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The Corner Has Closed for Good

030211Headline_TheCornerAfter 60 years on Tate Street, The Corner has closed its doors.

Its last day was Friday, Feb. 25. Grant Snavely, who’d owned the store on the corner of Tate Street and Walker since 1982, made his way to the door at 4:45 p.m, bade good-bye to everyone and to the store, and made his way to the car. A worker walked over and shut off the “OPEN” neon sign beside the door – “out of respect,” he said.

The afternoon saw longtime customers coming by – some not knowing this was the last day. Outside, a big sign advertised “Everything $1 – cash only.” And, as customers had come to expect for three decades, Grant Snavely sat behind the register next to the big glass window, greeting everyone who ventured in. He knew many by name.

Tiffany Garrett, a sociology major, sat behind the long lunch counter. A self-described “super-senior,” she had worked at The Corner for a year. The store was fairly empty, aside from lots of greeting cards still for sale. For many young students, cards through snail mail are a relic of the past. The remaining stock will be liquidated, Snavely said.

What will happen to the store? He says Matt Russ, owner of Tate Street Coffee House, bought the building from his dad, Hugh Snavely, years ago. Snaveley does not know what will be there next.

How did The Corner come into being? Snavely’s father had worked for his father at an Old Salem bookstore in the 1940s. “They were looking for a place for my dad to open. This space became available.” It had been a restaurant.

His father tore out the booths and tables. “He starting selling sundries.” School supplies. Cards. He did keep the soda fountain as it was. That was in 1950.

In 1982, Grant Snavely took over. He had graduated high school, graduated from East Carolina, served a year in Vietnam, then returned in the early 1970s to work there. Though he doesn’t consider it work. “I never had a job.”

He reflected that Friday afternoon on the “hundreds of thousands” of flowers they had sold over the years – their peak was in the early ’90s, before grocery stores cut into their flower sales. One Valentine’s Day they sold 6,000 roses. The Cokes and fresh-squeezed orangeade and lemonade sold at the counter. The cards they’ve sold. And the many friends he’s made over the years. The people he’s known have been the highlight, he said.

A graduate student, Stephanie Turner ’08, walks in. Her mother, Martha Turner ’60, had frequented The Corner as a student. “She used to come in here and buy cards.” Stephanie recalls her return to UNCG to complete her bachelor’s and get her master’s. “My first day back to school, I stopped in here to get a drink.” Grant Snaveley had given her some encouraging words that day. “I told him I was nervous. He said, ‘Oh no, you can do it!'” She’s never forgotten that. She’ll receive her master’s in library science this May. This afternoon, as she makes her last purchase at The Corner, she reminds him of that day.

Sarah Dorsey, a Music librarian, pops in with a friend. She used to go in a lot, when the Music library was in the building across the street. She and Grant chat for a moment.

A customer asks about the balloons.

There’s no helium in the store, Snavely says. “But you can have the balloon.”

How much are cards? “One card? Fifty cents.”

The most valuable thing in the store is a fixture at the back – a round, black clock that says “The Corner – Books, Gifts, Stationery.” Snaveley says it resided in the movie theater down the street [now Addam’s Bookstore] in the lobby, as an advertisement for The Corner, and his dad brought it into the store when the theater changed hands and was renamed Cinema Theatre. It will hang on the wall of Snavely’s home now. “That neon’s been burning since 1950,” he says of the clock. He adds that the neon behind the lunch counter is still glowing as well.

The store was very profitable for decades, but much less so in recent years. The students stopped coming in for cards and sundries, he explains. He’s retiring. Tate Street is losing a part of its history.

“What I’m going to miss is sitting here in my window, watching the people go by.” Those are his best memories, the many people over the years he’s known.

“End of story. End of The Corner.”

After he pulls away in his car, another customer comes in. He asks Tiffany behind the lunch counter, “Did I miss Grant?”

A lot of people will.

See a one-minute video clip from the final day of The Corner. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAs-3vDsbT0

Ed note: As a graduate student in the early 1990s, I regularly bought inexpensive flowers for my girlfriend, now wife of 17 years, from Snavely at The Corner. Mark Unrue, CW art director, would stop in and pick up cards there for all occasions: “Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Mother’s Day, even sympathy cards – plus they had ‘off-the-wall’ things other places wouldn’t have.” What are your memories of The Corner? Email us.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Restructuring Committee Completes Report

030211Feature_AcademicThe Restructuring Committee (RC), a group of faculty, staff and students that has been meeting since the summer, has completed its report on options for creating a new academic unit at UNCG focused on health and human development.

The report states: “The RC is recommending two options for structuring the new Unit at UNCG. These options reflect the charge and drivers used by the committee which are detailed in the full report, as well as the constraints placed on the committee by university administration during the committee’s deliberations. One option includes all HHP and all HES departments except Interior Architecture, as well as the programs in Gerontology and Genetic Counseling under a single dean and administrative staff. The other option is identical to the first but adds the School of Nursing under the same Dean’s administration. These models are consistent with the charge and goal of the restructuring committee to recommend a single academic unit that enhances collaboration through interdisciplinary approaches to curricula, community engagement and research.”

The university is seeking feedback by March 9 on the report, which is posted on the Academic Restructuring web site. Comments may be emailed to chancellor@uncg.edu; mailed to Office of the Chancellor, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, N.C. 27402-6170; or submitted through the restructuring web site.

“This new academic unit will support student success and faculty achievement by promoting greater collaboration in teaching, research and community engagement,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady wrote in an email. “We firmly believe this reorganization will enhance our ability to meet the needs of our students, our community, our state and our world in the years ahead.”

The first step in the reorganization will be taken July 1, when the Department of Interior Architecture from the School of Human Environmental Sciences will join the College of Arts & Sciences. The university proceeded with this move, because it is a consistent element of all plans under consideration.

The UNCG Board of Trustees and the UNC system’s Board of Governors must approve the creation of a new school or college.

The Academic Affairs/Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees will review feedback and discuss recommendations for restructuring on Monday, March 14. The Board of Trustees will hear a presentation on the issue and could approve a specific proposal at its next meeting, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, at Gateway University Research Park, 2901 E. Lee St., Greensboro.

By Dan Nonte
Photograph by Chris English

Summer Camp Sign-ups

030211Feature_SoccerCampFor three UNCG summer camps, the busy season is getting started. For those with children, the time to think about summer plans may be now – before slots fill up.

UNCG Summer Music camp

This camp provide music offerings for students in grades 6 through 12 in band, orchestra, chorus and piano. It will be offered two weeks: the weeks of July 10 and July 17.

It is “far and away the largest and most popular summer music camp in America on a college campus with 1,725 camp students and a staff of 150 professionals,” says Dr. John Locke, director of bands and also director of this camp.

He notes the camp has far more applicants each year than they can accept. “Waiting lists form as early as mid-February for some popular instruments. While we can accept 1,725 camp students, we typically have several hundred more on various waiting lists.” Those interested may want to act soon.

Full details, pictures, videos and downloadable brochure and registration form are at www.smcamp.org.

All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp

Specializing in hands-on classes in arts, sciences and technology, the All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp also includes recreation and citizenship components. Its instructors are experienced professionals, artists, scientists, and public and private school instructors.

It offers one week sessions for ages 7-15 at UNCG, NC State, Virginia Tech and George Mason University, and is operated by UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning. There are overnight and all-day options. Its week at UNCG begins July 24.

A sampling of courses range from elementary age “Creepy Crawlies,” “Hogwarts Elementary,” “Yuck Science,” “Daring Class for Girls” and “Movie Madness” to older ages’ “Forensics,” “Hogwarts High,” “Rockets!” “Web Media” “Project Fashion,” and “LEGO Robotics.”

It offers a 10 percent discount for UNCG faculty and staff.

Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see camp videos, photos, updates – or to register. Those with further questions may call 315-7742 or 4-2255.

UNCG Athletics camps

Ten sports are offered as part of the UNCG Athletics camps. Various ones are offered on select weeks – full information about each of the camps is at www.uncgspartans.com/camps/Index.

A discount of 10 percent for faculty and staff is offered on all athletic camps. Also, there is a sibling discount of $20 off each child per camp (must attend same camp). There is also a group discount for those youth teams that want to attend the same camp together ($20 off each child – 10 or more to qualify as a group).

Some new things this year:

  • Tennis camp will be emphasizing the USTA’s Quickstart Tennis format
  • New women’s soccer coach Steve Nugent will continue day camps and also conduct two residential camps
  • Volleyball will do a one-week day camp this year along with their residential camp

Christy Avent, who oversees the Athletics camps, notes one advantage over some other area sports camps: great facilities, including the cafeteria and availability of Rosenthal Pool. “Kids love these two things,” she adds.

Their facilities and space allow them to bring the camps indoors on days it’s rainy or very hot.

Most of the camp staff is composed of our student-athletes and coaching staff. For example, the basketball players they normally see from the stands in the winter are the ones guiding and teaching them throughout the week in summer.

Summer Camps Fair A Triad area summer camp fair will be held in the EUC Saturday, March 5, starting at 10 a.m. A couple of these UNCG camps will have tables there. More information is at www.1075kzl.com/pages/6171323.php.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

Making Your Views Known on Diversity and Equity

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Early/Middle College Forum

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Notes: March 2, 2011

NotesIconUpdates to Program Review web site The Academic Program Process Review documents have been extensively revised in response to feedback received at the Feb. 16 Faculty Senate Forum, posted on the web and received via email. After the drafts have been finalized by the Program Process Review Committee and approved by the provost, possibly by noon today [Wednesday], they will be posted at opa.uncg.edu/programreview where they will be available to unit program review committees and other members of the UNCG community for the remainder of the review process. Members of the UNCG community may visit this web site to sign up to receive an email message each time this site is updated. Associate Provost for Planning and Assessment Rebecca G. Adams will deliver the final report of the Program Process Review Committee, which she chaired, today [Wednesday] at the Faculty Senate meeting in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room, 3-5 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Expo deadline is March 5 The 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Expo will be held on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the EUC. The Undergraduate Research Expo will showcase the research and creative scholarship of undergraduate students at UNCG. Student projects are eligible to compete for a $1,000 award. Eligibility is based on mandatory student participation at the expo and a nomination from their faculty mentor. Saturday, March 5, at 5 p.m. is the submission deadline. For details, go to http://www.uncg.edu/our.

International employees The Office of the Provost facilitates the appointment of foreign nationals to EPA positions and provides them with essential support services. For immigration purposes an international applicant is one who is in a nonimmigrant visa status or is outside the US and will require a nonimmigrant visa to enter. It is vitally important that an international employee obtain the most appropriate visa status for the type of employment. Since processing times can often take up to nine months or longer, departments should contact the Office of the Provost far in advance of an anticipated start date so we have sufficient time to process the visa application or advise the foreign national on processing his/her visa petition. International employees may not undertake employment until the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has authorized them for employment at UNCG. Note: only permanent fulltime teaching positions are eligible to be sponsored for a lawful permanent residency (green card). In these cases, a national print ad is required at the time of recruitment. If your department is anticipating the appointment of an international applicant in an EPA position, please contact Katie Brown in the Office of the Provost at 334-5398 or krbrown2@uncg.edu with any questions about employing a nonimmigrant in an EPA position. Additional information can be found here: http://www.uncg.edu/pvt/immigration/. Temporary exchange/short-term visiting scholars and researchers are coordinated through the International Programs Office (IPC). Contact Michael Elliott, mjellio2@uncg.edu, or go to http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/facultyisss.html for more information.

Transatlantic slave trade The lecture “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: The Human Story” will be presented Thursday, March 24, 2 p.m. at Room 200, Sullivan Science Building. The speaker, Dr. Sylviane Diouf, is curator of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. The lecture is presented by the African American Studies program.

CW will not publish next week. Campus Weekly will resume publication March 16.

Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference Artists and art supporters are invited to join the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center for Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference, From Passion to Profession. This conference will teach practical skills that can be implemented in an arts business. It will be Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in Elliott University Center. Learn how to turn artistic passion into a living. This artist-led conference will present entrepreneurial strategies and resources for student artists and emerging artists to become self-supporting. The conference will feature numerous speakers in three breakout sessions: Literary, Performing and Visual Arts. Early registration will continue throughe March 12. Visit http://seac.uncg.edu for information about speakers, registration and agenda.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is accepting proposals for the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Research Assistantship program. The deadline is March 18 for proposals requesting the first funding period of fall 2011 and/or spring 2012. The URA program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on his/her research, scholarship or creative activity. Students may earn up to $3,000 ($1,500 per funding period) for their work. A presentation of research findings must be displayed at the Undergraduate Research Expo, UNCG’s celebration of undergraduate research held in the spring semester. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/our/URAindex.html or call OUR at 4-4776.

Early Black women as global travelers The “conversation with the community” discussion “Choosing to Get on the Boat: Early Black Women as Global Travelers” will be presented Tuesday, March 15, 6 p.m. in Claxton Room, EUC. It will be be led by Dr. Willi Coleman, and sponsored by the African American Studies program.

The art of kicking and punching Bernard Posey, a freshman majoring in sports medicine, has made the United States National Team in taekwondo, and will go to the world competition May 1-6 in South Korea. Posey earned his spot on the U.S. team during the national competition in January. He is ranked 46th in the world and competes at the 138.9 pound weight class. He will return to Colorado Springs on Feb. 28 to train with the U.S. team at the Olympic Training Center. The team will train again in Colorado in late April and will leave from there for South Korea and the World Taekwondo Federation world competition. Taekwondo, a Korean martial art, literally means “the art of kicking and punching.”

Meet the Greeks Are you a faculty or staff member interested in learning more about your students’ activities outside the classroom? UNCG’s fraternities and sororities invite all university faculty and staff to “Meet the Greeks.” Stop by Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom, on March 15, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Meet representatives from the 20 Greek chapters at UNCG and check out what fraternity and sorority life is all about. Also, if you’re Greek, stop by for a small token of appreciation. For more information, contact Samantha McGinty, Assistant Director for Greek Life in the Office of Campus Activities & Programs, at 4-5800.

Tutoring opportunity Every Thursday evening during the school year 15-20 Burmese children come to the Campus Ministries Building across from the EUC for tutoring by UNCG students. The UNCG students are not available during Spring Break and once exams begin at the end of each semester, the Service Committee of the Staff Senate notes. This committee is looking for staff members interested in spending the evening of March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., tutoring these young students. There will be another opportunity to volunteer at the end of the semester. The Burmese children are refugees from their homeland and are in grades K-12, so a wide variety of tutoring skill levels are needed. Some children have homework assignments they need help with – and if they do not have homework, they need to practice reading, word recognition and phonetics. Those interested should email Judy Smith at jcsmith8@uncg.edu.

SpartanCard spending will be down UNCG will upgrade its Blackboard Transaction servers March 9 – 10. All accounts on the SpartanCard will be down during this time. Flex, Spartan Express, Bookstore Bucks, and Spartan Cash are included in this downtime. Alternative forms of tender including cash and credit card will be accepted at all open dining locations. Laundry facilities and some copiers and print stations will not be operating. Thank you for your patience as we work through these changes. Please call Beth Thomas at 4-3336 if you have any questions.

Lane closings next week The Grounds staff will performs its annual maintenance on the center beds on Spring Garden Street next week. The east-bound lane from Aycock St. to Tate Street will be closed daily from 5:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. starting Monday, March 7, through Thursday, March 10.

Are sweatshops good? The BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets and Morality will host the debate “Are Sweatshops Good?” between Dr. Jeff Sarbaum (Economics) and Dr. David Lefkowitz (Philosophy). It will be a student-focused debate on the morality and economic impact of sweatshops. It will take place in Bryan 160 on Tuesday, March 15, at 4 p.m.

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week Last week, a scenario was presented asking what you would if a tornado warning was issued and you only had 3 minutes to make a potentially life-saving decision. Over the past three years, there have been two tornadoes, significant flooding, numerous severe storms, and other related severe weather events in Guilford County. Tornadoes touched down near the Triad Farmer’s Market in 2008 and in High Point in 2010, and in June 2009, an afternoon thunderstorm dumped 4.5 inches of rain at UNCG – the resulting flash flooding caused over $150,000 in damages on campus. Do you know the difference between a watch and warning? A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop. A warning means that a specified hazard is imminent (eg, Tornado Warning), and you should take shelter immediately. UNCG’s Office of Emergency Management says that for tornado warnings that may impact UNCG, every effort will be made to issue an alert. “It is important to remember that weather changes quickly, and everyone should monitor local media and NOAA weather radio for up-to-date information.” And make a plan. “When a tornado warning is issued, or severe weather strikes, know where you will go and how you will stay informed. Designate areas to take shelter, such as interior rooms on the lowest level of a building. Make sure you avoid glass and large open spaces, such as gyms and auditoriums.” To learn more about how to prepare for severe weather, register to attend a 30 minute “Essentials of Severe Weather” workshop on April 7 at 10 a..m. Email BeReady@uncg.edu to register. Visit www.uncg.edu/emg for more information on how to plan and respond to emergencies, or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 256-8639 or email BeReady@uncg.edu.

Art Appreciation 101 Staff are invited to a brown bag discussion noon – 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Enjoy a private tour of the current exhibitions, led by Curator of Education Ann Grimaldi and Curator of Exhibitions Xandra Eden. Gather in the 1st floor atrium lobby at noon. To register for this tour sponsored by the Personal and Professional Development Committee, UNCG Staff Senate, visit https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/list_by_category.jsp?cat_id=77001540.

‘Hansel and Gretel’ March 15-20, April 16

The children’s classic “Hansel and Gretel, The Little Brother and The Little Sister” will be presented March 15-20 and April 16. [Read more…]

Campus People: March 2, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Joe Williams – Dr. Tara T. Green – Dr. N. Frank Woods – Steve Moore – Dr. Robert Strack [Read more…]

Newsmakers: March 2, 2011

Dean Karen Wixson, Vicki McCready, Peter Delaney, Lili Sahakyan, Omar H. Ali, Carole Ott, Kevin Geraldi, Chancellor Linda P. Brady, Charles Courtemanche and Bill Tyminski are among UNCG individuals recently in the news.

Visit the Newsmakers page.

Announcements: March 2, 2011

Spring 2011 Travel Funds Program for International Service-Learning at UNCG

Grants in the amount of $2,500 will provide curriculum development opportunities to faculty who have experience and/or interest in leading a student learning experience in another country.

Program Guidelines:
UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning will provide curriculum development opportunities to faculty who have experience and/or interest in leading a student learning experience in another country. The award must result in an undergraduate course for academic credit that includes an international community service component. Course proposals must be submitted to the appropriate university committees, including the service-learning designation committee servicelearning@uncg.edu for review and approval. For more information and resources: http://olsl.uncg.edu/svl/developingasvlcourse/#designation

Program Mission:
OLSL’s International Service-Learning Program combines academic study with service opportunities in other countries while encouraging students to develop global perspectives, explore multiple concepts of community, and make significant contributions around the world. Through cultural immersion, guided classroom study, service, and personal reflection, students experience the reciprocity of shared learning while increasing their understanding of a global society.

Course Design Options:

  1. Integrated: add a service component to a faculty-led study abroad opportunity through UNCG’s International Programs Center (IPC) http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/leadagroupabroad.html
  2. New or Revised Course: develop a new course or revise an existing course, and include an international service-learning component

Course Information:
The course format, length, and content are up to the discretion of the instructor. The trip portion of the course may take place during a regular semester, summer session, or winter break (preferably 3 weeks or more).

More information – as well as the forms which can be downloaded – are at http://studentaffairs.uncg.edu/svl/2011/02/international-service-learning-curriculum-development-gran

Looking ahead: March 2-15, 2011

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, March 2, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Music, McIver String Quartet
Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Men’s tennis vs. Wofford
Saturday, March 5, 1 p.m.

Education Career Day
Monday, March 14, 12:30 p.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC.

Music, Faina Lushtak, piano recital
Monday, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Music, Faculty Composers Concert
Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Women’s tennis vs. UNC Wilmington
Wednesday, March 16, 2:30 p.m.

Friends of the Libraries dinner, with Lee Smith and Hal Crowther
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30 p.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC.

more at calendar.uncg.edu