UNCG Campus Weekly

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Yes, the Dining Hall remains open

062911Headline_TheCafThe Fountain is shut off, indefinitely. Fencing is up. Utility work will soon begin outside the west side of the Dining Hall. It will be done in stages, to ensure access into the Dining Hall at all times.

The Dining Hall remains open, just like always.

“We’ll be serving as many students as in any other summer,” says Scott Milman, director of auxiliary services.

The Dining Hall renovation project’s Phase I will begin in late summer. This project will provide a much better experience for UNCG students, while providing for a large commons area as students enter the renovated building. The glass facade will allow for an impressive view onto the Fountain area and the Quad, particularly from the new second floor exterior balcony.

The renovation will be paid for over time by a portion of the students’ meal plan fees.

The entire project is scheduled to last about 28 months, with some parts completed before others.

Before Phase I work begins, utility work must be completed, Bob Snyder explains. He is facilities maintenance coordinator for campus enterprises. The southern and western parts of the dining hall are in a low-lying area. In the past, a heavy downpour has left vehicles at the loading dock nearly underwater. The underground pipes that provide drainage for that area of campus into Buffalo Creek, currently 24 inches wide, are being replaced with piping 2 1/2 times wider, at 60 inches. Part of that piping will extend under the southwest corner of the new glass facade. Before the foundation is created, the piping must be in place, Snyder says.

The renovation work will begin during the fall semester, says Scott Milman. The “bird cage” – the white structure currently at the west entranceway – will come down at that time.

Ultimately, with an expanded and enhanced west side, the building will have two eateries, a convenience store and a post office area near the entrance. There will also be a large staircase as you enter, taking you to the dining area. Plans for the dining area include 10 stations, with a variety of choices. The current central stairwell, in the hub of the Dining Hall, will be removed.

The main entryway from College Avenue will take you onto the second floor. The current tunnel from College Avenue will be retained, through it will be straightened.

The Dining Hall will remain open during renovation.

By Mike Harris
Visual of Karen Core leaving the Dining Hall. Photograph by Mike Harris.


A midsummer’s update on Program Review

062911Feature_ProgramReviewThe CW editor interviewed Provost David H. Perrin on June 24, asking him several questions about updates to the Academic Program Review process over the past few weeks.

Campus Weekly readers saw the listing of updates in the last issue. What have been the 2-3 most significant revisions or updates in the process, since the semester ended, in your judgment?

Well, we brought a consultant to campus, to help us with the data – the centrally provided data – and to review and provide recommendations for the use of that centrally provided data. And that was a very helpful process, in terms of validating and identifying some of the challenges of producing that data, The consultant provided four recommendations based on his review of our work. We had already begun to respond to several of these recommendations.

One recommendation related to providing more detailed definitions of the data and the data formulations used to produce academic review profiles. We have asked the consultant to continue to work with us and our director of institutional research and a group of faculty on how to refine the definitions moving forward, from this point, which I think will be very helpful to the work of the academic unit committees. That’s one important one.

Another recommendation was to provide more guidance for data relevance and the use of profile data. And at the Deans’ Council retreat we talked about this at length. And the deans will begin to work closely with their unit committees to develop a process for reviewing programs, including guidelines for how to weigh the relevance of each of the criteria that they are reviewing.

Another important recommendation was that departments be allowed to provide a list of data for verification. And we will be inviting departments to do just that – to provide data for verification as part of their responses to the program and department surveys.

So, those were among some of the more important, I think, observations and recommendations of the consultant. The fourth was simply related to a workshop or a meeting to bring together the academic program review committees in August – to touch base on where we are – and we will do that as well.

You say some work had begun on some of these already. How did the revisions come to be? Were they the result of feedback that you’ve heard?

Yes, I think a fundamental tenet of this process is that we be responsive to what we learn and to the feedback that we receive as we move through the process. And this is consistent with conversations I’ve had with provosts all over the country that have engaged in academic program review. So we conducted a series of meetings and forums with Faculty Senate. I met with the department chairs. I attended a couple of meetings with past and present Faculty Senate chairs, to listen to their ideas and suggestions. These revisions to the process have been a result of our interacting with a whole host of groups across the campus. And I think it’s very important that we do that. It is very helpful, I think, in generating a stronger process.

What are some good ways to stay informed, as the process continues?

We have a web site that one can link to from the university web page, from the provost web page, or the Office of Planning and Assessment web page. People can also register for automatic notification when material is posted on the web pages. I think that the deans will be working very closely with their academic unit committees, and those individuals can help to keep their colleagues informed of what is happening. The chancellor will be providing an update on the process in her State of the Campus address. And I will be addressing this during my Faculty Convocation presentation in September. We will provide periodic and regular updates to the Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate meetings. And we will also be working very closely to keep the Board of Trustees informed of what is happening with the process.

The timeline is posted online. I saw four updates to the Program Review web site this week (of June 19). (New items have the word “New!!” with the date beside them.) Looking at the big picture, is there anything you’d like to emphasize to the campus community at this point about the ongoing process?

I know that there is a great deal of apprehension about the process of academic program review. I think we need to view this as an opportunity to identify our strengths, just as much as we do our programs that may be candidates for curtailment. We will take time, in this process. We will review carefully the recommendations of the University Program Review Committee. The campus community will have an opportunity to review those recommendations and to respond to them and to provide feedback to me and the chancellor. We will follow very carefully the guidelines of the system and the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) as related to protection to the greatest extent we can with tenure and tenure-track positions. But I do think it is a process, as difficult as it will be, it is a process that will help shape the future of the university moving forward, in a more focused manner, around our strengths – and help us to maintain a sound and balanced program consistent with our mission and our Strategic Plan.

I see the rosters of all the committees are online. Have there been any changes, or anything the campus should be aware of, in that regard?

There have been some changes to the composition of the University Program Review committee. At the Deans’ Council retreat, we reviewed the backgrounds of the current committee members, and it became apparent that we would benefit from additional strengths in the sciences and in the humanities. So we have added two faculty members who will bring expertise in the sciences and the humanities.

We’ve had to replace the Staff Senate representative. Jason Morris has left the university, so we have replaced Jason on the University Program Review Committee as a Staff Senate representative.

We’ve had just a few changes within some of the Academic Unit Committees, due in large part to the extension of the deadline. For example, we’ve had a couple of the faculty take on some new assignments in their academic units that would make it very difficult for them to continue. But for the most part, the Academic Unit Committees have stayed pretty much intact, as they were originally created.

Editor’s note: The Program Review web page’s address is http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/. The committee rosters may be viewed at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/committees.aspx.

Provost Perrin interviewed and photographed by Mike Harris

Facilities employees recognized

062911NewsAndNotes_FacilitiesStaffThe Facilities Management Division of Business Affairs held its first semi-annual Employee Recognition Awards Day in conjunction with the Safety Day program on May 26.   [Read more…]

Greensboro Water Treatment Changes

In late July, the City of Greensboro will change the process of water treatment for Greensboro and surrounding areas. [Read more…]

UNCG’s first hundred years

062911NewsAndNotes_BrickRemainsThe Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives invites the UNCG and greater Greensboro community to witness the birth and development of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro through artifacts, documents and images from the University Archives. [Read more…]

Notes: June 29, 2011

NotesIconWeight Watchers Interested in being more fit? UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work will host an Open House on June 29 at 12:15 p.m. in Bryan 113. New members can enroll at anytime during the session at a pro-rated membership cost. This session will be for 12 weeks with 14 weeks of e-tools included. There must be 15 paying members in order for a new session to start. The open house provides an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants, and have your questions answered by our group leader, Bobbie Gaski. To date, participants have lost over 1500 pounds. For more information, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/Weightwatchers.pdf or contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-4297 or ebleplat@uncg.edu.

WAM web site Madmonk Interactive received an Excellence Award in the “Interactive” category at the 17th annual Communicator Awards. They received it for their work on the Weatherspoon Art Gallery web site.

Nominations sought for Governor’s Award for Excellence Friday, July 15, is the deadline for nominations for Governor’s Awards for Excellence to be received in Human Resource Services. Nominations must be permanent SPA (Subject to the Personnel Act) and EPA (faculty and administrators who are Exempt from the State Personnel Act). Nomination rules are attached to the form, which can downloaded at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/PolicyManuals/StaffManual/Section12/ on the HRS web page. Award categories are Outstanding State Government Service; Innovation; Public Service; Safety and Heroism; Human Relations; and Spirit of North Carolina. Campus coordinator will be Mary Russell (334-5166).

Speaking Center news The National Association of Communication Centers has found that CST 390, the three credit speaking center theory and practice course offered by UNCG’s communication studies department, provides appropriate training for communication tutors, says Kim Cuny. director of the University Speaking Center. As a result, the CST 390 course that UNCG’s Speaking Center staff is required to take before working at the center is now nationally certified.

Bert Goldman, Special Crimes Scenes unit It sounds like a TV drama. Actually, it’s a stint of volunteering in retirement. Professor emeritus Dr. Bert Goldman (School of Education) offered to volunteer with the Greensboro Police. He promptly was placed on the CSI unit, assisting with fingerprinting two days a week. He dons his CSI uniform, and takes electronic fingerprints for the many individuals for whom it’s required: teachers receiving licenses, nurses, doctors, daycare workers, anyone adopting a child or applicants for police positions. “It’s fascinating,” he says, adding “It keeps me off the streets.” His work has gained attention from Chief of Police Ken Miller, who is enlisting Goldman’s academic expertise on a research project. They appear together in a video interview that has appeared regularly on Time-Warner’s local access channel 13.

Lots of visitors at Health Center The Medicat UNC Client Conference will be at the Student Health Center July 11-12. Medicat is a provider of healthcare information technology to colleges and universities.

Research Participants Needed Male and female participants needed for a study that will investigate how your white blood cells alter protein production in response to acute exercise. You are eligible if you are African American; are between the ages of 18-45; are healthy; are willing to do one acute exercise session; and meet the study’s height/weight requirements. Participants will be compensated after all aspects of the study have been completed. For information, contact Laurie Wideman, Department of Kinesiology, at 334-3234 or lauriewideman@uncg.edu.

Campus People: June 29, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Jan Van Dyke – Lisa McDonald [Read more…]

Sea/Hear: June 29, 2011

There’ll be no more central stairwell at the Dining Hall, once the renovation is complete.

Find out exactly how you will enter from the College Avenue and the main western entrances. And why the second floor may provide the most popular views on campus.

See the 3 minute video clip here.

Announcements: June 29, 2011

Human Resource Services will host two open forums in the coming weeks. These are open sessions for updates on legislation, budgets, benefits and training. The HRS representatives will also answer any questions related to human resource topics. At the forums several weeks ago, a wide number of topics were discussed. All employees are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, July 6 – 10 a.m.
Thursday, July 7 – 1 p.m.

Both sessions will be held in the EUC Maple Room.

Looking ahead: June 29- July 11, 2011

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work open house
Wednesday, June 29, 12:15 pm, Bryan 113.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m., Brown Building Theatre.

EMF Monday UNCG Chamber Series
Monday, July 4, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

Open forum, by Human Resource Services
Wednesday, July 6, 10 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

Open forum, by Human Resource Services
Thursday, July 7, 1 p.m., Maple Room, EUC

EMF Monday UNCG Chamber Series
Monday, July 11, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

It even chimes like the real one

062911Feature_BellTowerModelAfter four years, Bo Bodenhamer has completed a project that is causing visitors to the Provost’s Office to stare at his creation – especially when it chimes.

People see UNCG’s Bell Tower every day, standing alongside Spring Garden Street next to the Alumni House. Bodenhamer’s work is a seven-foot-tall, one-sixth replica, complete with bells, chimes, four functioning clock faces, meticulously simulated bricks and mortar, a metal roof, handmade corbels and fluted posts. It was done over four years in his spare time and an occasional vacation stretch.

“The detail is amazing,” said Pat O’Rork. “You can check the details on the real Bell Tower and then look at the model – it’s all there.”

It’s there, all right, right down to the replica of the dedication plaque on the big Bell Tower, which was funded with a gift from Drs. Nancy Vacc and Nicholas Vacc, who were faculty in the School of Education. It’s the most expensive item, size-wise, on Bodenhamer’s clock, and cost about $100. Bodenhamer says he stopped keeping records on the cost of the project, but admits “It was more than I thought it would be.”

When you see the replica – you can’t really call it a “miniature” – the question that comes to mind is “What got you started on this, Bo?”

“I can’t say that I’ve been able to come up with a reasonable answer to that question,” he said. “It was something I wanted to do; I worked on it over almost four years, and it’s finished now. People seem to enjoy looking at it.”

The detail is meticulous, and Bodenhamer, who is the associate vice provost for academic technology systems, comes by that attention-to-detail naturally. His job requires it, and he grew up with it. His father did clock repairs, and when Bo was around eight or 10 years of age, his father began teaching him the trade, something that requires patience and attention to very fine detail.

Bodenhamer took many photos of the bell tower and its clock faces and produced pages of diagrams and plans. He had to search the Internet to find the correct clock face and also the correct font for the lettering. The texture base for his bricks came from “stone touch” spray paint, but then he spent days cutting out the individual bricks in a template that he could spray paint – red for the bricks and white for the mortar. He says there should be as many bricks on the model as there are in the real Bell Tower.

He duplicated the stone molding with wood and then chiseled it out to look like a rough stone finish. The model’s roof is aluminum, in a color that resembles the Bell Tower’s. When he couldn’t find clock hands that were a scale replica, he made them out of stainless steel.

When its stay is over at the Provost’s Office, the replica will go back to Bodenhamer’s house. He still does clock repair in the workshop he converted from a barn, and plans to do it as a business when he retires.

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph by David Wilson