UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Impact of Governor’s Proposed Budget Reduction on UNCG

The headline feature story in today’s [May 5] Campus Weekly detailed Chancellor Linda P. Brady’s views on the governor’s proposed budget cuts of 5.9 percent. In her letter to the faculty and staff and letter to friends of the university, she stated, “The Legislature convenes May 12th and the budget process will move very swiftly. We therefore ask you to contact your House and Senate representative and any other state elected officials you have a relationship with THIS WEEK, urging them to hold University reductions to a minimum. [Read more…]

See/Hear – May 5, 2010

Want a new wallpaper for your computer screen? UNCG Magazine offers a number of options. [Read more…]

Announcements: May 5, 2010

UNCG will hold commencement exercises on Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum, with novelist Margaret Maron as the featured speaker. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: May 5-12

Reading Day (no classes)
Wednesday, May 5

Exams begin
Thursday, May 6

Baseball vs North Florida
Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, May 5, 6 p.m.

Exhibition opens, “Entwined: Thread-like & thread-based works from the Permanent Collection”
Weatherspoon, Sunday, May 9

Friends of the University Libraries Dinner, speaker Frank Stasio
Cone Ballroom, EUC, Monday, May 10, 8 p.m.

Art tour, Noon @ the ‘Spoon: MFA Thesis Exhibition
Weatherspoon, Tuesday, May 11, noon

Baseball vs. Wake Forest
Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, May 12, 6 p.m.

Exams end
Wednesday, May 12

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Taking the Falls

050510Feature2_BoatRaceThe idea for a fundraiser? On a warm day, invite departments and student groups to create a lunchtime regatta for the Fountain. And the first boat over the falls wins prizes.

The judges would be Dr. Tresa Saxton, Dr. Cherry Callahan and Reade Taylor. The Homecoming Queen and King would assist. “I’m not sure what to judge. The one who comes in first wins, right?” Saxton jokingly asked.

As the boats were being readied for the competition last Friday, Jamie Herring, chief of police, noted that “it was Drew’s idea,” referring to Officer Drew Whitaker. The campus’ police have supported Special Olympics since 1991, Herring said, and they were looking to do something different.

As Whitaker got ready to take off his shoes and place the boats in the water for the first race, he explained he’d been thinking of something – and someplace – that would unite the whole campus community. His squad was looking at the Fountain one day – and it clicked for them. Sgt. Larry Armburger suggested that the contest could be the first boat to go over the falls wins.

Whitaker expected about $1,500 would be raised as a result of the day’s event.

Lots of area businesses donated refreshments and prizes. Ten boats were entered, with a registration fee for each. Also during the lunch hour, raffle tickets for prizes were sold – numbers were called out during lulls in the wind (and hence, in the competition).

Nearly 200 watched, including a few classes of preschoolers from the university’s child care facility.

Teams had to build their boat to these specs: No more than 8 inches wide x 18 inches long; and not less than 6 inches wide x 10 inches long. And they could not test out their boat at the Fountain.

In the first heat, one of the two Student Health Services boats took a commanding lead.

Roy Hamilton (SHS) was observed blowing on the sail, as SHS staff cheered it on. For a moment, the wind blew it backwards, perhaps a bit of poetic justice.

It reversed course and led the way. “We’re going to win!” said Sharony Green (SHS). But it got stuck at the cusp of the falls. “Oh no! Oh, shoot,” Green said. Eventually, Parking Operations’ boat breezed past and over the falls, to a round of cheers.

Hamilton noted that a little toy man from their boat went over the falls before either boat – but Parking Operations was declared the winner. Hamilton said next year, they’ll probably have a stiffer hull, maybe made of styrofoam, so it’s less likely to get stuck.

In the second heat, Student Health Medical Clinic won. That boat featured a sail with the stitched words “SS Anna Gove Medical,” a little flag, and two tiny alligators on the deck. As cute as it was fast.

The final race-off featured the top four finishers: from Dean of Students Office, Student Health Medical Clinic, the Police’s “UNCG Herring,” and Parking Operations’ “The Enforcer.”

The UNCG Herring was an aircraft carrier, with toy airplanes including a stealth bomber, and a small command tower. But, it too slowed and then teetered at the edge, as other boats approached from behind. But before any could catch it, it toppled over the falls.

“The UNCG Herring has won it all!” the DJ shouted.

But Special Olympics was the real winner.

Visual: The UNCG Herring wins, as it topples over the falls first in the final race. The fundraiser made quite a splash.

Rooms Named in Honor of Levinson, Arndts

The Board of Trustees has approved the naming of two rooms after important figures in our campus’ history. [Read more…]

Textbook Rental Program Coming to Bookstore

Beginning in fall 2010, the UNCG Bookstore will offer students a new, multi-channel textbook rental program designed to deliver maximum savings and convenience. [Read more…]

Notes: May 5, 2010

NotesIconNPR’s Frank Stasio on campus Frank Stasio will headline the annual Friends of the UNCG University Libraries Dinner Monday, May 10. Stasio hosts WUNC’s “The State of Things.” His presentation begins at 8 p.m. Tickets to the event support the University Libraries. Program-only tickets are $12 each. Visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice/ to purchase tickets.

CW publication schedule Campus Weekly will publish next week, then begin its summer schedule of publishing every other week. It will publish May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21 and Aug. 4. It will resume weekly publication on Aug. 18.

Steam Plant shutdown May 14-19 The campus steam plant is scheduled to be shut down for annual maintenance at noon on Friday, May 14, and will be down until the morning of Wednesday, May 19. This shutdown is required to do maintenance on the plant and the distribution on campus. Campus buildings that have alternate water heaters will continue to have hot water service. For additional information contact Facilities Operations at 4-5684.

Arts and Sciences Staff Council Nominations The College of Arts and Sciences Staff Council will hold elections for new committee members in May/June. Anyone in the College may nominate themselves or a staff or EPA non-teaching employee (with their permission) to serve a two-year term starting in August. Nomination forms are available on the Staff Council web site or you may forward a nominee’s name to the current Staff Council chair, Maggie Dargatz, at mmdargat@uncg.edu. She will follow-up with the nominee. The Council’s mission is to provide a forum in which College Staff concerns can be identified and discussed, and then strategies explored to address these concerns by communicating and working with the dean. Meetings are generally held twice a month on a schedule to be determined by the members. Nominations should be submitted by May 21, then an election ballot will be distributed via email and placed on that web site. For more information, contact Maggie Dargatz at mmdargat@uncg.edu or 4-5059.

Discount on athletic summer camps All UNCG faculty and staff may receive a 10 percent discount on UNCG’s youth athletic summer camps. They must register by paper brochure. They can print out the brochure by going to www.uncgspartans.com. Click on “camps” and the brochure is listed at the top of the page. Those with questions may email mcwilso2@uncg.edu.

Student film screenings The Media Studies Department will offer a screening of student films Saturday, May 8, 6-10 p.m., in EUC Auditorium. Those with questions may email mbarr@uncg.edu.

New university marshals You’ll see new faces among the ranks of our university marshals, at Commencement. Twenty-five individuals were inducted on April 18 into one of the oldest continuing student organizations on campus. Being a University Marshal signifies commitment to serve the university at major ceremonial events, such as May and December Commencements, the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, Founders Day and future University Marshal Inductions. Members are full-time students having completed 30 semester hours and maintaining a 3.65 or higher GPA, resulting in being named to the Chancellor’s List. The new university marshals are Maggie Allred, Tyler Anderson, Tiffani Arbogast, Crystal Cornine, Katherine Cranfill, Emily Goodson, Kimberlyn Havlicek, Marie Henry, Tiffany Herman, Louisa Hopkins, Sarah Howle, Vicotria Johnson, Anne Keyworth, Callie Lane, Alisia Mitchell, Matthew Moss, Lauren Oswald, Anna Potts, Asia Prince, Brandie Reeder, Kathryn Skawski, Mashawn Steen, Colby Williams and Erica Yeager.

Memorial Dr. David Purpel, emeritus professor in the School of Education, died April 19. To mark the Shloshim, a 30-day period of mourning, the campus community is invited to celebrate the ideas, influence and vision of David Purpel on Friday, May 28, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, at 3 p.m. A potluck, Shabbat dinner will follow. To RSVP, email Nancy Gore at mammagore@bellsouth.net. If you would like to share your thoughts at this event, let Dr. Svi Shapiro know at svishapiro@nc.rr.com.

24th Annual Jack Cooke Golf Classic This year’s Jack Cooke Golf Classic, hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, will be played at Jamestown Golf Course Monday, May 17. In the past the tournament has attracted up to 17 teams. Teams consist of four players – two must be university affiliated. Eligible university participants include students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Student Recreation Center. Varsity athletes are eligible to play, however they and their teams are not eligible for team and individual prizes. The tournament format will be “Captain’s Choice” with a modified shotgun start. Offices and departments may enter one or more teams, or individuals from various departments may make up a team. Individuals should come by the Campus Recreation’s fourth floor Reception Desk to sign up for the tournament. The entry fee for each player is $35. The fee includes cart rental, green fee, cook out and entry for door prizes. Entries are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 7. An information flyer and registration form are available at campusrec.uncg.edu/Golf Classic/index.htm. For details, contact Erik Unger at 4-5924.

Golf lessons Lessons will be offered through Campus Rec this summer, sessions are in June and July. The instructor will be Jan Kiefer, a PGA teaching professional. A beginner class and intermediate class are offered at the golf area on campus. Call 4-5924 for more information.

Notice of accreditation survey Student Health Services (SHS) has requested voluntarily an evaluation of their compliance with the standards set forth by The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC/Accreditation Association). The AAAHC will be on site May 24-25. Members of the general public, patients, students, faculty and staff having pertinent information regarding the Student Health Services’ provision of healthcare or compliance with standards may request an information presentation with AAAHC during their site visit. Request for presentation can be made in writing or via telephone and must be made at least two weeks prior to the visit. Contact: Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., 5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 200 Skokie, Ill. 60077. Telephone 847-853-6060.

Dean Weeks to Step Down in 2011

050510Feature1_WeeksDr. James K. Weeks, who has served since 1990 as the dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG, will step down from that position at the end of the next academic year.

Under Weeks’ leadership as dean, the Bryan School has expanded international activity, added six new degree programs, established research centers and increased its endowment sixfold to more than $24 million. Of the more than 19,000 alumni of the school, roughly half received their degrees during his tenure as dean.

“Many of you have heard me introduce myself over the past 20 years by saying that I have the privilege and pleasure of serving as dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics,” Weeks told an April 30 meeting of faculty and staff. “It has been a great honor to be dean of the school named after Mr. Bryan and to lead a dedicated team of faculty and staff taking this school to higher levels of excellence.”

He has not decided what he will do after he steps down. “I’m in the very early stages of exploring what the next chapter of my professional life will be. I’m not closing the door on any opportunity to make a difference,” he said.

During his tenure as dean, the school began offering bachelor’s degrees in entrepreneurship, international business and marketing; a master’s degree in information management and technology; and doctorates in economics and information systems.

In addition, two Bryan School research centers – the Center for Business and Economic Research and the McDowell Center for Global Information Technology Management – and the university-wide North Carolina Center for Entrepreneurship were established.

“Jim Weeks is an institution. He is part of the fabric of UNCG and of the Greensboro community,” said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Jim served on the search committee that recommended me for the chancellor’s position – in that capacity he represented the academic deans and conveyed in very persuasive terms the mutually supportive relationship between this university and the community.”

“Jim will be missed. We will search for someone to succeed him, but no one will be able to replace him.”

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin will appoint a search committee of faculty, students, alumni, university administrators and local businesspeople early in the fall semester to find the Bryan School’s next dean.

Weeks joined UNCG as an assistant professor of operations management in 1976 and was promoted through the faculty ranks to professor in 1988. Prior to becoming the dean, he served as associate dean and director of the MBA Program.

He led the effort to earn international accreditation by the premier accrediting agency for business schools, the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Initial accreditation was earned in 1982 and has been maintained ever since. The most recent accreditation review, completed in April, recognized the continuous improvement and excellence of programs throughout the business school.

“Jim Weeks has been the face of the Bryan School for two decades, and his leadership has been transformational,” Perrin said. “The highly successful re-accreditation this year by the AACSB is testimony to the quality of the academic programs and student experiences developed under Jim’s leadership.”

The average tenure for a business school dean is five years, according to AACSB International. The length of Weeks’ tenure as dean is a tribute to his success, said Jim Melvin, president of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation.

“Jim has done a great job as dean,” Melvin said. “Not only has he done a great job with the school, he’s been a significant player in the region’s economic development. You couldn’t ask for more. I think Mr. Bryan would be extremely pleased with his service.”

The globalization of the school includes an undergraduate degree in international business studies and bi-lateral agreements for student and faculty exchanges and articulations with degree programs with business schools across the globe.

That expansion of international programs reflects Weeks’ shrewd leadership, said Sue Cole, an MBA alumna and Bryan School Distinguished Alumni Award winner. His easygoing demeanor can sometimes mask his fierce devotion, she said.

“He has a true passion for his students, for his faculty and for his school. He’s engaging. He’s got a twinkle in his eye, so you can’t help but smile when you talk to him,” said Cole, a principal with Granville Capital Inc.

To better connect with alumni, Weeks initiated the Bryan School Alumni Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award, and led fundraising efforts in two capital campaigns for the school.

Jim Morgan, a High Point attorney and chair of the Bryan School’s Business Advisory Board, praised Weeks’ contribution to the local economy, citing research the school has conducted for economic development organizations related to the region’s industry clusters.

“We’ve been so blessed to have him here because of his accessibility,” Morgan said. “He’s well-connected, listens very carefully and helps the business community. I hope whoever follows him is in that same mold. He’s been a vital supporter of our economic development in the Piedmont Triad.”

Weeks, 64, has published numerous articles and a book and has been recognized nationally for his research in operations management. He has consulted with major corporations and has conducted numerous seminars and management development programs throughout the nation for a variety of universities and business organizations.

Weeks has served his profession at the international level as an advisor, mentor and peer reviewer for numerous U.S. and non-U.S. business schools. He serves on the AACSB International Maintenance of Accreditation Committee. He is also a member of the board of governors for Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.

Throughout his career, Weeks has been an active member of local business, economic, educational, civic and religious organizations. He serves as a member of the Moses Cone Health Systems Board of Trustees, and on advisory councils and boards of several closely held regional business firms including Biscuitville Inc., Brady Trane and Samet Corporation.

A native of Fayetteville, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Methodist University, an MBA from East Carolina University and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Cuts of 5.9 Percent Would Yield ‘Significant, Lasting Damage’

050510Headline_BudgetOn Monday, Chancellor Linda P. Brady sent a letter to the faculty and staff, as well as a letter to friends of the university. She addressed Gov. Beverly Perdue’s proposed state budget for 2010-11.

“We are grateful the Governor supported the Board of Governors’ alternative tuition proposal and recommended full funding for our projected enrollment growth and need-based financial aid,” she stated. “However, we are deeply concerned that UNCG will suffer significant and lasting damage to the quality of instruction provided to our students, if budget cuts rise to the level recommended by the Governor – which total 5.9% or $154 million for the UNC System. This is almost four percent more than the University had planned for and committed to during last year’s budget cycle.” UNCG’s Faculty and Staff Senates planned to vote this week on resolutions opposing the proposed cuts. The text of Chancellor Brady’s letter to faculty and staff is below:

May 3, 2010

To: Faculty and Staff
From: Linda P. Brady, Chancellor
Subject: Legislative Call to Action

To emerge from this deep economic recession stronger than ever, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to preserving access to affordable, quality higher education. Last month Governor Perdue released her proposed state budget for 2010-11. We are grateful the Governor supported the Board of Governors’ alternative tuition proposal, and recommended full funding for our projected enrollment growth and need-based financial aid.

However, we are deeply concerned that UNCG will suffer significant and lasting damage to the quality of instruction provided to our students, if budget cuts rise to the level recommended by the Governor – which total 5.9% or $154 million for the UNC System. This is almost four percent more than the University had planned for and committed to during last year’s budget cycle.

For the first time in several years, leadership at General Administration has urged us to organize a concerted effort to respond to the Governor’s proposed budget.

UNCG is first and foremost committed to protecting core academic functions and opportunities for student success. However, the proposed budget reduction would cut directly into our academic core and significantly reduce the quality of academic instruction and the student experience at UNCG. Any new cuts of nearly 6% would result in not only further increases in class size and fewer course offerings, but also significantly reduced services outside of the classroom for our students. Students would see fewer academic advisors, fewer financial aid officers, and fewer mental health counselors. This is especially worrisome because the number of students using counseling services at UNCG has increased by about one-third since 2007.

The Legislature convenes May 12th and the budget process will move very swiftly. We therefore ask you to contact your House and Senate representative and any other state elected officials with whom you have a relationship THIS WEEK, urging them to hold University reductions to a minimum. Individual telephone calls and e-mail messages are appropriate; however, mass e-mails sent to multiple legislators at one time are typically ineffective. I also encourage you to engage the public by writing letters to the editor for publication in your local newspapers. Attached [below] you will find the contact information for state legislators.

Please underscore that any cuts above the 2% level already included in next year’s budget by the General Assembly will cut directly into our academic core and erode the quality of education we can offer our students. Attached is a detailed outline of the results a nearly 6% cut will have on UNCG. I ask that you emphasize any new cuts of nearly 6% would negatively impact the academic experience for students at UNCG. Please share the outcome of your conversations or communications with Mike Tarrant, Special Assistant to the Chancellor (mike_tarrant@uncg.edu or 336-501-2673).

I will keep you posted on new developments as they become available. This promises to be a very challenging legislative session, and UNCG will need your ongoing support. Thank you.

State employees: please remember your assistance is voluntary, and that all contact with legislators should be done on your own time without the use of state equipment; including your computer, state e-mail account, cell phone, etc.

For those of you living outside Guilford County, please visit the following link in order to find the contact information for your local representatives. You can search by county or zip code: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/GIS/RandR07/Representation.html

Guilford County Delegation:

Senate:    (Office Line/E-mail Address)

Senator Phil Berger (919) 733-5708 Phil.Berger@ncleg.net

Senator Katie Dorsett (919) 715-3042 Katie.Dorsett@ncleg.net

Senator Don Vaughan (919) 733-5856 Don.Vaughan@ncleg.net

Senator Stan Bingham (919) 733-5665 Stan.Bingham@ncleg.net

House:

Rep. Alma Adams (919) 733-5902 Alma.Adams@ncleg.net

Rep. John Blust (919) 733-5781 John.Blust@ncleg.net

Rep. Maggie Jeffus (919) 733-5191 Maggie.Jeffus@ncleg.net

Rep. Earl Jones (919) 733-5825 Earl.Jones@ncleg.net

Rep. Pricey Harrison (919) 733-5771 Pricey.Harrison@ncleg.net

Rep. Laura Wiley (919) 733-5877 Laura.Wiley@ncleg.net

Senate and House Leadership:

Senate:

President Pro Tem Basnight (919) 733-6854 Marc.Basnight@ncleg.net

David Hoyle (Rules Chair) (919) 733-5734 David.Hoyle@ncleg.net

Martin Nesbitt (Maj. Leader) (919) 715-3001 Martin.Nesbitt@ncleg.net

Appropriations Chairs:

Linda Garrou (919) 733-5620 Linda.Garrou@ncleg.net

AB Swindell (919) 715-3030 AB.Swindell@ncleg.net

Charlie Albertson (919) 733-5705 Charlie.Albertson@ncleg.net

Charlie Dannelly (919) 733-5955 Charlie.Dannelly@ncleg.net

Finance Chairs:

Clark Jenkins (919) 715-3040 Clark.Jenkins@ncleg.net

Dan Clodfelter (919) 715-8331 Daniel.Clodfelter@ncleg.net

Appropriations Sub-Committee on Education Chairs:

Richard Stevens (919) 733-5653 Richard.Stevens@ncleg.net

Tony Foriest (919) 301-1446 Tony.Foriest@ncleg.net

House:

Speaker Joe Hackney (919) 733-3451 Joe.Hackney@ncleg.net

Bill Owens (Rules Chair) (919) 733-0010 Bill.Owens@ncleg.net

Hugh Holliman (Maj. Leader) (919) 715-0873 Hugh.Holliman@ncleg.net

Appropriations Chairs:

Mickey Michaux (919) 715-2528 Mickey.Michaux@ncleg.net

Jim Crawford (919) 733-5824 Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net

Doug Yongue (919) 733-5821 Douglas.Yongue@ncleg.net

Alma Adams (919) 733-5902 Alma.Adams@ncleg.net

Phil Haire (919)715-3005 Phillip.Haire@ncleg.net

Maggie Jeffus (919)733-5191 Maggie.Jeffus@ncleg.net

Joe Tolson (919)715-3024 Joe.Tolson@ncleg.net

Finance Chairs:

Jennifer Weiss (919)715-3010 Jennifer.Weiss@ncleg.net

Paul Luebke (919)733-7663 Paul.Luebke@ncleg.net

Pryor Gibson (919)715-3007 Pryor.Gibson@ncleg.net

William Wainwright (919)733-5995 William.Wainwright@ncleg.net

Appropriations Sub-committee on Education Chairs:

Rick Glazier (919)733-5601 Rick.Glazier@ncleg.net

Marian McLawhorn (919)733-5757 Marian.McLawhorn@ncleg.net

Ray Rapp (919)733-5732 Ray.Rapp@ncleg.net

Counseling Program, School of Education Ranked by U.S. News

The counselor education program continues to earn top-notch ratings from U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News’ just-released “Best Graduate Schools in America 2011” ranks UNCG’s counselor education program, housed within the School of Education, fourth in the nation. The magazine ranks the School of Education 56th in the nation. [Read more…]

Exhibition, Tour at Weatherspoon

Two events in the coming days at the Weatherspoon are:

Exhibition Opening: Entwined: Thread-based and Thread-like Work from the Permanent Collection, Sunday, May 9, 1 p.m. [Read more…]

Campus People – May 5, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Tara T. Green – Dr. Roy Schwartzman – Dr. Ruth DeHoog – Billy Lee – Nanny Foster [Read more…]