UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Rep. Brad Miller Visits Campus, Talks Tech Transfer

041410NewsAndNotes_BradMillerU.S. Rep. Brad Miller met with faculty and administrators Thursday, April 8, in Sullivan Science Building to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development. [Read more…]

20,530.77 miles so far

ByTheNumbersIconThat’s how far, cumulatively, this semester’s 273 Spartan Steps participants have walked. That’s more than 10 times the distance between North Carolina and Las Vegas, and the competition is only one-third completed. [Read more…]

UNCG Theatre Offers Wilson’s ‘Balm in Gilead’

041410EyeOnArts_GileadClamber onto a barstool and lose yourself in the dark, gritty world of 1960s New York City. UNCG Theatre will wind up its season with Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead.” [Read more…]

Notes – April 14, 2010

NotesIconPlanning for a school of pharmacy not approved by BOG Late last week, the UNC Board of Governors voted to not approve UNCG’s request to begin planning for a school of pharmacy. This followed the recommendation by President Bowles that it not be approved. The chancellor had an opportunity to address the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs – UNC Board of Governors. Her text can be read here. Local news reports can be found here:  April 8 News and RecordApril 9 News and RecordApril 10 News and Record editorial.

Row well and live The Raft Debate will be Friday, April 16, 10-11 a.m., Kirkland Room, EUC. Everyone is invited to the debate, which is a part of Reunion Weekend. Dr. Larry Lavender (Dance) will represent the arts & humanities, Dr. Promod Pratap (Physics) will represent the natural sciences and Dr. Joan Paluzzi (Anthropology) will represent the social sciences.

Academic All-Conference The Southern Conference has announced the Academic All-Conference teams for the 2009-10 winter season – a list that included 16 Spartan student-athletes. The 159 SoCon student-athletes on the list, representing all 12 conference institutions and participating in men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling or indoor track and field, recorded a 3.56 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Of the two SoCon athletes who scored perfect 4.0 cumulative GPAs, one was UNCG Track’s Joey Thompson. To be eligible, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the winter season and must have competed in at least one-half of their team’s competitions during the recently-concluded winter campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters (fall and spring). The league’s indoor track and field teams supplied the most student-athletes to the team, including 71 women and 33 men. Women’s basketball (32 players) was also well represented. Western Carolina led all schools with 25 honorees, followed by Appalachian State (18) and then UNCG and Elon (16).

Final blood drive A campus blood drive will be Tuesday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The blood drive will be held in two locations that day: Campus Ministries Building and Alexander Room, EUC. To schedule a donation time, visit www.membersforlife.org/cbsr/schedule/login.php. Further questions, email dbhurley@uncg.edu.

Find the found art A collection of folk art created in a Residential College class is on display in McIver’s gallery outside the TLC Office. The assignment was creating art using recycled materials. Another display is in the Reading Room of Jackson Library, where art students reused discarded items from Jackson Library to create a “Borrowed Narratives” exhibition, which will be on display until Aug. 15.

Don’t text and drive UNCG will host an AT&T press conference urging students and members of the community to not text and drive Friday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Claxton Room, EUC. Confirmed speakers include Chancellor Brady; N.C. Rep. Maggie Jeffus; and N.C. Rep. Pricey Harrison, who co-sponsored the bill recently passed into law by the General Assembly banning texting while driving.

Volunteers wanted to assist with Sexual Assault Response Team The campus’ Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is seeking new volunteers from staff and faculty to assist in responding to student victims of sexual assault. The SART Coordinator is Jessie Humes (Student Health Services, Counseling and Testing Center), who can be reached at 4-5874 or jvhumes@uncg.edu. SART volunteers confidentially advocate for students who have been sexually assaulted: they provide support and referral information regarding medical care, police/court system, UNCG conduct system, classes, living arrangements, counseling, etc. The volunteers are trained for their role as advocates. SART can only be activated by professional staff at UNCG, so volunteers do not handle direct crisis calls. If you have an interest in serving in this capacity or if you would like more information, contact Jessie Humes.

Discounts for employees Are you interested in helping make UNCG a more rewarding place to work? The UNCG Benefits Committee has been working in conjunction with Human Resource Services to develop the Spartan Savings Program, an employee discount program for UNCG employees. Learn about the great on-campus discounts that already exist at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Spartan_Savings/. The off-campus businesses component of the program will be launching soon, and a new committee is being established to review the applications submitted by local businesses who wish to participate. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis, and most of the committee’s work will be done electronically. If you are interested in being a part of this new committee, email Christine Murray, chair of the Benefits committee, at cemurray@uncg.edu.

Chocolate fondue Dining Services will have chocolate fondue on Friday, April 16, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. in the Spartan Restaurant, Dining Hall. They promise various items to complement the chocolate for dipping. The price for admission is the normal $8, less with Spartan Flex. Don’t want the sweets? Good 4 U at the Spartan Restaurant offers healthier options.

By the time we got to Fouststock On Saturday, April 17, from noon to 5 p.m. on the EUC Lawn, Ashby Residential College will present Fouststock It is a free outdoor concert featuring a variety of local musicians including The Space-O-Nauts, Friendhouse, SOULSTRAIN, The UNCG Spartones and Cody Curtis. There will be plenty of lawn games, caricatures, jewelry and crafts for sale, tie-dye and puppies – with all proceeds being donated to the Humane Society.

Gray Matter and Graying Hair

041410Headline_ResearchAlthough the effects of aging on the brain remain mysterious, a growing body of evidence suggests that a variety of lifestyle factors – diet, stress, exercise and intellectual stimulation among them – may hasten or slow changes in mental ability.

Four of the nation’s leading researchers on the subject, who have written almost 600 journal articles, will share their expertise during the 2010 Kendon Smith Lecture Series April 30-May 1 in the Sullivan Science Building.

Sponsored by the Department of Psychology, the lecture series – “Maintaining Mental Fitness: Influences and Interventions” – will be held in Mead Auditorium. For more information about the lectures, all free, call 4-5013.

“Our understanding of aging and mental fitness is growing by leaps and bounds, as is the population of older adults,” said Dr. Dayna Touron, an assistant professor of psychology and the organizer of this year’s lecture series. “We picked this topic because extending the healthy life span is of intense interest to the public as well as to researchers across the UNCG campus.”

The U.S. population 65 and older is expected top 72 million by 2030, more than double what it was in 2000.

Free parking for the lectures will be available in the McIver Street Parking Deck.

Friday, April 30:

• 1:30-1:45 p.m. – Opening Remarks

• 1:45-3 p.m. – “Brain Aging, its Modifiers and Cognitive Correlates,” Dr. Naftali Raz, professor of gerontology and psychology at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University. He studies the relationship between cognitive performance in healthy adults and physical changes in the brain, measured by noninvasive techniques such as MRI.

• 3:15-4:30 p.m. – “The Adaptive Brain: Responding to the Challenge of Cognitive Aging,” Dr. Denise Park, director of the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research is aimed at understanding how the mind changes and adapts as individuals age, including whether stimulation can maintain the health of aging brains.

Saturday, May 1:

• 9-9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

• 9:30-10:45 a.m. – “The Role of Culture in Developing and Maintaining Mental Fitness,” Dr. Neil Charness, William G. Chase Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. His research interests include aging and technology use; development and maintenance of expertise across the life span; sign comprehension by aging pedestrians and drivers; and individual and environmental determinants of work performance.

• 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – “Enhancing Cognition and Brain Health through Physical Activity and Cognitive Training,” Dr. Arthur Kramer, professor of human perception and performance at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cognitive neuroscience, cognitive and brain plasticity, aging and attention are among his fields of expertise.

• 12:15-12:45 p.m. – General Discussion and Questions

The Kendon Smith Lecture Series has been bringing renowned experts to UNCG since 1984, when Janice Stewart Baucom of Concord established an endowment to honor Dr. Kendon Smith. Smith served as head of the psychology department from 1954-67 and held an Alumni Professorship from 1969 until his retirement in 1983. He died in 2002.

Visual: Dr. Denise Park, in back.

Fun Around the World

041410Feature1_IFestVisit the nations of the world during the International Festival Saturday, April 17. The free event will run from noon to 5 p.m. at the fountain area, west of the Dining Hall. [Read more…]

Announcements: April 14, 2010

Chancellor Linda P. Brady has issued a call for nominations: [Read more…]

The Five Spot

041410FiveSpot_TaylorDr. Anthony Taylor has been an assistant professor of clarinet in the School of Music since 2007. He is the principal clarinet of the Winston-Salem Symphony, as well as a solo, chamber and jazz musician. He is also near the top of the leaderboard in Spartan Steps. How does he get in all that walking and running each day? [Read more…]

Walking Away with the Gold

UNCG has received a Gold Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for employee fitness. [Read more…]

‘Marking a Movement’ Civil Rights History Discussion

UNCG’s Reunion will be held this Friday and Saturday. Attendees will enjoy lectures, talks and tours from faculty and staff as they gather with their former classmates. Full information, including a schedule of events, is at www.uncg.edu/ala/reunion.

The entire campus community is invited to a key event: “Marking a Movement: Civil Rights 50 Years Later.” [Read more…]

The Bus Stops Here

041410Feature2_HEATThe campus’ Earth Day celebration is Thursday, April 22. In the days leading up to it, we’ll have a Campus Commute Challenge. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: April 14-21

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

Lecture, “Tender Violence: Henry Ossawa Tanner’s ‘Banjo Lesson’ at Hampton Institute,” George Dimock
Weatherspoon Auditorium, Thursday, April 15, 5 p.m.

“Marking a Movement: Civil Rights 50 Years Later”
EUC Auditorium, Friday, April 16, 1:30 p.m.

Theatre, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” by Steve Martin
Brown Building Theatre, Friday, April 16, 7 p.m.

International Festival
The Fountain, Saturday, April 17, noon.

Softball vs. Western Carolina
Softball Stadium, Sunday, April 18, 1 p.m.

Lecture, “Russia,” Graeme Robertson (UNC-CH), sponsored by Center for Legislative Studies
Weatherspoon Auditorium, Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Theatre, “Balm in Gilead,” by Lanford Wilson
Brown Building Theatre, Wednesday, April 21, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

‘transparency’ Lays Bare the Creative Process

041410EyeOnArts_TornowSome artists want their finished work to stand entirely on its own, neat and tidy. The messy rehearsals and revisions get swept under the rug before an audience comes calling. [Read more…]

Saxophonist Lee Konitz Headlines Jazz Festival April 16

041410EyeOnArts_KonitzLegendary saxophonist Lee Konitz, who played with Miles Davis on the classic 1949 album “Birth of the Cool,” will headline the campus’ annual Miles Davis Jazz Festival April 16. [Read more…]

Taking on Steve Martin’s Surreal ‘Picasso’

041410EyeOnArts_LapinAgilePablo Picasso and Albert Einstein: two wild and crazy guys? Check out Steve Martin’s take on the artist and the scientist in UNCG Theatre’s production of Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” [Read more…]

Campus People – April 14, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Kaye H. Bowman – David A. Vaughan – Megan Delph – Dr. William Purkey – Brian Battle [Read more…]

Maestro Grant Llewellyn Will Conduct Open Rehearsal on Beethoven Symphony

Grant Llewellyn is music director of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. He is principal conductor of the Handel and Haydyn Society. [Read more…]