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Black History Month Events

012611Headline_KenanMore than a month of activities is scheduled on campus to commemorate the legacy, history and heritage of African Americans during Black History Month 2011.

All events are open to the public at no charge unless noted.

  • Jan. 31, Lecture, “An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C.,” by historian Dr. Kate Masur, Northwestern University, 4:30 p.m., Room 1215 Moore Humanities and Research Administration (MHRA) Building. Sponsored by the UNCG History Department. For details, contact Dr. Lisa Levenstein, levenstein@uncg.edu, 4-5992.
  • Feb. 8, Lecture, “Bags, Brooms, Bottles and Bedcovers: Hoodoo Folk Beliefs in African American Art,” discussion led by Bamidele Demerson, 6-8 p.m., UNCG Faculty Center, College Ave., Sponsored by the UNCG African American Studies Program. For details contact Bruce Holland, 4-5507.
  • Feb. 10, Lecture: “Preparing the Black Community for Social Change,” by Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis, assistant professor of sociology and black studies at City College of New York, 7 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. This talk will deal with the need to shift dynamics within the Black community to accomplish greater social change. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. [This item was updated Feb. 2]
  • Feb. 10, Lecture, “Love in the Time of Oprah: Why America Loves to Save Africa,” with cultural anthropologist Dr. Kathryn Mathers of Duke University, 4:30 p.m., Room 106, Graham Building.
  • Feb. 10, Artist Lecture: Stacy Lynn Waddell, 5:30-6:30 p.m., as part of the exhibition “The Evidence of Things Unseen” by North Carolina artist Stacy Lynn Waddell, Weatherspoon Art Museum.Feb. 15, The Black History 101 Mobile Museum: A traveling table top exhibit with over 3,000 items of Black memorabilia spanning from slavery to Hip Hop, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The museum collection includes original documents from historic Black figures whose contributions helped shape the United States, along with items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, Civil Rights and Black Power era, music, sports and popular culture. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the National Pan Hellenic Council and the Neo-Black Society. [This item was updated Feb. 2.]
  • Feb. 21, Panel Discussion, “Our Voice, My Voice: Writers Discuss the Relationship between the Group Self and the Individual Self,” featuring writers Randall Kenan of UNC-Chapel Hill, UNCG MFA creative writing graduate Quinn Dalton, and Dr. Mark Smith-Soto of UNCG, exploring the degree to which they write as representatives of a particular ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation; 4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House; sponsored by the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, the University Libraries, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and the MFA Writing Program.
  • Feb. 21, Fiction Reading, North Carolina author Randall Kenan, associate professor of English at UNC-CH, whose works include “A Visitation of Spirits” and “Let the Dead Bury Their Dead”; 7 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, College Avenue; sponsored by the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, the University Libraries, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and the MFA Writing Program.
  • Feb. 24, Concert, “A Celebration of Black History,” by Divine Harmony, 7 p.m., Curry Auditorium.

Extended events, exhibitions:

  • March 15, Discussion Forum: “Choosing to Get on the Boat: Early Black Women as Global Travelers,” led by Dr. Willie Coleman, 6-8 pm, EUC Claxton Room, contact: Bruce Holland at (336) 334-5507 or email at bjholla@uncg.edu. Before, during and after slavery black females had their own reasons for choosing to embark on voyages taking them outside of the United States. This presentation will focus on one or more specific women.
  • March 25, 13th annual Shades of Color Conference: “The Voices of Many,” the Shades of Color Conference is an annual event that aims to create a safe, empowering, inclusive space for all UNCG community members to discuss, reflect on and mobilize around issues of multiculturalism. For details, contact Dr. Mark Villacorta at mark_villacorta@uncg.edu.
  • Through April 22: “The Evidence of Things Unseen,” exhibition by North Carolina artist Stacy Lynn Waddell, Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG Campus.

By Steve Gilliam
Visual: writer Randall Kenan

Achievement Means Student Excellence

012611Feature_GuaranteeThey were formerly known as the Office of Student Achievement. Now the Office of Undergraduate Student Excellence has an expanded role with student success initiatives and retention programming here on campus.

The UNC system General Administration has said that UNCG must raise its retention percentages for undergraduates by several percentage points by 2013. This office’s efforts are part of the strategy for boosting student success.

Among the office’s new initiatives:

Summer Launch triples its number of students It is being reformatted and expanded for 2011. For the last several years, Summer Launch has been a successful six-week academic and residential program provided to a cohort of 30 new freshmen. This year, Summer Launch 2011 will welcome 100 new students arriving on-campus for an intensive two-week session prior to the start of the fall semester. Students will be given additional time and support to”bridge” from summer to fall as they live together in a residence hall throughout the academic year, while also taking at least one course and attending a variety of co-curricular events with each other.

Exploratory Studies will premier this fall It is the newest program initiative within USE, and will premiere this upcoming fall 2011. This living-learning community (LLC) targets new UNCG freshmen who may have initially planned on pursuing the pre-Nursing major, but do not currently qualify based on the School of Nursing’s pre-admission criteria. Alternatively, Exploratory Studies provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the academic majors and career paths within other health and human services areas at UNCG. As LLC members, students will live together in Reynolds Residence Hall, while also taking courses throughout the year in University Studies, Public Health Education, Human Development and Family Studies, and Counseling & Educational Development. Through both in-class and out-of-class experiences, Exploratory Studies helps students discover the connections between different majors, courses, and co-curricular activities at the university, as they also connect with UNCG peers, faculty, and staff to explore their own academic strengths and career interests.

UNCG Guarantee continues the support provided to the inaugural fall 2009 scholar cohort of 34 students as they progress through the spring semester and further toward graduation. We are also anticipating on-going expansion of the scholarship program with the selection and arrival of the fall 2011 scholars. Applications are now being accepted, so share the UNCG Gaurantee web site guarantee.uncg.edu and contact information with any prospective students who may qualify for the scholarship. More than just a financial aid package, UNCG Guarantee provides a range of support services and opportunities to enhance scholars’ academic achievement, including a fall Leadership Retreat with OLSL and guidance from UNCG alumni mentors through the university’s Alumni Association. Several of the UNCG Guarantee scholars were featured in the cover story of the fall 2010 UNCG Magazine.

More information about the office and these initiatives is at USE’s newly designed web site, excellence.uncg.edu.

Learn more at open house All of the campus community is invited to stop by the USE Open House Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in McIver 126. Meet the staff and learn about these and other campus initiatives such as the Retention SWOT Team and First-Year Task Force, and other ongoing special projects.

Each of the faculty and staff play a role in the helping students be successful, director Kristen Christman said. “We are looking forward to continued collaborations [with faculty and staff] in the coming months.”

Photograph of UNCG Guarantee scholars by David Wilson.

Adventures in the Great Outdoors

012611Feature_GrandCanyonYou might expect that students enjoy the trips offered by UNCG’s Outdoor Adventures each semester. International students are among the many who take advantage of the high-value trips, where transportation is included.

But faculty regularly sign up for the trips as well.

“I have taken three trips with OA – a whitewater kayaking trip on the Green River, a whitewater rafting trip on the French Broad River and a canoe camping trip near Goose Creek State Park,” says Dr. Charles Egeland (Anthropology). He is signed up for a spring Everglades trip, “which should be fantastic.” (That trip filled up quickly.)

Egeland grew up in Colorado, and always loved the outdoors. “Once I moved to North Carolina to join the faculty at UNCG, one of the first things I wanted to do was explore different parts of the state. Thanks largely to OA, I’ve discovered that North Carolina has a lot to offer.”

The trips are great, he says. “The staff at OA is also fantastic. They’re fun to be around and it’s clear that they really enjoy being out there.”

His favorite time on a trip? “It would be on the canoe camping trip: one night after dinner we took the canoes out and it was just you, your canoe and the light of a full moon reflecting off the calm water of the river. Unbelievably beautiful.”

Talking about “unbelievably beautiful,” there’s the big Grand Canyon / Lake Powell trip offered later this semester, one of many trips, big and small, offered:

Southwest U.S. Canyon Expedition

  • May 8-17
  • Looking for a multi-day adventure to kick-start your summer? Join Outdoor Adventures and explore the most spectacular canyons in the United States. Filled with history, culture, and great geological significance, the Grand Canyon & Lake Powell are a great attraction.
  • OA will trek into the Grand Canyon and spend several days exploring the unique desert wilderness by foot. The area you would travel provides spectacular views of the Colorado River, as well as the spring foliage of the desert, including prickly pear and yellow yucca. Evenings will be spent under the stars atop a mesa and other geological features.
  • Then OA will swap packs for paddles and explore Lake Powell, the second-largest reservoir in the United States. Lake Powell offers a surreal landscape of crystal-clear lake surrounded by colorful canyons, peaks and buttes. Days will be spent exploring, by kayak, the far reaches and slot canyons of this expansive lake. Nights will be spent camping on the sandy shores surrounded by the steep canyon walls.
  • Experience the area through backpacking, camping, and kayaking.
  • Student Cost: $1,175 Faculty/Staff/Guests: $1,275
  • Cost includes round-trip group airfare, meals (except on travel days), permit fees, camping/lodging fees, ground transportation, activity equipment and instruction.

Contact UNCG Outdoor Adventures for more information.

  1. Phone: 334-4033
  2. Email: uncg_oa@uncg.edu
  3. Web: campusrec.uncg.edu/programs/outdoor
  4. Schedule showing upcoming trips, from Lake Brandt canoeing to an Appalachian Trail jaunt: http://campusrec.uncg.edu/programs/outdoor/trips/
  5. Facebook: UNCG Outdoor Adventures (includes pictures from all the trips)
  6. Stop by OA in the Student Recreation Center, noon-6 p.m.

By Mike Harris
Visual: An earlier OA trip to Grand Canyon

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Notes: January 26, 2011

R. David Sprinkle joining Board of Trustees David Sprinkle, retired CEO of The Todd Organization Inc., has been named to the UNCG Board of Trustees. He will fill the expiring term of trustee Stephen C. Hassenfelt. Sprinkle’s business career was with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company from 1970 to 2006, and with the Todd Organization Inc., an executive benefits planning company, from 1981 to 2006. Sprinkle currently serves as co-chair of the UNCG Board of Visitors. He serves on the Davidson College Board of Trustees chairing the Audit & Budget Committee and serving on the Executive and Presidential Search Committees. Sprinkle also chairs the National Advisory Board of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He is a 1966 graduate of Davidson College. He went on to earn an MBA in marketing from UNC Chapel Hill in 1968 and an MS in financial services from The American College in 1978. He served with the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1970, receiving a bronze star for his service as a first lieutenant in Vietnam.

Interior Architecture will join College of Arts & Sciences The Department of Interior Architecture, currently housed in the School of Human Environmental Sciences, will join the College of Arts & Sciences, with an effective date of July 1, 2011. The Interior Architecture department head, Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker, following discussions among her faculty and with Dean Tim Johnston, Dean Laura Sims, Provost Perrin and the Academic Restructuring Committee, requested approval for this move. Johnston took the request to the College Administrative Council. It supported the request. The provost is appointing a transition team to work out the administrative details of the move. A more comprehensive story will be posted on the University News web page.

Sustainability shorts film competition The UNCG Sustainability Committee, Office of Sustainability and WUAG present the second annual sustainability shorts film competition. Prizes will be awarded to winners: $500, $300, $200 or equipment of equivalent value. You are eligible if you 1) Create a short film about sustainability (shorter than 10 mins) and 2) Turn it (and form) in to Sarah Dorsey by Feb. 25. For rules and application form, go to: http://www.uncg.edu/fac/sustainability/ and click on Community Engagement or contact Sarah Dorsey at 4-5610 or sbdorsey@uncg.edu. The entries will be screened as part of the UNCG Sustainability Film Series at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at 6:30 on the evenings of March 24 and 25. Judging will be based upon criteria that will include, but not be limited to, concept, cinematography, acting, production quality, costuming, and writing.

READ posters The Student Government Association (SGA) and University Libraries have partnered to promote literacy with the unveiling of SGA READ Posters. For over thirty years, the American Library Association has created celebrity READ Posters. The University Libraries create READ Posters each year to honor faculty on their attainment of promotion or tenure, and were excited to work with SGA on student-focused posters. Megan George, SGA Publicity Chair, approached the University Libraries about the project after seeing the READ posters of Chancellor Brady and former Chancellor Sullivan hanging in Jackson Library. The SGA READ Posters will be displayed in the Information Commons area of Jackson Library, near the EUC Connector entrance. The posters feature members of the 88th SGA Session, including President Katie Marshall and Vice President Jeff Hux. Each poster depicts a student holding their favorite book, from children’s classics such as “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak to political classics such as Barry Goldwater’s “The Conscience of a Conservative.” Each student also wrote a statement about the significance of the books in their lives, a snippet of which is included on the poster. When the 2010-2011 SGA Senate term concludes, posters of members of the 89th Session will be displayed, and the SGA and University Libraries plan to continue the partnership.

Budget outlook A new UNCG budget site update provides detailed state revenue outlook: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/RevenueOutlookJan11.pdf

250-pint goal set for blood drive Schedule your donation appointment and help the EUC reach its 250-pint goal for February. The drive will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. in Elliott University Center, Cone Ballroom. All presenting donors for the November EUC Blood Drive will be entered for the chance to win a pair of Delta Air Lines tickets! Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking. For more information, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/blooddrive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships The Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting proposals for the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Research Assistantship program. Proposals deadline is Jan. 28 for those requesting the first funding period of summer I and/or summer II. The next proposal deadline is March 18 for those requesting the first funding period of fall 2011 and/or spring 2012. The URA program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on his/her research, scholarship or creative activity. Students may earn up to $3,000 ($1,500 per funding period) for their work. A presentation of research findings must be displayed at the Undergraduate Research Expo, UNCG’s celebration of undergraduate research held in the spring semester. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/our/URAindex.html or call OUR at 4-44776.

Spartan Summit 13th Annual Rock Climbing Competition Hosted by UNCG Outdoor Adventures, the competition will be Feb. 26 at Student Recreation Center. The cost is $10. Register at Outdoor Adventures by Feb. 1 and receive a free t-shirt. Climbers compete in either beginner, intermediate or advanced levels in both men’s and women’s categories. Last year every climber walked away with a prize, such as great climbing gear, outdoor apparel, and gift certificates from local and corporate sponsors.

The Carver Institute on Experiential Education is scheduled for Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Piney Lake. This interactive workshop explores the theory and practice of how our teaching methods do and can better educate students to be responsible in their communities, participate in civic programs and develop the capacities to pursue just solutions in our society. It is sponsored by ELC. Contact the leader of this initiative, Dr. Marin Burton, director of Team QUEST, at meburto4@uncg.edu for more information.

Career Expo Krispy Kreme and WXLV-TV will be among the many representatives from government, business, industry, health, communications, non-profit organizations and graduate and professional schools at February’s Career Expo. The will meet with students and alumni in Cone Ballroom of EUC, Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 12:30 p.m.– 4 p.m.. This year’s fair, sponsored by the Career Services Center. UNCG students in all majors as well as alumni can learn about careers and internships. Students should bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally. Professional attire is at least business casual—no blue jeans, please. The Career Services Center values faculty participation; your participation can greatly assist in developing solid relationships between employers and UNCG. Additionally, a demonstration of faculty support encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information, contact Lisa Tandan at 4-5454 or e-mail lctandan@uncg.edu. A listing of participating universities, companies, and agencies can be found at http://csc.dept.uncg.edu/.

Ping-pong, anyone? This semester, Campus Recreation is once again running an intramural table tennis league and will also be starting up a brand new intramural racquetball league. This is a great way to stay active in a fun way and meet people with a love for the game. Registration for table tennis and racquetball opens Monday, Feb. 24, and closes Friday, Jan. 28. To sign up, please come to the fourth floor office at the Student Recreation Center between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Both singles and doubles leagues will be available. Cost is $5 per person per sport. The leagues will consist of one match per week on a “Play By” schedule. This means you will be responsible for contacting your opponent(s) to determine a day, time, and location to play your match and report your score before the “Play By” deadline that week. The leagues will run for approximately five weeks with a single elimination playoff tournament at the end. Intramural sports are open to all currently enrolled fee paying students and faculty/staff members with a current SRC membership. More information is at http://campusrec.uncg.edu/programs/intramurals/

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Newsmakers: January 26, 2011

Charles Courtemanche, Geoffrey Bayme, researchers involved with JSNN, Thom Little, Tom Martinek, Celia Hooper, Bonita Brown, Fred Patrick, Robert Wineburg, Odell Cleveland and Kathleen Macfie are among UNCG individuals recently in the news.

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Announcements: January 26, 2011

The Search Committee for the Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Vice Chancellor (CDO/AVC) position is pleased to announce that it has identified four potential candidates for the position. The following four candidates have been extended campus visits:

  • Dr. Ken D. Coopwood, Director of Diversity and Equity, and Assistant to the Chancellor, Indiana University Northwest
  • Dr. Beverly Edmonds, Visiting Scholar, Clark Atlanta University (Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Alabama A&M University)
  • Dr. Becky Petitt, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Texas A&M University
  • Atty. Marjorie L. Powell, Consultant (Former Director, Institutional diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action, Georgetown University)

The visitation itineraries and CVs will be posted on the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion web site as well as the Provost’s Office web site prior to their visits, according to the committee. The preliminary campus visitation dates are as follows:

  • January 31- February 1 (arrive on January 30) – Dr. Ken Coopwood
  • February 7 -8 (Arrive on February 6) – Dr. Beverly Edmonds
  • February 14-15 (arrive on February 13) – Dr. Becky Pititt
  • February 16-17 (arrive on February 15) – Atty. Marjorie Powell

The CDO/AVC Search Committee examined 162 CVs and interviewed eight potential candidates via teleconference prior to selecting the four above finalists for further consideration, says Dr. Gwendolyn S. O’Neal, chair of the search committee.

Looking ahead: January 26-February 2, 2011

Lecture, Dr. Geoffrey Dunbar, “Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Drug Delivery Efforts”
Wednesday, Jan. 26, noon, Dogwood Room, EUC

Conference, Promoting Child and Family Well-being in Context of Economic Challenge
Friday, Jan. 28, 8 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Music, Nancy Green and Jeremy Thompson, cello and piano recital
Friday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Theatre, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
Saturday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Music, Western Brass Quintet
Monday, Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Blood drive
Tuesday, Feb. 1, all day, Cone Ballroom, EUC

Talk, “Why do my prescription drugs cost so much?” Dr. J. Phillip Bowen
Tuesday, Feb. 1, Green Bean, Elm St., 7:30 p.m. Part of ‘Science on Tap’

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Wrestling vs. Liberty
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Appalachian St.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu