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Archives for August 2015

Key dates as Fall 2015 semester begins

Photo of students moving into residence hallThe UNCG residence halls are ready. The classrooms and labs are as well. As we welcome a new academic year, here are some dates for your calendar:

State of the Campus Address
Followed by faculty/staff luncheon
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium.

UNCG student move-in days (See volunteer opportunity for staff)
Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Friday, Aug. 14
Details at http://hrl.uncg.edu/living-campus/fall-move-in-guide/

Graduate student orientation
Thursday, August 13.
Check-in 8-9 a.m.; meeting 9 a.m., EUC Auditorium. http://grs.uncg.edu/orientation

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, August 13, 10 am, Alumni House

Party Like a Rawkstar
Friday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.
EUC, Cone Ballroom
New students will join CAB for a dance party in Cone Ballroom as a welcome to college.

Chancellor’s New Student Convocation
Sunday, Aug. 16, 4 p.m.
Aycock Auditorium

Charlie’s Fountain Fest
Sunday, Aug. 16, 5 p.m.
Moran Commons (Rain Location: EUC Cone Ballroom)

Classes begin. Spartan SPEARS help provide direction for students.
Monday, Aug. 17

Fall Kick-Off, to see many ways to get involved at UNCG
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
College Avenue

Veteran Affairs Meet n’ Greet
5-7 p.m.
Veterans Center, 2nd Floor Spring Garden Apartments
Wednesday, Aug. 19

Welcome Luau for students
7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Fountain (Rain Location: EUC Cone Ballroom)
Wednesday, Aug. 19

Spartan Service Day
Starts at 9 a.m., EUC, Cone Ballroom
Saturday, Aug. 22
Transportation is provided, but you must register for volunteer opportunities throughout the community.

Opening Carnival
5– 8 p.m.
Quad Lawn and Fountain View Area. Details at http://hrl.uncg.edu/large-events/opening-carnival/
Saturday, Aug. 22

House Calls
6:30 p.m.Monday, Aug. 24

Part-time job fair for students
Wednesday, Aug. 26
12:30-4 p.m.
Cone Ballroom, EUC

First Faculty Senate meeting of the year
Sept. 2, 3 p.m., Alumni House

General Faculty Meeting & Convocation
Sept. 16, 3 p.m., Alumni House

More about athletic events, open houses, and gatherings for students are at http://yourfirstyear.uncg.edu/rawkin-welcome-week/.

New Spartan Trader grand opening is Aug. 10

Photo of Spring Garden Apartments where Spartan Trader is locatedWhen you step in Spartan Trader this semester, it’ll be completely different.

The store has transitioned from an art consignment shop to a resale store – with the inventory coming from what the students leave behind at the end of the spring semester.

The grand opening will be Aug. 10.

“We have really nice dresses, jeans, shoes, handbags, backpacks, jewelry, blouses, menswear, ‘presentation outfits’, leggings, desk lamps, ballet/toe shoes, art supplies and more,” says Melissa Rinehart, manager of the Spartan Trader, which was founded through the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics.

The Spartan Trader provides students a unique learning opportunity. It is a cross-disciplinary experiential learning lab operated totally by students through the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and in the Bryan School.

“All our students can complete an internship or practicum at the Spartan Trader, including our Beyond Academics students. The goal of the lab is to instruct UNCG students how to run a small retail establishment through hands-on experience.”

The store opened in 2012 as an art consignment shop under the supervision of Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and founder of the Entrepreneurship Programs in the UNCG Bryan School. The store offered students, faculty, staff and local artists the opportunity to sell their handmade creations on consignment for profit. The store was not sustainable and another business plan was set in motion.

Many of the items left behind by students at the end of last semester were sold at the UNCG “Cram & Scram Sale.” But before the sale, lots of select items were set aside by Spartan Trader students for sale in the store this semester. Dr. Dianne Welsh notes the great help of UNCG’s Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling.

“These are items left ‘BY students, FOR students,” Rinehart says. “We have high hopes that this venture will be successful and we can keep the store open for more students to experience this unique learning opportunity.”

The store is actively taking donations.  If you have some items you would like to donate, contact Rinehart at mbrineha@uncg.edu. They have 30-minute parking in the parking area in the rear of Spring Garden Apartments to make drop-offs quick and easy.

The store is located at 1540 Spring Garden Street in the lower level of Spring Garden Apartments (across the street from Bojangles). Store hours are Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat noon-5 p.m.

The phone number at the store is (336) 256-0317.

Further questions? Email mbrineha@uncg.edu.

House Calls, welcoming new Spartans to UNCG

Faculty and staff, consider volunteering for an evening of House Calls, where you’ll help welcome new students to their new home.

House Calls will take place on Monday, August 24, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., including a catered meal and a brief volunteer orientation in the EUC, Cone Ballroom.

You may volunteer at “Volunteer for House Calls.”

The purpose of the House Calls Program is to welcome first-year and new transfer residence hall students to the UNCG campus community and provide them with an opportunity to interact with faculty and administrators on a more personal level. Research indicates that developing a relationship with a faculty or a staff member can have a significant impact on students’ success and increase retention.

If you volunteer for this program, you will connect with a UNCG colleague(s) to visit new first-year and new transfer students in one of the residence halls on campus. As a volunteer you will have an opportunity to:

  • Interact with students in a residence hall setting and have a brief conversation about transitioning to college and learn about their first week at UNCG.
  • Visit 10-20 residence hall rooms in one assigned location.
  • Learn more about the on-campus student experience
  • Show your UNCG Pride and make a new Spartan smile.

With your willingness to serve, Housing & Residence Life will be able to personally deliver a warm UNCG welcome and a “bag of success,” for new on-campus students to assist in their transition to the university.

Deadline for volunteer sign-up is Monday, August 17, 2015. (The original deadline was Aug. 12.)

More information is at http://hrl.uncg.edu/large-events/house-calls/.

Questions? Contact Erica E. Farrar, (erica.farrar@uncg.edu / 334-5636), Senior Assistant Director for Residence Life & Academic Initiatives.

Updated Aug. 5, to revise the deadline date.

Grogan Residence Hall reopens, right on time, right in tune

Photo of the entrance to Grogan Residence Hall.Some furniture is in place. Some more will arrive in coming days.

And the baby grand piano that Grogan students have played on the first floor for many years will make its melodious return this week.

Grogan Residence Hall underwent a complete renovation this past year. It’s now ready for occupancy, with RA’s moving in this past weekend.

The renovation was similar to the Reynolds renovation a year ago. The rooms throughout Grogan have new lighting, heating and air conditioning. The bathrooms were completely renovated – there’s new plumbing throughout the hall. Plus there’s a backup generator.

All is freshly painted. The common areas have new carpet. There’s new wireless throughout the building.

The most eye-catching change for visitors will be a new common meeting area – which can be used as a classroom – on the first floor. It was created by enclosing some of the exterior space, and has lots of natural light. It complements a classroom that already existed on the west side of that floor.

Josh Beck, project engineer for Housing & Residence Life, showed CW this area as well as the lower-floor area, just before RA’s moved in last weekend. The lower floor features a large common space that will accommodate two gaming systems and other recreation such as pool and table tennis, he says, as well as a common kitchen area. Blue and gold furniture was already in place last Friday.

That space overlooks a wooded area of Peabody Park.

Cone Residence Hall, next door, is on tap next for renovation. UNCG Facilities, Design and Construction says that a designer for the Cone project will be selected soon so the design phase can begin.

By Mike Harris
Photo of the entrance to Grogan Residence Hall.

Be a part of Spartan Service Day Aug. 22

Photo from past service day of students making care packagesStudents, faculty and staff are invited to register and participate in 2015 Spartan Service Day.

It will be a great opportunity to start the year making an impact in our community while also meeting and working with fellow Spartans.

The 2015 Spartan Service Day will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

A few things are new this year:

  1. The UNCG Office of Leadership & Service Learning has recruited student site leaders for each community project on the morning of August 22. Most of these are last year’s LeaderShape participants, Hunger + Homelessness Awareness week planning committee members, Make a Difference House mentors, and Service Trip leaders. Site Leaders for this day will be trained to register and welcome their groups, provide their groups with an overview of their organization and project, meet our community partner contact on site, and lead a reflection on the mornings service for the group upon return to campus.
  2. This year the office is bringing all groups back to campus at 1:30 pm.. for lunch and a reflection. This reflection is part activity/part discussion that will be facilitated by student site leaders. The purpose of this reflection is to help students make meaning of their morning’s service. They’ll understand ways they can get more involved to make a positive difference in our community, and become more knowledgeable about Greensboro and the community issue they came into contact with.
  3. They’re allowing folks to sign up as groups, whether that is an on-campus program that wants to serve together, or just a few new friends. This will likely boost participation rates.

There’ll be 15 community projects, with 15 different community partners. Some examples:

  • Greensboro Children’s Museum – supporting children’s learning and development by organizing/cleaning equipment and gardening in the Edible Schoolyard behind the museum.
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society – participants will be assisting with yard and home maintenance at homes of families living with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spring Arbor of Greensboro – visiting with older adults and leading craft activities
  • Downtown Greenway – Public beautification and garden maintenance of a quarter-mile section of the Downtown Greenway called Morehead Park. This section includes a garden named by an anonymous donor in honor of former Chancellor Patricia Sullivan.
  • Society of St. Andrew – addressing food waste by bagging gleaned potatoes for donation to local food pantries
  • Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center – support therapy programs for individuals with disabilities by helping with maintenance and beautification of the facility.

Register and learn more at http://olsl.uncg.edu/students/community-service/short-term-service/spartan-service-day/

Those with questions may contact Kristina Snader, Assistant Director for Community Engagement, UNCG Office of Leadership and Service Learning.

Cistern for UNCG irrigation to boost sustainability

Photo of Cistern installedThis summer, our university installed a 2,500-gallon cistern that will capture rainwater, which will then be used to irrigate areas that don’t have sprinkler systems. That will both cut the amount of rain that flows into the sewer system and also reduce the amount of water the university must purchase from the City of Greensboro for irrigation.

Hal Shelton, director of UNCG Grounds, says, “The cistern is operational and is capturing the rain water off of two different roofs at the Grounds Shop. We were able to do this with a grant that Chad Carwein applied for from the State of North Carolina. We use this to water our annuals and trees around campus that would otherwise be watered with city water.”

In late fall, prior to winterizing the cistern, the remaining water will be pumped into a separate tank and used to make brine for snow removal. This will not only decrease the amount of storm water runoff flowing into the sewer system, but it will also reduce the amount of water the university must purchase from the City of Greensboro.

The water in the cistern is not safe for drinking.

According to the Sustainability office, the surface area of the two roofs combined (2044 sq. ft.) as well as the average annual rainfall in Greensboro (46 inches) results in the cistern potentially harvesting around 58,500 gallons of rainwater a year.

The project was a collaborative effort between the UNCG Grounds Division and the UNCG Office of Sustainability. The Guilford County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) provided technical and financial assistance as well. In fact, about 45 percent of the project is eligible for cost-share funding that will be reimbursed through the Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP).

This is the only news regarding campus sustainability. This semester,  the UNCG Green Fund will accept its first grant proposals for campus projects to increase the sustainability of the university. The Green Fund will be funded by a semesterly $2.22/full-time student fee — ratified after students in the UNCGreen student organization campaigned for it. In the first semester, it will have about $25,000 to $30,000 to distribute.

#myUNCGfavstory at Speaking Center

Group photo of students around a table discussing their public, interpersonal and group communication skills.The UNCG Speaking Center helps thousands of students each year with their public, interpersonal and group communication skills.

Now, their office is doing something brand new. It’s an employee recognition initiative for their employees: a way for them to reflect on and celebrate their work at the center while also connecting with one another better.

“My favorite UNCG Speaking Center story.”

The idea: Tell your story. Express yourself. Let’s dig deep to find what it is that we love about this place and celebrate it through story

They launched it this summer.

Erin Ellis, Kim Cuny and several students working over the summer developed this idea. They can write them – or create an audio or audio-visual clip.

Two are already posted, from one graduate student employee and from one undergraduate student employee, at https://www.facebook.com/UNCGSpeaking and at their Twitter feed and Flipboard magazine. Those posts have gotten more social media views than anything they’ve ever posted, Speaking Center Director Kim Cuny tells us.

They’ll launch it in earnest this fall, when more student employees are on staff – some of whom may otherwise not really get to know each other because they are interacting with students in different shifts. Hearing workplace stories from each other will build a sense of community and enhance cohesion, as employees get to know each other’s stories better. And discover their similar as well as distinct interests and passions.

The impact of stories can’t be overstated. Personal narratives are powerful, Cuny says. Expressing positive experiences this way can transform any group. The more we are different, the more our stories can pull us together.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Taylor Williams

Takagi receives visit by Consul General of Japan

Group photo of Roberto Campo, Amy Williamsen, Chiaki Takagi, Kazuo SunagaThe Consul General of Japan in Atlanta, Mr. Kazuo Sunaga, visited with UNCG’s Dr. Chiaki Takagi and Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Head Dr. Amy Williamsen Friday afternoon to acknowledge Takagi’s teaching award from the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ).

Takagi is a senior lecturer of Japanese and Asian Studies at UNCG.

She was the first full-time faculty member in the Japanese program at UNCG. She received the university’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2012.

She is a UNCG alumna, receiving her doctorate here in English with a concentration in Postcolonial Literatures and Theory.

Read more about her AAJT award here.

Photo by Joe Gallehugh. L-r, Roberto Campo, Amy Williamsen, Chiaki Takagi, Kazuo Sunaga

Fewer psychiatric hospitals, more prisons in America. Dr. Anne Parsons examines the link.

Photo of Dr. Anne ParsonsUNCG Assistant Professor of History Anne Parsons has received a 2015 Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations.

The fellowship will allow her to write a book about how the deinstitutionalization of mental hospitals has coincided with the rise of mass incarceration, replacing one form of confinement and stigmatization with another.

“This fellowship will give me the opportunity to look closely at changes — though not improvements — in how our society treats people who have psychiatric disorders,” Parsons says. “President Obama and other leaders are increasingly questioning how and why so many people are ending up in our jails and prisons — including many people with mental illnesses — and this book will examine the roots of that crisis.”

Dr. Parsons was one of 16 recipients who each received between $58,700 and $110,250 to fund full-time work. Parsons is a public historian who focuses on contemporary U.S. history. She came to UNCG in 2013 after finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“This program has been a vital pipeline for new voices and new ideas in the criminal justice arena, supporting work that has helped broaden the debate and improve the prospects, across the political spectrum, for criminal justice practices that genuinely advance public safety and fairness,” says Ken Zimmerman, director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations. “We believe the new set of fellows will contribute further transformative thinking and doing.”

Parsons is also currently working on a national traveling exhibition, Global Dialogues on Incarceration, which the UNCG History Department’s Museum Studies Program will bring to Greensboro in Fall 2016.

By Mark Tosczak
Photo by Ethan Hill/Redux for the Open Society Foundations

Looking ahead: Aug 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Nominate Staff Stars for Fall 2015

UNCG employees are known for their volunteering, service and dedication.

Do you know a UNCG employee that has been caught in the act of caring? The UNCG Staff Senate Staff Recognition Committee encourages all staff, campus-wide, to nominate employees whom they observe being kind, thoughtful, helpful or considerate.

Ready to make someone a Star?

Complete the Staff Stars Recommendation Form soon.

Orlando Duffus

Photo of Orlando DuffusUniversity Libraries Diversity Resident Orlando Duffus won first place for his poster titled “The Library as an Incubator of Anti-discrimination and Multicultural Engagement” at the recent American Library Association meeting. The poster was presented during the ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair on June 27.

Dr. John Willse

Photo of Dr. John WillseDr. John Willse (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools for an OAERS contract with Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools 2015-2016. An assigned UNCG graduate assistant will provide data management and statistical analysis support, working closely on site with Research and Evaluation staff.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff

Photo of Dr. Bruce KirchoffDr. Bruce Kirchoff (Biology) was invited to serve on the UNC General Administration Review Panel: Student Competencies in Online Learning. The Panel reviewed grant applications from across the state and made recommendations for funding to the leadership team at General Administration.

Dr. Maha Elobeid

Photo of Dr. Maha ElobeidDr. Maha Elobeid (Center of New North Carolinians) received new funding from United Way of Greater Greensboro for the project “Newcomers CLASS (Culture, Language and Adult Self Sufficiency).” For newly arrived refugees into Greensboro, language, transportation, isolation, lack of cultural brokers and misunderstanding/lack of knowledge of American education and cultural activities present an on-going concern as refugees seek to orient to the United States, the abstract says. This funding will help newly arrived immigrants manage their transition and begin the process of cultural integration by learning English, providing job readiness skills for adults, and acting as a cultural broker.

Dr. Lisa Phillips

Dr. Lisa Phillips (SERVE) received a continuation of funding from the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the “North Carolina Homeless Education Program.”

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) for the project “New Strategies to Combat Drug Resistant Bacterial Infections.”

See/hear: August 5, 2015

See a video introduction to the unique Joint Master Program in Social Work of UNCG and NC A&T State University. The video was posted by the UNCG Graduate School.