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Archives for November 2014

UNCG to award 1,646 degrees at winter commencement

Photo of Dr. Bruce Kirchoff from past commencementJust under 1,650 students are expected to earn degrees at UNCG’s 2014 Winter Commencement. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff, 2014 UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award recipient, will deliver the commencement address. Kirchoff, who specializes in plant evolution, joined UNCG’s Department of Biology in 1986.

Elizabeth Ann Doebler will speak for the Class of 2014. Doebler will receive the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance with a concentration in choral conducting.

UNCG expects to award 1,646 degrees during the ceremony, including 1,232 undergraduate degrees, 331 master’s degrees, 12 Specialist in Education degrees, and 71 doctoral degrees. Of that total, 52 degrees will go to international students.

Four of the first UNCG Spartans of Promise – Kevin Wu, Jessica Straehle, Dustin Gamradt and Melvin L. Clark Jr. – are set to graduate Dec. 11. The new Spartan of Promise award recognizes graduating seniors for excellence in both academics and service;  it is given each year to no more than ten graduating seniors.

David Banks will be chief marshal. Robert Todd will be tassel turner.

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders, Counseling and Educational Development, will be faculty marshal and mace bearer.

Dr. Sue Medley, Class of 1965, and Melvin Clark, Class of 2014, will ring the university bell, a UNCG tradition. Clark is also a Spartan of Promise honoree.

Watch the commencement ceremeony live at http://reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central/video/.

For more details, visit UNCG’s Commencement Central web hub at http://reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central/.

By Michelle Hines

How caffeine combats Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Photo of John McCormick in research labYour caffeine habits may help prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. UNCG biology student John McCormick thinks he knows why.

McCormick is an undergraduate researcher in UNCG professor Zhenquan Jia’s molecular toxicology lab. Dr. Jia and his students look at natural compounds that cause and inhibit damage at the cellular level. “We try and find the molecular mechanisms for toxic and antitoxic effects,” McCormick explains. When McCormick and Jia learned that people who consume more coffee are less likely to develop Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, they decided to dig down to the cellular level for answers.

Previous studies have found that many people with neurodegenerative diseases have high concentrations of a molecule called peroxynitrite in their neural cells. Peroxynitrite is a damaging free radical, or oxidant, produced during respiration. Most people eliminate peroxynitrite through normal antioxidant processes. While scientists don’t yet know what causes higher peroxynitrite levels in people with neurodegenerative diseases, they believe those higher levels may be causing the neural cell damage that characterizes the diseases.

If peroxynitrite is the culprit, McCormick and Jia wondered, could caffeine be preventing peroxynitrite damage from happening, thus delaying or preventing the onset of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s?

Based on his in vitro experiments, McCormick says yes. His results showed that peroxynitrite significantly damages cell DNA, altering the DNA from its normal supercoiled configuration to open circular and linear forms. Such changes would cause cell damage and death, which supports the hypothesis that peroxynitrite levels in neural cells contribute to the neurodegeneration characteristic of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Next, McCormick demonstrated that caffeine specifically inhibits the peroxynitrite-induced DNA damage. The findings are strong evidence that caffeine acts as an antioxidant, scavenging peroxynitrite molecules before they can damage DNA.

This semester, McCormick will begin the process of publishing his exciting results. But the UNCG senior is not resting there. He plans to strengthen his findings by repeating his studies in actual neural cells, and he will dig deeper into the reasons behind his results. “We want to find the actual mechanism,” he explains. “So right now I’m doing research to find out how caffeine might be scavenging peroxynitrite and its byproducts.”

In light of McCormick’s findings, students in Jia’s lab are also assessing other natural antioxidants, like resveratrol from red wine and lipoflavonoids from beans, to see if they have similar inhibitory effects on peroxynitrite-induced DNA damage. Their encouraging preliminary results may point the way to novel treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

McCormick’s passion for research is rooted in his personal history. McCormick originally attended Virginia Tech as a film and biology major, but a struggle with leukemia forced him to drop out his junior year. His own life-saving bone marrow transplant sparked his interest in research and even led him to work in a bone marrow transplant lab. “I came to love transplant research,” John says. “The research involved determining the chemicals that cells are using to communicate with each other.”

When McCormick enrolled at UNCG to finally finish his degree, he knew he wanted to continue doing laboratory research. “I liked Dr. Jia’s lab because it’s a molecular toxicology lab, and his work was similar to my interests in signaling and immunology. But I also liked that his projects involved natural compounds.” Dr. Zhenquan Jia has a background in Chinese remedies. Much of his research involves translating traditional processes and techniques into the language, method, and tradition of science. “Often, we know that things are good for us, but we don’t know why. In Jia’s lab, we look at the chemical mechanisms by which these compounds protect our cells.”

When the future med student graduates from UNCG in 2015, he will be walking away with much more than a degree. He will have already made original contributions to his field.

Article by Peter Hess
Photography by Mary McLean

Story originally appeared at UNCG Research and Engagement site.

A first: electronic delivery of your 2014 W-2 Statement

Photo detail of W2 FormThe UNCG Payroll Office announces that employees may elect to receive their W-2 statement online through UNCGenie, in an IRS approved format.

UNCG is required by the IRS to furnish all employees with a W-2 statement for each calendar year. The W-2 Form details the employee’s taxable compensation, tax withholdings and required disclosures for the year.

Benefits of consenting to receive your W-2 statement electronically:
Earlier access through the same secure website which an employee accesses their pay information.
Online delivery to you only, no possibility of your W-2 Form being lost, stolen, delayed or misplaced during the delivery process.  You can retrieve your electronic W-2 statement at any time of day or night including weekends.
Easy access to duplicate copies if needed.
Employees are contributing to cost savings (forms, printing and W-2 departmental distribution) as well as reducing the carbon footprint.  “The University of North Carolina at Greensboro established sustainability as one of its five Core Values through the 2009 Strategic Plan. … Recognizing that sustainability is a process, we at UNCG constantly seek to improve our operations and to provide projects and services that enhance the environmental, human, and financial capital of the University and our community,” per Facilities Sustainability.

For employees who provide consent, their electronic 2014 W-2 statement should become available by January 14, 2015. By consenting to receive your W-2 Form electronically, you agree to return to Banner Self Service via UNCGenie, to view and/or print your W-2 Form online. You will not receive a paper copy, but you may print the electronic version as often as you like, and attach it to your Federal, State, or local income tax returns.

W-2 Forms will be mailed by Jan. 31, 2015, to those employees who prefer to receive a paper copy and to those who have not consented to receive their W-2 Form electronically. Printed W-2 Forms will not be available for pick up in the Payroll Office.

Regardless of consent status, please be sure to keep your Payroll Address and e-mail address(es) up to date via UNCGenie.

Please visit the Payroll Office website: http://payroll.uncg.edu/formsinformation/ for additional information and instructions to complete the Electronic W-2 Consent as well as instructions on how to access your electronic W-2 Form.

If you have questions, please contact the Payroll Office via e-mail at Payroll1@uncg.edu.

President Ross speaks on upcoming chancellor search

An open search vs. a closed search? A chancellor search does not have to be one or the other, UNC President Tom Ross explained at the Nov. 19 UNCG Faculty Forum. It can be somewhere on the continuum.

He spoke of striking a balance between openness in the search and having the best candidates. An open search will deter some candidates, he explained. “How that balance is struck is up to the search committee.”

He explained the search process. The UNCG Board of Trustees will select a search committee. Once the search committee is selected, it controls the search. They may decide to bring in a search firm, if they choose. The committee often will have forums to seek input.

The list of candidates typically gets narrowed down to perhaps 10 or 12. Then there are usually off-site interviews. The list is ultimately narrowed to three. Those names are submitted to the system president.

Ultimately, the Board of Governors selects the chancellor, on the recommendation of the president, he explained.

The goal for everyone: “find the best person to lead UNCG going forward.”

As for the timing? “I would guess in mid to late spring we’d anticipate making a decision.”

A few deadlines approach

As the semester winds down, here are some deadlines to note:

The UNCG Leadership Institute is designed to provide staff, faculty and administrators with a significant, year-long opportunity to increase their leadership skills and accelerate their own leadership performance and readiness. The program is focused on emerging leaders. It will cover important topics in leadership, but also provide participants with the opportunity to engage in action learning through the development of a project to solve an institutional issue or problem with guidance from a coaching mentor. The deadline for applications is Dec. 8, 2014. The application materials – and full information – may be found at leadershipinstitute.uncg.edu.

It’s the time of year for nominations for the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. This prestigious award honors faculty, staff, and students who provide outstanding leadership and service to the university. Online Bullard nomination material are at https://uncg.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3pXNjdgjFyAOdN3. Full information is at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/PolicyManuals/StaffManual/Section12/Gladys_Strawn_Bullard/. The deadline for submitting nominations is Jan. 16, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Evans, committee chair, at 334-5009 or gdevans2@uncg.edu.

The deadline for the Staff Excellence Award has been extended to Dec. 10. A $1,000 award will be presented to two deserving permanent SPA or EPA non-teaching faculty employees who are in good standing, and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline (Nominations are to be sent to c/o Jennie Rikkola, 116 Moore Nursing Bldg.). Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award. Full details and the form are at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_Committees/Staff_Recognition/excellence/

Finally, while the deadline has passed, it’s not too late to make a donation for the UNCG SECC campaign. The SECC helps more than 1,000 charitable organizations in our region and state. UNCG is only about $1,500 short of its $200,000 goal (as of Nov. 25). For more information, visit UNCG’s SECC web site at https://secc.wp.uncg.edu. All donations are appreciated.

Wendy Palmer, surrounded by 50 kids and Garth Brooks, has friends in high places

Photo of Wendy PalmerOn Friday, she was a little bit country.

Saturday, she was all basketball.

Wendy Palmer (Athletics) helped lead a teaching clinic at the local Boys & Girls Club along with country music star Garth Brooks Saturday, Nov. 22.

The basketball event was part of a youth sports camp that will continue throughout Garth Brooks’ World Tour. Brooks is the co-founder of Teammates for Kids and took time to co-host the clinic with Palmer.

Over 50 kids spent the afternoon working on their dribbling, shooting and layups.

Palmer, UNCG women’s basketball head coach and former WNBA star, had been a special guest at the Garth Brooks concert at the Greensboro Coliseum Friday night. He appeared with Trisha Yearwood for a record five-concert stand at the coliseum, all sell-outs.

Just as Brooks created buzz in Greensboro, so have Palmer’s Spartans. The women’s team, down by 20 points at College of Charleston with 12 minutes to go, staged a furious comeback, with Lucy Mason nailing the go-ahead basket with 0.1 second remaining.

Now that’s deserves a standing O.

See full story about the clinic at UNCG Athletics site – and see a photo gallery at the News and Record site and at the Athletics site.

Looking ahead: Dec. 3, 2014

Reading Day
Tuesday, Dec. 2

Vacc Bell Tower lighting/Holiday reception
Tuesday, Dec. 2, Bell tower and Alumni House, reception 4 p.m.

‘(Re-)Making Public Memory at UNCG’ student presentations
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m., Hodges Reading Room. Jackson Library

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

December Commencement
Thursday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m., Coliseum

Timely warnings from UNCG Police

UNCG Police have sent a number of warning messages this semester to the campus community.

Major Paul Lester of the UNCG Police Department explains that the Clery Act requires UNCG to provide timely warnings of crimes that may threaten the safety of students or employees.

It’s about increasing safety through awareness, he says. “It’s intended to help educate.”

Not being compliant with the Clery Act could result in fines for the university, and it could possibly result in less federal financial aid at the university.

The Clery Act applies to all universities that have federal financial aid programs.

Lester explains that the number of messages this semester is “not a reflection of an increase in the number of criminal offenses.” Instead, it’s a reflection of their efforts to be vigilant in complying with the federal regulations.

John Isner at UNCG

Tennis star John Isner will play in an exhibition as part of a full afternoon of activities at UNCG’s Fleming Gym and Alumni House Dec. 13. Tickets for the exhibition will benefit the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Full information is at www.isnercharitychallenge.com.

Dr. Claudia M. Pagliaro

Photo of Dr. Claudia M. PagliaroDr. Claudia M. Pagliaro (Education) recently presented at the Språkkonferansen 2014: “Ansvar for tegnspråk” (Language Conference 2014: “Responsibility for Sign Language”) in Oslo, Norway. She was one of three Americans out of four international professionals invited to speak. She is a professor in Professions in Deafness, Department of Specialized Education Services in the School of Education.

Internal grants available – Jan. 12 deadline

The UNCG Office of Research and Economic Development is once more accepting applications for new faculty research grants and regular faculty research grants.

Faculty can apply for these internal grants by submitting an application with supporting budget forms by January 12, 2015, at 5 p.m.. The awards funding period is March 2015 – June 2016.

Faculty may apply for up to $5,000 individually. Collaborative projects submitted by two or more UNCG faculty are eligible for up to $10,000.

New faculty internal grants are awarded to full-time, tenure-track faculty below the rank of professor, clinical faculty, research faculty, and academic professional faculty in the first three years of appointment. Regular faculty research grants are are awarded to full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, research faculty, and academic professional faculty.

All grants will be evaluated on merit. However, once reviewers have determined which proposals are fundable, priority for funding is given to faculty who have not received an internal grant for the last five years.

In a departure from previous policies, the new internal grants may be used for faculty salary provided UNCG guidelines regarding buyouts and add pays are met.

Learn more at http://research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards.

Full story at Research & Engagement web site.

Hunger projects, big and small, at UNCG

Photo of in the Stop Hunger Now meal packaging eventUNCG volunteers packaged more than 14,000 meals Nov. 21 for those who’d otherwise go hungry.

“It goes to people globally,” says Blaze Jarrell. The sophomore Public Health Education major is the Residence Hall Association’s VP for community outreach and was the event point person.

About 70 students and employees volunteered in the Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event in the Associated Campus Ministries Building. It was an assembly line process – with volunteers working in shifts. UNCG student volunteers put together meals of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 vitamins and minerals.

This Stop Hunger Now event, in association with the international Stop Hunger Now organization, is sponsored by UNCG’s Residence Hall Association, Campus Activities & Programs and the Dean of Students Office. It was the final event of UNCG’s “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week,” hosted by the UNCG Office of Leadership and Service Learning.

That was a lot of people. In contrast, CW heard about a single undergraduate who’s making a difference, locally.

Photo of Melissa DonnellMelissa Donnell chose the social issue homelessness for Dr. Kenneth Allan’s Social Inequalities course in Sociology. As a project she would deliver 10 Care Packs with food and hygiene necessities to those in need in the community. “I began by requesting donations from other students at the university and soliciting donations from local businesses,” she explains. “The support that I received from my fellow classmates, as well as the local businesses, was amazing. After some discussion and encouragement, I decided to take the project a step further.”

She calls it the Care Pack Project. “My new goal is to put together and deliver a Care Pack to every unsheltered individual in Guilford County. According to the Point in Time Count completed in January 2014, there are a total of 99 unsheltered individuals. I am also gathering clothes and shoes that I can provide to them as well. I am currently working on a partnership to receive furniture and household donations that I can donate to the individuals who receive housing.”

A 35-year old mother of three and wife and intern, Donnell is currently enrolled in 22 credit hours so she can graduate this month with a double major: Sociology with a Criminology concentration and a major in Psychology.

Her professor adds, “In the course of working on this class project, she began interning for Partners Ending Homelessness, has written one grant proposal and is working on others, established her own website, got her IRS Employers Identification Number, is applying for tax exempt status, and has collected enough donations to fill her home garage to overflowing. Needless to say, she has exceeded her initial goal.”

Lots of inspiring students at UNCG – doing impactful service.

Learn more at http://www.carepackproject.com and at http://www.stophungernow.org/.

2014 Leadership Institute takes a bow

Photo of Ryan Collins, Susan Hensley, Garrett Saake, Jennifer Sansevero and Amy WilliamsenThe presentations are over. And the 2014 UNCG Leadership Institute class has graduated.

The UNCG Leadership Institute is designed to provide staff, faculty, and administrators with a significant, year-long opportunity to increase their leadership skills and accelerate their own leadership performance and readiness at the unit, department, or division level. The program is focused on emerging leaders.

The institute members were in six teams, with each researching and developing a topic throughout the year. The teams made their presentations to the chancellor and executive staff, as well as to their insitute colleagues and mentors, on Nov. 20-21.

Chancellor Brady said, “I think all of these projects are very exciting.” She referenced the valuable reports from the past 3 years of classes, noting that Dr. Edna Chun had brought the idea of the institute to UNCG.

“We will take all this work back to Executive Staff and Dean’s Council,” she said, noting the wonderful ideas she’d heard.

The teams and their topics:
Team 1 – Project: Employer Needs – Tammy Downs, Ron Morrison, Amanda Pelon and Laura Taylor
Team 2 – Project: The Role of Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education – Ryan Collins, Susan Hensley, Garrett Saake, Jennifer Sansevero and Amy Williamsen
Team 3 – Project: Faculty Recruitment – Lisa Goble, Barbara Hemphill, Wade Maki and Rahul Singh
Team 4 – Project: College Readiness – Susie Baker Boles, Sandra Bates-Hart, Tracy Nichols, Lee Norris and Kala Taylor
Team 5 – Project: Student Recruitment/Retention/Graduation Vision – Nikki Baker
Melissa Floyd-Pickard, Tammie Hill, Ivan Lyall, Holly Sienkiewicz and Erica Thornton
Team 6 – Project: Research – Robert Anemone, Denise Côté-Arsenault, Patrick Griffin, Cathy Griffith and Matt Takacs

Photo courtesy Adam Horton of Team 2.

80-page dissertations in three minutes? They did it.

Dissertations are normally lengthy.

Ten UNCG doctoral students had exactly three minutes and one PowerPoint slide in which to convey the scope and importance of their dissertation research to a general audience.

The 3MT Final Competition event was held Nov. 18 in the Alumni House.

The prize for first place that day? $1,000 plus hotel and airfare to compete in the next round in New Orleans in the spring.

The first place winner was Matt Marshall, Biology. His presentation was “The Genetics of Thermal Plasticity in Plantago Lanceolata.” It’s an herb common around the world – but it grows differently in varying climates.

Second Place ($500) was Rachel Bowman, English, for “The Embodied Rhetoric of United States Marine Corps Recruit Training.”

People’s Choice ($250) was Derek Shore, Chemistry and Biochemistry for “The Unprecedented Therapeutic Potential of Biased Agonists.”

The other competitors were:
Kevan Mellendick, Nutrition: “Diet Quality and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Adolescents”
Matthew Wittstein, Kinesiology: “Heart, Lungs, Movement: Connecting All the Dots to Better Health”
Lauren Sastre, Nutrition: “Let’s Talk Food! An Exploration of the Dietary Perceptions, Behaviors, and Interests of Newly Arrived Immigrant and Refugee Youth”
Jodi Bartley, Counseling and Educational Development: “Touchstones of Connection: Therapist Factors that Contribute to Relational Depth”
Aaron Piepmeier, Kinesiology: “A Closer Look at the Role of BDNF as a Causal Link in the Physical Activity-Cognition Relationship”
Elyse Shearer, Nutrition: “Get Active, Eat Right: A Postpartum Weight Loss Intervention”
Angela Larsen, Biology: “How do Behavioral Alterations Drive Population and Community Dynamics of Rodents in Heterogeneous Habitat Types?”

Chancellor Search Committee’s first meeting

The first meeting of the UNCG Chancellor Search Committee will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in the EUC. The committee meeting will take place in the Maple Room and UNC President Tom Ross will give the Chancellor Search Committee its charge at 12 noon in the EUC Auditorium.

Also on the agenda are the development of a leadership statement, establishing the search timetable, and review of search firms.

2014-15 CDLC Fellows

The following UNCG faculty were awarded $3,000-$4,000 research fellowships from the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (with support from School of Education’s Dean Wixson and Vice Provost Shelton) for their collaborative work with members of diverse language communities:

Jeannette Alarcon, School of Education, for “Exploring School Culture within the Context of Heritage Schools and Mother Tongue Learning Spaces in Romania.”
This project is in collaboration with a faculty colleague at Purdue University and a teacher of English as a Foreign Language at the Universitatea Babes-Bolyai in Romania. It will focus on understanding the role of heritage language learning environments in order to be in a better position to translate that knowledge to educational initiatives in the U.S., and to sustain an international collaboration. The PI will prepare for this international data gathering in spring 2015 with the assistance of a UNCG graduate research assistant, and will travel to Romania at the end of the spring semester.

Jewell Cooper, Craig Peck, and Revital Zilonka, School of Education, with Kattya Castellon, UNCG Admissions, for “We Want to Learn With You: Engaging Parents from Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Learning English.”
This project is in response to direct requests for support in learning English from parents at a Guilford County middle school. The university faculty will conduct a needs assessment regarding content of the planned curriculum and parent preferences for receiving the content. The 10-12 week pilot program will be delivered by an ESL teacher at the middle school (supported by a stipend) in spring 2015, with additional support provided by two UNCG graduate research assistants.

Maha Elobeid, Center for New North Carolinians, with Jamie Schissel, School of Education, for “The Interpreter ACCESS program.”
Given that 124 languages are represented in Guilford County Schools and that Greensboro receives approximately 2,000 newcomers each year, there is a need for competent interpreters to provide services related to health career, legal matters and education.  CNNC currently provides a two-day Foundations training for interpreters twice a year, so the grant will allow for revision of the current curriculum, expansion of this program, and for a more rigorous evaluation of its effectiveness.

Imaging/imagining birth of Christ in early Byzantium

Photo of Dr. Derek KruegerDr. Derek Krueger will discuss the development of Christian art in the 6th century in a book talk Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Weatherspoon.

He will focus especially on the cycle of scenes from the life of Christ which were emerging for the first time and often in the form of small devotional objects and manuscripts.

Krueger’s latest book is “Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

Orthodox Christian interior life, Krueger demonstrates, was profoundly shaped by patterns of worship introduced and disseminated by Byzantine clergy. Hymns, prayers, and sermons transmitted complex emotional responses to biblical stories, particularly during Lent. Religious services and religious art taught congregants who they were in relation to God and each other.

A book signing will follow the talk.

Krueger is Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor Department of Religious Studies and Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNCG.

LAC’s new name: Tutoring and Academic Skills Programs

The Learning Assistance Center’s (LAC’s) name is changing. The LAC has received approval to change its name to Tutoring and Academic Skills Programs (TASP), effective Jan. 1, 2015. The rationale for the name change is to avoid any confusion with the Student Success Center. TASP continues to be one of the three program areas that comprise the Student Success Center. The new program name is more descriptive of what the area actually offers to our undergraduate students. TASP’s location will remain in the McIver Building, with the main office located in room 104. Questions? Contact John E. Foreman, director, Student Success Center, at 256-0194.

Dr. Chiaki Takagi

Photo of Dr. Chiaki TakagiDr. Chiaki Takagi (Languages, Literature and Cultures) has been named the 2014 Teaching Award winner for the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. She received the honor during the ACTFL conference in November. She is director of Japanese Studies in LLC, as well as lecturer of Japanese and Asian Studies.

Dr. Revell Carr

Photo of Dr. Revell CarrDr. Revell Carr (Music) has his first book published, by the University of Illinois Press. There’s another first: It is the first book in their venerable series “Music in American Life” to deal with Hawaiian music. The title is “Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels.” Carr is an associate professor of ethnomusicology in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and leads the UNCG Old Time Music Ensemble.

Jon Soter

Photo of Jon SoterJon Soter joined Facilities Operations as the new Utilities Manager on Nov. 10. He comes to UNCG from Vermont with extensive facilities experience. He was employed for 20 years at Green Mountain Power, an electric utility company, where his last role was Plant Engineering Manager. He was also Operations Manager at UTC Aerospace for six years. Soter takes the position held by Tom White, who retired in June. Story courtesy Facilities Operations newsletter.

See/hear: Dec. 3, 2014

Undergraduate Admissions shares a Homecoming 2014 video, created by Media Studies student Matt Weatherly.

At UNCG, sights and sounds of the holidays

Photo of luminaries on College AvenueThe semester is winding down. The days are growing colder. And the holiday season is almost upon us at UNCG.

Some seasonal events:

Branches of Love will provide decorated trees to area families that otherwise would not have one this holiday season. UNCG organizations are invited to decorate trees that will be donated to these families in need. Enjoy holiday music and refreshments, as organizations decorate the trees. Winning teams will receive prizes. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 22, 12:30 p.m. in Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room. The event is sponsored by the Student Alumni Ambassadors. Questions? Email cslawson@uncg.edu.

Chancellor’s Holiday Open House will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Mix and mingle with colleagues as you enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Inaugural lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower and Plaza will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, so guests of the open house can simply step next door. Enjoy the bells pealing seasonal music. Hear some history of the campus luminaires – and learn about this new tradition of the lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower and Plaza.

Luminaires throughout campus that evening (Tuesday, Dec. 2). Enjoy the luminaires placed at Moran Plaza, along College Avenue – and all throughout the university. The event is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, the Fraternity and Sorority Association and UNCG Grounds.

Staff Senate angel tree Eight UNCG students and staff members and their families have been selected to be recipients of the UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree. The Staff Senate Service Committee is accepting donations through Dec. 12. See full story elsewhere in CW.

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Sale at UNCG Bookstore Find something for all the Spartans on your holiday shopping list. The sale will be Dec. 1-2. In addition to your current 20 percent Faculty/Staff discount, take an extra 10 percent off non-textbook items (magazines, Nook, computer hardware and software not included). Present your SpartanCard to the cashier to receive your discount.

Downtown Festival of Lights The free event – a downtown Greensboro tradition – will be the evening of Friday, Dec. 5, along Elm Street. A variety of UNCG groups and individuals are always among the performers.

Compiled by Mike Harris

UNCG faculty promotion & tenure honorees, 2014

Photo of McIver statue in front of Jackson LibraryIt’s a UNCG tradition. Faculty achieving promotion and/or tenure are honored at a reception – and they choose one book for the University Libraries’ collection that will be bookplated to commemorate the milestone. A reception for the honorees was hosted by the University Libraries and the Provost’s Office earlier this semester. A display currently on view in the main lobby of Jackson Library shows each honoree with his or her book – and an explanation of why that book was chosen. The honorees are:

Ms. Marjorie H. Bagley, Music Performance
Dr. Tracy R. Bartlett, Community Practice Nursing
Dr. Nora J. Bird, Library and Information Studies
Dr. Anthony S. Chow, Library and Information Studies
Mr. Mark Clodfelter, Music Performance
Dr. Kari M. Eddington, Psychology
Dr. Jennifer Feather, English
Ms. Beth Filar Williams, University Libraries
Dr. Jie Hu, Community Practice Nursing
Dr. Corey M. Johnson, Geography
Ms. Holly G. Jones, English
Dr. Matina C. Kalcounis-Ruppell, Biology
Dr. Christopher L. Kepley, Nanoscience
Ms. Beth A. Koelsch, University Libraries
Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq, Political Science
Dr. John J. Lepri, Biology
Dr. Eun-Hee Lim, Art
Dr. Gary Lim, English
Dr. Teresa Little, Specialized Education Services
Dr. Ignacio Lopez, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Ms. Lisa McDonald, Communications Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Cybelle H. McFadden, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Ms. Jennifer H. Meanley, Art
Dr. A. Keith Mobley, Counseling & Educational Development
Dr. Joanne M. Murphy, Classical Studies
Dr. Carole J. Ott, Music Performance
Dr. Craig M. Peck, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations
Dr. Elizabeth A. Perrill, Art
Ms. Regina M. Pulliam, Public Health Education
Dr. Scott J. Richter, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Mark Rifkin, English
Dr. Jan Rychtar, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Randy J. Schmitz, Kinesiology
Dr. Clifford D. Smyth, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Steven Stusek, Music Performance
Dr. Joseph M. Starobin, Nanoscience
Dr. Shanmugathasan Suthaharan, Computer Science
Dr. David J. Teachout, Music Education
Dr. Nancy L. Walker, Music Performance
Dr. Karen A. Weyler, English
Dr. Dan Yasaki, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Xia Zhao, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management

The web site listing the honorees and their chosen books is

UNCG dedicates Veterans Resource Center

Photo of Brig. Gen. Ted Crichton, Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Spc. Chen-yang LiuSpc. Chen-yang Liu, an Army Reserves combat photographer and vice president of UNCG’s Student Veterans Association, wore his dress blues for the Veterans Day dedication of the university’s new Veterans Resource Center (VRC).

The VRC will be “a space of support and welcome for service members” and a “magnet for the military community, supporters and family members,” Liu told the crowd assembled on the terrace of the Spring Garden Apartments just outside the VRC entrance.

Liu introduced Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

“Chen, it is because of you and the student veterans here today, and those who have come before you, that we are here,” Brady said. She added that a dedicated space for veterans on campus “rose to the top” of a list of recommendations by a veterans services task force she assembled in 2010.

Nearly 500 students at UNCG are using Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits, nearly double the number in 2008. Victory Media has named the university to its Military Friendly Schools list for four straight years.

UNCG participates in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program to make up gaps in out-of-state tuition rates not covered under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. Yellow Ribbon schools set aside funds to cover extra expenses, and the VA matches those funds penny for penny. For the Fall 2014 semester, UNCG contributed $90,000 for 21 students.

Veterans tend to excel academically, and serve as leaders and role models on campus, Brady said. “They have so much to offer in terms of self-discipline, life experience and specialized skills.”

Brig. Gen. Theodore Crichton followed Brady at the podium. “UNCG clearly recognizes the strength and ability veterans bring to this campus,” he said, adding that veterans are trained to be flexible and resourceful — qualities that translate well to the classroom. “You’re valued.”

Crichton, Brady and Liu rang the university bell three times, a UNCG tradition for dedication ceremonies.

There was almost a shortage of scissors to go around as Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughn and several other dignitaries joined them to cut the dedication ribbon.

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG Now.

Human Development & Family Studies’ Top 10 ranking

Photo of Stone BuildingThe graduate program in the UNCG Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) has earned a Top 10 ranking in The HDFS Report, an inaugural ranking of programs in the field.

UNCG’s graduate program tied for seventh place and was first in North Carolina in the ranking of the overall reputation and quality among the 52 doctoral-granting HDFS departments in North America. In the specific area of child development, UNCG’s department tied for fourth place.

The rankings were released by Clair Kamp Dush, Ph.D, an associate professor of human development and family science at The Ohio State University. Dush wrote that, to her knowledge, the list was the first publically available ranking of human development and family science programs.

“We are very pleased that our graduate program has been rated so highly in the very first systematic and comprehensive rating of Ph.D. granting HDFS programs in North America,” said Mark Fine, Ph.D, chair of UNCG’s department. “This recognition by HDFS scholars in the United States and Canada suggests that our efforts to train the next generation of researchers and practitioners in human development and family studies are on the right track.”

The UNCG Department of Human Development and Family Studies seeks to enhance the quality of life for individuals across the lifespan within their diverse and changing relationships, families, social networks and communities. The department is housed in the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences.

“Faculty in the UNCG Department of Human Development and Family Studies are teaching the next generation of child development professionals, engaging in outstanding child and family research, directing the Child Care Education Program on campus, and administering the rated license project for early child care in North Carolina,” said Celia Hooper, Ph.D., dean of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences. “Leaders in the state and nation look to this department for guidance.”

By Lanita Withers Goins

Faculty from Chinese university at UNCG

Photo of Guangdong Ocean University facultyA 16-member faculty delegation from Guangdong Ocean University (GOU) have been guests on our campus this month. The university is located in the Guangdong Province of China.

They arrived on Nov. 2 and their last day will be Nov. 21. At UNCG, they have taken part in campus activities and class observations as part of a teacher training program. They have also visited several schools in Guilford County.

Their final major event at UNCG was attending the UNCG School of Education Research Symposium before leaving for Washington, DC, and New York City then back to China.

They have learned about American culture and history as well as the American education system. This is the first collaboration between UNCG and GOU.

Graduate Research & Creativity Expo registration deadline Jan. 30

Lots of exciting research and creative endeavors are happening within the graduate community at UNCG.

Graduate students can register now to participate in the 2015 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo.

The registration deadline is Jan. 30, 2015. Students may register at http://grs.uncg.edu/grc-expo/

Participants will register to compete in one of six categories:
Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Creative Arts; Health Sciences; Humanities; Professional Programs; Social Sciences.

A $1,000 prize will be given to the winner in each category.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. on Tues., April 9, 2015, Elliott University Center.

More information can be found by visiting the Graduate School’s web page: http://grs.uncg.edu/grc-expo/

Flick your Bic … Mark Engebretson in Music is always in the mood for Moog

Photo of Dr. Mark EngebretsonIt’s a Woodstock-era modular Moog synthesizer 12 model. Putting out the grooviest sounds this side of Buffalo Creek.

Remember “Switched on Bach” from the 70’s? “The album cover has a picture of a Moog,” says Dr. Mark Engebretson.

Flick those Bic lighters and lift them high.

What it lacks in the “looks” department, as it sits in the corner of a practice room, it more than makes up for in sound. And features. Oscillators or “tone generators.” An amplifier, couple of filters, envelope generators, some cables of various colors – plus an analog sequencer, all in black cases. A music geek’s paradise.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer were the best-known Moog aficionados. (Here’s a photo.)

“It’s analog – as opposed to digital. It’s not the 1’s and 0’s of a computer,” Engebretson, an associate professor of composition and electronic music, explains. “It’s all based on transistors.”

No computer has a rich sound like this. And you don’t see them often. “These things are rare.”

Clay Westman, a junior music composition student from Durham, gently turns the knobs to create a distinctive sound. “You should record this. It’s nice,” his professor says. “You’re rolling!” All of Engebretson’s students have a chance to play it and make recordings if they want. Some will make it a part of their end-of-semester recitals.

“Putting your hands on it – it’s cool. Instead of playing only into a (computer) keyboard.”

His class the day before was devoted to this Moog (pronounced with a long “o.”) “A TA from last year came back just for that class,” Engebretson says.

David Huskins, SMTD’s director of development, has liked these synthesizers ever since he was a kid listening to ELP, Yes and King Crimson – “big art rock dinosaur bands,” he calls them. He once served on the Moog Foundation Board.

A year ago, UNCG placed several of its classic synthesizers on permanent loan to the Bob Moog Foundation – where they were recently displayed for many to enjoy. Their web site spotlights UNCG emeritus professor Dr. Art Hunkins, “an educator, cellist and experimental composer who had previously worked with tape music. In 1966, he established an electronic music studio for the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, which purchased the very early version of the Moog modular synthesizer now on permanent loan to the Bob Moog Foundation. UNCG’s electronic music studio was the first in the state.”

It adds that when UNCG placed its order, the School of Music invited Bob Moog to give a lecture.

So much for the history. What about the one classic Moog that UNCG retained?

“I kept this one,” Engebretson says, “because I really like it.”

By Mike Harris

Golden Chain Honor Society induction

Photo of new Golden Chain membersUNCG inducted 19 new members of the Golden Chain Honor Society on Nov. 9, 2014, in the Virginia Dare Room at the Alumni House. Alumni member Debra Turner Bailey provided remarks on the importance of the seven links of the Golden Chain based on her experience in corporate leadership development.

The Golden Chain Honor Society was officially founded on the campus of the Woman’s College of North Carolina in 1948. The name was chosen deliberately. “Golden” denotes excellence and rarity. “Chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served that university and the organization with the present students, and with generations to come. The seven links of the chain symbolize the qualities which have always been prerequisite for election to membership: leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity and character.

Golden Chain was organized to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community. From the beginning, the students inducted have been those who served the university and their fellow students in quiet as well as prominent ways.

New members are:
Brittany Bailey
Allison Barnes
Britney Boles
Roy Dixon, III
Amy Ellis
Stephanie Falcon
Andrea Rangel Guevara
Dominick Hand
Latiqua Hardy
Ashley Hartin
VanaMary P. Isaac
Eira Nordeng Jensen
Darien Kyle Levine
Jonathan Lyle
Emily McMurtrey
Tiera C. Ujama Moore
Dylan Reddish
Kelsey Sidney
Ashley Stokes

Make UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree donations

Eight UNCG students and staff members and their families have been selected to be recipients of the UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree.

The Staff Senate Service Committee is accepting donations through Dec. 12.

Donations may be dropped off at 1704 MHRA (Debbie Freund) or 270 Mossman (Cicely Maynard-Ross).

Among the requested items:

Gift cards for Target, Walmart, grocery stores, drug stores (CVS)

(16 yr old boy) Large sweatshirt with hood, cargo khakis (36×36)

(4 1/2 yr old boy) coat size 6, dump trucks, other age appropriate toys

(11 month old boy) size 18 month clothes and age appropriate toys

(1 year old boy) size 2T clothes and age appropriate toys

(13 year old boy) Music gift cards; hoodie size XL, boys size 18 pants (XL), boys size 20 shirt (XL)

Visa gift cards to pay utility bills

Silver earrings

(Father) pants waist 34. Large shirts.

(Mother) pants 28×26. Medium shirt, grocery store gift card

(18 yr. old boy) pants 32×30, Medium shirt, gift cards

(13 yr. old girl) pants 26×24, small shirts, tablet

(Father) pants 36×32, large shirts

(18 yr. old girl) size 14 or L shirts, gift card for additional clothing

(16 yr. old boy) pants waist 29, size 15 or M shirt, gift card for additional clothing

(13 yr. old girl) pants size 12, size 6 shirts, gift cards

(Mother) pants 30 waist, size 14 shirt

(5 yr. old girl) pants 8 regular, size 6 tops, size 8 coat, hat & gloves, dolls, toys

(5 yr. old boy) pants 7 slim, size 5 tops, size 7 coat, cars, toys

(Father/Mother) Walmart gift card, Maurice gift card, Visa card

(4 month old boy) Huggies diapers size 4, long sleeve onesies, heavy blankets, gift cards
(Walmart/Babies R Us) socks, educational toys, pajamas

(19 yr. old girl) Walmart gift card, white socks size 10 shoe, thermals large/misses, Dove body wash, Gold Bond lotion

(29 yr. old female) Visa gift card, Walmart gift card

Visa gift cards to pay utility bills

Grocery store gift cards are especially needed as many of the families use their resources to pay their basic bills with very little left to purchase food.

The list is updated often. Check the Staff Senate website for the most current list of needed items at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_Committees/Campus_Service/Angel_Tree/

Contact the Angel Tree Committee with the item that you plan on purchasing, so they can check it off the list.

The UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree Committee:
Cicely Maynard-Ross – cymarnar@uncg.edu / 334-5803
Debbie Freund – freundd@uncg.edu / 256-0426

Will Read for Food & Art Nov. 20

Image of Will Read for Food + Art logoHelp support area food banks while celebrating our local writing community.

Will Read for Food & Art will be held Nov. 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m,. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

The always popular event is sponsored by the UNCG MFA Writing Program and UNCG Alumni Relations and features some of our most popular local authors.

  • Suggested donation: $5 for students, $10 general public at the door.
  • Readings begin at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium.
  • Intermission is sponsored by UNCG Alumni Relations and Tate Street Coffee.

Works by participating authors will be on sale before and after the event. For details, call 334-5459.

2014 Writers’ Retreat/Boot Camp Dec. 8

Having a supportive environment for graduate students means giving them the tools and ideal space to get a jump on their dissertation or thesis.

UNCG graduate students can take advantage of a one-day Writers’ Retreat/Boot Camp Monday, Dec. 8.

The Graduate School will offer it for thesis/dissertation writers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Faculty consultants will be available to work with the students on writing issues, and the students are also welcome to make arrangements to consult their advisor/committee members if they are available. In addition to dedicated writing time, organizers plan to include an optional afternoon mini-session based on the interests of the group.

Registration is limited, although every effort will be made to accommodate writers committed to making progress. First preference will be given to doctoral students who are working on the dissertation. Master’s thesis writers are encouraged to apply as well.

A waiting list will be created as necessary.

The Graduate School is able to offer this opportunity thanks to donations by Bill and Edna Rose Guy.

There is no charge for this event, but in order to be registered, the student must also submit a $50 personal check (made payable to UNCG – The Graduate School) to The Graduate School, c/o Laura Drew (241 Mossman Bldg., UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170) as a sign of his or her commitment. For individuals who attend the Boot Camp, this check will not be cashed. It will be returned to the student on the afternoon of the Writers’ Retreat/Boot Camp. However, if an individual registers, but cancels after November 30, 2014, organizers will consider the check to be a contribution to The Graduate School Enrichment Fund, which supports the Writers’ Retreat and other programming for graduate students.

Email Dr. Laura Drew (ladrew@uncg.edu) with questions.

More details are at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/forms/d/14wv4aPJbYU2vGVSlK1G7SM223Csa0bq0a0fJUHjVkTY/viewform.

FTLC highlights several events

A few of the many offerings spotlighted by UNCG’s University Teaching & Learning Commons, for the coming weeks:

Global Engagement Faculty Group: NAFSA Faculty Conversations on Global Learning Webinar
Thursday, Nov. 20, 3 – 4:30 p.m., 186 Stone (Special Session due to webinar)

  • Facilitated by FTLC Teaching Fellows Dr. Chiaki Takagi (LLC) and Kate Colon (LLC)
  • Register here.

CFRN/RISE Interdisciplinary Conference: Developmental perspectives on learning from birth to college — “Learning in the 21st Century”
Friday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., EUC

  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Oscar Barbain, Tulane University
  • Co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development, The College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Health and Human Sciences, and The School of Education.
  • The conference is free and open to the public.

Grant Resources: Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 3 – 4 p.m., 140 McIver (Rescheduled from Wednesday, Nov. 19)

  • Learn tactics for obtaining external grant funding
  • This workshop will discuss long-range research plans, effective searches for funding opportunities, persuasive grant writing, and even budgets – whether you are working on a small pilot project or a large, multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Register here.

Mentor/Mentee Relationships: Slippery Slope – A Responsible Conduct of Research Series
Friday, Nov. 21, Noon – 1:15 p.m., EUC, Dogwood

  • Presented by Dr. Jennifer Etnier (Kinesiology)
  • Sponsored by UNCG’s Office of Research Integrity
  • For more information contact Melissa Beck at mdbeck@uncg.edu or 336-256-0253.
  • Register here.

2014 Technology Services survey is closing Friday

Did you receive an email invitation to take ITS’ 2014 Technology Services survey? If so, ITS asks that you take the survey by Friday, Nov. 21, and share your ideas and experiences related to improving university technology services (2014 Technology Services Survey is Underway – We’d Love to Hear from You!).

A final email reminder will go out today (Wednesday, Nov. 19). Your completed survey will qualify you for the drawing of one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.

You can read further details about the survey in this ITS News article: 2014 Technology Services survey.

If you have any questions about taking the survey, please contact the survey coordinators at its_surv@uncg.edu.