UNCG Campus Weekly

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Tomato Red

072110Headline_TomatoManYou may have seen the bright red truck in front of Foust Building, filled with homegrown vegetables. You may have heard of the “tomato man.” But do you know who he is?

Dr. Loren Schweninger was buying two large bags of tomatoes very early on July 1, when he recalled that he has been a mystery man to many on campus throughout the years. “It was mysterious who he was,” he recalled, even decades ago. “The assistant editor [on a history project] went over to Forney to get print outs on a mainframe computer.” She mentioned something about the tomatoes, in Forney Building. The tomato man was pointed out to her. There he was: Carl Morgan.

It works on the honor system. Prices are posted. Two scales are provided. Schweninger says you don’t see Morgan very often, at his truck. But Schweninger loves the tomatoes. He says he eats them for breakfast [a few slices], lunch [sandwich] and dinner [in salad].

Dareck Beasley, assistant lead person in Housekeeping, walks by and gets canteloupes and tomatoes, weighs them, and places money in the box.

Dr. Frank Melton, who taught history “for 53 happy years” before retiring last year, gets a bunch and pays. Melton knows him, but “he’s not here often,” Melton says.

Other faculty and staff members come and go. Two men stop by. Are you Carl Morgan? No, it’s Glenn Aldridge, who worked in ITS with Carl Morgan for nearly 30 years and retired last year. He nods toward the other man. That’s Carl.

Carl Morgan introduces himself. He joined the UNCG ITS department in 1967, and retired after 37 years. His 37 years were in one room. 109 Forney. Over the years, he would bring tomatoes for co-workers, and demand grew. Eventually, he would leave the vegetables in his truck, and he became well-known for his tomatoes. At his retirement party, he had one request: lots of tomatoes. He wanted BLTs.

Carl Morgan fields questions, after pulling more of his produce to a spot where people could easily reach it.

  • Where does he grow the vegetables? In Rowan County where he lives, near Salisbury.
  • When is he on campus in the summer? On Tuesday and Fridays, 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. [or until they’re all gone]
  • Where can his truck be found? Outside Foust Building.
  • When does he leave home in the morning? By 4:30 a.m.
  • Why do it? “I’m not in it for the money. Never have.” [Schweninger had speculated if he could break even, with the cost of gas.] He mentions the opportunity to stay in contact with old friends – “lots of friends.”
  • What does he do on hot days between 7 and 2? He says “Hi “to friends he’d worked with throughout campus, he reads in Jackson Library, etc.
  • What about his vehicle? It’s a 1988 F-150, which he’s had since 1990. He painted it tomato red last fall, he says. Before that, he brought vegetables in an old green truck, which he would park in front of Forney Building in the 1980s, using the honor system. In the 1970s, he could be seen with bunches of vegetables in his blue Volkswagen.
  • Aside from farming? Morgan’s softball team won a doubleheader recently. He plays different positions. “Last game I was catcher. I have played third base, shortstop, first base, right center and right field.” One game, he played short fielder.

As he speaks near his truck, almost every visitor speaks to him. Aldridge says, “He’s doing everyone a favor,” offering fresh vegetables on the honor system year after year.

And how long into the year does he come to campus? Morgan says last year, the tomato crop lasted a long time. His final visit last season was Nov. 18.

Face Time on Facebook

072110Feature2_FacebookWhere are you? For 8,723 “fans” of UNCG’s official Facebook page, that’s the question every Wednesday. It’s called “Where Am I Wednesdays.” And the pictures, from mysterious spots on campus, are getting a little harder every week, as Facebook fans try to guess the right answer.

What about campus history and little-known facts? “Trivia Tuesdays” are another regular feature.

Debbie Schallock (University Relations), who oversees this Facebook page, says Betty Carter has agreed to provide trivia questions, when the new semester begins. Carter recently retired as universty archivist. “She wants to make it fun and informative,” Schallock says.

Schallock says Facebook fans have told her they want the fun items to be more challenging – and they will be.

This university Facebook page launched last fall. The current rate of growth is 100-125 new “fans” each week. Some events, such as inclement weather which spurs more postings from fans, have led to spikes in additional fans.

“Social media tools such as Facebook present new ways to tell UNCG’s stories,” says Helen Dennison Hebert, associate vice chancellor for university relations. She explains that people are relying on social media more and more to be informed.

The page is a true forum, a community. Everyone can see, even those who are not signed up on Facebook.

Those who are members of Facebook can become a fan – which lets them make their own postings on the “wall.” Or comment on a post. Or ask a question, so other fans can respond.

It’s a neat dynamic, Schallock says. “Prospective students ask questions,” she says as an example. “Students and alumni answer them.”

Sometimes she provides an answer or leads a questioner to the right place to find the answer. But she often waits, knowing that others in the page’s community will do the same. She encourages participation by all.

For example, a high school student may ask about best residence halls or apartments. Others will respond with their opinions.

A student may complain about a service. Schallock or a staff member in the particular department will respond with help or information.

It’s very immediate. Which makes it a way that a department or program may choose to let others know about an event happening very soon. In other words, if you’re a fan, your UNCG program can occasionally make its own post.

On the page are links to a select number of other UNCG-related Facebook pages, such as:

Members of the campus community may choose to “like” (in other words, become fans of) some of these pages as well.

This fall, a UNCG social-media guide with recommendations and guidelines for best practices will be published, says Hebert, for use by UNCG-affiliated social media sites.

In the coming month, the university’s Facebook page will add a new landing page, Schallock adds. New tabs will invite readers to check out the university’s central Twitter feed and use an RSS feed. And G-Cast video podcasts, featuring faculty, staff and students, will be added. There was one two-part G-Cast podcast, featuring Joe Erba (Bryan School), last semester.

And Schallock anticipates the number of “fans” will grow – which will result in more information and experiences being shared among the participants.

“We monitor and moderate,” she says. And post items along with the nearly 9,000 others. “Every day but weekends – and sometimes on weekends – there’s something being posted.”

The university’s official Facebook page can be viewed at facebook.uncg.edu. There, you’ll find links to more UNCG-related Facebook sites.

Reading Your Way Through Summer

072110Feature1_SummerReadFrom the Human Resource Services office to the Bryan Building, faculty and staff share some of the books they’re enjoying during these warm months.

Betty Betts in HRS is reading a book on Islam – “It’s not light reading.” Who in HRS is doing some light, summer reading? Deb Carley says she likes romance novels, especially when traveling. Melissa Barnes is reading the mystery “Fever Dream,” part of a series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. She likes “‘chick lit,’ mysteries and sci-fi,” she says. And horror, such as Stephen King books. She now has a Kindle and can download what she wants in seconds, she adds. She can download classics for free.

At the Bryan School’s Dean’s Office, Merry Zahn also is a fan of Stephen King novels. “I recently finished ‘From a Buick 8,’ and I’m looking forward to the release of ‘Under the Dome’ [this month]. I will probably also re-read ‘The Stand’ again this summer,” she says – “I enjoy it every time I read it.

Pam Cash, assistant dean at the Bryan School, has a bunch of books on her reading list. One is “Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point” by David Lipsky, “because it’s one of the freshman reads this summer.” She notes that she’d previously read this year’s other freshman read book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. Other books she plans to read are “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Could Cure the World” by Tracy Kidder, “Bound Feet, Western Dress: A Memoir” by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang and “The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything” by Steven M. R. Covey. “I won this book as a door prize at a Leadership Greensboro Forum on the same topic,” she says.

But that’s not all. There’s “Bitter Blood” by Jerry Bledsoe. “This is a re-read. After 25 years, it is still a chilling and shocking Greensboro true crime story.”

She says that the latter is one of many great books she has come across at used book sales – and enjoyed.

In EUC, Andrew Sharpe, who is manager of technical services there, is continuing to make his way through Colleen McCullough’s “Masters of Rome” series, with “Fortune’s Favorites” and “Caesar’s Women” on tap this summer. He also plans to continue Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series with “Sharpe’s Regiment.” “When I get though all that, I am planning on reading Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s continuation of the Dune saga with ‘Winds of Dune,'” he adds.

On the second floor of EUC, Jeffrey Coleman, assistant director of Multicultural Affairs, says his summer read is “The Color of Water” by James McBride.

Baseball coach Mike Gaski, in addition to Spartan recruiting and serving as president of USA Baseball – which organizes America’s national team – likes to write fiction when he can spare time. He is a 1973 UNCG MFA graduate in creative writing. He’s reading two books currently, he says.

“Salmon Rushdie’s ‘The Enchantress of Florence’ is my current travel book and Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Against the Day’ is my bedside read.” He explains that the latter is too heavy for plane travel.

“It seems like I am always trying to catch up with the great writers of fiction,” Gaski says. “So many of our modern day artists are brilliant, and I love the language these two use as they wrestle with questions of belief and magic and science.”

Supplemental Tuition Increase Approved by President Bowles

The university has raised tuition an additional $485, effective for the fall semester, a move that will generate an extra $8 million in revenue – $6.4 million to offset a state funding cut and $1.6 million to provide need-based financial aid. [Read more…]

Campus People – July 21, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Rosann Bazirjian [Read more…]

Notes: July 21, 2010

NotesIconSpring 2010 Academic All-SoCon Twenty-four UNCG student-athletes earned spots on the spring 2010 Academic All-Southern Conference Team. The Spartans’ Joey Thompson (men’s track and field) and Mikayla Rogers (women’s tennis) accounted for two of the six perfect 4.0 GPAs in the league. To be eligible, student-athletes must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA entering the spring season and had to compete in at least one-half of their team’s competitions during the spring campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters. UNCG’s men’s track and field led the way for the Spartans with six selections, while women’s tennis and women’s golf had four each. Women’s track and field and softball had three each, baseball had two and men’s tennis and men’s golf had one apiece.

Two alumni’s New York Times’ poems for summer The Sunday Week in Review section of the July 11 New York Times featured summer-related poetry by six writers. Two of the six were UNCG alumna: Sarah Lindsay and Claudia Emerson.

UNCG co-hosted USA Volleyball camp USA Volleyball held their East Coast High Performance volleyball camp at Fleming Gym and the Greensboro Sportsplex July 12-16. Elite volleyball players from all over the eastern half of the United States participated. The camp was a collaboration between USA Volleyball, UNCG athletics, and the Greensboro Sportsplex, a facility of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation. USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball in the United States. It runs and manages the USA National Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Teams, the USA Olympic Teams, and also USA Youth and Junior National Teams for each gender.

UNCG Magazine issue available exclusively online The summer issue, which has been posted online, features former soccer standout Karla Davis, who now records in Nashville. See and hear her, in addition to lots of other features and items, in the new issue. UNCG Magazine will resume its printed format in the fall.

Alternatives to purchasing a permit If you have not yet purchased a UNCG parking permit, consider the various ways to get to campus, says Parking Operations and Campus Access Management. Those with questions may email parking@uncg.edu.

  • Local Public Transit – GTA & HEAT Ride green GTA (Greensboro Transit Authority) and orange HEAT (Higher Education Area Transit) buses fare-free with a valid UNCG ID. Visit www.ridegta.com and www.rideheat.com for information.
  • Regional Public Transit – PART The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) offers direct bus service from Randolph and Davidsoncounties to UNCG as well as other regional routes and commuter services including free emergency ride home. PART passes are sold in the parking office and may be payroll deducted. Visit www.partnc.org.
  • Bike Bicycles must be registered for use on campus and parked at designated bike racks. Registered cyclists receive discounts at local bike shops and other benefits. Visit parking.uncg.edu/bike.
  • Carpool Register at zimride.uncg.edu to find rideshare drivers and riders.

See/Hear: July 21, 2010

Karla Davis ’08 was a UNCG soccer standout. Months ago, she won a national singing competition. Today, she is recording an album. [Read more…]

Summer Band Camps Conclude with Galas

The UNCG Summer Band Camp campers will show some of what they learned at Gala concerts this Friday.

Now in its 28th year, the camp is known for being the largest and most popular music camp on a college or university campus in America. As many as 1,750 students have attended over the past two weeks, from 20 different states. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: July 21-Aug. 14

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

Second Summer Session final exams
Thursday, July 29.

Women’s soccer vs. High Point (exh)
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.

Women’s soccer vs. Duke (exh)
Saturday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

The Five Spot

072110FiveSpot_DaynesDr. Sarah Daynes, assistant professor of sociology, likes just about all kinds of music. That’ll come in handy when she teaches a new sociology course in the spring, Sociology of Popular Music. Jazz and the blues are her favorites, Count Basie being one artist she cites. “No heavy metal!” she adds. She grew up in Bordeaux, France – “where we make wine.” Wine, she explains, was a big part of the culture. She, in fact, plans to make wine her next research area. [Read more…]