UNCG Campus Weekly

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Blue & Gold Day This Friday


Chancellor Linda P. Brady signed a university proclamation Tuesday that declares each Friday during the 2010-11 academic year a “Blue and Gold Day”. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: Elise Rhodes

082510FiveSpot_RhodesElise Rhodes, an assistant director for academic skills services at the Student Success Center, helps students from freshmen to doctoral students maximize their abilities and time. Better use of time is one key – which is why there’s a bulletin board just as you enter McIver Building about time management skills. It includes a sample student’s schedule – with every day completely planned. The SSC’s Learning Assistance Center Resource Lab, available to all students, is the first door on the right. How did she become a teacher of academic skills? “I was originally a nurse in New York state, for 11 years,” she says. [Read more…]

Veterans & Military Expo

082510Feature2_MilitaryJosh Green feels lucky. Although he spent five years as a military policeman, he was never deployed.

When he left the military, he earned an undergraduate degree here at UNCG. Since 2006, he has worked in the Dean of Students’ Office.

“I’m very fortunate to be where I’m at,” says Green, whose mother served in the first Gulf War and whose brother was deployed to Afghanistan.

With the idea of helping other veterans get their bearings after completing their military service, Green is working with U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and others at UNCG to organize the first annual Veterans and Military Expo. It is the first such event to take place on a UNC System campus, Green says.

The Expo, which includes a panel discussion on veterans’ benefits and a resource fair, takes place Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 1-4 p.m. in Elliott University Center. It is free and open to all veterans, their families and friends. Free parking is available at the Greensboro Coliseum with shuttle service to the university.

The panel discussion runs from 1-2 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium on the main floor. Hagan will introduce a four-person panel to talk about education, job readiness and other issues affecting veterans.

The resource fair runs from 2-4 p.m. in the Claxton, Alexander and Kirkland rooms on the lower floor of the EUC. Representatives will speak with veterans about health benefits, education benefits and other services.

Green worked with Dedrick Curtis from the UNCG Registrar’s Office; Mike Tarrant, special assistant to Chancellor Linda P. Brady for government relations; and Dr. Kristine Lundgren, a professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, to plan the event.

“I hope the EUC is packed,” says Green, who wants to make the Expo a yearly happening and wants to see the idea spread to other campuses. “It’s just a really good thing to let our community, and our campus, know we really care.”

For details, contact Josh Green at 4-5514 or jagreen@uncg.edu. Green suggests that veterans bring along their discharge papers so they can immediately apply for veterans’ benefits.

By Michelle Hines
Photography courtesy of the Department of Defense photographer Cherie A. Thurlby

Research and Developments

082510Headline_ResearchThe Office of Research & Economic Development is a one-stop shop. That’s the key message Dr. Terri Shelton had for the 33 individuals at New Faculty Orientation last Thursday. Shelton is vice chancellor for research and economic development.

She spoke for 30 minutes about her office and the services it provides faculty and the campus community. Earlier speakers that morning included Dr. Ray Purdom (TLC), Dr. Steve Roberson (Undergraduate Studies) and Dr. Brett Carter (Student Affairs). There would be so much to communicate, in limited time.

What did Shelton mean by “one stop shop”? Much of what faculty might be interested in as support for their research or creative activities are in the administration side of the MHRA Building. For example, the Office of Sponsored Programs, on the first floor, helps with searches, subcontracts, proposal submission and most pre-award activities. The Office of Contracts and Grants, which reviews budget preparation but manages most post-award activities, is on the second floor. For those who are doing research that involves subjects, human or otherwise, the Office of Research Compliance is on the second floor, too. For those who are interested in commercializing their innovation or invention, there are the Offices of Economic Development, Innovation Commercialization, and the Small Business Technology Development Center. A faculty member who’s new to campus can see it as a ‘one stop shop.’

“Before this building was built, all these offices were spread across campus and if you were submitting a grant, you had to physically go from office to office to get help and get a proposal signed off. Now with everyone in the same building and with the electronic submission, it’s much more user-friendly.”

The Office of Research and Economic Development reports to Academic Affairs, she explained to the new faculty, providing context. She spoke about each of the offices, programs, centers and institutes that are a part of her office. The components of the Office of Research and Economic Development involve providing infrastructure to assist faculty in proposal development and submission, technology transfer and compliance; helping grow the campus’ research enterprise; economic development and community engagement.

She stressed what the office may be able to do for the faculty in their first years and their research activities.

For example, regarding the Office of Sponsored Programs,”Let them know what types of things you’re interested in…. They can help you in getting funding.”

She explained that the “economic development” component of her office is very broad – “it’s not just job creation,” she explained.

“Workforce development, leadership development, public policy analysis, capacity building, the creation of intellectual capital and technology transfer are all relevant components.”

She presented a list of members of the campus’ Research Advisory Council (RAC). She strongly advised them to talk with their associate dean for research or director of research who is on this council. “If you take nothing away else away from this [presentation, just before lunch], go find your research dean or director of research and make yourself known to that person,” she advised them.

It’s been a newsworthy year for the Office of Research and Economic Development. 2009-10 was UNCG’s best year receiving grant awards, as Chancellor Linda P. Brady announced in her State of the Campus Address. During the year, external funding was more than $47 million, about 34 percent more than the previous year. Stimulus funding accounted for $8.8 million of that figure. Grant submissions at UNCG increased 53 percent.

One change is a new name for what had been called the Office of Technology Transfer. It is now the Office of Innovation Commercialization.

“The new name helps to dispel misperceptions that we only commercialize hard science discoveries,” Shelton says. “We felt that the title more fully embraces the traditional strengths of this university and highlights that we are committed to doing more than transfer technology. We are committed to helping create and support an atmosphere where innovation occurs, that we commercialize that innovation whenever possible, and that we support the entrepreneurial spirit among our students, faculty, and staff.”

Jerry McGuire is associate vice chancellor for economic development. The Office of Innovation Commercialization reports to him, as do two other offices: the NC Entrepreneurship Center, which is beginning a search for a permanent director; and the Small Business and Technology Development Center Regional Service Center.

Among other recent changes in the Office of Research and Economic Development:

  • Sponsored Programs has reorganized and there are a few new faces. Dr. Valera Francis continues as director, and while Charna Howson left last winter; Lloyd Douglas, Paul Tuttle and Michael Preuss have joined to make the office more robust.
  • The Center for Social, Community and Health Research and Evaluation has been created. Dr. Joseph Telfar is the director of this interdisciplinary center.
  • The individuals who were once a part of the Center for Research Excellence in Nanobiosciences now are at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research, led by Dr. Mary Crowe, is now under the leadership of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Increased grant funding for “Scholars’ Travel.” The Office of Research and Economic Development’s internal grants for faculty members presenting research at conferences and symposia has been increased from $350 to $500. Part of that figure is normally matched by the faculty member’s department or program.

More information is at http://www.uncg.edu/rsh/.

By Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson

Notes: August 25, 2010

NotesIconCall for proposals for annual Conference on African American Culture and Experiences (CACE) The conference, hosted by UNCG’s African American Studies Program Oct. 14-16, will have the theme “Exploring Black Masculinities across Multiple Landscapes: A Global Perspective.” Dr. Tara Green, program director, says, “In 
 Panels. Send proposed abstracts (100 words) in Word or RTF to afs@uncg.edu no later than Aug. 31. Panel proposals are highly encouraged. Student panels are welcomed. Send inquiries to afs@uncg.edu. For more information and registration, visit www.uncg.edu/afs. Papers will be considered for inclusion in the new Journal of Black Masculinity.

Princeton Review The Princeton Review has included UNCG in its “The Best 373 Colleges,” an honor earned by only about 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges. The 2011 edition of the book hit store shelves this month. Princeton Review surveyed 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges. In addition to student feedback, choices also reflect institutional data, campus visits, and opinions of the Review’s staff and its 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. “UNCG is delighted to be included in Princeton Review’s listing of ‘Best Colleges,’” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Student opinions matter.” Students quoted in the guide praised UNCG for its overall value, strong faculty, specialized programs and support for non-traditional students. One student wrote that UNCG offers a “high-quality of education at a significantly reduced rate, while having the smaller classes allowing closer bonds between faculty and students.”A sidebar to the UNCG profile in the guide says students also give UNCG high marks for student diversity, student happiness and relations with the local community as well as laboratory and computer facilities.

Department of Environmental Health and Safety The name of the Office of Safety has changed. It is now the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. The department’s interim director, Tim Slone, said the change “will help better represent the services the we provide.” It is also in accord with the name of most universities’ offices with their mission and responsibilities, he explained. Details on ways the department, which is part of Business Affairs, serves the university are at http://www.uncg.edu/sft/

A charter member The Department of Counseling and Educational Development has been approved as a charter member of the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP), an international affiliate of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. All programs (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Couple and Family Therapy, School Counseling, College Counseling and Student Development, and Counselor Education and Supervision) have been approved by IRCEP. The purpose of the registry is to foster relationships among students, counselors and counselor educators worldwide, while furthering the global recognition of the counseling profession.

Volunteers and Fundraising A panel discussion last week allowed individuals in University Advancement and many university officials to hear a panel of volunteers share information about what inspires their voluntarism and keeps them engaged in the fundraising process. The panel was moderated by Richard “Skip” Moore, president of the Weaver Foundation and former vice chancellor for university advancement. Dr. Kate Barrett, a Board of Trustees member and former professor, introduced the speakers, including Amelia Hopkins, Randall Kaplan, J.J. McEachern, Dabney Sanders, Jana Wagenseller and Sarah Warmath.

Campus Book Delivery for Faculty & Staff During the Fall 2010 semester, the Libraries will offer a trial delivery service to all UNCG faculty and staff. Any circulating, available items from Jackson or Music libraries can be requested through the online catalog by clicking on the “Faculty delivery” icon beneath the title. Requests will be delivered to Departments, and most requests will be filled within two business days, says Joe Williams, Head of Access Services, University Libraries. Faculty and staff can return the materials to Jackson or Music library, or to any Libraries book drop on campus. For more information on the full range of delivery services available to UNCG students, faculty, and staff, please visit the Delivery web page, http://library.uncg.edu/services/delivery.aspx, or contact Access Services at 4-5304.

Albion Tourgee On Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, Dr. Mark Elliott (History) will discuss the book Undaunted Radical, which he co-edited. This book provides previously unpublished writings and speeches of Albion Tourgee.

Announcements: August 25, 2010

Chancellor Linda P. Brady has issued a call for nominations. [Read more…]

Arnold Mesches Will Speak on ‘The FBI Files’

082510EyeOnArts_MeschesThe F.B.I. watched the artist Arnold Mesches from 1945 to 1972. They analyzed his political and social activities, and engaged friends, neighbors, and even a lover as informants, compiling a 760-page dossier on him. [Read more…]

Campus People – August 25, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Bruce Kirchoff – Dr. Jane Myers – Dr. Love Crossling [Read more…]

Looking ahead: August 25, 2010

Gallery talk, about Hans Hofmann, by Mariam Stephan and Xandra Eden
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2-3 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG

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

Blue & Gold day. All are encouraged to wear school colors each Friday.
Friday, Aug, 27.

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

Artist’s talk, with Arnold Mesches
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 5 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Men’s soccer vs. Charlotte
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.

Sustainability Film, “Crude, the Real Price of Oil”
Thursday, Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

more at calendar.uncg.edu