UNCG Campus Weekly

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Newsmakers: September 1, 2010

Andrew Brod, Sarah Jane Cervenak, Omar H. Ali, Christopher Ruhm, Eric Ford and David Cook are among UNCG individuals recently in the news.

Visit the Newsmakers web page.

Stories and Songs of Native American Culture

090110EyeOnArts_NativeAmericanCome walk the Choctaw Road. [Read more…]

Notes: September 1, 2010

NotesIconCalendar of Workshops The Fall 2010 Training and Development calendar of workshops has been posted on the Human Resource Services training web site. Included on the calendar are professional development and personal enrichment opportunities from the HRS Learning Modules, an expanded Financial & Life Planning (FLP) series and the training opportunities offered at the Office of State Personnel. The course title/link on the calendar provides time, location, course description, and a link to register. Also posted on the site is the new UNCG Training & Development Catalog, which can be downloaded at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/HRS_Training_Catalog_10-11.pdf. You may wish to print a copy for your departmental common space or bulletin board. If your area has predetermined training events that are offered to faculty and staff and you would like for them to be included in this catalog produced each August and January, send HRS the information. Those with questions or catalog entries may contact Gwenne Causey or Jason Morris in HRS at 4-5009.

Study Abroad Fair The fair for students as well as faculty and staff will be today (Wednesday, Sept. 1), 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Stone Lawn on College Avenue. Anyone who has an interest in study abroad is welcome to stop by and get more information about the different programs and opportunities that UNCG offers.

SoCon Academic Honor Roll UNCG had a school-record 117 student-athletes earn spots on the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2009-10 school year. To be named to the Honor Roll, student-athletes must participate in a varsity sport and post a 3.0 grade point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters, or its equivalent for other academic calendars. UNCG had more than 100 student-athletes on the Honor Roll for the fourth straight year. Nearly half of UNCG’s 244 student-athletes from the 2009-10 academic year earned at least a 3.0 GPA.There were 69 student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs in the league for the school year, and UNCG boasted 10 of them.

Food for Thought The Lloyd International Honors College invites faculty, staff and students to the Food for Thought lunches, on Wednesdays at noon in the Faculty Center. Today (Wednesday, Sept. 1), the topic is “Coming to America: The International Student’s Perspective.” Tom Martinek of the International Programs Center will lead a discussion about how the dramatic changes made to visa and immigration procedures after 9/11 have affected international students coming to study here, and the vast differences between the US college system and higher education around the world. Stacey Peebles notes this is a great chance to hear from international students how their educational system at home differs from the experience at UNCG and how this reflects various aspects of their culture.

“Wild Caught” on PBS this Friday At 10 p.m on Friday, Sept. 3, UNC-TV will broadcast statewide Matt Barr’s one-hour documentary “Wild Caught: The Life and Struggles of an American Fishing Town.” It has been modified from the original feature-length version, which was originally premiered on campus in April of 2006. It has been shown in a number of venues including film festivals, academic conferences and community screenings.”Wild Caught” looks at the struggles of the fishing families of Snead’s Ferry, North Carolina, a traditional fishing town undergoing the onslaught of a rising tide of seafood imports and an ever-increasing rate of coastal development. Filmed over a seven-year period “Wild Caught” has become an advocacy piece for fishermen in North Carolina and throughout the country. It is being distributed to the PBS system by NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

Furniture Expo will be held Sept. 7, from 3-8 p.m. in the EUC, Cone Ballrooms B and C. Any students living on campus as well as faculty and staff members can tour an exhibit of student room furniture from five select vendors and give feedback on what they would like to see in the new residence hall and renovated Quad in the future. Your impressions are important to Housing and Residence Life. Questions? Email klburges@uncg.edu.

Got free stuff to give away? If so, the university’s official Facebook account and Twitter account could use it. Each semester, several prize packs are awarded to the winners of a variety of social media contests conducted on that Facebook page (http://facebook.uncg.edu) and on Twitter (http://twitter.com/uncg). All types of items are welcomed, from event tickets and apparel to CDs/DVDs or smaller items like pens and stickers. What’s in it for your department or program? Free advertising among the ever growing number of fans and followers. Contact Lanita Withers Goins at ldgoins@uncg.edu or Debbie Schallock at drschall@uncg.edu if you have questions or donations.

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Assistantships (IdURA) These assistantships support students working with faculty across disciplinary lines to create and disseminate knowledge in new areas of scholarship and research. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. For details, see http://www.uncg.edu/our/2011idura.html or call the Office of Undergraduate Research at 4-4776.

World Suicide Prevention Day will be Friday, Sept.10. The campus’ Friends Helping Friends suicide prevention and mental health awareness group, along with the Counseling and Testing Center, will have information tables set up in the Atrium from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, and in the EUC Commons from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9. The Friends Helping Friends program and the Wellness Center of Student Health Services will also be launching their two-level I CARE program on these days. The Level I training is a mental health and suicide awareness outreach program, which can be requested by emailing the program’s Outreach Coordinator, Anne Keyworth, at amkeywor@uncg.edu. The gatekeeper training, Level II, teaches participants the skills they need to intervene with an individual who is showing signs of mental distress or suicide ideation. It is an interactive program that is UNCG-specific. To register for this program, visit http://www.uncg.edu/shs/fhf/ or contact Julie Catanzarite at jacaddy@uncg.edu.

Music, Theatre and Dance Share Stage

090110Feature2_CollageFaculty and students from the newly formed School of Music, Theatre and Dance will showcase their talents on a shared stage for the third annual Collage Concert.

The popular performance, which has enjoyed near sell-out crowds for the past two years, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in Aycock Auditorium. Tickets for the event are $10-20 and can be purchased online at boxoffice.uncg.edu, by calling 4-4849 or at campus box office locations. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. All proceeds will benefit the School of Music, Theatre and Dance Scholarship Fund.

This year’s event will highlight the strength of the performing arts at UNCG and within the new unit dedicated to the three artistic disciplines. The theatre department will present an excerpt from the iconic musical “Oklahoma!” (A full performance of the musical will have a several-day run later this semester.) Students from the dance department will perform two pieces choreographed by faculty members. And the music departments will be well represented, with performances by 350 vocalists and instrumentalists as well as contributions from faculty members with specialties in jazz, voice, keyboard, string, and wind instruments.

The Collage Concert is a great opportunity for patrons to experience a wide range of artistic expressions, said Dr. Kevin Geraldi, an assistant professor of conducting in the school. “People who normally might only be interested in hearing a certain type of music, or who tend to attend performances by certain areas of the school, will have the opportunity to explore the breadth of what our excellent faculty and students have to offer.

“Collage is not a normal concert experience,” he added. “It is much more interactive, with performances that surround the audience presented seamlessly with special lighting.”

The 2010 Collage Concert is the first in a series of special performances planned to celebrate the inaugural year of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The school was officially established July 1.

For more information about the Collage Concert, visit http://www.uncg.edu/mus/collage.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photography by David Wilson

Karen Bjork Dischell Art at Library

090110EyeOnArts_BjorkDischell“Accepting the Often Chaotic Appearance of Trees,” an art exhibition by Karen Bjork Dischell, in on view in the Jackson Library Reading Room. On Sept. 9, from 4-6 p.m., the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will host an opening reception. [Read more…]

Ross Elected UNC System President

090110Headline_TomRossThomas W. Ross, president of Davidson College and a former chair of the UNCG Board of Trustees, was unanimously elected president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina by the UNC Board of Governors on Aug. 26.

He will take office Jan. 1, succeeding Erskine Bowles, who announced in February that he would retire this December after five years in the post.

Ross has served as president of Davidson College since 2007.

Following his election, he told the Board of Governors: “To accept this job will require that I leave a job and place I love dearly,” referring to Davidson College. “It has been an emotional struggle for me to come to the decision to leave, but I do so feeling called to this position and to this University. I love this State of ours, and there is no institution more important to North Carolina and her future than the University of North Carolina.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady said, “Tom Ross will be an outstanding leader for the University of North Carolina. He understands higher education and the challenges we face, and recognizes the historic support provided by the citizens of North Carolina for our University. I have enjoyed serving with him on the Southern Conference Council of Presidents.”

Before his presidency at Davidson, Ross was chairman of the UNCG Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2007. His tenure as a board member had begun in 2003.

During his years of service, UNCG achieved the Carnegie Classification of High-Research Activity University; numerous higher education bond projects started, including the renovation of historic Aycock Auditorium and Petty Science Building; construction of Spring Garden Apartments began; and the public phase of the Students First Campaign was launched.

He established the Tom and Susan Ross Civic Engagement Internship Scholarship and he served as honorary chair of the Individual Advance Leadership Committee for the Students First Campaign, 2004-09.

He has also served on the Board of Visitors for UNCG, as well as for UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. He received an honorary doctorate from UNCG in May 2008, when he delivered the commencement address.

Ross was born and raised in Greensboro and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson in 1972. He graduated with honors from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Law. After a short stint as an assistant professor of public law and government at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Government, Ross joined the Greensboro law firm of Smith Patterson Follin Curtis James & Harkavy in 1976. He left the firm in 1982 to serve as chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Robin Britt. The following year, Ross was appointed by Gov. Jim Hunt to fill a vacancy on the North Carolina Superior Court. He held the position for the next 17 years.

In 1990, North Carolina’s Chief Justice tapped him to lead a new Sentencing and Policy Advisory Committee. Over the next two years, this panel devised a structured sentencing system that would toughen sentences for violent crimes and repeat offenses, while increasing community-based alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenses. Key goals were to minimize sentencing disparities and to prioritize resources more effectively without sacrificing public safety.

In 1999, Ross was appointed director of the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

In 2001, he left the bench to serve as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a Winston-Salem-based philanthropic organization devoted to improving the lives of the people of North Carolina.

Ross stepped down in 2007 to return to Davidson as president.

Active in civic and community activities, Ross currently serves on the boards of Davidson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Hueston Foundation, the Warner Foundation, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

In the past, he has served on the boards of the North Carolina New Schools Project, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the Institute of Government Foundation, the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law Alumni Foundation, and the Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Ross has been married since 1972 to Susan Donaldson Ross, a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Education and a former executive director of the Greensboro Bar Association.

“Our nationwide search attracted talent from many different professional backgrounds and from every part of the country, but in the end that long road led us back to North Carolina, to one of our own,” Board Chairman Hannah Gage said in recommending Ross to the Board of Governors. “In a time of great challenge and constant change, Tom Ross’ thoughtful leadership, his proven integrity, his deep understanding of North Carolina, and his lifelong commitment to improving the lives of people in every corner of our state make him the perfect choice to lead the university in the years ahead.”

Visual: Tom Ross delivered UNCG commencement address at Greensboro Coliseum in 2008.

Photography by Chris English

eMarketplace for One-Stop Shopping

090110Feature_MarketplaceUNCG has implemented a new e-procurement system called the UNC Greensboro eMarketplace.

eMarketplace is an automated, streamlined procurement application that will provide cost savings to departments making purchases.

  • What It Is: eMarketplace is an online marketplace for UNC Greensboro. It is a shopper’s one-stop shopping and requisitioning portal. It will feel very much like shopping at Amazon.com. The eMarketplace allows for browsing by category and adding items to a shopping cart. Shopping becomes as easy as point and click.
  • Where it is: eMarketplace is located online, which makes it an efficient paperless purchasing system, designed to be user friendly. Once trained, shoppers can access it at: http://purchasing.uncg.edu/eMarketplace/
  • Who It Affects: All Shoppers and Requisitioners. Banner continues to be our Finance system of record, but eMarketplace overlays Banner, making your shopping experience easier, faster and more financially relevant. Once a shopper/requester is trained, they will do all their shopping in eMarketplace. All current Banner requesters must be trained by the end of 2010.
  • When Does it Go Into Effect: Training will be held through the end of the year in preparation to go live at the first of January 2011.
  • How You Get Trained: Campus training sessions are scheduled beginning Sept.13. You can sign up online at: http://purchasing.uncg.edu/eMarketplace/training.html. If you have questions regarding training, contact Sandy Rogerson at slroger2@uncg.edu

Shannon Clegg, senior director of Campus Enterprises, said, “This new e-procurement system will provide the ability to bring UNCG’s spending under management, cut processing costs, and negotiate more competitive contracts with major suppliers, hence saving the university departments money.”
Clegg also provided some benefits of an e-procurement system:

  • Establishes a one‐stop shopping and request portal for all request types
  • Easier access for departments to the system
  • Increase overall operational efficiencies across campus
  • Drive purchases to contract suppliers
  • Increase purchase volume to HUB suppliers
  • Enhance strategic sourcing capabilities – new and better contracts
  • Improve efficiency of back‐office staff from procure‐to‐pay

Additional information on the eMarketplace can be found on the Purchasing page at: http://purchasing.uncg.edu/eMarketplace/

By Angie Schrock
Photography of a training session last week by Mark Unrue

Campus People – September 1, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Ray Purdom – Dr. Joan E. Paluzzi – Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou – Dr. James Benshoff – Staff Stars [Read more…]

Helping with House Calls

090110NewsAndNotes_HouseCallsOn Aug. 23, at the end of the first day of classes, first-year student living on campus received a knock on their door from a UNCG faculty or staff member to welcome them to the campus. [Read more…]

Changes in Student Rec Memberships and Programs

The Department of Campus Recreation has revised the Student Recreation Center (SRC) membership packages and pricing structure for UNCG employees to stay healthy and active. [Read more…]

Open Search for New Director for Office of Academic Assessment

A national search has begun for a new director for the Office of Academic Assessment. [Read more…]

UNCG Recognized for Success with African-American Students

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin will attend Helping Students Beat the Odds, a Sept. 16 conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. [Read more…]

Native American Exhibition

Enjoy an art exhibition on loan from the Guilford Native American Association. [Read more…]

Announcements: September 1, 2010

The State Health Plan is verifying the eligibility of all dependents covered on the State Health Plan, according to Human Resource Services. This initiative consists of a six-week Verification Period during which all members must provide proof of eligibility for each of their dependents enrolled for coverage under the State Health Plan during the 2010-11 Plan Year. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: September 1-9, 2010

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

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.

Labor Day holiday.
Monday, Sept. 6. Classes dismissed; offices closed.

Faculty Convocation and general meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Film, “Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist”
Thursday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Weatherspoon.

more at calendar.uncg.edu