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Archives for February 2015

Make nominations for Faculty Scholarship

The Faculty Scholarship Fund originated in 1941 with the Fiftieth Anniversary gift of the faculty to the university, and was maintained by faculty contributions under the leadership of the late Professor Helen Ingraham. The income from the fund provides an award to a rising junior or senior on the basis of scholarship (3.5 GPA or above), leadership, and demonstrated financial need* who is pursuing an undergraduate degree on at least a half-time basis.

The Faculty Senate’s University Teaching and Learning Commons Committee will administer the award. The Committee requests nominees for the 2015-16 award. The committee will review applications and recommend a student or students to Faculty Senate for approval.

Please encourage appropriate students in your departments to apply for this award online at http://tinyurl.com/uncgfacultyscholarship

The deadline for applications is April 3, 2015.

*Financial need will be established by the UNCG Financial Aid Office and is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All scholarship applicants must have a completed FAFSA by application deadline. For more information about FAFSA or Financial Aid, please contact the UNCG Financial Aid Office, http://fia.uncg.edu.

“Writers Meet Readers”: Local Authors Book Fair

The second annual “Writers Meet Readers” O.Henry Book Fair will be held at the O.Henry Hotel from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21. It will feature 20 local writers, all with recently published books. Many will be UNCG alumni and faculty.

Presented by the O. Henry Hotel, the UNCG MFA Writing Program, and O. Henry Magazine, the event will be hosted by O.Henry’s editor and New York Times best-selling author Jim Dodson. Each writer will be selling, signing and talking about their latest works.

Book titles will range from light fare, such as John Batchelor’s Chefs of the Mountains, to Lynn Chandler Willis’s award-winning private eye novel, “Wink of an Eye.” Newly published books also will run the gamut, including Ellen Fischer’s children’s book “Latke the Lucky Dog” and Maycay Beeler’s “Buccaneer,” a true account of the life and times of Jack Reed, an All-American boy turned drug smuggler; turned Robinson Crusoe, then infamous prison inmate.

Poets in attendance will include Martin Arnold, Valerie Nieman, David Roderick and Mark Smith-Soto. Other authors include Fred Chappell (Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997–2002), Ellen Fisher, Jaime Lynn Forbes, Gary Furnas, J. Phillips L. Johnston, Jacob Paul, Ann Trueblood Raper, Ann P. Saab, Lollie White and Lee Zacharias.

The book fair is named for Greensboro’s most famous writer, William Sydney Porter (O.Henry), and sponsored by the hotel and magazine by the same name. It will be held  at the O.Henry Hotel, 624 Green Valley Road. There is no admission fee.

For more information: http://www.ohenryhotel.com/book_fair.htm or call the UNCG MFA Writing Program at 334-5459.

Office of General Counsel restructuring

Chancellor Linda P. Brady has announced that the university is restructuring its Office of General Counsel. Her announcement read, in part:

“This move is being driven by the increasingly complex issues and evolving landscape across higher education, including compliance, Title IX, capital projects, public-private partnerships, and many others that require wide-ranging experience and strategic thinking,” she stated. “We also recognize the need for additional staff within our OGC to address the volume and complexity of work and to enable us to be more responsive to competing demands.

“Effective February 10, Imogene Cathey, General Counsel, will move to a new Deputy General Counsel position in the office to fully take advantage of her experience in employment law, personnel, human relations and civil rights and complement the talents of existing Associate Counsel Mike Jung and Todd Davis. The addition of this new position will add significant capacity, create a more balanced workload for all, and lead to the development of a more responsive team.

“Also effective February 10, Betsy Bunting, who previously served as interim General Counsel at UNC Wilmington, Associate General Counsel at UNC-General Administration, and Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Higher Education Section, will assume the position of interim General Counsel at UNCG. She has extensive experience in higher education, understanding of the UNC system, and knowledge of the North Carolina judicial system.”

$2,000 in prizes up for grabs in ‘2 Minutes to Win It’

For the first time, the UNCG North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) is offering its popular “2 Minutes to Win It” business idea contest in the spring. All full-time undergraduate and graduate students at UNCG, N.C. A&T, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Bennett College, Elon University, Guilford Tech and High Point University are eligible to compete for $2000 in prizes. Initial idea submissions are due on Feb. 21, and final pitches and awards will be presented on March 31.

“We’ve had such success with our fall competition, we wanted to double up and add one for spring” said Justin Streuli, director of the NCEC.

Students can develop original ideas for any type of business or social entrepreneurship venture. The only exceptions are that ideas cannot be franchises or a business or service that has already been started by the student. Students can enter multiple times, but all ideas must be submitted online at http://ncec.uncg.edu by Feb. 21.

Looking ahead: Feb. 18, 2015

Faculty Forum, Enrollment Management & Spartan Academic Success at UNCG
Wednesday, Feb. 18,  3 p.m., Alumni House

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. (revised time), Alumni House

Talk, George Scheer, director, Elsewhere
Thursday February 19, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Softball vs. Iona
Friday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m.

Lecture, “Markets in Education,” David Schmidtz (Arizona)
Monday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Room 136, Petty Building

Baseball vs. Duke
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.

Talk, Greensboro’s Response to Beginning of WW I
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson

In memoriam: Woodie McDougald

Woodrow “Woodie” McDougald died Feb. 7 in Moses Cone Hospital. He was a member of the UNCG Broadcast and Cinema faculty for several decades, as well as an engineer in the department, before retiring from the university in the mid-1990’s. He is remembered as being a great teacher who cared deeply about his students – and for being a tough guy. “He wasn’t afraid to climb a TV tower,” Matt Barr says. He told Barr of some of his WW II experiences as a teenager in the Underwater Demolitions Team (a forerunner of Navy SEALS) in the Pacific theater, where he was held prisoner for a time. “He was a war hero,” Barr says, and afterward became a radio engineer. In his career, he also worked for UNC-TV. Barr notes that McDougald engineered the UNC-TV programs produced in the Carmichael Building.

In memoriam: Bob Galbreath

Bob Galbreath died on Feb. 1. He served as Assistant Director for Collection Management in Jackson Library beginning in 1990. He officially retired in 2004. A dedicated scholar with a Ph.D. in history, he taught at the college level, served for a number of years as director of the honors program at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and held responsible positions at the libraries at Northwestern University and Loyola University before coming to UNCG. During his varied career he published articles and book reviews in such areas as religion, history and political science, philosophy, popular culture, and library science. Read more at the Libraries blog, in a post by Dr. Bill Finley, at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2015/02/former-assistant-director-bob-galbreath.html.

Undergraduate Honors Symposium Feb. 27

UNCG’s 15th Annual Undergraduate Honors Symposium will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be presentations from students in a variety of disciplines, including students from other area universities. Concurrent sessions will take place in different locations in the EUC. Biology professor Dr. Bruce Kirchoff will give the keynote address at 4 p.m. in EUC’s Maple Room, to be followed by a reception. The Honors College encourages you to bring your classes and to attend individually as well. A complete schedule is located at http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/news/events.htm

Panel discussion: Recent events in Ukraine

Join Lloyd International Honors College for a panel discussion on the implications of recent events in Ukraine. The event will be Monday, Feb. 23, 3-5 p.m., Virginia Dare Room of Alumni House. Panelists will be:

Dr. Elvira Osipova, Saint Petersburg State University
Dr. Errol Clauss, Salem College
Dr. William Crowther, UNCG
Moderator: Dr. Jerry Pubantz, UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College

A reception will follow.

UNCG Pedestrian Underpass wins another award

The Carolinas AGC construction trade group awarded the UNCG Pedestrian Underpass with a 2014 Pinnacle Award, The Triad Business Journal reported.

Earlier, it had been honored as the “best project under $10 million” by ENR Southeast magazine.

See detailed report at http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2015/02/10/triad-construction-project-earns-yet-another-award.html

1,225 items – and money – for Spartan Pantry

Earlier this winter, a number of offices in Enrollment Management competed to see who could give the most to support UNCG students in need through the Spartan Pantry. The pantry provides food assistance to any Spartans in need.

The UNCG offices collected a total of 1,225 food items and $140 in cash.

That will help students in need this semester.

Emily Saine, assistant to the director at Wesley-Luther Campus Ministries, thanked the participants for their “tremendous help getting the shelves up to a manageable amount of food for distribution.”

The food donations are needed greatly, this time of year, she explained. “The holidays bring an abundance of food but people start to cut back in the new year and our shelves get bare.  We really appreciate you all allowing us to get through this first month that would normally be low donations.”

The Undergraduate Admissions staff engagement committee members are Jana Henderson (the point person for this project), Annette Cline, Sarah Griffin, Jill Ingram and Charlie Swing.

With the staff: January – early February, 2015

Hello: Marquita Loflin, Accounting Services; Cristian Rodriguez, Utility Operations; Vershon Ward, Campus Activities and Programs; Kevin Crews, Housing and Residence Life; Ruby Norman, HDFS; Jaye Ray, Development; Jeffery Dezearn, Housekeeping; Currissa Townsend, International Programs Center

Good-bye: Rebekah Kates, University Relations; Rebecca Mock, Accounting Services; Timothy Stewart, Public Safety and Police; Gregory Leepow, Office of Research and Economic Development; Jeanne Craig, Development; Rebecca LaPlante, University Advancement; Ndikumo Kajangu, Housing and Residence Life; James Harroun, Institutional Research; John Pearce, Housekeeping; Dale Williams, Buildings and Trades; Shery Stevens, Housekeeping; Mae Byers, Housekeeping; Touger Vang, Library and Information Studies; Michael Hall, Housekeeping; Sylvester DeWitt, Housing and Residence Life; Michelle Hines, University Relations

Dr. Prashant Palvia

Photo of Dr. Prashant PalviaDr. Prashant Palvia (Bryan School, ISSCM Dept.) received the Best Paper Award for the paper “The World IT Project: A Multi-Country Multi-Year Investigation of IT Employee Issues,” at the 8th Indian Subcontinent DSI International Conference, held in Pune, India, January 2015.

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer

Photo of Dr. Lakshmi IyerDr. Lakshmi Iyer (Bryan School, ISSCM Dept.) will receive the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology on April 24, 2015.

Dr. Danielle Swick

Photo of Dr. Danielle SwickDr. Danielle Swick (Social Work) received new funding from Durham Public Schools for “Evaluating the Effects of the School-Based Support Program”. The school-based support program was developed to build a partnership between education, mental health, and university systems. The goal of the project was to create and leverage a multi-system partnership to capitalize on resources and improve outcomes for children and families within the community, the abstract states.

See/hear: Feb. 18, 2015

UNCG Baseball Coach Link Jarrett gives his thoughts on the season ahead.

Forum: Enrollment Management and Spartan Academic Success

The Faculty Senate hosted a Faculty Forum with Dr. Bryan Terry, associate provost for enrollment management, Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. The forum presentation was “Enrollment Management and Spartan Academic Success at UNCG.”

Updated Feb. 18, 8 p.m..

Joseph Starobin has big hopes for tiny heart monitor

Photo of Dr. Joseph StarobinImagine a device so small it can be embedded in your t-shirt — a device that non-invasively and painlessly monitors your heart’s electrical signals, predicting dangerous cardiac arrhythmias. Dr. Joseph Starobin did.

Starobin, associate professor of nanoscience in UNCG and NC A&T’s Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and his team — a postdoctoral researcher and two doctoral students — are currently developing the tiny electrocardiographic device. Starobin believes it can save lives, lower healthcare costs and pose less risk to patients.

“Ideally, this device will allow doctors to catch heart abnormalities at pretty early stages,” he says. “Without miniaturized devices, one can’t catch these problems before symptoms appear.”

Starobin’s team doesn’t have a completed prototype yet, but he expects to have one within the next two years. Starobin worked closely with doctors and biomedical engineers at Duke Medical Center’s electrophysiological catheterization lab to compare recordings of electrical signals done through invasive methods with surface measures.

Currently, he says, EKG’s and catheterization are the only options for diagnosis and monitoring of arrhythmias. The EKG T-Wave Alternans, a non-invasive method where large electrodes are placed on the patient and signals are recorded by a large machine, catches only specific waves.

Catheterization, an invasive procedure performed by specialists, can cost $10,000-$15,000 — not always an option for patients without good health insurance.

“The invasive procedures are very costly,” Starobin explains. “The EKG T-Wave Alternans technology paves the road, but still the road is bumpy.”

Starobin says many cardiac arrhythmias are caused when a heart attack scars or weakens the heart muscle, preventing the healthy movement of electrical waves through that muscle. Athletes — who may develop very large heart muscle — are also at risk.

Starobin’s device would be helpful in monitoring post-heart attack patients and athletes. They could wear the device during periods of recovery or high activity, and their doctors could study electrical signals remotely.

The electrical capacitor, which utilizes several hundred-nanometer-thin gold film as electrodes, should be as effective as an invasive procedure at finding problems, Starobin says. And it will power itself by harvesting the heart’s electrical energy.

Story by Michelle Hines, University Relations

Enjoy UNCG music – and dance – live via the web, in Spring 2015

Photo from past musical performanceEnjoying a UNCG Music performance is always a wonderful experience.

You can’t get to a particular performance? It may be one of the many that will be live streamed, so you can enjoy it with the click of mouse.

What’s more, for the first time, UNCG will live stream a dance event. UNCG’s BFA Thesis Dance Concert on April 25 in the Dance Theatre will showcase outstanding UNCG undergraduates in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Dean Peter Alexander said, “Our live streaming allows more people than ever before to enjoy the arts at UNCG. By presenting for the first time a UNCG dance performance live on our site, we are able to display even more of the immense talent and artistic skill of our students.”

Dance events, which are ticketed, are a source of revenue, so streaming them will probably be limited to one or two per semester, says Matt Libera, UNCG Performing Arts Technology Consultant and Webmaster.

The line-up of web-streamed events:

February 2015

  • Carolina Band Festival – Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble – Friday, February 13, 2015 – 7:30 pm
  • University Band – Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Ensembles I & II – Friday, February 20, 2015 – 7:30 pm
  • University Symphony Orchestra – Friday, February 27, 2015 – 7:30 pm

March 2015

  • University Chorale – Sunday, March 1, 2015 – 7:30 pm
  • Sinfonia – Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 7:30 pm
  • Present~Continuous – Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 7:30 pm

April 2015

  • Percussion Ensemble – Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Ensemble II – Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 7:30 pm
  • University Band and Symphonic Band – Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – 7:30 pm
  • Wind Ensemble – Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 7:30 pm
  • BFA Thesis Dance Concert – Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 2:00 pm
  • Men’s and Women’s Glee – Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 3:30 pm
  • University Chorale and Chamber Singers – Sunday, April 26, 2015 – 3:30 pm
  • University Symphony Orchestra & Sinfonia – Monday, April 27, 2015 – 7:30 pm

If you need help or have questions, see the FAQ’s at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/smtd-live.

By Mike Harris

UNCG’s next common read is ‘Where Am I Wearing?’

Photo of students around the fountain on campusUNCG’s Keker First Year Common Read 2015 book has been chosen.

“Where Am I Wearing?” by Kelsey Timmerman (Wiley Publishing) is the selection.

In the book, a journalist travels the world to trace the origins of our clothes. “‘Where Am I Wearing?’ intimately describes the connection between impoverished garment workers’ standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle.”

UNCG’s KFYCR Book Selection Team, composed of faculty, staff, and students, received dozens of book recommendations, 14 of which met the KFYCR guidelines. Once the options were narrowed down to the top four, the book selection team read the top choices and then determined the winning title after thorough discussion about the potential for the book to appeal to a wide range of students, to engage students in discussion, and for the book to have global relevance and opportunity for service.

The KFYCR Programming Team will begin meeting soon to discuss and plan curricular and co-curricular programming around the book. A variety of academic programs are committed to using the text in the classroom, including UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College, Foundations for Learning, and Residential Colleges. Global Engagement/QEP and the Lucy Spinks Keker Endowment are the major sponsors of the KFYCR.

An author visit will be planned for the fall semester, as well as many other programs and events designed to bring the book to life.  For event details, visit http://yourfirstyear.uncg.edu/the-first-year-summer-read/about-fysr/

If your department would like to be involved in the Keker First Year Common Read, contact New Student & Spartan Family Programs at yfy@uncg.edu.

UNCG class in session all around Capitol Hill

Photo of UNCG students posing if front of Capitol Building in Washington D.C.Ever thought of a career in national politics and policy?

Dr. David Holian has been opening the eyes of UNCG Political Science undergraduates to the career possibilities in Washington, DC, since 2005.

His UNCG PSC 300 class, which is offered every other summer, is called the “Washington Summer Study Session.” After meeting in Greensboro during the initial week of the first summer session, students spend three weeks in the nation’s capital, live in dorms on the Catholic University of America campus, travel throughout the DC metro area to meet with invited course participants, and take advantage of all that Washington has to offer, from museums to monuments to a wide variety of cultural opportunities.

Students accepted into the program receive funding to pay for their stay at Catholic from a variety of sources, including Undergraduate Research, the Annie Moring Alexander Scholarship Fund, the Louise Alexander Scholarship Fund, and the Department of Political Science.

The class comprises both academic and career objectives, Holian says.

On the academic side, students deepen their knowledge of national politics and policy.  In classes on the UNCG campus, Holian says, students learn political science theory. In the nation’s capital, they study the real deal: politics and policy in practice. “We get to test our theories in Washington. Students get to ask the practitioners their views of how the world works.”

For example, instead of discussing the structure and consequences of the congressional budget process based on reading about it in a textbook, students in Washington get to ask questions of the staff director of the House Appropriations Committee.

Students have no classroom and don’t need one – every day brings something different. “Lots of Metro trips,” Holian says, as the class takes the subway to meet members of Congress in their offices or lobbyists in their K Street conference rooms.

Students also meet with members of the executive branch, journalists, campaign strategists, think tank officials, and congressional staffers. One of the first things students notice about staffers is that many are only a few years older than they are.

On the career side, students make important contacts by networking with class speakers and UNCG alumni working in Washington, many of whom took Holian’s class in past years.

“They see that a lot of people get to where they are by working hard, getting breaks, and being intensely interested in the political process.”

Of the approximately 85 students who have taken Holian’s summer course so far, about 20 students have gone on to complete internships, many with members of Congress. About 10 have attended Washington-area graduate schools or gotten jobs working with or in government. One former student currently works for the Department of Homeland Security. Another works for the FBI. A student who took the class in 2013 recently completed an internship with the Congressional Black Caucus and then landed a job in Rep. G.K. Butterfield’s Washington office. Butterfield represents North Carolina’s First Congressional District.

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of the fact that a number of students have gone on to take advantage of opportunities that they might not have been introduced to without taking the class,” Holian said.

Holian got his BA in journalism at Northwestern University and interned as a reporter with the Lexington Herald-Leader. He wrote about local politics and government and, instead of becoming a journalist, decided to pursue his doctorate in political science, which he received from Indiana University.

He’s been making a difference in UNCG students’ lives and future careers since 2000.

By Mike Harris

Workshops to enhance culture of care

In an effort to create a culture of care, the UNCG Dean of Students Office invites and encourages you to attend a workshop series specifically designed for faculty and staff. Visit http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/uncg-cares/ to register to attend. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

UNCG Still Cares
Friday, Feb. 13
2-4 p.m.
Elliott University Center, Phillips Room
“UNCG Cares” about students! During this 2-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders
Friday, Feb. 20
2-3:30 p.m.
Elliott University Center, Phillips Room
This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns.

Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Friday, March 6
3–4 p.m.
Elliott University Center, Phillips Room
Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom toward faculty and their peers. This behavior is not only disruptive, but if not addressed, could have irreversible consequences on student learning. The Dean of Students Office may have some solutions. Come learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students.

2015 UNCG School of HHS Alumni Award Recipients

The UNCG School of HHS will honor many alumni this year.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Vikki Krane, PhD. Dr. Krane earned a PhD in Exercise and Sport Science (now Kinesiology) in 1990.

Lifetime Legacy Award: Vira Kivett, PhD. Dr. Kivett earned a PhD in Child Development and Family Relations in 1976. She earned a BS (1955) and MS (1960) in Home Economics Education at Woman’s College

Public Service Award: Mary Ross (Rossie) Lindsey. Mrs. Lindsey earned a BS in Home Economics Education in 1963

Emerging Leader Award: Juné Rogers, MPH. Ms. Rogers earned an MPH in Health Education in 2005.

The HHS Pacesetter Awards will go to:

  • Louise Raleigh (MA, 1983) for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Dr. Candice Bruton (BS, 1993) for the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation
  • Ann Katherine (Kate) Foreman (MS, 2009) for the Genetic Counseling Program
  • Brittany Singhas (MS, 2011) for the Gerontology Program
  • Dr. Kari Adamsons (MS, 2002; PhD, 2006) for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • Vicki Simmons (BS, 1975; MS, 1984) for the Department of Kinesiology
  • Dr. Corinth Auld (BS, 2000; PhD, 2006) for the Department of Nutrition
  • Barry Murray (MA, 2014) for the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Mossaab Benhammou (MPH, 2011) for the Department of Public Health Education
  • Audrey Hart (BSW, 2012) for the Department of Social Work

These awards will be presented at the HHS Alumni Awards reception on April 11, 2015, at 6 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC.

Dialects of North Carolina: hear the linguistic diversity

The CDLC Speaker Series Talkin’ Tar Heel and Educating the Educated: Linguistic Diversity in the University Backyard will take place on February 19th, 2015, from 3-4 p.m. in the School of Education Building, 401.

The first speaker, Walt Wolfram, is William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University, where he also directs the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960s and published more than 20 books and over 300 articles. A topic of conversation will be one of his most recent books, “Talkin’ Tar Heel: How our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina” (with Jeff Reaser, 2014).

The second speaker, Jeffrey Reaser, is associate professor of English at North Carolina State University where he coordinates the secondary English education program and contributes to the North Carolina Language and Life Project. His primary research focus has examined the effectiveness of formal and public education linguistics projects, including the development and testing of the nation’s first state-based dialect awareness program.

The event is sponsored by the Coalition of Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) and Faculty Access & Equity Committee.

More information is at cdlc.uncg.edu.

Travis Hicks will receive NC Campus Compact service-learning award

Photo of Travis HicksTravis Hicks will receive the North Carolina Campus Compact’s 2015 Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award.

As a UNCG assistant professor of Interior Architecture, Hicks fully embraces community engagement pedagogy, focusing his scholarship and teaching on projects that advance social justice. Hicks works with undergraduate and graduate students, encouraging them to become engaged citizen designers pursuing projects that are inclusive and participatory.

Hicks received UNCG’s Mary Francis Stone Teaching Excellence Award in 2012, and the College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Excellence Award in 2013. In 2014, Hicks helped launch the Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) in the Glenwood neighborhood near UNCG to connect students and faculty with community members and partners, engaging diverse stakeholders in design processes that address specific and often critical needs.

Hicks published a chapter on research in practice in the 15th edition of “The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice” (2014), a national standard for architectural practice. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences and helped secured multiple community-based research grants, graduate research assistantships, and undergraduate research awards.

He serves as a Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement in UNCG’s University Teaching and Learning Center. In 2014 he was one of ten finalists for the national Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. In her nomination of Hicks for the award, community engagement expert Barbara Holland stated that Hicks, “demonstrates a level of maturity and wisdom in engaged scholarship that is uncommon. His attention to quality practices ensures authenticity and reciprocity in partnerships, and strong learning experiences for his students.”

He is UNCG’s second recipient of the Sigmon Award. Dr. Spoma Jovanovic received the award two years ago.

Hicks will receive this award during the 2015 Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference on Feb. 18, 2015.

Campus Compact is a coalition that promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.

To learn more about the award, including previous recipients, visit this link.

Looking ahead: Feb. 11, 2015

CACE Conference
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m., EUC

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Talk, ‘History of African American Students at UNCG’
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Baseball vs. High Point
Friday, Feb. 13, 4 p.m.

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Friday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Softball vs. George Washington
Saturday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m.

UNCG Theatre, ‘Cabaret’
Saturday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m., Taylor Theatre

See/hear: Feb. 11, 2015

Believe in the G! On Feb. 25-26, our university will have the #BelieveInTheG Giving Challenge. Campus Weekly will run a feature on the event soon. Until then, here’s a preview clip.

Free food tastings from UNCG Archives

Join University Library’s Digital Projects Team for Vintage Viands, a taste testing of vintage recipes showcased in the online Home Economics, Food, and Nutrition Pamphlets Collection in the library’s Special Collections and University Archives Department.

Faculty and staff of the University Libraries will be working hard to make these recipes as authentic as possible for people to try. There will be a competition for the best and worst food from the recipes, so they invite library patrons to attend.

The tasting event will be Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Reading Room of Jackson Library. They will be serving food until it runs out, so come out early.

In addition to the taste testing, the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collection & University Archives will have a display of the actual pamphlets held by the Libraries.

More details at FOL blog.

Baseball, Softball mean spring is almost in swing

Photo of baseball players celebrating run scoringLet’s play two. No, let’s play three.

This weekend, UNCG Baseball hosts High Point for a three game series: Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.)

UNCG Softball will have their home opener series this weekend as well, Feb. 14-15, as they host George Washington. On Saturday and Sunday, the action starts at 1 p.m.

All home games are free-admission.

Food Truck Tuesdays near Minerva

Photo of food truck with studentsFood trucks are back behind the EUC, beside Minerva.

Each Tuesday as the weather gets warmer you can enjoy the lunch option. For questions or accommodation concerns, e-mail capso@uncg.edu. You can pay with cash, charge, UNCG Flex, and SpartanCash.

Feb. 17 – Parlez Vous Crepe & Pulled Piggy
March 3 – Camel City Grill & Marty’s BBQ
March 17 – Parlez Vous Crepe & Marty’s BBQ
March 24 – Cameron’s Funnel Cakes & Caribbean
March 31 – Parlez Vous Crepe & Marty’s BBQ
April 7 – Camel City Grill & Parlez Vous Crepe
April 14 – Parlez Vous Crepe & Pulled Piggy
April 21 – Parlez Vous Crepe & Caribbean

Schedule subject to change due to inclement weather, etc.

Heart Walk teams forming. Want to be a captain?

UNCG faculty, staff and students have been strong supporters of the American Heart Association Heart Walk for many years by raising money and walking.

Right now, UNCG Heart Walk teams are forming. If you are interested in starting a campus team or joining an existing team, now is a good time.

The walk will be be held Saturday, May 16, at 8 a.m. at UNCG. It will have thousands of fellow walkers.

Some people run it, some people bring dogs, strollers, etc. It’s low pressure. Teams are formed mostly online. Each team needs a captain who simply gathers team members. UNCG usually fields about five teams, ranging from 10 to 40 members. A team can be of any size and can have non-UNCG members (so family and friends are welcome). Each walker will get a T-shirt to wear day of the event. Each UNCG team captain is invited to a lunch here on campus, to meet with the walk director for updates.

Visit http://heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1110860 to register. For more information, contact Kim Sousa-Peoples at 4-5231 or ksp@uncg.edu.

Training session in Human Subjects Research

The UNCG Office of Research Integrity offers a spring training session in Human Subjects Research for graduate students and faculty. This training is conducted to meet the federal requirements for research with human subjects and to fulfill the requirement to submit an IRB application to the UNCG IRB.

The next session will be Monday, March 2, 2015, noon-3 p.m. in EUC’s Dogwood Room.

Register to attend at https://workshops.uncg.edu. Just click “View all workshops offered” and search for “Human Subjects Research Training.”

Questions regarding the session can be directed to Melissa Beck (mdbeck@uncg.edu/ or 256-0253).

Spartan pitcher preseason pick

UNCG junior Ryan Clark has been named the Southern Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Spartans are picked to finish fourth in the SoCon standings by the league’s coaches and fifth by the league’s media association.

Additionally, Clark and senior outfielders Zac MacAneney and Eric Kalbfleisch were tabbed to the preseason all-conference first team while senior infielder Hunter King garnered second team recognition.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady

Photo of Chancellor Linda P. BradyChancellor Linda P. Brady and NC A&T Chancellor Harold Martin received the Thomas Z. Osborne Distinguished Citizen Award from the Greensboro Partnership at their annual dinner. The award is presented to a citizen who has demonstrated extraordinary service and achievement within the community; it is the highest honor given by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and is presented jointly with Duke Energy. Brady and Martin were recognized for not only the significant work done at their respective universities, but also for the unprecedented level of teamwork and collaboration that they have exhibited in working to make projects such as the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Opportunity Greensboro, and the Union Square Campus a reality.

The Greensboro Partnership is the principal economic and community development organization in Greensboro.

Dr. David F. Ayers

Photo of Dr. David F. AyersDuring the 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed free community college tuition as a way of addressing inequality in the USA. Dr. David F. Ayers (School of Education), a nationally recognized expert on community college missions, will edit a special issue of the academic journal Community College Review, which will focus on the implications of this major policy initiative.

As an aside, beginning Fall 2016, the UNCG Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations will offer an Ed.D. in educational leadership with a concentration in community college policy.