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Schmooza Palooza 2010

Schmooza Palooza is a networking event, co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Office of Career Services, in which key networkers mentor students on how to meet and mingle with others. It will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, beginning at 4:45 p.m., in the EUC. [Read more…]

Making House a Home

011310HeadlineWhen the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” announced it needed volunteers to help create a home for a local family in need, Woody Burkhead (second from right) jumped at the chance to help. Assistant director of facilities in Housing and Residence Life, he is noted for his carpentry. “’Finish carpentry’” is what I do,” he said. He listed that as a skill. “I got selected. They told me where to go, what to do. Luckily, I got to work in the art tent, where TV personalities work.”  And he had a front row view when the family first saw their new home. [Read more…]

Forgotten Stories of Slavery

011310Feature3The 1860 U.S. Census registered the names of slave owners and the age, gender and color of slaves. But there, as in much of the historical record, slaves are nameless.

UNCG’s new Digital Library on American Slavery provides the names of more than 83,000 individual slaves from 15 states and the District of Columbia.

The web site, created in cooperation with University Libraries, features petitions related to slavery collected during an 18-year project led by Dr. Loren Schweninger (History). The petitions filed in county courts and state legislatures cover a wide range of legal issues, including wills, divorce proceedings, punishment of runaway slaves, calls for abolition, property disputes and more.

“It’s among the most specific and detailed databases and web sites dealing with slavery in the U.S. between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War,” said Schweninger, the Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor in History. “There’s no web site like this, either in extent or content. The amount of information in here to be mined is enormous.”

Started in 1991, the Race and Slavery Petitions Project collected, organized and published the petitions. The Digital Library on American Slavery is the final phase of the project.

A complete collection of the full petitions, “Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks: Petitions to Southern Legislatures and County Courts, 1775-1867,” has been published on 151 reels of microfilm. In addition to Jackson Library, North Carolina university libraries with all or part of the microfilm collection are located at Duke, East Carolina, N.C. A&T, UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest.

Schweninger knows the value of conducting research from primary sources, something he learned from his mentor, the late Dr. John Hope Franklin. The stories he found in legal records were often not preserved anywhere else. “This was info that was not tapped,” he said. “Very few scholars had gone to county courts.”

Building the database for the archive was painstaking work. Schweninger visited about 160 county courthouses in the South and 15 state archives between 1991 and 1995. “The first three years, I was on the road 540 days,” he said.

Marguerite Ross Howell, senior associate editor, worked on the project for 11 years and was responsible for entering tens of thousands of slave names and connecting them with their own family members as well as their owners, creating a unique resource from original documents. Nicole Mazgaj, associate editor, worked on the project for seven years and focused her analysis especially on the rich documentary evidence from parish court houses in Louisiana.

“The archive is chock-full of information detailing the personal life of slaves,” Mazgaj said. “It’s probably about the most detailed that you’ll find.”

The project was supported by $1.5 million in grant money, a particularly impressive sum in the humanities, from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and UNCG.

The library includes petitions by more than 2,500 slaves and free blacks who sought redress for numerous causes. For example, George Sears of Randolph County, a blacksmith and a free man of color, purchased his slave wife Tillah for $300. He then petitioned the North Carolina General Assembly in 1818 to emancipate his wife and daughters and “render them Competent in Law to inherit the Estate of your Petitioner.”

A number of the petitions also speak to how slaves fought their enslavement, providing details of slaves who ran away, burned down plantations or plotted to murder slave owners. As the petitions show, the position of free blacks in the South was also precarious.

In some cases, whites petitioned for free blacks to be allowed to remain in the state, citing their value to the community. In others, a few free blacks petitioned to be returned to slavery so that they could be with loved ones who were slaves.

NFL Charities Grant Targets Knee Biomechanics

Roughly 20 minutes into a football game or practice, ACL injury rates begin to rise. That’s the same amount of time it takes for intermittent physical activity to increase the looseness of the knee.

Thanks to a $125,000 grant from NFL Charities, Dr. Sandra Shultz (Kinesiology) will conduct an 18-month study of precisely how the increase in knee laxity during sports activity affects the biomechanics of the knee. [Read more…]

Campus People – January 13, 2010


Featured this week: Dr. Terri L. Shelton – Jeanne Jenkins – Dr. Laura Fero – Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew – Dr. Sherrill Hayes – Dr. Ulrich C. (Rick) Reitzug – Dr. Jennifer Etnier – Dr. Joyce Ferguson – Dr. Roy Schwartzman – Dr. Mary L. Crowe

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Amy Harris, Dr. Loren Schweninger and Dr. Dianne H. B. Welsh were individuals recently featured in the news. See details.

Looking ahead: Jan. 13 – Jan. 21, 2010

Women’s basketball vs. Elon
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball vs. Appalachian St.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 3 p.m.

UCLS: Soweto Gospel Choir
Aycock Auditorium, Monday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m.

Classes begin for spring semester
Tuesday, Jan. 19.

“The Economy  in 2010” brown bag seminar
416 Bryan School, Wednesday, Jan. 20, noon

Men’s basketball vs. Chattanooga
Greensboro Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Exhibition opens, “Forever Free”
Jackson Library, Monday, Jan. 25.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Campus All a-Twitter

Chancellor Linda P. Brady and men’s basketball Coach Mike Dement have a friendly little competition going — who can get the most Twitter followers by Feb. 8. The stakes? A free lunch. [Read more…]

MLK Speaker out of This World

011310NewsAndNotes_JemisonDr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to travel in space, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The event starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in EUC Auditorium. The event is open to the public at no charge; however tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the UNCG Box Office beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. [Read more…]

Become a Grogan College Faculty Fellow

Grogan College supports first-year student learning, personal development and retention through its topical learning communities – groups of 15-25 students who share a common interest in a given academic field. [Read more…]

Announcements – January 13, 2010

Have a nomination for University Staff Excellence Award? Read the chancellor’s memo here. Download the nomination form here.

Apply for Community Fellowships

The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning has received a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to fund and pilot two UNCG Community Fellow positions. [Read more…]

Soweto Gospel Choir Jan. 18

011310EyeOnArts_SowetoThe Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will share the spirit and sound of African gospel music when it performs Monday, Jan. 18, in Aycock Auditorium. [Read more…]

1,520 Receive Degrees

011310Feature2As the word suggests, commencement is a beginning rather than an end, Dr. Matina C. Kalcounis-Rüppell told soon-to-be UNCG graduates and their families at commencement Dec. 17.

“Although you have reached a milestone in your career, your learning is far from over,” the associate professor of biology said. “In fact, your degree is actually the starting point for new degrees of learning across multiple disciplines that you will face over the course of your life.”

The university conferred 1,520 degrees – 1,076 bachelor’s, 372 master’s, 13 specialist in education and 60 doctorates – during the ceremony. In addition to Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Kalcounis-Rüppell, participants included Erskine B. Bowles, president of the UNC system; Provost David H. Perrin; Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone, chair of the Faculty Senate; Randall R. Kaplan, chair of the Board of Trustees; and Jana Welch Wagenseller, president of the Alumni Association.

The problems we face can only be solved with contributions from across the academic spectrum, Kalcounis-Rüppell said. Countering threats to the state’s frogs, bees and bats, for instance, will require collaboration among scientists, educators, geographers, public health experts and economists.

“As much as I would like to tell you that you can take a break from learning, I cannot,” said the winner of the 2009 Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.

Also taking part in the ceremony were UNCG’s academic deans; Dr. Daniel Winkler, faculty marshal and mace bearer; Margie Wiggins, chief marshal; and Renwick Pridgeon Jr., undergraduate tassel turner. Commencement Brass, conducted by Carole Ott, provided music.

Jacob Scott Henry spoke on behalf of the December graduating class and urged his classmates to take the day to rest and reflect, to find joy in their achievement, and to appreciate the role models and supporters who made graduation possible.

Graduates should strive to be good stewards, Henry said, growing resources for the common good and contributing to a more just world. “We can and should be agents of renewal for all aspects of society,” he said.

New graduate Julie Tesh and Diane Carpenter Peebles, an alumna of the Class of 1959, rang the University Bell at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The full text of Kalcounis-Rüppell’s address, “New Degrees of Learning,” is available online.

Language Exchange Program Seeks Volunteers

A new Language Exchange Program will pair English speakers with speakers of foreign languages. The pairs meet weekly in a neutral location and spend half of their time conversing in English and the other half conversing in the foreign language. The program is ideal for those who have the basics of the other language and wish to improve their conversational skills. In order to maintain an international focus, celebrate different cultural backgrounds and build a greater sense of community on campus, the program will pair students with staff, staff with faculty, and faculty with students. The program seeks people interested in this volunteer opportunity.  [Read more…]

Public Show in Petty’s Planetarium

011310NewsAndNotes_PlanetariumCome – and bring your family – to a free planetarium show at UNCG’s new planetarium in Petty Science Building Friday night, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. The planetarium features a Spitz Projector in a 20-foot dome. The show, sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will feature the sky constellations as well as the motions of the moon, sun and planets. Seating is limited; reservations are required. [Read more…]

New Name: Ph.D. in Educational Studies

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching has been re-named Ph.D. in Educational Studies, notes Dr. David Ayers, the program coordinator.
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2-D out, 3-D in

011310EyeOnArtsLipskiSMFor most of the twentieth century, sculpture seemed to be the poor relation of modernist art, compared to painting. Its status changed, however, in the 1960s when painting lost its central position, replaced by three-dimensional art. The Weatherspoon’s exhibition “American Art: 1960-Present; Five Decades of Innovation” surveys some of the sculptural movements that have evolved since 1960. [Read more…]

Honors Students at Model UN Conference

The Lloyd International Honors College has selected seven students to participate in the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, March 14-18. UNCG is one of only two public universities in North Carolina to send delegates to this conference, which will give students the opportunity to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges along with more than 2,400 students from over 50 countries. [Read more…]


NotesIconBarack Obama as author
A “Conversations with the Community” series is hosted by the African American Studies Program. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. in EUC’s Kirkland Room, the series features a community book discussion on President Obama’s “Dreams from my Father.” Discussion will be led by Dr. C. P. Gause and Robert Randolph. RSVP at afs@uncg.edu.


Brown bag “The Economy in 2010” is the topic of the next brown bag lunch discussion hosted by Staff Senate. Led by Dr. Stuart Allen (Economics), it will be in Room 416, Bryan Building, Wednesday, Jan. 20. Register.

Policy change at Wellness Center Effective Jan. 19, all patients failing to cancel a scheduled massage or acupuncture appointment at least 24 hours in advance will be billed for the appointment. The charge will equal the cost of the appointment. Questions? Call 4-3190.

20 percent off for faculty, staff The All-Arts, Sciences + Technology camp offers one week sessions each summer with hands-on classes in arts, sciences and technology. The camp also includes recreation and citizenship components. It is for ages 7-15. For more information on the discount, visit allarts.uncg.edu, call 315-7742 or email patlevitin@gmail.com.

In memoriam Dr. Stanley L. Jones, vice chancellor of academic affairs from 1971 to 1983, died Nov. 26. He was 91 years old.

In memoriam Dr.  Henry Levinson died Jan. 4. He was a professor of religious studies for over twenty-five years.  He had served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as head of the Department of Religious Studies.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Proposals are due Jan. 29 by 5 p.m. for Undergraduate Research Assistantship projects requesting support to begin in Summer 2010. [Read more…]

Project Cut-Off Dates

The project cut-off dates for fiscal year 2009-2010 have been established. “In keeping with state and university policy, we will not pre-bill for work in progress or incomplete projects,” says Cynthia Barnes, assistant director of renovations. Funding for projects utilizing 2009-2010 funds must be received by Jan. 29 for projects involving renovations requiring design services and the N. C. State Construction Office approvals and April 15 for simple projects involving only painting or simple office relocations. All work must be completed by June 4. [Read more…]