UNCG Campus Weekly

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Byers updates BOT on Lee St, rezoning request

The big picture is the positive impact UNCG is about to have on Greensboro, said Mike Byers, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises. Whereas the city’s plan to spur development along the Lee Street/High Point Road corridor might have taken many years, the university’s investment in the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village will do that much more quickly, he explained.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady made introductions as the Board of Trustees’ July 15 teleconference meeting began. “This will be an informational meeting,” Brady explained, an opportunity for trustees to be updated on the process. She noted a rezoning request was planned for the Greensboro City Council on Sept. 13.

She introduced Byers, who provided the details on the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village and the rezoning request.

“The Lee Street corridor needs redevelopment, and we’re prepared to do it,” Byers said, noting the significant economic impact the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village will have along the corridor.

Byers explained that Phase I of the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village project will encompass 800-bed student housing, with mixed-use space on the ground floors along Lee Street. Some space on the ground level may include UNCG programs. Additionally, there will be a mail room and a cafe, each open to the public. These buildings will go back about 1 1/2 blocks off of Lee Street, he said. In August 2013, this section of student housing is scheduled to open.

UNCG has a rezoning application, Byers explained. And UNCG has requested that Glenwood change its Neighborhood Plan for certain areas from single family to mixed-use residential. He said it’s a matter of adjusting a line in that plan, for several blocks east to west, on the south side of Union Street. UNCG proposes to change the depth of the swath of mixed-use residential development in the neighborhood plan, he said.

Byers said a final Memorandum of Understanding between the Glenwood Neighborhood and UNCG will probably take several more months, but that is not required for the current rezoning request.

He also spoke of a few things that will happen in the same time frame as Phase I:

  • The police facility is under design. To be located very near the pedestrian underpass, it is planned to open in 2013.
  • The pedestrian underpass is nearing completion of its design. The underpass project will break ground this fall, he expects, and will open in 2013.
  • Additionally, he noted that some residents have expressed concern about the proposed size of the recreation center, which is not part of Phase I. In response to concerns from the neighborhood, he said that in the plans they have moved it one block away from where they had hoped to place it, which was near the underpass. “We moved it a block to the west,” he said, to an area currently zoned Industrial.

The addition of on-campus housing is part of UNCG’s strategic housing plan. National data has shown that students living on campus are more likely to be successful academically, the chancellor has explained.

The majority of the facilities proposed for the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village are student housing facilities. UNCG will borrow money to build these. The debt service (mortgage payment) on these buildings and the money it takes to operate them from day-to-day will come from the rents charged to students who will live there. More details about the funding can be found in this FAQ document.

 

By Mike Harris
Visual: Draft rendering of Lee Street sidewalk

An HRS focus: RIF and placement efforts

Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for Human Resource Services, has been at UNCG for a few weeks. These weeks have been a particularly busy time for the department. She spoke with Campus Weekly about HRS’ work related to the summer’s cuts in positions, as well as what she foresees for Human Resource Services in the months ahead.

1) Proactive efforts to place people
HRS has been working diligently to match individuals whose positions are being cut with the small number of potentially compatible positions that are currently open, Chun said, in a manner consistent with university policies.

“It won’t work all the time,” she explained.

She knows that the cuts and RIF process are a great concern to employees. HRS is working with deans, vice chancellors and department heads “to have it impact as few people as possible, recognizing there are budget goals to meet,” she said.

“We’re working very hard,” she said. “It’s succeeding to a significant degree,” she said of the placement efforts.

She spoke of the pain of a person losing their job. She hopes that the number of permanent employees who lose their jobs ultimately won’t be as high as some have predicted. “Last year, UNCG and the entire UNC system had made tentative plans to endure a significant cut and therefore many positions that became vacant in 2010-11 were left unfilled or filled by temporary workers,” she explained. “Although the resources to fund these workers are no longer available, this action reduced the number of permanent employees we had to RIF as a result of the cuts that were effective July 1.”

Additionally, Angela Mahoney in HRS has been spearheading outplacement resource efforts, for individuals leaving UNCG employment due to the budget cuts.

2) Affirmative action process
“We’ll be streamlining the affirmative action process,” she said. The goal will be that at the beginning of EPA and SPA job searches, through better use of technologies, those conducting the search will be more readily able to bring affirmative action goals into the process, she explained.

3) Cost-effective electronic HRS training
HRS has lost its one training point person, Jason Morris, she said. HRS will develop more online training components, which employees can take part in at their convenience. These online courses will be cost-efficient for the university.

4) HRS efficiency and effectiveness study
Early in the fall semester, HRS will conduct a study asking stakeholders “What do you think of all of our processes?” The responses, along with knowledge of best practices and data, will help HRS set its goals, Chun said.

The views and responses received will help drive HRS from the outside in, she told CW, and help them be a more strategic office.

“A lot of our processes feed Payroll, but we need to optimize our people power,” she said.

The office will work on its strategic plan in alignment with the Business Affairs and UNCG strategic plans.

She foresees HRS having more of a partnership role with other departments throughout the university.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Bridging the digital divide

Dr. Seung-Hyun Lee (Media Studies) and graduate student Ben Riesser provided basic computer skill classes to clients of the community at the Interactive Resource Center dowtown. The nonprofit IRC, where dozens of faculty and students volunteer, provides services to meet the basic needs of Guilford County residents, particularly people who are homeless. Full story at UNCG News.

Photograph of Greensboro resident Frances Gallman and Dr. Seung-Hyun Lee by Dan Nonte

Notes: July 27, 2011

Low cost UNCG ranks among 54 American public four-year colleges with costs in the lowest 10 percent of schools, according to the new College Affordability and Transparency Lists released by the U.S. Department of Education. UNCG has a net price of $6,012 per year in contrast to the national average of $10,747, according to the report. More at University News.

Online Learning’s marketing campaign The Office of Online Learning recently launched an integrated marketing campaign to further boost awareness of all UNCG Online programs. UNCG Online also launched its own YouTube channel to house and promote the videos its multimedia team has produced. They are currently in the process of making a series of “UnTextMe” videos, they report. The main idea behind the “UnTextMe” concept is that UNCG Online classes are much more than just text on a page. They can be viewed via this link.

In memoriam Dr. Allen W. Trelease, professor emeritus of history and former department head, died July 15. He was a recognized historian who specialized in Southern history, especially of the Civil War and Reconstruction. He came to UNCG in 1967 and retired in 1994. He was head of the Department of History from 1986 to 1994 and was president of the North Carolina Historical Society. His service to the university included writing the definitive history “Making North Carolina Literate: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from Normal School to Metropolitan University,” published in 2004. For UNCG’s centennial celebration in 1991, he compiled and edited “Changing Assignments: A Pictorial History of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”

UNCG Guarantee scholars will get free Lenovo PCs The UNCG Guarantee program, an initiative that enables students from low-income families to graduate with as little debt as possible, has partnered with Lenovo, the world’s fourth-largest computer company, to provide free PCs to the scholars to ensure they have the tools necessary to succeed. More at UNCG News.


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Campus People: July 27, 2011

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See/Hear: July 27, 2011

“The Watery Part of the World,” penned by Michael Parker (English), has gathered articles or reviews in the Washington Post, New York Times Book Review, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly – and very recently on a National Public Radio’s Morning Edition “10 terrific summer reads” report. The press coverage can be seen on the In the News page.

UNCG Magazine features an audio-visual of his reading an excerpt at the beach a few weeks ago – soon after he had a book-signing at a coastal bookstore.

Enjoy it here.

Announcements: July 27, 2011

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE REIMBURSEMENTS DIRECT DEPOSIT;
PAYROLL AND ACCOUNTS PAYABLE DIRECT DEPOSIT MAINTENANCE

To increase employee customer service and efficiency, important enhancements will occur with UNCG Direct Deposit. In summary, the enhancements are: 1) Accounts Payable electronic funds transfer (EFT) of reimbursements will be made to the same bank account as employee payment, and 2) each employee will have the ability to update his/her direct deposit/EFT information through UNCGenie, Each of these changes will take affect August 1, 2011.

Accounts Payable Electronic Funds Transfer
Effective August 1, 2011, Accounts Payable reimbursements, including travel reimbursements, will be paid through the same direct deposit information as used by each employee for Payroll payment. This change will require no set-up or extra maintenance on the part of the employee. We are modifying our system and processes to use the same bank information for both Payroll and Accounts Payable reimbursements.

As an employee has an Accounts Payable reimbursement, the employee will receive an e-mail with the subject of “UNCG – Accounts Payable Direct Deposit Advice”. This e-mail will have a pdf file attached that includes reimbursement stub detail information, consistent with a historical accounts payable check stub, to reflect activity being reimbursed. The deposit typically will be credited to the employee’s bank account within 2-4 banking days, perhaps less.

Direct Deposit Maintenance
Effective August 1, 2011, each employee can update his/her bank information for Direct Deposit of both Payroll and Accounts Payable reimbursements through UNCGenie. The same bank information will be used for both types of activity. Dependent upon the timing of the employee updating Direct Deposit information vs. Payroll and Accounts Payable processing, there may be a delay in future activity being changed to reflect revised banking information. For example, changes within 7 banking days of pay date are generally not effective until the next pay date. Available through UNCGenie, each employee can see the last four digits of the bank account number of the payroll deposit on the employee’s UNCG Pay Stub Detail.

Contact Information
If an employee has any general questions about these enhancements, please contact Randy Bennett, Assistant Controller, at rwbennet@uncg.edu or 334-5795.

If an employee needs to directly contact the Payroll Office regarding a specific action, such as closure of a bank account, please contact payroll1@uncg.edu, or Ebony Miles at 334-5022.

Looking Ahead: July 27, 2011

Film, “Floating Weeds”
Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Welcoming reception for Dr. Edna Chun (HRS)
Friday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m., EUC Auditorium foyer

Art tour, Noon @ the ‘Spoon
Tuesday, Aug. 9, noon, Weatherspoon

Film, “Rackstraw Downes: An Interview”
Thursday, Aug. 11, Weatherspoon Auditorium

Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address / Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

more at calendar.uncg.edu