UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for November 2014

Tuition waiver for employees increased to 3 courses

Until recently, UNCG faculty and staff were allotted up to two courses tuition free per academic year. Now, that number has increased to three courses.

The Tuition Waiver Program provides an opportunity for eligible employees to have tuition and fees waived. Courses may be taken for either career development or personal interest. The Tuition Waiver Program is administered through the Cashiers and Student Accounts Office located at 151 Mossman Building on campus, and forms are available in this office as well as on this site.

In order to be eligible for participation in the Tuition Waiver Program, an employee must be a permanent employee working thirty or more hours per week for nine or more months per calendar year. The employee must be participating in the NC Teacher’s and State Employee’s Retirement System or the UNC Optional Retirement Program. Each employee must apply for and be admitted through the appropriate admissions office within its specific deadlines.

See full details – and download the form – at http://csh.uncg.edu/uncg-faculty-and-staff-tuition-waiver-program.

Course Reserves due for winter, spring

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists for winter and spring are due Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

Requests to renew fall lists for winter and/or spring are due by Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.

Before placing a film on reserve, please check the Libraries’ numerous streaming film sources. Also, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see our e-book guide.

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

Making sure no Spartan goes hungry

The Spartan Open Pantry is UNCG’s food pantry for students and staff. It assists everyone from students who need a little help at the end of the month to homeless students and families who depend on the pantry for complete support. UNCG’s Associated Campus Ministries, on Stirling Street, serves as the main collection point, with distributions based out of College Place United Methodist Church on Tate Street.

UNCG’s enrollment management offices have challenged each other to a contest of who can collect the most food for Spartan Open Pantry. Undergraduate Admissions has challenged Financial Aid, the Registrar’s Office, the Student Success Center, the Students First Office and the UNCG Guarantee Program. They’ll see which office donates the highest percentage of items in contest running through Jan. 30. Those who want more information about the challenge may contact Jana Henderson at jlhender@uncg.edu or 334-5654.

There’s also a Spartan Pantry donation box in the Rec Center, near the chalk wall. Femi-Ann Balogun, a senior Spanish major, says, “I am currently trying to collect food, scarves, coats, and gloves for the Spartan Pantry through a drive going on from now until Nov. 21. … I decided that this would be a great service project that I could do on campus to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger right here on our UNCG campus.”

More about the types of donations needed – and UNCG’s culture of care – is at http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/paths/donations/.

Free ‘Walk-in Wednesdays’ at UNCG Psychology Clinic

Mental health screenings for children ages 3-17 will be offered with no charge on three Wednesdays this fall. Walk-in times are noon-5 p.m.

The clinic is located on the corner of Tate and Market St. at 1100 W. Market Street.

On Wednesday Nov. 12, 19 and Dec. 3, the UNCG Psychology Clinic will be open for walk-in mental health screenings. Caregivers who have concerns about a child’s behavioral or emotional well-being can complete screenings during these times on a first come, first served basis. All therapists conducting screenings are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists who are faculty in the UNCG Department of Psychology.

UNCG employees receive a 50 percent discount on any fees associated with treatment at our clinic after the screening appointment. They receive 50 percent discount for services for themselves or an immediate family member for any service the clinic offers.

About the screening:

  • Your child does not need to attend the screening.
  • Screenings last approximately 45 minutes
  • Caregivers complete paperwork and a brief questionnaire about their child’s behavior
  • Caregivers briefly discuss concerns and child’s history with a therapist
  • Therapists provide information about available services, if needed.

If you are unable to come in during Walk-In Wednesday, you may call the clinic secretary at 334-5662 to schedule a free screening on another day of the week. The clinic is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fridays).

More information is at psy.uncg.edu/clinic/

Looking ahead: Nov. 12, 2014

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Award, John. D. Bassett III
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m., Bryan 160

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Men’s soccer vs. No.1 seed Mercer, SoCon semifinals
Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Happy 150th Birthday, Claribel Cone (2:30 talk by Elaine Gustafson)
Friday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Weatherspoon

Spartan Trader Holiday Open House
Saturday, Nov. 15, all afternoon

Men’s basketball vs. UNC Wilmington
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Coliseum

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

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

Keeping you and your computer safe

The Office of Enterprise Risk Management is offering a Lunch and Learn Presentation to the whole campus titled “Keeping You and Your Computer Safe While Venturing Out Into Cyberspace.” Please bring your lunch and join us as we discuss how to safely enjoy all that modern technology has to offer. The talk will be Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, noon – 1:30 p.m. in the EUC’s Dogwood Room.

Contact Tammy Downs at 470-1323 with any questions that you may have.

Campus Weekly schedule

Next week’s Campus Weekly (on Nov. 19) will be the last one before Thanksgiving break. CW will not publish the week of Thanksgiving, but CW will publish one final issue on Dec. 3, the day final exams begin. The deadline for submissions is the Thursday before the publication date. If you have submissions for these issues, send them to mdharri3@uncg.edu.

See/hear: Nov. 12, 2014

Learn about the Spartan Open Pantry, the food bank for members of the UNCG community. The video was posted by UNCG Student Affairs.

UNCG Leadership Institute 2015 applications deadline Dec. 8

Photo of Minerva StatueThe 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 ideal participant in the UNCG Leadership Institute is a UNCG employee who:

  • Supervises others or manages a function with significant scope/impact
  • Is an emerging leader and has demonstrated a commitment to attaining greater leadership or performance competency through job-related training, certifications, or similar activities
  • Has demonstrated the ability to contribute to the university’s strategic goals and the change process

Participants will present their completed project at the close of the Leadership Institute Program. The program begins in January and consists of seven all-day and half-day sessions held throughout the calendar year.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 8, 2014. The application materials – and full information – may be found at leadershipinstitute.uncg.edu.

Perspectives on polarization, from Congressional staff

Photo of US Capitol Building courtesy of the ArchitectUNCG’s Harriet Elliott Lecture Series presents “Inside the Beltway: Perspectives on Polarization from Congressional Staff.”

The panel discussion will be Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120.

The discussion among current and former Congressional staff will look at the challenges of working in a polarized Congress.

The panelists will be:
Jimmy Broughton – former chief of staff to Sen. Jesse Helms
Mark Harkins – former chief of staff to Rep. Brad Miller
Asher Hildebrand – District Director (and former Legislative Director) to Rep. David Price

Dr. David Holian (Political Science) will be the moderator.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Center for Legislative Studies.

Visual courtesy the Architect of the Capitol.

Sheryl Oring collects Wall memories in Berlin

Photo of Sheryl OringThe Berlin Wall evokes lots of memories. UNCG art professor Sheryl Oring has been in Berlin this fall capturing many of them.

She calls her performance art project “Maueramt.”

At her small table, she listens. She types on her manual typewriter. A unique document is created.

Each memory and story will become part of an Oring exhibition at The Kennedys Museum in Berlin opening later this week.

On Friday, Nov. 7, Oring will speak live via videoconferencing from this new art exhibition. The event at the EUC Auditorium at 10 a.m. is part of UNCG’s “Looking Back, Moving Forward” symposium marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The 25th anniversary is Sunday, Nov. 9. On that day, she and “Maueramt” will be at the Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Strasse, Berlin. She has already collected 186 stories – she expects on this day she’ll pass the 200 mark.

She has produced this performance art at various spots along the former wall, asking questions such as “What would you like the world to remember about the Berlin Wall?”

She has been struck by many stories such as one from Bernd Banach, who told her:
“I was there on the 13th of August. We lived right at the wall. As a boy, I used to ride back and forth on my bicycle, east-west, east-west. My father lived in the west and until his death it wasn’t possible for me to visit him. In 1989 when the wall fell, he wasn’t with us any longer. And because my father went to the west, I had nothing but trouble professionally.”

The work follows the framework of “Collective Memory,” a public memorial she was commissioned to create in New York City at the tenth anniversary of 9/11. There, typists took dictation in answer to the question, “What would you like the world to remember about 9/11?”

It’s a time of reflection in Berlin. “I think people would like to put the wall behind them but it takes generations to move out of the shadows of something of this magnitude,” she said earlier this week. “The anniversary itself provides a time for reflection and discussion, which helps process what is a difficult aspect of recent history for many Germans.”

More information is at http://www.sheryloring.org/maueramt and http://thekennedys.de/english/aktuelles/aktuell1.html.

Her blog is at http://www.sheryloring.org/blog/.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan at UNCG forum Nov. 6

Photo of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne DuncanU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will hear directly from North Carolina high school students this week during a visit to learn about the state’s innovative approach to strengthen college and career readiness in rural communities with strategies adopted from the state’s successful early college high school initiative.

The panel discussion will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 10:40-11:35 a.m. in Cone Ballroom of UNCG’s Elliott University Center.

The event is open to all students, faculty, staff and the greater Greensboro community.

Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Tony Habit, President, North Carolina New Schools
  • James M. Eddy, Interim Dean, UNCG Division of Continual Learning
  • Students participating in the North Carolina Rural Innovative Schools Student Program

Students from the 18 traditional schools across the state that are part of the NC New Schools-led effort will also take a campus tour.

The rural schools initiative, funded with a $15 million federal Investing in Innovation grant and $1.5 million in private donations, is aimed at exposing all students in each of the high schools to a college-ready culture and creating new opportunities for all students to graduate with some college credit. Students in the schools have the opportunity to earn as many as 21 college credits – tuition free – by graduation through local community colleges and online courses offered by the UNCG iSchool and the East Carolina University Second Life virtual education program.

SECC deadline this Friday

Photo of staff member Carolyn ShankleHave you made your SECC donation? If you have been meaning to, now is the time to act.

The deadline is the end of this week – Nov. 7.

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

The goal is $200,000. The total stands at $131,210 (as of Nov. 4).

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

“Each employee’s gift through SECC is significant, whether small or large,” says Dr. Ruth DeHoog, campaign chair. “Each gift gets us closer to our campus goal, and it’s tax-deductible and anonymous. We know our UNCG GIVES theme is true – we together make a difference in our community, our state and our country.”

A lot of SECC volunteers here at UNCG recently created signs showing which charity they chose to support this year – and why. Karen Core supports Samaritan’s Purse. Debbie Freund supports Guilford County Partnership for Children. Moreland Smith supports Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Check out all the photos of your co-workers, and see their reasons:
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Gallery 4

To learn more about the SECC, visit secc.wp.uncg.edu. You also can search the charities supported by the SECC. Your department solicitor will have pledge forms, but if you’d like to go paperless, use the ePledge form found on the site.

Not sure who your departmental solicitor is? See http://secc.wp.uncg.edu/2014-campaign/department-solicitors/.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Carolyn Shankle, who supports Hospice through the SECC

Make nominations for 2015 Staff Excellence Award

The UNCG Staff Excellence Award will be awarded for the 10th year. This award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to the university this year.

The University Staff Excellence Award of $1,000 will be presented to up to two deserving permanent SPA or EPA non-faculty employees who are in good standing and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline of Nov. 23, 2014. Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award. Nominations should be based on one or more of the following criteria:

Devotion to Duty – The nominee has exhibited unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and has contributed significantly to the advancement of service to the UNCG community and to the people of North Carolina.

Innovation – The nominee has successfully established new and outstanding work methods, practices and plans for his/her department that are consistent with the university’s mission.

Service – The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the university through involvement on committees and/or representing the university in civic or professional organizations.

Human Relations – The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the field of human relations or employee-management relations that foster a model working and/or learning environment.

Other Achievements – The nominee has made outstanding contributions or service deserving recognition not described in the categories above, including, but not limited to, acts that demonstrate safety and heroism or other examples beyond the call of duty.

Visit the website www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_Committees/Staff_Recognition/excellence.

You may complete the nomination form online or print a hard copy and return it to the Staff Excellence Awards Committee, ℅ Jennie Rikkola, 116 Moore Nursing Building, Campus, by Nov. 23, 2014.

Five new University – School Teacher Education partnership grants

Five new University-School Teacher Education partnership (USTEP) grants in the amount of $3,000 each were awarded for the following projects with local school districts. As part of these grants, UNCG faculty work collaboratively with Piedmont area schools to provide pro bono support for these projects:

  • Dr. Ye He (TEHE) will work with Asheboro City Schools to support their Heritage Language Academy (HLA) activities this year. This program will serve about 40 elementary and middle grade students and their parents, and includes refinement of the HLA curriculum with participating teachers, plus an action research study about the impact of the Heritage Language Academy. SOE students will also be invited to assist with HLA activities next spring.
  • Dr. Bev Faircloth (TEHE) and a Middle Grades colleague will assist the Mathematics teachers at Jackson Middle School teachers in Guilford County as they co-develop a Math Professional Learning Community (PLC) to focus on formative assessment and students’ mathematical thinking. Together they plan to present at the Triad Teacher Research (TTR) Conference on Reading Day next spring, and work to publish article about their Mathematics PLC efforts.
  • Dr. Katherine Ennis (Kinesiology) and Dr. Randy Schmitz (Kinesiology) will assist in designing the curriculum for Meadowview Magnet Middle School teachers who will be teaching a new 6th-8th integrated Science/Health unit about Human Body Mechanics next spring. Professional development will be provided by Jeff Edwards, Science Institute Coordinator for Surry County Schools.
  • Dr. Holt Wilson (TEHE) and graduate student Jared Webb (TEHE) will co-lead professional development sessions with 20 math teachers from five high schools in Rockingham County. The focus for professional development will be on increasing student-centered math instruction practices, which have proven to increase student learning for all students, in particular those traditionally disenfranchised by traditional math instruction.
  • Dr. Jennifer Mangrum (TEHE) will provide professional development for teachers at General Greene Elementary School in Guilford County to focus on close reading to support learning in Science and Technology through implementing Paideia Seminars. This project will include the 4th and 5th grade teachers as well as MAT interns in Elementary Education placed in 4th and 5th at General Greene.

Native American Heritage events at UNCG

November is Native American Heritage Month. Two events are:

“When my people first lived here, there was no border”: The Case of Native Americans
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4 -5:30 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs, EUC

 

“American Indian Culture and Dance Exhibition”
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
EUC Cone Ballroom
Free

American Indian Artist Demonstration
5-8:30 p.m.

Pow Wow Dancing
7-9 p.m.

Call 334-5090 or search “UNCG Multicultural Affairs” on Facebook for more information.

UNCG, Western Carolina create inter-institutional doctoral program

The Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UNCG and Western Carolina University have partnered to create an inter-institutional program that will extend doctoral-level training to qualified individuals in the western region of North Carolina.

The Inter-institutional Doctoral Education Arrangement for Learning and Leadership (IDEALL) program will expand UNCG’s existing doctoral program in communication sciences and disorders to include Western Carolina students via distance technologies and face-to-face instruction.

Dr. Celia Hooper, dean of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, described the departments’ partnership as a natural evolution that expands on existing partnerships. The collaboration gives Western Carolina faculty, who currently work with students in undergraduate and master’s degree programs, access to UNCG doctoral students to aid their research, she said. In return, students in the western region of the state have access to doctoral level studies and UNCG students have access to an extended network of researchers and mentors.

“We all talk about collaboration. These two departments are doing it,” Hooper said. “There is a shortage of faculty in the communication sciences and disorders field nationwide. North Carolina workforce needs reflect that, particularly in the western part of the state. Our universities have trouble filling positions, and this project will help.”

The program, which has been in development for seven years, was designed with working professionals in mind. Formulated for part-time doctoral students, the program will prepare professionals for careers in higher education or industry, with emphasis on research, professional leadership, public policy and economic development.

While the program is inter-institutional in nature, graduates will receive their doctoral degrees from UNCG. The first students are expected to enroll in fall 2016.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Let’s Talk About it: Campus Culture, Climate and Values Forum

A note from Provost Dunn and Vice Chancellor Maimone:

Please join us for a conversation about UNCG’s culture, climate and values on Nov. 11, 2014, from 4-6 p.m. in the EUC Cone Ballroom A and B. This discussion will inform our strategic planning process as we will revisit our stated campus values –inclusiveness, collaboration, sustainability, responsibility and transparency– in order to envision our future.

General Education Program Assessment results posted

Results from the General Education Program Assessment are posted on the Office of Assessment and Accreditation’s website at: http://assessment.uncg.edu/academic/GenEd/. Because your feedback is essential to help the General Education Council develop recommendations for improving student learning in​ UNCG’s General Education Program, please complete the four-question survey included at the end of the narrated PowerPoint after you have viewed the presentation.

Look to Campus Weekly for future updates on UNCG’s assessment of its General Education Program. Questions about the General Education Council? Contact Dr. Jonathan Zarecki, chair of the General Education Council, at jpzareck@uncg.edu, or visit the General Education Council’s web site at http://genedcouncil.uncg.edu.

6th Annual iDEAL Summit Friday

The 2014 iDEAL Summit will focus on discussing future library and information needs and issues for all community groups and envisioning the future roles of libraries in ensuring equity and access.

It will be held at the Elliott University Center Friday, Nov. 7.

Registration is free for everyone and the first 75 people to register to attend the Summit on campus will receive free parking and free lunch. To register, visit bit.ly/iDEALsummit6.

For those who would like to attend online, the event will also be live streamed via the Department of Library & Information Studies’ UStream channel. If you plan to attend online, you may register as well and a link to the UStream channel will be e-mailed to you.

More detailed information, including a schedule of the day’s events, can be found at lis.uncg.edu/ideals. Or e-mail the LIS Department at lis@uncg.edu with any questions.

Open Education Initiative Stipend announced

Are you interested in bringing down the cost of textbooks for your students? A new program at UNCG encourages you to do so.

At the Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Forum last week the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries announced that they are joining together to support faculty interested in providing their students with a less expensive yet educationally rewarding alternative to expensive commercial textbooks.

The high cost of commercial textbooks (print and electronic) is a major concern for both students and their parents. UNCG’s Open Education Initiative stipend program encourages instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

Ten $1,000 stipends will be available in the spring of 2015. These stipends are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take faculty to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can also be used to cover any actual expenses you incur.

Application announcements will be forthcoming in the spring of 2015.

Smoking cessation classes provided by UNCG Nursing students

Smoking has been on the decline in recent years with fewer adult smokers and even fewer adolescents’ smokers than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 69 percent of adult smokers wanted to quit in the past year, with many having tried multiple times to quit.

This semester a group of eight Nursing 425 students along with several current and former RN to BSN 2+ students conducted four weeks of smoking cessation classes for Hampton Homes.

Another group of NUR 425 students will provide four more weeks of Smoking Cessation classes at UNCG. Quit for Life will be offered each Monday in November from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Moore Nursing Building, Room 317. Everyone is invited to come – students and employees, family and friends – to learn about smoking cessation and ways to Quit for Life.

For additional information about smoking cessation, go to wellness.uncg.edu and click on the link on the left hand side “Smoking Cessation.”

Consider becoming a UNCG Dance Partner

UNCG Dance Partners are an important part of our dance community, sponsoring community events and enjoying inside peeks into the life of dancers and choreographers here at UNCG.

Dance Partners support the mission of producing high-quality performances for our community audiences and creating opportunities for our young dancers. A single membership entitles a Dance Partner to:

  • Five ticket vouchers redeemable for reserved seats in any combination to a selected season of concerts.
  • Invitations to special events like pre-show receptions with guest choreographers; post-show receptions with dancers and faculty; open rehearsals to see dancers working in the studio environment.
  • Recognition in concert programs.
  • An opportunity to give toward the Summer Study Scholarship, a learning fund designed for undergraduate and graduate dance study during the summer months.
  • Each Dance Partner membership gives a dancer a chance to shine, a choreographer a chance to share, and each Dance Partner a chance to Do something bigger altogether.

Dance Partnerships in the 2014-15 season are $55, with a portion supporting UNCG Dance. Additional donations may be made in support of Summer Study Scholarships for current students.

To purchase, call Triad Stage Box Office at 272-0160.

Celebrating the work of the late Irna Priore Nov. 23

Photo of Irna PrioreA symposium and concert in honor of Irna Priore will be held Nov. 23, 2014. The event is titled “Celebrating the Work of Irna Priore.” Full information is at http://irnapriore.weebly.com/.

Priore had been a tenured associate professor of Music Theory at UNCG since 2011. She died of cancer in May.

The concert will alternate post-1945 avant-garde concert music with Brazilian popular music to reflect Irna’s two expertises in music theory. The event is free and open to the public, but people who wish to attend the symposium should RSVP at http://irnapriore.weebly.com/rsvp.html.

The symposium will culminate in a keynote presentation (via video call) by Christoph Neidhöfer of McGill University. Neidhöfer will speak on the significance of Irna Priore’s theoretical work and reading from her as-yet-unpublished paper “Berio’s ‘Constellations’ and Diverse Serial Practices Post World War II.”

Priore was a staunch advocate of ethnic and gender diversity in the profession of music theory, and organizers encourage anyone — whether or not they attend the event — to contribute to the special scholarship fund in her honor, which will assist UNCG students in music theory. Visit http://irnapriore.weebly.com/contribute.html.

Looking ahead: Nov. 5, 2014

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

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

Talk, Beth Macy, author of ‘Factory Man’
Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Alumni House

Veterans Day Reading of Names
Tuesday, Nov. 11, begins 6 a.m., Kaplan Commons

Campus Culture, Climate and Values forum
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom A and B

Ribbon cutting, UNCG Veterans Resource Center
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4:30 p.m., Spring Garden Apartments

Happy 150th Birthday, Claribel Cone (with 2:30 talk by Elaine Gustafson)
Friday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Weatherspoon

Survey – Academic Learning Spaces

Provost Dana Dunn and Vice Chancellor Jim Clotfelter recently announced the creation of a new Academic Learning Spaces Council (ALSC). The council is being established to inform decisions related to classroom technology.

The ALSC needs input from you, the UNCG community, on your use of classroom technologies at UNCG in order to assist us in creating a sustainable and systematic model for ensuring our classroom technology needs are well met. If you could take a few minutes to fill out this survey, it would help to make a more informed decision. The survey will be available until Nov. 10, 2014.

Developmental perspectives on learning from birth to college

Learn about “Developmental Perspectives on Learning from Birth to College.” The UNCG Child and Family Research Network (CFRN) and the UNCG Research and Instruction in STEM Education (RISE) Network invite you to attend this interdisciplinary conference, which brings together educators, researchers, advocates, and leaders to discuss developmental perspectives on learning from birth to college.

It will be held ​Friday, ​Nov. 21, 2014, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Elliott University Center.

This conference is ​​free and ​​open to the public. Contact cfrn@uncg.edu for more information.

Three on Academic All-District Team

The UNCG men’s soccer team placed three members on the Capital One Academic All-District III Men’s Soccer First Team. Senior forward Dustin Gamradt (Kiel, Germany/Hebbleschule), junior midfielder Noah DeAngelo (Burlington, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) and redshirt sophomore defender Corey Croegaert (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) were selected.

Gamradt owns a 3.87 GPA in international business and will graduate this December. He was recently named a 2014 Spartans of Promise Award winner, which recognizes 10 outstanding members of the 2014 graduating class at UNCG. DeAngelo owns a 4.0 GPA in biology for the Spartans. Croegaert is majoring in business administration and boasts a 3.90 GPA.

Wineburg/Cleveland

Dr. Robert Wineburg (Social Work) and Odell Cleveland have been chosen by the North Carolina Medical Society as this year’s recipients of the John Huske Anderson Award, given annually to a layperson(s) whose contributions have had a positive impact on the medical profession and the public health. They are cofounders of the Welfare Reform Liaison Project, providing programming and services to underserved residents in our county. The North Carolina Medical Society web site notes, “They have been major influences behind the NCMS’ work on accountable care organizations and how social systems and the local faith community help to support health care for our most vulnerable citizens.” The award was presented at the Medical Society’s annual banquet. See more at http://www.ncmedsoc.org/2014-award-winners-announced-at-annual-meeting/

Amy Berrier

Amy Berrier (Financial Aid Office) has been elected to serve as president of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA) during 2015-16. Currently president-elect, she will be a part of bringing the 2016 SASFAA Annual Conference to Greensboro during February 2016.

SASFAA is a 1,200 member regional financial aid association serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

She is assistant director for operations in Financial Aid.

Sarah Dorsey

Photo of Sarah DorseySarah Dorsey (University Libraries) will receive the 2014 Thomas Berry Award. The award recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated a sustained effort to implement environmental programs that advance a mutually enhancing human/earth relationship based on the philosophies and writings of Greensboro native Thomas Berry or has engaged in re-imagining the human-earth relationship through scholarship, writing, poetry or the arts.

Music librarian Sarah Dorsey initiated a highly successful environmental film series​ that has touched thousands of students and members of the community. She oversees the community sustainability listserve and was instrumental in revitalizing the local Green Drinks evenings​ and much more.

The awards ceremony will be held on Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public. Full story is here.

See/hear: Nov. 5, 2014

Last week’s Homecoming reminded a lot of alumni from throughout the decades what makes UNCG a uniquely welcoming place to return. Check out the video – to get some alumni perspective.