UNCG Campus Weekly

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Positions cut

UNCG’s budget cut of more than 15 percent has meant the loss of positions throughout the university.

  • Figures available late last week show 235 FTE (full-time equivalent) positions are being eliminated.
  • These include approximately 156 faculty positions.
  • About half of the eliminated positions were held vacant earlier, to help reduce the number of filled positions lost.

“These cuts are real, they are painful and they impact us all. Supporting one another will be more important than ever, especially those whose positions are impacted by budget reductions,” the chancellor said in announcing the cuts.

“I have seen firsthand members of the UNCG community going the extra mile to support one another and our university. Our faculty are taking on increased teaching loads. Many of our staff are filling multiple roles as a result of cutbacks,” she said in her email.

The figures were available last Thursday as she, Provost Perrin and Reade Taylor spoke at the Board of Trustees retreat. Brady noted the cut was 15.3 percent in state appropriations in addition to the ending of the iSchool program.

Among the figures presented to the trustees:

  • 235 full-time-equivalent positions (FTE) are being cut. Many were filled by more than one person – for example, several part-time individuals may account for one full-time position.
  • 626 people are no longer employed at UNCG because of the budget cuts, Taylor said. This includes individuals with full-time positions, those with part-time positions, those holding a full-time job elsewhere who would have taught a course at UNCG, etc. 543 of those no longer employed at UNCG were faculty.
  • Of those 626 individuals, 582 were in Academic Affairs. Business Affairs, with the second-highest losses, lost 32.

Additionally, a lower enrollment this year (the result of UNCG’s heightened standards for incoming students) is expected to result in a loss of about $1.5 million, Perrin noted.

Students will be greatly affected by the cuts. UNCG will suffer the loss of about 40,500 seats and 975 course sections, Brady said. Class sizes will be larger. Provost Perrin has worked with the Deans Council to identify and protect the most crucial courses to keep students on track for graduation, she said, and a temporary course substitution policy was approved for students whose graduation might otherwise be delayed.

“I encourage you to reach out to your colleagues who serve on the UNCG Budget Sounding Board, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association and share your thoughts and suggestions for dealing with the difficult challenges we face,” Brady added. “I personally value your feedback and thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly by emailing lpbrady@uncg.edu.”

By Mike Harris

Key dates as 2011-12 year begins

The biggest date before classes begin is the morning of Aug. 17, with the State of the Campus address followed by Excellence Awards Ceremony and the opening luncheon. The following are a number of events/dates to mark on your calendar, as the 2011-12 year begins:

Graduate teaching assistants workshop Friday, Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location is to be determined.

HRS New Faculty Benefits Orientation Aug. 15-16, 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., Room 113, Bryan Building. Email e_foust@uncg.edu indicating which session (date & time) you will be attending. Human Resource Services will give a presentation on UNCG benefits programs. Representatives from the retirement companies: Fidelity, Lincoln, Valic and TIAA-CREF will be present at the orientation to address questions about the Optional Retirement Program.

Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address Chancellor Chancellor Brady will address the UNCG community on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m., in Aycock Auditorium.

Faculty and staff excellence awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Aycock Auditorium.

Opening Luncheon All UNCG Faculty and Staff are invited to the Opening Luncheon scheduled for August 17 at 11:15 a.m. in the University Dining Hall.

New Faculty Orientation provides an overview of UNCG services and people. Special emphasis is given to providing new faculty members with information about support services for teaching and research efforts. It will begin Aug. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Questions? Email meharris@uncg.edu.

New Faculty Pre-Orientation Workshops throughout mid-August To see the offerings or sign up for New Faculty Pre-Orientation Workshops, visit the UNCG Workshops & Event Calendar.

iSpartan Email & UNCGenie Training Learn how to use the iSpartan email system and how to access a number of useful Faculty Services via the UNCGenie Administrative Services Web Platform. Services include: Get your own Class Rosters, Issue Registration Overrides, Look up Student Data, Get your Advisee List w/Advising Codes, View Advisee Transcripts, View Degree Evaluations for Advisees and more.

Chancellor’s New Student Convocation Sunday, Aug. 21, 4 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Charlie’s Block Party Sunday, Aug. 21, 5 p.m., College Avenue and Dining Hall

First day of classes Aug. 22, 8 a.m. View the full academic calendar.

Chancellor’s International Welcome Reception Tuesday, Aug. 23, 4:30 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom B and C.

Forbes Lists UNCG as ‘Best Buy’

Forbes lists our university among its Top 100 Best Buy Colleges for 2011.

UNCG ranks 24 on the list of 100 four-year colleges, a list led by the zero-cost U.S. military service academies.

Among universities in our state only UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State ranked above UNCG on Forbes’ Best Buy listing.

Full story at University News.

By Michelle Hines

Batteries and discs can’t be thrown in trash

On July 1, a new landfill ban went into effect, says Ben Kunka (Waste Reduction and Recycling). [Read more…]

Dr. Joyendu “Joy” Bhadury

Dr. Joyendu “Joy” Bhadury (Bryan School of Business and Economics) has been named to the N.C. Maritime Strategy Advisory Council. The advisory team is tasked with studying the impact of changes in commercial maritime industry in the state, especially as it relates to the pending expansion of the Panama Canal.

Dr. Joseph Hill

Dr. Joseph Hill (Specialized Education Services) has been appointed to the N.C. Governor’s Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He is co-author of “The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure.” The authors received the Andrew Foster Humanitarian Award, in recognition of their work on Black ASL (American Sign Language), at the 25th National Black Deaf Advocate (NBDA) conference. Hill is a graduate of the doctoral program in the linguistics department at Gallaudet University. He was part of the research team who conducted the Black ASL project. In addition, he accompanied a group of students to Italy over the summer to learn Italian Sign Language. It was a summer program for American college students to learn Italian Sign Language and deaf culture. He was there as an assistant for Italian Sign Language teachers and as a teacher of ASL and English for Italian Deaf students and interpreters.

Kicking off 2011-12 athletic year

UNCG Athletics presents a big weekend of activities during Rawkin’ Welcome Week 2011. [Read more…]

Jody Smith

Jody Smith has been named associate athletic director of compliance. Smith comes to Greensboro after spending three year as assistant athletics director for compliance at Florida State. Smith has more than 13 years of compliance experience, including previous stops at Wake Forest, Arizona State and Florida International. In her tenure at Florida State, Smith assisted with the coordination of all day-to-day compliance and rules education for FSU’s 19 intercollegiate athletic programs and more than 450 student-athletes. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she played softball. She earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Louisville.

Dr. Bob Wineburg

Dr. Bob Wineburg (Social Work) and Odell Cleveland (Social Work) will speak at the Community Action Partnership Conference in San Francisco in late August. Their presentation will be on “Social Ventures in Community Action.” They created the Welfare Reform Liaison Project in Greensboro, and cowrote the book “Pracademics & Community Change.”

Notes: August 10, 2011

Graduation rates The July 23, 2011, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education compared post-secondary graduation rates among Black and White students and noted that UNCG is listed as one of the large state-operated institutions where African-American students’ graduation rates are equal to or exceed those of white students. View the article here.

Campus on LGBT-friendly honor roll UNCG has received a score of 4.5 from Campus Pride, according to Beth Barba (Nursing) and Jeanne Irwin-Olson (Wellness Programs). The Honor Roll recognizes the achievements of colleges and universities who score a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender-friendly star rating of 3 stars or above. The index is run by Campus Pride, a national organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBT-friendly learning environments at universities. More at University News.

Communication Studies The last Campus Weekly had a report on a UNCG professor making a difference at downtown’s Interactive Resource Center. More recently, News14 did a report on UNCG Communication Studies students who are making a difference there as well. Their professor, Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi, says, “My whole class participated in this program. We were all out on the streets of downtown GSO, interviewing both businesses and people who are experiencing homelessness.” She says she and her students have learned a lot by engaging in this way. View the news report here.

National League for Nursing announces centers of excellence Eight schools of nursing, representing programs across the academic spectrum, have been chosen NLN Centers of Excellence, the league has announced. These schools will be formally recognized at a special presentation on Sept. 23 at the NLN’s annual Education Summit. Six of this year’s eight schools are repeat COE designees, with two—Excelsior College and UNCG—earning their third consecutive COE designation. This has entitled them to now carry the COE designation for an additional year, from 2011 to 2016. UNCG has been chosen in the category of Promoting the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty.

Among Best 376 Colleges for 2012 For the 13th consecutive year, The Princeton Review lists UNCG as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education. UNCG appears in the new 2012 edition of Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book. More at University News site.

In memoriam Dr. Anne Frances Baecker died July 30. Baecker, professor emerita of German and Russian and former department head, came to North Carolina in 1960, and retired in 1981. She was campus chair of the Fulbright program for nine years.

In memoriam Dr. Celeste Ulrich died on Aug. 4. A 1946 graduate of Woman’s College, she was a faculty member in UNCG’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science (now Kinesiology) from 1956-1979, before before joining The University of Oregon. She retired in 1990.  She received the School of Health and Human Performance’s Distinguished Alumni Award and the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award. (Note: This post was updated to correct the date of her death; Register-Guard obituary states she died Aug. 4.)

Allen Trelease memorial service A date has been set for a memorial service for Professor Emeritus Allen Trelease. The service will be Saturday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m., Friends Homes Guilford, in the living room.

Fundraising mark UNCG surpassed its fundraising goal of $12 million for the year 2010-11. The total was $12,554,032. Dr. Patricia W. Stewart, vice chancellor for university advancement, praised the work of Development, Advancement Services, University Relations, Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Spartan Club, and the University Advancement Office in the face of the current economic recession.

Campus People: August 10, 2011

Featured this week: Dr. Joseph Hill – Dr. Joyendu “Joy” Bhadury – Dr. Bob Wineburg – Jody Smith [Read more…]

See/Hear: August 10, 2011

Enjoy sights/sounds of campus’ most beautiful gardens.

[Read more…]

Announcements: August 10, 2011

Rawkin’ Welcome Week 2011
For those about to “RAWK,” we salute you!

Get ready to “rawk” the campus with the annual Rawkin’ Welcome Week celebration, August 19-28.

Rawkin’ Welcome Week 2011 is a series of programs and events designed to welcome and acclimate new students to the UNCG community. It is a fantastic opportunity for new freshmen, transfer and adult students to meet current students, faculty, and staff as we start a new academic year. A few of the programs and events planned for the week include 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. Our campus will round out the week with the men’s and women’s soccer games, vs. Duke and Wake Forest, respectively. (See more athletic events.)

You’re invited and encouraged to come out and meet our newest Spartans. For more information, contact either the Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs or Campus Activities & Programs. For a full schedule of events, visit orientation.uncg.edu/programs/welcomeweek.

Looking Ahead: August 10-17, 2011

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

Women’s soccer vs. North Georgia
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2 p.m.

HRS New Faculty Benefits Orientation
Aug. 15, 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., Room 113, Bryan Building.

HRS New Faculty Benefits Orientation
Aug. 16, 8:30 a.m. or 1 p.m., Room 113, Bryan Building

Men’s soccer vs. NC State
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.

Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Opening luncheon for faculty and staff
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 11:15 a.m., Dining Hall.

New faculty orientation
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1:30 p.m. (continues following day)

more at calendar.uncg.edu