UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2015

How to get your items on Public Calendar

Image of Public Calendar web pageHow do you get your department’s or program’s events onto the UNCG public calendar?

It seems that practically every department or program has one person responsible for their calendar. If you are that person, here is how you do it:

  • Create a Google calendar for your department or program, if you haven’t already. Have you made your calendar public? Good.
  • Have you gone to the university’s Calendar Directory & Mash-up page to register this public Google calendar? If you have, excellent. You are ready.
  • Each time you input a public event into your departmental or program calendar that you think is appropriate for the UNCG public calendar, invite “calendar@uncg.edu” – which invites the UNCG public calendar. Be sure to check the boxes for ‘Guests can invite others’ and ‘see guest list.’
  • Be sure the event listing has all the basic details a reader would need to know: who, what, when, where – plus any details such as admission prices and where to purchase tickets, any special parking information, etc.
  • The events will filter into the UNCG public calendar, as University Relations verifies each is an event that is open to all. Additionally, University Relations will select several events from that calendar to feed into the UNCG home page “events tab” each day.

Questions? Contact calendar@uncg.edu.

Ale Guerra will be head coach of women’s tennis

Photo of Ale GuerraFormer UNCG Spartan and current associate head coach Ale Guerra has been promoted to head coach of the UNCG women’s tennis program. Guerra has spent the past three seasons as an assistant under current Director of Tennis and men’s head coach Jeff Trivette.

Guerra spent two seasons as the graduate assistant coach (2012-14) before being promoted to associate head coach last season.

Guerra starred for the Spartans from 2007-09 and was named the 2008 Southern Conference Player of the Year. She was a two-time First Team All-SoCon selection in singles and doubles, The Tampico, Mexico, native ended her career with 47 victories in singles and 37 victories in doubles.

Guerra earned her bachelor’s degree in international business and economics in 2009 and received her master’s degree in liberal arts earlier this year.

Looking ahead: Aug. 19, 2015

UNCG Arts Summit
Friday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Memorial for Jan Van Dyke
Saturday, Aug. 22, 3 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre

Part-Time Job Fair
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Gen Ed Forum
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Center

Talk, Buster Simpson, vertical landscaping on Elm St. (Elsewhere)
Thursday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m., Weatherspoon

In memoriam: Dr. Don Jud

Dr. Don Jud died August 9. He taught at UNCG in the Bryan School for 33 years and began the Center for Applied Research, which he led for a decade. He was head of the Department of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate and editor of the North Carolina Review of Business and Economics, his obituary further notes. He also compiled the monthly Triad Business Index. More information is here.

Common Threads: From Carolina to Cambodia

Through October 9, UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement will host a “Common Threads” exhibit sharing stories from the textile industry around the globe. The exhibition will feature images detailing the lives of Greensboro textile workers in the Cone Mill Villages from the early 1900s and photos from modern-day textile factories around the world. Through maps, stories, and discussions, learn about the common threads that connect Greensboro and the globe’s textile industries: past, present, and future.

The exhibition in 062 EUC is hosted by the Office of Intercultural Engagement and the Global Engagement QEP.

Updated to revise to exhibition closing date of Oct. 9

Gerald Holmes

Photo of Gerald HolmesReference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes (University Libraries) has been honored with two awards. The General Alumni Association of UNC Chapel Hill has honored him with the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding black alumni who have been stellar leaders within the University community and/or within their local community. He will formally receive the award on November 6. Also, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association has recognized him with the Distinguished Service to the Library Profession Award, for his significant and extraordinary contributions in service to the library profession.

Dr. Robert Strack

Photo of Dr. Robert StrackDr. Robert Strack (Public Health Education) received funding from Prevention Strategies for the project “Picture Me Fit.” Once fully developed, Picture Me Fit will provide a complete web-based toolkit designed to train community members, including youth to a) represent environmental factors contributing to obesity in their communities by using a process known as photovoice and b) use photo projects to assess the physical environment of a community, raise community awareness, and inform environmental strategies and policy changes.

See/hear: Aug. 19, 2015

See an excerpt from last week’s State of the Campus address. Dr. Dunn, Dr. Gilliam and Susan Safran are included in this excerpt.

Looking ahead: Aug. 12, 2015

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

Move-in begins for students
Wednesday, Aug, 12, continues through Aug. 14

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, August 13, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Theatre, ‘Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune’
Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Classes begin
Monday, Aug. 17

Fall Kick-Off, with booths of many campus groups
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., College Avenue

UNCG Arts Summit
Friday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

‘Values that build culture,’ in State of Campus Address

Photo of the entrance view of Aycock AuditoriumUNCG is a remarkable institution, uniquely positioned to grow and thrive.

Chancellor-Elect Franklin Gilliam Jr. delivered remarks at the 124th State of the Campus Address August 12, with UNCG faculty, staff and board members assembled in Aycock Auditorium.

He spoke of its impact on and engagement in the greater community – and what it means for its students and the region and state.

“I will be an advocate for this university and for public higher education in this state,” he said. He noted that most states are now spending less on public higher education per capita than they did in 2008.

The biggest UNCG fundraising challenge is fellowships for students, to ease the burden of debt. He explained that debt burden impacts the career choices for students, and that our state needs many of those careers that are not necessarily the most lucrative, but are essential for our society.

He talked of his first impression of UNCG on his initial visit. “This is a beautiful campus,” he told his wife, Jacquelean Gilliam, as a student showed them the university.

Gilliam shared his thoughts about UNCG’s culture and its future. “Culture refers to a clearly articulated and broadly shared set of values that define the very nature of an organization,” he explained. He stepped from behind the podium to the front of the stage, closer to the audience, and laid out a set of values that builds that culture:

  • Shared fate. “We have a shared fate,” he said. “We have to collaborate.”
  • Excellence. “There has to be a common standard of excellence in everything we do,” he told the faculty and staff gathered.
  • Accountability. “People have to be held accountable. We all do.”.
  • Innovation. “We have to have an entrepreneurial spirit,” he said. “We have to act like we’re a start-up.”
  • Transparency. “That means clarity – about how decisions are made.”
  • Inclusion. “We all have a stake in UNCG,” he explained. Ideas can come from anyone and anywhere, he added. UNCG needs inclusive decision-making and communications.
  • Fun. We’re at college, he said. “We should get joy out of that – the joy in what we accomplish together.

He alluded to the title of the occasion: the 124th State of the Campus Address, and the permanence of our enduring, vital role in the community and state. “We’re not going anywhere. We are here.”

Acting Chancellor and Provost Dana Dunn gave an address on the accomplishments of the past year. She received an extended, rousing ovation, as did Dr. Gilliam.

Trustees Chair Susan Safran offered remarks as well. “I do believe we are on the edge of a new era,” she said.

By Mike Harris (Posted 1:35 p.m.)


Earlier copy on this post:

Acting Chancellor Dunn and Chancellor Elect Gilliam request your attendance at the State of the Campus address today (Aug. 12) at Aycock Auditorium. The event begins at 10:30 a.m.

A luncheon will immediately follow, at Moran Commons and Plaza.

The event will be live streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/uncg-university-relations.

Note: Check back at this web page later today for a full report.

Disaster: 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf

Aerial view of the damage Hurricane Katrina caused. This month marks a horrible anniversary. Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. In recognition of the ruin the hurricane precipitated, The World Meteorological Organization retired the moniker “Katrina,” never to be used again for a storm.

In late August of that year UNCG Sociology professor Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith knew he had to do something. He had been a research professor at the University of New Orleans from 1992 to 2000. His daughter was born there.

As he watched the coverage of the storm and aftermath a decade ago, from the safety of Greensboro, he wanted to be involved. One of his research specialties was disasters.

An emeritus professor from Yale, Kai Erikson, called and said. “Let’s do something.” They joined many faculty members from around the country in New Orleans.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation granted him and two professors from the University of New Orleans $150,000 to look at the long-term impacts of the flooding on two New Orleans neighborhoods, Pontchartrain Park and Hollygrove.

Kroll-Smith and two New Orleans professors professors, Vern Baxter and Pam Jenkins, have just released the results of their 2005-2011 longitudinal study. The book, “Left to Chance: Hurricane Katrina and the Story of Two New Orleans Neighborhoods,” was published by University of Texas Press.

The book examines two African-American neighborhoods wiped out by flooding after the hurricane passed. “As they remind us, our daily life is ‘geographically ordered,’ and they chronicle the disorientation people faced during evacuation, exile and return,” says a review report in The New Orleans Advocate.

Pontchartrain Park is professional and middle-class. Hollygrove is working class. Their research revealed that class difference in these communities mattered. The poorer people had less access to resources and information, often resulting in delays in accessing disaster relief. On the other hand, many of the blue collar Hollygrove residents possessed skills their counterparts in Pontchartrain Park lacked. With their do-it-yourself capability, including electrical repairs, plumbing work, roofing, and so on, many got their houses back in working order more quickly than the residents of, what locals call, “The Park.”

Kroll-Smith and his colleagues noted early on in their work that the term “disaster recovery” could not bear the weight of what they were seeing in both neighborhoods. Recovery is a palliative expression to make you feel better – “as if we recover from disaster,” he says.

The infrastructure did recover. Housing and businesses were rebuilt, for example. But does a person who lives through the total ruin that was Hurricane Katrina recover, existentially? No.

“They did not recover. They changed. They were transformed.” Some had emotional troubles. Some moved away. Some perished. No one they followed over the years returned to a pre-Katrina way of being in the world.

While a lot of the city flooded, the more significant stressor was the actual, official recovery effort, he says. “It was so misshapen; the recovery itself was a disaster.”

He noted in particular five public housing complexes. When the city flooded, all the residents were forced to move out of the complexes, in spite of the fact that only one was damaged by the flood, he says. Residents were given money for one-way tickets out of town; no money was provided for a return trip, he adds; the historic, solid brick housing units were subsequently torn down.

The African-American footprint in New Orleans is now much smaller than before Katrina, he further adds.

Carol Stack, emeritus professor, University of California, Berkeley writes, “This book is important, beautifully written, deeply philosophical and literary. Tragedy and daring and unforgiving social policies are transmitted through the narratives and speak to the reader as if we were there….”

The New York Times Review of Books reviewed it in Sunday’s edition.

A string of UNCG graduate and undergraduate students have worked on this research project with him over the past several years.

Kroll-Smith is currently working on a comparative study of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire and the 2005 flooding of New Orleans. Tentatively titled “A Tale of Two American Cities,” The University of Texas Press will publish this study as well.

Next week: additional UNCG connections with the devastating Hurricane Katrina and aftermath.

By Mike Harris
Photo by U.S. Navy.

‘Soundtrack to Grogan’ back in rightful spot

Photo of Tim Babb and Slim Briggs (in baseball cap) of Feeny Piano installing the piano in Grogan.It’s back. And the Baldwin Model F baby grand piano sounds better than ever.

About 60 or 70 UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance students participate in Grogan College each year. They – and lots of other Grogan students – give the baby grand a musical workout year after year. The building underwent renovation last year – and the piano was put in storage.

John Sopper was on hand as Feeny Piano employees delivered it last Wednesday morning. They gently wheeled it into the new built additional space on the Grogan first floor, reassembled the legs, placing the newly tuned piano in the designated corner.

Sopper, director of UNCG’s Grogan Residential College 2000-09 and now returning as Faculty Program Chair for the college, recalled how the piano came to find its home in Grogan.

“This began as the piano in the old Dining Hall, in the late ‘90s I believe. It’s the very piano we’re seeing.” That part of the dining hall was called Spencer’s, he explains. A 2013 Grogan News report on Charles Angel, piano technician in SMTD, recently repairing the Grogan piano noted that it was first purchased by the School of Music in 1965 but was surplused in 1999, going to Spencer’s.

The dining hall underwent a full renovation. Grogan accepted the piano in early fall 2006, Sopper recalls.

“We had a Grand Piano Welcome Celebration.”

“John Deal (former Music dean) came over. Andrew Willis (professor of piano) gave a talk on the history of the modern piano, and there was a concert by some students. We had a great cake in the shape of a piano.”

It’s been a musical fixture in Grogan ever since. “The grand piano is the soundtrack of Grogan,” Meg Horton (Biology) has often said. Horton served several years as director of Grogan.

The students have made it their own. “It gets played constantly,” Sopper says. “The School of Music, Theatre and Dance students love it! They give performances. Antonio Truyols played it all the time.”

The building features two electronic pianos as well.

Most of the first-year students in the Grogan building this year are members of Grogan Residential College, one of three residential colleges on campus. Grogan College draws majors in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, the Bryan School of Business and Economics, the School of Education, the School of Health and Human Sciences, and the School of Nursing, plus those who have interest in pre-med, pre-vet, pre-pharmacy or pre-dentistry. Sopper believes its robust academic and co-curricular program specifically for students in the performing arts is why the college was contacted as a potentially good home for this grand piano.

Sopper sat down to play a few scales, after the piano was assembled. He turned to H&RL project manager Lindsay Burkart, who directed the piano move. “This is definitely the residence hall to be in, don’t you think?”

It’s bound to be the best-sounding one.

Grogan College presents a showcase and social event each fall called “Grogan Night of the Arts.” SMTD students lead it, but everyone gets into the act. Watch the Grogan web site for an announcement of the date. Alumni, faculty, staff – everyone is welcome to help celebrate the talent and hard work of these students.

And if you’re in Grogan and the piano is not being used, feel free to tickle the keys or play a little Mozart. You’re joining in a long history of music lovers doing the same. It’s a “Grogan family” tradition.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Martin Kane, Aug. 7, as Tim Babb and Slim Briggs (in baseball cap) of Feeny Piano place the piano in Grogan.

See earlier story on the building renovation.
See more about the Grogan and other UNCG residential colleges.

Nominate students for Spartans of Promise

Know a graduating senior who’s an excellent scholar and dedicated to service?

The Spartans of Promise is an annual award recognizing UNCG seniors who have demonstrated exceptional academic and service accomplishments. Supported each year by the 50th Reunion class and the UNCG Alumni Association, it creates a unique connection between our newest generation of alumni and the members of the Vanguard. Up to ten seniors are honored each year. As Spartans of Promise, the award recipients will be recognized at the Alumni of Distinction Award Dinner and invited to participate in UNCG Alumni Association events throughout the year.

Spartans of Promise must demonstrate:

  • Strong involvement in campus activities
  • Proven leadership in service activities
  • Passion for UNCG
  • Qualifications:
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 90 credit hours, at least 30 of which are completed at UNCG

Faculty, staff and advisers for student groups are encouraged to recommend a student who they think should be considered for the award, by sending the student’s name to Mary Swantek at m_swante@uncg.edu. The deadline for faculty and staff to submit their recommendations is Aug. 18, 2015.

Emails will be sent to all recommended students,, notifying them that they have been recommended and that they are strongly encouraged to complete the Spartans of Promise Application Form.

For more information about the Spartans of Promise awards, visit alumnistories.uncg.edu/about-us/alumni-awards/spartans-of-promise.

Students to recommend to Annual Giving Telefund

The UNCG Office of Alumni Engagement is accepting recommendations of students for the Annual Giving Telefund.

If you know any students who are energetic, well-spoken, and passionate about UNCG and the opportunities that it provides, encourage them to apply to become a UNCG Telefunder.

The Annual Giving Telefund is located in the Spartan Call Center on campus and is responsible for contacting alumni, family and friends of UNCG to update them on news and events, update their contact information, and – most importantly – ask them to show their Spartan pride by making a charitable gift to the university.

The Telefund provides students the opportunity to connect with alumni and friends of the university and develop extraordinary communications skills; it also teaches students the importance of private support to UNCG.

For more information, contact Cameron Hall, assistant director of Annual Giving Programs, at cameronhall@uncg.edu.

Volunteers needed at move-in Chill Zone

Interested in volunteering to welcome new students and their families to campus this week? The Alumni Association, New Student and Spartan Family Programs, and Undergraduate Admissions are hosting the Chill Zone tent on Moran Commons, where new students who are moving onto campus can beat the heat with water and frozen treats. This is a great opportunity to make new students feel welcome on campus. To volunteer at the Chill Zone, contact Nita Albrecht at nmalbrecht@uncg.edu.

Digital Media Commons and Digital ACT Studio re-open Aug. 17

Photo of newly renovated Digital Media CommonsAfter undergoing renovations this summer, the Digital Media Commons and Digital ACT Studio on the lower level of Jackson Library will re-open Aug. 17, the first day of classes.

As a result of the renovations, students will be able to film video in-house. They will also have access to a DSL Photobooth, have hands-on access to 3D printers and 3D printing technologies, and have private consultation space with the Digital ACT Studio consultants.

The Digital Media Commons provides the space and resources for UNCG students, faculty and staff to create and refine their multimedia projects, including:

  • Digital images
  • Digital video
  • Digital audio
  • Presentations
  • Web pages
  • 3-D printing/Makerspace

Full story at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2015/07/after-undergoing-renovations-this.html

‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune’

UNCG Theatre will present “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” by Terrence McNally and directed by Sarah Hankins. Performances are in UNCG’s Brown Building Theatre at August 14, 15 at 8 p.m. and August 16 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Winner of the Dramatists Guild Hull Warriner Award, this play is a bittersweet comedy that combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance between two middle-aged “losers.”  Please note that there is nudity in the live production. Ticket prices are $18 for adults; $12 for students, seniors and groups of 10+; and $9 UNCG Students and available at the Triad Stage Box office at 272-0160.

eduroam will become UNCG’s primary wireless network

eduroam (education roaming) is a secure wireless network that is broadcast across all UNCG wireless locations.

eduroam is the secure worldwide federated wireless mobility network for the research and education community. It allows UNCG faculty, staff, and students to use the same wireless configuration locally and remotely at participating institutions.

eduroam has been available at UNCG since January 2015 (see: eduroam Wireless Network Ready for Use), but it will soon become the primary wireless network. During this transition in the fall, the wireless network named UNCG-FacultyStaffStudent will be removed from service.

Full information is at http://itsnews.uncg.edu/2015/08/10/eduroam-will-become-the-primary-wireless-network-at-uncg/.

Jan Van Dyke memorial Aug. 22

A memorial for Dr. Jan Van Dyke will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, 3 p.m., in the UNCG Dance Theater. She died July 3. A UNCG alumna, she was a member of the UNCG Dance faculty for 23 years. The memorial will celebrate her life and career as an artist, scholar, teacher and friend through selected speakers and video, the News and Record reports. A reception will follow. The memorial will be  live-streamed through the SMTD Live link. Questions? Email  ahmaster@uncg.edu.

(A related report on the June dedication of  Jan Van Dyke Performance Space may be found here.)

International Programs’ Fall 2015 highlighted events

A few dates you may want to mark on your calendar:

Tuesday, August 18 — Chancellor’s International Students Fall 2015 Welcome Reception (Alumni House–Virginia Dare Room, 4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Thursday, August 27 — Study Abroad Expo – Fall 2015 (Stone Lawn / EUC Auditorium Pre-Function, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Monday, November 16-20 — International Education Week 2015 (various locations & events throughout the week)

Wednesday, November 18 — Study Abroad Expo – IEW 2015 (EUC Pre-Function Auditorium, 11 a.m-2 p.m.)

Thanks to UNCG Telefund sponsors

Group photo of Telefund students with thank you signUNCG Annual Giving Telefund would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the university’s fundraising efforts:

A to Zen – 523 State Street

Carmike Cinemas – 4822 Koger Boulevard

Chakras Salon & Spa – 229 South Elm Street

Paintball Central – 3400 West Wendover Avenue

“Gus” Peña is new Director of Intercultural Engagement

Photo of Augusto “Gus” PeñaAugusto “Gus” Peña has joined UNCG as the new Director of Intercultural Engagement.

He came to UNCG from Appalachian State University, where he served as the director of Multicultural Student Development since 2012. Prior to his role as director, Gus worked as Interim Director and Assistant Director. He also has experience in admissions.

He has made numerous presentations locally, regionally and nationally about social justice, first-generation college students, Hispanic/Latino students, and intercultural competency. He taught several courses at Appalachian State University, including diversity educators training classes, multicultural leadership, and international service-learning courses.

He welcomes everyone to stop by and say hello at the Office of Intercultural Engagement (062 Elliott University Center).

Or come to the Office of Intercultural Engagement Open House Saturday, Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

With the staff: July 2015

Johnathan Herring, Public Safety & Police; Munawar Khokher, Utility Operations; John Mullins, Housekeeping; Donna Kanenberg, Human Resources; Kevin Hines, Residence Life; Brandy Bumpas, Housekeeping; Tiffany Wright, School of Nursing; Adam Rich, Intercollegiate Athletics; Kathy Qualls, Internal Audit; Robert Woods, Buildings & Trades; Heather Fargis, Printing Services; Chanda Jackson, University Libraries; Keith Roberts, Housekeeping; Saqib Shahzad, Public Safety & Police; Lisa McCommons, Human Development & Family Studies; Angela Eason, Human Development & Family Studies; Teri Smith, Human Development & Family Studies; Meghan Dunham, Psychology

Terry Smith, Parking Services; Helen Korang, Housing and Residence Life; James Sutton, Housekeeping; Sarah Hamrick, College of Arts & Sciences Advising Center; Leigh Kanagy, Human Development & Family Studies; Sandy Ingram, Housekeeping; Marsha Leonhart, Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Eh Htoo, Student Health Services; Lauren Dykhoff, Enrollment Services; Chalene Peterson, Human Development & Family Studies; Mary Russell, Human Resources; Sherry Cornett, Registrar’s Office; Maureen Ballsieper, Dean’s Office – Bryan School; Norma Headley, Dean’s Office – JSNN; Brittany Atkinson, Purchasing; Lauren Williamson, Dean – School of HHS; Alyssa Holster, Math and Statistics; Rachelle Walsh, Elliott University Center; Bethany Brown, Psychology; Imani Randolph, School of Nursing; Ivy Lanier, Public Health Education; James Stanley, Student Health Services; Cynthia Slater, University Libraries; Josee Messan, Housekeeping

Dr. Karen Wixson

Photo of Dr. Karen WixsonDr. Karen Wixson (School of Education) received a continuation of funding for more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Transforming Teaching through Technology (TTtT).” Transforming Teaching through Technology, a Teacher Quality Partnership project of UNCG in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, will address Absolute Priority 1 and Competitive Preference Priority 1 by developing an innovative and replicable model for the integration of technology in the teacher education curriculum. Through reforming the teacher education curriculum by embedding the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework and proper modeling and scaffolding in the teacher development process (from pre-service to induction), Transforming Teaching through Technology will equip 300 teacher candidates per year with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to intentionally integrate technology in a thoughtful and adaptive manner to promote academic learning for all students.

Dr. Lee Shiflett

Photo of Dr. Lee ShiflettDr. Lee Shiflett (LIS) has published “William Terry Couch and the Politics of Academic Publishing (McFarland). Shiflett is professor and Interim Chair, Department of Library and Information Studies.

Kaira Wagoner

Photo of Kaira WagonerKaira Wagoner (Biology) received new funding from Project Apis m. for an “Investigation of the unsaturated hydrocarbon linked to Varroa, DWV, and hygienic behavior in the honey bee (Apis mellifera).”

Dr. Richard Fabiano

Photo of Dr. Richard FabianoDr. Richard Fabiano (Mathematics and Statistics), along with co-PI’s Dr. Maya Chhetri and Dr. Thomas Lewis, received new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for “Southeastern Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations 2015.” It will be held at the UNCG Oct. 10-11, 2015. The primary objective of the conference is to promote research and education in the field of differential equations by bringing together established and beginning researchers, the abstract states.

Dr. Martyn Van Hasselt

Photo of Dr. Martyn Van HasseltDr. Martyn Van Hasselt (Economics) received a continuation of funding from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for “An Innovative Method to Account for Adherence in Treatment Evaluation.” Experimental study designs in which individuals are randomly assigned to multiple treatment arms are common in clinical research and considered the gold standard. A serious problem arises if study participants don’t fully adhere to their assigned treatment regimen, because this undermines the accurate evaluation of the risks and benefits of treatment, the abstract says. This study will develop an alternative and innovative Bayesian method for estimating treatment efficacy in the presence of imperfect treatment adherence and will evaluate it relative to competing approaches. The abstract adds that results from this work will provide a valuable and practical new tool for evaluating treatment efficacy in presence of imperfect treatment adherence.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnership) received new funding from Youth Focus for “My Sister Susan’s House parenting workshops.” My Sister Susan’s House is a transitional living program that supports young pregnant or parenting young women who have been the victim of domestic violence. This contract will provide a Center staff person who will give parenting workshops for the residents of the program; work with the Youth Focus staff for the purpose of identifying additional programmatic needs and resources to meet those needs; ensure the confidentiality of all persons at MSSH; and collaborate on other related activities as requested by Youth Focus and the Center.

Dr. Michael Kane

Photo of Dr. Michael KaneDr. Michael Kane (Psychology) delivered the G. Stanley Hall Lecture, “Where’s the ‘work’ in working memory?” at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Toronto, Canada, held August 6-9, 2015. The G. Stanley Hall Lecture Series began in 1980 to advance the teaching of introductory psychology. The lecture series was originally conceived by APA’s Committee on Undergraduate Education as a way to help introductory level teachers develop a coherent picture of recent developments in the wide range of different psychological subdisciplines they may cover; invited speakers are renowned experts who convey to interested teachers the latest information in their fields.

Dr. Claudia Pagliaro

Photo of Dr. Claudia PagliaroDr. Claudia Pagliaro (Specialized Education Services) received new funding from Salus University for a “Salus University subaward for student doctoral fellowship.” The National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD) is a doctoral level professional preparation Cooperative Agreement funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is administered by Salus University. The consortium consists of 25 universities with doctoral programs that have an emphasis in one or more of the three sensory impairment areas: blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, and deafblindness. Fellowships provide funding for tuition and a stipend for four years of doctoral stud. NLCSD Fellows participate together in a structured added-value enrichment program in addition to their individual Universities’ Doctoral Programs of study in Special Education. Doctoral students in UNCG Specialized Education Services with a specialization in deafness have been selected  by NLCSD.

Dr. Edna Tan

Photo of Dr. Edna TanDr. Edna Tan (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received new funding from Michigan State University for the project “Tools for Teaching and Learning Engineering Practices: Pathways Towards Productive Identity Development in Engineering [I-Engineering].” Achievement and interest gaps remain in engineering for students from underrepresented backgrounds. For example, African Americans make up only 5 percent of the engineering workforce in the US, with most holding technician rather than leadership positions. Middle school is the first major “critical point” where student interest in engineering wanes, the abstract notes, even when grades may remain high. This trend continues through high school, college and into the professions, where women and minorities remain underrepresented in engineering. This DRK12 project, I-Engineering, responds to this persistent large-scale problem faced in engineering education. The I-Engineering framework and tools address both the learning problem—supporting students in developing robust understanding and practices of the engineering design process—and the identity problem—supporting students in recognizing that they belong in engineering.

See/hear: Aug. 12, 2015

UNCG doctoral student Angela Larsen looks at how individual behaviors of cotton rats create population level impacts and change community structures. By observing the rodents, which are native to the Southeastern United States, Larsen is also assessing how planting of native switchgrasses as biofuel crops might affect biodiversity. Larsen’s research is funded in part by NCASI and Weyerhaeuser. She is also an EPA STAR Fellow and has received a Robert R. Bryden Grant from the NC Academy of Science.

She came to UNCG specifically to work with Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell, professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Biology. Kalcounis-Rüppell is widely known for her acoustic field research on bats and rodents. Larsen was also drawn to UNCG because it is one of the few universities offering a dissertation minor in statistics for students pursuing PhDs in science. Having that minor will give her a leg up later in her career.  The video is a UNCG Undergraduate Student Production. See more at http://research.uncg.edu/spotlight/why-uncg/ and at http://research.uncg.edu/spotlight/cotton-rats-switchgrass-and-phd-student-angela-larsen/.

New online journal created in UNCG SOE

Graduate students Carrie Hart (ELC), Patrick Hales (TEHE), and Oksana Naumenko (ERM) have been working with Dr. Jamie Schissel (TEHE) to create the Working Papers on Language and Diversity in Education, an annual, peer-reviewed, online journal managed by graduate students of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education. The first issue has been published and is available online at: http://libjournal.uncg.edu/index.php/wpe

For more information about working on or publishing in the journal, you may attend the International Student Social on August 20 (2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in SOEB 401).

UNCG Arts Summit on future of arts in America

Photo of interior view of Aycock Auditorium from the stageWhat does the future hold for the arts in our country?

UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance will host an arts summit to explore this topic.

The UNCG Arts Summit will be held Friday, August 21, 2015, at Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus. Registration for all-day event begins at 8 a.m.

All members of the Triad arts community are welcome to attend.

On that first Friday of the semester, Dean Peter Alexander will cancel regular classes in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, so that SMTD faculty and staff can attend. The summit classes will take the place of those regular classes.

The Summit will focus around presentations and interactions between three national speakers:

  • Suzanne Callahan, dance consultant.
  • Teresa Eyring, executive director of the Theatre Communications Group
  • Greg Sandow, author and blogger on classical music subjects

These speakers will bring the latest thinking about the future of the arts in America.

The schedule:
8 a.m.     Registration
9 a.m.    Plenary Session
10:15 a.m. Workshops with Consultants
12:30 p.m. Picnic
2 p.m.    Community Arts Roundtable
4 p.m.     Closing and Final Remarks

It is held in partnership with ArtsGreensboro.

Contact Jeff Aguiar, UNCG SMTD’s strategic communications director, at smtd@uncg.edu for more information.