UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for July 2015

State of the Campus address Aug. 12

Photo of faculty and staff members entering the AuditoriumUNCG’s 2015 State of the Campus address will be Aug. 12.

Acting Chancellor Dunn and Chancellor Elect Gilliam request your attendance as we begin our new academic year.

The event on Wednesday, Aug. 12, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

The customary luncheon will immediately follow, at Moran Commons and Plaza.

Trustees welcome 5 new members

Campus photo of Alumni House and Bell Clock TowerThe UNCG Board of Trustees has welcomed five new members.

In early July, Governor Pat McCrory appointed two new members to the UNCG Board of Trustees. Betsy S. Oakley, UNCG alumna and co-owner of Charles Aris, Inc., and Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, executive director of the Phillips Foundation, were appointed to serve through June 2019.

William (Dean) A. Priddy, Jr., UNCG alumnus and retired executive vice president at Qorvo, Inc., and Mona G. Edwards, chief operating officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, were recently appointed to the UNCG Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors. Their appointments are also through June 2019.

Charles Blackmon and UNCG alumni Susan Safran and Brad Hayes were each reappointed by the Board of Governors for a four-year term.

UNCG Student Government President Brittany Hudson will serve as an ex officio member during the academic year.

On July 2, the trustees elected their board officers for 2015-16. The officers are:
Chair – Susan Safran
Vice-Chair – Brad Hayes
Secretary – Ward Russell
Officers-at-large – Charles Blackmon and Frances Bullock

The full membership of the 2015-16 Board of Trustees is:
Charles Blackmon
Frances Bullock
Vanessa Carroll
Mona Edwards
Brad Hayes
Randall Kaplan
Betsy Oakley
Elizabeth Phillips
Dean Priddy
Ward Russell
Susan Safran
David Sprinkle
Brittany Hudson

Some brief information about the newly appointed members:

Betsy S. Oakley is co-owner of Charles Aris, Inc. At UNCG, she received her bachelor’s degree in Clothing and Textiles, has served on the Board of Directors of the School of Human Environmental Sciences Foundation, has been a member of the UNCG Legislative Network, and has been chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Elizabeth C. Phillips is executive director of the Phillips Foundation. A recipient of the Triad Business Journal’s Women in Business Award in 2015, she is involved in a variety of organizations, including Action Greensboro Operating Group, Salvation Army of Greensboro Advisory Board, Generation GPAC (founder and co-chair), Akola Project (founding designer and vice president) and Echelon (founding president).

William (Dean) A. Priddy retired this year as executive vice president of administration, Qorvo, Inc. Earlier in his career, he was at Analog Devices and RFMD. He received both his bachelor’s and M.B.A. degrees from UNCG. Priddy has served on the UNCG Bryan Business School Advisory Board and has received the Bryan School Distinguished Alumni Award. He also has served on the Board of Partners Ending Homelessness and in 2010 was named the Triad Business Journal’s Change Agent of the Year.

Mona G. Edwards is chief operating officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, where she oversees day-to-day operations, human resources and the staff who lead marketing and communications and community and foundation relations. She has more than 20 years of combined experience in the nonprofit sector, government, legal and leadership fields. She also serves as a feedback and executive coach at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Brittany H. Hudson, as UNCG Student Government Association president, will serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees this academic year. A senior, she is a Business Administration and Media Studies double major from Charlotte, NC. In addition to her service in student government, she is a member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and the 2015 recipient of The James H. Allen Student Leader Scholarship.

UNCG looking sharp!

Photo of model on runway during a past Threads fashion showThe 2015 Fashion School Rankings have been published. And UNCG, you look marvelous.

UNCG’s rankings in fashion design:

No. 10 nationally among public schools and colleges
No. 4 in the South
No. 22 nationally (top 20 percent of all schools considered)

The rankings can be found here at www.fashion-schools.org.

The work of the Bryan School’s CARS program is celebrated at the gala THREADS fashion show each year. Get your tickets early.

The Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies is one of six departments in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. The Department offers Bachelor of Science (BS), Post-Baccalaureate Certificate(PBC), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Three undergraduate concentrations are offered:

  • Apparel Design – prepares students for careers in apparel and textile products design and production.
  • Retailing and Consumer Studies – prepares students for careers in apparel marketing, distribution, and retailing.
  • Global Apparel and Related Industry Studies – prepares students for apparel and related industry careers in the global arena.

The Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department was one of the first departments of its kind to establish an Industry Advisory Board, which provides a link between the Department and the industries that will employ its graduates. Made up of 20 members who represent major companies in the Southeast, the Board provides advice relative to curricular offerings, technological developments, job placement and industry trends.

In 2003, the Department’s Apparel Product Design concentration, whose title has since been shortened to Apparel Design, met the educational competencies and laboratory standards for approval by the American Apparel and Footwear Association. One of only 16 programs nationally recognized by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), CARS students receive AAFA scholarships.

NanoBus is launched, boosting STEM outreach

Photo of ribbon cutting for the Nano busOn Tuesday, July 21, JSNN, UNCG and NC A&T officials along with JSNN students launched the NanoBus (also called the STEM Bus). The NanoBus is an after school program that is designed to provide inner city and rural middle school students the opportunity to interact with university students and enjoy safe and informative science demonstrations created by the students to encourage interest in science studies.

JSNN – the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering – is an initiative of UNCG and NC A&T State.

The NanoBus Initiative was envisioned as the result of discussions between Dean Ryan, Del Ruff (Director of the North Carolina After School Program), and Joe Magno (Executive Director of COIN) and made possible by the contributions of the Duke Energy Foundation, Thomas Bus in High Point and from the dedication of Dr. Ryan’s students.

The bus is designed to carry appropriately trained and prepared university students and their mentors to designated locations in the community in an after school setting where they will set up their experiments and demonstrations for the local students (and others) to enjoy and learn. The university students providing the demonstrations will act as role models to the children and provide encouragement to students who have not considered college or have an interest in science.

Text courtesy newsletter of the NC Center of Innovation Network (NC COIN).
Photograph by Martin Kane. L-r: Dean Ryan (JSNN), Mario Di Foggio (Thomas Built), Acting Chancellor Dunn (UNCG), Chancellor Martin (NC A&T), John Geib (Duke Energy).

An arts legacy: Jan Van Dyke Performing Arts Space

hoto immediately after ceremony, as Van Dyke was greeted by friends and former students.Dr. Jan Van Dyke passed away July 3. Her profound impact on the arts in our city and state will endure.

The UNCG professor emeritus was honored June 15 in a ceremony dedicating the name of the Jan Van Dyke Performing Arts Space in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. She was on hand that morning.and heard many tributes.

She founded the Dance Project and co-founded the NC Dance Festival. She taught at UNCG for 23 years. She received many honors along the way. Recently, she provided funding for a new performance space ideal for dance performances, in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. A photo rendering of the performance space was displayed.

“The impact you have had on Greensboro cannot be overstated,” Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, thanking her on behalf of the City of Greensboro.

City Council mayor pro tem and former mayor Yvonne Johnson noted how hard Van Dyke had worked at UNCG and in the community. She added that former mayor Keith Holiday was on hand for this tribute as well.

Chris Wilson, assistant city manager and a UNCG alumnus, spoke about how much Van Dyke meant to the arts in Greensboro and the state. “Thank you for inspiring us.”

He noted that this new performance space is part of the transformation of Downtown Greensboro.

Florence Gatten, chair of ArtsGreensboro’s board, called her “the catalyst” – an apt description of her life’s work.

Janet Lilly, UNCG Dance chair, introduced Van Dyke, who received her doctorate at UNCG.

“I am delighted to say a few words about Jan Van Dyke’s many accomplishments at this wonderful occasion of unveiling plans for the Van Dyke Performance Space. The Greensboro dance community would not have the vitality and breadth of talent that it does today without Jan’s numerous contributions to the field of dance performance and choreography,” Lilly said. “The high quality of choreography that we have come to expect from North Carolina choreographers is a result in a large part to Van Dyke’s professional company, the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group established in 1989, her many years as a Professor of Dance at UNCG and her commitment to making Greensboro a place where dance thrives.”

Dr. Van Dyke stepped to the podium to address the many well-wishers, which included former UNCG students. She spoke of how she wanted a space downtown for dance performance – and that she felt “really lucky to have had the means” to help make it a reality.

“It’s not just due to me,” she said, of the new space. “It’s due to so many people here, who helped make this happen. Thank you all.”

She received a standing ovation.

Leadership of the Dance Project has been passed to two UNCG alumni and former Van Dyke students, Lauren Trollinger Joyner and Anne Morris. That legacy will continue.

And Greensboro’s downtown will have a place where dance can be enjoyed and celebrated.

Text and photo by Mike Harris
Photo immediately after ceremony, as Van Dyke was greeted by friends, colleagues, former students and many well-wishers.

Education Maker Faire Friday 11:15 a.m.

You are invited to attend UNCG’s Learning Factory Summer Camp Maker Faire on July 24.

The UNCG School of Education’s TQP grant, Transforming Teaching Through Technology, in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools, is sponsoring The Learning Factory Summer Camp for select students from those districts in grades 1 – 8. The camp for middle grades students was July 13-17 and the elementary school camp is July 20-24. Classroom teachers from the partner districts will lead hands-on activities in the SELF Design Studio as campers learn about story elements, phases of the moon, weather, character perspective and point of view, slope and coordinate planes, and the culture of masks.

To celebrate the campers’ projects, a Maker Faire will be held in the front lobby of the UNCG School of Education Building on Friday, July 24, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (One for middle schoolers was held last Friday.)

Join the campers to see the projects created during the Learning Factory Summer Camp.

UNCG’s School of Education was awarded the five-year, $7.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant furthers UNCG’s efforts to emphasize technology integration across all teaching fields as well as recruit, train and support more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)  teachers. The grant was one of just 24 Teacher Quality Partnership grants awarded by the Department of Education.

Have questions? Email Christina O’Connor at ckoconno@uncg.edu.

PCard specialist Brittany Atkinson gets Rotary Global Grant, will study in England

Photo of Brittany AtkinsonUNCG staff member and alumna Brittany Atkinson (Business Affairs) begins graduate study this fall at the University of Birmingham, U.K., through a prestigious Rotary International Foundation Global Grant. She is a double alumna – she received her B.A. from UNCG in 2010 with full university honors and her MBA from UNCG in 2014. As a Spartan undergraduate she studied abroad in Germany and South Africa.

She will be pursuing an MSc in Global Cooperation and Security at Birmingham and plans to continue toward her doctorate. Her research interests center around exploring tactics that lead to successful nonviolent conflict by comparing examples of nonviolent conflict situations. She will also affiliate with the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center in Birmingham and make connections with the New Underground Railroad in Uganda, which seeks safety for LGBTQ populations in the region.

She has been in the PCard Specialist role in Business Affairs since December 2012, and held several positions on campus during her career as a student. Her last day at UNCG will be July 31, so you have a few days if you want to stop by or send her a note of best wishes.

Volunteer to help during move in

Staff volunteers are needed to assist the UNCG Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling during the fall semester student move-in. Volunteers will be posted at different locations near dorms across campus on August 12, 13 and 14 to assist students with the proper disposal of packing materials. Volunteers are needed to work 2-hour shifts to help ensure recyclable materials and trash are placed in appropriate containers. If you are interested, please contact Debbie Freund at freundd@uncg.edu or sign up a https://goo.gl/vwaTLJ.

Mary Ellen Boelhower

Photo of Mary Ellen BoelhowerMary Ellen Boelhower (Advancement) was honored by the Triad Business Journal as one of the top women business leaders in the region whose influence extends well beyond their professional roles. She was recognized at the Women in Business Expo and Awards Luncheon hosted by the journal and sponsored by First Community Bank. Executive director of development for UNCG’s Bryan School of Business & Economics, she is the chief fundraising officer there as well as the team leader for 10 major gift officers serving other units across campus. She joined UNCG in 2003.

Dr. Keith Debbage

Photo of Dr. Keith DebbageDr. Keith Debbage (Geography / Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality) was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about 2015’s best & worst cities to be a driver. One of his best tips: budget the right amount of time for a trip, so there’s less temptation to speed. When asked what local authorities can do to reduced traffic and improve safety, he said, “Providing alternative modes of transportation and such as public transit and building greenways for cyclists and pedestrian friendly developments that are mixed use and high density has helped.” You can find the piece here: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-to-be-a-driver/13964/#keith-g-debbage

Nano Manufacturing 2015 Conference registration is open

Learn more about nano manufacturing Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The conference will be held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) on the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park on Gate City Boulevard.

JSNN’s 2015 conference will bear the theme “From Innovation To Commercialization.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Meador, director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office.

The conference goal is to gather together founders, CEOs, senior executives, business leaders, economic developers, educators, government and nonprofit organization executives to share their vision for the future and the opportunities that Nano Manufacturing enables.

“This conference is a real opportunity for those interested in learning more about advanced manufacturing technologies and how the application of these new technologies can help grow the manufacturing sector in North Carolina and the US,” said Joe Magno, Executive Director at The North Carolina Center of Innovation Network (COIN).

Attendees at last year’s conference came from North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas and Georgia.Sixteen speakers from industry, academia, government, and small medium size businesses to global corporation presented their nano manufacturing applications and future opportunities.

Register or learn more at http://www.nanomanufacturingconference.org/home.php.

H&RL keeps residence halls in order all summer (and all year)

Scenic campus photo of the QuadAs temperatures peak, so does the opportunity to appreciate the organizational acumen of UNCG’s Housing & Residence Life.

With SOAR students and families as well as summer campers coming and going, the residence halls have to be maintained with precision. And of course there’s the preparation for the incoming students in August.

Everyone in H&RL depends heavily on communication and team-work. To ensure they keep things in order, the leaders have meetings every Thursday, where they go through what has to be taken care of to make everything run smoothly.

In a recent meeting, they discussed four camps using UNCG housing facilities this month. The meeting involved a walkthrough of where the students were going to be, making sure they know about the details and any instances where camp schedules may overlap. There is SOAR as well as camps to juggle, so housing strategies must be organized months in advance. Still, there are day by day adjustments.

Ed Keller, Associate Director of Operations, notes that: every year, HRL plans to paint at least one building – that building will be closed for the summer. And sometimes building projects, such as this year’s renovations at Grogan hall, take a building out of commission temporarily.

Steve Raye, maintenance supervisor in H&RL, stresses the importance of coordination. Mary Davis-Jones, HRL coordinator, gathers all the information and assimilates it. Rhonda Strader manages the smaller renovation projects, such as painting. Many are involved. Teamwork is key.

A big focus for the university right now is student move-in and welcoming thousands of students to their campus homes. The process a dozen years ago was different – all students moving in at the same time, in all areas of the campus. For greater efficiency for everyone, the students now move in over three days, and the process occurs geographically. Staff and many volunteers help the students move in. H&RL works with Dining Services, Campus Police, New Student & Spartan Family Programs, the Sustainability office and other offices to ensure it all goes smoothly for the students.

Once the students move in in August, the “summer” is over. And the new semester brings its own professional rewards and challenges, as H&RL ensures the students have what they need for a successful year.

By Christina Blankenship and Mike Harris

UNCG and NC A&T students take top place in SC3 supply management

UNCG and NC A&T State joined teams recently to earn top honors – and prove their procurement and supply management prowess – during the Institute for Supply Management – Carolinas-Virginia’s inaugural Emerging Professional Supply Chain Case Competition, or “SC3”.

The achievement came during ISM-CV’s annual conference, held June 25 this year at Sea Trails Resort in Sunset Beach, NC.

UNCG’s Mehek Khera, of Greensboro, and NC A&T’s Devonta Ellington, of Summerfield,  each took home a $1,000 scholarship for the victory. They received competition support and oversight from advisor Larry Taube, director of the undergraduate program at UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics.

NC State University took the runner-up prize.

The Emerging Professional Supply Chain Case Competition (SC3), a signature event of the ISM-CV Emerging Professional Group, provides a platform for college students studying business and supply chain management to showcase their talents and schools.

Competitors were provided a real-life, industry-based case study courtesy of SMS-Advisors. Supplied with a case briefing, seven hours of team collaboration time, supporting material and scheduled time for Q&A, the students assumed the role of a supply-chain consulting firm. They were “hired” to formulate a sales pitch and plan of action for a prospective client in the mattress industry ready to turn around their cost-management program. Using supporting material and impromptu training sessions, the students drafted a strategic sourcing plan – identifying and generating cost savings and working capital opportunities to ultimately deliver their pitch to the “management” of the mock consulting firm. In reality, that “management” was a four-person judging panel, and the setting was in front of a real audience of potential employers and executives, as well as, university faculty and community leaders.

ISM-CV, founded in 1920 as a professional purchasing association, is an affiliate of the 47,000-member Institute for Supply Management, and is the largest regional supply management and procurement organization in the southeastern United States.

Art studio made of cardboard, yields couples’ conversations

Photo of studio made of cardboard named “FULL STOP” and is courtesy WeatherspoonThe Weatherspoon’s ‘Conversations on Creativity’ will continue through end of July.

Join some of Greensboro’s inspiring creative couples to learn how they jumpstart their creative processes. Each program will provide a unique opportunity to explore the nature of inspiration in the lives of local practicing artists. The Weatherspoon will provide the snacks and drinks. You add to the conversation.

On July 23, Jack Stratton, a painter who has worked diligently for many years, and Sara Jane Mann, who only recently returned to artistic practice with the medium of photography share their perspectives on making art in the context of living a creative life. On July 30, join Carolyn de Berry and Harvey Robinson who will share aspects of their individual artistic practices and unique partnership, Monkeywhale Productions.

Conversations on Creativity series is inspired by artist Tom Burckhardt’s installation FULL STOP (2004-05). This popular, full-scale installation work is constructed entirely of cardboard, black paint, wood and hot glue. A highly detailed replica of a mythical artist’s studio, the work presents viewers with a cluttered interior space filled with art books, research material and all the tools of the classic post-war American oil painter.

Visual of “FULL STOP” is courtesy Weatherspoon.

Gen Ed Program assessment forums in August

UNCG’s General Education Council invites faculty, staff and students to participate in the General Education Program Assessment Forums scheduled to be held in the Faculty Center (on College Avenue) on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 10 to 11:45 a.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Council members will present and lead discussion of results from the fall 2014 pilot of AAC&U VALUE rubrics used to assess student work in the General Education Program.

The General Education Program provides the foundation for the more specialized knowledge gained in a major.  Because the program belongs to the entire university, everyone’s input is vital to its improvement.

Ensure no one in our Spartan community goes hungry

Help the UNCG Staff Senate restock the shelves in the Spartan Pantry in time for returning students this fall. Staff Senate is sponsoring a campus-wide food drive to collect donations. Donation bins will be scattered across campus (see the Staff Senate website for locations or contact Debbie Freund at freundd@uncg.edu). The drive will run till August 4, 2015.

Suggested donation items:

Peanut butter
Rice (small bags)
Boxed pasta
Canned fruit
Canned beans
Canned meat (especially chicken)
Pasta sauces (non-glass preferred)
Canned vegetables (especially high fiber)
Canned soup (both condensed and non-condensed, and microwavable)
Small Toiletries

In addition, monetary gifts can be made to this fund through The Wesley Foundation @UNCG, by including “Students in Need Fund” in the memo line of a donation check. Checks can also be mailed to Wesley-Luther, ACM Center at UNCG, 500 Stirling St., Greensboro NC 27402 or to Andrew Mails, ACM Center #206 through campus mail.

Donation boxes will be placed in the following buildings: Coleman, Sink, EUC (near Career Services on the first floor), Mossman (near the Registrar’s office), Library, MHRA, Bryan School (Dean’s Office), Becher-Weaver, McIver and Sullivan.

UNCG and Belgian students collaborate, travel together

Group photo of students at startup-success receptionCountries that once seemed light years away are now our next door neighbors in the business world. As international markets integrate, young entrepreneurs need broader cultural intelligence.

They can find it in the Bryan School’s “Experience Business Abroad” course. UNCG’s unique program prepares students for globalization by exposing them to entrepreneurship in other countries and classmates from varying backgrounds.

Here’s the breakdown: students from UNCG and Belgium’s Louvain School of Management at the Universite Catholique de Louvain team up on semester-long entrepreneurial projects. First, the Americans and Belgians meet separately in their home countries and prepare global startup concepts to pitch to their international counterparts. Once all the business ideas are on the table, the American and Belgian students form teams and eventually meet abroad to develop their plans in person.

In March, UNCG students traveled to Belgium over spring break to work on their projects, attend lectures, tour historic sites throughout the country, visit Belgian entrepreneurs, and learn from Louvain School alumni who have launched successful startups. They also participated in a workshop at the Center for Creative Leadership’s European headquarters in Brussels.

Two weeks after returning from their adventures, the UNCG students became the hosts, and Louvain School students visited Greensboro businesses and learned from American entrepreneurs. The Belgian students’ trip coincided with UNCG’s Entrepreneur Day and the Inventors Liftoff, a celebration hosted by The Forge and The Greensboro Partnership.

Bryan Toney, UNCG Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Engagement, has seen the tremendous impact the program has on students. “They learn on so many different levels with this unique course offering. Since they stay in each other’s homes, they develop a deep understanding of cultural differences and similarities while building lifelong friendships.”

Joseph Erba of the Bryan School of Business and Economics now helms Experience Business Abroad at UNCG, with aid from Toney.

“I consider this journey a truly invaluable experience both academically and socially,” reflects UNCG participant Lasse Palomaki. “One that I am capable of appreciating more and more every day.”

By Kevin Flanagan
Full story at the UNCG Research web site at http://research.uncg.edu/spotlight/going-global-for-startup-success/

Looking ahead: June 22, 2015

Trustees’ Subcommittee on Aycock Auditorium Naming
Thursday, July 23, Conference Rm, 3rd Floor Mossman, 2:30 p.m.

Conversation on Creativity
Thursday, July 23, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Conversation on Creativity
Thursday, July 30, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Art tour, Noon @ the ‘Spoon
Tuesday, Aug. 11, noon, Weatherspoon

State of the Campus address
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Leadership Greensboro

Gail Pack, UNCG’s Director of Undergraduate Student Services in the Bryan School, and Ciara Marable, an advisor in the School of Education, celebrated their graduation from Leadership Greensboro Class of 2015 as the academic year came to a close. Leadership Greensboro is a 9-month community leadership program sponsored by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

Pam Cash, assistant dean in UNCG’s Bryan School, was recognized for her active community leadership with the Denise Maleska Leadership Service Award. Cash is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Greensboro and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, is a member of the State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board, and a member of the Greensboro Rotary.

HealthyUNCG Fitness Lending Library now available

Want yoga mats, kettle bells, free weights, heart rate monitors for exercise?

Employees and departments can “check out” various fitness equipment to use while in the office. There is no cost to you. Items target flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular fitness and includes over 60 items.

The FLL is now open – after a temporary closure – and staff will be making deliveries/pick-ups on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.

You can find out more and request items at http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/programs/fitness-lending-library.

Dr. Deborah Bell

Photo of Dr. Deborah BellDr. Deborah Bell (Costume Design / Theatre) is the editor of the newly published book “Masquerade: Essays on Tradition and Innovation Worldwide.”

Additionally, Bell’s book “Mask Makers and Their Craft (2010)” recently went into a second printing in paperback. That book focused on mask makers in ten countries.

Bell and Dr. Heather Holian (Art) plan to speak Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Weatherspoon on masquerade in various forms, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from Alamance County Department of Social Services for “North Carolina Infant Mental Health Association Early Childhood Workforce Development.” UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships will provide project staff, research and logistical support to the North Carolina Infant Mental Health Association’s Workforce Development Task Force in order to develop a multidisciplinary statewide framework for early childhood development.

Dr. Christopher Swann

Photo of Dr. Christopher SwannDr. Christopher Swann (Economics) received new funding from the USDA Economic Research Service for the project “Relative Caregivers in SNAP and Child-Only TANF Cases: Evidence from South Carolina Administrative Data.”

Dr. Laura Gonzalez

Photo of Dr. Laura GonzalezDr. Laura Gonzalez (Counseling and Educational Development) received new funding from the Winston Salem Foundation for the project “Bilingual Facilitator for Padres Promoviendo Preparation: Latino Parents Learning About College.” Children in immigrant families often are encouraged to seek more educational attainment to pursue “the American dream,” the abstract states. However, Latino youth are often unable to draw information or practical support from their parents when planning for post-secondary education, as their parents have usually not participated directly in the formal US educational system. Post-secondary education of any type for Latino adolescents is a key step in reducing poverty levels for themselves and for their families, thus informed parental support is needed. The Padres Promoviendo Preparacion (PPP) project began in August 2014 with the purpose to provide information and support to Spanish speaking parents so they are better equipped to help their children with college preparation.

See/hear: July 22, 2015

See a video introduction to UNCG’s graduate program in Accounting.

UNCG Faculty First 2015 Summer Scholarship Support

Photo of Dr. Jennifer Etnier observing study participantsWith the generous support of UNCG donors, this year the Office of the Provost launched the Faculty First Summer Scholarship Support Awards. Below you will find the award winners for 2015.

  • Adamson, Amy – Biology – Just say no to acid: Targeting a cellular proton pump to reduce Influenza virus infection
  • Allard, Janet – Theatre – Frank: A New Play
  • Anastopoulos, Arthur – Human Dev. & Family Studies – Improving the Educational and Psychosocial Functioning of College Students with ADHD
  • Andersen, Martin – Economics – Estimating the Welfare Effect of a Public Insurance Program
  • Bell, Gregory – Mathematics & Statistics – A Coarse Geometric Approach to Detecting Tree-like Structure in Networks
  • Boseovski, Janet – Psychology – Children’s Selective Social Learning in a Science Center Setting
  • Campbell, Thomas Barbara – Art – World Without End: A New Representation
  • Daynes, Sarah – Sociology – Ethnographic Methods: Theory and Practice
  • Dean, John Tomkiel – Biology – Whole genome sequencing to identify genes that control entry into meiosis in Drosophila
  • Etnier, Jennifer and Beverly, Lee – Nutrition; Kinesiology – Understanding the role of interleukin-6 and leukemia inhibiting factor as mediators of the effects of chroic exercise on hippocampal-dependent memory
  • Faircloth, Beverly – Teacher Education/Higher Ed. – A Place to belong: leveraging the Assets of Refugee Youth as Building Blocks of Learning
  • Grieve, Gregory – Religious Studies – Awake Online: Contemplating Zen, Digital, Religion, and The Virtual World of Second Life
  • Haines, Steve – Music Performance – Composing and Arranging For Chamber Strings and Small Jazz Ensemble
  • Helms, Heather and Supple, Andrew – Human Dev. & Family Studies – Marriage and Co-parenting amount Mexican Immigrant Parents: An Advanced Dyadic Analytic Approach, Collaboration, & Graduate Mentoring
  • Huebner, Daniel – Sociology – Creating Normal Schools: Institutional Factors in the Development of Teacher education in the American South, 1865-1930
  • Ingram, Brett – Media Studies – A History of Rocaterrania: The Creative Life of Renaldo Kuhler (Book)
  • Jones, Jeff – History – Smoke, Mirrors, and Memories: Varying Perspectives of the Soviet-Afghan War, 1979-2014
  • Jovanovic, Spoma – Communication Studies – Evaluating Participatory Budgeting in Greensboro
  • Katula, Karen – Biology – Functional Analysis of the WNT5A Isoforms A and B
  • Keathley, Elizabeth – Music Studies – Alma Mahler & Arnold Schoenberg: Documents of a Modern Musical Friendship
  • Knapp, Paul – Geography – “Hurricane Droughts”: A multi-century reconstruction of tropical cyclone rainfall variability derived from longleaf pine in North Carolina
  • Kriger, Colleen – History – Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on the Guinea Coast
  • Krueger, Derek – Religious Studies – Hymnography and the Emotions in Byzantine Liturgy: Liturgical Joy and Marian Devotion
  • LeGreco, Marianne – Communication Studies – Promoting Food Systems Literacy: A Case Study of a Community-Based Mobile Food Program
  • Lewis, Thomas – Mathematics & Statistics – Approximation Methods for Fully Nonlinear Second Order Partial Differential Equations
  • Murray, Christine – Counseling & Educ. Develop. – Experiences and Perspectives related to Teen Dating Violence among Survivors and Parents of Survivors
  • Pathman, Thanujeni – Psychology – A neuroimaging investigation of the development of temporal memory
  • Perrill, Elizabeth – Art – Burnished by History” Blackware Pottery and Global Markets
  • Rogers, Eugene – Religious Studies – The Cost of Signaling in Blood
  • Rubinoff, Kallan – Music Studies – “Music is Not a Solitary Act”: The Collaborations of Berio, Andriessen, Bruggen and Berberian
  • Rupert, Linda – History – Inter-colonial Marronage, Spanish Policy, and Imperial Rivalries in the Eighteenth-century Circum-Caribbean
  • Sills, Stephen – Sociology – Healthy Communities: A GIS Analysis of Housing, Health, and Race in the Piedmont
  • Swick, Danielle – Social Work – Examining Adolescent Risk Factors from a School-based Health Center Collaborative to Inform Prevention and Intervention Efforts
  • Tsui, Tsz-Ki – Biology – Isolating methyl mercury from environmental samples for stable isotope analyses: Identification of hotspots of mercury methllation in nature
  • Vreshek-Schallhorn, Suzanne – Psychology – High or Low” Resolving Divergent Results for Depression Risk Predicting Cortisol Stress Responses
  • Wasserberg, Gideon – Biology – Field-test of the attraction of Lutzomyia verrucarum, the vector of Carrion’s disease and Adean Cutaneous Loishmaniasis, to male-sex pheromones in Ancash, Peru
  • Willis, Andrew – Music Performance – Recording The Six Partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach on a Florentine Portepiano
  • Wisco, Blair – Psychology – Cardiovascular Reactivity to Trauma Cues in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Originally published on UNCG Research site.
Visual of Dr. Jennifer Etnier, an award recipient

UNCG-NCAA final decision

Photo of Spartan statueUNCG received notice on June 25 from the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions of its final decision that the athletic department was found to have failed to adequately monitor the NCAA initial-eligibility certification and squad-list certification form process.

UNCG discovered the violations, self-reported the violations to the NCAA, took corrective action and self-imposed penalties. None of the eligibility violations were related to admission to the university. No student athletes were improperly admitted to the university.

(The Summary Report document is available at this link.)

“I want to commend our athletics compliance staff for taking prompt, decisive action upon discovery of these inadvertent initial-eligibility certification violations,” said Dr. Dana Dunn, acting chancellor. “UNCG discovered violations, self-reported the violations, took immediate corrective action, and self-imposed penalties in coordination and cooperation with the NCAA.”

The case involves multiple inadvertent violations of the NCAA’s initial-eligibility legislation that resulted in 57 student-athletes from 2007-08 through 2012-13 academic years practicing, competing, receiving athletically related aid and/or receiving actual and necessary expenses for competition while ineligible. A majority of the deficiencies that caused the NCAA initial-eligibility certification violations included student-athletes not registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center, not completing the required amateurism certification questionnaire, not requesting certification for a specific sport in which the student-athlete participated, not submitting transcripts or test scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center and/or not requesting final amateurism certification. Additionally, from 2007-08 through 2010-11, the university did not require the athletics director or head coaches to review and sign squad lists and did not keep lists on file.

“I want to stress that these violations were certification-based and at no time were any student-athletes admitted to UNCG improperly,” Dunn further stated. “The NCAA has agreed that these violations did not constitute unethical conduct. These violations also do not constitute academic fraud and there was no intent to gain a competitive advantage.”

Full post at UNCG Now.

UNCG senior heading to Sumatra for herpetology

Portrait of Douglas LawtonIndonesia has 17,000 islands. And lots of rich opportunities for the study of turtles, frogs, lizards and snakes.

Douglas Lawton will fly out in less than two months – after he returns from his UNCG Biology course in Costa Rica to focus on sea turtles in early August.

“I am going to a remote part of Indonesia in a city called Bengkulu on Sumatra (an island of Indonesia), he said.” I am staying in Indonesia for five months (September-January 2016), so it’s going to be an adventure.”

He will be working out of Bengkulu University. His main goals for going to Indonesia is herpetological research and education.

He explains that he will always be amazed by the sheer beauty of nature.

“I am inspired by the extraordinary diversity of life on this small planet that we live on! Its amazing to think about how everything is interconnected and that each piece of life’s puzzle is important – just as important as the next,” he says.

“Therefore, conservation of Earth’s biodiversity is crucial because of its intrinsic beauty as well as the services that it provides for humanity.”

He plans to graduate this December from UNCG. Then he’ll attend graduate school out west, focusing on ecology.

Compiled by Mike Harris
Photo courtesy Douglas Lawton

Dr. Heidi Krowchuk

Portrait photo of Dr. Heidi KrowchukDr. Heidi Krowchuk (Parent-Child Health) received a competitive renewal from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project “Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program (NAT).” It will provide traineeships to nurse anesthesia students.

Dr. Maha Elobeid

Portrait photo of Dr. Maha ElobeidDr. Maha Elobeid (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding of nearly one-half million dollars from the  North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for the “AmeriCorps ACCESS Project.” The purpose of this project is to help immigrants gain access to human services, build bridges with mainstream society, and assist immigrants with acculturation leading to self-sufficiency.

Additionally, Elobeid received new funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for “Thriving at Three.” A direct service intervention strategy will continue to work with 40 at-risk Hispanic children by giving them a chance to develop their full potential at the earliest possible age (0-3 years).

Study participants needed

Volunteers are needed to examine personal weight beliefs.

Are you an African-American or a Black Woman? 18-40 years old? In generally good health? Interested in participating in a research study on personal weight beliefs of African American women?

Participation in this research study will take approximately one hour and involves:

  1. Completing a set of written questionnaires
  2. Having weight and height measured

Receive $15 for your time. If you are interested in participating in this study or would like more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Pickett directly at s_picke2@uncg.edu or 336-256-1462.

Build that house: a Staff Senate led service outing

Group photo of UNCG staff membersThe date was shifted due to weather. But an energetic group of staff members from UNCG assisted with a Habitat for Humanity build last month. Staff Senate sponsored the day of volunteering.

“It was an awesome day,” one volunteer said.

Staff receive time from the state to volunteer in our community Debbie Freund notes. She is chair of the Service Committee for UNCG Staff Senate. For information about how to use officially designated volunteer time, see the Community Service Leave policy at http://www.oshr.nc.gov/Guide/Policies/5_Leave/Community%20Service.pdf

In memoriam: Dr. Jan Van Dyke

Dr. Jan Van Dyke, emeritus professor of dance, died July 3. She was a member of the UNCG Dance faculty for 23 years, and served as department head for five years. She co-founded the North Carolina Dance Festival, and she founded the Dance Project. Her many awards included the Dance Teacher Award for Higher Education from Dance Teacher magazine; the Betty Cone Medal of Arts; and UNCG’s Gladys Strawn Bullard Award. A new space for dance and other events in the cultural arts center downtown will be named the Van Dyke Performance Space. She was profiled in the News & Record a month ago.