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Provost Updates Trustees Committee on Academic Restructuring

Provost David H. Perrin provided an update on Academic Restructuring for a committee meeting of the UNCG Board of Trustees Tuesday, Feb. 8. [Read more…]

Announcements: February 9, 2011

Currently, 34 individuals – such as alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the university – serve as mentors for the first class of UNCG Guarantee scholars.

The UNCG Guarantee program, detailed in the most recent issue of UNCG Magazine, is a need-based scholarship program. The goal is to help in-state students graduate from UNCG in four years with little or no debt.

Next year, 69 mentors will be needed for the 69 scholars.

Mentor orientation will be Aug. 18-19.

To learn more about the UNCG Guarantee program, visit guarantee.uncg.edu.

For information about the mentors program – or to see the form – visit guarantee.uncg.edu/mentor.

Facebook a Force for Democracy?

020911Headline_DemocracyThe revolution will not be televised, the old song goes. In the Middle East in recent weeks, protests have been tweeted on Twitter, liked on Facebook, and blogged and YouTubed as well. UNCG’s lecture series “Democracy: On the March or on the Ropes?” will launch with a lecture about the “Tunisia Effect,” specifically about social movements and social networks in the Arab Region. “I’m not sure that the first talk could be timed any better given the popular unrest in Egypt right now,” says Dr. David Holian (Political Science), director of UNCG’s Center for Legislative Studies.

“The successful overthrow of Tunisia’s autocratic regime, which has been followed by mass protests in Egypt, Yemen and Jordan, raises the question of whether we’re beginning to see the start of a trend in the Arab world whereby young people take to the streets to protest and potentially overthrow unpopular governments. The success or failure of such protests will no doubt have far reaching effects across the region and the world.”

What kids of effects? “U.S. influence in the region will no doubt be affected, as will our efforts to encourage peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, and to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” he says.

The series will provide a greater understanding of the immense change that is affecting governing regimes around the world in the 21st century, he says. “The speakers in the spring series will provide perspective, not only from the United States’ point of view, but from that of those coping and trying to survive these changes in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.”

The spring series is presented by the Center for Legislative Studies. The three lectures are:

“The ‘Tunisia Effect’: Social Movements and Social Networks in the Arab Region”
Dr. Michaelle Browers
Associate Professor of Political Science, Wake Forest University
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

“Political Transformation in Africa: the Quality of Progress”
Dr. Julius Nyang’oro
Professor and Chair, Department of African and Afro-American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

“Contemporary Latin America: Evolution and Challenges to Democracy”
Dr. Jonathan Hartlyn
Kenneth J. Reckford Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

The talks will be held in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium. There will be free parking behind the museum.

A reception will follow each talk.

Those with questions may contact Carrie Klamut at ceklamut@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Visual of demonstrators in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 29. Photograph by Ramy Raoof.

$1 Million for Graduate Student Diversity

020911Feature_GradStudentDiversityUNCG will invest a million dollars in a new program to promote inclusiveness and diversity among its graduate students. One million dollars of a $6 million anonymous gift to UNCG will endow the UNCG Graduate School Inclusiveness Awards.

Fellowships and smaller assistantships will go to outstanding master’s or doctoral students whose presence contributes to inclusiveness at the university. Each graduate program can nominate one student per year. Final selections will be made by the dean of the graduate school upon the recommendation of a faculty review committee. Recipients must be fully admitted to a graduate degree program and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

“UNCG greatly appreciates the generosity of the anonymous donor that has permitted us to initiate these inclusiveness awards,” said Dr. James Petersen, dean of the Graduate School. “They will help to continue broad access to our graduate programs as public universities are being forced to raise tuition levels. The Graduate School will pursue additional gifts to continue to grow the endowment to support inclusiveness in our graduate programs.”

Inclusiveness is one of five central values in the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-14. This document calls for a commitment to inclusiveness.

UNCG has built on a tradition of commitment to access and diversity. Its origins in 1891 can be traced to a crusade for the education of women by the university’s founder and first president, Charles Duncan McIver.

By fall semester 2008, nearly one-quarter (23.7 percent) of UNCG graduate students were from underrepresented ethnic groups (African-Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics). In 2008, the majority of graduate students (56.9 percent) were between the ages of 25 and 39, but nearly 10 percent were 50 and older.

The university has defined “inclusiveness” broadly to include a variety of life experiences that would increase the diversity of experiences of students in graduate programs. These factors might include low-income background, a history of overcoming disadvantage or discrimination, nontraditional age for a student, membership in underrepresented group in a field or discipline, status as a first-generation graduate student, cultural differences such as may arise from being foreign-born or raised within a distinct culture, and unique work or service experience.

The Council of Graduate Schools, a national organization that promotes the advancement of graduate education and research, has called for strengthening diversity and inclusiveness efforts in graduate study as a central element in a national talent development policy. Members of underrepresented groups are much less likely than others in the population to complete graduate degrees.

The CGS reported that in 2005 nearly 40 percent of elementary and secondary students in the United States were from underrepresented groups. However, only 12 percent of research doctorates and 10 percent of doctorates in STEM fields awarded in 2006 went to members of underrepresented groups.

The $6 million anonymous gift, the largest in UNCG’s history, came in early 2009. The donor designated $5 million for student aid.

By Michelle Hines
Photograph by Chris English.

Culture of Care

020911Feature_StudentsOfficeDr. Brett Carter, dean of students, got this comment from a staff member recently: “I appreciate the support you all provide for students. It seems so many are struggling with difficult issues!”

The Dean of Students Office helps students navigate through issues – and helps staff and faculty throughout the campus learn how to better support students. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of listening and pointing the student in the right direction. Often, more is involved. Many around campus want to know how they can help.

To that end, the office will offer a spring workshop series designed for faculty and staff, to foster this culture of care on campus.

“Our outreach focuses on giving faculty and staff the tools necessary not only for them to support students but so they feel supported and well equipped to deal with difficult situations inside and outside of the classroom,” says Mary Anderson, an assistant dean of students.

Visit http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/ to register to attend any or all of these workshops. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

UNCG Cares
Feb. 18
2–4 p.m.
Bryan Building, Room 111
During this two-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Feb. 24
3–4 p.m.
EUC, Dogwood Room
Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom toward faculty and their peers. This behavior is not only disruptive, but if not addressed, could have irreversible consequences on student learning. The Dean of Students Office may have some solutions. Come learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students.

Academic Integrity: What Faculty Need to Know
March 3
1:30–2:30 p.m.
EUC, Claxton Room
Students often balance many challenging personal issues and academic demands. These issues and demands often facilitate academic misconduct among students. To cheat or not to cheat….to plagiarize or not to plagiarize… those are questions many college students ask themselves quite often. The purpose of this workshop is to engage faculty in education discourse concerning academic misconduct among college students; UNCG’s effort to promote academic integrity in the classroom; and best practices for reducing academic misconduct.

UNCG Cares about VETS
March 15
10–11:30 a.m.
EUC, Joyner Room
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 allows more veterans to enter colleges and universities to pursue their education. With concerns of veterans returning home with serious psychological and emotions issues, colleges are trying to ensure their campuses have services that are adequate to meet the needs of these students. UNCG Cares about VETS will provide a discussion about today’s veteran, barriers preventing student veterans from staying in college, and on-campus support for UNCG student veterans.

Not only caring – but showing that caring in productive ways – can make a big difference in students’ lives and their ultimate achievement. Students see the UNCG Cares sticker near the door of many staff and faculty offices around campus.

Anderson particularly noted this program and workshop, the first in the series. “UNCG Cares resonates most with me because in creating a community of care, the Dean of Students Office tries to be proactive by reaching out to students in distress before they rise to a level of crisis. If students have the support and resources necessary to get through difficult times in their lives, they are more likely to be retained at the university and persist toward graduation.”

Carter adds, “We believe the workshops will inform as well as equip faculty and staff with the tools in terms of best practices for helping students with personal and academic difficulties be successes.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English.

From Cyber-sanghas to Lady Gaga, It’s All Food for Thought

020911NewsAndNotes_GagaEvery Wednesday at noon, a Food for Thought session is sponsored by Lloyd International Honors College at the Faculty Center. The campus community is invited to attend. [Read more…]

New Online Certificate in Health Care IT Management

UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics will begin offering a graduate certificate in health information technology that will allow students to master the competencies needed for jobs in one of the nation’s fastest growing professions. [Read more…]

Which Recipes from Faculty/Staff Are the Finalists?

Spartan Chefs finalists have been announced. In November, Dining Services and Human Resource Services asked faculty and staff about the economical, healthy dishes they cooked for themselves. [Read more…]

Notes: February 9, 2011

NotesIconFamily Game Night at Jackson Library The Office of Campus Activities & Programs and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a Family Game Night for UNCG students, staff and faculty members and their children on Friday, Feb. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the first floor Reading Room of Jackson Library. Board and card games for all ages will be available, as well as Wii and Playstation 2. You are welcome to bring your own board games and G-rated video games and accessories. Complimentary refreshments will include pizza, salad, chips, salsa, veggies and dip, lemon bars and ice tea or water. Those with questions may contact Lisa McGuire at 4-5800 or lmmcguir@uncg.edu or Amy Harris at 6-0275 or a_harri2@uncg.edu.

iTunes U Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce UNCG’s implementation of iTunes U. iTunes U at UNCG is a partnership between the University and Apple Computer, Inc. that provides us with storage space and a University presence for delivering media content in the Apple iTunes Store, notes Dr. Jim Clotfelter, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer. The university community will provide the content. All content must adhere to University copyright policy and to iTunes U at UNCG content guidelines. For more information, see iTunes U at UNCG.

UNCG program review Our university will be undertaking a review of all academic programs beginning this semester and concluding in the fall. Information is at opa.uncg.edu/programreview. Faculty, staff and students are invited to provide feedback on the program review process proposal via that web site. [previous sentence added 2/9 ] A Faculty Senate forum on the program review process and criteria will be Wednesday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The campus community is invited.

Be Active NC There is a new partnership with UNCG and Be Active NC. Be Active is currently leading a statewide initiative to get more people, more active, more often. They will be launching a campaign in the spring to find one million North Carolinians who are committed to being active. In order to help them with this initiative, Be Active NC began looking for partners to expand their reach. In late October, Be Active NC began a new partnership with the UNCG to cover 12 counties in the Triad region. The Partnership is housed out of the Office of Academic Outreach, and will promote the mission of Be Active NC: to empower all North Carolinians to live healthy, physically active lifestyles by helping them become more active, more often in that 12 county region by supporting existing efforts and collaborating to begin new ones. Those with questions may contact Stefanie Milroy at stefanie.milroy@uncg.edu.

Agee gets 600th The women’s basketball team defeated Western Carolina 57-53 on Monday, giving Coach Lynne Agee her 600th career win. Agee is the 14th active Div. I women’s basketball coach and 21st Div. I women’s basketball coach overall to reach the 600-win mark.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum Frachele Scott, manager of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, will be the featured speaker at the Black Faculty and Staff Association meeting on Friday, Feb. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Scott will share information about upcoming events at the museum (http://www.nchistoricsites.org/chb/chb.htm). The BFSA invites all interested students, staff and faculty to attend and learn more about this local historic site. Contact Gerald Holmes at gerald_holmes@uncg.edu for more details.

Financial Aid Awareness Week Feb. 15-17 More than half of the students enrolled at UNCG are taking advantage of the financial aid opportunities available to help pay for the cost of a college education. However, many other students think that they will never qualify for financial assistance, so they do not even bother applying. There are many opportunities for financial aid. Financial Aid Awareness Week may help in spreading the word. The UNCG Financial Aid Office will have information tables set up in EUC and the Cafeteria at mid-day beginning Feb. 15. Also, students may also receive assistance in filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on FAFSA Day. This will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, throughout the state. UNCG will not be a FAFSA Day site but there will be other places in the Greensboro area. Visit College Foundation of North Carolina at www.cfnc.org for information on locations of the event, required documentation and registration for FAFSA day. Students may begin filing their FAFSA for the 2011-12 school year now. Students must file a FAFSA each school year they are planning to receive financial aid, even if your aid consists only of student loans. The FAFSA priority deadline for UNCG is March 1.

Active U employee fitness program Active U is a grant-funded employee fitness program through the HealthyUNCG Committee and the Department of Campus Recreation. It is designed to improve the health and well-being of UNCG employees by exposing them to various fitness activities in a non-competitive, inclusive environment. The program will be held every Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 11 through April 15, at the Student Recreation Center Fitness Studio. It will include fitness activities such as Zumba, yoga, pilates, hi/lo aerobics and resistance training. All UNCG employees are welcomed (No SRC membership is required). Incentives for participation will be given. Please bring your UNCG Staff ID to enter the SRC. For more information, contact the Department of Campus Recreation at ifitness@uncg.edu or by phone 4-5924, or go online to http://healthy.uncg.edu.

UNCG Dining launches YouFirst Dining Services has launched a strategy that helps ensure guest needs are addressed directly and quickly. Managers will be more accessible on the floor of dining locations, and YouFirst chefs will interact with diners. You will recognize them by their squash-colored chef coats. If you have questions or a concern, see any employee in a Dining Services location.

Making connections with Spartan parents and families Parents and family members play a vital role in the academic and social success of UNCG students. To facilitate effective partnerships with parents and family members, The Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs distributes “Family Connections,” a monthly e-newsletter, to Spartan family members who have joined the UNCG Parent Family Association (PFA). “Family Connections” provides a valuable opportunity for more than 3,600 PFA members to learn about the programs and resources that are available to families and their students within the university community. The newsletter is sent via email through the PFA listserv during the first week of each month to inform parents and family members of upcoming events, resources and deadlines. Additionally, the newsletter includes a spotlight series that showcases the contributions of students and faculty members from the UNCG community. If your office or department will be hosting an event, providing services or would like to submit a spotlight article for inclusion in “Family Connections,” contact Brandy Propst at bspropst@uncg.edu for details and article submission guidelines. All articles are due five business days prior to the end of the month in order to be included in the following month’s issue. If you would like to receive “Family Connections,” email Brandy Propst at bspropst@uncg.edu and ask to subscribe. You are also invited to become a fan of our UNCG Spartan Family Programs Facebook page. Log onto Facebook and search for “UNCG Spartan Family Programs” to “Like” the page.

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum A traveling table top exhibit with more than 3,000 items of Black memorabilia spanning from slavery to Hip Hop, on Feb. 15, 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.

“Preparing the Black Community for Social Change” This lecture by Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis, assistant professor of sociology and black studies at City College of New York, will be Feb. 10, 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.

The Great Conversation Sponsored by the Philosophy Department, the series presents Mike Matteson on “The Sniper and the Lone Sentry,” Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center. This is the final Great Conversation of the spring. Philosophy’s next event is the Philosophy Departmtent/BB&T Symposium on Property, Markets and Morality, March 18-20. That will be a joint effort between the Philosophy Department and the (Bryan School) BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets and Morality. Dr. Wade Maki and Dr. Bas van der Vossen are organizing that symposium.

This is a test Emergency preparedness is an important priority for UNCG. The university will hold a campus-wide test of its emergency notification systems on Tuesday, Feb. 16, starting at 10:35 a.m. The following systems will be activated during the test: AM radio station channel 1640 (with internet streaming); campus-wide email; SMS text message, Twitter and Facebook; network pop-up; blue light emergency phone PA systems; classroom intercoms, building mass notification systems; emergency and adverse weather line (4-4400); and the emergency web site. Following the emergency notification test, a short survey will be sent via email. Please take time to provide us with your feedback. Your response is important to ensuring the university is prepared for emergencies. To register for SMS text messaging, or to confirm your information is up-to-date, go to Emergency Cell Phone Contact under Personal Information in your UNCGenie account. Faculty, staff and students may also download the computer-screen pop-up tool (Windows only) and subscribe to the emergency notification RSS feed. Feel free to contact the Office of Emergency Management with any questions or concerns, at BeReady@uncg.edu or 256-8639.

Campus Garden meeting Believe it or not, cold, winter days are the perfect time to start thinking about planting and planning your garden, says Dr. Susan Andreatta (Anthropology). She is a leader of the Campus Garden on McIver Street. “We are pleased and fortunate to have Guilford County Cooperative Extention Agent Karen Neill and Master Gardener Jeanne Aller provide us with a ‘getting started on your garden plot’ presentation. You need not be a plot holder [in the Campus Garden] to attend and learn how and when to plant your first seeds and transplants. If you are a Campus Garden plot holder, please send one of your members to this meeting,” she says. The presentation will be Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5-6:30 p.m. in Graham 313.

And the winners are Three readers who filled out the Campus Weekly survey at the end of the last semester were randomly selected to win the prize of a $10 credit to Dining Services. The CW editor thanks all of those who completed the survey. The winners are Venus Pinnix (Curry Building); Marian Harrison (McIver Building) and Stacy Sechrist (330 S. Greene Street).

UNCG Theatre to present Shakespeare’s “Pericles”

020911EyeOnArts_PericlesWilliam Shakespeare’s drama, “Pericles,” will be presented by UNCG Theatre Feb. 18-27, in Taylor Building Theatre. [Read more…]

African American Dance Showcase Feb. 21-26

Dance faculty members Duane Cyrus and Robin Gee are coordinating a major showcase of dance events, including a performance concert and workshops by nationally known dancers that will take place in Greensboro Monday through Saturday, Feb. 21-26, in recognition of Black History Month. [Read more…]

Top Students Coming for Band Festival

Top high school musicians from North Carolina and surrounding states will sharpen their skills at the 22nd Carolina Band Festival & Conductors Conference hosted Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 17-19, by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. [Read more…]

Campus People: February 9, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Steve Nugent – Dr. Jodi Pettazzoni – Dr. Charles D. Orzech [Read more…]

See/Hear: February 9, 2011

A special Chancellor’s Fireside Chat was held for staff on Jan. 25.

Staff Senate has posted video of the talk, including a question and answer time.

See it at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/stfc/resources/firesidechat/

Looking ahead: February 9-16, 2011

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.

Artist talk, Stacy Lynn Waddell
Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon.

Dance, faculty concert.
Friday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Women’s basketball vs. College of Charleston (Pink Zone game)
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Miami
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Coliseum.

Faculty Senate forum, on upcoming program review
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Lecture, “Saints and Relics: Art and Devotion in Byzantium,” Dr. Derek Krueger
Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon.

more at calendar.uncg.edu