UNCG Campus Weekly

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NC DOCKS Surpasses 100,000 Downloads

In January 2009, the University Libraries launched NC DOCKS, UNCG’s institutional repository, available at http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/. Currently, there are over 1,000 faculty works in NC DOCKS and about 800 electronic theses and dissertations (the only non-faculty works).  Since the launch, the 1,850 documents in NC DOCKS have been viewed or downloaded over 100,000 times (an average of 55 times for each document). Two articles in NC DOCKS have been viewed or downloaded over 1,000 times. [Read more…]

Civil Rights, Up Close and Personal

042110Feature2_CivilRightsOn the EUC stage last Friday were some campus pioneers in the civil rights movement.

JoAnne Smart Drane was one of the first two African-American students to enroll, in 1956. She and another African-American classmate, the late Bettye Ann Davis Tillman, were honored this year with the naming of the Smart-Tillman professorship.

Beside Drane was one of the first Woman’s College (UNCG) students who sat-in at the Woolworth Sit-ins, Ann Dearsley-Vernon. They both were members of the Class of 1960, which was reuniting as part of Reunion.

“Ann [Dearsley-Vernon] and I are from Raleigh,” Drane explained. “This is the first day we’ve ever met.”

Being one of the first two African-American students on campus entailed being “invisible, but in plain view,” Drane said. A small group of students were outwardly friendly, and many kindnesses were shown, but ultimately it was a lonely experience.

Drane, after graduating, would not set foot on campus again for 30 years. She would later serve on the UNCG Board of Trustees and as Alumni Association vice president.

Dearsley-Vernon spoke next. “I didn’t know there were two young black woman students on campus … I don’t know how I could have been so ignorant of that.” Dearsley-Vernon and two other white students heard of the sit-in at Woolworth in February 1960, and quickly decided – as they munched on muffins in the campus cafeteria reading a newspaper– that they’d walk down there. “Let’s go support them,” the student said. They put on their class jackets and went. “I remember it was just that spontaneous and naïve.”

The result was five tense hours at the sit-in, widespread news coverage and expulsion from the university (which was reconsidered).

There were some regrets. Drane did not participate in the Woolworth Sit-in. “I wish that I could change that.” Her heart was with the protestors, she said. Ann Phillips McCracken, who was interested in civil rights, did not either. “I’m sorry I didn’t.” She and Drane became friends, but decades after graduating. “I don’t ever remember meeting you on campus,” McCracken said, “and I’m so sorry.”

Other panelists included Betsy Toth, who spoke of sitting at Woolworth later in the protests, with women from Bennett College.

Marylin Lott, who participated in the sit-ins with Dearsley-Vernon and Eugenia Seaman Marks, said, “At the end of the day [at the Woolworth Sit-in], it was a given we were not going to be safe. We all had a prayer,” she recalled. Once safely back to campus, she called her parents to let them know what she’d done. The Washington Post called her parents within 30 minutes of that phone call.

Former city council member Claudette Graves Burroughs-White, who died in 2007, participated in the sit-ins as well, it was noted.

The Reunion event, called “Marking a Movement,” included a talk by Dr. Tara Green about some unsung female heroes – in addition to Rosa Parks – who were arrested in Montgomery for refusing to give up their bus seats. Linda Carter welcomed everyone; Dr. Robert Mayo moderated the forum. Duane Cyrus and Cyrus Art Production presented the dance “Greensboro, Then and Now.”

The highlight was the opportunity to hear from the students of the late 1950s and early 1960s. One current student, as she asked a question during the Q & A period, remarked that she’d done quite a bit of research on them, and it was remarkable to actually be able to ask them a question. Mayo called them aptly “the primary sources.”

More on the experiences of Drane and Tillman, as well as some 1950s correspondence in Archives and the Smart-Tillman professorship, is in the Spring 2010 issue of UNCG Magazine. A story on students’ later efforts to desegregate the Tate Street restaurants and cinema are in the Spring 2010 issue as well.

Visual: From left to right, JoAnne Smart Drane, Ann Dearsley-Vernon, Betsy Toth and Marylin Lott. Ann Phillips McCracken is out of view.

Faculty and Student Dance, Martha Graham’s ‘Steps’

Dance will host its annual Departmental Concert at 8 p.m. April 23-24 with a 2 p.m. matinee April 24. [Read more…]

Notes: April 21, 2010

NotesIconEmergency drill April 27 The university will conduct an emergency response exercise Tuesday, April 27, beginning at 8 a.m. The drill will be weather-related and will include campus entities as well as the Greensboro Fire Department, Guilford County EMS and various law enforcement agencies. The exercise location will be in and around Eberhart Building. The exercise will not affect classes on campus. Response vehicles will be staging on and around Kenilworth Street that day.

Health and wellness showcase “Spring into Wellness 2010” will be Monday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. The HRS-sponsored event will showcase a variety of health and wellness resource available on campus and in the greater community.

Housekeeping services go green A partnership between UNCG and xpedx has made Facilities and Residence Halls Housekeeping Services the first departments in the UNC system to switch over to “green” sustainable cleaning chemicals. Ada Baldwin, director of Housekeeping Services for UNCG Facilities, and Lisa Kestler from xpedx have worked together to develop a Green Cleaning System that is not only less toxic, more sustainable, and improves interior air quality, but also costs approx 75 percent less than the previous cleaning chemicals used on campus. In the next few weeks, Residence Halls Housekeeping Services Director Barbara Gainey will be training her staff with the new cleaning system, making UNCG the first UNC campus to fully embrace sustainable cleaning. For more information, please contact Ada Baldwin at ALBALDW2@uncg.edu or Barbara Gainey at bjgainey@uncg.edu.

In memoriam Dr. James Thompson, former UNCG Libraries director, died April 13. Jim was director from 1970 until 1988, when he left to teach in the History Department for several years before retiring in 1994. He oversaw the building of the Jackson Library tower and increasing the size of collections and staff.

David Lynch and Cervantes An International Book Day Celebration will be April 23, 5:30 p.m., in Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. The Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Creative Writing have invited Dr. Bruce Burningham (Illinois State) to speak on Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote in connection with contemporary American pop culture. His presentation, “Ugly Betty: Desire, Dulcinea, and Disenchantment in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive,” will compare the Cervantine character of Dulcinea with the protagonists of David Lynch’s film.

Godfather of restorative justice Dr. Howard Zehr, the “godfather of restorative justice,” will speak Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in Jackson Library’s Jarrell Lecture Hall. His presentation is “Why Restorative Justice?” The Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution Program, the School of Human Environmental Sciences and Lloyd International Honors College are sponsoring his visit. Zehr, who blogs at http://emu.edu/blog/restorative-justice, is a professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He joined the faculty of the university located in Harrisonburg, Va., in 2006 after 19 years as director of the Mennonite Central Committee’s Office on Crime and Justice. Restorative justice seeks to involve all stakeholders in a process that heals victims’ wounds, restores offenders to law-abiding lives and repairs harm to the community. Zehr’s book “Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice” has been a foundational work in the growing “restorative justice” movement. He was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2008.

Accounts payable and fixed assets workshops Accounts Payable and Fixed Assets Department offer a combined workshop for new employees or employees who would like a refresher course on the proper forms to use to process transactions for payment and to learn the updated basics of UNCG’s fixed assets. The workshop is to promote understanding of the university’s payment requests’ procedures and will cover such forms as the BANFIN-32 (Expenditure Authorization), BANFIN-33 (Interdepartmental Invoice), and purchase order payment processes. The workshop will also provide the most current basic information about requisitioning and purchasing fixed assets, using correct expenditure codes, tagging and inventory processes, and completing fixed assets forms. To enroll in the workshop, go to https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/. Click on Banner Finance (Faculty and Staff Only) and select Banner Finance Accounts Payable and Fixed Assets Workshop.

Travels to India The “architectural sojourners” invite everyone to an exhibit on their travels to India over the spring break on Monday, April 26, from 5-7 p.m. in the atrium of the Gatewood Studio Arts Building. For more information, visit http://studyabroadindia.wordpress.com/.

Shakespeare’s birthday at Jackson Once again, the University Libraries, along with the Department of English and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, are celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday. You’re invited, on Friday, April 23, from 2-5:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Jackson Library, near the McIver statue. A group of students, faculty and library staff will read aloud all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. A musician or two will play Elizabethan-inspired music. And there’ll be cake. Come in costume, stay for prizes and enjoy the Bard’s words. If you would like to volunteer to read sonnets, contact Kimberly Lutz at 6-8598 or kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu. Hear more at this podcast: http://iminervapodcast.blogspot.com/2010/04/bards-birthday-bash.html.

Recovery and identification of US war dead The panel discussion “‘Leave No Man Behind’: The Recovery and Identification of US War Dead” will be Friday, April 23, 2-4 p.m., Sullivan 101. This panel discussion on U.S. military forensic practice is the first public event of the Ashby Dialogue 2009-10, and will be hosted by the Sociology and Anthropology Departments. Panelists will include Dr. Thomas Holland, the Scientific Director of the Central Identification Laboratory at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command; Mr. James Canik, Deputy Director of the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory; and Mr. Larry Greer, the Public Affairs Officer of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. This panel will examine the U.S. government’s unique efforts to repatriate remains and identify its missing men and women of uniform from the previous century’s wars, including World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. As representative of the three major agencies dedicated to this task, the panelists will address not only the forensic science – from forensic anthropology to DNA analysis – behind the identification process but also the social and political context of why and how the government attempts a full accounting of its missing soldiers. A Q&A will follow the presentations.

Music events Two special events this month, offered in conjunction with Music 533, Music of the Twentieth Century. Both events are free. On Friday, April 23, 4 p.m. in Collins Lecture Hall, musicologist Silvio dos Santos of the University of Florida will give a presentation on Alban Berg’s “Lulu” (1929), based on Frank Wedekind’s “Lulu plays,” “Erdgeist” and “Die Buechse der Pandora” [Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box]. On Wednesday, April 28 at noon in the Organ Hall, Clara O’Brien and James Douglass will perform Arnold Schoenberg’s “Fünfzehn Gedichte aus Das Buch der haendengen Gaerten” [Fifteen Poems from the Book of the Hanging Gardens]. Questions? Email elkeathl@uncg.edu.

In memoriam Buddy Gist died Sunday, April 18, at the age of 84. He generously donated to UNCG the trumpet his friend Miles Davis had played in recording the album “Kind of Blue.” A feature story on Gist and his gift of the trumpet as well as his relationship with a number of members of the School of Music appeared in the Spring issue of UNCG Magazine. A memorial service will be held in the School of Music Organ Hall on Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

Surgical Mission to Dominican Republic

042110Headline_SurgeryThe operating room looks like something from a rural U.S. hospital a half-century ago.

Some operating tables have a makeshift airplane propeller under the unconscious patient’s arms, each arm stretching out to the propeller’s tip. Improvised but efficient.

With no air conditioning, the surgeons and nurses try not to drip sweat on the patients, during their 10-12 hour surgery shifts.

Unlike in today’s U.S. hospitals, the cloth wrappings will be reused – they are sterile, but darkened with age.

Organs or tissue removed will be given to the patients or family members – they bring their own containers from home – and they themselves will take it for a pathology report that will take 3-4 months for results.

For some faculty members and students from the School of Nursing, spring break was a rewarding, exhausting and enlightening experience. Each was part of a surgical mission trip to a hospital in the Dominican Republic.

Last week’s Food for Thought Lunch, sponsored by the honors college, was a time for sharing. Dr. Patricia Crane and senior Lauren Moore talked. The topic was “hope.” The group’s presence and knowledge of good practices – as well as the supplies they brought and left behind at the hospital – brought hope and healing to many local citizens and Haitian earthquake survivors they cared for.

You see conditions rarely seem in the States when you assist with surgery there, Crane says. Goiters from lack of iodine, distinctive hernias. But mainly they helped with what Americans would consider routine surgeries.

In the Dominican Republic, surgery of any type is considered a dire thing, never routine. The volunteers helped provide hope.

In the last three years, a growing number from the School of Nursing have taken surgical mission trips to the Dominican Republic.

During last month’s break, two faculty members, Dr. Patricia Crane and Dr. Linda McNeal, traveled with nine students from the School of Nursing: three nurse anesthesist students, one nurse practitioner student, one RN to BSN student and four undergraduate students. The effort was part of a Methodist missionary effort. Those from UNCG focused on medical care. “We’re there to meet their physical needs,” Crane said.

“You’d have to do that before you meet their spiritual needs,” Moore adds.

“We carried lots of stuff,” Crane says. From the majority of drugs they would administer, to supplies such as gloves, sterile dressings, surgical instruments, sutures – even to ziplock bags.

Ziplock bags are very handy in the hospitals. Another coveted item: baseball caps, for the kids. Baseball is the big sport.

Almost everything they packed they left there.

“You do cry, you get tired. It’s hard to leave. Ten, twelve hours a day, every day,” Crane explains about how the experience affects the volunteers. “We’re doing what we can do.”

The nursing students are called on to do a lot. “They’re cutting, tying [during surgery],” Moore says. Anesthesia students do a lot of epidurals.

The anesthesia students do not get course credit, though the other students can count some of their direct care hours toward their clinical.

Each individual pays about $1,600 to go on the trip sponsored by a Christian group.

Moore aspires to be a nurse in the Triad. “ICU is what I hope to do. I’m very detail oriented.”

In ICU, communication is important. “In hospitals, a nurse is an advocate for the patient,” she explains.

Communication with patients and family members is a key part of a nurse’s work. During the mission trip, she used her Spanish to communicate with family members, reassuring them and delivering post-surgery instructions.

Each volunteer provided 50-60 hours of hands-on care, Moore says.

She graduates in May.

Next March, Crane says, another group of nursing individuals will travel again to the hospital.

Visual: Preparing for surgery. Lauren Moore, senior nursing student, is on the right.

The Five Spot

042110FiveSpot_CabralAllyn Cabral (Parking Services) leads the Spartan Steps individual competition. He’s been on staff since last August and drives a Spartan Chariot shuttle. [Read more…]

Announcements: April 21, 2010

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA:

University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles is stepping down at the end of 2010 after five years of dedicated and innovative leadership, and the UNC Board of Governors is deeply grateful for his service to the University and to the citizens of North Carolina. Our task now is to identify the next leader of our 17-campus system. As we go about this critically important work, we need and want your input. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: April 21-28

Softball vs. NC A&T (doubleheader)
Softball Stadium, Thursday, April 22, 3 p.m.

Earth Day celebration
Foust Park, Thursday, April 22, 11 a.m.

Farmers’ market followed by sustainability film “Fresh”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, April 22, 5 p.m.

Discussion, “‘Leave No Man Behind’: Recovery & Identification of US War Dead”
Sullivan Building, Room 101, Friday, April 23, 2 p.m.

Baseball vs. Wofford (Freebie Friday promotion)
Baseball Stadium, Friday, April 23, 7 p.m.

Theatre, “Balm in Gilead”
Brown Building Theatre, Saturday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Emergency drill, on campus
Tuesday, April 27

Theatre, “Bus Stop”
Brown Building Theatre, Tuesday, April 27, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

‘Hope for Haiti’ on Campus

042110Featue1_HaitiUNCG’s “Hope for Haiti” week will be April 24-29.

For five consecutive days, students from UNCG will be holding an awareness campaign/philanthropy event for Haiti, as they sleep out each night near the Fountain.

During the camp out, members of the university community are invited to raise awareness and funds for Haiti relief.

  • The first night, April 24 at 10 p.m., students will set up cardboard boxes in front of the fountain and camp out overnight.
  • On April 25, the Interior Architecture Department and students in the department will provide “make-shift shelters” for the remainder of the week.
  • On April 26, several student organizations have been invited to participate.
  • On April 27, an educational event will be held in the Multicultural Resource Center in the EUC from 5-7 p.m. Students will be “Skyping” the assistant director of St. Joseph Orphanage in Haiti and meeting with Red Cross Disaster Relief workers.
  • The culmination of the program is a final push for fundraising and a raffle on April 28, follow by the final camp out.
  • The event and shelters will be broken down April 29 at 8 a.m.

Throughout the week students will be raising funds as well as promoting two campus concerts on May 4 and 5, which are also raising funds for Haitian relief.

UNCG’s Hope for Haiti idea was conceived as a result of a desire by the current Homecoming (FallFest) King and Queen to create a campus-wide service initiative as a precedent for future Homecoming contenders.

“After the devastation in Haiti in January, we realized the tremendous impact the earthquake had on Haiti and even members of our own student body,” Homecoming King Michael Tuso said. “As a result we initially partnered with OLSL, Greek Life, and IMPACT (a leadership development class taught by Preston Yarborough [OLSL]) to develop a program to have continued awareness concerning Haiti. Over the course of the planning process we have established many more partners in the university community and are looking forward to the continued support for Haitian relief and awareness.”

As they began their planning, they’d predicted that media coverage would significantly decline as the semester wore on and less attention would be paid to Haiti, making their efforts all the more important.

“Moreover, we also discovered that a student in our community was deeply affected by the tragedies the earthquake brought to Haiti. This particular student’s family owned a company in Haiti and has been significantly strained as a result of the destruction. Knowing the supportive environment that UNCG encompasses, we are attempting to establish a framework for the community to be able to help one of our own students.”

Much of the fundraising from this event will be donated to help with that student’s tuition. In addition, a portion of the funds will be donated to UNICEF, which assists in Haiti, Tuso says.

The campus group can be found on Facebook.  The group is titled “UNCG’s Hope for Haiti.”

Michael Tuso can be reached at mjtuso@uncg.edu.

Photo:  U.S. Air Force.

Eat Fresh – No, Really Fresh

Two events will be held at the Weatherspoon as part of Earth Day: [Read more…]

Campus People – April 21, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Tomi Register – Dr. Sandra Shultz – Dr. Randy Schmitz – Dr. Susan Calkins – Dr. Susan Keane – Dr. Marion O’Brien – Dr. Lilly Shanahan – Dr. Jacquelyn White – Dr. Jim Fisher [Read more…]