UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Bonita J. Hairston Appointed to Chief of Staff Position

060910NewsAndNotes_HairstonBonita J. Hairston has been named chief of staff at UNCG, effective July 1. For the past four years, Hairston has served as chief of staff at the University of North Texas, the fourth largest university in Texas. She has also served as general counsel at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and assistant attorney for Winston-Salem State University. [Read more…]

Shred-A-Thon

The campus’ Shred-a-Thon is set for Friday, June 18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Walker Ave. Circle Bus Stop near EUC and Jackson Library tower. All staff, faculty and students can bring any paper records they have from their offices or homes to have them shredded and recycled free of charge. [Read more…]

Major Construction Projects This Summer

Construction for the Guilford and Mary Foust Residence Halls Renovation project began on May 17. Workers are installing fire sprinklers and new windows, as well as upgrading the bathrooms. Please use caution in the area around North Drive and College Avenue. Work will be complete and ready for students this August.

Construction of the new School of Education building continues and is on schedule for a spring completion 2011. The tower crane has been removed and the roof installed, which have allowed work on the interiors to proceed. This building will be a LEED Certified Silver building, with many sustainable features including low water and energy usage, daylighting for classrooms and high air quality standards.

During this summer, steam line installation work will continue north along Kenilworth St. and turn east along Theta St. The south side of Theta St. is closed for the summer. Signage will be installed to direct vehicles and pedestrians through this area.

Construction of a new baseball locker room and training facility is under way in the area between the Baseball Stadium and the recreation field to the south of the stadium. This will provide needed space for the baseball team. The area of construction is fenced off and will temporarily close the pedestrian pathway between the stadium and the recreation field. Pedestrians may walk around the north side of the stadium along Walker Avenue or around the south side of the recreation field beside Spring Garden Apartments to get around the construction site.

Water line installation The parking lot on the South side of the McNutt Building will be closed for several more weeks to allow for the installation of a chilled water line. The parking lot on the West side of McNutt will remain open. Childcare drop-off and pick-up at the circle drive on the southwest side of Curry Building will be temporarily relocated to the circle off of Highland Ave. on the south side of Ferguson Building.

Construction of a new dormitory for approximately 400 students has begun at the intersection of Spring Garden and Kenilworth Streets and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2011. The groundbreaking was last week -see separate story. The building will include recreation areas, a café, a convenience store, living-learning community classrooms and a post office.

Construction is in progress for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering building, a state-of-the-art research facility at the Gateway University Research Park South Campus. This 94,000 square foot facility will bring together academic and industrial stakeholders to drive education, research and economic development in Greensboro, the Triad, North Carolina and beyond. As a joint vision of UNCG and North Carolina A&T State, the JSNN will have three academic departments: Nanoscience, Nanoenvironmental Science and Nanoengineering. It will support established research programs by faculty from the two universities and will have its own faculty as well. The primary goal of the school is to be a world leader in research, nano-related education and outreach. Construction is expected to be complete in 2011.

For information about the design and construction projects taking place on campus, visit the Facilities Design and Construction department’s web site by clicking on this link .

Notes: June 9, 2010

NotesIconNC House’s proposed budget The 2010-11 state budget passed by the State House last week contained much deeper cuts than the budget passed by the State Senate. In a statement, UNC system president Erskine Bowles said, in part, “If these proposed cuts remain in the state budget, another 1,700 positions will have to be eliminated across the University. Quality faculty will lose their jobs or be pirated away. Classes will be significantly larger or unavailable. As a result, retention and graduation rates will fall dramatically. And worst of all, many qualified North Carolina students won’t be able to obtain the financial aid they need—and many more will be denied admission altogether—since the House budget caps UNC enrollment growth and fails to fully fund need-based financial aid.” Read his full statement here. The statement – and additional budget-related items posted yesterday – are at UNCG’s budget central web site.  Members of the House and Senate are set to work on a compromise proposed budget.

Provost supports legislation to ensure public access to publicly funded research Dr. David H. Perrin has joined many other leaders at major public and private research institutions in voicing their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act. The act was introduced in the House of Representatives on April 15. The bill proposes to require those eleven federal agencies with extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to implement policies that deliver timely, free, online access to the published results of the research they fund, according to information provided in a media advisory. The act would require that the results of taxpayer-funded research be made available no later than six months after publication in a journal. As Barry Miller in University Libraries points out, the legislation would mean enhanced access to federally funded research articles for researchers and students at UNCG. Availability of federally funded research in open online archives also would expand the worldwide visibility of the research conducted here, increase the impact of our investment in this research, and aid us in examining related work at other institutions that compete for government grants and contracts. A list of those signing the SPARC statement may be found at http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/institutions.shtml. The statement may be found at http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/highered.shtml.

Where UNCG stands in SoCon UNCG was second in the Commissioner’s Cup, which is based on men’s sports standings, and seventh in the Germann Cup, which is based on women’s sports standings, for 2009-10. UNCG’s second-place standing on the men’s side equaled its best finish set in 2006-07. The seventh-place standing on the women’s side equaled last year’s finish. Appalachian State’s men and Samford’s women claimed the all-sports championships for the 2009-10 athletic season.

One millionth visitor this year For the first time, Jackson Library has recorded one million visits in an academic year. The numbers are tabulated by the electronic gate counters. As the one millionth visitor arrived on Monday, library staff were waiting at the EUC Library entrance to take photos and celebrate. Kathy Crowe, the University Libraries’ associate dean for public services, added that other numbers have increased as well. For example, the number of students studying overnight during May exam week increased 11 percent between May 2009 and May 2010. She adds that the Libraries will also be adding more types of technology to lend. In addition to laptops, they will soon be lending camcorders and digital voice recorders in Jackson Library and the Music Library.

Nursing honor society endows scholarship Gamma Zeta, the nursing honor society on campus, presented the School of Nursing with a $25,000 endowed scholarship for nursing students. ‘We receive monies from member dues and fundraisers. Monies over and above operating costs have been placed in CDs for future use,” said chapter president Daria Kring. “At the time of maturity this year, we realized we had just over $25,000 – the amount needed to establish an endowed scholarship in the School of Nursing.” She added, “An endowed scholarship fund is a wonderful opportunity whereby a donor, in this case, Gamma Zeta, is creating an ongoing legacy by ensuring that nursing students are able to complete their degree and fulfill their dream of becoming a nurse.”

On Smithsonian Channel The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department in the University Libraries has provided scanned documents and photographs to the Smithsonian Channel for its upcoming program, tentatively titled “Greensboro Four,” scheduled to air on July 25, to coincide with the date on which Woolworth finally desegregated its lunch counter after months of sit-ins. Among the materials provided are clippings from the student newspaper, The Carolinian; images of students who participated in the sit-ins; oral history transcripts; and various documents dealing with reaction to the sit-ins.

One of twelve The Student Success Center – Learning Assistance Center Tutoring Services program recently received Advanced-Level Certification from the National Association for Developmental Educators (NADE). The evaluation process was based upon the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS Standards). NADE noted that the LAC Tutoring Services program “is clearly dedicated to increasing student learning and student success and on the systematic and continuous collection of data.” Only 11 other programs nationally have received this certification, thus far. For details, email jeforema@uncg.edu.

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dr. Rebekah Megerian of Asheboro has been elected chairperson of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and Mr. Lance Elko, vice-chair. Megerian, who holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from UNCG, retired from Randolph Community College as dean of Basic Skills in 2008 after a 28-year career there. Elko, who lives in Greensboro, is an editor with Pace Communications and is also a professional musician. Other newly-elected board members include Robin Sutton Anders, David Arneke, Ned Cline, Carol Cone Douglas, Nancy Fuller, Jim Schlosser, Charles Sullivan, and Laura Tew. Re-elected to the board was Selby Bateman.

Red Cross gives recognition UNCG received a Certificate of Recognition last week from the Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross for UNCG’s “valuable contribution to blood services.”  Dr. Cherry Callahan says, “Evidently, we were the most successful in terms of amount of pints received when compared to all other colleges and universities in their jurisdiction – Guilford, Randolph and Montgomery Counties.”  Callahan is a board member of the Greensboro chapter, and had the honor of accepting the award on the university’s behalf.

Groundbreaking for New, ‘Green’ Residence Hall

060910NewsAndNotes_DormThe university broke ground Friday, June 4, for a new, 170,000-square-foot, $30 million residence hall, the first “green” residence hall on campus. [Read more…]

Faculty Promoted, Awarded Tenure

The UNCG Board of Trustees has approved promotions for tenure-track faculty for the 2010-11 academic year. [Read more…]

Notes: May 26, 2010

NotesIconResidence hall groundbreaking June 4 UNCG breaks ground Friday, June 4, at 9 a.m. for a 170,000-square-foot, $30 million residence hall, the first “green” residence hall on campus. The new building will stand at the corner of Spring Garden Garden and Kenilworth streets. The new hall, expected to open in August 2011, will hold 400 students, compensating for the loss of bed space as UNCG renovates the seven 1920s Classical Revival halls that make up the Quad. The Quad renovation begins in May 2011. The new hall will be a suite-style facility, and will be a living-learning community in the tradition of the university’s Ashby Residential College, North Carolina’s oldest residential college. It will feature classroom and seminar space as well as office space for faculty. Other amenities will include retail space on the ground floor and wireless service in rooms. The facility is being built by the Capital Facilities Foundation, a component of UNCG that assists the university with acquiring, developing and managing properties. Pearce Brinkley Cease and Lee in association with Ayers/Saint/Gross designed the new residence hall. Barton Malow/Samet/SRS will manage construction.

Demystifying electronic medical records Medical practices and doctors considering the adoption of electronic medical records in their offices will be able to hear the pros and cons of the transition from those who have taken the plunge at the first Electronic Medical Record Implementation Conference Thursday, May 27. The event is sponsored by the McDowell Research Center for Global IT Management in the Bryan School. “Health care information technology is a big issue as health care costs keep growing in the U.S. with no end in sight,” said Dr. Prashant Palvia, director of the McDowell Research Center. “President Obama has made it a priority to introduce health care technology, so there’s a lot of federal funding available.” The keynote will be given by Dr. Hadley Callaway, past president of the N.C. Medical Society and a member of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Health Information Technology Taskforce. He’ll speak on “Unexpected Consequences of HIE (Health Information Exchange) on Medical Practice.” Registration for the conference starts at $30 for students with valid ID, $120 for a professional. For details, visit http://emrc.uncg.edu.

At a theater near you If you’ve seen a movie in a local cimema in the past few weeks, you may have seen an ad for UNCG’s online programs and recognized several familiar places. The Division of Continual Learning’s video team had a variety of great locations on our own campus. And the actors? Nearly everyone is a UNCG employee or the child of one. Things to look and listen for when watching the spot: Matthew Fisher and daughter Juliet examining a globe in the Music Building’s garden; Student Health nurse Kristen Hudy, carrying a tray in the Gove Student Health Center; six-year-old Leo Solér, son of Michelle Solér, hurrying out of Curry 205; Trina Gabriel DCL) making a presentation while John Mortenson, Eliana Alcivar, Erin Heston, Cati Munoz and Chris Dunst pay careful attention in 268 Stone Building; The voiceover of Jim Wren (Theatre). Preview the spot at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHr3LEg6Ug8

Perfect APR scores Two UNCG athletic programs have received recognition for perfect Academic Progress Report (APR) scores. The women’s golf and women’s basketball programs received awards from the NCAA for having a perfect 1,000 APR scores for the period of four academic years from 2005-2009. The women’s basketball program received the award for the third consecutive year, having reached a perfect APR now for six consecutive academic years.The women’s basketball squad was one of 43 in Division I to be honored, while the women’s golf program was one of 62 in its sport to be honored. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. UNCG was one of 144 institutions with multiple teams receiving a Public Recognition Award.

Weight Watchers at Work The program is currently in its third 17-week session with an average of 30 faculty and staff (combined) members in each session. Since June 2009, participants have an overall weight loss of 1072 pounds. That’s about half a ton. Interested participants may join the current session by attending one of the regularly scheduled meetings, Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m., typically in the HR training room, Bryan 113 (location may differ occasionally). Each participant is also provided “e-tools” from Weight Watchers to assist in their weightloss goals. For more information about the WW@W program, call Jason Morris or Elizabeth L’Eplattenier in HRS, 4-5009.

Undergrad research yields an NSF graduate fellowship Meghan Fitzgerald’s undergraduate research earned her a nickname, “the dung beetle girl.” She’s not crazy about that. But the two years she spent studying the beetles also helped earn her a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), support normally awarded to students already in graduate school. Meghan, who graduated earilier this month, plans to pursue graduate study in biology at the University of Wisconsin. Her primary undergraduate project, itself part of an NSF program to promote interdisciplinary research, applied game theory to the competition for resources, specifically brood balls, among bull headed dung beetles. Painstakingly made, jealously guarded and frequently stolen, brood balls are where the beetles lay their eggs. Meghan has presented her research at 18 conferences and co-authored three published papers (two more are written and will also be submitted to journals). Dr. Jan Rychtar, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Mary Crowe, director of undergraduate research, served as her mentors on campus.

Readmission for former UNCG students Any undergraduate degree-seeking UNCG student who leaves or does not attend UNCG during a fall or spring term (summer not included) must reapply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students who withdraw or have their schedules cancelled and not reinstated at any point in the term also must reapply. In order to reapply, students file a former student application through SpartanLink (spartanlink.uncg.edu). Students may also pick up a paper application at the Armfield-Preyer Admissions and Visitor Center. Those who have graduated from UNCG and are returning to pursue a second degree should file a second degree application. Those who are international students studying on a visa must reapply through the International Programs Center. Former students who have taken coursework since leaving UNCG must apply by August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, May 1 for first summer session, or June 1 for second summer session. Official transcripts from all schools attended since leaving UNCG are required. Students must earn an overall and transferable 2.0 GPA on coursework taken since leaving. Former students who have NOT taken coursework since leaving UNCG are eligible to reapply by May 5 for first summer session, June 10 for second summer session, August 6 for fall, or December 15 for spring. If the Office of Undergraduate Admissions finds it necessary to collect additional information to review a file, and there is not reasonable time to collect this information, the applicant may have to apply for the next term. To ensure proper time for advising, registration, payment arrangements, etc., applications are not processed after the posted deadlines. Students who have questions regarding the readmission process may contact an admissions counselor via phone at 4-5243 or via e-mail at admissions@uncg.edu.Questions? Email hwazzu@uncg.edu.

Your middle schooler doesn’t have a cell phone yet? Read on. Two doctoral students, Bethany Blair and Mili Fernández, have received Fulbright scholarships to spend a year studying abroad in Finland and Spain, respectively. A student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Blair will travel to the University of Turku, located about an hour from Helsinki. She will be researching adolescents’ relationships with their friends and parents and their use of cell phones, email and social networking web sites. Working with her advisor, Dr. Anne Fletcher, Blair has researched the meaning of cell phones for seventh-graders. They found that acquiring a cell phone has become a new rite of passage. An article about their study will appear in the Journal of Adolescent Research. Fernández, a native of Cazenovia, N.Y, and a student of violin performance in the School of Music, plans to learn Spanish violin music from the early 20th century through the present that is virtually unknown in the U.S. In Madrid, she will study with the accomplished violinist and professor of music Agustín León Ara. She heard the music that she will study, and met Ara, during Música en Compostela, an international music festival held each August in Santiago de Compostela, a city in northwest Spain. Awarded scholarships to attend in 2008 and 2009, she won the festival’s Andrés Segovia Violin Prize in 2009. Fourteen UNCG students have received Fulbrights in the past 12 years. Dr. Sarah Krive (Lloyd International Honors College) mentors students for these prestigious awards.

SACS Fifth Year Interim Report UNCG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In the past, the reaffirmation of reaccreditation process took place every ten years, but now participating institutions are required to submit a fifth year interim report. A dedicated committee completed and submitted this report to SACSCOC in advance of the March 15, 2010, deadline. UNCG is anticipating a response to this report sometime this summer. In keeping with the university’s commitment to the value of transparency, the SACSCOC Fifth Year Interim Report is available for public viewing at http://uncg.compliance-assist.com.

Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts 45 new members Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely known of collegiate honorary societies. In 2006, the national society named Epsilon chapter the nation’s most outstanding chapter at a public university. UNCG’s induction ceremony was April 20. New members are: Sabrina Lynn Epps, psychology; Henry O. Hilston, art history/Russian studies, Allison O’Leary, psychology; Andrea Jane Schronce, economics/political science, Taylor Ryan MacPherson, sociology; Jessica Dianne Stone, Spanish, Gina Marie Hurley, English/history, Brian William Padgett, psychology, Hannah L. Bridges, sociology/psychology; Rebecca Brown Davis, religious studies/anthropology; Stacey Green, psychology; Andrea Elizabeth Harvey, biology; Rosa Diane Hobson, English; Pamela Jane Hurst, geography; Kyle Stephen Nowlin, physics; Jack George Walleshauser III, chemistry/biology; Benjamin James Wyatt, computer science; Agnes Szarka, sociology; Sarah Blackwood Sills, religious studies; Christine Farley, sociology; Adrienne Susan Deaton, Spanish/French; Pablo Diaz, physics/economics; Joseph Jeremiah Neal, English; and Jae Hoon Kim, political science; Rikki Beth Love, Spanish education; Jayme Dale Mallindine, religious studies/psychology; Brittany Alston, psychology; Anna Byrd Parisi, psychology; and Matthew Evan Wilhelm, mathematics; Erik Ross Farrell, archaeology/anthropology/classical studies; Ashley Churchill Young, English; Kendra Joi Gray, psychology; Callie Elizabeth Moss, sociology; Kirsten Nicole Unrue, anthropology; April Nicole Wright, communication studies; Jacline L. Carter, communication studies, Amanda Carter Rorrer, secondary English education, Misty Dawn Kimel, history; Molly Chandler Hagen, environmental science and geographic information science; Lauren Marie Stevens, chemistry; Rachel Elyssa Durso, classical languages and literature/philosophy; Kirsten Teresa Kinne, sociology; Robert Earl Isdell III, biology; Emilie Erin Peterson, psychology; Sofia Aidemark, communication studies.

School of Education presents Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients were: Early Career Awards: Brian Clarida, Carrie Wachter Morris, Rhonda Trueman; Outstanding Achievement Awards: Laura Bowers, Angie Brady-Andrew; Distinguished Career Awards: Fred Mock, Melba Spooner; Distinguished Service Award: Jo Yopp.

Ready to SOAR The Office of Orientation & Family Programs is ready to host SOAR and help new students and their families learn what it means to “Bleed Blue and Gold.” SOAR (Spartan Orientation, Advising & Registration) welcomes UNCG’s newest Spartans beginning June 10. Throughout the month of June and into the first days of July, approximately 2,500 students and 2,000 family members will attend the two-day Freshman SOAR session. UNCG will also host 300 new transfer and adult students and their families on June 23 for a one-day Transfer Adult SOAR session. More freshmen and transfer and adult students will be welcomed through an additional week of SOAR in August. The two-day freshman sessions will involve small group discussions and presentations on a variety of topics. Faculty members will lead sessions for students and guests on topics such as faculty expectations and transitioning from high school to college. Faculty members will also participate in the Freshmen Summer Reading Project, which culminates during Rawkin’ Welcome Week in small group discussions. Various departments and student organizations will participate in the Spartan EXPO, providing students with information they need. Additionally, staff members have offered to volunteer for the SOAR Street Team, lending support as tour guides and shuttle hosts. The office invites everyone to join in welcoming our new Spartans and their families to campus. For more information, soar.uncg.edu.

May’s EAP newsletters are available The one for employee enhancement features pieces on mental health and keeping your spirits high; smoking cessation resources; and workplace bullies. Highlights from this month’s Supervisor’s Supplement are “Getting to know your employees as individuals;” “Coping from an employee suicide;” and “Supervisor’s Q&A.”

Study Offers Hope of a Urine Test for Colorectal Cancer

A urine test could one day offer a cheaper, less invasive alternative to a colonoscopy for diagnosing and monitoring colorectal cancer, a new study suggests. [Read more…]

Annual Reminder About Retention and Disposition of Records

MEMORANDUM

To: Deans, Directors, Department Heads

From: Joel Dunn, University Records Officer

re: Records Management

This is your annual reminder that, as a state agency, UNCG is required to comply with the North Carolina Public Records Law concerning the retention and disposition of records. Many departments traditionally attend to records management during the summer in preparation for thenew academic year. Records are to be disposed of according to University and State approved schedules. The UNC General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule is available on the Records Management Web site at http://its.uncg.edu/Records_Management/.

In addition to the requirements of the Disposition Schedule, no destruction of records may occur if the records relate to litigation or audits, pending or reasonably anticipated or foreseeable. Records subject to legal holds must be kept until the legal holds have been removed by University Counsel.

Please remember that records can be in forms other than paper. An increasing number are in electronic format. However, the retention and disposition requirements are the same. Records that have permanent or historical value, based on the approved records schedule, are to be transferred to University Archives. Instructions for transferring records to University Archives are available at http://library.uncg.edu/depts/archives/universityrecords/transfer.asp.

A brochure that introduces the basics of records management at UNCG is available on the web at http://its.uncg.edu/Records_Management/. If you have questions concerning records management, please contact 6-TECH at 256-8324.

The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) will host a paper-shredding event at UNCG on June 18, 2010. The event will provide faculty and staff an opportunity to safely dispose of paper records that have met retention requirements. Remember to maintain proper security of records containing sensitive information. For more information about the shredding event, contact OWRR at 334-5192.

2009 Annual Benefits Statement is Now Available

Human Resource Services passes this note to all employees: [Read more…]

Everything Two for a Buck, at Cram & Scram

The spring semester is history. Large numbers of students are away. Lots of stuff was left behind, in the residence halls.

Once again, UNCG’s Cram and Scram sale will sell it. Everything is 50 cents an item. [Read more…]

Legislative Call to Action – An Update

Chancellor Linda P. Brady sent an email to faculty and staff Monday noting the overwhelming response to the previous week’s call to action. “Legislators have received hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and letters in only a matter of days. Thank you for your hard work,” she said. “While there is no doubt that our efforts are already having an impact, we must not let up.” [Read more…]

Notes: May 12, 2010

NotesIconMost of Parking Lot #5 will close this summer Due to a water line connection for the new School of Education building, most of parking lot #5 near McNutt and Curry will close for construction beginning Monday, May 17. There will be no “A” permit parking in this lot during the summer so please park in other lots designated for “A” permits while lot #5 is closed. During construction, handicap accessible spaces, as well as departmental and gold reserved spaces currently located on the east side of parking lot #5 near Curry, will be located on the west side of McNutt closer to Forest Street. Access to these spaces will be restricted to one lane only. The lane closest to McNutt will be the only entrance into and exit out of the lot for drivers. The other lane will be utilized by the construction project for access to their equipment. The target date for completion of this project is Aug. 1.

In memoriam Linda McKinnon, a building and environmental technician in the Stone Building, died unexpectedly Saturday. She had served at UNCG since 2002.

Brief Hybrid Workshop Project wins award The Brief Hybrid Workshop project on Teaching Online has been selected by MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) as its Classic Award Winner in Faculty Development for 2010. This project, directed by Ray Purdom (TLC), Jane Harris (HHP) and Scott Simkins (NC A&T) developed 16 faculty development modules on techniques and strategies for teaching online. UNCG faculty and staff including Amanda Schipman, Regina Pulliam, Louis Graham, Tracy Nichols, Frances Clerk, Wade Maki, Duane Cyrus, Pamela Howe and Nikolas Hunnicutt contributed to the project by creating individual modules. Additional modules are planned for the future. The award will be presented at the MERLOT International Conference in July in San Jose, California, where Purdom will give an invited presentation on the Brief Hybrid Workshops. MERLOT Classics Awards have been won by two Nobel Prize Winners, Carl Wiemann in Physics and James Watson in Biology. Ian Beatty, William Gerace and William Leonard from UNCG won the MERLOT Classics Award in Physics in 2009 for the work they had done at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Men’s tennis will make first trip to NCAA’s For men’s tennis, it’s “Georgia on my mind,” as they take on the University of Georgia in Georgia in the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament this weekend. UNCG won its first conference title in men’s tennis since 1995. This is their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. “They’re still on cloud nine,” Coach Tom Mozur said just before practice, the day before the NCAA pairings were announced. More details.

Budget Central The UNCG Budget Information Web site has been updated to include the following, which includes information posted in last week’s Campus Weekly and a message from President Bowles: http://www.uncg.edu/cha/messages/call_to_action_budget_2010.pdf; http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/ImpactonUNCG50310.pdf; http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/LegislativeContacts.pdf; http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/ErskineBowles42010.pdf.

UNCG Commuter Challenge triples participation More than 1,300 students, staff and faculty pledged this spring to try a form of sustainable transportation – such as bike, bus, carpool or walking – at least once this semester. One lucky participant, student Dana Burbridge, was selected as the winner of the brand new Apple 16GB iPad, says Guy Sanders (Housing & Residence Life). “Although you may not have won the iPad, you are still eligible to win a number of prizes from the Triad Commute Challenge,” he says. These include iPod Shuffle, Vizio 32″ Flat Screen TV, Play Station 3, lots of tickets and giftcards, and more. Winners for these prizes will be drawn once a week from now until the end of the challenge on July 10. Questions? Email Guy Sanders.

Bryan Students honed in on Target Students in Joe Erba’s Business Policy and Strategy capstone course not only have had a chance to make a good grade with their final class projects. They also had a shot to win $4,000 and impress officials from Target. Six student teams presented their case studies on Target to a group of company executives Wednesday, May 5, in Bryan Building. The winning student group was awarded a $4,000 academic scholarship to be split among team members. The winning team of Skylar Cherniack, Valerie Garner, Audrey Lisk and Alison Weeks researched and developed a merchandising strategy for Target’s Home Furnishing department, Erba says.”The group not only analyzed the competitive environment and Target’s internal strengths and weaknesses, but created some innovation solutions that Target could implement without a great deal of cost or time.”

Get a Personal Wellness Profile Personal wellness profiles will be offered on Tuesday, May 18, at 1 p.m. in Dogwood. The profile takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Seats are limited. Employees can register through the TLC Workshops/Events Registration system.  On Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m. in Dogwood there we will have a results session.  There, people will get their personal report and facilitators will discuss how to read the report and answer questions that people may have. More info on the Personal Wellness Profiles can be found on the HealthyUNCG web site.

Impact of Governor’s Proposed Budget Reduction on UNCG

The headline feature story in today’s [May 5] Campus Weekly detailed Chancellor Linda P. Brady’s views on the governor’s proposed budget cuts of 5.9 percent. In her letter to the faculty and staff and letter to friends of the university, she stated, “The Legislature convenes May 12th and the budget process will move very swiftly. We therefore ask you to contact your House and Senate representative and any other state elected officials you have a relationship with THIS WEEK, urging them to hold University reductions to a minimum. [Read more…]

Rooms Named in Honor of Levinson, Arndts

The Board of Trustees has approved the naming of two rooms after important figures in our campus’ history. [Read more…]

Textbook Rental Program Coming to Bookstore

Beginning in fall 2010, the UNCG Bookstore will offer students a new, multi-channel textbook rental program designed to deliver maximum savings and convenience. [Read more…]

Notes: May 5, 2010

NotesIconNPR’s Frank Stasio on campus Frank Stasio will headline the annual Friends of the UNCG University Libraries Dinner Monday, May 10. Stasio hosts WUNC’s “The State of Things.” His presentation begins at 8 p.m. Tickets to the event support the University Libraries. Program-only tickets are $12 each. Visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice/ to purchase tickets.

CW publication schedule Campus Weekly will publish next week, then begin its summer schedule of publishing every other week. It will publish May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21 and Aug. 4. It will resume weekly publication on Aug. 18.

Steam Plant shutdown May 14-19 The campus steam plant is scheduled to be shut down for annual maintenance at noon on Friday, May 14, and will be down until the morning of Wednesday, May 19. This shutdown is required to do maintenance on the plant and the distribution on campus. Campus buildings that have alternate water heaters will continue to have hot water service. For additional information contact Facilities Operations at 4-5684.

Arts and Sciences Staff Council Nominations The College of Arts and Sciences Staff Council will hold elections for new committee members in May/June. Anyone in the College may nominate themselves or a staff or EPA non-teaching employee (with their permission) to serve a two-year term starting in August. Nomination forms are available on the Staff Council web site or you may forward a nominee’s name to the current Staff Council chair, Maggie Dargatz, at mmdargat@uncg.edu. She will follow-up with the nominee. The Council’s mission is to provide a forum in which College Staff concerns can be identified and discussed, and then strategies explored to address these concerns by communicating and working with the dean. Meetings are generally held twice a month on a schedule to be determined by the members. Nominations should be submitted by May 21, then an election ballot will be distributed via email and placed on that web site. For more information, contact Maggie Dargatz at mmdargat@uncg.edu or 4-5059.

Discount on athletic summer camps All UNCG faculty and staff may receive a 10 percent discount on UNCG’s youth athletic summer camps. They must register by paper brochure. They can print out the brochure by going to www.uncgspartans.com. Click on “camps” and the brochure is listed at the top of the page. Those with questions may email mcwilso2@uncg.edu.

Student film screenings The Media Studies Department will offer a screening of student films Saturday, May 8, 6-10 p.m., in EUC Auditorium. Those with questions may email mbarr@uncg.edu.

New university marshals You’ll see new faces among the ranks of our university marshals, at Commencement. Twenty-five individuals were inducted on April 18 into one of the oldest continuing student organizations on campus. Being a University Marshal signifies commitment to serve the university at major ceremonial events, such as May and December Commencements, the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, Founders Day and future University Marshal Inductions. Members are full-time students having completed 30 semester hours and maintaining a 3.65 or higher GPA, resulting in being named to the Chancellor’s List. The new university marshals are Maggie Allred, Tyler Anderson, Tiffani Arbogast, Crystal Cornine, Katherine Cranfill, Emily Goodson, Kimberlyn Havlicek, Marie Henry, Tiffany Herman, Louisa Hopkins, Sarah Howle, Vicotria Johnson, Anne Keyworth, Callie Lane, Alisia Mitchell, Matthew Moss, Lauren Oswald, Anna Potts, Asia Prince, Brandie Reeder, Kathryn Skawski, Mashawn Steen, Colby Williams and Erica Yeager.

Memorial Dr. David Purpel, emeritus professor in the School of Education, died April 19. To mark the Shloshim, a 30-day period of mourning, the campus community is invited to celebrate the ideas, influence and vision of David Purpel on Friday, May 28, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, at 3 p.m. A potluck, Shabbat dinner will follow. To RSVP, email Nancy Gore at mammagore@bellsouth.net. If you would like to share your thoughts at this event, let Dr. Svi Shapiro know at svishapiro@nc.rr.com.

24th Annual Jack Cooke Golf Classic This year’s Jack Cooke Golf Classic, hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, will be played at Jamestown Golf Course Monday, May 17. In the past the tournament has attracted up to 17 teams. Teams consist of four players – two must be university affiliated. Eligible university participants include students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Student Recreation Center. Varsity athletes are eligible to play, however they and their teams are not eligible for team and individual prizes. The tournament format will be “Captain’s Choice” with a modified shotgun start. Offices and departments may enter one or more teams, or individuals from various departments may make up a team. Individuals should come by the Campus Recreation’s fourth floor Reception Desk to sign up for the tournament. The entry fee for each player is $35. The fee includes cart rental, green fee, cook out and entry for door prizes. Entries are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 7. An information flyer and registration form are available at campusrec.uncg.edu/Golf Classic/index.htm. For details, contact Erik Unger at 4-5924.

Golf lessons Lessons will be offered through Campus Rec this summer, sessions are in June and July. The instructor will be Jan Kiefer, a PGA teaching professional. A beginner class and intermediate class are offered at the golf area on campus. Call 4-5924 for more information.

Notice of accreditation survey Student Health Services (SHS) has requested voluntarily an evaluation of their compliance with the standards set forth by The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC/Accreditation Association). The AAAHC will be on site May 24-25. Members of the general public, patients, students, faculty and staff having pertinent information regarding the Student Health Services’ provision of healthcare or compliance with standards may request an information presentation with AAAHC during their site visit. Request for presentation can be made in writing or via telephone and must be made at least two weeks prior to the visit. Contact: Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., 5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 200 Skokie, Ill. 60077. Telephone 847-853-6060.

Counseling Program, School of Education Ranked by U.S. News

The counselor education program continues to earn top-notch ratings from U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News’ just-released “Best Graduate Schools in America 2011” ranks UNCG’s counselor education program, housed within the School of Education, fourth in the nation. The magazine ranks the School of Education 56th in the nation. [Read more…]

Nominees for Staff Excellence Awards Honored

042810NewsAndNotes_ExcellenceAwardThe recipients of the 2010 Staff Excellence Awards will be announced in August. As this spring semester draws to a close, all the nominees for the awards were honored at a breakfast on Tuesday, April 20, in the Magnolia Room of the Dining Hall. Chancellor Linda P. Brady was in attendance to honor the nominees. [Read more…]

Notes: April 28, 2010

NotesIconiSpartan email migration The voluntary opt-in period to migrate faculty and staff email accounts from Lotus Notes to iSpartan has been extended until October 2010, when ITS will begin migrating remaining accounts. (iSpartan is UNCG’s implementation of Google Apps for Education.) Details about this initiative can be found in the April 2010 ITS Newsletter, in the article “Campus-wide Technology Initiatives: ITS implementing three major projects in 2010-11.” The just-published newsletter offers many other news items as well.

Spartan Printing wins awards On March 6, Spartan Printing won two awards at the 43rd Annual PICA Awards honoring printing excellence in the Carolinas. The first award was for Best of Category for inkjet wide format printing for the UNC Exchange Program banner. The second award was a Special Judges Award for digital printing: brochures and broadsides for UNC Exchange Program brochure. Both pieces were designed by Spartan Printing’s graphic artist Wyndell Earles.

Relay for Life Faculty, staff and students raised more than $22,000 during the campus’ Relay for Life function to benefit the American Cancer Society at UNCG Soccer Stadium. There were a total of 742 participants for the event, a new record for the UNCG Relay site. Of our university’s 18 athletic teams, 15 participated in some form, with three teams having conflicts due to competition schedules. The women’s soccer team raised the most money of any of the athletic teams, raising $1,725. Alpha Lambda Delta raised the most money of any registered group, coming in with $2,434. Dana White raised the most money of any one participant at the site, raising $1,474 – twice as much as any other participant. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

In memoriam Dr. David Purpel, emeritus professor in the School of Education, died Monday, April 19. He joined the faculty of the School of Education in 1972 and served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations.

Ethics and business What better way is there for college students to learn how to manage an ethical business than to immerse themselves in one? That’s the experience dozens of local college students from UNCG, North Carolina A&T State and Elon University had this spring as they worked with Triad businesses on applications for the Piedmont Business Ethics Award. It’s the second year students from the Bryan School of Business and Economics have participated in the project, one that gives them hands on experience in evaluating ethical behavior, said UNCG instructor Wade Maki. Maki said participation from students at the three universities validates the importance of teaching business ethics. “In addition to learning how ethics are applied by businesses in our community our students also get an opportunity to hone their networking and professionalism skills in working with their business client. At UNCG, the project is a joint effort between the Department of Philosophy, the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning.

Free speech Several UNCG faculty members and students were among those who gathered for a “celebrating free speech” event at the downtown Center City Park April 20. The park’s policy against delivering political speech has been changed. Students and faculty in the interdisciplinary, inter-institutional class “Reclaiming Democracy: Dialogue, Decision Making and Community Action” had been advocating this change. For more information, contact Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies).

Psychopharmacology conference On March 26, the Counseling & Testing Center as well as departments of Social Work, Counseling and Psychology hosted the second annual Innovations in Psychopharmacology Symposium to a standing room only group. More than 160 attended. There were professionals from the Triad and Research Triangle attending, sharing expertise, and making connections. The event was held in Cone Ballroom, EUC. Key speakers included Dr. Brent Joy (Counseling & Testing Center) and Dr. Melissa Floyd (Social Work). The third speaker was Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary (Duke University Counseling & Psychological Services and Duke University Medical Center). Topics presented were “Innovations in Psychopharmacology,” “Psychiatry Medication & Ethics” and “Cultural Considerations in the Context of Pharmacological Treatment Planning.” The sessions covered issues that face mental health care professions on a daily basis, as well as new developments in medications and alternative therapies for their patients. Planning is beginning for next year’s symposium. Questions? Email mastewa2@uncg.edu.

Black Arts Festival The UNCG NAACP will presents 2010 Black Arts Festival on Friday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., in Curry Auditorium.

Quantitative training available through ICPSR’s summer program Through UNCG’s membership, faculty, staff and students have access to resources of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the nation’s largest social science data repository. UNCG’s membership allows campus network users unlimited web downloads of ICPSR data and documentation from http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/. Popular topics include crime statistics, data on health, aging, and human development, census data, election studies, and economic data. ICPSR also offers training in quantitative methods of social research. UNCG training participants are eligible for reduced member fees. Most courses are at the University of Michigan, but a few are held at UNC Chapel Hill. For more information about the 2010 ICPSR Summer Program, including how to apply, course schedules and fees, visit http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/. If you have questions about the Summer Program or using ICPSR data, contact Lynda Kellam at lmkellam@uncg.edu or 4-5251.

Paws for stress It’s meant as a stress reducer for students as the end of semester approaches, but all on campus community are welcome. Enjoy some fun and relaxation with therapy dogs, cats and rabbits. The event at the Minerva Statue near EUC will be Wednesday, April 28, noon to 2 p.m. It is sponsored by the Wellness Center and Kopper Top Life Learning Center.

For Those Working with Immigrants, Refugees and Displaced People

The second annual Association of Refugee Service Professionals (ARSP) National Conference will be May 17-18 in EUC. [Read more…]

Transgender Communication and Wellness Conference May 22

The UNCG Speech and Hearing Clinics will host the Transgender Communication and Wellness Conference, an event for healthcare professionals and transgender individuals, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in Elliott University Center. [Read more…]

An Innovative Educator Remembered

Brian Betts, a 1989 graduate of UNCG, became in recent years one of the most innovative educators in inner-city Washington D.C.

The principal at Shaw Middle School in Washington had been hired to revamp a school that had been through great difficulties – including a reorganization required by the No Child Left Behind law – and was in the process of turning the school around.

For that, he had been the subject of several stories in the Washington Post and had also been interviewed by 60 Minutes and PBS.

Tragically, his death has now brought similar national attention with stories on CNN , ABC and NBC network newscasts.

Dr. Kate Barrett, a Board of Trustees member and professor emerita of exercise and sport science, knew Betts when he was a physical education major studying to be a teacher. “I worked extensively with Mr. Betts during his junior year and then as his University Supervisor during student teaching. He had a special way with children, a special gift, that was evident right from the start.

“Following graduation I kept up with Mr. Betts especially since I had recommended him to Pat Barry of the Montgomery County School System and wanted to know how he was handling his first job. I believe Ms. Barry [a UNCG alumnus] played a critical role in Mr. Betts’ development as the educator he became.

Women’s basketball coach Lynn Agee also knew Betts well when he was a student and cheerleader. “Brian was Blue and Gold through and through. He obviously was a tremendous educator, which is evident in all the things he’s done as a principal. It’s a great loss obviously in that area,” Agee said.

“As a Spartan, he followed his teams everywhere. He’d show up in the middle of a snow storm when women’s basketball was playing. He supported every event as a cheerleader. He was very active. He was one of the most dedicated and fun-loving Spartans that we’ve had involved in our program.”

For several years, Betts had brought a group of his middle school students to the UNCG campus for a “College Connection Weekend.” The last two years, Betts had his group of students follow members of the men’s basketball team around for two days – to classes, to meals in the dining hall, to practice, to study hall – to see the level of commitment it takes to play college athletics, while maintaining a commitment to academics. In past years, Betts brought his cheerleading squad to campus to go through similar functions and they would perform at a men’s basketball game.

Barrett said that when he and his students came to campus, “We always arranged a time to visit and for me to meet his children. He always introduced me as ‘his’ teacher!”

Two years ago, Barrett saw on PBS’s News Hour a report on his and others’ work to help reform the Washington schools. “I talked with him several times to learn how his school was progressing and to tell him how proud we were of his work. What he was doing was exciting and daring, but I knew [D.C. school system] Chancellor Rhee had picked the right person and that he would be successful. We had thoughtful conversations about what he was trying to do and what he dreamed for the children in his care … His belief that all children have a right to learn never waivered – he started living that belief right from the start and never looked back.

“He was a fiercely loyal person who was a dear friend/mentor to all,” she added. “When I spoke with his mother at the visitation [last week], and had told her my connection with her son, she lightly touched her heart, and told me, “We buried Brian in a UNCG T-shirt as UNCG was closest to his heart.”

NC DOCKS Surpasses 100,000 Downloads

In January 2009, the University Libraries launched NC DOCKS, UNCG’s institutional repository, available at http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/. Currently, there are over 1,000 faculty works in NC DOCKS and about 800 electronic theses and dissertations (the only non-faculty works).  Since the launch, the 1,850 documents in NC DOCKS have been viewed or downloaded over 100,000 times (an average of 55 times for each document). Two articles in NC DOCKS have been viewed or downloaded over 1,000 times. [Read more…]

Notes: April 21, 2010

NotesIconEmergency drill April 27 The university will conduct an emergency response exercise Tuesday, April 27, beginning at 8 a.m. The drill will be weather-related and will include campus entities as well as the Greensboro Fire Department, Guilford County EMS and various law enforcement agencies. The exercise location will be in and around Eberhart Building. The exercise will not affect classes on campus. Response vehicles will be staging on and around Kenilworth Street that day.

Health and wellness showcase “Spring into Wellness 2010” will be Monday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. The HRS-sponsored event will showcase a variety of health and wellness resource available on campus and in the greater community.

Housekeeping services go green A partnership between UNCG and xpedx has made Facilities and Residence Halls Housekeeping Services the first departments in the UNC system to switch over to “green” sustainable cleaning chemicals. Ada Baldwin, director of Housekeeping Services for UNCG Facilities, and Lisa Kestler from xpedx have worked together to develop a Green Cleaning System that is not only less toxic, more sustainable, and improves interior air quality, but also costs approx 75 percent less than the previous cleaning chemicals used on campus. In the next few weeks, Residence Halls Housekeeping Services Director Barbara Gainey will be training her staff with the new cleaning system, making UNCG the first UNC campus to fully embrace sustainable cleaning. For more information, please contact Ada Baldwin at ALBALDW2@uncg.edu or Barbara Gainey at bjgainey@uncg.edu.

In memoriam Dr. James Thompson, former UNCG Libraries director, died April 13. Jim was director from 1970 until 1988, when he left to teach in the History Department for several years before retiring in 1994. He oversaw the building of the Jackson Library tower and increasing the size of collections and staff.

David Lynch and Cervantes An International Book Day Celebration will be April 23, 5:30 p.m., in Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. The Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Creative Writing have invited Dr. Bruce Burningham (Illinois State) to speak on Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote in connection with contemporary American pop culture. His presentation, “Ugly Betty: Desire, Dulcinea, and Disenchantment in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive,” will compare the Cervantine character of Dulcinea with the protagonists of David Lynch’s film.

Godfather of restorative justice Dr. Howard Zehr, the “godfather of restorative justice,” will speak Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in Jackson Library’s Jarrell Lecture Hall. His presentation is “Why Restorative Justice?” The Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution Program, the School of Human Environmental Sciences and Lloyd International Honors College are sponsoring his visit. Zehr, who blogs at http://emu.edu/blog/restorative-justice, is a professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He joined the faculty of the university located in Harrisonburg, Va., in 2006 after 19 years as director of the Mennonite Central Committee’s Office on Crime and Justice. Restorative justice seeks to involve all stakeholders in a process that heals victims’ wounds, restores offenders to law-abiding lives and repairs harm to the community. Zehr’s book “Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice” has been a foundational work in the growing “restorative justice” movement. He was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2008.

Accounts payable and fixed assets workshops Accounts Payable and Fixed Assets Department offer a combined workshop for new employees or employees who would like a refresher course on the proper forms to use to process transactions for payment and to learn the updated basics of UNCG’s fixed assets. The workshop is to promote understanding of the university’s payment requests’ procedures and will cover such forms as the BANFIN-32 (Expenditure Authorization), BANFIN-33 (Interdepartmental Invoice), and purchase order payment processes. The workshop will also provide the most current basic information about requisitioning and purchasing fixed assets, using correct expenditure codes, tagging and inventory processes, and completing fixed assets forms. To enroll in the workshop, go to https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/. Click on Banner Finance (Faculty and Staff Only) and select Banner Finance Accounts Payable and Fixed Assets Workshop.

Travels to India The “architectural sojourners” invite everyone to an exhibit on their travels to India over the spring break on Monday, April 26, from 5-7 p.m. in the atrium of the Gatewood Studio Arts Building. For more information, visit http://studyabroadindia.wordpress.com/.

Shakespeare’s birthday at Jackson Once again, the University Libraries, along with the Department of English and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, are celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday. You’re invited, on Friday, April 23, from 2-5:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Jackson Library, near the McIver statue. A group of students, faculty and library staff will read aloud all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. A musician or two will play Elizabethan-inspired music. And there’ll be cake. Come in costume, stay for prizes and enjoy the Bard’s words. If you would like to volunteer to read sonnets, contact Kimberly Lutz at 6-8598 or kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu. Hear more at this podcast: http://iminervapodcast.blogspot.com/2010/04/bards-birthday-bash.html.

Recovery and identification of US war dead The panel discussion “‘Leave No Man Behind’: The Recovery and Identification of US War Dead” will be Friday, April 23, 2-4 p.m., Sullivan 101. This panel discussion on U.S. military forensic practice is the first public event of the Ashby Dialogue 2009-10, and will be hosted by the Sociology and Anthropology Departments. Panelists will include Dr. Thomas Holland, the Scientific Director of the Central Identification Laboratory at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command; Mr. James Canik, Deputy Director of the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory; and Mr. Larry Greer, the Public Affairs Officer of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. This panel will examine the U.S. government’s unique efforts to repatriate remains and identify its missing men and women of uniform from the previous century’s wars, including World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. As representative of the three major agencies dedicated to this task, the panelists will address not only the forensic science – from forensic anthropology to DNA analysis – behind the identification process but also the social and political context of why and how the government attempts a full accounting of its missing soldiers. A Q&A will follow the presentations.

Music events Two special events this month, offered in conjunction with Music 533, Music of the Twentieth Century. Both events are free. On Friday, April 23, 4 p.m. in Collins Lecture Hall, musicologist Silvio dos Santos of the University of Florida will give a presentation on Alban Berg’s “Lulu” (1929), based on Frank Wedekind’s “Lulu plays,” “Erdgeist” and “Die Buechse der Pandora” [Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box]. On Wednesday, April 28 at noon in the Organ Hall, Clara O’Brien and James Douglass will perform Arnold Schoenberg’s “Fünfzehn Gedichte aus Das Buch der haendengen Gaerten” [Fifteen Poems from the Book of the Hanging Gardens]. Questions? Email elkeathl@uncg.edu.

In memoriam Buddy Gist died Sunday, April 18, at the age of 84. He generously donated to UNCG the trumpet his friend Miles Davis had played in recording the album “Kind of Blue.” A feature story on Gist and his gift of the trumpet as well as his relationship with a number of members of the School of Music appeared in the Spring issue of UNCG Magazine. A memorial service will be held in the School of Music Organ Hall on Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

Rep. Brad Miller Visits Campus, Talks Tech Transfer

041410NewsAndNotes_BradMillerU.S. Rep. Brad Miller met with faculty and administrators Thursday, April 8, in Sullivan Science Building to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development. [Read more…]

20,530.77 miles so far

ByTheNumbersIconThat’s how far, cumulatively, this semester’s 273 Spartan Steps participants have walked. That’s more than 10 times the distance between North Carolina and Las Vegas, and the competition is only one-third completed. [Read more…]

Notes – April 14, 2010

NotesIconPlanning for a school of pharmacy not approved by BOG Late last week, the UNC Board of Governors voted to not approve UNCG’s request to begin planning for a school of pharmacy. This followed the recommendation by President Bowles that it not be approved. The chancellor had an opportunity to address the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs – UNC Board of Governors. Her text can be read here. Local news reports can be found here:  April 8 News and RecordApril 9 News and RecordApril 10 News and Record editorial.

Row well and live The Raft Debate will be Friday, April 16, 10-11 a.m., Kirkland Room, EUC. Everyone is invited to the debate, which is a part of Reunion Weekend. Dr. Larry Lavender (Dance) will represent the arts & humanities, Dr. Promod Pratap (Physics) will represent the natural sciences and Dr. Joan Paluzzi (Anthropology) will represent the social sciences.

Academic All-Conference The Southern Conference has announced the Academic All-Conference teams for the 2009-10 winter season – a list that included 16 Spartan student-athletes. The 159 SoCon student-athletes on the list, representing all 12 conference institutions and participating in men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling or indoor track and field, recorded a 3.56 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Of the two SoCon athletes who scored perfect 4.0 cumulative GPAs, one was UNCG Track’s Joey Thompson. To be eligible, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the winter season and must have competed in at least one-half of their team’s competitions during the recently-concluded winter campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters (fall and spring). The league’s indoor track and field teams supplied the most student-athletes to the team, including 71 women and 33 men. Women’s basketball (32 players) was also well represented. Western Carolina led all schools with 25 honorees, followed by Appalachian State (18) and then UNCG and Elon (16).

Final blood drive A campus blood drive will be Tuesday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The blood drive will be held in two locations that day: Campus Ministries Building and Alexander Room, EUC. To schedule a donation time, visit www.membersforlife.org/cbsr/schedule/login.php. Further questions, email dbhurley@uncg.edu.

Find the found art A collection of folk art created in a Residential College class is on display in McIver’s gallery outside the TLC Office. The assignment was creating art using recycled materials. Another display is in the Reading Room of Jackson Library, where art students reused discarded items from Jackson Library to create a “Borrowed Narratives” exhibition, which will be on display until Aug. 15.

Don’t text and drive UNCG will host an AT&T press conference urging students and members of the community to not text and drive Friday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Claxton Room, EUC. Confirmed speakers include Chancellor Brady; N.C. Rep. Maggie Jeffus; and N.C. Rep. Pricey Harrison, who co-sponsored the bill recently passed into law by the General Assembly banning texting while driving.

Volunteers wanted to assist with Sexual Assault Response Team The campus’ Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is seeking new volunteers from staff and faculty to assist in responding to student victims of sexual assault. The SART Coordinator is Jessie Humes (Student Health Services, Counseling and Testing Center), who can be reached at 4-5874 or jvhumes@uncg.edu. SART volunteers confidentially advocate for students who have been sexually assaulted: they provide support and referral information regarding medical care, police/court system, UNCG conduct system, classes, living arrangements, counseling, etc. The volunteers are trained for their role as advocates. SART can only be activated by professional staff at UNCG, so volunteers do not handle direct crisis calls. If you have an interest in serving in this capacity or if you would like more information, contact Jessie Humes.

Discounts for employees Are you interested in helping make UNCG a more rewarding place to work? The UNCG Benefits Committee has been working in conjunction with Human Resource Services to develop the Spartan Savings Program, an employee discount program for UNCG employees. Learn about the great on-campus discounts that already exist at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Spartan_Savings/. The off-campus businesses component of the program will be launching soon, and a new committee is being established to review the applications submitted by local businesses who wish to participate. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis, and most of the committee’s work will be done electronically. If you are interested in being a part of this new committee, email Christine Murray, chair of the Benefits committee, at cemurray@uncg.edu.

Chocolate fondue Dining Services will have chocolate fondue on Friday, April 16, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. in the Spartan Restaurant, Dining Hall. They promise various items to complement the chocolate for dipping. The price for admission is the normal $8, less with Spartan Flex. Don’t want the sweets? Good 4 U at the Spartan Restaurant offers healthier options.

By the time we got to Fouststock On Saturday, April 17, from noon to 5 p.m. on the EUC Lawn, Ashby Residential College will present Fouststock It is a free outdoor concert featuring a variety of local musicians including The Space-O-Nauts, Friendhouse, SOULSTRAIN, The UNCG Spartones and Cody Curtis. There will be plenty of lawn games, caricatures, jewelry and crafts for sale, tie-dye and puppies – with all proceeds being donated to the Humane Society.

Walking Away with the Gold

UNCG has received a Gold Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for employee fitness. [Read more…]

‘Marking a Movement’ Civil Rights History Discussion

UNCG’s Reunion will be held this Friday and Saturday. Attendees will enjoy lectures, talks and tours from faculty and staff as they gather with their former classmates. Full information, including a schedule of events, is at www.uncg.edu/ala/reunion.

The entire campus community is invited to a key event: “Marking a Movement: Civil Rights 50 Years Later.” [Read more…]

Bowles Will Recommend Against UNCG Pharmacy School

UNC System President Erskine Bowles will recommend against UNCG’s request to plan a School of Pharmacy in Greensboro. The recommendation is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Governors on Thursday, April 8. [Read more…]

Margaret Maron Will Deliver Commencement Address

040710NewsAndNotes_MaronMystery novelist Margaret Maron will deliver the commencement address Friday, May 14. [Read more…]

Notes – April 7, 2010

NotesIconInterviews for Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development As reported in the March 24 Campus Weekly, two candidates for Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development are interviewing. The candidates’ CVs and interview itineraries can be found at: http://provost.uncg.edu/searches/vcred/public/. One interviewed March 25-26. The  second candidate for Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, Vincent S. Gallicchio, professor of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, will interview on April 8-9.  A public presentation is scheduled for this candidate on Thursday, April 8, 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Maple Room, EUC.

Children in rural, emerging Latino communities On Tuesday, April 20, the Child and Family Research Network will hold a spring lecture. Dr. Jose Villalba (Counseling and Education) will speak on “Mental and Physical Health Concerns and Determinants of Health for Latina/o children in Rural, Emerging Latino Communities.” His research interests include addressing the academic success of Latina/o students through school-based collaborations between parents and educators, developing school counseling interventions, specifically aimed at assisting the personal-social development of Latino/a school children living in rural burgeoning Latino communities and determining the effects of physical and mental health disparities on the school-based experiences of Latina/o adolescents. The lecture will be in the downtown Greensboro Public Library’s Nussbaum Room at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will follow. More information can be found at http://cfrn.uncg.edu/Villalba.aspx.

EUC Reservations Office books open April 12 The EUC reservation books will open on Monday, April 12, for events and meetings your department or organization would like to hold in Elliott University Center and other campus spaces – such as The Fountain, College Avenue, The Quad, Foust Park and Stone Lawn. Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011. The reservation books for the EUC and Atrium display cases, as well as the indoor railing and the outdoor banner space at the EUC, will also open on April 12. For more information, contact the EUC Reservations Office at 4-5378.

Is science color blind? The final talk in the year’s Great Conversation series will be Thursday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center, with Josh Hoffman (Philosophy). The topic will be “Is Science Color Blind – An examination of the shocking conclusion of science that objects lack color, taste, smell, heat and cold.” It is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Phi Sigma Tau.

Memorial service for David Mitchell The memorial service for David F. Mitchell (Sociology) will be held Wednesday, April 14, at noon in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. A reception and time to gather, tell stories, and remember will follow at 1 pm. Contributions in Mitchell’s honor may be made to the David Mitchell Sociology Fund at UNCG c/o Donna Sexton, Advancement Services, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.

Arts & Sciences Staff Excellence Award Do you know someone in the College of Arts & Sciences who continually goes above and beyond in their job by exhibiting exemplary performance, comes up with innovative approaches, or has overcome personal or professional challenges while continuing to offer outstanding service? If they are staff or EPA non-faculty, nominate them for the Arts & Sciences Staff Excellence Award. More information and the nomination form can be found on the Staff Council web site, call 4-5059 or email mmdargat@uncg.edu. Nominations are due by April 13 and can be submitted by department heads, directors, fellow staff members or anyone in the College.

Help build family-school connection Dr. Julia Mendez (Psychology) is working with a team of parent leaders and school personnel to lay the groundwork for a Guilford County Schools initiative to link parents with resources to promote their children’s academic and social success. Slated to launch in January 2011, Guilford Parent Academy will offer new programs for parents and connect them to existing programs in the community. Parents will be able to trust that the academy’s programs are credible, worthwhile and designed to support families from all demographics and backgrounds. Mendez has research and teaching interests related to the impact of poverty on the development of young children, parent involvement in children’s education, risk and resilience, and clinical interventions for ethnic minority children and families. She asks any faculty, staff or students interested in supporting the academy to contact her at 6-0036 or jlmendez@uncg.edu.

“UNCG Cares” training Faculty and staff training for this program will be Friday, April 16, 2-4 p.m. Bryan 104. Reserve a spot at http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/uncgcares/. “UNCG Cares” is an award winning university-wide program that aims to positively affect retention, increase graduation rates and continue to promote a sense of community and support at UNCG. During the training, participants will learn active listening skills, how to recognize signs of distress, how to proactively reach out to students and offer help, the variety of issues that students face, effective referrals, and the resources available on campus to assist students. Once a participant has completed the training, he or she will be given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may get the help they need before issues rise to the crisis level. In addition, faculty and staff will feel more able to assist students with the types of issues with which they are dealing. Questions? Call Amy Jones at 4-5514.

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