UNCG Campus Weekly

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

A ‘House’ Becomes a Home

021710Headline_SistersHouseGreensboro has a new haven for pregnant women and young mothers who have been abused, thanks to the work of interior architecture students, faculty member Robert Michel Charest (in visual, with his wife, Amanda) and a host of community partners.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and more than 100 other supporters attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for My Sister Susan’s House. The name honors one of the project’s staunchest supporters, Susan Cupito of the YWCA of Greensboro.

The 4,500-square-foot “green” building has five suites for women 16-21 and their children. Chancellor Linda P. Brady hailed the project as an inspiring example of the university’s commitment to collaboration, engaged scholarship and community service.

“At UNCG, we know that education changes lives. My Sister Susan’s House has provided a life-changing learning opportunity for the students involved in its design and construction,” Brady said. “Now it will provide a life-changing opportunity for the women and children who live here.”

Youth Focus, a nonprofit organization that works with children, adolescents and young adults, will manage the facility; the YWCA will provide victim assistance. A two-year, $400,000 federal stimulus grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women will support the facility’s operations.

Dr. Laura S. Sims, dean of the School of Human Environmental Sciences, lauded Charest for his leadership and dedication. “Robert is absolutely determined,” she said. “He is not only a visionary, but a workaholic.”

The building’s suites afford privacy to promote bonding between mothers and their children, while shared areas for cooking, eating and socializing help create a supportive network among residents. Although construction is complete, UNCG will continue to be involved by providing social work, nutrition, speech-language pathology, breast feeding education and program evaluation services.

Chuck Hodierne, the executive director of Youth Focus, described the project as “the mother of all collaborative ventures.”

Working through its Department of Housing and Community Development, the City of Greensboro donated the land for the project. Carpentry students at Guilford Technical Community College helped with construction. Businesses donated supplies, services and the use of their equipment.

The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation provided construction financing at no cost; the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency provided long-term financing for the $700,000 facility via a no-interest loan.

The project builds on the success of a course Charest led several years ago, in which students designed and built a home for an elderly couple near the UNCG campus. Like its predecessor, My Sister Susan’s House has combined learning with community service and applied innovative design and construction techniques to a cost-effective project.

Charest spent countless hours on the planning, design and construction during the past three years, an effort that left him exhausted, but undaunted. “Always bite off more than you can chew,” he told Monday’s crowd. “It’s a moral imperative.”

Bowles Will Step Down

021710Feature2_BowlesUNC System President Erskine Bowles will step down as president. Bowles made the announcement at the UNC Board of Governors meeting last Friday in Chapel Hill.

Bowles has been president of the system since January 2006. He will remain as president through 2010, or until a successor is named.

“President Bowles’ leadership has affirmed the University of North Carolina as the most highly regarded system of public higher education in the United States,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “His signature initiative, UNC Tomorrow, will have a lasting impact on the system and on economic development and quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina.”

That particular accomplishment of his tenure, UNC Tomorrow, sought a diverse spectrum of input, from throughout the state, on the UNC system and what it should achieve for North Carolina. The UNC Tomorrow initiative will help in long-range planning and in making assessments. Full details are at the UNC Tomorrow web page.

A native of Greensboro, Bowles was installed as president in an April 2006 ceremony at Aycock Auditorium.

He began his career in corporate finance and investment banking. In the 1990’s, he was tapped to be director of the Small Business Administration. He later became deputy chief of staff in the Clinton White House. He served as chief of staff from 1996 to 1998.

He made runs for the U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2004.

Visual: At Bowles’ inauguration in 2006 in Aycock Auditorium, he was flanked by previous presidents C.D. Spangler Jr. and Molly Broad.

A Very Blustery Day

021710NewsAndNotes_PineTreeWinds on Wednesday, Feb. 10, topped 50 mph, according to news reports. A steeple at a Friendly Avenue church was knocked askew by the gusts. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: Feb. 17-24, 2010

Faculty Senate forum, on promoting and sustaining scholarly engagement
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.

Lecture, “The Obama Administration and Iran,” Andrew Parasiliti
Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Trustees meeting
Alexander Room, EUC, Thursday, Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m.

‘Go Red’ for women, heart health event
EUC Commons, Thursday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. (talk at noon, Joyner Room)

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

Baseball vs. Cleveland St. (All Friday games are free.)
Baseball Stadium, Friday, Feb. 19, 4 p.m.

Theatre, “The Seagull”
Taylor Theatre, Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

News conference, on a new initiative
Alexander Room, EUC, Monday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m.

Music, Faculty Composers concert
Recital Hall, Music Building, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Walk It Off

021710Feature1_SpartanStepsThink it’s hard to get rid of five percent of your weight? How about for your department as a whole?

The Spartan STEPS wellness initiative was started last fall by Human Resource Services to create friendly competition among participating departmental teams – “Biggest Loser” style – and promote weight loss and wellness. The winning team for Fall 2009 was recently announced: Student Affairs.

Fall’s competition focused on weight loss. The spring competition (see below) will focus much less on weight loss and instead, on walking or jogging – literally taking steps toward better health.

But last fall, weight loss was the focus. Seven teams competed: TLC, Student Affairs, Office of Safety, Police, HRS, Student Health and Graduate School.

Teams began the competition by posting their total team weight. From there, biweekly weigh-ins were conducted. HRS would calculate the overall team weight loss percentage and post it on the online leaderboard.

Some teams participated in sub-challenges, such as group walks, healthy lunches, or physical activity events, with other teams. And a few sabotage antics were observed, such as the delivery of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to the leading team.

Chancellor Brady, along with Jason Morris and Melissa Barnes of HRS, presented the winning plaque to Student Affairs on Jan. 28. (See visual.)

“I need to know how many pounds were lost,” Brady told the group, everyone smiling.

“Five percent,” volunteered Melissa Barnes.

“Wow,” said the chancellor. “This is so exciting.” She spoke with and congratulated each member of the team. In the background was the tap-tap-tap of a hammer and nail, Student Affairs wasting no time in hanging their plaque in their foyer.

They talked of how they had won: some members are running, some are exercising at Campus Rec, they’re all eating healthier. “We don’t bring in homemade goodies – except for students,” one said.

Josh Green has begun training in earnest for triathlons. Brett Carter has focused on running, doing a half-marathon and 5K in recent months. Kim Sousa-Peoples and Jennifer Goff are avid runners as well. Others enjoy walking or going to the gym.

Amy Jones, the team’s point person, told CW, “Almost everyone participated.” She added that it was “just fun to have the camaradarie – the support of each other.”

The new campus-wide Spartan STEPS challenge:

This spring semester’s challenge will be tailored around the concept of “10,000 steps a day for 100 days.” It’ll be a million steps to make you, hopefully, feel like a million. The challenge period will run from March 1 to June 8.

Departmental teams and/or individual faculty and staff are challenged to walk/run more steps within 100 days than any other participant.

HRS will provide pedometers to participants to track the amount of steps they take, TIAA-Cref is providing water bottles to keep participants hydrated, and the Graduate School is supplying sunglasses to help shade eyes during those sunny day walks. (All while supplies last.)

HRS and Rhonda Strader (FDC) have started to plot walking routes around campus. Maps are available. Participants may share other “trails” that they may walk regularly.

Participants will log their steps on the Spartan STEPS web site and compete to be on the top 5 steppers leaderboard and for a chance to win weekly prizes.

At the conclusion of the 100 day period, a winning team and individual will be announced. The winning departmental team will take ownership of the title. The winning plaque, currently displayed as you enter Student Affairs, will get its new home.

The winning individual will be awarded with the top prize of a $100 gift certificate to and provided by Omega Sports in Greensboro. Individual second and third place prizes will be also be awarded.

More information on how to sign up and receive your free pedometer will be announced in an upcoming Campus Weekly.

Questions? Contact Jason Morris or Melissa Barnes in HRS, 4-5009.

Leadership Programs – Nominations Sought

As in past years, the Leadership Programs Committee will nominate UNCG faculty and staff to participate in programs to develop their leadership skills. These programs offer invaluable opportunities for participants to put their skills to work in our community and state. [Read more…]

Drew’s Talk Rescheduled

021710EyeOnArts_DrewThe Leonardo Drew artist’s talk and reception in Weatherspoon has been rescheduled for Friday, March 19, 6-9 p.m. [Read more…]

Art after Dark at Weatherspoon

021710EyeOnArts_ArtAfterDarkArt After Dark is a new, hands-on program for adults aimed at inspiring creativity. [Read more…]

Heart Walk Teams Now Forming

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

Lincoln’s Role in Ending Slavery

Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?” Join the University Libraries as noted legal scholar Dr. Paul Finkelman tackles that question, providing his perspective on Lincoln’s role in ending slavery in America. [Read more…]

H1N1 Vaccinations Still Available, But Special Clinics Suspended

The UNCG mass vaccination clinics have been suspended for the time being, according to Student Health Service. [Read more…]

Eating Disorders Awareness

Next week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. [Read more…]

Matisse at Weatherspoon

The exhibition “Matisse’s Enduring Legacy” will open Feb. 21 and will continue through April 25. [Read more…]

University Band Concert

The University Band will perform Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. [Read more…]

Campus People – February 17, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Steve Gilliam – Theatre Students – Dr. Marsha Paludan [Read more…]

See/Hear – February 17, 2010

Chris Fay, grounds manager, reports that his department has helped the campus deal with snowy weather four times so far this winter. The Minerva statue has been covered with a skim of snow each time. See a beautiful snowy scene from campus. [Read more…]

Announcements – February 17, 2010

Applications for the Parent & Family Advisory Council Scholarship are being accepted by the Office of Orientation & Family Programs. The scholarship recognizes students who have inspired good will and support for the university in the larger Greensboro community. Two awards will be given in the amount of $1,000 each. [Read more…]