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Archives for September 2014

Student-athletes achieve 100 percent participation in True Spartan Challenge

Photo of student-athleteUNCG student-athletes accomplished a new feat last semester: One hundred percent of all current student-athletes made a gift to their team’s enrichment fund in the first-ever True Spartan Challenge. UNCG is among a small number of schools across the country that have accomplished this.

“UNCG student-athletes have made a commitment to the university, not only with their play on the field and in the classroom, but also by making an investment into the financial future of Spartan athletics,” baseball student-athlete and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president Dylan Hathcock said. “Student-athletes at UNCG are committed to reinvesting in the program due to the great opportunities it provides. Being a UNCG Spartan is a special privilege and it is an honor to represent this university.”

The True Spartan Challenge student-athlete giving campaign was developed as a partnership between the Spartan Club and the SAAC. Through the True Spartan Challenge, student-athletes also competed to be the first men’s and women’s team to 100 percent participation (men’s soccer and women’s tennis), as well as have the highest average gift per player on each team (women’s golf and men’s tennis). Thanks to a gift of $2,050 from a donor ($10 for each of the 205 student-athletes who made a gift) each of those four team’s enrichment funds will receive $250 and the remaining $1,050 will be split evenly among the other teams’ enrichment funds.

This year’s first-ever challenge ran from March 2-April 24 and each student-athlete was able to give back to their team’s enrichment fund through the challenge. Gifts made to team enrichment funds are split, with 80 percent going to the team’s enrichment fund and 20 percent going to the athletic scholarship fund. Enrichment funds allow teams to use gifts as enhancements to their operating budget for special one-time needs such as equipment, facility enhancements, out-of-region travel and other items.

By Matt McCollester.
Full story at UNCG Athletics.

Spoma Jovanovic, professor of communication studies, is chair of Faculty Senate

Photo of Dr. Spoma JovanovicThe first 2014-15 Faculty Senate meeting will be held today (Wednesday, Sept. 3) at 3 p.m. in the Alumni House.

Dr. Spoma Jovanovic will lead her first meeting as chair, succeeding Dr. Patti Sink.

Jovanovic joined the faculty of Communication Studies in 2001. She has served on Faculty Senate a majority of the years since 2007.

Her research revolves around methods of meaningful participation in civic life to advance social justice in a democracy.

What she considers in her classes and in her research will be part and parcel of the senate’s work, as she sees it: “How do we engage in ways to create positive change?”

She notes that Faculty Senate meetings are open to all. Seating is available. Further, she hopes to see representatives of student government and Board of Trustees members who are present sit at the same tables as the Faculty Senate members. “And they should be encouraged to speak.”

In a recent Faculty Senate email, she noted several specific tasks for the senate:

  • Promoting high educational standards.
  • Approving the policies and regulations governing the conditions under which the instruction of students takes place.
  • Reviewing policies and regulations pertaining to faculty appointments, development, teaching, and research.
  • Maintaining and promoting the welfare of all members of the university community.
  • Advising and providing counsel to the administration.
  • Communicating the important contributions of higher education for a democratic society.

What the Faculty Senate does is critical to university operations, she notes, with the senate’s focus on upholding academic freedom and shared governance to ensure that higher education remains a vital contributor to the public good.

By Mike Harris

See/hear: Sept. 3, 2014

The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award honors a full-time tenured faculty member of UNCG with outstanding success in mentoring graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level. This year’s recipient was Dr. Jennifer Etnier, professor of kinesiology. “I sincerely love my students,” she said in this video which played during the awards ceremony. “There’s nothing harder than when you lose a graduate student. Why do they have to go and graduate, you know, what’s that all about? It’s sort of like being a parent you get to just sort of glow in their successes.”

Group exercise classes, student personal trainers for those over 50

Photo of exercise classA UNCG Kinesiology program offers individualized exercise regimens for those 50 years or older, providing a way for senior level Kinesiology undergraduates to practice their skills.

The HOPE (Helping Others Participate in Exercise) program is open to faculty, staff and community members over the age of 50. It meets in the Student Rec Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 6 – 8:30 a.m. during the school year and 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. during the summer.

Dr. Anne Brady, assistant professor in Kinesiology, is the director of UNCG’s HOPE program. Her clinical background and expertise is working with older adults to improve health and physical function. Additionally, an upper level Kinesiology class is connected with HOPE and supplies student personal trainers during the spring and fall semesters – in addition to the group exercise classes which are offered every session.

There is a participation fee for the program, economical in light of the benefits such as functional assessments, monthly lectures, and various incentive programs.

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Anne Brady at 334-3274 or email hope@uncg.edu.

Blood Drive Sept. 16 at EUC

The Elliott University Center will host its first Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2014-15 academic year on Tuesday Sept. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 300-pint goal. For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Three College Observatory public viewing nights, Fall 2014

UNCG’s Physics and Astronomy Department would like to extend an invitation to the public to view the skies through one of the largest telescopes in the southeastern United States.

The Three College Observatory houses a 32-inch telescope and is located near Snow Camp, NC, approximately eight miles south of Burlington. Public viewing nights begin shortly after sunset and continue for approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Observation sessions include sighting star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, double stars, planets and the moon.

The show dates are Sept. 27 and Oct. 24 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 22 and Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Please refer to the web at http://physics.uncg.edu/tco/index.html for more details and to reserve tickets.

Looking Ahead: September 3, 2014

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

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

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

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

Doug Elliott, storyteller
Monday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Men’s soccer vs. Charlotte
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House

In memoriam: Helen Ashby

Helen Bewley Ashby, wife of Dr. Warren Ashby, artist and participant in and benefactor of Ashby Residential College, passed away on Aug. 23, 2014. She was 99 years old.

The family will receive friends and family at an informal memorial service at the home that Helen and Warren Ashby designed and built, 1710 Wright Avenue, Greensboro, 2- 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6.

Helen Ashby came to the UNCG community in 1949, when her husband began teaching in the philosophy and religious studies departments. He later helped create the Residential College, which is now named for him.

In 1958, she earned a master’s degree in child development and family relations from Woman’s College and was active in the beginning of the Family Life Council. She served as president of the Greensboro YWCA and the UNCG Faculty Women and Church Women United. Helen also held positions as assistant director of UNCG’s Institute for Child and Family Development; as a consultant for the Ford Foundation at Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, India; and as executive director of the Greensboro YWCA. In the early 1970s she found her calling as an artist and learned to weave. Some of her works may be seen in the main foyer of the Jackson Library, Ashby Residential College and the Three College Observatory.

With her husband, she helped create and promote the Residential College at UNCG, later endowed as the Ashby Residential College. She worked to establish the Warren Ashby Scholarship; over the years, scholarship recipients visited her at Friends Homes.

More information is at http://www.news-record.com/obituaries/ashby-helen-frances-bewley/article_f9cc3c52-97a7-5c45-b31b-feec0311872d.html.

Welcoming new UNCG Guarantee scholars

At the start of the 2014-15 academic year, UNCG welcomed 34 new UNCG Guarantee Scholars from across the state. UNCG Guarantee is the result of $6 million gift to the university from an anonymous donor in February 2009. UNCG Guarantee helps in-state students graduate from UNCG in four years with little or no debt, and provides a support program to encourage academic and personal success. Guarantee Scholars must be recent high school graduates, meet UNCG’s academic criteria and show a demonstrated need based on family income. See UNCG Now for a full listing of new UNCG Guarantee scholars.

Global African Diaspora in the 17th Century

On Sept. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Alexander Room of the EUC, Dr. Omar Ali will speak on “The Global African Diaspora in the 17th Century: Peru, India and Virginia.”

It is part of the African American & African Diaspora Studies’ “A Conversation with the Community” series.

When many people think “African Diaspora,” they think about the transatlantic slave trade and African American history. The African Diaspora, however, covers a much larger space and period of time — from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic world, from the second century to the present. An exploration of three people and their respective locations during the 17th century will provide a snapshot of the global African Diaspora and a way of understanding both the shared experiences of people of African descent and the different ways in which their particular historical contexts and geographical locations either enabled or deterred their freedom.

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work Open House Sept. 8

UNCG Weight Watchers at Work is holding an Open House on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, noon-1 p.m. in Bryan Building, Room 113. The program is celebrating losing over 2,000 lbs.

The UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work is open to the entire UNCG community including students, faculty and staff.

The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Mondays in Bryan 113 from noon-1 p.m. with weigh-in starting at noon.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-3410 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu. Find the program on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/UNCGWWatWork

Van Dyke / Gamble dance concert

On Thursday, Sept. 11, and Friday, Sept. 12, Jan Van Dyke and John Gamble, both recently retired faculty from the UNCG Dance Department, will present a shared concert in the UNCG Dance Theater.

They will be joined by guest performer E.E. Balcos, associate professor of dance at UNC Charlotte. Jan Van Dyke and the Van Dyke Dance Group will reach back into the 1980s and 1990s to perform three of the company’s classic works from the repertory, while the John Gamble Dance Theater will explore our increasingly brief and ubiquitous forms of communication in the digital age in a new dance titled “Sub-Text.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets will be $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, and $6 for all students, available at the Triad Stage Box Office by phone at 272-0160 and at the door.

Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series

Dr. Randy Philipp, professor of mathematics education at San Diego State University, will come to UNCG on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, as part of the Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education.

He is scheduled to give a research talk (11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Claxton Room, EUC) and a connecting-research-and-practice talk (5 – 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom B, EUC). Both talks are free and open to the public. For more information, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/RandyPhilippTalksNEW.pdf.

His talk is hosted by the mathematics education group in the School of Education.

UNCG Men’s Golf ranked 41st nationally

The UNCG men’s golf team opens the 2014-15 season ranked 41st in the nation in the Golf Coaches Association of America preseason poll. The Spartans are the only team in the Southern Conference to receive votes in the poll. The Spartans return three All-Southern Conference sections and all seven members from last year’s team that finished seventh at the NCAA Auburn Regional. The NCAA Regional appearance was the first-ever in program history as a team after finishing third in the SoCon Championships. Full story at UNCG Athletics.

Dr. Randall Penfield

Photo of Dr. Randall PenfieldDr. Randall Penfield (Educational Research Methodology) received a grant from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools for “Graduate Assistant for Race to the Top Evaluation.” According to the abstract, the assigned UNCG graduate assistant will provide data management and statistical analysis support, while working closely on site with research and evaluation staff.

Dr. Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater

Photo of Dr. Elizabeth Chiseri-StraterDr. Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater (English) serves as chief editor of The Greensboro Voice. It is the “street newspaper” for Greensboro’s homeless community and is marking its fourth year of publication. Articles are researched and written by guests of the Interactive Resource Center, Greensboro’s only day resource center for those who experiencing homelessness. “The paper’s mission is to break the stereotypes that many citizens have of the homeless in their community,” she says. “The paper serves to give ‘voice’ to those who would otherwise have no voice.” Many UNCG MFA students have also written and edited for the paper, she adds. She and staff writers will read from the latest issue at Scuppernong Books on Elm Street Thursday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m.

Dr. Sonja Frison

Dr. Sonja Frison (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for “Reclaiming Futures Coaching and Training Assistance.” According to the abstract, the training will improve the local system of care for youth involved in juvenile justice with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. Ultimately it is hoped the youth will have better treatment outcomes in the form of access, engagement, and successful completion.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received funding from the Guilford County Partnership for Children for “Bringing Out the Best: Supporting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development.” “Bringing Out the Best (BOB) builds the capacity of early education and care providers, preschool teachers, directors/administrators and families to reduce behavioral challenges and support social/emotional development through evidence-based prevention and intervention services,” the abstract states. “This will be accomplished by: training 500 childcare providers/preschool teachers in 75 centers/schools in early childhood competencies and evidence-based practice through individualized technical assistance as well as regular workshops; supporting directors/administrators to support these practices; screening and referring to needed services; building caregivers’ skills through in-home therapy, parenting workshops, and parent mentoring/advocacy; providing mental health consultation as needed; and on-site individualized or group intervention for 150 children (including capacity to serve Latino/immigrant children) and their families, impacting another 500; and coordinating with other community services for vulnerable children including the infant mental health court team, public school pre-k programs, Head Start and Early Head Start, the GCDPH, and CDSA.”

Additionally, Payne received funding from the Guilford County Partnership for Children for the project “Supporting Vulnerable Families through the Juvenile Court Infant Toddler Initiative.” The Juvenile Court Infant Toddler Initiative (JCITI) builds the capacity of families, court team members and service providers to support the safety and the healthy development of young children, 0-3, who present in the child welfare system due to abuse, neglect or dependency.

Payne also received an award from Youth Focus for “My Sister Susan’s House Parenting Workshops.” My Sister Susan’s House is a transitional living program that supports young pregnant or parenting young women who have been the victim of domestic violence.