UNCG Campus Weekly

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Five receive top service awards

060111Headline_ServiceAwardsAll are trailblazers in their own way. One forged a path in a male-dominated field. One led the charge for education for all. One has received national recognition for her research as well as the accolades of her students. Another has spent her life providing affordable housing to families. Another has sought to end poverty. Five women received UNCG’s top awards for service on May 19: Dr. Katherine A. Rawson, Susan Whittington, Patricia Gibson Garrett, Dot Kendall Kerns and Sue Woodall Cole (seen receiving the evening’s final award, the McIver Award.) See story at University News page.

Reaching out to minority contractors, suppliers

060111Feature_ContractorsHow do you learn how to bid on construction projects at universities? How to be considered as vendors? How to be considered for work or as a supplier by the contractors and the vendors who currently have contracts – whether in construction, dining services, etc?

UNCG, along with NC A&T State and Winston-Salem State University, created what they called a “UNCG System Triad Coaliition” to bring minority business owners and potential clients together. Their first annual Minority Construction and Supplier Outreach Program was May 20 in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. The theme: “Building Lasting Relationships.”

The meet-and-greet event reached out to historically underutilized businesses (known as HUB). Before the event began, UNCG’s HUB Coordinator, Tony Phillips (Business Affairs), explained these include businesses owned by women, by ethnic minority populations such as Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, by military veterans and by those with disabilities.

This event, he explained, helps “to open the door of opportunity” by presenting a chance for individuals to make connections and learn — all at one location. He said they had sent out about 250 invitations, and at least 150 were expected to attend.

Associate Vice Chancellors Jorge Quintal (UNCG), Owen J. Cooks (WSSU) and Andrew Perkins (NC A&T) welcomed everyone. The HUB coordinator on the three campuses, Brenda Fulmore (WSSU), Tony Phillips (UNCG) and James Griffin (NC A&T), spoke briefly as well.

Panelists included representatives from SRS, Balfour Beatty, Rodgers Builders, Bovis, Rentenbach Construction and the NC HUB Office.

Other HUB coordinators spoke as well. “Learn the processes,” Dorothy Vick (HUB coordinator at UNC Charlotte) told the attendees, explaining that each state university may do things a little differently.

Cynthia Barnes, assistant director of renovations at UNCG, concluded the programmed part of the event by encouraging all the attendees to speak with others and trade business cards. “Get out and do some networking. Network, network, network.”

Those with questions may contact Tony Phillips at 256-1069 or a_philli@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Individuals, including James Griffin (HUB coordinator at NC A&T, center foreground, in black jacket) network at the event.

Justice for war crimes fugitive

060111Feature_WagnerAfter 16 years, Ratko Mladic has been caught.

The headlines last Thursday (May 26) announced the news: “War Crimes Fugitive Mladic Arrested in Serbia” (AP), “Serbia Arrests ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Ratko Mladic for Alleged War Crimes” (Fox News).

The AP story that day described him as “the ruthless Bosnian Serb military leader charged with orchestrating Europe’s worst massacre of civilians since World War II.” It referred to the well-known 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslim males at Srebrenica, in the former Yugoslavia.

Dr. Sarah Wagner, assistant professor of Anthropology, has researched the forensic processes used to identify the victims of that massacre at Srebrenica. Her book “To Know Where He Lies: DNA Technology and the Search for Srebrenica’s Missing” was published in 2008 by the University of California Press. It examined not only the identification of the human remains, but the impact on the families of those massacred, as well as the larger political dynamics.

(See news release about that book, by Michelle Hines.)

Her work in this area continues.

Wagner and Dr. Lara Nettelfield are co-authoring the book “Srebrenica in the Aftermath of Genocide,” which is set to be published by Cambridge University Press next year. Cambridge University Press has published a three-part series of blog posts in anticipation of the book:

Fifteenth anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide: Mars Mira Peace March

Fifteenth anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide: Srebrenica Potocari Memorial Center

Fifteenth anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide: Memorial visit to Srebrenica

The blog posts, with many pictures, detail a large, commemorative peace march last year, retracing the route of the massacre victims. They describe the fifteenth anniversary of the massacre, where the remains of nearly 800 victims were laid to rest. And afterward, a memorial visit by relatives to several of the sites of the killing. At one site, the authors tell of family members encountering gun shell casings and bones that remained visible in the rocky ground. At another, the Pilica Cultural Center, a large room is riddled with bullet holes in the walls.

Wagner’s eye is not only on the massacre victims, but on those who continue to live in Bosnia, and their future. She and Nettelfield note the military gains Mladic achieved continue to hinder Bosnia’s economic and political prospects. And news reports from the past days show those living in Bosina have little anticipation that justice will be served, even if he spends his remaining years in prison. The two authors cite a returned refugee comparing Mladic’s quality of life with hers. “It’ll be like a nursing home for him. … There’s no justice in that.”

See video on Sarah Wagner’s work.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Of graves at Srebrenica Potocari memorial center, from video by UNCG MFA students Adnan Dzumhur and Alice Dull.

Staff Stars surprised in May

060111NewsAndNotes_StaffStarsOn May 18, a bunch of staff members were singled out by co-workers as Staff Stars. [Read more…]

TLC is moving

The Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) is in the process of moving to Mossman 159. [Read more…]

Shred-a-Thon 2011 on June 10

In 2010, UNCG recycled 9.7 tons of paper at the Shred-a-Thon. That’s the equivalent of about 165 trees, says Ben Kunka (Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling.) [Read more…]

Bryan Prelude’s flexible entry to graduate level classes

The Bryan School is offering prospective students an opportunity to try graduate level courses before committing to a full degree program. [Read more…]

Rackstraw Downes Exhibition and Talk

060111EyeOnArts_RackstrawThe Weatherspoon Art Museum presents the exhibition “Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008.” [Read more…]

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

060111EyeOnArts_MouseTheatre 232, a Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre summer theatre festival, will present “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” June 16 though July 2 in the Brown Building Theatre. [Read more…]

Campus People: June 1, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Jim Weeks – Mike Gaski – Dean Karen Wixson – Kristeena Alexander – Gayle Coats – Lloyd Douglas – Jim Fisher [Read more…]

Looking ahead: June 1-17, 2011

Artist talk, Rackstraw Downes
June 2, 6:30 p.m. (reception beforehand), Weatherspoon.

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

Opening preview performance, “Masquerade”
Sunday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., Triad Stage

Friday, June 10, 8 a.m., Walker Circle, near Jackson Library Tower

Noon @ the ‘Spoon art tour, “Encore! Japanese Actor Prints”
Tuesday, June 14, Weatherspoon.

Opening performance, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
Thursday, June 16, 10 a.m., Brown Building Theatre.

Opening performance, “A Bomb-itty of Errors,”
Friday, June 17, 10:30 p.m., Upstage Cabaret, Triad Stage

more at calendar.uncg.edu

See/Hear: June 1, 2011

About 8,000 Bosnian Muslim males were killed in the Srebrenica Massacre. Dr. Sarah Wagner (Anthropology) worked with and interviewed forensic specialists and family members of those massacred. The results of her multi-year research in the former Yugoslavia resulted in the book ““To Know Where He Lies: DNA Technology and the Search for Srebrenica’s Missing.”

The massacre occurred 16 years ago. She was there last year at the 15th anniversary, when family members visited sites of the mass killing. They saw interior walls riddled with bullet holes. They reached down to touch gun shell casings and bones that remain in the dirt, even after 15 years. And last week, they heard the news: the alleged leader of the massacre had been arrested and would be indicted on war crimes charges. (See feature story.)

Two UNCG MFA graduate students, Adnan Dzumhur and Alice Dull, made a short film of Wagner’s work.

See the video here.