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Archives for September 2012

Focus on students, at Faculty Convocation

Washington Monthly’s 2012 national universities rankings pegged UNCG at No. 89 among all universities. The magazine looked at research, service and social mobility.

In the category of social mobility – looking specifically at recruiting and graduating low-income students – UNCG was ranked No. 8 among all national universities. [See related story.]

Provost David H. Perrin, in presenting this recently released ranking at the Sept. 19 Faculty Convocation, explained that it provides additional validation of UNCG’s commitment to social justice, research and community engagement.

In his presentation, the provost shared current enrollment figures and trends. Our retention and graduation rates are up, he noted. Regarding SAT scores, last year UNCG had a two point rise in Freshman SAT scores, while the nation average went down about six points, he noted. This year, UNCG’s average rose another two points.

This is the second consecutive year of a 3 percent decrease in graduate enrollment, he said, which is a trend many universities are facing in the current economic environment.

The total number of new undergraduates identified as an ethnic/racial minority is 44 percent. Last year, the figure was 41 percent.

This fall we were able to enroll 30 percent of freshmen in a learning community or living-learning community, he said. This rising number should enhance retention rates.

The schedule and an overview of the SACS Reaffirmation Process and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) were presented. SACS is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which provides accreditation for UNCG. The process will take about 2 1/2 years; UNCG is a half-year into the process.

UNCG’s report is due September 2013. An onsite SACS visit will occur in spring 2014.

A great deal of work will be put towards the SACS and QEP reports and many on campus will be asked to contribute to the process. “This a big year for us” in the process, he said.

Co-directors of the QEP Steering Committee are Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya and John Sopper. The provost said the plan will present an opportunity to shape the future of student learning at UNCG, demonstrate UNCG’s ongoing commitment to excellence and continuous improvement; and show we are responsive to our peer institutions and to SACS. Forums are being held this month and next.

The provost also spoke about the transformation of the Division of Continual Learning; the Task Force on Non‐Tenure Track Faculty, which has presented its final report to Faculty Senate; and the ACE Internationalization Laboratory.

Earlier at the convocation, Chancellor Linda P. Brady offered remarks. She posed the question: “What is the state of the student experience at UNCG and how can it be improved?”

“What do students expect today, from college?” she asked.

Most students expect five things, she said:

  1. A clear plan for their success – for direction, guidance and advice. “That requires a holistic approach to the undergraduate experience and a simplified path,” she said.
  2. To acquire skills, abilities and perspectives needed for lifelong learning. These include, for example, communication skills, critical-thinking abilities, an understanding of other cultures, and the ability to work in teams.
  3. An understanding of their particular discipline or their field of study – and how it relates to their life goals.
  4. Opportunities for engagement with others, on and off campus – including ways to make a difference and to “give back.”
  5. That their education will lead to personal development and better understanding of their values and priorities.

She noted that UNCG faculty are very engaged with students – in the lab, on stage, in learning communities, in classrooms, in service-learning opportunities, through global engagement.

“All of us – faculty, staff and administrators – play a role in enhancing the student experience,” she explained.

The provost’s presentation may be accessed here.

By Mike Harris

Got your SECC packet? Campaign has begun

Dozens of departmental volunteers picked up their armful of SECC packets Thursday morning at the Alumni House. By the end of the day, most faculty and staff at UNCG had them in hand – or in their mailbox.

Some have already been filled out and returned.

The State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) is the official giving campaign for state employees. It helps support more than 1,000 charitable organizations in the Triad and statewide.

Dr. Kathleen Williams, chair of the 2012 SECC at UNCG, told the solicitors there was an entire catalog of organizations you can select from, in making your donation. “There’s something in there for everyone – something that speaks to each individual.”

The goal for UNCG is $235,000.

Last year, UNCG had the highest participation rate in the UNC system. At 48.9 percent participation, nearly half of the UNCG faculty and staff were a part of the campaign. Additionally, UNCG had the highest per capita giving among the system universities.

Chancellor Brady noted these figures, saying they speak volumes about the nature of this university and the commitment our faculty and staff have to helping those in need.

The key is participation, she said. Williams reiterated that, and said there are many individuals in our community in need. We hope individuals will give what they can, she said. “But the fact that you participate is really the most important thing.”

If you have not returned your envelope to your department’s volunteer solicitor, please consider doing so today.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English, of solicitors receiving their packets in the Alumni House Horseshoe Room

Michael Parker on deck in MFA Writers Series

Michael Parker will read from his most recent novel, “The Watery Part of the World,” as well as from his forthcoming novel “Five Thousand Dollar Car,” due out from Algonquin Books in 2013. The reading, a highlight of the Fall 2012 MFA Writers Series, will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center.

Another highlight this semester will be a “Tribute to Robert Watson” event during Homecoming Saturday afternoon.

Former colleagues and students – including professor emeritus Fred Chappell and Kelly Cherry and Angela Davis-Gardner – will pay tribute to Robert Watson, one of the founders of UNCG’s MFA Writing Program. The tribute will include reminiscences as well as readings from Watson’s “Collected Poems,” released last fall, says Terry Kennedy, associate director of the program.

The tribute to Watson will be followed immediately by a UNCG alumni authors book signing, which will include a toast from the current group of MFA creative writing students to the alumni.

Both events will take place in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

The complete series, which began earlier this month with a reading by Craig Nova, includes these events:

  • Thursday, Oct. 4, Michael Parker, 7 p.m., Faculty Center
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, Bruce Snider (poetry reading), 7 p.m., Faculty Center
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, Alumni homecoming reading (multiple readers), 7 p.m., Faculty Center
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, Tribute to Robert Watson, 2 p.m., Alumni House
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, Alumni authors book signing & toast, 4 p.m., Alumni House
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, Karen Russell (fiction reading), 8 p.m., Maple Room, EUC
  • Thursday, Nov. 15, Will Read for Food, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Get a preview of the Michael Parker reading: Enjoy a brief clip of Parker reading the first pages of “The Watery Part of the World” for UNCG Magazine.

Photograph by Chris English, of Michael Parker at a 2011 book signing.

UNCG ranked No. 8 nationally in social mobility, by Washington Monthly

The 2012 Washington Monthly rankings of national universities places UNCG No. 89, overall. In the category of social mobility – considering the recruitment and graduation of low-income students – UNCG ranks No. 8 nationally.

The magazine’s overall rankings look at research, service and social mobility.

In an introduction to their rankings article, the magazine notes that “this one asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country.”

UNCG is ranked among 281 national universities in this September/October 2012 issue of the magazine.

The social mobility category “gives colleges credit for enrolling many low-income students and helping them earn degrees,” the magazine explains. This year, the magazine has added one factor in determining social mobility rankings: “The social mobility measure that rewards colleges with better-than-expected graduation rates has been improved to account for college prices. Colleges that are both effective and inexpensive get the highest marks.”

In the social mobility category, several UNC system universities were ranked highly in this national universities listing. NC A&T was No. 2 in social mobility. East Carolina University was 12th, UNC CH was 13th, NC State was 16th and UNC Charlotte was 25th.

UNCG’s student body is diverse in a number of ways, including socio-economically. 15 percent of all UNCG undergraduate students are from families at or below the federal poverty level. 25.7 percent of all undergraduate students are at or below a 150 percent poverty level, a common low-income benchmark. 33 percent of undergraduate financial aid applicants are at or below the 150 percent poverty level mark.

“Our students at UNCG come from a variety of backgrounds,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “We are committed to access. We are committed to service. We are committed to research, particularly in ways that engage with the larger community to make a positive impact. And as seen in initiatives such as our growing number of living-learning communities, the creation of the UNCG Guarantee program and our Strategic Housing Plan that ensures more students live on campus and are fully engaged in student life, we are committed to student success.”

Provost David H. Perrin said, “An educational experience at UNCG has long been recognized as a great value for our students. Our outstanding faculty is highly committed to the success of all of our students. This acknowledgement is further evidence of UNCG’s dedication to preparing students to be community-engaged and responsible citizens.”

View rankings in Washington Monthly.

By Mike Harris

Faculty & Staff Awards Ceremony Oct. 5

The Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at 9 a.m. in Room 114 of the School of Education Building.

Please join Chancellor Brady in celebrating the achievements and outstanding service of UNCG faculty and staff.

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

For more information, contact David Schaefer at 334-5266 or dtschaef@uncg.edu

Nominations of candidates for honorary degrees

Chancellor Linda P. Brady provides information about honorary degree candidate nominations:

The Committee on Honorary Degrees invites you to identify people who would be good candidates for honorary degrees to be granted at the 2013 commencement or subsequent commencements. The purpose for awarding honorary degrees includes the following:

  • To recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary achievement over their entire scholarly or artistic careers or who have performed distinguished public service in their lifetime;
  • To recognize excellence in the scholarly fields of degrees awarded by the university as well as those that exemplify the history and mission of the university;
  • To honor those individuals whose lives and achievements are consistent with the qualities and values espoused by the university in order to provide examples of the university’s aspirations for its graduates;
  • To elevate the visibility and reputation of the university by honoring those individuals who are widely known and regarded in their field or in society as a whole.

The person selected may be distinguished in any number of areas: humanities, sciences, arts, public service, and education, to name a few. Those currently holding public office in the state and the permanent staff of our state universities are not eligible. The achievements may vary in scope from prominence on the international or professional scene to vital contributions to the university, North Carolina, and beyond. A previous connection to the university or state is not mandatory but is considered a strength. For more information, see http://provost.uncg.edu/publications/personnel/honorary.asp Guidelines and Procedures for Honorary Degrees approved by the UNCG Board of Trustees at its November 21, 1996 meeting.

In order for you to have an idea of the persons who have received Honorary Degrees, I invite you to examine the names of awardees from past years: Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (2012); Thomas Haggai (2011); Margaret Maron (2010); Rebecca Lloyd, Nido Qubein (2009); Fred Chappell, Tom Ross, Kay Yow (2008); Irvin Belk, Betty Ray McCain, Edwin S. Melvin (2007); Molly Broad, Henry Frye, Shirley Frye (2006); Muriel Siebert (2005); Jim Hunt (2004); Jaylee Mead (2003); Michael B. Fleming, Stanley Frank (2002); Kenneth L. Adelman, Bonnie Angelo, Jean Brooks (2001); Erskine Bowles (2000); Maud Gatewood, Eloise R. Lewis (1999); Carolyn R. Ferree, Calvin Trillin (1998); Mary Ellen Rudin, LeRoy T. Walker (1995); T. James Crawford (1994); Maya Angelou (1993); Richard C. Atkinson, Robert E. Ward (1992); Doris W. Betts, John H. Franklin (1990).

The committee asks that initially you submit candidates on the form available at http://provost.uncg.edu along with biographical information. After the first screening, we may request additional information. Please keep in mind the need for confidentiality, as candidates should not be aware that they are being considered.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Please send the completed nomination form to the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 201 Mossman Building, The Campus.

Opera gala Oct. 6

The final evening of Greensboro’s 17DAYS Festival will be highlighted by an opera gala.

Greensboro Opera Company, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor of the Greensboro Symphony, and UNCG Opera Theatre present “Got Opera?” Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Featured singers are UNCG alumni Sidney Outlaw, Joel Sorensen and Stephanie Foley Davis. Current UNCG students Jourdain Laine Howell, Ryan Brock and Diana Yodzis will be joined by recent graduates Scott MacLeod and Chelsea Bonagura. The orchestra will feature UNCG faculty and students.

A fun ‘flash mob” video promoting the event is here.

Tickets may be purchased at the Triad Stage Box Office, by phone at 272-0160 or at Tickets.com.

Fall 2012 Facility Services update

Thomas Everett has been named the new assistant manager of Facility Services. He will assist in managing the housekeeping services program for all buildings on campus with the exception of the residence halls. He will report to the assistant director for Facility Services and will manage the following areas: dayshift supervisors, dayshift staff and maintenance mechanic. Responsibilities include: customer service, managing work and performance; planning and organizing work, budgeting, training, accident/injury prevention, technical knowledge and human resources management. He began working at UNCG in 1999 and brings with him years of housekeeping experience and knowledge. His experience as a BES Supervisor, floor tech, general utility technician and Certified Executive Housekeeper of IEHA has enabled him with the experience, skills and knowledge needed in moving the Facility Services department forward.

Everett researched and provided information for a Green Cleaning Program, developed sustainable floor care routines for the entire UNCG campus, organized and supervised pilot programs for sustainable and ergonomic equipment, provided information to assist in purchasing equipment/matting/chemicals for LEEDs certification in School of Education Building. He maintains his International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) certification as a Certified Executive Housekeeper, and he has served as president for the local Triad Chapter of IEHA. He also served as vice president and secretary of the IEHA Triad Chapter. His contact information is 256-1208 (office) and tceveret@uncg.edu

Performance at bridge will launch Sustainability/Arts symposium

See you at the bridge.

The 2012 UNCG Symposium on Sustainability and the Arts will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, on the Peabody Park pedestrian bridge.

An opening performance, on the bridge, will have more than a dozen dancers and musicians, says Jessica Trotman (Sustainability). Steven Landis composed the music for “…and we will build our own truths;” choreography is by Elisa Foshay.

Landis, Austin Loman and Corry Mears, Creative Sustainability Initiative grant winners, will each speak during the afternoon.

The symposium will show the connection between sustainability and the arts, giving students who are not traditionally engaged in the sustainability conversation the opportunity to find connections between their work and the advancement of sustainability, Trotman explains.

It is part of Greensboro’s 17DAYS Festival.

The full schedule:
Performance: “…and we will build our own truths” – 1 p.m. – Peabody Park bridge
Steven Landis will speak afterward

Additional presentations are in the Organ Recital Hall:
Mark Dixon, Bart Trotman (INVISIBLE) – 2-2:30 p.m.
Corry Mears (Solar power bus shelter) / Austin Loman (Glenwood Duplex: A model of sustainable and economical living) – 2:30-3 p.m.
Lee Walton (Art of John Cage) 3-3:45 p.m.
Samantha DiRosa 4-5 p.m.
Aaron Allen (Ecomusicology and the challenges of sustainability) 5-6 p.m

Reception at the Weatherspoon – 6:30 p.m.

Looking ahead: September 26, 2012

New music festival
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Dance, Duane Cyrus and Cyrus Art Production
Thursday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m., Dance Theater

Women’s soccer vs. College of Charleston
Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. Appalachian State
Saturday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Opera, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Men’s soccer vs. Clemson
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House

With the staff: September 2012

Hello: William Hinkle, Auxiliary Services; Rachelle Walsh; EUC; Alva Jones; University Libraries; Casandra Fletcher, Campus Activities and Programs; Lauren Sawyer, University Registrar’s Office

Goodbye: Magarick Worsley, Provost / EPA Human Resources; Setenna Tanksley, Accounting Services; Linda Gillis, Housing and Residence Life; Sally Greer, C&G Accounting

Regular faculty research grants, summer excellence awards deadline

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, will be the last day faculty may submit applications to the Office of Research and Economic Development for Regular Faculty Research Grants and Summer Excellence Awards. Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty, clinical faculty, research faculty and academic professional faculty may apply for the Regular Faculty Research Grants and Summer Excellence Awards. Applicants may seek up to $5,000 when applying for Regular Faculty Research Grants (or $10,000 for collaborative projects submitted by two or more UNCG faculty). These funds cannot go toward faculty salary. Summer Excellence Research Awards also offer $5,000 in funding but go exclusively to summer salary. Full story at the Research and Economic Development web page.

Guilford Co. State Legislative Candidates Forum

This forum will be held Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in the EUC Auditorium from 6-8 p.m. A pre-event reception will begin at 5 p.m.

To attend the forum, click here to register online. The event is free, but you must register to attend.

The event will be hosted by the Spartan Legislative Network, Greensboro Partnership & synerG.

Hey, where’s that old soccer gear?

The UNCG women’s soccer team with coach Steve Nugent will partner with the Give N Go project this season.

GIVE N GO donates used and new soccer gear while conducting clinics at orphanages abroad and foster homes in the States. Have some gear or soccer balls to donate? Collections will take place at every UNCG women’s soccer home game – but the biggest collection night will be Friday, September 28, 2012 when UNCG hosts College of Charleston at 7 p.m. For more information about the Give N Go, visit www.thegivengoproject.org.

Student Success Fair

On Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, 3-6:30 p.m. in EUC, students will be able to have questions answered about Blackboard, wireless connectivity, spring advising, undergraduate research opportunities, study abroad opportunities and more. At this Fall 2012 Student Success Fair, they can learn about workshops on Time Management, Test-Taking, Memory & Concentration, Leadership, Intro to Research, etc. A complete list of participants and the workshops & program schedule are at http://cap.uncg.edu/onthego/news/.

See/hear: Sept. 26, 2012

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An opera flash mob …. at a grocery store? Through the “Got Opera?” gala on Oct. 6 at Aycock Auditorium, UNCG Opera and Greensboro Opera hope to reach out to a larger audience than ever before. They certainly reached out this past weekend. See the great surprise some lucky shoppers got on Sept. 21, at the launch of the 17Days Arts and Culture Festival in Greensboro. Opera tickets are on sale at 272-0160.

Dr. Deborah J. Taub

Dr. Deborah J. Taub (Teacher Education & Higher Education) was recently named to ACPA-College Student Educators International’s 2013 Class of Diamond Honorees. Those nominated for consideration are recognized for their outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs. More specifically, Honorees were nominated by colleagues who believe these individuals have distinguished themselves as teachers, administrators, researchers, writers and association leaders. In addition, the Honorees have demonstrated sustained contributions to ACPA, higher education, and the Student Affairs profession at the local, state, regional, national or international levels. Taub also was recognized earlier this year by Region 3 of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education with the Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs Through Teaching Award.

Dr. Michael Frierson

Dr. Michael Frierson (Media Studies) recently directed a series of videos for MSN Money called “Our Voices.” The web series profiles ordinary Americans from around the country and asks them to talk about the issues and policies that are shaping their lives as the 2012 election approaches.

Frierson interviewed nine people, including a school board candidate in Atlanta, the mayor of Port Jefferson, N.Y., an organic farmer in Albuquerque, N.M., a wood products importer from Miami Beach, Fla., a public health director in Bullit County, Ky., and a college freshman in Houston, Texas. One person was profiled from the Triad: Patrick Pruedhomme, a history teacher at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville.

Dr. Chris Payne

Dr. Chris Payne (HDFS / Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Guilford County Partnership for Children for the project Bringing Out the Best 2012-13. Bringing Out the Best builds the capacity of daycare providers, preschool teachers, directors/administrators and families to reduce behavioral challenges and support social/emotional development, according to the abstract. “This will be accomplished by: training 300 daycare providers/preschool teachers in 40 Centers/schools in early childhood competencies and evidence-based practice through individualized technical assistance as well as regular workshops; supporting directors/administrators to support these practices; screening and referring to needed services; building caregivers’ skills through in-home therapy, parenting workshops, and parent mentoring/advocacy; providing psychiatric consultation as needed; and on-site individualized or group intervention for 100 children (including capacity to serve Latino/immigrant children) and their families, impacting another 500; and coordinating with the newly established infant court mental health team.”

Dr. Amy Adamson

Dr. Amy Adamson has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Inhibition of mTOR alters Epstein-Barr virus lytic replication.” The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a human herpesvirus that infects a large majority of the world’s population. “EBV is implicated in a wide range of diseases, including infectious mononucleosis, several types of cancers, and multiple sclerosis. Therefore it is important to identify means to inhibit viral replication, especially for those at risk of EBV-related malignancies, such as immunocompromised patients and transplant recipients. Here we propose to investigate the inhibition of EBV lytic replication imposed by the inhibition of mTOR,” the abstract states, in part.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Dr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) will host the North American Meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects at Haw River State Park Oct. 5-7. The meeting occurs once every four years. The 150 participants will come from across North America. New research ranging from ecology to genomics on ants, bees, wasps, and termites will be presented in over 50 talks and 60 poster presentations.

Dr. Nadja Cech

Dr. Nadja Cech (Chemistry & Biochemistry) received funding from Syngenta Crop Protection for the project “QuEChERS methodology for analysis of pesticides from soil substrates.”

Dr. Angela Bolte

Dr. Angela Bolte is the new director of Disciplinary Honors and Student Life at the Lloyd International Honors College. Bolte began Aug. 1, 2012. As director, she teaches honors courses, works with Honors Liaisons and students to promote Disciplinary Honors and undergraduate research, and coordinates Honors College events. She earned her PhD in Philosophy and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Washington University in Saint Louis. She earned her MA in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an Honors BA in Philosophy from Kansas State University. Bolte was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nevada – Reno, and assisted in developing and launching the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Kansas’only early-entry-to-college program. Bolte has published in the areas of philosophy of law, applied ethics, philosophy of the emotions, and feminist philosophy. Her research interests continue to include issues in ethical theory such as autonomy, the connections between ethics and philosophy of mind, a number of areas within philosophy of law and applied ethics, and feminist philosophy.

A ‘Bloody’ good fall Theatre line-up

Enrollment for undergrad theatre majors is up 12.5 percent this semester, and more student actors require more chances to perform. So UNCG Theatre has gone POP.

Enjoy their first production, “Reasons to be pretty” Sept. 20-23. It’s the first of several low-scale, $5-a-ticket POP (Performance Opportunity Production) shows woven into the line-up. All POP shows are in Brown Building Theatre.

The first major production of Fall 2012 will be “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” directed by Jim Wren. “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” is a fast-paced satirical epic that takes a sharp look at America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. It reveals questions about the country we live in and the leaders we choose. Part rock concert/part history lesson, this irreverent musical – for mature audiences – premiered in New York in 2009 and was the winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award (2010 Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical) and the Drama Desk Award (2010 Outstanding Book of a Musical). It runs Oct. 3-11 in Taylor Theatre.

Additional productions this semester:

  • “Polaroid Stories” by Naomi Iizuka, Brown Building Theatre, Oct. 25-28. A visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids, Naomi Iizuka’s “Polaroid Stories” journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence. It is inspired in part by Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.”
  • “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” by Allison Gregory, Taylor Theatre, Nov. 10-18. A family-friendly story about the importance of giving.
  • “Flannel Shorts,” Brown Building Theatre, Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Enjoy the work of our student playwrights in 10-minute “shorts” performed by the Sophomore BFA Acting Class.

For tickets, call 4-4849 or log on to http://euc.uncg.edu/box-office.

Visual from “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” clockwise from top: Aaron Brakefield, Zoey Norris, Tara Whitney Rison, and Abbey Shoaf. Photo by Bert VanderVeen

UNCG reducing energy consumption

UNCG’s goal is to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015.

Jessica Trotman (Office of Sustainability) spoke at last week’s Staff Senate meeting about what has been accomplished on campus – and the goals to look toward.

The university is making progress in conserving, she noted. For example, energy consumption has dropped 16 percent (gsf) since 2003 at UNCG – which is more than halfway to that 30 percent reduction goal. Water consumption has dropped 72 percent since 2003 at UNCG, she said.

As reported in last week’s CW, Chancellor Linda P. Brady has set a goal of three percent energy reduction for fiscal year 2012-13. Over the last fiscal year, UNCG was able to achieve its goal of five percent, resulting in the university avoiding over $300,000 in energy costs.

UNCG has to be carbon neutral by 2050, Trotman noted. The “standards of comfort” policy – which means you may want to keep a sweater on hand this winter – is among the means the university is using to achieve that. The policy – viewable at http://facoperations.uncg.edu/UNCG_Standards_of_Comfort.pdf – establishes heating and cooling parameters and occupancy hours for campus buildings. A similar policy instituted at UNC Chapel Hill led to energy savings of more than 12 percent.

Earlier this year, UNCG was presented a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Details about UNCG’s sustainability initiatives may be found at the Office of Sustainability web site. The office’s sustainability blog also has frequently updated news.

Campus-wide test Sept. 26

Campus safety is a priority at UNCG. To help ensure the university is prepared for emergencies, a campus-wide test of its emergency notification systems will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, starting at 10:35 a.m.

The university is required to conduct this test throughout the year. It is recognized that several emergency alerts have been issued over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, those alerts cannot be used to meet the test requirements since they were not a prescheduled test. To help reduce any disruptions, there will only be two test messages sent during this brief test: the initial test message and then a follow-up email only notification.

The following systems will be activated during the first test message: AM radio station channel 1640 (with internet streaming); campus-wide email; text messages, Twitter and Facebook; network pop-up; blue light emergency phone PA systems; classroom intercoms, building mass notification systems; emergency and adverse weather line (4-4400); and the new emergency web site: http://spartanalert.uncg.edu.

To register for text messaging, or to confirm your information is up-to-date, go to Emergency Cell Phone Contact under Personal Information in your UNCGenie account. You may download the latest version of the computer-screen pop-up tool (Windows only) and subscribe to the emergency notification RSS feed at http://notify.uncg.edu/.

To learn more about emergency preparedness and response at UNCG, visit http://emg.uncg.edu. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Office of Emergency Management (email: BeReady@uncg.edu or phone: 336-256-8639).

UNCG finishes third in state in ‘Be Active’

The results are in. And the campus titleholders for the summer’s Be Active Worksite Throwdown have been announced.

Two UNCG worksite teams – Tommy’s Angels and the Chunky Monkeys – tied for the most active UNCG team. Each team had an overall average of 473 minutes of physical activity per week.

All the participants on campus were winners. As the team captain for the Student Success Center team said, “I’m really proud of my team — our team average every week was above the minimum, and our overall challenge averages per participant look great too. I know that it really inspired me to make going to the gym a priority.”

Michelle Cathorall, director of HealthyUNCG, noted this team was “really consistent and increased their minutes of activity each week of the challenge.”

The “Be Active NC” coordinator was on hand to present the campus a certificate for being the third most active worksite that participated in the state.

More than 30 UNCG employees participated.

HealthyUNCG coordinated the teams for UNCG, which had seven teams..

Twenty worksites – with 139 teams – participated across the state, according to Cathorall.

Visual from end-of-competition reception: l-r, Lea Leininger, Amy Harris, Nancy Ryckman, Desiree Coltran, Jenny Dale, Lynda Kellam, Michelle Cathorall, Annie Martinie, Stefanie Milroy.

Nominations for O. Max Gardner Award

The UNCG O. Max Gardner Award Committee is currently soliciting nominations for the 2012-2013 O. Max Gardner Award.

The O. Max Gardner Award is the most prestigious faculty award given by the UNC Board of Governors, with one recipient from among all 17 campuses. Deadline for 2012-2013 nominations is Friday, October 12.

To make your nomination, view more information about the award and see last year’s UNCG nominee, past UNCG winners and all past winners, visit the award web site: http://provost.uncg.edu/Gardner/

Nominations should be sent from the web site Nomination Form:
http://provost.uncg.edu/Gardner/nominationform.asp

or via email to Karen Andersen, Office of the Provost, at kwanders@uncg.edu and should include the following:

  1. A brief statement/letter stating the reasons the faculty member is being nominated in relation to the parameters of the award, e.g., national/international scope of work, career trajectory culminating in recent accomplishments, and how the work benefits the “welfare of the human race.”
  2. An email copy of nominee’s current vita to kwanders@uncg.edu

To read the UNC General Administration’s statement about the award: http://provost.uncg.edu/Gardner/about.htm

If you have questions, please contact the Committee Chair, Tommy Lambeth, at tom_lambeth@uncg.edu.

Cross-discipline ‘school breakfast study’

Backed by the USDA, which funds breakfast programs in public schools, Dr. David Ribar (Economics) and Dr. Lauren Haldeman (Nutrition) studied the Guilford County Schools’ universal-free breakfast program. Their findings, now under peer review for journal publication, are a useful microcosm of similar programs across the country.

Foremost in those findings is evidence that giving all kids access to free breakfast at school, rather than qualifying kids based on income, decreases the stigma for kids from low-income families and increases participation among all children. Scaling back universal-free breakfast programs appears to have little impact on school performance and, oddly enough, may slightly increase school attendance.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Center helps with entrepreneurial opportunities

From a chance to win $1,000 in a business idea competition this fall to an opportunity to study global entrepreneurship in Europe next spring, Greensboro-area college students will find a full slate of offerings at UNCG’s North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC).

“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Greensboro, but we need to do more to engage and support young entrepreneurs so they can fulfill their dreams – whether that means starting a business or a non-profit or becoming a highly valued entrepreneurial employee at a small or large organization,” says Bryan Toney, director of the NCEC.

NCEC offerings include:

  • Entrepreneurial Journeys monthly speaker series
  • “2 Minutes to Win It” Business Idea Contest.
  • Global Entrepreneurship Experience, in Belgium
  • Growing Entrepreneurs by Mentoring Students (GEMS).

For more information, visit http://entrepreneur.uncg.edu or call 256-8649.

By Michelle Hines

‘Election 2012: Change or Continuity?’

The upcoming election will be the major topic of the Fall 2012 lecture series presented by UNCG’s Center For Legislative Studies. The series, titled “Election 2012: Change or Continuity?,” will be in a new location this fall: Curry Auditorium.

The talk “I Can’t Believe I’m Losing To This Guy! The (Partially) Hidden Factors That Signal an Obama Victory (Maybe)” will launch the fall series. The talk will be presented by Dr. David Holian, professor of political science, Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Additional lectures will be:
“New Directions in Tar Heel Politics?”
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Associate Professor of Politics & History, Catawba College
Dr. Thomas Eamon, Associate Professor of Political Science, East Carolina University
Dr. Ferrell Guillory, Professor of Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moderator: Dr. Charles Prysby, Professor of Political Science, UNCG
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.

“The Meaning of the 2012 Elections,”
Dr. Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center for the People & the Press,
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

A reception will follow each lecture.

Questions? Contact Sarah Spagnola at smspagno@uncg.edu.

Editor’s note: This post was updated Sept. 19 due to a change to the speaker/topic for the first talk in this series.

Student Learning @ UNCG – What’s Working and What’s Not?

“Idea Brainstorming” forums are scheduled for September and October to launch UNCG’s Quality Enhancement Plan for Improving Student Learning.

Submission of a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a key requirement for the re-affirmation of UNCG’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS).

The plan, due to SACS in December 2013, must draw upon the University’s Mission and Strategic Plan, institutional data on student learning and broad based input from faculty, students, staff, administrators and alumni to identify an important area of student learning that UNCG will endeavor to enhance.

As a part of the process of soliciting broad input on topic ideas, a QEP web site is launching soon, a “Request for Topic ideas” form will be distributed to the campus in late September and open forums to brainstorm and share ideas are scheduled for the following dates and times:

  • Monday, Sept. 24, 9-10:30 a.m. in EUC, Cone Ballroom C
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2-3:30 p.m. in EUC, Cone Ballroom C
  • Tuesday Oct. 2, 10-11:30 a.m. in EUC, Kirkland Room
  • Friday, Oct. 12, 9-10:30 a.m.in EUC, Alexander Room
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 3-4:30 p.m. in 140 McIver Building
  • Tuesday Oct. 23, 10 -11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Center

Plan to share your ideas and comments at these open events. All members of the campus community are invited to participate.

Editor’s note: This has been updated to have the correct day of the week for the first two dates. The first two bulleted items have been corrected. In addition, the location of the Oct. 17 forum as been updated.

Deaf Kiss-Fist 2012

The fourth Annual Deaf Kiss-Fist event to celebrate National Deaf Awareness Week will be Sunday, Sept. 23, EUC Auditorium. There will be exhibits with several agencies/organizations that provide services for deaf and hard of hearing people, deaf-owned businesses as well as special talents of deaf people.

The event is sponsored by the Professions in Deafness Programs of the Department of Specialized Education Services in the School of Education.

There will be performances in American Sign Language by deaf children and adults such as ABC stories, jokes, skits, etc. The exhibits will open at 1:30 p.m. and the show will start at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for students/adults, $3 for children age 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. The event will be voice-interpreted for those who do not know American Sign Language.

For more information, contact Karen De Naples at kmdenapl@uncg.edu

Donna Duffy works to reduce and prevent sexually violent language in coaching

Dr. Donna Duffy is an assistant professor of kinesiology and the director of the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity. Her research centers around sexual violence in athletics.

Outside the classroom, you can often find her on the sidelines in and around Greensboro coaching women’s field hockey. She knows — and hears — the content of coaches’ language firsthand.

She has created a one-hour workshop, “Coaching Coaches: An Educational Workshop to Reduce and Prevent Sexually Violent Language in Coaching,” that encourages high school coaches and athletic directors to use language that is corrective and constructive when teaching and motivating their athletes, rather than language that is derogatory, sexually violent or blatant name calling.

The use of rough language — such as encouraging players to “rape” their opponents — desensitizes people from the real trauma of sexual violence, Duffy said.

Program evaluations indicate the training is getting results. Over 80 percent of coaches report the workshop will help them do their jobs differently and better. So far about 150 coaches and 30 athletic directors from across North Carolina have attended the training. The workshop’s information has also been presented at numerous regional and national conferences. An online version of the workshop is currently in development and is expected to be available in early fall.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Looking ahead: Sept. 19, 2012

Faculty Convocation & general faculty meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Great Conversation, “The Nature of Animate Beings,” Gary Rosenkrantz
Thursday, Sept. 20, 5 p.m., Faculty Center

Dance, John Gamble Dance Theatre reunion concert
Thursday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Dance Theater

17 Days kickoff block party
Friday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon

Women’s soccer vs. Western Carolina
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m.

New music festival
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building