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Archives for January 2017

FY 16-17 Estimates and Project Cut-Off Dates

Matt Takacs, assistant director of design at UNCG, has information for all deans, directors and department heads, regarding FY 16-17 Estimates and Project Cut-Off Dates:

 

In an effort to best serve you and stay within State guidelines and procurement rules, we have established cut-off dates for projects submitted during the 2016-17 fiscal year (FY).  Requests for estimates must be submitted via the Minor Renovations Request Form located on the Office of Space Management website (https://provost.uncg.edu/secure/osm/) by February 14, 2017.

If your project is assigned to Facilities Design and Construction (FDC), we will evaluate your specific renovation request and provide you with an estimated budget and schedule. Due to our current staffing and project workload, our target for completing estimates is 30 business days. If your department is planning to accomplish the project utilizing year-end funds, please indicate that within your request so that we can respond to the feasibility of completing all work within this timeframe. Projects that require the services of an outside designer, or a code review by the State Construction Office are unlikely to be completed by year-end, and should be planned for next fiscal year.

Minor renovations including painting, carpet replacement or office relocations have traditionally been accomplished by FY-end, IF FUNDING IS RECEIVED BY MID-MARCHALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 1, 2017 and all invoices processed my mid-June to meet FY-end accounting deadlines.

Adherence to these dates will allow Facilities Design & Construction to successfully manage and execute your project. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact us at extension 4-5269.

Nonpartisan Redistricting in N.C. – a symposium

A symposium will be held Thursday regarding the work of 10 retired N.C. Supreme Court justices and senior appellate court judges who’ve created a nonpartisan redistricting plan for the state.

Tom Ross, who is president of the Volcker Alliance and a fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, is a featured panelist. He was formerly UNC system president and earlier in his career, a state superior court judge.

Former Justice Henry Frye and Former Justice Rhoda Billings are panelists. They are retired chief justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

The symposium will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m, in the UNCG School of Education Building, Room 114.

The panel is titled “Restoring Democracy in North Carolina: The Case for Nonpartisan Redistricting.” The event is presented by the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad, with the UNCG Department of Political Science as a co-sponsor.

Space is limited. RSVPs are accepted at the LWV web site.

Kellett/Matyok

Dr. Pete Kellett (Communication Studies) and Dr. Tom Matyok (Peace and Conflict Studies) have collaborated to co-edit two books grounded in a transformational approach to communication and conflict. A transformational approach is based on the idea that conflicts must be viewed as embedded within broader relational patterns, and social and discursive structures—and must be addressed as such. Together, the books represent current leading edge communication scholarship across a broad range of contexts, from close personal, family, and working relationships, to engaged community, regional, and global scholarship and praxis from a variety of places in the world.

The first book, “Transforming Conflict Through Communication in Personal, Family, and Working Relationships” was published by Lexington Books in November. The second book, “Communication and Conflict Transformation Through Local, Regional, and Global Engagement,” was published by Lexington Books last month.

‘Vagina Monologues’ Feb. 10-11

The playwright and activist Eve Ensler wrote “The Vagina Monologues,” first produced in 1996, based on hundreds of interviews with women of various social, ethnic, religious and sexual backgrounds and ages. The collection of monologues about women’s experiences with sensuality, pleasure, discomfort, and violence has been performed internationally and on television. Each year, Ensler updates the monologues based on new and ongoing interviews with women around the world. Ensler also co-founded V-Day, an organization committed to global efforts against violence against women and girls.

“The Vagina Monologues” will run for two performances in UNCG’s Elliott University Center Auditorium – on Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11. Both performances are at 7 p.m.

The event is general admission; doors open 30 minutes before show time.

A $5 donation is suggested, and t-shirts, V-Day themed food, and buttons will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to Clara House and the V-Day Campaign.

The play is being sponsored by UNCG’s Housing & Residence Life Social Justice & Diversity Initiatives, Residence Hall Association, and Elliott University Center.

For more information, contact Maggie Gillespie at magilles@uncg.edu.

2017 MLK Day of Service

More than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It was a profound message of justice and equality for everyone. A call that continues to inspire so many today, including the nearly 200 UNCG students who spent their Saturday afternoon serving the Greensboro community in King’s honor.

Last weekend’s MLK Day of Service marked the ninth straight year that Spartans have taken time to serve and reflect on King’s work. Students volunteered at sites throughout the city, including the Greensboro Children’s Museum, East White Oak Community Center and UNCG’s Spartan Open Pantry.

The event, organized by UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service Learning (OLSL), is one of two annual, campus-wide days of service.

See full story – and lost of social media photos – at UNCG Now.

Bob Wineburg examines increasing role of churches as ‘houses of service’

According to UNCG’s Dr. Bob Wineburg, there’s a gap between perceived religious life in America and the reality of religious life in America.

There’s what he calls the “religious industry,” which is focused on high-profile issues such as abortion and religious freedom. And then there are the millions of acts by congregations – the coat drives and the warm meals – that greatly contribute to public life with little fanfare.

It’s these acts that have fascinated Wineburg for decades.

Since the 1980s, Wineburg, a professor in the Department of Social Work, has partnered with religious communities to study their role as “houses of service.” Now, he’s compiling all of the scholarship in the field as editor of “Religion, Welfare and Social Service Provision: Common Ground,” a special edition of the international academic journal Religions.

This special edition features articles from top community-engaged scholars in the United States and Australia. UNCG’s Dr. Jay Poole, Dr. John Rife, Dr. Daniel Rhodes and Fran Pearson contributed to the edition, along with professors from Duke University, University of Pennsylvania and Bucknell University, among others. Their findings are the result of years of developing deep relationships with congregations and faith leaders.

Why is this research important? Wineburg explains that contractual relationships with religious congregations providing public service date back to the beginning of the nation, when Quakers transformed their poorhouses into hospitals and contracted with the Continental Army to serve wounded veterans.

“Religious communities and their contributions to the collective are the least understood part of our voluntary tradition in the United States,” he said.

The special edition provides a better understanding of the partnerships between religious communities, government and nonprofit organizations and what makes them successful. Ultimately, Wineburg plans to assemble the articles into a volume that will help shape best practices and guide younger scholars in the field.

“There’s a whole generation of engaged scholars out there who want to solve real-world issues,” he said. “This is an opportunity to put all of the work that’s been done in the field in one spot.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian

 

Looking Ahead: Jan. 25, 2017

Book discussion: “Blood in the Water” on Attica Prison uprising

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Claxton Room, EUC

 

Sustainability Series Film: “Racing to Zero”

Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

 

Men’s Basketball vs. Furman

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

 

Women’s Basketball vs. Western Carolina

Saturday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

 

N.C. Dance Educators Organization Showcase

Saturday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m., Dance Theater

 

Film/discussion: “Starving the Beast,” co-sponsored by Faculty Senate

Monday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m., –EUC Auditorium

Human Subjects Research for graduate students and faculty

The Office of Research Integrity announces their spring training session in Human Subjects Research for graduate students and faculty. This in-person session is offered as an alternative to CITI training.

Questions regarding these sessions can be directed to Melissa Beck (mdbeck@uncg.edu/336-256-0253)

Register to attend at https://workshops.uncg.edu – Click “Office of Research Workshops”

Upcoming Session:

  • Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
  • Time: 9-11am
  • Location: MHRA 2711

‘Moving Toward Unity and Representation’

 

“How do we break down the barriers to become a more unified, equitable, and inclusive society? Bringing it closer to home: how do we make our notably diverse campus, a truly inclusive campus?”

“Brown Is the New White”: Moving Toward Unity and Representation, Progress Report – A Colloquium for Students, Faculty, and Staff” will be held Tues., Feb. 7, 2017, EUC Cone Ballroom B&C, 4-6 p.m. The colloquium seeks to build relationships – and encourages participants to ask themselves questions. The format will be a short presentation, followed by round-table conversations.

The colloquium is organized by Sarah Carrig, UNCG faculty in residence and lecturer in Spanish in the Dept. of Languages, Literature, and Cultures, in collaboration with students from the Neo Black Society, the NAACP, SALSA, the Muslim Student Association, and Lambda Theta Phi, among other campus organizations.

‘Two Minutes to Win It’

The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG will host a second annual spring “Two Minutes to Win It” competition. The contest is open to full-time students at UNCG, NCA&T, Greensboro College, Bennett College, Elon University and Guilford Technical Community College. Participants come up with an original idea for a type of business or social entrepreneurship venture, and their submissions should include a business name, a description of products and services offered, a profile of target customers, and reasons the business will be successful. The condensed plan should be able to be pitched by the student in just two minutes. Contestants do not have to be students majoring in business. The submission deadline is Feb. 11 and the 20 finalists will be notified March 1.

To enter or to see more information, see here.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received an additional year of funding from Columbia University Teachers College to continue the project “Third Party Evaluation of the i3 STEM Early College Expansion Partnership.” This project is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Jing Deng

Dr. Jing Deng (Computer Science) has been elected to become an IEEE Fellow, for his development and optimization of wireless security and networking protocols. The IEEE Fellow is one of the most prestigious honors of the IEEE, and is bestowed upon a very limited number of Senior Members who have contributed importantly to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology. The number of IEEE Fellows elevated in a year is no more than one-tenth of one percent of the total IEEE voting membership.

Dr. Paul Davis

Dr. Paul Davis (Kinesiology) received new funding from the Cone Health System for the project “BELT Program.” The project will continue the operation of an ongoing sustainable exercise component of the Bariatric Surgery Program known as the Bariatric Exercise Lifestyle Transformation Program.

Dr. Kaira Wagoner

Dr. Kaira Wagoner, UNCG’s Biology Department’s first doctoral student, received the 2016 La Fage Award from the North American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects. The award recognizes a graduate student for  distinguished research and scholarly activity on social insects with an emphasis on applied projects. Wagoner’s research focuses on hygienic behavior in honeybees and halting the decline experienced by managed colonies.  Wagoner’s research combined apicultural techniques and behavioral measurements with analytical chemistry and molecular biology. It promises new products and management techniques that can reduce colony losses and enhance beekeeping sustainability.

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See/hear: Jan. 25, 2017

The UNCG Men’s Basketball team has had its best start of the season since 1995-96. They currently are atop the conference standings, with 7 wins, 1 loss. They are 16-5 overall. If you haven’t seen a game this year, come check them out. They host Furman Saturday at 2 p.m. at the coliseum.

Here is the “intro video” shown just before each game.

January 2017 HR Professional Development

UNCG’s Human Resources is a resource for knowledge for you. In 2017, UNCG’s Human Resources is offering a variety of new workshops, personal and professional, as well as old favorites.

Professional Development workshops are a benefit for you as an employee. Take advantage of the many opportunities for self-enhancing and workplace training. To view the courses being offered and to register for a workshop, visit the Professional Development catalog located at: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/

As a reminder, Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Fundamentals is a required workshop for all supervisors. If you have already completed EEOI: Equal Employment Opportunity Institute, you have completed your requirement. The next in-person session will be offered on March 30 at UNCG.

EEODF is a two-part hybrid format with several online course modules to be completed prior to the in-class portion. The online segment will take roughly 3.5 hours with the in-class portion taking 8 hours. The online segment must be taken through OSHR’s training site (account required): NC Learning Center.

1)Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Negotiation of Disputes – Practical Strategies as led by Eloise Hassell, attorney and senior lecturer in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, on Wednesday, January 25th from 2-4:30 pm, will help provide tools and understanding of the various ways for negotiating and mediating conflicts of all kinds. Register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022678

2)10 Strategies for Improving Your Finances will help you build long-term financial plans and help you lay out steps to help you through tough economic times as led by a local professional in conjunction with UNCG’s Employee Assistance Program, ComPsych, on Wednesday, January 25th from noon-1pm. Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022759
Upcoming HR Workshops, including the ones below, can be found at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/

How To Deal With a Difficult Person
2/8/2017  Noon-1pm

The Impact of Attitude on Work and Life
2/15/2017  Noon-1pm

TSERS: Retirement Workshop
2/15/2017  3:30-5pm

Managing Personnel Action Forms: Undergraduate Student Employment
2/28/2017  10-11:30am

Managing Personnel Action Forms: Graduate Student Employment
3/1/2017  10am-noon

Additionally, UNCG hosts a workshop about “Say Yes” on Feb. 2. You can learn about “Say Yes to Education Guilford” and ways you can get involved. Hear speakers from “Say Yes” as well as UNCG Alumni Engagement who are “helping Guilford County Schools’ students get to and through college.” http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77001540

Bayard Wootten photo exhibition at GPS opens Friday

Some know Bayard Wootten as the person believed to have created the original Pepsi-Cola logo.

Others think of her as the first woman to ever take a photograph from an airplane.

Still others knew her as the brilliant alumna from the first incoming class at what would become UNCG.

An exhibition at UNCG’s Greensboro Project Space (GPS) will focus on her career as a photographer – including some years she spent in Greensboro in the 1920s. The exhibition “Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten” opens this Friday (Jan. 20) at 5 p.m. It runs through March 3, 2017.

The exhibition is curated by UNCG art professor George Dimock. It was created in collaboration with UNC Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives. The exhibition prints images have been made from the original large-format negatives selected from the archive’s collection.

Much of the work had already been done in the form of a fine traveling exhibition organized by The North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, “Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten,” curator Dimock said. “To this we have added eight images depicting the Cone Mills in the 1930s as a way of highlighting Wootten’s ties to Greensboro where she kept a studio from 1925 to 1927.”

The exhibition consists of landscapes, portraits and scenes set in North Carolina and neighboring states.

“The exhibition makes a strong case for Bayard Wootten as North Carolina’s most versatile, prolific, and culturally significant photographer in the first half of the twentieth century. In a period when the odds were stacked heavily against her as a woman – a single mother with two young sons – she forged a commercially successful and aesthetically distinguished career,” Dimock said via email. “In the process of making some 600,000 images with her large-format cameras, she created a complex and multi-faceted visual record of life in the American South in the first half of the 20th-century.”

Her most historically significant accomplishment? “The photographic documentation of rural Southerners, both black and white, in the 1930s,” Dimock said. “These included the white farming families of Southern Appalachia and the Gullah  — descendants of enslaved Africans — inhabiting the Lowcountry region of South Carolina.”

A UNCG Magazine article in Spring 1999 featured Wootten’s work. At that time, UNCG alumnus Jerry Cotten had published a 250-page book on her, titled “Light and Air.” Wootten was a member of the State Normal College’s (UNCG’s) first class, but apparently did not graduate, the article says. (It also notes that family members said she designed the first label used by Pepsi-Cola, a drink created by her New Bern next-door neighbor.) A February 12, 1995, News & Record feature by Jim Schlosser also detailed her photography career – her work was in a new exhibition at the Greensboro Historical Museum. The article quoted one thing she said on her 1892 application to this college: “I’m determined to make my own living.”

Dimock notes she was 16 years old when she arrived on campus.

Though she never became wealthy, she became one of the greatest photographers North Carolina has produced.

Dimock explains, “She was a commercial portrait, industrial, and landscape photographer who depended on pleasing her innumerable clients in order to support herself and her family. Yet she also insisted on creating formal images of transcendent beauty. Her best photographs open out onto a wide range of interpretation in response to the viewer’s interests and experience.”

By the way, the exhibition is several blocks from her former photography studio. Schlosser noted her studio in Greensboro was at 215 1/2 South Elm Street.

Another UNCG connection? Her photography appeared in books including “The Story of North Carolina,” produced by UNCG professor Alex Arnett and Chancellor W.C. Jackson, according to the UNCG Magazine article.

The GPS, created by the UNCG School of Art, is located at 219 Lewis Street in Downtown Greensboro, near the Forge. Adam Carlin is the director. Admission to the GPS is free.

See some of her work and studio artifacts at the Wootten-Moulton Museum Facebook page.

See exhibition info at http://www.greensboroprojectspace.com/past-projects/light-and-air-the-photography-of-bayard-wootten

By Mike Harris

Visual: this visual, not a part of the exhibition, is from UNCG Archives. It is a postcard photograph of The Quad residence halls.

UNCG named Military Friendly School again, receives Silver Award

For the sixth consecutive year, UNCG has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for its efforts in recruiting and retaining military veterans.

UNCG is also a recipient of the Silver Award for public universities with more than 10,000 students. In addition to the Military Friendly designation, institutions are now eligible to receive Top Ten, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. Silver schools rank within 30 percent of the 10th-ranked school in their category.

“UNCG is very pleased to hear that we were again designated as a Military Friendly School, and we are especially proud of our Silver Award,” said Brad Wrenn, coordinator of UNCG’s Veterans Resource Center. “We look forward to continuing the university’s long and proud history of offering top-quality service to our student veterans.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,700 schools participated in this year’s survey, and 1,273 were awarded with the designation. Final ratings were based on an assessment of six critical areas: retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates.

Earlier in the semester, UNCG was recognized in the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 list. UNCG ranked No. 59 out of 130 colleges and universities across the nation.

To learn more about the Military Friendly designation, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

UNCG Intercultural Engagement’s civil rights pilgrimage

 

Last semester’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage, offered by the UNCG Office of Intercultural Engagement as a Fall Break trip, was an idea that came from students, says the office’s assistant director and trip organizer Porshé Chiles. The 29 students who went on the trip were from a wide variety of disciplines and spanned class years from freshman to graduate students. Through the pilgrimage to Atlanta, GA, and Birmingham and Selma, AL, they took a close look at history concerning activism and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-60s.

The first day included stops in Atlanta, at Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood home and church, as well as his grave site. They also visited the Civil and Human Rights Museum in Atlanta, where they saw images of segregated spaces and communities, heard words of political leaders of the time, and experienced a lunch counter protest simulation, which Chiles says felt intense and realistic to many of the students.

The second day, the UNCG group visited the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders and was the target of an attack that killed four young girls and injured many others. They also visited Kelly Ingram Park, historically known as West End Park, which was the site of the first mass beatings of Freedom Riders, and later selected by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as an assembly point. Next, the students visited the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

On day three, the UNCG students headed to Selma, stopping at the National Voting Rights Museum, the Slavery and Civil War Museum and Edmund Pettus Bridge. The UNCG students stood on the bridge that, on March 21, 1965, following two other marches and violent conflicts, protesters marching to support voting rights finally crossed, under the protection of federalized National Guard troops. Later that year, the Voting Rights Act was passed, a defining triumph of the United States Civil Rights Movement.

Throughout the trip, students studying social justice and civil rights added to their knowledge of social protest and change; those studying political science saw how policies worked, and how they were changed; education students were able to see the history of “separate but equal” and psychology students examined the psychological warfare present throughout America’s Civil Rights movement.

“They really tie into any and every major,” Chiles said about the pilgrimage stops.

With a wide span of knowledge and experience concerning civil rights history among the students, they were grouped into diverse learning pods. Students who felt underexposed to civil rights history were able to learn from graduate level researchers of the subject. The total experience was reported by students to be powerful and motivating.

Chiles would like to see the pilgrimage happen every year, or even twice a year to accommodate demand, since 86 students applied to go, and interest is growing. She said, “I’d like for even more students to see what civil rights and social justice looks like, through a variety of lenses.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual courtesy of Porshé Chiles, of Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge

University Staff Excellence Award – Nominations for 2016-2017

The UNCG Staff Senate is proud of the many outstanding, devoted employees of UNCG and pleased to encourage your nominations for the University Staff Excellence Award.  This award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to the University this year.

The University Staff Excellence Award of $1,000 will be presented to up to two deserving permanent SPA or EPA Non-faculty employees who are in good standing and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline (February 3, 2017).  Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award.  Nominations should be based on one or more of the following criteria:

Devotion to Duty – The nominee has exhibited unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and has contributed significantly to the advancement of service to the UNCG community and to the people of North Carolina.

Innovation – The nominee has successfully established new and outstanding work methods, practices and plans for his/her department that are consistent with the University’s mission.

Service – The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the University through involvement on committees and/or representing the University in civic or professional organizations.

Human Relations – The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the field of human relations or employee-management relations that foster a model working and/or learning environment.

Other Achievements – The nominee has made outstanding contributions or service deserving recognition not described in the categories above, including, but not limited to, acts that demonstrate safety and heroism or other examples beyond the call of duty.

We encourage you to consider nominating a colleague for this important award.  Please complete the nomination form online at:  https://goo.gl/forms/yDfxawfuved1cX3H3 or print a hard copy and return it to the Staff Excellence Awards Committee, ℅ Betty Betts, 723 Kenilworth Street, Campus, by February 3, 2017.

Nancy Doll represents UNCG in Nanjing

Nancy Doll, director of UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, traveled to Nanjing, China, this past fall as the only American to present at the first International Forum of Cultural Inheritance and Innovation.

Doll was invited to the conference because of her vast experience in curating and preserving modern and contemporary art, and also because of a visit that twenty-eight delegates from the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) paid to UNCG in 2012. The representatives of seven Chinese provinces had traveled to the United States specifically to see how the arts are developed, promoted and taught. During their three days at UNCG, they visited the Weatherspoon, receiving an introduction to it from Doll and her colleagues.

The October conference in Nanjing, organized in-part by Nanjing University, UNESCO and the CPAFFC, featured a mixture of scholars and cultural officials from all over the world, presenting on a variety of topics concerning the preservation of cultural heritage. For her presentation, Doll described the Weatherspoon and spoke about the challenges of collecting and preserving contemporary art. Her topic, she said, was of particular interest to scholars from China and other cultures traditionally focused on preserving centuries-old historical artifacts rather than contemporary work.

The International Forum of Cultural Inheritance and Innovation was highly international, and Doll remarked on the particular novelty of having simultaneous translations of many languages were available through headphones. Conference participants were given cultural tours of the Nanjing area, including the Nanjing Museum, which Doll described as impressive, particularly in its display practices. Doll also traveled to Shanghai to view the city, which she found visually, technologically and culturally inspiring.

“I think it altered my perspective, to be in touch with this extremely ancient, extremely enormous culture,” she said.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Photo of Hollie Stevenson-Parrish. Hollie Stevenson-Parrish (University Libraries) is now University Libraries’ director of communications and marketing. She received her BA in English from Wake Forest University and a Master’s of Public Affairs degree from UNCG. Stevenson-Parrish brings to her new position several years of experience in public relations, marketing and communications. She has been public relations and communications manager at Hospice and Palliative Care since 2012. Prior to that, she worked at UNCG as the assistant director of marketing and creative services for Annual Giving and at Winston-Salem State University as the marketing and membership coordinator and at The Enrichment Center as communications and public relations coordinator.

Allen Rogers

Photo of Allen Rogers.Allen Rogers (Student Services Manager, Dean of Students Office) has received the Dean’s Service Award from UNCG’s Bryan School. The Dean’s Service Award recognizes graduating students who have provided exemplary service to the Bryan School, the university, or the community. The minimum GPA required to receive this award is 3.0 for graduate students. He received a MS in Information, Technology and Management at the December 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

Dr. Ayesha Boyce

Photo of Dr. Ayesha Boyce. Dr. Ayesha Boyce (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from North Carolina Central University for the project “Targeted Infusion Project: Integrating Soft Matter Into Undergraduate General and Physical Chemistry Courses.” The project will provide data to guide program improvement and summative assessment of program quality, effectiveness and impact. The evaluation will use a value engaged, educative approach (VEE). The VEE approach, developed with NSF-EHR support, defines high quality STEM educational programming as that which effectively incorporates cutting edge scientific content, strong instructional pedagogy and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues. Boyce and associates from the UNCG School of Education will work closely with HBCU-UP leadership to integrate formative and summative evaluation into the general operation of the program. This project is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Photo of Dr. Roy Schwartzman. Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) has been named to the editorial board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning. Published by the Informing Science Institute, this international peer-reviewed journal deals with information and communication technologies that develop electronic skills to support teaching and learning.

Dr. Martin Andersen

Photo of Dr. Martin Andersen. Dr. Martin Andersen (Economics) received new funding from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA) for the project “Utilization Management in the Medicare Part D Program – Characterization.”

Dr. Joan Titus

Photo of Dr. Joan Titus. Dr. Joan Titus, associate professor of musicology, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for her project “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema, 1936-1953.” In December, NEH announced that it will award $16.3 million in grants for 290 projects nationwide. Titus’ grant is one of just 86 in the category of fellowships for university teachers and independent scholars.

With the fellowship, Titus will continue to work on the second book of her trilogy on narration and cultural politics in the film music career of composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Titled “Dmitry Shostakovich and Music for Stalinist Cinema,” this book traces Shostakovich’s development as one of the Soviet Union’s preeminent film composers from 1936 until Josef Stalin’s death in 1953. Her project provides an examination of Shostakovich’s scoring practices and his relationship to narration and sound, his unique relationship with directors and with the film industry, and his engagement with cultural politics and audiences.

Terry Brandsma

Photo of Terry Brandsma.Terry Brandsma (University Libraries), Information Technology Librarian, was recently recognized by Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) as one of the twelve “superstar collaborators” among the more than 8,900 users from 3,500 libraries worldwide that use the online OCLC Community Center. Since the Community Center was launched in July 2015, these twelve superstars collectively participated in more than 500 community conversations where they shared workflows, sought and gave advice to peers, contributed ideas on how to improve products, and interacted with product teams. He is the Libraries’ system administrator for both WorldShare Management Services (the OCLC integrated library platform) and WorldCat Local (the OCLC public discovery interface). The superstar collaborators were first recognized at the WorldShare Management Services Global Community and User Group Meeting, held recently in Dublin, Ohio.

Looking ahead: Jan. 18, 2017

MLK Jr Celebration: An Evening with DeRay Mckesson
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m, UNCG Auditorium

Artist talk: Eric Juth
Thursday, Jan. 19, Gatewood Studio Art Center Gallery

Exhibition opening, Photography of Bayard Wootten
Friday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m., GPS, Lewis Street

Men’s basketball vs. The Citadel – Faculty/Staff Appreciation game
Saturday, Jan. 21, 5 p.m.

Film/discussion: “Starving the Beast,” co-sponsored by Faculty Senate
Monday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m., –EUC Auditorium

Faculty/Staff Appreciation with Men’s & Women’s Basketball

The UNCG Athletics Department invites you and your family to join us for another Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night this Saturday (Jan. 21), when the UNCG Men’s Basketball team hosts the Citadel at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for UNCG Faculty/Staff members and their guests and come with a hot dog and a drink. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the link here; be sure to use ‘UNCG’ as the Special Code.

The team is off to their best start since the mid 1990s. Nearly halfway into the SoCon schedule, they are atop the standings at 5 wins, 1 loss – and host Mercer tomorrow night.

UNCG Faculty/Staff members can also enjoy the F/S Appreciation night with the UNCG women’s team on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 4 pm in Fleming Gym. Tickets are $5 each for Faculty/Staff members and their guests and come with a hot dog and drink. To purchase tickets, click the link here, be sure to use the code ‘UNCG’ for this special offer. For questions or to order over the phone, call the UNCG Athletic Ticket Office at 336.334.3250

The future of public higher education?

College tuition increasing. Crushing educational debts for many North Carolina students. An increasing number of university classes taught by part-time faculty. A significant loss in tenure-track faculty. The trend of state legislatures reducing the funding of higher education.

These are some of the topics of the film “Starving the Beast,” which will be shown in the EUC Auditorium Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m.

The screening will be free-admission for members of the UNCG community and others will be asked to provide a donation.

Afterward, Gene Nichol, a UNC Chapel Hill faculty member interviewed in the film, will conduct a discussion of this film through Q & A and a panel.

This event is being co-sponsored by the UNCG AAUP Chapter, UNCG Faculty Senate, UNCG Graduate Student Organization, and UNCG Humanities Network & Consortium.

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Registration is open for Graduate Research and Creativity Expo

Registration is open for the 2017 UNCG Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: “Scholarship That Matters,” which will take place in the EUC on April 5.

Organizers will be awarding winners of the showcase $1,000 in EACH category.

  • Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Creative Arts
  • Professional Programs

This is an opportunity for students to showcase their work to our community. When registering, students will be asked to write an abstract (150 words or less) for the program booklet.  When writing an abstract, students should think about:

  • Why does it matter?
  • Why should people care about your project?
  • Share your contribution to the ongoing conversation of this topic
  • Explain the question you are trying to answer in your abstract/work
  • Provide technology in a way people outside your field can understand

For more information about the 2017 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo, visit: https://grs.uncg.edu/grc-expo/

UNCG Online creates a free tool for online instructors

Interested in teaching online or improving your knowledge of online education?

Visit readytoteach.uncg.edu, a free resource developed by UNCG Online to help university level instructors and teaching assistants plan, develop, teach, and evaluate online courses. Ready to Teach reflects national best practices in instructional design, online teaching, and educational research.

Each of the four modules takes about 30 minutes to complete and begins with a video of experienced UNCG instructors sharing their insights for teaching online. Modules include evidence-based strategies, brief exercises, and downloadable templates. A quiz concludes each module, and a certificate can be earned by passing the cumulative exam.

To learn more, contact readytoteach@uncg.edu.

Fixed Assets Office is moving

On January 25, Accounting Services Fixed Assets Department is moving from Campus Supply Store Building, 806 Oakland Avenue, to the front offices at UNCG Warehouse at 2900 Oakland Avenue. Fixed Assets office phone numbers and postal mailing address will remain the same. Their inter-office campus mailing address will be Fixed Assets, 2900 Oakland Ave.

Fixed Assets Office will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and will be open with limited availability on Thursday, Jan. 26. Please email fxdassts@uncg.edu with any questions you may have while they settle into their new location.

‘Hip Hop civics ed, Intersectionality and Black Joy’

UNCG’s Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department presents “GET FREE: Creativity, Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality, & Black Joy,” with Dr. Bettina Love on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education for elementary aged students.

Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms. For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Journal of LGBT Youth.

Organizers hope you and your students will consider joining them for this evening of critical, engaging conversations about educational justice, equity, and change.

Questions? Contact Dr. Rochelle Brock, ELC Department Chair, at 336-334-3460 or r_brock@uncg.edu.

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