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Archives for September 2011

Despite budget tightening, ‘a banner year’

The fall 2011 General Faculty Meeting and Faculty Convocation was held Sept. 21.

In his address, Provost David H. Perrin first addressed academic program review.

“We’ve made lots of changes to the process over the past months,” he said. He listed them on his PowerPoint slides – the full PowerPoint presentation can be viewed online.

He had two sessions over the summer with past and present chairs of Faculty Senate. “I asked for their help, their advice, their counsel.” Those were very helpful to him, he explained.

Unit-level program review will be conducted by the unit-level program review committees through Nov. 24. University-level program review will be conducted Dec. 5-March 1 by the University Program Review Committee. Their recommendations will be presented to Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and students during the first half of March 2012.

“We’ve had another record-breaking year in sponsored-research activity,” he said. “This is terrific.”

For the last fiscal year, UNCG received 247 awards for a total of $47,773,694.

He detailed the resulting benefits of this funding. He also said that the university has made the decision to reinstate Faculty Research Assignments for 2012-13.

The new STAMPS program (Science, Math and Technology Preparation Scholarships), which will support undergraduate and graduate study in STEM subjects, will see its first awards in the spring.

The university has made great strides in the area of internationalization, he said.

And he detailed many of the accolades our university and its people have received over the past months. [See full report in UNCG News.]

Every five years or so, UNCG’s institutional peer grouping is revised. We are a very different institution than we were five or seven years ago, Perrin explained. He listed the proposed institutional peers – six of the 18 on the proposed listing are currently listed as UNCG’s institutional peers.

In opening remarks, Chancellor Linda P. Brady provided updates on capital projects, such as the pedestrian underpass, new campus police building, phase one of the mixed-use village, and a new student recreation center.

The first faculty forum will be Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at 3 p.m. in the EUC Claxton Room. The topics will be “A Communication Enriched Curriculum: Time for a Change” and “UNCG Expansion Plans for a Lee Street Corridor – Mixed Use Village.”

By Mike Harris
Photo by Mike Harris

Wow, that looks different

Beginning Oct. 3, web pages on campus will look different. You’ll start seeing a new header and footer on many of the pages – and they’ll eventually be on all of the pages.

The home page will have a new look, as part of this 2011 UNCG web site upgrade.

The current version of the university web site was created in 2006. Minor updates have been made to design and content on the home page and top tier pages, but no major changes have been made in more than five years, Lyda Carpen (University Relations) explains. In the meantime, units across campus have continued to evolve their own pages. As a result, the university web site lacks cohesion of branding and navigation.

In response to these issues, the Internet Oversight Committee (IOC), University Relations (UR) and Information Technology Services (ITS) began a conversation in the spring of 2010 about how to address an upgrade to the UNCG site.

After reviewing a number of options, the IOC approved a new header and footer design, as well as an update to the UNCG homepage. These changes were designed to address:

  • Visual unification of the entire site as a result of stronger use of university colors and branding elements
  • Consistent use of upper level navigation
  • Wider pages – from 600 pixels to 960 pixels
  • Addition of a “search this site” function to the search box
  • Addition of the “uncg connect” icon to the footer to distinguish university and unit level social media
  • Improved flexibility in home page navigation with the addition of secondary layer of navigation above the footer

This undertaking has been informed by the efforts of the Integrated Marketing and Strategic Communication (IMSC) Committee. IMSC has been charged with collectively planning and communicating a holistic story to enhance UNCG’s reputation.

IMSC is producing guidelines for content areas of the UNCG site (as well as for all kinds of communications). A brand guide web site with additional information and more tools is planned for spring semester. In addition to the new header and footer, these guidelines and tools will help campus units flesh out the content of their sites, says Carpen. Units considering a revamp of the content areas of their web site are encouraged to wait for these new brand standards.

IOC plans for the university web site were presented to IMSC last spring, and the committee endorsed the improvements. The IMSC and IOC committees share four members and the two groups have been working on parallel tracks.

For campus developers, updated unit web site requirements and HTML assets and templates are being provided to the campus from the IOC web site. Units are encouraged to update their pages with the new header and footer as soon as they are able. The deadline for compliance is August 2012.

Information about the IMSC, co-chaired by Joy Bhadury (Bryan School) and Helen Hebert (University Relations), can currently be viewed at the committee blog, which includes more information about the web site.

Those with questions about the web pages may email Lyda Carpen.

What’s his name?

Are you good with names? The creative sort? Perhaps you simply know a good name when it fits.

Our university unveiled the new costumed mascot in the fall of 2010. Now, submissions are needed to “officially” name the mascot.

The winner will win the Ultimate UNCG prize pack, filled with exclusive UNCG gear, provided by UNCG Athletics.

Submissions must be entered by Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m.

UNCG Athletics will unveil the name at the Go Blue Preview on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Submit your best mascot name online at http://www.uncgspartans.com/marketing/Name_Mascot.

Questions? Email wrhoneyc@uncg.edu.

 

SECC completes first week

The State Employees Combined Campaign is the official giving campaign for state employees. Dr. John Locke, chair of this year’s campus campaign, is the longtime solicitor for Music. He reported last week that more than half of the Music department has already completed and turned in their envelopes, in the first days of the campaign. Music has had 100 percent participation the last several years.

“I hope that every full-time employee has received their SECC pledge packet by now,” said Locke. “Remember, it only takes about five minutes to complete the pledge form. So, there is no time like the present!”

After the form is filled out, please return it to your departmental SECC volunteer solicitor.

Brady emphasizes diversity agenda

Our campus is known for its equity, diversity and inclusion.

These are central to UNCG’s mission and its goals, Chancellor Linda P. Brady explains.

She spoke on this topic at the August Trustees Retreat and at the Sept. 7 Faculty Senate meeting. She had announced at the State of the Campus address that our university, due to the budget situation, will not be able to move forward this year in its search for a chief diversity officer.

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has made great strides over the past several years, led by Dr. Sue Dennison (Social Work) and Rod Wyatt (Athletics), she said. This year, Wyatt is the sole chair, as Dennison has stepped down.

She outlined three recommendations for this year, regarding this topic:

  1. Increasing support for LGBTQ faculty, staff and students. “This will be a priority for us,” she said, noting that the national publication Campus Pride has recognized our efforts in this area.
  2. Expanding training opportunities and recognition for our staff – and sponsoring more events to bring together staff and faculty.
  3. Identifying best practices in hiring to ensure greater diversity in candidate pools, with special focus on administrative and supervisory positions. “We will continue to monitor and broaden our search advertisement process with non-traditional sites in an attempt to ensure we are attracting a diverse pool of the best and brightest candidates for administrative and supervisory positions on this campus,” she said.

We are committed to remaining a national leader when it comes to diversity and inclusion, she added. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it makes economic sense as well. “If we want to be competitive for the best and brightest faculty, staff and students, we must continue to pursue our diversity agenda.”

By Mike Harris

Stephanie Irby Coard meets President Obama, gives him report

It’s not often that a college professor, after heading up a national task force, has the opportunity to place the resulting report in the hands of the President of the United States.

Dr. Stephanie Irby Coard, an associate professor of human development and family studies, did just that, handing the report, “Resilience in African American children and adolescents: A vision for optimal development,” to President Barack Obama during his visit to Raleigh on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Written by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Task Force on Resilience and Strength in Black Children and Adolescents, the report encourages a major shift from an emphasis on risk to exploring the complex interactive process of resilience in African American youth.

The task force recommended how the problems faced by African American children and youth should be addressed in the areas of research, practice, education and policy. It sets a new vision for optimal development in African American youth in the contexts of peers, families, schools and communities, involving the broad areas of identity development, emotional development, social development, cognitive development and physical health and development.

So Coard’s goal was getting the report into the hands of the President. She and other members of the Task Force have been disseminating the report since it was released in fall 2008. She recently found that persistence does indeed pay off when she was invited to attend Obama’s speech in Raleigh.

“I have ‘pushed’ this report in any outlet that I could and have stuck with it. I finally got a plug from a connection who recognized how passionate I was about the report’s content and how hard I had been pushing it,” Coard said. “I was surprised to be invited to see him speak at N.C. State University on Wednesday. I was in shock.

“The invitation came from a member of the President’s staff, who told me that there was no guarantee that I would meet him personally. However, I was guaranteed that he would receive the report. This was not planned at all; as a matter of fact everything was very last minute and very specifically detailed. I accomplished my goal and I am beyond thrilled about it.”

The report began making the rounds in Congress in fall 2008, when the APA’s Public Interest-Government Relations Office distributed 200 copies of the report at the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference and distributed the report to all 42 members of the caucus.

“When you look at the research on black teens and adolescents, the majority of studies tend to be deficit-focused,” Coard said. “We know a lot about black teen violence, a lot about black teens and pregnancy, a lot about educational disparities. What we don’t know much about is the resilience and strengths of African American youth thriving even in the face of adversity. We know about the negative things but we don’t know much at all about the kids who are doing well and why they’re doing well.

“What we wrote proposes a ‘Portrait of Resilience’ on what is making kids thrive in the midst of adversity. We asked, ‘What does this look like?’ We were challenging researchers, policymakers, practitioners, educators and funders to shift their lens and look at these children, not at-risk but at-promise.”

Coard had worked with the PI-GRO staff, the foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus staff to have a congressional resolution sponsored, based on the report. In 2009, the report got a boost from Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), who used it as the basis for his resolution recognizing the importance of fostering resilience in African American youth. Co-sponsors with Hastings were Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX); Grace F. Napolitano and Barbara Lee (D-CA); and Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands).

“The resolution served as a statement of the House or Senate’s position on the issue and places moral weight behind changes in public policy,” said Coard. “It was a powerful tool in APA’s future advocacy on Capitol Hill on specific legislation that directly affects African-American youth.”

Coard joined UNCG in 2006, coming from Duke University where she was a research scientist in the Center for Child and Family Policy. Her research interests are prevention of conduct disorder, aggression and violence; racial, ethnic and cultural influences on youth and families; racial socialization processes, racial identity development; and practical and culturally relevant approaches to parenting.

By Steve Gilliam

Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai

The Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in EUC Auditorium. Founded in 2010, the orchestra aims to preserve and share the complexity and beauty of Chinese folk music and opera, making it accessible to the citizens of the world. The concert is part of the UNCG Performing Arts Series. See full story at UNCG News.

Vital Grace Project

This fall’s Vital Grace Project will present a roster of seasoned dance artists, including Duane Cyrus, who will return to the stage as a performer, accompanied by special guests Ursula Kendall-Johnson, an Atlanta-based diva and co-founder of 2Kids and A Dream Productions; Robin Gee, associate professor of dance at UNCG and director of Sugarfoote Productions; Kim Jones, former Martha Graham dancer and assistant professor at UNC Charlotte; and Nina Lucas, director of dance and associate professor at Wake Forest University.

Cyrus will unveil two new duets, including a collaborative work performed by Cyrus and Jones. Both are former Martha Graham dancers. Also on the program is a tribute to Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

The project will be Sept. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m in the Dance Theater.

To purchase tickets, call the EUC Box Office at 4-4849 to or purchase online.

This event is part of the city’s 17 Days Festival.

Additionally, Cyrus Art Production will be a part of “Stars of American Dance: Greensboro Celebrates How America Dances,” which is also part of the 17 Days Festival.

“Stars of American Dance” will be Oct. 5, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre downtown. Call 333-2605 to purchase tickets.

 

Make nominations for McIver and Holderness/Weaver awards

Our campus holds public service in the highest regard. UNCG incorporates service-learning into our curriculum, encourages alumni to continue their community outreach after graduation and reveres our state’s most dedicated citizens.

To further our tradition of honoring North Carolinians with exemplary public service records, UNCG seeks your help in identifying the 2011-12 nominees for the Charles Duncan McIver Award and the Holderness/Weaver Award. The most prestigious public service honors given by the university, these awards demonstrate UNCG’s value of civic engagement.

Your careful consideration and nomination of a devoted, inspirational citizen will be extremely helpful. Please submit your nomination form by Oct. 24, 2011.

Submit nomination for Holderness/Weaver Award or McIver Award.

An overview and past recipients of each of these awards can be viewed at the awards web page.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship at Jefferson Suites

The new, six-story Jefferson Suites residence hall on Spring Garden Street was dedicated by Chancellor Linda P. Brady and others on Friday.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs), where students with common goals and interests can live, learn and study together, are a major initiative for Brady.

Students in the Sustainable Entrepreneurship LLC in Jefferson Suites enjoy common living space; access to an in-house incubator space, which includes computers loaded with design software; as well as specialized classes taught on-site. Courses include instruction in business writing, the history of entrepreneurship and economics.

Dr. Dianne Welsh, Charles A. Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Larry Taube, her colleague in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, designed the fledgling LLC.

See full story at UNCG News.

New Music Festival this week

The eighth Annual New Music Festival at UNCG offers a refreshing, invigorating and powerful antidote to everyday sonic fare. The festival runs through Sept. 30, at the Music Building, Weatherspoon Art Museum and Mack and Mack downtown on Elm Street. It offers a mixture of worldbeats, text, electronics, video and chamber ensembles.

Evening events, daytime concerts, lectures, master classes and presentations with visiting artists are scheduled. See full schedule here.

Mark Engebretson (Music) is director of the festival.

See details at the festival web site.

Looking ahead: Sept. 28, 2011

‘Polarization, Gridlock and the Mass Media
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Lecture on ancient medicine and erotics
Thursday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., SOE, Room 222

New Music Festival concert
Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Opening reception, faculty biennial exhibition
Friday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m., Weatherspoon

‘The Threepenny Opera’
Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Men’s soccer vs. Furman
Saturday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. App State
Sunday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m.

Display cases in library available

Need to publicize an upcoming event? Want to get the word out about a special initiative? Jackson Library has several display cases within the library and in the EUC Connector that are available for use by campus organizations and academic departments. More than a million library users pass through the doors each year, making Jackson Library a great place to promote your program. For more information and to book a display case, please visit http://library.uncg.edu/services/displays.aspx.

With the staff: September 2011

Hello:
Antonio Moore, Housing and Residence Life; Candace Williams, Housing and Residence Life; Kelly Meris, Graduate School; Patricia Williams, Facility Operations; Ashley Luck, Student Health Services; Dilli Timsina, Housing and Residence Life; Jason Alison, University Advancement; Brenda Simmons, Housing and Residence Life; Bernard Goodwine, Housekeeping

Good-bye:
Donald McClain, Parking Services; Sarah Fennel, Dance; Stephanie Burns, University Registrar; Katherine Smith, Music; Jermaine Sinclair, ITS; Anderson Bean, Graduate School; Vincente Morales-Velez, Housekeeping

Again, no salary increases

No legislative salary increases were enacted for the fourth straight year. Salary increases are severely restricted, with allowances only for specific, special circumstances. A two page memo from Dr. Edna Chun and Dr. Alan Boyette outlines the details. See the 2011-12 Compensation Guidelines memo.

 

 

‘Faculty encouraged to utilize Starfish’

Provost David H. Perrin detailed the benefits of the Starfish Early Alert and Connect pilot during his Convocation address. It can help enhance student success and help enhance the university’s retention levels. So far, the pilot has resulted in 17,635 tutoring or advising group sessions, 3,000 individual tutoring or advising appointments and 2,305 flags raised, he noted in his presentation at Faculty Convocation. Faculty are encouraged to utilize Starfish, he said. Several Starfish training sessions will be held throughout the next two months. Faculty may attend one of these detailed sessions to learn more about Starfish and have any questions answered. View available sessions at https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/.

See more information about Starfish.

Education building dedicated

The dedication was held Sept. 22. “With the opening of the new School of Education building, UNCG will continue its long tradition of educating the next generation of students, teachers and counselors who will help build a brighter future for Guilford County, the state of North Carolina and beyond,” Chancellor Brady said. Although teacher education plays a large part in the School of Education’s mission, Dean Karen Wixson emphasizes the school’s breadth of work. The new building allows departments more collaboration space and encourages cross-departmental cooperation. See story at UNCG News.

Weight Watchers at Work today

The UNCG Weight Watchers at Work will host an Open House today, Sept. 28, at 12:15 p.m. in Bryan 113.

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. New members can enroll anytime during the session at a pro-rated membership cost.

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 1,600 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.

Ancient medicine and erotics

UNCG’s Classical Society will host a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m., in Room 222, School of Education Building. The title of the lecture is “Why Penicillin Can’t Cure Love: Ancient Medicine and Erotics.” The presenter is Dr. E. Del Chrol (Marshall University). For more information, contact Alexandra Creola at alcreola@uncg.edu.

Edible Wisdom Workshops

Enlightening nutrition discussions will be offered Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. through Nov. 16 in the Wellness Center (Room 015) of Student Health Services.

Jill Shaw is the Registered Dietitian Nutrition Educator.

Discover ways to:

  • Find time to nourish your body
  • Sustain physical energy and brainpower
  • Manage your weight and body composition
  • Balance healthy food and junk food
  • Honor your hunger and satiety (fullness)
  • Rev-up your metabolism
  • Eliminate emotional eating
  • Whip-up healthful stuff in your dorm room

More information is at uncg.edu/shs/wellness/nutrition/workshop

See/Hear: September 28, 2011

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Need inspiration in naming the Spartan mascot? Check out scenes from last weekend’s 2011 Homecoming – he was everywhere at Homecoming. Video by Dacia Ijames (Athletics).

Connie Uselman

The International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi has honored Connie Uselman (Bryan School) with its 2010-11 Chapter Advisor of the Year award for the mid-Atlantic region. “In recognition of dedicated service, guidance and support to the Iota Omega chapter,” the award said.

Dr. Brian Clarida

Dr. Brian Clarida (Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations) will receive the 2011 Triad Movers & Shakers Award. He has been recognized as an inspirational leader to the community and other leaders and will be honored at an awards ceremony and dinner on Oct. 5. His profile will appear in the Business Leader Magazine’s October issue.

Dr. Nancy Gladwell

Dr. Nancy Gladwell (Community and Therapeutic Recreation) was honored at the NC/SC Recreation & Park Association Joint Conference in Charleston, S.C. She received the highest award, the NCRPA Fellow. The Fellow Award is the highest award the NC Recreation & Park Association can bestow on one of its members for outstanding service and leadership. Selection is based on an objective system of rating including membership in NCRPA (former members who have retired may be exempted from this requirement); a minimum of 10 years experience in the field of recreation and parks; service contributions to the recreation and park movement through the Association and other state and national recreational and park organizations; and exemplary professional leadership and character.

Matt Barr

There will be two screenings of “With These Hands: The Story of an American Furniture Factory” at the High Point Theatre, part of the High Point Furniture Market Complex, on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. “With These Hands” tells the story of the closing of Hooker Furniture Co.’s last case goods plant and the impact of the closing on the workers. Barr (Media Studies) produced and directed the film, which has had extensive film festival and PBS distribution nationwide.

Homecoming 2011

UNCG will welcome its alumni back to campus for Homecoming 2011, which runs through this Sunday, Sept. 25.

The big day is Saturday, Sept. 24, with a full day of activities and events planned for the campus community, including three bands, a bike rodeo, the annual Children’s Festival and numerous reunions. Visit homecoming.uncg.edu for a complete schedule. All events are free and open to alumni, students and the public.

Saturday features three bands – and all of them have deep connections to UNCG and Greensboro, notes Donegan Root, associate director for development and alumni relations. “Two of them, Big Bang Boom and Brice Street Band are led by UNCG alumni, and the band Mr. Potato Head rocked the local music scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s.”

The Big Bang Boom Children’s Band performs 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Children’s Festival sponsored by the School of Education and the North Carolina Teaching Fellows. Kids can enjoy games, inflatables, music, dancing, cheering, arts and crafts, and Liberty Mutual’s Bike Rodeo 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kaplan Commons on the west lawn of EUC.

Music will be provided by Brice Street Band from 1:30-3 p.m. and Mr. Potato Head from 4-6:30 p.m., both at Kaplan Commons.

See full report in UNCG News.

‘You don’t have to give. Instead you get to give.’

The 2011 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) is in full swing. It is the official giving campaign for state employees, benefitting more than 1,000 charitable groups in our area and the state.

At a meeting of volunteer solicitors from throughout campus last Friday, Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke of the lives touched by Hospice, by children’s services, environmental groups – the list goes on. Everyone has a passion, she explained.

“Whatever your passion is, through the SECC, you can make a difference.”

This year’s goal is ambitious: $235,000. It’s the same goal as last year, which our campus exceeded – though with the budget cuts, there are fewer faculty and staff than last year, which presents a greater challenge.

Dr. John Locke (Music), who has been an SECC volunteer solicitor in Music for about 25 years, spoke next. For the last several years, he has gotten 100 percent participation from Music.

As this year’s chair of the campus campaign, he shared some tips and advice from his years of volunteering as a solicitor for a cause – the SECC – that he feels passionate about.

“Be relentless,” he advised the solicitors. An email from Locke went out earlier this week to all UNCG employees, asking for their participation.

There are two choices for giving: payroll deduction or a one-time payment by check, cash or credit card. Payroll deduction and the billing options begin Jan. 1, 2012, for a period of one year. Five dollars per month (beginning in January) is the minimum amount eligible for payroll deduction.

If you are an employee, you have likely received your large white envelope. You are encouraged to complete the pledge form, sign it and seal it in the smaller business enveloped in the packet.

You may designate your contribution to specific agencies if you wish – or simply allow your contribution to benefit all of the agencies.

Locke has a saying about SECC: ‘You don’t have to give. Instead you get to give.’

By Mike Harris
Visual: Volunteer SECC solicitors learn about this year’s goal – and receive tips and instructions.

Is American government broken?

“Is American Government Broken?” is the provocative question the Fall 2011 Center for Legislative Studies lectures series will address.

“We settled on this topic in the wake of the debt ceiling controversy that raged in Washington over the summer,” says Dr. David Holian (Political Science), director of the center. “We viewed that debate as the latest example of an increasing unwillingness to compromise and wanted to explore some reasons why we face this state of affairs.”

The series title comes from the tension between a political system that demands compromise and political actors who refuse to do so, he says.

The first lecture in the series will be “Polarization, Gridlock and the Mass Media” on Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Auditorium.

Among the speakers will be Dr. Kathy Smith (Wake Forest), co-author of “The White House Speaks: Presidential Leadership as Persuasion” and “The President and the Public: Rhetoric and National Leadership” and Dr. Geoffrey Baym (Media Studies), author of “From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News.”

“The modern media environment is splintered to such an extent that it is fairly easy for many people to seek out political news and information that is likely to confirm their predispositions,” Holian explains. “Whereas the networks of the Cronkite era had a mainstreaming effect on society, we thought it would be worth asking whether today’s media environment encourages polarization and, therefore, gridlock.”

Addional lectures will be Oct. 19 in Weatherspoon Auditorium and Nov. 10 in the new School of Education Building.

Visual: President Obama meets with Congressional Leadership regarding debt limit, July 13, 2011. White House photo by Pete Souza.

By Mike Harris

2011-12 men’s basketball season tickets

All 2010-11 season ticket holders have until Sept. 23 to renew and hold their current seat or request alternate locations for this year’s season. A special offer is at the bottom of this posting.

This year, faculty/staff can enjoy excellent lower level season tickets for only $99. That is $30 lower than last year’s rates for those tickets.

An appearance in the Maui Invitational, home games with East Carolina and Final Four participant VCU, and road games at Duke, Florida State and Miami (Fla.) highlight the men’s basketball schedule.

“The last two years we’ve played one of the top non-conference schedules in the country, which has helped to enhance our program’s profile. This year is no different,” said Coach Mike Dement. “We have games against teams from the ACC, Big East, SEC, a 2011 Final Four squad and challenging contests against in-state foes like UNC Pembroke, East Carolina and North Carolina A&T. We intend for these games to ultimately help prepare us for success in Southern Conference play.”

As part of the early season Maui Invitational, the Spartans will play games at Tennessee (Nov. 11) and Georgetown (Nov. 14) before participating in mainland regional games in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in a field which includes MTSU, Belmont and Towson.

The first home game will be versus UNC Pembroke on Nov. 17.

Those looking for fun activities over the Winter Holiday break can enjoy some great games. A home contest versus East Carolina will be Dec. 16. Then after the Spartans visit Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on Duke on Dec. 19, they return to the Coliseum where they host VCU on Dec. 22. UNCG closes out 2011 at Richmond on Dec. 30. After opening the New Year at Miami (Jan. 2), the Spartans return to SoCon play full-time by hosting Davidson (Jan. 5).

The team returns four starters and several key reserves from last season’s squad, including 2011 Southern Conference All-Freshman team honoree Trevis Simpson. In 27 games, including nine starts, the 6-4 swingman averaged 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Other returning starters include 6-10 senior center Aloysius Henry and junior point guard Kyle Randall. Forward Aaron Brackett and guard Korey Van Dussen also return.

Season ticket holders have some great benefits to enjoy this year:

Buddy Passes – This season each season ticket holder will receive three “buddy passes” with your season tickets. Buddy passes allow you to bring a guest to enjoy any of our regular season homes games at the Greensboro Coliseum, for free. When you arrive at the game, your guest will exchange their buddy pass at the Greensboro Coliseum Ticket Office for a game ticket. Seat location is based on availability.

Never-A-Wasted Ticket – The Athletics Department understands that purchasing season tickets is an investment and they do not want to see you ever “waste” that investment because you are unable to attend a game. If for any reason you are unable to attend every home game this season, you may save your unused tickets and redeem them for additional tickets to the last home game against Wofford in February 2012. Seat locations are based on availability.

Additionally, season ticket holders for men’s basketball will still have the option to receive a complimentary women’s basketball Flex Season Ticket. For each season seat that you own for men’s basketball, Athletics will match that number in women’s season tickets for free. The “Flex” tickets can be used for any game in any combination.

For information about season tickets, call 4-3250 or email maehmke@uncg.edu.

Special offer for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011:

UNCG Faculty & Staff,

This Thursday, September 22nd, the Athletics ticket office will be holding the “30 Minute or Less Challenge.” For every faculty or staff member that renews or purchases 2011-12 UNCG men’s (and women’s) basketball season tickets from noon to 3 p.m. will receive your confirmation and a free t-shirt personally delivered from a member of the coaching staff. We have 30 minutes to deliver these items to your location on campus or your season tickets are free!

To participate please call the UNCG Ticket Office at 334-3250 between noon and 3 pm that day. We look forward to meeting the challenge and welcoming you all back for the 2011-2012 basketball season. Our Greensboro, Our Game!

Michael Ehmke, Ticket Operations & Group Sales Manager

334-3250 – maehmke@uncg.edu

 

Threepenny for your thoughts

Mack the Knife’s in town.

“The Threepenny Opera” with music by Kurt Weill and the book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht will be presented by UNCG Theatre in the Taylor Theatre, Sept. 28-Oct. 6.

A milestone of 20th century musical theater, “The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper)” incorporates sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret.

In Victorian London’s seamy underworld, gangster “Macheath” — better known as “Mack the Knife” — impetuously weds pretty Polly, invoking the wrath of her father. But with help from the crooked police chief , Polly’s father plans Mackie’s downfall in this classic musical satire

A competitively awarded grant from The Kurt Weill Foundation in NYC is helping with production expenses. Department head Jim Fisher notes director Christine Morris’ pursuing this grant (with others in the department), particularly in the wake of the university-wide cutbacks, allows Theatre to produce it with the “flair our audiences have come to expect.”

This is not the first big season-opening musical she has directed at UNCG Theatre. Christine Morris directed the memorable “Sweeney Todd” two seasons ago.

Tickets are $23 for adults; $18 for students & senior citizens; $15 for UNCG Alumni & Groups of 10+; $10 for UNCG Students. These prices include the University Box Office per ticket service and handling fee. Note that online purchases have additional service/transaction fees.

Tickets are available at the University Box Office noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the EUC and Music Building and by phone at 334-4849. Tickets are also available for online purchases at Threepenny Opera Online Tickets.

Performances are in the Taylor Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, 29; Oct. 4, 5 & 6: 2 p.m. on 1 & 2; and 8 p.m. on Sept. 30 & Oct. 1.

See more comprehensive story at UNCG News.

V1sual: Phillip Lynch as “Mack the Knife”

Learn about mixed-use village

UNCG faculty, staff and students interested in learning more about the university’s plans for the mixed-use village are invited to attend an Open House on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Maple Room of the EUC 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Questions about this event should be directed to Mike Tarrant at (336) 501-2673 or mike_tarrant@uncg.edu.

Our university plans to begin construction on the first phase of a mixed-use village along the West Lee Street Corridor this fall.

The project received unanimous approval to proceed last week when the Greensboro City Council voted 9-0 in favor of the rezoning and of the amendment to the Glenwood neighborhood plan.

Full report at UNCG News.

Recent paintings by Jack Stratton

An opening reception for “Fiction of Light” — Recent Paintings by Jack Stratton will be Friday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. The exhibition, in the Jackson Library Reading Room, will run until Jan. 6. All of the paintings are on sale and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the University Libraries.

Jack Stratton is no stranger to the University Libraries. He first started working in Jackson Library as a student. After receiving his BFA in Painting at UNCG in 1977, Jack joined the library staff full time as a bookbinder. From the library, Jack moved to the Weatherspoon Art Museum where he worked for 20 years as a preparator. Last year, after 30 years of service, Jack retired from UNCG, but not from the art world. He currently paints in his Greensboro studio, as well as teaches drawing and watercolor painting at the Art Alliance, an organization sponsored by the City of Greensboro. He also works as a freelance preparator, curator, art handler and lighting consultant.

For more information about the exhibit, visit http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2011/08/fiction-of-light-recent-paintings-by.html.

‘Deaf Kiss-Fist’ at EUC

The third annual “Deaf Kiss-Fist,” celebrating National Deaf Awareness Week, will be Sunday, Sept. 25. Beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, you are invited to browse the exhibits; the show starts at 2:30 p.m.

The event will be voice-interpreted.

Admission is $5 per person, $3 for children age 6 – 12, free for age 5 and under

Enjoy a variety of entertainment by children and adults who are deaf: ABC stories, deaf jokes, skits, playing with fingerspelling, narratives of personal experiences at a residential deaf school and more.

“The reason for using ‘kiss-fist’ is because it means ‘I love it,’ ‘I cherish it,'” says Karen De Naples, clinical assistant professor in the Specialized Education Services department.

This is a very popular event, she explains. “Each year, more and more people come from all over North Carolina, from Virginia and even from South Carolina.”

There will be exhibits of crafts and talent and professional work by people who are deaf, and information booths with several organizations/agencies that provide services for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

For more information, email Karen De Naples at kmdenapl@uncg.edu

Honorary degrees nominations

The Committee on Honorary Degrees invites you to identify people who would be good candidates for honorary degrees to be granted at the 2012 commencement or subsequent commencements. Honorary Degrees recognize men and women of high distinction as well as indicate to the public that we as an institution of higher learning value those people and their accomplishments.

The person selected may be distinguished in any number of areas: humanities, sciences, arts, public service and education, to name a few. Only those currently holding public office in the state and the permanent staff of our state universities are not eligible. The achievements may vary in scope from prominence on the international or professional scene to vital contributions to the University, North Carolina, and beyond. A previous connection to the University or state is not mandatory but is considered a strength. For more information, see http://provost.uncg.edu/publications/personnel/honorary.asp Guidelines and Procedures for Honorary Degrees approved by the UNCG Board of Trustees at its November 21, 1996, meeting.

In order for you to have an idea of the persons who have received Honorary Degrees, you are invited to examine the names of awardees from past years: Thomas Haggai (2011); Margaret Maron (2010); Rebecca Lloyd, Nido Qubein (2009); Fred Chappell, Tom Ross, Kay Yow (2008); Irvin Belk, Betty Ray McCain, Edwin S. Melvin (2007); Molly Broad, Henry Frye, Shirley Frye (2006); Muriel Siebert (2005); Jim Hunt (2004); Jaylee Mead (2003); Michael B. Fleming, Stanley Frank (2002); Kenneth L. Adelman, Bonnie Angelo, Jean Brooks (2001); Erskine Bowles (2000); Maud Gatewood, Eloise R. Lewis (1999); Carolyn R. Ferree, Calvin Trillin (1998); Mary Ellen Rudin, LeRoy T. Walker (1995); T. James Crawford (1994); Maya Angelou (1993); Richard C. Atkinson, Robert E. Ward (1992); Doris W. Betts, John H. Franklin (1990).

The committee asks that initially you submit candidates on the form available at http://provost.uncg.edu along with biographical information. After the first screening, we may request additional information. Please keep in mind the need for confidentiality, as candidates should not be aware that they are being considered. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. Please send the completed nomination form to the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 201 Mossman Building.

Ads when hiring foreign workers eligible for permanent residency sponsorship

Katie Brown, director of faculty and student services in the Office of the Provost, provides the following update. It concerns electronic and web-based journal advertisements when hiring a foreign worker who is potentially eligible for employment-based permanent residency (green card) sponsorship. Only positions that are classified as EPA and are permanent (i.e. tenure-track faculty) are eligible for this option.

UNCG has recently received good news about a change with the Department of Labor (DOL) which now permits electronic or web-based advertisements to be used for employer sponsorship for permanent residency (green card). However, there are some specific requirements that accompany this change in order for the employer to proceed with the Labor Certification process.

Although print ads are still acceptable, it is important to note that Employment and Training Administration (ETA) requires the following for all electronic ads; specifically, with regard to a web-based or electronic journal:

  • (1) Type: The job listings in the journal must be viewable to the public without payment of a subscription and/or membership charge.
  • (2) Time: The job posting must be for at least 30 calendar days. Regardless of whether in print or published electronically, the advertisement for the job must have been placed during the recruitment period prior to the selection of foreign worker.
  • (3) Evidence: Documentation of the job posting must include evidence of the start and end dates of the ad and the text of the advertisement. Best practice would be to retain screenshots of the posting on its first and last day. Alternatively, an invoice or other correspondence provided after the last day of publication may be acceptable.
  • (4) Preferences are “requirements”; experience quantified: With regard to the content of the advertisements, it is imperative that the language indicate the actual minimum requirements for the position. ETA has taken the position that “preferences” listed in an advertisement are de facto requirements. Further, any request for experience should be quantified. This is true for both traditional print advertisements and those in electronic form.

Journal not defined. The PERM regulations do not define what is a “national professional journal.” Neither the ETA nor the Board of Alien Labor Certification has provided substantive clarification. In determining what is an appropriate national professional journal, it is advisable to use a publication that contains more than mere job openings or is a newspaper/newsletter published by an organization or association that also publishes a self-described journal. Further, the posting of a position in the job section/tab of an organization or association’s website is not the equivalent of publication in a journal. Historically, the ETA has accepted the Chronicle of Higher Education, and it is anticipated that it will accept the e-journal Inside Higher Ed. If your campus currently uses the Chronicle or Inside Higher Ed, there is no indication that you should change that practice.

If you have any questions, would like to have additional information, or would like Katie Brown to have the job advertisement reviewed before it is published/posted, please feel free to contact Katie Brown in the Office of the Provost, 334-5398.