UNCG Campus Weekly

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Archives for August 2012

Start of dean searches

Search committees are in place. Committee chairs have been announced. And the search process has just begun for three positions:

  • dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences
  • dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance
  • dean of the School of Nursing

A town hall meeting regarding the HHS dean position was held Monday. It was announced campuswide via Twitter.

Two town hall meetings will be held today (Wednesday, Aug. 29).

  • SMTD dean search town hall meeting, 4 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building
  • Nursing dean search town hall meeting, 2 p.m., Room 201, Moore Nursing Building

All are invited. At the town hall meetings, participate in a conversation with the search committee, Martin Baker (vice president of Baker and Associates) and Provost David H. Perrin. Learn about the process, and discuss and provide input on the position description.

Baker and Associates LLC will be used to support the search process. The firm has been used in dean searches at the School of Education, Bryan School and JSNN. “They know UNCG very well,” Provost David H. Perrin said.

The three search committees met last week with Martin Baker, vice president of Baker and Associates, the provost noted.

Search committees consist of faculty, students, staff, deans, alumni and members of Development.

Dr. Mark Fine is chair of the Health and Human Sciences dean search committee. Dr. Susan Letvak is chair of the Nursing dean search committee. And Dr. Connie McKoy is chair of the Music, Theatre & Dance dean search committee.

Those unable to attend a meeting and who wish to provide input or those wishing to nominate candidates for consideration may contact the respective dean search committee chair.

More information about dean retirement announcements may be found in the article “Dean Departures” in the summer UNCG Magazine.

By Mike Harris

Carolina Chocolate Drops make stop at Aycock

The last time Rhiannon Giddens performed at UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium, it was in opera productions. Music faculty member Levone Tobin-Scott remembers that year’s performances and classes well. “I was her voice teacher.”

Giddens, today best known as a leader of the popular Carolina Carolina Drops, performed the title role in “Susannah” in Fall 2003, and was Beth in “Little Women” in Spring 2004. Both were First Place winners in the National Opera Association Production Competition, notes David Holley, director of opera. “I don’t think I’ve ever known a more versatile artist than Rhiannon,” he says, praising her “beautiful lyric soprano voice.”

Tobin-Scott vividly recalls Giddens’ audition when she joined UNCG. “It was just amazing.”

Tobin-Scott and Holley have followed her career ever since that year.

Tobin-Scott has purchased her tickets. “I plan to be right there. With bells on!” Holley is looking forward to the show as well.

Giddens’ band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, play old time stringband and jugband music, with a strong nod to African-American musical heritage. Alamance County’s Joe Thompson, a renowned fiddler, was a mentor. Their CD “Genuine Negro Jig” won a Grammy Award last year. Their recently released CD “Leaving Eden” got a four star review from Rolling Stone Magazine. The band is nominated for “duo or group of the year” for the 2012 Americana Music Awards.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops perform Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Other performers in the series include:
The Second City – comedy troupe, with emphasis on political satire – Oct. 19
Time for Three – musical trio, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz – Jan. 18
Keiwgin + Company – A vision of dance embodying a theatrical sensibility of wit, style and heart – April 5

All shows begin at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Tickets are available for purchase through the Triad Stage Box Office, 232 South Elm Street; by phone at 272-0160; or online here.

By Mike Harris

Princeton Review, Forbes ratings

For the 14th consecutive year, Princeton Review lists UNCG among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education. The education services company features the school in the just-released 2013 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 377 Colleges.” UNCG also appears on Princeton Review’s regional 2013 Best Colleges in the Southeast listing.

Forbes lists UNCG among its 2012 Top 100 Best Buy Colleges. UNCG ranks 43rd on the Forbes list.

“We are delighted to be so highly regarded by Princeton Review and Forbes. These honors attest to UNCG’s continuing commitment to offer a high-quality, high-impact educational experience at an affordable cost,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

See full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Underpass project soon under way

You are invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for the UNCG Pedestrian Underpass.

The event will be Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at 9 a.m., at 1200 West Lee Street (at McCormick Street, which is between Aycock and Glenwood).

The UNCG Pedestrian Underpass is a collaborative project between UNCG and the North Carolina Railroad Company. The underpass will safely link the existing UNCG campus to the expanded campus in the West Lee Street Corridor.

German Weeks 2012

This fall, the German Program will participate in “German Weeks 2012: Think Transatlantic.”

The German Program will host a speaker series and a variety of campus competitions. For information about the competitions for students, contact Dr. Susanne Rinner at s_rinner@uncg.edu. Three talks are a part of German Weeks:

Sept. 6 – 2 p.m. – North Spencer parlor – “Booker T. Washington and the German Empire in West Africa,” by Andrew Zimmerman, George Washington University.

Sept. 14 – noon, Maple Room, EUC, “Transatlantic Transfers: Performing Race Transnationally,” by Katrin Sieg, Georgetown

Sept. 24 – 2 p.m., North Spencer parlor – “Germany as a Geoeconomic Power: The Case of Russia,” by Steve Szabo, Transatlantic Academy

Enjoy free planetarium shows

The Department of Physics and Astronomy will offer a series of free public planetarium shows in UNCG’s Spitz planetarium in the Petty Building. The Fall 2012 shows will be held on the following Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.:

September 21
September 28
October 12
November 2
November 16
December 7

Send an email to planet@uncg.edu stating the number of places you would like to reserve and the date you will attend. Please include your home address and a phone number.

There is no charge for the reservations. UNCG faculty and students donate their time to bring you these shows. The length of each show is roughly an hour.

A planetarium show is very appropriate for older children and adults of all ages. Very young children may become bored or restless over the course of a show that lasts an hour.

The planetarium is in Room 310, Petty Building.

Vas Taras creates X-Culture to expose students to real-world, global business environment

Matthew Englebert and his team were knee-deep in the corporate scramble, planning a McDonald’s expansion into Mongolia and up against a series of deadlines. His teammates were scattered across various time zones; some team members pulled their weight, others didn’t.

Sound real world? Sure. But it was only a test–run.

Englebert, a UNCG student, was among more than 1,600 students worldwide who took part last spring in the X-Culture project, designed by Dr. Vas Taras (Bryan School). X-Culture pulls together business students from universities around the world who work in randomly-assigned teams to complete theoretical proposals for multinational corporations.

The project, designed primarily to provide hands-on experience for students, has also yielded a rich minefield of data for Taras and his colleagues.

Business professors at universities around the world sign on to the X-Culture protocol as part of their curriculum for the semester.

Taras hopes to get global corporations involved to provide more funding and increase networking opportunities for students.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Charlie Chaplin site narrowed down

Mystery solved? To a degree.

This summer, UNCG’s Campus Weekly took a look at a little-remembered visit by the one of the 20th century’s most important film artists: Charlie Chaplin. In a five part series, CW described the visit to our campus, explored the campus context during WWI, and learned more about Chaplin from two professors.

But one thing was not known with any precision: where the small stand was erected on which Chaplin spoke and entertained at least 5,000 people in 1918.

The parade, in which he’d been the top attraction, came to an end at the hockey field – which we know is the flat area on which and around which Petty Building now stands. He spoke at “Curry Court,” news reports said. But what exactly was “Curry Court”? Did he perhaps speak to the crowd on the hill behind the old Curry Building (which burned down in 1926). Or was Curry Court the area below the incline – in other words, was it the flat field? The field is still evident today, with inclines on three sides for easy viewing by spectators. The CW editor found no one who’d heard the term “Curry Court.” It appeared on no maps in Archives, apparently.

Kathelene Smith (University Libraries) emailed the CW editor recently with great news. The first line of her email: “I think I have solved the mystery of ‘Curry Court’….”

She’d happened upon a map in a 1916 May Day program that labeled that athletic field as “Curry Court.”

Chaplin did speak on that field which is bordered by three inclines. That’s clear.

Unless a photograph emerges – or film of the event turns up (a news report said film was shot that day) – that may be as close as we’ll know as to the exact spot on the UNCG campus where Chaplin spoke. But that may be good enough.

Read an overview of Charlie Chaplin’s visit to UNCG.

By Mike Harris

Looking Ahead: August 29, 2012

Nursing dean search town hall meeting
Wednesday, Aug, 29, 2 p.m., Room 201, Moore Nursing

Launch, Community Engagement Collaboratory
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 3 p.m., Alumni House

SMTD dean search town hall meeting
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 4 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Artists tour, “Zone of Contention”
Thursday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Lecture, “A Home on the Field,” Paul Cuadros
Thursday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Music, Carolina Chocolate Drops
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

OLSL announces faculty fellow program

The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning is pleased to announce a new faculty fellow program for 2012-13. The faculty fellows program promotes faculty development and the scholarship of engagement by integrating community outreach with teaching, scholarship and service. The primary responsibility of the 2012-13 faculty fellow will be to establish a Faculty Engaged Pedagogy Learning Community. This one-year program is designed to increase the quality and quantityof service-learning courses, develop faculty leadership and promote advocacy for service-learning. Benefits include $1,750 in add-pay per semester and up to $1,500 to present at a national conference related to the fellow’s community engaged work. For a position description and application, please contact Dr. Kristin Moretto, assistant director for service-learning, at knmorett@uncg.edu.

Open House at HRS this week

You are invited to the UNCG Human Resource Services open house, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, 9-11 a.m.

Human Resource Services has recently moved to a new location, in 159 Mossman Building.

Tour the offices and speak with the staff. Light refreshments will be served.

Historic victory for UNCG Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer’s Chesney White scored a header off a Cat Barnekow pass, Jamie Simmons earned a shutout and UNCG held on to upset No. 7 Wake Forest, 1-0, in Winston-Salem Friday night.

The Demon Deacons are the highest-ranked opponent the women’s team has ever defeated. It marks the second-straight win for the Spartan team at Wake Forest. The Spartans defeated then-No. 10 Wake Forest, 2-1, in 2010. Full story at UNCG Athletics.

Dr. Mary V. Compton

Dr. Mary V. Compton (Specialized Education Services) received funding to continue Project CONNECT: Preparing Highly Qualified Educational Interpreters. This project prepares sign language interpreters to provide students with hearing loss access to the academic content and interactions in general education classrooms from kindergarten through college. The project will graduate 38 students with bachelor of science degrees in the Interpreting concentration within Professions in Deafness programs.

Dr. Jay Poole

Dr. Jay Poole (Social Work) received funding from North Carolina A&T State University for the project “Supporting Thriving Families: Addressing Mental Health Needs in the Oakwood Forest Community.” NC A&T, in partnership with UNCG proposes to establish culturally-appropriate mental health services in Greensboro’s Oakwood Forest community, where 80 percent of the residents are persons of Mexican descent with limited or no English-language ability, and virtually all of them fall under 200 percent of the federal poverty level, the abstract states. “The specific objectives of the proposed project are to: co-locate a social work practice for mental health services in Oakwood Forest as an integral and sustainable community-based mental health care provider, empower resident groups such as the Thriving Families organization as critical partners in promoting capacity-building for mental and emotional wellness within the community, and engage in significant project evaluation activities utilizing our expertise and resources as a university-based endeavor.” A key partner in this project is the Center for New North Carolinians.

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies

Dr. Nicholas Oberlies (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the project “Mechanisms Underlying Drug-Diet Interactions.”

Dr. Joseph Telfair

Dr. Joseph Telfair (Public Health Education) received new funding from Emory University for the project Regional Genetic and Newborn Screening Services in Region 3. The region is one of the poorest in the country, the abstract notes. “Newborn screening long-term follow-up efforts have been problematic and disparities continually exist for children, adults and families with heritable disorders in underserved and at-risk communities. A need exists to coordinate public health and clinical system efforts and implement genetic services for children, adults and families with heritable disorders for the purpose of integrating federally, state and locally funded genetic services into existing systems of care thereby reducing the duplication and fragmentation of services, while enhancing outreach and improving availability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”

Edna Tan

Edna Tan (TEHE) co-authored the book “Empowering science and mathematics education in urban schools,” published by The University of Chicago Press.

Dr. Kenneth Snowden

Dr. Kenneth Snowden (Bryan School) received funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Collaborative Research-Institutional Performance and Change During Boom and Bust: The Residential Mortgage Market, 1920-1940.”

See/hear: Aug. 29, 2012

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At a Carolina Chocolate Drops concert, you’ll have a wide variety of musical styles, most centered on music that would have been heard many decades ago. Stringband music. Jugband music. Some sound radio-friendly for the here-and-now. This official video from the recently released “Leaving Eden” gives a sample of former UNCG graduate student Rhiannon Giddens’ vocal talents. (You can check out YouTube for her additional fiddle, kazoo and flat-footing talents.) Lyrics are here, Enjoy. And enjoy her band’s concert Tuesday night in Aycock.

 

A call ‘to rededicate ourselves to student success’

Universities across the country are facing significant questions in response to changes in higher education – ranging from how it is funded to how it is delivered, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said in her 2012 State of the Campus Address.

The chancellor addressed four major questions – the start of a dialogue that will continue as UNCG prepares to create its next strategic plan, a process set to begin next fall.

The questions:

  • How do we enhance student success?
  • How do we leverage technology to enhance access and learning outcomes?
  • How do we respond to state and federal financing challenges?
  • What’s the future of community engaged scholarship?

“Student success begins with enrollment, is measured by retention and graduation, and is defined at its core by how well our graduates are prepared for lives of accomplishment and meaning,” she said. She outlined a number of initiatives designed to enhance student success.

Brady said, “Our university has been adapting to a changing environment and redefining what it means to be a public university since the first day we opened our doors; today is no different. In times of challenge, we are neither complacent nor apprehensive. We take bold risks to expand access and provide a transformative experience for our students. It’s in our DNA. It’s what makes us UNCG.”

With UNCG’s renovated Quad residence halls set to open, Brady spoke about them, noting the debate several years ago: Build new residence halls on that land? Or renovate and preserve?

“After many months of research, debate and nearly a dozen public forums, we listened and we responded. We came together to do what was best for our students and for our university. Together, we preserved yesterday’s history for tomorrow’s students.”

Read the full text of the address at http://chancellor.uncg.edu/messages/fall_2012_state_of_the_campus.htm

By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson

Register for professional development

What are the new developments in UNCG professional development?

Check out the new offerings in the newly posted Fall 2012 Professional Development Catalog. Courses are available to all UNCG faculty, staff and administrators.

“As employees of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, we are all seeking ways to acquire new knowledge and competencies that will enable us to excel in our positions,” says Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resource services..

New course offerings this year include:

  • Public Speaking will be offered by Kimberly Cuny, director of the University Speaking Center
  • Dr. Bruce Griffin will present a course on Risk and Enterprise Management
  • Dr. Patrick Madsen will lead an interactive workshop on Coaching and Performance Management.
  • Dianne Garrett will lead a course on Avoiding Procrastination.

Dr. Eric Gladney has joined HRS as associate director for professional development. He will continue to teach a number of the courses he led last semester, including the four-part Emotional Intelligence Series.

Many more courses are offered. Course registration and a downloadable copy of the HRS fall catalog are available at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/

Let’s start with Jane Austen and JFK

A Jane Austen book discussion led by Dr. Hepsie Roskelly. That’s the first of six 2012-13 Friends of the Libraries book discussions, which begin in September.

Join in the discussion of books from past and present. Each discussion will be led by a UNCG faculty member. To reserve a spot, register here, or contact Kimberly Lutz at 256-8598 or by email.

All book discussions will be held in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library:
Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.: “Persuasion” by Jane Austen. Faculty Leader: Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly, English.
Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.: “The Making of the President 1960” by Theodore White. Faculty Leader: Dr. David Olson, Political Science.
Monday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m.: “The Match: ‘Savior Siblings’ and One Family’s Battle to Heal Their Daughter” by Beth Whitehouse. Faculty Leader: Dr. Terrance McConnell, Philosophy.
Monday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.: “When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God” by T. M. Luhrmann. Faculty Leader: Dr. Bennett Ramsey, Religious Studies.
Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.: “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D. H. Lawrence. Faculty Leader: Dr. Keith Cushman, English.
Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m.: “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror & an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. Faculty Leader: Dr. Karl Schleunes, History.

More information is at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2012/07/20122013-fol-book-discussion-schedule.html.

Tour the Quad

The renovated, historic Quad is looking great. The students have moved in. And UNCG faculty and staff are offered special tours next week.

The tours for faculty/staff will start from the “gateway” pass-through area at Shaw Residence Hall, says Dr. Cherry Callahan (Student Affairs).

Tours will be given on:
Monday, August 27 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, August 29 at 11 a.m.
Thursday, August 30 at 10 a.m.
Friday, August 31 at 1 p.m.and 2 p.m.

Tours will last about an hour and will be led by Housing and Residence Life staff.

Register at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dC10N3NvaEJ2Yll2NjdfY0NidnFqbEE6MQ#gid=0

Community Engagement Collaboratory launch

The Community Engagement Collaboratory will be a platform to connect and enhance campus-wide information about and support for community engagement relationships, resources, activities and outcomes. More information is here.

The Launch and open house will be August 29, 2012. It will be held 3-5 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Hiring international EPA employees

The Office of the Provost is pleased to introduce UNCG alumna Leigh Olsen, the new assistant vice provost for faculty service. She will be taking on the responsibilities of Faculty Immigration Services, which have been managed by Katie Brown. Brown is leaving UNCG to pursue graduate work full-time at Appalachian State University.

The Office of the Provost facilitates the appointment of foreign nationals to EPA positions and provides them with essential support services. For immigration purposes, an international applicant is one who is in a nonimmigrant visa status or is outside the US and will require a non-immigrant visa to enter.

It is vitally important that an international employee obtain the most appropriate visa status for the type of employment. Since processing times can often take up to nine months or longer, departments should contact the Office of the Provost far in advance of an anticipated start date so we have sufficient time to process the visa application or advise the foreign national on processing his/her visa petition. International employees may not undertake employment until the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has authorized them for employment at UNCG. Note: only permanent full-time teaching positions are eligible to be sponsored for a lawful permanent residency (green card). Be advised that, in such cases, a there are specific federal regulations for the job advertisement that must be met at the time of recruitment.

If your department is anticipating the appointment of an international applicant in an EPA position, contact Leigh Olsen in the Office of the Provost at 334-5398 or leigh.olsen@uncg.edu with any questions about employing a non-immigrant in an EPA position. Additional information can be found here: http://www.uncg.edu/pvt/immigration/

Temporary exchange/short-term visiting scholars and researchers are coordinated through the International Programs Office (IPC). Contact Michael Elliott, mjellio2@uncg.edu or you may go to http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/facultyisss.html for more information.

Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater helps homeless individuals share stories, poetry, art in ‘street newspaper’

All the staff are formerly homeless, aside from founder Liz Seymour. All the guests are homeless. At the IRC – the Interactive Resource Center in downtown Greensboro – there are many stories to share.

Dr. Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater, as editor of its guests’ “street newspaper,” helps ensure they are.

Chiseri-Strater joined the UNCG English Department in 1993. She started conducting research at this day center for those experiencing homelessness a year and a half ago.

No one wanted to be in a book club, she found. No one wanted tutoring, it seemed. Mary Yost of Elon suggested a street newspaper, like she’d seen in Washington, DC. That drew interest. “Someone was going to tell their stories.”

Now 18 months down the road, the street paper reaches a milestone with the current monthly issue. It is on newsprint – just like other newspapers.

It costs $400 to print 5,000 copies. It is distributed at libraries, record stores, barber shops and colleges (look for it at Jackson Library’s entrance and the EUC bins outside the bookstore). Their biggest audience is at the YMCA on Market Street.

Yost is leaving, to work with Americorps. Cheseri-Strater will become chief editor.

“We try to have a rags to riches story in each issue,” she says. They usually have an accompanying list of resources as well, with a focus on one resource each month. This month: Women’s Resource Center.

Features this month include a look at what is and is not ethical in taking photography of street people. The cover story is on UNCG’s Speaking Center partnering over the summer with the IRC’s Job Skills class. Two UNCG students, both UNCG Speaking Center consultants, helped clients with their interviewing skills. Natalie Jones described seeing one particular client’s confidence growing. Andria Williamson said, “If we can help with their sense of confidence, everything that follows will fall right into place.”

Chiseri-Strater is asked about her passion for the center. “I can’t imagine not having a home,” she says, not having a “coterie of people” to help if misfortune strikes. Also, she understands the perspective of family members. One of her family members was homeless for four months, once.

Also, she has been friends with Liz Seymour for many years. When choosing a location for her research, the IRC presented itself as the right place. And to engage with clients, as she did her research, the newspaper helped break the ice. She notes that faculty and students in the English department have volunteered there – as well as others on campus, either individually or with various UNCG programs.

The Greensboro Voice can be viewed here. The cover story is of UNCG undergraduates teaching interview skills at IRC – see short video.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Aug. 22, 2012

Film, “The Guestworker”
Thursday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Women’s soccer vs. UNC Asheville
Sunday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m.

Launch, Community Engagement Collaboratory
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Artists tour, “Zone of Contention”
Thursday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Lecture, “A Home on the Field,” Paul Cuadros
Thursday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Spirited paint job at EUC stairs

The circular stairs at EUC are showing some real school spirit.

They sport a new paint scheme. What shades of paint? ‘UNCG Blue’ and ‘UNCG Gold,” produced by Sherwin-Williams.

During the latter part of last week, painters Randy Cappo and Dave Mains (Facilities Operations) provided a final coat.

Weight management program kicks off in Sept.

HealthyUNCG is offering the Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less weight management program for employees. Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is a 15 week weight management program that informs, empowers and motivates participants to live mindfully as they make choices about eating and physical activity. The program provides opportunities for participants to track their progress and keep a journal of healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

New session starts Wednesday, Sept. 12. Meetings are each Wednesday through Dec. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the EUC. Participants will receive an email the day before the first meeting with the exact location.

Cost is $30, payable in advance by check or money order. Make checks out to the NC Public Health Foundation – due by Sept. 6. Send to Michelle Cathorall, HealthyUNCG c/o Public Health Education, 437 HHP Building. Attend ten sessions, get a $25 refund.

To sign up visit the Workshops and Events registration page. For more information visit: http://healthy.uncg.edu/activities.php#esmmwl or contact Michelle Cathorall at healthy_uncg@uncg.edu.

See/hear: Aug. 22, 2012

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Students working with the UNCG Speaking Center volunteered this summer at the Interactive Resource Center. They helped homeless individuals, seeking employment, with their interviewing skills. Senior Music Education / Communication Studies double major Andria Williamson tells her experience, in this video. She found that building confidence was vital. “This is like going outside the mold and actually helping someone with themselves first… Once you do that it’s like everything else falls into place.” (Full transcript is at http://speakingcenter.uncg.edu/irc/slideshow.)

Undergraduate Natalie Jones, alumnus Evan Zakia and Speaking Center Director Kim Cuny are other Spartans seen in the video, produced by Logan Dunn for the street paper Greensboro Voice. Assistant Director Erin Ellis also volunteered. The Speaking Center will volunteer at the IRC throughout the year.

Regina McCoy Pulliam

Regina McCoy Pulliam (Public Health Education) was elected to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Board of Trustees for a two year term. She will be the SOPHE Trustee for Professional Development. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a professional association represented by a diverse membership of nearly 4,000 health education professionals and students throughout the United States and 25 international countries. It promotes healthy behaviors, healthy communities and healthy environments.

Dr. Christina Rodriguez

Dr. Christina Rodriguez (Psychology) received a grant award from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Predicting Later Parent-Child Aggression in Expectant Parents: The Triple F Study.” Physical aggression toward children pervades this country as evidenced by alarming child abuse statistics and widespread use of physical discipline, impacting the short-term and long-term emotional and physical welfare of children, the abstract notes. “The principal goal of the Following First Families (Triple F) project is to identify risk factors predictive of parent-child aggression (PCA) using a theoretically-grounded model. This longitudinal research study examines how attitudes and behaviors of both mothers and fathers during pregnancy predict later abusive attitudes and behavior toward their infants. The theoretical foundation for this project is Social Information Processing (SIP) theory, focusing on the cognitive processes parents potentially experience that increase their risk to engage in PCA. Based on this model, the project aims to pinpoint in a distinctively rigorous fashion the most powerful predictors of PCA that are also potentially therapeutically modifiable to enhance prevention.”

Key dates as 2012-13 year begins

The 2012-13 academic year is upon us. Some key dates as the year begins:

  • State of the Campus address – Wednesday, August 15, 10 a.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Opening luncheon for faculty/staff/board members – Following chancellor’s address
  • Residence hall move-in days – Wednesday, August 15 through Friday, August 17 (date varies by hall)
  • Graduate student orientation – Thursday, August 16, 9 a.m., EUC Auditorium (second of two options)
  • New faculty orientation – Wednesday, August 15, 1:30 p.m. (continues following morning), Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons
  • Chancellor’s new student convocation – Sunday, August 19, 4 p.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Charlie’s Block Party – Sunday, August 19, 5 p.m., Kaplan Commons
  • First day of classes – Monday, August 20
  • Fall Kick-off – Monday, August 20, 11 a.m., College Avenue
  • UNCG Community Engagement Collaboratory launch party – Wednesday, August 29, 3 p.m., Alumni House.
  • Provost’s faculty convocation and general faculty meeting – Wednesday, September 19, 3 p.m., Alumni House
  • Faculty/Staff Excellence Awards program – Friday, October 5, 9 a.m., School of Education Building, Room 114.

Photograph by Chris English, from last year’s move-in.

2012 Fulbright Summer Institute at UNCG

Twenty-five students from universities of applied sciences throughout Germany are on our campus for the 2012 Fulbright Summer Institute, from July 26 through August 28. The program is hosted at UNCG by the International Programs Center.

Last week, the students traveled to Orlando, Florida, to meet with and learn from Walt Disney leaders. Earlier outings have included the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, Burt’s Bees, Inc. and the JSNN. They even got a look at how a presidential campaign event comes together.

This year’s theme for the institute is “Entrepreneurship.”

Joseph Erba (Bryan School) is using a simulation program during his two weeks of entrepreneur coursework with the Fulbright students. The “BizCafe” program and software allows them to simulate running a coffee shop – with the challenges and unforeseen circumstances that being an entrepreneur can entail.

“Thanks to our simulation sponsor, Interpretive Simulations of Virginia, even those students not focused on a business curriculum as their field of study, are gaining great experience in the language of business as well as finding their “internal entrepreneur,” Erba notes.

“Although the primary purpose of the summer institute is to introduce the Fulbrighters to life as an undergraduate at a U.S. institution, this year’s program has allowed us to highlight one of UNCG’s distinctive majors, Entrepreneurship,” Dr. Penelope Pyne added. With a cross-disciplinary approach, students are learning how to apply principles of entrepreneurship to a variety of majors at home.

Photograph by Chris English, of several Fulbright students on Aug. 1.

Tony Horwitz details John Brown’s raid

In 1859 at Harper’s Ferry, John Brown led a guerrilla band on a raid he hoped would lead to the freedom of every slave in the South.

Author Tony Horwitz will read from his new book, “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Started the Civil War,” on September 7 at 4 p.m on the first floor Reading Room of Jackson Library. After his talk, he will sign copies of his books.

Four of his books have been national and New York Times bestsellers: Confederates in the Attic, Baghdad Without A Map, A Voyage Long and Strange, and Blue Latitudes.

A graduate of Brown University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Horwitz worked for many years as a reporter, first in Indiana and then in Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, mostly covering wars and conflicts as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker before becoming a full-time author.

The BOOKMARKS festival has partnered with University Libraries to make this UNCG event possible. The BOOKMARKS festival in Winston-Salem will be on Saturday, Sept. 8.

More information is at the Friend of the UNCG Libraries blog.

Visual: detail from ‘John Brown’ book cover