UNCG Campus Weekly

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Holiday Got-Tos and Get-Togethers

120110Headline_HolidaysA great number of “holiday happenings” are scheduled for the next two weeks.

Holiday choral concert An estimated 200 singers and musicians will present the annual holiday choral concert at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 in First Presbyterian Church at 617 N. Elm Street. The free, public event includes all of Music’s student vocal groups and will include both sacred and secular selections.

The concert features the University Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, and UNCG Chamber Singers. Traditional and contemporary choral music will be showcased and more than 200 voices will be heard during the concert. The audience can join in such traditional favorites as “Joy to the World,” “Angels from the Realms of Glory” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” All choirs will sing together in a performance of Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The processional will feature Lara Hoggard’s “Personent Hodie.”

“This concert is the School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s holiday gift to the community,” said Dr. Welborn E. Young.

Luminaires The campus will glow by candlelight when the 41st annual luminaire display takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Up to 7,000 luminaires will burn from 5-10 p.m. The holiday tradition began on campus in 1969 and is always held on Reading Day to close out the semester. Members of the fraternity and sorority communities have already pledged their time to arrange the luminaires, with guidance from the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honour Society.

Holiday Reception Holding to tradition, the chancellor’s Holiday Reception is the same evening. It will be from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 7, as it returns to cozy and warm Virginia Dare Room in Alumni House. Enjoy the tasty holiday treats of hot chocolate and cookies, seasonal music, and the fellowship of colleagues and friends, as faculty, staff and friends of the university ring in the holidays.

Many additional holiday events are scheduled as well:

Art, Tea & Song at Weatherspoon today (Dec 1) At 4 p.m., visit the Weatherspoon for tea in the atrium. Then at 4:30 p.m., enjoy a performance by the University Chorale, directed by Dr. Carole Ott, featuring the lush harmonies of a cappella music by Eric Whitacre, Herbert Howells and Sarah Hopkins.

Bookstore Faculty and Staff Appreciation Sale today (Dec. 1) Find something for all the Spartans on your holiday shopping list. In addition to your current 20 percent Faculty/Staff discount, take an extra 10 percent off non-book items (magazines, bargain books, sale items, computer hardware and software not included.) Present your SpartanCard to receive your discount.

EUC Holiday Social on Thursday, Dec. 2, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC. The campus community is cordially invited to celebrate the season with the staff of Elliott University Center and Campus Activities & Programs. Enjoy refreshments, festive music and holiday cheer.

International Programs Center Holiday Open House IPC hosts their open House, Friday, Dec. 3, 2 – 4 p.m., 206 Foust Building.

Holidays Around the World features student organizations illustrating and expressing the different ways they celebrate holidays, traditions, or customs throughout the year. Performances usually include poetry, prayers, singing, skits and dancing. The program will take place on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in Curry Auditorium. It is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Family Day at Women’s Basketball Who knew Santa was a basketball fan? Come to HHP Building Saturday, Dec. 18. The fun starts on the second level of HHP at 1 p.m. with a visit from Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, reindeer games and fun holiday crafts. Santa has to leave at 2 p.m., the Office of CAP explains, to check on his elves at his workshop, but don’t worry, the UNCG Women’s Basketball team tips off against Wofford. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Faculty and staff get in free with their Spartan Card. You and your little ones can go into the game or stay until 3 p.m. to continue to play or make crafts (while supplies last). UNCG students, parents, faculty, and staff are invited to bring their little ones out for this fun holiday event. Parking will be free in the Walker parking deck. A parent must be present in the Family Day area with their children. The pregame event is sponsored by Office of Campus Activities & Programs.

Want to give, this holiday season? Various departments and groups take on projects. For example, Athletics will collect toys for children at the Monday, Dec. 6, men’s basketball game vs. Furman. Fans may bring new, unused toys for the Fox 8 Gifts for Kids campaign. With each toy donated, you can receive two discounted tickets at $5 each. With any ticket purchased on the day of the event, $2 will be donated to Fox 8 Gifts for Kids. Another example? One new campuswide program to help several UNCG families enjoy a holiday beyond the basics – including some things (clothing and toys) the children might like – is under way. Learn more here.

By Steve Gilliam and Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English

There When Emergency “Rain” Falls

120110Feature_ELFWhen the poet Longfellow wrote, “Into each life a little rain must fall,” he probably wasn’t envisioning the kind of precipitation that comes in the form of, say, a burst water heater, car repairs, medical or dental expenses, or just plain bills – all of which need to be paid.

UNCG has a remedy for those financial bombshells in its Emergency Loan Fund (ELF), which was created over a decade ago with funds donated by UNCG employees. The fund is there to assist our colleagues with help when they face a short-term financial crisis.

“It is a way of giving a ‘hand up,’ not a ‘hand out’ to those in the UNCG family who have unforeseen financial emergencies,” said Betty Betts of Human Resource Services, who administers the fund and processes the loan applications.

About 100 loans are made each year from the ELF’s $55,850 principal. All loans are interest-free (that’s right, no interest) and are paid back monthly through payroll deduction. The maximum amount that can be borrowed is $500, and Betts says most of the loans are for that amount. Recent stats show the number of loans has grown steadily, more than doubling from 48 in 2003-04 to 118 in 2008-09 and 116 in 2009-10. Loans are available to both staff and faculty.

Employees’ needs are spelled out in these statements, drawn from their applications: “I need help to purchase a bus ticket so I can go see my (relative) who is not expected to live much longer’; “My washing machine just ‘konked’ out and I don’t have money to purchase a new one”; and “Unexpected car repairs and I need my car to get to work.”

ELF seldom gets requests for year-end, seasonal things like presents or festivities. Initiatives like Staff Senate’s new Angel Tree Project help UNCG families provide for more than just the necessities at holiday time. ELF guidelines, instead, are specific about what the fund can be used for and what constitutes an emergency.

Loans of $250 or less are turned around in two days; applications from $250 to $500 are reviewed by a committee of UNCG employees. Betts processes all of them.

While an employee occasionally leaves UNCG before a loan is repaid, that’s not a problem – the loan balance is taken from the person’s final payout. Full details about ELF are available and you can download the application form.

If you’d like to make a donation to the ELF, gifts are accepted through the Office of Advancement Services, 4-5920.

By Steve Gilliam
Photography from photography archives.

Every Building Has a Story, on Elm Street

120110Feature_Then&NowIf these walls could talk… Elm Street’s buildings have witnessed nearly a century of life – businesses and families, hustle-bustle and hard times, struggle and rebirth. Can the stories these buildings contain be recovered?

The exhibition “Look. Again. Elm Street,” created by Museum Studies graduate students working under Dr. Benjamin Filene (History), takes up the challenge. It will be on view at the Elm Street Center, 203 South Elm, as part of downtown Greensboro’s special holiday version of First Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. This Festival of Lights event, featuring musical groups (including some with UNCG connections) and entertainers at various points along Elm Street, is a popular holiday event for Greensboro. This year, those strolling along Elm Street can appreciate the history of some of the buldings they are passing.

The “Look. Again. Elm Street” project began in August when nine Museum Studies graduate students each chose a historical photograph of a single downtown building. The goal was to breathe life into each space by piecing together the stories of the people who made their lives and livelihoods in these spaces. Featured sites include the Kress Building, Meyer’s Department Store, Schiffman’s, the Green Bean, the Ellis Stone Building, the Deal Printing Building, and others.

“There is great architecture on Elm Street, but sometimes we forget that these buildings were settings where people’s lives played out,” says Filene, director of Public History, who oversaw the project. “The idea was to dig back for tidbits that could humanize the past and show the richness of local history.”

The students’ detective work forms the basis for the exhibition. It shows each of the buildings from multiple vantage points as revealed through historical clues—“then and now” photographs, census records, fire insurance maps, classified ads, oral interviews, and fragments of the architecture itself.

“We always think of buildings as cold,” says student Alaina McKee but a little bit of research can bring them back to life through the people who lived and worked there.” McKee discovered William Meyer, the original proprietor of Meyer’s Department Store. “Even though this man lived one hundred years ago, I was able to relate to him by reading his wedding announcement and other information I found in newspaper articles and public records.”

Each student conducted an oral interview with someone connected to their building. Those interviews often revealed what the building meant to the people who lived and worked there. The interviews will be archived at the Greensboro Historical Museum, as well as by UNCG’s University Archives.

Most of the students are new to Greensboro and experienced Elm Street for the first time during a class outing to look at potential building choices. After working on these buildings for the past four months, many students have formed a connection to their new town. Amelia Gallo, a native of Wilmington, says of the project, “It has been an opportunity to not only learn about the history of Greensboro but the people of Greensboro. The project gave us the chance to become active participants in our new community.”

Now they want to share that information with Greensboro residents as well as visitors to the monthly First Friday event.

In the end, the nine buildings offer nine portals onto the past—not a complete picture of Elm Street’s history but new vantage points that invite one to see downtown with fresh eyes and to imagine what it would have been like to stroll down Elm in an earlier age.

Notes: December 1, 2010

NotesIconNominations for Student Excellence Award The Lloyd International Honors College is now accepting nominations for the Student Excellence Award. These awards are given to seniors whose academic careers are outstanding both inside and outside the classroom. Each academic department and interdisciplinary program may nominate up to two students for the award. Nomination packets have been sent to faculty and can be found at honorscollege.uncg.edu. The deadline for receiving nominations is Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in 205 Foust Building. If you have any questions, please call the Lloyd International Honors College at 4-5538.

For Safe Zone The UNCG Wellness Center received a $2,000 grant from the Guilford Green Foundation. The grant is for UNCG’s Safe Zone program.

Next week’s issue is final CW of semester Campus Weekly will publish on Dec. 8. After the holiday break, Campus Weekly will publish on Jan. 12, when it resumes its weekly schedule.

Staff members interested in pursuing graduate degree? As a staff member, are you interested in learning more about the graduate education options available at UNCG? On Wednesday, Dec. 8, noon-1 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, you can learn more. Hear a panel composed of The Graduate School, Financial Aid and possibly the Division of Continual Learning discuss options for furthering your education. They have information on tuition waivers, a new scholarship opportunity for you or your dependent/spouse/domestic partner, and other staff benefits to help pay for your education. It will conclude with a question and answer period with the panel. Bring your lunch; drinks/dessert are provided. For more information and to sign up, visit staffsenate.uncg.edu (RSVP is necessary.)

Social sustainable entrepreneurship Dr. Norris Krueger of the Max Planck Institute will lecture on Social Sustainable Entrepreneurship Wednesday, Dec. 1, 6-7 p.m., Room 416, Bryan Building. A reception will follow. He has long experience at entrepreneurship-led economic development.

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Staff Senate Angel Tree Project 2010

This year’s new Angel Tree Project’s mission is to provide assistance to members of our UNCG community who do not have the ability to give their family more than just basic essentials during the holiday season. [Read more…]

Campus People: December 1, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Craig Cashwell – Dr. K. Porter Aichele – Dr. Marianne LeGreco – Justin Maullin [Read more…]

SECC Tops Goal, Hits $241,605

120110NewsAndNotes_PeaceThe SECC goal was $235,000. In the final days of the campaign, the goal was exceeded. [Read more…]

Forum on Faculty Governance, Academic Restructuring

The Nov. 17 Faculty Senate Forum was titled “The Role of Faculty Governance in the Restructuring Process.” [Read more…]

Announcements: December 1, 2010

Nominations are being accepted for the O. Max Gardner Award. If you know of any colleagues who would fit the criteria for the award, please forward the nomination to C. Thomas Lambeth at tom_lambeth@uncg.edu by the end of today (Dec. 1). Nominees will then be screened by a committee, and a recommendation will be made to Chancellor Brady.

The O. Max Gardner Award, which has been given annually since 1949, was established by the will of N.C. Gov. Oliver Max Gardner to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” It is the only award for which all faculty members of the 16 UNC campuses are eligible, Lambeth notes, and is considered the UNC system’s highest faculty honor. The award, which carries a $10,000 cash prize, will be presented by the UNC Board of Governors.

Information about past award winners can be seen here: http://www.unctv.org/omaxgardner/

Among things to consider regarding the context and history of the award:

  • The award is intended to recognize the faculty member who, during the current scholastic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race. The term “faculty” shall embrace all persons, including instructors, engaged in teaching in any unit, institution or branch of service of the Consolidated University of North Carolina.
  • The nominee’s contributions to the welfare of the human race, however technical the field, should be described in terms a layman can understand.
  • Because the will provides that the award shall go to the faculty member “…who …has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race,” the award should not be viewed solely as one for community service nor for excellence in teaching. Through the years, the Board’s committees have been thinking in broad terms of service to the human race; any nominee, no matter how remarkable or unselfish his or her contributions may have been, is at a disadvantage if the service is limited to the particular community. Most of those chosen in the past have been persons who have made notable contributions of national or international scale or persons whose contributions, although local, have served as models nationally or internationally. (Most of the campuses already have their own awards for recognition of excellence in teaching, and many campuses have awards that specifically recognize community service.)
  • Through the years, the committees of the Board have recognized that the selection procedure, which must begin in the fall, makes it difficult to adhere strictly to that provision of the will, which states that the award shall recognize a contribution made “during the current scholastic year.” In order to give as much weight to the clause as is feasible, however, the committees have usually looked for nominees who have recently made contributions or whose work and service have recently culminated in a major contribution.

See/hear: December 1, 2010

The day was bright and spirits were high as Spartans came back to campus to celebrate Homecoming in September. Take a look back at the festivities, starting with a video of the Founders Day events that kicked off the weeklong Homecoming celebration.

Also enjoy a video of Homecoming activities, including music, Spartan Village and soccer.

Plus there’s a great slideshow that captures the spirit of Homecoming 2010.

There’s even a gallery of more photos.

These are among some of the “web extras” offered with the Fall 2010 UNCG Magazine, featuring a cover story on the UNCG Guarantee and its student scholars.

Enjoy.

Looking ahead: December 1-7, 2010

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Dec. 2, 8 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

EUC holiday social
Thursday, Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Holiday choral concert
Sunday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Music, String Orchestra
Monday, Dec. 6, 7:30–9 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Men’s basketball vs. Furman
Monday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Chancellor’s holiday reception
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Women’s basketball vs. High Point.
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Fleming Gym

Exams start.
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu