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Chancellor on Program Review, Budget, Nano

042711Headline_CHAInterviewWith several days of classes remaining in the 2011 spring semester, Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke with UNCG Campus Weekly about academic program review, budget news and some of the brighter notes of the past months – and future ones.

Chancellor Brady, can you tell about some of the most special moments from the past academic year that come to mind?

Many of those special moments have to do with students and faculty and staff winning awards, which serve as terrific reminders about what makes UNCG thrive, our people. A great example is the announcement that Margaret Carpenter had won a Gates Cambridge scholarship, the first-ever [for UNCG]. She is a senior music major who will be attending the University of Cambridge next year to do a master’s in choral music. Another example is Zim Ugochukwu, a senior biology major who has won UNCG’s first-ever Henry Luce Scholarship. At the Student Support Services Awards dinner last night, two non-traditional and first-generation students received awards based on their academic performance, community service and campus service. These have the most meaning for me, particularly as we continue to deal with difficult budget circumstances. Not only have these students excelled in the classroom, through their public service they have made a lasting impact on the local community and are excellent examples of the university’s commitment to community engagement.

You attended the Staff Excellence Awards today, and you spoke about the importance of morale. How do you gauge morale these days, among staff, faculty and students?

I do spend a good bit of time out on the campus meeting with faculty, staff and students. Some of those meetings are regularly scheduled meetings with the Staff Senate and Faculty Senate or the Student Government Association, but I have also been meeting with small groups of faculty and students in fireside chats, which are designed as open-ended conversations – to try to take the pulse of the campus. Also, I’m always available via e-mail for those in the campus community who have questions or feedback to share and are not able to attend one of the fireside chats. My e-mail address is lpbrady@uncg.edu.

Can I ask you about the fireside chats with students? I know you regularly have those …

I had one last week, in Weil-Winfield.

What are students telling you these days?

What was very exciting in the fireside chat last week is that three of the students who attended will be living in the new Jefferson Suites beginning in the fall. That residence hall will house a new learning community focused on sustainable entrepreneurship. Students are looking forward over the next several years to better residence hall environments that integrate learning with the residential experience.

Despite the budget challenges we have already faced and those that are ahead, students remain very pleased about the quality of education that they receive.  However, they do have concerns related to the extent to which they would be able to get the classes they need for graduation. We did spend a good bit of time last week talking with them about the approach that deans and department heads will take, as tuition revenue comes in, to restore classes that we would otherwise have to cut as a result of the budget cuts. The largest concern that students have relates to the impact of the magnitude of the cuts in 2011-2012 and their ability to make good progress toward their degrees. And, indeed, supporting the students’ ability to continue to make good progress toward their degrees is a top priority.

Can I ask you about UNCG’s Academic Program Review and what you foresee as the result of the program review?

We are engaged in the process of reviewing all of the academic programs on the campus, and that is approximately 200 programs. It includes both undergraduate and graduate programs. There are really a couple of purposes for the review.

The first is to assess the quality of our academic programs to get a feel for student demand for those programs, to assess the extent to which the programs that we currently offer are meeting the needs of the marketplace. We know for example that there are many areas of need in which we do not have a capacity to serve all of the qualified students; Nursing is a very good example of that. One purpose is to assess the state of our academic offerings.

The review is also designed to enable UNCG to identify our strongest programs and to identify those that may face challenges in advance of the work that the UNC General Administration will do in their own program review which is designed to identify unnecessary duplication. That process will not begin in a significant way until the fall. Our goal in beginning the program review this spring was to get ahead of the UNC General Administration review, so that when General Administration comes to campus we’re prepared to make the case for our strongest programs.

I understand that the timeline has changed very recently. Can you speak about that?

Yes. We are asking faculty to engage in a very difficult process that will have significant consequences to the university. We originally expected the UNC General Administration review to be much further along, and we had established a six-week window for academic departments to do their internal review and forward the results of that review to their school or the college in the case of departments in the College of Arts & Sciences. It became clear that there are unresolved issues concerning the reliability of some data and that many of our departments did not feel that they had had sufficient time to make the qualitative case for their programs. The qualitative data is a critical component of the program review, and we want to ensure faculty have adequate time to thoughtfully describe the impact their programs have in the classroom and in the community. We also learned that the General Administration review was going to be pushed back, and we believed that it was in the best interests of the university to give the campus more time.

Those academic departments that have already submitted their materials will have an opportunity to go back and review and update and expand on what they have submitted. They will be able to engage that process in the early fall. We would then expect the University Program Review Committee to look at the recommendations moving forward from the unit committees between early December and the 1st of March and then make recommendations to the provost.

So we would expect the review to extend throughout the next academic year with recommendations being presented to the Board of Trustees in May of 2012. I understand that this is a challenging process and want our faculty to have the necessary time and accurate data to make the difficult decisions that lie ahead.

Can I ask you about the constituencies that are involved? Who will have a voice in this? Specifically, how are faculty involved?

This is a faculty-driven process that we modeled on the promotion & tenure process, in which a candidate’s case begins with the review of the candidate within his or her academic department. The department then makes recommendations to the school or the college and then recommendations come forward to the provost. The program review process is analogous to that because we believe that those who are in the best position to evaluate academic programs are those who actually deliver those programs. The process begins with the faculty and then moves forward.

At the university level there will be faculty and administrators, staff and students involved on the University Program Review Committee because we want to make certain that we receive input from all our constituencies. Throughout this process, we will be posting updates on an Academic Program Review web site on the provost’s web page, and we will be sharing our progress with the Board of Trustees at every Trustees meeting between now and next May. I know that this process will not be easy and welcome feedback and suggestions from the university community along the way.

Can I ask you about UNCG’s engagement with the community? Of course UNCG engages with the community in a great variety of ways. Opportunity Greensboro has been in the news recently. Can you speak about Opportunity Greensboro?

UNCG has a long tradition of community engagement. Just last week, faculty, staff and students from UNCG and the nonprofit Sustainable Greensboro worked together on Earth Day [April 21], to help college students and the Greensboro community learn how Greensboro can move into a sustainable future.

Another example of the university’s engagement with the community is Opportunity Greensboro. This is a very exciting initiative. It represents a partnership between the seven colleges and universities with programs in Greensboro and the business leadership, and it is designed to drive economic development in Greensboro. The business community clearly understands that the future of Greensboro is inextricably linked to the future of the colleges and universities. We produce the graduates who often remain in this city, who move into jobs, who become active members of the community. And the business community understands that without that educated workforce we will not be able to enhance quality of life in this community.

They also understand that research universities in Greensboro – UNCG and North Carolina A&T – generate much of the intellectual capital. One example of that is the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, which is not only offers graduate programs but also supports faculty research that already has led to the creation of a spinoff company. That company based at Gateway South employs people in high paying jobs and we expect more of this to occur.

The Opportunity Greensboro effort is designed to bring together the chancellors and presidents of the seven colleges and universities with CEOs to identify initiatives that will enable the business community to better access the resources of the universities and that will more readily connect our students and faculty to the business community. Our tagline is “Opportunity Greensboro: Opportunity thrives here, so can you.” The message that we are trying to get across is that as businesses and as colleges and universities, we each thrive in Greensboro, and working together we can be more effective in recruiting other businesses to move to Greensboro and create jobs.

About the joint school: A focus of the UNCG Business Summit was UNCG and N.C. A&T as well as government leaders and the business community all working together to bring it to its current point. Can you tell us the latest about the Nano School and about how, in the current budget process in Raleigh, it is faring?

We’re making extremely good progress in implementing the Joint School. We enrolled our first class of graduate students in Nanoscience last fall. We will enroll the first class of graduate students in Nanoengineering in fall 2011. We have hired an outstanding dean, Jim Ryan, and a number of faculty. We have also made joint appointments between a number of our UNCG faculty and the A&T faculty in the Joint School. The education programs are off and running and faculty and students have already begun to engage local schools. In fact, earlier this year middle-schoolers worked alongside JSNN faculty members to develop and test science experiments related to space flight.

When the budget for the Joint School was approved we indicated that we needed $6.9 million dollars in continuing operating funds to enable us to hire the faculty and support the graduate students in those programs. We have received all but the last two million dollars that we need to complete the budget for JSNN. We have requested two million dollars for the 2011-2012 budget primarily to enable both universities to hire the additional faculty and support the entering class of Nanoengineering students. Unfortunately, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education did not include funding for JSNN. The process obviously has not concluded, and we are hopeful that the Senate will include the two million dollars needed for us to continue to close the gap between what has been appropriated and what is required to fully fund the school.

About the budget: What are some things that the campus community maybe should keep an eye on as they look at the budget process unfold between now and sometime in June?
While we expect significant budget cuts next year, there are many, many numbers floating in the media – from the governor’s proposal for a 9.5 percent cut to the planning that we have done for up to a 15 percent cut to the proposal coming out of the House for a 17.4 percent cut. It will be several weeks before we actually know what the ultimate budget cut will be.

The other, good news, however, coming out of the budget process so far is the House has indeed supported the recommendations that came forward from the Board of Governors to allow the universities to increase tuition – and for that tuition revenue to remain on the campus. That is extremely important for us. We have been authorized to raise tuition by 6.5 percent. At that, we remain affordable, but the revenue generated – 4.5 million dollars – will enable us to make additional investments in need-based financial aid of about a million dollars and also to invest more than 3 million dollars to offset the reductions in courses that we would have to take as part of the budget cut.

The good news, thus far, is that it appears that the universities will be able to capture that revenue to offset at least a portion of the budget cut and to mitigate the impact of the cut on financial aid and access to classes.

Can I ask you about the state’s historical philosophy toward its public universities and toward access to higher education? As you speak with legislators and government officials, do you sense any change in that philosophy toward access to higher education? And what’s at stake in that debate?

I think that the philosophical questions surrounding how we support education in North Carolina are probably even more important than the issue of the budget.

North Carolina historically has been known for its support of higher education. We receive a large portion of our budget from the state. Over time many other states have dramatically reduced their support, states like California and Virginia and South Carolina. That has led public universities in those states to dramatically raise tuition to make up for that shortfall in state support. In many states now, if you are a resident of that state, it is very difficult for you to gain access to the public university in your state – because the universities are in many cases recruiting more out-of-state students at much higher tuition rates to try to fill the gap in funding.

What would that mean for in-state students trying to get into their state schools?

What it means in many states is that if you are an in-state student you may very well have to leave the state to attend university.

In North Carolina we have prided ourselves on access, and indeed access is a major element of our strategic plan. But we need to focus equally on student success, and as we move from an enrollment growth funding model for universities to a performance based model, it is even more important that we focus on students’ success and that we not only admit students but indeed provide them with the support they will need to graduate.

My biggest concern about where we may be heading in North Carolina is that we will move away from a commitment to higher education as a public good that benefits the state as a whole and not simply the individuals who receive an education, to a philosophy that assumes that education is a private good and those who can afford to pay for it will have access to it but those who can’t won’t. I think long-term that will result in a less educated workforce in North Carolina and that it will have a dramatic and very negative impact on the economic competitiveness of the state and our ability to attract businesses. And over time, as we see this trend happening across the country, it will make the United States a less competitive country.

As I look around the globe, I see so many countries making major investments in higher education. When I traveled to Russia earlier this spring as part of a State Department sponsored trip for seven college and university presidents, we visited a number of research universities in Russia. The Russian government is investing billions of dollars to build those universities and their research capacities. We see similar things happening in China and Singapore and India, and my concern long-term is not simply for the state of North Carolina but for our competitiveness as a nation.

We’ve talked about what may be seen as negatives; let’s turn to the positives. What are some things at UNCG that, as chancellor, you are excited about?

As commencement approaches, I am very proud of our graduates and also very excited about what the future holds. I am delighted that despite the budget challenges over the last few years, we have been able to attract some of the best and brightest to serve in leadership positions throughout the university. Dr. Karen Wixson officially began her tenure as dean of the School of Education on January 1st and Dr. McRae “Mac” Banks II will officially take the helm as dean of the Bryan School [of Business and Economics] on July 1st.

We also have several initiatives that I’m very excited to see unfold as we approach the beginning of a new academic year. One of the things that I am very, very excited about is the development of new learning communities on this campus. Some of those learning communities will be associated with new residence halls beginning with Jefferson Suites, which will open in the fall, with the learning community focused on sustainable entrepreneurship. But we will also embed new learning communities in the new residence halls that we will build over the next six years on Lee Street.

Learning communities are extremely important in terms of enhancing our ability to recruit and retain the very best students. We know that students who participate in learning communities are more successful academically. They also remain more closely tied to the university after they graduate. Since our goal is not only to provide access but to ensure success, I’m convinced that the work that we’re doing around learning communities will have a dramatic impact on this university as early as next year.

I am also very excited that we will this fall open our early-middle college focused on health careers. This is a partnership between the university and the Guilford Public Schools and underscores the university’s commitment to ensuring every child has access to a high quality education. It’s being led by faculty in the School of Health and Human Performance and will be a signature effort of the new School of Health and Human Sciences led by Dean Hooper. That will bring fifty high-school students to campus in the fall. These are students who are challenged to succeed in a traditional high-school setting but it has been demonstrated both locally and nationally that early-middle colleges work – that students who enroll, who have an opportunity to be mentored by UNCG faculty, to actually be on a college campus indeed have higher retention rates, are more likely to go to college. I’m very excited about strengthening our partnership with the Guilford schools.

Thank you so much, chancellor. Anything else you would like to cover?
It has been a very busy year. It has obviously been a very difficult year because of the uncertainty associated with the budget, and that uncertainty does have a tendency to erode morale. In the year ahead, once we understand the magnitude of the cuts, and we move through that process, we then need to move into a period of rebuilding morale and trust on this campus. I am fully committed to this process. It is in challenging times like these that I am most thankful for the resilient spirit of our students, faculty and staff who work every day to make UNCG and our community a better place. I am very thankful for their enduring commitment to this great university.

Interviewed by Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

Ten Honored at Staff Excellence Event

042711Feature_StaffAwardsKaren Stacherksi (ELCF) and Lisa Walker (Nutrition) received the 2011 Staff Excellence Awards. They will be recognized at the Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony after the State of the Campus address on August 17.

But at last Wednesday’s Staff Excellence Award Breakfast, the focus was on recognizing all the staff excellence nominees. Ten were honored at the event in Virginia Dare Room.

“I want to congratulate all the nominees here. You all do incredible work,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady told the 10 nominees.

“You and your comrades are always there,” she said. Many work late into the evenings or in the early mornings – and some literally overnight, she noted.

“This year we had 10 amazing nominations,” said Julie Landen, chair of the Staff Senate’s Staff Recognition Committee. She and four other members of the committee – Cynthia Louis, Connie Uselman, Julee Johnson and Kristen Hudy – read the remarks of those who’d nominated the 10 being honored.

“A true master of multi-tasking”… “The glue that holds everything together in these trying times”… “An incredibly caring, thoughtful disposition” were some of the nominees’ comments that were read aloud.

Jason Morris, chair of Staff Senate, made remarks. Kevin Bullard, the former chair of Staff Senate, was on hand as well.

The 10 honored nominees:
Donna Doby (Nursing)
Mary Crowe (Undergraduate Research)
David Kinsey (Nursing)
Karen Haywood (Registar’s Office)
Kim Clark (Campus Recreation)
Michael James (Facilities Operations)
Robette Edwards (Accounting Services)
Amanda Hughes (Music, Theatre and Dance)
Karen Stacherski (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations)
Lisa Walker (Nutrition)

By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson

Space Shuttle and Sea-Monkeys Lift Off Friday

042711NewsAndNotes_ShuttleThe Space Shuttle Endeavor lifts off Friday afternoon (April 29), for its final flight into space. President Obama will be on hand – as will a small group of Mendenhall middle-schoolers, watching their experiment of tiny brine shrimp go into orbit. [Read more…]

Renovations to Quad Will Begin May 7

042711Feature_ResidenceHallAfter housing generations of families and thousands of students, the residence halls that make up UNCG’s beloved Quad are getting an upgrade.

Renovations to the historic Quad will begin May 7. The renovations, estimated to cost $52.5 million and paid for over time by user fees, will keep the residence halls offline for a little more than year. Construction is scheduled to wrap up in the late summer of 2012 for fall occupancy.

The project will include complete interior renovations of Cotton, Bailey, Hinshaw, Coit, Shaw, Jamison and Gray residence halls, totaling approximately 225,000 gross square feet. The renovations will also include exterior building envelope repairs; the replacement of existing windows with energy efficient ones; and ADA accessibility improvements, including ramps and elevators. Improvements will be made to the existing site and underground utilities.

Two living-learning community classrooms will be included on the north side of Shaw Residence Hall as well as new office space. The halls’ parlors will be expanded to two stories and the primary entrances to the buildings will be created on the Quad side of the structures. The mature trees within the Quad will be protected during the renovations, and the grass within the area will be kept with enhanced walkways on either side.

UNCG’s Facilities Design and Construction department is managing the Quad Residence Halls renovations.

After a series of discussions about the fate of the Quad, UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady recommended the renovation of the historic structures to the university’s Board of Trustees in September 2009. “UNCG has demonstrated its commitment to historically sensitive renovation – illustrated by Aycock Auditorium, the Alumni House, Forney and other projects – and I pledge we will approach renovation of the Quad residence halls in the same spirit,” Brady told the board.

The other option considered during planning for the campus’ long-term housing needs was to raze and rebuild the residence halls.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Rendering courtesy Facilities Design and Constuction

Electronic Health Records Conference May 12

042711NewsAndNotes_ERecordsMedical offices ready to implement electronic health records or curious about the technology’s possibilities can learn more at the second annual Conference on Electronic Health Record (EHR) Implementation Thursday, May 12. [Read more…]

Beyond Academics Graduation May 2

Six students in Beyond Academics at UNCG, a four-year certification for young adults with developmental disabilities, will become the program’s first graduates on Monday, May 2. [Read more…]

A Lot More of Jane Austen

042711NewsAndNotes_AustenAre you a “Jane-ite?” If so, you may already know that this year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” the first novel she published. [Read more…]

Notes: April 27, 2011

NotesIconSGA lauded UNCG’s Student Government Association was named Delegation of the Year at the Association of Student Governments. The SGA also received the award for Excellence in a Community Service Project for the campus’ Great T-shirt Exchange, which SGA co-sponsored.

CW summer schedule The last weekly issue of the semester will be next week, May 4. In the summer months, CW publishes online every other week: May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug 10. With the Aug. 10 issue, we will return to weekly publication.

North Carolina Writing Center Network Directors’ Day On April 1, nearly 35 writing center directors and assistant directors from around North Carolina attended the North Carolina Writing Center Network Directors’ Day workshop here at UNCG, organized and hosted by Dr. Sara Littlejohn, University Writing Center director. There were a wide range of schools represented — small liberal arts colleges, large public and private universities, and community colleges. During the day-long workshop, directors discussed the issues of writing center assessment and online writing center logistics and pedagogy. Attendees also discussed the benefits of meeting regularly, and made plans to meet in the fall and spring of each year at different locations around the state. Topics of discussion at future North Carolina directors’ workshops include the institutional and professional situations among directors, working with multilingual writers, and undergraduate consultant training courses.

Two Undergraduate Admissions Updates The Visitor Center will have new hours. Effective May 1, the Visitor Center will open at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, and close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Additionally, the final application deadline for freshmen, transfers, second baccalaureate and adult students applying for fall 2011 is July 15. Former students must apply by Aug. 1. The deadlines are for the receipt of the application, the application fee and all required credentials. For more information, contact Undergraduate Admissions at 4-5243.

Physics of the human body The semester’s final “Science on Tap” talk will be Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m., at the Green Bean on S. Elm Street. Dr. Promod Pratap will present “Physics of the Human Body: Teaching Interdisciplinary Science.”

Learn about your students, through Student Affairs Assessment Newsletter Did you know that 69% of students surveyed responded “not at all like me” when presented with the phrase “I drink alcohol frequently,” or that 29 percent of incoming first-year students for the 2010-11 school year reported “never” discussing ideas from class work with teacher outside class during their last year of high school? The Student Affairs Assessment newsletter, A Closer Look: Focus on Assessment” contains information from surveys that Student Affairs Assessment has conducted over the last year, including The Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement, The Mental Health and Counseling Survey, The Career Planning and Professional Aspirations Survey, The Student Union and Programming Survey, and The Campus Recreation Survey. These surveys provide information about students’ experiences with and expectations for faculty, staff, and services provided here at UNCG. View the newsletter at http://studentaffairs.uncg.edu/assessment/wp-content/uploads/A-Closer-Look-2011-final.pdf. Those with questions may contact Dr. Erin Bentrim-Tapio, director, Student Affairs Assessment, at 4-5582 or e_bentri@uncg.edu.

Come garden with Staff Senate Join Staff Senate volunteers as they work with the Grounds crew on Arbor Day (this Friday). The volunteers will be enhancing the Academic and Administrative Staff Association (AASA) garden with new plantings. (The AASA was a staff organization on campus before Staff Senate came into being.) All are welcome to attend and/or “dig in the dirt” with them. It will be Friday, April 29, 1 p.m. in Foust Park, near the entrance to Foust Building

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

042711EyeOnArts_MFAThe Weatherspoon Art Museum will present its 2011 UNCG Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition April 30-June 5. [Read more…]

Thesis Films Will be Screened

MFA students in the Department of Media Studies present their thesis films 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. [Read more…]

Campus People: April 27, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Janet Lilly – Craig Nova – Dr. Bob Wineburg – Odell Cleveland – Tina Sarawgi – Tommy Lambeth [Read more…]

Newsmakers: April 27, 2011

Tara Green, Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell, Benjamin Filene, Jose Villalba, Sam Miller, Jennifer Etnier, Rachel Fischer-Schulz, Song Anh Nyguen, Spoma Jovanovic, Tom Martinek and the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning are among UNCG individuals recently in the news.

Visit the Newsmakers page.

Announcements: April 27, 2011

On Wednesday, April 27, at 3 p.m., Faculty Senate hosts a forum on “Academic Program Review Process Update and Budget Update.” It will be in EUC Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend.

An hour earlier, there will be a forum about about three bills proposed or passed by the state legislature:

  • Senate bill 575, Higher Education Efficiency and Flexibility (includes the action of separating SPA employees from Office of State Personnel and giving personnel authority of all UNC system employees to the UNC Board of Governors).
  • Senate Bill 265, State Health Plan changes
  • Senate Bill 391, SPA/Repeal RIF Priority Consideration

This forum will be Wednesday, April 27, 2 p.m., Maple Room, EUC.

The day’s first forum is at 10 a.m. in the EUC Maple Room, and is a meeting with PART (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation). Earlier this year, PART announced route changes due to decreased funding. PART representatives will explain the current funding dilemma and how it has impacted PART’s decision to alter routes. They will discuss suggestions on how we can work together to keep current service at UNCG.

Looking ahead: April 27-May 6, 2011

Reading Day
Wednesday, April 27

Forum, “Academic Program Review Process Update and Budget Update”
Wednesday, April 27, 3 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Forum, on Senate bills 575, 265 and 391
Wednesday, April 27, 2 p.m., Maple Room, EUC

Baseball vs. High Point
Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m.

Final exams begin
Thursday, April 28

Retirement reception, Coach Lynne Agee
Friday, April 29, 9 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Indie-Lit reading, Steve Cushman and Lea Graham
Friday, April 29, 3 p.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Reading, Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” excerpts
Tuesday, May 3, 3:30 p.m., Faculty Center

Talk, “Physics of the Human Body: Teaching Interdisciplinary Science,” Dr. Promod Pratap
Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m., Green Bean, Elm St.

Spring Commencement
Friday, May 6, 10 a.m., Greensboro Coliseum.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Budget in Flux, Brady Tells Senators

042011Headline_BudgetChancellor Linda P. Brady updated Staff Senate last week about budget matters. She has similarly spoken with Faculty Senate and the Parent & Family Council in the past two weeks.

She explained to the staff that the UNCG budget was in flux, as the state budget work continued in Raleigh. But she explained what is known at this time. “Our goal today is to really hear from you,” she told the senators.

She reviewed with the senators the budget principles adopted in May 2009, including protecting the academic core and considering the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-14.

And she spoke about budgetary planning priorities:

  1. Protect course availability.
  2. Support student-facing services, including recruitment, admissions and financial aid.
  3. Consider health and hygiene-related services such as counseling and housekeeping staff.
  4. Support Public Safety and Campus Police.
  5. Sustain 24/7 coverage of IT servers.

If the cut for 2011-12 is at 15 percent, “we’d lose 44,000 seats in courses,” she said. The budget proposal that came from the state House appropriations subcommittee the day before her Staff Senate presentation called for a cut of 17.4 percent for the system, she added.

The chancellor has noted that between 2007-08 and 2010-11, UNCG has already taken permanent cuts of more than $9.6 million. UNCG has absorbed another $39 million in one-time cuts and mandatory reversions during this period. These cuts have had a dramatic impact on the ability of the university to fulfill our missions of teaching, research and service, she has explained.

Among additional points she made in her presentation to Staff Senate:

  • Our tuition at UNCG has increased more than 29 percent over the last three years, she said. That is lower than the system average. That rise in tuition – coupled with financial aid being at risk at the state and federal levels – creates concern over access to education.
  • UNCG’s Academic Program Review should result in savings over time, but it is unlikely to have an immediate impact on savings.
  • UNCG will have a smaller freshman class in the coming academic year, as a result of UNCG raising the entrance standards. The enrollment for distance education is expected to rise and we expect more transfer students, she said.
  • UNCG’s budget plan would likely be modified based on the final state budget and on feedback received in meetings with Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Dean’s Council, the Student Government Association, the general faculty and Board of Trustees.
  • She indicated that UNCG’s budget web site would be enhanced in a couple of weeks, providing more context for items posted there. You may sign up for the budget listserv alerting you when new items are posted there.

“Times are difficult,” she said, explaining that the large budget cuts will be a “difficult challenge” for us.

“We’ll get through it,” she told the staff senators.

Note: Two upcoming discussions on campus will focus on the budget.

  • On Wednesday, April 27, at 3 p.m., Faculty Senate hosts a forum on “Academic Program Review Process Update and Budget Update.” It will be in EUC Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend. The chancellor will be among those speaking.
  • On Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in Jarrell Lecture Hall, Jackson Library, a talk on “Where UNCG Fits Into the State’s Budget” will be given. The presenter will be Mike Tarrant, special assistant to the chancellor in UNCG’s Office of Government Relations. Tarrant will explain how UNCG is represented to state elected officials, how UNCG’s state legislative agenda works and how proposed budget cuts will impact UNCG. The program is open to the entire UNCG community.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Faculty Authors Were Feted

042011Feature_BooksFaculty who had books published over the past year – between January 2010 and March 31, 2011 – were recently honored at a reception held by the University Libraries and the Office of the Provost. Dean Rosann Bazirjian noted, “At the beginning of this academic year, the libraries undertook a new initiative to identify, collect and promote the books written and edited by UNCG’s faculty. Through our faculty authors, our acquisitions staff, department chairs and University Relations, we learned of 43 books in all that were published in 2010 and 2011. The books we’ve now received come from 23 departments — from the schools of Business and Economics; Education; Human Environmental Sciences, Music, Theatre and Dance; Nursing; the Division of Continual Learning, and the College of Arts & Sciences.”

The authors recognized by University Libraries, their department and book title:
Omar Ali – African American Studies “In the Lion’s Mouth”
Ann Millett-Gallant – Art and Liberal Studies “The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art”
Nir Kshetri – Business Administration “The Global Cybercrime Industry: Economic, Institutional and Strategic Perspectives”
Jennifer Yurchisin – Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies “Fashion and the Consumer”
Albert N. Link – Economics “Public Goods, Public Gains”
Svi Shapiro – Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations “Educating Youth for a World Beyond Violence
Dale Brubaker and Misti Williams – Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations “Why the Principalship?: Making the Leap from the Classroom”
Christian Moraru – English “Postcommunism, Postmodernism, and the Global Imagination”
Christian Moraru – English “Cosmoderism”
Christopher Hodgkins – English “George Herbert’s Pastoral: New Essays on the Poet and Priest of Bemerton”
Kelly Ritter – English Who Owns School? Authority, Students, and Online Discourse
Mark Rifkin – English When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty
Mark Elliott – History “Undaunted Radical: The Selected Writings and Speeches of Albion W. Tourgee”
Robert M. Calhoon – History “Tory Insurgents”
David H. Demo – Human Development and Family Studies “Beyond the Average Divorce”
Hamid Nemati – Information Systems and Operations Management “Pervasive Information Security and Privacy Development: Trends and Advancements”
Hamid Nemati – Information Systems and Operations Management “Security and Privacy Assurance in Advancing Technologies”
Hamid Nemati – Information Systems and Operations Management “Applied Cryptography for Cyber Security and Defense”
Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll – Interior Architecture “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color”
Donald A. Hodges – Music Education “Music in the Human Experience: An Introduction to Music Psychology”
Laura J. Fero, Charlotte A. Herrick and Jie Hu – Nursing “Introduction to Care Coordination and Nursing Management”
Joshua Hoffman and Gary Rosenkrantz – Philosophy “An Historical Dictionary of Metaphysics”
Susan Buck – Political Science “Public Administration in Theory and Practice”
Heidi Gazelle – Psychology “Social Anxiety in Childhood: Bridging Developmental and Clinical Perspectives”
Jacquelyn White – Psychology “Violence Against Women and Children: Mapping the Terrain”
Jacquelyn White – Psychology “Violence Against Women and Children: Navigating Solutions”
Paul Silvia – Psychology “Public Speaking for Psychologists”
Charles Orzech – Religious Studies “Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras of East Asia”
Mark Smith-Soto – Romance Languages “Fever Season And Other Poems: A Bilingual Edition Selected and Translated by Mark Smith-Soto”
Ana Hontanilla – Romance Languages “El Gusto De La Razon”
Martica Bacallao – Social Work “Becoming Bicultural: Risk, Resilience, and Latino Youth”
Robert Wineburg – Social Work “Pracademics and Community Change”
Sarah Daynes – Sociology “Time and Memory in Reggae Music”
Ken Allan – Sociology “A Primer in Social & Sociological Theory: An Invitation to Democracy”
Ken Allan – Sociology “Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory,” 2nd edition.
Ken Allan – Sociology “Explorations in Classical Sociological Theory: Seeing the Social World,” 2nd edition.
Francine Johnston – Teacher Education and Higher Education “Words Their Way with Struggling Readers: Word Study for Reading, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction, Grades 4 – 12”
Dale Schunk – Teacher Education and Higher Education “Handbook of Self-Regulation of Learning and Performance”
CP Gause – Teacher Education and Higher Education “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Education: A Voice from the Margins”
Deborah Bell – Theatre “Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study”
James Fisher – Theatre “Miller in an Hour”
James Fisher – Theatre “Wilder in an Hour”

When a faculty member publishes a book, please notify Kimberly Lutz, University Libraries.

By Kimberly Lutz

$1.9 Million for Study of Early Colleges

042011Feature_SERVEA groundbreaking study of North Carolina’s early college high schools by SERVE Center at UNCG will continue thanks to a new three-year, $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

The additional funding will allow researchers, led by principal investigator Julie Edmunds, Ph.D., to continue tracking early college students and a control group of students in traditional high schools.

“We’re going to follow these students through high school graduation and beyond,” Edmunds said. “We’ll be making site visits and looking at how early colleges prepare students for postsecondary education. We’ll collect information about the number of college credits students earn during high school and where they enroll afterwards.”

The study already has found that ninth-graders in early college are more likely to be on track for college and much less likely to be suspended than their peers in traditional high schools, according to a 2010 report by SERVE Center. Early colleges also appear to shrink the performance gap between minority and non-minority students.

Early colleges are located on college campuses, serve fewer than 400 students, and allow students to graduate in four or five years with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or two years of college credit. They serve students in groups traditionally underrepresented in college: students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, students who would be the first in their families to attend college, and students who are members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.

The SERVE Center study used a lottery to assign students to early colleges or traditional high schools. The research team tracked and compared the groups using a range of measures.

“The beauty of a study like this is that we can say that the results were caused by whether the students attended early college or not,” said Ludy van Broekhuizen, PhD, executive director of SERVE Center. “A rigorous, experimental study like this one allows us to take student selection bias out of the equation.”

The project’s research team is led by SERVE Center and includes the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina New Schools Project, Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy, Abt Associates, RTI International and faculty from UNCG.

UNCG’s SERVE Center is an education research and development center. It houses the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Southeast; the National Center for Homeless Education; and numerous other technical assistance, research and evaluation projects.

By Dan Nonte
Photography from University Relations archives.

Announcements: April 20, 2011

Chancellor Brady emailed this message to faculty and staff Friday, April 15:

Extension of Academic Program Review Timeline

I know that faculty and staff have been working very hard to respond by the impending deadline for the department and program surveys required by the program review process. I also know that the Office of Planning and Assessment’s Institutional Research staff have been working diligently to explain the data and to correct them. Furthermore, the members of the unit and University program review committees have begun meeting to prepare for their work. All of this activity has been taking place at the busiest time of the year. I deeply appreciate the dedication of our faculty and staff to this process, which is so important to the future of our University.

Circumstances have changed, however, and now we are fairly certain that we will have more time than we initially thought. We have learned that the General Administration committee that will review programs system-wide for the purpose of eliminating unnecessary duplication will not begin its work until later this summer. For this reason, we no longer need to rush to the finish line and can extend the process through the end of March 2012. More details will follow, but I wanted to let the campus community know that the University Program Review Committee agrees with my decision to extend the impending deadline to May 31 for programs to respond to program and department surveys. This will also allow time for questions about the appropriateness and accuracy of the data to be addressed.

The unit-level reviews will begin after we return for the fall semester, when our minds are fresh and we face fewer competing demands. Extending the process will not only provide faculty and staff with the relief they need, but will ensure that we complete this process with the care and diligence required of such an important initiative. I remain convinced that it is in the best interest of UNCG that we make the decisions based on a thorough understanding of how programs on this campus operate. Reaching this level of understanding would be impossible without undergoing a carefully planned and inclusive process of the type in which we are engaged.

Thank you for your continued dedication to UNCG and best wishes for a successful conclusion to the 2010-11 academic year.

Linda P. Brady
Chancellor

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, April 27, at 3 p.m., Faculty Senate will host a forum on “Academic Program Review Process Update and Budget Update.” It will be in EUC Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend. The chancellor will be among those speaking.

Notes: April 20, 2011

NotesIconWhere UNCG fits into the state’s budget On Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in Jarrell Lecture Hall, Jackson Library, a talk on “Where UNCG Fits Into The State’s Budget” will be given. The presenter will be Mike Tarrant, special assistant to the chancellor from UNCG’s Office of Government Relations. Tarrant will explain how UNCG is represented to state elected officials, how UNCG’s state legislative agenda works and how proposed budget cuts will impact UNCG. The program is open to the UNCG Community. Registration is not required.

Program Review update and budget update On Wednesday, April 27, at 3 p.m., Faculty Senate hosts a forum on “Academic Program Review Process Update and Budget Update.” (This forum was originally scheduled for April 20.) It will be in EUC Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend.

What do those bills mean for me? You may have heard about three bills proposed or passed by the state legislature:

  • Senate bill 575, Higher Education Efficiency and Flexibility (includes the action of separating SPA employees from Office of State Personnel and giving personnel authority of all UNC system employees to the UNC Board of Governors).
  • Senate Bill 265, State Health Plan changes
  • Senate Bill 391, SPA/Repeal RIF Priority Consideration

Jason Morris (HRS), Staff Senate chair, who notes that those links take you to the NC General Assembly page for the bills’ progress and history, has announced two open forums where those on campus can learn more: Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m., Maple Room, EUC; and Wednesday, April 27, 2 p.m., Maple Room, EUC.

CW summer schedule The last weekly issue of the semester will be May 4. In the summer months, CW publishes online every other week: May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug 10. With the Aug. 10 issue, we will return to weekly publication.

Cram & Scram will be June 4 Our campus’ annual move-out reuse program, Cram and Scram, is right around the corner. Starting Monday, April 25, specially marked bins will be stationed in each residence hall’s lobby, with signage for what is being collected for the big discount sale. The bins will be removed by May 6. All these items will be brought to our annual sale in the EUC Cone Ballroom on Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This sale is open to the public. Those with question may call 334-5192 or email recycle@uncg.edu.

Sustainability talk, panel discussion today, April 20 The Senior Sustainability Officer of the US General Services Administration (GSA), Stephen Leeds, will speak Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. in the new School of Education building, Room 118. (Please enter the building via the entrance in the courtyard near Bryan Building.) Following the presentation, there will be a panel discussion about sustainability initiatives at UNCG and in Greensboro. Panelists include the city’s sustainability manager, representatives of local businesses and several UNCG faculty and staff who work on sustainability issues. This discussion will be open ended, with Q&A opportunities for the audience. It is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

Transportation survey Take this brief transportation questionnaire which considers multi-modes of transportation (biking, walking, transit, and driving) with special consideration for campus expansion south of Lee Street, parking allocation, and campus access – and you could win one of three prizes:

  • SILVER: Zipcar membership (retail value $35)
  • GOLD: 30-day PART bus pass (retail value $60)
  • PLATINUM: Trek bicycle (retail value $500).

For prize eligibility, respond by April 27.

Campus People: April 20, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Lynne Agee and With the Staff [Read more…]

See/Hear: April 20, 2011

“Don’t say anything. I just let them assume I can do everything.” UNCG Theatre alumnus Chris Chalk ’01, recently starring in a Lincoln Center production in New York City, talks of his career and the play “When I Come to Die,” in a YouTube video. He also explains, amusingly, how one incident involving a classmate at UNCG is why he refrains from putting particular skills on his resume. (Thanks to alumnus artist Kyle Webster ’99, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and the New Yorker, for tweeting this video.)

Chalk was nominated for a Drama Desk award last year for his work in August Wilson’s “Fences,” as this interview from the nominees cocktail party shows.

Another UNCG Theatre alumnus continues to enjoy the spotlight in Manhattan – even if the stylish early-1960’s costumes in her latest musical, “Baby It’s You!”, are not so easy to wear. “I have the most unbelievably gorgeous clothes – and the most uncomfortable undergarments ever known to man,” Beth Leavel ’80 MFA says in a promotional video for the Broadway show.  See the  promotional video here.

She received a Tony Award in 2006 for her starring role in the hit musical “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Leavel was profiled in the Spring 2007 UNCG Magazine cover story.

WNBA Veteran Wendy Palmer Named Women’s Basketball Coach

042011NewsAndNotes_PalmerWendy Palmer, an 11-year WNBA veteran and former All-American at Virginia under Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame coach Debbie Ryan, has been hired as the new women’s basketball coach at UNCG. [Read more…]

Apply for Staff Senate Scholarship

The UNCG Staff Senate Professional and Personal Development Committee will begin accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Staff Senate Scholarship. [Read more…]

More Student Work to Be Archived

A new content policy for NC DOCKS will allow more student work to be archived. One criterion is that it must be nominated or sponsored by a UNCG faculty member. [Read more…]

Student Excellence Honors

Our campus held its 49th Annual Student Honors Convocation April 6. [Read more…]

First University-Level Workplace Wellness Conference

042011NewsAndNotes_WellnessThe all-day ‘Making the Grade in Worksite Wellness’ Workshop was held on April 1 in the EUC. [Read more…]

Indie-Lit Greensboro April 29

Founded in 2007 as the Spring Southeastern Literary Magazine & Independent Press Festival, Indie-Lit Greensboro is an annual event that honors North Carolina’s rich literary heritage and brings to campus some of America’s finest editors and writers. [Read more…]

Looking ahead: April 20-27, 2011

Sustainability talk, Stephen Leeds, US General Services Administration
Wednesday, April 20, 1:30 p.m., Room 118, new School of Education Building.

Faculty Senate forum, “Academic Program Review at the University Level”
Wednesday, April 20, 3 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

Talk, artist John Ahearn
Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Music, String Orchestra,
Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

Earth Day activities
Thursday, April 21, 10:30 a.m., College Avenue and Foust Park.

Film, Anthony Fragola’s “Another Corleone: Another Sicily”
Thursday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Forum, on three bills considered by legislators.
Tuesday, April 26, 10 a.m., Maple Room, EUC.

Music, Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium.

Baseball vs. High Point
Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

University Program Review: Committee, Timeline, Forum

041311Headline_ProgramReviewProgram review at the university level will be the topic of the Wednesday, April 20, Faculty Senate forum. It will begin at 3 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. The university community is welcome. Dr. Roy Schwartzman, chair of the University-Level Program Review Committee, as well as Dr. Alan Boyette and Steven Serck will lead the discussion. Dr. Rebecca Adams will be present to answer questions as well

University-level review will be conducted June 15-Aug. 31. (See below for a list of members of the University Program Review Committee.) The committee’s recommendations are scheduled to be available electronically Aug. 31, and will be presented to Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Student Government Association and Graduate Student Association in September.

In mid-November, Provost Perrin is scheduled to forward program review recommendations to Chancellor Brady.

Schwartzman has begun a blog about the committee’s upcoming work and his perspective as chair. His posts have included: “Philosophy: Empower and Listen to Programs,” “Where We Are & How We Got Here,” “Program Review or Program Elimination?” “Chronicle Chronicles” and “Expanding the Options.”

This “UNCG Academic Program Review” blog is linked at the university’s Program Review web page.

The full membership of the University-Level Program Review Committee is:
Roy Schwartzman (Chair)
Ken Snowden
Jennifer Walter
Stephanie Kurtts
Robert Strack
Andrea Hunter
Beth Barba
Jason Morris
Shuntay McCoy
Bonnie Landaverdy
Laura Chesak
Steve Roberson
Alan Boyette (Non-Voting)
Rebecca Adams (Non-Voting)

A more detailed listing of this committee’s membership can be viewed at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/docs/committees//University_Program_Review_Committee.pdf

The membership of the unit-level committees, which begin their work May 1, can be viewed at http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2011/04/12/atunitleveltimeline/.

By Mike Harris

Home at Last

041311Feature_HabitatThe bright, sunny day felt like a good omen.

After months of working through all kinds of weather, the people who had swung hammers, wielded paint brushes and landscaped the yard came to dedicate the Habitat for Humanity house at 1505 Village Crest Drive on April 8.

The Beshir Ibnaouf and Maarif Abbas family proudly watched as well-wishers kicked off their shoes and walked into the house to explore the completed home. Some women bustled in the kitchen, warming trays of food that would be presented at the end of the dedication.

Outside, members of the UNCG community, Well∙Spring Retirement Community, Habitat and other family and friends mingled and shook hands. Well∙Spring funded the project, while UNCG and the family provided the labor.

“It’s amazing what a team can do when a team comes together,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady, a short time later during the ceremony. Turning to Beshir and Maarif, she said, “I hope you have many years of happiness here.”

Dr. Anita Tesh, associate dean of the School of Nursing who served as the liaison between the university and the family, noted the family has been working toward the goal of having their own home since 1997, when Beshir first emigrated from the Sudan.

“I can think of no more perfect family for this,” she said. “These are folks we are going to be very happy to have as neighbors.”

Steve Fleming, CEO of Well∙Spring, noted that this was truly an inter-generational undertaking, with supporters ranging from ages 100 to 18.

“Times are tough and partnerships like these are going to be more important than ever,” he said.

Amanda Albert, the Habitat construction staff member who led volunteers step-by-step through the home-building process, presented the family with a Bible and Qran. Later, when Beshir made his remarks, he singled her out. “Amanda, you did a great job.”

The two-story, four bedroom house spans 1,550 square feet. It’s green certified, Energy Star certified and has non-toxic/sustainable wood cabinets.

And now the family of seven can finally call it home.

By Beth English
Photograph by Chris English

Visual: The April 8 Habitat for Humanity dedication for the home.

Voice Through Photos

041311Feature_PhotoVoiceThose attending the April 6 Faculty Senate meeting expected to hear about the budget, resolutions and a number of items on the agenda. As they entered Alumni House, they experienced more, as they saw and heard some perspectives of African-American male students on campus.

PhotoVoice provides a way for everyone to express themselves – through pictures and captions – and in doing so, to make a difference.

Dr. Robert Strack (Public Health Education) first began using PhotoVoice projects as a research approach about 12 years ago in Baltimore to engage groups and communities to be advocates for positive change. Dr. Robert Aronson (PHE) has been the faculty leader for this “UNCG Through the Eyes of Black Male Students” PhotoVoice exhibition. It is conducted by the Brothers Leading Healthy Lives Project, funded in part by the Centers for Disease Control. The project helps in HIV prevention among young African-American males. Aronson is co-PI. Regina Pulliam (PHE) is project manager.

Strack, Aronson and Pulliam greeted early arrivers to the senate meeting, speaking about the students’ exhbition.

“It pulls people in,” noted Pulliam.

Strack said that taking picture, creating captions and exhibiting them is only part of what the students’ PhotoVoice projects hope to achieve. “It needs to inform our campus community and lead not only to changes in campus social norms but also to new policies and procedures that might improve campus life for our students.”

Aronson said, “The students feel they have a voice.”

The captions, written by the students, present perspectives and impressions many faculty, staff and students may not have considered.

“About 20 percent of Psychology professors are black – but most are women,” read part of one caption under a photo.

Warner McGee, a PHE doctoral student, was instrumental in gathering the students involved. The 10 black male students took a total of 600 pictures, which McGee and the participants culled to a small number for the exhibition, which is currently on view in McIver 161.

Senior Stephen Rountree, an art major concentrating in graphic design, opted for pen and ink representations of some of his experiences. He will likely start a design bureau with others, for local businesses when he graduates next month. He has been freelancing since his sophomore year. One of his works show what appears to be a chained man near the center, representations from news stories around him – including from the Japanese earthquake/tsunami. “All of this is coming from inside him,” Rountree explains. “A lot of my inspiration comes from Japan,” he said, as anime and Pokeman were early influences on his drawing.

In a different PHE PhotoVoice project, Dr. Kay Lovelace (PHE) has led a group documenting the experience of homeless women. But in the photos in Alumni House, most were scenes from around campus, with thought-provoking captions.

Such was the case two weeks earlier, at Public Health Education class HEA 331’s PhotoVoice exhibition documenting tobacco use on UNCG’s campus.

They showed some of their work in EUC’s Kirkland Room.

Graduate student and class instructor Chris Seitz said that most students in Public Health Education do not smoke. “[They’re] all about health, so largely against smoking,” he explained

The rule at UNCG is that smoking is permitted 25 feet or more away from a building. He explains there is no enforcement policy for this rule. Guilford County Department of Health’s Rebecca Rice, the regional College Campus Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, noted that within the UNC system, four campuses have a 100 foot restriction.

One photo showed the Bryan building interior courtyard, with a “No smoking on patio” sign. Nearby is someone smoking.

Seitz’s grandfather died of lung cancer, he explains. “Smoked unfiltered Camels his whole life.” He has had a passion against smoking ever since.

The day’s event was part of a course project – and an IRB approved research study.

His students like that “it won’t just die in class.” He said that members of Staff Senate, Faculty Senate and UNCG Administration had visited the exhibition that day.

He picks up a sealed bucket of cigarette butts. Last year’s class, as a project, had cleared away all the cigarette butts within 25 feet of seven particular buildings on campus. It was hard, meticulous work. The Guilford County Department of Public Health had provided them gloves, goggles and lunch for the endeavor – which continued when they came back 30 days later to see if there were any new butts that needed to be picked up. There were. 7,861 new butts, on the ground, he says. Those are kept sealed in the bucket, as a display. “They don’t degrade,” he says. “The filters are made of plastic, not cotton.

Nearby, two students in the class, Alyce Rice and Emily Moore, spoke with those looking at pictures. A senior, Moore plans to become a nurse, hoping to work work in pediatrics or oncology. A junior, Rice would like to work to stanch the rise in PTSDs. Reginald Summers, a senior interning with Guilford County Public Health, spoke with attendees as well. He’d like to manage a hospital someday.

Dr. David Wyrick is the associate professor for the class. Seitz is helping him teach it. Seitz notes Strack’s help with this project.

The class project is experiential. And it’s a big learning lesson.

One thing the students learn is that you can make a difference. You can teach and help others learn.

“They can have their voice heard,” Sietz says. “Here’s a method to have it heard.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Visual:  Reginald Summers, Alyce Rice and Emily Moore (l-r)

Notes: April 13, 2011

NotesIconCourse Reserve deadline for summer, fall terms Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first day of class, new summer lists are due by Friday, May 6; new fall lists by Friday, July 29. Requests to renew spring lists for summer and/or fall are due by Friday, May 6. Try the online submission form to submit course reserves for items from the Libraries’ collection, items you want ordered and items you will provide. Also use it to upload files and send URLs to University Libraries. Visit http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/ to create your lists, or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 6-1199 or 4-5245 for more information.

New CW web address, and faster loading You may have discovered that Campus Weekly is loading a little quicker than before. You may have also noticed that it has a new web address. If you have CW bookmarked at http://campusweekly.3edev.com/, you will want to update the bookmark to http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/. And it is always accessed via the more easy-to-remember campusweekly.uncg.edu.

400th anniversary of King James Bible The Atlantic World Research Network will present Stephen Prickett, lecturing on “The Bible and the Making of Transatlantic Modernity.” It will be in the EUC’s Maple Room on Tuesday, 19 April 19, 7 p.m. Prickett is Regius Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Glasgow,and an honorary professor of the University of Kent, at Canterbury. He is co-editor, with Robert Carroll, of “The Bible: Authorized King James Version, with Apocrypha.” He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, former chair of the U.K. Higher Education Foundation, former president of the European Society for the Study of Literature and Theology, president of the George MacDonald Society and fellow of the English Association. His publications include one novel, nine monographs, seven edited volumes and more than 90 articles on Romanticism, Victorian Studies and related topics, especially on literature and theology, including “Romanticism and Religion: The Tradition of Coleridge and Wordsworth in the Victorian Church” (1976), “Victorian Fantasy” (1978, re-printed 2005), “Words and the Word: Language, Poetics and Biblical Interpretation” (1986), “Reading the Text: Biblical Criticism and Literary Theory” (ed.) (1991), “Origins of Narrative: the Romantic Appropriation of the Bible” (1996) and “Narrative, Science and Religion: Fundamentalism versus Irony 1700-1999” (2002). His latest book, The Reinvention of Tradition: Backing into the Future, was published by Cambridge University Press in the spring of 2009. 2011 is the 400th Anniversary of the “Authorized” or “King James Version” of the English Bible.

Writing tutors return to Jackson Library As your students write their final papers of the semester, there is additional help available. Thanks to an Innovation and Program Enrichment Grant awarded by the University Libraries, the Libraries’ Access Services department has teamed up with the Writing Center to provide extended tutoring hours in Jackson Library. Five Writing Center consultants will be available in the first floor lobby of Jackson Library from 8:30-10:30 p.m. on April 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26. Snacks will also be provided.

Swing it sister, swing UNCG’s Annual Charity Swing Dance will be Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Quad lawn. Mu Phi Epsilon, an International Music Fraternity, hosts this annual dance, the proceeds of which will go to the Greensboro Youth Choir. A swing dance lesson will take place from 7:30-8 p.m., and the dance will be 8-10 p.m. Live music by the UNCG Jazz Band. Admission for UNCG students is $7, and general admission is $10.

Where’s my jacket? Two exhibitions, “From Banners to Beanies: School Spirit at UNCG” and “Class Jackets from the University Archives’ Textile Collection” are on display this month on Jackson Library’s first floor. As the exhibition explains, the tradition of class jackets made its debut at Woman’s College (now UNCG) in the late 1920s. The colors of the jackets corresponded with the rotating class colors; green, red, blue, and lavender. The distinctively colored Jackets were purchased during their sophomore year. On Jacket Day, all sophomores received their jackets, signifying their status as upperclassmen. The jackets were worn by the students for the remainder of their college days. By the mid-1970s, the tradition of the Class Jacket disappeared.

Spartan Printing wins award Spartan Printing won two Best of Category awards from The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA). The awards were for the brochure and poster for the Sociology Department’s 2010 “Women and Conflict” UNCG Harriet Elliott Lecture Series. Wyndell Earles, graphic designer, created both pieces. The awards were given on April 2 at the “Celebration of Print” in Concord.

Fore! Jack Cooke Classic fundraiser It’s time for the 25th Annual Jack Cooke Golf Classic, hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation. This year’s tournament is being played at Jamestown Golf Course on Monday, May 9. In the past the tournament has attracted up to 17 teams and hopefully there will be more this year. Teams consist of four players (two must be university affiliated). Eligible university participants include students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Student Recreation Center. Varsity athletes are eligible to play, however they and their teams are not eligible for team and individual prizes. The tournament format will be “Captain’s Choice” with a modified shotgun start. Offices and departments may enter one or more teams, or individuals from various departments may make up a team. Individuals should come by the Campus Recreation 4th floor Reception Desk to sign up for the tournament. The entry fee for each player is $35. The fee includes cart rental, green fee, cook out and entry for door prizes. Entries are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29. Checks should be made payable to the Department of Campus Recreation. An information flyer and registration form are available at campusrec.uncg.edu/golf_classic2011/index.htm. For more information contact Erik Unger at 4-5924

Are you a survivor of an abusive relationship? Are you interested in telling your story? Help inform future research and mental health professionals on the possible stigma associated with abusive relationships (including physical, sexual, and/or emotional/psychological abuse) by participating in a research study investigating the impact stigma that battering survivors face. We are seeking female participants who (a) are at least 21 years of age, (b) were formerly abused by an intimate relationship partner (e.g., a boyfriend, life partner, spouse), (c) have been out of any abusive relationship for at least two years, and (d) speak English. Participants will be asked to participate in a one- to one-and-a-half hour interview about their experiences related to stigma and relationship abuse. All participants will receive a $10 gift card to Target upon completion of the interview. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH, and the UNCG. If you have any questions or are interested in participating in this study, contact Dr. Christine E. Murray (Counseling and Educational Development) at 334-3426 or cemurray@uncg.edu. Participants will be asked to complete a brief telephone screening to determine eligibility to participate in this study.

How does your garden grow Explore trends in gardening at UNCG on Friday, April 15, 2-4 p.m. in Room 217, Music Building. The Music Building is a short walk from the campus garden at 123 McIver Street where the program will conclude. In the Fall semester of 2010, students, faculty and staff broke ground on a new food garden at 123 McIver Street on the UNCG Campus. But food gardening on campus has a much longer history. Come celebrate and explore trends in gardening at UNCG. Carolyn Shankle will trace the history of community food gardening, from the war gardens of World War I, to the victory gardens of World War II, to the urban gardens of the 1970s, as captured in the pamphlets and photographs housed in the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. Dr. Susan Andreatta, professor of Anthropology and co-director of the UNC Greensboro Gardens, will discuss the creation of the new garden and how it supports the campus move toward greater sustainability. Beth Filar Williams and Sarah Dorsey will demonstrate the University Libraries’ resources for “green” gardening in our current print and electronic collections. The event will conclude with a field trip to the UNC Greensboro Garden to see how the first crop is growing.

Research Excellence Awards deadline extended The deadline for the Research Excellence Awards has been extended to Friday, April 29. Application forms and guidelines can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/rsh/researchexcellence.html.

See/Hear: April 13, 2011

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Earth Day 2011

041311NewsAndNotes_EarthDayUNCG will partner with the non-profit organization Sustainable Greensboro to celebrate Earth Day 2011. [Read more…]

At Unit Level: Academic Program Review Committees, Timeline

The review process is gearing up. [Read more…]