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Archives for March 2013

Hey, John. Hey, Ray. It’s just a kickball game.

032713Feature_KickballDr. John Lepri, chair of Faculty Senate, and Ray Carney, co-chair of Staff Senate, may not agree on who’s going to win the kickball game.

But here’s what’s certain: The Faculty vs. Staff Kickball game will generate fun. And lots of donations to the Guilford County Animal Shelter. All faculty and staff are invited – it should be a great time.

The UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball game will be Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m., at UNCG’s Baseball Stadium on campus. (Yes, the location has changed to the Baseball Stadium.) Gates open at 5 p.m.

It appears John Lepri will be a player/manager for the Faculty team. He may enlist “an elder statesman” among the faculty to take on the managing, he says.

Have they practiced? “We don’t have to,” he said. He noted that students will serve as the umpires and referees and that grades have not been turned in. He was kidding, we’re pretty sure.

Actually it’ll be against the rules to kick it too far, Lepri explains. And you can’t throw the ball at a runner – you have to simply tag them. It’ll be fun and relaxing. “It’s a wonderful occasion to bring people together – and to help support the animal shelter,” Lepri said.

“May the most crafty team win,” he said. “With the help of the students.” Maybe he wasn’t kidding.

Ray Carney and the Staff team have been serious. The team’s managers, Stacy Kosciak and Jeff Trivette, were chosen months ago. The staff has 47 members signed up to participate.

They are scheduled to have a practice today (March 27) at 5:15 p.m. on the North Field, beside the UNCG Soccer Stadium.

How many staff are signed up to participate in some way? A total of 96 will participate as either athletes, cheer squad or volunteers, says Carney.

Some things to know:

  • Admission is free. “Bring your loudest voice to cheer on your favorite team,” says Carney.
  • Refreshments, including hot dogs, soft drinks, water and popcorn, will be available at no charge.
  • Where should people assemble? Participants should check in at the T-shirt table just behind the Baseball Stadium Press Box. Athletes should arrive in time to warm up and get organized for the 6 p.m. start.
  • Free parking will be available at the nearby Walker Deck.
  • Help “Fill the Truck” for the Guilford County Animal Shelter – bring an item (or more) to donate. (See CW story for a list of needed items.)

“This match-up will be a great event and we hope to make it fun for everyone,” Carney said.

When told of Lepri’s comments about the Faculty team winning, Carney added, “Welllll all I have to say is, ‘We don’t need crafty, we just gonna win.’”

Faculty are hoping a few more will sign up – or a lot more. Faculty may sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFk0SkwxV3NPbi0tYzNCR0s0bEdnbUE6MQ

See the great promotional video by Sean Farrell at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t52LROeDwHc

 

By Mike Harris

Photo of Ray Carney and John Lepri by Sean Farrell

From Pre-Inca archaeology to knee-tracking kinesiology, at Expo

032713Feature_ArchaeologyStep right up and senior anthropology major Jennifer Grenier will tell you all about it. She was one of more than 80 presenters last week at the 2013 Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo at UNCG.

The event now bears the name ʺThe Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo,” in recognition of Carolyn Thomas ʹ54, a long time donor and a supporter of undergraduate research. A former member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and the UNCG Board of Visitors, she was on hand to see the students’ work – such as Grenier’s.

Grenier had spent three months at a dig in southern Peru last summer. She’d had a fieldwork there the summer of 2011, as well. Her UNCG mentor was Dr. Donna Nash. The question Grenier had was, did the pre-Incas at the Tumilaca La Chimba site make offerings of food to their dead? Skeletal remains of animals were found at the gravesites, more than a millennium old. She determined that, due to the particular arrangement of the distinctive llama toes that they found, the pre-Inca people at this site did in fact use that part of the animal as a gravesite ritual.

Lots of other undergraduates were eager to tell of their research. Cory Jones had a table near the entryway with tools and a variety of reeds – and his bassoon. He has learned from excellent bassoon players across the country, mastering the art and science of reed making. By altering the reeds, one changes the tone, he explained. He is toying with the idea of selling reeds. (Reeds are regularly replaced – they last professional musicians about two weeks, he explains.) Michael Burns is his mentor at UNCG. Jones currently plays with the UNCG Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra and Fayetteville Symphony, and he hopes to play with a symphony when he completes his studies.

Jeffrey Labrecque and Taylor Harris compared the accuracy of two methods in recording human biomechanics – specifically knee movement. Their mentor is Christopher Rhea. Harris plans to become an occupational therapist. Labrecque plans to be a physical therapist.

Melanie Staley in Environmental Studies researched disease and medicine in late 18th century America. Her mentor is William Markham. Her work will be on display throughout the summer at the Visitor’s Center of the Guilford Courthouse National Battlefield Park.

Jonathan Latta researched infant handedness – and which age left-handedness or right-handedness presents itself. His mentor is George Michel. Latta wants to ultimately do research in neurological psychology.

Jennifer Figueroa, a biology major, presented her work on resource allocation patterns in a particular rock cress plant. Meghan Hartzman Sanchez, a psychology major, measured alcohol and drug use in the context of personality traits and life satisfaction. Benjamin Constantinides in the School of Music created, mixed and mastered a pop CD. A trombone, bass and guitar player and singer, he played most of the parts. He collaborated on the video.

Each hour, a new group of students came in to give poster presentations. In several nearby rooms, students gave oral presentations in 15 minute slots.

“Nearly 50 percent of the students indicated their work is interdisciplinary,” noted Dr. Jan Rychtář, interim director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. Rychtář also explained that undergraduate research improves the students’ communications skills, hones their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and gives them experience working in a team.

These are skills they will use throughout their professional lives.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Jennifer Grenier at excavation in Peru

No. 1 on the Classical iTunes chart

032713Feature_WindEnsembleLife has joyous events. And tragic events. A musician’s emotional life will be reflected in their music.

In 2002 Dr. John Locke’s oldest son, J.P., died at age 23.

“I’d thought about having a piece written for ten years,” the UNCG director of bands reflected, earlier this week. He got to know composer John Mackey over the past couple of years. Mackey is the most prominent wind band composer in the world. “I talked with him about it. We talked it over.” It seemed to Locke that the time was right to honor his son through a composition.

The piece, composed by Mackey and dedicated to the late son, reflects J.P.’s time in Alaska, where he worked in fishing boats and explored the vast Denali National Park. JP enjoyed playing trombone. At the end of Mackey’s piece, Locke notes, trombones take the lead.

Mackey’s wife suggested he focus on what draws you to great Alaskan mountains such as Denali. “It’s a search for the sublime, for transcendence. A great mountain is like a church.”

She suggested the title: “The Frozen Cathedral.”

The UNCG Wind Ensemble under the direction of Locke recorded the composition in December, with Mackey in attendance.

But it was officially premiered by the ensemble Friday, March 22, at a full Aycock Auditorium – part of a special musical gathering. The 2013 College Band Directors National Association conference, which Locke and Dr. Kevin Geraldi hosted, was “literally the most high-profile music event in the history of this campus,” said Locke. About 375 band conductors and composers came to Greensboro from throughout the world, from Australia to Japan to Europe. Eleven groups performed during the week – a total of 650 performers.

And Friday night’s concert featured four works commissioned by UNCG. The evening’s finale was the new work inspired by Locke’s son. The composer was on hand for this world premier of “The Frozen Cathedral.” He tweeted about it – as did others – and by the next morning it was the number one song on the iTunes Classical chart – a place it held all weekend.

One person after the concert tweeted, “’Triumph’ is a word that gets used a lot, but it’s the only word that I have for UNCG’s “The Frozen Cathedral.” Another: “Last night’s UNCG concert was probably one of the most memorable musical experiences of all time. Sounds cliche, but you HAD to be there!”

And another said: “Tonight was a life altering night.”

The program said simply under the final title: “for J.P.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph of the UNCG Wind Ensemble, with Locke conducting, by Brad McMillan

Jefferson Suites certified LEED Silver

032713Feature_JeffersonSuitesUNCG’s Jefferson Suites Residence Hall has been awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, an acknowledgement of the 176,000-square-foot building’s sustainable design, construction and operation.

Jefferson Suites is the second building at the university to receive LEED certification in as many years. The School of Education Building was certified LEED Gold in 2012.

“Jefferson Suites is the first residence hall at UNCG to receive LEED certification. It’s a tangible demonstration of the university’s commitment to sustainability, which is a value in UNCG’s strategic plan,” said Jorge Quintal, associate vice chancellor for facilities. “Achieving LEED Silver certification sets a standard for sustainable design and construction practices on future projects on our campus.”

Full story at UNCG News.

By Lanita Goins

Graduate Research & Creativity Expo

The 2013 UNCG Graduate Expo will be held in the EUC on Tuesday, April 2, from 1-4 p.m. The campus community is invited to stop in, see the work, and engage the graduate students in conversation.

More than 120 graduate students will present their work in six broad categories: creative arts; health sciences; humanities; natural, physical, and mathematical sciences; professional programs; and social sciences. Many will discuss their posters in the Cone Ballroom and the Maple Room. Others will give 15-minute presentations in nearby EUC rooms.

Topics range from municipal methods that effectively eliminate Greensboro’s substandard housing, to reducing recidivism by investing paroled fathers in their families and communities, to understanding predatory behavior in social media. Other posters or presentations will address the use of antioxidants to prevent the development of diabetes; the role of appearance management in political marketing in local elections; the factors that make a plant species invasive; and using telepractice to treat speech and voice disorders in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Visitors can learn about the global impacts of child soldiering, adaptive re-use of historic North Carolina cotton mills, and how the built environment may be a therapeutic tool for persons with dementia.

“Student research on diverse aspects of the healthcare industry, the Triad’s small businesses and their suppliers, the impact of social media on school adjustment of newcomer refugee students, and the influence of African-American pastors and the Black Church on African-American mental health help-seeking behaviors demonstrates a focus on ‘scholarship that matters,’” notes Dr. Laura Chesak, associate dean of the Graduate School.

For the students, a $1,000 prize is available in each category. Winners will also meet with state legislators in Raleigh during Graduate Education Day on May 22, which will showcase the impact of graduate education across the state.

For more information, contact The Graduate School (336.334.5596) or visit http://grs.uncg.edu/events/grc-expo/

Volunteer to be trained responder at UNCG

Spartans Act – faculty/staff who volunteer to be trained responders – was created a year ago. There are now nearly 40 members. Jason Marshburn, director of the UNCG Office of Emergency Management, would like to see that number grow. He provides this message for faculty and staff:

When disasters strike, communities rely on trained responders to help provide care and assistance. UNCG is no different. Many people work together to ensure the safety of the campus and provide assistance during times of crisis.

As a faculty or staff member, you have the opportunity to be a part of the trained responders who help make a difference in someone’s life during times of need. Through the Spartans Act Program, faculty and staff are able to serve in a variety of roles such as working in a family assistance center, answering questions about the disaster in the emergency call center.

This program was developed with the goal of engaging the talents and expertise of faculty and staff across campus to help their own community during times of disaster or crisis. Each member serves strictly as a volunteer, but is afforded the opportunity to take an active role in helping the university respond and recover from crisis situations. No previous experience is required, and all necessary training and supplies are provided at no cost. While this program is designed to help the UNCG community, volunteers may also have an opportunity to help communities beyond UNCG.

To learn more about how to become a part of the Spartans Act Program, you can visit Office of Emergency Management’s web site: http://emg.uncg.edu/AboutUs/SpartansAct.php or contact us at BeReady@uncg.edu. To register, simply complete the online interest form found here: http://emg.uncg.edu/AboutUs/SpartansActForm.php.

Want to be in 2013 AHA Heart Walk – on UNCG campus?

032713Feature_HeartWalkFor years, UNCG has participated in the Heart Walk. This year, our campus is hosting the big event.

Several UNCG Heart Walk teams have already formed. If you are interested in starting a team or joining an existing one, now is the time to get involved.

The American Heart Association Heart Walk will be held the morning of Saturday, May 18, 2013, at UNCG. The starting point will be the Kaplan Commons in front of Elliott University Center. Activities will start at 8 a.m.; the walk starts at 9 a.m.

There will be thousands of fellow walkers – some run, some stroll. It’s low pressure and all for a great cause. The American Heart Association reports that more than one in three adults have cardiovascular disease – the leading cause of death of all Americans.

UNCG faculty, staff and students have been strong supporters of the walk for many years by raising money and walking. As of March 20, UNCG led all other Greensboro organizations in the category of most-pledged so far. UNCG teams are well past the halfway mark of their goal for the year.

Teams are formed mostly online. Each team needs a captain who simply gathers team members. UNCG usually fields about five teams, ranging from 10 to 40 members. A team can be of any size and can have non-UNCG members (family and friends are welcome). Each walker will get a special T-shirt to wear the day of the event.

To see a list of UNCG teams and team leaders/contacts, visit http://heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/teams/groupTeamList.asp?ievent=1026261&lis=1 kntae1026261=63121090D9224BD0BBD1EFE3EEA142E6&tlteams=5269493. You may simply join a team at that site.

Or if you prefer, contact Kim Sousa-Peoples at 4-5231 or k_sousap@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Visual: from last year’s Heart Walk

School of Music, Theatre and Dance goes Live!

032713Feature_JazzUNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance has gone Live! The new SMTD Live! streaming service brings the music to you, wherever you are.

This spring, IT experts are streaming live audio feeds of performances by UNCG’s large-ensemble groups. They plan to videostream all SMTD concerts in standard definition by fall and upgrade to high-definition video by next spring.

“The intended audience, in my mind, is those who are far away from UNCG, and cannot make the concert in person. This includes foremost alums and parents,” says Matthew Libera, the school’s webmaster who heads up the streaming project.

Libera worked closely with Dennis Hopson, the school’s recording engineer, as well as other campus IT experts and graduate assistants to get the live-stream flowing. SMTD Live! is free and no login password is required. Just go to http://performingarts.uncg.edu/live and enjoy.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

‘Development of Scientific Reasoning’

The Kendon Smith Lectures on the theme “The Development of Scientific Reasoning” will be held Thursday afternoon, April 4, and Friday morning, April 5, in the UNCG School of Education Building, Room 114. The free lectures are open to the public.

The lecture are:

Thursday, April 4
3 p.m. – David Klahr, Carnegie Mellon University – Experimental investigations of children’s skills at experimentation.
4:30 p.m. – Kevin Dunbar, University of Maryland – What scientists, students and neuroscience reveals about the acquisition, testing, and understanding of scientific concepts.

Friday, April 5
9 a.m. – Deborah Kelemen, Boston University – Evolving Minds: Developing conceptions of purpose and change in nature.
10:30 a.m. – Deanna Kuhn, Columbia University – Scientific thinking: What develops and what needs to develop

The Kendon Smith Lectures is an endowed series hosted annually by the Department of Psychology.

It was named for Dr. Kendon Smith who served as head of the Department of Psychology at UNCG from 1954-67 and held an Alumni Professorship from 1969 until his retirement in 1983.

More information on the Kendon Smith Lectures is available at http://www.uncg.edu/psy/ksl13.html

Engaging Returning Veterans in Educational Process

032713Feature_ChuDr. David S. Chu (Institute for Defense Analysis) will speak April 16, 2013, 3 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 118. The topic is “Engaging Returning Veterans in the Educational Process.”

Chu is president and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Defense Analysis. He served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (2001-08), as Director and then Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Analysis and Evaluation (1981-93), and as the Assistant Director for National Security and International Affairs in the Congressional Budget Office (1978-81). At RAND, he served at various times as Director of the Arroyo Center (the Army’s FFRDC) and as Director of its Washington Office.

The talk is presented by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and UNCG Human Resources.

YouTube phenom Michael Wesch will show effects of social media on society

032713Spotlight_WeschDubbed “The Explainer” by Wired magazine, YouTube phenom Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the implications of writing on an indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society.

Dr. Michael Wesch will deliver the talk “The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever!” Monday, April 8, 2013, at 4 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

Wesch is an associate professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. He is the Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars and was named the 2008 CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas, director of the University Teaching and Learning Commons, said, “Imagine the opportunity to have a guest lecturer in your classroom who has a world-wide following on his work in digital ethnography.” He encouraged faculty to recommend it to their students.

His videos have more than 21.5 million hits on YouTube, Lucas points out. “He looks beyond the moving images to interpret their effects on our everyday lives. In doing so, he shows us ways to connect with our students as individuals who strive for life-long learning.”

Promotional material for the talk explains:
“New media and technology present us with an overwhelming bounty of tools for connection, creativity, collaboration, and knowledge creation — a true Age of Whatever, where anything seems possible. But any enthusiasm about these remarkable possibilities is immediately tempered by that other Age of “Whatever” — an age in which people feel increasingly disconnected, disempowered, tuned out and alienated. Such problems are especially prevalent in education, where the internet — which must be the most remarkable creativity and collaboration machine in the history of the world — often enters our classrooms as a distraction device. It is not enough to merely deliver information in traditional fashion to make our students ‘knowledge-able.’ Nor is it enough to give them the skills to learn, making them ‘knowledge-able.’ Knowledge and skills are necessary, but not sufficient. What is needed more than ever is to inspire our students to wonder, to nurture their appetite to ask and pursue big, authentic and relevant questions….”

Looking ahead: March 27, 2013

Baseball vs. Georgia Southern
Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m.

Think tank Thursday, on the color blue
Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Men’s tennis vs. Binghamton
Saturday, March 30, 2 p.m.

Women’s golf, Bryan Invitational, Bryan Park
Sunday, March 31

Children’s book reading, Dr. Mike Perko
Monday, April 1, 4 p.m., Alumni House

Graduate Research/Creativity Expo
Tuesday, April 2, 1 p.m.., EUC

Women’s tennis vs. Appalachian St.
Tuesday, April 2, 2 p.m.

Photo exhibition on life of refugees

On Saturday, March 30, 2013, the UNCG Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) will host the photo exhibition “One Summer in Damak: Glimpses of Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp.” The event, free and open to the public, spotlights one of the major refugee groups entering the U.S. and settling in Greensboro.

Khem Khatiwada, a recent Bhutanese settler in North Carolina, will be a featured speaker.

The photo exhibition will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CNNC, 915 W. Lee St. The event will include coffee, tea and light appetizers.

MBA capstone project places in national competition

Graduate students from UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics won second place in the Graduate Comprehensive Small Business Institute Project of the Year competition for their MBA capstone project. The students – Neha Gupta, Yi-Chen Hung and Alison Weeks – worked on the project with Bryan School faculty Dianne H.B. Welsh and Jason Bohrer.

‘Empty Bowls’ Annual Bowl Sale April 1

The UNCG Empty Bowls Community Social Justice strives to educate the campus community about hunger and homelessness and serves as a reminder that there are always “Empty Bowls” in the world.

The finished bowls that were painted by numerous students, faculty and staff in late January will go on sale next week.

Purchase them Monday, April 1, 2013, in the EUC Auditorium Pre-function Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Plus, enjoy a bowl of soup with your bowl between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All proceeds go to support Joseph’s House, a Greensboro area non-profit dedicated to mentoring Guilford County’s young men towards productive and self-sufficient lives (http://www.josephshouse.net).

The Empty Bowls project is an annual collaboration between the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, Campus Activities and Programs, Housing and Residence Life, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Please contact Ashleigh Musyt (akmusyt@uncg.edu) with any questions.

Poverty simulation

UNCG’s third annual poverty simulation – titled “Making ₵ents of Being Poor” – will be held today (Wednesday, March 27, 2013). Training will be in the morning; the simulation will take place in the afternoon on College Avenue. Jack Register (Social Work) is the event developer and organizer. This year’s event is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Social Work and the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning. Organizers anticipate around 300 students taking part. See video clip from the inaugural year.

Budget management initiatives

There have been several new updates to the UNCG Budget Central web site, to help keep the campus community informed. One is a memo from Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Reade Taylor, which can be accessed at http://budgetcentral.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/03-22-2013.pdf

The Budget Central site is at http://budgetcentral.uncg.edu/

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff

082510CampusPeople_KirchoffDr. Bruce Kirchoff (Biology) was honored by the the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. Its Honors and Awards Committee awarded him the first annual Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize. “Your innovative application of research in cognitive psychology to teaching plant identification skills, record of pedagogical research and use of technology to interact with students is an exceptional example of combining science and education effectively. It is a wonderful model for our membership in this inaugural year of the award,” the awards committee chair said.

Stoel Burrowes

Stoel Burrowes (Interior Architecture) received a Golden A’ Design Award in the Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category. His “Cat’s Cradle” design – a living-room chair – was inspired by the fine and antique woodworking traditions especially of Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern and Windsor Chair-making. The JB Living-Room Chair also incorporates the contemporary material and whimsy in the elastic seat and back material. More information about the awards are at www.adesignaward.com.

Dr. Deborah Taub

081810CampusPeople_TaubDr. Deborah Taub (Teacher Education & Higher Education), Dr. Brad Johnson (Housing & Residence Life/Teacher Education & Higher Education), Liz Jodoin (Counseling & Testing Center), and Jalonda Thompson (Undergraduate Studies) are featured chapter authors in the recently released “Preventing College Student Suicide,” a special issue recently released as part of the New Directions for Student Services series published by Wiley Periodicals. In addition to co-authoring several articles, Taub (in visual) also served as a co-editor for the special issue.

Amy Strickland

032713CampusPeople_StricklandAmy Strickland (Nutrition) was honored at the North Carolina Dietetic Association Annual Meeting with the North Carolina Dietetic Association Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award. The award recognizes innovative teaching, mentoring and leadership activities of faculty in accredited dietetics education programs. She is an academic professional assistant professor in the department, as well as director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Thomas Mozur

032713CampusPeople_MozurCoach Thomas Mozur became the all-time wins leader in UNCG men’s tennis coaching history at the Division One level, with the win over a strong East Carolina team 4-3 last Friday. The UNCG men’s tennis team holds a 9-2 record this season. “This was our best team performance of the year,” said Mozur after the match. He now has 82 wins. Paul Lubbers had 81 wins as coach in 1992-99, notes Justin Glover (Spartan Athletics Media Relations).

See/hear: March 27, 2013

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This is going to be fun. Nothing but fun and good camaraderie. Not sure that John Lepri and Ray Carney have gotten the message. Check this out – and if you happen to see these two fellows with ten gallon hats pacing around the athletic fields, tell them win or lose, it’s all for a good cause. Give them a glass of sarsaparilla. And make sure they’re at the big game – tell them it’s been moved to a new location. The Faculty vs. Staff Kickball game will be at the UNCG Baseball Stadium, April 4. The game starts at 6 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m. Video by Sean “Sergio Leone” Farrell.

Animal shelter drive ‘kicks off’ March 20

032013Feature_AnimalShelterThe free UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball game will be April 4, 2013, at 6 p.m. at UNCG’s Softball Stadium on campus. The charity drive linked to it has already kicked off.

Come enjoy the game and camaraderie – and fill the Guilford County Animal Shelter truck.

Items needed for the shelter:
Towels – paper towels – wet-dry vac – puppy & dog food (dry) – heating pads – office products – grooming items – liquid dish soap – shop vac – copy paper – brooms – bleach – can openers – metal bowls – kitten & cat food (canned) – blanket – sheets – laundry soap – digital camera – hand sanitizer – pre-paid gas cards – 6-foot x 8-foot tarps – toilet paper – metal bowls – shampoo – cat litter

The drive begins today (March 20). Drop off your items at these locations: Sullivan Sullivan Science Bldg – 1100 W. Market Street Building, 2nd floor – Foust Building – 1st floor McIver Building – Forney Building Lobby – Sink Building – Jackson Library – School of Education Building – Bryan Building. Or, notify any Staff Senate Off-Campus Committee Member for pickup.

Or bring your donations to the kickball event on April 4, and help fill the vehicle.

More details about the event are at staffsenate.uncg.edu.

Photo: GCAS Facebook page.

2013 UNCG Summer Camps

032013Feature_MusicCampLooking into summer camp options? Several camps – including a new one for kids with AD/HD – are accepting applications for summer 2013:

UNCG Summer Music camp
This camp, now in its 31st season, provides music offerings for students in grades 6 through 12 in band, orchestra, chorus and piano. It will be offered two weeks:
July 7 – 12, 2013
July 14 – 19, 2013

“America’s most popular music camp” anticipates more than 1,750 campers this year. It is led by Dr. John Locke.

Information, a brochure and the registration form may be accessed at www.smcamp.org. The Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/UNCGSummerMusicCamp.

UNCG Young Writers’ Camp
This two-week camp, in its second year, is for students in grades 3-12. It will be offered July 15-July 26, 2013, in the UNCG School of Education Building.

Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging, and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers, and supports a variety of writing styles. Visit www.youngwriterscampuncg.weebly.com for registration and additional information.

All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp
The All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp is designed to give in-depth, hands-on instruction in the arts, sciences, and technology. The camp also includes recreation, citizenship and multicultural entertainment. It offers one-week sessions for ages 7-15 at UNCG and NC State, and is operated by UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning. There are overnight and all-day options. Its week at UNCG is July 21-26, 2013.

It offers a 10 percent discount for UNCG faculty and staff.

Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see details – or to register. The Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Arts-Sciences-Technology-Camp/97646321776

N.C. Summer Program for Kids
The North Carolina Summer Program for Kids is a highly structured, fun and supportive summer day camp program for 7 to 12-year-olds with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) that brings together the psychological treatment expertise of the AD/HD Clinic at UNCG and the specialized teaching expertise of Noble Academy.

This new program is a modified version of the highly successful Summer Treatment Program (STP) originally developed by Dr. William E. Pelham. Due to its consistent research support and strong appeal to parents and children alike, the STP has been recognized as a model program by numerous national groups. The NC Summer Program for Kids is the only program in North Carolina modeled after Dr. Pelham’s STP. The program, on the campus of Noble Academy, will run from June 17 through August 2. For more details, visit www.ncsummerprogramforkids.org or call Dr. Jennifer Sommer at 336-346-3192, ext. 304.

UNCG Summer Sport Camps
Girls’ and boys’ basketball, baseball, softball, girls’ and boys’ soccer, tennis, volleyball and lacrosse are offered as part of the UNCG Athletics camps. Various ones are offered on select weeks. A discount of 10 percent for UNCG faculty and staff is offered. For more information and to register visit UNCGSportsCamps.com

Summer Dance Technique Intensive
The Department of Dance offers the Summer Dance Technique Intensive, a program designed for the intermediate/advanced level upper-age high school dance student and college/university dancers. The intensive runs for one week: June 10 – 14.

Applicants are required to supply contact information for two dance instructors, to speak to student technical level. Fees will be assessed through the Division of Continual Learning. Details are at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/summer-dance-intensive/.

“IT is for Girls” Summer Camp
UNCG is working in collaboration with Guilford County Schools to increase awareness about IT education and careers among middle-school girls. A camp will be held July 8-12, 2013. Participants will create animations and video games using MIT’s “SCRATCH” software, design web pages, develop Android mobile apps, create a video production, work with LEGO Robotics and more. Details for this camp at the Bryan School are at http://wiit.uncg.edu/registration_info.htm

By Mike Harris

Eleven free concerts this week in Aycock

032013Feature_AycockA concert by the UNCG Wind Ensemble will be one of the many free performances offered on the UNCG campus March 20-23 as part of the 2013 College Band Directors National Association conference.

Dr. John Locke and Dr. Kevin Geraldi are serving as conference hosts. All of the 11 concerts are in Aycock Auditorium, and are free and open to the public. Seating is general admission.

The UNCG Wind Ensemble, conducted by Locke and Geraldi, will perform Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m. The concert will feature world premieres of four new compositions by leading composers, as well as the Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky. A choir of 120 voices and the McIver Quartet, UNCG’s faculty string quartet, will join the Wind Ensemble in this performance.

See details and the schedule at http://www.cbdna2013.org/. If you are unable to attend, you may hear the concerts at the new live-stream site http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/smtd-live

Building under construction destroyed by fire

More than 60 firefighters contained a 4-alarm structure fire at the Spartan Village construction site on Lee Street March 14. The fire, reported just after 9 p.m., destroyed an unoccupied apartment building under construction. No injuries were reported.

The vast majority of UNCG students were away from campus for Spring Break.

Phase 1 of Spartan Village was intended to house 800 students in four apartment-style buildings beginning August 2013. The damaged building represented about one-fourth of that housing capacity.

“The other three buildings were not affected and continue under their scheduled construction path,” Associate Vice Chancellor Michael Byers said yesterday. “Housing & Residence Life is working with students who were signed up to live in the affected building this August to get them reassigned.”

While firefighters worked to contain the fire Thursday night, university officials quickly sought to assist students residing in Lofts on Lee, university-owned housing located beside the scene of the fire. They had been evacuated as a precautionary measure. The students would not be able to return to their apartments until the fire at the construction site was extinguished and officials determined they could return.

UNCG Housing and Residence Life, within moments of the first notice of the fire, began coordinating with the Red Cross, UNCG Police and other university officials to assist any students who needed housing.

Over the next hour, two HRL staff members met with students at the EUC, three HRL staff members were at the UNCG Police Station, while four opened the Housing Office, preparing linens and making arrangements for rooms on campus that evening.

Some students stayed with family or friends. Twelve UNCG students were relocated to new housing on campus for the short term, says Chris Gregory, assistant director for Residence Life. UNCG Auxiliary Services provided funds to take care of their meals and laundry. The Lofts on Lee residents were able to return to their apartments Sunday at 5 p.m.

In a message to the campus community, Chancellor Linda P. Brady thanked the Greensboro Fire Department, as well as UNCG emergency responders, the Greensboro Police Department, and the Red Cross.

“Residence halls can be rebuilt, but human life is precious,” the chancellor said. “Together we will rebuild and continue to celebrate the strength of the UNCG community.”

Task Force on Children at UNCG presents report

UNCG serves thousands of children each year, through a wide range of programs. This is part of UNCG’s long heritage of service and community engagement.

Responding to what came to light in 2012 about a pattern of abuse at Penn State, Chancellor Linda P. Brady determined that UNCG should devote a major effort to identifying both best practices and risks that all UNCG programs that serve children should be aware of.

The resulting Task Force on Children at UNCG, led by Vice Chancellor Jim Clotfelter, consisted of 28 members throughout campus. They worked throughout the fall and early winter.

Clotfelter presented the group’s recommendations to the UNCG Board of Trustees March 7.

Clotfelter noted that the UNCG task force did not grow out of any concerns or allegations. Their work was a proactive step.

The task force identified 125 programs and activities at UNCG that serve an estimated 22,200 children and vulnerable populations. These programs range from the long-standing and well-known, such as the UNCG Music Camp, to more recent endeavors such as the Middle College at UNCG. The task force was impressed with the care and expertise their colleagues show in developing and managing the programs and activities.

Six recommendations from the report were presented to the board. Among them: “UNCG policy should expand to all university employees and students the duty to report suspected abuse of children and other vulnerable persons in connection with university-sponsored programs and activities.” Another was that “all faculty, staff and student employees who will be working with such populations in connection with UNCG programs and activities undergo a background check at the beginning of their involvement.”

Additionally, Imogene Cathey, interim university counsel, spoke about lessons that can be drawn from the Freeh Report, regarding what transpired at Penn State.

Several trustees had questions and ideas to consider about procedures the report recommends. The issue and the report are slated to be considered again at the next board meeting.

The full report is available at http://chancellor.uncg.edu/child_task_force/index.htm

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards April 5

The 2013 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, April 5, at 9 a.m. in the EUC Auditorium.

As our university celebrates the achievements and outstanding service of our colleagues, each recipient will be recognized by Chancellor Linda P. Brady and highlighted in short films created by UNCG students.

University Service Awards recipients with 30, 35 and 40 years of service will be recognized, and the following awards will be presented:
Alumni Teaching Excellence Award
Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
Student Learning Enhancement Award
UNC Board of Governors Teaching Award
University Staff Excellence Award

All are invited. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

‘Delivering Quality Health Care’

032013Feature_SkinnerThe 2013 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series, titled “Delivering Quality Health Care in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities,” will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

The keynote address, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Elliott University Center Auditorium, will be by Dr. Jonathan Skinner, the James O. Freeman Presidential Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. Skinner is one of the country’s leading experts on health care financing, a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Health Advisory Panel and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

A former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Resources, his research interests include the economics of government transfer programs, technology growth and disparities in health care, and the savings behavior of aging baby boomers.

A preceding panel discussion from 4:30-6 p.m. will feature Tim Rice, CEO of Cone Health; Edward Abraham, MD, dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine; and Charles Courtemanche, assistant professor of economics at Georgia State University.

This year’s lecture is hosted by the Department of Economics in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. See http://www.uncg.edu/aas/lectureseries/ or contact Stephen Holland at sphollan@uncg.edu or 334-4925 for more details.

Service-learning with distinction

Since the award’s inception in 2006, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named UNCG to its annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. And this year, UNCG has made the Honor Roll with Distinction shortlist.

During the 2011-12 academic year, UNCG students, faculty and staff performed 819,455 hours of community service. UNCG’s application to CNCS details several noteworthy service projects fostered by the university. Among them: Bringing Us Benches and Bus Shelters (BUBBS), GK–12, Industries of the Blind design project and the Peck Elementary String Program.

Information about service-learning at UNCG may be found at http://olsl.uncg.edu/service-learning/.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines

Linda Buettner memorial

Dr. Linda Buettner, a noted professor of Therapeutic Recreation who died last April, is being remembered later this month.

Through the generous support of students, friends and colleagues, a memorial will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 4 p.m., as the the Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation hosts a tree planting ceremony just outside of the Therapeutic Recreation Lab located at 247 Ferguson Building.

Through her visionary leadership and commitment, Buettner helped shape and guide the fields of therapeutic recreation and gerontology, noted Dr. Stuart Schleien, chair of the department. “As an inspirational teacher and researcher, and internationally recognized scholar, Lin pioneered non-pharmacological interventions for people living with dementia.”

For further information, you may contact Amy Chandler, administrative assistant for the department, at 334-5327.

Alumni House reservations

Did you know rooms in the Alumni House may be reserved by campus groups?

The Alumni House will begin accepting reservations for the 2013-14 academic year on Monday, April 1, 2013, starting at 9 a.m. All requests should be made online via the Alumni House Reservation/Inquiry Request web page at http://www.uncg.edu/ala/houseres. For additional information, contact John Comer at 6-1466.

The EUC Reservations Office will open its reservation books for 2013-14 a little later in the spring – on Monday, April 15.

Now can I recycle pizza boxes? Yes – and more.

This semester, the UNCG Commingled Recycling Program has expanded, ensuring more waste is diverted from the landfill. The changes in acceptable materials correspond with those in the City of Greensboro curbside recycling program – the programs use the same recycling facility.

Ben Kunka (Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling) met with Facility Services staff in all UNCG campus zones last month to discuss these big changes.

Some key changes:

  • Empty pizza boxes are now recyclable.
  • Empty yogurt containers are now recyclable.
  • Clean plastic cups, plates, lids and utensils along with clean paper cups and plates are now recyclable.
  • Plastic Bottle Caps should remain on bottles. The special Bottle Cap Recycling program has been eliminated because the caps can now be mixed in with UNCG’s commingled recycling program
  • The following items should be kept out of campus recycling bins: Styrofoam, plastic bags, aluminum foil, pie tins, snack wrappers and food waste.

Environmental sustainability is important for UNCG, Kunka notes. This program will divert more waste from the landfill.

If in doubt about what can and can’t be recycled, contact him at 334-5192 or recycle@uncg.edu.

More information is at http://facrecycling.uncg.edu/rcySrvc/index.html

2013 CDLC Fellows

The following School of Education faculty were awarded $3,000 fellowships from the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities for their collaborative work with members of diverse language communities:

  • Laura Gonzalez, CED, for Building Self-Efficacy for College Planning Tasks in Spanish-Speaking Parents. This collaborative project, which builds on previous partnership work with Asheboro City Schools and the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), will empower Spanish-speaking families by providing information about access to higher education opportunities for their children.
  • Nora Bird, Fatih Oguz, and Clara Chu, LIS, for Preserving Montagnard Refugee Cultural Heritage through Intergenerational Dialogue. This project seeks to understand and preserve the cultural heritage of a unique language community by collecting oral histories from community elders, and facilitating the intergenerational transmission of cultural priorities among the Montagnard population in North Carolina and beyond. The resulting digital materials will preserve the culture of this diverse language community and increase the project’s reach.
  • Belinda Hardin, SES, and Silvia Bettez, ELC, with Million Mekonnen, African Services Coalition, and Raleigh Bailey, Center for New North Carolinians, for Textured Dialogues: A Tapestry of Immigrant Perspectives on Education. This community-driven, collaborative project strengthens the partnership between UNCG and various immigrant and refugee communities in our region as they collectively produce a tapestry and book to represent how their respective communities view education. Ultimately, this unique arts-based project will produce a lasting artifact that can be shared and displayed widely.
  • Bev Faircloth, Shirley Atkinson and, Ye He, TEHE, for Middle Grades English Learners Craft a Sense of School Belonging. This project addresses psychosocial aspects of a school/learning environment that are critical to develop in order to assist English learners to become agents in their own learning. Working with English learners and teachers at Forsyth Middle School around the notion of belonging in this diverse school will yield useful information and strategies that can be shared with other educators.

More information about the work of the CDLC can be found at http://cdlc.uncg.edu