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You Work Here? Here’s Your Discount

060910Feature2_BennifitsThe economy hurts. Discounts can help. And there are a lot of them, around campus, if you know to say that you’re a faculty or staff member and show your Spartan ID.

The campus’ Benefits Committee is working to help secure discounts to stores and services off-campus. And they are looking for volunteers in that effort. Meanwhile, that committee and Human Resource Services want faculty and staff to know there are lots of benefits and discounts throughout campus.

It’s called Spartan Savings.

Some examples:

  • A 20 percent discount on most merchandise sold at the UNCG Bookstore, excluding textbooks, magazines/newspapers and food/drink items.
  • Faculty/staff on-campus athletics pass.
  • Men’s basketball season pass – offering 45 percent off what single games would cost.
  • Full tuition and fees waiver for two courses per academic year – Details are here.
  • Spartan Express Flex Plan provides a $1/meal discount on all meals in The Spartan Restaurant in the Dining Center, as well as no sales tax.
  • A 20 percent discount this summer to the All-Arts, Sciences and Technology summer camp for youths ages 7 to 15. (In past years, it was 10 percent.)
  • Opportunities for discounts for music, dance and theatre performances. See site for details and links.
  • A 50 percent discount to counseling sessions at UNCG Psycholology Clinic and the UNCG Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic.
  • Free blood pressure checks at Student Health Services.
  • Free rides on Greensboro city buses and on HEAT buses around campus.

Details about the Spartan Savings program and on-campus discounts are at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Spartan_Savings/.

If your program offers additional discounts – or you would be interesting in volunteering to enlist stores off-campus to participate in offering savings to faculty and staff – email cemurray@uncg.edu.

Additional information is at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/resources/ and http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/resources/perks_brochure.pdf.

Visual: Alan Bridge (HRS) checks out UNCG items in the bookstore.

Top Service Awards

060910Featue1_AwardsSeven people have received the campus’ top awards for service. The recipients are:

  • Stanley and Doris Tanger, of Greensboro, Charles Duncan McIver Award, which recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the state or nation. The bronze medal bears the likeness of Charles Duncan McIver, the founding president of the institution that is now UNCG.
  • T. Clyde and Dorothy B. Collins ’54, of Greensboro, Adelaide F. Holderness / H. Michael Weaver Award, which honors North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished public service to their community or state. It is named in honor of Adelaide F. Holderness ’34 and H. Michael Weaver of Greensboro.
  • Louise “Coffee” Maxwell Worth ’40, of Comer, Ga., and Ann Phillips McCracken ’60, of Sanford, Alumni Distinguished Service Award, presented to alumni who have rendered distinctive service on national, state or local levels, and made significant contributions to the liberal arts ideal.
  • Dr. Brian J. Clarida ’02 MSA, of Greensboro, Young Alumni Award, which is presented to alumni who are 40 years of age and younger, and recognizes exceptional achievement and significant contribution to the recipient’s profession or community, society or the university.

The honors were presented by Chancellor Linda P. Brady during a program that also recognized donors to the university.

“These are the highest honors that the university awards each year to community, state or national leaders for their service, and this year we celebrate the accomplishments of seven outstanding individuals,” Brady said. “This year’s recipients have helped change the state of North Carolina and the Triad for the better and they have inspired all who know them and have worked with them.”

Achievements of each recipient include:

Stanley Tanger, former chairman and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, and his wife, Doris, are passionate supporters of two key causes – health care and education. In 1970, Doris Tanger was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was successfully treated at Duke University and the Tangers have embraced the university and the cause of breast cancer ever since. They serve on the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Advisory Board and have made a significant gift to name a cancer research laboratory and established a cancer research graduate fellowship. Recently, the company created the “Tanger Cure Card,” a specially designed gift card where 10 percent of proceeds from sales go to support the fight against the most prominent types of cancer in the U.S. – lung cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.

The Tangers have also played a role in supporting women’s health in the Triad by creating a fund in Doris’ name for UNCG’s Women’s Health and Wellness Center, which facilitates collaborative research within the School of Health and Human Performance. On the business side, Stanley has always made sure profits from his corporation and fundraising efforts are used to support local businesses, community programs and schools in communities where a Tanger Outlet Center is located. They recently made a gift to name the Tanger Family Bicentennial Gardens on Hobbs Road in Greensboro.

Clyde Collins retired as the executive vice president, CFO and secretary of Southern Life Insurance Company in 1987. He retired young and has devoted his time to help develop and maintain community spirit. Clyde has served on many boards in Greensboro, including the UNCG Excellence Foundation of which he is the only emeritus member.

Dorothy Collins is a Class of 1954 graduate who served on the planning committee for her class’ 50th reunion in 2004. She has served as a volunteer in number of community organizations including the Greensboro Opera Company, the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Mobile Meals and the UNCG Excellence Foundation.

Both Clyde and Dorothy are artists. Clyde is a potter and Dorothy a painter. As a result, both support the arts. They established the Dorothy Buchanan Collins Graduate Fellowship in Music at UNCG. Several years ago, the School of Music’s Dorothy and Clyde Collins Lecture Hall was named in their honor.

Louise “Coffee” Maxwell Worth, former director of UNCG’s Presbyterian Campus Ministry, has led an extraordinary life that has spanned two continents. After graduating from Woman’s College (WC), she put her degree to work as a teacher in North Carolina and at Korean mission schools, setting up Korea’s first Montessori preschool. She and her husband, George, lived in Korea as educational missionaries for more than 20 years. She still teaches English as a Second Language to immigrants at Jubilee Partners in Atlanta, walking the half a mile to school at the age of 90. Worth has also been active in peace and justice issues. She has been an advocate for racial equality all her life as well as an advocate for good housing for low income people.

Ann Phillips McCracken has given a great deal of her life to education. After graduation for WC, she spent several years teaching in Durham County Schools before earning her master’s degree and becoming an English instructor at Central Community College.

In her community, McCracken is a member of the League of Women Voters of Moore County, a member of the Delta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member of a local race relations group called One for One, a volunteer with Bread Basket in Sanford and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church.

Additionally, McCracken has served UNCG as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1990-94 and as president in 1991. In 1992, she was a member of the Centennial Planning Executive Board and she served on the Excellence Foundation Board of Directors from 1992-94. In addition, she was a member of the Alumni House Steering Committee from 2004-07 and has supported the Spartan Club, UNCG Libraries and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is currently a member of the Excellence Foundation Board of Visitors.

As principal of Sumner Elementary School, Dr. Brian Clarida believes all students can and will reach their full potential. He holds monthly student meetings and round table discussions so that students can have an open forum to voice concerns about school as well as their lives outside of school. To show students they matter, he has started a Community Day in which more than 50 business and political leaders come to the school to volunteer in classrooms.

Clarida makes sure he too volunteers time in the community so students will have a good role model. He is active in Action Greensboro and SynerG Young Professionals. He serves on several advisory boards such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, Greensboro Historic Preservation Commission, UNCG Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, Tapestry (Weaver Foundation) and the YWCA.

He has partnered with UNCG to have 50 student interns placed at the school. He has also served on several UNCG committees such as the Board of Visitors.

Visual (l-r): Dr. Brian J. Clarida, Alumni Association President Jana Welch Wagenseller and Chancellor Linda P. Brady

Ready to Trade Current Privacy for Better Care?

060910Headline_ConferenceAs more doctors and health care providers move toward electronic medical records and ultimately become part of a health information exchange network, who will have access to these records?

Will the front office staff have access? Your insurance provider? The government? Google?

“The biggest problem is loss of privacy,” said Dr. Hadley Callaway, keynote speaker at the Bryan School’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Implementation Conference in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. A past president of the North Carolina Medical Society, the surgeon is a faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also a board member of the NC Health Information Exchange, which was incorporated in April.

The tension over privacy concerns vs. better health care was just one of the many topics discussed during the conference titled “Demystifying EMR Implementation.”

It was hosted by the Bryan School’s McDowell Research Center for Global IT Management, the nation’s first center to explore the worldwide applications of information technology. The center chose the topic because of the pressing interest in the subject of electronic medical records. As Dr. Prashant Palvia, director of the center, said in introducing Callaway, “It’s very timely.” Palvia had noted that while there are financial incentives for EMR adoption, there are obstacles and challenges.

About 105 attended. Ten vendors displayed their systems at booths and tables.

Edward Robinson, MD, noted that many doctors like to use “free text” – in other words, they want to type in what they observed. That allows for nuances, for opinions, full explanation, etc. But that is “the death knell” of a data base. With scans or free text, “the use of it as a data base is lost,” he said. Robinson is medical director of the Guilford County Department of Public Health and a faculty member at the UNC-CH School of Medicine. He will also be an adjunct professor at UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education, from which he received a master’s in May.

Eugenie Komives, MD, vice president and senior medical director at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Rick Moore, the National Committee of Quality Assurance’s chief information officer, also spoke on the topic of critical issues in EMR implementation.

Vendor presentations and a session on best practices in EMR implementation rounded out the conference.

A question that arises is, Whose records are they? Will they be yours?

It’s helpful to know the acronyms.

Your PHR (personal health record) can apparently be shared and controlled by you. However, Electronic Medical Records (EMR) will be for use by medical staff within one health care entity, such as one hospital. Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) can be shared by multiple health care providers, using HIE. Healthcare Information Exchange (HIE) will be the standardized, interoperable exchange of healthcare records that providers can share.

As this standardized exchange moves forward in coming years, Callaway envisions certain scenarios arising. For example, some patients will want to go in and make corrections – or what they believe are corrections. Lawyers will be able to easily review the records patients pass to them, and more lawsuits may ensue. The “art” of medicine will go away, as doctors stick closely to protocols – knowing every move may be scrutinized. Records will be less candid, with fewer doctors’ opinions and judgments. The ease with which patients could move to another practice for elective procedures or second opinions will ramp up the use of advertising and marketing. He presented these scenarios as part of his keynote remarks, “Unexpected Consequences of Health Info Exchange on Medical Practice.”

Health information exchange holds many promises: more accurate records, better communication and coordination among providers, better and less expensive health care. But, as he noted with a slide showing the proverbial elephant in the room, there is a tradeoff. “We won’t have the level of privacy we have now.”

Additional information can be found at http://www.nchica.org/GetInvolved/CACH /The%20Future%20of%20Healthcare%20Information%20Exchange%20in%20North%20Carolina%20HA.pdf. This web page is the source of the information and acronym definitions in paragraph 12.

More information can be found at http://www.nchica.org/default.htm.

Notes: June 9, 2010

NotesIconNC House’s proposed budget The 2010-11 state budget passed by the State House last week contained much deeper cuts than the budget passed by the State Senate. In a statement, UNC system president Erskine Bowles said, in part, “If these proposed cuts remain in the state budget, another 1,700 positions will have to be eliminated across the University. Quality faculty will lose their jobs or be pirated away. Classes will be significantly larger or unavailable. As a result, retention and graduation rates will fall dramatically. And worst of all, many qualified North Carolina students won’t be able to obtain the financial aid they need—and many more will be denied admission altogether—since the House budget caps UNC enrollment growth and fails to fully fund need-based financial aid.” Read his full statement here. The statement – and additional budget-related items posted yesterday – are at UNCG’s budget central web site.  Members of the House and Senate are set to work on a compromise proposed budget.

Provost supports legislation to ensure public access to publicly funded research Dr. David H. Perrin has joined many other leaders at major public and private research institutions in voicing their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act. The act was introduced in the House of Representatives on April 15. The bill proposes to require those eleven federal agencies with extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to implement policies that deliver timely, free, online access to the published results of the research they fund, according to information provided in a media advisory. The act would require that the results of taxpayer-funded research be made available no later than six months after publication in a journal. As Barry Miller in University Libraries points out, the legislation would mean enhanced access to federally funded research articles for researchers and students at UNCG. Availability of federally funded research in open online archives also would expand the worldwide visibility of the research conducted here, increase the impact of our investment in this research, and aid us in examining related work at other institutions that compete for government grants and contracts. A list of those signing the SPARC statement may be found at http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/institutions.shtml. The statement may be found at http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/highered.shtml.

Where UNCG stands in SoCon UNCG was second in the Commissioner’s Cup, which is based on men’s sports standings, and seventh in the Germann Cup, which is based on women’s sports standings, for 2009-10. UNCG’s second-place standing on the men’s side equaled its best finish set in 2006-07. The seventh-place standing on the women’s side equaled last year’s finish. Appalachian State’s men and Samford’s women claimed the all-sports championships for the 2009-10 athletic season.

One millionth visitor this year For the first time, Jackson Library has recorded one million visits in an academic year. The numbers are tabulated by the electronic gate counters. As the one millionth visitor arrived on Monday, library staff were waiting at the EUC Library entrance to take photos and celebrate. Kathy Crowe, the University Libraries’ associate dean for public services, added that other numbers have increased as well. For example, the number of students studying overnight during May exam week increased 11 percent between May 2009 and May 2010. She adds that the Libraries will also be adding more types of technology to lend. In addition to laptops, they will soon be lending camcorders and digital voice recorders in Jackson Library and the Music Library.

Nursing honor society endows scholarship Gamma Zeta, the nursing honor society on campus, presented the School of Nursing with a $25,000 endowed scholarship for nursing students. ‘We receive monies from member dues and fundraisers. Monies over and above operating costs have been placed in CDs for future use,” said chapter president Daria Kring. “At the time of maturity this year, we realized we had just over $25,000 – the amount needed to establish an endowed scholarship in the School of Nursing.” She added, “An endowed scholarship fund is a wonderful opportunity whereby a donor, in this case, Gamma Zeta, is creating an ongoing legacy by ensuring that nursing students are able to complete their degree and fulfill their dream of becoming a nurse.”

On Smithsonian Channel The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department in the University Libraries has provided scanned documents and photographs to the Smithsonian Channel for its upcoming program, tentatively titled “Greensboro Four,” scheduled to air on July 25, to coincide with the date on which Woolworth finally desegregated its lunch counter after months of sit-ins. Among the materials provided are clippings from the student newspaper, The Carolinian; images of students who participated in the sit-ins; oral history transcripts; and various documents dealing with reaction to the sit-ins.

One of twelve The Student Success Center – Learning Assistance Center Tutoring Services program recently received Advanced-Level Certification from the National Association for Developmental Educators (NADE). The evaluation process was based upon the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS Standards). NADE noted that the LAC Tutoring Services program “is clearly dedicated to increasing student learning and student success and on the systematic and continuous collection of data.” Only 11 other programs nationally have received this certification, thus far. For details, email jeforema@uncg.edu.

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dr. Rebekah Megerian of Asheboro has been elected chairperson of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and Mr. Lance Elko, vice-chair. Megerian, who holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from UNCG, retired from Randolph Community College as dean of Basic Skills in 2008 after a 28-year career there. Elko, who lives in Greensboro, is an editor with Pace Communications and is also a professional musician. Other newly-elected board members include Robin Sutton Anders, David Arneke, Ned Cline, Carol Cone Douglas, Nancy Fuller, Jim Schlosser, Charles Sullivan, and Laura Tew. Re-elected to the board was Selby Bateman.

Red Cross gives recognition UNCG received a Certificate of Recognition last week from the Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross for UNCG’s “valuable contribution to blood services.”  Dr. Cherry Callahan says, “Evidently, we were the most successful in terms of amount of pints received when compared to all other colleges and universities in their jurisdiction – Guilford, Randolph and Montgomery Counties.”  Callahan is a board member of the Greensboro chapter, and had the honor of accepting the award on the university’s behalf.

Groundbreaking for New, ‘Green’ Residence Hall

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Faculty Promoted, Awarded Tenure

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