UNCG Campus Weekly

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Honoring some who make our university thrive

“It is my pleasure this morning to acknowledge the incredible work of our faculty and staff,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said at the beginning of the Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony Aug. 17. She spoke of the commitment the honored individuals – and all faculty and staff – show every day.

“These efforts will continue to make our university thrive, even in these difficult times,” she said.

The award recipients were:

Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award

  • Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas (Interior Architecture)

Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards

  • Dr. Gary Rosenkrantz (Philosophy)
  • Laura Pitts (Advancement)
  • Joseph Borawski (Political Science and International and Global Studies)

Staff Excellence Awards

  • Karen Stacherski (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations)
  • Lisa Walker (Nutrition)

Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards

  • Dr. Jennifer Etnier (Kinesiology)
  • Dr. Maura Heyn (Classical Studies)

Research Excellence Awards

  • Dr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • Dr. Christopher Hodgkins (English)

Student Learning Enhancement Awards

  • Dr. Ken Allan (Sociology)
  • Dr. Lakshmi Iyer (Information Systems and Operations Management)

The chancellor also recognized those received services awards for 30, 35 and 40 years of service:

Service Awards for 30 years

  • Carol Bell (Student Health Services), Deborah Bell (Theatre), Gaylor Callahan (University Libraries), Chuck Curry (ITS), Chris Fay (Grounds), Ted Hunter (University Libraries), Derrick Lankford (Student Health Services), William Markham (Sociology), Jeffrey Patton (Geography), Stephen Ruzicka (History), Glenda Sparks (Continual Learning), Adalyn Vallecorsa (School of Education), Robert Wineburg (Social Work)

Service Awards for 35 years

  • Denise Baker (College of Arts & Sciences), Donald McCrickard (Bryan School), Mark Smith-Soto (Romance Languages)

Service Awards for 40 years

  • Margo Bender (Romance Languages), Paul Stewart (Music)

By Mike Harris
Visual: Dr. Nadja Cech, center left, and Dr. Chris Hodgkins, center right, with Chancellor Brady and Dr. Terri Shelton. On CW home page: Dr. Jennifer Etnier receives an Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.

‘Great expectations’ for book discussions

You are invited to be a part of the 2011-12 Friends of the UNCG Libraries book discussions. The first is scheduled for Sept. 26. This is their 10th year of holding these faculty-led events. The discussions have been drawing a growing number of participants from UNCG staff and faculty.

Registration is now open:

  • Monday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.: “No God But God: The Origins and Evolution of Islam by Reza Aslan.” Discussion led by Dr. Omar Ali, African American Studies.
  • Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.: “Straight Man” by Richard Russo. Discussion led by Dr. Richard Barton, History.
  • Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Discussion led by Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Biology.
  • Monday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m.: “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens (in honor of his 200th birthday on Feb. 7). Discussion led by Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, English.
  • Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m.: “Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier” by Edward Glaeser. Discussion led by Dr. Ken Snowden, Economics.
  • Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.: “The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession With Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health–And a Vision for Change” by Annie Leonard. Discussion led by Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, Communication Studies.

All discussions will be held in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library. Visit their blog for a full description of the selections

Register here.

Catherine Ennis aims to make middle schoolers healthier

Trust for America’s Health’s 2011 report ranked North Carolina as the 14th most obese state in the nation. In the report, close to two-thirds of adults in the state are either overweight or obese and 19 percent of youth are classified as obese.

Dr. Catherine Ennis is trying to help reverse that trend.

“My particular goal is for students to be able to make these decisions after school, when they’re on their own, when no teacher is standing there,” she said. “Our goal is for students to say ‘I want to be physically active because it’s fun, it makes me feel good and it’s important in my life.’”

Athletics and being physically active was a big part of her own life. She was a field hockey and lacrosse standout as an undergraduate at Lynchburg College. While completing her master’s degree here at UNCG, she was an assistant field hockey coach. On graduating, she told CW, she accepted the position as head field hockey coach at Duke.

Now a professor of teacher education and curriculum and instruction in UNCG’s Department of Kinesiology, Ennis’ research focuses on curriculum theory and development in physical education with specific applications to urban school settings. She is co-author of the books The Curriculum Process in Physical Education (1995) and Student Learning in Physical Education: Applying Research to Enhance Instruction (2003, 2nd ed.).

“I am a physical education/physical activity curriculum specialist and have been interested in integrated curriculum -combining physical education with other subject areas, like science – for many years,” she explained. “I first received a Science Education Partnership Award while a professor at the University of Maryland.” It was for “Science, PE, & Me! for 3rd-5th grade students, 2003-08.

How did she learn about particular NIH awards? “I learned about these awards at UMaryland through an email sent out from the UM grants office alerting faculty of NIH RFPs. It is a great service and really helps faculty identify funding opportunities with a tight match with their interest and expertise. Since then I have served on several NIH proposal review panels,” including one meeting later this fall.

See UNCG News report on the new 5-year NIH-sponsored project she has helped create.

Morale Initiatives Committee making a list

Some may know the committee as the ones distributing ice pops last week, as well as other random acts of kindness.

Its origins was as a focus group, says Stacy Kosciak, Staff Senate chair. She was speaking of a committee developed last year that compiled info from a staff survey. More than 300 individuals had responded about potential ways to improve morale on campus. Chancellor Brady, who was very supportive of this effort, created a committee to examine each of the suggestions made.

The committee presented their initial findings to the chancellor and the Executive Staff, and started doing research in earnest. After an initial review of all the suggestions, Kosciak says, the committee determined that most recommendations fell within several categories: items we are already doing, items that violate state law or contractual obligations, items that have too much cost associated with it and items that warrant further consideration.

Beginning in July, the original committee was dissolved because the Staff Senate decided to formalize the Morale Initiatives Committee to address the morale issue.

Staff Senate is now looking at ways to inform the staff of their findings and will look at ideas for budget-neutral ways to increase morale, mainly using the staff’s suggestions.

The committee, chaired by Brian Wilson (Campus Enterprises) and Bob Snyder (Campus Enterprises) of Staff Senate, plans to create a list of goals this semester.

Snyder and several others on the committee have started doing something already: creating goodie bags and gives them to random staff members. For example, the first six staff members they pass? They each get one. Snyder calls them random acts of kindness – a small gesture to show co-workers they are appreciated.

Snyder was asked about this as faculty and staff enjoyed its opening luncheon, an annual event that helps strengthen bonds and lift morale.

He explained that the Morale Initiatives Committee had passed out 148 coffee cups donated to them. And they planned on the warm move-in days to distribute 300 Gatorade ice pops to staff volunteers.

They’ve given away 45 goodie bags so far, with very inexpensive items – it’s the gesture that really counts. And they do it randomly. “We’re just trying to be nice,” he explained. It’s another way to say Thanks.

When someone says “Thank you,” that’s budget neutral, Kosciak points out. “And it’s easy to do.”

By Mike Harris
Visual: Rebecca Dawkins (Facility Services). Photo courtesy Bob Snyder.

UNCG hosts German Fulbright scholars

Twenty-four top-notch German undergraduates have been visiting UNCG this month through the Fulbright Summer Institute. You may have seen UNCG’s YouTube welcome specifically for the students.

Steve Flynn, director of the Fulbright Summer Institute, looks on the visit as door to future exchanges with Germany and its universities.

“We’re sort of paying it forward,” Flynn says. “It’s a way of building goodwill, and perhaps sometime soon we can send our students to Germany.”

He credits Penelope Pynes, associate provost for international programs, with making UNCG a prime choice for the Fulbright Commission. Pynes is an internationally regarded Germanist.

Full story at UNCG News.

Visual: Scholars at Team QUEST, Piney Lake. Visual posted at UNCG Fulbright 2011 web page.

Dean of Students Fall 2011 Workshops

In an effort to create a culture of care, the Dean of Students Office invites and encourages you to attend a workshop series specifically designed for faculty and staff. Visit http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/ to register to attend. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

UNCG Cares
Sept. 16
2 – 4 p.m.
Bryan, Room 104
“UNCG Cares” about students. During this 2-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

UNCG Cares: Our Critical Responders
Sept. 22
1-3:00 p.m.
EUC, Dogwood
This specialized UNCG Cares training is designed for frontline staff and their supervisors. The training will help staff members identify individuals in distress and those who may become a risk, appropriately handle the individual and create a safety plan for themselves and their office. We encourage supervisors to attend this UNCG Cares training with their frontline staff members in order to create the safety plan for their office and to spend one-on-one time with their staff addressing safety concerns.

Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Sept. 28
3– 4 p.m.
EUC, Dogwood Room
Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom toward faculty and their peers. This behavior is not only disruptive, but if not addressed, could have irreversible consequences on student learning. The Dean of Students Office may have some solutions. Come learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students.

Academic Integrity: What faculty need to know
October 5, 2011
2-3 p.m.
EUC, Claxton Room
UNCG cares about student academic success. We recognize students often balance many challenging personal issues and academic demands. These issues and demands often facilitate academic misconduct among students. To cheat or not to cheat! Better yet….to plagiarize or not to plagiarize… that is the question many college students ask themselves quite often. The purpose of this workshop is to engage faculty in education discourse concerning academic misconduct among college students; UNCG’s effort to promote academic integrity in the classroom; and best practices for reducing academic misconduct.

Nov. 2
2- 3:30 p.m.
EUC, Joyner Room
“UNCG Cares” for VETS. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 allows more veterans to enter colleges and universities to pursue their education. With concerns of veterans returning home with serious psychological and emotions issues, colleges are trying to ensure their campuses have services that are adequate to meet the needs of these students. UNCG Cares: VETS will provide a discussion about today’s veteran, barriers preventing student veterans from staying in college, and on-campus support for UNCG student veterans.

Nominations for 2011-12 Alumni Teaching Excellence and BOG Awards

The chancellor announces that nominations for these awards are being accepted through Sept. 16, 2011. The form is online.

TO: Faculty, Staff, Student Leadership, and Alumni Association
FROM: Linda P. Brady
DATE: August 8, 2011
RE: Nominations for 2011-2012 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors Awards

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the University presents three awards to UNCG faculty members every year. Let me urge you to use the attached form to submit nominations for the 2011-2012 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors Teaching Excellence awards to be awarded in August 2012.

  • The Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for an Untenured Faculty Member ($4,500) recognizes a full-time faculty member who has completed at least three (3) years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three (3) years preceding consideration of at least three (3) courses per year. Instructors, lecturers, nontenured assistant and associate professors, and clinical faculty who meet the criteria are eligible. The recipient is recognized on campus after the Chancellor’s State of the Campus address.
  • The Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for a Tenured Faculty Member ($7,500) recognizes a full-time tenured faculty member, who has completed at least three (3) years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three (3) years preceding consideration of at least three (3) courses per year. The recipient is recognized on campus after the Chancellor’s State of the Campus address.
  • The Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award recognizes a full-time tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven (7) years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three (3) years preceding consideration of at least three (3) courses per year. The Board of Governors Award brings statewide recognition.

Nominations must be submitted by September 16, 2011. Note that all eligible faculty who received the 2010-2011 teaching award from their College or School will be automatically nominated for one of these awards.

The nomination form is available on the web at: http://provost.uncg.edu/Underedu/ATEA/

You may direct questions about these awards to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Steve Roberson.

Starfish Early Alert and Connect

Holly Grabowski updates us on Starfish capabilities in helping reach out to students. She is coordinator of academic outreach and excellence in the office of Undergraduate Student Excellence:
“At-risk” students have been a focus of conversation in the higher education realm for the past few years. Often, students are marginalized based on distinguishing characteristics that supposedly place them in the category of at risk of not performing at potential (At Risk Students). What about the students who do not necessarily have these distinguishing characteristics but are struggling in an academic class? Do they slip under the radar? Unfortunately, this is often the case. At some point in their college careers, all students have the potential to be at risk. If UNCG is serious about maintaining an environment of care and comprehensive support, we have to be willing to look outside of the traditionally labeled “at-risk” students and reach out to any student who may need academic or personal support throughout their academic journey. That is exactly what Undergraduate Student Excellence (USE) and the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) are doing.

Beginning Fall 2011, UNCG will roll out a new software solution from Starfish Retention Solutions that will make the process of reporting on the academic progress of our students as easy and efficient as possible. Starfish is an Early Warning and Student Tracking System that will allow UNCG to take a more holistic approach to student success. It will promote open communication among students, advisors, faculty, and other service providers on campus as well as ensure the success of our students by tracking their progress. Instructors will have the opportunity to raise flags of concern suck as excessive absences, low grade concern, poor participation, or general concerns so that students will be able to connect with resources that can help them early in the semester.

This is a quick and easy way for you to tell us how the students enrolled in your courses are doing. Please keep in mind that these early alert flags are neither grades nor permanent records; your responses will simply help us know which students to reach out to and offer help. Holly Grabowski in the office of Undergraduate Student Excellence will receive all of the submitted flags. She will also coordinate the outreach efforts, connecting students to resources that will contribute to their success. For more information on Starfish, please visit Undergraduate Student Excellence’s web site. Flags can be manually raised at any point during the semester; however, there will be three flag surveys sent out at 4, 8, and 12 weeks and we would appreciate your help by responding as quickly as possible. Instructors will receive the flag survey through email where they will click a link, login to Blackboard, and answer the survey found in the Starfish tab.

Starfish can also be used to easily and efficiently set up office hours and appointments. Workshops on both the EARLY ALERT and the CONNECT aspects of Starfish are available through the TLC. Online training guides and modules are available on the TLC’s website. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to starfish@uncg.edu or Holly Grabowski at 334-5534. Thank you for your support and cooperation as we work hard to provide students the support that they need to succeed here at UNCG.

By Holly Grabowski

CTR department hosting Pet Partners course

A class taught by licensed Delta Instructor Dr. Linda Buettner (CTR) will teach human handlers how to use a companion animal to help others in need.

UNCG’s Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation will be hosting the Delta Society’s Pet Partners training course on Saturday, September 10, 2011 in the Therapeutic Recreation Lab on our campus.

Most domesticated animals can become a pet partner (i.e. horses, dogs, cats, chickens, bunnies, and others) through the four step process. Step 1: Take the Pet Partners course. Step 2: Vet Check and Practice as a team. Step 3. Take the team evaluation test. Step 4. Send in all paperwork to Delta Society for national registration.

Over 10,000 nationally registered teams currently visit hospitals, nursing homes, special schools, and rehabilitation facilities world wide.

The cost of the class is $75 and includes the book. UNCG students, faculty, and staff pay the reduced cost of $50.

If you are interested may access the registration download form at www.uncg.edu/rth

Benefits of becoming a pet partner, and more information about requesting Pet Partner visits, can be found at www.deltasociety.org

For more information, 334-5327 or ctr@uncg.edu.

Robert Watson reads Sept. 8

The MFA Writing Program and “The Greensboro Review” will host a poetry reading by professor emeritus Robert Watson on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Pecky Cypress Room of Alumni House. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the reading beginning at 8 p.m.. The event will celebrate the release of “Robert Watson: The Complete Poems.” Watson will sign books both before and after the reading. The event is free.

HRS strategic plan, audit update

Dr. Edna Chun (Associate Vice Chancellor, HRS) recently shared with Staff Senate an update on HRS initiatives. The HR Efficiency and Effectiveness Audit that she has begun. Dr. Kevin Lowe (Bryan School) and Laura Young, Associate Vice Chancellor, Enterprise Systems and Application, will serve as consultants on the study. A key aspect of the study will be to conduct a campuswide survey for UNCG employees as well as share information about the study in open forums scheduled for September 12 and 13. The survey will be distributed to campus the week of Sept. 12. She notes that since HRS lost three full-time positions as part of the RIF process, cross-training HRS staff and enhanced efficiencies in HRS operations are more important than ever. She presented the new HRS Strategic Plan 2011-14, which is available online. As reported earlier in CW, HRS is developing an e-learning program as a low-cost employee training and development option, and reaching out to partner with other campus entities for instructor-delivered courses. For example, foreign language faculty will teach an online mini-Spanish course this fall and faculty from the Bryan School of Business and Economics will teach courses on managerial/supervisory skills. A catalogue of these courses will be available shortly – at no cost to you.

Watch for HRS survey, forums in mid-Sept.

Human Resource Services will host two open forums. These are open sessions for updates on legislation, budgets, benefits, training, etc. HRS staff will also answer any questions related to human resource topics. All employees are welcome to attend:

  • Sept. 12 – 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 13 – 10 a.m.

Both sessions will be held in the EUC Maple Room.

Questions? Email bsbetts@uncg.edu

Faculty partners 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 2010-2011 CSC presented for over 200 classes and academic clubs and organizations. Specifically, CSC designs presentations and activities related to career planning and research, internships, resume development, interview skills, job search, and more. Career Services can also 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 2011, call the CSC at 334-5454 or email the center at career_services@uncg.edu. Assignments involving individual counselor contact require careful scheduling and planning to ensure that students’ needs can be met efficiently with limited resources. If you wish to require a class assignment involving the CSC, it is essential to call ahead so they can be prepared to assist your students.

Quad Renovation and Closure of West Drive

Due to the extensive amount of construction activity involved in the renovation of the seven residence halls located in the Quad, West Drive will remain closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic through June 2012. Pedestrian traffic traveling North or South will use the existing concrete sidewalk located between the Quad and the Fountain on the West side of the Dining Hall. All motorized vehicles, electric and gas powered, with the exception of emergency vehicles, will not be allowed to use this walkway. Additional temporary signs are being installed at each end of the walkway stating “MOTORIZED VEHICLES PROHIBITED BEYOND THIS POINT“. To ensure the safety of the pedestrians, the university asks all departments to keep their motorized vehicles from using this walkway.

UNCG announces 2011 Hall of Fame class

Former men’s basketball standout Eric Cuthrell, volleyball coaching pioneer Tere Dail, women’s basketball record-holder Melinda Goodson and men’s soccer star Doug Hamilton have been elected to the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame.The Class of 2011 will be formally inducted as part of Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Proximity Hotel. Special ceremonies will also be held at halftime during that night’s men’s soccer match against Gardner-Webb. More at UNCG Athletics.

With the staff: August 2011

Mitchell Summers (ITS); Will Sykes (ITS); Lori George (Bryan School); Melinda Spencer (Graduate School); Brittany Dixon (HDFS); Michael Smith Jr. (Student Health); Nai Oo (Student Health); Heather Mitchell (Nursing); Nadine Farrell (Theatre); Barbara Dawson (Student Health Services)
(Editor’s note: Summer and Sykes were originally misidentified in most recent “With the Staff” listing. To ensure no confusion, they are included in this month’s listing.)

Audrey Mendes (Health and Human Sciences); Sarah Shettleroe (HDFS); Michelle Sanford (ITS); Jeanine Robert-Wyatt (ITS); Petrina Payne (ITS); Chelsey Watson (ITS); Allyson Wood (Development); Deloris Graves (Facility Operations); Amanda Pruitt (Student Health Services); Chad Hain (Theatre); Jeanine Gatewood (HDFS); Meredith Zahn (Bryan School); Suzanne Barnes (UTLC); Tammy Waddell (Human Resource Services)

Athletic events (except basketball) free again

Thinking about going to the big games this weekend? Women’s soccer hosts Wake Forest, men’s soccer hosts Duke. Volleyball hosts several matches. And all home games this year, aside from basketball, are free, for the second year in a row.

See/Hear: August 24, 2011

How do they do that? Get a taste of the soccer ball wizardry in store for those attending this season’s matches. There’s a big soccer doubleheader this Friday, Aug. 26. Admission is free.

Dr. Carole J. Ott

Dr. Carole J. Ott (Music) is the 2011 winner of The American Prize in Conducting – college/university chorus division. Ott directs the Chorale and teaches undergraduate and graduate level conducting. Additionally, she is the director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale. Her degrees include an MM and DMA from the University of Michigan. The American Prize is a series of national competitions designed to recognize and reward the very best in the performing arts in the United States.

Dr. Carol Mullen

Dr. Carol Mullen (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) was elected president of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) for 2012-13 and is currently president-elect. Established in 1947, NCPEA is committed to the practice and study of educational leadership.

Dr. Loreen Olson

Dr. Loreen Olson (Communication Studies) is the editor of the “Journal of Family Communication.” She has joined UNCG from the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on interpersonal and family communication dilemmas. She teaches in the areas of gender, relational, and family communication.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Dr. Heidi Carlone (Curriculum and Instruction) served as a mentor at the weeklong Sandra K. Abell Institute for Doctoral Students co-hosted by BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) and the faculty from Penn State. The Colorado Spring Institute is sponsored by NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching), a professional association of researchers committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research. Carlone was one of eight mentors who worked with 41 doctoral students at this year’s institute.

Dr. Patricia Fairfield-Artman

Dr. Patricia Fairfield-Artman (Communication Studies) has been named Ethics Officer for the Board of the Tarheel Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.