UNCG Campus Weekly

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A focus on UNCG’s people

Last Thursday, the first day of exams, Chancellor Linda P. Brady sat down with CW editor Mike Harris for a brief interview. As she answered questions, she reflected a bit on the past year – and looked toward the next.

Chancellor, at the general faculty meeting yesterday you spoke of our people at UNCG and said, “We are defined, as an institution, by the difference our people make.” At the UNCG Staff Stars event yesterday, you spoke of a lot of individuals, and showed that what they did was so vital. It took me back to the beginning of the year, to your State of the Community address, where you spoke of individuals – and told things they’d done for students or the university we’d have never known. Why have you shone a spotlight on the people of our university, this past year?

Universities are communities of people – faculty, staff and students. Our primary goal is education. But our faculty, staff and students are heavily involved in making a difference, not only on the campus, but also in the community. And that commitment is reflected in so many efforts – [such as] the work of faculty and students in Interior Architecture with the Salvation Army and with the Greensboro Children’s Museum downtown. Certainly students are, in those settings, using what they are learning in the classroom but they are also making a significant contribution to quality of life in the community at large.

As universities move through periods of stress – and that certainly has been the case during the last four years – we need to return to a focus on the people who serve and are being served. And that’s our students, faculty and staff and those in our community.

You mentioned several examples from Interior Architecture that were highlighted in the news recently. As you look back at this year – and this semester in particular – what are some highlights that come to mind, ones that made a big impression on you?

A really exciting new program on the campus this year is represented by the opening of the UNCG Middle College, with a focus on health-related careers. We welcomed our first 50 entering high school freshmen and it’s been an exciting year for them and a wonderful year for the program. We had more than 200 students apply for next year’s freshman class and we’re limited to 50. So we’re very excited about our partnership with Guilford County Schools and with the opportunity to serve the needs of high schoolers who may be challenged in a more traditional environment.

Why do you think it has been so popular – with so many applications?

I think there are several reasons. First, the ability for students to earn college credit in the course of their high school experience, giving them a bit of a leg up. I think a second factor is the focus on health careers. This is not simply a traditional comprehensive high school, but a high school that is really designed to expose students to a range of careers in the health sciences, and we certainly know that those fields are fields that are growing in terms of jobs. And I think third, particularly for many of the parents of students in the middle college, is an opportunity for students to actually be on a college campus and to get an early taste of what college might be like.

We do know from the experience of other middle colleges that students who attend middle colleges end up going to college and graduating at a high rate. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to service, to community engagement.

Another exciting initiative is the development of learning and living-learning communities. We have a very ambitious goal of ultimately being able to offer a learning community experience to every entering freshman. We’re at about 20 percent of freshmen this year, which puts us a bit ahead of schedule. We have a five-year plan to reach that goal. The opening of Jefferson Suites last fall has enabled us to embed a learning community focused on sustainable entrepreneurship that has been extremely popular with students.

We’ll see more of these learning communities over the next several years. We know from our own experience as well as from national data that students who participate in these learning communities are more successful academically.

I think one highlight certainly has been the success of a number of our athletics programs. Student-athletes have been successful in their sports, but they have also been successful academically. The perspective that we bring to college athletics at UNCG demonstrates that it is possible to win and to maintain high academic standards and character that are so important to this university. I want to congratulate our student-athletes and applaud our staff in Intercollegiate Athletics for their emphasis on success across the board.

Chancellor, at the general faculty meeting yesterday you mentioned the informal coffees and conversations you’ve had with small groups of faculty, staff and alumni over the past year. With more than 200 individuals in total, I think you mentioned. What are some common thoughts or messages you’ve taken away from those?

The most important message is a consistent concern about where the university is going in the future. How can we better define an identity for UNCG that builds on our history and culture while addressing the needs of the people of North Carolina in an environment of constrained resources?

When you move through difficult periods of budget cuts, uncertainty increases on the campus and results in a need to address the broader questions about where we’re going and what we are trying to accomplish.

Looking ahead to next year, 2012-13, what are some things the campus community should know about or keep in mind?

Two of the important tasks in the coming year will be to implement the results of the academic program review and to identify areas of distinction for the university. These efforts will feed into our next strategic plan and the next major fundraising campaign.

The academic program review doesn’t provide all the answers to these questions, but it will give us a place to start that is grounded in the serious reviews that faculty have conducted over the last 18 months.

On May 4, you’ll be a part of another large commencement. What are your hopes for this Class of 2012?

We will graduate about 2,500 students. I know they are excited to bring their studies to conclusion, and I know their families are excited as well.

I attended a celebration Monday (April 23) recognizing graduates of the Women’s and Gender Studies program – the largest graduating class ever. While all students feel challenged by the uncertain economic environment, they believe that UNCG has prepared them well – not only in their specific fields of study, but also in developing the types of skills they will need in the workplace – an understanding of people who come from diverse backgrounds, an appreciation of different views on the major issues of the day, and an understanding of the importance of teamwork. I believe our graduates are well-grounded in their academic studies, but also well-prepared in the life skills they will need to be successful. We wish them well.

Archived photograph of Chancellor Brady by Chris English

Provost presents his APR recommendations

After more than a year and a half of academic program review on campus, recommendations of the Academic Program Review process have been presented to the faculty and to the chancellor. Provost David H. Perrin presented the results April 25 at the General Faculty Meeting.

  • 44 programs are identified as “exceptionally strong in quality and/or function and demand to be considered for possible future investment.” Of those, 12 are undergraduate, 20 are master’s level and 12 are PhD.
  • 16 programs are identified as “having challenges in quality and/or function/demand but necessary to retain due to their importance to UNCG’s vision and mission.” Of those, six are undergraduate, nine are master’s level and one is PhD.
  • 42 are recommended for discontinuation. Of those, 26 are undergraduate, seven are post-baccalaureate or post-master’s certificate, seven are master’s level and two are PhD. His report notes that these 42 were “based on recommendations coming forward largely (although not exclusively) from the academic units.”

In addition, there are about 70 inactive programs that have not been officially discontinued. The necessary paperwork to discontinue these programs will be submitted and acted upon as part of the current program review process, the report notes.

The chancellor is scheduled to present her decisions regarding program review to the Board of Trustees on May 3. (See related story.)

A total of 254 undergraduate and graduate programs were reviewed. Faculty made up a majority of the members on the committees conducting the review.

In addition to using results of the APR committees on the university and unit level, the provost looked at some efficiency data and spent some time in discussion with deans, he explained.

The provost described eight stages of the review that have taken place thus far. “The final steps of the process will include the chancellor’s report to the Board of Governors, that body’s approval of any recommendations that programs be modified or discontinued, notification of substantive changes to and approval of teach-out plans and agreements by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the reassignment of faculty and staff to realign resources strategically,” he notes in his report.

This process will not result in the loss of tenured or tenure-track faculty members at UNCG, the provost said.

In his presentation to the faculty, Perrin noted a number of challenges that arose during the process and the subsequent responses to those challenges and concerns. One of the many benefits of this process is that the UNCG curriculum will be more efficient and focused, he said.

Before taking questions, he thanked the many individuals who had worked hard on this APR process for the university.

The review process will help to position our university to be as strong academically as possible while maintaining a sound and balanced educational program that is consistent with its mission, strategic plan, and its functions and responsibilities as an institution of higher education, his report concludes.

The provost’s executive summary report listing his recommendations to the chancellor may be found here.

By Mike Harris

John Deal will step down as dean

Dr. John Deal, dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, will step down when he completes his term this summer.

A professor of music education, he will return to the Music faculty in Fall 2013.

His term comes to a close June 30, 2012.

Deal became dean of the UNCG School of Music in 2001. He became dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) in 2010.

“New deans are hired to take schools to higher levels of excellence, and this is exactly what John Deal has done over the past 11 years,” said Provost David H. Perrin. “He recruited many outstanding faculty to UNCG, and the students admitted to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance are among the very best at UNCG. His visionary accomplishments include establishment of the Music Research Institute. Dean Deal’s role in creation of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance will leave a lasting legacy on the performing arts at UNCG for many years to come.”

Dr. Sue Stinson will serve as interim dean for the 2012-13 academic year, beginning July 1. She has begun working with Dean Deal on a smooth transition in leadership.

Deal earned his BM in Music Education at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where he also earned his MM in Instrumental Conducting. He earned his PhD in Music Education at the University of Iowa.

Additionally, he has done summer work at the Aspen Music Festival and in the Harvard Management Development Program.

He taught at Bowling Green for four years and then was at the University of North Dakota for 13 years. “I got into music administration the last four years there,” he explains.

Next, he was one of three assistant deans of music at Florida State University. He served as interim Dean of Theatre in his last year there.

What is he most proud of in leading Music and later the STMD? He’s hired more than 30 very successful faculty members. The UNCG Music Research Institute was created. As part of the Students First Campaign, the School of Music and advancement officers raised nearly six million dollars for the betterment of the school – and almost another two million since then. And he oversaw the merger of what were the dance department and the theatre department and the School of Music into the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

The latter was “a challenging project, but ultimately well-received – focusing attention on the performing arts on campus. It has created a larger footprint for the arts,” he explains. “And the faculty of music, theatre and dance are better able to see what their colleagues do as teaching and performing artists.

“Students are the beneficiaries of all these things,” he says.

Music, theatre and dance are “destination programs,” he adds. “All three. Students come here specifically for those programs.”

A reception for Dean Deal will be held Thursday, May 10, from 3-5 p.m. in the Recital Hall Atrium, Music Building. You may RSVP here.

By Mike Harris

 

Brady looks to APR’s benefits

The identification of a number of programs as exceptionally strong in quality and/or function provides an important starting point as we refine the identity and sense of purpose for our university, the chancellor says.

She spoke to the faculty gathered at last week’s General Faculty Meeting. (Later in the meeting, Provost Perrin presented his report on program review. See related story.)

She reiterated that the review process will help to position our university to be as strong academically as possible.

“This process of academic program review – as challenging as it has been for the campus – has identified significant areas of strength and opportunity that will help shape the direction of this university in the coming years,” the chancellor said.

She indicated she would be available to meet with departmental or program leadership who are concerned with discontinuation in the days following the meeting. She is scheduled to present her recommendations at this week’s Board of Trustees meeting. Her report will then go to the UNC Board of Governors.

“Let me acknowledge how difficult the past several years have been for all of us. The budget cuts that we have sustained have made a significant impact on this community and our people. Academic restructuring and program review have generated uncertainty and concern about our individual and collective futures. But through it all, UNCG’s faculty and staff have remained committed to our mission.”

She noted the results of that commitment will be evident at commencement.

By Mike Harris

 

Local foods forum

The “green” movement has caused some farmers to rethink the way in which they produce food and consumers to purchase more local foods. 
The UNCG Teaching Fellows hosted a forum on local foods last Wednesday in EUC as part of NC Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Steve Troxler’s Speakers Series on Local and Sustainable Agriculture.

Speakers included: Kenneth Rudd and James Kenan, farmers; Chef Jay Pierce, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen; Rick Cecil and Robert Smothers, Piedmont Triad Farmers Market; Dr. Michael McIntosh, UNCG professor of nutrition; and Dennis W. Quaintance, CEO and CDO, Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels. Commissioner Troxler (in visual) spoke as well.

The forum was sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Photograph by Chris English

 

Pat Sullivan to be honored at Greenway

The ribbon cutting for nearby Morehead Park – which stretches from Lee Street north to Spring Garden Street along Freeman Mill Road – will be held Sunday, May 6, from 2-5 p.m. Morehead Park is a quarter-mile section of the Downtown Greenway, which when completed will encircle the downtown area.

An anonymous donor to the greenway campaign wanted to honor Chancellor Sullivan with a naming opportunity. The result: the Patricia A. Sullivan Education Garden on this section of the greenway.

This garden is close to the Lee Street end of Morehead Park, according to Dabney Sanders, project manager for greenway.

Sanders notes that the garden will bear the following:

“I do not know all of the answers. Nor do you. But together we will find them. If we begin with trust and mutual respect in a spirit of open communication and dialogue, we can move forward to realize our vision.” Patricia A. Sullivan

In recognition of her important and lasting contributions to the community, this garden is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Patricia A. Sullivan, Chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Sullivan became UNCG’s ninth chancellor Jan. 1,1995, and was the first woman to hold that post. She guided the university as it dramatically expanded enrollment, research, campus facilities and academic programs. When she retired at the end of July 2008, she was the UNC system’s longest tenured chancellor.”

The events at the groundbreaking are free. All are welcome. Among the speakers are Rocco Landesman, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Linda Carlisle ‘72, secretary of the NC Department of Cultural Resources. Attendees can also enjoy the music of Laurelyn Dossett ‘99 and her band.

Details here.

Visual: The Morehead Park section of the greenway is set to be paved this week.

‘True grit’ in the classroom…plus NY Times and service-learning

On May 10, Undergraduate Studies will host a talk with Dr. Constance Stanley (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs) on teaching resiliency (or teaching “true grit,” as she calls it). This is part of the larger Instructor Institute for faculty teaching in the learning communities or FFL 100.

Any of the following institute sessions are available to all campus faculty and staff. The sessions will be in Alexander Room, EUC.

10:45 a.m. – noon Kathleen O’Connell and Greg Mitchell, The New York Times
“Practical uses of The New York Times in the classroom”
The presenters will explore ways the paper can be used in the classroom and opportunities with The Times for collaboration.

1-3 p.m. Dr. Constance Staley, professor of Communication, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
“True Grit: Is Resilience Something We Can Teach?”
Staley will be sharing practical experience and current research on how we can teach the skill of resilience in the classroom. Additionally, Staley will share tools and strategies for approaching student resistance to high impact pedagogies and the college classroom.

3-4 p.m. Dr. Cathy Hamilton, director of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning
“Embedding Service-Learning into your course curriculum”

Faculty and staff are invited to send an RSVP to learningcommunities@uncg.edu (but organizers will not turn anyone away at the door).

 

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter will deliver commencement address

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is founder and CEO of Pace Communications, current chairman of the American Red Cross and former U.S. ambassador to Finland. On Friday, she will be UNCG’s commencement speaker.

Spring commencement takes place Friday, May 4, 2012, 10 a.m., in the Greensboro Coliseum. More than 2,500 students will graduate.

“I am deeply honored to be a part of commencement at UNCG, where excellence in academics as well as the values of character, respect, diversity and individual empowerment co-exist and thrive,” McElveen-Hunter said. “I look forward to having the opportunity to congratulate each and every graduate and am grateful to be a part of their journey on this special day.”

She will receive an honorary doctorate during the ceremony.

Pace Communications is the largest custom publishing company in the nation.

It is ranked by Working Woman Magazine as one of the top 175 women-owned businesses in America, making McElveen-Hunter one of the nation’s most successful women entrepreneurs.

During her term as U.S. Ambassador to Finland, McElveen-Hunter led several initiatives to success, including the Women Business Leaders Summit in Helsinki in 2002 for women from the Baltic Region and Russia. Another successful Summit was held two years later in Riga, Latvia, and a third in 2007 in Amman, Jordan, for women from Iraq, Palestine, Syria and other Middle East nations which continued into Bahrain and Dubai in the fall of 2008.

In 2003, McElveen-Hunter initiated Stop Child Trafficking: End Modern-Day Slavery and Children of Karelia. The program helped Finnish and Russian charities assist children at risk from drugs, crime, HIV/AIDS and trafficking. For her exceptional and outstanding services, the president of Finland awarded her one of Finland’s highest honors — the Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion.

President Bush appointed McElveen-Hunter as national chairman of the board of the American Red Cross in 2004 and reappointed her in 2007.

See more details about Spring Commencement at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

 

With the staff: April 2012

Hello: Larissa R. Cooper, Student Health Services; Rhonda Goins, Housekeeping; Anthony Gregory, Parking Services; Timothy Stewart, Public Safety & Police; Jerome Isley, Waste Reduction & Recycling; Alta McNair, Social Work; Steven Chapman, Housing & Residence Life; Christina Hussami, Community Practices; Lonnie Watford II, Housekeeping; Erik Schuman, Postal Service

Good-bye: Alfred Lowe, Housing & Residence Life; Elaine Ayers, Purchasing; Brenda Adams, Purchasing; Edwin Hodgkins, ITS; Valerie White, Financial Aid

 

Looking ahead: May 2, 2012

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, May 3, 8:30 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Spring commencement
Friday, May 4, 10 a.m.

Softball vs. Chattanooga (dh)
Saturday, May 5, 1 p.m.

Softball vs. Chattanooga
Sunday, May 6, 1 p.m.

Art tour, Noon @ the ‘Spoon
Tuesday, May 8, Weatherspoon

Baseball vs. Duke
Wednesday, May 9, 6 p.m.

Film, Art21 preview screening
Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Baseball vs. Wofford
Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m.

 

In memoriam

Dr. Lin Buettner died on April 26, 2012. She had been a member of the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at UNCG since 2007. Dr. Buettner received hundreds of awards including the Barry Reisberg Non-Pharmacological Researcher and Clinician Award and North Carolina Therapeutic Recreation Professor of the Year. Her online obituary states that she was an adjunct at Binghamton University and the University of Stavenger in Norway. More information can be found at http://obituaries.news-record.com/obituaries/news-record/obituary.aspx?n=linda-lee-buettner&pid=157271619.

Be Active worksite throwdown

HealthyUNCG is participating in the Be Active Worksite Throwdown Competition. Join in, set a goal and join a team! And count your minutes and you keep healthy.

The competition runs from May 7-July 1, 2012. Earn 10 Spartan Points for each week you log 150 minutes of activity. Win individual and team prizes provided by Be Active.

Information on the competition is at http://healthy.uncg.edu/Be_Active_Worksite_Challenge_Details.pdf. To register, download and complete this form.

 

Pat O’Rork retirement reception

The campus community is invited to a retirement reception for Pat O’Rork.  After 17 years of service to the Office of the Provost and UNCG, she has retired effective May 1. The reception will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 2 – 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium Prefunction area.

RSVP by May 9 to Anjanie Bledsoe at agbledso@uncg.edu or 334-5494.

See/Hear: May 2, 2012

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Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, Dr. Cathy Hamilton, Laura Pipe and Meg Horton join with students in telling why service is so important to the UNCG community, in this short video by UNCG Admissions. “Students, through engagement and service and academic service-learning are able to apply all the things they’re learning in the classroom to a real-world situation,” Hamilton says.

Dr. Marinella Sandros

Dr. Marinella Sandros (JSNN) was awarded a grant by Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test for the project “An Ultrasensitive Detection Platform for Breast Cancer Biomarkers present in Serum.” Breast-cancer specific protein biomarkers that have been identified to date don’t possess the requisite sensitivity/specificity to have utility individually as a biomarker for early detection but ultimately may have utility within a panel of protein biomarkers, the abstract states. “This proposal aims to develop a high-throughput, ultrasensitive, real-time detection platform for the analysis of BC-specific biomarkers in blood serum.”

Tim Silva

Tim Silva (Student Affairs-Housing & Residence Life), coordinator for Residence Life over Grogan Residence Hall, was just elected to the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA) executive board for a two-year term as the Member at Large for Membership. Silva will be responsible for recruitment and membership drives within the organization. NCCPA is a state division of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and is committed to the education and development of post-secondary students in North Carolina. NCCPA exists for the benefit of all student personnel professionals in the state by providing leadership in the student personnel field, promoting the delivery of high quality student personnel services, contributing to the continuing education of student personnel professionals, and facilitating the exchange of expertise and experience among these professionals, including multicultural awareness and opportunity.

Bedini/Schleien

Faculty from the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation received awards at the 2012 North Carolina Recreation and Park Association – Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Section Annual Conference. These awards recognize the achievements of people who teach, advocate for, and design therapeutic recreation and inclusive practices on behalf of people from underrepresented groups. Dr. Leandra Bedini received the TR Instructor of the Year Award. Dr. Stuart J. Schleien with Ginger Walton and Lindsey Brake received Best New TR Program for their Photovoice initiative. Schleien and Walton were project co-directors; Brake served as project coordinator. Photovoice is a creative form of research that has placed individuals with intellectual or other developmental disabilities in charge of documenting their lives and creating a ‘voice’ through photography. Full story at UNCG News.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received a grant award from the US Department of Education for the project “Follow Up to the Study of the Efficacy of North Carolina’s Early College High School Model”. This three-year project will follow students randomly assigned to either Early College High Schools or “business as usual,” the abstract notes. “This follow-up study will determine the impact of North Carolina’s Early College High School model on students’ high school outcomes associated with college readiness, including their graduation from high school and their attainment of college credits while in high school, as well as on students’ initial enrollment and persistence in postsecondary education. In addition, this study will conduct a formal cost-benefit analysis of the program. Finally, this study will explore the influence of different implementation factors on students’ college readiness and postsecondary enrollment.”

Dobbins/Taub

Dr. Nicole Dobbins (SES) is the 2012 recipient of the School of Education Mentoring/Advising/Supervising Award for non-tenured faculty. Dr. Deb Taub (TEHE) is the 2012 recipient of the School of Education Mentoring/Advising/Supervising Award for tenured faculty.

John Weil

John Weil (CYFCP) has received a grant award from the NC Governor’s Crime Commission for the project “2009 PSN – Middle District North Carolina Training and Technical Assistance.” Based on the outcomes of Randolph County’s Violent Incident Review, CYFCP investigators will provide a research and implementation support team and will support debriefing and strategy development, the abstract states. The team will provide training and consultation pertaining to strategy implementation and institutionalization for law enforcement and community partners, support for education and awareness, notification training, and maintain routine communications with Randolph County partners.

A not-so-quiet Reading Day

Just because there’s less foot traffic today, don’t be misled. It’s another busy day at UNCG.

  • Students today are studying for exams – which begin tomorrow – and completing final projects. In the capstone course MGT491 at the Bryan School, taught by Joe Erba, six teams of students are going head-to-head in making their presentations to local Target executives as part of the Target Case Challenge – hoping to win a $4,000 cash award.
  • At the Alumni House, another group of Staff Stars will be honored by the chancellor, in a program sponsored by Staff Senate.
  • At 3 p.m., the Faculty General meeting will be held in Jarrell Hall, Jackson Library. Among the items on the agenda: Provost David H. Perrin is scheduled to speak about the academic program review recommendations he will present to the chancellor.
  • From 3:30 – 5 p.m. in Bryan 160, UNCG employees are invited to the Technology Fair for Non-Techies, offered by ITS. You can learn about desktop cloud computing technologies being explored by UNCG and how these can benefit you.
  • A 6 p.m., the Spartan Legislative Network will host a candidate forum for candidates running for the offices of state and national offices. It will be in Alumni House.
  • At 6:30 p.m., a forum in the EUC on local foods will be held as part of NC Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Steve Troxler’s Speakers Series on Local and Sustainable Agriculture. Farmers who focus on sustainable agriculture practices, restauranteurs and others involved in the local foods market will speak.
    By Mike Harris

 

Birdcage flies the coop

On Thursday, April 19, the “birdcage” – the white metal lattice-like structure on the Dining Hall entrance near the Fountain – was removed.

It lay in one piece on the ground, as workers on the roof removed angled panels that allowed light down into the dining hall foyer.

The metal will be placed into a large Dumpster and transported to a metal recycling facility.

The white “birdcage” marking the west entryway was installed in 1985.

The exterior of the western side of the Dining Hall is being enhanced, as the dining hall interior is being reconfigured. The renovated Dining Hall will be more student-centered and customer-friendly. The project will be paid for over time by a portion of the students’ meal plan fees.

The new Dining Hall addition is scheduled to open in November 2012, says Douglas Cato, at the end of Phase 1 of the renovation project.

The dining hall maintains the same dining schedule it would have in any other year. Only the west entrance is closed.

See recent story about the continuing work.

And see an earlier video of Dining Hall renovation project.

By Mike Harris

 

Nano building wins big award

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering building, which opened last fall, has received the 2012 Star Award for projects costing more than $20 million from the Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina.

The CPN Star Award is a symbol of excellence in construction and the selection is based on the merits and challenges of the project. The Star Awards recognize the projects along with CPN members who participated in the projects.

Receiving the award for a project under $20 million was the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

The JSNN is the first building for the joint school of two local universities. and the high-tech research there will attract private partners to participate and become an economic engine to drive the community and the state into the 21st century, said Patrick, who was chair of the Star Awards committee.

The JSNN won over area projects that included the UNCG School of HHP locker room renovation; N.C. A&T general academic classroom building; WFU off-site storage facility renovation, Winston-Salem; N.C. Merz Pharmaceutical warehouse upfit, Greensboro; Greensboro Aquatic Center.

CPN of North Carolina, Inc. is a statewide, non-profit organization of business and professional leaders who are involved with design, construction and related services. Its mission is to utilize expertise for the common good of the membership, industry and community.

By Steve Gilliam

 

Associate Registrar Lisa Henline takes us behind the scenes in preparation for commencement

Her daughter is marching. And she is managing.

Lisa Henline, associate registrar at UNCG since February, is responsible for coordinating the commencement ceremony this year. And it’s extra-special for her. In addition to the day marking her first Spartan commencement, Henline’s daughter, Katherine Paige Henline, will graduate. She is a psychology major with a sign-language minor.

“This is crunch time, right now,” Henline said in an interview late last week. The Commencement Committee had met earlier in the day, in preparation for the May 4 ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Before joining UNCG, Henline was at Nortel at the Research Triangle Park for more than 20 years, working in education and training, planning curriculum, scheduling courses, arranging customer visits, creating distance-learning opportunities, managing global programs and coordinating special events.

But a UNCG Commencement is a uniquely special, large event.

“Hundreds of details are being handled behind the scenes,” she says. She explains that a lot of processes were already in place – a lot of tried-and-true infrastructure. And as she is new to Commencement, she has relied on the expertise of many others. “I appreciate their support and guidance.”

Behind the scenes, there is a lot most wouldn’t know.

“We time every aspect of commencement.” she says. They have looked at making the processional time shorter – in other words, less time spent marching – so the graduating students and well-wishers can focus on the ceremony itself.

To do that, this year there will be three instead of two rows of seating for the graduating students on the Coliseum floor. There will be five lines of undergraduate students in the processional.

To help the morning run smoothly, about 80 volunteers help. They are an integral part of its smooth operation each year. And the student marshals help a lot, in different roles, she explains.

Various groups will gather at their respective rooms and areas in the hours before the ceremony, in the Coliseum Complex. So they can be of help with directions, the volunteers and marshals have a “walk-through” the week before and get accustomed to the various gathering spots. They’ll all be ready for the big morning.

And her daughter will be among those in the processional. “It won’t escape me.”

She reminisces about their first time touring the campus – she was impressed by the beauty and the academics. Katherine has had certain academic and career goals – she has volunteered for a long time at retirement communities. Those with dementia – and helping them communicate – are her focus. “I can’t help but be proud of what she’s become.”

So will she be able to watch her daughter graduate? It won’t be from the audience, she says – but she certainly will see it. “I’ll get to see it from a completely different perspective.”

By Mike Harris

 

Interest in farmers market on campus?

HealthyUNCG and several campus partners are looking at whether or not there is interest in having a farmers market on campus.

This is a collaborative pilot project that was started earlier in the semester by the Grogan Learning Community students working with Aaron Terranova (Kinesiology), Michelle Cothorall notes. She is director of HealthyUNCG. “The students were not able to complete the project since they would be off campus before the prime selling season. So HealthyUNCG, working with Trey McDonald in Sustainability, Deb Carley in HRS and Rob Owens in FTLC, is continuing the work to bring a farmers market to UNCG. We would love to get feedback from faculty and staff.”

Complete this brief Farmers Market Interest Survey to help in the decision making and planning process.

Or copy and paste the link below into your browser:
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Don’t dial 9, start with 8 – as of May 1

A major change is in the works at UNCG that will affect every telephone on campus. Beginning Tuesday, May 1, the access number for obtaining an outside campus line is being changed from 9 to the number 8. You will need to dial 8 instead of 9 before making calls to off-campus phone numbers. For the month of May, customers will be able to dial either 8 or 9 to obtain an outside line. Beginning Friday, June 1, you will no longer be able to dial 9 to reach an outside campus line.

Although many phone systems traditionally require callers to dial 9 for an outside line, the practice often results in an accidental call to emergency services due to some callers inadvertently dialing 911 when they mean to dial 9-1 and an area code. Campus police respond to every 911 call, even if the caller hangs up before the call connects.

Wrong numbers require an unnecessary investment of time and resources. Last year alone, there were more than 400 misdials. With this change, Campus Police is anticipating a marked reduction in misdialed 911 calls.

Telephone Services (TSV) reminds everyone on campus with a non-Cisco phone to check their speed dial settings, and make sure they program their phones and fax machines to dial 8 instead of 9 for off-campus calls.

If you have any questions concerning this change, please contact Telephone Services at 4-5937 or telecom@uncg.edu

 

Course Reserves

It’s time to set up course reserves for the Summer and Fall at the University Libraries.

To ensure the availability of course reserves on the first day of classes, faculty should submit new list and additions to existing lists by Friday, May 11, 2012, for summer courses and by Friday, July 27, for fall courses.

For more information about course reserves at UNCG, visit http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/access_services/reserves/. To submit your reserves list, you may use the online form (http://library.uncg.edu/mail/reservationsrequest.aspx).

The University Libraries also offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from course syllabi. To learn more about these, see the guide (http://uncg.libguides.com/ebooks).

Please call or email the Reserves staff at 256-1199, 334-5245, or reserves@uncg.edu for more information.

 

Local foods forum tonight

The UNCG Teaching Fellows will host a forum on local foods Wednesday, April 25, 2012, as part of NC Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Steve Troxler’s Speakers Series on Local and Sustainable Agriculture.

The forum, free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom A, EUC. A reception precedes the forum at 6 p.m.

Hear from farmers who focus on sustainable agriculture practices, restauranteurs and others involved in the local foods market.

Full story at UNCG News.

 

Unit web site compliance deadline Aug. 30

Is your department’s or program’s web site up-to-date? For example, does it have the new header and footer?

All existing UNCG unit web sites are to be in compliance with the Unit Web Site Requirements (UWSR) by August 30, 2012, unless granted an exemption or extension. All newly created web sites must thereafter adhere to the requirements.

Specifications and full information may be found at http://ioc.uncg.edu/uwsr/

That page includes information about the header and the footer for each unit web site. Additionally, it notes that the blue graduated page borders and drop shadow to the left and right of the body/content area are standard on all pages.

UNCG’s Information Technology Services (ITS) is contacting site owners who have not yet updated to the new UWSR and is offering assistance, says Todd Sutton, university webmaster.

If a site owner has a question about this process, they may contact 6-TECH for more information.

 

UNCG Beyond Academics graduation May 1

Four students in Beyond Academics at UNCG, a four-year certification for young adults with developmental disabilities, will become the program’s second graduates on Tuesday, May 1.

The ceremony, 9:30 a.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Beyond Academics has grown to 36 students.

The graduates will receive certificates in integrative community studies through UNCG’s Office of Undergraduate Studies. The public is invited to attend.

The graduating students have met the requirements of the course of study, which is holistically directed to a self-determined life as a young adult in the community of choice. As such, the four years at UNCG have provided intense preparation for careers, independent living and community involvement and networking.

The keynote speaker will be Duncan Munn, a career North Carolina public leader, whose experience before retirement included chief roles with the Department of Health and Human Services. His work involved planning and implementation of community service systems for adults with intellectual disabilities and more recently for infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

See last year’s UNCG Magazine story about Beyond Academics.

 

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work open house

Since June 2009, UNCG’s 127 Weight Watcher members have lost over 1950 pounds. Your weight loss can help them reach that 2,000 pounds goal by June 2012.

The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Mondays in Bryan 113 from 12:15-1:15 pm with weigh-in starting at noon.

UNCG Weight Watchers at Work is now offering a Monthly Pass. The pass is not only their best value ever, it gives employees flexible access to meetings in their workplace or their local community, plus free eTools to help keep employees on track. With the monthly pass, you can attend any Weight Watchers center meetings.

Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Come to their Open House on Monday, April 30, 2012, in Bryan 113 at noon. Or attend any of the Monday meetings for free. Coming to a meeting provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants and have your questions answered by group leader Bobbie Gaski.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-4297 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.

 

Looking Ahead: April 25, 2012

General faculty meeting
Wednesday, April 25, 3 p.m., Jarrell Hall, Jackson Library

‘Technology fair for non-techies’ by ITS
Wednesday, April 25, 3:30 p.m., Bryan 160.

Local foods forum
Wednesday, April 25, EUC, 6:30 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.)

“Larger-Than-Life” exhibition unveiling, by IRC students
Friday, April 27, 6 p.m., Greensboro Children’s Museum

Softball vs. Western Carolina (dh)
Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m.

Softball vs. Western Carolina (dh)
Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m.

Spring commencement
Friday, May 4, 10 a.m.

Softball vs. Chattanooga (dh)
Saturday, May 5, 1 p.m.

 

2012 CW summer schedule

Next week’s Campus Weekly marks the final weekly issue until August. CW will publish every other week during the summer.

Campus Weekly will publish:
May 2
May 16
May 30
June 13
June 27
July 11
July 25
Aug 8 (the date CW will resume weekly schedule)

Questions? Email mdharri3@uncg.edu.

 

Friends of Library board

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers. The new chair is Howard Covington of Greensboro, who is a journalist and author. The Vice-Chair/ Chair-elect is Billie Durham of Troy, recently retired from UNCG’s Library and Information Studies Program. Newly elected to the Board are Jennifer Koenig, Catherine Magid, Karl Schleunes, Rosemary Wander and Jackie Wilson. Evans Garber, Jeri Rowe and Rebekah Megerian of Asheboro were re-elected.

Details at FOL blog post.

 

Healthy employees

Dr. Bill Evans (Public Health Education) and his students provided health information for UNCG’s Facilities Services department in a series of presentations last week, as part of HealthyUNCG’s programming. The Community Health Intervention undergraduate students made the presentations, helping interested employees learn such things as how to manage stress and how to select healthy food choices.