UNCG Campus Weekly

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Collaboration Is Key

111010NewsAndNotes_SummitAs businesses and communities plan for the future, they need to reinvent the processes that will make them competitive, a top executive with Duke Energy said Tuesday at the fifth annual UNCG Business Summit. James L. “Jim” Turner, who is president and CEO of Duke Energy’s franchised energy and gas business, said Greensboro and its two state campuses are doing that in ways that will pay off in the future. [Read more…]

Last SECC Envelopes Are Coming In

111010Headline_SECCThe SECC comes to a close at the end of this week. The goal of $235,000 has not yet been reached.

Campaign solicitors for each department are collecting envelopes and making last minute reminders. Friday, Nov. 12, is the final day of the SECC, the official workplace giving campaign for employees throughout state government and the university system.

Through donations, the campaign assists more than 900 agencies and groups.

Here at UNCG, nearly 100 solicitors volunteer to distribute and then collect SECC envelopes each year. Many volunteer year after year.

For example, Lennie Alexander volunteers in University Advancement. “I have been an SECC solicitor about 10 years and love it,” she said, adding, “I am a believer that the more you give the more blessing you receive.”

Dr. John R. Locke (Music) has been an SECC solicitor at least that long. “I very much believe in the mission of the SECC and I have always contributed, myself.” He says he is completely relentless, utilizing an arsenal of emails, hand-written notes, phone calls and personal office visits. “I enjoy pestering my colleagues – 74 on my list this year – until I get an envelope back!”

He is known for giving a reward, as well. “When I get a pledge envelope back, I send that person a thank you note and a pack of M&Ms.”

Dr. Susan Andretta has been the Department of Anthropology’s solicitor for five years. “I do it because I believe in giving and giving back to the community.” She notes that her colleagues in the department are very generous and want to help in ways they can, making her job very easy for her.

Mary Katsikas (Chemisty/Biochemistry) has been a solicitor for four or five years. “All I do is send out a reminder once a week to those who have not handed in their envelopes. It is not really what I do but the fact those in my department want to help me do this. I am fortunate to work with people like this.”

A common refrain from the solicitors was the ready participation from individuals in their departments, such as in Communication Studies, where Dr. Chris Poulos has been the solicitor for three years. “I do it to make a small difference,” he says. Any secrets? “Just regular follow up,” which, he explains, “could be called nagging. It seems to work.”

Karen Christensen (Accounting Services) has done it for several years. The fellow solicitors she sees at the beginning of the campaign – as Peggy Woods gives instructions – and at the end as the campaign chair announces the total, are friends from all parts of campus she always enjoys being with. “Before Peggy sends the email, I create a list of the people in Cashier’s Office, Accounting Services and Fixed Assets. On the list I write ‘date handout packet’ and ‘date receive return envelope’. Then I create emails to send to everyone – one for the start, one for the middle, and one to remind when the last day to turn in envelopes. I have given candy some years when they hand in envelopes, [but I wanted to do] something different this year, since so many are trying to be healthier.” She also prints out the news about the SECC in Campus Weekly to hang on the office bulletin board, “with a picture of the thermometer to watch the contributions grow.”

Why does she do all this?

“Everyone needs help sometime in their life, so it is very important to give back to others where you can,” she says.

Visual: SECC solicitors received information and instructions Sept. 17.  Two solicitors quoted in story, Mary Katsikas (in white sweater) and Chris Poulos (in dark blue shirt), are in center of photo.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Mike Harris

Notes: November 10, 2010

NotesIconGive the gift of life during the November EUC Blood Drive on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 9.a.m-7 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. It is sponsored by the staff of Elliott University Center, who report that the 130-pint goal during the September EUC Blood Drive was surpassed. All presenting donors for the November EUC Blood Drive will be entered for the chance to win a pair of Delta Air Lines tickets. To schedule your donation appointment, visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/blooddrive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome. A photo ID is required.

Have you read Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”? Here’s your chance to read some of it, and hear all of it, non-stop, from cover to cover. The “24 hours of Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace'” event will begin Friday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. and continue through Sat. Nov. 13, at approximately 1 p.m. They invite volunteers to help in reading the classic novel. “We definitely still need readers to volunteer! We will gather at the Minerva statue on the EUC lawn at 1 p.m. We will read continuously for 24 hours – to the end – but will move inside to the LIHC parlor [in Spencer] for the overnight part of the reading,” said Dr. Kathleen S. Macfie. Those interested in reading may contact her at kathleen_macfie@uncg.edu

Chevrolet Campus Promotions program UNCG is one of 23 schools throughout the country participating in the Chevrolet Campus Promotions program. Students in Consumer Behavior (MKT 424) led by Dr. Norwood McMillian have created an in-class working marketing agency, The Marketing People, responsible for researching, implementing and evaluating an integrated marketing campaign aimed at increasing awareness for several car brands among the Generation Y target market.

Easier to get blue and gold apparel You probably knew that you could get Spartan shirts and accessories at the UNCG Bookstore and online via the Athletics web site. Now, local Walmart stores are carrying Spartan apparel. You can find your blue and gold at Walmart Supercenters on West Wendover Ave, Pyramid Village Blvd. and W. Elmsley St. The apparel is displayed in the Men’s clothing section. For additional stores selling Spartan gear check out the Campus Enterprise web site “We want our Blue and Gold” and click on the “Find a Retailer”.

Some of my favorite weird beliefs The Great Conversation continues with this year’s Exemplar Lecture with Dr. Rob Guttentag (Psychology) on “Some of my Favorite Weird Beliefs.” It will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center. It is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy. We are all aware of how common it is for other people to hold beliefs that we think are odd, weird or just plain wrong. Some of these beliefs relate to matters of opinion, but others involve beliefs in “facts” that are, in fact, not true. Guttentag will discuss a few of his own favorite weird beliefs – which are his favorites because they involve “factual” beliefs that are very widely held and that he once held – but that are simply wrong. He will also discuss some of the psychological processes that contribute to the formation of these kinds of weird beliefs.

Women Soccer SoCon champions Having completed its sweep of the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament championships and having secured an NCAA tournament bid, the women’s soccer team is ranked No. 10 in the current national  NSCAA poll. UNCG ran its winning streak to a school-record 16 games as they captured the conference tournament title last weekend, Phil Perry (Athletics) reports. The team improved to 19-1-1 on the season. The 19 wins are tops in NCAA Division I this season, and only No. 22 Denver can match the win total with a 19-2-1 record for the year. They will face South Carolina, who has been ranked this season as high as No. 12,  in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

Campus Weekly will not publish Nov. 24 Next week, Campus Weekly will publish. However, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Campus Weekly will not publish Wednesday, Nov. 24. Publication will resume Wednesday, Dec. 1.

iDEAL Summit Library and Information Studies will host the second iDEAL Summit on Monday, Nov. 15, noon-6 p.m. in the EUC. Full details are at http://lis.uncg.edu/ideals. The theme is “LGBTQI out on the open shelves: Serving Hidden Communities.” A keynote panel, from 1:30-2:45, will include several speakers who will talk specifically about the library needs of the LGBTQI community. The panelists include Mario Ascencio, Director, Corcoran Library in Washington, DC and recent past president of REFORMA, Polly Thistlewaite, head of Public Services, City University of New York Graduate Center Library and long-time volunteer and chronicler of the Lesbian Herstory Archives; Jim Carmichael, Professor of Library and Information Studies, UNCG and renowned historian of LGBT issues within librarianship; and Trae Middlebrooks, MLIS Student and Academic and Cultural Enrichment Scholar, UNCG. Nathan Belyeu, Master of Education Student and Coordinator for LGBTQI Health, The Wellness Center of Student Health Services, will moderate. The University Libraries, along with the LIS, are sponsoring the panel. The entire program is free and open to the public.

Campus garden work day The campus garden at 123 McIver Street is taking shape. The next work day is Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers are welcome.  “We plan to lay down shade cloth and mulch in between the beds. Please bring gloves and rakes with you,” says Dr. Susan Andreatta.

See/Hear: November 10, 2010

The N.C. Dance Festival began as a weekend-long event here at UNCG designed to highlight the talents of out-of-town dancers. In the two decades since, the festival, which was founded by Dr. Jan Van Dyke (Department of Dance), has evolved into an important performance outlet for the state’s dancers to share their work with the state’s citizens.

The two performances in Greensboro were last weekend. Future performances will be held in Boone, Raleigh and Wilmington. This year’s season features work by Cara Hagan, Gaspard Louis, Karola Luttringhaus, E.E. Balcos, Jan Van Dyke, Autumn Mist Belk, Ashley Martin and Lauren Kearns.

Enjoy a brief promotional clip followed by the 20th anniversary video.

International Education Week Nov. 15-19

International Education Week will be observed Nov. 15-19. [Read more…]

UNCG a Campus Sustainability Leader

111010Feature_SustainabilityThe grades are in. And UNCG rose nearly two letter grades, in the College Sustainability Report Card 2011.

It rated 322 institutions in the United States and Canada, and named UNCG a Campus Sustainability Leader. Overall, the university received a grade of B, up from a D+ last year.

The leadership designation is based on performance in six of the report card’s nine categories – administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building, student involvement, and transportation. The Report Card identifies 120 Campus Sustainability Leaders, including only two others in North Carolina – Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.

“Our progress in sustainability is a tribute to the hard work of students, faculty and staff across campus,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “We’re proud of the strides we’ve made, and we are committed to further improvement.”

The Report Card highlights many of UNCG’s recent sustainability initiatives and achievements:

  • Sustainability is one of UNCG’s five core values.
  • UNCG has created an Office of Sustainability and has hired a sustainability coordinator, Richard “Trey” McDonald, and a sustainability education and outreach coordinator, Jessica Trotman.
  • The university is creating an organic campus garden at 123 McIver St. UNCGreensboro Gardens, a group affiliated with the campus Sustainability Committee, has built dozens of raised beds, each 4’x8’ and framed with boards salvaged from an old barn. WFMY News 2 reported on the project.
  • Even while adding new buildings, the university has reduced annual energy consumption from 623 million to 577 million MBTUs (thousand British thermal units) since 2005. In 2007, UNCG became the first university in the UNC system to sign an energy performance contract, an agreement that paid for energy-efficiency upgrades to five buildings with future savings. Individual building electricity metering was installed during summer 2010, and an online dashboard will soon allow constant monitoring of energy and water use.
  • Students are volunteering as vampire energy “slayers,” working their way through academic buildings and bringing attention to electronic equipment that consumes energy even when off or in standby mode. Seventeen students have participated, and more than a dozen have signed up for future events.
  • The number of people on campus has grown, but water usage has dropped from 176 million to 172 million gallons since 2005. Trayless dining reduces water usage and food waste. Low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets have been installed in some residence halls. Where possible, landscaping is designed to minimize the need for watering.
  • Construction is under way on two buildings, a School of Education building and a residence hall, designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards. The university plans to renovate the seven Quad residence halls and the Dining Hall to meet LEED Silver criteria during the next three years. In the past year, 92 percent of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills.
  • Each year, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling collects and sells the clothes, books, decorations and other items students leave behind when they leave their dorm rooms. The latest edition of the Cram & Scram Yard Sale in June raised more than $1,100 to support environmental learning opportunities for students and, best of all, kept more than six tons of material out of the landfill.
  • Since 2005, the amount of waste generated annually on campus (garbage, recycling and compost) has dropped from about 10,800 tons to 10,300 tons. Roughly 38 percent of that waste is recycled rather than sent to a landfill.
  • Zipcar, Zimride, Spartan Cycles and several bus services provide transportation alternatives. Two of the four Zipcars available on campus for short-term rental are hybrids. Zimride is a free rideshare matching network that helps connect drivers and riders interested in carpooling. Spartan Cycles allows students and employees to check out six bicycles provided by the non-profit bike advocacy group Bicycling in Greensboro with support from UNCG Police. Spartan Chariot buses operate on a campus loop seven days a week. Greensboro Transit Authority and HEAT buses provide free transportation to off-campus locations.
  • The university’s 159-vehicle motor pool includes 17 electric vehicles, 16 that use biofuel and 15 that use ethanol.
  • The Report Card is produced by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a nonprofit organization engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. Founded in 2005, the institute is based in Cambridge, Mass.

Visual: A campus Earth Day information fair.

By Dan Nonte
Photograph by Becky Kates

Tailgate Before the Tip-off Nov. 14

111010Feature_TailgateMen’s and women’s basketball moves into action this weekend, with Friday away games before the teams return for their big home openers.

The men host Florida State Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m at the Coliseum, their home court. Come early to enjoy tailgating festivities.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • The Tailgate party at the Coliseum’s Pavilion will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be inflatables for the children and giveaways as well. Cheerleaders, the UNCG Athletics Band of Sparta, the Spartans G’s and Spartan Force will also be on hand. Admission is free.
  • To enjoy a catered lunch at the Tailgate party in the Pavilion, you may purchase a lower level ticket for $20, which will include the lunch free of charge. This offer is available through Saturday. (For those faculty/staff who have season tickets, it is free, but you must RSVP [smlaurit@uncg.edu]. To purchase season tickets or to purchase tickets to this game and tailgate – or if you have any questions – contact Shona Lauritano (Ticket Office) at 4-3250 or email smlaurit@uncg.edu.
  • Free shuttles from the campus will run starting at 12:30 p.m. Shuttles will stop in front of the EUC.
  • Halftime entertainment at the Florida State game will be Acrodunk, doing high-flying dunk routines. All games will offer halftime entertainment, by local groups or by nationally known performers.
  • The first 1,000 fans will receive “fan banners” as they enter the seating area.
  • Various ticket options are available. Faculty/staff discounts for season ticket packages are still available, for $20 off the regular price. And “Gimme 5” packs are still on sale – you choose the games, which include Duke. Contact the UNCG Athletics Ticket Office for details or to purchase these special packages.
  • Moses Cone Health System is the game day sponsor of the first men’s game – as well as the season sponsor.
  • The women’s team starts their home schedule on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. They will host UNC Wilmington. Senior Monique Floyd led the Spartan scoring in their recent exhibition game win against Winston-Salem State.
  • Faculty and staff will enjoy free admission to all women’s games this year. Just show your university I.D.

By Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson.

“Will Read for Food” Benefit Reading for Greensboro

The 16th anniversary of “Will Read for Food,” the annual program of readings by local authors, will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Weatherspoon Auditorium. [Read more…]

Campus People: November 10, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. John Salmon – Dr. Keith Mobley – Dr. Stuart J. Schleien – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh With the Staff [Read more…]

Announcement: November 10, 2010

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
Date: November 8, 2010

The Department of Interior Architecture has entered a competition to win funds for an innovative lab to reimagine the use of trash, an all-too-abundant resource.

This competition, the Pepsi Refresh Challenge, provides an opportunity to secure $250,000 to build a design lab for experimenting with turning trash and discarded materials into design and construction materials.

This lab would be the first of its kind in an interior design/interior architecture program in the country, and it would provide a great deal of visibility to UNCG’s program. In addition, it would help position UNCG graduates to be leaders in design and technology innovation.

All that this competition requires is that people vote. If UNCG can get the most votes, we will get the most funding, no strings attached. Each person may vote twice per day for our cause, once by visiting and voting at our cause web site www.refresheverything.com/trash2tech and the second by texting 104012 to 73774. There is no cost for voting via the web site, and the site indicates that you won’t be placed on any automatic mailing lists or receive spam.

UNCG’s “Reimagine today’s trash into tomorrow’s technologies: a low-impact lab” idea is competing against 340 other ideas for one of two prizes. This idea has currently risen to #65 in the rankings, thanks to votes already cast by students, faculty, staff and friends.

Please consider supporting this effort by voting each day. We need your vote!

Linda P. Brady

Looking ahead: November 10-17, 2010

“Art After Dark” with artist Todd Drake and surreal parlor game, “Exquisite Corpse”
Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Reading, Robert Pinsky, former U.S. poet laureate
Thursday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Volleyball vs. Western Carolina
Friday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

Music, Jazz Band
Friday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Theatre, “Alice in Wonderland,” with Mad Hatter’s Tea Party afterward
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Taylor Theatre; party at 3:15 p.m. in Alumni House

Music, McIver String Quartet Faculty Concert
Sunday, Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Lecture, “Preventing Childhood Obesity”
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m., Nussbaum Room, Greensboro Central Public Library

Gallery Talk, “Greensboro Collects Art”
Wednesday, Nov. 17, noon, Weatherspoon

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

more at calendar.uncg.edu