UNCG Campus Weekly

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Looking ahead: April 28-May 5

Baseball vs. Davidson
Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m.

Art tour with Xandra Eden and Belinda Tate
Weatherspoon, Thursday, April 29, 5 p.m.

Lecture, “The Adaptive Brain: Responding to the Challenge of Cognitive Aging”
Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building, Friday, April 30, 3:15 p.m.

Theatre, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”
Brown Building Theatre, Saturday, May 1, 7 p.m.

Softball vs. Chattanooga
Softball Stadium, Sunday, May 2, 1 p.m.

Opening reception, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
Weatherspoon, Sunday, May 2, 2 p.m.

Science on Tap talk, “The Ethics of Creating Artificial Life,” Dr. Robert Cannon
The Green Bean, Elm St., Tuesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Music, Haiti benefit concert
School of Music Recital Hall, Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

The Five Spot

042810FiveSpot_WalkerRachael Dietrich Walker is a P-card specialist in Purchasing. Most have only heard the words “This … Is … Jeopardy!” on their TV. She once heard them in Hollywood as she stared at Alex Trebek and a sea of hot lights. [Read more…]

Nominees for Staff Excellence Awards Honored

042810NewsAndNotes_ExcellenceAwardThe recipients of the 2010 Staff Excellence Awards will be announced in August. As this spring semester draws to a close, all the nominees for the awards were honored at a breakfast on Tuesday, April 20, in the Magnolia Room of the Dining Hall. Chancellor Linda P. Brady was in attendance to honor the nominees. [Read more…]

Notes: April 28, 2010

NotesIconiSpartan email migration The voluntary opt-in period to migrate faculty and staff email accounts from Lotus Notes to iSpartan has been extended until October 2010, when ITS will begin migrating remaining accounts. (iSpartan is UNCG’s implementation of Google Apps for Education.) Details about this initiative can be found in the April 2010 ITS Newsletter, in the article “Campus-wide Technology Initiatives: ITS implementing three major projects in 2010-11.” The just-published newsletter offers many other news items as well.

Spartan Printing wins awards On March 6, Spartan Printing won two awards at the 43rd Annual PICA Awards honoring printing excellence in the Carolinas. The first award was for Best of Category for inkjet wide format printing for the UNC Exchange Program banner. The second award was a Special Judges Award for digital printing: brochures and broadsides for UNC Exchange Program brochure. Both pieces were designed by Spartan Printing’s graphic artist Wyndell Earles.

Relay for Life Faculty, staff and students raised more than $22,000 during the campus’ Relay for Life function to benefit the American Cancer Society at UNCG Soccer Stadium. There were a total of 742 participants for the event, a new record for the UNCG Relay site. Of our university’s 18 athletic teams, 15 participated in some form, with three teams having conflicts due to competition schedules. The women’s soccer team raised the most money of any of the athletic teams, raising $1,725. Alpha Lambda Delta raised the most money of any registered group, coming in with $2,434. Dana White raised the most money of any one participant at the site, raising $1,474 – twice as much as any other participant. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

In memoriam Dr. David Purpel, emeritus professor in the School of Education, died Monday, April 19. He joined the faculty of the School of Education in 1972 and served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations.

Ethics and business What better way is there for college students to learn how to manage an ethical business than to immerse themselves in one? That’s the experience dozens of local college students from UNCG, North Carolina A&T State and Elon University had this spring as they worked with Triad businesses on applications for the Piedmont Business Ethics Award. It’s the second year students from the Bryan School of Business and Economics have participated in the project, one that gives them hands on experience in evaluating ethical behavior, said UNCG instructor Wade Maki. Maki said participation from students at the three universities validates the importance of teaching business ethics. “In addition to learning how ethics are applied by businesses in our community our students also get an opportunity to hone their networking and professionalism skills in working with their business client. At UNCG, the project is a joint effort between the Department of Philosophy, the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning.

Free speech Several UNCG faculty members and students were among those who gathered for a “celebrating free speech” event at the downtown Center City Park April 20. The park’s policy against delivering political speech has been changed. Students and faculty in the interdisciplinary, inter-institutional class “Reclaiming Democracy: Dialogue, Decision Making and Community Action” had been advocating this change. For more information, contact Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies).

Psychopharmacology conference On March 26, the Counseling & Testing Center as well as departments of Social Work, Counseling and Psychology hosted the second annual Innovations in Psychopharmacology Symposium to a standing room only group. More than 160 attended. There were professionals from the Triad and Research Triangle attending, sharing expertise, and making connections. The event was held in Cone Ballroom, EUC. Key speakers included Dr. Brent Joy (Counseling & Testing Center) and Dr. Melissa Floyd (Social Work). The third speaker was Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary (Duke University Counseling & Psychological Services and Duke University Medical Center). Topics presented were “Innovations in Psychopharmacology,” “Psychiatry Medication & Ethics” and “Cultural Considerations in the Context of Pharmacological Treatment Planning.” The sessions covered issues that face mental health care professions on a daily basis, as well as new developments in medications and alternative therapies for their patients. Planning is beginning for next year’s symposium. Questions? Email mastewa2@uncg.edu.

Black Arts Festival The UNCG NAACP will presents 2010 Black Arts Festival on Friday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., in Curry Auditorium.

Quantitative training available through ICPSR’s summer program Through UNCG’s membership, faculty, staff and students have access to resources of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the nation’s largest social science data repository. UNCG’s membership allows campus network users unlimited web downloads of ICPSR data and documentation from http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/. Popular topics include crime statistics, data on health, aging, and human development, census data, election studies, and economic data. ICPSR also offers training in quantitative methods of social research. UNCG training participants are eligible for reduced member fees. Most courses are at the University of Michigan, but a few are held at UNC Chapel Hill. For more information about the 2010 ICPSR Summer Program, including how to apply, course schedules and fees, visit http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/. If you have questions about the Summer Program or using ICPSR data, contact Lynda Kellam at lmkellam@uncg.edu or 4-5251.

Paws for stress It’s meant as a stress reducer for students as the end of semester approaches, but all on campus community are welcome. Enjoy some fun and relaxation with therapy dogs, cats and rabbits. The event at the Minerva Statue near EUC will be Wednesday, April 28, noon to 2 p.m. It is sponsored by the Wellness Center and Kopper Top Life Learning Center.

Newsmakers

Duane Cyrus, Dr. Andrew Brod, Dr. Sue Stinson, Dr. Cathie Witty, Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, Dr. Paige Hall Smith and Stoel Burrowes are among the UNCG individuals recently in the news.

Details are here.

For Those Working with Immigrants, Refugees and Displaced People

The second annual Association of Refugee Service Professionals (ARSP) National Conference will be May 17-18 in EUC. [Read more…]

Transgender Communication and Wellness Conference May 22

The UNCG Speech and Hearing Clinics will host the Transgender Communication and Wellness Conference, an event for healthcare professionals and transgender individuals, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in Elliott University Center. [Read more…]

An Innovative Educator Remembered

Brian Betts, a 1989 graduate of UNCG, became in recent years one of the most innovative educators in inner-city Washington D.C.

The principal at Shaw Middle School in Washington had been hired to revamp a school that had been through great difficulties – including a reorganization required by the No Child Left Behind law – and was in the process of turning the school around.

For that, he had been the subject of several stories in the Washington Post and had also been interviewed by 60 Minutes and PBS.

Tragically, his death has now brought similar national attention with stories on CNN , ABC and NBC network newscasts.

Dr. Kate Barrett, a Board of Trustees member and professor emerita of exercise and sport science, knew Betts when he was a physical education major studying to be a teacher. “I worked extensively with Mr. Betts during his junior year and then as his University Supervisor during student teaching. He had a special way with children, a special gift, that was evident right from the start.

“Following graduation I kept up with Mr. Betts especially since I had recommended him to Pat Barry of the Montgomery County School System and wanted to know how he was handling his first job. I believe Ms. Barry [a UNCG alumnus] played a critical role in Mr. Betts’ development as the educator he became.

Women’s basketball coach Lynn Agee also knew Betts well when he was a student and cheerleader. “Brian was Blue and Gold through and through. He obviously was a tremendous educator, which is evident in all the things he’s done as a principal. It’s a great loss obviously in that area,” Agee said.

“As a Spartan, he followed his teams everywhere. He’d show up in the middle of a snow storm when women’s basketball was playing. He supported every event as a cheerleader. He was very active. He was one of the most dedicated and fun-loving Spartans that we’ve had involved in our program.”

For several years, Betts had brought a group of his middle school students to the UNCG campus for a “College Connection Weekend.” The last two years, Betts had his group of students follow members of the men’s basketball team around for two days – to classes, to meals in the dining hall, to practice, to study hall – to see the level of commitment it takes to play college athletics, while maintaining a commitment to academics. In past years, Betts brought his cheerleading squad to campus to go through similar functions and they would perform at a men’s basketball game.

Barrett said that when he and his students came to campus, “We always arranged a time to visit and for me to meet his children. He always introduced me as ‘his’ teacher!”

Two years ago, Barrett saw on PBS’s News Hour a report on his and others’ work to help reform the Washington schools. “I talked with him several times to learn how his school was progressing and to tell him how proud we were of his work. What he was doing was exciting and daring, but I knew [D.C. school system] Chancellor Rhee had picked the right person and that he would be successful. We had thoughtful conversations about what he was trying to do and what he dreamed for the children in his care … His belief that all children have a right to learn never waivered – he started living that belief right from the start and never looked back.

“He was a fiercely loyal person who was a dear friend/mentor to all,” she added. “When I spoke with his mother at the visitation [last week], and had told her my connection with her son, she lightly touched her heart, and told me, “We buried Brian in a UNCG T-shirt as UNCG was closest to his heart.”

Hodges Will Get BOG Teaching Excellence Award

042810Headline_HodgesDr. Nancy J. Hodges, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, has won a 2010 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She will receive the award Friday, May 14, during UNCG’s spring commencement in the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina selected 17 of its most outstanding faculty to receive the 16th Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Each award winner will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $7,500 cash prize.

The 17 recipients, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure, chaired by Gladys Ashe Robinson of Greensboro. The awards will be presented by a Board of Governors member during the spring graduation ceremony on each campus.

A member of the UNCG faculty since 1998, Hodges serves as the director of graduate studies in the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies. In 2008-09, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

She received her undergraduate degree in design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clothing and textiles from the University of Minnesota.

“For me, teaching and learning begin with lived experience, as I feel strongly that it is this experience that shapes students’ understanding of course concepts,” Hodges explains, as part of her teaching philosophy.”When students integrate knowledge from the classroom with their everyday lives, they develop a bond with the material that enhances the value of the learning—for them and for me. Indeed, one of the most exciting aspects of teaching is the part that I get to play in fostering the student’s connection with the material, and to do so in such a way that they become unaware that they are ‘being taught’…”

Established by the Board of Governors in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the university system, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus.

Visual: Hodges surrounded by students, in a previous year.

Teachers Inspire Fellow Teachers

042810Feature2_TeachersWhen she started teaching a yearlong, graduate-level Teacher as Researcher course in the School of Education, Dr. Amy Vetter had no idea how the class would inspire her and her students.

The class ended in Spring 2008, but Vetter and several students went on to establish Triad Teacher Researchers (TTR). TTR, now six members strong, meets monthly to share research findings and ideas. Their goal is to pass their research skills and the findings of their research on to other teachers in their own schools and across the Triad.

“It’s sort of a homegrown, bottom-up approach to professional development – teachers collaborating with other teachers,” says Vetter.

TTR’s first annual conference takes place May 5 in Curry Building. Keynote speaker is Dr. Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater, professor of English and director of composition at UNCG. Chiseri-Strater is also a teacher researcher and author of “What Works?: A Practical Guide to Teacher Research.”

More than 50 presenters will conduct workshops. All area students, educators and administrators are welcome.

Group members have used their classrooms as research labs to apply and study various techniques. One member, a 10th-grade teacher, started a Writing Elite program for students who want to become authors.

Holly Wroblewski, a UNCG graduate, an eight-year classroom veteran and a TTR member, now teaches special needs students at E.M. Holt Elementary in Burlington. Wroblewski, Teacher of the Year at Holt, says Vetter’s class helped her to realize “how transformative it can be to look at my teaching in a critical way.”

“I’ve worked on several different research questions ranging from student metacognition while reading, to engagement, to my current topic, reflective journaling,” Wroblewski says. “I believe I’ve always been a teacher researcher at heart. I’m always thinking about struggles I face with my teaching and how I can make things better. Currently, I am looking at how reflective practice, through journaling, can change my relationship with my students and how that impacts my teaching.”

Vetter and Wroblewski want to see the group expand, reaching more and more teachers across the Triad.

“TTR is a great way for teachers to surround themselves with others who want an individualized form of professional development that they may not get elsewhere,” Wroblewski says.

For more details including a complete conference schedule, visit www.triadteacherresearchers.com. Or contact Amy Vetter at amvetter@gmail.com.

Visual:  Holly Wroblewski works with students at E.M. Holt Elementary in Burlington.

Campaign Against Texting & Driving

042810Feature1_TextingDr. Mark Schulz (Public Health Education) knows the danger of texting while driving all too well.

A longtime advocate for the safety of cyclists, Schulz was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Aycock Street near the campus on March 26, 2008. The vehicle’s driver had been texting.

“If she had been going 10 miles an hour faster I wouldn’t be talking to you,” Schulz told CBS affiliate WFMY during a news conference Friday, April 16.

“I had five compressed discs, a broken sternum, a broken left kneecap. I was out for about 20 minutes with the concussion.”

Schulz and Chancellor Linda P. Brady joined state legislators and AT&T officials at the news conference in Elliott University Center to help promote AT&T’s nationwide “Txting & Drvng – It Can Wait” awareness campaign. AT&T has put information about the campaign online.http://www.att.com/txtngcanwait

The event at UNCG was covered by News 14 Carolina and WFMY.

The campaign, aimed largely at young adults, includes public service announcements featuring texts drivers were reading or typing when they were in catastrophic crashes.

North Carolina’s ban on texting while driving, which was spurred in part by Schulz’s experience, took effect in December.

“The message is simple: If you’re driving, don’t text,” Brady said. “Momentary and avoidable lapses in attention change lives forever. We’re asking students and everyone at the university to pledge not to text while driving. It’s a small decision, but one that saves lives.”

The news conference also included remarks from Rep. Pricey Harrison of Greensboro, who co-sponsored the legislation to ban texting while driving in North Carolina; Rep. Maggie Jeffus of Greensboro; and Rep. Earl Jones of Greensboro. Melissa Midgett, state director for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and a UNCG aluma, also attended.

A number of students pursuing master’s degrees in public health education attended the news conference, too.

Visual: The chancellor and Schulz join others in signing a pledge to never text while driving.

‘And Then There Were Ten’ BFA Dance Concert

042810EyeOnArts_BFADanceAs graduation nears, the senior BFA dance majors will show their work in their department’s final concert of the season, “And Then There Were Ten,” at 8 p.m. April 30-May 1 and 2 p.m. May 1. [Read more…]

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at WAM

An exhibition of students’ work will open Sunday, May 2, at the Weatherspoon. A public reception begins at 2 p.m. [Read more…]

Campus People – April 28, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Betty Carter – Dr. Michael J. Kane – Dr. Susan Calkins – Dr. George Michel – Robin Gee – Carol Peschel [Read more…]