UNCG Campus Weekly

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


Seven classes came and went in the course of a day, at UNCG’s main dance studio. Department head Jan Van Dyke’s 2006 film captured it all. [Read more…]

Chekhov’s Robust ‘Seagull’ Takes Flight

021010EyeOnArts_SeagullNineteenth-century Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov has been unfairly maligned by some readers, who dismiss his dramas as “plotless” and dry, says John Gulley, theatre professor and director of UNCG Theatre’s upcoming production of Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” [Read more…]

Concert Showcases Dance Faculty Works Feb. 12-13

The Department of Dance begins the spring semester’s slate of performances with a collection of faculty works in Aycock Auditorium at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13. [Read more…]

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert Feb. 19

021010EyeOnArts_EnsembleThis concert, which occurs as part of the Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference, is open to the public. [Read more…]

Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference

021010EyeOnArts_UNCGBandsThe 21st Annual Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference brings together 175 high school musicians from a five state area into two honor bands, along with about 60 participants in the Conductors Conference.  [Read more…]

Carolina Band Festival Honor Bands Concert

Saturday, Feb. 20 – 2 p.m. – Aycock Auditorium – Admission is free [Read more…]

Campus People – February 10, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Nir Kshetri – Dr. Tom Matyók – Debbie Schallock – Dr. Debbie Kipp [Read more…]

Professorship Honors Tillman, Drane

021010Feature2_SmartTillman2UNCG is creating a new distinguished professorship in the performing arts to honor the first two African-American students to attend our institution. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: Feb. 10 – Feb. 18, 2010

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

Lecture, artist Michael Ashkin, premiere of film “Here”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball vs. Wofford
Fleming Gym, Friday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Faculty dance concert
Aycock Auditorium, Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Western Carolina
Greensboro Coliseum, Monday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

Film, “FUEL,” about sustainability
Weatherspoon, Thursday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m.

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

more at calendar.uncg.edu

City Council Supports Prospective School of Pharmacy

021010NewsAndNotes_PerrinCouncilGreensboro City Council approved a resolution Tuesday, Feb. 2, in support of UNCG’s efforts to establish a School of Pharmacy. Provost David H. Perrin received the resolution from Councilman Danny Thompson after the council’s unanimous vote. A committee of pharmacy school deans from around the country will visit the campus on March 5 to assess UNCG’s bid, and will pass their findings along to UNC General Administration. [Read more…]

Center to Boost HHS Research and Evaluation

021010NewsAndNotes_TelfairUNCG has created a center devoted to applied research and evaluation in health, human and community services.

The Center for Social, Community and Health Research and Evaluation (CSCHRE) will be led by Dr. Joseph Telfair (in visual), a professor in the Department of Public Health Education in the School of Health and Human Performance, and will be located in MHRA Building. [Read more…]

Bennett College’s Role in Woolworth Sit-ins

021010NewsAndNotes_BrownDr. Linda Beatrice Brown, professor of English and Willa B. Player Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Bennett College, will speak at UNCG’s Ashby Residential College, Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., in the Ashby Parlor at Mary Foust Hall.  Brown, a well-known lecturer, will talk about the Feb 1, 1960 Woolworth sit-ins, in which she and many Bennett College students participated. [Read more…]

Grand Canyon Expedition

021010NewsAndNotes_GrandCanyonLooking for a new kind of vacation? UNCG’s Outdoor Adventures has planned the perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. The Grand Canyon Expedition will satisfy a thirst for adventure and beauty. [Read more…]

MLK Service Award Winner

021010NewsAndNotes_UgochukwoUNCG student Zimuzor Ugochukwu is the recipient of the 2010 MLK Service Award. [Read more…]

‘Classic Girls, Modern Stories’ Display, Talk Feb. 15

021010NewsAndNotes_GirlsBooksRemember Polyanna, Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew?

They, along with their sisters in American children’s fiction, have been collected and preserved as part of the UNCG University Libraries’ Girls Books in Series Collection.  One of the largest book collections at UNCG, this impressive series is housed in Special Collections & University Archives in Jackson Library. Numbering approximately 2,800 volumes and representing some 500 different series, the collection is one of the most inclusive of its kind in the United States.

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries invites faculty and staff to a special event featuring this collection.  On Monday, February 15, from 2-4 pm in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, the Friends will host a tea and a talk with Professor Joe Sutliff Sanders  of Cal State San Bernardino, “Classic Girls, Modern Stories.” Highlights from the collection will also be on display.  To reserve a space, RSVP to Kimberly Lutz at kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu or 6-8598, by Friday, Feb. 12.

Expert on U.S. Policy in Iran Speaks Feb. 17

Andrew Parasiliti, executive director of the Washington, D.C., office of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and former foreign policy advisor to U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, will speak on “The Obama Administration and Iran” Wednesday, Feb. 17. [Read more…]

More Successful Relationships

The Staff Senate sponsored brown bag lunch series continues in February with a discussion on “Communication and Relationships.”

Parking Operations and Campus Access Management staff member Steve Sparks, who holds a master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will discuss the cycle that relationships go through (based on Steve White’s “The Art of Human Relations”). [Read more…]

Sustainability Film “FUEL” Feb. 18

“FUEL” is a comprehensive and entertaining look at energy in America: a history of where we have been, our present situation and a solution to dependence on foreign oil. [Read more…]

Financial Aid Awareness Week Through Feb. 11

Over 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 students think that they will not qualify for financial assistance, so they do not bother applying. There are many opportunities for financial aid available, and the Financial Aid Office wants to help students take advantage of them. Financial Aid Awareness Week provide an opportunity to raise their awareness. [Read more…]

Ben Stywall on the Boards, at Record Pace

021010NewsAndNotes_StywallSenior basketball player Ben Stywall has had quite a year. He is in the top 10 in scoring in the SoCon, at 14.3 points per game. As for rebounding, he recently moved into third place on the school’s career rebounding list, passing Eric Cuthrell. He leads the SoCon in rebounding, with about 10.5 per game. [Read more…]

Soccer Star Becoming Country Music Star?

021010NewsAndNotes_SoccerStarIf Spartan Athletics fans thought they recognized the rising country music singer performing at SpartanFest and singing a pre-game “God Bless America,” they were right. The singer was Karla Davis, who graduated in media studies in 2008. [Read more…]

Collecting Educational Items

Staff Senate is leading a drive to collect items for Burmese families living in Guilford County. [Read more…]

UNCG Guarantee

021010Headline_GuaranteeA new scholarship and academic aid initiative is being launched to help UNCG’s neediest students.

The UNCG Guarantee, which will help eligible North Carolina students graduate with little to no debt, was announced at a noon press conference yesterday, Feb. 9.

The first UNCG Guarantee scholars in the program will begin in fall 2010. The program addresses the UNC Tomorrow goals for expanding educational opportunities. It is being created through UNCG’s $6 million gift from an anonymous donor who made national headlines in 2009 with gifts to several American universities.

“The UNCG Guarantee gives us an enormous opportunity to enhance student success at UNCG, and especially for our students who need the most help financially,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “The growth of scholarship funds was the top objective of our Students First Campaign, and the UNCG Guarantee will enhance the margin of excellence for recruiting and retaining the very best students.”

Phase One of the UNCG Guarantee Program will provide support for 30 to 40 first-year students. Given current resources, it is expected that the program can initially fund 130-140 scholars over four years. This represents Guarantee support for just 12 percent of students who meet eligibility requirements. The goal is to grow UNCG’s capacity to support an increasing number of deserving scholars.

Students chosen for UNCG Guarantee will receive a financial aid package that includes funds from the program’s newly created Lula Martin McIver Scholarship Endowment and other private gifts, along with federal and state grants. The aid package will include tuition and fees; on-campus room and board; and books, supplies and other educational expenses. Currently, $14,500 per year covers these costs for in-state students.

UNCG Guarantee has been under development for the past six months by a committee headed by Dean of Undergraduate Studies Steve Roberson and Director of Financial Aid Deborah Tollefson.

“This will be more than an outstanding financial aid package for those who qualify,” Tollefson said. “It is also a support program that provides a variety of opportunities and services to enhance scholars’ academic achievement, leadership skills and personal success.”
The effort addresses a primary initiative – expanding educational access and opportunity – of both the UNC system’s UNC Tomorrow Plan and the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-2014, Roberson explained. In addition to financial aid, students will receive an array of academic support services, and a program administrator will develop a customized plan to guarantee their academic success. Support for the recipients will come from existing UNCG programs so that all endowment proceeds can be applied to financial aid.
“This program will create access to education and opportunities for success, particularly for citizens of North Carolina from underserved regions and underrepresented populations,” Roberson said. “It has been planned to provide the necessary funds, along with complementary systems of aid and outreach; vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments; and personalized and comprehensive support to students.”

The UNCG Guarantee Program will be need-based and is patterned after UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Covenant. The goal is to help in-state students graduate from UNCG in four years with as little debt as possible, and UNCG will make every attempt to meet the recipients’ financial need through a combination of federal, state, university and private grants and scholarships.

Admitted students who show high academic promise will have the option of enrolling in UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College. There, they can study abroad for a semester or a full academic year, live in the Honors Residence Hall, participate in special honors programs, seek prestigious post-undergraduate fellowships and work to attain full university honors.

Eligibility requirements call for students to be North Carolina high school graduates who are admitted to UNCG and pursuing their first academic degree; to demonstrate academic promise and potential; to enroll full-time for the regular academic year; to have a family income that does not exceed 100 percent of the federal poverty standard; and to qualify for federal student financial aid. Admitted first-year students with interest in the program can visit the web site http://guarantee.uncg.edu/. As part of the application process, they will be asked to submit a one-page statement describing their goals and aspirations, along with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

Central to UNCG Guarantee is the Lula Martin McIver Scholarship Endowment, which includes $5 million of the $6 million gift from the anonymous donor. The McIver Scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Four million will be dedicated to scholarship support for the UNCG Guarantee, and one million will support scholarships for graduate students. Lula Martin McIver was the wife of the university’s founder, Charles Duncan McIver. She supported equal opportunities and education for women and minorities. The remaining $1 million was unrestricted, and is being used to help build endowments for two university distinguished professorships.

Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Patricia W. Stewart said that the Development Office will conduct a fundraising initiative this year to raise additional funds for UNCG Guarantee.

Healthy UNCG

021010Feature3_HealthyUNCGAfter the winter holidays – and their temptations for over-indulgence – what better time to refocus on being healthy and hearty?

The campus is launching a new initiative to foster the health and well-being of employees here. The launch will be the day after Valentine’s Day.

On Feb. 15, the Healthy UNCG kickoff event will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. All faculty and staff are invited. There will be various booths representing health-related campus resources. Those attending may enjoy fun activities such as fitness assessments, playing Wii, sampling free healthy food courtesy of Chartwells and various door prizes.

“Please join me as we strive toward one of our strategic goals of leading the UNC system in enhancing the health and wellness of students and employees,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said.

Last year, a majority of UNCG employees responded to a survey about their health interests. As a result, Healthy UNCG is offering new campus programs that focus on stress management, healthy eating, physical activity and smoking cessation.

The initiative was developed by an advisory group of faculty, staff and students in response to an Office of State Personnel mandate to create programs, policy and environmental supports to improve the health of state employees. Dr. Dan Bibeau (Public Health) is the appointed leader of our campus’ effort. All participants are volunteers.

Features that employees can take advantage of include:

1. Taking a Personal Wellness Profile that provides employees with a customized assessment of their health risks and recommendations of actions to improve health. Healthy UNCG will supply the profiles and employees will complete them. Healthy UNCG will then provide a computer-generated report to each person. Individuals or departments interested in taking a Personal Wellness Profile may email adsteven@uncg.edu.

2. Attending various programs and events offered by Healthy UNCG throughout the year.

3. Visiting http://healthy.uncg.edu/. The web site will offer healthy resources and online tools to help employees reach their health objectives.

The Five Spot

021010FiveSpot_PerrinDr. David H. Perrin has been provost since 2007. He was dean of the School of HHP before that. Perrin had played basketball on his high school team and college team, and he often cheers the Spartan teams on at games. During a recent game, CW asked him which teams (aside from the Spartans) he has pulled for over the years. In 1976-77, he was a grad student at Indiana State, the year Larry Bird joined Indiana State as a freshman. Perrin was in the stands for the first game – very few attended. By end of the season, the stands were full. Later, Bird would have the same effect on attendance at the Boston Garden. “He went to the Celtics and did the same thing.” The Boston Celtics had been Perrin’s favorite NBA team since the 1960s. Havlicek, their star guard, had been his hero. “Let me tell you a story.” Perrin was on the faculty at University of Virginia, and the men’s basketball team was practicing nearby. He knew Havlicek’s son was on the team. Who passes by but his old hero – John Havlicek! He was speechless. The opportunity to meet his old hero passed by. Perrin mentions an enjoyable book about the Celtics center Bill Russell and legendary coach Red Auerbach, “Red and Me,” which he read last year. CW asked, “What do you read?” “Our Underachieving Colleges” by Derek Bok and “Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities” are his two most recently read books. CW asked about what he reads for fun, when he has the chance. He’s an avid reader of The New Yorker magazine. As for books?  He likes books about Paris, such as Polly Platt’s “French or Foe” or New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik’s “Paris to the Moon.” “I love Paris,” Perrin says. His father immigrated from France. The provost’s grandfather moved his family from France to Vermont, to be a farmer there. “In my early twenties, my dad took me to France. I saw all my relatives – trip of my lifetime.” His dad became a barber; his mother a nurse. The provost became a first-generation college student – “we have a lot at UNCG.” Other good books he’s enjoyed in recent years? Ones on Martin Luther King, most recently “I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World.” Studs Terkel’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” with lots of “interviews with those terminally ill … a really good read.” “The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo.” Perrin likes biographies. Some others?

Some books read in recent years for enjoyment

  1. “It’s Not About the Bike” by Lance Armstrong [I like reading about ] interesting and successful people.
  2. “The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography” by Sidney Poitier I liked his early movies … He has an amazing story.
  3. “Let Me Tell You a Story: A Lifetime in the Game” by John Feinstein He [Feinstein] was invited to [weekly] lunches with Red Auerbach and friends [providing stories for the book].
  4. “Judgment of Paris” by George Taber A great book about the historic 1976 Paris blind wine tasting won by a couple of wines from Napa.
  5. “In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson” by Noble Cunningham A nice overview of his life.

Have an idea for The Five Spot? Email campus_weekly@uncg.edu with your suggestion.