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Archives for June 2012

Constructive summer at Dining Hall

With SOAR in full swing as well as all the athletic camps, the UNCG Dining Hall is very busy inside. With construction and utility crews making great progress, it’s just as busy outside.

Phase 1 of the Dining Hall Renovation and Addition project will create additional dining area and balconies on the upper level, as well as space for a relocated Taco Bell and Spartan Market (C-Store) on the entrance level.

What’s happening this week? “The contractor continues to build the structural steel frame and is preparing to place concrete for the Dining Level – the second floor,” says Douglas Cato (Facilities Design and Construction). “’Below slab’ utilities are being installed in the ground beneath the First Floor slab, which will have its concrete placed later.”

The work is on schedule for a November completion of Phase 1. The refurbished Fountain is scheduled for its “reopening” soon afterward.

The Dining Hall remains open this summer, just as it would any other summer. Signs direct you to the entryways.

The project will be paid for over time by a portion of the students’ meal plan fees.

By Mike Harris

Sacrifice and service during WWI at UNCG

In World War I, the students of State Normal & Industrial College (UNCG) were immersed in the war effort. As Campus Weekly has noted, the campus hosted a big war bonds rally featuring Charlie Chaplin. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Kathelene Smith, artifacts, textiles and digital projects archivist, says the students at the women’s college did a lot – and they wanted to leave for posterity what they had done. The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives preserves much of that material – from scrapbooks and photographs to letters and booklets.

The university has even preserved uniforms belonging to the campus’ second physician, Dr. Anna Gove, who volunteered for the Red Cross to help the orphans of war-ravaged France.

Smith and Beth Ann Koelsch, curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Collection, have taught about these sacrifices and initiatives in sessions for Dr. Paul Mazgaj‘s “History of World War I” class. They utilize UNCG’s World War I era history to help students learn to use archives and primary sources in a hands-on way. Koelsch finds Gove’s story particularly interesting.

Women doctors were not allowed to join the Army Medical Corps, Koelsch explains, so some joined the American Red Cross and then attach themselves unofficially to the Army Nurse Corps, which is what Gove did. “Gove was an amazing woman,” she says.

The students on this campus during WWI were patriotic and proud, Smith says, as they looked far beyond themselves.

Inspired by Gove, they formed a campus branch of the Red Cross Auxiliary, Smith notes. They knitted and sewed and created lots of bandaging.

The literary societies chose to forego their big banquets, using that money for the war effort. They took what they would have spent on dresses, and donated that.

Students established the “campus guard” to keep the grounds in good shape, freeing up men for farm work labor or service overseas.

Some student “carpenterettes” built a YWCA hut in Peabody Park. It was used by students for decades.

Ten student ‘farmerettes” worked a city-owned farm on the edge of the city. They grew and canned thousands of gallons of tomatoes and beans, Smith says.

“Food conservation was vital,” Smith explains. This type of effort on the homefront was known as “the second line of defense.”

In outreach to the community, faculty – in an effort led by President Julius Foust and faculty member Minnie Lou Jamison – taught courses on such topics as how to conserve meat, how to make use of substitutes for things such as sugar, etc.

Jamison even built a community dryer on campus, for drying fruits and vegetables, a 1918 Alumnae News notes. The college reached out to the Women’s Defense League of Guilford County, so they could make use of it, she adds.

Various speakers were invited to campus, University Archivist Erin Lawrimore notes. One student cited in Foust’s unpublished memoir noted a few: “Capt. Fallon, the fiery little Irish officer with part of a hand blown away at Gallipoli; the tall, handsome French officer who told grand spy stories; Charlie Chaplin, trailed by a battalion of small boys, selling Liberty Bonds on the campus.”

The students bought these Liberty Bonds. They observed Meatless Tuesdays and Wheatless Wednesdays, to help the United States save food. They donated to the war “friendship fund.”

It was a time of overt patriotism and sacrifice. “They were proud of it,” Smith explains. “Our girls were contributing 100 percent to the war effort.”

In next Campus Weekly: a closer look at Charlie Chaplin’s visit to UNCG in 1918.

By Mike Harris
Visual from Pauline Green scrapbook in University Archives. On the picture’s page is written ‘Nov. 11, 1918” and the words “all for peace.” That date was Armistice Day. On that day, the students were awakened before 4 a.m. by news of peace, they celebrated at a bonfire on the hockey field, and they assembled for a parade at 9 a.m., according to the Dec. 1918 State Normal Magazine and E.A. Bowles’ “A Good Beginning.”

Earlier stories in this series:
Charlie Chaplin roused the crowds at UNCG
Buy WWI Liberty Bonds, Chaplin told 5,000 on campus

$4.79 million NIH grant will address health disparities

Empowered by a 4-year, $4.79 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, UNCG researchers can continue their mission to improve the health of underserved populations in the Triad and beyond.

The new grant, the TRIAD 2 Center for Health Disparities Research, will fund two large interventions. One intervention will focus on preventing risky behaviors in teen African-American girls by involving the girls’ mothers. The other will concentrate on diabetes management for Latino adults, and will include a family member.

Training and educational elements are an essential part of the project; UNCG students, nurses, teachers and others in the community will receive training and assist with Center activities.

Almost every school at UNCG will collaborate on Triad 2, including faculty from the Schools of Nursing, Education, Health and Human Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

“Studies have shown that our community is in great need, “said Debra Wallace, project director and associate dean for research in the School of Nursing. “This project is one way to help our community.”

The new grant for the Triad 2 Center follows a $6.6 million grant in 2007.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Dill, Strait, Gwyn receive awards

The Facilities Management division of Business Affairs held its third semi-annual Employee Recognition Awards Day in conjunction with its Safety Day program on June 7, 2012.

The event was held in Ferguson Auditorium with lunch under the large old oak tree behind the Facilities Operations shops.

During these celebrations three employees were recognized for outstanding service in the areas of Remarkable Customer Service, Safety and Teamwork/Collaboration:

  • Jason Dill, HVAC: Summer 2012 Customer Service Award
  • Edward Strait, FDC Project Office: Collaboration and Teamwork Award
  • Andrew Gwyn, Utilities: Safety Award

The Selection Committee of the Employee Recognition Program received 23 nominations. All nominees received framed certificates of recognition and gift cards at the awards presentation.

In other recognitions, Morgan Mesar and Erving Young from Facilities Services received special awards for acts of service that lead to ensuring a safe environment for the university. These awards were presented by the Jason Marshburn (Office of Emergency Management).

By Hoyte Phifer and Buddy Hale (Employee Development Committee co-chairs)
Visual: Front, l-r, Jason Dilll and Ed Strait. Back, Andrew Gwyn.

Accreditation visit at SON

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will make an accreditation visit Sept. 24-26, 2012, to UNCG’s School of Nursing. The School of Nursing will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs.

You are invited to provide written input into the deliberations of the evaluation team that is scheduled for an accreditation visit Sept. 24-26. Written and signed third-party comments will be accepted by CCNE until August 25, 2012.

Direct all comments to Cristina Walcott, administrative assistant, at:

Cristina Walcott
Administrative Assistant
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

Lixl receives award for excellence in online education

The Award for Excellence in Online Education for 2011-12 was presented to Dr. Andreas Lixl (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.) Lixl, who joined UNCG in 1987, pioneered online course sequences by creating interdisciplinary learning experiences, including undergraduate language courses and distributed education initiatives at UNCG. He developed online literature and culture courses for the German and Liberal Studies programs, as well as video-conference courses taught for the German Studies Consortium on half a dozen campuses across the UNC system.

This new online teaching award is given for innovation and excellence in the development and/or teaching of online courses at UNCG. It was presented for the first time this year.

A bird? A plane? It’s Teddy Hyatt.

If you’d passed through the Weatherspoon mid-afternoon June 14, you’d have seen Teddy Hyatt (Facilities Operations) lifted high, very high in the art museum’s atrium.

A few bulbs were burned out. As a sustainability measure, all the 34 watt fluorescent bulbs were being replaced with 19 watt LED bulbs. These particular bulbs will last 10 years.

Michael Davis and Mark Cable were a part of the project too. They are each in “Zone Maintenance – East” in Facilities Operations.” A project like this – accessing very high ceilings – takes three people or more, Cable explained. There are many locations on campus that required a significant amount of time and effort to simply replace a light bulb. Sometimes scaffolding is needed; other times, a “man lift” will fit the bill.

Cable further explained that a few years earlier they had been using 150 watt bulbs in the same location – and they frequently required labor to replace bulbs.

These new bulbs will have much lower wattage – and will require less maintenance and labor.

2011-12 special moments, for you?

What are your favorite moments from the past year? Maybe they weren’t big moments – perhaps they were “small moments” that take on a big significance? A lot of great moments were a part of CW stories this year – but here are a few that never made into print … till now:

  • Mark Smith-Soto being asked to read a poem in Spanish, at the end-of-year reception for the Campus Conversations Inclusive Excellence series. I didn’t understand the words – but it was beautiful. The room was so quiet. “It’s a love poem,” he said when he concluded. Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department Chair Amy Williamsen later told me the love poem was by a 17th century nun.
  • Anna Marshall-Baker, just before Chancellor Brady and students took part in a signing ceremony in Alumni House, talking about the history of the sustainability initiative on campus – with many key people in that initiative gathered that day in the audience.
  • Passing by the EUC Auditorium and seeing winter jackets, scarves, etc. being folded and prepared by Betty Betts. Turned out, it was the morning that anyone on campus who needed a winter coat or warm apparel could get one, Betty told me – the items had been collected on campus as part of a Staff Senate project.
  • The tour of the just-opened JSNN Building, with faculty members giving informal talks in their labs.
  • At the year’s final Board of Trustees meeting, John Salmon playing one song he’d performed during several concerts in a small UNCG delegation’s trip to Chinese universities this spring. And his telling how the audiences there enjoyed the jazz and blues they performed. Breathtaking performance on piano, in the midst of a Trustees meeting.
  • Hepsie Roskelly and Fred Chappell joining with Daphne Athas to speak about the late Reynolds Price, at Triad Stage. A great evening of stories, memories and perspectives.
  • Then-Media Relations Director Cris Belvin telling radio listeners that no TV news crews were there at the dramatic end of the UNCG at Citadel men’s basketball game. The Spartans had just won on an improbable last-second alley-oop dunk. I sat in my living room taking notes, with my wife and oldest son listening as well. Days later, video of the play emerged on YouTube – and an additional, grainier clip did too. But at that moment, it seemed like an ending that no one would believe.
  • The large number of students clearing ivy and invasive weeds from Peabody Park that late afternoon in April…. Tossing a tennis ball on spring nights with my sons at the baseball stadium, far down the concourse, while we watched the game…. That December “open house” for UNCG Middle College, with all the 9th graders giving poster presentations about what type of health care profession they wanted to pursue…

OK, I’ve told some of my UNCG highlights for the past academic year, ones that had not been in print. We all have unique experiences – what are some of yours? Create a short list and send it to CW. We may use some in a future CW.

By Mike Harris

Merlyn Griffiths researches the hookah phenomenon, hoping to dispel misleading messages

Dr. Merlyn Griffiths is dazzled by the beauty of hookah pipes. But, she has learned, even beautiful things can be dangerous.

Griffiths, a marketing professor in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, has spent years researching the allure of hookah for young people. And how to counter misleading messages and misinformation about the growing phenomenon.

“Hookah pipes are gorgeous, elemental works of art, but we’re sitting at the threshold, the beginning, if you will, of what could be an epidemic,” she says. “Let’s put the truth about what the consequences are in front of the public more clearly, more visibly. There’s a perpetuation of myths around smoking tobacco this way and I hope to demystify the whole process.”

And part of the myth of hookah is that it is safer than cigarettes.

Not so, says Griffiths, who published an article about the need for awareness and regulation of hookah in The Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Another article by Griffiths and Dr. Eric Ford (Bryan School) will appear in the Journal of Social Work and Public Health in 2013.

Hookah smokers take in the equivalent of 100 cigarettes during just one hookah smoking session, which might last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, says Griffiths.

“My mom says I’m on a mission to tear hookah apart,” she says. “Tearing it apart is one thing, but educating consumers about the consequences of this consumption choice is actually what I intend do.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Looking ahead: June 27, 2012

Play, ‘The Illusion’
Thursday, June 28, 7:30 p.m., Triad Stage

Play, ‘Fashionistas’
Friday, June 29, 10:30 p.m,. Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret

Play, ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’
Saturday, June 30. 11 a.m., Brown Building Theatre

UNCG Chamber Series, part of EMF
Monday, July 2, 8 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

Independence Day holiday, offices closed
Wednesday, July 4

UNCG Chamber Series, part of EMF
Monday, July 9, 8 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

Art tour, Noon @ the ‘Spoon
Tuesday, July 10, Weatherspoon.

Hands-on entrepreneurship learning

Two new grants will fuel hands-on entrepreneurship learning for UNCG students across the curriculum.

A grant from the Coleman Foundation will provide almost $40,000 to support the Spartan Trader, an on-campus, student-run consignment store that opened its doors in February. The foundation has also awarded a total of $18,000 in fellowship grants to six UNCG instructors who want to incorporate entrepreneurship skills into their courses. Continuation grants for the 2011-2012 Coleman Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows were also awarded to Justin Streuli, Bonnie Canziani and Jennifer Yurchisin.

Full story at UNCG News.

June budget update

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a budget, which now will go to Governor Perdue.

Among the highlights of the General Assembly’s budget:

  • UNC System is allocated funds to support a 1.2 percent salary increase for UNC SPA and EPA employees.
  • The budget increases total financial aid funding by $25.6 million.
  • $3 million is provided for the Faculty Recruitment and Retention Fund – it increases the fund’s total recurring budget to $13 million.
  • The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering would receive $2 million in recurring funds.

Much more information is at UNCG’s Budget Central web page.

Athletics APR marks

The UNCG Athletics department had all 17 teams receive satisfactory marks in the latest Academic Progress Report (APR) scores released by the NCAA, including seven teams placing above the national Division I average. The scores reflect the multiyear APR scores for the 2007-08 through 2010-11 academic years.

“We are pleased that our programs are continuing to excel academically,” Director of Athletics Kim Record said. She noted that three UNCG teams had perfect scores.

Full story at UNCG Athletics.

Dr. Omar H. Ali

Dr. Omar H. Ali (African American Studies and History) has joined the statewide advisory board of the Divan Cultural Center, a North Carolina Turkish-American cultural center. Divan, a non-profit founded in 2005 by the Turkish-American community, is dedicated to addressing the social and cultural needs of Turkish and American friends in North Carolina and to help foster a better understanding of the many ethnicities and cultures that exist in the state, a release states. Ali, who is of Peruvian and East Indian descent, recently gave a seminar at Divan titled “Bilal’s Song: Black Muslims from Abyssinia to America.” Dr. Fatih Oguz (Library and Information Studies) is the coordinator of educational activities at Divan’s Greensboro branch.

Dr. Karen Wixson

Dr. Karen Wixson received new funding from the University of North Carolina General Administration for the project Race to the Top: NC New Teacher Support Program. The goal of the program is to improve the effectiveness of beginning teachers through intensive induction support aligned to each teacher’s individual needs, teaching assignment and school environment, the abstract notes. Wixson is dean of the School of Education.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Dr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Optimization of High Selectivity Antagonist Hits for the GPR55 Receptor.” Additionally, Reggio received a renewal of funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Senior Scientist Award: Molecular Determinants for Cannabinoid Activity.”

Lawrimore/Cox

Erin Lawrimore and Richard Cox (University Libraries) have been awarded the University Libraries’ Innovation and Program Enrichment grant for 2012. Their project is to build upon the existing interactive UNCG campus map by adding walking paths, and to repurpose existing information/digital objects to create individual web pages that focus on the history of each building on campus and enhance the map. Short term, the project will enhance the existing historic campus tours. The development of a historic walking tour app will allow people to conduct tours on their own schedule and at their own pace. Lawrimore is university archivist and Cox is digital technology consultant. Full story at Friends of the UNCG Libraries blog.

Dr. Ellen Haskell

Dr. Ellen Haskell (Religious Studies) received funding from the American Association of University Women for the book-length manuscript project “The Zohar as Text in Context: Jewish Mystical Reflections on the History, Literature and Culture of Thirteenth-Century Spain”. The project interprets the thirteenth-century Jewish mystical classic Sefer ha-Zohar (The Book of Splendor) as cultural commentary to illuminate how the medieval mystics who composed this collaborative work understood the historical events, religious challenges, and socio-cultural transformations of their time, according to the abstract.

Dr. Catherine Ennis

Dr. Catherine Ennis (Kinesiology) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “The Science of Healthful Living.” The long-term objective of this SEPA project is to design and field test a science-enriched middle school healthful living curriculum to increase students’ knowledge and interest in health-related science, enhance their intention to pursue a life science-related career, and improve the communities’ understandings of NIH funded clinical and basic research, the abstract notes.

Dr. Mitchell Croatt

Dr. Mitchell Croatt (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a grant award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for the project “Formation of Cyano-Carbenes from Alkynes and Azides Using Hypervalent Iodine.” The continued evolution of organic synthesis relies on the invention of new reactions that either access novel compounds or provide for a more efficient route to structures of known value, the abstract states. “It is thus the objective of the proposed research to develop a fundamentally new method to convert readily available starting materials into reactive intermediates that will be transformed into molecules with increased molecular complexity. Importantly, this method will allow for the rapid construction of core structures that are present in molecules currently being examined for the treatment or study of cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr. Joseph Terza

Dr. Joseph Terza (Economics) received additional funding from the University of Washington for the project “Instrumental Variables Methods for Censored Cost Data and an Application to Prostate Cancer.”

Dr. Jacquelyn White

Dr. Jacquelyn White (Psychology), who is retiring from UNCG this summer after 41 years of service, will be heading to Washington, D.C., for work with the U.S. Congress through a fellowship from the American Psychological Association. White has been awarded the prestigious Catherine Acuff Congressional Fellowship, which gives psychologists an opportunity to work in congressional offices or committees. Assignments to a congressional office will occur in late September. White said she is hoping for a match that will allow her to build on her past research, which has focused on gender issues, aggression and intimate partner violence for more than 35 years. She conducted one of the few longitudinal studies of sexual and physical dating violence among adolescents and college students.

Full story at UNCG News.

Dr. Jan Rychtar

Dr. Jan Rychtar (Mathematics and Statistics) received a grant award from the National Science Foundation for the project “The 8th Annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference.”

Supporting our first year students

The First Year Task Force work continues. The task force is part of the university’s efforts to improve student success and increase retention rates. By 2013, UNCG’s goal for retention for fall of first year to fall of second year is 80 percent.

The First Year Task Force is led by Kristen Christman and Kim Sousa-Peoples.

It has created a Your First Year Learning Goal, which addresses what the outcome – the result – of the first year should be. The goal states:

All first year students will engage in meaningful co-curricular experiences which produce measurable learning in active citizenship, ethics, social responsibility, personal growth, and lifelong learning in a global society. Students will engage in free and open inquiry which fosters mutual respect across multiple cultures and allows the student to make a connection between these co-curricular experiences and classroom learning.

How might that goal translate into brief, engaging, student-friendly language? Here is some text in a SOAR Resource Guide ad:

The first year of college is an exciting and challenging time; make the most of it—inside and outside of the classroom. At UNCG, every first-year student should take advantage of all that our campus community has to offer. Visit yourfirstyear.uncg.edu and find ways to meet new people, make meaningful connections, and get a great start with your classes. Let YFY help you figure out what it means to be a successful first-year student at UNCG!

That ad is one of many ways the “Your First Year” initiative will be front and center for students at SOAR 2012. The Your First Year web site, a clearinghouse of info, is tailored just for these first year students. For example, having trouble with academics? It tells them where to turn. Need help with classes? There are eight places to click, from Tutoring info to Writing resources. The idea is to make it easier for the students to access what they need, so they can be successful.

In Foundations for Learning (FFL) courses, the web site and the learning goal language will be highlighted in the text and in class as well, Sousa-Peoples says.

Also at SOAR, a text-messaging service will be launched. Last year, a pilot TextTrack program was used for assessment purposes. This year, first year students – many of whom like to text via phone – may text any questions they have to “Your First Year” and they’ll receive a prompt reply (during normal business hours).

It’s all about helping students have a successful first year, knowing where to turn and how to access resources – so they can be successful.

By Mike Harris
Archive photograph of incoming freshmen with family members, by David Wilson

Alternative revenue sources at UNCG

Our university is looking at alternative revenue sources and ways to become more efficient.

“Just as academic program review will be helpful to us in determining our future directions, so too a look at alternative revenue sources and ways in which we can become more efficient in our operations is extremely important as we move into the future,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady told the trustees at their May meeting.

In March, she had appointed four assessment committees.

The committees each looked at a separate topic:

  • Enrollment & Retention
  • Development
  • Strategic Marketing & Branding
  • Leveraging Internal Strengths/Strategic Partnerships.

For each topic, the committee looked at feasibility, revenue generation potential, resources required, pros and cons, and possible first steps.

In late April, the leaders of the committees presented the committees’ work to the Executive Staff. In May, the chancellor made a presentation to the Board of Trustees.

For Enrollment & Retention, two priority areas are: Increasing the number of online students and Leveraging summer sessions. Other areas mentioned at the presentation are increasing the number of international students, military-affiliated students and non-resident students.

For Development, a priority area is: Enhancing the focus on and commitment to fundraising. Four examples are: Develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy linked to UNCG’s strategic direction and brand; Enhance role and expectations of deans and vice chancellors in fundraising, especially in the area of mega-gifts; Identify proven methods of earning mega-gifts (those over $10 million); Take advantage of the chancellor and other senior administrators’ travel to make donor calls. Additionally, she mentioned strategically utilizing UNCG’s boards, committees and councils to enhance focus on and commitment to fundraising.

For Leveraging Internal Strengths/Strategic Partnerships, a priority area is to increase funding from foundations. She also cited creating a process to support – and stories to substantiate – the question of “Why UNCG?” She also mentioned leveraging “grant stars” and engaging and empowering faculty and staff.

For Strategic Marketing and Branding, two areas are priorities.

One is: Strategically market accomplishments in research, creative activity, entrepreneurism and innovation. Examples include leveraging faculty as experts – using social media – with the ultimate goal of raising individual profiles and the reputation of the university; Utilizing academic program review results to identify and promote programs of distinction; and all units complying with the Integrated Marketing & Strategic Communication plan.

Another is: Create a distinctive and successful Division I athletic program. Examples that were cited: Increase outreach to student body and Greater Greensboro community, specifically regarding men’s basketball; Make Homecoming a first-class event that is a major draw for current students, alumni and community members; and Position UNCG as a national leader and innovator on issues related to student-athlete welfare.

This work by the four committees builds on the work of a taskforce led by David Sprinkle of the Board of Trustees.

The next step in this initiative, according to her presentation, is to conduct a cost/benefit analysis on priority recommendations. The plan is to initially focus on the areas of Enrollment/Retention and Development, which provide the greatest potential for near-term impact on revenue sources for this institution, she said.

By Mike Harris

Buy WWI liberty bonds, Chaplin told 5,000 on campus

The campus of UNCG – known then as State Normal & Industrial College – saw lots of service and sacrifice during World War I on the part of its students. It also saw one of the biggest events ever on the central part of the campus: a war bond rally featuring Charlie Chaplin.

American armed forces had entered the war in April 1917. At the one year mark in 1918, a new issue of Liberty Loan Bonds was being released to finance the war. Chaplin, perhaps the biggest celebrity in the world, was doing his part to drum up sales and support.

That year, he would create a short propaganda film on the Liberty bonds – as well as a great silent comedy about the life of American soldiers in the trenches, “Shoulder Arms,” according to David Robinson’s “Chaplin: His Life and Art.”

His publicity tour for the Liberty Loan bonds began in Washington, DC (see visual).

According to Robinson, the tour began just after he finished his classic film “A Dog’s Life.” Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Chaplin began the tour together, in Washington, DC, and then New York City. (See related Lens blog post at New York Times.) After that appearance, Chaplin broke away to begin his Southern tour in Petersburg, Va., said Robinson.

By April 12, he was speaking in Rocky Mount and Wilson, then on to Raleigh, where he made two addresses, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, according to the April 13 Greensboro Daily News. The latter event was in downtown Raleigh’s Municipal Auditorium.

Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” and a Tom Mix western were among the several “movies” playing in Greensboro that Saturday, April 13. The cold, wet weather of the day before – which had caused our campus’ Field Day to be moved indoors – had passed, allowing for the big Carolina vs. Virginia baseball game at Cone Park to go on as planned. But first, there’d be a very large parade.

The entire city of Greensboro was “dressed in the national colors,” according to the April 13 Greensboro Daily Record, with large crowds lining the route. It adds that Chaplin was “apparently as tickled as a school boy at the demonstration, and especially at the pretty college girls in the parade.” The Daily News noted that 500-600 State Normal students were in the parade, as well as Greensboro College for Women students.

A diary in the Greensboro Historical Museum, written by Mary Smith, describes the occasion: a “magnificent outpouring of the people, full of patriotic enthusiasm.” She notes the Red Cross nurses in the parade, as well as its long line of automobiles. “Main St. was ablaze with flags,” she says. Describing the scene at the State Normal (UNCG), she speaks of the “waving flags” and of “Charlie Chaplin being the chief attraction among the speakers.”

More than 5,000 people gathered at the college to hear Chaplin speak, said the Greensboro Daily Record.

On the grounds of UNCG (State Normal College), a small stand was waiting. A member of the State Normal faculty, Wade Brown, would direct a choir from the campus and the Greensboro College campus in leading all assembled in patriotic songs, according to the April 13 Daily News.

The Daily News says the stand was erected in “Curry court” on the campus. The old Curry Building, located where the northern part of Stone Building and the northern part of its front lawn lie today, was used from 1902 to 1926, according to “Bricks and People,” a walking guide of UNCG. What the term “Curry court” denoted is unclear today, but Curry Building was adjacent to the playing fields, also known as the hockey field, where Petty Building stands today. (The Daily News notes the parade entered the campus at College Avenue and then “north to Curry court across the college campus.”)

A May 1918 State Normal Magazine says the “Normal Regiment,” which marched four abreast, joined the parade which marched to the “Normal Hockey Field.” This leads to the conclusion that the crowd gathered generally where Petty Building and possibly part of the Stone Building lawn are now located. (Elisabeth Ann Bowles, in her book “A Good Beginning,” cited the State Normal Magazine and indicated the location was the hockey field, “now the site of the Petty Science Building.” Photographs in UNCG University Archives & Special Collections show the steep, grassy inclines near Petty – they are still there today – used as spectator seating during events on the playing field.)

The magazine says that Charles Lapworth, former editor of the London Daily News, gave a patriotic speech. He then introduced “‘little man Charlie’, who in spite of his inborn humor and fun, tried hard to be serious and to ‘get down to brass tacks’ in impressing all present of the needs for a big response to this call.”

The Daily Record says Chaplin “begged his hearers to buy liberty bonds, and then to buy more bonds.” He asked who would buy these bonds. “The hands went up from one end of the vast concourse of people to the other, and among those so expressing themselves were women as well as men.”

The reaction from the crowd, according to the magazine? “Everybody present was thrilled over his American patriotism.”

In next Campus Weekly: how the students of Normal College (UNCG) sacrificed and served in the larger war effort.

By Mike Harris
Photograph in National Archives: Charlie Chaplin speaking on Liberty Loan bonds in Washington, D.C. on April 6, 1918 – one week before he spoke at UNCG. (Editor’s note: A date typo in the preceding sentence was corrected.)
Earlier story in this series: Charlie Chaplin roused the crowds at UNCG

2012 State of Campus Address August 15

The chancellor’s State of the Campus address will be held on Wednesday, August 15, at 10 a.m. in Aycock Auditorium. All faculty and staff are also invited to the traditional Opening Luncheon that will be held in the Dining Hall.

The faculty/staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be a separate event this year. A date and time for the special event will be announced later this summer.

Excellence in teaching recognized

Faculty members at UNCG have received awards for teaching excellence for the 2011-12 year.

Each of the winners received a cash award during events late in the semester or at ceremonies over the commencement weekend. The awards are provided by UNC General Administration, which allocates funds for all 17 campuses in the UNC system to reward faculty members within their academic colleges and professional schools. Winners are:

School of Health and Human Sciences, Jack Register (Social Work)
Bryan School of Business and Economics, Dr. Nir Kshetri and Dr. Merlyn Griffiths (both Business Administration)
School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Dr. Anthony Taylor (Music)
College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Paul Duvall (Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Danielle Bouchard (Women’s and Gender Studies)
School of Education, Dr. Todd Lewis (Counseling and Educational Development)
School of Nursing, Dr. Susan Letvak (Nursing)
Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Dr. Joseph Starobin (Nanoscience)

Carney, Marshburn will lead Staff Senate

The incoming co-chairs of the UNCG Staff Senate for the 2012-13 academic year are Ray Carney and Jason Marshburn.

Also, a new slate of Staff Senators for 2012-14 have been selected. To see the complete list of newly elected senators, visit http://www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/stfc/new_senators/. You may also access a list of the full membership of the UNCG Staff Senate through that link.

The next meeting for the Staff Senate will be Thursday, June 14, 10 a.m., in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Music Library will be named for composer Harold Schiffman

UNCG has announced a $2 million planned gift from Dr. Harold A. Schiffman and Dr. Jane Perry-Camp. The couple’s gift will provide music scholarships and support the University Libraries, and the Music Library will be named for this gift. A naming ceremony will take place in September.

Dr. John Deal, dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, noted that this bequest, along with their previous gifts to the Jackson Library, constitute the largest gift to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance since its inception in 2010 and to the School of Music since 2001.

Full story at UNCG news.

By Michelle Hines

 

 

Reading ‘Wine to Water’

Looking for a good book to read this summer? Join the incoming freshmen and read “Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World.”

The book was adopted by the UNCG Freshman Summer Reading Project, designed to introduce students to the intellectual life of our university.

“Wine to Water” was written by Doc Hendley, a Raleigh bartender who learned about the shortage of clean water in countries like the Sudan and dreamed up a way to help. The result is Wine to Water, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide clean water to the needy around the world.

Hendley, named a CNN hero in 2009, will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 12, in Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

For Ada Baldwin and Facilities Operations, seeing people get opportunities is rewarding (and awarding)

Ada Baldwin has been assistant director in Facility Services for 12 years.

She had been processing clerk in the department. She had an opportunity to move up – to interim assistant director. She ultimately got the position. “Twelve years later, I’m here. It’s been very rewarding – and very challenging.”

She believes in her department giving people opportunities.

Baldwin serves on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She facilitated members of the Housekeeping staff speaking candidly about their work, about how some seem to perceive housekeepers, about their wanting more professional growth. “Don’t judge me on cleaning toilets,” one said. We want computer training, another said.

“I enjoy pulling down the stereotypes,” she says – and seeing people grow.

Hold your heads up, she tells housekeepers. The work they do for the university – in keeping buildings clean and healthful and looking their best – makes a vital difference. She also notes the encouraging, supportive words they share with others – for example with a student facing a hard test – makes a difference too.

This spring, she not only received a Staff Stars award, she received the Betty Hardin Award in Business Affairs. The award is based on superior leadership to the division; positive and constructive attitude with high standards; sense of humor; appreciation for people; and rendering of service above and beyond the call of duty to the university community.

Later in the week, Baldwin and Facilities Operations received the 2012 Employer of the Year Award. (Facility Services is a part of Facilities Operations.) The Greensboro Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, along with the Chamber of Commerce, recognized employers who demonstrate outstanding achievements toward improving employment opportunities for those with disabilities.

Several years ago, Facility Services hired one employee through the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. In March, Baldwin contacted their representative, and two new individuals are in temp positions as a result. For reaching out to give individuals with disabilities an opportunity, she and Facilites Operations were honored.

We all have things we need help with, she explains.

“Let people have opportunities.”

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: June 13, 2012

Shred-a-Thon
Thursday, June 14, 9 a.m., Walker Circle area

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, June 14, 10 a.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

‘The Pirates of Penzance’
Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Summer Solstice Fiesta
Friday, June 15, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

‘HMS Pinafore’
Saturday, June 16, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

‘Winnie-the-Pooh’
Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m., Brown Building Theatre

‘Fashionistas’
Saturday, June 23, 10:30 p.m., Upstage Cabaret

Theatre 232 presents ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’

Join Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends for classic adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood. Performances will be in the Brown Building Theatre June 16-30. Order tickets at 272-0160.

UNCG Carpool Club

Concerned about rising gas prices? Interested in saving money on your daily commute? Share your ride with at least one other person and join the UNCG Carpool Club. There are lots of benefits. Email carpool@uncg.edu for more information or to request an application.