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Archives for September 2014

SECC starts toward $200,000 goal

Photo of solicitors receiving their envelopesGet ready, get set, go. The State Employees Combined Campaign is off and running.

The State Employees Combined Campaign, or SECC, is the annual giving campaign for state employees. Participants can donate to any of a 1,000+ charitable organizations.

“It’s an efficient way to give to your favorite charities,” said this year’s SECC chair Dr. Ruth DeHoog (Political Science). “These organizations have been screened. They’re not fly-by-night. They have to apply and supply financials and mission statements. It’s pretty rigorous.”

This year, UNCG has set a goal of $200,000.

In the past, UNCG has matched up well against other UNC system schools. Last year, the university tied with NC State University for the second-highest employee participation rate. The state average for giving was $200; UNCG’s average was $209 per participant.

“We have bragging rights,” DeHoog said. “We want to uphold that tradition.”

Participation rates are based on the percentage of people who turn in their pledge form, whether they choose to give or not. All is anonymous.

If you do choose to give, your name and your giving choices will not be shared with outside organizations who might add you to their mailing lists. DeHoog knows how frustrating that can be. Years ago, she gave to an organization (not affiliated with SECC) and still receives mail from them, she said.

She also sees a benefit to giving at this time of year, rather than at year-end.

“You have some thought time to give to what is meaningful,” she said. “You have time to think, ‘How does my giving reflect my priorities?’”

The fact that UNCG is consistently one of the campus leaders within the UNC system says a lot about who we are.

“It communicates our vision for our campus and the types of employees we have here,” DeHoog said.

To learn more about SECC, visit secc.wp.uncg.edu. Your department solicitor will have pledge forms, but if you’d like to go paperless, use the ePledge form found on the site. You also can search the charities supported by the SECC.

The campaign will run through Nov. 7.

By Beth English

UNCG Flu Shot Clinics in October

Photo of someone receiving a flu shotHuman Resource Services is sponsoring onsite flu shot clinics. The flu vaccine is the best protection against the debilitating effects of this virus. October and November are the optimal months for flu vaccination. When it comes to staying healthy, don’t leave it up to chance. Here’s a convenient opportunity to get vaccinated.

Oct. 20 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Campus Supply Training Room
Oct. 23 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Alexander Room EUC
Oct. 24 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Claxton Room EUC

This clinic will provide free flu shots to State Health Plan members. This includes employees and their covered family members, at least 9 years of age. Retirees with State Health Plan coverage are also welcome. Please bring your State Health Plan ID card and a photo ID.

UNCG earns top 10 ranking from ‘Educate to Career’

Photo of Foust BuildingUNCG is ranked among the 10 best universities in the nation for the value its education offers graduates, according to the nonprofit Educate to Career.

UNCG ranked No. 10 on the Educate to Career College Ranking Index, which “measures the improvement in employability and earnings that a particular college brings to its graduates, relative to students similarly situated at other colleges,” said Educate to Career President Michael R. Havis.

The nonprofit looked at four-year institutions with annual enrollments over 1,000 students. Universities were judged using an array of data, including college affordability, graduation rate, the percentage of students employed in occupations that utilize their field of study, the average salary of recent graduates, and the percentage of students employed a year after their graduation.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Provost Dunn: ‘Working together, we will shape our collective future’

Photo of Provost DunnMany voices will contribute to UNCG’s next strategic plan, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn told attendees at the Sept. 17 Faculty Convocation.

“Working together, we will shape our collective future,” Dunn said, emphasizing the need for collaboration among all stakeholders across campus, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and administrators.

“Where do our opportunities lie? The detailed, specific answer to that question will emerge from the roughly 18 month long planning and visioning process that is about to unfold. The process that will bring our voices together,” Dunn said.

“Simply put, I believe our opportunities will be recognized if we build upon our strengths and respond head on to the challenges we face.”

What is at the top of the list of strengths she has observed in her first eight weeks at UNCG? “Strong academic programs and faculty who are committed to student learning, faculty who actually do what most institutions today only talk about, that is recognize the synergies of teaching, research, creative activity, and outreach to the community. I believe this distinguishes UNCG from most of its peers and will situate us well for the future. At a time when rising tuition costs are causing the public to question the value of university research and to urge a singular focus on the instructional mission, recognizing the many ways that our research enhances student learning and community well-being is especially important. The impactful research and creative work of our faculty is one of our most valuable assets, a form of capital that, with appropriate investment, will continue to set UNCG apart from many other public universities.”

She added, “To me, one of the greatest strengths of UNCG is access and affordability combined with the successful retention and graduation of students whose lives are transformed by virtue of their experience here.”

There are challenges: declining state funding for higher education and also declining public support in terms of recognition of higher education’s value.

Enrollment is on her mind a lot, she said. She noted UNCG has good news with Fall 2014 enrollment figures, both in headcount and in student credit hour production. Faculty, staff and administration have worked collaboratively to bring about this success.

Dunn joined UNCG on Aug. 1. “I view my new UNCG home through the lens of a newcomer, but one with over 25 years’ experience in public higher education, all spent at a UNCG peer institution,” she said.

“I am but one voice in the collective discussion that will be unfolding here over the next 18 months — our strategic visioning and planning process. I am one member of a large team where each member brings a different perspective and valued expertise to the discussions and planning,” she said.

Dozens of forums will be held around campus as part of the first phase of the process. “We will ask questions to help refine the planning process and, most important, questions about your vision for UNCG’s future.”

She concluded her remarks by inviting Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charles Maimone, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Bryan Terry and Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Strategic Communication Paul Mason to speak as well.

“At a time of declining state funding for higher education, Charlie Maimone and staff in the business office will not only help us deploy our resources efficiently, but also help us innovate and diversify our revenue streams,” she said. “Bryan Terry and his enrollment management staff will collaborate with faculty to shape and grow enrollment, generating critically important tuition dollars and state funding. Finally, Paul Mason and media relations staff will help us with the larger issue of public perception of higher education. They will work with you to share with the public the stories of your many contributions and also the successes of our students.”

By Mike Harris

Passionate about alcohol/drug dependency issues?

UNCG has been selected by the Governor’s Office to receive $125,000 from a SAMHSA federal grant to develop a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC).

A CRC provides a peer and professional support network for students recovering from alcohol and other drug dependency. Such communities have proven to be highly effective in impacting student success, retention, and graduation.

Based on a conference call with the Governor’s Office and UNC General Administration staff that took place on Sept. 19, UNCG’s proposal deadline is Oct. 3.

The Office of Student Affairs is seeking faculty and staff who are passionate about recovery and have expertise in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) issues to engage in the development and implementation of the UNCG program in collaboration with Student Health and the Counseling Center. Please contact Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cherry Callahan by email at cmcallah@uncg.edu as soon as possible.

A ‘culture of care’ at UNCG

Photo of campus residence hallIn an effort to create a culture of care, the UNCG Dean of Students Office invites you to a workshop series specifically designed for faculty and staff. Visit http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77002327 to register to attend. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

UNCG Still Cares – Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 – 2–4 p.m. – Elliott University Center, Sharpe Room

We would like to invite new faculty, staff and UNCG Cares alumni to “UNCG Still Cares.” During this two-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office. UNCG Cares Alumni are “strongly encouraged” to participate as we have added some new information.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders – Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 – 2–3:30 p.m. – Elliott University Center, Sharpe Room

This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns.

Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom – Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 – 3–4 p.m. – Elliott University Center, Phillips Room

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to be uncivil and verbally aggressive toward faculty and their peers in the classroom. This behavior is not only disruptive, but if not addressed, could have irreversible consequences on student learning. The Dean of Students Office may have some solutions. Come learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students.

The Case of Refugees

A forum titled “‘I Crossed the Border Because I Had To’: The Case of Refugees” will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, 4-5:30 p.m., in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, EUC.

Guests will include:

  • Dr. Holly C. Sienkiewicz, interim director of research, Center for New North Carolinians
  • Kathy Hinshaw, BS, UNCG – Latino outreach coordinator, Center for New North Carolinians
  • Ann Marie Dooley, attorney at law, McKinney Immigration Law

The event is co-sponsored by the First-Year Summer Read, ALIANZA UNCG Latino Association, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC), Global Village, Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC), Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI), and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Dunn/Maimone Welcome Reception

Chancellor Linda P. Brady invites all members of the UNCG Faculty and Staff to a reception welcoming Provost Dana Dunn and Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charles Maimone. It will be held Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, from 1-3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

This will be a floating reception with brief remarks at 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Linda Hestenes

Photo of Dr. Linda HestenesDr. Linda Hestenes (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation grant from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Child Development for “North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project.” The project is a collaboration between the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education and UNCG. NCRLAP’s purpose is to conduct voluntary assessments for child care centers and family child care homes attempting to earn a higher star rating in the North Carolina Star Rated License system. Each year NCRLAP staff typically complete 2,880 assessments (including approximately 433 NC Pre-K assessments).

Starfish update: Academic Status Report No. 1 launched

It may be hard to believe that the semester has been in session for over five weeks already, but one way to know for sure is that it is already time for instructors to complete their first Academic Status Reports. The first Academic Status Report (ASR) was launched on Sept. 16, 2014. The ASR is a Starfish report that is sent to all UNCG instructors and teaching assistants to allow for quick and easy student tracking. Instructors and TAs are invited to complete a separate Academic Status Report for each course that they teach by logging into Blackboard, pulling up Starfish, opening their outstanding Academic Status Report(s), and quickly raising flags and kudos on their students with just a few clicks of the mouse. Academic Status Reports are launched three different times in the semester to allow for more comprehensive and longitudinal student tracking. The dates of the Fall 2014 Academic Status Reports are as follows:

  • ASR No. 1: Sept. 16
  • ASR No. 2: Oct. 7
  • ASR No. 3: Nov. 11 (for instructors of student athletes only)

Academic Status Report No. 1 will remain open for instructor completion until Oct. 7, 2014. Once an Academic Status Report is submitted, it is final and cannot be edited. As a reminder, instructors and TAs can continue to manually raise flags and kudos throughout the term at their convenience. The data provided by instructors will alert the Starfish Outreach Team to implement outreach efforts for students who have been flagged. Instructors teaching courses hosted in Canvas are also able to complete Academic Status Reports. These Academic Status Reports are now available and can be accessed in the same way as those for Blackboard courses. All instructors (using Blackboard and Canvas) will receive an email alerting them when it is time to complete another Academic Status Report.

All questions and concerns about the Academic Status Report can be directed to Elena Medeiros in the Students First Office at starfish@uncg.edu or (336) 334-3872. Additionally, please contact Elena with any errors related to Academic Status Reports and Canvas courses.

Who is in need of Angel Tree?

Do you know of a staff member or student in need as we approach the Holiday Season?

The Staff Senate will host an Angel Tree this holiday season to benefit members of our campus community. Please submit your nomination to the Staff Senate Service Committee by Oct. 17, including contact information and a brief description of why you are nominating this person or family. UNCG students and UNCG employees and their immediate families are eligible.

Debbie Freund—freundd@uncg.edu/256-0426
Cicely Maynard-Ross— cymaynar@uncg.edu/334-5803

All information will be kept confidential and the committee asks that you receive approval from the nominee prior to submission.The Service Committee will contact the approved nominees to get a list of needed items which will be shared with campus in early November.

Offerings at Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons

UNCG’s FTLC offers many way for those who teach to connect with each other and learn. A sampling of offerings in the coming weeks:

Community Connections: A networking event for UNCG faculty
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4-6 p.m., Faculty Center
A networking event for UNCG Faculty and Greensboro Partners. Please join for an informal wine and cheese gathering. Sponsored by Office of Leadership and Service Learning in partnership with the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.

The following day, participate in another event:
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies’ Annual Lecture Series:
“Pursuit of healing and reconciliation: The deficit of compassion and creativity in violent conflict”

Thursday, Oct. 2, 5-7 p.m., EUC, Alexander Room
John Paul Lederach, PhD, professor of International Peacebuilding and Director of Peace Accords Matrix at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute. Lederach is widely known for his pioneering work in conflict transformation around the world, including in Colombia, the Philippines, Nepal, and countries in East and West Africa. He has helped design and conduct training programs in 25 countries across five continents. This public lecture will explore how to address social healing and reconciliation through metaphors, music and unforgettable stories of suffering and hope using approaches that explore healing as circular, dynamic and ongoing in the midst of continuing violence. A book signing will follow the public lecture and discussion.

Consultations for 2014-15 writing-enhanced courses

FTLC faculty resources are available throughout the semester:

Contact: Bonnie Yarbrough at btyarbro@uncg.edu.

Several related workshops offered by the FTLC are:

Teaching Writing Through Real Genres, Faculty Development Workshop
Thursday, Sept. 25, 3:30-5 p.m., 140 McIver
Design writing assignments that make use of genres that are really used in your discipline, and reinforce transferable learning by engaging students directly in genre study. This session will also include discussion and troubleshooting for faculty teaching or planning to teach Writing-Intensive courses. Led by FTLC Teaching Fellows Dr. Bonnie Yarbrough (ENG) and Dr. Risa Applegarth (ENG). Open to new and returning faculty.
Register here.

Faculty Resources for Writing-Enhanced Curriculum
Thursday, Oct. 2, 3-4 p.m., 140 McIver
Dr. Bonnie Yarbrough (ENG), FTLC Teaching Fellow, and Dr. Lindsay Sabatino, Director of Digital ACT Studio
Teaching a Writing-Intensive course this year? This introductory workshop on faculty resources will include information on best practices, useful web sites, strategies for designing writing-enhanced assignments, and incorporating digital assignments into projects. Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas for discussion.
Register here.

Teaching with Writing-Enhanced Digital Composing
Thursday, Oct. 21, noon-1:30 p.m., 140 McIver
Presented by Dr. Lindsay Sabatino, Director of the Digital Acts Studio, and Brenta Blevins, PhD student in English/Rhetoric
What assignment options support students’ creative composing choices in digital environments? This workshops offers innovative perspectives to infusing your class with writing-enhanced digital composing. Together, we will examine writing through a new lens, brainstorm possibilities for your own assignments, and explore assessment using new composition choices.
Register here.

Conversations and Open Dialogue
Writing across the Disciplines and in Work Settings
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3:30-5 p.m., 3501 MHRA
and Thursday, Nov. 6, 3-4:30 p.m., 3501 MHRA

Dr. Bonnie Yarbrough, FTLC Teaching Fellow
Stop by for an informal, open-ended conversation about issues you or your students face in their writing assignments. What disciplinary expectations are being met/unmet? Are your students writing explorations, reflections, or artifacts? Discuss innovative approaches, common problems, and experimental ideas. Or, just come by for some wine, snacks and socializing.

Some faculty groups to consider joining

The FTLC is featuring a few of their many faculty groups you may want to join.

The Community Engagement Think Tank envisions a Greensboro designed to be viable, livable and sustainable through meaningful discourse and planning. Following a process of community-engaged research and design, this group works to position UNCG faculty and students taking a role in Greensboro’s long-term planning and design. Contact CC-ED Director and FTLC Fellow Travis Hicks (IARC) tlhicks@uncg.edu to join.

Global Engagement will have a session on “How to Integrate Global Engagement into your Curricula.” Join faculty colleagues and FTLC Teaching Fellows Dr. Chiaki Takagi and Kate Colon (both LLC) to explore issues and strategies related to teaching intercultural competency and global engagement. The second meeting of the year will be Thursday, Oct. 16 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Background readings and resources included. Monthly meetings will be held throughout academic year 2014-15. Click here to register.

Grants Resources – The FTLC announces a revamped lineup for the coming academic year. The new goal is simple and yet bold: if you attend the entire series, you will develop an idea into a grant proposal. The next meeting is Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Led by Aubrey Turner (ORED) and Julie Voorhees (US). Faculty Advisors Dr. Paul Silvia (PSY) and Dr. Natasha Brown (NTR). Click here to register.

At Center for Community-Engaged Design

Photo of Dean Johnston and Provost DunnHundreds attended the open house last Friday at UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design.

Located near the Lee Street /Tate Street intersection, the CC-ED is an interdisciplinary research center that fosters community/university partnerships for meaningful research and design of the built and natural environment. It is part of the Department of Interior Architecture and is led by Travis Hicks.

Dean Tim Johnston noted the value of community engagement and its many benefits to all involved, as he spoke at the open house. And he acknowledged the work of Travis Hicks and Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker and all the others who brought the center to fruition.

Visuals filled the walls from a variety of community-engagement Interior Architecture projects.

“What I see here is … Wow,” Provost Dana Dunn told the students and many guests who were on hand. She spoke about engagement and of students being involved in the communities in which they live.

“You’re doing incredible work – and I congratulate you,” she said.

Travis Hicks is assembling a coalition of people and organizations interested in addressing the question of alternative housing solutions for the homeless population in Guilford County. Anyone interested is invited to contact him at tlhicks@uncg.edu.

See the first issue of the center’s newsletter: https://ccedgso.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/cc-ed-summer2014newsletter-2.pdf

Visual: Dean Johnston and Provost Dunn offered remarks at the open house. Photographer: Natalie Johnson

Rapid-fire dissertation – in three minutes

Here’s a great opportunity for UNCG doctoral students.

They can hone their communication skills, get feedback on their presentation style, and win cash prizes – as the UNCG Graduate School presents its second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Where a dissertation would typically take hours to read, each doctoral student will present it in 180 seconds or less.

The final round will be held Nov. 18, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room. Preliminary rounds are scheduled for Nov. 5-6 from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. in the EUC, Claxton Room.

In addition to the chance to win cash prizes awarded by the judges ($1,000 for first place and $500 for second place), participants will also compete for a People’s Choice award ($250) – so bring your whole department, family and friends. The first place winner will also receive airfare and hotel accommodations to compete in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools 3MT competition in New Orleans on March 8, 2015.

3MT brings together currently-enrolled doctoral students from programs across campus for an afternoon of rapid-fire presentations on their dissertation research. Founded by the University of Queensland in 2008, this competition challenges students to explain their research to non-specialist audiences in the space of just three minutes. Communicating clearly and engaging the audience are crucial.

For examples of winning presentations from around the world, visit http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase.

For more information and to register, visit grs.uncg.edu/3mt/. Registration is now open and only 60 spaces are available: first come, first served. Those who have already graduated and master’s students are not eligible.

Nominations sought for Golden Chain Honor Society

UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society was organized in 1948 to recognized students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the University community.

“Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the University with students of today and those generations yet to come. The organization is unique to the UNCG campus. Members embody the characteristics of: leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity, and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for fall 2014 inductions. Candidates this fall must be seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA.

The nomination form may be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain/ and should be returned to Casey Fletcher at cmfletch@uncg.edu by Friday, Oct. 3. Nominations may be submitted by students, faculty, Golden Chain alumni and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee.)

Looking Ahead: Sept. 24, 2014

SECC campaign has begun; packets distributed
Wednesday, Sept. 24

Nepal – A Short Introduction, Greg Grieve
Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Sharpe Room, EUC

Panel, Little Princes: Shaking the World in a Gentle Way
Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Alumni House

Staff Senate food drive for Urban Ministry ends
Friday, Sept. 26. Need box pickup? Email freundd@uncg.edu

Asian Autumn Festival
Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m., EUC

Symphonic Band
Monday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Gum-themed staff “take over” of Faculty Center
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

Lecture, ‘The Divided States of America: Can Our Politics Be Depolarized?’
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Neil Shepherd

Photo of Neil ShepherdNeil Shepherd (Theatre) has been cast to play Jean Valjean in an upcoming production of “Les Misérables” for a joint production with the Piedmont Players and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 17-19, 2014. The performance will take place in Keppel Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College in Salisbury. He is business services coordinator in the Theatre department.

Dr. Brooke Kreitinger

Photo of Dr. Brooke KreitingerDr. Brooke Kreitinger (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received a grant from the German Embassy for “Fall 2014 German Campus Weeks: 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” The German program seeks to explore the history of the fall of the Berlin Wall within the larger global context of simultaneous revolutions, such as the Tienanmen Square protest of 1989, and social movements, such as the Green movement. Through course offerings and participation in campus competitions, students in UNCG’s German Program, Lloyd International Honors College, International Global Studies Program, International Business School, and the Global Village living-learning community will explore this topic through creative and scholarly projects, the abstract notes.

David Gwynn

Photo of David GwynnDavid Gwynn (University Libraries) received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for “UNCG/Hayes-Taylor YMCA Digital Explorers.” The project will expose at-risk teens in East and Southeast Greensboro to the history of their community and will train them to uncover materials documenting this history from a variety of materials unlikely to be housed in traditional cultural heritage institutions — nontraditional sources such as personal collections and records belonging to small community groups — and to make that material available online for public use, the abstract states.

Dr. Christopher Rhea

Photo of Dr. Christopher RheaDr. Christopher Rhea (Kineseiology) has received a grant from UNCG’s Open Access Publishing Support Fund for his article “Fractal Gait Patterns are Retained after Entrainment to a Fractal Stimulus.” The University Libraries and the Office of Research & Economic Development created the support fund to support faculty, EPA employees and graduate students becoming involved in open access publishing. Information about the guidelines and the application process, as well as a link to an online application form, can be found at http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm.

Preventing elder abuse

Internationally recognized expert Paul Greenwood will share with two different audiences his expertise and success in dramatically increasing awareness of and actions against elder abuse:

  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m., the general public and community members are invited to the City of Greensboro’s Smith Senior Center for Greenwood’s presentation.
  • Friday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to noon, professionals in the field of aging, law enforcement, protective services, attorneys, social services, home health aides, medical professionals, financial advisers, emergency responders, etc. are invited to the UNCG Elliott University Center Auditorium for Greenwood’s presentation.

Paul Greenwood, a San Diego County (CA) Deputy District Attorney, heads that office’s Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit and is in charge of prosecuting elder abuse and neglect cases. As a speaker, one of Mr. Greenwood’s particular focuses is in bringing together various stakeholders in a community to instruct and inspire them to work together to close the net on elder abuse perpetrators.

Registration is free. These events are co-sponsored by the UNCG Gerontology Program, the Triad Retirement Living Association, and Elon University School of Law. Graduate students are welcome.

Seating is limited. Register at http://trla.info/paulgreenwood.

Nominations of candidates for honorary degrees

Chancellor Linda P. Brady provides a message about nominations for honorary degrees:

TO: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Faculty and Staff
Alumni Board of Director Officers
Board of Trustees

The Committee on Honorary Degrees invites you to identify people who would be good candidates for honorary degrees to be granted at the 2015 commencement or subsequent commencements. The purpose for awarding honorary degrees includes the following:

  • To recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary achievement over their entire scholarly or artistic careers or who have performed distinguished public service in their lifetime;
  • To recognize excellence in the scholarly fields of degrees awarded by the University as well as those that exemplify the history and mission of the University;
  • To honor those individuals whose lives and achievements are consistent with the qualities and values espoused by the University in order to provide examples of the University’s aspirations for its graduates;
  • To elevate the visibility and reputation of the University by honoring those individuals who are widely known and regarded in their field or in society as a whole.

The person selected may be distinguished in any number of areas: humanities, sciences, arts, public service, and education, to name a few. Those currently holding public office in the state and the permanent staff of our state universities are not eligible. The achievements may vary in scope from prominence on the international or professional scene to vital contributions to the University, North Carolina, and beyond. A previous connection to the University or state is not mandatory but is considered a strength. For more information, see http://provost.uncg.edu/publications/personnel/honorary.asp Guidelines and Procedures for Honorary Degrees approved by the UNCG Board of Trustees at its Nov. 21, 1996, meeting.

In order for you to have an idea of the persons who have received Honorary Degrees, I invite you to examine the names of awardees from past years: Norman Anderson (2013); Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (2012); Thomas Haggai (2011); Margaret Maron (2010); Rebecca Lloyd, Nido Qubein (2009); Fred Chappell, Tom Ross, Kay Yow (2008); Irvin Belk, Betty Ray McCain, Edwin S. Melvin (2007); Molly Broad, Henry Frye, Shirley Frye (2006); Muriel Siebert (2005); Jim Hunt (2004); Jaylee Mead (2003); Michael B. Fleming, Stanley Frank (2002); Kenneth L. Adelman, Bonnie Angelo, Jean Brooks (2001); Erskine Bowles (2000); Maud Gatewood, Eloise R. Lewis (1999); Carolyn R. Ferree, Calvin Trillin (1998); Mary Ellen Rudin, LeRoy T. Walker (1995); T. James Crawford (1994); Maya Angelou (1993); Richard C. Atkinson, Robert E. Ward (1992); Doris W. Betts, John H. Franklin (1990).

The committee asks that initially you submit candidates on the form available at http://provost.uncg.edu along with biographical information. After the first screening, we may request additional information. Please keep in mind the need for confidentiality, as candidates should not be aware that they are being considered.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Please send the completed nomination form to the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 201 Mossman Building, The Campus.

More bubbles than a Lawrence Welk special

In honor of National Chewing Gum Day, all staff are invited to “take over” the Faculty Center Sept. 30, 10-11 a.m.

Come grab some gum, learn fun facts about this childhood staple, participate in a bubble blowing contest and get to know your fellow staff members. The “take over” is sponsored by Staff Senate.

‘Working with Refugee Students from Asia’ launches series

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) presents its 2014-15 speaker series:

Oct. 2, 2014 – 3-4 p.m. – 401, School of Education Building – Cat Bao Le, Southeast Asian Coalition (Charlotte) – Working with Refugee Students from Asia

Nov. 13, 2014 – 3-4 p.m. – 301, School of Education Building –
Ye He, Ang Chen and Kristine Lundgren, SOE, SOHHS (UNCG)
Edna Tan, Beverly Faircloth, SOE (UNCG)

Presentations by CDLC Fellowship Recipients:

  • Intercultural exploration of Chinese education, health and sports through a comprehensive cross-cultural experience.
  • Teaching science for social justice: A community-based STEM club for refugee youth.

Feb. 19, 2015 – 3-4 p.m. – 401, School of Education Building
Jeffrey Reaser, Walt Wolfram, (NC State) – Educating the Educated: Linguistic Diversity in the University Backyard

March 5, 2015 – 4-5 p.m. – 401, School of Education Building
Laura Gonzalez and DiAnne Borders, CED/SOE (UNCG) – Finding Your Voice: A GEAR UP Camp at UNCG

April 2, 2015, – 3-4 p.m. – 401, School of Education Building
Melody Zoch and Amy Vetter, SOE (UNCG)
Jigna Dharod, SOHHS (UNCG)

Presentations by CDLC Fellowship Recipients:

  • Promoting equitable literacy education for students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds by supporting teachers through professional development.
  • Feeding the family in a foreign country: Understanding home food environment and food insecurity experiences of Latino immigrants.

For more information, visit cdlc.uncg.edu.

John Sealy collaborates with Park Service to conserve our state’s timber rattlesnakes

Photo of John Sealy“If it weren’t for North Carolina’s state parks and the Blue Ridge Parkway, there would be fewer rattlesnakes in North Carolina,” says herpetologist John Sealy, Biology lecturer at UNCG. “These parks provide refuge for many populations of this declining species by protecting their habitat from development.”

If it weren’t for conservation management specialists like Sealy, there’d be fewer snakes in the parks and the parkway.

Sealy’s work addresses the challenges in managing a species that’s protected by law but is potentially life threatening to visitors and park employees. Management plans must protect both people and the venomous snakes, he explains. To this end, snakes must often be moved from roads, campgrounds and recreation areas built within their habitat.

This summer, Sealy held training workshops for parkway employees who may encounter timber rattlesnakes. The sessions focused on the snakes’ ecology and on safe methods of capture and transport. The participants included interpretive staff, biologists, maintenance workers and law enforcement. He did a first round of workshops about seven years ago.

In North Carolina, the timber rattlesnake is classified as “a species of special concern.”

Timber rattlesnake numbers are in decline, he notes. The species does not reproduce until age 8, and thereafter every 3 or 4 years, he explains. Few newborns survive to adulthood.

When adults are removed from the population by killing or capture, a population decline begins as reproduction rates further decline. Therefore a small amount of assistance provided by park personnel has a positive impact on populations.

Highway mortality creates the greatest reduction. Another drain is poaching, he says. And many are killed out of fear, by those unaware of the snake’s protected status.

In the early 1990s, Sealy was the first to use radio-telemetry with rattlesnakes in North Carolina, he says. He spent years observing timber rattlesnakes in the wild. He took the first photograph in North Carolina of timber rattlesnakes mating, he explains, an event rare to observe. That was 20 years ago.

Sealy had a BA in social science from Elon from the 1970s, and at age 43 he applied at UNCG to study biology. He wanted a career change, and he wanted to be part of the conversation regarding rattlesnake conservation in North Carolina. “I knew I had to have credentials and knowledge to have a voice.” The UNCG biology department provided the foundation for achieving that goal. With his bachelor’s from UNCG in 1997, he then earned an MS studying rattlesnake ecology at Appalachian State University.

No other North Carolina biologist has studied the timber rattlesnake so long, he explains.

It’s a passion he developed in his youth. “I was never taught to fear snakes – only to have respect for them.”

With the staff: July-Mid August

Hello: Rhonda Rogers, Human Resources; Kendra Hamilton, Student Health Services; Taylor Trantham, Public Safety & Police; John Joseph, Housing & Residence Life; Morgan Lanier, Housing & Residence Life; James Hemingway, Housing & Residence Life; Jason Stogner, Emergency Management; Nwe Yi, Housing & Residence Life; Sarah Pickett, Business and Economics Student Services; Latisha Clinkscales, Public Safety & Police; Jennifer Dineen, HDFS; Graciela Schmitt, HDFS

Good-bye: Tyrone Bennett, Housing & Residence Life; Franklin Jones, Dean’s Office, School of HHS; Heather Moore, Weatherspoon; Clifton Goins, Housekeeping; Michelle Miller, Math and Statistics; Angelica Kapely, International Program Center; Terri Lawson, Dean’s Office, School of Education; Heather Edgerly, FD&C; Michael McCreary, Public Safety & Police; Theresa Potter, Student Health Services; Matthew Hinshaw, Public Safety & Police

Get involved with UNCG’s CNNC community centers

A new school year means a new program year for the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) Community Centers: Glen Haven, Oakwood Forest, and Ashton Woods. Programs resume this week and are made possible through the efforts of CNNC staff, AmeriCorps members, volunteers, interns and partner agencies. Programs include:

  • After-school tutoring and homework help for over 150 immigrant and refugee youth living in Greensboro;
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes for 50 adults from countries such as Mexico, Burma, Bhutan, Sudan, Congo, and Eritrea
  • Job training sessions and one-on-one employment services for unemployed and underemployed individuals
  • Health care access with the help of congregational nurses and social work interns, and lots of other programming.

In addition to seeking donations of backpacks, school supplies and cleaning supplies to help the youth and programs get off on right foot, the CNNC is looking for volunteers. Help immigrant and refugee youth be successful this school year by providing after-school homework help and mentoring one afternoon a week. Times are in the afternoon and vary by location. Please contact Aaron Hall at Volunteer.cnnc@gmail.com or learn more at http://cnnc.uncg.edu/community-centers-program/.

Over the last 12 months, about 600 people have volunteered and about half that number were from UNCG.

Two volunteer training opportunities will be Tuesday, September 23, 6-9 pm or Saturday September 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. both in Graham 207. Please email Aaron Hall to register ahead of time so there will an accurate count.

UNCG study-abroad experiences, on the air

Each Monday at 8 a.m., you can tune in to UNCG’s WUAG 103.1 FM to hear live stories from international students, students who have traveled abroad and those who wish to.

The host for the program “Air International” is April Snell. Access live programming at http://wuag.net/ – click “listen now.”

Physical fitness and memory – participants sought

Researchers at UNCG are interested in understanding the relationship between physical fitness and memory. If you qualify to participate, you will be invited to attend a single session on the UNCG campus which takes approximately 90 minutes.

Inclusion criteria: Age of 18-25 years old or 50-65 years old, and no medical issues that preclude participation in a submaximal fitness test. Exclusion criteria (determined through questionnaires): Clinical cognitive impairment or uncorrected visual or hearing impairment. Procedures: Fill out questionnaires to ensure your eligibility to be in the study (about 15 minutes); perform three computerized cognitive tasks (about 60 minutes); complete a submaximal test to measure your physical fitness (about 15 minutes). A parking pass will be provided to each participant who is coming from off-campus and requires parking. For more information, contact Chia-Hao Shih at c_shih2@uncg.edu or 334-3275.

Dr. Wayne Journell

Photo of Dr. Wayne JournellDr. Wayne Journell (Teacher Education and Higher Education) will be this year’s recipient of the 2014 Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS). NCSS and the Research Community sponsor this annual research award designed to recognize an exemplary single-study research conception, model, design, procedure and analysis in social studies and social education. The award presentation will take place at the NCSS conference in November.

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Photo of Dr. Arthur MurphyDr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) received a renewal grant from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Social Services for Nutrition Education for New North Carolinians (Recipe for Success in North Carolina). In fiscal year 2015, the Nutrition Education for New North Carolinians project will expand its services to Forsyth, Guilford and Rockingham counties with both face-to-face demonstration projects as well as lessons delivered through the mail. According to the abstract, the educational programming focuses on dietary quality, shopping behavior, food safety, exercise and obesity prevention.

Jovanovic/Cuny

Communication Studies faculty Dr. Spoma Jovanovic and Kimberly Cuny each have chapters in the 550-page book, “Teaching Communication Activism: Communication Education for Social Justice” (2014). The text showcases examples of how communication educators have taught students to intervene as activists to confront social justice issues. The chapter co-authored by Cuny, “Speaking for a Change: Using Speaking Centers to Amplify Marginalized Voices in Building Sustained Community Movements for Social Justice,” details now to heighten democratic practice in public spaces. Jovanovic’s chapter, “The Ethics of Teaching Communication Activism,” explores the ethical choice points and responsibilities imbued in activism by citing the situations teachers face that are both inspirational and daunting.

See/hear: Sept. 24, 2014

Spartan Men’s Basketball season tickets are now on sale – and UNCG faculty and staff get a $30 discount off the regular season ticket price. The discounted price is $99 for a full season, including the big home against the Tar Heels. Or you can enjoy a “Carolina Mini Pack,” featuring home games versus High Point, Elon, UNC Wilmington and the UNC Tar Heels. It’s $69. Contact the Ticket Office at 334-3250 or maehmke@uncg.edu.