UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for July 2011

Byers updates BOT on Lee St, rezoning request

The big picture is the positive impact UNCG is about to have on Greensboro, said Mike Byers, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises. Whereas the city’s plan to spur development along the Lee Street/High Point Road corridor might have taken many years, the university’s investment in the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village will do that much more quickly, he explained.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady made introductions as the Board of Trustees’ July 15 teleconference meeting began. “This will be an informational meeting,” Brady explained, an opportunity for trustees to be updated on the process. She noted a rezoning request was planned for the Greensboro City Council on Sept. 13.

She introduced Byers, who provided the details on the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village and the rezoning request.

“The Lee Street corridor needs redevelopment, and we’re prepared to do it,” Byers said, noting the significant economic impact the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village will have along the corridor.

Byers explained that Phase I of the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village project will encompass 800-bed student housing, with mixed-use space on the ground floors along Lee Street. Some space on the ground level may include UNCG programs. Additionally, there will be a mail room and a cafe, each open to the public. These buildings will go back about 1 1/2 blocks off of Lee Street, he said. In August 2013, this section of student housing is scheduled to open.

UNCG has a rezoning application, Byers explained. And UNCG has requested that Glenwood change its Neighborhood Plan for certain areas from single family to mixed-use residential. He said it’s a matter of adjusting a line in that plan, for several blocks east to west, on the south side of Union Street. UNCG proposes to change the depth of the swath of mixed-use residential development in the neighborhood plan, he said.

Byers said a final Memorandum of Understanding between the Glenwood Neighborhood and UNCG will probably take several more months, but that is not required for the current rezoning request.

He also spoke of a few things that will happen in the same time frame as Phase I:

  • The police facility is under design. To be located very near the pedestrian underpass, it is planned to open in 2013.
  • The pedestrian underpass is nearing completion of its design. The underpass project will break ground this fall, he expects, and will open in 2013.
  • Additionally, he noted that some residents have expressed concern about the proposed size of the recreation center, which is not part of Phase I. In response to concerns from the neighborhood, he said that in the plans they have moved it one block away from where they had hoped to place it, which was near the underpass. “We moved it a block to the west,” he said, to an area currently zoned Industrial.

The addition of on-campus housing is part of UNCG’s strategic housing plan. National data has shown that students living on campus are more likely to be successful academically, the chancellor has explained.

The majority of the facilities proposed for the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village are student housing facilities. UNCG will borrow money to build these. The debt service (mortgage payment) on these buildings and the money it takes to operate them from day-to-day will come from the rents charged to students who will live there. More details about the funding can be found in this FAQ document.

 

By Mike Harris
Visual: Draft rendering of Lee Street sidewalk

An HRS focus: RIF and placement efforts

Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for Human Resource Services, has been at UNCG for a few weeks. These weeks have been a particularly busy time for the department. She spoke with Campus Weekly about HRS’ work related to the summer’s cuts in positions, as well as what she foresees for Human Resource Services in the months ahead.

1) Proactive efforts to place people
HRS has been working diligently to match individuals whose positions are being cut with the small number of potentially compatible positions that are currently open, Chun said, in a manner consistent with university policies.

“It won’t work all the time,” she explained.

She knows that the cuts and RIF process are a great concern to employees. HRS is working with deans, vice chancellors and department heads “to have it impact as few people as possible, recognizing there are budget goals to meet,” she said.

“We’re working very hard,” she said. “It’s succeeding to a significant degree,” she said of the placement efforts.

She spoke of the pain of a person losing their job. She hopes that the number of permanent employees who lose their jobs ultimately won’t be as high as some have predicted. “Last year, UNCG and the entire UNC system had made tentative plans to endure a significant cut and therefore many positions that became vacant in 2010-11 were left unfilled or filled by temporary workers,” she explained. “Although the resources to fund these workers are no longer available, this action reduced the number of permanent employees we had to RIF as a result of the cuts that were effective July 1.”

Additionally, Angela Mahoney in HRS has been spearheading outplacement resource efforts, for individuals leaving UNCG employment due to the budget cuts.

2) Affirmative action process
“We’ll be streamlining the affirmative action process,” she said. The goal will be that at the beginning of EPA and SPA job searches, through better use of technologies, those conducting the search will be more readily able to bring affirmative action goals into the process, she explained.

3) Cost-effective electronic HRS training
HRS has lost its one training point person, Jason Morris, she said. HRS will develop more online training components, which employees can take part in at their convenience. These online courses will be cost-efficient for the university.

4) HRS efficiency and effectiveness study
Early in the fall semester, HRS will conduct a study asking stakeholders “What do you think of all of our processes?” The responses, along with knowledge of best practices and data, will help HRS set its goals, Chun said.

The views and responses received will help drive HRS from the outside in, she told CW, and help them be a more strategic office.

“A lot of our processes feed Payroll, but we need to optimize our people power,” she said.

The office will work on its strategic plan in alignment with the Business Affairs and UNCG strategic plans.

She foresees HRS having more of a partnership role with other departments throughout the university.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Bridging the digital divide

Dr. Seung-Hyun Lee (Media Studies) and graduate student Ben Riesser provided basic computer skill classes to clients of the community at the Interactive Resource Center dowtown. The nonprofit IRC, where dozens of faculty and students volunteer, provides services to meet the basic needs of Guilford County residents, particularly people who are homeless. Full story at UNCG News.

Photograph of Greensboro resident Frances Gallman and Dr. Seung-Hyun Lee by Dan Nonte

Notes: July 27, 2011

Low cost UNCG ranks among 54 American public four-year colleges with costs in the lowest 10 percent of schools, according to the new College Affordability and Transparency Lists released by the U.S. Department of Education. UNCG has a net price of $6,012 per year in contrast to the national average of $10,747, according to the report. More at University News.

Online Learning’s marketing campaign The Office of Online Learning recently launched an integrated marketing campaign to further boost awareness of all UNCG Online programs. UNCG Online also launched its own YouTube channel to house and promote the videos its multimedia team has produced. They are currently in the process of making a series of “UnTextMe” videos, they report. The main idea behind the “UnTextMe” concept is that UNCG Online classes are much more than just text on a page. They can be viewed via this link.

In memoriam Dr. Allen W. Trelease, professor emeritus of history and former department head, died July 15. He was a recognized historian who specialized in Southern history, especially of the Civil War and Reconstruction. He came to UNCG in 1967 and retired in 1994. He was head of the Department of History from 1986 to 1994 and was president of the North Carolina Historical Society. His service to the university included writing the definitive history “Making North Carolina Literate: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from Normal School to Metropolitan University,” published in 2004. For UNCG’s centennial celebration in 1991, he compiled and edited “Changing Assignments: A Pictorial History of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”

UNCG Guarantee scholars will get free Lenovo PCs The UNCG Guarantee program, an initiative that enables students from low-income families to graduate with as little debt as possible, has partnered with Lenovo, the world’s fourth-largest computer company, to provide free PCs to the scholars to ensure they have the tools necessary to succeed. More at UNCG News.


CW redesign coming this fall

A small group in University Relations is working to revamp Campus Weekly. [Read more…]

Campus People: July 27, 2011

Featured this week: Marirose Keyes Steigerwald – Stoel Burrowes – Patrick Nicholas [Read more…]

See/Hear: July 27, 2011

“The Watery Part of the World,” penned by Michael Parker (English), has gathered articles or reviews in the Washington Post, New York Times Book Review, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly – and very recently on a National Public Radio’s Morning Edition “10 terrific summer reads” report. The press coverage can be seen on the In the News page.

UNCG Magazine features an audio-visual of his reading an excerpt at the beach a few weeks ago – soon after he had a book-signing at a coastal bookstore.

Enjoy it here.

Announcements: July 27, 2011

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE REIMBURSEMENTS DIRECT DEPOSIT;
PAYROLL AND ACCOUNTS PAYABLE DIRECT DEPOSIT MAINTENANCE

To increase employee customer service and efficiency, important enhancements will occur with UNCG Direct Deposit. In summary, the enhancements are: 1) Accounts Payable electronic funds transfer (EFT) of reimbursements will be made to the same bank account as employee payment, and 2) each employee will have the ability to update his/her direct deposit/EFT information through UNCGenie, Each of these changes will take affect August 1, 2011.

Accounts Payable Electronic Funds Transfer
Effective August 1, 2011, Accounts Payable reimbursements, including travel reimbursements, will be paid through the same direct deposit information as used by each employee for Payroll payment. This change will require no set-up or extra maintenance on the part of the employee. We are modifying our system and processes to use the same bank information for both Payroll and Accounts Payable reimbursements.

As an employee has an Accounts Payable reimbursement, the employee will receive an e-mail with the subject of “UNCG – Accounts Payable Direct Deposit Advice”. This e-mail will have a pdf file attached that includes reimbursement stub detail information, consistent with a historical accounts payable check stub, to reflect activity being reimbursed. The deposit typically will be credited to the employee’s bank account within 2-4 banking days, perhaps less.

Direct Deposit Maintenance
Effective August 1, 2011, each employee can update his/her bank information for Direct Deposit of both Payroll and Accounts Payable reimbursements through UNCGenie. The same bank information will be used for both types of activity. Dependent upon the timing of the employee updating Direct Deposit information vs. Payroll and Accounts Payable processing, there may be a delay in future activity being changed to reflect revised banking information. For example, changes within 7 banking days of pay date are generally not effective until the next pay date. Available through UNCGenie, each employee can see the last four digits of the bank account number of the payroll deposit on the employee’s UNCG Pay Stub Detail.

Contact Information
If an employee has any general questions about these enhancements, please contact Randy Bennett, Assistant Controller, at rwbennet@uncg.edu or 334-5795.

If an employee needs to directly contact the Payroll Office regarding a specific action, such as closure of a bank account, please contact payroll1@uncg.edu, or Ebony Miles at 334-5022.

Looking Ahead: July 27, 2011

Film, “Floating Weeds”
Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Welcoming reception for Dr. Edna Chun (HRS)
Friday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m., EUC Auditorium foyer

Art tour, Noon @ the ‘Spoon
Tuesday, Aug. 9, noon, Weatherspoon

Film, “Rackstraw Downes: An Interview”
Thursday, Aug. 11, Weatherspoon Auditorium

Chancellor’s State of the Campus Address / Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Spring 2011 Spartan Steps Honorees

Spring 2011 saw 95 participants in Spartan Steps walking a total of 50,619,277 total steps. This tallies to 25,158 miles. [Read more…]

Newsmakers: July 13, 2011

The University News site is the source for UNCG individuals who have been in the news. Many of the items there have links to the video or print news story. “In the News” stories in the past weeks include Dr. Linda Stine and students attempting to find the old Guilford Courthouse, at the battleground – and stories involving Dr. Lakshmi Iyer (Bryan School), Kim Cuny (Speaking Center) and Dr. Nir Kshetri (Bryan School).

See In the News here.

Notes: July 13, 2011

NotesIconWhich co-workers are most worthy? The Governor’s Award for Excellence is the highest honor that a state employee may receive for noteworthy service to our state government and the people of North Carolina. Which UNCG employees will be nominated? An HRS committee asks for your nominations. Consider which co-workers have meritorious service or an accomplishment that warrants special recognition. Friday, July 15, is the deadline for nominations to be received in Human Resource Services. Nominations must be permanent SPA and EPA. Nomination rules are attached to the form, which can downloaded at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/PolicyManuals/StaffManual/Section12/ on the HRS web page.

Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less is back Consider registering for the fall session of Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less, offered by HealthyUNCG. Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is offered to UNCG employees for only $5 when you attend 10 sessions. The cost is $30, payable at the first session. Attend 10 sessions and get a $25 refund. The fall session starts Aug. 10. Visit the HealthyUNCG Eat Smart Page for more information. To register, visit the TLC Workshop and Event page.

So, what is that entranceway going to be like? One thing is certain. The eastern entranceway into the renovated dining hall will not go through the North Spencer Residence Hall, which is home to Lloyd International Honors College. A video posted last week on this site may have created that impression, so it was revised within hours to avoid any confusion. The revised video of the upcoming renovation, with interior and exterior drawings, can be viewed here. Howard Doyle, university architect, and David Reeves, the renovation’s project manager, have explained to Campus Weekly that those wishing to enter the dining hall from College Avenue will enter under Spencer Residence Hall just as they do now. And after a few steps, they will reach the stairs that will take them up into the second floor dining hall. They no longer will need to continue through the tunnel (which will be straightened) in order to go to the dining hall. In addition, a stairway inside the western entrance can be used as well.

Off-campus housing The Office of Campus Activities and Programs have been offering free Off-Campus Housing Bus Tours to take students along the HEAT 73 Shuttle route and a little beyond to give participants an idea of where student oriented housing is located. The bus will not stop at any complexes, but it will give students an idea of some of the different housing options that are located around 2.5 miles of campus. The final tour will be July 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Students may register at http://www.uncg.edu/cap/commuter/. Questions? Contact Lisa McGuire, assistant director of Adult, Transfer, and Commuter Programs, 334-5800 or OnTheGo@uncg.edu.

9/11 memories Where were you on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001? As the tenth anniversary approaches, CW asks readers to share their memories of that day, particularly if you were on campus – how you heard the news, how you and co-workers responded … and anything special your department or school did on that terrible day. Some responses and information may appear in a future story. Please email the editor, Mike Harris, at mdharri3@uncg.edu.

Online permit renewals underway for faculty/staff If you wish to pay by cash, check, or credit card, come to the parking office after July 12 to complete the in house form. Full details about online renewal are at http://parking.uncg.edu/faculty_staff/permitsinoffice.html. Permits must be displayed at all times when vehicle is parked on campus. Questions? Email parking@uncg.edu or call 334-5681 for assistance.

Changes at Office of Research & Economic Development

The last several months have ushered in many changes within the Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED). [Read more…]

Awards from Schools, College and Library

As the 2010-11 year came to an end, a number of faculty and staff received awards. [Read more…]

From Doc Watson to the Bard

071311Feature_TheChangelingThe 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series line-up has been announced.

Tracing its roots to a “lecture concert course” in 1917, the series was known as the University Concert and Lecture Series from 1973 through last year. The renamed series is directed by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Doc Watson & David Holt
“Hills of Home: Exploring the Music of North Carolina”
Saturday, Sept. 17
Aycock Auditorium

A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, National Heritage Fellowship, and eight Grammy Awards, Doc Watson has been called a “mountain-music patriarch… [and an] Appalachian music master.” He is a powerful singer and a tremendously influential guitarist. David Holt is a musician, storyteller and television host.

Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Elliott University Center

Founded in 2010, the Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai strives to preserve and renew traditional Chinese music by making it accessible to people of all ages and nationalities around the world. Under the directorship of Maestro Wang Yongji, the Orchestra specializes in performing richly crafted arrangements of Chinese folk music and traditional Chinese opera repertoire.

Bill Charlap Trio
Friday, Oct. 14
Aycock Auditorium

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many of the leading artists of our time, including jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis, to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist and drummer Peter & Kenny Washington—now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July festival at the 92nd Street Y, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl.

Performance will be preceded by a Q&A session at 6:15 p.m. (Open to ticket holders only.)

North Carolina Symphony
Lindberg Chorale, Berg Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Major
Thursday, Dec. 1
Aycock Auditorium

Founded in 1932 and subsequently the first state-supported symphony in the country, the North Carolina Symphony is led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn. Enjoy Mahler at his most lyrical, a haunting violin concerto by one of Mahler’s finest musical descendants, and a Bach-inspired chorale. Brian Reagin, violin; Christina Pier, soprano.

American Shakespeare Center
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Monday, Jan. 23, 2012
Aycock Auditorium

The American Shakespeare Center re-creates traditional Renaissance performance conditions by performing with the lights on as well as with bending gender roles (women playing men playing women), sparse scenery, lavish costumes, and live music. This comedy of errors is one of Shakespeare’s most popular.

EVIDENCE, A Dance Company
“On Earth Together”
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Aycock Auditorium

Evidence, A Dance Company seamlessly weaves traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. It uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African-American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. Inspired by the music of Stevie Wonder, “On Earth Together” intimately explores relationships between individuals and society at large.

There will be a post-performance “talk-back” led by Ron K. Brown and the company.

Season passes will go on sale Aug. 1, via phone only: 334-5372.

Single tickets will go on sale Aug. 22, online and by phone: 334-4849 or boxoffice.uncg.edu

For more information, visit http://paseries.uncg.edu

By Jessica Beamon with Mike Harris

New HHS school opens, Hooper listens

071311Headline_HHSThe School of Health and Human Sciences began its first day July 1. The morning was marked with coffee and pastries in the Edwards Lounge of Stone Building at the “meet with the dean” event.

“It’s schmoozing,” said Dean Celia Hooper, welcoming a faculty member who popped in. “It’s ‘Talk with the Dean.'”

The informal event was marked by conversations about family and former work experiences, as attendees gathered around a table. Questions and topics broached ranged from the new middle college, of which HHS is the sponsor, to online learning, to community support for HHS and UNCG, to the economy and the budget.

“I’ve been in the UNC system 25 years,” Hooper said, referring to the budget cuts and the economy. “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen. But it’ll get better.”

The morning event was part of what Hooper calls her “listening tour.”

As the event drew to a close, Hooper spoke with CW:

On her recent web posting, where she refers to HHS’s commitment to “improving the human condition”:

A UNCG alumnus suggested that line, Hooper explained, as he spoke of the heritage of the former schools of HES and HHP. The faculty of the new HHS school were largely drawn from those two schools. “Not only in the name of the school but in what they do, they improve the human condition,” he told her. She added, “When you look at ‘Human Environmental Sciences’ and ‘Health and Human Performance,’ the common word is ‘human’. He stressed that you realize how special the [new] school is. It doesn’t mean that every single faculty member has a human project, but it’s a theme that ties us together.”

About her ‘listening tour’:

“I did that when I was a new department chair. I did it when I was a new dean in the past. Whenever you come into a new job, there are new people. You don’t know what they do. And you saw today, you don’t know about them personally. I just talk with them and find out what their passion is. Often I take notes when I go visit with faculty. And I stick them in a file, and later there may be an opportunity that comes along – maybe a research grant or a donor or some people on campus will want to do something. I will already know, ‘Hey, why don’t you talk with so and so.’ My job is to serve them and help them do a better job.”

On HHS:

“Based on what I already know about all of our faculty in seven departments and two programs and three centers, this particular group of people is very committed to community connections. The fancy term is ‘scholarship of engagement.’ This is going to be a special feature of the school. Not every single faculty member but every department or program is connected to Greensboro or the state or the nation or globally in some program that isn’t insulated.”

The school’s departments and program are in various locations, as the new HHS web site notes:

  • Ferguson Building: Communication Sciences & Disorders and the Therapeutic Recreation lab of the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation.
  • Stone Building: Nutrition, Human Development & Family Studies and Social Work.
  • HHP Building: Community and Therapeutic Recreation, Kinesiology, Public Health Education, and the main offices and classrooms of the middle college.
  • McIver Building: Genetic Counseling Program and the Gerontology Program.
  • The HHS Office of Academic Outreach is on Oakland Avenue,
  • The Speech and Hearing Program (and Telepractice) is at the Gateway University Research Park North Campus.

The Health and Human Sciences web page is www.uncg.edu/hhs.

The dean’s blog, to help everyone stay informed, is at http://uncgdeanblog.wordpress.com/

Additionally, a doctoral student has opened an HHS Facebook page: www.facebook.com/UNCG.HHS

Visual: Dean Celia Hooper at a recent meeting
By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

HRS forums give answers

071311Feature_HRSQuestions about Reduction in Force (RIF) were among many addressed at the July 7 HRS Forum. Deb Carley, director of personnel services, talked at length about the RIF process, adding, “I know it’s weighing on everybody’s mind.”

Dr. Alan Boyette, vice provost, noted that these forums are for EPA and SPA employees. Sitting on the front row, he helpfully provided additional information related to EPA employees.

Steve Honeycutt (Financial Services) spoke as well, explaining that UNCG’s institutional budget cut this year will be 15.3 percent. Boyette added that this year’s lower projected enrollment will result in a loss of funds as well.

Some items noted during the questions and answers:

  • The summer’s second open enrollment for state health insurance will run through July 29. Full details are here. “Participate if you want to make a change,” Carley said. You must do it online. Due to the fact that some may be away for an extended time over the summer, a third open enrollment period will be announced for a brief period after the semester begins.
  • If a person is RIF’ed, they will receive a sheet with lots of information regarding what they are due, Carley said.
  • Those being RIF’ed will be given 30 days notice, she also said.
  • The HRS web site is a source for information.

The value of forums like this, according to Honeycutt? “Relieving anxiety,” he replied.

“We’re giving people the truth,” Carley added, saying that if they don’t know the answer they let the attendees know that.

About 60 people attended the July 7 forum. About 50 people attended the July 6 forum as well, she said, a mix of EPA and SPA. At that one, new HRS associate vice chancellor Edna Chun had been able to attend and speak.

Visual: Deb Carley speaks at the July 7 forum
By Mike Harris
Photograph by Mike Harris

Matisse exhibition

071311EyeOnArts_MatisseThe Matisse exhibition “In Two and Three Dimensions” will run through Oct. 2 at the Weatherspoon. [Read more…]

Campus People: July 13, 2011

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. Svi Shapiro – Lynda Kellam [Read more…]

Weatherspoon Docent Training Begins Aug. 29

A shared curiosity and desire to create meaningful learning experiences is an essential part of engaging visitors with contemporary art. [Read more…]

Announcements: July 13, 2011

Chancellor Linda P. Brady sent the follow message to faculty, staff and students last Friday:

To the UNCG Community:

As we begin a new fiscal year and the start of the 2011-12 academic year approaches, I would like to update you on the budget that will guide our upcoming year. I am sure you have read the news about the significant cuts across state government included in the 2011-12 state budget. The budget contains $414 million in net cuts to the UNC System. While we all had hoped that deep cuts to the university system could be avoided, our legislators faced significant challenges in developing a balanced budget in one of the most difficult economic times North Carolina has ever seen.

Although the UNC System budget cuts are considerably less than those found in earlier versions of the budget, they are significant and present many challenges. We at UNCG must contend with cuts of more than 15 percent for the 2011-12 fiscal year. After accounting for the elimination of funding for the UNCG iSchool program, the permanent net cut from UNCG’s state-appropriated budget is nearly $30 million. With these latest reductions, UNCG will have received more than $80 million in permanent and one-time budget cuts over a five-year period. The cumulative effect of these significant budget shortfalls will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on our ability to carry out the teaching, research and service missions of our university. In addition, stipends for our graduate students and state funding for the UNC System’s Need-based Financial Aid Program will also decline this year and will have a significant impact on our student body, given that more than 70 percent of our students depend on financial aid.

While our Vice Chancellors, Deans and I pledge to do all we can to minimize the extent to which our undergraduate and graduate students experience negative consequences as a result of the budget cuts, our campus will be significantly impacted. Cuts of 15 percent will result in the loss of a substantial number of course sections and seats in courses during a critical time of increased student demand. To address this loss of sections and seats, the Provost and the Deans will allocate resources generated by the campus-based tuition increase approved earlier this year to meet, to the greatest extent possible, the academic needs of our students. The Provost has also worked with the Deans Council to identify and protect the sections most crucial to keep students on track for graduation. This spring we also approved a temporary course substitution policy for students whose graduation might be delayed due to canceled sections. These are all examples of our efforts to mitigate the impact of budget cuts on our students’ educational progress.

Although budget cut allocations from UNC General Administration have now been approved by the UNC Board of Governors, our internal budget reduction process will not be finalized until the end of this month. Over the next few weeks, the Provost, Vice Chancellors and I will be working with division leaders to revisit the preliminary reduction plans made this spring and then to implement budget cuts based on the university’s budget principles. In implementing previous permanent budget reductions, we have targeted cuts to administration in order to protect the academic core. However, the latest round of budget reductions will require cuts across the university, including Academic Affairs. These personnel actions will affect SPA, non-faculty EPA positions and non-tenure track faculty. Divisions will make any necessary reduction-in-force (RIF) notifications by August 1, 2011, and HR departments will inform the affected personnel about the severance benefits they are entitled to as RIFed employees.

We will make every effort to provide support to individuals whose positions are impacted by the budget reductions. To help reduce the number of filled positions we lose, divisions have already taken steps to hold vacant positions open rather than filling them. Questions related to SPA employees should be directed to the Department of Human Resource Services and those related to non-faculty EPA and non-tenure track faculty positions should be directed to the Office of the Provost. In addition, I have scheduled a meeting of the UNCG Budget Sounding Board for July 29 to review strategies and operational plans for dealing with the budget situation during the 2011-12 academic year.

We remain a student-centered university committed to access and student success. These additional budget cuts bring new challenges to our university, but we will continue to do everything we can to protect the academic core and ensure that our students receive a high-quality education. The new state budget continues to provide funding for graduate student tuition remissions, building repairs and renovations, and support for the UNCG/North Carolina A&T Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. These positive signs of support from the legislature will help us continue to develop the educated workforce and high tech jobs essential for our state’s economic recovery.

In the past few months, I have facilitated discussions with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university. During these conversations, I have heard many stories about faculty, staff and students going above and beyond to do more with less. I have heard countless stories about members of the UNCG community going the extra mile to support a colleague or classmate in need. In the end, these stories have reaffirmed my belief that UNCG will continue to thrive during this tough time, as you all care deeply about UNCG and one another. Every member of the UNCG community believes that what we do matters – not only to each of you individually – but to the lives we change and to the communities we serve. Together, we will continue to adapt, evolve and remain a vital source of education, service and support for so many across this state and beyond long into the future.

We are a resilient, committed community, and each of you brings something important to what we do. I promise to keep you informed throughout the budget process through emails and updates to our budget central website. In the meantime, I encourage you to reach out to your colleagues who serve on the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate or Student Government Association and share your thoughts and suggestions for dealing with the difficult challenges we face. In addition, I personally value your feedback and thoughts, so do not hesitate to contact me directly by emailing lpbrady@uncg.edu. Thank you for all that you do for UNCG.

Sincerely,
Linda P. Brady
Chancellor

Looking ahead: July 13, 2011

Film, “Nainnsukh”
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Teleconference, Board of Trustees
Friday, July 15, 10 a.m., Boardroom, third floor, Mossman

EMF Monday UNCG Chamber Series
Monday, July 18, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall

EMF Monday UNCG Chamber Series
Monday, July 25, 8 p.m., Music Recital Hall

Film, “Floating Weeds”
Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

more at calendar.uncg.edu