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Archives for October 2012

‘Roll Call’ on Veterans Day outside EUC

Veterans Day will be marked by UNCG Monday, Nov. 12. UNCG will once again be one of more than 180 colleges and universities nationwide participating in the National Roll Call 2012: Remembering Those Who Gave All, by reading of the names of those who have died in U.S. military service in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

The day will begin with a presentation of colors at 6 a.m. and the start of the roll call on the Elliott University Center West Lawn. At 2 p.m. UNCG will join other participants across the country with a national minute of silence, followed by a Remembrance Day ceremony. For more information,, contact Lisa McGuire at lmmcguir@uncg.edu or 4-5800.

2012 National Roll Call If you would like to be part of this event, visit the link below to sign-up to be a reader. Students, faculty, staff, family members and community members are needed to read names.

Each reader will be given a 15-minute time slot beginning at 6 a.m. and ending around 2 p.m. A “minute of silence” will be observed at 2 p.m. A closing ceremony will follow the “minute of silence” and conclude at approximately 3 p.m.

Readers should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their designated time to review their list of names.

The Roll Call event will take place on the EUC West Lawn.

Access 2012 Roll Call Readers Sign-up Form.

Quad Rededication this Saturday

At 12:30 p.m. on Homecoming Saturday, the Quad will be officially rededicated. All are invited to attend.

The celebration and ribbon cutting, part of Homecoming 2012, will be Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:30 p.m. It will be held inside the Gateway entrance to the Quad, at Shaw Residence Hall.

Self-guided tours of the Quad will be immediately afterward until 3 p.m.

The historic Quad – Bailey, Coit, Cotten, Gray, Hinshaw, Jamison and Shaw residence halls – was created in the early 1920s. The halls were designed by noted architect Harry Barton, who also designed several other buildings on campus including Aycock Auditorium and Brown Building.

Many alumni have named spaces in the Quad after people who made an impact on their lives there, as a recent Alumni & Friends e-newsletter explained.

Information about the renovation, with pictures, is at studentaffairs.uncg.edu/quad.

In Jackson Library, see a display tracing the history of the Quad.

Enjoy Homecoming 2012

Homecoming lasts for a week – but its biggest day is Homecoming Saturday, Nov. 3. Come enjoy the fun.

Spartan Village will open on Kaplan Commons in front of the EUC at 1 p.m. with live music, games, food and a beer garden. The homecoming parade is set for 1:30 p.m. on campus with the best viewing areas on Stirling Street.

Alumni and fans are invited to head over to the pregame tailgate party and beer garden behind Fleming Gymnasium/HHP Building from 4-6:30 p.m. Food tickets at this pregame event, which are $9, include pulled pork, chicken and sides.

The day’s festivities continue at 6 p.m. as the UNCG men’s basketball team kicks off the 2012-13 season, hosting Bluefield State in an exhibition game in Fleming Gym. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and admission is free, but due to limited seating, a ticket is required. Tickets will be distributed from the Fleming Gym ticket office on game day beginning at 4 p.m. Gates will open at 5 p.m. (UNCG students have an opportunity for early ticket distribution Wednesday, Oct. 31.)

Some highlights this Saturday include:

  • 1 p.m. — Spartan Village opens with live music, games, food and beer garden (Kaplan Commons)
  • 1 – 4 p.m. — Children’s Festival (Kaplan Commons). Activities include: Marble painting, sand art, bubble station, musical instruments, face/hair painting
  • 1 – 5 p.m. — Trolley tours of campus.
  • 1 – 5 p.m. – The Cone Sisters Collect – Exhibition Opening (Weatherspoon Art Museum)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Homecoming Parade of Chariots
  • 2 – 3 p.m. — Leigh Nash Band (Kaplan Commons)
  • 2 – 4 p.m. — Literary Homecoming: A special tribute to Robert Watson (Alumni House)
  • 4 p.m. — Tailgate Party with the Brice Street Band (Spartan Statue) – followed by men’s basketball game.

See the week’s schedule at http://homecoming.uncg.edu/hmcmng/2012/schedule/

UNCG hosts Chinese arts delegation – Two free concerts

UNCG will host a delegation of 26 Chinese provincial and municipal leaders from Nov.1-3. The group – which is also visiting New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. – includes mayors and top leaders from seven Chinese provinces who want to learn more about the cultural and performing arts and the entertainment industries in the U.S.

This cultural delegation has been organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), a national organization engaged in people-to-people diplomacy between the People’s Republic of China and other countries. It aims to further international cooperation and, among its many activities, it is entrusted by the government with promoting cultural exchange and cooperation.

The visit of these Chinese leaders is the result of an initiative undertaken by a delegation of UNCG administrators and faculty who visited the CPAFFC headquarters in Beijing in April 2012.

UNCG is preparing a symposium for this group on “Entrepreneurship and the Arts in the U.S.” with lectures and discussions by top artists, teachers and performers; there will also be a presentation at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and visits with city and university leaders, including Mayor Robbie Perkins and Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

Two special concert performances will be presented at UNCG in honor of the guests.

  • On Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:15 p.m., UNCG faculty musicians will present a concert at the Recital Hall of the School of Music Theater and Dance. Performers will include the Faculty Jazz Quartet, the East Wind Quintette d’Anches, the McIver String Quartet, pianist Andrew Willis on fortepiano, and singers Clara O’Brien, Nancy Walker and Donald Hartmann.
  • On Friday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m., students of choreographer and dance professor Duane Cyrus will perform in the UNCG Dance Theater in the HHP building.

The performances are free and open to the public. All are cordially invited to attend.

Additional story at UNCG News.

SECC volunteers go the extra mile

Dozens of UNCG faculty and staff members volunteer each year to help collect envelopes for the campus’ State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC). The SECC, the official giving campaign for state employees, helps support more than a thousand charitable organizations in our community and state.

Helen Bradford is one volunteer. An SECC solicitor for UNCG Facilities Design and Construction, she explains why she volunteers: “I have been blessed with a job, and I believe we are called to help others that are in need.”

Like most of the SECC solicitors, she volunteers in other ways as well. “I volunteer at High Point’s Open Door Ministry as well as supplying food and financial support to several other area food banks.”

She also supports Hospice. “I have had several friends and family members that received their services during the last stages of their lives. I was impressed with the compassion and caring shown to the patient and the loving support given to family members during a very difficult time.

“By contributing to the SECC campaign, this is another way of supporting these worthwhile causes.”

Dr. Kathleen Williams volunteers at food banks – in addition to volunteering to serve with the campus’ campaign chair. She wants to share these words with her fellow employees:

“Many of you have returned your envelopes. Thanks so much. For the rest of you: The SECC campaign is nearing its end. Please return your envelope to your solicitor. UNCG would love to be able to report 100 percent participation this year! No pledge is too small – please participate. If you cannot find your envelope, please contact me at k_willia@uncg.edu or Peggy Craig at pkcraig@uncg.edu. We’ll get a new one out to you right away. As always, thanks so much in advance.

Visual: SECC solicitors listen to the chair speak, just before they distribute SECC envelopes to every employee at UNCG. Photo by Chris English.

Apply for 2013 Leadership Institute

As the inaugural year of UNCG Leadership Institute draws to a close, the application process opens for the 2013 class. UNCG faculty and staff may apply.

The institute develops leadership capacity at the departmental and the university level, leveraging in part UNCG’s own expertise and knowledge-base. It is a cost-effective opportunity to work closely with both external and internal leaders in the development of leadership competencies in support of the UNCG’s strategic plan.

Participants have included a cross-section of the university – including faculty, staff and administrators. They have been working in small teams on university-wide projects to help solve an institutional issue or problem.

In working on their group projects, they’ve met with stakeholders across the university, as well as with university leadership, says Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resource services. The team presentations to the chancellor and other leaders will be in mid-December.

A great aspect of the institute has been a mentoring program. “The mentors have done an extraordinary job,” Chun says. She says it has benefitted the mentees greatly, but also the mentors. As an example, her discussions with MaryK McGinley, director of development, School of Nursing, has led her to have a much fuller understanding of the role of Advancement than she had had, she notes.

The program is for emerging leaders. The ideal participant is a UNCG employee who:

  • Supervises others or manages a function with significant scope/impact
  • Is an emerging leader and has demonstrated a commitment to attaining greater leadership or performance competency through job-related training, certifications, or similar activities
  • Has demonstrated the ability to contribute to the university’s strategic goals and the change process.

This program will likely help in providing a better understanding of who may be ready as leadership positions may become available, Chun noted.

Twenty-eight individuals were a part of the first cohort in the Leadership Institute. A similar number of individuals are expected to take part in the 2013 Leadership Institute.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

For full details, including a listing of speakers, schedule, criteria and application information, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Training/Leadership_Institute/

Visual: Benita Peace and Steve Rhew at the kick-off event for the past year’s Leadership Institute. Photo by Chris English.

Information Literacy Across the Lifespan, 2012

The campus community is invited to the 4th Annual iDEAL Summit, Information Literacy Across the Lifespan, at UNCG on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, from 1 – 5 p.m. This conference will explore information literacy theory and instructional practice in a variety of information organizations and examine approaches for addressing the needs of users at all stages of life.

Registration for the conference is free. You can register to attend at Registration. Registration must be submitted by Nov. 5, 2012. Additional information is available on the UNCG LIS web site at http://lis.uncg.edu/academic-programs/diversity-and-community/.

The keynote lecture will be presented by Lisa Hinchliffe, coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hinchliffe is a past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries as well as current co-chair of the association’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee.

There will be an opportunity for individuals to present their research, ideas and best practices during the afternoon poster session. Submit your proposals for the poster session at Poster Session Proposals. Poster proposals can be either research oriented or based in practice. We are interested in topics broadly related to information literacy with students, patrons and staff.

Questions? Email Nora Bird and Sandra Andrews, co-chairs, at njbird@uncg.edu, or sdandre2@uncg.edu.

Native American Heritage Month events

Two events at UNCG mark the month:

Contemporary Issues Forum: “American Indian Public Health”
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, 4-5:30 p.m., Room 062, EUC
American Indians are disproportionately affected by preventable diseases like diabetes and obesity in comparison to other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. There are many root causes. The purpose of this forum is to discuss American Indian public health, current research and community interventions targeted at empowering American Indian communities.
Co-sponsored by the Native American Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs
For more information, contact OMA at 334-5090

“American Indian Culture and Dance Exhibition”
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, EUC Cone Ballroom – Free
American Indian Artist Demonstration, 5 – 9 p.m.
Pow Wow Dancing, 7 – 9 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Native American Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Trojanowski giving up the ‘ghosts’

Many know Hermann Trojanowski (University Libraries) for the tours he has led of UNCG for many years.

A popular tour each year has been of campus ghost tales.

This year, he wrote of these ghost tales in the University Libraries’ Spartan Stories blog. He details the tales of hauntings at Spencer Residence Hall, Mary Foust and Aycock Auditorium. But Trojanowski tells Campus Weekly that this will be his last year of giving the ghost tours; he will retire in June. The plan is for Carolyn Shankle to continue them.

Read his post about UNCG ghost tales here, at Spartan Stories.

Visual: Hermann Trojanowski gives a ‘UNCG ghost tour’ to individuals in Advancement and the School of Education, October 2012.

Black gum, crab apples, ornamental grasses

A new black gum and three Prairie Fire crab apples trees grace the east side of Gray Residence Hall.

They were planted Oct. 24 as a Sustainability Day/Arbor Day event. The trees were planted by individuals from the Sustainability Office and the Grounds Division of UNCG.

Additionally, the Staff Senate On Campus Service Committee and the Grounds Division participated in another campus beautification project on Oct. 16. Ornamental grasses were planted near the back entrance of the Mossman Building.

Saundra Westervelt examines ‘one of the most tragic things that can happen to you in the criminal justice system’

Imagine losing 10, 15, 20 years of your life, convicted of murder and sentenced to death for a crime you did not commit. Dr. Saundra D. Westervelt (UNCG Sociology), a UNCG faculty member since 1997, and Dr. Kimberly J. Cook (UNCW Sociology and Criminology) traveled the country to meet 18 death row exonerees who experienced such losses. Their new book, “Life After Death Row: Exonerees’ Search for Community and Identity,” chronicles the exonerees’ struggles to reclaim their lives after being set free and examines how policy changes could mitigate those struggles for others.

“They were basically ignored and neglected, and very few of them received assistance or compensation when they got out. It seemed like the part of the story that absolutely had to be told,” Westervelt says.

“If you ask them what they want the most, they just want somebody to apologize to them. They just want somebody to own it, to say, “Gosh I’m so sorry this happened to you and we will try to make sure it never happens to somebody else. …But they rarely get that. Usually they get the opposite.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Betsi Robinson

Looking ahead: Oct. 31, 2012

Open House, ‘Faculty Center Takeover,’ for all who teach on campus
Thursday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m., Faculty Center

All-Star Music faculty concert in honor of Chinese delegation
Thursday, Nov. 1, 5:15 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

Sustainability film, ‘The Island President’
Thursday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Dance concert in honor of Chinese delegation
Friday, Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m., Dance Theatre

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m., Alumni House

MRC artist reception, Rebecca Bennett ‘12
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m., Room 062, EUC

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m., Alumni House

With the staff: October 2012

Hello: Samantha Bardarik (Information Systems and Supply Chain Management); Mark Brown (Parking Services); Terri Lawson (Education); Betsi Robinson (University Relations); Vickie DeBari (Facilities Operations); Chelsea Bunch (Registrar’s Office); Janeen Chastain (Conflict and Peace Studies); John Comer (Alumni House); Mary Davis (Housing and Residence Life); Blaire Westmoreland (Education); Ashley Tuck (Registrar’s Office); Tim Young (University Advancement); Deborah Merritt (Music)

Good-bye: David Cole (Public Safety and Police); Shelby Dunlap (College of Arts and Sciences); Christopher Jordan (Registrar’s Office); Carmen Morris (ITS); Howard Darden (Public Safety and Police); Dennis Cockerham (Public Safety and Police); Terry Gaither (Housekeeping); Erin Toms (HHP/HHS); Ada Baldwin (Facility Operations); Toby Hedgepeth (HRS)

Women’s Soccer takes regular season title

The UNCG women’s soccer team secured its ninth Southern Conference regular season championship. The Spartans were the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Tournament; they lost in the first round. They finished the conference regular season with a 9-1-1 SoCon record. They won the last six regular season games, all on shutouts.

Chelimo takes SoCon title

UNCG junior Paul Chelimo claimed the 2012 Southern Conference men’s cross country championship individual title last weekend. Chelimo was named the Southern Conference Runner of the Year for the second straight season. He won the SoCon Championships by 15 seconds over his closest competitor – UNCG’s Paul Katam, who placed second in the race. Details at UNCG Athletics.

Celebrate NCTYP’s 50th Birthday

Join the North Carolina Theatre for Young People on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 for the opening performance of Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!, and NCTYP’s 50th Birthday Celebration. The birthday celebration will honor the dedication and past work of NCTYP’s founders: the Junior League of Greensboro and UNCG Theatre, as well as UNCG’s alumni and current students. NCTYP will also be awarded the prestigious North Carolina Theatre Conference 2011 Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth award at the Birthday Celebration.

The party will include the award presentation; a slide show of the past 50 years of NCTYP productions; a presentation honoring the founding members and the Junior League of Greensboro; reunion of UNCG Theatre alumni. Cake, punch and light refreshments will be served. The party is complimentary and open to the public.

SACS QEP late-fall timeline

A UNCG Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) web site (uncgqep.uncg.edu) was created in September to inform the campus and solicit topic ideas. The closing date for idea proposals is Nov. 1, 2012. Information on submitting topic ideas may be found here: uncgqep.uncg.edu/topic/default.php.

Upcoming dates on the timeline include:

  • Faculty Senate Forum on proposed QEP topic ideas Nov. 14, 2012, at 3 p.m., Alumni House
  • Posting of Short List of 3-5 top Proposals (December 2012)
  • Re-opening of public comment on the short list of topics December 2012 to February 1, 2013

 

See/hear: Oct. 31, 2012

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More than 75 great teachers have received gold stars over the past month. It’s been a fun way for the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons (FTLC) to call attention to some of our university’s great teachers – and to help spread the word about the “Faculty Center Takeover” on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 4-6 p.m. The event is for all those who teach at UNCG. The students have enjoyed seeing some of their great teachers recognized. Enjoy the video, created by the FTLC, with highlights of many of the surprise presentations.

Bruce Pomeroy

Bruce Pomeroy (Office of Disability Services) has accepted the office of chairperson of the Greensboro Mayor’s Committee For Persons With Disabilities, and will begin his term in December. Bruce is an active member of the committee, which is comprised of area agencies, businesses, governmental and educational representatives, and dedicated individuals all working together to increase the supportive efforts and resources for individuals with disabilities.

The committee supports a number of annual events such as: a scholarship program for students with disabilities going to college, a ramp-a-thon event that provides ramps for access to homes, a veterans’ outreach initiative to increase the hiring of returning wounded veterans and a shopper’s day at the Four Season Mall that provides assistance to hundreds of individuals with disabilities.

Many community and UNCG campus members volunteer their time and efforts. To find out more about the committee or become involved in some of the activities, email bepomero@uncg.edu or call 334-5913.

Dr. Raleigh Bailey

Dr. Raleigh Bailey (UNCG Center for New North Carolinians) received continuation of funding from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for the project “AmeriCorps ACCESS 2012-2013.” Its purpose is to help immigrants gain access to human services, build bridges with mainstream society, and assist immigrants with acculturation leading to self-sufficiency.

Foreman/Bailey

John Foreman (SSC) presented “Using Program Outcomes as Building Blocks for Gaining Responsibility, Developing Critical Thinking Linkages, and Increasing Funding for Your Academic Support Unit” at the National College Learning Center Association national conference in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 6, 2012. He is director for the Student Success Center. Dr. Geoff Bailey (SSC) presented “Innovative Funding Approaches for Tutoring Programs” at the National College Learning Center Association national conference in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 4, 2012. He is associate director of the Student Success Center.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Dr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) served as an analyst in an Oct. 23 WFMY News 2 5 p.m. interview focusing on presidential debate and poll analysis (http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/article/251130/57/Do-President-Obama-And-Governor-Romney-Agree) and also in an Oct. 23 WFMY News 2 segment on the 6 p.m. broadcast focusing on presidential election swing counties in our state (http://www.digtriad.com/common/elections/default.aspx).

Rick Dillwood

“Between Friends and Family,” a film by Rick Dillwood (Media Studies / Digital Media Commons) premieres Nov. 10. at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC. This is the faculty member’s first feature length documentary. Details on the film are at betweenfriendsandfamilymovie.com/

He completed the nine minute documentary short “How to Make a Heartbeat” in the spring of 2009 as a UNCG graduate student. The success of this film led to the creation of “Between Friends and Family.” He graduated from the MFA program in May of 2011 and he now teaches film here. He runs Wins the Race Productions, an independent film Production Company in Greensboro, and is currently working on a documentary web series that explores “the idea of queerness as it manifests in various cultural patterns and practices.” The web series is scheduled to launch in 2013.

Halloween ‘BOO and Gold’

Already have plans for Halloween? There’s plenty here on campus to get you in the spirit in the days beforehand. UNCG’s Campus Activities & Programs calls the run-up to 2012 Homecoming week and to Halloween the “BOO And Gold HalloWeekend.”

Some of the university’s highlights:

Friday, Oct. 26

  • Movie – “Spiderman,” School of Education Building, Room 114, 7 p.m.
  • Scary Foust Haunted House, Mary Foust Residence Hall, 7 p.m.-midnight

Saturday, Oct. 27

  • Greek Treats (trick or treat / games) , UNCG Soccer Stadium, 5 p.m., followed by the Men’s Soccer vs. Elon
  • Movie – “Spiderman,” EUC Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • Organ Spooktacular – 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall, Music Building

Sunday, Oct. 28

  • Movie – “Spiderman,” EUC Auditorium, 2 p.m.
  • Open Mic “Scary-Oke” featuring Jacob Nun and the UNCG Sapphires, Barnes & Noble Cafe, EUC, 5 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 29

Halloween, Oct. 31

  • “Halloween Hoopla,” with candy and games, at the Career Services Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Spartan Restaurant will serve its Halloween Boo-fet from 4-8 p.m. Winners of pumpkin carving contest will be announced.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Halloween may be over, but the “bone-chilling” thrills are not.

  • German thriller film “Der Knochenmann (The Bone Man),” in German with English subtitles, 7 p.m, Shaw Residence Hall on Quad, Multipurpose Room Location changed to MHRA 1215

Photo from an earlier UNCG Halloween by David Wilson.

 

Dancing across Aycock stage – and the state

The NC Dance Festival tours the state every year – expanding the accessibility of dance throughout the state while raising the profile of North Carolina’s own artists.

The 22nd season of the NC Dance Festival will come to UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium Nov. 2 and 3, at 8 p.m. The weekend of performances will run two nights, with a different show each night. For information and reservations, call 334-4849.

Two well-known UNCG faculty, John Gamble and Jan Van Dyke, will present work, and several adjunct faculty members will perform.

Friday night’s performance will feature work by Festival touring artists Autumn Mist Belk/Code f.a.d Company (Raleigh), Gaspard Louis/Gaspard and Dancers (Durham), Jan Van Dyke/Van Dyke Dance Group (Greensboro), and Gary Taylor/Winston-Salem Festival Ballet (Winston Salem).

On Saturday, John Gamble/John Gamble Dance Theater (Greensboro), E.E. Balcos/EE MOTION (Charlotte), Lauren Kearns/The Kearns Dance Project (Burlington), and Carol Finley/Carol Finley Dance Group (Raleigh) will present dances.

The weekend will also feature local artists Sara Tourek (Greensboro) on Friday night, and Jason Aryeh (Burlington) on Saturday.

In addition to the weekend’s performances, several outreach events will be held throughout the Triad area, offering opportunities to take a class with one of the performing artists. Check your local event calendar for information on upcoming outreach classes with touring artists. For more information, visit www.ncdancefestival.org.

The festival is engaged with communities across the state. This year, four of the five Festival presenters across the state are partnering with UNC dance programs to produce the concerts in their communities: Valborg Theater at Appalachian State University on Oct. 25-27, Aycock Auditorium on Nov. 2 and 3, Cultural Arts Building at UNCW on Jan. 11-13, and Robinson Hall at UNC Charlotte on Jan. 25-26. In Raleigh, the Festival was held at Meredith College in September.

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and major financial support was also provided by the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.

The festival is an annual production of the Dance Project, under the direction of Van Dyke.

Visual of “Just another dance,” choreographed by John Gamble. Photographer: Chris Walt

Forever in blue jeans, at Bryan School

Money talks, as the pop song says. And when blue jeans designed by UNCG CARS student Song Anh Nguyen – winner of the national VF/Wrangler “Next Blue” competition last spring – were offered for sale online, a number of the Bryan School staff and faculty placed their order in a show of support. ‘Turns out they love the jeans, too.

When Song, who graduated in May, paid a return visit Sept. 14 to the Bryan Building, some of them showed off their “Next Blue” jeans.

Pam Cash, assistant dean at the Bryan School, explained it. “Being able to wear a pair of jeans designed by one of our students is just another way to celebrate student achievement and success.”

Carol Phillips, executive assistant, has purchased two pairs in different lengths so she can wear them with either flats or high heels or boots. “The added benefit is that we are supporting the professional ambitions of one of our own Bryan School students,” she said.

Mary Ellen Boelhower, director of development, Bryan School, ordered a pair too. “They’re very comfortable and forgiving, and dress up very nicely.” Aprille Black, instructional technology consultant, and Jeri Miller, business officer, both spoke of loving their jeans.

Pam Sparks, university program associate, Bryan School, said she enjoys wearing her jeans for a couple of reasons. “One is because they are very comfortable and another reason is it gives me the opportunity to tell others that one of our CARS students designed them. We are very proud of Song and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.”

Step inside the CARS office, and you’ll find find more student support – and denim. Administrative support associate Lisa McHenry placed her order. So did faculty member Dr. Byoungho Jin. And Ann Ramsey, one of Song’s professors.

Another of her professors, Melanie Carrico, spoke of the jeans: “I really enjoy them. I like the fit and the styling.” At the same time, she spoke of how creative and dedicated her former student is.

Blue jeans can fade, and no fabric lasts forever. But when the care and support of faculty and staff is constant, that’s something that’s always in style.

Read earlier story about Song winning the VF/Wrangler competition – and her winning design being sold online: http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/inspirechange/2012/06/26/moving-beyond-a-material-world

Visual: Five of the individuals who sported their Song-designed jeans that Friday: l-r, Mary Ellen Boelhower, Jeri Miller, Carol Phillips, Pam Sparks and Pam Cash.

With Google Translate, UNCG web pages appear in many languages

Diversity and inclusive excellence are important to UNCG.

UNCG’s university-wide use of Google Translate, which launched in early September, makes UNCG’s web pages easily translatable into many languages.

Its implementation grew out of the work of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Chancellor Linda P. Brady, agreeing with the committee’s assessment, requested the translation link be activated. Through the work of Information Technology Services in collaboration with University Relations, the translation link is now a reality. There was no fee to add Google Translate to the web site.

Rod Wyatt, director of human relations and chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, explains that UNCG has a robust, diverse population of students. Having Google Translate should enhance UNCG’s ability to attract, retain, serve and build upon our diverse group of students, faculty and staff, he added.

It will not only help current members of the campus community. The translation link will also help with recruiting prospective students – from all parts of the world – as well as prospective faculty members from diverse backgrounds. “Everyone likes to access information in a format in which they can easily relate,” he says. In an effort to be inclusive and meet the needs of current and potential students, faculty and staff for whom English is their second language, this link will help by providing a clearer understanding of our processes and what UNCG has to offer.

Wyatt notes North Carolina’s growing Hispanic population – and UNCG’s need to serve all of the citizens in our state. He explains that in many cases the prospective student may speak English, while their parents may not. Google Translate will help all members of the family understand what UNCG offers.

To use Google Translate, see the icon at the bottom right of a UNCG web page such as the main page or the Prospective Students page. Click “Choose language” to select the language you desire.

Questions? Contact Rod Wyatt at jrwyatt@uncg.edu.

SECC at 1/3 mark

As of Monday, Oct. 21, UNCG’s SECC total was $79,762. This is 34 percent of UNCG’s goal of $235,000.

Three weeks remain in the 2012 campaign.

It is the official giving campaign for state employees, helping support about 1,000 charitable organizations.

As the campaign kicked off, campus chair Kathleen Williams noted past figures showing UNCG’s history of giving to the SECC.

“It is a source of pride for all of us that UNCG has been either at the top or near the top both in terms of our participation and our per-capita giving,” she said.

The list of organization you may choose from when you make a gift is extensive – and each makes a difference in others’ lives, in our state and community.

If you have not filled out and turned in your SECC envelope, consider doing so today.

Volunteer for Veterans Day activities

The university community is invited to assist with two upcoming Veterans Day activities:

Thank You Cards for Veterans This is the third year UNCG is sending cards to hospitalized veterans representing U.S. wars and conflicts since WWII. Volunteers are needed to help staff the tables on Monday, October 29 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Elliott University Center, Commons and Tuesday, October 30 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Dining Hall atrium. To volunteer visit https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au-EWuJjDmexdGRFY3gtcVVsajBsOVA3MHZWeE9rNnc. Faculty and staff are also invited to sign cards at the tables on Oct. 29 and 30.

Veterans Day Field of Honor on Nov. 12 Volunteers are needed to help with installation on Thursday, Nov. 8, and clean up on Monday, Nov. 12. If you are interested in volunteering, see the online form at: https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AksmBkFNmzb4dDdGQVJVSXRfWWdua0tXY1lOWG1Ud0E.

Questions? Contact Lisa McGuire at lmmcguir@uncg.edu or 4-5800.

Fountain will be operational, Dining Hall Phase 1 complete in December

You may have noticed the great progress on the west side of the Dining Hall.

When should the fencing around the Fountain come down? The estimated completion date for Fountain repairs is late November, according to UNCG Facilities Design and Construction. The fountain should be operational – and the fence around it removed – in early December.

The estimated completion date for the First Phase (involving the west side dining hall space) of the renovation project is early December. Facilities Design and Construction reports that site utilities, mechanical and electrical rough-ins, repairs to the Fountain steps, work on the west side glass wall, new elevator installation, the new Taco Bell up-fit, roofing and interior painting are all currently underway at the Dining Hall.

The estimated completion date for all phases of the Dining Hall project is Spring 2014.

The Dining Hall remains open.

Jennifer Etnier focused on cognitive benefits you get from being physically active

Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common form of dementia, has no known cure. But what if something as simple as regular exercise could impact a person’s genetic risk for the disease?

That’s what Dr. Jennifer Etnier wants to find out. Etnier (Kinesiology) has received a $275,000, two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study what preventive strategies may decrease the risk of dementia for a person who has a first-degree relative with Alzheimer’s disease. She’s currently recruiting local residents ages 50-65 with that genetic connection to participate in a free exercise program related to her research.

“My research is focused on the cognitive benefits that people get from being physically active,” she said. “I’ve done research with older people, children and college-age adults. Our research consistently shows that there are benefits to be gained from regularly participating in physical activity. I’ve published studies showing benefits for all age groups and we’ve done interventions where we ask people to become physically active and show that they benefit cognitively.”

Her current Alzheimer’s research is designed to find out if the cognitive benefits from becoming physically active differ depending upon a person’s genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Etnier, a professor of sport and exercise psychology, joined the faculty of UNCG is 2004. Earlier, she had been a member of the faculty of Wake Forest University (1995-1998) and Arizona State University (1998-2004).

She frequently discusses her findings related to cognitive ability and physical activity. This summer, she was invited to speak on physical activity and the prevention of dementia at the World Congress on Active Aging.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Looking ahead: Oct. 24, 2012

Forum, “Who controls the ballot box?”
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 4 p.m., Curry 225

Great Conversation, “Tattoos and Personal Identity,” Chris Metivier
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 5 p.m., MHRA Atrium

Hispanic Heritage Month event, poet/comedian Joe Hernandez-Kolski
Wednesday, Oct. 24, School of Education Building, 6 p.m., Room 120

Volleyball vs. Western Carolina
Friday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

Men’s soccer vs. Elon
Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.

Organ Spooktacular
Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall, Music Building

Music, Schola Cantorum
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m., Organ Hall, Music Building

Live-streaming of today’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions

The UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions will meet in Chapel Hill today (Oct. 24) 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. As noted earlier in Campus Weekly, Chancellor Linda P. Brady is a member of this committee. An overview, listing of committee members, and agenda for the meeting may be accessed at www.northcarolina.edu/strategic_direction/Overview.htm

Today’s meeting will be live-streamed at http://elvis.mediasite.mcnc.org/mcnc/SilverlightPlayer/Default.aspx?peid=85285d9ae5dc4d268fccce60eade44461d .

Streaming will require installation of Microsoft Silverlight, which has been approved as a downloadable program. Follow the on-screen prompts until the software is completely installed. Note that the final screen will remain blank with the triangular logo and “MCNC” until the meeting begins.

 

 

Bryan School on Princeton Review’s 2013 list

For the 13th consecutive year, The Princeton Review has recognized UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics as one of the top schools in the Southeast in the latest edition of its annual guidebook, “The Best 296 Business Schools.” The publication provides students with a glimpse into some of the components of the school, highlighting the Bryan School’s unique combination of high academic quality with affordable, flexible programs.

Full story at UNCG News.

Wild life of your body, bedroom, life

“The Wild Life of Your Body, Bedroom and Life” will be topic of a lecture by Dr. Rob Dunn (Biology, NC State) on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in 136 Petty Science Building.

He will provide stories and new research about how our relationship to other species big and small determines who we are and how we live.

The event is sponsored by UNCG’s STAMPS Science Scholarship Program and by the Greensboro Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.

For more information, contact UNCG’s Department of Physics and Astronomy at 334-5844.