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Archives for January 2016

Bond issue would provide for new Nursing/STEM building

Photo of Greensboro skylight with UNCG campus at night. UNCG will get a new Nursing/STEM classroom building if a bond issue referendum on the March 15 primary ballot passes.

The UNC system would receive $980,000,000 of the $2 billion bond issue, for building projects largely focused on improving infrastructure for STEM education. UNCG would receive $105 million for the Nursing/STEM instruction building project, which would include demolition of the aging McIver Building.

In December, the UNCG Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the bond issue.

At the trustees meeting, Chancellor Gilliam and Provost Dunn explained that the building will increase capacity in the School of Nursing and will provide needed, state-of-the-art space for high-demand science classes.

The Chancellor’s Office recently sent this message to UNCG employees:

As you know, on March 15, North Carolina voters will decide on a proposed $2 billion bond package that would enable statewide investments in higher education, safety, parks and recreation, agriculture, and water and sewer infrastructure improvements. The Connect NC bonds would allow the state to pay for 50-year assets with 20-year financing and require no tax increases. If approved by voters, more than half of the bond revenues will fund improvement and expansion projects across the 17-campus University of North Carolina. The UNC Board of Governors has endorsed the bond package for the university.

Two websites have been created by outside entities to provide detailed resources and information about the bonds. Visit connect.nc.gov to learn more about the bond legislation and funding allocations proposed for specific projects, and visit www.ConnectNCForHigherEd.com for advocacy and fundraising information. Please note that these sites are not maintained or controlled by the university, that the university does not produce or direct the content on the sites, and that clicking on them will take you away from the university website.

You may receive information from Connect NC addressed to your work email. These addresses have been provided to campaign organizers in response to a public records request. If you would like to receive additional information from Connect NC, please sign up on their website using a personal email address to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Should you wish to share information with others about Connect NC, please do so from your personal email. Please also review UNCG’s policy on Acceptable Use of Computing and Electronic Resources at http://policy.uncg.edu/university-policies/acceptable_use/.

As a reminder, state resources cannot fund advocacy for the bond campaign, and this restriction includes staff time, use of equipment and use of office supplies. With limited exceptions (including the chancellors and senior administrators, who have an obligation to promote the university), university employees may not advocate for the bond package during work hours. All employees, however, may inform others about the content of the bond package. The distinction between the two can be difficult to define. Communications that are intended to persuade a vote in one direction are considered advocacy and must be avoided (e.g., vote YES on the bond package); communications that are intended to provide factual information about the bond package are appropriate and encouraged (e.g., the bond package will invest $105,000,000 in UNCG to build a new nursing/STEM instructional building). If you have questions about what is and is not permissible, please contact Nikki Baker at nmwilson@uncg.edu.

Dr. Bryan Terry is now vice chancellor for enrollment management

Photo of Dr. Bryan Terry.Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn has made an announcement, through an email to faculty and staff, regarding Dr. Bryan Terry:

It is my pleasure to inform you that the UNC Board of Governors has approved the recommendation that Dr. Bryan Terry be promoted into the newly created position of Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, effective immediately. Dr. Terry joined UNCG in January 2014 as Associate Provost for Enrollment Management. A major reorganization of the university’s enrollment and student services functions was completed soon afterwards, with a large number of additional offices moving under Dr. Terry’s supervision, resulting in a more robust and far more complex Office of Enrollment Management. Dr. Terry’s new position title confirms the elevated role and importance of this office at UNCG. Enrollment growth is the primary source of increased funding for UNCG and is key to our ability to invest in the university.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Terry has demonstrated outstanding success as an enrollment manager and higher education practitioner. Prior to his arrival at UNCG, Dr. Terry held the position of Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Montclair State University, where he was responsible for leading the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Enrollment Services, as well as the institution’s Academic Success Center. Previously, Dr. Terry held a similar portfolio in his role as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Seton Hall University. He also served both Wayne State University and the University of Miami as Director of Financial Aid. Dr. Terry holds a PhD degree from Illinois State University in the field of Higher Education Administration. He received an MBA degree from Fontbonne University and BA in History from the University of Illinois.

Spartans honor MLK Jr. with service, celebration

Photo of Dr. Malveaux giving the keynote address.Last week faculty, staff and students gathered to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by volunteering in the community and discussing the civil rights issues of today.

Enjoy a Storify collection of reports and pictures at UNCG Now.

Photo of Dr. Malveaux giving the keynote address at the ML King Celebration, by Martin W. Kane

UNCG SERVE’s Christina Dukes supports homeless children, gets national honor

Photo of Christina Dukes.Christina Dukes has received the 2015 Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.

She has been a part of SERVE since 2000. The first several years she concentrated on migrant education, and for the past 12 years she has been a part of SERVE’s National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE).

From 2003 through 2013, Christina served as a program specialist for NCHE, working out of Florida. In 2014, Christina moved to Washington, DC, to being working on behalf of NCHE as a federal liaison.

SERVE is a part of UNCG’s Office of Research and Economic Development. The NCHE, which is based at the Gateway University Research Park North Campus in Guilford County, works at the national level to support state- and local-level educators, service providers, and other practitioners in improving educational access and success for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

In the nation’s capital, she plays a role at the federal level on the topic of families, children and youth in homeless situations – and their intersection with K-16 education. She has recently been engaging more in national inter-agency collaboration for the prevention and ending of child, youth and family homelessness.

“For the past couple of years, I’ve been able to bring an additional voice to preventing and ending homelessness.” She is helping raise the profile of this societal issue.

Advocates are making slow and steady progress, she says. There are new laws, new guidelines.

She also has authored several resources, toolkits and publications, on areas ranging from access to education for the children of homeless veterans to access to higher education for homeless youth.

College success makes a dramatic impact on the future of children and youth who experienced homelessness during their formative years. “It breaks the cycle of homelessness – it’s good for them, for families, and for the broader society.”

Read more about UNCG SERVE’s National Center for Homeless Education.

By Mike Harris

New era for Teaching Innovations Office in UTLC

Fall 2015 marked a time of new beginnings across UNCG, and the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) within the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) is no exception. In August, the TIO launched an updated New Faculty Orientation, a Fall Teaching and Learning Colloquium, and several new workshops. This spring, the TIO is working with key campus partners to develop a workshop series, a lecture series, and summer teaching institutes. Stay up-to-date with the latest TIO programs and join the Faculty Development listserv by e-mailing utlc@uncg.edu.

The TIO is coordinated by Laura Pipe (lmpipe@uncg.edu), who previously served as UNCG’s director of Learning Communities. “Since establishing the Teaching Innovations Office last May, the goal has been to provide faculty with a space to be creative, recharge and celebrate their work” said Pipe.

Throughout the fall, Pipe has been meeting with faculty to learn the types of support needed for faculty development.  These conversations led to the development of the UTLC Faculty Workspace (McIver 134), a unique meeting area that houses the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) library and includes conference room furniture for small group collaborative work. The space, which has been used to host a number of Coffeehouses, Brownbag Lunches, writing groups, and other events since August, may be reserved (via lmpipe@uncg.edu or plwyrick@uncg.edu) or is open for drop-in use if available.

Currently, the TIO is developing an ongoing Certificate Series comprised of a number of workshops that will allow faculty to complete certificates (non-credit bearing) in the areas of Pedagogy, Assessment, General Education, Online Learning/Technology and Global Learning.

Things to look forward to in February 2016:

February 3 – Brown Bag Luncheon: “Developing Online Courses? What resources do you need?” Join the TIO in a roundtable discussion on online course design. Bring with you any challenges, resources or requests for support. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in McIver 134. (UTLC Faculty Workspace)

February 4 – TIO Coffeehouse, 8:30-10:30 a.m., McIver 134 (UTLC Faculty Workspace)

February 4 – Call for Course (re)Design Proposals in partnership with the Title III grant (Intentional Futures): Interested full-time faculty (both NTT and TT) will be able to submit proposals to (re)design courses to include intentional/self-regulated learning components. Faculty who receive this grant will attend the 2016 Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference in Bethesda, Maryland (June 2-5, 2016) and receive a summer stipend.

February 4: ‘Celebrate and Learn’ event hosted by the Title III Grant (Intentional Futures), 4pm-6pm in the Faculty Center.  Come and celebrate the start of the spring semester, while learning about the value of Intentional Learning. Information about upcoming speakers and opportunities to attend the Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference-East will be provided. Wine and lite fare.

February 11: Maryellen Weimer Visit (Keynote) – The TIO and Title III Grant welcome Dr. Maryellen Weimer to campus on Feb. 11, 2016. Dr. Weimer is an emeritus professor from Penn State, and renowned instructional designer. She will be discussing student resistance in the classroom – particularly related to strategies for intentional learning. Feb 11, 3-5 p.m. Reception to follow.

February 18: TIO Coffeehouse, 8:30am-10:30 a.m., McIver 134 (UTLC Faculty Workspace)

Save the Date:
The TIO Summer Teaching Institutes will be held the week of May 9-13. This includes institutes on Online Learning (May 9-12), Intentional/Self-Regulated Learning (May 11-12), Pedagogy (May 11-12), and Global Learning (May 11-13).

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Dee Fink (www.designlearning.org) on Wednesday, May 11. – The TIO and Title III Grant welcome Dr. L. Dee Fink to campus on May 11, 2016. Dr. Fink is founding director of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma and past president of the Professional and Organizational Development network, the largest faculty development organization in the United States.  He will be discussing strategies and practices for transformative learning. May 11, 9am- 12pm and 4pm-5pm. Reception to follow.

New Faculty Mentoring Application Process will open in March 2016 for fall 2016.

Blood drive at EUC Feb. 3

The next EUC blood drive s scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

Appointments are available for both Whole Blood collection and Double Red Blood Cell collection (automated). Please indicate when you sign up for your appointment if you are faculty or staff to make the process go more quickly for you when you arrive for your appointment. All donors will receive a Red Cross blood drive t-shirt.

Sign up now at euc.uncg.edu/blood-drive.

Additional news: The Red Cross introduces RapidPass

RapidPass is a new tool that allows blood donors to help save lives in less time. RapidPass offers donors a way to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their home or office, reducing the time they spend at blood drives by as much as 15 minutes.

Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Important information to remember:

  • RapidPass can only be completed on the day of the drive. The donor must complete the steps to redeem their pass on the day they donate.
  • Donors must complete RapidPass using a desktop or laptop computer. RapidPass cannot currently be completed using a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.
  • RapidPass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment. It is only used to complete the pre-reading and pre-donation questionnaire in advance of an appointment.
  • Donors must print out their pass or email the PDF to themselves and show it on their mobile device when they come to donate. Donors who do not provide the pass will be asked to complete the questions again.

UNCG’s SECC surpassed $190,000

Photo of McIver statute.Ray Carney, 2015 UNCG SECC Campaign Chair, wrote this message for the UNCG faculty and staff:

I wanted to share some information I have received on the wrap up of this year’s SECC campaign.  After looking at our numbers I am very proud of what UNCG has done in contributing to this year’s campaign. Our participation was at 36 percent, which is second highest in the university system with 877 donors contributing $190,644. While we did not reach our goal of $200,000, our contributions are far and above what the majority of our sister institutions have done. When you look at the size of our employee population and compare that to the ambitious campaign goal we set for ourselves, we have a lot to be proud of indeed. We had the fourth highest goal in the university system following UNC, NC State and UNC healthcare and far ahead of a few other larger (employee) institutions such as UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State and East Carolina.

Once again the contributions made by UNCG faculty and staff show how we feel about our community and the charities that provide services to those around us that are in need. It has been an honor to serve as chair for the 2015 campaign and I thank all those on the campaign committee and our great group of solicitors that worked so hard to made this happen.

Thank you for once again making the 2015 UNCG SECC a success.

2016 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award nominations due Feb. 2

The UNCG Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) requests nominations of outstanding UNCG faculty mentors for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

The faculty member must have mentored at least two UNCG undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry. The 2016 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award will be presented during the 10th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, which will be held on March 29. This honor will include a plaque and $1,000 to support activities related to research or creative inquiry as it involves undergraduates during the following academic year.

Eligibility: UNCG faculty members with experience mentoring undergraduate students in projects that contribute to their disciplinary scholarship are eligible for this award. Nominees should hold a terminal degree in their discipline. Prior recipients can be reconsidered after a three year interlude.

Nomination Process: A faculty member must be nominated for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award by their Department/Program Chair/Head. The nomination will consist of: 1) letter of nomination from the Chair/Head, 2) the nominee’s C.V., 3) brief letters of support from two students mentored by the faculty member (two page max), and 4) a teaching/research statement from the mentor
Examples of the types of activities that will be considered in the selection process include:

  • Evidence of consistent research and scholarly activity involving undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry;
  • Mentoring undergraduates whose work has led to peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations;
  • Innovative approaches to mentoring undergraduates, including the involvement of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in undergraduate student mentorship; and
  • Extramural support for undergraduate research activities through grants, contracts, and/or fundraising.

Number of Nominations per Department: Only one nominee per department/program will be accepted. The Department/Program Chair/Head must submit the nomination.

Email Address: All nominations should be emailed to ursco@uncg.edu with “Undergraduate Research Mentor Award” in the subject line.

The deadline for complete nomination packages is Feb. 2.

Questions: Questions should be addressed to Lee Phillips, Director of URSCO (plphilli@uncg.edu or 336-334-4622).

All nominations will be kept on file and can be reactivated by providing an updated CV and any other materials deemed necessary by the department/program.

First look at Lane/Dossett’s “Radiunt Abundunt” with Triad Stage

Photo of front entrance to Weatherspoon Art Museum.On Saturday, Feb. 6, 2-3 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, join Triad Stage’s founding artistic director, playwright and UNCG adjunct theatre faculty member Preston Lane and musician and UNCG alumna Laurelyn Dossett for a special look at their latest collaboration, “Radiunt Abundunt.” It opens Feb. 21, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lane will give a brief presentation on the research involved in developing the play, a story of two women searching for a lost family member and an art collector who discovers a visionary artist. Dossett will perform select works from her original score.

Attendees receive a 25 percent-off discount code for tickets to “Radiunt Abundunt.” For more information, contact Triad Stage at: 336.272.0160.

This special preview with Triad Stage at the Weatherspoon Art Museum is free.

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HealthyUNCG’s ‘Take Charge’ diabetes education launches Feb. 2

HealthyUNCG will be launching a TAKE CHARGE Diabetes Education work-shop this semester. Sessions are open to those diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes, as well as those who serve as caregivers. Sessions will cover topics that include: dealing with symptoms of diabetes, adequate exercise, healthy eating, appropriate use of medication, and creating weekly action plans just to name a few. The Take Charge program will begin Tuesday, Feb. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

To register, email Healthy_uncg@uncg.edu

HRL pop-up thrift shop Feb. 1-2

On Feb. 1 and 2, come out to the EUC Cone Ballroom for the HRL Pop-Up Thrift Shop, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All items have been donated from residents of the UNCG Community, and will be priced between $1-$5. All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation, as it is Housing and Residence Life’s goal to raise $6,000 this academic year to fund one child’s wish.

Hours for the event are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. both Feb. 1 and 2.

HealthyU begins

HealthyU is a 12 week weight management program free for UNCG employees that is designed to help you lose weight and keep it off.

Session topics focus on areas of nutrition, physical activity, stress management, goal setting and accountability, and group support. HealthyU sessions began last week, and continue Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. in the EUC Dogwood Room.

To register, email Healthy_uncg@uncg.edu.

Group Fitness starts back this week

  • Mindful U begins Monday, Jan. 25, from noon-1 p.m.
  • Noonball begins Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 12-1 p.m.
  • Active U begins Friday, Jan. 29, from noon-1 p.m.
  • Aqua Aerobics begins Monday Jan. 25, from 5:15-6:15 p.m. and will be every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

For a schedule and description of classes, visit the HealthyUNCG website.

Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were postponed due to weather

Due to bad weather last weekend, the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony was postponed.

It is being rescheduled for the weekend of November 11-12, 2016 with the induction taking place at noon on Nov. 12.

Carla Fullwood

Photo of Carla Fullwood.Carla Fullwood is a new assistant director for intercultural engagement in the UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement. She has over twelve years of experience in higher education including positions in housing and residence life, campus programming and multicultural affairs. She has a bachelor of arts degree in communication and media from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a master of arts degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University. She will be responsible for the Kaleidoscopes peer education program, the Tunnel of Oppression experiential program, a new sustained dialogue program, and other social justice education initiatives.

Dr. Gideon Wasserberg

Photo of Dr. Gideon Wasserberg.Dr. Gideon Wasserberg (Biology) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Oviposition attractants for surveillance and control of sand flies, vectors of Leishmania.”

Dr. Julie Mendez

Photo of Dr. Julie Mendez.Recent research by Dr. Julie Mendez (Psychology) and her colleagues was featured on the Science Daily site last week. The study documented strong play skills in Latino children that are relevant to positive learning experiences in and outside of the classroom.

See/hear: Jan. 27, 2016

International student Rudolph Bedeley shares his story of leaving Ghana to pursue additional education in the U.S. He is pursuing a PhD in information systems at UNCG. Hear him tell his experience.

Looking ahead: Jan. 27, 2016

Performance, “Mime-matics,” mine and science
Wednesday, Jan, 27, 5 p.m.(new time), Recital Hall, Music Building

Music, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Faculty Senate meeting
Feb. 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Men’s Basketball vs. Western Carolina
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Coliseum

Plays, Winter Briefs, UNCG Theatre/Alpha Psi Omega
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Talk, look at “Radiunt Abundunt” with Triad Stage
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2-3 p.m.

Deadline (newly extended) for Teacher Supply Warehouse drive
Monday, Feb. 8

“Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor,” Jody Natalle/Jenni Simon
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library

See/hear: Jan. 20, 2016

International student Qassim Al-Maskary shares his story about traveling to the United States from Oman to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human resources management in the Bryan Business and Economic School at UNCG. Al-Maskary said he was excited to come to the United States because it gave him a chance to show he’s a leader and prove his independence and true personality to everyone. See the video clip.

MLK Celebration Thursday: Conversation on Justice

Archive photo of the March on WashingtonUNCG and N.C. A&T are partnering for the fourth straight year to host the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21., 2016, at Harrison Auditorium on N.C. A&T’s campus.

This year’s program, “From Drums to Hashtags: The Generational Conversation on Justice,” features a keynote address by President Emerita of Bennett College Dr. Julianne Malveaux, a renowned economist, writer, educator and civic leader.

“It’s really special to be able to partner with N.C. A&T to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., especially in a city with a strong civil rights history,” said UNCG Chancellor Dr. Frank Gilliam. “We’re excited to welcome Dr. Malveaux back to Greensboro as we collectively reflect on how far we’ve come and the work that still needs to be done.”

A pre-event reception with Malveaux will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, and a selection of Malveaux’s books will be for sale. UNCG and N.C. A&T students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this special gathering.

During the evening celebration, UNCG will present its MLK Service Award, an annual recognition that honors a student whose community engagement embodies the spirit of King’s service.

After the keynote address, Malveaux will answer questions and engage in dialogue with attendees.

As a writer and syndicated columnist, Malveaux’s work appears regularly in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education and Essence magazine, among other publications. She currently serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C., and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is founder of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company that serves as a vehicle for her work and products. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Boston College and holds a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more information about the event, visit intercultural.uncg.edu.

Photo: 1963’s March on Washington; ML King joins many others on front row. Courtesy USIA/National Archives.

Hartmann makes NYC debut in historic ‘Tosca’ production

Photo of Dr. Donald Hartmann playing the Sacristan in the North Carolina Opera's inaugural production of "Tosca."Dr. Donald Hartmann ’77, ’82 MM will make his New York City debut tonight (Jan. 20) when the New York City Opera (NYCO) reopens with a historic production of “Tosca.”

Hartmann, a bass-baritone, will sing the role of the Sacristan, a role he has sung in 15 productions over the course of his 36-year career.

The show will run Jan. 20-24 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. “Tosca,” the first opera produced by NYCO 70 years ago, is being brought back to the NYCO stage as a tribute to the company’s history and a symbol of its rebirth. (See recent NY Times report.)

Widely known for launching the careers of numerous young opera stars, NYCO filed for bankruptcy in late 2013. What has long been called “the people’s opera” is now being revived by former NYCO board member Roy Niederhoffer and his organization NYCO Renaissance.

For Hartmann, the role is a dream come true.

“To be a part of this production is just amazing,” Hartmann said. “The Sacristan has always been my favorite role to sing. Sacristan is pure comedic relief in this very dramatic opera.”

Michael Capasso, the new general director of the company, first directed Hartmann in “Tosca” 16 years ago at the opening of the Valentine Theatre in Toledo, Ohio.  This fall, Capasso contacted Hartmann and offered him the role for the NYCO production.

“I was shocked and thrilled,” Hartmann said. “This is a huge event on many levels, and I am honored to participate.”

In addition to the NYCO production, Hartmann will spend two months with the Central City Opera in Central City, Colorado, this summer, singing the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and William Jennings Bryan in the 60th anniversary production of Douglas Moore’s “The Ballad of Baby Doe.”

Since 1978, Hartmann has appeared in more than 130 productions with a varied repertoire of 75 roles. He has appeared regularly with Michigan Opera Theatre, Toledo Opera, Opera Delaware, Arizona Opera, Madison Opera, Piedmont Opera, Opera Carolina, North Carolina Opera and Greensboro Opera. As a professor of voice, Hartmann works one-on-one with undergraduate and graduate voice students and has directed UNCG Opera Theatre productions on occasion.

By Alyssa Bedrosian.
Photo by Curtis Brown: Dr. Donald Hartmann plays the Sacristan in the North Carolina Opera’s inaugural production of “Tosca.”

MLK Day of Service, 2016

Photo of UNCG students pack and sort food at BackPack Beginnings, a Greensboro nonprofit that serves local children in need.More than 360 UNCG students spent Monday, Jan. 18, living out the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders at UNCG’s annual MLK Day of Service event.

Students gathered in teams of 10-15 to participate in service projects throughout Greensboro. The event, sponsored by the Office of Leadership & Service-Learning (OLSL) and organized by a student committee.

“It’s really special to be able to give back to a community like Greensboro that has such a strong civil rights history,” said Kristina Snader, assistant director for community engagement for OLSL. “We’re excited to be a catalyst for our students’ involvement in the greater Greensboro community.” (See picture as students checked in, Saturday.)

UNCG partnered with a variety of local nonprofits, including the Interactive Resource Center, the YWCA of Greensboro and BackPack Beginnings, an organization that serves nearly 4,000 children experiencing hunger and trauma in Greensboro and the surrounding area.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo by Martin Kane

UTLC events in Jan/Feb 2016

UNCG’s University Teaching & Learning Commons (UTLC) offers many events in the coming weeks. If you teach at UNCG, come be a part of the common’s activities. They include:

  •  TIO Coffeehouses (Jan. 21, Feb. 4, 8:30-10:30 a.m., McIver 134.): Enjoy refreshments and share ideas about teaching and learning.
  • TIO Workshop (Jan. 29, 9-10 a.m. in McIver 140): Hear Omar Ali present his ideas on the pedagogy of play.
  • TIO Brownbag Luncheon (Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Faculty Center): Online Learning – Bring your questions and ideas to this roundtable discussion.
  • TIO Celebrate and Learn Series (Feb. 4, 4-6 p.m, in the Faculty Center,): Laura Pipe and Julie Voorhees will describe upcoming programs for promoting intentional learning, including guest speakers and an opportunity to attend Lilly-East
  • TIO Speaker Series (Feb. 11, 3-5 p.m., location tba): Maryellen Weimer will present a keynote address and workshop on student resistance in the classroom. Reception to follow.
  • URSCO Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research & Creativity Award (URCA) requests due (Feb. 14)
  • URSCO Summer 2016 Globally Engaged URCA requests due (Feb. 14)
  • URSCO abstracts for the Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo due (Feb. 16)
  • RCO Faculty Fellow Workshop (Feb. 26, 9-10 a.m in McIver 140): Jessica McCall and Jacquie Downing will present on the opportunities and complexities on the course re-design process.
  • RCO Faculty Fellow Applications Due (March 1): Apply for a summer course re-design grant and an opportunity to pilot the course with the Residential Colleges.

More information at utlc.uncg.edu.

See related story about UTLC’s leader in today’s CW.

Join UNCG’s revamped social media directory

Do you manage a social media channel for a unit, program or group on campus? Help University Relations update the directory on the UNCG Connect site by completing a new form.

Morgan Glover, the department’s new social media coordinator, will use that information both to update the online social media hub and share social media tips and training opportunities with faculty, staff and students who post content to official accounts.

Please complete the form at http://urproc.uncg.edu/smdir.shtml for existing channels by Jan. 29. New accounts will be added on a rolling basis.

Glover does not have access to the old form, but if you recently filled it out, you can simply forward a copy of the receipt email to her.

Have questions about the form or starting a social media account? Contact her at 334-4411 or mjglover@uncg.edu. She would also appreciate general feedback on the UNCG Connect site.

The university’s social media standards can be found here: https://uc.uncg.edu/brandguide/?brandcat=social-media-standards.

Supervisor Essentials Certificate

The Human Resources Supervisor Essentials Program has been enhanced and renamed the “Supervisor Essentials Certificate” (SEC). The first workshop for this new program, which is comprised of 4 individual sessions each lasting three quarters of the work day, is anticipated to begin on Feb. 11, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. in the Tillman-Smart room in Shaw Residence Hall. Registration is anticipated to open on Jan. 20, 2016. Managers are encouraged to recommend this program to staff members who supervise one or more employees. Certificates will be awarded to all participants upon the completion of:

  • All workshops in the 4-day program
  • Two (2) courses (electives) from each of the Professional Development Program categories (Spring and Fall 2016 semesters)
    – Communication & Customer Service
    – Cultural Engagement
    – Leadership
    – Policies & Processes
  • Implementing a “small” project in the participant’s department.

Workshops, electives and capstone project must be completed by Nov. 30, 2016.

A preview of the SEC program is available at: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Supervisor_Essentials_Program/

Questions should be directed to Sarah Dreier-Kasik at s_dreier@uncg.edu or Benita Peace at btpeace@uncg.edu

2016 Student Excellence Award

Lloyd International Honors College is now inviting nominations for the 2016 Student Excellence Award. These awards are given to seniors, from throughout the university, whose academic careers are outstanding both inside and outside the classroom. Each academic department and interdisciplinary program may nominate up to two students for the award. Nomination materials have been sent to faculty and can be found at http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/faculty/student-awards.htm

The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in 205 Foust Building. If you have any questions, please call Lloyd International Honors College at 334-5538.

Updated Jan. 20, 1:50 p.m., to emphasize that students from throughout UNCG may be nominated.

Philosophy department talks

UNCG’s Philosophy, Law and Society Speaker Series will present two events in coming weeks. All are welcome.

Jan. 21:  “Why Has Our Drug Policy Changed So Little?”  Presented by Douglas Husak, Rutgers University, 4 p.m.,  SOEB 226.

Thursday, Feb. 4:  “Racism and Antisemitism: What are they and how are they related?” with Andrew Altman, Georgia State University, 4 p.m., SOEB 226.

David Teachout leads University Teaching & Learning Commons

Photo of Dr. David TeachoutDr. David Teachout has had a passion for teaching and learning since he was a music education major at West Virginia University. “I’ve always been curious about how people learn best,” he says.

When Teachout taught middle school band for 10 years in Oklahoma, he was constantly in search of the most effective ways to help his beginning band students learn to play their instruments. As this curiosity became directed at uncovering the best ways to prepare future music teachers, he left middle school teaching to pursue his doctorate, and then joined the faculty at Penn State University. From there, he became the department head for music education and music therapy at the University of Minnesota, before coming to UNCG in 2004 to be department head for music education. He is a leader in the field of music teacher development.

In August 2015, Teachout became director of the UNCG’s University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC), giving his passion for teaching and learning a campus-wide focus. “The UTLC is in an extraordinary position to promote innovative and truly cutting-edge approaches to teaching across the campus that can affect student learning in profoundly positive ways,” he explains. “The fall semester has been a time for my team and I to re-examine the UTLC’s structure in the effort to provide faculty with the best possible support for developing and expanding their approaches to teaching and facilitating learning.”

The offices of the UTLC include:

  • Residential Colleges Office (RCO), headed by Dr. Jennifer Stephens (Jennifer.stephens@uncg.edu)
  • Teaching Innovations Office (TIO), headed by Ms. Laura Pipe (lmpipe@uncg.edu)
  • Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office (URSCO), headed by Dr. Lee Phillips (plphilli@uncg.edu)

The TIO provides a variety of programs and services (workshops, certificates, special interest groups, teaching consultations, online resources, etc.), aimed specifically at enhancing faculty effectiveness in the classroom.  The RCO and the URSCO also promote faculty development, but they do so through specialized interactions with select groups of students in ways that benefit faculty and foster intentional learning in the students they serve.

The RCO oversees the three residential colleges (RCs) at UNCG (Ashby RC, Grogan RC and Strong RC). Each of the RCs is populated by first- and second-year students who live together in a residence hall and take a common core of general education courses around a particular theme such as multi-literacy (Ashby), professionalism (Grogan), or sustainability (Strong).  Faculty have opportunities to develop course re-designs that include innovative teaching approaches and pilot them with highly motivated students who are immersed in these unique RC environments that integrate academic pursuits with residential life.

The URSCO provides undergraduate students with opportunities and resources to pursue research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. Faculty mentors are provided a range of training programs on mentoring students to pursue research projects. They are also provided resources for integrating research throughout their courses and in the degree programs they teach.

A new web portal is in development and should be operational by March 2016.Until then, please visit the current website (utlc.uncg.edu) to learn more about the UTLC.

See related story about their upcoming coffeehouses, workshops and brownbag luncheons in coming weeks.

Learn about the commons at utlc.uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: Jan. 20, 2016

Registration opens, new “Supervisor Essentials Certificate”
Wednesday, Jan. 20

Women’s Basketball vs. Wofford
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

Reception with Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Thursday, Jan. 21, Alumni House, 3:30 p.m.

MLK Celebration, speaker Julianne Malveaux
Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Harrison Auditorium, NC A&T

Men’s Basketball vs. Chattanooga
Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. Furman
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m.

Talk, “Impact of World War II on Segregation,” Peter Golden
Monday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m., Jackson Library

With the staff: December 2015 – early January 2016

Hello: Rodney Lloyd, Financial Aid; Mary Porterfield, HDFS; Peter Reynolds, Housekeeping; Chelsea Hudson, HDFS; Geoffrey Fish, ITS; Marcia Griffin, Genetic Counseling; Mary Clark, Biology; Michael Leonard, Student Health Services; Jordan Timberlake, College of Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Office; Wendy Trogdon, Nursing; Luis Torres-Hernandez, Public Safety and Police; Richard West, Public Safety and Police; Jonathan Agaton, Parking Services; Karen Steiner, Student Health Services; William Bledsoe, Registrar’s Office; Greta Smith, International Programs Center; Eva Miller, HDFS

Goodbye: Lewis Eanes, Utility Operations; Aeriele Rivers; HDFS; Aminah Richburg, Financial Aid; Judith Johnson, UTLC; Ophelia Motley, Housing and Residence Life; Susan Stack, Chancellor’s Office; Joshua Vernon, Athletics; Milton Johnson, Utility Operations; Lynn Harris, University Libraries; James Herring, Public Safety and Police; Patricia Turner, University Registrar’s Office; Lester Douglas, Housekeeping; Sally Sprague, Genetic Counseling; Shirley Jones, Accounting Services; Yvonne Poffenbaugh, Contracts and Grants, Accounting; Elizabeth Waller, Biology; Shannon Bridges, Accounting Services; James Turner, Utility Operations; Jerry Cardwell, Grounds, Robert Sutcliffe, Utility Operations; Joe Dixon, Public Safety and Police; Timothy Walsh, Information Technology Services; Alfred Hanes, Building and Trades

In celebration of Dr. Andreas Lixl

The UNCG Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures invites you to a celebration in memory of Dr. Andreas Lixl, professor emeritus of German Studies, on Friday, Jan. 22, between 3:30 and 5 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of MHRA Building on the third floor.

School of Education online journal accepting submissions

Working Papers on Language and Diversity in Education is an annual, peer-reviewed, online journal managed by graduate students of UNCG’s School of Education (http://libjournal.uncg.edu/index.php/wpe/index). Dr. Jamie Schissel is their faculty adviser. The journal is now accepting submissions for the 2016 issue. The submission deadline is Feb. 1. Information about submission to the journal can be found on the journal’s online submission page: http://libjournal.uncg.edu/index.php/wpe/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions

Janet Allard

Photo of Janet AllardJanet Allard (UNCG Theatre) wrote the play “Vrooommm! A NASComedy,” which will be produced by Triad Stage in Winston-Salem Jan. 27-Feb. 7. It is set in the world of NASCAR. Her play was conceived and developed with Michael Bigelow Dixon. At UNCG, Allard is assistant professor of theatre – playwriting. Her work has been seen at The Guthrie Lab, The Kennedy Center, Mixed Blood, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, The Yale Cabaret, Theater Row, Ars Nova, The Women’s Project and Productions, Perseverance Theatre, The House of Candles, Access Theater in New York City, and internationally in Ireland, England, Greece and New Zealand, her website states. She has been a Macdowell Colony Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow and has taught at University of Miami, Bennington College, SMU, The New School, University of Minnesota and Victoria University, New Zealand. She was a co-artistic director of Workhaus Collective in Minneapolis and the Yale Cabaret. She attended the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU as a bookwriter/lyricist, and has an M.F.A in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.