UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2010

Newsmakers: September 1, 2010

Andrew Brod, Sarah Jane Cervenak, Omar H. Ali, Christopher Ruhm, Eric Ford and David Cook are among UNCG individuals recently in the news.

Visit the Newsmakers web page.

Stories and Songs of Native American Culture

090110EyeOnArts_NativeAmericanCome walk the Choctaw Road. [Read more…]

Notes: September 1, 2010

NotesIconCalendar of Workshops The Fall 2010 Training and Development calendar of workshops has been posted on the Human Resource Services training web site. Included on the calendar are professional development and personal enrichment opportunities from the HRS Learning Modules, an expanded Financial & Life Planning (FLP) series and the training opportunities offered at the Office of State Personnel. The course title/link on the calendar provides time, location, course description, and a link to register. Also posted on the site is the new UNCG Training & Development Catalog, which can be downloaded at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/HRS_Training_Catalog_10-11.pdf. You may wish to print a copy for your departmental common space or bulletin board. If your area has predetermined training events that are offered to faculty and staff and you would like for them to be included in this catalog produced each August and January, send HRS the information. Those with questions or catalog entries may contact Gwenne Causey or Jason Morris in HRS at 4-5009.

Study Abroad Fair The fair for students as well as faculty and staff will be today (Wednesday, Sept. 1), 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Stone Lawn on College Avenue. Anyone who has an interest in study abroad is welcome to stop by and get more information about the different programs and opportunities that UNCG offers.

SoCon Academic Honor Roll UNCG had a school-record 117 student-athletes earn spots on the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2009-10 school year. To be named to the Honor Roll, student-athletes must participate in a varsity sport and post a 3.0 grade point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters, or its equivalent for other academic calendars. UNCG had more than 100 student-athletes on the Honor Roll for the fourth straight year. Nearly half of UNCG’s 244 student-athletes from the 2009-10 academic year earned at least a 3.0 GPA.There were 69 student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs in the league for the school year, and UNCG boasted 10 of them.

Food for Thought The Lloyd International Honors College invites faculty, staff and students to the Food for Thought lunches, on Wednesdays at noon in the Faculty Center. Today (Wednesday, Sept. 1), the topic is “Coming to America: The International Student’s Perspective.” Tom Martinek of the International Programs Center will lead a discussion about how the dramatic changes made to visa and immigration procedures after 9/11 have affected international students coming to study here, and the vast differences between the US college system and higher education around the world. Stacey Peebles notes this is a great chance to hear from international students how their educational system at home differs from the experience at UNCG and how this reflects various aspects of their culture.

“Wild Caught” on PBS this Friday At 10 p.m on Friday, Sept. 3, UNC-TV will broadcast statewide Matt Barr’s one-hour documentary “Wild Caught: The Life and Struggles of an American Fishing Town.” It has been modified from the original feature-length version, which was originally premiered on campus in April of 2006. It has been shown in a number of venues including film festivals, academic conferences and community screenings.”Wild Caught” looks at the struggles of the fishing families of Snead’s Ferry, North Carolina, a traditional fishing town undergoing the onslaught of a rising tide of seafood imports and an ever-increasing rate of coastal development. Filmed over a seven-year period “Wild Caught” has become an advocacy piece for fishermen in North Carolina and throughout the country. It is being distributed to the PBS system by NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

Furniture Expo will be held Sept. 7, from 3-8 p.m. in the EUC, Cone Ballrooms B and C. Any students living on campus as well as faculty and staff members can tour an exhibit of student room furniture from five select vendors and give feedback on what they would like to see in the new residence hall and renovated Quad in the future. Your impressions are important to Housing and Residence Life. Questions? Email klburges@uncg.edu.

Got free stuff to give away? If so, the university’s official Facebook account and Twitter account could use it. Each semester, several prize packs are awarded to the winners of a variety of social media contests conducted on that Facebook page (http://facebook.uncg.edu) and on Twitter (http://twitter.com/uncg). All types of items are welcomed, from event tickets and apparel to CDs/DVDs or smaller items like pens and stickers. What’s in it for your department or program? Free advertising among the ever growing number of fans and followers. Contact Lanita Withers Goins at ldgoins@uncg.edu or Debbie Schallock at drschall@uncg.edu if you have questions or donations.

Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Assistantships (IdURA) These assistantships support students working with faculty across disciplinary lines to create and disseminate knowledge in new areas of scholarship and research. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. For details, see http://www.uncg.edu/our/2011idura.html or call the Office of Undergraduate Research at 4-4776.

World Suicide Prevention Day will be Friday, Sept.10. The campus’ Friends Helping Friends suicide prevention and mental health awareness group, along with the Counseling and Testing Center, will have information tables set up in the Atrium from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, and in the EUC Commons from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9. The Friends Helping Friends program and the Wellness Center of Student Health Services will also be launching their two-level I CARE program on these days. The Level I training is a mental health and suicide awareness outreach program, which can be requested by emailing the program’s Outreach Coordinator, Anne Keyworth, at amkeywor@uncg.edu. The gatekeeper training, Level II, teaches participants the skills they need to intervene with an individual who is showing signs of mental distress or suicide ideation. It is an interactive program that is UNCG-specific. To register for this program, visit http://www.uncg.edu/shs/fhf/ or contact Julie Catanzarite at jacaddy@uncg.edu.

Music, Theatre and Dance Share Stage

090110Feature2_CollageFaculty and students from the newly formed School of Music, Theatre and Dance will showcase their talents on a shared stage for the third annual Collage Concert.

The popular performance, which has enjoyed near sell-out crowds for the past two years, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in Aycock Auditorium. Tickets for the event are $10-20 and can be purchased online at boxoffice.uncg.edu, by calling 4-4849 or at campus box office locations. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. All proceeds will benefit the School of Music, Theatre and Dance Scholarship Fund.

This year’s event will highlight the strength of the performing arts at UNCG and within the new unit dedicated to the three artistic disciplines. The theatre department will present an excerpt from the iconic musical “Oklahoma!” (A full performance of the musical will have a several-day run later this semester.) Students from the dance department will perform two pieces choreographed by faculty members. And the music departments will be well represented, with performances by 350 vocalists and instrumentalists as well as contributions from faculty members with specialties in jazz, voice, keyboard, string, and wind instruments.

The Collage Concert is a great opportunity for patrons to experience a wide range of artistic expressions, said Dr. Kevin Geraldi, an assistant professor of conducting in the school. “People who normally might only be interested in hearing a certain type of music, or who tend to attend performances by certain areas of the school, will have the opportunity to explore the breadth of what our excellent faculty and students have to offer.

“Collage is not a normal concert experience,” he added. “It is much more interactive, with performances that surround the audience presented seamlessly with special lighting.”

The 2010 Collage Concert is the first in a series of special performances planned to celebrate the inaugural year of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The school was officially established July 1.

For more information about the Collage Concert, visit http://www.uncg.edu/mus/collage.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photography by David Wilson

Karen Bjork Dischell Art at Library

090110EyeOnArts_BjorkDischell“Accepting the Often Chaotic Appearance of Trees,” an art exhibition by Karen Bjork Dischell, in on view in the Jackson Library Reading Room. On Sept. 9, from 4-6 p.m., the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will host an opening reception. [Read more…]

Ross Elected UNC System President

090110Headline_TomRossThomas W. Ross, president of Davidson College and a former chair of the UNCG Board of Trustees, was unanimously elected president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina by the UNC Board of Governors on Aug. 26.

He will take office Jan. 1, succeeding Erskine Bowles, who announced in February that he would retire this December after five years in the post.

Ross has served as president of Davidson College since 2007.

Following his election, he told the Board of Governors: “To accept this job will require that I leave a job and place I love dearly,” referring to Davidson College. “It has been an emotional struggle for me to come to the decision to leave, but I do so feeling called to this position and to this University. I love this State of ours, and there is no institution more important to North Carolina and her future than the University of North Carolina.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady said, “Tom Ross will be an outstanding leader for the University of North Carolina. He understands higher education and the challenges we face, and recognizes the historic support provided by the citizens of North Carolina for our University. I have enjoyed serving with him on the Southern Conference Council of Presidents.”

Before his presidency at Davidson, Ross was chairman of the UNCG Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2007. His tenure as a board member had begun in 2003.

During his years of service, UNCG achieved the Carnegie Classification of High-Research Activity University; numerous higher education bond projects started, including the renovation of historic Aycock Auditorium and Petty Science Building; construction of Spring Garden Apartments began; and the public phase of the Students First Campaign was launched.

He established the Tom and Susan Ross Civic Engagement Internship Scholarship and he served as honorary chair of the Individual Advance Leadership Committee for the Students First Campaign, 2004-09.

He has also served on the Board of Visitors for UNCG, as well as for UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. He received an honorary doctorate from UNCG in May 2008, when he delivered the commencement address.

Ross was born and raised in Greensboro and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson in 1972. He graduated with honors from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Law. After a short stint as an assistant professor of public law and government at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Government, Ross joined the Greensboro law firm of Smith Patterson Follin Curtis James & Harkavy in 1976. He left the firm in 1982 to serve as chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Robin Britt. The following year, Ross was appointed by Gov. Jim Hunt to fill a vacancy on the North Carolina Superior Court. He held the position for the next 17 years.

In 1990, North Carolina’s Chief Justice tapped him to lead a new Sentencing and Policy Advisory Committee. Over the next two years, this panel devised a structured sentencing system that would toughen sentences for violent crimes and repeat offenses, while increasing community-based alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenses. Key goals were to minimize sentencing disparities and to prioritize resources more effectively without sacrificing public safety.

In 1999, Ross was appointed director of the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

In 2001, he left the bench to serve as executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a Winston-Salem-based philanthropic organization devoted to improving the lives of the people of North Carolina.

Ross stepped down in 2007 to return to Davidson as president.

Active in civic and community activities, Ross currently serves on the boards of Davidson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Hueston Foundation, the Warner Foundation, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

In the past, he has served on the boards of the North Carolina New Schools Project, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the Institute of Government Foundation, the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law Alumni Foundation, and the Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Ross has been married since 1972 to Susan Donaldson Ross, a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Education and a former executive director of the Greensboro Bar Association.

“Our nationwide search attracted talent from many different professional backgrounds and from every part of the country, but in the end that long road led us back to North Carolina, to one of our own,” Board Chairman Hannah Gage said in recommending Ross to the Board of Governors. “In a time of great challenge and constant change, Tom Ross’ thoughtful leadership, his proven integrity, his deep understanding of North Carolina, and his lifelong commitment to improving the lives of people in every corner of our state make him the perfect choice to lead the university in the years ahead.”

Visual: Tom Ross delivered UNCG commencement address at Greensboro Coliseum in 2008.

Photography by Chris English

eMarketplace for One-Stop Shopping

090110Feature_MarketplaceUNCG has implemented a new e-procurement system called the UNC Greensboro eMarketplace.

eMarketplace is an automated, streamlined procurement application that will provide cost savings to departments making purchases.

  • What It Is: eMarketplace is an online marketplace for UNC Greensboro. It is a shopper’s one-stop shopping and requisitioning portal. It will feel very much like shopping at Amazon.com. The eMarketplace allows for browsing by category and adding items to a shopping cart. Shopping becomes as easy as point and click.
  • Where it is: eMarketplace is located online, which makes it an efficient paperless purchasing system, designed to be user friendly. Once trained, shoppers can access it at: http://purchasing.uncg.edu/eMarketplace/
  • Who It Affects: All Shoppers and Requisitioners. Banner continues to be our Finance system of record, but eMarketplace overlays Banner, making your shopping experience easier, faster and more financially relevant. Once a shopper/requester is trained, they will do all their shopping in eMarketplace. All current Banner requesters must be trained by the end of 2010.
  • When Does it Go Into Effect: Training will be held through the end of the year in preparation to go live at the first of January 2011.
  • How You Get Trained: Campus training sessions are scheduled beginning Sept.13. You can sign up online at: http://purchasing.uncg.edu/eMarketplace/training.html. If you have questions regarding training, contact Sandy Rogerson at slroger2@uncg.edu

Shannon Clegg, senior director of Campus Enterprises, said, “This new e-procurement system will provide the ability to bring UNCG’s spending under management, cut processing costs, and negotiate more competitive contracts with major suppliers, hence saving the university departments money.”
Clegg also provided some benefits of an e-procurement system:

  • Establishes a one‐stop shopping and request portal for all request types
  • Easier access for departments to the system
  • Increase overall operational efficiencies across campus
  • Drive purchases to contract suppliers
  • Increase purchase volume to HUB suppliers
  • Enhance strategic sourcing capabilities – new and better contracts
  • Improve efficiency of back‐office staff from procure‐to‐pay

Additional information on the eMarketplace can be found on the Purchasing page at: http://purchasing.uncg.edu/eMarketplace/

By Angie Schrock
Photography of a training session last week by Mark Unrue

Campus People – September 1, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Ray Purdom – Dr. Joan E. Paluzzi – Dr. Zhanxiang Zhou – Dr. James Benshoff – Staff Stars [Read more…]

Helping with House Calls

090110NewsAndNotes_HouseCallsOn Aug. 23, at the end of the first day of classes, first-year student living on campus received a knock on their door from a UNCG faculty or staff member to welcome them to the campus. [Read more…]

Changes in Student Rec Memberships and Programs

The Department of Campus Recreation has revised the Student Recreation Center (SRC) membership packages and pricing structure for UNCG employees to stay healthy and active. [Read more…]

Open Search for New Director for Office of Academic Assessment

A national search has begun for a new director for the Office of Academic Assessment. [Read more…]

UNCG Recognized for Success with African-American Students

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin will attend Helping Students Beat the Odds, a Sept. 16 conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. [Read more…]

Native American Exhibition

Enjoy an art exhibition on loan from the Guilford Native American Association. [Read more…]

Announcements: September 1, 2010

The State Health Plan is verifying the eligibility of all dependents covered on the State Health Plan, according to Human Resource Services. This initiative consists of a six-week Verification Period during which all members must provide proof of eligibility for each of their dependents enrolled for coverage under the State Health Plan during the 2010-11 Plan Year. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: September 1-9, 2010

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

Men’s soccer vs. Charlotte
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.

Sustainability Film, “Crude, the Real Price of Oil”
Thursday, Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Labor Day holiday.
Monday, Sept. 6. Classes dismissed; offices closed.

Faculty Convocation and general meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Film, “Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist”
Thursday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Weatherspoon.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Blue & Gold Day This Friday

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Chancellor Linda P. Brady signed a university proclamation Tuesday that declares each Friday during the 2010-11 academic year a “Blue and Gold Day”. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: Elise Rhodes

082510FiveSpot_RhodesElise Rhodes, an assistant director for academic skills services at the Student Success Center, helps students from freshmen to doctoral students maximize their abilities and time. Better use of time is one key – which is why there’s a bulletin board just as you enter McIver Building about time management skills. It includes a sample student’s schedule – with every day completely planned. The SSC’s Learning Assistance Center Resource Lab, available to all students, is the first door on the right. How did she become a teacher of academic skills? “I was originally a nurse in New York state, for 11 years,” she says. [Read more…]

Veterans & Military Expo

082510Feature2_MilitaryJosh Green feels lucky. Although he spent five years as a military policeman, he was never deployed.

When he left the military, he earned an undergraduate degree here at UNCG. Since 2006, he has worked in the Dean of Students’ Office.

“I’m very fortunate to be where I’m at,” says Green, whose mother served in the first Gulf War and whose brother was deployed to Afghanistan.

With the idea of helping other veterans get their bearings after completing their military service, Green is working with U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and others at UNCG to organize the first annual Veterans and Military Expo. It is the first such event to take place on a UNC System campus, Green says.

The Expo, which includes a panel discussion on veterans’ benefits and a resource fair, takes place Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 1-4 p.m. in Elliott University Center. It is free and open to all veterans, their families and friends. Free parking is available at the Greensboro Coliseum with shuttle service to the university.

The panel discussion runs from 1-2 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium on the main floor. Hagan will introduce a four-person panel to talk about education, job readiness and other issues affecting veterans.

The resource fair runs from 2-4 p.m. in the Claxton, Alexander and Kirkland rooms on the lower floor of the EUC. Representatives will speak with veterans about health benefits, education benefits and other services.

Green worked with Dedrick Curtis from the UNCG Registrar’s Office; Mike Tarrant, special assistant to Chancellor Linda P. Brady for government relations; and Dr. Kristine Lundgren, a professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, to plan the event.

“I hope the EUC is packed,” says Green, who wants to make the Expo a yearly happening and wants to see the idea spread to other campuses. “It’s just a really good thing to let our community, and our campus, know we really care.”

For details, contact Josh Green at 4-5514 or jagreen@uncg.edu. Green suggests that veterans bring along their discharge papers so they can immediately apply for veterans’ benefits.

By Michelle Hines
Photography courtesy of the Department of Defense photographer Cherie A. Thurlby

Research and Developments

082510Headline_ResearchThe Office of Research & Economic Development is a one-stop shop. That’s the key message Dr. Terri Shelton had for the 33 individuals at New Faculty Orientation last Thursday. Shelton is vice chancellor for research and economic development.

She spoke for 30 minutes about her office and the services it provides faculty and the campus community. Earlier speakers that morning included Dr. Ray Purdom (TLC), Dr. Steve Roberson (Undergraduate Studies) and Dr. Brett Carter (Student Affairs). There would be so much to communicate, in limited time.

What did Shelton mean by “one stop shop”? Much of what faculty might be interested in as support for their research or creative activities are in the administration side of the MHRA Building. For example, the Office of Sponsored Programs, on the first floor, helps with searches, subcontracts, proposal submission and most pre-award activities. The Office of Contracts and Grants, which reviews budget preparation but manages most post-award activities, is on the second floor. For those who are doing research that involves subjects, human or otherwise, the Office of Research Compliance is on the second floor, too. For those who are interested in commercializing their innovation or invention, there are the Offices of Economic Development, Innovation Commercialization, and the Small Business Technology Development Center. A faculty member who’s new to campus can see it as a ‘one stop shop.’

“Before this building was built, all these offices were spread across campus and if you were submitting a grant, you had to physically go from office to office to get help and get a proposal signed off. Now with everyone in the same building and with the electronic submission, it’s much more user-friendly.”

The Office of Research and Economic Development reports to Academic Affairs, she explained to the new faculty, providing context. She spoke about each of the offices, programs, centers and institutes that are a part of her office. The components of the Office of Research and Economic Development involve providing infrastructure to assist faculty in proposal development and submission, technology transfer and compliance; helping grow the campus’ research enterprise; economic development and community engagement.

She stressed what the office may be able to do for the faculty in their first years and their research activities.

For example, regarding the Office of Sponsored Programs,”Let them know what types of things you’re interested in…. They can help you in getting funding.”

She explained that the “economic development” component of her office is very broad – “it’s not just job creation,” she explained.

“Workforce development, leadership development, public policy analysis, capacity building, the creation of intellectual capital and technology transfer are all relevant components.”

She presented a list of members of the campus’ Research Advisory Council (RAC). She strongly advised them to talk with their associate dean for research or director of research who is on this council. “If you take nothing away else away from this [presentation, just before lunch], go find your research dean or director of research and make yourself known to that person,” she advised them.

It’s been a newsworthy year for the Office of Research and Economic Development. 2009-10 was UNCG’s best year receiving grant awards, as Chancellor Linda P. Brady announced in her State of the Campus Address. During the year, external funding was more than $47 million, about 34 percent more than the previous year. Stimulus funding accounted for $8.8 million of that figure. Grant submissions at UNCG increased 53 percent.

One change is a new name for what had been called the Office of Technology Transfer. It is now the Office of Innovation Commercialization.

“The new name helps to dispel misperceptions that we only commercialize hard science discoveries,” Shelton says. “We felt that the title more fully embraces the traditional strengths of this university and highlights that we are committed to doing more than transfer technology. We are committed to helping create and support an atmosphere where innovation occurs, that we commercialize that innovation whenever possible, and that we support the entrepreneurial spirit among our students, faculty, and staff.”

Jerry McGuire is associate vice chancellor for economic development. The Office of Innovation Commercialization reports to him, as do two other offices: the NC Entrepreneurship Center, which is beginning a search for a permanent director; and the Small Business and Technology Development Center Regional Service Center.

Among other recent changes in the Office of Research and Economic Development:

  • Sponsored Programs has reorganized and there are a few new faces. Dr. Valera Francis continues as director, and while Charna Howson left last winter; Lloyd Douglas, Paul Tuttle and Michael Preuss have joined to make the office more robust.
  • The Center for Social, Community and Health Research and Evaluation has been created. Dr. Joseph Telfar is the director of this interdisciplinary center.
  • The individuals who were once a part of the Center for Research Excellence in Nanobiosciences now are at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research, led by Dr. Mary Crowe, is now under the leadership of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Increased grant funding for “Scholars’ Travel.” The Office of Research and Economic Development’s internal grants for faculty members presenting research at conferences and symposia has been increased from $350 to $500. Part of that figure is normally matched by the faculty member’s department or program.

More information is at http://www.uncg.edu/rsh/.

By Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson

Notes: August 25, 2010

NotesIconCall for proposals for annual Conference on African American Culture and Experiences (CACE) The conference, hosted by UNCG’s African American Studies Program Oct. 14-16, will have the theme “Exploring Black Masculinities across Multiple Landscapes: A Global Perspective.” Dr. Tara Green, program director, says, “In 
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 Panels. Send proposed abstracts (100 words) in Word or RTF to afs@uncg.edu no later than Aug. 31. Panel proposals are highly encouraged. Student panels are welcomed. Send inquiries to afs@uncg.edu. For more information and registration, visit www.uncg.edu/afs. Papers will be considered for inclusion in the new Journal of Black Masculinity.

Princeton Review The Princeton Review has included UNCG in its “The Best 373 Colleges,” an honor earned by only about 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges. The 2011 edition of the book hit store shelves this month. Princeton Review surveyed 122,000 students (about 325 per campus on average) attending the colleges. In addition to student feedback, choices also reflect institutional data, campus visits, and opinions of the Review’s staff and its 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. “UNCG is delighted to be included in Princeton Review’s listing of ‘Best Colleges,’” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “Student opinions matter.” Students quoted in the guide praised UNCG for its overall value, strong faculty, specialized programs and support for non-traditional students. One student wrote that UNCG offers a “high-quality of education at a significantly reduced rate, while having the smaller classes allowing closer bonds between faculty and students.”A sidebar to the UNCG profile in the guide says students also give UNCG high marks for student diversity, student happiness and relations with the local community as well as laboratory and computer facilities.

Department of Environmental Health and Safety The name of the Office of Safety has changed. It is now the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. The department’s interim director, Tim Slone, said the change “will help better represent the services the we provide.” It is also in accord with the name of most universities’ offices with their mission and responsibilities, he explained. Details on ways the department, which is part of Business Affairs, serves the university are at http://www.uncg.edu/sft/

A charter member The Department of Counseling and Educational Development has been approved as a charter member of the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP), an international affiliate of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. All programs (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Couple and Family Therapy, School Counseling, College Counseling and Student Development, and Counselor Education and Supervision) have been approved by IRCEP. The purpose of the registry is to foster relationships among students, counselors and counselor educators worldwide, while furthering the global recognition of the counseling profession.

Volunteers and Fundraising A panel discussion last week allowed individuals in University Advancement and many university officials to hear a panel of volunteers share information about what inspires their voluntarism and keeps them engaged in the fundraising process. The panel was moderated by Richard “Skip” Moore, president of the Weaver Foundation and former vice chancellor for university advancement. Dr. Kate Barrett, a Board of Trustees member and former professor, introduced the speakers, including Amelia Hopkins, Randall Kaplan, J.J. McEachern, Dabney Sanders, Jana Wagenseller and Sarah Warmath.

Campus Book Delivery for Faculty & Staff During the Fall 2010 semester, the Libraries will offer a trial delivery service to all UNCG faculty and staff. Any circulating, available items from Jackson or Music libraries can be requested through the online catalog by clicking on the “Faculty delivery” icon beneath the title. Requests will be delivered to Departments, and most requests will be filled within two business days, says Joe Williams, Head of Access Services, University Libraries. Faculty and staff can return the materials to Jackson or Music library, or to any Libraries book drop on campus. For more information on the full range of delivery services available to UNCG students, faculty, and staff, please visit the Delivery web page, http://library.uncg.edu/services/delivery.aspx, or contact Access Services at 4-5304.

Albion Tourgee On Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Central Library, Dr. Mark Elliott (History) will discuss the book Undaunted Radical, which he co-edited. This book provides previously unpublished writings and speeches of Albion Tourgee.


Announcements: August 25, 2010

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

Arnold Mesches Will Speak on ‘The FBI Files’

082510EyeOnArts_MeschesThe F.B.I. watched the artist Arnold Mesches from 1945 to 1972. They analyzed his political and social activities, and engaged friends, neighbors, and even a lover as informants, compiling a 760-page dossier on him. [Read more…]

Campus People – August 25, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Bruce Kirchoff – Dr. Jane Myers – Dr. Love Crossling [Read more…]

Looking ahead: August 25, 2010

Gallery talk, about Hans Hofmann, by Mariam Stephan and Xandra Eden
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2-3 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG

“Andy Warhol, A Documentary Film” (Part 2)
Thursday, Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Blue & Gold day. All are encouraged to wear school colors each Friday.
Friday, Aug, 27.

Men’s soccer vs. UNC Chapel Hill (free, exh)
Saturday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m.

Artist’s talk, with Arnold Mesches
Tuesday, Aug. 31, 5 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Men’s soccer vs. Charlotte
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.

Sustainability Film, “Crude, the Real Price of Oil”
Thursday, Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Positioning UNCG for the ‘New Normal’

081810Headline_ConvocationOur university faces an even tougher budget situation for 2011-13, while we remain committed to academic quality and student success. It’s all part of the “new normal,” a term used more than once by Chancellor Linda P. Brady in her State of the Campus Address Wednesday morning in Aycock Auditorium.

“We must embark upon a course that will position us for an even more competitive future,” she said.

This course will require efforts in three areas:

First, UNCG will take steps to enhance its undergraduate student profile. During the past decade, the quality of entering undergraduate classes has declined, Brady said. Nine UNC system campuses had higher SAT scores in 2009. We must take steps now in order to reverse the trend, she said. The Deans Council considered the impact of several proposals to raise the minimum SATs required for admission to UNCG in fall 2011, she explained. Following extensive review, the decision was made to raise significantly the minimum SATs required for admission.

Second, UNCG will implement an ambitious program of learning communities in conjunction with the development of a new neighborhood and renovation of existing residence halls. Research shows that students who live on campus are more likely to return and graduate at higher rates than students who reside off campus. This initiative includes a strategic direction for housing that is designed to nearly double the number of UNCG students living in university-managed housing over the next decade; the new LEED 400-bed suite-style residence hall on Spring Garden Street that will be ready for students in fall 2011; the renovation and expansion of the seven historic Quad residence halls; an expanded campus that will include additional student housing, a new indoor recreation center, and a central campus police station along the Lee Street Corridor; developing models of learning communities and designing learning community spaces for the new residence hall on Spring Garden Street and a renovated and expanded Quad.

Third, UNCG will embark on a conversation regarding an academic realignment that will build on our historic strengths in areas related to health and human development and that will position our academic programs and the Graduate School for greater visibility, enhanced fund-raising opportunities and future success. UNCG’s Strategic Plan 2009-14 provides an opportunity to explore health and human development, broadly defined, as a major area of focus, she said. With respect to the Graduate School, she said, UNCG’s Strategic Plan 2009-14 also commits UNCG to grow graduate enrollment significantly during the next several years. The university has opportunities to leverage its resources to expand sponsored research and other sources of funding, and to reinforce our commitment to serve the needs of this community, the state and the nation, she said. While faculty, staff and students in the Schools of Human Environmental Sciences and Health and Human Performance have a special interest in this discussion, so do faculty, staff and students in Nursing and other disciplines and programs, she noted. “These conversations must, and will, engage any and all groups on the campus who want to contribute to building a more visible and successful academic unit focused on health and human development.”

The chancellor cited a great number of milestones and successes for our university. Examples included:

  • UNCG Guarantee, a need-based financial aid and student success program which welcomes its first class of scholars this fall.
  • UNCG in 3, an accelerated degree program that allows well-prepared undergraduates to compete their degrees in three years.
  • UNCG’s commitment to student success reinforced through the integration of academic affairs and student affairs under the leadership of Provost David H. Perrin.
  • Significant progress in improving and ensuring intentionality and coherence in the General Education curriculum.
  • The approval or launch of several new programs. Last week, the UNC Board of Governors approved UNCG’s request to plan a joint doctoral program in social work with NC A&T University.
  • Approximately $48 million in total funds were awarded for research, an increase of 34% over the previous year.
  • The launch of UNCG’s new School of Music, Theatre and Dance. It includes nearly 1,200 majors and more than 100 faculty and staff.
  • A recent report by The Education Trust praised UNCG’s success in graduating African-American students at a comparable rate to white students. In contrast, there is a disparity in graduation rates on the national level.
  • UNCG has launched a national search for the position of chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion. The university has already received 60 applications or nominations for the position, she noted.
  • All Spartan athletic teams met or exceeded their Academic Progress Report (APR) goals, while a space assessment is identifying immediate and long-term needs for Athletics.
  • UNCG has appointed a full-time sustainability coordinator.
  • An Integrated Marketing and Strategic Communications Taskforce has focused on how to enhance the image of UNCG through a variety of communications.

The successes of last year and the coming year were tempered by a look at the state’s budget projections. Universities in the state and across the country are looking closely at how to best position themselves for the future.

Our university needs to begin planning now for the ”new normal,” she stressed. “As we plan for how to deal with an even tougher situation in 2011-13 than we have faced in 2009-11, we must consider how to position UNCG for the ‘new normal’ that will emerge in 2012, 2013 and beyond. We must take steps now to ensure we remain a strong, vibrant university, committed to serving our students and the community in which we live. Academic quality and student success are, and will remain, the keys to positioning UNCG for the future.”

The Chancellor’s 2010 State of the Campus (fall convocation) address, as well as the PowerPoint presentation displayed during the address, can be viewed at http://www.uncg.edu/cha/speeches/.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English

Awards for Excellence

081810Feature3_AwardsOne of the real strengths of our university? Chancellor Brady said that it is the commitment so many show. It’s revealed in classes, in laboratories, in studios and in offices, on all parts of campus.

At a special awards ceremony Wednesday morning at Aycock Auditorium, awards were presented to faculty and staff for teaching, research and service. Provost David H. Perrin, Vice Chancellor Terri Shelton and Alumni Association President Keith Ayscue assisted the chancellor in presenting the awards.

The award winners are:

Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for service:

  • Faculty, Dr. Jan Van Dyke, Professor and Department Head, Department of Dance
  • Staff, Dr. Kim Sousa Peoples, Director, Office of Orientation and Family Programs
  • Student, Michael Tuso, who is currently studying abroad

University Staff Excellence Award:

  • Libby Sexton, Classroom scheduling officer, Registrar’s Office
  • Steve Sparks, Equipment operations manager, Parking Operations & Campus Management

Alumni Teaching Excellence Award:

  • Tenured Faculty, Dr. Llewelyn G. Brown, Associate professor, Department of Business Administration
  • Untenured Faculty, Dr. Tracy R. Nichols, Associate professor, Department of Public Health Education

University Research Excellence Award:

  • Dr. Cheryl A. Lovelady, Professor, Department of Nutrition
  • Dr. Michelle Dowd, Associate professor, Department of English

UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award, which was originally announced at May’s Commencement, was presented to Dr. Nancy J. Hodges.

University Service Awards, for those who have served at UNCG for 30 years, were presented to:
Cheryl (Cherry) Callahan, Student Affairs; Jim Clark, English; Bill Hardin, Facilities Operations; Rebecca Saunders, Graduate School; Svi Shapiro, Department of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations; Patricia Turner, Registrar’s Office

University Service Awards, for those who have served at UNCG for 35 years, were presented to:
Sheldon Balbirer, Accounting and Finance; Hazel Brown, Nursing; Joseph DiPiazza, Music; John King, Philosophy; Cheryl Logan, Psychology; John Neufeld, Economics

Visual: Dr. Cheryl A. Lovelady receives University Research Excellence Award from Dr. Terri Shelton.
By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English

Announcements: August 18, 2010

Chancellor Linda P. Brady provides information to faculty and staff about furlough authority for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

To: UNCG Faculty and Staff
From: Linda P. Brady, Chancellor
Subject: Furlough Authority

Section 29.4 of Senate Bill 897, (Session Law 2010-31) authorizes the University of North Carolina System to implement furloughs as needed for the 2010-11 fiscal year. This authority was granted to the President of the System in an effort to provide the University with options as it seeks to balance the budget. On July 29, 2010, President Bowles approved the revision of the UNC Policy Manual, Section 300.2·17[G], which now delegates authority to implement furloughs to the Chancellor of each campus. At this point UNCG has no plans to implement a furlough during the current fiscal year. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the campus informed. Thanks for all you do in support of UNCG’s mission.

The policy can be viewed online at the Budget Information web site.

Last Look at Andy Warhol, at WAM

081810EyeOnArts_WarholSeen the exhibition of Andy Warhol photography at the Weatherspoon? The exhibition “Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids” closes Sept. 19.

The museum is open on Thursday nights – the next two Thursday nights present an opportunity to see the large exhibition and also to see a film of his life and times.

The film “Andy Warhol, A Documentary Film” will be shown in two parts on back-to-back Thursdays, Aug. 19 and 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Auditorium.

The film was broadcast on PBS as part of the American Masters 20th Anniversary season premiere in 2006. It received a Peabody Broadcasting Award.

As you arive at the museum, you may notice that the WAM has new signage on the building. The “Weatherspoon Art Museum” letters are made from aluminum. It was installed last week.

Notes: August 18, 2010

NotesIconFree admission UNCG is removing ticket costs for all home regular-season contests except men’s and women’s basketball. The move is an extension of the Athletic Department’s mission to increase visibility of its teams and expand outreach to the community – a new charge of the university’s strategic plan. “We want people in Greensboro and surrounding communities to know that there is a great experience waiting for them at UNCG athletic events,” said Kim Record, athletic director. “Chancellor Brady has put an emphasis on our university reaching out into the community more frequently and we felt like this was a great way to assist with that mission. We want to expand on some of our past efforts to help in the community as we have with Relay for Life and FOX 8 Gifts for Kids. We also understand the difficult economic times that many people continue to experience,” said Record. “In an effort to extend a hand to our community, we made a decision to remove some of our admission charges for athletic events.” The first men’s soccer match under the new ticket policies will be an exhibition match against preseason No. 2 UNC Chapel Hill on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m.

Budget Central The UNCG Budget Information web site has several recent updates, including this one: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/compensationguidelines.pdf

Health information security breaches; 2,500 being notified Computer security breaches at two UNCG clinics allowed unauthorized access to information about more than 2,500 individuals. The university has mailed letters to the last known addresses of those whose personal information was exposed and posted notices on the clinics’ web sites. The two computers infected with malware via the internet were in the university’s Speech and Hearing Center and Psychology Clinic. Although it was determined that the malware would have allowed access to data on the computers, it is unknown whether any information was actually taken from the computers.

Faculty partnering with Career Services The Career Services Center (CSC) is ready again to partner with faculty members to provide career-related content for their classes. In 2009-10 CSC presented for 230 classes. Specifically, CSC designs presentations and activities related to career planning and research, internships, resume development, interview skills, job search and more. Additionally, Career Services can partner with faculty to develop career-related student projects using writing, research or speaking skills. For further information or to schedule a presentation for Fall 2010, call the CSC at 4-5454 or email career_services@uncg.edu. If you wish to require a class assignment involving the CSC, it is important to call ahead so they can be prepared to assist your students. Assignments involving individual counselor contact require careful scheduling to ensure that students’ needs can be met in a timely manner.

Part-time Job Fair for students On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the annual Part-time Job Fair will be held 12:30-4 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. The job fair, sponsored by the Student Employment Office and the Career Services Center, helps students locate part-time jobs at the beginning of each academic year. Employers from campus and throughout the Triad can recruit part-time job candidates, collect resumes and schedule interviews with students at the job fair. UNCG Career Services staff will also be available to give students career advice and resume critiques. Last year, over 600 students attended the event. The Student Employment Office works to offer employment opportunities and resources for UNCG students while encouraging students to make meaningful decisions about job choices, connecting part-time experience to career and academic goals. In addition, it serves as a resource for campus employers who hire UNCG students for part-time employment, providing free job postings on SpartanCareers, supervisor trainings, supervisor handbooks, and other valuable tools. For more information, visit http://csc.dept.uncg.edu/seo/.

Women’s track & field, women’s tennis academic recognition The UNCG women’s track & field team was one of 151 teams who earned the distinction of being named an All-Academic team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. In order to be eligible for this award the team must post a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better. The Spartans had a GPA of 3.22 this past season. Earlier, the UNCG men’s track & field team was honored as an All-Academic team. In women’s tennis, six UNCG student-athletes received academic awards from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Valerie Behr, Lucy Dougherty, Jessica Eblen, Mikayla Rogers, Arielle VonStrolley and Alex Whitehead all earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status from the ITA this week. UNCG was one of eight teams nationally to have six or more student-athletes earn All-Academic honors, joining Brown, Cornell, Creighton, Hartford, Rutgers, S.F. Austin, and UNC Wilmington. The Spartans also earned a team academic award from the ITA, making them one of 37 Division I schools to do so.

Book a meeting in Alumni House You may know that the portal for reserving rooms in the EUC and campus spaces such as The Fountain, College Avenue, The Quad, Foust Park, and Stone Lawn is reservations.uncg.edu. Anyone with questions about making a reservation may contact Linda Alexander, manager of Reservation Services, at 4-5378 or linda_alexander@uncg.edu. Some members of campus may not know that five rooms in the Alumni House, including the Pecky Cypress Room and the Horseshoe Room, may be reserved for meetings free of charge, if the meetings are during normal business hours. For the Alumni House’s largest room, Virginia Dare Room, the only cost is the equipment fees for tables, chairs, podium, etc. To learn more or to reserve a room in Alumni House, contact Julie Landen at julie_landen@uncg.edu or 6-1466.

New Programs and Initiatives

081810Feature2_SpencerThe academic year is springing to life, as residential students begin moving in today (Aug. 18). Classes begin Monday, Aug. 23.

But those students won’t be the only new elements at UNCG. The 2010-11 academic year also marks the start of several programs and initiatives at the university.

Among the new offerings are the following:

  • The first UNCG Guarantee students start their collegiate careers this fall. Funded with a portion of a $6 million anonymous gift to the university, the need-based financial aid program allows students to complete their higher education with little to no debt. There were 123 applicants, and UNCG expects to welcome more than 30 UNCG Guarantee students to campus. Ten will be a part of the Lloyd International Honors College. The accepted students’ average high school grade point average was 3.87.
  • The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is welcoming its first students this fall. The school, a collaboration between UNCG and NC A&T, has been in the works for several years. Seventeen students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in nanoscience are expected to enroll this fall with UNCG designated as their “home” campus. A&T will be the “home” campus for future students pursuing advanced degrees in nanoengineering. Construction is underway on the 100,000-plus-square-foot research facility that will house the school on the South Campus of Gateway University Research Park.
  • UNCG in 3, an accelerated degree program that allows undergraduates to complete their studies in three years, also starts this fall. The five participating students, all psychology or communication studies majors, are entering UNCG with at least 12 earned credit hours and will attend winter and/or summer sessions to complete their degrees on a faster timetable.
  • Several new majors and fields of study are launching this fall at UNCG, including the start of a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship, a master’s and doctoral degree in nanoscience and a doctoral degree in environmental health science. A post-master’s certification in urban school leadership and administration and a post-master’s certificate in ethnomusicology are also being offered for the first time this fall, as well as a concentration in pedagogical kinesiology at the master’s and doctoral levels.
  • UNCG’s School of Music and departments of dance and theatre merged July 1 to form a combined School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The school is kicking off its inaugural year with the Collage Concert. Now in its third year, the popular concert series will feature performances from students and faculty members from each area of the performing arts. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. Tickets for the event are $10-20 and may be purchased at http://boxoffice.uncg.edu or by calling 4-4849 after Aug. 23.
  • A renovated North Spencer Residence Hall will reopen as a space for students from the Lloyd International Honors College. The $60,000 renovation, funded primarily through tuition fees, took a year and a half to complete. Changes include refurbished bathroom and laundry facilities, office space for faculty, a refurbished parlor and north end porch, a touch-screen computer portal linking students to University Libraries, a computer lab, and a new classroom for use as a global teleconferencing center. Only a portion of UNCG’s 1,000 honors college students will live in North Spencer, said Dr. Jerry Pubantz, dean of the honors college.
  • Students in another program with UNCG ties will face a rite of passage this year. The Beyond Academics program is a post-secondary experiential program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Beyond Academics students, many of whom live in apartments near campus, are part of the UNCG community and work toward living as independently as possible. The program is beginning its fourth year and plans to hold its first graduation in May. For more information, visit http://beyondacademics.blogspot.com.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photography from University Relations Photography Archives

Education Dean Search Finalists and Interview Dates

Finalists have been announced in the search for the next dean of the School of Education. They will interview on campus in late August and early September. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: SaQuang Lam

081810FiveSpot_LamSaQuang Lam is a systems administrator at Student Health Services. Many know him for his computer know-how. Some local refugees know him as the guy who finds cast off computers and electronics spare parts and refurbishes them as gifts for refugee children, served by Lutheran Family Services. He was a refugee himself, a Cambodian escaping with his family from South Vietnam when he was 12. “My dad [who was a Buddhist monk] said we’d rather die with freedom than on our knees.” They made it to the Thai border, then Bangkok, then Indonesia; then they were selected to come to the United States. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: August 18-28, 2010

New Faculty Orientation and Reception (orientation continues the next day)
Wednesday, August 18, 1:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

“Andy Warhol, A Documentary Film” (Part 1)
Thursday, August 19, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Classes begin.
Monday, August 23, 8 a.m.

Fall Kickoff festival
Monday, August 23, 11 a.m., along College Avenue.

UNCG Board of Trustees committee meetings

Tuesday, August 24, 1:30 p.m, Alexander Room, EUC

“Andy Warhol, A Documentary Film” (Part 2)
Thursday, August 26, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Men’s soccer vs. UNC Chapel Hill (free, exh)
Saturday, August 28, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Campus People – August 18, 2010

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Morris is Staff Senate Chair; Meeting Schedule Released

081810NewsAndNotes_StaffSenateThe Staff Senate has announced newly elected senators, senate officers, senate committees and the public meeting schedule. Chair of the senate for the 2010-11 year is Jason Morris of Human Resource Services. Stacy Kosciak from Athletics will serve as chair-elect. Brad Johnson from Housing & Residence Life will serve as secretary. The senate is also guided this year by past-chair Kevin Bullard of ITS.

Senate committees this year include:
Recommendations and Resolutions Committee led by Bruce Griffin of the Division of Campus Safety
Staff Recognition Committee led by Julie Landen of Alumni Relations
Budget Education Committee led by Terri Cartner of Campus Enterprises
Professional and Personal Development led by Jennifer Lester of the Graduate School
Service Committee led by Judy Smith of Space Management and Jan Albrecht of ITS

Staff members may contact a committee chair with suggestions, requests or questions related to the committee.

The senate elections held in April 2010 produced 18 newly elected senators and six re-elected senators. The total senate population stands at 48 Senators representing all areas of the university. A newly developed senator directory [http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/directory/] has been added to the Staff Senate web site to increase awareness among constituencies of their representation. Staff members may contact their Senate representative with needs, concerns and/or announcements that pertain to their division or the entire staff population. In addition, senators have the responsibility to disseminate Senate information to each of their constituents.

Full senate meetings are held monthly on the second Thursday starting at 10 a.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House, with the exception of the October meeting which will be held in the conference room of the Spring Garden Apartments. All university personnel are invited to attend meetings. A complete calendar of senate events is located on the Staff Senate web site.