UNCG Campus Weekly

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

Discounts Now Extend Beyond Campus

092910NewsAndNotes_SpartanSavingsFaculty and staff may know about the many discounts they receive on-campus, when they show their ID. [Read more…]

Check Out That Car – No, Really

092910Feature_ZipCarPersonal vehicles are increasingly optional on campus, as the university makes strides to be more sustainable and offer students, faculty and staff greater transportation options.

That work is gaining attention. The university was recently named one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the National Center for Transit Research. UNCG is the first employer in the Triad to earn the national recognition.

“We have been working on changing a culture at UNCG so people no longer feel they have to come to school with a car,” said Scott Milman, director of auxiliary services.

UNCG also introduced two new services this fall – Zipcar and Zimride – designed to reduce the need for individually-owned cars on campus.

  • Zipcar is a car-sharing service that allows members to reserve cars by the hour or the day, easing congestion on campus and reducing the need for additional parking. Gas, 180 miles per day, insurance, reserved parking spots and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for up to four days. Rates on all UNCG vehicles start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours). UNCG students, staff and faculty can become Zipsters by visiting www.zipcar.com/uncg. The annual membership fee is $35 and UNCG applicants receive $35 worth of free driving credit that applies toward their first month of driving. Free annual memberships are offered to departments. Four Zipcars are located on campus – two on Gray Drive and two on College Avenue. It’s estimated that every Zipcar takes 15-20 personal cars off the road.
  • Zimride is a free rideshare matching network that helps connect drivers and riders interested in carpooling. Open to the UNCG community through a private network, Zimride helps registered users offer or request rides for occasional road trips as well as daily commutes. More information can be found at http://zimride.uncg.edu.

Spartan Cycles is another initiative launching this fall. In fact, it is launching today (Sept. 29). The program will allow students and employees to check out bicycles from the Housing & Residence Life FIXT office. Bikes in the program were provided by the non-profit bike advocacy group Bicycling in Greensboro with support from UNCG campus police.

“UNCG has been working hard to expand Campus Access Management programs like our partnerships with HEAT, GTA, PART, UNCG bi-ped programs and Zimride ridesharing,” Milman said. “Zipcar provides the missing link for our faculty, staff and students – access to a car on campus.”

UNCG participants made up half of the more than 4,000 pledges collected during the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) annual Commuter Challenge. Those making pledges promised to try a sustainable form of transportation: a bus system, carpooling, walking, biking or telecommuting.

UNCG’s ridership numbers on Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) buses, especially the Higher Education Area Transit (HEAT) service, continue to grow. For the 2009-10 academic year, Spartans took 197,061 rides on HEAT buses, a 44 percent increase over the previous year. UNCG has the second highest participation in the HEAT network, slightly behind N.C. A&T, which had 202,169 riders.

Provisions have been made for commuters who may need a ride in case of an emergency. PART now offers an Emergency Ride Home Program, giving a free ride to UNCG students and employees in the PART coverage area who commuted to work using a sustainable form of transportation and have an emergency. Covered emergencies include an illness or severe crisis for the commuter or an immediate family member, or abandonment caused if a ridesharing driver has to stay late or leave early, leaving their passenger without a way home. For more information, visit http://www.partnc.org/uncgemergency.html.

UNCG’s focus on alternative transportation expands the university’s sustainability efforts and allows students and employees to save more of their hard earned money, Milman said.

More details are at http://parking.uncg.edu/sustain.html.

Visual: Zipcars ready to be checked out, on Gray Drive.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photography by Mark Unrue

Big Upgrade for the Dining Hall

092910Headline_GatewayArcadeThe Dining Hall will undergo a makeover starting next fall.

The campus’ project manager for the renovation, David Reeves (Design & Construction), explains that it will be a comprehensive renovation of the entire facility, with many new features. The interior will be reconfigured, and it will be “more student-centered and customer-friendly.”

For example, Reeves says, to get to the second floor dining area, you currently have to go to the center of the building, go through doors, and climb the circular stairs. “It poses a staging problem.” With the renovation, there will be two new access points to the second floor. As you enter from College Avenue, you will not have to go through the tunnel (though you can). There will be stairs there, leading to the dining floor. In addition, there will be stairs as you enter from the west side.

On the second floor, the concept of one large cafeteria will be replaced by “a lot more dining venues – perhaps 11, [presenting] a lot of choices.”

The project is primarily intended to modernize the service points in the cafeteria to continue to allow for high-volume food service while improving the customer experience, according to Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs. It is also intended to maximize the use of retail and administrative space and update internal mechanical systems and American Disabilities Act (ADA) access issues.

Jeff Huberman, principal architect, spoke and presented renderings at the Sept. 16 Board of Trustees meeting. He said the Dining Hall, adjacent to the Fountain area, “truly is the center of campus, a nexus.”

Gantt Huberman Architects were selected in February 2009 to be the architects of the Dining Hall renovation.

Construction of the oldest parts of the Dining Hall began in 1906, Huberman noted. Some construction was much more recent.

As part of the renovation, the large white “birdcage” currently adorning the West entrance of the Dining Hall will be removed. It was created in 1985.

The new west entrance will feature a large archway and also a glass canopy. (See visual.)

Also, the topography will be raised in front of the building, Huberman explained.

He spoke of the brick and banding. “We want to make it look as compatible as possible with the rest of the campus.”

Much of the side facing the Fountain will be glass. Some seating is expected outside, on the entrance floor. And balconies, with seating, can be enjoyed on the second floor. The balconies will be open.

The idea is “to bring more guests in the space and improve [their] experience,” Huberman said.

Entryways to a food store and convenience store are planned for the front as well, drawing students even when the dining hall is not serving.

Trustee Richard “Skip” Moore addressed his fellow trustees, after Huberman spoke. “A lot is terrific,” he said, but he presented several concerns about the design. Most notably, he was opposed to the west entrance’s archway, calling it “overly modernistic.” After hearing his concerns as well as statements from other board members, the board took a “field trip” to the site, accompanied by staff and Huberman.

When they returned, Chair Randall Kaplan suggested each member express their views about the design.

Some comments:

Kate Barrett said, “I like contemporary things facing traditional things. I think the students will love it.”

Carolyn Ferree said, “I think students will be drawn to it. I love it.”

William Pratt said, “I particularly like the balconies.”

After the trustees and the chancellor spoke, the trustees voted. The exterior design was approved.

    The project budget is $31.5 million. It will be paid for over time by a portion of the students’ meal plan fees, says Reeves.

    Renovation is scheduled to begin in Fall 2011, though work to enhance storm drainage capacity may begin next summer. The entire project is scheduled to last 24 months, with some parts completed before others.

    The Dining Hall will remain open during renovation.

    Visual: Plans for the west side of the Dining Hall. The Fountain is out of frame, to the right.

    By Mike Harris
    Visual courtesy Design & Construction

    Musical ‘Oklahoma!’ Debuts Sept. 29

    092910Feature_Oklahoma“Oklahoma!,” the iconic musical created by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, changed the face of American musical theatre with its bold combination of music, theatre and dance.

    That makes it a fitting choice for the inaugural season of the newly formed School of Music, Theatre and Dance, said Bryan Conger, the show’s director and a third-year MFA directing student in the school.

    “I went to Rodgers and Hammerstein because they are really where it all began, where the modern day musical came from,” Conger said. “‘Oklahoma!’ was the first to integrate story, music and dance together to create one cohesive project. The new school is joining together. What better way to celebrate?’”

    “Oklahoma!” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29-30, 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2 and 2 p.m. Oct. 2-3 in historic Aycock Auditorium. The 8 p.m. show Oct. 2 doubles as the first event of the 2010-11 University Concert/Lecture Series, which is now sponsored by the school.

    Tickets for the shows are $20 adult; $15 for children, seniors and non-UNCG students; $12 for UNCG alumni and groups of 10 or more; and $10 for UNCG students. Tickets may be purchased at boxoffice.uncg.edu, 4-4849 or campus box office locations.

    Set in the American West at the turn of the 20th century, “Oklahoma!” uses the spirited rivalry between cowboys and farmers as the backdrop for the romantic relationship between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl. Dr. William Carroll, associate dean for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, will direct the show’s memorable tunes as the production’s musical director.

    “The play’s main message is that of community,” Conger said. “In a modern time of division and social controversy, ‘Oklahoma!’ explores our states’ first moments of pride as we expanded our nation and brought opportunity to people of all origins.”

    Information about the full UCLS series will be in an upcoming issue. Details about performers and about purchasing tickets for the series can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/mus/ucls/.

    Visual: Cast members Leah Turley, Matt Delaney, Diana Yodzis (l-r)

    By Lanita Withers Goins.
    Photography by Bert VanderVeen

    Walking the Walk, with Fall Spartan Steps

    Spartan Steps is back – and it begins this Friday. [Read more…]

    Business Conflict Management Certificate

    The UNCG Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution Program is now offering a certificate in business conflict management. [Read more…]

    CACE Considers Black Masculinity Oct. 14-16

    Black masculinity will be the focus of the 21st annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE) hosted by UNCG’s African American Studies Program Oct. 14-16. [Read more…]

    Notes: September 29, 2010

    NotesIconBuilding brands in the Digital Age That is the topic of the keynote address by Sidney Falken, senior vice president, Hanes Brand and Corporate Marketing Administration, Hanebrands, at the CARS Fall Symposium. The symposium, sponsored by Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, will be Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2-4 p.m. in EUC Auditorium.

    SECC in gear Packets for the State Employees Combined Campaign have been distributed to each UNCG faculty and staff member. It is the official giving campaign for state employees, helping more than 900 organizations in our region and state. “With today’s economy there are so many who need food, clothing, housing, and medical care. Similarly, programs need support,” says campus campaign chair Benita Peace. “One example that helps our children have a good education is the newly awarded grant funding to United Way of North Carolina from United Way Worldwide; the purpose is to further its educational mission to cut high school dropout numbers in half by 2018 and graduate all students college-ready. This year UNCG has set an attainable goal of $235,000, but can only meet and hopefully exceed this goal with your help. I am asking that you contribute toward our goal and make a difference in the lives of others.” A guide with more details can be downloaded here.

    Community-Based Research (CBR) proposal deadline for submission extended The community-based research (CBR) initiation grant provides funds to faculty, student and community partner teams to advance research that serves a community group and advances disciplinary scholarship. Projects are sought that demonstrate promise for community-engaged scholarship, as defined by “teaching, discovery, integration, application, and engagement that involves faculty members in a mutually beneficial partnership with the community and has the following characteristics: clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate methods, significant results, effective presentation, reflective critique, rigor and peer review” (Community Campus Partnerships for Health, 2009). CBR teams must include at least one faculty member, one graduate student, one undergraduate and one community partner. Grant amount: Faculty member -$1,000 stipend, Undergraduate -$1,500 stipend, Graduate -$1,500 research award. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 1. Application can be found at http://olsl.uncg.edu. Questions? Email chhamilt@uncg.edu

    Phased retirement program There will be an informational meeting on the Phased Retirement Program on Friday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. in the Provost’s Conference Room, 201 Mossman Building. All interested faculty members are invited to attend. For inquiries on program eligibility, contact EPA-HR at 4-5494.

    UNCGSpartans.com online store It’s relaunched and it’s better than before. Need an item or accessory for Friday Blue & Gold Days? You can purchase Spartans apparel and items online at http://www.uncgspartans.com/marketplace/gear/featured-all. Through the end of this month, all items are 10 percent off, according to UNCG Athletics. Questions? Email mwhirsch@uncg.edu.

    Depression awareness On Thursday, Oct. 7, UNCG will be participating in National Depression Screening Day. Screenings will be conducted from noon – 2 p.m. in the Maple Room, EUC. As part of this awareness event, faculty, staff and students are able to complete a free, confidential depression screening, and meet with a mental health professional to discuss the results of the screening. There will be seven sites around the county open to the general public – including the UNCG Psychology Clinic – but the EUC event is exclusively for students, staff and faculty at UNCG. Those with questions may contact Alice Franks (Counseling and Testing Center) at aefranks@uncg.edu. For reasons of privacy, staff and faculty interested in participating might prefer to take advantage of the UNCG Psychology Clinic at 1100 W. Market St, which will be conducting screenings on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

    Raft debate On Thursday, Sept. 30, 4-6 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Dr. Promod Pratap, Dr. Joan Titus and Dr. Corey Johnson will debate over which discipline is the most valuable to humanity. Cake will be served.

    Honors symposium The 2011 Undergraduate Honors Symposium will be held on Friday, Feb. 25, in the EUC. The symposium, an academic conference for undergraduates, gives students the opportunity to present their research or creative work in a 10-minute presentation, as part of a panel that is moderated by a faculty member. Submissions from any UNCG undergraduate, in any discipline, are welcome, and are due by Dec. 10. Faculty, if you’re interested in serving as a moderator – or if you have questions – contact Dr. Stacey Peebles (Lloyd International Honors College) at slpeeble@uncg.edu.

    Sustainability The campus is participating in a new program to encourage sustainability. “STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) is a powerful tool that will assist UNCG in meeting its goal of climate neutrality by 2050. Utilizing the STARS protocol will help UNCG determine practices and policies that may be improved to achieve this goal,” said Sustainability Coordinator Trey McDonald. STARS is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

    United States – Sino photography exchange An excellent, small photography exhibition is currently on view in the EUC Art Gallery, near the main desk. According to gallery information, photography students from Randolph Community College and UNCG joined RCC instructor John F. Rush on a trip to China in May 2009. They and Chinese students explored the streets of a city, taking photographs all the while. Some wonderful photography, the result of their time in China, is on display.

    Science on Tap lecture The series starts this year with “Bats and Mice in Your Backyard” 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Green Bean, 321 S. Elm Street. Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell (Biology) will speak about the challenges and rewards of studying local nocturnal biodiversity, including the challenge of researching animal sounds outside the range of human hearing. It is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development. Science on Tap talks take place 7:30-9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Green Bean. The semester’s remaining events will be Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.

    In memoriam Robert Striano, a technical services analyst in ITS’ Client Services since 2005, died Saturday.

    Ericourt Artist residency: Pascal Rogé

    Guest artist Pascal Rogé will perform a piano recital Monday, Oct. 4, at 7:30, in the Music Building’s Recital Hall. [Read more…]

    U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors at Aycock

    The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue their history of presenting free public performances when they appear at UNCG in Aycock Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 pm. [Read more…]

    NEH Grant Helps Keith Restore Finch’s Poetic Wings

    The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a three-year Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant to Dr. Jennifer Keith (English) in support of her edition of the works of Anne Finch. [Read more…]

    Campus People – September 29, 2010

    012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Bei Wu – Dr. George F. Michel – Dr. Linda Buettner – Dr. Leandra Bedini – With the Staff [Read more…]

    Looking ahead: September 29-October 5, 2010

    Lecture, “How Large a Wave? The Outlook for the 2010 Midterm Elections,” Dr. Alan Abramowitz
    Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

    Reception for Bruce Michaels as he retires as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs
    Thursday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m, Cone Ballroom, EUC

    Fall Spartans Steps begins – walking/wellness program
    Friday, Oct. 1

    Music, Jazz Band & Jazz Ensemble
    Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

    “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers & Hammerstein
    Saturday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

    Men’s soccer vs. Elon
    Saturday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

    Women’s soccer vs. Davidson – Faculty/Staff appreciation day
    Sunday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. (Free T-shirt to first 50 faculty/staff members to show ID)

    Music, Symphonic Band
    Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

    more at calendar.uncg.edu

    See/Hear: September 29, 2010

    See UNCG games live – or on demand – at Spartan Access. It’s offered free this year.

    Couldn’t get to the men’s soccer vs. No. 19 Wake Forest Homecoming Game last Saturday? Or the volleyball game earlier in the day? They were both covered live on Spartan Access.

    They can still be viewed, on demand. They are among many UNCG games that can enjoyed at no charge this year, online.

    This weekend, three soccer games can be enjoyed via your computer.

    Visit Spartan Access here.

    Announcements: September 29, 2010

    Nominations are now being accepted for Golden Chain. Eligible students should meet the following criteria:

    • GPA of 3.25 or greater
    • Must be either a junior or senior who is not graduating in December 2010
    • Must be nominated by a professor or staff member.

    References listed on the nomination form should be informed that Golden Chain members will contact them regarding the Golden Chain nominee.

    Forms are due in EUC, Suite 221, by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

    The induction ceremony will be on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m.

    Golden Chain was founded at this university in 1948 with the purpose of recognizing and honoring top students who are active on the UNCG campus.

    Nominees will be evaluated with respect to the seven qualities represented by the seven links of the Golden Chain: Leadership, Scholarship, Service, Judgment, Tolerance, Magnanimity and Character.

    Nomination forms can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/cap/groups/goldenchain/. Direct any questions to the Office of Campus Activities & Programs at 4-5800 or cap@uncg.edu.