UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Call for Contributions to Mill Village Web Site

Two additional “memory gathering” events have been finalized as part of the effort by UNCG museum studies graduate students to collect and preserve memories of life in Greensboro’s Cone mill villages. The upcoming “memory gathering” events will be held:
•        Monday, April 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m., East White Oak Recreation Center, 1801 10th St.
•        Sunday, April 11, 2:30-5 p.m., Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave. [Read more…]

Aging is Good Business: Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial opportunities are increasing among aging populations. The university’s Gerontology Program invites you to attend, sponsor, exhibit or advertise at the 5th annual one-day summit Wednesday, April 14, in Cone Ballroom, EUC. [Read more…]

Movers, Shakers and Research Makers

033110Feature2_ResearchExpoThe Great Recession has had a great impact on Greensboro – making a comparative analysis of the city’s strengths and weaknesses all the more essential.

The 2010 Greensboro ‘State of the City’ Report was commissioned by the Greensboro Partnership to see opportunities for economic growth and see where resources might be better allocated. The Business Journal and News & Record have reported on its findings.

The Partnership is an alliance of Action Greensboro, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce. They are the “movers and shakers,” says geography major Carla Hughes, who are looking at “how to grow Greensboro.”

Before Dr. Keith Debbage, along with doctoral student Suzanne Gallaway, could synthesize the data and write the report, the data had to be collected.

Two outstanding undergraduates were tapped to do it: Carla Hughes and John Rainey, another senior geography major.

“It was challenging. We knew it was hard to get data – and make sure it was correct data.” She noted that Debbage checked it.

The two seniors discussed the report’s findings at last Thursday’s Undergraduate Research Expo in Cone Ballroom. Debbage stood nearby; the students did the talking at the expo.

“Overall, it doesn’t seem to be growing as fast as peer cities [in the state],” Rainey explained, pointing to facts on their posterboard. There is job growth in Greensboro in some sectors – such as retail – but not in high-wage sectors.

A bright spot is education, he noted. “The high school dropout rate is the lowest among peer cities.”

Hughes had been a surgical technologist in Asheboro. It was a good paying job, but “I wanted to do more.” She followed her passion – urban planning.

Debbage says he has had undergraduates working on projects with him, off and on, for 15 years. He is impressed by Hughes and Rainey. When he presented the report to the Greensboro Partnership, they were with him, listening. When he sat down with the editors of the News & Record, likewise. It’s all been valuable experience for them. “A good opportunity to grow and learn,” Hughes said.

The two undergraduates received Undergraduate Research Assistantship scholarships to do the work. The work of Debbage and doctoral student Suzanne Gallaway was funded by the Greensboro Partnership.

At a nearby booth, senior Tania Moon spoke of her research with Dr. Jacqueline White, on victimization experiences and alcohol use. Did she think she’d be doing research when she became an undergraduate? “I didn’t know I’d be doing research at all,” she said. She added, “As a mentee, I’ve grown a lot under her.” Moon also is a recipient of an undergraduate research assistantship scholarship.

Provost Perrin stopped by nearby booths, asking students about their research. One was Senior Samuel Tyler (in visual, right), who explained his research on GIS data representation. Dr. Eric Jones (Anthropology) is his advisor.

Several professors went from booth to booth, speaking with the students about the research.

Dr. Mary Crowe, Office of Undergraduate Research director, explained that one great benefit of the Expo is that undergraduates not only are doing research and practicing their communication skills – but they get to see what lots of other undergraduates, in other departments, are working on.

Crowe said there’d be a new date next year for the Expo – the Friday of Reunion. Also new next year: some freshmen will present their research. “We’ve never had freshmen present work.”

Politics Were Personal, at Women’s History Lecture

Dr. Lisa Levenstein (History) thought there should be an endowed lectureship in women’s history. And now there is. [Read more…]

Area’s General Assembly Members Invited to Campus

033110NewsAndNotes_GeneralAssemblyUNCG leaders invited area North Carolina General Assembly members to campus last Friday. [Read more…]

The Wrong Man Behind Bars

033110Feature1_ThompsonCollege student Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint in 1984 by a man who broke into her Burlington apartment while she slept. Her identification of Ronald Cotton as her attacker led to his conviction.

Cotton maintained his innocence and after more than a decade in Raleigh’s Central Prison was exonerated by a DNA test. When Cotton met Thompson-Cannino two years later they began an unlikely friendship. With Erin Torneo, they tell their story in the New York Times Bestseller “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption.”

Thompson-Cannino (in visual) will give a free, public talk and sign copies of the book 4-6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room. The event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

The DNA test that exonerated Cotton implicated someone else in the DNA databank, Bobby Poole. Poole actually had been in Central Prison at the same time as Cotton and had told people that he raped Thompson. Poole was convicted of the crime.

In addition to demonstrating the value of DNA testing, the case raises questions about the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Thompson-Cannino says she studied her attacker during the crime in hopes of identifying him later, but she mistakenly chose Cotton out of a photo array and a lineup.

The story has been covered by a number of programs, including:

· 60 Minutes

· The Today Show

· The Diane Rehm Show

· All Things Considered

Originally published in 2009, “Picking Cotton” is now available in paperback and has been chosen as the freshman read at UNC Chapel Hill.

The Five Spot

033110FiveSpot_EtnierDr. Jenny Etnier is an associate professor of kinesiology. Before coming to UNCG six years ago, she was an assistant professor at Arizona State and Wake Forest. She’s a soccer player, or at least she used to be. “This is the first year I’ve taken off,” she says. She will play in a Memorial Day tournament, but she likes spending more time with her three children these days. The oldest of them will start soccer next year. “I’ll get back into coaching,” as result, the former and future coach says. She leads sport psychology seminars. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: March 31-April 8

School of Education town hall meeting, regarding dean search
Curry Building Auditorium, Wednesday, March 31, 3:30 p.m

Baseball vs. NC A&T
NewBridge Bank Park, Wednesday, March 31, 6 p.m.

Softball vs. Elon (doubleheader)
Softball Stadium, Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m.

Reception, for Skip Capone, who is taking position at UNC Asheville
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Tuesday, April 6, 1:30 p.m.

Science on Tap: “Pursuit of New Drugs from Nature,” Dr. Nicholas Oberlies
The Green Bean, Tuesday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Senate meeting
Alumni House, Wednesday, April 7, 3 p.m

Theatre, “Bus Stop”
Brown Building Theatre, Wednesday, April 7, 7 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Alumni House, Thursday, April 8, 10 a.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

See/Hear – March 31, 2010

UNCG and the Chilean Ministry of Education had been interested in offering some of their students something more. The Chilean ministry wanted its English teachers to be able to study the language, to absorb the culture and bring it back to their school children. UNCG wanted the same.

“We need a new model for teaching Spanish in schools,” said Steve Flynn, coordinator for the Chilean exchange program. “The only way that will happen is if students spend time in Spanish-speaking countries and learn the language and culture. That’s what’s going to enthuse future generations.”

This year — after years of planning and tweaking and refining — a true exchange was born. [Read more…]

Notes – March 31, 2010

NotesIconDrug discovery on tap Did you know about 25 percent of medicines, including more than 60 percent of anticancer agents and antibiotics, are derived from nature? Learn how researchers are seeking drug leads from natural products, at Science on Tap, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at The Green Bean, in downtown Greensboro. Dr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) will talk about the history of natural products drug discovery as well as how it is conducted today in the modern laboratory. Spoiler alert: He does not work with shamans, medicine men or healers.

Scholarship opportunities available Through the Division of Student Affairs applications are being accepted for the James H. Allen Student Leader Scholarship, the Georgia Cooper Moore Service and Leadership Award, and the Pamela A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/cap/scholarships.php. The deadline for all three scholarship applications is Wednesday, April 14, by 5 p.m.

Everything you wanted to know about parking and transportation but were afraid to ask A town hall meeting on “Parking Operations and Campus Access Management” will be Tuesday, April 6, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Staff from Parking Operations and Campus Access Management will give a brief presentation, then entertain questions from the audience. More details? Contact kevin_bullard@uncg.edu. The event is sponsored by the Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association.

Bryan School program honored by Princeton Review The operations management program at the Bryan School of Business and Economics was named among the top 15 programs nationwide in The Princeton Review’s second annual “Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools.” The Princeton Review compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending 301 business schools. The 80-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas. The Princeton Review tallied the “Student Opinion Honors” lists based on students’ assessments of how well they felt their business school courses had prepared them to succeed in six areas: accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operations. The list appears in the April 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. The business schools appear in alphabetical order on the lists, and are not ranked 1 to 15. In addition to appearing in the magazine, the lists are also posted at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges and http://www.princetonreview.com/studentopinionhonors.aspx.

Population aging and social gerontology research in china The UNCG Gerontology Research Network’s Lunch and Learn Series will feature Dr. Peng Du as a guest speaker. His presentation, “Population Aging and Social Gerontology Research in China,” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, at noon, following an 11:45 a.m. luncheon. The free presentation will be held in the Kirkland Room, EUC. If you are unable to attend, there will be a link to the conference on the UNCG Gerontology web site allowing you to listen live while viewing his presentation slides. A link to Du’s talk on the UNCG Gerontology web page will be posted on Tuesday, April 6. Once you are on the web site, click on the  link to Du’s presentation and provide the requested information to join the web conference. If you have any technical difficulties,  call 6-1020. Du is Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the School of Social Work and School of Gerontology at USC in 2010. Du also is director and professor of the Gerontology Institute, Renmin University of China, Deputy Director, Centre for Population and Development Studies at Renmin University.

Capone Is Leaving UNCG

033110NewAndNotes_CaponeLucien “Skip” Capone is leaving UNCG for higher ground – the campus of UNC Asheville. He is taking the position of General Counsel at UNC Asheville. [Read more…]

Brighter Ideas in Sustainability

033110Headline_SubstainablityWant to find out the latest on sustainability at the system’s universities, in a variety of areas? There’s a conference for that.

And it requires no travel.

UNCG is hosting UNC Focus Forward, a virtual conference promoting best practices in sustainability on Wednesday, April 7. In accordance with its charge “to identify and recommend responsible and sustainable practices in all aspects of our institutional culture,” UNCG’s University Committee on Sustainability will sponsor a day of sessions that examine some of the best current practices of sustainability in the areas of:

  • Transportation
  • Energy Management
  • Master Planning
  • Faculty Participation Across the Curriculum
  • Housekeeping
  • Facilities
  • Recycling.

Program presenters include faculty and staff from a variety of UNCG departments as well as faculty and staff from other UNC institutions.

Participants may want to take part in one session, some, or all – their choice.

The conference was originally scheduled for spring of 2009 but was postponed due to budget concerns and travel restrictions. However, this proved to be beneficial, as the committee revamped the conference to offer a truly sustainable opportunity for faculty and staff across the UNC system to participate in an online, virtual conference using Elluminate Live. It is an online software solution that provides interactive presentations around the world. Anyone with access to a computer can “attend” the conference by visiting the committee’s web site at http://sustain.uncg.edu/index.html. There, they can access a schedule of the day’s events.

By hosting the conference online, the committee hopes to not only promote sustainability but demonstrate an alternative to the less sustainable traditional conference model that requires significant usage of energy and funding.

It apparently is the first system-wide conference devoted to sustainability.

In addition to the program presentations, UNC Focus Forward will feature “Sustainable Shorts.” These short films, produced by UNCG students, highlight a particular issue of sustainability and were winners of the UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Competition. The films will be shown during program breaks and during the lunch break.

UNC Focus Forward is free and only requires interested participants to register on the University Committee on Sustainability web site beginning Monday, April 5. For more information, contact Guy Sanders at gmsander@uncg.edu.

Leaders in Training

Great leaders aren’t just born, they’re taught. And 124 future leaders are now benefitting from the new Leadership and Mentoring Program – a team effort by UNCG, the YMCA of Greensboro and The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). [Read more…]

Art After Dark with Lynn Book

033110EyeOnArts_BookWant to explore how everyday actions are full of meaning and creative potential? Take part in the Art After Dark workshop “Movement: Embodied Acts” with Lynn Book. It will be Thursday, April 8, 6:30-8 p.m. [Read more…]

Faculty String Quartet Performance Honors Dickieson

The UNCG Faculty String Quartet will perform Wednesday, April 7, in a concert endowed to honor one of their own – a professor who dedicated his life to teaching music. [Read more…]

Campus People – March 31, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Patrick Martin – Dr. C. P. Gause – Dr. Catherine Ennis [Read more…]