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Archives for April 2016

Talks on ‘Designing Effective Assignments’

The Class of ’52 Teaching and Research Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Department of English and the ULTC, will host two events on April 18.

First, from 12-2 pm in the Alumni House Horseshoe Room, Pat Hutchings, a senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), will lead a workshop and luncheon, “Designing Assignments for Inquiry-Based Learning and Undergraduate Research.” This interactive workshop will be an opportunity to think together about the design of assignments that engage students in the modes of thought and inquiry that are central to their discipline.

Those interested in participating should email Stephen Yarbrough, Class of ’52 Distinguished Professor: sryarbro@uncg.edu

Then, at 3 p.m., in the Alumni House Virginia Dare Room, Hutchings will deliver a public lecture, “Designing Effective Assignments: Where Teaching and Scholarship Come Together.” This session will explore assignment design as an instance of the scholarship of teaching and learning—a powerful opportunity for collaboration and reflective practice that can strengthen student learning, forge more coherent curricular pathways for students, and bring visibility and value to the intellectual work that faculty do as teachers.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UNCG

UNCG hosts several events during April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This week:

Wednesday, April 6, EUC, Maple Room, 7 p.m.
Learn about consent and what it looks like.

Thurs. April 7 (Staff)
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday, April 8 (Students)

RAD Basic for Women
April 12-14.
Details and registration at http://police.uncg.edu/Programs/RAD.

The month of April is used to educated students on the prevalence and effects of sexual violence on our community.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Jeanne Clery. She was a first-year student at Lehigh University who, in 1986, was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University residence hall. Clery’s parents campaigned for legislative reform following their daughter’s death. In 1990, Congress passed “The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” more commonly known as the “Clery Act.”

The Clery Act requires all universities and colleges who receive federal aid to report crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees (i.e., sexual assault, dating violence, murder, robbery, hate crimes, etc.) in a timely manner. Through the Clery Act, UNCG is required to send out “Timely Warning” emails to campus when a Clery crime (including sexual violence) is reported to the university and/or police. The intent of these warnings is to keep community members informed.

Updated: Community Engagement Speakers Series presents David Campt

Note that this information posted March 15 in CW. There are now revised times/locations, reflected in the listings below:

PUBLIC TALK: Dialogue and Participatory Decision-Making about Difficult Topics in Moments of Significant Community, Cultural, and Organizational Change

Wednesday, April 6
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
Alexander Room, Elliott University Center

Dr. David Campt is a civic engagement expert and meeting strategist who discusses lessons from his diverse experiences in creative meetings, conferences, and larger processes that are designed to maximize the inclusion of diverse voices in order to leverage collective brainpower. He will explore the methods, underlying principles, and necessary skills that are relevant not only for creating inclusive and better processes within UNCG but also relevant when we want to engage effectively and reciprocally with colleagues outside of UNCG via community-university partnerships.

WORKSHOP for FACULTY/STAFF/COMMUNITY LEADERS: Strategically Planning for Inclusive Dialogue & Deliberation

Thursday, April 7, 2016
1 – 3 p.m.
Claxton Room, Elliott University Center
Registration Required: http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/2015-2016-speaker-series

This interactive workshop is intended for UNCG faculty, staff, and community members who could benefit from revisiting current processes to address difficult issues, make decisions, or fashion organizational plans.

This session will give participants a chance to explore new possibilities for the new ways that techniques in dialogue, deliberation, and group wisdom might improve current plans on the table. Registration is required as participants will be sent pre-workshop materials and requests.

“Carryall” Demo Day for UNCG

Come with questions and be ready to take a test drive Tuesday, April 12, at the University Facilities and Grounds Department. Carolina Golf Cars & Club Car will host a “Carryall” Demo Day for UNCG, enabling end users, department heads, and staff to see the latest options in people movers, small utility vehicles and LSV’s (low-speed vehicles/ street legal).

The event at the Grounds department near Sink Building will be mid-morning, April 12.

Facilities, grounds, housekeeping, admissions, athletics, and health sciences are just a few of the departments on UNCG’s campus tasked with moving quickly from task to task. This calls for a strategic transportation plan that lets you do more with less.

For more information, you may contact Hal Shelton (hwshelto@uncg.edu) at UNCG Facilities.

(In case of rain, the rain date will be Thursday, April 14.)

In memoriam: Steve Heyer

Gustav A. (Steve) Heyer died March 12. The husband of former chancellor Dr. Linda P. Brady, Heyer’s career in the military spanned two decades. Later in his career, his obituary notes, he served on the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Army Europe, and as international logistics officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Heyer’s full obituary may be read here.

‘Most Likely to Succeed’ screening at SOE

The School of Education will host a screening of “Most Likely to Succeed” on Wednesday, April 6 at 5 p.m. in Room 120 of the SOE Building After watching the film, the SOE will host a reception where conversation about the film will be facilitated.

“Most Likely to Succeed” (MLTS) offers an inspiring look at what students and teachers are capable of – if we have the vision and courage to transform our schools.

The screening is open to anyone interested in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing.

To view the trailer and learn more about MLTS, visit mltsfilm.org.

UNCG Single Occupancy Restrooms

UNCG is committed to being an inclusive community that embraces and supports the diverse needs of our faculty, staff, students and visitors. As part of an ongoing evaluation of restroom spaces ‐ and with a core belief that everyone in our community should have ready access to them ‐ UNCG has been working on identifying and designating certain restrooms as single occupancy. These particular restroom spaces are open to all genders and well‐suited for individuals needing additional privacy. People of all gender identities and expressions, abilities and medical needs are welcomed to use these spaces. A full listing is at https://oedi.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/UNCG-Single-Occupancy-Restrooms.pdf.

Relay for Life at UNCG April 15

The world’s largest fundraising event to fight cancer is coming to UNCG April 15, 5 p.m. to midnight. You can sign up today to participate in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event. By participating in the Relay For Life movement, you’ll be supporting the fight against cancer.

Thanks to the support of volunteers at Relay For Life events, including the many volunteers at UNCG, the American Cancer Society is helping to save more than 500 lives from cancer every day.

See https://www.facebook.com/uncgrelayforlife/ for more information and for registration information.


Jorge Quintal

Photo of Jorge Quintal.The 2-16 Frank B. Turner award was presented to Jorge Quintal by AIA North Carolina, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Consulting Engineers Council of North Carolina, and the Professional Engineers Council of North Carolina at the annual State Construction Conference. Quintal is associate vice chancellor for facilities. The award recognizes a state employee who has made an outstanding professional contribution to the built environment, as exemplified by the professional life of Frank B. Turner. Given yearly in his honor at the State Construction Conference, it recognizes a state government career employee for his or her dedicated public service and for setting an example as a professional working with the built environment.

More information and a photo at http://ncadmin.nc.gov/businesses/construction/construction-conference/frank-b-turner-award.

See/hear: April 5, 2016

 Fatema Albalushi, Omani native, shares her story of leaving Sohar, Oman, to study at UNCG and experience life in America. Albalushi embraces the independence she discovered in America because it has helped her learn to do things on her own and build her own personality.

Governor’s Awards for Excellence for state employees

Nomination submissions for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Excellence is April 29, 2016. The Governor’s Awards for Excellence is the highest honor a State employee may receive.  Employees are nominated for the award by other state employees including their supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates.

The nomination form, the nominee’s job description and a written nomination describing why the person is being nominated must be included. A minimum of 350 words is required. These can be created in a word document and then copy and pasted into the online application.

It is critical to recognize individuals who go the extra mile in respect to public service, so please show UNCG’s support of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence Program by nominating a colleague for this high honor. Additional information, including the nomination form, can be found at: http://www.excellenceawards.nc.gov/

Should you have any questions, please contact Benita Peace at btpeace@uncg.edu or by calling 334-4510.

April 2016 Human Resources Professional Development workshops

Photo of exterior of the Elliot University Center (EUC).UNCG’s Human Resources offers free workshops to all UNCG employees to provide knowledge, tools, resources, skills and opportunities for job and career success.  The workshops support the growth and development of UNCG employees and, and is important in helping them be as productive and successful as possible in their current role.  The workshops offered also encourage motivation, retention, and enhance career opportunities.

Workshops are open to all faculty, staff and administrators.

To view the workshops being offered and to register for a workshop, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/

HIRING SERIES: Hiring qualified people will save you time and money.  Human Resources’ Deb Carley will present a workshop, Behavioral Interviewing, on how to get the right person in the right job.  This workshop will offer techniques on how to keep it legal, using open-ended questions, and how to evaluate their past experiences to help predict future behaviors.  This workshop is offered on April 7th from 10am-12pm.  Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021487.

Disney recognizes that a good way for employees to engage is by putting them at the forefront for improving the organization.  Process of Continuous Improvement: The Devil is in the Details! with Dr. Vidya Gargeya, focuses on the measurable methods to guide the participants in how to determine continuous improvement in their department.  This workshop is offered on April 12th from 10am-12pm.  Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021490.

A new UNCG Human Resources provided workshop, TSERS: Retirement Workshop, given by Emily Foust, is designed for members of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and mid-to-late career employees. This workshop will help employees understand retirement calculations, conversion of sick leave to service, retiree health insurance vesting, the process to initiate monthly retirement payments and more. Please feel free to bring a spouse, or partner.  This workshop will be held on April 12th from 1pm-2:30pm.  **Please note this is not a financial planning workshop. Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021643.

HIRING SERIES:  This workshop on Recruiting for Success: Safe Hire Practices provides a guide on how to use policies, practices, and procedures to identify candidates who are best suited for the business need.  Managers now have to be aware of practical issues such as what information is available, how to get it, and how to utilize it and analyze the information in a cost-effective manner.  This workshop, with Human Resources’ Benita Peace, will be held on April 14th from 10am-12pm.  Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021501.

The workshop on Understanding and Preventing Sexual Harassment at UNCG provides a guide on preventing and handling occurrences of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. This course will provide a safe environment for an open discussion on sexual harassment and sexual misconduct at UNCG and how to provide support and resources for affected parties, and your role and responsibility. This workshop, with Human Resources’ Benita Peace, will be held on April 19th from 10am-12pm.  Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021500.

The International Programs Center is offering this workshop, Intercultural Sensitivity: Looking Through Other Eyes, to help employees become more aware of their own cultural background and to heighten their intercultural worldview.  This workshop will be held on April 20th from 2pm-5pm in Foust 206.  There is an intercultural sensitivity assessment ($12) associated with this workshop.  Please submit a BANFIN-33 with your registration to s_dreier@uncg.edu.  Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021313.

Change happens.  This workshop on Managing Personnel Action Forms: SHRA (SPA) and EHRA (EPA) Non-Faculty Employment provides an understanding of the employee transaction process and when to use which form (EPAF or PAF) to manage that change.  This workshop, with Human Resources’ Kathy Watford, Marcia Rey, and Rhonda Rogers, will be held on April 25th from 10am-12pm.  Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021313.

Please join us for a joint workshop with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety’s Todd Beck for a fun discussion on ergonomics and how this scientific discipline can help you reduce stress and eliminate injuries due to your repetitive work position.  This practical and interactive workshop, FUNdamentals of Ergonomics in the Work Environment (and Beyond)!, will be held on April 26th from 11am-12pm. Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021542.


Personal Development Workshops

April 6th from 2-3pm: Stress: A Way of Life or a Fact of Life

This workshop will help you to understand more about stress, identify your stressors and learn ways to cope with and manage high stress levels.

Registration: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021508


April 13th from noon-1pm: Balancing Work and Life

This workshop will help participants explore and define home responsibilities, identify career requirements and prioritize leisure time.

Registration: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021509


April 20th from 1-2pm: Learning to Relax

The class will allow participants to learn and experience several simple relaxation tools such as progressive muscle relaxation, abdominal relaxation breathing and visualization.

Registration: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021510

*All workshops will take place in the HR Training Room, Bryan 113, unless otherwise noted.*


Offered at Guilford College, a joint venture providing opportunities to both campuses’ employees:

April 8th from 4pm to 8pm and April 9th and April 10th from 9am-5pm:

Understanding Racism

This weekend workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the history of race and racism in the U.S., examine how racism continues to shape our lives today, and build an anti-racist community.

Registration Required: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021143 (limited seating available)


Breakfast Briefing (which includes a complimentary breakfast):

April 13th from 8:30am-10am: Science of Goal Setting

This class examines goal setting as a brain function. We’ll look at how the brain works, creating an awareness of the mental process, thus making it easier for us to create new habits in relation to goal setting.

Registration Required: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021762 (limited seating available)

Looking ahead: April 6, 2016

An Evening with the Creative Class’ symposium
Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m., Studio 322, Coleman Building

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Graduate Research & Creativity Expo
Thursday, April 7, noon, EUC, Cone Ballroom

Poetry reading, Jennifer Whitaker, from “The Blue Hour”
Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m., Maple Room, EUC

Opera, “Dialogues of the Carmelites”
Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

UNCG International Festival
Saturday, April 9, noon, College Avenue

UPAS series concert, Del McCoury Band
Wednesday, April 13, 8 p.m., UNCG Auditorium