UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for September 2015

Dr. Keith Debbage

Photo of Dr. Keith DebbageDr. Keith Debbage (Geography / Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Triad Workplace Summit. His presentation is titled “Workforce Readiness and the Triad Economy.” The summit is Thursday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the HPB Insurance Center, 1200 E Hartley Dr., High Point. More information is at http://go.hpbtriad.com/workplacesummit#date.

Dr. Jessica Dollar

Photo of Dr. Jessica DollarDr. Jessica Dollar (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from the National Institutes for Health for the project “Childhood positive affect and anger as predictors of adolescent risky behavior.” Adolescent engagement in risky behaviors, including substance and tobacco use, early sexual contact, and antisocial behaviors, is a significant public health concern because it exacts a toll on individuals’ later functioning, as well as negatively affecting others,” the abstract states. “Yet, the mechanisms that explain adolescent risk-taking have not been identified. The proposed work takes a developmental perspective and integrates multiple levels of analysis to identify childhood biological and behavioral mechanisms of adolescent risk-taking.”

Invitation to Wednesday’s chancellor reception

Photo of staff members Eugenia Brown and Sobi Saqib having their picture made with Chancellor GilliamThe UNCG Board of Trustees cordially invites you to a reception welcoming Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. and Mrs. Jacquelean Gilliam tomorrow (Sept. 9) at Moran Commons and Plaza – the fountain area in front of the dining hall.

Enjoy music and refreshments from 1-3 p.m., with remarks at 1:30 p.m.

Visual from earlier event at Moran Commons. Staff members Eugenia Brown and Sobi Saqib have their picture made with Chancellor Gilliam. Photo by Martin Kane.

Four percent boost in Fall 2015 enrollment

Photo of Chancellor-elect Franklin Gilliam speaking to Faculty Senate for the first timeProvost Dana Dunn presented excellent news at the year’s first Faculty Senate meeting Sept. 2.

Enrollment for the fall 2015 semester at UNCG increased by four percent (751 students) over the fall 2014 census. The increase bumps UNCG’s fall enrollment to a total of 19,398 students.

Undergraduate headcount enrollment increased well over five percent and graduate enrollment declined less than one percent. The growth was fueled by a new freshmen student increase of over four percent and a new transfer increase of more than 14 percent.

“These increases bode very well for continued enrollment momentum at UNCG,” Dunn said in a release to the media. “It is fortunate that Spartan Village Phase II Residence Hall has been approved and will be open in Fall 2017 to accommodate a positive enrollment growth trend.”

Student credit hours (SCHs), the basis of the university’s funding from the state, were up 4.15 percent. Distance education-based SCHs grew at a disproportionately fast rate signaling continued interest in online learning.

Among other highlights of the Sept. 2 meeting:

  • Chancellor Franklin Gilliam spoke to Faculty Senate for the first time. He spoke briefly about shared governance and about the strategic planning process. He mentioned some of his own preliminary thoughts about the university and its positioning – “What should we be and do?” – and encouraged everyone to give their thoughts and input about the university at two upcoming campus forums: Oct. 5, 3-5 p.m., Music Building’s Recital Hall and Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium. Each session will begin with a 30-minute presentation from Chancellor Gilliam to share themes that emerged from the campus stakeholder discussions over the last year.
  • Interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations Jim Thornton spoke about his department, presenting recent UR initiatives, a departmental organizational chart and UR goals for the year.
  • Director of Athletics Kim Record, Dunn and Ambrose Jones, chair of the Faculty Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, spoke about and answered senators’ questions about the NCAA report issued in June.

Take advantage of professional development opportunities

Photo of College Ave during the summer with a student walkingHere are some upcoming Professional Development Offerings for September:

Overcoming Procrastination
Wednesday, Sept. 9, from noon-1 p.m.,
Instructor: ComPsych
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020980

Practical Ethics: Professional Life Beyond the Legal Minimum
Monday, Sept. 14, from 2-4 p.m.,
Instructor: Wade Maki, Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020836

How to Receive Criticism and Make it Work for You
Wednesday, Sept. 16, from noon-1 p.m.
Instructor: ComPsych
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020981

SPA Position Description and Employee Competency Assessment Forms
Friday, Sept. 18, from 9-10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Angela Mahoney, HR Consultant – Classification/Compensation (SPA)
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020920

EEOI: Equal Employment Opportunity Institute – Level I
Monday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Sept. 22
Instructor: Angela Mahoney, HR Consultant
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=3302097

The Key to Customer “Delight”: The Journey to Excellence (two-part series)
Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-noon – Instructor: Vidyaranya B. Gargeya, Ph.D., Professor and Head of the Department, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020922

Being Accountable in Work and Life
Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 1-2 p.m.
Instructor: ComPsych
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020982

Leave Management 101
Thursday, Sept. 24, from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructors: Marcia Rey, Human Resources Specialist for EPA Non-Faculty and Rhonda Rogers, Human Resources Specialist for SPA Permanent Employees
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020976

Working at Play and Playing at Work: Developing Your Improvisational Skills for Workplace Success (Part I)
Friday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. – noon, Instructor: Omar Ali, Ph.D., Interim Dean, International Honors College
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020973

EEOI: Equal Employment Opportunity Institute – Level II​
Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Bobbi S. Wardlaw-Brown, HR Consultant, Talent Management, Office of State Human Resources (OSHR)
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020818

The Key to Customer “Delight”: The Journey to Excellence Continues!
Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m.-noon, Instructor: Vidyaranya B. Gargeya, Ph.D.
Sign Up: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020972

UNC system’s highest honor for scholarship and creative activity

Nominate faculty for the UNC system’s highest honor for scholarship and creative activity – the O. Max Gardner Award.

The Gardner Award was established by Gardner’s will to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” They are faculty who have made notable contributions of national or international scale.

UNCG and each of the UNC universities may nominate one faculty member.

The nominee from each school is due to the Board of Governors Committee on the Oliver Max Gardner Award in December. The UNCG O.Max Gardner Award Committee is currently soliciting nominations and has contacted the dean of each school/college for candidate suggestions.

UNCG recipients of this award have included Louise B. Alexander (Education, Political Science & History); Franklin H. McNutt (Education); Mereb E. Mossman (Sociology); Richard N. Current (History): Randall Jarrell (English); Lois Edinger (Education); Naomi G. Albanese (Home Economics); Mary Elizabeth Keister (Early Childhood Education); Eloise Rallings Lewis (Nursing); Richard Bardolph (History); Fred Chappell (English); Vira Rodgers Kivett (Gerontology and Human Development & Family Studies).

Anyone in the campus community, including alumni, may nominate a faculty member for this prestigious award.

The UNCG nominee will receive a $1,000 award from the Provost’s Office.

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015.

Learn more at provost.uncg.edu/Gardner.

Make your nomination at http://provost.uncg.edu/Gardner/nominations.htm.


Forums for associate vice chancellor of human resources search

You are invited to participate in the selection process for the university’s associate vice chancellor of human resources.

Forums for the candidates are open to the campus community.

  • Candidate 1 – Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., EUC, Alexander Room
  • Candidate 2 – Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., EUC, Maple Room
  • Candidate 3 – Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., EUC, Maple Room

Visit avchrsearch.uncg.edu for a resume of each candidate – and to see how to submit your thoughts and assessment of each candidate.

Make nomination for Mr. or Ms. Homecoming

Photo of Jeff Colbert receiving the honor last yearThe Mr. or Ms. Homecoming Award is designated to a UNCG employee (faculty, staff or administrator) who demonstrates the following criteria:

Consistently performs above job requirements.

  • Leads by example.  Serves as mentor and helper to others.
  • Exhibits a strong sense of UNCG pride.  Can be described as a supporter of all things UNCG – e.g. support of UNCG athletics and student programs, going above and beyond the call of duty to help students, or making financial contributions.
  • A commitment to providing quality service to all UNCG constituents.

Last year’s honoree was Jeff Colbert (Political Science).

To nominate a candidate please complete the nomination form.

The recipient will be honored throughout Homecoming 2015 (October 15-17).

Nominations must be submitted by September 15.

UNCG History works on the display “Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County”

The Guilford County Register of Deeds will introduce new historical documents from the antebellum era and display them at the International Civil Rights Center & MuseumNight photo of entrance to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, through Oct. 31, 2015. The exhibit is titled “Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds of Guilford County” and chronicles the dark history of slavery and human trafficking in Greensboro and surrounding areas.

The temporary ‘Bills of Sale: Slave Deeds’ display represents the launch of a larger exhibit that will delve into the deep and rich history of local families and heritages throughout the Triad.

A Sept. 10 launch event at 6 p.m. at the center/museum is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be open during museum hours from Sept. 11 through Oct. 31.

Official partners responsible for launching the exhibit include Guilford County Register of Deeds; UNCG History Department’s Museum Studies Program; N.C. A&T State University – History Department; Guilford College – Friends Historical Collection; and Elsewhere Museum. ‘Bills of Sale’ is an official ArtsGreensboro Fabric of Freedom event. Fabric of Freedom programming, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the AJ Fletcher Foundation, and Lincoln Financial, will run throughout the National Folk Festival and 17DAYS.

Dr. Anne Parsons, assistant professor in the UNCG History department, has served on the host committee. Two UNCG History graduate students worked on research and curation – Ellen Thompson and Lance Wheeler – and one student assisted with design – Amanda Holland, all over the course of the summer.

John Swaine, CEO of the ICRCM, said, “We are honored and humbled to work with so many prominent organizations in the community and bring these documents to the light of day.”

Lots of Spartans in 17 DAYS festival

Greensboro’s 17 DAYS Arts & Culture Festival runs through September 27, 2015. It’ll feature more than 100 events across the city. And a quick glance through the line-up shows lots of UNCG connections. Triad Stage’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” features alumnus Patrick Ball in the role of Brick, most associated with Paul Newman; UNCG Faculty member Preston Lane directs the production. Alumni Laurelyn Dossett and Rhiannon Giddens are a part of “Songs for Hope and Justice,” kicking off the National Folk Festival. The Wes Anderson “WesFest” will be at Geeksboro, co-owned by alumnus Joe Scott. UNCG History faculty and students helped in creating the exhibition“Bills of Sale” at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. There are several exhibitions at the UNCG Weatherspoon. UNCG Theatre offers “Almost, Maine.” The NC Dance Festival has strong UNCG ties. And of course, there’s the big Collage concert. It should be a great 17 days for arts lovers.

By the way, the National Folk Festival – with free admission – means downtown traffic patterns will be affected Friday night through Sunday. Take a GTA bus (they’re free those days) and enjoy the national festival.

Kim Zinke, Elizabeth L’Eplattenier lead Staff Senate

Photo of Elizabeth L’Eplattenier and Kim ZinkeElizabeth L’Eplattenier and Kim Zinke are co-chairs of UNCG Staff Senate this academic year. The next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. at Alumni House. All are welcome to attend.

Kim Zinke (right, in visual) is a project manager at the Office of Assessment and Accreditation. Much of her work there has involved working on developing processes including continuous compliance with SACSCOC, UNCG’s accrediting agency. She has been at UNCG ten years, and this is her fourth year on Staff Senate, where she served two years as secretary.

Elizabeth L’Eplattenier is office manager in the School of Education’s Office of Student Services and Advising. A large part of her day is directing students by phone, through media or in person to the right person or university resource at the university. In her eight years at UNCG, she has also served in Human Resource Services and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. This is also her fourth year on Staff Senate, where she has led the Events Committee.

They each commend Maggie Capone Chrismon and Sean Farrell’s leadership last year.

Over the past several months, the Staff Senate leadership has met with Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn and Vice Chancellor Charlie Maimone on alternating months. They met with Chancellor-elect Franklin Gilliam Jr. this summer as well.

Every year, Staff Senate is growing in stature, Zinke says. They want to build relationships and collaborate more with other campus groups and departments, such as holding workshops with Human Resource Services.

“We’re looking to do things with Faculty Senate, “ L’Eplattenier says. One possibility is working together on the Sullivan Garden on the nearby Greenway between Spring Garden and Gate City Boulevard, if they’d like.

Zinke and Chrismon comprise the new senate’s Staff Relations Committee. “When a staff member comes to us (with a concern), we can direct that person to the right resources.”

L’Eplattenier wants to see Staff Senate continue to represent the staff well. She notes staff leadership has been on various essential committees and initiatives: the Strategic Planning Committee, Sustainability Council, Budget Sounding Board and the Human Resources vice chancellor search committee.

“There were three staff members on the chancellor search committee,” noted Zinke.

More information, including a schedule of meetings and a full directory of senators, may be found at staffsenate.uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris

Free weight management program for UNCG employees

HealthyU is a free 12-week weight management program for UNCG employees only, to help you discover healthy ways to reach your goals and keep off extra weight.

Participants will receive physical activity and nutrition tips, goal setting and accountability, group support, weekly weigh-ins and blood pressure measurements. Wednesdays 12:05-12:55 p.m., Elliott University Center, Dogwood Room.

To register, email Lindsey at healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or call 334-4131.

See/hear: Sept. 9, 2015

What’s better than seeing a full-blown production of the musical “Hairspray”? See UNCG Theatre students running through the script for the very first time. Just scripts, an accompanist on piano and one big table – in this highlights clips. The production is Oct. 1-8. Tickets are at performingarts.uncg.edu.

Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander coming to UNCG

Photo of Kwame Alexander holding his bookKwame Alexander is a poet and author of eighteen books, including “The Crossover,” which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. “The Crossover” is a novel in verse for young people.

He will speak at UNCG, 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in the EUC Auditorium and in Winston-Salem at the Bookmarks Festival, Saturday, Sept. 12. Both events are free and open to the public.

Other works by Alexander include “Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band” (the 2014 Michigan Reads One Book Selection), and the young adult novel “He Said, She Said” (a Junior Library Guild Selection). He is the founder of Book-in-a-Day, a student-run publishing program that has created more than 3000 student authors; and LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy project that builds libraries, trains teachers, and empowers children through literature. He visits schools and libraries, has owned several publishing companies, has written for stage and television (including TLC’s “Hip Hop Harry”), has produced jazz and book festivals, and has taught in a high school. In 2015, Kwame will serve as Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence. See details at KwameAlexander.com.

His visit and appearances at both UNCG and the Bookmarks festival in Winston-Salem are sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG with the support of the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storyteller Fund.

Questions? Contact Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu or 336-256-0112.

Campus Community Dialogue on harassment and violence Sept. 23

The UNCG Campus Community Dialogue “Expanding the dialogue beyond No vs. Yes regarding harassment and violence” will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at 7 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC.

This forum will engage the campus community in conversation about recent changes in Title IX, the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It will look at how those changes impact college campuses across the nation but, more specifically, how they impact UNCG.

It will be facilitated by UNCG Title IX Coordinator Murphie Chappell and Communications Studies Professor Dr. Spoma Jovanovic.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and visitors are invited to participate in this important dialogue.

Make nominations for highest UNCG service awards

The McIver and the Holderness/Weaver awards honor exemplary public service.

Here at UNCG, service is our passion, our mission and our motto. From service-learning and volunteer opportunities for our students to institutional support for community development, service is central to all that we do.

It is fitting, therefore, that the highest honors bestowed by UNCG are designed to recognize exemplary public service. The Charles Duncan McIver Award was established to recognize North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished service to our state or nation.  The Adelaide F. Holderness/ H. Michael Weaver Award, meanwhile, is designed to recognize North Carolinians who have served our local community, state or nation, but who may have done so without garnering national attention.

Our university is seeking nominations of inspirational individuals who deserve recognition for all they have done for our communities and our society. While the recipients of these awards are often UNCG alumni, the awards are designed to honor any remarkable North Carolinian, regardless of his or her alma mater.

Further information and nomination materials are available at http://publicserviceawards.wp.uncg.edu/charles-duncan-mciver-award/.  Please submit your completed nomination form no later than Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

The awards will be presented at the 2016 University Honors event, which will take place next spring. If you have any questions about the awards process, please contact Dr. Janis I. Zink at 336-334-5679 or jizink@uncg.edu.

Thank you for your consideration.

Susan M. Safran
Chair, UNCG Board of Trustees

Chris Keller will be director of admissions

Photo of Chris KellerChris Keller has joined the Enrollment Management division as director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment.

As director, Keller will build on the long time success of Lise Keller, who retired over the summer. Chris Keller brings more than 26 years’ experience as a director of admissions, 18 of those years at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

His start date was Sept. 8.

He received a bachelor’s degree in media communications at Medaille College, in Buffalo, New York, where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his master’s degree in communication at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Advanced Electronics Program and has been an adjunct faculty member at his local community college.

Kacy McAdoo, who is senior associate director, has served as interim director of undergraduate admissions since Lise Keller retired this summer.

Deb Hurley is university registrar

Photo of Deb HurleyDeb Hurley became the university registrar in June. Hurley had been interim registrar for the 2014-15 academic year. She began her career as an assistant in the Office of the Registrar in 1994 and moved up in the organization, serving as assistant registrar, associate registrar and senior associate registrar before taking on her current role as registrar.

Hurley has been an active member in the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers since 1999.

She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNCG.

Open Educational Resources grant winners start saving their students money

Last spring the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries announced that they are joining together to support faculty interested in providing their students with a less expensive yet educationally rewarding alternative to expensive commercial textbooks.  Ten $1,000 stipends were granted to faculty as an incentive to encourage the faculty to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

The winners of the grants are:

  • Robert Anemone , Professor and Department Head, Anthropology
  • Heather Helms, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Channelle D. James, Lecturer, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Liz McNamara, Lecturer, Political Science
  • Carrie A. Wachter Morris, Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Development
  • Nancy Myers and Brenta Blevins, College Writing Program Director and Asst. Director, English
  • Terence A Nile, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Elizabeth Perrill, Associate Professor, Art
  • Jennifer Reich, Associate Director/Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences Advising/Art
  • Kelly L Wester, Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Development.

The faculty used their time this summer to research and create resources that their students could use in class without having to purchase an expensive textbook. Grant recipient Jennifer Reich says, “The resources I found are much better than the textbooks and the students can do more with them.”

At the end of the fall semester the University Libraries and the grant winners will assess the effectiveness of this initiative in their classes.

Full story at UNCG Libraries blog.

Food for Thought at UNCG’s honors college

Photo of entrance to North Spenser Residence HallEvery second and fourth Wednesday at noon during the spring and fall semesters members of the UNCG community gather for lunch and conversation at the Lloyd International Honors College’s Food for Thought series. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join in lively discussion about varied topics in the North Spencer Residence Hall parlor.

Upcoming Food for Thought presenters for Fall 2015:

Today (Sept. 9): Arielle Kuperberg, Sociology, “Hooking Up and Dating while in College: Media Myths vs. Rigorous Research”

Sept. 23: Mark Schumacher, Jackson Library, “Athletics at UNCG”

Oct. 14: Steve Kroll-Smith, Sociology, title to be announced

Oct. 28: Benjamin Davis, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, title to be announced

Nov. 11: Charles Egeland, Anthropology, title to be announced

Kids’ Night Out means your night out

Here’s a great opportunity exclusively for UNCG faculty and staff.

Kids’ Night Out offers children a chance to come together and enjoy the fun activities the Student Rec Center has to offer including rock climbing, relay courses, arts and crafts, and more.

These will be offered Sept 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21, 5:45 pm, Student Recreation Center

It is for ages 5-12. Cost: Regular Registration $25, Early Bird Registration $20 (Additional siblings are $10.)

The program will be staffed by trained UNCG Campus Recreation student employees, with a ratio of one staff member to four children

Register online: campusrec.uncg.edu/kno

All proceeds will support the UNCG Campus Recreation Student Development Scholarship Fund.

Changes to reservations process

Beginning Sept. 8, the University Reservations Office in the Elliott University Center will manage reservations in academic buildings for non-course-related needs (such as seminars, break-out rooms, orientations, meetings, etc.). The Registrar’s Office will continue to manage space reservations for academic courses (CRNs, interlink courses, and Middle College).

What you can reserve:

  • Space inside the Elliott University Center
  • Classroom spaces for academic events (not courses), campus events, and student events
  • Outdoor spaces such as Foust Park, the library lawn, and more
  • Promotional spaces in the Elliott University Center (banner spaces and display cases)

How to make a reservation:

  • Create an account in the VEMS system (reservations.uncg.edu).
  • Wait for an email saying your account is active.
  • Use the VEMS system to reserve your space.
  • Visit EUC 221 to complete a reservations form.


How do student groups make a reservation?
Registered student organizations can create a VEMS Account, just like faculty and staff. They should visit reservations.uncg.edu for directions.

Who do I call about reservations related to an academic course?
For course scheduling (classrooms for CRNs, Interlink courses, and Middle College courses), you will continue to work with the Registrar’s Office.

Who can I call with questions?
Contact the University Reservations Office at 336-334-5378 or reserve@uncg.edu.

One Million Good Nights drive

“What makes a good night? For most children, bedtime is a time of comfort, love and security. A time when children crave intimacy with their moms and dads, a few minutes of bonding and sharing in a safe, secure environment. But for the millions of children in need here in America, a good night is a luxury they do not often experience.” The goal of the One Million Good Nights Campaign is to provide one million children with a set of pajamas and a book.

This is sponsored by the UNCG Staff Senate Service Committee; this is the second year they’ve done it  “Last year, we collected enough books and pajamas to give over 50 kids both pajamas and a book,” says Katie Giese, the drive’s point person in Staff Senate. UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians distributes the pajamas and books.

To participate, drop off a pair of new pajamas (all ages and sizes needed) and/ or a book to one of the boxes located around campus through Sept. 28. For questions or more information, contact Katie Geise at kngeise@uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: Sept. 9, 2015

Reception for chancellor
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. (remarks 1:30 p.m.), Moran Commons

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Board of Trustees meeting
Friday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m, Alumni House

Collage concert
Saturday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Talk/reading, Newbery winner Kwame Alexander
Monday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

EUC Blood Drive
Tuesday, Sept. 15, all day, Cone Ballroom, EUC

Women’s soccer vs. defending NCAA champion Florida St.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

Diverse Language Communities fellowships deadline Nov. 6

The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) provides competitive fellowships to support those engaged in research, grant writing and project implementation activities that fulfill the CDLC mission (http://cdlc.uncg.edu/). Individuals and groups including at least one UNCG tenured, tenure track, or clinical faculty may apply. Research groups are also encouraged to include graduate students.

The application deadline is Nov. 6, 2015. Check the website for guidelines – http://cdlc.uncg.edu/.

EUC Blood Drive

The Elliott University Center will host its first Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2015-2016 academic year on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 300-pint goal. For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification.  And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive/. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Spartan Trader Open House Sept. 15

The Spartan Trader will host a ‘Faculty and Staff’ Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 from 11 a..m-1 p.m. Faculty and Staff can see the “new Spartan Trader” with blouses, dresses, presentation outfits, shoes, winter coats, menswear, t-shirts and much more at low resale prices. The store is actively taking donations with free 30-minute parking to drop off the items. Donation receipts are available for tax purposes on request.

Steve Cramer

Photo of Steve CramerUNCG Business Librarian Steve Cramer has won the PrivCo Prize for Excellence in Business Librarianship. The PrivCo Prize is awarded to the librarian deemed best to embody the core values of the profession, and the winner is selected by an independent committee of leading business librarians committed to the adoption of best practices in the community. For more information, see http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2015/09/business-librarian-steve-cramer-wins.html

Dr. Stephen Moore

Photo of Dr. Stephen MooreDr. Stephen Moore (Office of Research and Economic Development) received a continuation of funding from The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for “Degrees Matter.” The grant will provide coordination for volunteers who will assist the Degrees Matter program with coaching adults who wish to return to post-secondary education to complete a degree or certificate program.

Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou

Photo of Dr. Zhanxiang ZhouDr. Zhanxiang Zhou (Translational Biomedical Research) received a competitive renewal from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Lipotoxicity in Alcoholic Liver Disease.”

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Photo of Dr. Julie EdmundsDr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received a continuation of funding of $426,000 from the US Department of Education (DOED) for the project “The Impact of North Carolina’s Early College High School Model on Postsecondary Performance and Completion.”

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from Ohio State University for the project “Anticancer agents from Diverse Natural products sources.” Filamentous fungi will be screened for anticancer activity, the abstract says. Promising extracts will be grown on a larger scale. Hits will be pursued via bioactivity directed fractionation until pure compounds are isolated/characterized.

Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell

Photo of Dr. Matina Kalcounis-RuppellDr. Matina Kalcounis-Ruppell (Biology) received new funding from the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station for the project “Rodent Population and Community Responses to Coarse Woody Debris Manipulations.”

Full stage, full house forecast for Collage concert

Photo of program from a past Collage ConcertThe big start to the year will be Saturday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Big is the word. Over 300 students from the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance will perform, along with many of the school’s world-class faculty members, making this the most spectacular event of the year.

Collage is captivating and distinctive, featuring a range of performers presenting one riveting work after another without pause. Special lighting enhances the experience and directs the audience’s attention to performances in multiple locations around the auditorium. It’s a non-stop evening of virtuosic performances.

Collage has been completely sold out for five consecutive years. A sell-out is expected again. Tickets went on sale on July 1, and hundreds have already been sold.  Mark your calendar and plan to purchase your tickets in advance.

All proceeds benefit student scholarships in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Ticket information is at performingarts.uncg.edu/collage.

Greensboro and UNCG: a shared fate

Photo of Chancellor-elect Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. speaking at Greensboro’s Koury Convention CenterJust 13 days after moving to the Piedmont Triad from the Los Angeles area, Chancellor-elect Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. addressed an audience of more than 800 business leaders at Greensboro’s Koury Convention Center for the annual “State of the Community” luncheon.

“We share a common fate so together we must collaborate,” Gilliam said Aug. 26, emphasizing the importance of the local community and UNCG working together.

“One thing I’ve noticed about Greensboro is that people actively care about each other,” Gilliam stressed. “That’s good for people, good for the community and good for UNCG.”

Throughout his 10-minute speech he highlighted the importance of culture in defining UNCG and, in closing, left the audience with two numbers: $1 billion and 1,000,000 hours, referring to UNCG’s economic impact on the Piedmont Triad and to the number of hours each year that UNCG students contribute to community service.

Dr. Gilliam officially assumes responsibilities at UNCG on the eighth of September.

Photography by Martin Kane