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See the World at International Festival

040611Headline_iFestThink globally but visit the nations of the world locally during the 29th annual International Festival, to be held noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, on campus.

A special fundraiser will be held to provide aid for the victims of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The day’s attractions also include performances of Japanese Taiko drumming, Middle Eastern belly dancing, Latin American dance, Indian traditional dance and various singing groups.

All events are free and open to the public.

The event will be held at the fountain area outside the Dining Hall.  More than 50 countries and organizations will be represented with booths in the festival’s Global Village staffed with people who will share information about the food, culture, topography, music and history of various nations. In the case of rain, the event will be moved to the Health and Human Performance Building.

I-Fest gives students and visitors a way to experience the world without leaving home, said Michael Elliott, director of international student and scholar services for the International Programs Center.

“UNCG’s international students, who are an important component of internationalizing the campus and community, are happy to educate the UNCG and greater Greensboro Community about their countries and cultures,” Elliott said. “The I-Fest is a fun and engaging way of bringing people together from all over the world.”

The event also highlights UNCG’s diversity. About 350 international students choose to study here each year, Elliott said. Another 100 Interlink Language Center students and 200 exchange students are on campus studying from some 75 foreign nations.

For more information on the International Festival, visit www.uncg.edu/ipg or call 4-5404.

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph by David Wilson

New Approach to Gang Intervention

040611Feature_NursingLots of researchers have studied gang members. Dr. Sarah Kelly, assistant professor of nursing, is working toward an intervention program for kids not in gangs but who are psychologically scarred by gang violence.

Kelly’s research grew out of her PhD dissertation at The University of Kentucky. Kelly, who earned her MSN at UNCG in 2004, worked with gang members in a trauma step-down unit at Duke University Medical Center. She built on that experience, opting to study the effects of gang violence on non-gang members for her dissertation at Kentucky.

At Duke, she says, “we had a large population in the trauma unit who were gang members, most of whom had been shot or stabbed. Occasionally we would get people who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. I wanted to know more about how gang violence affects the community.”

Her advisors at Kentucky “weren’t keen on me interviewing gang members,” she says, “so they said why not change your focus? Why not look at adolescents and youth outside the gangs and how this affects them?”

So Kelly launched a pilot study in the Louisville, Ky. area. She quickly found out after speaking with teens and pre-teens that kids were indeed fearful, and that fear was impacting their mental health. One boy, about 16 years old, told her he wouldn’t be surprised if he got shot when he walked out his door.

Kelly expanded her study when she came to UNCG in 2008 thanks to grants from UNCG’s Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society chapter and a faculty research grant. In Greensboro, she interviewed 20 teens, ages 12-16, at three separate community centers. She wanted to know how they viewed gangs and gang members, and how gang activity affected them.

What did she learn from her studies?

  • Exposure to violence affects kids differently. Not every child will have the same reaction. Some respond with anxiety disorders, others suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, some become depressed.
  • Having two stable parents, financial security and support from peers are major factors in mediating the effects of gang violence.
  • Kids join gangs for several reasons. Many are seeking respect, some want protection, others want a sense of connectedness they don’t get at home, some enjoy the excitement gangs offer.

Talking to kids openly about their experiences is essential to keeping them safe, Kelly says. “Kids don’t have a voice unless someone speaks up for them. They’re our future. If they don’t feel safe, secure and able to socialize, it’s problematic. It’s wrong.”

By Michelle Hines

Ancient Times at Foust Park

040611Feature_ClassicalStudiesA Roman army took possession of Foust Park Saturday afternoon, leaving the grounds littered with “barbarian” casualties.

It was a tactics demonstration at Classical Studies’ Classical Day 2011: Clash of the Spartans.

Before the attack, assistant professor of Classical Studies Dr. Jonathan Zarecki had explained to the crowd about the techniques and the armaments. He wore a helmet, armored breastplate and tunic. The students had made their costuming, the demonstration spears and shields.

Next, much of the crowd moved to see an excerpt from Euripides’ “Bacchae.” As the Classical Society’s advisor Dr. Robert Simmons set the scene, 10 actors in masks assembled behind him. A flautist and drummer prepared for the Chorus’ opening chant.

Meanwhile, Tyrone Johnson, a sophomore Classical Studies major, manned the Sink the Sirens booth. The game was a fundraiser for the charity Groceries on Wheels.

In other parts of Foust Park, several students worked the Archaeology and Stratigraphy tables. While some made pottery, junior Alexandra Creola, a Classical Studies and Archaeology double major, used colored sand art to show some of the principles of archeaological excavation.

In a while, the Classical Society president, Sara Warsing, determined it was time for the Olympic games demonstration. (As opposed to the ancient games, the participants would be fully clothed.) “Where’s our bard?” she asked other students. Soon the bard called all those interested to the games – with a discus demonstration using a frisbee and a foot race with participants carrying shields.

Simmons looked on, his small sons underfoot. Asked about the day, he remarked on the great weather, the crowd and the fruition of perhaps thousands of hours of students’ work. Fifty or 60 students contributed and volunteered for the day, 25 or so comprising a particularly committed core, he noted. He thought something would have had a hitch; nothing had.

Zarecki, who is teaching a course this semester on ancient warfare, continued to talk with students and onlookers about the ancient armies and techniques. Among some of his answers:

  • Yes, the swords needed to be light.
  • The Roman soldiers were allowed to modify their weapons – by the end of campaign, everyone’s weapons would look a bit different, through wear and tear and through customization.
  • The discus was heavy – it was the size of a hubcap. “You’d dislocate your shoulder.”
  • And the Romans throwing it were relatively short – perhaps 5’5″ or 5’6″, not nearly as tall as the Gauls.

Zarecki and Dr. Maura Heyn will lead the UNCG in Rome program in the summer of 2012.

Zarecki was impressed with the students’ initiative. Lots of hours of work, simply for the love of all things classical.

And how was that reading of Homer’s “Odyssey” going? Readers took turns in the Homer-A-Thon under the watchful eye of Minerva. At 3 p.m., Kristen Welch was reciting it in Latin. On a nearby bench, the society’s secretary, Samantha Bardarik explained that she herself had chosen to recite it in the ancient Greek. The majority had read it in English. A look at the book showed that the reading was about half over.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris
Visual of Dr. Jonathan Zarecki in military attire

Campus People: April 6, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Bob Wineburg – Katie Fennell – Tara T. Green – Laura Auman Pitts – Trace Little – John Foreman – Porchia McDaniel – Karen Haywood – Staff Stars [Read more…]

Looking ahead: April 6-12, 2011

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

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Baseball vs. Duke
Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Expo, part of Excellence Day “Preview Day”
Thursday, April 7, 9:30 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Habitat for Humanity house dedication
Friday, April 8, 4:30 p.m., 1505 Village Crest Drive

Honors Convocation, part of Excellence Day
Friday, April 8, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Theatre, “Orpheus Descending”
Friday, April 8, 8 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Spring Community Day
Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m., Weatherspoon

A cappella music, The Sapphires
Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony, speaker: Ben Filene
Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Notes: April 6, 2011

NotesIconAcademic program review The Faculty Senate forum “Program Review at the University Level” will be held April 20, 3-5 p.m., in EUC Auditorium.

Steam Plant shutdown Facilities Operations’ Annual Steam Shutdown will be May 6-11. The campus Steam Plant is scheduled to be shut down for annual maintenance at noon on Friday, May 6, and will be brought back on line Wednesday afternoon, May 11. The shutdown is required to perform maintenance on the plant and the distribution system on campus. This will affect all steam usage and some hot water systems campus-wide. Campus buildings that have gas and electric water heaters will continue to have hot water service. Facilities Operations apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause and will try to finish the task as quickly as possible and return the system back to normal. Contact Facilities Operations at 4-5684 for additional information.

UNCG’s University Libraries is the newest library to sign on as a “Center of Excellence” to collect, preserve and catalog its collection of federal documents. UNCG has agreed to undertake these roles relating to its collection published by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. This is part of a larger program led by the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) to cooperatively manage Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) publications. This program, in concert with an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant-funded demonstration project, seeks to provide workable solutions to address the increasing cost of managing, preserving, and providing access to large collections of Federal government publications. “This is a time of significant change for libraries that participate in the FDLP,” noted Judy Russell, Dean of Libraries at the University of Florida and Chair of the ASERL Task Force that drafted the proposal for coordinating the management of FDLP collections in the Southeast Region. “In response to this environment, it’s vital that libraries be proactive about how to effectively and efficiently manage these important information resources to ensure their public availability for the future. We are grateful UNC Greensboro is joining the growing list of libraries that see the value of sharing this collection management role.” Under this effort, libraries that agree to be a Center of Excellence take responsibility for cataloging a specific portion of their FDLP collection and for acquiring the items necessary to make that portion as complete as possible. ASERL believes creating these Centers will result in more reliable and predictable access to Federal publications for all libraries and citizens in the Southeastern states by specifying which libraries have the most complete holdings for each agency. Dean Rosann Bazirjian notes that UNCG selected the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service because of UNCG’s long-standing research and curricular focus on Nutrition and the Health Sciences. These documents also are a natural complement to the Home Economic Pamphlet collection within the University Libraries’ special collections.

New “UNCG Online” web site for online programs This week DCL’s Office of Online Learning launched its completely new UNCG ONLINE web site. The web site makes it easy for students to find UNCG’s various online programs as well as locate the services available to them. Whereas the site is primarily targeted to prospective online students, it also includes a section for UNCG faculty and staff. Various images and videos are included on the site to boost awareness of what UNCG Online has to offer. Updates to both content and imagery will be made on a regular basis. Visit online.uncg.edu and click-around.

EUC Reservations Office books open April 15 The EUC reservation books will open on Friday, April 15, at 5 p.m., for events and meetings your department or organization would like to hold in Elliott University Center, and other campus spaces (The Fountain, College Avenue, The Quad, Foust Park, The Faculty Center, Kaplan Commons, Taylor Garden and Stone Lawn). Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. The reservation books for the EUC and Atrium display cases, as well as the indoor railing and the outdoor banner space at the EUC, will also open on April 15. For more information, contact the EUC Reservations Office at 4-5378.

As spring sports hit the homestretch Women’s tennis is in first place, at 6 wins, no losses. Men’s tennis is one-half game out of first place in the SoCon. The softball team is in third place. Baseball is one game behind the two SoCon leaders. The men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championships will be April 22-23. The men’s and women’s golf championship tournaments will be April 17-19.

Student staff recognition As a way to recognize all the hard work, effort and energy of student staff, the Student Employment Office (SEO) encourages you to participate in Student Employee Appreciation Week. This year, recognize your super students the week of April 11-15, and join the SEO on Wednesday, April 13, for a cake and ice cream reception celebrating all the contributions UNCG students have made throughout the year. The reception will begin at 3 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC, with Dr. Cherry Callahan offering opening remarks. The 2010-11 Student Employees of the Year will also be honored. Cake, ice cream and snacks will be served. Students in attendance will have the chance to win a Flip Cam as well as many other door prizes. For a few ideas on how you can recognize your students, visit http://csc.dept.uncg.edu/seo/oncampusemployers/events/Ideas.pdf or contact the SEO at 6-0403.

Carlisle Professorship lecture The Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professorship lecture will be presented Tuesday, April 12, 4 p.m. in EUC’s Maple Room. Dr. Diane Gill will lecture on “Physical Activity and Quality of Life: Connections with WGS.”

According to U.S. News The Bryan School’s MBA program earned the number 93 spot among top part-time MBA programs in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News Media Group. This is the second national ranking for the Bryan MBA in as many years. The Bryan School’s evening MBA program is ranked 64th nationally and 11th in the South by BusinessWeek. The Bryan MBA is also ranked by The Princeton Review.

“We Walk for Japan” – Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund-Raising “Wear red and white and walk with us,” says Chiaki Takagi, chair of the Japanese Studies program. The walk will be April 8 at 3 p.m. Meet in front of MHRA Building. Bottled water will be sold in front of MHRA Building for $3-5 each. The money will be donated to help Japan’s recovery. Questions? Contact Takagi at c_takagi@uncg.edu

Spring 2011 UNCG Magazine online Haven’t seen the print edition yet? The online edition is available at alumnimagazine.uncg.edu. In addition to web extras, it features stories on Beyond Academics, UNCG’s GK-12 program and a Q&A with Dean Steve Roberson – plus lots more.

Great Baseball Stories

040611NewsAndNotes_BaseballThe Friends of the UNCG Libraries and Spartan Athletics invite you to a free talk by Brett Friedlander author of “Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham,” Tuesday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the EUC’s Dogwood Room. [Read more…]

Jackson Library’s QR Codes

040611NewsAndNotes_QRCodeJackson Library now uses QR (“quick response”) codes. They have these outside all of their collaboratories. [Read more…]

See/Hear: April 6, 2011

Many musical groups in Music will perform in the next few weeks. A full performing arts schedule is here. The University Chorale will perform with the Chamber Singers Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., in the Music Building’s Recital Hall.

Hear the Chorale perform “Wade in the Water” or another selection – it’s one of the performances on the Music web page. And while you’re at the page, enjoy performances by other musical groups as well.

Miles Davis Jazz Festival April 15

Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein will headline the annual Miles Davis Jazz Festival April 15. [Read more…]

Announcements: April 6, 2011

The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning and the Office of Undergraduate Research announce this year’s request for Community-Based Research Proposals. Application deadline is  Monday, May 9, at midnight. [Read more…]

Wind Damage from Overnight Storm

040611NewsAndNotes_WindDamageThe storm that blew through Guilford County in the early morning hours April 5 left some damage in its wake, on campus. Chris Fay detailed some of the damage: [Read more…]