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Archives for January 31, 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.


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.