UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Bowles Will Recommend Against UNCG Pharmacy School

UNC System President Erskine Bowles will recommend against UNCG’s request to plan a School of Pharmacy in Greensboro. The recommendation is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Governors on Thursday, April 8. [Read more…]

Newsmakers

Dr. Sherrill Hayes, Dr. Charlie Headington, Dr. Andrew Brod, Holly Goddard Jones, Dr. Rebecca Adams, Jeffrey K. Coleman, Dr. Lin Buettner, Dr. Steve Roberson and Dr. Betty Epanchin are among UNCG individuals recently in the news.

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Fantasy, Forgiveness and Family-Friendly Opera

040710EyeOnArts_LenfantOperaThe School of Music and UNCG Theatre present “L’Enfant prodigue” and “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges” in the Aycock Auditorium April 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.; and April 11 at 2 p.m. [Read more…]

Announcements – April 7, 2010

The Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards recognize and reward members of the student body, faculty and staff of UNCG who provide outstanding leadership and service to the university. Leadership and service are contributions made to the university which go beyond the scope of the normal responsibilities of a student, faculty or staff member. Examples of leadership and service include, but are not limited to:

  • committee work
  • committee chairing
  • spearheading projects
  • volunteering for university projects
  • and/or advising student groups.

Service may also include departmental, school/college, university, community and or professional roles.

Three awards are given each year (one each for staff, student and faculty). For a student to be eligible for the award, he/she must have completed a minimum of three semesters of full-time course work. Consideration may also be given to student organizations (residence halls, clubs, etc.) whose purpose and practices are successful in the advancement of the university. Members of the faculty and staff are eligible after two years of full-time service to the university. Three $500 awards are given annually to a member of each of these three groups.

Guidelines for selection:

Consideration for selection of the award will be given to persons who show commendable initiative and perseverance in their leadership and/or service roles, including those who quietly guide “the few,” as well as those who are more conspicuous and develop creative ideas and programs that advance the university, and whose contributions have significantly promoted the purposes of the university to provide an environment which encourages and nurtures the development of people. Recipients will exemplify qualities worthy of emulation: a positive and constructive attitude, a sense of humor, and appreciation of people and of the satisfaction and pleasure which may be derived from rendering service.

A committee, representative of the diverse constituencies of the campus and appointed by the chancellor will select the recipients.

Note: Nominations for the Staff Excellence Award will also be considered for the Bullard Award.

Nomination form, full details and contact information can be found here.

Looking ahead: April 7-14, 2010

Free online conference, UNC Focus Forward, on sustainability
Wednesday, April 7, all day

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

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

Lecture, “Social Media Marketing” by consultant Polly Black
EUC Auditorium, Thursday, April 8, 2 p.m.

Lecture, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, about “Picking Cotton”
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Thursday, April 8, 4 p.m.

Theatre, “Bus Stop”
Brown Building Theatre, Saturday, April 10, 7 p.m.

Noon @ the ‘Spoon art tour, “Coalescence: Collages from the Permanent Collection”
Weatherspoon, Tuesday, April 13, noon.

Ballet, Moscow Ballet, performing “Coppelia,” part of UCLS
Aycock Auditorium, Wednesday, April 14, 8 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Margaret Maron Will Deliver Commencement Address

040710NewsAndNotes_MaronMystery novelist Margaret Maron will deliver the commencement address Friday, May 14. [Read more…]

Notes – April 7, 2010

NotesIconInterviews for Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development As reported in the March 24 Campus Weekly, two candidates for Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development are interviewing. The candidates’ CVs and interview itineraries can be found at: http://provost.uncg.edu/searches/vcred/public/. One interviewed March 25-26. The  second candidate for Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, Vincent S. Gallicchio, professor of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, will interview on April 8-9.  A public presentation is scheduled for this candidate on Thursday, April 8, 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Maple Room, EUC.

Children in rural, emerging Latino communities On Tuesday, April 20, the Child and Family Research Network will hold a spring lecture. Dr. Jose Villalba (Counseling and Education) will speak on “Mental and Physical Health Concerns and Determinants of Health for Latina/o children in Rural, Emerging Latino Communities.” His research interests include addressing the academic success of Latina/o students through school-based collaborations between parents and educators, developing school counseling interventions, specifically aimed at assisting the personal-social development of Latino/a school children living in rural burgeoning Latino communities and determining the effects of physical and mental health disparities on the school-based experiences of Latina/o adolescents. The lecture will be in the downtown Greensboro Public Library’s Nussbaum Room at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will follow. More information can be found at http://cfrn.uncg.edu/Villalba.aspx.

EUC Reservations Office books open April 12 The EUC reservation books will open on Monday, April 12, for events and meetings your department or organization would like to hold in Elliott University Center and other campus spaces – such as The Fountain, College Avenue, The Quad, Foust Park and Stone Lawn. Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011. 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 12. For more information, contact the EUC Reservations Office at 4-5378.

Is science color blind? The final talk in the year’s Great Conversation series will be Thursday, April 15, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center, with Josh Hoffman (Philosophy). The topic will be “Is Science Color Blind – An examination of the shocking conclusion of science that objects lack color, taste, smell, heat and cold.” It is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Phi Sigma Tau.

Memorial service for David Mitchell The memorial service for David F. Mitchell (Sociology) will be held Wednesday, April 14, at noon in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. A reception and time to gather, tell stories, and remember will follow at 1 pm. Contributions in Mitchell’s honor may be made to the David Mitchell Sociology Fund at UNCG c/o Donna Sexton, Advancement Services, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.

Arts & Sciences Staff Excellence Award Do you know someone in the College of Arts & Sciences who continually goes above and beyond in their job by exhibiting exemplary performance, comes up with innovative approaches, or has overcome personal or professional challenges while continuing to offer outstanding service? If they are staff or EPA non-faculty, nominate them for the Arts & Sciences Staff Excellence Award. More information and the nomination form can be found on the Staff Council web site, call 4-5059 or email mmdargat@uncg.edu. Nominations are due by April 13 and can be submitted by department heads, directors, fellow staff members or anyone in the College.

Help build family-school connection Dr. Julia Mendez (Psychology) is working with a team of parent leaders and school personnel to lay the groundwork for a Guilford County Schools initiative to link parents with resources to promote their children’s academic and social success. Slated to launch in January 2011, Guilford Parent Academy will offer new programs for parents and connect them to existing programs in the community. Parents will be able to trust that the academy’s programs are credible, worthwhile and designed to support families from all demographics and backgrounds. Mendez has research and teaching interests related to the impact of poverty on the development of young children, parent involvement in children’s education, risk and resilience, and clinical interventions for ethnic minority children and families. She asks any faculty, staff or students interested in supporting the academy to contact her at 6-0036 or jlmendez@uncg.edu.

“UNCG Cares” training Faculty and staff training for this program will be Friday, April 16, 2-4 p.m. Bryan 104. Reserve a spot at http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/uncgcares/. “UNCG Cares” is an award winning university-wide program that aims to positively affect retention, increase graduation rates and continue to promote a sense of community and support at UNCG. During the training, participants will learn active listening skills, how to recognize signs of distress, how to proactively reach out to students and offer help, the variety of issues that students face, effective referrals, and the resources available on campus to assist students. Once a participant has completed the training, he or she will be given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may get the help they need before issues rise to the crisis level. In addition, faculty and staff will feel more able to assist students with the types of issues with which they are dealing. Questions? Call Amy Jones at 4-5514.

$2.8 Million NSF Grant to Boost Local Science Education

A $2.8 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant will allow UNCG graduate students to enrich science lessons for hundreds of students at three High Point schools. [Read more…]

New Landlord-Tenant Dispute Resolution Program

The City of Greensboro and UNCG are teaming up to help landlords and tenants iron out their differences through mediation rather than litigation. [Read more…]

Breakfast Casseroles for Thirty

040710Feature_SimsSeveral UNCG individuals contributed unique gifts to the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) auction last fall. Skip Capone contributed a plane ride. Chancellor Brady contributed a “lunch with the chancellor.”

Dr. Laura Sims, dean of Human Environmental Sciences, contributed a special auction item: a homemade breakfast, with all the trimmings. What did she have in mind? “Maybe a family of four?” she said recently.

It didn’t quite turn out that way.

Dr. Bob Wineburg (Social Work) saw the gift offered at the SECC Auction table. “It said ‘a group,'” he recalled, not a specific number. 2009 SECC chair Dr. John Rife (HES) saw him eyeing it. Wineburg told him, “I’m going for this.”

Rife said, “I’ll match you.”

Their large, combined bid far surpassed the other bids on the list.

And they knew who they wanted to present the breakfast to: the housekeeping staff of their building. Sims suggested an even bigger group, with administrative and secretarial staff in their building, as well.

Which is why if you passed by the Edwards Lounge in Stone Building early on March 24, you’d have seen a table decked out with fresh flowers, place settings and a big message on the board which said: “Thanks for all you do for HES!!”

And you’d have seen Sims, in apron, rolling a cart down from the Cooking Lab, where she’d put the final touches on five casseroles she’d made for the honored recipients.

“I did do them all myself,” she said. She’d used three recipes. There was the “Sims Breakfast Casserole,” the recipe she traditionally uses on Thanksgiving morning. A vegetarian recipe. And a “French toast with praline topping” one. Plus there was fruit and granola, with yogurt, and various homemade muffins. Juices and coffee rounded out the breakfast.

Sims spoke of her pediatrician daughter in Thailand, a son in Texas, another son in the Virgin Islands. She doesn’t cook large meals so often – but on this day, she pulled out all the stops.

Denise Sherron, whom Sims called “my sous chef,” helped Sims with some final touches. Emily Caudle helped as well.

Rife was away, but Wineburg was able to join in the meal. Sims addressed all the staff assembled, who gave her a round of applause. Wineburg spoke as well, noting that this was one way to show thanks.

Then everyone enjoyed.

Moscow Festival Ballet in Aycock

040710Feature_BalletThe UCLS season takes a bow with the Moscow Festival Ballet presenting the ballet “Coppelia” at Aycock Auditorium Wednesday, April 14, at 8 p.m.

The performance is the fifth and final presentation of the 2009-10 University Concert & Lecture Series. Tickets for the event are $28-35 and can be purchased at the UNCG Box Office at 4-4849 or boxoffice.uncg.edu.

A three-act ballet, “Coppelia” was written by Les Delibes in 1870. The opera tells the story of a doctor who created a doll so lifelike he passed it off as his daughter. But the doctor wasn’t the only person to fall for the lifelike doll, leading to interesting consequences for other town citizens.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded more than two decades ago when Sergei Radchenko, the legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, pursued his vision for a dance company that would meld the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.

The ballet company performs original, commissioned works from Russia and beyond and specializes in 20th century, full-length ballets such as “Cinderella,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Legend of Love,” “Stone Flower” and “The Golden Age.” The ballet has toured throughout the world, including tours of Europe, multiple visits to the United States and a recently completed two-month tour of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.

For more information on the University Concert & Lecture Series, visit ucls.uncg.edu.

$6.9 Million Grant for Project ENRICH

040710Headline_CurryAlmost 500 future teachers – and their future students – will benefit from a five-year, $6.9-million federal grant to UNCG’s School of Education.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 12 Teacher Quality Partnership grants to programs across the country as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. UNCG’s proposal, Project ENRICH, marks a partnership between the university and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

“This grant will support UNCG’s leadership in preparing exceptional teachers, a tradition at the university for almost 120 years,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Outstanding teachers, like the ones who will be trained through this program, inspire their students. Successful schools are a cornerstone of healthy communities and a vibrant economy.”

The Department of Education has classified the Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools as “high-need.” UNCG will recruit and train teachers, including about 20 resident teachers per year who will earn master’s degrees and get hands-on training working with experienced teachers in the school system. Residents will be selected to mirror the diversity of the student population, must have an undergraduate degree in a content area and no teaching credential.

“The residents will earn a living wage while spending four days a week in the classroom with a master teacher,” said Dr. Betty Epanchin, principal investigator of the project and associate dean of teacher education and school relationships. “The residents will start their program in the summer, taking three courses designed to prepare them for the initial work they will do in the classrooms.”

Project ENRICH is designed to:

  • Prepare approximately 475 teachers during the five year period (100 residents in math, science, special education and English Language Learners and 375 undergraduates in a variety of fields that include elementary, middle and secondary teachers from multiple areas: math, science, English, social studies, foreign languages as well as music, art, physical education and literacy).
  • Recruit talented and diversified teacher candidates to address an ever growing and diverse population of students.
  • Establish a continuum of support and professional development between UNCG and the Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools that spans educators’ careers including pre-service preparation, the induction period and the professional status.
  • Support the development of school-based leaders within the region and to orient principals to their role as instructional leaders and their responsibility for teacher retention.
  • Explore and develop ways in which technology can be used to provide training as well as to support communication and learning.
  • Establish an Office for Teacher Education Evaluation at UNCG to provide teacher education programs with reliable, valid and relevant data for continuous improvement of the teacher education programs. A central focus of these data will be on preparing teachers who have the knowledge and skills to positively impact K-12 student success in schools.

“This grant provides an excellent opportunity for UNCG to strengthen its teacher preparation and partnership and engagement with schools to improve the quality of education,” said Dale Schunk, dean of the School of Education. “We look forward to working with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools on this landmark project over the next several years.”

For more information on Project ENRICH, contact Epanchin at 4-5993 or Bcepanch@uncg.edu.

Catch the Rhythm at Weatherspoon’s Community Day

040710EyeOnArts_HealingForceThe Weatherspoon Art Museum will present its Catch the Rhythm: Spring Community Day on Saturday, April 10, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy a variety of art activities, refreshments and live performances. [Read more…]

‘Bus Stop’ Pulls into UNCG Theatre

040710EyeOnArts_BusStopDirector Jonathan Brady describes “Bus Stop” as “a beautiful character study of love.”

William Inge’s classic play is UNCG Theatre’s latest production, running April 7-30 in Brown Building Theatre. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on April 7-10, 27 and 30. [Read more…]

“Boundaries” MFA Dance Concert

040710EyeOnArts_ZweierDanceWhat are you bound by?

Choreographer Tricia Zweier poses the question in her MFA dance concert, “BOUNDARIES,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, in the UNCG Dance Theater. [Read more…]

Student-led Jazz on Tap

The jazz trio Unit Three, comprised of UNCG students, has been accepted to the semi-finals of the Bucharest International Jazz Competition in Bucharest, Romania. They will compete there in May. [Read more…]

Campus People – April 7, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Lin Buettner – Dr. Roy Schwartzman – Dr. Paul Silvia – Dr. Tom Kwapil – Dr. Gabriela Livas-Stein – Dr. Janet Boseovski – Dr. Lilly Shanahan – Rod Jensen [Read more…]

Due Dates for Course Reserves for Summer 2010, Fall 2010

To ensure availability on the first day of classes, Course Reserve lists for the Summer term must be turned in by Friday, May 7; for the Fall term, Friday, August 6. [Read more…]

Former ‘World’s Strongest Woman’ Speaks at April 23 Symposium

Dr. Jan Todd, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and former holder of more than 60 national and world records in women’s power lifting, will speak at the second annual UNCG Girls in Sport Symposium on Friday, April 23. [Read more…]

WUNC’s Frank Stasio Headlines Dinner

Frank Stasio, a familiar voice to National Public Radio listeners, headlines the annual Friends of the UNCG University Libraries Dinner Monday, May 10. Stasio, who hosts WUNC’s “The State of Things,” will speak on “The State of Conversation.” [Read more…]