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Putting Yourself in Another’s Shoes

033011Feature_PovertySocial Work graduate student Brandon Williams explained that that was what the March 18 Poverty Simulation 2011 was illustrating. He was one of the volunteers, role playing. The sign at his table read “Community Center.”

Fellow grad student Megan Englebretson explained that some of the nearly 100 students, mostly undergraduates, who came to their table throughout the afternoon found frustration. As they all played their roles, they wanted more than what those at each of the booths could provide, or perhaps they’d been misinformed. Many participants found it eye-opening. Frustrations and barriers were a theme of the day, as revealed when students formed groups at the end of the day to talk through their role-playing experiences.

“I just want the people to have the right information,” one student said.

The day was the brainchild of instructor Jack Register (Social Work), who led a committee organizing it. “We in HES [Human Environmental Sciences] train students to become more aware of the issues and impact of poverty on vulnerable populations,” he explained. Including the frustrations.

The event, titled “Poverty Simulation 2011: Making Cents of Being Poor,” took place on a warm, sunny Friday. The students, many from Social Work but others from throughout the School of HES and beyond, gathered in Fleming Gym in the morning to be briefed on the purpose and logistics of the afternoon simulation. One topic was “What poverty looks like in our world today in 2011.”

Poverty simulations, Register explains, are a way of ‘walking,’ at least for a few minutes, in the shoes of another person or group. Each participant would be given an identity. They would attempt to get their family’s needs met, and in the course of the afternoon would visit several “agencies” to help do that.

“You may have to gain access to transportation, recertify for Medicare/Medicaid, gain some intervention for medical reasons, or a host of other issues,” he instructed the students, about the role-playing. “If you choose to break the law during the simulation, you will be arrested.”

While the day was eye-opening for some — many participants had had experience working with volunteering or working with populations at risk for poverty, such as immigrants or the mentally ill.

“A family member may get out of poverty, but what about the family?” one student observed during the debriefing at the end of the day.

By 2012, about sixty percent of the population will be elderly, Williams said, as he moderated one of the debriefing sessions. Social Work chair Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey offered an occasional question or thought to further the conversation. But the students offered their own experiences with populations in need.

“Let’s talk about kids,” Williams said. And the participants had plenty to add.

“We talked about immigrants,” he said. “What about the mentally ill?” The views flew back and forth, some students drawing on their volunteer experiences.

“Did there seem to be good communication between agencies?” Williams asked.

One student observed that transportation – not understanding how to use the public transportation or no access to it or a car — can be a barrier.

Lindsey noted that during the simulation, she observed a “45-year-old veteran” walking around rather aimlessly, not knowing where to turn. One student observed seeing a homeless veteran recently along a roadway, and speculated on what barriers that individual had faced, and what could be done.

Students piped up with frustrations they faced, in playing their roles. “The frustration in hearing you’re denied a service, but not told why,” one said.

“Seeing [a place] closed for the day or for lunch,” another said.

Language barriers for immigrants, Alexia Mesa offered. An intern with Guilford Child Development, she has experience working with Congolese immigrants. She notes that UNCG is the most diverse ethnically of the historically white UNC schools, and she has learned from students of a wide variety of ethnicities at UNCG.

This warm, spring day was another day of broadening students’ perspectives.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris


Weatherspoon Celebrates 70

033011Feature_WeatherspoonThe Weatherspoon Art Museum turns 70 this year. That’s seven decades of presenting thoughtful exhibitions, providing educational opportunities for visitors, and building a collection with a national reputation.

The museum will have special offerings throughout the year.

One that is always fun and very family-friendly is the annual Spring Community Day, which will be Saturday, April 9, 1-4 p.m. Join Paperhand Puppet Intervention (in visual) from the Triangle area in celebrating WAM’s 70th Anniversary. Art activities, performances, tours and more will be offered.

Additional highlights for the year include the anniversary exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting, and the launch of a full-color publication that complements it.

Some events in the coming weeks:
Noon @ ‘the Spoon gallery tour – Tour the Vogel Collection
April 12, noon

A Conversation with artist Tom Otterness – Thursday, April 14, 5:30 p.m.
From the city parks to museums, from subway stations to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Tom Otterness’ public sculptures have been enjoyed by millions. Join WAM for this special evening.

John Ahearn: Artist Talk – Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 p.m.
A Greensboro storefront in 1995 became a studio for John Ahearn where he created life-like plaster portraits of the city’s residents. Learn about John’s work and those who inspire it. More information.

The special 70th anniversary web site can be viewed here. The WAM site, with a full calendar, can be viewed here.

Student Excellence Day (Plus Preview Day)

033011Headline_StudentExcellenceStudent Excellence Day, when UNCG recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of its undergraduate and graduate students, will be held Friday, April 8, to coincide with the Woman’s College Reunion Weekend.

Student Excellence Day will culminate with an Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. in EUC’s Auditorium, when Provost David H. Perrin will present Student Excellence Awards, UNCG’s highest academic award, along with awards for Undergraduate Research, Graduate and Library Research.

A “Student Excellence Day Preview” will take place on Thursday, April 7.

Various “showcase” events, slated for both days, will allow fellow students, faculty, staff and alumni to experience a sample of the broad array of the work produced by our students on a daily basis. For instance, the Undergraduate Research Expo will present faculty-mentored student projects from a wide variety of academic fields. The Art, Dance and Music departments will showcase student work in exhibits and in open rehearsals. The Lloyd International Honors College will open the doors of North Spencer Honors Residence Hall to the UNCG community for an “Honors Showcase.”

On Friday afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium Lobby, students from Leadership and Service-Learning, Undergraduate Research, Interior Architecture, Art, the Honors College, and Strong, Ashby, and Grogan Residential Colleges will be on hand to greet and meet at a drop-in showcase. They will answer questions about their individual and collective work. Any UNCG student who attends the Showcase, and who completes a brief reflective survey, will be eligible to win an iPod nano.

The two-day schedule:

Student Excellence Day Preview: Thursday, April 7

  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Undergraduate Research Expo, Elliott University Center, Cone Ballroom – The Undergraduate Research Expo showcases faculty mentored student projects from a wide variety of academic fields. The work you will see demonstrates how UNCG students are engaging in activities that improve their communication skills, hone their critical thinking and problem solving skills, and give them experience in teamwork. Some of the presenters are supported by funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research while others receive course credit, volunteer their time or receive funding from a faculty member’s grant. Some of the presentations are a result of a class project; many will be interdisciplinary.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  – Art Student Exhibits (EUC Art Gallery)
  • Noon to 12:50 p.m. –  Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal (Music Building, Room 111)
  • 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. – Dance Class (HHP Building, Room 322)
  • 2 to 3:15 p.m. –  Dance Class (HHP Building, Room 322)
  • 2 to 3:40 p.m. – Symphonic Band Rehearsal (Music Building, Room 111)

Student Excellence Day, Friday, April 8

  • 10 to 11:45 a.m. – Dance Class (HHP Building, Room 322)
  • Noon to 12:50 p.m. – Jazz Band Rehearsal (Music Building, Room 111)
  • 1 to 3 p.m. – Showcase featuring students talking about their work (EUC Auditorium Lobby)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. – Honors College Open House (North Spencer Residence Hall) – Lloyd International Honors College will open the doors of North Spencer Honors Residence Hall to the UNCG community for an “Honors Showcase.” Honors students and student groups will be in the parlor to present their work to visitors. Among those with presentations will be this year’s World Model United Nations team and student winners from the 2011 Honors Research Symposium. Tours will be available of the Honors College’s Global Classroom and other facilities in North Spencer.
  • 7 p.m. Honor’s Convocation (EUC Auditorium) – Provost David H. Perrin will preside at UNCG’s 49th annual Student Honors Convocation. At the Convocation the Student Excellence Award winners will be announced. Undergraduate Research Assistant, Graduate and Library Research Awards will also be presented.

Newsmakers: March 30, 2011

Fred Patrick, Michael Parker, Timothy Johnston, Melissa Pihos, the Sapphires and those associated with the early/middle college are among UNCG individuals recently in the news. [Read more…]

New University Marshals

Fifty-two individuals will be inducted on April 10 into one of the oldest continuing student organizations on campus. [Read more…]

Counseling, Nursing Programs Rank High in Survey

Programs in nursing and counseling at UNCG rank among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Graduate Schools. [Read more…]

Enjoy a Day at the Lake

033011NewsAndNotes_PineyLakeUNCG faculty, staff and students are invited to bring your friends and family to enjoy a day at Piney Lake on Saturday, April 9, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. [Read more…]

Blue & Gold Wellness Expo 2011

Join HRS and Healthy UNCG for the Blue & Gold Wellness Expo devoted to employees and showcasing a variety of health and wellness resources available at UNCG and throughout the Piedmont Triad community. [Read more…]

Kicking It Off with a 2:41 Walk

UNCG will host a kick-off walk for National Start Walking Day, an America Heart Association (AHA) initiative. [Read more…]

Peace Studies Talks, on Middle East and 9-11

033011NewsAndNotes_JohanA TRANSCEND peace studies conference will be on campus this week. Two talks are open for to everyone. [Read more…]

Notes: March 30, 3011

NotesIconProgram Review timeline The timeline for Academic Program Review, running to November, has been posted at the Academic Program Review Process web page, http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/. As the timeline shows, the work of the Unit Program Review committees will begin May 1. The work of the University Program Review committee is slated to begin June 15. Those wishing to know of updates to the web site as they are posted may subscribe to the listserv. Past updates may be viewed at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/docs/UNCG_Academic_Program_Review_Process_Listserv_Messages.pdf.

Three scholarships Students may apply for the James H. Allen Student Leader Scholarship, the Georgia Cooper Moore Service and Leadership Award, and the Pamela A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship. The application deadline for the three awards is Friday, April 8, at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at the 2011 Excellence Awards Banquet on Monday, April 18, at 6 p.m., in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/saf/.

Comer going Athletics Ticket Manager for almost 10 years, John Comer is leaving UNCG for a position with the Carolina Union at UNC Chapel Hill. He leaves behind some great memories, as he was always working the gate or box office for the big games. “My favorite game was the victory over perennial power Santa Clara by the women’s soccer team in 2008,” he told CW. “The most thrilling moment was Henning Jonasson’s last-second goal to beat arch rival Furman in 2005!”

April 8 Habitat for Humanity Dedication The dedication for the Habitat for Humanity house, which many UNCG groups and invividuals have worked on this year, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 8, 4:30 – 5 p.m, at 1505 Village Crest Drive. (The event had originally been scheduled for an earlier date.) Those with questions may contact Beth Hens at beth_hens@uncg.edu

Museum Studies students won an award from the North Carolina Museums Council for “Best Interactive Website” for their project about Greensboro’s mill villages. The online site can be seen at http://conemillvillages.weebly.com/index.html.

Prison stories Sean Kelley, senior VP and director of public programming and PR at the Eastern State Penitentiary historic site and museum in Philadelphia, will speak. The event will be Tuesday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Room 204, Gatewood Studio Arts Building. The talk is titled “Prison Sentences: Telling Complex Stories with Tours, Exhibits and Artist Collaborations in the Eastern State Penitentiary.” It is sponsored by the History Department and Public History Program.

Cleaning up Greensboro UNCG volunteers will participate in the Great American Clean Up through Greensboro Beautiful on April 2 from 9-11:0 a.m. Free pizza and drinks will be provided for volunteers at War Memorial Stadium from 11 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meeting in the Sink Building parking lot (corner of Highland and Oakland Ave) to get gloves and bags, and learn what area they will be cleaning up. If you’d like to volunteer, email Jessica Trotman (Office of Waste and Recycling) by March 31.

Final blood drive of the school year Elliott University Center will host its final Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2010-2011 school year on Tuesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Cone Ballroom., EUC. The goal is 250 pints. More than 566 pints of blood has been collected at EUC drives this year for the Red Cross. All presenting donors for the April EUC Blood Drive will receive a free t-shirt and will also be entered for the chance to win a pair of Delta Air Lines tickets. Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking, the EUC says. For more information, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/blooddrive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Peabody work Peabody Park, the 34-acre tract of land at the northern end of UNCG’s campus, contains older growth forest, grassy areas and several streams. While you can’t say it is undisturbed, it is an important refuge for many forms of fora and fauna, as well as a great opportunity for outdoor learning. In the park you might see a 100 ft tall Yellow Poplar, a blue tailed skink, a rare native stand of horsetails, 500 million year old bedrock, or a crayfish in the stream. On April 8, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., you may help remove non-native plants such as English ivy and bamboo, with the helpful eye of graduate students to guide you. General clean up and removal of trash is also part of the event. Gloves and bags are provided. Please wear clothes you can wear out in the woods and sneakers. Water will be provided, but bring your own water bottle.

That Duke or ECU t-shirt? Everyone’s invited to the Great T-shirt Exchange: Out with the old, in with the Blue & Gold PART 2. It will be on April 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the EUC Commons area and the Atrium. The Student Government Association will present this event, co-sponsored by University Relations. You can trade in t-shirts from other universities (or any non-UNCG shirt) and get a free UNCG t-shirt in exchange. The traded shirts will be donated to Greensboro Urban Ministries. “This is also an opportunity to raise money for Relay for Life, so spare change is also welcome,” says Katie Marshall, student body president. “It’s all about school spirit and service.”

Dance Explores Narrative, Creative Process

033011EyeOnArts_MFADance“Our Stories,” an evening length dance/theater work, will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, by Kelly Ozust, a candidate for the MFA degree in choreography. [Read more…]

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance on April 8

033011EyeOnArts_SerenadThe Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will perform at UNCG Friday, April 8, as part of the Schol of Music, Theatre and DanceUniversity Concert and Lecture Series “Spotlight on the Performing Arts.” [Read more…]

Campus People: March 30, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Fred Patrick – Dr. Claudia Cabello Hutt – Alex Epanchin – Betty Epanchin – Marilyn Friend – Judith Niemeyer – J. David Smith [Read more…]

Announcements: March 30, 2011

Staff Senate Will Accept Nominations

Are you or someone you know a staff member who wants to become more involved on our campus? Staff Senate will accept nominations for open seats April 1 – 15.

Nominations can be submitted online at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu or via campus mail (address to Kevin Bullard, 202 Forney Building). Formal elections will be held May 2 – 6 online, and in the EUC common area from 11 a.m. – noon each day. If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Kevin Bullard at kbullard@uncg.edu or 336-790-8642.

Total Number of Open Seats per Division
Academic Affairs, Student Affairs & Research 18
Business Affairs 8
Athletics 1
Information Technology Services 2
Advancement 1

Looking ahead: March 30-April 6, 2011

Baseball vs. N.C. A&T
Wednesday, March 30, NewBridge Park, Greensboro

Blue & Gold Wellness Expo
Friday, April 1, 11 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Black Arts Festival, “Black Arts Throughout the Decades”
Friday, April 1, 6:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Talk, Paula Vogel, recipient of Pulitzer Prize
Friday, April 1, 7 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Record and CD fair, sponsored by WUAG
Saturday, April 2, noon, Weatherspoon.

Opera, ‘Hansel and Gretel’
Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Red Cross blood drive
Tuesday, April 5, 9 a.m., Cone Ballroom., EUC

Science on Tap talk, “Vaccines: Are the Fears Justified?”
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., The Green Bean

National Start Walking Day walk
Wednesday, April 6, 2:41 p.m., Minerva Statue

more at calendar.uncg.edu