UNCG Campus Weekly

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Cabbage and Tomatoes and Beans and …

102010Headline_GardenThe vacant lot at 123 McIver will soon be a hotbed of activity. Or approximately 18 raised beds, to be precise.

A campus garden, announced by Chancellor Brady in her State of the Campus address, will be under construction within days. Work days begin next week.

The first significant plantings will be in March. Until then, “the soil is working,” says Dr. Susan Andreatta, co-director of UNC Greensboro Gardens with Guy Sanders. The soil, compost and worms will be active this winter, even on days passersby see little new activity.

What you will see in coming months is a place to house the wheelbarrows and benches used for outdoor classroom learning. And work will begin on a fence “to keep ground critters out,” says Andreatta.

It’s an organic garden, with no use of synthetic chemicals. And the weeding and work will be done by those who sign up to be a part of it.

The UNC Greensboro Gardens group, affiliated with the campus Sustainability Committee, envisions mostly edibles, with a few flowering plants to attract beneficial insects. Perhaps sunflowers in corners, Andreatta says.

Interested in being a part of the garden?

Applications can be picked up at the UNC Greensboro Gardens table at today’s Sustainability event at the Traffic Circle. Additionally, the registration form can be accessed at the left side of the Sustainability home page at sustain.uncg.edu and at uncgsustainability.wordpress.com. The application deadline is Nov. 5, allowing faculty who are interested to consider incorporating into their classes next semester.

Priority for the beds will be given to faculty for use with particular classes, which could range from Biology to Religious Studies. Many types of classes and disciplines may be interested.

One class has already been hard at work. An Interior Architecture class led by Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker broke into teams this semester to create designs for the layout of the beds, seating for an education area, a storage area for wheelbarrows, an arbor and the fencing. [Some of their design work can be seen at the bottom of the visual.] Two additional teams are collecting materials (such as reclaimed barn board) and organizing the fabrication and on-site installation of the beds and furnishings, while other students in the class developed a UNC Greensboro Gardens blog and are generating fundraising and publicity for the project.

The City of Greensboro is donating the dirt and compost for the garden. Davey Tree is donating the wood chips for in between the beds.

All on the campus are invited to volunteer for work days at the campus garden. Bring work gloves and, if you have one, a shovel. Work days will be:
Thursday, Oct. 28 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Information meetings, in which faculty and staff members can learn about the campus garden, will be:
Thursday, Oct. 21, 12:30-1:45 p.m. in 215 Stone
Thursday, Oct. 21, 5- 6 p.m. in 423 Graham

Applications will be available at these meetings, as well as at the HES Sustainability Event “Small Steps to Big Ideas: Sustainability on Campus” Oct. 29 from 11-30-1:30 in 401 Gatewood Building.

There are a limited number of plots and they will be assigned to faculty first who incorporate the raised beds into their curriculum.

Visual: What 123 McIver looks like now. Inset, a few drawings created by an Interior Architecture class as they worked to design the garden site.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mark Unrue

‘Dream House’ Arises

102010Feature_HabitatWhen Beshir Ibnaouf came to North Carolina from Sudan in 1997, it was the first step in a long journey of building a new life for his family. His wife, Maarif Abbas, and infant daughter, Romesa, joined him two years later. The family has grown with the birth of four more children.

The family will have a new home in April thanks to their own hard work and a helping hand from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, Well•Spring and the UNCG community. A team of UNCG volunteers kicked off construction on Thursday.

Habitat houses are partnerships between families and the community. A sponsor, in this case Well•Spring, a not-for-profit LifeCare retirement community located in Greensboro, has donated the cost of initial construction and materials. About 360 UNCG students, faculty, staff and alumni will work on the house before it is dedicated in early April.

Habitat acts as a “bank” to give the family an interest-free mortgage on the house, which the family is required to repay. In addition, recipient families are required to put in 300 hours of “sweat equity” labor – 200 hours on someone else’s house and 100 hours on their own. Habitat homes must be owner occupied.

Beshir worked as a taxi driver during his first years in N.C., but he has worked as a printer operator at Banner Pharmacaps for the past six years. Romesa is now 14 and excelling at Guilford Middle School. She tutors younger students in math and is part of the school’s yearbook staff, school newspaper staff and photography club.

Mohamed, a 10-year-old son, and Rowah, a 7-year-old daughter, are enrolled at Jefferson Elementary School, where Mohamed is part of the school’s Safety Patrol. Hassan, a 3-year-old boy, and Noon, a 2-year-old girl, keep the family home lively. Beshir and Maarif beam with pride when discussing their children, whom they refer to as their “treasure.”

“The Ibnaouf family is a very good fit for Habitat’s goals,” said Lillie Brown-Doggett, director of family services for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro. “They are hardworking, financially responsible and dedicated to building a better life for their children.”

The family has just completed its required work hours on other homes. Both Beshir and Maarif worked on their own house Thursday. The lot in northeast Greensboro had only a bare concrete slab In the morning, but by the end of the day almost all of the first-floor framing, the wooden skeleton of exterior and interior walls, had been nailed in place.

Owning a home will not be the end of the family’s journey. “Romesa plans to become a dermatologist,” Beshir says, “so now we’re starting to investigate medical schools in N.C.”

Construction on the Ibnaouf home will continue on Thursdays and Saturdays, October-April. Habitat professionals train and supervise all volunteers, so no construction skills are needed. In addition to helping with construction, there will be opportunities to volunteer by providing lunch for the construction volunteers, doing morning set-up and other tasks.

Everyone in the UNCG community is encouraged to participate. Contact Beth Hens at brhens@uncg.edu for more information.

By Anita Tesh and Dan Nonte
Photograph by David Wilson

With Dig Pink, It’s Spartans vs. Breast Cancer

102010Feature_DigPinkAs volleyball practice ended last Tuesday, senior Billi Baker stopped to tell what this weekend’s Dig Pink games in Fleming Gym mean for her.

“My mother is a five-year survivor,” said the senior, who said her mother was cured of breast cancer in 2005. “She will be here for the event.” In the past decade, an aunt had been diagnosed with breast cancer. “We lost her.”

Baker says this weekend’s volleyball Dig Pink games will raise breast cancer awareness and also raise money for breast cancer research.

On Friday at 7 p.m, the team hosts College of Charleston. On Saturday, they host The Citadel at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Patrick Nicholas, in his second year as Spartan coach, spoke of his mother, after the practice. In the early 1980s, she had detected a lump, but waited before telling her doctor. “A few months, six months, a year …”

She had surgery. He began college at George Mason. “A year later, they found a spot in her hip.” She had a year or two of heavy chemotherapy, he says, but cancer appeared in other parts of her body as well.

This was decades ago when less could be done.

As an upperclassman, he learned from relatives that it had been much more serious than his mom had told him. “She’d told the doctors to get her to my graduation.”

He found college to be very hard. He was the first in his family to attend. But his mother’s courage and determination motivated him. “She was fighting to get to my graduation,” he thought.” If she can do that, I could finish college.”

He did. A month before commencement, he went home to visit her. She was on morphine, and he held her hand all night. She woke up that morning and told him the doctors thought she’d be at the ceremony. But she died before commencement.

“It’s a nasty disease. If you live long enough, you’ll know somebody with it.”

He added, “We all have an investment in finding a cure for the disease.”

Senior Alissa Beaudway told of grandparents dying of cancer. “It’s something our team is passionate about.”

Sophomore Olivia Humphries said, “I had a cousin die in 2006 of a brain tumor.” He was 13 years old. “You think it’s not going to happen to you. You never know … So many families are affected by [cancer].”

The players said they’ll likely wear as much pink as possible – pink shoelaces perhaps, and pink hair ribbons. They will also wear commemorative pink jerseys.

Nicholas notes you’ll also see slams at over a hundred miles an hour and diving saves in the back line. “You see the power and the grace and the gymnastics” of high level volleyball, while supporting an important cause.

“Come support our team and the fight for a cure for cancer.”

The women’s basketball team has a similar event each winter, called the Pink Zone game. And all Athletics teams are involved in the Relay for Life on campus in the spring.

Everyone who comes to the games to show support, who competes, who perhaps makes a donation are part of something important.

“It’s all Spartans against cancer,” said Nicholas.

More notes about the weekend’s events:

  • On Friday against College of Charleston, the first 200 fans will receive pink pom poms. A postgame autograph session with the volleyball team will be held after both of the weekend’s games.
  • Two-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor will speak before Saturday’s Citadel match. Hours before the game, she will help lead a sand volleyball clinic on campus through the Greensboro Sportsplex.
  • The first 200 fans on Saturday will receive free pink T-shirts. A silent auction will be held before the match, including items autographed by May-Treanor.
  • All proceeds raised during the two matches will go toward the Mammography Scholarship Fund at The Women’s Hospital, which provides screening mammograms for women unable to afford them.
  • Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the games.

Visual: An autograph session at last year’s Dig Pink event in Fleming Gym.

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy Spartan Athletics

Internationalization Task Force Begins Work

UNCG is launching a faculty-led Internationalization Task Force which will assess current internationalization efforts and develop strategies for implementation for the next 18 months. [Read more…]

Notes: October 20, 2010

NotesIconForum on retention and learning communities On Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, the Faculty Senate presents a forum. All are invited to to learn more about the relationship between retention and learning communities at UNCG, to learn about the plan to expand the number of learning communities, and to learn about the impact learning communities will have on the future in higher education, especially at UNCG. Speakers for this forum are Dr. Steve Roberson, Dean, Undergraduate Studies; Dr. John Sopper, Director of Special Projects, Undergraduate Studies; and Dr. John Gamble, Faculty Senate Chair.

NC Flex open enrollment is being held through Oct. 29. Any changes made during open enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2011. For details and contact information, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Flex_Open_Enrollment/.

HES Sustainability Initiative presents “Small Steps to Big Ideas: Sustainability on Campus.” Join them for “Soup and Substance: Taking small steps to integrate sustainability into your curriculum,” in 401 Gatewood Building, Friday, Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy artisan soups & bread from Maria’s Gourmet Catering, take away the “Big Ideas” worksheet and browse the Sustainability Book and Video Fair. Sponsored by the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Space will be limited. RSVP by Oct. 27 at 4-5980 or HES@uncg.edu.

Greek Treats October 27 You’re invited to this annual tradition and opportunity to mingle with campus and community friends. Come in costume and head to Cone Ballroom in Elliott University Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, for candy, games and safe and convenient trick-or-treating presented by the UNCG Greek community. Open to children of all ages. Contact Assistant Director for Greek Life, Samantha McGinty (samcint@uncg.edu) for more information.

Aging and Health: a Global Perspective This talk will be today, Wednesday, Oct. 20, noon- p.m., Elliott University Center, Dogwood Room. Dr. Bei Wu, (Gerontology Program) will share results from her current research projects including cross-cultural comparison of health and health care systems in the U.S. and in China; promoting cognitive health in diverse cultures; and oral health disparities in older Americans. A very brief UNCG Gerontology Research Network business meeting will follow this presentation.

Dining Services is going pink UNCG Dining Services kicked off Breast Cancer Month with an Awareness Celebration honoring breast cancer survivors. They launched their partnership with the North Carolina Triad Susan G. Komen affiliate for the Yoplait Save the Lids campaign. For the entire month of October, the UNCG community can drop off any Yoplait Pink lids they may have, in all retail locations. Details are at dineoncampus.com/uncg. On an unrelated note, Dining Services will unveil its new burger today (Oct. 18) at Coyote Jack’s. Customers will be able to sample and purchase this burger.

Panel Discussion: Pirates! While the pirate in the popular imagination tends to look like Johnny Depp and inhabit rowdy port cities in the Caribbean, pirates have pillaged and plundered from ancient times to the present day in all corners of the world. On Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, four experts from UNCG will discuss the pirates they have encountered in their very different fields of study. Dr. Omar Ali, African American Studies, will talk about a 14th Century Morrocan explorer who was beset by pirates off the coast of Sri Lanka and lived to tell the tale. Dr. James Anderson, History, will examine the intersection between smuggling, piracy and patriotism in the career of the Sino-Japanese pirate and Ming loyalist Zheng Chenggong (1624-1662). Jason Cooke, a doctoral candidate in English, will look at the intersection between the actual hijackings of American vessels off the Barbary Coast and the treatment of those events in early American Literature. Dr. Robert Griffiths, Political Science, will discuss recent pirate attacks off the coast of Africa in the context of international security and law. A reception will immediately follow.

Campus People: October 20, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Vicki McNeil – Dr. Jim Settle – Dr. Bob Griffiths – Jessica Humes – Liz Jodoin – Dr. Mark Smith-Soto [Read more…]

Greensboro Shows Off Its Art

102010EyeOnArts_InquiringEyesThe Weatherspoon Art Museum exhibition “Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art” has opened. It runs until Dec. 12. [Read more…]

Joshua Ferris Fiction Reading

The MFA Writing Program, The Greensboro Review and Spring Garden Press will host a fiction reading by Joshua Ferris on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Center on College Avenue. [Read more…]

‘The Waiting Room’ Can Be Seen Now

102010EyeOnArts_WaitingRoomUNCG Theatre presents the dark comedy “The Waiting Room” about the timeless quest for beauty — and its cost. [Read more…]

Autoharp and Banjo in Traditional Stringband Concert

102010EyeOnArts_BryanBryan Bowers and Riley Baugus will play the Music Building’s Organ Hall, Saturday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m. [Read more…]

Cyrus Art Production Marks Five Years

Cyrus Art Production will mark its fifth year with a series of concerts celebrating the grace of African-American male dancers and their unique perspectives. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: Ann Somers

102010FiveSpot_SomersAnn Somers is a biology lecturer. Her research concentrates on the tiny bog turtle, which gets no longer than 3-4 inches. The undergraduates in her 250-300 student biology section geared for non-majors know her for her conservation – and the service project they all do on campus, where they learn conservation in a hands-on way. But she’s best known for sea turtles. [Read more…]

Announcements: October 20, 2010

Lloyd International Honors College and MERGE Academic Think Tank

In 2011-12 Lloyd International Honors College and MERGE in the College of Arts and Sciences will offer a year-long academic Think Tank under the auspices of the Honors College. The Think Tank will bring together a faculty team, highly qualified students, and interested community partners to address an important societal issue or problem. Under the direction of the two faculty mentors, students will explore the complexities of the chosen topic for the year, participating in research, classroom learning, special events, and hearing from guest speakers during the fall semester, and completing a significant product of the Think Tank that has application to the wider community in the spring semester.

Full details and the application form are at http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/thinktank/

Looking ahead: October 20-26, 2010

Faculty Senate Forum on UNCG retention and learning communities
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Discussion, “Beyond Islamophobia: Breaking Down the Barriers”
Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Cone Ballroom B, EUC

Women’s soccer vs. Western Carolina
Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Dance, Cyrus Art Production
Thursday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., Dance Theater

Theatre, “The Waiting Room”
Friday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Dig Pink game, Volleyball vs. The Citadel
Saturday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

Music, Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition Winners Recital
Sunday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

Men’s soccer vs. Appalachian State
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Registration Open for 2010 Lilly Conference

UNCG will host for the sixth year the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Greensboro, an conference related to teaching and learning. [Read more…]