UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2014

First family of New Orleans jazz at UNCG

Photo of Ellis Marsalis and his 37-year-old son JasonEllis Marsalis and his 37-year-old son Jason will join forces for a generation-crossing performance on Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m., at Aycock Auditorium.

The show launches the 2014-15 UNCG Performing Arts Series.

The elder Marsalis is a jazz pianist who has been performing professionally for more than 60 years. The patriarch of the Marsalis family, he has spent his lifetime as a music educator and performer. He is father to six sons, Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya and Jason, four of whom have enjoyed musical successes of their own. He has appeared on NBC’s Today show with host Bryant Gumbel; The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno; the Arsenio Hall show with pianist Marcus Roberts; the Charlie Rose show; Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood; and ABC’s Good Morning America with Spencer Christian.

The youngest son of Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis is best known for his distinctive polyrhythmic drumming style. The sense of style and tastefulness that Marsalis exhibits in his playing explains why he is a highly sought after musician. This style has been well documented on recordings with artists such as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Marcus Printup and Marcus Roberts to name but a few. He has also produced two albums under his own name, “Year of the Drummer” and “Music in Motion.”

This is a rare opportunity to see and hear a generation-spanning performance from jazz musicians who have helped shape the American musical landscape.

Buy your tickets at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/upas or call the Triad Stage Box Office at 272-0160.

Debbage, Hershey, Cushman will lead book discussions

Photo of Jackson LibraryThree great Friend of the Libraries book discussions are on tap for Fall 2014 at UNCG’s Jackson Library. Faculty discussion leaders include Dr. Keith Debbage, Dr. Anne Hershey and Dr. Keith Cushman.

“The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited” by Richard Florida – Monday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. – Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Keith Debbage of the Department of Geography & the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism

“In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan – Monday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m. – Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Anne Hershey of the Department of Biology

“The Member of the Wedding: The Play” by Carson McCullers – Monday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. – Faculty Discussion Leader: Dr. Keith Cushman, professor emeritus of English.

The book discussions, which are free and open to the public, are limited to 35 participants. Preference is given to Friends members who pre-register. If seating remains, the sessions are open to all. All discussions will be held in the Hodges Reading Room. To reserve a spot at one or more discussion, register at http://library.uncg.edu/giving/friends_of_the_libraries/Register.aspx or contact Barry Miller at 256-0112.

Enjoy ‘Food Truck Hub’ near McIver Deck

Photo of food truckThe UNCG campus offers a lot of great places to have lunch – from Fountain View Restaurant in Moran Commons to the Food Court in the EUC. Now, there’s one more. And it’s outdoors.

“Food trucks are the rage,” says Scott Milman, director of UNCG Auxiliary Services.

A food truck will serve meals Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., on the north side of campus. This semester two local companies will rotate: Bandito Burrito and Taqueria Azteca.

The Food Truck Hub is between McIver Deck and Sullivan Science Building – near the McIver Deck’s former C-Blue, which closed last spring. Milman explains the university found that students wanted meals, not small items, at that location.

Now, there are even a couple of picnic tables near the hub, with umbrellas providing shade.

The food trucks are hosted on campus by UNCG Dining.

The trucks accept cash, credit cards and SpartanCards.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

Jackson Library’s 24/5 service

Photo of Jackson Library entrance at night24/5 service has resumed in Jackson Library. Fall library hours for UNCG students, faculty and staff are 11 a.m. Sunday – 10 p.m. Friday; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Exceptions apply during holiday and break periods; see the Library Hours for more details.)

Between the hours of 12 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Friday the Tower portion of Jackson Library remains open to UNCG students, faculty and staff with UNCG ID. Entry is through the glass Library-EUC Connector entrance facing Stirling St. The locks on these doors are now integrated into Blackboard Transact. Between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m., Fast Tap or swipe your UNCG ID card on the Blackboard box located on the brick wall to the left of the doors. Each person entering is then required to present their UNCG ID at the Circulation Desk; corroborating photo ID is required if the picture on the UNCG ID is not clear. Individuals entering the library without proper identification will be asked to leave by security personnel.

Questions? Contact the Jackson Library Check Out Desk at 334-5304 or reserves@uncg.edu.

Naturalist, storyteller Doug Elliott visits campus Sept. 8

Photo of Doug ElliottWhether he’s singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, storyteller and author Doug Elliott takes audiences on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour of North America’s backcountry.

Elliott will perform at UNCG Monday, Sept. 8. The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 7-9 p.m. in Elliott University Center Auditorium.

Elliott’s passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home. His dad used to say, “That boy knows what’s under every rock between here and town.”

He still roams the woods today. He has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks.

His programs are textured by his use of traditional lore, regional dialects and accents, and enhanced by his soulful harmonica playing. His performances include personal true stories, traditional tales, ancient legends, Native American stories, natural history, folklore, poems, riddles, music and songs.

He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people in the wilderness from downeast Maine to the Florida Everglades.

Elliott’s visit is sponsored by UNCG University Libraries with support from the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund. For more details, contact Barry Miller at 256-0112 or bkmille4@uncg.edu. Full story at UNCG Now.

Sustainability films and discussions

Photo of Weatherspoon Art Museum“The Economics of Happiness” launches the 2014-15 UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series.

“This first film is about the prospects for localizing basic human needs – such as food and shelter – as a way to save energy, connect with community, and reduce wasteful practices inherent in today’s global economy,” says Dr. Laura Cole (Interior Architecture). As a co-organizer for the Ashby Dialogue “Localization in a Global World: Exploring Local and Global Pathways to Resilience,” she will lead the post-film discussion.

The full schedule:

Sept. 4: “The Economics of Happiness”

Oct. 9: “Ethics of Fracking”

Nov. 13: “Shored Up”

Jan. 22: “Thin Ice”

Feb. 19: “Above All Else”

March 19: “Growing Cities”

Each film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Auditorium. For more information, email sbdorsey@uncg.edu.

Show me the money: a guide to and through grant-seeking databases

Take advantage of a workshop for faculty and graduate students that explores how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center. Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Presented by University Libraries and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

SPIN Workshops
Dedicated solely to our newest search tool
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 1 – 2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m.

Comprehensive Workshops
Training on all funding search tools at UNCG
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 10 a.m. – noon
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu and select Office of Sponsored Programs.

Questions? Contact Aubrey Turner at aubrey.turner@uncg.edu or Gerald Holmes at gvholmes@uncg.edu.

Mary Katsikas recognized for 50 years’ continuing service to UNCG

Photo of Mary KatsikasA lot has changed in the last 50 years in UNCG’s Chemistry & Biochemistry program. One thing has remained a constant: Mary Katsikas in UNCG’s chemistry labs.

She was recognized during a College of Arts & Sciences gathering on Aug. 13, as well as at a reception by her department later in the afternoon. “In recognition of 50 years of dedicated service to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the College of Arts & Sciences 1963-2013,” her plaque reads.

“I was completely surprised,” she said recently. The beautiful philodendron she received rests on her desk. It read, “You’re the best!”

Her connection to the university goes back further than 50 years. She is a proud member of the Woman’s College Class of ‘61. After graduating in chemistry, she worked at the Vick Chemical facility on Milton Street. When she was offered a position in the campus’ Chemistry Department in 1963, the college was becoming “UNCG.”

There are many constants in the department: Excellent teaching. Supportive people. Bright students. And she has seen lots of change: The growing emphasis decade after decade on impactful research – among the faculty and the students. And increasingly stellar-quality facilities and equipment.

As laboratory and stockroom manager, she orders and oversees supplies for the teaching labs. “I’ve known so many students – they’ve kept me young,” she said.

The years have passed quickly, she said. Outside her workspace on the fourth floor of Sullivan Science, a display case holds historic artifacts from the Chemistry & Biochemistry program’s time on the third floor of Petty Building. She pointed out items. “This wash bottle was Ms. Schaefer’s,” she explained, pointing to an item containing water. Florence Schaefer, who joined the Chemistry Department in 1922 and succeeded Mary Petty as department head, hired her in 1963.

Dr. Patricia Reggio, department head the last nine years, recently explained how they’d kept the departmental reception a secret from her. “She was very surprised when she exited the elevator,” she said. A large crowd was on hand. “Dean Tim Johnston. All of the Chemistry faculty and staff. Retired faculty came back for the event. We also had graduate students and post-docs attending as well.”

A recognition of 50 years. And more.

Walk through the fourth floor of Sullivan Science Building to see the historic UNCG Chemistry display and to see the display of group Chemistry & Biochemistry Department photos in “As Time Goes By.”

By Mike Harris

Blue and gold, every Friday

Photo of Blue Crew from a past soccer gameClasses are back in session, our sports teams are back in action and Blue and Gold Fridays are cranking up. Wear UNCG colors not only this Friday but every Friday, for a show of school spirit.

If you take a photo of yourself – or a group of office colleagues – wearing blue and gold, you could be a Blue and Gold Fan of the Week on uncgspartans.com. Post or tweet your photo with the hashtag #letsgoG or email directly to bluegold@uncg.edu.

This Friday, UNCG’s women’s soccer and men’s soccer teams play back-to-back home openers – an extra reason to sport your blue and gold, as we head into the Labor Day Weekend. The games are free-admission. The women’s game starts at 6 p.m.

Looking Ahead: August 27, 2014

Women’s soccer vs. Army
Friday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. Campbell
Friday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m.

Labor Day holiday
Monday, Sept. 1, classes dismissed, offices closed

Faculty recital, André Lash
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 3 p.m.

Poetry Reading, David Roderick
Thursday, Sept. 4, 8 p.m. Faculty Center

Board of Trustees meeting
Friday, Sept. 5, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

Collage Concert
Saturday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

General Education program assessment results

UNCG’s Office of Assessment and Accreditation has posted the General Education Program Assessment Forum narrated PowerPoint on its website at http://assessment.uncg.edu/academic/GenEd.

The PowerPoint presents results from the recent assessment of the General Education Program. Your feedback is essential to help the General Education Council develop recommendations for improving student learning in UNCG’s General Education Program. Thus, viewers are invited to complete a short online survey after viewing the presentation.

Look to Campus Weekly for future updates on UNCG’s assessment of its General Education Program. Questions about the General Education Council? Contact Dr. Jonathan Zarecki, chair of the General Education Council, at jpzareck@uncg.edu, or visit the General Education Council’s website at http://genedcouncil.uncg.edu.

UNCG at Bookmarks Festival

Going to the Bookmarks Festival? It’s in Winston-Salem Saturday, Sept. 6. You’ll see UNCG is well-represented:

  • UNCG Libraries are sponsoring storyteller, author and naturalist Doug Elliott.
  • Faculty member Terry Kennedy will read from his book “New River Breakdown.”
  • Alumnus Robert Morgan will talk about his book “The Road from Gap Creek.”
  • The NC Literary Map, a project of the University Libraries at UNCG, will be among the exhibitors, as will the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and The Greensboro Review.

Data Management services offered

Data management is the process of managing your data before, during and after a research project. The effective management of your data ensures that your research is secure, promotes the reuse of your data by other researchers, and assures compliance with federal guidelines.

Results from a 2013 UNCG survey indicate that faculty needed help with data management plans, data storage and data backup to comply with new policies from grant-funding agencies regarding their research projects. The survey was also in response to new policies from funding agencies and UNCG’s Access to and Retention of Research Data policy adopted in 2012. Please see this report for further information on the survey and its results.

To respond to the data storage needs identified, ITS launched a hosting service and purchased Box cloud storage in November 2013. Box was recently upgraded to provide 50 GB of storage with web and mobile accessibility to files from anywhere. The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and the Libraries have been promoting the DMPTool which assists researchers in creating data management plans and provides templates for the major grant funding agencies. OSP also provides assistance to faculty in developing data management plans when they are seeking funding.

The University Libraries also developed the Research Data Management Guide to provide a central location for information on data management plans, data storage and data sharing and archiving.

By Barry Miller

Full story at the Friends of the Libraries blog.

To help prepare for that 5K

Once again, a 5K run will be featured at UNCG Homecoming – which is on Halloween weekend this year. Here’s one way faculty and staff can help prepare.

UNCG Campus Rec, in partnership with Fleet Feet Sports, is offering a special Couch to 5K (C25K) training to UNCG faculty and staff. This program, called No Boundaries, is normally valued at $100 but is being offered at a reduced cost for UNCG faculty and staff. Listed below is more information:

Dates: Sept. 3 – Nov. 1, 2014
Email for information: jennifer@fleetfeetgreensboro.com
Class Meeting Times: Monday/Wednesday, 6:15 p.m.
Meeting Location: Greensboro Fleet Feet Store
Schedule: Provided the first day of class
Cost: Includes UNCG Homecoming 5K registration
Faculty & Staff SRC Members: $35
Faculty & Staff Non-SRC Members: $40

Dr. Cheryl Lovelady

Photo of Dr. Cheryl LoveladyDr. Cheryl Lovelady is the School of Health and Human Sciences’ associate dean for research. Previously, as interim associate dean, Lovelady and her staff helped faculty in the school submit over $30 million in external funding applications during the 2013-14 academic year. A noted expert on nutrition and women’s health, Lovelady’s research group is one of a few in the country investigating the effects of exercise and weight loss on the health of lactating women and the composition of their breast milk. Lovelady will remain on the faculty of the Department of Nutrition.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Guilford County Area Authority for the project “Specialty Courts Staff Support.” As part of the process initiated by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners in 2010, UNCG CYFCP was selected to provide one qualified FTE Juvenile Court Case Coordinator. The funding provided to the SPECIALTY COURTS has increased since 2010 and UNCG CYFCP presently provides two qualified FTE Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Case Coordinators, two qualified FTE Drug Treatment Court Case Coordinators, two qualified FTE Mental Health Court Case Coordinators and one qualified FTE SPECIALTY COURT Manager, the abstract notes.

Dr. Sonja Frison

Dr. Sonja Frison (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received additional funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for the project “Providing Support for Reclaiming Futures Implementation.” The work includes site visits, phone coaching, assistance with coordination of multi-site meetings, and working with other statewide initiatives such as the Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Mental Health Partnerships. Additionally, UNCG assists with the state’s information sharing protocol development and implementation.

Dr. G. Donald Jud

Photo of Dr. G. Donald JudDr. G. Donald Jud (Professor Emeritus, Bryan School) recently published an article titled “Real Estate Brokerage,” in the book “Private Real Estate Markets and Investments,” edited by H. Kent Baker and Peter Chinloy. The book is published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Laura K. Taylor

Photo of Dr. Laura K. TaylorDr. Laura K. Taylor (Peace and Conflict Studies) is the principal investigator for a recently awarded project from the American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grant Program. “Daily Stressors and Positive Development among Immigrant and Refugee Youth” investigates how both negative (e.g., discrimination) and positive (e.g., social support) daily interactions affect ‘newcomer’ youth by identifying factors that enhance their own development and their potential to be constructive members in their communities. The pilot study will assess a wide-range of outcomes and behaviors (e.g., prosocial behaviors, civic participation) that have implications for community building and positive intergroup relations. The findings will have implications for youth agencies, resettlement strategies, and community development practices. The long-term vision is to promote and foster adaptive development of newcomer youth to not only improve their own lives, but also to build vibrant communities.

Aaron Piepmeier

Photo of Aaron PiepmeierAaron Piepmeier (Kinesiology) received funding from the American College of Sports Medicine for the project “A molecular approach to examining BDNF in the physical activity-cognition connection.” Research has shown that there is a connection between physical activity (PA) and improved cognitive performance (e.g., memory, problem solving). Additionally, there seems to be a link between the intensity of the PA performed and cognitive benefits, with higher intensity levels eliciting greater benefits. However, the biological mechanism for this effect is not currently known. This research will explore the relationship between PA intensity and cognitive performance while using tools from Molecular Biology (i.e., Western Blot analysis) to assess a brain-derived protein (BDNF) that is a potential biological mechanism of this effect. Piepmeier is a graduate student.

See/hear: Aug. 27, 2014

If you saw the Wes Miller “Chillin’ for Charity” video – and if you haven’t it’s at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwqJLXZfrjI – you might not have seen the video that partly prompted it. Here is the video, and it’s a hoot. Dr. David Wyrick, Jennifer Aguilar and Kim Record (who issues a challenge to Coach Miller) getting dunked by icy water, all for a great cause – for breast cancer research and ALS research. And check out this Storify post collecting a variety of video clips from around campus over the past weeks: https://storify.com/uncg/ice-bucket-challenges

Enjoy diverse performances at Collage Sept. 6

Photo of performance from 2013 Collage performanceThe UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance presents its annual Collage Concert Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Collage 2014 kicks off the new academic year for the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This year, the program theme will feature works inspired by Shakespeare and Galileo, in celebration of the 450th anniversary of their birth. Collage features a diverse range of performers, presenting one work after another without pause. Special lighting enhances the experience and directs the audience’s attention to performances in multiple locations around the auditorium. Over 300 students from the school will perform, along with many faculty members. It’s a non-stop evening of virtuosic performances.

In 2013, Collage was completely sold out, so plan to purchase your tickets in advance (all seating is reserved).

All proceeds benefit student scholarships in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Triad Stage Box Office, by phone at 272-0160, or online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7798058. The box office is located at 232 South Elm Street.

UNCG, lauded for its trees, makes those in Foust Park stand out

Photo of Foust ParkWalked through UNCG’s Foust Park recently? It’s the shaded, grassy area between Foust Building and Spring Garden. And it now has signage for 40 of its most distinctive trees.

A small kiosk with maps and information was recently placed at the corner of Foust Park nearest the Alumni House. The map invites you to start near Foust Building at Tree 1, a Northern Red Oak, and make a large circle in the park until returning near your starting point at Tree 40, a Kousa Dogwood.

UNCG has been lauded as a Tree Campus USA university for five years straight, due to its tree conservation and student engagement in forestry/grounds initiatives. Students often remark on the natural beauty of the UNCG campus. And they can often be seen reading or practicing under the shade of a tree.

One student spurred this project forward – Anneliese Hitcho, an upperclassman working in UNCG’s Office of Sustainability. “I wanted a map,” she explains. She created one. “I wanted a kiosk too.” Mike Moser in UNCG Carpentry built one along with the paint shop, and with Facilities Design and Construction’s consultation. Trey McDonald, UNCG’s sustainability coordinator, was instrumental in securing the funding. The park has become a botanical learning area for students and passersby, says Kevin Siler, UNCG Grounds’ Tree Campus USA point person. He has been very involved.

The idea originated with Chris Fay, longtime director of Grounds at UNCG, who was nearing retirement last year and selected most of the trees. It was a goal he wanted to accomplish before his retirement. Hal Shelton, a longtime employee of Grounds and now the assistant director, took over after Chris’s retirement and has been an avid proponent of the project.

Rhonda Strader in Facilities Design & Construction (FDC), who is the geographic information systems (GIS) manager for UNCG, played a role. “The location and types of trees on campus is one of my data sets,” she says. Fred Patrick, FDC director, was involved in the project as well.

Hitcho, who graduated in May, double-majored in Environmental Studies and Geography, with a concentration in GIS. “I love making maps,” a love spurred by Dr. Jeffrey Patton’s cartography course when she was a junior. She now works at Fort Bragg in environmental work, and looks to continue her education. The project has changed her career focus. “Working with Kevin Siler changed my life – with his passion for trees.”

Hitcho’s favorite tree? Number 6 – Harry Lauders Walking Stick. The small tree is at the corner of College Avenue and Spring Garden. “It looks like a bush. It catches your eye. The leaves are really fuzzy.”

Siler’s favorite is nearby, Number 7 – Flowering Dogwood. Great looking dogwoods need some shade, he says, and this one gets the right amount. “This spring it was so full of blooms.”

The trees’ signs are in place. The kiosk has a fresh supply of maps. And with the rains and temperate weather in recent weeks, the park has never looked better. So come, enjoy – and learn some names (and botanical names too). And see which tree is your favorite.

By Mike Harris

See the stars and planets at UNCG

Photo of PlanetariumThe stars put on a show in UNCG’s planetarium.

Bring your family and friends to a free planetarium viewing in the Petty Science Building. Seating is limited so reservations are required. The shows normally fill quickly.

You may reserve up to five tickets on the web at physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/tickets.php.

The planetarium is in 310 Petty Science. Parking is available in the McIver Street Parking Deck. The planetarium features a Spitz Projector in a 20-foot dome. The show is sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and will feature the sky constellations as well as the motions of the moon, sun and planets.

Planetarium sessions scheduled for Fall 2014 are:
August 22
September 12
October 10
November 7
December 5

All begin at 7:30 p.m.

Best values on meals for faculty & staff

Photo of front entrance to Moran Commons and PlazaFaculty and staff have several options for meal plans at UNCG for 2014-15.

SpartanExpress is a flexible meal plan fund tuned specifically to the needs of staff and faculty members. It entitles you to a $1 discount at Fountain View inside Moran Commons. Note that SpartanExpress can only be used at Dining Services locations.

To add SpartanExpress to your card, you may call the SpartanCard Center at 334-5651, stop by the SpartanCard Center, or submit your request online using a payroll deduction form.

Meal Plans:
Dining Services now offers Standing Reservation meal plans designed specifically for faculty and staff. Standing Reservation meals can be used at Fountain View or in the Spartan Market for a Spartan Combo To-Go meal. Standing Reservations do not expire as long as you are a faculty and staff member. No refunds are given if you leave the university. You can track the number of meals used on your plan by asking a cashier for the balance of your plan. Meals on your Standing Reservation can be used for guest meals; just present your Faculty/Staff ID to the host or hostess. Options:

  • The 50 Value Pack: price per plan $295. Enjoy 50 meals in our all-you-care-to-eat Fountain View Restaurant.
  • The 25 Value Pack: price per plan $150. Enjoy 25 meals in our all-you-care-to-eat Fountain View Restaurant.
  • The 10 Value Pack: price per plan $65. Enjoy 10 meals in our all-you-care-to-eat Fountain View Restaurant.

To obtain a Standing Reservation meal plan, you may call the SpartanCard Center at 334-5651, stop by the SpartanCard Center, or submit your request online using a payroll deduction form. Please note that you may only purchase a new meal plan/renew your current plan after all of your previous meal swipes have been used.

More information is at http://spartancard.uncg.edu/using-your-card/faculty-staff-meal-plans/

Welcome to a new year

Photo of students during move inUNCG welcomed a record number of students into campus housing last week. More than 5,100 students moved into the residence halls.

With help from dozens of faculty, staff and students, UNCG undergraduates were settled in by the end of Friday – ready for a fun weekend making new friends and gearing up for their first week of classes.

Enjoy a few scenes from move-in, including Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, chair of UNCG Faculty Senate, helping students at Cone Residence Hall and scenes from the Quad.


Nano Manufacturing Conference 2014 at JSNN

Photo of Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf“A Conference to Move From Innovation to Commercialization” will be the theme of the 2014 Nano Manufacturing Conference Wednesday, September 24, at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

The organizers’ primary goal is to bring together founders, CEOs, senior executives, business leaders as well as economic development, education, government and nonprofit organizations to share their vision for the future and the opportunities that nano manufacturing enables.

Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf (in visual) will be a keynote speaker. She became the deputy director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) in May 2014 after serving in the office for two years as a full-time consultant on a wide variety of programs and projects. She has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly twenty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. She is a strong advocate for STEM education, and has almost two decades of teaching experience. She has also been active in nanotechnology policy issues on the state and regional level as director of CIT’s Virginia Nanotechnology Initiative and as a member of the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science Citizen’s Nanotechnology Advisory Committees.  She was the managing director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research at the University of Virginia. She earned her PhD and MSE in Materials Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Mark Johnson will be another keynote speaker. He leads ARPA-E’s Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS) program, which targets disruptive grid-level stationary energy storage technologies. Johnson joined ARPA-E on assignment from NC State University, where he previously served as the Director of Industry and Innovation Programs for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Gen-III Engineering Research Center focused on the convergence of power electronics, energy storage, renewable resource integration and information technology for electric power distribution. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering as well as Director of Engineering for the Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Program at NC State. His work has focused at the intersection of smart-grid, renewable energy, wide band-gap semiconductor materials and devices, communications and photonics technologies; as well as entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and public-private partnership formation. Johnson holds a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from North Carolina State University, both in Materials Science and Engineering.

Last year’s inaugural conference welcomed attendees from North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

Register and get more information at http://www.nanomanufacturingconference.org/

Call for paper and posters Presentations and posters must be related to the conference. Send your abstract to Elie Azzi at JSNN at e_azzi@uncg.edu. Submission deadline is Aug 31, 2014.

Nominate seniors with exceptional academic / service achievements

Faculty and staff, help the UNCG Alumni Association recognize some outstanding Spartan seniors.

The new “Spartans of Promise” Award recognizes seniors at UNCG who demonstrate exceptional achievement in both academic and service endeavors. It will be bestowed upon no more than ten graduating seniors each year.

Spartans of Promise must demonstrate:

  • strong involvement in campus or off-campus activities
  • diversity and balance of interests and activities
  • leadership in their field of study or within an organization
  • clearly defined goals upon graduation.

Faculty and staff are asked to recognize graduating seniors who should be considered for this honor by Aug. 25, 2014, at 4 p.m.

Submit the student’s name at http://alumni.uncg.edu/about-us/alumni-awards/spartans-of-promise/recognition-form/

Questions? Contact Channing Lawson, assistant director of young alumni and student programming, at cslawson@uncg.edu.

General Education program assessment update

At the UNC system-level, the Core Competencies subcommittee of the UNC General Education Council obtained system-wide faculty endorsement for two Core Competencies: critical thinking and written communication. In the Council’s January 2014 report, these prioritized competencies were defined and their subcompetencies identified.

This sets the stage for UNCG piloting the use of the VALUE rubrics for assessing its General Education Program. On August 26, Dr. Ashley Finley, AAC&U’s Senior Director of Assessment and Research, will present a VALUE rubrics calibration workshop to faculty who have agreed to participate in the fall 2014 pilot.

Look to Campus Weekly for future updates on UNCG’s assessment of its General Education Program. Questions about the General Education Council? Contact Dr. Jonathan Zarecki, chair of the General Education Council, at jpzareck@uncg.edu, or visit the General Education Council’s web site at http://genedcouncil.uncg.edu.

Bringing the best to Greensboro

The first day of classes for the academic year was marked with a large UNCG advertisement in the News & Record. “Together, we’ll forge new opportunities to advance teaching, research and service – and our hometown,” it proclaimed.

Photo of ad that ran in the News & Record

Beyond Academics can offer federal student aid

UNCG students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can now apply for federal student aid.

UNCG’s Beyond Academics program is now one of only 34 similar programs in the country approved to participate in federal student aid programs. The approval came July 1 when Beyond Academics was designated a Comprehensive Training Program (CTP) by the U.S. Department of Education, giving eligible students access to federal grants.

Joan Johnson, UNCG’s CTP director, said the opportunity is “an exciting option in transforming lives.”

“The Integrative Community Studies certificate program has underscored UNCG’s vision and commitment to diversity, access and inclusion for more than seven years,” Johnson said. “The pursuit of and participation in higher education is a demonstrated and effective means to improvement in the quality of life for all citizens. The relatively new access to higher education for students with intellectual disabilities is showing significant results in higher success rates for self-sufficiency, employment and engaged citizenship.”

Post-secondary education prepares individuals with intellectual disabilities for 21st century jobs, independent living, and fulfilling personal, social, and civic responsibilities. UNCG houses one of the largest CTP programs in the nation, and is one of only three institutions offering a four-year curriculum. CTP partners with the nonprofit Beyond Academics.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Continuing impact of the fall of the Iron Curtain

Playwright/journalist David Edgar will deliver the talk “Continuing Impact of the Fall of the Iron Curtain on Eastern Europe and the World” Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 3:30–5 p.m. in Stone Building, Room 186.

David Edgar is a British playwright and journalist with over 60 published and performed plays on stage, radio, television and film. His current play, “Iron Curtain Trilogy,” marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. This series of three productions, performed by Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, covers themes from political drama around art, refugees and history, to the quest for freedom in the fall of Communist governments in the former Soviet bloc. His works incorporate diverse languages across characters and present how the power of ambiguity may make or break a peace process. At UNCG, Edgar will discuss the role of theater in promoting dialogue around the issues of peace, violence, and the language of conflict.

Join the UNCG Department of Peace and Conflict Studies for this discussion about art, peace and conflict and how lessons from past conflict can be applied in today’s world.

Men’s and women’s health webinars

Men and women are very different, so shouldn’t the way we take care of our health be different too? Join NC HealthSmart this month for webinars focusing on the keys to maintaining your health, tailored to your gender. An NC HealthSmart lifestyle coach will help you learn many ways to improve and maintain your health, one step at a time.

Each webinar will last about 30 minutes, with an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. You can log in and participate from any connected device, including mobile devices. To register for one of the webinars, please click on the link below that best fits into your schedule. Registration is limited, so register soon.

Men’s Health
August 26, 9 a.m.
August 27, noon

Women’s Health
August 27, 6:30 p.m.
August 28, 9 a.m.

Did you miss a past webinar? No problem. You can access the recorded version of the webinar at your convenience through your Personal Health Portal. To access the webinar, select “My Action Plan,” then “Resources,” followed by “Wellness Center.”

Article courtesy The Resource: The UNCG Human Resources newsletter

Career Services’ Patrick Madsen tells Staff Senate of a new breed of leader – and gives tips

Photo of Patrick MadsenThese days, maybe it’s time to break the rules. Or if not break them, change them.

Effective leaders look for new ways to do new things, Patrick Madsen, director of UNCG Career Services, told the Staff Senate at its Aug. 14 meeting.

Those types of leaders employ lateral thinking – defined as solving problems through an indirect and creative approach. They are natural mavericks, he said.

Often, people are stuck looking at things in the same way, which is difficult in a time of budget cuts. “Most strive to make the current model more efficient when what they need to do is throw it out the window,” Madsen said.

Look at how Netflix and amazon.com changed the way we watch movies and shop, he said. Years ago, those ideas would have seemed crazy.

Lateral leaders share certain characteristics. They empower their employees, look for ideas from anywhere, share exposure and prestige with their team, and lead from alongside, Madsen said. Conventional leaders instruct; promote themselves as the figurehead; look for ideas from their own experience; cherish results first, people second; and lead from the front.

To become a lateral leader, try these five things.

Challenge assumptions. Become open-minded, flexible and creative with your questions.

Ask searching questions. Ask things like ‘What if we reversed the problem? How can we look at this differently?’ Case in point – grocery stores. In the 1800s people would go to stores with their list and the clerk would gather the customer’s items. At some point, someone had to stop and say, ‘Wait a minute – why am I doing all the work? Why can’t we have them get the groceries and bring them to the front?’

Combine the unusual. Weird combinations can be strong.

Adopt, adapt, improve. Discuss your problem with people from different backgrounds or different groups. Change your patterns. Read something different or take a new path. Place yourself in a different environment.

Break the rules. Most rules were set up at a different time. Don’t do something because it’s always been done that way.

And just as there are ways to become a lateral thinker, there are ways to kill innovation, he said. Watch out for: criticizing ideas, neglecting brainstorming, hoarding problems, valuing efficiency over innovation, overworking, staying with the plan, laying blame, offering wrong rewards, outsourcing change, promoting from within, giving innovation projects to those without passion, and neglecting to offer training.

Finally, Madsen reminded senators every person on this campus is a leader. Leadership is not a position or related to age or tenure.

By Beth English

Dr. Terry Ackerman

Photo of Dr. Terry AckermanDr. Terry Ackerman (Education) presented the keynote address at the 4th Congress of Measurement and Evaluation in Education and Psychology in June at Hacettepe Üniversitesi in Ankara, Turkey. In addition, he has been elected to serve as president-elect of the Psychometric Society, to assume the presidency of the Society in 2016. Ackerman is professor and associate dean of research and assessment in the UNCG School of Education.