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Archives for January 2015

Strategic vision: Input from 46 vision forums

Photo of Minerva StatueIn Fall 2014, UNCG held 46 stakeholder vision forums to help begin its strategic planning process.

The 18-month inclusive process, which began in September, is designed to gather input from university stakeholders to create a university-wide plan that is vision-focused rather than operationally focused. Together, we will answer the important questions “Who are we?” and “Who do we want to be?” Our discoveries will enable us to create a university-level roadmap for the future.

Some prompts used to stimulate discussion at these forums were:

  • What is your vision for UNCG in 2026?  Beyond?
  • If UNCG achieves your vision, how will we be different from today?
  • Why is this vision a good fit for UNCG?
  • How will it differentiate us from our peers?
  • What strengths will we build upon to achieve this vision?
  • What must change and be developed to achieve this vision?
  • What might prevent us from achieving this vision and how can we best avoid these obstacles while shaping our future?

From Adult Health Nursing Faculty to the Board of Trustees, from the Campus Activities Board to a Community Focus Group, from Enrollment Management to the Faculty Senate Research Policies Committee, from Graduate Students to the School of Education, many stakeholder groups provided input.

Their suggestions and responses were compiled and they may be found at http://uncgtomorrow.uncg.edu/AdditionalPlanningDocuments/Emergent-Themes/themes.php.

You are invited to rate the importance of the themes identified. Visit http://uncgtomorrow.uncg.edu/AdditionalPlanningDocuments/Emergent-Themes and fill out the gold Google form.

The site provides an overview/schedule of the 18-month process, as well as other information such as a committee member listing. Visit http://uncgtomorrow.uncg.edu.

UNCG Chancellor Search will be “expanded confidential search”

Photo of aerial view of College AvenueWould the upcoming UNCG Chancellor Search be closed or open? Or would it be somewhere in between – what some may call a “hybrid”?

At the Jan. 21 Chancellor Search Committee meeting, the committee decided it would be an “expanded confidential search.”

Committee chair and Board of Trustees chair Susan Safran spoke about it at the Jan. 21 afternoon forums. While some may call this type of search a hybrid, the committee did not feel “hybrid search” was descriptive enough. Committee member Kelly Burke suggested the term “expanded confidential search.” The committee adopted that term to describe the upcoming search.

In an email to the campus community, Safran detailed what this means:

“This means that the candidates’ identities will be kept confidential throughout the process. However, when the search committee narrows the pool to semi-finalists, candidates will be introduced to selected small groups representing the key constituency groups of UNCG. Each group participant will be bound by the same confidentiality rules as the search committee members.”

The Chancellor Search Website will continue to be the definitive place for all information regarding the search, she noted. The web address is http://chancellorsearch.wp.uncg.edu/.

Also, feedback can still be provided to the search committee at http://chancellorsearch.wp.uncg.edu/feedback/.

Artists and creatives will share secrets to success

Photo of Iron Pour for an earlier SEA Conference.Artists and creative professionals will share secrets to success in the arts at UNCG’s Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference on Feb. 21, 2015, at UNCG’s EUC. Through presentations and workshops, the event invites artists, art organizations, creative producers and students to connect and collaborate around opportunities and strategies for making a living from your passion.

The full event schedule, list of speakers and registration may be found at http://seac.uncg.edu.

As a pre-conference event for the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference, sculptor and former UNCG art instructor Jim Gallucci will host an Iron Pour at his studio located at 499 Industrial Avenue, Greensboro.

The cost to attend the iron pour event is $15; the dinner is an additional $10. Register when you purchase your Conference tickets at http://seac.uncg.edu

This is a unique opportunity for artists because of the complexity of the process. In the last 50 years artists have rediscovered how to melt iron on a small scale. For example, artists do 25-50 lb. pours, compared to industry (auto, steel) that does 2-3 tons at a time.

The process of melting the metal requires a cupola type furnace. When the furnace is full of molten iron (2700 degrees F) the furnace is tapped and out comes molten iron. It is then caught with a ladle and then taken to the individual molds and poured. There will be plenty of sparks, smoke and excitement.

The molds are generally made of sand or ceramic shell. The material has to be able to take the high temperatures during the pouring process. You will have an opportunity to create your own design in a mold and have a lasting souvenir of the SEA 2015 conference.

Visual: Iron Pour for an earlier SEA Conference.

Dean Banks receives first Margaret & Harrell Hill Distinguished Professorship

Photo of Dean McRae BanksWhen Dean McRae Banks joined UNCG in 2011, he was awarded the Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professorship.

Subsequently a gift specifically targeted for the dean of the Bryan School, the Margaret & Harrell Hill Distinguished Professorship, was completed.

Upon the recommendation of Provost Dana Dunn, Chancellor Linda P. Brady has appointed Dr. Banks to the Margaret & Harrell Hill Distinguished Professorship.

Before joining UNCG, Banks had served since 1995 as professor of entrepreneurship and strategy in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s School of Business, in Worcester, Mass. During that time, he also served as head of the Department of Management through 2010, a dean-level position that had oversight for all business and industrial engineering programs.

Prior to WPI, Banks held academic appointments at Mississippi State University (1987-1995) and Radford University (1982-1987), where he founded the Small Business Institute and taught a course in Small Business Consulting.

In addition to his academic interest in entrepreneurship, he founded two small businesses in the service sector and held managerial and executive positions in small manufacturing and small retail organizations, working directly with the founders in both. In the academic sector he founded the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (WPI), and centers for small business consulting, and training and development (Radford University).

Additionally, he served as Acting Director of the Agribusiness Institute (ABI) at Mississippi State University, a joint venture between the Colleges of Business and Agriculture that he co-founded, and was one of three co-founders of the Mississippi Furniture Manufacturing Quality Conference and the Furniture Manufacturing Management Program. He has also has held elected senior leadership positions in three different professional societies.

Dr. Al Link receives Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professorship

Photo of Dr. Al LinkBased on recommendations from Department Head Jeremy Bray, Provost Dana Dunn and Dean McRae Banks, Chancellor Linda P. Brady has appointed Dr. Al Link as the next Virginia Batte Phillips Distinguished Professor.

Dean Banks announced the news last week.

“Since joining the Bryan School faculty in Economics in 1982, Al has held several administrative appointments, including department head and director of the MBA Program,” Banks said. “Most impressive, however, have been his scholarly accomplishments in three areas, book publications, journal publications, and grants, as well as the recognition of his scholarship through editorships and editorial board services, as well as advisory assignments to major national and international policy and research organizations.

Al has been a prolific author.  He has published 49 books, most of them scholarly books.  Of those, 30 were authored or co-authored, and the balance were edited or co-edited.  Seventeen have been published or accepted for publication since 2010.  Of the 170 peer reviewed journal articles published in his career, 36 have been published or accepted for publication since 2010. His articles have appeared in such top journals as American Economic Review, Decision Sciences, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Product Innovation Management, European Journal of Finance, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. Additionally, he has been awarded approximately $2.2 million across 31 grants.

Much of Al’s work has focused almost exclusively on science, technology, and innovation topics, the latter being a new thrust for the School.  He is recognized as one of the top thinkers in the world on economic policy as it relates to these topics.  As a result he has served as an advisor to NASA, the National Academies, OECD, the White House, NSF, the National Governors Association, NIST, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the World Bank, and the UN, among others, in addition to testifying before Congress.”

He also has served for year years as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Technology Transfer and currently is on the editorial boards of Small Business Economics and Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Banks noted. Previously he served on the editorial boards of British Journal of Management, Technovation, and Review of Industrial Organization.

Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges receives Burlington Industries Excellence Professorship

Photo of Dr. Nancy Nelson HodgesBased on recommendations from Provost Dana Dunn and Dean McRae Banks, Chancellor Linda P. Brady has appointed Dr. Nancy Nelson Hodges as the next Burlington Industries Excellence Professor.

Since joining UNCG in 1998, Dr. Hodges has distinguished herself as a teacher, mentor, scholar, and service provider at UNCG and beyond, said Dean Banks as he announced the news. She is currently head of the Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies department at the Bryan School; she served as interim head in 2004-05, and as director of Graduate Studies for CARS beginning that same year until this year.

“Nancy has been a prolific contributor,” he continued. “She has authored a book and a book chapter, 38 refereed journal articles (13 since 2010), 91 conference papers, and received more than $1 million in research grants. Her work has been honored with six best paper awards, and five awards for outstanding teaching, mentoring, or advising, including a Board of Governors Teaching Award.

“Nancy has had a profound impact on our students, particularly at the graduate level. She has served as advisor and dissertation chair for 21 students, as advisor to 18 MS students, and served on 34 other PhD or MS committees.”

He also noted that she has served on 38 committees, some of them for multiple terms, in her department, school, or university. She has served as a board member, officer, and committee member of two different professional organizations, and is presently associate editor of Clothing and Textiles Research Journal.

Chancellor Brady shares University Relations news

In a message to Executive Staff members Tuesday, Chancellor Linda P. Brady shared some personnel news:

“I wanted to share with you that Paul Mason, associate vice chancellor for marketing and strategic communication, has informed me that he will be leaving the university, effective Feb. 6, as he has accepted an attractive opportunity with another organization. I value Paul’s contribution to UNCG and University Relations since his arrival last spring and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Effective upon Paul’s departure, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Jan Zink will assume responsibility for the supervision of University Relations on an interim basis. We will leave the decision to fill the lead role in University Relations until the arrival of the next chancellor, who may want to reassess the role, organizational structure and reporting relationship for the department.”

CACE 2015 will be Feb. 10-11

You’ll have a chance to discuss everything from public health to film, to Hip Hop and literature, to systemic inequalities and their solutions.

The Conference on African American & African Diasporic Cultures & Experience (CACE 2015) will be held on February 10 and 11 in UNCG’s Elliot University Center. The theme will be “African American and African Diaspora Studies: Then and Now.”

Register to attend for free online, and encourage all your students, friends and colleagues to do the same.

It is hosted by UNCG’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, which has garnered national recognition as one of the top 10 programs of its kind in the country, according to productivity rankings released by Academic Analytics.

This conference will feature research from a variety of disciplines by undergraduate and graduate students from UNCG and universities around the country. The conference schedule, which includes detailed information about the panels is available online.

CACE 2015 will kick off with two panels at 6 p.m. and a Poetry Cafe at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10. Panel discussions will resume on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Panels include:
The Power of Language in Resistance
The Case for Black Nationalism
Race & Gender
Representations of Black Sexuality & Health
Representations of Black Women
Black Gender Representation & Sexual Identity
Black Religion & Theology
Experiences in the International African Diaspora
Haunting & Trauma
The Butler
Multiracial Identity & Experience
Black Identity
Participatory Budgeting
Systemic Inequality
Black Masculine Identity.

Questions? Email aads@uncg.edu.

Accepting submissions for Undergraduate Research Award

The University Libraries want to recognize students’ research skills.

They are soliciting submissions for our Undergraduate Research Award. This $500 prize is given in recognition of an outstanding undergraduate research project that best demonstrates the ability to locate, select, and synthesize information from scholarly resources and uses those resources in the creation of an original research project in any media. Any paper or project completed by an undergraduate in the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters of 2014 is eligible. Applicants must be enrolled at UNCG in the Spring 2015 semester. It is open to all undergraduate students.

If your students have turned in excellent research projects, they urge you to nominate them for this award.

Applications are due on March 20, 2015. and full details are available at http://library.uncg.edu/info/undergraduate_research_award.aspx.

Galileo and nights of a thousand stars

Photo of Horne ObservatoryIf you like planets, constellations and the depths of outer space, UNCG has some great viewing opportunities.

Register soon – the showings are very popular and fill quickly. There is no charge.

All viewings are part of UNCG’s ‘The Globe and the Cosmos’ series.

At Three College Observatory, south of Burlington

UNCG’s Physics and Astronomy Department would like to announce the Three College Observatory’s (TCO) public viewing nights scheduled for spring, 2015.

The show dates are as follows: February 13 at 7:30 pm, March 28 Galileo Night at 8:00 pm – no ticket or reservation required, April 10 at 8:30 pm, May 1 Galileo Night at 8:00 pm – no ticket or reservation required and May 9 at 8:30 pm. The TCO houses a 32-inch telescope (see visual) and is located near Snow Camp, NC, approximately 8 miles south of Burlington. Public viewing nights begin shortly after sunset and continue for approximately 60 – 90 minutes. Observation sessions include sighting star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, double stars, planets and the moon. Please refer to the web at http://physics.uncg.edu/tco/index.html for more detail.

More information about the two “Galileo Nights” – where no reservation or ticket is required – will be in Campus Weekly later this semester.

At UNCG’s Planetarium in Petty Building

The Department of Physics and Astronomy would like to announce its schedule for the free planetarium shows being held in spring, 2015. Seating is limited so reservations are required. You may reserve up to 5 tickets on the web at physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/tickets.php. The planetarium is in 310 Petty Science. Parking is available in the McIver Street Parking Deck.

Planetarium sessions scheduled for spring, 2015, are as follows: February 6, March 6 and April 3. All begin at 7:30 pm.

The bioarchaeology of Petra

Photo of the Monastery, Petra, Jordan, by the American Colony Jerusalem Photo Department, ca. 1910The ancient city of Petra, carved from red-colored rock, stirs the imagination of many. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is Jordan’s most visited tourist site.

Dr. Megan Perry (East Carolina University) will give the talk “The Bioarchaeology of Petra” Friday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. in Graham 424.

The talk is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Anthropology.

Visual: Public domain. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. The Monastery, Petra, Jordan, by the American Colony Jerusalem Photo Department, ca. 1910

Amoako-Gyampah named Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow

Photo of Kwasi Amoako-GyampahKwasi Amoako-Gyampah’s next research project will take him thousands of miles away from one home and back to another.

Amoako-Gyampah, a professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics, has been selected as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow by the Institute of International Education. The fellowship fosters academic collaboration between
African-born scholars who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa.

Amoako-Gyampah, a native of Ghana, will partner with faculty in the business school at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public and Public Administration on a project to strengthen the operations management curriculum in the existing master’s program, support a new doctoral program and mentor faculty and graduate students.

Amoako-Gyampah, who has a doctorate in business administration, has held several positions at UNCG since he arrived in 1990, including a nine-year stint as department head and two years as program director for the Master of Science in Information Technology and Management degree.

For the past two decades, he’s partnered with individuals in institutions of higher education in Ghana, work the Carnegie Fellowship allows him to further. “This fellowship will enlarge and formalize the engagements in a more structured and meaningful manner for me and my host institution,” he said. “Unsuccessful projects, especially those funded by the government, drain the country’s resources. I plan to work with the faculty on a broad research agenda examining how social capital might contribute to the successful completion of projects, tapping into the cultural elements and socio-economic conditions in the country.”

By Lanita Withers Goins

Author Charlie Lovett to visit UNCG February 5

Photo of Charlie LovettLike Jane Austen? Shakespeare? Antique books?

Bibliophile and best-selling author Charlie Lovett will visit and talk about his books in the Hodges Reading Room of UNCG’s Jackson Library Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, and remains an avid collector, especially of books by and about Lewis Carroll. Attendees will also be able to view a new exhibit about William Shakespeare, marking the campus celebration of Globe & Cosmos: Celebrating 450 Years of Shakespeare and Galileo. Not only is Lovett knowledgeable about the subject, the Bard and his work are important elements of his first novel, the best-selling “The Bookman’s Tale,” which introduced scores of readers to the meaning of the word bibliophile.

In his second novel, “First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen,” Lovett once again immerses readers in a world where books hold closely guarded secrets that threaten to turn the literary world upside down. Careful Austen scholars will note that First Impressions was the original title for “Pride and Prejudice.”

Lovett and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England.  He is also the recently-elected president of Bookmarks, the Winston-Salem-based organization known for putting on North Carolina’s largest and best-attended annual book festival for the past ten years.

Full story at Friends of the UNCG Libraries web page.

‘Vagina Monologues’ at EUC Feb. 13-14

The playwright and activist Eve Ensler wrote “The Vagina Monologues,” first produced in 1996, based on hundreds of interviews with women of various social, ethnic, religious and sexual backgrounds and ages. The collection of monologues about women’s experiences with sensuality, pleasure, discomfort, and violence has been performed internationally and on television. Each year, Ensler updates the monologues based on new and ongoing interviews with women around the world. Ensler also co-founded V-Day, an organization committed to global efforts against violence against women and girls.

“The Vagina Monologues” will run for two performances in UNCG’s Elliott University Center Auditorium – on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14. Both performances are at 7 p.m.

The event is general admission; doors open 30 minutes before show time.

A $5 donation is suggested, and t-shirts, V-Day themed food, and buttons will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to Clara House and the V-Day Campaign.

The play is being sponsored by UNCG’s Housing & Residence Life Social Justice & Diversity Initiatives, Residence Hall Association, The Wellness Center and Elliott University Center.

For more information, contact Will Dodson at wjdodson@uncg.edu

Looking ahead: Jan. 28, 2014

Men’s basketball vs. Wofford
Thursday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m., Coliseum

Studio opera, ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Friday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Men’s basketball vs. Western Carolina
Saturday, Jan. 31, 5 p.m., Coliseum

Women’s basketball vs. Furman
Monday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m.

Talk, Charlie Lovett
Thursday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Jackson Library

Centuries of Shakespeare on view

The exhibition “‘That in Black Ink My Love May Still Shine Bright’: Selections from Five Centuries of Printed Works of William Shakespeare” opened this week in Jackson Library.

UNCG’s Special Collections and University Archives presents a collection of rare and unique printed works of William Shakespeare. Selected works provide a multi-century overview of the impact of Shakespeare on western print culture and its collective literary imagination. Highlights of the exhibit include a 1632 copy of Richard III, a complete 1685 4th Folio, and a 1979 Circle Press copy of Antony and Cleopatra with a beautiful binding designed by world renowned bookbinder Monique Lallier.

This exhibition, in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library, is part of UNCG’s The Globe and the Cosmos series.

Haitian Revolution

David Geggus, a leading scholar of the Haitian Revolution, will speak Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. in Moore HRA 1214. The talk is open to the public and appropriate for advanced undergraduates and members of the general public who have a general interest in the topic, as well as for faculty and graduate students with more specialized research interests.

For sale (at a special publisher’s discount) will be copies of his latest book, “The Haitian Revolution: A Documentary History” (Hackett, 2014), a collection of ninety-nine never-before-translated documents, with commentary.

Questions? Email Linda Rupert (lmrupert@uncg.edu) or Ana Hontanilla (amhontan@uncg.edu).

Travis Hicks

Photo of Travis HicksTravis Hicks (Interior Architecture) and Interior Architecture took First Place in the 2014 Awards for Excellence from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. This award recognizes and celebrates outstanding practices that advance the cause of excellence in interior design education.

Hicks, director of the Center for Community-Engaged Design and assistant professor in the Interior Architecture Department, submitted the entry “Impacting a Campus…Engaging the Community,” which was a team effort with colleagues from UNCG. The entry documents how UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) conducts community outreach to extend the teaching environment and encourage students to be civic-minded and committed to creating socially relevant and engaged design for the public good. Hicks’ team received a $5,000 award in recognition of this honor. Hicks notes that everyone in the department has contributed to the success of the Center for Community-Engaged Design. To date, the Center for Community-Engaged Design has engaged 125 UNCG students, faculty, and staff in at least 10 community-engaged projects, collaborating with over 100 community partners, to generate over 2,750 person hours of community engagement through the design of the built environment in and around Greensboro. See related video at http://vimeo.com/117318683.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

Photo of Dr. Patricia ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors”. The goal is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse.

Dr. Mitch Croatt

Photo of Dr. Mitch CroattDr. Mitch Croatt (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received additional funding from Temple University for the project “Molecular Characterization of GPR35 and GPR55, Putative Cannabinoid Receptors”. The goal is to understand the functional features of the candidate cannabinoid receptor GPR55 and the recently de-orphanized GPR35 that may define mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions relevant to physiological and pathophysiological function including drug abuse.

See/hear: Jan. 28, 2015

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UNCG Volleyball, under head coach Corey Carlin, had a season to remember. In fact, their away record in the SoCon was their best ever. They reached the SoCon Tournament semi-finals, the first time since 2010. Their final record of 20-11 was the first 20-win season for the program since 2010. This video by UNCG Athletics captures some season highlights.

EUC Blood Drive Feb. 4

The EUC will host its third Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2014-15 academic year Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

Schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 300-pint goal.  For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Be sure to come prepared when giving blood.  Have a light meal and plenty to drink.  Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification.  And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive. Appointments will be given priority. Walk-ins are welcome.

Michael Parker named Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc & Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professor

Photo of Michael Parker from a past book signingProfessor Parker. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Provost Dana Dunn and Dean Timothy Johnston share the great news:

“We are pleased to announce that Professor Michael Parker, of the Department of English and the MFA Program in Creative Writing, has been awarded the first Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professorship.

“Professor Parker is an eminent writer whose eight published works of fiction have garnered both critical acclaim and popular success. His first novel Hello Down There (Scribner, 1993) was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. More recently, The Watery Part of the World (Algonquin Books, 2011) was widely reviewed in such places as The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Constitution, People magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and National Public Radio. His latest work is All I Have in This World (Algonquin Books, 2014).

“He has received multiple awards for his writing, including the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction (1994), the Pushcart Prize (2002), the North Carolina Arts Council Fiction Fellowship (2003), the N.E.A. Fellowship in Fiction (2004), and the O. Henry Award (2004), and three career-achievement awards: the Mary Hobson Award in Arts and Letters (2006), the North Carolina Award for Literature (2006), and the R. Hunt Parker Award for significant contribution to the literature and culture of North Carolina. Professor Parker has taught in the Creative Writing Program since 1992 and in 2009 was awarded the UNCG Senior Research Excellence Award for his body of creative work.

“The Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Professorship was established by a gift from Dr. Nancy Vacc in memory of her husband. Both Nancy and Nick were long-time members of the UNCG faculty in the School of Education.”

Parker joined the UNCG faculty in 1993. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia in 1988 and his B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984.

Dr. Jerry Pubantz will step down from LIHC deanship

Photo of Dr. Jerry Pubantz speaking during a past eventThe honors college is losing its distinguished leader.

“It is with both pride in his many accomplishments and regret over the loss of his talents that I write to inform you that Dr. Jerry Pubantz has elected to step down from the deanship of the Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC), effective July 31 of this year,” Provost Dunn announced in an email to campus Jan. 14.

Provost Dana Dunn presented the news during the January Faculty Senate meeting, with Pubantz in attendance. The faculty senators gave him a hearty ovation.

Her email message cited his many accomplishments:

“Initially appointed to the position of Director of the LIHC in August 2008, Dr. Pubantz assumed the deanship in August 2010, following a broad reconceptualization of the College and associated honors programming at UNCG. Under Dr. Pubantz’s leadership, the College witnessed a period of significant growth and development in virtually every aspect of it operations. During this time, the College:

  • Provided leadership to the ACE Internationalization Project and UNCG’s Global QEP
  • Created the International Honors Program
  • Increased enrollment in the Honors College by 25%, to 960
  • Increased Disciplinary Honors enrollments by nearly 50% since 2010
  • Increased the number of Honors students studying abroad by 258%, to 111 in 2013-14
  • Increased applications to the International Honors Program by 343%, to nearly 700 in 2014
  • Created or designated many new scholarships for the Honors College
  • Implemented a comprehensive Honors Advising programming to assist students in preparing for professional and graduate school
  • Crafted articulation agreements with Honors programs at Southwestern Community College and Durham Tech
  • Designated two Honors residence halls, plus a third to open fall 2015, which can house nearly 400 Honors students on campus
  • Developed New Honors and UNCG Programming, including:

Faculty Fellows Program
Chancellor’s Resident Fellow Program
Honors Common Reading Project
UNCG Think Tank
Food for Thought
Artists in Residence Program

  • Developed New Student Curricular and Leadership Opportunities for Honors students, including:

Honors Student Ambassadors
OWLs Peer Mentors
Mandatory Service-Learning Course with Student Reflection Leaders
World Model UN
Self-Designed Interdisciplinary Major

Dr. Pubantz’s scholarship focuses on Russia and the former Soviet Republics, the United Nations, international relations and American foreign policy. He has remained actively engaged in his discipline throughout his administrative service, helping to facilitate his transition back to Political Science on a full-time basis.

A nominating committee will soon be appointed for the purpose of identifying internal candidates to fill the Lloyd International Honors College deanship on an interim basis, effective August 1, 2015, for a period of up to two years. Details will follow in the coming weeks.

UNCG professional development offerings for Spring 2015

Photo of Elliott University CenterLearn. Grow. Develop new skills and sharpen ones you have.

UNCG Human Resource’s Spring Professional Development Catalog features employee development opportunities in nine areas designed to enhance essential workplace skills, policy and procedure awareness, and continued professional and/or personal growth.

Areas of focus are Communication, Diversity, Leadership, Managerial and Supervisory Development, Performance Management, Organizational Culture, Personal Development, Policies, and Teambuilding.

There are several new course offerings for this semester:

  • A new series on organizational culture and communication led by Professor Christopher Poulos, Department Head, Communication Studies and Professor Anthony Taylor, School of Music, Theater and Dance.
  • A new course on “Appreciating Change Styles” taught by Assistant Dean Pam Cash, Bryan School of Business and Economics, and Amy Strickland, UNCG Department of Nutrition
  • “How to Frame Your Messages for Maximum Impact” led by Professor Dianne Garrett, Bryan School of Business and Economics
  • A new course titled “Simulation of Organizations” led by Dr. Patrick Madsen, Director, Career Services Center
  • A new course on “Grant Writing for Maximum Impact” led by Aubrey Turner, Office of Sponsored Programs and Julie Voorhees, Office of Research and Economic Development
  • A sequel to the course “The Key to Customer ‘Delight’: The Journey to Excellence” – “The Key to Customer ‘Delight’: The Journey to Excellence Continues!” taught by Professor Vidyaranya Gargeya

Plus Human Resources is offering, once again, “Micro-affirmations and Micro-inequities in the Workplace” led by Professor Shelly Brown-Jeffy, Department of Sociology.

Access the Spring 2015 catalog at http://professionaldevelopment.uncg.edu.

Register for the offerings at https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?months=12&cat_id=77001000&submit=update.

UNC System President Ross will resign next year

The UNC Board of Governors and UNC System President Tom Ross have announced that he will leave his position in January 2016.

Ross became president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina on Jan. 1, 2011. A Greensboro native, he had served on the UNCG Board of Visitors and the UNCG Board of Trustees, of which he was chair. He received an honorary degree from UNCG.

“Tom Ross has played an important role in the success of UNCG, both as chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and as president of the UNC System. Tom has provided strong leadership during a very challenging economic climate and in the development of a strategic plan for the system. I appreciate the support that he has provided me and all of the chancellors across the system,” said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

Ross was a North Carolina Superior Court judge for 17 years before leading the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. He was president of Davidson College before accepting the position of UNC president.

Joint statement of the UNC Board of Governors and President Tom Ross

New adverse weather/emergency closings policies

Photo of College Avenue with snowIt’s snowing hard and I can’t get out of my driveway. If the university suspends non-mandatory services, what options are available to me as a leave-earning EPA or SPA employee?

There are two newly enacted statewide polices that deal with Adverse Weather and Emergency Closing.

Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resources, explained the new policies at January’s Staff Senate Meeting. She indicated that these policies were approved by the State Human Resources Commission and adopted by Governor McCrory effective Jan. 1, 2015.

She shared a key aspect of the policy is encouraging collaboration between management and employees in re-arranging schedules due to adverse weather, especially as the university adjusts to the changes in the new policies.

Q: In real terms, who does the adverse weather policy apply to?

It affects all leave-earning employees including
-Exempt and non-exempt SPA employees
-EPA non-faculty

Q: Most winter weather events will likely be classified as “Adverse Weather” events – not “Emergency” events. What are some options for reporting to work in “Adverse Weather” situations?

Non-mandatory employees must make a good-faith effort to report to work or to remain at work if weather conditions allow, Human Resources explains. These employees should use their best judgment to remain as safe as possible. If they anticipate problems in the commute, they can use leave options.

Q: What are those leave options?

Time lost for non-exempt SPA employees shall be charged to accrued comp time if they have it available. Vacation, bonus leave or LOA may also be used. If no comp time is available, with supervisory approval, these employees can make up the time within the same pay period or no later than 90 days. Due to the fact that SPA exempt employees and EPA non-faculty do not earn compensatory time, these leave-earning employees can use vacation or bonus leave or can make up the time with supervisory approval, preferably within the same pay period or no later than 90 days.

Q: What if a staff member doesn’t want to “use up” their vacation or bonus leave time and has no comp time?

In case of Adverse Weather,  management and employees will cooperate in making an effort to to arrange schedules and identify operational needs for overtime work in order to enable an employee to have the opportunity to make up time not worked, rather than charging it to leave.

Again, the bottom line is the need for collaboration and communication between supervisors and staff.

Q: What about “Emergency” closings?

It’s likely that those will be rare. Adverse weather conditions typically do not result in an emergency closing. The chancellor has the authority to determine an emergency closing when conditions are hazardous to employee safety such as in the event of catastrophic life-threatening weather conditions such as hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and floods.

A small percentage of UNCG’s employees in Housing and Residence Life, Public Safety and Security, Dining Services and Facilities are Emergency (mandatory) employees. They are required to work during emergency conditions because their positions have been designated as necessary in response to a specific emergency situation in compliance with the university’s emergency response plan.

Q: After these rare “Emergency” events, how will timesheets be handled?

Employees who are not required to work during an emergency shall not be required to charge leave or make up the time. Emergency employees (“mandatory employees”) required to work during the emergency shall be granted emergency time off (ETO) on an hour for hour basis for all hours worked.

The information above is a very brief look at the policy.

Human Resources has created guidelines for the Adverse Weather policy, which can be viewed at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Leave/AdverseWeatherGuidelines.pdf.

Guidelines for the Emergency Closure policy may be viewed at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Leave/EmergencyClosureGuidelines.pdf

If you have any questions regarding the adverse weather and emergency closing policies, please contact the Department of Human Resources at 334-5009 or Emergency Management at 256-8632.

Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo

The 9th Annual Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo will be Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in the Elliott University Center.

Registration will open for this expo on Jan. 28, 2015. The abstracts/registration deadline is Feb. 20.

The expo is a campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creativity. All students engaged in faculty-mentored scholarly inquiry are encouraged to participate.

Students are eligible to compete for program recognition, which includes monetary awards. Those students who wish to be considered for evaluation must have their mentor’s approval.

Presentation formats are Poster; Oral presentation; Scholarly Performance; and Exhibit/Display.

Details are at http://ursco.uncg.edu/expo/.

Faculty mentorship skills

Interactive theater is on tap for interested faculty.

“Cultivation: An Interactive Theater Performance on Faculty Mentorship Skills in the Campus Community” will be presented by Theatre Delta of Chapel Hill.

The free performance will be Thursday, Feb. 5, 2 – 3:30 p.m, in the EUC Auditorium.

This performance will use Interactive Theater – scripted and improvisational audience participatory theater – to promote dialogue and solutions to enhance faculty mentorship skills in the campus community.

Participants will witness a scene, have an opportunity to interact with and challenge the characters, and then take part in a facilitated conversation about the issues raised.

Topics include communication, giving critical feedback, guiding research, the impact of cultural identity, and others.

The performance was supported by the UNCG Graduate School and University Teaching and Learning Commons.

Help local teachers – and UNCG’s student teachers – with Teacher Supply Warehouse Drive

Photo of staff packing boxes in supply warehouseTeachers spend more than $750 out of their pocket on supplies for their students every year. To address this need, the UNCG Staff Senate and three student groups, the Teacher Education Student Association (TESA), the UNCG Teaching Fellows and Kappa Delta Pi, are combining efforts to help restock the Teacher Supply Warehouse operated by the Guilford Education Alliance.

The Warehouse receives new school supplies and gently used office equipment donated items from individuals, organizations and businesses. Guilford County Schools (GCS) teachers then sign up to “shop” and take items back for their classrooms. Support from the warehouse ensures teachers and students have what they need to succeed.

The majority of UNCG student teachers are placed in classrooms during the spring semester. This spring, there will be 266 UNCG students in schools in the region, 203 in Guilford County Schools. Normally, only classroom teachers are allowed to shop the Warehouse. As part of the supply drive, special arrangements have been made to support UNCG’s student teachers in GCS classrooms, allowing them to shop the Warehouse… so our support is especially important.

The following items are the most needed items currently, although all school supplies are welcome and appreciated:

  • Copy paper
  • Scissors
  • Tissue
  • Post-it notes
  • Wet wipes
  • Colored ink pens
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Colored pencils
  • Calculators
  • Notebook paper
  • Paint (large size acrylic)

The donation drive will run through Feb. 18, 2015. Donations may be placed in the green donation boxes around campus. Locations include:

HHP Building – HHS Dean’s Office
Mossman Building main lobby
MHRA Building main lobby
Library – near the Access Services Desk, main level
EUC bottom level near Career Services office and exterior door to College Ave.
Becher-Weaver Building – Division of Continual Learning office
McIver Building  – near main entrance facing College Avenue
School of Music Building
Bryan Building – Room 366
School of Education Building – First floor mail room
School of Nursing Building main lobby

If you have questions about the drive or box locations, contact Lisa McLaughlin at 334-5694 or lmmclaug@uncg.edu.

Your donation can help Guilford County’s students learn and succeed by supporting both the teachers and our UNCG student-teachers in the classrooms this spring.

Note: Revised 1/21 to correct Bryan School box location.

Could you complete a 5K?

Photo of group who prepared for the UNCG Homecoming 5KWould you like to be in shape to take on a 5K?

UNCG offers its employees the Couch to 5K program at a bargain price, in partnership with Fleet Feet.

This course is taught by a certified running coach.

It focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome. The program is structured to help you cross the finish line of a 5K in just weeks. It can also help existing runners meet new performance goals.

The program runs Feb. 2 through April 25.

The two sessions each week will be Monday and Wednesday, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

The cost is $75 for Student Rec Center members and $80 for employees without a membership.

Get details and register at http://store.fleetfeetgreensboro.com/shop/training-programs/uncg.

Visual: Fall 2014 group who prepared for the UNCG Homecoming 5K.

Upcoming UTLC offerings

Campus speakers and workshops

Community-Engaged Scholarship at UNCG: What Is It? How Can I Build My Scholarly Agenda? How Does It Fit in with Annual Reviews and Promotion/Tenure at UNCG?
Tuesday, Feb. 3, noon – 1 p.m., 1607 MHRA Building

  • Join Dr. Emily Janke – director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement – for a brown bag lunch conversation.
  • Learn more about community engagement at UNCG – how to get involved, how to find out more about it, how to find potential partners, and how to begin documenting for annual reviews, as well as promotion and/or tenure.

Slippery Slope Series: “Intellectual Property: What It Is, Why It Is Important, and Where to Go for Information”
Friday, Jan. 23, noon – 1:15 p.m., EUC, Dogwood

  • Intellectual property rights, like any other property rights, allow creators and owners to benefit from their own work or investment in a creation. It is important to understand the many ways that intellectual property rights impact your work at UNCG.
  • This seminar will address intellectual property issues, including how to protect your intellectual property, understanding intellectual property in sponsored research, material transfer, and confidentiality agreements and how intellectual property can be commercialized at UNCG
  • Presented by UNCG Research and Engagement
  • Register here.

Grant Resources: Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 3 – 4 p.m., Faculty Center

  • This faculty learning group discusses long-range research plans, effective searches for funding opportunities, persuasive grant writing, and even compelling budgets–whether you are working on a small pilot project or a large, multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Register here.

Ka-Pow! Creating Powerful Presentations
Thursday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. and Noon, Bryan 113

  • Instructor: Dr. Kimberly Kappler Hewitt, (UTLC Fellow for Teaching with Technology and Online Learning)
  • This fast-paced session will provide insight on what to do and not to do when designing presentations.
  • Learn how to use visuals, stories, data, and cases to inform and inspire your audience.
  • Learn how to use visuals, stories, data, and cases to inform and inspire your audience.
  • Register here.

Service-Learning workshops and grants

Reflection 101: Using Reflection to Enhance Learning in Service-Learning Courses
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 4 – 5 p.m., McIver 140

  • This workshop is designed for faculty and staff teaching service-learning courses. It will cover reflection models, best practices, assignments, and syllabus design.
  • Facilitated by Dr. Kristin Moretto, Assistant Director for Service Learning
  • Register here.

Service-Learning Basics for Faculty
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4 – 5 p.m., Faculty Center

  • For faculty members who are new to service learning or want a refresher. This seminar will cover service-learning basics, best practices, and course design.
  • Facilitated by Dr. Kristin Moretto, Assistant Director for Service Learning
  • Register here.

Service-Learning (SVL) Global Course Development Grants

  • Deadlines are March 16 and April 1 for service learning courses with international or global focus
  • Contact Dr. Kristin Moretto knmorett@uncg.edu for more information

Retirement reception for John Pearce and Michael Hall

Farewell to John Pearce and Michael Hall of Facilities Operations’ Facilities Services Department. They each have spent tireless hours on many evening shifts, emergency calls, and special night or day events for the Facility Services department.

Facilities Operations will miss each of them.

A retirement reception will be held Friday, Jan. 23, 2015  2-3 p.m. in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room.

The campus community is invited to attend.

Deborah Bell

Photo of Deborah BellDeborah Bell (Theatre) is editor of a volume of essays on masquerade in its various forms. “Masquerade: Essays on Tradition and Innovation Worldwide” was published in mid-December by McFarland. The introduction and two essays in the volume are by Bell. One essay, considering Pixar animators, is by Dr. Heather Holian (Art), whose animation research centers on the collaborative process of Pixar Animation Studios and the role of the individual artists within this studio structure. Other contributors are costume designers, museum curators, and scholars in English, theatre, anthropology, African history, critical media and cultural studies. Their exploration acknowledges traditional notions of masquerade, but also seeks to define and describe masquerade in new ways as experienced in today’s popular culture.

This collection of essays examines the art and function of masquerade from a broad range of perspectives, she explains. From African slave masquerade in New World iconography, to the familiar Guy Fawkes masks of the Occupy Wall Street movement, to the branded identities created by celebrities like Madonna, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, the essays show how masquerade permeates modern life.

Given the extent of masquerade as we now experience it, Bell suggests that we can consider our current era as the “Age of Masquerade.” This Age of Masquerade is the artistic inheritor of the Information Age because never before have we had such a wealth of imagery at our disposal, imagery that we constantly manipulate with the assistance of so many technical resources.

Bell is professor of costume design in the Department of Theater, where she has taught since 1980. Her book “Mask Makers and Their Craft: An Illustrated Worldwide Study” (2010) profiles mask makers in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Italy, Sweden, Malawi, Nigeria, Japan, Bali, South Korea, Canada, and both coasts of the United States. In 2014 it was reprinted in paperback.

Dr. Venkat M. Iyer

Photo of Dr. Venkat M. IyerDr. Venkat M. Iyer (Bryan School) wrote a monograph report, and some of its findings have been mentioned extensively in journals and outlets that cater to all types of accounting professionals worldwide. The research report titled “Job Satisfaction for Internal Auditors: How to Retain Top Talent” was published by the Institute of Internal Auditors in October, 2014. This monograph was based on a survey of about 1600 internal auditors and provides several key findings.

An article based on this report is the feature story in the magazine “Your Career Campass” published by the IIA. It is distributed to 180,000 members in 190 countries. Also, a summary of the report appeared in “Journal of Accountancy” which is published by the AICPA.  The article was also referenced by CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) in their magazine. The subject was one of the main articles on accounting web in November. “Accounting Today,” another magazine which is widely read, ran a story with a summary of the report which also contains a statement from Richard Chambers, President and CEO of IIA, who spoke about the report and its findings.

Iyer is a professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance, Bryan School.