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Archives for September 2015

Show your school colors this Friday

Photo of students handing out Blue and Gold T-ShirtsActing Chancellor Dana Dunn and Chancellor-elect Franklin Gilliam Jr. encourage everyone to show their school colors each Friday:

Now that classes are in session, it’s time to observe our first Blue and Gold Friday of the 2015-16 school year! Please join us and show off your Spartan spirit by wearing blue and gold on September 4, which is College Colors Day. More than 100 colleges and universities nationwide will encourage their fans to show their pride by wearing school colors.

Remember, Blue and Gold Fridays continue throughout the year! Take a photo of yourself wearing our school colors and you could be our featured Blue and Gold Fan of the Week on uncgspartans.com. Post or tweet your photo with #letsgoG or e-mail directly to bluegold@uncg.edu.

Go Spartans!

Nights of a thousand stars (and some planets) at UNCG

Photo of telescope at the Horne ObservatoryCome see constellations of natural beauty.

The UNCG Physics and Astronomy Department has announced its upcoming Planetarium and Three College Observatory (TCO) show schedule for the Fall 2015 semester. Admission is free for all showings – but register soon, as they are always popular

UNCG Planetarium Public Shows
Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

TCO Public Nights
Oct. 16, 7:45 p..m
Nov. 20, 7 p.m…
Dec. 12, 7 pm

Planetarium shows are held at UNCG in the Petty Science Building. Seating is limited so reservations are required. The planetarium is in 310 Petty Science. Parking is available in the McIver Street Parking Deck. The planetarium features a Spitz Projector in a 20-foot dome. The show will feature the sky constellations as well as the motions of the moon, sun and planets. You may reserve up to five tickets on the web at physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/upcoming-events/.

TCO shows are held at the Observatory located near Snow Camp, NC, approximately eight miles south of Burlington. Here, one may view the skies through one of the largest telescopes in the southeastern United States. Public viewing nights begin shortly after sunset and continue for approximately 60 – 90 minutes. Observation sessions include sighting star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, double stars, planets and the moon. Visit physics.uncg.edu/tco/ for more detail and to reserve tickets.

Mental Health Month: Talk by Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge and grateful survivor

Their viral photograph on the bridge has become an iconic image of our generation. One man, despondent, threatens to jump off the bridge. The other talks to him calmly, imploring him to live.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, a decade after their paths fatefully crossed, the two men will take the stage together at 7 p.m. in UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium. Sergeant Kevin Briggs, a retired member of the California State Highway Patrol, is known internationally as The Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge, in recognition of the hundreds of lives he saved during his tenure. Kevin Berthia, who will forever be associated with the image of a hopeless young man on a ledge of the Golden Gate Bridge, will share the stage with the man who talked him off that ledge, and share the story of what brought him to that moment – and what has happened since that March day in 2005.

Part of UNCG’s fourth annual Mental Health Month efforts, “The Bridge Between Life and Suicide” is a community-wide endeavor aimed at furthering the conversation about the reality of suicide, and energizing prevention efforts. UNCG Student Health Services, along with the Dean of Students Office, UNCG Police, and the Department of Counseling and Educational Development, has partnered with community groups, including Cone Health Foundation, Weaver Foundation, Sandhills Center, and the Mental Health Association in Greensboro to bring both men to the Triad. Free continuing education credit will be available and provided through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).  The event is free and open to the public.

A full schedule of Mental Health Month events at UNCG includes:

Yoga on the EUC Lawn (Kaplan Commons)
Tuesday, Sept. 8; Wed., Sept. 16; Monday, Sept. 21 – 5-6 p.m.
No experience necessary. Bring a towel or yoga mat & water bottle

Pinwheels for Prevention
September 8-14
A colorful array of pinwheels will be displayed on the EUC Lawn (Kaplan Commons) to symbolize the 1,100 college students lost to suicide each year. This will coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10), and draw attention to the need for awareness and a proactive response to the threat of suicide.

Raise Your Voice
Thursday, September 9 at 7 pm
EUC Starbucks
Open mic night! Join us for an evening of spoken word as we share our stories and talents. For more information or to sign up to perform, email sefrey@uncg.edu

Check Up from the Neck Up – Mental Health Screening Day
Thursday, Sept. 10, noon-2 p.m.
Counseling Center (Student Health Services) & the Office of Multicultural Affairs (EUC)

The Bridge: Between Life and Suicide
Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm
Aycock Auditorium
Two men named Kevin met on a bridge. The photo of this powerful encounter went viral. Hear their stories.

Careers in Mental Health
Wednesday, September 16 from noon-1 p.m.
Faculty Center (College Ave.)
Jonathan Adams from the Career Services Center will provide an overview of different carrer options and pathways in the mental health field.

Unity Tailgating
Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m.
UNCG Soccer Stadium
Celebrate National Recovery Month and cheer on the women’s soccer team as they battle Florida State University. Free food, swag, and fireworks!

From Restraints to Recognition: Thriving with Mental Illness
An evening with author Melody Moezzi
Tuesday, September 22, at 6 p.m.
EUC Auditorium
Author, attorney and UN Global expert Melody Moezzi, who has bipolar disorder, speaks out on behalf of those stigmatized by mental illness.

UNCG Food Recovery Network

Photo of Food Recovery Network studentsThe Food Recovery Network chapter at UNCG is kicking off its 2015-16 school year.  Food Recovery Network is a national nonprofit that works to connect students to fight food waste and hunger on and off campus by recovering the surplus food from dining services, and donating it to non-profit agencies in the community.

The UNCG FRN chapter was founded during the Spring 2015 semester and has recovered 756 pounds of food from UNCG Dining Services since then.

In collaboration with student and non-student organizations on campus, the group aims to support and promote already existing organizations that are doing similar work in the community. They also hope to create an inclusive community at UNCG that focuses on food insecurity and nutrition, food waste and sustainability, and fighting hunger.

This semester, the food will be recovered every Monday and Thursday between 3:30 to 6 p.m. and then donated to The Salvation Army and Greensboro Urban Ministry as well as the Boys and Girls Club. For more info on the FRN at UNCG, like their Facebook Page or send an email to the chapter president.

By Elisven Saavedra, UNCG FRN chapter president, for UNCG Sustainability eNewsletter

Help identify external funding

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity. Explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center.

SPIN is a new addition: there’ll be two “SPIN only” workshops in September. The October workshops will provide training on all funding search tools at UNCG.

Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest.

“Show me the Money! A Guide To and Through Grant-Seeking Databases
SPIN only:
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
noon-1 p.m.
Bryan 211

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
11 am-noon
Curry 304

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Noon-2 p.m.
Curry 304

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
4-6 pm
Curry 304

The sessions are presented by University Libraries and Office of Sponsored Programs.

To register, visit https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77001240

Those with questions may contact Gerald Holmes gvholmes@uncg.edu 336-256-0273 or Aubrey Turner aubrey.turner@uncg.edu 336-334-4920.

Anne Wallace is chair of UNCG Faculty Senate

Photo of Anne WallaceThe UNCG Faculty Senate meets today (Sept. 2). Dr. Anne Wallace will welcome all the senators to this first meeting of the academic year.

She is the first to serve under the revised rules providing for two-year terms for each chair.

“Our meetings are open,” she notes. “All members of the campus community are invited. I hope others – not just senators – will weigh in on the important things we discuss throughout the year.”

The senate will begin the year with a traditional seating arrangement, she explains. “Physical stability can free things up so people can speak their minds,” she said. “I want everyone to speak to each other from every quadrant. We only get somewhere if we engage with each other directly and civilly, to come to a more thorough understanding of each other and the issues.”

Communication and openness are goals – “to build and rebuild bridges of communication.”

Trust is important, she says, “to have assurance in each other, so our values and plans are in accord with each other.”

She also speaks more broadly about the necessity for public education.

“We’ll rue the day if as a citizenry we give up on supporting public education. I still think of the ideal of an ‘informed citizenry.’”

A Kansas native, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at University of Kansas and her doctorate at University of Texas-Austin. “I’ve been trained and I’ve always taught at public universities.”

She was at Southern Mississippi 15 years before joining UNCG in 2005.

Her specialty is 19th century British literature and culture – Wordsworth, John Clare, Mary Shelley, the Brontes, Elizabeth Gaskell and Dickens. She is teaching an undergraduate Romantics course this semester and is struck that students already have their favorites. “One has declared for Keats. One’s declared for Byron.”

“Our students are hard-working folks,” she says of the joy of teaching at UNCG. “I’m always glad to get to know them.”

Freedom of thought … broadening of opportunity … opening our thoughts and our expression – in a 45 minute interview, these were some themes.

“Part of the reason I’ve been more and more involved in university and faculty governance is I don’t want to let go of that ideal – helping our institution promote the ideal of public education. I’m a little idealistic.”

She was co-chair along with Vicki McCready of a task force on non-tenure faculty. Two years ago, Faculty Senate gained its first members that are non-tenure track faculty. The senate has a new ad hoc committee related to non-tenure track faculty.

​Her interest in t​he needs and perspectives of UNCG’s many non-tenure track faculty members reflects her belief that the fortunes of all faculty are linked. “We are one faculty – the well-being of any group affects us all.”

She served on the 2015 Chancellor Search Committee. She was very pleased in the Board of Governors’ selection – her committee had forwarded three candidates. She refers to Chancellor-elect Gilliam as a “game-changer.”

Other Faculty Senate officers this year include Steve Yarbrough, parliamentarian; Jim Carmichael, secretary; and Spoma Jovanovic, past chair.

See preview of Fall 2015 Faculty Senate meetings.
See highlights of today’s 3 p.m. meeting agenda.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Sept. 2, 2015

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Poetry reading, Ansel Elkins
Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., Maple Room, EUC

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

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.

“Monday Play!” for faculty and staff

Looking for a great way to start your week? Come join fellow faculty and staff for some improvisation and play every Monday at 12:14 p.m. (and 42 seconds) in the Faculty Center.

No registration is needed – just stop in.

Co-led by improv/play aficionados Sarah Dreier-Kasik and Omar H. Ali, Monday Play! is a great way to kick-start your week with some free play and games.

Play is fundamental to our ability to continue growing and developing – and it’s fun. Drop in for some play any or every week and experience the power of play. As the session leaders say, “All power to the players!”

Free ways for faculty/staff to stay healthy

Photo of faculty/staff member waving in the poolHow does Yoga, Pilates and meditation sound? Or how about cycling sessions, water aerobics or pick-up basketball?

UNCG’s Active U and Mindful U, exclusively for UNCG staff and faculty, will return the week of Sept 8.

Additionally, all faculty and staff can enjoy Aqua Aerobics every Monday and Wednesday. The sessions are 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Rosenthal Pool in the Coleman Building (former HHP Building).

HealthyUNCG, in partnership with Campus Recreation, presents UNCG employees these group fitness opportunities.

Mindful U will begin September 8 at its new time, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m., at the Rec Center.

Active U will begin September 11 at the regular time of noon – 1 p.m at the Rec Center.

Active/Mindful U is focused on group fitness. Classes vary week by week; the first Mindful U session is Yagalates. The first Active U session is High-intensity interval training (HIIT).

You do not need to be a member of the Rec Center to enjoy these offerings. You do not need to reserve your spot for Aqua Aerobics or for Wednesday Noon Ball, a popular time for casual pick-up basketball games through Active U. Noon Ball and Aqua Aerobics are free-admission for employees with SpartanCard I.D.

To reserve your spot for Active U or Mindful U – or to learn more – email iFitness@uncg.edu.

Complete details including session schedules and offerings are at http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/programs/activeumindfulu/

UNCG employee workshops for ‘culture of care’

In an effort to create a culture of care, the Dean of Students Office invites and encourages you to attend workshops specifically designed for faculty and staff. Visit http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/uncg-cares/ to register to attend. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

UNCG Still Cares
Friday, Sept. 11, 2015
2-4 p.m.
EUC Joyner Room

“UNCG Cares” about students! During this 2-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders
Friday, October 23, 2015
2-3:30 p.m.
EUC Sharp Room

This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns.

Ashby Dialogues: Europe and other Fortresses in a Borderless World

Daily reports in the media stress the urgency of the issue of global migrations that pose pressing political, economic, and moral and ethical challenges. In a series of monthly meetings and events over the course of the academic year, UNCG faculty and students will study this issue from a variety of disciplinary perspectives in order to analyze current refugee crises that occur around the globe in relation to concrete historical and political situations. Events will include guest speakers from other institutions and a film screening. Participating students are invited to write a policy paper or research project in consultation with participating faculty.

The first meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in Moore HRA 1607.

For more information, contact Dr. Susanne Rinner or Dr. Brooke Kreitinger.

For more information on Ashby Dialogues visit http://aas.uncg.edu/ashby/

Forum on Duane Cyrus’ research abroad

Join Duane Cyrus (Dance) as he presents a forum on his recent research trips. The forum will cover a range of topics from social media to artists in academia to the aging dancer. The Research Forum will take place on September 3 at 12:30 p.m. in Coleman Building, 225D.

UNCG’s “Your First Year” can help you reach freshmen

Do you have an event, program or service you would like to promote to first year students? Having almost 2,000 followers, the UNCG Your First Year accounts can be a great way to do that.

Email yfy@uncg.edu the details of your event (date, time, location, etc.), pictures or videos, and hashtags you would like to be posted on Your First Year’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Posts must be emailed a week in advance to be published.

You may view their social media accounts:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNCGYourFirstYear
Twitter: @UNCGYFY
Instagram @UNCGyourfirstyear

Email yfy@uncg.edu with any questions or concerns.

Dr. Susanne Rinner

Photo of Dr. Susanne RinnerDr. Susanne Rinner (Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received new funding from the German Embassy for the project “Campus Weeks 2015: 25 Years German Unity.” For the last three years, UNCG’s German Program has partnered successfully with German Weeks. Our participation led to several recognitions on campus and beyond. This fall’s German Weeks will focus on the 25th anniversary of German unification. Participating in the 2015 German Weeks will allow the German program to complement its curricular offerings with a symposium, a film event, and the appropriate public outreach.

Dr. Claudia Pagliaro

Photo of Dr. Claudia PagliaroDr. Claudia Pagliaro, a professor in Professions in Deafness (Specialized Education Services), recently presented her research to the 22nd International Congress on Education of the Deaf (ICED) in Athens, Greece. ICED is “the most prominent and influential body of inquiry in the field of education of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.”

Dr. David F. Ayers

Photo of Dr. David F. AyersDr. David F. Ayers (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) has been named associate editor of Community College Review. The journal has led the nation for 40 years in the publication of scholarly, peer-reviewed research and commentary on community colleges. CCR publishes articles on all aspects of community college administration, education, and policy. Additional info on the journal is at http://crw.sagepub.com.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff

Photo of Dr. Bruce KirchoffDr. Bruce Kirchoff (Biology) has been appointed an editor and member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of the Plant Sciences. IJPS is one of the top botanical journals, with a publishing history that dates back to 1875. IJPS is published by the University of Chicago Press.

Michael Crumpton

Photo of Michael CrumptonAssistant Dean of University Libraries Michael Crumpton has recently authored Strategic Human Resource Planning for Academic Libraries: Information, Technology and Organizations, published by Chandos Publishing.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from Northeastern University for the project “Endocannabinoid Active Sites and Therapeutic Targets.”


First Year Instruction Librarian Jenny Dale and Associate Dean Kathy Crowe led a webinar hosted by ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries) on Aug 26. In the webinar, they described their work supporting the development and implementation of High Impact Educational Practices on the UNCG campus. This interactive webcast provided a review of research on how high impact practices foster student success nationally. Then, using learning communities (LCs) as a case study, it provided information on how LCs contribute to student retention and success, and recommended strategies for partnering with other campus units to promote high impact practices and then use the results to demonstrate the value and impact of the library on its campus.