UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2014

See/Hear: Aug. 20, 2014

The UNCG Research Excellence Awards recognize the outstanding work of UNCG faculty in their field. A faculty committee reviews the nominations and recommends two faculty members to receive the awards.

The 2014 recipients were Dr. Michael Kane (Psychology) and Dr. Paul Silvia (Psychology). Enjoy this video shown at the awards celebration in April.

Looking ahead: August 20, 2014

Men’s soccer vs. Guilford College (exhibition)
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer vs. Charlotte
Friday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

Spartan Service Day
Saturday, Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m.

Men’s soccer vs. Liberty (exhibition)
Saturday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.

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

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

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

Promotion/advertising opportunity: Jackson Library display cases

Jackson Library has several display cases that student and campus organizations and offices may reserve to display information about your group or specific events. Over one million people walk through the library each year, so it’s a great place to advertise.

Click here for more information and to reserve a case.

A few SOAR stats

The Spartan Orientation Staff and New Student & Spartan Family programs welcomed nearly 4,000 new students to UNCG this summer. Orientations continued through mid-August.

Here’s a look at the Summer 2014 Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) numbers:
2,581 Freshman Students
1,308 Transfer/Adult Students
1,896 Freshman Parents
481 Transfer/Adult Parents

Dr. Qibin Zhang

Dr. Qibin Zhang (Translational Biomedical Research) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Protein Markers to T1D Progression.” The UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research is located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

Post was revised 8/21/2014.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received funding from Washington State University for the project “Mechanisms underlying drug-diet interactions.”

‘Thriving in Today’s Changing Landscape of Higher Education’

Photo of Chancellor Brady during addressChancellor Linda P. Brady focused squarely on UNCG’s future in her 2014 State of the Campus Address.

In the address, she presented a path to strategic visioning and planning. “Together, we will explore what kind of university community we want to be in 2025 and determine what it will take to get there.”

As the higher education environment continues to evolve, she said, the university must remain focused on reinforcing academic excellence, investing in its people and building on its strengths.

She identified where some of those strengths exist. “Certainly in our commitment to student success. Certainly in the life-changing research and creativity activity we perform.”

Through the upcoming strategic planning and visioning conversation, UNCG can be better positioned to thrive in a new era of higher education in America, she explained.

“We have an opportunity to strike out boldly, to build on our history and core values and unleash UNCG’s untapped potential.”

The strategic planning will take about 18 months, and the resulting vision, mission and values statement as well as some key goals will guide UNCG over the next decade.

“We must position UNCG for the future,” she emphasized, “a future based on engagement with the world around us, the development of innovative ideas that will help address the challenges of our times, and the preparation of graduates who aspire to make a difference in their communities and in the world.”

See the full text of Chancellor Brady’s address.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson

H&RL prepared for UNCG’s largest student move-in ever

Photo of Spartan Village Residence HallUNCG Housing & Residence Life is ready for the new year. Tim Johnson, director of UNCG Housing & Residence Life, provided a few updates for the campus community:

  • Move-in for students will run through Friday “We will have just over 5,100 students moving into residence halls this year. Our largest move-in ever.”
  • Reynolds Residence Hall has reopened after being offline for all of last year for renovation. The renovation included replacement of all building systems including plumbing, electrical and HVAC – and also a facelift with new carpet, furniture, painting and totally renovated bathrooms, he noted. Reynolds will be the temporary home this year for Grogan Residential College, while Grogan Hall is offline for renovation this year.
  • At Spartan Village’s Highland Residence Hall, which officially opened in January, students will enjoy a new Subway Café.
  • On the evening of Saturday, Aug. 23, Housing & Residence Life, along with Athletics and the Campus Activities Board, will host their annual “Opening Carnival” on the Quad Lawn and Moran Commons fountain area. Students will enjoy carnival games, food, caricature artists, inflatables and lots of fun. “This is our third year for this event and it keeps getting bigger,” says Johnson.

UNCG makes 2015 Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’ list

Photo of front entrance to Elliott University Center For the 16th consecutive year, UNCG has made Princeton Review’s list of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education.

The education services company features UNCG in the new 2015 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.

“We are pleased that Princeton Review continues to recognize UNCG as a comprehensive, student-centered institution of excellence. We strive to offer our students a supportive learning environment that encompasses challenging academic programs, opportunities for hands-on research with outstanding faculty, and service-learning experiences that enhance their education while benefiting the community,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

Rankings are based on institutional data, visits to schools, feedback from students, and the opinions of Princeton Review’s staff ant Princeton Review continues to recognize UNCG as a comprehensive, student-centered institution of excellence. We strive to offer our students a supportive learning environment that encompasses challenging academic programs, opportunities for hands-on research with outstanding faculty, ad its 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. Princeton Review does not rank the “Best Colleges” numerically.

The university’s undergraduates praise the “high quality of education at a significantly reduced rate, while having the smaller classes allowing closer bonds between faculty and students,” according to Princeton Review’s student surveys. Non-traditional students appreciate the “great support system for adult students.” UNCG also made Princeton Review’s regional list of the 138 Best Colleges in the Southeastern U.S. Institutions make the regional lists based on established academic excellence and independent student surveys.

By Michelle Hines

Faculty retirements at end of 2013-14 year

Faculty members who cumulatively have given more than 400 years of service have retired from UNCG. They are:

Dr. Llewellyn G. Brown, associate professor, Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism, 28 years.

Dr. Kevin B. Lowe, professor, Department of Management, 18 years.

Dr. Eileen R. Rossen, associate professor, Department of Community Practice Nursing, 10.5 years.

Dr. Phyllis W. Hunter, associate professor, Department of History, 18 years.

Dr. William D. Bursuck, professor, Department of Specialized Education Services, 10 years.

Dr. Kathleen A. Casey, associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, 25 years.

Dr. Keith Cushman, professor, Department of English, 38 years.

Dr. John L. Eatman, associate professor, Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, 33 years.

Mr. Anthony N. Fragola, professor, Department of Media Studies, 41 years.

Dr. Mark I. Smith-Soto, professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 39 years.

Dr. Charlsena F. Stone, Associate Professor, Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation, 17 years.

Dr. Stephen C. Danford, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 38 years.

Betsy B. Lehman, clinical professor, Department of Community Practice Nursing, 30 years.

Dr. Deborah A. Egekvist, associate professor, Department of Music Performance, 29 years.

Dr. John J. Deal, professor, Department of Music Education, 13 years.

Dr. Gwendolyn S. O’Neal, professor, Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, 9 years.

Dr. Andreas Lixl, professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 27 years.

Some 2014-15 budget highlights

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn and Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charles Maimone provided an update to the campus community last week by email. An excerpt from their message:

Here are a few of the highlights of the 2014-15 budget as they relate to the entire UNC system:

  • A 3.3 percent, or $2.4 million, additional reduction to the UNC System operating budget (Management Flex Reduction) above the $73.6 million reduction already included for the 2014-15 fiscal year in the 2013-15 budget passed last year.
  • A $1,000 annual salary increase (approximately $1,236 salary and benefit increase) for permanent, full-time SPA employees, effective July 1, 2014.
  • $5 million for salary increases for EPA employees. The Board of Governors will determine how best to allocate these funds to improve employee retention.
  • A one-time additional five days of annual leave for full-time permanent state employees on Sept. 1, 2014.
  • An increase in tuition waiver for full-time faculty and staff from two to three courses per year.
  • Salary supplements for teachers who have taken courses in pursuit of a master’s degree prior to Aug. 1, 2013.
  • A special provision stating that the UNC Board of Governors shall use $2 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year to support Union Square Campus, Inc., a nonprofit entity, that will build the downtown facility to house nursing programs for UNCG, North Carolina A&T State University, Guilford Technical Community College, as well as training facilities for Cone Health Cardiovascular Physician Management Company, Inc.
  • $3 million for “Game-Changing Research” as described in the UNC system Strategic Directions plan (advanced manufacturing; data sciences; defense, military, and security; energy; marine and coastal sciences; and pharmacoengineering)
  • $1.2 million for the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program. The program is administered through a central office and four regional anchor sites at UNCG, UNC Charlotte, East Carolina University, and the UNC Center for School Leadership Development.

For additional information on the budget, we would invite you to visit Budget Central here.

While our budget for the upcoming academic year remains uncertain at this point, the thorough planning by the campus community last spring has prepared UNCG well to meet the anticipated allocation of the system reductions. After we receive our allocations from UNC General Administration later this month, Chancellor Linda Brady will convene the Budget Sounding Board, which comprises a cross-section of faculty and staff leaders, to receive their input prior to making any final budget determinations.

UNC-TV touts UNCG Bryan School / wine industry collaboration

UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now spotlighted the partnership between the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics and the North Carolina wine and grape industry Thursday, Aug. 7.

The segment featured Dr. Erick Byrd, associate professor of sustainable tourism and hospitality, and Sam Troy, the Bryan School’s executive in residence for international education.

The Bryan School has partnered with the state’s wine and grape industry since 2007, providing business intelligence and research that boosts the sector’s economic potential. Troy has played a leadership role in a number of those projects, and Byrd was one of the lead authors of a 2012 study, which found that excellent customer service is key to the growth of the industry.

The program may be viewed at http://video.unctv.org/video/2365302747/.

By Lanita Withers Goins

TOPS weight loss program becomes Healthy-U

UNCG’s Healthy-U, formerly Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), will return this fall beginning Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 12:05-12:55 p.m. in the Birch Room, EUC.

Are you looking to become a healthier you? Would you like to lose weight with a coach to guide you? Healthy-U is a recognized weight loss program proven to help people lose weight and keep it off.

You’re invited to participate in a research study designed to examine the effectiveness of health and wellness coaching on weight loss. All UNCG employees are eligible to participate. There is no cost to participate.

This research study will combine proven weight management strategies from the Healthy-U program with individual and small group health and wellness coaching sessions. Each week you will attend a one hour session.

Participation is free. Participants will not receive compensation or reimbursement for joining TOPS or for participating in the study. However, participants will receive Healthy-U program materials as part of their registration fee and health and wellness coaching services for free, a savings of up to $160 per month.

For more information, contact Stefanie Milroy, director of HealthyUNCG and principal investigator of the study, at healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or at 334-9743. You may visit healthy.uncg.edu.

Borrowers have more time for some items

Photo of front of Jackson LibraryAs the new year begins, UNCG University Libraries passes along some news to the campus community:

  1. Over the summer the entertainment DVD collection was reprocessed so that DVDs can be checked out on the Libraries’ two Self Check Express machines. Most items from the Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobooks and Paperbacks collections may also be self-checked. Self checks are located in the Jackson Library at the Circulation Desk and in the hallway between the desk and the Tower elevators. UNCG ID is required to self-check. After checkout, DVD cases can be unlocked after exiting the Library via the Library-EUC Connector or the College Avenue doors.
  2. The following changes were made to allow borrowers more time with materials and to renew or return materials before money is owed:
    • 21-day loans were increased to 30 days for materials loaned from the Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobook and Paperback collections.
    • No overdue fines are charged for items from these collections borrowed May 12 or afterward. Most of these materials can be renewed four times online.
    • Overdue fines continue to be charged on materials from the Course Reserves, DVD, Tech Lending and AV Equipment collections.
  3. Some additional changes:
    • The lost item processing fee increased 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.

Fred Chappell

Photo of Fred ChappellFred Chappell has a new book of poetry, “Familiars,” published by LSU Press. Many members of the MFA Writing program and English department were on hand last Thursday as he read from the book – with a cat theme – at Scuppernong Books. Chappell is professor emeritus of English – and a founder of the MFA Writing program. He joined UNCG in 1964 and retired from UNCG in 2004. North Carolina poet laureate from 1997 to 2002, he has received many awards, including the Best Foreign Book Prize from the Academie Francaise and the Bollingen Prize in Poetry from Yale University. He received the UNC system’s O. Max Gardner Award in 1986. See related stories here and here. Chappell will give a poetry reading this semester on campus. The event will be Oct. 16, 7 p.m., in the UNCG Faculty Center.

Dr. Karen Laparo

Photo of Dr. Karen LaparoDr. Karen Laparo (Human Development and Family Studies) received additional funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development for the “The Measurement Development Project.” It aims to develop a family of measures to evaluate early childhood program quality within a Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS). An iterative approach will be used to develop the new measure. Four pilots, each with a unique contribution to the development of the measure will be conducted over the four years of the project.

See/hear: August 13, 2014

The Student Learning Enhancement Award at UNCG honors those who have demonstrated excellence in academic program assessment leading to enhanced student learning. At the 2014 UNCG Excellence Awards ceremony, the Bachelor of Arts Program in Media Studies and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies received this award.

Dr. Holly Downs and her Applied Educational Evaluation students assist community partners

Photo of Dr. Holly DownsOne of the UNCG School of Education’s most successful community-focused research projects is the work being done by Dr. Holly Downs’ Applied Educational Evaluation students. After having learned theory and background in the Evaluation of Educational Programs class, Downs’ students engage in practical applications of evaluation methods. This includes conducting real-life research for an actual community partner agency.

“This is the third time we have used a community project to teach this class,” Dr. Downs said as last semester wound down. The first year, the Educational Research Methodology (ERM) graduate students teamed with UNCG’s Core-Math Project. The second year, students worked with the Advanced Training for Outstanding Mathematics & Science Scholars (AToMS) program, which provides hands-on science and math learning opportunities for students. Last spring, ERM students partnered with the UNCG’s Math Emporium program, which is an approach to teaching mathematics that eliminates class meetings and replaces them with a learning resource center featuring online materials and on-demand personalized assistance, coordinated through the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. While the collaborative coursework is a great learning opportunity for the ERM students, Dr. Downs said there also are real, tangible benefits for the partner organizations, which receive the research at essentially no cost.

“You teach the community partners what good, theory-based evaluations should look like,” she said.

Dr. Holt Wilson, an assistant professor in the Teacher Education and Higher Education department who leads the Core-Math Project, said Associate Dean Terry Ackerman put him in touch with Dr. Downs when the Core-Math grant was funded.

“Dr. Downs agreed to serve as the evaluator and asked if she could use the project as a context for teaching her evaluation course,” he said. “I enthusiastically agreed as I also was planning to use the project as a teaching context for my own mathematics education graduate students.”

The Core-Math Project is an effort by UNCG mathematicians and mathematics educators to design and deliver quality, sustainable professional development for elementary school math teachers in high-needs schools. Downs’ students conducted comprehensive surveys of and interviews with teachers and school administrators participating in Core-Math, focusing on their satisfaction, learning and needs.

Dr. Wilson said, “The Core-Math project continues to be very successful in supporting teachers in learning about students’ mathematical thinking and student-centered instructional practices, largely due to the high-quality formative evaluation efforts of Dr. Downs and the ERM graduate students. In all stages in our planning and implementation, the evaluation team has been present to offer insights into the participants’ learning that our team would not have had without them.”

Aundrea Carter, an ERM graduate student who participated in the Core-Math research, said the project provided her and her fellow students with real-life project planning and pre-production experience, as well as experience conducting evaluations.

“One great thing about it is students get ownership in what happens,” she said. “Dr. Downs gives us a lot of room to maneuver, but she’s always there to help if we need it.

Carter said the initial Applied Educational Evaluation project went so well students were invited to present their findings at a national conference, which proved to be another invaluable experience.

Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, who co-led the AToMS learning community, said the ERM support provides a service many organizations simply couldn’t obtain on their own. AToMS is designed to attract students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and retain them once they enter those disciplines.

“From a project management standpoint, you want to be carefully analyzing what’s working and what’s not working,” she said. “(The Applied Educational Evaluation research) was incredibly valuable.”

Full story at UNCG School of Education Educate Magazine online.

By Bruce Buchanan

Looking Ahead: August 13, 2014

Move-in for campus housing
Wednesday, Aug. 13 (through Aug. 15)

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Classes begin
Monday, Aug. 18

Fall Kickoff
Monday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m., College Avenue

Men’s soccer vs. Guilford College (exhibition)
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer vs. Charlotte
Friday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

Spartan Service Day
Saturday, Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m.

In memoriam: Craig Whittaker

Craig Whittaker died Aug. 2. He was a member of the Music faculty from 1984 to 1999. He was professor of saxophone – both jazz and classical – and coordinator of jazz studies at UNCG. He was the director of the UNCGs jazz studies program when it became the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies. More information is here.

2014 Hall of Fame Class

The UNCG athletics department will induct three men’s soccer teams into the Athletics Hall of Fame as the 2014 class. The men’s soccer National Championship teams from 1985, 1986 and 1987 comprise the 15th class in UNCG Hall of Fame history, joining the men’s soccer National Championship teams already inducted from 1982 and 1983, while raising the total number of UNCG teams in the Hall of Fame to 11.

The Spartans became the first program in NCAA Division III men’s soccer history to win three straight National Championships. Additionally, the Spartans’ five National Championships are still second most all-time in NCAA Division III history despite last playing at that level in 1988.

This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in The Terrace at the Greensboro Coliseum Saturday, Oct. 4, at noon. Additionally, the teams will be honored at halftime of the men’s soccer game that evening against Wofford at 7 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. The Hall of Fame is open to the public and tickets are $50, which can be purchased by calling Whitney Honeycutt at 336-334-5156.

Clinic dates

The UNCG Acupuncture Clinic has set its dates for fall 2014:
Sept. 15 and 29
Oct. 6 and 27
Nov. 10 and 24

Clinics will be held on these Monday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Student Health Center Room 0015. Appointments are required. Call 334-5340 to make an appointment. Check-in at the front desk on the first floor. You need to arrive a few minutes early to complete paperwork at your initial visit. Your appointment will last approximately 45 minutes. Faculty and staff $40 per treatment. Learn more at http://shs.uncg.edu/wellness/massage/acupuncture

Massage Therapy
Individual appointments are available for massage therapy. Visit the web site for contact information and to schedule an appointment: http://shs.uncg.edu/wellness/massage/massage

  • Faculty and Staff: $55 per hour
  • Faculty and Staff: $35 per 1/2 hour

Also, The Wellness Center of Student Health Services now offers chair massage. Chair massages can be 5-minute to 30-minute sessions per employee or student. The cost is $50/hour per massage therapist. Contact The Wellness Center at 334-3190 to arrange scheduling.

Questions? Contact Jeanne Irwin-Olson, associate director of The Wellness Center.

Dr. Laura K. Taylor

Photo of Dr. Laura K. TaylorDr. Laura K. Taylor (Peace & Conflict Studies) has received a subcontract to work on two related projects, “Children and Political Violence,” funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, and “Growing up on an Interface: Findings and Implications for the Social Needs, Mental Health and Lifetime Opportunities for Belfast Youth,” funded by the government of Northern Ireland. This research advances knowledge about the mechanisms through which political violence affects children. Her social ecological approach considers the impact that family and community conditions have on child development in a setting of intergroup conflict.

Dr. Danielle Crosby

Photo of Dr. Danielle CrosbyDr. Danielle Crosby (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding from the University of Texas at Austin for the project “Preschool, Home, and School Contexts as Determinants of the Impacts of Head Start.” Head Start is the preeminent federal program providing an enriched early childhood education for children from low income families. The proposed project considers how specific aspects of the Head Start experience and home and school environments following the Head Start intervention both mediate and moderate program impacts over time.

Dr. Joyendu Bhadury

Photo of Dr. Joyendu BhaduryDr. Joyendu Bhadury (Bryan School) received additional funding from the NCSU Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE). The project’s overarching mission is to conduct a study that will present the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles and the North Carolina Department of Transportation with comprehensive information on the performance of License Plate Agencies in North Carolina.


UNCG librarians Lynda Kellam and Jenny Dale, as well as LIS faculty member Jim Carmichael, have authored chapters in a new publication from the American Library Association titled “The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work,” edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby. Kellam and Dale co-authored their chapter, “At the Corner of Personality and Competencies: Exploring Professional Personas for Librarians” with UNCG alumna Lauren Pressley, now at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Connie McKoy

Photo of Dr. Connie McKoyDr. Connie McKoy (Music) has been named chair-elect of the Society for Music Teacher Education, an affiliated organization within the National Association for Music Education. McKoy is an associate professor of music and director of undergraduate music education in the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Dr. Mitch Croatt

Photo of Dr. Mitch CroattDr. Mitch Croatt (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “CAREER: Generation of Cyanocarbenes from Alkynes and Azides.” The research objectives are to explore the formation of reactive intermediates from readily available starting materials and then study their subsequent reactions.

Key dates, as UNCG Fall Semester 2014 begins

Photo of students during a past move-in dayStudents soon will move in. The classrooms and labs are ready, as the fall semester gets underway. Some key dates as the year begins:

  • Chancellor Brady’s State of the Campus address, followed by luncheon – Wednesday, Aug.13, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Residence hall move-in begins, Wednesday, Aug. 13, continuing through Friday
  • New graduate student orientation – Thursday, Aug. 14, 9-10:30 a.m., EUC Auditorium
  • Chancellor’s New Student Convocation – Sunday, Aug. 17, 4 p.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Charlie’s Fountain Fest – Sunday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m. – Moran Commons fountain (Rain Location: Cone Ballroom) – Games and giveaways will help students get ready for school to start.
  • Classes begin, Monday, Aug. 18
  • Fall Kickoff, Monday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. -3 pm., College Avenue
  • Spartan Service Day – Saturday, Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. – EUC, Cone Ballroom – Sign up to participate in a group community service project with the Office of Leadership & Service-Learning and give back to the Greensboro community. Transportation is provided and advanced registration is required; see the OLSL web site for details.
  • Part Time Job Fair – Tuesday, Aug. 26, 12:30-4 p.m. – Cone Ballroom, EUC – Both on-campus and off-campus employers will be available to talk to students about employment opportunities.
  • First Faculty Senate meeting of the year, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House
  • Staff Senate meet and greet – Tuesday, Sept. 16, time TBD, Alumni House – Staff, come speak with your senators in informal setting.
  • Faculty Convocation and General Faculty meeting – Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Alumni House

A lot of activities are on tap in the semester’s first weeks, from several big soccer matches to literally kick off the year, to a Friday afternoon “Luau on the Lawn” with bands for the students to enjoy, to other performances and gatherings. See the full schedule at http://yourfirstyear.uncg.edu/rawkin-welcome-week/. The UNCG Public Calendar has a comprehensive listing of performances and events open to everyone.

By Mike Harris

UNCG Nursing fast-tracks medically trained veterans

Photo of military students during past Veterans DayAs a U.S. Navy veteran, Dr. Susan Letvak understands the challenges veterans face when they transition to civilian life. Letvak, chair of the Adult Health Nursing Department in UNCG’s School of Nursing, says military veterans trained in health care and medical support gain skills and experience that make them uniquely qualified to care for patients, but they leave the military without a degree that allows them to treat civilians.

“So many veterans have this unbelievable military training and experience that you can’t get as a civilian, but it equates to nothing in the civilian work force,” Letvak says.

To better meet the needs of those veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce, the School of Nursing is launching an accelerated bachelor’s in nursing degree program (BSN) for medically trained military veterans. UNCG-VAP (Veterans Access Program) is an innovative program that allows veterans credit for their valuable hands-on medical experience.

A cohort of about 24 veterans seeking the BSN that leads to RN licensure, will start in Fall 2015. RN-to-BSN students can enroll for January 2015.

UNCG-VAP is funded by a three-year federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant of just under $1 million. UNCG is the only university in North Carolina to receive the HRSA grant this year; grant funds will pay for teaching faculty, a tutor, a part-time counselor and family orientation days.

Many veterans worked as medics, physical therapists, nurses aides, licensed practical nurses, pharmacy techs and respiratory therapists in the military, says Letvak, who will direct the UNCG-VAP program.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Michelle Hines

Bryan School researchers develop plan for wine industry growth

Photo of wine tastingNorth Carolina’s wine and grape industry has experienced exponential growth in the past decade, employing more than 7,600 people. Now the industry has a five-year roadmap for continued growth and economic impact.

Researchers from the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics have developed the first comprehensive strategic plan for the North Carolina wine and grape industry. Formulated with input from key stakeholders ― including industry representatives, governmental agencies, business leaders and academics ― the report identified key areas of direction, including:

  • Ensuring the quality of North Carolina grapes and wines to drive sales, and increase positive brand recognition and consumer confidence;
  • Continued funding and research in enology, marketing, viticulture and wine/grape business;
  • Enhanced marketing to inform and promote the impact and benefits of the industry;
  • A focus on wine tourism, which has solid consumer interest; and
  • Advocating for a regulatory environment that equalizes peer state advantages and manages costs.

The report was sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the North Carolina Wine and Grape Growers Council. The number of wineries in the state has more than quadrupled over the last decade, supporting more than 7,600 North Carolina jobs and revitalizing some rural areas. “It was obvious that people who had tobacco farms were starting to turn into other types of agricultural crops,” said Dr. Bonnie Canziani, who co-developed the report with Dr. Erick Byrd. “Grape production was one that was tickling people’s fancy.” Canziani and Byrd are both associate professors of sustainable tourism and hospitality in the UNCG Bryan School.

A key strength is the state’s diversity in grape and wine products. Fertile North Carolina soil makes it possible to grow both native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes. In addition, wine tourism offers a unique activity to the state’s existing tourism mix and creates additional business for local hotels, restaurants and tour companies.

“The strategic plan allows industry leaders to say, ‘What do we know about where we are, what do the majority of people in the state say are the core concerns, and what are the ways we may develop ourselves in the future?’” Canziani said. The UNCG Bryan School has partnered with the state’s wine and grape industry since 2007. Previous statewide research includes a 2012 study, which found that excellent customer service is key to the growth of the industry.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Fascinating UNCG historical moments – now on YouTube

Image of video capture of daisy chain from the 1950sHave you heard about Eleanor Roosevelt’s visits to UNCG? Maybe you’ve seen a black and white photo or news clipping? Well, see for yourself – in color film. Or maybe you’ve heard about the spectacular May Day Festivals? Now enjoy highlights as they occurred in live-action in the 1940’s.

“The university has a fascinating history and many interesting stories, and we want to make sure that everyone knows about them, says Erin Lawrimore, university archivist. Today’s students can see that they are inheriting a remarkable heritage.

Enjoy film clips such as:

  • Phoebe Pegram, an “original student” who came to our university with the first entering class in 1892, showing off exercises from our university’s earliest years.
  • Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in one of several campus visits.
  • Promotional videos from the 1970’s. You may recognize some faces.
  • A Sports Day from the 1940’s – with a variety of sports.
  • The 1952 Class Day exercises in Foust Park.
  • A 1950 campus tour, as Jackson and Stone buildings were being constructed..

And there are more to come, as time allows, she says.

“Right now, I’m editing clips from a few reels of film in University Archives that were digitized in 2012. We’ll put as many of the clips from those reels as possible on YouTube.” She is adding a title page and credit page for each one.

Lawrimore says the goal is one of “robust access.”

“Adding these video clips to YouTube is a first step in providing online access to our audiovisual records.”

The films cover a wide range of perspectives on campus events from the 1940s to the 1970s, she notes.

What has she found the most striking? “I find the informal aspect of the films to be the most interesting. These aren’t formal portraits or posed photographs. We’re seeing students, faculty, administrators, and alumni in a way that seems more relaxed and personal.”

The project originated when Hermann Trojanowski in University Archives worked with Dan Smith in the Teaching and Learning Center in 2012 to have the reels of film digitized. This summer, Lawrimore began editing the reel footage into bite-sized clips and uploading them to the University Libraries’ YouTube channel.

“Putting these videos on YouTube is one more step in our plan to promote University Archives and UNCG’s history through a variety of new and exciting social media channels,” she says. “In addition to YouTube, we have our @UNCGArchives Twitter account, our Spartan Stories blog, and – the newest addition – our Tumblr (uncgarchives.tumblr.com). All of these outlets provide new ways to engage with students and alumni, and share the stories that we have here in University Archives with the broader public.”

Access the videos at the YouTube channel here.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: August 6, 2014

UNCG New Faculty Orientation begins
Monday, Aug. 11, noon, Weatherspoon

Noon @ the ‘Spoon art tour
Tuesday, Aug. 12, Weatherspoon

State of the Campus address, followed by luncheon
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Move-in begins for campus housing
Wednesday, Aug. 13

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Classes begin
Monday, Aug. 18

Mural part of Glenwood renaissance

Photo of Mural being illustratedUNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) has unveiled its latest public art project, a mural on the Riz Mart building in Greensboro’s historic Glenwood community.

The ribbon-cutting for the new mural was held in July at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Grove Street.

Travis Hicks, CC-ED director, and design students in the Department of Interior Architecture worked with community volunteers and the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association to plan and complete the mural.

The project is one part of a wide-scale effort to revitalize Glenwood, one of Greensboro’s oldest planned communities. A diverse group of community volunteers, including kids, worked on the mural.

See more photographs here.

UNCG Gardens produce helps in feeding homeless

Photo of tomatoes in UNCG GardensIt was a hot summer Monday morning at UNCG Gardens on McIver Street. Nichole Owens was making a difference for dozens of individuals who have found themselves homeless.

Each Monday, the UNCG senior harvests produce from select plots at the garden. And the vegetables become part of the Monday evening meal served at Greensboro’s Interactive Resource Center (IRC). The center is the city’s day resource center for those who are homeless.

Through groups providing fresh produce, the preparers can minimize use of canned or processed foods in the meal. A nutrition major who knows the value of healthy foods, Nichole likes that.

This is one of many ways UNCG students, faculty, staff and alumni have contributed to the IRC’s mission in helping homeless people since its founding in 2009.

The garden is part of UNCG’s sustainability effort – and it is a learning tool. Various clubs, classes and individuals volunteer to keep it productive throughout the year. Some of the UNCG Garden’s harvest is used by UNCG Dining Services chefs in select dishes and on the salad bar.

Interested in volunteering at the garden or learning more about UNCG Gardens, which is marking its fifth year? Perhaps your class or organization is interested in having a garden plot this semester? Visit http://www.uncg.edu/aas/uncg_gardens/ or contact Dr. Susan Andreatta at 256-1164.

By Mike Harris