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Archives for October 2014

A Spartan Homecoming, right at Halloween. BOO!ya

Photo of McIver Statue with pumpkinThe big UNCG Homecoming Weekend is days away. It’s no trick — just all treats.

But first, enjoy a comedy show tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 29) at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. The free-admission show will be in EUC Auditorium.

Thursday will feature activities such as:

  • 6 p.m. — Alumni of Distinction Dinner (Cone Ballroom, EUC) Click here to register and view a list of this year’s award recipients.
  • 8-11 p.m. — Nightmare on College Avenue – Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (College Avenue) Free Admission

Friday, Halloween night, features lots of events including

  • 9–11 p.m. — Bonfire & Halloween Costume Contest – Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board and the UNCG Alumni Association (Kaplan Commons)

The big day will be Saturday. A few highlights:

Saturday, November 1

  • 9 a.m. — Homecoming 5K – Sponsored by Campus Rec and Staff Senate (Spartan Statue)
  • Noon – 3 p.m. — Rugby Alumni 37th Annual Past vs. Present match (Campus Rec Field)
  • 2-5 p.m. – “Randall Jarrell & His Students” – Sponsored by The MFA Writing Program and the Class of 1952 Excellence Professorship (Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room) Free Admission – Register here.
  • 2-4 p.m. — Museum Tours and Family Gallery Hunt (Weatherspoon Art Museum) Free Admission

Homecoming Party at Kaplan Commons
4 p.m.
Children’s Festival
A host of fun activities for the kids that include: sand art, bracelet making, temporary tattoos, face painting, an inflatable slide and balloon twisting from the incredible Professor Whizzpop. Free admission

Fun tunes from 107.5 KZL. Jared Pike from the Jared & Katie Morning Show will keep you entertained before the parade starts rolling around from College Ave. After the parade, The Breakfast Club will take you back in time with the best Rock & Pop from the 80’s.

Southern Style meal featuring Stamey’s Old Fashioned Barbeque
Stamey’s famous BBQ and slaw, grilled chicken, salt potatoes, greens beans, pasta a la vodka and more. It’s hard to believe we’re only charging $5 a person! UNCG students eat free with valid student ID.
Please help us with our planning by registering here.

Beer & Wine Garden – Sponsored by Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.
There’s no better place to meet old friends and share a favorite beverage – and much easier than attempting to go back and relive your college years.

Student Party at Moran Commons
It’s not the Caf anymore! Walk over and hang with the students – feel free to walk under the clock tower, if you’ve already graduated!

Alumni Tent Receptions
Meet up with classmates at one of many tent receptions: Zero Class Reunion – Class of 2014, Bryan School, Woman’s College Alumnae, School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Health & Human Sciences, School of Music Theatre and Dance, College of Arts and Sciences, Rugby Alumni, Intercollegiate Athletics & The UNCG Spartan Club and Greek Alumni.

4:30 p.m.
Homecoming Parade of Chariots
A UNCG tradition since 1982! To register an entry in the parade, click here.

5:30 – 9 p.m.
The Breakfast Club
This ultimate 80’s tribute band.

And here are more events in the evening:

  • 5 p.m. — Women’s Volleyball vs. Furman (Fleming Gym)
  • 7 p.m. — Introduction of Homecoming Court (Kaplan Commons, Main Stage)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Men’s Soccer vs. Virginia Military Institute (Soccer Stadium)
  • 8:30 p.m. — Homecoming King & Queen Coronation – Halftime of soccer match (Soccer Stadium)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Homecoming Fireworks Show – immediately following the game (Soccer Stadium)
  • 10 p.m. — 10th Annual All Black Attire Party (Cone Ballroom, EUC) Register here

The full schedule for each day is at http://homecoming.uncg.edu/hmcmng/2014/schedule/.

Education’s new makerspace debuts this weekend

Photo of sixth-grader Selena WilliamsonOfficially, Matt Fisher is assistant director of the Teaching Resources Center (TRC) in the School of Education. Unofficially, Fisher is the “Maker Dude.”

Fisher, a former middle school teacher who came to UNCG in 2007, oversees the TRC’s new makerspace, which debuts Homecoming weekend. The makerspace — complete with a 3D printer, an ‘egg bot’ that prints on spherical surfaces, a robot that replicates your paintings and MaKey MaKey touchpad kits that can turn everyday objects like bananas into wired devices — is on the third floor in the Education building.
The space is known as the SELF Design Studio, short for Student Educator Learning Factory. Beyond the acronym, the name was given by the Sarah Smith Self Foundation in honor of Smith Self and his daughter, Rebekah.

Fisher says makerspaces like the SELF studio take the fear out of learning new technologies and exploring new ways to teach.

“Students and teachers can jump into technologies without fear of failure and without being daunted,” he says. “It takes that fear out of creating a project and makes it accessible and not threatening. It’s fun.”

The SELF studio and other makerspaces mark a comeback of old-fashioned manufacturing with a new twist, he says. They also spur creativity, practical inventions, and hands-on learning. “What do you want to make? What is important to you? How can these tools make your life better?”

And, Fisher adds, the studio can help teachers and faculty diversify their teaching methods. “This can apply to any subject. English. Math. Reading.”

Several education faculty submitted project ideas for the makerspace. Dr. Claudia Pagliaro’s project, Making MY Space, is one of five that are federally funded for 2014-15 through UNCG’s Project Enrich.

Making MY Space teams Pagliaro, a professor in UNCG’s Specialized Education Services, with teachers in two Guilford County schools, Kiser Middle and Grimsley High, that offer specialized services for deaf and hard of hearing students.

About 15 students in the Kiser and Grimsley programs are taking part in Making MY Space, which culminates during the Spring 2015 semester with their own designs for deaf-friendly homes. They will build models based on their designs, using materials and techniques of their choice.

“We’re pulling together all kinds of people from across the university as well as the community,” Pagliaro says. “We want to make this a community project.”

Faculty and students from Professions in Deafness programs within Specialized Education Services — deaf education teacher preparation, sign language interpreting and advocacy — are involved. Interior Architecture students and faculty will share their design expertise.

Joane Mapas, a UNCG alumna who teaches deaf and hard of hearing students at Kiser, says more than 90 students in the Guilford County Schools get specialized instruction from a deaf education teacher. More than 130 students in the school system are identified as deaf or hearing impaired.

The regular curriculum already had the students working on blue prints for deaf-friendly bedrooms, Mapas says. So why not just scale it up a bit?

“Why not come here to the makerspace and have the kids make the blueprints into a deaf-friendly house?” she says. “Here there is real application right away, in the moment.”

Mapas’ students don’t realize they are learning as they build basic electrical circuits.
“I like doing the electricity stuff and being hands on and just doing,” says Seth Gleason, a sixth-grader at Kiser.

Hector Hernanadez, also a sixth-grader at Kiser, agrees. “I like how you get to do stuff. School work is paperwork and reading, and here it’s hands on.”

Mapas says her students are eager to visit the makerspace, always asking, “Are we going to college today?”

Pagliaro nods in agreement. “At our last meeting they were really fired up.”

Pagliaro’s project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through UNCG’s Project Enrich. A new five-year, $7.7 million grant from the Department of Education will allow UNCG to partner with area schools to help teachers integrate technology most effectively in the classroom. As part of that grant, selected schools will receive their own makerspaces. Read more about that project, Transforming Teaching Through Technology.

Story by Michelle Hines, University Relations

Come out and see the new SELF Design Studio. It officially debuts during Homecoming with two special events:
TRC Open House – Friday, Oct. 31
1 p.m.-3 p.m., TRC & makerspace areas, 3rd floor, School of Education Building
Open to all UNCG faculty, staff, and friends of SOE.
Event website: soe.uncg.edu/event/trc-open-house/

TRC Community Day – Saturday, Nov. 1
(Part of the UNCG Homecoming Children’s Festival activities)
Open to alumni, community members and friends of the School of Education.
4-7 p.m., TRC & makerspace areas, 3rd floor, School of Education Building.
Event website: soe.uncg.edu/event/trc-community

Visual: Sixth-grader Selena Williamson learns circuitry basics hands-on.

NC Dance Festival comes to Aycock

Photo from NC Dance FestivalThe NC Dance Festival will hit the stage of Aycock Auditorium Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

The artists and companies for the 24th season of the NC Dance Festival include:
Kristen Jeppsen Groves (Fayetteville)
Gaspard Louis/Gaspard & Dancers (Durham)
Diego Carrasco Schoch/Diego Carrasco Dance (Durham)
Sara Ruth Tourek (Greensboro)
Leah Wilks/VECTOR (Durham)

Join Festival directors in the lower lobby at 7 p.m. for a brief pre-show talk about modern dance and the work to be presented this evening, and share wine and desserts with the performers and local dance community after the show.

The North Carolina Dance Festival is a division of Dance Project, Inc., a non-profit organization under the direction of UNCG professor emeritus Jan Van Dyke.

Tickets may be purchased at 272-0160 or at triadstage.org.tickets.

More information is at www.danceproject.org/festival/index.html.

Thanking our Armed Forces and veterans

The UNCG Staff Senate, the UNCG Students Veterans Association and the Veterans Resource Center are joining forces to collect cards to be distributed on Veterans Day and at other times throughout the year, thanking the members of our Armed Forces and veterans. We invite the campus community to stop by the tables set up in EUC on Nov. 4-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to participate.

At the Staff Senate table, make or sign a “Get Well” or “Thank You” cards for hospitalized service members serving overseas. Feeling creative? We will have blank cards, stamps, stickers, and more available for you to make and sign as many cards as you like. We then will package and ship the cards to Operation Quiet Comfort, a support group whose purpose is to honor and comfort America’s military men and women who become sick and injured while serving in harm’s way. If you aren’t feeling particularly crafty, we will have ready-made cards you can sign and add words of encouragement.

At the table beside us, the UNCG Students Veterans Association and the Veterans Resource Center will be collecting signatures and well wishes on cards to send to the VA hospital in Salisbury, NC, on Veteran’s Day. These veterans are primarily an older, male population, with a small amount of both younger veterans and female veterans. We hope you will take the time to sign cards there, as well.

We need UNCG Staff to help us man the tables. All that is required is for you to be present at the table. Please consider donating an hour to two of your time to help us collect the cards by contacting Audrey Sage at 334-5145 or alsage@uncg.edu to sign up. Your contributions of time (and talent, if you feel inspired to make some cards) will help us demonstrate the love and support of a grateful nation.

Sign up to read names on Veterans Day

On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, The Student Veterans Association in collaboration with the Veterans Resource Center will conduct a roll call of the 6,836 lives lost during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. It will start at 6 a.m. with the intention of finishing just prior to the commencement of our Veteran’s Day ceremony at 1:30 p.m. The 192 service members who claimed North Carolina as home will be read between 1:20 and 1:35 p.m.

As this task is immense and also very emotional, it will require at least 44 readers. We are reaching out to the campus community for your assistance in honoring our fallen service members. Contact Amber Mathwig at ammathwi@uncg.edu with any further questions. She will be populating the final reader sheet based on the order responses are received.

– Each time slot will require two people.
– Each time slot will be given approximately 300 names to read.
– The names need to be read every 4 seconds in order to complete by 1:35 pm.
– Amber Mathwig will provide the names list for your time slot no later than Nov. 6 to ensure you can review for pronunciation.
– All names will be written as the person’s military title, full name and age.


Alumni Association names Spartans of Promise

The UNCG Alumni Association has created a new award for senior students.

Ten seniors will receive inaugural Spartan of Promise awards Thursday, Oct. 30, at UNCG’s Alumni of Distinction dinner.

The award recognizes outstanding seniors at UNCG who demonstrate exceptional achievement in both academic and service endeavors. Up to ten students can receive it each year.

The 2014 Spartans of Promise — including their hometowns and majors — are:

  • Kevin Wu of High Point, biology
  • Jessica Straehle of Burlington, business administration and environmental studies
  • Kristen Barr of Lewisville, accounting and information studies
  • Liz Ingold of Randleman, business administration
  • Taylor Kane of Clarksville, Tenn., English, with a concentration in secondary education
  • Dustin Gamradt of Kiel, Germany, international business and economics
  • Brianna Vascos of Dover, Del., Spanish
  • Raegan Ehlert of Cary, elementary education
  • Melvin Clark of Kings Mountain, psychology
  • Patrick Waddell of Greensboro, public health

‘Factory Man’ John D. Bassett III will speak, receive honor Nov. 12

Photo of John D. Bassett IIIJohn D. Bassett III, a 53-year veteran of the furniture industry, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company and protagonist of the New York Times bestseller “Factory Man,” has been named the 2014 recipient of UNCG’s Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Award.

The annual award, presented by the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and the Bryan School of Business and Economics, honors exceptional, innovative entrepreneurship activities and success that make a major difference to the industry and the greater community.

Bassett will speak at an awards ceremony in his honor on Nov. 12 in Room 160 of the Bryan Building. During his talk, “The Five Principles You Need to Compete in the Global Marketplace,” Bassett will share anecdotes illuminating each of the five principles and discuss the nationwide attention that “Factory Man” is bringing to Vaughan-Bassett and to his family. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Reservations can be made through Nov. 7 at http://bae.uncg.edu/ecdp/events/bassett.

A third-generation furniture man, Bassett began his career working in the factory at Bassett Furniture Industries, one of the companies founded by his grandfather. Midway through his career, he moved to Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, eventually being named president/CEO of the
company. Bassett has been lauded for fighting back against the wave of furniture imports that forced other domestic furniture makers out of business or overseas.

Under Bassett’s leadership, Vaughan-Bassett has become the largest wooden bedroom manufacturer in the United States, with sales of over $84 million and 700 employees. All of Vaughan-Bassett’s products are made in the United States. Bassett is a past president of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association (AFMA, now known as the American Home Furnishings Alliance) and a former chairman of the International Woodworking Fair. He won
the AFMA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001, was named Furniture Today’s Manufacturer of the Year in 2001, and was InFurniture Magazine’s Man of the Year in 2003.

For more information about the award or the reception, contact Dianne H.B. Welsh, director of the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, at dhwelsh@uncg.edu.

See related story on ‘Factory Man’ author Beth Macy reading at UNCG.

Faculty Senate meeting Nov. 5

The next Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m. in Alumni House. Among the presentations will be one by David Nelson, giving a Quality Enhancement Plan update.

Looking ahead: Oct. 29, 2014

‘Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery’
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Alumni House

‘Randall Jarrell & His Students’
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m., Alumni House

Homecoming Party, Kaplan Commons
Saturday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. VMI
Saturday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Phi Beta Kappa Fall General Membership meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m., Joyner Room, EUC

Diverse Language Communities

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) and Faculty Access and Equity Committee (FAEC) will sponsor the CDLC Speaker Series “CDLC Fellowship Recipient Presentations” on Nov. 13, 2014, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 301 SOEB. Ye He, Ang Chen, and Kristine Lundgren from Schools of Education and Health and Human Sciences will present their project titled “Intercultural exploration of Chinese education, health, and sports through a comprehensive cross-cultural experience.” Edna Tan and Beverly Faircloth from the School of Education will present their project titled “Teaching science for social justice: A community-based STEM club for refugee youth.” A major purpose of CDLC Fellowships is to support those engaged in research, grant writing and project implementation activities that fulfill the CDLC mission.

Daniel Ericourt Artist Residency with David Owen Norris

“The Daniel Ericourt Artist Residency” with guest artist David Owen Norris, the renowned English pianist, scholar and master teacher, will take place Nov.3-5. Events include Norris’ solo recital on Tuesday evening, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the UNCG Music Building, free of charge.

Norris will also give 3 master classes on the mornings of Nov. 3, 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Organ Hall of the Music Building, free of charge.

David Owen Norris, who was chosen to be the First Gilmore Artist by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in 1991, is professor of musical performance at the University of Southampton, Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. He performs around the world on both modern pianos and ancient fortepianos.

His unusually varied career has seen him as a repetiteur at the Royal Opera House, harpist at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Artistic Director of the Petworth Festival & the Cardiff International Festival, Gresham Professor of Music, and Chairman of the Stearns Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

Dr. Tom Matyók

Photo of Dr. Tom MatyókDr. Tom Matyók (Peace Studies) has been designated a Senior Fellow at the United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. As a senior fellow, he will continue his research regarding civil-military cooperation in conflict affected states. His primary focus will be post-conflict planning and transitional security.

New UNCG Veterans Resource Center

Chancellor Linda P. Brady invites you to a Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the UNCG Veterans Resource Center Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.

The center is at Spring Garden Apartments (2nd Floor above the Spartan Trader), 1540 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC 27412.

Respond by Nov. 7 to Nikki Baker, 336-209-1643 or nikki.baker@uncg.edu

‘Factory Man’ author Beth Macy Nov. 6

Photo of Beth MacyJournalist Beth Macy and John D. Bassett III, CEO of Vaughn-Bassett Furniture, are on a roll. And both are headed to UNCG.

The runaway success of Macy’s book about Bassett, “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town,” has brought Macy and Bassett into the spotlight.

At the invitation of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, Macy is coming to UNCG to talk about and sign copies of her book Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Books will be for sale at the event, which is free. The public is welcome; no reservations are necessary.

Published in July, the book has been noted by the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and elsewhere, and is being touted as a possible award winner. Tom Hanks has reportedly bought the movie rights, and HBO may adapt it as a miniseries.

Meanwhile, the septuagenarian Bassett has become an “overnight success” after a distinguished business career of many years.

Bryan Burrough, reviewing the book for the New York Times, began “Oh, if only we had more business writers like Beth Macy, and more business books like her debut, ‘Factory Man’.”

“This is Ms. Macy’s first book, but it’s in a class with other runaway debuts like Laura Hillenbrand’s ‘Seabiscuit’ and Katherine Boo’s ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers,’ ” wrote Janet Maslin in The Times.

See related story on Bassett receiving UNCG’s Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Award.

SECC stands at 55 percent

Photo of Dr. Ruth DeHoogThe State Employees Combined Campaign is more than halfway home. The current total is $110,006.

$200,000 is the goal.

“Last year, UNCG received the Chairman’s Gold Award for per capita giving,” says Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Thirty-six percent of UNCG employees contributed to the campaign, the highest percentage among similarly sized institutions.”

As of Monday, 484 employees had donated. That is 20 percent participation so far.

The SECC supports charitable organizations across the region and the state. If you’d like, you can specify certain charities to support.

Here are two easy steps to give to a charity of your choice:

  1. Search through your local directory of charities or the online database of all SECC-approved charitable organizations to find a charity to which you would like to give.
  2. Make your donation online via ePledge (for payroll deduction or credit card donations). Or fill out the paper pledge form included in your 2014 SECC packet and return the completed, sealed form to your department’s SECC solicitor. Not sure who that is? You can look up your department SECC solicitor at the Department Solicitors page. Every department/program has a solicitor to help ensure every UNCG employee knows about the SECC and the positive impact it has on our community and state.

Once you give, you know you have made a real difference for our community and our state.

For more information, visit UNCG’s SECC web site at https://secc.wp.uncg.edu.

Astrophysics research at UNCG presented at conference

Photo of researchersNorth Carolina Astronomers Meeting (NCAM) is an annual gathering of the state teachers, researchers, and students. It takes place on the first Saturday of October at the Jamestown campus of GTCC and is organized by the GTCC astronomers. It usually precedes by a public lecture from a well-known astronomer in the evening one day earlier. The distinguished guest gives a professional talk at the meeting’s opening. The NCAM 2014 was opened by Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell from Oxford University in the UK, a discoverer of pulsars, rapidly rotating neutron stars which are remnants of a supernova explosion.

Until this year the UNCG was represented at NCAM by Professors Stephen Danford and Anatoly Miroshnichenko of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The UNCG delegation at NCAM 2014 also included Seth Askew and Jason Smith, physics major juniors, Larkin Folsom, a 2014 UNCG graduate, and Dr. Fakhranda Alimardanova, a Fulbright research scholar in astrophysics from Azerbaijan. The team presented three posters and one oral talk. Two posters reported recent results obtained with a spectrograph that works at the Three College Observatory (TCO, http://physics.uncg/edu/tco) since 2011. The observations were taken by the professors and analyzed by the students. One of the posters was also presented by Larkin Folsom at an international conference on hot emission-line stars in Canada in August 2014. The third poster reported first results of a joint study of a star with a controversial evolutionary status by Dr. Alimardanova and Prof. Miroshnichenko. The talk was presented by Miroshnichenko in which he reported a discovery of a massive star in the Milky Way that undergoes a rare stage of evolution.

The astrophysics research program at UNCG has resulted in publication of over 20 papers in leading astronomical journals and over 30 presentations at various international and regional conferences in the last 10 years. It became even more active since the installation of the spectrograph at TCO and opened more research opportunities for interested students. The UNCG astronomers are currently carrying out several research projects on stars at various evolutionary stages and collaborating with colleagues from ten foreign countries.

Big changes in Faculty Senate, for next year

UNCG’s Faculty Senate will elect a chair-elect at its Dec. 3 meeting. This person will become, when they take over, the first chair for a two-year term. 2014-15 chair Spoma Jovanovic is the final chair serving a one-year term.

Until now, only sitting members of the Faculty Senate were eligible for election to chair-elect. At the fall General Faculty meeting last month, faculty voted to allow any tenured faculty member to be eligible for election. “While only the senators vote, and they will of course consider experience on Senate now or previously as an important factor, we recognize that many people on our faculty may have interest, experience, and desire to serve in this leadership capacity so our field of possible candidates is now greatly expanded,” Jovanovic explains.

The Elections Committee, chaired by Stoel Burrowes, will forward nominations for chair-elect to the Senate for a vote. Email the nomination and a statement of qualifications to s_burrow@uncg.edu. The nomination deadline is Nov. 25.

Living healthy with chronic conditions

The Living Healthy Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop for people with chronic health problems (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, COPD, etc.), or those that caretake for those with these conditions. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders.

Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, and/or the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, healthy eating, meal planning and carbohydrate counting 6) decision making, and 7) how to evaluate new treatments.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

The workshop will be held for 6 weeks beginning Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 11-noon in Dogwood Room, EUC. A brief informational session will be held on Oct. 23 from 11-noon in Dogwood for those potentially interested. Class size is limited to 15 people.

For more information, contact healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or 336-334-4131.

‘Time 2 Focus’ diabetes study

Earn up to $100 by testing new smartphone app for people with Type 2 diabetes.

HealthyUNCG is partnering with Micromass Communications to offer employees, students and their family members who may live with Type 2 Diabetes an opportunity to participate in an educational study of a new smartphone app, Time 2 Focus.

The app can teach you skills to better manage your Type 2 Diabetes.

By participating, you will:

  • Get full access to the Time 2 Focus app at no cost.
  • Earn up to $100 for completing questionnaires and scheduling 3 hemoglobin A1C finger prick tests.
  • You will not be required to take any medicines (beyond those already prescribed by your doctor).
  • It takes less than an hour a week to participate in the program — you can break up the time across the week and participate anywhere and anytime that is convenient for you.

Dont have a smartphone? We can help. Contact us for more information.

Interested? Sign up anytime at time2focus.micromass.com/uncg.

Time 2 Focus will be actively recruiting participants for the study:

  • Oct 28., 9-11 a.m., Campus Supply Training Room
  • Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., EUC Dogwood Room

For more information about the Time to Focus Study, contact Stefanie at healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or 336-334-4131 or Jessica at time2focus@micromass.com or 888-333-1232

Slippery Slope Series: Mentor/mentee relationships & responsibilities

The Office of Research Integrity and The Graduate School would like to announce the following Responsible Conduct of Research seminar: “Slippery Slope Series: Mentor/Mentee Relationships and Responsibilities”

It will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Etnier, professor and director of Graduate Studies, Department of Kinesiology
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 – noon-1:15 p.m. – EUC Dogwood Room.

Online registration is now available at workshops.uncg.edu – view under “Graduate School Workshops”

This workshop is open to all faculty, staff and students.

With the staff: early September

Hello: Christina Hussami, School of Nursing; Dandralyn Johnson, Housing and Residence Life; Carolyn Stanley, Accounting Services; Ndikumo Kajangu, Housing and Residence Life; William Davis, Graduate School; Shareese Castillo, CYFC

Good-bye: Judith Schachtschneider; HRL; Cassandra Foy, Student Health Services; Sharlene O’Neil, School of Education; Carl Little, Animal Facility; Jennifer Dineen, HDFS; Laura McGrath, Communication Studies; Luther Watford, Utility Operations

Updated Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m. after receiving corrections.

New for next year: Honors Collaborative in South Spencer Hall

Lloyd International Honors College is pleased to announce the creation of the Honors Collaborative in South Spencer Hall. Upon the announced move of Cornelia Strong Residential College to Guilford Hall, the opportunity arose for the Honors College to expand its existing housing options, which currently include North Spencer Hall and Gray Hall on the Quad. South Spencer Hall, which connects to North Spencer via a set of double doors, will open fall 2015 as The Honors Collaborative in South Spencer Hall.

With 105 spaces, the hall will provide everyone from first-year students to seniors with access to Honors programming and onsite Honors advising, and will afford opportunities for collaboration with select learning communities and international students. Together with North Spencer and Gray Hall on the Quad, South Spencer will provide outstanding residential options for up to 370 high-achieving UNCG students for all four years of their time at the university.

Discuss the book, see the play

Join Friends of the UNCG Libraries for a discussion of “The Member of the Wedding” by Carson McCullers on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library. The discussion will be led by Dr. Keith Cushman, emeritus professor of English, who will be joined by Bryan Conger, artistic associate of Triad Stage.

Triad Stage is presenting the play in Greensboro through Nov. 9. Tickets for the production are available from Triad Stage.

The book discussion is free and open to the public.

More information is at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2014/10/friends-of-uncg-libraries-discussion-of.html

Staff Stars nominations still open

UNCG Employees are long known for volunteering and service. Do you know a UNCG employee that has been caught in the act of caring? The Senate encourages all staff, campus-wide, to nominate employees whom they observe being kind, thoughtful, helpful or considerate. Nominate someone today. http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_Committees/Staff_Recognition/Stars/

Dr. Jay Poole

Photo of Dr. Jay PooleDr. Jay Poole (Social Work) received new funding from the Cone Health Foundation for your project “Partnership to Address Mental Health and Substance Abuse with Special Emphasis on Co-Occurring Disorders”. Additionally, Poole received a competitive renewal from the Cone Health Foundation for the project “Congregational Social Work Education Initiative (2014-15)”.

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders

Photo of Dr. L. DiAnne BordersRoutledge/Taylor & Francis welcomes Dr. L. DiAnne Borders (Counseling and Educational Development) as the new Editor-in-Chief of The Clinical Supervisor beginning with Volume 34, Issue 1, 2015.

Borders is the Burlington Industries Excellence Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development, where she teaches clinical supervision to doctoral students and supervises their supervision internships, and supervises master’s and doctoral clinical interns. She is co-author of The New Handbook of Counseling Supervision and over 100 other publications, including extensive research on developmental models of supervision and supervisor training issues. She has received several awards for her research as well as mentoring of students and junior faculty. She has been a journal editor and research editor, and served on a number of editorial boards for professional journals.

Dr. Deborah Taub

Photo of Dr. Deborah TaubDr. Deborah Taub (Teacher Education/Higher Education) was recently selected as a member of the 2016 Annual Convention Planning Team of the American College Personnel Association – College Student Educators International. The 2016 Convention will be held in Montréal and will be an historic event for the association as the first convention held outside of the U.S.


Chris Gregory (Housing & Residence Life), assistant director of Residence Life, and Jameson Sellers (Housing & Residence Life), coordinator of Residence Life, were recently elected onto the Executive Council of the North Carolina Housing Officers’ Association as president-elect and Southeastern Association of Housing Officer’s (SEAHO) representative, respectively. NCHO was organized in 1973 by housing professionals in North Carolina in order to promote an exchange of ideas and philosophies among institutions with residence hall programs. Currently, 57 private and public institutions belong to NCHO, including all 16 campuses of The University of North Carolina.

See/hear: Oct. 29, 2014

See a preview of the NC Dance Festival, which comes to UNCG Nov. 1.

Chancellor Brady will retire in July, after 7 years at helm

Photo of Chancellor BradyUNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady announced her plans to retire July 31, 2015, after seven years of service. She became the university’s tenth chancellor in August 2008.

Brady said she is announcing her plans at this time to provide a search committee sufficient time to identify a successor and ensure a smooth leadership transition for the start of the 2015-16 academic year. In addition, UNCG recently launched an 18-month strategic visioning and planning process to set the university’s course for 2016 to 2026.

“When I accepted the role as chancellor of this fine university in 2008, I had envisioned retiring after a seven-year tenure,” said Brady, 66. “As we embark upon our strategic visioning and planning process, I believe the time is right to begin identifying a successor as it will be important for this university’s next leader to participate in this important process and lead UNCG into the future.”

UNC President Tom Ross said, “Linda Brady has led UNCG with great integrity and courage and has earned our deep appreciation for her service. She has shepherded the institution through some very tough economic circumstances and has done so quite effectively, despite having to make difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions. She inherited a strong, highly respected institution and has worked diligently to position it for continued success in the years ahead. Under Chancellor Brady’s leadership, UNCG has expanded collaboration and partnerships with NC A&T State University, the local business community and other committed partners. As one of our more senior chancellors, she has also been a leader in our system and a great colleague to me.”

Throughout her tenure at UNCG, Brady has emphasized student access and success, interdisciplinary research, globalization and engagement. Among her many achievements at UNCG, she led efforts to establish a mixed-use village designed to recapture the residential character of the university; completed an academic restructuring and program review process designed to guide future directions and investment; positioned intercollegiate athletics as an important element of the total student experience; led the development of a new student recreation center currently under construction; and played a lead role in the planned development of the Union Square campus in downtown Greensboro.

Under Brady’s leadership, UNCG has received national recognition for quality, student success and affordability. U.S. News & World Report ranks UNCG among the nation’s top 200 best colleges and Princeton Review places UNCG on its list of the nation’s “Best 379 Colleges” in its annual college guide. In addition, UNCG continues to receive recognition as a “military friendly” school, and the Education Trust highlights UNCG for its success in closing the gap in graduation rates between black and white students. Washington Monthly consistently places UNCG on its list of American universities that contribute most to the public good, and Educate to Career ranks UNCG among the top 10 most affordable public universities in the country.

Brady’s tenure as chancellor at UNCG caps an impressive career in higher education and public service. Prior to joining UNCG, Brady served as senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University, and chair of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Brady also held key positions with the federal government, serving as an analyst with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense during the Carter and Reagan administrations. She was defense advisor to the Negotiations on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions in Vienna, Austria, and held the same position during the Negotiations on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces in Geneva, Switzerland. She also supported the negotiation and implementation of prepositioning and logistical support agreements with members of NATO and with countries in the Middle East and Persian Gulf. She received the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor award for her work in support of the theater nuclear forces program.

Brady was the Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security at the United States Military Academy and served on the board of the U.S. Army War College. She is a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the U.S. Department of the Army and served as Senior Fellow for Arms Control at the Carter Center of Emory University.

Brady earned her undergraduate degree from Douglass College, a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers University, and her doctorate in political science from The Ohio State University. Brady, who began her academic career as an assistant professor of political science at Vanderbilt University in 1973, said she plans to return to teaching.

“It has been an honor to serve alongside our faculty and staff, UNC presidents Tom Ross and Erskine Bowles, and my many colleagues across the system since 2008. The University of North Carolina remains the best public university in America, with UNCG one of the premier institutions. I shall be forever grateful for the opportunity to make a difference for our students and the people of North Carolina, and I look forward to returning to the classroom, where I began my academic career more than 40 years ago,” Brady said.

After consultation with President Ross, the UNCG Board of Trustees will be asked to form a search committee of trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni to help identify a permanent successor to Brady. The Board of Trustees will forward a slate of finalists to President Ross for consideration. The new chancellor, upon nomination by the President, must be elected by the UNC Board of Governors.

“We appreciate the outstanding leadership and courage to effect change that Chancellor Brady exhibited during her time at UNCG, and due to her efforts, the university is well positioned for future success. We know that she will continue to provide strong leadership in the coming months as we begin the search process for the university’s next chancellor,” said UNCG Board Chair Susan Safran.

‘What is College For?’: Rich DeMillo to begin series

Photo of Alumni HouseThe University Libraries and the Provost’s Office will begin a series of programs on the subject ‘What is College For?’

The series is based on the recommendation of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn to read a book of the same name when she interviewed at UNCG for the position last spring.

To begin the series, Richard A. DeMillo of Georgia Tech will speak on the topic “New Ecosystems for Higher Education: The Road Ahead.” DeMillo is the author of the book “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities” and is director of the Center for 21st Century Universities and Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Management at Georgia Tech. He founded and leads a unique institution, the Center for 21st Century Universities, Georgia Tech’s “living laboratory” for fundamental change in higher education. He is responsible for educational technology innovation at Georgia Tech and is a national leader and spokesman in the online revolution in higher education.

Photo of Richard DeMilloDeMillo’s talk is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 4-6 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

Full story at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2014/10/rich-demillo-of-georgia-tech-to-begin.html.

SECC at halfway point

Photo of employee holding UNCG gives signThe SECC campaign stands at $94,608, 48 percent toward UNCG’s goal of $200,000.

“While this is a strong start, we still have a long way to go,” says Dr. Ruth DeHoog, chair of UNCG’s campaign.

A wonderful feature of the SECC is that you can select, if you’d like, which charities you would like to receive your donation. In fact, two – the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians and Beyond Academics – are on the UNCG campus. These two are among the more than 1,000 charities supported by donations from employees like you.

Here are two easy steps to give to a charity of your choice:

  1. Search through your local directory of charities or the online database of all SECC-approved charitable organizations to find a charity to which you would like to give.
  2. Make your donation online via ePledge (for payroll deduction or credit card donations). Or fill out the paper pledge form included in your 2014 SECC packet and return the completed, sealed form to your department’s SECC solicitor. Not sure who that is? You can look up your department SECC solicitor at the Department Solicitors page. Every department/program has a solicitor to help ensure every UNCG employee knows about the SECC and the positive impact it has on our community and state.

Once you give, you know you have made a real difference for our community and our state.

For more information, visit UNCG’s SECC web site at https://secc.wp.uncg.edu.

When the wall came tumbling down – in Berlin

Public domain photo of Berlin WallNovember marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

To commemorate this monumental event, the UNCG German Program will host a symposium titled “Looking Back, Moving Forward.” Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at UNCG.

Thanks to a generous grant by the German Embassy, the symposium will include a variety of events. Scholars will share their research on the historical, political, economic, and cultural ramifications of Germany’s divided past and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The day will kick off “Live from Berlin” with UNCG art professor Sheryl Oring live via videoconferencing from her current art exhibition on the fall of the Berlin Wall in The Kennedys Museum in Berlin. 10 a.m. – EUC Auditorium

Panel: History in the making: Eyewitnesses Share Their Memories.”
Dr. Karl Schleunes, professor emeritus, History
Dr. Vasyl Taras, assistant professor, Bryan School
1 p.m. – School of Education Building, 222

Panel: The fall of the Berlin Wall from a Global Perspective.”
Dr. Corey Johnson (Geography), Dr. Jerry Pubantz, LIHC/Political Science, and Dr. Helga Welsh, Political Science

UNCG German students will share their work on the topic by delivering speeches and presenting posters advocating for change. These presentations will be prepared in the spirit of the Monday Demonstrations that were pivotal in catalyzing the demands for freedom that brought about East Germany’s peaceful revolution.

The day will conclude with a keynote address by Dr. Jennifer Hosek, associate professor of German Studies at Queen’s University, on the legacy of East German film in Germany and beyond. Her 5:30 p.m. talk will be followed by a reception complete with live musical accompaniment provided by one of UNCG’s German and Music double majors, William Hueholt.

The detailed schedule is at http://www.uncg.edu/llc/news/germanEvents.html
For more information contact Dr. Brooke Kreitinger at bdkreiti@uncg.edu

Image: Public domain, US government

Abraham.In.Motion, literally a dance genius

Kyle Abraham melds music, motion and history to link his inner experiences with the struggle of African Americans in America. On Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., he and his dance company, Abraham.In.Motion, will bring that unique combination to UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium.

The event is part of UNCC’s University Performing Arts Series. Tickets range from $20 to $15; UNCG students tickets are $5.

Abraham, one of the nation’s most lauded young dancers and choreographers, will be performing in “Pavement.” The composition tells the story of the people, and especially the young men, who grew up in one of Pittsburgh’s African-American communities.

It spans ideas from W.E.B. Du Bois to Boyz N The Hood. The soundtrack draws from baroque compositions, blues songs and hip-hop. That ability to integrate seemingly disparate ideas and performance style has helped earn Abraham a reputation as one of the nation’s best emerging dance artists.

In 2009 he was among Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” and last year he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a prestigious honor known as the “genius grant.”

See what The New Yorker called “a work of great subtlety and beauty.”

You may purchase tickets now by going to upas.uncg.edu or calling 272-0160.

Women Veterans Historical Project Annual Luncheon

The 17th Annual Women Veterans Historical Project Luncheon will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Elliott University Center.

The program will feature a panel discussion about veterans writing workshops. Recent North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will facilitate a discussion with women veterans Mary Hennessy, an Army Nurse who served during the Vietnam War, and Pamela L. Adams, an Army Reserve Officer who deployed to Iraq. Both Hennesy and Adams have participated in Bathanti’s writing workshops.

The program is open to everyone. Tickets are free for UNCG military affiliated students (veterans, reservists, active military), $14 for all other military veterans and $18 for non-veterans. Table sponsorship opportunities to support student attendance will be available for $300.

Luncheon reservations are requested by Oct. 24.

For details and to make reservations, contact Beth Ann Koelsch at 334-5838 or bakoelsc@uncg.edu.