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Archives for July 2013

Betty Betts and Lee Odom will co-chair Staff Senate

Photo of Betty Betts and Lee OdomLee Odom and Betty Betts are the new co-chairs of Staff Senate.

Betts is an employee in Human Resources, where she is office manager/SPA temporary staffing specialist.

Odom has worked at UNCG for about 25 years – at the Graduate School, Financial Aid, Admissions and currently at Undergraduate Studies.

They succeed 2012-13 co-chairs Ray Carney and Jason Marshburn.

Betts and Odom (l-r in the visual) led the July meeting of Staff Senate.

Two changes for Staff Senate meetings this year? Round tables have replaced the large rectangle seating. And at the meetings this year, the first 45 minutes will be devoted to Staff Senate business and speakers. The last half of each meeting will be a time for the various committees to meet. “Every staff member is on a committee,” Betts noted.

Bonita Brown spoke briefly at the July meeting, followed by a presentation by Steve Moore, director of UNCG Transfer & Adult Student Academic Success. He spoke about Degrees Matter!, a collaborative effort that intends to increase the percentage of residents in our greater community with high-quality degrees. UNCG is a partner in this effort.

“Let’s look at our own employees first,” he said, explaining why he was speaking to Staff Senate. “I’m here today to get your input.” It’s a matter of how to contribute to our talent at our university – to help our employees and our university.

His office can help UNCG employees who are looking to complete their degree.

Committees met during the final part of the meeting. The committees have accomplished a lot. A few examples over the past year:

  • The inaugural Faculty/Staff kickball game drew 200 spectators and collected donations for fill the truck for the Guilford County Animal Shelter drive.
  • The Holiday Angel Tree helped supply gifts for four staff families as well as several UNCG Guarantee scholars.
  • Staff did garden maintenance at the Patricia A. Sullivan Education Garden and planted flowers and two dogwood trees.
  • Several Habitat for Humanity work days were held.
  • To enhance communications, the Staff Senate Twitter account (twitter.com/UNCGStaffSenate) was resurrected and a Facebook presence was developed. (www.facebook.com/UncgStaffSenate).
  • The first annual “Meet & Greet” was held for the campus community to speak informally with Staff Senate members.
  • Staff Senate Web page redesign, with a strong focus on senators and how they can be reached, the committees, and a calendar of events.
  • The first staff networking social events, which were held at at M’Couls Public House.
  • Staff Stars events – and professional development offerings.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson

2013 State of the Campus Address Aug. 14

Photo of front of Aycock AuditoriumChancellor Brady invites all faculty and staff to the State of the Campus Address Aug. 14, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon.

She mailed the following message to all faculty and staff:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I hope you are enjoying your summer after a very productive year. Next month our campus will bustle again as students return and a new academic year begins.

I invite you to start the new academic year by attending the 122nd State of the Campus Address. Please join me in Aycock Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Afterward, please join me at 11:15 a.m. for a luncheon inside the newly renovated Moran Commons and Plaza.

I look forward to seeing you on Aug. 14. Until then, I send each of you my sincere wishes for a restorative summer.

Linda P. Brady
Chancellor

For some incoming freshmen, what a trip!

Photo of white water raftingGetting ready for your freshman year can be a trip. Especially if it involves going down rapids or over mountain passes.

The summer’s first six-day adventure, earlier this month, involved 12 incoming freshmen. One in late July is fully booked with 18 freshmen. One graduate assistant and two undergraduate leaders join Mike Ackerman on each Spartan Wilderness Orientation Program (SWOP) summer trip.

Mike Ackerman is assistant director of Outdoor Adventures in UNCG Campus Rec.

“The first day is pretty powerful,” Ackerman says. Before leaving Greensboro, they get to know one another and bond at the Team QUEST experiential education program at Piney Lake, where they camp for the evening. A ropes course is part of the activities.

Then they load the vans with gear and kayaks and head to the Nantahala National Forest, where they’ll camp for five days. They will kayak on Fontana Lake and hike part of the Appalachian Trail, with activities and bonding time in the evenings. One that’s popular involves talking about fears freshmen commonly have.

“We’re transitioning to college – in a fun way,” he explains. “We’re creating a sense of community before they come to UNCG. Now, on the first day, they’ll have people they’ve spent meaningful time with.”

Perhaps the most memorable day of the adventure is the final full day – whitewater rafting the Chattooga River. The rapids are class 3 and class 4. “A good capstone to the week,” Ackerman says.

Why do students take part in the summer outings? Some want to do something different and adventurous, he says. Some want to meet other students.

For Outdoor Adventures, the relatively new program (they offered one summer trip last year) is a continuation of what they do the rest of the year. They offer about 15 outings each semester – with nearly a 100 percent “sell-out” rate.

And it is one more way the university can help support retention rates, part of creating a supportive environment in which students can grow and learn and bond with classmates. Plus the student leaders are developing skills that will help them in their careers as well.

Details are at http://campusrec.uncg.edu/oa/spartan-wildernessorientation-program/

By Mike Harris

Photo of kayaking and photo of whitewater rafting from July 2013 trip by Kendra Lilley

 

The increasing beauty of going to the library

Photo of landscape in front of libraryYou may have noticed some landscaping changes in recent weeks as you enter the main entrance of Jackson Library. Get ready for more in coming weeks.

The wet soil from excessive July rains delayed work for much of this month, but by Friday it had dried enough to continue the project – at least for one day. New Earth Design crafted the landscape design.

“They’re installing zoysia grass,” Barry Miller (University Libraries) explained. It is a more sustainable grass requiring low maintenance.

About 80 percent of the $25,000 goal has been raised, he said, explaining that the new landscaping is being paid by private, Friends of the UNCG Libraries contributions – not state dollars or student dollars.

More than one type of holly is being used, as well as more than one type of magnolia. Graham Blandy boxwood, dwarf Burford hollies and Youpon hollies, Kay Parris magnolias and Jane magnolias, hydrangeas, flowering Karley Rose fountain grass, colorful shrubs, annuals and perennials are also part of the design.

Decades ago, crabapples near the portico were a focal point. Now, Yoshino cherry trees will be a focal point.

Bluestone slate steppers will lead people to the wall, where they can sit and relax – and perhaps talk with friends and colleagues. Or simply people-watch or enjoy the beauty.

The idea is for the portico landscape to regain its status as one of the focal points of the university. Alumni from earlier decades recall the front area as a particularly beautiful spot. The Friends want it to be a place people will want to take pictures, former Friends board member Laura Tew has said. She spearheaded the project, which is nearing completion.

If only the rains will hold off….

Full story – with landscape drawing and fundraising information – is at the FOL blog.

By Mike Harris
Visual: The ground has been prepared for the plantings

Excellence in teaching throughout UNCG

Faculty members at UNCG have received awards for teaching excellence for the 2012-13 year.

Each of the winners received a cash award during events at the end of the spring semester. The awards are provided by UNC General Administration, which allocates funds for all 17 campuses in the UNC system to reward faculty members within their academic colleges and professional schools.

Winners are:

  • School of Health and Human Sciences, Dr. Anne Fletcher (Human Development and Family Studies)
  • Bryan School of Business and Economics, Dr. Erick Byrd (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism), Dianne Garrett (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) and Dr. Ambrose Jones (Accounting and Finance).
  • School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Dr. Jennifer Stewart Walter (Music Education)
  • College of Arts and Sciences, Travis Hicks (Interior Architecture) and Stuart Dischell (English)
  • School of Education, Dr. Ye (Jane) He (Teacher Education and Higher Education)
  • School of Nursing, Jacoba Leiper

Parrish & students present dance program for kids

Photo of kids dancingKids flow across a polished wood floor in a light-bathed studio.

“They enter as artists, and dance is their clay, their paintbrush,” says Mila Parrish, the UNCG dance professor responsible for the free dance classes that will culminate in a recital, sans elaborate costumes, for the dancers, ages 7-11. “This is all about developing a full understanding of the ways we look at dance from a place of creating dance.”

Parrish started the program, Dancers Connect, while on the faculty at the University of South Carolina, where it continues to thrive. As a new faculty member in UNCG’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, she wanted to launch a sister program in Greensboro.

Parrish enlisted graduate and undergraduate students to help, and recruited dance teachers and students through the Guilford County Schools. The first 10-week session kicked off in January, with 26 dancers enjoying two-hour classes every Saturday in the HHP Building.

Dancers Connect offers students an experience above what they get at most dance studios, beyond the standard ballet, tap and jazz, Parrish says. These kids aren’t just learning steps and memorizing routines — they are creating their dances.

Bria Powell, a sophomore earning a BFA with teaching licensure, volunteers with Dancers Connect. Coming from a performing arts high school, Powell knows first-hand the value of dance education. Delanie Merchant, an exchange student visiting from Australia, is studying education back home. She wants to integrate the creative arts into her teaching. Like Merchant, sophomore Anthony Taylor plans to teach children. Dancers Connect, he says, is a great way for him to get valuable experience. Emily Ellis-Liang, a graduate student who helps Parrish oversee Dancers Connect, wants to start her own dance studio.

By Michelle Hines
Photograph by David Wilson
Full story at UNCG Now.

Spartan Points program relaunches Aug. 1

UNCG employees can earn great prizes just by participating in healthy activities and enrolling in Spartan Points.

Earn points between Aug. 1 – July 31 each year. Activities must be completed between Aug. 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014. There are four prize levels. Points can be redeemed for prizes at each level.

Registration and participation in Spartan Points is free. Log onto http://healthy.uncg.edu/spartanpoints.php for more information. Earn Spartan Points for participation in campus activities that display the HealthyUNCG symbol or employees can log their own healthy activities. Visit the web site for full details, eligible activities and incentives.

Want to tour Spartan Village?

UNCG’s Office of Housing and Residence Life will provide faculty and staff a tour of Spartan Village – the university’s newest apartment-style living residence halls on Lee Street.

The tours will be the last week of August and first week of September.

Each tour of 10 – 15 employees will last about an hour.

Access information and the form at https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/forms/d/1ta82HWLtxQ8QNVmxAlgeeMk19wkq6pcnKZK_7NqVEKg/viewform

Once you complete the form, you will receive an email confirmation with additional information.

All tours will begin in the lobby of Haywood Residence Hall.

Coretta Walker (HRL) is coordinating the tours.

Sell items though Spartan Trader

UNCG artists, entrepreneurs and hobbyists, you can sell the great things you make for money.

The Spartan Trader is UNCG’s only retail store selling student, faculty and staff handmade products on consignment. Its also a great place to buy cool products and support the UNCG community. Spartan Trader also rents bikes by the hour, day, week and semester.

For Fall 2013, bring the items you wish to sell to the Spartan Trader on Aug. 8 or Aug. 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Contact the Spartan Trader at 336-256-0317 or spartantrader.uncg.edu

For inquires, contact Dr. Dianne Welsh at dhwelsh@uncg.edu.

HealthyUNCG has a new director, Public Health Education’s Stefanie Milroy

Portrait of Stefanie MilroyStefanie Milroy developed her passion for public health education at a very early age.

“My grandmother worked and retired from the Guilford County Health Department. I used to go help her in the summers and developed a love for prevention and health promotion!”

Now, she is director of HealthyUNCG, which provides UNCG employees information, programs and services to help promote a healthier lifestyle and a better quality of life.

She has served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Public Health Education at UNCG since 2007. Previously, she was director of Health Education at the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness and intervention coordinator for the Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program at Wake Forest University.

For the last three years, she served as the executive director of the Be Active-UNCG Partnership. Be Active North Carolina and UNCG collaborate to promotes physical activity for the people living the Triad. The partnership works closely with local agencies and organizations, including North Carolina Cooperative Extension Services, health departments, school systems, hospitals, worksites, government agencies and other universities. It also provides service-learning opportunities for UNCG students.

Her research and interest areas include chronic disease management, physical activity promotion, and access to healthy foods particularly as it relates to employee wellness.

Milroy received both her Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education (’04) and her Master of Public Health (’06) at UNCG. While attending UNCG, she received her certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Why did she choose UNCG, for her degrees? “Being from Greensboro, I knew UNCG had a strong public health education program so when the time came to decide on a university, UNCG was an easy choice and perfect fit.”

Details about HealthyUNCG – including offerings for employees and the full leadership team – are at http://healthy.uncg.edu//aboutus.php.

Looking ahead: July 24, 2013

Reception/lecture: Alison Ferris on “the kids are all right”
Thursday, July 25, 5 p.m., Weatherspoon

Films, “Same Difference” & “What Do You Know: Six to Twelve Year Olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians”
Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Student move-in begins
Wednesday, Aug. 14

State of the Campus address
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium

Women’s soccer vs. Ohio (exh)
Thursday, Aug. 15, 1 p.m.

Women’s soccer vs. NC State (exh)
Saturday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.

With the staff: July 2013

Hello: Norman Noah, ITS; Steisha Pintado, ITS; Chris Waters, ITS; Benjamin Smith, ITS; Rebekah Calloway, Advancement; Nicholas Young, ITS; Jonathan Williams, Graduate School; Evelyn Miller, Office of Safety; Brent Forsythe, Bryan School; Brad Weatherly, Facilities Operations; Terri Sparks, MEHT

Good-bye: Richard Dillwood, University Libraries; Chris Fay, Facilities Operations; Ann Venable, MEHT; Malinda Patrice, Psychology; Jonathan Britton, Graduate School; Ben Olsen, Graduate School; Alta McNair, Social Work; Mark Stewart, Student Health Services

New name at Homecoming: ‘Yard Party’

Homecoming used to have its “Spartan Village.” But with the opening of the new part of campus across Lee Street, a fresh name has been announced for Homecoming’s big Saturday celebration on Kaplan Commons.

Yard Party.

The date for the Yard Party is Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Dr. Diana Bowman

Portrait of Dr. Diana Bowman Dr. Diana Bowman (SERVE) received a continuation of funding from the NC Department of Public Instruction for the project “North Carolina Homeless Education Program.” The SERVE Center will administer the program, which is currently in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Compensatory Education Programs. The NCHEP will benefit from the resources and expertise at SERVE, most notably that of the National Center for Homeless Education.

Dr. Bill Harden

Portrait of Dr. Bill HardenDr. Bill Harden (Bryan School) was named one of the top 20 outstanding instructors for 2012-2013 by the American Institute of CPAs.

Dr. Beth Barba

Portrait of Dr. Beth BarbaDr. Beth Barba (Community Practice, Nursing) received a continuation of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for her project “Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project 4.” This project will educate nursing and allied health personnel to fill this void so they can provide culturally competent, comprehensive geriatric nursing and health care to medically underserved and vulnerable older adults in a variety of settings.

Dr. Chris Payne

Portrait of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Families and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Guilford County Partnership for Children for the project “Promoting Positive Development: Bringing Out the Best.” Bringing Out the Best builds the capacity of daycare providers, preschool teachers, directors/administrators and families to reduce behavioral challenges and support social/emotional development through evidence-based prevention and intervention services, the abstract states.

Payne has also receiving funding from the Guilford County Partnership for Children for the project “JCITI: Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families.” The specific purpose of this funding request is to continue the work of the JCITI Community Court Coordinator, who is trained in providing services to children and families from diverse backgrounds and working across the judicial, legal, child welfare and child-serving systems. Approximately 100 children and their families benefit from this service each year.

Additionally, Payne received funding from the Alamance County Department of Social Services for the project “Alamance Alliance Workforce Development Services.”

Dr. Stephanie S. Daniel

Dr. Stephanie S. Daniel (Center for Youth, Families and Community Partnerships) received new funding from Oklahoma State University for the project “Nonstandard Maternal Work Schedules & Child Health in Impoverished Families.” The goal is to understand the threat of nonstandard maternal work schedules to poor children’s physical and emotional well-being as precursors to school readiness.

Dr. Olav Rueppell

Portrait of Dr. Olav RueppellDr. Olav Rueppell (Biology) is one of 13 winners of the 2013 BREAD (Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development) Ideas Challenge, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Under the premise to stimulate novel research fields to help sustainable agricultural development, “individuals were selected for their entries that articulated novel or under-studied scientific challenges facing smallholder farmers in the developing world.” Rueppell’s entry explained “Smallholder farmers often must subsist on small areas of nutrient-impoverished land. Ironically, industrialization has released the building blocks of these same nutrients into the air in the form of aerial pollutants. Some plants (e.g. epiphytes) can make use of these aerial nutrients, but most of these have low growth rates or are not agriculturally useful.” The challenge? Develop knowledge and means to create or modify crops to make use of aerial nutrients, increasing smallholder farmers’ yields in nutrient-deficient land while reducing their dependence on chemical fertilizers. More information is at the BREAD Challenge site.

David Gwynn

Portrait of Dr. James GwynnDavid Gwynn (University Libraries) received a renewal from the State Library of North Carolina for the project “Textiles, Teachers and Troops (Year 2 of 2).” The project will make available some 175,000 digital images including photographs, manuscripts, rare books, scrapbooks, printed materials and oral histories documenting the social and cultural development of Greensboro. For the first time, all five colleges and universities in Greensboro, along with the Greensboro Historical Museum, will be collaborating on a project to make primary source materials available online. By documenting the vitally important influence of the textile industry, public and postsecondary education, and the massive World War II military presence, Textiles, Teachers, and Troops will provide context for understanding the growth of Greensboro from a town of two thousand residents into one of the leading manufacturing and education centers in the Southeast, the abstract states.

Dr. Terri Shelton

Portrait of Dr. Terri SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Economic Development) received a continuation of funding from the NC DHHS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services for the project “NC Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative.” This contract will support the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking (NCPUD) Initiative in its efforts to reduce and prevent underage alcohol consumption and the resulting social, health and economic consequences in the State of North Carolina. The abstracts states that short-term outcomes include increasing quality youth participation, enhancing community mobilization efforts and community/law enforcement partnerships; these short term outcomes will be measured by collecting performance measure data from sub-grant recipients. Long term outcomes include reductions in youth alcohol consumption (current use, binge drinking, age of onset, etc.).

Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg

Portrait of Dr. Eileen KohlenbergDr. Eileen Kohlenberg (Adult Health, Nursing) received a continuation of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Advanced Education Nursing Education Traineeship Program.” It will provide tuition, fees, books and/or stipends to 72 full-time and 6 part-time Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care students projected to be enrolled in the master’s program in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

See/hear: July 24, 2013

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Dr. Catherine Matthews (Education) is the principal investigator on the Herpatology Education in Rural Places and Spaces (HERPS) project, funded by a $2.7 National Science Foundation grant. Students in kindergarten through high school have real-world experiences with the wildlife in area streams and wetlands. It has an impact on the young students and the UNCG participants, who help teach.“To put students in a pair of waders and take them down into the creek and turn over rocks or take a net or minnow trap and capture some of the common animals that are living down there and to listen to their questions is a wonderful experience,” she says in this short video. Earlier this year, she was awarded the Outstanding 9-16 Educator Award in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education for her work mentoring future educators.

 

LEED Gold for historic Quad renovation

Photo of Quad with studentsUNCG’s Quad renovation already had been honored by Preservation Greensboro for “Excellence in Preservation.” It had received the Star Award, the top honor given by the Construction Professional Network of North Carolina.

Now it is certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Many sustainable features — such as maximizing natural light — were a part of the renovation. Water conservation features include low flow toilets, shower heads and faucets. There are motion sensor controls for lighting and heating/air conditioning. Great care was taken to preserve the oak trees that provide shade for the Quad.

The $55 million Quad renovation — funded by student receipts — involved gutting and rebuilding the halls into updated, suite-style living with modern amenities. Steps were taken to retain aspects of the buildings’ original features, including the brick exteriors and the wooden handrails in the hall stairwells.

The seven residence halls in the Quad — Shaw, Hinshaw, Gray, Bailey, Cotten, Jamison and Coit — reopened at the start of the 2012-13 academic year.

See a full report at UNCG Now.

Lanita Withers Goins contributed to this report.

Dining Hall dome soon will rise

Photo of interior rendering of domeThe space will feel more like a stadium than a dining hall, Fred Patrick says.

The UNCG Dining Hall is undergoing the third phase of its renovation. Soon a dome will be erected over the second floor, says Patrick, director of Facilities Design & Construction. “They’ll take a portion of the roof off” to do that, he explained.

The volume of the space will be impressive. “You’ll be able to look from one wing into another wing” – a long distance.

Food preparation areas generally under the large dome will include Home Style, International, Breakfast, Salad/Soup and Desserts. And there will be a food theater for demonstration cooking.

“The Mongolian Grill will be enormous,” Patrick says. That will be located in that central area directly under the dome.

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

Facts provided by Facilities Design & Construction tell the story:

  • The main dining level where the five original wings of the dining hall meet is being cleared of all walls and columns back to the gable ends of the original gambrel roofed wings.
  • An exposed wood roof of glued-laminated heavy timber arches and timber decking will span the nearly 107-foot-diameter central space.
  • Five identical circular wooden arch vaults will be constructed along the axis of each existing dining wing.
  • The crown of the vaults will be 41 feet high.
  • Large radial skylights will bring daylight deep into the center of the building.
  • Theatrical lighting mounted on a catwalk system will enhance the high space above the central grill and dining area.
  • In this new configuration, visitors arriving from College Avenue will be able to ascend the stairs below Spencer Residence Hall and be greeted with a view all the way through the building and out to the newly renovated fountain at the main west entry.

The renovation celebrates the contrast between new and old. For example, the beautiful brick from past decades is complemented by all the new features.

The project will be paid for over time by a portion of meal plan fees. This phase of the renovation should be complete by the end of 2013 – and ready for students, faculty and staff to enjoy in January.

By Mike Harris
Visual of the interior of the Dining Hall is supplied by Facilities Design and Construction, as is the visual of the exterior.

Pakistani athletes study women’s sports

Group photo with Pakistani athletesTwelve female Pakistani athletes visited UNCG’s campus in June as part of the U.S. State Department’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative. The women experienced life on a college campus and learned the ins and outs of women’s rugby and field hockey.

Through the State Department program, “they bring in girls from different parts of the world to experience sport in America and how in America we use sport to empower women,” said Dr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology). She is director of the Program for the Advancement of Girls and Women in Sport and Physical Activity.

The athletes were hosted by the program in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness in partnership with the Center for Peace, Sport and Society at the University of Tennessee.

See full story at UNCG Now.

By Lanita Withers Goins
Photo courtesy @SportandPeaceUT

Facilities employees recognized

Portraits of Sandra Redmond, Cynthia Culberson and Thomas Everett   Three employees were recognized for outstanding service in the areas of Remarkable Customer Service, Safety and Teamwork/Collaboration – values the Facilities Management team holds in high esteem in developing a stronger work force and providing service to its customers.

  • Cynthia Culberson (Utilities) – Customer Service Award
  • Sandra Redmond (Facilities Administration) – Collaboration and Teamwork Award
  • Thomas Everett (Facilities Services) – Safety Award

They were honored during the Facilities Management Division of Business Affairs’ semi-annual Employee Recognition Awards Day, held in conjunction with the Safety Day program on May 30, 2013.

The guest speaker was Dr. Aaron Terranova (Kinesiology). The event was held in Ferguson Auditorium with lunch under the large old oak tree behind the Facilities Operations shops.

The Selection Committee received 15 Employee Recognition Awards nominations with 26 employees named: Chris Chilton, Imro Comvalius, Gail Hernandez, Lori Krise, Cynthia Culberson, Maryann Burditt, Thomas Everett, Sandra Redmond, Travis Holcomb, Deborah Joyce, Robert Owens, Sandy Ingram and Josephine Hall as a team, and Rebecca Dawkins, Francis Jenkins, Robin Rorie, Alvin Verdell, John Beatha, Mae Byers and Greg Poteat as a team.

The Selection Committee consisted of Janet Elmore, Facilities Operations Administration; Jim Mohr, Utilities Dept.; Leroy Arrington, Facilities Services; Jill Snowdon, Facilities Design and Construction; Anthony Phillips, Facilities Management, HUB office and Office of Sustainability; Eddie Taylor, Grounds Dept.; and Jay White, Buildings and Trades.

Facilities Administration congratulates all winners and nominees for their efforts in developing a stronger workforce, a safe environment and providing remarkable customer service.

In other recognitions, Michael Davis received a special award for the most safe work area and shop. Teddy Hyatt also received honorable mentions for his safe shop. These awards were presented by the Facilities Operations Safety Committee .

Awards, awards, awards

University Relations received a 2013 Communicator Award from The International Academy of Visual Arts for the Integrated Marketing & Strategic Communications (IMSC) Brandguide micro-site. The brand guide won at the “award of distinction” level in the category of Online Advertising and Marketing. Others receiving this award of distinction in the category included national brands United Healthcare, Texas Tech University System and Mercedes-Benz USA .

Additionally, University Libraries received an award for a piece using this Brandguide and our university’s DSBA positioning. ALADN, the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network, gave the Friends of the UNCG Libraries brochure an Award of Excellence at its recent meeting, in the category of Best ‘Friends of the Libraries’ materials. Barry Miller (University Libraries) created the copy; Mark Unrue (University Relations) created the layout.

UNCG Athletics recently received a communications award as well. The department won the Gold Medal for the Season Ticket Sales Campaign in the Best of Awards program by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators for Group II schools. The 2012-13 UNCG men’s basketball season ticket sales campaign was highlighted by the “Choose UNCG Basketball” slogan, which coincided with the presidential election campaign. The campaign centered around community appearances and grassroots marketing, including speaking engagements, campus candy drops and appearances at community events.

UNCG’s new gift-planning site

A new UNCG web site offers alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university tips for living well and planning wisely.

The UNCG Gift Planning site – giftplanning.uncg.edu – features tips for savvy living for seniors, from picking the right cell phone to protecting against financial fraud. Read weekly updates on the latest financial and tax policy news. See stories from alumni and friends who are benefiting from the university’s life income plans. Learn about the variety of ways to make a gift which you may not have considered. Alumni can sign up for UNCG’s weekly or monthly electronic newsletters,

The new site offers financial tools that allow alumni and friends to give while providing themselves with a reliable income stream.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Betsi Robinson

Ethan Zell’s study shows young adults overestimate conservatism – they’re more liberal than they think

Portrait of Dr. Ethan ZellYoung adults tend to be more liberal than they think they are, according to a new study by a UNCG researcher that’s getting national attention.

Dr. Ethan Zell (Psychology) co-authored the study with Dr. Michael Bernstein (Pennsylvania State University-Abington). Zell and Bernstein based their results on three separate surveys of college students and other adults under 30, and published the study in the journal “Social Psychological and Personality Science.”

Across the board subjects underestimated their liberal leanings with the exception of those who considered themselves liberal democrats. The gap between self-perception and reality was more pronounced among those who considered themselves conservative.

While Zell can’t be certain of why this trend exists, he and Bernstein speculate that there may be a difference in psychology among conservative and liberal thinkers.

“Conservatives may value loyalty more than liberals, including loyalty to a political party,” he says. “They may want to see themselves as fitting into a particular group more than they really do. We’re not trying to make either group look better or worse, or to make any judgments.”

The researchers plan to continue their research with a sample of older adults, but the initial study, which has been picked up by Salon.com and Pacific Standard, has important implications for young voters.

“If their perception of themselves is wrong they may be voting for the wrong person, or at least voting for people who don’t match their views,” Zell says.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Michelle Hines.

In memoriam: Marsha Thompson

Marsha Thompson, a security guard at the Weatherspoon, died June 27. Before joining the Weatherspoon in 2003, she was a transfer clerk at Sandy Ridge Department of Correction. She was featured in Campus Weekly in 2012. The Weatherspoon will celebrate Marsha Thompson’s life Tuesday, July 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium. A reception in the atrium will follow.

Looking ahead: July 10, 2013

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, July 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House

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

Concert, 3 UNCG Music Camp bands
Friday, July 12, Aycock Auditorium

Music, EMF, Robert Vernon, viola
Monday, July 15, Recital Hall, Music Building

Film, “Terri”
Thursday, July 18, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Concert, 3 UNCG Music Camp bands
Friday, July 19, Aycock Auditorium

Films, “Same Difference” & “What Do You Know: Six to Twelve Year Olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians”
Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Apply for 2014 summer stipend from NEH

UNCG Sponsored Programs has set an Aug. 9, 2013, internal review deadline for those researchers interested in applying for 2014 Summer Stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Dr. Christopher Kepley

Portrait of Dr. Christopher KepleyDr. Christopher Kepley (Nanoscience) received new funding from Tunitas Therapeutics for the project “A Human Fc Bifunctional Fusion Protein to Treat Severe Allergic Asthma.” The goal is to position the novel biologic GE2 for human clinical trials in allergic disease though the completion of critical preclinical development research activities. GE2 is a genetically engineered human fusion protein.

Dr. Steve Roberson

Portrait of Dr. Steve RobersonDr. Steve Roberson (Undergraduate Studies) received new funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Intentional Futures – Learning to Learn.” The project and activities proposed are essential for UNCG to continue toward providing excellent educational services to its low-income and diverse population, the abstract says. The Students First Office will seek to address current gaps in UNCG’s decentralized advising program by serving as the centralized academic advising center for at-risk, undecided students at the University. Several initiatives are planned. The Digital Literacy Center (located inside the Digital Media Commons) will improve our students’ communication skills and improve the university’s retention rates by providing a comfortable and caring environment where students can have access to advanced digital technology, work individually or collaborate with their production teams, and consult with professionally trained peers about their digital projects. The DLC will also support faculty and staff as they integrate digital technology into their instruction and design effective assignments that require students to use digital media. The Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons will collaborate with the Digital Literacy Center and the Students First Office to create professional learning communities through which faculty and staff will learn how to improve their interactions with students by sharing experiences, exploring appreciative instruction and advising practices, and discovering how to leverage digital literacy to maintain more positive, seamless relationships with students.