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Archives for April 2015

Cone Health’s Tim Rice will be UNCG Commencement speaker

Photo of Tim Rice speaking at a podium Tim Rice, former chief executive officer (CEO) and current CEO emeritus of Cone Health, will deliver the commencement address at the May 8 UNCG graduation ceremony. In honor of his lifetime of service and contributions to the humanities and to human welfare, Rice will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters as part of commencement ceremonies.

Throughout his more than 35 years in the Greensboro health community, Rice has been a champion for improving care and building community connections. As CEO of Cone Health he strengthened ties with UNCG, Guilford Technical Community College and other Piedmont Triad institutions.

“We are excited to have a commencement speaker of the stature of Tim Rice,” said Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn. “Tim is an inspiring role model, and we know he will endow our 2015 graduates with insight that will serve them well as they begin their personal journey through life.”

Since retiring in 2014, Rice has refocused his energy on leadership by mentoring others and sharing his secrets and philosophy on leadership in a fast moving, volatile healthcare and business environment through teaching and meeting facilitation. Rice is president and board chair of The National Center for Healthcare Leadership and he serves as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development based in Greensboro.

Born in Colville, Washington, Rice received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Washington State University in 1977 and a master’s in health administration from Duke University in 1987.

Rice is a 2012 recipient of the Thomas Z. Osborne Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Hospital Association that same year.

Campus welcomes UNCG Reunion 2015 this week

Close-up photo of crafted daisy on alumni house poster Joining our current students later this week will be students from the 1960s.

Reunion 2015, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1965, will be held on Thursday-Saturday, April 9-11.

Also reuniting will be the classes of 1969 and 1970, and members of The Vanguard (Classes of 1964 and earlier).

As you see members of these Reunion classes on campus, don’t hesitate to say Hello and welcome them back to UNCG.

Two Reunion-related events that the campus community may want to attend:

Friday, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. – “Looking Back . . . Moving Forward” – Maple Room, EUC
From the Woolworth sit-ins and the Tate Street pickets to the Neo-Black Society, UNCG was an integral part of the Civil Rights Movement in Greensboro. This interactive session will explore the student experience of the 1960s as well as the community involvement to embrace the social and political charge of the decade. Current students, alumni and community leaders will explore both the inspirational moments and the challenges of the campus experience. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, 2:45-3:45 p.m. – “How We Got To Now” – EUC Auditorium
A tapestry is only as beautiful as the threads that compose it. Come hear the stories of the most brilliant of those threads, of women and men whose intellectual energy and skillful leadership helped form the tradition of excellence at UNCG. All of us who have been part of this institution have inherited a rich legacy from these leaders – teachers and students from the earliest days of the Normal School to the earliest days of UNCG – and Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly shares the tales of a few whose example inspired and enriched the experience of the Class of 1965. All are welcome to attend.

More information is at UNCG Alumni Association web site.

Set design of UNCG Opera’s ‘Galileo Galilei’

Image of rendering of one of the set designs for the operaI’d heard from several people that the design work for “Galileo Galilei” was spectacular.

I visited with costume designer Trent Pcenicni and with Costume Shop Manager Amy Amy Holroyd last Thursday – at least 15 students were at work on costumes when I stopped by. Renderings of the many costumes covered part of one wall.

And I stepped inside Aycock Auditorium, while a team of lighting specialists and interns worked on the lights. I saw the set in Aycock. It is impressive.

Professor Randy McMullen, the set designer, explained the opera takes you backwards in time throughout Galileo’s life – and the dominant staircase on stage correspondingly pivots counter-clockwise by the end of the 90-minute opera. The juxtapositions of heaven/earth and also of scientific learning / church teachings influenced the design. (See conceptual drawing of the set, in visual).

Professor Ken White is the lighting designer. “This was a world where the only light was the light that came in through the windows during the day, and the light that was provided by candles and lanterns at night,” White says.

Now that I’ve seen some of the design, I’m eager to hear the music. Should all make for quite a memorable evening.

Next week, CW will run a preview piece on the production, directed by Professor David Holley. But if you plan to attend, go ahead and get tickets now.

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

Purchase tickets at 272-0160, online here or at the Triad Stage Box Office.

By Mike Harris

Dr. John Heilbron on English reactions to Galileo

Photo of Dr. John HeilbronDr. John Heilbron, professor emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, will give a free public lecture  “English Reactions to Galileo’s Celestial Message” on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in UNCG’s EUC Auditorium.

A member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, Heilbron is author of “Galileo,” published in 2000 by Oxford University Press, in addition to nearly a dozen books over his career.

Awards include the 2006 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics and the 1993 George Sarton Medal from the History of Science Society.

This event will be among the final events of the year-long The Globe & the Cosmos series at UNCG. The series has marked the 450th anniversary of the births of Shakespeare and Galileo.

Chancellor Search Committee narrows candidates list

The UNCG Chancellor Search Committee narrowed the list of candidates to 10, at its meeting at the EUC April 2.

Committee Chair Susan Safran began the meeting by recounting the progress on the search thus far. She discussed a timeline of the search moving forward and cited a strong pool of candidates.

At that same meeting, the committee also held drawings for the search’s “expanded confidential group.”

Last month, the committee voted to include five additional people in the interview process: one faculty member, one staff member, one alumnus, one undergraduate student and one graduate student. They will make up an “expanded confidential group” and will interview the candidates and be asked to provide written feedback to the search committee on candidates. The search committee also voted to keep the names of the individuals selected confidential until a later time.

About 160 self-nominations for the expanded confidential group were submitted, Chair Susan Safran said last week. In open session, the search committee pulled numbers from a box for each of the five categories – and then two additional names were selected in the event that the first person selected could not serve. A faculty member on the search committee reached in the box three times to randomly select three slips. The numbers were called out as each was pulled. Likewise, a staff member picked 3 slips in order; an alumnus picked 3 slips in order. Same for undergraduate and graduate students. Those selected for the “expanded confidential group” are being notified this week.

The search committee then went into closed session where they held discussions on candidates and narrowed the pool to the top 10 candidates, who will come for “airport interviews.”

The search committee’s next meeting will be April 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the EUC’s Alexander Room.

April 14, Andrew Delbanco asks: What is college for?

One of the key voices appearing on the Ivory Tower film is that of Andrew Delbanco, professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and the author of “College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be” (Princeton University Press, 2012).  Dr. Delbanco will speak at UNCG at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. in the Virginia Dare Room. Alumni House, on the series title topic, “What Is College For?”

Delbanco was awarded the 2011 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama “for his writing that spans the literature of Melville and Emerson to contemporary issues in higher education.” In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and named by Time Magazine as “America’s Best Social Critic.” In 2003, he was named New York State Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities, in 2006, he received the “Great Teacher Award” from the Society of Columbia Graduates, and in 2013 he was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society.

Melville: His World and Work (2005) was published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, in Britain under the Picador imprint, and has been translated into German and Spanish. Melville was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, appeared on “best books” lists in the Washington Post, Independent (London), and TLS, and was awarded the Lionel Trilling Award by Columbia University.  Other books include The Death of Satan (1995), Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now (1997), and The Real American Dream (1999), which were named notable books by the editors of The New York Times Book Review, and, most recently, The Abolitionist Imagination (2012).  The Puritan Ordeal (1989) also won the Lionel Trilling Award. He has edited Writing New England (2001), The Portable Abraham Lincoln (1992, 2009), volume two of The Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson (with Teresa Toulouse), and, with Alan Heimert, The Puritans in America (1985).

Andrew Delbanco’s essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and other journals, on topics ranging from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education.

Mr. Delbanco has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a member of the inaugural class of fellows at the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.  He is a trustee of the Library of America, and the Teagle Foundation, and trustee emeritus of the National Humanities Center.  He has also served as Vice President of PEN American Center, and as a trustee of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

UNCG Bunker Bash and Spartan Feast

Photo take from outside of Natty Greene’s Brewing CompanyOn April 30, 2015, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company and the UNCG Athletic Department will host the second annual UNCG Bunker Bash and Spartan Feast presented by Northwestern Mutual. This event will take place at the Natty Greene’s Bunker, located at 1918 W. Lee St. in Greensboro from 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets for adults are $40, $20 for Children under 12, and the event is open to the public.

Admission includes one free beer ticket (for adult tickets), all you can eat Spartan Feast buffet featuring grilled pork and chicken, veggie stew and delicious sides from Natty Greene’s, exclusive beer samplings from the Natty Greene’s Silo Series, wine tasting selections from Medaloni Cellars and tours of the newly expanded Natty Greene’s brewery.

Entertainment will be provided by popular UNCG performers including the Band of Sparta, Cheerleading, Spartan G’s, the Sapphires, the UNCG Mascot Spiro. Guests will have the opportunity to meet UNCG head coaches, bid on silent auction items and enter for a number of raffle prizes. All proceeds from the event support the UNCG Athletic Scholarship Fund, which benefits UNCG student-athletes and helps increase the resources they need to succeed on the field and in the classroom.

As alumni of UNCG, Natty Greene’s co-founders, Kayne Fisher and Chris Lester strive to be a part of the school’s athletic endeavors and outreach. “Not only is UNCG our college, but it is Greensboro’s university and we want to get the community behind it,” said Kayne Fisher.

“We are excited to be involved with UNCG and the Spartan Club,” Northwestern Mutual’s Managing Director in Greensboro, Scott Henegar, said. “Being involved with UNCG helps us connect with young sharp people and supports our effort to make Greensboro an attractive place for young professionals to launch careers.”

In addition, anyone signing up for the Northwestern Mutual Spartan Club Golf Classic will receive one complimentary admission to the UNCG Bunker Bash. The 24th annual Golf Classic will be held April 23rd at Grandover Resort.  For more information on the Golf Classic or Bunker Bash, please call the UNCG Spartan Club at 336-334-5156.

Link to online tickets: ORDER

Full story at UNCG Athletics site.

UNCG alumna Ansel Elkins readings at Yale, NY City, Greensboro

Photo of Ansel ElkinsAnsel Elkins’ debut collection of poems, “Blue Yodel,” won the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2014, and was published by Yale University Press last week. The Yale Younger Poets prize is the oldest annual literary award presented in the United States.

Elkins, a 2009 UNCG MFA in Creative Writing alumna, was featured by reporter Dawn Kane in the Sunday, March 29, Life section of the News and Record. She also has been featured in O, the Oprah magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker and the Paris Review Daily.

Campus Weekly checked in last week with the poet, who was on the road. She told us she was in New Haven, where she’d just given her first reading from “Blue Yodel” at Yale University, and was heading to New York City to celebrate the book’s release with a launch party.

“Blue Yodel” is available locally at Scuppernong Books and Barnes & Noble, as well at online booksellers.

Elkins will give her first Greensboro reading of “Blue Yodel” at Scuppernong Books on Saturday, May 2. The event is free and open to the public, and she will be signing books.

Elkins lives in Greensboro with her husband, Dr. Revell Carr, associate professor of ethnomusicology at UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Other readings and additional news may be found at www.anselelkins.net.

UTLC update for May 2015

The University Teaching and Learning Commons offers opportunities for everyone at UNCG who teaches in some way.

Please join Dr. Dana Dunn for the second Provost’s Gathering of the semester in the Sculpture Garden of Weatherspoon Art Museum, Monday April 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

  • Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
  • Co-sponsored by Alianza UNCG Latino Association, Department of Anthropology, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the University Teaching & Learning Commons
  • Drop by for an informal gathering before the end of the year. Have a glass of wine and connect with colleagues.

GRANT MONEY available this spring
The Office of the Provost and University Libraries are making ten $1,000 mini-grants available for instructors to identify alternatives to expensive course materials. Money may be used for new resources, to adjust syllabi, to modify assignments to incorporate low-cost or free alternatives, and to cover additional expenses you may incur.

  • Open Education information sessions on April 14 and 15, 216 Jackson Library. RSVP to Beth Bernhardt at brbernha@uncg.edu
  • The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is April 24, 2015. Click here to learn more.

Call for Global Engagement Teaching Fellow

  • The University Teaching & Learning Commons (UTLC) seeks a UNCG faculty member to serve as the Global Engagement Teaching Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year.
  • This Teaching Fellow will work in coordination and collaboration with faculty and staff engaged in implementing UNCG’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
  • Expectations for the Global Engagement Fellow include: recruiting and connecting with other faculty around teaching intercultural competencies; Leading a faculty cohort/ learning community with monthly meetings, providing periodic activity reports, and participating in UTLC events; Helping to plan UNCG’s Global Engagement Summer Institute 2016.
  • For more information, please contact John Sopper at jrsopper@uncg.edu.
  • Click here to learn more.

Global Engagement Summer Institute, May 13-15, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Participants will gather for three days to learn from each other, discover campus resources, and develop course materials that actively engage students to think deeply about their relationships to other cultures.
  • Summer Institute participants will also take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and learn how to use this methodology with students.
  • Afternoon sessions are hands-on and focused toward individual development of courses, course redesigns, or creating learning objects for a Global Engagement toolkit.
  • Space is limited and open to all UNCG faculty and staff.
  • Lunch included.
  • Sponsored by UTLC, IPC and other university departments
  • Apply online now to reserve your spot.

Campus Speakers and Opportunities

URSCO: Assessment Practices for Classes, Courses, and Programs
Tuesday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Faculty Center

  • This workshop will offer: 1. What it means to assess a program, and what program assessment looks like? 2. How individual course outcomes connect with and matter to the program, and how to identify outcomes and assessment within a course? 3. How curriculum mapping can offer structure to this process? Activities will center on course-level assessment and curriculum mapping.
  • For more information, contact Dr. Lee Phillips at plphilli@uncg.edu.

Diversity Initiatives: “Diversity and Pedagogy in the Classroom”
Wednesday, April 15, noon – 1 p.m., Faculty Center

  • With Dr. William Hart (REL), Dr. Omar Ali (AFS), and Dr. Nadja Cech (CHE)
  • Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee; co-sponsored by the University Teaching and Learning Commons, and the Black Faculty and Staff Association
  • For more information, contact Dr. Omar Ali at ohali@uncg.edu.

Off-Campus Summer Events…
Teaching Renewal Retreat for Advanced Career Faculty
Tuesday, June 9 – Thursday, June 11, Graylyn Int. Conference Center, Winston-Salem

  • Hosted by Wake Forest University Teaching and Learning Center
  • A three-day retreat with faculty from various universities and disciplines -“Renew, Reframe, Reflect”
  • Peer-mentoring sessions, personal coaching, workshops, and even meditation offered; Opening and Closing Sessions: “The Legacies of Our Lives”
  • Click here or contact Catherine Ross, director, WFU Teaching and Learning, at rossce@wfu.edu or (336) 758-4559 for more information.

The UTLC has one more great news item to share:

UTLC welcomes Dr. Jennifer Stephens
UTLC welcomes Jennifer Stephens as the new lead for faculty development coordination in UNCG’s Residential Colleges. Dr. Stephens will also continue her role as Director of the UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program. Her research interests include school-university-community collaborations, culturally-responsive and critical place-based pedagogies, curriculum development and design, and innovative practices in teaching.

Global Engagement QEP Course Development Award recipients

Congratulations to the second round of 2015 Global Engagement QEP Course Development Award recipients. These awards were $500 or $1,000:

Dr. Deborah Bell, Department of Theatre, HSS 205: The Age of Masquerade

Dr. Sarah Daynes, Department of Sociology, SOC 290: Thinking Sociologically: Classical Theory

Dr. Donna Duffy and Professor Lisa McDonald, Department of Kinesiology and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, HHS 589: Exploring Intersections of Latino Individual, Family and Community Life

Dr. Cerise Glenn, Department of Communication Studies, CST 410: Social Identity in Popular Culture and Media

Dr. Lavinia Hirsu, Department of English, ENG 363: Digital Rhetorics: Global Identities in a Multimediated World

Dr. Brooke Kreitinger, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, GER 406: Advanced Topics in German Culture: Unsettling Images and Issues of Transnational Migration

Dr. Derek Krueger, Department of Religious Studies, REL 503: From Constantinople to Istanbul: A City and Its Monuments

Dr. Nir Kshetri, Department of Management, MGT 400: Cybersecurity Management

Dr. Justin Lee, Department of Social Work, SWK 5XX: Global Transmigration: The Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Professor Janet Lilly, Department of Dance, MTD 338/638: Dancing in the Heart of Italy

Dr. Alexandra S. Moore, Department of English, HSS 227: ‘Just’ Fiction: Human Rights in Literature and Culture

Dr. Sharon D. Morrison, Department of Public Health Education, HEA 589C: Refugee Experiences and Protection in Global Contexts

Dr. Noelle Morrissette, Department of English, ENG 374: Early African-American Writers and ENG 376: African American Writers After the 1920s

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill, Department of Art, ARH 370: African Art

Dr. Chiaki Takagi, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, JNS 305: Roles of Children and Youth in Modern Japan, JNS 306: The Elderly in an Aging Nation, and JNS 306: Disaster, Energy Crisis, and Sustainability in Post-Fukushima Japan

For more information on global engagement faculty funding opportunities, visit http://globalqep.uncg.edu/faculty/grants.htm

SOAR volunteers sought – help welcome new students

Photo of balloons from past SOAR eventThe Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs is currently looking for 2015 SOAR volunteers to help welcome new students and their families during the month of June. SOAR 2015 is right around the corner – help show new students and families our Spartan pride.

Who are SOAR Volunteers? SOAR volunteers are a team of UNCG faculty, staff, and students who assist in greeting, guiding, and directing new Spartans and their families during SOAR.

When is SOAR? There will be 8 freshman sessions this June: June 4-5, June 8-9, June 11-12, June 14-15, June 18-19, June 22-23, June 25-26 and June 29-30. The majority of the SOAR volunteer duties will be on the first day of SOAR between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

2015 SOAR Volunteers will receive a t-shirt to wear while you are working and an invitation to SOAR Preview where there will be plenty of food and fun for all.

You’re busy in June but still want to help? It would be great to have volunteers who can help each session, but we know that can be difficult. The SOAR Volunteer program offers flexible hours and excellent benefits to all of its volunteers. You can choose which sessions and times work best for you.

What’s next? Prior to SOAR, we’ll meet as a group to say thanks, give assignments, and distribute t-shirts. Join the fun, meet new students and families, receive a commemorative t-shirt and show new students and their families that you, too, bleed blue and gold!

How do I sign up? If you are willing and able to be a SOAR Volunteer, please RSVP to Kierra Robinson at klrobin8@uncg.edu ​no later than Friday, May 1, 2015​. Once you RSVP, you’ll receive access to a Google Doc where you can select which session, which day and which post you would like to help with.

Jeanie Reynolds teaches students, who teach students, and so it goes

Photo of Dr. Jeanie Reynolds“Every year I have the most amazing students come my way.”

Dr. Jeanie Reynolds (English) is a teacher. She taught high school and middle school in Forsyth County. After getting her master’s and doctorate, she took a different responsibility: teaching those who will teach, as Director of English Education in UNCG’s English Department.

At UNCG, every future high school and middle school English and Language Arts teacher will get to know her well. Many elementary school teachers as well. She teaches the Teaching of Writing class, Young Adult Literature class and Linguistics for Teachers.

Reynolds taught high school and middle school English for 7 1/2 years in Forsyth County.

She got her master’s and doctorate at Wake Forest. Her dissertation focused on how technology works in the classroom – and how, often, it doesn’t work well. “Sometimes it can be divorced from teaching and learning.”

UNCG prepares its students for the challenges and the successes of teaching. It can be seen in the number of Rookie Teacher of the Year alumni UNCG has.

“Every year we have lots of them nominated – and win.”

For example, last year, Anna Smith was doing her student teaching, under the guidance of Dr. Amy Vetter (School of Education). This year, Anna Smith is at Northern Guilford High School, where she has just been named Rookie Teacher of the Year. She shared the exciting news with her mentor, Dr. Reynolds, by email.

And Reynolds passed that news to Campus Weekly, telling us about her former student. “One of the phenomenal things: In the fall, she had a unit on The Scarlet Letter. And she paired it with “Speak,” a National Book Award finalist by Laurie Halse Anderson.” It’s about the repercussions of sexual assault that occurred at a high school party.

“They had really hard conversations. And we need to have those conversations.” While there are lots of public service announcements and billboards about societal problems such as these, in-depth literature discussions can make a big impact, Reynolds explains. And her former student didn’t shy away from a difficult subject – one that’s important to consider.

“I’m so proud of her I could pop.”

Positive shifts happen in our society through discussions just like these, she says.

Smith told CW last weekend, “Part of the process of becoming a teacher is figuring out exactly who you are as a person. Had it not been for Dr. Reynolds and the time she spent with me, I would not have found myself so quickly and would not have become the teacher I am today. I am forever grateful to have had her on my journey.”

Holly Setzer is another “phenomenal teacher” who won her school’s Rookie Teacher of the Year Award this year. Last year at UNCG, she won the Lloyd International Honors College Student Excellence Award.

Holly’s students are exploring “how the world works” – one book or one writing assignment at a time, Reynolds explains. Their thinking is deepening; their intellect is maturing. Slowly but surely, she is changing their lives.

Be the change you want to see in the world, Reynolds tells her students, echoing Gandhi. It can be done through teaching reading and writing.

“These things can change the world.”

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: April 8, 2015

Talk, Kathy Reichs, at Friends of Libraries dinner
Wednesday, April 8, 6 p.m., EUC

Talk, Andrew Delbanco, “What is College For?”
Tuesday, April 14, 4 p.m., Alumni House

Concert, Philip Glass & Timothy Fain
Tuesday, April 14, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

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

Invitation to take free wellness profile

Take the new Online Personal Wellness Profile and be entered to win a Nike FitBit, Day Trip Voucher from UNCG Outdoor Adventures, or a one year Campus Rec membership.

Complete the online PWP by April 30, 2015, and you will be entered to win. This free opportunity is only available to UNCG faculty and staff.

The Personal Wellness Profile is part of a UNCG Initiative. At the time you take it you will be asked to participate in a voluntary research study. You do not need to be in the study to participate in HealthyUNCG programs or to be entered into the raffle.

To take the online PWP right now, click HERE. For more information click HERE.

If you have any questions regarding HealthyUNCG, the PWPs or this offer, email healthy_uncg@uncg.edu.

Let them tell you ‘bout the herbs and the bees

Herbs Some of us already grow basil, oregano, and thyme – but what about stevia, sage or lemon grass? By knowing the origin and characteristics of the plants, you can have fresh herbs to use year round. Come join fellow UNCG staff and faculty to talk about being successful at growing the herbs you want to use in your kitchen. Presented by Extension Master Gardener volunteers Deborah Pelli and Jeanne Aller Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 3 p.m., 140 McIver Building

Bees Beekeepers engage themselves into more than farming, they become integrated into the secrets of nature. They are essential for our gardens. Join Mike and Gail Stanley as they present an informative conversation about their and our unavoidable relationship with honey bees. Thursday, April 16, 2015, 11 a.m., 140 McIver Building

These two events are hosted by the Staff Senate Personal & Professional Development Committee.

Also, the deadline for nominations for the Staff Senate Scholarship is May 15. Details are here.

Dr. Joanne Murphy

Photo of Dr. Joanne MurphyDr. Joanne Murphy (Classical Studies) received new funding from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for the project “Kea Archaeological Research Survey: Testing the Value of Survey Data.” The study of the ancient remains on the surface of the ground, as opposed to excavation, has dominated the methodological debate in Greek archaeology, the abstract explains. “The proposed project will make a significant contribution to this debate by testing the longevity of survey results using the Greek island of Kea as a case study. Kea (or Keos) was surveyed in 1983-84 by an international team of archaeologists. During the twenty-five years since the survey was conducted much of the activity on the island has changed; more houses are being built along the coast and less farming is being carried out in the fields. These changes in activity alter access to and visibility of archaeological sites. The vicissitudes of activity in the landscape raise the question of the accuracy and longevity of conclusions drawn from survey. This project aims to question the long-term validity of survey data by resurveying Kea using the same methodologies as the original surveyors and an alternative set of methodologies to see if we can still reach the same conclusions twenty-five years later. This will be the first project of its type in Greece and has the potential to assess and refine our appreciation of the value of survey as a reliable archaeological research method.”

JSNN’s ‘Gateway to Science’ open house April 16

Photo of Richard Vestal talking with students at an exhibit from last year's eventThe NC Science Festival comes to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Thursday, April 16, 2015. They welcome community members, kids of all ages, school groups, civic clubs – everyone with an interest in science –  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m that day.

The event title is “Gateway to science.”

This year will feature 3D printing, a pendulum, a Mobile Lab, computer modeling, tours, videos about the school, and nanotechnology.

Admission is free – just stop in and “Have Fun With Science,” which is the theme this year.

For more information about the event or if you are planning to come as a group or school field trip, please contact Mr. Elie Azzi at e_azzi@uncg.edu or 285-2802

The following week, on Saturday, April 25, UNCG’s campus will be filled with the inaugural UNCG Science, Science Everywhere festival. Start spreading the word. One spot kids of all ages will enjoy will be the Self Makerspace in the UNCG School of Education Building – see this great video. More details on the free-admission festival will be in next week’s CW.

UNCG Speech and Hearing Center offers a lot – even summer camps

Photo of Ferguson BuildingThe UNCG Speech and Hearing Center, in operation since 1967, offers professional services for evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders to individuals across the lifespan. Services are open to UNCG students, faculty and staff, as well as to the community at large.

Instruction is also offered to persons who are proficient in spoken English, but wish to modify foreign accents or regional dialects. The Center serves as a training facility for graduate level students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences. The student clinicians work with clients under the direct supervision of UNCG faculty members who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and North Carolina licensure in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology.

UNCG faculty, staff and students, as well as full-time Consortium students, may be eligible for speech and language services during the fall and spring semesters via enrollment in CSD 219. Instructor permission is required. Free screening and a 50% discount on services may be available as well.

Important Upcoming Summer Events:

  • The Listening Lab- A summer camp for children diagnosed with auditory processing disorders (APD), June 15-26, 2015 (fee-based)
  • Movie Time Readers Theater- A summer camp for rising first and second-graders who are struggling readers and writers, June 18- July 1, 2015 (fee-based)
  • Horsepower Experience- A summer camp for school-age students with language/literacy disabilities, July 13-24, 2015 (no fee for participants)

The center is led by Louise Raleigh.

For more information contact the UNCG Speech and Hearing Center at 334-5939 or  visit http://csd.wp.uncg.edu/shc/about/. The center is located on the third floor of the Ferguson Building on the UNCG campus. Clinic parking is located adjacent to the Ferguson Building.

NC Writers’ Spring Conference will be at UNCG

UNCG will once again host the NC Writers’ Network Spring Conference. More than a hundred writers and aspiring writers will attend – with lots of learning and networking opportunties available. The 2015 conference will be held Saturday, April, 18, all day in the Moore HRA Building. Full information is at ncwriters.org.

See honors college fellows

The UNCG Lloyd International Honors College presents its Artist in Residence Showcase, on Thursday, April 9, at 7 pm – in Collins Lecture Hall, Music Building. All are welcome to attend. Ten Honors College fellows, a diverse community of artist scholars, will present the work they have created this school year. This program is in partnership with the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office. Dessert reception to follow.

Foundations for Learning (FFL) instructor Fall 2015 recruitment

The UNCG Foundations for Learning (FFL) program is designed to foster students’ academic and personal success, holistic development and seamless transitions throughout their undergraduate experience at UNCG. Courses within the FFL program are taught by a talented cadre of UNCG faculty and staff who have a special interest in first-year student education. Instructors must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have obtained a master’s degree from an accredited institution,
  2. Be a UNCG employee or enrolled graduate student,
  3. Have a special interest in first-year transition and education,
  4. Complete the FFL Instructor information form by April 20, 2015
  5. Submit resume by April 20, 2015 via email to ffl@uncg.edu with the subject: FFL Instructor
  6. Attend mandatory Instructor Institute on May 18-19, 2015

If you have questions about FFL or the requirements to become a FFL Instructor, please contact Brandy S. Propst, coordinator for Academic Foundations & Mentoring, at bspropst@uncg.edu or by phone at 256-1246.

Chad Carwein

Photo of Chad CarweinChad Carwein (Sustainability Office) is one of 12 individuals in the United States selected by Cultural Vistas to participate in the Youth Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative as a leader mentor at the Earth Workshop in Cambodia this month. He will collaborate to provide guidance to a multinational group of six YSEALI Generation EARTH participants in preparing an action plan to address an environmental issue. He will also lead one session at the workshop. “I am participating in this workshop because I want to share my success stories and lessons learned as far and wide as possible in order to change behavior and foster a global culture of sustainability,” he says. He will leave for Cambodia on April 19, and return to Greensboro on April 28. Carwein is Sustainability Education & Outreach Specialist at UNCG.

Dr. Greg Grieve

Photo of Dr. Greg GrieveDr. Greg Grieve (Religious Studies) has helped found the International Academy for the Study of Gaming and Religion (IASGAR). Only two founders are from the United States. Based at the University of Helsinki, Finland, IASGAR advances scholarly research on the interrelation of video gaming and religion. Just as films helped to illuminate and expose the religiosity of the twentieth century, video games now depict the religiosity of the twenty-first century. ASGAR aims to establish and maintain a multidisciplinary network for the discussion of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and video gaming. IASGAR will collect, systematize and develop various recent multidisciplinary approaches to research and teaching.

Hear Grieve speak Monday, April 13, 3 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library. His talk, “Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library” will draw from both his teaching and research. For the past two years, Grieve has worked closely with the Libraries’ Digital Media Commons and Undergraduate Studies’ Digital ACT Studio to develop space and resources for his courses on Digital Religion and Religion on Digital Games.

His recent books include “Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus” and “Playing with Religion in Video Games.”

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Photo of Dr. Julie EdmundsDr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received a large grant from the North Carolina New Schools Project for the project “INVESTING IN INNOVATION I3 SCALE-UP.”

Dr. Laurie Gold

Photo of Dr. Laurie GoldDr. Laurie Gold (Kinesiology) received a continuation of funding from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Pathways from Childhood Self-Regulation to Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescence.”

Cardiovascular risk factors (CVR)—including obesity, elevated lipids, altered glucose metabolism, hypertension, and elevated low-grade inflammation—are detectable and already common during adolescence. However, the developmental origins of adolescent CVR are poorly understood, the abstract explains. Research on adults suggests that CVR is concentrated among those who had poor self-regulation in childhood, including difficulties in regulating their behaviors. The funding will expand and enhance an ongoing longitudinal study. Results will provide a foundation for informing the early prevention of CVR, and for building a larger program of research on early self-regulation and its implications for disease risk during the early life course.

Dr. Mark Elliott

Photo of Dr. Mark ElliottDr. Mark Elliott (History) will be part of a panel discussion on “The Many Meanings of the Emancipation Proclamation” April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Historical Museum Auditorium. He will speak about “Emancipation and American Nationalism,” its impact on American ideals and how British emancipation influenced American abolitionists and added pressure for America to end slavery. Make a free reservation by calling 373-2982.