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Archives for April 2014

A milestone for student success: Spartan Village is dedicated

Photo of Tim Johnson, Ryan Collins, Emily Nanna, Ashley Dobbs and Ian Aitken at dedicationSpartan Village was dedicated last week. It it already housing almost 900 students on campus, which is expected to bolster student success.

The UNCG Campus Housing Master Plan of 2008 called for our campus to house a higher percentage of our undergraduates. “Why are we doing that?” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady at the ceremony. “Because we know that students living on campus are showing consistently higher retention and graduation rates when compared to students who live off-campus.”

The newly opened Pedestrian Underpass allows convenient, safe passage between Spartan Village and the campus core. After a ribbon cutting at the underpass, a crowd marched through the underpass to celebrate the official opening of Spartan Village.

“Today is a great day for the entire university,” said UNCG Trustees chair David Sprinkle.

The chancellor added, “This is a day in which we celebrate a new chapter in the life of this wonderful university. It is with our focus on improving student success that the idea for Spartan Village was born.”

Student government president Crystal Bayne said, “With this new addition of Spartan Village and the underpass, we have set out to do bigger and better things than we’ve ever done before. We are setting new ground for UNCG students, whether they are current or future Spartans.”

She also referenced the students of past generations, before she, Brady and Sprinkle rang the university’s historic bell three times.

As the ceremony ended, many took part in tours of Spartan Village’s Haywood, Highland, Lee and Union halls. These residence halls feature many sustainable practices in their design and construction, from the incorporation of recycled materials to the use of energy-efficient lighting and appliances. The debt service on the Spartan Village residence halls and the funds it takes to operate them come from the rents charged to students who live there.

Alternative transportation is another sustainable feature of Spartan Village. Students have ready access to the university’s bus service as well as the city’s bus service, and there’s interior and exterior bicycle storage.

Full story at UNCG Now.
Photograph by Chris English. Housing & Residence Life celebrates milestone. L-r, H&RL Director Tim Johnson, Ryan Collins (coordinator for residence life (CRL) for Grogan Hall), Emily Nanna and Ashley Dobbs (CRLs for Spartan Village) and Ian Aitken (CRL for Weil/Winfield Hall).

May 1, a show of love and support for UNCG

Photo of Minerva statueThursday, May 1, our university will celebrate all that is UNCG.

On this day, the campus community and alumni can show their Spartan pride in a variety of ways.

How? Here are three ways to show that you “Believe in the G”:

  1. Show your Spartan pride by wearing your favorite blue & gold gear.
  2. Make a gift – Support UNCG with a gift of any size. Donors can support any area of the university that they choose. The first 300 donors to make a gift greater than $52 will receive a free #BelieveintheG T-shirt. Also, a great recurring gift program allows donors to split a gift into monthly installments payable by credit card. Faculty & staff members also have the option to give through payroll deduction. Checks may be mailed to UNCG Advancement Services, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402, or you can give online at believeintheg.org. Or call 336-334-5988.
  3. Spread the word on social media, whether that’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other ways. Tell the world what you love about UNCG. Use #BelieveInTheG as a hashtag or email your photos to BelieveInTheG@uncg.edu to be included in a social media gallery. You may also change your profile photo to something declaring your UNCG pride for the day. For example, you can download and use a 5.1.14 Facebook cover and profile picture.

Find out more – and if you will, sign up to be a social media ambassador – at BelieveInTheG.org.

The day is being planned by UNCG Annual Giving Programs in conjunction with UNCG Alumni Relations.

UNCG Dance at National College Dance Festival at Kennedy Center

Photo of a scene from “Acquiring Dawn”UNCG Dance has been selected to perform at the National College Dance Festival, June 5-7, 2014, in Washington, DC. This is UNCG’s second invitation to the festival.

This UNCG performance will feature MFA Dance students in alumna Renay Aumiller’s (BA, ‘04) evocative and incredibly physical choreography, “Acquiring Dawn.”

The National Festival, held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, showcases dances selected by the adjudicators from each of the regional conferences based on their outstanding artistic excellence and merit. The primary objective of the National Festival is to highlight, on the national level, the outstanding quality of choreography and performance that is being created on college and university campuses. The National Festival provides this venue in three gala performances, presenting works from approximately 30 colleges and universities.

The American College Dance Festival Association’s primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDFA’s sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country.

For more information, visit acdfa.org.

Visual: A scene from “Acquiring Dawn”

Chancellor updates at April’s General Faculty meeting

Chancellor Linda P. Brady provided a detailed update to faculty at the April 24 General Faculty meeting. Among the news she shared:

  • Dr. Steve Roberson, dean of undergraduate studies, has announced his desire to return to the faculty ranks on a full-time basis. Effective this fall, he will be professor of music education. Before joining UNCG, Roberson was professor of music and associate dean in the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis. He published 35 articles on various subjects related to piano teaching, and he twice received the Music Teachers National Association’s Article of the Year award. In 1995 he was named “Teacher of the Year” for the State of Indiana.
  • New housing applications for entering freshmen and transfers are up approximately 25 percent over last year.
  • Currently, total confirmations for incoming undergraduate students – both freshmen and transfers – are up 4.6 percent. At the graduate level, total applications are up by more than 10 percent.
  • She thanked the many academic unit deans the department heads who have written letters to admitted students as well as the faculty and staff who have taken time to meet personally with prospective students. Early reports suggest these personal contacts are making a difference in our efforts to recruit additional students for the fall.
  • The Office of Space Management and Facilities Operations have collaborated to analyze options for repurposing the existing recreation center when it is vacated in summer 2016. Several options were considered. Based on consideration of optimal use of space and estimated cost of renovations, our university has decided to repurpose the space to meet significant needs of Dance, the School of Health and Human Sciences and the Middle College at UNCG. This strategy will free up approximately 20,000 assignable square feet in the HHP and McIver buildings, making this space available to other units on campus.
  • Through a business/collegiate collaboration focused on health care education, downtown Greensboro’s Union Square Campus will be a reality. UNCG, NC A&T, GTCC and Cone Health will have programs there. On April 10, the UNC Board of Governors unanimously approved UNCG’s request to lease space in the facility.

By Mike Harris

Dr. Alan Boyette to serve as interim provost

With Provost David Perrin’s term as provost ending June 30 and the planned arrival of Dr. Dana Dunn as provost and executive vice chancellor on Aug. 1, Vice Provost Alan Boyette will serve as interim provost for the month of July. Dr. Boyette has served as vice provost since 2007 and held a variety of academic leadership roles since joining UNCG in 1991.

“We are fortunate to have an experienced and talented administrator in Dr. Boyette and we greatly appreciate his willingness to serve as provost during this interim period,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

UNCG vs. pediatric cancer in weekend events

Photo of baseball players getting their heads shavedLast weekend, two big events at UNCG helped raise funds for the fight against children’s cancer.

–   UNCG’s Spartathon – a Saturday evening dancethon in Fleming Gym – raised approximately $1,200, the student government reports. About 1,100 students enjoyed the fun fundraiser. “All of the proceeds will be given to Brenner Children’s Hospital and go toward children recently diagnosed with pediatric cancer,” said Crystal Bayne, president of the UNCG Student Government. “There was great music, dancing and fun all night long!”

From glow sticks and glow in the dark jewelry to confetti cannons to the raffling of a 50-inch flat screen television, it was a memorable evening – for an excellent cause. “I think our students truly enjoyed the event! There was even a 9 foot Transformer/robot that danced and blew smoke out into the crowd.”

The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board.

–   At the end of Sunday’s baseball victory over Elon, UNCG Baseball raised $4,516 for the “Vs. Cancer Foundation.” Many of the Spartan players had their heads shaved – fans pledged money to see it happen. They lost a few locks and gained a lot of satisfaction knowing it was for a great cause.

UNCG cheerleader Amber Coe threw out the first pitch at the game. She was diagnosed with cancer as a high school student and was successfully treated at Brenner’s. “It’s great to see the students come together and raise money for such a great cause,” she said in a video promoting the event. “The Vs. Cancer Foundation does give a lot of money to the Brenner’s Children’s Foundation. And that’s great – helping those kids affected by cancer every day is so important.”

By Mike Harris

See UNCG Cheerleader Amber Coe tell her story, in a UNCG Athletics video clip.
See highlights of Sunday’s event, in a UNCG Athletics video clip.

Visual: scene from last year’s event at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.

Register for August GIS workshop at UNCG

UNCG’s Center for Geographic Information Science will host a GIS workshop in August. The workshop is designed to introduce participants to the environment of GIS, and to get campus researchers started in the practice of using GIS to answer research questions and to present results on a map.

The UNC System purchases robust GIS software. Here at UNCG, that software is available in all ITS computer labs. The Center for GISc seeks to teach the broad academic community how to leverage the capabilities of this under-used resource. Employees of the center will lead participants through a series of hands-on laboratories and examples. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn what GIS can do for them.

Dates: Tuesday, Aug. 5 – Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
Times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: On campus, room TBD
To register, visit http://cgis.uncg.edu/gis-workshop/

There is a limit to 20 total participants. The first 10 paid participants can register for $150. The remaining 10 participants can register for $200.

Each participant must have working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, and a valid UNCG computer log-in. Any questions can be directed to Anna Tapp at aftapp@uncg.edu

The Center for Geographic Information Science is an educational research entity that relies on theories, concepts and applications to solve, analyze and model the geographic aspects of human and natural phenomena. CGISc collaborates with government agencies, non-profit organizations and private corporations. Research activities are supported by faculty, staff, students and partners from various specialized fields.

Questions? Contact Anna Tapp, Associate Director of the Center for GISc, at 608-8252 or aftapp@uncg.edu

Apply for Staff Senate Scholarship

The 2014-15 Staff Senate Scholarship application is available now.

This award is open to eligible staff members or an eligible staff member’s dependent, spouse or domestic partner. Dependents do not have to be claimed on income taxes in order to qualify.

Scholarship applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on May 16, 2014. Applicants may submit a paper application via campus mail to Emily Rector (Faculty Center, Lower Level) or submit the online application. Applicants must have a completed FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid.

More information and online application available at: available at www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_Committees/Professional_Development/scholarship.

New FTLC Teaching Fellows are announced

Several new FTLC TEACHING FELLOWS for 2014-15 have been announced. They will be sharing their energy, ideas and insights with fellow faculty during the upcoming academic year:

Risa Applegarth (ENG) – Future Faculty Fellow
Ian Beatty (PHY) – TeMALe Fellow
James Benshoff (CED) – Tenure Track Mentoring Fellow
Sarah Daynes (SOC) – Future Faculty Fellow
Travis Hicks (IARC) – Fellow for Community Engagement
Lawrence Jenkens (ART) – Fellow for Active Learning
Kim Keppler-Hewitt (ELC) – Fellow for Online Learning
Bruce Kirchoff (BIO) – Fellow for Active Learning
Susan Phillips (CSD) – New Faculty Mentoring Fellow
Bonnie Yarbrough (ENG) – CAC Fellow

Apply for faculty workshop on sustainability in the curriculum

If you would like to apply for the next Faculty Workshop on Sustainability in the Curriculum, to be held August 14-15, 2014 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), fill out the extremely brief application here by May 12: http://form.jotform.us/form/33024522854146

In the innovative definition used by UNCG, sustainability involves “the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.” Participants may be existing experts in any aspect(s) of sustainability, complete novices, or anywhere in between. (Past participants may apply again as long as they submit a different course.)

The goals of this workshop are:

  1. to increase the number of new and existing sustainability courses at UNCG,
  2. to improve the quality of sustainability education at UNCG, and
  3. to strengthen the community of scholars and teachers involved in sustainability education at UNCG.

About a dozen faculty participate in the two-day workshop, and they will submit revised syllabi by the end of the calendar year in which the workshop is held. The workshop is organized by UNCG Academic Sustainability Coordinator in collaboration with UNCG faculty and staff and the UNCG FTLC. Upon successful completion of the workshop, faculty participants will receive add pay of $250.

For further information, contact UNCG Academic Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Aaron Allen, at asallen@uncg.edu.

Kickball postponed till fall, but Animal Shelter Drive is on

The UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball Challenge scheduled for earlier this week was cancelled, due to threat of bad weather. UNCG faculty and staff plan to reschedule in the fall, date and location to be announced.

The event supports the Guilford County Animal Shelter. The “Fill the Truck” Drive for the shelter continues.

Staff Senate plans to give away hot dogs in exchange for a donation to the animal shelter, either a monetary donation or one of the suggested items. The hot-dog date will be Monday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location will be Administration Drive, near Foust Park. Just follow the signs.

Last year UNCG faculty and staff helped save many shelter animals’ lives. We can do it again this year. The Guilford County Animal Shelter is a private non-profit organization and does many great things in rescuing animals

Staff Senate has donation drop boxes all over campus. If you have any questions please contact Jeannie Lasley jalasley@uncg.edu.

FTLC end of semester workshops

UNCG’s Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons offers several sessions in the coming weeks. If you teach at UNCG, come take part:

PowerUp Hands-on Workshop for Online & Hybrid Teaching
May 12 and 13, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., UNCG Campus. Pre-workshop materials are now available. Click links for more information and to register. Contact Wade Maki (PHI, Co-director FTLC), w_maki@uncg.edu. Click to register. Power UP Link. Open to all faculty and staff.

Becoming Stewards of Place: Strategies for Institution-Community Engagement
Wednesday, May 7, Noon-1:30 p.m., 186 Stone
Join the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning for a webinar that shows how stewardship of place can make institutions stronger and more relevant in the 21st century. For more information, contact Kristin Moretto, knmorett@uncg.edu.

Tips & Tricks for Getting Started on Filming With Video Camera
Wednesday, May 14, 3-4 p.m., Digital Media Common, Jackson Library, Room 64
This hands-on workshop will teach four basic skills. Attendees may also use their own devices, such as cell phones and/or iPads to practice camera skills. Instructors: Paula Damasceno De Oliveira and Jenna Schad (Media Specialists in the Digital Media Commons, University Libraries). Supported by Beth Filar Williams (FTLC Tech Tools Fellow and Interim Head of DMC, University Libraries). Sign up here

FTLC Calls for Fall 2014 program cohort participants

FTLC Fall 2014 Flipped Course Cohort is forming now. Want to learn to flip your course? Join us for this cohort-based mini-course on flipped instruction. The course will be delivered through a blended learning format, combining three face-to-face sessions, two segments of flipped content and online discussion, and two one-on-one coaching sessions with experienced flipper Kim Kappler Hewitt (ELC, FTLC Fellow for Online Learning 2014-2015). Applications requested by Wednesday, May 30, 2014. Apply here.

FTLC New Faculty Mentoring Program is actively accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. Mentoring offers many benefits to faculty members in the early stages of their careers, including a personal mentor outside the department and a small peer group of new faculty. A time commitment of three hours per month is involved (1½ hours with the group and 1-1½ hours with a mentor). All beginning faculty in their first three years at UNCG are eligible to apply to participate. Fall orientation for this group will be Thursday, Aug. 14, 4-7 p.m. Contact James Benshoff (CED FTLC Fellow for Tenure Track Mentoring) or Susan Phillips (CSD, FTLC New Faculty Mentoring Fellow) for more information. Registration.

FTLC TeMALe Large Lecture Class Pedagogies. Join us for this cohort-based group to learn a new pedagogical method to implement in your fall or spring course. The purpose of this group is to teach faculty new pedagogical approaches to large lecture classrooms, and to provide instructional support during the semester as well as a peer group of mentors, and an iPad mini and an Apple TV for classroom use for those who commit to using and documenting results in courses. TeMALe instruction will be delivered through four face-to-face sessions, in-class observations per instructor request, and one on one coaching to create engaging question reserves. For more research on the technique developed by Ian Beatty (PHY) and Bill Gerace (PHY), go here for more information. Email FTLC@uncg.edu to sign up.

New Faculty Orientation is scheduled for the afternoon and evening of Monday, Aug. 11, and the morning of Tuesday, Aug.12.

Sumney twins runners-up at SoCon

Chelsea Sumney placed second in the 3,000-meter steeple chase at the SoCon Outdoor track championships last weekend. She also placed eighth in the 5,000-meter race.

Shaina Sumney finished second in the 5,000-meter race. The twin sisters, who are both speech pathology majors, were featured in last weekend’s News and Record.

UNCG students’ dreams and determination, seen at Minerva

Photo of Grogan learning community studentsWe’ve all seen the number of offerings growing at the base of Minerva, as exams approach. Our students want to do well – and go on to do great things. This new tradition is a reminder of our students’ hopes and dreams. And of how challenging their courses are – which will serve them well throughout their careers.

Last semester, Campus Weekly told you about a Science & Medical Careers learning community in Grogan College. These freshmen decided to go together on the first day of class in August. They surrounded the statue, stated their personal goals for the year, and placed their apples and coins. As the students and I sat in Grogan last fall and they recounted that afternoon in the rain at Minerva, I saw a promising future – for them and for the many lives they will touch. They planned to be doctors, veterinarians, pathologists. They found their first-semester courses quite hard, but they were determined.

Last week, I passed Meg Horton on College Avenue. She updated me on the latest news from Grogan and some of the students’ successes so far – and later passed me a longer message.

Katherine Nicholson, who was doubtful it actually brought good luck but she left her apple because she liked the tradition, made the Dean’s List, completed the Bronze Leadership Challenge, and undertook a service learning project with HorsePower. HorsePower offers therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with disabilities. And she knows her major: Therapeutic Recreation, Pre-Vet.

The leadership challenge assists UNCG students in the development of leadership skills, preparing them to serve as citizen-leaders in a global community. Bronze is the first level.

Ashlyn Fisher and Jajiba Biswas, Dean’s List students, completed the Bronze Leadership Challenge. Ditto for Nicholas Eze, who now works for the biology department assisting with preparation of teaching labs. Briana Daniels did the Bronze Leadership Challenge, as did Danielle Hill – who made Chancellor’s List.

Joseph Diodato – who explained back in the fall that he likes how at UNCG you’re seen for more than just your GPA or some other stat – has taken on several leadership positions in student organizations, Horton says. He is now a residential Relations Associate for Housing & Residence Life. Computer science is his passion, and he has teamed up with a fellow “Groganite” to work on building apps for smart phones.

What about Chaviaus Floyd, the aspiring pediatrician who decided to stick a coin in an apple, starting a new twist in the tradition? Did he hit his goal of making Dean’s List? Yep. What’s new with Kayla Pratt, their sophomore peer academic leader who plans to get her master’s and be a genetic counselor? She will advance to be a Supplemental Instruction Leader in Grogan next year.

Kayla must have been a great role model. Alyse Schmidt and Tyrik Stewart, who both did the Bronze Leadership Challenge, will become Peer Academic Leaders in Grogan next year. Stewart made Dean’s List.

They will help support and guide the incoming Grogan classes, as Pratt did for their class this year.

Meg Horton, UNCG biology lecturer and senior faculty fellow at Grogan, is pleased at their success, especially with such hard courses. “I’m really proud of these students but not surprised by their accomplishments.” Grogan as well as all the UNCG residential colleges have a long record of enhancing student success.

“Our students enter UNCG with a great deal of enthusiasm and determination,” she said. “They have fun but they also work hard to achieve their personal and academic goals.”

By Mike Harris

See part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the CW series on this Grogan learning community and their offerings at Minerva.

Dr. Dana Dunn will be UNCG’s new provost and executive vice chancellor

Photo of Dr. Dana DunnUNCG’s Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Dana Dunn as UNCG’s new provost and executive vice chancellor, effective August 1. In this role, Dr. Dunn will serve as chief academic officer with responsibility for curriculum and program development, the advancement of teaching, and the support of research and other scholarly and creative work in the academic community. She also will be responsible for the integration of academic affairs, student affairs, and research and economic development functions in support of the university’s mission.

Dr. Dunn will be joining UNCG from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she has held a series of progressively responsible academic leadership and faculty roles over the past 27 years. She led academic affairs for eight years, holding the title vice president prior to being named provost. She also has served as special advisor to the president and special advisor to the provost.

Dr. Dunn is a highly respected administrator, teacher and scholar who brings extensive academic leadership and faculty experience to this important role, as well as a strong record of working collaboratively with faculty, administrators and students to strengthen academic programs, student support services and research activity.

During her tenure at The University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Dunn played a key role in the university’s strategic and academic planning efforts. As provost, she led the growth of the university’s research efforts through the development of new research centers and the formation of interdisciplinary research collaborations across academic units. She also played a lead role in opening a downtown Fort Worth campus and was responsible for the development and launch of new academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the development of a distance education unit, and the implementation of an enrollment management initiative that substantially increased student enrollment.

Dr. Dunn has played an active role in the University of Texas system, providing leadership on a variety of matters, ranging from formula funding, student retention and graduation, distance learning and graduate education. She also served as president of the Texas Association of Chief Academic Officers, an organization comprising provosts from all Texas four-year universities.

Dr. Dunn is an accomplished teacher, author and speaker in the areas of sociology and women’s studies. She received her B.A. in sociology and M.A. in political economy from The University of Texas at Dallas and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Texas.

Looking ahead: April 30, 2014

Exams begin
Thursday, May 1

Board of Trustees meeting
Thursday, May 1, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

‘One Day for UNCG’ (see believeintheg.org)
Thursday, May 1

Baseball vs. Samford
Friday, May 2, 6 p.m.

Softball vs. Elon
Saturday, May 3, 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. Samford
Sunday, May 4, 1 p.m.

Public art tour
Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m., Weatherspoon

SoCon Softball Championship Tournament
Wednesday, May 7, UNCG Softball Stadium

Robert Walker

Photo of Robert Walker Robert Walker (Campus Enterprises) received the NACAS South Rising Star Scholarship. The award recognizes someone who has provided excellent services and demonstrated the ability and desire to excel in the field of auxiliary services management. Walker is the driving force behind UNCG’s new dynamic mailbox system, a first-of-its-kind solution that solves not only a space problem but also a generational gap. Walker’s mail management system also won the NACAS 2013 Innovative Use of Technology Award.

Dr. Jan Rychtář

Photo of Dr. Jan RychtářDr. Jan Rychtář (Mathematics and Statistics) has received a grant from the UNCG Open Access Publishing Support Fund. This fund supports faculty, EPA employees, and graduate students who are becoming increasingly involved in open access publishing. A grant from this fund was recently awarded to Jan Rychtář, for his article “Waste recycling can promote group living: A cockroach case study.” The Open Access Publishing Support Fund primary guidelines are that the author/applicant must be a member of the full-time faculty, a full-time EPA employee, or an enrolled graduate student; the article must be published in a peer-reviewed open-access journal; reimbursement will be limited to one award per fiscal-year per author; and authors are expected to exhaust all other grant or contract funding sources available to them before applying for support from the Open Access fund. Information about the guidelines and the application process, as well as a link to an online application form, can be found at: http://uncg.libguides.com/scholarlycomm

Dr. Laura Gonzalez

Photo of Dr. Laura GonzalezDr. Laura Gonzalez (Counseling and Educational Development at UNCG) and Dr. Jose Villalba (Wake Forest University) have received funding from the K. B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The grant extends over three years and supports implementation of the “LaP-LAC” program, which stands for ” Latino Parents – Learning About College.” The program will be implemented in Forsyth County in partnership with Spanish-serving community organizations, primarily churches. Gonzalez and Villalba will be drawing on their previous research identifying the needs of Spanish-speaking parents as they try to help their children with post-secondary planning, and on parent involvement materials created in partnership with the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). “This grant allows us not only to provide direct service to Latino immigrant parents and their children, but also to build capacity within community organizations to adopt such a program and continue it after our involvement has ended,” Gonzalez stated. “We are wholeheartedly invested in educational access for the children of immigrant families and thrilled to have this opportunity, thanks to the K. B. Reynolds Trust.”

Bonnie M. Canziani

Photo of Bonnie M. CanzianiBonnie M. Canziani (Bryan School of Business and Economics) won the best paper award in the teaching track from the Small Business Institute during the organization’s annual conference in February. The paper, titled “Student consulting and critical thinking: Monitoring the use of judgment heuristics,” was centered on assessing what students actually learn from student consulting projects in entrepreneurship and capstone courses, specifically in the area of critical thinking and information literacy. These two skills have come to the forefront of higher education as important learning goals for the 21st century. Canziani, who has served as an assessment consultant at university, school, and program levels for over 10 years and has helped to found five academic programs in hospitality and tourism around the world, sees the need for critical assessment of the learning that comes out of the recent surge of experiential curriculum, e.g., student consulting, industry projects, and internships. “Academic programs are adopting more and more hands-on projects and activities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” she said. “The next step is to actually verify what students are taking away from these activities — beyond the obvious résumé line or two.”

Dr. Sat Gupta

Photo of Dr. Sat GuptaDr. Sat Gupta (Mathematics and Statistics) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for “Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics.” The proposed conference will be the third conference in this series. The earlier AISC conferences were held in 2007 and 2012. There are two major goals for this conference: 1) Promoting Interdisciplinary Research, and 2) Training Young Researchers.

One planned workshop workshop will be on Big Data and Machine Learning and another will be on Mathematical Biology/Game Theory.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman

Photo of Dr. Roy SchwartzmanDr. Roy Schwartzman (Communication Studies) was featured as one of four statewide commentators on the Republican U.S. Senate Primary Debate held April 22. He gave televised pre-debate and post-debate political communication insights for a special edition of Capital Tonight, a program produced by Time Warner Cable News, which sponsored the debate. His earlier political communication analysis was quoted on the April 3 Time Warner Cable News Capital Tonight blog.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne WelshDr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) won the Leavey Award from the Freedoms Foundation for the Spartan Trader Experiential Learning Lab. The foundation named eight winners nationally this year for their exemplary work in free enterprise education. Welsh will accept the award in early May in Philadelphia, Penn.

See/hear: April 30, 2014

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The 2013-14 UNCG Teaching Excellence Awards winners were:

  • Dr. Jane Harris, the recipient of the Katherine H. Taylor Award for Teaching Excellence,
  • Dr. Ye He, the recipient of the Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence,
  • Dr. Wayne Journell, the recipient of the James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence, and
  • Robin Maxwell, the recipient of the Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence.

You teach because it’s a calling, Maxwell says in this video clip. “You are called to teach because you want to impact and influence people’s lives. You want to see them successful.” Jornell finds satisfaction in “the letters and the emails I get from students when they graduate, or years after they graduate and they write and say you know how much they enjoyed my classes at home how much it impacted them in their professional careers.”

Harris acknowledges the challenge for faculty in the face of budget tightening. “Here, boy the faculty are stretched, but I have to say, they care about their students and their students’ learning and they’re willing to sit down and work to make that better, and there’s nothing more rewarding than to do that with them.” Dr. He adds, “My students really inspire me as a teacher and they’re my source of energy and the inspiration every day.”

UNCG, High Point partner to create Center for Children & Families

Photo of Wanda Dodson-Hoff (right) talks with visitors to the new High Point Center for Children and Families and Victim's Justice Center.Two new facilities are now open in High Point to address the gap in early childhood services and family well-being – and UNCG had a big hand in making them a reality.

More than 100 people from High Point and UNCG attended the opening of the High Point Center for Children and Families (HPCCF) and the Victim’s Justice Center (VJC). Both are located in Southside Recreation Center.

At the open house, High Point City Manager Strib Boynton discussed the city’s commitment to supporting children, families and victims of domestic violence. He praised UNCG’s work on the project noting, “We have enjoyed a solid relationship with UNCG that goes back several years, and it’s always a pleasure to work with the university.”

Sponsors who helped develop the intervention programs for young children and their families, as well as victims of domestic violence, are UNCG, the City of High Point, the United Way of Greater High Point and the High Point Police Department.

The facility is furnished by donations from High Point furniture industry companies. A no-cost lease from the City of High Point made the 5,000-square-foot facility available. In-kind support for the effort totaled almost $390,000, with additional funding provided by the Millis family siblings: Molly, Emily and Bill. UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships will direct and coordinate programming for many of the initial intervention services.

The program will serve as a model of comprehensive child and family services delivered through an integrated system of community providers. UNCG will support community partners in implementing services and will evaluate program outcomes.

Dr. Chris Payne, who directs UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships, is serving as the executive director of the centers. She discussed the importance of the early years in a child’s development.

“Investments promoting positive development in the first three years of life have been proven to yield major returns later in life,” Payne said. “The HPCCF focus on early intervention makes the center much more than a stopgap for missing services. We would intervene with families early to prevent more serious and costly problems when children enter school.”

By Steve Gilliam
Full story at UNCG Now.
Visual: UNCG’s Wanda Dodson-Hoff (right) talks with visitors to the new center. Photograph by Chris English.

UNCG’s Wanda Dodson-Hoff (right) talks with visitors to the new High Point Center for Children and Families and Victim’s Justice Center. – See more at: http://newsandfeatures.uncg.edu/high-point-uncg-children-families/#sthash.m4wtOQBP.dpuf
UNCG’s Wanda Dodson-Hoff (right) talks with visitors to the new High Point Center for Children and Families and Victim’s Justice Center. – See more at: http://newsandfeatures.uncg.edu/high-point-uncg-children-families/#sthash.m4wtOQBP.dpuf

 

UNCG Molecular Core Lab aims to speed up your work

Photo of Molecular Core LabAs we get ready for the summer, Renuka Shivaji, the director of the Molecular Core Lab (MCL), wants UNCG to know how she and her colleagues can rev up your research.

Right now, MCL is offering free trials on automated DNA/RNA extractions, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and Western transfers. The lab also has a pilot program with a reduced fee structure for generating preliminary data.

MCL is both a service center providing expert laboratory work and a training hub for undergraduate students, graduate students, and even experienced faculty looking to master new techniques.

Need some genotyping done but don’t have the molecular biology background or equipment? MCL can do it for you.

Have a student who needs training in designing efficient primers or an experiment using real-time PCR? MCL can teach them.

Need to figure out the best equipment for your needs? Need to develop project cost estimates for a grant proposal? MCL can advise you.

Don’t know if a protocol will work for your study? MCL will even try it out for you, risk free.

Molecular biology techniques are increasingly important components of many fields of scientific research. Studies of behavioral patterns, environmental effects, drug efficacy and more now involve techniques such as gene and protein expression analyses, genotyping and mutation analyses. The Molecular Core Lab is structured to help researchers meet these growing expectations.

Director Shivaji has over 22 years experience managing molecular biology laboratories, conducting research, training students and teaching. Dr. Vincent Henrich, the lab’s Science Advisor and founder, is a professor of biology, career molecular geneticist, and director of the UNCG Center for Biotechnology, Genomics, and Health Research. Lab Manager Jenna Callender has extensive training in molecular techniques including cell culture and mutation studies and several years of experience in molecular genetics lab management.

In addition to personnel with a wealth of experience in experiment design and execution, the lab currently boasts a Maxwell MDX16 for automated extraction of DNA or RNA, a Biorad Trans-blot Turbo System for gel electrophoresis and Western transfer of protein samples, and a real-time PCR system.

The Molecular Core Lab reports to UNCG’s Office of Research and Economic Development. “MCL services are designed to help faculty, staff and students achieve their research goals efficiently and in a cost-effective way,” said Vice Chancellor Terri Shelton.

Learn more about the lab at http://research.uncg.edu/corelab/.

Provided by UNCG Research and Economic Development.

‘Hedda Gabler,’ dance and magnificent music at UNCG

Photo of UNCG Wind EnsembleAll our students are heading into final exams. Some are taking the stage. Come enjoy their outstanding work and artistry in a variety of events as the semester comes to a close.

All of the music events listed below are free admission. Ticket information for the UNCG Dance and UNCG Theatre events listed below may be found at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/events/calendar.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The play “Hedda Gabler” – MFA Director Thesis Production 2 – 7:30 p.m. • Brown Building Theatre

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Old Time Ensemble, recital – 5 p.m. • Organ Hall
Wind Ensemble – 7:30 p.m. • Aycock Auditorium
“Hedda Gabler” – MFA Director Thesis Production 2 – 7:30 p.m. • Brown Building Theatre
BFA Dance Concert – 8 p.m. • Dance Theater

Friday, April 25, 2014
Jazz Ensemble II – 7:30 p.m. • Recital Hall
“Hedda Gabler” – MFA Director Thesis Production 2 – 8 p.m. • Brown Building Theatre
BFA Dance Concert – 8 p.m. • Dance Theater

Saturday, April 26, 2014
BFA Dance Concert – 2 p.m. • Dance Theater
“Hedda Gabler” – MFA Director Thesis Production 2 – 8 p.m. • Brown Building Theatre
BFA Dance Concert – 8 p.m. • Dance Theater

Sunday, April 27
University Chorale and Chamber Singers – 1:30 p.m. • Aycock Auditorium
“Hedda Gabler” – MFA Director Thesis Production 2 – 2 p.m. • Brown Building Theatre
University Band – 5:30 p.m. • Aycock Auditorium

Tuesday, April 29
University Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia – 7:30 p.m. • Aycock Auditorium

UNCG historians receive prestigious NHC fellowships

When historians Dr. Lisa Levenstein and Dr. Colleen Kriger join the 2014-15 class at the National Humanities Center (NHC) in Research Triangle Park, they will be part of a proud departmental tradition. Over the past 15 years five members of the UNCG history department have won fellowships to the prestigious center, which accepts less than 10 percent of applicants every year. Together, they represent a full quarter of the full time (tenured and tenure-track) faculty in UNCG’s Department of History.

The research of these scholars spans over 500 years of human history and five continents. Their research methods range from delving into archives, to examining material culture, to conducting interviews. Notably, all of the projects have also been of a transnational nature, reflecting the department’s strength in moving beyond national boundaries and perspectives. Like many historians today, they follow the movement of people, ideas and commodities to better understand the human condition across time and place.

Dr. Jodi Bilinkoff was the first member of the department to receive an NHC Fellowship, in 1999. Her study documents the close relationship that developed between pious Catholic women and their spiritual directors in early modern Catholic Europe and its colonies. Her book, “Related Lives: Confessors and Their Female Penitents, 1450-1750,” was published in 2005 by Cornell University Press and explores the priests’ roles as both spiritual advisors and biographers.

Five years later Dr. Phyllis Hunter received a fellowship to study American modes of encounter with Asia through print, imported objects, travel and commerce. In addition to publishing several articles, she is now completing a book, “Sailing East: the Empress of China and the New Nation” (under contract with Oxford University Press), which explores the origins, experience, and impact of the first American merchant voyage to China.

Dr. Linda Rupert spent AY 2012-13 at the Center to develop a new project about runaway slaves who crossed imperial boundaries in search of freedom in the 17th- and 18th-century Caribbean. Her research follows the fugitive slaves; analyzes reactions and responses to their migrations; and explores the implications for intra- and inter-imperial dynamics. The project has spawned several articles and a developing book manuscript.

Lisa Levenstein is also developing a new project, exploring the international influences on the U.S. women’s movement that became evident in the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference — the largest world gathering ever devoted to women’s issues. Uncovering previously hidden international influences on the U.S. women’s movement challenges accounts that portray U.S. women dictating feminism to others or practicing a more “advanced” feminism than their international counterparts.

During the next academic year Colleen Kriger will be finishing a book manuscript, “Making Money: Life, Death, and Business on the Guinea Coast,” which is under advance contract with Ohio University Press. She documents the vital, varied roles of individual Africans in early modern globalization as they developed commercial activities and forged extensive cross-cultural relationships, recasting our understanding of the region and its people during the transatlantic slave trade.

First UNCG graduates returned for Reunion 2014

Photo of Emily Moore Axelrod and Charlotte Vestal Wainwright signing bannerThey were the first class to graduate with diplomas from “The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.” The 1960s were a time of many changes in society and at our university. Woman’s College became UNCG. Tate Street was fully desegregated – many of them played a role in making that reality. Men enrolled in the longtime woman’s college. Customs and societal expectations were quickly evolving.

The Class of 1964 gathered at Reunion Weekend 2014 to share with each other: The impact they’ve had. The joys they’ve experienced and challenges they’ve overcome. Their memories of Woman’s College and UNCG.

A large banner in an Alumni House hallway offered alumni a way to collectively track their years since graduation. In the first hour of the Friday’s gathering, alumni started filling it with their personal – and world – milestones from the past half-century. “Grad school. Had a baby @ 37. Got M.Ed. Nixon visits China. Grad school. 1st grandchild. When climate change was finally established as real. Teaching again! First great-grandchild…”

Many faculty-led sessions included Social Media in Business and Education, a presentation on the evolution of both Home Economics and Physical Education and a session titled “Scholarship and Community,” noted Mary Swantek, assistant director of alumni relations. The latter showcased undergraduate student research. During this session, attendees learned how UNCG is a leader in innovative and integrated learning through the development of UNCG’s learning communities.

The class raised over $700,000 for their gift to the university.

They were impressed by the strides the university has made academically, says Donegan Root, associate director of alumni relations, and the improvements to the physical campus.

The 1964 graduates were able to see the university as it is today, says Mary Landers, director of alumni relations. “They loved the fact that although the university was so different, it also remained the same, rooted in service and the education of all.”

By Mike Harris
Read more about the gathering at UNCG Alumni News.
See a photo gallery of Reunion 2014.

Visual: Emily Moore Axelrod and Charlotte Vestal Wainwright (l-r). They were both involved in the student government as WC/UNCG students.

Some more ways to get in shape this spring

Looking for an easy way to get healthy during the workday? Interested in finding an activity that can be both social and beneficial to your health? HealthyUNCG is bringing you some opportunities to accomplish your goals this spring:

Spartan Steps group walks are every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. and Thursday at 1:15 p.m. Meet at the EUC by the Minerva statue. This is a great way for employees to get extra steps for Miles for Wellness or simply have fun walking during their lunchtime. For more information and to check for weather cancellations, visit: http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/

HealthyUNCG offers its first employee-only intramural tennis match on April 24. Employees can stop by anytime between noon and 6 p.m. to have fun on the courts. Rackets and balls will be provided. Details at http://healthyuncg.wp.uncg.edu/

In addition, HealthyUNCG is still offering the PWP/iPad promotion during the month of April. To take the online PWP or for more information visit the PWP website. If you have any questions regarding HealthyUNCG or the PWPs, email healthy_uncg@uncg.edu.

Want more information? Contact Stefanie Milroy at stefanie.milroy@uncg.edu.

New SPA Grievance Policy at UNCG

Dr. Edna B. Chun, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, has a message for SPA Employees and Supervisors of SPA Employees:

The passage of House Bill 834 by the General Assembly of North Carolina has required that certain changes be made in the SPA Employee Grievance Policy, effective May 1, 2014. The new policy replaces UNCG’s grievance policy and the state’s mediation and grievance process policy and is applicable to all universities in the UNC system. The new policy is designed to promote thoughtful, open review of concerns, while affording employees and their supervisors the ability to resolve disputes as informally as possible. It provides a consistent process for prompt, fair, and orderly resolution of disputes arising out of employment and will apply to all grievances filed on May 1 or after.

Highlights of the new universitywide SPA Employee Grievance Policy include the following:

  1. The policy more clearly defines who may file a grievance and updates the list of grievable issues according to these definitions
  2. The policy establishes a 15 calendar day period within which an employee can file a grievance, following the occurrence of an alleged grievable issue.
  3. The policy also establishes two informal processes that give employees and their supervisors (or other appropriate personnel) an initial opportunity to resolve workplace disputes before an employee files a formal grievance:
    • For alleged unlawful or prohibited discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, employees will now utilize an Equal Employment Opportunity Informal Inquiry process to attempt to more quickly resolve the complaint.
    • For policy violations (with the exception of disciplinary actions and non-disciplinary separation due to unavailability), employees will have an Informal Discussion with their supervisors or other appropriate personnel regarding the alleged event or action to attempt to more quickly resolve the grievance.
  4. If the informal processes are not successful, the policy includes mediation as a required step in the formal grievance process for most grievances. Mediators will be assigned by the Office of State Human Resources, and will not be employees from our campus.
  5. All grievances must now go through the process prescribed in the University SPA Employee Grievance Policy prior to being able to file an appeal with the Office of Administrative Hearings (if applicable).

The complete University SPA Employee Grievance Policy describes both the informal processes and the formal internal grievance process and can be accessed at the UNC General Administration website at http://www.northcarolina.edu/sites/default/files/documents/university_spa_employee_grievance_policy_effective_5-1-14_-_final.pdf.

We encourage you to carefully read this new policy. Human Resources will be offering training for both employees and supervisors in April and May (Tuesday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) as well as additional training throughout the year. To register, go to http://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops.jsp?wks_id=44009961.

If you have any questions about the policy or the grievance process, please contact Benita Peace, Director of Talent Management (btpeace@uncg.edu), or Don Shore, Employee Relations Manager (dsshore@uncg.edu).

Karl Schleunes among new officers at Friends of UNCG Libraries

Photo of Dr. Karl SchleunesThe Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers at their recent annual meeting.

The new chair of the Friends is Dr. Karl Schleunes of Greensboro, professor emeritus of history at UNCG, where he specialized in Modern German History and the Holocaust. Schleunes taught for 45 years, including 39 years at UNCG. Major publications include “The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy toward German Jews, 1933-1939” and “Legislating the Holocaust: The Bernhard Loesener Memoirs.” Schleunes notes that he has been a denizen of UNCG’s Jackson Library since the tower went up in 1973, and can often be found there working in his faculty study on the 8th floor.

The new vice-chair/chair elect is Camille Payton of Greensboro. Payton has been practicing law since 1993. A native of Kinston, N.C., she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Texas before practicing law in Greensboro. Payton has extensive trial experience and practices in the areas of workers compensation and personal injury.

Newly elected to the board for three-year terms were Jud Franklin, Elizabeth Hudson, Afrique Kilimanjaro and Mary Ellen Shiflett of Greensboro and Joyce Traver of Brown Summit. Re-elected to a second term were Billie Durham of Asheboro and Camille Payton of Greensboro.

By Barry Miller
Full story at UNCG FOL web page.

Looking ahead: April 23, 2014

General Faculty Meeting
Wednesday, April 23, 3 p.m., EUC Auditorium

CARS Industry Summit, sponsored by RENFRO
Thursday, April 24, EUC

Spartan Village dedication
Thursday, April 24, near Pedestrian Underpass, 2 p.m.

Screening, Sustainability Short Film Competition
Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Randall Jarrell Symposium/Celebration
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Jarrell Hall, Jackson Library

Play, ‘Hedda Gabler’
Friday, April 25, 8 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

University Chorale and Chamber Singers
Sunday, April 27, 1:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

University Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia
Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

‘One Day for UNCG’ (see believeintheg.org)
Thursday, May 1

President Ross will speak at UNCG General Faculty meeting

UNCG faculty and UNCG staff are invited to attend the April General Faculty meeting today (Wednesday, April 23) 3 – 5 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. UNC President Tom Ross will speak; one hour is reserved for his remarks and a Q&A session. Chancellor Brady will provide remarks about the upcoming academic year. Provost Perrin will speak as well.