UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for May 2015

Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has selected a team from the UNCG Libraries to be among the 54 institutional teams to participate in the third year of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA). The program supports the design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.

The UNCG team members will be:

  • Karen Grigg, Science Liaison Librarian
  • Kathy Crowe, Associate Dean for Public Services
  • Lea Leininger, Health Science Reference Librarian
  • Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, Director, Orientation & Family Programs
  • Jeff Lail, Assistant Director for Student Groups and Assessment

Summer research projects? Linda Stine leads log-house archaeology.

CW is always eager to hear of your research projects.

Linda Stine, professor in UNCG Anthropology, will lead a UNCG class through June 17 as they learn more about an old log home in eastern Guilford County, we’ve learned.

It is thought to be a Quaker farmstead, she says, and it’s deep in the woods of Company Mill, which is a new, 250-acre Guilford County nature preserve.

The property is across from Hagan-Stone Park.

This community-engaged archaeology research project is funded by a Stedman/Covington Foundation grant and will help the Parks and Recreation Dept. in future planning.

Perhaps you have a summer research project we should know about. If you haven’t shared it with us yet, send a note to mdharri3@uncg.edu. We always like hearing from you.

Seeking faculty to develop courses in Global Blended Learning pilot

UNC General Administration seeks faculty who teach online or blended/hybrid courses in US history or culture, English, or economics who might be interested in developing a blended version of their course for delivery to Chinese students this fall in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University.

The pilot seeks to launch with 1-2 courses in fall 2015.

The lead instructor will have the opportunity to travel to China at the beginning of the semester to kick off the course and will coordinate with a TA on-site at Shanghai Jiaotong for the rest of the semester.

Pay is available for the redesign of existing online or traditional courses for blended delivery, the full cost of travel to China this fall for the lead instructor, and for the TA in Shanghai.

UNCG faculty interested in being considered for this pilot are asked to work through their department heads and deans to submit a proposal to the provost for possible transmission to GA.

John Salmon

Photo of John SalmonJohn Salmon (Music) will have a concert with Chris Brubeck and several of Brubeck’s friends on May 26, 7:30 p.m., in the Music Building recital hall. The concert is co-sponsored by the Eastern Music Festival, Music for a Great Space and UNCG. Additionally, on May 21-23 Salmon will participate in the Festival for Creative Pianists in Denver, CO. Salmon is professor of music and coordinator of the keyboard area in the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Mossman Building elevator

The Mossman Building elevator is being refurbished this summer due to old equipment that needs to be replaced. The elevator will be shut down June 1, with the elevator out of service until July 17.  We will strive to make this shut-down shorter, if possible. We have planned this outage around a number of schedules in order to cause the least overall campus impact. We appreciate your patience as we make these necessary repairs.

– UNCG Facilities Design and Construction

See/hear: May 13, 2015

Enjoy a video clip created for the 2015 UNCG Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards ceremony. The Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards recipients were Fred Patrick, Dr. Catherine Matthews and Natalie Hengstebeck. The Staff Excellence Award winners were Kattya Castellon and Haley Childers.

Dr. Dan Yasaki

Photo of Dr. Dan YasakiDr. Dan Yasaki (Mathematics and Statistics) received new funding from the National Security Agency for the project “Voronoi Reduction Theory and Applications to Arithmetic Groups.” The PI will develop techniques for explicitly computing spaces of modular forms over CM-quartic fields, complex quadratic extensions of real quadratic fields. The proposed work will produce an efficient method for computing the Voronoi-Koecher polyhedron for a range of fields.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Photo of Dr. Julie EdmundsDr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received a continuation of funding from the Columbia University Teachers College for the project “Third Party Evaluation of the i3 STEM Early College Expansion Partnership.”

Conference: Disabilities and inclusive education

The regional TASH conference will have the theme “Inclusive Education as a Results-Driven Imperative: Preparing Students with Significant Disabilities for College and Careers.” The conference will be May 15-16, 2015, at the UNCG Department of Specialized Education Services. It will be hosted by the UNCG School of Education and NC TASH, a leader in disability advocacy.

Learn more and register at http://tash.org/2015-regional-tash-conference-north-carolina.

Three candidates determined for UNCG chancellor position

Photo of Minerva statueUNCG Chancellor Search Committee Chair Susan Safran recently updated the campus community on the committee’s work and the search status. A brief summary:

On April 27, the Chancellor Search Committee met in closed session to discuss five candidates for the UNCG chancellor position. On that day, the committee determined three finalists.

The Board of Trustees met on April 28 to receive the recommendation of the Chancellor Search Committee and consider the three finalists. The board elected to advance the slate of finalists, as recommended by the committee, to UNC System President Tom Ross.

Over the next few weeks, President Ross, along with members of his executive staff and select members of the Board of Governors, will schedule interviews with each of the finalists. At the conclusion of those interviews, President Ross will make a recommendation to the Board of Governors (BOG). The Board of Governors will consider President Ross’ recommendation and make a final decision at the BOG meeting on May 22.

The next chancellor of our university is expected to take office on July 1.

Final 2014-15 Faculty Senate meeting today, 3 p.m.

Photo of Alumni HouseHighlights on the agenda for the Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Faculty Senate meeting in the Alumni House include:

  • Remarks by Spoma Jovanovic, current chair, and remarks by Anne Wallace, chair-elect.
  • Presentations by Bob Hansen (Curriculum Reform Task Force), Murphie Chappell (Title IX basics) and Lawrence Jenkens & Julia Jackson-Newsom (Task Force, Conflict of Interests & External Activities for Pay)
  • Discussions on resolutions led by Susan Shelmerdine and by Patti Sink.
  • Committee reports by Carla LeFevre, Lynda Kellam, Stoel Borrowes, Wayne Journell, John Lepri and Kenneth Klase.

Looking ahead: May 6, 2015

Course Reserves due (See related post)
Wednesday, May 6

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, May 6, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Softball vs. Mercer (SoCon Tournament)
Wednesday, May 6, 3 p.m.

Board of Trustees meetings
Wednesday-Thursday, May 6-7

Spring Commencement
Friday, May 8, 10 a.m., Coliseum

Art tour, Noon @ the ‘Spoon
Tuesday, May 12, noon, Weatherspoon

Earthquake and recovery in Nepal

Many thousands injured. More than 7,000 dead. The earthquake in Nepal is a catastrophe. “We have students and faculty from Nepal,” says a message from several UNCG departments.” We work with Nepali refugees who have resettled in Greensboro and are supported by the university’s Center for New North Carolinians. This year’s Keker First Year Common Read, “Little Princes,” was centered on Nepal. The Triad itself is home to 300 Nepali natives and over 2,500 refugees of Nepali origin from neighboring Bhutan.” For information about UNCG departmental efforts, contact Steve Flynn, assistant director of the Global Engagement QEP Office and coordinator of Prestigious International/National Fellowships, at stflynn@uncg.edu.

Tim Slone

Photo of Tim SloneTim Slone (Environmental Health and Safety) has been invited to be a part of a national task force on laboratory safety. The task force was created by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The task force is meeting this week in Washington, DC, and will provide research universities with recommendations and guidance on the most appropriate strategies to enhance a culture of laboratory safety. The task force, which APLU created in coordination with the Association of American Universities (AAU), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Council on Government Relations (COGR), is comprised of senior research officers and environmental and health safety experts.

Dr. Nancy Doll

Photo of Dr. Nancy DollDr. Nancy Doll (Weatherspoon) was a panelist at the Museum Trustee Association annual meeting in Raleigh on May 1. The panel included four university museum directors from the area who addressed the topic “Building an Effective University Museum Advisory Board.” Doll is director of UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum.

UNCG Commencement Friday, 10 a.m. at Coliseum

Photo of graduates celebrating and a graduate holding up a foam fingerGet ready to turn those tassels!

Approximately 2,400 students will be awarded degrees at UNCG’s Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony. The event will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, May 8, at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Among the graduates will be the first recipients of the UNCG bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies.

Tim Rice, the former CEO of Cone Health, will deliver the commencement address. Rice will also be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters as part of commencement ceremonies.

Commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed at http://reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central/video. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #uncggrad.

26 inducted into UNCG Golden Chain

Group photo of inductiesIn April, UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society welcomed 26 new members.

This organization, unique to UNCG, recognizes outstanding juniors and seniors who embody the seven golden chain links: leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, magnanimity, judgment, and character. Members must have at least a 3.25 GPA.

The guest speaker at the induction ceremony was UNCG alumna Kiya Ward, who spoke on how the seven golden chain traits have served her in her life after graduation.

Honorees include:
Dylan Belles
Karen Boger
Stephanie Brabec
Kamisha Carpenter
Alison Castillo
Nicholas Chapman
Catherine Choi
Corey Croegaert
Ashley Eddleman
Richard Guile
Micaela Harper
Isiah Harris
Kelly Hook
Shannon Jones
Bryahna Mason
Macy McFatter
Erin Neely
Lasse Palomaki
Jennifer Plouffé
Shawn Ratcliff
Christopher Reingen
Lindsay Thomas
Nicole Thomas
Miranda Weavil
Chesney White
Shelton Young

Dr. Karen Kilcup named Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor

Photo of Dr. Karen KilcupActing Chancellor and Provost Dana Dunn and Dean Tim Johnston make an announcement:

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Karen Kilcup as the Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor of English, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, and Women’s & Gender Studies. Since joining the UNCG faculty in 1996, Dr. Kilcup has offered a wide range of courses in environmental writing, nineteenth-century women’s literature, American poetry, and Native American writing. She is author or editor of eleven books, most recently Fallen Forests: Redeeming American Women’s Nature Writing (U of Georgia P, 2013), and Over the River and Through the Woods: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Poetry (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013). In addition, she has published over forty articles on a wide range of subjects.

As an eminent figure in the field of American literary criticism, Dr. Kilcup has served as President of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and as editorial board member for numerous journals and presses. She is the recipient of many research awards and fellowships, including an NEH Fellowship for 2010-2011.

During her time at UNCG, Dr. Kilcup has enhanced the intellectual culture of UNCG through extensive service to the English Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University. In addition, she has made important contributions to both the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Karen Kilcup as the Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor.

UNCG Field Day yields fun and donations

Photo of staff members hoola-hoopingUNCG employees donated 500 pounds of needed materials for the Guilford County Animal Shelter, as well as $246 in cash.

The Faculty/Staff Kickball game was rained out this year, but the Staff Senate Events committee united with HealthyUNCG for a fun, healthful lunchtime outing in Foust Park.

See pictures on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.460883990737064.1073741836.145129408979192&type=1 and the staff senate webpage here:  http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/photo-album/

UNCG gets STARS Gold rating for sustainability

Aerial campus photo of College AvenueUNCG has attained its first STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements.

The rating is given by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

UNCG becomes only the third UNC system university to achieve this rating, joining Appalachian State and UNC Chapel Hill.

STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) is the most comprehensive instrument to evaluate and encourage sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Trey McDonald, UNCG sustainability coordinator, said, “We became involved with STARS as a charter participant in 2011, and have used it as our primary metric for sustainability since then. We are extremely proud of our Gold rating this year, as we’ve achieved Silver in our past three ratings. This assessment displays how infusing sustainability into all we do at UNCG can pay off. ”

UNCG also improved its position in the GreenMetric World University Sustainability Ranking, organized  by the Universitas Indonesia (UI).  UNCG moved up in the rankings from 55th out of 301 schools to 27th out of 360 institutions across the globe. The UI GreenMetric ranks universities by comparing their efforts towards campus sustainability and environmental management. McDonald said, “We are very pleased to be ranked in the top 10 percent of schools worldwide for our sustainability accomplishments. Sustainability is one of the five core values of UNCG and we are committed to leading the effort to create a more sustainable future.”

See related story on Recyclemania 2015.

Information courtesy April’s UNCG Sustainability newsletter.

UNCG among ‘The 100 Most Affordable Universities in America in 2015’

Photo of entrance to the Elliott University CenterThe Best Value Schools website has released its listing of the 100 Most Affordable Universities in America in 2015.

UNCG is No. 72 nationally, according to this site.

An excerpt from their synopsis:
“(UNCG) has received an impressive amount of recognition for its online classes, but these accolades haven’t shifted the school’s focus away from traditional coursework. The challenging academic programs cover Anthropology, Archaeology, Nutrition, Peace and Conflict Studies, Biology, Interior Architecture, Classical Studies, Professions in Deafness, Retail Studies, Sustainable Tourism, and a plethora of other options you might not find elsewhere ….”

See the list here.

Bryan School maintains prestigious AACSB accreditation

Photo of entrance to Bryan BuildingThe UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics has maintained its business and accounting accreditation by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Maintaining accreditation in both fields puts the Bryan School among the top three percent of business schools in the world.

“It’s gratifying to have objective, outside experts examine our mission and methods and determine that we meet the highest standards in business and accounting education,” said Dean McRae C. Banks.

Several of the Bryan School’s strategic initiatives were praised by the AACSB visiting review team including X-Culture, an international experience developed and coordinated by Bryan School Assistant Professor Vas Taras where students at universities around the globe collaborate on a group project. X-Culture now has 4,000 participants per semester at 100 universities around the world and the  resulting relationships between faculty have led to research collaborations.

The team also highlighted the growth in the Bryan School’s online class offerings, significant community engagement projects between Bryan School students and faculty and the surrounding region, and the growth in diversity of faculty and the student body. The Bryan School graduates more undergraduate students of color than any other campus in the UNC system, including the business schools at historically black universities.

One of the largest business schools in North Carolina, the Bryan School has been accredited since 1982. The school’s programs in business and accounting will be up for accreditation review again in 2020.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Steam distribution piping replacement

A UNCG piping replacement project this summer will involve the replacement of existing steam pipes that provide heating and hot water to the campus.

As the existing steam pipes age, they start to develop leaks, and they need to be systematically replaced. This summer, the existing pipes from the south side of Spring Garden Street to Mossman Building are being removed and replaced with new pipes. The work is just getting started, and should complete in early August. Due to the fact that the steam pipes cross Forest Street, Facilities will be closing Forest Street from the intersection of Spring Garden Street to EUC during construction. All parking on this section of Forest Street will be taken out of service, with only delivery trucks to EUC and contractor vehicles and equipment allowed into the area.

A temporary hot water heater is being installed in two metered parking spaces on the west side of Mossman Building so that the building will continue to have hot water during construction.

Dr. Randy Penfield will be UNCG School of Education interim dean

Photo of Dr. Randy PenfieldActing Chancellor and Provost Dana Dunn provides news about UNCG’s new SOE interim dean:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Randy Penfield has been appointed to a 13 month term as Interim Dean of the School of Education. He will assume his role July 1. Outgoing Dean Wixson will work over the next few months to ensure a smooth leadership transition. I thank SOE faculty and staff for the valuable input regarding this appointment over the last few weeks.

After serving on the faculty of the College of Education of the University of Florida (2000-2004) and the University of Miami (2004-2012), Randy joined UNCG in 2012 to assume the position of Chair of the Department of Educational Research Methodology in the School of Education. During his tenure in this role, major accomplishments have included:

  • Leading ERM in developing a comprehensive departmental branding and marketing process that has led to substantial increases in enrollment.
  • Establishing the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS).
  • Establishing the Nonprofit Evaluation Support Program (NESP) in collaboration with the SERVE Center of UNCG, which over the last year has provided over 2,500 hours of capacity-building program evaluation support to local nonprofit organizations.
  • Establishing the Educational Research Methodology Alumni Endowment.

Dr. Penfield received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto with a specialization in educational measurement and assessment. He is a leading expert in the area of fairness in testing, having published extensively on the development of methods to identify bias in educational assessments and the promotion of fair and equitable testing practices. He has also been actively engaged in funded research, being an investigator on a variety of federally funded grants focusing on improving teacher professional development in multicultural settings and the assessment of science readiness for multilingual student populations. In recognition of his research productivity, he was awarded the 2005 Jason Millman Early Career Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education, and in 2011 was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Penfield to his new role. I am confident he will work collaboratively with the school faculty and staff and the university community to build upon the strong foundation of the School of Education.

Provide input at UNC President search website

The UNC Presidential Search website is now live at www.northcarolina.edu/presidential-search. The site, which is also accessible through a Presidential Search button on the northcarolina.edu homepage, will provide search-related committee rosters, dates and notices for upcoming meetings and community input sessions, and announcements at important points in the search process.

You may complete the survey found on the website and/or to share input and comments with the Search Committee via the “offer input” button. Responses to the online survey will close May 22.

Campus Weekly’s summer schedule

UNCG Campus Weekly publishes nearly every week during the fall and summer semesters. In the summer months, it publishes every other week. CW will publish next week (May 13), then begin its every-other-week schedule until the beginning of August. The Campus Weekly schedule for the 2015 summer months:

May 27
June 10
June 24
July 8
July 22

CW returns to weekly publication on August 5.

As always, if you have a submission, please send it to mdharri3@uncg.edu seven days ahead of the publication date.

UNCG in Top 20 nationally in 2015 Recyclemania

The two-month long UNCG RecycleMania Tournament wrapped up earlier this spring and the results are in. UNCG was again among the top performers nationally – coming in 19th out of 142 participants in the Waste Minimization category, which compares how much trash and recycling is generated per full-time student, staff, and faculty member on campus. For the first time, UNCG was the top performing NC public university with a 38 percent recycling rate in the competition, which includes more than just commingled recycling. Click here for a more detailed breakdown of the 2015 RecycleMania results.

No hot water for several days

Central steam for the campus is planned to be shut off on Friday, May 8, at 3 p.m. until Wednesday, May 13 at 4 p.m. to support construction and to perform preventative maintenance on the steam distribution system. The outage will affect domestic hot water, building heat and steam humidification systems in most buildings on campus. Those with questions may contact Lester Rogers at 334-5336, Bob Johnson at 256-1076 or Jon Soter at 256-0434 in Facilities Operations.

Wild Music Festival at Greensboro Science Center

The Wild Music Festival, an offshoot of the UBEATS program, is a collaboration between the Greensboro Science Center, UNCG Research, the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians, McNair Elementary School, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and Time Warner Cable. The latest iteration of UBEATS programming gives immigrant students in elementary, middle, and high school informal, fun exposure to STEM learning by focusing on the ‘science of music.’ The Wild Music Festival shares the UBEATS students’ first year of experiences and accomplishments with the community at large.

Saturday, May 9, is a great day to bring kids to the Greensboro Science Center. In addition to enjoying the center’s regular outstanding offerings, guests can participate in the Wild Music Festival between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  The festival is free for Greensboro Science Center members. Nonmembers must purchase regular Greensboro Science Center admission tickets.

Athletics’ Big Help Day

The UNCG athletic department held its second annual Big Help Day last Wednesday as every staff member and coach spent time giving back to the Greensboro Community. The Spartans donated their time volunteering at five different organizations throughout the day – Greensboro Arboretum, Kopper Top, Out of the Garden, Backpack Beginnings and Camp Weaver. This added to the over 1,000 cumulative volunteer hours during the 2014-15 season that UNCG student-athletes donated.

Dr. Celia Hooper

Photo of Dr. Celia HooperDr. Celia Hooper was part of a gathering last month at Winston-Salem State University of senior officials from 20 North Carolina colleges, universities, statewide organizations, as well as state and local health agencies, to discuss creating an alliance to increase minority representation in the health professions. Hooper notes that the School of Nursing and HHS continue to work on enrollment of underrepresented minorities in the health professions.

Hooper is dean of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences.

Dr. Deb Cassidy

Photo of Dr. Deb CassidyDr. Deb Cassidy (HDFS) has been elected president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the premier organization in the world devoted to research and practice related to early childhood. A President serves a four-year term. Her candidacy video is available on Youtube.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Photo of Dr. Heidi CarloneDr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received a continuation of funding from the Museum of Science, Boston, for the project “Engineering is Elementary.”

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Senior Scientist Award: Molecular Determinants of Cannabinoid Activity.”

See/Hear: May 6, 2015

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders won the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award; Dr. Eugene Rogers and Dr. Nick Oberlies won the 2015 Research Excellence Awards; International & Global Studies and Religious Studies won the 2015 Student Learning Enhancement Awards. See a brief video created by Media Studies students in a Michael Frierson course and posted at the UNCG Human Resources site.