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Agee Nears 600

020211Headline_LynneAgeeLynne Agee currently stands at 599 career wins, one shy of her 600th career victory. CW spoke with the women’s basketball coach last week, and it was clear she was interested in talking about her players, not about career wins.

“This is not a goal,” she said, adding that everyone wants to win. But the players win the games. “They have to put the ball in the hole.”

“It’s an honor, that I’m approaching this milestone,” she’d said. It speaks to the quality of the players and the program, she said. “I’m indebted to them.”

She quickly moved the topic to this year’s team, and the challenge at hand.

It’s a special team, “a hard-working team.”

The three seniors on the team, Monique Floyd, Kendra Smith and Amanda Leigh, are a special group. “Big hearts, these three seniors.”

Monique Floyd was SoCon defensive player of the year as a sophomore, and in addition to her tenacious defense has been their leading scorer this year. “Clearly our go-to player,” Agee said. “[She] takes it on her shoulders.”

On Monday, Jan. 31, Floyd reached the 1,000 point mark for her career.

As Agee spoke with CW last week, the team had just completed its first round of SoCon play. They won their first five and currently stand at 7-6 in the SoCon. At the same time, she has secured two great guard recruits for next year to blend with a maturing group of post players, who are gaining experience as the season progresses. The team looks good for the next few years, she said.

Why is she a coach? She has always been a teacher, she said – “all I wanted to be.” Her degree was in Phys Ed. She taught high school phys ed for seven years and began to coach tennis and basketball at a college.

With coaching, more so than with regular school teaching, you get to share what’s going on in the young persons’ lives, she said.

There’s a bond.

“Like the surrogate mom – we’re someone they can come to.”

Her focus is not on milestones – it’s on the challenge at hand.

As for the prospective 600-career-victory milestone – one that only 13 active Division I women’s basketball coaches possess?

“I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve had terrific players.”

All women’s basketball games are free for faculty and staff with UNCG ID.

You have several more opportunities to cheer on the players and Agee, including the next home game, which features a special offer for faculty and staff:

  • Monday, Feb. 7, at noon, “Faculty/staff lunch with the Spartans” Faculty and staff are invited for a free lunch on Monday, Feb. 7, at noon as UNCG hosts Western Carolina in Fleming Gym. The free lunch will be provided during pregame to all faculty and staff who RSVP by Feb. 4 to Lauren Beasley at lebeasle@uncg.edu. All faculty and staff receive free admission to all women’s basketball regular-season home games. Lunch will be offered starting at 11 a.m. – you can get it on the second floor then enjoy it as you watch the game – and continue through halftime.
  • Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m., PinkZone breast cancer awareness – The team hosts the College of Charleston, as all donations collected will benefit breast cancer research. Giveaways for the first fans to arrive will include pink T-shirts and pink pom-poms.
  • Saturday, Feb. 19, Chattanooga at 2 p.m. – Special recognition of three seniors (Senior Day), plus it’s the annual Pack the House Challenge
  • Monday, Feb. 21, Samford at 3 p.m. – Final home game of season

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy UNCG Athletics

Next Fall: Early/Middle College of Health Sciences

020211Feature_GCSGuilford County high school students interested in health careers will soon have the option of going to school on the UNCG campus. Guilford County Schools (GCS) and UNCG are creating an early/middle college focused on health sciences that will open in the fall.

The early/middle college at UNCG will allow high school students to graduate with up to two years of transferable college credit and to explore a variety of health careers, including human services as well as medical fields, through a work-study program. Tuition-free early/middle colleges provide extra support for students who may be disengaged or who may struggle to adapt to the traditional high school setting.

“This partnership will benefit both the school district and UNCG, providing our faculty and students opportunities for community-engaged scholarship and mentoring,” said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “School districts, like universities, are becoming more flexible to meet the needs of the 21st century. We’re proud to expand our longstanding collaboration with Guilford County Schools and to expand the choices available to high school students and their families.”

The school will enroll up to 50 ninth-graders in fall 2011 and will add as many as 50 more ninth-graders in each of the three following years for a total enrollment of 200. Staffing will grow from three full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching positions in the first year to 12 FTE teaching positions in the fourth year.

Funding for the school is expected to include federal dollars from the district’s Race to the Top grant and GCS Title I dropout prevention funds in addition to a donation from Businesses for Excellence in Education.

“Our experience shows that these schools work, and work well, for many students who may not have been successful in other settings,” said GCS Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green. “During tough budget times, it’s even more important to use proven ideas to expand educational opportunities for our students. We appreciate UNCG’s willingness to partner with us to create this new school.”

The UNCG representatives on the committee that prepared the plan for the school were Tom Martinek, professor of kinesiology; Celia Hooper, dean of the School of Health and Human Performance; and Bonita Brown, chief of staff. Martinek will serve as the school’s UNCG liaison.

The proposal has received enthusiastic support from local health care providers, including Moses Cone and High Point Regional health systems. Moses Cone, for instance, has 300 job openings, many requiring the knowledge and skills students will learn at the new school, according to Noel Burt, the health system’s executive vice president of administrative services.

The program at UNCG will be the eighth early/middle college in Guilford County. The others are located at Bennett College, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Guilford Technical Community College – where there are three – and N.C. A&T State University.

The district’s fair for magnet and choice schools, including early/middle colleges, will be 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion. GCS will accept early/middle college applications Feb. 19-March 18 for the 2011-12 academic year. For more information, parents should contact the GCS Magnet Office at 378-8832.

By Dan Nonte
Visual of Superintendent Maurice Brown at a recent event is courtesy Guilford County Schools

The Black Power Movement That Few Know

020211Feature_MLKCollageThe collapse of Reconstruction was not the end of African-American political activism in the South during the late 19th century as it is often portrayed – far from it, argues Dr. Omar Ali (African American Studies) in his new book, “In the Lion’s Mouth: Black Populism in the New South, 1886-1900.”

Black populism, an independent political movement of African-American farmers, sharecroppers and agrarian workers distinct from the white populist movement of the same period, was the largest black movement in the South until the rise of the modern civil rights movement, says the historian and associate professor in the African American Studies Program.

“After Reconstruction ended in 1877, African Americans in the South regrouped,” says Ali. “Black populists formed alliances with white populists and challenged the Democratic Party, a party of wealthy interests and white supremacy. They failed, but many of their demands would be enacted within a generation by the New Deal – so in some ways they were laying the groundwork for changes that came to pass.”

Published by University Press of Mississippi, “In the Lion’s Mouth” describes how the independent movement grew out of established networks of black churches and fraternal organizations in the region. From 1886 to 1900 African-Americans established farming cooperatives, raised money for schools, published newspapers, lobbied for legislation, protested the convict lease system and helped to launch the People’s Party.

“Ali correctly resists the common tendency to either see black populists as an offshoot of the white populist movement, or a failed effort at interracial organizing,” writes Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley in the book’s foreword. “Rather, he paints a compelling portrait of an independent movement. … Ali flips the script, if you will, and compels us to rethink the entire history of late 19th century Southern politics.”

In North Carolina, black and white populists formed an alliance that won control of the state legislature in 1894 and the governor’s office in 1896. The bloody Wilmington Riot of 1898 was a response by the Democratic Party to retake state control. The incident would signal the demise of black populism in North Carolina, and soon across the region.

A frequent commentator in the national media, with political analysis offered on CNN and NPR, among other networks, Ali sees similarities between the Democratic Party’s virtual monopoly in the South during the late 19th century and the dominance of the Democratic and Republican parties in the nation today. In both cases, entrenched parties have blocked important reforms, he says.

“It’s been the outsiders, the independents, who have been at the forefront of critical changes in American history, from the abolition of slavery to labor rights, from women’s right to vote to civil rights. All of these things came from outside forces, independents and third parties, until they were co-opted by the parties in power.

“What independents, black and white, are doing now is challenging the political control of the two major parties on the electoral process. In that way, they share a history with the populists of a century ago.”

Ali, a former Fulbright scholar with research awards from Harvard University and the University of South Carolina, previously taught in the History Department at Towson University in Maryland and has served as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he received his PhD in history from Columbia University, where he wrote his dissertation on black populism under the supervision of Dr. Eric Foner.

Ali is also the author of “In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third Party Movements in the United States” (Ohio University Press, 2008), which was described as a “landmark work” by The National Political Science Review.

By Dan Nonte
Collage: African-American populist leaders of the period: (top row, l-r) Rev. G. W. Lowe, President of the Colored Agricultural Wheel, AK; Rev. Walter A. Pattillo, Colored Farmers Alliance State Lecturer, NC; John B. Rayner, Executive Committee of the People’s Party, TX; Rev. Henry S. Doyle, People’s Party organizer, GA; (bottom, l-r) Lutie A. Lytle, Assistant Enrolling Clerk of the People’s Party, KS; Richard M. Humphrey, Gen. Superintendent of the Colored Farmers Alliance, TX; Hon. George Washington Murray, State Lecturer of the Colored Farmers Alliance, SC; Rev. John Simpson Jackson, Colored Farmers Alliance President, AL.

Heart Walk Teams Now Forming

020211NewsAndNotes_HeartWalkUNCG faculty, staff and students have been strong supporters of the American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk for many years by raising money and walking, Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples (New Student & Spartan Family Programs) notes. [Read more…]

Faculty Artists Present Dance Concert Feb. 11-12

The Department of Dance will present an evening of original work by faculty artists at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12, in Aycock Auditorium. [Read more…]

Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choral Ensembles

The UNCG Symphony Orchestra and combined choral ensembles will present a concert Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3:30 p.m. [Read more…]

Campus People: February 2, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Jane Myers – Dr. Roy Schwartzman [Read more…]

See/Hear: February 2, 2011

The University Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award recognizes student work that has demonstrated excellent use of library and information resources. University Libraries are soliciting submissions from work completed in Spring, Summer or Fall 2010. Submissions for projects from last spring, summer or fall are being accepted. It includes a $500 award.

Deadline for submission is March 1. More information is at http://library.uncg.edu/info/undergraduate_research_award.aspx.

Listen to an interview with Mary Robinson, winner of the first University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, in 2010, and her professor Dr. Christine Woodward (Theatre). http://iminervapodcast.blogspot.com/

While you are there at the Libaries’ site, check out other video and audio, such as a clip from the most recent Game Night there.

Announcements: February 2, 2011

A note to the campus community from Dean Steve Roberson, chair of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs positionsearch committee:

Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the search committee (Steve Roberson, Chair; Brett Carter; John Gamble; Chris Gregory; Jeanne Irwin-Olson; Katie Marshall; Kim Record; and Steve Serck) for the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs position has identified three candidates for campus interviews.

February 14 and 15: Dr. Cherry Callahan
Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
UNCG

February 21 and 22: Dr. Brent Paterson
Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Illinois State University

February 23 and 24: Dr. Brian Haynes
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Clayton State University

Please go to the following site, where you will find c.v.’s, itineraries and evaluation forms for the candidates: http://provost.uncg.edu/public/vcsa/

Steve Roberson
Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Looking ahead: February 2-9, 2011

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

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

Art reception, Ignite Greensboro’s “The Black Marker Project”
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center, EUC.

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

Opera, “Die Fledermaus”
Friday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Wrestling vs. Chattanooga
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m.

Music, Blakemore Trio, from the Blair School of Music
Sunday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Women’s basketball vs. Western Carolina (free lunch for fac/staff with RSVP)
Monday, Feb. 7, noon, Fleming Gym – see CW feature story for details.

Men’s basketball vs. The Citadel
Monday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Talk, “North Carolina’s Oldest Roads”
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Hodges’ Reading Room, Jackson Library.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Notes: February 2, 2011

NotesIconStormReady UNCG has been accredited as a StormReady University by the National Weather Service. UNCG is the third campus in the UNC System to receive this accreditation, and the first in this region. ECU and UNC Wilmington have received it. This accreditation demonstrates a community’s commitment to preparedness in preparing for severe weather, as well as other related emergencies and disasters. The application process for this accreditation included many components, some of which include emergency notification capabilities, emergency plans/planning efforts, training and communications. The accreditation acknowledges the efforst put forth by EPART, the UNCG Police Department and other departments in making the campus community a safe place to work and learn. The National Weather Service will conduct a small recognition ceremony, Feb. 9, 9 a.m, in the Virginia Dare Room of Alumni House. The campus community is welcome to attend. Those with questions may email jsmarshb@uncg.edu. More information is at http://www.stormready.noaa.gov

The MFA Writing Program’s distinguished visiting writers’ series schedule has been announced, including a reading by Michael Parker. See it at http://mfagreensboro.org/mfa-series.html.

G Live on Weekends – silent disco Want to keep abreast of more of what’s happening on campus on weekends? Campus Activities & Program’s UNCGlow (G Live on Weekends) Facebook page is one way. It’s at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/uncglow. For example, it alerts you to the Silent Disco at EUC Auditorium Friday night, Feb. 4. There’ll be no audible music – everyone will be dancing to the music transmitted to their headphones. It promises to be something to see (not to hear). Their weekly podcast is at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/uncglow.

Book talk on Malcolm X, religion Dr. William Hart (Religious Studies) will discuss his book “Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis,” Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC. “Black Religion” explores the complexity of the black spiritual imagination using the autobiographies of three prominent religious leaders, according to details provided by Jeffrey Coleman. Hart argues that the Muslim, Judaic and Buddhist commitments of these autobiographers show that the black spiritual imagination—religious, political, and personal—cannot be limited to the standard narrative of Black Religion, nor can spirituality be limited to religion.

35 inducted into business honor society Thirty-five students and a prominent Greensboro entrepreneur have been inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society by the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is an international honor society for business students, and membership is the highest scholastic honor a student in business can obtain. To be eligible, students must rank in the upper 10 percent of their junior and senior classes and the upper 20 percent of their graduate class. They must also attend schools that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Honorary membership was awarded to Alicia Fields-Minkins, a 1986 UNCG graduate who is managing partner at EJ’s Staffing Services, Inc. in Greensboro. Fields-Minkins is a board member of the UNCG Excellence Foundation and UNCG Bryan School Alumni Board. She is actively involved with United Way of Greater Greensboro, Triad Girl Scouts, the UNCG Black Alumni Council and the UNCG Alumni Association, and has received numerous awards for entrepreneurship and women in business.

“North Carolina’s Oldest Roads” will be presented by Tom Magnuson, founder and president of the Trading Path Association on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. This presentation is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. The Hodges Reading Room displays two early historic maps of North Carolina, the Collet map of 1770 and the Mouzon map of 1775. These maps indicate the presence of the Trading Path from the Eno River near present-day Durham to the Yadkin River west of present-day Winston-Salem. Tom Magnuson, president of the Trading Path Association, has spent much time mapping and documenting the course of the Trading Path from its historical remains in the landscape of the Piedmont. He will discuss colonial and early American trade routes in the area and share insight about how and why our contemporary roads sometimes follow the old routes. The close historical relationship of roads and trade routes will be discussed.

How to deepen UNCG’s community engagement The lecture “Anchor Institutions: Learning to Mobilize Our Intellectual, Financial and Institutional Assets Within Our Community” will be presented 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, Maple Room, EUC. As an anchor institution in the larger Triad community, UNCG has a responsibility to leverage its assets for strategic economic and community development. Hillary Kane, director of the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND), will speak at this breakfast program about the role of academic institutions as collaborators, conveners and facilitators. This is an open session designed to explore high-impact ways of deepening community engagement. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP to Selena Hilemon at sjhilemo@uncg.edu or 265-1484. PHENND is a consortium of 32 institutions of higher education in the greater Philadelphia region that seeks to help campuses connect to their communities through mutually beneficial service and service-learning partnerships. Since Kane joined PHENND in 1999, it has increased its membership, developed new multi-university programs and partnerships, and become a leader in the field of service-learning. Kane serves as a co-chair of the Pennsylvania K-12 Learn & Serve Advisory Board and Executive Board of the Penn State Cooperative Extension for Philadelphia County.

Telerehabilitation session Feb. 18 Faculty, staff and students can attend a free presentation on “Telerehabilitation: Leveraging Advancements in Technology to Improve Access to Rehabilitation Services” from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in Room 100, Ferguson Building. The event will cover the uses of videoconferencing to aid patients at home, school, clinic or workplace. Speaking will be David Brennan, a senior research engineer with the Center for Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, in Washington, DC. He has done research on the subject since 1999, focusing on the development and use of interactive, computer-based tools for telerehabilitation. Topics will include the evolution of technologies, including the range of telemedicine applications they support, challenges to delivering patient care, description of current applications in different clinical disciplines, and understanding some of the remaining obstacles to a broader adoption. It is sponsored by the School of HHP Dean’s Office, HHP Office of Research and UNCG Speech & Hearing Program.

Coupon makeover workshop Do you routinely save 50-75% on your grocery bill? If not, you may want a “coupon makeover.” The Staff Senate Professional and Personal Development Committee is hosting a Coupon Makeover Class on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. in 225 Curry Building, led by Angela Newsom. This is an introductory class for those who see grocery shoppers that save hundreds of dollars while shopping, but don’t know the “how to.” This Coupon makeover class will teach you how to make the most of spending less, perhaps even getting free groceries. Register for the class online at staffsenate.uncg.edu. Seating is limited. To get a sneak peak at the materials covered in the class, visit www.couponmakeover.com.

Men’s basketball wins four out of five That very challenging early season schedule for the men’s team appears to be paying off. Their non-conference schedule was among the most difficult in Div. I play, and they did not win until their 16th game of the season. They’ve now won 4 of their last five, the loss being a classic double-overtime game on the road against division-leading Chattanooga, where UNCG set a number of school records. They have four more home games, including tonight [Feb. 2] against Appalachian State at 7 p.m. See schedule.