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Archives for October 2014

‘My Dear Othello’ by Theatre Gigante

Photo of Isabelle Kralj and Janet Lilly during a past performanceGigante Artistic Directors Isabelle Kralj and Mark Anderson bring their critically acclaimed, wholly original work “My Dear Othello” to UNCG Dance Theatre Oct. 16-18.

The production explodes Shakespeare’s final few minutes into a full-length rumination upon power and ego. This 2014 version of “My Dear Othello” features original cast members Isabelle Kralj and Janet Lilly, chair of the Department of Dance.

The production in UNCG Dance Theatre begins each evening at 8 p.m.

It is part of The Globe & the Cosmos series at UNCG.

More information and a link to purchase tickets are at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/globe-and-cosmos/events?e=12

Looking ahead: Oct. 15, 2014

Faculty Senate Forum: Strategic Planning & Visioning
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Film: ‘O’ by Tim Blake Nelson
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Poetry reading, Fred Chappell
Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Faculty Center

Forum related to policies on secondary employment and conflict of interest
Friday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m., Room 114, School of Education Building

Flu shot clinic
Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m., Campus Supply Training Room

Discussion: “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan
Monday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Men’s soccer vs. Furman
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.

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

Workshop: ‘Practical Ethics: Professional Life Beyond the Legal Minimum’

Faculty and staff are invited to take part in an encore session of the popular Practical Ethics: Professional Life Beyond the Legal Minimum Professional Development course. It will be offered on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. in Bryan 113.

The workshop description states: “While the law provides a baseline for decision-making, much of our professional life is guided by ethical values. What are our core ethical values and how do we apply them in making workplace decisions? How can we avoid common reasoning errors that lead to ethically questionable choices? Ethical leadership requires ongoing utilization of the ethics toolbox. Join us for a frank discussion of ethics tools, framework, challenges and practical solutions to real problems faced by professionals.”

The instructor will be Wade Maki, senior lecturer, Department of Philosophy.

To register and to see contact information, visit https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops.jsp?wks_id=44010341.

A grand welcome for Dunn, Maimone

Photo of Charles Maimone, Chancellor Brady and Dana DunnThe UNCG community gave a hearty welcome to the two newest members of its leadership team.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn and Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charles Maimone were introduced by Chancellor Linda P. Brady at a special welcome reception Oct. 8.

“They are excited about this university – as we are – and about our future,” Brady said.

“They view themselves as members of a team dedicated to continuing to provide a quality education experience to our students, to help them be successful, and to ensure that the university continues to move forward.”

With bouquets of daisies, the school flower, accenting the room, well wishers filled Virginia Dare Room.

Brady told everyone a bit of Dunn’s background. “She spent the last 27 years at the University of Texas – Arlington, where she began her career as a faculty member before accepting a series of important leadership roles which allowed her to play a critically important role in advancing that institution’s academic mission – including their planning efforts.”

The chancellor noted Dunn will help lead our own planning effort over the next 18 months.

“We could not be more honored to welcome her to UNCG and to Greensboro,” she said, to a round of applause.

Charlie Maimone joined UNCG from UNC Wilmington. He held a similar position there over the last six years, she noted, spotlighting the success UNCW has had in exploring innovative funding models and finding efficiencies.

She also praised the UNCG staff he leads – from areas such as finance and budget to facilities to emergency management to grounds. “Those who work with Charlie make this a better place for all of us to live and work.” “

We’re excited that Charlie is with us,” she said to a round of applause.

She presented small tokens of welcome to Dunn and Maimone.

“We are excited that both Dana and Charlie are going to be a significant part of the future of this university. We want to welcome them. We all hope to learn from them. We will support them in their efforts.

“And to all of you who do so much for this university every day, I want to wish you continued success.”

By Mike Harris

Solving the textbook cost crisis with open educational resources

The cost of college textbooks has grown to a point that virtually every campus is now seeking solutions.

A Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Forum will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, 3:30-5 p.m., EUC Kirkland Room to explore the topic.

“Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis with Open Educational Resources” is the forum’s title.

Nicole Allen, director of Open Education for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will speak, with a panel discussion to follow.

Provost Dana Dunn will provide the introduction.

While many colleges and universities like UNCG have successfully reduced the costs of textbooks through stop-gap measures such as rental programs, forum organizers say the greatest potential for permanently solving the problem lies in Open Educational Resources (OERs), which are academic materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, adapt, and share. Institutions across the country have begun to leverage OERs to reduce textbook costs, expand access to information, and enable faculty to better tailor materials to their courses.

This talk will provide an overview of the OER movement to date, including how to identify OERs, how they are created, and research showing the impact on students. It will also help frame the opportunity for UNCG to advance OER on campus.

More information about the topic is at http://uncg.libguides.com/oer.

Strive for a Healthier U Oct. 20-24

Photo of yoga on the lawnAll UNCG employees are invited to participate in Strive for a Healthier U Week, Oct. 20-24, hosted by HealthyUNCG.

Strive for a Healthier U Week is an entire week devoted to employee health and wellness. Events include:

  • healthy food samples in the EUC
  • yoga/meditation in Foust Park
  • opportunities to assess one’s personal health
  • information session on our upcoming chronic disease self management class
  • stress relief with Kopper Top Pet Therapy program
  • and more.

All events are free and open to UNCG employees and their families.

Also during this week, Human Resources will sponsor flu shot clinics:
Oct. 20 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Campus Supply Training Room
Oct. 23 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Alexander Room EUC
Oct. 24 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Claxton Room EUC

More information about the flu shot clinics are at https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2014/09/23/flu-shot-in-october/

Details about the Strive for a Healthier U Week can be found at healthy.uncg.edu.

Geek Week

Geek Week (Oct. 15-17) is a time to celebrate academic integrity and UNCG’s five core values: honesty, fairness, trust, respect, and responsibility. This week the Dean of Students Office will host a series of events on topics such as proper citations, academic success, internet integrity, and career integrity. Their office is also sharing an online video aimed at helping faculty understand the Academic Integrity Process. Find the event listing at http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/geek-week-2014/ and find the video at http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/academic-integrity.

LIHC’s Chancellor’s Resident Fellowship nominations

UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) announces the 2015-16 Chancellor’s Resident Fellows competition.

Central to the mission and work of Lloyd International Honors College are the talented UNCG faculty who teach the honors college’s courses and interact with its students.

For the 2015-16 academic year LIHC will appoint one Chancellor’s Resident Fellow who will teach full-time in LIHC and participate in the life of the college throughout the year.

In Lloyd International Honors College all classes are small seminars that allow the Fellow to teach the subject matter in new ways and on topics that he or she may not get the chance to teach in the scholar’s own department. In addition to a fellow’s teaching stipend, the faculty member also receives a research award to be used during the year of the fellowship.

The fellowship is open to all full-time UNCG faculty. The Chancellor’s Resident Fellow normally should be released from his or her usual departmental responsibilities during the fellowship year. However, the selected fellow, in consultation with the fellow’s department head and dean and the honors college dean, may continue certain on-going obligations such as, but not limited to, serving on master’s and doctoral committees, and administering external grants.

Fellows receive, in addition to their regular salary, a $5,000 teaching stipend and a $3,000 research stipend, both payable only during the year of the fellowship.

If you are interested in securing the fellowship position, please submit an application letter, approved by your department head and dean, to Lloyd International Honors College (205 Foust Building) by Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The department head and dean should note this approval by affixing their signatures to the bottom of the application letter. Among other items you may wish to enclose, the submitted application should include your curriculum vitae, a list of the courses you have taught over the previous two years, a proposal of the courses you would like to teach during your year in the Honors College with as much specificity as possible, a statement of interest that should address what you might contribute to the mission and work of the college (particularly its commitment to an international perspective), and a brief description of your research agenda.

If you have questions about the Fellowship Program or your application, contact Dr. Jerry Pubantz, dean of Lloyd International Honors College, at 256-2579 or 334-5538; or by e-mail at j_pubant@uncg.edu.

Full information is at http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/faculty/fellows-program.htm

Free, fun hoops – Basketball’s Spartan Madness Oct. 23

Photo of cheerleader holding signCome out to Fleming Gym on Thursday, Oct. 23, for Spartan Madness. Get your first look at the men’s and women’s basketball teams in action from 8-9 p.m. Admission is free for all fans. The night will feature nationally known DJ MC, a dunk contest, a knockout game between coaches and students and some pretty interesting dance moves from both basketball teams.

Fred Chappell to read new poetry, about our feline friends, Oct. 16

Photo of Fred ChappellUNCG Professor Emeritus Fred Chappell will give a reading Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 7 p.m., in the UNCG Faculty Center. His new book of poetry is “Familiars,” focused on cats.

He is the author of a dozen books of verse, two story collections, and eight novels. He taught at UNCG for over 40 years. He is the winner of, among other awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, Aiken Taylor Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997-2002.

The reading is co-sponsored by the MFA Writing Program, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries and the Greensboro Review.

Volunteer with CNNC community centers

Help immigrant and refugee youth have a successful year by volunteering with the Center for New North Carolinians. Join our after-school tutoring and mentoring program one afternoon a week at one of our three community centers: Glen Haven (3-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), Ashton Woods (3:30-6 p.m. Monday-Friday), and Oakwood Forest Community Center (3- 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.)

The CNNC works with over 150 local immigrant and refugee youth coming from nations such as Mexico, Bhutan, Burma, Liberia, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Email Aaron Hall at volunteer.cnnc@gmail.com for more information or to register for the upcoming volunteer training session.

Dr. Sonja Frison

Photo of Dr. Sonja FrisonDr. Sonja Frison (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for the project “Reclaiming Futures Coaching and Training Assistance.” Juvenile Justice involved youth are significantly more likely than other adolescents to have experienced substance abuse and/or mental health challenges (Wasserman, 2010). Yet, there are still barriers to access in services for these youth and families due the nature of their system involvement and other factors. “We are addressing provision of Training, Technical Assistance and Coaching to local Reclaiming Futures teams to help improve the local system of care for cross-system youth (juvenile justice involved youth with substance abuse and/or mental health issues). We anticipate that teams will be more effective in addressing the needs of cross-system youth and families as measured by the 12 NC Reclaiming Futures Implementation targets and that youth who reside in areas with highly functioning teams will be more likely to have better treatment outcomes in the form of access, engagement, and successful completion.”

Additionally, she received new funding from East Carolina Behavioral Health for the project “Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Mental Health Partnerships.” The Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse and Mental Health Partnerships is a statewide initiative designed to provide a continuum of care for juvenile justice involved youth with behavioral health issues. The North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services works collaboratively with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Juvenile Justice Section to provide resources and supports for 18 local teams within the JJSAMHP network to increase service utilization, enhance services, and infuse evidence based and best practices. The UNCG Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships provides technical assistance and training for this initiative. UNCG’s role in the initiative is to: 1) provide technical assistance activities to the sites and communication about site visits to state level partners; 2) increase avenues and methods of training and information sharing re: state and local partners; and 3) increase awareness and usage of evidence based practices/treatments and best practices for juvenile justice involved youth.

Dr. Edna Tan

Photo of Dr. Edna TanDr. Edna Tan (Teacher Education/Higher Education) received new funding from Michigan State University for the project “Making for Change: Becoming Community Engineering Experts through Makerspaces and Youth Ethnography.” The two-year AISL Pathways project – Making for Change: Becoming Community Engineering Experts through Makerspaces and Youth Ethnography – seeks to help break these cultural barriers. The project will develop and study an innovative Informal STEM Learning model to engage middle school youth from underrepresented backgrounds in “engineering for sustainable communities,” the abstract states. The primary goals are to support underrepresented youth in developing productive identities in engineering while also learning the hybrid practices that make up engineering for community sustainability.

Dr. Diana Bowman

Photo of Dr. Diana BowmanDr. Diana Bowman (SERVE) received new funding from the US Department of Education for the project “National Center on Homeless Education (NCHE).”

Dr. Ye “Jane” He

Photo of Dr. Ye "Jane" HeDr. Ye “Jane” He (Teacher Education/Higher Education) receiving funding from the US Department of Education for the project “Experiencing China: Designing Curriculum Activities for All Learners.” The School of Education (SOE) and the School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) at UNCG, in collaboration with Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) and the Essential Learning Group (ELG), plan to co-sponsor a four-week Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) program in China for elementary and secondary teachers and teacher educators from North Carolina, the abstract says. “This proposed GPA program will include 12 participants with different expertise in K-12 area studies, with at least 4 special education teachers with speech language pathology certification. They will be divided into 4 working teams with at least one special education teacher in each group. Participants will not only immerse themselves in Chinese culture and language learning through language classes, seminars, school visits, and cultural activities, but also collaborate with peer teacher educators and teachers in China to design curriculum activities to integrate Chinese culture and language instruction in K-12 area studies. The special education teachers will offer their perspectives to ensure the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and differentiated instruction strategies are employed in the design of language and culture activities for all students, including those with special needs.”

Dr. Robert Henson

Photo of Dr. Robert HensonDr. Robert Henson (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the University of Illinois for “Development of Accessible IRT-Based Models and Methodologies for Improving the Breadth and Accuracy of Item Option-Scored Diagnostic Assessments.” Henson and the graduate student’s primary responsibilities will initially involve the programming and testing of the estimation algorithm, the abstract states. After having developed and tested this software suite, Dr. Henson and the graduate student’s responsibilities will include data manipulation, model estimation on real world and possible modifications of the model. In its conclusion, software, software manuals and reports of the real world data will be provided.

Dr. Kelly Wester

Photo of Dr. Kelly WesterDr. Kelly Wester (Counseling and Educational Development) received new funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Enhancing evidence-based clinical internships for 75 master’s-level counselors working with at-risk youth.” UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development offers CACREP-accredited master’s degree in Counseling. Seventy-five full-time students focusing on the at-risk youth population are anticipated to be eligible for clinical internship funding between 2014-2017, which represents 58-78 percent of our projected graduates over that time frame. At-risk children, adolescents and transitional aged youth are under-served and have high needs in our state and local community. Furthermore, we have a shortage of publicly-funded programs resulting in higher priority to develop a sufficient workforce to meet the needs of this population. We are seeking consideration for funding to support and train master’s-level counselors in their clinical internship and provide training in evidenced-based practices to these students and the primary care staff at their site placements. The internship stipends will assist 75 full-time master’s level counseling students in clinical field placements serving at-risk youth in primary behavioral healthcare settings.

Dr. Colleen Fairbanks

Photo of Dr. Colleen FairbanksDr. Colleen Fairbanks (Teacher Education/Higher Education) received new funding from Elon University for the project “It Takes a Village: An Assault on Struggling Readers’ Dilemma.” The broad aims of “It Takes a Village” is the development of tutoring programs that bring together the key individuals necessary for children to make significant progress in reading: teachers, parents, community, and university faculty. By providing support for parents, tutoring practices for teachers based on best practices, and community investment in children’s access to appropriate and interesting reading materials, children have the opportunity to develop both the desire and the skills to become skilled readers.

Svi Shapiro

Photo of Svi ShapiroSvi Shapiro (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) was honored by the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, receiving the university medal for “Outstanding Contributions to Educational Thought.” He is only the second individual to receive this award. In addition he spoke to the faculty of the university on “Educating for Peace in a Divided World.” He also spoke to the Polish Education Society on Critical Pedagogy in the Context of American Education Today. Svi Shapiro spent a week as a guest of the university. His stay in Poland was part of his research concerning Polish-Jewish relations and education in the post-holocaust world.

Dr. Martyn Van Hasselt

Photo of Dr. Martyn Van HasseltDr. Martyn Van Hasselt (Economics) received new funding from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for the project “An Innovative Method to Account for Adherence in Treatment Evaluation.” Experimental study designs in which individuals are randomly assigned to multiple treatment arms are common in clinical research and considered the gold standard. A serious problem arises if study participants don’t fully adhere to their assigned treatment regimen, because this undermines the accurate evaluation of the risks and benefits of treatment. Imperfect adherence is common in trials studying the efficacy of treatments for alcohol dependence and requires the use of statistical models and methods that can properly incorporate both adherence behavior and health outcomes. This study will develop an alternative and innovative Bayesian method for estimating treatment efficacy in the presence of imperfect treatment adherence and will evaluate it relative to competing approaches.

Dr. Karen Wixson

Photo of Dr. Karen WixsonDr. Karen Wixson (School of Education) received new funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Transforming Teaching through Technology (TTtT).” Transforming Teaching through Technology, a Teacher Quality Partnership project of UNCG in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, will address Absolute Priority 1 and Competitive Preference Priority 1 by developing an innovative and replicable model for the integration of technology in the teacher education curriculum. It is expected that this major project will result in increased engagement of public school students in innovation, creativity, problem-solving and entrepreneurship through the development of collaborative project-based learning environments utilizing emerging technology and 21st century skills. Wixson is dean of the School of Education.

See/hear: Oct. 15, 2014

UNCG Athletics inducted the men’s soccer National Championship teams from 1985, 1986 and 1987 into the Athletics Hall of Fame in an Oct. 4 ceremony. The Spartans became the first program in NCAA Division III men’s soccer history to win three straight national championships.

Several dozen players from this era of UNCG’s men’s soccer history were on hand to take in the applause and relive the memories. Their coach, Michael Parker, said, “It’s been 30 years since I’ve seen some of these guys. It’s a very emotional moment for me.”

Give input at UNCG Strategic Planning & Visioning website

Aerial photo of Moran CommonsA diverse collective of voices is paramount to shaping UNCG’s future success. The UNCG Strategic Planning and Visioning website is a valuable way to stay informed and provide input.

This site will be used to share information on opportunities to participate in the planning process, and to directly solicit your input on UNCG’s mission, vision, values and goals for the next decade.

It will keep you up-to-date with information regarding the strategic planning and visioning process. And the timeline.

As the site states, the process is designed to create a university-wide plan that is vision-focused rather than operationally focused. Such a plan is ideal for setting the direction and distinguishing UNCG from other institutions. Together, we will answer the important questions, “Who are we?” and “Who do we want to be?” Our discoveries will enable us to create a university-level roadmap for the future. Once the university-wide plan is in place, detailed operational plans with concrete action steps and precise metrics will be developed in our units and divisions.

What will you find on the web page?

An overview page takes readers step by step through the 18-month process.

A Vision Forum schedule shows you many opportunities to learn and give input and suggestions. Several forums are in the next few days – such as one hosted by the Faculty Senate on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m., in the Alumni House.

There’s a page with planning documents and also a way to provide input.

Visit the site today, at http://uncgtomorrow.uncg.edu.


Dr. Stephanie Baker White and Dr. Lisa Levenstein participated in the 2014 NC Women’s Summit, sponsored by Women AdvaNCe. The summit featured a day of critical thinking, leadership training, and stories from women across the state. Panels featuring scholars and community leaders addressed topics such as public education, health, and economic empowerment. Levenstein and Baker White participated in a lively and moving session on women’s health and wellness. Baker White invigorated the crowd with her explanation of how the criminalization of people of color is a women’s health issue. Levenstein moderated the panel and served as a scholar advisor for the planning of the Summit. Details are at http://womenadvancenc.org/8-reasons-the-2014-nc-womens-summit-was-the-best-day-ever/.

Baker White is AP assistant professor and associate director of Graduate Study, Department of Public Health Education. Levenstein is associate professor of history and faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Dr. Tom Matyok

Dr. Tom MatyokDr. Tom Matyok (Conflict & Peace Studies) recently attended The Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations Conflict Resolution Workshop at the United States Military Academy, West Point. The workshop brought diplomats, military, and academics together to discuss the theory and practice of ending wars and post-conflict transformation. The workshop was organized to identify lessons learned from the study of the Kosovo conflict in order to study conflict termination today and in the future. Participants included Her Excellency Atifete Jahjaga, President of Republic of Kosovo; Akan Ismaili, Ambassador Republic of Kosovo; Brigadier General Xhavit Gashi, Kosovar Defense Attaché to the United States; Jock Covey, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for UN Mission to Kosovo; Leonard Hawley, Former deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State as well as a number of other military and academic leaders engaged in post-conflict planning and peacebuilding.

By Freddie Wilson

UNCG School of Education receives $7.7 million to spur technology integration

Photo of School of Education buildingUNCG’s School of Education has been awarded a five-year, $7.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will further UNCG’s efforts to emphasize technology integration across all teaching fields as well as recruit, train and support more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers.

UNCG will receive approximately $1.6 million per year over the next five years. Including that first $1.6 million allotment, the School has received just under $2.7 million from a variety of external sponsors since July 1, 2014.

“The project is about leveraging emerging technology to enhance teaching and learning,” says Dr. Christina O’Connor, who will direct the project for UNCG. “It’s not all about specific cutting-edge technology because that changes. It’s about how we can use technology to better prepare teachers so that students become more creative and more innovative, and learn by doing.”

That innovation might include anything from educational gaming to use of 3D printers, O’Connor says. Or even loading sewing machines with conductive thread.

UNCG will team up with seven public schools in Guilford and Forsyth counties to launch the project in Fall 2014. This fall, UNCG will select four elementary schools in the Guilford County system and two middle schools and a high school in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth system as partners. In Fall 2015, UNCG students will be placed in the partner schools Partner schools will see several benefits from the collaboration with UNCG:

  • UNCG will install a tailor-made Makerspace – a technology workshop based on the theory that we learn by making – at each school. Makerspaces include high-tech equipment for hands-on learning.
  • UNCG students, including graduate students from the UNCG-NC A&T Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, will serve as content experts for classroom teachers to further learning through technology.
  • UNCG will host a summer Maker Camp for kids in 2015, utilizing the new Makerspace on the third floor of the School of Education. High school students will be recruited as camp counselors, and teachers will take part as a way to learn how to better integrate technology into their classrooms.

What does UNCG gain from the partnerships? A hands-on training ground for its teacher candidates, says O’Connor. And a tool to recruit future STEM teachers.

By Michelle Hines

Candidate forum for North Carolina candidates

Photo of Alumni HouseUNCG’s Spartan Legislative Network will host a Candidate Forum Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 6 p.m, in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Invitees include candidates running for the offices of U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and State House of Representatives.

Bill O’Neil, reporter for WXII12 News, will serve as moderator of the forum.

There is no cost to attend this event, but please register here to help planners.

Questions? Contact Mary Swantek at m_swante@uncg.edu or 256-2011.

Open forum concerning secondary employment and conflict of interest

An open forum on the topic of State and University policies and procedures related to secondary employment is scheduled for today (Wednesday, Oct. 8), 8:30-10 a.m. in the EUC Auditorium. The forum, which will be hosted by Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charles Maimone, will offer staff and faculty an opportunity to ask questions related to secondary employment agreements and conflict of interest.

New name: Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program

Chancellor Brady recently authorized renaming the UNCG Environmental Studies Program as the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. The change reflects both the university’s growing emphasis on sustainability in its operations and undergraduate education and as well as the need to offer courses and degrees in this area. Opportunities for careers in environmental protection continue to be strong, and more and more organizations are employing sustainability experts and coordinators for their operations.

The program will continue to offer a major and a minor focused on the Environmental Studies major and the Environmental Studies minor. A new Sustainability minor was added this semester, and long term planning calls for offering a major as well. The Environmental Studies major and minor focus primarily on the causes of environmental problems and their possible solutions. They include courses from natural science, social science, public policy, and humanities. The Sustainability minor, which is also broadly interdisciplinary, focuses on the interrelationships between four aspects of society that must operate in a way that provides for people’s current needs without undermining the welfare of future generations: environmental protection, economic sustainability, social justice and aesthetics.

Environmental and Sustainability Studies is one of several Special Programs in Liberal Studies housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is administered by an interdisciplinary committee with representatives from the College and most of the Schools. The current director is Dr. Bill Markham (Bill@uncg.edu) of the Sociology Department. UNCG has many faculty across campus who conduct research and teach about environmental and sustainability issues. The interests range from the ecology of the arctic tundra and of cities, to environmental problems of developing countries, to sustainable design, to music and the environment, to sustainable tourism and entrepreneurship.

Workshop: Sexual violence/relationship abuse

Thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. They are part of the Monument Quilt, helping to foster a culture where survivors are supported.

The UNCG Wellness Center and Department of Counseling and Educational Development are partnering with the FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture Monument Quilt Project to host a workshop on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 5-8 p.m. in the Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center at UNCG. The event is free and open to all members of the community.

There will be two opportunities during the event:
First, all members of the community may drop-in during the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to create a quilt square with messages of support for survivors.

Second, survivors of sexual violence or relationship abuse are invited to participate in a full-length workshop from 5-8 p.m. This workshop will be held in a separate location from the drop-in experience.

To register, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1j6hId4Phf77dLteGNcxmsaXDx41HBN4LOlxY1N7c3_c/viewform

Please let Jeanne Irwin-Olsen (jrirwino@uncg.edu) or Jenn Hamilton (jnhamil2@uncg.edu) know if you have any questions.

What’s new with bicycling at UNCG, for Fall 2014

Photo of student using bike repair stationYou’re used to vending machines with snacks and gum. The UNCG campus has something different:

Vending machines at Oakland Deck and McIver Deck dispense tubes, patch kits, lights and other supplies for bicyclists, via Spartan Cash loaded onto your Spartan Card.

Plus, five bike repair stations dot the campus:
Oakland Deck
McIver Deck
Walker Circle
Gray Drive across from Gove Student Health Center
Spring Garden Street between Jefferson Suites and Tower Village

The stations at Oakland Deck and Walker Circle have been upgraded with better quality, heavy-duty Fixtation air pumps. Also, the stations at Oakland Deck and McIver Deck include a drop box for tube recycling – an extra way to “go green.”

UNCG’s Occasional Parking Program (OPP) for registered cyclists is also new this fall. Employees and students whose primary mode of transportation is a bicycle may purchase temporary parking permits to use when they occasionally need to drive a motorized vehicle to campus if the driver does not already have a parking permit.

$2 per day for Park & Ride daily scratch-off permit
$5 per day for A or C lot daily scratch-off permit
$35 per month for surface lot 30-day permit

Other benefits of being a registered cyclist include discounts at local bike shops and free emergency rides home.

For details about being a registered cyclist or about bicycling at UNCG, visit http://parking.uncg.edu/bike.

See story on NC Bike Summit at UNCG.

Krispy Kreme speakers at UNCG

Photo of Krispy Kreme signThis entrepreneurship and franchising talk is going to be sweet.

Krispy Kreme CEO Tony Thompson and Sr. VP of US Franchises and Company Stores Cindy Bay will speak Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Bryan 160 auditorium. This event will be great opportunity for students to network.

There is a 5 p.m. sign in and the event starts promptly at 5:30 p.m. with a reception following.

There is no charge and the public is invited, as well as our campus community.

The Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and the Bryan School of Business are sponsoring the event.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at this link by Friday, Oct. 10, 2014: http://bae.uncg.edu/ecdp/events/corporate-entrepreneurship-and-franchising-growth-strategies-at-krispy-kreme/

Forum on Strategic Planning Visioning Oct. 15

Come learn, ask questions and provide input, as UNCG’s strategic planning process gets underway. The Faculty Senate Forum “Strategic Planning Visioning” will be Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Why Shelley Ewing volunteers at Hospice and supports SECC

Photo of Shelley EwingSeven years ago, Shelley Ewing’s mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. She did the treatments. It went into remission.

And then it came back.

Shelley was working in Admissions then and took a leave of absence to be with her mother, who lived two hours away.

“It was such an overwhelming time,” she says.

But she didn’t face it alone. Hospice provided a support system for both her and her mother.

“To have the assistance of doctors, nurses, social workers is so what I needed,” she says. “It’s amazing what hospice does for families.”

When she returned to UNCG, her experience with hospice stayed with her. Shelley sought out Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro for free grief counseling.

At about that time, she got the annual SECC letter. As she scanned the list of organizations, she ran across hospice. She knew she didn’t have to look any more.

She’s been giving faithfully to the organization through the SECC since 2009.

“I love that it comes out of our check, that we can automatically support it,” she says.

But that wasn’t the end of her giving back.

Shelley, who is now an academic advisor for the Lloyd International Honors College, decided to volunteer. Since she began four years ago, she’s done about every kind of volunteer position available.

She started slowly, working the front desk of Beacon House, a facility for those with a prognosis of six to eight weeks. She answered the phone and directed people to rooms. It was a good start.

She became comfortable with the atmosphere and appreciated once again all the support everyone gave family members.

“It made me want to be a part of it,” she says. “The focus is not so much on death – as contradictory as that seems – as it is on hope.”

Shelley then then moved into direct patient care training, which allowed her to visit patients in their own homes. She would go to provide a two-hour respite for the caretakers. It allowed them to run errands, take a nap, take a shower – whatever they needed for that space of time.

She learned valuable lessons at that time. “I became more comfortable talking with patients. Oftentimes it’s just a matter of being there.”

Then she made what she thought would be the toughest leap for her. She transitioned to Kids Path, a hospice program for children dealing with illness and loss.

Shelley started by doing workshops for kids dealing with the loss of a loved one. In one workshop, Make a Memory Bear, children bring in an article of clothing that belonged to their loved one and make a teddy bear from it.

When they first cut out the bears, many kids would hold the fabric up and sniff it, trying to catch the scent.

“It reinforced how important that type of support is for kids,” Shelley says. “I decided I could handle a patient through Kids Path.”

She spent one year with a patient who was eventually released from hospice care. It was a wonderful outcome, and she was thrilled to spend time with him and his family.

While the volunteering is an hour here and an hour there, it all adds up.

“Through all those little moments, I realize this really matters,” she says. “I am truly making a difference.”

Visit the SECC site at http://secc.wp.uncg.edu.

By Beth English

Looking ahead: Oct. 8, 2014

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

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

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

Bill Evans Mad Hatter Run
Saturday, Oct. 11, 7:45 a.m., The Mad Hatter

Volleyball vs. The Citadel
Saturday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.

Faculty Senate Forum: Strategic Planning Visioning
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House