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Notes: September 22, 2010

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Emergency communications test Sept. 28 UNCG will hold a campus-wide test of emergency communications Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 10:40 a.m. UNCG will test the following systems during the test: AM radio channel 1640 with internet streaming; campuswide e-mail; SMS text message, Twitter and Facebook; network pop-up; outside sirens; emergency and adverse weather line (4-4400); and emergency web site. Staff and faculty can sign up for SMS text messaging, sign up for a computer-screen pop-up (Windows only) and subscribe to the emergency notification RSS feed. Questions? Email jason_marshburn@uncg.edu.

WGS Salon Transnational feminist theory and practice is the topic of a salon discussion hosted by Women’s and Gender Studies. It will be Tuesday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. in Pecky Cypress Room, Alumni House.

Women’s soccer The Oct. 3 women’s soccer games vs. Davidson will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. The game starts at 2 p.m. All soccer games are free this year. There will be giveaways throughout the afternoon, with a post-game autograph opportunity for younger family members. The team has been ranked as high as No. 18 nationally, this year. Questions? Email Lebeasle@uncg.edu

Take the libraries with you University Libraries are now available through smart phones. Faculty, students and staff who pull up the University Libraries’ web site on their smart phones will find a site tailored to their needs and designed to work optimally with their mobile devices. The interface allows users to quickly find a book’s call number or navigate to Journal Finder or one of the many databases the University Libraries offer. Through the mobile web site, it’s also easy to renew library materials, check hours and find an available computer in the Tower. Users can also click on “Contact Us” to chat with a librarian or find a subject specialist. The University Libraries’ Electronic Resources & Information Technology Unit (ERIT) created the mobile site after surveying both graduate and undergraduate students about their use of the libraries’ resources. Richard Cox, the libraries’ Digital Technology Consultant, plans to add more apps in the coming months and welcomes feedback. Contact him at rlcox@uncg.edu.

In Nursing The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that one of the five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars selected through a national scholarship program is Willie Mae Abel, a nursing doctoral candidate. The program, funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, was launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds with aspirations to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.

Open house The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an open house 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Sullivan Science Building. They will have demonstrations in a number of laboratories as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Learn more about the statewide festival at www.ncsciencefestival.org. Labs will be open with ongoing demonstrations. There also will be a chemistry show at 4:15 p.m. in Sullivan Science Building, Room 201. Convenient parking is available in the McIver Street Parking Deck. JSNN is having a similar event earlier in the day, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Homecoming for All Ages

092210Headline_ChildrensFestHomecoming Saturday is fun for all ages – and certainly for the kids and the kids at heart.

Fun, exciting educational opportunities are in store at the Children’s Festival and Health Celebration, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at “Spartan Village” on the EUC’s Kaplan Commons. Offerings for children include games, inflatables, music, dancing, cheering, arts and crafts.

One popular attraction is The Big Bang Boom Children’s Band, performing 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Children’s Festival is sponsored by the School of Education and the North Carolina Teaching Fellows.

Those with questions specifically about that festival may email dpcarson@uncg.edu for more information.

Spartan Village on the commons offers lots for adults as well, especially as the day goes on. UNCG alumna, former soccer starter, and rising Nashville music artist Karla Davis performs songs from her debut country album Saturday from 1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Other featured events are:

The Parade of Chariots at 3 p.m.
Fuzz Band performs at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
Coronation of Homecoming King and Queen at 6:30 p.m.

Sports fans may enjoy the free volleyball game in Fleming Gym at 5 p.m., UNCG vs. Chattanooga.

The Homecoming Game – men’s soccer vs. Wake Forest – will be at 7 p.m.

Homecoming was previously known as Fall Fest, but alumni response to the name change has been overwhelmingly positive, says Linda Carter, executive director of the UNCG Alumni Association and director of the Office of Alumni Relations.

“There will be something for everybody,” Carter says. “Homecoming is meant to be casual, spontaneous and fun.”

Details about the week’s activities are at www.uncg.edu/ure/homecoming/map_biglist.html.

By Michelle Hines and Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson

Obama and the Terrible Twos?

092210Feature1_PresidentObamaCNN? FOX News? Drudge Report? Democracy Now?

As news media become more seemingly partisan, where can you turn to find accurate information and reasonable reflection? It’s as important as ever to be fully informed politically.

“Political science can provide perspective and context for both the campaign and election results that are often difficult to find in the current media environment, dominated as it is by cable talk, talk radio, and partisan/ideological blogs that often miss the forest for the trees,” says Dr. David Holian (Political Science). He is director of UNCG’s Center for Legislative Studies

As the Obama presidency nears its two-year mark, the Center for Legislative Studies in the Department of Political Science will present the fall lecture series “Obama at Midterm: Polarization and Backlash.”

“We feel it’s important to take a step back and discuss how the current midterm elections are not only unique in certain ways – for example, the effect of the Tea Party in Republican primaries and the competition between increasingly polarized parties – but also perfectly predictable given our understanding of past midterms – for example, the expectation of large losses by the president’s party, especially given the poor economy.”

Two talks are before the midterm elections. One is afterward. “The first talk will be about Republican prospects for taking over the House, Senate or both,” said Holian (Political Science). “The second talk will discuss the Obama presidency in the context of the highly politically polarized era we live in. Finally, the third talk will place the election results in context and discuss Obama’s leadership challenge as we turn our attention to the 2012 presidential election.”

The talks begin this week:

“How Large a Wave? The Outlook for the 2010 Midterm Elections”
Dr. Alan I. Abramowitz (Emory University)
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

“Barack Obama and the Partisan Presidency”
Dr. Richard M. Skinner (Rollins College)
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.

“The 2010 Midterms and Their Consequences”
Dr. David W. Rohde (Duke University)
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

All events will be held in the Weatherspoon Auditorium.
Free parking will be behind the Museum.
A reception will follow each lecture in the Atrium.

Dr. Alan I. Abramowitz, the first speaker, is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta. He has authored or coauthored five books, has made dozens of contributions to edited volumes, and has published more than 40 articles in political science journals dealing with political parties, elections and voting behavior in the United States. His book “The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization and American Democracy” was published this year by Yale University Press.

Questions? Contact Carrie Klamut at ceklamut@uncg.edu

By Mike Harris
Photography courtesy The White House

SECC Goal: $235,000

092210Feature2_SECCThe poverty rate is at a 15-year high. Unemployment, particularly in our state, is exceptionally high. The Great Recession has caused lots of hurt, making this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) particularly important.

“We know the impact that the economic situation has had on our community and indeed on our friends and neighbors,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

We each have particular causes we may want to give to. The SECC allows you to pinpoint your donations, if you choose. The chancellor personally prefers United Way of Greater Greensboro, which supports the community in which she lives, she explained. Whether the organizations you choose are local, regional or even national, it’s important to note that they do make a difference, she said.

The official workplace giving campaign for employees throughout state government and the university system, the SECC assists more than 900 agencies and groups.

The campus’ many volunteer solicitors from throughout campus gathered last Friday in the Virginia Dare Room (in visual) to pick up packets for their departments and learn about this year’s drive.

SECC chair Benita Peace (HRS) announced the year’s goal: $235,000.

Peace spoke of her home county, Rockingham County, having one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Many of those in her community have been hit hard. She also said last year she directed her donation to breast cancer awareness, in honor of her mother.

Many UNCG employees give through payroll deduction. That spreads the donation over 12 months, starting in January.

To make a donation, simply fill out the form, include payment and returned the sealed envelope to your department’s solicitor so it can be forwarded for processing.

The campus SECC web page is uncg.edu/secc.

“I know we can do it,” Brady said, about reaching the goal. “We had an ambitious goal last year and we exceeded our goal. I’m hoping we can do that again this year.”

By Mike Harris
Photography by Mike Harris

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions

092210NewsAndNotes_BookDiscussionFaculty will share their favorite reads with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion Group. This year’s line-up that takes readers from the slums of 19th century London to present-day Pakistan to New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina. [Read more…]

Entrepreneur, Intern Program Is Award Finalist

A problem-solving program created by The Bryan School of Business and Economics and The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship has helped Triad small business owners survive and thrive in the midst of the economic downturn. [Read more…]

Chappell to be Honored

Author and professor emeritus author Fred Chappell will receive the 2010 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the state’s most prestigious public humanities honor, in an awards ceremony Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Music Building Recital Hall. [Read more…]

New Music Festival

Some artists are inspired by musical masters of the past. Others aim to be the ones influencing the sound of music in the future. [Read more…]

Mexican Writer Yuri Herrera Sept. 24

Mexican writer Yuri Herrera, Chilean scholar Rubí Carreño Bolívar and Mexican writer José Antonio Moreno will discuss in Spanish Herrera’s award-winning novels 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at UNCG. [Read more…]

Campus People – September 22, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Janet Boseovski – Dr. Susan Andreatta – Lynne Agee [Read more…]

See/Hear: September 22, 2010

Country singer-songwriter Karla Davis performs Saturday at 1:45 in front of the EUC. [Read more…]

Announcements: September 22, 2010

The University Committee on Honorary Degrees has issued a call for nominations of candidates for honorary degrees. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: September 22-29, 2010

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

Open house for North Spencer Honors Residence Hall
Thursday, Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., North Spencer Parlor

Volleyball vs. Samford
Friday, Sept. 24, Fleming Gym

33rd annual rugby past vs. present game
Friday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., Rec field

Homecoming Saturday begins at Spartan Village
Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m., in front of EUC

Homecoming game, men’s soccer vs. Wake Forest
Saturday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Open house for Center for New North Carolinians
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m., Edwards Lounge, Stone Building

“Oklahoma!” by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

more at calendar.uncg.edu