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Archives for January 2015

In memoriam: Dr. Jane E. Myers

Dr. Jane E. Myers  died at her home December 23, after a  months long illness. Dr. Myers was in her final year of phased retirement from UNCG’s Counseling and Educational Development faculty after 24 years of distinguished service. She previously taught on the counseling faculty for Florida State, Florida, and Ohio University. She also recently retired as Executive Director of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International. She lived her favorite Gandhi quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

A memorial service is planned for Jan. 17, 2015, at 2 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 2105 W. Market St.

Throughout her life, Myers was recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including the ACA Extended Research Award, the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Humanitarian and Caring Person Award, the David K. Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award, the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award, the ACES Lifetime Achievement Award, designation as an ACA Fellow, and the Thomas J. Sweeney Professional Leadership Award.

Additionally, she received the UNCG School of Education Mentoring/Advising/ Supervising Award.

Myers made significant contributions to the counseling profession through her service activities, including as President of Chi Sigma Iota International, President of AACD (now the American Counseling Association), Chair of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs Board (CACREP), and as Executive Director of Chi Sigma Iota International.

She produced over 175 scholarly publications and was identified as one of the 25 most influential leaders in the counseling profession during the last 100 years.

Change in mileage rate

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service has increased the business standard mileage rate from 56 cents per mile to 57.5 cents per mile to better reflect fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle. Pursuant to G.S. 138-6(a)(1), the standard mileage rate of 57.5 cents per mile will be paid to employees who use their personal vehicle for state business. If you have any questions, call Ralice Gertz at 334-5740 or Randy Bennett at 334-5795.

Education in China and Korea

Join us from 8-11 a.m. on Jan. 30 at 401 School of Education Building if you would like to participate in a discussion regarding education in China and Korea. Eight teacher candidates from Shanghai Normal University in China and six special education teacher candidates from Inje University in Korea will host a forum to discuss education in China and special education in Korea. At 8:30 a.m., the session Teach in China: What Teachers Need to Know will be offered. At 9:45 a.m., the session Special Education in Korea: Past, Present and Future will be offered. Questions? Email y_he@uncg.edu.

Volunteer with Center for New North Carolinians

UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians’ after-school tutoring program begins another semester at all three of its community centers. The CNNC works with over 150 local immigrant and refugee youth coming from nations around the globe such as Mexico, Bhutan, Burma, Liberia, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The CNNC’s three community centers provide various opportunities to serve directly in our immigrant’s neighborhoods and communities while aiding in the ongoing education and integration of immigrant and refugee families into the local community. By far the largest and most popular program is its after-school tutoring. Individuals are given the opportunity to build mentoring relationships with newcomer youth and young adults while preparing them for academic success. Volunteers are asked to spend three hours once a week assisting immigrant youth with their homework while working on reading and math skills. They welcome new and returning volunteers.

Other after-school activities include social enrichment programs such as boy’s and girl’s groups and field trips. The centers aren’t just for the kids however. There are also volunteer opportunities to work with adults as well such as ESL, citizenship, and health literacy classes as well as vocational training.  For more information contact volunteer coordinator Aaron Hall at (336) 256-1067 or email volunteer.ccn@gmail.com.

‘The Library Reimagined’

That is the topic for the Faculty Center Takeover on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, from 3-6 p.m.

Enjoy wine, food and informal conversation about library programs and services to meet the demands of a changing campus community, including some with which you might not yet be familiar.  The event is supported by the Office of the Provost and University Libraries

Student Excellence Award

Lloyd International Honors College is now inviting nominations for the 2015 Student Excellence Award. These awards are given to seniors whose academic careers are outstanding both inside and outside the classroom. Each academic department and interdisciplinary program may nominate up to two students for the award. Nomination materials have been delivered to faculty and can be found at http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/faculty/student-awards.htm

The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in 205 Foust Building. If you have any questions, call Lloyd International Honors College at 334-5538.

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work Open House Jan. 26

The UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work is open to the entire UNCG community including students, faculty and staff.

Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Come to the Open House on Monday, Jan. 26, noon in Bryan 113. Coming to a meeting provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants and have your questions answered by group leader Bobbie Gaski.

The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Mondays in Bryan 113 from noon- 1 p.m. with weigh-in starting at noon.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-3410 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.

UNCG Student Artist Competition

The Final Round of the 2015 UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance Student Artist Competition will take place on Friday, Jan. 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall.  Dozens of the finest student performers in the school participated in Preliminary Rounds, which were held in early December. From those auditions, three representatives were chosen by each respective area of the Department of Music Performance: Woodwind, Brass/Percussion, String, Keyboard and Voice.

The Final Round is free and open to the public. You are invited to come be in the audience to hear the “best of the best” of our student performers. Each of the 15 finalists will perform their selection for a panel of faculty and guest adjudicators. Up to three selected winners will be scheduled to perform with the University Symphony Orchestra on a future performance.

Dr. Jeremy Bray

Photo of Dr. Jeremy BrayDr. Jeremy Bray (Economics) received new funding from the Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) for the project “Screening, Briefing, Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Evaluation – RFTOP 270-14-0448.”

Dr. Marinella Sandros

Photo of Dr. Marinella SandrosDr. Marinella Sandros (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received new funding from Luna Innovations Incorporated for the project “eSPRi-based IVD Assay for Multiple Organ Injury.”

Dr. Qibin Zhang

Photo of Dr. Qibin ZhangDr. Qibin Zhang (Translational Biomedical Research) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Protein Markers to T1D Progression.”

Michael Frierson

Photo of Michael FriersonMichael Frierson (Media Studies) attended the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in  December in Lima, Peru.  Frierson shot and edited short videos with Justin Catanoso, director of Wake Forest’s journalism program, who is a freelance journalist covering environmental and climate change issues. The videos were produced as part of Catanoso’s coverage for BusinessInsider.com, and will be used for a presentation on COP 20 at the Wake Forest Center on Energy, Environment and Sustainability.

Also, Frierson was interviewed for the forthcoming documentary “Klansville, USA” for the PBS series American Experience. Frierson’s father, Dargan Frierson, was an FBI agent in Greensboro during the 1960s and worked extensively with COINTERLPRO: WHITE HATE, an FBI program designed to infiltrate and disrupt the Klan. Frierson produced a personal one hour documentary about his father in 2009 called “FBI KKK.”

“Klansville, USA” premiered on PBS on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. A trailer for the film is here: Klansville, USA trailer, and an excerpt from the film is available here: The Klan and the FBI.

Dr. Xandra Eden

Photo of Dr. Xandra EdenDr. Xandra Eden (Weatherspoon Art Museum) received new funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for the project “Zones of Contention: After the Green Line.” The exhibition will be on view at the Weatherspoon Feb. 8 – May 3. It is a contemporary art exhibition focusing on artists who examine issues related to the boundaries of Israel and Palestine. Through photography, video, and sculpture, the exhibition looks at the complex social issues and loss or erosion of personal and cultural histories that have been taking place due to the difficult circumstances in this region of the world. The exhibition is part of the Zones project, initiated in 2011 by Weatherspoon Curator of Exhibitions, Xandra Eden to reveal the ways that contemporary art and artists can create a platform to discuss circumstances in far away countries and their impact upon local and regional communities. A Zone Team, consisting of local artists, community leaders, museum board members, and university faculty and students, has served as an advisory committee to identify effective ways to present the content of the exhibition and accompanying issues for Weatherspoon audiences.

Dr. Zhenquan Jia

Photo of Dr. Zhenquan JiaDr. Zhenquan Jia (Biology) received new funding from Campbell University for the project “Cruciferous Dithiolethiones for Chronic Heart Failure: Signaling Mechanisms.”

Dr. Nadja Cech

Photo of Dr. Nadja CechDr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Strategies to Investigate Synergy in Botanical Medicines.”

See/hear: Jan. 14, 2015

UNCG’s Jordy Kuiper is an ambassador for the Bas van de Goor Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and sport. The Netherlands native, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was nine years old, currently has one of the best shooting percentages on the Spartans basketball team. In this clip, he talks of his work inspiring younger athletes who also have diabetes. See DSBA feature on Jordy Kuiper.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the High Point Community Foundation for the project “Partners Achieving School Success – HPCCF.” It will expand community-based support for effective family-school partnerships in targeted High Point communities with risk factors including high rates of school failure, poverty, crime, and violence. PASS will provide an important missing prevention piece in High Point’s efforts to support school success for all children.

Race and Human Diversity: A Biocultural Approach

Dr. Robert L. Anemone, professor and department head, Biological Anthropology and Paleoanthropology, will speak on  “Race and Human Diversity: A Biocultural Approach” Wednesday, January 21, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Faculty Center

It’s a part of UNCG Authors’ Spotlight on Inclusive Excellence, a noontime program hosted by UNCG’s Black Faculty and Staff Association and Human Resources. In these informal and interactive sessions, UNCG authors discuss and present themes from a recent book they have written with a focus on topics related to Inclusive Excellence. Light refreshments are served.

Two other noontime offerings in the series:
February 18 – Dr. Janine Jones, associate professor of philosophy, “Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics”
March 25 – Dr. Revell Carr, associate professor of ethnomusicology, “Hawaiian Music in Motion: Mariners, Missionaries, and Minstrels”

Information about he Authors’ Spotlight on Inclusive Excellence can be found at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Inclusive_Excellence/UNCG_Authors_Spotlight/

UNCG makes President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

Photo of Frannie Williams '13, center, and other students help out during the 2013 MLK Day of Service.For the second straight year, UNCG has made the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This year, UNCG also appears on the Economic Opportunity Community Service Honor Roll shortlist.

The 2014 Community Service Honor Roll list includes 770 American colleges and universities.Of those institutions, 120 — including UNCG — were singled out for distinction.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named UNCG to its annual Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the award’s inception in 2006. The honor represents the highest federal recognition a school can receive for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.

“UNCG’s long-standing motto of ‘Service’ speaks directly to the importance that this university places in serving our community,” said Dr. Cheryl M. Callahan, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “As an institution, we are committed to service  and our students, faculty and staff are serving others on a daily basis. We appreciate this recognition and pledge to continue living our motto.”

  • Between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, 11,549 UNCG students completed 812,581 hours of service. UNCG’s application to CNCS details several noteworthy service projects fostered by the university. Among them:
    Dancers Connect serves the UNCG community by offering free dance classes for children in the community, ages 7-11. Graduate students developed the curriculum, and both graduate and undergraduate students participate in the teaching.
  • Write-on Greensboro partners with nonprofits to provide free creative writing workshops to community groups. The program is coordinated and executed entirely by MFA students, and partners with community groups from retirement homes and Hospice to the Interactive Resource Center (a day center for the homeless) to refugee support organizations and the Mental Health Association.
  • Campus Recreation’s Love Your Heart/Healthy Foods program serves the Greensboro community by sending students who are certified Group Exercise Instructors and Personal Trainers to present lifelong physical activity classes to K-12 students at local schools.

Several other programs also pushed UNCG onto the Economic Opportunity Honor Roll, which includes 82 American colleges and universities.These programs include:

  • Through the Access program at the Center for New North Carolinians, students teach English as a Second Language to immigrants and refugees to help prepare them for the job market. Students also provide coaching, resume building, cultural training, mock interviews and computer training to refugees and immigrants. During the 2012-13 academic year, 65 clients found jobs as a direct result of the work of UNCG students.
  • The Empowerment Fund Greensboro provides micro loans to Greensboro citizens who are homeless. The participants are clients of the Interactive Resource Center in Greensboro. The program provides training, business plan development, implementation assistance and support, and micro loans to IRC clients. The project involves students in the social entrepreneurship course at UNCG, a new student-run organization also called called Empowerment Fund Greensboro, local funders, community partners and the university.
  • Several courses offered through the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG offer expertise in economic development to a variety of non-profit organizations in the Greensboro community. Students in ENT 300 develop business plans for start-up ventures such as the Christmas Stars program at Shalom Community Christian Church. Another group of students work for the Industries for the Blind (IOB), a non-profit organization that provides employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. Students worked on a capstone to determine how IOB could provide more training on life skills so that their clients can be more functional in society.

CNCS manages the Honor Roll program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

By Michelle Hines

Richard Petty and UNCG’s CARS

Photo of CARS students at Richard Petty museumUNCG and the Petty Family Foundation are partnering for a ground-breaking night of fashion.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, the first annual Petty “Hot Pass to Fashion” Challenge will be held at the Petty Enterprises Historical Site in Level Cross, N.C. Students from UNCG’s Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) will showcase original designs inspired by racing legend Richard Petty. Proceeds from the event will help fund scholarships for CARS students, as well as Petty’s Victory Junction.

Awards for the winning designers will include a spread in Carolina STYLE Magazine, an internship and the ability to exhibit their work at the 2015 Charlotte International Fashion Week. Winners will be selected by a panel of celebrities and style/fashion industry judges, as well as by popular vote. Visit the site between now and Jan. 15 to vote for your favorite.

Find out more about each student designer and preview their designs here:

Tickets to the show are $43 for General Admission and $143 for Limited VIP tickets (includes front row seating, reception and swag bag).

To purchase tickets, call (336) 495-6643 or visit http://donate.pettyfamilyfoundation.org/tickets/.

SITI Company performs Jan. 16

Photo of SITI Company

SITI Company’s “Cafe Variations” comes to Aycock Auditorium Jan. 16, 2015, 8 p.m.

SITI Company is an innovative ensemble-based theater company committed to new work, training young theater artists and international collaboration. The seven-time Obie-winning company uses a combination of actor training methods and has presented more than 35 new productions around the world.

In “Café Variations” SITI co-founder and artistic director Anne Bogart weaves bits of Charles Mee’s plays into a series of romantic scenes in a café setting. Featuring Gershwin music, each scene is a play in itself.

The performance will be part of UNCG’s University Performing Arts Series.

Ticket prices are $25/$20, UNCG students $5.

Purchase tickets at upas.uncg.edu or call 272-0160.

Calendar year holidays 2015

Human Resources has a full list of UNCG holidays for 2015. Remaining dates for the year are:

Holiday                                                 Date Observed
Martin L. King Jr.’s Birthday           Monday, Jan. 19
Spring Holiday                                    Friday, April 3
Memorial Day                                     Monday, May 25
Independence Day                             Friday, July 3
Labor Day                                            Monday, Sept. 7
Thanksgiving holiday                        Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27
Winter holiday                                    Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday; Dec. 24, 25, 28, 29*
**University closed  Wednesday, Thursday; Dec. 30, 31
*G S126-4(5) Requires the university to note what day is observed in lieu of Veterans Day; Dec. 29 is that day.
**Employees may use accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay to cover the two days the university is closed. Employees who have no accrued leave time may make up the time with supervisory approval.

See more information at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/dates/calendaryears/.

University Libraries switching Canvas eReserves to Box

Beginning in the spring 2015 semester, eReserves for use in Canvas will be stored in Box, an online file storage service available to all UNCG users. Library staff will create course folders in Box containing eReserve readings then share the folders with the course instructors. Instructors will be responsible for adding the eReserve folders to their course.   They will receive an email that contains an embed link for the folders and a link to the Instructions for Adding eReserves to Courses in Canvas.

By storing eReserves in Box, the files are no longer using any of the storage capacity provided by Canvas for each course.  Additionally, an expiration date can be set for each course folder to expire automatically at the end of each term.  The expiration date being used for spring 2015 folders is May 8, 2015.

No changes are being made to the Blackboard eReserve process.

Opera: ‘The Daughter of the Regiment’

Photo of René BarberaEnjoy a fully staged production of Donizetti’s comedy “The Daughter of the Regiment” Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium.

It is produced in conjunction with the National Opera Association 60th Annual Convention. The Greensboro Opera production will feature renowned tenor René Barbera (in visual) along with many other talented vocalists.

It will be directed by David Holley – who is president of the National Opera Association – and conducted by Joel Revzen. The 28-member chorus is prepared by Welborn Young.

Purchase tickets at Triad Stage or by phone at 272-0160.

Details are at http://greensboroopera.org/home-daughterdetail.shtml. And a News & Record feature – plus photo gallery – is here.

Looking ahead: Jan. 7, 2015

Chancellor Search listening forum, hosted by Staff Senate
Thursday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m., Alumni House

Old-time music, ‘Across the Blue Ridge’
Friday, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Women’s basketball vs. Samford
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m.

Classes begin
Monday, Jan. 12

Women’s basketball vs. Mercer
Monday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m.

Tour, Noon @ the ‘Spoon
Tuesday, Jan. 13, noon, Weatherspoon

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

At IARc, green materials for creative minds

Photo of sustainable materials libraryEntering the sustainable materials library at UNCG’s Interior Architecture (IARc) Program feels like stepping into a professional architecture firm. While most interior architecture departments have sample rooms stocked with discards and cast off donations from manufacturers, IARc has done something different. Their ever-expanding resource does not simply house materials. It tells stories.

The thoroughly-organized collection of materials is searchable via electronic catalog. Protocol sheets within the catalog detail each material’s sustainability attributes, ranging from production and harvesting practices (for natural products such as bamboo flooring) to toxic chemical content (for paints and fabrics). The catalog even considers factors such as transportation distance when accounting for how “green” a product is. Thanks to the library, students are better equipped to make informed decisions about materials they use for projects and to stay aligned with UNCG’s commitment to sustainability.

Faculty and students use the ever-expanding library to learn about and interact with materials before incorporating them in projects. “That’s a big part of this resource,” explains Stephanie Brooker, the Faculty Coordinator for the sustainable materials library. “[Students] are able to physically touch and look at the material.”

In recent years, many professional architectural firms have gotten rid of physical libraries in favor of digital resources, allowing users to access information and materials from all across the globe. UNCG’s physical repository of materials bucks this trend, but with good reason. As Associate Professor Anna Marshall-Baker explains, digital resources have serious drawbacks. “The problem with digital databases, and firms found this too, was that you can’t feel the materials. You can’t see them. You can’t understand the weight; you can’t understand the nap; you can’t feel if the carpet is prickly.”

Having a sustainable materials library at the undergraduate level is unusual. The IARc library is even more unique because it is catalogued through the university library system. Since the Library of Congress has no procedure for organizing this type of inventory, Mary Jane Conger of the UNCG Jackson Library helped establish an unprecedented cataloguing scheme for IARc. The materials library’s catalog is searchable through the UNCG Libraries catalog, with entries including protocol sheets as well as links to material manufacturers’ websites.

The cataloguing scheme integrates a standardized coding system developed by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) – an industry standard. All UNCG interior architecture students must learn the CSI system to use the catalog, leaving them better prepared for careers in the field.

A focus on sustainability issues is growing in the interior architecture industry, and many students are entering programs with green ideas already in mind. “I learned a lot more about what makes a product sustainable, though, after I came to UNCG,” says graduate student Dana Rojack. “I was thrilled when I was first introduced to the library because it was the first interior architecture materials library I had ever seen. I was used to clipping materials [in a sample room]. It was nice to have so much up-to-date materials and literature on hand.”

While the library itself is intended for student use, the electronic catalog provides valuable information for the community at large. Anybody can access the catalog and protocol sheets. “Homeowners can get on there and look for products such as bamboo flooring and learn about them,” says Dr. Marshall-Baker.

“We are not just making information available on the library site, we are actually generating knowledge,” she adds. Students in IARc’s Materials, Methods, and Technology course must acquire two green materials for the library and complete a protocol sheet detailing the material, manufacturer, life cycle analysis, green qualities or practices, and contact information for those wishing to order samples. The library continually grows as students add about 70 material samples per year. Meanwhile, the students get the opportunity to make an original contribution to their field.

The library experience goes further than simply allowing students to handle the materials. They also have to contact companies to obtain them. This serves as an important real-world connection between students and company representatives, which can benefit them long after they leave UNCG. “On the job, they are going to be dealing with representatives and ordering materials,” says Dr. Marshall-Baker, “so they learn to do that here.” This hands-on experience of dealing with materials suppliers helps students learn how to be discerning about business practices and sustainability factors because, in the end, they are the decision-makers.

The sustainable materials library has the full support of the program’s faculty, staff and students, but it takes significant time and energy. “It’s a lot easier for an interiors program to throw samples in a room and close the door, throw students scissors, and say ‘there you go,’” says Dr. Marshall-Baker. However, Brooker and Marshall-Baker say the resource is worth the effort. “It is a valuable resource for the department. We’ll do everything we can do to keep this up and running.”

Story by Peter Hess
Photography by Mary McLean
Full story at Research and Engagement web site.

Streamlining curricular change processes

Provost Dana Dunn has formed a taskforce to review UNCG’s curricular change processes, and to recommend changes designed to streamline and shorten time to decision. In her charge to the taskforce Provost Dunn wrote: “One of the most common themes I have heard from faculty and department heads/chairs since my arrival is that our curriculum approval process is cumbersome and takes excessive amounts of time. I’ve also heard that the inability to secure timely approvals has resulted in missed opportunities to develop partnerships and launch new programs and courses. Faculty approval of the curriculum is essential and must be maintained, but I’m hopeful that the committee’s review will highlight ways we can improve and streamline our current process.”

The 20-person taskforce, with broad representation from across campus, will be meeting regularly during the first half of Spring semester and intends to provide the provost with recommendations by the end of March.

For more information on the work of the taskforce, contact Bob Hansen, associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, at rchansen@uncg.edu.

Fiddles, banjos and dance music

Photo of Alice GerrardIt’s billed as an Across the Blue Ridge: Old Sounds, New Trails concert.

Old-time string music will fill the UNCG Music Building’s Recital Hall Friday, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m..

It will feature 2015 Grammy nominee Alice Gerrard as well as UNCG alumna Laurelyn Dossett, Scott Manring, Rich Hartness and UNCG’s Tolly Tollefson.

Former 88.5 WFDD and NPR host Paul Brown will serve as emcee and perform with Terri McMurray and Craig Smith.

The concert is presented by WFDD  and the Blue Ridge Music Center and funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Tickets are $20 each on the day of the show.

Photograph of Alice Gerrard by Irene Young.

Gerald Holmes named 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity honoree by American Library Association

Photo of Gerald HolmesGerald Holmes, reference librarian and diversity coordinator, University Libraries, has been named the 2014 Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree. As part of its ongoing support of the propagation of library-based diversity research, the ALA Council Committee on Diversity and the ALA Office for Diversity recognized Holmes for his contributions to the profession and his promotion of diversity within it.

Holmes’ career has focused on the development of early career librarians, and through that work he has consistently encouraged individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to choose the library profession. He serves as a mentor for many in the profession, and is sought after for guidance on diversity issues. In his role as diversity coordinator, he works directly with Library Administration on university priorities, grants, fundraising and campus priorities regarding diversity issues and resources. A part of his role also includes working to develop internal library training opportunities to highlight culture and needs of diverse populations that the Libraries serve on campus. Holmes has been a co-principal investigator with several other area librarians and faculty members of the UNCG Library and Information Studies (LIS) program to apply for and receive IMLS grants that have funded scholarships for the Academic Cultural Enhancement (ACE) Scholars. These cohorts were directed at increasing the presence of underrepresented populations into librarianship.  While at UNCG, Holmes has been very involved in diversity focused work including serving on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; chairing the University Libraries Diversity Committee; and creating and coordinating a Post MLS Diversity Residency Program, now with its fourth resident. He also has represented the Libraries on the UNCG Race and Gender Institute Planning Committee.

He assisted in creating the ACRL Residency Interest Group and he provided guidance to the leadership of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SILS Alumni Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Additionally, he has served in leadership positions as a member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (Executive Board), as chair of the Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns and member of the Executive Board for the North Carolina Library Association, and as chair of the ACRL African-American Librarians Section.

Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will be recognized as the Achievement in Library Diversity Research Honoree at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago on Jan. 31.

For more information on the Achievement in Library Diversity Research award and the Diversity Research Grants Program, visit www.ala.org/diversity.

With the staff: November-December, 2014

Hello: Dallas Burkhardt, University Libraries; Heather Hensley-Anderson, Student Health Services; Tova Innis, Housing & Residence Life; Eugenia Brown, Student Health Services; Juanita Thacker, University Libraries; Portia Moffitt, School of Nursing; Jamie Young, Public Safety & Police; James Ferriter, Information Technology Services; Brittany Harrison, Information Technology Services

Good-bye: Patricia Lamar, Career Services; Clifton Whitman, Chancellor’s Office; Clemmytene Matkins, Chancellor’s Office; Kernsie Shrewsbury, Housekeeping; Anita Peterson, Admissions; Jeannie Lasley, Facilities Operations; Jason Volley, Public Safety and Police; Monica Mack, Student Health Services; Kathleen Martin, Biology; Chelsea Miller, Public Safety and Police

Safe Zone training

Safe Zone Training for interested faculty and staff will be held on January 23, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. SafeZone Training will be held in the Wellness Center Training Room. Here is the link to access the sign up sheet: http://goo.gl/PIjTlp.

Spartan Trader’s re-opening, open house and bike rentals

The Spartan Trader will reopen on Jan. 9, 2015, from 11 a.m-7 p.m. Bike rentals will also start on Jan. 9.

There will be an Open House on Saturday, Jan. 10, from noon-5 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. New and old consignees should come and see how the Spartan Trader has changed. For those that are new to the Spartan Trader and are interested in consigning with them, it is 100 percent free and the split is 70/30 with you setting your sales price and collecting 70 percent of every sale.

Regular store hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Saturday from noon – 5 p.m.

They can now accept items from alumni, students/faculty/alumni from other schools and from local artists. For more information contact Melissa Rinehart, Spartan Trader manager, mbrineha@uncg.edu.

Grant awarded to The Wellness Center

The NC Department of Health and Human Services approved The Wellness Center’s application for the Rape Prevention and Education program in the amount of $180,000 for a three year grant cycle beginning in February 2015. Funding will support a dedicated position for sexual assault prevention education and increased programming in the areas of sexual assault and dating violence. Those wanting more information may contact Jeanne Irwin-Olson, associate director, The Wellness Center.

A better holiday for many, thanks to faculty/staff

UNCG’s Angel Tree project made an impact. Over 100 gifts of clothing, toys, household items plus $1,075 in cash/gift cards were distributed this year to nine UNCG families (eight staff and one student). Many contributed to the effort, from gifts and gift cards to wrapping. Cicely Maynard – Ross led this year’s project for the Staff Senate.

In another effort, Staff Senate collected pajamas and books. In this undertaking, UNCG faculty and staff donated 54 pairs of pajamas paired with a book and an additional 20 books. UNCG Staff Senate sorted them, boxed them up  and passed them along to the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians for distribution. Katie Geise led this service project.

UNCG places 19 on fall Academic All-SoCon Team

UNCG has placed 19 student-athletes on the 2014 Fall Academic All-Southern Conference Team. 

To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the fall season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their teams’ competitions during the recently concluded fall campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.