UNCG Campus Weekly

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MFA Student Competes for Student Academy Award

Debra Sea’s experimental film “balance” is short – clocking in at less than four minutes – but that hasn’t kept it from catching the attention of the Academy. Yes, that Academy. [Read more…]

Legislative Call to Action – An Update

Chancellor Linda P. Brady sent an email to faculty and staff Monday noting the overwhelming response to the previous week’s call to action. “Legislators have received hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and letters in only a matter of days. Thank you for your hard work,” she said. “While there is no doubt that our efforts are already having an impact, we must not let up.” [Read more…]

Notes: May 12, 2010

NotesIconMost of Parking Lot #5 will close this summer Due to a water line connection for the new School of Education building, most of parking lot #5 near McNutt and Curry will close for construction beginning Monday, May 17. There will be no “A” permit parking in this lot during the summer so please park in other lots designated for “A” permits while lot #5 is closed. During construction, handicap accessible spaces, as well as departmental and gold reserved spaces currently located on the east side of parking lot #5 near Curry, will be located on the west side of McNutt closer to Forest Street. Access to these spaces will be restricted to one lane only. The lane closest to McNutt will be the only entrance into and exit out of the lot for drivers. The other lane will be utilized by the construction project for access to their equipment. The target date for completion of this project is Aug. 1.

In memoriam Linda McKinnon, a building and environmental technician in the Stone Building, died unexpectedly Saturday. She had served at UNCG since 2002.

Brief Hybrid Workshop Project wins award The Brief Hybrid Workshop project on Teaching Online has been selected by MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) as its Classic Award Winner in Faculty Development for 2010. This project, directed by Ray Purdom (TLC), Jane Harris (HHP) and Scott Simkins (NC A&T) developed 16 faculty development modules on techniques and strategies for teaching online. UNCG faculty and staff including Amanda Schipman, Regina Pulliam, Louis Graham, Tracy Nichols, Frances Clerk, Wade Maki, Duane Cyrus, Pamela Howe and Nikolas Hunnicutt contributed to the project by creating individual modules. Additional modules are planned for the future. The award will be presented at the MERLOT International Conference in July in San Jose, California, where Purdom will give an invited presentation on the Brief Hybrid Workshops. MERLOT Classics Awards have been won by two Nobel Prize Winners, Carl Wiemann in Physics and James Watson in Biology. Ian Beatty, William Gerace and William Leonard from UNCG won the MERLOT Classics Award in Physics in 2009 for the work they had done at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Men’s tennis will make first trip to NCAA’s For men’s tennis, it’s “Georgia on my mind,” as they take on the University of Georgia in Georgia in the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament this weekend. UNCG won its first conference title in men’s tennis since 1995. This is their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. “They’re still on cloud nine,” Coach Tom Mozur said just before practice, the day before the NCAA pairings were announced. More details.

Budget Central The UNCG Budget Information Web site has been updated to include the following, which includes information posted in last week’s Campus Weekly and a message from President Bowles: http://www.uncg.edu/cha/messages/call_to_action_budget_2010.pdf; http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/ImpactonUNCG50310.pdf; http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/LegislativeContacts.pdf; http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/ErskineBowles42010.pdf.

UNCG Commuter Challenge triples participation More than 1,300 students, staff and faculty pledged this spring to try a form of sustainable transportation – such as bike, bus, carpool or walking – at least once this semester. One lucky participant, student Dana Burbridge, was selected as the winner of the brand new Apple 16GB iPad, says Guy Sanders (Housing & Residence Life). “Although you may not have won the iPad, you are still eligible to win a number of prizes from the Triad Commute Challenge,” he says. These include iPod Shuffle, Vizio 32″ Flat Screen TV, Play Station 3, lots of tickets and giftcards, and more. Winners for these prizes will be drawn once a week from now until the end of the challenge on July 10. Questions? Email Guy Sanders.

Bryan Students honed in on Target Students in Joe Erba’s Business Policy and Strategy capstone course not only have had a chance to make a good grade with their final class projects. They also had a shot to win $4,000 and impress officials from Target. Six student teams presented their case studies on Target to a group of company executives Wednesday, May 5, in Bryan Building. The winning student group was awarded a $4,000 academic scholarship to be split among team members. The winning team of Skylar Cherniack, Valerie Garner, Audrey Lisk and Alison Weeks researched and developed a merchandising strategy for Target’s Home Furnishing department, Erba says.”The group not only analyzed the competitive environment and Target’s internal strengths and weaknesses, but created some innovation solutions that Target could implement without a great deal of cost or time.”

Get a Personal Wellness Profile Personal wellness profiles will be offered on Tuesday, May 18, at 1 p.m. in Dogwood. The profile takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Seats are limited. Employees can register through the TLC Workshops/Events Registration system.  On Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m. in Dogwood there we will have a results session.  There, people will get their personal report and facilitators will discuss how to read the report and answer questions that people may have. More info on the Personal Wellness Profiles can be found on the HealthyUNCG web site.

Leading the Way at Commencement

051210Headline_WinklerCommencementThe university mace is polished. And faculty marshal and mace bearer Dr. Daniel Winkler is ready to lead the procession at commencement at the Greensboro Coliseum Friday, May 14.

At 10 a.m. sharp, he will receive a signal and he will step ahead, followed by the banner bearers for the individual schools.

What does it feel like as the processional music begins? “It’s a swell of honor and pride for the accomplishments for those who will be forever in the university community,” he said earlier this week. “The graduates transition from students to alums, and for a moment we are all joined in celebration.”

His term as faculty marshal began in fall 2009 and lasts five years.

“This is my first May ceremony, so it has particular meaning for me,” Winkler (Accounting and Finance) added.

Mystery novelist Margaret Maron will be the featured speaker at commencement.

Maron, who attended Woman’s College (now UNCG), will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Her speech is titled “Roads Taken and Not Taken.”

The university will present degrees at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. More than 2,300 students are candidates to complete degrees during spring semester.

Highlights of this year’s ceremony will include the first graduates from UNCG’s Doctor of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics programs.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady will officiate. Class of 2010 student speaker is David E. Klein.

Also taking part in the ceremonies will be academic deans; Winkler, chief marshal Stephen C. Pritchard, and tassel turner Jessica Russo.

At the conclusion, JoAnne Smart Drane from the Class of 1960, one of the first African Americans to attend Woman’s College, and Margie Julia Wiggins, Class of 2010, will ring the University Bell. The Commencement Band and Chorus will provide music.

In conjunction with commencement exercises, the professional schools and many departments in the College of Arts and Sciences will hold diploma ceremonies. Visit the University Registrar’s Web site at http://www.uncg.edu/reg/Com/deptceremonies.html for a listing of departmental events and contacts.

For details, visit Commencement Central at http://www.uncg.edu/reg/CommencementCentral.html.

Visual: A scene from December’s commencement.  Dr. Daniel Winkler is the mace bearer.

See/Hear – May 12, 2010

Each week, the university’s inspirechange site features a wonderful photograph from campus. [Read more…]

Iraq Education Initiative

051210Feature1_IraqMany highly qualified Iraqi students have been unable to continue or complete their education, due to the years of conflict in Iraq. UNCG will be one of the 25 universities nationwide who’ll pilot a program to provide a solution.

UNCG officials first learned of the pilot program for this initiative last summer. On July 25, the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and the Higher Committee for Educational Development in Iraq (HCED) hosted Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of the Iraq Education Initiative.

This scholarship program thoroughly screens the applicants and selects the “creme de la creme” – out of 6543 applicants, only 800 have been chosen to apply to the universities. The scholarships fully fund the students’ education. According to a report in Inside Higher Education, the Iraqi Parliament allocated $54 million for the first stage of the program.

Many universities were contacted in the U.S. last year to see if they may be eligible to receive students, explained Pam Harrod, director of international admissions at UNCG’s International Programs Center.

One of the criteria was to have an English language center on campus and to offer conditional admission. Since this university has the INTERLINK Language Center on campus, that helped to meet the requirements. For several months, universities completed a variety of forms and questionnaires to be considered as one of the pilot institutions. The plan was to send approximately 250 students to the U.S. (undergraduate, master’s and PhD candidates) in the first placement.

In November 2009, the university received confirmation from Dr. Zuhair Humadi, executive director, Higher Committee for Education Development, that UNCG had been selected as one of the first 25 institutions in the U.S. to be part of the scholarship program.

To date, two individuals have been admitted as part of this initiative program. Both are being admitted to the Graduate School in Computer Science. A third application, for the MBA program, was recently received as well.

Visual: Some Iraqi students in Baghdad, 2003. Their school had been looted during the war. Photo courtesy USAID. Photographer: Thomas Hartwell.

Raise Those Banners High

051210Feature2_BannersThe assortment of banners seen at commencement and other major events have undergone a makeover. They’ll be on display during May Commencement.

Last year, Provost David H. Perrin asked that University Relations create a banner for the Joint School of Nanocience and Nanoengineering. This banner would be added to the other banners used at major events such as convocation. A banner for Lloyd International Honors College would be created as well.

This proved an opportune time to update all the banners. The existing ones had included the old university wordmark and school logos, which were retired in 2004 when the Minerva Identity Program was launched.

The new banners were designed to be taller than the old ones. They take their colors from the disciplines in each school. For example, the College of Arts and Sciences banner includes brown (the color for the arts), gold (sciences) and white (humanities including English, history and languages).

Graphic artist Mark Unrue (University Relations) consulted with the University Bookstore to make sure the colors matched the hoods worn at commencement.

One new banner represents The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This banner will be used at events where there is no university logo present.

The banners’ design was selected by Chancellor Linda P. Brady and the provost from a series of options that were created. Deans of the various schools and college were consulted as well.

“We believe the banners will create an impressive backdrop for our most important ceremonies and celebrations,” said Lyda Carpen, director of creative services in UR.

Announcements: May 12, 2010

Complimentary shuttle service will be available to transport you between campus and the Greensboro Coliseum for commencement Friday, May 14.

As a service to the campus community, Parking Operations and Campus Access Management will provide complimentary shuttle service to transport volunteers, students, staff, and faculty. [Read more…]

Campus People – May 12, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Lili Sahakyan – Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos [Read more…]

Focus on Piano Literature June 3-5

The Focus on Piano Literature series returns June 3-5. This year marks its 20th anniversary, and its focus celebrates another notable event — the 200th anniversary of the birth of two of the leading composers of the Romantic Era, Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: May 12-22

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

Exams end
Wednesday, May 12

Staff Senate meeting
Bryan 416, Thursday, May 13, 10 a.m.

Greensboro Coliseum, Friday, May 14, 10 a.m.

First Summer Session classes begin
Wednesday, May 19

New Art/New Audiences Lite
Weatherspoon, Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Furman (a Freebie Friday game)
Friday, May 21, 6 p.m.

Baseball vs. Furman
Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu