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Archives for January 2015

Free at noontime for employees: yoga, basketball and more

Photo of employees working outYoga? Pilates? Zumba? Maybe a casual, pickup game of basketball?

HealthyUNCG presents an employee fitness program designed to encourage UNCG employees to become more active by participating in recreational activities hosted by Campus Recreation.

The offerings, free to UNCG employees, were highlighted in a recent Staff Senate presentation by Dr. Jill Beville and Sarah Cheffy.

Active U classes focus on aerobic and strength training activities, while Mindful U focuses on mind/body class formats. Active U and Mindful U are held Tuesday and Friday at the Student Rec Center from noon – 1 pm. Perhaps you prefer basketball instead? Noon ball hosts informal basketball games and are held each Wednesday at the Student Rec Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. All classes and noon ball are free to UNCG employees. Please bring your UNCG ID and a water bottle and towel.

Mindful U – In the next weeks, the following are offered. Yogalates (Jan. 27), Yoga (Feb. 3), Meditation (Feb. 10), Pilates (Feb. 17), Yoga (Feb. 24). The classes are held Tuesdays at noon. See campusrec.uncg.edu/fitness/employee-wellness for the full schedule and how to make free reservations.

Active U – In the next weeks, the following are offered. TRX (Jan. 30), Zumba (Feb. 6), Synrgy (Feb. 13), Cycle (Feb. 20), 20/20/20 (Feb. 27). The classes are held Fridays at noon. See campusrec.uncg.edu/fitness/employee-wellness for the full schedule.

Noon Ball – Every Wednesday at noon, Courts 2 and 3, Student Rec Center.

Email healthy_uncg@uncg.edu if you have questions about fitness options at UNCG.

Some highlights from Jan. 14 Faculty Senate meeting

Chancellor Linda P. Brady has engaged a 12-member ad hoc committee to look at the name of Charles Aycock on Aycock Auditorium. Governor from 1901-1905, his policies and views have come under greater scrutiny in recent years. Other universities have looked – or are looking – at their buildings that are named for Aycock. She will give the committee their charge on Jan. 28. It is possible they may make a recommendation about the Auditorium’s name by May, but she wants them to take the time they need.

Provost Dana Dunn noted several items, particularly the annual review process for faculty. A Faculty Forum on Jan. 21 (today) at 3 p.m. in the Alumni House will have two topics: faculty annual reviews and the chancellor search.

Susan Phillips spoke on the successful UNCG New Faculty Mentoring program, which began in 2008. Not counting this year, 59 new faculty have taken part – that is 34 percent of new faculty members. Retention rates for those participating are much higher than for those who did not.

Many chancellor search forums will be held this week on campus. At the conclusion of the forums (the last one is in early February), a leadership job description will be formed. Also, the decision of whether it will be an open search, closed search or a hybrid likely will be made by the committee this week. Anne Wallace, Wade Maki and Susan Safran spoke.

Sustainability/Facilities Operations workshop

Photo of staff attending workshopIn collaboration with Dr. Aaron Allen, Academic Sustainability coordinator, the Office of Sustainability hosted a workshop last week for Facilities Operations staff supervisors at UNCG.

The goals of this workshop were:

  1. to increase knowledge of sustainable practices
  2. to incorporate best practices regarding sustainability
  3. to  foster collaboration among Facilities Operations units
  4. to begin exploring ways for various areas to work together on sustainability-focused projects

2015 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award call for nominations

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) requests nominations of outstanding UNCG faculty mentors for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

The faculty member must have mentored at least two UNCG undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry. The 2015 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award will be presented during the 9th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, which will be held on April 7.  This honor will include a plaque and $1,000 to support activities related to research or creative inquiry as it involves undergraduates during the following academic year.

This is the second year of the award.  Dr. Terry Nile (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was the inaugural recipient.

UNCG faculty members with experience mentoring undergraduate students in projects that contribute to their disciplinary scholarship are eligible for this award.  Nominees should hold a terminal degree in their discipline.  Prior recipients can be reconsidered after a three year interlude.

A faculty member must be nominated for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award by their Department/Program Chair/Head. The nomination will consist of: 1) letter of nomination from the Chair/Head, 2) the nominee’s C.V., 3) brief letters of support from two students mentored by the faculty member (two page max), and 4) a teaching/research statement from the mentor

* All nominations will be kept on file and can be reactivated by providing an updated CV and any other materials deemed necessary by the department/program.*

Examples of the types of activities that will be considered in the selection process include:

  • Evidence of consistent research and scholarly activity involving undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry;
  • Mentoring undergraduates whose work has led to peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations;
  • Innovative approaches to mentoring undergraduates, including the involvement of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in undergraduate student mentorship; and
  • Extramural support for undergraduate research activities through grants, contracts, and/or fundraising.

Number of nominations per department: Only one nominee per department/program will be accepted. The Department Chair/Head must submit the nomination.

All nominations should be emailed to ursco@uncg.edu with “Undergraduate Research Mentor Award” in the subject line.

The deadline for complete nomination packages is March 6.

Questions should be addressed to Lee Phillips, director of URSCO (plphilli@uncg.edu or 336-334-4622).

Joy Cook live tweets from White House

Photo of Joy CookJoy Cook, UNCG Alumni Association Board member and social media innovator, was invited by President Barack Obama to live tweet the State of the Union Address Tuesday. “When the President beckons, I drop everything and go, because history happens in real time.” Additionally, Joy Cook was invited to tweet at the State of the Union White House Social and participate in a meeting with the president’s advisors. Cook is the author of “Watch the Company You Tweet 4 Step Guide to Making an Impact on Twitter,” which was recently number 1 overnight on the Amazon Best Seller List. She is a two-time graduate of UNCG.

Dr. Chiaki Takagi receives national teaching award

Photo of Dr. Chiaki TakagiDr. Chiaki Takagi, a lecturer in Japanese, received the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) 2014 Teacher Award in the post-secondary category.

In announcing the award, Dr. Eiko Ushida, professional development director of AATJ, said, “It is clear that Dr. Takagi excels in all of the areas that we want to recognize and honor with this award: quality and innovative teaching, service to the profession and to the community, participation in professional development activities, and advocacy for her program and Japanese language education as a whole.”

In addition to being a senior lecturer of Japanese and Asian Studies, Takagi serves as director of the Japanese program. She also serves as the Global Engagement Fellow for UNCG’s University Teaching and Learning Commons.

Her research and teaching interests include Japanese language, modern Japanese literature and film, Japan’s modernization, and Japanese society and culture after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Takagi received her doctorate in English with a concentration in Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, at UNCG. She received her master’s degree in M.A. in African American Literature at North Carolina A&T State University.

Looking ahead: Jan. 21, 2015

Listening forum on chancellor search – Staff Forum
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m., EUC, Alexander Room

Forum on faculty annual reviews / chancellor search
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 3 p.m., Alumni House

MLK Celebration, ‘An Evening with Sonia Sanchez’
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Philosophy Talk, “Prices and the Ethics of Exchange”, Michael Munger (Duke)
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m., SOEB 206

Sustainability film. ‘Thin Ice’
Thu, Jan. 22, 6:30 p,m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Faculty Center Takeover, ‘The Library Reimagined’
Friday, Jan. 23, 3 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Wofford
Thursday; Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., Coliseum

With the Staff: December/Early January 2015

Hello: Mary Martinez, Office of Research and Economic Development; Rebecca Anderson, HDFS; Gabrielle Leonard, Dean’s Office, School of Education; Virginia Foster, Accounting Services; Timothy Rouse, Facilities Design & Construction; Laura Spell, Dean’s Office, School of Education; Danielle Sims, HDFS; Denise Dodson, Development; Elyssa Tucker, University Registrar’s Office; William Stewart, Public Safety & Police

Good-bye: Michael Ehmke, Athletics; Sarah Cottrell, Housekeeping; Brandie Ehrmann, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Cool buildings, real savings

In an effort to conserve energy, UNCG Facilities Operations set back the heat to approximately 55 degrees F over the winter break.

How much did it save the university? The estimated cost avoidance was $26,200, says Douglas Cato, UNCG Facilities Operations. UNCG saved $13,650 in electricity and $12,550 in natural gas, for a total of $26,200.

In memoriam: Shirley Whitaker

Dr. Shirley Whitaker, a retired associate professor of Spanish who served in the Romance Languages department, died December 27, 2014. Her graveside service was held in Raeford, NC. She was a Spanish instructor at Duke University, an associate professor of Spanish at Mary Baldwin College and retired as an associate professor from UNCG. She received her Bachelor’s degree and her Master’s degree from Duke University. She received her PhD in Romance Languages from UNC Chapel Hill.

“Shirley was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Academic Honor Society, as well as the Modern Language Association of America. Additionally, she was a member of Renaissance Society of America, and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese,” her obituary states. “Shirley authored a monograph, published in the series North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, as well as articles on several luminaries of Golden Age Spanish drama. In recent years, her scholarly interests focused on court theater in seventeenth-century Spain. Shirley was a distinguished scholar who presented many important papers at conferences throughout the United States.

Acupuncture clinic

The acupuncture clinic at UNCG Student Health Services will focus on common issues successfully treated with acupuncture including headaches, addictions, pain, painful periods, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Clinics will be held on these Monday  mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Student Health Center Room 05.

February 2 and 16
March 2 and 23
April 6 and April 27

Appointments are required. Call 334-5340 to make an appointment. When you arrive for your appointment, check-in at the front desk on the first floor. You need to arrive a few minutes early to complete paperwork at your initial visit. Your appointment will last approximately 45 minutes. Cost for faculty and staff is $40 per treatment. You can payroll deduct this service.

Dr. Allison Scott, MPH, ND, LAc began her education at the University of NC at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. She continued her education by obtaining her Master’s in Public Health at UNCG. Following earning this degree, Allison worked as a health educator in Greensboro, NC.  It was working with clients in health education that encouraged her to study medicine. Scott graduated from the University of Bridgeport where she earned her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) and master’s in Acupuncture.

Questions? Contact Jeanne Irwin-Olson, associate director, UNCG Wellness Center, at jrirwino@uncg.edu.

Dr. Keith G. Debbage

Photo of Dr. Keith G. DebbageDr. Keith G. Debbage (Geography) presented his annual State of the City report last week. (See News & Record feature story.) He is a professor of urban development in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was appointed in 2007 to the UNC Tomorrow Scholars Council by UNC System President Erskine Bowles. In 2008, Dr. Debbage was selected as a GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellow with the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University. He has conducted numerous, funded studies for Action Greensboro, the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Greensboro Planning Department, the Greensboro Partnership, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the Piedmont Triad Partnership, and the Triad Chambers of Commerce.

Debbage, an advocate for undergraduate research, welcomed Aaron Calloway – an undergraduate major in the UNCG Geography Department – to take part in the project. Aaron, who participated in data collection and analysis for the 2015 State of the City Report, received a 2014-15 Undergraduate Research Assistantship from UNCG.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from Northeastern University for the project “Endocannabinoid Active Sites and Therapeutic Targets.”

Dr. Nir Kshetri

Photo of Dr. Nir KshetriDr. Nir Kshetri’s 2014 book “Global Entrepreneurship: Environment and Strategy” published by Routledge, has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine. The book looks at the economic, political, cultural, geographical, and technological environments affecting entrepreneurs as they exploit opportunities and create value in economies throughout the world. He is a professor in the Department of Management in the Bryan School.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne WelshDr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) delivered the keynote address at the International Conference on Services Management in Macau, China the first week in December, in addition to presenting three papers.

See/Hear: January 21, 2015

UNCG alumna Karla Davis made the cut on American Idol, and she is “headed to Hollywood.” See a bit of the audition that won her a spot in the next round. Davis, who has been featured on the UNCG web site and in UNCG Magazine, was a standout soccer player at UNCG – and later performed at UNCG Homecoming. Go, Karla.

UNCG Police Building dedicated Jan. 8

Photo of Chief of Police Herring speaking at event“Just a few days ago, we started a new year. With this new facility, we begin a new era.”

Those were Chancellor Linda P. Brady’s words as a roomful of well-wishers from throughout the university and community were on hand Jan. 8 for the dedication of the new UNCG Police Building.

The police had formerly been working from three locations near campus.

UNCG Chief of Police Jamie Herring alluded to “our nomadic existence.” Now, all UNCG Police as well as the Office of Emergency Management will be in one space.

Herring focused his remarks on the past, present and future members of the department – looking at legacy and future. The new building is to represent the quality of the people in the department, he said.

“As a challenge to generations to come, this building is dedicated to the men and women of the UNCG Police Department who have come before you,” he said. “Those who, despite serving for decades with inadequate facilities, built an agency known for the highest quality of service through their core values: Integrity, Fairness, Accountability, Compassion, and Excellence. May your efforts in the future honor their hard work and devotion.”

He recognized Jerry Williamson, who led the department as Director of Public Safety for two decades. Williamson had hired Herring when the department was located beneath the Dining Hall.

Herring presented a Meritorious Service Bar to Sergeant Tim Reese, for his exceptional work on technological aspects of building planning.

The 27,000-square-foot new police building on West Lee Street is located next to the Pedestrian Underpass.

One room on the first floor is available for community meetings and safety-related classes for the university, Herring noted.

The ceremony was held inside, due to cold weather.

The department staff moved into the new space several weeks ago.

See additional report and photos in News & Record.

By Mike Harris
Photograph of Chief Herring by Carlos Morales

Sonia Sanchez to speak at ML King celebration

Photo of Dr. Sonia SanchezPoet, educator and activist Dr. Sonia Sanchez will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 MLK celebration sponsored jointly by UNCG and NC A&T. This year’s celebration is titled “Arts and the Civil Rights Movement: An Evening with Sonia Sanchez.”

Sanchez will speak beginning at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

A moderated Q&A session with Sanchez follows her speech at 8:15 p.m. A meet and greet and book signing with Sanchez is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

The celebration marks the third year of collaboration between UNCG and A&T for the King remembrance. Both institutions will present MLK awards before the Sanchez address.

One of the most prominent writers of the Black Arts movement, Sanchez speaks internationally on black culture and literature, women’s liberation, peace, and racial justice. Finding her voice in poetry, Sanchez evolved from a shy child with a stutter into a force of the Black Power movement of the 1960s. She was also in the forefront of the Black Studies movement and taught the first course in the country on black women.

A prolific author, Sanchez has written more than 16 books, including “Morning Haiku”; “Homegirls and Handgrenades,” for which she won the American Book Award; “Shake Loose My Skin”; “Like the Singing Coming off the Drums”; “Does Your House Have Lions?”; and “Wounded in the House of a Friend”. She has also published numerous plays, including “Black Cats and Uneasy Landings” and “I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t.”

Sanchez is one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom’s Sisters,” an interactive, traveling museum exhibition, which brings to life African American women who have fought for equality for all Americans. She is also a sponsor of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and serves on the board of MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization that uses human rights to advance social justice.

Some of her other honors include the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, a PEW Fellowship in the Arts, and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award.

The first presidential fellow at Temple University, Sanchez held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple from 1977-1999. Sanchez has traveled extensively, reading her poetry at campuses across the globe.

For more information, contact the UNCG Office of Multicultural Affairs at 336-334-5090.

By Michelle Hines
Photograph by Jim Alexander

UNCG recertified as Carnegie Community-Engaged Institution

Photo of Minerva statueUNCG has been recertified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a 2015 Community-Engaged Institution. The Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement classification is awarded for “deep engagement” at local, regional, national and global levels.

UNCG, classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a High-Research Activity University, earned its initial Community Engagement classification from Carnegie in 2008. UNCG is one of only 157 American universities and colleges that were recertified for 2015.

“I am proud of the work of UNCG faculty and students that has resulted in this renewed recognition by the Carnegie Foundation,” said Provost Dana Dunn. “This designation reaffirms UNCG’s continued commitment to engaging the greater community and to providing opportunities for our students to serve while they learn and carry out their research.”

The interconnections between teaching, scholarship and public service were critical to UNCG’s application, said Dr. Emily Janke, director of the UNCG Institute of Community and Economic Engagement. UNCG’s focus on mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships with communities set the university apart.

These partnerships are just a sampling of programs highlighted in UNCG’s application:

  • GK 12 —  A $2.8 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant enables UNCG graduate students to enrich science lessons for hundreds of students at three High Point schools. Graduate students in biology, chemistry and geography work with students and teachers at Montlieu Elementary, Welborn Middle and Andrews High schools to investigate the health, biological and socioeconomic effects of changing land use patterns in the region.
  • City Oasis — The City Oasis Project is building an urban farm in the Warnersville community that not only produces food but also create jobs in the low-income area. Marianne LeGreco, a UNCG communication studies professor who specializes in health communication and food policy, has played a key role in the project, which also involves UNCG students.
  • Sustainable Glenwood — Through the Sustainable Glenwood project, UNCG faculty and students are serving one of Greensboro’s historic neighborhoods by offering affordable, innovative and sustainable preservation. Travis Hicks, director of UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design, has involved many UNCG interior architecture students in Sustainable Glenwood, working in partnership with Preservation Greensboro.

For more on community engagement at UNCG, visit http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/.

First chancellor search listening forum

Photo of Alumni House and Bell TowerUNCG’s Staff Senate hosted the first of many UNCG forums that will elicit input in the early stage of the chancellor search process. It was held Jan. 8, as the second half of the regularly scheduled Staff Senate meeting.

Staff members and search committee members Kim Zinke, Lori Kerr and Mary Swantek led the forum, asking for input. There was lots of discussion and helpful comments for nearly an hour. Several other committee members were on hand as well.

The questions at this forum – and likely at future forums – were essentially these:

  • What are the major challenges – and opportunities – the next chancellor will face?
  • What kind of person do you feel is best equipped to address the challenges and exploit the opportunities? What kind of experience, management/leadership style, world view, personality, etc.?
  • What are compelling reasons that would convince any “reluctant candidates” to explore this opportunity?

Susan Safran, Trustees chair and chair of the search committee, noted that there will be forums until early February. She encouraged everyone to make use of the search web site, http://chancellorsearch.wp.uncg.edu.

You can provide input there, she said. The committee wants input from the “whole community of UNCG.”

“If you think of something, go to the web site – send us comments,” she said. “Nothing is too small.”

See schedule of forums later this month on campus.


Updated Jan. 15 to correct misspelling and a title.

Chancellor Search Committee members

The 24 members of the UNCG Chancellor Search Committee were named near the end of the last semester. The search committee is comprised of representatives from the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners. They are:

Board of Trustees Representatives
Frances Bullock, Member
Brad Hayes, Member
Ward Russell, Member
Susan Safran, Chair, Board of Trustees (Committee Chair)
David Sprinkle, Member

Administration Representatives
Celia Hooper, Dean, Health and Human Sciences
Charlie Maimone, Vice Chancellor, Business Affairs

Faculty Representatives
Omar Ali, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies
Kelly Burke, Professor and Associate Dean, Music, Theatre and Dance
Susan Calkins, Bank of America Excellence Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Daniel Herr, Professor and Nanoscience Department Chair, JSNN
Wade Maki, Senior Lecturer, Philosophy
Anne Wallace, Professor, English

Staff Representatives
Lori Kerr, Executive Assistant to the Dean, The Graduate School
Mary Swantek, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Kim Zinke, Project Manager, Office of Assessment and Accreditation

Student Representatives
Joseph Graham, Vice President, Student Government Association
Elizabeth Warren, President, Graduate Student Government Association

Alumni Representatives
Jeffrey Collins, ‘84
Sarah Shoffner, ‘62
Jana Welch Wagenseller, ‘76

Community Representatives
Michelle Gethers-Clark, United Way of Greater Greensboro
George Hoyle, Compass Financial Partners, LLC
Ed Kitchen, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

Additionally, proposal requests were  sent to several national search firms. Three finalists presented their proposals to the search committee on Dec. 2. The committee selected R. William Funk & Associates to serve as the search firm that will collaborate with the committee on this effort.

See more information at the Chancellor Search website.

At that site, you may submit input via a feedback form and see a schedule for listening forums, where you can provide input. Your suggestions will lead to the creation of the leadership statement (position description) and assist the search committee as it begins assessing candidates.

Schedule: Chancellor Search public forums at UNCG

There will be a series of public forums of the UNCG Chancellor Search Committee on our campus.

These forums are focused on gathering feedback from UNCG constituents on the qualities and traits wanted in the next chancellor. The themes and comments gathered during the forums will assist in completing the leadership statement and throughout the search process. As indicated, the forums are structured for specific constituent groups, but are not exclusive to these groups; forums are open to the public.

Jan. 20, 2015 – 4 p.m., EUC, Alexander Room, Faculty Forum
Jan. 20, 2015 – 5 p.m., EUC, Cone Ballroom, Student Forum
Jan. 21, 2015 – 9 a.m., EUC, Alexander Room, Staff Forum
Jan. 21, 2015 – 1 p.m., EUC Auditorium, Whole Campus and Community Forum
Jan. 21, 2015 – 4 p.m., EUC, Maple Room, Faculty Forum

Faculty Senate meeting today (Jan. 14) at 3 p.m.

The UNCG Faculty Senate holds its first meeting of the calendar year today (Wednesday, Jan. 14). The meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the Alumni House.

Some highlights of the agenda:

  • Chancellor Linda P. Brady will give an update on the Aycock Auditorium name and Provost Dana Dunn will speak about annual reviews for faculty.
  • Spoma Jovanovic, Wade Maki and Bruce Kirchoff will also speak.
  • Susan Phillips will give a presentation about new faculty mentoring. Anne Wallace and Wade Maki will give a presentation about the chancellor search process.
  • Jim Carmichael will speak about the North Carolina AAUP State Conference, March 27-28 at UNCG.

Looking ahead, the Faculty Senate will sponsor a forum Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The topics will be the chancellor search process and faculty annual reviews.

Global Engagement QEP and International Programs Center present faculty funding opportunities

Several faculty funding opportunities are available through the Global Engagement QEP and International Programs Center. Contact the Global Engagement Office at globalqep@uncg.edu for more information.

Global Engagement QEP Course Development Award
Awards are available for faculty to modify existing courses or to create new courses that address at least one of the four Global Engagement Student Learning Outcomes (see below). Awards range from $500 to $1000.

2014-2015 Academic Year Deadlines:
Jan. 16 & March 20, 2015

To apply for the Global Engagement QEP Course Development Award, visit http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/qepcdapplication.docx

For more information about these awards, contact David Nelson, QEP Director, at david_nelson@uncg.edu

Kohler Awards
Kohler Awards, funded through the International Programs Center, support faculty international initiatives at UNCG in the following categories:
Research with Additional Internal Funding
Research with Additional External Funding
Special Projects
Student Programs
Institutional Linkages

If you are interested in applying for a Kohler Award, you must first discuss your proposal with the Associate Provost for International Programs, Dr. Penelope Pynes. She may be contacted at pjpynes@uncg.edu.

2014-15 Academic Year Deadlines:
Jan. 16 & March 20, 2015

To apply for a Kohler Award, visit http://uncg.edu/ipg/kohlerapplication.docx

Office of Leadership and Service-Learning Global Engagement Awards

In partnership with the Global Engagement QEP, the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL) is offering two funding opportunities for faculty to develop courses that incorporate globally-minded service-learning and address at least one of the Global Engagement Student Learning Outcomes (see below).

Service-Learning Global Course Development Faculty Grants
These grants focus on new and modified courses that are locally based. Awards are up to $1000.

International Service-Learning Course Development Faculty Grants
These are one-year grants of $2500 for service-learning courses with an international component.

2014-15 Academic Year Deadlines:
Summer 2015 Courses:
International Service-Learning Courses, March 16, 2015
Service-Learning Global Courses, April 1, 2015

To apply for an Office of Leadership and Service-Learning Global Engagement Award, visit http://olsl.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/InternationalSVLCourseGrant2015.pdf

International Travel Fund (ITF)

The Provost’s Office has created a fund to allow UNCG faculty to attend international conferences, present their work to an international audience, and to interact with colleagues from other countries outside of North America. Awards are up to $600 and completed applications must be submitted prior to travel. Faculty are eligible to apply for one award per academic year.

Note: Funding to enable UNCG faculty to attend conferences within North America may be obtained from the Office of Research and Economic Development at http://research.uncg.edu/scholars-travel-program/.

To apply for an International Travel Fund Award, visit http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/itfapplication.docx

Globally Engaged Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award

This award is designed to increase global awareness and understanding through scholarly investigation. Faculty can request up to $3000 for stipend support for an undergraduate working under their direction. Additional project support may include up to $500 for material needs in support of gathering information, as well as $1500 in support of associated travel.

2015-2016 Academic Year Deadlines:
Summer 2015 Awards:
February 8, 2015

Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Awards:
April 12, 2015

Please visit http://ursco.uncg.edu for more information on Undergraduate Research and Creativity Awards

To download the brochure with all International and Global funding opportunities, please visit http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/intlgebrochure.pdf

Please direct questions to the Global Engagement Office at globalqep@uncg.edu or contact David Nelson, QEP Director, at david_nelson@uncg.edu

Pulitzer winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Jan. 20

Photo of Natasha TretheweyNatasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and Poet Laureate of the United States from 2012-14, will read from her most recent work and then have a conversation with the audience on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m.in the Weatherspoon Auditorium. After her reading Trethewey will sign copies of “Thrall,” her most recent collection of poetry.

This event is sponsored by the UNCG Art Department and is the last event in the series of lectures associated with last fall’s exhibitions of the quilts of Gwen Magee.

Natasha Trethewey, the nineteenth Poet Laureate of the United States, is the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000); Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); Native Guard (2006), for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and, most recently, Thrall, (2012). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Emory University she is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Ways to help stay healthy and fit this year

Did you make a new year’s resolution to get more fit – or stay fit? Here are some offerings for UNCG faculty and staff:

Fitness Lending Library

HealthyUNCG will be launching the Fitness Lending Library for UNCG faculty and staff beginning Jan.19. The Fitness Lending Library allows employees and departments to “check out” various fitness equipment to use while in the office.

The library targets flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular fitness and includes over 60 items such as DVDs, yoga mats, kettle bells, free weights, heart rate monitors, etc. Items may be checked out for up to two weeks and can be delivered to employees on request. If you would like more information or would like to check out equipment, please contact HealthyUNCG or visit healthy.uncg.edu


Are you looking to become a healthier you? Would you like to lose weight with a coach to guide you?

HealthyUNCG is offering the Healthy-U weight loss program.

You’re invited to participate in a research study designed to examine the effectiveness of health and wellness coaching on weight loss. All UNCG employees are eligible to participate. There is no cost to participate.

This research study will combine proven weight management strategies from the Healthy-U program with individual and small group health and wellness coaching sessions. Each week you will attend a 1 hour session. Participation is FREE. Participants will not receive compensation or reimbursement for joining

HealthyU or for participating in the study. However, participants will receive Healthy-U program materials as part of their registration fee and health and wellness coaching services for free, a savings of up to $160 per month.

Healthy-U will be returning in 2015 beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Dogwood Room, EUC. Pre-register by going to healthy.uncg.edu or by emailing healthy_uncg@uncg.edu.

Living Healthy

The Living Health Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop for people with chronic health problems (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, COPD, etc), or those who care for those with these conditions.Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders.

Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation, and/or  the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration 2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, 3) appropriate use of medications, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, healthy eating, meal planning and carbohydrate counting 6) decision making, and 7) how to evaluate new treatments.

It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective.Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

The workshop will be held for six weeks beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 11-noon in White Oak Room, EUC. Class size is limited to 15 people. Pre-register by going to healthy.uncg.edu or emailing healthy_uncg@uncg.edu.

In addition, HealthyUNCG offers any of the above named programs to specific departments/offices or create customized programs based on department/office needs. Contact healthy_uncg@uncg.edu for more information.

Next week: a feature on free offerings at noontime at the Rec Center for employees.

Rankings highlight UNCG online programs’ affordability

UNCG’s slate of online programs has earned a top 10 ranking for affordability from BestColleges.com – and U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation

The university’s online programs ranked No. 8 in the national BestColleges.com listing, which highlighted affordable and flexible options for students looking to start or continue their education.

UNCG offers 30 online undergraduate, graduate and certificate degree programs that can be completed — start to finish — online, including the new kinesiology doctoral program, the university’s first fully online doctoral program and the only online Ed.D program in kinesiology in the nation.

The website evaluated program features offered to distance learners, including support services and study resources, as well as tuition costs in creating the ranking. UNCG online students have access to an array of student support services, including academic advisors, the UNCG Speaking Center, University Libraries and IT support.

U.S. News & World Report ranked three UNCG online programs among the best in the nation in the publication’s 2015 list of Best Online Programs. The Master of Science in Information Technology and Management program, offered by the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics, ranked as the 12th best online graduate computer information technology program. The online graduate nursing program and graduation education program also earned national rankings.

Partnership to Improve Nonprofit Evaluation Support in the Triad

Evaluation is a critical tool for nonprofit organizations. A well-crafted program evaluation helps to ensure that programs are actually accomplishing their intended goals, provides accountability to funders, and helps map plans for the future.

Here in Greensboro, a newly developed partnership is helping ensure local nonprofits are prepared to effectively evaluate their programs. Researchers and evaluators at UNCG in the Department of Educational Research Methodology (ERM) and the SERVE Center are working with the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium to identify and respond to community evaluation needs. After two years of conversations with nonprofit executive directors and staff and foundation leaders, UNCG announced the launch of the Nonprofit Evaluation Support Program (NESP) in fall of 2014.

NESP guides Piedmont Triad nonprofit organizations in improving their effectiveness and better meeting their goals by providing services aimed at increasing their program evaluation activities and capacity. NESP services are delivered by program evaluation experts of the SERVE Center and UNCG graduate students specializing in program evaluation. Alongside these non-profit collaborations, NESP offers valuable hands-on learning experiences for future leaders in the field of program evaluation.

“We intend for NESP to help build long-term capacity in the community,” said Dr. Randall Penfield, ERM Department Chair. “NESP is in the position to provide program evaluation services at a low cost, and we can work with individual nonprofit organizations to develop a service delivery plan based upon their respective budget constraints.”

To date, NESP has hosted five pilot projects, providing over 1,000 hours of direct support to Backpack Beginnings, The Barnabas Network, The Music Academy of North Carolina, Aging, Disability, and Transit Services of Rockingham County, and the Central Carolina Health Network.

In the fall, NESP coordinated with the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium to offer various professional development and educational opportunities to nonprofit staff in the Triad. In August and September 2014 they facilitated educational workshops that focused on program improvement through evaluation, types of program evaluation methodology, data and decision making/storytelling, and a range of evaluative support options offered by NESP.  More workshops will be available in this semester. Registration for all events will be made available at http://guilfordnonprofits.org/calendar/.

Any nonprofit or community-based organization interested in scheduling anintroductory consultation may contact NESP through the UNCG Referral Desk:

Telephone: 336-505-8994
Email: communityengagement@uncg.edu

Details are at nesp.uncg.edu.

By Kristin Medlin, UNCG Institute for Community & Economic Engagement
Full story at http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/partnership-to-improve-nonprofit-evaluation-support-in-the-triad/.

Service-learning seminars, grants

Two service-learning related professional development seminars are on tap in coming weeks:

“Reflection 101: Using reflection to enhance learning in service-learning courses.”
Wednesday Jan. 21, 4 – 5 p.m., McIver 140
This workshop is designed for faculty and staff teaching service-learning courses. It will cover reflection models, best practices, assignments, and syllabus design.

“Service-Learning Basics for Faculty.”
Wednesday Feb. 4, 4 – 5 p.m., Faculty Center
For faculty members who are new to service learning, or want a refresher. This seminar will cover service-learning basics, best practices, and course design.

Register here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77002853

Also, several Service-learning and Global Engagement QEP Course Development Grants are offered:

1. Service-Learning (SVL) Global Course Development Grants are for traditional service-learning courses that connect to at least one of the Global Engagement QEP SLOs and include direct assessment of student learning. For approved applicants, $500 is awarded as add-pay for a revised course, $1000 is awarded as add-pay for a new course.

Submission Deadlines
April 1, 2015 for a summer 2015 course.

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

2. International Service-Learning Course Development Grants provide curriculum development opportunities to faculty who have experience and/or interest in leading a student trip to another country. The award must result in an undergraduate course for academic credit that includes an international community service component. Courses must meet at least 1 of the Global Engagement QEP student learning outcomes (SLOs). Course proposals must be submitted to the appropriate university committees, including the service-learning designation committee for review and approval.

Grant Amount: up to $2,500

Submission Deadlines:
March 16 for a summer exploratory trip.

To view the RFP, visit: http://olsl.uncg.edu/service-learning/announcements/internationalsvlcoursegrant2015/
The above grants will also be available for fall 2015 courses. Please contact Kristin Moretto at knmorett@uncg.edu for more information.

Starfish is live for Spring 2015

With the return of students for the Spring 2015 term, the Starfish EARLY ALERT and CONNECT technologies are again available to all students, staff, and faculty at UNCG. Starfish is an early warning and student tracking system that allows UNCG to take a holistic approach to student success. Starfish aims to support the success of students by allowing instructors, faculty, and other staff members to track student progress and remain easily connected to one another. Starfish can be accessed through Canvas or Blackboard.

Instructors and faculty can raise alert flags related to academic and personal concerns so that students can connect with resources that may help them. Instructors can also raise kudos for students who are performing well academically or who are showing improvement. Academic Status Reports are sent out three times in the semester to allow for quick tracking of many students at once. Instructors will receive email alerts when these reports launch on the following dates:

  • February 3
  • February 24
  • March 31 (sent to instructors of student athletes and specific student cohorts only)

With the help of instructors and faculty in Fall 2014, the Starfish Outreach Team in the Students First Office was able to reach out to over 3,800 flagged students and offer them resources for additional academic support. The Starfish Outreach Team wants to ensure that Starfish needs across campus are being met. If you have questions or training needs related to Starfish, please contact Elena Medeiros, coordinator of Academic Outreach in the Students First Office, by emailing starfish@uncg.edu.

Students, staff, and faculty may refer to the Students First Office website for quick guides on using Starfish features at studentsfirst.uncg.edu.

Diversity & Global Engagement Exposition Jan. 15

The University Libraries will be hosting a Diversity and Global Engagement Exposition on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 2-6 p.m. The Expo (sharing of music, foods, cultures, values and missions/initiatives) will be from 2-4 pm and the discussion panel will be from 4-5:15 p.m.

This is an opportunity for new and returning students to engage in diversity (network/collaborate with peers and student leaders) and cultivate shared experiences.

The panelists will include Penelope Pynes, Mark Villacorta, Curtis Tarver, David Nelson, Edna Chun, Joseph Graham and other student leaders. The discussion will focus on diversity engagement on campus and will be moderated by Omar Ali.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Questions? Email Orolando Duffus, Diversity Resident Librarian, at oaduffus@uncg.edu

Fulbright scholar Fakhranda Alimardanova delves into young stars at UNCG

Photo of Dr. Fakhranda AlimardanovaWhile other scholars are reaching for the stars, one new Fulbright Scholar is setting her sights on them.

Young stars, to be exact, says Dr. Fakhranda Alimardanova.

They are a relatively new research topic, says the research fellow from Azerbaijan. “We still don’t know details of their formation and evolution – and we are still learning how to determine their physical properties correctly,” she says. “I like studying a new subject where I can make an important contribution.”

The astrophysics researcher from Azerbaijan chose UNCG, she explains, because it has an astronomy research direction very close to hers.

Dr. Anatoly Miroshnichenko, associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, is collaborating on research with her. “We have a similar field of interest which is studies of stars surrounded by large amounts of material – atoms, molecules. We aim at studying physics of processes which lead to formation of this material near stars, because most stars do not show this feature. Even the Sun with all its planets and comets looks like a lone star from space – the planets are much dimmer than the star itself.”

He adds, “We should be able to write a research paper on a star whose properties have not been understood for a long time and submit it to one of the world’s highest-rank astronomical journals.” This star was a subject of their fall presentation at the North Carolina Astronomers meeting.

He has known Fakhranda’s dissertation supervisor, Dr. Nariman Izmailov of the Shamakhy Astrophysical Observatory in Azerbaijan, for many years. That tie is another thing that led her to UNCG.

She is chair of the Council of Young Scientists and Specialists of the Shamakhy Astrophysical Observatory.

She speaks Turkish, English and Russian. Her native language is Azeri, which is related to Turkish.

The Fulbright Program awards about 8,000 grants each year. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“In addition to our joint research, Fakhranda is learning how to work with various astronomical data using a public software package developed by U.S. astronomers,” Miroshnichenko adds. “She will bring this package back to Azerbaijan to use it for analysis of data obtained at their telescopes.”

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Jan. 14, 2015

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Men’s basketball vs. VMI
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m., Coliseum

Diversity and Global Engagement Expo
Thursday, Jan. 15,  2 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

SITI Company’s “Cafe Variations”
Friday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Listening forum on chancellor search – Faculty Forum
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m., EUC, Alexander Room

Listening forum on chancellor search – Staff Forum
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m., EUC, Alexander Room

MLK Celebration, ‘An Evening with Sonia Sanchez’
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

System-wide course redesign meeting

The UTLC is hosting a system-wide course redesign meeting for grant recipients funded through UNC General Administration. Participating teams from NCSU, NCCU, ECU, WCU, UNCC, ECSU and UNCG will be participating in this half-day kickoff led by UNC GA’s Matthew Rascoff—VP, Learning Technology & Innovation and Dr. Katharine Stewart—VP for Academic Planning and Quality. UNCG’s team is led by Wade Maki (PHI) along with Jay Lennartson (GEO), Michael Matteson (PHI), Leigh Sink (PSC), Amy Strickland (NTR) and Kim Kappler-Hewitt (ELC). The meeting will be Jan. 14 in the EUC.

In memoriam: Mae Byers

Mae Byers, a UNCG Facility Services employee, has died. Mae had worked as a housekeeper in the Moore Humanities & Research Administration Building on first shift since November 2012.