UNCG Campus Weekly

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

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.

$2.8 Million NSF Grant to Boost Local Science Education

A $2.8 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant will allow UNCG graduate students to enrich science lessons for hundreds of students at three High Point schools. [Read more…]

New Landlord-Tenant Dispute Resolution Program

The City of Greensboro and UNCG are teaming up to help landlords and tenants iron out their differences through mediation rather than litigation. [Read more…]

Due Dates for Course Reserves for Summer 2010, Fall 2010

To ensure availability on the first day of classes, Course Reserve lists for the Summer term must be turned in by Friday, May 7; for the Fall term, Friday, August 6. [Read more…]

Former ‘World’s Strongest Woman’ Speaks at April 23 Symposium

Dr. Jan Todd, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and former holder of more than 60 national and world records in women’s power lifting, will speak at the second annual UNCG Girls in Sport Symposium on Friday, April 23. [Read more…]

WUNC’s Frank Stasio Headlines Dinner

Frank Stasio, a familiar voice to National Public Radio listeners, headlines the annual Friends of the UNCG University Libraries Dinner Monday, May 10. Stasio, who hosts WUNC’s “The State of Things,” will speak on “The State of Conversation.” [Read more…]

Call for Contributions to Mill Village Web Site

Two additional “memory gathering” events have been finalized as part of the effort by UNCG museum studies graduate students to collect and preserve memories of life in Greensboro’s Cone mill villages. The upcoming “memory gathering” events will be held:
•        Monday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., East White Oak Recreation Center, 1801 10th St.
•        Sunday, April 11, 2:30-5 p.m., Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave. [Read more…]

Aging is Good Business: Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial opportunities are increasing among aging populations. The university’s Gerontology Program invites you to attend, sponsor, exhibit or advertise at the 5th annual one-day summit Wednesday, April 14, in Cone Ballroom, EUC. [Read more…]

Politics Were Personal, at Women’s History Lecture

Dr. Lisa Levenstein (History) thought there should be an endowed lectureship in women’s history. And now there is. [Read more…]

Area’s General Assembly Members Invited to Campus

033110NewsAndNotes_GeneralAssemblyUNCG leaders invited area North Carolina General Assembly members to campus last Friday. [Read more…]

Notes – March 31, 2010

NotesIconDrug discovery on tap Did you know about 25 percent of medicines, including more than 60 percent of anticancer agents and antibiotics, are derived from nature? Learn how researchers are seeking drug leads from natural products, at Science on Tap, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at The Green Bean, in downtown Greensboro. Dr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) will talk about the history of natural products drug discovery as well as how it is conducted today in the modern laboratory. Spoiler alert: He does not work with shamans, medicine men or healers.

Scholarship opportunities available Through the Division of Student Affairs applications are being accepted for the James H. Allen Student Leader Scholarship, the Georgia Cooper Moore Service and Leadership Award, and the Pamela A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/cap/scholarships.php. The deadline for all three scholarship applications is Wednesday, April 14, by 5 p.m.

Everything you wanted to know about parking and transportation but were afraid to ask A town hall meeting on “Parking Operations and Campus Access Management” will be Tuesday, April 6, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Staff from Parking Operations and Campus Access Management will give a brief presentation, then entertain questions from the audience. More details? Contact kevin_bullard@uncg.edu. The event is sponsored by the Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association.

Bryan School program honored by Princeton Review The operations management program at the Bryan School of Business and Economics was named among the top 15 programs nationwide in The Princeton Review’s second annual “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools.” The Princeton Review compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending 301 business schools. The 80-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas. The Princeton Review tallied the “Student Opinion Honors” lists based on students’ assessments of how well they felt their business school courses had prepared them to succeed in six areas: accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operations. The list appears in the April 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. The business schools appear in alphabetical order on the lists, and are not ranked 1 to 15. In addition to appearing in the magazine, the lists are also posted at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges and http://www.princetonreview.com/studentopinionhonors.aspx.

Population aging and social gerontology research in china The UNCG Gerontology Research Network’s Lunch and Learn Series will feature Dr. Peng Du as a guest speaker. His presentation, “Population Aging and Social Gerontology Research in China,” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, at noon, following an 11:45 a.m. luncheon. The free presentation will be held in the Kirkland Room, EUC. If you are unable to attend, there will be a link to the conference on the UNCG Gerontology web site allowing you to listen live while viewing his presentation slides. A link to Du’s talk on the UNCG Gerontology web page will be posted on Tuesday, April 6. Once you are on the web site, click on the  link to Du’s presentation and provide the requested information to join the web conference. If you have any technical difficulties,  call 6-1020. Du is Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the School of Social Work and School of Gerontology at USC in 2010. Du also is director and professor of the Gerontology Institute, Renmin University of China, Deputy Director, Centre for Population and Development Studies at Renmin University.

Capone Is Leaving UNCG

033110NewAndNotes_CaponeLucien “Skip” Capone is leaving UNCG for higher ground – the campus of UNC Asheville. He is taking the position of General Counsel at UNC Asheville. [Read more…]

Leaders in Training

Great leaders aren’t just born, they’re taught. And 124 future leaders are now benefitting from the new Leadership and Mentoring Program – a team effort by UNCG, the YMCA of Greensboro and The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). [Read more…]

Search for Next Dean of School of Education

Dr. Dale Schunk will be stepping down as dean of the School of Education and returning as professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education. He has been dean since 2001, and will step down on Dec. 31.

Provost David. H. Perrin has appointed a search committee for the next School of Education dean. Dr. Clara M. Chu has agreed to chair the committee. A town hall meeting will be Wednesday, March 31. [Read more…]

SOAR 2010 Street Team Volunteers Needed

The Office of Orientation & Family Programs is looking for SOAR 2010 Street Team volunteers to help welcome new students and their families during the month of June. [Read more…]

Understanding Haiti

Want to know what’s going on in Haiti? As the event’s flyer says, “Ask the doctor.”

Angele Theard, MD, will present the lecture “Understanding Haiti” in Maple Room, EUC, on Monday, March 29. [Read more…]

Curriculum Enhancement with Research, Writing Skills

The workshop Curriculum Enhancement with Research and Writing Skills will be presented by the University Libraries and Writing Across the Curriculum.

This two-day workshop, June 9–10, is designed to help teaching faculty enhance their courses by integrating research and writing skills into class assignments. [Read more…]

Cultural and Diversity Health Care Issues

Explore issues relevant to health issues and problems of people from American Indian, African American, Hispanic and Montagnard cultures who live in the Triad area. [Read more…]

‘Freshman Summer Reading’ Needs Faculty Discussion Leaders

New partnerships and collaborations for the Freshman Summer Reading Project brings about new energy, excitement, and, larger than anticipated participation rates.  With nearly 600 freshmen participating in the program once designed for 100, the need for faculty discussion leaders has grown. [Read more…]

Notes – March 24, 2010

NotesIcon“We Are the Foundation” campus campaign Faculty and staff will receive pledge forms within days for the campus campaign, to help support the UNCG Staff Senate Scholarship, Employee Enrichment Fund, Emergency Loan Fund and/or UNCG Guarantee. One of the ways of giving will be by credit card at giveto.uncg.edu.

All-academic runners The men’s and women’s cross country teams earned All-Academic Team honors. The men’s team finished the fall semester with a 3.24 combined GPA and the women had a 3.09 during the first semester. For a team to be considered for the All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative GPA.

Jackson at Jackson A new exhibition is on display in the EUC/Library connector. It is titled “Walter Clinton Jackson and the History of Jackson Library.” It provides photographs and documents related to Chancellor Jackson as well as the construction of Jackson library between 1948-1950. It also documents how the library was eventual named in honor of Jackson in February 1960.

Budget Central A pdf of the General Fund Revenue Report & Economic Outlook, prepared by Dr. Barry Boardman, Fiscal Research Division, NC General Assembly, is at http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/MarchRevenueOutlook2010.pdf.

Truman finalist Andrea Schronce, a junior in Economics and Political Science, has been named a finalist in the 2010 Truman Scholarship competition. She is one of 176 finalists representing 122 colleges and universities. Schronce is developing WE CAN, a community partnership between UNCG, its students and local women entrepreneurs.

In memoriam Dr. David Mitchell (Sociology) died March 17. Dr. Mitchell had been a member of the faculty since 1971.

In New Yorker Did you read the feature on President Obama’s economic policies in the March 15 New Yorker magazine? The reporter quotes Dean Price. Price is a 1989 UNCG political science major, interested in sustainable and entrepreneurial approaches to becoming less dependent on foreign oil. He co-owns Red Birch Energy, which offers renewable fuels in Southern Virginia. Additionally, he has contacted with local farmers to grow canola beans and he built a refinery. Last August, he was invited by the White House to explain his vision of a country powered by locally grown biodeisel.

Chalhoub-Deville Next Director of Ashby RC

031710NewsAndNotes_DevilleDr. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville has accepted the position of director of Warren Ashby Residential College, effective Aug. 1. In this new joint appointment, she will retain some responsibilities in the Educational Research Methodology Department in the School of Education. She succeeds Dr. Fran Arndt, who is retiring after a long and productive association with the residential college. [Read more…]