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Archives for March 2015

2015 Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards show UNCG’s impact

Group photo of recipientsAll those recognized at last week’s Faculty & Staff Awards ceremony shared in their significant impact on the work our university does in the region and in the state.

The day’s ceremony would honor extraordinary contributions of UNCG faculty and staff, Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn said. “We are recognizing individuals who have made sustained and innovative contributions to the university’s success through our service awards and individual awards. In this annual program, we honor the exemplary service of faculty and staff who go above and beyond.”

“I bring greetings from Chancellor Brady, who truly regrets that she could not be here today,” Dunn said. “This is one of her favorite events, and she sends her regards.”

Dunn recognized Susan Safran, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees member Charles Blackmon and UNC Staff Assembly Chair Susan Colby, on hand to help honor the recipients.

Award recipient for 2015 are:

Teaching Excellence Awards:

  • Dr. Dianne Welsh – Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr. Mitchell Croatt – James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Ms. Karen DeNaples – Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr. Joseph Starobin –  UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards:

  • Fred Patrick (staff)
  • Dr. Catherine Matthews (faculty)
  • Natalie Hengstebeck (student)

Staff Excellence Awards:

  • Kattya Castellon
  • Haley Childers

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for the Graduate School:

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders

Research Excellence Awards:

  • Dr. Eugene Rogers
  • Dr. Nick Oberlies

Student Learning Enhancement Award:

  • International and Global Studies, received by Dr. Roberto Campo
  • Religious Studies, received by Dr. Bill Hart.

Those receiving recognition for length of service included:

30 years of service:

  • Daniel Bibeau
  • Kay Cowen
  • Donna Friddle
  • Tommy Hailey
  • Lynn Harris
  • Judy Hunsucker
  • Joyce Johnson
  • Robin Kallam
  • Billy Lee
  • Dennis Leyden
  • Steve Rhew
  • Donald Skeen
  • Kenneth Snowden

35 years of service:

  • Cherry Callahan
  • James Clark
  • Svi Shapiro
  • Pat Turner

40 years of service:

  • Joseph DiPiazza
  • John Neufeld

Dr. Michael Frierson and the students in the UNCG Advanced Media Production Practicum created videos of the award-recipients. The videos will be posted on the UNCG HR site soon. Visit https://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Employee_Recognition/Excellence_Awards/ to see the videos and to see past recipients.

What we look for in a Presidential candidate

Photo of President Obama during a past presidential debateSo did George W. Bush win twice because American voters thought he’d be the candidate they’d most like to have a beer with? Or maybe go bowling with?

No. The pundits on the news talk shows may say that personal warmth is important to voters, but it’s just not so, says Dr. David Holian.

Dr. Charles Prysby and Holian, both professors of political science at UNCG, have co-authored “Candidate Character Traits in Presidential Elections” (Routledge) – and have determined the four traits or personality areas voters actually are looking for:

  • Leadership (Strength/Being inspirational)
  • Competence (Knowledge/Intelligence)
  • Integrity (Honesty/Morality)
  • Empathy (Understanding the problems average voters face)

Character traits matter less to voters today than in earlier eras, Holian says. With an increasingly polarized electorate, fewer Americans defect the way Democrats did in voting for Reagan in 1980.

Nevertheless, the character traits of Presidential candidates mean more to voters than those of Congressional candidates, Holian says, because voters consume more information and learn more about higher profile Presidential elections.

In six of the last eight elections, the Republican candidate had the higher rating on leadership. On the other hand, Democratic candidates always get higher marks on empathy.

For competence and integrity, the authors detected no difference in the parties, Prysby says. Bill Clinton was an exception; he received low scores on integrity. Likewise, George W. Bush did poorly on public perceptions of his competence.

Prysby first thought about this in the mid-1970’s. A neighbor who’d voted for the quite liberal George McGovern in 1972 planned to vote for the Republican Gerald Ford in 1976. “For (the neighbor), it all came down to trust. It wasn’t about ideology.”

Did John Kerry lose because he was cold and aloof while George W. Bush was likeable? “In fact, Kerry did just as well as Bush on personal traits overall,” Prysby says. Kerry came across significantly worse on leadership, but better on empathy and competence (knowledge, intelligence), and about even with Bush on integrity.

The data for this analysis comes from surveys conducted each election by the American National Elections Studies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. These are lengthy interviews – mostly face to face. “Every person is interviewed for 90 minutes before the election and 60 minutes after the election,” Prysby explains. “These are long interviews, with lots of questions.”

In 1996, the data set showed something remarkable about the first lady, Hillary Clinton. She had high positives and high negatives. It seemed that people reacted strongly to her – and she was not a candidate for office. Of course, she may well be in 2016.

Character traits do affect votes, Prysby says. The research shows it. He adds that they have no way of measuring the character traits themselves. They are solely considering the voters’ perceptions of those traits.

Which of the four traits matter most to voters? “Election after election, leadership and empathy are the two most important,” Holian says.

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy White House archives

Global fun at UNCG I-Fest April 11

Photo of international students from 2012 iFestA great diversity of food samples and entertainment awaits.

UNCG’s 33rd International Festival will fill College Avenue and the Jackson Library lawn and Stone lawn on Saturday, April 11, noon – 5 p.m.

Several “new” countries will be represented this year.

Enjoy a variety of delicious foods from around the world – as well as entertainment and performing arts demonstrations from a diverse range of cultures. It will be a family-friendly day of fun and learning. Bring a friend, a family member, a neighbor – or just bring yourself and make some new friends.

“It’s a great opportunity to come together and celebrate the cultures that make us who we are,” said Denise Bellamy, UNCG’s Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs, and organizer of the festival.

A total of 53 booths will provides lots to see and do. Booths that are new to the festival this year include Albania, Sudan, Somalia, Jamaica, Finland and many more.

Performances on the outdoor stage will be virtually non-stop:

Time  — Country/Region  — Performance

Noon   India Bollywood   Dance

12:15 p.m.   South Korea   K-Pop Dance

12:45 p.m.   Latin America   Latin Dance

1:15 p.m.   India Bollywood   Dance (Children)

1:45 p.m.   Middle East   Belly Dance Fusion


2:30 p.m.   Japan   Japanese Taiko Drumming

3:15 p.m.   Middle East   Dance Troupe Bellysima

3:50 p.m.   India   Jalwa Dance Performance

4:05 p.m.   China/Philippines   Kung Fu Demonstration

4:20 p.m.   Saudi Arabia   Saudi Traditional Dance

4:40 p.m.   South Korea   K-Pop Dance

4:50 p.m.   India   Bollywood Dance

The event is sponsored by the UNCG International Students Association, International Programs Center and Student Government Association.

The rain site will be in the Atrium of the Coleman Building (formerly known as HHP Building). Please use the West Drive entrance (over the bridge). Admission and parking at the Walker Parking Deck are free.

Details are at www.uncg.edu/ipg/isa/ifest.

UNCG Graduate Research & Creativity Expo April 9

Photo of students mingling at last year's Graduate Research and Creativity ExpoUNCG will showcase the research and creativity of its graduate students April 9.

The 3rd Annual UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: “Scholarship That Matters” will be held Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 1 – 4 p.m. in UNCG’s Elliott University Center.
It is hosted by the UNCG Graduate School in partnership with the UNCG Office of Research and Economic Development.

The purpose of the Expo is to showcase the accomplishments of UNCG’s graduate students to the Greater Greensboro community in addition to the campus community, and to provide a venue for students to communicate their research and creative activities to the public. Everyone is welcome.

More than 80 graduate students will present their work either through posters, short colloquies, or short videos. Students will be present to explain their work and interact with the broader community. Attendees from campus and from the larger community can meet with staff from across campus to identify ways to tap into UNCG’s talent and resources and build mutually beneficial partnerships. You may register in advance to discuss internships and student recruitment with staff from Career Services, and others ways to connect with UNCG with staff from the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement.

The Expo is organized into competitions in the following broad categories: Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences; Health Sciences; Social Sciences; Humanities; Creative Arts; and Professional Programs.

Topics in this year’s Showcase range widely and include: the healing power of art; evaluating the cognition of persons with dementia after interaction with natural elements; genetic variants contributing to undiagnosed bleeding disorders; study of a competitive athlete with multiple sclerosis; evaluating retail service quality in the bridal industry; perceptions of parenting behaviors and substance abuse in transition-aged youth; peer victimization and young children’s internalizing problems; the effect of redevelopment on the historic character of Ole Asheboro; providing low-income families with diapers from a diaper bank; products as potential “kryptonite” for superbugs; choreographic research that critiques the systems within which we live; seasonal variation of mercury in peatland waters; jump-starting the cell: how viruses evade anti-viral drugs through alternative gene activation; nature chronicles: storytelling across disciplines; implications of international online shopping by US consumers; music instruction and improved functioning in children with autism; pony club, therapeutic riding centers, and competitive opportunities for people with disabilities; and much more.

Find the full Expo schedule and more information at http://grs.uncg.edu/grc-expo.

Tradition of excellence, at re-dedicated Coleman Building

Photo of Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn and Dr. Catherine Ennis greeting folks at ceremonyFaculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of UNCG gathered in front of the Rosenthal Gym part of the formerly-named HHP Building. This day, the building was re-dedicated as the Mary Channing Coleman Building. In re-dedicating this space, the university once again bestowed the large building with a name that honors a truly transformative figure in our university’s history.

“In the UNCG family, as in every family, tradition is extraordinarily important,” Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn told the large crowd who gathered. “It is the glue that keeps us together.”

“The work that Mary Channing Coleman did on this campus for 27 years not only changed the lives of countless Woman’s College students, but also improved the health and fitness of generations of North Carolinians. Her influence can still be felt in departments across our campus, from Kinesiology to Dance to Public Health. Without her, not only would the School of HHS not be where it is today, our university would be missing an enormous piece of what makes it so great. She built a tradition of excellence on this campus, and I am so pleased that her name will once again grace this building.”

A former student told HHS Dean Celia Hooper she and the fellow students called her Mary Charming Coleman. She loved to share a good story – and she was always stylish in her gloves and hats.

She led with style and determination.

“Miss Coleman administered the first program for professional preparation of physical education teachers in North Carolina,” Hooper said. “Her department was one of the leading places in the country to train women physical education teachers. This was before ranking, but it was considered in the top 3.”

She explained that although the School of HHS has grown from the physical education department founded by Miss Coleman in the early twenties, its core mission remains: to enhance the quality of life of individuals, families and communities. “What were once physical education majors are now Kinesiology majors, health studies majors, community and therapeutic recreation majors, dance majors … all growing from the discipline of “PE.”

Folks from HHS thought Ms. Coleman should be represented in some tangible way. Dr. Eilene Miller stopped in a vintage clothing shop to find period gloves and a stylish hat. Coleman would not be seen in public without them – particularly the hat.

The hat and glove were gently placed on the new building sign. The Coleman family members on hand must have liked the gesture – as did those from the campus community. A nod to tradition, which binds us together.

By Mike Harris

Photo: Ann Thomas shakes hands with Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn. Gay Chaney is seated; Dr. Catherine Ennis is in middle of photo. In the background can be seen Dr. Tom Martinek and Career Development Coordinator for the Middle College Michael Prioleau. At far right is Dean Celia Hooper.

Make nominations for positions elected by faculty at-large

TO: Members of the UNCG General Faculty

FROM: Elizabeth Van Horn, Chair, Faculty Committee on Committees

DATE: March 25, 2015

SUBJECT: Nominations for Positions Elected by the University Faculty At-Large

The Secretary of the General Faculty and members of the four faculty committees (i.e., listed below) are elected by the UNCG faculty at-large, rather than by individual academic units. There are five vacancies to be filled effective July 1, 2015. Specific eligibility criteria are listed on each nomination form; only one committee (Faculty Grievance Committee) has restrictions on the unit from which members may come, and on the rank of members. Nomination forms may be obtained by emailing Mary Lea Wolfe at mlwolfe@uncg.edu.

Please nominate yourself or a colleague as a member of one of the At-Large committees, or as Secretary of the General Faculty. NOTE: Nominees may not serve on any other elected general faculty committee, or as a voting member of the Faculty Senate with terms effective in the 2015-2016 Academic Year. Signed nomination forms are due in the Faculty Governance Office at 122 Mossman Building by Monday, April 6, 2015. Completed forms may be delivered in person, sent via campus mail (please allow extra time for campus delivery), or emailed to Mary Lea Wolfe (mlwolfe@uncg.edu).

General Eligibility: Any voting member of the General Faculty; please see nomination form for specific eligibility criteria.

General Eligibility: Any voting member of the General Faculty; please see nomination form for specific eligibility criteria.

3. Faculty Assembly Delegation (1 vacancy – alternate position only)
General Eligibility: Any voting member of the General Faculty; please see nomination form for specific eligibility criteria.

General Eligibility: Any voting member of the General Faculty; please see nomination form for specific eligibility criteria.

5. FACULTY GRIEVANCE (1 vacancy)
General Eligibility: Nominees must have the same Unit affiliation (i.e., College, Schools, University Libraries) as the person vacating the position, but not necessarily rank of person vacating the position. Please see nomination form for specific eligibility criteria. No officer of administration, including department or division heads or chairs, shall be eligible to serve on the committee.

1 Voting members of the General Faculty are tenured and tenure-track faculty (i.e., including professional librarians), faculty on leave, all full-time lecturers, full-time clinical faculty, full-time academic professional faculty, full-time research faculty, the President of the University of North Carolina, the Chancellor, the Provost, all Vice Chancellors and such other officials having responsibility for making and administering educational, research and student welfare policies as shall be approved by the General Faculty.

Slow Art Day 2015

Photo of students viewing Kooning's "Woman" paintingPerhaps you’ve heard of the Slow Food movement – with the goal of more fully appreciating and savoring what you eat.

Well, the world’s artists and art museums present … Slow Art Day 2015. If you have never spent more than a few minutes looking at any one painting, you are in for something new.

It will be marked Saturday, April 11, 1-2:30 p.m. at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum.

One day each year – April 11 in 2015 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

​View pre-selected works or others of your choosing and then meet up to discuss the experience. Drop in anytime on April 11 for your own slow art viewing or follow along with our museum docents beginning at 1 p.m. Meet up with other visitors at 2 pm to discuss your experience. It’s free – no registration required.

Learn more about Slow Art Day at SlowArtDay.com.

The UNCG Philip Glass Film Festival

Photo of Philip GlassCan’t wait for Philip Glass’ appearance at UNCG later this month?

Enjoy his artistry on the big screen.

The UNCG Philip Glass Film Festival kicks off Tuesday, April 7, 11 a.m. It continues April 9, 11 a.m. On Monday, April 13, screenings will be at 8:30 a.m. and at 5 p.m. All screenings in the film festival will be in the UNCG Music Building’s Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, in partnership with the Department of Music Studies and the Office of Sustainability, presents this film series featuring the music of Philip Glass.

The Philip Glass Film Festival will include documentaries about Glass (A Composer’s Notes, Looking Glass), documentaries with music by Glass (A Crude Awakening, Anima Mundi, Taiji: Chaotic Harmony ), film versions of operas by Glass (Satyagraha, Kepler), and the acclaimed Qatsi Trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi).

You can experience these films on a big screen with high quality audio in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.

Philip Glass will appear live at UNCG on April 14 as part of the University Performing Arts Series. The UNCG Opera Theatre will perform Philip Glass’ “Galileo Galilei” on April 16, 17 and 19.

Facilities employees recognized

Photo of Tim Wilkins and Robert Simpson holding their framed certificatesThe Facilities Management Division of Business Affairs held its sixth semi-annual Employee Recognition Awards Day in conjunction with a Safety Day program on Jan. 22, 2015, with the guest speaker being Dr. Nancy Gladwell, who spoke on Cultivating and Maintaining Quality Customer Service.

The event was held in the Alumni House.

Three employees were recognized for outstanding service in the areas of Remarkable Customer Service, Safety and Teamwork/Collaboration.  The values our Facilities Management team holds in high esteem in developing a stronger work force and providing remarkable service to our customers are paramount in our continual overall development.

The Selection Committee of the Employee Recognition Program received 65 nominations with eight nominees. This representation acknowledges the fact of employee, staff and faculty recognition for the outstanding work being done here at UNCG by our Facilities staff. Nominees for the Employee Recognition Awards were: Debora Reid Tinnin, John Pearce, Kernsie Shrewsbury, D. J. Joyce, Robert Simpson, Paul Bigelow, Vincent Whitt, and Timothy Wilkins.

The Selection Committee consisted of seven employees selected by supervision and peers to serve a two year term.  The members and respective areas are:  Janet Elmore – Facilities Operations Administration,  Jim Mohr – Utilities Dept., Rhonda Goins – Facilities Services Dept., Jill Snowdon –  Facilities Design and Construction, Anthony Phillips – Facilities Management, Chairman, HUB office, and Office of Sustainability and Dean Perdue – Buildings and Trades Dept.

The Selection Committee selected:

  • Robert Simpson– for the winter 2015 Customer Service Award
  • John Pearce– Collaboration and Teamwork Award
  • Timothy Wilkins – Safety Award.

All nominees received framed certificates of recognition and gift cards at our awards presentation.

Facilities Administration wishes to congratulate all winners and nominees for their efforts in developing a stronger workforce, a safe environment and providing remarkable customer service.

Copy courtesy Employee Development Committee Co-chairs Hoyte Phifer and Buddy Hale

Photo: l-r, Tim Wilkins – Safety Award winner; Robert Simpson – Customer Service Award winner. John Pearce – Teamwork Award winner was not available for photograph.

Omar Ali will be interim dean of UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College

Photo of Dr. Omar AliIn a March 30 memo, Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn announced the appointment of an interim dean of UNCG’s honors college:

SUBJECT: Lloyd International Honors College Interim Dean Appointment

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Omar Ali has been appointed to a two-year term as Interim Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College. He will assume his role August 1. Outgoing Dean Pubantz will work with Dr. Ali in the coming months to ensure a smooth leadership transition. I thank the nominating committee headed by Dr. Penelope Pynes for their good work in facilitating this appointment.

Dr. Ali is Associate Professor of Comparative African Diaspora History in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, with affiliated faculty appointments in the Department of History and International Global Studies. An honors graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies before receiving his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Ali’s scholarly work centers on the history of independent black political movements in the United States, Islam in the Indian Ocean world, and black resistance to slavery in Latin America. He has had a distinguished career in international and global education, beginning in the Department of Public Information and the Dag Hammarskjold Library of the United Nations. He taught as a Fulbright Professor of History and Anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill and as a Library Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

He is the author of four books, his latest being Malik Ambar: Abyssinian Defender of India’s Deccan, to be published by Oxford University Press. His other books include Islam in the Indian Ocean World, Black Populism in the New South, and In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Politics, the latter having been described as a “landmark work” by the National Political Science Review.

Dr. Ali is the 2014 recipient of the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences Teaching excellence award. His courses include The Making of the African Diaspora, Black Populism in the New South and Islam, Africa and the Diaspora. At UNCG, with colleagues in the History and Religious Studies departments, he established the Islamic Studies Research Network to bring attention to Islamic history and culture globally.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ali to his new role. I am confident he will work collaboratively with the Honors College staff and university community to build upon the strong foundation of the Lloyd International Honors College.

Everybody likes a good mystery

Let’s share the suspense.

To celebrate best-selling novelist and “Bones” inspiration Kathy Reichs’ appearance at UNCG’s Friends of Libraries dinner April 8, the Friends of the Libraries are giving away copies of Reichs’ latest novel, “Bones Never Lie.” To enter the giveaway, “Like” the UNCG Friends of the Libraries’ Facebook page and leave a comment on your favorite suspense novel. Winners will be announced April 8. For complete details about the giveaway or the event, email Barry Miller at bkmille4@uncg.edu.

UNCG’s Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo April 7

Photo of student talking with expo representativeCome see the research and creativity of many UNCG undergraduates, as they put their work on display.

The 9th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo will be held Tuesday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., in UNCG’s Elliott University Center.

The Expo will include about 100 presentations on topics that span the disciplinary diversity represented by UNCG. Poster sessions, exhibits and oral sessions will be ongoing throughout the day.

In the EUC Auditorium between 12:20 and 1 p.m., the university will honor the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor award winner and have brief comments by Dr. Barbara Holland.

More information is at http://ursco.uncg.edu/expo.

Crowdfunding for urban-community project Graffiti Garden

UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design, an interdisciplinary research center housed in Interior Architecture that fosters community/university partnerships, has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Graffiti Garden through The Spartan Project. Graffiti Garden is a one-year old urban-community project that focuses on providing transitional, homeless, and unaccompanied youth with an educational garden plot in which to cultivate skills for a lifetime of healthful nutrition, while cultivating a garden of healthy food and introducing ideas about permaculture as a means of sustainability. Graffiti Garden will ultimately provide nutritious food options, educational experiences in horticulture and permaculture, and skill-building for under-served youth in Greensboro, which will enable them to live and work independently.

Graffiti Garden was founded by Justin Lee and is located at 1006 West Florida Street, less than a mile and a half from campus. The garden’s design is structured to supply space for a multipurpose, edible landscape while utilizing permaculture gardening strategies and design. Permaculture gardening develops agricultural ecosystems that are intentionally sustainable and self-sufficient through composting organic materials, and creating resilient habitats from the ground up.

The campaign will end on April 7. Contributions support items such as raised plant beds, keyhole gardens, gardening tools, and construction of much needed structures such as a storage shed, irrigation system, and a chicken coop.

As of Monday, the campaign was already one-third of its way to the goal of $6,000.

For further information about Graffiti Garden and The Spartan Project Campaign visit http://thespartanproject.uncg.edu/graffiti-garden.

EUC Reservations Office Books open April 15

The Elliott University Center reservation books for academic departments and administrative units will open on Wednesday April 15, 2015, at 10 a.m. for events and meetings your department would like to hold in the EUC and other campus spaces (College Avenue, Foust Park, Kaplan Commons, Taylor Garden and Stone Lawn). Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. They will confirm room requests in the order in which the Reservations Office receives them. Please visit http://euc.uncg.edu to review the updated Elliott University Center Guidelines and Procedures for Facilities and Services prior to making your request(s).

The reservation books for the EUC display cases, as well as the indoor railing and outdoor banner space at the EUC, will also open on April 15.

Looking ahead: April 1, 2015

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, April 1, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Art reception, exhibition related to See The Triumph/domestic violence
Wednesday, April 1, 4 p.m., MRC, EUC

Fabrice Lehoucq, “Authoritarian Reversals in the Third Wave of Democratization (1974-2014)”
Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., School of Education Building, Room 118

Spring holiday. No classes; offices closed.
Friday, April 3

Lawther/RISE lecture, Dr. I-Min Lee (Harvard Medical School)
Monday, April 6, 4 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo
Tuesday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., EUC

Talk, Kathy Reichs, best-selling crime writer
Wednesday, April 8, 7:45 p.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Mastering the Complex Sale

Sanjeev “Sonny” Tara, COO of Packsize, will speak April 14 at 11 a.m. in Room 160 of the Bryan Building. Tara is a motivating speaker on global strategy and will share the frameworks of Jeff Thull’s book “Mastering the Complex Sale.” Packsize manufactures On Demand packaging capabilities and has experienced substantial growth. Tara was formerly president of Drive Train Products Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company where he was responsible for articulating and implementing its global strategy.

Terry Kennedy

Photo of Terry KennedyTerry Kennedy (MFA Writing Program) received the 2015 USC Union Upcountry Literary Festival Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer, last week. More information is at http://uniondailytimes.com/article/20150324/news/303249988/%26template=CIVartemail

Dr. Thomas Matyok

Photo of Dr. Thomas MatyokDr. Thomas Matyok (Peace and Conflict Studies) was recently appointed a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Army War College (USAWC) at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. The USAWC educates and develops military and civilian leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of landpower.

Dr. Tsz-Ki Tsui

Photo of Dr. Tsz-Ki TsuiDr. Tsz-Ki Tsui (Biology) received supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Collaborative Proposal: “SG” Identifying Sources and Degradation Mechanisms of Methylmercury in Temperate Forest Ecosystems.”

Provost Dana Dunn Named Acting Chancellor

Photo of Provost Dunn speaking with others at a past donor eventUNC system President Thomas W. Ross announced that Dr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been named acting chancellor of the university, effective immediately.

Current UNCG Chancellor Linda Brady, who announced last fall that she would step down from the post in summer 2015, is recuperating from heart surgery and will be out on leave through June 30, the date on which her resignation as chancellor takes effect. A national search for Brady’s permanent successor is well underway, and Ross hopes a new chancellor can be in place by July 1.

In announcing Dunn’s appointment, Ross said: “UNC Greensboro is fortunate that Provost Dana Dunn has agreed to assume even greater responsibilities during this period of leadership transition. Given her extensive administrative experience and service as UNCG’s chief academic officer, she is exceptionally well qualified to assume oversight of the campus. The university will be in very good hands, and I am grateful that she has accepted this critical assignment.”

As UNCG’s provost and executive vice chancellor, Dunn is responsible for curriculum and program development, the advancement of teaching, and the support of research and other scholarly and creative work in the academic community. She also facilitates the integration of academic affairs, student affairs, and research and economic development functions in support of the university’s mission.

Dunn joined UNCG last year from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she had held a series of progressively responsible academic leadership and faculty roles over a 27-year period. She led academic affairs at UT Arlington for eight years, first as vice president and later as provost.

Dunn holds a B.A. degree in sociology and an M.A. degree in political economy from The University of Texas at Dallas. She earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of North Texas.

“UNCG is a strong university with a very important mission,” Dunn said. “I look forward to working with the campus community to continue the momentum evidenced by our enrollment growth, student successes and graduate accomplishments, and life-changing research contributions. It is a privilege to lead our committed campus community as we await the arrival of a permanent chancellor.”

Eugene Rogers will receive UNCG’s Senior Research Excellence Award

Photo of Dr. Eugene Rogers in his officeDr. Eugene Rogers will receive the Senior Research Excellence Award for his scholarship on Christian theology. Since joining UNCG in 2005, the religious studies professor has become one of UNCG’s most productive humanities scholars. He is also a national and international leader in the field of Christian thought. In recommending Rogers for the award, colleagues named him “one of the very best scholars of Christian theology” and “among the five best theologians working in the world today.”

Rogers is one of two Research Excellence Award winners. Dr. Nicholas Oberlies, in last week’s Campus Weekly, is the 2014-2015 Junior Research Excellence Award winner.

Rogers is acclaimed for the grace and intelligence of his writing, which captures audiences well beyond academia and the church. His books include Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: Sacred Doctrine and the Natural Knowledge of God; Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way Into the Triune God; and the upcoming Analogy of Blood. Colleagues call the first book “a classic” and the second “the most important Christian defense of same-sex marriage” and “one of the best books on same-sex marriage and Christian marriage in general.”

Rogers was educated at Princeton, Tübingen, Rome, and Yale. He was a Eli Lilly Visiting Associate Professor of Christian Thought and Practice in the Religion Department at Princeton University and has held fellowships or residencies from the Fulbright Commission, the Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Lilly Foundation, the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton Seminary, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, Tantur Ecumenical Research Institute in Jerusalem, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Templeton Foundation.

The campus-wide Research Excellence recognition program was established in 1988 on the principle that creating and diffusing knowledge is a formal obligation of the university. Awardees are selected based on the importance of their contributions to the field, the originality of their work, the execution of their research, the pattern of their research productivity, and the academic reputation of the journals, publishing houses, exhibitions and professional presentations in which their work has appeared.

By Sangeetha Shivaji
Full story at UNCG Research web site.

Dr. Joseph Starobin will receive UNC Board of Governors Teaching Award

Photo of Dr. Joseph Starobin talking with studentsIt’s the highest teaching honor given in the UNC system each year, one faculty member from each university.

Dr. Joseph Starobin will receive this year’s UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. He will be recognized at Friday’s excellence awards ceremony in the EUC Auditorium and he will receive the award at UNCG Commencement.

UNCG associate professor of nanoscience at The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Starobin career has been devoted to the application of methods of theoretical, mathematical and computational physics to cardiovascular research.

He has organized and led interdisciplinary clinical and experimental biomedical studies in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, Duke Medical Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Moses Cone Health System  and UNCG Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

His teaching is a priority. He and his students work in an interdisciplinary field, he explains, and he wants to prepare his students for their future careers.

Photo Dr. Joseph StarobinParticularly noteworthy is his ability to make mathematical concepts real, useful and applicable and to prepare students for further studies in the interdisciplinary field of nanoscience by strengthening their fluency in math. One of Starobin’s colleagues explains that the exciting opportunities in the field of nanoscience are also its challenges. Nanoscience resides at the intersection of many sciences, yet few students come prepared with strong backgrounds in both mathematics and physics. Professor Starobin, originally slated to teach Nanophysics, saw students struggling and volunteered to tailor and teach the Nanomath course – with astonishing results. Students are ever more prepared to engage with the innovative field of nanoscience. Colleagues and students alike praise the challenging curricular innovations that Starobin patiently implemented in order to meet the students’ needs.

Starobin is also a leader in the K-12 outreach program that JSNN maintains. He has trained, advised and assisted many middle school students for various science projects. His most outstanding accomplishment in this respect to date was the victory of his team from Mendenhall Middle School whose project was one of only 16 to be executed on board the space shuttle Endeavor in April, 2011, as part of the NASA Student Spaceflight Experiment Program. (See articles here and here.)

His accomplishments as a teacher and mentor have been recognized on and off campus. He received the JSNN Teaching Excellence Award twice (2012 and 2014). Numerous letters written by colleagues in support of his nomination clearly indicate that Starobin is a leader in his field both nationally and internationally. In evaluations, students consistently praise him for his passion for teaching. Graduate students writing in support of his nomination attribute their own academic and professional success to his willingness to mentor them beyond the classroom and to include them in his research. They emphasize the care with which Starobin mentors their work and appreciate the opportunities to publish with him.

Starobin received his master’s degree in Mathematical Physics from the Moscow Physico-Technical Institute in Moscow in 1975 and his doctoral degree in Mechanics of Fluids from the same institution in 1982. He joined UNCG in 1997 and has served as an associate professor in the Department of Nanoscience at JSNN since 2010.

Much of this announcement courtesy UNC System web site.

Nursing’s SCENE lab doubles simulations for students

Photo from the SCENE lab openingWhen UNCG’s School of Nursing dedicated its new Simulation Center for Experiential Nursing Education (SCENE) last week, it opened a new era for Nursing students.

“It’s just a thrill to dedicate this center,” said Dean Robin Remsburg. It had opened to students last semester.

The nursing school will be able to more than double its number of simulations this academic year, compared to last academic year, she explained. Students will go through 8 or 9 individual simulation scenarios this year, helping prepare them for real-life medical situations.

At the dedication, Kimberly Diniz, a senior Nursing student, explained that the patient simulations help you practice before you encounter the situations in your career. And you get to assess, via videorecording, how you performed. “Simulations are the way to grow,” she said.

Susan Hensley-Hannah and Julie Kordsmeier, who serve as clinical assistant professors and simulation coordinators, stood by the future nurse as she spoke to the large gathering.

“Thank you very much for what you’re doing for future generations – and for mine,” the undergraduate told Jackie and Walter Wolfe.

The Wolfes made a substantial contribution in support of the SCENE lab.

It was made in honor of Jackie McKoy Wolfe and her “tremendous commitment to nursing and education,” said Dr. Walter Wolfe. He was a longtime surgeon at the Duke School of Medicine.

Jackie Wolfe received her BSN at UNCG in 1971. She fondly recalls the powerful influence and example set by Nursing Dean Eloise Lewis, a great mentor for many students. Jackie carried what she learned through her career as an intensive care nurse, a cardio-thoracic nurse clinician and a head nurse of the cardio-thoracic intensive care unit at Duke Medical Center.

Last Wednesday, she was back where she started, where Dean Lewis and many nursing professors had helped her develop the skills and learning that translated to helping thousands of patients – and many other medical professionals as well. “It’s a great school,” Jackie says. “They made an investment in me that got me far along in my career. Now we want to make an investment in them.”

By MaryK McGinley and Mike Harris

UNCG’s CED is No. 2 nationally, says US News & World Report

Photo of Curry BuildingThe Counseling and Educational Development program at UNCG’s School of Education has been ranked second in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 list of the Best Student Counseling and Personnel Services graduate programs in the country.

The publication’s graduate program list was released this month.

The No. 2 ranking is the highest ever for UNCG’s CED department, which was ranked third last year.

CED ranks highest in North Carolina and is second only behind the University of Florida in the rankings.

These “Best Grad School rankings” placed UNCG’s School of Education at No. 83 in the nation, a rise over last year’s No. 90 ranking.

Two other graduate programs at UNCG received top 40 national rankings. Library and Information Studies was ranked No. 22. Speech-Language Pathology was ranked No. 32.

See rankings for these and other UNCG programs here.

By Laura Caroline Spell and Mike Harris

Dava Sobel on Shakespeare and Galileo

Photo of Dava Sobel speaking with others after presentationDava Sobel, best known for her award-winning book “Galileo’s Daughter,” told the UNCG audience a fantasy she has:

Galileo Galilei and William Shakespeare having the opportunity to speak with each other.

They were born the same year, 500 years ago, but alas, neither ever left his home country.

“I’m sure there would have been tremendous admiration on both sides,” she said.

The author spoke to a large audience March 25 in the Music Building’s Recital Hall as a highlight event of UNCG’s year-long “The Globe and the Cosmos” series. It marks their births a half-millennium ago.

“I love the title ‘The Globe and the Cosmos,” she said. “That’s the best.”

She noted the apparent references in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” to a supernova that was seen in 1572. The night watchmen in the play allude to it. The ghost does, as well.

She also spoke of the “inherited world of astrology’ both men shared. Galileo was teaching medical students how to cast and use horoscopes to set times for giving treatments, she wryly explained.

Galileo, through the use of a telescope, discovered that Jupiter had moons – four of them. Sobel told the audience Jupiter’s newly-discovered moons are alluded to in Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.”

The scientist wrote six sonnets – she finished her talk by reading one in an English translation. The topic of the sonnet? A comet.

Earlier in the day, Sobel had joined many UNCG Lloyd International Honors College students for lunch and discussion, Dean Jerry Pubantz noted as he introduced her.

He also noted she is working on a new book: on the women of the Harvard College Observatory.

By Mike Harris

Kaitlyn Wagner’s homage to Philip Glass features ‘old-school’ UNCG Moog

Photo of Kaitlyn WagnerHave Woodstock-era Moog synthesizer? Will travel.

Kaitlyn Wagner, an undergraduate composer in UNCG Music, took UNCG’s classic Model 12 Moog synthesizer with her to the National Student Electronic Music Event in Bowling Green. The invitation to present a composition at the conference was quite an honor, said Dr. Mark Engebretson, director of the A.V. Williams Electronic Music Studio at UNCG.

Her composition, “I, Philip,” uses not only the Moog but also a Korg Analog Sequencer, Live electronic processing and multi-channel sound. “It’s an homage to minimalist composer Philip Glass, in that the sequencer functions much in the same way as the compositional technique called ‘additive process’ which was pioneered by Glass and other minimalist composers in the 60s and 70s,” she says.

“By the end of the piece, it becomes an ambient soundscape, surrounding the listener in unpredictable, yet beautiful snippets of the sound being produced by the Moog and the sequencer, which is routed through an interface into my computer. This effect is achieved via a granular delay plug-in.”

What’s that? “Granular delay works the same way as sampling, except rather than playing the samples at speed, they are split into small “grains” or pieces each around 1-50 milliseconds. ….The granular effect is introduced gradually throughout the piece and when the tempo of the sequencer is slowed down, the effect really comes into its own.” You can hear the composition here.

Sounds ultra-modern – but one synthesizer is virtually an antique, in the best way. “What I like most about the Moog is the challenge it offers, and that this technology is something that’s definitely unique. In our world of plugins, VSTs and virtual synths, to be able to work with one of the original synthesizers is an opportunity too good to pass up.”

UNCG has quite a heritage in electronic music – its electronic music studio was the first in the state. When UNCG ordered its first Moog synthesizer, it invited Bob Moog to campus to lecture. A year ago, UNCG put its vintage synthesizers on permanent loan to the Moog Foundation, but Engebretson retained one for his students, the Model 12 Moog. “I kept this one,” he says, “because it’s awesome and really good for teaching synthesis to students.”

Wagner enjoys it too. It’s a vintage instrument. “The Model 12 has its own sound and quirks – a personality of sorts. For example – most people don’t know this – the Moog goes ‘out of tune’ pretty frequently, as it’s played. There’s this grungy old-school analog feel to it that I think is impossible to truly replicate.”

A recipient of the Holt Music Scholarship, Wagner is a winner of the Harold Schiffman composition competition. She was the youngest featured composer at the 2013 Charlotte New Music Festival, where one of her compositions was performed by the Freya String Quartet.

Among others who’ve performed her works are the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Oasis Saxophone Quartet, J.W. Turner of the College Music Society, and violinist Sarah Plum. Learn more at www.kaitlynwagnermusic.com.

Hear her present “I, Philip” Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNCG Music Building’s Recital Hall. The concert is free-admission.

Additionally, in April, the piece’s namesake, Philip Glass, will visit UNCG. See details here.

By Mike Harris
Photograph of Wagner by Rachel Garrison

117 NC National Art Honor Society high schoolers visit UNCG

Photo of student artwork on display in UNCG's Studio Arts BuildingNorth Carolina’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society annually organizes a retreat to celebrate the achievement of their students and introduce them to our state’s best universities.

UNCG hosted the impressive group of students this year. Faculty welcomed them by conducting 10 different workshops, each 90 minutes long, in different media and disciplines of art. Each student could choose two to attend. The students also enjoyed lunch on campus and took tours of the Gatewood Building and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Jody Stouffer, AP art instructor at Lee County High School and NCAEA National Art Honor Society state director, organized the students’ retreat scheduling. A total of 117 creative high school students came to UNCG, he says.

“We also displayed their art work in the lobby of the Gatewood Building with a special exhibition,” Associate Professor Amy Purcell adds. (Some are seen in visual.) She organized the workshops on campus:

Monoprints: Jennifer Meanley
Collage and Experimental Drawing: Barbara Campbell
Animating with Photoshop: Amy Purcell
3d modeling with Blender: Chris Cassidy
Cyanotypes and Experimental Photography: Leah Sobsey
Ceramics: Nikki Blair
Sculpture and Carving: Andy Dunnill
What is Art History and Why it Matters: George Dimock
Ideals of Beauty:  A Global Survey: Elizabeth Perrill
Find a passion for Art Education: Maria Lim and Sunny Spillaine

See photos here.

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy NC National Art Honor Society.

What’s going to work? Teamwork.

HRS offers two great workshops on team building within an organization. They are:

1) Wednesday, April 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Bryan 113

This workshop offers opportunities to see the world of work through different eyes.  This workshop will help you to expand your perceptions through an interactive simulation on communication and leadership within the workplace and organization.

Simulation of Organizations: This simulation is simple, non-threatening, and challenging to the individual.  Yet, it has profound effects for people as they attempt to understand and make sense of the experience.  This simulation displays in a very real way how difficult it is to communicate across organizational structures. It allows participants to experience decision-making and role ambiguity at a different level of the organization than they may presently be used to. It allows for feedback from other parts of the organization on their participation in a simple task, and provides the experience of leading at whatever level of the organization they happen to find themselves.


2) Tuesday, April 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Bryan 113

Enjoy a creative way of understanding teamwork in this interactive and fun workshop:

Building an Engaged and Innovative Team: Change the status quo, believe in thinking differently, and bring unconventional thinking to business challenges! Join this workshop and explore the topic of teamwork through experiential exercises, idea generating methods and processes to achieve engagement, collaboration, and innovation.

Visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/ for more information and to register.  Click on Teambuilding.

Team up and walk

UNCG employees, ready to do some walking?

It’s time for the Miles for Wellness Challenge 11 “Walking on the Wild Side: A Zoo Trail.” Challenge 11 is a virtual team-based walking initiative by and for state employees of North Carolina. The virtual trail provided encompasses approximately 6,500 miles and starts in Asheboro, NC, takes teams all the way to the west coast, and back to Colorado Springs, Colorado. That does seem scenic – but it’s just an illustration of how many steps your team will actually be accumulating.

With a start date of Monday, April 6, virtual walkers will conclude their 8-week trek on Sunday, May 31. Winners of this competition will be announced on June 10, 2015. For more information about the program or to register a team, visit MilesforWellness.nc.gov  Registration ends March 31.

UNCG has been well-represented in this offering. The top three teams at UNCG in the most recent Miles for Wellness Challenge were:

  • Bryan Cruisers- 2,486 miles – Team Captain: Terri Sparks, Bryan School of Business & Economics
  • Walking with the STARS- 2,414 miles – Team Captain: Emilie Peterson, HDFS STAR Project
  • Minerva Movers- 2,266 miles – Team Captain: Stefanie Milroy, HealthyUNCG

Murphie Chappell is UNCG’s Title IX coordinator

Photo of Murphie ChappellMurphie Chappell has joined UNCG as its Title IX coordinator.

Chappell had been serving as the staff attorney for the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She managed the legal program there. In her role, she conducted a variety of training opportunities for North Carolina colleges on Title IX, the Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act and Campus SaVE. Additionally, she has advised several campuses and organizations on policies and procedures related to Title IX issues.

“Chappell has been described by her peers as the ‘guru of Title IX regulation’ in the state,” Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff Bonita Brown said. “Her network of Title IX coordinators and experts will greatly serve the Title IX Office and the UNCG community as we move forward in incorporating this office and its services into our campus culture.” Brown noted that Chappell joining UNCG will support the university’s compliance with federal mandates.

At North Carolina Central Law School, Chappell gained experience talking with victims and working with evidence. This included internships with a Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office crime team, Person and Caswell County District Attorneys Offices, Warwick, Rhode Island, Police Department and Montgomery County, Maryland, Office of the Public Defender, and the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension subcommittee.

With the staff: March 2015

Hello: Lewis Eanes, Utility Operations; Charles McFayden, Utility Operations; Sheilah Moyle, Financial Planning & Budgets; Gregory Hoffman, Libraries and Information Systems; Keith Roberts, Housekeeping; Yolanda Hernandez-Martinez, Housing and Residence Life

Good-bye: Christina Hussami, School of Nursing; Steven Kelly, ITS; Ronald Smith, Financial Planning and Budgets; Walter Apple, ITS; Daphne Slaughter, College of Arts & Sciences; Sandra Cook, Human Resources

Kidfest fundraiser/festival “for kids of all ages”

The UNCG Office of Housing and Residence Life announces the third annual “Kidfest: For Kids of All Ages.”

Kidfest is a fundraiser with the goal of purchasing summer reading books for students at Triangle Lake Montessori School in High Point. The books will be leveled readers, as they are called in the education field, and are important resources for students to continue their literacy development during the summer months. The project aims to provide each child at the school with a book to take home and keep, no strings attached. Funds are raised through grants from various organizations on campus including the UNCG Residence Hall Association and through individual fundraising teams of UNCG students. UNCG students are invited to form teams and raise money using various strategies ranging from bake sales to social events. All fundraising teams will receive Kidfest T-shirts in appreciation of their efforts. The fundraising culminates in a festival for both UNCG and Triangle Lake students from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015. The location is the UNCG Quad Lawn. The event will including dancing, hula-hooping, Zumba, arts and crafts, tag, dodge ball, parachute games, sidewalk chalk and more. Any and all contributions will be graciously accepted.. Any questions can be directed to Megan Delph, mcdelph@uncg.edu.

UNCG Baseball starts SoCon slate in style

Western Carolina entered last weekend as the preseason favorite in the Southern Conference, but it was the UNCG baseball team that won the SoCon opening series between the schools thanks to a 7-4 victory Sunday afternoon at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.

The Spartans improve to 9-12 overall and 2-1 in league play while the Catamounts drop to 9-11 and 1-2. The Blue and Gold won its opening SoCon series for the second-straight season.

UNCG is now 7-2 at home this season and is hitting .332 with a slugging mark of .586 and 14 home runs. Their next home games are the weekend of April 10.

By Chip Welch
Full story at UNCG Athletics web site.

See/hear: March 25, 2015

UNCG Admissions recently learned the “We’re the Spartans” video has won the CASE Award of Excellence. Check it out.

By March 31, provide input on Aycock naming

UNCG’s Ayock Ad Hoc Committee held two open forums Tuesday, gaining input from the campus community and greater community about the name of Aycock Auditorium.

Dr. Chuck Bolton told the attendees that about 1,000 comments had been submitted online so far, at the committee’s web site.

The deadline for submitting comments or suggestions about the name of the auditorium is March 31.

Learn more at aycock.uncg.edu. And provide comments at http://aycock.wp.uncg.edu/feedback/.