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Archives for April 2014

Enjoy UNCG’s International Festival 2014

Photo from past iFestCome enjoy UNCG’s 32nd Annual International Festival on April 12. There will be lots of do and see along College Avenue, from noon to 5 p.m.

Performances include:
Noon Iran: Persian Dance
12:15 p.m. China: Youth Chinese Orchestra
12:30 p.m. Brazil: Forro Brazilian Dance
12:35 p.m. Eritrea/ Ethiopia: Traditional Dances
12:55 p.m. China: Chinese Dance
1:25 p.m. Latin America: Hantin & Salsa Dances
1:35 p.m. International Hairston MS International Dance
1:45 p.m. South Korea: K-pop Dance
2:00 p.m. Hmong Traditional Dance
2:05 p.m. Middle East: Troop Bellysima Belly Dance
2:55 p.m. Japan Taiko Japanese Drumming
3:25 p.m. India: Bollywood Dance
3:35 p.m. Micronesian Polynesian Hula Dance
3:45 p.m. United States: Blue Dynasty Dance Team
3:50 p.m. Asia: Asian Pop
4:05 p.m. France: French Traditional Dance
4:15 p.m. Peru: Peruvian Traditional Dance
4:25 p.m. South Asia: UNCG Jalwa Dance Performance
4:35 p.m. South Korea: K-pop Dance
4:45 p.m. Saudi Arabia: Saudi Traditional Dance

The event is sponsored by UNCG’s International Students Association, International Programs Center and the Student Government Association

More information and contact info is at http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/.

Be part of UNCG’s Earth Day, at Sustainability Scholarship Fair

Photo of garden at Music BuildingThe spring 2014 Sustainability Scholarship Fair will be held on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, noon-4 p.m., in the foyer of the Music Building and near the bridge in Peabody Park.

It will provide an opportunity for faculty currently engaged in teaching and research in sustainability to meet, learn about, and network with others who also are involved in related activities.

Sustainability is a core value defined in UNCG’s Strategic Plan 2009-2014 as “the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.”

There is no need to develop anything particular for this event. Come with an existing presentation, poster, syllabus, assignment(s), book, article, object, artwork, etc. Situate yourself (at a table or otherwise) inside or outside for any period during the event. And interact with the other faculty and the students, staff and community members who stop by.

If you have advanced undergraduate or graduate students actively involved in your or their own sustainability work, they are welcome to represent you and/or share their work as well. Please note, however, that space is limited, and faculty will be given priority.

The Sustainability Scholarship Fair is free and open to the public, and it is part of UNCG’s Earth Day activities. A reception with snacks and drinks will be provided. If you would like to participate, fill out the following form before April 17: https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/forms/d/1r0JtDCGyj_n87OuCk2tnhsJ3qLBFRHvv3Hb6Op7q2RY/viewform

Have questions? Email UNCG’s Academic Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Aaron S. Allen, at asallen@uncg.edu.

UNCG’s Pedestrian Underpass opens

Photo of open Underpass with bicyclistA bicyclist made his way from Spartan Village, crossed Lee Street – and on a bright spring morning became one of the first students to make use of UNCG’s new Pedestrian Underpass.

The Pedestrian Underpass opened for use April 1.

The Pedestrian Underpass is a collaborative effort between UNCG and the North Carolina Railroad Company.

By Mike Harris

Photograph by David Wilson, morning of April 1.

Bryan School students uncork award-winning business plan

Winery photo courtesy of Monty and Brenda CombsA simple question — “Where can we eat?” — led to an award-winning pairing between the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics and Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery.

Bryan School MBA students won the 2014 Small Business Institute’s Project of the Year award for their comprehensive business plan for a restaurant at the Wilkes County winery. MBA students Gordon Trimble, Scott Jordan and Taylor Pittman worked on the business and marketing plan with Bryan School faculty members Richard Browne, Bonnie Canziani and Sam Troy.

A feasibility business plan by Bryan School undergraduates for Little Acorn Books, a local publisher of children’s books, won second place in the Small Business Institute’s undergraduate feasibility business plan category. Both of UNCG’s entries placed out of about 500 entries in the national competition.

UNCG is the only Triad school with a Small Business Institute program.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Textiles, Teachers and Troops’ public launch April 8

Photo of a downtown Greensboro scene, circa 1920.How did Greensboro become the city it is today? From 1880-1945, three distinct forces helped transform the city: textiles, teachers, and troops. Now, six important area institutions – including UNCG – have come together to create a free online tool that documents that transformation and makes it available to the public. Two upcoming programs will highlight that tool and are free and open to the public.

  • On Tuesday, April 8, a public launch of the digital project Textiles, Teachers, and Troops: Greensboro 1880-1945 will be held at the Greensboro Historical Museum at 7 p.m. In addition to demonstration of the project website and a brief outline of Greensboro history during the period, Dr. Kevin Cherry, Deputy Secretary of Archives and History in the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, will speak.
  • On Wednesday, April 16, the panel discussion “Historians, Digitization & the Future of Historical Research” will be offered in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library at 4 p.m. Panelists will include UNCG historians Lisa Tolbert and Anne Parsons, and PhD candidate Alexandra Chassanoff of UNC Chapel Hill.

Textiles, Teachers, and Troops makes available more than 175,000 digital images including photographs, manuscripts, rare books, scrapbooks, printed materials and oral histories documenting the social and cultural development of Greensboro. For the first time, all five colleges and universities in Greensboro, along with the Greensboro Historical Museum, have collaborated on a project to make primary source materials available online.

The project, coordinated by the Digital Projects unit in the University Libraries at UNCG, was made possible in large measure through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

The project incorporates material already digitized by the UNCG University Libraries and Greensboro Historical Museum as part of other projects, including Greensboro Historical Newspapers, Greensboro Pictorials, and Greensboro City Directories.

The principal contacts for more information about this project are David Gwynn (jdgwynn@uncg.edu) and Stephen Catlett (jscatlet@uncg.edu).

Full story is at UNCG Libraries web site.

By Barry Miller

Visual: A downtown Greensboro scene, circa 1920. From a Greensboro College Scrapbook.

Thomas Berry and UNCG

Photo of Thomas Berry and Dr. Charlie HeadingtonThomas Berry was born 100 years ago. A chautauqua this week at UNCG will mark this centennial and consider and build on his research about ecology, universities and our world. The event’s talks will focus on such disparate topics as species extinction, indigenous knowledge, green campuses, the role of undergraduate education, and North Carolina sea turtles. Thomas Berry, with his emphasis on a sustainable earth/human relationship, likely would not have found these topics as disparate at all.

He was celebrated widely. He received eight honorary degrees and dozens of awards and honors. And Greensboro was where he grew up and where he lived his final years. He died in 2009 at age 94.

The scholar visited the UNCG campus numerous times:

He spoke at UNCG’s Warren Ashby Residential College on several occasions, according to UNCG Biology lecturer Ann Berry Somers, and he spoke at the UNCG Faculty Center.

UNCG’s All College Read in the early 1990s was Berry’s “The Dream of the Earth,” Somers recalls. He gave a seminar in UNCG’s Biology department in the early 2000s.

Ann Berry Somers (who is his niece) uses his work in Biology when discussing thinking as an ecological force. Catherine Matthews and Somers have used his essays on education in their think tank class, which is presenting a chautauqua later this week.

David McDuffie, a lecturer in Religious Studies at UNCG since 2010, uses Berry’s writings in his classes.

Berry is one of the most important figures in religious environmentalism, McDuffie says. “He’s a huge figure in the conversation.”

Berry saw people, animals and all the earth as a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects, McDuffie explains.

Humans tell stories and they create meaning from stories. The scientific narrative – how we comprehend the world’s history scientifically – does not need to be separated from religious ones, in Berry’s view. Valuing both narratives can lead to a greater appreciation of our natural environment.

We tend to separate things, he acknowledged. He wanted fewer barriers in academic disciplines, in aspects of our lives. And ecology is an ever-present primary focus.

McDuffie is working on his dissertation. “The following question orients my work,” he explains. “In a time of widespread ecological degradation, what is the potential for religion or the religious to offer a significant contribution toward the attainment of sustainable human cultures?” Berry’s scholarship is important to that work.

Dr. Charlie Headington has taught in Religious Studies and courses on sustainability in various programs throughout UNCG’s College of Arts and Sciences. He has used Berry’s books “The Great Work” and “Dream of the Earth” in his UNCG classes. “He spoke at one of my classes,” Headington recalls,” and we went down to my house (on Mendenhall) and garden and had a potluck with the students.”

Headington also worked at a garden with UNCG students as interns. “Berry came one day to recite his poems to a large group gathered in the garden.”

Headington reflected recently on Berry’s poetry. “Thomas told me that he enjoyed writing poetry more than anything else. And it shows. Students often told me that his poetic prose struck deeply as if he embedded earthy metaphors in their very being. Metaphors like reliving the moment when one first recognizes the beauty and wonder of nature, or how the universe ‘bends’ toward complexity, community and beauty.”

“Most poignant was Berry’s assertion that ‘we are the universe, thinking.’ My students felt that challenged them to think deeply and ethically.”

Learn more about the Spring Think Tank Chautauqua at UNCG at the site http://biology.uncg.edu/Chautauqua/Gen_Info.html. There is no admission charge.

By Mike Harris

Photo: Thomas Berry and Dr. Charlie Headington, first recipient of the Thomas Berry Environmental Educator Award, at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, Greensboro, 2005.

2014 Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo honorees

UNCG’s Eighth Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo included 111 presentations by 158 students working with 84 faculty mentors representing 39 academic departments.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is now the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO). This name change promotes the disciplinary diversity of scholarship represented by the many academic departments at UNCG. In this spirit of inclusivity, the office has also added “and Creativity” to the Expo title.

The URSCO is dedicated to promoting and supporting student success through faculty-mentored undergraduate research, creative expressions and other scholarly experiences for the UNCG community. The expo highlights the diversity of disciplinary scholarship for and through our students in order to help cultivate a culture of lifelong inquiry.

2014 expo awards

Visual Arts
1st Place: Gabrielle Ocampo
Faculty Mentor: Sheryl Oring , Art
“What it’s Like to Sleep”

2nd Place: Michael Bannerman
Faculty Mentor: Barbara Campbell Thomas, Art
“The Complete Astrologer & His Time Capsules”

3rd Place: Elizabeth Traub
Faculty Mentor: Nikki Blair, Art
“Don’t Listen”

Honorable Mention: Billy Hawkins
Faculty Mentor: Barbara Campbell Thomas, Art
“Ako no. 1”

Behavioral, Economic, Educational and Social Sciences
1st Place: Brent Nara, David Frank, and Michaela Zavagnin
Faculty Mentor: Dayna Touron and Michael Kane, Psychology
“The Influences of Mood and Mindfulness on Age-related Differences in Mind Wandering in a Reading Task”

2nd Place: Jonathan Latta and Julie Campbell
Faculty Mentor: George Michel, Psychology
“The Development of Hand Preference in Infants Between 8 to 14 Months”

3rd Place: Meg Smith
Faculty Mentor: Nicole Dobbins and Vicki Jacobs, Education
“How Children Think About Math”

Honorable Mention: Joylyn Troyer and Catherine French
Faculty Mentor: Travis Hicks, Interior Architecture
“Sustainable Glenwood”

1st Place: Emily Gering
Faculty Mentor: David Wharton, Classic Studies
“Development in Latin’s Basic Color Terms”

2nd Place: Eliana Mundula
Faculty Mentor: Heather Holian, Art History
“Learned, Mannered, and Titled: Baccio Bandinelli’s Self-Referential Work in the Context of the Changing Status of the Artist”

3rd Place: Rachel Chaney
Faculty Mentor: Hephzibah Roskelly, English
“There are Worse Crimes than Burning Books: How the Graphic Novel Enhances the Rhetorical Aim of Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’”

Life, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
1st Place: Daniel Nasrallah
Faculty Mentor: Mitchell Croatt, Chemistry and Biochemistry
“Investigation into the Syntheses and Applications of Cyanocarbenes”

2nd Place: Jonathan Nelson and Shan Yu
Faculty Mentor: Karen Katula, Biology
“Epigenetic Modulation of WNT5A Expression in the Human Colorectal Cell Line HCT-116”

3rd Place: Harry Rybacki
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Jensen, Computer Science
“OSF SciNet: Crowd-Sourcing the Scientific Citation Network”

Honorable Mention: Jason Howard
Faculty Mentor: Deepshikha Shukla, Physics and Astronomy
“Exploring charge independence of the strong force by modeling neutron-proton scattering”

UNCG’s Admissions and Campus Rec among winners

Student Affairs’ Campus Recreation got a high five – literally – from the chancellor. And Undergraduate Admissions took the top award, for a video that wonderfully captures how UNCG is the place to come in order to do big things.

At the 2014 DSBA Community Awards presentation last Friday, Chancellor Linda P. Brady presented more than two dozen awards to departments and schools throughout the university.

This year marks the first comprehensive, official awards program for the DSBA community. Last year, there was recognition of the “early adopters” on campus.

“We all know the importance of integrated marketing and strategic communication,” Brady said. “We do compete with other universities for students, staff and faculty.”

With strategic, impactful communications, we can better compete.

“Today, we are recognizing the good work we are doing,” she said.

Debbie Schallock, who has served as interim director of marketing and strategic communication in University Relations, noted there were 44 entries. A panel of judges from the UNCG and Triad communities judged the entries, based on effort and merit.

Undergraduate Admissions’ video “We’re the Spartans” took the The Gold Pennant Award. It was judged “best in show.”

The full list of winners:

Complete Campaign
Gold – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation Banner, Posters and Calendar)
Bronze – Bryan School (Student Services Website and Brochures)
Honorable Mention – School of Nursing (Fundraising Letters, Pledge Forms and Postcard)

Film and Video
Gold – Undergraduate Admissions (“We’re the Spartans” Video)

Gold – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation Calendar)
Silver – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation “I Found a Place”)
Honorable Mention – School of Education (Website, Social Media, and Annual Report)

Print Materials
Gold – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation Poster Series)
Gold – Student Affairs (Housing & Residence Life Welcome Banners)
Gold – School of Education (Annual Report)
Gold – Undergraduate Admissions (Academic Programs Brochure)
Gold – Undergraduate Admissions (Prospective Students Viewbook)
Silver – Bryan School (Applied Economics & MA/PhD Brochure)
Silver – Undergraduate Admissions (Transfer Brochure)
Bronze – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation Calendar)
Bronze – Student Affairs (Housing & Residence Life Prospective Student Mailings)
Bronze – Undergraduate Studies (Foundations for Learning Brochure)
Bronze – UNCG Lloyd International Honors College (Prospective Student Brochure)
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Studies (Student Success Center Brochure)
Honorable Mention – University Libraries (FOL Dinner Invitation)

Web Site Design and Organization
Honorable Mention – College of Arts & Sciences (CAS Website)
Honorable Mention – School of Education (School of Education Website)

Silver – School of Education (Web Features)

Afterward, Mandy Byrd, associate manager of student marketing and communication, spotlighted Jill Ingram, who joined UNCG Admissions from Western Carolina last year, and videographer Justin Reich. Ingram and Reich created the “Gold Pennant” award-winning video. Reich is a UNCG alumnus. Ingram praised the access that faculty and staff throughout campus gave them – to film classes and ask questions on camera. The result: a wonderful film and impactful admissions tool.

Learn more about integrated marketing and strategic communications at UNCG.

See the award-winning video.

By Mike Harris

UNCG Softball supports fight against CHD

Photo of UNCG softball teamThe UNCG softball team is promoting its season-long campaign to help raise money in the fight against Congenital Heart Defects.

The UNCG softball team has picked the weekend series on April 12-13 against Western Carolina as UNCG’s official CHD focus weekend. Donations will be taken all weekend long at the stadium’s marketing table as the team has set aim to raise $2,000. All donations will go towards CHD research as well as supporting families suffering from this illness.

The team has taken a strong interest in the platform after hearing about head coach Janelle Breneman’s 6-year old nephew, Bronson, who suffers from CHD. To learn more about Bronson’s story check out this informative but personal video by Greta Hurst (Bronson’s Mom & Coach Breneman’s sister): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ma8wrSAekE

Here are some important statistics about CHD. CHD is the #1 birth defect worldwide. Approximately one out of every 120 babies are born with a heart defect.

By Justin Glover

Full story at UNCG Athletics web site.

‘Minority & Immigrant Youth: Achievement, Adaptation & Mental Health’

Hear several national experts give insights on the topic “Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Youth: Achievement, Adaptation, and Mental Health.”

UNCG’s 2014 Kendon Smith Lecture Series will be held Thursday and Friday, April 10-11. The event is sponsored by the Department of Psychology at UNCG, and attendance is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 10, School of Education Building, Room 114
“A Perfect Storm: Disparities for Immigrant Youth Needing Behavioral Health Care”
Dr. Margarita Alegria, Harvard University, 1:45 p.m.

“Transnationalism of the Heart: Psychological and Educational Implications of Family Separations”
Dr. Carola Suarez-Orozco, UCLA, 3:15 p.m.

Friday, April 11 Curry Building, Room 225
“Trajectories of academic and psychological well being among ethnic minority adolescents: Findings from the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education”
Dr. Diane Hughes, New York University, 9 a.m.

“Why do Latino Teens Help Their Family and What Does it Mean for their Development?”
Dr. Andrew Fuligni, UCLA, 10:30 a.m.

Additional information is available from Melanie Nickerson, mdnicker@uncg.edu, 334-5480, or at http://www.uncg.edu/psy/ksl14.html

Give input on Aycock/Walker intersection

Rendering of Aycock Street and Walker Avenue enhancementThe Greensboro Department of Transportation is planning changes to the intersection of Aycock Street and Walker Avenue to enhance pedestrian safety. To learn more about the project and provide feedback to GDOT, please stop by the Student Recreation Center lobby Monday, April 14, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Too many plastic bags, at UNCG Landfill on the Lawn

Photo of Landfill on the Lawn event on campusAs part of the annual Recyclemania competition the UNCG Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) put on another Landfill on the Lawn event on campus – this time in the Quad area. This year’s event focus was changed from highlighting what could have been recycled in the trash to what should have been left out of the recycling.

The reason for change in venue and focus was to target an area that has been producing high amounts of contamination in their recycling. One week’s worth of recycling from the Quad was dumped onto tarps. Ben Kunka with the OWRR and Chad Carwein with the UNCG Office of Sustainability dressed into Tyvek bio-hazard suits and sorted through the 2,000 lbs. of material. The odor and sight of the material drew campus community members (mostly students) to the event where a table with educational materials and Recyclemania promotional items awaited them.

Spartan Village and Quad residence halls have had higher than normal amounts of contamination in their recycling. The main contaminants reported by the recycling facility and then verified in this last event are plastic bags, food waste and Styrofoam.

The Recycling office notes that all recycling bins have labels that outline what is acceptable. While the guidelines state that Plastics numbered 1-7 are acceptable, the city’s recycling facility does not want Styrofoam, film plastics, and plastic shopping bags. Plastic shopping bags were found to be the primary problem at this event..

Recyclemania is a national competition that compares how university recycling programs are performing. From Feb. 2 to March 29, UNCG competed in the recycling competition between more than 400 colleges and universities across North America. UNCG in the competition currently has a 28 percent recycling rate – up from 20 percent the year before; 28 percent would put UNCG in the middle of national competition division (124th out of 252 schools).

This year’s Landfill on the Lawn event was designed not only to encourage folks to recycle more but to also recycle correctly.

If you are unsure about an item you have to dispose of is recyclable or not, call 336-334-5192 or email recycle@uncg.edu for more information.

‘Downton Abbey’ meets ‘Figaro,’ at UNCG

Photo of Randy McMullen's set design for Act OneMozart’s comic masterpiece “The Marriage of Figaro” is all about the clash of the classes.

Power. Intrigue. Politics. Relationships.

What better place to set the story than in early 20th century England, à la “Downton Abbey”?

Performances will be April 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.; and April 6 at 2 p.m. The collaborative UNCG Opera and UNCG Theatre production is at Aycock Auditorium.

Details and ticket information are at https://performingarts.uncg.edu/areas/opera-theatre/events.

Visual: Randy McMullen’s set design for Act One.

Volunteer for summer’s SOAR 2014

Photo from past SOAR eventThe Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs is looking for 2014 SOAR volunteers to help welcome new students and their families during the month of June.

SOAR volunteers are a team of UNCG faculty and staff who assist in greeting, guiding and directing new Spartans and their families during SOAR.

There will be eight freshman sessions this June: June 5-6, June 8-9, June 10-11, June 12-13, June 16-17, June 19-20, June 23-24 and June 26-27. The majority of the SOAR volunteer duties will be on the first day of SOAR between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Each volunteer will get a 2014 SOAR Volunteer T-shirt to wear while you are working and an invitation to SOAR Preview where there will be plenty of food and fun for all.

The SOAR Volunteer program offers flexible hours and excellent benefits to all of its volunteers. You can choose which sessions and times work best for you.

If you are willing and able to be a SOAR Volunteer, RSVP to Mary Lesa Pegg at mlpegg@uncg.edu no later than Friday, May 2, 2014. Once you RSVP, you will be sent information on how to sign up for volunteer shifts.

Bruce Kirchoff will receive BOG Excellence in Teaching Award

Photo of Dr. Bruce KirchoffDr. Bruce Kirchoff’s teaching philosophy? “Without active learning, there is no learning.”

The active learning that happens in his classes – and the impact he is having for students internationally – has earned him high recognition.

Kirchoff will receive a 2014 UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. He will be recognized at the April 9 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony, and the award will be presented at May Commencement.

With research centering on plant structure and development, and on visual learning, Kirchoff has been a member of UNCG’s biology faculty since 1986. He has taught, developed, and revised courses in plant biology, honors, and freshman seminars, and has conducted numbers national teaching workshops. In the early 1990’s he served as the director of UNCG’s Introductory Biology program.

He also embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship. The UNCG Office of Innovation and Commercialization advised him on starting a company, Metis LLC, around his proprietary software. The UNCG Teaching and Learning Center (now the FTLC) funded some of the initial development of this software. As a result, it is offered free to any course at UNCG.

One version of the software teaches plant recognition. As a result of using this software his students they do better on their exams. As noted in an earlier CW story, the software is used nationally and internationally, from Florida State University, to Charles Sturt University in Australia. Other versions of the software are being used to teach organic chemistry functional groups (in collaboration with Dr. Michael Croat, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry), herpetology identification, and plant life cycles.

He received the 2013 ASPT Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize for his plant identification teaching tool.

One student at the end of a recent course said, “This was a great course that was far exceeding my expectations! Dr. Kirchoff made it more student-led, which encouraged everyone to discuss topics and truly think for ourselves.”

Each award winner will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $12,500 cash prize. All awards will be presented by a Board of Governors member during each campus’ spring graduation ceremonies. The recipients were announced by the BOG last week.

Award citations for all 17 award recipients may be found at: http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=board-governors-awards/teaching-awards-2014.

Looking ahead: April 2, 2014

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

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

Film, ‘Journey of the Universe,’ with co-executive producer Dr. John Grim
Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m., Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building

WAMJam and film: “Into Great Silence”
Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon.

Opera, “The Marriage of Figaro,” Mozart
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony
Friday, April 4, 9 a.m., EUC Auditorium

Greensboro Dance Film Festival
Friday, April 4, 7 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre

Baseball vs. Western Carolina
Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m.

Music Department follies concert
Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

In memoriam: Paula Andris

Paula Andris died Dec. 27, 2013. She served at UNCG from 1959-1986 and was the first recipient of the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award.

Andris was assistant to the vice chancellor of academic affairs. She began her work at UNCG with then-Dean (later Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs) Mereb Mossman in 1959, and worked for Mossman’s successors Stanley Jones and Elisabeth Zinser. She retired in 1986 and returned for a brief period in 1989-90. An oral history interview from 1991 may be found at http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/ref/collection/OralHisCo/id/6976. An obituarly is at http://www.lowefuneralhome.com/obituary/Paula-Alspaugh-Andris/Burlington-NC/1326797.

‘Beaux Eaux Extravaganza’ a UNCG Music Follies Concert

Enjoy an evening of absolute hilarity, frivolity, brilliance, creativity and (if we’re really lucky) sheer embarrassment for some.

The fun “follies” concert will be Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building’s Recital Hall.

PS: If you haven’t gotten the brilliant joke yet, the title is pronounced “bo zo.”

Admission for this special UNCG Music Department event? Canned or non-perishable food items to benefit the Greensboro Urban Ministry.

UNCG Managed Print Services

Faculty and staff can learn more about UNCG’s managed print services at two open forums:
April 3, 10 a.m., EUC, Kirkland Room
April 10, 1 p.m., Stone Building, Room 186

FAQ’s may be viewed at http://purchasing.uncg.edu/mps-faqs/

Rescheduled “Housing Segregation” discussion April 8

The rescheduled Conversation with the Community “Housing Segregation in Black and White: How Far Have We Come?” will be Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m., in Bryan Building, Room 160. Allen H. Johnson of the News & Record and John P. Thompson grew up in the same house at different times. Join Allen Johnson and John Thompson as they discuss the effects of white flight and housing segregation in Greensboro after experiencing these phenomena firsthand.

MRC Art Reception: ‘Violence Unsilenced 2014’

An artist talk and reception for “Violence Unsilenced 2014: UNCG SVCA Allies Photovoice” will be held today (Wednesday, April 2), 4-5 p.m., featuring Jenn Hamilton, UNCG Sexual Violence Campus Advocate. It will be held in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC. The exhibition will be on view through May 2, 2014.

UNCG’s Student Health Services in collaboration with the Sexual Violence Campus Advocacy presents an art exhibit where survivors of relationship and sexual violence break their silence through artistic expression. This exhibit depicts a digital story created by a group of sexual violence survivors on campus. It includes photos and narratives from a Photovoice project this semester. For more information contact Jeffrey Coleman (Multicultural Affairs) at jeffrey_coleman@uncg.edu or 336-334-3702.

Benjamin Filene’s talk will feature roots music

Dr. Benjamin Filene, director of Public History in the Department of History, will discuss his book “Public Memory & American Roots Music: Romancing the Folk.” In this book, “Filene moves beyond the usual boundaries of folk music to consider a wide range of performers who drew on or were drawn into the canon of American roots music — from Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie, to Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, to Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Challenging traditional accounts that would confine folk music revivalism to the 1930s and 1960s, he argues instead that the desire to preserve and popularize America’s musical heritage is a powerful current that has run throughout this century’s culture and continues to flow today.”

The talk will be Tuesday, April 8, 4 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center, EUC.

Dr. Julia Mendez Smith

Photo of Dr. Julia Mendez SmithDr. Julia Mendez Smith (Psychology) received additional funding from Child Trends for the project “Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families.” It is for a subcontract to the Hispanic Families Research Center, managed by Child Trends, Inc. The primary goal is to advance understanding of child care issues for low-income Hispanic families.

Dr. Jan Rychtar

Photo of Dr. Jan RychtarDr. Jan Rychtar (Mathematics and Statistics) receiving new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “REU Site: Mathematical Biology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.” The primary objective of this program is to involve a diverse group of undergraduate students in research and to generate new mathematical knowledge in the areas of mathematical biology and applied mathematics.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnership) received additional funding from the High Point Community Foundation for the project “High Point Center for Children and Families.” The center was developed as a collaborative effort to leverage resources, fill the gap for needed services, and to provide comprehensive intervention programs for vulnerable young children and their families in High Point. Payne will serve as Program Director of the Center and facilitate the work of the Leadership Team which is comprised of Chief Marty Sumner of the High Point Police Department, Barbara Frye of the United Way of High Point, and Vicki Miller with the High Point Children’s Initiative and High Point University.

Dr. Jeffrey Soles

Photo of Dr. Jeffrey SolesDr. Jeffrey Soles (Classical Studies) received new funding from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for the project “Mochlos 2014: Publication and Site Conservation”. It will fund the study of material excavated at the Bronze Age site of Mochlos in eastern Crete between 1989 and 2012. It will produce a number of publications including “Mochlos IV, The House of the Metal Merchant, and other buildings in the Neopalatial Town, c. 1700-1430 BC.” It will also fund conservation on the site required by Greek law.

See/hear: April 2, 2014

The top prize at the 2014 DSBA Community Awards was for this video: “UNCG: We’re the Spartans.” It was created by UNCG Undergraduate Admissions.