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Archives for February 2011

Academic Program Review Drafts Under Review

022311Feature_ProgramReviewEvery academic program on campus will be subject to review in the coming months.

“The purpose of this review is to position UNCG to be as strong academically as possible while maintaining a sound and balanced educational program that is consistent with its mission, strategic plan and its functions and responsibilities as an institution of higher education – and to help us prepare for anticipated further budget reductions,” Provost David H. Perrin said. He provided introductory remarks at last week’s Faculty Forum on program review.

The forum offered an opportunity for the campus community to learn more, ask questions and provide feedback and suggestions. (Feedback was also solicited through the Academic Review web site, through Feb. 21.) In the first hour of the forum, nearly all seats were filled and the back of the Virginia Dare Room was two-deep and in some places three deep with people standing.

Perrin referred to an excerpt from Robert Dickeson’s “Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services: Reallocating Resources to Achieve Strategic Balance.” “The inescapable truth is that not all programs are equal. Some are more efficient. Some are more effective. Some are more central to the mission of the institution. And yet insufficient effort has gone into forthrightly addressing and acting on the efficiency, effectiveness and essentiality of academic programs.”

Perrin appointed a committee late last year, chaired by Dr. Rebecca Adams, to develop a process and the criteria for reviewing the academic programs. The drafts of their work, to that point, were on the web site and were referenced throughout the forum.

The university, as far as he was aware, had never done a university-wide program-by-program review, he noted in his introductory remarks, after Faculty Senate Chair John Gamble started the forum.

The timeline is ambitious, he said. The work should be finalized in October, and a timeline was created working back from that date. The review process will officially begin March 1. The first step is reviews on the academic unit level, which will occur during April and May. The goal of these unit reviews will be to sort programs within three groups: highest-performing programs, medium-performing programs and lowest-performing programs. (The provost noted at the forum that the terminology for these three headings had evolved.)

Next, a university-wide committee will make recommendations to the provost for what programs to:

  • Discontinue
  • Curtail
  • Combine with other UNCG programs
  • Recommend for combination with other UNC system programs
  • Continue with budget-neutral interventions to address program quality, functions and demand, or efficiency
  • Continue as is
  • Continue with additional resources to be allocated as available

Voting members of this committee will be appointed by the provost. A faculty member will be chair. The provost’s charge to this committee will include that they act as responsible university citizens, not as representatives of any unit or constituency.

The committee he had assembled to draft this process and criteria, chaired by Rebecca Adams, sat in the first row. Perrin acknowledged their “fantastic work” under a tight schedule and said, “They know what they’ve produced can be improved.”

Dr. Josh Hoffman moderated. A member of the current committee, he is chair-elect of Faculty Senate. More than two dozen faculty members asked questions and made suggestions from the floor.

Hoffman and Adams addressed some of these questions. Perrin did as well.

Adams, in response to a question, noted that the draft calls for a majority of the university-wide committee to be full-time faculty. All members of the committee would be university citizens. The draft calls for no two faculty members being from the same academic unit.

The chancellor rose from her seat alongside faculty more than once to speak about some of the realities our university faces and the importance of this process. “We stand still at the peril of our institution.”

She also spoke of shared governance, and said she thinks it’s critically important for faculty to be a majority of the university-wide committee. Referring to challenges the university faces, “We’re all in the same boat,” she said. “We’re all rowing and bailing furiously.”

There were about two dozen questions or suggestions. Some examples:

Has President Ross’ given a charge – and how will UNCG efforts coordinate with system’s approach? Will there be cross-university mergers of some sort? How much will cost-cutting be a consideration? When would this take effect – specifically, would this prevent current students from graduating? Do criteria in the draft reflect all of the UNCG Strategic Plan, particularly those of a liberal education? There was a concern regarding AOS (area of study) coding within departments. A concern that SAT scores should be considered inputs, not outputs. Is student learning not a factor in rating program quality? Is it fair to compare programs that have entrance requirements to those that take all comers? Will College of Arts & Sciences have fair representation, since it’s larger than other units? What exactly is the definition of the labels – one-third of each unit will be shown as being “low-performing”? The university will create a document that will say one-third of what we offer is “low-performing?”

One faculty member noted the large number of attendees and asked for one or more forums in the coming months.

The provost noted to CW on Friday the excellent suggestions for improving the process that were provided both at the forum and also in email messages afterward.

“The committee will consider each and every suggestion very carefully,” he said. “And I am confident the final process will be much improved as a result of this input from the faculty.”

To receive a message each time new material is posted on the Academic Program Review web page, sign up for the listserv.

To see the materials and information posted on the web page, visit http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris
Visual: Moments before forum began, John Gamble at the lectern

President Ross Pays Visit

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Tom Ross, president of the UNC system, visited UNCG Friday, Feb. 18.

The EUC was just a couple of miles from where he grew up in Sunset Hills, he said.

He is visiting each of the system campuses, in the first months of his tenure. He anticipates completing the visits by the end of spring, according to his chief of staff.

Friday afternoon was filled with 45-minute meetings with Faculty Senate, then Staff Senate, then the Student Government Association.

John Gamble, chair of the Faculty Senate, provided an overview of what the Faculty Senate had done the past several years. Ross then told a bit about himself and fielded questions.

Ross commended the work in giving faculty credit for engaging in the community as part of P&T – that corresponds with UNC Tomorrow’s thrust, and he said that he’d like to see a copy of that work. He also commended UNCG getting out in front in looking at academic program review.

He told of the value the UNC system brings to the state. “It’s allowed our economy to grow.”

The jobs of tomorrow are going to take higher education, he said.

The state’s population with no high school diploma have 17.4 percent unemployment. Those with a four year university degree have 4.2 percent unemployment, he said.

He discussed the budget. “There’s going to be pain” for the universities, he said. “We need to minimize permanent damage.”

He talked about something he says does not get enough recognition: the teaching. “For students, it’s life-changing.”

He described how a faculty member in Classics changed his life when Ross was a student at Davidson.

In meeting with Staff Senate, chair Jason Morris introduced all the senate’s leadership, and presented its mission. Morris provided examples exemplifying that mission, such as soliciting hundreds of suggestions for improving staff morale.

Ross asked that Staff Senate send to his office the suggestions they’d received regarding staff morale.

He acknowledged the staff’s work. “We would shut down if it were not for you,” he said.

As in the Faculty Senate meeting, he talked budget realities. “I know you’re interested in budget. It’s going to be a hard year.”

But he anticipates that the coming fiscal year may be “the worst of the worst.” The following year may be better. The economy is improving.

He asked for questions. The topics ranged from efficiencies gained from not having to work through other state offices in purchasing, etc, to concerns about universities serving under-represented populations. From early retirement options as part of proposed budget to online education.

He noted that there’s more to education than content, but online education is “an important area where we can improve.” He mentioned the advantage that online courses can provide to the armed services, for example, as well as to individual students who may get deployed during a semester.

In his final meeting of the afternoon, with the students, he again discussed the budget. He spoke of fewer sections, larger classes, etc. He acknowledged that they were at UNCG at a far-from-ideal budgetary time. “You couldn’t choose when you were born,” he said.

Nevertheless, “You are all fortunate to be here at this place,” he said. “It’s really a strong place.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

Student Success Center Lives up to Name

022311Feature_ForemanStudy skills and time management are two things that often plague students who are new to the demands of college and UNCG’s Student Success Center offers a variety of services to between 1,400 and 1,500 undergraduates each year.

Through a trio of programs, the center’s goal is to make sure that the students – and many are first-generation college students – receive the assistance they need to perform academically. The center is part of campus efforts to boost student success and retention rates. UNC General Administration has mandated that all system institutions must raise retention percentages for undergraduates by 2013.

“Typically what we find is that many new students need their high school study skills and time management skills tuned up to college-level,” said John Foreman, the center’s director. “What we do on a one-to-one basis is help them refine those skills in order to get control of their studies.”

And several topics are available, including time management, listening and taking notes, reading and comprehending college textbooks, test taking and anxiety management.

Students come in during the first week of the semester to sign up voluntarily for one of the center’s three programs:

  • Learning Assistance Center, which is open to all undergraduates, LAC signed up almost 900 students this year – and has waiting lists for services;
  • Special Support Services, which is available only to 200 first-generation students from modest-income families and provides an array of support services that includes individual tutoring, academic skills instruction, writing instruction, counseling, graduate and professional school guidance and financial literacy counseling. It has been funded through the U.S. Department of Education since 1970.
  • Supplemental Instruction Program, which provides three weekly discussion and review sessions outside of class times for high-risk courses, which are defined as classes having an enrollment of 100 or more with a D-F-W grade rate of 30 percent or higher over four or more semesters.

“I think our programs and the services we offer the students are having a positive effect on student persistence and graduation,” Foreman said. “I think we play a role in some students’ retention, even though there are other components available on campus which can help students. We’re part of a larger campus-wide effort and an attitude that UNCG will provide help to any students who want assistance.”

The stats from Institutional Research show that participants in SSC programs outperformed non-participants in persistence, GPA, good academic standing and graduation each year.

Foreman, seen in the visual discussing time management skills with a freshman, was himself a first-generation college student. He says he would’ve been a candidate for the program he runs. ”I’m working my values; I believe students should receive the help they need to stay in school and graduate,” Foreman said. “I tell my students that if I can graduate, they can do it, too.”

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph by Chris English

‘Essentials of Severe Weather’ Workshops

The Office of Emergency Management poses this scenario: “Quick, what would you do? It’s 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in late April.   [Read more…]

Notes: February 23, 2011

NotesIconForums for early/middle college of health and human sciences at UNCG As many as 50 ninth-graders will attend class on the UNCG campus in the fall through a new partnership between the university and Guilford County Schools. Focused on health and human sciences careers, this early/middle college will serve students who may be disengaged or who may struggle to adapt to the traditional high school setting. To find out more about this new school and to discuss opportunities for collaboration, attend one of two upcoming forums – at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, and at noon Tuesday, March 1 – both in EUC’s Kirkland Room. Tom Martinek, professor of kinesiology, will serve as UNCG’s liaison to the school. He’ll be speaking at the forums, but he’ll also be listening. “We’re looking for partners to mentor these students and for innovative ways to introduce these students to health careers,” Martinek says. “We want to include all the different ways UNCG promotes health. Along with medical careers like nursing, we want to help these students learn more about counseling, gerontology, nutrition, therapeutic recreation and other opportunities in this rapidly growing field.”

Budget web site updates The governor’s proposed budget and the state’s general fund revenue forecast are among the recent updates, at http://fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral.

Community engagement in departmental P&T guidelines Have you been “volunteered” by your department to write community engagement into your promotion and tenure guidelines? Come and learn how others are surviving and thriving. Bring your lunch; dessert and drinks will be provided. Guest speakers will be Dr. Sherrill Hayes (Conflict Studies & Dispute Resolution), Dr. Benjamin Filene (History) and Dr. Patrick Lucas (Interior Architecture). The workshop will be Tuesday, March 1, noon, in the EUC’s Ferguson Room. Email sjhilemo@uncg.edu for details.

UNCG Dining has launched Balanced U, a new health and wellness program, within UNCG Dining operations. The Balanced U program is built on the belief that maintaining a balanced lifestyle is truly at the heart of staying healthy. Key motivating trends and interests of today’s students have been identified, and Dining Services has developed educational culinary topics to engage and influence the most finicky eaters about making healthier selections. With a focus on the immediate benefits of eating healthier foods, students will begin to make the connection and understand that how they feel, look and perform is a result of what they eat. For more information, visit www.dineoncampus.com/uncg.

Sophomore Hoadley national semifinalist for Sullivan Award Golfer Robert Hoadley, All-SoCon as a freshman last year, was named by the Amateur Athletic Union as one of 12 semifinalists for the Sullivan Award, presented annually to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. The Sullivan is “based on qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship and the ideals of amateurism,” according to the AAU. It predates the Heisman Trophy by five years. Hoadley, who plans on majoring in marketing in the Bryan School, is a Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List student. He and other teammates volunteer in the First Tee program, bringing golf to boys and girls who may never have played the game, Rob Daniels and Phil Perry note. Hoadley won the Pinehurst Intercollegiate and had a 15th-place finish in the Southern Conference championship as a freshman.Vote for Hoadley at http://www.usatoday.com/sports/quickquestion/2011/february/popup47029.htm.

Men’s and women’s cross country teams were honored last week as they both earned All-Academic team honors. Junior Ashley Schnell also claimed All-Academic Cross Country status as an individual. Schnell, a music major, was one of just 99 female athletes from around the nation to earn All-Academic Cross Country honors. She became the first-ever Spartan to earn All-Region honors after finishing in 14th place at the NCAA Southeast Regionals. The men’s team was one of 152 teams in the nation to claim All-Academic Cross Country Team honors after the team had a cumulative GPA of 3.36. The women’s team wasn’t far behind as they had a 3.31 GPA and was one of 192 teams recognized.

Gaski hits 600 Men’s baseball won two games this weekend, with large crowds enjoying the warm weather. They also saw Coach Mike Gaski get his 600th win in the Spartans’ 21 season history, as they won Saturday over Delaware.

Physical inactivity, the biggest public health problem of the 21st century? That’s the topic of March 17 HHP Lawther Lecture. It will be in Bryan 160 at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by the School of Health and Human Performance and the Department of Kinesiology. Steven N. Blair, the speaker, is a professor in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology/Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Blair is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education; and was elected to membership in the American Epidemiological Society. He was the first president of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and is a past-president of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition and chronic disease. He has published more than 500 papers and chapters in the scientific literature, and is one of the most highly cited exercise scientists, with more than 25,000 citations to his work. He also was the Senior Scientific Editor for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Renovations at Jackson The Jackson Library renovation project has begun. The primary goal is to renovate the third floor to the main building in order to expand the University Archives and Special Collections area. To follow the progress of the renovations, visit the library’s blog at http://jacksonlibrenovation.blogspot.com/

For African-American boys The African American Studies Program was awarded a $2,500 grant by NCBS Community Education and Civic Engagement Grants Program to fund an enrichment program for African American boys. Workshops include: art workshop on March 27, finance workshop on April 30 and career development on May 21. Also, there will be a field trip to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on Feb. 26. All workshops are at UNCG. For times and locations, visit www.uncg.edu/afs and click “AFS Calendar.” The program is free and the cultural workshops are presented by African American Studies faculty. Contact Tara T. Green at 4-5507 for more information.

In memoriam Dr. Laura G. Anderton died Feb. 19 at age 92. A former lieutenant in the military WAVES during WWII, she was on UNCG’s Biology department faculty from 1948 to 1987. She served as associate dean in three of those years, and received the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in 1964. See Anderton’s obituary and see her entry in UNCG Archives.

Spring break for CW Campus Weekly will not publish on March 9, which is the week of Spring Break. CW will resume publication on March 16.

’50 Works for 50 States’ at Weatherspoon

022311EyeOnArts_MainVogelThe Weatherspoon Art Museum will present “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States.” The exhibition will open Sunday, Feb. 26. [Read more…]

Faculty Music Showcase March 3

A music faculty showcase performance, to raise funds for scholarships, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in Aycock Auditorium. [Read more…]

Campus People: February 23, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Daniel Durham – Matt Barr [Read more…]

Announcements: February 23, 2011

Deadline for Science/Math Scholarships is March 14

UNCG’s STAMPS Science/Math Scholarship program offers scholarships averaging $6,750 per year to talented students majoring in science or math. Application deadline is March 14 for scholarships for 2011-12.

Interested students must major in biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, geography (concentrations in Earth science, environmental science or GIS science only), mathematics and statistics or physics and astronomy. The scholarships are administered by UNCG’s STAMPS program (Science, Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships). They are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The STAMPS program is currently supporting nine UNCG students this semester with scholarships totaling $20,250, and plans to expand the number of scholarships next year. The NSF grant seeks to encourage talented, financially needy science, technology, engineering or math students to pursue a career in science or math and enter the science workforce. The program reflects the national need to increase substantially the number of American scientists and engineers.

STAMPS Scholars in spring 2011 include Pablo Diaz, Adam Eury, April Frake, Max Graves, Kyle Gutierrez, Westley Moor, Anna Tuck, Jose Velasco and Brandon Yates. This group includes three seniors, one junior, three sophomores and two freshmen.

Additional information on the STAMPS program – as well as the application form for 2011-12 – is available at http://www.uncg.edu/phy/stamps.

See/hear: February 23, 2011

On Feb. 7, women’s basketball coach Lynne Agee became just the 14th active Div. I coach and 21st Div. I coach overall to reach the 600-win mark. If you missed the game (or want to relive the excitement), watch and listen to the highlights in a multimedia slideshow shot and created by University Relations photographers.

Just click the “play” button on the screen at the bottom.

Photographers Chris English and David Wilson post a great shot from campus life each week at “Through the Lens.” Check out some of their work from past weeks.

Looking ahead: February 23-March 1, 2011

Talk, “Getting Started on Your Garden Plot,” Karen Neil
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m., Graham Building, Room 313

Lecture, “Social Movements and Social Networks in the Arab Region,” Michaelle Browers
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Great Conversation, “The Sniper and the Lone Sentry,” Dr. Mike Matteson
Thursday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

Music, String Orchestra
Thursday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Softball vs. Morehead State, followed by game vs. Kansas
Friday, Feb. 25, 3:30 p.m., Softball Stadium.

Music, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band
Saturday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Theatre, “Pericles”
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Talk, “Making Food Industrial and the World Hungry: U.S. Agricultural Policy in the World Economy”
Monday, Feb. 28, noon, Room 136, Petty Science Building.

Forum, on early/middle college of health and human sciences
Tuesday, March 1, noon, Kirkland Room, EUC

Talk, “Nanoscience in the Study of Biology,” Dr. Adam Hall
Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., The Green Bean

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Happy Birthday! You’re Going to Cambridge!

021611Headline_CambridgeMargaret Carpenter said her birthday week was a great one.

On Feb. 13, she turned 22 and sang in a major concert that her choral group had been rehearsing for a month.

But earlier in the week, there were widespread congratulations because this fall she’ll enter the University of Cambridge in England as a 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholar. She is UNCG’s first student to win the award.

Carpenter was notified on Feb. 6, two days after her interviews in New York City. She called her parents, woke up her roommate, and the word got around in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance during the week. She got a round of applause when it was announced at a rehearsal.

A senior from Charlotte, Carpenter will pursue a Master of Music degree in choral studies at the prestigious university, which is the second oldest in the English-speaking world.

“I’m getting used to it, but it’s still a little surreal,” said Carpenter. “I am incredibly excited about this opportunity, and I feel that my being selected to receive such an honor reflects well on the education I have received at UNCG. In my four years of study at UNCG, I have not only come to appreciate the tremendous quality of the music program, I have made close connections with a number of faculty members within the program. My experience with the UNCG music faculty has been wonderful.”

An academic standout, she is expected to graduate with honors in May with majors in voice performance and organ. She also has a concentration in choral conducting, and is currently the assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale. She is an Ethel Virginia Butler Merit Scholar.

She has already spent time in England. In the spring of 2010, she studied at Keele University where she was a student conductor of the Keele Bach Choir and the Keele Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

The Gates award gives her a huge step toward her career goals of becoming choirmaster of a church and establishing or maintaining an existing choir school program. Before leaving for Cambridge, she has an extensive performance schedule this summer which includes engagements with the Simon Carrington Singers in Kansas City, Mo., and at the Young Performers Festival in Boston, Mass.

Faculty members who have worked with Carpenter praised her academic and musical skills.

“Margaret is motivated in a way I rarely see in undergraduates and has taken it upon herself to get more out of the degree here than is required,” said Dr. Nancy Walker, Carpenter’s voice teacher and advisor. “She works so independently, and she often brings music to her voice lessons that she has chosen and which she has already learned. Her voice is quite beautiful, but it is her musicality that allows her to communicate in many styles of music and with lovely success.”

Dr. Carole Ott, a conducting faculty member, said, “As a person, Margaret is a joy. Her maturity, intellect and drive make her a natural leader and her enthusiasm is contagious. Her intellectual and musical curiosity are at the level I usually expect of my graduate students. As a conductor, Margaret is readily adaptable, making changes in her gesture to most effectively convey her musical ideas.”

Carpenter is among 30 new U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholars, including three others from North Carolina at UNC Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Duke. Although the scholars will study a variety of disciplines, other students come from ranking institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Brown, Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. The 30 were whittled down from an initial field of 800 applicants. They will be joined by 60 more Gates Scholars from other parts of the world, and all will study for Master’s or Ph.D. degrees.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship Program was created in 2000 through a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The aim is to set up an international network of scholars and alumni who will have a transformative effect on society. Since 2001, almost 1,000 Gates Scholarships have been awarded to students in more than 90 countries.

More details on the Gates scholarships are at http://www.gatesscholar.org/.

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph by Chris English
Visual of Carpenter in a practice session with Dr. Nancy Walker (Music)

Lee Smith, Hal Crowther Will Speak

021611Feature_FOLIt’s a two-authors-for-one deal at this year’s Friends of the March 16 UNCG Libraries dinner.

Lee Smith, novelist and short story writer, and Hal Crowther, essayist and cultural critic, will headline the dinner Wednesday, March 16. Crowther and Smith, husband and wife, have titled their remarks “Prose and Cons.”

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center. The seated dinner begins at 7:15 p.m., and the program begins at 8:30 p.m.

Smith, author of “Oral History” and “Fair and Tender Ladies,” grew up in the coal mining town of Grundy, Va. The spiritual and imaginative Smith gave a tea party for God as a child, and describes her childhood as being filled with “God and wonders.”

“I grew up in a family of world-class talkers,” she says. “They were wonderful talkers and storytellers, both the women and the men. I was an only child, and so I heard all this adult conversation all the time. I was always taken where these wonderful stories were being told. So I really did grow up on stories. … And I read all the time. I was a compulsive reader. I think I went naturally from reading to writing little stories …”

Crowther, who once wrote for Time and Newsweek, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and describes himself as “a middle class hillbilly raised by Unitarians.” He has published such collections as “Cathedrals of Kudzu: A Personal Landscape of the South” and “Unarmed but Dangerous: A Withering Attack on All Things Phony, Foolish, and Fundamentally Wrong with America Today.”

“I come from a verbal, rhetorical clan, where each of us was perpetually presenting his case and establishing his defense,” he recalls. “In one sense I guess everything I’ve ever written is a part of my brief — my authorized version, to minimize misunderstanding and misinterpretation when I can no longer speak for myself.”

Smith and Crowther live in Hillsborough, in a house once owned by the town’s undertaker. They have been married for 25 years, despite advice he once offered his readers: “The best mating advice for any young person, male or female, is ‘Never sleep with a writer’ – though of course I’ve being doing it for 24 years.”

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the UNCG Libraries. Call the University Box Office at 4-4849 or visit http://www.uncg.edu/euc/boxoffice/ for tickets or sponsorships.

Dinner tickets are $48 for Friends members, and $58 for non-members, and must be ordered by March 4. Program-only tickets are $15, and may be purchased in advance or at the door on a space-available basis.

Table sponsorships are $500 for a table of eight, and individual sponsorships are $67.50 each. Both table and individual sponsorships bring preferential seating recognition in the event program if received by March 1.

By Michelle Hines and Barry Miller

Break out the Bats and Gloves

021611Feature_BaseballSoftball and baseball are cranking up, just as warmer weather hits Greensboro. You can hear the sound of bats and the popping of leather if you venture near the stadiums on campus.

Baseball has a home series this Friday-Sunday (Feb. 18-20) against Delaware. Home games this season include NC State, Duke, Wake Forest. The full schedule is here.

Coach Mike Gaski and the UNCG baseball program currently have a mark of 598 wins. Gaski, who received his MFA in 1976 at UNCG, is the sole head coach in UNCG’s baseball program, which was created in 1991. The preseason coaches’ poll tabbed them at 9th out of 11 teams.

Softball started their season on the road this past weekend. In their first game of the season, they defeated No. 23 Florida State in a no-hitter – Coach Jennifer Herzig’s first win over a ranked opponent, and the program’s first since 2003. They ended the weekend with a 2-3 record.

They will begin home play by hosting the UNCG Spartan Classic Friday-Sunday Feb. 25-27. Their full schedule is here.

Three softball players – Alex Emeterio, Kaitlin Merkt and Eileen Horsmon – were selected to the Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team. UNCG’s three first-team selections were second in the league only to Elon.

UNCG was picked fourth in the preseason poll in a vote of the nine SoCon head coaches.

The team was a runner-up in last season’s SoCon Championship.

All baseball and softball games are free this year.

Some promotions include:

Softball:
UNCG vs. Furman – March 26 – T-Shirt Giveaway
UNCG vs. App Saturday, April 16 – Strike Out for Cancer – event to raise money for breast cancer research. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.
UNCG vs. Samford – April 30 – Sunglasses Giveaway

Baseball:
Saturday, March 12 – Western Carolina – Gate Giveaway: UNCG lawn seats
Friday, April 1 – vs Elon – Fan Appreciation Day – every fan that wears UNCG apparel to the game will receive a free t-shirt.
Friday April 15 – Saturday, April 17 – James Madison – Katie Ball Memorial Weekend – event to raise money for cancer. All money donated benefits Relay for Life.
Saturday, April 16 – A building dedication for the new baseball indoor facility.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

Focus on Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Joshua Inwood of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will speak Friday, Feb. 18, about his research related to the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first commission of its kind in the United States. [Read more…]

Notes: February 16, 2011

NotesIconPre-‘Pericles’ play discussion Hours before Tuesday’s production of “Pericles” in Taylor Theatre, there will be a lecture/discussion, “‘Pericles’ in Perspective.” It will be 5-6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Brown Building Theatre. Three faculty members – Michelle M. Dowd and Jennifer Feather of UNCG and Susan Harlan of Wake Forest University – will present their research about Shakespeare’s “Pericles,” followed by a Q&A with attendees, who are encouraged to attend the evening’s performance of the play by UNCG Theatre. Audience members are also invited to stay for a post-performance discussion with the presenters and selected cast members. For more information about this Frame/Works event, contact Chris Woodworth at cewoodwo@uncg.edu.

Sustainable book club The Office of Sustainability in partnership with the Green Library Group invite you to join the Sustainable Book Club. It starts today, Feb. 16. The first book is “Twelve by Twelve” by William Powers. (They encourage you to borrow a copy, or purchase a used copy.) The first meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Bean downtown. Those with questions may contact Sarah Dorsey at sbdorsey@uncg.edu.

Joint school The UNC Board of Governors approved a master’s degree program in nanoengineering at NC A&T State, in their meeting last week. It will be offered through the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and students will enroll next fall. Last fall, the first cohort of JSNN students enrolled in the master’s program in nanoscience at UNCG, offered at the joint school. In additional news, the BOG approved a tuition and fees increase, which now goes to the General Assembly for approval.

Making food industrial The talk “Making Food Industrial and the World Hungry: U.S. Agricultural Policy in the World Economy” will be given Monday, Feb. 28, at noon in Room 136, Petty Science Building. The speaker is Dr. Bill Winders (Emory University).

More Dance Department Black History Month events An Open Forum Discussion, featuring dancer, choreographer and producer Jeffrey Page whose credits include Fela!, Cirque de Soliel and the Image and NAACP Awards shows, will be Feb. 23, 5 p.m., UNCG Dance Theatre. Also, a lecture featuring “Pape” Assane Mbaye, current musical director for Kankouran Dance Company and former lead musician for Ballet Mansour Gueye, Thione Seck, Ballet Noir, will be Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m., UNCG Music Building, Room 217. There is an admission charge for each.

Why educators love ‘The Daily Show’ The lecture “The Critical Need for Media Literacy, or, Why Educators Love ‘The Daily Show’” will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, Elliott University Center, Claxton Room. Geoffrey Baym, associate professor of media studies, will deliver the lecture. He is the author of “From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News,” winner of the 2010 Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Political Communication Division. Contact:

Clothing styles of the ’20s The exhibition “What They Were Wearing When They Were Reading: The 1920s” is on display on the first floor of Jackson Library. See details here. This exhibit focuses on the fashions, literature and cultural aspects of the 1920s. It features the textile collection of Dr. James Carmichael, professor of the UNCG’s Library and Information Studies program.

Basketball Pink Zone The women’s basketball team downed College of Charleston in overtime in front of a school-record crowd of 713 Saturday in their annual Pink Zone contest. The special Pink Zone game raised $386 through donations and ticket sales, all of which will go toward breast cancer research. “It was an unbelievable crowd, the most people ever in this gym to watch us, to watch the women play,” Coach Agee said. “We put on a show for them, and I’m just so proud that we, with that crowd, we fought like Spartans.”

Award management workshop Learn the strategies and techniques for successfully managing external awards. A workshop will be Tuesday, March 1, 2-4 p.m.. MHRA Room 2711. It will be led by Lloyd Douglas, associate director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, and William Walters, associate director of the Office of Contracts and Grants.

Human subject research Have you ever wished you could get answers to your research questions directly from the federal government agency that oversees human subject research? Here is your chance. Freda Yoder, from the Office for Human Research Protections, will be on our campus March 30, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. She will give an informational presentation on various hot topics and answer your questions. This session will be held in 1607 MHRA. All UNCG faculty, staff and student researchers/administrators are invited to attend. Seating is limited, so email your name to smritter@uncg.edu to reserve a seat.

White? Nonwhite? The talk “‘What Are You?’ Traveling across racial and gendered borders in France and the United States,” will be presented on Monday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. in EUC’s Kirkland Room. Judith Ezekiel (Université de Toulouse le Mirail, France, will be the speaker. Born white in an archetypical Middle-American city, Judith Ezekiel recounts the geographical and cultural travels that have, in different times and places, racialized her as nonwhite. Her memoir highlights the simultaneous rigidity and fluidity of “race” in recent French and U.S. history, as well as in her transnational feminist organizing. The talk is sponsored by the departments of Romance Languages and History, the International Programs Center and the International and Global Studies Program.

First Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction Oscar Hijuelos will present a reading 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Faculty Center. Hijuelos is a first-generation Cuban American and the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He has written six novels, the most recent of which is “A Simple Habana Melody.”

New Faculty/Staff Bike to Work “Shower Pass” Program Do you ride your bike or walk to campus each day? Do you need a place to take a shower after your commute? The Department of Campus Recreation is now allowing faculty and staff who walk or bike to campus access to the Student Recreation Center to utilize the locker room facilities following your commute. For additional information regarding the program, please visit http://campusrec.uncg.edu/facilities/rec/showerpass/index.html.

Looking ahead: February 16-23, 2011

Faculty Senate forum
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Poetry reading, Rachel Richardson
Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Faculty Center

Psychology colloquium, about how our expectations affect our immune systems
Friday, Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m., Sullivan Science Building, Room 201

Geography colloquium, “Race, Violence, Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro”
Friday, Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m., Graham Building, Room 109

Music, Carolina Band Festival: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
Friday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Theatre, “Pericles”
Saturday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Theatre.

Panel discussion, “Our Voice, My Voice,” Randall Kenan, Quinn Dalton and Mark Smith-Soto
Monday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Music, University Band
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Talk, “Getting Started on Your Garden Plot,” Karen Neil
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m., Graham Building, Room 313

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Campus People: February 16, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker – Dr. Jeff Sarbaum – Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone – Zimuzor Ugochukwu – Beth Filar-Williams – Amy Harris – Jenny Dale – Vanessa Apple – Danny Nanez [Read more…]

See/Hear: February 16, 2011

A Luce Scholar was recently announced, and a Gates Cambridge scholar was announced.

Zimuzor Ugochukwu, a senior biology major, has been selected as a Luce Scholar. (See People section for details.) Ugochukwu was the driving force behind “Ignite Greensboro,” initially established to raise funds and awareness for the International Civil Rights Museum. See her interview last year with News 14.

Margaret Carpenter, a senior music major, has been selected as a Gates Cambridge scholar. (See CW story.) She is a music major. See her rendition of Benjamin Britten’s “The Last Rose of Summer.”

Announcements: February 16, 2011

The “University-Wide Program Review Process” is the topic of today’s [Feb. 16] Faculty Senate Forum, as noted in last week’s CW. It will be held 3-5 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The campus community is invited to attend.

The university is entering into the beginning stages of a university-wide academic program review process.

The purpose of the program review is to position UNCG to be as strong academically as possible while maintaining a sound and balanced educational program that is consistent with the functions and responsibilities of the institution.

This forum, according to info provided by the Faculty Senate, will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to discuss the process with the provost and to provide feedback to the Program Review Process Committee, which is charged with developing a process for this review. Dr. Rebecca Adams, associate provost for planning and assessment, is chairing this committee. Other members are Vice Provost J. Alan Boyette; Dr. Josh Hoffman, chair-elect of the Faculty Senate, Dr. James Petersen, dean of the Graduate School; Dr. Steve Roberson, gean of Undergraduate Studies; Jason Morris, chair of the Staff Senate; SGA President Katie Marshall, and Cynthia Webb, representing Graduate Student Assocation.

In addition to the forum – or if you are unable to attend the forum – you may provide input online through Feb. 21 at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/feedback.aspx.

“We welcome suggestions from the university community about how to improve our proposal and to make this process as fair and as effective as possible,” Adams said.

See information at opa.uncg.edu/programreview. Those attending the forum are invited to print out the materials at this web site for reference at the forum.

Provost Updates Trustees Committee on Academic Restructuring

Provost David H. Perrin provided an update on Academic Restructuring for a committee meeting of the UNCG Board of Trustees Tuesday, Feb. 8. [Read more…]

Announcements: February 9, 2011

Currently, 34 individuals – such as alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the university – serve as mentors for the first class of UNCG Guarantee scholars.

The UNCG Guarantee program, detailed in the most recent issue of UNCG Magazine, is a need-based scholarship program. The goal is to help in-state students graduate from UNCG in four years with little or no debt.

Next year, 69 mentors will be needed for the 69 scholars.

Mentor orientation will be Aug. 18-19.

To learn more about the UNCG Guarantee program, visit guarantee.uncg.edu.

For information about the mentors program – or to see the form – visit guarantee.uncg.edu/mentor.

Facebook a Force for Democracy?

020911Headline_DemocracyThe revolution will not be televised, the old song goes. In the Middle East in recent weeks, protests have been tweeted on Twitter, liked on Facebook, and blogged and YouTubed as well. UNCG’s lecture series “Democracy: On the March or on the Ropes?” will launch with a lecture about the “Tunisia Effect,” specifically about social movements and social networks in the Arab Region. “I’m not sure that the first talk could be timed any better given the popular unrest in Egypt right now,” says Dr. David Holian (Political Science), director of UNCG’s Center for Legislative Studies.

“The successful overthrow of Tunisia’s autocratic regime, which has been followed by mass protests in Egypt, Yemen and Jordan, raises the question of whether we’re beginning to see the start of a trend in the Arab world whereby young people take to the streets to protest and potentially overthrow unpopular governments. The success or failure of such protests will no doubt have far reaching effects across the region and the world.”

What kids of effects? “U.S. influence in the region will no doubt be affected, as will our efforts to encourage peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, and to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” he says.

The series will provide a greater understanding of the immense change that is affecting governing regimes around the world in the 21st century, he says. “The speakers in the spring series will provide perspective, not only from the United States’ point of view, but from that of those coping and trying to survive these changes in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.”

The spring series is presented by the Center for Legislative Studies. The three lectures are:

“The ‘Tunisia Effect’: Social Movements and Social Networks in the Arab Region”
Dr. Michaelle Browers
Associate Professor of Political Science, Wake Forest University
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

“Political Transformation in Africa: the Quality of Progress”
Dr. Julius Nyang’oro
Professor and Chair, Department of African and Afro-American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tuesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

“Contemporary Latin America: Evolution and Challenges to Democracy”
Dr. Jonathan Hartlyn
Kenneth J. Reckford Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

The talks will be held in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium. There will be free parking behind the museum.

A reception will follow each talk.

Those with questions may contact Carrie Klamut at ceklamut@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Visual of demonstrators in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, January 29. Photograph by Ramy Raoof.

$1 Million for Graduate Student Diversity

020911Feature_GradStudentDiversityUNCG will invest a million dollars in a new program to promote inclusiveness and diversity among its graduate students. One million dollars of a $6 million anonymous gift to UNCG will endow the UNCG Graduate School Inclusiveness Awards.

Fellowships and smaller assistantships will go to outstanding master’s or doctoral students whose presence contributes to inclusiveness at the university. Each graduate program can nominate one student per year. Final selections will be made by the dean of the graduate school upon the recommendation of a faculty review committee. Recipients must be fully admitted to a graduate degree program and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

“UNCG greatly appreciates the generosity of the anonymous donor that has permitted us to initiate these inclusiveness awards,” said Dr. James Petersen, dean of the Graduate School. “They will help to continue broad access to our graduate programs as public universities are being forced to raise tuition levels. The Graduate School will pursue additional gifts to continue to grow the endowment to support inclusiveness in our graduate programs.”

Inclusiveness is one of five central values in the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-14. This document calls for a commitment to inclusiveness.

UNCG has built on a tradition of commitment to access and diversity. Its origins in 1891 can be traced to a crusade for the education of women by the university’s founder and first president, Charles Duncan McIver.

By fall semester 2008, nearly one-quarter (23.7 percent) of UNCG graduate students were from underrepresented ethnic groups (African-Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics). In 2008, the majority of graduate students (56.9 percent) were between the ages of 25 and 39, but nearly 10 percent were 50 and older.

The university has defined “inclusiveness” broadly to include a variety of life experiences that would increase the diversity of experiences of students in graduate programs. These factors might include low-income background, a history of overcoming disadvantage or discrimination, nontraditional age for a student, membership in underrepresented group in a field or discipline, status as a first-generation graduate student, cultural differences such as may arise from being foreign-born or raised within a distinct culture, and unique work or service experience.

The Council of Graduate Schools, a national organization that promotes the advancement of graduate education and research, has called for strengthening diversity and inclusiveness efforts in graduate study as a central element in a national talent development policy. Members of underrepresented groups are much less likely than others in the population to complete graduate degrees.

The CGS reported that in 2005 nearly 40 percent of elementary and secondary students in the United States were from underrepresented groups. However, only 12 percent of research doctorates and 10 percent of doctorates in STEM fields awarded in 2006 went to members of underrepresented groups.

The $6 million anonymous gift, the largest in UNCG’s history, came in early 2009. The donor designated $5 million for student aid.

By Michelle Hines
Photograph by Chris English.

Culture of Care

020911Feature_StudentsOfficeDr. Brett Carter, dean of students, got this comment from a staff member recently: “I appreciate the support you all provide for students. It seems so many are struggling with difficult issues!”

The Dean of Students Office helps students navigate through issues – and helps staff and faculty throughout the campus learn how to better support students. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of listening and pointing the student in the right direction. Often, more is involved. Many around campus want to know how they can help.

To that end, the office will offer a spring workshop series designed for faculty and staff, to foster this culture of care on campus.

“Our outreach focuses on giving faculty and staff the tools necessary not only for them to support students but so they feel supported and well equipped to deal with difficult situations inside and outside of the classroom,” says Mary Anderson, an assistant dean of students.

Visit http://deanofstudents.uncg.edu/ to register to attend any or all of these workshops. For additional information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 4-5514.

UNCG Cares
Feb. 18
2–4 p.m.
Bryan Building, Room 111
During this two-hour training for UNCG faculty and staff, participants learn about types of distress for students, recognizing signs of distress, strategies for reaching out to students, active listening skills, effective referral, and the resources available on campus to assist students. By creating an environment of support, students in distress may seek help before issues rise to the crisis level. After completing the training, each participant is given a decal/sticker with the “UNCG Cares” logo to display in his or her office.

Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Feb. 24
3–4 p.m.
EUC, Dogwood Room
Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students to be uncivil and verbally aggressive in the classroom toward faculty and their peers. This behavior is not only disruptive, but if not addressed, could have irreversible consequences on student learning. The Dean of Students Office may have some solutions. Come learn some useful techniques on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom and share with your peers best practices for dealing with disruptive students.

Academic Integrity: What Faculty Need to Know
March 3
1:30–2:30 p.m.
EUC, Claxton Room
Students often balance many challenging personal issues and academic demands. These issues and demands often facilitate academic misconduct among students. To cheat or not to cheat….to plagiarize or not to plagiarize… those are questions many college students ask themselves quite often. The purpose of this workshop is to engage faculty in education discourse concerning academic misconduct among college students; UNCG’s effort to promote academic integrity in the classroom; and best practices for reducing academic misconduct.

UNCG Cares about VETS
March 15
10–11:30 a.m.
EUC, Joyner Room
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 allows more veterans to enter colleges and universities to pursue their education. With concerns of veterans returning home with serious psychological and emotions issues, colleges are trying to ensure their campuses have services that are adequate to meet the needs of these students. UNCG Cares about VETS will provide a discussion about today’s veteran, barriers preventing student veterans from staying in college, and on-campus support for UNCG student veterans.

Not only caring – but showing that caring in productive ways – can make a big difference in students’ lives and their ultimate achievement. Students see the UNCG Cares sticker near the door of many staff and faculty offices around campus.

Anderson particularly noted this program and workshop, the first in the series. “UNCG Cares resonates most with me because in creating a community of care, the Dean of Students Office tries to be proactive by reaching out to students in distress before they rise to a level of crisis. If students have the support and resources necessary to get through difficult times in their lives, they are more likely to be retained at the university and persist toward graduation.”

Carter adds, “We believe the workshops will inform as well as equip faculty and staff with the tools in terms of best practices for helping students with personal and academic difficulties be successes.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English.

From Cyber-sanghas to Lady Gaga, It’s All Food for Thought

020911NewsAndNotes_GagaEvery Wednesday at noon, a Food for Thought session is sponsored by Lloyd International Honors College at the Faculty Center. The campus community is invited to attend. [Read more…]

New Online Certificate in Health Care IT Management

UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics will begin offering a graduate certificate in health information technology that will allow students to master the competencies needed for jobs in one of the nation’s fastest growing professions. [Read more…]

Which Recipes from Faculty/Staff Are the Finalists?

Spartan Chefs finalists have been announced. In November, Dining Services and Human Resource Services asked faculty and staff about the economical, healthy dishes they cooked for themselves. [Read more…]

Notes: February 9, 2011

NotesIconFamily Game Night at Jackson Library The Office of Campus Activities & Programs and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a Family Game Night for UNCG students, staff and faculty members and their children on Friday, Feb. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the first floor Reading Room of Jackson Library. Board and card games for all ages will be available, as well as Wii and Playstation 2. You are welcome to bring your own board games and G-rated video games and accessories. Complimentary refreshments will include pizza, salad, chips, salsa, veggies and dip, lemon bars and ice tea or water. Those with questions may contact Lisa McGuire at 4-5800 or lmmcguir@uncg.edu or Amy Harris at 6-0275 or a_harri2@uncg.edu.

iTunes U Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce UNCG’s implementation of iTunes U. iTunes U at UNCG is a partnership between the University and Apple Computer, Inc. that provides us with storage space and a University presence for delivering media content in the Apple iTunes Store, notes Dr. Jim Clotfelter, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer. The university community will provide the content. All content must adhere to University copyright policy and to iTunes U at UNCG content guidelines. For more information, see iTunes U at UNCG.

UNCG program review Our university will be undertaking a review of all academic programs beginning this semester and concluding in the fall. Information is at opa.uncg.edu/programreview. Faculty, staff and students are invited to provide feedback on the program review process proposal via that web site. [previous sentence added 2/9 ] A Faculty Senate forum on the program review process and criteria will be Wednesday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. The campus community is invited.

Be Active NC There is a new partnership with UNCG and Be Active NC. Be Active is currently leading a statewide initiative to get more people, more active, more often. They will be launching a campaign in the spring to find one million North Carolinians who are committed to being active. In order to help them with this initiative, Be Active NC began looking for partners to expand their reach. In late October, Be Active NC began a new partnership with the UNCG to cover 12 counties in the Triad region. The Partnership is housed out of the Office of Academic Outreach, and will promote the mission of Be Active NC: to empower all North Carolinians to live healthy, physically active lifestyles by helping them become more active, more often in that 12 county region by supporting existing efforts and collaborating to begin new ones. Those with questions may contact Stefanie Milroy at stefanie.milroy@uncg.edu.

Agee gets 600th The women’s basketball team defeated Western Carolina 57-53 on Monday, giving Coach Lynne Agee her 600th career win. Agee is the 14th active Div. I women’s basketball coach and 21st Div. I women’s basketball coach overall to reach the 600-win mark.

Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum Frachele Scott, manager of the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, will be the featured speaker at the Black Faculty and Staff Association meeting on Friday, Feb. 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Scott will share information about upcoming events at the museum (http://www.nchistoricsites.org/chb/chb.htm). The BFSA invites all interested students, staff and faculty to attend and learn more about this local historic site. Contact Gerald Holmes at gerald_holmes@uncg.edu for more details.

Financial Aid Awareness Week Feb. 15-17 More than half of the students enrolled at UNCG are taking advantage of the financial aid opportunities available to help pay for the cost of a college education. However, many other students think that they will never qualify for financial assistance, so they do not even bother applying. There are many opportunities for financial aid. Financial Aid Awareness Week may help in spreading the word. The UNCG Financial Aid Office will have information tables set up in EUC and the Cafeteria at mid-day beginning Feb. 15. Also, students may also receive assistance in filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on FAFSA Day. This will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, throughout the state. UNCG will not be a FAFSA Day site but there will be other places in the Greensboro area. Visit College Foundation of North Carolina at www.cfnc.org for information on locations of the event, required documentation and registration for FAFSA day. Students may begin filing their FAFSA for the 2011-12 school year now. Students must file a FAFSA each school year they are planning to receive financial aid, even if your aid consists only of student loans. The FAFSA priority deadline for UNCG is March 1.

Active U employee fitness program Active U is a grant-funded employee fitness program through the HealthyUNCG Committee and the Department of Campus Recreation. It is designed to improve the health and well-being of UNCG employees by exposing them to various fitness activities in a non-competitive, inclusive environment. The program will be held every Friday 12:30-1:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 11 through April 15, at the Student Recreation Center Fitness Studio. It will include fitness activities such as Zumba, yoga, pilates, hi/lo aerobics and resistance training. All UNCG employees are welcomed (No SRC membership is required). Incentives for participation will be given. Please bring your UNCG Staff ID to enter the SRC. For more information, contact the Department of Campus Recreation at ifitness@uncg.edu or by phone 4-5924, or go online to http://healthy.uncg.edu.

UNCG Dining launches YouFirst Dining Services has launched a strategy that helps ensure guest needs are addressed directly and quickly. Managers will be more accessible on the floor of dining locations, and YouFirst chefs will interact with diners. You will recognize them by their squash-colored chef coats. If you have questions or a concern, see any employee in a Dining Services location.

Making connections with Spartan parents and families Parents and family members play a vital role in the academic and social success of UNCG students. To facilitate effective partnerships with parents and family members, The Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs distributes “Family Connections,” a monthly e-newsletter, to Spartan family members who have joined the UNCG Parent Family Association (PFA). “Family Connections” provides a valuable opportunity for more than 3,600 PFA members to learn about the programs and resources that are available to families and their students within the university community. The newsletter is sent via email through the PFA listserv during the first week of each month to inform parents and family members of upcoming events, resources and deadlines. Additionally, the newsletter includes a spotlight series that showcases the contributions of students and faculty members from the UNCG community. If your office or department will be hosting an event, providing services or would like to submit a spotlight article for inclusion in “Family Connections,” contact Brandy Propst at bspropst@uncg.edu for details and article submission guidelines. All articles are due five business days prior to the end of the month in order to be included in the following month’s issue. If you would like to receive “Family Connections,” email Brandy Propst at bspropst@uncg.edu and ask to subscribe. You are also invited to become a fan of our UNCG Spartan Family Programs Facebook page. Log onto Facebook and search for “UNCG Spartan Family Programs” to “Like” the page.

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum A traveling table top exhibit with more than 3,000 items of Black memorabilia spanning from slavery to Hip Hop, on Feb. 15, 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.

“Preparing the Black Community for Social Change” This lecture by Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis, assistant professor of sociology and black studies at City College of New York, will be Feb. 10, 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.

The Great Conversation Sponsored by the Philosophy Department, the series presents Mike Matteson on “The Sniper and the Lone Sentry,” Thursday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Center. This is the final Great Conversation of the spring. Philosophy’s next event is the Philosophy Departmtent/BB&T Symposium on Property, Markets and Morality, March 18-20. That will be a joint effort between the Philosophy Department and the (Bryan School) BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets and Morality. Dr. Wade Maki and Dr. Bas van der Vossen are organizing that symposium.

This is a test Emergency preparedness is an important priority for UNCG. The university will hold a campus-wide test of its emergency notification systems on Tuesday, Feb. 16, starting at 10:35 a.m. The following systems will be activated during the test: AM radio station channel 1640 (with internet streaming); campus-wide email; SMS text message, Twitter and Facebook; network pop-up; blue light emergency phone PA systems; classroom intercoms, building mass notification systems; emergency and adverse weather line (4-4400); and the emergency web site. Following the emergency notification test, a short survey will be sent via email. Please take time to provide us with your feedback. Your response is important to ensuring the university is prepared for emergencies. To register for SMS text messaging, or to confirm your information is up-to-date, go to Emergency Cell Phone Contact under Personal Information in your UNCGenie account. Faculty, staff and students may also download the computer-screen pop-up tool (Windows only) and subscribe to the emergency notification RSS feed. Feel free to contact the Office of Emergency Management with any questions or concerns, at BeReady@uncg.edu or 256-8639.

Campus Garden meeting Believe it or not, cold, winter days are the perfect time to start thinking about planting and planning your garden, says Dr. Susan Andreatta (Anthropology). She is a leader of the Campus Garden on McIver Street. “We are pleased and fortunate to have Guilford County Cooperative Extention Agent Karen Neill and Master Gardener Jeanne Aller provide us with a ‘getting started on your garden plot’ presentation. You need not be a plot holder [in the Campus Garden] to attend and learn how and when to plant your first seeds and transplants. If you are a Campus Garden plot holder, please send one of your members to this meeting,” she says. The presentation will be Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5-6:30 p.m. in Graham 313.

And the winners are Three readers who filled out the Campus Weekly survey at the end of the last semester were randomly selected to win the prize of a $10 credit to Dining Services. The CW editor thanks all of those who completed the survey. The winners are Venus Pinnix (Curry Building); Marian Harrison (McIver Building) and Stacy Sechrist (330 S. Greene Street).

UNCG Theatre to present Shakespeare’s “Pericles”

020911EyeOnArts_PericlesWilliam Shakespeare’s drama, “Pericles,” will be presented by UNCG Theatre Feb. 18-27, in Taylor Building Theatre. [Read more…]

African American Dance Showcase Feb. 21-26

Dance faculty members Duane Cyrus and Robin Gee are coordinating a major showcase of dance events, including a performance concert and workshops by nationally known dancers that will take place in Greensboro Monday through Saturday, Feb. 21-26, in recognition of Black History Month. [Read more…]

Top Students Coming for Band Festival

Top high school musicians from North Carolina and surrounding states will sharpen their skills at the 22nd Carolina Band Festival & Conductors Conference hosted Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 17-19, by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. [Read more…]

Campus People: February 9, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Steve Nugent – Dr. Jodi Pettazzoni – Dr. Charles D. Orzech [Read more…]

See/Hear: February 9, 2011

A special Chancellor’s Fireside Chat was held for staff on Jan. 25.

Staff Senate has posted video of the talk, including a question and answer time.

See it at http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/stfc/resources/firesidechat/

Looking ahead: February 9-16, 2011

Talk, “North Carolina’s Oldest Roads”
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Hodges’ Reading Room, Jackson Library.

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

Artist talk, Stacy Lynn Waddell
Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon.

Dance, faculty concert.
Friday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Women’s basketball vs. College of Charleston (Pink Zone game)
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Miami
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Coliseum.

Faculty Senate forum, on upcoming program review
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Lecture, “Saints and Relics: Art and Devotion in Byzantium,” Dr. Derek Krueger
Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon.

more at calendar.uncg.edu