UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Awards from Schools, College

As the 2009-10 year came to an end, a number of faculty and staff received awards. These included: [Read more…]

Looking South

062310Headline_GlenwoodAs part of its Strategic Housing Plan, UNCG is looking at areas where it may expand.

South of campus – along Lee Street and one-two blocks into the Glenwood neighborhood as far as Haywood Street – is a strong possibility. A convenient pedestrian passageway under the railroad tracks is envisioned, to connect the current campus area with additional student housing, retail and restaurants on the other side. Also envisioned is an indoor recreation center, parking facility and consolidated police station. UNCG has been communicating with and meeting with residents of Glenwood about the possibilities.

The future land uses in the 2008 Glenwood Neighborhood Plan do not coordinate completely with what the university would likely need. Over the past two months, UNCG officials have been talking with representatives and members of the Glenwood community. “It is our preference to collaborate with the neighborhood and coordinate with the neighborhood’s planning effort for future land use,” Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises Mike Byers told the neighborhood association.

A change in the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan would:

  • Allow UNCG to create the Glenwood Mixed-Use Neighborhood along Lee Street and bordered by Aycock, Freeman Mill and Haywood. This proposed amendment would expand the Mixed-Use Neighborhood to Haywood. Mixed-use may include such uses as retail, eateries and offices in addition to residential.
  • This would allow UNCG to develop an urban corridor along Lee Street consisting of a mix of retail/restaurant, office, institutional and student housing, owned and managed by the university, with the maintenance and security services typical of the existing UNCG campus.
  • It would also allow for such development to be done in a way that complements the core Glenwood Neighborhood and transitions to single-family in the neighborhood in an appropriate and pleasing manner.

UNCG hosted two public meetings on May 26 to allow neighborhood and community members an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on our proposal. An additional meeting was on June 12. [See May 18 and June 9 newspaper reports.] They shared some concepts that show what would be possible, in such a plan.

Using what UNCG officials heard and learned at the meetings and the GGNA meeting on June 3, it is expected that UNCG’s proposal will be modified to create a better fit with the neighborhood’s vision, based on that feedback from residents and leadership.

UNCG has asked that the neighborhood association reserve time at its meeting on July 1 to consider the approval of UNCG’s request to modify the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan. If progress continues to be made, planning could begin immediately with hope of starting construction on the first phase of student housing in 2011.

More information can be found at http://campusenterprises.uncg.edu/community.html.

Visual: Part of a slide from a presentation. This draft shows some of the area being discussed.

Prevention Strategies Sells Alcohol Abuse Prevention Product

062310NewAndNotes_WyrickPrevention Strategies, the UNCG spinoff company co-founded by faculty member David Wyrick, has sold its online alcohol abuse prevention program for college students to Outside The Classroom, the largest provider of prevention programs to universities. [Read more…]

Notes: June 23, 2010

NotesIconShare the ride to work A new private rideshare community for UNCG is being launched. It’s called Zimride. This social network for ridesharing makes it easy to find friends and colleagues making the same drive. It’s free and the process for using it is easy, says Suzanne Williams, associate director, Campus Access & Travel Demand Management. 1) Visit http://zimride.uncg.edu and sign up, 2) Add your ride offer or request, 3) Review your matchlist and start “Zimriding.”

Losing weight Looking to begin its fourth consecutive 17-week session, the HRS sponsored Weight Watchers at Work program will hold an open house for anyone interested in learning more or renewing their membership on Wednesday, July 7 from 12:15 – 1:15 in the HRS training room, Bryan 113. A minimum of 20 participants is needed to continue the program. To date, the past three sessions have experienced a combined weight loss of over 1100 pounds. Those interested in joining but who are unavailable to attend the open house may contact Jason Morris or Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-5009 by July 7 to express their interest. The fee to join the program is $186 for the entire 17-week session including online access to e-tools. Fees may be divided into three separate payments if participants sign up during or before the open house. Fees may also be charged to a health care flexible spending account if prescribed by a doctor. Download the brochure.

What are you reading? Reading a good book right now? Have others on your summer reading list? Let CW know, for possible inclusion in a big, future piece on what everyone’s reading this summer. Email mdharri3@uncg.edu.

Blue tennis courts The tennis courts are being resurfaced, the Sports Information Office notes. And they’re now Spartan blue. See them, as work continues.

Faculty who’ve retired A number of faculty members have retired over the past 12 months. Last year, Dr. Nancy Fogarty, Dr. Gerald Meisner, Dr. John Jellicorse, Dr. Frank Melton, Dr. Marsha Paludan and Dr. A. Edward Uprichard retired. Dr. Mary Floyd retired in the winter. Dr. Sheldon Balbirer, Dr. Anthony DeCasper, Dr. George Kiorpes and Dr. Karl Schleunes are retiring this summer.

Announcements: June 23, 2010

062310Announcements_SheltonSince Dr. Terri L. Shelton became director of UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships in 2001, it has won more than $20 million in grants and contracts. Starting July 1, she will apply her talent for team building and knack for finding funding in a new post: vice chancellor for research and economic development. [Read more…]

Campus People – June 23, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Sandra Redmond – Dr. James Benshoff – Dr. Jane Myers – Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg – Dr. Kari Eddington – Dr. Julie Mendez – Neus Barrantes-Vidal – Tim George [Read more…]

Andy Warhol and Friends, All Month Long

The Weatherspoon’s July Film & Music Series will celebrate the creative personalities who inspired and were inspired by Andy Warhol. Stay late for live music in the Sculpture Garden featuring indie rock of the 1970-80s. Galleries will be open each of these Thursday evenings until 9 p.m. Films begin at 6:30 p.m. [Read more…]

See/Hear: June 23, 2010

In the spring, NC LIVE began offering a new collection of downloadable audio books via Ingram Digital’s MyiLibrary Audio Book Platform. The initial collection contained 750 titles, focusing primarily on language learning, history, biography, and classic literature. The eAudio content is downloadable to either an iPod or MP3 player, and playable on a PC or Mac computer.

In May, NC LIVE added the second installment of downloadable audio books to its new collection, [Read more…]

Looking ahead: June 23-July 8

Second summer session classes begin
Thursday, June 24

“Koko Karate and the Kung Fu Kittens,” children’s play
Brown Building Theatre, Friday, July 2, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Providence Gap,” final performance
Triad Stage, Sunday, July 4, 2 p.m.

Independence Day Holiday. Offices closed, classes dismissed.
Monday, July 5

Film, “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Move Those Maples

062310Feature1_TreeUSAJune is not the optimal month to transplant mature trees. It’s hot and dry. But the four Japanese maples moved to make way for the new residence hall are doing well.

The largest and most impressive one now adorns the Walker/Aycock entranceway to campus.

The Grounds workers trenched down four feet deep and used a forklift to get it out of the ground.

Before that they’d, over the course of two weeks, made preparations for the transplanting job, with proper irrigation, preparing the new sites, etc.

The one at the Walker entranceway looks like it’s always been there. “An instant tree,” says Hal Shelton (Grounds). He was one of more than a dozen grounds workers who participated in the moves. Grounds manager Chris Fay headed the project.

Two large oak trees at the construction site were cut down. One was diseased and hollow, Shelton says.

New trees and plants will be part of the new residence hall’s landscaping, once construction is nearing an end at the site

A quick check on a transplanted tree beside the south edge of Jackson Library tower shows it’s doing well. No signs of stress.

One in Foust Park near McIver looks a little stressed in one branch, Shelton notes, but he says it looked a little stressed there before they moved it.

Another tree is now on the west side of the Armfield-Preyer Admissions and Visitor Center.

Grounds is using drip irrigation to water the trees.

Each of the maples is a Bloodgood variety, says Shelton. The thin, finely branching leaves are very red.

The trees are 17-18 years old, he said.

The same age as most of the incoming freshmen.

Visual: Grounds staff install the largest of the transplanted Japanese maples at the corner of Walker and Aycock.

Behind Closed Doors

062310Feature2_ThomasDayThe furniture of Thomas Day has long been celebrated for its craftsmanship and artistry. His mantels, newel posts and other interior woodwork, however, have generally been regarded as a minor sideline.

With the recent release of “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color,” a book co-written by Dr. Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll (Interior Architecture), his interior woodwork will start to receive its due. Leimenstoll has made the most extensive study to date of Day’s architectural woodwork.

Her co-author, an expert on Day’s furniture, is Patricia Phillips Marshall, curator of decorative arts for the N.C. Executive Mansion and the N.C. Museum of History. Published by The University of North Carolina Press, the book was released in conjunction with the opening of “Behind the Veneer,” a Day exhibit on view this summer at the Museum of History.

The roots of the book project go back to 1991, when Leimenstoll worked as the architect on the restoration of the Thomas Day House in Milton. She heard from locals that other houses in the area had woodwork by Day, who owned the largest furniture shop in the state in the mid-19th century.

She knocked on doors and did much of her research by word of mouth. She explored the Greek Revival homes that Caswell County planters built more than 150 years ago with riches made from bright leaf tobacco. In many cases, these formal exteriors hid the undulating shapes and fluid lines that are Day’s hallmark.

“In a staid kind of setting, you walk in the door and it just knocks your socks off,” Leimenstoll says.

The houses with Day woodwork continued to add up.

“I was very excited to find six newels that appeared to have been cut from the same template,” she says.

“That’s when I realized he was really turning out the woodwork as well as furniture. Prior to this, people thought of him as a furniture maker who happened to occasionally dabble in woodwork.”

She eventually documented 80 homes with the same motifs and distinctive energy found in Day’s furniture. For instance, as a furniture maker, Day used S-shaped brackets. In his architectural woodwork, those same serpentine shapes are writ large, including as three-foot-tall newel posts.

“I believe his woodwork is even more evocative than his furniture, because it’s on a bigger scale,” Leimenstoll says. “It’s like he’s sculpting the whole stair hall and the living room. It’s just bolder.”

New ERM Director and Changes in Safety Office

A note from Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs: [Read more…]

Promotions of Non-Tenure Track Faculty

The Provost’s Office has announced promotions of non-tenure track faculty for the 2010-11 academic year. [Read more…]