UNCG Campus Weekly

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Announcements – March 24, 2010

Two candidates for Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development will interview on March 25-26 and April 8-9. [Read more…]

See/Hear – March 24, 2010

Jenny Braswell, who graduated from UNCG last year, is a teacher of 3- and 4-year-olds in a dance studio in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. The class is one of dozens offered through The North Carolina Dance Project, a nonprofit founded by Jan Van Dyke, head of UNCG’s Department of Dance. Two years ago, the non-profit took over the City Arts dance program when city leaders decided they could no longer pay for it. [Read more…]

Taking the Reins

032410Feature2_Horsepower“This is a leadership class,” Tim Clifford told a group of students from UNCG and Beyond Academics gathered for the first day of a class at a horse farm in Colfax. “Out here we’re going to learn how we can lead ourselves better, and we’re going to learn ways we can lead others.”

The students are studying to be special education teachers. A partnership with UNCG, Beyond Academics is a college experiential program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Students in Beyond Academics are part of the university community and work toward living as independently as possible.

Clifford, a former teacher and principal with close-cropped grey hair, led the 12-week class at Horsepower, a nationally certified therapeutic riding program. Meeting once a week during the fall semester, the morning-long class paired UNCG students with Beyond Academics students.

During the second class, Bradley (in blue shirt) from Beyond Academics and his UNCG partner, Ai Kamei, worked with a brown and white horse named Tailor.

Bradley, shifting his weight anxiously from foot to foot, held the placid horse’s lead rope. “Walk on,” he said softly to the horse. Neither Bradley nor the horse took a step.

“You’re in charge,” Clifford coached Bradley. “You’re a leader. Walk where you want him to go and he’ll follow. Trust yourself and trust the horse. What are you going to do if you get nervous?”

“Deep breath,” Bradley replied. “Walk on,” he urged the horse, his voice a little louder. Ai encouraged Bradley.

“Walk on!” Bradley told the horse and together they walked forward.

“I like how you said that, Brad,” Clifford said. “Better and better. You’re going to be a cowboy.”

The Horsepower program wasn’t just about leadership and riding the horses. It was also about learning to care for them. Students mucked stalls and groomed the horses.

“They’re in there getting their hands dirty,” said Dr. Stephanie Kurtts, an associate professor in the Department of Specialized Education Services. “That’s very therapeutic. Caring for an animal teaches responsibility. It teaches accountability.”

The UNCG students are in Project RESTART, an effort Kurtts leads to recruit and support nontraditional adult students who are studying to become special education teachers. The U.S. Department of Education has backed Project RESTART with a four-year, $800,000 grant.

“Everyone is learning from one another,” Kurtts said of the Horsepower class. “The UNCG students and the Beyond Academics students are peers.”

The last day of the class was Dec. 9. Clifford congratulated the students on the courage they showed to go beyond their comfort zones. “Sometimes we need to go out and do a thing we’re not entirely comfortable with if it’s going to make our lives fuller.”

Bradley climbed atop the saddle. “Walk on!” he told his horse, Fantasia.

“So, you’re pretty relaxed up there?” asked Clifford.

“Yup,” Brad said with a contagious grin.

Taking a couple of slow laps around the arena, Bradley did look comfortable in the saddle. In fact, he looked a little bit like a cowboy.

Excellence Day’s Big Changes

032410Feature1_ExcellenceHow do you improve Excellence Day? How do you provide for the high level of recognition that award recipients deserve?

A work group of nine individuals led by Dr. Steve Roberson and Dr. Jerry Pubantz took a hard look last fall and presented their recommendations to Provost David H. Perrin. Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Perrin are implementing them.

The results: changes intended to make for a “grander celebration,” says Roberson.

Among the changes:

  • In the past, several events have been held on Excellence Day, which was held on Reading Day. This May, there will be only one on Reading Day: the Student Honors Convocation, for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Starting next academic year, the “excellence day” on Reading Day will no longer exist.
  • In August, the awards to faculty and staff that have typically been presented on Reading Day – such as the teaching and research excellence awards – will be presented at a ceremony after the Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address on Convocation Day.
  • In Spring 2011, the Friday of Reunion Weekend (April 8, 2011) will be a campuswide Student Excellence Day. Alumni, parents and members of the community will be able to enjoy showcase events around campus, as different departments, schools and groups each display students’ excellence. The Student Honors Convocation will be on Friday evening of Reunion Weekend.
  • Next spring, the Undergraduate Research Expo will be on that Friday, as well.

Visual: At last year’s Excellence Awards Convocation, Chancellor Brady presented Rose Smith-Marsh a Staff Excellence Award.

Looking ahead: March 24-30, 2010

Baseball vs. UNC Chapel Hill
Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, March 24, 6 p.m.

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

Elliott Lectures continue, Dr. Linda Burton, Dr. Kim Blankenship and Chancellor Brady
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Thursday, March 25, 9 a.m.

Undergraduate Research Expo
Cone Ballroom, EUC, Thursday, March 25, 9 a.m.

Softball vs. NC State (doubleheader)
Softball Stadium, Thursday, March 25, 3 p.m.

Symposium, “Practical Steps toward Sustainability”
Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building, Friday, March 26, 1 p.m.

Lecture, “Understand Haiti: A View from Angele Theard, M.D.”
Maple Room, EUC, Monday, March 29, 11 a.m.

Lecture, “India Shining, India Suffering,” Dr. Neil DeVotta (WFU)
Weatherspoon Auditorium, Tuesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

‘Vernacularities’ Springs into Dance Theater March 26-27

032410EyeOnArts_FeathersThe influences on Loren Groenendaal’s MFA thesis concert, “Vernacularities,” range from ancient tradition to the latest technology. [Read more…]

Photos and Perspectives

032410Headline_StudyAbroadAbout 225 students go abroad on semester or full-year exchange programs in a given year. About 250 students go abroad on short-term or faculty-led programs.

You can get a glimpse at some of their experiences, at the small but engaging Study Abroad Photography Exhibition in EUC. Fourteen students exhibit one photograph each, presenting unique perspectives.

Darren Rayburn’s photograph (in visual) depicts an Earth Day event in Ayampe, Ecuador, in which children of the village danced. He was part of an international study abroad experience last summer led by Dr. David Cardenas.

Rayburn, a senior in Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management, says the trip focused on sustainable tourism planning for Ayampe, located on the coast of Ecuador.

“Even though this was my first experience outside the United States, it has inspired me to want to travel to other countries in order to explore and learn more about other cultures. He added, “I would highly recommend UNCG students to study abroad. My experience wasabsolutely amazing as well as educational.”

Jenny Celin’s photo is of a woman and a young student in Ghana. “Twice a week, I went to a school to teach the students, ages five to eight, English and songs … The kids were a joy to my heart,” she wrote.

Laurene Callender studied in Mannheim, Germany. Her picture was taken in Paris, France, atop the Notre Dame cathedral, her first first time visiting. “I took over 200 pictures in Paris. It’s an incredibly interesting city,” she says. Her photo focuses on a gargoyle, surveying the city below.

A stop by the EUC’s Multicultural Resource Center at 4:30 p.m. last Friday showed the photos exhibited on the wall to your left as you enter. A group of male African-American students in the Rites of Passage program were editing and previewing footage for an interactive presentation they’d make to high school students the next day at a local YMCA. Jeffrey Coleman (Multicultural Affairs) assisted them. When asked how the exhibition came about, he says, “One of our former GAs [graduate assistants] presented the idea of this exhibit to me and we followed up with Tom [Martinek].” Martinek is assistant director of Study Abroad and Exchange programs.

This is a “one-time thing,” Martinek says, adding that his program also sponsors a photography contest during International Education Week each November.

A visitor reads the first line of Martinek’s introduction at the small exhibition: “Study abroad provides students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and see things from a different perspective.”

The photos illustrate that point well.

More information is at studyabroad.uncg.edu. Martinek can be emailed at tjmarti2@uncg.edu.

ASL Idol Promises to be a Thriller

American Sign Language Idol is back for another season. And saluting the King of Pop. [Read more…]

Unleash the Poet in You

The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts invites all poets and poetry-lovers among the faculty and staff to help usher in Poetry Month by participating in UNCG’s second annual Open Mic Reading on Friday, March 26. [Read more…]

Sustainability Shorts

Documentary film entries for the Sustainability Shorts Film Competition will be screened as part of the UNCG Sustainability Film Series at the Weatherspoon. [Read more…]

Campus People – March 24, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. David M. Olson – Tiffany Bailey – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh – Dr. Sheldon Balbirer [Read more…]

Search for Next Dean of School of Education

Dr. Dale Schunk will be stepping down as dean of the School of Education and returning as professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education. He has been dean since 2001, and will step down on Dec. 31.

Provost David. H. Perrin has appointed a search committee for the next School of Education dean. Dr. Clara M. Chu has agreed to chair the committee. A town hall meeting will be Wednesday, March 31. [Read more…]

SOAR 2010 Street Team Volunteers Needed

The Office of Orientation & Family Programs is looking for SOAR 2010 Street Team volunteers to help welcome new students and their families during the month of June. [Read more…]

Understanding Haiti

Want to know what’s going on in Haiti? As the event’s flyer says, “Ask the doctor.”

Angele Theard, MD, will present the lecture “Understanding Haiti” in Maple Room, EUC, on Monday, March 29. [Read more…]

Curriculum Enhancement with Research, Writing Skills

The workshop Curriculum Enhancement with Research and Writing Skills will be presented by the University Libraries and Writing Across the Curriculum.

This two-day workshop, June 9–10, is designed to help teaching faculty enhance their courses by integrating research and writing skills into class assignments. [Read more…]

Cultural and Diversity Health Care Issues

Explore issues relevant to health issues and problems of people from American Indian, African American, Hispanic and Montagnard cultures who live in the Triad area. [Read more…]

‘Freshman Summer Reading’ Needs Faculty Discussion Leaders

New partnerships and collaborations for the Freshman Summer Reading Project brings about new energy, excitement, and, larger than anticipated participation rates.  With nearly 600 freshmen participating in the program once designed for 100, the need for faculty discussion leaders has grown. [Read more…]

Notes – March 24, 2010

NotesIcon“We Are the Foundation” campus campaign Faculty and staff will receive pledge forms within days for the campus campaign, to help support the UNCG Staff Senate Scholarship, Employee Enrichment Fund, Emergency Loan Fund and/or UNCG Guarantee. One of the ways of giving will be by credit card at giveto.uncg.edu.

All-academic runners The men’s and women’s cross country teams earned All-Academic Team honors. The men’s team finished the fall semester with a 3.24 combined GPA and the women had a 3.09 during the first semester. For a team to be considered for the All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative GPA.

Jackson at Jackson A new exhibition is on display in the EUC/Library connector. It is titled “Walter Clinton Jackson and the History of Jackson Library.” It provides photographs and documents related to Chancellor Jackson as well as the construction of Jackson library between 1948-1950. It also documents how the library was eventual named in honor of Jackson in February 1960.

Budget Central A pdf of the General Fund Revenue Report & Economic Outlook, prepared by Dr. Barry Boardman, Fiscal Research Division, NC General Assembly, is at http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/MarchRevenueOutlook2010.pdf.

Truman finalist Andrea Schronce, a junior in Economics and Political Science, has been named a finalist in the 2010 Truman Scholarship competition. She is one of 176 finalists representing 122 colleges and universities. Schronce is developing WE CAN, a community partnership between UNCG, its students and local women entrepreneurs.

In memoriam Dr. David Mitchell (Sociology) died March 17. Dr. Mitchell had been a member of the faculty since 1971.

In New Yorker Did you read the feature on President Obama’s economic policies in the March 15 New Yorker magazine? The reporter quotes Dean Price. Price is a 1989 UNCG political science major, interested in sustainable and entrepreneurial approaches to becoming less dependent on foreign oil. He co-owns Red Birch Energy, which offers renewable fuels in Southern Virginia. Additionally, he has contacted with local farmers to grow canola beans and he built a refinery. Last August, he was invited by the White House to explain his vision of a country powered by locally grown biodeisel.