UNCG Campus Weekly

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

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…]

Wet Fundraiser for Special Olympics

031710NewsAndNotes_FountainFirst one over the raging rapids wins.

A fundraiser for the Special Olympics will be held April 30 at 1 p.m. The campus’ Police Department is hosting the event. All campus groups and departments, including faculty, staff and students, are welcome to enter the fun event.

Teams will build a boat per these specs: No more than 8 inches wide x 18 inches long; and not less than 6 inches wide x 10 inches long.

Boats will be placed into the fountain’s waters. The first boat to plunge into the lower level of water will be the winner.

Of course, as Officer Drew Whitaker notes, the real winner will be Special Olympics.

Each entry is $50. The boats will be launched at the fountain at 1 p.m. on April 30. There will be pizza and music with a live DJ.
The entry deadline is April 25.

There is no practice for any teams, Whitaker notes, “however we do encourage teams to inspect the fountain’s waters.”

For questions and entry, contact Sgt. Armburger or Whitaker at 4-5963.

Stepping Out

031710NewsAndNotes_StepsSpartan Steps, a healthy initiative/competition sponsored by Human Resource Services, is underway. [Read more…]

Notes – March 17, 2010

NotesIconLeadership programs Applications for the 2010-11 Leadership Programs sponsored by Chancellor Brady are due by March 22. Click here or contact the Chancellor’s Office at 4-5266 for more information. Application materials should be submitted to the Leadership Programs Committee, Office of the Chancellor, 303 Mossman Building.

Calling all BRIDGES participants If you are a BRIDGES graduate, you understand and value the academic leadership program for women in NC higher education. UNCG is starting a BRIDGES listserv. The goal is to serve past participants now at UNCG by further improving their communication, networking and recruitment. Participants are especially interested in hearing from you if you went through BRIDGES while working at another university or if you applied on your own rather than through the UNCG process. (See above.) The listserv is a great idea according to BRIDGES alumnae Celia Hooper, dean of the School of Health and Human Performance, and Laura Chesak, incoming interim associate dean of the Graduate School. Adds Hooper: “I met a group of women who will likely supply lifetime career support. There were eight of us in my year who were interim in their positions and we formed ‘the interim club.’ I still keep in touch with many of them and we have helped each other. This was inspiring and career enhancing!” To participate in the listserv, email your contact information to BRIDGES alumna Stephanie Cole, capital campaign director in University Advancement, at sbcole@uncg.edu.

Chinese students A group of 10 UNCG international students from China attended a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh, accompanied by Michael Elliott (International Programs Center). The reception was for students and scholars from China. They met Perdue and the state’s Secretary of Commerce.

Campus Rec service-learning project Dr. Heather Sanderson, Sarah McCollum and Campus Recreation group exercise instructors and personal trainers presented lifelong physical activity classes to 60 Smith High School students on Feb. 26. The Smith students experienced group fitness including fitness dance, boot camp and yoga.

Eating locally The Staff Senate sponsored brown bag lunch series continues with a discussion on “Nutrition From the Ground Up: Getting Back to the Basics.” Dr. Anne-Marie Scott (Nutrition) will discuss the various dynamics of eating locally with regards to sustainability. She will explore the many positive outcomes that are associated with eating locally. It will be Thursday, March 18, from noon to 1 p.m., Bryan School, Room 416. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Reservations are required. Visit https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops (look for Staff Senate Brown Bag Seminars).

Balancing work and family life Running March 18 through April 8, the second annual Balancing Work and Family Life seminar series will include four, one-hour seminars on various topics related to balancing work and family life. It is sponsored by Human Resource Services and the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. Registration for seminar attendance is available here. Questions may be directed to Jason Morris or Dr. Kerrie Kardatzke.

Telerehabilitation David Brennan, a senior research engineer at National Rehabilitation Hospital, has worked on interactive computer-based tools for delivering telerehabilitation interventions. On Friday, March 19, at 9 a.m. in Room 325, Ferguson Building, he will lecture, exploring the application of telerehabilitation to assist individuals unable to access rehabilitation services.

Census counts Lynda Kellam (University Libraries) has a brief podcast titled “Why Should I Care About the Census 2010.”  There is also a web page about the census.

Geography talk rescheduled for Friday Dr. Lee Schwartz, geographer of the Department of State and the director of its Office of the Geographer and Global Issues in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, was originally scheduled to speak in early February. It was canceled due to weather. The talk will take place Friday, March 19, 4 p.m., 109 Graham. He has directed research on complex humanitarian emergencies and coordinated fieldwork in the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and the Horn of Africa.

Wrestling Pins Down its First Ever SoCon Title

031710NewsAndNotes_WrestlingUNCG claimed its first-ever Southern Conference Championship in wrestling and three individuals qualified for the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

141-pounder Ivan Lopouchanski, 165-pounder Victor Hojilla and 174-pounder Byron Sigmon all won individual titles at their respective weight classes in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Andrew Saunders will also join those three teammates at this week’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb. after earning one of 50 at-large bids, David Percival (Athletics) notes.

Hojilla also came away with Most Outstanding Wrestler honors, while Coach Jason Loukides was honored as the SoCon Coach of the Year.

UNCG claimed the team championship by putting five wrestlers in the finals and three coming home with third-place finishes to score 81.5 points. The Citadel came in second with 74 points and Appalachian State was third with 71.5 points. Five-time defending SoCon Tournament champion Chattanooga finished in a distant fourth with 43 points followed by VMI and Davidson with 37 and 21 points, respectively.

Sustainability Symposium March 26

The Department of Biology has organized an afternoon symposium – Practical Steps toward Sustainability – for 1-5 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Sullivan Science Building. [Read more…]

Neuroscientist Speaks on ‘Animal Models, Human Reality’

031710NewsAndNotes_PreussNeuroscientist Dr. Todd Preuss, a three-time Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, will deliver a lecture – “Animal Models and Human Reality” – 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 19, in the Sullivan Science Building. [Read more…]

Breakfast at Woolworth’s – a Women’s History Month Forum

In observance of Women’s History Month, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in the Woolworth Building on Elm Street will host a series of activities that celebrate outstanding women in the Triad and our state.

One will be a breakfast forum, on Thursday, March 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the facility’s 172-seat auditorium. Panelists will include Dr. Linda P. Brady, chancellor; Rebecca Mann, president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Organization of Women; Julie Lapham, commissioner, The Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women; Katie Wangelin, director of programs, Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro; and Deena Hayes, member, Guilford County Board of Education. The public is invited. There is a charge.

A $6 activity fee includes a continental breakfast. Groups of 10 will be offered a $1 discount on each ticket.

For information, call 274-9199 or email info@sitinmovement.org.

Promoting Health of Older Immigrants

The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) is recruiting 20 AmeriCorps members to improve health care for immigrant and refugee seniors in Greensboro. [Read more…]

‘Library Express’ Streamlines Research

For decades the research and academic libraries across the UNC system have leveraged their collections and those of other research libraries in the region to reduce costs and make the greatest range of materials available to faculty and students. Now, with one easy system on the web, patrons can search the library catalog of all 17 institutions in the system and have the materials they need delivered in days. [Read more…]

‘Films on Demand’ in Demand

030310NewsAndNotes_FilmsA humanities professor wants to show a clip of a film. Some possible options? The professor could locate a dvd. Or perhaps consider YouTube.

There’s a new way. “Films on Demand” offers 46,000 online excepts from films in the humanities and the social sciences.

“Both full titles and clips can be imbedded in Blackboard and used for online or hybrid classes,” said Nanny Foster, the Teaching and Learning Center’s coordinator of media services. “It makes possible in-class projection without having to have the dvd in hand.

There is also the option of faculty using clips from titles. These are well indexed and inclue 46,000 choices. Both full titles and clips can be imbedded in Blackboard.

UNCG began offering the service in mid-February. No other Triad institutions offer it. Duke and UNC Chapel Hill began offering it a few weeks earlier.

The number of films offered may be expanded in the future to cover the other disciplines and areas, depending on how popular the service proves to be.

In addition, “It means 24/7 access for students with computer and internet connections,” she said.

Staff members may view the films as well. No password is needed on campus, Foster says. She adds that off campus, you’d need to enter your Novel username and password.

To access the service and the data base of films, visit the University Libraries’ Databases By Title web page,  then click F. You will then be at the “F page” – http://library.uncg.edu/dbs/dbs-byletter.asp?showdbs=F. Click Films on Demand.

Some benefits:

For Students:

  • Independent viewing outside of class can support review of material presented in class.
  • Viewing of supplemental materials can also be facilitated.
  • Access to titles is 24/7.
  • List of “favorites” similar to internet use can be maintained for future reference.
  • For “YouTube” generation, this method of delivery supports alternative learning styles. This alternative delivery of information can reach students for whom more traditional instruction has been less successful.
  • Ability to research and edit clips supports active learning.

For Faculty:

  • In addition to assessing appropriateness of titles for content and audience, this level of access makes integration into the curriculum more productive.
  • Supporting materials such as study guides and discussion threads and study questions can be more effectively designed.
  • Titles can be projected on existing teaching stations in face to face instruction.
  • Integration into Blackboard is supported making this a very viable choice for online classes.
  • An online reference list of titles used in class can be maintained for future reference and planning.
  • Editing of clips and portions of programs can provide focus on salient points and issues.
  • Clips can be edited to enrich class presentations.
  • Time constraints of using a complete program in class can be reduced and allow greater time in class for supporting discussion.
  • Student viewing of supplemental titles becomes more viable option.
  • Includes titles from a broad range of subject areas.
  • Will support interdisciplinary approach to topics and issues.

Have questions? The best first contact is Nanny Foster.

Notes – March 3, 2010

NotesIconRAMSeS workshop Another RAMSeS workshop will be held Thursday March 11, 2-4 p.m. in Room 2711, MHRA Building. The Office of Research and Economic Development in conjunction with the Office of Sponsored Programs will sponsor the workshop. Details are here.

Archaeology talks The North Carolina Council of Archaeologists will hold a series of meetings in the Sullivan Building, Room 201, Saturday, March 13, from 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Speakers’ topics are related to current research on North Carolina archaeology, both prehistoric and historic. Fore details, email lfstine@uncg.edu.

No CW next week CW will not publish March 3, due to spring break. CW will next publish on March 17. The deadline for that issue is end of day Wednesday, March 10.

Community service honor roll UNCG has been named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth straight year. Launched in 2006, it recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. Honorees were selected based on a series of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses. Over 700 schools nationwide were listed on the honor roll for their community service activities during the 2008-09 academic year. Forty North Carolina institutions were named.

Campus safety UNCG will receive the NASPA – Campus Safety Knowledge Community Best Practices in Campus Safety – Collaboration with External Agencies; Gold Designation for exemplary collaboration between local law  enforcement and campus community responders and role players during the active shooter drill. It will be awarded during the NASPA What More Can We Do? Building the New Legacy of Campus Safety pre-conference program, March 7.

Spartan Steps The campus-wide Spartan Steps fun fitness competition has generated a lot of interest. HRS has posted this information online. CW hopes to have more information in a future issue.

Lanes closed Spring Garden southbound, between Aycock and Tate, will be closed March 8-11 for spring landscaping maintenance along the roadway.

The Last Home Game

030310NewsAndNotes_BasketballThe men’s basketball team won their regular season finale in the Coliseum Monday night. The win puts them at fourth seed in their SoCon division for the SoCon tournament this weekend in Charlotte. [Read more…]

OLSL’s Spring Break Relief Trips

Interested in spending part of your Spring Break helping those in another community? Consider joining the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning as a learning partner for a Spring Break Service Relief Trip to Biloxi, Miss., March 7–13.

Learning partners are responsible for:

  • Serving as a resource to trip coordinators
  • Engaging in shared decision making with student trip leaders to ensure the safety and well being of the participants
  • Working with student leaders to address any concerns which may arise
  • Acting as the university representative in case of emergency
  • Providing advice and support to student leaders when needed
  • Representing the “OLSL way” of servant leadership.

For more information visit http://olsl.uncg.edu/service/relieftrips/news/. For additional information or questions contact Joseph Frey at jjfrey@uncg.edu or Emily Kamischke at emkamisc@uncg.edu.

A Student Believed to Have Active Tuberculosis

Late in the week of Feb. 14, clinicians in Student Health Services diagnosed a student with signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis (TB). [Read more…]

2011 Holiday Schedule

The 2011 holiday schedule, approved by Chancellor Brady, has been released by Human Resource Services:

New Year’s Day – Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

Martin L. King’s Birthday – Monday, Jan. 17, 2011

Spring Holiday – Friday, April 22, 2011

Independence Day – Monday, July 4, 2011

Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday – Thursday, Friday, Nov. 24 -25, 2011

Winter Holiday – Monday through Thursday, Dec. 26, 27*, 28, 29, 2011

The university will be closed Friday, Dec. 30, 2011.

Regarding the scheduled holidays for the year 2011:

  • Due to Jan. 1, 2011 falling on a Saturday, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 will be observed as the New Year’s Holiday.
  • Employees may use accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay to cover the one day the university is closed. Employees who have no accrued leave time may make up the time with supervisory approval.
  • Employees may wish to use vacation time to attend religious services on days other than scheduled holidays. Department heads are strongly encouraged to accommodate such requests by arranging employees’ work schedules so that they may use vacation time for religious observances. Only in cases of business necessity or emergency should leave requests for religious reasons be denied.
  • Employees who are required to work on scheduled holidays shall be given, in addition to their regular salary, premium pay equal to one-half of their regular straight time rate for hours on these days, and shall be given equivalent time off on a date approved by the department head.
  • Permanent part-time employees receive holidays on a prorated basis. Temporary employees are not eligible for paid holidays. Please direct any questions you may have regarding holiday leave to Kathy Watford in the Employee Services Department of HRS, extension 4-5009.

*GS126-4(5) Requires the university to note what day is observed in lieu of Veteran’s Day; Dec. 27 is that day.

Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium

UNCG’s fifth Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium, titled “Informing Public Health Approaches,” will be March 20 in the Weatherspoon Art Museum. [Read more…]

Faculty Senate Forum: Gen Ed Goal and P&T Changes

A Faculty Senate Forum will be held Wednesday, March 17, from 3-5 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. [Read more…]

Women’s History Month Slate of Events

The contributions of women will be celebrated on campus during Women’s History Month. [Read more…]

Haiti Relief Efforts Ongoing

The earthquake relief efforts and devestation in Haiti may have largely disappeared from newspaper front pages. But efforts for relief continue on campus. [Read more…]

Supporting Scholarly Community Engagement

“Supporting Scholarly Community-Engagement in Teaching and Learning” will be a series of sessions offered on March 18-19. The keynote address, workshops and meetings will address faculty professional development, graduate education and early career faculty. [Read more…]

Balanced Choices in Dining Hall

On March 15, a Balanced Choices program will be presented in the “Good 4 U” area of the Spartan Restaurant (the Dining Hall). [Read more…]

Will Pharmacy Planning Proceed?

March 5 will be a red letter day on campus. UNCG will make its case for a proposed pharmacy school in a series of meetings. [Read more…]

Copyright and Fair Use in Research and Teaching

022410NewsAndNotes_SmithCan I use a Far Side cartoon in PowerPoint slides for my lecture? What about a video clip from “House?” [Read more…]

A Healthy Turnout

022410NewsAndNotes_HealthyUNCGMore than 350 UNCG employees attended the Healthy UNCG kick-off event on Monday, Feb. 15, in the EUC, according to event organizers. [Read more…]