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Archives for May 2015

With the Staff: April 2015

Hello: Amanda Teer, Facilities Operations; Andrew Sanders, Information Technology Services; Sean Devlin, Information Technology Services; Alice Culclasure, Weatherspoon Art Museum; Stephen Patalano, Public Safety & Police; Mandy Hiatt, Information Technology Services; Elizabeth Dewey, Facilities Operations; Braxton Hiatt, Public Safety & Police; Kenneth Beasley, Housing and Residence Life; Stephen Hale, Human Resources; Tiffany Jones, Human Development & Family Studies; Macea Whisettse, Business Affairs; Rachel Pittman, Telephone Services; Elizabeth Jordan, Facilities Operations; Robin Kallam, Office of Research & Economic Development

Good-bye: Barbara Gainey, Housing and Residence Life; Kuan-Chin Chen, Information Technology Services; Clarice Burns, Information Technology Services; Elizabeth Workman, Office of Research & Economic Development; Michael Davis, Buildings & Trades; Lanita Goins, University Relations; Myra Scott, Weatherspoon Art Museum; Robert Snyder, Auxiliary Services; Emily McKenzie, Campus Activities and Programs; Ruby Norman, Human Development & Family Studies; Lonnie Watford, Housekeeping

Solidifying one person’s enrollment decision

I see a lot of interesting tweets – they are a window into what people are really thinking at any given time. I was struck by this early summer tweet on May 13:

“If ever I was unsure of continuing my education at UNCG, seeing the beauty its campus offers and experiencing the kindness of the staff solidified my decision.” A snapshot of the grounds in front of Jackson Library accompanied it.

So many things impact attendance decisions. The work by Grounds makes an impact. The friendliness and professionalism of UNCG staff across campus make an impact. Everyone can make a big difference.

Dr. Franklin Gilliam will be UNCG chancellor

Photo of Dr. Franklin Gilliam Jr. being welcomed into the Alumni House for the receptionDr. Franklin Gilliam Jr. stepped out of his car. And into a large,  welcoming crowd of Spartan faculty, staff, supporters and students.

The UNCG Spartan Orientation Staff students have been preparing to welcome a big incoming freshman class.

On May 22, they were first in line on the steps of Alumni House to welcome UNCG’s new chancellor.

Gilliam was introduced by Trustees chair and Search Committee chair Susan Safran. He had been elected to be UNCG’s 11th chancellor earlier in the day at the UNC system Board of Governors meeting.

Gilliam has been dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA since 2008. Gilliam has focused on establishing UCLA Luskin as a leader in finding solutions to society’s most pressing problems – from juvenile justice to drug policy, from child welfare and health care reform to transportation and the environment.  He also secured a $50-million naming gift for the school and has launched new campaigns to elevate its mission of public service. Under his leadership, it has launched major administrative and educational initiatives ranging from an ambitious centennial fundraising campaign and strategic planning initiative to programs in global public affairs, leadership, digital governance, and inequality. The school’s active research centers include the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, the Institute for Transportation Studies, the Center for Policy Research on Aging, the Luskin Center for Innovation and, coming August 1, the new Institute on Inequality and Democracy.

A native of Bloomington, MN, Gilliam earned a bachelor’s degree in political science (1977) from Drake University and holds master’s (1978) and doctoral (1983) degrees in the field from the University of Iowa. Early in his academic career, he taught at Grinnell College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the UCLA faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of political science. Twice nominated for UCLA’s Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award, Gilliam also has taught at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and was a Visiting Scholar at Brandeis University. In addition, he taught at Fisk University, Middle Tennessee State University, and with former Vice President Al Gore at Columbia University.

Gilliam will assume his new duties Sept. 8. Dr. Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor since summer 2014, will continue to serve as acting chancellor until that time.

See more at special web page.

See excerpts of Gilliam’s remarks at the welcome reception.

‘Proud to be the newest Spartan’

Photo of Dr. Franklin Gilliam speaking during reception“It is a great honor to be elected the 11th chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,” Dr. Franklin Gilliam said in addressing the roomful of well-wishers in Alumni House May 22. He was accompanied by his wife Jacquelean Gilliam, executive director of Scholarships & Student Support Initiatives and Campus-wide Initiatives at UCLA. He acknowledged Susan Safran and the hard work of the search committee; the ongoing work of Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn; and the work and initiatives of former chancellor Linda Brady.

Some excerpts from his remarks:

  • Greensboro is a wonderful city. The region’s vibrant, and we are thrilled about that. We intend to become fully active active members of the community. It’s a community you can throw your arms around.
  • There’s no doubt in my mind that UNCG is well-positioned for continued success …. Enrollment is on the rise, academic excellence is fostered by a very accomplished faculty; the university is consistently recognized for being among the top universities at the intersection of excellence and value ….
  • This is a critical time for American higher education and, in particular, for public higher education. How will we continue to deliver a high-quality education experience for our students while the business model is changing beneath our feet? As you know, across the country, states are dis-investing, if you will, in public higher education. This troubles me of course because, as probably most of you in this room know, the prosperity of states like North Carolina or California or Wisconsin are directly attributable to the institutions of higher learning in those states and the human capital that is producing the highest quality and the skills which (drowned out by applause).
  • We have to continue to find even more innovative ways to prepare students of all ages and backgrounds for meaningful lives. This is a really interesting tension between how do we prepare the students to enter the workforce and have the right kinds of skills, on the one hand – and how do we also prepare them with a true liberal arts education?
  • Being able to draw on a pool of a skilled labor force is critical to the future success of the companies, and we have to meet that challenge – but we also have to create thinking, intellectual beings. We have to produce young people who are engaged in a discussion of the critical issues of the time – who understand what it means to be a citizen, both here in Greensboro but also in the world.
  • As many of you know, UNCG contributes over a billion dollars annually to the region – and as such it must be a robust and engaged civic stakeholder.
  • (He spoke about the Woman’s College history and the campus’ longstanding values.) I think we always have to honor that legacy. On the other hand, I think also have to look forward. We have to look to the future and see how we can collectively – all of us – work towards a better tomorrow.
  • I am proud to be the newest Spartan …. Together, only together – none of us can do this alone. It’s the students, it’s the faculty, it’s the staff, it’s the alumni, it’s the donors, it’s the volunteers, it’s the other stakeholders in the community – this is the only way this thing works …
  • We’re thrilled to be joining this community. We’re excited – we’ve been sneaking around Greensboro the last couple of months. We had to change into civilian clothes for a chance to meet prospective parents and ask students how they enjoyed it here. So now I can actually walk around … (drowned out by laughter and applause). It’s together, and only together, that we will redefine and forge UNCG as a leader in 21st century public higher education.

 

UNCG ready for SOAR 2015

Photo of parents and students from a past SOAR eventSpartans are preparing to welcome a new class of first year students.

Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) starts June 4, with eight freshman sessions and two Transfer and Adult sessions during the month.

SOAR will pick up again in August with two more Transfer Adult sessions and one more Freshman session before Rawkin’ Welcome Week begins.

All new freshmen will receive a copy of ““Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes” by Kelsey Timmerman.  That is the Keker First Year Common Read book this year.

“We currently have at least 237 more freshmen and at least 222 more transfers confirmed than this time last year,” said Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples. “We have seen the greatest growth in our in-state applications, but we are still up slightly for out-of-state students.”

As you see students and their family on campus in the coming weeks, don’t hesitate to say Hello and make our new Spartans feel welcome.

Abstracts from undergraduates due for International Conference of Undergraduate Research

Photo of College Avenue with students walkingStudents have several more days to submit proposals to a global conference to be held here at UNCG.

UNCG will be one of the host sites for the 3rd Annual International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) on September 28-29, 2015.

Abstracts from undergraduates are due May 31, 2015. Register here.

In September, students and attendees will gather in one of UNCG’s classrooms equipped with virtual technology to participate in the conference.

This endeavor is an informal collaboration with the University of Monash in Australia and bolsters UNCG’s Global Engagement emphasis.

This will be the first online undergraduate research conference for UNCG and any other campus in the state.

The conference provides an international experience via an interactive virtual experience.

Questions? Contact the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office at ursco@uncg.edu.

UNCG’s 2015 Cram and Scram sale

Photo of front of the Elliott University CenterEverything will be two for a dollar, at the 2015 UNCG Cram & Scram sale Saturday, May 30, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

The sale is open to the public.

Expect to see lots of items commonly found in dorm rooms – clothing, shoes, desk furniture, miscellaneous decor, electronics, lamps and books.

Each item is sold at a flat rate of 50 cents. The price is not designed to bring in large amounts of revenue but instead to encourage community members to reuse these items that still have lots of life left in them.  The sale is cash only (correct change appreciated).  There will be free parking at Walker Ave. Parking Deck but no assistance will be available to haul purchased items to people’s cars.  The money generated at the sale funds environmental learning opportunities on campus.  The leftover items are donated to Goodwill.

Questions? Call Ben Kunka at 334-5192.

The sale is hosted by the UNCG Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling.

The 11th chancellor in UNCG’s history

I got a note Friday questioning whether “11th chancellor” is accurate. This provides a great opportunity to explore our history – and to verify that the statement is in fact accurate.

The first two campus leaders, McIver and Foust, were not called “chancellor” – the title was adopted in 1945, apparently. And two leaders were relatively short-term, interim chancellors: Debra Stewart and W.W. Pierson. Dr. Dunn has served as acting chancellor (while also serving as provost and executive vice chancellor).

When Dr Linda Brady was installed, she was installed as our university’s 10th chancellor (and of course, we were not known as a “university” till the mid-1960s, when Woman’s College became UNCG.) So there is a lot of cloudiness and opportunity for confusion, as titles have changed, the campus’ name has changed several times, etc. Aside from short-term interim chancellors, here are the ten full chancellors (even if known by another title) that our campus has known as of May 2015:

Mr. Charles D. McIver (received honorary doctorates)
Mr. Julius I. Foust (earned Ph.B degree)
Mr. Walter C. Jackson (received honorary doctorates; first to be called “chancellor,” in final years of his tenure)
Dr. Edward K. Graham (first UNCG head administrator to earn doctorate)
Dr. Gordon Blackwell (first to have any type of investiture ceremony)
Dr. Otis Singletary (declined a ceremony)
Dr. James Ferguson (first large investiture ceremony, a tradition that continues: Fred Chappell spoke, a Class of 1894 alumna was on hand)
Dr. William Moran
Dr. Patricia Sullivan
Dr. Linda Brady

Our campus will welcome Dr. Franklin Gilliam Jr. on Sept. 8 as its 11th chancellor.

By Mike Harris
Note: If you’re interested in campus history, please click the links. The links will provide you further information and show CW’s sources.

At UNCG, beauty and history are all around

Photo of detail from one of many signed architectural drawings by Harry Barton, in Sink BuildingThere’s great art and invaluable history in lots of unanticipated places at UNCG.

This summer, CW will show you some. First, let’s stop by Sink Building – and consider perhaps the most important architect to call Greensboro home: Harry Barton.

I toured his 1927-built home in Hamilton Lakes/Old Starmount
recently, part of a Preservation Greensboro event. He built his home the same year his Aycock Auditorium was built. More than a dozen defining buildings on the UNCG campus were designed by Barton – and, aside from one (a temporary gym seen here in a Spartan Stories post), all have been preserved.

During the tour of Barton’s Greensboro home, I noticed the drawings for the home are displayed by the current owners. Are there any drawings for Barton’s building’s on view at UNCG?

Yes.

Step up to the reception desk and lobby on the second floor of the Sink Building – and look around. Feast your eyes. History and art come together with each of the antique works – designs for the Chancellor’s House (now the Armfield-Preyer Visitors Center), Curry Building, Brown Building and several others. The details are astounding. Each appears to be initialed by Barton in the bottom right corner.

An architectural guide hosted by NCSU Libraries indicates few of Barton’s drawings still exist. Well, some excellent ones can be enjoyed in Sink Building. Another of the perks of being a part of such a historic campus.

Next week in CW, another spot on campus where you’re surrounded by great art and history.

By Mike Harris
Visual: detail from one of many signed architectural drawings by Harry Barton, in Sink Building

UNCG inspires Candace Robinson’s international ecological studies

Photo of Candace with a non-poisonous black racer snake at the local wetlands site, subject of her undergraduate researchCandace Robinson volunteered with a bunch of fellow UNCG students at the Topsail Island sea turtle hospital, camping through a storm.

But it’s hardly the most unusual biology field experience she’s had. That came during a UNCG student exchange experience to Australia a year ago.

“I attended James Cook University during my junior year,” she recently said. That experience in Australia changed her career path to one focused on conservation. “James Cook has a leading tropical biology program, and I took nearly all of my upper level biology courses there. The field excursions were incredible. I never thought I would be trapping and surveying animals in the outback in the outback for three days, or trekking through mangrove forests full of spiders and mosquitos.”

“I then applied for the (UNCG Biology) sea turtle conservation course, and was accepted!” she said. “Since then, my life has been forever changed. I have been given the opportunity to join in sea turtle conservation efforts in our state and in August I will be able to say I have contributed in Costa Rica.” A class of UNCG Biology students will study several species of turtles there.

A requirement in the sea turtle course has been to take on a special project with a conservation or environmental theme to be completed in 20-30 hours. “I wanted to do something worthwhile because I knew the experience could be a great opportunity to reference in my quest for grad school.

It became her signature undergraduate research project – helping restore a local wetlands pool.

“I am now part of the restoration team, which includes US Fish and Wildlife officials and a renowned forester. Upwards of 90 hours spent constructing the management plan, attending meetings, and doing hard manual labor on the property, make up the greatest work I’ve completed in my life.”

“With this grand success under my belt, I recently found out I was accepted into graduate school. In September, I will begin my Master’s of Science in the International Environmental Management and Sustainability program offered as a joint degree by James Madison University and the University of Malta.”

Last month, she told lots of kids about conservation, sea turtles and more at the first UNCG Science Everywhere festival. Her experiences in the last two years have changed her life – and she’s ready to make an impact on the world.

“I hope to one day serve on the United Nations Environment Programme board,” she said. “I’m actively working towards my goal of impacting conservation efforts internationally.”

By Mike Harris
Visual: Candace with a non-poisonous black racer snake at the local wetlands site, subject of her undergraduate research

Shred-a-thon 2015 at UNCG

UNCG campus community members have a convenient opportunity for shredding.  On Friday, June 12, at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. you’ll be able to shred paper documents with sensitive/confidential information for free in front of Foust Building on Administration Drive. The mobile shredding truck that will be stationed there is designed to process large amounts of paper on-site; users can even choose to watch the secure destruction on a closed circuit TV on the truck. Confidential materials from your office or home are welcome. This event is limited to UNCG faculty, staff, students and alumni. Help will be available to unload your car. Staples, envelope windows and small paper clips are fine to be included with the material, but no binders will be accepted. Be sure all paper is out of any binders before bringing your material. Use proper lifting technique and teamwork to move paper to the event; paper is deceptively heavy.  Last year about 25,600 lbs. of material was shredded and recycled at this annual event.

For any questions or assistance with getting records to the event please contact Ben Kunka, bakunka@uncg.edu.

Records that have permanent or historical value, based on the approved records schedule, are to be transferred to University Archives. Instructions for transferring records to University Archives are available at http://uncg.libguides.com/university_archives/transferring_to_archives. If you have questions about transferring records to University Archives or the historic value of your records (both paper and digital) contact Erin Lawrimore at erlawrim@uncg.edu.

UNCG is required to comply with the North Carolina Public Records Law concerning the retention and disposition of records. Records are to be disposed of according to University and State approved schedules. The UNC General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule is available at http://its.uncg.edu/records_management/.  If you have questions about records management, contact 6-TECH at 256-8324.

Fresh flags will grace campus

Photo of two banners that will be installed on posts on campus this summerFourteen banner options were floated. Two will fly.

Look for new UNCG banners to grace the campus’ lamp posts soon.

The current banners, which have withstood the elements for several years, were in need of replacement. Staff in Undergraduate Admissions and the Division of Continual Learning created a new set of banners. The two divisions developed an online polling process. Additionally, the options were shown informally to dozens of new graduates at May’s commencement, to get their perspective.

Two options emerged in a very tight race. A design featuring a large Spartan was the overall winner, with 310 votes. Several Minerva designs were popular as well, with the large Minerva design receiving 245 votes. The two designs will be placed strategically across the campus.

Visual: two banners that will be installed on posts on campus this summer

Heidi Carlone will speak on educational equity at Boston’s Museum of Science

Photo of Dr. Heidi CarloneDr. Heidi Carlone (UNCG School of Education), a leading researcher on one of the nation’s pressing social issues – classroom equity in STEM education – has been invited to share her work at one of the nation’s pre-eminent science museums. She will present her research on the innovative Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum.

She will give a presentation at the Museum of Science, Boston, on June 2 in the Museum’s theatre.  The museum’s education staff will attend, as will education faculty from area colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT and Tufts, along with area school teachers and administrators. The public will be invited as well.

Carlone, an associate professor of science education in UNCG’s School of Education, applies theoretical lenses from the fields of anthropology and sociology to investigate the short- and long-term impacts of learning with EiE on how diverse student groups develop identity.

Students who are African-American, Hispanic or from low-income families are less likely to grow up to be scientists or engineers than their middle-class white classmates. To understand why youth from these under-represented groups face such a difficult path to STEM careers, Carlone observes and interviews students and teachers in classrooms that are using the EiE curriculum. Her presentation will explore the processes by which students end up labeled ‘smart’ or struggling’ – and how creating a local cultural definition of ‘smart engineer’ may affect a student’s educational trajectory.

Looking ahead: May 27, 2015

Habitat for Humanity build (info: freundd@uncg.edu)
Wednesday, June 3, 7:45 a.m.

First summer session final examinations
Wednesday, June 17

Second summer session classes begin
Thursday, June 18

Theatre for young people, ‘The Kid Who Loved Monsters’
Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m., Brown Bldg Theatre

Name change: Multicultural Affairs becomes Intercultural Engagement

UNCG’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is changing its name to the Office of Intercultural Engagement. This name change reflects a broader commitment to help students not only learn about but to interact with a multitude of cultures. New programs will be developed, and the office hopes to welcome a new director this summer.

For now, you can continue to stay up-to-date about the Office of Intercultural Engagement by visiting oma.uncg.edu.

UNCG School of Education nationally accredited

Some readers may have arrived at this post via an incorrect link in the CW email. To view the video clip of the Chancellor-elect Welcome Reception, CLICK HERE.

 

UNCG’s School of Education recently received accreditation for a period of six years, from 2015-21 under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. NCATE’s performance-based accreditation system for teacher preparation ensures that teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P-12 student learning.

The Commission also made a distinct decision to recognize that the School is moving toward target on Standard 2 and cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards.

Providers accredited under NCATE standards, as well as those accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles, are now served by the single specialized accreditation system for educator preparation in the United States, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More than 900 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP accreditation system.

For more information about UNCG’s School of Education, visit soe.uncg.edu.

For more information about CAEP, visit caepnet.org.

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work Open House June 1

Learn how you can lose weight without sacrificing the foods you love at the UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work Open House Monday, June 1, from noon – 1 p.m. in Bryan 113. Join in with your co-workers for more support, and change your relationship with food, for good.

The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Mondays in Bryan 113 from noon -1 p.m., with weigh-in starting at noon. This meeting is open to the entire UNCG community including faculty, staff and students.

Interested? Attending the open house provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants and have your questions answered by group leader Bobbie Gaski.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-3410 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.The group is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UNCGWWatWork.

Dr. Karen Wixson

Photo of Dr. Karen WixsonDr. Karen Wixson (School of Education) received new funding from Educational Testing Services (ETS) for the project “NAEP Program Assessment and Transition.” Wixson is dean of the School of Education.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne WelshDr. Dianne Welsh (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) received a competitive renewal from The Coleman Foundation for “Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows.”  This fellowship program expands cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education across campus by adding or revising classes and doing projects with classes that already have been established.

Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos

Photo of Dr. Arthur AnastopoulosDr. Arthur Anastopoulos (Human Development and Family Studies) received a large, new grant from the DOED Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for the project “Improving the Educational and Social Emotional Functioning of College Students with ADHD.” The number of young adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) pursuing college degrees has risen dramatically in the past 30 years, with current prevalence rates ranging between 5 and 8 percent, the abstract notes. Students with ADHD currently represent one of the largest disability groups on college campuses, with at least 25 percent of all college students who receive disability services identified with ADHD. College students with ADHD are significantly more likely than their peers to have low and failing grades, to be placed on academic probation, and ultimately, to drop out of college.

“While much research attention has been paid to interventions for ADHD across the lifespan, the high-risk college years have received practically no attention,” the abstract continues.

“Our multi-site team set out to address this gap by working with stakeholders to develop an intervention for college students with ADHD – Accessing Campus Connections and Empowering Student Success (ACCESS) – that specifically targets the executive functioning and psychological functioning factors that impact educational functioning. To date, a detailed treatment manual has been developed and revised through an iterative process and a large open trial of ACCESS was recently completed. The primary goal of this upcoming Goal 3 study is to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of the ACCESS intervention as compared to a delayed treatment control group and to assess moderators and mediators of intervention response.”

Anastopoulos is director of the AD/HD Clinic at UNCG, based at 1100 West Market St.

See/Hear: May 27, 2015

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Chancellor-elect Franklin Gilliam Jr. was welcomed to campus May 22. He had been elected UNCG chancellor by the UNC Board of Governors earlier in the day. At the Alumni House, he made remarks and met many well-wishers. See a brief video of the reception.

2,400 Spartans turn tassels

Photo of graduates with one graduate holding up a I bleed blue and gold sign during May 2015 commencementApproximately 2,400 students were awarded degrees Friday at UNCG’s Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony. The event has held at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Of those new graduates, 1,814 received baccalaureate degrees, 474 received master’s degrees, 22 received Specialist in Education degrees and 66 were hooded with doctoral degrees.

Tim Rice, the former CEO of Cone Health, delivered a Dr. Seuss themed commencement address. He was introduced by Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn. Rice was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters as part of commencement ceremonies.

Former chancellor Linda P. Brady and the achievements of UNCG during her tenure were recognized during the ceremony.

Dr. Joseph Starobin (JSNN / UNCG Nanoscience) received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.

Student speaker Dickson Ibeh-Kingsley said, “Fellow graduates… today we will leave here separated but forever connected. We will miss all the amazing friendships we have built during our time at UNCG, but wherever life may take us know that despite the distance our roots will remain forever intertwined … because ONCE A SPARTAN… ALWAYS A SPARTAN.”

See the full text of Tim Rice’s commencement address.

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Reception for our new chancellor will be May 22

Photo of aerial view of the Alumni House and Bell TowerThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro Board of Trustees cordially invites you to a reception honoring UNCG’s 11th Chancellor Friday, May 22, 2015, in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

A floating reception will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m, with remarks at 5:15 p.m.

Update: New start time is 4:30 p.m. Remarks still are scheduled for 5:15 p.m.

Trustees hear Aycock Auditorium report

Photo of the front entrance to Aycock AuditoriumThe survey results are in. A report has been compiled.

There’s no clear consensus currently on the topic of the name of Aycock Auditorium. But one thing is clear: People want an educational component.

The UNCG Board of Trustees on May 6 heard a presentation by Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn May 6.

Aycock Auditorium, built in 1927, was named for former Governor C.B. Aycock, who served 1901-05. He was known as the “Education Governor.” He had ties to UNCG (when it was known as the State Normal School). While governor, he and President Charles McIver (who had been friends since they were students at UNC Chapel Hill) worked with the Southern Education Board, a group of Southern reformers who advocated for increased support and funding for public education. He visited the State Normal College (UNCG) several times during his years as governor. He spoke at the 1902 commencement ceremony. In January 1904, after a fire destroyed Brick Dormitory (at the site of today’s McIver Building), Aycock came to the college and, along with McIver, spoke at the student assembly the next day. Aycock later worked with McIver to secure funds to construct a new facility.1

Aycock’s white supremacist political leadership and views have received increased attention in recent years and two other universities have removed his name from buildings.

The Aycock Ad Hoc Committee prepared the report, after a semester of research and fact-finding. Dr. Chuck Bolton and Rod Wyatt co-chaired the committee. Two forums were held, and the online survey yield more than 1,000 responses

Dunn presented results from the committee’s survey. As for the question of whether or not the name should be changed, there’s no clear answer from the survey. 52 percent would vote to change the name and 48 percent would vote the retain the name.

Knowing that the university will have a new chancellor this summer – and several new trustees will join the board – Dunn recommended and the trustees decided to move forward with examining the educational aspect of this issue. However, a decision about the name will not be made now; it’s anticipated that the chancellor and trustees will take that issue up later this year.

See the committee’s report at http://aycock.wp.uncg.edu/report.

See the committee’s website at aycock.uncg.edu.

1 Information from Ad Hoc Committee’s website.

By Mike Harris

Betsy Buford, Fred Chappell will receive UNCG’s highest honors

Photos of Betsy Buford and Fred ChappellBetsy Buford has worked to preserve and promote North Carolina’s history and arts. Fred Chappell has spread literary wealth to an international audience.

They will receive UNCG’s top honors.

Betsy Buford will receive the the Adelaide F. Holderness / H. Michael Weaver Award, which honors North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished public service to their community or state. It is named in honor of Adelaide F. Holderness ’34 and H. Michael Weaver of Greensboro.

Fred Chappell will receive the Charles Duncan McIver Award, which recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the state or nation. The bronze medal bears the likeness of Charles Duncan McIver, the founding president of the institution that is now UNCG.

The honors will be presented during a ceremony on May 14 at the university.

About each recipient:

Betsy Farrior Buford ‘68 has worked with individuals, legislators and grassroots organizations from Murphy to Manteo with the goal of preserving North Carolina’s history and arts – and promoting social equity. She served as deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources for nine years, 1993 to 2002. She served as director of the North Carolina Museum of History and director of the Division of State History Museums from 2002 to 2007. A history major at UNCG, she had begun her career as a legislative intern on the staff of Congressman L. Richardson Preyer and joined the state’s Division of Archives and History in 1975.

Her many awards include N.C. Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Woman of the Century, the Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award from Preservation North Carolina, Special Recognition for Speaking Out from N.C. Equity/Carpathian Awards, Indies Arts Award from Independent Weekly and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from UNCG. She was the second recipient of the Bowers Medal of Arts from Friends of the Arts N.C. State University. (Henry Bowers, the award’s namesake, was the first recipient.)

She has served on nearly 50 boards. She has chaired the Advancement Council of The University of North Carolina Press and has served as president of the NC Literary and Historical Association and as president of the Women’s Forum of North Carolina. She has served UNCG in many ways and is currently serving as a director of the UNCG Excellence Foundation for the second time.

A career highlight was her 1996 participation in North Carolina’s first trade mission to Israel. Since 1977, she has been a supporter and volunteer for the American Dance Festival.

Fred Chappell has established a body of acclaimed literary work that few in North Carolina have ever matched. He is the author of a nineteen volumes of verse, four story collections and eight novels.

He has received, among other awards, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, Aiken Taylor Award in Poetry, T. S. Eliot Prize, Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers from the Academie Francaise, Thomas Wolfe Prize, John Tyler Caldwell Award and Roanoke-Chowan Poetry Prize eight times. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002.

His impact on the world of letters is seen not only in his books but in the many students who have gone on to successful writing and teaching careers.

A native of Canton in the mountains of North Carolina, he taught at UNCG for more than 40 years and helped create the MFA in Writing program. A recipient of the UNC system’s highest faculty honor, the O. Max Gardner Award, Chappell held the Burlington Industries Professorship from 1987 to his retirement in 2004.

By Mike Harris

Love sea turtles, will travel

Photo of students rinsing off sea turtleNeither rain nor storms nor darkened skies could keep a group of UNCG Biology students from the coast the last several days.

They left on Mother’s Day to volunteer at a sea turtle hospital. They camped. They will return today (Wednesday).

UNCG has a longstanding connection with the hospital, officially called the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Students and employees volunteer regularly.

UNCG Biology senior lecture Ann Berry Somers leads the groups. She taught a course on sea turtles this spring – and will teach a summer course in which UNCG students will travel to Central America to study a rich variety of sea turtles and conservation techniques. “We leave for Costa Rica on Aug. 1 and return on Aug. 9 and will be working with the researchers at the Phipps Biological Station,” Somers said.

UNCG has many students involved in conservation work – locally and around the world – whether with polar bears, birds, plants, sea lions and of course sea turtles. UNCG Campus Weekly and UNCG Now news site will profile a few of the many students in coming weeks.

By Mike Harrid
Archive visual from an earlier year at the sea turtle hospital

UNCG undergraduate researcher goes to Capitol Hill

Photo of Merritt and Westervelt are joined by an exoneree wrongfully convicted of killing a prison guard, as Merritt makes poster presentationUNCG honors student Tiffany Merritt and her mentor, Dr. Saundra Westervelt of the UNCG Department of Sociology, took their research to Capitol Hill last month. Merritt’s honors project, titled “Addressing the Aftermath of a Wrongful Conviction in North Carolina: Policy vs. Practice,” examines the implementation of the North Carolina compensation policy for NC exonerees. Her research reveals that only 44 percent of NC exonerees actually receive compensation.

The project was one of 60 from across the country selected from over 500 applications for the annual “Posters on the Hill” event sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Merritt and Westervelt traveled to Washington, D.C. April 22-23, where they discussed their work with two U.S. senators and the staffers for a third senator and two U.S. congressmen. They also met with White House staffers from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is dedicated to supporting and promoting high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. CUR’s Posters on the Hill is a national showcase that emphasizes the positive impacts of undergraduate research experiences for the U.S. Congress.

Merritt found the experience remarkable, as she presented to governmental officials in the nation’s capital. “Especially when I think about my roots. I come from a small island called Wrangell in Alaska. When I say small I mean 1,800 people and no street lights.”

She enrolled at UNCG in 2011. She took up Chinese as a minor and pursued her criminology concentration, graduating in the fall of 2014.

“As I learned more about criminology, I realized the criminal justice system was not what I had expected – that a lot of injustice existed within the system itself that needs addressing. I began doing research on exonerees because I needed extra coursework to turn into the (UNCG Lloyd International) Honors College to receive disciplinary honors in Sociology. Luckily I had Dr. Westervelt who is a champion in this area and got me really fired up about the aftermath of exonerees.”

She is currently working for a private company helping International students become successful college students. “I hope to start graduate school at UNCG in January 2016, and eventually I hope to be working at the forefront of exonerees reentry services and compensation, whether that be working for a non-profit or from the political angle.”

Visual: Merritt and Westervelt are joined by an exoneree wrongfully convicted of killing a prison guard, as Merritt makes poster presentation

Starfish updates: Summer 2015

With the spring semester coming to a close, the Starfish Outreach Team in the Students First Office would like to wish students, staff, and faculty a productive and restorative summer break. As the university transitions into the summer term, we would like to remind the campus community that the ability to raise Starfish flags and kudos will be turned off during the summer. Flags and kudos will be disabled beginning May 9, 2015 and will become available again for Fall 2015 on August 17, 2015.

The following features will remain available during the summer:

  • Starfish CONNECT online scheduling tools
  • Tutoring Referrals (available for both Summer Sessions I and II)
  • Academic Skills Referrals (available all summer)

Starfish referrals are a new feature that became available during Spring 2015 and are available for staff and faculty to use if they know of a student who can benefit from the referred service. Please visit studentsfirst.uncg.edu/starfish/how-to.php to learn more about each of the referrals that are currently available.

For assistance using Starfish features over the summer, please email Elena Medeiros, the Coordinator of Academic Outreach, at starfish@uncg.edu. Students, staff, and faculty are also encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish webpages at studentsfirst.uncg.edu/starfish for additional information about Starfish, its features and available training guides.

Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity build for June 3

Photo of volunteers working around the roof of house from a past Habitat BuildUNCG Staff Senate is forming a team to volunteer for a Habitat Build on Wednesday, June 3. Volunteers must be able to commit to the entire day (7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) and must pre-register. The team of employees will be working on foundation prepping and finishing, as well as final building and waterproofing of a retaining wall. No experience is necessary to participate. UNCG organizers note that this qualifies for any unused community service leave. The team is limited to 12 members, so to ensure a spot, sign up soon.

For more details and to register, contact Debbie Freund at freundd@uncg.edu or 256-0426.

Staff, vote for your representatives

Staff Senate elections for the 2015-2017 term are upon us. The major purpose of the UNCG Staff Senate is to provide awareness of and involvement in the university community by SPA and EPA non-faculty employees; to encourage professional and personal development of the staff; to improve communication between all staff and faculty within the university; and to serve on special committees appointed by the chancellor as recommended by the Staff Senate Executive Committee.

Please take a few moments to select the ballot for your division below, and vote for your 2015-2017 Staff Senate representatives. Note, there are no open seats for the division of the Office of Research and Economic Development and for University Advancement.

Elections have begun the they will end at the close of business on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Academic Affairs
Business Affairs
Information Technology Services
Office of the Chancellor*
Student Affairs

Thank you.

Co-Chairs of the Staff Senate Elections Committee

* For the 2015-2017 term, the Division of the Office of the Chancellor will include Intercollegiate Athletics, University Relations, and Gateway University Research Park

Feasts, catastrophe and the Folger Seminar

Photo of Melissa ElmesUNCG’s Melissa Elmes, a doctoral student in medieval literature, was accepted into the Folger Institute’s spring 2015 seminar. Elmes joins a growing list of UNCG doctoral students and faculty accepted into these highly selective and prestigious Folger programs. The Scale of Catastrophe: Ecology and Transition, Medieval to Early Modern seminar brought Elmes to the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, nearly every Thursday through April 23.

Every year, the Folger Institute attracts hundreds of applications from the top minds around the world to participate in its seminars. The seminars work much like a graduate level course – participants have weekly assigned readings, discussion prompts, and presentations. There is one important difference, though: instead of reviewing existing knowledge, participants create and disseminate new knowledge by discussing it with each other and bringing it back to their respective institutions. In the case of The Scale of Catastrophe seminar, the scholars considered the effects of natural and man-made disasters on individual and community identity.

The experience has been both humbling and inspiring for Elmes. “You’re actually in a room with all of these brains from literally across the world, and you’re producing knowledge,” she says. “Until I took this seminar, I didn’t realize the scale and deep responsibility that is involved with the kind of work that we do.”

Elmes’ doctoral dissertation focuses on feasts and feasting in medieval literature and their role in changing and recreating human and community identity.

By Emma Troxler
Full story at UNCG Research site.

Chris Rhea’s research will let military check for concussions in the field, using smartphone

Photo of Dr. Christopher RheaUp to 320,000 service members in the past decade’s military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have sustained some form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The lack of an objective measurement tool for evaluating a suspected mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is of great concern to the military.

That’s why the U.S. Department of Defense is particularly eager to invest in UNCG research that may be the solution.

Dr. Christopher Rhea (Kinesiology) has received new funding of nearly one million dollars from the Department of Defense for the project “TBI Assessment of Readiness using a Gait Evaluation Test (TARGET).”

Many at UNCG are well aware of Rhea’s VEAR Lab in the Coleman (HHP) Building. There, he and students assess the gait, balance and walking techniques of study participants through the use of 3D motion capture, virtual reality immersion capabilities, a treadmill that simulates slips and trips, and more.

This grant is, however, for something quite unique.

“This is about a smartphone app,” Rhea says. “About smartphone technology.”

It’s not about studying movement in a lab. It’s about assessing a person’s movement wherever they may be. Even if they’re in the desert in a war zone. Or if there’s no medic nearby. They and their comrades can pull out a smartphone and do a quick assessment.

If the soldier moves abnormally, their balance is off, or if something in their stride is amiss, that suggests a concussion or worse.

He points out that in the past 10-15 years, improved armor has prevented many soldiers’ deaths. But explosions that they may now survive can result in varying levels of concussions and brain injury. After a blast of any sort, the question is: Can they return to duty, or should they should be assessed more thoroughly and treated?

“The Department of Defense wants quantitative ways to measure dysfunction after concussion,” he notes. In combat, such assessments can be a matter of life and death.

Almost all smartphones have accelerometers, which orient the smartphone up or down and track acceleration. His research team has developed an app at UNCG to collect data as you walk for a few minutes, tracking your gait and balance.

Rhea is the principal investigator (PI), and co-investigators include Dr. Geoff Wright (Temple University), Lt. Jay Haran (US Navy) and Scott Ross (UNCG). It’s a multi-site collaborative effort to develop this unique screening test.

Their work will have four parts. Task 1 consists of collecting normative data for the TARGET from healthy, fit college students. Task 2 will record TARGET data of non-military personnel with mTBI. Task 3 will record TARGET norms from a healthy military population. And Task 4 will collect TARGET data on military personnel with mTBI at Bethesda, Maryland.

Determining if you have a concussion – even in a combat zone. Remarkably, there’ll soon be an app for that.

By Mike Harris (with some information from grant abstract)

Commencement 2015, in pictures

Enjoy a slideshow of May 2015 UNCG Commencement Day – many of the photos are behind-the-scenes shots, taken by Martin Kane.

Looking ahead: May 13, 2015

Staff Senate meeting (with Jason Stogner)
Thursday, May 14, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Baseball vs Gardner-Webb
Thursday, May 14, 6 p.m.

Reception to welcome new Chancellor
Friday, May 22, 4:30 p.m., Alumni House

Music, Chris Brubeck, John Salmon, French Connection
Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Help UNCG students dress for success

To help ensure that all of our UNCG students have access to professional dress for career fairs and interviews, the Career Services Office is currently collecting gently used men’s and women’s suits in all sizes and men’s neck ties. To make a donation, please contact Katie Geise at kngeise@uncg.edu and a member of Career Services will arrange to meet you at your office or vehicle to collect your items.