UNCG Campus Weekly

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Mac Banks Is Bryan School’s New Dean

031611Headline_McRaeBanksDr. McRae C. “Mac” Banks II, a professor of entrepreneurship and former management department head at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is the new dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Banks’ appointment is expected to be approved Thursday, March 17, by UNCG’s Board of Trustees.

Dr. David H. Perrin, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said that Banks was the top candidate to emerge from a national search. Banks will succeed Dr. James K. “Jim” Weeks, who has been dean of UNCG’s largest academic school since 1990.

“Mac Banks will oversee the development of a focused niche for the Bryan School that will build on its already strong reputation throughout the state, region and nation,” Perrin said. “He is the right person to create an excitement in the community for the Bryan School through a new culture that emphasizes active and sustained engagement with the business and entrepreneurial communities.”

In commenting on his appointment, Banks said, “I am honored and delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Bryan School. From my visits to other business schools on behalf of AACSB, it is clear to me that Jim Weeks and his colleagues have built one of the best functioning business schools in the U.S. By combining that operational excellence with some of the amazing initiatives UNCG is pursuing in education and research and an extremely supportive business community, I expect the Bryan School to have significant impact within UNCG, the Piedmont Triad area, and the nation. I am looking forward to joining all of my new colleagues.”

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), located in Worcester, Mass., Banks served from 1995 to the present as professor of entrepreneurship and strategy in the WPI School of Business. During that time, he also served as head of the Department of Management through 2010, a dean-level position that had oversight for all business and industrial engineering programs.

Under his leadership, the Department made tremendous leaps in quality. With a vision that focused on educating students to understand both technology and business, WPI began offering differentiated business education. The new Industrial Engineering major was accredited by ABET in 1997, and the business programs were accredited by AACSB in 2003. Accreditation permitted WPI to be considered for national rankings and ratings, which started in 2004. These have included:

  • #1 ranking by BusinessWeek as the best part-time MBA program in the U.S., 2009-11.
  • #9 ranking in the U.S. (#1 in the Northeast) by BusinessWeek for the part-time MBA program in 2007-09.
  • #4 national ranking for the industrial engineering program in Academic Analytics for 2006.
  • Top 10 rankings for the MBA program by Princeton Review for Best Career Prospects and Greatest Opportunities for Women.
  • Top 10 ranking for the MBA program by Business 2.0 in the category, Where Your Career Prospects are Brightest.
  • Top 10 ranking for the entrepreneurship program by Entrepreneur.com in the 2005 entrepreneurship emphasis category.
  • Top 15 rating in finance by Entrepreneur magazine for 2009.

Behind the rankings and ratings were a strong focus on high quality research and teaching, as well as innovative programs. Faculty members substantially increased their research productivity and began publishing in top journals, while remaining among the best teachers in the university. They also increased their sponsored research, including about $2 million in grant activity during the most recently completed fiscal year. Among the innovative programs created under his leadership was the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which Banks founded in 1999. In his decade as the program’s director, it provided more than 100 programs, events and activities annually for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, entrepreneurs, service providers, venture capitalists and angel investors, plus a weekly radio show that averaged more than 8,000 listeners.

From 1987-95, Banks was at Mississippi State University, where he rose through the academic ranks to the level of Professor in the Department of Management in the College of Business and Industry. He began his academic career at Radford University’s College of Business and Economics, where he also created the Radford University Small Business Institute and Radford University Management Center.

His business experience includes serving as general manager of Britton Enterprises in Fredericksburg, Va., from 1978-79, and as assistant to the marketing vice president of Singer Safety Products from 1975-78. He also served as head women’s track and cross country coach at Virginia Tech from 1979-82. Banks earned his B.A. and Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and his M.A. at Northwestern University.

Founded in 1970, the Bryan School is UNCG’s largest professional school and the largest business school in the Piedmont Triad. The school’s 86 faculty members teach 2,426 undergraduates and 363 graduate students in four departments: Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Economics and Information Systems & Operations Management. Undergraduate degrees are offered in nine areas of study, master’s degrees in four areas and doctorates in two areas. The school has more than 19,000 alumni. The school achieved initial accreditation in 1982 by the premier accrediting agency for business schools, the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), and accreditation has been maintained ever since.

MS: Sally Bekoe’s journey

031611Feature_SallyBekoeWhen Sally Bekoe (Contracts & Grants) awoke on July 9, she stood to rise. And fell to the floor. A terrifying moment, she said, suddenly paralyzed from the waist down.

The diagnosis was Multiple Sclerosis, an auto-immune disease of the central nervous system. “It was pretty devastating,” she recalls. But rehab over the next few months brought success. “I started wiggling my toes, in rehab.”

“Here I am, back at work,” she said in an interview. “It’s real. I can walk again.” She returned to work in September.

HealthyUNCG, Spartan STEPS and the Campus Rec Center have been great campus resources, she says. She has made use of the employee health programs they offer.

For her, diet and exercise are key.

“The HealthyUNCG assessment was great for having real-life examples about what serving sizes are and portions for healthy eating.” She got these examples during the free employee health assessment HealthyUNCG provides to any employee. She explains it is “pretty detailed.”

“An assessment like this, if it were done by a licensed nutritionist off-campus, would cost big bucks. I am grateful for access to that.”

She logs her steps into the Spartan STEPS web site to keep track of progress for her nutritionist followups – “I print out the whole log” – and the Campus Rec Center serves as her rehab facility during the week. Rosenthal Pool is especially great.

She has reports from Spartan STEPS and from HealthyUNCG in hand. “I show the progress reports to my physician, and he and I set up a plan to make changes in the areas indicated.”

Bekoe is in pain often, though she may not show it. MS is “a disease no one else can see,” she explains. She has a walker and a wheelchair, for when she needs them.

She has been working at UNCG for the last six years and is currently in Contracts & Grants, where she sees health grants and proposals coming through. The health-related research throughout campus takes on personal significance.

The Greensboro chapter of the MS Society met last semester at UNCG. She is organizing a group to participate in or support the March 26 “Walk MS” at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro. She says about 30 have joined so far.

Regina McCoy Pulliam (Public Health Education) is looking to the April 16 MS Triad Walk in Kernersville. “I am a participant in the walk and it is because I have MS. I was diagnosed July 2007 and have been ‘making strides’ ever since,” the assistant professor said. She notes that it took some time until she started sharing her story with others – she didn’t want the extra concern or comments. But, like Bekoe, she wants to help bring awareness to the campus.

“I’m finding out a lot of students and faculty have MS,” Bekoe adds. “I’m not the only one.” It affects every age, every sex, every demographic, she says.

Those interested in learning more about the local MS Society or the Walk MS can email s_bekoe@uncg.edu.

More information about Bekoe’s walk team is at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NCCWalkEvents?team_id=223759&pg=team&fr_id=15491

More information about Pulliam’s walk team is at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NCCWalkEvents?fr_id=16202&pg=personal&fr_id=16202&px=3879615

Each of them welcomes others to join in the walk and learn more about diseases like MS.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

Cherry Callahan Will Lead Student Affairs

031611Feature_CallahanAfter a nationwide search, UNCG has appointed a familiar face, Dr. Cheryl M. “Cherry” Callahan, vice chancellor for student affairs.

The UNCG Board of Trustees is expected to approve Callahan’s appointment Thursday, March 17.

Callahan, who came to UNCG as assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs in 1979, has served as interim vice chancellor for student affairs since May 2010. She follows Dr. Carol S. Disque, who retired from the position.

“Cherry has served this institution with distinction and loyalty for over 30 years,” said Provost David H. Perrin. “She has a national reputation as an innovator in student affairs, and is known on our campus for her exemplary teamwork and collaboration. She is the right person to lead the Division of Student Affairs to new levels of excellence in partnership with our students, faculty and staff.”

“I am thrilled to continue my service to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in this important role,” Callahan said. “Student Affairs and the work that I do is a personal passion and to be able to do it with the terrific team assembled here is an honor.”

Callahan was promoted to assistant vice chancellor for student affairs in 1984; she became associate vice chancellor for student affairs in 1987. Her responsibilities as vice chancellor, effective immediately, will include oversight of Campus Activities and Programs, Campus Recreation, Housing and Residence Life, Career Services and Student Health Services along with numerous other student program and service departments.

Callahan earned a BA in sociology at UNCG. She also holds an MEd in guidance and counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill and a PhD in child development and family relations from UNCG.

She also has extensive experience as an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses on community leadership, human development, communication, counseling and psychology. At UNCG, she continues to hold an adjunct appointment in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education.

Callahan served as the 1998-99 President of NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), which has a membership of over 10,000 student affairs professionals from over 25 countries and is currently president-elect of the NASPA Foundation.

Her recent publications include a chapter on student death protocols in the textbook “Assisting Bereaved College Students.” She also wrote “Assessment – Our Next Call to Action” for the NASPA E-Zine.

Her recent honors include the Fred Turner Award for Distinguished Service from NASPA, the 2006 Denise E. Maleska Leadership Service Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and the 2006 DAT Award for Greensboro Chapter Disaster Action Team Member of the Year from the American Red Cross.

By Michelle Hines

UNCG Will Eliminate Wrestling Program

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Four Candidates for Graduate School Dean

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Elliott Lectures Explore Human Origins, Genetics

The Harriett Elliott lectures begin Wednesday, March 23, but the conversation has already begun about the 2011 series – Our Genetic Past and Genomic Future: Connecting the Science of Human Origins to Contemporary Life. [Read more…]

Marketing Campaigns Launched for UNCG Programs

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‘Property, Markets, and Morality’ Symposium

The Department of Philosophy and the BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets and Morality will sponsor a three-day symposium on “Property, Markets, and Morality”, taking place March 18 (7:30-9:30 p.m.), 19 (9:30-6 p.m.) and 20 (9:30-11:30 p.m.) in the Faculty Center. [Read more…]

Notes: March 16, 2011

NotesIconFrom drafts to “final” Those unable to attend the March 2 Faculty Senate meeting, at which Dr. Rebecca Adams made an Academic Program Review presentation, may view the PowerPoint here. One of the many notable changes, in response to comments and suggestions to February’s drafts, is that as the units rank their programs into three groupings, the groupings will bear no specific labels. They will simply be Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. The final versions of the Academic Program Review documents, as well as her presentation, can be viewed at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/docreview.aspx

Lawther lecture Dr. Steven N. Blair, a professor in the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, will deliver the 2011 Lawther Lecture – “Physical Inactivity: The Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century?” – at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Bryan Building Auditorium. Blair is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition and chronic disease. He has written more than 500 papers and book chapters, which have been cited more than 25,000 times. He also was the senior scientific editor for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. The lecture is sponsored by the School of Health and Human Performance. For more information call 4-5744.

The Duncan Women’s History Lecture Series continues with “Clothes, Class and Travel: Rewriting the Domestic Tradition.” The lecturer will be Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown (Maryland). It will be held Tuesday, March 22, 4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

LAC gets Tutoring Certification Award The Learning Assistance Center’s tutoring program (part of the Student Success Center department) was awarded the Advanced NADE Certification at the annual conference on Feb. 24. NADE (the National Association for Developmental Education) certification involves, minimally, a four-year self-evaluation process based on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). NADE offers both a general and advanced certification for tutoring programs. Advanced certification reflects greater research and data collection efforts on the part of the recipient program. The UNCG Learning Assistance Center is one of only 20 that have received this award nationwide, thus far.

NCPEA The Department of Leadership and Cultural Foundations received congratulations that UNCG was accepted as the fourth institutional member of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA). Dr. Carol Mullen is an elected member of the Executive Board, currrently serving a three-year term. The NCPEA is committed to the practice and study of educational administration. Established in 1947, the NCPEA continues its commitment to serve the interests and needs of professors of educational administration and practicing school leaders.

Business conflict management classes begin April 5 Concerned about potential workplace violence? Want to figure out how to deal with difficult employees or vendors? The UNCG Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution Program is again offering a certificate in business conflict management. The training, offered April 5-May 10 as part of the program’s CIVIC (Conflict and Violence Intervention in Communities) Project, teaches specific strategies for defusing conflict and reaching positive outcomes. The 12-hour Business Conflict Management Certificate is designed for anyone interested in upgrading their workplace skills, including supervisors, human resource professionals, MBA students, safety managers/committee members, displaced workers, and those considering a career change. The curriculum includes Conflict in the Workplace, Conflict Management through Policy and Procedure Design, the Manager/Supervisor Role in Conflict Management, and Workplace Violence Prevention/Intervention with Threat Assessment Strategies and Crisis Management. The classes will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays at Gateway University Research Park, Browns Summit. The complete six-week training costs $800 with a reduced rate for students and employees of government and non-profit agencies. Individuals also have the option of registering for one or more sessions rather than the entire series at a cost of $175 per session. For more information or to register, call 4-4781.

Triplette photography The Art Department will celebrate the life and photography of Eugene Triplette in an exhibition of his photographs titled “Faces of Faith” in Gatewood Art Gallery from March 18 to April 17. The opening reception will be held in the Gatewood Studio Art Building’s atrium at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 18. In association with this event, nationally acclaimed photographer Nina Berman will give a lecture on her photographs at 6 p.m. in Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Landfill on the lawn The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling will be put on an event to show individuals the waste they produce and how much of it could be recycled. Thursday, March 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in front of Stone Building and across the street from Jackson Library. The trash Dumpsters of Ragsdale-Mendenhall and Guilford residence halls will be dumped on the lawn and volunteers donning bio-hazard suits will hand-sort the waste to see how much of it could have been recycled with UNCG’s recycling program. The residence hall trash dumpster with the least amount of recyclables in it will be deemed the winner.

MBA students take national Small Business Institute honors Teams of graduate students from the Master of Business Administration degree program have again received national recognition in the Project of the Year Competition sponsored by the Small Business Institute. The winning teams, assembled as multi-national groups, have now graduated from the full-time MBA program in the Bryan School. One group took second place in the Graduate Comprehensive category for examining the feasibility of Tiger Tek Inc. of Brown Summit entering the electric motor market. Tiger Tek has already implemented the team’s recommendations.Another group took third place in the Graduate Specialized category for development of online banking strategies for the Bank of Oak Ridge.

Parent & Family Advisory Council Scholarship The Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs is now accepting applications for the Parent & Family Advisory Council (PFAC) Scholarship. 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. Students applying must be in good academic and conduct standing, have at least one family member who is a member of the Parent & Family Association (http://orientation.uncg.edu/families/association/), have engaged in activities on or off campus that have fostered good will and support for UNCG, and provide two letters of reference. Please encourage students who meet these criteria to complete an application. Applications are available online at http://orientation.uncg.edu/families/council/. The application deadline is Friday, March 25, at 5 p.m. If you would like to recommend a student for this scholarship, please send the student’s name and email address to New Student & Spartan Family Programs at families@uncg.edu or 4-5231. The Parent & Family Advisory Council Scholarship is made possible through generous donations from UNCG parents and family members to the Spartan Families Fund.

Arts and Essays by Foster Friends of North Carolina “Reflections of the Heart” is a collection of artwork and essays from children experiencing foster care. Through words and pictures, foster children have an opportunity to share their experiences as well as express the hope and plans they have for their futures. “Reflections of the Heart” brings to life the stories of our community’s children.This exhibition will be on display in the Multicultural Resource Center through May 6. There will be an art reception on Wednesday, March 16, from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center.

Ashby Residential College will present an “unconference” March 30, 5-9 p.m. Students will display their talents – scholarly, artistic or otherwise. It will be a kick off event for the campus’ Transcend Conference. Those with questions may email plwyrick@uncg.edu.

THREADS The annual fashion show, “Under the Influence: Art, Music and Cinema in Fashion,” hits the runway Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. It is sponsored by THREADS, a networking and social organization for UNCG’s Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies students. Clarification: The visual that accompanied the full story in the March 2 Campus Weekly was taken by Erica Payne.

Basics of personal investing Do you know the difference between an IRA and a 401(k)? Want to know more about CDs, money market accounts, stocks, bonds and mutual funds? Do you need a broker to invest or can you do it yourself? Learn more Wednesday, March 23, at the Brown Bag talk “The Basics of Personal Investing. It will be noon to 1 p.m. in Jarrell Lecture Hall, Jackson Library. It is sponsored by Staff Senate. The speaker is James Milanese (Bryan School, Department of Accounting and Finance). Bring your lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided. Registration is required. To register, go to https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/. Select “Staff Brown Bag Seminars”.

Off-campus housing fair Faculty and staff are invited to the 10th annual Off-Campus Housing Fair on Monday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom. More than 30 properties will be represented from all over Greensboro. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather information on different types of local housing options and speak with leasing staff about property features and costs. Representatives from UNCG Dining Services, UNCG Parking & Campus Access Management, and Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) will also be at the fair. Enjoy give-aways, games, drawings, and door prizes. This event is free and open to the UNCG community. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/cap/commuter/.

Weight Watchers at UNCG (Minus 1,491 pounds)

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UNCG Named a Bicycle Friendly University

031611NewsAndNotes_BikesThe first-ever Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) designations were recently announced at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. Among the 20 universities honored by the League of American Bicyclists, UNCG was the only campus in North Carolina and one of only four from the eastern United States. [Read more…]

Dance on Former NFL Player’s Fight with Alzheimer’s

031611EyeOnArts_DadAndMeMelissa Pihos, a graduate student in choreography, will present “PIHOS: A Moving Biography,” a dance work that focuses on her father’s fight with Alzheimer’s disease, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, in the UNCG Dance Theater. [Read more…]

Renaissance Music Masters the Tallis Scholars

031611EyeOnArts_TallisScholarsThe Tallis Scholars, a British vocal ensemble recognized worldwide for their performances of Renaissance sacred music, will sing in Greensboro Tuesday, March 29. [Read more…]

Campus People: March 16, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Omar H. Ali – Dr. Craig S. Cashwell – Dr. J. Scott Young – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh – Lynne Agee [Read more…]

Announcements: March 16, 2011

The Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Eligibility Criteria

The Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards have been established to recognize and reward members of the student body, faculty, and staff of The University Of North Carolina at Greensboro who provide outstanding leadership and service to the University. Leadership and service are contributions made to the University which go beyond the scope of the normal responsibilities of a student, faculty, or staff member. Examples of leadership and service include, but are not limited to: committee work, committee chairing, spearheading projects, volunteering for University projects, and/or advising student groups. Service may also include departmental, school/college, university, community, and or professional roles. Three awards are given each year (one each for staff, student, and faculty). For a student to be eligible for the award, he/she must have completed a minimum of three semesters of full-time course work. Consideration may also be given to student organizations (residence halls, clubs, etc.) whose purpose and practices are successful in the advancement of the University. Members of the faculty and staff are eligible after two years of full-time service to the University. Three $1000 awards are given annually to a member of each of these three groups.

The student award is presented at the Spring Student Activities Banquet. The faculty and staff awards are presented at the Fall Convocation. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate their colleagues whom they feel are deserving of this award.

Guidelines for selection are as follows:

Consideration for selection of the award will be given to persons who show commendable initiative and perseverance in their leadership and/or service roles, including those who quietly guide “the few”, as well as those who are more conspicuous and develop creative ideas and programs that advance the University, and whose contributions have significantly promoted the purposes of the University to provide an environment which encourages and nurtures the development of people. Recipients will exemplify qualities worthy of emulation: a positive and constructive attitude, a sense of humor, and appreciation of people and of the satisfaction and pleasure which may be derived from rendering service.

A committee, representative of the diverse constituencies of the campus and appointed by the Chancellor will select the recipients.

If you would like to make a nomination, please complete the nomination form on the reverse side and return it to Ms. Deb Carley, Human Resource Services, Mossman Building by campus mail or email to: ddcarle2@uncg.edu If you are making more than one nomination, please submit one form and complete one form for each nomination. Nominations will be accepted in Human Resources until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1.

Note: Nominations for the Staff Excellence Award will also be considered for the Bullard Award.

Full information and the nomination form are at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/PolicyManuals/StaffManual/Section12/Gladys_Strawn_Bullard/gladys.pdf

Looking ahead: March 16-23, 2011

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

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, March 17, 8:30 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Lawther lecture, “Physical Inactivity: Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century?”
Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m., Room 160, Bryan Building.

Symposium, “Property, Markets, and Morality” begins
Friday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., Faculty Center.

Fashion show, “THREADS”
Friday, March 18, 8 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

Women’s tennis vs. Western Carolina
Sunday, March 20, 1 p.m.

Music, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs and Women’s Choir
Sunday, March 20, 3:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Panel discussion, part of Elliott series, on study of human origins
Wednesday, March 23, 3-5 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

Elliott Lecture, John Hawks, “Neandertime: Deciphering the Secrets of Ancient Genomes”
Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m., Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

See/Hear: March 16, 2011

Seen the recent video clips on UNCG Athletics’ YouTube channel?

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