UNCG Campus Weekly

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

The Five Spot

030310FiveSpot_CarterBetty Carter joined UNCG in 1974 as the first archivist on the library’s staff. She has been the University Archivist since 1997. When she retires in May, a lot of historical knowledge will go with her. She enjoys walking on campus. “I always go by the Foust Building on Oct. 5,” she says, the date this institution officially opened in 1892. “I figure if Charles McIver’s ghost exists, it will be there on that date!” [Read more…]

Swamped: Wiley Outwits ‘The Hairy Man’

030310EyeOnArts_WileyCan a young boy from the Alabama swamps muster the wit and courage to overcome his personal demon? Find out in the North Carolina Theatre for Young People’s (NCTYP) latest production, “Wiley and the Hairy Man.” [Read more…]

‘Films on Demand’ in Demand

030310NewsAndNotes_FilmsA humanities professor wants to show a clip of a film. Some possible options? The professor could locate a dvd. Or perhaps consider YouTube.

There’s a new way. “Films on Demand” offers 46,000 online excepts from films in the humanities and the social sciences.

“Both full titles and clips can be imbedded in Blackboard and used for online or hybrid classes,” said Nanny Foster, the Teaching and Learning Center’s coordinator of media services. “It makes possible in-class projection without having to have the dvd in hand.

There is also the option of faculty using clips from titles. These are well indexed and inclue 46,000 choices. Both full titles and clips can be imbedded in Blackboard.

UNCG began offering the service in mid-February. No other Triad institutions offer it. Duke and UNC Chapel Hill began offering it a few weeks earlier.

The number of films offered may be expanded in the future to cover the other disciplines and areas, depending on how popular the service proves to be.

In addition, “It means 24/7 access for students with computer and internet connections,” she said.

Staff members may view the films as well. No password is needed on campus, Foster says. She adds that off campus, you’d need to enter your Novel username and password.

To access the service and the data base of films, visit the University Libraries’ Databases By Title web page,  then click F. You will then be at the “F page” – http://library.uncg.edu/dbs/dbs-byletter.asp?showdbs=F. Click Films on Demand.

Some benefits:

For Students:

  • Independent viewing outside of class can support review of material presented in class.
  • Viewing of supplemental materials can also be facilitated.
  • Access to titles is 24/7.
  • List of “favorites” similar to internet use can be maintained for future reference.
  • For “YouTube” generation, this method of delivery supports alternative learning styles. This alternative delivery of information can reach students for whom more traditional instruction has been less successful.
  • Ability to research and edit clips supports active learning.

For Faculty:

  • In addition to assessing appropriateness of titles for content and audience, this level of access makes integration into the curriculum more productive.
  • Supporting materials such as study guides and discussion threads and study questions can be more effectively designed.
  • Titles can be projected on existing teaching stations in face to face instruction.
  • Integration into Blackboard is supported making this a very viable choice for online classes.
  • An online reference list of titles used in class can be maintained for future reference and planning.
  • Editing of clips and portions of programs can provide focus on salient points and issues.
  • Clips can be edited to enrich class presentations.
  • Time constraints of using a complete program in class can be reduced and allow greater time in class for supporting discussion.
  • Student viewing of supplemental titles becomes more viable option.
  • Includes titles from a broad range of subject areas.
  • Will support interdisciplinary approach to topics and issues.

Have questions? The best first contact is Nanny Foster.

Notes – March 3, 2010

NotesIconRAMSeS workshop Another RAMSeS workshop will be held Thursday March 11, 2-4 p.m. in Room 2711, MHRA Building. The Office of Research and Economic Development in conjunction with the Office of Sponsored Programs will sponsor the workshop. Details are here.

Archaeology talks The North Carolina Council of Archaeologists will hold a series of meetings in the Sullivan Building, Room 201, Saturday, March 13, from 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Speakers’ topics are related to current research on North Carolina archaeology, both prehistoric and historic. Fore details, email lfstine@uncg.edu.

No CW next week CW will not publish March 3, due to spring break. CW will next publish on March 17. The deadline for that issue is end of day Wednesday, March 10.

Community service honor roll UNCG has been named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth straight year. Launched in 2006, it recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. Honorees were selected based on a series of factors, including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses. Over 700 schools nationwide were listed on the honor roll for their community service activities during the 2008-09 academic year. Forty North Carolina institutions were named.

Campus safety UNCG will receive the NASPA – Campus Safety Knowledge Community Best Practices in Campus Safety – Collaboration with External Agencies; Gold Designation for exemplary collaboration between local law  enforcement and campus community responders and role players during the active shooter drill. It will be awarded during the NASPA What More Can We Do? Building the New Legacy of Campus Safety pre-conference program, March 7.

Spartan Steps The campus-wide Spartan Steps fun fitness competition has generated a lot of interest. HRS has posted this information online. CW hopes to have more information in a future issue.

Lanes closed Spring Garden southbound, between Aycock and Tate, will be closed March 8-11 for spring landscaping maintenance along the roadway.

The Last Home Game

030310NewsAndNotes_BasketballThe men’s basketball team won their regular season finale in the Coliseum Monday night. The win puts them at fourth seed in their SoCon division for the SoCon tournament this weekend in Charlotte. [Read more…]

In Support of Black Men

030310Feature2_RitesofPassageJeffrey Coleman, assistant director of multicultural affairs, took a hard look at the data and decided to do something: Of 72 black men who enrolled at UNCG in 2003, only 19.4 percent graduated within four years and 45.8 percent graduated within six years.

So Coleman went straight to the source – the students. What are your goals for college, he asked them, and what barriers distract you from those goals?

Wanting to improve retention rates and achievement for black men at UNCG, Coleman last year launched Rites of Passage. The program helps black men reach their goals despite distractions caused by negative stereotyping, sexuality issues, unhealthy love relationships, balancing work with school and other problems.

“I thought if they could get a better handle on these outside challenges, they could focus more attention on being successful,” Coleman said. “We need to create an environment where they feel supported.”

Rites of Passage encourages success through service-learning and educational workshops. This year, students can choose to mentor black male high school students for the academic year or spend a semester volunteering at the Servant Center of Greensboro, which provides transitional housing for disabled veterans and homeless men.

Students also attend monthly workshops on topics such as sexuality, managing emotions, alcohol and drug abuse, preparing for the job market and black love relationships. They are strongly encouraged to attend at least four workshops per year.

The most recent workshop, held Feb. 9 in advance of Valentine’s Day, focused on romantic relationships. Dr. Ebony Utley, professor of communications at California State University, and Dr. C.P. Gause, associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, led a discussion, question and answer session and coaching session. The discussion centered on both heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

Black women at UNCG graduate at a much higher rate than black men, Coleman found. Of 331 women who enrolled in 2003, 32.3 percent graduated within four years and 55 percent graduated within six years.

“African-American females are the example,” Coleman said. “Their graduation rates are good, and retention is great. Black males are dealing with a lot of stereotypes of them as African American males. They say they feel they are perceived as unsuccessful, that they don’t feel encouraged to overachieve.”

So far, 57 men have participated in Rites of Passage. Nick Foggie, a freshman majoring in history education, said the program has provided a networking opportunity, putting him in touch with other black men on campus, and a chance to mentor young men still in high school.

“The mentoring program is really rewarding,” Nick said. “It’s a wonderful experience to be able to give back to the community.”

Visual: Dr. C.P. Gause speaks at a recent Rites of Passage workshop, on relationships.

The Artful Entrepreneur

030310Headline_EntrepreneurshipArtists may be trained as writers, actors, photographers, singers, musicians or playwrights. But in order to succeed in those worlds, they often have to take on another title: entrepreneur.

UNCG’s North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center will hold the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference Saturday, March 27, to help artists learn how to make a living from their passion.

“This is about having artists work full time on their art and not have to supplement with outside employment,” said Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center. “The conference is intended to assist artists in going from survival to success with hands-on tools they can implement the next day.

The conference in Elliott University Center will feature a full day of entrepreneurial training from top business, legal and artistic minds spanning the literary, performing and visual arts. Topics for the conference include “They Didn’t Teach Bookkeeping in Ballet,” “How to Start a Theatre Company,” “Connecting the Dots: How to Build a Brand” and “Finance for Artists.”

Guest speakers will include William Mangum, owner of William Mangum Fine Art Gallery; sculptor Jim Gallucci; composer Steve Haines; Falcon, a senior partner with NyghtFalcon Photography; and Richard Whittington & Preston Lane, the managing director and artistic director, respectively, of Triad Stage.

Conference registration for the general public is $45 before March 12, $60 after March 12. Student registration is $25 before March 12, $35 after March 12. Registration costs include all sessions, meals and a reception. Registration is available online at entrepreneur.uncg.edu.

For more information on the conference, visit entrepreneur.uncg.edu or call 6-8650.

Visual developed exclusively for conference is courtesy Malcolm Outland.

OLSL’s Spring Break Relief Trips

Interested in spending part of your Spring Break helping those in another community? Consider joining the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning as a learning partner for a Spring Break Service Relief Trip to Biloxi, Miss., March 7–13.

Learning partners are responsible for:

  • Serving as a resource to trip coordinators
  • Engaging in shared decision making with student trip leaders to ensure the safety and well being of the participants
  • Working with student leaders to address any concerns which may arise
  • Acting as the university representative in case of emergency
  • Providing advice and support to student leaders when needed
  • Representing the “OLSL way” of servant leadership.

For more information visit http://olsl.uncg.edu/service/relieftrips/news/. For additional information or questions contact Joseph Frey at jjfrey@uncg.edu or Emily Kamischke at emkamisc@uncg.edu.

Announcements – March 3, 2010

Staff Senate Chair Kevin Bullard has a note for all staff members:

Dear Staff Colleague:

The time for Staff Senate elections is upon us again, and you have an opportunity to get involved in what the Senate is accomplishing on campus.

The Staff Senate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro exists to contribute to the overall success of the university, to enhance the welfare of the staff, and to the advance an affirming and supportive work environment. Along with the Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association, the Staff Senate operates as a critical part of the universityʼs shared governance system to provide a forum for open communication among staff and between staff and administration.

The Senate has eight committees that contribute to the advancement of staff, and senators serve on the committee of their choice:
• Bylaws
• Communication
• Campus Community Well-Being
• Budget & Compensation
• Elections
• Professional & Personal Development
• Employee Recognition
• Service

Our work is critical to the welfare of staff, and we are always eager to have determined and energetic leaders join our mission.

I encourage you to visit our site to learn more about the Senate or contact me personally, at kbullard@uncg.edu or 790-8642.

Thank you for your contribution of talent and time to UNCG. Your efforts help make the university a great place to work.

Looking ahead: March 3-17, 2010

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

Faculty Senate forum, on general education goal and P&T changes
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Wednesday, March 3, 3 p.m.

Lecture, “Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended,” Dr. Heather Williams
Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room, Thursday, March 4, 7 p.m.

Baseball vs. Army
Baseball stadium, Friday, March 5, 4 p.m. (free admission on Fridays)

Noon @ the ‘Spoon art tour of “Existed: Leonardo Drew”
Weatherspoon, Tuesday, March 9, noon.

Staff Senate meeting
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Thursday, March 11, 10 a.m.

Softball vs. Georgia Southern (doubleheader)
Softball stadium, Saturday, March 13, 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. Harvard
Baseball stadium, Wednesday, March 17, 6 p.m.

Lecture, “Scratched in Stone: The Isis Temple Graffiti Project,” Dr. Jitse Dijkstra (Ottawa)
Room 101, Sullivan Science Building, Wednesday, March 17, 8 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Giving Those Trees a Hug

030310Feature1_TreeCampusOur university loves our trees. So does the Arbor Day Foundation.

It honored UNCG as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.

UNCG is the fourth college or university in North Carolina to receive this distinction – and the first in the UNC system.

“Our UNCG Peabody Park Preservation Committee is delighted,” said Elizabeth Lacey, committee chair. One of the committee’s recent projects was planting trees along the eastern edge of Peabody Park, near the McIver Parking deck. “The award honors all the students, faculty and staff who have volunteered their time to help maintain a beautiful and diverse environment on campus.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady noted that it was a  “great honor” for UNCG to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA University. “We are grateful to the many faculty, students and staff that have worked through the years in the planning, design, maintenance and management of the university’s grounds and forest resources and in engaging our community in our conservation efforts,” she said. “UNCG’s environmental commitment and leadership are acknowledged in being the first institution in the University of North Carolina System to receive this recognition.”

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

“The Tree Campus USA program will have a long-lasting impact at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as it engages college students and local citizens to plant trees and create healthier communities for people to enjoy for decades to come,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The university will benefit from exceptional tree-care practices on campus as it works with tree-care professionals in the community to improve the tree canopy in Greensboro.”

UNCG met the required five standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

“The staff of the Facilities Grounds department takes tremendous pride in the care of the landscape and trees so that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty of the campus as much as the current campus community does,” said Chris Fay (Grounds).

More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.

Campus People – March 3, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Mike Tarrant – Steve Gilliam – Steve Moore – Dr. Bob Wineburg – Jessica Kaczorowsk – Dean Rosann Bazirjian [Read more…]

A Student Believed to Have Active Tuberculosis

Late in the week of Feb. 14, clinicians in Student Health Services diagnosed a student with signs and symptoms of active tuberculosis (TB). [Read more…]

‘Rocaterrania’ screening March 18

030310EyeOnArts_RocaterraniaThe film “Rocaterrania” will be screened Thursday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Weatherspoon. [Read more…]

2011 Holiday Schedule

The 2011 holiday schedule, approved by Chancellor Brady, has been released by Human Resource Services:

New Year’s Day – Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

Martin L. King’s Birthday – Monday, Jan. 17, 2011

Spring Holiday – Friday, April 22, 2011

Independence Day – Monday, July 4, 2011

Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday – Thursday, Friday, Nov. 24 -25, 2011

Winter Holiday – Monday through Thursday, Dec. 26, 27*, 28, 29, 2011

The university will be closed Friday, Dec. 30, 2011.

Regarding the scheduled holidays for the year 2011:

  • Due to Jan. 1, 2011 falling on a Saturday, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 will be observed as the New Year’s Holiday.
  • Employees may use accrued vacation time, bonus leave, compensatory time or leave without pay to cover the one day the university is closed. Employees who have no accrued leave time may make up the time with supervisory approval.
  • Employees may wish to use vacation time to attend religious services on days other than scheduled holidays. Department heads are strongly encouraged to accommodate such requests by arranging employees’ work schedules so that they may use vacation time for religious observances. Only in cases of business necessity or emergency should leave requests for religious reasons be denied.
  • Employees who are required to work on scheduled holidays shall be given, in addition to their regular salary, premium pay equal to one-half of their regular straight time rate for hours on these days, and shall be given equivalent time off on a date approved by the department head.
  • Permanent part-time employees receive holidays on a prorated basis. Temporary employees are not eligible for paid holidays. Please direct any questions you may have regarding holiday leave to Kathy Watford in the Employee Services Department of HRS, extension 4-5009.

*GS126-4(5) Requires the university to note what day is observed in lieu of Veteran’s Day; Dec. 27 is that day.

More Art after Dark

030310NewsAndNotes_Freeman2The next Art After Dark offering will be Thursday, March 11, 6:30-8 p.m. Nathan Ross Freeman will lead the session titled “Creative Writing: Sight to Sound” [Read more…]

Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium

UNCG’s fifth Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium, titled “Informing Public Health Approaches,” will be March 20 in the Weatherspoon Art Museum. [Read more…]

Faculty Senate Forum: Gen Ed Goal and P&T Changes

A Faculty Senate Forum will be held Wednesday, March 17, from 3-5 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. [Read more…]

Chappell Reads from ‘Ancestors and Others’ March 18

030310NewsAndNotes_ChappellFred Chappell, professor emeritus of English, will read from his latest book, “Ancestors and Others,” Thursday, March 18. [Read more…]

Women’s History Month Slate of Events

The contributions of women will be celebrated on campus during Women’s History Month. [Read more…]

Haiti Relief Efforts Ongoing

The earthquake relief efforts and devestation in Haiti may have largely disappeared from newspaper front pages. But efforts for relief continue on campus. [Read more…]

Supporting Scholarly Community Engagement

“Supporting Scholarly Community-Engagement in Teaching and Learning” will be a series of sessions offered on March 18-19. The keynote address, workshops and meetings will address faculty professional development, graduate education and early career faculty. [Read more…]

Balanced Choices in Dining Hall

On March 15, a Balanced Choices program will be presented in the “Good 4 U” area of the Spartan Restaurant (the Dining Hall). [Read more…]