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Archives for June 2015

‘Tatted Up’ – Think before you ink

A UNCG Residence Life program has received national recognition from the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. This is believed to be the first time a UNCG program has received this recognition.

The program was called “Tatted Up” and was presented to students in the Moore-Strong Residence Halls in order to teach students about how to make a safe, healthy decision about body modifications (tattoos and piercings).

First-year students often come to college and begin to experience new cultures, academic pursuits, and personal realizations. It is commonplace for a Residential Staff Life member to hear of residents going out to get tattoos and body piercings, sometimes on a whim. “While we, as staff members, recognize that a student’s first year is an impactful and exploratory time, and that we are in a position of support rather than judgment, we also realize that we have a prime opportunity to arm our residents with the only tool that can be used without our physical presence in a decision of this magnitude: knowledge,” their materials say.

The speakers in the presentation were staff members who had tattoos, piercings, or some combination of the two, which provided residents with credible information sources. There was research done to create the presentation as well.

“As Residential Life staff members, we are in no way able to make decisions for our residents, nor are we required to do so,” their materials noted. “However, we are a part of residents’ lives to care about them and to provide them with resources and information that they can use to make rational, beneficial decisions to their future success.”

UNCG Police in Unified Torch Run for Special Olympics

Group photo of UNCG Police staffUNCG Police were part of the national Unified Torch Run for Special Olympics, on June 4.

The relay is delivering the Flame of Hope from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games in July. The UNCG Police department team – named G Force – raised $1,515 for Special Olympics. Thirteen took part in the 2.5 mile run. They picked the torch up on Spring Garden Street and ran it through campus and eventually turned it over on Friendly Avenue, noted Lt. Steve DeDona. The department has raised money for Special Olympics for the past several years.

The torch is on display in the UNCG Police Building.

UNCG alumna Jenn DeBeers, a route manager for the Special Olympics torch run, helped organize their run.

Picture may be viewed at http://unifiedrelay.smugmug.com/South-Route

Visual courtesy Twitter feed.

Ann Perdue receives University Libraries Staff Service Award, from award’s creator

Photo of Ann Perdue and Martha Ransley from the 2015 Service Award ceremonyAnn Perdue of Access Services at Jackson Library has received the University Libraries Staff Service Award for 2015.

The University Libraries Staff Service Award was established in 1997 upon the retirement of Martha Ransley, former Head of the Circulation Department, “to recognize and reward members of the SPA Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves.”

Ransley, who created the award, returned to Jackson Library to help honor Perdue at the ceremony.

Perdue actually has been employed by the library twice – from 1994-1998 and then coming back from more in 2007. She started in 1994 as the Circulation Desk Manager, moved into the Stacks Manager position in 1996, left the library in 1998, but came back in 2007 when the Stacks/Remote Storage Manager position became available.

Her nominator cited the quality of her work, her energy, her stamina, and her sense of humor, noting especially how self-motivated she is.

She has been instrumental in effecting the changes required for the Libraries to re-purpose space in recent years by planning, organizing, providing and supervising staff and students to accomplish the bulk of the moving and shifting projects the Library has required.

Perdue was surprised to receive the award at the ceremony – she thought she was simply receiving her 20-year pin.

She was very pleased Martha Ransley was on hand to help the present the award. “She hired me,” Perdue reflects. “She brought me here.”

She notes that while one person a year receives this award, the libraries’ success takes a large group effort. “It takes everybody in the library to help each other do great things. All of us working together makes it a great place.”

This story originally appeared on Friends of the UNCG Libraries blog. In visual, l-r, Perdue and Ransley

Looking ahead: June 10, 2015

Art opening, Tom Burckhardt’s “FULL STOP”
Saturday, June 13, Weatherspoon

Summer Solstice Party
Friday, Jun 19, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Digitizing Greensboro history
Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m., new Hayes-Taylor YMCA building

Art opening, McDonald Bane: “2 Parts Art, 1 Part Science”
Saturday, June 20, Weatherspoon

Concert, Eastern Music Festival
Monday, June 29, 8 p.m., Music Building

With the staff: April/May, 2015

Hello: Komivi Ekoule, Public Safety & Police; Nereida Haines, Facilities Design & Construction; Natasha Williams. University Relations; Shantae Jackson, Postal Services; Danielle Eccles, Registrar’s Office; Kelly Hedgecock, School of Nursing

Good-bye: Robert Burkhead, Facility Maintenance Supervisor; Denyse Coker, Dean’s Office, School of Nursing; Evelyn Miller, Office of Safety; Catherine Rogers, Weatherspoon Art Museum; Margaret Markham, School of Nursing; Kenneth Gallimore, Public Safety & Police; Eric Mecimore, International Program Center; Benjamin Seay, Information Technology Services; Joyce Johnson, Continual Learning; John Young, Postal Services; Susan Hendrickson, University Libraries; Angela Guerrero, Center for New North Carolinians; Lee Odom, University Teaching & Learning Commons; Caroline Kernahan, Human Development & Family Studies

Dr. Amanda Tanner

Photo of Dr. Amanda TannerDr. Amanda Tanner (Public Health Education) received additional funding from the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the project “CATCH: Comprehensive Assessment of Transition and Coordination for HIV+ Youth as They Move from Adolescent to Adult Care.” The proposed multi-method, longitudinal study will describe and characterize the transition process for HIV+ youth as they move from pediatric and adolescent-specific to adult care.

Tanner explains that her research “…will contribute to existing  research in two important ways. First, the majority of transition  research has focused on diseases (e.g., cancer) other than HIV.” Tanner’s research also examines how “…most work on HIV care transition has focused on the adolescent clinics, not adult clinics.”  Tanner plans to “…take a comprehensive approach that includes information from adolescent and adult clinics and HIV+ youth.”

Tanner’s research interests include health disparities related to sexual and reproductive outcomes. Community engagement, infectious disease behavioral science and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health are also strong components of Tanner’s research.

Mike Gaski

Photo of Mike GaskiFormer UNCG baseball head coach Mike Gaski has earned induction into the Guilford County Athletics Hall of Fame as part of its class of 2015. The induction reception and banquet will take place Sept. 21 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Gaski began the UNCG baseball program in 1991 and led the team to a 657-540-1 record, three conference titles and two NCAA regional appearances over 22 seasons. He also earned Big South and Southern Conference Coach of the Year accolades four times.

Currently serving his fourth term as the president of USA Baseball, Gaski has worked on the International Baseball Federation’s technical committee overseeing all international competition and was involved in the preparation for the 1992 Barcelona and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. During his tenure in Greensboro, he coached four All-Americans, five Freshman All-Americans, three Freshman All-America honorable mention honorees and two Academic All-America selections.

Though Gaski’s administrative skills place him in high demand throughout the United States and abroad, he still continues to serve on numerous board of directors and advisory boards for local and statewide organizations – including the North Carolina Amateur Sports Association. He was asked to join the NCAA Baseball Academic Enhancement Working Group, and he also put in time as the amateur baseball advisor to the Major League Baseball Rules Committee.

Gaski originally came to UNCG due to the strength of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. He graduated with his MFA from UNCG in 1977.

UNCG Athletics receives APR scores; three teams with perfect scores

The UNCG athletics department had all 17 teams receive satisfactory marks in the latest Academic Progress Report (APR) scores released by the NCAA. The scores reflect the multi-year APR scores for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

“We are pleased that our programs are continuing to excel academically,” UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record said. “We had six teams above the national average, including three teams with perfect scores, which is something to be proud of.”

The three perfect scores of 1,000 were by men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track and men’s cross country. Additionally, men’s basketball (976), men’s golf (983) and volleyball (994) were listed above the national average.

The men’s cross country, indoor track, outdoor track teams were honored last month by the NCAA with the APR Public Recognition Award for the fourth straight year. The award recognizes the teams in the top 10 percent of all Division I programs in the respective sports.

Additionally, the Spartans had eight teams with perfect 1000 scores for the 2013-14 academic year and 11 teams above the national average that year alone.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

Full story at UNCG Athletics site

UNCG project with Hayes-Taylor YMCA digitizes Greensboro history

Do you have a piece of Greensboro’s history in your possession? Something that tells your story, or that of your family or neighborhood? A photograph? A document? A letter?

If so, bring it along as you come to the Hayes-Taylor YMCA to see what the Achievers Program there has been doing to learn about – and save Greensboro history in digital form so that it can be seen and used by future generations.

On Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the new YMCA building at 2630 E Florida Street, UNCG students students in the Achievers Program who have been participating since February in a project to collect and digitize Greensboro history will hold a free event to show others what they’ve been doing. There will be a multi-poster display of some of the interesting and important historical materials that have been discovered since February.

The “Digitizing Greensboro History” staff and students also invite the public to bring a cherished letter, document or photograph (individual, family, an older image of Greensboro or perhaps their neighborhood, or images of Greensboro “back in the day”), and let them digitize it on the UNCG University Libraries “Community History” site. These items will be digitized that same day and returned, and copies will be sent to the individuals. The digitized items will later be placed on the UNCG University Libraries “Community History” website at http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/Community, which is part of the Digital Projects unit at UNCG’s Jackson Library.

Representatives of the UNCG Libraries and Hayes-Taylor YMCA’s Achievers Program will also be present to answer questions. Among these are UNCG grads Felton Foushee, director of the Achievers program, and facilitator Achievers program coordinator Eugenia Brown of the Hayes-Taylor YMCA, who are working with David Gwynn and Stephen Catlett of the University Libraries at UNCG on the project.

For more information about the project, see: http://uncgdigital.blogspot.com/search/label/Hayes-Taylor

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Updated 10 a.m. June 10.

Dr. Martyn Van Hasselt

Photo of Dr. Martyn Van HasseltDr. Martyn Van Hasselt (Economics) received new funding from Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) for the project “Evaluation of the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration.” Van Hasselt teaches various classes in the graduate in the Economics curriculum, including Advanced Econometric Theory and Econometric Theory.

See/hear: June 10, 2015

Charles Lindbergh flew over our UNCG campus in his Spirit of St. Louis plane on Oct. 14, 1927, before passing through our campus in a motorcade. That was a remarkable day for UNCG (read story). See a short clip of footage from his historic flight on May 20-21, 1927 – in which he was the first to fly non-stop alone across the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane.