UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Campus People – August 4, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Jerry Pubantz Dr. Julia Mendez – Dr. Heidi Gazelle [Read more…]

Looking ahead: Aug. 4-23, 2010

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.

Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address, Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, August 18, 10 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Community Luncheon, all UNCG faculty and staff are invited
Wednesday, August 18, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Dining Hall

New Faculty Orientation and Reception (orientation continues the next day)
Wednesday, August 18, 1:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Classes begin.
Monday, August 23, 8 a.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

See/Hear: August 4, 2010

When he was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Duane Cyrus (Dance) would watch spellbound from the wings as his fellow dancers performed “Steps in the Street. ” Over the past academic year, the assistant professor of dance shared that 1936 composition with a new generation of dancers. [Read more…]

Newsmakers: August 4, 2010

Jo Leimenstoll, Sarah McCollum, Rebecca Adams, Perry Flynn, Kristine Lundgren and Lyn Mankoff are among UNCG individuals recently in the news. [Read more…]

Notes: August 4, 2010

NotesIconSACS Fifth-Year Interim Report accepted The SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Fifth-Year Interim Report was accepted with no request for follow-up reports. The report can be seen at http://uncg.compliance-assist.com/accreditation/. Dr. Rebecca Adams, associate provost for planning & assessment who served as committee chair, said “We still have work to do in some of the 14 areas addressed in our report, but it is wonderful to know that SACS is trusting us to move forward without further review.” She added that the SACS commissioners decided that visits to some of the university’s off-campus sites would not be necessary.

Court-ordered guardianships On July 20, Senate Bill 1392 (S.L. 2010-120) was signed by Governor Perdue allowing state employees and retirees to enroll children for whom they are court-appointed guardians. The employee / retiree must be legally responsible for the child’s support and maintenance. Previously, these children were not eligible to be enrolled on the State Health Plan. This act is effective July 1, 2010. Note: The State Health Plan will allow employees / retirees to enroll dependents for whom they have court-ordered custody until Aug. 31, 2010, without a qualifying event. Copies of the court documents, signed by a judge and verifying the legal custody of the child, will be required to be sent to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to enroll a dependent for whom an employee / retiree has court-appointed guardianship, according to Melissa Barnes, benefits supervisor, Human Resource Services.

Rawkin’ Welcome Week 2010 Get ready to “rawk” the campus with the annual Rawkin’ Welcome Week celebration, Aug. 20-29. It is a series of programs and events designed to welcome and acclimate new students to the UNCG community. A few of the programs and events are the Party like a RAWKstar dance party, Spartan Service Day, Freshman Summer Reading Project, out-of-state student reception, the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, and Charlie’s Block Party with games and music, featuring a pep rally with UNCG Cheerleading and Dance teams. Faculty and staff are invited to come out and meet our newest Spartans. For more information, contact the Office of Orientation & Family Programs or Campus Activities & Programs. For a full schedule of events, visit orientation.uncg.edu/programs/welcomeweek.

Be a UNCG Guarantee mentor UNCG has created a new scholarship program to help its neediest students, and mentors are being asked to help. Thirty-five to 40 mentors are being sought to work with the first group of UNCG Guarantee scholars. They will encourage students by meeting with them throughout the school year, maybe over ice cream at Yum Yum or coffee at Tate Street. Mentors and students will be encouraged to attend UNCG concert and lecture offerings, athletic events and even off-campus activities such as theatre productions and concerts. Mentors may even allow their scholar to “shadow” them for a day. In addition to the one-on-one component, scholars and mentors will have opportunities during the school year to meet as a group on campus. A group service project is also planned. Mentors should expect to spend at least five hours a month with their scholar throughout the academic year. To become a mentor, contact Linda Carter, director of Alumni Relations, at linda_carter@uncg.edu or 6-2014. Volunteers will complete a mentor volunteer form and profile and must consent to a background check.

Tuition increase FAQ’s Additional information about the tuition increase, which was covered in the last issue of CW, can be found at UNCG’s Budget Information web siteResponses to frequently asked questions regarding the tuition increase have been posted.

Volunteer to make students’ first days great ones Move-In Days on campus will be Aug. 18-20. It can be a stressful time for students and their families. Be a part of the UNCG welcome and consider volunteering in UNCG’s 2010 Move-In Days. Over 3,600 students are moving into their new home on those days. Volunteers are needed to assist. If interested, contact Housing & Residence Life at k_dharma@uncg.edu and let them know about how many people your organization can provide and on what day or days they are interested in helping. In addition, Housing & Residence Life invites faculty members to volunteer for the campus’ House Calls 2010 program. House Calls will take place on Monday, Aug. 23, from 5 -7:30 p.m. Each volunteer faculty member for this program will be working with a UNCG colleague to visit first-year students in one of the residence halls on campus. Full information is at http://hrl.uncg.edu/housecalls/.

Internal grants training on Aug. 31 Primary Investigators (PIs) often need support to design projects or to gather pilot data necessary to obtain external support for research, scholarship, and creative activity. The Internal Grants Training workshop titled “Regular Faculty Research Grants and Summer Excellence Research Awards” will be Tuesday, Aug. 31, 9-11 a.m. in 2711 Moore HRA. It will explore how to apply for these internal sources of funding. Topics will include award information, eligibility, how to prepare and submit an application, application review and award administration information. The workshop is open to UNCG tenured and tenure-track faculty. The applications and guidelines can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/rsh/fundingopportunities.htm. Workshop registration is required by Monday, Aug. 30. Visit https://utlc.uncg.edu/workshops/ and click on the Office of Research workshops link to register.The submission deadline for the grant applications is no later than 5 p.m., Sept. 30.

Staff Senate Scholarship Fund now fully endowed Faculty and staff have completed the full endowment of the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund. A minimum of $25,000 was needed to endow a scholarship. The scholarship offers a way to help co-workers or their dependents afford tuition, books and course materials. While the money is invested and continues to grow, gifts can still be made to the fund, which will boost the endowment further. Alternatively, donors can choose to give to the spending fund, which allows money to be awarded immediately. To see several payment method options, including payroll deduction, visit www.donate.uncg.edu. For more information about the scholarship, contact Donna Sexton in Advancement Services at dwsexton@uncg.edu or 4-5920.

Hosting The university and the Greensboro Sports Commission have been awarded a bid to serve as one of six regional hosts for the 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. The regional will be held at Forest Oaks Country Club, which served as a stop on the PGA Tour for 31 seasons from 1977-2007. It is also the home course of the UNCG men’s golf program, hosting the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate since the spring of 2005.

Men’s Track & Field named USTFCCCA All-Academic team The UNCG men’s track & field team was one of 73 teams who earned the distinction of being named an All-Academic team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Spartans had a GPA of 3.23 this past season. The 3.23 cumulative GPA by UNCG was the highest mark in the SoCon and was bested by only 15 other schools in the nation, David Percival (Athletics) noted.

Corn hole, anyone? Spirited games of corn hole were on tap when Alumni Relations hosted an appreciation picnic lunch for the Grounds staff, last month. Grill master Gualberto “Gually” Morales prepared the chicken, and the cake had a specially scripted message topping expressing appreciation to the grounds staff for helping create a “work of art” campus.

Faculty Senate, Forums and General Faculty Meetings

The Faculty Convocation and General Faculty Meeting is set for Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. in EUC Auditorium. The full schedule for Faculty Senate, Senate Forums and general faculty meetings for 2010-11 year follows:

Fall 2010

  • Faculty Senate Mtg – Wed, 09/01/10 – 3 p.m. – Virginia Dare Room
  • Faculty Convocation & General Faculty Mtg – Wed, 09/08/10 – 3 p.m. – EUC Auditorium
  • Faculty Senate Mtg – Wed, 10/06/10 – 3 p.m. – Virginia Dare Room
  • Faculty Senate Forum – Wed, 10/20/10 – 3 p.m. – Virginia Dare Room
  • Faculty Senate Mtg – Wed, 11/03/10 – 3 p.m. – EUC Maple Room
  • Faculty Senate Forum – Wed, 11/17/10 – 3 p.m. – EUC Alexander Rm
  • Faculty Senate Mtg – Wed, 12/01/10 – 3 p.m. – Virginia Dare Room

Spring 2011

  • Faculty Senate Mtg – Wed, 02/02/11 – 3 p.m. – Virginia Dare Room
  • Faculty Senate Forum – Wed, 02/16/11 – 3 p.m. – Virginia Dare Room
  • Faculty Senate Mtg – Wed, 03/02/11 – 3 p.m. – Virginia Dare Room
  • Faculty Senate Forum – Wed, 03/16/11 – 3 p.m. – Virginia Dare Room
  • Faculty Senate Mtg – Wed, 04/06/11 – 3 p.m. – Virginia Dare Room
  • General Faculty Mtg – Wed, 04/27/11 – 3 p.m. – EUC Auditorium

‘Oklahoma!’ to Tennessee (Williams, that is)

080410Feature2_BrownTheatreUNCG Theatre has announced its 2010-11 season lineup. Enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein, Tennessee Williams and everything in between. [Read more…]

Big Dates for August

080410Feature1_ConvocationWednesday, Aug. 18, opens a new year for UNCG. The Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address and the Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be in Aycock Auditorium, beginning at 10 a.m. The address and the ceremony will be followed by the traditional university community luncheon in the University Dining Hall.

A big day for students will be Sunday, Aug. 22, when they’ll enjoy the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation followed by Charlie’s Block Party.

The first day of classes is the following day, Monday, Aug. 23.

A listing of key opening activities and dates:

Dates/Time/School or Department/Event

  • Friday, August 13, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m., Graduate School, Graduate Teaching Assistant Training Workshop – Bryan Auditorium, Room 160
  • Monday, August 16 – Wednesday, August 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Office of Orientation, SOAR for Transfer/Adult Students
  • Tuesday, August 17, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Graduate School, New Graduate Student Orientation- EUC Auditorium
  • Wednesday, August 18, 10 a.m., Chancellor’s Office, Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address/Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony, Aycock Auditorium
  • Wednesday, August 18, 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., All UNCG Faculty and Staff, Community Luncheon – University Dining Hall
  • Wednesday, August 18, 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., All New Faculty, New Faculty Orientation and Reception – Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Thursday, August 19, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., All New Faculty, New Faculty Orientation – Weatherspoon Art Museum
  • Thursday, August 19, 8 a.m.– 10 p.m., Office of Orientation, SOAR for Freshman – EUC, various locations
  • Thursday, August 19, 9 a.m.– Noon, Graduate School, New Graduate Student Orientation – EUC Auditorium,
  • Friday, August 20, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m., Office of Orientation, SOAR for Freshman – EUC, various locations
  • Sunday, August 22, 4 p.m., College, Schools, Departments, Chancellor’s New Student Convocation – Aycock Auditorium
  • Sunday, August 22, 5 p.m., Charlie’s Block Party – The Fountain/Caf
  • Monday, August 23, 8 a.m., Classes begin.

Visual: At the 2009 Chancellor’s New Student Convocation in Aycock Auditorium

What Wastes Your Time?

A new web site called “How do I … ?” is now available, especially for administrative support personnel. [Read more…]

Keymaster

080410Headline_KeymasterIs August the Lock Shop’s busiest month? “Oh yeah.”

That’s Travis Holcomb’s assessment. “Everyone asking for keys at the same time,” he said last week at the campus’ Lock Shop. “Give us two weeks, it’ll be crazy.”

Holcomb supervises the shop. Scott Cline, Gary Rager and Mert McGuire – who’s the point person for the “card reader” system – also work in the shop, located at the Sink Building near the Steam Plant. They all are licensed by the state.

All residence halls have a swipe card exterior system. The Lock Shop is in the process of installing the Millenium brand swipe card system in exterior doors in most other buildings on campus. Moore Nursing was having them installed last week, he said. Sullivan Science is having them installed early this month. Your UNCG ID card is your swipe card, after hours, with this system.

When you swipe it, your name and time and location pops up on a screen in the shop as it’s recorded for security.

Most interior doors in residence halls and other buildings use keys. A few buildings, such as Curry Building, have intellikeys for offices. These keys have a computer chip that keeps a record of when the key was used, for extra security. Each costs about $400. Each of the swipe lock systems cost about $1,000.

But most keys are the traditional type, which cost far less. In the shop are trays containing lots of parts that may be needed for repairs, marked spindles … lever handles … strikes 4 7/8 … thru mounts, etc.

Whenever a building is renovated, they remove and store the old lock mechanisms, as they put in new ones. The campus has used Corbin locks since at least the 1920s. If spare parts are needed, they will have them on hand.

He pulls out a 1950’s Corbin lock, and explains that in the 1920’s the Corbin lock would have used a skeleton key. “You couldn’t buy this in 30 or 40 years.”

As for the keys, as they are returned – for example at the end of the semester – they are stored in a rack system. They are in rows of 12 by 144, arranged by building. With 55 racks in the shop, that’s 9,360 keys. Each is stamped “UNCG – Do not duplicate.”

If a duplicate is needed, he can cut a new one using a key as a template. Or he can type the key’s number into a data system and the key’s shape and spec’s pop up – and the machine can cut it automatically. This will give a little more accurate cut, because over time keys become a little misshapen due to use.

He got his start making keys in Houston, where he worked with three others in a very small space making keys for apartments and houses for hours at a time, tossing them into grocery carts.

At the UNCG Lock Shop, there’s space for the supplies and computers. There’s a sense of camaraderie. There’s blues playing in the background, mixing with the regular grinding of the key-cutting machine.

And there are the orders to fill. “We probably give out 3,000 keys a year,” he says.

How many never make it back? “It’s probably 10 to one. We give 10 out. We get one back.”

As staff and faculty resign and new ones hired, there is a process (with small forms) for each department to follow to ensure key transactions are properly recorded. Those with questions may contact Travis Holcomb at tsholcom@uncg.edu.

Visual: Travis Holcomb in the Lock Shop

Hodgkins Brings 17th-Century Poet into Digital Age

080410EyeOnArts_DigitalAgeThe word “digital” hadn’t been coined when Welsh-born poet and Anglican priest George Herbert was writing. [Read more…]

So Good in Soho

080410EyeOnArts_MFAShowThe Art Department’s most recent MFA graduates are exhibiting their work in one group show in New York City this month. [Read more…]