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Archives for May 2010

Looking ahead: May 26-June 19

Conference, “Electronic Medical Record Implementation”
EUC, Thursday, May 27. Details at emrc.uncg.edu

Opening night, Providence Gap, part of Theatre 232 (Triad Stage/UNCG Theatre collaboration)
Triad Stage, Elm Street, Friday, June 11, 8 p.m. (Previews begin June 6, runs ends July 4)

Groundbreaking, for new residence hall
Spring Garden and Kenilworth streets, Friday, June 4, 9 a.m.

Cram and Scram sale – everything 50 cents each
EUC Cone Ballroom, Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m.

Exhibition opens, “Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids”
Weatherspoon, Sunday, June 6

Film, “Factory People”
Weatherspoon, Thursday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.

“The Actor’s Nightmare” and “Sister Mary Ignatius …,” part of Theatre 232
UpStage Cabaret, Triad Stage, Thursday, June 17 (after main stage play), run ends July 3

“Koko Karate and the Kung Fu Kittens” children’s play, part of Theatre 232
Brown Building Theatre, Saturday, June 19, 1 p.m. (runs June 17-July 3)

more at calendar.uncg.edu

See/Hear – May 26, 2010

Commencement was depicted in a slideshow by the News & Record. Photography is by Nelson Kepley. [Read more…]

Announcements: May 26, 2010

This memo is distributed by Human Resource Services:

Maintaining Coverage for Currently Enrolled Dependents Between the Ages of 19 and 26, Regardless of Student Status [Read more…]

Campus People – May 26, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll – Dr. Keith Erikson – Richard “Trey” McDonald – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh – Dr. Heidi Gazelle – Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein – Corey Gipson – Dr. Ken Snowden [Read more…]

Notes: May 26, 2010

NotesIconResidence hall groundbreaking June 4 UNCG breaks ground Friday, June 4, at 9 a.m. for a 170,000-square-foot, $30 million residence hall, the first “green” residence hall on campus. The new building will stand at the corner of Spring Garden Garden and Kenilworth streets. The new hall, expected to open in August 2011, will hold 400 students, compensating for the loss of bed space as UNCG renovates the seven 1920s Classical Revival halls that make up the Quad. The Quad renovation begins in May 2011. The new hall will be a suite-style facility, and will be a living-learning community in the tradition of the university’s Ashby Residential College, North Carolina’s oldest residential college. It will feature classroom and seminar space as well as office space for faculty. Other amenities will include retail space on the ground floor and wireless service in rooms. The facility is being built by the Capital Facilities Foundation, a component of UNCG that assists the university with acquiring, developing and managing properties. Pearce Brinkley Cease and Lee in association with Ayers/Saint/Gross designed the new residence hall. Barton Malow/Samet/SRS will manage construction.

Demystifying electronic medical records Medical practices and doctors considering the adoption of electronic medical records in their offices will be able to hear the pros and cons of the transition from those who have taken the plunge at the first Electronic Medical Record Implementation Conference Thursday, May 27. The event is sponsored by the McDowell Research Center for Global IT Management in the Bryan School. “Health care information technology is a big issue as health care costs keep growing in the U.S. with no end in sight,” said Dr. Prashant Palvia, director of the McDowell Research Center. “President Obama has made it a priority to introduce health care technology, so there’s a lot of federal funding available.” The keynote will be given by Dr. Hadley Callaway, past president of the N.C. Medical Society and a member of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Health Information Technology Taskforce. He’ll speak on “Unexpected Consequences of HIE (Health Information Exchange) on Medical Practice.” Registration for the conference starts at $30 for students with valid ID, $120 for a professional. For details, visit http://emrc.uncg.edu.

At a theater near you If you’ve seen a movie in a local cimema in the past few weeks, you may have seen an ad for UNCG’s online programs and recognized several familiar places. The Division of Continual Learning’s video team had a variety of great locations on our own campus. And the actors? Nearly everyone is a UNCG employee or the child of one. Things to look and listen for when watching the spot: Matthew Fisher and daughter Juliet examining a globe in the Music Building’s garden; Student Health nurse Kristen Hudy, carrying a tray in the Gove Student Health Center; six-year-old Leo Solér, son of Michelle Solér, hurrying out of Curry 205; Trina Gabriel DCL) making a presentation while John Mortenson, Eliana Alcivar, Erin Heston, Cati Munoz and Chris Dunst pay careful attention in 268 Stone Building; The voiceover of Jim Wren (Theatre). Preview the spot at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHr3LEg6Ug8

Perfect APR scores Two UNCG athletic programs have received recognition for perfect Academic Progress Report (APR) scores. The women’s golf and women’s basketball programs received awards from the NCAA for having a perfect 1,000 APR scores for the period of four academic years from 2005-2009. The women’s basketball program received the award for the third consecutive year, having reached a perfect APR now for six consecutive academic years.The women’s basketball squad was one of 43 in Division I to be honored, while the women’s golf program was one of 62 in its sport to be honored. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. UNCG was one of 144 institutions with multiple teams receiving a Public Recognition Award.

Weight Watchers at Work The program is currently in its third 17-week session with an average of 30 faculty and staff (combined) members in each session. Since June 2009, participants have an overall weight loss of 1072 pounds. That’s about half a ton. Interested participants may join the current session by attending one of the regularly scheduled meetings, Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m., typically in the HR training room, Bryan 113 (location may differ occasionally). Each participant is also provided “e-tools” from Weight Watchers to assist in their weightloss goals. For more information about the WW@W program, call Jason Morris or Elizabeth L’Eplattenier in HRS, 4-5009.

Undergrad research yields an NSF graduate fellowship Meghan Fitzgerald’s undergraduate research earned her a nickname, “the dung beetle girl.” She’s not crazy about that. But the two years she spent studying the beetles also helped earn her a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), support normally awarded to students already in graduate school. Meghan, who graduated earilier this month, plans to pursue graduate study in biology at the University of Wisconsin. Her primary undergraduate project, itself part of an NSF program to promote interdisciplinary research, applied game theory to the competition for resources, specifically brood balls, among bull headed dung beetles. Painstakingly made, jealously guarded and frequently stolen, brood balls are where the beetles lay their eggs. Meghan has presented her research at 18 conferences and co-authored three published papers (two more are written and will also be submitted to journals). Dr. Jan Rychtar, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Mary Crowe, director of undergraduate research, served as her mentors on campus.

Readmission for former UNCG students Any undergraduate degree-seeking UNCG student who leaves or does not attend UNCG during a fall or spring term (summer not included) must reapply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students who withdraw or have their schedules cancelled and not reinstated at any point in the term also must reapply. In order to reapply, students file a former student application through SpartanLink (spartanlink.uncg.edu). Students may also pick up a paper application at the Armfield-Preyer Admissions and Visitor Center. Those who have graduated from UNCG and are returning to pursue a second degree should file a second degree application. Those who are international students studying on a visa must reapply through the International Programs Center. Former students who have taken coursework since leaving UNCG must apply by August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, May 1 for first summer session, or June 1 for second summer session. Official transcripts from all schools attended since leaving UNCG are required. Students must earn an overall and transferable 2.0 GPA on coursework taken since leaving. Former students who have NOT taken coursework since leaving UNCG are eligible to reapply by May 5 for first summer session, June 10 for second summer session, August 6 for fall, or December 15 for spring. If the Office of Undergraduate Admissions finds it necessary to collect additional information to review a file, and there is not reasonable time to collect this information, the applicant may have to apply for the next term. To ensure proper time for advising, registration, payment arrangements, etc., applications are not processed after the posted deadlines. Students who have questions regarding the readmission process may contact an admissions counselor via phone at 4-5243 or via e-mail at admissions@uncg.edu.Questions? Email hwazzu@uncg.edu.

Your middle schooler doesn’t have a cell phone yet? Read on. Two doctoral students, Bethany Blair and Mili Fernández, have received Fulbright scholarships to spend a year studying abroad in Finland and Spain, respectively. A student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Blair will travel to the University of Turku, located about an hour from Helsinki. She will be researching adolescents’ relationships with their friends and parents and their use of cell phones, email and social networking web sites. Working with her advisor, Dr. Anne Fletcher, Blair has researched the meaning of cell phones for seventh-graders. They found that acquiring a cell phone has become a new rite of passage. An article about their study will appear in the Journal of Adolescent Research. Fernández, a native of Cazenovia, N.Y, and a student of violin performance in the School of Music, plans to learn Spanish violin music from the early 20th century through the present that is virtually unknown in the U.S. In Madrid, she will study with the accomplished violinist and professor of music Agustín León Ara. She heard the music that she will study, and met Ara, during Música en Compostela, an international music festival held each August in Santiago de Compostela, a city in northwest Spain. Awarded scholarships to attend in 2008 and 2009, she won the festival’s Andrés Segovia Violin Prize in 2009. Fourteen UNCG students have received Fulbrights in the past 12 years. Dr. Sarah Krive (Lloyd International Honors College) mentors students for these prestigious awards.

SACS Fifth Year Interim Report UNCG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In the past, the reaffirmation of reaccreditation process took place every ten years, but now participating institutions are required to submit a fifth year interim report. A dedicated committee completed and submitted this report to SACSCOC in advance of the March 15, 2010, deadline. UNCG is anticipating a response to this report sometime this summer. In keeping with the university’s commitment to the value of transparency, the SACSCOC Fifth Year Interim Report is available for public viewing at http://uncg.compliance-assist.com.

Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts 45 new members Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most widely known of collegiate honorary societies. In 2006, the national society named Epsilon chapter the nation’s most outstanding chapter at a public university. UNCG’s induction ceremony was April 20. New members are: Sabrina Lynn Epps, psychology; Henry O. Hilston, art history/Russian studies, Allison O’Leary, psychology; Andrea Jane Schronce, economics/political science, Taylor Ryan MacPherson, sociology; Jessica Dianne Stone, Spanish, Gina Marie Hurley, English/history, Brian William Padgett, psychology, Hannah L. Bridges, sociology/psychology; Rebecca Brown Davis, religious studies/anthropology; Stacey Green, psychology; Andrea Elizabeth Harvey, biology; Rosa Diane Hobson, English; Pamela Jane Hurst, geography; Kyle Stephen Nowlin, physics; Jack George Walleshauser III, chemistry/biology; Benjamin James Wyatt, computer science; Agnes Szarka, sociology; Sarah Blackwood Sills, religious studies; Christine Farley, sociology; Adrienne Susan Deaton, Spanish/French; Pablo Diaz, physics/economics; Joseph Jeremiah Neal, English; and Jae Hoon Kim, political science; Rikki Beth Love, Spanish education; Jayme Dale Mallindine, religious studies/psychology; Brittany Alston, psychology; Anna Byrd Parisi, psychology; and Matthew Evan Wilhelm, mathematics; Erik Ross Farrell, archaeology/anthropology/classical studies; Ashley Churchill Young, English; Kendra Joi Gray, psychology; Callie Elizabeth Moss, sociology; Kirsten Nicole Unrue, anthropology; April Nicole Wright, communication studies; Jacline L. Carter, communication studies, Amanda Carter Rorrer, secondary English education, Misty Dawn Kimel, history; Molly Chandler Hagen, environmental science and geographic information science; Lauren Marie Stevens, chemistry; Rachel Elyssa Durso, classical languages and literature/philosophy; Kirsten Teresa Kinne, sociology; Robert Earl Isdell III, biology; Emilie Erin Peterson, psychology; Sofia Aidemark, communication studies.

School of Education presents Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients were: Early Career Awards: Brian Clarida, Carrie Wachter Morris, Rhonda Trueman; Outstanding Achievement Awards: Laura Bowers, Angie Brady-Andrew; Distinguished Career Awards: Fred Mock, Melba Spooner; Distinguished Service Award: Jo Yopp.

Ready to SOAR The Office of Orientation & Family Programs is ready to host SOAR and help new students and their families learn what it means to “Bleed Blue and Gold.” SOAR (Spartan Orientation, Advising & Registration) welcomes UNCG’s newest Spartans beginning June 10. Throughout the month of June and into the first days of July, approximately 2,500 students and 2,000 family members will attend the two-day Freshman SOAR session. UNCG will also host 300 new transfer and adult students and their families on June 23 for a one-day Transfer Adult SOAR session. More freshmen and transfer and adult students will be welcomed through an additional week of SOAR in August. The two-day freshman sessions will involve small group discussions and presentations on a variety of topics. Faculty members will lead sessions for students and guests on topics such as faculty expectations and transitioning from high school to college. Faculty members will also participate in the Freshmen Summer Reading Project, which culminates during Rawkin’ Welcome Week in small group discussions. Various departments and student organizations will participate in the Spartan EXPO, providing students with information they need. Additionally, staff members have offered to volunteer for the SOAR Street Team, lending support as tour guides and shuttle hosts. The office invites everyone to join in welcoming our new Spartans and their families to campus. For more information, soar.uncg.edu.

May’s EAP newsletters are available The one for employee enhancement features pieces on mental health and keeping your spirits high; smoking cessation resources; and workplace bullies. Highlights from this month’s Supervisor’s Supplement are “Getting to know your employees as individuals;” “Coping from an employee suicide;” and “Supervisor’s Q&A.”

Study Offers Hope of a Urine Test for Colorectal Cancer

A urine test could one day offer a cheaper, less invasive alternative to a colonoscopy for diagnosing and monitoring colorectal cancer, a new study suggests. [Read more…]

Annual Reminder About Retention and Disposition of Records

MEMORANDUM

To: Deans, Directors, Department Heads

From: Joel Dunn, University Records Officer

re: Records Management

This is your annual reminder that, as a state agency, UNCG is required to comply with the North Carolina Public Records Law concerning the retention and disposition of records. Many departments traditionally attend to records management during the summer in preparation for thenew academic year. Records are to be disposed of according to University and State approved schedules. The UNC General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule is available on the Records Management Web site at http://its.uncg.edu/Records_Management/.

In addition to the requirements of the Disposition Schedule, no destruction of records may occur if the records relate to litigation or audits, pending or reasonably anticipated or foreseeable. Records subject to legal holds must be kept until the legal holds have been removed by University Counsel.

Please remember that records can be in forms other than paper. An increasing number are in electronic format. However, the retention and disposition requirements are the same. Records that have permanent or historical value, based on the approved records schedule, are to be transferred to University Archives. Instructions for transferring records to University Archives are available at http://library.uncg.edu/depts/archives/universityrecords/transfer.asp.

A brochure that introduces the basics of records management at UNCG is available on the web at http://its.uncg.edu/Records_Management/. If you have questions concerning records management, please contact 6-TECH at 256-8324.

The Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) will host a paper-shredding event at UNCG on June 18, 2010. The event will provide faculty and staff an opportunity to safely dispose of paper records that have met retention requirements. Remember to maintain proper security of records containing sensitive information. For more information about the shredding event, contact OWRR at 334-5192.

2009 Annual Benefits Statement is Now Available

Human Resource Services passes this note to all employees: [Read more…]

Google Calendar’s in Your Future

052610Feature1_GoogleCalYou have a personal Google calendar? If you don’t already, you soon will, with the campus’ move to iSpartan (Google).

Over the past year, the number of departments and programs with a Google calendar has grown. And it will grow even more, as these iSpartan Google calendars will be added to a central directory later this summer.

But first, they need to have a Google calendar. If a unit, department, program or student group wants to be on the iSpartan Calendar Directory, they need to create and manage a Google Calendar through iSpartan.

Several training sessions in the coming weeks will cover navigating and updating Google calendars.

ITS Google Calendar training – which will offer a preview of the directory web page – will be on May 26 (10-11:30 a.m.) and June 9 (10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.) in Forney 112. Sign up for training at https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/list_by_category.jsp?cat_id=77001912. Additional classes will be offered this summer.

The campus’ Web3 Project Team was charged by the Web Oversight Committee to research web calendaring at UNCG. This charge included an analysis regarding the needs of the university and recommendations regarding solutions. The Web3 Team reported that Google Calendar was the best option for several reasons:

  • UNCG is migrating to Google Apps for Education (GAFE), which includes Google Calendar. Therefore additional resources would not be required.
  • Google Calendar does not require management by one central group, but is designed to allow departments, units and groups the ability to create and manage their own calendars.
  • Google Calendar provides multiple options for publishing and distributing event information, such as giving users the ability to subscribe to official UNCG calendars within their own personal Google Calendar.

More information about how staff and faculty may best use the central directory will be published later, once a large number of calendars from thoughout campus have been added.

Those with questions regarding UNCG’s iSpartan Google Calendar system may contact Helen Hebert at Helen_Hebert@uncg.edu.

Everything Two for a Buck, at Cram & Scram

The spring semester is history. Large numbers of students are away. Lots of stuff was left behind, in the residence halls.

Once again, UNCG’s Cram and Scram sale will sell it. Everything is 50 cents an item. [Read more…]

Back to Banjos and the Blue Ridge

052610Headline_TriadStageYou’re watching Shakespeare’s “Pericles.” You see a scene of a father finding a lost family member. You’re inspired.

You think, What if if took that and created a musical drama, placing it in the twentieth century?

The setting? How about a mountain farm … and a Piedmont mill village … and WW I battlefields?

One of the roles you’ll write for a UNCG student who has just graduated, T.J. Austin, one of the most impressive young actors you’ve seen in a long time. “He’s getting his first professional role – and joining the Actor’s Union as a result of it,” you tell others.

You don’t go back and read “Pericles.” You just create, using that germ of an idea, as you write. You collaborate with a musician, Laurelyn Dossett. She writes the songs, featuring banjo, mandolin and guitar.

That’s been Preston Lane’s experience over the past two years, writing and collaborating while working on other Triad Stage plays. The result is Triad Stage’s “Providence Gap,” which opens June 6 at Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro.

Preston Lane has been an adjunct professor in UNCG’s Theatre Department since 2001. In the late 1990’s, he and Richard Whittington were looking to create a professional theatre in just the right city. The reasons they chose Greensboro? Lane lists three factors: “UNCG. The downtown was ready to come to life … and the community itself.”

In creating a professional theatre, part of their dream was economic development, he says. Downtown’s Elm Street at that time was virtually deserted after 5 p.m. and on weekends. “We wanted to drive revitalization of an area. We believe that the arts can be an economic generator. We are proof of that and we are proud of that.”

Triad Stage brings theatre-goers downtown to more than 225 performances a year.

Since its opening in 2002, many new restaurants, night spots and stores have opened. Downtown apartments and condos are in demand. Triad Stage was a catalyst in downtown’s resurgence.

He noted that on a recent evening, it took him and others at Triad Stage a while to find a parking space. “It’s all our fault,” they happily commiserated.

At UNCG, Lane teaches three courses a year and is co-coordinator of the MFA Directing program. Three candidates are currently completing their second year. Theatre department head Jim Fisher, a Triad Stage board of trustees member, is the other co-coordinator.

When Lane, an MFA graduate of Yale School of Drama, was approached to help lead the MFA Directing program, “I said I’d love to see that program develop, as part of a relationship with Triad Stage,” Lane says.

“I’m so inspired by the students I work with.” Two of the students are directing Theatre 232 late night shows at Triad Stage, “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You” and “The Actor’s Dilemma,” both by Chrisopher Durang. One of his students will direct “Pericles” at UNCG in the upcoming season.

This marks Lane’s fourth collaboration with Laurelyn Dossett, who earned her MS at UNCG in counseling and educational development in 1999. The previous three plays were “Brother Wolf,” “Beautiful Star” and “Bloody Blackbeard.” In his blog, Lane says they had two objectives: to return to the setting of the Blue Ridge mountains and finally create a play that does not start with B.

Dossett’s work in creating the music for “Bloody Blackbeard” was featured in the summer 2008 UNCG Magazine. Dossett performs in “Providence Gap” along with other musicians.

“We work really, really well together,” he says. He is sometimes approached by other musicians, he says, but tells them “Laurelyn and I are booked up for the next 50 years.”

He ticks off the many ties Triad Stage has with UNCG. Jim Wren co-wrote and directs the Theatre 232 children’s play “Koko Karate and the Kung Fu Kittens” and helps oversee Theatre 232. John Wolf does lighting. Christine Morris is vocal coach and acts. Denise Gabriel is movement coach. Jody Cauthen works on marketing.

“A great partnership between the two” year-round, he says. “This [summertime] is the time we celebrate it.”

Each summer, UNCG’s summer rep Theatre 232 brings more than two dozen UNCG students plus faculty members to Triad Stage.

He heard a conversation among a few UNCG student actors, not long ago. They were talking about themselves and their backgrounds in rural North Carolina. “All of us are just kinda rednecks, aren’t we?” one said.

That struck Lane. He shares that background, and knows where the student was coming from. He is from Boone. While his parents loved the symphony and chamber music, he loved his Aunt Shirley’s 1950s-70s country music collection, with Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn. “If I were to score my life, it would be taking classic country music.” Old-time stringband and bluegrass too, he adds. “I love that sound.”

He values being able to write plays for North Carolina actors, with language and music that, for many of them, connects to their home, their background.

“It’s something we understand.”

More information about “Providence Gap” including ticket information, the cast and crew and an opportunity to hear a few songs, is at http://www.triadstage.org/mainstage/providence/. Information about Theatre 232 is at http://www.uncg.edu/the/curriculum/232/.

Educator’s Discount: Current faculty members receive a 50 percent discount off Season Passes and a 20% discount percent regular price tickets to all Triad Stage MainStage performances. You must present a valid employee ID or proof of employment to Box Office when picking up tickets.

Visual: Preston Lane directing. Courtesy: Triad Stage

Placing the Hood Just So

052610Feature2_CommencementCraig Eilbacher recalls being an undergraduate and seeing the doctoral students hooded during the robing ceremony. Their advisors would drape the hood over the scholar, welcoming him into the ranks of doctoral scholars.

He remembers thinking how special that must be.

“Now I know.”

Eilbacher was one of 53 doctoral candidates hooded during May Commencement. His dissertation committee chairs Dr. Jolene Henning and Dr. Kathleen Williams (Kinesiology) did the honors.

“Hooding a doctoral student is a wonderful occasion that symbolizes the culmination of years of hard work, research, and mentoring,” Henning says. She notes that she had already begun work and was unable to attend her own graduation at Ball State in 2002, which she regrets. “Every time I participate in a hooding ceremony it fills the void of not being able to experience my own graduation.”

Williams says UNCG’s robing ceremony is typical of most campus’. “It really is the culminating experience for candidates – it is so public. Defending the dissertation is really the academic culminating experience – and is probably more important for the faculty members. But this public ceremony really is the pinnacle for the candidate.”

She recalls her ceremony at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. “I mostly determined that the mortarboard was for protection – from champagne corks.”

She has seen and been a part of many robings. And it doesn’t always go right. “I can’t count the number of mortarboards I’ve seen knocked off or at least askew. The other thing is a ‘backward hooding’ – the candidate might hand the hood to the adviser backwards – or, we just turn it around. … It gets put on back to front – or sideways! Of course, you can imagine what might happen with a very short adviser and a very tall candidate!”

But at May Commencement, all went perfectly.

Eilbacher is now Dr. Eilbacher. While pursuing his doctorate, he has been a visiting instructor and coordinator of sports medicine education in the Sport Studies Department at Guilford College. “The focus of my research was and continues to be improving the health care given to high school athletes,” he says.

Approximately 2,300 students participated in May Commencement.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady presided over the exercises in the Greensboro Coliseum. Highlights of the ceremony included the first graduates from UNCG’s Doctor of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics programs.

Life often holds mysteries more wonderful than our best-laid plans, novelist Margaret Maron told those graduating. Be ready for the unexpected and do what you love.

“Life does not come with a GPS,” Maron told the crowd, “so pack your bags, Class of 2010, and enjoy the trip!”

Maron, author of 26 mystery novels, quoted Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” as she spoke about the choices she made and the twists her life has taken. Frost’s poem ends with the classic lines: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I –/ I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.”

Maron attended UNCG (Woman’s College) but left after her sophomore year to take a summer job at the Pentagon. In Washington, she met her husband, who was, she said, “absolutely the right road for me to take.” He, by chance, wound up at the Pentagon because he was drafted by the Navy instead of the Army.

“Leave yourself open to serendipity,” Maron advised, “and always remember that money and things can be serious roadblocks. Things especially.”

She spoke about her choice to live frugally and stay at home to follow her passion, writing.

“If you think you have to have a big house, a new car, the latest electronic gizmo with all the apps, you may well find yourself stuck in a job you hate, unable to walk down a more interesting road because you can’t afford to leave the one you’re on,” she said. “If I could, I would make you all raise your right hands and solemnly swear to pay off your credit card every single month or make yourself do without all the toys. Debt is a road trap – a lot easier to get into than to get out of. It ties you down, limits your choices, and keeps you from exploring the roads up ahead.”

Applause erupted as Maron warned graduates against debt. “Those are your parents clapping!” she quipped.

David Klein, Class of 2010 student speaker, also spoke about the importance of loving what you do and doing what you love.

“No matter what field of study you decided to pursue UNCG has given you a head start towards your dreams,” he said. “My first-grade teacher said, ‘David, no matter what you decide to be in this world, be the best. If you want to be a teacher, be the best teacher to ever step foot in a classroom. If you want to be a singer, make your voice heard in every corner of the earth. Don’t ever give up on your dreams.’”

Visual: Dr. Craig Eilbacher is robed by Dr. Jolene Henning and Dr. Kathleen Williams (l-r).

Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids

052610EyeOnArts_WarholThe Weatherspoon Art Museum presents the exhibition “Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids” June 6 – Sept. 19. The film “Factory People,” related to Warhol’s work in the 1960’s, will screen June 10. [Read more…]

MFA Student Competes for Student Academy Award

Debra Sea’s experimental film “balance” is short – clocking in at less than four minutes – but that hasn’t kept it from catching the attention of the Academy. Yes, that Academy. [Read more…]

Legislative Call to Action – An Update

Chancellor Linda P. Brady sent an email to faculty and staff Monday noting the overwhelming response to the previous week’s call to action. “Legislators have received hundreds of phone calls, e-mails and letters in only a matter of days. Thank you for your hard work,” she said. “While there is no doubt that our efforts are already having an impact, we must not let up.” [Read more…]

Notes: May 12, 2010

NotesIconMost of Parking Lot #5 will close this summer Due to a water line connection for the new School of Education building, most of parking lot #5 near McNutt and Curry will close for construction beginning Monday, May 17. There will be no “A” permit parking in this lot during the summer so please park in other lots designated for “A” permits while lot #5 is closed. During construction, handicap accessible spaces, as well as departmental and gold reserved spaces currently located on the east side of parking lot #5 near Curry, will be located on the west side of McNutt closer to Forest Street. Access to these spaces will be restricted to one lane only. The lane closest to McNutt will be the only entrance into and exit out of the lot for drivers. The other lane will be utilized by the construction project for access to their equipment. The target date for completion of this project is Aug. 1.

In memoriam Linda McKinnon, a building and environmental technician in the Stone Building, died unexpectedly Saturday. She had served at UNCG since 2002.

Brief Hybrid Workshop Project wins award The Brief Hybrid Workshop project on Teaching Online has been selected by MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) as its Classic Award Winner in Faculty Development for 2010. This project, directed by Ray Purdom (TLC), Jane Harris (HHP) and Scott Simkins (NC A&T) developed 16 faculty development modules on techniques and strategies for teaching online. UNCG faculty and staff including Amanda Schipman, Regina Pulliam, Louis Graham, Tracy Nichols, Frances Clerk, Wade Maki, Duane Cyrus, Pamela Howe and Nikolas Hunnicutt contributed to the project by creating individual modules. Additional modules are planned for the future. The award will be presented at the MERLOT International Conference in July in San Jose, California, where Purdom will give an invited presentation on the Brief Hybrid Workshops. MERLOT Classics Awards have been won by two Nobel Prize Winners, Carl Wiemann in Physics and James Watson in Biology. Ian Beatty, William Gerace and William Leonard from UNCG won the MERLOT Classics Award in Physics in 2009 for the work they had done at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Men’s tennis will make first trip to NCAA’s For men’s tennis, it’s “Georgia on my mind,” as they take on the University of Georgia in Georgia in the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament this weekend. UNCG won its first conference title in men’s tennis since 1995. This is their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. “They’re still on cloud nine,” Coach Tom Mozur said just before practice, the day before the NCAA pairings were announced. More details.

Budget Central The UNCG Budget Information Web site has been updated to include the following, which includes information posted in last week’s Campus Weekly and a message from President Bowles: http://www.uncg.edu/cha/messages/call_to_action_budget_2010.pdf; http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/ImpactonUNCG50310.pdf; http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/LegislativeContacts.pdf; http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/ErskineBowles42010.pdf.

UNCG Commuter Challenge triples participation More than 1,300 students, staff and faculty pledged this spring to try a form of sustainable transportation – such as bike, bus, carpool or walking – at least once this semester. One lucky participant, student Dana Burbridge, was selected as the winner of the brand new Apple 16GB iPad, says Guy Sanders (Housing & Residence Life). “Although you may not have won the iPad, you are still eligible to win a number of prizes from the Triad Commute Challenge,” he says. These include iPod Shuffle, Vizio 32″ Flat Screen TV, Play Station 3, lots of tickets and giftcards, and more. Winners for these prizes will be drawn once a week from now until the end of the challenge on July 10. Questions? Email Guy Sanders.

Bryan Students honed in on Target Students in Joe Erba’s Business Policy and Strategy capstone course not only have had a chance to make a good grade with their final class projects. They also had a shot to win $4,000 and impress officials from Target. Six student teams presented their case studies on Target to a group of company executives Wednesday, May 5, in Bryan Building. The winning student group was awarded a $4,000 academic scholarship to be split among team members. The winning team of Skylar Cherniack, Valerie Garner, Audrey Lisk and Alison Weeks researched and developed a merchandising strategy for Target’s Home Furnishing department, Erba says.”The group not only analyzed the competitive environment and Target’s internal strengths and weaknesses, but created some innovation solutions that Target could implement without a great deal of cost or time.”

Get a Personal Wellness Profile Personal wellness profiles will be offered on Tuesday, May 18, at 1 p.m. in Dogwood. The profile takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Seats are limited. Employees can register through the TLC Workshops/Events Registration system.  On Thursday, May 20, at 1 p.m. in Dogwood there we will have a results session.  There, people will get their personal report and facilitators will discuss how to read the report and answer questions that people may have. More info on the Personal Wellness Profiles can be found on the HealthyUNCG web site.

Leading the Way at Commencement

051210Headline_WinklerCommencementThe university mace is polished. And faculty marshal and mace bearer Dr. Daniel Winkler is ready to lead the procession at commencement at the Greensboro Coliseum Friday, May 14.

At 10 a.m. sharp, he will receive a signal and he will step ahead, followed by the banner bearers for the individual schools.

What does it feel like as the processional music begins? “It’s a swell of honor and pride for the accomplishments for those who will be forever in the university community,” he said earlier this week. “The graduates transition from students to alums, and for a moment we are all joined in celebration.”

His term as faculty marshal began in fall 2009 and lasts five years.

“This is my first May ceremony, so it has particular meaning for me,” Winkler (Accounting and Finance) added.

Mystery novelist Margaret Maron will be the featured speaker at commencement.

Maron, who attended Woman’s College (now UNCG), will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Her speech is titled “Roads Taken and Not Taken.”

The university will present degrees at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. More than 2,300 students are candidates to complete degrees during spring semester.

Highlights of this year’s ceremony will include the first graduates from UNCG’s Doctor of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics programs.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady will officiate. Class of 2010 student speaker is David E. Klein.

Also taking part in the ceremonies will be academic deans; Winkler, chief marshal Stephen C. Pritchard, and tassel turner Jessica Russo.

At the conclusion, JoAnne Smart Drane from the Class of 1960, one of the first African Americans to attend Woman’s College, and Margie Julia Wiggins, Class of 2010, will ring the University Bell. The Commencement Band and Chorus will provide music.

In conjunction with commencement exercises, the professional schools and many departments in the College of Arts and Sciences will hold diploma ceremonies. Visit the University Registrar’s Web site at http://www.uncg.edu/reg/Com/deptceremonies.html for a listing of departmental events and contacts.

For details, visit Commencement Central at http://www.uncg.edu/reg/CommencementCentral.html.

Visual: A scene from December’s commencement.  Dr. Daniel Winkler is the mace bearer.

See/Hear – May 12, 2010

Each week, the university’s inspirechange site features a wonderful photograph from campus. [Read more…]

Iraq Education Initiative

051210Feature1_IraqMany highly qualified Iraqi students have been unable to continue or complete their education, due to the years of conflict in Iraq. UNCG will be one of the 25 universities nationwide who’ll pilot a program to provide a solution.

UNCG officials first learned of the pilot program for this initiative last summer. On July 25, the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and the Higher Committee for Educational Development in Iraq (HCED) hosted Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki in Washington, D.C., to announce the launch of the Iraq Education Initiative.

This scholarship program thoroughly screens the applicants and selects the “creme de la creme” – out of 6543 applicants, only 800 have been chosen to apply to the universities. The scholarships fully fund the students’ education. According to a report in Inside Higher Education, the Iraqi Parliament allocated $54 million for the first stage of the program.

Many universities were contacted in the U.S. last year to see if they may be eligible to receive students, explained Pam Harrod, director of international admissions at UNCG’s International Programs Center.

One of the criteria was to have an English language center on campus and to offer conditional admission. Since this university has the INTERLINK Language Center on campus, that helped to meet the requirements. For several months, universities completed a variety of forms and questionnaires to be considered as one of the pilot institutions. The plan was to send approximately 250 students to the U.S. (undergraduate, master’s and PhD candidates) in the first placement.

In November 2009, the university received confirmation from Dr. Zuhair Humadi, executive director, Higher Committee for Education Development, that UNCG had been selected as one of the first 25 institutions in the U.S. to be part of the scholarship program.

To date, two individuals have been admitted as part of this initiative program. Both are being admitted to the Graduate School in Computer Science. A third application, for the MBA program, was recently received as well.

Visual: Some Iraqi students in Baghdad, 2003. Their school had been looted during the war. Photo courtesy USAID. Photographer: Thomas Hartwell.

Raise Those Banners High

051210Feature2_BannersThe assortment of banners seen at commencement and other major events have undergone a makeover. They’ll be on display during May Commencement.

Last year, Provost David H. Perrin asked that University Relations create a banner for the Joint School of Nanocience and Nanoengineering. This banner would be added to the other banners used at major events such as convocation. A banner for Lloyd International Honors College would be created as well.

This proved an opportune time to update all the banners. The existing ones had included the old university wordmark and school logos, which were retired in 2004 when the Minerva Identity Program was launched.

The new banners were designed to be taller than the old ones. They take their colors from the disciplines in each school. For example, the College of Arts and Sciences banner includes brown (the color for the arts), gold (sciences) and white (humanities including English, history and languages).

Graphic artist Mark Unrue (University Relations) consulted with the University Bookstore to make sure the colors matched the hoods worn at commencement.

One new banner represents The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This banner will be used at events where there is no university logo present.

The banners’ design was selected by Chancellor Linda P. Brady and the provost from a series of options that were created. Deans of the various schools and college were consulted as well.

“We believe the banners will create an impressive backdrop for our most important ceremonies and celebrations,” said Lyda Carpen, director of creative services in UR.

Announcements: May 12, 2010

Complimentary shuttle service will be available to transport you between campus and the Greensboro Coliseum for commencement Friday, May 14.

As a service to the campus community, Parking Operations and Campus Access Management will provide complimentary shuttle service to transport volunteers, students, staff, and faculty. [Read more…]

Campus People – May 12, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Lili Sahakyan – Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos [Read more…]

Focus on Piano Literature June 3-5

The Focus on Piano Literature series returns June 3-5. This year marks its 20th anniversary, and its focus celebrates another notable event — the 200th anniversary of the birth of two of the leading composers of the Romantic Era, Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: May 12-22

Baseball vs. Wake Forest
Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, May 12, 6 p.m.

Exams end
Wednesday, May 12

Staff Senate meeting
Bryan 416, Thursday, May 13, 10 a.m.

Commencement
Greensboro Coliseum, Friday, May 14, 10 a.m.

First Summer Session classes begin
Wednesday, May 19

New Art/New Audiences Lite
Weatherspoon, Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Furman (a Freebie Friday game)
Friday, May 21, 6 p.m.

Baseball vs. Furman
Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Impact of Governor’s Proposed Budget Reduction on UNCG

The headline feature story in today’s [May 5] Campus Weekly detailed Chancellor Linda P. Brady’s views on the governor’s proposed budget cuts of 5.9 percent. In her letter to the faculty and staff and letter to friends of the university, she stated, “The Legislature convenes May 12th and the budget process will move very swiftly. We therefore ask you to contact your House and Senate representative and any other state elected officials you have a relationship with THIS WEEK, urging them to hold University reductions to a minimum. [Read more…]

See/Hear – May 5, 2010

Want a new wallpaper for your computer screen? UNCG Magazine offers a number of options. [Read more…]

Announcements: May 5, 2010

UNCG will hold commencement exercises on Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum, with novelist Margaret Maron as the featured speaker. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: May 5-12

Reading Day (no classes)
Wednesday, May 5

Exams begin
Thursday, May 6

Baseball vs North Florida
Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, May 5, 6 p.m.

Exhibition opens, “Entwined: Thread-like & thread-based works from the Permanent Collection”
Weatherspoon, Sunday, May 9

Friends of the University Libraries Dinner, speaker Frank Stasio
Cone Ballroom, EUC, Monday, May 10, 8 p.m.

Art tour, Noon @ the ‘Spoon: MFA Thesis Exhibition
Weatherspoon, Tuesday, May 11, noon

Baseball vs. Wake Forest
Baseball Stadium, Wednesday, May 12, 6 p.m.

Exams end
Wednesday, May 12

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Taking the Falls

050510Feature2_BoatRaceThe idea for a fundraiser? On a warm day, invite departments and student groups to create a lunchtime regatta for the Fountain. And the first boat over the falls wins prizes.

The judges would be Dr. Tresa Saxton, Dr. Cherry Callahan and Reade Taylor. The Homecoming Queen and King would assist. “I’m not sure what to judge. The one who comes in first wins, right?” Saxton jokingly asked.

As the boats were being readied for the competition last Friday, Jamie Herring, chief of police, noted that “it was Drew’s idea,” referring to Officer Drew Whitaker. The campus’ police have supported Special Olympics since 1991, Herring said, and they were looking to do something different.

As Whitaker got ready to take off his shoes and place the boats in the water for the first race, he explained he’d been thinking of something – and someplace – that would unite the whole campus community. His squad was looking at the Fountain one day – and it clicked for them. Sgt. Larry Armburger suggested that the contest could be the first boat to go over the falls wins.

Whitaker expected about $1,500 would be raised as a result of the day’s event.

Lots of area businesses donated refreshments and prizes. Ten boats were entered, with a registration fee for each. Also during the lunch hour, raffle tickets for prizes were sold – numbers were called out during lulls in the wind (and hence, in the competition).

Nearly 200 watched, including a few classes of preschoolers from the university’s child care facility.

Teams had to build their boat to these specs: No more than 8 inches wide x 18 inches long; and not less than 6 inches wide x 10 inches long. And they could not test out their boat at the Fountain.

In the first heat, one of the two Student Health Services boats took a commanding lead.

Roy Hamilton (SHS) was observed blowing on the sail, as SHS staff cheered it on. For a moment, the wind blew it backwards, perhaps a bit of poetic justice.

It reversed course and led the way. “We’re going to win!” said Sharony Green (SHS). But it got stuck at the cusp of the falls. “Oh no! Oh, shoot,” Green said. Eventually, Parking Operations’ boat breezed past and over the falls, to a round of cheers.

Hamilton noted that a little toy man from their boat went over the falls before either boat – but Parking Operations was declared the winner. Hamilton said next year, they’ll probably have a stiffer hull, maybe made of styrofoam, so it’s less likely to get stuck.

In the second heat, Student Health Medical Clinic won. That boat featured a sail with the stitched words “SS Anna Gove Medical,” a little flag, and two tiny alligators on the deck. As cute as it was fast.

The final race-off featured the top four finishers: from Dean of Students Office, Student Health Medical Clinic, the Police’s “UNCG Herring,” and Parking Operations’ “The Enforcer.”

The UNCG Herring was an aircraft carrier, with toy airplanes including a stealth bomber, and a small command tower. But, it too slowed and then teetered at the edge, as other boats approached from behind. But before any could catch it, it toppled over the falls.

“The UNCG Herring has won it all!” the DJ shouted.

But Special Olympics was the real winner.

Visual: The UNCG Herring wins, as it topples over the falls first in the final race. The fundraiser made quite a splash.

Rooms Named in Honor of Levinson, Arndts

The Board of Trustees has approved the naming of two rooms after important figures in our campus’ history. [Read more…]

Textbook Rental Program Coming to Bookstore

Beginning in fall 2010, the UNCG Bookstore will offer students a new, multi-channel textbook rental program designed to deliver maximum savings and convenience. [Read more…]

Notes: May 5, 2010

NotesIconNPR’s Frank Stasio on campus Frank Stasio will headline the annual Friends of the UNCG University Libraries Dinner Monday, May 10. Stasio hosts WUNC’s “The State of Things.” His presentation begins at 8 p.m. Tickets to the event support the University Libraries. Program-only tickets are $12 each. Visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice/ to purchase tickets.

CW publication schedule Campus Weekly will publish next week, then begin its summer schedule of publishing every other week. It will publish May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21 and Aug. 4. It will resume weekly publication on Aug. 18.

Steam Plant shutdown May 14-19 The campus steam plant is scheduled to be shut down for annual maintenance at noon on Friday, May 14, and will be down until the morning of Wednesday, May 19. This shutdown is required to do maintenance on the plant and the distribution on campus. Campus buildings that have alternate water heaters will continue to have hot water service. For additional information contact Facilities Operations at 4-5684.

Arts and Sciences Staff Council Nominations The College of Arts and Sciences Staff Council will hold elections for new committee members in May/June. Anyone in the College may nominate themselves or a staff or EPA non-teaching employee (with their permission) to serve a two-year term starting in August. Nomination forms are available on the Staff Council web site or you may forward a nominee’s name to the current Staff Council chair, Maggie Dargatz, at mmdargat@uncg.edu. She will follow-up with the nominee. The Council’s mission is to provide a forum in which College Staff concerns can be identified and discussed, and then strategies explored to address these concerns by communicating and working with the dean. Meetings are generally held twice a month on a schedule to be determined by the members. Nominations should be submitted by May 21, then an election ballot will be distributed via email and placed on that web site. For more information, contact Maggie Dargatz at mmdargat@uncg.edu or 4-5059.

Discount on athletic summer camps All UNCG faculty and staff may receive a 10 percent discount on UNCG’s youth athletic summer camps. They must register by paper brochure. They can print out the brochure by going to www.uncgspartans.com. Click on “camps” and the brochure is listed at the top of the page. Those with questions may email mcwilso2@uncg.edu.

Student film screenings The Media Studies Department will offer a screening of student films Saturday, May 8, 6-10 p.m., in EUC Auditorium. Those with questions may email mbarr@uncg.edu.

New university marshals You’ll see new faces among the ranks of our university marshals, at Commencement. Twenty-five individuals were inducted on April 18 into one of the oldest continuing student organizations on campus. Being a University Marshal signifies commitment to serve the university at major ceremonial events, such as May and December Commencements, the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, Founders Day and future University Marshal Inductions. Members are full-time students having completed 30 semester hours and maintaining a 3.65 or higher GPA, resulting in being named to the Chancellor’s List. The new university marshals are Maggie Allred, Tyler Anderson, Tiffani Arbogast, Crystal Cornine, Katherine Cranfill, Emily Goodson, Kimberlyn Havlicek, Marie Henry, Tiffany Herman, Louisa Hopkins, Sarah Howle, Vicotria Johnson, Anne Keyworth, Callie Lane, Alisia Mitchell, Matthew Moss, Lauren Oswald, Anna Potts, Asia Prince, Brandie Reeder, Kathryn Skawski, Mashawn Steen, Colby Williams and Erica Yeager.

Memorial Dr. David Purpel, emeritus professor in the School of Education, died April 19. To mark the Shloshim, a 30-day period of mourning, the campus community is invited to celebrate the ideas, influence and vision of David Purpel on Friday, May 28, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, at 3 p.m. A potluck, Shabbat dinner will follow. To RSVP, email Nancy Gore at mammagore@bellsouth.net. If you would like to share your thoughts at this event, let Dr. Svi Shapiro know at svishapiro@nc.rr.com.

24th Annual Jack Cooke Golf Classic This year’s Jack Cooke Golf Classic, hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, will be played at Jamestown Golf Course Monday, May 17. In the past the tournament has attracted up to 17 teams. Teams consist of four players – two must be university affiliated. Eligible university participants include students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Student Recreation Center. Varsity athletes are eligible to play, however they and their teams are not eligible for team and individual prizes. The tournament format will be “Captain’s Choice” with a modified shotgun start. Offices and departments may enter one or more teams, or individuals from various departments may make up a team. Individuals should come by the Campus Recreation’s fourth floor Reception Desk to sign up for the tournament. The entry fee for each player is $35. The fee includes cart rental, green fee, cook out and entry for door prizes. Entries are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 7. An information flyer and registration form are available at campusrec.uncg.edu/Golf Classic/index.htm. For details, contact Erik Unger at 4-5924.

Golf lessons Lessons will be offered through Campus Rec this summer, sessions are in June and July. The instructor will be Jan Kiefer, a PGA teaching professional. A beginner class and intermediate class are offered at the golf area on campus. Call 4-5924 for more information.

Notice of accreditation survey Student Health Services (SHS) has requested voluntarily an evaluation of their compliance with the standards set forth by The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC/Accreditation Association). The AAAHC will be on site May 24-25. Members of the general public, patients, students, faculty and staff having pertinent information regarding the Student Health Services’ provision of healthcare or compliance with standards may request an information presentation with AAAHC during their site visit. Request for presentation can be made in writing or via telephone and must be made at least two weeks prior to the visit. Contact: Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., 5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 200 Skokie, Ill. 60077. Telephone 847-853-6060.

Dean Weeks to Step Down in 2011

050510Feature1_WeeksDr. James K. Weeks, who has served since 1990 as the dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG, will step down from that position at the end of the next academic year.

Under Weeks’ leadership as dean, the Bryan School has expanded international activity, added six new degree programs, established research centers and increased its endowment sixfold to more than $24 million. Of the more than 19,000 alumni of the school, roughly half received their degrees during his tenure as dean.

“Many of you have heard me introduce myself over the past 20 years by saying that I have the privilege and pleasure of serving as dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics,” Weeks told an April 30 meeting of faculty and staff. “It has been a great honor to be dean of the school named after Mr. Bryan and to lead a dedicated team of faculty and staff taking this school to higher levels of excellence.”

He has not decided what he will do after he steps down. “I’m in the very early stages of exploring what the next chapter of my professional life will be. I’m not closing the door on any opportunity to make a difference,” he said.

During his tenure as dean, the school began offering bachelor’s degrees in entrepreneurship, international business and marketing; a master’s degree in information management and technology; and doctorates in economics and information systems.

In addition, two Bryan School research centers – the Center for Business and Economic Research and the McDowell Center for Global Information Technology Management – and the university-wide North Carolina Center for Entrepreneurship were established.

“Jim Weeks is an institution. He is part of the fabric of UNCG and of the Greensboro community,” said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Jim served on the search committee that recommended me for the chancellor’s position – in that capacity he represented the academic deans and conveyed in very persuasive terms the mutually supportive relationship between this university and the community.”

“Jim will be missed. We will search for someone to succeed him, but no one will be able to replace him.”

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin will appoint a search committee of faculty, students, alumni, university administrators and local businesspeople early in the fall semester to find the Bryan School’s next dean.

Weeks joined UNCG as an assistant professor of operations management in 1976 and was promoted through the faculty ranks to professor in 1988. Prior to becoming the dean, he served as associate dean and director of the MBA Program.

He led the effort to earn international accreditation by the premier accrediting agency for business schools, the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Initial accreditation was earned in 1982 and has been maintained ever since. The most recent accreditation review, completed in April, recognized the continuous improvement and excellence of programs throughout the business school.

“Jim Weeks has been the face of the Bryan School for two decades, and his leadership has been transformational,” Perrin said. “The highly successful re-accreditation this year by the AACSB is testimony to the quality of the academic programs and student experiences developed under Jim’s leadership.”

The average tenure for a business school dean is five years, according to AACSB International. The length of Weeks’ tenure as dean is a tribute to his success, said Jim Melvin, president of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation.

“Jim has done a great job as dean,” Melvin said. “Not only has he done a great job with the school, he’s been a significant player in the region’s economic development. You couldn’t ask for more. I think Mr. Bryan would be extremely pleased with his service.”

The globalization of the school includes an undergraduate degree in international business studies and bi-lateral agreements for student and faculty exchanges and articulations with degree programs with business schools across the globe.

That expansion of international programs reflects Weeks’ shrewd leadership, said Sue Cole, an MBA alumna and Bryan School Distinguished Alumni Award winner. His easygoing demeanor can sometimes mask his fierce devotion, she said.

“He has a true passion for his students, for his faculty and for his school. He’s engaging. He’s got a twinkle in his eye, so you can’t help but smile when you talk to him,” said Cole, a principal with Granville Capital Inc.

To better connect with alumni, Weeks initiated the Bryan School Alumni Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award, and led fundraising efforts in two capital campaigns for the school.

Jim Morgan, a High Point attorney and chair of the Bryan School’s Business Advisory Board, praised Weeks’ contribution to the local economy, citing research the school has conducted for economic development organizations related to the region’s industry clusters.

“We’ve been so blessed to have him here because of his accessibility,” Morgan said. “He’s well-connected, listens very carefully and helps the business community. I hope whoever follows him is in that same mold. He’s been a vital supporter of our economic development in the Piedmont Triad.”

Weeks, 64, has published numerous articles and a book and has been recognized nationally for his research in operations management. He has consulted with major corporations and has conducted numerous seminars and management development programs throughout the nation for a variety of universities and business organizations.

Weeks has served his profession at the international level as an advisor, mentor and peer reviewer for numerous U.S. and non-U.S. business schools. He serves on the AACSB International Maintenance of Accreditation Committee. He is also a member of the board of governors for Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society.

Throughout his career, Weeks has been an active member of local business, economic, educational, civic and religious organizations. He serves as a member of the Moses Cone Health Systems Board of Trustees, and on advisory councils and boards of several closely held regional business firms including Biscuitville Inc., Brady Trane and Samet Corporation.

A native of Fayetteville, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Methodist University, an MBA from East Carolina University and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Cuts of 5.9 Percent Would Yield ‘Significant, Lasting Damage’

050510Headline_BudgetOn Monday, Chancellor Linda P. Brady sent a letter to the faculty and staff, as well as a letter to friends of the university. She addressed Gov. Beverly Perdue’s proposed state budget for 2010-11.

“We are grateful the Governor supported the Board of Governors’ alternative tuition proposal and recommended full funding for our projected enrollment growth and need-based financial aid,” she stated. “However, we are deeply concerned that UNCG will suffer significant and lasting damage to the quality of instruction provided to our students, if budget cuts rise to the level recommended by the Governor – which total 5.9% or $154 million for the UNC System. This is almost four percent more than the University had planned for and committed to during last year’s budget cycle.” UNCG’s Faculty and Staff Senates planned to vote this week on resolutions opposing the proposed cuts. The text of Chancellor Brady’s letter to faculty and staff is below:

May 3, 2010

To: Faculty and Staff
From: Linda P. Brady, Chancellor
Subject: Legislative Call to Action

To emerge from this deep economic recession stronger than ever, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to preserving access to affordable, quality higher education. Last month Governor Perdue released her proposed state budget for 2010-11. We are grateful the Governor supported the Board of Governors’ alternative tuition proposal, and recommended full funding for our projected enrollment growth and need-based financial aid.

However, we are deeply concerned that UNCG will suffer significant and lasting damage to the quality of instruction provided to our students, if budget cuts rise to the level recommended by the Governor – which total 5.9% or $154 million for the UNC System. This is almost four percent more than the University had planned for and committed to during last year’s budget cycle.

For the first time in several years, leadership at General Administration has urged us to organize a concerted effort to respond to the Governor’s proposed budget.

UNCG is first and foremost committed to protecting core academic functions and opportunities for student success. However, the proposed budget reduction would cut directly into our academic core and significantly reduce the quality of academic instruction and the student experience at UNCG. Any new cuts of nearly 6% would result in not only further increases in class size and fewer course offerings, but also significantly reduced services outside of the classroom for our students. Students would see fewer academic advisors, fewer financial aid officers, and fewer mental health counselors. This is especially worrisome because the number of students using counseling services at UNCG has increased by about one-third since 2007.

The Legislature convenes May 12th and the budget process will move very swiftly. We therefore ask you to contact your House and Senate representative and any other state elected officials with whom you have a relationship THIS WEEK, urging them to hold University reductions to a minimum. Individual telephone calls and e-mail messages are appropriate; however, mass e-mails sent to multiple legislators at one time are typically ineffective. I also encourage you to engage the public by writing letters to the editor for publication in your local newspapers. Attached [below] you will find the contact information for state legislators.

Please underscore that any cuts above the 2% level already included in next year’s budget by the General Assembly will cut directly into our academic core and erode the quality of education we can offer our students. Attached is a detailed outline of the results a nearly 6% cut will have on UNCG. I ask that you emphasize any new cuts of nearly 6% would negatively impact the academic experience for students at UNCG. Please share the outcome of your conversations or communications with Mike Tarrant, Special Assistant to the Chancellor (mike_tarrant@uncg.edu or 336-501-2673).

I will keep you posted on new developments as they become available. This promises to be a very challenging legislative session, and UNCG will need your ongoing support. Thank you.

State employees: please remember your assistance is voluntary, and that all contact with legislators should be done on your own time without the use of state equipment; including your computer, state e-mail account, cell phone, etc.

For those of you living outside Guilford County, please visit the following link in order to find the contact information for your local representatives. You can search by county or zip code: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/GIS/RandR07/Representation.html

Guilford County Delegation:

Senate:    (Office Line/E-mail Address)

Senator Phil Berger (919) 733-5708 Phil.Berger@ncleg.net

Senator Katie Dorsett (919) 715-3042 Katie.Dorsett@ncleg.net

Senator Don Vaughan (919) 733-5856 Don.Vaughan@ncleg.net

Senator Stan Bingham (919) 733-5665 Stan.Bingham@ncleg.net

House:

Rep. Alma Adams (919) 733-5902 Alma.Adams@ncleg.net

Rep. John Blust (919) 733-5781 John.Blust@ncleg.net

Rep. Maggie Jeffus (919) 733-5191 Maggie.Jeffus@ncleg.net

Rep. Earl Jones (919) 733-5825 Earl.Jones@ncleg.net

Rep. Pricey Harrison (919) 733-5771 Pricey.Harrison@ncleg.net

Rep. Laura Wiley (919) 733-5877 Laura.Wiley@ncleg.net

Senate and House Leadership:

Senate:

President Pro Tem Basnight (919) 733-6854 Marc.Basnight@ncleg.net

David Hoyle (Rules Chair) (919) 733-5734 David.Hoyle@ncleg.net

Martin Nesbitt (Maj. Leader) (919) 715-3001 Martin.Nesbitt@ncleg.net

Appropriations Chairs:

Linda Garrou (919) 733-5620 Linda.Garrou@ncleg.net

AB Swindell (919) 715-3030 AB.Swindell@ncleg.net

Charlie Albertson (919) 733-5705 Charlie.Albertson@ncleg.net

Charlie Dannelly (919) 733-5955 Charlie.Dannelly@ncleg.net

Finance Chairs:

Clark Jenkins (919) 715-3040 Clark.Jenkins@ncleg.net

Dan Clodfelter (919) 715-8331 Daniel.Clodfelter@ncleg.net

Appropriations Sub-Committee on Education Chairs:

Richard Stevens (919) 733-5653 Richard.Stevens@ncleg.net

Tony Foriest (919) 301-1446 Tony.Foriest@ncleg.net

House:

Speaker Joe Hackney (919) 733-3451 Joe.Hackney@ncleg.net

Bill Owens (Rules Chair) (919) 733-0010 Bill.Owens@ncleg.net

Hugh Holliman (Maj. Leader) (919) 715-0873 Hugh.Holliman@ncleg.net

Appropriations Chairs:

Mickey Michaux (919) 715-2528 Mickey.Michaux@ncleg.net

Jim Crawford (919) 733-5824 Jim.Crawford@ncleg.net

Doug Yongue (919) 733-5821 Douglas.Yongue@ncleg.net

Alma Adams (919) 733-5902 Alma.Adams@ncleg.net

Phil Haire (919)715-3005 Phillip.Haire@ncleg.net

Maggie Jeffus (919)733-5191 Maggie.Jeffus@ncleg.net

Joe Tolson (919)715-3024 Joe.Tolson@ncleg.net

Finance Chairs:

Jennifer Weiss (919)715-3010 Jennifer.Weiss@ncleg.net

Paul Luebke (919)733-7663 Paul.Luebke@ncleg.net

Pryor Gibson (919)715-3007 Pryor.Gibson@ncleg.net

William Wainwright (919)733-5995 William.Wainwright@ncleg.net

Appropriations Sub-committee on Education Chairs:

Rick Glazier (919)733-5601 Rick.Glazier@ncleg.net

Marian McLawhorn (919)733-5757 Marian.McLawhorn@ncleg.net

Ray Rapp (919)733-5732 Ray.Rapp@ncleg.net

Counseling Program, School of Education Ranked by U.S. News

The counselor education program continues to earn top-notch ratings from U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News’ just-released “Best Graduate Schools in America 2011” ranks UNCG’s counselor education program, housed within the School of Education, fourth in the nation. The magazine ranks the School of Education 56th in the nation. [Read more…]