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Archives for September 2014

Jazz, Shakespeare jibe in ‘Twelfth Night’

Photo of costume sketches by Deborah BellIt’s reminiscent of that iconic moment in pop culture when chocolate and peanut butter collided. Jazz and “Twelfth Night” just jelled.

Theatre professor Jim Wren was listening to John Coltrane’s cool jazz this summer as he prepared to direct Shakespeare’s comedy.

“I was listening to Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ in addition to some crazy ‘punk jazz’ from the Lounge Lizards that started to speak to me as I was reading the text,” he says. “I love the simultaneous simplicity and complexity within the music. And the listening. Not my listening, but the way the musicians listen to one another. That’s what I hope to explore with ‘Twelfth Night’.”

So Wren adopted a 1960s jazz aesthetic as he shaped the play for UNCG Theatre, a feel that extends from the background music to the costumes. “Twelfth Night” runs Oct. 2-9 in Taylor Theatre.

“Twelfth Night” provides “wonderful challenges” for actors, designers and technicians, Wren says. It also has a special energy well-suited to kick off Theatre’s mainstage season.

“This is a big, busy show, lots of characters, lots of settings, musicians, layers of language, all of the challenges you can imagine from a Shakespearean comedy,” he says. “There is a great deal expected from everyone involved in the production. It’s a daunting and exhilarating way to start the semester.”

What can “Twelfth Night” with its confused love triangles and gender-bending disguises tell us about our lives in today’s world?

“I recently read an essay delivered by the playwright Richard Nelson where he talked about theatre exploring ‘the complexity and ambiguity of the human heart,’” Wren says. “I think that’s what ‘Twelfth Night’ shows us. Life in all of its complexity. And all of its ambiguity.”

Get tickets for “Twelfth Night” at the Theatre Box Office, Room 115 of the Brown Building, or by phone at 334-4392. Or buy tickets online through Triad Stage by visiting Triad Stage’s website.

By Michelle Hines
Visual: Costume sketches by Deborah Bell

Faculty Senate meeting today (Oct. 1)

Photo of Alumni HouseChancellor Brady and Provost Dunn will update the faculty on salary administration and budget planning for 2015-17. Dr. Ben Ramsey and Dr. Bryan Terry will speak about the change from Undergraduate Studies to the University Teaching & Learning Commons and enrollment management.

These will be among the many important presentations at the October 2014 meeting of the UNCG Faculty Senate. It will be held today (Wednesday, Oct. 1), at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. All are welcome.

Agenda highlights:
Introductory Remarks
Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, Chair of the Faculty Senate

Remarks and Q/A: Update on Salary Administration and Budget Planning, 2015-17
Dr. Linda Brady, Chancellor
Dr. Dana Dunn, Provost

Charlie Collicutt, Guilford County Board of Elections
Voting Rights Information for Faculty;
NC Law Changes and Student Voting Guide

Rod Wyatt, Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Committee Goals and Actions
Dr. Ben Ramsey and Dr. Bryan Terry
Undergraduate Studies — to University Teaching & Learning Commons and Enrollment Management

Dr. Roy Schwartzman
Report on UNC System General Education
Assessing Critical Thinking in Higher Education: Current State and Directions For Next – Generation Assessment
Principles of Evidence – Centered Assessment Design

Committee Briefs
Beth Bernhardt, Scholarly Communications, “Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis”

Kathy Crowe, Faculty Assembly, 2014-15 Schedule and Sept. 5 Meeting Notes

Deb Bell, Budget Committee, Budget 101 Session Recap and “UNCG’s Revenue and Spending”

Susan Shelmerdine, Chair of Academic Policies and Regulations Committee, Student Success Policy: #FS – 10012014:01

Senate Elections

November Agenda, Priority Areas for 2014-15

Two events in coming weeks:
Faculty Senate Forum: Strategic Planning Visioning will be Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room.

The following Faculty Senate meeting will be Nov. 5, at 3 p.m., Alumni House.

Big NC Bike Summit at UNCG Oct.10-12

Photo of Jay Lennartson riding bike on campusThird time’s a charm, for those who support bicycling in Greensboro.

The Third Annual NC Bike Summit will be hosted by UNCG and Greensboro Oct. 10-12, 2014.

This is the third statewide bike summit, and the first outside the Triangle area, Suzanne Williams notes. “Partly because Greensboro has been designated a Bike Friendly Community and because UNCG was named the first Bicycle Friendly University in the state, Greensboro was selected as the host city.”

Last year there were around 170 participants. This year organizers are expecting at least 200.

Most sessions will be held on the UNCG campus. According to the web site, topics will include:

  • Innovative Outreach & Planning Techniques
  • The Value of Public-Private Partnerships
  • Bike-Sharing • How to Partner with Businesses
  • Bicycling Tourism

Two additional highlights are:

  • A Better Blocks Party event downtown on Friday evening, Oct. 10
  • Group bike rides Sunday afternoon Oct. 12. Both events free and open to the public.

Planners, advocates, cyclists and non-cyclists from across the state will attend, as well as elected officials.

The two keynote speakers are Jeff Miller, leader of the national Alliance for Biking and Walking, and Tommy Pacello, a leader of the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team in Memphis.

There is a real momentum in Greensboro right now for biking, says Williams, UNCG’s associate director of Campus Access and Travel Demand Management. “The summit is a part of those efforts.

“The purpose of the summit is to bring business leaders, community members, advocates and planners together to collaboratively help make Greensboro and all of North Carolina safer and easier for bicyclists and pedestrians,” she added.

Full details are at http://www.bikewalknc.org/nc-bicycle-summit.

For details about bicycling at UNCG, visit http://parking.uncg.edu/bike. Look for a story next week about UNCG’s newest bicycling initiatives.

Visual: Dr. Jay Lennartson biking at UNCG

Founders Day Oct. 6

Photo of McIver statueEach Founders Day, UNCG commemorates those who established this great university and the leaders who have guided its growth since its founding.

2014 Founders Day will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 6.

A procession – with bagpipes – will lead to a wreath-laying ceremony at the McIver statue in front of Jackson Library. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. and is open to all who would like to join in. Our historic University Bell will sound. Our alma mater song will be sung. And cake will be served.

UNCG makes ‘Military Friendly’ list for fourth consecutive year

Photo of military students during past veterans dayUNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools listing, now in its sixth year, is based on a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

“Supporting students with military backgrounds — financially, academically, personally — is a point of pride for UNCG,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “These students have much to offer in terms of self-discipline, life experience and specialized skills. UNCG is honored to dedicate the necessary resources to ensure their success in civilian life.

The number of students using Veterans Administration benefits to pursue their education at UNCG has increased by about 90 percent since 2008, said Mike Tarrant, the university’s director of strategic initiatives. This fall, 490 students are using VA benefits – 225 veterans or active duty service persons and 265 military dependents.

“Our faculty and staff, students, alumni, as well as employers have shared with us the leadership skills, global perspective, and commitment to service that our veterans, members of the military, and their family members bring to our community,” Tarrant said. “That is why we have developed academic programs and support services designed specifically with these students in mind.”

Tarrant points to programs and services such as the Yellow Ribbon Program, the School of Nursing’s Veterans Access Program, and the recently established Veterans Resource Center that are designed to support UNCG’s growing military-affiliated student population.

Full story at UNCG Now.

New University Teaching and Learning Commons

The reorganization of the former Undergraduate Studies has been completed with the creation of the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC). Dr. Ben Ramsey of the Department of Religious Studies has been named the UTLC’s director.

The University Teaching and Learning Commons encompasses the three UNCG Residential Colleges—Ashby College, Grogan College, and Strong College—as well as the Teaching Innovations Office (formerly Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons); the Multi-literacy Centers; Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office (URSCO); and administration of the Title III grant.

Dr. Ramsey will provide further details on programs and initiatives of the UTLC at the Faculty Senate meeting today (Oct. 1, 2014) from 3-5 p.m. in the Alumni House.

Staffing for the reorganized unit is as follows:
Dr. Ben Ramsey, director, University Teaching and Learning Commons
Dr. Michelle Soler, coordinator, Teaching Innovations Office
Dr. Sara Littlejohn, faculty program chair, Ashby Residential College
Dr. Lee Phillips, director, URSCO
Dr. Lindsay Sabatino, director, Digital Center
Anne Barton, faculty program chair, Strong Residential College
Kim Cuny, director, Speaking Center
John Sopper, faculty program chair, Grogan Residential College
Julie Vorhees, project director, Title III
Jennifer Whitaker, director, Writing Center

Nominations for Research Excellence Awards

Make your nominations for the UNCG Research Excellence Awards.

A faculty review committee will study the portfolios with regard to the following criteria: 1) the importance of the research contributions to the field, 2) the originality of thought, 3) the execution of the research, and 4) the pattern of the nominee’s research productivity.

Up to two Research Excellence Awards may be given each year. The Junior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and a cash honorarium of $4,500 accompanies the award. The award will be based primarily on work done at UNCG during the past five years. The Senior Research Excellence Award is for a scholar at the rank of professor and a cash honorarium of $7,500 accompanies the award. The award will be made on the basis of the nominee’s research career, with particular emphasis placed on work done in the last five years.

Due to the exceptional pool of nominees typically submitted and in recognition of the work involved in preparing the nomination packet, the Research Excellence Committee will consider applications for an additional year after the original submission. The nominator will have the opportunity to update the application packet, if desired. This would particularly apply if, for example, a nominee for the Junior award becomes eligible for the Senior Award or if the nominator wishes to highlight significant accomplishments in the past year since the original packet was submitted.

To nominate a faculty member for the 2014-15 Research Excellence Award, click on this link for a copy of the nomination packet which includes the nomination guidelines, selection criteria and the nomination cover sheet. All materials are to be submitted electronically. The nomination packet, including the signed nomination cover sheet, should be scanned as a PDF file and emailed to rsh_ptnr@uncg.edu by Dec. 3, 2014.

For more information, contact Debbie Freund at freundd@uncg.edu or 336-256-0426 or visit http://research.uncg.edu/research-excellence-awards.

For a list of prior recipients, click here.

A glorious concert, “Shakespeare: East and West”

Photo of stage view inside Aycock AuditoriumMany events in UNCG’s “Globe and Cosmos” series will be big.

In sheer volume of performers on stage, this will be among the biggest.

The concert titled “Shakespeare: East and West” will feature the UNCG Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs on Sunday, October 5, 3:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

It will combine 170 singers, five soloists and the entire Symphony to present two pieces inspired by Shakespeare, as well as “The Here and Now” by Christopher Theofanidis, based on texts by the Persian mystic Rumi, known as the “Shakespeare of the East.” Connecting east and west is a movement from Maurice Ravel’s work, “Sheherazade” featuring professor Clara O’Brien as soloist.

The choirs are the Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs.

Theofanidis will be in residence in the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance from Oct. 3-5, meeting with composition students, attending rehearsals and the performance of his work, and taking part in a pre-concert discussion, notes Dr. Carole Ott. His residency is made possible by a gift from the Christopher and Laura Tew Legacy Fund.

A highlight will be hearing Rumi’s mystical and beautiful words set to Theofanidis’ exceptionally moving and colorful music, and then contemplating the philosophical and expressive connections between the pieces on the program, says Dr. Kevin Geraldi.

“What is especially unique for us in preparing “The Here and Now” is the opportunity to work with a composer of such high stature. The students are extremely excited to perform, but they are also highly motivated by the presence of the composer for rehearsals and our performance.”

Pre-concert conversation begins at 2:30 p.m. on the Aycock stage, featuring Mr. Theofanidis, Dr. Alyssa Gabbay from the Department of Religious Studies, and Music Department faculty.

The performance is free-admission. The public is welcome.

Celebrating North Carolina Archives Month at UNCG

October is North Carolina Archives Month. Throughout the month, UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) will host numerous exhibits and events aimed at promoting awareness of the importance of our profession to our state’s citizenry and public leaders.

Beginning Oct. 1, two exhibits focused on the theme of “North Carolina at Play: Health and Leisure in Our State” will be displayed in Jackson Library.

The first will be housed at the College Avenue entrance and will highlight resources held by SCUA that tell the history of health and leisure in North Carolina. The second exhibit, which will be next to the library’s reference desk on the first floor of Jackson Library, will focus on the history of health and leisure at UNCG since its founding as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1891.

On Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library, SCUA staff will present a talk on “Interpreting College Scrapbooks as a Microcosm of Institutional and Social History.”

Archivists Kathelene Smith and Jennifer Motzsko will chart the evolution of the scrapbook. They will also explore the similarities, differences, and overall themes shared by scrapbooks held in SCUA as well as their potential use by scholars, and the importance of preserving them for future generations of historians.

Stacey Krim, curator for SCUA’s Cello Music Collection, will present a biographic overview of Lev Aronson, whose manuscript and annotated music is among the most recent additions to the collection.

SCUA will also offer two walking tours of campus focused specifically on the history of health and physical education on campus. Tours will be offered at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, and Wednesday, Oct. 22. Each walking tour will take approximately 45 minutes and will be limited to 15 participants. The tours are open to any UNCG student, faculty, staff, or alumni. To reserve a spot, email SCUA@uncg.edu and indicate which tour you would like to take part in.

Follow University Archives on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/UNCGArchives) or Tumblr (http://UNCGArchives.tumblr.com) for daily features on the topic of health and leisure in North Carolina, links to web exhibits featuring SCUA materials, and details on a temporary “pop up exhibit” that will take place on campus at a time and location to be determined. Additionally, the Spartan Stories blog (http://uncghistory.blogspot.com) will publish weekly posts highlighting the history of health and leisure activities at UNCG.

SECC cranks into gear

Photo of Pam Ulmer holding SECC signUNCG’s State Employees Combined Campaign has begun.

Those making donations may select one or more organizations to receive it. More than 1,000 organizations are listed.

The top recipient UNCG donors designated last year? Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Mike Aiken, executive director of Greensboro Urban Ministry, spoke at the Kickoff meeting for volunteer solicitors. “We’re a part of Partners Ending Homelessness,” he said, a local coalition making a positive impact. Greensboro Urban Ministry offers food assistance, emergency financial assistance, shelter and rapid-rehousing for people in need.

Aiken was the recipient of the 2014 Holderness/Weaver Award for his public service.

Aiken, referring to the economy and high employment, called this “a challenging time for the organizations in our community and state.” There is great need. SECC donations make a big impact.

“Thank you for your support for Greensboro Urban Ministry.”

Photograph: Pam Ulmer holds SECC sign.

Music for your birthday, maestro

Happy 60th Birthday, Dmitry Sitkovetsky! To help celebrate the Greensboro Symphony music director’s milestone last weekend, UNCG hosted a sold-out concert at the Music Building Recital Hall. Others enjoyed a livestream in another part of the building.

The concert was quite a celebration.

And Dr. Mark Engebretson celebrated his own birthday as well – his 50th – as he honored “Maestro Dima” with the premier of a new composition, “Beholder.”

Engebretson is associate professor of Composition and Electronic Music. He is the recipient of the 2011 North Carolina Artist Fellowship in Composition and the 2014 Barlow Commission, and has received major commissions from Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation and the Thomas S. Kenan Center for the Arts. He is the founder of the UNCG New Music Festival.

A poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, two poems by Scuppernong Books co-founder Brian Lampkin and a Russian translation of Rilke’s poem by Boris Pasternak provided the text. “The Russian Pasternak version appears at points throughout the piece, unifying the piece, adding a beautiful frame with wind sounds, the ghost of Bach’s eternal work, and mystery,” Engebretson said.

The audience also enjoyed Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Brahms.

Deadlines approach for faculty award nominations

Nominations are being accepted for a lot of faculty awards right now. Check over the list and due dates:

UNCG Research Excellence Awards – See full details at http://research.uncg.edu/research-excellence-awards – Due date is Dec. 3.

O. Max Gardner Award – See full details at https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2014/09/16/o-max-gardner-award-oct-10/ – Due date is Oct. 10.

UNCG Teaching Excellence Awards – See full details at http://undergraduate.uncg.edu/teachingexcellence.html – Deadline is Oct. 3.

Looking ahead: Oct. 1, 2014

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Music, “Shakespeare: East and West,” Symphony Orchestra and choirs
Sunday, Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Talk, “Sustainable Consumption in Developing Countries: What about the ‘new middle classes?’” by Hellmuth Lange
Monday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m., EUC Auditorium

Founders Day ceremony
Monday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m., McIver statue

Reception welcoming Provost Dunn, Vice Chancellor Charles Maimone
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Presentation on Lois Lenski, by Dr. Joy Kasson
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

“The Great Conversation: Are Markets Moral?” by Bas van der Vossen
Thursday, Oct. 9, 5:15 p.m., Faculty Center

Student Affairs’ 2013-14 Annual Report

The Division of Student Affairs has published its 2013-14 Annual Report, which provides a brief overview of some of the major highlights of the past academic year. The report shows just a few of the ways the division creates transformative student experiences. Every day staff help students discover their passions, develop real-world skills and use their education to make a difference in the world. 2013-14 Annual Report

With the staff: Late August

Hello: Nicklaus McCollister, University Libraries; Laura Drew, Graduate School; Lizabeth Hanes, Parking Services; Helen Land, Kinesiology; Rena Keen Hock, Music Performance; Uzama Price, HDFS; Chalene Peterson, HDFS

Good-bye: Kathryn Pozniak; HDFS; Thomas Holder, Development; Pamela Sparks, Dean’s Office, Bryan School; Mack Stiles, Telephone Services; Howard Spoon, Parking Services; Cynthia Zaruba, University Libraries; Laverne Carter, Accounting Services; Angie Hansing, Animal Facility; Stephen Russell, Utility Operations

Editor’s note: Updated 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1 to correct information CW had received.

Visit Strategic Planning & Visioning Website, provide input

As we come together as a campus community to determine our next bold steps forward, the UNCG Strategic Planning & Visioning Website will keep you up-to-date with information regarding the strategic planning and visioning process and timeline. Look for a detailed story in next week’s UNCG Campus Weekly. Today, visit the site at http://uncgtomorrow.uncg.edu and see the schedule for visioning forums at http://uncgtomorrow.uncg.edu/AdditionalPlanningDocuments/VisioningForumSchedule.

Corporate entrepreneurship and franchising: Krispy Kreme

The Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and the Bryan School of Business are sponsoring a talk on corporate entrepreneurship and franchising on Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Bryan 160 Auditorium.

The speakers are Krispy Kreme CEO Tony Thompson and Sr. VP of US Franchises and Company Stores Cindy Bay.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m., with a reception following. There is no charge and the public is invited, as well as our campus community.

Dr. David M. Olson

Photo of Dr. David M. OlsonDr. David M. Olson (Political Science) participated in panels at the International Political Science Association in Montreal this past summer on coalition formation and legislative research. He recently published a chapter on U.S. international trade policy, and previously, a book on the second decade of post communist parliaments. He is professor emeritus of Political Science.


Dr. Kelly Wester and Dr. Keith Mobley (Counseling and Educational Development) have been awarded a three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (US Department of Health and Human Services) to enhance evidence-based clinical internships for master’s level counseling students working with at-risk youth. This grant will help to support recruitment efforts of incoming students, as well as increase the knowledge and training efforts, provide funding, and enhance data collection around effectiveness of counseling services for student interns working with at-risk transitional aged youth. More information can be found about HRSA at http://www.hrsa.gov/index.html

See/hear: Oct. 1, 2014

UNCG’s SECC fundraising campaign has launched. More than 1,000 charitable organizations in our community and state benefit – which means an exponential number of people are helped. You can choose which one (or more) you want your money to help. Last year, the biggest recipient of UNCG donors was Greensboro Urban Ministry. Executive Director Mike Aiken came to the kickoff meeting last week to thank the campus for their support, See this great video about Greensboro Urban Ministry and Mike Aiken, the 2014 winner of the Holderness/Weaver Award.

Annual Benefits Enrollment is Oct. 1-31, 2014

Open Enrollment for the State Health Plan will take place from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, 2014. During this time you may enroll or make changes for yourself and eligible dependents for all of your benefits. Any changes made during annual enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.

For employees currently enrolled in the State Health Plan, unless changes are made during the open enrollment period, you will remain in your current health plan. However, if you are enrolled in the 80/20 Plan or the Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP), you must re-do your health assessment and smoking attestation by Oct. 31, 2014, to continue receiving the premium credits. Failure to complete the health assessment and smoking attestation by Oct. 31, 2014, will result in higher monthly premium costs in December for January 2015 coverage. Click here to read more.

This year, enrollment for NCFlex (dental, vision, flexible spending accounts, etc.) has moved onto the same online platform as the State Health Plan. If you need to make changes to your NCFlex benefits or enroll/re-enroll in flexible spending accounts, you will need to take action through the online enrollment portal during this annual enrollment period in October. Click here to access the 2015 NCFlex Enrollment Guide.

The Human Resources Benefits staff will hold information sessions throughout the month of October. Please click here to register. Questions on open enrollment can be directed to Human Resources at 334-5009.

Recommend a book for 2015 Keker First-Year Common Read

Want to make a recommendation for the 2015 Keker First-Year Common Read? To recommend a book, complete the following survey: https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_cZy9ChEMzZzRFVH

Recommendations will be accepted through Oct. 17, 2014.

The Keker First-Year Common Read selection team considers the following criteria when selecting the common-read book for each fall:

  • Potential to engage students and spark passionate discussion
  • Appeal to a wide range of students; a fit with the UNCG student
  • Possibilities for classroom use among various departments, including Learning and Living Learning Communities, Foundations for Learning, and any interested academic unit
  • Possibilities for campus programming, particularly hosting an author visit
  • Possibilities for community programming, including alumni and Greensboro reading groups
  • Richness of themes; interdisciplinary in nature
  • Relevance to student life (i.e. coming of age, diversity, relationships, family, self-exploration, identity, etc.)
  • Relevance to global or international appeal
  • Relevance to service
  • Published within the past four years
  • Available in paperback
  • 400 pages or less

The KFYCR Book Selection Team will review all recommendations for consideration of the selected book. The team will make a final recommendation to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for approval.

University Libraries will expand Makerspace offerings

Photo of entrance to Jackson LibraryThe University Libraries have received a grant for just under $30,000 from LSTA funds administered by the State Library to expand training in the use of Makerspaces such as the one in Jackson Library.

The rapid evolution of consumer-grade fabrication technology has led to substantial interest in makerspaces within the library setting, but librarians are often left to manage these resources with little support or training. As the demand for maker-related resources increases, librarians serving in both the academic and public setting will be expected to be able to manage, handle and repair these cutting-edge resources. Librarians will also be expected to coordinate patrons’ needs with new innovative technologies, to research and present on trends in a rapidly-changing pedagogical environment, and to do so within the context of methods which depend heavily on trial and error.

This grant goal is to cultivate a relationship between librarians and makerspaces. The grant team includes Michelle Folkman, an LIS graduate student and information creative who acts as our research and curriculum coordinator; Brown Biggers, server administrator; and Beth Filar Williams, liaison to the UNCG Library and Information Studies Department. Working with UNCG’s LIS department the grant aims to provide experiential education and training to these graduate students in order to meet the growing demand for maker-related resources found in any library setting.

Full story at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2014/09/university-libraries-receives-grant-to.html

Communicating across cultural differences, Oct. 6

The fall Campus Community Dialogue, “Strangers to Neighbors,” will be held Monday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. in the EUC Ballroom.

Dr. Omar Ali, associate professor of African American & African Diaspora Studies, will lead the discussion.

The focus of this dialogue is to discuss and develop meaningful ways to communicate across cultural differences and break down some of the walls that separate us from one another. The best place to start the process of removing the wall is with a conversation.

The entire campus and surrounding community to come out and participate in this event.

It is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Changes to freshman application deadlines and scholarship notification process

Undergraduate Admissions wants to make everyone on campus aware of some changes to the freshman admission process. Application review began on Sept. 15, as usual, but the priority consideration deadline has moved to Dec. 1. Students who apply by Dec. 1 will receive their admission decision by Jan. 31, 2015. The application deadline for spring 2015 is still Nov. 15.

There are also some major changes to scholarship notification for this year. Students who apply by Dec. 1 will be considered for merit-based Blue and Gold Scholarships (formerly known as the UNCG Scholars Program). Students who are awarded these merit-based scholarships will be notified by mid-December.

If you have questions about these changes, please contact Kacy McAdoo, senior associate director of undergraduate admissions, at 334-4291 or Kacy_McAdoo@uncg.edu.

Lois Lenski, writer and illustrator of children’s books

Dr. Joy Kasson of UNC Chapel Hill will talk about Lois Lenski and her career as a documentary writer for children, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. The talk in the Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room will draw upon the resources of the Lois Lenski Papers, housed in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections in the University Libraries at UNCG.

Lois Lenski became a writer and illustrator of children’s books with a career that lasted four decades. She hoped her work would awaken and develop a child’s ability to identify with others across divisions of region and social class. She was awarded the Newbery Medal for Children’s Literature for “Strawberry Girl,” a story about children and their families in the backwoods of Florida.

For new faculty at UNCG

The FTLC presents offerings especially for new faculty:

Mentoring Undergraduates in Research
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 9:30-11 a.m., Faculty Center or Wednesday Oct. 8, 2-3:30 p.m.,
Faculty Center
Led by Dr. Lee Phillips, URSCO director
Click here to register.

Making Connections: Networking – Why? Who? How?
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 4-5:30 p.m., 2711 MHRA
or Thursday, Nov. 13, 9:30-11 a.m., 2711 MHRA
Learn how to talk about your research for various audiences; learn how to find potential collaborators, partners and participants; and discover what resources are available at UNCG to help you network effectively and further your scholarship. Designed for first, second and third year faculty.
Register here under NEW FACULTY.

Community-Engaged Scholarship at UNCG: What is it? How can I build my scholarly agenda? How does it fit in with annual reviews and promotion/tenure at UNCG?
Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon-1 p.m., 1607 MHRA
Brown bag. Dr. Emily Janke (CPS), Director Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE). Do you believe that a life of both the mind and the heart are essential to health and happiness; collaboration improves outcomes; excellent teaching, service, and research are each crucial aspects of scholarship; solutions to the pressing issues of our times require knowledge exchange and partnerships between academics and non-academics; and your scholarship can or does contribute to the vibrancy, health, and safety of communities in important ways? If you answered Yes to these questions, please join in for a brown bag lunch conversation.
Register here under NEW FACULTY.

Better ways to healthy, happy department

HealthyUNCG is making appointments for department presentations.

Let HealthyUNCG work with your department/office/program to brainstorm what we can do for you. Presentations are generally 10-15 minutes long and include an overview of HealthyUNCG programs and events – most of them are free of charge – along with ways that we can customize programs, challenges, or events just for your department or program area.

Contact Stefanie Milroy, director of HealthyUNCG and instructor in Public Health Education, at 334-9743 or stefanie.milroy@uncg.edu.

A message from Dan Smith

Over the past several weeks, our colleague Daniel Smith and his family have been in the thoughts of the UNCG community with the passing of Daniel’s daughter Anna. Daniel would like to share this personal message with the campus:

“My family and I want to acknowledge the overwhelming support, generosity, comfort, prayers and thoughts that the UNCG family have shown us. There are no words that can describe the outpouring of love we have received.”

Human Resources Open House Oct. 2

Tomorrow (Oct. 2), stop in at the Human Resources Open House. It will be 9-11 a.m. at 159 Mossman Building. Meet the HR staff, tour the office share light refreshments and learn more about some of Human Resources’ initiatives. You also will have the opportunity to register to win door prizes.

Student business idea contest offers $1,000 top prize

Some enterprising college student in Greensboro is going to earn $1,000 in two minutes. This fall, the UNCG’s North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) is holding its fourth annual “2 Minutes to Win It” business idea contest, open to full-time students at UNCG, NC A&T, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Bennett College, Elon University, Guilford Tech and High Point University.

Prizes include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place, and $250 for best presentation. The first-place winner also gets a guaranteed spot in the Greensboro Partnership’s Triad Startup Lab, co-working space at the new Greensboro Partnership Co//ab, consultations with an attorney and business adviser, and more.

Students can enter multiple times, but all ideas must be submitted online at http://ncec.uncg.edu by Oct. 18.

The “2 Minutes to Win It” contest culminates during Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide, yearly celebration encouraging community members to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

Qibin Zhang is co-director of UNCG’s Center for Translational Biomedical Research

Photo of Dr. Qibin ZhangDr. Qibin Zhang has joined UNCG as co-director of the Center for Translational Biomedical Research (CTBR). Zhang, an expert in bioanalytical chemistry, comes to UNCG after nearly a decade at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Biological Sciences Division.

“Our goal is to build a first-class research center around understanding, diagnosing, treating and preventing human disease,” said Dr. Zhang. “The Center for Translational Biomedical Research will use cutting-edge methodologies to identify biomolecules crucial to early diagnosis and treatment of disease.”

Zhang’s National Institutes of Health-funded research focuses on developing ultrasensitive methods of measuring lipids, which play a role in disorders such as diabetes and cancer. His other major project centers on discovering biomarkers for early diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, a devastating disorder occurring mostly among children. The CTBR’s other co-director, Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou, researches gut, liver and adipose tissue interactions as they relate to liver damage.

The CTBR is located at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis. The 350-acre campus houses corporations, universities and healthcare organizations in a public-private partnership to better understand human health, nutrition and agriculture.

“I am excited to collaborate with my highly-accomplished UNCG and NCRC colleagues in nutrition and medicinal biochemistry,” said Zhang, adding that he hopes to establish and expand collaborative research opportunities involving UNCG, NCRC and local colleges, universities and biotech companies.

Zhang, who holds a joint appointment as a UNCG Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry associate professor, has a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of California Riverside and a bachelor of science in chemistry from Shandong Normal University in China.

Lectures on quilts of Gwen Magee

Linda Brown, professor amerita at Bennett College and author of “Belles of Liberty: Bennett College, Gender, Bennett College, and the Civil Rights Movement,” will lead a discussion of the quilts of Gwendolyn Ann Magee on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. in the Art Department’s Gatewood Gallery, located in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building on Highland Avenue. Parking is available in the lot beside and behind the building.

Dr. Marsha MacDowell, curator of Folk Art at the Michigan State University Museum and professor of Art and Art History will speak on Monday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Gatewood Studio Arts Building, Room 204, on “Quilts and Human Rights: A Global View.” A reception will follow in the Gatewood on the first floor, with the opportunity to view the exhibition, Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Quilts of Gwendolyn Ann Magee.

Editor’s note: The location of the MacDowell lecture has been updated, due to room availability.

Paranormal Weekend at UNCG

The Paranormal Weekend at UNCG (Oct. 3-4) will feature the Moon Family Psychic Experience. On Friday night from 8-9 p.m., Chris Moon will give a presentation on the paranormal in the EUC Auditorium and then at 9:30 p.m. he will lead a ghost hunt on campus. All are welcome to attend these Friday events, sponsored by UNCG CAB.

Dr. Vasyl Taras

Photo of Dr. Vasyl TarasDr. Vasyl Taras (Management) received an award from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for the project “Free-Riding in Global Virtual Teams: An Experimental Study of Antecedents and Strategies to Minimize the Problem.” According to the abstract, free-riding is a major problem in workgroups, particularly in global virtual teams (GVTs). This study will explore mechanisms by which free-riding affects group dynamics and performance in GVTs, and experimentally test several commonly available strategies to alleviate the problem. The study will be conducted using a unique platform of the X-Culture project, an international business competition that attracts over 3,000 MBA and undergraduate students and working professionals from over 40 countries semi-annually who work in about 500 GVTs on real business challenges presented by international companies.