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Archives for April 2010

Looking ahead: April 28-May 5

Baseball vs. Davidson
Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m.

Art tour with Xandra Eden and Belinda Tate
Weatherspoon, Thursday, April 29, 5 p.m.

Lecture, “The Adaptive Brain: Responding to the Challenge of Cognitive Aging”
Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building, Friday, April 30, 3:15 p.m.

Theatre, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”
Brown Building Theatre, Saturday, May 1, 7 p.m.

Softball vs. Chattanooga
Softball Stadium, Sunday, May 2, 1 p.m.

Opening reception, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
Weatherspoon, Sunday, May 2, 2 p.m.

Science on Tap talk, “The Ethics of Creating Artificial Life,” Dr. Robert Cannon
The Green Bean, Elm St., Tuesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Music, Haiti benefit concert
School of Music Recital Hall, Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

The Five Spot

042810FiveSpot_WalkerRachael Dietrich Walker is a P-card specialist in Purchasing. Most have only heard the words “This … Is … Jeopardy!” on their TV. She once heard them in Hollywood as she stared at Alex Trebek and a sea of hot lights. [Read more…]

Nominees for Staff Excellence Awards Honored

042810NewsAndNotes_ExcellenceAwardThe recipients of the 2010 Staff Excellence Awards will be announced in August. As this spring semester draws to a close, all the nominees for the awards were honored at a breakfast on Tuesday, April 20, in the Magnolia Room of the Dining Hall. Chancellor Linda P. Brady was in attendance to honor the nominees. [Read more…]

Notes: April 28, 2010

NotesIconiSpartan email migration The voluntary opt-in period to migrate faculty and staff email accounts from Lotus Notes to iSpartan has been extended until October 2010, when ITS will begin migrating remaining accounts. (iSpartan is UNCG’s implementation of Google Apps for Education.) Details about this initiative can be found in the April 2010 ITS Newsletter, in the article “Campus-wide Technology Initiatives: ITS implementing three major projects in 2010-11.” The just-published newsletter offers many other news items as well.

Spartan Printing wins awards On March 6, Spartan Printing won two awards at the 43rd Annual PICA Awards honoring printing excellence in the Carolinas. The first award was for Best of Category for inkjet wide format printing for the UNC Exchange Program banner. The second award was a Special Judges Award for digital printing: brochures and broadsides for UNC Exchange Program brochure. Both pieces were designed by Spartan Printing’s graphic artist Wyndell Earles.

Relay for Life Faculty, staff and students raised more than $22,000 during the campus’ Relay for Life function to benefit the American Cancer Society at UNCG Soccer Stadium. There were a total of 742 participants for the event, a new record for the UNCG Relay site. Of our university’s 18 athletic teams, 15 participated in some form, with three teams having conflicts due to competition schedules. The women’s soccer team raised the most money of any of the athletic teams, raising $1,725. Alpha Lambda Delta raised the most money of any registered group, coming in with $2,434. Dana White raised the most money of any one participant at the site, raising $1,474 – twice as much as any other participant. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

In memoriam Dr. David Purpel, emeritus professor in the School of Education, died Monday, April 19. He joined the faculty of the School of Education in 1972 and served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations.

Ethics and business What better way is there for college students to learn how to manage an ethical business than to immerse themselves in one? That’s the experience dozens of local college students from UNCG, North Carolina A&T State and Elon University had this spring as they worked with Triad businesses on applications for the Piedmont Business Ethics Award. It’s the second year students from the Bryan School of Business and Economics have participated in the project, one that gives them hands on experience in evaluating ethical behavior, said UNCG instructor Wade Maki. Maki said participation from students at the three universities validates the importance of teaching business ethics. “In addition to learning how ethics are applied by businesses in our community our students also get an opportunity to hone their networking and professionalism skills in working with their business client. At UNCG, the project is a joint effort between the Department of Philosophy, the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning.

Free speech Several UNCG faculty members and students were among those who gathered for a “celebrating free speech” event at the downtown Center City Park April 20. The park’s policy against delivering political speech has been changed. Students and faculty in the interdisciplinary, inter-institutional class “Reclaiming Democracy: Dialogue, Decision Making and Community Action” had been advocating this change. For more information, contact Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies).

Psychopharmacology conference On March 26, the Counseling & Testing Center as well as departments of Social Work, Counseling and Psychology hosted the second annual Innovations in Psychopharmacology Symposium to a standing room only group. More than 160 attended. There were professionals from the Triad and Research Triangle attending, sharing expertise, and making connections. The event was held in Cone Ballroom, EUC. Key speakers included Dr. Brent Joy (Counseling & Testing Center) and Dr. Melissa Floyd (Social Work). The third speaker was Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary (Duke University Counseling & Psychological Services and Duke University Medical Center). Topics presented were “Innovations in Psychopharmacology,” “Psychiatry Medication & Ethics” and “Cultural Considerations in the Context of Pharmacological Treatment Planning.” The sessions covered issues that face mental health care professions on a daily basis, as well as new developments in medications and alternative therapies for their patients. Planning is beginning for next year’s symposium. Questions? Email mastewa2@uncg.edu.

Black Arts Festival The UNCG NAACP will presents 2010 Black Arts Festival on Friday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., in Curry Auditorium.

Quantitative training available through ICPSR’s summer program Through UNCG’s membership, faculty, staff and students have access to resources of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the nation’s largest social science data repository. UNCG’s membership allows campus network users unlimited web downloads of ICPSR data and documentation from http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/. Popular topics include crime statistics, data on health, aging, and human development, census data, election studies, and economic data. ICPSR also offers training in quantitative methods of social research. UNCG training participants are eligible for reduced member fees. Most courses are at the University of Michigan, but a few are held at UNC Chapel Hill. For more information about the 2010 ICPSR Summer Program, including how to apply, course schedules and fees, visit http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/. If you have questions about the Summer Program or using ICPSR data, contact Lynda Kellam at lmkellam@uncg.edu or 4-5251.

Paws for stress It’s meant as a stress reducer for students as the end of semester approaches, but all on campus community are welcome. Enjoy some fun and relaxation with therapy dogs, cats and rabbits. The event at the Minerva Statue near EUC will be Wednesday, April 28, noon to 2 p.m. It is sponsored by the Wellness Center and Kopper Top Life Learning Center.

Newsmakers

Duane Cyrus, Dr. Andrew Brod, Dr. Sue Stinson, Dr. Cathie Witty, Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh, Dr. Paige Hall Smith and Stoel Burrowes are among the UNCG individuals recently in the news.

Details are here.

For Those Working with Immigrants, Refugees and Displaced People

The second annual Association of Refugee Service Professionals (ARSP) National Conference will be May 17-18 in EUC. [Read more…]

Transgender Communication and Wellness Conference May 22

The UNCG Speech and Hearing Clinics will host the Transgender Communication and Wellness Conference, an event for healthcare professionals and transgender individuals, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in Elliott University Center. [Read more…]

An Innovative Educator Remembered

Brian Betts, a 1989 graduate of UNCG, became in recent years one of the most innovative educators in inner-city Washington D.C.

The principal at Shaw Middle School in Washington had been hired to revamp a school that had been through great difficulties – including a reorganization required by the No Child Left Behind law – and was in the process of turning the school around.

For that, he had been the subject of several stories in the Washington Post and had also been interviewed by 60 Minutes and PBS.

Tragically, his death has now brought similar national attention with stories on CNN , ABC and NBC network newscasts.

Dr. Kate Barrett, a Board of Trustees member and professor emerita of exercise and sport science, knew Betts when he was a physical education major studying to be a teacher. “I worked extensively with Mr. Betts during his junior year and then as his University Supervisor during student teaching. He had a special way with children, a special gift, that was evident right from the start.

“Following graduation I kept up with Mr. Betts especially since I had recommended him to Pat Barry of the Montgomery County School System and wanted to know how he was handling his first job. I believe Ms. Barry [a UNCG alumnus] played a critical role in Mr. Betts’ development as the educator he became.

Women’s basketball coach Lynn Agee also knew Betts well when he was a student and cheerleader. “Brian was Blue and Gold through and through. He obviously was a tremendous educator, which is evident in all the things he’s done as a principal. It’s a great loss obviously in that area,” Agee said.

“As a Spartan, he followed his teams everywhere. He’d show up in the middle of a snow storm when women’s basketball was playing. He supported every event as a cheerleader. He was very active. He was one of the most dedicated and fun-loving Spartans that we’ve had involved in our program.”

For several years, Betts had brought a group of his middle school students to the UNCG campus for a “College Connection Weekend.” The last two years, Betts had his group of students follow members of the men’s basketball team around for two days – to classes, to meals in the dining hall, to practice, to study hall – to see the level of commitment it takes to play college athletics, while maintaining a commitment to academics. In past years, Betts brought his cheerleading squad to campus to go through similar functions and they would perform at a men’s basketball game.

Barrett said that when he and his students came to campus, “We always arranged a time to visit and for me to meet his children. He always introduced me as ‘his’ teacher!”

Two years ago, Barrett saw on PBS’s News Hour a report on his and others’ work to help reform the Washington schools. “I talked with him several times to learn how his school was progressing and to tell him how proud we were of his work. What he was doing was exciting and daring, but I knew [D.C. school system] Chancellor Rhee had picked the right person and that he would be successful. We had thoughtful conversations about what he was trying to do and what he dreamed for the children in his care … His belief that all children have a right to learn never waivered – he started living that belief right from the start and never looked back.

“He was a fiercely loyal person who was a dear friend/mentor to all,” she added. “When I spoke with his mother at the visitation [last week], and had told her my connection with her son, she lightly touched her heart, and told me, “We buried Brian in a UNCG T-shirt as UNCG was closest to his heart.”

Hodges Will Get BOG Teaching Excellence Award

042810Headline_HodgesDr. Nancy J. Hodges, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, has won a 2010 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She will receive the award Friday, May 14, during UNCG’s spring commencement in the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina selected 17 of its most outstanding faculty to receive the 16th Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Each award winner will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $7,500 cash prize.

The 17 recipients, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure, chaired by Gladys Ashe Robinson of Greensboro. The awards will be presented by a Board of Governors member during the spring graduation ceremony on each campus.

A member of the UNCG faculty since 1998, Hodges serves as the director of graduate studies in the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies. In 2008-09, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

She received her undergraduate degree in design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clothing and textiles from the University of Minnesota.

“For me, teaching and learning begin with lived experience, as I feel strongly that it is this experience that shapes students’ understanding of course concepts,” Hodges explains, as part of her teaching philosophy.”When students integrate knowledge from the classroom with their everyday lives, they develop a bond with the material that enhances the value of the learning—for them and for me. Indeed, one of the most exciting aspects of teaching is the part that I get to play in fostering the student’s connection with the material, and to do so in such a way that they become unaware that they are ‘being taught’…”

Established by the Board of Governors in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the university system, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus.

Visual: Hodges surrounded by students, in a previous year.

Teachers Inspire Fellow Teachers

042810Feature2_TeachersWhen she started teaching a yearlong, graduate-level Teacher as Researcher course in the School of Education, Dr. Amy Vetter had no idea how the class would inspire her and her students.

The class ended in Spring 2008, but Vetter and several students went on to establish Triad Teacher Researchers (TTR). TTR, now six members strong, meets monthly to share research findings and ideas. Their goal is to pass their research skills and the findings of their research on to other teachers in their own schools and across the Triad.

“It’s sort of a homegrown, bottom-up approach to professional development – teachers collaborating with other teachers,” says Vetter.

TTR’s first annual conference takes place May 5 in Curry Building. Keynote speaker is Dr. Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater, professor of English and director of composition at UNCG. Chiseri-Strater is also a teacher researcher and author of “What Works?: A Practical Guide to Teacher Research.”

More than 50 presenters will conduct workshops. All area students, educators and administrators are welcome.

Group members have used their classrooms as research labs to apply and study various techniques. One member, a 10th-grade teacher, started a Writing Elite program for students who want to become authors.

Holly Wroblewski, a UNCG graduate, an eight-year classroom veteran and a TTR member, now teaches special needs students at E.M. Holt Elementary in Burlington. Wroblewski, Teacher of the Year at Holt, says Vetter’s class helped her to realize “how transformative it can be to look at my teaching in a critical way.”

“I’ve worked on several different research questions ranging from student metacognition while reading, to engagement, to my current topic, reflective journaling,” Wroblewski says. “I believe I’ve always been a teacher researcher at heart. I’m always thinking about struggles I face with my teaching and how I can make things better. Currently, I am looking at how reflective practice, through journaling, can change my relationship with my students and how that impacts my teaching.”

Vetter and Wroblewski want to see the group expand, reaching more and more teachers across the Triad.

“TTR is a great way for teachers to surround themselves with others who want an individualized form of professional development that they may not get elsewhere,” Wroblewski says.

For more details including a complete conference schedule, visit www.triadteacherresearchers.com. Or contact Amy Vetter at amvetter@gmail.com.

Visual:  Holly Wroblewski works with students at E.M. Holt Elementary in Burlington.

Campaign Against Texting & Driving

042810Feature1_TextingDr. Mark Schulz (Public Health Education) knows the danger of texting while driving all too well.

A longtime advocate for the safety of cyclists, Schulz was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Aycock Street near the campus on March 26, 2008. The vehicle’s driver had been texting.

“If she had been going 10 miles an hour faster I wouldn’t be talking to you,” Schulz told CBS affiliate WFMY during a news conference Friday, April 16.

“I had five compressed discs, a broken sternum, a broken left kneecap. I was out for about 20 minutes with the concussion.”

Schulz and Chancellor Linda P. Brady joined state legislators and AT&T officials at the news conference in Elliott University Center to help promote AT&T’s nationwide “Txting & Drvng – It Can Wait” awareness campaign. AT&T has put information about the campaign online.http://www.att.com/txtngcanwait

The event at UNCG was covered by News 14 Carolina and WFMY.

The campaign, aimed largely at young adults, includes public service announcements featuring texts drivers were reading or typing when they were in catastrophic crashes.

North Carolina’s ban on texting while driving, which was spurred in part by Schulz’s experience, took effect in December.

“The message is simple: If you’re driving, don’t text,” Brady said. “Momentary and avoidable lapses in attention change lives forever. We’re asking students and everyone at the university to pledge not to text while driving. It’s a small decision, but one that saves lives.”

The news conference also included remarks from Rep. Pricey Harrison of Greensboro, who co-sponsored the legislation to ban texting while driving in North Carolina; Rep. Maggie Jeffus of Greensboro; and Rep. Earl Jones of Greensboro. Melissa Midgett, state director for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and a UNCG aluma, also attended.

A number of students pursuing master’s degrees in public health education attended the news conference, too.

Visual: The chancellor and Schulz join others in signing a pledge to never text while driving.

‘And Then There Were Ten’ BFA Dance Concert

042810EyeOnArts_BFADanceAs graduation nears, the senior BFA dance majors will show their work in their department’s final concert of the season, “And Then There Were Ten,” at 8 p.m. April 30-May 1 and 2 p.m. May 1. [Read more…]

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at WAM

An exhibition of students’ work will open Sunday, May 2, at the Weatherspoon. A public reception begins at 2 p.m. [Read more…]

Campus People – April 28, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Betty Carter – Dr. Michael J. Kane – Dr. Susan Calkins – Dr. George Michel – Robin Gee – Carol Peschel [Read more…]

NC DOCKS Surpasses 100,000 Downloads

In January 2009, the University Libraries launched NC DOCKS, UNCG’s institutional repository, available at http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/. Currently, there are over 1,000 faculty works in NC DOCKS and about 800 electronic theses and dissertations (the only non-faculty works).  Since the launch, the 1,850 documents in NC DOCKS have been viewed or downloaded over 100,000 times (an average of 55 times for each document). Two articles in NC DOCKS have been viewed or downloaded over 1,000 times. [Read more…]

Civil Rights, Up Close and Personal

042110Feature2_CivilRightsOn the EUC stage last Friday were some campus pioneers in the civil rights movement.

JoAnne Smart Drane was one of the first two African-American students to enroll, in 1956. She and another African-American classmate, the late Bettye Ann Davis Tillman, were honored this year with the naming of the Smart-Tillman professorship.

Beside Drane was one of the first Woman’s College (UNCG) students who sat-in at the Woolworth Sit-ins, Ann Dearsley-Vernon. They both were members of the Class of 1960, which was reuniting as part of Reunion.

“Ann [Dearsley-Vernon] and I are from Raleigh,” Drane explained. “This is the first day we’ve ever met.”

Being one of the first two African-American students on campus entailed being “invisible, but in plain view,” Drane said. A small group of students were outwardly friendly, and many kindnesses were shown, but ultimately it was a lonely experience.

Drane, after graduating, would not set foot on campus again for 30 years. She would later serve on the UNCG Board of Trustees and as Alumni Association vice president.

Dearsley-Vernon spoke next. “I didn’t know there were two young black woman students on campus … I don’t know how I could have been so ignorant of that.” Dearsley-Vernon and two other white students heard of the sit-in at Woolworth in February 1960, and quickly decided – as they munched on muffins in the campus cafeteria reading a newspaper– that they’d walk down there. “Let’s go support them,” the student said. They put on their class jackets and went. “I remember it was just that spontaneous and naïve.”

The result was five tense hours at the sit-in, widespread news coverage and expulsion from the university (which was reconsidered).

There were some regrets. Drane did not participate in the Woolworth Sit-in. “I wish that I could change that.” Her heart was with the protestors, she said. Ann Phillips McCracken, who was interested in civil rights, did not either. “I’m sorry I didn’t.” She and Drane became friends, but decades after graduating. “I don’t ever remember meeting you on campus,” McCracken said, “and I’m so sorry.”

Other panelists included Betsy Toth, who spoke of sitting at Woolworth later in the protests, with women from Bennett College.

Marylin Lott, who participated in the sit-ins with Dearsley-Vernon and Eugenia Seaman Marks, said, “At the end of the day [at the Woolworth Sit-in], it was a given we were not going to be safe. We all had a prayer,” she recalled. Once safely back to campus, she called her parents to let them know what she’d done. The Washington Post called her parents within 30 minutes of that phone call.

Former city council member Claudette Graves Burroughs-White, who died in 2007, participated in the sit-ins as well, it was noted.

The Reunion event, called “Marking a Movement,” included a talk by Dr. Tara Green about some unsung female heroes – in addition to Rosa Parks – who were arrested in Montgomery for refusing to give up their bus seats. Linda Carter welcomed everyone; Dr. Robert Mayo moderated the forum. Duane Cyrus and Cyrus Art Production presented the dance “Greensboro, Then and Now.”

The highlight was the opportunity to hear from the students of the late 1950s and early 1960s. One current student, as she asked a question during the Q & A period, remarked that she’d done quite a bit of research on them, and it was remarkable to actually be able to ask them a question. Mayo called them aptly “the primary sources.”

More on the experiences of Drane and Tillman, as well as some 1950s correspondence in Archives and the Smart-Tillman professorship, is in the Spring 2010 issue of UNCG Magazine. A story on students’ later efforts to desegregate the Tate Street restaurants and cinema are in the Spring 2010 issue as well.

Visual: From left to right, JoAnne Smart Drane, Ann Dearsley-Vernon, Betsy Toth and Marylin Lott. Ann Phillips McCracken is out of view.

Faculty and Student Dance, Martha Graham’s ‘Steps’

Dance will host its annual Departmental Concert at 8 p.m. April 23-24 with a 2 p.m. matinee April 24. [Read more…]

Notes: April 21, 2010

NotesIconEmergency drill April 27 The university will conduct an emergency response exercise Tuesday, April 27, beginning at 8 a.m. The drill will be weather-related and will include campus entities as well as the Greensboro Fire Department, Guilford County EMS and various law enforcement agencies. The exercise location will be in and around Eberhart Building. The exercise will not affect classes on campus. Response vehicles will be staging on and around Kenilworth Street that day.

Health and wellness showcase “Spring into Wellness 2010” will be Monday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in EUC’s Cone Ballroom. The HRS-sponsored event will showcase a variety of health and wellness resource available on campus and in the greater community.

Housekeeping services go green A partnership between UNCG and xpedx has made Facilities and Residence Halls Housekeeping Services the first departments in the UNC system to switch over to “green” sustainable cleaning chemicals. Ada Baldwin, director of Housekeeping Services for UNCG Facilities, and Lisa Kestler from xpedx have worked together to develop a Green Cleaning System that is not only less toxic, more sustainable, and improves interior air quality, but also costs approx 75 percent less than the previous cleaning chemicals used on campus. In the next few weeks, Residence Halls Housekeeping Services Director Barbara Gainey will be training her staff with the new cleaning system, making UNCG the first UNC campus to fully embrace sustainable cleaning. For more information, please contact Ada Baldwin at ALBALDW2@uncg.edu or Barbara Gainey at bjgainey@uncg.edu.

In memoriam Dr. James Thompson, former UNCG Libraries director, died April 13. Jim was director from 1970 until 1988, when he left to teach in the History Department for several years before retiring in 1994. He oversaw the building of the Jackson Library tower and increasing the size of collections and staff.

David Lynch and Cervantes An International Book Day Celebration will be April 23, 5:30 p.m., in Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. The Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Creative Writing have invited Dr. Bruce Burningham (Illinois State) to speak on Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote in connection with contemporary American pop culture. His presentation, “Ugly Betty: Desire, Dulcinea, and Disenchantment in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive,” will compare the Cervantine character of Dulcinea with the protagonists of David Lynch’s film.

Godfather of restorative justice Dr. Howard Zehr, the “godfather of restorative justice,” will speak Thursday, April 22, at 6 p.m. in Jackson Library’s Jarrell Lecture Hall. His presentation is “Why Restorative Justice?” The Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution Program, the School of Human Environmental Sciences and Lloyd International Honors College are sponsoring his visit. Zehr, who blogs at http://emu.edu/blog/restorative-justice, is a professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. He joined the faculty of the university located in Harrisonburg, Va., in 2006 after 19 years as director of the Mennonite Central Committee’s Office on Crime and Justice. Restorative justice seeks to involve all stakeholders in a process that heals victims’ wounds, restores offenders to law-abiding lives and repairs harm to the community. Zehr’s book “Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice” has been a foundational work in the growing “restorative justice” movement. He was appointed to the Victims Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2008.

Accounts payable and fixed assets workshops Accounts Payable and Fixed Assets Department offer a combined workshop for new employees or employees who would like a refresher course on the proper forms to use to process transactions for payment and to learn the updated basics of UNCG’s fixed assets. The workshop is to promote understanding of the university’s payment requests’ procedures and will cover such forms as the BANFIN-32 (Expenditure Authorization), BANFIN-33 (Interdepartmental Invoice), and purchase order payment processes. The workshop will also provide the most current basic information about requisitioning and purchasing fixed assets, using correct expenditure codes, tagging and inventory processes, and completing fixed assets forms. To enroll in the workshop, go to https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/. Click on Banner Finance (Faculty and Staff Only) and select Banner Finance Accounts Payable and Fixed Assets Workshop.

Travels to India The “architectural sojourners” invite everyone to an exhibit on their travels to India over the spring break on Monday, April 26, from 5-7 p.m. in the atrium of the Gatewood Studio Arts Building. For more information, visit http://studyabroadindia.wordpress.com/.

Shakespeare’s birthday at Jackson Once again, the University Libraries, along with the Department of English and the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, are celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday. You’re invited, on Friday, April 23, from 2-5:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Jackson Library, near the McIver statue. A group of students, faculty and library staff will read aloud all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. A musician or two will play Elizabethan-inspired music. And there’ll be cake. Come in costume, stay for prizes and enjoy the Bard’s words. If you would like to volunteer to read sonnets, contact Kimberly Lutz at 6-8598 or kimberly_lutz@uncg.edu. Hear more at this podcast: http://iminervapodcast.blogspot.com/2010/04/bards-birthday-bash.html.

Recovery and identification of US war dead The panel discussion “‘Leave No Man Behind’: The Recovery and Identification of US War Dead” will be Friday, April 23, 2-4 p.m., Sullivan 101. This panel discussion on U.S. military forensic practice is the first public event of the Ashby Dialogue 2009-10, and will be hosted by the Sociology and Anthropology Departments. Panelists will include Dr. Thomas Holland, the Scientific Director of the Central Identification Laboratory at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command; Mr. James Canik, Deputy Director of the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory; and Mr. Larry Greer, the Public Affairs Officer of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. This panel will examine the U.S. government’s unique efforts to repatriate remains and identify its missing men and women of uniform from the previous century’s wars, including World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War. As representative of the three major agencies dedicated to this task, the panelists will address not only the forensic science – from forensic anthropology to DNA analysis – behind the identification process but also the social and political context of why and how the government attempts a full accounting of its missing soldiers. A Q&A will follow the presentations.

Music events Two special events this month, offered in conjunction with Music 533, Music of the Twentieth Century. Both events are free. On Friday, April 23, 4 p.m. in Collins Lecture Hall, musicologist Silvio dos Santos of the University of Florida will give a presentation on Alban Berg’s “Lulu” (1929), based on Frank Wedekind’s “Lulu plays,” “Erdgeist” and “Die Buechse der Pandora” [Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box]. On Wednesday, April 28 at noon in the Organ Hall, Clara O’Brien and James Douglass will perform Arnold Schoenberg’s “Fünfzehn Gedichte aus Das Buch der haendengen Gaerten” [Fifteen Poems from the Book of the Hanging Gardens]. Questions? Email elkeathl@uncg.edu.

In memoriam Buddy Gist died Sunday, April 18, at the age of 84. He generously donated to UNCG the trumpet his friend Miles Davis had played in recording the album “Kind of Blue.” A feature story on Gist and his gift of the trumpet as well as his relationship with a number of members of the School of Music appeared in the Spring issue of UNCG Magazine. A memorial service will be held in the School of Music Organ Hall on Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

Surgical Mission to Dominican Republic

042110Headline_SurgeryThe operating room looks like something from a rural U.S. hospital a half-century ago.

Some operating tables have a makeshift airplane propeller under the unconscious patient’s arms, each arm stretching out to the propeller’s tip. Improvised but efficient.

With no air conditioning, the surgeons and nurses try not to drip sweat on the patients, during their 10-12 hour surgery shifts.

Unlike in today’s U.S. hospitals, the cloth wrappings will be reused – they are sterile, but darkened with age.

Organs or tissue removed will be given to the patients or family members – they bring their own containers from home – and they themselves will take it for a pathology report that will take 3-4 months for results.

For some faculty members and students from the School of Nursing, spring break was a rewarding, exhausting and enlightening experience. Each was part of a surgical mission trip to a hospital in the Dominican Republic.

Last week’s Food for Thought Lunch, sponsored by the honors college, was a time for sharing. Dr. Patricia Crane and senior Lauren Moore talked. The topic was “hope.” The group’s presence and knowledge of good practices – as well as the supplies they brought and left behind at the hospital – brought hope and healing to many local citizens and Haitian earthquake survivors they cared for.

You see conditions rarely seem in the States when you assist with surgery there, Crane says. Goiters from lack of iodine, distinctive hernias. But mainly they helped with what Americans would consider routine surgeries.

In the Dominican Republic, surgery of any type is considered a dire thing, never routine. The volunteers helped provide hope.

In the last three years, a growing number from the School of Nursing have taken surgical mission trips to the Dominican Republic.

During last month’s break, two faculty members, Dr. Patricia Crane and Dr. Linda McNeal, traveled with nine students from the School of Nursing: three nurse anesthesist students, one nurse practitioner student, one RN to BSN student and four undergraduate students. The effort was part of a Methodist missionary effort. Those from UNCG focused on medical care. “We’re there to meet their physical needs,” Crane said.

“You’d have to do that before you meet their spiritual needs,” Moore adds.

“We carried lots of stuff,” Crane says. From the majority of drugs they would administer, to supplies such as gloves, sterile dressings, surgical instruments, sutures – even to ziplock bags.

Ziplock bags are very handy in the hospitals. Another coveted item: baseball caps, for the kids. Baseball is the big sport.

Almost everything they packed they left there.

“You do cry, you get tired. It’s hard to leave. Ten, twelve hours a day, every day,” Crane explains about how the experience affects the volunteers. “We’re doing what we can do.”

The nursing students are called on to do a lot. “They’re cutting, tying [during surgery],” Moore says. Anesthesia students do a lot of epidurals.

The anesthesia students do not get course credit, though the other students can count some of their direct care hours toward their clinical.

Each individual pays about $1,600 to go on the trip sponsored by a Christian group.

Moore aspires to be a nurse in the Triad. “ICU is what I hope to do. I’m very detail oriented.”

In ICU, communication is important. “In hospitals, a nurse is an advocate for the patient,” she explains.

Communication with patients and family members is a key part of a nurse’s work. During the mission trip, she used her Spanish to communicate with family members, reassuring them and delivering post-surgery instructions.

Each volunteer provided 50-60 hours of hands-on care, Moore says.

She graduates in May.

Next March, Crane says, another group of nursing individuals will travel again to the hospital.

Visual: Preparing for surgery. Lauren Moore, senior nursing student, is on the right.

The Five Spot

042110FiveSpot_CabralAllyn Cabral (Parking Services) leads the Spartan Steps individual competition. He’s been on staff since last August and drives a Spartan Chariot shuttle. [Read more…]

Announcements: April 21, 2010

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA:

University of North Carolina system President Erskine Bowles is stepping down at the end of 2010 after five years of dedicated and innovative leadership, and the UNC Board of Governors is deeply grateful for his service to the University and to the citizens of North Carolina. Our task now is to identify the next leader of our 17-campus system. As we go about this critically important work, we need and want your input. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: April 21-28

Softball vs. NC A&T (doubleheader)
Softball Stadium, Thursday, April 22, 3 p.m.

Earth Day celebration
Foust Park, Thursday, April 22, 11 a.m.

Farmers’ market followed by sustainability film “Fresh”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, April 22, 5 p.m.

Discussion, “‘Leave No Man Behind’: Recovery & Identification of US War Dead”
Sullivan Building, Room 101, Friday, April 23, 2 p.m.

Baseball vs. Wofford (Freebie Friday promotion)
Baseball Stadium, Friday, April 23, 7 p.m.

Theatre, “Balm in Gilead”
Brown Building Theatre, Saturday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Emergency drill, on campus
Tuesday, April 27

Theatre, “Bus Stop”
Brown Building Theatre, Tuesday, April 27, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

‘Hope for Haiti’ on Campus

042110Featue1_HaitiUNCG’s “Hope for Haiti” week will be April 24-29.

For five consecutive days, students from UNCG will be holding an awareness campaign/philanthropy event for Haiti, as they sleep out each night near the Fountain.

During the camp out, members of the university community are invited to raise awareness and funds for Haiti relief.

  • The first night, April 24 at 10 p.m., students will set up cardboard boxes in front of the fountain and camp out overnight.
  • On April 25, the Interior Architecture Department and students in the department will provide “make-shift shelters” for the remainder of the week.
  • On April 26, several student organizations have been invited to participate.
  • On April 27, an educational event will be held in the Multicultural Resource Center in the EUC from 5-7 p.m. Students will be “Skyping” the assistant director of St. Joseph Orphanage in Haiti and meeting with Red Cross Disaster Relief workers.
  • The culmination of the program is a final push for fundraising and a raffle on April 28, follow by the final camp out.
  • The event and shelters will be broken down April 29 at 8 a.m.

Throughout the week students will be raising funds as well as promoting two campus concerts on May 4 and 5, which are also raising funds for Haitian relief.

UNCG’s Hope for Haiti idea was conceived as a result of a desire by the current Homecoming (FallFest) King and Queen to create a campus-wide service initiative as a precedent for future Homecoming contenders.

“After the devastation in Haiti in January, we realized the tremendous impact the earthquake had on Haiti and even members of our own student body,” Homecoming King Michael Tuso said. “As a result we initially partnered with OLSL, Greek Life, and IMPACT (a leadership development class taught by Preston Yarborough [OLSL]) to develop a program to have continued awareness concerning Haiti. Over the course of the planning process we have established many more partners in the university community and are looking forward to the continued support for Haitian relief and awareness.”

As they began their planning, they’d predicted that media coverage would significantly decline as the semester wore on and less attention would be paid to Haiti, making their efforts all the more important.

“Moreover, we also discovered that a student in our community was deeply affected by the tragedies the earthquake brought to Haiti. This particular student’s family owned a company in Haiti and has been significantly strained as a result of the destruction. Knowing the supportive environment that UNCG encompasses, we are attempting to establish a framework for the community to be able to help one of our own students.”

Much of the fundraising from this event will be donated to help with that student’s tuition. In addition, a portion of the funds will be donated to UNICEF, which assists in Haiti, Tuso says.

The campus group can be found on Facebook.  The group is titled “UNCG’s Hope for Haiti.”

Michael Tuso can be reached at mjtuso@uncg.edu.

Photo:  U.S. Air Force.

Eat Fresh – No, Really Fresh

Two events will be held at the Weatherspoon as part of Earth Day: [Read more…]

Campus People – April 21, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Tomi Register – Dr. Sandra Shultz – Dr. Randy Schmitz – Dr. Susan Calkins – Dr. Susan Keane – Dr. Marion O’Brien – Dr. Lilly Shanahan – Dr. Jacquelyn White – Dr. Jim Fisher [Read more…]

Rep. Brad Miller Visits Campus, Talks Tech Transfer

041410NewsAndNotes_BradMillerU.S. Rep. Brad Miller met with faculty and administrators Thursday, April 8, in Sullivan Science Building to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development. [Read more…]

20,530.77 miles so far

ByTheNumbersIconThat’s how far, cumulatively, this semester’s 273 Spartan Steps participants have walked. That’s more than 10 times the distance between North Carolina and Las Vegas, and the competition is only one-third completed. [Read more…]

UNCG Theatre Offers Wilson’s ‘Balm in Gilead’

041410EyeOnArts_GileadClamber onto a barstool and lose yourself in the dark, gritty world of 1960s New York City. UNCG Theatre will wind up its season with Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead.” [Read more…]

Notes – April 14, 2010

NotesIconPlanning for a school of pharmacy not approved by BOG Late last week, the UNC Board of Governors voted to not approve UNCG’s request to begin planning for a school of pharmacy. This followed the recommendation by President Bowles that it not be approved. The chancellor had an opportunity to address the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs – UNC Board of Governors. Her text can be read here. Local news reports can be found here:  April 8 News and RecordApril 9 News and RecordApril 10 News and Record editorial.

Row well and live The Raft Debate will be Friday, April 16, 10-11 a.m., Kirkland Room, EUC. Everyone is invited to the debate, which is a part of Reunion Weekend. Dr. Larry Lavender (Dance) will represent the arts & humanities, Dr. Promod Pratap (Physics) will represent the natural sciences and Dr. Joan Paluzzi (Anthropology) will represent the social sciences.

Academic All-Conference The Southern Conference has announced the Academic All-Conference teams for the 2009-10 winter season – a list that included 16 Spartan student-athletes. The 159 SoCon student-athletes on the list, representing all 12 conference institutions and participating in men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling or indoor track and field, recorded a 3.56 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Of the two SoCon athletes who scored perfect 4.0 cumulative GPAs, one was UNCG Track’s Joey Thompson. To be eligible, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the winter season and must have competed in at least one-half of their team’s competitions during the recently-concluded winter campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters (fall and spring). The league’s indoor track and field teams supplied the most student-athletes to the team, including 71 women and 33 men. Women’s basketball (32 players) was also well represented. Western Carolina led all schools with 25 honorees, followed by Appalachian State (18) and then UNCG and Elon (16).

Final blood drive A campus blood drive will be Tuesday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The blood drive will be held in two locations that day: Campus Ministries Building and Alexander Room, EUC. To schedule a donation time, visit www.membersforlife.org/cbsr/schedule/login.php. Further questions, email dbhurley@uncg.edu.

Find the found art A collection of folk art created in a Residential College class is on display in McIver’s gallery outside the TLC Office. The assignment was creating art using recycled materials. Another display is in the Reading Room of Jackson Library, where art students reused discarded items from Jackson Library to create a “Borrowed Narratives” exhibition, which will be on display until Aug. 15.

Don’t text and drive UNCG will host an AT&T press conference urging students and members of the community to not text and drive Friday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Claxton Room, EUC. Confirmed speakers include Chancellor Brady; N.C. Rep. Maggie Jeffus; and N.C. Rep. Pricey Harrison, who co-sponsored the bill recently passed into law by the General Assembly banning texting while driving.

Volunteers wanted to assist with Sexual Assault Response Team The campus’ Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is seeking new volunteers from staff and faculty to assist in responding to student victims of sexual assault. The SART Coordinator is Jessie Humes (Student Health Services, Counseling and Testing Center), who can be reached at 4-5874 or jvhumes@uncg.edu. SART volunteers confidentially advocate for students who have been sexually assaulted: they provide support and referral information regarding medical care, police/court system, UNCG conduct system, classes, living arrangements, counseling, etc. The volunteers are trained for their role as advocates. SART can only be activated by professional staff at UNCG, so volunteers do not handle direct crisis calls. If you have an interest in serving in this capacity or if you would like more information, contact Jessie Humes.

Discounts for employees Are you interested in helping make UNCG a more rewarding place to work? The UNCG Benefits Committee has been working in conjunction with Human Resource Services to develop the Spartan Savings Program, an employee discount program for UNCG employees. Learn about the great on-campus discounts that already exist at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Spartan_Savings/. The off-campus businesses component of the program will be launching soon, and a new committee is being established to review the applications submitted by local businesses who wish to participate. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis, and most of the committee’s work will be done electronically. If you are interested in being a part of this new committee, email Christine Murray, chair of the Benefits committee, at cemurray@uncg.edu.

Chocolate fondue Dining Services will have chocolate fondue on Friday, April 16, 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. in the Spartan Restaurant, Dining Hall. They promise various items to complement the chocolate for dipping. The price for admission is the normal $8, less with Spartan Flex. Don’t want the sweets? Good 4 U at the Spartan Restaurant offers healthier options.

By the time we got to Fouststock On Saturday, April 17, from noon to 5 p.m. on the EUC Lawn, Ashby Residential College will present Fouststock It is a free outdoor concert featuring a variety of local musicians including The Space-O-Nauts, Friendhouse, SOULSTRAIN, The UNCG Spartones and Cody Curtis. There will be plenty of lawn games, caricatures, jewelry and crafts for sale, tie-dye and puppies – with all proceeds being donated to the Humane Society.

Gray Matter and Graying Hair

041410Headline_ResearchAlthough the effects of aging on the brain remain mysterious, a growing body of evidence suggests that a variety of lifestyle factors – diet, stress, exercise and intellectual stimulation among them – may hasten or slow changes in mental ability.

Four of the nation’s leading researchers on the subject, who have written almost 600 journal articles, will share their expertise during the 2010 Kendon Smith Lecture Series April 30-May 1 in the Sullivan Science Building.

Sponsored by the Department of Psychology, the lecture series – “Maintaining Mental Fitness: Influences and Interventions” – will be held in Mead Auditorium. For more information about the lectures, all free, call 4-5013.

“Our understanding of aging and mental fitness is growing by leaps and bounds, as is the population of older adults,” said Dr. Dayna Touron, an assistant professor of psychology and the organizer of this year’s lecture series. “We picked this topic because extending the healthy life span is of intense interest to the public as well as to researchers across the UNCG campus.”

The U.S. population 65 and older is expected top 72 million by 2030, more than double what it was in 2000.

Free parking for the lectures will be available in the McIver Street Parking Deck.

Friday, April 30:

• 1:30-1:45 p.m. – Opening Remarks

• 1:45-3 p.m. – “Brain Aging, its Modifiers and Cognitive Correlates,” Dr. Naftali Raz, professor of gerontology and psychology at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University. He studies the relationship between cognitive performance in healthy adults and physical changes in the brain, measured by noninvasive techniques such as MRI.

• 3:15-4:30 p.m. – “The Adaptive Brain: Responding to the Challenge of Cognitive Aging,” Dr. Denise Park, director of the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research is aimed at understanding how the mind changes and adapts as individuals age, including whether stimulation can maintain the health of aging brains.

Saturday, May 1:

• 9-9:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

• 9:30-10:45 a.m. – “The Role of Culture in Developing and Maintaining Mental Fitness,” Dr. Neil Charness, William G. Chase Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. His research interests include aging and technology use; development and maintenance of expertise across the life span; sign comprehension by aging pedestrians and drivers; and individual and environmental determinants of work performance.

• 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – “Enhancing Cognition and Brain Health through Physical Activity and Cognitive Training,” Dr. Arthur Kramer, professor of human perception and performance at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cognitive neuroscience, cognitive and brain plasticity, aging and attention are among his fields of expertise.

• 12:15-12:45 p.m. – General Discussion and Questions

The Kendon Smith Lecture Series has been bringing renowned experts to UNCG since 1984, when Janice Stewart Baucom of Concord established an endowment to honor Dr. Kendon Smith. Smith served as head of the psychology department from 1954-67 and held an Alumni Professorship from 1969 until his retirement in 1983. He died in 2002.

Visual: Dr. Denise Park, in back.

Fun Around the World

041410Feature1_IFestVisit the nations of the world during the International Festival Saturday, April 17. The free event will run from noon to 5 p.m. at the fountain area, west of the Dining Hall. [Read more…]

Announcements: April 14, 2010

Chancellor Linda P. Brady has issued a call for nominations: [Read more…]

The Five Spot

041410FiveSpot_TaylorDr. Anthony Taylor has been an assistant professor of clarinet in the School of Music since 2007. He is the principal clarinet of the Winston-Salem Symphony, as well as a solo, chamber and jazz musician. He is also near the top of the leaderboard in Spartan Steps. How does he get in all that walking and running each day? [Read more…]

Walking Away with the Gold

UNCG has received a Gold Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for employee fitness. [Read more…]

‘Marking a Movement’ Civil Rights History Discussion

UNCG’s Reunion will be held this Friday and Saturday. Attendees will enjoy lectures, talks and tours from faculty and staff as they gather with their former classmates. Full information, including a schedule of events, is at www.uncg.edu/ala/reunion.

The entire campus community is invited to a key event: “Marking a Movement: Civil Rights 50 Years Later.” [Read more…]