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Archives for February 2017

Save your students money with Open Education Mini-Grants

Are you interested in bringing down the cost of textbooks for your students? The high cost of commercial textbooks (print and electronic) is a major concern for both students and their parents.

A new program at UNCG encourages you to do something about that concern. The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries are joining together to support UNCG’s Open Education “Mini-Grants” initiative to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves. Fifteen $1,000 “mini-grants” will be available this spring, made possible by an LSTA grant through the State Library. The fifteen mini-grants are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take faculty to identify new resources, adjust syllabi and modify assignments, as well as any actual expenses you incur.

If you are interested in applying for these “mini-grants”, you are encouraged to attend one of the Open Education Initiative Information Sessions to be held Feb. 21 or 22 from non to 1 p.m. in Jackson Library, Room 216. Please RSVP prior to the workshop or direct your questions to Beth Bernhardt at brbernha@uncg.edu. Additional literature on open educational resources is available at http://uncg.libguides.com/oer.

The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is March 10.

You can apply at http://tinyurl.com/o2xck9j.

Supportive ‘culture of care’ at UNCG – two workshops

In an effort to create a culture of care, the Dean of Students Office invites you to attend workshops specifically designed for faculty and staff. Visit http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/uncg-cares/ to register to attend. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 336-334-5514.

UNCG Still Cares
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
2  – 4 p.m.
EUC Sharp Room

“UNCG Cares” about students! During this 2-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders
Friday, February 24, 2017
2  – 3:30 p.m.
EUC Willow Room

This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual’s behavior and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Cone Health Foundation for the project “Access to Integrated Care by the Uninsured in Greater Greensboro,” and new funding for the project “Addressing Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders.”

Dr. Joseph Green

Photo of Dr. Joseph Green. Dr. Joseph Green (Special Support Services) received new funding from the University of North Carolina General Administration for the project “Concept Area: Deploying Academic Innovations for Affordability.”

Stacey Krim and Mac Nelson

Stacey Krim and Mac Nelson (University Libraries) have won the Music Library Association’s 2016 Best of Chapters Award for their paper “Hyperconnected Access to Archival Music Collections: Cataloging, Finding Aids, and Social Media.” The award has earned Krim and Nelson a place as featured speakers at the 2017 annual meeting of the MLA in Orlando, FL (February 22-26, 2017). Their presentation will be streamed in Spanish and Portuguese as part of the first Pan-American Regional meeting of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres.

Dr. Holly Sienkiewicz

Photo of Dr. Holly SienkiewiczDr. Holly Sienkiewicz (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from Hispanics in Philanthropy for the project ” Latino Community Coalition of Guilford County (LCCG).” The project will address the scarcity of resources that serve the Guilford County Latino community in culturally competent ways. The LCCG seeks to establish itself as a forum of discussion and an empowerment coalition, and to improve Latino access to local leadership training or positions to influence community change. Specific goals include strengthening the leadership skills of the existing Latino leaders, encouraging emerging leaders in the development of new skills, informing the larger community about the issues facing Latinos in Guilford County and surrounding areas and promoting local Latinos’ talents and contributions. The Latino Community Coalition is currently comprised of over 130 professionals who represent and serve the local Latino community in various agencies across Guilford County. The main focus revolves around Advocacy, Education and Networking to strengthen and support the Latino Community in Guilford County.

Dr. Blair Wisco

Photo of Dr. Blair Wisco.

Dr. Blair Wisco (Psychology) was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science. This honor is for outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-Ph.D, for innovative work that has advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

Wisco is the director of the Cognitive, Psychopathology, and Emotion (CoPE) lab at UNCG and her research examines the role of cognition and emotion regulation in the development of depression and trauma-related disorders.

Dr. Prashant Palvia

Photo of Dr. Prashant Palvia

Dr. Prashant Palvia (Bryan School) has a new book titled “Global Sourcing of Services: Strategies, Issues & Challenges,” published by World Scientific Publishing. This book was released in Nov 2016. More information of this book can be found at http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/10025.

Dr. Julia Smith

Photo of Dr. Julia SmithDr. Julia Smith (Psychology) received continued funding from Child Trends for the project “Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families,” which is a subcontract to the Hispanic Families Research Center, managed by Child Trends, Inc. The primary goal of this research is to advance understanding of child care issues for low-income Hispanic families, including related issues such as a) improving the quality of care and the coordination across early care and education systems to support early learning for Hispanic children and b) increasing access and promote informed child care choices among Hispanic parents. The activities of the center within this focus area will constitute a menu of secondary data analysis, qualitative and quantitative studies, policy analyses, and a measurement study each with the intention of creating new knowledge to inform service delivery and positive development for young Hispanic children and their families.

Dr. David Wyrick

Photo of Dr. David Wyrick. Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) received new funding from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for the projects “NCAA Introductory Module/NCAA Coaching Module/NCAA – Student Module/NCAA – Faculty Athletics Representative Module” and new funding from the National Football League (NFL) Foundation for the project “Evaluation contract for InSideOut Coaching Character.”

See/hear: Feb. 8, 2017

 When many think of Valentine’s Day at UNCG, they think back to the bustle of activity at the longtime Tate Street store known as The Corner.  The shop, with its long counter and aisles of greeting cards and gifts, was known for inexpensive flowers. On Valentine’s Day, they sold lots of roses to students, faculty, staff – anyone and everyone. Campus Weekly spoke with owner Grant Snavely on the last day of business for The Corner, in 2011. Here’s a trip down memory lane – as he described one Valentine’s Day at the store.

HR professional development offerings: Feb. 2017

UNCG’s Human Resources Professional Development program offers a variety of new workshops, personal and professional, as well as old favorites. Take advantage of this benefit available to all supervisors and their employees.  Please visit the Professional Development catalog located at: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/


How To Deal With a Difficult Person Learning to recognize and cope with common difficult behaviors in ourselves and others can help make those difficult encounters much more manageable. This workshop is for those who wish to improve their ability to communicate and resolve conflict with others. Led by a local professional with UNCG’s Employee Assistance Program, ComPsych, on February 8 from 12pm-1pm.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022760


The Impact of Attitude on Work and Life This workshop will help participants explore how attitude can change their life and will provide them with opportunities to develop a more positive mind-set. Led by a local professional with UNCG’s Employee Assistance Program, ComPsych, on February 15 from 12pm-1pm.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022761


IT STARTS WITH DESIGN: Improving Your Presentations with Simple Digital Design Advice**** An additional course on presentations will be offered later this semester on February 17 from 11am-12:30pm. This course, IT STARTS WITH DESIGN: Improving Your Presentations with Simple Digital Design Advice, co-presented by the Jackson Library’s Digital Media Commons and Digital ACT Studio, will introduce users to some helpful tips for improving the aesthetic quality of their presentations, from a digital design perspective. Armondo Collins, Head of the Digital Media Commons, and Dr. Lindsay Sabatino, the Director of the Digital ACT Studio, will guide users through some best practices that mixes a hands-on technical experience with ideas on improving the rhetorical effectiveness of your visual presentations. All participants are asked to bring a PowerPoint presentation that they don’t mind getting dirty.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021579.


TSERS: Retirement Workshop* This workshop, given by Emily Foust, HR’s Benefits Manager, 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 February 15th from 3:30pm-5pm. 

Please note this is not a financial planning workshop. Workshops on retirement, financial planning, and individual sessions with vendors/financial planners are offered throughout the year.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022759


Introductory American Sign Language – Part I This four-part series gives you a quick introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) focusing on conversations and phrases that are useful in day-to-day office interactions. Because the sessions will build on one another, it is strongly recommended that you take all four two-hour sessions offered in a compact four-week period. Don’t miss this special opportunity to receive an introduction to ASL and Deaf culture and learn useful phrases that can be used in the workplace. Join Glenda Torres from the Professions in Deafness department on February 24th from 10am-12pm.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022860


Managing Personnel Action Forms: Undergraduate Student Employment This workshop will provide a primer on undergraduate eligibility requirements for student payroll and review of personnel action forms, to include key EPAFs. Procedural review will consist of the when and how to utilize available personnel action forms and EPAFs to ensure timely pay for student workers. Please join Cati Munoz, HR’s Specialist on Undergraduate Students, on February 28 from 10am-11:30am.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022778


Managing Personnel Action Forms: Graduate Student Employment This workshop will provide a primer on graduate student employment and appropriate personnel action forms, EPAFs and PD-7s. Procedural review will consist of when and how to utilize these forms, the differences between the two and policy information related to graduate student employment. Please join Mitzi Burchinal, from The Graduate School, on March 1st from 10am-12pm.

Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33022679


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 30th 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.

Black History Month: Governor’s proclamation, chancellor’s interview

This month is Black History Month. A number of events will be held on campus, including a Diversity Expo and a UNCG Neo-Black Society hosted Black Arts Festival. A listing of events may be viewed in here.  Chancellor Gilliam recently spoke to WGHP about Black History Month – the video clip can be viewed here. And Governor Cooper issued this proclamation:

State of North Carolina

Roy Cooper


Black History Month 2017

By the Governor of the State of North Carolina

A Proclamation


WHEREAS, the national theme for Black History Month in 2017 highlights the historic success of African Americans in overcoming the crisis in black education, and in North Carolina we celebrate the ascent of African American people and communities through education in centuries past and for centuries to come; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Carter G. Woodson is known as the father of Black History, and Black History Month originated from “Negro History Week” established in 1926 by Dr. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and is now celebrated throughout the entire month of February; and

WHEREAS, the sons and daughters of North Carolina have quenched the thirst for education and knowledge, sharing it and using its power to uplift a people; and

WHEREAS, Shaw University in Raleigh was founded in 1865 as the first African American institution of higher learning in the South, and whose graduates were founders of North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University, and where was housed North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University for its first year, making Shaw a fount nurturing opportunity and hope for a people; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina is home to the largest number of four-year, degree-granting Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation; and

WHEREAS, John Chavis from Halifax County, a Revolutionary War veteran, a free man of color educated by the president of Princeton University, a licensed Presbyterian minister in 1800, and a teacher of white students by day and black students by night, is considered by some to be the most educated African American at the time; and

WHEREAS, Anna Julia Cooper of Raleigh, enrolled in the first class at St. Augustine’s Normal School and Collegiate Institute upon its opening in 1868, earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Oberlin College in 1887 and became a school principal, college professor, activist for civil rights and women’s rights; earned a doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris and won international acclaim as a beacon for equality; and wrote “A Voice from the South,” the first book-length feminist analysis of the condition of African Americans; and

WHEREAS, Charlotte Hawkins Brown, born in Henderson and educated in Massachusetts, established Palmer Institute in Sedalia in 1902 to feed the hunger for learning of African American youth, creating a day and boarding school that was fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and became a destination for blacks from across the country and internationally, as Dr. Brown became nationally known and spoke out for the American principals of freedom and justice for all people;  and

WHEREAS, Annie Wealthy Holland, a Virginian who in 1911 became teaching supervisor in North Carolina and in 1915 was named state demonstration agent for North Carolina, effectively serving as state supervisor for black elementary schools, traveling to every county to teach demonstration classes in subjects from reading to nutrition and sewing, and was founder of the first African American parent-teacher association in North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, Julius Chambers from Montgomery County became a distinguished jurist who in 1971 won the Supreme Court Case of Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, which established the nation’s commitment to end racially segregated schools and helped to provide access to a quality education for all children in America; and
WHEREAS, African Americans have contributed and continue to contribute significantly to remedying the crisis in education, and furthering the ascent of African Americans in the great state of North Carolina and beyond;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Roy Cooper, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim February 2017 as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.

Symposium: ‘#NODAPL: Indigenous Resistance at Standing Rock’

The symposium “#NODAPL: Indigenous Resistance at Standing Rock” will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at 12:30 p.m. in the Maple Room of the EUC. There will be a panel of guest speakers presenting on the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, its context, and the opposition to it by indigenous peoples, particularly the Standing Rock Sioux. Panelists will include Jaskiran Dhillon from the New School, Nick Estes, from the University of New Mexico, and Melanie Yazzie, from the University of California, Riverside.

“Indigenous Resistance at Standing Rock” is co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and the Office of Intercultural Engagement.

Spartan Club launches redesigned website at www.spartanclub.org

The UNCG Spartan Club has launched its brand new website redesign at www.spartanclub.org in conjunction with the Giant Steps For 50 Years fundraising effort in 2017.

The new and improved Spartan Club website features information on how to get involved and support UNCG Athletics. Donors and fans can find information on benefits and giving levels as well as links to directly donate to support UNCG student-athletes.

The Spartan Club website will now offer donors a tracking tool for the Spartan Athletics Scholarship Fund goal. This year’s Giant Step for 50 Years is an ambitious fundraising effort inspired by this year’s celebration of 50 years of organized intercollegiate athletics at UNCG. The Giant Steps effort has two goals related to the 2016-17 Spartan Athletic Scholarship Fund: reaching $500,000 in cash raised and 1,000 donors. This would mark increases of 18% in cash raised and 29% in donors from 2015-16.

The mission of the Spartan Club is to secure the financial support that will provide our student-athletes with the opportunities to achieve academic and athletic excellence. As a non-profit organization, the Spartan Club supports more than 220 student-athletes who compete in 17 varsity sports at the Division I level.  To join the Spartan Club or to learn more about its effort on behalf of UNCG student-athletes, call 336-334-3576 or visit www.spartanclub.org.
See more at http://www.spartanclub.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32210&ATCLID=211449792

Go green on the screen: Two films and a contest

There are two upcoming films as part of UNCG’s Sustainability Series, as well as an opportunity to become a locally recognized filmmaker.

The two film screenings listed below begin at 6:30 p.m. They are free and accompanied by a discussion of an environmental issue.

Feb 23 – Landfill Harmonic (2015) in Ferguson, Room 100
Mar 9 – This Changes Everything (2015), at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

The UNCG Sustainability Council, Office of Sustainability & Green Fund also announce the 2017 eighth annual Sustainability Shorts Film Competition. Submissions of original 10-minute films about sustainability are accepted up to March 24, 2017, and participants are eligible for one of three prizes.

All entries will be screened as part of the UNCG Sustainability Film and Discussion Series at the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., where winners will be announced and celebrated.

Entries must address sustainability, which UNCG defines as the “enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” Judging is based on relation to sustainability as well as concept, cinematography, acting, production quality, costuming and writing.

Submit films on DVD or in a screenable online format (YouTube, Vimeo) together with your name, phone number and email address, and the title and length of the film by 5 p.m. on March 24, 2017 to Sarah Dorsey sbdorsey@uncg.edu. For more information, contact Sarah via email or at 336.334.5610.

By entering the competition, entrants agree to the following: 1) Films must be original work, must not infringe on any rights of others, and must have all necessary permissions. UNCG will not be held liable for any copyright infringements. 2) To claim prizes, winners must be present (in person or via audio/video connection) at the screening. 3) Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their films. 4) UNCG reserves the right to not screen any film(s) for any reason. 5) Prizes are not negotiable or transferable. 6) The decisions of the judges are final.

Looking Ahead: Feb. 8, 2017

Staff Senate meeting

Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room
Film: “No Man’s Land”

Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., SOEB 120
Guest Artist Recital: SaVaSa Brass Trio

Fri, February 10, 7:30pm, Recital Hall

Book Talk: “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”

Monday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.,  Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library
Faculty Forum, “Academic Freedom and Shared Governance”

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Men’s basketball vs. Wofford
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

Talk, ‘Illusions of Peace, Realities of War,’ on WW I’s 1917, Ron Cassell
Feb. 16: 4 p.m., MHRA Building (Room TBA)