UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Your newly redesigned Campus Weekly

Last winter, 564 readers responded to the Campus Weekly survey. We thank you.

You told us what you liked: CW’s accuracy as well as usefulness and timeliness of information. Its photography. You want to read of upcoming events and the news of the moment.

Many did not like the design. Many want to read CW in a print format. Your comments, ratings and suggestions led us to a newly designed Campus Weekly that can better meet our readers’ needs. Among the new things you will find:

The Print function is located at the top right of the main CW page. Just click it – and you will have a pdf version of all the stories written for that week’s Campus Weekly. The layout is a great improvement over the earlier Print this Issue version of the past 1 1/2 years. Some readers may want to simply read it there. It can easily be printed for reading on the go. (Note: You may want to adjust your printer’s settings for the desired printing quality of the pictures in the weekly pdf.)

The main page does not conceal any items – as you scroll down, you will see every piece for that week. For stories that draw your interest, you may click it to read it in its entirety. If a section such as People interests you, you can click that category name at the top of the page to see all the items in their entirety.

We at UNCG have always had a strong sense of community. People make our university. Our Spotlight section, near the top of the page, will highlight some of our staff and faculty and their stories, their research, their news – the types of stories will vary week by week. Our people and their many endeavors will be a strong focus. And of course, CW’s People section will continue to provide news and accomplishments about faculty and staff each week.

As always, CW relies on a wide number of individuals throughout campus to help provide news, tips, story ideas and interesting, newsworthy facts about people we may not have known. And we hope that that network of story and information providers will continue to grow. Have you had a book published recently? An award? A co-worker did something remarkable – or may have an interesting story? We like tips, big and small. (Sometimes the seemingly small things make for the best stories.) Please don’t hesitate to pass them along to us. Email mdharri3@uncg.edu or call 256-0230.

CW displays recent posts on the newly enhanced University News page. Glance through the headlines at CW to see which ones interest you – or bookmark that University News page. A few of each week’s CW stories (such as the Middle College story this week) will be drawn from that News page – with a link for the full story.

CW also displays the most recent main university Twitter posts. That feed is operated by Lanita Withers Goins. If you have a Twitter account, you may consider subscribing to it, at http://twitter.com/#!/uncg. Or simply view the posts at CW.

To provide a broader look at news beyond our campus, CW includes a convenient feed from two leading higher-education news sources: The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as Inside Higher Ed. (Each publication gave us their OK.) Check back regularly, and you’ll find new story headlines in that space.

CW uses WordPress, an open source platform, maximizing cost-efficiency. The small team behind this summer’s redesign was Mark Unrue, Lyda Carpen, Kevin Shoffner and Mike Harris.

Give the newly revised Campus Weekly a spin and see what you think. And please tell us. We always like to hear from our readers.

You’re in first class

The Middle College at UNCG opened Wednesday, Aug. 10, welcoming 50 ninth-graders interested in exploring health sciences to campus.

The Middle College at UNCG is the eighth early or middle college high school in Guilford County Schools (GCS). The school’s launch also marks the first time high school students have attended classes full time on our campus since in 1969. Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photograph by Chris English

Numbers don’t tell the full story, says Brady

This year, no PowerPoint slides. No lengthy listing of UNCG statistics and accomplishments. Instead, stories of individuals.

At her “State of the Community” address Aug. 17, Chancellor Brady told of faculty, staff and students who’d made a big difference for the mission of our university – for our sense of community. “I know every one in the audience has a story to tell,” she said.

She pledged she would continue to listen and respond. And we will focus on our core values as a university, she said.

Read a full report of the chancellor’s address in University News.

Photograph by Chris English.

Chancellor Chats

They’re called “Chancellor Chats.” Over the last several months, Chancellor Brady has met informally with small groups of faculty members from across the campus.

She spoke of these chats at the Board of Trustees retreat Aug. 4.

She saw a need. She wanted to be more in touch, she said.

She has particularly reached out to those who have expressed concerns.

“I think there’s a greater sense we are listening,” she said.

Similarly, there has been a round of “chancellor chats” with members of UNCG boards.

She said she will continue to host both of these in the fall.

Plus, she will schedule similar chats with staff.

“It’s been very difficult for staff,” she said, referring to the budget cuts. And this will be a difficult year, she added.

Mike Tarrant, who is adding a strategic communications role as part of his responsibilities, said that “we are in unprecedented times,” referring to the budget squeeze. He noted the immense importance in listening, “going out and listening to stakeholders.” There is much to be learned from them, he said.

Tarrant will be working closely with Helen Hebert in University Relations in his additional role, the chancellor said.

By Mike Harris

Instructional films now housed in Jackson Library

In May, the instructional films were moved from the University Teaching and Learning Center in McIver to Jackson Library. Faculty who need assistance with the instructional films should continue to work with Cathy Rothermal to select order, and reserve films. Rosenthal, who formerly worked at the UTLC, transferred to the University Libraries and is located in Room 117 on the first floor of Jackson Library. She may be reached at carother@uncg.edu or 334-5310. Faculty are still able to book films for delivery or place them on reserve for students to view in the Library. The viewing stations are in the basement of Jackson Library. The entertainment DVDs were moved to the Jackson Library Reading room earlier this year.

The Libraries and the UTLC have also purchased a wide variety of streaming video that may be shown in class or assigned to students to view at any time. Streamed feature films are available from Swank Digital Campus and may only be viewed through a course management system such as Blackboard. Rothermal will assist faculty with these services as well.

Additionally, the Libraries are now circulating some of the technology previously housed at UTLC such as flip cameras, audio recorders and tripods. Information about all of their multimedia services may be found at http://library.uncg.edu/services/multimedia_services.aspx

The UTLC will continue to administer Blackboard and classroom technology support. Further questions about their services should be directed to Marian Harrison, associate director, at marian_harrison@uncg.edu or 334-5035.

The UTLC will continue to check out keys for classroom teaching stations. Key pickups, returns or renewals are now located at 159 Mossman. Call all 334-5080 for assistance.

The University Libraries look forward to working with you to provide films to support UNCG’s curriculum.

By Kimberly Lutz

Silvia’s research links creativity, ego

The stereotype that creative people are arrogant may contain a grain of truth, according to a recent study led by Dr. Paul Silvia (Pyschology).

A survey of 1,300 people found that those who identify themselves as creative tend to score lower than others on a measure of humility and honesty. The connection is significant but not strong enough to be considered a defining quality of creative individuals, Silvia adds.

“We think this might be one of those sort-of-true stereotypes,” says the associate professor of psychology. “There might be something to creativity and a lack of modesty going together.”

Read more at the University News web site

By Dan Nonte

Program Review updates – early August

Those who subscribe to the Academic Program Review listserv received information last week, including (in part) the following two points of information:

  • The academic program review process document, timeline, criteria, and rubrics have been updated to reflect the recommendations of the Efficiency Data Committee to exclude all efficiency data from the unit and university program review committee process.  This committee was chaired by Vice Provost Alan Boyette and the following served as members:  Timothy Johnston, John Deal, Anne Wallace, Daniel Bibeau, Edward Arrington, William Brown, and Sarah Carrigan. As per the Committee’s suggestion, if information on program efficiency plays a significant role in shaping the Provost’s recommendations and/or the chancellor’s decisions regarding the status of any academic program, one or both of them will discuss these data with the relevant dean or program director before reaching a conclusion.
  • A bibliography has been added to the web site providing a list of resources for both unit program review committees and the University Program Review Committee. The rosters for the College of Arts and Sciences Program Review Committee and the School of Health and Human Sciences Program Review Committee have been updated. The data definitions document has been revised to tie the definitions to the items in the surveys and criteria document by using the same letter and numbering system; no substantive changes were made to the definitions.

The web site can be accessed here – or from the university’s home page. 

Program Review updates – mid-August

Yesterday (Aug. 15) was the deadline for all academic program review surveys (except for a few departments that negotiated extensions due to leadership transitions). OIR will assume that all survey responses submitted as attachments to email after the May 15 deadline extension are final. Sometime later this week, Brandi McCullough will be contacting those program leaders who submitted surveys through Qualtrics and have not subsequently submitted completed surveys as email attachments to confirm that the Qualtrics submissions are also final. Subsequently Sarah Carrigan will email each dean a list of programs in his or her unit for which surveys have not been officially submitted via either method with a request for follow-up.

That was one of the information updates that those who subscribe to the Academic Program Review listserv received on Aug. 16. That listserv email also included the following updates:

The School of Nursing, School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences unit academic program review committee rosters have been updated. 

The reports from the Data Definitions Committee and the Efficiency Data Committee and the provost’s responses to them have been uploaded.

The graduate program rubrics have both been updated to omit criterion A7 (graduation rates) which the provost announced on June 7 would be excluded from the review process as per the recommendation of the outside consultant. 

The PowerPoint for a recent Society of College and University Planning presentation by Robert Dickeson, author of “Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services,” has been uploaded as background information.

The web site can be accessed here.

Rodriguez, Elliott shaped by Peace Corps

2011 marks the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary. Dr. Darlene Rodriquez (Political Science) and Michael Elliott (International Programs) shared their experiences with a group of students as the last semester wound down.

Elliott, who is director of International Student & Scholar Services, served in Kenya from 1989-91 as a high school science teacher. Earlier, he had had a study abroad experience in Germany. “It opened my eyes,” he said.

Some of his friends as an undergraduate were from Ethiopia and Senegal. He knew he wanted to do something and be in a place where he’d have an impact on people, he said.

He asked for Kenya, where he hoped to be a health extension volunteer “but they needed a science teacher instead.” It was a formative experience for him.

Rodriguez had an early experience with AmeriCorps, teaching Haitian and Cuban refugees English and adult basic education in Miami. This experience opened up an opportunity for her to receive a preparatory grant from the Peace Corps to do the same overseas.  Upon completing her undergraduate studies, she was admitted into the Master International Program sponsored by the Peace Corps at Rutgers, where she completed her capstone project on how the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations and similar entities work with non-profits.

She never was able to serve overseas while in the Peace Corps. In 1997, a tumor was detected in her neck, she explained. The surgery was paid for in part by the Peace Corps, and she completed her service in the US. The Peace Corps experiences and learning were invaluable, as her career has progressed.

“Now, I’m doing research and teaching about non-profits at UNCG,” she noted, as students benefit from her knowledge.

See an additional Peace Corps story in UNCG Magazine, featuring among others Dr. Meredith Walther (Development) and Dr. Michael McIntosh (Nutrition).

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

See/Hear: August 17, 2011

See some highlights of the construction and dedication of the Ibnaouf family’s Habitat for Humanity house, where so many UNCG volunteers worked last spring. Videography by James Gould.

Looking ahead: Aug. 17, 2011

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 begins
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1:30 p.m.

Women’s soccer vs. Virginia Tech
Friday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. UNCP (exh)
Saturday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

Classes begin
Monday, Aug. 22

Students’ part-time job fair Aug. 24

The annual Part-time Job Fair will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. The job fair is sponsored by the Student Employment Office and the Career Services Center. Employers from campus and throughout the Triad will recruit part-time job candidates, collect resumes and schedule interviews with students at the job fair. Last year, more than 600 students attended the event. The Student Employment Office works to offer employment opportunities and resources for UNCG students while encouraging students to make meaningful decisions about job choices and connecting part-time experience to career and academic goals. In addition, it serves as a resource for campus employers who hire UNCG students for part-time employment. Details at http://www.uncg.edu/csc

Free Sunday Funday on Aug. 28

Enjoy games, prizes and performances by UNCG cheer and the Spartan G’s at Sunday Funday Aug. 28. It will be at the home court of UNCG men’s basketball, the Greensboro Coliseum, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Prizes will include TVs, tablets and gift cards. All are invited. There will be no parking fees at the Coliseum that afternoon, says Dacia Ijames. Two rounds of shuttles will be running from our campus to the Coliseum, beginning at 3 p.m. They will depart in front of the EUC and Walker Parking Deck.

Dining Hall is open, Fountain is off

The renovation of the Dining Hall begins late this summer. First, there is work to be completed in putting larger pipes underground on the west side. Be assured: the Dining Hall will remain open, just as always. Signs direct you to the entrance on the west side. The entire project is scheduled to last about 28 months. The project will be paid for over time by a portion of the students’ meal plan fees. See earlier, full report – and, if you haven’t already, see the short video tour.

Cris Belvin

Cris Belvin has joined UNCG as director of athletics media relations. He joins the Spartans after serving 10 years on the media relations staff at Oral Roberts University, including the last six as assistant athletic director. Belvin joined the Oral Roberts staff in 2001 as the associate director of media relations after serving four years as the sports information director at Stetson University in Florida. He also served one year as sports information director at Arkansas-Monticello and two years as an assistant at Austin Peay. Belvin is a 1994 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges

Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges (Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies) received the Emerald Literati Network award for Outstanding Paper for 2010-11 in the “Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management: An International Journal.” The paper, titled “U.S. Textile Sector Job Loss: An Exploration of Implications for Individuals, Community and Industry” was published in January 2010, and reports on research Hodges has conducted on employment dynamics in the North Carolina and U.S. textile and apparel industries. Holly Lentz, a former doctoral student of Hodges’, is the second author. The paper was selected for the award by the Journal’s editorial team. The Journal publishes research of interest to both academics and industry.

Dr. Jacquelyn W. White

Dr. Jacquelyn W. White (Psychology) is a co-editor of two new books: “Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities. Volume 1:  Mapping the Terrain” and “Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities. Volume II:  Navigating Solutions.” Both are published by the American Psychological Association.

Erin Ellis

Erin Ellis (Communication Studies) is the UNCG Speaking Center’s new assistant director. Ellis will oversee the center’s oral communication workshop program. Workshops are developed and facilitated by speaking center employees for UNCG students, staff and faculty audiences at the request of faculty, student groups and other campus leaders. Ellis, as a graduate student, co-authored the National Association of Communication Centers’ Joyce Ferguson Top Paper. She has worked at the center five years, and is a new faculty member in Communication Studies. The center will open for the fall semester in September.  [This post edited Aug. 17, 8 a.m.]

Dr. Beth Barba

Dr. Beth Barba (Nursing) is the new director of the PhD program in the School of Nursing. Her new address is 101 McIver House.

Dr. Chris Poulos

Dr. Chris Poulos (Communication Studies) has been named the new head of the department. The September issue of the international journal “Qualitative Inquiry” features a co-authored article, “Performing Mythic Identity: An Analysis and Critique of ‘The Ethnogs,'” which chronicles Poulos’s experience in a sometimes-traveling mythic/virtual rock band. Authors include: Nick Trujillo (aka Gory Bateson), Bob Krizek (aka Dougal Mcrorie), Patty Sotirin (aka Dottie), Laura Ellingson (aka Darla), Melanie Bailey Mills (aka Darlene), Shirley Drew (aka Saralaughs Macrorie), and Poulos (aka RipTupp).