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Archives for April 2013

Spring 2013 Staff Stars celebration

Group photo of staff star recipientsThe UNCG Staff Stars represent the best of what UNCG is all about.

Chancellor Brady emphasized this as she presented Staff Stars Awards to 21 members of staff. She read what the nominating co-workers or supervisors had to say about them and their service to the university.

As she read, themes emerged of positive spirit, a ready smile, going above and beyond – and providing a supportive environment for our students.

“You make an incredible difference to our university, our faculty – and to all who call UNCG home,” she said.

The ceremony on a warm, spring day was lighter than it typically has been, with more smiles and even laughter.

Those honored were:
Geoff Bailey, Learning Assistance Center
Bethany Brown, Psychology
Kory Burgess, Housing and Residence Life
Helen Burns, Housekeeping
Ray Carney, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Matt Catanzarite, Center for Geographic Information Science
Jennie Gouker, Undergraduate Student Excellence
Alfred Hanes, Facilities Operations
Andre Hill, Undergraduate Admissions
Jeff Melton, Housekeeping
Katherine Pashal, Parking Operation and Campus Access Management
Bryan Payne, Facilities Services
John Pearce, Facilities Services
Emilie Peterson, Psychology
Trish Plunkett, Undergraduate Studies
Debora Reid, Housekeeping
Audrey Sage, University Libraries
Suzanne Schmutz, Graduate School
Anna Tapp, Center for Geographic Information Science
Douglas Taylor, Bryan School
Pat Turner, University Registrar’s Office
Tom White, Facilities Operations

By Mike Harris
Visual on this page: honorees after ceremony. On CW main page: John Pierce, second shift supervisor in Facilities Services, with Chancellor Brady. Photography by Wesley Brown

 

Let the game begin! And mercifully end

Photo of Dr. Seung-Hyun Lee at kickball gameThe faculty won big. The Animal Shelter won bigger.

“We’ve got a beautiful day for a ball game don’t we,” Ray Carney (Chemistry & Biochemistry) announced from the mound just before the inaugural UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball game. It was part of a drive for the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

“The truck is almost full. If nothing else, that makes it a success,” he said.

Chancellor Brady threw, um, rolled out the first pitch. The National Anthem was played. And Carney announced, “Let the game begin.”

Faculty scored first 1-0. Staff left a runner stranded on third in the bottom of the first.

The Faculty team started a chant: “One to zip, one to zip.” Dr. Vidya Gargeya (Bryan School) and Dr. Beth Walker (Women & Gender Studies), both sporting a large Spartan daisy in their hair, were literally dancing.

Dr. Anthony Chow (LIS) kicked the first home run, to center field.

“Eight – zip,” Gargeya informed the crowd. “Ten – zero, ten- zero,” he announced later in the inning.

Dr. Chris Poulos (Communication Studies) kicked the game’s second home run.

After three innings, the score was 14 to 0, as Faculty dominated. Gargeya and Walker used their bodies to spell out the winning team’s name: CAT HERD.

233 were in attendance, Jason Marshburn (Emergency Management) said.

The first Staff player to score? Kelly Bailey Meris (Graduate School). The scoreboard read 24-2 when the game came to an end.

But the real score was found inside the Animal Shelter drive truck. Doug Taylor (Bryan School) and other members of the Staff Senate Off-Campus Service Committee were still collecting items in the late innings. Seven large containers were full and packed up; two were half-full. About 2,000 pounds of animal food had been collected, he explained. A variety of donations were made, including animal bedding.

Jan Albrecht (ITS) noted that Marsha Williams, director of the shelter, had been on hand. She told them that quantity of donations will save hundreds of animals’ lives, said Albrecht, who chairs the committee. A great team of staff members had been a part of the successful drive, she noted – and that it was a campuswide effort. Plus more would come in, in the following days. “Everyone had a hand in making it successful.”

There is already talk on campus of a rematch next year. Till then, faculty can savor the win.

By Mike Harris
Visual: Dr. Seung-Hyun Lee (Media Studies) boots the ball for the Faculty. Photo by Clayton English.

 

ASAP with DSBA? That wins XOXO’s

Photo of honorees after the ceremonyMany departments and programs at UNCG have adopted UNCG’s Integrated Marketing & Strategic Communication (IMSC) guidelines. They have used the UNCG Brand Guide, taken part in communications lunch & learn gatherings or called on members of University Relations for advice.

And they have created impactful communication pieces – from viewbooks to posters, from brochures to web pages and student guides – that resonate with students, prospective students and other audiences.

Five units were quick to seize upon the results of this IMSC initiative, since its launch last spring:

  • School of Education
  • Student Affairs
  • University Libraries
  • Admissions
  • Bryan School

Representatives from these five units received special recognition in a ceremony April 25 as effective, early adopters. They have created outstanding communication materials with visual style and wording that help tie their program to the broader university’s branding.

Helen Hebert, associate vice chancellor for university relations, praised them at the ceremony for “pushing the envelope.” She showed striking examples of their work, which serve as helpful examples for other campus departments.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady noted how the communications messaging – with the line “Do Something Bigger Altogether” – resonates with students and prospective students.

We are one university, she stressed. “It is very important that we focus on those characteristics that make us distinctive.”

A campuswide committee of faculty, staff and students gathered three years ago to begin research from the ground up, which would ultimately result in the IMSC guidelines, Hebert explained. Three UNCG characteristics emerged that receive particular focus in this branding communication: community engagement, challenging academics and a supportive environment.

Five years ago, the university lacked a cohesive marketing message. Now our campus has a unifying narrative, she explained.

At the UNCG Brand Guide, those who create materials may find resources for communicating in a manner that aligns with the UNCG brand and helps them meet their marketing and communication goals by highlighting UNCG’s unique strengths.

As one paragraph of the Brand Guide summarizes, “UNCG stands apart not only by the people we attract, but by the difference they make. At our university, what matters in addition to what is taught is how the lessons learned are carried forward. UNCG’s challenging programs, supportive environment and engaged community form a learning experience that empowers us all to do something bigger altogether.”

Next year, Hebert announced, there will be a formal process for a year-end recognition of those effectively leveraging the UNCG Brand Guide and communications guidelines.

Questions? Contact Helen Hebert at hdhebert@uncg.edu or Debbie Schallock at drschall@uncg.edu.

By Mike Harris
Visual on this page: Honorees after the ceremony. On CW main page: Rachel Williams and Dr. Meredith Walther accepted accolades on behalf of the School of Education. Dean Wixson did, as well. Photography by Wesley Brown.

 

UNCG joins international Talloires Network

UNCG is known for community engagement and a global outlook. Those characteristics are highlighted now that UNCG is a member campus of the international Talloires Network.

UNCG ‘s membership to the Talloires Network places UNCG within an international community of universities that are committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. Joining more than 280 presidents and chancellors across 69 countries, Chancellor Linda P. Brady has signed the Talloires Declaration on the Civic Roles and Social Responsibilities of Higher Education, a requirement to join the network. Dr. Penelope Pynes, associate provost for international programs, will serve as our university’s liaison to the network.

This additional resource and affiliation will be especially important given UNCG’s chosen QEP topic, Global Engagement, initially proposed by Pynes and Dr. Jerry Pubantz.

Pynes states, “I really appreciate the honor of serving as liaison for this international network. Both internationalism and community engagement are distinctive strengths at UNCG and I look forward to exploring how we can enhance both areas, linking them together more intentionally.”

More information about UNCG’s membership to the Talloires Network, as well as community engagement activities, partnerships and resources may be found at http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/scholarly-resources/engaged-resources.aspx#membership

 

Incorporating sustainability into the curriculum

UNCG faculty are invited to a workshop intended to incorporate sustainability into new and existing courses. On August 12 and 13, 2013, the FTLC, Academic Sustainability Coordinator Dr. Aaron Allen, and faculty and staff experts on sustainability will hold a faculty development workshop to further sustainability education at UNCG. Full-time faculty from any department are encouraged to apply; participants will receive $250 upon successful completion of the workshop.

Applicants should submit one sample course syllabus that will be revised to incorporate sustainability-related content and/or learning outcomes. The course may be one that currently does or does not include sustainability, and it may be one that is currently offered or is planned for future offering.

The deadline to apply is May 10, 2013, and participants will be notified by May 17. The brief application is online at http://form.jotform.us/form/31053813588153 . Address any questions to Aaron_Allen@uncg.edu.

 

Arbor Day and Earth Day and a Japanese Maple

Grounds and International Programs staff and students plant a Japanese MapleA few shovels and some helping hands did the trick.

On April 22, Grounds and International Programs staff and students gathered to plant a Japanese Maple beside the west side of the Dining Hall, at the newly named Moran Commons and Plaza.

Chris Fay, director of Grounds, noted that Moran was chancellor when he arrived at UNCG – and a lot of great improvements to the grounds happened on Moran’s watch.

Kevin Siler, who has been on the Grounds staff for five years, had prepared the small area at the northwest corner of the building with Tennessee River Stone. The idea, he explained, is that the tree limbs will drape over the stones, for a pleasing effect. And the stones may discourage cut-through traffic as well.

At the same time, other members of Grounds were planting grass seed near Cotten Residence Hall and adding mulch around trees. Later in the morning, phlox would be planted near steps at Grey Residence Hall. Newly moved Chinese pistachio trees were nearby.

Fay explained that work at the Moran Commons & Plaza will continue up until the time of the Moran Commons & Plaza dedication ceremony Wednesday, May 1, 4 p.m.

“The landscaping never stops. We’ll keep improving it till that day.”

Story and photo by Mike Harris.

2013 Spring Commencement May 10

Image of graduates at commencementSpring commencement will take place Friday, May 10, at the Greensboro Coliseum. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

Currently, 2,726 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees have applied for May graduation.

Complete details may be accessed at Commencement Central.

Staying current with UNCG? There’s an app for that.

050113Feature_UNCGMobileHave an iPad or iPhone? Or a smartphone perhaps?

UNCGmobile helps you stay connected to UNCG.

This new, free app keeps you updated with UNCG news and events.

Plus you have ready access to the library catalog, course content, campus maps, Spartan Alert, UNCG YouTube channels, Spartan sports, the university public calendar and more.

Todd Sutton in ITS partnered with Blackboard Mobile to create the app. It includes links to other mobile web sites created by other campus developers.

“The app was created to provide a central source for mobile device users to find UNCG resources and information,” explains Sutton, who is university webmaster for ITS.

Details about the UNCGmobile app – including where you can find and install it – are at http://its.uncg.edu/uncgmobile

 

Sustainability moves forward at UNCG

Campus photo of Foust BuildingThe UNCG Sustainability Council Sustainability Principles, part of their operating papers, were endorsed last week at the year-end General Faculty meeting. Earlier in the year, Staff Senate and the Student Government Association endorsed them as well.

Scott Milman and Dr. Aaron Allen are current co-chairs of the UNCG Sustainability Council.

They have led the revision process for the Sustainability Council Operating Papers based on feedback from faculty, staff and students.

The papers and principles – in an earlier form – were originally drafted under Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker and Jorge Quintal.

The opening paragraph of the papers state:
“Sustainability in institutions of higher education is characterized by activities that are ecologically sound, socially just, economically viable, and aesthetically engaged. Sustainable institutions emphasize these components in day-to-day operations and in curriculum and research, thereby preparing students to recognize challenges, develop solutions, and model behaviors that contribute to a regenerative, healthful, beautiful, and just world.”

The papers also note that sustainability is one of the core values of UNCG cited in the 2009-14 Strategic Plan.

That plan called for the development of a Sustainability Council that formed during the fall of 2011 to “support activities in academics and sustainable practices.” The papers seen at last week’s faculty meeting articulated the purpose, scope and membership of the Sustainability Council and clarified its operational procedures.

The operating papers also include Sustainability Principles that are broad-based and provide the basis for the development of a university Sustainability Policy.

By Mike Harris

Updated May 1, 10:30 a.m. to correct one name spelling.

 

PWP winners for Spring 2013

A total of 92 UNCG employees completed a new online Personal Wellness Profile (PWP) during a special promotional period this spring. As you may recall, CW helped promote the initiative – one person would win an iPad.

That winner was Cheryl Cross (University Libraries). She tells CW, “The PWP was pretty easy to take.” And that she learned some valuable things as a result.

Additionally, several departments or programs in this promotion won a special Lunch with the Chancellor. These are Sustainability, Academic Assessment and the Warren Ashby Residential College.

Look for another, similar PWP online promotion in the fall, from HealthyUNCG.

The Personal Wellness Profile is a general health assessment that measures overall health and well-being.

If you have any questions regarding HealthyUNCG or the PWPs, email healthy_uncg@uncg.edu.

 

UNCG wins federal grant to recruit, train culturally diverse librarians

A federal grant of almost $450,000 will support UNCG’s Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program as it continues to recruit and train culturally diverse librarians.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program, administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will provide $442,063 to support the Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars: New Americans for Community College Librarianship. ACE Scholars is designed to increase cultural diversity in UNCG’s program and in the library and information field as a whole.

Principal investigator Dr. Nora Bird, assistant professor of library and information studies, and co-principal investigator Michael Crumpton, assistant dean of UNCG University Libraries, say increasing diversity in the field is essential to keep up with the changing face of America and the Triad. This award marks the third IMLS grant to fund ACE Scholars. The first grant of $862,000 supported the training of 14 ACE Scholars who completed their MLIS in spring 2011. The second grant of $889,401 supports 20 ACE Scholars, the majority who are expected to complete their MLIS this spring.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Michelle Hines

 

 

Special Education Services students make a difference

Photo of Shontria Fonville and Belinda Hardin at the Human RaceThe students in SES 460 designed a T-shirt to sell and raise money supporting mental health awareness and to honor the families of Newtown, Conn., according to Dr. Belinda Hardin (Special Education Services). “We raised $339.87 to donate to the Mental Health Association of Greensboro. Also, the parent co-instructor for the course, Andrea Worthington, and an SES doctoral student, Dionne Busio, were instrumental in making sure the project was implemented.” To further raise awareness for mental health, some of the students and faculty in the class participated in The Human Race, a 5K walk in April. SES 460 student Shontria Fonville said, “It brought me great joy to help advocate for individuals with mental health challenges. After such an amazing experiencing and meeting other people with deep passion to help the community, I can only excitedly look forward to showing continued support.”

Visual at the Human Race: Shontria Fonville and Belinda Hardin

Crawford and Diaz awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Photo of A’Isha Crawford in PeruTwo UNCG students, A’Isha Crawford and Pablo Diaz, have won Fulbright scholarships that will carry them abroad for a year to continue their research.

Crawford, a senior political science major with minors in sociology and Spanish, will graduate in May and spend 2014 in Malaysia, teaching English.

Diaz will complete a graduate degree in nanoscience in May. A native of Colombia who double-majored in science and economics as an undergraduate, he will study at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Visual: A’Isha Crawford in an earlier international journey
By Michelle Hines

Exam-time offerings at Minerva statue

Photo of offering at Minerva StatueWith each passing semester, Campus Weekly has observed more offerings left at the base of the Minerva statue at exam-time. This year, the offerings began early. Tuesday morning (two days before exams begin), there were a sprig of flowers, one apple and something never seen before: a tiny note. It was addressed simply to M.

Jo Leimenstoll leads Interior Architecture students to top place at historic Woodlawn

Portrait of Jo LeimenstollJo Ramsay Leimenstoll (Interior Architecture) led a team of students in the All American House competition at historic Woodlawn, near Mount Vernon. They won first prize for their interior design in the family parlor of the grand home, and third prize for the first floor passageway. The student’s intensive design work began in the fall semester – and is on view now at the historic site in Alexandria, Va. The unique showcase event is a collaboration of MADE: In America and the National Trust. The Woodlawn estate, carved by George Washington from his Mount Vernon estate, is run by the National Trust. An article about the competition was in last Friday’s Washington Post.

Her graduate students can get a certificate in historic preservation or specialize in it. Advanced undergraduates can take some of the historic preservation related courses too. “A lot of that comes because I am very engaged in historic preservation,” she explains. “I’m a preservation architect.”

Additionally, Leimenstoll was invited to speak at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, days before she and the students filled the Woodlawn rooms with their design work. The gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution, was premiering an exhibition on the nineteenth-century woodwork craftsmanship of North Carolina’s Thomas Day, on whom she is an expert. A Washington Post piece on the exhibition is here.

She co-authored with Patricia Phillips Marshall the book “Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color.”

She is chair of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Board of Directors, and she is the immediate past chair of the Preservation North Carolina Board of Directors.

As historic preservation coordinator for UNCG’s Department of Interior Architecture, she draws to our campus students who are inspired to preserve historic structures.

“I believe that the historic built environment is profoundly important to communities and individuals because it provides us with a sense of identity and orientation,” she has said. “Knowing who we were allows us to ask questions about who we are and who we are becoming.”

See full story about her students’ award-winning work at Woodlawn, in UNCG Now.

Looking ahead: May 1, 2013

Moran Commons & Plaza Dedication
Wednesday, May 1, 4 p.m., near Fountain

Trustees meeting
Thursday, May 2, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

FTLC semester’s final gathering
Thursday, May 2, 4 p.m., Faculty Center

Softball vs. College of Charleston (DH)
Saturday, May 4 , 1 p.m.

SoCon Softball Championship tournament begins
Wednesday, May 8, UNCG Softball Stadium

Spring commencement
Friday, May 10, 10 a.m., Coliseum

Staff Senate social
Tuesday, May 14, 5:30 p.m., M’Couls Public House

Baseball vs. Duke
Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m.

New Computer Lab in Graham Building

This fall, ITS will open a new computer lab in 313 Graham Building. This will be the largest teaching lab on campus with 60 client workstations. Full story in the ITS Newsletter.

Faculty Senate Chair will serve two years, non-tenure track faculty may now be senators

Revisions to the General Faculty Constitution were approved at last week’s meeting of the General Faculty.

Chair John Lepri explains that while the revised Constitution reaffirms an essential role for tenure-stream faculty, thus safeguarding their ability to speak out on difficult topics, it now empowers non-tenure track faculty with eligibility to serve as Faculty Senators. Audience discussion emphasized Senate representation as an essential component in “professionalizing” and diversifying the roles possible for the more than 200 non-tenure track faculty who are full-time employees at UNCG, he added.

Also, the constitution now aligns future chairs of the UNCG Faculty Senate to serve for two years, permitting better use of their experience, starting July 2015.

Program to introduce girls to IT honored with grant

UNCG’s IT is for Girls summer camp, an annual program designed to introduce and involve girls in the information technology field, has been awarded a 2013 Aspire IT Middle School Outreach Program Pilot Fund Award by the National Center for Women in IT.

UNCG’s IT is for Girls program was started in 2009 by Lakshmi Iyer, an Information Systems and Supply Chain Management faculty member in the Bryan School of Business and Economics. The program exposes and educates middle and high school girls to careers in computing and information technology. Registration is open for the 2013 middle school program, which will be held July 8-12, 2013, on campus.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Portrait of Roy SchwartzmanDr. Roy Schwartzman, professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons Online Education Fellow, has won the 2013 National Association of Communication Centers Joyce Ferguson Top Faculty Research Paper Award. The winning paper, “Lurching Toward Digitality: Synchronous Online Chats and the Next Generation of Communication Centers,” is posted on http://academia.edu/.

Shultz/Etnier

Dr. Sandy Shultz and Dr. Jennifer Etnier will be inducted this fall into the National Academy of Kinesiology, an organization committed to the promotion and study of the art and science of human movement. Academy fellows are selected based on their significant contributions to the study of human movement and physical activity. Shultz is a professor of kinesiology and co-director of the Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory. She is a noted expert in ACL injuries in females and conducts research with a goal of determining the underlying factors that increase a female’s susceptibility for ACL injury. Etnier, also a professor of kinesiology, researches physical activity and cognition.

Gonzalez/Hines/Borders

Three faculty members in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development, Dr. Laura M. Gonzalez, Dr. Erik M. Hines and Dr. L. DiAnne Borders, received internal funding this spring to pilot a six-week parent curriculum they created in both English and Spanish. The three developed the parent curriculum (along with Dr. Villalba, now at Wake Forest) with funding from a College Access Challenge Grant grant to UNC General Administration and the College Foundation of North Carolina (located on the UNCG campus). The curriculum was developed to inform and support parents as they worked with their children on the steps of planning for college/career options.

With funding from the School of Education Dean’s Office, Hines and Borders oversaw the delivery of the curriculum to African American parents and grandparents at Smith High School. With funding from the Coalition for Diverse Language Communities, Gonzalez and Donna Weaver (CFNC/GEAR UP services manager) delivered the parent curriculum to Spanish-speaking middle school and high school parents in the Asheboro City School system.

The three faculty members collected pre-post data at both locations. They are working with Deana Hasty, SOE pre-award research coordinator, to identify external funding opportunities for larger scale implementation and validation studies.

Dr. Amanda Tanner

Portrait of Amanda TannerDr. Amanda Tanner (Public Health Education) received new funding from Wake Forest University Health Services for the project “Using CBPR to Reduce HIV Risk Among Immigrant Latino MSM.” The Southeast has the fastest-growing Latino population in the United States and at the same time carries a disproportionate HIV burden, the abstract notes. This community-university partnership proposes to jointly conduct a five-year quasi-experimental study.

See/hear: May 1, 2013

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The first UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball is in the record books. And Michael Frierson (Media Studies) had his video-camera to capture the sights and sounds of the game. The sounds? Cheering and the thump of foot meeting the ball – and the occasional “Kick that ball!” or “We need someone in right!” The sights? Lots of people having an excellent time. Enjoy Frierson’s video.

Lynne Pearcey retiring as Nursing School dean

Dr. Lynne G. Pearcey Portrait of Lynne Pearceywill retire on June 30 after serving 23 years as dean of UNCG’s School of Nursing (SON).

Provost David H. Perrin said, “Lynne has provided exemplary leadership to our School of Nursing for over two decades. The school now offers highly selective educational programs at the undergraduate, master’s and PhD levels, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree has recently been approved for establishment by the UNC Board of Governors. Dean Pearcey’s legacy is one of excellence as evidenced by the school’s recognition as a National League of Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for three consecutive terms.”

Pearcey will be succeeded on July 1 by Dr. Robin E. Remsburg, who is a 1982 graduate of the School of Nursing. Remsburg is coming from George Mason University where she is currently director of the School of Nursing and associate dean for the College of Health and Human Services.

Pearcey joined UNCG in 1989 as professor and associate dean, coming from the University of South Alabama-Mobile. She was named interim dean in 1990 and received the permanent appointment as dean in 1991. She earned her BSN at Eastern Kentucky University, and her MSN and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Kentucky.

A strong leader, she came to be known affectionately as “the Nike Dean” in Deans Council. Why? “Occasionally, I just spoke up and said ‘Just Do It’ (Nike’s slogan) and let’s make a decision.” She incorporated two guiding principles in her work philosophy. One was “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” The second was “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

As dean, Pearcey oversaw continued growth of the school, both in numbers and in degrees offered. The Ph.D. in Nursing began in 2005 with a total of 12 students and the school has been authorized by the UNC system to begin offering a second doctorate, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, in fall 2015. The RN to BSN program was established in 1991. The School of Nursing and Bryan School of Business & Economics collaborated to establish the combined MBA/MSN degree. As online degree programs were started at UNCG, MSN concentrations in nursing education and nursing administration were moved online.

The school’s programs have achieved recognition. After all of the graduates of the MSN nurse anesthesia program passed the national certification exam in 1990, U.S. News & World Report ranked it 8th in the nation in 1996 and the program is regularly ranked among the nation’s top 10. The school’s gerontology nurse practitioner program has also been ranked. For 2005-08, the school was named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for Ongoing Faculty Development by the National League of Nursing, holding the designation for another term 2008-11.

In her 22 years, she has seen almost 5,000 students complete degrees – 3,165 BSN graduates (including both BSN and RN- to BSNs), 1,790 MSN graduates, and 30 Ph.D. graduates. The number of graduates has grown from 138 in 1991 to 251 this year. Enrollment has jumped 45 percent, from 698 to 1,010. There were 30 faculty and five staff on hand in 1991; today there are 65 faculty and 20 staff.

Pearcey never lost touch with the school’s past, and she collaborated with Dr. Eloise R. Lewis, the school’s founding dean, until Lewis’ death in 1999.

Colleagues, alumni, friends, community members, faculty, staff and students, have honored Pearcey by creating the Dean’s Endowed Faculty Professional Development Fund. They also honored her with a hand-crafted quilt, with squares made by faculty members and staff that will hang in the school until Pearcey and her husband retire to Florida.

By Steve Gilliam

 

Moran Commons & Plaza dedication May 1

Dr. Moran poses in front of sign for the Moran Commons and Plaza named in his honor.The dedication of the William E. Moran Commons and Plaza will be May 1, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the Fountain area, next to the Dining Hall’s main entrance.

All are invited to attend.

Moran served as chancellor from 1979 to 1994, during which time he oversaw $125 million in capital improvements. Those projects included construction of the Ferguson Building, the Health and Human Performance Building, the Music Building, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the launching of the Spring Garden Streetscape project.

He was aggressive in using non-state funds in areas such as the first major renovation to the Dining Hall and expansion of the residence halls as well as construction of the Student Recreation Center, soccer stadium and Walker Avenue parking deck.

Moran helped lead the campus’ first capital campaign in the early 1980s, which raised more than $13.5 million. In the early 1990s, the Second Century Campaign resulted in gifts of more than $55 million. As a result, the university’s endowment grew from $4 million in 1979 to $43 million in 1994.

The William E. Moran Commons and Plaza includes the Fountain, Plaza and Dining Hall.

Full story at the UNCG Now site.

By Beth English

 

UNCG-trained teachers get high marks from employers

Teacher assists student with experiment.UNCG’s School of Education ranked among the nation’s best education schools in the most recent US News and World Report survey. Employer satisfaction played a key role in that strong showing, says the school’s dean, Dr. Karen Wixson.

When surveyed in 2012, employers of UNCG teacher education graduates reported that these teachers are knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach, understand state and national expectations for student achievement, and are well prepared to work with families and colleagues to promote student learning. Overall, employers rated their satisfaction with graduates of UNCG programs 3.44 out of 4.

Other data show that students entering UNCG teacher preparation programs have strong test scores and GPAs from their first two years of study in their major fields. While UNCG teacher education programs typically require a minimum 2.5 to 2.75 grade point average for admission, applicants actually begin their programs with a significantly higher average GPA of 3.27.

Full story at UNCG Now web page.

By Michelle Hines

 

Class of ‘63 record-breaking gift

Image of class of ’63 graduates carrying 1963 banner at reunion. Leave it to the Class of 1963 to make a name for itself – again. The last class to graduate from Woman’s College announced a record-breaking class gift of nearly $2 million to UNCG at its 50th reunion celebration last weekend.

The gift, a combination of cash and pledges totalling $1,974,000, will support the university’s Quad renovation; establish new scholarships and support existing ones, particularly the UNCG Guarantee; create program enrichment funds for departments; and support the university’s greatest needs.

Full story at UNCG Now web page.

By Betsi Robinson

 

Volunteer for SOAR 2013

Image of balloons at SOAR event.The Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs is looking for 2013 SOAR volunteers to help welcome new students and their families during the month of June.

SOAR volunteers are a team of UNCG faculty and staff who assist in greeting, guiding, and directing new Spartans and their families during SOAR.

There will be 8 freshman sessions this June: June 6-7, June 9-10, June 11-12, June 13-14, June 17-18, June 20-21, June 24-25 and June 27-28. The majority of the SOAR volunteer duties will be on the first day of SOAR between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Each volunteer will get a 2013 SOAR Volunteer t-shirt to wear while you are working and an invitation to SOAR Preview where there will be plenty of food and fun for all.

The SOAR Volunteer program offers flexible hours and excellent benefits to all of its volunteers. You can choose which sessions and times work best for you.

If you are willing and able to be a SOAR Volunteer, RSVP to Allison Schofield at apschofi@uncg.edu no later than Friday, May 3, 2013. Once you RSVP, a Google Doc will be shared with you where you can select which session, which day and which post you would like to help with.

 

Arrivederci, Patrick Lee Lucas

Portrait of Patrick Lee LucasThe Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons has regularly hosted get-together events this year to help faculty members from across disciplines get to know one another in a relaxed setting. This week’s event, on Thursday, April 25, at 4 p.m., features ice cream.

The final event of the semester at the Faculty Center – on May 2 – will offer the same opportunity . But it also offers a chance to say best wishes to Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas, FTLC’s executive director.

Lucas, who received the 2011 BOG Excellence in Teaching Award, will soon leave UNCG to join the University of Kentucky, as an IARC blog notes.

Organizers promise an Italian theme. (We’re hoping gelato will be served.) All UNCG faculty and staff are invited to this event.

The event is co-sponsored by the Lloyd International Honors College (where he was an inaugural faculty fellow and is teaching this semester), the Department of Art (which will display information about a Study in Florence program) and the FTLC.

The “Arrivederci, Patrick Lee Lucas” event is Thursday, May 2, 4-6 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

 

Anderson will receive honorary degree, deliver commencement speech

Portrait of Norman AndersonDr. Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association, distinguished scientist and graduate of UNCG’s master’s and doctoral programs in clinical psychology, will receive an honorary degree during the 2013 UNCG commencement ceremony. Anderson will also deliver the 2013 commencement address.

Spring commencement will take place Friday, May 10, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“I am honored to be asked to serve as the 2013 Commencement speaker at UNCG,” Anderson said. “My education at UNCG laid the foundation for my life’s work and I am pleased to be asked to share a few thoughts with the new graduates.”

Anderson has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a leader in the fields of psychology and health behavior, first as a scientist and tenured professor, and later as an executive in both governmental and nonprofit sectors. After earning advanced degrees from UNCG, he served on the faculty of Duke University and later at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

A former associate director of the National Institutes of Health, Anderson also was the founding director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research. He currently is serving his 11th year as CEO of the American Psychological Association, the nation’s largest organization for scientific and professional psychology, with 134,000 members including researchers, educators, clinicians and students.

Full story at UNCG Now web page.

By Michelle Hines

 

Looking ahead: April 24, 2013

General faculty meeting
Wednesday, April 24, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Faculty vs. Staff kickball game
Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m., Baseball Stadium

Last day of classes
Tuesday, April 30

Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia
Tuesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.,Aycock Auditorium

Moran Commons & Plaza Dedication
Wednesday, May 1, 4 p.m., near Fountain

Trustees meeting
Thursday, May 2, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

FTLC semester’s final gathering
Thursday, May 2, 4 p.m., Faculty Center

 

With the staff: March – mid April, 2013

Hello: Kenneth Lewis, Facilities Operations; Daniel Russell, Utilities Operations; Jennifer Sanborn, HDFS; Joseph D. Hall, Housekeeping

Good-bye: Nina Hammer, Mathematics & Statistics; David Reeves, Facilities Design & Construction; Antoinette Lewis, Housekeeping; Judy Pulliam, Public Safety & Police; Erich Bender, ITS

 

Student Affairs research published

A research report on Assessing Learning Outcomes: Student Employees in Student Affairs was published in the March-April issue of About Campus, a publication of the American College Personnel Association and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The report is authored by Dr. Erin Bentrim, Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, Garrett Kachellek and Wendy Powers. It reviews the findings of research conducted at UNCG between 2008-2010 to investigate undergraduate learning outcomes related to student employment across the Student Affairs division. The report can be found at www.myacpa.org.

Amnesty for overdue and lost books

This May, the UNCG Libraries are changing circulation systems and want as many items as possible returned before May 16 so that accounts may be cleared before the switch.

To help the effort they offer fee and fine amnesty. From April 24-May 16, you may return Jackson Library or Harold Schiffman Music Library lost or overdue books and pay no fines or fees. No questions asked.

Here’s the “fine print”: Fines and fees will only be waived for Libraries books returned during this period. No credit will be given towards fines or fees for reserves, technology or AV equipment, DVDs, damaged items, or on any items returned prior to April 24, 2013.

No refunds or credits can be given on items more than 6 months overdue.

If you are not ready to return some library materials, please plan to renew those items before May 16.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact the Access Services Department at 334-5304 or reserves@uncg.edu.