UNCG Campus Weekly

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

SOAR 2011: Spartan Bold, Blue & Gold

051811NewsAndNotes_SOARUNCG’s SOAR (Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration) will welcome the university’s newest Spartans beginning June 9. [Read more…]

Two for a dollar, at Cram and Scram 2011

What do you do with everything left behind in the residence halls from the 2010-11 academic year? You sell it – everyone two for a dollar. [Read more…]

UNCG graduated 2,624

Tom Haggai warned UNCG’s new graduates not to lose sight of what is really important in life. [Read more…]

Cybercrime expert Ksherti has concerns about cloud security

051811NewsAndNotes_KshetriMore and more computer users are using cloud providers to help aggregate their information, but the security policies of those providers haven’t kept pace with their growing popularity. [Read more…]

Aiming to drive online enrollment growth

051811NewsAndNotes_OnlineAdIn early May, the Office of Online Learning launched an integrated “UNCG Online” marketing campaign to boost awareness of all UNCG online programs. [Read more…]

Meet candidates for ACD for Human Resource Services

Candidates for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resource Services are being invited to campus for interviews. [Read more…]

Campus legends, ghosts, history in tour

051811NewsAndNotes_TourJoin Interim University Archivist Hermann Trojanowski for a 60-minute walking tour of the campus. [Read more…]

May Day celebrations on campus

051811NewsAndNotes_MayQueen1938UNCG Libraries’ Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives presents an exhibit of artifacts, photographs and postcards commemorating these May Day festivals. [Read more…]

Want to start riding but you don’t own a bike?

051811NewsAndNotes_BicyclesUNCG Spartan Cycles has bikes that faculty and staff can check out for a day or the summer. [Read more…]

We’ll rethink 3-tier system, provost says

051811Feature_ProvostProgReviewWhen General Administration’s program review assesses UNCG, our program review process will help UNCG advocate for its strongest programs. But there are concerns to work through, as those who attended the Faculty Senate’s most recent forum heard.

“We have some issues to get right,” Provost David H. Perrin told the Board of Trustees at their May 5 meeting. He cited two examples: how to use data and how to break the programs into segments or tiers.

He told the trustees that he had met recently with all department chairs, deans and Faculty Senate members to discuss Program Review and to hear their concerns. Later that week, he would meet with seven current or past Faculty Senate chairs to hear their thoughts and concerns.

Earlier, at the Faculty Senate’s forum on April 27, a number of concerns and suggestions were raised by faculty members.

“I hope we can take this summer to get a better position for faculty to move this forward,” Perrin told the trustees.

Those two specific concerns – use of data and the proposed three-tier system – are being addressed. For example, he has invited a consultant to work with UNCG’s Office of Institutional Research regarding data.

And he acknowledged the concern expressed about the proposed three-tier system, by which the program review committees would essentially rank programs into three groupings. “We will rethink this,” he said.

After meeting with the current and past Faculty Senate chairs, as well as Program Review Unit Committee chairs, he updated the deans recently with a detailed message, with information he invited them to share with faculty and staff in their schools.

(See the memo here.)

He will announce a new timeline for Academic Program Review, he said, after Dean’s Council meets in late May. He added, “It is important that we position the university to begin the unit reviews in the fall.”

He anticipates a retreat in August, before classes begin, for members of the program review committees.

Faculty and staff may continue to provide suggestions at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/. At that Program Review site, you may sign up for the listserv for updates when new information is added to the site. “We want the discussion of how to improve this process to be as inclusive as possible, which will be a challenge given that summer is now under way,” he said. “We are hoping faculty and staff will find this web site a convenient way to remain engaged because it is very important that we work together to address the challenges facing our university.”

By Mike Harris
Visual from UNCG Photography archives, Chris English photographer

Notes: May 18, 2011

NotesIconFaculty development workshops UNCG’s Communication Across the Curriculum (CAC) program will host two faculty development workshops on Monday, June 6. “Incorporating Informal Writing into Your Course” and “Speaking to Learn: Learning to Speak,” presented by the directors of the University Writing Center and University Speaking Center, will offer interested faculty meaningful ways to infuse their courses with writing and speaking. Each workshop will be held in 21 McIver Building (in the McIver Underground), with the writing workshop from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and the speaking workshop from 1-3:30 p.m. Seating is limited, and faculty members registered for either workshop will receive a $100 honorarium. To register, and for more information, visit the CAC Faculty Development workshop page at http://www.uncg.edu/cac/faculty_resources/workshops.html.

Enhanced Budget Central web site If you have visited the university’s Budget web page in the past days, you likely noticed some changes. A line of descriptive copy has been added for each post, to provide context for the reader, says Mike Tarrant. This site provides a great way for all members of the UNCG community to stay informed about budget matters, whether they are away from campus or on campus. Sign up for the listserv at that site to receive posts the moment they are published on the site.

2011 UNCG Research magazine hot off the presses If you have not read a printed copy, a pdf can be viewed at http://www.uncg.edu/rsh/pdfs/UNCGresearch_2011E.pdf. This pdf is posted on the Office of Reseach and Economic Development web site.

Golf lessons Jan Kiefer joins Campus Recreation again this year to share her golfing experience with us. She will be teaching beginner (Get Golf Ready) and intermediate classes over two sessions running from May 31-July 25. You will get personalized one-on-one attention due to the small class size and make new friends as well. Classes will be at the UNCG Golf Practice Facility, north of the Student Recreation Center. UNCG affiliated members (student, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni) and guests are permitted to register for golf classes. The schedule of classes, descriptions of the different levels of classes and the registration form are at http://campusrec.uncg.edu/golf_lessons2011/golflessons2011.html

Temporary road closure Portions of Spring Garden Street will be closed between Tate Street and Aycock Street from May 21 through May 31 to allow for the refurbishment of the crosswalks. The closure will begin at the Tate Street intersection and proceed west to Aycock Street. Detours will be in place. Please use caution when transiting this area. Please contact Dale Williams (Facilities Operations) at 334-3363, for additional information.

Persian, Indian, Japanese art at Weatherspoon this summer

051811EyeOnArts_IndianMiniaturesExplore wonderful artwork from Asia, as the Weatherspoon presents two exhibitions. [Read more…]

Campus People: May 18, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Dianne Welsh – Stacey Peebles – Dr. Aaron S. Allen – Justin Maullin [Read more…]

See/Hear: May 18, 2011

At the Staff Excellence Awards breakfast, Chancellor Linda P. Brady noted that members of UNCG staff were at work during any time of the day or night. Whether public safety, housekeeping, grounds – the list goes on – important work goes on before most students arrive and well after most students have called it a night.

This visual montage by UNCG Magazine’s photographers includes Facilities Operations’ Josee Kougblenou and Patricia Dority as well as members of Grounds and Dining Services, as they make preparations for the day ahead.

Announcement: May 18, 2011

The following is critical information regarding the open enrollment for health insurance. The open enrollment will take place between May 9 and June 8. Enrollment packets will be mailed to the employee’s home and should be received by May 9 OR can be accessed via the web site http://www.shpnc.org/

  1. You MUST enroll if you wish to participate in the 80/20 plan.
  2. You MUST comply with the tobacco and BMI requirements to participate in the 80/20 plan. Please read this information carefully in your open enrollment packet.
  3. You MUST complete the open enrollment information by June 8.

As the legislature has not approved health plan changes for the next fiscal year, it is expected that there will be a second open enrollment in the coming months, says Deb Carley (HRS). The Benefits Office has no information on this anticipated second open enrollment, but they will communicate information as soon as legislative decisions are reached.

Looking ahead: May 18, 2011

First summer session classes begin
Monday, May 23

Walking tour of the campus
Wednesday, May 25, noon, begins at McIver Statue in front of Jackson Library

Artist talk, Rackstraw Downes, and reception
Thursday, June 2, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Cram and Scram Sale
Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

more at calendar.uncg.edu

William Wiener named Graduate School dean

051811Headline_WilliamWienerDr. William Wiener, dean in residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, has been appointed dean of the Graduate School at UNCG and will begin work Aug. 1.

He comes to UNCG after five years as vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School at Marquette University, where he also is a professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. He holds a PhD in counselor education and supervision, an MA in blind rehabilitation, and an MA in speech pathology and audiology.

He previously served as a faculty member and later as program director of blind rehabilitation at Cleveland State University, as chairperson of the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University, and as senior associate dean and then dean of the Graduate College at Western Michigan. His credentials include certification as an orientation and mobility specialist and as a rehabilitation counselor.

“Dr. Wiener’s experience leading the graduate schools at Western Michigan University and Marquette University combined with his recent experience as dean in residence at the Council of Graduate Schools will prove invaluable to the leadership he will provide to the Graduate School,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin. “His accomplishments with fundraising and advocacy will help us to continue to build our resources in support of our graduate students.”

Wiener, who also will hold an appointment as professor in the School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development, succeeds James Peterson, PhD, dean of the Graduate School since 2002. UNCG enrolls more than 3,000 graduate students and offers 26 doctoral programs and 61 master’s programs.

“I was attracted to UNCG because of its values and the quality of its programs,” Wiener said. “The university is student oriented and community engaged while at the same time placing a premium on the discovery of new knowledge and facilitating creativity.”

His disciplinary interests include counseling persons with disabilities, the use of audition by persons with vision loss and independent travel for persons with disabilities. The author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, he is the primary editor of the leading textbook on independent travel for persons who are blind or who have low vision.

He has served as president of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, chairperson of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, board member of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, board trustee of the American Foundation for the Blind and chair of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools.

His work has been recognized with the two highest awards in the field of visual impairment and blindness: the Migel Medal for Service to the Field of Vision Rehabilitation (2011) and the Ambrose Shotwell Award for National and International Contributions in Blindness (2004). The Faculty Senate of Western Michigan University gave him its Distinguished Service Award (2005); and the National Association of Professional and Graduate Students gave him its Friend of Graduate Students Award (2002).

By Dan Nonte

Lucas receives BOG Teaching Excellence Award

051811Feature_LucusAs both a designer and a historian, Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas embraces creativity, intellectual rigor, cross-disciplinary collaboration, synthetic thinking and community outreach.

Guided by these values, his teaching inspires students to find innovative ways to understand and engage the visual world and has earned him a 2011 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Lucas, an associate professor of interior architecture, received the award during commencement at the Greensboro Coliseum. Established by the Board of Governors in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching, the Teaching Excellence Awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member at each campus in the UNC system.

Lucas’ signature project to date has been his work with the Lowenstein Legacy, an ongoing, collaborative learning experience centered on the work of Greensboro architectural modernist Edward Lowenstein. He has supervised students as they designed and installed exhibits about the architect and has engaged them in higher-level thinking about their work and its meaning for mid-century modernism in the United States.

“Stewardship and empowerment through design lie at the heart of each of Dr. Lucas’ courses,” student Mira Eng-Goetz said. “In his course ‘Community by Design,’ I was challenged to address the local public transportation system, taking into account elements such as Southern history, the Civil Rights Movement, community needs, poverty, disparity and segregation.

“This project led me out of the studio and into the community, where Dr. Lucas has taught me to seek insight and diverse perspectives. By the end of the course, I had acquired the skill to collaborate across social boundaries to design for social change.”

During his eight years at UNCG, Lucas’ teaching has reached learners at many stages of their studies, from undergraduate lectures in history and theory of design to graduate seminars in material culture or research methods, from first-year seminars in Lloyd International Honors College to an Emeritus Society course in the Division of Continual Learning.

Faculty colleagues, too, laud his teaching.

“The ultimate indicator of a teacher’s effectiveness is the quality of his or her students’ work. In Dr. Lucas’ case, the work is superlative,” said K. Porter Aichele, an art professor and herself an award-winning teacher. “Conceptually well developed, technically competent, and visually and verbally well communicated, his students’ work is a testament to his teaching excellence.”

Lucas earned his bachelor’s in architecture at the University of Cincinnati, a master’s in interior design at the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in American studies at Michigan State University. He is working on a book about Lowenstein’s work.

By Dan Nonte

‘Katie will stay with us forever’

051811NewsAndNotes_KatieBallKatie Ball ’06 was an organizer and a people person, leaving her mark on UNCG’s baseball program. [Read more…]