxes

Photo of Robert Walker speaking with Bob Griffin in the postal center in Jefferson SuitesSince the beginning of the academic year students at UNCG have used their email address to receive regular mail, the implementation of a first-of-its-kind solution that solves not only a space problem but also a generational gap.

The solution is the brainchild of Robert Walker, UNCG’s director of business services and systems. The problem was the renovation of Moran Commons, which once centrally housed 6,000 student post office boxes.

Traditionally, UNCG had provided a postal box for every student on campus, but that system was antiquated and the set-up required “a lot of overhead and a lot of maintenance,” Walker said. At the end of the school year, “we had to change the dial on the combination locks, relabel them, move the mail. It was two weeks worth of work.”

Work that wasn’t appreciated by a generation of students reared on email. “We had full boxes of stuff they didn’t pick up,” Walker said.

The renovation, which made the old postal boxes unavailable, offered an opportunity for change. “We looked at it with fresh eyes and said we can do better,” Walker said. “If we’re going to change it, let’s do it in a way students will appreciate.”

The new system — dubbed Spartan Mail Management — abandons the old model using post office boxes. Now when students receive a letter or package on campus, they are emailed a unique postal code that corresponds with a cubby in the campus’ central postal center in Jefferson Suites. To pick up the mail, the student gives the postal clerk the code and, if applicable, shows his or her university ID. Once cleared, the cubby is then reassigned for the next piece of mail.

In a nod to sustainability — and changing student habits — the university no longer delivers bulk mail, fliers or junk mail to the campus’ 27413 student zip code.

“Students love it,” Walker said of the new system, which gives students instant notification that they have mail and tracks all the envelopes and packages received. “We have more tracking and accountability than we’ve ever had.”

Others see the potential for the system as well. The dynamic mail management system, the first of its kind in the nation, is patent pending and won the National Association for Campus Auxiliary Services’ Innovative Use of Technology Award.

Pulling on his IT background, Waker spent about six months and 300 to 400 development hours to create the web-based system, incorporating features he found lacking in the marketplace. The university spent less than $10,000 on the hardware and computing supplies to accompany the system, he said.

But the real savings, Walker added, was in UNCG avoiding having to buy a commercial system and the expensive licensing fees that would accompany it. Other systems currently available would have cost UNCG between $100,000 and $1 million and still lack some of the flexibility and features Walker’s system has.

Now, with the pending patent on the Spartan Mail Management system, “it could become a revenue generator for the university,” Walker said.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Visual: Robert Walker, left, speak with Bob Griffin in the postal center in Jefferson Suites. By Chris English.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Faculty and staff, kick that ball. Fill that truck.

Photo from last year's Kickball gameAll are invited to the UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball Challenge Tuesday, April 22, at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. The game will begin at 6 p.m.

You can enjoy food and fellowship – and perhaps some fancy footwork during the game. There’ll even be some vendors on hand.

The event will help support the Guilford County Animal Shelter. There is no admission charge, but items to help the shelter are appreciated.

“Please remember this does not all have to be ‘new’ items,” says Jeannie Lasley, Staff Senate Service Committee co-chair. “Any gently used towels, tarps, sheets, blankets, metal bowls, can openers….” She noted the poster has a full list of needed items.

At last year’s game, they got lots of dog and cat beds, towels, leaches, cleaning supplies and paper towels, she noted. “And over 2,000 pounds of food – both dry food and canned food.”

Their hopes are high and the need is great. “We hope to exceed last year, with so many animals having to go to the shelter because their owners are not able to care for them or the animals have not been able to be spayed or neutered and are producing more puppies and kittens than the owners can take care of.”

Want to donate a few items? There are boxes around campus – or simply bring items to the game to help “fill the truck” there. Someone at the entrance to the stadium (beside Walker Deck) will help carry donations to the truck, for anyone who wants help.

More details at www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_Committees/Events/Kickball.

Visual: The faculty particularly enjoyed last year’s game, which they won handily. Photo by Chris English.

Longer loans, fewer fines at UNCG Libraries

Photo of the front entrance to Jackson LibraryUniversity Libraries has some good news for you.

As of May 12, 2014, the following changes will be made to allow borrowers more time with materials and to renew or return materials before money is owed:

  • All 21-day loans will increase to 30 days for materials loaned from the Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobook and Paperback collections.
  • No overdue fines will be charged when materials from these collections are borrowed May 12 or afterward and returned or renewed late. Most of these materials can be renewed four times online.
  • Overdue fines will continue to be charged on materials from the Course Reserves, DVD, Tech Lending and AV Equipment collections.

Also effective July 1, 2014:

  • The lost item processing fee will increase from $10 to $20 per item. This fee compensates University Libraries for expenses incurred in the billing and reordering processes for lost items.
  • If items are returned or renewed within specified amounts of time after their due dates (eight days for Course Reserves, DVDs, Tech Lending and AV Equipment; 40 days for Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobook and Paperback books), the processing fee is not charged.

By Barry Miller

UNCG celebrates Earth Day April 22

Nature photo from UNCG campusA sustainability exhibition, a scholarship fair, and the premiere of “COAL” are highlights of the 2014 Earth Day at UNCG.

Earth Day will be celebrated Tuesday, April 22, with the following events:

  • Eco-Friendly Public Art Gallery – College Avenue from noon to 4:30 p.m. – Showcasing UNCG student artwork made with recycled and repurposed materials
  • Sustainability Scholarship Fair – Music Building Atrium from noon to 4:30 p.m. – Featuring UNCG academic programs, faculty research, and student projects
  • Campus Sustainability Exhibits – Music Building Atrium from noon to 4:30 p.m. – Highlighting the following initiatives: Energy and Water Conservation, LEED Buildings, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Alternative Transportation, Sustainable Food and Dining, Solar Power, Green Cleaning and Purchasing, Land Preservation, Natural Landscaping.
  • Performances of “COAL” – Music Building Organ Hall at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – Creative Organizing and Leadership (COAL) is an upbeat musical tale to create climate change awareness and inspire local activism.
  • Tree Planting & Tree Campus USA Award Ceremony – Music Building at 1 p.m. – Supported by the UNCG Grounds Division and the Peabody Park Preservation Committee.

Questions? Contact Chad Carwein (UNCG Office of Sustainability) at cgcarwein@uncg.edu or 334-3664.

Apply to be Global Engagement Teaching Fellow

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons (FTLC) seeks a UNCG faculty member to serve as the Global Engagement Teaching Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. This Teaching Fellow will work in coordination and collaboration with faculty and staff engaged in implementing UNCG’s QEP on “Global Engagement”.

Potential applicants interested in this opportunity should submit responses to the following questions as a word document to FTLC@uncg.edu by May 5, 2014. It is also recommended that applicants review the proposed QEP document, especially section 5.4 “Faculty Development” found at http://uncgqep.uncg.edu/

  1. Name, Department, Unit, Department Chair.
  2. Describe your teaching philosophy, particularly around teaching and pedagogy that prepares students to engage, communicate and interact in international and culturally diverse contexts.
  3. What interests you about working with the FTLC and the QEP to provide faculty development related to enhancing global learning pedagogy and students’ intercultural competencies?
  4. Describe your experience with global learning.
  5. Please provide one reference.

The FTLC promotes a collaborative community of scholars to enhance teaching, learning, research and creative activity. The goal of the FTLC Fellows program is to identify, support and disseminate new ideas and pedagogical practices in specific areas by connecting teaching expertise with UNCG faculty—and all those who teach. Fellows are the heart and soul of the FTLC.

Expectations for all FTLC fellows include:

  • Recruiting and connecting with other faculty about teaching, leading a faculty cohort/learning community, monthly meetings, providing periodic activity reports and participation at FTLC events.
  • Compensation for individual Fellows varies depending upon particular needs and situations. For example, previously compensation has taken the form of additional pay, course release or professional development funds.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ben Ramsey at bhramsey@uncg.edu.

“Heartbleed” Internet Security Vulnerability

UNCG ITS provided this information about Internet security:

Media outlets have been reporting on the “Heartbleed” Internet security vulnerability. The “Heartbleed” risk is a threat to many websites across the Internet. The staff of UNCG’s Information Technology Services (ITS) are assessing the risk to UNCG and are making changes to mitigate risk.

Please take special note that despite many media reports advising people to change passwords, UNCG is not currently suggesting that users change their campus passwords as a response to “Heartbleed.” In terms of the “Heartbleed” risk and changing passwords, timing is important. Please do NOT change passwords as a response to “Heartbleed” until you have received information from ITS that any affected servers have been updated to eliminate the “Heartbleed” risk. ITS will provide further guidance on the timing of password changes in the near future.

(Note: Anyone who has a normal business reason to change passwords at this time should do so. This includes changing a password that is due to expire, per UNCG’s usual 90-day expiration cycle. If you are getting messages that your password is expiring, you should change your password at reset.uncg.edu.)

We will continue to update the campus as our work to address this risk progresses. If you have questions about “Heartbleed” and campus technology, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

Full story at http://itsnews.uncg.edu/2014/04/10/heartbleed-internet-security-vulnerability/

UNCG Student Honors Convocation April 29

The university community is invited to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students at the 52nd annual Student Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the EUC Auditorium. Student recipients of the following will be recognized: Graduate Student Scholarly and Teaching Awards, Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo Awards, University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards. A reception will follow in the lobby adjacent to the auditorium. Contact Lloyd International Honors College if you have any questions, at 334-5538.

Owner of Zaki Oriental Rugs to speak at UNCG on April 16

Zaki Khalifa, owner of Zaki Oriental Rugs on South Main Street in High Point, will share his personal story about how his business has grown from a small storefront to a 100,000-square-foot showroom at the next Entrepreneurial Journeys program at UNCG on Wednesday, April 16.

The 5:30 p.m. event, which is offered at no charge and open to the public, will be held in Room 1214 of the Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building, 1111 Spring Garden St., on the UNCG campus. Due to limited seating, attendees are asked to register at entjourneys4.eventbrite.com. Check-in will begin at 5 p.m.

By Michelle Hines

Reade Taylor retiring as UNCG’s business affairs vice chancellor

Photo of Reade TaylorAfter 27 years at UNCG, including the last eight as vice chancellor for business affairs, Reade Taylor is retiring effective June 30.

He’ll be honored at a campuswide reception from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, May 12, in Cone Ballroom of Elliott University Center.

“It has been an honor and one of my life’s blessings to lead the innovative, dedicated and ethical staff in Business Affairs who serve the campus every hour of every day of the year,” Taylor said. “The richness of the diversity on this campus is one of its hallmarks and a source of energy and pleasure for me.”

Taylor joined UNCG in 1987. He served as assistant controller and accounting manager from 1987 to 1993, when he was appointed controller. He was named director of financial planning and budgets in 1996, serving until his appointment as vice chancellor in 2006, succeeding Phil Richman.

As vice chancellor, Taylor said the job has been an education. Ticking off a long list, he’s learned about areas as diverse as sustainability, police, facilities, real estate, LEED construction and endowment management. In recent years, there has also been a learning curve for housekeeping, lab safety, railroads, politicians, parking, food service, bird flu, bells, bookstores, bonds and hedge funds.

“Reade Taylor has been one of my closest advisers since 2008,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Throughout his service at UNCG he has considered issues and made decisions keeping in mind the primary goal of serving the long-term interests of the university. UNCG is a better place today because of his unselfish commitment to our students, faculty and staff. He will be missed.”

Taylor gives credit to the Business Affairs staff for the division’s successes on his watch. “My job has been to foster innovation and support my staff,” Taylor said. “I agree with the person who once said his key to success was ‘I don’t trip my players as they run onto the field.’”

Among the major areas of success Taylor cites are:

  • Support of campus facility renovation and expansion, which has integrated living-learning communities into residence halls; developed stronger partnerships with the city; established a neighborhood consortium; renovated student-oriented buildings to better serve current students and attract new ones.
  • Establishing a culture of sustainability, which created a Sustainability Office that has led to cost reductions in solid waste, water usage and utilities; Chancellor Brady signed onto the American Campus and University Climate Commitment; expanded the Spartan Chariot, and collaborated with the city and other institutions to establish the GTA HEAT service; reduced landfill waste from operations and construction projects; significantly reduced UNCG’s per-square-foot energy consumption; attained a STARS® Silver rating; significantly improved utilization of HUB contractors; received designation as Tree Campus USA; reduced parking permit sales to avoid having to add spaces.
  • Nurturing a culture of innovation and improved efficiency that has provided a way for faculty and EPA applicants to submit their application materials electronically; implemented e-marketplace that allowed the university to secure better pricing for all UNCG departments (with the savings staying in the departments); increased use of electronic communication and use of UNCGenie for payroll, tax withholding and reporting; and overhauled delivery of student mail.
  • Raising risk awareness across the university; recognized in an era of increasingly constrained resources it is more important than ever to make risk-aware decisions (not only for the department making the decision, but also other areas that may be impacted); established a formal Emergency Management function to raise awareness of and prepare for weather, environmental toxins, violence, or other catastrophes and emergencies.
  • Establishment of and adherence to a written Business Affairs Code of Ethics.

“Throughout my life I have always looked toward the next chapter,” Taylor said. “Although I’m a little anxious about such a significant transition, I am ready for another change.” His future plans include traveling, reading, gardening, photography and spending more time with his parents. He also wants to serve as a UNCG Guarantee mentor.

By Steve Gilliam

Note: The time of the reception has been corrected in this post. It will be 1-3 p.m.

Looking ahead: April 16, 2014

UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Festival
Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

UNCG small jazz combo
Monday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall, Music Building

Faculty vs. Staff Kickball game
Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m, Baseball Stadium,

UNCG Symphonic Band
Tuesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Softball vs. Charlotte (dh)
Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m.

Play, ‘Hedda Gabler’
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Screening, Sustainability Short Film Competition
Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

UNCG Wind Ensemble
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

With the staff: March/April, 2014

Hello: Jullian Lincourt, University Registrar’s Office

Good-bye: Andrew Huffman, Housing and Residence Life; Waldenia Wright, Facilities Services; Kenneth Long, Public Safety and Police; Peter Nielsen, Facilities Design and Construction; Christy Knight, Housing and Residence Life; Douglas Glover, Housing and Residence Life; April Lester, Human Development and Family Studies; Angela Montgomery, Human Resources

Coalition for Diverse Language Communities Fellowship Presentation April 24

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) and the School of Education Faculty Access and Equity Committee will present a fellowship presentation Thursday, April 24, from 3-4 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 401. The presentation will consist of two talks by School of Education faculty:

  • “Preserving Montagnard Refugee Cultural Heritage: A Community Perspective,” presented by Nora Bird, Fatih Oguz and Clara Chu (LIS)
  • “Working with Middle Grades English Learners: Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’ is a Delicate Balance,” presented by Bev Faircloth, Shirley Atkinson and Ye He (TEHE)

For additional information, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CDLC-Fellowship-presentations-April-24-2014.pdf.

Shred Day at UNCG Park & Ride lot

On Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-noon, Shred Day will be held at the UNCG Park & Ride lot, 1720 W. Lee St. The Better Business Bureau of Central NC annual Shred Day aims to help prevent identify theft by eliminating sensitive documents. An easy way to prevent identity theft is to shred unnecessary papers that include personal financial information such as your social security number and bank account numbers. Cintas is a sponsor of this event.

Triad Teacher Researcher Conference April 30

The UNCG School of Education will present the Triad Teacher Researcher Conference Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the School of Education Building. It provides an opportunity for current area teachers, as well as undergraduate/graduate students, to present inquiry projects to other educators and attend informative sessions. For more details, visit www.triadteacherresearcher.weebly.com.

Have questions? Contact Amy Vetter at amvetter@uncg.edu.

‘Charlie Chaplin at UNCG’ historical walking tour April 21, 23

Get the full scoop on Charlie Chaplin’s World War I-era visit to UNCG’s campus – and see where it all happened. Brief walking tours will be offered Monday, April 21, and Wednesday, April 23 (weather permitting).

Meet at noon at the front steps of Alumni House.

Campus Weekly editor Mike Harris will fill you in on Chaplin’s appearance at UNCG, which involved a parade and rally. Archivist Kathelene Smith will fill you in about the World War I context for our campus.

Questions? Email mdharri3@uncg.edu.

See related pieces about Charlie Chaplin’s visit to UNCG:
Charlie Chaplin roused the crowds at UNCG
Buy WWI Liberty Bonds, Chaplin told 5,000 on campus
Sacrifice and service during WWI at UNCG
Will Chaplin do his funny walk?
Fame, fortune and funny Chaplin waddle

Brad Hayes

Photo of Brad HayesWilliam Bradley “Brad” Hayes has been appointed by the UNC Board of Governors to the UNCG Board of Trustees. He will take over the unexpired term of Martin Weissburg to June 30, 2015.

As Executive VP and CFO at Burlington-based LabCorp since 2005, Hayes has excelled as a key member of the executive management team. He will soon retire from LabCorp.

Hayes is an experienced board professional, having served as a board member and fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which recognized him last year with their top honor. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee of Canterbury School in Greensboro.

He has a deep love for and connection to UNCG. He and his wife, Kim, are UNCG graduates, and he was honored in 2013 with the UNCG Bryan School of Business & Economics Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also served on the Bryan School Advisory Board, the Excellence Foundation and the Alumni Association.

Dr. Moses Acquaah

Photo of Dr. Moses AcquaahDr. Moses Acquaah (Management) received funding from the Network for Business Sustainability South Africa for the project “A review and synthesis of research and practice on measuring and valuing social capital for business decision-making and reporting.” Social capital is broadly seen as the resources that accrue as a result of the network of social relationships of individuals (employees) within and between organizations, institutions, communities and the economy, the abstract notes. Social capital, which is one of the six forms of capital identified by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), has been the one companies find difficult to understand, measure and value its impact because of its intangible nature. The outcome from this project would have broad impact.

Dr. Esther Leerkes

Photo of Dr. Esther LeerkesDr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies) received additional funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for the project “Identifying Genetic Risk for Maternal Insensitivity and Infant Dysregulation.” Leerkes will work to (1) identify specific emotion-related genotypes that predispose mothers to have more negative physiological, emotional and behavioral responses to infant distress; and to (2) examine the extent to which specific emotion-related genotypes make mothers and infants more or less susceptible to the effect of positive and negative environmental experiences. The abstract notes that identifying the processes that influence how mothers respond to their distressed infants and the origins of these processes will inform the development of screening tools to identify mothers at risk for parenting difficulties and the design of individually tailored intervention efforts to foster sensitive maternal behavior and positive social emotional functioning early in life.

Dr. Terri Shelton

Photo of Dr. Terri SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Economic Development) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. The funded project is “NC Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative.” While underage drinking continues to be a national and statewide concern, efforts under the Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative have been instrumental in reducing alcohol use before age 13 by 41 percent and a 23 percent reduction in binge drinking from 1998 to 2011. NC now ranks the 45th lowest in 12-20 year old binge drinking and 44th lowest in past 30-day use among underage drinkers. This funding will support the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking (NCPUD) Initiative in its efforts to reduce and prevent underage alcohol consumption and the resulting social, health and economic consequences in North Carolina. The abstract notes that short-term outcomes include increasing quality youth participation, enhancing community mobilization efforts to use evidence-based environmental strategies and community/law enforcement partnerships leading to more effective policies and programs. These short-term outcomes will be measured by collecting performance measure data from sub-grant recipients. Long-term outcomes include reductions in youth alcohol consumption. UNCG has partnered with the state of NC on these efforts since 2007.

Joan Johnson

Joan Johnson received new funding from New Chapter Inc./Autism Speaks for the project “College Access for Students with ASD.” Beyond Academics is NC’s first and only four-year, on-campus, fully inclusive postsecondary certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. The certificate in Integrative Community Studies is offered by the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Eligible students with Autism Spectrum Disorders enrolled in the certificate program or in various degree studies may be considered for scholarships through this fund beginning in Fall 2014. In collaboration with the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services, a selection process will determine scholarship recipients. UNCG is only one of 11 universities/colleges awarded this funding. Johnson is director of UNCG’s certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Gideon Wasserberg

Photo of Dr. Gideon WasserbergDr. Gideon Wasserberg (Biology) received new funding from the Department of Defense for the project “Characterization and attraction of the male sex pheromones of Lutzomyia verrucarum.” Lutzomyia verrucarum is the vector of Carrion’s disease and cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Peruvian Andes. As part of a general plan to control this sand fly, the researchers will focus on identifying male sex pheromones that will be used as a lure for attracting the female sand fly to lethal traps. Field testing of extracts and isolated compounds will be done in the field in Caraz Peru by Wasserberg.