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Happy Birthday! You’re Going to Cambridge!

021611Headline_CambridgeMargaret Carpenter said her birthday week was a great one.

On Feb. 13, she turned 22 and sang in a major concert that her choral group had been rehearsing for a month.

But earlier in the week, there were widespread congratulations because this fall she’ll enter the University of Cambridge in England as a 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholar. She is UNCG’s first student to win the award.

Carpenter was notified on Feb. 6, two days after her interviews in New York City. She called her parents, woke up her roommate, and the word got around in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance during the week. She got a round of applause when it was announced at a rehearsal.

A senior from Charlotte, Carpenter will pursue a Master of Music degree in choral studies at the prestigious university, which is the second oldest in the English-speaking world.

“I’m getting used to it, but it’s still a little surreal,” said Carpenter. “I am incredibly excited about this opportunity, and I feel that my being selected to receive such an honor reflects well on the education I have received at UNCG. In my four years of study at UNCG, I have not only come to appreciate the tremendous quality of the music program, I have made close connections with a number of faculty members within the program. My experience with the UNCG music faculty has been wonderful.”

An academic standout, she is expected to graduate with honors in May with majors in voice performance and organ. She also has a concentration in choral conducting, and is currently the assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale. She is an Ethel Virginia Butler Merit Scholar.

She has already spent time in England. In the spring of 2010, she studied at Keele University where she was a student conductor of the Keele Bach Choir and the Keele Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

The Gates award gives her a huge step toward her career goals of becoming choirmaster of a church and establishing or maintaining an existing choir school program. Before leaving for Cambridge, she has an extensive performance schedule this summer which includes engagements with the Simon Carrington Singers in Kansas City, Mo., and at the Young Performers Festival in Boston, Mass.

Faculty members who have worked with Carpenter praised her academic and musical skills.

“Margaret is motivated in a way I rarely see in undergraduates and has taken it upon herself to get more out of the degree here than is required,” said Dr. Nancy Walker, Carpenter’s voice teacher and advisor. “She works so independently, and she often brings music to her voice lessons that she has chosen and which she has already learned. Her voice is quite beautiful, but it is her musicality that allows her to communicate in many styles of music and with lovely success.”

Dr. Carole Ott, a conducting faculty member, said, “As a person, Margaret is a joy. Her maturity, intellect and drive make her a natural leader and her enthusiasm is contagious. Her intellectual and musical curiosity are at the level I usually expect of my graduate students. As a conductor, Margaret is readily adaptable, making changes in her gesture to most effectively convey her musical ideas.”

Carpenter is among 30 new U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholars, including three others from North Carolina at UNC Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Duke. Although the scholars will study a variety of disciplines, other students come from ranking institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Brown, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. The 30 were whittled down from an initial field of 800 applicants. They will be joined by 60 more Gates Scholars from other parts of the world, and all will study for Master’s or Ph.D. degrees.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program was created in 2000 through a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The aim is to set up an international network of scholars and alumni who will have a transformative effect on society. Since 2001, almost 1,000 Gates Scholarships have been awarded to students in more than 90 countries.

More details on the Gates scholarships are at http://www.gatesscholar.org/.

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph by Chris English
Visual of Carpenter in a practice session with Dr. Nancy Walker (Music)

Lee Smith, Hal Crowther Will Speak

021611Feature_FOLIt’s a two-authors-for-one deal at this year’s Friends of the March 16 UNCG Libraries dinner.

Lee Smith, novelist and short story writer, and Hal Crowther, essayist and cultural critic, will headline the dinner Wednesday, March 16. Crowther and Smith, husband and wife, have titled their remarks “Prose and Cons.”

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. The seated dinner begins at 7:15 p.m., and the program begins at 8:30 p.m.

Smith, author of “Oral History” and “Fair and Tender Ladies,” grew up in the coal mining town of Grundy, Va. The spiritual and imaginative Smith gave a tea party for God as a child, and describes her childhood as being filled with “God and wonders.”

“I grew up in a family of world-class talkers,” she says. “They were wonderful talkers and storytellers, both the women and the men. I was an only child, and so I heard all this adult conversation all the time. I was always taken where these wonderful stories were being told. So I really did grow up on stories. … And I read all the time. I was a compulsive reader. I think I went naturally from reading to writing little stories …”

Crowther, who once wrote for Time and Newsweek, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and describes himself as “a middle class hillbilly raised by Unitarians.” He has published such collections as “Cathedrals of Kudzu: A Personal Landscape of the South” and “Unarmed but Dangerous: A Withering Attack on All Things Phony, Foolish, and Fundamentally Wrong with America Today.”

“I come from a verbal, rhetorical clan, where each of us was perpetually presenting his case and establishing his defense,” he recalls. “In one sense I guess everything I’ve ever written is a part of my brief — my authorized version, to minimize misunderstanding and misinterpretation when I can no longer speak for myself.”

Smith and Crowther live in Hillsborough, in a house once owned by the town’s undertaker. They have been married for 25 years, despite advice he once offered his readers: “The best mating advice for any young person, male or female, is ‘Never sleep with a writer’ – though of course I’ve being doing it for 24 years.”

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. Call the University Box Office at 4-4849 or visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice/ for tickets or sponsorships.

Dinner tickets are $48 for Friends members, and $58 for non-members, and must be ordered by March 4. Program-only tickets are $15, and may be purchased in advance or at the door on a space-available basis.

Table sponsorships are $500 for a table of eight, and individual sponsorships are $67.50 each. Both table and individual sponsorships bring preferential seating recognition in the event program if received by March 1.

By Michelle Hines and Barry Miller

Break out the Bats and Gloves

021611Feature_BaseballSoftball and baseball are cranking up, just as warmer weather hits Greensboro. You can hear the sound of bats and the popping of leather if you venture near the stadiums on campus.

Baseball has a home series this Friday-Sunday (Feb. 18-20) against Delaware. Home games this season include NC State, Duke, Wake Forest. The full schedule is here.

Coach Mike Gaski and the UNCG baseball program currently have a mark of 598 wins. Gaski, who received his MFA in 1976 at UNCG, is the sole head coach in UNCG’s baseball program, which was created in 1991. The preseason coaches’ poll tabbed them at 9th out of 11 teams.

Softball started their season on the road this past weekend. In their first game of the season, they defeated No. 23 Florida State in a no-hitter – Coach Jennifer Herzig’s first win over a ranked opponent, and the program’s first since 2003. They ended the weekend with a 2-3 record.

They will begin home play by hosting the UNCG Spartan Classic Friday-Sunday Feb. 25-27. Their full schedule is here.

Three softball players – Alex Emeterio, Kaitlin Merkt and Eileen Horsmon – were selected to the Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team. UNCG’s three first-team selections were second in the league only to Elon.

UNCG was picked fourth in the preseason poll in a vote of the nine SoCon head coaches.

The team was a runner-up in last season’s SoCon Championship.

All baseball and softball games are free this year.

Some promotions include:

UNCG vs. Furman – March 26 – T-Shirt Giveaway
UNCG vs. App Saturday, April 16 – Strike Out for Cancer – event to raise money for breast cancer research. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.
UNCG vs. Samford – April 30 – Sunglasses Giveaway

Saturday, March 12 – Western Carolina – Gate Giveaway: UNCG lawn seats
Friday, April 1 – vs Elon – Fan Appreciation Day – every fan that wears UNCG apparel to the game will receive a free t-shirt.
Friday April 15 – Saturday, April 17 – James Madison – Katie Ball Memorial Weekend – event to raise money for cancer. All money donated benefits Relay for Life.
Saturday, April 16 – A building dedication for the new baseball indoor facility.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

Focus on Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Joshua Inwood of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will speak Friday, Feb. 18, about his research related to the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first commission of its kind in the United States. [Read more…]

Notes: February 16, 2011

NotesIconPre-‘Pericles’ play discussion Hours before Tuesday’s production of “Pericles” in Taylor Theatre, there will be a lecture/discussion, “‘Pericles’ in Perspective.” It will be 5-6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Brown Building Theatre. Three faculty members – Michelle M. Dowd and Jennifer Feather of UNCG and Susan Harlan of Wake Forest University – will present their research about Shakespeare’s “Pericles,” followed by a Q&A with attendees, who are encouraged to attend the evening’s performance of the play by UNCG Theatre. Audience members are also invited to stay for a post-performance discussion with the presenters and selected cast members. For more information about this Frame/Works event, contact Chris Woodworth at cewoodwo@uncg.edu.

Sustainable book club The Office of Sustainability in partnership with the Green Library Group invite you to join the Sustainable Book Club. It starts today, Feb. 16. The first book is “Twelve by Twelve” by William Powers. (They encourage you to borrow a copy, or purchase a used copy.) The first meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Bean downtown. Those with questions may contact Sarah Dorsey at sbdorsey@uncg.edu.

Joint school The UNC Board of Governors approved a master’s degree program in nanoengineering at NC A&T State, in their meeting last week. It will be offered through the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and students will enroll next fall. Last fall, the first cohort of JSNN students enrolled in the master’s program in nanoscience at UNCG, offered at the joint school. In additional news, the BOG approved a tuition and fees increase, which now goes to the General Assembly for approval.

Making food industrial The talk “Making Food Industrial and the World Hungry: U.S. Agricultural Policy in the World Economy” will be given Monday, Feb. 28, at noon in Room 136, Petty Science Building. The speaker is Dr. Bill Winders (Emory University).

More Dance Department Black History Month events An Open Forum Discussion, featuring dancer, choreographer and producer Jeffrey Page whose credits include Fela!, Cirque de Soliel and the Image and NAACP Awards shows, will be Feb. 23, 5 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre. Also, a lecture featuring “Pape” Assane Mbaye, current musical director for Kankouran Dance Company and former lead musician for Ballet Mansour Gueye, Thione Seck, Ballet Noir, will be Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m., UNCG Music Building, Room 217. There is an admission charge for each.

Why educators love ‘The Daily Show’ The lecture “The Critical Need for Media Literacy, or, Why Educators Love ‘The Daily Show’” will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, Elliott University Center, Claxton Room. Geoffrey Baym, associate professor of media studies, will deliver the lecture. He is the author of “From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News,” winner of the 2010 Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Political Communication Division. Contact:

Clothing styles of the ’20s The exhibition “What They Were Wearing When They Were Reading: The 1920s” is on display on the first floor of Jackson Library. See details here. This exhibit focuses on the fashions, literature and cultural aspects of the 1920s. It features the textile collection of Dr. James Carmichael, professor of the UNCG’s Library and Information Studies program.

Basketball Pink Zone The women’s basketball team downed College of Charleston in overtime in front of a school-record crowd of 713 Saturday in their annual Pink Zone contest. The special Pink Zone game raised $386 through donations and ticket sales, all of which will go toward breast cancer research. “It was an unbelievable crowd, the most people ever in this gym to watch us, to watch the women play,” Coach Agee said. “We put on a show for them, and I’m just so proud that we, with that crowd, we fought like Spartans.”

Award management workshop Learn the strategies and techniques for successfully managing external awards. A workshop will be Tuesday, March 1, 2-4 p.m.. MHRA Room 2711. It will be led by Lloyd Douglas, associate director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, and William Walters, associate director of the Office of Contracts and Grants.

Human subject research Have you ever wished you could get answers to your research questions directly from the federal government agency that oversees human subject research? Here is your chance. Freda Yoder, from the Office for Human Research Protections, will be on our campus March 30, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. She will give an informational presentation on various hot topics and answer your questions. This session will be held in 1607 MHRA. All UNCG faculty, staff and student researchers/administrators are invited to attend. Seating is limited, so email your name to smritter@uncg.edu to reserve a seat.

White? Nonwhite? The talk “‘What Are You?’ Traveling across racial and gendered borders in France and the United States,” will be presented on Monday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. in EUC’s Kirkland Room. Judith Ezekiel (Université de Toulouse le Mirail, France, will be the speaker. Born white in an archetypical Middle-American city, Judith Ezekiel recounts the geographical and cultural travels that have, in different times and places, racialized her as nonwhite. Her memoir highlights the simultaneous rigidity and fluidity of “race” in recent French and U.S. history, as well as in her transnational feminist organizing. The talk is sponsored by the departments of Romance Languages and History, the International Programs Center and the International and Global Studies Program.

First Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction Oscar Hijuelos will present a reading 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Faculty Center. Hijuelos is a first-generation Cuban American and the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He has written six novels, the most recent of which is “A Simple Habana Melody.”

New Faculty/Staff Bike to Work “Shower Pass” Program Do you ride your bike or walk to campus each day? Do you need a place to take a shower after your commute? The Department of Campus Recreation is now allowing faculty and staff who walk or bike to campus access to the Student Recreation Center to utilize the locker room facilities following your commute. For additional information regarding the program, please visit http://campusrec.uncg.edu/facilities/rec/showerpass/index.html.

Looking ahead: February 16-23, 2011

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

Poetry reading, Rachel Richardson
Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Faculty Center

Psychology colloquium, about how our expectations affect our immune systems
Friday, Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m., Sullivan Science Building, Room 201

Geography colloquium, “Race, Violence, Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro”
Friday, Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m., Graham Building, Room 109

Music, Carolina Band Festival: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Theatre, “Pericles”
Saturday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Theatre.

Panel discussion, “Our Voice, My Voice,” Randall Kenan, Quinn Dalton and Mark Smith-Soto
Monday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Music, University Band
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Talk, “Getting Started on Your Garden Plot,” Karen Neil
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m., Graham Building, Room 313

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Campus People: February 16, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker – Dr. Jeff Sarbaum – Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone – Zimuzor Ugochukwu – Beth Filar-Williams – Amy Harris – Jenny Dale – Vanessa Apple – Danny Nanez [Read more…]

See/Hear: February 16, 2011

A Luce Scholar was recently announced, and a Gates Cambridge scholar was announced.

Zimuzor Ugochukwu, a senior biology major, has been selected as a Luce Scholar. (See People section for details.) Ugochukwu was the driving force behind “Ignite Greensboro,” initially established to raise funds and awareness for the International Civil Rights Museum. See her interview last year with News 14.

Margaret Carpenter, a senior music major, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge scholar. (See CW story.) She is a music major. See her rendition of Benjamin Britten’s “The Last Rose of Summer.”

Announcements: February 16, 2011

The “University-Wide Program Review Process” is the topic of today’s [Feb. 16] Faculty Senate Forum, as noted in last week’s CW. It will be held 3-5 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The campus community is invited to attend.

The university is entering into the beginning stages of a university-wide academic program review process.

The purpose of the program review is to position UNCG to be as strong academically as possible while maintaining a sound and balanced educational program that is consistent with the functions and responsibilities of the institution.

This forum, according to info provided by the Faculty Senate, will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to discuss the process with the provost and to provide feedback to the Program Review Process Committee, which is charged with developing a process for this review. Dr. Rebecca Adams, associate provost for planning and assessment, is chairing this committee. Other members are Vice Provost J. Alan Boyette; Dr. Josh Hoffman, chair-elect of the Faculty Senate, Dr. James Petersen, dean of the Graduate School; Dr. Steve Roberson, gean of Undergraduate Studies; Jason Morris, chair of the Staff Senate; SGA President Katie Marshall, and Cynthia Webb, representing Graduate Student Assocation.

In addition to the forum – or if you are unable to attend the forum – you may provide input online through Feb. 21 at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/feedback.aspx.

“We welcome suggestions from the university community about how to improve our proposal and to make this process as fair and as effective as possible,” Adams said.

See information at opa.uncg.edu/programreview. Those attending the forum are invited to print out the materials at this web site for reference at the forum.