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Edna Chun to lead Human Resource Services

061511Headline_ChunDr. Edna Chun will be the next associate vice chancellor for Human Resource Services. Her first day will be July 6.

Chun comes to UNCG from Broward College, a very large, multi-campus community college, where she has been vice president for human resources and equity.

“The Search Committee, our values and strategic plan, and the opportunity to lead UNCG in this role attracted an impressive slate of candidates,” said Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs. “Dr. Chun brings to UNCG experience as a seasoned HR professional with particular strengths in HR programming in an era of budget restrictions, in strategic planning, and in diversity and inclusion.”

At Broward College, she led the development of its Total Rewards Strategy, resulting in an employee compensation system that promoted consistency and equity. She negotiated labor agreements with faculty and staff. And she initiated a range of cost-savings initiatives.

Chun received the Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award for her co-authored book “Bridging the Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment in Higher Education” (2009). She also received that award for the co-authored book “Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Diversity” (2007). Another co-authored book, “Diverse Administrators in Peril,” is scheduled for publication this year.

Before joining Broward College in 2006, she was assistant vice president for human resources and chief affirmative action officer at the State University of New York at Geneseo (2003-06). She was assistant vice president for human resources at the Brooklyn College of the City of New York (2002-03). At Kent State University (2000-02), she was special assistant to the president / vice president for human resources.

She is a member of the Publications/Editorial Advisory Board of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Editorial Board of “INSIGHT into Diversity” magazine, the Board of Directors of the Broward County Urban League and the National Advisory Group and Program Planning Committee for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

She received her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College in music and a master’s in Chinese literature at Columbia University. She also received a master’s in music and a doctorate in music (piano pedagogy) from the University of Indiana.

She succeeds Alan Bridge, who retired Feb. 1.

Lighting the way, at Triad Stage

061511Feature_WolfIn a junior high school speech class, all his classmates voted to do a play. Not John Wolf. He was the lone dissenter – he voted to do a debate. He found himself in his first play: “Griselda the Governess.”

It’s ironic, he notes. “Out of those 28 kids, I’m the only one in theatre,” he reflects. “I did that play. I just kept doing it.”

Along the way, Wolf had a professional internship at Juilliard. And a number of New York City credits, including at Lincoln Center, in association with the Equity Library Theatre. He did scenery and lighting for their original play “Winterville.”

A professor of theatre at UNCG, a lot of students know him for managing the production program – “everything in day-to-day operations,” he explains.

At Triad Stage, the professional regional theatre in downtown Greensboro, he’s known for lighting. He’s the resident lighting designer.

He has been lighting the productions since the first year, 2000. “I did two shows the first season.”

Each summer, the UNCG Theatre Department and Triad Stage collaborate. It’s called Theatre 232. And it gives more than two dozen UNCG theatre students experience in a professional environment. Eight are actors in the mainstage production, “Masquerade.” Nine theatre faculty and staff are involved as well.

“A Bomb-itty of Errors,” a comedy in the upstairs cabaret space, will feature three second-year designing graduate students: Derrick Vanmeter (scenery), Bruce Young (costumes) and Matt Sale (lighting/sound). The other of the four second-year students is assistant lighting director for “Masquarade,” a farce on the main stage.

Wolf is the “Masquerade” lighting director. Alex Ginder is the assistant lighting director. During tech rehearsal two days before previews began in front of audiences, they sat side by side in front of a laptop and two monitors. On the table were headphones, microphones, cables, various papers and plenty of notes.

The stage manager calls a five minute break. The assistant stage manager, rising senior Samantha Honeycutt, steps over to speaks with Alex.

Alex explains he has been coming to plays since he was three – his parents were involved in theatre. By high school, he was running sound boards and light boards. He wanted to be a computer games designer – and he notes the similarity. After he graduates, he aspires to ultimately teach.

A few days before the first preview, and he said the comedy “continues to develop.”

“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said, adding that it’s meant long nights too. That’s theatre. “It’s great in the heat of summer to be in a theatre laughing.”

Maximizing laughs entails “serious discussion,” he explains. “Someone may say ‘Oh, that would be funny…” That may mean adding props, changing lighting or cues, what have you. “But would it be funnier if….”

In the scene for this hour, characters and topiary make a comical entrance, as a hip-hop French Baroque beat sets the mood. Wolf shakes his head with the rhythm.

Director Preston Lane, an adjunct UNCG faculty member, hops down the aisle with an idea. “What happens if you get caught up in the topiary?” he suggests to an actress. She tries that out – and draws laughs. “It’s funny that you get a little confused,” Lane says.

Wolf and Alex confer from time to time. Alex checks the Cabaret space for a piece of equipment they may need. When he returns, Wolf points to different areas above the seats and stage, noting where they can add or adjust lighting.

Rehearsals are tightly managed; but at the same time there’s a collegial atmosphere. In the low light, about a dozen monitors glow, from various parts of the audience section. The props master, scenic designer, sound designer, lighting designer, stage manager, director, master electrician, production designer, actors – everyone is working toward one goal.

For the students, networking is a huge plus. They work with people who are not classmates, Wolf explains. You want to get to know a wide number of people. “It’s as much who you know as what you know,” Wolf says, to gain success in the theatre world.

He explains that the academic environment is quite safe to be creative in. A professional one, not so much. Their experience this summer at Triad Stage will let them “see how it works, at the professional level.”

Triad Stage is a big part of their UNCG education. “Everyone is there as a professional – or a student learning to be a professional.”

The three Theatre 232 productions are:

“Masquerade” at Triad Stage’s main stage – Through June 26. Call 272-0160 or triadstage.org to purchase tickets.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” at Brown Building Theatre – June 14-July 1. Call 272-0160 or 334-4392.

“Bomb-itty of Erors” at Triad Stage’s Upstage Cabaret – June 17-July 2. Call 272-0160.

See details, set design, schedules and more at http://www.triadstage.org/mainstage/masquerade/index.php and http://triadstage.org/upstage/theatre232-11/.

By Mike Harris.
Photograph of John Wolf by David Wilson.

Improv at Moore Nursing

061511Feature_NursingBeing a nurse means having hard, clinical skills – and also the soft skills of calming patients and reading their emotional state.

That’s why Mona Shattell and Lillie Granger (Nursing) decided to involve theatre students in their Nursing Care of Individuals with Psychosocial Problems curriculum, a required course for undergraduate nursing students. The theatre students perform original skits and scenes from plays, and use improvisational role-playing and sensory exercises, to help the student nurses connect with patients who have mental illness or are stressed by a frightening diagnosis.

Granger got the idea after speaking with Denise Gabriel in Theatre. It has turned into quite a collaboration.

Full story at University News.

At Undergraduate Studies … Where is everybody?

Some in Undergraduate Studies who’ve been in McIver and Moore HRA for years are now in Mossman. Some who were in Mossman for years are now in McIver. [Read more…]

Notes: June 15, 2011

NotesIconUNCG and low-income students UNCG is one of only five U.S. colleges serving low-income students well, says the Education Trust, a research and advocacy group. The Education Trust released a report on how most colleges fail low-income students. The report, “Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students,” looked at cost as well as graduation rates. Of 1,186 colleges examined in the study, only five stood out for their service to low-income students, all non-flagship public universities. UNCG made the list alongside two campuses of California State University and two campuses of the City University of New York. Full story at University News.

Fulbright Scholars Three students — Kirby Cook, Riannon Clarke and Boja Kragulj — have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships to study abroad, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Full story at University News.

Nanoengineering PhD program approved The Board of Governors approved North Carolina A&T’s proposal to establish a doctoral program in nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. A master’s program in nanoengineering was previously approved for NC A&T. UNCG has a doctoral and master’s degree programs in nanoscience at JSNN. Full story at Aggie Research web page.

Academic Progress Report Awards A school-record five UNCG athletic programs were honored by the NCAA with Academic Progress Report (APR) Public Recognition Awards. The Spartans’ women’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s indoor track, women’s indoor track and women’s outdoor track teams were among the 909 teams to earn Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year APRs. Women’s basketball took the honor for the sixth straight year. 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. Inside the Southern Conference, nine of the 12 member schools had at least one team receive a Public Recognition Award. A total of 43 Southern Conference teams received Public Recognition Awards. All 18 UNCG athletic teams received satisfactory marks in the latest Academic Progress Report (APR) scores released by the NCAA on Tuesday. The scores announced Tuesday reflect the multiyear APR scores for the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. 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.

Girls and women in sport UNCG and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) have partnered to advance the quality and equality of athletic opportunities for women. The collaboration between the 112-year-old organization and the university positions UNCG as a flagship for research into girls and women in sport and physical activity and gives the university access to nationally recognized figures in the field and other resources, said Dr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology) who co-wrote the proposal to collaborate with NAGWS with Dr. Paige Hall Smith. Full story at University News.

Coleman Lew Leadership Awards Soccer players Kelsey Kearney and Will Mack were among 25 SoCon student-athletes honored with Coleman Lew Leadership Awards. The awards are based on leadership, academic excellence and athletic achievement in both the college environment and the community. Both are rising seniors. Kearney, a goalkeeper on the team that was ranked as high as No. 10 nationally last year, is a kinesiology major. Mack, also a kinesiology major, scored three points as a midfielder, on a goal and an assist as part of an offense that led the SoCon in points and goals. Both teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

All-sports trophies For 2010-11, the Spartans finished second in the race for the Commissioner’s Cup [men’s sports] and fifth for the Germann Cup [women’s sports], the Southern Conference all-sports trophies for excellence in league competition. Appalachian State, the only school in the league to field teams in all 10 men’s sports the SoCon sponsors, won both trophies. See details in Athletics news story

Campus People: June 15, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Mary Crowe – Dr. Rahul Singh – LaTesha Velez – Mark Davenport – Dr. Beth Barba – Craig Fink – Dr. Liz Bucar – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh – With the Staff [Read more…]

See/Hear: June 15, 2011

The two scores within three seconds that secured Coach Lynne Agee’s 600th win. The best kills at volleyball’s Pink Zone game in front of a packed house. Trevis Simpson’s best one-handed alley-oop dunk. Softball’s victory over the Tar Heels. Wrestling vs. No. 4 Wisconsin. Women’s and men’s soccer both taking the SoCon title.

This highlights reel is a look back at our year in sports.

It was produced by Ed Lewis and Mike Lento, and is a part of UNCG Athletics’ uncgsports YouTube channel.

Announcements: June 15, 2011

As UNCG’s administration has continued to listen to ideas and concerns about the academic program review process, adjustments are being made accordingly.

“As a result of conversations with Deans Council, past chairs of the Senate and current Senate leadership, and various others, modifications have been made to the program review process and the support documents,” Provost David H. Perrin said in a detailed June 7 email to everyone on the Program Review web site listserv.

[Any members of the campus community wishing to be on this listserv – where you receive updates on the process the moment new documents or information are posted to the Program Review web site – may sign up at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/listserv/.]

He referenced three new documents that have been posted on the Program Review web site:
Program Review Process pdf
Program Review Timeline pdf
Unit Program Review Committee Report Outline pdf

Program Review Update from Provost David H. Perrin
June 7, 2011

As a result of conversations with Deans Council, Past Chairs of the Senate and current Senate leadership, and various others, modifications have been made to the program review process and the support documents:

• Purpose: The purpose statement has been revised to provide more specific information about the context and possible outcomes of program review:

The purpose of this review is to position UNCG to be as strong academically as possible while maintaining a sound and balanced educational program that is consistent with its mission, strategic plan, and its functions and responsibilities as an institution of higher education. The review committees will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the University’s academic programs in terms of their contributions to these three areas. The context of this review includes an environment of diminishing resources in higher education, changes in mandates from the North Carolina legislature and UNC Board of Governors, and the impending UNC GA review of program duplication across the UNC system. One outcome of this process is likely to be the reallocation of resources, which may involve the enhancement of some programs and the discontinuation, curtailment, or combination of others.

• Data:

  1. An outside consultant has checked the centrally-provided data for accuracy, clarity, and appropriateness. His report is posted on the website.
  2. The staff/faculty ratio and graduation rate for graduate students have been eliminated as criteria.
  3. An ad hoc committee of faculty are meeting with the Director of Institutional Research and the outside consultant to refine the definitions previously provided.
  4. An ad hoc committee of faculty and staff will be meeting with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs to review the appropriateness of the centrally-provided efficiency data (Criterion C) and will be making recommendations to the Provost regarding which of these data should be reviewed by the University Program Review Committee when it starts its work.
  5. A decision was made to have the efficiency data reviewed only at the University level and not to require program leadership to respond to it in the department and program surveys.

• Timeline: The timeline has been adjusted to allow program leadership to respond to the program and department surveys by August 15, to allow time for review committee chairs to meet during the week of August 22, and to extend the University Program Review Committee deadline to March 1, 2012.

• University Program Review Committee Roster: The Provost is in the process of inviting two additional faculty to serve on the University Program Review Committee. These faculty were chosen from the members of Faculty Senate and the Student Learning Enhancement Committee (the only curriculum committee with no representation originally). One will be from a science and the other from a humanities program.

• Unit Committee Process: The Provost has charged the Dean of each academic unit to work with his or her unit program review committee to consider the relative relevance of the criterion to the unit’s programs and to agree upon a process for reviewing them. An outline for the reports to be submitted to the University Program Review Committee by the Deans and unit committees has been developed. By November 24, the Chair of each unit program review committee shall submit the following items to the University Program Review Committee for further review: a unit program report form for each program including rubric scores for program quality and function/demand, a SWOT analysis, and suggestions or recommendations regarding the program’s future; a list of the members of the unit program review committee; a description of the unit review process; and a concise narrative including any other general information the unit program review committee would like the University Program Review Committee to consider. Unit committees will no longer be required to submit an overall rubric score or to divide the unit’s programs the unit into thirds. By December 2, the Dean of each unit shall provide to the University Program Review Committee, a concise commentary on the report of the unit program review committee, its process, and its rankings.

• Process Document: The process document has been revised to reflect the changes listed above.

• In addition, the following documents have already been added to the UNCG Program Review Process website (http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview):

  1. The AAUP Policy Document,
  2. Procedures to be followed to report program changes to SACS and GA,
  3. A feedback form so members of the community can make suggestions throughout the process,
  4. The names of faculty and staff employed by departments each year so staff and faculty FTE’s can be interpreted,
  5. The external funding received by department and faculty so that sums can be verified,
  6. Revisions of the program process document and timeline, and
  7. Outline for unit committee response.

• As soon as possible and by June 25 at the latest, the following documents will also be uploaded to the Program Review Process website:

  1. System-wide data on programs by CIP code for use in determining what programs share markets;
  2. AOS codes within CIP codes for UNCG programs to help with interpretation of the market share data;
  3. Changes to the composition of the University Program Review Committee and the unit program review committees;
  4. Revised list of criteria, refined definitions, and revised rubrics;
  5. The report from the outside consultant.

Looking ahead: June 15-29, 2011

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

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

Exhibition opens, “A Man Screaming Is Not a Dancing Bear”
Saturday, June 18, Weatherspoon

Exhibition opens, “Tom LaDuke: Run Generator”
Saturday, June 18, Weatherspoon

EMF Monday UNCG Chamber Series
Monday, June 27, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

more at calendar.uncg.edu