UNCG Campus Weekly

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Looking ahead: July 7-29

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

Noon @ the ‘Spoon, “Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids”
Weatherspoon, Tuesday, July 13, noon.

Film, “Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.

Film, “Beautiful Darling”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.

Second Summer Session Final Examinations
Thursday, July 29.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Dreamed a Dream

070710Headline_KolbyKolby Garrison plays guitar. She plays piano. And she sings. “Been singing since I was 2 – since I could talk.”

Her first memory of singing in public was in church. She was 6 years old and sang “Happy Birthday, Jesus.” Blind since birth, what struck her was the affirming sound of applause.

The biggest audience she has sung for? A weeknight “Summer Shootout” race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2008, where she sang the National Anthem in front of a couple of thousands. That time, a roar of applause.

But the rising junior had never sung in a large-scale competition, until this year. A former voice teacher called her this spring, told her about Triad Idol, and said, “You’re entering! Pick a song.”

She and 300 others arrived at auditions. They each had 30 seconds to impress the judges. She sang Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey” to advance to round two. In that round, she sang their “Need You Now” to advance into the semifinals. Thirty-nine singers in her division (19 years and older) were left; after the next round she was one of 15 who remained.

The finals were in the Carolina Theatre. It was a fundraiser for the Community Theatre of Greensboro. Winners would be the result of judges’ scoring (80 percent) and audience’s voting (20 percent).

The second contestant to compete that June evening, she handed her mother the leash for her guide dog, Sunny. She’d wanted to sing with Sunny at her side, but there was a concern Sunny might be a distraction. Sunny has been her guide dog for two years – “she’s my eyes, she’s my independence.”

Garrison walked to center stage. Mixed in with the applause, she picked out her sister from way in the back corner, hearing her shout “Go, Kolby!” And she sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables.

When she and all the contestants heard the result at the end of the evening, she stood with Sunny by her side.

“The 2010 Triad Idol in the 19 and older category is …..”

And she heard her name.

She accepted the large-size check. Sunny nibbled at the bouquet of flowers. And the crowd cheered and cheered.

It caps off quite a year. She had a great experience being a resident assistant at North Spencer – she notes she was the first RA that UNCG has had who is blind. It was very intense – you may get a knock on your door at any hour – but “you really learn,” she says. She had a great internship with Murphy in the Morning on WKZL 107.5 FM. “It was a blast – so much fun.” Her work ranged from producing material for the show to keeping a log of topics and timing, from answering phones to maintaining the prize info. “My disability was not a factor. It did not come into play,” she said. “Sometimes people pre-judge or make assumptions,” she added. That’s a mistake. “Ask questions. Let the disabled person show what they are capable of.”

The week after the competition, she came to campus to start planning her daily routes from her residence hall to each class and back to her residence hall. Returning to regular student life – no longer an RA – she’ll have a different residence hall, hence all new routes. She says she is the captain, and Sunny is her pilot. There are certain guidelines of etiquette that people should follow when in the presence of guide dogs in harness – such as don’t distract the dog by petting her. “She’s on the job,” Garrison says,” to keep me as safe as possible.” When she first came to campus, Garrison used a cane. The cane helped her detect every obstacle. With Sunny, she avoids obstacles.

She has become an expert on the layout of the campus. “I know the campus by necessity,” the communication studies major says. When someone asks her friends where a building is, they turn to her. “I’m the expert.”

See her award-winning performance at the 2010 Triad Idol.

Visual: Kolby Garrison is named Triad Idol 2010, and receives check while guide dog Sunny checks out the flower bouquet.

Photo courtesy Mike Micciche, Micciche Photography.

Summer of Sports

070710Feature2_SoccerCamp“Slow for pedestrians,” say the signs leading to the athletic fields and gym this summer. Summer athletics camps are in full swing, with boys and girls elementary age through high-school age on campus Monday through Friday. Most are dropped off at a central spot near the Baseball Stadium, and camp counselors every few minutes escort a group to their camp. On one late June morning, whistles blew right at 9 for three camps in session that week: men’s basketball, baseball and women’s soccer.

In the central court in Fleming Gym, Kevin Oleksiak, director of basketball operations, greets all the campers who’ve sat themselves along a baseline. “How does everyone feel this morning?” They’d run a good bit the day before, in games, drills and competitions. With a large cage of Spartan basketballs ready for use, Oleksiak talks a little about the day – which will include swimming in Rosenthal Pool later, for those who’d like. And then it’s time for stretching, the boys forming four lines as Assistant Coach Brian Judski leads. Next, the boys break into six groups by age, most led by a current Spartan player or coach. For example, sophomore Kyle Randall, a point guard who was the team’s second leading scorer as a freshman, leads his “team” in layups, then gathers them to give some pointers.

Coach Mike Dement talks with some of the boys, on one court. Thoughout the week, they’ll work on rebounding, defense, shooting, ball handling, moves on offense and the transition game (quickly moving the ball upcourt after a rebound). They’ll learn new fundamentals and tips each day, for each of these.

Kyle Randall gives each of his group a big high five.

“Good fun” is how Dement refers to the day. “Go to the pool, go to the cafeteria, learn some basketball…” Plus he says it provides an excellent activity for parents and kids looking for a great summer resource. And it builds fan support, a bond between the program’s players and the boys and by extension, the greater community.

And “it’s great for our players,” Dement adds. They’re learning by coaching.

In addition to the basketball, the boys will swim, have a big lunch in the campus dining hall – the lowfat cotton-candy flavored ice cream is a big hit – and new assistant coach Wes Miller, who played a few years ago at UNC Chapel Hill, will give a talk to all the boys in the afternoon about some of his experiences. The day before, Associate Head Coach Corey Gipson spoke on the topic of “potential.”

Meanwhile, on a patch of outfield turf, the baseball boys are finishing up some running exercises. They’ve moved from “high-knees” to a sideways style of running that the student coaches call “Karaoke.” Trevor Edwards, the gregarious Spartan catcher that Assistant Coach Dustin Ijames says has emerged as the campers’ “crowd favorite,” likens it to surfing. He illustrates for them, twisting his body to and fro. “Surf it!” he says. “Where are my surfer dudes?” One boy shows off for him, running toward pitcher Greg Smith. “There’s our surfer!”

Coach Mike Gaski says the baseball camp is about instruction in fundamentals and creating a fun atmosphere. There are learning stations for defensive and offensive skills, and in the afternoons they play games. The day before, in teaching fielding fundamentals, Ijames notes, they concentrated on a wide base, “pocket to pocket” use of both hands when fielding a grounder, and bringing the ball to the chest as you secure the grounder.

Christy Avent, associate athletic director / senior woman administrator, oversees the athletics camps program, which averages about 3,000 kids each summer. The campus’ girls’ and boys’ soccer camps and the boys’ lacrosse camp typically have the most demand, she says. The biggest growth in recent years has been for those two sports and also in the wrestling “Takedown” camp.

“The economy is really affecting the camps,” Avent says, adding that “parents have told me that they have had to choose between camps this summer rather than have their child attend several due to some families are now down to one-salary households.” In addition, there’s competition from lots of other camps throughout the area.

On the soccer field, Coach Eddie Radwanski [seen in visual] had started the day with all the girls gathered in a loose semicircle, talking about some key World Cup shots they’d all seen on TV and relating it to fundamentals. “OK, enough of Eddie talking,” he tells them. They break up into lines, as he demonstrated a drill to fake out your opponent. “Pivot! Good!…All right!”

He uses lots of praise and encouragement, as do the women’s team players who act as coaches. Some girls he’ll call by name. “Good job! Give her a hand!”

A while later, when asked about his philosophy toward the camps, he notes that the style of Vince Lombardi has gone the way of the dinosaurs. “If it’s not fun, they won’t come back,” he says. There are other camps and summer options the kids’ families could choose.

He grew up in a relatively poor, blue-collar family where getting to go to a camp was rare. At the same time, he had a lot of “very positive” teachers and mentors. He wants the girls to have fun and become better players. “I want them to say ‘ I had a blast – and I learned something.'”

Girls’ basketball and boys’ soccer are in session this week. Some more athletic camps will be offered in coming weeks. There is a 10 percent discount for faculty and staff. That discount can’t be taken when using online registration. For the discount, use a printed copy of the brochure that is located on the main camp web page, where you can find details about each of the camps. Those with questions may email Christy Avent.

Newsmakers: July 7, 2010

Perry Flynn, Kristine Lundgren, Lyn Mankoff, Bob Christina, Chancellor Brady, Jorge Quintal, Bob Christina, Trey McDonald, Michael Hartley and Dayna Touron are among UNCG individuals recently in the news. [Read more…]

Announcements: July 7, 2010

070710Announcements_SerckSteve Serck, who joined UNCG as associate counsel in 2008, was named university counsel, effective July 1. [Read more…]

Notes: July 7, 2010

NotesIconCampus Weekly submissions deadline If you have an item, such as for Campus People, that you’d like included in a particular issue of CW, the deadline for submissions is seven days before publication. For example, for the July 21 issue, you would need to have any submission to the Campus Weekly editor by Wednesday, July 14, at 5 p.m.

NC Campus Compact wins grant for service conferences The 44 campuses that make up North Carolina Campus Compact have won a grant from the national Campus Compact office and the Jenzabar Foundation to create two 2010 “Best in Class” Student Service Leadership Conferences. With the grant money, North Carolina Campus Compact will host two conferences for college students in North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina. Conferences will be Oct. 30 at NC Wesleyan College and Nov. 6 at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. The compact, a coalition of 44 colleges and universities collaborating to increase campus-wide participation in community and public service, is based at Elon University. Presidents of community and independent colleges, as well as UNC chancellors, commit their institutions to join with others in becoming “engaged campuses” that enhance a student’s sense of responsibility, citizenship, leadership and awareness of community, while improving the quality of life in North Carolina.

Libraries’ grant In January, Rosann Bazirjian, dean of the University Libraries, established the University Libraries Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant for the purpose of enhancing and expanding library services and programs. On June 3, two project proposals were selected to share the inaugural award. 1) Beth Filar Williams, coordinator of library services for distance education, will work with a graduate student from the Department of Library and Information Studies to create an “Instructional Technology Toolbox” resource for use by UNCG librarians, LIS faculty, and students. 2) Cathy L. Griffith, assistant head of access services, and Mary Ann Graham, 24/5 night manager, will work with Dr. Sara Littlejohn in the Writing Center and the University Libraries Reference and Instructional Services department to provide late night, in-library assistance to student writers prior to exams. Both projects will be completed by June 30, 2011.

NEH summer stipends The Office of Sponsored Programs is accepting internal applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program, which supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly works. Internal applications for this program are being accepted by the Office of Sponsored Programs through Aug. 26. The program provides $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. For details such as eligibility criteria for nominees and submission requirements are set forth in the attached flyer, call 4-4316 or email petuttle@uncg.edu.

Fundraising goal exceeded UNCG surpassed its goal of $12 million in fundraising for the 2009-10 academic year. By the end of June, Advancement Services had processed gifts and pledges totaling $12,535,548 for the academic year. UNCG is, reportedly, the only system campus to surpass its goal for the year.

Budget passed UNC President Erskine Bowles issued a statement on June 29 regarding the 2010-11 state budget, which was passed by the State Legislature early last week: “Legislators really stood up for our University and our 225,000 students in these hard times when money is scarce. On a relative basis and particularly considering the economic climate, the 2010-11 state budget we received from the General Assembly was nothing short of remarkable. We knew there were going to be significant cuts in every part of state government, and the University took its fair share. But the legislature really worked hard to help us protect the quality of education we can deliver to our students. While there were targeted cuts to various University programs, the legislature held additional management flexibility cuts to $70 million. In the end, the General Assembly also committed to fully fund the University’s requests for need-based financial aid, enrollment growth, and operating reserves for new buildings. It also adopted the Board of Governors’ alternative tuition plan for the coming year and authorized additional tuition increases to help offset the impact of budget cuts. Importantly, the final budget does not include a provision that would have effectively capped University enrollment growth and denied access to qualified North Carolinians. This tangible show of support is vitally important to the economic future of North Carolina. The Board of Governors, our boards of trustees, faculty, staff, and most importantly, our students join me in thanking the General Assembly for this remarkable show of confidence in our public universities.” Governor Perdue signed the budget bill June 30.

$900,000 Grant to Recruit Minority Librarians

A federal grant of almost $900,000 will help the Department of Library and Information Studies recruit minority students. [Read more…]

Walking Away with the Prizes

070710Feature1_CabralOnce you lap the world twice, you might as well do it again, it seems.

By June 25, the day the spring Spartan Steps winners were announced, 279 UNCG Steppers had walked a total of 140,805,385 steps or about 70,000 miles.

That’s nearly three times the circumference of the earth.

The winner was Allyn Cabral (in picture), who netted a hundred-dollar gift card as a result. Cabral, a 10-month employee who drives a Spartan Chariot bus, walked 4,558,592 steps. In a spring Campus Weekly 5 Spot feature, he had revealed his secret: taking two or three minutes between each shuttle run to get out and walk a little. Plus he walks in the early mornings and on the weekends.

Second was Wanda Torain. Jill Hillyer, Robert Snyder and Anthony Taylor [who was also featured in an earlier 5 Spot] rounded out the top five finishers.

In total, 43 participants reached the million step mark, Deb Carley (HRS) said, in announcing the winners at the reception June 25.

The departmental leaderboard showed Parking Services in first place. University Advancement was second, followed by Foundation Finance, MBA Office and Specialized Education Services.

After the top finishers were recognized, there was time for Steppers to get their certificates, pick up small prizes like shades and water bottles, and compare notes.

Brian Fuller (Aycock Auditorium) told Chancellor Linda P. Brady some of things he has done to increase his walking, like parking a little further away from his workplace and walking at lunch, as well as enjoying outdoor activities with his family.

She shared as well.

“I walk the stairs of Mossman now,” instead of taking the elevator, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “It makes a difference.” And she refrains from driving when on campus. She walks.

She held up her certificate, showing 829,477 steps. As she had tweeted on her Twitter account, that equates to 412 miles over the 100 days.

When does she walk? In addition to the normal walking throughout they day, she goes to a gym in the early morning about five days a week, where she spends an hour on the treadmill. Plus, she walks her dog Scarlet in the evening.

If she is in a lot of meetings in a day, she may reach only 6,000 steps. But on a weekend day where she can be out and about a lot more, she can reach 18,000 steps, she said.

She cited the positives of walking: it helps people manage weight and stress. “It gives you more energy,” she said. She chooses the treadmill about 6 a.m. as part of her regimen “instead of that extra cup of coffee.”

Brady noted HealthyUNCG and also Spartan Steps were emphasized in her end-of-year Chancellor’s Report.

Health and wellness among students, faculty and staff are a part of the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-2014.

Another Spartan Steps challenge is being planned.

Chappell Will Receive NC Humanities Council’s Top Award

070710EyeOnArts_ChappelThe trustees of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, have chosen North Carolina author and educator Fred Chappell as the recipient of the 2010 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the state’s most prestigious public humanities honor. [Read more…]

Hans Hofmann Paintings

070710EyeOnArts_HofmannThe exhibition “Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950” has opened at the Weatherspoon. It includes a body of work created by the artist for the architect Josep Sert’s 1950 city plan for Chimbote, Peru, and two dozen other important works from that year. [Read more…]

Campus People – July 7, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Stuart Dischell – Dr. Sarah Daynes – Dr. Bill Kealy – Clarenda Phillips – Dr. Kelly Wester – Dr. L. DiAnne Borders – Deb Hurley [Read more…]