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Archives for October 2014

Come to UNCG Gerontology ‘lunch and learns’

The UNCG Gerontology Program invites professionals and community members engaged with aging populations to attend its two Fall 2014 on-campus “Lunch & Learn” presentations.

“Emerging Trends in Family Caregiving Using the Life Course Perspective” – Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11-12:15 p.m. – Stone Building – Edwards Lounge
Elise Eifert provides insight into characteristics of baby boomers that separate them from previous aging cohorts and how these characteristics affect family caregiving using the theoretical lens of a life course perspective.

“Making Community Events Accessible to Older Adults” – Wednesday, Dec. 3, noon – 1:15 p.m. – Stone Building – Edwards Lounge
Today’s older adults seek to remain active, independent, and engaged with the community in ways that differ dramatically from generations past. Beth Barba and Anita Tesh provide insights to ensure that community events are accessible, engaging, and safe for older adult members of the community.

Bring your own lunch to enjoy during the presentations. Seating is limited. To attend, RSVP indicating the specific event and your name, e-mail and phone to gerontology@uncg.edu or to 336-256-1020.

Kay Brown, David O. Selznick and ‘Gone with the Wind’

Photo of Kay BrownIn 1936, Kay Brown convinced Hollywood producer David O. Selznick to snap up the film rights to “Gone with the Wind.” Brown had read Margaret Mitchell’s not-yet-published manuscript and set to work on her boss, Selznick.

And there were other coups ahead for Brown, a storied talent agent and representative for Selznick International. She snagged director Alfred Hitchcock for Selznick as well as Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, who became a close, lifelong friend.

“Gone with the Wind,” starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, premiered with much fanfare in Atlanta in 1939. Seventy-five years later, Brown’s daughter, Dr. Kate Barrett, professor emerita in Kinesiology, has loaned some of her mother’s memorabilia to UNCG’s Jackson Library.

On display in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of the library, film buffs will find:

  • Several of Walter Plunkett’s color costume sketches for “Gone with the Wind.” These include Scarlett O’Hara’s green velvet dress made from the drapes of Tara.
  • A Western Union telegram to Brown from Selznick, telling her he had replaced George Cukor with Victor Fleming as the film’s director, a major turning point in the movie’s production. In the same telegram, Selznick congratulates Brown on signing Bergman.
  • A silver case given to Brown by Mitchell and Mitchell’s husband, John Marsh.
  • A bound script of Hitchcock’s “Rebecca,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1941.

The exhibition, organized by Special Collections & University Archives, runs through Jan. 7, 2015. The Reading Room is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m – 5 p.m.

Additional story and pictures are at http://uncgspecial.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-new-exhibit-in-hodges-reading-room.html

By Michelle Hines

Run or volunteer: UNCG Homecoming Walk/Run 5K

Photo from last year's 5K run/walkStart Homecoming’s busiest day off with a beautiful run/jog/walk through UNCG’s campus.

Proceeds from the Nov. 1 event benefit the Department of Campus Recreation Student Employee Professional Development Fund and the Staff Senate Scholarship fund.

In addition, organizers will collect old running shoes to donate to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. The drop-off location will be at registration. Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program grinds old running shoes into material that makes athletic and playground surfaces.

Runners can register before the race or the day of. Also, organizers are still looking for volunteers to help out with the event: set-up, clean up, cheerleaders, race directors, etc. If interested in volunteering for the event, e-mail Marcus Thompson at mdthomp2@uncg.edu.

Details for the event, which starts at 9 a.m., are at http://campusrec.uncg.edu/fitness/programs/5k/.

In next week’s CW, watch for a full preview of the big Homecoming weekend.


UNCG prepares for re-accreditation of professional education programs

Representatives from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) will be on campus Oct. 26-28 to review UNCG’s preparation of teachers and other professional educators. The NCATE review, last conducted at UNCG in 2006, is based on the NCATE Unit Standards, a set of research-based national standards developed by all sectors of the education profession. Accreditation requires continual self-study, a major report by the institution and NCATE’s response to the unit’s report as well as an onsite visit during which a group of examiners, known as the Board of Examiners (BOE), interview students, alumni, faculty and school-based supervisors.

“NCATE requires each educator preparation program at UNCG to engage in a continuous process of self study,” says Dr. Barbara Levin, director of the Teachers Academy and Professor in the Teacher Education and Higher Education department in UNCG’s School of Education. “This process includes collecting and analyzing several different types of data from and about our students, and even our program graduates. We then use these data as the basis for making changes to our programs with the goal of making them even better, thereby meeting both national standards and our own high standards.”

As part of the NCATE preparation process, the UNCG Teachers Academy has revised and updated its Conceptual Framework guiding principles for licensure programs.

The NCATE Board of Examiners will share their findings with UNCG in mid-December. “I am confident in UNCG’s preparedness for our upcoming accreditation review,” says Dr. Karen Wixson, dean of the UNCG School of Education. “We have worked diligently over the past several years to use the accreditation process as an opportunity to thoroughly examine the effectiveness of our licensure programs and act on our commitment to continuous improvement. I am gratified by the progress we have made and appreciative of the dedicated work by the numerous individuals from our faculty, staff, students, and school partners who have contributed to the success of these efforts.”

For more information on the UNCG Teachers Academy, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/about-us/teachers-academy/

3 Halloween treats at UNCG

Here are three ways to get in the Halloween spirit.

Haunted House Ashby Residential College in Mary Foust Hall presents its annual Haunted House this Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7 p.m.-midnight, Mary Foust Hall, 301 College Ave.

It’s billed as Foust Manor, where UNCG’s ghosts, goblins, and ghouls are hosting a dinner party. It starts just after dark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWR_Se8eews

Open to the entire Greensboro community, ages 8 and up

$5 admission, $3 with canned food item. Proceeds benefit The Arc of Greensboro and Spartan Open Pantry

Halloween Hoopla Need a break between classes? Stop by the Career Services Center and play some games, register to win fabulous prizes, get some candy, or have a one-on-one reading with the center’s career psychic (entertainment purposes only, of course). October 29, 10:00-2:00, Career Services Center, EUC.

Trick or treat on College Ave Greek Treat will be held Oct. 30, 2014 6- 8 p.m. Greek Organizations give out candy to local families and kids. This is a safe space to take your kids trick-or-treating.


Blue & Gold: Decorate your offices for Homecoming

Photo of decorated officeHomecoming is next week, with more activities as the week unfolds. Your next Campus Weekly will have a schedule of highlights.

The Office of Campus Activities and Programs would like to encourage UNCG faculty and staff to decorate their offices as part of the 2014 Homecoming festivities. Homecoming Week runs through Nov. 1 and includes activities each day. Please share your Homecoming spirit by decorating your space or window with UNCG paraphernalia and colors (t-shirts, signs, pennants, posters, and window paint where appropriate). Share photos on social media using #uncghc14 and make any decorations as visible as possible for the community and campus visitors.

Wearing blue and gold, or other UNCG attire is also encouraged during Homecoming Week.

Homecoming is an activity for the entire UNCG community – faculty, staff, alumni, students, and even local businesses. Show your Blue & Gold spirit.

Dr. Greg Grieve finds religion on the world wide web

Photo of Dr. Greg GrieveSome Americans traveled thousands of miles to the Indian Himalayas this summer to take part in a huge Buddhist festival.

Dr. Greg Grieve wanted to see it in real-life – plus through the filter of the internet and social media.

The associate professor of religious studies specializes in the intersection of religions and the internet. His focus is Buddhism, which is increasingly a presence in North American culture.

At the festival, he saw a woman who’d travelled all the way from Washington State pull out an iPad and exult after she’d gotten a perfect picture – presumably for her social media feed. She was oblivious to who was passing by, as she gawked at her iPad picture. “The Dalai Lama is five feet from her, and she’s looking at her screen,” he recalls. “Fascinating, isn’t it?”

On the other hand, he saw the positives of the web: Another American who’d become exhausted could rest in her room and follow the teachings in real time via the web. She could even look up terms and send information to others.

The two-week Kalachakra Empowerment was held in Ladakh in July, 2014. He and Dr. Chris Helland, associate professor of sociology of religion at Dalhousie University, wrote about it in “Augmenting the Dharma: Understanding the 33rd Kalachakra Empowerment and Digital Media.”

Online, you miss the charisma, Grieve explains. In person, at a religious festival such as this, you endure an experience – in the blistering sun surrounded by thousands. There’s value in that bodily experience. He also saw first-hand how organizers make use of media of all sorts.

Here in Greensboro, he sees that undergraduates and his own children never knew a world without the internet. The son of a software engineer, he grew up with early versions of computers, with punch cards. “I’ve been hacking before the term was used,” he says.

Yet, Grieve, a co-founder of Scuppernong Books, loves traditional communication, such as books. “They go back 6,000 years.”

Who seems to use the internet best? The marginalized. An example? “Evangelicals are much better than mainstream (churches) at using social media.”

Mainstream religions have seen a decline in interest. Meanwhile, 25 percent of young people say they are “spiritual but not religious” – they are “Nones.” Many of those “spiritual seekers” are in fact Buddhist, he says, citing Robert Fuller’s “Spiritual, but not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America.”

The unchurched are somewhere between 38 and 40 percent of the adult population of the United States (Barna Research Group, 2005).

Grieve had “Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus” published this fall by Routledge Press. Co-edited by Daniel Veidlinger, it’s the first volume ever on Buddhism and the internet. Also, he and co-editor Heidi Campbell will have the book “Religion in Play: Finding Religion in Digital Gaming” published this fall by Indiana University Press.

Some surprises? Online, more people report themselves as Buddhist than in the offline world. Looking at sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace, 5.3 percent of people online report themselves as Buddhists, he says, according to the most recent available data. In contrast, only 1.3 percent of Americans are Buddhists.

One more surprise for readers will be the predominance of Buddhism in American culture, from devotees like Steve Jobs to (some extent) Mark Zuckerberg.

Another is how much religion and digital media actually mix. Even 13 years ago, in 2001, a Pew survey of Internet use found that 25 percent of Americans had searched the Internet for religious purposes, Grieve says.

Listen to Grieve talk about his research trip, on Interfaith Radio, with Heidi Campbell: Experiments with Religion in the Internet’s Early Days.

By Mike Harris

Make nomination for MLK Jr. Service Award

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award was established in 1986 to honor the memory of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2015 the twenty-ninth annual award will be presented to a student at UNCG whose community activities and involvement embody the spirit of Dr. King’s service to humanity. The award Selection Committee will look for one who has gone “beyond expectations” in making outstanding contributions in the area of social justice through service, particularly service to the UNCG community. The winner will be recognized at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. and will receive a $500 award.

In order to be considered for the award, each nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • A student who has made outstanding contributions to the UNCG community through service
  • Must be in good academic and good conduct/social standing at UNCG
  • Must be enrolled at UNCG during the semester in which the nomination is made (Fall 2014)
  • Must be enrolled at UNCG during the semester in which the award is given (Spring 2015)

The selection committee will consider the following criteria in choosing the award recipient:

  • Commitment to Leadership
  • Service to the UNCG Community
  • Impact of Involvement
  • Resourcefulness
  • Creativity

Nominations must be submitted via the link on the Office of Multicultural Affairs website and are due by Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, at 5 p.m.. Following receipt of a nomination, the nominee will be asked to accept the nomination and then submit supporting information.

To nominate a student for the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr Award, contact mavillac@uncg.edu or go to: http://oma.uncg.edu/student-advocacy-outreach/recognition-and-awards/mlk-service-award

Ashby Dialogue on Feminist Theory and Science

Under the aegis of the 2014-15 Ashby Dialogues for interdisciplinary inquiry, “Feminist Theory and Science,” theoretical physicist Karen Barad (University of California Santa Cruz) will present a lecture titled, “Dis/continuous Re-memberings: Material Entanglements and Temporal Diffractions.” It will be Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall of the UNCG Music Building.

It is part of the 2014-15 Ashby Dialogue on Feminist Theory and Science, one of two Ashby Dialogues this year.

Barad’s talk will challenge assumptions of continuity and experiment with its disruption, taking participants on a journey more akin to an electron’s experience of the world than any story presuming that actors move along trajectories across a stage of spacetime.

Barad is professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness, and co-director of the Science and Justice Training Program, at the University of California at Santa Cruz.. Her publications include “Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning” (2007), and “Nature’s Queer Performativity” (2012).

Named for the late philosopher and Religious Studies Professor Warren Ashby, the Ashby Dialogues are an annual series of interdisciplinary discussions and programs designed to bring the community together to implement Ashby’s concept of the university as “freedom in the search for and service of truth.“

These 2014–15 Ashby Dialogues promote conversations about the wide-ranging concerns of Feminist Science Studies. Barad’s talk is open to the campus community and general public free of charge.

For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth L. Keathley, associate professor of Music History and Women’s & Gender Studies, at elkeathl@uncg.edu.

Shakespeare in the Age of Discovery

Photo of Dr. Russ McDonaldDr. Russ McDonald returns to UNCG Thursday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. His lecture will be “‘Give up your Ptolemy’”: Shakespeare in the Age of Discovery.” It will be in the Music Building Recital Hall.

The event is part of UNCG’s “The Globe and the Cosmos” series.

McDonald is professor of English literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His specialty is Shakespearean poetics. He is the author of “Shakespeare’s Late Style,” Shakespeare and the Arts of Language,” and the “Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents.”

A former UNCG faculty member in the Department of English from 1992-2006, he was a Bank of America Excellence Professor and has won multiple teaching awards, including the CASE/Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for North Carolina.

Margaret Maron Presents … a woman of mystery

Photo of Margaret MaronJust in time for Halloween, the season of fright, homegrown mystery maven Margaret Maron heads to UNCG to introduce audiences to another successful woman mystery writer.

The inaugural installment of what may become a series, “Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery,” features writer Nancy Pickard. The program, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Virginia Dare Room of the UNCG Alumni House.

Maron, a Johnston County native, lists numerous accomplishments and awards that include an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from UNCG in 2010. She attended Woman’s College, now UNCG, from 1956-58. She planned to study education but switched her major to English after one class. She left after her sophomore year and took a summer job at the Pentagon, where she met her husband.

“Nevertheless, I have always had warm memories of UNCG,” she says, “because it was my first step toward finding my tribe, my entrance into a wider world that valued intellect and the joys of the written word.”

In 2006, Maron loaned her papers to University Archives and Manuscripts in Jackson Library. She also has established an endowment in the UNCG Excellence Foundation to enhance the preservation of her papers and other collections in University Archives and Manuscripts

She has long been active in mentoring other writers and writing about compelling issues impacting North Carolina. Maron’s latest novel “Designated Daughters,” the 19th featuring Judge Deborah Knott of the fictional Colleton County east of Raleigh, appeared in August. As the Chicago Tribune has declared, “There’s nobody better.”

For the first in what will hopefully become a yearly fall series, Maron chose to invite her friend, colleague and fellow author Nancy Pickard. Pickard, a Missouri native who lives in Kansas, is a successful author in her own right. Like Maron, Pickard is a founding member and former president of Sisters In Crime, the international organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers, and she is a former national board member of the Mystery Writers of America.

Especially known for her Jenny Cain series, Pickard too has won numerous writing awards. When she was ten years old, she resolved to have horses, solve mysteries, help people and be happily married. She writes that “for 30 years after that, I forgot on any conscious level about that wish list. When I finally came across it again, I was 40 years old, married to a cowboy, doing volunteer work and writing murder mysteries.”

As for writing murder mysteries, Pickard says she owes it all to Nancy Drew.

“Margaret Maron Presents Women of Mystery” is sponsored by the UNCG University Libraries.

Looking ahead: Oct. 22, 2014

Talk, Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith, “The Earth Dragon” and “Miss Katrina”
Wednesday, Oct. 22, noon, Faculty Center

Film, ‘Good Bye, Lenin!’ and discussion
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Bryan 105

Lecture, “How News Coverage Polarizes Us and What (If Anything) Can Be Done About It”
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., SOE Building Auditorium

Forum on solving the textbook cost crisis
Thursday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m., EUC, Kirkland Room

Abraham.In.Motion, part of Performing Arts Series
Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

UNCG Theatre, ‘In the Next Room’
Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Women’s soccer vs. Wofford
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.

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

New workshop: Policy 101

Have you discovered that your department has policies that are outdated and non-compliant? Are your current policies difficult to read and understand? Has a recent issue revealed that there is a need for a new policy in your area? A one-hour workshop will cover the policy revision and creation process at UNCG. From developing the initial idea to receiving institutional approval to creating an implementation plan, participants will receive step-by-step instruction on how to maneuver the policy process.

The new course, titled Policy 101: Revising & Writing University Policies, will be offered Nov. 6 from 10-11 a.m. in 113 Bryan Building. Shannon Bennett, associate chief of staff, Office of the Chancellor, will facilitate the workshop.

Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops.jsp?wks_id=44010342.

Benefits enrollment for employees in same-sex marriages

On Oct.10, a federal court judge overturned North Carolina’’s ban on same-sex marriage. Same-sex spouses of employees are now eligible for coverage under the State Health Plan and NCFlex benefits program.

This ruling is considered a qualifying life event. Questions on these and any benefits-related issues can be directed to Human Resources at 334-5009.

Affordable Care Act briefing sessions

Human Resources will hold a number of overview briefing sessions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Oct. 23 and 24. These sessions are designed to provide information on the ACA for department heads, supervisors, managers and HR liaisons. Initial sessions will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Maple Room and Friday, Oct. 24, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Maple Room. Follow-up information sessions are also being scheduled for employees potentially eligible for the MedCost, High Deductible Health Plan for non-permanent employees. These sessions will address Medcost rates, plan details and the enrollment process. These sessions are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27, from 10:30 a.m.-noon in the Maple Room and Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Maple Room.

Drive will collect pajamas and books for children

What makes for a good night? For most children, bedtime is a time of comfort, love and security. A time when children crave intimacy with their moms and dads, a few minutes of bonding and sharing in a safe, secure environment. But for the millions of children in need here in America, a good night is a luxury they do not often experience.

The Staff Senate Service Committee will be hosting a drive as part of the Pajama Projects One Million Good Nights Campaign. The drive is to collect new pajamas and books for children who do not have the luxury of warm pajamas and a good book. The drive will take place starting next Wednesday, Oct. 22 through Nov. 21. Boxes will be available in the following locations: Sink, Mossman, MHRA, Library, Music, EUC, Becher-Weaver, HHP, Foust, Nursing and SOE. For questions or more information, please contact Katie Geise at kngeise@uncg.edu.

Careers in Student Affairs Conference

The Careers in Student Affairs (CSA) Conference, sponsored each year by UNCG’s M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education (SPAHE) Program, the UNCG Department of Teacher Education & Higher Education and the UNCG Division of Student Affairs in recognition of October as Careers in Student Affairs Month, was recently recognized as the 2013 Program of the Year by the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA). The CSA Conference was recognized as an event, activity or campus/state initiative planned and implemented by professionals, graduate students, and/or undergraduates that was innovative in its approach and that aligned with the core values of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) – College Student Educators International. This year’s conference was held Oct. 17, 2014, in Elliott University Center and attracted almost 140 participants, representing over 24 institutions of higher education, as well as seven graduate preparation programs in higher education/student affairs administration from North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.

Any employees or students needing help at the holidays?

Do you know UNCG families or student who might need some gifts under the tree this holiday season?

Every year, UNCG helps take care of its own, with a giving, supportive environment.

The deadline has been extended to submit nominations for the Staff Senate Angel Tree. Submit your nomination to the Staff Senate Service Committee by Oct. 31, 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. Send the nominations to Debbie Freund—freundd@uncg.edu/256-0426 or Cicely Maynard–Ross— cymaynar@uncg.edu/334-5803. All information will be kept confidential. The Service Committee will contact the approved nominees to get a list of needed items, which will be shared with campus in early November.

Academic Think Tank for 2015-16

Lloyd International Honors College is inviting nominations for the fifth annual year-long Academic Think Tank. The Think Tank will bring together a faculty team, highly qualified students, and interested community partners to address an important societal issue or problem. Under the direction of two faculty mentors, students will explore the complexities of the chosen topic for the year, participating in research, classroom learning, special events, and hearing from guest speakers during the fall semester, and completing a significant product of the Think Tank that has application to the wider community in the spring semester. They will earn three hours of Honors course credit in spring, 2016 for successful completion of the full year project. Two-member full-time faculty teams may submit proposals. Deadline for application submission is Dec.12. The Call for Proposals has been delivered to full-time faculty, and full information can be found at honorscollege.uncg.edu

The Solar Airstream Fab Lab pulls into UNCG

Paul Higham and Coral Lambert will visit in The Solar Airstream Fab Lab, a 1960’s silver trailer converted by them into a digital sculpture lab and research studio. Harnessing solar energy via 2 x 22 ft. panels on the roof, it is primarily a mobile studio for small scale production of art on the road.

Both artists are internationally recognized in their chosen fields that span the spectrum of current sculptural practice. Higham comes from a highly conceptual background having studied at Goldsmiths College in the early 70’s London and is a pioneer of rapid prototype and data sculpture. Lambert comes from a formal steel sculpture tradition of Sir Anthony Caro in the mid 80’s and now primarily works in response to a foundry based practice.

The Solar Airstream Fab Lab will be parked at the Sculpture Facilities during their visit at the Gatewood Studio Arts Building.

More details:
On Paul Higham visit: http://www.datasculpture.net
On Coral Lambert visit: http://www.corallambertsculpture.com

Justin Outling

Photo of Justin Outling Justin Outling was recently elected chair of the Greensboro Minimum Housing Standards Commission. Outling, an associate in the Greensboro law office of Brooks Pierce, focuses his practice on business litigation. In addition to his new role as chairman of the Greensboro Minimum Housing Standards Commission, Outling serves on the UNCG Board of Visitors, the UNCG Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Action Greensboro synerG council.


Dr. Deborah Taub (Teacher Education & Higher Education) and Dr. Brad Johnson (Teacher Education & Higher Education) recently presented “The Status of Gender-Neutral Housing: Findings from a National Study” to the annual conferences of the North Carolina Housing Officers and the North Carolina College Personnel Association. Their study addressed results and implications addressing: How widespread is the practice of gender-neutral housing (GNH) and how is it being implemented? What barriers to establishing GNH have campuses encountered? What GNH policies have been developed?

Jalonda Thompson

Photo of Jalonda ThompsonJalonda Thompson (Students First Office), coordinator of exploratory advising, was recently named Outstanding New Professional by the North Carolina College Personnel Association. Criteria include: Nominee must have worked in a professional role in the college personnel field for up to but not more than three years; the nominee shall be new to the field working full-time and not in a graduate assistantship; nominee must be currently employed by a post-secondary institution in North Carolina; and nominee must have made a contribution to a student affairs program, research or related activity which is considered to be above the expectations of a new professional. Examples of outstanding performance include: providing leadership, developing new institutional goals, displaying an interest in continued professional development, and engaging in an activity which is creative, unique or innovative.

Dr. Matina C. Kalcounis-Rueppell

Dr. Matina C. Kalcounis-RueppellDr. Matina C. Kalcounis-Rueppell (Biology) received funding from the University of Wisconsin – Madison for the project “The effect of testosterone pulses and conditioned place preferences on social behavior in wild and laboratory Peromyscus mice.”

Dr. Maha Elobeid

Dr. Maha ElobeidDr. Maha Elobeid (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the US DHHS Administration for Children and Families for the project “Micro-Enterprise for Refugees in the Triad (MERIT).” Refugees, who traditionally have found employment in factories, have been among the hardest hit with the shortage of jobs and employment opportunities in the Triad area, the abstract notes. There is also the problem of not having funds or resources to start up micro-enterprises for those refugees who have the skills, knowledge and experience to do so. Many refugees have not established credit, have poor credit or need help with the business aspects or running or starting a business. This grant will provide loans to refugees who are selected based on experience, knowledge and skills to start up or expand an existing business.

Gillis/Kang/La Paro/Scott-Little

Dr. Margaret Gillis, Dr. Jean Kang (Specialized Education Services), Dr. Karen La Paro and Dr. Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs to help meet the need for highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver services to high-need children aged birth to five with disabilities. Beginning in January 2015, the project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children” will recruit, retain, and prepare 44 scholars over five years in the Birth-Kindergarten Initial Licensure post-baccalaureate certificate program to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children with and without disabilities to improve child outcomes. Scholars will participate in coursework and extensive field experiences in early intervention and inclusive settings focused on individualizing to meet the needs of all young children, as well as mentoring and induction activities.

Dr. Xandra Eden

Dr. Xandra EdenDr. Xandra Eden (Weatherspoon Art Museum) received funding from the North Carolina Arts Council for the project “Zones of Contention: The Middle East.”

Service-learning basics – and grants

“Service-Learning Basics” is offered for faculty members who are new to service-learning or want a refresher. It will be in the Faculty Center from 4 – 5 p.m. on Nov. 6. Wine will be served. To RSVP: http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77002853


Two types of grants are available for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning and the Quality Enhancement Plan are offering these grants for new service-learning courses that connect to one of more of the Global Engagement QEP Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Service-Learning (SVL) Global Course Development Grants are for traditional service-learning courses that connect to at least one of the Global Engagement QEP student-learning outcomes and include direct assessment of student learning. For approved applicants, $500 is awarded as add-pay for a revised course, $1,000 is awarded as add-pay for a new course.

Submission Deadlines
Nov. 12, 2014 for a winter 2014 or spring 2015 course.
April 1, 2015 for a summer 2015 course.

To view the RFP, visit: http://olsl.uncg.edu/service-learning/announcements/service-learning-global-course-development-faculty-grants/

2. International Service-Learning Course Development Grants provide curriculum development opportunities to faculty who have experience and/or interest in leading a student trip to another country. The award must result in an undergraduate course for academic credit that includes an international community service component. Courses must meet at least one of the Global Engagement QEP student learning outcomes. Course proposals must be submitted to the appropriate university committees, including the service-learning designation committee, for review and approval.

Grant Amount: up to $2,500

Submission Deadlines:
Nov. 10 for a winter exploratory trip, March 16 for a summer exploratory trip.

To view the RFP, visit: http://olsl.uncg.edu/service-learning/announcements/internationalsvlcoursegrant2015/

There will be two drop-in Q & A sessions available to ask questions about the above RFP’s or Service-Learning in general. Drop-in anytime on Oct. 22 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in EUC Elm or Oct. 30 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

Dr. Wayne Journell

Photo of Dr. Wayne JournellDr. Wayne Journell (TEHE) was recently named as the recipient of the 2014 Early Career Award from the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies. According to the award description, the recipient of this award is engaged in scholarly inquiry that is characterized by conceptual and/or empirical evidence, rigor, coherence, and sophistication, and must hold potential to contribute significantly to scholarship in the field. He will receive this award at the National Council for the Social Studies annual meeting next month in Boston.

Journell will also receive the 2014 CUFA SITE/NTLI Award, which recognizes an exemplary paper related to technology in social studies education that will be presented at the CUFA annual meeting. Journell’s paper, which was co-authored by UNCG alumni Melissa Beeson (now an assistant professor at Salem College) and current UNCG doctoral candidate Cheryl Ayers, is titled “Exploring TPCK in One-to-One High School Civics Classrooms.” They will also receive this award at the NCSS annual meeting next month in Boston.

See/Hear: Oct. 22, 2014

Dr. Roy Stine and Dr. Linda Stine were joined by UNCG graduate students in this video produced by the NC Department of Cultural Resources. It explores UNCG’s collaborative work near the Harper House at Bentonville Battlefield.

Oct. 24 budget forum at UNCG: ‘Opening up the Books’

Photo of Minerva statueWhat proportion of its revenue does UNCG spend on its core academic mission? Are non-tenure track faculty replacing tenure-track faculty? Are teaching salaries and benefits fair and equitable?

Ask questions and learn at the forum “Opening up the Books: UNCG’s Revenue and Spending” Friday, Oct. 24, 2-4:30 p.m. in Weatherspoon Auditorium.

It will be hosted by UNCG-American Association of University Professors (AAUP), UNCG Faculty Senate and Scholars for North Carolina’s Future.

Howard Bunsis, professor of accounting, Eastern Michigan University, and chair of the national AAUP Collective Bargaining Congress, will lead the discussion.

Recently featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bunsis conducts financial analyses for about a dozen universities each year.

The event, including a question and answer session, is open to the public. It will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Weatherspoon Atrium. He will present his analysis of UNCG’s spending trends over the past five years to educate UNCG faculty, staff and students, neighboring AAUP chapters and the Greensboro community about university finance.

SECC passes $70,000 mark early in campaign

101514Feature_SECCThe 2014 North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) has reached 35 percent of its goal.

That’s a great start – and it means there’s a long ways to go.

The SECC helps more than a thousand charitable and service organizations in our community and state that make people’s lives better. Employees can select from many options to support their favorite charities.

All contributions are confidential and tax-deductible, Campaign Chair Ruth DeHoog reminds us, and can be made through payroll deduction, credit card, check or cash. Using payroll deduction allows you to spread your contribution out across the year, with the first deduction taken in January, 2015. Credit card and payroll deduction pledges can be made quickly and easily using our e-pledge online payment system, which you can also use to notify us if you are not planning to participate this year.

“Please visit our giving website or complete and return a sealed giving envelope to your solicitor by November 7, 2014, whether you choose to donate or not,” she says.

“We encourage you to

Project provides training for early childhood teachers

Photo of Deborah Cassidy in the classroomProfessionals who work with children ages five and under have a new professional development resource that will equip them to continue providing high-quality early childhood education.

The Guilford County Partnership for Children has awarded a Smart Start grant to UNCG’s Education, Quality Improvement and Professional Development (EQuIPD) Project. The project, which focuses on professional development for early childhood professionals, is administered through the Birth through Kindergarten Program of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

“Traditionally, early childhood professionals struggle to find the time and resources to get the continuing education and professional development they need,” said Deborah Cassidy, Ph.D, principal investigator for EQuIPD. “Through this program, our faculty will bring six interconnected services directly to teachers and directors in early childhood settings. Together, we’ll implement strategies we know have a direct impact on increasing the quality of early care and education.”

The six activities include:
• Creating formal professional development plans
• Peer coaching
• Training on planning appropriate learning activities for children
• Leadership training
• Improving working and learning conditions for teachers, and
• Enhancing quality of early care and education classrooms and homes.

Faculty in the Birth through Kindergarten program, housed in the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, will serve as advisors, consultants and trainers throughout the course of the project.

The project is part of the UNCG Human Development and Family Studies Early Childhood Education Community Engagement Network (ECECCN), an innovative model of early childhood research and education based on the principle of community and university collaborative engagement. Developed by faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the network seeks to create and support opportunities for faculty, early childhood practitioners, community members and families to collaborate with one another in order to influence policy and practice in the early childhood field.

The focus of this Community Engagement Network is to use applied research to change and enhance education, develop new training models and provide evidence to policymakers. The network also connects classroom practices and research evidence to work collaboratively with community partners to test and develop innovative, state-of-the-art intervention practices. The ECECEN continues UNCG’s role as a leader in early childhood education research and development in North Carolina and positions the department for academic leadership through such efforts nationally. The EQuIPD Project is an integral piece of the ECECE Network and will serve as a prototype for how to work collaboratively within a county and state to create true community engagement in scholarship, teaching and community service.

Mark Fine, PhD, chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, which houses the Birth through Kindergarten program, expressed his enthusiasm for the Early Childhood Education Community Engagement Network: “The network is a model for how a community-engaged university should work.”

Full story at UNCG Now.

Forum related to policies on secondary employment and conflict of interest

A message from Chancellor Linda P. Brady:

The events of the past few weeks have been difficult for all of us in the UNCG community. Many issues have been raised, and I am working hard to address them. On Friday, Oct.17, at 2 p.m., I invite you to a forum to address questions and concerns related to our policies on secondary employment and conflict of interest. The Forum will take place in Room 114 in the School of Education.

Many of our faculty and staff pursue secondary-employment opportunities. It is an essential part of a university culture, and it promotes individual, professional and institutional growth.

Our faculty and staff – many of whom engage in outside employment – show up here on campus every day and do the good work of this university. We are proud of our colleagues and the work that they do, on campus and off.

I look forward to seeing you Friday.


Linda P. Brady


‘Before I die’ – What tops your bucket list?

Photo of Jasmine Kendrick writing on the wallJasmine Kendrick scribbles with a marker, in purple ink. She’s considered what she most wants to do in her life.

“Not letting my fears stop me from living.” She adds an orange border, to dress up these words.

She wants to think about all the positives more, and put those negatives aside.

The sheets of white paper cover half a wall in the EUC Gallery, near the Auditorium foyer.

Bill Johnson read the book “Before I Die.” He was inspired. “I wrote the author, and I did one outside my office last spring.” It was a hit – students filled it with their top aspirations.

Morgan Whisnant, a junior HDFS major, and Jasmine Kendrick, a sophomore psychology major, were in that class – “Purpose and Vision and Action.” Jasmine says the projects she did in that class led her to her current major, which she loves.

It’s an essential question, Johnson explains. “What do we really want to do?”

Morgan is now a teaching assistant for Johnson. What did she write? “I wanted to conquer my fear of heights.” Since she wrote it, she has gone ziplining and she takes on the climbing wall at the Rec Center twice a week now.

Some of Johnson’s favorites on the current wall are “Share my story” and “Make a difference.”

He is student success coordinator and instructor in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

Johnson dedicates this month’s “Before I Die” project to a friend with whom he shared a birthday – Dr. Bill Evans. Evans died Oct. 22 of last year. “We had planned to celebrate turning 50 together…and then he was gone. Made me realize that life’s too short not to do the things I really want to do.”

The project will come down Oct. 22.

But not before nearly every clear space is filled with hopes and aspirations. As Morgan says, “There’s still room!”

Come write – and read. And think deeply about your life. The board will be up till Oct. 22.

Want more details? Read the story http://candychang.com/before-i-die-in-nola/ and learn about the movement http://beforeidie.cc/site/.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Jasmine Kendrick writes on the wall.