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Archives for January 2011

Black History Month Events

012611Headline_KenanMore than a month of activities is scheduled on campus to commemorate the legacy, history and heritage of African Americans during Black History Month 2011.

All events are open to the public at no charge unless noted.

  • Jan. 31, Lecture, “An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C.,” by historian Dr. Kate Masur, Northwestern University, 4:30 p.m., Room 1215 Moore Humanities and Research Administration (MHRA) Building. Sponsored by the UNCG History Department. For details, contact Dr. Lisa Levenstein, levenstein@uncg.edu, 4-5992.
  • Feb. 8, Lecture, “Bags, Brooms, Bottles and Bedcovers: Hoodoo Folk Beliefs in African American Art,” discussion led by Bamidele Demerson, 6-8 p.m., UNCG Faculty Center, College Ave., Sponsored by the UNCG African American Studies Program. For details contact Bruce Holland, 4-5507.
  • Feb. 10, Lecture: “Preparing the Black Community for Social Change,” by Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis, assistant professor of sociology and black studies at City College of New York, 7 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. This talk will deal with the need to shift dynamics within the Black community to accomplish greater social change. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. [This item was updated Feb. 2]
  • Feb. 10, Lecture, “Love in the Time of Oprah: Why America Loves to Save Africa,” with cultural anthropologist Dr. Kathryn Mathers of Duke University, 4:30 p.m., Room 106, Graham Building.
  • Feb. 10, Artist Lecture: Stacy Lynn Waddell, 5:30-6:30 p.m., as part of the exhibition “The Evidence of Things Unseen” by North Carolina artist Stacy Lynn Waddell, Weatherspoon Art Museum.Feb. 15, The Black History 101 Mobile Museum: A traveling table top exhibit with over 3,000 items of Black memorabilia spanning from slavery to Hip Hop, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The museum collection includes original documents from historic Black figures whose contributions helped shape the United States, along with items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, Civil Rights and Black Power era, music, sports and popular culture. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the National Pan Hellenic Council and the Neo-Black Society. [This item was updated Feb. 2.]
  • Feb. 21, Panel Discussion, “Our Voice, My Voice: Writers Discuss the Relationship between the Group Self and the Individual Self,” featuring writers Randall Kenan of UNC-Chapel Hill, UNCG MFA creative writing graduate Quinn Dalton, and Dr. Mark Smith-Soto of UNCG, exploring the degree to which they write as representatives of a particular ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation; 4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House; sponsored by the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, the University Libraries, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and the MFA Writing Program.
  • Feb. 21, Fiction Reading, North Carolina author Randall Kenan, associate professor of English at UNC-CH, whose works include “A Visitation of Spirits” and “Let the Dead Bury Their Dead”; 7 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, College Avenue; sponsored by the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts, the University Libraries, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and the MFA Writing Program.
  • Feb. 24, Concert, “A Celebration of Black History,” by Divine Harmony, 7 p.m., Curry Auditorium.

Extended events, exhibitions:

  • March 15, Discussion Forum: “Choosing to Get on the Boat: Early Black Women as Global Travelers,” led by Dr. Willie Coleman, 6-8 pm, EUC Claxton Room, contact: Bruce Holland at (336) 334-5507 or email at bjholla@uncg.edu. Before, during and after slavery black females had their own reasons for choosing to embark on voyages taking them outside of the United States. This presentation will focus on one or more specific women.
  • March 25, 13th annual Shades of Color Conference: “The Voices of Many,” the Shades of Color Conference is an annual event that aims to create a safe, empowering, inclusive space for all UNCG community members to discuss, reflect on and mobilize around issues of multiculturalism. For details, contact Dr. Mark Villacorta at mark_villacorta@uncg.edu.
  • Through April 22: “The Evidence of Things Unseen,” exhibition by North Carolina artist Stacy Lynn Waddell, Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG Campus.

By Steve Gilliam
Visual: writer Randall Kenan

Achievement Means Student Excellence

012611Feature_GuaranteeThey were formerly known as the Office of Student Achievement. Now the Office of Undergraduate Student Excellence has an expanded role with student success initiatives and retention programming here on campus.

The UNC system General Administration has said that UNCG must raise its retention percentages for undergraduates by several percentage points by 2013. This office’s efforts are part of the strategy for boosting student success.

Among the office’s new initiatives:

Summer Launch triples its number of students It is being reformatted and expanded for 2011. For the last several years, Summer Launch has been a successful six-week academic and residential program provided to a cohort of 30 new freshmen. This year, Summer Launch 2011 will welcome 100 new students arriving on-campus for an intensive two-week session prior to the start of the fall semester. Students will be given additional time and support to”bridge” from summer to fall as they live together in a residence hall throughout the academic year, while also taking at least one course and attending a variety of co-curricular events with each other.

Exploratory Studies will premier this fall It is the newest program initiative within USE, and will premiere this upcoming fall 2011. This living-learning community (LLC) targets new UNCG freshmen who may have initially planned on pursuing the pre-Nursing major, but do not currently qualify based on the School of Nursing’s pre-admission criteria. Alternatively, Exploratory Studies provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the academic majors and career paths within other health and human services areas at UNCG. As LLC members, students will live together in Reynolds Residence Hall, while also taking courses throughout the year in University Studies, Public Health Education, Human Development and Family Studies, and Counseling & Educational Development. Through both in-class and out-of-class experiences, Exploratory Studies helps students discover the connections between different majors, courses, and co-curricular activities at the university, as they also connect with UNCG peers, faculty, and staff to explore their own academic strengths and career interests.

UNCG Guarantee continues the support provided to the inaugural fall 2009 scholar cohort of 34 students as they progress through the spring semester and further toward graduation. We are also anticipating on-going expansion of the scholarship program with the selection and arrival of the fall 2011 scholars. Applications are now being accepted, so share the UNCG Gaurantee web site guarantee.uncg.edu and contact information with any prospective students who may qualify for the scholarship. More than just a financial aid package, UNCG Guarantee provides a range of support services and opportunities to enhance scholars’ academic achievement, including a fall Leadership Retreat with OLSL and guidance from UNCG alumni mentors through the university’s Alumni Association. Several of the UNCG Guarantee scholars were featured in the cover story of the fall 2010 UNCG Magazine.

More information about the office and these initiatives is at USE’s newly designed web site, excellence.uncg.edu.

Learn more at open house All of the campus community is invited to stop by the USE Open House Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in McIver 126. Meet the staff and learn about these and other campus initiatives such as the Retention SWOT Team and First-Year Task Force, and other ongoing special projects.

Each of the faculty and staff play a role in the helping students be successful, director Kristen Christman said. “We are looking forward to continued collaborations [with faculty and staff] in the coming months.”

Photograph of UNCG Guarantee scholars by David Wilson.

Adventures in the Great Outdoors

012611Feature_GrandCanyonYou might expect that students enjoy the trips offered by UNCG’s Outdoor Adventures each semester. International students are among the many who take advantage of the high-value trips, where transportation is included.

But faculty regularly sign up for the trips as well.

“I have taken three trips with OA – a whitewater kayaking trip on the Green River, a whitewater rafting trip on the French Broad River and a canoe camping trip near Goose Creek State Park,” says Dr. Charles Egeland (Anthropology). He is signed up for a spring Everglades trip, “which should be fantastic.” (That trip filled up quickly.)

Egeland grew up in Colorado, and always loved the outdoors. “Once I moved to North Carolina to join the faculty at UNCG, one of the first things I wanted to do was explore different parts of the state. Thanks largely to OA, I’ve discovered that North Carolina has a lot to offer.”

The trips are great, he says. “The staff at OA is also fantastic. They’re fun to be around and it’s clear that they really enjoy being out there.”

His favorite time on a trip? “It would be on the canoe camping trip: one night after dinner we took the canoes out and it was just you, your canoe and the light of a full moon reflecting off the calm water of the river. Unbelievably beautiful.”

Talking about “unbelievably beautiful,” there’s the big Grand Canyon / Lake Powell trip offered later this semester, one of many trips, big and small, offered:

Southwest U.S. Canyon Expedition

  • May 8-17
  • Looking for a multi-day adventure to kick-start your summer? Join Outdoor Adventures and explore the most spectacular canyons in the United States. Filled with history, culture, and great geological significance, the Grand Canyon & Lake Powell are a great attraction.
  • OA will trek into the Grand Canyon and spend several days exploring the unique desert wilderness by foot. The area you would travel provides spectacular views of the Colorado River, as well as the spring foliage of the desert, including prickly pear and yellow yucca. Evenings will be spent under the stars atop a mesa and other geological features.
  • Then OA will swap packs for paddles and explore Lake Powell, the second-largest reservoir in the United States. Lake Powell offers a surreal landscape of crystal-clear lake surrounded by colorful canyons, peaks and buttes. Days will be spent exploring, by kayak, the far reaches and slot canyons of this expansive lake. Nights will be spent camping on the sandy shores surrounded by the steep canyon walls.
  • Experience the area through backpacking, camping, and kayaking.
  • Student Cost: $1,175 Faculty/Staff/Guests: $1,275
  • Cost includes round-trip group airfare, meals (except on travel days), permit fees, camping/lodging fees, ground transportation, activity equipment and instruction.

Contact UNCG Outdoor Adventures for more information.

  1. Phone: 334-4033
  2. Email: uncg_oa@uncg.edu
  3. Web: campusrec.uncg.edu/programs/outdoor
  4. Schedule showing upcoming trips, from Lake Brandt canoeing to an Appalachian Trail jaunt: http://campusrec.uncg.edu/programs/outdoor/trips/
  5. Facebook: UNCG Outdoor Adventures (includes pictures from all the trips)
  6. Stop by OA in the Student Recreation Center, noon-6 p.m.

By Mike Harris
Visual: An earlier OA trip to Grand Canyon

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Notes: January 26, 2011

R. David Sprinkle joining Board of Trustees David Sprinkle, retired CEO of The Todd Organization Inc., has been named to the UNCG Board of Trustees. He will fill the expiring term of trustee Stephen C. Hassenfelt. Sprinkle’s business career was with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company from 1970 to 2006, and with the Todd Organization Inc., an executive benefits planning company, from 1981 to 2006. Sprinkle currently serves as co-chair of the UNCG Board of Visitors. He serves on the Davidson College Board of Trustees chairing the Audit & Budget Committee and serving on the Executive and Presidential Search Committees. Sprinkle also chairs the National Advisory Board of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He is a 1966 graduate of Davidson College. He went on to earn an MBA in marketing from UNC Chapel Hill in 1968 and an MS in financial services from The American College in 1978. He served with the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1970, receiving a bronze star for his service as a first lieutenant in Vietnam.

Interior Architecture will join College of Arts & Sciences The Department of Interior Architecture, currently housed in the School of Human Environmental Sciences, will join the College of Arts & Sciences, with an effective date of July 1, 2011. The Interior Architecture department head, Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker, following discussions among her faculty and with Dean Tim Johnston, Dean Laura Sims, Provost Perrin and the Academic Restructuring Committee, requested approval for this move. Johnston took the request to the College Administrative Council. It supported the request. The provost is appointing a transition team to work out the administrative details of the move. A more comprehensive story will be posted on the University News web page.

Sustainability shorts film competition The UNCG Sustainability Committee, Office of Sustainability and WUAG present the second annual sustainability shorts film competition. Prizes will be awarded to winners: $500, $300, $200 or equipment of equivalent value. You are eligible if you 1) Create a short film about sustainability (shorter than 10 mins) and 2) Turn it (and form) in to Sarah Dorsey by Feb. 25. For rules and application form, go to: http://www.uncg.edu/fac/sustainability/ and click on Community Engagement or contact Sarah Dorsey at 4-5610 or sbdorsey@uncg.edu. The entries will be screened as part of the UNCG Sustainability Film Series at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at 6:30 on the evenings of March 24 and 25. Judging will be based upon criteria that will include, but not be limited to, concept, cinematography, acting, production quality, costuming, and writing.

READ posters The Student Government Association (SGA) and University Libraries have partnered to promote literacy with the unveiling of SGA READ Posters. For over thirty years, the American Library Association has created celebrity READ Posters. The University Libraries create READ Posters each year to honor faculty on their attainment of promotion or tenure, and were excited to work with SGA on student-focused posters. Megan George, SGA Publicity Chair, approached the University Libraries about the project after seeing the READ posters of Chancellor Brady and former Chancellor Sullivan hanging in Jackson Library. The SGA READ Posters will be displayed in the Information Commons area of Jackson Library, near the EUC Connector entrance. The posters feature members of the 88th SGA Session, including President Katie Marshall and Vice President Jeff Hux. Each poster depicts a student holding their favorite book, from children’s classics such as “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak to political classics such as Barry Goldwater’s “The Conscience of a Conservative.” Each student also wrote a statement about the significance of the books in their lives, a snippet of which is included on the poster. When the 2010-2011 SGA Senate term concludes, posters of members of the 89th Session will be displayed, and the SGA and University Libraries plan to continue the partnership.

Budget outlook A new UNCG budget site update provides detailed state revenue outlook: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/RevenueOutlookJan11.pdf

250-pint goal set for blood drive Schedule your donation appointment and help the EUC reach its 250-pint goal for February. The drive will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. in Elliott University Center, Cone Ballroom. All presenting donors for the November EUC Blood Drive will be entered for the chance to win a pair of Delta Air Lines tickets! Be sure to come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking. For more information, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/blooddrive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships The Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting proposals for the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Research Assistantship program. Proposals deadline is Jan. 28 for those requesting the first funding period of summer I and/or summer II. The next proposal deadline is March 18 for those requesting the first funding period of fall 2011 and/or spring 2012. The URA program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on his/her research, scholarship or creative activity. Students may earn up to $3,000 ($1,500 per funding period) for their work. A presentation of research findings must be displayed at the Undergraduate Research Expo, UNCG’s celebration of undergraduate research held in the spring semester. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/our/URAindex.html or call OUR at 4-44776.

Spartan Summit 13th Annual Rock Climbing Competition Hosted by UNCG Outdoor Adventures, the competition will be Feb. 26 at Student Recreation Center. The cost is $10. Register at Outdoor Adventures by Feb. 1 and receive a free t-shirt. Climbers compete in either beginner, intermediate or advanced levels in both men’s and women’s categories. Last year every climber walked away with a prize, such as great climbing gear, outdoor apparel, and gift certificates from local and corporate sponsors.

The Carver Institute on Experiential Education is scheduled for Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Piney Lake. This interactive workshop explores the theory and practice of how our teaching methods do and can better educate students to be responsible in their communities, participate in civic programs and develop the capacities to pursue just solutions in our society. It is sponsored by ELC. Contact the leader of this initiative, Dr. Marin Burton, director of Team QUEST, at meburto4@uncg.edu for more information.

Career Expo Krispy Kreme and WXLV-TV will be among the many representatives from government, business, industry, health, communications, non-profit organizations and graduate and professional schools at February’s Career Expo. The will meet with students and alumni in Cone Ballroom of EUC, Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 12:30 p.m.– 4 p.m.. This year’s fair, sponsored by the Career Services Center. UNCG students in all majors as well as alumni can learn about careers and internships. Students should bring plenty of resumes and dress professionally. Professional attire is at least business casual—no blue jeans, please. The Career Services Center values faculty participation; your participation can greatly assist in developing solid relationships between employers and UNCG. Additionally, a demonstration of faculty support encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information, contact Lisa Tandan at 4-5454 or e-mail lctandan@uncg.edu. A listing of participating universities, companies, and agencies can be found at http://csc.dept.uncg.edu/.

Ping-pong, anyone? This semester, Campus Recreation is once again running an intramural table tennis league and will also be starting up a brand new intramural racquetball league. This is a great way to stay active in a fun way and meet people with a love for the game. Registration for table tennis and racquetball opens Monday, Feb. 24, and closes Friday, Jan. 28. To sign up, please come to the fourth floor office at the Student Recreation Center between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Both singles and doubles leagues will be available. Cost is $5 per person per sport. The leagues will consist of one match per week on a “Play By” schedule. This means you will be responsible for contacting your opponent(s) to determine a day, time, and location to play your match and report your score before the “Play By” deadline that week. The leagues will run for approximately five weeks with a single elimination playoff tournament at the end. Intramural sports are open to all currently enrolled fee paying students and faculty/staff members with a current SRC membership. More information is at http://campusrec.uncg.edu/programs/intramurals/

Campus People: January 26, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dean Rosann Bazirjian – Dr. George Michel [Read more…]

Newsmakers: January 26, 2011

Charles Courtemanche, Geoffrey Bayme, researchers involved with JSNN, Thom Little, Tom Martinek, Celia Hooper, Bonita Brown, Fred Patrick, Robert Wineburg, Odell Cleveland and Kathleen Macfie are among UNCG individuals recently in the news.

Visit the Newsmakers web page.

Announcements: January 26, 2011

The Search Committee for the Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Vice Chancellor (CDO/AVC) position is pleased to announce that it has identified four potential candidates for the position. The following four candidates have been extended campus visits:

  • Dr. Ken D. Coopwood, Director of Diversity and Equity, and Assistant to the Chancellor, Indiana University Northwest
  • Dr. Beverly Edmonds, Visiting Scholar, Clark Atlanta University (Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Alabama A&M University)
  • Dr. Becky Petitt, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Texas A&M University
  • Atty. Marjorie L. Powell, Consultant (Former Director, Institutional diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action, Georgetown University)

The visitation itineraries and CVs will be posted on the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion web site as well as the Provost’s Office web site prior to their visits, according to the committee. The preliminary campus visitation dates are as follows:

  • January 31- February 1 (arrive on January 30) – Dr. Ken Coopwood
  • February 7 -8 (Arrive on February 6) – Dr. Beverly Edmonds
  • February 14-15 (arrive on February 13) – Dr. Becky Pititt
  • February 16-17 (arrive on February 15) – Atty. Marjorie Powell

The CDO/AVC Search Committee examined 162 CVs and interviewed eight potential candidates via teleconference prior to selecting the four above finalists for further consideration, says Dr. Gwendolyn S. O’Neal, chair of the search committee.

Looking ahead: January 26-February 2, 2011

Lecture, Dr. Geoffrey Dunbar, “Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Drug Delivery Efforts”
Wednesday, Jan. 26, noon, Dogwood Room, EUC

Conference, Promoting Child and Family Well-being in Context of Economic Challenge
Friday, Jan. 28, 8 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Music, Nancy Green and Jeremy Thompson, cello and piano recital
Friday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Theatre, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
Saturday, Jan. 29, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Music, Western Brass Quintet
Monday, Jan. 31, 5:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Blood drive
Tuesday, Feb. 1, all day, Cone Ballroom, EUC

Talk, “Why do my prescription drugs cost so much?” Dr. J. Phillip Bowen
Tuesday, Feb. 1, Green Bean, Elm St., 7:30 p.m. Part of ‘Science on Tap’

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Wrestling vs. Liberty
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Appalachian St.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

At MLK Celebration, Tales of Little Rock Nine

011911Feature_RobertsDr. Terrence Roberts, Tuesday night’s MLK Celebration speaker, was one of the Little Rock Nine. They were African-American students who, unsuccessful in their first attempt to enter the formerly segregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, approached it on Sept. 25, 1957, and found themselves again confronted by a hostile crowd. But on that day, they were escorted by the 101st Airborne, which had been ordered to Little Rock by President Dwight Eisenhower.

The Supreme Court’s landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision three years earlier struck down segregation in public schools and these nine students put the decision to the test. Roberts was a 15 year old junior at the time.

Hours before the celebration in Aycock Auditorium, he spoke with CW in the Alumni House.

What did he hope would be the main take-away message from his talk later that evening?

He acknowledged that everyone would take away something a little different. “It would be to have an awareness of and a respect for the historical march through time and space. Nothing happens unless there’s some precedent. You don’t exist in a vacuum. So who we are in the year 2011 is a consequence of who others were years ago.

“If students had more of a grasp of that connection I think they would be better able to make decisions today.”

What are the big issues that today’s students can take on and stand up for? “Wow. Two things come to mind.” The first was the he would not presume to tell someone else they should take on something. “But there are issues: There are kids in America who go to bed hungry every night. That seems to be something that’s overlooked a lot. If young people are interested in doing something, they might want to find out why that is. Why in this country, with an abundance of food, we have people who go hungry.

“The Civil Rights movement started in 1619,” he said, referring to the fact that as Europeans settled, they brought slavery, “and it continues apace today.” There was an obvious difference in who had rights and who didn’t, he said, from the beginnings of our nation. “When you think of this country’s history, we’ve been in a civil rights battle forever. We’re not finished. We’re not finished.”

The MLK Celebration was presented by The Division of Student Affairs, The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

This year’s UNCG MLK Service award was presented to Kent Singletary, a recent graduate of the Communication Studies Department and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He is a founding corps member of City Year Miami, a non-profit partnership with Americorps that unites diverse groups of young people for a full year of over 1600 hours of service. During his time with City Year Miami he worked in an impoverished immigrant section of North Miami Beach, where he built alliances between the Miami school system, the community and major businesses. In addition, he co-created the “Gentleman’s Quest” as part of City Year, which served as a motivational club for men where they could share their talents and skills with other males in the organization. The initiative was so successful that it spread to other City Year sites across the nation and influenced the creation of “Pink Ladies”, a similar initiative for female group members.

Singletary also was part of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which served to bring forth the facts surrounding the shootings at Greensboro’s Morningside Homes in 1979, between white supremacists and Communist Workers Party activists. Singletary is in the process of creating a non-profit organization called “Stepping UP!” to provide financial and emotional assistance to adults as they pursue their educations.

After a performance by the Neo Black Society Gospel Choir, Roberts concluded the evening by sharing memories of that pivotal year, 1957. “We got beaten up … on a daily basis,” he said. The soldiers were no help once they were inside the school. But he weathered it. “My choice was to learn.”

Learning was a theme throughout his extemporaneous talk. He learned a lot of important life lessons in his all-Black schools as he grew up. He learned a lesson when he, as a young teenager, once placed a to-go order and then sat down – the hamburger joint fell silent and he quickly left. “I learned the rules of segregation,” he said.

He has since learned that race is a fantasy, “a mythological construct.” We’re all unique, he said.

As he spoke, he never ventured too far from lessons taken from Little Rock.

Fear does not have to be a barrier, he explained. “So whatever you fear at UNCG,” he told the students,” put it in your pocket, and keep on going.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Pracademics, a Plan for Practical Caring

011911Headline_WineburgA Jewish professor from New York state meets an African-American trucking manager from Charleston, S.C., on a basketball court. The men become friends, launch a nonprofit that puts people to work and reduces welfare dependency to the tune of $8 million over the past 13 years.

Sound like a screenwriter’s pitch for the feel-good film of the year? Maybe. Only this story isn’t too good to be true.

Dr. Bob Wineburg, Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor in the Department of Social Work, and the Rev. Odell Cleveland, who made the shift from the trucking industry to the ministry, tell the story of their partnership and the economic engine they created in a new book, “Pracademics & Community Change.” It is the story of an unlikely friendship but, more importantly, the success story of a grassroots nonprofit, the Welfare Reform Liaison Project, founded and grounded in Greensboro.

“The lesson of our story is, to paraphrase, John Donne, that no institution is an island,” Wineburg says. “No community organization can thrive if it stays isolated from the rest of the organizations in a community’s sisterhood of care.”

To hear Wineburg and Cleveland talk, they were fated to meet. Cleveland, a big guy with a big smile, sits at the head of the conference table in Welfare Reform’s offices in Revolution Mills downtown. Welfare Reform is run like a business, with polished professionalism, and Cleveland is clearly a businessman.

“I knew a lot about welfare but not a lot about business,” says Wineburg. “Odell knew a lot about business but not a lot about welfare.”

“I thought, who am I to question why God put this bald-headed Jewish professor in my life?” Cleveland chimes in. He calls Wineburg “Wine.”

The story begins with Cleveland’s thesis, “Some Black Churches’ Response to the 1996 Welfare Reform Act,” written for a master’s in theology from Hood Theological Seminary. In it, he outlined a prescriptive program to help women move from welfare to work.

Then Cleveland was challenged by the senior pastor at his church, Mount Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro, to put his ideas to practice. But how to go about it? Would the primarily white business community he needed take him seriously in the board room?

Enter Wineburg. Wineburg mentored Cleveland, helping him write grant proposals. Cleveland gave Wineburg and his students access to the people who most needed help – poor, unskilled, living on the fringes, sometimes in trouble with the law.

Cleveland serves as president and CEO of Welfare Reform.

From his years in the trucking industry, he knew that manufacturers and stores needed a way to shed slightly damaged goods, and he knew tax breaks were available to those businesses. His operation steps up, brings those items – diapers, electronics, personal hygiene supplies – to a warehouse, and repackages them. The people who repackage and sell them are Welfare Reform trainees; the people who buy them at new, low prices are financially needy.

And Cleveland’s operation has formed other partnerships and programs as well. Welfare Reform trains people in writing skills, interviewing skills, digital photography and video production (as seen in visual); provides free classroom goods to Guilford County school teachers; relabels out-of-fashion suits from Men’s Wearhouse and distributes them to markets across the country and around the world.

The list goes on. In 2010, Welfare Reform enrolled 198 low-income clients, up from 147 in 2009. Nearly all live below the poverty level, and most are African-American. More than a third were recently homeless.

Clients go through an assessment and evaluation when they come to Welfare Reform. The goal is to prepare them for entry-level jobs or help them to start small businesses – a route to self-sufficiency.

The $8 million figure reflects wages earned, fewer financial demands on social services and less stress on the prison and court systems.

Cleveland is adamant that hard work and job training opportunities are the remedies for poverty.

“We were so poor, we didn’t have the ‘o’ and the ‘r’; we were just ‘po,’” he says of his childhood.

“Growing up in Charleston in the 1960s, you had to do the work of two white folks to keep the job. You had a real sense of proving one’s self. I tell people, you can win but you have to work. It takes a spirit of being driven to take out your demons – your doubts and fears – and other people’s demons.”

Wineburg, who grew up in Utica, N.Y., in a financially secure family, didn’t experience the prejudice and racial division that Cleveland saw in the South. He worked at his dad’s store, which sold to both blacks and whites. “I knew everybody who came through that door as a person,” he recalls.

But Wineburg says he and Cleveland share a common passion – eliminating poverty. “We both care about poor people, we have this deep spiritual care. Some of these folks are in such minefields they never get out of it. “

The title of their book, “Pracademics & Community Change,” reflects the need for academics to put their knowledge to work in the greater community and for social service practitioners to educate themselves.

“Pracademics. That’s the perfect word for it,” Cleveland says. “Practitioners and academics, how often do the two work together? It’s a community.”

By Michelle Hines

Notes: January 19, 2011

NotesIcon“UNCG Cares” Training for Faculty and Staff The training session will be Friday, Feb. 18, 2-4 p.m., in Bryan 111. Reserve a spot at http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/uncgcares/ “UNCG Cares” is a national award winning university-wide program that aims to positively affect retention, increase graduation rates, and continue to promote a sense of community and support at UNCG. During the training, participants will learn active listening skills, how to recognize signs of distress, how to proactively reach out to students and offer help, the variety of issues that students face, effective referrals, and the resources available on campus to assist students. Once a participant has completed the training, he or she will be given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may get the help they need before issues rise to the crisis level. In addition, faculty and staff will feel more able to assist students with the types of issues with which they are dealing. Questions? Call Amy Jones at 4-5514.

New web site Housing and Residence Life has unveiled its new web site: http://hrl.uncg.edu/. Among the features is a section devoted to parents, to help make them aware of important housing deadlines and to show them what has been distributed to students.

Campus Entrepreneurs Dr. Joseph Erba (Bryan School) notes that this course/program, created three years ago, has three newly licensed student entrepreneurs starting their businesses on campus. The on-campus, for-profit business program, Campus Entrepreneurs, is unique because UNCG allows the students to retain the profits earned, Erba says. Oak Ridge Bank donated monies to fund a micro-loan program to help fund the start-ups. “To date we’ve had five companies started – all these students have since graduated – and these three new ones,” Erba says.

  • Child Like Faith, is owned by C. Daniel Taylor, who is an art major. His business is the design, manufacturing and sales of special occasion, customized figurines. He hopes to be able to expand his business locally and online.
  • Ja’el Mosley’s S.P.E.D. is a specialty screen-printing & embroidery business. Mosely is a Bryan School student who’s very active in a number of organizations. She’s been acting as a marketing rep for her dad’s similar business, but now is striking out on her own more.
  • Compu-Logic is owned by Adrian Martinca and will provide all sorts of software & hardware repair to computers on campus. Martinca has been an entrepreneur in his own right for the past couple of years. He has a store in Kernersville doing this type work. He’s also a member of the Bryan School.

UNCG’s Child and Family Research Network hold a one-day conference addressing the needs of families during times of economic challenge. The Jan. 28 conference is “Promoting Child and Family Well-being in the Context of Economic Challenge: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.” Dr. Cybele Raver, Director of NYU’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change and Dr. Linda Burton, Professor of Sociology at Duke University, will be the keynote speakers. U.S. Sen. Kay R. Hagan will make introductory remarks during the morning session; Chancellor Linda P. Brady will speak before the afternoon session. This conference will bring together researchers who study the effects of economic stress on children and families, across a broad spectrum of indicators. Participating scholars from UNCG include Dr. Susan D. Calkins, Dr. Danielle Crosby, Dr. Chris Payne, Dr. Lauren Haldeman and Dr. Christopher Swann. Also participating in the conference will be several members of the community who are working “on the ground” with families and children and can offer a first-hand perspective on the problems families face during times of economic challenge. An open discussion will focus on integrating these different perspectives to develop new paradigms for promoting well-being. This event is being held at Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Details are at http://cfrn.uncg.edu/PCFWInformation.aspx

Biotech Startups: What You Need to Know This talk by Dr. Kathleen Allen, USC Biotechnology Director, will be held Feb. 10 in EUC Auditorium. Registration is at 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m; Presentation and Q&A 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. A reception immediately follows. Registration for the public is $10, but faculty, staff and students are free with valid I.D. Registration is required. Call 6-8649 or email ncec@uncg.edu with questions. Details at http://entrepreneur.uncg.edu/biotechstart.html.

Women’s basketball The team, at 6-2, is in first place in the conference. Phil Perry notes that Coach Lynn Agee is currently at 598 wins for her career. The team’s next three games are at home – today (Wed.), Saturday and Tuesday. The schedule is here. These games are free for faculty and staff with I.D.

Men’s basketball After a run of losses, the men’s team has picked up two straight conference wins. The second half against Davidson Monday night was particularly impressive – freshman Trevis Simpson scored 33 points. The schedule is here.

Your lying mind A “Great Conversation with John King” will be on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center. It will feature a presentation and discussion on “Your Lying Mind: A Sample of Cognitive Illusions,”. This event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy.

Honors String Festival Set for Jan. 20-22

More than 50 of the state’s top high school string musicians and dozens of their teachers will attend the first Southeast Honors String Festival, to be held Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 20-22, at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. [Read more…]

CW’s ‘Print This Issue’ Better Than Before

One striking response, in looking at comments received in the December CW survey, is that many readers use the Print This Issue function. [Read more…]

Men’s Athletics Exhibition

011911NewsAndNotes_MensBBallAthletics has been an important part of this university’s curriculum since the institution opened as the State Normal and Industrial School in 1892. From the beginning, the school was known for its physical education and intramural sports programs for women. [Read more…]

‘Spelling Bee’ on Stage

011911EyeOnArts_SpellingBee“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the Tony Award-winning musical comedy that follows six young people as they compete for the championship of a lifetime, will be presented by UNCG Theatre Jan. 28-Feb. 6. [Read more…]

At WAM in Late January, Early February

On tap at the Weatherspoon in the next weeks: [Read more…]

Campus People: January 19, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Steve Yarbrough – Dr. C.P. Gause [Read more…]

See/Hear: January 19, 2011

The Welfare Reform Liason Project, created by Dr. Bob Wineburg and Odell Cleveland, is helping a lot of people in our community. Among those receiving training are individuals learning techniques in video making. These particular students have created several videos about the project.

They can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/wrlp

The most recently completed video is at http://vimeo.com/18735776.

Announcements: January 19, 2011

Dr. Daniel T Winkler, chair of the search committee, provides the following message:

January 13, 2011

Hello Faculty and Staff,

I’m pleased to announce that the Bryan School Dean Search Committee, working in cooperation with Provost Perrin, has identified four potential candidates for the position of Dean of the Bryan School of Business and Economics. These candidates have been extended campus visits.

The four candidates are as follows:

N. Raju Balakrishnan, Senior Associate Dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science, Clemson University.
(http://www.clemson.edu/cbbs/faculty-staff/profiles/profile.html?userid=NBALAK)

McRae (Mac) C. Banks, II, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
(http://www.mgt.wpi.edu/People/mcb.html)

Bruce T. Lamont, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Business, Florida State University.
(http://www.business.fsu.edu/dean/blamont.cfm)

Shawnee K. Vickery, Co-Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University.
(http://broad.msu.edu/facultystaff/member?id=201)

The preliminary campus visitation schedule for these candidates is as follows:

  • January 24-25 (arrive on January 23) – Raju Balakrishnan
  • January 31-February 1 (arrive on January 30) – Bruce Lamont
  • February 2-3 (arrive on February 1) – Shawnee Vickery
  • February 7-8 (arrive on the February 6) – Mac Banks

I have attached the CVs of the candidates. The visitation itineraries and updated information will be posted at http://www.uncg.edu/bae/dean_search/ as they become available. The link to the CVs will also be posted on the webpage.

The Bryan School Dean Search Committee members examined nearly 50 CVs during the search, and met twice in the later part of the fall semester to discuss the candidate qualifications and narrow the pool to a group for airport interviews. Within the past week, the Committee interviewed eight candidates at the Marriott Airport hotel; these interviews took place over a period of two full days. Of these eight candidates, the four finalists (above) were selected for further consideration.

Sincerely,
Daniel T. Winkler, Chair
Bryan School Dean Search Committee

Looking ahead: January 19-26, 2011

Women’s basketball vs. Elon
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m. (Fac/staff free with ID)

Budget talk, “How UNCG’s Budget Works,” by Reade Taylor
Thursday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m., Jarrell Lecture Hall, Jackson Library’s lower level.

Men’s basketball vs. Georgia Southern
Thursday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum.

Southeast Honors String Festival, special performance
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Women’s basketball vs. Appalachian St.
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m. (Fac/staff free with ID).

Exhibition opens, “Stacy Lynn Waddell: The Evidence of Things Unseen”
Sunday, Jan. 23, Weatherspoon.

Book discussion, “The Ghost Ship,” Rob and Janne Cannon
Monday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Jackson Library.

Fireside chat with Chancellor Brady, for staff [posted later on Staff Senate web site]
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Book talk, “Strangers in the Land: Pedagogy, Modernity and Jewish Identity”
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center, EUC.

Lecture, Dr. Geoffrey Dunbar, “Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Drug Delivery Efforts”
Wednesday, Jan. 26, noon, Dogwood Room, EUC.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Alan Bridge Will Retire

011911Feature_AlanBridgeAlan Bridge, associate vice chancellor for human resources, will retire effective Feb. 1.

He has held the position since Oct. 1, 1994. Prior to coming to UNCG, he had been director of human resources at California State Polytechnic University Pomona for six years. Earlier, he had been director of human resources for the City of Salt Lake City, Utah, for eight years. As he noted last week, “I have been in the HR profession for a total of 33.5 years.”

Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs, said, “Just since I have been vice chancellor, Alan has endorsed the use of technology – including BannerHR and PeopleAdmin – and simultaneously took on projects he referred to as the 4 “B’s”: Banner, Banding, Bird Flu, and Background Checks. More recently, even as his staff was reduced, he volunteered HRS to assume the I-9 and Banner entry process for student employees. He has represented UNCG and the UNC system on several UNC system-wide as well as OSP state wide committees. My executive staff colleagues and I will miss his counsel especially given the significant budget challenges that lie ahead.”

Bridge holds a bachelor’s degree in personnel management with an emphasis in labor relations from the University of Utah and a masters’ of arts degree from Brigham Young University in organizational behavior with emphasis in personnel management.

Key initiatives and accomplishments during his tenure include:

  • Implementing the Career Banding Classification System for SPA employees, a project from 2003 to 2008
  • Chairing the committee to create the UNCG Staff Council, later becoming UNCG Staff Senate
  • Successfully completing two major OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) audits in 2002 and 2007 with no negative findings
  • Creating the HR Liaison group, one of the major communication pathways to provide information to all campus constituencies
  • Developing the UNCG Service Pin program including the design of the service pin.
  • For the past 16 years UNCG has had the lowest number of grievances of any state agency or university in the State of North Carolina, averaging less than three grievances per year.

CW asked him what he was most proud of at Human Resource Services during his tenure.

“Probably the accomplishment I am most proud of is the creation of the UNCG Employee Loan Fund, acronym ‘Elf’ Loan. This program was begun with a loan from Chancellor Sullivan from her discretionary account in the amount of $3,000. This was to be paid back once enough funds were raised from donations from UNCG employees. Not only did we pay back Chancellor Sullivan the first year, but the loan fund has grown to over $50,000 from the continuing generous donations of UNCG staff and faculty. What started out as a small fund to help a few employees who might fall on hard times by making up to $500 interest free loans has grown considerably. Unfortunately, due to the state of the economy, all loan funds are continuously loaned out these days, but what a wonderful feeling to know that UNCG employees can help their fellow workers in times of financial distress with a ‘hand up’ instead of a ‘hand out’.”

He has served on various committees, including the UNCG SACS Re-accreditation Committee, UNCG NCAA Accreditation Committee, UNC Tomorrow Committee, UNCG 1998-2003, 2003-2008 and 2009-2014 Strategic Planning Committees, UNC HR Policy Committee (chair), Office of State Personnel HR Policy Committee (chair), Office of State Personnel Compensation Committee (co-chair) and UNC Police Compensation Study Commission (chair).

As for his plans in retirement, he told CW he had lived in Japan 2 1/2 years as a missionary, before attending college. “My wife and I will be leaving for Japan for a two year mission within a couple of months following my retirement.”

Bridge’s last day on campus will be Jan. 31, he said.

By Mike Harris

As 2011 Begins: Brady on Budget, Restructuring, Student Success

011211Headline_CHAInterview

Chancellor Linda P. Brady sat down last Thursday with Campus Weekly editor Mike Harris to provide updates and respond to questions on some of the most top-of-mind news topics on campus.

Chancellor Brady, I know you were a part of two discussions with students as the semester drew to a close – the forum for students about tuition/fees and your fireside chat with students. [Click here to view article about the Trustees approving a hike in tuition and fees – subject to Board of Governors approval.] Aside from the dollars and cents coming out of students’ pockets, what do students tell you about how the budget crunch is affecting them?

Obviously, students and their families are concerned about the rising cost of higher education. But they are equally concerned about the importance of maintaining access to the classes they need to graduate and the importance of maintaining quality for the institution. While there are concerns about rising costs, students also understand that we remain in the bottom quartile of our peers [regarding cost], and that we remain a very good buy. They do not want us to sacrifice the quality of the education they receive and therefore the value of their degrees.

My understanding is that UNCG submitted a budget proposal with 5 percent cuts and also with 10 percent cuts. What is the status of those proposals? Could cuts be higher? Is there a timeline?

Yes, just before the holiday break, the chancellors received a memorandum jointly from Erskine Bowles and Tom Ross, as the outgoing and the incoming presidents of the system, talking about budget management for the remainder of the current fiscal year and looking ahead to 2011-12.

In terms of the current fiscal year, we have been asked to reduce our spending by an additional 2.5 percent. This is something the governor has mandated for state agencies, and while the universities do not report to the governor – they are not a cabinet department – President Bowles and President Ross agreed to hold the universities to the same standard.

That would be the fiscal year through June 30, 2011?

That’s correct. And indeed we have allocated out those cuts. The memo I sent out is on the Budget web site. For UNCG, that will be $4.3 million in additional cuts that we will take between now and the end of the fiscal year. I have allocated those cuts out to the divisions, and they are in the process of identifying how they will cut expenditures by $4.3 million.

Because revised assessments suggest the budget deficit that may be as high as $3.7 billion in 2011-12, the universities have now been asked to plan for a 15 percent cut, as well as 5 and 10 percent cuts. Indeed, if the $3.7 billion deficit occurs – and if the cuts were applied uniformly across all state agencies – the universities would have to be reduced by 19.5 percent.

19.5 percent?

Yes. I have now also asked the vice chancellors and the provost to suggest strategies for how they would take an additional five percent cut over and above the 10 percent cut they have already planned for.

Once you get to 15 percent, it becomes very, very difficult. We have been asked by President Ross to prepare strategic cuts that will focus on curtailment or elimination of programs and services, rather than attempting to cut across the board. And indeed I have asked the vice chancellors and the provost to begin thinking about what programs and services they would recommend we would curtail or no longer deliver, if we have to take a cut of that magnitude.

Is there a particular timeline you have in mind for that process?

The chancellors will have an initial discussion with President Ross about strategy on January 24. I’ve already had one conversation with Executive Staff. I’ll be talking with Staff Senate Executive Committee today [Jan. 6] to get some input from them. And there will be opportunities to engage with others on campus and with the Board of Trustees over the next several weeks.

At this point, we have not been asked to prepare specific plans. The first conversation with President Ross will focus on strategies. For example, we believe that the university system needs to make a very strong case for one-time as opposed to continuing cuts. One-time cuts, if authorized by the governor, enable us to do furloughs, rather than having to lay off as many employees. From a business standpoint and an economic standpoint, I do not believe that it helps the state recover if we simply lay off 150, 200, 250 UNCG faculty and staff. That doesn’t make good economic sense, because if people are not working they are not paying taxes, they are collecting unemployment, and there are additional burdens on social services. And it makes it extremely difficult to rebuild.

I think the consensus not only here but across the university system is that we would like to have the ability to take at least a portion of our cut as one-time rather than continuing – even if we might have to consider extending those “one-time” cuts for an additional year. We would much prefer to have that flexibility rather than to have to take a permanent cut of that magnitude.

There are a number of updates and documents recently posted on UNCG’s Budget web site. I’ll link to those. Are there any other key things perhaps faculty and staff may want to keep in mind, in the coming months, in relation to budget?

The timing of all of this will be difficult, because we are going into a long [legislative] session that will begin January 26. With a change in leadership and with a shift in control from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in both the House and the Senate, that means new leadership, new committee leadership and many people in new roles.

We may not know until after July 1 what cuts we will have to take and what the budget will look like for 2011-12. And that’s why we’re beginning to think now about strategies for approaching those cuts, even though we may not be able to actually execute a plan until after the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Let me ask you about the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village. I know a lot of work – and discussions with the Glenwood community – has gone into this. Why is this project important at this time? Is it a matter of raising student retention and success rates?

We have been charged by the Board of Governors of the UNC system and General Administration to raise our retention and graduation rates. We do know, from national research and from the experience of our own students, that students who live in university-managed housing are more successful academically. They tend to be retained at higher levels. They tend to have higher graduation rates. They also tend to be more actively engaged on the campus in leadership roles. Improving retention and graduation rates is one of the goals of our expansion.

We also want to restore the residential character of the university. In the 1960s we housed about 80 percent of our students on campus. Now we house approximately one-third. We needed to expand and also wanted to preserve much of the remaining green space on the current campus. So over a period of three years we have looked at demand, we have looked at opportunities – whether to expand to the south or to the west. Both options were highlighted as possibilities in UNCG’s Master Plan. The Board of Trustees approved an expansion to the south, and we have indeed been working for the last year with the Glenwood neighborhood to develop and refine a plan that will address our needs in terms of the number of beds and the need for a new indoor recreation center – while addressing their concerns about a growing university presence.

What are some of the first things people will see?

The design for Phase 1 of the mixed-use village began in December [2010]. That will be a plan for 800 beds and mixed-use retail space.

Will the entryway under the railroad tracks be part of Phase 1?

Yes, there are two other components to Phase 1: The design of the pedestrian underpass is already under way. The design for a central police station, which will also be located on Lee Street, will begin early this year.

Let me ask about academic restructuring. I understand you and the provost met with HES and HHP staff around the first of December to hear concerns and answer questions. Can you talk a bit about those meetings?

The provost and I met separately with staff in each of those schools.

Staff are obviously concerned about their status. It’s a difficult time to engage in academic restructuring because we are involved in this at the same time that we’re trying to deal with a very difficult budget environment. One of the challenges has been separating those two issues.

Even if we were not in the current budgetary environment, this restructuring would be going forward. It is extremely important to position UNCG with respect to academic programs related to health and human development in a way that will build on our strengths but also enhance our competitiveness with other institutions.

I think there has been some confusion about the fundamental purpose of the restructuring. The purpose of the restructuring is not for us to be able to take a $17 million budget cut, because obviously that won’t be the case. Will there be savings? Absolutely. We estimate, at a minimum, a million dollars in recurring administrative costs. We won’t know precisely what the savings will be until a decision is made on the structure of the new unit and the transition committee has an opportunity to address needs.

The goal that the provost and I had in meeting with the staff of the two units was to hear their concerns, and to correct some misperceptions that are out there. Once we know what the new structure will be, we’ll move into the creation of a transition team that will include staff from all of the functional areas that will need to be addressed, including Student Services, IT support, Development and others.

Now we are planning a joint meeting of the staff from HES and HHP probably later this month, and there will be representatives from HRS at that meeting, to address any specific concerns that SPA staff in particular may have. But we thought it important to meet separately with the two groups first, because they do indeed have different issues and concerns.

[To read Chancellor Brady’s column about UNCG’s academic restructuring that appeared in the Dec. 23 News and Record, click here.]

Can I ask you about timeline and how the work of the Academic Restructuring Committee is proceeding?

The provost and I had a meeting with the committee before the winter break. The committee has met, I believe, five or six times. They are posting summaries of their meetings on the Academic Restructuring web site, which can reached from the university home page. I understand that they have developed several options. They are beginning to address the strengths and weaknesses of each of the options. And the members of the Restructuring Committee are taking those options back to their constituencies to get additional feedback. I believe the committee is making good progress and I would expect within the next month to six weeks they will have a preliminary report for the provost. At that point we will engage broader input on the options.

On the timeline: our goal is for the committee to issue its report, for the provost and me to receive additional input, for Executive Staff to consider the options, and for me to make a recommendation on an option to the Board of Trustees at the May meeting. Assuming the Trustees approve the recommendation, we would then endeavor to get it on the agenda of the Board of Governors as early as the June meeting. That enables us to put together the transition committee that will look at all the issues related to implementation of the new structure. That committee would begin work over the summer. But, indeed, we expect that it will be Fall 2012 before we will actually implement the new unit.

And that really parallels the approach that we took with the creation of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. We went through a very similar process.

One last question, chancellor. Over the last days, the students have been returning to campus, and you can sense that energy as they look to a new year. As we begin 2011, are there one or two things that you most look forward to in this new year?

All you have to do is look at the campus and know that there is a great deal of excitement and forward progress.

We will open the new School of Education building this spring. That will be an incredible facility. It will enable us to offer programs in which UNCG students are using the technologies that they will actually use in the classroom. It’s a very great help to us in recruiting the very best faculty and students into the School of Education.

We also continue to move forward on the implementation of our Strategic Housing Plan, which not only relates to the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village but the new residence hall, Jefferson Suites, going up across the street from the School of Education building. That will open next fall. At that point we will begin renovation of the Quad.

I think there are many positive things going on. Last fall we admitted our first class of graduate students in Nanoscience. The JSNN building at Gateway University Research Park will open this time next year.

A lot of exciting things happening.

We’re also developing proposals for learning communities, which will be associated with each of the new residence halls that we build. We are already receiving proposals from the faculty – one from the Bryan School to create a learning community focused on global entrepreneurship and sustainability. The investment in learning communities should contribute significantly to improvement in our retention and graduation rates.

Anything else, perhaps, I have not asked you that I should?

I think we’ve covered a lot. I know budget is on everyone’s minds. It’s difficult because of all the uncertainties. It’s pretty clear that we will be in a much more challenging situation next year. Things are beginning to improve in other states. We’re a little bit behind [in our state’s recovery] … So there will continue to be challenges. But UNCG is a remarkable community of dedicated faculty and staff, and we will weather the storm.

Interviewed by Mike Harris
Visual from an archive photo

Transformation Time for Gen Ed

011211Feature_GenEdConferenceIn the past, some representatives from the university would attend a conference at the American Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). This year, AAC&U was invited to UNCG for a two-day mini-institute starting on Reading Day. The AAC&U normally does not do this for a particular university, but ultimately agreed to come give a mini-instutute for a broad group of UNCG stakeholders, regarding UNCG’s core general education program and goals.

About 110 individuals attended, largely faculty. Tables were marked: Deans Council, Departmental Heads, Associate Deans, General Ed Council, Advising Council, Learning Communities, the Student Learning Enhancement Committee and Student Affairs. Some members of the NC A&T faculty were in attendance as well.

Provost David H. Perrin, in welcoming everyone, noted this was the first-ever institute of this type presented by AAC&U outside their acclaimed summer Gen Ed institute.

“Moreover, they have tailored the UNCG Mini-Institute to match our specific learning goals and reform process.” They would focus on:

  • Innovation in general education course design
  • Advising strategies to encourage students to approach comprehensive liberal learning with an enhanced appreciation for its value in their lives
  • High-impact pedagogy most appropriate for general education
  • Best ways to assess and improve the process.

He noted that our campus had earlier hosted Dr. Ron Crutcher, co-chair of the National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America’s Promise, whose visit was very helpful for UNCG. And he spoke about UNCG’s gen ed program and its assessment:

“Our reform process is in improving and ensuring the intentionality and coherence of our general education curriculum. General Education at UNCG must do a better job of preparing students to grapple with complexity, contingency and new learning in contexts of rapid change.”

The opening plenary of the mini-institute was about “Promoting Better Teaching and Learning Across the Whole Campus.” It was delivered by Dr. Dee Fink.

He asked how many had won a teaching award. About half the attendees raised their hands.

“Can you get better?” he asked all those who raised their hands.

Fink stressed that faculty must be knowledgeable about current ideas and literature in college teaching. “We should know it. We should use it.”

“We’ll get you more than a degree,” UNCG should tell its students. “We’ll make you a meta-learner.”

It’s about learning how to learn, not just taking courses, he said. “Helping students take charge of their own learning.”

Professional development for faculty is very important, Fink added. “We want faculty to get better over time.”

After the mini-institute ended, Dr. Steve Roberson, dean of undergraduate studies, spoke of general education’s importance to every student, regardless of their major, and he stressed that the campus’ work will continue. Teams of UNCG individuals will create white papers around four themes:

  • Integration of learning goals across the curriculum
  • Promoting Gen Ed
  • Assessing Gen Ed
  • High-impact pedagogy

The papers will be brought to the UNCG Gen Ed Council and the campus community, Roberson said, as some standards of best practice which UNCG may embrace.

“So the work of the mini-institute didn’t stop,” he said. “It will proceed for many weeks and months to come.”

Visual: plenary speaker Dr. Dee Fink speaks to the UNCG group in Cone Ballroom.
By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Woody, Truly a Work of Art?

011211Feature_PixarShe didn’t rub shoulders with Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the Incredibles or Wall-E.

But she did one better: she led a discussion with some of our favorite animated figures’ creators and artists.

Dr. Heather Holian (Art), helped the Oakland Museum of California mark the close of their art exhition “PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation” last weekend. PIXAR has made some of the most popular and admired animated films of the last decades and is located a few miles from that museum.

Holian’s talk, “To Infinity and Beyond: Placing PIXAR within the History of Art, Present and Future,” was centered around the questions “Does animation deserve a place within the history of fine art? Does PIXAR?”

“En route to an answer, I’ll discuss the cultural and institutional prejudices and biases that make a resounding affirmative response, regarding either PIXAR’s films or the pre-production or production art created to make these films, challenging at present,” she explained before traveling last week.

In addition to the public lecture, she moderated a panel discussion with highly regarded artists from PIXAR including Bill Cone, Ricky Nierva, Tia Kratter and Kevin O’Brien.

Does Holian have a favorite character? “Choosing a favorite PIXAR character is like choosing my favorite chocolate dessert – they’re all good!”

But what if she had to choose one? “Right now I would say Edna Mode – or E, as she is also known – is my current favorite. Edna appears in ‘The Incredibles’ as the temperamental, no nonsense fashion designer who has no patience for idle chatter, weakness or bad fashion. She is voiced by director Brad Bird and in part it’s his inflection and voice acting that make this character so hilarious … [she] steals every single scene she’s in.”

After returning this week, she described walking through the art exhibition Friday night. “I heard several people say that they had no idea so much art was created for each film. The energy was incredible.”

But for her, the highlight of her weekend was the forum, where she discussed the topic of fine art and PIXAR with some of the artists who’d created these films. She’d interviewed each of them before.

Actually, she’d arrived in California a few days early, so she could spend some time at the Pixar Studio doing research and interviewing artists. It was her fourth research trip to the studio.

Holian’s essay “An Animated Debate: Studio Animation as Fine Art?” will be in the forthcoming Blackwell Anthology of Animation. Another essay on art and animation has been completed. She is currently gathering research for what she hopes will be a book length publication on PIXAR.

Her training is in the Renaissance. In addition to teaching ancient and medieval art courses, she routinely teaches the Art of Disney and PIXAR (Art 210). In coordination with that popular course, PIXAR animator Adam Burke has visited our campus twice. The Art Department will bring PIXAR artist and director Teddy Newton to campus sometime this spring, she says.

Holian’s very favorite film? “My three favorite PIXAR films are ‘Wall-E,’ ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Toy Story 3.’ If I was pushed to choose one, I would say ‘Wall-E.'”

Why that one? “First, I think the first part of the film – Act 1- is visually stunning, particularly on a big screen. I also think it was incredibly brave for PIXAR, under Andrew Stanton’s direction, to make a contemporary animated film that is silent through its first act except for ambient noise and Wall-E’s beloved “Hello Dolly” tape. The word that always comes to my mind when I watch that part of Wall-E is ‘sublime.’ It succeeds on every level.

“I also enjoy the new short ‘Day and Night’ for the same reason – it was a brave and innovative film to make. And, it also directly reflects the artistic style of Teddy Newton, who is one of my favorite PIXAR artists, and who directed this short, which appeared before ‘Toy Story 3.'”

By Mike Harris with additional reporting by Dan Nonte
Visual: Bud Luckey, “Woody, Toy Story,” 1995. Mixed Media. ©Disney/Pixar

Notes: January 12, 2011

Chancellor’s op-ed The Dec. 23 “Why Academic Restructuring at UNCG?” op-ed piece in the News and Record, written by Chancellor Brady, can be read at http://provost.uncg.edu/restructuring/docs/Why_Academic_Restructuring_at_UNCG.pdf.

Right now in Ghana In October, you read about how Hannah Rose Mendoza (Interior Architecture) and some design students were working to design a needed school in a village in Ghana. As the story said, they would be traveling in January to help build it. They are there now. Follow the blog and see some of their pictures at http://hannahsghana.wordpress.com/

UNCG Southern Scuffle was a big two-day event at the Coliseum in late December. The field was very strong this year, with seven of the nation’s Top 25 teams, including No. 1 Cornell. Cornell and Penn State shared the championship, at the end of the two days. Among the Spartans who competed, two are nationally ranked: Ivan Lopouchanski, rated No. 16 at 149 pounds, and Peter Sturgeon, No. 18 in the heavyweight division.

Women’s basketball streak A look at the SoCon standings shows UNCG’s women’s team at the top. Guard Monique Floyd led the team to a 5-0 start in SoCon play. After two road losses in the past days, they are 5-2 and are tied for first place in the standings. Faculty and staff enjoy free admission to all women’s games this year. Just show your university ID. The women’s team schedule is here.

New Student & Spartan Family Programs is looking for transfer and/or adult students at UNCG whom you believe are excellent role models and would make great SOAR leaders. This spring they will be hiring 10 students to be a part of the TASL (Transfer & Adult SOAR Leader) team. They are looking for students who are active in the UNCG community and have the desire to reach out to incoming transfer and adult students to help them acclimate to UNCG during SOAR. The application and interview process will begin later this spring, but they are currently taking nominations from faculty and staff. If you have students you would like to recommend for this position, please email the name and contact information of the student to Garrett Kachellek at jgkachel@uncg.edu.

Nominations for Student Excellence Award The Lloyd International Honors College is 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 www.honorscollege.uncg.edu. The deadline for receiving nominations is Thursday, Feb. 10, in 205 Foust Building. If you have any questions may call the honors college at 4-5538.

MLK Celebration Jan. 18 Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, will be the keynote speaker for UNCG’s 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration on Tuesday, Jan.18, at 7 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. The event is free.The Little Rock Nine were the nine African-American students who entered Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Sept. 25, 1957, confronted by a hostile crowd and escorted by the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne. The Supreme Court’s landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision three years earlier struck down segregation in public schools and these nine students put the decision to the test. Roberts was a 15-year-old junior when he entered Little Rock Central High School. He is CEO of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm devoted to fair and equitable practices. Roberts is the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and the Spingarn Medal. For more information, email mark_villacorta@uncg.edu.

Counseling students help women ‘Thrive’ despite HIV/AIDS Graduate-level counseling students teamed up with the Triad Health Project to create an online resource for women living with HIV and AIDS. The online booklet, “Project Thrive: Women Living Longer, Living Better with HIV/AIDS,” is available at http://www.uncg.edu/ced/thrive. It includes information on such issues as disclosure of HIV-positive status, job-related questions, maintaining supportive relationships and self care. “Project Thrive” was a semester-long project undertaken by students in Dr. Christine Murray’s sexuality counseling class. Murray and the students promoted the resource at the Triad Health Project’s annual Winter Walk last month. “Project Thrive” was a response to the relative lack of services and resources for women with HIV/AIDS compared with men, Murray said. “It was really important to the students that they send a positive message of empowerment and hope to these women through this project. This was especially true after they learned how the health behaviors that HIV-positive women use really can lead to positive physical and mental health outcomes.” The Triad Health Project, based in Greensboro, is dedicated to HIV prevention, education and services.

UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree Project 2010 was a great success for three UNCG families who needed assistance in making the holidays a great one for their children. The Staff Senate Service Committee says they received clothing of all sizes, toys, books, gift cards and money. One family, in a note afterward, said: “You guys made my boys so very happy this Christmas. I have to say that this was their best Christmas, ever! We are truly blessed and thankful to have people like you to help out a family in need!” In addition to gifts for the children, the three families received several grocery store gift cards, along with some to Walgreens and Dollar Tree, to help make a great holiday.

Last year’s men’s basketball television spot campaign has been nominated for a Mid-South Regional Emmy Award in the small budget commercials category, according to the companies that created the ad. The winner will be announced later this month. The ad, created by Mark Wagoner Productions and G-Force Marketing Solutions, also received a Telly Award for a Regional Commercial a few months ago. Last year’s ad can be viewed on this blog.

Academic All-SoCon Twenty-six UNCG student-athletes earned spots on the Academic All-Southern Conference Team for the fall semester. Men’s soccer player Peyton Ford and SoCon Female Cross Country Runner of the Year Ashley Schnell both had 4.0 grade point averages. Women’s soccer led the way for UNCG with 10 selections.

Radwanski to Clemson Women’s soccer coach Eddie Radwanski, who led UNCG to its fifth straight Southern Conference regular-season title, a school-record 19 wins and the school’s ninth NCAA tournament berth this season, has been named the new head coach at Clemson. Radwanski, who was a two-time All-American on UNCG’s men’s team in the 1980s, leaves an indelible mark on the UNCG women’s program, as the Spartans went 139-65-13 overall and 85-15-5 in the SoCon during his 10-year tenure. Radwanski directed UNCG to seven SoCon regular-season titles, four SoCon Championship titles and five NCAA tournament appearances. “Greensboro has been my home and it means an awful lot to me. I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to lead the program. I was the so-called guardian for the last 10 years, and it’s a special place.” Radwanski was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Mondo Southeast Region Coach of the Year this season after directing the Spartans to one of the best seasons in school history. UNCG went 19-2-1. Radwanski will inherit a Clemson team that went 6-13 overall, starting the year 5-0 before losing 13 of its last 14. The Tigers were 0-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In memoriam Charles Barfield, a Gateway University Research Park maintenance employee, died on Dec. 18. He had been affiliated with the North Campus property since it was the Central North Carolina School of the Deaf.

Silver certification Gateway University Research Park’s Research Facility One, the first building constructed at Gateway’s South Campus location on Lee Street, has been awarded LEED Silver Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED certification of Silver was based on a number of green design and construction features. Research Facility One, which opened in September 2008, is home to two divisions of the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The facility also serves as the temporary location of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

Budget Central Web site updates The UNCG Budget Central web site has been updated with the following: http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/Dec2010LBMemoFY2010-11BudgetManagement.pdf
http://www.ncleg.net/fiscalresearch/frd_reports/frd_reports_pdfs/Session%20Briefings/2010_House%20Briefing_12-14-10FINAL.pdf
http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/FY2011-12BudgetGap.pdf

http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/FY2010-11BudgetManagement.pdf
http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/Dec2010BudgetMemotoChancellors.pdf

http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/FreezeGuidelinesDec2010.pdf
http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/EPAfreezeform.doc
http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral/2011-13Governor%27sRequestedBudgetReductionScenarios.xlsx

Bryan School moves master’s degree program online Starting next fall, the Bryan School will offer the master’s degree in information technology and management as an online degree program only, replacing the face-to-face master’s program in the discipline. The degree is the fifth online offering for the school and the first at the master’s level. The move online was prompted, in part, by student requests, said Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, an associate professor and director of graduate programs for the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management. The numbers of students taking advantage of the Bryan School’s online post-baccalaureate certificates has more than doubled, she said. The master’s degree, which requires 30 to 36 hours of class work to complete depending on an applicant’s background, focuses on both information technology and the management of technology resources. The program combines technological and managerial components to train graduates to deal effectively with the complex issues involved in applying information technology within organizations. Students also learn to work in a collaborative work environment, with an emphasis on problem-solving skills and decision making. Applicants are required to have taken the GMAT or GRE within the past five years. Many prospective students in the program are working professionals who will benefit from the flexibility an online program will offer, Iyer said.

Toys for kids The Athletics department collected more than $2,300 and more 112 toys in its support of the FOX8 Gifts for Kids campaign this year. Partnering with the Student Government Association this year, the department took donations at the EUC and at basketball games.

Let’s talk budget Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for Business Affairs, will present an information session on “How UNCG’s Budget Works.” The talk will be Thursday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Jarrell Lecture Hall on the lower level of Jackson Library. The talk is sponsored by the Budget Education Committee of the Staff Senate. This event is open to the entire campus community.

Dementia, Alzheimer’s and meds On Wednesday, Jan. 26, Geoffrey Dunbar, MD, will present the talk “Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Drug Delivery Efforts” in EUC’s Dogwood Room at noon. The talk is sponsored by the UNCG Gerontology Research Network. Dunbar is Senior Vice President of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Targacept, a Winston-Salem company exploring pharmaceuticals that selectively interact with neuro-nicotinic receptors to promote therapeutic effects. Reservations are recommended and appreciated. Contact Lori Kerr, lakerr@uncg.edu, 256-1020. This event is free and open to the campus and the community.

In memoriam Dr. Kieth Wright died on Dec. 12. Wright retired in 2001 after 21 years here at UNCG, where he was a professor and a chair of the Department of Library Information Services.

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About that CW Survey

A year of Campus Weekly in its current format is under our belts. As the year ended, 564 responded to the CW readership survey.

Readers who responded say they value the accuracy of the information in CW, as well as its timelineness and usefulness. 85 percent say it provides them with stories or information they can’t find elsewhere. They want to read about upcoming events and the campus news of the moment, they say.

They like the photography.

But many don’t like the current CW layout/design. Some are emphatic about that (though not all – 9 percent say they like the layout/design very much).

In the coming weeks I will share and respond, here in CW, to some of the comments/suggestions received about CW – there were a lot. For readers who may be interested, the results and comments gathered by the survey may be accessed by clicking: CW 2010 Survey Results,Comments.

Looking back at the past year in CW:
The most visited story in 2010 was the November interview with Provost Perrin regarding academic restructuring. Last year’s 10 most visited posts/pages – you’re invited to click on them – are:

According to Google Analytics, from the timespan of the first issue of 2010 to the end of the calendar year (Jan. 13-Dec. 31), there were 46,842 visits to CW and 230,094 page views.

CW 2010 Survey Results,Comments

When Snow or Ice Is Falling

UNCG will remain open during adverse weather conditions unless an administrative decision is made by Chancellor Linda P. Brady on changing work and class schedules. Faculty, staff and students can receive details through the following campus telephone numbers: Adverse Weather Line (336-334-4400) or Campus Switchboard (336-334-5000). Details will be available on the Triad’s television stations and some area radio stations, including NPR affiliates WFDD-FM and WUNC-FM, also will have information. [Read more…]

Campus People: January 12, 2011

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At December Commencement, Lots of Stories

011211NewsAndNotes_Commencement2UNCG awarded 1,549 degrees – 1,145 bachelor’s, 326 master’s, 10 specialist in education and 68 doctorates – at December commencement. Behind every one of those degrees is a story.

Commencement speaker Lew Brown (Bryan School) spoke about Ashley Carney from Raleigh. In an email to Brown, Carney described herself as having been an indifferent high school student with mediocre grades.

She only came to UNCG after admissions counselor Amy Blakeley (now Matthews) used a day off to drive her to and from Greensboro for a campus visit. She credits Yolanda McLean in the UNCG Financial Aid Office with helping her make the successful transition to college.

Carney graduated cum laude Thursday with a bachelor’s in consumer, apparel and retail studies. Without telling Carney, Brown invited McLean and Matthews, who Carney calls an “angel,” to the December ceremony. They were among the thousands cheering as Carney shed tears of joy.

“I hope Ashley’s story has reminded you of the power of one – the power of one person to shape the life of another,” Brown said. “The power of Amy. The power of Yolanda.”

The student speaker, Radmila Petric, talked about how her family came to the United States to escape civil war in Sarajevo. Learning a new language and adjusting to life in a new country were difficult. So were her studies as a master’s student in biology. Research projects took her to the oak woodlands of central California, the coastal plains of North Carolina and the Arctic lakes of Alaska.

“It was difficult being away from loved ones for long periods of time, not to mention working long hours, showering only once a week and sharing small quarters with people you barely knew,” she said, “but the skills I acquired as a graduate student at UNCG are invaluable. … I have loved the challenge.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady presided at the ceremony, where UNCG awarded its first three history PhDs to Theresa J. Campbell, Cory Joe Stewart and Angela Page Robbins. Campbell and Stewart were hooded by professor Robert Calhoon; Robbins was hooded by associate professor Lisa Levenstein.

In addition to telling Carney’s story, Brown shared emails he received from other graduating students. He asked them to tell him in 140 characters or less the most important thing they learned at UNCG:

Candice Burrows from Eugene, Ore., wrote, “Everyone has something to say that merits being heard. It is not a selfish ‘something,’ it is a gift to those who listen. Take the gift – listen.”

Henry Miller from Clemmons wrote, “Returning to UNCG as an adult after dropping out in 1977 has convinced me that at 19 I did not know as much as I thought I did.”

Megan Bocci from Greensboro wrote, “I learned that if I have the determination of a 1-year-old, I can succeed at anything.”

Michael Hicks from Heppenheim, Germany, wrote, “College gives you more questions than answers, but with a richer mind, you make better choices.”

Kathy Vannachith from Visalia, Calif., wrote, “The most valuable thing I learned is that you can never be too early for anything, especially parking.”

Jared Lance from Oak Ridge wrote, “To learn about history, literature and art is really to learn about us. To learn that we are more alike than different gives me hope.”

Brown also passed along some advice of his own: “We call this a commencement ceremony. The word commencement means the beginning. Graduation is not the end of learning but just the beginning. Learn or re-learn something every day. Keep on learning and growing.”

Read the full text of Brown’s address here.

In addition to Brady and Brown, participants included David H. Perrin, provost and executive vice chancellor; John Gamble, chair of the Faculty Senate; Ann Goodnight, member of the UNC Board of Governors; and Keith Ayscue, president of the Alumni Association.

Dr. Daniel Winkler, faculty marshal and mace bearer; Stephen Pritchard, chief marshal; and Malik Barrows, undergraduate tassel turner, also took part in the ceremony. The University Bell was rung by Angela Fate of the December class and Ann Phillips McCracken, an alumna of the Class of 1960.

By Dan Nonte
Photograph of Dr. Lew Brown by Chris English.

UNCG, Area Schools to Recruit, Prepare Principals

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