UNCG Campus Weekly

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Positioning UNCG for the ‘New Normal’

081810Headline_ConvocationOur university faces an even tougher budget situation for 2011-13, while we remain committed to academic quality and student success. It’s all part of the “new normal,” a term used more than once by Chancellor Linda P. Brady in her State of the Campus Address Wednesday morning in Aycock Auditorium.

“We must embark upon a course that will position us for an even more competitive future,” she said.

This course will require efforts in three areas:

First, UNCG will take steps to enhance its undergraduate student profile. During the past decade, the quality of entering undergraduate classes has declined, Brady said. Nine UNC system campuses had higher SAT scores in 2009. We must take steps now in order to reverse the trend, she said. The Deans Council considered the impact of several proposals to raise the minimum SATs required for admission to UNCG in fall 2011, she explained. Following extensive review, the decision was made to raise significantly the minimum SATs required for admission.

Second, UNCG will implement an ambitious program of learning communities in conjunction with the development of a new neighborhood and renovation of existing residence halls. Research shows that students who live on campus are more likely to return and graduate at higher rates than students who reside off campus. This initiative includes a strategic direction for housing that is designed to nearly double the number of UNCG students living in university-managed housing over the next decade; the new LEED 400-bed suite-style residence hall on Spring Garden Street that will be ready for students in fall 2011; the renovation and expansion of the seven historic Quad residence halls; an expanded campus that will include additional student housing, a new indoor recreation center, and a central campus police station along the Lee Street Corridor; developing models of learning communities and designing learning community spaces for the new residence hall on Spring Garden Street and a renovated and expanded Quad.

Third, UNCG will embark on a conversation regarding an academic realignment that will build on our historic strengths in areas related to health and human development and that will position our academic programs and the Graduate School for greater visibility, enhanced fund-raising opportunities and future success. UNCG’s Strategic Plan 2009-14 provides an opportunity to explore health and human development, broadly defined, as a major area of focus, she said. With respect to the Graduate School, she said, UNCG’s Strategic Plan 2009-14 also commits UNCG to grow graduate enrollment significantly during the next several years. The university has opportunities to leverage its resources to expand sponsored research and other sources of funding, and to reinforce our commitment to serve the needs of this community, the state and the nation, she said. While faculty, staff and students in the Schools of Human Environmental Sciences and Health and Human Performance have a special interest in this discussion, so do faculty, staff and students in Nursing and other disciplines and programs, she noted. “These conversations must, and will, engage any and all groups on the campus who want to contribute to building a more visible and successful academic unit focused on health and human development.”

The chancellor cited a great number of milestones and successes for our university. Examples included:

  • UNCG Guarantee, a need-based financial aid and student success program which welcomes its first class of scholars this fall.
  • UNCG in 3, an accelerated degree program that allows well-prepared undergraduates to compete their degrees in three years.
  • UNCG’s commitment to student success reinforced through the integration of academic affairs and student affairs under the leadership of Provost David H. Perrin.
  • Significant progress in improving and ensuring intentionality and coherence in the General Education curriculum.
  • The approval or launch of several new programs. Last week, the UNC Board of Governors approved UNCG’s request to plan a joint doctoral program in social work with NC A&T University.
  • Approximately $48 million in total funds were awarded for research, an increase of 34% over the previous year.
  • The launch of UNCG’s new School of Music, Theatre and Dance. It includes nearly 1,200 majors and more than 100 faculty and staff.
  • A recent report by The Education Trust praised UNCG’s success in graduating African-American students at a comparable rate to white students. In contrast, there is a disparity in graduation rates on the national level.
  • UNCG has launched a national search for the position of chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion. The university has already received 60 applications or nominations for the position, she noted.
  • All Spartan athletic teams met or exceeded their Academic Progress Report (APR) goals, while a space assessment is identifying immediate and long-term needs for Athletics.
  • UNCG has appointed a full-time sustainability coordinator.
  • An Integrated Marketing and Strategic Communications Taskforce has focused on how to enhance the image of UNCG through a variety of communications.

The successes of last year and the coming year were tempered by a look at the state’s budget projections. Universities in the state and across the country are looking closely at how to best position themselves for the future.

Our university needs to begin planning now for the ”new normal,” she stressed. “As we plan for how to deal with an even tougher situation in 2011-13 than we have faced in 2009-11, we must consider how to position UNCG for the ‘new normal’ that will emerge in 2012, 2013 and beyond. We must take steps now to ensure we remain a strong, vibrant university, committed to serving our students and the community in which we live. Academic quality and student success are, and will remain, the keys to positioning UNCG for the future.”

The Chancellor’s 2010 State of the Campus (fall convocation) address, as well as the PowerPoint presentation displayed during the address, can be viewed at http://www.uncg.edu/cha/speeches/.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English

Awards for Excellence

081810Feature3_AwardsOne of the real strengths of our university? Chancellor Brady said that it is the commitment so many show. It’s revealed in classes, in laboratories, in studios and in offices, on all parts of campus.

At a special awards ceremony Wednesday morning at Aycock Auditorium, awards were presented to faculty and staff for teaching, research and service. Provost David H. Perrin, Vice Chancellor Terri Shelton and Alumni Association President Keith Ayscue assisted the chancellor in presenting the awards.

The award winners are:

Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for service:

  • Faculty, Dr. Jan Van Dyke, Professor and Department Head, Department of Dance
  • Staff, Dr. Kim Sousa Peoples, Director, Office of Orientation and Family Programs
  • Student, Michael Tuso, who is currently studying abroad

University Staff Excellence Award:

  • Libby Sexton, Classroom scheduling officer, Registrar’s Office
  • Steve Sparks, Equipment operations manager, Parking Operations & Campus Management

Alumni Teaching Excellence Award:

  • Tenured Faculty, Dr. Llewelyn G. Brown, Associate professor, Department of Business Administration
  • Untenured Faculty, Dr. Tracy R. Nichols, Associate professor, Department of Public Health Education

University Research Excellence Award:

  • Dr. Cheryl A. Lovelady, Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Dr. Michelle Dowd, Associate professor, Department of English

UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award, which was originally announced at May’s Commencement, was presented to Dr. Nancy J. Hodges.

University Service Awards, for those who have served at UNCG for 30 years, were presented to:
Cheryl (Cherry) Callahan, Student Affairs; Jim Clark, English; Bill Hardin, Facilities Operations; Rebecca Saunders, Graduate School; Svi Shapiro, Department of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations; Patricia Turner, Registrar’s Office

University Service Awards, for those who have served at UNCG for 35 years, were presented to:
Sheldon Balbirer, Accounting and Finance; Hazel Brown, Nursing; Joseph DiPiazza, Music; John King, Philosophy; Cheryl Logan, Psychology; John Neufeld, Economics

Visual: Dr. Cheryl A. Lovelady receives University Research Excellence Award from Dr. Terri Shelton.
By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English

Announcements: August 18, 2010

Chancellor Linda P. Brady provides information to faculty and staff about furlough authority for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

To: UNCG Faculty and Staff
From: Linda P. Brady, Chancellor
Subject: Furlough Authority

Section 29.4 of Senate Bill 897, (Session Law 2010-31) authorizes the University of North Carolina System to implement furloughs as needed for the 2010-11 fiscal year. This authority was granted to the President of the System in an effort to provide the University with options as it seeks to balance the budget. On July 29, 2010, President Bowles approved the revision of the UNC Policy Manual, Section 300.2·17[G], which now delegates authority to implement furloughs to the Chancellor of each campus. At this point UNCG has no plans to implement a furlough during the current fiscal year. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the campus informed. Thanks for all you do in support of UNCG’s mission.

The policy can be viewed online at the Budget Information web site.

Last Look at Andy Warhol, at WAM

081810EyeOnArts_WarholSeen the exhibition of Andy Warhol photography at the Weatherspoon? The exhibition “Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids” closes Sept. 19.

The museum is open on Thursday nights – the next two Thursday nights present an opportunity to see the large exhibition and also to see a film of his life and times.

The film “Andy Warhol, A Documentary Film” will be shown in two parts on back-to-back Thursdays, Aug. 19 and 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Auditorium.

The film was broadcast on PBS as part of the American Masters 20th Anniversary season premiere in 2006. It received a Peabody Broadcasting Award.

As you arive at the museum, you may notice that the WAM has new signage on the building. The “Weatherspoon Art Museum” letters are made from aluminum. It was installed last week.

Notes: August 18, 2010

NotesIconFree admission UNCG is removing ticket costs for all home regular-season contests except men’s and women’s basketball. The move is an extension of the Athletic Department’s mission to increase visibility of its teams and expand outreach to the community – a new charge of the university’s strategic plan. “We want people in Greensboro and surrounding communities to know that there is a great experience waiting for them at UNCG athletic events,” said Kim Record, athletic director. “Chancellor Brady has put an emphasis on our university reaching out into the community more frequently and we felt like this was a great way to assist with that mission. We want to expand on some of our past efforts to help in the community as we have with Relay for Life and FOX 8 Gifts for Kids. We also understand the difficult economic times that many people continue to experience,” said Record. “In an effort to extend a hand to our community, we made a decision to remove some of our admission charges for athletic events.” The first men’s soccer match under the new ticket policies will be an exhibition match against preseason No. 2 UNC Chapel Hill on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m.

Budget Central The UNCG Budget Information web site has several recent updates, including this one: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/compensationguidelines.pdf

Health information security breaches; 2,500 being notified Computer security breaches at two UNCG clinics allowed unauthorized access to information about more than 2,500 individuals. The university has mailed letters to the last known addresses of those whose personal information was exposed and posted notices on the clinics’ web sites. The two computers infected with malware via the internet were in the university’s Speech and Hearing Center and Psychology Clinic. Although it was determined that the malware would have allowed access to data on the computers, it is unknown whether any information was actually taken from the computers.

Faculty partnering with Career Services The Career Services Center (CSC) is ready again to partner with faculty members to provide career-related content for their classes. In 2009-10 CSC presented for 230 classes. Specifically, CSC designs presentations and activities related to career planning and research, internships, resume development, interview skills, job search and more. Additionally, Career Services can partner with faculty to develop career-related student projects using writing, research or speaking skills. For further information or to schedule a presentation for Fall 2010, call the CSC at 4-5454 or email career_services@uncg.edu. If you wish to require a class assignment involving the CSC, it is important to call ahead so they can be prepared to assist your students. Assignments involving individual counselor contact require careful scheduling to ensure that students’ needs can be met in a timely manner.

Part-time Job Fair for students On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the annual Part-time Job Fair will be held 12:30-4 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. The job fair, sponsored by the Student Employment Office and the Career Services Center, helps students locate part-time jobs at the beginning of each academic year. Employers from campus and throughout the Triad can recruit part-time job candidates, collect resumes and schedule interviews with students at the job fair. UNCG Career Services staff will also be available to give students career advice and resume critiques. Last year, over 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, 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, providing free job postings on SpartanCareers, supervisor trainings, supervisor handbooks, and other valuable tools. For more information, visit http://csc.dept.uncg.edu/seo/.

Women’s track & field, women’s tennis academic recognition The UNCG women’s track & field team was one of 151 teams who earned the distinction of being named an All-Academic team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. In order to be eligible for this award the team must post a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better. The Spartans had a GPA of 3.22 this past season. Earlier, the UNCG men’s track & field team was honored as an All-Academic team. In women’s tennis, six UNCG student-athletes received academic awards from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Valerie Behr, Lucy Dougherty, Jessica Eblen, Mikayla Rogers, Arielle VonStrolley and Alex Whitehead all earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status from the ITA this week. UNCG was one of eight teams nationally to have six or more student-athletes earn All-Academic honors, joining Brown, Cornell, Creighton, Hartford, Rutgers, S.F. Austin, and UNC Wilmington. The Spartans also earned a team academic award from the ITA, making them one of 37 Division I schools to do so.

Book a meeting in Alumni House You may know that the portal for reserving rooms in the EUC and campus spaces such as The Fountain, College Avenue, The Quad, Foust Park, and Stone Lawn is reservations.uncg.edu. Anyone with questions about making a reservation may contact Linda Alexander, manager of Reservation Services, at 4-5378 or linda_alexander@uncg.edu. Some members of campus may not know that five rooms in the Alumni House, including the Pecky Cypress Room and the Horseshoe Room, may be reserved for meetings free of charge, if the meetings are during normal business hours. For the Alumni House’s largest room, Virginia Dare Room, the only cost is the equipment fees for tables, chairs, podium, etc. To learn more or to reserve a room in Alumni House, contact Julie Landen at julie_landen@uncg.edu or 6-1466.

New Programs and Initiatives

081810Feature2_SpencerThe academic year is springing to life, as residential students begin moving in today (Aug. 18). Classes begin Monday, Aug. 23.

But those students won’t be the only new elements at UNCG. The 2010-11 academic year also marks the start of several programs and initiatives at the university.

Among the new offerings are the following:

  • The first UNCG Guarantee students start their collegiate careers this fall. Funded with a portion of a $6 million anonymous gift to the university, the need-based financial aid program allows students to complete their higher education with little to no debt. There were 123 applicants, and UNCG expects to welcome more than 30 UNCG Guarantee students to campus. Ten will be a part of the Lloyd International Honors College. The accepted students’ average high school grade point average was 3.87.
  • The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is welcoming its first students this fall. The school, a collaboration between UNCG and NC A&T, has been in the works for several years. Seventeen students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in nanoscience are expected to enroll this fall with UNCG designated as their “home” campus. A&T will be the “home” campus for future students pursuing advanced degrees in nanoengineering. Construction is underway on the 100,000-plus-square-foot research facility that will house the school on the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park.
  • UNCG in 3, an accelerated degree program that allows undergraduates to complete their studies in three years, also starts this fall. The five participating students, all psychology or communication studies majors, are entering UNCG with at least 12 earned credit hours and will attend winter and/or summer sessions to complete their degrees on a faster timetable.
  • Several new majors and fields of study are launching this fall at UNCG, including the start of a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship, a master’s and doctoral degree in nanoscience and a doctoral degree in environmental health science. A post-master’s certification in urban school leadership and administration and a post-master’s certificate in ethnomusicology are also being offered for the first time this fall, as well as a concentration in pedagogical kinesiology at the master’s and doctoral levels.
  • UNCG’s School of Music and departments of dance and theatre merged July 1 to form a combined School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The school is kicking off its inaugural year with the Collage Concert. Now in its third year, the popular concert series will feature performances from students and faculty members from each area of the performing arts. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. Tickets for the event are $10-20 and may be purchased at http://boxoffice.uncg.edu or by calling 4-4849 after Aug. 23.
  • A renovated North Spencer Residence Hall will reopen as a space for students from the Lloyd International Honors College. The $60,000 renovation, funded primarily through tuition fees, took a year and a half to complete. Changes include refurbished bathroom and laundry facilities, office space for faculty, a refurbished parlor and north end porch, a touch-screen computer portal linking students to University Libraries, a computer lab, and a new classroom for use as a global teleconferencing center. Only a portion of UNCG’s 1,000 honors college students will live in North Spencer, said Dr. Jerry Pubantz, dean of the honors college.
  • Students in another program with UNCG ties will face a rite of passage this year. The Beyond Academics program is a post-secondary experiential program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Beyond Academics students, many of whom live in apartments near campus, are part of the UNCG community and work toward living as independently as possible. The program is beginning its fourth year and plans to hold its first graduation in May. For more information, visit http://beyondacademics.blogspot.com.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photography from University Relations Photography Archives

Education Dean Search Finalists and Interview Dates

Finalists have been announced in the search for the next dean of the School of Education. They will interview on campus in late August and early September. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: SaQuang Lam

081810FiveSpot_LamSaQuang Lam is a systems administrator at Student Health Services. Many know him for his computer know-how. Some local refugees know him as the guy who finds cast off computers and electronics spare parts and refurbishes them as gifts for refugee children, served by Lutheran Family Services. He was a refugee himself, a Cambodian escaping with his family from South Vietnam when he was 12. “My dad [who was a Buddhist monk] said we’d rather die with freedom than on our knees.” They made it to the Thai border, then Bangkok, then Indonesia; then they were selected to come to the United States. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: August 18-28, 2010

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

“Andy Warhol, A Documentary Film” (Part 1)
Thursday, August 19, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

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

Fall Kickoff festival
Monday, August 23, 11 a.m., along College Avenue.

UNCG Board of Trustees committee meetings

Tuesday, August 24, 1:30 p.m, Alexander Room, EUC

“Andy Warhol, A Documentary Film” (Part 2)
Thursday, August 26, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Men’s soccer vs. UNC Chapel Hill (free, exh)
Saturday, August 28, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Campus People – August 18, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Brett Carter – Steve Moore – Dr. Roy Schwartzman – Dr. Deborah Taub – Craig Nova – Dr. Stan Faeth – Jim Fisher – Dr. Stoel Burrowes – Dr. David Holley – Dr. Cedric Pearce [Read more…]

Morris is Staff Senate Chair; Meeting Schedule Released

081810NewsAndNotes_StaffSenateThe Staff Senate has announced newly elected senators, senate officers, senate committees and the public meeting schedule. Chair of the senate for the 2010-11 year is Jason Morris of Human Resource Services. Stacy Kosciak from Athletics will serve as chair-elect. Brad Johnson from Housing & Residence Life will serve as secretary. The senate is also guided this year by past-chair Kevin Bullard of ITS.

Senate committees this year include:
Recommendations and Resolutions Committee led by Bruce Griffin of the Division of Campus Safety
Staff Recognition Committee led by Julie Landen of Alumni Relations
Budget Education Committee led by Terri Cartner of Campus Enterprises
Professional and Personal Development led by Jennifer Lester of the Graduate School
Service Committee led by Judy Smith of Space Management and Jan Albrecht of ITS

Staff members may contact a committee chair with suggestions, requests or questions related to the committee.

The senate elections held in April 2010 produced 18 newly elected senators and six re-elected senators. The total senate population stands at 48 Senators representing all areas of the university. A newly developed senator directory [http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/directory/] has been added to the Staff Senate web site to increase awareness among constituencies of their representation. Staff members may contact their Senate representative with needs, concerns and/or announcements that pertain to their division or the entire staff population. In addition, senators have the responsibility to disseminate Senate information to each of their constituents.

Full senate meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday starting at 10 a.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House, with the exception of the October meeting which will be held in the conference room of the Spring Garden Apartments. All university personnel are invited to attend meetings. A complete calendar of senate events is located on the Staff Senate web site.