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Archives for August 2016

In memoriam: Dr. Tony DeCasper

Anthony (Tony) DeCasper, Professor Emeritus of Developmental Psychology at UNCG, died on July 4. He joined the faculty of UNCG in the mid-1970s, and retired 2012. His scientific career is marked by his ground-breaking research demonstrating how prenatal and neonatal auditory perceptual experiences contribute to the development of human cognitive abilities. He devised a research strategy that was able to reveal the prenatal mechanisms of learning and memory that establish the neonatal abilities essential for the continued development of the infant. See more information at https://psy.uncg.edu/in-memoriam-dr-anthony-james-tony-decasper/.

Department of Recreation & Wellness

Earlier this summer, UNCG’s Wellness Center and Campus Recreation merged to create the Department of Recreation & Wellness. UNCG Wellness, which provides education on sexual health, mental health, sexual violence and relationships, alcohol and other drugs, nutrition and body image, is now housed in the Kaplan Center.

“By bringing recreation and wellness together, we can expand the opportunities for students to engage and participate in a variety of programs, whether it’s a cycling class or a mental health workshop,” said Dr. Jill Beville, director of recreation and wellness. “We want to tap into all aspects of student well-being.”

See/hear: Aug. 24, 2016

See Chancellor Gilliam’s complete State of the Campus address here.

University Libraries’ partnership with data archive

The University Libraries has partnered with UNC Chapel Hill’s Odum Institute to archive and disseminate research data through NC DOCKS. This partnership offers the following advantages over other archiving options:

  • no cost to UNCG faculty
  • integration with NC DOCKS
  • redundant, geographically distributed back ups
  • long term storage of your data
  • ability to control the degree of access others have to your data

The NC DOCKS / Odum partnership will fulfill most data management plan requirements of granting agencies. In addition to providing this option, the University Libraries can provide training and support for data management best practices and more. For a consultation, please contact Lynda Kellam (lmkellam@uncg.edu) or Anna Craft (arcraft@uncg.edu).

For more information on research data services at the UNCG University Libraries, please consult a guide at http://uncg.libguides.com/RDM.

NC DOCKS (http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/) is UNCG’s institutional repository for faculty scholarship and more. For more information, please contact Anna Craft (arcraft@uncg.edu).

Teens and Weatherspoon art

The Weatherspoon Art Museum announces a new education opportunity: “Teens Behind-the-Scenes” is a six-week program where high school teens discover the history of Weatherspoon Art Museum; explore museum careers; and learn about the interpretation of art objects. Based on WAM’s earlier Teen Art Guides program, Teens Behind-the-Scenes distills the museum experience into a single semester, allowing more flexibility for busy high school students.

When & Where: Meet at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, corner of Spring Garden & Tate Street, 4:30-6:00 pm, six Thursday afternoons: September 22-October 27, 2016. Free parking is available behind the museum, and a parking permit is provided.

Materials fee: $25 WAM family and student members/ $35 non-members/ scholarships available. Participants receive a one-year student membership or membership renewal.

Application: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/learn/k12-students-teachers/

Application Due Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Questions? Contact Terri Dowell-Dennis at t_dowell@uncg.edu or call 336-256-1449.

Paul Chelimo, UNCG’s first Olympian, runs Wednesday

081716Feature_ChelimoThirteen minutes and 35 seconds. That’s how long it took former UNCG track and field star Paul Chelimo ’14 to punch his ticket to Rio.

But for the Olympian – who will compete in the first round of the men’s 5,000 meter race on Wednesday, Aug. 17 – the journey has been anything but fast.

A native of Kenya, Chelimo discovered his speed as a young boy playing tag with his brothers.

“They could never catch me,” he said. “That’s when I knew I had something special.”

In middle and high school, Chelimo participated in track and field meets. But it wasn’t until November of 2009, one month after he graduated from high school, that he bought his first pair of running shoes and started training competitively.

Just one year later, Chelimo moved to the United States to attend Shorter University in Georgia. In 2011, he transferred to UNCG.

“Getting an athletic scholarship in the United States was a great opportunity for me,” Chelimo said. “I didn’t just want to run – I wanted a good education as well.”

His career at UNCG – which included outdoor track, indoor track and cross country – was decorated, to say the least. In 2012 and 2013, Chelimo was the national runner-up in the 5,000 meter race at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He was also a three-time Southern Conference Cross Country Champion and a six-time All-America recipient during his career.

Chelimo’s work ethic and competitive spirit extended from the track to the classroom. The public health major was a recipient of the Irwin Belk Athletic Scholarship and the Aaron Bobb Scholarship and graduated with a 3.6 grade point average.

Upon graduation, Chelimo was accepted into the highly competitive U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, a unique opportunity that provides outstanding soldier-athletes the support and training to compete in national and international competitions while maintaining a professional military career.

“I really want to thank UNCG, the athletics department and the Greensboro community for the support,” he said. “If I didn’t have the opportunity to train well at UNCG, I wouldn’t be headed to the Olympics.”

And there’s no question that the campus community is behind him.

“To be the first UNCG Spartan to compete in the Olympics – the highest form of competition for an athlete – is incredibly meaningful,” said UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record. “The entire Spartan family will be rooting for Paul. Regardless of the outcome of the race, he will represent us well.”

Chelimo will compete in the first round of the 5,000 meter race on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 9:05 a.m. EST. The race will stream live at NBCOlympics.com. The final round is Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 p.m. EST and will broadcast live on NBC.

Share your Spartan pride and wish Paul good luck on social media using the hashtag #ChelimoInRio.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Cheryl Treworgy

Visual:  UNCG alumnus Paul Chelimo celebrates after finishing third at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, on July 9.

See full story at UNCG Now.

Open Education Resources save students lots on textbooks

081716Feature_EducationResourcesWhen Dr. Heather Helms, UNCG associate professor of human development and family studies, announced to her class of 230 students that they were swapping their $200 textbook for free, online materials last spring, she was met with loud cheers and a round of applause.

College is an expensive undertaking, and textbooks are especially pricy.

Like Helms, many professors at UNCG are trying to make the financial burden of college a little more bearable by replacing textbooks with open education resources. These resources are available for free use and re-purposing, either through public domain or open licensing, and include items such as e-books, websites, journal articles, lectures and videos.

Beth Bernhardt, University Libraries’ assistant dean for collection management and scholarly communications, has been championing the use of open education resources for a number of years. It wasn’t until last year, however, that she and her team were able to provide a tangible incentive for professors to convert their curriculum from expensive textbooks to include free resources.

UNCG’s University Libraries and the Office of the Provost provided funds to offer $1,000 mini-grants to 10 professors during the 2015-16 academic year.

Over the next two years, University Libraries will be able to provide 31 additional mini-grants to professors through an $85,000 shared grant with East Carolina University.

Not only do open education resources cut down on student costs, they allow professors to share accurate, up-to-date information in a more engaging way.

“It takes a long time to produce a textbook,” Helms said, adding that information is already dated by the time a brand new textbook hits the shelves.

The freedom to incorporate more digital materials made a difference in Helms’ class as well.

“I felt they were really engaged with the material,” Helms said. “This delivery seems more relevant to them. It seems less archaic than a bulky textbook.”

Story by Jeanie McDowell, University Communications

Full story at UNCG Now.

Learn how UNCG faculty can help save students money in this initiative. See https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2016/08/09/help-lower-textbook-costs-students.

More robust Spartan welcome for distance learners

081716Featuer_DistanceLearnersFor the first time ever, UNCG is offering a centralized, online orientation for all full-time distance learners (ie, those students who do not take classes on campus). This is required for all new distance learners beginning fall 2016.

Orientation is hosted as a required course in Canvas, and it includes video modules, quizzes and access and links to resource. It covers topics from financial aid to computing to academic support resources and more, helping students transition into the system, Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples explains. She is director of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience.

It’s a formal introduction and hello.

The idea is to ensure online learners feel a greater part of the Spartan university experience. Distance learners can now get a SpartanCard, which they receive with a welcome letter and a UNCG window cling so they can show their pride as a UNCG student.

This orientation/welcome is a collaborative initiative, with oversight by New Student Transitions & First Year Experience and product design and implementation with DCL and Canvas, as well as the SpartanCard office. Needs assessment and content development was a collaboration with the faculty who are the online program directors.

Most of the content may be viewed by anyone on the web site newstudents.uncg.edu/onlinelearners/programinformation.

Artist Willie Young at Weatherspoon

081716Feature_WillieYoungThe Weatherspoon Art Museum had a very special visit Aug. 2 from artist Willie Young. Young is one of those featured in the exhibition “Inside the Outside: Five Self-Taught Artists from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation.”

Young flew in to Greensboro for the day to tour the installation and was accompanied by Weatherspoon director Nancy Doll, Angela Usrey and writer/curator Tom Patterson, along with Weatherspoon staff and interns.

The “Inside the Outside” exhibition is on view until Sept. 4.

Photograph of Young and Doll by Loring Mortenson.

Grant-seeking databases and applying for internal research awards

Here are two workshops faculty may be interested in being a part of:


Applying For Internal Research Awards Workshop

Wed. 8/31/16, 9:00-10:00 am, 1607 MHRA

Thurs. 9/1/16, 2:00-3:00 pm, 1607 MHRA

Workshop covering what you need to know to successfully apply for New Faculty Research Awards and the Regular Faculty Research Awards. The application deadline is 10/19/2016. For more information, guidelines, directions and forms, go to http://research.uncg.edu/internal-grants-and-awards/.  Register at http://workshops.uncg.edu.


Show Me the Money! A Guide To and Through Grant-Seeking Databases

8/30/2016, 12:30-2:30 pm, Bryan 211

9/16/2016, 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Curry 304

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity. This workshop will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center. Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest. Presented by University Libraries and the Office of Sponsored Programs. Register at https://workshops.uncg.edu.

Risa Applegarth Wins 2016 CCCC Outstanding Book Award

Photo of Dr. Risa ApplegarthDr. Risa Applegarth, associate professor of English, has received a 2016 CCCC Outstanding Book Award in the Monograph category for her book “Rhetoric in American Anthropology: Gender, Genre, and Science.” It was published by University of Pittsburgh Press. The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English. This award honors books within the field of composition and rhetoric.

The book grew out of her dissertation, which received the organization’s national Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2010.

The award selection committee noted noted, “In ‘Rhetoric in American Anthropology: Gender, Genre, and Science,’ Risa Applegarth provides a wealth of historical research to show how the development of disciplinary identity is intertwined with gender and race. Following the trajectory of American Anthropology from the 19th century through the uptake and reshaping of various genres — what she calls a ‘rhetorical archeology’ — Applegarth makes an important contribution to research on disciplinary rhetorics and genre.”

Applegarth received the CCCC Outstanding Book Award during the 2016 CCCC Annual Convention.

She joined UNCG’s Department of English in 2009, where she is associate professor. She also teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from UNC Chapel Hill.

Her research and teaching interests include rhetorical history and theory, genre theory, women’s rhetorics, and scientific and professional discourse.

Additionally, she was awarded UNCG’s 2015-16 Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence, in April.

More information about the CCCC Outstanding Book Award, including past winners, may be found at www.ncte.org/cccc/awards/oba.

Looking ahead: August 17, 2016

State of the Campus Address
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., UNCG Auditorium

UNCG Athletics 50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, Aug. 19, Soccer Stadium

First day of classes, Fall semester
Monday, Aug. 22

Fall Kickoff for students
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m., College Avenue

Spartan Service Day
Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m.

LeBauer Park’s UNCG connection

In the past days, Greensboro has celebrated the opening of the Carolyn & Maurice LeBauer Park.

The late Carolyn Weill LeBauer was a 1936 alumna of UNCG (known as Woman’s College). Her mother, Beatrice Schwab Weill, was in the class of 1911.

Through Carolyn Weill LeBauer’s will, UNCG received a gift to establish the Carolyn Weill LeBauer Fund in the Walter Clinton Jackson Library.

Dr. Thomas Matyók

Photo of Dr. Thomas Matyók.Dr. Thomas Matyók (Peace and Conflict Studies) recently presented “The Meaning of Reconciliation for Stability Operations: Religious Actors in a Stability Environment Before, During, and After Conflict” at the Operational Art & Thinking Series, Civil-Military Interaction/ United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations sponsored by Multinational Joint Headquarters Ulm, Germany.

Dr. Tara T. Green

Photo of Dr. Tara T. GreenDr. Tara T. Green (African American and African Diaspora Studies) was invited to serve as a mentor to one of the 16 junior faculty fellows chosen to participate in Duke University’s Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement Program. She was also asked by the program’s director to make a presentation, “Developing a Research Agenda and Building a Teaching Portfolio,” as one of this year’s six professional development seminars.

That’s cold, Spartans

Move-in has students feeling the heat? They can take a break at the Chill Zone.

Students and their families are invited to enjoy ice-cold water and frozen treats, grab a UNCG giveaway, and meet other Spartans at the Chill Zone. Plus, students will be able to register for a drawing to win a $100 gift card for the UNCG Bookstore.

Faculty and staff are also welcome to drop by the event and welcome our students to campus. Look for the Chill Zone tent on Moran Commons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug.17–19. This event is sponsored by the UNCG Alumni Association, Undergraduate Admissions, and New Student Transitions and First Year Experience.

Dr. Christina O’Connor

Dr. Christina O’Connor (School of Education, Teacher’s Academy) received a continuation of funding from U.S. Department of Education for the project “Transforming Teaching through Technology (TTtT).” Transforming Teaching through Technology, a Teacher Quality Partnership project of UNCG in partnership with Guilford County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, will address Absolute Priority 1 and Competitive Preference Priority 1 by developing an innovative and replicable model for the integration of technology in the teacher education curriculum.

In order to better prepare current and future teachers to thoughtfully integrate existing and emerging technology for P-12 student learning, Transforming Teaching through Technology will:

  • move beyond enhancement (substitution & augmenting) to promote transformational use of instructional technology in teaching and learning
  • transform approaches to P-12 learning such that instructional technology is an integral part of learning
  • alter the way we engage and motivate students in learning
  • create space where teacher candidates can be engaged in instructional technology –enriched teacher education programming
  • cultivate meaningful collaboration between university and schools to promote new mindsets to integrate instructional technology for learning.

The abstract further states that this project will result in increased engagement of public school students in innovation, creativity, problem-solving and entrepreneurship through the development of collaborative project-based learning environments utilizing emerging technology and 21st century skills.

See/hear: August 17, 2016

Dr. John Kiss, who begins his first year as dean of the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, welcomes incoming students as they begin their 2016-17 academic year. See the video clip.



Nominations sought for 2016 Spartans of Promise awards

The Spartans of Promise awards are given to ten seniors excelling academically and in the UNCG community by the Alumni Association during the Alumni of Distinction Awards dinner during Homecoming.

Know a senior who may be deserving of this honor? Recommend a student.

Spartans of Promise must demonstrate:

  • Strong involvement in campus activities
  • Proven leadership in service activities
  • Passion for UNCG


  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 90 credit hours, at least 30 of which are completed at UNCG


– Application deadline for qualifying students is 9/4/2016.
– Applicants chosen as semi finalists notified by 9/20/2016.
– Interviews on 10/1/2016.
– Winners notified on 10/3/2016.
– Winners encouraged to attend Founders Day on 10/5/2016.
– Reception and alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner 10/20/2016.

Faculty, staff and advisers for student groups are encouraged to recommend a student who they think should be considered for the award, by sending a recommendation letter for the student to Crystal Josey at cgjosey@uncg.edu.

Emails will be sent to all recommended students, notifying them that they have been recommended and that they are strongly encouraged to complete the Spartans of Promise Application Form.

For more information and to access the form, click here.

Qualifying students must complete the Spartans of Promise Application Form by Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.

2016 State of the Campus Address Aug. 17

081016Feature_StateOfCampusThe State of the Campus Address will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, in UNCG Auditorium.

Seating begins at 10 a.m.

The traditional luncheon in Moran Commons and Plaza will follow.

“Please join me as we begin a new year,” Chancellor Gilliam said in his invitation to faculty and staff.

Key dates for August-September, 2016

081016Feature_KeyDatesThe UNCG residence halls are ready. Move-in days will be the latter part of next week. As we welcome a new academic year, here are some dates to consider adding to your calendar:

New Faculty Orientation
Monday, Aug. 15, 8:30 a.m., all day. See details.

State of the Campus Address, followed by faculty/staff luncheon
Wednesday, Aug. 17, seating begins at 10 a.m., UNCG Auditorium

UNCG student move-in days
Wednesday, Aug. 17 – Friday, Aug. 19. Details at hrl.uncg.edu/living-campus/fall-move-in-guide

Graduate School’s New Student orientation (Either of two days)
Tuesday, Aug. 16 or Thursday, Aug. 18.
Details at grs.uncg.edu/orientation

Party Like a Rawkstar, dance party for students
Fri, August 19, 8 p.m. (first of many Rawkin’ Welcome Week (RWW) events)
EUC, Cone Ballroom

RRW Wild West Showdown
Saturday, Aug. 20, noon, College Avenue

Chancellor’s New Student Convocation
Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

RWW Charlie’s Fountain Fest
Sunday, Aug. 21, 5 p.m., Moran Commons

Classes begin.
Monday, August 22, 2016. Spartan SPEARS in lime green shirts will help provide direction for students.

RWW Fall Kickoff for students
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m., College Avenue

RWW, Dive in Movie for students
Friday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m., Kaplan Center for Wellness

Spartan Service Day (volunteering in community)
Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. See olsl.uncg.edu

RWW, HRL Carnival
Saturday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m., Quad Lawn

Faculty Senate meeting
Aug. 31, 3 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m., Moran Commons, Room 109

Collage concert
Saturday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

General Faculty Meeting and Convocation
Thursday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Family Weekend
Sept. 23-25

Compiled by Mike Harris

Correction: The move-in days, Wednesday, Aug. 17-Friday, Aug. 19, originally appeared with incorrect dates. The dates have been corrected in this post, as have the dates for Family Weekend.   (8/10, 8:45 a.m.)

Teaching teachers about HERPS

081016Feature_HERPProjectLed by a team of UNCG researchers, professors and graduate students, 50 top-notch science educators from five different states gathered at Haw River State Park this summer for a weekend herpetology curriculum workshop.

The goal? To teach teachers how to get others – whether students in the classroom or park and nature center visitors – excited about North Carolina’s reptiles and amphibians.

Five years ago, researchers from UNCG, UNC Pembroke and Elon University received a $2.7 million informal science education grant from the National Science Foundation [grant no. DRL-1114558] for the HERP Project, which stands for Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces.

The grant focuses on igniting a passion for North Carolina’s herps, or reptiles and amphibians, developing a connection to the local environment, engaging people in conservation and field ecology experiences and promoting the public’s participation in scientific research. Additionally, the grant focused on educational research on students’ science identities.

“The purpose of the grant was to look at instructional techniques,” said Dr. Catherine Matthews, principal investigator and professor in UNCG’s School of Education. “People tend to know very little about herps in general, especially the herps in their own back yard.”

Matthews and her team have developed a curriculum centered on reptiles and amphibians for teachers, science center educators, informal educators and park rangers. The curriculum is available online for free, but in an effort to disseminate the materials more widely, they decided to host the weekend workshop to share their work.

“The program is mostly about doing science, not talking science. We had them out in the field. If you’re actually out doing science, it’s much more interesting,” Matthews said.

Using large net funnel traps and turtle sniffing dogs, the educators captured, studied, marked and released frogs, snakes, turtles and lizards in the wild. They also learned valuable lessons to take back to their students.

“We were able to put tools in the hands of nature center directors, park rangers and teachers,” Matthews said.

Story by Jeanie McDowell
Photography by Martin W. Kane
Full story at UNCG Now.

Facilities Operations Safety/Employee Recognition Day

081016Feature_RecognitionDayUNCG Facilities Operations Safety/Employee Recognition Day, observed annually, is an occasion held for the purpose of raising awareness of engaging in safe work practices to reduce injury while at work and public recognition of employees.

Held on June 9, 2016, employees started Safety Day at Ferguson Auditorium, where they heard from various speakers on different aspects of safety, including statistics on how Facilities Operations did on reported injuries in the last year.

Safety Day/ Employee Recognition Day is also a day to recognize employees who go above and beyond in the areas of Safety, Collaboration & Teamwork, and Customer Service. Employees are nominated by their peers and selected by the Employee Recognition Awards Committee. Congratulations to Vince Whitt, Rickey Craft and Amanda Teer (in visuals) for winning the awards this June.

The full list of 2016 Facilities Operations Summer Employee Recognition Nominees:
Vincent Whitt
Cynthia Barnes
Amanda Teer
Paul Bigelow
Ricky Craft
Kevin Siler
Chris Aaroe
Maryann Burditt
Chris Chilton
David Alton
Jon Soter

Faculty and staff volunteers needed to welcome students Aug. 29

081016Feature_HouseCallsDear Faculty and Staff,

It is time to welcome our newest Spartans to the UNCG community.

Student Affairs and Housing and Residence Life will need our support for the annual House Calls big event.  The purpose of the House Calls program is to welcome new students and provide them with an opportunity to interact with faculty members and administrators on a personal level. Research supports the significant impact curricular and co-curricular interactions have on student educational achievement. Consequently, this program is a valuable asset to the UNCG campus as we strive to be a more engaged and learner-centered community.

Volunteers are essential to help reach the approximately 2,500 new first year residential students joining the UNCG community this academic year.  This is your opportunity to see students in their personal living environment, hear about their first week of classes, and show your Spartan Pride!

House Calls will take place on Monday, August 29, 2016, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. If you volunteer for this program, you will be assigned to a team of UNCG colleagues to visit first-year students in one of the residence halls on campus. As a volunteer you will have an opportunity to do the following:

  • Interact with 15-20 students in a residence hall environment. You will greet students in their residence hall room, and initiate a brief conversation with them about transitioning to college and their first week of school. You may be asked a few general questions about the university and your role in the community.
  • Provide students with a “welcome bag of success” provided by Housing & Residence Life to support their transition to college and overall academic success.
  • Have dinner with fellow volunteers.  5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Elliott University Center (EUC), Alexander Room. Volunteer check-in will begin as early as 5:15 p.m. and volunteers will be dismissed to their assigned residence halls between 6:15-6:30 p.m.
  • Participate in a brief orientation. During dinner, Housing and Residence Life staff will provide the necessary information and materials to prepare you for your House Calls experience.

REGISTER:  To volunteer for this program, click the link below to complete the volunteer form: Volunteer for House Calls

Deadline for volunteer sign-up is Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.  For more information, contact Erica Farrar, Senior Assistant Director for Residence Life and Academic Enhancement (erica.farrar@uncg.edu), or the main HRL office at 336-334-5636.

Best Regards,

Dr. Dana Dunn, Provost
Dr. Cherry Callahan, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

See more at hrl.uncg.edu/large-events/house-calls.

Help lower textbook costs for students

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending an hour and a half workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!

Did You Know…?
●     The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.

●     The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can expect to pay $1,225 for textbooks and supplies in 2014–15.

●     The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.

●     Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.

●     60 percent of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

(Source for bulleted information: the Open Textbook Network.)

Open Textbooks
Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

What You Can Do
Attend the Open Textbook Workshop — a two-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

What: Open Textbook Workshop and Textbook Review
Where: 216 Jackson Library
When: Friday, September 9, from 2-4 p.m.
Who: The workshop will be led by Rajvi Jhangiani (Psychology Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada) and Merinda McLure (Health and Human Sciences Librarian at Colorado State University Libraries).

Take 5 minutes http://tinyurl.com/gw94hhk, by August 26, 2016. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Beth Bernhardt at beth_bernhardt@uncg or 336-256-1210. You can also visit the https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/ for more information about our open education initiatives.

This workshop is sponsored by The UNCG University Libraries.

(See related story is next week’s CW.)

Looking ahead: August 10, 2016

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 11, UNCG Police Station

State of the Campus Address
Wednesday, Aug. 17, seating begins at 10 a.m., UNCG Auditorium

UNCG Athletics 50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, Aug. 19, Soccer Stadium

First day of classes, Fall semester
Monday, Aug. 22

In memoriam: Dr. Mary Floyd

Dr. Mary Floyd, former professor of history and former associate provost at UNCG, died on June 6. She had retired in 2010. She was living in Indianapolis.

A historian of Latin America, she received her PhD from Indiana University in 1982 and began her career at UNCG in 1983. At the time of her retirement, a post on the UNCG History web site noted, “As a teacher, Floyd always displayed an exemplary commitment to improving her students’ writing skills. She was also a pioneer in two important departmental initiatives. When the department launched a departmental advising system, Floyd took a leading role in making it successful. She also was among the first in the history department to develop online courses.”

Donna Honeycutt, who had been her assistant in the 1990s, shared this news with Campus Weekly.

Fall 2016 Part Time Job Fair

The UNCG Career Services Center will host the Part Time Job Fair on August 24 from 12:30-4 p.m. in the Cone Ballroom. This event attracts over 1,000 students. If your department is still aiming to hire students, this may be a good opportunity for you. Please contact Katie Geise if you have any questions – kngeise@uncg.edu or 335-5455. Additionally, please share this information with any students that you interface with.

Dr. Bert Goldman, who died Aug. 2, served in School of Education 43 years

Photo of Dr. Bert Goldman. Dr. Bert Goldman, emeritus professor of Curriculum and Instruction, died Greensboro on August 2 in Greensboro. He served in the School of Education for 43 years.

Goldman taught at Tufts University, Tulane University, Mary Washington College, the University of Virginia and SUNY – Albany before joining the UNCG School of Education in 1965.

He served as dean of the Office of Academic Advising at UNCG from 1970 until 1985. In the 1970’s and early 80’s he also served as UNCG’s first men’s varsity tennis coach. Also, he was instrumental in founding the North Carolina Hebrew Academy at Greensboro (now B’nai Shalom Day School) in the early 1970s.

From 1987-88 he served as acting chair of the Department of Educational Administration, Higher Education and Educational Research in the School of Education at UNCG. He was co-editor of nine volumes of The Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures. Further, he wrote the grant that founded UNCG’s Master’s program in Educational Research and Evaluation.

In 2000, based on his exemplary record of teaching, research and service, Goldman was appointed UNCG’s Faculty Marshal by Chancellor Sullivan. He served as Faculty Marshal until 2005. In 2009, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, the highest honor bestowed on a civilian by the Governor of North Carolina. Goldman retired from UNCG in 2008 (with a surprise party from his Education students).

(Much of this information was drawn from his obituary.)

It’s approved: UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts

080316Feature__CVPAUNCG is pleased to announce the formation of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), a new unit that unifies the discipline of art with the former School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Final approval was received from the UNC board of governors on Friday, July 29, to launch the new college this fall. CVPA is now the largest arts college in the state and one of the largest in the Southeast, with nearly 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

“The new college gives us an opportunity to build on our strengths by creating new collaborations, curriculums and international connections,” said Dean Peter Alexander. “The College of Visual and Performing Arts will continue to influence and expand arts access across our region, state and nation.”

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance was created in 2010 as a centerpiece unit for the performing arts at UNCG, linking decades of practice, performance and study within the new school.

In 2014, the installation of Alexander as dean galvanized exploration in unifying the visual arts with the performing arts. Alexander worked with UNCG Provost Dana Dunn to develop a process that provided opportunities for faculty, staff and students to engage around the unification of the arts.

“UNCG’s new College of Visual and Performing Arts brings together four areas of academic strength to create new synergies and opportunities to work across disciplines,” Dunn said. “Music, theater, dance and visual arts will be well situated to explore new collaborations between faculty and to ensure that our graduates are well equipped for post-graduation opportunities in the arts.”

The formation of CVPA comes on the heels of the launch of the new arts administration program – one of the only undergraduate programs of its kind offered throughout the UNC system – and the development of a musical theatre minor. CVPA will continue to be a leader in the arts at UNCG and within the Triad community, developing and supporting quality arts experiences for aspiring arts professionals and the general public.

Photography by Martin W. Kane

Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness opens its doors

Photo of Kaplan Wellness Center. The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness has officially opened its doors, ushering in a new era of recreation and wellness at UNCG focused on lifelong well-being for the campus community.

The new facility, part of UNCG’s master plan for growth along W. Gate City Boulevard, features more than 20,000 square feet of weight and fitness space, seven basketball courts, lap and activity pools (slated to open on Aug. 19) and a 54-foot climbing wall, among other wellness spaces and classrooms.

The facility also offers new programming, including nutrition services with UNCG’s registered dietitian, aquatic programs and outdoor activities – such as sunrise yoga – on the 4,100-square-foot Spartan Terrace.

“As soon as you walk in the door, you have access to everything – the pools, Outdoor Adventures programs and all the other activity spaces. That’s something we didn’t have in the other facility,” said Dr. Jill Beville, director of recreation and wellness at UNCG. “We’re really excited about the variety of equipment, programing and educational opportunities that are going to be offered.”

In conjunction with the opening of the building, UNCG’s Wellness Center and Campus Recreation have merged to create the Department of Recreation & Wellness, a unification that reflects a national trend of aligning recreation and wellness. UNCG’s Wellness program, which provides education on areas such as sexual health, mental health, sexual violence and relationships, alcohol and other drugs, nutrition and body image, is now housed in the Kaplan Center, a move that allows for greater focus on overall well-being.

Additionally, the facility will hold classes for a variety of academic departments, including kinesiology and community and therapeutic recreation.

“The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness benefits our campus and community in multiple ways,” said Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. “In addition to promoting the health and well-being of our students, staff and faculty, this facility expands our capacity for state-of-the-art instruction and research and plays an important role in the development of Spartan Village along the Gate City Boulevard corridor.”

The Kaplan Center, which is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, also offers a variety of social spaces and seating areas.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 16, and is open to the public.

Kaplan Center memberships are available for UNCG faculty, staff and alumni, and members may sponsor one additional person for membership. For more information about the facility, upcoming events and membership options, visit recwell.uncg.edu.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian

Photography by Martin W. Kane

UNCG’s popular Collage concert will be Sept. 10

080316Feature__CollageThe UNCG Collage concert has become an annual arts tradition, a non-stop evening of virtuosic performances.

The 2016 concert will be Saturday, September 10, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium.

Collage kicks off the new academic year with a program featuring works inspired by the theme “War and Peace Imagined.”

Featuring an incredible range of performers presenting one riveting work after another without pause. Special lighting enhances the experience and directs the audience’s attention to performances in multiple locations around the auditorium.

Over 300 students from the college will perform on the concert, along with many faculty members, making this the most spectacular event of the year.

Collage has been completely sold out for 6 consecutive years. Mark your calendar and plan to purchase your tickets in advance (all seating is reserved).

Collage is presented with generous assistance from a presenting sponsorship from Charles Aris, Inc., and a patron sponsorship from Well-Spring. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the UNCG Collage Scholarship Fund.

See ticket information at https://vpa.uncg.edu/collage.

Photograph by Martin W. Kane.

In memoriam: Dr. Deb Cassidy

Photo of Dr. Cassidy.Dr. Deborah Cassidy, professor emeritus of Human Development and Family Studies, died July 20. She was serving as president on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She focused her life’s work on advocating for early childhood educators and high quality early learning, the association said in an announcement of her death.

She recently retired from UNCG’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, where she spent 26 years as an early childhood professor and researcher. That included a four year leave to serve as Director of North Carolina’s Division of Child Development and Early Education.

She was UNCG’s nominee for the 2015-16 O. Max Gardner Award. The award was established by the UNC Board of Governors to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” She was selected by UNCG’s Gardner/Holshouser Award Committee because of her significant contributions to the field of early childhood education. Her career has been dedicated to understanding the complex factors that contribute to the high quality early childhood experiences so critical to the future well-being of our youngest citizens. Cassidy provided substantial leadership for the development and widespread adoption of the 5-star rating system for early education settings, and her contributions included working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of education for early childhood teachers.

A recent UNCG HDFS “Family Matters” e-newsletter reflected on her career, as she retired. “Deb’s record of scholarship is equally impressive. Over the years, she and her colleagues have secured millions of dollars of grant and contract funding to further work in the field of early childhood and make a difference in the lives of children and families.

“Her work on the North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project is a clear example of this impact. Beginning in 1999, this project has completed thousands of assessments of quality in licensed child care programs and schools around the state. These assessments provide direct feedback to programs to improve in their level of quality, thus impacting the experiences of the over 250,000 children enrolled in child care in North Carolina and progressively increasing the quality in child care across the state. This work has national implications as well, as Deb has regularly consulted with other state administrators and legislators to discuss how to improve the systems that exist in other states.”

The article also cited her work as director of the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE), where she advocated strongly for improved wages for teachers of young children and for improvements in the quality of care and education that children were receiving. “In her role as the director of DCDEE, she helped guide and advocate for Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant funding that eventually brought nearly $70 million dollars to North Carolina. In her role as the director she also helped strengthen the early childhood system across the state, increasing the number of high quality programs and drastically reducing the number of low quality programs.

See her obituary here.

Dr. Brett Carter

080316CampusPeople_CarterDr. Brett Carter has been named Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students. In his previous role as dean of students, Carter was responsible for the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services, the Veterans Resource Center, parent and family advocacy and support, student conduct, and student advocacy. He maintains responsibility for these functions and, in addition, he now supervises programs in Student Health Services, which include the Medical Clinic and the Counseling Center. Carter has been at UNCG for more than twenty years and also served in the Department of Housing and Residence Life prior to his service as associate dean of students and then dean of students.

Dr. Robert Mayo

080316CampusPeople_MayoThe Communication Sciences and Disorders Advisory Committee at Longwood University recently recognized Dr. Robert Mayo (UNCG Communication Sciences and Disorders) with the Friends of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Award. Mayo has taught the Cranio-Facial Anomalies course for Longwood since the program’s inception in 2006. His vast experience and expertise, in combination with his high quality instruction, ensure the students have a solid foundation of knowledge to enter the field. Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, Longwood’s CSD Program Director, commented that the faculty and advisory committee greatly appreciate Dr. Mayo’s contributions to the establishment and success of a new CSD graduate program, sharing his content expertise and the wisdom he has gained as a program administrator and faculty member over the years.