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Archives for June 2013

Farewell to stairwell at Dining Hall’s core

Photo of Dining Hall constructionAt the Dining Hall, another phase of renovation has begun. And it’s going to be a dramatic makeover.

This third phase of the four-phase project at the Dining Hall includes renovations in the east wing near College Avenue and the central core of the building.

This week, that central core is undergoing a transformation. “The stairwell is gone now,” said Fred Patrick, director of Facilities Design & Construction. “They’re jackhammering the concrete (near the stairs) now.”

With new stairs at the western and eastern sides of the building, students will be able to enjoy a better use of that central space. On the top floor will be a beautiful basilica-type dome.

“They’re installing pilings for structural support of the dome. Then they’ll build the dome.”

“It’s going to be amazing,” Patrick said.

When students return from Winter Break, they’ll enjoy that new dining area.

“In January, students will be eating under the dome,” he says. Several food preparation areas will be located there as well – including the new Mongolian Grill, directly under the center of the dome.

Also in January, they will enjoy steps leading from the College Avenue entrance onto the second floor. (A new stairway on the western side opened in December 2012.)

The first two phases of this four phase project are complete. The second phase included renovations in the existing northeast and northwest wings of the building – they are being used now for the serving of food, dining areas and a new dish washing room. Visitors to the Dining Hall saw that those areas were opened June 17.

The Dining Hall is part of the William E. Moran Commons and Plaza, dedicated last spring in honor of former Chancellor Moran.

In other construction sites on campus:

  • Reynolds Hall Renovation Construction contracts were recently approved and the contractors are mobilizing on this site to begin the removal of the old furniture and start demolition of areas being renovated.
  • Pedestrian Underpass Workers are currently pouring concrete for the tunnel walls under the railroad tracks. When completed, the walls and roof will have a unique pattern that will be enhanced by the tunnel lighting. The design of the north ramp and south plaza will accommodate handicap access and bicycle traffic. Completion of construction is currently targeted for late fall 2013.
  • Police Building Workers have completed the earthwork phase of construction and are now constructing the building’s foundations. Masonry construction and steel erection will occupy this summer’s work, with the building’s exterior and roofing system this fall. Completion of construction is currently scheduled for next spring.

In next CW: See a detailed preview of the dome and some dining offerings you’ll find under the dome.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson, of Fred Patrick at central stairwell as area is renovated.

Get discount on University Performing Arts Series tickets

Portrait of Maya AngelouTickets are now on sale for the 2013 University Performing Arts Series. And through July 31, you may get a 10 percent discount on Adult tickets.

The series kicks off Sept.14 with an Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou, the celebrated writer and speaker.

On Oct. 26, MC Lyte – a DJ, lyricist and inspirational speaker – will perform.

Kick back Feb. 22 for an evening of bluegrass music, as The Tony Rice Unit and Peter Rowan put on a lively jam session.

On April 9, doug elkins choreography, etc takes the stage with a merry band of dancers, actors and clowns.

All events begin at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus.

Get tickets at the Triad Stage Box Office, 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro, or by phone at 272-0160.

Visit http://performingarts.uncg.edu/upas for details on events and ticket prices – including discount prices for students and for UNCG employees. All discounts are subject to restriction.

By Michelle Hines

Solar becomes electric, at one UNCG building

Photo of workers installing solar panelsOn a sunny day, the newly installed solar panels will provide not only all the power the Sports Turf Maintenance Building needs – it will provide a little bit extra for the rest of campus.

The installation of the system on June 20 marked the first photovoltaic panels at UNCG. These aren’t just heating water, as some solar panels do. This building’s panels produce, at their sunniest peak, about 3 kilowatts of power. As they were being placed on the south-facing roof last Thursday, the building was using about 2 kilowatts at any given moment, noted Johnny Watterson, who managed the project. He is UNCG’s electrical engineer in Facilities Design and Construction.

He explained the process. Light energy from the sun is converted into DC electricity, which runs to an inverter in the building. There it is changed to AC – an alternating current – which is fed into the main electrical panel for the building. And any additional power becomes part of the university’s grid, for use beyond the building.

That’s a little less energy UNCG will need from Duke Power, he explains. Plus it will serve an educational purpose for our campus.

Jorge Quintal, associate vice chancellor for facilities, has been a driving force in bringing it to fruition.

“This is the first step in UNCG’s path to developing renewable energy on campus,” Quintal says. “This is an important project not only because it contributes, although modestly, towards UNCG’s carbon neutrality – it also will serve as a learning tool for students interested in alternative energy and other sustainability issues on campus.”

Interior Architecture students and faculty were very instrumental in this project. Students in Travis Hicks and Stoel Burrowes’ 301 class spoke with Fred Patrick, director of Facilities Design & Construction, about adding proof-of-concept PV panels as well as potential locations, and IARc 412 students did further work, Hicks notes. The final decision about where to place the panels was informed by the students’ research and drawings.

Southern Energy Management installed the system. Trey McDonald, UNCG sustainability coordinator, served as a liaison between different groups involved.

Any more plans for solar energy use on campus? “We included a photovoltaic array as part of the Pedestrian Underpass project,” Quintal says. “In addition we have completed preliminary studies for solar thermal systems in two residence halls in Spartan Village Student Housing Phase I. Each of these aligns with the plans established in the UNCG Climate Action Plan.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Trey McDonald

Yopp Institute supports first-year teachers

Anthony Sparks made it through his first year of teaching.

“It was a rollercoaster of emotions, stressful planning, working with parents,” says Sparks, a graduate of UNCG’s School of Education who teaches math at Page High School.

He was back in the classroom last week as part of UNCG’s Yopp Institute for Beginning Teachers. And he was surrounded by other teachers just like him.

“This is very helpful, helping us hash out our first year and learn from our mistakes,” he says. “The most important thing I get out of it is the fact that there is a commonality with what’s happening.That I’m not alone.”

The Yopp Institute is a free, two-day workshop held each summer. Only first-year teachers are accepted, and about 60 teachers from Guilford County and surrounding areas registered this summer.

Although the Yopp Institute is not limited to UNCG alumni, many of the teachers who attend are UNCG-trained teachers.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Michelle Hines

Nursing gets national nod for geriatrics education

062613Feature_NursingSchoolUNCG’s School of Nursing continues to win recognition for its geriatric nursing curriculum.

The School of Nursing is among six schools of nursing nationwide chosen by the National League for Nursing to receive 2013 Hearst Foundations Excellence in Geriatric Education Awards.

“The commitment of all nursing faculty to the development of nursing students’ competencies in working with older adults is the primary factor in sustaining the geriatric content in our curriculum and our culture,” says Beth Barba, who directs the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project run by the UNCG School of Nursing with support from the Greensboro Area Health Education Center. “We believe that because the faculty, students and the community have a sense of pride and ownership of the geriatric curriculum integration, then geriatric sustainability is more viable.”

Faculty from the School of Nursing will accept the award in September during the NLN Education Summit in Washington, D.C. They will present their innovative approaches to teaching geriatrics at a pre-summit workshop.

To be considered for the Excellence in Geriatric Education Awards, nursing faculty had to complete an ACES workshop and integrate those ideas into the school’s curriculum. Connie Rankin, a clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, completed the ACES training and took the lead in implementing ACES geriatric recommendations.

The School of Nursing’s geriatric curriculum has won three prior awards, all from the John D. Hartford Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

By Michelle Hines

Full story at UNCG NOW.

UNCG alumnus takes Tony Award for Best Play

062613Feature_HughHysellHugh Hysell, who graduated from UNCG in 1988 with a BFA in theater, has a Tony.

On June 9, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” took home the Tony for Best Play. Hysell’s company, HHC Marketing, produces the show, which stars David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver in a spoof of the plays of Anton Chekhov.

“It means the world to actually win a Tony Award,” Hysell says. “From the time I was a small kid I had a passion for theater and would watch the Tonys every year, dreaming that one day I would up there on that stage holding my own. Cut to 2013. Just to have the show nominated was a huge honor, but to run up on the stage when they announced the show won, well – that was a lifelong dream come true.”

By Michelle Hines

See full story at UNCG Now.

 

Enjoy concerts by UNCG camp students

062613Feature_MusicCampAbout 1,750 campers from 17 states and a few foreign countries will enhance their skills at the July 2013 sessions of the UNCG Music Camp. The camp, known as the most popular in America, is led by Dr. John Locke.

The campus community is welcome to attend the Friday night concerts and enjoy their music. All Friday night concerts are at 6:15 p.m. at various venues on campus.

Friday, July 12 (week one)
EUC, Cone Ballroom – Junior orchestra, Blue junior band
EUC Auditorium – Green beginner band, Gold beginner band
Taylor Theatre – White junior band, Purple junior band
Aycock Auditorium – Red junior band, Taylor senior band, Aycock senior band
Music Building Recital Hall – Piano soloists and Piano camp chorus

Friday, July 19 (week two)
EUC, Cone Ballroom – Junior orchestra, Red junior band
EUC Auditorium – Green beginner band, Gold beginner band
Taylor Theatre – White junior band, Purple junior band
Aycock Auditorium – Red junior band, Taylor senior band, Aycock senior band
Music Building Recital Hall – Piano soloists & Piano camp chorus; Senior mixed chorus

By Mike Harris
Visual: Locke conducts during last year’s camp.

Tons of paper recycled

At UNCG’s annual Shred-A-Thon in June, the largest amount of material in its history was collected. About 32,000 pounds (16 tons) was securely shredded and then recycled. That means about 432 trees were saved with this event, Ben Kunka (OWWR) reports, and valuable landfill space is preserved. The next Shred-A-Thon event will be the middle of June 2014. If you are a UNCG faculty/staff member, student or alumnus and you would like to be included in next year’s Shred-A-Thon communications, email recycle@uncg.edu with “Add me to Shred-A-Thon List” in the subject line.

Theater alumnus and Alumni Association board member David Ostergaard gets Emmy

062613Spotlight_Ostergaard

Actor David Ostergaard never expected a TV commercial for an Asheville computer shop to net him TV’s most coveted award, the Emmy. He took home the statuette earlier this month during the southeast regional awards ceremony in Atlanta.

Ostergaard, who graduated from UNCG in 2002 with a BFA in theater, is on the Board of Directors of the UNCG Alumni Association.

His theater company, Bright Star Touring Theatre, is in its 11th season. Adult actors are hired to perform shows for young people in shows touring across the United States.

Ostergaard estimates that about 900 audiences will enjoy Bright Star’s productions in the next year. About 30 shows are currently in the work.

“My company goes to UNCG every year to audition actors,” he says. “I love UNCG Theatre a lot.”

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Michelle Hines

Popular CW stories of 2012-13

Viewership numbers rose again last semester. Thank you for reading.

For the February through April weekly issues, CW averaged 2,822 “unique visitors” per issue, according to Google Analytics. That was a rise of 15 percent over the same issues the previous spring.

Construction and renovation projects have been big news. Among the most popular posts this academic year were the Fountain project and the Dining Hall project. The Pedestrian Underpass and the Quad preview piece were popular as well. Other popular posts included 2013 summer camps, the No. 1 spot on the Classical iTunes chart, the Faculty/Staff Excellence Awards, the Carolina Chocolate Drops show, the free planetarium shows and the No. 8 national ranking in social mobility. (If you missed any of these stories, click on the links to enjoy them.)

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Looking ahead: June 26, 2013

Play, “God of Carnage”
Thursday, June 27, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Play, “Tennessee Playboy”
Friday, June 28, 8 p.m., Triad Stage

Play, “Noodle Doodle Box”
Saturday, June 29, 2 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Exhibition opens, “Resolutely Matisse”
Saturday, July 6, Weatherspoon

EMF concert, Ignat Solzhenitsyn
Monday, July 8, 8 p.m., Music Building

Film, “Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project”
Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Concert, 3 summer camp bands
Friday, July 12, Aycock Auditorium

With the staff: June 2013

Hello: Casey Thomas, African American Studies; Margaret Felka, Housing and Residence Life; Cynthia Dungee, Housing and Residence Life; Michelle Miller, Mathematics and Statistics; James Herroun, LIHC; Brandy Hopkins, Public Safety and Police

Good-bye: Sarah Richardson, Graduate School; Kevin Bullard, ITS; Brenda Bey, Office of the Provost; Krystal Blackstock, Advancement Services; Joann Cozart, Athletics; Jeffrey Collis, Student Health Services; Blaire Westmoreland, School of Education; Margaret Brown, Contracts and Grants; Gregg Sipler, Facilities Operations; Julia Capone, Sociology; Neal Thacker, University Teaching and Learning; Kathryn Pike, HDFS; David Underwood, Utilities Operations

June 2013 budget update

The UNCG Budget Central web site was updated earlier this week. At the site you will find a UNC General Administration’s side-by-side comparison of the budget plans plus links to the Senate Committee report, a statement by UNC President Tom Ross on the House budget and more information. Visit https://budgetcentral.uncg.edu/2013/06/24/house-2013-2015-budget/

In memoriam: Charles Lynam

Charles Lynam, who retired from UNCG in 2005, died June 8. He joined the Music faculty in 1964, was the recipient of a UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in 1979, and was named Teacher of the Year in the School of Music for 1999. Many of his students have won vocal competitions at the local, district, regional and national levels and are now successful professional singers; numerous others are teaching at leading colleges and universities. A voice teacher, he also had been an active performer during his career, singing with such groups as the Eastern Philharmonic, Charlotte and Greensboro symphony orchestras and the Grassroots and Chautauqua opera companies. The Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition is named in his honor.

In memoriam: Dale Brubaker

Dr. Dale Brubaker passed away on June 6. He was a professor in the School of Education from 1971 to 2006. He directed the doctoral program in Educational Leadership prior to his retirement.

In memoriam: Benjamin Turner

Benjamin Harrison Turner III died last week. He worked with Chartwells (Dining Services) and also with POCAM. He worked at Wild Greens in the EUC Spartan’s Place food court (next to Subway). This past spring he began working for POCAM as an operations assistant in the McIver Street Parking Deck.

Campus Weekly down for maintenance around July 4

During part of the week of the July 4 holiday, the Campus Weekly site will be down while some work is done. It is scheduled to be back in operation the following week.

Patrick/Keller

Fred Patrick (Facilities Design and Construction) and Ed Keller (Housing & Residence Life) shared their experience renovating the Quad, a historic collection of 1920s on-campus residence halls, at the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International 2013 Annual Conference. Their presentation, “Tear it down. No, save that building!: The UNCG Quad Residence Hall Renovation Project,” recounts the campus-wide discussion on whether to renovate or raze and rebuild the historic residences and the process designers and builders went through once the decision was made to restore the existing structures. They were joined by Bill Hopkins of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, the design architects for the Quad. Patrick is director of UNCG Facilities Design and Construction. Keller is associate director of operations for UNCG Housing & Residence Life. Full story at UNCG Now.

Omer Omer

062613CampusPeople_Omer“The One Who Builds” profiling the work of Dr. Omer Omer (Bryan School) was screened June 15 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, according to the film’s Facebook site. The event was part of the World Refugee Day Celebration. Omer was profiled in this CW report when the film was screened at UNCG. Once a Sudanese refugee, Omer is now the director of a refugee resettlement organization, N.C. African Service Coalition, based in Greensboro. Omer received his doctorate in geography from UNCG in 2010. His focus was tourism as a tool of economic development. He is an adjunct professor in the Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Hospitality and Tourism Department at the Bryan School.

Dr. Diana Bowman

062613CampusPeople_BowmanDr. Diana Bowman (SERVE) received funding from Texas State University-San Marcos for the project “New Director’s Toolkit.” SERVE staff will develop the training modules based on the ADDIE Instructional Design model.

Dianne Welsh

062613CampusPeople_WelshDianne Welsh (Bryan School) has been awarded a Coleman Foundation Fellows grant for the fourth year in a row. The new fellows for 2013-14 that will develop a new or revise an existing cross-disciplinary Entrepreneurship course are:

Cathy Hamilton (Office of Leadership & Service Learning), Bill Johnson (Health and Human Sciences) and Steve Cramer (University Libraries)

They will join the nine existing Coleman Fellows at UNCG: David Holley (Music), Stoel Burrowes (Interior Architecture), Cedric Pearce (Chemistry), Justin Streuli (Living Learning Community in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability), Bonnie Canziani (Sustainable Hospitality & Tourism), Duane Cyrus (Dance), Sheryl Oring (Art), Chris Thomas (Art) and Jennifer Yurchisin (Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies). All existing Coleman Fellows on campus will also receive a stipend to apply to this year’s cross-disciplinary Entrepreneurship course, with many speakers being open to the community. Welsh is director of the Coleman Fellows Program and is Hayes Distinguished Professor and founding director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program.

Tom Martin

Tom Martin was one of 13 members selected to the 2013 Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. The 2013 induction ceremony will be held Sept. 16. Martin played on the first men’s basketball and men’s tennis teams at UNCG, where he was the team tri-captain on the first two men’s basketball teams. Martin, an ardent supporter of UNCG athletics, was inducted to the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame in the 2002 class.

Dr. Catherine Ennis

062613CampusPeople_EnnisDr. Catherine Ennis (Kinesiology) received new funding from the National Institutes of Health for the “Ennis SEPA project.” The long-term objective of this SEPA project is to design and field test a science-enriched middle school healthful living curriculum to increase students’ knowledge and interest in health-related science, enhance their intention to pursue a life science-related career, and improve the communities’ understandings of NIH funded clinical and basic research, the abstract notes. “As a result of this SEPA, over 33,000 young adolescents will conduct experiments examining the effects of healthful living choices on weight and stress management and preventable diseases, such as Type II diabetes and many heart related illnesses and events.”

Craig Nova

062613CampusPeople_NovaCraig Nova (English) was featured in The Atlantic online. See article here. And he was interviewed in the Paris Review Daily. See interview here. Nova’s new novel is “All the Dead Yale Men,” a sequel to “The Good Son.”

Welsh/Memili

Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) and Esra Memili (Bryan School) will present their papers titled, “Turkish women entrepreneurs” at the European Academy of Management, Istanbul, Turkey, the end of June (co-authors Okyay-Ata, L., & Kaciak, E.) and “Psychological capital in family-owned franchise firms and corporate social responsibility” at the International Family Enterprise Research Association in Switzerland in July.

Additionally, Welsh will present a paper titled ” Is the family a source of advantage in franchising?” (with F. Chirico) at the IFERA Conference. Welsh will also present the keynote address at the Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy in Valencia, Spain, in July titled, “Saudi women entrepreneurs: A growing economic segment” (co-authors Esra Memili, UNCG, E. Kaziak, and A. Al Sadoon [UNCG MBA graduate]).

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) has received funding from the US Department of Education for a follow-up to the study of the efficacy of North Carolina’s early college high school model.

This three-year project will follow students randomly assigned to either Early College High Schools or “business as usual.” This follow-up study will determine the impact of North Carolina’s Early College High School model on students’ high school outcomes associated with college readiness. It also will conduct a formal cost-benefit analysis of the program and explore the influence of different implementation factors on students’ college readiness and postsecondary enrollment.

Dr. William Evans

062613CampusPeople_EvensDr. William Evans (Public Health Education) has published a new book of poetry, “Valleys of Ivory.” In the book, elephants are used a metaphor for the human experience. “I believe the book celebrates how humans travel connected paths through time, relationships and family, much like elephants do.” Evans also wrote the book of poetry “Virgin Snow.”

See/Hear: June 26, 2013

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Dr. Chiaki Takagi, lecturer of Japanese in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, was awarded the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in April. An alumnus of UNCG – she received her doctorate in English with concentration in Postcolonial Literature and Theory – Takagi has taught here since 2000. In this short video shown at the awards presentation, she explains, “It’s very important for teachers to create inviting, warm learning environments, where students feel comfortable to share their ideas – and that’s a very effective learning environment.”

UNCG ratchets up pedal power

Photo of student at Walker Circle Fixit StationBicycling at UNCG just keeps getting more convenient.

Four bike repair stations – called Fixit Stations – have been set up on campus. They have the typical tools a biker may need, such as standard wrenches, and (except in the coldest months) an air pump. They were installed over the past months at Walker Circle behind Jackson Library; Gray Drive across from the Student Health Center; Spring Garden Street between Jefferson Suites and Tower Village; and in the McIver Street Parking Deck.

And there’s more for those who choose to bike:

  • An additional 50 or so bike parking loops are being installed on campus this summer. That’s in addition to the hundred that were added over the past year. By the start of the Fall semester, close to 1,600 bikes will be accommodated.
  • Want to try out biking – before you buy one? Rent a bike for the summer for only $25 – email bike@uncg.edu for details. Or rent one for fall or spring for $50 at the Spartan Trader store at Spring Garden Apartments.
  • What about shower facilities? Anyone in the campus community has access to shower facilities at: the SOE Building (which also has indoor bicycle racks); HHP Building; and the Student Rec Center. (At the rec center you’ll need an ID if you’re a center member or a complimentary shower pass.)
  • Once you have registered your bike, enjoy complimentary basic bike repair by student intern workers. And take advantage of the Free Emergency Ride Home program.
  • Spartan Chariot and Park & Ride buses will have transit bike racks mounted on the front in time for the start of the fall semester, so cyclists will be able to use the buses. GTA, HEAT and PART buses already have these special transit bike racks.

Bicycling is not only increasingly convenient – it is environmentally friendly. It is part of our university’s sustainability initiatives – the more bikes, the fewer cars. It’s economical, and it reduces traffic congestion. Plus bikers can enjoy the health benefits as well as being able to park closer to buildings.

In 2011, the League of American Bicyclists named UNCG a Bicycle Friendly University.

“We got a lot of attention on the national level for that,” says Suzanne Williams, associate director in Campus Access & Travel Demand Management. UNCG was the first university in the state to receive the designation. Across the nation, fewer than 60 have received it.

“We were the first university in the state to have a Bicycle Master Plan,” she adds. It was approved in 2009. “It really distinguishes us among our peers.”

And being a bike friendly campus helps the university recruit and retain student and employee cyclists, Williams points out.

UNCG students and employees have the Pedal Club and Cycling Team, complete with great UNCG kits (uniforms). And this past spring, Kinesiology offered a one-credit course on bicycling, taught by Kimberly Fasczewski. It had been at least two decades since Bicycling was offered at UNCG, Williams notes.

Have two wheels, will travel.

If you have questions about cycling at UNCG, visit http://parking.uncg.edu/bike

By Mike Harris (who occasionally rides to campus on his “recycled” Schwinn)
Visual by David Wilson, of student at Walker Circle Fixit Station.

Two runners, two National Championship runners-up

Photo of Paul Katam during Nationals racePaul Katam and Paul Chelimo flew into Eugene, Oregon, as regional champions. They flew out as National runners-up – and First-Team All Americans.

The Spartans, with two runners in the NCAA Outdoor National Championships, finished 15th overall in the nation.

As News & Record writer Eddie Wooten commented after Saturday’s race, UNCG did better at the Championships than any other school in our state. The only ACC team ahead of UNCG was Florida State, he added.

Paul Katam ran first, in Thursday’s 10,000 meter race. The sophomore pre-nursing major placed second. On the last lap, he was overtaken by several runners and was in fourth place, but regained the second spot.

Coach Linh Nguyen said, “This is a guy that works harder than anybody you’ve ever met and he does it with no fanfare and in the shadow of a very good teammate. What people saw tonight is what we in the program already knew and it’s that Paul Katam is one of the best distance runners in the nation.”

Last year at the Outdoor Championships, Katam won second-team All-America honors, one spot away from first team. This year, he secured first team honors.

UNCG junior runner Paul Chelimo in the Saturday 5,000 race earned First Team All-America honors and finished as the National Runner-Up for the second straight season.

After Chelimo’s race, Nguyen said. “He’s had a tough year with injuries and less than ideal training, but he goes out and finishes second in the nation.”

Chelimo, a Public Health major, is now a five-time All-America recipient during his career as a Spartan. He has won two First Team All-America honors in outdoor track, one First Team All-America honor in indoor track and two First Team All-America accolades in cross country as a Spartan.

“A lot of people nationally doubted him this year, and he just proved them all wrong,” Nguyen said after Chelimo’s race. “The best thing is that both he and Katam will be back next year!”

Compiled primarily from UNCG Athletics posts.
See picture gallery of Paul Chelimo’s race.
See picture gallery of Paul Katam’s race.

Visual: Paul Katam during Nationals race. Photographer: Eric Evans

Summer Solstice Party at WAM

Photo from last year’s summer partyJune 21 will be the longest day of 2013. Come mark the solstice at one of the biggest Weatherspoon parties of the year.

The WAM Summer Solstice Party will be Friday, June 21, 6:30-10 p.m.

The family-friendly event will have activities for kids, live music, light snacks and food trucks. Admission is free.

Visual: scene from last year’s summer party

4 plays in June at Theatre 232

Publicity photo for “Tennessee Playboy"2013’s Theatre 232, the collaborative summer theatre festival of Triad Stage and UNCG, will present four plays this month.

A group of seven UNCG student actors and five student designers and a team of 10 undergraduate technicians and stage managers are currently at work, growing professionally and artistically. Several UNCG faculty members play key roles as well.

Jim Wren is the artistic director of Theatre 232.

“Tennessee Playboy” will be produced on Triad Stage’s main stage. Written and directed by Theatre faculty member Preston Lane, it is freely adapted from J.M. Synge’s “The Playboy of the Western World.” It is a celebration of first love, tall tales and second chances – and runs June 9-30.

“Judith of Bethulia” performs in the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage. This is a late-night show for adults.

“God of Carnage” won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. It will be produced at the Brown Building Theatre.

“Noodle Doodle Box” will also be at the Brown Building Theater. It is an hour-long show written for kids ages 4-8.

UNCG graduate students Jami Witt, Aaron Brakefield and Amy Hamel can be seen in “Tennessee Playboy,” “Noodle Doodle Box” and “Judith of Bethulia.” Alan Miller, Miranda Barnett, Tara-Whitney Rison and David Coolidge are featured in “Noodle Doodle Box,” “God of Carnage” and “Judith of Bethulia.”

For tickets and details, call 272-0160 or visit www.triadstage.org.

Visual for “Tennessee Playboy,” (l-r): Denise Lute, Dierdre Friel, James Kautz, and UNCG students Jami Witt and Amy Hamel. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers

CARS is fashionably great

Photo from the 8th THREADS fashion showUNCG’s Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS) has been ranked among the best programs to study fashion in the South and recognized as having one of the best fashion merchandising programs in the nation, according to the web site Fashion-Schools.org.

CARS ranked fifth among fashion schools located in the South and received the web site’s best ranking among programs in the state of North Carolina.

CARS placed No. 23 out of the top 75 highlighted schools nationwide for fashion merchandising. Programs were judged on their academic reputation, admission selectivity, location, and depth and breadth of the program and faculty.

“We are proud to have an independent organization recognize what we already know: That we have a top program with top faculty, consisting of breadth and depth in the field,” said Gwen O’Neal, department chair.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Summer reading for your kids – on campus

Photo of School of Education’s Teaching Resources CenterThe UNCG School of Education’s Teaching Resources Center is a model school library. It’s used by students doing their student teaching or doing internships throughout the year. There’s a large collection of children’s and young adult books, both fiction and nonfiction. From the Harry Potter series to “Bud, Not Buddy” to “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Faculty, staff and students may check out the books anytime during the year, using their Spartan Card.

But summer is a great time to bring children in to pick out some books for summer reading.

The center is located on the third floor of the School of Education Building, Room 310.

Questions? Contact Lori Warner, director, at lywarner@uncg.edu or 334-4035. Or check out the web site.

‘Social Entrepreneurship in Action’ at UNCG

Photo from the third biennial conferenceThe third biennial Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians, at UNCG in May, focused on “Social Entrepreneurship in Action.” It once again drew an international group of participants.

The presentations and keynotes explored the role libraries play in increasing educational opportunities for underserved populations, advocating for new models of publishing and disseminating research, and finding sustainable solutions for their communities.

From UNCG, Mike Crumpton (University Libraries) co-presented on “Defining Community Engagement for the Social Entrepreneur,” outlining the growing role for librarians in supporting campus service learning initiatives. Clara Chu, chair of Library and Information Studies, headed “Igniting Change: Transforming Practice through Dialogue with Diverse Library and Information Professionals.” During this session, Chu and several members of the second cohort of Academic and Cultural Enrichment (ACE) Scholars (recent UNCG MLIS graduates) facilitated a discussion on diversity issues that impact equity and inclusivity in the library and information field and services. Chu was also joined by fellow faculty member Nora Bird and Fatih Oguz on the panel “Preserving Refugee Cultural Heritage: Taking Community and Culture Into Account.”

The conference originally grew out of a partnership between Lynn Sutton, the dean of Wake Forest’s library and Rosann Bazirjian, dean of UNCG’s University Libraries, as a way to foster entrepreneurship within libraries.

This year’s conference was chaired by UNCG’s associate dean of the University Libraries, Kathy Crowe, and Wake Forest’s Mary Beth Lock.

For more information about the conference and links to the presentations, see http://entrelib.org/conferences/2013-conference/scheduled-presenters/.

Photograph by Stephen Catlett