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As 2011 Begins: Brady on Budget, Restructuring, Student Success


Chancellor Linda P. Brady sat down last Thursday with Campus Weekly editor Mike Harris to provide updates and respond to questions on some of the most top-of-mind news topics on campus.

Chancellor Brady, I know you were a part of two discussions with students as the semester drew to a close – the forum for students about tuition/fees and your fireside chat with students. [Click here to view article about the Trustees approving a hike in tuition and fees – subject to Board of Governors approval.] Aside from the dollars and cents coming out of students’ pockets, what do students tell you about how the budget crunch is affecting them?

Obviously, students and their families are concerned about the rising cost of higher education. But they are equally concerned about the importance of maintaining access to the classes they need to graduate and the importance of maintaining quality for the institution. While there are concerns about rising costs, students also understand that we remain in the bottom quartile of our peers [regarding cost], and that we remain a very good buy. They do not want us to sacrifice the quality of the education they receive and therefore the value of their degrees.

My understanding is that UNCG submitted a budget proposal with 5 percent cuts and also with 10 percent cuts. What is the status of those proposals? Could cuts be higher? Is there a timeline?

Yes, just before the holiday break, the chancellors received a memorandum jointly from Erskine Bowles and Tom Ross, as the outgoing and the incoming presidents of the system, talking about budget management for the remainder of the current fiscal year and looking ahead to 2011-12.

In terms of the current fiscal year, we have been asked to reduce our spending by an additional 2.5 percent. This is something the governor has mandated for state agencies, and while the universities do not report to the governor – they are not a cabinet department – President Bowles and President Ross agreed to hold the universities to the same standard.

That would be the fiscal year through June 30, 2011?

That’s correct. And indeed we have allocated out those cuts. The memo I sent out is on the Budget web site. For UNCG, that will be $4.3 million in additional cuts that we will take between now and the end of the fiscal year. I have allocated those cuts out to the divisions, and they are in the process of identifying how they will cut expenditures by $4.3 million.

Because revised assessments suggest the budget deficit that may be as high as $3.7 billion in 2011-12, the universities have now been asked to plan for a 15 percent cut, as well as 5 and 10 percent cuts. Indeed, if the $3.7 billion deficit occurs – and if the cuts were applied uniformly across all state agencies – the universities would have to be reduced by 19.5 percent.

19.5 percent?

Yes. I have now also asked the vice chancellors and the provost to suggest strategies for how they would take an additional five percent cut over and above the 10 percent cut they have already planned for.

Once you get to 15 percent, it becomes very, very difficult. We have been asked by President Ross to prepare strategic cuts that will focus on curtailment or elimination of programs and services, rather than attempting to cut across the board. And indeed I have asked the vice chancellors and the provost to begin thinking about what programs and services they would recommend we would curtail or no longer deliver, if we have to take a cut of that magnitude.

Is there a particular timeline you have in mind for that process?

The chancellors will have an initial discussion with President Ross about strategy on January 24. I’ve already had one conversation with Executive Staff. I’ll be talking with Staff Senate Executive Committee today [Jan. 6] to get some input from them. And there will be opportunities to engage with others on campus and with the Board of Trustees over the next several weeks.

At this point, we have not been asked to prepare specific plans. The first conversation with President Ross will focus on strategies. For example, we believe that the university system needs to make a very strong case for one-time as opposed to continuing cuts. One-time cuts, if authorized by the governor, enable us to do furloughs, rather than having to lay off as many employees. From a business standpoint and an economic standpoint, I do not believe that it helps the state recover if we simply lay off 150, 200, 250 UNCG faculty and staff. That doesn’t make good economic sense, because if people are not working they are not paying taxes, they are collecting unemployment, and there are additional burdens on social services. And it makes it extremely difficult to rebuild.

I think the consensus not only here but across the university system is that we would like to have the ability to take at least a portion of our cut as one-time rather than continuing – even if we might have to consider extending those “one-time” cuts for an additional year. We would much prefer to have that flexibility rather than to have to take a permanent cut of that magnitude.

There are a number of updates and documents recently posted on UNCG’s Budget web site. I’ll link to those. Are there any other key things perhaps faculty and staff may want to keep in mind, in the coming months, in relation to budget?

The timing of all of this will be difficult, because we are going into a long [legislative] session that will begin January 26. With a change in leadership and with a shift in control from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in both the House and the Senate, that means new leadership, new committee leadership and many people in new roles.

We may not know until after July 1 what cuts we will have to take and what the budget will look like for 2011-12. And that’s why we’re beginning to think now about strategies for approaching those cuts, even though we may not be able to actually execute a plan until after the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Let me ask you about the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village. I know a lot of work – and discussions with the Glenwood community – has gone into this. Why is this project important at this time? Is it a matter of raising student retention and success rates?

We have been charged by the Board of Governors of the UNC system and General Administration to raise our retention and graduation rates. We do know, from national research and from the experience of our own students, that students who live in university-managed housing are more successful academically. They tend to be retained at higher levels. They tend to have higher graduation rates. They also tend to be more actively engaged on the campus in leadership roles. Improving retention and graduation rates is one of the goals of our expansion.

We also want to restore the residential character of the university. In the 1960s we housed about 80 percent of our students on campus. Now we house approximately one-third. We needed to expand and also wanted to preserve much of the remaining green space on the current campus. So over a period of three years we have looked at demand, we have looked at opportunities – whether to expand to the south or to the west. Both options were highlighted as possibilities in UNCG’s Master Plan. The Board of Trustees approved an expansion to the south, and we have indeed been working for the last year with the Glenwood neighborhood to develop and refine a plan that will address our needs in terms of the number of beds and the need for a new indoor recreation center – while addressing their concerns about a growing university presence.

What are some of the first things people will see?

The design for Phase 1 of the mixed-use village began in December [2010]. That will be a plan for 800 beds and mixed-use retail space.

Will the entryway under the railroad tracks be part of Phase 1?

Yes, there are two other components to Phase 1: The design of the pedestrian underpass is already under way. The design for a central police station, which will also be located on Lee Street, will begin early this year.

Let me ask about academic restructuring. I understand you and the provost met with HES and HHP staff around the first of December to hear concerns and answer questions. Can you talk a bit about those meetings?

The provost and I met separately with staff in each of those schools.

Staff are obviously concerned about their status. It’s a difficult time to engage in academic restructuring because we are involved in this at the same time that we’re trying to deal with a very difficult budget environment. One of the challenges has been separating those two issues.

Even if we were not in the current budgetary environment, this restructuring would be going forward. It is extremely important to position UNCG with respect to academic programs related to health and human development in a way that will build on our strengths but also enhance our competitiveness with other institutions.

I think there has been some confusion about the fundamental purpose of the restructuring. The purpose of the restructuring is not for us to be able to take a $17 million budget cut, because obviously that won’t be the case. Will there be savings? Absolutely. We estimate, at a minimum, a million dollars in recurring administrative costs. We won’t know precisely what the savings will be until a decision is made on the structure of the new unit and the transition committee has an opportunity to address needs.

The goal that the provost and I had in meeting with the staff of the two units was to hear their concerns, and to correct some misperceptions that are out there. Once we know what the new structure will be, we’ll move into the creation of a transition team that will include staff from all of the functional areas that will need to be addressed, including Student Services, IT support, Development and others.

Now we are planning a joint meeting of the staff from HES and HHP probably later this month, and there will be representatives from HRS at that meeting, to address any specific concerns that SPA staff in particular may have. But we thought it important to meet separately with the two groups first, because they do indeed have different issues and concerns.

[To read Chancellor Brady’s column about UNCG’s academic restructuring that appeared in the Dec. 23 News and Record, click here.]

Can I ask you about timeline and how the work of the Academic Restructuring Committee is proceeding?

The provost and I had a meeting with the committee before the winter break. The committee has met, I believe, five or six times. They are posting summaries of their meetings on the Academic Restructuring web site, which can reached from the university home page. I understand that they have developed several options. They are beginning to address the strengths and weaknesses of each of the options. And the members of the Restructuring Committee are taking those options back to their constituencies to get additional feedback. I believe the committee is making good progress and I would expect within the next month to six weeks they will have a preliminary report for the provost. At that point we will engage broader input on the options.

On the timeline: our goal is for the committee to issue its report, for the provost and me to receive additional input, for Executive Staff to consider the options, and for me to make a recommendation on an option to the Board of Trustees at the May meeting. Assuming the Trustees approve the recommendation, we would then endeavor to get it on the agenda of the Board of Governors as early as the June meeting. That enables us to put together the transition committee that will look at all the issues related to implementation of the new structure. That committee would begin work over the summer. But, indeed, we expect that it will be Fall 2012 before we will actually implement the new unit.

And that really parallels the approach that we took with the creation of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. We went through a very similar process.

One last question, chancellor. Over the last days, the students have been returning to campus, and you can sense that energy as they look to a new year. As we begin 2011, are there one or two things that you most look forward to in this new year?

All you have to do is look at the campus and know that there is a great deal of excitement and forward progress.

We will open the new School of Education building this spring. That will be an incredible facility. It will enable us to offer programs in which UNCG students are using the technologies that they will actually use in the classroom. It’s a very great help to us in recruiting the very best faculty and students into the School of Education.

We also continue to move forward on the implementation of our Strategic Housing Plan, which not only relates to the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village but the new residence hall, Jefferson Suites, going up across the street from the School of Education building. That will open next fall. At that point we will begin renovation of the Quad.

I think there are many positive things going on. Last fall we admitted our first class of graduate students in Nanoscience. The JSNN building at Gateway University Research Park will open this time next year.

A lot of exciting things happening.

We’re also developing proposals for learning communities, which will be associated with each of the new residence halls that we build. We are already receiving proposals from the faculty – one from the Bryan School to create a learning community focused on global entrepreneurship and sustainability. The investment in learning communities should contribute significantly to improvement in our retention and graduation rates.

Anything else, perhaps, I have not asked you that I should?

I think we’ve covered a lot. I know budget is on everyone’s minds. It’s difficult because of all the uncertainties. It’s pretty clear that we will be in a much more challenging situation next year. Things are beginning to improve in other states. We’re a little bit behind [in our state’s recovery] … So there will continue to be challenges. But UNCG is a remarkable community of dedicated faculty and staff, and we will weather the storm.

Interviewed by Mike Harris
Visual from an archive photo

Transformation Time for Gen Ed

011211Feature_GenEdConferenceIn the past, some representatives from the university would attend a conference at the American Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). This year, AAC&U was invited to UNCG for a two-day mini-institute starting on Reading Day. The AAC&U normally does not do this for a particular university, but ultimately agreed to come give a mini-instutute for a broad group of UNCG stakeholders, regarding UNCG’s core general education program and goals.

About 110 individuals attended, largely faculty. Tables were marked: Deans Council, Departmental Heads, Associate Deans, General Ed Council, Advising Council, Learning Communities, the Student Learning Enhancement Committee and Student Affairs. Some members of the NC A&T faculty were in attendance as well.

Provost David H. Perrin, in welcoming everyone, noted this was the first-ever institute of this type presented by AAC&U outside their acclaimed summer Gen Ed institute.

“Moreover, they have tailored the UNCG Mini-Institute to match our specific learning goals and reform process.” They would focus on:

  • Innovation in general education course design
  • Advising strategies to encourage students to approach comprehensive liberal learning with an enhanced appreciation for its value in their lives
  • High-impact pedagogy most appropriate for general education
  • Best ways to assess and improve the process.

He noted that our campus had earlier hosted Dr. Ron Crutcher, co-chair of the National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America’s Promise, whose visit was very helpful for UNCG. And he spoke about UNCG’s gen ed program and its assessment:

“Our reform process is in improving and ensuring the intentionality and coherence of our general education curriculum. General Education at UNCG must do a better job of preparing students to grapple with complexity, contingency and new learning in contexts of rapid change.”

The opening plenary of the mini-institute was about “Promoting Better Teaching and Learning Across the Whole Campus.” It was delivered by Dr. Dee Fink.

He asked how many had won a teaching award. About half the attendees raised their hands.

“Can you get better?” he asked all those who raised their hands.

Fink stressed that faculty must be knowledgeable about current ideas and literature in college teaching. “We should know it. We should use it.”

“We’ll get you more than a degree,” UNCG should tell its students. “We’ll make you a meta-learner.”

It’s about learning how to learn, not just taking courses, he said. “Helping students take charge of their own learning.”

Professional development for faculty is very important, Fink added. “We want faculty to get better over time.”

After the mini-institute ended, Dr. Steve Roberson, dean of undergraduate studies, spoke of general education’s importance to every student, regardless of their major, and he stressed that the campus’ work will continue. Teams of UNCG individuals will create white papers around four themes:

  • Integration of learning goals across the curriculum
  • Promoting Gen Ed
  • Assessing Gen Ed
  • High-impact pedagogy

The papers will be brought to the UNCG Gen Ed Council and the campus community, Roberson said, as some standards of best practice which UNCG may embrace.

“So the work of the mini-institute didn’t stop,” he said. “It will proceed for many weeks and months to come.”

Visual: plenary speaker Dr. Dee Fink speaks to the UNCG group in Cone Ballroom.
By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Woody, Truly a Work of Art?

011211Feature_PixarShe didn’t rub shoulders with Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the Incredibles or Wall-E.

But she did one better: she led a discussion with some of our favorite animated figures’ creators and artists.

Dr. Heather Holian (Art), helped the Oakland Museum of California mark the close of their art exhition “PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation” last weekend. PIXAR has made some of the most popular and admired animated films of the last decades and is located a few miles from that museum.

Holian’s talk, “To Infinity and Beyond: Placing PIXAR within the History of Art, Present and Future,” was centered around the questions “Does animation deserve a place within the history of fine art? Does PIXAR?”

“En route to an answer, I’ll discuss the cultural and institutional prejudices and biases that make a resounding affirmative response, regarding either PIXAR’s films or the pre-production or production art created to make these films, challenging at present,” she explained before traveling last week.

In addition to the public lecture, she moderated a panel discussion with highly regarded artists from PIXAR including Bill Cone, Ricky Nierva, Tia Kratter and Kevin O’Brien.

Does Holian have a favorite character? “Choosing a favorite PIXAR character is like choosing my favorite chocolate dessert – they’re all good!”

But what if she had to choose one? “Right now I would say Edna Mode – or E, as she is also known – is my current favorite. Edna appears in ‘The Incredibles’ as the temperamental, no nonsense fashion designer who has no patience for idle chatter, weakness or bad fashion. She is voiced by director Brad Bird and in part it’s his inflection and voice acting that make this character so hilarious … [she] steals every single scene she’s in.”

After returning this week, she described walking through the art exhibition Friday night. “I heard several people say that they had no idea so much art was created for each film. The energy was incredible.”

But for her, the highlight of her weekend was the forum, where she discussed the topic of fine art and PIXAR with some of the artists who’d created these films. She’d interviewed each of them before.

Actually, she’d arrived in California a few days early, so she could spend some time at the Pixar Studio doing research and interviewing artists. It was her fourth research trip to the studio.

Holian’s essay “An Animated Debate: Studio Animation as Fine Art?” will be in the forthcoming Blackwell Anthology of Animation. Another essay on art and animation has been completed. She is currently gathering research for what she hopes will be a book length publication on PIXAR.

Her training is in the Renaissance. In addition to teaching ancient and medieval art courses, she routinely teaches the Art of Disney and PIXAR (Art 210). In coordination with that popular course, PIXAR animator Adam Burke has visited our campus twice. The Art Department will bring PIXAR artist and director Teddy Newton to campus sometime this spring, she says.

Holian’s very favorite film? “My three favorite PIXAR films are ‘Wall-E,’ ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Toy Story 3.’ If I was pushed to choose one, I would say ‘Wall-E.'”

Why that one? “First, I think the first part of the film – Act 1- is visually stunning, particularly on a big screen. I also think it was incredibly brave for PIXAR, under Andrew Stanton’s direction, to make a contemporary animated film that is silent through its first act except for ambient noise and Wall-E’s beloved “Hello Dolly” tape. The word that always comes to my mind when I watch that part of Wall-E is ‘sublime.’ It succeeds on every level.

“I also enjoy the new short ‘Day and Night’ for the same reason – it was a brave and innovative film to make. And, it also directly reflects the artistic style of Teddy Newton, who is one of my favorite PIXAR artists, and who directed this short, which appeared before ‘Toy Story 3.'”

By Mike Harris with additional reporting by Dan Nonte
Visual: Bud Luckey, “Woody, Toy Story,” 1995. Mixed Media. ©Disney/Pixar

Notes: January 12, 2011

Chancellor’s op-ed The Dec. 23 “Why Academic Restructuring at UNCG?” op-ed piece in the News and Record, written by Chancellor Brady, can be read at http://provost.uncg.edu/restructuring/docs/Why_Academic_Restructuring_at_UNCG.pdf.

Right now in Ghana In October, you read about how Hannah Rose Mendoza (Interior Architecture) and some design students were working to design a needed school in a village in Ghana. As the story said, they would be traveling in January to help build it. They are there now. Follow the blog and see some of their pictures at http://hannahsghana.wordpress.com/

UNCG Southern Scuffle was a big two-day event at the Coliseum in late December. The field was very strong this year, with seven of the nation’s Top 25 teams, including No. 1 Cornell. Cornell and Penn State shared the championship, at the end of the two days. Among the Spartans who competed, two are nationally ranked: Ivan Lopouchanski, rated No. 16 at 149 pounds, and Peter Sturgeon, No. 18 in the heavyweight division.

Women’s basketball streak A look at the SoCon standings shows UNCG’s women’s team at the top. Guard Monique Floyd led the team to a 5-0 start in SoCon play. After two road losses in the past days, they are 5-2 and are tied for first place in the standings. Faculty and staff enjoy free admission to all women’s games this year. Just show your university ID. The women’s team schedule is here.

New Student & Spartan Family Programs is looking for transfer and/or adult students at UNCG whom you believe are excellent role models and would make great SOAR leaders. This spring they will be hiring 10 students to be a part of the TASL (Transfer & Adult SOAR Leader) team. They are looking for students who are active in the UNCG community and have the desire to reach out to incoming transfer and adult students to help them acclimate to UNCG during SOAR. The application and interview process will begin later this spring, but they are currently taking nominations from faculty and staff. If you have students you would like to recommend for this position, please email the name and contact information of the student to Garrett Kachellek at jgkachel@uncg.edu.

Nominations for Student Excellence Award The Lloyd International Honors College is accepting nominations for the Student Excellence Award. These awards are given to seniors whose academic careers are outstanding both inside and outside the classroom. Each academic department and interdisciplinary program may nominate up to two students for the award. Nomination packets have been sent to faculty and can be found at www.honorscollege.uncg.edu. The deadline for receiving nominations is Thursday, Feb. 10, in 205 Foust Building. If you have any questions may call the honors college at 4-5538.

MLK Celebration Jan. 18 Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, will be the keynote speaker for UNCG’s 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration on Tuesday, Jan.18, at 7 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. The event is free.The Little Rock Nine were the nine African-American students who entered Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sept. 25, 1957, confronted by a hostile crowd and escorted by the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne. The Supreme Court’s landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision three years earlier struck down segregation in public schools and these nine students put the decision to the test. Roberts was a 15-year-old junior when he entered Little Rock Central High School. He is CEO of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices. Roberts is the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and the Spingarn Medal. For more information, email mark_villacorta@uncg.edu.

Counseling students help women ‘Thrive’ despite HIV/AIDS Graduate-level counseling students teamed up with the Triad Health Project to create an online resource for women living with HIV and AIDS. The online booklet, “Project Thrive: Women Living Longer, Living Better with HIV/AIDS,” is available at http://www.uncg.edu/ced/thrive. It includes information on such issues as disclosure of HIV-positive status, job-related questions, maintaining supportive relationships and self care. “Project Thrive” was a semester-long project undertaken by students in Dr. Christine Murray’s sexuality counseling class. Murray and the students promoted the resource at the Triad Health Project’s annual Winter Walk last month. “Project Thrive” was a response to the relative lack of services and resources for women with HIV/AIDS compared with men, Murray said. “It was really important to the students that they send a positive message of empowerment and hope to these women through this project. This was especially true after they learned how the health behaviors that HIV-positive women use really can lead to positive physical and mental health outcomes.” The Triad Health Project, based in Greensboro, is dedicated to HIV prevention, education and services.

UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree Project 2010 was a great success for three UNCG families who needed assistance in making the holidays a great one for their children. The Staff Senate Service Committee says they received clothing of all sizes, toys, books, gift cards and money. One family, in a note afterward, said: “You guys made my boys so very happy this Christmas. I have to say that this was their best Christmas, ever! We are truly blessed and thankful to have people like you to help out a family in need!” In addition to gifts for the children, the three families received several grocery store gift cards, along with some to Walgreens and Dollar Tree, to help make a great holiday.

Last year’s men’s basketball television spot campaign has been nominated for a Mid-South Regional Emmy Award in the small budget commercials category, according to the companies that created the ad. The winner will be announced later this month. The ad, created by Mark Wagoner Productions and G-Force Marketing Solutions, also received a Telly Award for a Regional Commercial a few months ago. Last year’s ad can be viewed on this blog.

Academic All-SoCon Twenty-six UNCG student-athletes earned spots on the Academic All-Southern Conference Team for the fall semester. Men’s soccer player Peyton Ford and SoCon Female Cross Country Runner of the Year Ashley Schnell both had 4.0 grade point averages. Women’s soccer led the way for UNCG with 10 selections.

Radwanski to Clemson Women’s soccer coach Eddie Radwanski, who led UNCG to its fifth straight Southern Conference regular-season title, a school-record 19 wins and the school’s ninth NCAA tournament berth this season, has been named the new head coach at Clemson. Radwanski, who was a two-time All-American on UNCG’s men’s team in the 1980s, leaves an indelible mark on the UNCG women’s program, as the Spartans went 139-65-13 overall and 85-15-5 in the SoCon during his 10-year tenure. Radwanski directed UNCG to seven SoCon regular-season titles, four SoCon Championship titles and five NCAA tournament appearances. “Greensboro has been my home and it means an awful lot to me. I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to lead the program. I was the so-called guardian for the last 10 years, and it’s a special place.” Radwanski was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Mondo Southeast Region Coach of the Year this season after directing the Spartans to one of the best seasons in school history. UNCG went 19-2-1. Radwanski will inherit a Clemson team that went 6-13 overall, starting the year 5-0 before losing 13 of its last 14. The Tigers were 0-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In memoriam Charles Barfield, a Gateway University Research Park maintenance employee, died on Dec. 18. He had been affiliated with the North Campus property since it was the Central North Carolina School of the Deaf.

Silver certification Gateway University Research Park’s Research Facility One, the first building constructed at Gateway’s South Campus location on Lee Street, has been awarded LEED Silver Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED certification of Silver was based on a number of green design and construction features. Research Facility One, which opened in September 2008, is home to two divisions of the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The facility also serves as the temporary location of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

Budget Central Web site updates The UNCG Budget Central web site has been updated with the following: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/Dec2010LBMemoFY2010-11BudgetManagement.pdf



Bryan School moves master’s degree program online Starting next fall, the Bryan School will offer the master’s degree in information technology and management as an online degree program only, replacing the face-to-face master’s program in the discipline. The degree is the fifth online offering for the school and the first at the master’s level. The move online was prompted, in part, by student requests, said Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, an associate professor and director of graduate programs for the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management. The numbers of students taking advantage of the Bryan School’s online post-baccalaureate certificates has more than doubled, she said. The master’s degree, which requires 30 to 36 hours of class work to complete depending on an applicant’s background, focuses on both information technology and the management of technology resources. The program combines technological and managerial components to train graduates to deal effectively with the complex issues involved in applying information technology within organizations. Students also learn to work in a collaborative work environment, with an emphasis on problem-solving skills and decision making. Applicants are required to have taken the GMAT or GRE within the past five years. Many prospective students in the program are working professionals who will benefit from the flexibility an online program will offer, Iyer said.

Toys for kids The Athletics department collected more than $2,300 and more 112 toys in its support of the FOX8 Gifts for Kids campaign this year. Partnering with the Student Government Association this year, the department took donations at the EUC and at basketball games.

Let’s talk budget Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for Business Affairs, will present an information session on “How UNCG’s Budget Works.” The talk will be Thursday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Jarrell Lecture Hall on the lower level of Jackson Library. The talk is sponsored by the Budget Education Committee of the Staff Senate. This event is open to the entire campus community.

Dementia, Alzheimer’s and meds On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Geoffrey Dunbar, MD, will present the talk “Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Drug Delivery Efforts” in EUC’s Dogwood Room at noon. The talk is sponsored by the UNCG Gerontology Research Network. Dunbar is Senior Vice President of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Targacept, a Winston-Salem company exploring pharmaceuticals that selectively interact with neuro-nicotinic receptors to promote therapeutic effects. Reservations are recommended and appreciated. Contact Lori Kerr, lakerr@uncg.edu, 256-1020. This event is free and open to the campus and the community.

In memoriam Dr. Kieth Wright died on Dec. 12. Wright retired in 2001 after 21 years here at UNCG, where he was a professor and a chair of the Department of Library Information Services.

Trustees Endorse Higher Tuition, Fees

The UNCG Board of Trustees approved a plan at its Dec. X meeting to increase tuition and fees for the 2011-12 academic year. [Read more…]

About that CW Survey

A year of Campus Weekly in its current format is under our belts. As the year ended, 564 responded to the CW readership survey.

Readers who responded say they value the accuracy of the information in CW, as well as its timelineness and usefulness. 85 percent say it provides them with stories or information they can’t find elsewhere. They want to read about upcoming events and the campus news of the moment, they say.

They like the photography.

But many don’t like the current CW layout/design. Some are emphatic about that (though not all – 9 percent say they like the layout/design very much).

In the coming weeks I will share and respond, here in CW, to some of the comments/suggestions received about CW – there were a lot. For readers who may be interested, the results and comments gathered by the survey may be accessed by clicking: CW 2010 Survey Results,Comments.

Looking back at the past year in CW:
The most visited story in 2010 was the November interview with Provost Perrin regarding academic restructuring. Last year’s 10 most visited posts/pages – you’re invited to click on them – are:

According to Google Analytics, from the timespan of the first issue of 2010 to the end of the calendar year (Jan. 13-Dec. 31), there were 46,842 visits to CW and 230,094 page views.

CW 2010 Survey Results,Comments

Campus People: January 12, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Kathleen Williams – Eddie Radwanski – Dr. W. Richard Cowling III – Dr. Walter H. Beale – Dr. Bob Wineburg – Dr. Odell Cleveland – Dr. H. Svi Shapiro [Read more…]

At December Commencement, Lots of Stories

011211NewsAndNotes_Commencement2UNCG awarded 1,549 degrees – 1,145 bachelor’s, 326 master’s, 10 specialist in education and 68 doctorates – at December commencement. Behind every one of those degrees is a story.

Commencement speaker Lew Brown (Bryan School) spoke about Ashley Carney from Raleigh. In an email to Brown, Carney described herself as having been an indifferent high school student with mediocre grades.

She only came to UNCG after admissions counselor Amy Blakeley (now Matthews) used a day off to drive her to and from Greensboro for a campus visit. She credits Yolanda McLean in the UNCG Financial Aid Office with helping her make the successful transition to college.

Carney graduated cum laude Thursday with a bachelor’s in consumer, apparel and retail studies. Without telling Carney, Brown invited McLean and Matthews, who Carney calls an “angel,” to the December ceremony. They were among the thousands cheering as Carney shed tears of joy.

“I hope Ashley’s story has reminded you of the power of one – the power of one person to shape the life of another,” Brown said. “The power of Amy. The power of Yolanda.”

The student speaker, Radmila Petric, talked about how her family came to the United States to escape civil war in Sarajevo. Learning a new language and adjusting to life in a new country were difficult. So were her studies as a master’s student in biology. Research projects took her to the oak woodlands of central California, the coastal plains of North Carolina and the Arctic lakes of Alaska.

“It was difficult being away from loved ones for long periods of time, not to mention working long hours, showering only once a week and sharing small quarters with people you barely knew,” she said, “but the skills I acquired as a graduate student at UNCG are invaluable. … I have loved the challenge.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady presided at the ceremony, where UNCG awarded its first three history PhDs to Theresa J. Campbell, Cory Joe Stewart and Angela Page Robbins. Campbell and Stewart were hooded by professor Robert Calhoon; Robbins was hooded by associate professor Lisa Levenstein.

In addition to telling Carney’s story, Brown shared emails he received from other graduating students. He asked them to tell him in 140 characters or less the most important thing they learned at UNCG:

Candice Burrows from Eugene, Ore., wrote, “Everyone has something to say that merits being heard. It is not a selfish ‘something,’ it is a gift to those who listen. Take the gift – listen.”

Henry Miller from Clemmons wrote, “Returning to UNCG as an adult after dropping out in 1977 has convinced me that at 19 I did not know as much as I thought I did.”

Megan Bocci from Greensboro wrote, “I learned that if I have the determination of a 1-year-old, I can succeed at anything.”

Michael Hicks from Heppenheim, Germany, wrote, “College gives you more questions than answers, but with a richer mind, you make better choices.”

Kathy Vannachith from Visalia, Calif., wrote, “The most valuable thing I learned is that you can never be too early for anything, especially parking.”

Jared Lance from Oak Ridge wrote, “To learn about history, literature and art is really to learn about us. To learn that we are more alike than different gives me hope.”

Brown also passed along some advice of his own: “We call this a commencement ceremony. The word commencement means the beginning. Graduation is not the end of learning but just the beginning. Learn or re-learn something every day. Keep on learning and growing.”

Read the full text of Brown’s address here.

In addition to Brady and Brown, participants included David H. Perrin, provost and executive vice chancellor; John Gamble, chair of the Faculty Senate; Ann Goodnight, member of the UNC Board of Governors; and Keith Ayscue, president of the Alumni Association.

Dr. Daniel Winkler, faculty marshal and mace bearer; Stephen Pritchard, chief marshal; and Malik Barrows, undergraduate tassel turner, also took part in the ceremony. The University Bell was rung by Angela Fate of the December class and Ann Phillips McCracken, an alumna of the Class of 1960.

By Dan Nonte
Photograph of Dr. Lew Brown by Chris English.

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Announcements: January 12, 2011

An announcement from the chancellor regarding the Staff Excellence Award:

TO: All University Faculty and Staff Leaders of Affiliated Organizations
FROM: Chancellor Linda P. Brady
DATE: January 2011
SUBJECT: University Staff Excellence Award – Nominations for 2010 – 2011

I am proud of the many outstanding, devoted employees of UNCG and am pleased to encourage your nominations for the University Staff Excellence Award for the ninth year. This award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated excellence in their contributions to the University this year.

The University Staff Excellence Award of $1,000 will be presented to up to two deserving permanent SPA or EPA non-faculty employees who are in good standing and have been employed at UNCG for at least two years as of the nomination deadline (March 25). Staff, faculty, supervisors, administrators and/or students may make nominations for this award. Nominations should be based on one or more of the following criteria:

Devotion to Duty – The nominee has exhibited unselfish devotion to duty far and above the normal requirements and has contributed significantly to the advancement of service to the UNCG community and to the people of North Carolina.

Innovation – The nominee has successfully established new and outstanding work methods, practices and plans for his/her department that are consistent with the University’s mission.

Service – The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the University through involvement on committees and/or representing the University in civic or professional organizations.

Human Relations – The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the field of human relations or employee-management relations that foster a model working and/or learning environment.

Other Achievements – The nominee has made outstanding contributions or service deserving recognition not described in the categories above, including, but not limited to, acts that demonstrate safety and heroism or other examples beyond the call of duty.

I encourage you to consider nominating a colleague for this important award. Please complete the nomination form [which can be downloaded at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/excellence/Excellence_Award_form.pdf and return to the Staff Excellence Awards Committee, c/o Julie Landen, Alumni House, by March 25, 2011.

Thank you.

Looking ahead: January 12-20, 2011

Artist lecture, Judy Pfaff
Thursday, Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon.

Faculty recital, Carla LeFevre, soprano, and Inara Zandmane, piano
Thursday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Men’s basketball vs. Davidson
Monday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum.

Chancellor’s Welcome Reception, welcoming new international students
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 4:30 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

MLK Celebration, keynote by Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine
Tuesday, Jan. 18., 7 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Women’s basketball vs. Elon
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.

Budget talk, “How UNCG’s Budget Works,” by Reade Taylor
Thursday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m., Jarrell Lecture Hall, Jackson Library’s lower level.

Men’s basketball vs. Georgia Southern.
Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Newsmakers: January 12, 2011

Dr. Julie Edmunds, Dr. Omar Ali, Dr. Minita Sanghvi, researchers in UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Patnerships, Dr. John Lepri and Mary Beth Morgan are among UNCG individuals recently in the news.

Visit the Newsmakers web page.