UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Archives for January 2016

Dr. Omar Ali

Photo of Dr. Omar AliDr. Omar Ali (Lloyd International Honors College) has been selected as a Notable Latino of the Triad by The Latino Community Coalition of Guilford. The coalition is a program of the Center for New North Carolinians that strives to strengthen the Latino community in Guilford County by promoting advocacy and education through a collaborative and empowered network.

Prysby/Ali

Dr. Charles Prysby (Political Science) and Dr. Omar Ali (LIHC) were part of a “Religion and Politics” panel discussion on “WXII 12 News Chronicle with Cameron Kent” last Thursday. Part of the discussion may be viewed at http://www.wxii12.com/news/web-extra-religion-and-politics-panel/37458328.

Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy

Photo of Foust Building with snow on the treesUNCG employees heard a presentation Tuesday about the revised Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy for The University of North Carolina. The policy went into effect Jan. 1, 2016. This policy applies to all employees of The University of North Carolina who are subject to the State Human Resources Act (SHRA / SPA).

The policy provides definitions for what constitutes an adverse weather or emergency event and provides additional clarification on the university services and operations determined to be mandatory during both adverse weather and emergency events. It is important to note that the chancellor’s determination to cancel classes is a separate decision from his authority to declare one of the following condition levels in an adverse weather or emergency event:

  • A) Condition 1 – (Reduced Operations)

  • B) Condition 2 – (Suspended Operations)

  • C) Condition 3 – (Closure)

These condition levels can be declared for the entire campus or for one or more specific buildings or operational units based on the scope, severity and nature of the event. Please refer to the policy to review the details for each of these conditions and for time accounting during reduced or suspended operations.

Employees can access the entire Adverse Weather and Emergency Event Policy and decision matrix on the Human Resources site.

Open house, at Bryan House

Photo of Chancellor greeting staff membersHundreds of UNCG staff members enjoyed an open house at the Bryan House Jan. 8.

The Bryan House has served as the UNCG chancellor’s residence since the administration of Dr. Patricia Sullivan. The house had been the longtime residence of Joseph M. Bryan, the namesake of UNCG’s Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Staff members enjoyed good conversation and refreshments, as Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. and Jacquelean Gilliam greeted and spoke with everyone.

A Faculty Open House will be held this Thursday (tomorrow), 2-4 p.m. There is very limited parking; shuttles are conveniently provided for the open house. The shuttles will depart from Kaplan Commons starting at 1:45 p.m.

UNCG faculty promotion & tenure honorees, 2015

Photo of the front entrance to Jackson LibraryIt’s a unique UNCG tradition Faculty achieving promotion and/or tenure are honored at a reception – and they choose one book for the University Libraries’ collection that will be bookplated to commemorate the milestone.

This year’s list of honorees included:

Click the links to see the books selected – and also see the display currently on view in the Jackson Library main floor.

Information courtesy University Libraries.

Professional development offerings by HR

UNCG’s Human Resources will present several Professional Development offerings in the coming weeks:

  • There are laws and resources that can assist when there are disputes in the workplace. Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Negotiation of Disputes – Practical Strategies will help provide tools and understanding of the various ways for negotiating and mediating conflicts of all kinds as led by Eloise Hassell, Attorney and Senior Lecturer in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, on Tuesday, January 26th at 1:30-4 p.m.  Please register for this course here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021497.
  • As the end of February approaches, the SHRA (SPA) Performance Management Plans (PMPs) need to be into the Human Resources office for the prior year’s SPA employees.  This is a great opportunity to provide feedback with your employees and see where this year’s priorities are at.  HR’s Angela Mahoney, will be offering a workshop on Performance Management, on Thursday, January 28 from 9-11am, a must-have for the final PMP of the year.  Please register for this course at http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021480.
  • Returning with rave reviews (back by popular demand), Ka-Pow! Creating Powerful Presentations, with Kimberly Kappler Hewitt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, leads a fast-paced session on presentations with tips and tricks for audience engagement.  Please note that this session does not include how to create a PowerPoint presentation, but what you can do to make your presentation memorable.  This session will cover how to engage your audience during the presentation.  This session will take place on February 11 from 10 am-noon.  Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021479.
  • Later in the semester a course will be offered on how to design and present an effective presentation.
  • HR’s Supervisor Essentials Certificate Program is back. More information will be provided soon.
  • In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued a regulation tying an institution’s ability to offer federal financial aid in a state to the institution being authorized in the student’s said state. The regulation requires an institution to be authorized in any state in which it enrolls students into a distance education program.
  • Please come to an informative session, State Authorization Compliance Professional Development Seminar, given by Jana Walser-Smith, State Authorization Compliance Officer, on either February 2 (2pm-3pm) or February 24 (9:30am-10:30am) for more information.  You can register for the first session here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021385.  You can register for the session on the 24th here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021386.

4 faculty receive open access publishing support funding

The University Libraries and the Office of Research and Economic Development provide an Open Access Publishing Fund to support faculty who want have their article published in an open access format.  By making their articles open access, this removes price and permission barriers so everyone can review their research worldwide.  Faculty can receive up to $1,000 of funding each fiscal year.

The following faculty received funding in recent months:

Robert Anemone
An object-oriented approach to extracting productive fossil localities from remotely sensed imagery” http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/7/12/15848

Xiaoli Gao
“Penalized weighted low-rank approximation for robust recovery of recurrent copy number variations” http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/16/407

Jan Rychtar
“A Voluntary Use of Insecticide-treated Cattle Can Eliminate African Sleeping Sickness” http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/23737867.2015.1111777

David Remington
“Timing of shoot development transitions affects degree of perenniality in Arabidopsis lyrata (Brassicaceae)” http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2229/15/226

Information about the guidelines and the application process, as well as a link to an online application form, can be found at: http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm

If you have questions about the fund, please contact Beth Bernhardt (beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu), assistant dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications.

Students may register now for UNCG research expos

In the coming months, undergraduate and graduate students will showcase their hard work and research at UNCG’s annual research expos. Registration has already opened for graduate students and will begin soon for undergraduates.

The fourth annual Graduate Research and Creativity Expo will be April 7 from noon until 3 p.m. in the Elliot University Center. The expo gives UNCG’s graduate students an opportunity to explain and present their research to the university and local communities through posters and presentations.

Graduate students can enter their research into five categories: natural, physical and mathematical sciences; health sciences; social sciences; humanities; creative arts and professional programs. A winner from each category will be awarded $1,000.

Registration will be open until Jan. 31 and is limited to 100 posters and 21 presentations. For more information, or to register, visit the expo website.

The 10th annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo is scheduled for March 29. The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office will begin accepting abstracts Jan. 26. The deadline is Feb. 16. More information can be found online.

Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award

The University Libraries want to recognize your students’ research skills.

UNCG Libraries are soliciting submissions for their Undergraduate Research Award.  This $500 prize is given in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original research project in any media.

Any paper or project completed by an undergraduate in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters of 2015 is eligible. Applicants must be enrolled at UNCG in the Spring 2016 semester.  It is open to all undergraduate students.

If your students have turned in excellent research assignments, they urge you to nominate them for this award.

Applications are due on March 18, 2016, and full details are available at: http://library.uncg.edu/info/undergraduate_research_award.aspx.

‘Providing Positive Dementia Care’ at Gerontology talk

As spring semester 2016 begins, you are invited to register to attend the UNCG Gerontology Program’s free on-campus Gerontology Research, Outreach, Workforce, and Teaching Hub (GROWTH) Lunch & Learn presentations.

  • Embracing Their Reality: Providing Positive Dementia Care – Wednesday, January 20, 2016, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Learning From Senior Welfare Policies of Seoul, South Korea – Thursday, March 24, 2016, noon-2 p.m.

Flyers are attached. GROWTH Lunch & Learn events are always listed at http://gerontology.wp.uncg.edu/growth/growth-news/

Please bring your lunch to enjoy during GROWTH presentations.

Seating is limited.

To attend, RSVP indicating the specific event and your name, e-mail and phone to gerontology@uncg.edu or call 256-1020.

Assemblages: Anti-Oppression Works

UNCG’s Third Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Research Symposium will be Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in the EUC starting at 9 a.m.

The UNCG Women’s and Gender Studies Program invites you to present a personal or academic project, paper, thesis, workshop, or creative piece of media/art that explores systems of oppression and methods for responding to oppression, examining the significance, relationships, and power dynamics of race, sexuality, gender, class, ability, species, etc. in such spaces as education, the prison industrial complex, the animal industrial complex, media, the mental health industry, activism, and more.

The symposium is absolutely free and will not require registration fees. This will not be a competitive atmosphere, but rather a networking opportunity dedicated to the exchange of knowledge. With this event, organizers hope to provide a space for students, faculty, alumni, community members and others to come together to contribute to a larger discourse and engage in meaningful conversations about systemic oppressions embedded in social relations and institutions by sharing their work and research with one another. Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and alumni from all disciplines and universities are welcomed and encouraged to submit. Participants are not limited to one presentation or panel.

Methods of Presentation:

  • Creative Piece, Media/Art
  • Presentation (Individual or Group)
  • Facilitated Workshop (Individual or Group)
  • Panel (w/Faculty Member or Graduate Student Moderator)*
  • Presentation/Panel Hybrid (w/Faculty Member or Graduate Student Moderator)*

*Moderator will be assigned, unless you have someone willing to participate in your presentation. Please specify whether or not you require a moderator when submitting proposal.

Submissions are due by February 1, 2016. This should be a short proposal or abstract (200-500 words) explaining the work that you wish to present. This work does not need to be completed at the time of submission. Please include name and pronoun, email address, department or discipline, as well as your university affiliation. When submitting your proposal please also include your technology needs/requirements.

Submissions should be emailed to: Savannah Behrent at smbehren@uncg.edu, subject line “Assemblages Proposal.”

‘Impact of World War II on Segregation’ leads semester’s Friends of Libraries events

The Spring 2016 Friends of the UNCG Libraries culminates with the March 22 visit of author Chris Bohjalian, who has published 18 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers. Three became movies.  His newest novel, arriving in January, is “The Guest Room,” a story of human trafficking, a party gone horribly wrong, and a marriage in crisis.  The paperback of his most recent novel, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” was published in May. He is perhaps best known for “The Sandcastle Girls.”

The ful list of events:

Monday, January 25: “The Impact of World War II on Segregation,” a lecture by Peter Golden, author of Wherever There is Light, which explores the rescue German–Jewish professors from the Nazis by traditionally African-American colleges and the birth of the modern civil rights movement.
4 p.m.  Hodges Reading Room, Second Floor Jackson Library. Free.

Tuesday, February 9:  “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor” presentation by UNCG faculty authors Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon. 4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.  FREE.

Monday, February 22: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion – “Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House” by Elizabeth Keckley, led by Karen Weyler of the English Department.
7 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.  FREE.

Monday, March 14: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion – “Black Dogs” by Ian McEwan, led by Keith Gorman of the University Libraries.
4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 2nd floor, UNCG.  FREE

Tuesday, March 22: Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner, “An Evening with Author Chris Bohjalian.” 6 p.m. Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, UNCG.  The annual fundraiser for UNCG’s libraries will be March 22 at 6 p.m. in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom. The guest speaker will be New York Times Bestselling Author Chris Bohjalian. He has written 18 books, including “Midwives” and “The Sandcastle Girls.” Tickets, which include dinner, are $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Tickets for the program only are $22. Table sponsorships are available for $650 and include 8 tickets, preferential seating and recognition at the event. Reservations are required and may be purchased online through the Triad Stage Box Office online or by calling 336-272-0160. For more information about sponsoring a table, contact Barry Miller by email at barry_miller@uncg.edu or call 336-256-0112.

Mimes and mathematics – all on stage

Publicity photo of one of the mimes.See a family-friendly science performance in the Recital Hall of the UNCG Music Building Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, 4:30-6 p.m.

UNCG’s RISE Network is sponsoring this event which is free and open to the public.

Mime-matics is a fun and informative show that explores mathematical ideas through the art of mime. Whether creating an illusion of an invisible wall, wearing a mask covered with geometric shapes or pulling on an invisible rope, the Chartiers delve into mathematical concepts such as estimation, tiling, and infinity.

The Chartiers have performed Mime-matics at colleges, math conferences, festivals, and schools across the country.

Dr. Tim Chartier is an associate professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College. Math conferences, colleges and public schools invite him regularly to speak and perform (as a professionally trained mime) on topics related to applied mathematics.

Published by Princeton University Press, he wrote “Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing.” He fields mathematical questions for the Sports Science program on ESPN, and has also been a resource for a variety of media inquiries, which include appearances with NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today and The New York Times.

See a video clip sample of the Chartiers in action: https://vimeo.com/20079804.

Starfish is live for Spring 2016

With the return of students for the Spring 2016 term, the Starfish EARLY ALERT and CONNECT technologies are again available to all students, staff, and faculty at UNCG. Starfish is an early warning and student tracking system that allows UNCG to take a holistic approach to student success. Starfish aims to support the success of students by allowing instructors, faculty, and other staff members to track student progress and remain easily connected to one another. Starfish can be accessed through Canvas.

Instructors can use Starfish to raise alert flags related to academic and personal concerns so that students can connect with resources that may help them. Instructors can also raise kudos for students who are performing well academically or who are showing improvement. Lastly, Starfish allows instructors to raise referrals to connect students to helpful support offices. Academic Status Reports are sent out three times in the semester to allow for quick tracking of many students at once. Instructors will receive email alerts when these reports launch on the following dates:

  • Feb. 2
  • Feb. 23
  • March 29 (sent to instructors of first year students only)

Each time a student is flagged for academic concerns, they are contacted and invited to meet with a Students First Office staff member on the Starfish Outreach Team to help them develop a plan for academic success. All flagged students will also receive outreach from SFO with information about helpful campus resources. Students with referrals will be contacted via email by the referred office.

Reminders, Updates, & Training Opportunities

  • Starfish Referral Options: The Tutoring Referral and Academic Skills Referral can be raised by faculty and staff to recommend students to academic services that may assist them. Raising a referral will alert the student and support staff within the designated support office.
  • New Canvas Interface: On December 11, Canvas underwent an update that will impact how users access Starfish. Faculty, staff, and students can now access Starfish by logging into Canvas, selecting Account in the left menu, and then selecting Starfish.
  • Starfish Training for Faculty and Staff: The Students First Office will be hosting training workshops throughout the spring to help faculty and staff learn how to navigate Starfish features. Workshop details and sign-ups can be accessed at workshops.uncg.edu. Simply search “Starfish Sessions” for a list of available dates and times.

Students, staff and faculty may refer to the Students First Office website for information and training guides on using Starfish features. Users can also email the Starfish Coordinator, Elena Medeiros, at starfish@uncg.edu for additional clarification or troubleshooting.

106 international exchange students at UNCG this semester

Group photo of international exchange studentsUNCG welcomed 120 international exchange students last semester. The students represent 23 different countries with the top 5 being from UK, Germany, Japan, France and Australia.

This semester UNCG is welcoming 48 new international exchange students and 58 continuing students, the UNCG International Programs Center reports. These students represent 18 different countries and the top five countries represented are UK, France, Japan, China and Italy.

Watch video profiles of some of our international students here.

National Academy of Kinesiology honors Dr. Shirl Hoffman

Photo of Dr. Shirl HoffmanDr. Shirl Hoffman, UNCG professor emeritus of kinesiology, received the Hetherington Award at the 2015 National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) meeting. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the NAK and is presented annually to an individual who has impacted and strengthened the field of kinesiology.

The award was presented by Dr. Cathy Ennis, UNCG professor and NAK president.

Over the course of his career, Hoffman worked as an elementary physical education teacher, a college-level coach and a professor, including 10 years as the head of UNCG’s Kinesiology Department. He’s also published a number of books and articles on motor learning and control, qualitative analysis of movement and sport philosophy, focusing on sport and religion.  His book “Introduction to Kinesiology” is the leading text for introductory kinesiology courses across the nation.

Hoffman was a professor at UNCG for 21 years before retiring in 2006.

Looking ahead: Jan. 13, 2016

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Faculty Open House, at Bryan House
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2-4 p.m., shuttles begin 1:45 p.m.

UNCG Student Artist Competition, final round
Thursday, Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Collage Chamber Series
Friday, Jan. 15, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Men’s Basketball vs. VMI
Sunday, Jan. 17, 1 p.m., Coliseum

MLK Holiday
Monday, Jan. 18, classes dismissed; offices closed

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

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

UNCG volunteer opportunity at community centers

Start off the new year helping immigrant and refugee youth. Volunteer with UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians after-school tutoring and mentoring program one afternoon a week at one of their three community centers. Times vary by site. The CNNC works with over 150 local immigrant and refugee youth coming from nations around the globe such as Mexico, Bhutan, Burma, Liberia, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. If interested, email Aaron Hall at volunteer.cnnc@gmail.com

Weight Watchers open house January 25

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work’s next Open House is Monday, January 25, at 12 noon in Bryan 113.

Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Come to the Open House on Monday, January 25th in Bryan 113 at noon. Attending provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants and have your questions answered by group leader Donna Sexton.

The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a 12 week series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Mondays in Bryan 113 from noon-1 pm with weigh-in starting Monday, February 1, 2016*.  These meetings are open to the entire UNCG community including faculty, staff and students.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-3410 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.  Find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/UNCGWWatWork

*Must have 15 paying members to start a 12 week session.

Preston Lane

Photo of Preston LanePreston Lane’s play “Common Enemy” was selected by the Triangle publication “Independent Weekly” as one of the top productions of the year. It was the only theater production on IndyWeek’s list that was not in the Triangle. Lane is a founder of Triad Stage and an adjunct faculty member who teaches in UNCG Theatre’s directing program, which is led by John Gulley. Lane wrote and directed “Common Enemy,” which featured many UNCG student actors. The production was a summer collaboration with UNCG Theatre. An additional piece of news: Lane and UNCG alumna Laurelyn Dossett will premier an original production – their sixth together – in February, titled “Radiunt Abundunt.” He is writing the play, and she is writing the music.

Post updated Jan. 21, 2016.

Erin Ellis

Photo of Erin EllisErin Ellis (Communication Studies / UNCG Speaking Center) was awarded the 2015 Von Till Newcomer Award from the Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association (NCA). This award honors one Communication Center professional, with no more than five years’ experience, each year. Ellis was honored for her excellent work and dedication both on campus and nationally. She is a Communication Studies faculty member and assistant director of the UNCG Speaking Center.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

011316CampusPeople_SchwartzmanDr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) received a grant from the Alfred & Anita Schnog Family Foundation to fund his ongoing work in Holocaust education and genocide prevention. One component of that work, the North Carolina Holocaust Education, Research, & Outreach (NC HERO) project, can be accessed here: http://library.uncg.edu/dp/holocaust/

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Photo of Dr. Nicholas OberliesDr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the University of Washington for the project “Mechanisms of Silymarin Hepatoprotection.” This project is supported by funds from the National Institutes of Health.

See/hear: Jan. 13, 2016

See a highlight clip of the final seconds of UNCG men’s basketball’s victory over Furman. Diante Baldwin hit the game-winning shot and then played stellar defense to help seal the victory at home.

Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr.

Photo of Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr.Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. will be the guest speaker at the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, hosted by the City of Greensboro’s Human Relations Commission, on Jan. 18.

In memoriam: Dr. Marion O’Brien

Dr. Marion O’Brien, professor emerita of human development and family studies, passed away on December 21, 2015. Dr. O’Brien began her career at the University of Kansas, joined the UNCG faculty in 2001, and retired in 2012. In addition to her significant contributions as a teacher and scholar, she served as associate dean for research for the School of Human Environmental Sciences and was a founding member of the Child and Family Research Network. Her husband of 45 years, Dr. John O’Brien, was also a UNCG faculty member and preceded her in death.

Dr. O’Brien’s family will receive visitors beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House, with a service celebrating her life to follow. Additional information is available at http://www.greensboro.com/obituaries/o-brien-marion-eleanor/article_fa4a2f76-be3b-5092-8b86-7614dd497db4.html

Employee forum on adverse weather policy Jan. 12

Faculty and staff are invited to attend an open forum on Tuesday, Jan. 12, to learn about the revised adverse weather policy approved by the State Human Resources Commission in December. The forum will take place 10-11 a.m. in the Maple Room, EUC.
The policy, which took effect Jan. 1, addresses the weather conditions under which the university would cancel classes or close offices, and when employees would need to use vacation or make-up time for absences. Human Resources held a forum to discuss a draft policy in November.
Human Resources plans to hold at least one other forum, depending on weather conditions, said Deb Carley, interim associate vice chancellor for the department.

Weatherspoon ‘First Toast’ celebration Thursday

Photo of artwork from a past Weatherspoon Museum art exhibitUNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum is kicking off its 75th anniversary in style with a “First Toast” celebration this Thursday, Jan. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the museum.

The toast marks 75 years to the day since Gregory Ivy opened the Weatherspoon Art Gallery within the Department of Art. Weatherspoon members, current and past board members, funders, city and county officials and members of the UNCG community, among others, are invited guests to this celebration.

The event will feature live 1940s music by UNCG’s own Martha Bassett ’96 MM, along with a performance by the Piedmont Swing Dance Society. Nancy Doll, director of the museum, will make remarks at 6 p.m.

“A toast is always a celebratory event,” Doll said. “This seemed like an opportune time to raise a glass to Greg Ivy and all the many people, past and present, who have helped the Weatherspoon accomplish what it has throughout its history.”

The First Toast is one of several events that will be held throughout the year to commemorate the 75th anniversary.

The museum will feature eight signature anniversary exhibitions this year, including a collection of original drawings by Henri Matisse, and will hold its 75th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Oct. 1.

“The community has played an important role in the museum’s success from the very beginning,” Doll said. “The 75th poses the perfect opportunity for us to take stock of where we are and to envision where we want to be in the next 10 to 15 years.”

For more information about the Weatherspoon and to view a list of upcoming events, visit weatherspoon.uncg.edu.

Photography by Dan Smith

Calendar Year Holidays 2016

Photo of Kaplan Commons and the front entrance to the Elliott University CenterUNCG Human Resources has posted the university’s holidays for 2016.

Holiday                                   Date Observed                    Day Observed
New Year’s Day                     Jan. 1                                    Friday
Martin L. King  Birthday    Jan. 18                                  Monday
Spring Holiday                     March 25                              Friday
Memorial Day                       May 30                                 Monday
Independence Day               July 4                                    Monday
Labor Day                              Sept.  5                                  Monday
Thanksgiving Holiday         Nov.  24, 25                         Thursday, Friday
Winter Holiday                     Dec. 26, 27, 28, 29*           Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
**University Closed             Dec. 30                                 Friday

Regarding the scheduled holidays for the year 2016:

  • Employees may use accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay to cover the one day the University is closed. Employees who have no accrued leave time may make up the time with supervisory approval.
  • Employees may wish to use vacation time to attend religious services on days other than scheduled holidays. Department heads are strongly encouraged to accommodate such requests by arranging employees’ work schedules so that they may use vacation time for religious observances. Only in cases of business necessity or emergency should leave requests for religious reasons be denied.
  • Employees who are required to work on scheduled holidays shall be given, in addition to their regular salary, premium pay equal to one-half of their regular straight time rate for hours on these days, and shall be given equivalent time off on a date approved by the department head.
  • Permanent part-time employees receive holidays on a prorated basis. Temporary employees are not eligible for paid holidays. Please direct any questions you may have regarding holiday leave to Kathy Watford in the Employee Services Department of HR, extension 45009.

*G S126-4(5) Requires the university to note what day is observed in lieu of Veteran’s Day, December 29, is that day.

** Employees may use accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay to cover the one day the University is closed. Employees who have no accrued leave time may make up the time with supervisory approval. An employee must exhaust all accumulated vacation/bonus leave before going on leave without pay for the purpose of vacation.

More information is at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/dates/CalendarYears/.

Stars on view, at free planetarium shows

Photo from inside the dome of the Spitz ProjectorUNCG’s Astronomy Department announces the winter and spring planetarium shows for 2016.

  • Friday, Jan. 22 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb.19 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 18 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22 – 7:30 p.m.

The planetarium show will feature the sky constellations as well as the motions of the moon, sun and planets while using a Spitz Projector in a 20 foot dome.

All shows are held in 310 Petty Science Building. Parking is available in the McIver Street Parking Deck.

Admission is free for each show, but reservations must be made in advance at physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/upcoming-events/. They typically fill quickly. You may reserve up to 5 tickets.

Kathy Crowe will be interim dean of University Libraries

Photo of Kathy CroweKathy Crowe has accepted appointment as interim dean of University Libraries, effective April 1.  This appointment comes in the wake of Dean Rosann Bazirjian’s recent announcement of her intention to retire on March 31.  To permit sufficient time for a national search, Crowe’s appointment is anticipated to extend through June 30, 2017.

Crowe, who has served as associate dean for public services at the University Libraries since 2006, brings over 30 years of progressive experience in academic libraries in a wide range of areas including administration, collection management, information literacy, assessment and public services. She served as chair-elect and chair of the UNCG Faculty Senate from 2006 to 2008, and currently represents UNCG as a delegate to the UNC System Faculty Assembly.

She holds a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from Indiana University, where she began her professional employment as a reference and instruction librarian in 1977.  She moved to the University of Georgia in 1979; while there she obtained a Master of Arts (MA) degree in History from that institution. She moved to UNCG in 1983 as reference librarian and bibliographic instruction coordinator, and was subsequently appointed as head, reference and instructional services. She was awarded tenure in 1987.

See more at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2015/12/kathy-crowe-named-interim-dean-of.html.

As Herring retires, Donelson will serve as interim chief of police

Chancellor Gilliam sent this note to the campus community before the holiday break:

As you may know, UNCG Chief of Police Jamie Herring will retire from the university on December 31, 2015, and our very own Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety and Risk Management Rollin Donelson will serve as interim chief of police.

A search for the new chief of police is well underway. In November, a search committee chaired by Dean of Students Dr. Brett Carter was established. To date, the committee has completed two rounds of candidate evaluations and is currently preparing for campus interviews. Given the holiday schedule, campus interviews are scheduled to begin at the beginning of the spring semester. We anticipate that the search committee will finalize the selection process in February and the final candidate will be announced in March. As a result, there will be time between Herring’s official departure date and the appointment date of the new police chief.

In consultation with Brent Herron, associate vice president of Campus Safety and Emergency Operations for Administration for The University of North Carolina system, Donelson was chosen from a select group of highly qualified individuals with experience and familiarity with the UNC system.

With more than 40 years of higher education law enforcement experience, Donelson is well respected in the law enforcement community. He served with the University of Texas at Austin Police Department for 20 years before becoming UNCG’s chief of police from 2000 to 2008.  Donelson comes highly recommended, and he possesses a wealth of experience to assist our department. Although his time in this capacity will be brief, I am confident he will maintain the university’s high standards of service.

Please join me in welcoming Interim Chief Donelson. And, please join me in thanking Chief Herring for his 30 years of service.

Couple’s nearly 7 decades of service to UNCG

Photo of James and Pat TurnerPat Turner joined Accounts Payable Office in 1979 and has served in the University Registrar’s Office since 1985.

James R. Turner joined the Physical Plant as a trades helper in 1983 and is retiring as an HVAC technician.

They have both retired in recent weeks. The married couple served UNCG a grand total of 68 years.

Pat Turner was recognized at the Enrollment Management breakfast meeting Dec. 17. As the Turners sat together, Dr. Bryan Terry showed a listing of what was in the news the year Pat joined the university. (Remember “Happy Days” and “The Love Boat” on TV – before cable?)

Terry also recognized Student Success Center Director John Foreman, who plans to retire this summer. “I have had a wonderful 15 years here at UNCG doing what I have loved – working with first generation college students. I was a first gen myself,” he told CW.

The whole division was serenaded by the Facilities Operations Choir. The choir was making a bit of history – they’d never performed outside of their own departmental events, choir director Cynthia Louis told CW.

By Mike Harris

Libraries award Information Literacy stipends

In a new initiative, the University Libraries awarded stipends to three faculty members to provide support to revise their Spring 2016 courses to incorporate more information literacy and increase librarian involvement. Seventeen faculty members from a variety of departments submitted proposals.

The stipend recipients are:

Tom Jackson, History 391
Stephanie Hudson, Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations 381
Jonathan Zarecki, Classical Studies 102

Dr. Jackson will collaborate with Kathy Crowe (library liaison to the History department) Lynda Kellam (Data Services and Government Information Librarians), and Kathelene Smith (Photographs, Artifacts, and Textiles Archivist) on his Historical Skills and Methods course. The class will incorporate library databases, historic census and polling data, and archival materials relating to the sit-ins of the 1960s.

Ms. Hudson will collaborate with Amy Harris Houk (library liaison to the School of Education) on ELC 381 (The Institution of Education). The class will contain a series of scaffolded assignments centered around constructing authority in a variety of situations.

Dr. Zarecki will collaborate with Jenny Dale (Director of First-Year Programs and library liaison to the English department) on CCI 102: The Classical Art of Persuasion. The class will focus on incorporating information literacy into classical rhetoric.

Francois on Soccer All-South First Team

Photo of Jacques FrancoisUNCG men’s soccer senior forward Jacques Francois was named to the All-South Region First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.The South Region includes student-athletes from the Southern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big South Conference.

Francois is the only player from the Southern Conference named to the All-Region First Team. He becomes the first Spartan to earn All-Region honors since Hakan Ilhan earned Third Team accolades in 2011 and is the first Spartan to be named to the First Team All-Region since Scott Jones in 2006.

Francois was named the SoCon Player of the Year and First Team All-SoCon after his impressive senior campaign.