UNCG Campus Weekly

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” by Roald Dahl and dramatized by Sally Reid will be presented by UNCG Theatre and the North Carolina Theatre for Young People. The production, at the Taylor Theatre, is directed by Rachel Briley.

Every night Mr. Fox sneaks out of his hole and heads down into the valley with one thing in mind: providing a good meal for his wife and children. So, he goes about this task the best way he can: by stealing a duck or chicken or turkey from a nearby farm. Three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, are determined to put an end to this thievery … by any means necessary. The Fox and Badger families need a Fantastic Plan to save themselves. Is Mr. Fox up to the task? “Absolutely, my dears!”

Tickets for this Fall 2011 production can be purchased at 334-4849 or boxoffice.uncg.edu. Group tickets/discounts are available by calling 334-4601.

Performances are at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12, 13, 19, 20; and 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 15-18 and noon on Nov. 18.

Stock the Shelves Bring a can of food to the Nov. 12 performance at 2 p.m. and receive one child ticket free or one adult ticket for $10. Cans will be donated to Urban Ministries of Greensboro.

Fantastic Dessert Feast After the 2 p.m. performance on Nov. 13, join the costumed characters of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” for a private dessert feast. Treat yourself to an array of country desserts, apple cider and tea. Bring your camera for some photo opportunities with the characters of “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Tickets for show and feast are $15 and available only by RSVP’ing to Jody Cauthen Kaizen at 334-4601.

Scout Saturday At the 2 p.m. performance on Nov. 19, scouting groups are invited to enjoy a special $10 per person group rate with post show activities planned to meet badge requirements; a backstage tour; and and special “Q and A” session with the cast.

Complete information is here.

Photo by Bert VanderVeen


Open forums on 2012-13 tuition/fees

Open forums will be held Nov. 15-16 regarding tuition and fees for the next academic year. Input and feedback from the campus community – particularly from students – is encouraged.

The forums’ revised dates are:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 – 7 p.m. – Maple Room
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 – Noon – EUC Auditorium



Home-grown leadership capacity

Funding is very tight. Regional or national leadership programs carry a cost. Yet, developing leadership skills on campus is essential. A solution? Create a cost-effective on-campus leadership institute, which will allow participants to work closely with external and internal leaders to address the challenges of 21st century leadership.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady will welcome the first class of 30 UNCG participants in early February 2012.

The eight-month program is designed to provide staff, faculty and administrators with significant opportunities to enhance leadership skills through a series of workshops, a mentorship program and the development of a team-based project for presentation to the Chancellor and Executive Staff.

According to Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for HRS, the program is designed to strengthen the organizational capabilities and leadership competencies that are tied to UNCG’s institutional goals and values.

The institute’s mission is to develop and promote a culture of innovation and leadership consistent with the goals of UNCG’s Strategic Plan 2009-14. In essence, the institute will contribute to the creation of an inclusive, collaborative and responsive institution.

The deadline for submission of online applications is Dec. 1, 2011.

The program will be focused on emerging leaders. It will cover important topics in leadership, but also provide participants with the opportunity to engage in action learning through the development of a project to solve an institutional issue or problem with guidance from a coaching mentor. The program will consist of eight all-day and half-day sessions.

The UNCG Leadership Institute will accelerate leadership contributions by:

  • Enhancing leadership capacity at the departmental or university level.
  • Providing state-of-the-art knowledge on leadership practices.
  • Aligning vision, talent and behaviors for unit or team excellence with institutional goals.

The institute is sponsored by Human Resource Services.

Visit http://leadershipinstitute.uncg.edu for the complete program, application criteria and online application form.

A weekend of dance

The North Carolina Dance Festival, fresh off its performances in Boone, bounds into Greensboro this weekend.

Performances will be Nov. 4-5, 2011, at 8 p.m. each evening in Aycock Auditorium.

The North Carolina Dance Festival, now in its 21st year, is an annual showcase of dance that tours the state, bringing audiences the best choreography from within North Carolina. Organized to to celebrate the work of North Carolina’s own artists, the Greensboro concerts of the NC Dance Festival are produced jointly by the Dance Project and UNCG. The festival’s founder and producer is Dr. Jan Van Dyke (UNCG Dance Department), profiled in last week’s CW Spotlight.

  • Work by Robin Gee (Greensboro), Courtney Greer (Raleigh), Caroline Calouche (Charlotte), Lindsey Kelly (Asheville), and Gary Taylor (Festival Ballet Company, Winston-Salem) will be performed on Friday, Nov. 4.
  • Work by Jen Guy Metcalf (Greensboro), Helen Simoneau (Winston-Salem), Natalie Marrone (Raleigh), Diego Schoch (Durham), and Karla Coghill (Sidelong Dance Company, Winston-Salem) will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Tickets: $18 general admission; $14 seniors, children, students; $9 UNCG students with valid ID. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $8 apiece.

In addition, the festival will present a free Intermediate/Advanced modern dance class taught by festival artist Diego Carrasco Schoch Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m at the Greensboro Cultural Center’s Studio 323. For more information about Diego and the festival, visit www.ncdancefestival.org or www.ncdancefestival.wordpress.com.

Caroline Calouche photo by Michael Church

UNCG says Yes to climate commitment

Universities are in a unique position to lead our society and to be role models in regard to sustainability efforts, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said on Sustainability Day.

To that end, Chancellor Brady led a Sustainability Day signing ceremony for the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. UNCG becomes the seventh university in the UNC system to sign this document.

The signing made this particular Sustainability Day a very special one – “truly a momentous day for the university,” she said.

The chancellor noted several additional ways UNCG has shown its commitment over the past years. Two were:

  • Establishing Sustainability as a core value in the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-2014
  • Commitment that all new building projects and major renovations be, at minimum, LEED Silver

She noted that signing the document entails certain action goals for UNCG, including becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2050. In order to achieve this, it’s important that we take steps now, she explained.

Chancellor Brady announced new initiatives, including:

  • The 2011-12 goal to reduce UNCG energy consumption by five percent. She explained that will save money. “Doing the right thing for the environment will also help us in terms of the economic challenges that we face,” she said.
  • New “standards of comfort” addressing temperature settings for occupied spaces on campus. She suggested that workers who do come in on the weekend may want to do what she does and have an extra sweater on hand, so energy can be conserved.

She said that the ceremony was a tribute to the many students, faculty and staff members who are working to make UNCG sustainable.

She noted the student representatives who signed the document with her. They represent future generations of students as well, she said.

“We are committed for the long-term.”

Concluding the ceremony, the campus’ Committee on Sustainability presented two awards:

  • Champion of Sustainability Award – Ben Kunka, Recycling Operations manager
  • Founders’ Award – Dr. Susan Andreatta, associate professor of anthropology and a leader of UNCG Campus Gardens

By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English

LIHC fellowship deadline Nov. 10

Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) announces the 2012-13 Chancellor’s Resident Fellows Competition. For the 2012-13 academic year the College will appoint one Chancellor’s Resident Fellow who will teach full-time in LIHC and participate in the life of the college throughout the year.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) holds the fellowship for the current year.

The Chancellor’s Resident Fellows Program offers a great opportunity for UNCG faculty to change their teaching routine and teach the students in the Honors College exclusively for one year.

In Lloyd International Honors College all classes are small seminars that allow the Fellow to teach the subject matter in new ways and on topics that he or she may not get the chance to teach in their own department. In addition to a Fellow’s teaching stipend, the faculty member also receives a research award to be used during the year of the Fellowship.

The Fellowship is open to all full time UNCG faculty. The term of the Resident Fellowship will be one year from July 2012, through June 2013. During the fellowship year the Fellow will teach exclusively in Lloyd International Honors College.

The Chancellor’s Resident Fellow normally should be released from his or her usual departmental responsibilities during the fellowship year. However, the selected Fellow, in consultation with the Fellow’s department head and dean and the Honors College dean, may continue certain on-going obligations.

If you are interested in securing the Fellowship position, submit an application letter, approved by your department head and dean, to Lloyd International Honors College (205 Foust) by Nov. 10, 2011. The selected Fellow will be notified by Dec. 15. Among other items you may wish to enclose, the submitted application should include your curriculum vitae, a list of the courses you have taught over the previous two years, a proposal of the courses you would like to teach during your year in the Honors College with as much specificity as possible, a statement of interest that should address what you might contribute to the mission and work of the College (particularly its commitment to an international perspective), and a brief description of your research agenda.

The selection of the Chancellor’s Resident Fellow will be made by a committee consisting of the dean and an assistant dean of Lloyd International Honors College, as well as three members of the Honors Council. If you have questions about the Fellowship Program or your application, contact Dr. Jerry Pubantz, Dean of LIHC, at 256-2579 or j_pubant@uncg.edu.

For additional details and to download the application, visit http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/faculty/fellows-program.htm

The world is flat? What about libraries…

UNCG’s third annual iDEAL (information, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Libraries) conference is titled “Rethinking the Local: Reimagining Libraries in a Flattening World.”

It will be Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, noon-5 p.m., at Elliott University Center. This event is open to the public.

A panel of speakers addressing the topic will include:

  • Dr. Peter J. Lor, Author, Former Director of the National Library of South Africa
  • Dr. Ismail Abdullahi Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University, School of Library and Information Sciences, ALA Councilor-at-Large
  • Amanda Click, Formerly librarian at American University, Cairo, and doctoral student at UNC Chapel Hill, and UNCG alumna

Conference organizers explain that the Information Age has seen a tremendous surge in not only the amount but also the kind of information that is now almost instantaneously accessible through the internet and the Web, and this has promise not only for the “democratization” of information — that is to say, its “free flow” — but a realization of at least a rudimentary form of universal communication to which the main barriers are economic (access to the internet, computers and the electricity that powers them); legal and political (proprietary rights and national security concerns); and educational (basic literacy, technological literacy, and information literacy). At the same time, what used to be called international librarianship — the bridging of linguistic, cultural, and political differences across national borders ― has all but disappeared from LIS curricula as communications media has become more ubiquitous worldwide, they say. The assumption would seem to be that international diversity will be erased by a media-made monoculture, although world events contradict that outcome.

This conference will explore the following questions:

  1. Why do we need to re-think and re-imagine the local library in a world that is increasingly international?
  2. How can the LIS profession help ensure better communication as well to enhance understanding between and among cultures at the same time that it increases the free flow of information?
  3. What barriers to free flow and mutual understanding need to be addressed, and how?

Details are at http://lis.uncg.edu/news-and-events/ideal-summit/

Questions? Contact Touger Vang at t_vang@uncg.edu or 4-3477.


Free personal wellness profiles

How healthy are you – and how can you enhance your well-being?

HealthyUNCG offers the free and confidential Personal Wellness Profile (PWP) to all UNCG employees. Employees can earn 50 points for taken the PWP and 100 points for attending a PWP results session, in the Spartan Points program, in which you can earn points for prizes for select healthful activities.

The PWP is a general health assessment that measures your overall health and well-being. And it can help identify existing healthy behaviors and risk factors for disease – plus it provides a lifestyle assessment to help you make lifestyle decisions.

The PWP can be completed in a group session or from your desk using online video instructions.

Dates and full details for PWP sessions can be found on the HealthyUNCG web site. Opportunities to take the PWP will be offered throughout the fall and spring semesters.

Visit the HealthyUNCG web site for more information and sign-up instructions.

The British are coming! (to debate)

Our campus will host the British National Debate Team in a public debate on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Room 100 of the Ferguson Building. UNCG is one of only 14 stops—and the only one in North Carolina—on the British National Debate Team’s Fall 2011 United States tour.

This is apparently the first time that UNCG has hosted a leg of an international debate team tour.

The British team, carefully selected to represent the United Kingdom in international forums, consists of two debaters. Richard Robinson is a recent graduate from Manchester University. He was awarded a first class degree in law and will commence practice as commercial solicitor in 2013. Ben Jasper graduated from Wadham College, Oxford, with a first class degree in Modern History and an M.Phil. in Politics. He has just completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and is due to start work as a lawyer at Clifford Chance next August.

The public debate with students from UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

The topic is Resolved: That Article 5 (the principle of collective defense) of the NATO treaty should be abolished. The winner will be decided by audience vote.

The U.S. tour of the British National Debate Team is sponsored by the Committee on International Discussion and Debate, which has underwritten international student debate exchanges in conjunction with the National Communication Association since 1922. The National Communication Association is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization for communication educators.

The UNCG event is coordinated by Lloyd International Honors College, with support from the Kohler Fund of the UNCG International Programs Center and the English-Speaking Union of the United Kingdom.

Questions? Email Dr. Roy Schwartzman, Chancellor’s Resident Fellow at Lloyd International Honors College.

Program Review updates – Late Oct.

The UNCG Academic Program Review Process web site (http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview) has been updated.

The Program Review Timeline and Program Review Process document have been modified to reflect recent changes in SACS regulations regarding program discontinuation, decisions made by Faculty Senate leadership and the chairs of the University Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Studies Committee regarding the role of curriculum committees during the academic program review process, and recommendations from the chairs of the unit academic program review process regarding the timing of the release of their reports to the UNCG community.

That was one of the information updates that those who subscribe to the Academic Program Review listserv received on Oct. 31, 2011. That listserv email further included the following information:

The Program Review Timeline has also been enhanced to include the dates on which the chair of the University Program Review Committee will report to various leadership groups and a placeholder for the provost to meet with the groups providing auxiliary responses to the report of the University Program Review Committee.

Note that these two documents will be revised again in response to any Faculty Senate resolutions accepted by the chancellor.

Under background information, the Reporting Program Discontinuation to GA and SACS document has been modified to be more specific about the GA and SACS reporting requirements. In addition, a document has been uploaded for the first time that lists the programs that are linked to others and how they are linked. By examining these two documents together, it is possible to understand both the consequences of discontinuing a program that is interdependent with another one and the related external reporting requirements.

The web site can be accessed here.

Murder or self defense?

Was it murder or self defense, the accused a victim or a criminal? Those questions unfold in dramatic form during UNCG Theatre’s presentation of “Self Defense, or death of some salesmen” Oct. 28-Nov. 6 in the Brown Building Theatre.

It examines the case of Jolene Palmer, a character based on convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Wuornos’ story has been told in many forms including two full-length documentaries, an opera, a made-for-TV movie, a comic book, numerous crime books and in the major motion picture “Monster,” which earned actress Charlize Theron an Academy Award.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, an in-depth pre-show discussion of the play and themes will be offered at 5 p.m. This Frame/Works program helps in drawing connections between scholarly examination and artistic practice, as it frames a work of theatre.

The speakers and topics are “The Prison as ‘Public Secret'” Dr. Nina Billone Prieur, Duke ;”Behind the Razor Wire: Incarcerated Women and Questions of Representation” Dr. Ashley Lucas, UNC Chapel Hill ; “Aileen Carol Wournos, Heroine of Last Resort” Dr. Jules Odendahl-James, Duke. More information is here.

Full story about the production is at UNCG News.

Photo by Bert VanderVeen (l-r, Justin Crawford, Alex Elliott and Leah Turley in “Self Defense”)

The candidates have the floor

The primaries for the Greensboro mayoral race and city coucil races have narrowed the field of candidates. Now as Election Day approaches, you’ll have an opportunity to ask the candidates questions – in person or by social media.

The UNCG Alumni Association’s Spartan Legislative Council will present a digitally interactive Greensboro Municipal Candidate Forum Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. The forum will be held in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

The candidate forum will consist of question and answer sessions, discussions on various topics and community updates. Questions may be submitted in advance via email at alumni@uncg.edu or via UNCG Alumni Association’s Facebook page and via Twitter (@uncgalumni). Audience members will be able to ask questions live during the forum by way of these social media options – as well as in person.

All 2011 Greensboro Municipal candidates are invited. The moderator for the evening is UNCG alumnus Lee Kinard ’74, ’77 MA, ’88 EdD.

The UNCG Alumni Association is honored to sponsor one of the first structured platforms to use Social Media to involve the entire community in the Greensboro Municipal elections.

The UNCG Spartan Legislative Council Political Forum is one of several events that will take place during the upcoming months hosted by the UNCG Alumni Association.

To learn more about the Alumni Association, Spartan Legislative Council or the forum, contact Mary Swantek at alumni@uncg.edu or visit www.uncg.edu/alumni.

Campus-wide food drive has begun

Hunger doesn’t take a holiday to someone who’s hungry.

That is the theme for this year’s university-wide food drive.

Urban Ministries of Greensboro, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, and Groceries on Wheels will receive the food collected at UNCG. They were selected in an attempt to reach the greatest magnitude of need within our community.

The food drive will continue through Monday, Nov 21. The organizers note that the beginning of the holiday season is good timing for filling the low pantries at these organization.

Donation boxes are located in Room 217 EUC, EUC Commons, HHP Building, Forney, McNutt, McIver, Financial Aid, Mossman (HRS) and MHRA Building.

A special day to mark on calendars: Tuesday, Nov. 1, when they will have donation boxes from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at each of the three parking decks (Oakland Ave, Walker Ave, and McIver) and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the front and rear entrances of Elliott University Center.

The four-week food drive is hosted by the UNCG Staff Senate On-Campus and Off-Campus Service Committees and The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning.

  • The Groceries on Wheels offers food, friendship and hope to improve health and wellness to low income seniors in Guilford County. The food drive organizers note there are growing numbers of seniors that provide for their grandchildren.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank distributes food to childhood hunger programs and Triad Community Kitchen Programs, as well as assists when disaster strikes.
  • Greensboro Urban Ministries distributes to feeding programs and other non-profits that serve the hungry.

Please contact Lee Odom (4-5393 or lhodom@uncg.edu), Joseph Frey (6-1406 or jjfrey@uncg.edu), or Jan Albrecht (4-3962 or Albrecht@uncg.edu), if you have any questions.

CACE focuses on ‘Black South’ Nov. 11

The African American Studies Program will host the 22nd annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE) – The Black South: From the Reconstruction Period to the 21st Century – 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

The conference will feature panels and presentations in EUC. A literary café and the keynote address by Dr. Chester Fontenot Jr. (Mercer University) will take place in Jackson Library’s Randall Jarrell Lecture Hall. All conference events are free and open to the public.

Fontenot has titled his keynote “A Tale Twice Told: The Black South Since Reconstruction.”

“African Americans’ relationship with the South has been long and complicated,” said Dr. Tara T. Green, director of the African American Studies Program. “Some have vivid memories of lynchings and segregation. Others recall the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement.

“But what does it mean to be black and Southern in 2011? This year’s panelists will provide critical looks from the perspective of the arts, history and politics to probe the meaning of the South for African Americans since the Reconstruction Period.”

The conference will include three panels. Dr. Mark Elliott (UNCG) will moderate the first, Independent Politics in the New South, with panelists Dr. Omar Ali (UNCG), Dr. Gregory Nixon (UNC Charlotte) and Jacqueline Spruill (UNCG). Dr. Sarah Cervenak (UNCG) and Dr. Sandra Govan (UNC Charlotte) will be on the second; students will make up the third.

The registration form is here.

Full story at UNCG News.


New Substantive Change Compliance Policy

A major revision has been completed for the university’s substantive change compliance policy, which covers how changes in academic programs and degrees must be reported to, and subsequently approved by, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The new policy (http://policy.uncg.edu/substantive_change_compliance/) has been approved by Chancellor Linda P. Brady, and sets down a process for compliance with SACSCOC. Training sessions have already begun for the associate deans in the College of Arts and Science and the schools, who will serve as substantive change liaisons for their academic units.

“The compliance process is complicated,” said Dr. Rebecca Adams, associate provost for planning and assessment, who is the university’s SACSCOC liaison.

“We’ll need everyone to be aware of this policy when they are planning to make changes in any programs and to be willing to ask the necessary questions before moving forward,” Adams said. “This process is very complicated and there are penalties involved if we are found to be in non-compliance.”

UNCG has been found to be out of compliance on two occasions recently, both resulting from programs in one of the schools. Both situations have been rectified, but one instance last summer required the university to repay $58,000 to the U.S. Department of Education.

“The SACSCOC standard requires that an institution must notify the Commission on Colleges when there are substantive changes to any programs and, when necessary, seek approval before the changes are made,” Adams said.

UNCG’s new policy provides a definition of substantive change, and has policy sections on communications and procedures, resources, training, quality assurance, enforcement and review.

Adams explained that under the new policy, responsibility for enforcement resides with the chancellor. Deans are responsible for their units adhering to the procedures set forth within the Curriculum Guide. The associate provost for planning and assessment (Adams) serves as the liaison to the SACS Commission on Colleges with responsibility to report substantive changes in a timely manner. No substantive change can be implemented until a letter of approval or an acceptance of notification is received from the Commission on Colleges.

In addition to revising and elevating the policy, Adams said a questionnaire (http://opa.uncg.edu/academicplanning/questionnaire.aspx) has been developed for departments considering changes to their curriculum. It will help the Office of Planning and Assessment provide advice on appropriate procedures and how long the process will take. A web site (http://opa.uncg.edu/academicplanning/) on academic program planning and substantive change has been created, with links to helpful and pertinent information, including the revised Curriculum Guide (http://undergraduate.uncg.edu/colleagues/com/curriculum.php).

Faculty sometimes will grumble and say “Let’s not participate in SACS; let’s just drop out,” Adams said. She explained that SACS is charged by the U.S. Department of Education with enforcing federal rules. UNCG and other institutions don’t really have much choice in the matter. Dropping out of SACS would result in loss of accreditation and loss of federal financial aid funds, which comprise much of the $160 million UNCG awards annually.

If you are planning on making changes to a program, check out the policy first, and if you have any questions, contact the Office of Planning and Assessment.

By Steve Gilliam

Thank-you cards for veterans: volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the “Thank You Cards for Veterans” tables on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the EUC Commons and Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Dining Hall Lobby.

Students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to sign thank you cards for veterans of WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom who are hospitalized in the Salisbury Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital.

You may stop by the table and sign as many cards as you would like.

For the second year, the Office of Campus Activities & Programs and the Student Veterans Association are co-sponsoring this “Thank You Cards for Veterans” service activity.

Volunteers are needed to staff tables from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Volunteers will communicate the purpose of the project (the sending of thank you cards to these veterans). They will also be setting out and collecting cards (the goal is about 5-7 signatures per card), and checking cards for appropriate language/messages.

To sign up as a volunteer, please go to this Google docs sign up sheet at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au-EWuJjDmexdGRFY3gtcVVsajBsOVA3MHZWeE9rNnc&hl=en_US. If you have any questions, contact Lisa McGuire, Assistant Director for Adult, Transfer, and Commuter Programs, at lmmcguir@uncg.edu or 4-3667.

(Visual courtesy Department of Defense)

International staff exchange a first for UNCG

As a part of the UNCG Strategic Plan goal 5.3, “to provide an international experience for qualified faculty, staff and students,” UNCG has begun to initiate a few activities designed specifically to engage staff in the internationalization process.

“To date these have included intercultural training through the ESP, increasing contact with our international students in the Staff Senate, and inviting staff to be interviewed by our visiting German Fulbright group in August,” says Dr. Penelope Pynes, associate provost for international programs

The latest venture is a first for UNCG: an international staff exchange. This human resources staff exchange involves two Swedish HR professionals from Linnaeus University in Vaxjo Sweden. It will be reciprocated in the future, with UNCG sending two staff members to Vaxjo.

These two individuals will be at UNCG until Oct. 27 learning about human resource practices in the United States and sharing information on their practices in Sweden.

“We are delighted to have the Swedish visitors here and are learning a great deal from them,” said Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resource services.

Carving up all the Halloween festivities

Greek Treats
Join UNCG’s fraternities, sororities, and athletes for their annual Greek Treats celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. Greek Treats provides a safe and fun Halloween environment for community children and their families.

Each group will provide games and candy for children of all ages to enjoy. Costumes are encouraged! Free parking will be available in the Walker Avenue Parking Deck for families with children in costume under the age of 16.

After trick-or-treating, be sure to stay for the Kids Zone and UNCG vs. Georgia Southern men’s soccer game at 7 p.m. Admission to all events is free, but families are encouraged to bring one can of food per child. Canned goods will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

In case of rain, Greek Treats will be held on Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m., by the Soccer Stadium. In case of rain on Oct. 26, it will be moved indoors to Cone Ballroom in the EUC. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Activities and Programs at 334-5800 or cap@uncg.edu.

EUC Auditorium – Friday, Oct. 21 – Free – A Halloween-themed triple-feature, beginning at 5 p.m.:

  • 5 p.m. – Ghostbusters 2
  • 7 p.m. – Jurassic Park
  • 9 p.m. – Harry Potter 7, Part 2

2011 Haunted Foust House community fundraiser
Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Funds will go to Brenner Children’s Hospital. The Haunted House will be in Mary Foust Hall, on College Avenue. Tickets are $5 each or $3 plus a can of food. The theme this fall is “Zombies.”

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Mary Foust Hall, carved pumpkins will be on display.

“Horror though history” panel
Wednesday, Oct. 26, Sullivan Science 101, featuring Dr. Jill Bender, Kathelene Smith and Caitlin Saraphis. Learn where all of those scary stories you’ve heard come from. Sponsored by UNCG Historical Society.

Night of Fright in EUC Cone Ballroom
Friday, Oct, 28, fall festival of events, starting at 7 p.m. Activities include a screening of “Zombieland,” pumpkin carving and a costume contest.

And if the day of Halloween arrives and you want more…

Ghost tour of campus
Join University Libraries staff Carolyn Shankle and Hermann Trojanowski for a 30-minute walking ghost tour on Monday, Oct. 31. On the tour you will learn about the ghosts that are said to haunt Mary Foust Residence Hall, Spencer Residence Hall, Alumni House and Aycock Auditorium.

  • Tour Times: 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
  • Meeting Place: College Avenue in front of Mary Foust Residence Hall
  • Duration of Tour: 30 minutes
  • Costumes: Optional

Please contact Hermann Trojanowski at hermann_trojanowski@uncg.edu to reserve a place on one of the tours.

Events compiled by Mike Harris

Duane Cyrus is in the house (So is Michael Parker)

It’s a new series called “Around the House,” to help alumni and community members easily engage with UNCG in a relaxing, rejuvenating atmosphere.

Organized by the UNCG Alumni Association, each event will be in the Alumni House and will start at 6 p.m. The $10 cost per evening includes wine and cheese refreshments and parking in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck.

The next “Around the House” evening will be Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. Duane Cyrus, associate professor of dance, will showcase “Entrepreneurship in the Arts.” He will discuss his work with the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center housed at UNCG and how his company, Cyrus Art Production, engages communities and serves UNCG through high-profile performances, workshops and training in dance.

The following “Around the House” event will feature Michael Parker, professor of creative writing, speaking on “Myth, history and fiction” Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Six are scheduled for the spring semester. Campus Weekly will have the listing in January.

You may register for an event at www.uncgevent2.info.

For more information about this series, email Linda Carter or Donegan Root.

Photograph by Chris English, of Duane Cyrus directing his students in 2010 as they work with Eastern Guilford High School students as part of a community outreach program.

New collaborative study groups

Enhancing student success and efforts to improve retention rates are a key focus on campus.

The Student Study Program (SSP) is a new program offered by the Student Success Center that provides opportunities for students to form collaborative study groups. These study groups, in turn, will foster enhanced study habits and overall academic performance in and out of the classroom.

The students find there are a number of good reason to be a part of these groups, says Caitlin Byerly, Student Study Program coordinator.

  • Meet new classmates you otherwise may not interact with
  • Have a study group established for you by simply filling out the online application
  • Always have the opportunity to study with other classmates outside of class
  • Enhance student study habits and confidence in mastering course material

The SSP is currently serving eight courses during the pilot 2011 Fall semester, with anticipation of expanding the number of courses for the Spring semester.
Accounting 201 (ACC 201)
Anthropology 100 (ATY 100)
Chemistry 104 (CHE 104)
Economics 201 (ECO 201)
Geography 103 (GEO 103)
Philosophy 121 (PHI 121)
Political Science 100 (PSC 100)
Sociology 101 (SOC 101)

The program connects students enrolled in the same course and section number.

Students can utilize this program by filling out an online application located at http://success.uncg.edu/ssp/apply/. After filling out the application, students will be matched with other students in the requested course and section by the SSP coordinator and contacted via email.

Have questions or want details? Email Caitlin Byerly or call 334-3682.

Sustainability’s No Impact Project

A week-long No Impact Project will be held Oct. 24-28, 2011, to coincide with Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 26. The special week is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.


No Impact Kick Off Event View selected clips of the No Impact Movie and network on how to lessen your impact on the environment. The Office of Sustainability will be on hand to answer questions and get everyone started on the right path.

Monday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m, Music Building Room 217, hosted by UNCG Office of Sustainability


Monday’s Consumption Challenge

The “Story of Stuff” video will the shared and information will be provided about reducing purchases and buying handmade, local, and low-packaged goods. Participate in a mug and book exchange. Any leftover mugs and books will be donated to the Salvation Army.

College Ave, near the EUC sidewalk, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Tuesday’s Transportation Challenge

The Parking and Campus Access Office will provide programming on low-impact methods of transportation available to the campus community.

College Ave, near the EUC sidewalk, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Wednesday’s Food Challenge

Healthy recipes made with local food will be featured at tabling activity in the EUC. Also, information will be shared about foods with the lowest carbon footprint.

Inside the EUC, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Thursday’s Energy Challenge

The Triad Student Energy Alliance (founding chapter at UNCG) will host an energy triathlon event.

1. Vampire Energy Slaying

2. Clean Energy and Conservation letter writing and petition

3. Energy Jeopardy game

Participate in one event and have your name entered to win a small energy-related goodie bag. Participate in two events and have your name entered to an energy related prize. Participate in three events and have your name entered to win the energy prize package. More information at www.triadstudentenergyalliance.wordpress.com.

Energy Jeopardy 9-11 a.m., Azalea Room

Green Dorm Audits, 2-3:30 p.m.

Vampire Energy Slaying 5-7 p.m. (meet in front of Music Building)


Friday’s Water Challenge

A water taste test will be to see if you can tell the difference between tap water and bottled water. Information about the issues surrounding water will be shared as well.

College Ave, near the EUC sidewalk, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.



And his name is… Spiro

“Drum roll please,” the PA announcer said at Sunday’s Go Blue Preview. The Spartan mascot would be hearing his name at the Coliseum for the time. “Let’s welcome to the court …. Spiro.”

Spiro is the Greek word for “spirit.”

Four names made the final cut. The winning name for the UNCG mascot was submitted first by Regan Treichler, who won the prize pack.

This Sunday, Oct 23, is the men’s basketball Blue/Gold scrimmage in Fleming Gym. It begins at 4 p.m., following the women’s soccer game against Appalachian State. Admission is free for everyone – and Spiro will of course be on hand to cheer on the players.

By Mike Harris

Listen and have your say about transportation

Have something to say about parking? Perhaps you want to learn the latest on parking, bicycle and pedestrian safety, transit and the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village?

Consultants working on the Campus Transportation Master Plan Update will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 27, between 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in EUC Alexander Room to share recommendations and receive feedback from the campus community.

There will be presentations at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The rest of the day will be an open house so people may drop-in as they have time.

Topics covered will include recommendations for parking, bicycle and pedestrian safety, transit, and the Village mixed-use development south of Lee Street.

An advertisement for the event can be viewed here:

For more information, contact Suzanne Williams at 334-5595 or suz@uncg.edu.

Dance companies present original choreography

The John Gamble Dance Theater and Jan Van Dyke Dance Group will showcase the creative works of their namesake choreographers in a series of 8 p.m. concerts Oct. 20-22 at the UNCG Dance Theatre.

The concert will also feature works by guest choreographers Sherone Price, a dance faculty member at Appalachian State University, and Carol Finley, director of dance at Meredith College.

Full story at UNCG News.

Photo: (L to R) Rhian Jaques, Virginia Dupont and Amanda Smith in the dance “TRINITY” by Jan Van Dyke. Photo by Steve Clarke.

Vintage gym clothes

A new exhibit titled “Vintage Gym Suits from the University Archives Collection” has been installed by the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives in the cases next to the Reference Desk of Jackson Library. The exhibition contains vintage photographs as well as a 1913 black serge gym suit, 1930s blue cotton gym suit and 1950s white cotton gym suit. The exhibition will be on display until Nov. 1, 2011.

The exhibition was requested by Dr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology) for the Conference on Girls and Women In Sports and Physical Activity, which will be held Oct. 20-22 in EUC and the Alumni House. Details about the conference may be found here.

Visual: Early gym on campus in the basement of South Spencer.

Eye on history

Matthew Lewis was the first photographer at the Washington Post ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He did so in 1975 for a portfolio of his color pictures. Now “retired” and living in Thomasville, Lewis is coming to Jackson Library to display and talk about some of his favorite photos.

The exhibition at Jackson Library is titled “Eye on History:The Photographs of Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer Matthew Lewis.”

Columnist Jeri Rowe of the News & Record will moderate a discussion with Lewis in the Reading Room on the first floor of Jackson Library Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

Lewis joined Morgan State College in 1957 and began freelancing for the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper in 1963, covering events such as the funeral of John F. Kennedy and the 1963 March on Washington. He joined the Washington Post in 1965, according to a story in the University Libraries blog.

Read the full blog posting here:

Select a book

If you were being honored, and could choose one book for Jackson Library’s collection, which would you select and why?

On Sept. 29, 2011, newly tenured or promoted faculty members were honored in this way, which has become a yearly tradition. Chancellor Linda P. Brady, Provost David H. Perrin and Dean Rozann Bazirjian made remarks at the reception that evening.

The tradition started in 2006, as the University Libraries and the Provost’s Office developed this way to recognize faculty who achieve tenure or promotion. Each newly tenured or promoted faculty member selects a book for the library’s collection that is then bookplated to commemorate her or his achievement. Faculty members choose a book with special meaning to them and write a brief statement about why they selected that book.

Each year, the books that were selected, along with the personal statements, are displayed on the first level of Jackson Library. The are now on view.

To see pictures of the nominees, as well as their explanation of the book they chose and why, visit http://library.uncg.edu/info/events_and_awards/recognition/2011_promotion_and_tenure.aspx

More information, as well as lists of honorees and their books from previous years, is at http://library.uncg.edu/info/events_and_awards/promotion_and_tenure.aspx.

By Mike Harris and Kimberly Lutz

Go Blue Preview Oct. 16 at Coliseum

With the start of the 2011-12 basketball season just around the corner, UNCG will host the Go Blue Preview at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Greensboro Coliseum. The event will serve as a sneak peek at the Spartan men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The event, which is free and open to the general public, will include the introduction of both teams, a special presentation for the Maui Invitational and a chance to meet new women’s basketball coach Wendy Palmer. There will be free food and T-shirts and an autograph session with both teams.

Plus, the costumed Spartan mascot, introduced in 2010, will have a name. His name will be unveiled at the event, says Dacia Ijames (Athletics), and the winner of the naming contest will be announced as well.

Free shuttles from campus will depart from in front of the Elliott University Center.

For more information, visit UNCGSpartans.com or contact the UNCG Ticket Office at 336-334-3250 or maehmke@uncg.edu.

By Phil Perry
Photograph by David Wilson

Paint it pink, for breast cancer awareness

Volleyball hosts its multi-day breast cancer awareness event this week.

Paint it Pink, on College Avenue

The Paint It Pink event will be on Oct. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day. Team members will do pink face painting, pink hairspray and pink hair feathers for passers-by. All donations from this event will go to the Cone Health Mammography Scholarship. The athletics booth will be set up behind the EUC on College Avenue. (On Friday, the booth may be in the EUC.) CAB and UNCG Weekend will also take part in this effort. Come get painted up – at least a little – for a great cause.

Two games at Fleming Gym

The two special matches will be:
Oct 14 v. Davidson, 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 v. Georgia Southern, 7 p.m.

Gates open at 6 p.m. both nights.

Athletics will have pink merchandise for sale and will have doing pink face painting and painting pink posters. Fans are encouraged to wear pink. All proceeds will go to the Cone Health mammography scholarship.

Fans can also pledge an amount of money per “dig.” The total amount of digs from both games will be multiplied by their pledge. For example, a $.10 pledge for 100 digs will be a $10 donation. Pledge cards will be at the entrance of the gym at Friday’s game. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

The team’s goal for this year is $5,000.

Questions? Email wrhoneyc@uncg.edu.

NSF grant focuses on reptiles, amphibians

Thanks to a $2.7 million dollar National Science Foundation grant, rural communities across North Carolina will have a chance to get up-close and personal with their reptilian and amphibian neighbors. And add to the scientific record.

A multidisciplinary team from UNCG, Elon University and UNC Pembroke have combined their areas of expertise and shared passions for the natural world in the program, Herpetology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (HERPS).

Dr. Catherine Matthews (Education) says the project is essential for many reasons.

“North Carolina is in a state of transition; our human population is increasing and our natural areas are decreasing,” Matthews says. “Our local parks, state parks, vacant lots and our own backyards harbor animals we don’t even know are there. Many of these animals are bio-indicators: they keep us informed about the health of the places where we live. This grant will allow us to introduce our neighbors to these organisms that are harbingers of environmental truth and in doing so imbue North Carolinians with an appreciation and admiration for these little known and seldom seen frogs, salamanders, turtles, snakes and lizards.”

More at UNCG News.

SON Health Center’s call for programs

Open to faculty and students at UNCG, up to $1,000 per program will be awarded. Three programs may be selected for year 2012.

For more than 25 years, the UNCG School of Nursing Health Centers have partnered with the Greensboro Housing Authority (GHA) to provide free weekly wellness clinics to residents located within their elderly or near-elderly housing locations (residents age 55 years and older). Nursing students provide residents with basic health screenings along with providing them with educational resources and connect them with community resources. With recent funding from Wellspring Retirement Community, more money may be offered to expand health programing among the GHA residents. For more information about the Health Centers visit http://nursing.uncg.edu/community/

Nursing invites faculty-led or student-led health programs to submit ideas for programs. (If a program is student-led, a faculty sponsor is required.) Examples of programs might be as follows:

  • Home safety
  • Literacy education
  • Hearing screenings
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health
  • Disease management
  • Conflict resolution

Programs must be completed by May 31, 2012.

For an application, contact:
Suzanne Lineberry, Health Center Coordinator

Deadline for Program Applications is Nov. 1, 2011, 12:00 p.m.

Awarded programs will be notified by email by Nov. 18, 2011.


SECC is halfway to 2011 goal

The SECC campaign has passed the halfway point. With a month left, the campus is about 55 percent toward its goal.

At the SECC kickoff meeting for volunteer solicitors as well as in a letter to all faculty and staff in the SECC envelopes, Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke about the importance of the SECC. Through more than 1,000 charitable programs across the region and our state, it provides help for many people in need. And provides a way for state employees to give to causes they are passsionate about.

She also detailed her commitment and the importance of the campaign, in her message to faculty and staff in a letter in the SECC packet.

“This is the one time of the year in which the UNCG community unites to support others in the spirit of our motto of ‘service’,” the chancellor explained.

“More than ever, many North Carolina individuals, families and organizations are in need of support through our campaign. I hope you will join me in supporting one or more of these organizations. Every gift counts and makes a difference in the lives of many people, perhaps even someone with whom we work. Our participation in this campaign reminds our neighbors and friends that UNCG cares about our community!”

If you have not yet filled in your form and turned in your envelope to your department’s solicitor, please consider doing so soon.

2011 Flu Shot Clinics

Human Resource Services will sponsor onsite flu shot clinics. The flu vaccine is the best protection against the debilitating effects of this virus, says HRS.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Alexander Room, EUC

Thursday, Oct. 27
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Campus Supply Store – Training Room See Map

Friday, Oct. 28
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Claxton Room – EUC

This clinic will provide free flu shots to State Health Plan members. This includes employees and their covered family members, at least 4 years of age. Retirees with State Health Plan coverage are also welcome. Please bring your State Health Plan ID card and a photo ID.

The vaccine for H1N1 is now included in the standard flu shot, according to HRS.

Questions? See the Human Resource Services web site for some Frequently Asked Questions.

Nominations for MLK Service Award

The Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award was established in 1986 to honor the memory of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2012 the 26th annual award will be presented to a student at UNCG whose community activities and involvement embody the spirit of Dr. King’s service to humanity. The award Selection Committee will look for one who has gone “beyond expectations” in making outstanding contributions in the area of social justice through service, particularly service to the UNCG community. The winner will be recognized at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at 7 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium, and will receive a $500 award.

In order to be considered for the award, each nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • A student who has made outstanding contributions to the UNCG community through service
  • Must be in good academic and good conduct/social standing at UNCG
  • Must be enrolled at UNCG during the semester in which the nomination is made (Fall 2011)
  • Must be enrolled at UNCG during the semester in which the award is given (Spring 2012)

The selection committee will consider the following criteria in choosing the award recipient:

  • Commitment to Leadership
  • Service to the UNCG Community
  • Impact of Involvement
  • Resourcefulness
  • Creativity

Nominations must be submitted via the link on the Office of Multicultural Affairs web site and are due by Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Following receipt of a nomination, the nominee will be asked to accept the nomination and then submit supporting information.

To nominate a student for the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Award, contact mavillac@uncg.edu or visit http://maf.dept.uncg.edu/MLK/

Staff Stars in the Boardroom

Andrew Bushnoe (Facilities Operations) thought he was called to Mossman Building for an equipment repair. What he encountered last Thursday was a Chancellor’s Boardroom filled with well-wishers, for a reception in honor of this quarter’s Staff Stars. He was one of the stars.

When all had quieted and the chancellor called the stars one by one to receive the awards, his name was called and he said, “The surprise of the day!”

Brady did not read from the nominations – instead she spoke extemporaneously about the important work that the staff in individual departments do for our university and some of the great comments she hears from students and families about the work of those departments, etc. She noted examples of departments’ and individuals’ extra efforts that most would never have known.

In the past years, Staff Stars would be surprised by the regular award presentations at their work spaces. Balloons, a surprise, a song, a quick presentation. This year, the Staff Senate’s Staff Recognition committee and the chancellor are doing something different: having a reception in the chancellor’s boardroom for the honorees.

Betty Betts, chair of the Staff Recognition Committee that oversees the Staff Stars program, said the chancellor wanted to be more involved in this important program recognizing staff who go above and beyond. At the Chancellor’s Boardroom in Mossman, they’ll have light refreshments and the stars can be well-feted as a special group of individuals.

“Thank you for everything you’re doing in support of the university,” the chancellor told the honorees.

“I know there are many more stars across the campus,” she said after making the presentations. “We are going to do this on a quarterly basis.”

She encouraged nominations. “Nominate staff who are going the extra mile.”

The Staff Stars honored at the Fall 2011 reception were:

  • Deb Hurley (Registrar’s Office)
  • Amy Berrier (Financial Aid)
  • Michelle Lanzer (ITS, Office of Data Management)
  • Robin M. Paschal (University Libraries)
  • Jessica Clifton (Registrar’s Office)
  • Melanie Hoover (Registrar’s Office)
  • Rick Titus (Registrar’s Office)
  • Andrew Bushnoe (Facilities Operations)
  • Jeff Melton (Facilities Operations)
  • William Tillman (Housing and Residence Life)
  • Eric Laudenbacher (Parking Services)
  • Katie Sales (Housekeeping)
  • Jay White (Facilities Operations)

More details on the Staff Stars program are at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/stars/.

To make a Staff Stars nomination, visit https://studentaffairs.uncg.edu/forms/?id=127

By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English