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Archives for November 2015

Looking ahead: Nov. 11, 2015

Women’s Basketball vs. Pfeiffer
Friday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Fleming Gym

25th Anniversary of NC Dance Festival
Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Dance Theater

Classics Day
Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m., Stone Building Lawn

Men’s Basketball vs. Greensboro College
Saturday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m., Fleming Gym

EUC Blood Drive
Wednesday, Nov. 18, all day, EUC Cone Ballroom

Film, artist Richard Artschwager: “Shut Up and Look”
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Phi Beta Kappa General Membership Meeting

A Phi Beta Kappa General Membership Meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Center. All members and recent inductees are invited to attend.

In addition to taking care of regular business such as electing new Executive Committee members, they will have a discussion of the role the UNCG chapter can play in fostering the liberal arts and sciences at UNCG, in the UNC system, and in higher education more broadly.

Any questions, call Karen Andersen, 334-4250.

UNCG SOE Research Symposium

This year’s research symposium will be held on Friday, Nov. 13. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bryan 160. The keynote speaker is Dr. Darla Deardorff from Duke University.  Background information on Dr. Deardorff can be found at http://sites.duke.edu/darladeardorff/

Other speakers will include representatives from UNCG International Offices and Committees, Nell Pynes and Omar Ali, and representatives from SOE International Committees and Groups, Ye (Jane) He, Amy Vetter, and Melody Zoch. The event will wrap up with a panel for the Q&A session.

Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided.

Blood drive Nov. 18

The Elliott University Center will host its second Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2015-16 academic year on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 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.

Talk: ‘Resisting Unjust Immigration Restrictions’

The UNCG Philosophy Department’s “Philosophy, Law and Society Speaker Series” continues with Javier Hidalgo, Richmond University, on “Resisting Unjust Immigration Restrictions.”

The talk will be Thursday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 224. Everyone is welcome.

Nancy Fogarty

Photo of Nancy FogartyRetired Reference Librarian Nancy Fogarty (UNCG Libraries) was awarded the Lifetime Membership Award at the recent Biennial Conference of the North Carolina Library Association in Greensboro. The award is presented to a professional librarian who is no longer actively engaged in library work and whose contributions to the state and to the profession were especially notable.

Gerald Holmes

Photo of Gerald HolmesGerald Holmes (UNCG Libraries) received the Distinguished Library Service Award at the recent Biennial Conference of the North Carolina Library Association. The award marks distinguished professional library services to North Carolina, significant service or other professional contributions provided during either a short or long span of time, and service resulting in a regional or national impact on librarianship in general.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Dr. Holly SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (ORED – Center for New North Carolinians) received funding from the North Carolina Council for Women in the NC Department of Administration for the project “Addressing Family Violence in Multi-ethnic Refugee Communities.” Domestic violence is a growing concern in Guilford County among relocated immigrant and refugee populations, the abstract states. The CNNC will utilize three-pronged approach to address domestic violence with refugees in Guilford County that includes: 1) continued collaboration between domestic violence and refugee service providers; 2) awareness and education pertaining to the various manifestations of family violence in relocated refugee populations; and 3) increased capacity and infrastructure to better meet the needs of refugee victims of family violence.

UNCG to honor veterans Nov. 11

Aerial photo of a past Veterans Day ceremonyRanked by a number of publications as one of the best colleges for veterans in the United States, UNCG has a reputation for providing a supportive environment for those who have served in our nation’s military.

“North Carolina has a very high percentage of veterans. A lot of people have connection to the military through family or personal service,” said Chris Gregory, UNCG’s Veterans Resources Center coordinator.

He added that those personal ties make it “more compelling” for UNCG’s faculty and staff to help veterans.

Last Veterans Day, UNCG opened its Veterans Resource Center, essential to the university’s mission to serve veterans by helping them better connect with each other and the university and learn about available resources. The Veterans Resource Center also offers special training for faculty and staff to help them learn to better support veteran students.

Each year, UNCG honors its veteran students and all who have served in the United States military with a Veterans Day celebration.

The Field of Honor will be set up on Kaplan Commons in front of the Elliott University Center Monday, Nov. 9, and it will stay up until the afternoon of Nov. 13. There will be 1,636 flags to represent each North Carolinian who fell during the Vietnam War.

Those same individuals will be recognized on Veterans Day – Wed., Nov. 11 – when students, faculty and staff will take turns reading each of the 1,636 names beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing until approximately 1:30 p.m., followed by a Veterans Day ceremony.

Brig. General Ted Crichton and U.S. Congressman Mark Walker will speak during the ceremony, recognizing those who have served and who are serving in the United States military. Chrichton served 36 years in the United States Air Force before retiring in 1980, and is a big supporter of UNCG’s Veterans Resource Center. Walker represents North Carolina’s sixth district in the United States House of Representatives.

Follow #uncgvets on Twitter and Instagram for posts from UNCG’s Veterans Day program. Use that hashtag to post your own photos from campus events or to share appreciation for U.S. veterans.

By Jeanie Groh

Revised date: Flags will appear on Kaplan Commons Monday, Nov. 9.

JSNN receives $1.8 million from NSF

Photo of inside a lab at the Gateway University Research ParkThe Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), an academic collaboration between UNCG and NC A&T, is one of just 16 programs across the nation to receive funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to drive innovation in nanoscale science, engineering and technology.

JSNN has teamed up with Georgia Tech to create the Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC), a partnership that will receive $8 million over five years. JSNN will receive $1.8 million, allowing companies and organizations to use JSNN facilities, tools and resources to test and develop technology through the fabrication of nanostructures.

NSF will provide a total of $81 million in funding over the next five years to support the 16 sites and a coordinating office as part of a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI).

“Collaboration and shared infrastructure are integral to JSNN’s operating model,” said Dr. James Ryan, founding dean of the JSNN. “The NNCI will help JSNN to expand our partnerships and leverage our state-of-the-art capabilities for research and economic development.”

Full story at UNCG Now.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo provided by Gateway University Research Park

Score faculty/staff discount for basketball tickets

Action photo of cheerleaders during a past men's basketball gameBasketball season is almost here.

Faculty/staff season tickets are $99 each – that is a $30 savings. The discount is available to any employee or retiree of UNCG. Additionally, the tickets can be used for immediate family members (spouse or children).

These are great tickets, located in the coliseum’s Lower Level.

With your purchase, you receive a parking pass to the games.

Also, you will have the option to receive a complimentary ticket to the UNCG vs. Wake Forest game in Winston-Salem.

The season starts next week, on Nov. 14.

Have questions or want additional information? Call the UNCG Athletic Ticket Office at 334-3250 or email alrich@uncg.edu.

Open Enrollment through Nov. 18

Open Enrollment runs through Nov. 18, 2015. To help you enroll – and receive your wellness premium credits – see the Step-by-Step Annual Enrollment instructions and review an overview at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/whatsnew/2016OpenEnrollnmentMemoGA.docx.

This year, both the State Health Plan and NCFlex open enrollments are simultaneously being held during this single period. Consider signing up for an information session for comprehensive guidance at http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77002227.

More information is at https://web.uncg.edu/hrs/benefits/2016_open_enrollment/.

Men’s Soccer takes SoCon regular season championship

Group photo of men's soccer players and their coachesThey’re the champs.

The UNCG men’s soccer team wrapped up the 2015 regular season as SoCon champions after posting a 1-1 double overtime tie at East Tennessee State Saturday night. The tie secured the regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming SoCon Tournament.

“Real proud of our guys tonight,” head coach Justin Maullin said. “We have spoken all year long about not letting each other down and our senior leadership wouldn’t let us come up short tonight. It is a testament to our team’s character and tenacity coming back from a 1-0 deficit on the road to come away with a tie and win the league title.”

UNCG claimed the regular season title by finishing the year with a 6-1-3 league record, good for 21 points, one in front of Furman which finished the year 6-2-2. The Spartans closed out the regular season unbeaten in a league-best eight straight games, finishing 5-0-3 down the stretch to win the title. The victory ensures the Spartans the top seed in the SoCon Tournament. UNCG will get a bye into the semifinals.

By Matt McCollester
See full story at UNCG Athletics.

Human Resources’ November 2015 Professional Development

UNCG’s Human Resources offers several workshops on how to healthily manage the holidays and manage after the holidays, both emotionally and financially.

“Managing Holiday Stress” focuses on helping you manage and balance your time with family and other stressors such as eating healthy over the holidays and budgeting appropriately for your needs over the holiday. This workshop is offered on Wednesday, November 4, from noon-1 p.m. in Bryan 113. Register for this workshop here.

“After the Holidays: Managing that Debt” will work with you on budgeting to pay off your current debt and prevent future holiday debt with both a good yearlong system and alternate ideas for gifts. This workshop is offered on Wednesday, November 11, from noon-1 p.m. in Bryan 113.  Register for this workshop here.

“10 Strategies for Improving Your Finances” discusses further on how to improve your overall financial situation over the short-term and long-term.  There are 10 tips included in this workshop which will help you now and throughout the year for your financial health.  This workshop is offered on Wednesday, November 18th from 12pm-1pm in Bryan 113.  Register for this workshop here.

“Healthy Lifestyle: Changing the Way You Think About Diet and Exercise” will provide safe and effective strategies with manageable changes for an overall healthy lifestyle improvement. There are tips for incorporating exercise into your daily routines as well as tips for choosing the best dietary options for you both during the holiday season and year-round. This workshop is offered on Wednesday, December 9th from 12pm-1pm in Bryan 113. Register for this workshop here.

Other Employee Development Opportunities this month:

Human Resources’ Deb Carley presents a workshop on “Behavioral Interviewing.” The workshop will explore the best techniques for the interview process in order to hire the best person for the job.  Several areas that will be covered include: how to evaluate past behavior to indicate future performance, the best way to use open-ended questions without theoretical (“What if”) questions, and how to frame the questions so there are no legal ramifications.  This workshop is offered on Tuesday, November 10, from 9 -11 a.m. in Bryan 113. Register for this workshop here.

Carley will also present a workshop, “Time Management”, on prioritizing your needs and your departmental needs while helping you identify time wasters.  This workshop will offer tips on using a “Priority Matrix” as well as the use of a 5-step method to assist with time management.  This workshop is offered on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 9-11 a.m. in Bryan 113.  Register for this workshop here.

Dr. Nell Pynes, associate provost, International Programs Center, offers a workshop, “Intercultural Sensitivity: Looking Through Other Eyes,” to help increase awareness of both our own cultural background and our fellow employees. This workshop is designed to further your understanding of how you relate to your co-workers, the university, and globally. There is a small fee for the assessment required prior to the workshop. This assessment helps to identify your current global understanding. This workshop is offered on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 2-5 p.m. in Foust 206.  Register for this workshop here. The registration closes on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Kattya Castellon provides three more workshops on “Conversational Spanish” on Fridays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 to be taken in conjunction with Part I which was held on October 23. Limited seating is available.

Dr. Chris Poulos, professor and head of the Department of Communications Studies, will help participants understand how active listening builds relationships and maintain rapport with each other.  He will provide tips and practice on “Building Customer Service Relationships” through dialogue skills. This new workshop is offered on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 9-11 a.m. in Bryan 113.  This workshop has limited seating left; please register here.

Questions? Contact Benita Peace, deputy director of HR/professional development, or Sarah Dreier-Kasik, professional development coordinator, at 4-5009.

SECC: $117,000 with almost 2 weeks left

SECC chair Ray Carney provides an update:

We are in the final two weeks of the campaign and have passed the halfway mark toward our goal of $200,000. We would like to thank all who have made a gift to the 2015 campaign and to those who have not yet made a decision, we ask you to please consider donating to the SECC. To date, the 2015 State Employees Combined Campaign at UNCG has 490 donors who have contributed $117,003 which is about 20% participation for the campus. The campaign ends at UNCG on November 13, but your contributions will continue to be accepted after that date.

Our community benefits so much from our contributions and through your gift, you are really helping those that need our support. There are many worthy charities that are part of our campaign and ask you to consider a gift to the SECC. Even a small amount of $5 or $10 means so much towards reaching our goal and providing assistance to these wonderful organizations.

See details and the list of charitable organizations at https://secc.wp.uncg.edu.

Make donations for Angel Tree

The Staff Senate Service Committee invites you to help make the holidays a little brighter for two UNCG students and three UNCG staff members and their families who have been selected to be recipients of the UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree.

Check out the Wish List at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/angel-tree for a list of need items. If you can help by purchasing an item on the list, send an email to Lynn Wyrick (plwyrick@uncg.edu) letting her know you plan to donate that item(s), so the Wish List can be updated. Letting her know is important. Sometimes the organizers only need one of a specific item so once someone has committed to supplying it, the list is updated. In addition, it helps her know what to recommend when someone asks what is still needed.

Donations will be accepted through Dec. 2.

Donations may be dropped off at 135 McIver Building (Lynn Wyrick) or 1704 MHRA (Debbie Freund). Got no time to shop for specific items? There is always a need for:

  • Gift cards for Target, Walmart, grocery stores, drug stores, etc.
  • Visa or MasterCard gift cards to pay utility bills or purchase gas
  • Grocery store gift cards are especially useful as some families use their resources to pay their basic bills with very little left to purchase food.

The list is updated often, so remember to check the Staff Senate website for the most current list of needed items at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/angel-tree


Lynn Wyrick, Angel Tree Coordinator – plwyrick@uncg.edu / 334-5425
Debbie Freund, Service Committee Chair, Staff Senate –  freundd@uncg.edu / 256-0426

2015 Women Veterans Annual Luncheon

The 18th Annual Women Veterans Luncheon will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 11:30-2 p.m. at the Elliott University Center. This year’s program features an exhibit of uniforms and other selected items from the collection as well as a dramatic performance newly created and performed by students in UNCG’s theatre program.

The luncheon is open to everyone. Tickets are $14 for all veterans and $18 for non-veterans. Table sponsorship opportunities that support student attendance and women veterans with limited means are available for $300.

Contact Beth Ann Koelsch at bakoelsc@uncg.edu or call 334-5838 for more information.

‘Candidates, Campaigns, and Chaos’: The 2016 Presidential Primaries

Dr. D. Sunshine Hillygus, associate professor of political science at Duke University, will present the talk “Polling and Prediction in the Presidential Primaries.”

The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120.

It is the final event in this fall’s UNCG Center for Legislative Studies series titled “Candidates, Campaigns, and Chaos: The 2016 Presidential Primaries.”

A reception will follow this lecture.

University Libraries’ Mike Crumpton elected to North Carolina Library Association post

Photo of Michael CrumptonMichael Crumpton, assistant dean for administrative services at UNCG’s University Libraries, has been elected vice president and president-elect of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA).

Crumpton said he believes libraries are one of North Carolina’s greatest resources. “The libraries of North Carolina are also instrumental in the development and economic well-being of our state and the work that is done in each and every library is significant to our society’s prosperity.”

As vice president and then president, Crumpton will advocate for libraries and their staffs across the state. He added that he plans to be inclusive of all members of the library community as it collectively addresses issues and proactively works to understand emerging trends and the changing needs of library patrons.

Before coming to UNCG in 2007, Crumpton was the director of library services at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh and manager of access and information services at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio. He received his master’s degree in library science from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida.

He has extensive experience with professional library associations, and has served as chair and president of a number of state-level organizations. He’s also an active member of the American Library Association and other national library organizations. A number of Crumpton’s articles and presentations have been published as well.

Crumpton was installed at the association’s biennial conference held in Greensboro in October, and will be named president at the NCLA’s next conference in 2017.

Looking ahead: Nov. 4, 2015

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m., Alumni House.

Talk, ‘Hearing Health Care in Aging Populations’
Thursday, Nov. 5, 12:30 p.m., Stone Building, Edwards Lounge

Native American Heritage Month Celebration
Thursday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom

Concert, Casella Sinfonietta
Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Talk, ‘Code Switching & the Challenges of Identity’
Friday, Nov. 6, noon, Faculty Center

Dance concert, Prime Movers
Friday, Nov. 6, Dance Theater, 8 p.m.

Discussion, “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher,” Bob Gatten
Monday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

Faculty Senate meeting today (Nov. 4)

A Faculty Senate meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, 3–5 p.m. in Alumni House. All are welcome to attend this public meeting.

Provost Dana Dunn will delivers remarks preceding a presentation by Lee Norris, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Administrative Systems, and Chuck Curry, Univ. Information Security Officer, on Expanded Information Security Training.

Hear Committee Report on the Family Leave Policy, learn about the SECC campaign, and hear a report about recent meetings of the UNC system Faculty Assembly.

A Faculty Forum will be held November 18, 2015, 3 p.m. in Alumni House on “Faculty Roles in University Governance.”

Submit proposals for campus sustainability initiatives

The UNCG Green Fund Committee is pleased to announce a Request For Proposals (RFP) to fund sustainability initiatives on campus. Proposals can be submitted by UNCG students and employees, but the application process will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

To apply for funding, applicants must complete the Green Fund Proposal Form found at http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/green-fund and submit all required materials via email to greenfund@uncg.edu prior to the deadline.

For more information, visit the Green Fund webpage http://facsustainability.uncg.edu/green-fund

Dr. Arthur Murphy

Photo of Dr. Arthur MurphyDr. Arthur Murphy (Anthropology) has received a renewal of funding from the NC DHHS Division of Social Services (DSS) for the project “Recipe for Success in North Carolina,” This project is supported by funds from the USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. Over the years the Nutrition Education for New North Carolinians has expanded to include SNAP recipients of all ethnic backgrounds living in the North Carolina Triad Region. In FY2016, the project will expand its services in Guilford, Rockingham and Randolph counties with both face to face demonstration projects as well as lessons delivered through the USPS. The educational programming focuses on (1) dietary quality, (2) shopping behavior, (3) food safety, (4) exercise, and (5) obesity prevention. The core messages are (a) eat more fruits and vegetables, limit portion sizes, physical activity; (b) stretch your food dollar so that you won’t run out of Food Stamps; (c) the four C’s – cook, cool, avoid cross contamination, clean.

Dr. Leandra Bedini

Photo of Dr. Leandra BediniDr. Leandra Bedini, professor of Therapeutic Recreation, Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation, was the recipient of the prestigious Fellow Award at the recent 2015 NC/SC Recreation & Park Association Joint Conference. The Fellow Award is the highest award the Association can bestow for outstanding service and leadership. Awardees have a minimum of ten years experience in the field of recreation and parks; service contributions to the recreation and park movement through the Association and other state and national recreational and park organizations; and exemplary professional leadership and character.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Dr. Holly SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (ORED – UNCG Center for New North Carolinians) received funding from The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for the project titled “Language Interpretation for Code Enforcement.” CNNC will provide interpretation services to accompany city inspectors to home visits. CNNC will also educate immigrant communities about minimum housing standards and code enforcement process to proactively promote understanding of the role of the City in preserving housing in safe and healthy condition and to encourage housing maintenance.

See/hear: Nov. 4, 2015

“I believe that’s what you call a celebration.” With Saturday’s tie at ETSU, the men’s soccer team took the SoCon regular season title. They’re the champions. See this four-minute highlights clip, by UNCG Athletics. While you’re there, check out a few more clips (seen at the right) from other sports. There’s a lot of great news from the teams.

Tree planting in honor of Chris Fay Nov. 18

The campus community is invited to a tree planting ceremony honoring Chris Fay for his 33 years of service in the Grounds division for UNCG.

The tree is funded by donations that a group of people made when he retired.

The ceremony will be Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Pedestrian Walkway in front of Eberhart Science Building.

Light refreshments will be served.