UNCG Campus Weekly

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Collages at Weatherspoon

031710EyeOnArts_GallatinCollage plays a key role in modern and contemporary art. [Read more…]

Chalhoub-Deville Next Director of Ashby RC

031710NewsAndNotes_DevilleDr. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville has accepted the position of director of Warren Ashby Residential College, effective Aug. 1. In this new joint appointment, she will retain some responsibilities in the Educational Research Methodology Department in the School of Education. She succeeds Dr. Fran Arndt, who is retiring after a long and productive association with the residential college. [Read more…]

Wind Ensemble’s New CD: ‘Fireworks!’

The UNCG Wind Ensemble’s 16th recording – and first compact disc on the Equilibrium label – has been released. It is titled “Fireworks!” [Read more…]

‘Women and Conflict’ at Elliott Lectures

031710Headline_JitnerBarbara Martinez Jitner posed as a factory worker in Juárez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, to shine a light on the Mexican city’s poverty, sexual abuse and violence. Hundreds of girls and women have been killed since 1994, when NAFTA turned it into a boomtown.

Martinez Jitner, a filmmaker and human rights activist, will kick off the 2010 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series with a speech – “Femicide at Our U.S. Border: To Be a Woman in Juarez Is a Death Sentence” – at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in EUC Auditorium.

The series, “Women and Conflict,” is presented by the Department of Sociology and will continue 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 25, in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. Speakers and their lectures are:

  • Dr. Linda Burton, Duke University Department of Sociology, “Journeys to the Altar: Intimate Unions and Childbearing among Low-Income Urban and Rural Mothers”
  • Dr. Kim Blakenship, Duke University Global Health Institute, “Inside and Out: Women, the ‘War on Drugs’ and HIV”
  • Chancellor Linda P. Brady, “Women and Conflict Resolution: The Right Skills for These Difficult Times.”

Raised by her grandmother, a Mexican immigrant, Martinez Jitner’s mission is to bring the untold stories of Latinas to both television and film. Her documentary about the violence on the U.S.-Mexico border, “La Frontera,” was released in 2007. She was an executive producer of “Bordertown,” a political thriller starring Jennifer Lopez, inspired by her story.

Martinez Jitner also is one of the first Latina executive producers of a primetime network television series. The Emmy-nominated “American Family” debuted in 2002 as the first Latino drama on broadcast television. Of the show’s first 22 episodes, she wrote 10, including the critically acclaimed premiere, and directed seven.

The lecture series is named for Harriet Wiseman Elliott, a pioneer in the women’s rights movement and the namesake of Elliott University Center. She taught political science from 1913 until 1935 and served as dean of women from 1935 until her death in 1947. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called her to Washington in 1940 to serve on the National Advisory Defense Commission.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 4-5609 or visit www.uncg.edu/aas/lectureseries/index.html.

‘Re:Forms’ MFA Concert Presents Dance Fusion

As the capstone to her MFA, Amanda Diorio has designed a concert, “Re:Forms,” that fuses jazz, contemporary and hip-hop styles. With a cast of 45 from all walks of life, it also blends the different elements of the North Carolina dance community. [Read more…]

Wet Fundraiser for Special Olympics

031710NewsAndNotes_FountainFirst one over the raging rapids wins.

A fundraiser for the Special Olympics will be held April 30 at 1 p.m. The campus’ Police Department is hosting the event. All campus groups and departments, including faculty, staff and students, are welcome to enter the fun event.

Teams will build a boat per these specs: No more than 8 inches wide x 18 inches long; and not less than 6 inches wide x 10 inches long.

Boats will be placed into the fountain’s waters. The first boat to plunge into the lower level of water will be the winner.

Of course, as Officer Drew Whitaker notes, the real winner will be Special Olympics.

Each entry is $50. The boats will be launched at the fountain at 1 p.m. on April 30. There will be pizza and music with a live DJ.
The entry deadline is April 25.

There is no practice for any teams, Whitaker notes, “however we do encourage teams to inspect the fountain’s waters.”

For questions and entry, contact Sgt. Armburger or Whitaker at 4-5963.

See/Hear – March 17, 2010

At the clock at high noon? That seems like the perfect place for friends to meet.

See a great noontime photo and lots of others from around campus. [Read more…]

Stepping Out

031710NewsAndNotes_StepsSpartan Steps, a healthy initiative/competition sponsored by Human Resource Services, is underway. [Read more…]

Notes – March 17, 2010

NotesIconLeadership programs Applications for the 2010-11 Leadership Programs sponsored by Chancellor Brady are due by March 22. Click here or contact the Chancellor’s Office at 4-5266 for more information. Application materials should be submitted to the Leadership Programs Committee, Office of the Chancellor, 303 Mossman Building.

Calling all BRIDGES participants If you are a BRIDGES graduate, you understand and value the academic leadership program for women in NC higher education. UNCG is starting a BRIDGES listserv. The goal is to serve past participants now at UNCG by further improving their communication, networking and recruitment. Participants are especially interested in hearing from you if you went through BRIDGES while working at another university or if you applied on your own rather than through the UNCG process. (See above.) The listserv is a great idea according to BRIDGES alumnae Celia Hooper, dean of the School of Health and Human Performance, and Laura Chesak, incoming interim associate dean of the Graduate School. Adds Hooper: “I met a group of women who will likely supply lifetime career support. There were eight of us in my year who were interim in their positions and we formed ‘the interim club.’ I still keep in touch with many of them and we have helped each other. This was inspiring and career enhancing!” To participate in the listserv, email your contact information to BRIDGES alumna Stephanie Cole, capital campaign director in University Advancement, at sbcole@uncg.edu.

Chinese students A group of 10 UNCG international students from China attended a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh, accompanied by Michael Elliott (International Programs Center). The reception was for students and scholars from China. They met Perdue and the state’s Secretary of Commerce.

Campus Rec service-learning project Dr. Heather Sanderson, Sarah McCollum and Campus Recreation group exercise instructors and personal trainers presented lifelong physical activity classes to 60 Smith High School students on Feb. 26. The Smith students experienced group fitness including fitness dance, boot camp and yoga.

Eating locally The Staff Senate sponsored brown bag lunch series continues with a discussion on “Nutrition From the Ground Up: Getting Back to the Basics.” Dr. Anne-Marie Scott (Nutrition) will discuss the various dynamics of eating locally with regards to sustainability. She will explore the many positive outcomes that are associated with eating locally. It will be Thursday, March 18, from noon to 1 p.m., Bryan School, Room 416. Bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Reservations are required. Visit https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops (look for Staff Senate Brown Bag Seminars).

Balancing work and family life Running March 18 through April 8, the second annual Balancing Work and Family Life seminar series will include four, one-hour seminars on various topics related to balancing work and family life. It is sponsored by Human Resource Services and the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. Registration for seminar attendance is available here. Questions may be directed to Jason Morris or Dr. Kerrie Kardatzke.

Telerehabilitation David Brennan, a senior research engineer at National Rehabilitation Hospital, has worked on interactive computer-based tools for delivering telerehabilitation interventions. On Friday, March 19, at 9 a.m. in Room 325, Ferguson Building, he will lecture, exploring the application of telerehabilitation to assist individuals unable to access rehabilitation services.

Census counts Lynda Kellam (University Libraries) has a brief podcast titled “Why Should I Care About the Census 2010.”  There is also a web page about the census.

Geography talk rescheduled for Friday Dr. Lee Schwartz, geographer of the Department of State and the director of its Office of the Geographer and Global Issues in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, was originally scheduled to speak in early February. It was canceled due to weather. The talk will take place Friday, March 19, 4 p.m., 109 Graham. He has directed research on complex humanitarian emergencies and coordinated fieldwork in the Balkans, Central Asia, Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and the Horn of Africa.

Opera on Catfish Row

031710Feature1_Porgy“Porgy and Bess,” the classic George Gershwin opera that introduced “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So” into the American songbook, will be performed at Aycock Auditorium Sunday, March 21.

The 3 p.m. matinee, part of a national tour marking the 75th anniversary of the work, is the fourth performance of the 2009-2010 University Concert & Lecture Series. Tickets for the event are $28-35 and are available at 4-4849 or boxoffice.uncg.edu.

Set along “Catfish Row” in segregated Charleston, S.C., the opera details the relationship between Porgy, a street beggar, and Bess, a prostitute. Written and performed in English, the folk opera is beloved for its memorable characters and enduring songs. In addition to “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” the opera also includes the famous songs “I Got Plenty of Nuttin’,” “I Loves You, Porgy” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now.”

This production of “Porgy and Bess” is produced by Michael Capasso, general manager of New York’s Dicapo Opera Theatre. The production also includes talent with local ties. Philip Boykin, who plays the role of “Crown,” and Peter MacBeth, the show’s technical director, are both graduates of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

After this performance, one show remains in the UCLS season. Moscow Festival Ballet presents “Coppelia” on Wednesday, April 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale.

For more information, visit ucls.uncg.edu.

Disque Will Retire

031710Feature2_DisqueDr. Carol S. Disque will retire June 30 after 14 years as UNCG’s vice chancellor for student affairs.

Disque’s responsibilities at UNCG include oversight of Campus Recreation, Housing and Residence Life, Career Services and Student Health.

Dr. Cheryl (Cherry) M. Callahan, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, will serve as interim vice chancellor for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Disque credits her staff for the positive changes she implemented during her tenure. Enrollment has grown nearly 50 percent, and the student body has become increasingly diverse in race and age, she says.

“We have worked institutionally and in student affairs to become more student-centered, more learner-centered, more multi-culturally competent, and to respond to enrollment growth. The accomplishments that occurred during my time as vice chancellor for student affairs reflect the efforts of a dedicated and very talented student affairs staff, along with many faculty and staff across the whole university. What I am most proud of is the energy and endless creativity of the staff members who work in Student Affairs — not only those who provide administrative leadership and counseling/ programming for students, but also those in web/technology, and assessment/evaluation, and fundraising, and building maintenance, and support roles that help student affairs functions make this university a positive and powerful experience for students.”

Callahan is equally complimentary of Disque as a leader.

“Over her fourteen years of service to UNCG, Carol has enabled and supported her staff in creating new programs and opportunities for students,” Callahan says. “She has always been a cheerleader for her staff and the work that they do. She has also been a strong advocate for students. Those students with whom she has interacted look to Carol with great respect and admiration and they will miss her.

Under Carol’s leadership, the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning – an award winning office – was created and outstanding programs developed,” Callahan notes. “Students have participated in a multitude of local and national community service projects bringing relief to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated area as well as meeting local needs through many community agencies. Most recently, Carol led a comprehensive review of our housing system and developed a strategic plan that will double our current housing inventory. This plan will create new opportunities for student engagement and increase connections across generations of students.”

Disque worked at Ohio University from 1979-1989, serving as director of career planning and placement and as assistant professor of educational leadership. She was dean of students at the College of William and Mary from 1990-1996 before she was hired to fill the UNCG vice chancellor position vacated by the retiring James H. Allen.

Her move to UNCG signaled a homecoming for Disque, who lived in Jamestown as a teenager and graduated from Ragsdale High School. She is also a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and from 1976-79 was director of placement and career development at Wake Forest University.

As an undergraduate at Duke, Disque majored in English and psychology. She holds an MEd in counselor education and a PhD in education from the University of Virginia.

Under Disque’s leadership several new programs emerged, including the Student Employment Office; several living learning communities including Grogan College, LEAD, and Make a Difference House; the Office for Adult Students; the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning; Team QUEST; the Multicultural Resource Center; the Dean of Students Office; Campus Activities and Programs Office; Parent and Family Programs; and UNCG Cares.

Improvements to facilities under the stewardship of Student Affairs have included the Aycock Auditorium renovation; Elliott University Center renovation and expansion; the Library-EUC Connector, Gove Health Center renovation and expansion; outdoor recreation improvements including the Recreation Field, outdoor trail and courts, Piney Lake and Team QUEST facilities. Millions of dollars in repair and improvement projects have been invested to improve the safety and functionality of the residence halls, such as card key access, fire sprinkler systems and wired/wireless information technology access. New construction has included the Spring Garden Apartments, a 400-student residence hall, and planning is underway for a new indoor recreation center.

“Vice Chancellor Disque has led the Division of Student Affairs during a period of significant growth in student numbers and diversity,” says Provost David H. Perrin. “UNCG’s reputation as a student-centered university is in no small part a result of Carol’s dedicated and tireless leadership. She has overseen the creation of several nationally acclaimed programs and improvement to many of our facilities. We will miss Carol’s expertise and leadership.”

The Five Spot

031710FiveSpot_VaughanDavid Vaughan is assistant vice chancellor for academic resources in the Division of Academic Affairs. Vaughan retires at the end of April, after 31 years’ service in the UNC system. He wasn’t always at UNCG. “I have worked on three UNC campuses – first, at UNC Chapel Hill, in the School of Social Work, then at East Carolina University, where I was the first full-time Budget Office staff member.” He came to UNCG in 1987. [Read more…]

Campus People – March 17, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell – Dr. Tara T. Green – Steve Delaney – Dr. Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez – Dr. Joan M. Jones-Mathews [Read more…]

Looking ahead: March 17-24, 2010

Faculty Senate forum, on Gen Ed goal and P&T changes
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Wednesday, March 17, 3 p.m.

Film, “The Cup,” part of Asian Film Festival, discussion led by Dr. Susan Walcott
Room 100, Ferguson Building, 6:30 p.m.

Women’s tennis vs. Gardner-Webb and Men’s tennis vs. Coastal Carolina
Tennis courts, Thursday, March 18, women begin at 2 p.m., men begin at 3 p.m.

Film, “Rocaterrania,” by Brett Ingram
Weatherspoon, Thursday, Mach 18, 6:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. College of Charleston
Baseball stadium, Friday, March 19, 7 p.m. (free on Fridays)

Dance, MFA Thesis Concert, Amanda Diorio
Dance Theatre, Saturday, March 20, 8 p.m.

UCLS performance, “Porgy and Bess”
Aycock Auditorium, Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m.

Talk, “Personal Politics and History,” Sudie Duncan Sides, class of 1961
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Monday, March 22, 4 p.m.

Elliott Lecture, “Femicide at Our US Border …,” Barbara Martinez Jitner
EUC Auditorium, Wednesday, March 24, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Wrestling Pins Down its First Ever SoCon Title

031710NewsAndNotes_WrestlingUNCG claimed its first-ever Southern Conference Championship in wrestling and three individuals qualified for the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

141-pounder Ivan Lopouchanski, 165-pounder Victor Hojilla and 174-pounder Byron Sigmon all won individual titles at their respective weight classes in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Andrew Saunders will also join those three teammates at this week’s NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb. after earning one of 50 at-large bids, David Percival (Athletics) notes.

Hojilla also came away with Most Outstanding Wrestler honors, while Coach Jason Loukides was honored as the SoCon Coach of the Year.

UNCG claimed the team championship by putting five wrestlers in the finals and three coming home with third-place finishes to score 81.5 points. The Citadel came in second with 74 points and Appalachian State was third with 71.5 points. Five-time defending SoCon Tournament champion Chattanooga finished in a distant fourth with 43 points followed by VMI and Davidson with 37 and 21 points, respectively.

Sustainability Symposium March 26

The Department of Biology has organized an afternoon symposium – Practical Steps toward Sustainability – for 1-5 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Sullivan Science Building. [Read more…]

Neuroscientist Speaks on ‘Animal Models, Human Reality’

031710NewsAndNotes_PreussNeuroscientist Dr. Todd Preuss, a three-time Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, will deliver a lecture – “Animal Models and Human Reality” – 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, March 19, in the Sullivan Science Building. [Read more…]

Breakfast at Woolworth’s – a Women’s History Month Forum

In observance of Women’s History Month, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in the Woolworth Building on Elm Street will host a series of activities that celebrate outstanding women in the Triad and our state.

One will be a breakfast forum, on Thursday, March 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the facility’s 172-seat auditorium. Panelists will include Dr. Linda P. Brady, chancellor; Rebecca Mann, president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Organization of Women; Julie Lapham, commissioner, The Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women; Katie Wangelin, director of programs, Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro; and Deena Hayes, member, Guilford County Board of Education. The public is invited. There is a charge.

A $6 activity fee includes a continental breakfast. Groups of 10 will be offered a $1 discount on each ticket.

For information, call 274-9199 or email info@sitinmovement.org.

Promoting Health of Older Immigrants

The Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) is recruiting 20 AmeriCorps members to improve health care for immigrant and refugee seniors in Greensboro. [Read more…]

‘Library Express’ Streamlines Research

For decades the research and academic libraries across the UNC system have leveraged their collections and those of other research libraries in the region to reduce costs and make the greatest range of materials available to faculty and students. Now, with one easy system on the web, patrons can search the library catalog of all 17 institutions in the system and have the materials they need delivered in days. [Read more…]