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SpartanFest Fun and Games

020310Headline_BasketballA free pre-game SpartanFest carnival. Plus a tailgating competition between student groups. All culminating in a basketball match-up between the UNCG and Appalachian State men’s teams. That’s what’s on tap this Monday, Feb. 8, at the Greensboro Coliseum. It promises to be the most popular Southern Conference game of the season. The Spartans, 4-6 in the SoCon and 5-16 overall, have won three straight games in the Coliseum.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Those with questions about tickets may email the ticket office.

The free, family-friendly SpartanFest will be held in the Pavilion at the Coliseum. It will last from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will feature large inflatable games with a basketball theme, a d.j. and more.

Fans are welcome to tailgate in the parking lot, as well. Student tailgating teams will be judged on creativity, presence and school spirit. Phi Mu won last year.

The game will feature giveaway and halftime entertainment.

Various groups throughout campus have launched what they call “Operation 2010.” The goal is to ensure at least 2010 students attend the game, hopefully more. The game is one of the featured events of Winterfest 2010

The Campus Activities Board-sponsored Winterfest 2010 bears the theme ‘Walking in a Spartan Wonderland.”

It includes such student activities as an ice skating party, a dating game event, a sold-out Melanie Fiona concert and a Super Bowl party.

The NC Challenge Step Show, presented by Phi Beta Sigma, will be in Aycock Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

A Sit-Ins Celebration

020310Feature3_WoolworthsA lot of events will mark Black History Month. The month began bright and early Feb. 1 with a ribbon-cutting at the historic Woolworth’s on Elm Street.

Due to the snowstorm, UNCG was closed that day. The march from UNCG to Woolworth’s, scheduled for noon, was cancelled. But a number of individuals from UNCG were able to attend the 8 a.m. ceremony dedicating the new International Civil Rights Center and Museum. It is located where four African-American college students began a sit-in at a whites-only lunch counter, which sparked similar protests throughout the South.

“The work begun in this building is unfinished,” Gov. Beverly Purdue said. “The work goes on.” Museum founders and elected officials were joined by three of the surviving four students.

As the ribbon was cut, some in the large crowd spontaneously and briefly shouted “Aggie Pride! Aggie Pride!” It was a reminder that the four freshmen who launched the sit-in at the Elm Street Woolworth’s lunch counter were NC A&T freshmen. Most everyone in attendance, it seemed, on that Feb. 1 day – the 50th anniversary of the day the freshmen began the sit-in – was an Aggie in spirit.

“It was a very special event,” UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady said, noting that Provost Perrin attended as well. “I was incredibly moved by Franklin McCain’s remarks, and his charge to all of us to continue the fight for equal opportunity and justice,” she said. McCain was one of the four students who requested service at the lunch counter, exactly 50 years earlier. “Closing my eyes and listening to his voice, I could envision the young NC A&T student who had the courage to stand up for what is right in the face of tremendous odds.”

Mike Tarrant, UNCG’s special assistant for federal relations, serves as the university’s primary liaison with federal elected and appointed officials. He had arrived early to get a good view at the “joyous occasion … an historic moment for the community as a whole,” and he was also moved by McCain’s remarks, one line in particular: “Don’t ever request permission to start a revolution, because people don’t like change.”

Dr. Tara Green, director of the African American Studies program, reflected how everyone had stood huddled together in the cold, joined in unity to see the opening of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

“I want students to remember that students started a movement that civil rights leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., found inspirational. I want them to know that they too can inspire those how have come before them. I want them to think about the meaning of Dr. Franklin McCain’s words, “Don’t wait for the masses.”

Dr. Spoma Jovanovik, associate professor of communication students, braved the cold as well. “It was great, exciting, inspiring and historic, wasn’t it?”

She reflected on the new center and museum. “I’m so happy that our community was able to pull together, secure the necessary financial resources, and finally pay proper tribute to the work of students in this city to launch a major social change initiative. … What the Greensboro Four did in 1960 ought to be the model for what we do today to challenge unfair practices wherever they exist.”

Jovanovik called attention to three of the UNCG students she saw there: Zim Ugochukwu, Kaira Wagoner and Alex Babic. They carry the same torch. “Zim, Kaira and Alex are devoted to efforts to support the International Civil Rights Museum, encourage the full support of the City Council to use the findings of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report, and make global connections to local concerns … Those are important and noble pursuits.”

Kwadjo Steele, assistant athletic director for student welfare, picked up on that point, as he reflected on the event honoring the courage of the four A&T freshmen. “These were students! It shows the potential of these young people we work with every day.”

Visual: A moment after the ribbon-cutting, Mike Tarrant (center, right) speaks with associates. Around 3,000 were estimated to be in attendance, according to one news source.

Notes

NotesIconGerontology The Triad Retirement Living Association (TRLA) presents the UNCG Gerontology Program with funds toward a gerontology graduate student’s educational expenses. The award is given to a continuing gerontology graduate student who is committed to the well-being of older adults and enhancing the lives, policies and environments of older adults and society in general. Jessica Mroz, pursuing the MS in Gerontology degree, is TRLA’s first 2009-2010 award recipient.

In memoriam Madge Hubbard died Jan. 14, of cancer. She was employed in the UNC system for over 17 years. From 2006, she served as the director of the UNC Exchange Program (UNC-EP), housed at UNCG.  She was former Deputy Director of Study Abroad at UNC Chapel Hill.

Pink Zone Women’s basketball returns to action Saturday, Feb. 6, when the team will host Davidson at 3 p.m. at Fleming Gym. The game will be the Spartans’ annual Pink Zone game, to raise awareness about breast cancer. It will also be Coach Lynne Agee’s 900th career contest.

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Gerontology services Erin Russell King, social research associate with the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services and an alumnus of the UNCG Gerontology Program, will present an update on state-wide planning for aging services across North Carolina and talk about her career path.  She will highlight communities and businesses deemed “senior friendly.” The talk will be Thursday, Feb. 18, at 4:30 p.m., MHRA, Room 2210.

Results of Zanmi-UNCG Fundraiser

020310NewsAndNotes_HaitiThe Zanmi-UNCG fundraiser Thursday, Jan. 28 to raise awareness and money to support earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti was a big success.

All proceeds from the event, which featured a silent auction and raffle, will go to Partners In Health, an international medical relief agency with a long track record of work in Haiti. [Read more…]

Black History Month’s Slate of Events

A stepshow and several lectures and discussions are slated for February, to mark Black History Month. [Read more…]

Great Conversations

Several “Great Conversation” lectures are on tap this semester, sponsored by the Philosophy Department and Phi Sigma Tau Honor society. [Read more…]

Community Engagement Scholar Speaks, Conducts Workshops

Dr. Amy Driscoll, a scholar with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will present two addresses and a series of workshops Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 16-17, on the topic “Institutional Strategies for Supporting Community-Engaged Scholarship.” [Read more…]

SoCon Academic All-Conference Honors

Twenty-four Spartan student-athletes were among 316 that earned Southern Conference Academic All-Conference honors for the fall 2009 season. [Read more…]

Food for Fines, at University Libraries

Help feed Greensboro this Valentines Day. From Feb. 8-14, Jackson Library and Music Library patrons may pay their overdue book fines with canned food. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: Feb. 3 – Feb. 11, 2010

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

Lecture, “The Civil War in Modern Eyes,” Dr. Thomas Brown
Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room, Thursday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.

Artist talk, followed by opening reception, for “Existed: Leonardo Drew”
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Friday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. Davidson
Fleming Gym, Saturday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Appalachian State, preceded by SpartanFest
Greensboro Coliseum, Monday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m. (SpartanFest begins at 4:30 p.m.)

Conversation, Barack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father”
Kirkland Room, EUC, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Alumni House, Thursday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Conscience As Guide

020310Feature2_McGovernWhen you’re known as the “conscience of the Democratic Party” – with regular op-ed pieces on current events in major newspapers – people are keenly interested in your views.

A large group from the campus community and wider community gathered in Jackson Library to hear former senator and 1972 presidential nominee George McGovern speak about Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 27. McGovern has written a book titled “Abraham Lincoln.” The talk was held in conjunction with the Lincoln-focused exhibition “Forever Free.”

Provost David H. Perrin introduced him. They’d had lunch together, Perrin said. “I can attest to his political convictions.”

Perrin noted he had been UNCG’s commencement speaker in 1969.

McGovern acknowledged that, saying, “I want to pick up where I left off.”

He spoke of his love of libraries and books. And spoke specifically about Lincoln. “He read everything he could get his hands on … King James Bible, Aesop’s fables, Pilgrim’s Progress, Shakespeare.” Lincoln was reading till the day he died.

Lincoln did not like manual work, but he worked tirelessly on his speeches. “He worked on those speeches night and day.” He’d write a draft, then call in cabinet members for their input and reaction. They’d take notes, give comments. For example, Secretary of State William Seward suggested the phrase “better angels of our nature” when he heard a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural address.

Lincoln battled with depression, McGovern said. McGovern’s daughter Terri died as a result of depression and alcoholism. It shows the strength of Lincoln, he said, who refrained from alcohol, that he was able to cope without the treatments and medications that are available today.

Lincoln’s greatest achievement was not the Emancipation Proclamation, McGovern said. “It was saving the Union – that’s what the war was all about.”

An audience member asked McGovern what he would have done as president at that time, what would he have been? “I may very well have been an abolitionist,” he said. But Lincoln was a cagey politician, he added. “Sometimes you have to be that way.”

McGovern touched on the need to address world hunger. 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. He ended a question and answer session with a story about a bomb from his plane obliterating a particular Austrian farmhouse, which nagged at him for decades. He told the story on a European television station, not so long ago. An older farmer called his hotel late that night. “That was my farm, “he said. “We saw the bomber coming. We got in a ditch. No one got hurt. … Tell the senator to forget about it.”

McGovern’s Jackson Library talk was the first of two on January 27. He also spoke at the screening of Matt Barr’s “Hungry for Green” documentary.

The Five Spot

020310FiveSpot_CottrellSarah Cottrell is a house worker at Alumni House. She has been there since the mid 1990s. Among her responsibilities, she hosts and works events there throughout the year, of all types. “We do lots of weddings,” she says, at least 10-15 a year, and most request that she be the host. “My job is fun,” she says. “It’s a joy.” She notes you have to be protective of all the antique furniture at these events. One of her sons, Paul Irving Bigelow, Jr., works in Facilities Operations as a general utility worker. [Read more…]

Announcements – February 3, 2010

The University Libraries have established an Undergraduate Research Award to recognize student work that has demonstrated excellent use of library and information resources. They are soliciting submissions from work completed in Spring, Summer or Fall 2009. [Read more…]

Campus People – February 3, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Linda Rupert – Dr. Bei WuDr. Brad Johnson [Read more…]

Falk Visiting Artist’s Gallery Talk, Lecture

020310EyeOnArts_AshkinFalk Visiting Artist Michael Ashkin will deliver a gallery talk and artist lecture Feb. 10 and 11. [Read more…]

Society of Composers Regional Conference

Ten concerts on campus this week will include music of composers around the country. The concerts will also include School of Music performers and regional artists such as the Red Clay Sax Quartet, UNCG Cassella Sinfonietta, UNCG Jazz Ensemble, Skin Ensemble, Blue Mountain Ensemble and the guest appearance of the Westhuizen Duo. [Read more…]