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Archives for November 2010

Holiday Got-Tos and Get-Togethers

120110Headline_HolidaysA great number of “holiday happenings” are scheduled for the next two weeks.

Holiday choral concert An estimated 200 singers and musicians will present the annual holiday choral concert at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 in First Presbyterian Church at 617 N. Elm Street. The free, public event includes all of Music’s student vocal groups and will include both sacred and secular selections.

The concert features the University Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, and UNCG Chamber Singers. Traditional and contemporary choral music will be showcased and more than 200 voices will be heard during the concert. The audience can join in such traditional favorites as “Joy to the World,” “Angels from the Realms of Glory” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” All choirs will sing together in a performance of Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The processional will feature Lara Hoggard’s “Personent Hodie.”

“This concert is the School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s holiday gift to the community,” said Dr. Welborn E. Young.

Luminaires The campus will glow by candlelight when the 41st annual luminaire display takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Up to 7,000 luminaires will burn from 5-10 p.m. The holiday tradition began on campus in 1969 and is always held on Reading Day to close out the semester. Members of the fraternity and sorority communities have already pledged their time to arrange the luminaires, with guidance from the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honour Society.

Holiday Reception Holding to tradition, the chancellor’s Holiday Reception is the same evening. It will be from 4-6 p.m. on Dec. 7, as it returns to cozy and warm Virginia Dare Room in Alumni House. Enjoy the tasty holiday treats of hot chocolate and cookies, seasonal music, and the fellowship of colleagues and friends, as faculty, staff and friends of the university ring in the holidays.

Many additional holiday events are scheduled as well:

Art, Tea & Song at Weatherspoon today (Dec 1) At 4 p.m., visit the Weatherspoon for tea in the atrium. Then at 4:30 p.m., enjoy a performance by the University Chorale, directed by Dr. Carole Ott, featuring the lush harmonies of a cappella music by Eric Whitacre, Herbert Howells and Sarah Hopkins.

Bookstore Faculty and Staff Appreciation Sale today (Dec. 1) Find something for all the Spartans on your holiday shopping list. In addition to your current 20 percent Faculty/Staff discount, take an extra 10 percent off non-book items (magazines, bargain books, sale items, computer hardware and software not included.) Present your SpartanCard to receive your discount.

EUC Holiday Social on Thursday, Dec. 2, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC. The campus community is cordially invited to celebrate the season with the staff of Elliott University Center and Campus Activities & Programs. Enjoy refreshments, festive music and holiday cheer.

International Programs Center Holiday Open House IPC hosts their open House, Friday, Dec. 3, 2 – 4 p.m., 206 Foust Building.

Holidays Around the World features student organizations illustrating and expressing the different ways they celebrate holidays, traditions, or customs throughout the year. Performances usually include poetry, prayers, singing, skits and dancing. The program will take place on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in Curry Auditorium. It is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Family Day at Women’s Basketball Who knew Santa was a basketball fan? Come to HHP Building Saturday, Dec. 18. The fun starts on the second level of HHP at 1 p.m. with a visit from Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, reindeer games and fun holiday crafts. Santa has to leave at 2 p.m., the Office of CAP explains, to check on his elves at his workshop, but don’t worry, the UNCG Women’s Basketball team tips off against Wofford. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Faculty and staff get in free with their Spartan Card. You and your little ones can go into the game or stay until 3 p.m. to continue to play or make crafts (while supplies last). UNCG students, parents, faculty, and staff are invited to bring their little ones out for this fun holiday event. Parking will be free in the Walker parking deck. A parent must be present in the Family Day area with their children. The pregame event is sponsored by Office of Campus Activities & Programs.

Want to give, this holiday season? Various departments and groups take on projects. For example, Athletics will collect toys for children at the Monday, Dec. 6, men’s basketball game vs. Furman. Fans may bring new, unused toys for the Fox 8 Gifts for Kids campaign. With each toy donated, you can receive two discounted tickets at $5 each. With any ticket purchased on the day of the event, $2 will be donated to Fox 8 Gifts for Kids. Another example? One new campuswide program to help several UNCG families enjoy a holiday beyond the basics – including some things (clothing and toys) the children might like – is under way. Learn more here.

By Steve Gilliam and Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English

There When Emergency “Rain” Falls

120110Feature_ELFWhen the poet Longfellow wrote, “Into each life a little rain must fall,” he probably wasn’t envisioning the kind of precipitation that comes in the form of, say, a burst water heater, car repairs, medical or dental expenses, or just plain bills – all of which need to be paid.

UNCG has a remedy for those financial bombshells in its Emergency Loan Fund (ELF), which was created over a decade ago with funds donated by UNCG employees. The fund is there to assist our colleagues with help when they face a short-term financial crisis.

“It is a way of giving a ‘hand up,’ not a ‘hand out’ to those in the UNCG family who have unforeseen financial emergencies,” said Betty Betts of Human Resource Services, who administers the fund and processes the loan applications.

About 100 loans are made each year from the ELF’s $55,850 principal. All loans are interest-free (that’s right, no interest) and are paid back monthly through payroll deduction. The maximum amount that can be borrowed is $500, and Betts says most of the loans are for that amount. Recent stats show the number of loans has grown steadily, more than doubling from 48 in 2003-04 to 118 in 2008-09 and 116 in 2009-10. Loans are available to both staff and faculty.

Employees’ needs are spelled out in these statements, drawn from their applications: “I need help to purchase a bus ticket so I can go see my (relative) who is not expected to live much longer’; “My washing machine just ‘konked’ out and I don’t have money to purchase a new one”; and “Unexpected car repairs and I need my car to get to work.”

ELF seldom gets requests for year-end, seasonal things like presents or festivities. Initiatives like Staff Senate’s new Angel Tree Project help UNCG families provide for more than just the necessities at holiday time. ELF guidelines, instead, are specific about what the fund can be used for and what constitutes an emergency.

Loans of $250 or less are turned around in two days; applications from $250 to $500 are reviewed by a committee of UNCG employees. Betts processes all of them.

While an employee occasionally leaves UNCG before a loan is repaid, that’s not a problem – the loan balance is taken from the person’s final payout. Full details about ELF are available and you can download the application form.

If you’d like to make a donation to the ELF, gifts are accepted through the Office of Advancement Services, 4-5920.

By Steve Gilliam
Photography from photography archives.

Every Building Has a Story, on Elm Street

120110Feature_Then&NowIf these walls could talk… Elm Street’s buildings have witnessed nearly a century of life – businesses and families, hustle-bustle and hard times, struggle and rebirth. Can the stories these buildings contain be recovered?

The exhibition “Look. Again. Elm Street,” created by Museum Studies graduate students working under Dr. Benjamin Filene (History), takes up the challenge. It will be on view at the Elm Street Center, 203 South Elm, as part of downtown Greensboro’s special holiday version of First Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. This Festival of Lights event, featuring musical groups (including some with UNCG connections) and entertainers at various points along Elm Street, is a popular holiday event for Greensboro. This year, those strolling along Elm Street can appreciate the history of some of the buldings they are passing.

The “Look. Again. Elm Street” project began in August when nine Museum Studies graduate students each chose a historical photograph of a single downtown building. The goal was to breathe life into each space by piecing together the stories of the people who made their lives and livelihoods in these spaces. Featured sites include the Kress Building, Meyer’s Department Store, Schiffman’s, the Green Bean, the Ellis Stone Building, the Deal Printing Building, and others.

“There is great architecture on Elm Street, but sometimes we forget that these buildings were settings where people’s lives played out,” says Filene, director of Public History, who oversaw the project. “The idea was to dig back for tidbits that could humanize the past and show the richness of local history.”

The students’ detective work forms the basis for the exhibition. It shows each of the buildings from multiple vantage points as revealed through historical clues—“then and now” photographs, census records, fire insurance maps, classified ads, oral interviews, and fragments of the architecture itself.

“We always think of buildings as cold,” says student Alaina McKee but a little bit of research can bring them back to life through the people who lived and worked there.” McKee discovered William Meyer, the original proprietor of Meyer’s Department Store. “Even though this man lived one hundred years ago, I was able to relate to him by reading his wedding announcement and other information I found in newspaper articles and public records.”

Each student conducted an oral interview with someone connected to their building. Those interviews often revealed what the building meant to the people who lived and worked there. The interviews will be archived at the Greensboro Historical Museum, as well as by UNCG’s University Archives.

Most of the students are new to Greensboro and experienced Elm Street for the first time during a class outing to look at potential building choices. After working on these buildings for the past four months, many students have formed a connection to their new town. Amelia Gallo, a native of Wilmington, says of the project, “It has been an opportunity to not only learn about the history of Greensboro but the people of Greensboro. The project gave us the chance to become active participants in our new community.”

Now they want to share that information with Greensboro residents as well as visitors to the monthly First Friday event.

In the end, the nine buildings offer nine portals onto the past—not a complete picture of Elm Street’s history but new vantage points that invite one to see downtown with fresh eyes and to imagine what it would have been like to stroll down Elm in an earlier age.

Notes: December 1, 2010

NotesIconNominations for Student Excellence Award The Lloyd International Honors College is now accepting nominations for the Student Excellence Award. These awards are given to seniors whose academic careers are outstanding both inside and outside the classroom. Each academic department and interdisciplinary program may nominate up to two students for the award. Nomination packets have been sent to faculty and can be found at honorscollege.uncg.edu. The deadline for receiving nominations is Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in 205 Foust Building. If you have any questions, please call the Lloyd International Honors College at 4-5538.

For Safe Zone The UNCG Wellness Center received a $2,000 grant from the Guilford Green Foundation. The grant is for UNCG’s Safe Zone program.

Next week’s issue is final CW of semester Campus Weekly will publish on Dec. 8. After the holiday break, Campus Weekly will publish on Jan. 12, when it resumes its weekly schedule.

Staff members interested in pursuing graduate degree? As a staff member, are you interested in learning more about the graduate education options available at UNCG? On Wednesday, Dec. 8, noon-1 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, you can learn more. Hear a panel composed of The Graduate School, Financial Aid and possibly the Division of Continual Learning discuss options for furthering your education. They have information on tuition waivers, a new scholarship opportunity for you or your dependent/spouse/domestic partner, and other staff benefits to help pay for your education. It will conclude with a question and answer period with the panel. Bring your lunch; drinks/dessert are provided. For more information and to sign up, visit staffsenate.uncg.edu (RSVP is necessary.)

Social sustainable entrepreneurship Dr. Norris Krueger of the Max Planck Institute will lecture on Social Sustainable Entrepreneurship Wednesday, Dec. 1, 6-7 p.m., Room 416, Bryan Building. A reception will follow. He has long experience at entrepreneurship-led economic development.

Tell us what you think about Campus Weekly Have you taken the survey about Campus Weekly? An email announcing this survey went out on Nov. 30. If you have not yet taken the Campus Weekly survey yet, please do so. It will help with making our communications more effective. The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

Staff Senate Angel Tree Project 2010

This year’s new Angel Tree Project’s mission is to provide assistance to members of our UNCG community who do not have the ability to give their family more than just basic essentials during the holiday season. [Read more…]

Campus People: December 1, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Craig Cashwell – Dr. K. Porter Aichele – Dr. Marianne LeGreco – Justin Maullin [Read more…]

SECC Tops Goal, Hits $241,605

120110NewsAndNotes_PeaceThe SECC goal was $235,000. In the final days of the campaign, the goal was exceeded. [Read more…]

Forum on Faculty Governance, Academic Restructuring

The Nov. 17 Faculty Senate Forum was titled “The Role of Faculty Governance in the Restructuring Process.” [Read more…]

Announcements: December 1, 2010

Nominations are being accepted for the O. Max Gardner Award. If you know of any colleagues who would fit the criteria for the award, please forward the nomination to C. Thomas Lambeth at tom_lambeth@uncg.edu by the end of today (Dec. 1). Nominees will then be screened by a committee, and a recommendation will be made to Chancellor Brady.

The O. Max Gardner Award, which has been given annually since 1949, was established by the will of N.C. Gov. Oliver Max Gardner to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” It is the only award for which all faculty members of the 16 UNC campuses are eligible, Lambeth notes, and is considered the UNC system’s highest faculty honor. The award, which carries a $10,000 cash prize, will be presented by the UNC Board of Governors.

Information about past award winners can be seen here: http://www.unctv.org/omaxgardner/

Among things to consider regarding the context and history of the award:

  • The award is intended to recognize the faculty member who, during the current scholastic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race. The term “faculty” shall embrace all persons, including instructors, engaged in teaching in any unit, institution or branch of service of the Consolidated University of North Carolina.
  • The nominee’s contributions to the welfare of the human race, however technical the field, should be described in terms a layman can understand.
  • Because the will provides that the award shall go to the faculty member “…who …has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race,” the award should not be viewed solely as one for community service nor for excellence in teaching. Through the years, the Board’s committees have been thinking in broad terms of service to the human race; any nominee, no matter how remarkable or unselfish his or her contributions may have been, is at a disadvantage if the service is limited to the particular community. Most of those chosen in the past have been persons who have made notable contributions of national or international scale or persons whose contributions, although local, have served as models nationally or internationally. (Most of the campuses already have their own awards for recognition of excellence in teaching, and many campuses have awards that specifically recognize community service.)
  • Through the years, the committees of the Board have recognized that the selection procedure, which must begin in the fall, makes it difficult to adhere strictly to that provision of the will, which states that the award shall recognize a contribution made “during the current scholastic year.” In order to give as much weight to the clause as is feasible, however, the committees have usually looked for nominees who have recently made contributions or whose work and service have recently culminated in a major contribution.

See/hear: December 1, 2010

The day was bright and spirits were high as Spartans came back to campus to celebrate Homecoming in September. Take a look back at the festivities, starting with a video of the Founders Day events that kicked off the weeklong Homecoming celebration.

Also enjoy a video of Homecoming activities, including music, Spartan Village and soccer.

Plus there’s a great slideshow that captures the spirit of Homecoming 2010.

There’s even a gallery of more photos.

These are among some of the “web extras” offered with the Fall 2010 UNCG Magazine, featuring a cover story on the UNCG Guarantee and its student scholars.

Enjoy.

Looking ahead: December 1-7, 2010

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

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Dec. 2, 8 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

EUC holiday social
Thursday, Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Holiday choral concert
Sunday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Music, String Orchestra
Monday, Dec. 6, 7:30–9 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Men’s basketball vs. Furman
Monday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Chancellor’s holiday reception
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Women’s basketball vs. High Point.
Tuesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Fleming Gym

Exams start.
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Academic Restructuring: The Provost’s Perspective

111710Headline_PerrinLast Friday afternoon, Dr. David H. Perrin, provost and executive vice chancellor, sat down with Mike Harris, Campus Weekly editor, to speak about – and respond to questions about – academic restructuring at our university.

Provost Perrin, can you give a brief overview of the academic restructuring here at UNCG over the past months?

We began a conversation about the potential of academic restructuring this past June. I, at that time, appointed a subcommittee of the Dean’s Council, to really focus on two charges. The first would be to explore potential models around the country that might help to inform our conversation at UNCG about restructuring. And the second was to formulate the plan by which faculty would lead that process. Fairly soon after appointing that subcommittee, we added faculty representation, in particular a senior faculty member from HHP and a senior faculty member from HES – professors Dan Bibeau and Gwen O’Neal.

Admittedly, we got off to a rocky start. That particular approach generated some concern about the extent to which it would be a transparent process, the extent to which the faculty would be involved. If I had it to do it again, I probably would have started with the faculty/staff/student committee we now have, rather than a sub-committee of the Deans Council. But that said, thankfully, we are where I had hoped we would be at this point in time, which is, having a restructuring committee of faculty, staff and students that are really leading the process.

And the list of that committee is online?

Yes, we have a web page, and the committee is listed online as is the charge of the committee and why we are engaging in academic restructuring at UNCG.

So, we have two units – two academic units, both schools, both very strong, that have historic strengths in health and human development – as well as some other very strong departments, by the way, that have real strengths in health and human development. We think there are some very exciting opportunities to enhance collaboration.

Which two units [for those new to this discussion]?

Health and Human Performance and Human Environmental Sciences. So we think we have some very exciting opportunities to consolidate, if you will, two schools into one – and that might even involve other programs on campus, or departments or schools – and to enhance collaboration through interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum, community engagement and research.

So, our goal here is to create a single academic unit that could be either a school or a college, that would build on our strengths in health and human development. And the charge of the committee is to create several options, with an accompanying narrative for each option, identifying the advantages and disadvantages and challenges of each option, for consideration – that I can consider and discuss with the chancellor and the board of trustees.

Can I ask you a question about the timeline: When do you think you will have recommendations from this committee to you?

Ideally, the committee will be able to share with me a preliminary draft of their work by the end of this semester. I could then provide them some feedback which could be helpful to them in refining and completing their report by the end of this academic year, by the end of the spring semester. At that time, we would consider the options, consider the possibilities and bring forth to the board of trustees, ultimately, a recommendation for what the restructured unit would look like.

We would also need approval of the Board of Governors. And once approved, we would then appoint a Transition Committee of faculty and staff from that unit – from departments and programs that would be in the restructured unit. They would work on implementation of the transition through the 2011-12 academic year, so we would actually be fully operational and implemented the fall of 2012.

Along the way, we are – and I am – communicating very closely with the Faculty Senate leadership –

That’s a question I have. How are faculty involved, and how is Faculty Senate involved?

Well, the faculty are essentially leading this, through the committee. It’s co-chaired by Professor Bibeau and Professor O’Neal who have facilitation being provided by David Altman from the Center for Creative Leadership. There is representation on the committee from each of the departments in Health and Human Performance and Human Environmental Sciences, as well as representation from the School of Nursing, the School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the chair-elect of the Faculty Senate is a member of the committee. We also have representation from Staff Senate, and a staff member and student from each of the schools, Health and Human Performance and Human Environmental Sciences.

The committee – how many times has the committee met?

The committee has met three times. I think they are making great progress. The chancellor and I met with them this week [week of Nov. 8], at their third meeting. They had some questions.

Can I ask, what are some of the questions they had? And how did you respond?

There were some questions about the charge of the committee and the timelines for completing the work. I provided some clarification related to the charge: that we’re looking for multiple options, with a narrative to accompany each option. A very important point is that each narrative for each option would need to address – or identify – the home for any departments that would not be a part of the restructured unit.

So this process is not about program elimination or elimination of departments. That’s a very important point to make, I think.

What are some other questions that they – ?

Well, we talked about the timeline (and I talked you through the timeline already). I provided some clarification there. There were some questions about whether the unit should be a school or a college. And we encouraged them to think about options that would include both. We did remind them that the process must reduce, not add, to administrative costs, so that would be something they would need to consider as they thought about this. Related to whether it’d be a school or a college was the question: What other units on the campus or what other departments or programs on the campus should be a part of the conversation, beyond Health and Human Performance and Human Environmental Sciences?

For example, “Should Nursing be a part of that conversation, or should Biology, or…” Was that the question?

Yes, exactly, and I think the units and the departments that were being discussed most about were Psychology, Biology and Nursing.

What we’re trying to create here would be a professional school or a professional college. So I don’t think it makes sense to think about moving basic disciplines like psychology and biology into this professional unit. Now the School of Nursing should be a part of the conversation. But I think it’s important to note that the School of Nursing is accredited as a school. Human Environmental Sciences and Health and Human Performance are not accredited as schools. They have programs and departments within their school that are accredited, but they would continue to be accredited regardless of how they were configured or where they were housed.

So, if the School of Nursing were to be a part of this, we would probably be talking about “college,” under which could be a School of Nursing and multiple departments around “health and human development.” But, the committee may determine it doesn’t make sense for a college to put Nursing – and one of their options may be a school that would not include it. So they can go either way and I’ve encouraged them to think about this either way.

At Faculty Convocation, you said twice, maybe more, “Imagine the possibilities.” Does that still hold, is that still a key message here?

Absolutely. You know, anytime you engage in change of this magnitude on a university campus, it raises lots of concerns and fear. I’ve been in higher education 30 years, and I’ve never seen change, at a university, where there is 100 percent consensus and support for it. And that’s actually a good thing, that’s a healthy thing. That keeps us all honest. It requires us all to think very carefully about what we’re doing. So I think that’s a good and a healthy thing. But I think we have the opportunity here to create something very exciting for UNCG. Something that will optimally prepare our students to compete for positions in these fields, careers in these fields – something that will foster more collaboration. I think a good example where we have some real opportunities here is we have some real strengths in these two units around community engagement and sustainability. And I think there could be some very innovative things done with curriculum and with outreach and community engagement, around those things, as we build a new unit.

So it sounds like it would not only be good for UNCG, but also – in a wider scope – for the community and possibly North Carolina? Is that accurate or – ?

Yes, I believe that is accurate. Many universities around the country are reorganizing around these kinds of strengths. I think it’s going to be real important for us to do this, to be able to compete, to bring greater visibility to the strengths that exist on this campus around these fields. I would expect there to be enhanced opportunities for community engaged scholarship and, again, a lot of the interdisciplinary things I think will evolve from this.

This discussion I hear mixed in with the discussion about budget. There’s also the component of making UNCG a better university. Which is a greater factor here?

The primary motivation here is an academic one and a programmatic one. To restructure in a way that will maximize our strengths.

That said, we are facing some extraordinarily challenging budget times, and we need to be proactively preparing as best we can for what promises to be some very significant budget reductions. This process will reduce administrative costs without having to eliminate faculty positions or close programs.

It obviously, alone, isn’t going to be sufficient to meet our budget cuts, but it’s a secondary purpose. It’s a reality that we need to be thinking about how this can help us prepare for budget cuts.

Provost Perrin, is there anything that I have not asked you that maybe I should ask, at this point?

I know that there is concern among alumni who are fearful of losing this important part of our history at UNCG. You know, HHP started as Physical Education. And HES started as Home Economics. And from my understanding of the history of the university, there were some real outcries when those two moved from Home Economics and Physical Education to something broader than that. So I understand the concerns. I respect very deeply the history of the institution.

But I think it’s very important for alumni to consider, Is it more important to have a structure that meets the needs of students from the past, or to have a structure that best prepares students for the future?

And that’s what this is all about for UNCG. How to best position ourselves for the future, how to best prepare our students for the future. We will honor the history of these academic units. But we have a real opportunity here, I think, to do something very exciting, moving the university forward.

Photograph from UR archives by Chris English.

The Web Becomes Alice’s Wonderland

111710Feature_AliceYou can bet Lewis Carroll never imagined this. The Mad Hatter is a DJ, Tweedledee and Tweedledum are two dance crews and the White Knight is on a razor scooter. Oh, and the Looking Glass is a computer screen that pulls Alice into the internet.

Adapted and directed by Jim Wren, associate professor of theatre, this new “Alice” production is being described as an urban techno original that draws on Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

“Internet safety is a theme because in this version Alice falls asleep at her computer and awakes to find herself in a strange, exciting and dangerous new world,” Wren said. “We decided to connect ‘Alice’ to this issue because the rabbit hole in our production is the internet.”

Staging a classic in contemporary terms is a challenge that Wren enjoys. In “Alice,” the play is internet-inspired. This becomes a jumping off point for talking about internet safety, which has been publicized widely for problems like cyber bullying and cyber stalking.

“The internet is a valuable tool for children,” Wren said. “Many schools now are emphasizing the importance of internet safety – with specific lessons about how the internet may seem strange and exciting with fascinating information – but that some of that information is dangerous and not appropriate for children.”

The stage for Wonderland/Internet and its special effects promises to be a unique experience for audiences.

The play, which opened last week, has plenty of fun for audiences, and the major characters will be there, although some with a more contemporary twist.

“The title character, Alice, uses Skype to talk with her big sister at college, she plays Wii on stage, she has her iPod and iPhone and is completely connected technologically speaking. But on her journey through the internet she meets fascinating and sometimes dangerous characters,” Wren says.

There is an educational component, with a study guide that has been developed for school groups, and an online internet safety quiz that children can take.

The play is a joint production of UNCG Theatre and NC Theatre for Young People. Performances in Taylor Theatre are at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19; 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17-19; and noon on Nov. 18. Tickets cost $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students and children; $9 for groups of 10 or more and UNCG alumni; and $7 for UNCG students. Tickets may be purchased at boxoffice.uncg.edu, 4-4849 or campus box office locations.

By Steve Gilliam
Photography by Jody Cauthen

Looking ahead: November 17-30, 2010

Native American Heritage Celebration
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Faculty Senate forum, “”The Role of Faculty Governance in the Restructuring Process”
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Lecture, “The 2010 Midterms and Their Consequences,” Dr. David W. Rohde
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Great Conversations lecture, Dr. Rob Guttentag (Psychology), “Some of My Favorite Weird Beliefs”
Thursday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

Will Read for Food, readings
Thursday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Dance, Prime Movers
Friday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Dance Theatre

Opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors”
Saturday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Music, University Band
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Litter Patrol Before Dawn

111710Feature_GroundsStaffIf you see a piece of trash at 3 a.m. on campus, it’ll be disposed of by 6.

Overnight, trash may blow on campus from busy streets. Fast food bags and cups from late night runs may pepper the parking lots. Wrappers and papers from the day before may be seen here and there.

No problem. By the time dawn arrives, the Grounds staff, part of Facilities Operations, has covered campus, picking it all up.

About 24 members of Grounds check in at 5:30 a.m. They meet for a few minutes when there are particular areas of emphasis – such as the site of an event at the plaza, College Avenue or Foust Park. And then the first hour is devoted to litter patrol. The crew has a map of campus, colorcoded for each small team of individuals. Some sectors, such as the Quad, have one person. Some very public areas have three or four.

Then by 6:30 a.m.or so, they’re ready for their other jobs, says Bill Hardin, a Grounds supervisor.

Those first hours are valuable. On the one hand, they can’t use any noisy equipment near any residence halls until about 9 a.m., so some potential work like mowing and sawing has to be scheduled after that, says Hal Shelton, a Grounds supervisor. But those very early hours mean little car traffic and almost no foot traffic – so getting around and doing jobs quickly is a snap.

“It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it,” says Shelton.

Grounds does a lot to make the campus attractive, from the planting and mulching to the weeding and leaf pickup. And they don’t like litter messing up the beauty.

“If there’s litter, it takes away from all the other great work the Grounds staff has done,” says Chris Fay, assistant director for Grounds.

He notes that after litter pickup, early each morning, their attention turns to getting up leaves, this time of year – but they have to do it without disturbing sleep.

“We stay away from the dorms.”

Know of any other staff members doing interesting jobs in the overnight hours on campus? University Relations photographers want to hear about it. Email them at cwenglis@uncg.edu or dswilson@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson

Tolstoy for Breakfast

111710NewsAndNotesTolstoyThose honors college students who might have heard Russian literature wafting from the Lounge in the wee hours of Satuday morning, well, it couldn’t be helped. The readers in the “24 hours of Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace'” event were on a mission. To read ‘War and Peace’ in its entirety, within 24 hours. [Read more…]

Notes: November 17, 2010

NotesIconFaculty Senate Forum “The Role of Faculty Governance in the Restructuring Process” will be the topic of the forum today (Wednesday, Nov. 17), 3 – 5 p.m., Alexander Room, EUC. According to information distributed by Faculty Senate, this Faculty Senate Forum will deal with the topic of the role of faculty governance in the restructuring process that will merge some programs in the School of Human Environmental Studies with some programs in the School of Health and Human Performance to form a new unit that will focus on Health and Human Development. Those faculty who attend may share ideas and help identify the role the Faculty Senate will play in the process.

Obama at midterm The Center for Legislative Studies will be have its final lecture in the series “Obama at Midterm: Polarization and Backlash.” Dr. David Rohde of Duke University will present, “The Midterm Elections and Their Consequences” on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Auditorium. There will be a reception following his presentation.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Campus Weekly will not publish Wednesday, Nov. 24. Publication will resume Wednesday, Dec. 1. The final issue of the semester will be Wednesday, Dec. 8, the first day of final exams. The first issue of the spring semester will be Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Helping students at Jackson Library University Libraries and the University Writing Center are teaming up to help students with end-of-the-semester papers. Writing Center consultants will be available alongside Reference and Instructional Services in Jackson Library from 9 p.m. to midnight for five nights after the Thanksgiving holidays and before Finals Week. Refreshments will be served all five nights. Cathy Griffith, the assistant head of Access Services, and Mary Ann Graham, the 24/5 night manager, both in the University Libraries, received an Innovation and Enrichment Grant to bring the writing tutors to the library. The grant will cover the costs of three tutors each night, plus the food. The program will be repeated again in April.

Honoring slain student Kyle Harris Our campus will hold a candlelight vigil for slain student Kyle Harris on Thursday, Nov. 18. The vigil, organized by the UNCG Residence Hall Association, will begin at 6 p.m. on the lawn outside the Quad. Attendees should wear Carolina Blue, Harris’ favorite color. Harris, a 19-year-old sophomore sociology major, was fatally shot Nov. 6 during a robbery while he worked at a Fayetteville pawn shop. He was concentrating in criminal justice and aspired to earn a law degree.

Task force to focus on aiding military veterans UNCG is establishing a Military, Veterans and Families Task Force to make recommendations designed to facilitate the enrollment and the success of UNCG students who are active duty members of the military, military veterans and military dependents. See details.

Men’s soccer took title With a 1-0 victory over Furman in Sunday’s SoCon tournament title game, the men’s soccer team claimed the championship. Sophomore Hakan Ilhan, the SoCon’s leading scorer, had the winning goal. The team will face Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 18, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

American Indian heritage A Native American cultural Fair and Dance Demonstration will be Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Cone Ballroom, EUC, beginning at 11 a.m.

The current G-cast On the university’s official Facebook page, Dr. Donna Duffey (Kinesiology) is featured in a G-cast. G-cast is a way to ask campus experts questions about various topics. Duffy can answer questions via G-cast about athletics – from the role of women in athletics to how athletes should manage media to how a student can combine athletics with academics. You’re invited to post questions.

“Bound to Please: The Custom Bookbindings of Don Etherington & Monique Lallier” Don Etherington and Monique Lallier are two highly respected bookbinders. Born in England and Montreal, respectively, they have undertaken projects for clients around the globe, and they have spent much of their careers teaching others the art and craft of what they do. They now live in Summerfield, where Don’s reference library and papers are in the Special Collections of the University’s Library. Through Dec. 22, some of their custom bindings will be on display in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library.

University Libraries’ Undergraduate Research Award Students may submit their research projects for consideration. The award is given in recognition of an outstanding UNCG undergraduate research project by an individual or a group that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select and synthesize information from library resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original research project in any media. The winning entry will receive a $500 prize funded by the University Libraries and awarded at April’s Undergraduate Honors Convocation. Applicants must 1) Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate during Spring 2011 at UNCG in any discipline; 2) Have completed a research project for a credit course or supervised independent study at UNCG during the spring, summer, or fall semesters in 2010; 3) Agree to contribute a copy of their paper or project to the UNCG Institutional Repository; 4) Submit their paper by March 1, 2011. Last year, Theatre and Media Studies student Mary Robinson won the award for “Poetry in Motion: The Divine Sarah on the English Stage,” a paper written for Professor Christine Woodworth’s Theatre 501 class. See more details.

UNCG Dining Services will hold their annual Thanksgiving lunch in the Spartan Restaurant from 11a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. They will have all your Thanksgiving favorites from fresh carved turkey, ham & stuffing to authentically mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Bring a non-perishable item to donate to the Greensboro Urban Ministry and UNCG Dining will match pound for pound all donated items. As a way of saying thank you, Dining Services will also offer a discount when you donate items: lunch would be $6. For more information, visit www.dineoncampus.com/uncg or call 4-5116.

Project Clean Plate initiative Dining Services was able to reduce food waste in the Spartan Restaurant by 15 percent recently. As a result UNCG Dining Services will donate 500 pounds of food to the Greensboro Urban Ministry. Project Clean Plate is a program that Dining Services conducts twice a year to promote not only healthy eating, but sustainability as well. This semester the program ran for eight weeks and began with a weekly amount of more than 4,000 pounds of food being wasted in the Spartan Restaurant.

Course Reserve Deadlines for winter, spring terms Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first day of class, lists are due by Friday, Dec. 10. Visit http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/ to create your lists, or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu or 6-1199 for more information.

UNCG Bookstore Faculty & Staff Appreciation Sale Dec. 1 Find something for all the Spartans on your holiday shopping list! In addition to your current 20 percent Faculty/Staff discount, take an extra 10 percent off non-book items (magazines, bargain books, sale items, computer hardware and software not included.) Present your SpartanCard to the cashier to receive your discount.

“Staying Ethical in a Changing World” That’s the title of the UNCG Counseling & Educational Development Mini-Conference on Nov. 19, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 251, Ferguson Building. There will presentations by first-year master’s students. The mini-conference addresses ethical challenges counselors face in a rapidly changing world. Sessions include posters and handouts on a variety of topics, including the following: preventing LGBTQ bullying in schools; finding the middle ground in dual relationships; self-disclosing through social networking sites; understanding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; and implication of spiritual competencies. The mini-conference is free and open to all.

Habitat for Humanity blog Work continues on UNCG’s Habitat for Humanity house. Keep up with progress at the blog http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/uresites/habitat.

How to prepare for winter weather Each year, winter weather has the potential to impact the Triad and the UNCG community causing significant delays and adverse impacts. This year is no exception. What does winter weather mean for you as an employee if classes are cancelled and the University is open, but you cannot make it to work? And what exactly does a “warmer and drier winter” mean? Come join the Office of Emergency Management and Human Resource Services to learn more about how to prepare for winter weather, what the university has in place to respond to winter events, and what winter weather means for you as an employee. Two workshops are currently scheduled. The first is on Nov. 30 from 11-11:45 a.m. and the second is on Dec. 1 from 10-10:45 a.m.. To register for a workshop or find out more information, contact the Office of Emergency Management – Phone: 6-8639 or email: BeReady@uncg.edu. Space is limited, so register soon.

‘Amahl’ at Aycock Auditorium

111710EyeOnArts_AmahlJoin the UNCG Opera Theatre on Nov. 19-21, as they present their biennial production of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” [Read more…]

Campus People: November 17, 2010

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dean Lynne Pearcey – Imogene Cathey – Dr. Ana Hontanilla – Justin Maullin – Dr. Bob Wineburg – Dr. Linda Buettner – Dr. Gregory Carroll – Dr. James Benshoff [Read more…]

Announcements: November 17, 2010

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Campus Weekly will not publish Wednesday, Nov. 24. Publication will resume Wednesday, Dec. 1. The final issue of the semester will be Wednesday, Dec. 8, the first day of final exams. The first issue of the spring semester will be Wednesday, Jan. 12.

See/hear: November 17, 2010

The men’s soccer team won the SoCon tournament last weekend. See the post-game interviews of two leading players and interim coach Justin Maullin, as well as a photo gallery of the championship game. They advance to the first round of the NCAA Tournament, where they will take on Georgetown Nov. 18.

The Sports Information department caught Coach Dement and two players immediately after the home opener versus Florida State. The next home game is this Sunday, as they host the ACC’s Virginia Tech.

Check out the Spartan Athletics news page regularly for updates on games – and the stories behind the scenes.

And see past video clips at the Athletics YouTube page.

Sports Information Director is Mike Hirschman. Assistant SID’s are Phil Perry and David Percival. Former News and Record sports reporter Rob Daniels is a staff writer.

Collaboration Is Key

111010NewsAndNotes_SummitAs businesses and communities plan for the future, they need to reinvent the processes that will make them competitive, a top executive with Duke Energy said Tuesday at the fifth annual UNCG Business Summit. James L. “Jim” Turner, who is president and CEO of Duke Energy’s franchised energy and gas business, said Greensboro and its two state campuses are doing that in ways that will pay off in the future. [Read more…]

Last SECC Envelopes Are Coming In

111010Headline_SECCThe SECC comes to a close at the end of this week. The goal of $235,000 has not yet been reached.

Campaign solicitors for each department are collecting envelopes and making last minute reminders. Friday, Nov. 12, is the final day of the SECC, the official workplace giving campaign for employees throughout state government and the university system.

Through donations, the campaign assists more than 900 agencies and groups.

Here at UNCG, nearly 100 solicitors volunteer to distribute and then collect SECC envelopes each year. Many volunteer year after year.

For example, Lennie Alexander volunteers in University Advancement. “I have been an SECC solicitor about 10 years and love it,” she said, adding, “I am a believer that the more you give the more blessing you receive.”

Dr. John R. Locke (Music) has been an SECC solicitor at least that long. “I very much believe in the mission of the SECC and I have always contributed, myself.” He says he is completely relentless, utilizing an arsenal of emails, hand-written notes, phone calls and personal office visits. “I enjoy pestering my colleagues – 74 on my list this year – until I get an envelope back!”

He is known for giving a reward, as well. “When I get a pledge envelope back, I send that person a thank you note and a pack of M&Ms.”

Dr. Susan Andretta has been the Department of Anthropology’s solicitor for five years. “I do it because I believe in giving and giving back to the community.” She notes that her colleagues in the department are very generous and want to help in ways they can, making her job very easy for her.

Mary Katsikas (Chemisty/Biochemistry) has been a solicitor for four or five years. “All I do is send out a reminder once a week to those who have not handed in their envelopes. It is not really what I do but the fact those in my department want to help me do this. I am fortunate to work with people like this.”

A common refrain from the solicitors was the ready participation from individuals in their departments, such as in Communication Studies, where Dr. Chris Poulos has been the solicitor for three years. “I do it to make a small difference,” he says. Any secrets? “Just regular follow up,” which, he explains, “could be called nagging. It seems to work.”

Karen Christensen (Accounting Services) has done it for several years. The fellow solicitors she sees at the beginning of the campaign – as Peggy Woods gives instructions – and at the end as the campaign chair announces the total, are friends from all parts of campus she always enjoys being with. “Before Peggy sends the email, I create a list of the people in Cashier’s Office, Accounting Services and Fixed Assets. On the list I write ‘date handout packet’ and ‘date receive return envelope’. Then I create emails to send to everyone – one for the start, one for the middle, and one to remind when the last day to turn in envelopes. I have given candy some years when they hand in envelopes, [but I wanted to do] something different this year, since so many are trying to be healthier.” She also prints out the news about the SECC in Campus Weekly to hang on the office bulletin board, “with a picture of the thermometer to watch the contributions grow.”

Why does she do all this?

“Everyone needs help sometime in their life, so it is very important to give back to others where you can,” she says.

Visual: SECC solicitors received information and instructions Sept. 17.  Two solicitors quoted in story, Mary Katsikas (in white sweater) and Chris Poulos (in dark blue shirt), are in center of photo.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Mike Harris

Notes: November 10, 2010

NotesIconGive the gift of life during the November EUC Blood Drive on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 9.a.m-7 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC. It is sponsored by the staff of Elliott University Center, who report that the 130-pint goal during the September EUC Blood Drive was surpassed. All presenting donors for the November EUC Blood Drive will be entered for the chance to win a pair of Delta Air Lines tickets. To schedule your donation appointment, visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/blooddrive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome. A photo ID is required.

Have you read Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”? Here’s your chance to read some of it, and hear all of it, non-stop, from cover to cover. The “24 hours of Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace'” event will begin Friday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. and continue through Sat. Nov. 13, at approximately 1 p.m. They invite volunteers to help in reading the classic novel. “We definitely still need readers to volunteer! We will gather at the Minerva statue on the EUC lawn at 1 p.m. We will read continuously for 24 hours – to the end – but will move inside to the LIHC parlor [in Spencer] for the overnight part of the reading,” said Dr. Kathleen S. Macfie. Those interested in reading may contact her at kathleen_macfie@uncg.edu

Chevrolet Campus Promotions program UNCG is one of 23 schools throughout the country participating in the Chevrolet Campus Promotions program. Students in Consumer Behavior (MKT 424) led by Dr. Norwood McMillian have created an in-class working marketing agency, The Marketing People, responsible for researching, implementing and evaluating an integrated marketing campaign aimed at increasing awareness for several car brands among the Generation Y target market.

Easier to get blue and gold apparel You probably knew that you could get Spartan shirts and accessories at the UNCG Bookstore and online via the Athletics web site. Now, local Walmart stores are carrying Spartan apparel. You can find your blue and gold at Walmart Supercenters on West Wendover Ave, Pyramid Village Blvd. and W. Elmsley St. The apparel is displayed in the Men’s clothing section. For additional stores selling Spartan gear check out the Campus Enterprise web site “We want our Blue and Gold” and click on the “Find a Retailer”.

Some of my favorite weird beliefs The Great Conversation continues with this year’s Exemplar Lecture with Dr. Rob Guttentag (Psychology) on “Some of my Favorite Weird Beliefs.” It will be held Thursday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center. It is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy. We are all aware of how common it is for other people to hold beliefs that we think are odd, weird or just plain wrong. Some of these beliefs relate to matters of opinion, but others involve beliefs in “facts” that are, in fact, not true. Guttentag will discuss a few of his own favorite weird beliefs – which are his favorites because they involve “factual” beliefs that are very widely held and that he once held – but that are simply wrong. He will also discuss some of the psychological processes that contribute to the formation of these kinds of weird beliefs.

Women Soccer SoCon champions Having completed its sweep of the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament championships and having secured an NCAA tournament bid, the women’s soccer team is ranked No. 10 in the current national  NSCAA poll. UNCG ran its winning streak to a school-record 16 games as they captured the conference tournament title last weekend, Phil Perry (Athletics) reports. The team improved to 19-1-1 on the season. The 19 wins are tops in NCAA Division I this season, and only No. 22 Denver can match the win total with a 19-2-1 record for the year. They will face South Carolina, who has been ranked this season as high as No. 12,  in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

Campus Weekly will not publish Nov. 24 Next week, Campus Weekly will publish. However, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Campus Weekly will not publish Wednesday, Nov. 24. Publication will resume Wednesday, Dec. 1.

iDEAL Summit Library and Information Studies will host the second iDEAL Summit on Monday, Nov. 15, noon-6 p.m. in the EUC. Full details are at http://lis.uncg.edu/ideals. The theme is “LGBTQI out on the open shelves: Serving Hidden Communities.” A keynote panel, from 1:30-2:45, will include several speakers who will talk specifically about the library needs of the LGBTQI community. The panelists include Mario Ascencio, Director, Corcoran Library in Washington, DC and recent past president of REFORMA, Polly Thistlewaite, head of Public Services, City University of New York Graduate Center Library and long-time volunteer and chronicler of the Lesbian Herstory Archives; Jim Carmichael, Professor of Library and Information Studies, UNCG and renowned historian of LGBT issues within librarianship; and Trae Middlebrooks, MLIS Student and Academic and Cultural Enrichment Scholar, UNCG. Nathan Belyeu, Master of Education Student and Coordinator for LGBTQI Health, The Wellness Center of Student Health Services, will moderate. The University Libraries, along with the LIS, are sponsoring the panel. The entire program is free and open to the public.

Campus garden work day The campus garden at 123 McIver Street is taking shape. The next work day is Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers are welcome.  “We plan to lay down shade cloth and mulch in between the beds. Please bring gloves and rakes with you,” says Dr. Susan Andreatta.

See/Hear: November 10, 2010

The N.C. Dance Festival began as a weekend-long event here at UNCG designed to highlight the talents of out-of-town dancers. In the two decades since, the festival, which was founded by Dr. Jan Van Dyke (Department of Dance), has evolved into an important performance outlet for the state’s dancers to share their work with the state’s citizens.

The two performances in Greensboro were last weekend. Future performances will be held in Boone, Raleigh and Wilmington. This year’s season features work by Cara Hagan, Gaspard Louis, Karola Luttringhaus, E.E. Balcos, Jan Van Dyke, Autumn Mist Belk, Ashley Martin and Lauren Kearns.

Enjoy a brief promotional clip followed by the 20th anniversary video.

International Education Week Nov. 15-19

International Education Week will be observed Nov. 15-19. [Read more…]

UNCG a Campus Sustainability Leader

111010Feature_SustainabilityThe grades are in. And UNCG rose nearly two letter grades, in the College Sustainability Report Card 2011.

It rated 322 institutions in the United States and Canada, and named UNCG a Campus Sustainability Leader. Overall, the university received a grade of B, up from a D+ last year.

The leadership designation is based on performance in six of the report card’s nine categories – administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building, student involvement, and transportation. The Report Card identifies 120 Campus Sustainability Leaders, including only two others in North Carolina – Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.

“Our progress in sustainability is a tribute to the hard work of students, faculty and staff across campus,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “We’re proud of the strides we’ve made, and we are committed to further improvement.”

The Report Card highlights many of UNCG’s recent sustainability initiatives and achievements:

  • Sustainability is one of UNCG’s five core values.
  • UNCG has created an Office of Sustainability and has hired a sustainability coordinator, Richard “Trey” McDonald, and a sustainability education and outreach coordinator, Jessica Trotman.
  • The university is creating an organic campus garden at 123 McIver St. UNCGreensboro Gardens, a group affiliated with the campus Sustainability Committee, has built dozens of raised beds, each 4’x8’ and framed with boards salvaged from an old barn. WFMY News 2 reported on the project.
  • Even while adding new buildings, the university has reduced annual energy consumption from 623 million to 577 million MBTUs (thousand British thermal units) since 2005. In 2007, UNCG became the first university in the UNC system to sign an energy performance contract, an agreement that paid for energy-efficiency upgrades to five buildings with future savings. Individual building electricity metering was installed during summer 2010, and an online dashboard will soon allow constant monitoring of energy and water use.
  • Students are volunteering as vampire energy “slayers,” working their way through academic buildings and bringing attention to electronic equipment that consumes energy even when off or in standby mode. Seventeen students have participated, and more than a dozen have signed up for future events.
  • The number of people on campus has grown, but water usage has dropped from 176 million to 172 million gallons since 2005. Trayless dining reduces water usage and food waste. Low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets have been installed in some residence halls. Where possible, landscaping is designed to minimize the need for watering.
  • Construction is under way on two buildings, a School of Education building and a residence hall, designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards. The university plans to renovate the seven Quad residence halls and the Dining Hall to meet LEED Silver criteria during the next three years. In the past year, 92 percent of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills.
  • Each year, the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling collects and sells the clothes, books, decorations and other items students leave behind when they leave their dorm rooms. The latest edition of the Cram & Scram Yard Sale in June raised more than $1,100 to support environmental learning opportunities for students and, best of all, kept more than six tons of material out of the landfill.
  • Since 2005, the amount of waste generated annually on campus (garbage, recycling and compost) has dropped from about 10,800 tons to 10,300 tons. Roughly 38 percent of that waste is recycled rather than sent to a landfill.
  • Zipcar, Zimride, Spartan Cycles and several bus services provide transportation alternatives. Two of the four Zipcars available on campus for short-term rental are hybrids. Zimride is a free rideshare matching network that helps connect drivers and riders interested in carpooling. Spartan Cycles allows students and employees to check out six bicycles provided by the non-profit bike advocacy group Bicycling in Greensboro with support from UNCG Police. Spartan Chariot buses operate on a campus loop seven days a week. Greensboro Transit Authority and HEAT buses provide free transportation to off-campus locations.
  • The university’s 159-vehicle motor pool includes 17 electric vehicles, 16 that use biofuel and 15 that use ethanol.
  • The Report Card is produced by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a nonprofit organization engaged in research and education to advance sustainability in campus operations and endowment practices. Founded in 2005, the institute is based in Cambridge, Mass.

Visual: A campus Earth Day information fair.

By Dan Nonte
Photograph by Becky Kates

Tailgate Before the Tip-off Nov. 14

111010Feature_TailgateMen’s and women’s basketball moves into action this weekend, with Friday away games before the teams return for their big home openers.

The men host Florida State Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m at the Coliseum, their home court. Come early to enjoy tailgating festivities.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • The Tailgate party at the Coliseum’s Pavilion will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be inflatables for the children and giveaways as well. Cheerleaders, the UNCG Athletics Band of Sparta, the Spartans G’s and Spartan Force will also be on hand. Admission is free.
  • To enjoy a catered lunch at the Tailgate party in the Pavilion, you may purchase a lower level ticket for $20, which will include the lunch free of charge. This offer is available through Saturday. (For those faculty/staff who have season tickets, it is free, but you must RSVP [smlaurit@uncg.edu]. To purchase season tickets or to purchase tickets to this game and tailgate – or if you have any questions – contact Shona Lauritano (Ticket Office) at 4-3250 or email smlaurit@uncg.edu.
  • Free shuttles from the campus will run starting at 12:30 p.m. Shuttles will stop in front of the EUC.
  • Halftime entertainment at the Florida State game will be Acrodunk, doing high-flying dunk routines. All games will offer halftime entertainment, by local groups or by nationally known performers.
  • The first 1,000 fans will receive “fan banners” as they enter the seating area.
  • Various ticket options are available. Faculty/staff discounts for season ticket packages are still available, for $20 off the regular price. And “Gimme 5” packs are still on sale – you choose the games, which include Duke. Contact the UNCG Athletics Ticket Office for details or to purchase these special packages.
  • Moses Cone Health System is the game day sponsor of the first men’s game – as well as the season sponsor.
  • The women’s team starts their home schedule on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. They will host UNC Wilmington. Senior Monique Floyd led the Spartan scoring in their recent exhibition game win against Winston-Salem State.
  • Faculty and staff will enjoy free admission to all women’s games this year. Just show your university I.D.

By Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson.

“Will Read for Food” Benefit Reading for Greensboro

The 16th anniversary of “Will Read for Food,” the annual program of readings by local authors, will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Weatherspoon Auditorium. [Read more…]

Campus People: November 10, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. John Salmon – Dr. Keith Mobley – Dr. Stuart J. Schleien – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh With the Staff [Read more…]

Announcement: November 10, 2010

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
Date: November 8, 2010

The Department of Interior Architecture has entered a competition to win funds for an innovative lab to reimagine the use of trash, an all-too-abundant resource.

This competition, the Pepsi Refresh Challenge, provides an opportunity to secure $250,000 to build a design lab for experimenting with turning trash and discarded materials into design and construction materials.

This lab would be the first of its kind in an interior design/interior architecture program in the country, and it would provide a great deal of visibility to UNCG’s program. In addition, it would help position UNCG graduates to be leaders in design and technology innovation.

All that this competition requires is that people vote. If UNCG can get the most votes, we will get the most funding, no strings attached. Each person may vote twice per day for our cause, once by visiting and voting at our cause web site www.refresheverything.com/trash2tech and the second by texting 104012 to 73774. There is no cost for voting via the web site, and the site indicates that you won’t be placed on any automatic mailing lists or receive spam.

UNCG’s “Reimagine today’s trash into tomorrow’s technologies: a low-impact lab” idea is competing against 340 other ideas for one of two prizes. This idea has currently risen to #65 in the rankings, thanks to votes already cast by students, faculty, staff and friends.

Please consider supporting this effort by voting each day. We need your vote!

Linda P. Brady
Chancellor

Looking ahead: November 10-17, 2010

“Art After Dark” with artist Todd Drake and surreal parlor game, “Exquisite Corpse”
Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Reading, Robert Pinsky, former U.S. poet laureate
Thursday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Volleyball vs. Western Carolina
Friday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

Music, Jazz Band
Friday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Theatre, “Alice in Wonderland,” with Mad Hatter’s Tea Party afterward
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., Taylor Theatre; party at 3:15 p.m. in Alumni House

Music, McIver String Quartet Faculty Concert
Sunday, Nov. 14, 3:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Lecture, “Preventing Childhood Obesity”
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m., Nussbaum Room, Greensboro Central Public Library

Gallery Talk, “Greensboro Collects Art”
Wednesday, Nov. 17, noon, Weatherspoon

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

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Faculty and Staff Vie to Become Spartan Chefs

110310Feature_SpartanChefsEver asked co-workers what economical, healthy things they cooked for themselves? Wondered what were some of the best on your hall? Or in your building? You’ll soon find out – with recipes from across the whole campus.

Visit www.dineoncampus.com/uncg/?cmd=showRecipes at the Dining Services web site to see recipes your fellow faculty and staff members are posting. And if you have an economical, healthy recipe to share – perhaps it’s your specialty – post one yourself, at http://www.dineoncampus.com/uncg/?cmd=recipes.

Your recipe – and all the submitted recipes – will be published at the Dining Services site.

The recipes will be accepted through Nov. 30.

Winners will be selected and announced by Dining Services over the holiday break.

If you are one of the winners, your dish will be prepared by Dining Services chefs and served during a meal in the next semester. Your colleagues can enjoy it before deciding if they want to prepare it at home.

Spartan Chefs is co-sponsored by Human Resource Services and Dining Services.

The Spartan Chefs ‘healthy, economical eating’ challenge complements Spartan Steps, another HRS-sponsored challenge.

Submit your economical, healthy recipe here.

By Mike Harris

Photograph by David Wilson

Looking ahead: November 3-10, 2010

Basketball kick-off event, for faculty and staff
Wednesday, Nov. 3, noon, Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m., Maple Room, EUC.

Performance/reading, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Forum, “Islam and Democracy: Attitudes of Lay Muslims to Democracy and Human Rights…”
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., Ferguson 100

Lecture, William Powers, on transformative nature of “living small”
Friday, Nov. 5, 12:30 p.m., Music Building, Room 217

Men’s soccer vs. Georgia Southern (SoCon Tournament)
Saturday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.

India Festival, hosted by the YUVA – India Students’ Organization
Sunday, Nov. 7, Room 225, 4-6 p.m., Curry Building

UNCG Business Summit
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Book talk, Dr. Andreas Lixl, “Memories of Carolinian Immigrants: Autobiographies, Diaries, and Letters…”
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center, EUC

UCLS concert, pianist Marc-André Hamelin
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

The Five Spot: Dr. Kelly Ritter

110310FiveSpot_RitterDr. Kelly Ritter has been director of composition and associate professor in the English Department since 2008. The manuscript she has completed – it’s now with the publisher – is about Woman’s College, looking at our campus from the 1940s to ’60s, and particularly looking at how writing was taught. She loves UNCG’s archives. [Read more…]