UNCG Campus Weekly

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Looking ahead: May 26-June 19

Conference, “Electronic Medical Record Implementation”
EUC, Thursday, May 27. Details at emrc.uncg.edu

Opening night, Providence Gap, part of Theatre 232 (Triad Stage/UNCG Theatre collaboration)
Triad Stage, Elm Street, Friday, June 11, 8 p.m. (Previews begin June 6, runs ends July 4)

Groundbreaking, for new residence hall
Spring Garden and Kenilworth streets, Friday, June 4, 9 a.m.

Cram and Scram sale – everything 50 cents each
EUC Cone Ballroom, Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m.

Exhibition opens, “Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids”
Weatherspoon, Sunday, June 6

Film, “Factory People”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.

“The Actor’s Nightmare” and “Sister Mary Ignatius …,” part of Theatre 232
UpStage Cabaret, Triad Stage, Thursday, June 17 (after main stage play), run ends July 3

“Koko Karate and the Kung Fu Kittens” children’s play, part of Theatre 232
Brown Building Theatre, Saturday, June 19, 1 p.m. (runs June 17-July 3)

more at calendar.uncg.edu

See/Hear – May 26, 2010

Commencement was depicted in a slideshow by the News & Record. Photography is by Nelson Kepley. [Read more…]

Announcements: May 26, 2010

This memo is distributed by Human Resource Services:

Maintaining Coverage for Currently Enrolled Dependents Between the Ages of 19 and 26, Regardless of Student Status [Read more…]

Campus People – May 26, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll – Dr. Keith Erikson – Richard “Trey” McDonald – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh – Dr. Heidi Gazelle – Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein – Corey Gipson – Dr. Ken Snowden [Read more…]

Notes: May 26, 2010

NotesIconResidence hall groundbreaking June 4 UNCG breaks ground Friday, June 4, at 9 a.m. for a 170,000-square-foot, $30 million residence hall, the first “green” residence hall on campus. The new building will stand at the corner of Spring Garden Garden and Kenilworth streets. The new hall, expected to open in August 2011, will hold 400 students, compensating for the loss of bed space as UNCG renovates the seven 1920s Classical Revival halls that make up the Quad. The Quad renovation begins in May 2011. The new hall will be a suite-style facility, and will be a living-learning community in the tradition of the university’s Ashby Residential College, North Carolina’s oldest residential college. It will feature classroom and seminar space as well as office space for faculty. Other amenities will include retail space on the ground floor and wireless service in rooms. The facility is being built by the Capital Facilities Foundation, a component of UNCG that assists the university with acquiring, developing and managing properties. Pearce Brinkley Cease and Lee in association with Ayers/Saint/Gross designed the new residence hall. Barton Malow/Samet/SRS will manage construction.

Demystifying electronic medical records Medical practices and doctors considering the adoption of electronic medical records in their offices will be able to hear the pros and cons of the transition from those who have taken the plunge at the first Electronic Medical Record Implementation Conference Thursday, May 27. The event is sponsored by the McDowell Research Center for Global IT Management in the Bryan School. “Health care information technology is a big issue as health care costs keep growing in the U.S. with no end in sight,” said Dr. Prashant Palvia, director of the McDowell Research Center. “President Obama has made it a priority to introduce health care technology, so there’s a lot of federal funding available.” The keynote will be given by Dr. Hadley Callaway, past president of the N.C. Medical Society and a member of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Health Information Technology Taskforce. He’ll speak on “Unexpected Consequences of HIE (Health Information Exchange) on Medical Practice.” Registration for the conference starts at $30 for students with valid ID, $120 for a professional. For details, visit http://emrc.uncg.edu.

At a theater near you If you’ve seen a movie in a local cimema in the past few weeks, you may have seen an ad for UNCG’s online programs and recognized several familiar places. The Division of Continual Learning’s video team had a variety of great locations on our own campus. And the actors? Nearly everyone is a UNCG employee or the child of one. Things to look and listen for when watching the spot: Matthew Fisher and daughter Juliet examining a globe in the Music Building’s garden; Student Health nurse Kristen Hudy, carrying a tray in the Gove Student Health Center; six-year-old Leo Solér, son of Michelle Solér, hurrying out of Curry 205; Trina Gabriel DCL) making a presentation while John Mortenson, Eliana Alcivar, Erin Heston, Cati Munoz and Chris Dunst pay careful attention in 268 Stone Building; The voiceover of Jim Wren (Theatre). Preview the spot at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHr3LEg6Ug8

Perfect APR scores Two UNCG athletic programs have received recognition for perfect Academic Progress Report (APR) scores. The women’s golf and women’s basketball programs received awards from the NCAA for having a perfect 1,000 APR scores for the period of four academic years from 2005-2009. The women’s basketball program received the award for the third consecutive year, having reached a perfect APR now for six consecutive academic years.The women’s basketball squad was one of 43 in Division I to be honored, while the women’s golf program was one of 62 in its sport to be honored. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. UNCG was one of 144 institutions with multiple teams receiving a Public Recognition Award.

Weight Watchers at Work The program is currently in its third 17-week session with an average of 30 faculty and staff (combined) members in each session. Since June 2009, participants have an overall weight loss of 1072 pounds. That’s about half a ton. Interested participants may join the current session by attending one of the regularly scheduled meetings, Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m., typically in the HR training room, Bryan 113 (location may differ occasionally). Each participant is also provided “e-tools” from Weight Watchers to assist in their weightloss goals. For more information about the WW@W program, call Jason Morris or Elizabeth L’Eplattenier in HRS, 4-5009.

Undergrad research yields an NSF graduate fellowship Meghan Fitzgerald’s undergraduate research earned her a nickname, “the dung beetle girl.” She’s not crazy about that. But the two years she spent studying the beetles also helped earn her a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), support normally awarded to students already in graduate school. Meghan, who graduated earilier this month, plans to pursue graduate study in biology at the University of Wisconsin. Her primary undergraduate project, itself part of an NSF program to promote interdisciplinary research, applied game theory to the competition for resources, specifically brood balls, among bull headed dung beetles. Painstakingly made, jealously guarded and frequently stolen, brood balls are where the beetles lay their eggs. Meghan has presented her research at 18 conferences and co-authored three published papers (two more are written and will also be submitted to journals). Dr. Jan Rychtar, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Mary Crowe, director of undergraduate research, served as her mentors on campus.

Readmission for former UNCG students Any undergraduate degree-seeking UNCG student who leaves or does not attend UNCG during a fall or spring term (summer not included) must reapply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students who withdraw or have their schedules cancelled and not reinstated at any point in the term also must reapply. In order to reapply, students file a former student application through SpartanLink (spartanlink.uncg.edu). Students may also pick up a paper application at the Armfield-Preyer Admissions and Visitor Center. Those who have graduated from UNCG and are returning to pursue a second degree should file a second degree application. Those who are international students studying on a visa must reapply through the International Programs Center. Former students who have taken coursework since leaving UNCG must apply by August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, May 1 for first summer session, or June 1 for second summer session. Official transcripts from all schools attended since leaving UNCG are required. Students must earn an overall and transferable 2.0 GPA on coursework taken since leaving. Former students who have NOT taken coursework since leaving UNCG are eligible to reapply by May 5 for first summer session, June 10 for second summer session, August 6 for fall, or December 15 for spring. If the Office of Undergraduate Admissions finds it necessary to collect additional information to review a file, and there is not reasonable time to collect this information, the applicant may have to apply for the next term. To ensure proper time for advising, registration, payment arrangements, etc., applications are not processed after the posted deadlines. Students who have questions regarding the readmission process may contact an admissions counselor via phone at 4-5243 or via e-mail at admissions@uncg.edu.Questions? Email hwazzu@uncg.edu.

Your middle schooler doesn’t have a cell phone yet? Read on. Two doctoral students, Bethany Blair and Mili Fernández, have received Fulbright scholarships to spend a year studying abroad in Finland and Spain, respectively. A student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Blair will travel to the University of Turku, located about an hour from Helsinki. She will be researching adolescents’ relationships with their friends and parents and their use of cell phones, email and social networking web sites. Working with her advisor, Dr. Anne Fletcher, Blair has researched the meaning of cell phones for seventh-graders. They found that acquiring a cell phone has become a new rite of passage. An article about their study will appear in the Journal of Adolescent Research. Fernández, a native of Cazenovia, N.Y, and a student of violin performance in the School of Music, plans to learn Spanish violin music from the early 20th century through the present that is virtually unknown in the U.S. In Madrid, she will study with the accomplished violinist and professor of music Agustín León Ara. She heard the music that she will study, and met Ara, during Música en Compostela, an international music festival held each August in Santiago de Compostela, a city in northwest Spain. Awarded scholarships to attend in 2008 and 2009, she won the festival’s Andrés Segovia Violin Prize in 2009. Fourteen UNCG students have received Fulbrights in the past 12 years. Dr. Sarah Krive (Lloyd International Honors College) mentors students for these prestigious awards.

SACS Fifth Year Interim Report UNCG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In the past, the reaffirmation of reaccreditation process took place every ten years, but now participating institutions are required to submit a fifth year interim report. A dedicated committee completed and submitted this report to SACSCOC in advance of the March 15, 2010, deadline. UNCG is anticipating a response to this report sometime this summer. In keeping with the university’s commitment to the value of transparency, the SACSCOC Fifth Year Interim Report is available for public viewing at http://uncg.compliance-assist.com.

Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts 45 new members Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely known of collegiate honorary societies. In 2006, the national society named Epsilon chapter the nation’s most outstanding chapter at a public university. UNCG’s induction ceremony was April 20. New members are: Sabrina Lynn Epps, psychology; Henry O. Hilston, art history/Russian studies, Allison O’Leary, psychology; Andrea Jane Schronce, economics/political science, Taylor Ryan MacPherson, sociology; Jessica Dianne Stone, Spanish, Gina Marie Hurley, English/history, Brian William Padgett, psychology, Hannah L. Bridges, sociology/psychology; Rebecca Brown Davis, religious studies/anthropology; Stacey Green, psychology; Andrea Elizabeth Harvey, biology; Rosa Diane Hobson, English; Pamela Jane Hurst, geography; Kyle Stephen Nowlin, physics; Jack George Walleshauser III, chemistry/biology; Benjamin James Wyatt, computer science; Agnes Szarka, sociology; Sarah Blackwood Sills, religious studies; Christine Farley, sociology; Adrienne Susan Deaton, Spanish/French; Pablo Diaz, physics/economics; Joseph Jeremiah Neal, English; and Jae Hoon Kim, political science; Rikki Beth Love, Spanish education; Jayme Dale Mallindine, religious studies/psychology; Brittany Alston, psychology; Anna Byrd Parisi, psychology; and Matthew Evan Wilhelm, mathematics; Erik Ross Farrell, archaeology/anthropology/classical studies; Ashley Churchill Young, English; Kendra Joi Gray, psychology; Callie Elizabeth Moss, sociology; Kirsten Nicole Unrue, anthropology; April Nicole Wright, communication studies; Jacline L. Carter, communication studies, Amanda Carter Rorrer, secondary English education, Misty Dawn Kimel, history; Molly Chandler Hagen, environmental science and geographic information science; Lauren Marie Stevens, chemistry; Rachel Elyssa Durso, classical languages and literature/philosophy; Kirsten Teresa Kinne, sociology; Robert Earl Isdell III, biology; Emilie Erin Peterson, psychology; Sofia Aidemark, communication studies.

School of Education presents Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients were: Early Career Awards: Brian Clarida, Carrie Wachter Morris, Rhonda Trueman; Outstanding Achievement Awards: Laura Bowers, Angie Brady-Andrew; Distinguished Career Awards: Fred Mock, Melba Spooner; Distinguished Service Award: Jo Yopp.

Ready to SOAR The Office of Orientation & Family Programs is ready to host SOAR and help new students and their families learn what it means to “Bleed Blue and Gold.” SOAR (Spartan Orientation, Advising & Registration) welcomes UNCG’s newest Spartans beginning June 10. Throughout the month of June and into the first days of July, approximately 2,500 students and 2,000 family members will attend the two-day Freshman SOAR session. UNCG will also host 300 new transfer and adult students and their families on June 23 for a one-day Transfer Adult SOAR session. More freshmen and transfer and adult students will be welcomed through an additional week of SOAR in August. The two-day freshman sessions will involve small group discussions and presentations on a variety of topics. Faculty members will lead sessions for students and guests on topics such as faculty expectations and transitioning from high school to college. Faculty members will also participate in the Freshmen Summer Reading Project, which culminates during Rawkin’ Welcome Week in small group discussions. Various departments and student organizations will participate in the Spartan EXPO, providing students with information they need. Additionally, staff members have offered to volunteer for the SOAR Street Team, lending support as tour guides and shuttle hosts. The office invites everyone to join in welcoming our new Spartans and their families to campus. For more information, soar.uncg.edu.

May’s EAP newsletters are available The one for employee enhancement features pieces on mental health and keeping your spirits high; smoking cessation resources; and workplace bullies. Highlights from this month’s Supervisor’s Supplement are “Getting to know your employees as individuals;” “Coping from an employee suicide;” and “Supervisor’s Q&A.”

Study Offers Hope of a Urine Test for Colorectal Cancer

A urine test could one day offer a cheaper, less invasive alternative to a colonoscopy for diagnosing and monitoring colorectal cancer, a new study suggests. [Read more…]

Annual Reminder About Retention and Disposition of Records

MEMORANDUM

To: Deans, Directors, Department Heads

From: Joel Dunn, University Records Officer

re: Records Management

This is your annual reminder that, as a state agency, UNCG is required to comply with the North Carolina Public Records Law concerning the retention and disposition of records. Many departments traditionally attend to records management during the summer in preparation for thenew academic year. Records are to be disposed of according to University and State approved schedules. The UNC General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule is available on the Records Management Web site at http://its.uncg.edu/Records_Management/.

In addition to the requirements of the Disposition Schedule, no destruction of records may occur if the records relate to litigation or audits, pending or reasonably anticipated or foreseeable. Records subject to legal holds must be kept until the legal holds have been removed by University Counsel.

Please remember that records can be in forms other than paper. An increasing number are in electronic format. However, the retention and disposition requirements are the same. Records that have permanent or historical value, based on the approved records schedule, are to be transferred to University Archives. Instructions for transferring records to University Archives are available at http://library.uncg.edu/depts/archives/universityrecords/transfer.asp.

A brochure that introduces the basics of records management at UNCG is available on the web at http://its.uncg.edu/Records_Management/. If you have questions concerning records management, please contact 6-TECH at 256-8324.

The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) will host a paper-shredding event at UNCG on June 18, 2010. The event will provide faculty and staff an opportunity to safely dispose of paper records that have met retention requirements. Remember to maintain proper security of records containing sensitive information. For more information about the shredding event, contact OWRR at 334-5192.

2009 Annual Benefits Statement is Now Available

Human Resource Services passes this note to all employees: [Read more…]

Google Calendar’s in Your Future

052610Feature1_GoogleCalYou have a personal Google calendar? If you don’t already, you soon will, with the campus’ move to iSpartan (Google).

Over the past year, the number of departments and programs with a Google calendar has grown. And it will grow even more, as these iSpartan Google calendars will be added to a central directory later this summer.

But first, they need to have a Google calendar. If a unit, department, program or student group wants to be on the iSpartan Calendar Directory, they need to create and manage a Google Calendar through iSpartan.

Several training sessions in the coming weeks will cover navigating and updating Google calendars.

ITS Google Calendar training – which will offer a preview of the directory web page – will be on May 26 (10-11:30 a.m.) and June 9 (10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.) in Forney 112. Sign up for training at https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/list_by_category.jsp?cat_id=77001912. Additional classes will be offered this summer.

The campus’ Web3 Project Team was charged by the Web Oversight Committee to research web calendaring at UNCG. This charge included an analysis regarding the needs of the university and recommendations regarding solutions. The Web3 Team reported that Google Calendar was the best option for several reasons:

  • UNCG is migrating to Google Apps for Education (GAFE), which includes Google Calendar. Therefore additional resources would not be required.
  • Google Calendar does not require management by one central group, but is designed to allow departments, units and groups the ability to create and manage their own calendars.
  • Google Calendar provides multiple options for publishing and distributing event information, such as giving users the ability to subscribe to official UNCG calendars within their own personal Google Calendar.

More information about how staff and faculty may best use the central directory will be published later, once a large number of calendars from thoughout campus have been added.

Those with questions regarding UNCG’s iSpartan Google Calendar system may contact Helen Hebert at Helen_Hebert@uncg.edu.

Everything Two for a Buck, at Cram & Scram

The spring semester is history. Large numbers of students are away. Lots of stuff was left behind, in the residence halls.

Once again, UNCG’s Cram and Scram sale will sell it. Everything is 50 cents an item. [Read more…]

Back to Banjos and the Blue Ridge

052610Headline_TriadStageYou’re watching Shakespeare’s “Pericles.” You see a scene of a father finding a lost family member. You’re inspired.

You think, What if if took that and created a musical drama, placing it in the twentieth century?

The setting? How about a mountain farm … and a Piedmont mill village … and WW I battlefields?

One of the roles you’ll write for a UNCG student who has just graduated, T.J. Austin, one of the most impressive young actors you’ve seen in a long time. “He’s getting his first professional role – and joining the Actor’s Union as a result of it,” you tell others.

You don’t go back and read “Pericles.” You just create, using that germ of an idea, as you write. You collaborate with a musician, Laurelyn Dossett. She writes the songs, featuring banjo, mandolin and guitar.

That’s been Preston Lane’s experience over the past two years, writing and collaborating while working on other Triad Stage plays. The result is Triad Stage’s “Providence Gap,” which opens June 6 at Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro.

Preston Lane has been an adjunct professor in UNCG’s Theatre Department since 2001. In the late 1990’s, he and Richard Whittington were looking to create a professional theatre in just the right city. The reasons they chose Greensboro? Lane lists three factors: “UNCG. The downtown was ready to come to life … and the community itself.”

In creating a professional theatre, part of their dream was economic development, he says. Downtown’s Elm Street at that time was virtually deserted after 5 p.m. and on weekends. “We wanted to drive revitalization of an area. We believe that the arts can be an economic generator. We are proof of that and we are proud of that.”

Triad Stage brings theatre-goers downtown to more than 225 performances a year.

Since its opening in 2002, many new restaurants, night spots and stores have opened. Downtown apartments and condos are in demand. Triad Stage was a catalyst in downtown’s resurgence.

He noted that on a recent evening, it took him and others at Triad Stage a while to find a parking space. “It’s all our fault,” they happily commiserated.

At UNCG, Lane teaches three courses a year and is co-coordinator of the MFA Directing program. Three candidates are currently completing their second year. Theatre department head Jim Fisher, a Triad Stage board of trustees member, is the other co-coordinator.

When Lane, an MFA graduate of Yale School of Drama, was approached to help lead the MFA Directing program, “I said I’d love to see that program develop, as part of a relationship with Triad Stage,” Lane says.

“I’m so inspired by the students I work with.” Two of the students are directing Theatre 232 late night shows at Triad Stage, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” and “The Actor’s Dilemma,” both by Chrisopher Durang. One of his students will direct “Pericles” at UNCG in the upcoming season.

This marks Lane’s fourth collaboration with Laurelyn Dossett, who earned her MS at UNCG in counseling and educational development in 1999. The previous three plays were “Brother Wolf,” “Beautiful Star” and “Bloody Blackbeard.” In his blog, Lane says they had two objectives: to return to the setting of the Blue Ridge mountains and finally create a play that does not start with B.

Dossett’s work in creating the music for “Bloody Blackbeard” was featured in the summer 2008 UNCG Magazine. Dossett performs in “Providence Gap” along with other musicians.

“We work really, really well together,” he says. He is sometimes approached by other musicians, he says, but tells them “Laurelyn and I are booked up for the next 50 years.”

He ticks off the many ties Triad Stage has with UNCG. Jim Wren co-wrote and directs the Theatre 232 children’s play “Koko Karate and the Kung Fu Kittens” and helps oversee Theatre 232. John Wolf does lighting. Christine Morris is vocal coach and acts. Denise Gabriel is movement coach. Jody Cauthen works on marketing.

“A great partnership between the two” year-round, he says. “This [summertime] is the time we celebrate it.”

Each summer, UNCG’s summer rep Theatre 232 brings more than two dozen UNCG students plus faculty members to Triad Stage.

He heard a conversation among a few UNCG student actors, not long ago. They were talking about themselves and their backgrounds in rural North Carolina. “All of us are just kinda rednecks, aren’t we?” one said.

That struck Lane. He shares that background, and knows where the student was coming from. He is from Boone. While his parents loved the symphony and chamber music, he loved his Aunt Shirley’s 1950s-70s country music collection, with Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn. “If I were to score my life, it would be taking classic country music.” Old-time stringband and bluegrass too, he adds. “I love that sound.”

He values being able to write plays for North Carolina actors, with language and music that, for many of them, connects to their home, their background.

“It’s something we understand.”

More information about “Providence Gap” including ticket information, the cast and crew and an opportunity to hear a few songs, is at http://www.triadstage.org/mainstage/providence/. Information about Theatre 232 is at http://www.uncg.edu/the/curriculum/232/.

Educator’s Discount: Current faculty members receive a 50 percent discount off Season Passes and a 20% discount percent regular price tickets to all Triad Stage MainStage performances. You must present a valid employee ID or proof of employment to Box Office when picking up tickets.

Visual: Preston Lane directing. Courtesy: Triad Stage

Placing the Hood Just So

052610Feature2_CommencementCraig Eilbacher recalls being an undergraduate and seeing the doctoral students hooded during the robing ceremony. Their advisors would drape the hood over the scholar, welcoming him into the ranks of doctoral scholars.

He remembers thinking how special that must be.

“Now I know.”

Eilbacher was one of 53 doctoral candidates hooded during May Commencement. His dissertation committee chairs Dr. Jolene Henning and Dr. Kathleen Williams (Kinesiology) did the honors.

“Hooding a doctoral student is a wonderful occasion that symbolizes the culmination of years of hard work, research, and mentoring,” Henning says. She notes that she had already begun work and was unable to attend her own graduation at Ball State in 2002, which she regrets. “Every time I participate in a hooding ceremony it fills the void of not being able to experience my own graduation.”

Williams says UNCG’s robing ceremony is typical of most campus’. “It really is the culminating experience for candidates – it is so public. Defending the dissertation is really the academic culminating experience – and is probably more important for the faculty members. But this public ceremony really is the pinnacle for the candidate.”

She recalls her ceremony at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. “I mostly determined that the mortarboard was for protection – from champagne corks.”

She has seen and been a part of many robings. And it doesn’t always go right. “I can’t count the number of mortarboards I’ve seen knocked off or at least askew. The other thing is a ‘backward hooding’ – the candidate might hand the hood to the adviser backwards – or, we just turn it around. … It gets put on back to front – or sideways! Of course, you can imagine what might happen with a very short adviser and a very tall candidate!”

But at May Commencement, all went perfectly.

Eilbacher is now Dr. Eilbacher. While pursuing his doctorate, he has been a visiting instructor and coordinator of sports medicine education in the Sport Studies Department at Guilford College. “The focus of my research was and continues to be improving the health care given to high school athletes,” he says.

Approximately 2,300 students participated in May Commencement.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady presided over the exercises in the Greensboro Coliseum. Highlights of the ceremony included the first graduates from UNCG’s Doctor of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics programs.

Life often holds mysteries more wonderful than our best-laid plans, novelist Margaret Maron told those graduating. Be ready for the unexpected and do what you love.

“Life does not come with a GPS,” Maron told the crowd, “so pack your bags, Class of 2010, and enjoy the trip!”

Maron, author of 26 mystery novels, quoted Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” as she spoke about the choices she made and the twists her life has taken. Frost’s poem ends with the classic lines: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I –/ I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.”

Maron attended UNCG (Woman’s College) but left after her sophomore year to take a summer job at the Pentagon. In Washington, she met her husband, who was, she said, “absolutely the right road for me to take.” He, by chance, wound up at the Pentagon because he was drafted by the Navy instead of the Army.

“Leave yourself open to serendipity,” Maron advised, “and always remember that money and things can be serious roadblocks. Things especially.”

She spoke about her choice to live frugally and stay at home to follow her passion, writing.

“If you think you have to have a big house, a new car, the latest electronic gizmo with all the apps, you may well find yourself stuck in a job you hate, unable to walk down a more interesting road because you can’t afford to leave the one you’re on,” she said. “If I could, I would make you all raise your right hands and solemnly swear to pay off your credit card every single month or make yourself do without all the toys. Debt is a road trap – a lot easier to get into than to get out of. It ties you down, limits your choices, and keeps you from exploring the roads up ahead.”

Applause erupted as Maron warned graduates against debt. “Those are your parents clapping!” she quipped.

David Klein, Class of 2010 student speaker, also spoke about the importance of loving what you do and doing what you love.

“No matter what field of study you decided to pursue UNCG has given you a head start towards your dreams,” he said. “My first-grade teacher said, ‘David, no matter what you decide to be in this world, be the best. If you want to be a teacher, be the best teacher to ever step foot in a classroom. If you want to be a singer, make your voice heard in every corner of the earth. Don’t ever give up on your dreams.’”

Visual: Dr. Craig Eilbacher is robed by Dr. Jolene Henning and Dr. Kathleen Williams (l-r).

Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids

052610EyeOnArts_WarholThe Weatherspoon Art Museum presents the exhibition “Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids” June 6 – Sept. 19. The film “Factory People,” related to Warhol’s work in the 1960’s, will screen June 10. [Read more…]