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Archives for October 2010

New Education Dean: Karen Wixson

102710Headline_WixsonAfter a national search, Dr. Karen K. Wixson, professor of education at the University of Michigan, has been named dean of UNCG’s School of Education.

Wixson’s tenure begins Jan. 1, when she will succeed the current dean, Dr. Dale H. Schunk. Schunk has held the position since 2001.

“I was immediately attracted to UNCG because of its reputation as an engaged institution, in general, and specifically in the area of education,” Wixson said. “My meetings and conversations with university administrators and School of Education faculty, staff, students and alums served to reinforce this impression and helped me gain an appreciation for the collaborative, collegial environment at UNCG. These are the values and priorities needed to make a difference and I’m delighted to be joining the team effort to ensure high quality educational opportunities for all.”

“As former dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan, Dr. Wixson has proven leadership with administrative management, budgetary responsibility, fund-raising, and grant-getting experience,” said UNCG Provost David H. Perrin. “She is the right person to encourage and inspire our diverse faculty and staff both as individuals and as an academic community with a demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, diversity, equity, and educational opportunity.”

Wixson served as dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan from 1998-2005. Prior to receiving her doctorate in reading education at Syracuse University, she worked as both a remedial reading specialist and a learning disabilities teacher. She has published widely in the areas of literacy curriculum, instruction, and assessment in books and journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Elementary School Journal, Review of Research in Education, and the Handbook of Reading Research. She is also an author on the Scott Foresman reading program and co-author of a popular text on the assessment and instruction of reading and writing problems.

Wixson co-directed the federally funded Michigan English Language Arts Framework standards project, and served as co-director and principal investigator of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. She has been a long-time consultant to the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading tests, and recently served as a member of several National Research Council committees, and as a member of the extended work for the Common Core English-language Arts standards. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Reading Conference and the International Reading Association and is currently co-chair of the Reading Association’s Commission on Response to Intervention.

Wixson is especially enthused about the recent Common Core State Standards Movement, a state-led effort to define clear and consistent benchmarks for students across the nation. The Common Core initiative is coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

“North Carolina has adopted the Common Core State Standards and is a member of one the two assessment consortia,” she said. “An area of particular importance to the success of these efforts is preparation of both pre-service and in-service education professionals and I am committed to helping the UNCG School of Education play a leadership role in this arena.”

By Michelle Hines

Preparing for Big Budget Cuts

102710Feature_BudgetTalkThe state’s budget deficit is expected to be much greater next year. Each of the system’s schools is planning accordingly.

“I think it will be difficult for the next two years,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady told the Staff Senate at its Oct. 14 meeting.

“Planning for 2011-13 Budget” was the topic of the chancellor’s talk. She had spoken at the most recent Faculty Senate meeting about the budget cycle as well.

Officials foresee a 3.2 billion dollar budget gap for 2011-12, brought on not only by a weakened economy but also expiring temporary taxes and loss of federal stimulus funding.

UNCG as well as other UNC campuses have been directed to plan for five or ten percent cuts, for next year.

Anticipating that the budget gap could ultimately be larger than projected, Brady believes universities, including UNCG, must be prepared for an even higher cut.

Provost David H. Perrin and the vice chancellors have been working on plans, for cuts at five and ten percent. The draft plan is due to UNC General Administration Oct. 29.

“We have operated for the last two years – and we will continue to operate – on a set of budget principles,” she said. They were last updated in May 2009. “We do not expect to change those principles.” The budget principles can be viewed here.

She noted that this year, UNCG has a single Tuition and Fee Committee co-chaired by Dr. Alan Boyette and Dr. Cherry Callahan, with two sub-committees, which will look at potential increases in tuition and fees and their impacts.

She anticipates receiving their recommendations by the end of October.

“We need to move our recommendations on tuition and fee increases to our Board of Trustees by the December meeting,” she said.

The Expansion Budget requests include three items for 2011-12:

  • Additional $1 million operating funds for Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering
  • Approximately $750,000 for staff/programs designed to improve retention and graduation rates
  • About $1.1 million for enterprise systems infrastructure and support (such as Banner and Blackboard), which the chancellor currently must fund from other sources.

Priorities that UNCG will submit for the Six-Year Capital Plan include:

  • A replacement for McIver Building, which would house classrooms, offices and labs and provide a single home for Nursing. This new building and other buildings currently under construction will necessitate an additional chiller plant.
  • Jackson Library addition and renovation, including a UNCG Data Center in the lowest floor.
  • Renovations to Eberhart Buidling and Moore (Nursing) Building.

One of the non-appropriated projects that are on UNCG’s list includes a new Student Recreation Center, to be built in University/Glenwood mixed-use neighborhood. The bonds would be funded by students’ facilities fee.

There are many uncertainties, she said. For example, in the spring, there’s the possibility they could be told a different budget-cut figure. Also, “We don’t know if furloughs will be available for 2011-12.”

She indicated she would like the option of furloughs next year.

“If we end up taking a $17 million dollar cut [10 percent], that could translate into as many as 250 faculty and staff. If a cut of that magnitude is required, then we need to seriously look at furloughs, which would reduce the number of employees we would have to lay off, understanding that all of us would essentially take a pay cut. But at least we would be employed, we would have benefits, we would be paying taxes – which actually helps the state get out of this.”

Another unknown is what, if any, state-mandated tuition increases there may be – and whether those funds would remain with each respective university or be used elsewhere.

The hour-long talk ended with a question and answer session. She fielded about a dozen questions, including one about the expansion beyond Lee Street – where she said the increase in residential housing and learning communities will enhance retention and graduation rates.

Visit the university’s budget web page for updates and information related to the budget.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Evening News from Colbert? That’s the Way It Is.

102710Feature_ColbertYears ago, Geoffrey Baym paused his late night channel surfing to listen to an in-depth conversation with Sen. John McCain about campaign finance reform. CNN? CSPAN? Nope, Comedy Central.

It turns out that Baym, an associate professor of media studies, was watching “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” A former television journalist, Baym was fascinated by the forum as much as by the reasonable discussion itself.

He explores this “serious comedy” and more in his recent book “From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News,” winner of the 2010 Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Political Communication Division. The award will be presented next month at the association’s national conference in San Francisco.

Along with laughs for the audience, the hosts of faux news programs deliver tough questions for politicians, questions frequently missing from mainstream news coverage, Baym says. “Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are doing the heavy lifting of the Fourth Estate. They’re doing what Cronkite was trying to do all those years ago, although using radically different methods.”

Stewart and Colbert, hosts of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” clearly are thinking outside the cable box. Colbert testified before Congress about immigration on Sept. 24. On Oct. 30, he and Stewart will host dueling rallies on D.C.’s National Mall, spoofing Glenn Beck’s Aug. 28 Restoring Honor Rally.

Baym suggests that Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity emphasizes a point “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have long been making.

“Stewart asks us to be serious by being silly,” Baym says. “Colbert calls for reason by being unreasonable. The tools of comedy – satire, irony, and parody – have become necessary ways to talk about a political culture that itself is growing increasingly bizarre.”

By Dan Nonte
Photography courtesy Comedy Central

SECC Is 70 percent to Its Goal

102710NewsAndNotes_PeaceA message from Benita Peace, chair of the campus’ State Employees Combined Campaign:

The 2010 SECC Campaign has about 2 ½ weeks left before the Nov. 12 deadline. I am proud to report that UNCG faculty, staff and retirees have contributed $163,700 toward this year’s $235,000 goal. Chancellor Brady and I are completely in awe and grateful at how well we have all done so far, especially during these challenging economic times.

I encourage those of you who have not yet submitted your envelopes back to your department solicitor to remember to do so as soon as possible. Participation is just as important as meeting the goal. UNCG usually has one of the highest participation rates in the university system for contributions, at 50 percent. As of Oct. 25, we are at a 27 percent participation rate. With 2 ½ weeks left, we should meet and/or exceed the participation rate and this year’s goal. UNCG will prove that we are the MIGHTY BLUE AND GOLD who cannot be defeated as a TEAM!

Reminder: Participation means putting something in the envelope, no matter how small. Also, payroll deductions do not begin until Jan. 31, 2011.

Help Professors Turn Trash into Technology

Hannah Mendoza and Jonathon Anderson, assistant professors of interior architecture, want to refresh the world by recycling trash into design and construction materials. Their success depends on your vote – starting Nov. 1. [Read more…]

With Perfect Honalee, Peter Yarrow Brings ‘Puff’ to Campus

102710NewsAndNotes_YarrowCome frolic in the autumn mist with Peter Yarrow. [Read more…]

Federal Research Priorities and Budgets for FY11

Do you wish you knew where federal agencies are headed and how to align your funding requests to their priorities and direction? [Read more…]

Notes: October 27, 2010

NotesIconThe CNNC fall colloquium “Immigrant Children in the Triad: Issues, Resources & Research Opportunities” will be in Room 219, Stone Building, Wednesday, Oct. 27, noon-2 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. This event will feature Latino staff from the Center for New North Carolinians and representatives from community agencies working with Latino families. Colloquium leaders hope paricipants can gain a deeper understanding of the issues, resources, strengths and opportunities within this thriving group of new arrivals to North Carolina. The series’ next colloqium will be “Health Access Issues for Immigrants and Refugees in the Triad” on Nov. 10 (same time and location).

Digital collections of manuscript materials relating to music, the result of gifts by composer Harold Schiffman and Jane Perry-Camp, are now available online. John Deal, Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, said “While Harold did not attend UNCG, his early musical education was gained here, and we are delighted that he has chosen to establish this collection at UNCG.” Schiffman’s University Libraries archive is now available to researchers at http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/Schiffman.php. Deal adds, “Harold and Jane’s relationship with the family of Egon Wellesz also made it possible for UNCG to acquire this Wellesz collection of historically important works, again due to the generosity of Harold Schiffman and Jane Perry-Camp.” This collection is also now available at http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/Wellesz.php.

Workshop on submitting proposals to NIH will be Thursday, Nov. 4, 2 to 4 p.m. in Moore HRA, room 2711. Participants will be introduced to the NIH electronic submission process, walk through the SF424 (R&R) application and PHS forms for paper submissions. Michael Preuss (OSP) will lead this program. Participants will have wireless access and are invited to bring a laptop for hands-on access and assistance during the program. Participants should contact OSP to assure registration in the NIH eRA Commons prior to the workshop. Sign up at https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/list_by_category.jsp?cat_id=77001240#

Cards for veterans Students, faculty and staff have an opportunity to sign ‘thank you’ cards for veterans from WW II through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The veterans are hospitalized in the Salisbury VA Hospital, says Lisa McGuire (CAP). Tables will be in the EUC Commons on Nov. 1, 2 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Dining Hall Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campus Activities & Programs is still looking for volunteers to help staff these tables. If you are interested in volunteering some time, send your name and availability (days and hours) to Lisa McGuire at lmmcguir@uncg.edu by the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 27.

A contest for free trees Tree Campus USA invites UNCG supporters to vote for UNCG – a Tree Campus USA university – and win free trees for their campus in the Root for Your Home Team contest. To vote, go to www.arbordaynow.org/root, sign up to become a Tree Planter and select UNCG to receive your vote. The university with the most votes will receive $2,500 in free trees. Anyone can sign up to be a Tree Planter and vote until Nov. 5. Those who register to vote will then receive messages about tree-planting opportunities in their area as well as monthly messages with ways to make a positive impact on the environment.

Women’s soccer will host first round of tourney They will be the top seed in the SoCon Tournament, playing at home in the first round Oct 31. Their home record this year is an unblemished 8-0-0. The recent Senior Day win improved UNCG’s senior class to 59-17-5 in its career. Goalkeeper Kelsey Kearney, a junior, has extended her UNCG career record number of shutouts to 28, pulling her into a tie for second place in SoCon history, Phil Perry (Athletics) notes. The SoCon record-holder, Andie Hinshaw, had 36 for Furman from 2002-05.

Weight Watchers @ Work The campus’ fifth Weight Watchers @ Work program begins with an open house on Nov. 3 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m in Bryan 113. If you’re curious about the program and are considering joining, please plan to drop by. No sign-up is necessary. Participants within the past four sessions have lost a combined total of 1336 pounds! For more information, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/Weightwatchers.pdf. If you’re unavailable to attend the open house but have interest/questions, contact Jason Morris at 4-4408 or Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 4-4297.

Living off the grid, in a one-room cabin William Powers will speaking Friday, Nov. 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 217, Music Building. He recently wrote “Twelve By Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream,” which tells the story of Dr. Jackie Benton, a physician living in the North Carolina woods. Powers introduces readers to Benton who lives in a 12’ x 12’ cabin and the surrounding acres she cultivates and practices “permaculture” – “the things your grandparents knew and your parents forgot.” Powers takes her place in the cabin, and writes about the transformative nature of “living small.” Powers has led development aid and environmental initiatives in Latin America, Africa, and Washington, DC. His essays on global issues have appeared in media including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Slate. He has been interviewed on programs including Fresh Air and Living on Earth and is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. Powers lives part-time in New York City. His web site is www.williampowersbooks.com. The event is sponsored by UNCG Sustainability Committee, UNCGreen, EcoSpartans, School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Green Library Group, and the Office of Sustainability.

San Francisco Jazz Collective takes Aycock Stage Oct. 29

All-star jazz ensemble San Francisco Jazz Collective will perform in Aycock Auditorium Friday, Oct. 29. [Read more…]

Campus People: October 27, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Ludwig “Ludy” van Broekhuizen – Dr. Omar Ali [Read more…]

Announcements: October 27, 2010

Open Forum with Students to Discuss Tuition and Fees

Chancellor Linda P. Brady will hold an open forum with students to discuss tuition and fees on Monday, Nov. 1, at noon. The forum will be in Kirkland Room, EUC.

The forum is especially for students, but anyone in the campus community is welcome to attend.

At October’s Faculty Senate and Staff Senate meetings, the chancellor addressed the topic of tuition and fees, as she discussed budget planning for the next two years. UNCG’s Tuition and Fee Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Alan Boyette and Dr. Cherry Callahan, has been looking at potential increases in tuition and fees and what their impacts would be.

Newsmakers: October 27, 2010

Fred Chappell, Geoffrey Baym, Alejandro Rutty and Andrew Brod are among UNCG individuals recently in the news. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: October 27-November 2, 2010

Final day of free flu shots, for employees covered by State Health Plan
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Ferguson Room, EUC.

Greek Treats (costumes encouraged)
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC.

“Pain, Struggle and Survival: Remembering Hurricane Katrina Five Years Later …”
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m. (panel discussion); 7 p.m. (performances), Alumni House

Talks, “Pirates Beyond the Caribbean”

Thursday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Concert, University Chorale & Chamber Singers
Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Kendon Smith Lectures, “Making Sense of the Everyday World”
Friday, Oct. 29, 1:30 p.m., Mead Auditorium, Sullivan Science Building.

Science on Tap, “Serendipity in Science,” Dr. Harvey Herman (emeritus professor of chemistry)
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., The Green Bean, Elm Street.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Cabbage and Tomatoes and Beans and …

102010Headline_GardenThe vacant lot at 123 McIver will soon be a hotbed of activity. Or approximately 18 raised beds, to be precise.

A campus garden, announced by Chancellor Brady in her State of the Campus address, will be under construction within days. Work days begin next week.

The first significant plantings will be in March. Until then, “the soil is working,” says Dr. Susan Andreatta, co-director of UNC Greensboro Gardens with Guy Sanders. The soil, compost and worms will be active this winter, even on days passersby see little new activity.

What you will see in coming months is a place to house the wheelbarrows and benches used for outdoor classroom learning. And work will begin on a fence “to keep ground critters out,” says Andreatta.

It’s an organic garden, with no use of synthetic chemicals. And the weeding and work will be done by those who sign up to be a part of it.

The UNC Greensboro Gardens group, affiliated with the campus Sustainability Committee, envisions mostly edibles, with a few flowering plants to attract beneficial insects. Perhaps sunflowers in corners, Andreatta says.

Interested in being a part of the garden?

Applications can be picked up at the UNC Greensboro Gardens table at today’s Sustainability event at the Traffic Circle. Additionally, the registration form can be accessed at the left side of the Sustainability home page at sustain.uncg.edu and at uncgsustainability.wordpress.com. The application deadline is Nov. 5, allowing faculty who are interested to consider incorporating into their classes next semester.

Priority for the beds will be given to faculty for use with particular classes, which could range from Biology to Religious Studies. Many types of classes and disciplines may be interested.

One class has already been hard at work. An Interior Architecture class led by Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker broke into teams this semester to create designs for the layout of the beds, seating for an education area, a storage area for wheelbarrows, an arbor and the fencing. [Some of their design work can be seen at the bottom of the visual.] Two additional teams are collecting materials (such as reclaimed barn board) and organizing the fabrication and on-site installation of the beds and furnishings, while other students in the class developed a UNC Greensboro Gardens blog and are generating fundraising and publicity for the project.

The City of Greensboro is donating the dirt and compost for the garden. Davey Tree is donating the wood chips for in between the beds.

All on the campus are invited to volunteer for work days at the campus garden. Bring work gloves and, if you have one, a shovel. Work days will be:
Thursday, Oct. 28 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 29 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Information meetings, in which faculty and staff members can learn about the campus garden, will be:
Thursday, Oct. 21, 12:30-1:45 p.m. in 215 Stone
Thursday, Oct. 21, 5- 6 p.m. in 423 Graham

Applications will be available at these meetings, as well as at the HES Sustainability Event “Small Steps to Big Ideas: Sustainability on Campus” Oct. 29 from 11-30-1:30 in 401 Gatewood Building.

There are a limited number of plots and they will be assigned to faculty first who incorporate the raised beds into their curriculum.

Visual: What 123 McIver looks like now. Inset, a few drawings created by an Interior Architecture class as they worked to design the garden site.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mark Unrue

‘Dream House’ Arises

102010Feature_HabitatWhen Beshir Ibnaouf came to North Carolina from Sudan in 1997, it was the first step in a long journey of building a new life for his family. His wife, Maarif Abbas, and infant daughter, Romesa, joined him two years later. The family has grown with the birth of four more children.

The family will have a new home in April thanks to their own hard work and a helping hand from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, Well•Spring and the UNCG community. A team of UNCG volunteers kicked off construction on Thursday.

Habitat houses are partnerships between families and the community. A sponsor, in this case Well•Spring, a not-for-profit LifeCare retirement community located in Greensboro, has donated the cost of initial construction and materials. About 360 UNCG students, faculty, staff and alumni will work on the house before it is dedicated in early April.

Habitat acts as a “bank” to give the family an interest-free mortgage on the house, which the family is required to repay. In addition, recipient families are required to put in 300 hours of “sweat equity” labor – 200 hours on someone else’s house and 100 hours on their own. Habitat homes must be owner occupied.

Beshir worked as a taxi driver during his first years in N.C., but he has worked as a printer operator at Banner Pharmacaps for the past six years. Romesa is now 14 and excelling at Guilford Middle School. She tutors younger students in math and is part of the school’s yearbook staff, school newspaper staff and photography club.

Mohamed, a 10-year-old son, and Rowah, a 7-year-old daughter, are enrolled at Jefferson Elementary School, where Mohamed is part of the school’s Safety Patrol. Hassan, a 3-year-old boy, and Noon, a 2-year-old girl, keep the family home lively. Beshir and Maarif beam with pride when discussing their children, whom they refer to as their “treasure.”

“The Ibnaouf family is a very good fit for Habitat’s goals,” said Lillie Brown-Doggett, director of family services for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro. “They are hardworking, financially responsible and dedicated to building a better life for their children.”

The family has just completed its required work hours on other homes. Both Beshir and Maarif worked on their own house Thursday. The lot in northeast Greensboro had only a bare concrete slab In the morning, but by the end of the day almost all of the first-floor framing, the wooden skeleton of exterior and interior walls, had been nailed in place.

Owning a home will not be the end of the family’s journey. “Romesa plans to become a dermatologist,” Beshir says, “so now we’re starting to investigate medical schools in N.C.”

Construction on the Ibnaouf home will continue on Thursdays and Saturdays, October-April. Habitat professionals train and supervise all volunteers, so no construction skills are needed. In addition to helping with construction, there will be opportunities to volunteer by providing lunch for the construction volunteers, doing morning set-up and other tasks.

Everyone in the UNCG community is encouraged to participate. Contact Beth Hens at brhens@uncg.edu for more information.

By Anita Tesh and Dan Nonte
Photograph by David Wilson

With Dig Pink, It’s Spartans vs. Breast Cancer

102010Feature_DigPinkAs volleyball practice ended last Tuesday, senior Billi Baker stopped to tell what this weekend’s Dig Pink games in Fleming Gym mean for her.

“My mother is a five-year survivor,” said the senior, who said her mother was cured of breast cancer in 2005. “She will be here for the event.” In the past decade, an aunt had been diagnosed with breast cancer. “We lost her.”

Baker says this weekend’s volleyball Dig Pink games will raise breast cancer awareness and also raise money for breast cancer research.

On Friday at 7 p.m, the team hosts College of Charleston. On Saturday, they host The Citadel at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Patrick Nicholas, in his second year as Spartan coach, spoke of his mother, after the practice. In the early 1980s, she had detected a lump, but waited before telling her doctor. “A few months, six months, a year …”

She had surgery. He began college at George Mason. “A year later, they found a spot in her hip.” She had a year or two of heavy chemotherapy, he says, but cancer appeared in other parts of her body as well.

This was decades ago when less could be done.

As an upperclassman, he learned from relatives that it had been much more serious than his mom had told him. “She’d told the doctors to get her to my graduation.”

He found college to be very hard. He was the first in his family to attend. But his mother’s courage and determination motivated him. “She was fighting to get to my graduation,” he thought.” If she can do that, I could finish college.”

He did. A month before commencement, he went home to visit her. She was on morphine, and he held her hand all night. She woke up that morning and told him the doctors thought she’d be at the ceremony. But she died before commencement.

“It’s a nasty disease. If you live long enough, you’ll know somebody with it.”

He added, “We all have an investment in finding a cure for the disease.”

Senior Alissa Beaudway told of grandparents dying of cancer. “It’s something our team is passionate about.”

Sophomore Olivia Humphries said, “I had a cousin die in 2006 of a brain tumor.” He was 13 years old. “You think it’s not going to happen to you. You never know … So many families are affected by [cancer].”

The players said they’ll likely wear as much pink as possible – pink shoelaces perhaps, and pink hair ribbons. They will also wear commemorative pink jerseys.

Nicholas notes you’ll also see slams at over a hundred miles an hour and diving saves in the back line. “You see the power and the grace and the gymnastics” of high level volleyball, while supporting an important cause.

“Come support our team and the fight for a cure for cancer.”

The women’s basketball team has a similar event each winter, called the Pink Zone game. And all Athletics teams are involved in the Relay for Life on campus in the spring.

Everyone who comes to the games to show support, who competes, who perhaps makes a donation are part of something important.

“It’s all Spartans against cancer,” said Nicholas.

More notes about the weekend’s events:

  • On Friday against College of Charleston, the first 200 fans will receive pink pom poms. A postgame autograph session with the volleyball team will be held after both of the weekend’s games.
  • Two-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor will speak before Saturday’s Citadel match. Hours before the game, she will help lead a sand volleyball clinic on campus through the Greensboro Sportsplex.
  • The first 200 fans on Saturday will receive free pink T-shirts. A silent auction will be held before the match, including items autographed by May-Treanor.
  • All proceeds raised during the two matches will go toward the Mammography Scholarship Fund at The Women’s Hospital, which provides screening mammograms for women unable to afford them.
  • Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the games.

Visual: An autograph session at last year’s Dig Pink event in Fleming Gym.

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy Spartan Athletics

Internationalization Task Force Begins Work

UNCG is launching a faculty-led Internationalization Task Force which will assess current internationalization efforts and develop strategies for implementation for the next 18 months. [Read more…]

Notes: October 20, 2010

NotesIconForum on retention and learning communities On Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, the Faculty Senate presents a forum. All are invited to to learn more about the relationship between retention and learning communities at UNCG, to learn about the plan to expand the number of learning communities, and to learn about the impact learning communities will have on the future in higher education, especially at UNCG. Speakers for this forum are Dr. Steve Roberson, Dean, Undergraduate Studies; Dr. John Sopper, Director of Special Projects, Undergraduate Studies; and Dr. John Gamble, Faculty Senate Chair.

NC Flex open enrollment is being held through Oct. 29. Any changes made during open enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2011. For details and contact information, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Flex_Open_Enrollment/.

HES Sustainability Initiative presents “Small Steps to Big Ideas: Sustainability on Campus.” Join them for “Soup and Substance: Taking small steps to integrate sustainability into your curriculum,” in 401 Gatewood Building, Friday, Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy artisan soups & bread from Maria’s Gourmet Catering, take away the “Big Ideas” worksheet and browse the Sustainability Book and Video Fair. Sponsored by the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Space will be limited. RSVP by Oct. 27 at 4-5980 or HES@uncg.edu.

Greek Treats October 27 You’re invited to this annual tradition and opportunity to mingle with campus and community friends. Come in costume and head to Cone Ballroom in Elliott University Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, for candy, games and safe and convenient trick-or-treating presented by the UNCG Greek community. Open to children of all ages. Contact Assistant Director for Greek Life, Samantha McGinty (samcint@uncg.edu) for more information.

Aging and Health: a Global Perspective This talk will be today, Wednesday, Oct. 20, noon- p.m., Elliott University Center, Dogwood Room. Dr. Bei Wu, (Gerontology Program) will share results from her current research projects including cross-cultural comparison of health and health care systems in the U.S. and in China; promoting cognitive health in diverse cultures; and oral health disparities in older Americans. A very brief UNCG Gerontology Research Network business meeting will follow this presentation.

Dining Services is going pink UNCG Dining Services kicked off Breast Cancer Month with an Awareness Celebration honoring breast cancer survivors. They launched their partnership with the North Carolina Triad Susan G. Komen affiliate for the Yoplait Save the Lids campaign. For the entire month of October, the UNCG community can drop off any Yoplait Pink lids they may have, in all retail locations. Details are at dineoncampus.com/uncg. On an unrelated note, Dining Services will unveil its new burger today (Oct. 18) at Coyote Jack’s. Customers will be able to sample and purchase this burger.

Panel Discussion: Pirates! While the pirate in the popular imagination tends to look like Johnny Depp and inhabit rowdy port cities in the Caribbean, pirates have pillaged and plundered from ancient times to the present day in all corners of the world. On Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, four experts from UNCG will discuss the pirates they have encountered in their very different fields of study. Dr. Omar Ali, African American Studies, will talk about a 14th Century Morrocan explorer who was beset by pirates off the coast of Sri Lanka and lived to tell the tale. Dr. James Anderson, History, will examine the intersection between smuggling, piracy and patriotism in the career of the Sino-Japanese pirate and Ming loyalist Zheng Chenggong (1624-1662). Jason Cooke, a doctoral candidate in English, will look at the intersection between the actual hijackings of American vessels off the Barbary Coast and the treatment of those events in early American Literature. Dr. Robert Griffiths, Political Science, will discuss recent pirate attacks off the coast of Africa in the context of international security and law. A reception will immediately follow.

Campus People: October 20, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Vicki McNeil – Dr. Jim Settle – Dr. Bob Griffiths – Jessica Humes – Liz Jodoin – Dr. Mark Smith-Soto [Read more…]

Greensboro Shows Off Its Art

102010EyeOnArts_InquiringEyesThe Weatherspoon Art Museum exhibition “Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art” has opened. It runs until Dec. 12. [Read more…]

Joshua Ferris Fiction Reading

The MFA Writing Program, The Greensboro Review and Spring Garden Press will host a fiction reading by Joshua Ferris on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Center on College Avenue. [Read more…]

‘The Waiting Room’ Can Be Seen Now

102010EyeOnArts_WaitingRoomUNCG Theatre presents the dark comedy “The Waiting Room” about the timeless quest for beauty — and its cost. [Read more…]

Autoharp and Banjo in Traditional Stringband Concert

102010EyeOnArts_BryanBryan Bowers and Riley Baugus will play the Music Building’s Organ Hall, Saturday, Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m. [Read more…]

Cyrus Art Production Marks Five Years

Cyrus Art Production will mark its fifth year with a series of concerts celebrating the grace of African-American male dancers and their unique perspectives. [Read more…]

The Five Spot: Ann Somers

102010FiveSpot_SomersAnn Somers is a biology lecturer. Her research concentrates on the tiny bog turtle, which gets no longer than 3-4 inches. The undergraduates in her 250-300 student biology section geared for non-majors know her for her conservation – and the service project they all do on campus, where they learn conservation in a hands-on way. But she’s best known for sea turtles. [Read more…]

Announcements: October 20, 2010

Lloyd International Honors College and MERGE Academic Think Tank

In 2011-12 Lloyd International Honors College and MERGE in the College of Arts and Sciences will offer a year-long academic Think Tank under the auspices of the Honors College. The Think Tank will bring together a faculty team, highly qualified students, and interested community partners to address an important societal issue or problem. Under the direction of the two faculty mentors, students will explore the complexities of the chosen topic for the year, participating in research, classroom learning, special events, and hearing from guest speakers during the fall semester, and completing a significant product of the Think Tank that has application to the wider community in the spring semester.

Full details and the application form are at http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/thinktank/

Looking ahead: October 20-26, 2010

Faculty Senate Forum on UNCG retention and learning communities
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Discussion, “Beyond Islamophobia: Breaking Down the Barriers”
Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Cone Ballroom B, EUC

Women’s soccer vs. Western Carolina
Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Dance, Cyrus Art Production
Thursday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., Dance Theater

Theatre, “The Waiting Room”
Friday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Dig Pink game, Volleyball vs. The Citadel
Saturday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

Music, Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition Winners Recital
Sunday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

Men’s soccer vs. Appalachian State
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

See/Hear: October 13, 2010

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

A School of Their Own, in Ghana

101310Headline_GhanaAnna Will, a senior interior architecture major, came home from a Habitat for Humanity trip with a mission. She wanted to design a school for the Kyekyewere village she had visited in Ghana, Africa.

Anna had seen the lust for learning in the Kyekyewere children, who had to walk several miles to school in neighboring villages. [One of these distant schools is in visual.]

“It was upsetting to hear children explain that they probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to see the future they dreamed of just because they didn’t think they were capable of making it to university,” she says. “Witnessing this determination to learn made me realize how important it was to bridge the gap between reality and dreams to better the futures of these children.”

The children’s dreams are fast becoming reality. Hannah Rose Mendoza (Interior Architecture) and Anna’s fellow design students quickly embraced Anna’s idea. The project represented the same community-engaged social activism that Interior Architecture had invested in earlier projects like Our Sister Susan’s House, a home for single teen moms and their children.

Anna and other students worked under Mendoza, adopting the school design project as part of their coursework. Final designs will be chosen, and several of the students will travel to Ghana in January to help build the school.

“The world is much smaller than we realize; students at UNCG need to understand the importance of global involvement and thinking beyond our school, state and country,” Anna says.

Mendoza has put in countless extra hours on the project. She has written to ambassadors, Nestle, even Oprah, to raise funds for the project. She has recruited help and advice at UNCG and beyond, engaging local businesses as well as structural engineering students and a Ghana-born professor of agricultural economics from NC A&T.

“We’re trying to build as broad a coalition as possible,” Mendoza says.

In designing a school for Kyekyewere where there is no phone service, no electricity, no plumbing, no air-conditioning, and no means to replace broken glass, Mendoza’s students are facing unique challenges.

“They are having to step outside of their own experience of what a school is,” she says.

Mendoza looks on the Ghana project as a pilot for future global design projects, hopefully building a school somewhere in the world every two years.

Follow the Ghana project, Building Hope, or make a donation by visiting http://iarcghana.wordpress.com/. Numerous fundraisers, including a benefit concert, are detailed on the site.

Visual: A school the students currently walk miles to attend
By Michelle Hines
Photography by Anna Will.

Business Summit Set for Nov. 9

101310Feature_SummitEach year, UNCG presents the fifth annual UNCG Business Summit in order to bring the corporate leadership of Greensboro and the Triad together to hear from a major executive. The summit highlights the relationship between business and higher education. The Triad’s colleges and universities are among the region’s key drivers of economic growth.

Attendees can hear what UNCG is doing to advance the economic vitality and quality of life in our city and region.

This year’s summit will be 8 a.m.-noon onTuesday, Nov. 9, in EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

The keynote speaker will be James L. Turner, a group executive of Duke Energy and president and COO of its U.S. Franchised Energy & Gas business.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady and NC A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin will join in a discussion moderated by Douglas Copeland of The Business Journal regarding collaboration between the two universities.

Also, Dr. James G. Ryan, founding dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, will provide updates on the joint school and John Merrill, executive director of Gateway University Research Park, will provide updates about the research park.

The registration deadline is Nov. 2. The cost is $25. Register at http://www.uncg.edu/dur/business/BusinessSummit2010/BusSummitReg.htm or by calling 6-1284.

Photography of attendees at last year’s event by Chris English.

Talking with the Dying

101310Feature_BarbaTalkHow many of you have had an experience with someone’s who’s dying?

Dr. Beth Barba posed that question to the 40 or so attendees of the first LIHC Food for Thought talk in October. Each Wednesday, all students, faculty and staff are invited to come learn about an interesting topic while enjoying a light lunch in the Faculty Center.

Barba (Nursing) noted her area is largely gerontology. UNCG’s interdisciplinary Gerontology Program is particularly strong. In the School of Nursing, she and Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone, who leads the Geriatric Nurse Practitioners Program, are among the 18 or so of its faculty members who have expertise in geriatrics, according to Barba.

Surveys of nurses in the workforce tend to show the nurses wish they’d been taught more about how to interact with and talk to those who are dying and their families.

“I do teach a 500 level course on end-of-life care. I’ll teach it this summer – all online. An elective,” she told the Nursing upperclassmen in attendance.

What do the dying and their family members want, when nurses – or any others – speak with them?

Information. A way to maintain a sense of control. To disclose feelings. A need for meaning. Hope.

What do they hope for? Perhaps an afterlife. Perhaps assurance that their life has held meaning. Perhaps a comfortable death.

She noted older adults often have no time for frivolous talking. They’ll cut right to the chase.

On the other hand, an exercise Barba led halfway through her talk was enlightening. The audience broke up in pairs, each role playing. One listened for two minutes while the other described a loss of some sort. And vice versa.

Opening up took a while, some discovered.

Barba noted that’s often how it is, when you speak with a person approaching death. Just be an active listener, she said, showing that you care. “Put yourself in the moment. And being silent is good. Provide serenity.” That could mean anything of a spiritual nature, whether overtly religious if that’s requested or perhaps turning the bed so the person can face out the window. Singing with them or for them can be serene as well.

“Be there, on their journey. You go where they are.”

And Barba gave a tip to ensure the individual goes ahead and says what they want to say – and doesn’t hold back. Say “I have [whatever] minutes. I’d love to come in and sit.” The person will open up to you more quickly.

She made an analogy. “It’s like therapy. You know you have 50 minutes.” The person won’t wait until the 49th to start talking.

“I would just sit. Sit quietly,” she said.

“The person will eventually say what they want to say.”

You might encourage them to tell their stories, if they wish, by asking an open-ended question. And keep in mind that the person dying could be feeling guilt – if for example, they thought their smoking led to the lung cancer. Or they might feel fear. Non-acceptance. Anger.

Physicians are focused on cures, Barba said. “We want them to be.” Dealing with the needs related to dying is often left to the nurses.

People in America don’t die at home much, she noted – they die primarily at nursing homes and also at hospitals and Hospices.

“People want to die at home,” she said.

They have a need to be surrounded as they die by people who care for them.

A writer for Hospice once said the dying and family members have five things that should be expressed to each other:

  1. I love you. “You can never say that too much,” Barba said.
  2. I forgive you.
  3. Please forgive me.
  4. Thank you.
  5. Good-bye.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Mike Harris

‘Go Blue Preview’ for Men’s Basketball This Weekend

101310NewsAndNotes_BBallPreviewEnjoy a special men’s basketball “Go Blue Preview” event on Sunday, Oct. 17, to celebrate the start of the 2010-11 season at the Greensboro Coliseum. [Read more…]

Best Dressed Room on Campus

101310NewsAndNotes_RoomWinnerThe Office of Housing & Residence Life held the third annual Best Dressed Room Contest. Participants decorated their rooms based on five judging criteria: style, creativity, attention to detail, best use of space and overall impact. [Read more…]

Beyond Tools 4 Schools through Nov. 16

Even with the Tools 4 Schools campaign that is conducted at the beginning of each school year for Guilford County Schools, public school teachers spend an average of $630 out of pocket to supply the needs of their students and classrooms. [Read more…]

CYFCP Completes Youth Gang Assessment for Guilford County

The Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) has gathered data for a youth gang assessment for Guilford County as part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model. [Read more…]