UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Men’s Basketball Schedule Released; Duke Visits Dec. 29

090810NewsAndNotes_MensBB2Men’s basketball will feature 15 home games including a date with defending national champion Duke and a renewed rivalry with North Carolina A&T. [Read more…]

Want Others to See Your Program’s Calendar?

090810Feature2_GoogleCalYou want to be in-the-know? The UNCG Public Calendar provides lots of events.

You want to get your events on people’s calendars? There’s something new: a UNCG calendar directory that will help people know about your events.

But first, your department or program needs to have a Google calendar. You need to make it public, if it’s not already. You need to make sure it has plenty of events (an empty calendar is not helpful). And you need to submit it to the UNCG calendar directory.

A Campus Weekly story earlier in the summer described the campus’ calendar initiative, and encouraged more departments to create Google calendars. Since that time, more Google calendars have been created around campus and many have been added to one centralized directory. That directory, which “went live” very recently, can be found at http://calendar.uncg.edu/directory/index.php. You may want to bookmark it.

There, you will see many calendars. Some you may be very interested in. Some less so. You may want to know about upcoming lectures in one department, but not in another.

If for example you are interested in the Student Affairs calendar, click “S” to get to it. Or use the “categories” groupings to find the ones you want.

You can create your own personal, customizable “mash-up” calendar, so each time you come back to view it, the calendar will show just the types of events you want to see.

Your personal mash-up calendar would be a combined view of several calendars offered in this directory.

For example, you may be interested in having on your mash-up calendar home volleyball games, theatre events, Staff Senate events and archaeology events.

Click those ones – and any others you’re interested in – to provide the one calendar you want. And you can add or delete calendars at any time.

This customizable app is available to all faculty, staff and students.

Have questions? There is an FAQ section for the Public Calendar, which is a broad calendar for the general public. And there is an FAQ section for the calendar directory, as well as training materials.

Those with questions about placing particular events on the Public Calendar may email dan_nonte@uncg.edu.

The campus calendar effort is a joint venture of Students Affairs Technology, University Relations and Information Technology Services.

The use of these Google calendars is part of the Google Apps for Education initiative. See the related video.

By Mike Harris

Help and Support for Veterans

090810Headline_MilitaryExpoUNCG opened its arms to veterans and military personnel Tuesday afternoon, with the Veterans and Military Expo in EUC.

“It’s certainly wonderful that UNCG is holding this on this great campus,” said Sen. Kay Hagan, who serves on the U.S. Senate’s Armed Services Committee.

She noted the skills that veterans possess. “We now need to transition those to civilian life.”

She stressed jobs. And she stressed the need for education and training.

“I can think of no more capable workforce than our returning veterans,” she said.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady welcomed, as well, those attending the expo.

She noted UNCG’s long history of support to veterans, going back to World War II and [future nursing dean] Pattie Lewis’ service in nursing and the 1945 faculty Veterans’ Education Committee assisting the women returning to campus.

She thanked the military personnel for their service, and she thanked the many organizations and individuals offering advice and services at the expo resource fair later in the afternoon. “Without your participation, this expo would not have been possible.”

She made special note of Marty Noe, who also welcomed those attending. Noe is a sophomore at UNCG, after a career of more than 20 years in the Navy.

A panel discussion on educations, jobs and workforce development was led by Dr. Robert Brown (Division of Continual Learning); Ed Frye, (GTCC); Major Myle Hammond (Office of Sen. Kay Hagan) ; Mark Haupt (NC Vet Biz); and Roger Shackleford (NC Department of Commerce).

Brown said that UNC system offers 61 undergraduate degree programs online. Online courses can be very helpful for those managing deployments. Military personnel or families interested in learning more may visit online.northcarolina.edu/military. He added that UNCG offers about a dozen online.

One of those asking a question, about benefits, was student Keyonna Fairley. A Veterans Administration official in the audience responded to her question.

After the session, Fairley, who has served in the Navy nine years, spoke about her education. She has taken classes at two other universities and received an associates degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, but “this is the best college I’ve been to,” she said.

She plans to major in Business Administration.

At the resource fair, Dedrick Curtis stood at the Registrar’s Office booth. Curtis helped in organizing the expo. He served in the Navy from 1998-2004.

He noted that about 130 had attended the discussion.

Vendors filled three rooms in EUC, ranging from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to the Citizen Soldier Support Program, from the UNCG Wellness Center to UNCG Career Services.

Visual:  Sen. Kay Hagan speaks at the expo.

By Mike Harris

Photography by David Wilson

A Milestone, as JSNN Welcomes First Students

090810Feature1_BradMillerCongressman Brad Miller has a keen interest in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, says Mike Tarrant, special assistant to the chancellor. The school opened last month, welcoming its first students.

Miller serves on the House of Representatives’ Science and Technology Committee, where he is chair of that committee’s subcommittee on investigations and oversight.

“He has a special interest in nanoscience,” Tarrant says, noting that Miller is currently co-sponsoring legislation that will provide more education and research in the area of nanotechnology.

The JSNN has welcomed its first group of students – and just before classes began, Miller met with N.C. A&T Chancellor Harold Martin, UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady, Dr. James Ryan, the JSNN founding dean, and John Merrill, executive director of Gateway University Research Park, at the joint school. Other NC A&T and UNCG officials as well as John Hardin, executive director of the NC Board of Science and Technology, participated.

Miller spoke with students and faculty, toured the current classroom and labs and saw the construction site at the Gateway University Research Park’s south campus. The school’s $65 million building is under construction, with completion scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011. Construction so far is on time and on budget, Ryan said. For now, classes are being held next door in the conference room of Gateway’s USDA research building.

“The enrollment of the first cohort of students into the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering marks the fruition of a vision that was cast years ago,” said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “The cutting-edge disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering combine the strengths of the two universities, and the training these students will receive at the Joint School will be in demand and spur economic development for years to come.”

Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of NC A&T, also cited the singular opportunities the school represents for both students and the community. “This unique school will provide our students with remarkable education and research experiences in the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology,” Martin said. “The Joint School enables our universities to enhance the competitiveness of our community and region, and we look forward to continuing to work with our local business and government leaders to realize the school’s potential for a very real impact on our economy.”

In the most recent state budget, the two universities received $1 million in recurring funds for JSNN to hire additional faculty and staff.

Information released by the JSNN explains that it is one of fewer than 10 schools nationally to offer degree programs in nanotechnology, according to the National Nanotechnology Initiative. And JSNN, which was created by NC A&T and UNCG, is the only one created and operated collaboratively by two universities.

The school opened last month with 18 students in two degree programs – 17 are in the doctoral program in nanoscience, and one is in the professional master’s degree program in nanoscience.

That enrollment is considered remarkably strong, considering that the first degree programs were approved by the UNC Board of Governors only last January. “The original projection was 10, due to the lack of time we had to market the program to prospective students,” said Ryan.

First semester courses include Mathematical Methods in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering as well as Nanochemistry.

The students also will take two lab rotations and a professional development course. The students will have a choice of labs, including two JSNN labs temporarily located in the USDA building and nano-oriented labs at both of Gateway’s campuses.

Second-semester courses include Nanobiology and Nanophysics, two more lab rotations and another professional development course. With those first-year courses as a foundation, Ryan said, students will be prepared to focus on the specific fields of their choice in the subsequent three years of the Ph.D. program.

The doctoral program is designed to produce researchers for industry and academia. The professional master’s program is for students who want to work on the business side of the nano field. It will include management courses taught at the two universities’ schools of business as well as the first-year science courses.

In addition to the two nanoscience degrees, which are offered by UNCG, N.C. A&T will submit proposals to the UNC General Administration this fall to offer master’s and doctoral programs in nanoengineering at the JSNN.

The 100,000-plus-square-foot research facility that will house JSNN is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012.

Visual: Jim Coleman, who has begun work on his doctorate in nanoscience, speaks with Congressman Brad Miller in a lab.

By Mike Harris and staff
Photography by Chris English

International Housekeepers’ Week

It’s that time of year to celebrate and appreciate the campus’ housekeeping staff. [Read more…]

Notes: September 8, 2010

SECC Campaign will begin Sept. 17 The State Employees Combined Campaign will run from Sept. 17 to Nov. 17 this year. In past years, there has been a large campus Kick-Off Celebration to launch the campaign. This year, there will be no Kick-Off or silent auction. The solicitors for each department across campus will meet Sept. 17. The campaign will begin that day. More about the campaign will be in an upcoming issue.

Give a pint. Get a pint. The first of four Red Cross Blood Drives this year will be on Tuesday, Sept.14, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. In exchange for your blood donation you’ll receive a sweet treat. When you give a pint, you’ll get a pint of ice cream donated by Blue Bell Creameries. Elliott University Center will sponsor the drive. All presenting donors will also be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card from the American Red Cross. To schedule your donation appointment, visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc, or call 4-5800. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome. A photo ID is required.

What Is Nonideal Theory? Dr. David Schmidtz, professor of philosophy, joint professor of economics and founding director of Arizona’s Freedom Center will speak Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. in Bryan Building, Room 160. “What Is Nonideal Theory?” is the lecture’s title. Schmidtz was president of the American Society for Value Inquiry in 2008. The BB&T Distinguished Lecture Series in Capitalism will present the lecture.

Dr. Ron Crutcher will speak on “Liberal Education and the Development of Civic Capacity” Thursday, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. President of Wheaton College since 2004 and UNCG’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs between 1987 and 1990, Crutcher is a recognized leader in the field of higher education. He serves as co-chair of LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise), the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ national campaign to demonstrate the value of liberal education. A past chair of the AAC&U’s board, he also is a member of the Board of the Berklee College of Music, the Posse Foundation, and the Institute of Shipboard Education.You may read the LEAP report and learn more about Crutcher at http://opa.uncg.edu. The talk is sponsored by the Office of Planning and Assessment and the Office of Undergraduate Studies. In addition, Crutcher will also address the humanities faculty, whose General Education courses will be recertified this year, at an open forum on Friday, Sept.10, from 11 a.m. until noon in the Joyner Room of EUC.

RAMSeS A RAMSeS workshop will be on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in Room 2711, Moore Humanities & Research Administration Building. The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Sponsored Programs are sponsoring it. Details are here.

Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out Dr. Richard Taylor, a former psychologist, will deliver the presentation “Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out ” on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.Taylor has lived in Houston with the diagnosis of dementia, probably of the Alzheimer’s type, for the past seven years. Four years ago he discovered that thinking, speaking, and writing about what it is like for him to live with this condition had become the new purpose for his life. By sharing his experience and ideas and encouraging others to do the same, Taylor helps demystify Alzheimer’s disease. Join the UNCG Gerontology Research Network for this presentation. RSVP if you plan plan to attend to Lori Kerr at lakerr@uncg.edu or 6-1020.

Women’s soccer this weekend The women’s soccer team defeated No. 10 ranked Wake Forest in Winston-Salem Aug 23. It was the highest ranked team the women’s team has defeated in about 10 years, and the third year in a row that they have defeated a ranked team. As a result of the big win, they became a ranked team. Last weekend, they played Southern Cal to a draw and lost to Cal State Fullerton. Their next home game will be Friday, Sept, 10, at 7 p.m., versus Charlotte. All soccer games this year are free.

To celebrate National Deaf Awareness Week The Professions in Deafness Programs within the Specialized Education Services Department is hosting its 2nd annual “Deaf Kiss-Fist” on Sunday, Sept. 19, from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the EUC Auditorium. Deaf children and adults will be performing various types of entertainment. The performances will be voice-interpreted for those who do not know American Sign Language. There will be exhibits of talent and professional work by deaf people as well as information booths. For more information, contact Karen De Naples at kmdenapl@uncg.edu

Long overdue The University Libraries will modify its policies regarding long overdue materials charged to faculty and staff. Once an item becomes long overdue (70 days past due for most materials), the faculty or staff person responsible for the item will be unable to borrow any additional library materials until the issue is resolved. For items that are already long overdue, faculty and staff will be unable to borrow additional library materials if the issue is not resolved by Oct. 15, 2010. “We are changing our policy to provide better access to Libraries materials for the entire UNCG community. This revised policy will also help the Libraries spend more of their materials budget on new resources rather than replacing items no longer available for circulation,” says Joe M. Williams, head of Access Services, University Libraries. Those with questions may call 4-5452 or email joe_williams@uncg.edu.

Triad Technology Commercialization Workshop On Sept. 15, 8 a.m.-noon, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, in collaboration with UNCG’s Office of Innovation Commercialization, the Office of Outreach & Technology Transfer at NC A&T and the Hutchison Law Group will host a Triad Technology Commercialization Workshop. It will be in the EUC’s Maple Room. At this half-day workshop, participants will be introduced to important commercialization principles and campus resources that advise on innovation and funding of applied research programs. For more information and a detailed agenda go to: http://www.sbtdc.org/events/pdf/AcadResearch_Sept15.pdf. Visit www.sbtdc.org/register to complete your free registration. Refreshments will be served.

New web sites UNCG Athletics’ new web site was launched in late summer. Check it out, if you haven’t already, at www.uncgspartans.com. And the Weatherspoon has very recently launched their new web site. Check it out at weatherspoon.uncg.edu.

How much are memberships? Student Recreation Center membership packages, new this fall, support you as well as a spouse or lifemate’s interest in staying healthy and active in a demanding economy, says Cindy Hardy. Here are the two membership types and their costs:

  • UNCG Faculty/Staff or Spouse/Lifemate – One year paid in full: $209 – Annual contact: $229 ($19/mo) – Monthly, no contract: $25
  • UNCG Faculty/Staff + Spouse/Lifemate – One year paid in full: $329 – Annual contract: $369 ($30.75/mo) – Monthly, no contract: $44

Back in Time, to the 1950s

090810EyeOnArts_HofmannTwo exhibitions related to the 1950s are on view at Weatherspoon. [Read more…]

Rebecca Black Poetry Reading

090810EyeOnArts_RebeccaBlackThe MFA Writing Program, the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts and The Greensboro Review will host a poetry reading by Rebecca Black on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Center. [Read more…]

Campus People – September 8, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Frank Woods – Dr. Sarah Jane Cervenak – Debbie Schallock [Read more…]

Announcements: September 8, 2010

Dear UNCG Faculty and Staff,

The Department of Campus Recreation has been working on a “call to action” in support of the 2009-2014 UNCG Strategic Plan 2.0 (Health and Wellness across the Life Span). After much reflection on our mission, vision, and values, we created a new direction to encourage all employees to stay healthy and active in a demanding economy. This initiative includes a complete revision to our Student Recreation Center (SRC) membership packages and pricing structure. In addition, Power Yoga and Pilates classes, which largely include faculty and staff participants, will no longer have an additional fee. Recent evidence from our 2009-2010 study on UNCG faculty and staff participation in the Student Recreation Center indicated lack of parking as the highest reported cause for attrition. Beginning this fall, through collaborative efforts with Parking Operations & Campus Access Management, all SRC members may request a UNCG parking pass from the Department of Campus Recreation for the lot directly across from the SRC (Parking Lot 9 North) during designated hours (Monday – Friday 6am-8am and 4pm-11pm, and weekends). These passes are designed for members to park close to the SRC for a quick workout. For more information regarding memberships, Power Yoga and Pilates, and parking passes, please contact the Department of Campus Recreation at 334-5924, email at campusrec@uncg.edu or visit our website at campusrec.uncg.edu.

To Your Health,

Heather L. Sanderson, Ed.D.
Fitness Director

Cindy Hardy,

See/hear: September 8, 2010

Thirty-five students have been awarded the UNCG Guarantee and 10 will be a part of the Lloyd International Honors College.

The inaugural class of UNCG Guarantee students gathered for Team QUESt at Piney Lake recently.

See the “Through the Lens” photo that captures the fun.

And see additional “Through the Lens” photographs from the past weeks, from around the campus.

Looking ahead: September 8-16, 2010

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.

Reception for artist Karen Bjork Dischell
Thursday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Jackson Library Reading Room.

Women’s soccer vs. Charlotte
Friday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.

Collage Concert – School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Saturday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Noon @ the ‘Spoon tour: “Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950”
Tuesday, Sept. 14, noon, Weatherspoon.

Blood drive
Tuesday, Sept.14, 9 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC.

UNCG Board of Trustees meeting.
Thursday, Sept. 16, Maple Room, EUC.

more at calendar.uncg.edu