UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Asian Film Screening

The Asian Film Festival continues Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., in Sullivan Science Building, Room 101. The film “The World (Shijie)” will be screened. [Read more…]

Announcements – January 20, 2010

The Office of Research and Economic Development invites nominations for the Research Excellence Awards for 2009-2010. There are two awards, one for a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor and the other for a scholar at the rank of professor. A nomination form and the award guidelines can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/rsh/researchexcellence.html. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Economic Development at 256-0426 or email freundd@uncg.edu. Nominations should be sent to the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, Dr. Terri Shelton, no later than Monday, March 16.

Archaeology Lectures

Archeology faculty research tea talks will be sponsored by the Archaeology Club and the Archaeology program. They take place in the Archaeology Lab, 52 McIver Building, at 4 p.m. on Thursdays. [Read more…]


NotesIconJanuary’s EAP newsletters are available The one for employee enhancement features pieces on “Multi-Vitamins: How Much is Enough?” and “Top Ten Financial Resolutions.” Highlights from this month’s Supervisor’s Supplement are “Workplace Goals for the New Year,” “Goal Setting for Success” and “Making an EAP Referral to Your Employees.”

Listen to men’s basketball A station with a very powerful signal has joined the Spartan Sports Radio Network for seven men’s games during the remainder of the season. WZTK-FM (101.1 FM) joins WPET-AM 950. WUAG-103.1 FM also carries some games, which are also streamed through UNCGSpartans.com for free, as well as through Yahoo! Sports.

Cold weather exhibitions Inspired by the unseasonably cold temperatures outside, Special Collections at Jackson Library is exhibiting artists’ books relating to winter. Read more.

Protecting historical collections When disaster strikes, rare books, precious textiles and historic documents are sometimes casualties. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources will hold a meeting Monday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m., at the Greensboro Public Library to help employees of cultural organizations prepare. Even concerns like mold or humidity will be addressed. Registration is $10. Visit www.ncecho.org to register.

Free access to Triad Business Journal The University Libraries has secured a subscription to the American City Business Journals, including the Triad Business Journal. Anyone on campus – and any current student, staff or faculty member from off-campus – can access the Triad Business Journal for free. Visit https://library.uncg.edu/dbs/auth/go.asp?vdbID=715, or look up the “Business Journal” in Journal Finder at http://journalfinder.wtcox.com/uncg/. Questions? Email smcramer@uncg.edu.

Budget Central The UNCG Budget Information web page has an update: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/UNCG%20Bain%20report%2012-21-09.pdf

Practice Interview Days Feb. 2-4 Representatives from many companies will meet with students to practice their interviewing skills Feb. 2-4 in the Career Services Center, EUC. Employers will focus on standard interviewing questions and what it takes to ace an interview. Students who want to sharpen their skills can sign up at http://www.uncg.edu/csc. For details, e-mail lctandan@uncg.edu.

Water Main Facilities Operations had to shut off the water to Jackson Library late in the day Friday, Jan. 15,  due to a water main break involving a 6-inch water line that feeds the library. Work went late into the evening Friday and continued Saturday morning, said Steven Siler, Facilities Operations.

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. [Read more…]

Istarú Reads Poetry, Performs

012010EyeOnArts_IstaruUNCG’s Center for Creative Writing in the Arts will host two events featuring internationally acclaimed Costa Rican playwright, poet and actress Ana Istarú. [Read more…]

A Legacy of Building Peace: King, Gandhi and Ikeda

Our campus spotlights three icons of peace building – Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Daisaku Ikeda – on Sunday, Jan. 31. “A Legacy of Building Peace,” free of charge, runs from 2-8 p.m. in EUC Auditorium. Keynote speaker is Dr. Lawrence Carter, dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and professor of religion at Morehouse College in Atlanta. [Read more…]

Woolworth’s Sit-in Commemorations

012010Feature3_WC3CivilRightsUntil 1960, African Americans could spend money in any part of Greensboro’s department stores such as Woolworth’s, but they could not sit and eat at the lunch counter. Under the segregationist customs of the time, the lunch counter was reserved for whites only. On Feb. 1, 1960, four NC A&T students started a sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter that sparked similar sit-ins throughout the South.

Last week, one of the four Woolworth Sit-in leaders of 50 years ago, Franklin McCain, recounted those days before and during the sit-ins. He noted that three students from Woman’s College [UNCG], whom he called “some brave souls,” joined in the protest after a few days. They have been called the WC Three. He described their participation as “heartwarming,” explaining that “they knew what we were doing.” He also noted that WC’s then-chancellor threatened these WC women with suspension if they continued.

McCain, who is a UNC Board of Governors trustee, was the featured speaker at UNCG’s MLK Celebration in 2004.

Two events on our campus will mark the 50th anniversary of the sit-ins, which is Feb. 1.

– The discussion “WC at the Lunch Counter: UNCG’s Involvement in the Sit-In Demonstration of 1960” will be Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4-5:30 in the EUC’s Multicultural Resource Center. It will look at the participation of the WC Three and also Claudette Burroughs-White in the sit-ins. The discussion will include Dr. Lisa Levenstein (History), Betty Carter (University Archives), Dr. Tara T. Green (African American Studies Program) and Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly (English). The discussion will focus on the women, the climate for women in the 1960s and the response of the college to their participation in the sit-ins.

– A commemorative walk from Guilford Residence Hall to the Governmental Plaza downtown will take place Monday, Feb. 1, the day the new International Civil Rights Museum will open. The museum is located in the former Woolworth’s Building. The historic lunch counter is a prominent part of the museum’s features. The walk from UNCG will replicate the one at least two of the WC Three took to go downtown and participate in the sit-ins. People will begin to gather in front of Guilford Hall at 11:30 a.m. The walk starts at noon.

Both events are open to the public. For details, email ttgreen@uncg.edu or barbara_king@uncg.edu.

The events are sponsored by the African American Studies Program, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of History, Office of the Provost and Women’s & Gender Studies.

In addition, several exhibitions by Archives are on view at Jackson Library.

  • In the Jackson Library entryway – A display marking NC A&T students’, Bennett College students’ and WC (UNCG) students’ participation in the sit-ins.
  • In Jackson Library foyer, near Reference Desk – Exhibition detailing WC’s move toward racial integration. WC’s first two African-American students were JoAnne Smart and Bettye Tillman. They enrolled in 1956. In 2008, the Smart-Tillman Distinguished Professorship in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance was created.
  • In Jackson Library/EUC breezeway – Exhibition on the WC Three and Claudette Burroughs-White’s participation in the Woolworth’s sit-ins.

Faculty Partners with Career Services

The Career Services Center (CSC) is ready to partner again with faculty members to provide career-related content for their Spring 2010 classes. [Read more…]

I CAN Campaign to Help South African Orphans

Students at UNCG, N.C. A&T State University and other local colleges will kick off the I CAN Campaign to raise money for the Woza Moya Children’s Center at noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in EUC Auditorium. The film “Angels in the Dust” will be screened at the event. [Read more…]

Former ‘World’s Strongest Woman’ Speaks Feb. 5

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 Feb. 5. [Read more…]

High School Piano Day Slated for Jan. 30

Keyboard faculty from the School of Music will offer master classes to high school piano students – and for the first time, organ students – during the eighth annual High School Piano Day Saturday, Jan. 30. [Read more…]

McGovern Was Here, Back in the Summer of ‘69

012010NewsAndNotes_McGovernThose who look forward to hearing former Senator George McGovern speak Jan. 27 on campus may be interested in knowing he has spoken here before. In 1969, he was the commencement speaker. The event occurred at Grimsley High School’s football stadium. [Read more…]

The Five Spot

012010FiveSpot_ClotfelterDr. Jim Clotfelter joined UNCG as a professor of political science in 1977. You may know that for nearly two decades, he has been vice chancellor for information technology services and chief information officer. You may not know that he began his career as a “very young” reporter for the Atlanta newspapers and Time Magazine. In the 1960s, he covered the civil rights movement in Southern states from Texas to North Carolina. “One of the formative experiences of my life,” he says, “as it was for everyone there.” [Read more…]

Get Healthy, Stay Healthy at Rec Center

The Student Rec Center offers a number of programs. Some are the following. [Read more…]

Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation

012010Headline_LincolnWhy did a nation founded on ideals of freedom and equality tolerate for so long one of the harshest and most unjust labor systems the world has known?

A new traveling exhibition opening at Jackson Library on Jan. 25 looks for answers to this question by tracing Abraham Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator,” who freed slaves in the rebel states with a revolutionary war-time proclamation in 1863. “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” featuring reproductions of rare historical documents, will be on display at the library until March 5.

Organized by the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in cooperation with the American Library Association, this traveling exhibition is made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Locally, this project is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through the support of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the N.C. Civil War Roundtable and the UNCG History Club.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the University Libraries are bringing several speakers to campus:

7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 – Dr. Loren Schweninger, UNCG Department of History, “Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the End of Slavery.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 – Former Senator George McGovern will sign copies of his 2009 book, “Lincoln,” and discuss what drew him to the subject. Reception immediately following. Jackson Library Reading Room.

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 – Dr. Thomas Brown, University of South Carolina Department of History, “The Civil War in Modern Eyes.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 – Dr. Paul Finkelman, Albany School of Law, “Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

7 p.m. Thursday, March 4 – Dr. Heather Williams, UNC Chapel Hill Department of History, “Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Dean Rosann Bazirjian (University Libraries). “The Civil War and slavery are topics which must constantly be revisited in order to help 21st century Americans better understand their causes and more clearly see how their effects are still with us today.

“This exhibit offers our campus and our community an opportunity to learn more about how Abraham Lincoln decided upon emancipation of the slaves, even as he tried to hold together a fragile coalition of states in order to preserve the Union. It is a revealing insight into the values, principles and ideals that guided one of our greatest presidents.”

In addition to the events at the University Libraries, free programs are being sponsored by the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro Historical Museum in connection with the exhibition. For more information, contact Kimberly Lutz at kdlutz2@uncg.edu.

Visit http://library.uncg.edu/depts/admin/lincoln/ for a list of all of the events in the series.

Abraham Lincoln was an obscure Illinois lawyer and politician of humble origins who rose in an astonishingly short time to world renown as the leader of a young nation during one of its most troubled times. Throughout his life, Lincoln’s dedication to the ideals of freedom and equality for all people did not waver. “I want every man to have the chance – and I believe a black man is entitled to it – in which he can better his condition,” he said early in his political career.

Lincoln was also a pragmatic politician who believed that a direct attack on slavery in the South would split the Union and end America’s experiment in self-government. He steered a middle course during the early years of the Civil War but became convinced that ending slavery would help the Union militarily. His Emancipation Proclamation transformed the character of the war by re-committing the nation to its founders’ vision of freedom and equality for all people.

“Forever Free” draws upon original documents in the collections of the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It was curated by John Rhodehamel, Norris Foundation Curator of American historical manuscripts at the Huntington Library.

Campus People – January 20, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. William Markham – Dr. Alexandra Schultheis – Dr. Corey JohnsonDr. Linda RupertDr. Jonathan Tudge – Dr. C.P. Gause Dr. Carol Mullen – Michael ParkerJustin Maullin

[Read more…]

McGovern on Film, in Person

012010Feature2_McGovernFormer presidential nominee and Senator George McGovern will speak and participate in a discussion Wednesday, Jan. 27, following the premiere of “Hungry for Green,” a film written and directed by Matt Barr (Media Studies) and narrated by McGovern.

“Hungry for Green: Feeding the World Sustainably,” a 26-minute documentary about the interconnections between feeding the world’s hungry and making agriculture more organic and sustainable, will be screened at 7 p.m. in Elliott University Center Auditorium. Chancellor Linda P. Brady will introduce McGovern.

Barr, a professor in the Department of Media Studies, shot the film in McGovern’s home state of South Dakota and North Carolina, and used additional footage from around the world. After the film is shown on Jan. 27, Barr and McGovern will discuss it with the audience.

“It was thrilling and wonderful to be able to make this film and to work with Senator McGovern, who has always been one of my heroes,” Barr says.

Barr can be heard speaking about the event and film at http://iminervapodcast.blogspot.com/.

“It is one of the first documentaries to tie together the issues of agricultural sustainability and the worldwide problem of hunger. We plan to get ‘Hungry for Green’ out to PBS stations as well as to educational venues nationwide.”

The music for the film was scored by Dr. Pete Kellett (Communication Studies) and performed by Dr. Kellett, Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith (Sociology) and Dr. Art Murphy (Anthropology).

The film has already won praise from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. “This is an important film that underscores the urgency of achieving agricultural sustainability to help alleviate hunger and protect our natural environment,” Burns says.

At 3:30 p.m. the same day, McGovern will speak about Abraham Lincoln and sign copies of his book about the 16th president in Jackson Library’s Reading Room.

Both the film screening and the book signing are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck for attendees of the film premiere.

Sponsors of McGovern’s visit to UNCG include the O’Henry Hotel, Green Valley Grill, the Sierra Club, Sustainable Health Choices, Tate Street Coffee House, the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, the UNCG Department of Media Studies, the UNCG Sustainability Committee, UNCG University Libraries, and the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

McGovern saw the devastating effects of hunger during the Great Depression, when Dust Bowl storms and grasshoppers ravaged South Dakota. He saw even worse hardship while stationed in Italy as a bomber pilot during World War II.

After graduating from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1946, he earned a master’s and doctorate in history at Northwestern University, where his thesis advisor was Arthur Link, the father of longtime UNCG history professor Bill Link.

He served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1957-61, and three terms in the Senate, 1963-81. Between his stints in Congress, he led the federal Food for Peace Program, an effort to use American surplus to feed the needy in other countries. McGovern spoke at UNCG’s graduation in 1969.

The Democratic Party nominated him in 1972 as its candidate for president. His career in public office was marked by his opposition to the war in Vietnam, his support for farmers and his work to feed the hungry around the world.

MLK Celebration and Related Events

012010NewsAndNotes_MLKUNCG’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in EUC Auditorium. Free tickets are available at the UNCG Box Office. Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to travel in space, will be the keynote speaker. [Read more…]

Redesigning Learning Spaces to Improve Teaching, Learning

The most effective classroom renovations don’t just happen. Join the Teaching and Learning Center for an online seminar titled “Redesigning Learning Spaces to Improve Teaching and Learning,” presented on Wednesday, Jan.  27, 1-2:15 p.m. in 140 McIver.

Register for this event at https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops.

Learn how classroom planners across the country are finding innovative ways to incorporate the latest technologies when building new spaces for learning. Discover how curriculum designers are learning skills to integrate course objectives with updated classroom designs.

Questions? Email marian_harrison@uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: Jan. 20 – Jan. 28, 2010

Meeting/discussion, for coordinating efforts to help those in Haiti
EUC Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m.

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

Film, “Angels in the Dust,” part of I CAN campaign kickoff
EUC Auditorium, Tuesday, Jan. 26, noon.

MLK Celebration, with Dr. Mae Jemison
EUC Auditorium, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

Lecture, “Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the End of Slavery,” Dr. Loren Schweninger
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

Discussion/booksigning, former Senator George McGovern
Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m.

Film, “Hungry for Green,” with discussion by former Senator George McGovern
EUC Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

Forum on UNCG’s involvement in Woolworth’s sit-in in 1960
MRC, EUC, Thursday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

One Game Only: Men’s Basketball at Fleming

012010NewsAndNotes_BasketballIf you’re planning to attend the Saturday, Jan. 23, men’s basketball game vs. Samford, don’t head to the Coliseum. That one game will be in the cozy confines of Fleming Gym on campus. [Read more…]

Gerontology Events

Several gerontology-related events are upcoming. [Read more…]