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Archives for November 2014

AcadeMAKE, Call for Proposals

AcadeMAKE will be a free one-day conference focusing on making and makerspaces within an academic campus environment. It hopes to bridge the gap between play and application. Sessions will include use cases, creations, idea sharing and academic research.

The first AcadeMAKE conference is a collaborative effort between the School of Education (SOE) and UNCG Libraries staffs with the support of a State of North Carolina LSTA grant.

We encourage people from any field to submit proposals on any topic related to academic making (especially those in libraries). Academic, public, school and special librarians; teachers in K-12; academic faculty; and local makers are all encouraged to submit proposals. Presentation options: 45-minute panels/research talks, 5-10 minute lightning rounds, poster/show and tell session. Sign up to attend and submit a proposal (same form) here.

Presenters will know of acceptance by Dec. 12.

News from Business Affairs, at Staff Senate meeting

The division of Business Affairs is establishing benchmarks. In coming weeks, Business Affairs will conduct two surveys.

One will be an internal Business Affairs employee engagement survey.

The other will look at Business Affairs’ customer service. Using questions developed by the Education Advisory Board, this UNCG Administrative Services survey will be sent to managers, deans, chairs, etc, across the university to see how Business Affairs is doing from a “customer’s” perspective.

Charlie Maimone, vice chancellor for business affairs, told Staff Senators on Nov. 13 that the surveys are not about evaluating performance. They are about looking forward, he explained. These surveys will establish a baseline helpful for the future. He showed samples of similar helpful surveys conducted at UNC Wilmington during his tenure there.

Other notes from the Staff Senate meeting:

  • The UNCG Bookstore is receiving a “facelift” and will look great after Thanksgiving.
  • The telecommunications are being installed at the new UNCG Police Station near Spartan Village.
  • At the Homecoming 5K co-sponsored by Staff Senate, 95 people signed up and 65 actually ran. $250 was raised.
  • At the card signing for military veterans, 200 cards were created and signed.
  • Eight people have been nominated and approved for the Staff Senate angel tree this holiday season. There will be a gift wrapping session in December.

Qualitative Data Analysis Software Evaluation Project

UNCG’s Information Technology Services (ITS) is starting a project to evaluate potential changes to the qualitative data analysis software applications and support currently offered at UNCG. Qualitative data analysis (QDA) is a research technique used across a wide range of academic fields. QDA software such as Atlas.ti and QSR Nvivo is used to apply codes to text and audio/video files, to facilitate the analysis of content. If you would be interested in participating in this project, please contact Jan Albrecht (albrecht@uncg.edu).

Participation opportunities include providing input on the features & functionality UNCG researchers need for QDA software, submitting feedback about products you currently use, attending vendor product demos, and making suggestions about QDA software options.

For information about software currently supported by ITS, see http://its.uncg.edu/Software/Available/Windows/.

Looking ahead: Nov. 19, 2014

President Tom Ross, Faculty Senate Forum
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Book Talk: ‘Feminism in the University,’ Dr. Danielle Bouchard
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m., Pecky Cypress Room, Alumni House

‘Are Markets Moral?’ Great Conversation with Bas van der Vossen
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:15 p.m., School of Education Building 226

Forum, ‘Faces of Homelessness’ with firsthand perspective
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., Joyner Room, EUC

‘American Indian Culture and Dance Exhibition’
Thursday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Will Read for Food & Art
Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Play, ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m., Taylor Theatre

With the staff: September/October 2014

Hello: Leslie Alexander, CYFC; Jennifer Permar, Human Resources; Tiffany Hunt, ISSCM; Sarah Totherow, HRL; Monica Montano, Public Safety & Police; Richard Ratcliffe, Building and Trades; Alyssa Holster, Math & Statistics; Patrione Perry, Public Safety and Police; Sylvester DeWitt, Housing and Residence Life; Mark Wagner, Intercollegiate Athletics; Zachary Hyatt, Waste Reduction and Recycling; Marick Lewis, HHS

Good-bye:  Brittany Armstrong, HDFS; Beth English, University Relations; Andrea Spencer, University Relations; Tamara Mesko, Registrar’s Office; Titche Tchedre, Housing and Residence Life; Laura Booth, Facilities Operations; Latisha Clinkscales, Public Safety and Police; Willie Green, Housekeeping; Margaret Coleman, Housekeeping; Gregory McCoy, Public Safety and Police; Tanka Timsina, Housing and Residence Life; Robert Clair, University Libraries

Scholarships for Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference

The Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program is now accepting applications from UNCG faculty and students for scholarships to the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in the EUC. You may email Dr. Dianne Welsh at dhwelsh@uncg.edu for an application form. Please fill out the application form and return it along with $5 cash or check made out to SEAC to Dr. Welsh, founder and co-chair of the conference, 328 Bryan School. There are a limited number of scholarships.

Reception for Mike Byers

After nearly two decades of leadership and service at UNCG, Mike Byers, associate vice chancellor for business affairs, has accepted an appointment at WCU. The campus community is invited to stop by the EUC Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 3-5 p.m., grab one of his favorite cookies, and congratulate Mike Byers on his new position as Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs at Western Carolina.

Making community events accessible to older adults

You’re invited to a talk Wednesday, Dec. 3, at noon in the Stone Building’s Edwards Lounge.

Older adults are a rapidly growing and important segment of the population because of their numbers, their accumulated wisdom and investment in the community, and their economic influence. Today’s older adults seek to remain active, independent, and engaged with the community in ways that differ dramatically from generations past. Dr. Beth Barba and Dr. Anita Tesh will provide insights to ensure that community events are accessible, engaging and safe for older adult members of the community.

Stop Hunger Now event Friday, at UNCG

On Friday, Nov. 21, about 80 UNCG volunteers will assemble meal packages for Stop Hunger Now. The organization provides meals to children and families at schools, orphanages, nurseries and medical clinics all over the world. If you haven’t signed up to volunteer, you can still join in says RHA event organizer Blaze Jarrell, a Public Health Education sophomore. Stop by the Associated Ministries Building between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, ready to work and make an impact. For details and a donation link, see http://hrl.uncg.edu/home/news/news_items/stop_hunger_now/stop_hunger.php.

Dr. Tara T. Green

Photo of Dr. Tara T. GreenDr. Tara T. Green (African American and African Diaspora Studies) was chosen out of a pool of 60 applicants to serve on the Greensboro News & Record’s editorial board. She, along with three other community members, was chosen based on her writing sample and her diverse background. Green will attend monthly editorial board meetings where she will weigh in on the newspaper’s editorial positions and offer recommendations for news topics. She will also write periodic columns. Read her inaugural article: http://www.news-record.com/opinion/columns/new-editorial-board-member-tara-green/article_f465a9f4-5bcf-11e4-9aac-0017a43b2370.html

Dr. Jodi Bilinkoff

Photo of Dr. Jodi BilinkoffDr. Jodi Bilinkoff (History) was invited to give a paper at an international conference held at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila. She was interviewed by the local and regional newspapers and a TV station.

Next month, Cornell University Press will release an updated edition of her first book, “The Avila of Saint Teresa: Religious Reform in a Sixteenth-Century City.” It was first published in 1989; this marks its 25th anniversary.

Dr. Kailan Rubinoff

Photo of Dr. Kailan RubinoffDr. Kailan Rubinoff (Music) contributed the chapter “A Revolution in Sheep’s Wool Stockings: Early Music and 1968” to the book “Music and Protest in 1968,” editors Beate Kutschke and Barley Norton. It was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.

The book won the American Musicological Society’s Ruth Solie award for best collection of essays published in 2013.

Chad Eby

Photo of Chad EbyChad Eby (Music) has a new CD, “The Sweet Shel Suite: Music Inspired By Shel Silverstein.” The Chad Eby Quartet – Steve Haines, Brandon Lee, Daniel Faust and Chad Eby – held an album release concert last Saturday (with some Shel Silverstein poetry readings by Eby’s kids). Hear Eby talk about the CD in this WFDD report: http://wfdd.org/post/chad-eby-quartet-releases-sweet-shel-suite-music-inspired-shel-silverstein.

See/hear: Nov. 19, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the keynote address at the North Carolina Rural Innovative Schools Student Forum at UNCG. That initiative partners with UNCG’s iSchool for online courses. Duncan announced the Department of Education will add $20 million to its earlier $15 million investment in N.C. Rural Schools, which offers students in remote areas of the state early college credit and prepares them for college and the workforce. See a highlights clip.

Strategic Visioning Forum Tuesday, Nov. 18

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence will host a Strategic Visioning Forum  Tuesday, Nov. 18, from noon- 1:30 p.m. in Elliott University Center’s Alexander Room.

The committee will be gathering information from an equity, diversity and inclusive excellence viewpoint and draft a response to the Visioning and Planning questions located on the provost’s webpage.

Mike Byers appointed vice chancellor at Western Carolina University

Photo of Mike ByersAfter nearly two decades of leadership and service at UNCG, Mike Byers, associate vice chancellor for business affairs, has accepted an appointment as vice chancellor for administration and finance at Western Carolina University.

Byers will continue in his current role through Thursday, Dec. 4.

“Playing a role in helping build and sustain our university has been a great honor,” Byers said. “I value relationships, because they help us all do our best work. Whether it’s folks across campus or across town, I’m going to miss those relationships.”

Chancellor Linda Brady said Byers has made many contributions to UNCG. In particular, he played an integral role in the university’s current and future success as he played an instrumental role in the expansion of the campus to Lee Street and the development of Spartan Village.

“This university would not be where we are today without Mike’s outstanding leadership. He has always looked to the future and how to position UNCG to meet the needs of the next generation of students.”

Byers joined the administration at UNCG in 1995 as associate director of housing and residence life, moving up to become director of auxiliary services in 1999. He was named the institution’s assistant vice chancellor for business affairs and auxiliary services in 2005, a position he held until assuming his current role in 2009.

As associate vice chancellor for business affairs, Byers has overseen a variety of university business and auxiliary enterprises, including the Capital Facilities Foundation, community relations, property acquisition and leasing, purchasing, parking and transportation, the campus identification card office, warehouse and postal services, as well as dining, bookstore, vending and printing operations.

For Byers, the appointment at WCU marks a return to the Cullowhee area, where he grew up and family members still reside.

“This is an opportunity for a welcome homecoming,” he said.

New name for HHP: Coleman Building

Photo of HHP BuildingMore than half a century after her death, evidence of Mary Channing Coleman’s impact remains on our campus.

Now, one of the campus buildings closely connected to her legacy will again bear her name. The UNCG Board of Trustees has approved the renaming of the HHP Building as the Mary Channing Coleman Building.

Coleman was the first director of the physical education program at Woman’s College, serving the university from 1921 until her death in 1947 and leading the school to national prominence in her field. “… Coleman built up a department of national renown – one of the leading places in the country to train women physical education teachers,” wrote historian Allan Trelease in “Making North Carolina Literate,” his history of the university.

Dr. Celia Hooper, dean of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, said that Coleman’s work laid the foundation for some of the university’s most prominent programs today. “Back then, the department she nurtured included activity, dance, recreation, and health studies. It can be argued that, from her work, four departments are now at UNCG – the Departments of Kinesiology, Dance, Community and Therapeutic Recreation, and Public Health Education.

“It is so fitting that we return to the original name as an appreciation for history and to honor someone who made physical education at WC one of the best programs in the country.”

The renaming isn’t the first time Coleman’s name has graced a campus building. In 1953, six years after her death, the newly constructed Coleman Gymnasium was named in her honor. The building was one of two that she had a hand in planning; the other was Rosenthal Gymnasium, which opened in 1925.

But in the late 1980s, plans were made to renovate and add to those buildings to create a new physical activities complex on campus. Once completed, the Coleman name was dropped from the building in favor of the name of the academic school that would be housed in the building: The School of Health and Human Performance (HHP).

That naming convention worked until 2011, when an academic realignment created the new School of Health and Human Sciences from departments formerly found under the School of Health and Human Performance, the School of Human Environmental Sciences and other academic units. Despite HHP no longer existing, the building that housed the majority of the school’s departments retained its name.

The Board of Trustees move to rename the building after Coleman alleviates that confusion, Hooper said. “For our current students, it will be so much less confusing to have a building not named for a school that no longer exists,” she said. “The word “Coleman” is all over the current HHP building, so returning that name to the front door will help our new UNCG students find us.”

A re-dedication ceremony for the Coleman Building will be held at a later date.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Full story at UNCG Now.

Duncan unveils $20 million surprise for NC New Schools

Photo by Daniel Smith, Division of Continual LearningIt was Arne Duncan’s birthday, but he was the one who sprang the surprise. To the tune of $20 million.

Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, was at UNCG last Thursday to take part in a forum about the federally-funded N.C. Investing in Rural Innovative Schools initiative, which partners with UNCG’s iSchool for online courses. That’s when Duncan announced the Department of Education will add $20 million to its earlier $15 million investment in N.C. Rural Schools, which offers students in remote areas of the state early college credit and prepares them for college and the workforce.

N.C. New Schools, the public-private partnership that administers the funds, launched the program with a pilot group of five rural high schools in 2012-13 school year. During that first year, the schools’ combined drop-out rate fell by nearly a third. The pilot schools counted 38 fewer drop-outs than in the previous school year.

Eric Trejo, an East Surry High School student and aspiring civil engineer, introduced Duncan to the crowd of about 200 people gathered in UNCG’s Elliott University Center — a crowd that included former N.C. Governors Beverly Perdue and Jim Hunt and Maurice “Mo” Green, Guilford County Schools superintendent.

N.C. Rural Schools — funded by the federal grants, private donations, and state support — currently works with 18 rural North Carolina High Schools.

Jim Eddy, interim dean of UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning, said iSchool students appreciate the flexibility of online classes that allow them to complete assignments or view materials at any hour. Eddy said studies suggest iSchool students learn about 25 percent more content that other learners. About 70 percent of them earn A’s or B’s in their classes, he said.

Students in those school can earn as many as 21 college credit hours, tuition free, by the time they graduate high school. UNCG’s iSchool and East Carolina University’s Second Life Virtual Education provide online classes while local community colleges provide in-person classes.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady said iSchool generated more than 15,000 registrations and more than 41,000 transferable college credit hours between 2007 and 2011. Brady added that North Carolina remains “an education state.”

Tony Habit, president of N.C. New Schools, agreed with Brady that North Carolina is at the forefront of new movements like online learning. “We, as North Carolinians, are quickly becoming the Innovative State.”

Story by Michelle Hines, University Relations
Photograph by Daniel Smith, Division of Continual Learning

Crowdfunding made simpler, for all Spartans

Photo of College Avenue with studentsYou have a UNCG related project that needs some fundraising?

Use crowdfunding, through The Spartan Project. Leverage the power of numbers – and let a lot of Spartans be a part of making an impact.

The Spartan Project is UNCG’s crowdfunding platform now open for students, faculty and staff to submit their project ideas for funding. Check it out at TheSpartanProject.uncg.edu. Just click the “submit your project here” tab to complete the application.

It gives students, faculty and staff a way to share their story and ask for financial support from alumni and friends of the university, while educating students and alumni on the importance of giving.

If your project idea is selected after completing the application, you will captain the campaign. Through sending emails, posting on social media and creating a blog to share with your your friends, family and anyone interested in giving to your campaign, you will pilot the fundraising.

The Spartan Project gives you the platform, the web presence, the tools, the advice – the success is up to you and the group of supporters that can make all the difference.

  • All contributions are charitable donations and will receive an official tax receipt.
  • There are no fees associated with The Spartan Project. 100 percent of your gift goes directly to your chosen UNCG-related project.
  • All gifts support projects which directly impact the future of the UNCG community.

Image of The Spartan Project logoSarah Kathryn Coley, associate director of Annual Giving Programs, hopes that students will learn the rewards of philanthropy. For Annual Giving Programs, it’s the question of “How to instill in students the passion to give back while they’re here?” The hope is that that students will continue to give after graduation.

And another thing: the site will tell wonderful stories, with each campaign an opportunity for readers to become an engaged part of the story with the click of a button.

“It’s about empowering students …. finding investors for UNCG and its projects …. and sharing stories of our university in a whole new way,” she says.

All gifts go directly to the project you choose to support and count as annual gifts to the university.

The office has done three campaigns as a test. Now they are ready to make it available to the campus community.

To learn more about what it takes to run a successful crowdfunding campaign on thespartanproject.uncg.edu, read the crowdfunding toolkit http://thespartanproject.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Campaign-Tool-Kit.pdf

Questions? Contact Sarah Kathryn Coley at skcoley@uncg.edu or 334-5984 or Emily Rector at Emily.rector@uncg.edu 334-3376.

Potential UNCG 2015 Legislative priorities

Chancellor Linda P. Brady presented some potential legislative priorities for UNCG for the coming year, as she spoke at the Nov. 5 Faculty Senate meeting.

Salary increases A meaningful across-the-board pay increase to reward and retain our talented faculty and staff.

Health and wellness program A request for $1,900,000 per year to cover the operating expenses necessary for supporting the enrollment growth in UNCG advance practice and healthcare leadership programs.

Carry-forward reform A small percentage of General Fund appropriations must be carried over for reallocation the next year to fund strategic one-time projects. Last year the Board of Governors recommended a higher percentage, which UNCG supports for operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Need-based aid UNCG supports sustained funding of the State need-based aid program, in place since 2000.

Repair and renovation UNCG has more than $140 million in estimated deferred maintenance.

Union Square Campus The Greensboro Partnership is considering seeking an additional State investment of $2 million to purchase high-tech medical training equipment for the proposed health care simulation center in the facility, whose initial key stakeholders/tenants will be UNCG, NC A&T, GTCC and Cone Health.

UNCG will adopt a formal legislative agenda following approval of the UNC System Policy Agenda and Budget Priorities by the UNC Board of Governors in early 2015.

SECC donations still coming in

Photo of staff member holding UNCG Gives signThe deadline has passed – but it’s not too late to make that last-minute donation.

The State Employees Combined Campaign helps support more than 1,000 charitable organizations in our area and state.

Currently, UNCG has a higher percentage of its employees participating than any other UNC system school.

But UNCG is about 15 percent short of its goal of $200,000.

Campus SECC Chair Ruth DeHoog says,“We are getting very close to our goal, but we need every pledge, large and small, to reach our commitment to serve needs in our communities and state. We are encouraged by the many UNCG employees who support such a wide array of worthy causes. Our SECC committee and our solicitors have worked hard to get the word out about UNCG Gives. Now it’s down to the final days for everyone else to give what they can.”

You may donate by payroll deduction – or by cash, check or credit card.

Or donate simply now via ePledge at http://secc.wp.uncg.edu/give-now/.

President Tom Ross at Faculty Senate Forum Nov. 19

UNC System President Tom Ross will speak with faculty at the Faculty Senate Forum Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

The upcoming chancellor search will be the topic.

Planting native perennials, at Peabody Park “ivy pull”

Photo of Wes Mitchell and Bobbee VannasaneWhen you volunteer to clean up a beloved campus park, you’re going to get a little dirty.

But every job will be important.

“Trash group 1, come up here please!” asks Dr. Elizabeth Lacey (Biology), standing on a stone wall so the dozens of volunteers could hear her. She gives advice, and Russ Dubois (Facilities Design and Construction) leads them to the gloves, the garbage bags, and their part of the park. Chad Carwein (Sustainability Office) does the same for Group 2.

Group 3? “We’re going to pulling and cutting English Ivy and ripping bush honeysuckle out of the ground. It’ll be great!” Lacey tells them. Group 4 will do the same, led by Dr. Anne Hershey (Biology).

If left unchecked, the invasive weeds could smother many other native species.

What’s new this year? The planting of native perennials, in areas where volunteers have removed invasive weeds between Cone and the large walkway. Kevin Siler and some students ferried plants from a UNCG Facilities Operations cart. “We’ve got azaleas, viburnums, astor, phlox, ferns and anemone,” Siler says.

A pair of six-weeks-away-from-graduation Biology seniors worked to plant the native species. Both had been in Lacey’s conservation class last semester, where a project delved into this type of biodiversity effort for the park. Bobbee Vannasane, who plans to be a dentist, says “Dr. Lacey’s enthusiasm motivates us,” as he digs holes for cinnamon fern.

Wes Mitchell, the other, plans to be a park biologist. He is working west of Cone, planting various native species. “It’s nice to see it going in,” he says. “It’s rewarding.”

Dr. Gideon Wasserberg (Biology) and students from his Landscape Ecology class volunteered as well.

As the day wound down, Lacey estimated about 60 students had volunteered. The ivy pulls are held once each semester. Occasionally there are special projects. Her students last winter planted loblolly pines at the edge of the park near the McIver Deck.

As Wes Mitchell says, reading is great but … “It’s nice to get your hands dirty.”

By Mike Harris
Visual: Wes Mitchell and Bobbee Vannasane

International Education Week 2014

The week of Nov. 17 will be International Education Week at UNCG. A few highlights for faculty/staff:

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., International Programs/Human Resources Workshop on Intercultural Sensitivity
This joint event between IPC and HR is a 3-hour workshop designed to help UNCG faculty & staff increase awareness of their own cultural background & heighten their intercultural sensitivity—a lifelong learning experience. Pre-register with HR online.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m., EUC’s Long Leaf Pine Room. – Faculty-led Study Abroad Program Directors’ Meeting
This is open to faculty members interested in developing new faculty-led study abroad programs.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. – IPC/Graduate School’s Seminar on International Engagement Abroad
This information session for graduate students is a joint venture event with The Graduate School for graduate and PhD students interested in graduate & research opportunities abroad. Pre-register with The Graduate School online (Faculty Center).

Friday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. – Special Friday Fest & IEW Closing Ceremony
Friday Fest’s students presentations on the People’s Republic of China & the Sultanate of Oman
followed by the IEW 2014 Reception and announcement of the Study Abroad Photo Contest winners (EUC, Alexander).

Using makerspaces topic of research symposium

Join the UNCG School of Education on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, from 1-4 p.m. in Room 226 of the School of Education Building for a symposium on research and using new technologies and open environments such as makerspaces to facilitate experiential education.

The keynote speaker for the symposium will be Dr. Kylie Peppler, assistant professor of learning sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Faculty recipients of The Project ENRICH Makerspace Faculty Fellowships will also provide an overview of their maker projects this year in the new SELF Design Studio makerspace area in the School of Education.

For details, visit http://soe.uncg.edu/event/2014-research-symposium/.

Amahl & the Night Visitors

UNCG Opera presents “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a great kick-off to the holiday season. The opera will be presented Nov. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. Visit http://opera.uncg.edu for more information.

Living sustainably in the land of ‘The Godfather’

UNCG’s International Human Rights Film Series continues Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 114.

“Another Corleone, Another Sicily, Living Sustainably in the Land of the Godfather” (2014) by director Tony Fragola will be screened. Fragola (Media Studies) will discuss the film with Will Dodson (Ashby Residential College).

Fragola’s film focuses on the lands confiscated from the mafia in Corleone, the town made famous by Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” The film illustrates the progress of Sicilian cooperatives to form self-sustaining ventures that provide meaningful work and economic freedom from mafia control by producing organically grown products.

Afro-Eccentricity: Religion, Identity and Politics

This fall’s Authors’ Spotlight on Inclusive Excellence presents a talk by Dr. William Hart (Religious Studies). The topic is “Afro-Eccentricity: Religion, Identity and Politics.” The event will be Tuesday, Nov. 18, noon-1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Jeff Trivette

Photo of Jeff TrivetteUNCG women’s tennis head coach Jeff Trivette has been named interim head men’s tennis coach, replacing former coach Thomas Mozur who resigned after accepting the Junior Academy Director position at the Raleigh Racquet Club.

Trivette will oversee both the men’s and the women’s programs this spring while a search for a permanent replacement for Mozur is conducted.

Trivette has been a coach at UNCG since 1990 serving as an assistant coach for 10 years before permanently named head tennis coach on July 1, 2000, after serving one year as interim head coach. Trivette coached both the men’s and women’s programs at UNCG for five seasons before relinquishing the men’s title before the 2004-05 season to Mozur.

The men’s tennis program is coming off back-to-back 14 win seasons, including a semifinal appearance in the Southern Conference tournament this past year. UNCG also went undefeated at the UNCG tennis courts for the second year in a row.

UNCG’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

The Greensboro & High Point Metropolitan Statistical Area is currently ranked fourth in the nation for food insecurity. Greensboro’s day center for the homeless, the Interactive Resource Center (IRC), often sees over 200 people a day. Hunger and homelessness are prevalent issues. UNCG’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (H+HAW) will raise awareness and provide opportunities for students to get involved in the community in this important issue.

Monday, Nov. 17 – servGSO: Food Not Bombs
Spartans will be serving with Food Not Bombs and leading a game night at the Interactive Resource Center. Please register at olsl.uncg.edu.
OLSL Conference Room, EUC, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 18 – Soup for Hoops
The UNCG Department of Athletics and OLSL have challenged student groups to collect as many non-perishable food items as possible in the month leading up to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The winners will be recognized at the UNCG vs. UNCW Men’s Basketball Game. If you would like to participate in the challenge, please register at olsl.uncg.edu.
Greensboro Coliseum, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 19 – Faces of Homelessness
Learn about the realities of homelessness from a panel of speakers who have experienced it firsthand. Connect with staff from local nonprofits that are working to end homelessness in our community.
EUC’s Joyner Room, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20 – Something You Can Call Home
Attend a screening of “Something You Can Call Home,” a powerful documentary that explores homelessness in North Carolina. The Office of Leadership & Service-Learning will lead a brief discussion and Q&A with the director, Rebecca Kenyon, following the film.
Room 114, School of Education, 6-8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21 – Stop Hunger Now
Help package 5,000 meals for hungry school children worldwide. You must register by Monday, Nov. 10.
Associated Campus Ministries Center. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

You may contact Kali Hackett at k_hacket@uncg.edu with any questions.

More information is at http://olsl.uncg.edu/students/community-service/short-term-service/hunger-homelessness-awareness-week/

UNCG makes ‘Military Friendly’ list for fourth straight year

UNCG is a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year, putting it in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide that are doing the most to support veterans and ensure their success.

Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools listing, now in its sixth year, is based on a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. “Supporting students with military backgrounds — financially, academically, personally — is a point of pride for UNCG,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “These students have much to offer in terms of self-discipline, life experience and specialized skills. UNCG is honored to dedicate the necessary resources to ensure their success in civilian life.”

The number of students using Veterans Administration benefits to pursue their education at UNCG has increased by about 90 percent since 2008, said Mike Tarrant, the university’s director of strategic initiatives. This fall, 490 students are using VA benefits – 225 veterans or active duty service persons and 265 military dependents..

By Michelle Hines

Full story at UNCG Now.

EUC blood drive Nov. 19

The Elliott University Center will host its second Red Cross Blood Drive of the academic year on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

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

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

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

Nominations for Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

It’s the time of year to solicit nominations for the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. This prestigious award honors faculty, staff, and students who provide outstanding leadership and service to the university.

The Bullard Selection Committee asks your support in forwarding the online Bullard nomination material (https://uncg.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3pXNjdgjFyAOdN3) to those in your division who would have knowledge of faculty, staff, and students who meet the criteria for this award. 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.

See Nursing’s new Simulation Center

Photo of Moore Building entranceOn Wednesday, Nov. 19,  from 10:30 to noon, the School of Nursing will host an open house at its new Simulation Center “SCENE” (Simulation Center for Experiential Nursing Education) on the fourth floor of Moore Nursing Building.

The university community is invited to stop by for a tour.

A newly renovated simulation area in the School of Nursing is now available for student learning opportunities. The SCENE (Simulation Center for Experiential Nursing Education) is home to areas which include a hospital setting for adults, pediatric acute care area, and a simulated home environment. First, the hospital scene has two patient areas with high fidelity simulators that have multiple capabilities to engage student learners. Also, the pediatric scene which has both infant and child high fidelity simulators provides students the opportunity to practice an appropriate developmental approach when caring for children. In addition to these areas, the home scene is available for students to participate in a home visit and complete an environmental safety assessment. In the SCENE, faculty members have been able to view students in the simulation area and watch their videotaped encounters to provide one on one feedback immediately following their experience.

The SCENE provides a rich environment for learning opportunities for all levels of nursing.

With each encounter, students are able to practice their skills and demonstrate competencies necessary for a nurse. An Anatomage table, which will be on view, is an interactive, technologically advanced table that is used for education of anatomical structures and function. This table has software that can be used in the classroom setting with a digital anatomy library that houses over 120 pathological examples for students to view. This type of product will enhance faculty teaching by using the most up to date technology available when preparing for their courses.

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’

The North Carolina Theatre for Young People at UNCG presents “The Velveteen Rabbit,” adapted for the stage by Janet Allard based on the book by Margery Williams.

This tale celebrates the power of love to transform our lives. Through the imaginative play of a boy and his toy rabbit, we come to discover the true meaning of what is it to be Real. Join them as they journey into a world of strange and wonderful magic with talking toys, wild adventures, and secret burrows.

All performances are at UNCG’s Taylor Theatre: 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22; 2 p.m. on Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23; 9:30 a.m. on November 18-21; and 12 noon on Friday, Nov. 21. Appropriate for grade K and up. The 7:30 p.m. production on Thursday, Nov. 13, is a Pay What You Can Preview performance where patrons can “name their price” beginning at 6:30 p.m. that evening at the Taylor Theatre. For all other performances, tickets are $17.08 for adults; $11.74 for children, senior citizens, students & groups of 10+; and $8.54 for UNCG students. Call Triad Stage at 336-272-0160 to purchase tickets or log on to http://theatre.uncg.edu. Free parking is available weekdays after 5 p.m. and weekends behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the corners of Spring Garden and Tate Streets. A free study guide is available at: http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/nctyp.