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Archives for January 2012

Honoring John Gamble

Faculty from the Department of Dance will honor one of their own during the dance faculty concert Feb. 10-11 in Aycock Auditorium.

The 8 p.m. concerts, dedicated to retiring faculty member John Gamble, will feature original dances and dance film by faculty choreographers Duane Cyrus, Robin Gee, Larry Lavender, Janet Lilly and B.J. Sullivan.

A reception honoring Gamble will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Slane Lobby in the lower level of Aycock Auditorium. Saturday night there will be a reception, also in the Slane Lobby, after the show inaugurating the creation of “Dance Partners,” an organization dedicated to dance and dance students at UNCG.

Gamble has been a member of the Dance faculty since 1985. He served as UNCG Dance department head from 1985 to 1993. He was awarded the NC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award in 2006 and the NC Dance Alliance Annual Award in 2007. He was chair of Faculty Senate in 2010-11.

His official retirement date is Feb. 1.

Tickets to the event are $15 and may be purchased online at boxoffice.uncg.edu, by calling 334-4849 or at campus box office locations.

In addition, the John Gamble Dance Theatre will perform new works later this week at the Greensboro Cultural Center, as part of the Greensboro Fringe Festival. Details are at http://www.greensborofringefestival.org.

Full story at UNCG News.

Dickens, you say

When you turn 200, that calls for a celebration. Happy birthday, Charles Dickens.

The birthday celebration – the first of many events celebrating the writer – will be Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2-4 p.m. in the Humanities Faculty Lounge (3rd floor of MHRA — take a short right at the top of the stairs). Refreshments will include birthday cake. The short “program” is scheduled to run as follows:

2:30 p.m.: Cake-cutting
3 p.m.: Brief readings from Dickens, followed by a toast to his memory. Faculty members and guests are welcome to read favorite passages from Dickens’ books.
3:30 p.m.: Drawing for copies of Matthew Pearl’s novel, “The Last Dickens,” and Dickens’ “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

Other events celebrating Dickens include:

  • Book discussion led by Dr. Hepsi Roskelly, part of Friends of the Library book series. (This was nearly filled, at press time.)
  • “Charles Dickens,” presented by Dr. Elliot Engel, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at 3 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library.
  • The exhibition “Windows to the World: The Immortal Works of Charles Dickens,” now on view in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library through March 30.

“A Dickens of a Celebration” will continue with a series of programs sponsored by the University Libraries, the English Department, the Freshman Seminar Program, the Atlantic World Research Network, the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the Greensboro Public Library and others.

For a schedule of events, including visits by novelist Matthew Pearl and scholars Eliot Engel and Eileen Gillooly plus films at the Greensboro Public Library, see http://tinyurl.com/DickensUNCG or http://www.uncgfol.blogspot.com/2012/01/dickens-of-celebration.html

Free ActiveU classes for faculty/staff

Looking for a way to stay active this winter? Maybe some lunch-hour cardio kickbox? Some yogaletes? Old-school hip hop or simple strength session?

These are the initial offerings for this semester’s UNCG ActiveU. These sessions, exclusively for UNCG faculty and staff, are on Fridays noon to 1 p.m. Each is in the Student Rec Center Fitness Studio. No SRC membership is required – but bring your UNCG ID. The sessions are hosted by Healthy UNCG and Campus Rec.

February 3 – Cardio Kickbox
February 10 – Simple Strength
February 17 – Yogalates
February 24 – Old School Hip Hop
March 2 – Stress Relief and Relaxation
March 9 – NO CLASS
March 16 – Zumba
March 30 – Boot Camp 30/ Cycle 30*
April 13 – Personal Training Session* or Aqua*
April 20 – Stability Ball Workout

*For certain sessions, reserve in advance via ifitness@uncg.edu or 334-5924.

You may earn Spartan Points for every class you attend.

UNCG Career Expo

The Career Services Center will host The Career Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in the Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center from 12:30-4 p.m. All students are invited to attend this career fair event. Graduating students, seniors and juniors may take advantage of this opportunity to build important contacts for their professional job search. Sophomores and freshmen can learn how to better prepare themselves for a career upon graduation. This is a professional event, so students should dress to impress and bring plenty of resumes.

Open to all UNCG students in all majors, The Career Expo is an outstanding opportunity for students to meet and to talk directly with a variety of recruiters, hiring managers, and employer representatives about careers, internship opportunities, and openings for full-time positions. With more than 60 companies and organizations expected to attend, this career fair will include local, regional and national employers such as the Bank of Oak Ridge, BB&T Insurance Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Daly Seven, Fastenal, I-Cubed, iSurity, Integration Point, Inc., Kroger Mid-Atlantic, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NC Mentor, Northwestern Mutual, PetSmart, Sports Endeavors, Inc., Syngenta, the Target Stores, Teach for America, Verizon Wireless, and Volvo Group.

For more information, contact the Career Services Center at 334-5454 or email careers_services@uncg.edu. To view a listing of participating companies and organizations go to www.uncg.edu/csc and click on The Career Expo on the right hand side of the page.

Students visit NYC, return with fashion scholarships

Four young women from UNCG are making their mark on the future of fashion. Each won a $5,000 scholarship in the annual YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) competition. Winners were announced Jan. 10 during the FSF awards gala at New York’s posh Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

2012 FSF scholarships went to Victoria Kim, studying apparel design; and to Joanna Barrat, Lina Helgeson, and Katherine Poindexter, all studying retailing and consumer studies. The women, all CARS (Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies) students, also received summer internships with industry leaders.

CARS is housed in the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Full story at UNCG News.

Plastic Bottle Cap Recycling

The Office of Sustainability, with the assistance and guidance of the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, is launching a plastic bottle cap recycling program. The launch of this program coordinates with the uuiversity’s participation in the national recycling competition RecycleMania. This is UNCG’s second year participating in RecycleMania. This year Greek organizations will be leading activities to promote recycling on campus.

Birds, sea turtles, fish and sea mammals often mistake these colorful pieces of plastic for food, resulting in death of the animal. In some cases this is a source of chemicals found in plastic being introduced to the food chain. Increasing UNCG’s recycling efforts is another step for the university in global responsibility.

Until the implementation of this program all plastic bottle caps were sent to the landfill. Plastic bottle caps present significant danger to delicate ecosystems. Plastic bottles caps are made of polypropylene, commonly referred to as “number 5” plastics. This is commonly used in dairy and deli food packaging. What a city accepts is largely dependent on the market demand for the product can be turned into after it is recycled. Number 5 plastics are not currently accepted by City of Greensboro recycling program.

Bottle caps will be delivered by the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling to New Life Plastic once or twice per year, along with other irregular plastics such as CD jewel cases. This is a large scale facility that specialized in plastics not commonly accepted by municipal recycling programs.

The program will begin with 12 locations on campus. Student employees from the Office of Sustainability will pick up the caps twice each month.

Bottle cap locations are:

  • North Spencer – kitchen
  • South Spencer – kitchen
  • Music Building – first floor by the recycling bins
  • Campus Rec – break room
  • Studio Arts – second floor lounge (203)
  • Sink Building – break room
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum – kitchen
  • Mossman – first floor by the recycling bins
  • Housing and Residence Life – mail room

By Jessica Trotman

Jeffery West on realities of the ‘City’ and Reynolds Price’s North Carolina

Jeffery West (Theatre/Freshman Seminar Program) has been an adjunct faculty member here since 2006. He has been teaching acting and theatre since 1991 – his first class was a packed class in the old Playmakers building at UNC Chapel Hill.

He and his wife Christine Morris (Theatre) are featured in the Triad Stage production of Reynolds Price’s “New Music.” (There are a handful of UNCG faculty, students and alumni involved in virtually every production there.) The two recently traveled to Macon and Warrenton, North Carolina, to see Price’s old home, the cemetery where many family members are buried, and places described in his fiction.

They both knew Reynolds Price, a colleague of theirs at Duke. Price asked to lead the “talk-back” after a performance of Morris’ one-woman production of Romulus Linney’s “Silver River.” West and Morris taught at Duke more than a decade. (West coached the club racquetball team there as well.)

After his spinal tumor illness and treatments that left him paralyzed from the waist down, Price always offered a graduate teaching assistantship position, West says – and that young man would be his caregiver for the year. “We knew several of these guys,” he says. They each said the same thing about the experience… ‘It’s the best thing that ever happened to me.’”

It was the sharing of life experience, of wisdom.

Since being in North Carolina, West has had roles in Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, and other television series – and in plays at PlayMakers Repertory Company, Manbites Dog Theater, Raleigh Ensemble Players, The Temple Theatre, and others. He was artistic director of The Raleigh Ensemble Players for four years. He has directed more than 20 productions. He was once an extra in Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” at the Waldorf Astoria, when he lived in New York City. Allen had not liked a few lines of dialogue, so a scene with hundreds of extras was reshot. He was impressed seeing how Allen worked and how he interacted with others. He has worked with actors like Judd Hirsch, Glenn Close and Eva Marie Saint and many others. It’s all an accumulation of experiences he can pass on to his students.

His most important message to students? “Mostly it’s respect for the work,” he says.

At Triad Stage, a number of UNCG students work alongside faculty members. “They see our work ethic. We’re dedicated. We’re artists. [They see] how to behave.”

Most of the Theatre faculty are working professionals, he explains. They continue to audition, direct and work professionally.

The students are aspiring to do the same. “We send a serious number to New York City every year,” he says.

UNCG faculty share their wisdom with them – “How it works,” as West puts it.. An example? You don’t have to live in Manhattan, he tells students. It’s fairly ridiculous how expensive a tiny apartment can be. Consider certain parts of Brooklyn or Queens or Jersey City that are near mass transit. And you have to work. A newcomer to the City won’t be successful – not at first. So learn how to make ends meet without a 9-5 job, because you need to be able to audition during that period each day in order to put yourself in a position to have success.

The recent graduates are tapped into a network of UNCG’ers in New York City and LA, he says.

“Will you put this kid under your wing,” we’ll ask. “Sure,” is almost always the reply.

But it’s a tough business. “We don’t fool ‘em.”

That’s reality. Real life.

West talks of the “real life” depicted in the Reynolds Price production, a rare trilogy of plays. “They’re a really honest portrait of that place and time.” He will have a big part of making that world come alive each night, just as he has a hand in helping students develop their craft and in learning the ropes of being an artist in the City.

“We do what we teach.”

See the Triad Stage web page for Reynold Price’s “New Music.”

See/Hear: February 1, 2012

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Alley-Oops … He did it again! This time, in front of a spirited home crowd. Trevis Simpson soared for another reverse alley-oop dunk, in Saturday’s overtime victory. This one didn’t land a spot on ESPN Sportscenter’s Top Plays of the Day like the one at Miami did. But it gave the team plenty of momentum in a hard-fought game. See game highlights, in video posted by Dacia Ijames (Athletics).

Looking ahead: February 1, 2012

Open forum, HRS programs and potential summer flexible work schedule options
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m., EUC Maple Room

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room

Men’s basketball vs. The Citadel
Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m., Coliseum.

Women’s basketball vs. Elon / Faculty,Staff Appreciation
Monday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Fleming Gym (reception beforehand)

Dickens birthday party
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m., Humanities Faculty Lounge, 3rd floor, MHRA

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m., Alexander Room, EUC

Dance, Faculty concert honoring John Gamble
Friday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium (reception beforehand)

With the staff: January 2012

Hello: Jerry Aguiar (Dance); Denetra Rook (Bryan School); Denny Gary (Utility Operations); Todd Clodfelter (Public Safety and Police); Jennifer Staten (Teacher Academy); John Murray (UTLC); James Lyles (Housekeeping); Reko Currie (Nutrition); David Cole (Public Safety and Police); Eddie Newsome (Facilty Operations)

Good-bye: Latoya Lancaster (Provost’s Office); Willette Chapman (Housing and Residence Life); Jamie Fleetwood (Public Safety and Police); Martha Nance (Student Health Services); James Wessells (Housekeeping); Sarah Hall (Housekeeping); Erik Sommers (Academic Technology); Jeremiah Batchelor (Public Safety and Police); Joseph Dix (CAP): Mary McComb (Development); Karen Haywood (Registrar Office); Elizabeth Sexton (Registrar Office); Debra Honeycutt (Bryan School); Diane Coe (ITS); Melissa Adams (Pychology)

Potential summer flexible work schedule? A forum

Human Resource Services invites you to an open forum on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the EUC Maple Room. Networking and light refreshments will be offered from 1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. This open forum will provide updates on new HRS programs as well as the opportunity to learn about and discuss potential summer flexible work schedule options.

Faculty/staff appreciation Feb. 6

All faculty and staff are invited to join Spartan Athletics for the women’s basketball game on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Fleming Gym for Faculty/Staff appreciation night. Faculty and staff members are invited to attend a pregame social on the 2nd floor of the HHP where they will enjoy light refreshments and drinks before heading into Fleming to cheer on the Spartans as they take on Elon. The pregame social will begin at 6 p.m. with the game beginning at 7 p.m. All faculty and staff receive free admission to the game. Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $1. All faculty and staff members that attend the pregame social will receive a reusable UNCG shopping bag. If you would like to attend the pregame social please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 3, at 5 p.m. to lebeasle@uncg.edu or by calling 256-0550.

Filene first speaker in 2012 Art for Lunch

Led by UNCG faculty, Art for Lunch is a series of gallery talks that closely explores works of art within the context of history, politics, sociology and science. Talks will be in the Weatherspoon Art Museum from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 • Dr. Benjamin Filene, Associate Professor, Director of Public History, talks about Nan Goldin’s 1996 photograph, Bruce’s Mirror, Portland, ME, in the exhibition “To What Purpose? Photography as Art and Document.”
March 21 • Dr. Lisa Tolbert, Associate Professor, History, talks about images of Yosemite Valley by Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge in the exhibition “To What Purpose? Photography as Art and Document.”
April 4 • Dr. Omar Ali, Associate Professor, African American Studies, discusses an “Explanation by Description: History as Art/Art as History” in conjunction with Richard Mosse’s exhibition of photographs from the eastern Congo.

Graduate school info session

A Graduate School Information Session will be held Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at EUC Auditorium. RSVP via the VIP Page on the Graduate School web site at www.uncg.edu/grs.

NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Grant

The 17-campus University of North Carolina has announced a three-year, $1-million grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to help UNC campuses better meet the needs of students who learn differently. This grant provides funds to match an earlier grant from the Oak Foundation of Geneva, Switzerland, announced last May. Additional matching funds have been provided by a coalition of Greensboro-area foundations including the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, the Cemala Foundation, the Weaver Foundation, the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, and the Michel Family Foundation.

College STAR (Supporting Transition, Access and Retention: A UNC-System Project Supporting Students with Learning Differences) will provide a network of support services for students who are capable of college success, but who often struggle academically because they learn differently. While starting with three UNC campuses — Appalachian State University, East Carolina University and UNCG — university leaders expect to expand the program to three additional UNC campuses and also to engage campuses within the North Carolina Community College System in the next phase of project implementation.

Empty Bowls

Through Feb. 3, 2012, take part in the Empty Bowls service project.

The project will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m in EUC Commons Tables and EUC Azalea (through Thursday) and in EUC Commons Tables and Willow Room (Friday only).

What is Empty Bowls? Empty Bowls serves as an educational program about hunger and homelessness and as a local fundraiser for Greensboro Urban Ministries. Participants decorate ceramic bowls and then purchase the bowls (in early April) for a good cause. The bowls serve as a reminder that there are always “Empty Bowls” in the world. For more information visit http://maf.dept.uncg.edu/emptybowls/

Poetry slam Feb. 4

The student performance writing organization Well Versed Xpressionz will host a free poetry slam.

The “grand slam” will be in EUC Auditorium on Feb. 4, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

“Every member of WVX is a UNCG student,” says Brandon Evans, a senior Media Studies major with a minor in business. “We are a mix of poets, musicians, singers and spoken word artists.”

On Nov. 5, 2011, Well Versed Xpressionz won first place in the Carolina Collegiate Slam at Davidson College.

Pink Zone at Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team will host their annual pink Breast Cancer Awareness game on Feb. 4, 2012, at 2 p.m. in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The game against Western Carolina will feature a silent auction and $5 Fight Like A Spartan T-shirts.

Items for the silent auction will include fitness and spa packages, autographed UNCG merchandise and items from WNBA teams that head coach Wendy Palmer played for during her time in the professional league. All proceeds from the silent auction, pink T-shirts and half of every ticket sold will benefit the Cone Health Mammography Scholarship.

This scholarship supports local women who cannot afford mammogram screenings for early breast cancer detection at Cone Health hospitals. All fans are encouraged to wear pink. Faculty and staff get in free to all women’s basketball games with a valid UNCG ID.

Vote for 3 UNCG students’ project

Three students from UNCG’s doctoral program in clinical psychology (Alex Thibeault, Anjali Gowda and Arianna Hoet) have developed a project idea for the Institute for Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation. It focused on increasing North Carolina’s high school graduation rate. Their LinkedUp application was selected as a top-5 finalist for the college category. According to Terri Shelton, their idea—titled LinkedUp—involves a long-term mentoring program. It is research-based and innovative. Ultimately the winning team is decided by the most public votes, and the winners will receive a grant to be used toward costs associated with implementing the program. You may support the UNCG team by voting for their project Voting is currently open and ends on Monday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. To vote, go to http://www.ncsu.edu/iei/index.php/news-events/emerging-issues-prize-for-innovation

Scroll to the very bottom of the page and vote for “UNC-Greensboro–LinkedUp.” Each unique email address counts for one vote. To find our more about the students’ project, visit LinkedUp’s web site at www.wix.com/LinkedUpUSA/ForChange.

Dr. Jim Settle

Dr. Jim Settle (Student Affairs) has been appointed to the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice’s editorial board. This is Settle’s third four-year term as an editorial board member. The Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice publishes relevant and well-respected research and practice making a difference in student affairs. Settle is associate vice chancellor for student affairs.

Anderson/Jodoin

Mary Anderson (Dean of Students,Office) and Liz Jodoin (Counseling and Testing Center) presented at the NASPA Mental Health Conference held in Atlanta on Jan. 20, 2012. Anderson and Jodoin co-presented with Melanie Northrup from Harvard University’s Health Services on “Making the Case for Case Management.” The presentation focused on the creation and implementation of a case management process that assists students with psychological concerns to connect to treatment services while enrolled in college. Successes and challenges of college case management within both a public and private institution were also addressed. Jodoin is a staff counselor in the center. Anderson is assistant dean of students.

Two wins in overtime – Whew

Over the past week, the UNCG men’s basketball team kept up their winning ways – in dramatic fashion.

After last Thursday’s win in overtime against Appalachian State, a few dozen students ran onto the court to celebrate with the players. On Saturday, during an overtime win against Western Carolina, the student section was the loudest so far this year.

“I like it a lot,” said leading-scorer Trevis Simpson, referring to the vocal support. “We hear the chants.” He specifically mentioned the students’ chant during Saturday’s game: ‘I … I believe …I believe that we can win.’

“It feels good. I honestly believe it gives us more fight, to know they’re backing us…It’s good to know your school is behind you 100 percent. You can’t beat that.”

David Williams, who grabbed 18 rebounds Saturday, talked about looking up and seeing all the gold in the crowd and hearing all the cheering. “It adds to the competitive feel.”

Interim head coach Wes Miller also noted the supportive crowds, which keep growing.

“It really does mean a lot to have our fans here. And the more they come out, I hope they know the impact they have on us.” He spoke of the fans’ enthusiasm and energy. “We hope they keep coming out to support us.”

The team talked early on about how they could achieve significant things, Miller explained. They had the parts necessary.

Picked to finish fourth in the SoCon North division, they’ve worked their way to the top of the division standings, at 6-4 with a month to go. Over the past month, they’ve achieved more than many might have imagined.

“The first time we talked after the transition occurred, [I said] I believe this team had the chance to do really special things. We had big goals and dreams – we’ve never been afraid to talk about that.”

With each game, different guys have stepped up to make big plays. They have each other’s backs, he explained.

“These guys have done a nice job of coming together. And we’re not there yet, we’re not even close to where we want to be with goals and dreams…”

Asked about the winning streak, now at six games, Miller said the team did not talk about that or where they were in the standings. They focus on one game at a time. “For us, it’s the next day at practice, to get better. It’s the next game to come out here and compete.”

Three home games remain on their schedule:
The Citadel – Thursday, Feb. 2 – 7 p.m.
College of Charleston – Wednesday, Feb. 15 – 7 p.m.
Wofford – Tuesday, Feb. 21 – 7 p.m.

For ticket information and news about the team, visit the Spartan Athletic web site.

See video highlight reel of Saturday’s victory over Western Carolina – as well as a photo gallery of Thursday’s victory over Appalachian State.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

First Staff Stars of 2012

This time, the Staff Stars Reception was moved to the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room.

“It got too big,” said Betty Betts, chair of the Staff Senate’s Staff Recognition Committee. “We have more nominees this time.”

Twenty, to be exact, added Cynthia Louis, also a member of the committee.

Seven tables were filled with honorees and guests, while about 15 individuals stood behind them.

In introductory remarks, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said, “Each one of you makes a real difference in the life of this campus.”

She spoke of staff members having to do more with less, during these tough economic times.

“You go out of your way, every day,” she said.

She noted the effort and the hours she sees staff members put in. “And the attitude that you bring to your roles shows.”

Families of prospective students typically mention to her how helpful people are at UNCG, as well as how beautiful the campus looks.

Staff members make a significant impact in attracting and retaining students and helping them reach their goals.

With each nominee, she spoke of their department and what it does for our university – from Parking Operations to Housekeeping, from Financial Aid to Registrar’s Office, from the Department of Philosophy to the School of Education.

She presented the award to each Staff Star:
Robert Reid
Rick Dunning
Erik Laudenbacher
Maggie Dargatz
Setenna Tanksley
Lennie Alexander
Jay McCloy
Janet Elmore
Lee Canada
Richard Bailey
Babbette Mabe
Lane Ridenhour
Rose Smith-Marsh
Wanda Torain
Tim Wilkins
John Lucas
Bruce Cabiness
Yvonne Lindsay
Bob Snyder
Brian Hinkle

“I want to congratulate all of you,” the chancellor said.

For more information about Staff Stars or to nominate a special staff member, visit www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/stars/

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English
Visual: Group photograph of the January 2012 Staff Stars.
Visual on main pg of CW: Brady congratulates Robert Reid, a building environmental technician in Facilities Operations. His nomination noted a day he went out of his way to be of great assistance, when others were not available. “Robert displayed the commitment to this university in a time of need that we all should look within ourselves to find,” the nomination stated.

Make that 4 for 4

They grabbed two conference victories on the road, at College of Charleston and The Citadel. How would they fare at the start of their five-game homestand?

The Spartan men’s team took two more over the past week. Junior Derrell Armstrong came off the bench to score 29 and lead the team to a win over Chattanooga. On Sunday against Samford, he again led the scoring – but David Williams’ rebound and stick-in with 3 seconds left to give the team a 61-60 victory was the play everyone will remember. (Though there were some impressive dunks in the first half – the highlights can be viewed here.)

Now they face three more SoCon opponents as part of this homestand:
Appalachian State – Thursday, Jan. 26 – 7 p.m..
Western Carolina – Saturday, Jan. 28 – 2 p.m.
The Citadel – Thursday, Feb. 2 – 7 p.m.

The team is currently tied with Appalachian State for second place in the North division of the SoCon, at 4 wins, 4 losses. Elon leads the division with 4 wins, 3 losses. Davidson leads the South division at 8 wins, 0 losses.

The Thursday, Jan. 26, game against Appalachian State will be a “Gold Out.” Fans are encouraged to wear all gold for this game. It’s also a “Pack the House” game, as the university hopes for the biggest crowd of the year so far.

You may purchase tickets for the men’s games (including more home games later in the season) at www.uncgspartans.com or by calling 334-3250. If you don’t have a gold shirt, consider ordering a special “Gold Out” one at http://shop.uncgspartans.com/COLLEGE_UNCG_Spartans/browse/FeaturedProduct/800991

By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson

Around the House, this spring

The Around the House series at Alumni House resumed this week, as Mike Byers, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises, discussed the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village.

Additional Around the House events for Spring 2012 are:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7: Dr. David L. Wyrick, associate professor of public health education, School of Health and Human Sciences, “My Playbook: Prevention Strategies for Drug and Alcohol Abuse”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21: Dr. Joyendu “Joy” Bhadury, associate dean of research and graduate programs and professor of information systems and operations management, “NC Wine Industry: The Business Side of Things”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28: Dr. Karen Wixson, dean, School of Education, “Current Issues in Education: Common Core Standards in Language Arts.”
  • Tuesday, March 13: Dr. Celia Hooper, professor and dean, School of Health and Human Sciences, “The New School of Health and Human Sciences: Nine Disciplines Changing Together”
  • Tuesday, March 20: Dr. Rick Bunch, associate professor and director of the Center for Geographic Information Science, “Using Geographic Information Systems to Address Real World Problems”

The “Around the House,” events start at 6 p.m. Each will start with a wine and cheese reception in the Virginia Dare Room in the Alumni House followed by a small presentation from the featured speaker. Afterward, the speaker will mingle so that attendees can ask follow-up questions or discuss the topic more thoroughly.

Each event is $10 per person. More details and online registration is at http://www.uncg.edu/ala/

Making art and a living, too

The third annual Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference will be held in EUC on Saturday, Feb. 11, to help artists learn how to make a living from their passion.

Organized by UNCG’s North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center, the conference will provide opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists to learn from successful professionals about how to create self-sustaining and job-creating enterprises.

The opening keynote speaker for the 2012 conference will be acclaimed painter Beverly McIver. In February, she will be featured in the HBO documentary “Raising Renee.”

Other speakers include Michael Parker, author of the novel “The Watery Part of the World”; Carol Strohecker, director of the Center for Design Innovation; George Scheer, founder and co-director of Elsewhere; Jim Dodson, editor of the O.Henry Magazine; Jimmy Hunt, founder of Music on the Mountaintop; Margaret Collins, executive director of the Center for the Creative Economy; and many more.

Breakout sessions will cover topics such as business basics for emerging artists, collaboration and networking strategies, marketing using social media, how to get published, jump starting your career while still in school and how to protect your work.

For more information and to register, visit the conference web site at seac.uncg.edu.

Full story is at UNCG News.

Christine Murray, with research specialty on domestic violence, fosters new connections throughout county

Dr. Christine Murray (Counseling and Educational Development), whose research specialty is domestic violence, has taken on an ambitious, acronymous project. Along with her regular teaching responsibilities, she is now director of the Program to Advance Community Responses to Violence Against Women (PACRVAW) at UNCG’s Center for Women’s Health and Wellness (CWHW).

Murray began the strategic planning process in January 2011, notes The CED Connection, talking with numerous people on campus and in the community about their wants and needs.

The mission of the Program to Advance Community Responses to Violence Against Women is to engage in research, educational activities, and community partnerships to advance the community’s capacity to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.

One PACRVAW initiative that’s already sprouted roots is the Violence Against Women Responders Network (VAWRN) for Guilford County. Its members include law enforcers, social service providers, deans of local universities, congregational nurses, health care workers, and judges. “The most exciting thing for me has been building stronger connections in the community,” Murray said. “There’s real value in getting to know the people who are out there doing the work. That’s the way you build collaborative relationships and grow into the research.”

Clearly, Murray’s brand of research is not limited to the ivory tower. In fact, she believes strongly in combining education, research and service. This integrative approach means she is spinning many plates simultaneously. “Some days I feel like I don’t know which project I’m supposed to be working on in any given moment,” she confessed, “but every bit of it is exciting.”

Full story is in The CED Connection. (The editor is Mary Seymour, who wrote the article).

A detailed news report on the network is at UNCG News.

Spring 2012 art show in Jackson

Local artist C.P. Logan is exhibiting her work in Jackson Library through May 2012. The exhibit, titled “The World Is My Garden,” is installed in the first floor Reading Room.

Logan has exhibited in many countries, including in Hungary where she had a one-woman show at Budapest’s National Opera House. Twice featured in Artist’s Magazine, Logan is the original founder of the Artstock Annual Open Studio Tour. Logan majored in art and art education at Virginia Tech and has continued her studies at UNCG.

You are invited to a reception on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, 5-7 p.m., in the Jackson Library Reading Room, to celebrate the exhibit. All of these paintings are on sale, and a percentage of each sale helps to support the collections and programs of the University Libraries.

Independents, African Americans and the election

A public forum will discuss independent voters, African Americans and the 2012 presidential election at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Sullivan Science Building, Room 200.

Key questions include: Who are America’s independents? Will another “black and independent alliance” form this year as it did in 2008? And which candidates will best advance opening up the political process so that it is less partisan-driven?

Speakers will include Dr. Omar Ali, associate professor and an independent political analyst who has appeared on CNN, NPR, and CBS affiliate WFMY; Donna Moser, co-founder of North Carolina Independents and a longtime progressive voice for electoral reform; and Brittany Rodman, a recent UNCG graduate who majored in political science, minored in African American Studies and was a member of the Black Student Union.

By Dan Nonte

Recognize your top student employee

The Student Employment Office is accepting nominations for the 2012 “Student Employee of the Year” award. UNCG faculty and staff are invited to nominate a student employee who has exhibited exemplary service.

Nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.

  • One undergraduate and one graduate student nomination may be submitted by each supervising faculty or staff member.
  • One undergraduate and one graduate student will be selected based on the following criteria: Reliability, quality of work, attitude, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution.
  • Eligible students must have been employed for a minimum of 6 months part-time between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012 (anticipated), or worked the equivalent of 240 hours during this time frame.
  • All UNCG nominees will be honored on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, as part of National Student Employment Appreciation Week.
  • One nominee will have the chance to win a $1,000 money order and plaque in the regional competition and a $1,000 cash award in the national competition.

To nominate a student, download a form at http://csc.dept.uncg.edu/faculty/supervisorforms/ or request a form at 256-0403 or seo@uncg.edu.

Submit all nominations electronically by Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, to the SEO: Kate Sutton

Those with questions may call 256-0403 or email seo@uncg.edu

Looking ahead: Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2012

Spring emergency notification test
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 10:35 a.m.

Film, “12th and Delaware,” discusson led by NARAL Pro-Choice NC
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium, co-sponsored by UNCG WGS

Brown bag discussion, ‘Education opportunities for UNCG staff’
Thursday, Jan. 26, noon, Campus Supply Training Room 118

Men’s basketball vs. Appalachian State
Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

Talk, ‘Reynolds Price,’ by Fred Chappell, Hephzibah Roskelly, Michael Parker, Daphne Athas
Monday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Triad Stage. Reservations required, theatre@triadstage.org

Music, Casella Sinfonietta
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room

‘Learning spaces’ talk

On Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, the University Libraries will present a talk by Patrick Lee Lucas (Interior Architecture) on the theory and evolution of learning spaces. It will be at 4 p.m. in the EUC Maple Room. Last semester, Lucas’ students engaged in projects to re-envision lobbies as learning spaces, working specifically with the Greensboro Historical Museum, Industries of the Blind, and the Weatherspoon. This semester, Lucas’ students have undertaken a project to re-imagine three distinct spaces within the University Libraries: The Music Library, the lobby of the Tower, and the Jackson Library Reading Room.

‘Learning spaces’ journal

The University Libraries has announced the publication of the first issue of The Journal of Learning Spaces. A peer-reviewed, open-access journal published biannually, The Journal of Learning Spaces provides a scholarly, multidisciplinary forum for research articles, case studies, book reviews, and position pieces related to all aspects of learning space design, operation, pedagogy, and assessment.

Head of Access Services, Joe Williams is the editor-in-chief of the journal. The first issue includes articles on engaging the You Tube generation, increasing interaction in college classrooms, and the Noel Center for Academic Creativity at Eastern Kentucky University.

Student Excellence Award

Lloyd International Honors College invites nominations for the Student Excellence Award. These awards are given to seniors whose academic careers are outstanding both inside and outside the classroom. Each academic department and interdisciplinary program may nominate up to two students for the award. Nomination packets have been sent to faculty and can be found at www.honorscollege.uncg.edu. The deadline for receiving nominations is Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in 205 Foust Building. If you have any questions, call 4-5538.

Journey to Taiwan

A new exhibition by Sinru Ku is on view in the EUC’s Multicultural Resource Center.

“‘Tracing Back’ is a personal journey of a trip to my home country; Taiwan,” the artist said. “I intended on capturing images of the locals working, landscapes, and the architecture. This work resembles a documentary aimed at capturing what the country is like in the present, to compare to the area in five to 10 years.”

It will be on display through March 2, 2012.

A reception will be held in the MRC in the EUC Wednesday, Feb.1, 4-5 p.m. All are invited.