UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for September 2010

Discounts Now Extend Beyond Campus

092910NewsAndNotes_SpartanSavingsFaculty and staff may know about the many discounts they receive on-campus, when they show their ID. [Read more…]

Check Out That Car – No, Really

092910Feature_ZipCarPersonal vehicles are increasingly optional on campus, as the university makes strides to be more sustainable and offer students, faculty and staff greater transportation options.

That work is gaining attention. The university was recently named one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the National Center for Transit Research. UNCG is the first employer in the Triad to earn the national recognition.

“We have been working on changing a culture at UNCG so people no longer feel they have to come to school with a car,” said Scott Milman, director of auxiliary services.

UNCG also introduced two new services this fall – Zipcar and Zimride – designed to reduce the need for individually-owned cars on campus.

  • Zipcar is a car-sharing service that allows members to reserve cars by the hour or the day, easing congestion on campus and reducing the need for additional parking. Gas, 180 miles per day, insurance, reserved parking spots and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for up to four days. Rates on all UNCG vehicles start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours). UNCG students, staff and faculty can become Zipsters by visiting www.zipcar.com/uncg. The annual membership fee is $35 and UNCG applicants receive $35 worth of free driving credit that applies toward their first month of driving. Free annual memberships are offered to departments. Four Zipcars are located on campus – two on Gray Drive and two on College Avenue. It’s estimated that every Zipcar takes 15-20 personal cars off the road.
  • Zimride is a free rideshare matching network that helps connect drivers and riders interested in carpooling. Open to the UNCG community through a private network, Zimride helps registered users offer or request rides for occasional road trips as well as daily commutes. More information can be found at http://zimride.uncg.edu.

Spartan Cycles is another initiative launching this fall. In fact, it is launching today (Sept. 29). The program will allow students and employees to check out bicycles from the Housing & Residence Life FIXT office. Bikes in the program were provided by the non-profit bike advocacy group Bicycling in Greensboro with support from UNCG campus police.

“UNCG has been working hard to expand Campus Access Management programs like our partnerships with HEAT, GTA, PART, UNCG bi-ped programs and Zimride ridesharing,” Milman said. “Zipcar provides the missing link for our faculty, staff and students – access to a car on campus.”

UNCG participants made up half of the more than 4,000 pledges collected during the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) annual Commuter Challenge. Those making pledges promised to try a sustainable form of transportation: a bus system, carpooling, walking, biking or telecommuting.

UNCG’s ridership numbers on Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) buses, especially the Higher Education Area Transit (HEAT) service, continue to grow. For the 2009-10 academic year, Spartans took 197,061 rides on HEAT buses, a 44 percent increase over the previous year. UNCG has the second highest participation in the HEAT network, slightly behind N.C. A&T, which had 202,169 riders.

Provisions have been made for commuters who may need a ride in case of an emergency. PART now offers an Emergency Ride Home Program, giving a free ride to UNCG students and employees in the PART coverage area who commuted to work using a sustainable form of transportation and have an emergency. Covered emergencies include an illness or severe crisis for the commuter or an immediate family member, or abandonment caused if a ridesharing driver has to stay late or leave early, leaving their passenger without a way home. For more information, visit http://www.partnc.org/uncgemergency.html.

UNCG’s focus on alternative transportation expands the university’s sustainability efforts and allows students and employees to save more of their hard earned money, Milman said.

More details are at http://parking.uncg.edu/sustain.html.

Visual: Zipcars ready to be checked out, on Gray Drive.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photography by Mark Unrue

Big Upgrade for the Dining Hall

092910Headline_GatewayArcadeThe Dining Hall will undergo a makeover starting next fall.

The campus’ project manager for the renovation, David Reeves (Design & Construction), explains that it will be a comprehensive renovation of the entire facility, with many new features. The interior will be reconfigured, and it will be “more student-centered and customer-friendly.”

For example, Reeves says, to get to the second floor dining area, you currently have to go to the center of the building, go through doors, and climb the circular stairs. “It poses a staging problem.” With the renovation, there will be two new access points to the second floor. As you enter from College Avenue, you will not have to go through the tunnel (though you can). There will be stairs there, leading to the dining floor. In addition, there will be stairs as you enter from the west side.

On the second floor, the concept of one large cafeteria will be replaced by “a lot more dining venues – perhaps 11, [presenting] a lot of choices.”

The project is primarily intended to modernize the service points in the cafeteria to continue to allow for high-volume food service while improving the customer experience, according to Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs. It is also intended to maximize the use of retail and administrative space and update internal mechanical systems and American Disabilities Act (ADA) access issues.

Jeff Huberman, principal architect, spoke and presented renderings at the Sept. 16 Board of Trustees meeting. He said the Dining Hall, adjacent to the Fountain area, “truly is the center of campus, a nexus.”

Gantt Huberman Architects were selected in February 2009 to be the architects of the Dining Hall renovation.

Construction of the oldest parts of the Dining Hall began in 1906, Huberman noted. Some construction was much more recent.

As part of the renovation, the large white “birdcage” currently adorning the West entrance of the Dining Hall will be removed. It was created in 1985.

The new west entrance will feature a large archway and also a glass canopy. (See visual.)

Also, the topography will be raised in front of the building, Huberman explained.

He spoke of the brick and banding. “We want to make it look as compatible as possible with the rest of the campus.”

Much of the side facing the Fountain will be glass. Some seating is expected outside, on the entrance floor. And balconies, with seating, can be enjoyed on the second floor. The balconies will be open.

The idea is “to bring more guests in the space and improve [their] experience,” Huberman said.

Entryways to a food store and convenience store are planned for the front as well, drawing students even when the dining hall is not serving.

Trustee Richard “Skip” Moore addressed his fellow trustees, after Huberman spoke. “A lot is terrific,” he said, but he presented several concerns about the design. Most notably, he was opposed to the west entrance’s archway, calling it “overly modernistic.” After hearing his concerns as well as statements from other board members, the board took a “field trip” to the site, accompanied by staff and Huberman.

When they returned, Chair Randall Kaplan suggested each member express their views about the design.

Some comments:

Kate Barrett said, “I like contemporary things facing traditional things. I think the students will love it.”

Carolyn Ferree said, “I think students will be drawn to it. I love it.”

William Pratt said, “I particularly like the balconies.”

After the trustees and the chancellor spoke, the trustees voted. The exterior design was approved.

    The project budget is $31.5 million. It will be paid for over time by a portion of the students’ meal plan fees, says Reeves.

    Renovation is scheduled to begin in Fall 2011, though work to enhance storm drainage capacity may begin next summer. The entire project is scheduled to last 24 months, with some parts completed before others.

    The Dining Hall will remain open during renovation.

    Visual: Plans for the west side of the Dining Hall. The Fountain is out of frame, to the right.

    By Mike Harris
    Visual courtesy Design & Construction

    Musical ‘Oklahoma!’ Debuts Sept. 29

    092910Feature_Oklahoma“Oklahoma!,” the iconic musical created by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, changed the face of American musical theatre with its bold combination of music, theatre and dance.

    That makes it a fitting choice for the inaugural season of the newly formed School of Music, Theatre and Dance, said Bryan Conger, the show’s director and a third-year MFA directing student in the school.

    “I went to Rodgers and Hammerstein because they are really where it all began, where the modern day musical came from,” Conger said. “‘Oklahoma!’ was the first to integrate story, music and dance together to create one cohesive project. The new school is joining together. What better way to celebrate?’”

    “Oklahoma!” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29-30, 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2 and 2 p.m. Oct. 2-3 in historic Aycock Auditorium. The 8 p.m. show Oct. 2 doubles as the first event of the 2010-11 University Concert/Lecture Series, which is now sponsored by the school.

    Tickets for the shows are $20 adult; $15 for children, seniors and non-UNCG students; $12 for UNCG alumni and groups of 10 or more; and $10 for UNCG students. Tickets may be purchased at boxoffice.uncg.edu, 4-4849 or campus box office locations.

    Set in the American West at the turn of the 20th century, “Oklahoma!” uses the spirited rivalry between cowboys and farmers as the backdrop for the romantic relationship between Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl. Dr. William Carroll, associate dean for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, will direct the show’s memorable tunes as the production’s musical director.

    “The play’s main message is that of community,” Conger said. “In a modern time of division and social controversy, ‘Oklahoma!’ explores our states’ first moments of pride as we expanded our nation and brought opportunity to people of all origins.”

    Information about the full UCLS series will be in an upcoming issue. Details about performers and about purchasing tickets for the series can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/mus/ucls/.

    Visual: Cast members Leah Turley, Matt Delaney, Diana Yodzis (l-r)

    By Lanita Withers Goins.
    Photography by Bert VanderVeen

    Walking the Walk, with Fall Spartan Steps

    Spartan Steps is back – and it begins this Friday. [Read more…]

    Business Conflict Management Certificate

    The UNCG Conflict Studies and Dispute Resolution Program is now offering a certificate in business conflict management. [Read more…]

    CACE Considers Black Masculinity Oct. 14-16

    Black masculinity will be the focus of the 21st annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE) hosted by UNCG’s African American Studies Program Oct. 14-16. [Read more…]

    Notes: September 29, 2010

    NotesIconBuilding brands in the Digital Age That is the topic of the keynote address by Sidney Falken, senior vice president, Hanes Brand and Corporate Marketing Administration, Hanebrands, at the CARS Fall Symposium. The symposium, sponsored by Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, will be Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2-4 p.m. in EUC Auditorium.

    SECC in gear Packets for the State Employees Combined Campaign have been distributed to each UNCG faculty and staff member. It is the official giving campaign for state employees, helping more than 900 organizations in our region and state. “With today’s economy there are so many who need food, clothing, housing, and medical care. Similarly, programs need support,” says campus campaign chair Benita Peace. “One example that helps our children have a good education is the newly awarded grant funding to United Way of North Carolina from United Way Worldwide; the purpose is to further its educational mission to cut high school dropout numbers in half by 2018 and graduate all students college-ready. This year UNCG has set an attainable goal of $235,000, but can only meet and hopefully exceed this goal with your help. I am asking that you contribute toward our goal and make a difference in the lives of others.” A guide with more details can be downloaded here.

    Community-Based Research (CBR) proposal deadline for submission extended The community-based research (CBR) initiation grant provides funds to faculty, student and community partner teams to advance research that serves a community group and advances disciplinary scholarship. Projects are sought that demonstrate promise for community-engaged scholarship, as defined by “teaching, discovery, integration, application, and engagement that involves faculty members in a mutually beneficial partnership with the community and has the following characteristics: clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate methods, significant results, effective presentation, reflective critique, rigor and peer review” (Community Campus Partnerships for Health, 2009). CBR teams must include at least one faculty member, one graduate student, one undergraduate and one community partner. Grant amount: Faculty member -$1,000 stipend, Undergraduate -$1,500 stipend, Graduate -$1,500 research award. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 1. Application can be found at http://olsl.uncg.edu. Questions? Email chhamilt@uncg.edu

    Phased retirement program There will be an informational meeting on the Phased Retirement Program on Friday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. in the Provost’s Conference Room, 201 Mossman Building. All interested faculty members are invited to attend. For inquiries on program eligibility, contact EPA-HR at 4-5494.

    UNCGSpartans.com online store It’s relaunched and it’s better than before. Need an item or accessory for Friday Blue & Gold Days? You can purchase Spartans apparel and items online at http://www.uncgspartans.com/marketplace/gear/featured-all. Through the end of this month, all items are 10 percent off, according to UNCG Athletics. Questions? Email mwhirsch@uncg.edu.

    Depression awareness On Thursday, Oct. 7, UNCG will be participating in National Depression Screening Day. Screenings will be conducted from noon – 2 p.m. in the Maple Room, EUC. As part of this awareness event, faculty, staff and students are able to complete a free, confidential depression screening, and meet with a mental health professional to discuss the results of the screening. There will be seven sites around the county open to the general public – including the UNCG Psychology Clinic – but the EUC event is exclusively for students, staff and faculty at UNCG. Those with questions may contact Alice Franks (Counseling and Testing Center) at aefranks@uncg.edu. For reasons of privacy, staff and faculty interested in participating might prefer to take advantage of the UNCG Psychology Clinic at 1100 W. Market St, which will be conducting screenings on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

    Raft debate On Thursday, Sept. 30, 4-6 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Dr. Promod Pratap, Dr. Joan Titus and Dr. Corey Johnson will debate over which discipline is the most valuable to humanity. Cake will be served.

    Honors symposium The 2011 Undergraduate Honors Symposium will be held on Friday, Feb. 25, in the EUC. The symposium, an academic conference for undergraduates, gives students the opportunity to present their research or creative work in a 10-minute presentation, as part of a panel that is moderated by a faculty member. Submissions from any UNCG undergraduate, in any discipline, are welcome, and are due by Dec. 10. Faculty, if you’re interested in serving as a moderator – or if you have questions – contact Dr. Stacey Peebles (Lloyd International Honors College) at slpeeble@uncg.edu.

    Sustainability The campus is participating in a new program to encourage sustainability. “STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) is a powerful tool that will assist UNCG in meeting its goal of climate neutrality by 2050. Utilizing the STARS protocol will help UNCG determine practices and policies that may be improved to achieve this goal,” said Sustainability Coordinator Trey McDonald. STARS is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

    United States – Sino photography exchange An excellent, small photography exhibition is currently on view in the EUC Art Gallery, near the main desk. According to gallery information, photography students from Randolph Community College and UNCG joined RCC instructor John F. Rush on a trip to China in May 2009. They and Chinese students explored the streets of a city, taking photographs all the while. Some wonderful photography, the result of their time in China, is on display.

    Science on Tap lecture The series starts this year with “Bats and Mice in Your Backyard” 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Green Bean, 321 S. Elm Street. Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell (Biology) will speak about the challenges and rewards of studying local nocturnal biodiversity, including the challenge of researching animal sounds outside the range of human hearing. It is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development. Science on Tap talks take place 7:30-9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Green Bean. The semester’s remaining events will be Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.

    In memoriam Robert Striano, a technical services analyst in ITS’ Client Services since 2005, died Saturday.

    Ericourt Artist residency: Pascal Rogé

    Guest artist Pascal Rogé will perform a piano recital Monday, Oct. 4, at 7:30, in the Music Building’s Recital Hall. [Read more…]

    U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors at Aycock

    The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, D.C., will continue their history of presenting free public performances when they appear at UNCG in Aycock Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 pm. [Read more…]

    NEH Grant Helps Keith Restore Finch’s Poetic Wings

    The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a three-year Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant to Dr. Jennifer Keith (English) in support of her edition of the works of Anne Finch. [Read more…]

    Campus People – September 29, 2010

    012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Bei Wu – Dr. George F. Michel – Dr. Linda Buettner – Dr. Leandra Bedini – With the Staff [Read more…]

    Looking ahead: September 29-October 5, 2010

    Lecture, “How Large a Wave? The Outlook for the 2010 Midterm Elections,” Dr. Alan Abramowitz
    Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

    Reception for Bruce Michaels as he retires as assistant vice chancellor for student affairs
    Thursday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m, Cone Ballroom, EUC

    Fall Spartans Steps begins – walking/wellness program
    Friday, Oct. 1

    Music, Jazz Band & Jazz Ensemble
    Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

    “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers & Hammerstein
    Saturday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

    Men’s soccer vs. Elon
    Saturday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

    Women’s soccer vs. Davidson – Faculty/Staff appreciation day
    Sunday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. (Free T-shirt to first 50 faculty/staff members to show ID)

    Music, Symphonic Band
    Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

    more at calendar.uncg.edu

    See/Hear: September 29, 2010

    See UNCG games live – or on demand – at Spartan Access. It’s offered free this year.

    Couldn’t get to the men’s soccer vs. No. 19 Wake Forest Homecoming Game last Saturday? Or the volleyball game earlier in the day? They were both covered live on Spartan Access.

    They can still be viewed, on demand. They are among many UNCG games that can enjoyed at no charge this year, online.

    This weekend, three soccer games can be enjoyed via your computer.

    Visit Spartan Access here.

    Announcements: September 29, 2010

    Nominations are now being accepted for Golden Chain. Eligible students should meet the following criteria:

    • GPA of 3.25 or greater
    • Must be either a junior or senior who is not graduating in December 2010
    • Must be nominated by a professor or staff member.

    References listed on the nomination form should be informed that Golden Chain members will contact them regarding the Golden Chain nominee.

    Forms are due in EUC, Suite 221, by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

    The induction ceremony will be on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m.

    Golden Chain was founded at this university in 1948 with the purpose of recognizing and honoring top students who are active on the UNCG campus.

    Nominees will be evaluated with respect to the seven qualities represented by the seven links of the Golden Chain: Leadership, Scholarship, Service, Judgment, Tolerance, Magnanimity and Character.

    Nomination forms can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/cap/groups/goldenchain/. Direct any questions to the Office of Campus Activities & Programs at 4-5800 or cap@uncg.edu.

    Notes: September 22, 2010

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    Emergency communications test Sept. 28 UNCG will hold a campus-wide test of emergency communications Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 10:40 a.m. UNCG will test the following systems during the test: AM radio channel 1640 with internet streaming; campuswide e-mail; SMS text message, Twitter and Facebook; network pop-up; outside sirens; emergency and adverse weather line (4-4400); and emergency web site. Staff and faculty can sign up for SMS text messaging, sign up for a computer-screen pop-up (Windows only) and subscribe to the emergency notification RSS feed. Questions? Email jason_marshburn@uncg.edu.

    WGS Salon Transnational feminist theory and practice is the topic of a salon discussion hosted by Women’s and Gender Studies. It will be Tuesday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. in Pecky Cypress Room, Alumni House.

    Women’s soccer The Oct. 3 women’s soccer games vs. Davidson will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. The game starts at 2 p.m. All soccer games are free this year. There will be giveaways throughout the afternoon, with a post-game autograph opportunity for younger family members. The team has been ranked as high as No. 18 nationally, this year. Questions? Email Lebeasle@uncg.edu

    Take the libraries with you University Libraries are now available through smart phones. Faculty, students and staff who pull up the University Libraries’ web site on their smart phones will find a site tailored to their needs and designed to work optimally with their mobile devices. The interface allows users to quickly find a book’s call number or navigate to Journal Finder or one of the many databases the University Libraries offer. Through the mobile web site, it’s also easy to renew library materials, check hours and find an available computer in the Tower. Users can also click on “Contact Us” to chat with a librarian or find a subject specialist. The University Libraries’ Electronic Resources & Information Technology Unit (ERIT) created the mobile site after surveying both graduate and undergraduate students about their use of the libraries’ resources. Richard Cox, the libraries’ Digital Technology Consultant, plans to add more apps in the coming months and welcomes feedback. Contact him at rlcox@uncg.edu.

    In Nursing The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that one of the five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars selected through a national scholarship program is Willie Mae Abel, a nursing doctoral candidate. The program, funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, was launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds with aspirations to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.

    Open house The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an open house 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Sullivan Science Building. They will have demonstrations in a number of laboratories as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Learn more about the statewide festival at www.ncsciencefestival.org. Labs will be open with ongoing demonstrations. There also will be a chemistry show at 4:15 p.m. in Sullivan Science Building, Room 201. Convenient parking is available in the McIver Street Parking Deck. JSNN is having a similar event earlier in the day, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Homecoming for All Ages

    092210Headline_ChildrensFestHomecoming Saturday is fun for all ages – and certainly for the kids and the kids at heart.

    Fun, exciting educational opportunities are in store at the Children’s Festival and Health Celebration, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at “Spartan Village” on the EUC’s Kaplan Commons. Offerings for children include games, inflatables, music, dancing, cheering, arts and crafts.

    One popular attraction is The Big Bang Boom Children’s Band, performing 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    The Children’s Festival is sponsored by the School of Education and the North Carolina Teaching Fellows.

    Those with questions specifically about that festival may email dpcarson@uncg.edu for more information.

    Spartan Village on the commons offers lots for adults as well, especially as the day goes on. UNCG alumna, former soccer starter, and rising Nashville music artist Karla Davis performs songs from her debut country album Saturday from 1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

    Other featured events are:

    The Parade of Chariots at 3 p.m.
    Fuzz Band performs at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
    Coronation of Homecoming King and Queen at 6:30 p.m.

    Sports fans may enjoy the free volleyball game in Fleming Gym at 5 p.m., UNCG vs. Chattanooga.

    The Homecoming Game – men’s soccer vs. Wake Forest – will be at 7 p.m.

    Homecoming was previously known as Fall Fest, but alumni response to the name change has been overwhelmingly positive, says Linda Carter, executive director of the UNCG Alumni Association and director of the Office of Alumni Relations.

    “There will be something for everybody,” Carter says. “Homecoming is meant to be casual, spontaneous and fun.”

    Details about the week’s activities are at www.uncg.edu/ure/homecoming/map_biglist.html.

    By Michelle Hines and Mike Harris
    Photography by David Wilson

    Obama and the Terrible Twos?

    092210Feature1_PresidentObamaCNN? FOX News? Drudge Report? Democracy Now?

    As news media become more seemingly partisan, where can you turn to find accurate information and reasonable reflection? It’s as important as ever to be fully informed politically.

    “Political science can provide perspective and context for both the campaign and election results that are often difficult to find in the current media environment, dominated as it is by cable talk, talk radio, and partisan/ideological blogs that often miss the forest for the trees,” says Dr. David Holian (Political Science). He is director of UNCG’s Center for Legislative Studies

    As the Obama presidency nears its two-year mark, the Center for Legislative Studies in the Department of Political Science will present the fall lecture series “Obama at Midterm: Polarization and Backlash.”

    “We feel it’s important to take a step back and discuss how the current midterm elections are not only unique in certain ways – for example, the effect of the Tea Party in Republican primaries and the competition between increasingly polarized parties – but also perfectly predictable given our understanding of past midterms – for example, the expectation of large losses by the president’s party, especially given the poor economy.”

    Two talks are before the midterm elections. One is afterward. “The first talk will be about Republican prospects for taking over the House, Senate or both,” said Holian (Political Science). “The second talk will discuss the Obama presidency in the context of the highly politically polarized era we live in. Finally, the third talk will place the election results in context and discuss Obama’s leadership challenge as we turn our attention to the 2012 presidential election.”

    The talks begin this week:

    “How Large a Wave? The Outlook for the 2010 Midterm Elections”
    Dr. Alan I. Abramowitz (Emory University)
    Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

    “Barack Obama and the Partisan Presidency”
    Dr. Richard M. Skinner (Rollins College)
    Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.

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

    All events will be held in the Weatherspoon Auditorium.
    Free parking will be behind the Museum.
    A reception will follow each lecture in the Atrium.

    Dr. Alan I. Abramowitz, the first speaker, is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta. He has authored or coauthored five books, has made dozens of contributions to edited volumes, and has published more than 40 articles in political science journals dealing with political parties, elections and voting behavior in the United States. His book “The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization and American Democracy” was published this year by Yale University Press.

    Questions? Contact Carrie Klamut at ceklamut@uncg.edu

    By Mike Harris
    Photography courtesy The White House

    SECC Goal: $235,000

    092210Feature2_SECCThe poverty rate is at a 15-year high. Unemployment, particularly in our state, is exceptionally high. The Great Recession has caused lots of hurt, making this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) particularly important.

    “We know the impact that the economic situation has had on our community and indeed on our friends and neighbors,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

    We each have particular causes we may want to give to. The SECC allows you to pinpoint your donations, if you choose. The chancellor personally prefers United Way of Greater Greensboro, which supports the community in which she lives, she explained. Whether the organizations you choose are local, regional or even national, it’s important to note that they do make a difference, she said.

    The official workplace giving campaign for employees throughout state government and the university system, the SECC assists more than 900 agencies and groups.

    The campus’ many volunteer solicitors from throughout campus gathered last Friday in the Virginia Dare Room (in visual) to pick up packets for their departments and learn about this year’s drive.

    SECC chair Benita Peace (HRS) announced the year’s goal: $235,000.

    Peace spoke of her home county, Rockingham County, having one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Many of those in her community have been hit hard. She also said last year she directed her donation to breast cancer awareness, in honor of her mother.

    Many UNCG employees give through payroll deduction. That spreads the donation over 12 months, starting in January.

    To make a donation, simply fill out the form, include payment and returned the sealed envelope to your department’s solicitor so it can be forwarded for processing.

    The campus SECC web page is uncg.edu/secc.

    “I know we can do it,” Brady said, about reaching the goal. “We had an ambitious goal last year and we exceeded our goal. I’m hoping we can do that again this year.”

    By Mike Harris
    Photography by Mike Harris

    Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussions

    092210NewsAndNotes_BookDiscussionFaculty will share their favorite reads with the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion Group. This year’s line-up that takes readers from the slums of 19th century London to present-day Pakistan to New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina. [Read more…]

    Entrepreneur, Intern Program Is Award Finalist

    A problem-solving program created by The Bryan School of Business and Economics and The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship has helped Triad small business owners survive and thrive in the midst of the economic downturn. [Read more…]

    Chappell to be Honored

    Author and professor emeritus author Fred Chappell will receive the 2010 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the state’s most prestigious public humanities honor, in an awards ceremony Friday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Music Building Recital Hall. [Read more…]

    New Music Festival

    Some artists are inspired by musical masters of the past. Others aim to be the ones influencing the sound of music in the future. [Read more…]

    Mexican Writer Yuri Herrera Sept. 24

    Mexican writer Yuri Herrera, Chilean scholar Rubí Carreño Bolívar and Mexican writer José Antonio Moreno will discuss in Spanish Herrera’s award-winning novels 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at UNCG. [Read more…]

    Campus People – September 22, 2010

    011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Janet Boseovski – Dr. Susan Andreatta – Lynne Agee [Read more…]

    See/Hear: September 22, 2010

    Country singer-songwriter Karla Davis performs Saturday at 1:45 in front of the EUC. [Read more…]

    Announcements: September 22, 2010

    The University Committee on Honorary Degrees has issued a call for nominations of candidates for honorary degrees. [Read more…]

    Looking ahead: September 22-29, 2010

    Talk, Falk Visiting Artist Amy Cutler
    Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Weatherspoon

    Open house for North Spencer Honors Residence Hall
    Thursday, Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., North Spencer Parlor

    Volleyball vs. Samford
    Friday, Sept. 24, Fleming Gym

    33rd annual rugby past vs. present game
    Friday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., Rec field

    Homecoming Saturday begins at Spartan Village
    Saturday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m., in front of EUC

    Homecoming game, men’s soccer vs. Wake Forest
    Saturday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

    Open house for Center for New North Carolinians
    Tuesday, Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m., Edwards Lounge, Stone Building

    “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers & Hammerstein
    Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

    more at calendar.uncg.edu

    The Great Conversation

    The Great Conversation series is a presentation and discussion sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Phi Sigma Tau several times each semester.

    The first presenter will be Dr. Gary Rosenkrantz (Philosophy), speaking on “The Identity of Living Things” on Sept. 21. Each Great Conversation begins at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

    He will defend the metaphysical thesis that every known living organism has an essential, vital part which determines its identity. [Read more…]

    Founders Day Events Launch Homecoming Week

    091510Feature2_FoundersDayFounders Day will be observed Monday, Sept. 20, which is near founder Charles Duncan McIver’s 150th birthday. (See details about the new library exhibition about McIver’s life.)

    “We’re hoping that by kicking off Homecoming with the Founders Day party we can create more awareness of UNCG’s history and traditions among our UNCG campus family,” said Linda Carter, executive director of the UNCG Alumni Association and director of the Office of Alumni Relations.

    At 11 a.m. on Monday, a poetry reading presented by the N.C. Writer’s Network will be held in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. The Randall Jarrell poetry contest winner, Rebecca Warren ’81 MFA, ’86 MA, will read her award-winning poem, “Grass Bridge.”

    The festivities will kick into high gear with a noon party in Taylor Garden near the EUC, complete with steel drummers and a cake decorating contest. The birthday cake cutting will be around 1 p.m.

    The big Homecoming Week will extend from Sept. 20-26.

    Mid-week activities include a comedy show and the men’s soccer match versus Campbell.

    The biggest day of activities will be Saturday, Sept. 25, with the Children’s Festival and all the Spartan Village offerings in front of the EUC, capped off by the men’s soccer match vs. Wake Forest. All home soccer matches this year are free.

    A full schedule of the entire week’s activities is at www.uncg.edu/ure/homecoming/map_biglist.html.

    Details about Homecoming Family Weekend – including the Children’s Festival – can be found at orientation.uncg.edu/families/weekend.

    Visual: Statue of McIver. The noon party will not be held at the statue. It will be held at Taylor Garden.

    By Beth English and Mike Harris
    Photography by David Wilson

    ‘Happy Birthday, Charlie’

    091510NewsAndNotes_McIverFamilyThe exhibition “Happy Birthday Charlie: Celebrating the 150th Birthday of President Charles Duncan McIver” will be on view through Oct. 11 in Jackson Library. [Read more…]

    Notes: September 15, 2010

    NotesIconFaculty/staff price discount on basketball tickets If you are a faculty or staff member, you can get lower level seats for the 15 men’s basketball games for $129. The normal price is $149 for those Greensboro Coliseum lower level tickets. To receive the form necessary for this discount – as well as information about how you could choose to use payroll deductions – stop by the Athletics Ticket Office, call 4-3250 or email jfcomer@uncg.edu. New this season, all season ticket holders will have a pre-sale opportunity, Oct. 18-21, to purchase additional single-game tickets before the general public purchases single game tickets. Men’s basketball season ticket benefits include reserved parking, premium seat locations and UNCG women’s basketball season tickets (subject to availability). The men’s home schedule features Duke as well as three other ACC teams as part of its very strong schedule.

    Autumn Moon Festival Various Asian cultures will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the EUC Auditorium and nearby rooms. Moon Cakes, refreshments, traditional music, dance, calligraphy, martial arts, cultural speakers will be among the offerings. Participating groups are the Chinese Student Association, Greensboro Chinese Association, Hmong Student Association, International and Global Studies Program, Korean School of Greensboro, Taiwanese Student Association, Korean Student Association and various UNCG departments. For more information, contact smwalcot@gmail.com or 4-5382. This event is sponsored by the UNCG International and Global Studies Program with funding from a US Dept. of Education Title VI (A) UISFLGrant and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.

    Center for New North Carolinians Open House Learn about the center’s programs and discover opportunities for research, service learning, community engaged scholarship and more. The open house will be Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Edwards Lounge, Stone Building. Their current community connections include: 75 Latino families with children under four; two Community Centers for 80 immigrant families from Africa and Asia; dozens of English language classes; interaction with more than 20 community agencies; and a community garden tended by refugees; and language Interpreter services to more than 200 people per month.

    A fatherless child All are invited to a book talk in the EUC’s Multicultural Resource Center featuring Dr. Tara Green, director of African American Studies. Her book “A Fatherless Child” examines the impact of fatherlessness on Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Malcolm X, and Barack Oboma. This event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m.

    Honors college open house Lloyd International Honors College invites the UNCG community to an open house celebrating the opening of North Spencer Honors Residence Hall. Join LIHC on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the North Spencer Parlor to help kick off the first year of honors housing.

    In memoriam Dr. Donna A. Jeffers-Brown died on Sept. 2. She had been a member of the UNCG community since 1987, where she served as an associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management. She also worked as assistant director of service-learning in the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, and was pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She was also actively involved in the National Recreation and Park Association, the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, and the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Maple Room of EUC, followed by a private family gathering.

    Fall 2010 enrollment figures Dr. Sarah D. Carrigan, director of Institutional Research, has provided enrollment figures for UNCG’s current semester:

    • 18,582 students, up .5 percent compared to a year ago.
    • 2,514 new freshmen, up 4 students
    • 1,451 new transfers, up 2 students
    • 14,774 undergraduates, up 3.2 percent
    • 3,808 graduate students, down 0.7 percent

    RISE Network Kickoff Event Anyone in involved in or interested in improving science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) education – pre-K through adult – is invited to an event Tuesday, Sept. 21, 3:30–5 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Enjoy refreshments and learn about the RISE (Research and Instruction in STEM Education) Network and share ideas for expanding it. Hear about current projects, learn how the network can support your work and get information about their lunch series. The network connects UNCG researchers and educators across disciplines so they can carry out innovative research and instruction in STEM education. RSVP to Mary Seymour, graduate assistant, at mdseymo2@uncg.edu if you plan to attend.

    Do you bicycle to UNCG? The Bicycle Club at UNCG will have its first meeting of the 2010-11 year on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Sharpe Room of the EUC.  The agenda is to hear from you, what you’d like the Bike Club to do this year: Organize some bicycle rides for students? Hold bike safety or maintenance clinics? Arrange for a bike shop to be here on campus each month to do repairs? Those with questions may contact Dr. Mary Crowe  at mlcrowe@uncg.edu.

    At Associated Campus Ministries meditation room This fall, several campus ministries are joining together to provide a weekly service on campus, says Kevin Matthews, head officer and advisor for the St. Mary’s House Episcopal Campus Ministry, a UNCG affiliated student group. They will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room of the Associated Campus Ministries Building, next to the Walker parking deck. Information about the Associated Campus Ministries Center is at www.uncg.edu/min.

    Looking ahead: September 15-22, 2010

    UNCG Board of Trustees meeting
    Thursday, Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

    Rebecca Black Poetry Reading
    Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Faculty Center

    Autumn Moon Festival, a traditional Asian festival
    Saturday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m., EUC

    Women’s soccer vs. Old Dominion
    Sunday, Sept. 19., 2 p.m.

    Founders Day party and cake-decorating, followed by cake cutting
    Monday, Sept. 20, noon, Taylor Garden behind EUC

    Great Conversation, Dr. Gary Rosenkrantz (Philosophy), “The Identity of Living Things”
    Tuesday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

    Music performance, part of New Music Festival
    Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

    Talk, Falk Visiting Artist Amy Cutler
    Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Weatherspoon

    Men’s soccer vs. Campbell
    Wednesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.

    more at calendar.uncg.edu

    Restructuring, Entrance Standards Topics of Faculty Convocation

    091510Headline_ProvostConvocationUNCG will be raising entrance standards for Fall 2011. And the university will look at academic restructuring in the area of health and human development, to leverage UNCG’s strengths and competitiveness and prepare UNCG for the future.

    As Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke at Faculty Convocation Sept. 8 in the EUC Auditorium, these were two areas she addressed.

    “I am very concerned about how we will sustain academic quality,” she said, before speaking of more learning communities and a greater residential character; academic restructuring; and raising entrance standards. She said that enhancing students’ academic profile is an important step.

    She told the faculty that she welcomed the resolution passed by the Faculty Senate that calls for a strong faculty voice as academic restructuring is considered. The restructuring would position the university for future success, she told the faculty.

    After Faculty Senate Chair John Gamble spoke, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin spoke. He gave a detailed presentation, and then took questions.

    In his presentation he acknowledged accomplishments of the past year and the challenges of the coming years, particularly in light of the looming budget uncertainties.

    He noted the number of undergraduates is up 3.2 percent.

    There are 98 new faculty members – 37 are tenured or tenure-track.

    In the past four years, we’ve doubled the number of full professors who are ethnic minorities.

    He announced that this year, UNCG will establish awards to recognize excellence in the creative arts.

    He presented the rationale for academic restructuring: to position UNCG to respond to emerging disciplines/fields and the changing needs of the state and nation; to create an academic unit that builds on existing strengths in health and human development in HHP, HES and possibly other academic units, departments and/or programs; to strengthen the connection between graduate education and UNCG’s research mission; to enhance administrative efficiencies in preparation for significant budget reductions

    He discussed who would be on the committee looking at restucturing, which will be chaired by Dr. Dan Bibeau (HHP) and Dr. Gwen O’Neal (HES). There will also be a facilitator from the Center for Creative Leadership.

    He anticipates a recommendation from the committee during the spring semester, for implementation next fall.

    The UNCG Strategic Plan goals activitated for this year were presented, as well as new initiatives for student success.

    He said that low‐achieving undergraduate students are increasingly attracted to UNCG while interest in UNCG by high‐achieving students has declined. He noted that SAT scores have dropped 19 points since Fall 2005. “Without aggressive intervention, entering classes will continue to decline in academic preparedness.”

    He noted that UNCG’s retention rate, four-year graduation rate and six-year graduation rate must rise significantly by 2013, to meet General Administration goals.

    After the presentation, he fielded about 10 questions, ranging from upcoming budgets’ impact on staff [“It’s a very challenging environment,” Perrin acknowledged] to the best ways to express ideas and views about restructuring [the committee should address best ways, he explained].

    View Provost Perrin’s presentation.

    By Mike Harris
    Photography by David Wilson

    Snowden Testifies on Covered Bonds

    091510Feature1_CapitolSenateDr. Ken Snowden, an associate professor of economics and director of graduate studies in the Bryan School, testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs today (Sept. 15).

    He will address the committee during a panel discussion on “Covered Bonds: Potential Uses and Regulatory Issues.”

    An economic historian, Snowden has studied the historical development of the mortgage market in the U.S. for more than 20 years. His research has become particularly relevant in light of the mortgage crisis that contributed to the nation’s economic recession.

    In recent years, lenders have utilized a securitization process where mortgage loans were sold and repackaged, Snowden said. With covered bonds, “instead of selling the mortgage, the intermediary holds on to it and uses it as collateral for bonds they issue,” he said.

    “The key advantage that people talk about with covered bonds is that issuers keep ‘skin in the game.’ What that means is they’re retained some of the risk. That’s their skin. Hopefully, that’ll make them more careful in what mortgages they make.”

    The covered bond model has been widely used in European markets, where it has performed better than securitization, he said. “What Congress is trying to do right now is see if there needs to be legislation or regulatory action to encourage the development of the covered bond market.”

    If legislators encourage movement in that direction, it’ll be a return to a model used decades ago. “We actually had covered bonds systems before 1940 in the United States,” Snowden said. He’s one of only a few scholars who have studied those markets extensively “so I can provide some historical perspective on how well they worked and the regulations that were implemented at the time.

    “I’m the only historian on the panel. Everyone else is either a regulator or folks in current financial markets. My job is to provide a little historical context.”

    Snowden spent the weekend preparing a paper for the Senate Banking Committee that he planned to submit prior to his testimony. Today, he’ll give five to seven minutes of verbal testimony and be available to answer questions from committee members.

    After the testimony, he’ll hop a plane back to Greensboro to teach class. For an academic who has dedicated countless hours to his research, it’s a sacrifice he’s happy to make.

    “I was happy to be asked and I’m happy to contribute,” Snowden said. “That’s why we do this work, hoping it can matter in some way.”

    By Lanita Withers Goins.