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Archives for June 2011

Yes, the Dining Hall remains open

062911Headline_TheCafThe Fountain is shut off, indefinitely. Fencing is up. Utility work will soon begin outside the west side of the Dining Hall. It will be done in stages, to ensure access into the Dining Hall at all times.

The Dining Hall remains open, just like always.

“We’ll be serving as many students as in any other summer,” says Scott Milman, director of auxiliary services.

The Dining Hall renovation project’s Phase I will begin in late summer. This project will provide a much better experience for UNCG students, while providing for a large commons area as students enter the renovated building. The glass facade will allow for an impressive view onto the Fountain area and the Quad, particularly from the new second floor exterior balcony.

The renovation will be paid for over time by a portion of the students’ meal plan fees.

The entire project is scheduled to last about 28 months, with some parts completed before others.

Before Phase I work begins, utility work must be completed, Bob Snyder explains. He is facilities maintenance coordinator for campus enterprises. The southern and western parts of the dining hall are in a low-lying area. In the past, a heavy downpour has left vehicles at the loading dock nearly underwater. The underground pipes that provide drainage for that area of campus into Buffalo Creek, currently 24 inches wide, are being replaced with piping 2 1/2 times wider, at 60 inches. Part of that piping will extend under the southwest corner of the new glass facade. Before the foundation is created, the piping must be in place, Snyder says.

The renovation work will begin during the fall semester, says Scott Milman. The “bird cage” – the white structure currently at the west entranceway – will come down at that time.

Ultimately, with an expanded and enhanced west side, the building will have two eateries, a convenience store and a post office area near the entrance. There will also be a large staircase as you enter, taking you to the dining area. Plans for the dining area include 10 stations, with a variety of choices. The current central stairwell, in the hub of the Dining Hall, will be removed.

The main entryway from College Avenue will take you onto the second floor. The current tunnel from College Avenue will be retained, through it will be straightened.

The Dining Hall will remain open during renovation.

By Mike Harris
Visual of Karen Core leaving the Dining Hall. Photograph by Mike Harris.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n9RKsg6cQw

A midsummer’s update on Program Review

062911Feature_ProgramReviewThe CW editor interviewed Provost David H. Perrin on June 24, asking him several questions about updates to the Academic Program Review process over the past few weeks.

Campus Weekly readers saw the listing of updates in the last issue. What have been the 2-3 most significant revisions or updates in the process, since the semester ended, in your judgment?

Well, we brought a consultant to campus, to help us with the data – the centrally provided data – and to review and provide recommendations for the use of that centrally provided data. And that was a very helpful process, in terms of validating and identifying some of the challenges of producing that data, The consultant provided four recommendations based on his review of our work. We had already begun to respond to several of these recommendations.

One recommendation related to providing more detailed definitions of the data and the data formulations used to produce academic review profiles. We have asked the consultant to continue to work with us and our director of institutional research and a group of faculty on how to refine the definitions moving forward, from this point, which I think will be very helpful to the work of the academic unit committees. That’s one important one.

Another recommendation was to provide more guidance for data relevance and the use of profile data. And at the Deans’ Council retreat we talked about this at length. And the deans will begin to work closely with their unit committees to develop a process for reviewing programs, including guidelines for how to weigh the relevance of each of the criteria that they are reviewing.

Another important recommendation was that departments be allowed to provide a list of data for verification. And we will be inviting departments to do just that – to provide data for verification as part of their responses to the program and department surveys.

So, those were among some of the more important, I think, observations and recommendations of the consultant. The fourth was simply related to a workshop or a meeting to bring together the academic program review committees in August – to touch base on where we are – and we will do that as well.

You say some work had begun on some of these already. How did the revisions come to be? Were they the result of feedback that you’ve heard?

Yes, I think a fundamental tenet of this process is that we be responsive to what we learn and to the feedback that we receive as we move through the process. And this is consistent with conversations I’ve had with provosts all over the country that have engaged in academic program review. So we conducted a series of meetings and forums with Faculty Senate. I met with the department chairs. I attended a couple of meetings with past and present Faculty Senate chairs, to listen to their ideas and suggestions. These revisions to the process have been a result of our interacting with a whole host of groups across the campus. And I think it’s very important that we do that. It is very helpful, I think, in generating a stronger process.

What are some good ways to stay informed, as the process continues?

We have a web site that one can link to from the university web page, from the provost web page, or the Office of Planning and Assessment web page. People can also register for automatic notification when material is posted on the web pages. I think that the deans will be working very closely with their academic unit committees, and those individuals can help to keep their colleagues informed of what is happening. The chancellor will be providing an update on the process in her State of the Campus address. And I will be addressing this during my Faculty Convocation presentation in September. We will provide periodic and regular updates to the Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate meetings. And we will also be working very closely to keep the Board of Trustees informed of what is happening with the process.

The timeline is posted online. I saw four updates to the Program Review web site this week (of June 19). (New items have the word “New!!” with the date beside them.) Looking at the big picture, is there anything you’d like to emphasize to the campus community at this point about the ongoing process?

I know that there is a great deal of apprehension about the process of academic program review. I think we need to view this as an opportunity to identify our strengths, just as much as we do our programs that may be candidates for curtailment. We will take time, in this process. We will review carefully the recommendations of the University Program Review Committee. The campus community will have an opportunity to review those recommendations and to respond to them and to provide feedback to me and the chancellor. We will follow very carefully the guidelines of the system and the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) as related to protection to the greatest extent we can with tenure and tenure-track positions. But I do think it is a process, as difficult as it will be, it is a process that will help shape the future of the university moving forward, in a more focused manner, around our strengths – and help us to maintain a sound and balanced program consistent with our mission and our Strategic Plan.

I see the rosters of all the committees are online. Have there been any changes, or anything the campus should be aware of, in that regard?

There have been some changes to the composition of the University Program Review committee. At the Deans’ Council retreat, we reviewed the backgrounds of the current committee members, and it became apparent that we would benefit from additional strengths in the sciences and in the humanities. So we have added two faculty members who will bring expertise in the sciences and the humanities.

We’ve had to replace the Staff Senate representative. Jason Morris has left the university, so we have replaced Jason on the University Program Review Committee as a Staff Senate representative.

We’ve had just a few changes within some of the Academic Unit Committees, due in large part to the extension of the deadline. For example, we’ve had a couple of the faculty take on some new assignments in their academic units that would make it very difficult for them to continue. But for the most part, the Academic Unit Committees have stayed pretty much intact, as they were originally created.

Editor’s note: The Program Review web page’s address is http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/. The committee rosters may be viewed at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/committees.aspx.

Provost Perrin interviewed and photographed by Mike Harris

Facilities employees recognized

062911NewsAndNotes_FacilitiesStaffThe Facilities Management Division of Business Affairs held its first semi-annual Employee Recognition Awards Day in conjunction with the Safety Day program on May 26.   [Read more…]

Greensboro Water Treatment Changes

In late July, the City of Greensboro will change the process of water treatment for Greensboro and surrounding areas. [Read more…]

UNCG’s first hundred years

062911NewsAndNotes_BrickRemainsThe Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives invites the UNCG and greater Greensboro community to witness the birth and development of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro through artifacts, documents and images from the University Archives. [Read more…]

Notes: June 29, 2011

NotesIconWeight Watchers Interested in being more fit? UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work will host an Open House on June 29 at 12:15 p.m. in Bryan 113. New members can enroll at anytime during the session at a pro-rated membership cost. This session will be for 12 weeks with 14 weeks of e-tools included. There must be 15 paying members in order for a new session to start. The open house provides an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants, and have your questions answered by our group leader, Bobbie Gaski. To date, participants have lost over 1500 pounds. For more information, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/Weightwatchers.pdf or contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-4297 or ebleplat@uncg.edu.

WAM web site Madmonk Interactive received an Excellence Award in the “Interactive” category at the 17th annual Communicator Awards. They received it for their work on the Weatherspoon Art Gallery web site.

Nominations sought for Governor’s Award for Excellence Friday, July 15, is the deadline for nominations for Governor’s Awards for Excellence to be received in Human Resource Services. Nominations must be permanent SPA (Subject to the Personnel Act) and EPA (faculty and administrators who are Exempt from the State Personnel Act). Nomination rules are attached to the form, which can downloaded at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/PolicyManuals/StaffManual/Section12/ on the HRS web page. Award categories are Outstanding State Government Service; Innovation; Public Service; Safety and Heroism; Human Relations; and Spirit of North Carolina. Campus coordinator will be Mary Russell (334-5166).

Speaking Center news The National Association of Communication Centers has found that CST 390, the three credit speaking center theory and practice course offered by UNCG’s communication studies department, provides appropriate training for communication tutors, says Kim Cuny. director of the University Speaking Center. As a result, the CST 390 course that UNCG’s Speaking Center staff is required to take before working at the center is now nationally certified.

Bert Goldman, Special Crimes Scenes unit It sounds like a TV drama. Actually, it’s a stint of volunteering in retirement. Professor emeritus Dr. Bert Goldman (School of Education) offered to volunteer with the Greensboro Police. He promptly was placed on the CSI unit, assisting with fingerprinting two days a week. He dons his CSI uniform, and takes electronic fingerprints for the many individuals for whom it’s required: teachers receiving licenses, nurses, doctors, daycare workers, anyone adopting a child or applicants for police positions. “It’s fascinating,” he says, adding “It keeps me off the streets.” His work has gained attention from Chief of Police Ken Miller, who is enlisting Goldman’s academic expertise on a research project. They appear together in a video interview that has appeared regularly on Time-Warner’s local access channel 13.

Lots of visitors at Health Center The Medicat UNC Client Conference will be at the Student Health Center July 11-12. Medicat is a provider of healthcare information technology to colleges and universities.

Research Participants Needed Male and female participants needed for a study that will investigate how your white blood cells alter protein production in response to acute exercise. You are eligible if you are African American; are between the ages of 18-45; are healthy; are willing to do one acute exercise session; and meet the study’s height/weight requirements. Participants will be compensated after all aspects of the study have been completed. For information, contact Laurie Wideman, Department of Kinesiology, at 334-3234 or lauriewideman@uncg.edu.

Campus People: June 29, 2011

011310CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Jan Van Dyke – Lisa McDonald [Read more…]

Sea/Hear: June 29, 2011

There’ll be no more central stairwell at the Dining Hall, once the renovation is complete.

Find out exactly how you will enter from the College Avenue and the main western entrances. And why the second floor may provide the most popular views on campus.

See the 3 minute video clip here.

Announcements: June 29, 2011

Human Resource Services will host two open forums in the coming weeks. These are open sessions for updates on legislation, budgets, benefits and training. The HRS representatives will also answer any questions related to human resource topics. At the forums several weeks ago, a wide number of topics were discussed. All employees are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, July 6 – 10 a.m.
Thursday, July 7 – 1 p.m.

Both sessions will be held in the EUC Maple Room.

Looking ahead: June 29- July 11, 2011

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work open house
Wednesday, June 29, 12:15 pm, Bryan 113.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m., Brown Building Theatre.

EMF Monday UNCG Chamber Series
Monday, July 4, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

Open forum, by Human Resource Services
Wednesday, July 6, 10 a.m., Maple Room, EUC

Open forum, by Human Resource Services
Thursday, July 7, 1 p.m., Maple Room, EUC

EMF Monday UNCG Chamber Series
Monday, July 11, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

It even chimes like the real one

062911Feature_BellTowerModelAfter four years, Bo Bodenhamer has completed a project that is causing visitors to the Provost’s Office to stare at his creation – especially when it chimes.

People see UNCG’s Bell Tower every day, standing alongside Spring Garden Street next to the Alumni House. Bodenhamer’s work is a seven-foot-tall, one-sixth replica, complete with bells, chimes, four functioning clock faces, meticulously simulated bricks and mortar, a metal roof, handmade corbels and fluted posts. It was done over four years in his spare time and an occasional vacation stretch.

“The detail is amazing,” said Pat O’Rork. “You can check the details on the real Bell Tower and then look at the model – it’s all there.”

It’s there, all right, right down to the replica of the dedication plaque on the big Bell Tower, which was funded with a gift from Drs. Nancy Vacc and Nicholas Vacc, who were faculty in the School of Education. It’s the most expensive item, size-wise, on Bodenhamer’s clock, and cost about $100. Bodenhamer says he stopped keeping records on the cost of the project, but admits “It was more than I thought it would be.”

When you see the replica – you can’t really call it a “miniature” – the question that comes to mind is “What got you started on this, Bo?”

“I can’t say that I’ve been able to come up with a reasonable answer to that question,” he said. “It was something I wanted to do; I worked on it over almost four years, and it’s finished now. People seem to enjoy looking at it.”

The detail is meticulous, and Bodenhamer, who is the associate vice provost for academic technology systems, comes by that attention-to-detail naturally. His job requires it, and he grew up with it. His father did clock repairs, and when Bo was around eight or 10 years of age, his father began teaching him the trade, something that requires patience and attention to very fine detail.

Bodenhamer took many photos of the bell tower and its clock faces and produced pages of diagrams and plans. He had to search the Internet to find the correct clock face and also the correct font for the lettering. The texture base for his bricks came from “stone touch” spray paint, but then he spent days cutting out the individual bricks in a template that he could spray paint – red for the bricks and white for the mortar. He says there should be as many bricks on the model as there are in the real Bell Tower.

He duplicated the stone molding with wood and then chiseled it out to look like a rough stone finish. The model’s roof is aluminum, in a color that resembles the Bell Tower’s. When he couldn’t find clock hands that were a scale replica, he made them out of stainless steel.

When its stay is over at the Provost’s Office, the replica will go back to Bodenhamer’s house. He still does clock repair in the workshop he converted from a barn, and plans to do it as a business when he retires.

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph by David Wilson

Edna Chun to lead Human Resource Services

061511Headline_ChunDr. Edna Chun will be the next associate vice chancellor for Human Resource Services. Her first day will be July 6.

Chun comes to UNCG from Broward College, a very large, multi-campus community college, where she has been vice president for human resources and equity.

“The Search Committee, our values and strategic plan, and the opportunity to lead UNCG in this role attracted an impressive slate of candidates,” said Reade Taylor, vice chancellor for business affairs. “Dr. Chun brings to UNCG experience as a seasoned HR professional with particular strengths in HR programming in an era of budget restrictions, in strategic planning, and in diversity and inclusion.”

At Broward College, she led the development of its Total Rewards Strategy, resulting in an employee compensation system that promoted consistency and equity. She negotiated labor agreements with faculty and staff. And she initiated a range of cost-savings initiatives.

Chun received the Kathryn G. Hansen Publication Award for her co-authored book “Bridging the Divide: Globalization and Reciprocal Empowerment in Higher Education” (2009). She also received that award for the co-authored book “Are the Walls Really Down? Behavioral and Organizational Barriers to Diversity” (2007). Another co-authored book, “Diverse Administrators in Peril,” is scheduled for publication this year.

Before joining Broward College in 2006, she was assistant vice president for human resources and chief affirmative action officer at the State University of New York at Geneseo (2003-06). She was assistant vice president for human resources at the Brooklyn College of the City of New York (2002-03). At Kent State University (2000-02), she was special assistant to the president / vice president for human resources.

She is a member of the Publications/Editorial Advisory Board of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Editorial Board of “INSIGHT into Diversity” magazine, the Board of Directors of the Broward County Urban League and the National Advisory Group and Program Planning Committee for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

She received her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College in music and a master’s in Chinese literature at Columbia University. She also received a master’s in music and a doctorate in music (piano pedagogy) from the University of Indiana.

She succeeds Alan Bridge, who retired Feb. 1.

Lighting the way, at Triad Stage

061511Feature_WolfIn a junior high school speech class, all his classmates voted to do a play. Not John Wolf. He was the lone dissenter – he voted to do a debate. He found himself in his first play: “Griselda the Governess.”

It’s ironic, he notes. “Out of those 28 kids, I’m the only one in theatre,” he reflects. “I did that play. I just kept doing it.”

Along the way, Wolf had a professional internship at Juilliard. And a number of New York City credits, including at Lincoln Center, in association with the Equity Library Theatre. He did scenery and lighting for their original play “Winterville.”

A professor of theatre at UNCG, a lot of students know him for managing the production program – “everything in day-to-day operations,” he explains.

At Triad Stage, the professional regional theatre in downtown Greensboro, he’s known for lighting. He’s the resident lighting designer.

He has been lighting the productions since the first year, 2000. “I did two shows the first season.”

Each summer, the UNCG Theatre Department and Triad Stage collaborate. It’s called Theatre 232. And it gives more than two dozen UNCG theatre students experience in a professional environment. Eight are actors in the mainstage production, “Masquerade.” Nine theatre faculty and staff are involved as well.

“A Bomb-itty of Errors,” a comedy in the upstairs cabaret space, will feature three second-year designing graduate students: Derrick Vanmeter (scenery), Bruce Young (costumes) and Matt Sale (lighting/sound). The other of the four second-year students is assistant lighting director for “Masquarade,” a farce on the main stage.

Wolf is the “Masquerade” lighting director. Alex Ginder is the assistant lighting director. During tech rehearsal two days before previews began in front of audiences, they sat side by side in front of a laptop and two monitors. On the table were headphones, microphones, cables, various papers and plenty of notes.

The stage manager calls a five minute break. The assistant stage manager, rising senior Samantha Honeycutt, steps over to speaks with Alex.

Alex explains he has been coming to plays since he was three – his parents were involved in theatre. By high school, he was running sound boards and light boards. He wanted to be a computer games designer – and he notes the similarity. After he graduates, he aspires to ultimately teach.

A few days before the first preview, and he said the comedy “continues to develop.”

“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said, adding that it’s meant long nights too. That’s theatre. “It’s great in the heat of summer to be in a theatre laughing.”

Maximizing laughs entails “serious discussion,” he explains. “Someone may say ‘Oh, that would be funny…” That may mean adding props, changing lighting or cues, what have you. “But would it be funnier if….”

In the scene for this hour, characters and topiary make a comical entrance, as a hip-hop French Baroque beat sets the mood. Wolf shakes his head with the rhythm.

Director Preston Lane, an adjunct UNCG faculty member, hops down the aisle with an idea. “What happens if you get caught up in the topiary?” he suggests to an actress. She tries that out – and draws laughs. “It’s funny that you get a little confused,” Lane says.

Wolf and Alex confer from time to time. Alex checks the Cabaret space for a piece of equipment they may need. When he returns, Wolf points to different areas above the seats and stage, noting where they can add or adjust lighting.

Rehearsals are tightly managed; but at the same time there’s a collegial atmosphere. In the low light, about a dozen monitors glow, from various parts of the audience section. The props master, scenic designer, sound designer, lighting designer, stage manager, director, master electrician, production designer, actors – everyone is working toward one goal.

For the students, networking is a huge plus. They work with people who are not classmates, Wolf explains. You want to get to know a wide number of people. “It’s as much who you know as what you know,” Wolf says, to gain success in the theatre world.

He explains that the academic environment is quite safe to be creative in. A professional one, not so much. Their experience this summer at Triad Stage will let them “see how it works, at the professional level.”

Triad Stage is a big part of their UNCG education. “Everyone is there as a professional – or a student learning to be a professional.”

The three Theatre 232 productions are:

“Masquerade” at Triad Stage’s main stage – Through June 26. Call 272-0160 or triadstage.org to purchase tickets.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” at Brown Building Theatre – June 14-July 1. Call 272-0160 or 334-4392.

“Bomb-itty of Erors” at Triad Stage’s Upstage Cabaret – June 17-July 2. Call 272-0160.

See details, set design, schedules and more at http://www.triadstage.org/mainstage/masquerade/index.php and http://triadstage.org/upstage/theatre232-11/.

By Mike Harris.
Photograph of John Wolf by David Wilson.

Improv at Moore Nursing

061511Feature_NursingBeing a nurse means having hard, clinical skills – and also the soft skills of calming patients and reading their emotional state.

That’s why Mona Shattell and Lillie Granger (Nursing) decided to involve theatre students in their Nursing Care of Individuals with Psychosocial Problems curriculum, a required course for undergraduate nursing students. The theatre students perform original skits and scenes from plays, and use improvisational role-playing and sensory exercises, to help the student nurses connect with patients who have mental illness or are stressed by a frightening diagnosis.

Granger got the idea after speaking with Denise Gabriel in Theatre. It has turned into quite a collaboration.

Full story at University News.

At Undergraduate Studies … Where is everybody?

Some in Undergraduate Studies who’ve been in McIver and Moore HRA for years are now in Mossman. Some who were in Mossman for years are now in McIver. [Read more…]

Notes: June 15, 2011

NotesIconUNCG and low-income students UNCG is one of only five U.S. colleges serving low-income students well, says the Education Trust, a research and advocacy group. The Education Trust released a report on how most colleges fail low-income students. The report, “Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students,” looked at cost as well as graduation rates. Of 1,186 colleges examined in the study, only five stood out for their service to low-income students, all non-flagship public universities. UNCG made the list alongside two campuses of California State University and two campuses of the City University of New York. Full story at University News.

Fulbright Scholars Three students — Kirby Cook, Riannon Clarke and Boja Kragulj — have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships to study abroad, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Full story at University News.

Nanoengineering PhD program approved The Board of Governors approved North Carolina A&T’s proposal to establish a doctoral program in nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. A master’s program in nanoengineering was previously approved for NC A&T. UNCG has a doctoral and master’s degree programs in nanoscience at JSNN. Full story at Aggie Research web page.

Academic Progress Report Awards A school-record five UNCG athletic programs were honored by the NCAA with Academic Progress Report (APR) Public Recognition Awards. The Spartans’ women’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s indoor track, women’s indoor track and women’s outdoor track teams were among the 909 teams to earn Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year APRs. Women’s basketball took the honor for the sixth straight year. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. Inside the Southern Conference, nine of the 12 member schools had at least one team receive a Public Recognition Award. A total of 43 Southern Conference teams received Public Recognition Awards. All 18 UNCG athletic teams received satisfactory marks in the latest Academic Progress Report (APR) scores released by the NCAA on Tuesday. The scores announced Tuesday reflect the multiyear APR scores for the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

Girls and women in sport UNCG and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) have partnered to advance the quality and equality of athletic opportunities for women. The collaboration between the 112-year-old organization and the university positions UNCG as a flagship for research into girls and women in sport and physical activity and gives the university access to nationally recognized figures in the field and other resources, said Dr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology) who co-wrote the proposal to collaborate with NAGWS with Dr. Paige Hall Smith. Full story at University News.

Coleman Lew Leadership Awards Soccer players Kelsey Kearney and Will Mack were among 25 SoCon student-athletes honored with Coleman Lew Leadership Awards. The awards are based on leadership, academic excellence and athletic achievement in both the college environment and the community. Both are rising seniors. Kearney, a goalkeeper on the team that was ranked as high as No. 10 nationally last year, is a kinesiology major. Mack, also a kinesiology major, scored three points as a midfielder, on a goal and an assist as part of an offense that led the SoCon in points and goals. Both teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

All-sports trophies For 2010-11, the Spartans finished second in the race for the Commissioner’s Cup [men’s sports] and fifth for the Germann Cup [women’s sports], the Southern Conference all-sports trophies for excellence in league competition. Appalachian State, the only school in the league to field teams in all 10 men’s sports the SoCon sponsors, won both trophies. See details in Athletics news story

Campus People: June 15, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Mary Crowe – Dr. Rahul Singh – LaTesha Velez – Mark Davenport – Dr. Beth Barba – Craig Fink – Dr. Liz Bucar – Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh – With the Staff [Read more…]

See/Hear: June 15, 2011

The two scores within three seconds that secured Coach Lynne Agee’s 600th win. The best kills at volleyball’s Pink Zone game in front of a packed house. Trevis Simpson’s best one-handed alley-oop dunk. Softball’s victory over the Tar Heels. Wrestling vs. No. 4 Wisconsin. Women’s and men’s soccer both taking the SoCon title.

This highlights reel is a look back at our year in sports.

It was produced by Ed Lewis and Mike Lento, and is a part of UNCG Athletics’ uncgsports YouTube channel.

Announcements: June 15, 2011

As UNCG’s administration has continued to listen to ideas and concerns about the academic program review process, adjustments are being made accordingly.

“As a result of conversations with Deans Council, past chairs of the Senate and current Senate leadership, and various others, modifications have been made to the program review process and the support documents,” Provost David H. Perrin said in a detailed June 7 email to everyone on the Program Review web site listserv.

[Any members of the campus community wishing to be on this listserv – where you receive updates on the process the moment new documents or information are posted to the Program Review web site – may sign up at http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview/listserv/.]

He referenced three new documents that have been posted on the Program Review web site:
Program Review Process pdf
Program Review Timeline pdf
Unit Program Review Committee Report Outline pdf

Program Review Update from Provost David H. Perrin
June 7, 2011

As a result of conversations with Deans Council, Past Chairs of the Senate and current Senate leadership, and various others, modifications have been made to the program review process and the support documents:

• Purpose: The purpose statement has been revised to provide more specific information about the context and possible outcomes of program review:

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. The review committees will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the University’s academic programs in terms of their contributions to these three areas. The context of this review includes an environment of diminishing resources in higher education, changes in mandates from the North Carolina legislature and UNC Board of Governors, and the impending UNC GA review of program duplication across the UNC system. One outcome of this process is likely to be the reallocation of resources, which may involve the enhancement of some programs and the discontinuation, curtailment, or combination of others.

• Data:

  1. An outside consultant has checked the centrally-provided data for accuracy, clarity, and appropriateness. His report is posted on the website.
  2. The staff/faculty ratio and graduation rate for graduate students have been eliminated as criteria.
  3. An ad hoc committee of faculty are meeting with the Director of Institutional Research and the outside consultant to refine the definitions previously provided.
  4. An ad hoc committee of faculty and staff will be meeting with the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs to review the appropriateness of the centrally-provided efficiency data (Criterion C) and will be making recommendations to the Provost regarding which of these data should be reviewed by the University Program Review Committee when it starts its work.
  5. A decision was made to have the efficiency data reviewed only at the University level and not to require program leadership to respond to it in the department and program surveys.

• Timeline: The timeline has been adjusted to allow program leadership to respond to the program and department surveys by August 15, to allow time for review committee chairs to meet during the week of August 22, and to extend the University Program Review Committee deadline to March 1, 2012.

• University Program Review Committee Roster: The Provost is in the process of inviting two additional faculty to serve on the University Program Review Committee. These faculty were chosen from the members of Faculty Senate and the Student Learning Enhancement Committee (the only curriculum committee with no representation originally). One will be from a science and the other from a humanities program.

• Unit Committee Process: The Provost has charged the Dean of each academic unit to work with his or her unit program review committee to consider the relative relevance of the criterion to the unit’s programs and to agree upon a process for reviewing them. An outline for the reports to be submitted to the University Program Review Committee by the Deans and unit committees has been developed. By November 24, the Chair of each unit program review committee shall submit the following items to the University Program Review Committee for further review: a unit program report form for each program including rubric scores for program quality and function/demand, a SWOT analysis, and suggestions or recommendations regarding the program’s future; a list of the members of the unit program review committee; a description of the unit review process; and a concise narrative including any other general information the unit program review committee would like the University Program Review Committee to consider. Unit committees will no longer be required to submit an overall rubric score or to divide the unit’s programs the unit into thirds. By December 2, the Dean of each unit shall provide to the University Program Review Committee, a concise commentary on the report of the unit program review committee, its process, and its rankings.

• Process Document: The process document has been revised to reflect the changes listed above.

• In addition, the following documents have already been added to the UNCG Program Review Process website (http://opa.uncg.edu/programreview):

  1. The AAUP Policy Document,
  2. Procedures to be followed to report program changes to SACS and GA,
  3. A feedback form so members of the community can make suggestions throughout the process,
  4. The names of faculty and staff employed by departments each year so staff and faculty FTE’s can be interpreted,
  5. The external funding received by department and faculty so that sums can be verified,
  6. Revisions of the program process document and timeline, and
  7. Outline for unit committee response.

• As soon as possible and by June 25 at the latest, the following documents will also be uploaded to the Program Review Process website:

  1. System-wide data on programs by CIP code for use in determining what programs share markets;
  2. AOS codes within CIP codes for UNCG programs to help with interpretation of the market share data;
  3. Changes to the composition of the University Program Review Committee and the unit program review committees;
  4. Revised list of criteria, refined definitions, and revised rubrics;
  5. The report from the outside consultant.

Looking ahead: June 15-29, 2011

Theatre, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” opening performance
Thursday, June 16, 10 a.m., Brown Building Theatre.

Theatre, “A Bomb-itty of Errors,” opening performance
Friday, June 17, 10:30 p.m., Upstairs Cabaret, Triad Stage

Exhibition opens, “A Man Screaming Is Not a Dancing Bear”
Saturday, June 18, Weatherspoon

Exhibition opens, “Tom LaDuke: Run Generator”
Saturday, June 18, Weatherspoon

EMF Monday UNCG Chamber Series
Monday, June 27, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall.

more at calendar.uncg.edu