UNCG Campus Weekly

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

See/Hear – February 24, 2010

You don’t need a Facebook account to enjoy some “places and faces of UNCG.” It’s a great collection of photos from around the university. [Read more…]

Will Pharmacy Planning Proceed?

March 5 will be a red letter day on campus. UNCG will make its case for a proposed pharmacy school in a series of meetings. [Read more…]

Campus People – February 24, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Karen KilcupDr. Donald JudStaff Stars [Read more…]

Copyright and Fair Use in Research and Teaching

022410NewsAndNotes_SmithCan I use a Far Side cartoon in PowerPoint slides for my lecture? What about a video clip from “House?” [Read more…]

A Healthy Turnout

022410NewsAndNotes_HealthyUNCGMore than 350 UNCG employees attended the Healthy UNCG kick-off event on Monday, Feb. 15, in the EUC, according to event organizers. [Read more…]

Out to the Ball Game

022410NewsAndNotes_BaseballWhat could be better than sitting in UNCG Baseball Studium, as more than a hundred did this past Sunday, basking in 60 degree weather? [Read more…]

Notes – February 24, 2010

NotesIconUndergraduate Research Expo The Undergraduate Research Expo will be Thursday, March 25. Friday, The submission deadline is Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. Complete details are here . Registration is here. The Undergraduate Research Expo will showcase the research and creative scholarship of undergraduate students. Student projects are eligible to compete for a $1,000 award. Eligibility is based on mandatory student participation at the Undergraduate Research Expo and a nomination from their faculty mentor.

Committee on Sustainability Learn more about recent campus efforts and the UNC Focus Forward Virtual Conference on Sustainability scheduled for April 7. Members of the committee will be available in Azalea Room, EUC, 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, March 2, and in Sharpe Room, EUC, 1 p.m.–2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3. For details, visit the web site or email Sharon Bracci at slbracci@uncg.edu or Guy Sanders at gmsander@uncg.edu.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Know a student who’d like additional guidance in the IRB process? Do they have questions about informed consent or the recruitment process? IRB has open office hours Monday-Friday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., 2716 MHRA Building. No appointment is necessary. Or they may contact crmcgoff@uncg.edu or visit www.uncg.edu/orc.

Research Excellence Award The nomination form and guidelines for the Research Excellence Awards can be found here. Questions? Email freundd@uncg.edu. Nominations are due by March 16.

Looking for sponsors? A hands-on workshop on navigating electronic databases for financial sponsorship on the web is offered by Charna Howson (Sponsored Programs) and Gerald Holmes (University Libraries). It will will explore databases such as Grantselect, COS, Grants.gov, Grant Advisor Plus and Community Resource Information System. “Come learn how to proactively find sponsors for your next project,” they say. It will be Feb. 25, 3 p.m., Electronic CITI, Jackson Library. Register here.

Budget central The UNCG Budget Information web site was updated last week to include the following items: 1) General Fund Revenue Report and Economic Outlook and 2) Improving Services, Effectiveness, & Efficiency: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

UNCG Research magazine cited The award-winning UNCG Research magazine has earned another honor. UNCG Research received a special merit award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) southeast division. In 2005 and 2007, the magazine received CASE awards of excellence. Universities in the southeast division include Duke University, Vanderbilt, UNC Chapel Hill, Emory University and the University of Georgia, among others.

EEOI training Fifteen employees completed the two-day Equal Employment Opportunity Institute (EEOI) provided by HRS. Participants included Cynthia Barnes, Sandra Bates-Hart, Maryann Burditt, Clarice Burns, Mary Jane Conger, Howard Doyle, Michael Elliott, Beth English, Christine Fischer, Buddy Hale, Mary Krautter, Gigi Ormsby, Lester Rogers, Neal Thacker, and China Tickle. A required training course for all managers and supervisors, EEOI addresses equal employment opportunity law compliance and issues of workplace diversity in state government. The next opportunity at UNCG for this training is July 22–23, 2010. Current managers and supervisors who have not completed this training requirement should refer to the EEOI web page for further details and registration procedures. This course is optional for all other employees. Contact Jason Morris in HRS at 4-4408 with any questions.

Before they were famous Have you or someone in your deparment taught someone who went on to become famous – or a star in their field? Tell CW about it.

Severe Weather Awareness Week is next week While severe weather can occur anytime throughout the year in North Carolina, March through May is the peak season, especially for tornadoes. The best protection against severe weather is to prepare now before a storm strikes. Find information on severe weather and emergency preparedness by contacting the UNCG Office of Emergency at BeReady@uncg.edu or by visiting www.readyguilford.org.

Men’s basketball Stywall on record pace Post player Ben Stywall needs 12 rebounds to tie the UNCG single-season rebound mark held by Eric Cuthrell, sports information director Mike Hirschman notes. Stywall is trying to become the first Spartan to ever average a double-double (at least 10 points and 10 rebounds per game) and the first player in the SoCon to do it since 2000-01. He is currently averaging 14.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.

‘Improving Retention’ webinar Are you active in retention efforts – or simply interested? Gain insight on how to focus efforts to achieve the greatest impact. The webinar “Improving Retention by Focusing on Specific Student Populations” will be March 9 at 1 p.m. in McIver 140. For detals or to RSVP, contact Holly Grabowski.

Newsmakers – February 24, 2010

Jan Van Dyke, John Gamble, Dr. Robert Michel Charest, Dr. Rebecca Adams and Dr. Nadja Cech are among UNCG individuals recently in the news. Details here.

Looking ahead: Feb. 24 – March 2, 2010

Film, “Sons of Lwala”
EUC Auditorium, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.)

Reception, for Steve Gilliam, assistant vice chancellor, University Relations. He is retiring.
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Thursday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m.

Undergraduate Honors Symposium
EUC, Friday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. (Michael Parker [English] keynote address at 5 p.m.)

Dance, Prime Movers Concert
UNCG Dance Theatre, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m and 8 p.m.

Music, UNCG Symphony and Chorale
Aycock Auditorium, Sunday, Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Georgia Southern
Coliseum, Monday, March 1, 7 p.m.

Science on Tap talk, on the emergence of infectious diseases, Dr. Gideon Wasserberg
The Green Bean, Elm Street, Tuesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.

Food for Thought (at different location), Dr. Sarah Cervenak leads tour of Drew exhibition
Weatherspoon, Wednesday, March 3, noon.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Breaking Ground on New Green Residence Hall in May

UNCG will break ground in May on a 400-bed residence hall that is slated to open in August 2011. [Read more…]

Faculty and Staff Discount for SOAR

Are you the parent or family member of an incoming UNCG student and planning to attend SOAR? University faculty and staff are now eligible to receive a discount for the Parent & Family SOAR program. [Read more…]

Class in Session in Mossman

022410Feature1_NegotiationClassThe soft-spoken woman in the purple jacket doesn’t mince words. And she speaks from experience.

“International negotiation is all about what you think you can ‘sell’ back in Congress,” she tells the students in her undergraduate International Negotiation course. “Capitol Hill doesn’t do policy. They do politics.”

The professor, Chancellor Linda P. Brady, moves on to discuss game theory models in international negotiation. The Prisoner’s Dilemma Model. The Game of Chicken. Outcomes. Moves. Payoffs. Side payments.

Brady’s students, many of whom want careers in international relations, appreciate the practical, first-hand information she offers them. Brady worked in the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Defense from 1978-1985, serving in both the Carter and Reagan administrations and dealing with issues of nuclear weapons, arms control, and international logistics.

“She’s actually used this stuff in practical application in Washington, D.C.,” says Elizabeth Schultz, a junior double-majoring in International and Global Affairs and Spanish. “She speaks from personal experience and not just out of a textbook.”

In fact, Brady wrote one of the textbooks on the course reading list, “The Politics of Negotiation: America’s Dealings with Allies, Adversaries, and Friends.” The book was published by UNC Press in 1991.

She has always kept one toe in the classroom, despite her role as an academic administrator at Georgia Tech, NC State and the University of Oregon. It helps her to stay connected with the students, she says. The class meets for three hours on Wednesday mornings in the Chancellor’s Conference Room.

The course, the first Brady has taught since she came to UNCG in August 2008, has drawn upper-level undergrads from such diverse majors as diverse as political science, music and history. The syllabus introduces students to theories of negotiation and conflict resolution and focuses on four major issues – U.S./Russia arms control, our current tense relationships with Iran and North Korea, and the Middle East Peace Process.

Brady has been able to give her students access to policy advisers and dignitaries, incorporating visits by former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Aldona Wos and Andrew Parasiliti, U.S. director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Parasiliti, a former foreign policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel who did his undergraduate work at UNCG, recently shared some of the lessons he learned during his time on Capitol Hill.

“Learn how to write short; learn how to write analytically,” he told them. “There is power in a one-page memo. You want your stuff to be read.”

Brady reinforced Parasiliti’s advice, once again drawing on experience. “During the Carter administration, Harold Brown was secretary of defense. We would write five-page memos and he would read them,” she adds. “Then, under Reagan, Caspar Weinberger was secretary of defense and he made it very clear that he was not going to spend his time in the office reading memos. You adjust your style to suit the operating style of the people you are working with.”

In addition to the need for flexibility, what does Brady want her students to take from the course?

“I hope my students will learn that negotiating skills can be taught,” she says. “And that they will leave the course prepared to be active and informed participants in foreign policy debates.”

Visual: Brady and Andrew Parasiliti, U.S. director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, at a class last week.

UNCG in 3

022410Headline_UNCG3The university is launching UNCG in 3, a new initiative that will allow highly motivated students to graduate in just three years.

The program is designed for the growing number of high school seniors who enter the university with transferable college credit earned through Advanced Placement (AP), UNCG iSchool or other early college programs. Incoming freshmen with 12 or more credit hours will be eligible to participate.

“UNCG in 3 is perfect for students who are eager to earn a degree and get on with other life goals,” says Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “They can pursue a graduate degree, get a jump start on a career or even use what they save in tuition to launch their own business.”

The first UNCG in 3 students will start in fall 2010. The program, which was announced today at a news conference, addresses the UNC Tomorrow goals for expanding educational opportunities, and is included in the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-2014.

Students enrolled in UNCG in 3 are able to save up to $8,000 in tuition, fees, room and board. They will earn the same high-quality degree UNCG typically offers, but at an accelerated pace by taking classes year-round. The university will provide both priority advisor support and priority scheduling to ensure that all degree requirements are met.

The program’s goals are to decrease the cost of obtaining a degree for students and their families and to recruit highly talented and highly motivated students to UNCG;

“Thanks to programs like NC Learn and Earn, Early College and UNCG’s iSchool, more entering freshmen have earned 12 hours of college credit before they start college. UNCG in 3 is designed to allow those highly motivated students to continue their accelerated progress,” said Continual Learning Dean Robert M. Brown.

UNCG in 3 will be starting with the following degree programs: Accounting, African-American Studies, Business Administration, Communications Studies, Economics, Elementary Education, English, Entrepreneurship, Finance, German, History, Information Systems and Operations Management, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance Languages and Russian.

Admitted first-year students can visit the web site uncgin3.uncg.edu. They can declare their interest when they apply to UNCG, when they accept, or when they attend the summer Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program.

If a first-year student enters UNCG with 12 credits, and takes enough credits over the next three years, the savings would be approximately $8,000 – a 22 percent savings in tuition, fees, room and board over a four-year program.

Here’s how it works – the student would need to take and pass at least 16 credits each fall and spring plus seven credits each for two summer sessions. The savings assumes that the student would take the summer courses online.

In planning the program, UNCG surveyed its own student body. In fall 2009, 526 freshmen entered UNCG with AP credits, with 92 students holding 12 or more. That year, 59 first-year students entered with credits from UNCG iSchool, joining 139 continuing students with iSchool credit. Those students with at least 12 credits would have a broader range of degree programs than students entering with no credit because they would have completed almost a full semester of course work. UNCG also looked at other three-year degree programs, including those at Bates College, Hartwick College, Ball State University, Southern Oregon University, Florida State University and Lipscomb University.

Additional coverage of this announcement can be found on a New York Times blog, The Choice.

Visual: Promotional, fun 3-D glasses were part of the announcement program on Monday.

A Science Olympiad

022410Feature2_OlympiadThe air at UNCG was filled with mechanical birds and rockets carrying eggs when 39 teams from area middle and high schools converged on UNCG for the regional competition of the N.C. Science Olympiad on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The competition took place beginning at 9 a.m. at a variety of locations across campus. Organizers hosted roughly 600 students, parents and teachers from Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham and Stokes counties.

The dozens of events included building bridges with only wood and glue, launching projectiles for accuracy, constructing mousetrap-powered vehicles, and analyzing “crime scenes.” Detailed information about the the featured events can be viewed here.

“The Science Olympiad provides students who have an interest in science an opportunity to compete and to receive recognition of their achievements,” said Dr. Robert Muir, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, beforehand. “It’s a nice counterpoint to athletic competition and recognition.”

The events challenged students to creatively apply their knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, technology, and earth/environmental science. The middle and high school students defended their work while interacting with professors, educators, research scientists and college students.

Dr. Meg Horton (Biology) was asked afterward about the Olympiad. “For me, one of the best parts of Science Olympiad is getting together with so many collegues from different Departments across campus – we have volunteers from Georgraphy, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. We also have volunteers at all levels – undergrads, grad students, lecturers, tenured faculty and lab managers.” She also mentioned community volunteers, such as engineers from General Dynamics. She added, “Watching the kids having fun doing science is such a thrill that our volunteers return year after year. We even have a former student volunteer, Amanda Herlacher, who is now a teacher and returns to help out as an event leader.”

This marked Dr. Adam Zahand’s (Biology) fourth time as an event leader for Science Olympiad. “I do look forward to it every year. The students are delightful and it is thrilling to see them so enthusiastic and excited about science. It’s a wonderful opportunity to promote science in the schools,” he said.

This is the fifth straight year UNCG has hosted a regional competition.

The top performers in 10 regional tournaments will now compete in the state tournament held at North Carolina State University April 23-24. The top two middle and high school teams at the state tournament will go on to the national tournament.

For more information, visit the N.C. Science Olympiad web site at http://www.sciencenc.com .

Prime Movers Concert Features Student Dance

022410EyeOnArts_DanceThe Department of Dance presents the Prime Movers Concert, an annual showcase of student work, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, in the UNCG Dance Theater. [Read more…]

Carolina Film & Video Festival Puts Indie Films on Big Screen

Our university’s Carolina Film and Video Festival, the oldest student-run festival in North Carolina, will return Feb. 24-27. It will feature more than 30 feature length and short films from emerging and independent filmmakers. [Read more…]

Tribute to the Big Bands

Enjoy an evening of the big band music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Les Brown, Stan Kenton and others. [Read more…]