UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for April 2015

Looking ahead: April 22, 2015

General Faculty Meeting Event cancelled
Wednesday, April 22, 3 p.m., Alumni House

UNCG Theatre, ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone’
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Brown Bldg Theatre

International Sculpture Day
Friday, April 24, all day, Weatherspoon

Justin LeBlanc (Project Runway and NC State)
Friday, April 24, 1 p.m., School of Education Bldg, Rm 120

Molly Ringwald in concert (benefit)
Friday, April 24, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

UNCG Science Everywhere festival
Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m., throughout campus

UNCG Softball vs. East Tennessee St. (dh)
Saturday, April 25, 1 p.m.

Student Honors Convocation
Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

UNCG Bunker Bash & Spartan Feast
Thursday, April 30, 5:30 p.m., Natty Greene’s Bunker, 1918 Lee St.

Forums today on #BlackLivesMatter

UNCG’s African American and African Diaspora Studies will host an event with two panel discussions this week. The “#BlackLivesMatter” panels, led mostly by students, will be held Wednesday, April 22.

The first panel, titled “Millennials & Race,” will start at 5:30 p.m. The second, “The #BlackLivesMatter Movement: What’s Next?” will start at 7 p.m. Both will be in the UNCG School of Education Building, Room 120.

Sanchez/Schwartzman

Undergraduate researcher Rolando Sanchez and his research mentor Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) have won the Joyce Ferguson Award for the top paper at the 2015 National Association of Communication Centers (NACC) conference held in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Their paper, titled “Communication Centers as Sites for Identity (Re)Negotiation,” was developed in Fall 2014 while Sanchez worked as a Managing Consultant at UNCG’s University Speaking Center. In his role there, Sanchez was responsible for daily operations and supporting the new consultants in their transition into the Speaking Center organization. He graduated in December 2014 with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. Sanchez is now Group Project Coordinator at El Futuro mental health clinic in Durham. Schwartzman is Professor and Lloyd international Honors College Fellow in the UNCG Department of Communication Studies. This is the third time Schwartzman has been honored with the Ferguson Award from NACC, twice with undergraduate co-authors.

Additionally, their paper will be published in an upcoming issue of College Student Journal.

 

Dr. Karen Laparo

Photo of Dr. Karen LaparoDr. Karen Laparo (Human Development and Family Studies) receiving funding from the NCDHHS Division of Child Development for the “The Measurement Development Project.”

Most Earth Day events will be on April 23

Photo of Foust Park with Foust building in the backgroundToday (April 22) is Earth Day, and UNCG will host one event: At 1 p.m., faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Grounds Staff in planting a tree to help mark Earth/Arbor Day and to celebrate the university’s Tree Campus USA honor. The event will take place near the northwest corner of Moore Nursing Building.

Most of the university’s Earth Day events will be held tomorrow (April 23). First, the student team organizing Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) will be hosting a pizza party at / for the winning dorm (open to those students only) from 4-5 p.m. Second, UNCGreen is hosting an “Earth Day Art Celebration” with games, a sustainable art contest and  light snacks and refreshments in the outdoor courtyard area behind Graham on the 2nd floor from 5-6:15 p.m. Third, the “Sustainability Shorts” Film Competition will take place in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium from 6:30-8:30 p.m. More information may be found at http://uncgreen.uncg.edu/ and http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/sustainability-film-series/.

Just in time for Earth Day 2015, UNCG was named one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review’s Green Guide. The green guide profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. Schools were chosen for this sixth annual edition of the “green guide” based on data from the Princeton Review 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

Dean of the UNCG School of Education transition

Dr. Dana Dunn, acting chancellor and provost and executive vice chancellor, wrote this message last week for the campus community:

I write to share the bittersweet news that Dr. Karen Wixson has announced she will step down from the deanship of the UNC Greensboro School of Education, effective June 30 of this year, and assume a full-time role as Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education (SOE). Dean Wixson’s leadership has contributed to the continued strength and success of the school and will be sorely missed.

Dr. Wixson has served as Dean since July 1, 2011, and was subsequently appointed as the William E. Moran Distinguished Professor in Reading and Literacy. Her decision to return to the faculty is motivated by her desire to pursue scholarly work in the area of reading assessment. During the 2015-16 academic year, her efforts will receive generous support from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

During Dr. Wixson’s tenure as Dean, the School of Education made many important advances. The School of Education’s doctoral graduates hold important roles in academic and other institutions across the country, and its undergraduate and master’s level alumni are among the finest school teachers, administrators, librarians, measurement specialists and counselors in the Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. In addition, the School built upon its outstanding academic reputation and impressive national rankings, while Dr. Wixson served as Dean.

I will move quickly to consult with SOE faculty and staff to identify an Interim Dean who will serve a one-year term. A national search for a permanent Dean will be launched early, fall semester 2015.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Wixson on her many successes as Dean and in extending best wishes as she transitions to her new role. I offer my sincere gratitude for her outstanding service to the School of Education and the University.

 

Note: A UNCG Now story, posted Tuesday, may be viewed at http://newsandfeatures.uncg.edu/wixson-dean-soe-education.

 

 

UNCG’s Lucy Mason on national Scholar-Athlete team

Baskeyball action photo of Lucy Mason dribbling up the courtUNCG junior guard Lucy Mason has been selected to the 13th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (D-1-AAA ADA) Scholar-Athlete team.

Mason was selected to her first Scholar-Athlete team after excelling not only on the basketball court but in the classroom, sporting a 3.86 GPA in Economics and African-American studies. Mason also landed on the 2015 Winter Academic All-SoCon team.

Mason had a historic junior season, topping 1,000 career points to becoming the 24th Spartan to eclipse that mark.

The Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football).

Full story at http://www.uncgspartans.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32200&ATCLID=210029487.

Stage time with Philip Glass, for UNCG performers

Photo of Kevin Geraldi, Philip Glass and David Holley during rehearsal.Rehearsing in front of an empty hall wouldn’t make anyone nervous, right?

Well, what if legendary composer Philip Glass is looking on as you perform scenes from one of his operas.

Tuesday, April 14, the UNCG cast and orchestra for “Galileo Galilei” did just that.

From about 4 to 4:45 p.m., Philip Glass took in select parts of his opera composed in 2001.“He sat on the stage with our cast, quite a few of the orchestra members, our pianist Emily Russ, Kevin (Geraldi) and me, and we performed parts of scenes 9, 3 and 2,” Opera Director David Holley recounted. “He was very gracious.”

After seeing them perform, Philip Glass talked with the cast and orchestra members for about 20 minutes, said Kevin Geraldi, who directed the orchestra. “He first told them about his inspiration for the opera – the image of Galileo as an old, blind man, who would then relive his life through his memories. He drew the connection to the Orion metaphor, who was also blind in the myth, and who becomes a pivotal character in the opera.”

Derek Jackenheimer, a first-year master’s of vocal performance student splendidly portrayed Old Galileo. “Getting to meet Philip Glass was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said. “He was very kind and it was a great experience performing an opera for the composer!”

Geraldi echoed those comments about his being very gracious. “He loved what the students demonstrated for him, and talked a bit about how working in the theater develops a sort of family bond among the performers. He’s exactly right about that.”

Doctor of musical arts student Julia Reeves, a violinist, was struck by Glass’ quiet manner and thoughtful remarks. “He clearly gives great consideration to his craft and he had a gentle sense of humor. When remarking on attending our Wednesday morning matinee, he simply said, “10 a.m? Nice time for an opera!”

By Mike Harris
Photo by Brad McMillan. L-r, David Holley, Philip Glass and Kevin Geraldi.

UNCG Graduate Research & Creativity Expo winners

The UNCG Graduate School has announced the student award winners for several categories in the 2015 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo.

These students will receive a $1,000 prize and will be presented with an engraved award at the Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in EUC Auditorium. Winners from the expo will also be invited to represent UNCG at Graduate Education Day at the State Legislative Building in Raleigh in mid-May. Students will share their poster presentations with legislators and discuss how they came to focus on their graduate studies and how their work can make a difference now and in the future.

Creative Arts:

Karen S. Thomas, Department of Music Education
“Musicians’ Earplugs: Does Their Use Affect Performance or Listeners’ Perceptions?”
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Donald Hodges, Dr. Sandra Teglas

Health Sciences:

Lauren West, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
“Nutritional Manipulation of HIV/AIDS: The Effects of Ergothioneine and Cultural Complementary and Alternative Medicines on HIV”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ethan Will Taylor

Humanities:

Mardita Murphy, Department of Interior Architecture
“The Kirkbride Plan: A History of Psychiatric Medicine and its Reflection on 19th Century Architecture”
Faculty Mentor: Jo R. Leimenstoll

Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences:

Vincent P. Sica, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
“Direct Chemical Analysis of Fungal Cultures”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nicholas H. Oberlies

Professional Programs:

Leslie Locklear, Department of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
“Walking in Two Worlds: Culturally Responsive Teaching for Native American Students”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Silvia Bettez

Social Sciences:

Sarah Sperry, Department of Psychology
“Measuring the Validity and Psychometric Properties of a Short Form of the Hypomanic Personality Scale”
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Kwapil

Pictures of the expo may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/uncg.grs.

Say it isn’t so, Hepsie

Photo of Dr. Hephzibah RoskellyDr. Hephzibah Roskelly soon will retire.

“I’ve been so lucky,” the UNCG English professor said. “This year, I’ve had the greatest students.”

Her English colleagues remind her she says that every year.

She’ll be back one more semester. This fall, she will teach the course she wants to end her teaching career with. It’s a new one: “Rhetoric that changed the world.”

Her husband has recently retired. She has a two-year-old granddaughter she wants to spend time with. She has travel plans and projects she’d love to do. And now she’ll have that precious commodity: time.

Roskelly received the university’s highest annual teaching award – the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence – in 2012.

(This writer had the great fortune to take several of her rhetoric courses as a graduate student in the early 90’s. Earlier this month, she told me her news after she’d spoken in front of Class of 1965 alumni about great figures in our university’s history. Someday, a professor will include her in a talk about our heritage of great professors.)

What will she teach in this final course? It’s not finalized, but she mentions two: the WW II era film “Casablanca” and the 19th century classic “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

The students who get to take it will be in for something special.

By Mike Harris

Dr. Marianne LeGreco

Photo of Dr. Marianne LeGrecoThe mobile market/urban farm partnership that Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies) and many of her students work with was just funded by the USDA for almost $100,000. The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services received a $99,987 National Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant. The Mobile Oasis Farmers Market project is a collaboration between Guilford County’s Division of Public Health, Vision Tree CDC, East Market Street Development Corporation, the City of Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department, Guilford County Cooperative Extension and the UNCG Department of Communication Studies.

Dr. Dan Yasaki

Photo of Dr. Dan YasakiDr. Dan Yasaki (Mathematics and Statistics) received additional funding from the National Science Foundation for the “UNCG Summer School in Computational Number Theory.”

Dr. Xia Zhao

Photo of Dr. Xia ZhaoDr. Xia Zhao (Bryan School) has been recognized as the Dean and Tracy Priddy Dean’s Notable Scholar for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. The Dean’s Notable Scholar Award is a competitive one and is aimed at high research potential tenured/tenure-track faculty who are in the middle stages of their respective careers and who have already distinguished themselves based on their research. The support provided by the program offers tangible recognition to awardees and encouragement to others. An important strategic objective of the program is to help retain top assistant and associate professors and reward them for work well done. The award carries the title, Dean and Tracy Priddy Dean’s Notable Scholar (in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Priddy) and a monetary sum of $5,000 per year for each year covered by the award.

Dr. Karla Lewis

Photo of Dr. Karla LewisDr. Karla Lewis (SERVE) received new funding from Communities in Schools for the project “Level II Service Strategies.”

Michael Frierson

Photo of Michael FriersonMichael Frierson (Media Studies) attended the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in December in Lima, Peru. Frierson shot and edited short videos with Justin Catanoso, director of Wake Forest’s journalism program, who is a freelance journalist covering environmental and climate change issues. One of these is posted on the Woods Hole YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WoodsHoleResearchCtr

Dr. Jeanne Irwin-Olson

Photo of Dr. Jeanne Irwin-OlsonDr. Jeanne Irwin-Olson (Student Health/Counseling Services) received new funding from the NCDHHS DPH North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch for “North Carolina Rape Prevention and Education Program Primary Prevention Community Grants.”

See/hear: April 22, 2015

UNCG Baseball won its series over The Citadel last weekend. The weather was in the high 70’s, a perfect day for the fans. And with the score tied and UNCG with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, a Spartan walk-off home run ended it in exciting fashion. Come see a baseball game or softball game. They are free-admission. The Baseball schedule is here. The Softball schedule is here. Softball hosts five games over the next seven days.

Philip Glass, Galileo and stellar UNCG opera

Photo of Adrianne Leggett (in nun's costume) and Derek Jackenheimer as "Old Galileo."“Galileo Galilei” is as technically challenging as it is beautiful.

As a result, the Philip Glass opera has been produced only by professional companies.

Till now, that is.

This UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance production is directed by UNCG Professor David Holley, who is president of the National Opera Association. That association held its large national conference in Greensboro in January, as attendees had the opportunity to see the high calibre of opera at Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” in Aycock Auditorium.

Now this challenging Philip Glass opera, which no other university as ever undertaken, will again show UNCG’s exceptional standard.

Drawing from letters of Galileo and his family, and various other documents, this opera retrospectively journeys through Galileo’s life. Opening with him as an old, blind man after the trial and Inquisition for his heresy, it explores his religiosity as well as his break with the church, and expands into the greater, oscillating relationship of science to both religion and art, reaching its end with Galileo – as an infant – watching an opera composed by his father.

It marks one of the final events of UNCG’s year-long “The Globe and the Cosmos” series, marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s and Galileo’s birth.

Performances in Aycock Auditorium will be April 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and April 19 at 2 p.m.

“Philip Glass is one of the most influential and prolific composers of the 20th and 21st centuries,” says Peter Alexander, dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. “He has written works in practically every genre including operas, symphonies, concertos, music for film, music for dance, chamber music, and more. His music has been performed worldwide and he has won a number of significant awards and commissions. He is both a legendary and controversial figure whose music is known to millions of listeners. He is a classical composer who has earned rockstar popularity.”

The production is a collaborative project between UNCG Opera and UNCG Theatre. The production boasts a design concept by UNCG Theatre professors Randy McMullen (scene design) and Ken White (lighting design).  The production also includes a costume design by undergraduate Theatre student Trent Pcenicni. Galileo Galilei features the work of more than 100 UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance undergraduate and graduate students.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for children/seniors/groups of 10+ on weekend performance dates and $8 for UNCG students.

Tickets are available at the Triad Stage Box Office at 232 South Elm Street in downtown Greensboro or over the phone at 272-0160. Campus ticketing locations include the Brown Building Box Office (room 115) which is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (phone: 334-4392). The Music Building Box Office location (foyer of Music Building) is also open for limited hours. Or purchase tickets online here.

Photograph by Jody Kaizen. Adrianne Leggett (in nun’s costume) and Derek Jackenheimer as “Old Galileo.”

Bough wow! UNCG’s trees lauded

Photo of trees, foliage and benching in the Herring GardenEarth Day will be celebrated by UNCG Wednesday, April 22.

UNCG has already been celebrated.

UNCG has been named a Tree Campus USA university by the Arbor Day Foundation. The honor recognizes UNCG’s dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

UNCG has earned the title for six straight years. UNCG, a leader in sustainable campus tree management, was the first university in the UNC system to earn the designation.

“It’s rare to see an urban campus with so much natural beauty,” said Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn. “Many incoming students remark about how naturally attractive this university is, all year round. Our campus’ sustainability efforts and the hard work by our Grounds department, year after year, provide UNCG students, faculty, staff and visitors an optimal environment for an enriching learning experience.”

On Earth Day, April 22, at 1 p.m., faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Grounds Staff in planting a tree to help mark Earth/Arbor Day and to celebrate the university’s Tree Campus USA honor. The event will take place near the northwest corner of Moore Nursing Building.

More about UNCG’s Earth Day activities (most are on April 23) will be in next week’s CW.

By Mike Harris

Class of 1965 gives well over $1 million to UNCG

Photo of Prvost Dana Dunn receiving checkThe UNCG Class of 1965 has announced a class gift of $1,125,517. The gift will make a major impact on our university.

On the final day of Reunion, April 11, the class gathered to hear about how individuals in the class have made their impact on our world.

Current UNCG students listened to the inspiring stories – and the students shared some of their own.

Our university students and alumni share a common cause – service. It’s a call that reaches back to the founding of our university.

Fifty years from now, today’s seniors will gather on campus and share their stories of impact on our state, our nation, our world. And they will learn what the class of 2065 is doing at that moment to make a big difference.

Impact. Service. It’s what this university is all about.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Martin Kane

UNCG ranks top-10 for ‘Best Bang for Your Buck”

Photo of students walking down College AvenueUNCG is an excellent value, according to Washington Monthly.

Among universities in the Southeast, UNCG was placed at No. 8 by rankings released last week by Washington Monthly.

The rankings are in the annual “The Other College Guide,” put out by Washington Monthly. It is billed as “a refreshingly down-to-earth approach to deciding what matters when choosing a college.”

The rankings differ from other rating publications, the publication says, in what it considers, such as: “Which schools will charge you a fair price and not bury you in debt? Which help students graduate? Which provide degrees that allow you to earn a decent income?”

See the full rankings at http://theothercollegeguide.com/.

Project Runway’s Justin LeBlanc at UNCG April 24

Photo of Justin LeBlancOn April 24, Justin LeBlanc will be coming to UNCG to share his experiences as a fashion designer, as one of the finalists on the TV show “Project Runway,” and of growing up deaf. LeBlanc is a native of Raleigh and teaches at NC State University.

LeBlanc was quoted in the News and Observer as saying, “Just growing up being a deaf person and having people constantly tell me that I’m not capable of doing things I want to do, that’s definitely something that’s scaring. ‘Project Runway’ has given me the opportunity so I can prove these people wrong.” (News and Observer – October 17, 2013).

Starting at 1 p.m. in the UNCG School of Education Building, Room 120, he will give a one-hour presentation followed by a one-hour Q&A session and then a Meet and Greet with refreshments.  This event is being sponsored by the School of Education and the Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies department in the Bryan School.

The event will be sign language interpreted. It is free and open to the public.

Payton is new UNCG Friends of the Libraries chair

Photo of Camille PaytonThe new Chair of the Friends of the University Libraries is Camille Payton of Greensboro. Payton has been practicing law since 1993. She is a shareholder of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, where she heads the firm’s workers’ compensation department.

A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Payton graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. After working as a reporter and then a copy editor in New York at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, she began work as a copy editor for the Austin American Statesman in Texas until 1990, when she left the newspaper profession to pursue a different career. She received her J.D from the University of Texas and began practicing law in the fall of that year in Greensboro. Payton has extensive trial experience, and she is the co-author of the North Carolina Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Forms Manual.

The new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Dr. Rosemary Wander of Greensboro. Wander was the Associate Provost for Research and Public/Private Sector Partnerships at UNCG beginning in 2002 and served as the interim Associate Provost in 2001-02. She was also the initial Director of UNCG’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement. Prior to these appointments she served as the Chair of the Department of Nutrition. Before coming to UNCG she was on the faculty in the Department of Nutrition at Oregon State University for 13 years and Mississippi State University for two years.

Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Janet Gordon, Terri and Clint Jackson, Pat Austin Sevier, and Hermann Trojanowski, all of Greensboro. Re-elected to a second term were Karl Schleunes, Wander, Jennifer Koenig and Catherine Magid.

Looking ahead: April 15, 2015

Lecture, John Heilbron, “English Reactions to Galileo’s Celestial Message”
Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

JSNN open house “Gateway to Science”
Thursday, April 16, all day

Philip Glass’ opera “Galileo Galilei” opening night
Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Baseball vs. Citadel
Friday, April 17, 6 p.m.

UNCG Theatre, ‘Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,’ with special pre-talk
Friday, April 24, 8 p.m., Brown Bldg Theatre

Notification of street closures

Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the March of Dimes will hold its annual 5K walk/run. The race route will require the closure of several streets in and around the UNCG campus.

Spring Garden Street will be closed between Tate Street and Aycock Street. Tate Street will be closed between Spring Garden Street and Carr Street. There will be other intermittent traffic delays during the race in the area surrounding UNCG.

53rd UNCG Student Honors Convocation April 28

The UNCG community is invited to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students, at the 53rd annual Student Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 28, 7 pm. The event will be held in the EUC Auditorium. Student recipients of the following will be recognized: Graduate Student Scholarly and Teaching Awards,  Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo Awards, University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards. A reception will follow in the auditorium foyer. Please contact Lloyd International Honors College if you have any questions at 334-5538.

Zones of Contention: After the Green Line, POV Talk with Todd Drake

A UNCG MFA graduate in painting, Todd Drake will present a Point-Of-View talk in conjunction with Weatherspoon’s current exhibition, Zones of Contention: After the Green Line. Drake has exhibited across the United States and internationally including exhibitions in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. In 2011, his work documenting the lives of Muslim Americans came to the attention of the United Nations and resulted in an invitation to travel as a visiting artist for the US State Department.

The talk will be April 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m at the Weatherspoon.

Yes, animal shelter drive continues

Due to inclement weather, Tuesday’s scheduled UNCG Faculty/Staff kickball game was postponed. It also appears unlikely that we will be able to utilize our rain date this Thursday. The organizers will be sending out an update soon with an updated plan.

In the meantime, Staff Senate is still collecting donations for the Guilford County Animal Shelter at all campus locations. If you have donations that are too big for these boxes, there will be a drive-up, accessible drop off location which will be announced. See the types of donation sought for the animal shelter, at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/?attachment_id=224.

Study participants needed

Subjects needed for research study: Apparently healthy women 40-55 years of age, non-smokers; not on any medications and supplements that alter inflammation or antioxidants. Volunteers will be screened for normal blood pressure and obesity. Subjects will be exercised twice – maximal aerobic capacity test (stress test) and submaximal exercise session (30 minute run/walk at 70% of their aerobic capacity). At the second visit, blood will be taken before and after this 30 minute run. Contact Dr. Allan H. Goldfarb at ahgoldfa@uncg.edu.

Evelyn Miller

Photo of Evelyn MillerEvelyn Miller (Environmental Health & Safety Department) received the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification issued by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. The CSP is the highest designation in the safety industry and signifies that she has mastered the core knowledge required for professional safety practice.

Miller, who is also an MBA graduate student ’16, was awarded a 2014-15 MBA Professional Development grant. The grant was used to take the board exam, where she earned her designation.

Stuart Dischell

Photo of Stuart DischellStuart Dischell (MFA Writing Program) gave a keynote poetry reading at the National Conference of Graduate Students of Creative Writing held at the University of West Georgia in late March.

Also, the Swiss literary foundation Ledig-Rowohlt has selected him for a month-long residency at le Maison des Ecrivains (the Writers’ House) at the Chateau de Lavigny in Lavigny, Switzerland, where he will also give a public reading to their international community of writers and publishers.

See/hear: April 15, 2015

We’ve got spirit, yes we do. The UNCG Spartan Orientation Staff won first place in the School Spirit competition at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop held in Murray State University. The winner of this award is voted on by other schools at the event, making it a prestigious award among attendees. This is the first time UNCG has received this recognition.

Incoming Spartans will enjoy this spirit at SOAR and Rockin’ Welcome Week.

2014 UNCG SECC success receives 3 awards

Photo of Dr. Ruth DeHoog with one of the awardsUNCG makes a big difference through its annual giving campaign: the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). It brings a lot of needed support to charitable organizations in our region and state.

“We gave a total of $200,497, which was an increase of 1 percent over last year,” said Dr. Ruth DeHoog, 2014 campaign chair for UNCG.

UNCG received three awards for the recent campaign:

  1. the Chairman’s Award for the highest per capita giving level (38 percent) in the UNC System in the 1500-4999 employees category
  2. the Top Ten Award for being one of the largest campaigns in state government (6th),
  3. the Growth in Giving Award with an overall increase in giving over last year.

DeHoog (seen accepting an award on behalf of UNCG employees) points out some statistics that showcase UNCG employees’ generosity:

UNCG employees’ gifts averaged $217.93, with 38 percent of our employees donating to many different charities through the SECC (among the top three in the university system).  The average gift per UNCG employee was the highest in the UNC system, at $81.80.

“I was very pleased to attend the award ceremony at the Governor’s mansion and celebrate with other UNC and state employees how we contribute to many causes through the State Employees Combined Campaign.  I look forward to assisting next year’s chair, Ray Carney, in the fall campaign. Our SECC committee at UNCG will begin planning in the next month to organize the 2015 campaign to encourage even more of UNCG’s employees to give.”

She represented UNCG at the event with Judy Piper, who was campaign coordinator, and Ray Carney.

“I want to acknowledge and to thank the campaign committee and the solicitors for their hard work in making this year such a success in meeting many needs in our communities, state, and country. They were terrific supporters and promoters. Also, three recent retirees will be missed next year for their experience, dedication, and efficiency in the 2014 SECC:  Judy Piper, Donna Honeycutt and Jeanne Craig.”

View the statewide award winners.

Warm, beautiful UNCG I-Fest

Photo of students at activity tent during iFestThe UNCG International Festival had excellent weather Saturday. “We all feel it was our largest turnout to date,” said Denise Bellamy (International Programs Center).

“We also had record numbers in volunteer support,” she added. The festival had the service of  more than 30 UNCG student/staff and more than 50 Grimsley High School student volunteers.

Next year’s I-Fest will be April 9, 2016.

Photo by Martin Kane. Bianca Autry (UNCG junior) playing a Spanish language vocabulary game with Molly Reininger (senior), president of UNCG’s Spanish Club.

 

 

Philip Glass & Timothy Fain at UNCG April 14

Photo of Visual: Philip Glass, left, and Timothy Fain, photo by Brian HallPhilip Glass, one of the most celebrated composers of the modern era, performs with violinist Timothy Fain Tuesday, April 14, at UNCG. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

The concert is part of UNCG’s University Performing Arts Series as well as a highlight of “Globe & Cosmos,” UNCG’s yearlong celebration of Galileo and Shakespeare. UNCG Opera Theatre performs Glass’ opera “Galileo Galilei” in Aycock Thursday-Sunday, April 16-19, following Glass’ appearance.

“Philip Glass is one of the most influential and prolific composers of the 20th and 21st centuries,” says Peter Alexander, dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. “He has written works in practically every genre including operas, symphonies, concertos, music for film, music for dance, chamber music, and more. His music has been performed worldwide and he has won a number of significant awards and commissions. He is both a legendary and controversial figure whose music is known to millions of listeners. He is a classical composer who has earned rockstar popularity.”

Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.

Glass has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun.” “Koyaanisqatsi,” his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since “Fantasia.”

His associations, personal and professional, with leading rock, pop and world music artists date back to the 1960s, including the beginning of his collaborative relationship with artist Robert Wilson. Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music — simultaneously.

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Visual: Philip Glass, left, and Timothy Fain, photo by Brian Hall