UNCG Campus Weekly

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The Great Conversation

The Great Conversation series is a presentation and discussion sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Phi Sigma Tau several times each semester.

The first presenter will be Dr. Gary Rosenkrantz (Philosophy), speaking on “The Identity of Living Things” on Sept. 21. Each Great Conversation begins at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

He will defend the metaphysical thesis that every known living organism has an essential, vital part which determines its identity. [Read more…]

Founders Day Events Launch Homecoming Week

091510Feature2_FoundersDayFounders Day will be observed Monday, Sept. 20, which is near founder Charles Duncan McIver’s 150th birthday. (See details about the new library exhibition about McIver’s life.)

“We’re hoping that by kicking off Homecoming with the Founders Day party we can create more awareness of UNCG’s history and traditions among our UNCG campus family,” said Linda Carter, executive director of the UNCG Alumni Association and director of the Office of Alumni Relations.

At 11 a.m. on Monday, a poetry reading presented by the N.C. Writer’s Network will be held in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The Randall Jarrell poetry contest winner, Rebecca Warren ’81 MFA, ’86 MA, will read her award-winning poem, “Grass Bridge.”

The festivities will kick into high gear with a noon party in Taylor Garden near the EUC, complete with steel drummers and a cake decorating contest. The birthday cake cutting will be around 1 p.m.

The big Homecoming Week will extend from Sept. 20-26.

Mid-week activities include a comedy show and the men’s soccer match versus Campbell.

The biggest day of activities will be Saturday, Sept. 25, with the Children’s Festival and all the Spartan Village offerings in front of the EUC, capped off by the men’s soccer match vs. Wake Forest. All home soccer matches this year are free.

A full schedule of the entire week’s activities is at www.uncg.edu/ure/homecoming/map_biglist.html.

Details about Homecoming Family Weekend – including the Children’s Festival – can be found at orientation.uncg.edu/families/weekend.

Visual: Statue of McIver. The noon party will not be held at the statue. It will be held at Taylor Garden.

By Beth English and Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson

‘Happy Birthday, Charlie’

091510NewsAndNotes_McIverFamilyThe exhibition “Happy Birthday Charlie: Celebrating the 150th Birthday of President Charles Duncan McIver” will be on view through Oct. 11 in Jackson Library. [Read more…]

Notes: September 15, 2010

NotesIconFaculty/staff price discount on basketball tickets If you are a faculty or staff member, you can get lower level seats for the 15 men’s basketball games for $129. The normal price is $149 for those Greensboro Coliseum lower level tickets. To receive the form necessary for this discount – as well as information about how you could choose to use payroll deductions – stop by the Athletics Ticket Office, call 4-3250 or email jfcomer@uncg.edu. New this season, all season ticket holders will have a pre-sale opportunity, Oct. 18-21, to purchase additional single-game tickets before the general public purchases single game tickets. Men’s basketball season ticket benefits include reserved parking, premium seat locations and UNCG women’s basketball season tickets (subject to availability). The men’s home schedule features Duke as well as three other ACC teams as part of its very strong schedule.

Autumn Moon Festival Various Asian cultures will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the EUC Auditorium and nearby rooms. Moon Cakes, refreshments, traditional music, dance, calligraphy, martial arts, cultural speakers will be among the offerings. Participating groups are the Chinese Student Association, Greensboro Chinese Association, Hmong Student Association, International and Global Studies Program, Korean School of Greensboro, Taiwanese Student Association, Korean Student Association and various UNCG departments. For more information, contact smwalcot@gmail.com or 4-5382. This event is sponsored by the UNCG International and Global Studies Program with funding from a US Dept. of Education Title VI (A) UISFLGrant and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

Center for New North Carolinians Open House Learn about the center’s programs and discover opportunities for research, service learning, community engaged scholarship and more. The open house will be Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Edwards Lounge, Stone Building. Their current community connections include: 75 Latino families with children under four; two Community Centers for 80 immigrant families from Africa and Asia; dozens of English language classes; interaction with more than 20 community agencies; and a community garden tended by refugees; and language Interpreter services to more than 200 people per month.

A fatherless child All are invited to a book talk in the EUC’s Multicultural Resource Center featuring Dr. Tara Green, director of African American Studies. Her book “A Fatherless Child” examines the impact of fatherlessness on Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, and Barack Oboma. This event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m.

Honors college open house Lloyd International Honors College invites the UNCG community to an open house celebrating the opening of North Spencer Honors Residence Hall. Join LIHC on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the North Spencer Parlor to help kick off the first year of honors housing.

In memoriam Dr. Donna A. Jeffers-Brown died on Sept. 2. She had been a member of the UNCG community since 1987, where she served as an associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management. She also worked as assistant director of service-learning in the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, and was pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She was also actively involved in the National Recreation and Park Association, the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, and the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Maple Room of EUC, followed by a private family gathering.

Fall 2010 enrollment figures Dr. Sarah D. Carrigan, director of Institutional Research, has provided enrollment figures for UNCG’s current semester:

  • 18,582 students, up .5 percent compared to a year ago.
  • 2,514 new freshmen, up 4 students
  • 1,451 new transfers, up 2 students
  • 14,774 undergraduates, up 3.2 percent
  • 3,808 graduate students, down 0.7 percent

RISE Network Kickoff Event Anyone in involved in or interested in improving science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) education – pre-K through adult – is invited to an event Tuesday, Sept. 21, 3:30–5 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Enjoy refreshments and learn about the RISE (Research and Instruction in STEM Education) Network and share ideas for expanding it. Hear about current projects, learn how the network can support your work and get information about their lunch series. The network connects UNCG researchers and educators across disciplines so they can carry out innovative research and instruction in STEM education. RSVP to Mary Seymour, graduate assistant, at mdseymo2@uncg.edu if you plan to attend.

Do you bicycle to UNCG? The Bicycle Club at UNCG will have its first meeting of the 2010-11 year on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Sharpe Room of the EUC.  The agenda is to hear from you, what you’d like the Bike Club to do this year: Organize some bicycle rides for students? Hold bike safety or maintenance clinics? Arrange for a bike shop to be here on campus each month to do repairs? Those with questions may contact Dr. Mary Crowe  at mlcrowe@uncg.edu.

At Associated Campus Ministries meditation room This fall, several campus ministries are joining together to provide a weekly service on campus, says Kevin Matthews, head officer and advisor for the St. Mary’s House Episcopal Campus Ministry, a UNCG affiliated student group. They will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room of the Associated Campus Ministries Building, next to the Walker parking deck. Information about the Associated Campus Ministries Center is at www.uncg.edu/min.

Looking ahead: September 15-22, 2010

UNCG Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

Rebecca Black Poetry Reading
Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Faculty Center

Autumn Moon Festival, a traditional Asian festival
Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m., EUC

Women’s soccer vs. Old Dominion
Sunday, Sept. 19., 2 p.m.

Founders Day party and cake-decorating, followed by cake cutting
Monday, Sept. 20, noon, Taylor Garden behind EUC

Great Conversation, Dr. Gary Rosenkrantz (Philosophy), “The Identity of Living Things”
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

Music performance, part of New Music Festival
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Talk, Falk Visiting Artist Amy Cutler
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Weatherspoon

Men’s soccer vs. Campbell
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Restructuring, Entrance Standards Topics of Faculty Convocation

091510Headline_ProvostConvocationUNCG will be raising entrance standards for Fall 2011. And the university will look at academic restructuring in the area of health and human development, to leverage UNCG’s strengths and competitiveness and prepare UNCG for the future.

As Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke at Faculty Convocation Sept. 8 in the EUC Auditorium, these were two areas she addressed.

“I am very concerned about how we will sustain academic quality,” she said, before speaking of more learning communities and a greater residential character; academic restructuring; and raising entrance standards. She said that enhancing students’ academic profile is an important step.

She told the faculty that she welcomed the resolution passed by the Faculty Senate that calls for a strong faculty voice as academic restructuring is considered. The restructuring would position the university for future success, she told the faculty.

After Faculty Senate Chair John Gamble spoke, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin spoke. He gave a detailed presentation, and then took questions.

In his presentation he acknowledged accomplishments of the past year and the challenges of the coming years, particularly in light of the looming budget uncertainties.

He noted the number of undergraduates is up 3.2 percent.

There are 98 new faculty members – 37 are tenured or tenure-track.

In the past four years, we’ve doubled the number of full professors who are ethnic minorities.

He announced that this year, UNCG will establish awards to recognize excellence in the creative arts.

He presented the rationale for academic restructuring: to position UNCG to respond to emerging disciplines/fields and the changing needs of the state and nation; to create an academic unit that builds on existing strengths in health and human development in HHP, HES and possibly other academic units, departments and/or programs; to strengthen the connection between graduate education and UNCG’s research mission; to enhance administrative efficiencies in preparation for significant budget reductions

He discussed who would be on the committee looking at restucturing, which will be chaired by Dr. Dan Bibeau (HHP) and Dr. Gwen O’Neal (HES). There will also be a facilitator from the Center for Creative Leadership.

He anticipates a recommendation from the committee during the spring semester, for implementation next fall.

The UNCG Strategic Plan goals activitated for this year were presented, as well as new initiatives for student success.

He said that low‐achieving undergraduate students are increasingly attracted to UNCG while interest in UNCG by high‐achieving students has declined. He noted that SAT scores have dropped 19 points since Fall 2005. “Without aggressive intervention, entering classes will continue to decline in academic preparedness.”

He noted that UNCG’s retention rate, four-year graduation rate and six-year graduation rate must rise significantly by 2013, to meet General Administration goals.

After the presentation, he fielded about 10 questions, ranging from upcoming budgets’ impact on staff [“It’s a very challenging environment,” Perrin acknowledged] to the best ways to express ideas and views about restructuring [the committee should address best ways, he explained].

View Provost Perrin’s presentation.

By Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson

Snowden Testifies on Covered Bonds

091510Feature1_CapitolSenateDr. Ken Snowden, an associate professor of economics and director of graduate studies in the Bryan School, testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs today (Sept. 15).

He will address the committee during a panel discussion on “Covered Bonds: Potential Uses and Regulatory Issues.”

An economic historian, Snowden has studied the historical development of the mortgage market in the U.S. for more than 20 years. His research has become particularly relevant in light of the mortgage crisis that contributed to the nation’s economic recession.

In recent years, lenders have utilized a securitization process where mortgage loans were sold and repackaged, Snowden said. With covered bonds, “instead of selling the mortgage, the intermediary holds on to it and uses it as collateral for bonds they issue,” he said.

“The key advantage that people talk about with covered bonds is that issuers keep ‘skin in the game.’ What that means is they’re retained some of the risk. That’s their skin. Hopefully, that’ll make them more careful in what mortgages they make.”

The covered bond model has been widely used in European markets, where it has performed better than securitization, he said. “What Congress is trying to do right now is see if there needs to be legislation or regulatory action to encourage the development of the covered bond market.”

If legislators encourage movement in that direction, it’ll be a return to a model used decades ago. “We actually had covered bonds systems before 1940 in the United States,” Snowden said. He’s one of only a few scholars who have studied those markets extensively “so I can provide some historical perspective on how well they worked and the regulations that were implemented at the time.

“I’m the only historian on the panel. Everyone else is either a regulator or folks in current financial markets. My job is to provide a little historical context.”

Snowden spent the weekend preparing a paper for the Senate Banking Committee that he planned to submit prior to his testimony. Today, he’ll give five to seven minutes of verbal testimony and be available to answer questions from committee members.

After the testimony, he’ll hop a plane back to Greensboro to teach class. For an academic who has dedicated countless hours to his research, it’s a sacrifice he’s happy to make.

“I was happy to be asked and I’m happy to contribute,” Snowden said. “That’s why we do this work, hoping it can matter in some way.”

By Lanita Withers Goins.

What’s for Lunch? UNCG Dining Services’ New Options

You may have noticed that Dining Services has some new offerings. [Read more…]

Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less

HealthyUNCG is sponsoring a new program on campus: Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less. [Read more…]

NSF Grant to Provide Scholarships in Science, Math

UNCG has received a $32,485 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for undergraduates studying science or math, a program expected to grow to almost $600,000 over four years. [Read more…]

Campus People – September 15, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Bruce Michaels – Dr. Tara T. Green – Dr. Sevil Sonmez – Meredith Walther – Dr. Jackie White – Staff Stars [Read more…]

The Five Spot: Roy Hamilton

091510FiveSpot_HamiltonDr. Roy Hamilton, a staff psychologist and training coordinator at Gove Student Health Center, has been on staff for seven years. During most of the year, he speaks with five or six students a day, on a wide gamut of problems they are experiencing. Such as? “Everything. Adjustments, romantic difficulties, anxiety problems, depression problems, adjusting to illnesses, eating disorders …” Any ways to bond with the students – to speak a common language – are helpful. [Read more…]

Announcements: September 15, 2010

Our campus holds public service in the highest regard. UNCG incorporates service-learning into our curriculum, encourages alumni to continue their community outreach after graduation and reveres our state’s most dedicated citizens.

To further our tradition of honoring North Carolinans with exemplary public service records, UNCG seeks your help in identifying the 2010-11 nominees for the Charles Duncan McIver Award and the Holderness/Weaver Award. The most prestigious public service honors given by the university, these awards demonstrate UNCG’s value of civic engagement.

Your careful consideration and nomination of a devoted, inspirational citizen will be extremely helpful to the committee and the Board of Trustees. Please submit your nomination form by Oct. 29.

To learn more about the McIver award, see past winners and submit a nomination, visit http://www.uncg.edu/ure/publicservice/mciver_overview.html

To learn more about the Holderness/Weaver Award, see past winners and submit a nomination, visit http://www.uncg.edu/ure/publicservice/hw_overview.html