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Archives for August 2015

Ansel Elkins launches MFA readings

Portrait photo of Ansel ElkinsAnsel Elkins, recipient of the prestigious Yale Younger Poet Award, will read from her lauded first volume of poetry Sept. 3 to launch the UNCG MFA in Creative Writing Fall 2015 series. A UNCG alumna, she has joined the English Department’s MFA in Writing program as a visiting assistant professor of English.

The full schedule of readings:

Thursday, September 3, 7 p.m., EUC Maple Room, Ansel Elkins (poetry): “Blue Yodel”

Thursday, October 1, 7 p.m., EUC Maple Room, Bryn Chancellor (fiction): “When are you Coming Home”

Thursday, October 15, 7 p.m., Faculty Center, Kathleen Driskell (poetry) and James Tate Hill (fiction): “Academy Gothic”

Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m. Scuppernong Books: “Will Read for Food” Benefit Reading for Greensboro Charities, with multiple readers from the UNCG MFA faculty and beyond.

Global Opportunities Center garners $500,000 grant for Greensboro

Aerial photo of UNCG campus and downtown Greensboro skylineA new international economic engine, the Global Opportunities Center, may soon be a part of Greensboro thanks to the hard work of a group from local organizations and a $500,000 award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The idea, a downtown center that will link a variety of resources from local colleges and universities, businesses, non-profits and government organizations to create new international opportunities for students, businesses and community members, was the winning concept in a competition to generate innovative ways to spur economic activity. The recently announced award is part of the SC2 Visioning Challenge Grant received by the city of Greensboro in 2012.

The idea for the Global Opportunities Center came from UNCG’s Office of Research and Economic Development which then led a planning effort with participation from other local colleges and universities, the NC Small Business and Technology Development Center, nonprofit group Boundless Impact, businesses and many more.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Joe Gallehugh

UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series

Photo of entrance to the Weatherspoon Art MuseumUNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum presents the tenth season of the longest running program of its kind in the region, the UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series. It continues to lend a voice to environmental sustainability and climate change issues affecting our community and the world.

Since 2006, more than 5,000 attendees have attended to view more than 60 documentary films, ranging in topics from consumerism to waste, agriculture to water, and transportation to energy.  Please join us and bring a friend to celebrate ten consecutive years with encore screenings of audience favorites and post-film discussions.

The UNCG Sustainability Film & Discussion Series is free to attend, open to the public, and hosted monthly on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum. The program is also supported in part by the the UNCG Office of Sustainability, University Libraries, and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. Questions? Contact Sarah Dorsey.

2015-16 Monthly Event Schedule:

Aug. 27, 2015 – An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Sept. 24, 2015 – Who Killed the Electric Car (2006)

Oct. 22, 2015 – King Corn (2007)

Nov. 12, 2015 – Waste Land (2010)

Jan. 21, 2016 – Living Downstream (2010)

Feb. 25, 2016 – Overburden (2015)

March 17, 2016 – Just Eat It (2015)

April 21, 2016 – UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Competition

UNCG and Hurricane Katrina relief service trips

Photo of UNCG students working during service trip to New Orleans, March 2006UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning sponsored service trips to the Gulf Coast for relief in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina from 2005 to 2011. Several years there were multiple trips.

In total, 474 UNCG volunteers traveled to do service, for an accumulated 15,642 hours of service.

Dr. Rick Reitzug (Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations) went on 10 UNCG trips – six to New Orleans, three to Biloxi, and one to Waveland, Miss, “the exact location where Katrina made landfall,” he recalled this week.

He once wrote in an ELC newsletter (after his ninth UNCG trip to the region) about the “moral purpose” that underlies the trips. “On these trips, everyone is engaged in very demanding physical work, often in hot, humid weather and atrociously filthy conditions – 4 years of post-Katrina mold, cockroaches, rotting wood, etc. But no one EVER complains. I think it’s because everyone is working not for themselves, but in service to others.”

A recap after the 2008-09 trips in OLSL archives says, “Each participant’s experience is different, but they typically come away from the trips with three things in common: surprise at just how much is yet to be done in the region, a determination to give back more to the Gulf and their home communities, and a lasting bond with the other participants.”

Dr. Cathy Hamilton, director of the UNCG Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, says that several students went first as trip participants, then trip leaders for multiple trips and then moved to live and work in New Orleans upon graduation.

A look back at the service-learning trips to the Gulf Region:

December 16, 2005 Catholic Social Services, Office of Long Term Recovery
(Diocese of Biloxi) Biloxi, Miss. (poor, elderly disabled)

March 2006 Hilltop Rescue and Relief, New Orleans, LA

May 2006 Hilltop Rescue and Relief, New Orleans, LA

December 2006 Hilltop Rescue and Relief, New Orleans, LA

March 2007 Camp Coastal Outpost, Bay St. Louis, Miss.

May 2007 1. Rhino:  Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans, New Orleans,
2. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, New Orleans, LA

January 2008 1. Biloxi, Miss.
2. Camp Hope, New Orleans, LA

March 2008 1. Seashore United Methodist Assembly, Biloxi, Miss.
2. Pass Christian, Miss.

January 2009 1. Relief Spark, Inc., River Ridge, LA
2. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Houma, LA
Working with Rebuilding Together

Spring Break 2009 1. Pearlington, Miss.
2. Biloxi, Miss.

January 2010 United Saints Recovery Project, New Orleans, LA

March 2010 Biloxi, Miss.

January 2011 Adullam Christian Fellowship and City of Hope, Arabi, LA

Compiled by Mike Harris (information courtesy OLSL)
Photo courtesy Dr. Rick Reitzug, UNCG service trip to New Orleans, March 2006
See other Katrina-related posts in CW this month:
10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf; Steve Kroll-Smith’s research
Tara Green: Hurricane Katrina in reality and as metaphor

Washington Monthly: UNCG among ‘best bang for the buck’

Image of badge icon for Washington Monthly's Best-Bang-For-The-BuckUNCG is ranked No. 8 in the category of Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast category of the 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

The publication rates UNCG No. 18 nationally in the category of “social mobility.” Their social mobility category gives colleges credit for enrolling many low-income students and helping them earn degrees.

UNCG ranks No. 110 nationally in its overall rankings.

The rankings were released August 24 and are posted at http://bit.ly/collegeguide2015.

Washington Monthly magazine’s College Guide takes “a different approach” to ranking the nation’s colleges and universities. They use three criteria: social mobility, research and civic engagement.

Washington Monthly rates colleges that are doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. The rankings value colleges that contribute most to the public good.

Health 2.0: Redesigning Health & Wellness Coaching in the Community

The UNCG Health Coach Training Program and Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will hold their first annual conference to connect the community of providers who want to deliver quality healthcare that improves patient outcomes and satisfaction.

The conference will be Thursday, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m -5 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

Register at northwestahec.org.

Among the presenters:
Susan Butterworth, Ph.D, MS, Principal and Founder of Q-consult, LLC, has over 20 years of experience in health promotion and chronic disease self-management. Dr. Butterworth will share strategies to help you improve health coaching outcomes and patient engagement.

  • Tom Wall, MD, Chief Medical Director of Triad Health Network
  • Grace Terrell, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Health Care
  • John Jenkins, MD, Vice President and Executive Medical Director, Primary
  • Cathy Cole, MSSW, LCSW, President of Cathy Cole Training

Conference sessions will focus on effective health coaching strategies that improve patient outcomes, best practices in health coaching in community and public health agencies, success stories of transformative value-based health care, and research updates on the effectiveness of health coaching.

Contact coaching@uncg.edu for further information.

UNCG Dance in the heart of Italy

Photo of UNCG dance students performing in a cathedral in Italy For 14 Spartan dance students, it was the artistic journey of a lifetime. For the Italian spectators, it was unforgettable as well.

UNCG Professor of Dance Janet Lilly took 14 UNCG dancers to Italy last month. They were in residence July 16-August 4 at the Pieve International School near the historical Medieval hill town of Corciano, in the Umbrian region of Italy.

Umbria is often referred to as the “green heart of Italy.” Surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and olive trees, Villa Pieve is the perfect location for immersing students in the art and practice of dance choreography and performance. The dancers had daily contemporary dance technique, Iyengar yoga and dance improvisation and composition classes. There were also classes in Italian language and cooking, and day trips to Assisi, Perugia, Cortona and Florence.

The UNCG students had the unique opportunity to rehearse with New York choreographer Jacquelyn Buglisi for a performance of her work in collaboration with Italian visual artist Rosella Vasta, “The Table on Silence.”

The high point of their artistic journey was performing with Italian dancers from Perugia and Cortona on Aug. 2, known as the “Day of Forgiveness” in the Franciscan tradition, in the main piazza in Perugia and at the Basilica di Santa Chiara in Assisi.

This was the first time Janet Lilly, head of the UNCG Dance department, had led a group of Spartan students abroad.

Her favorite part of the Italian journey – aside from the Italian cuisine they all enjoyed? “Watching how the dancers grew as performers and the focus and commitment they brought to the two performances.” She noted that the Assisi performance began at 6:30 a.m., and the students were ready in every sense of the word.

Drawn from news item in SMTD newsletter.
Photo of UNCG dance students courtesy Giancarlo Belfiore

Faculty Senate schedule Fall 2015

The first meeting of Faculty Senate is next Wednesday, in the Virginia Dare Room. (See agenda highlights.) The faculty convocation will be two weeks afterward.

The full schedule for the fall semester:

Faculty Senate Meeting, Sept. 2, 2015, 3 p.m., Alumni House

General Faculty Meeting and Convocation, Sept. 16, 2015, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Faculty Senate Meeting, Oct. 7, 2015, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Faculty Senate Forum, Oct. 21, 2015, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Faculty Senate Meeting, Nov. 4, 2015, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Faculty Senate Forum, Nov. 18, 2015, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Faculty Senate Meeting, Dec. 2, 2015, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Additional information is here.

First Faculty Senate meeting: a preview

The first UNCG Faculty Senate meeting of the year will be Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, 3-5 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Anne Wallace, chair of the Faculty Senate, will offer introductory remarks.

Chancellor-elect Franklin Gilliam Jr. and Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn will offer remarks in the first hour as well.

Committee reports will follow, as well as presentations by Interim Vice Chancellor Jim Thornton; Dana Dunn, Kim Record, Ambrose Jones (NCAA Sanctions); and Dana Dunn and Anne Wallace (Faculty Workload Guidelines).

UNCG Top 3 Safest Campus in NC, says Niche.com

UNCG is ranked in the top 3 in the current Safest Campus in North Carolina rating. The site is published by Niche.com, Inc.

Safest Campus ranks colleges based on crime statistics and opinions from students.

“A high ranking indicates that there is little or no crime on campus and low drug and alcohol usage and students report that the college provides a safe and healthy environment for students,” their site says.

You may read the methodology here.

New LiveSafe app at UNCG

Night photo of UNCG campus with smartphone LiveSafe appAn estimated 2,015 UNCG students, faculty and staff have downloaded and are now using the new UNCG LiveSafe personal security app according to the UNCG police department.

Students are using the app to report various kinds of information including a streetlight not working near Spartan Village, blue lights being out-of-order on emergency phones, and even to report suspected questionable activity on and around campus. The app allows students and member of the campus community to submit tips via text, audio and video attachments.

But by far the app is being used most for its interactive tool called Safewalk. With Safewalk, students, faculty and staff can enable friends or family to track them as they walk on or off campus, through GPS location monitoring.

For more information, visit the UNCG LiveSafe website at livesafe.uncg.edu/FAQ/. It only takes a minute to download the free LiveSafe app from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.

By Joe Gallehugh

National Recovery Month kick-off celebration Sept. 1

Take part in a free event to support National Recovery Month, Sept. 1 in the EUC.

Various departments and programs across UNCG’s campus have united to support National Recovery Month, a part of Mental Health Month. (Details about UNCG’s Mental Health Month activities will be in next week’s CW.)

The Spartan Recovery Program, a new program at UNCG designed to provide recovery support services to students in recovery from addictions to alcohol and/or other drugs, in partnership with the UNCG’s Athletic Department, Choices Program, Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness, Wellness Center, Student Recovery Alliance, and Counseling Center, as well as the Addictions Professionals of North Carolina, will host a Kick­Off Celebration on Sept. 1 from 6:30- 9 p.m. in the Maple Room, EUC.

There is no admission charge. The celebration will begin with light refreshments followed by a screening of the feature documentary “The Anonymous People.” A panel discussion will feature UNCG students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Also, free Recovery Month T-shirts will be given to the first 100 attendees.

For more information or if you wish to register for the event, visit the event page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recovery-month-kick-off-celebration-the-anonymous-people-film-screening-tickets-17823004085.

Registration is not required.

See more at recovery@uncg.edu.

New Name for the Teachers Academy

At the April 2015 meeting of the Teachers Academy Council of Program Coordinators the membership voted to change the name of the Teachers Academy to the Collaborative for Educator Preparation (CEP). The change was made in order to be inclusive of all professional education programs represented by the CEP. The CEP will continue to set policy, oversee assessment and accreditation, and act as a professional learning community for professional education programs across campus. It will continue to be led by the Council of Program Coordinators (CPC).

The CEP (formerly known as Teachers Academy) includes (a) a Council of Program Coordinators (CPC) that represents all professional education programs on the UNCG campus, (b) a Steering Committee that includes representatives from the units on campus, and (c) an Advisory Board consisting of members from the 15 school districts that constitute the Piedmont Triad Educational Consortium (PTEC). The Director of the Teachers Academy is also the Chair of the Council of Program Coordinators and reports to the UNCG dean of the School of Education.

The CEP oversees

  • policies and practices of professional education programs at UNCG;
  • accreditation and DPI reviews in conjunction with the SOE Director of Assessment
  • dissemination of information about North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (SDPI) licensing requirements; and
  • the administration of school-university partnership activities related to USTEP funding.

Contact Dr. Christina O’Connor, director of the Collaborative for Educator Preparation, at ckoconno@uncg.edu with any questions.

Laura Gonzalez helps Latino immigrant parents be involved in kids’ education

Photo of Laura GonzalezHer research focus began when she took a university post in North Carolina.

With her master’s in hand, Laura Gonzalez came to work at NC State’s First Year College as an academic counselor. She earned her doctorate in counselor education and met her future husband, who is from Panama.

She learned by observation the challenges Latino immigrants face and maneuver. She was inspired to write her dissertation on college level choices of Latino students.

Now in her seventh year at UNCG, she is an assistant professor in the UNCG School of Education’s Counseling & Educational Development program. It is rated No. 2 nationally by US News and World Report.

Last year she received the North Carolina Counseling Association Award for Professional Writing and/or Research as well as the UNCG School of Education Mentoring/Advising/Supervising Award.

Her applied research focuses squarely on Latino families and educational access. She sees that Latino parents want their children to succeed academically here in America – but the parents often face cultural barriers in doing so.

“Immigrant parents are sometimes isolated,” she notes, even as their kids become acculturated. She is working, in collaboration with others, to give Spanish-speaking parents the confidence and cultural skills to help them guide their children succeed in school.

She is a member of the Guilford County Schools Latino Advisory Board, and has done research in a variety of locations in the Triad area.

Some CED graduate students have done research with her, such as conducting qualitative interviews.

She is eager to emphasize that  Latino parents may not be as visible at school as others – for example, some may not volunteer or take the lead. But it’s a misconception if you think they don’t care. They may care more, but are restrained by culture. For example, many Latinos have a perception that “Educators are professionals; I should not interfere.” They’re in a new country, with different ways of interacting with teachers and parents and different expectations.

“They are committed to the kids’ future. You don’t leave all you have in your former country to give your child a better life, and not be committed.”

She has created in Forsyth Country, with funding from the Kathryn Reynolds Charitable Trust, 8-week group sessions to help Latino parents guide their children toward their educational futures. (The Winston-Salem Foundation is funding it this fall.)  “It’s about ‘how’ to get involved,” she explains, “giving them the tools and encouragement.” She works with churches and nonprofits to reach out to prospective parents.

She is struck by the resilience of the immigrant families, as they often work many hours at difficult jobs as they look with optimism at their children’s future. They want a better life for their children. They dream of their children’s future.

Through her applied research, she is working to give the parents skills to help their kids reach their full academic potential, through high school, college and beyond.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: Aug. 26, 2015

Gen Ed Forum
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Center

Talk, Buster Simpson, vertical landscaping on Elm St. (Elsewhere)
Thursday, Aug. 27, 5 p.m., Weatherspoon

Film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’
Thursday, Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Exhibition opens, ‘Maud Gatewood: Selections’
Saturday, Aug. 29, Weatherspoon

Men’s soccer vs. UNC Wilmington
Monday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m.

‘Anonymous People,’ Mental Health Month movie
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m., Maple Room, EUC

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 3 p.m., Alumni House

“Straight Outta Compton: The Story of the NWA”

The UNCG African American & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) will host its first Conversation with the Community of this semester on “Straight Outta Compton: The Story of NWA.” The discussion will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. in the Kirkland Room of the EUC. Join in a discussion on the film, which is a historical piece on the iconic 1990’s musical group NWA. This discussion will focus on the film’s relationship to contemporary social issues including race, masculinity, politics and policing.

Acupuncture, massage therapy part of health services

For full information on what is provided at the UNCG Wellness Center, visit http://shs.uncg.edu/wellness.

Two items for that employees may access that you may not be aware of:

Acupuncture Clinic

Fall 2015:
September 4, 25
October 2, 23, 30
November 6, 20

Clinics will be held on these Friday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Student Health Center Room 05. Appointments are required. Call (336) 334-5340 to make an appointment.

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of muscles and other soft tissue to reduce stress, tension and anxiety. For full information and to see how to make an appointment, visit http://shs.uncg.edu/wellness/massage/massage.

Dr. Ethan Zell

Photo of Dr. Ethan ZellDr. Ethan Zell (Psychology) was recently named a Fellow of The Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP). The SESP is a scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of social psychology. Zell was chosen in recognition of his substantial contributions to social psychology as an empirical science; he joins a select group of researchers that grows by less than 5 percent each year.

Lynda Kellam

Photo of Lynda KellamUNCG Data Services and Government Information Librarian Lynda Kellam has received the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Award for 2015. This award provides funding for research in the field of documents librarianship, or in a related area that would benefit the individual’s performance as a documents librarian or make a contribution to the field.

Dr. Ratnasingham Shivaji

Photo of Dr. Ratnasingham ShivajiDr. Ratnasingham Shivaji (Mathematics and Statistics) received new funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “Collaborative Research: Mathematical and Experimental Analysis of Ecological Models: Patches, Landscapes and Conditional Dispersal on the Boundary.”

Dr. Margaret Gillis

Photo of Dr. Margaret GillisDr. Margaret Gillis  (Specialized Education Services) received a continuation of funding from the DOED OSERS Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children.”  A critical concern in early childhood special education (ECSE) is the shortage of highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver services to high-need children aged birth to five with disabilities. Specifically, there is a need for professionals who can collaborate with others to meet the needs of all young children, including those with disabilities, who experience poverty, who are from minority racial or ethnic groups, who are English learners, or who may be immigrants. UNCG offers a synchronous online post-baccalaureate (post-bac) certificate program specializing in ECSE through an interdisciplinary approach.  Building on prior success, this project will focus on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high quality programming for young children with disabilities, the abstract states. The primary goal of the project is to increase the number of highly-qualified personnel to work with other professionals and families to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children in high need community-based programs and schools, including children from traditionally underrepresented groups. The proposed project has the potential to impact at least 2,000 children and their families.

Jeff Aguiar

Photo of Jeff AguiarJeff Aguiar (SMTD) will be in the cast of “Into the Woods.” The North Carolina Theatre will present the production Oct. 20-25 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Aguiar, who received his BFA in theatre education at UNCG, is Strategic Communications Director for the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. More information is here.

Dr. Stephen Sills

Photo of Dr. Stephen SillsDr. Stephen Sills (UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies) received new funding from the City of High Point for a “Housing Market Segmentation Study for the City of High Point.” Market segmentation is a process of analysis that divides an area by natural geographic bounds as well as by demographic, social, economic, political, and cultural divisions. The analysis will rely on data at the individual, neighborhood, and community levels. The goal of this pilot project is to create a neighborhood condition index for High Point of the based on a variety of factors that influence the stability of a neighborhood.

Volunteers needed to examine personal weight beliefs

Are you an African-American or a Black woman? 18-40 years old? In generally good health?

Interested in participating in a research study on personal weight beliefs of African-American women?

Participation in this research study will take approximately one hour and involves:

  1. Completing a set of written questionnaires
  2. Having weight and height measured

Receive $15 for your time.

If you are interested in participating in this study or would like more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Pickett directly at s_picke2@uncg.edu or 336-256-1462.

Edge of a new era

Photo of Chancellor-Elect Franklin Gilliam Jr. speaking during his state of the campus addressUNCG is a remarkable institution, uniquely positioned to grow and thrive.

Chancellor-Elect Franklin Gilliam Jr. delivered remarks at the 124th State of the Campus Address Aug. 12, with UNCG faculty, staff and board members assembled in Aycock Auditorium. His first day at UNCG will be Sept. 8.

He spoke of UNCG’s impact on and engagement in the greater community – and what it means for its students and the region and state.

“I will be an advocate for this university and for public higher education in this state,” he said. He noted that most states are now spending less on public higher education per capita than they did in 2008.

The biggest UNCG fundraising challenge is fellowships for students, to ease the burden of debt. He explained that debt burden impacts the career choices for students, and that our state needs many of those careers that are not necessarily the most lucrative, but are essential for our society.

He talked of his first impression of UNCG on his initial visit. “This is a beautiful campus,” he told his wife, Jacquelean Gilliam, as a student showed them the university.

Gilliam shared his thoughts about UNCG’s culture and its future. “Culture refers to a clearly articulated and broadly shared set of values that define the very nature of an organization,” he explained. He stepped from behind the podium to the front of the stage, closer to the audience, and laid out a set of values that builds that culture:

  • Shared fate. “We have a shared fate,” he said. “We have to collaborate.”
  • Excellence. “There has to be a common standard of excellence in everything we do,” he told the faculty and staff gathered.
  • Accountability. “People have to be held accountable. We all do.”.
  • Innovation. “We have to have an entrepreneurial spirit,” he said. “We have to act like we’re a start-up.”
  • Transparency. “That means clarity – about how decisions are made.”
  • Inclusion. “We all have a stake in UNCG,” he explained. Ideas can come from anyone and anywhere, he added. UNCG needs inclusive decision-making and communications.
  • Fun. We’re at college, he said. “We should get joy out of that – the joy in what we accomplish together.”

He alluded to the title of the occasion: the 124th State of the Campus Address, and the permanence of UNCG’s enduring, vital role in the community and state. “We’re not going anywhere. We are here.”

Acting Chancellor and Provost Dana Dunn gave an address on the accomplishments of the past year. She received an extended, rousing ovation, as did Dr. Gilliam.

Trustees Chair Susan Safran offered remarks as well. “I do believe we are on the edge of a new era,” she said.

The traditional luncheon for faculty/staff followed the address, giving many staff and faculty an opportunity to meet their new chancellor.

View video of Chancellor-elect Gilliam’s remarks here.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Martin Kane

Million-hour milestone for UNCG’s service and civic engagement

Photo of UNCG Guarantee student scholars washing windows in the communityUNCG’s Office of Leadership & Service-learning has sharpened its pencils and tallied the university-wide numbers. And UNCG’s students have reached a milestone:

They are now engaging in more than 1 million community service hours annually.

The 1 million hours documented in community service include UNCG students in myriad activities throughout the county on volunteer service days, UNCG student teachers in area public schools or volunteers in after-school youth development, School of Nursing students in a practicum at area hospitals, social work students engaged in field work – the list goes on. The ways in which UNCG students engage in impactful ways in the community and develop into “citizen leaders” are many.

This is the first time UNCG’s Office of Leadership & Service-Learning has tabulated a figure that passes the 1,000,000 mark.

The exact figure is 1,060,829 hours. That is for the 2013-14 academic year, the last year for which all the numbers have been calculated.

The number of students who engaged in academic service-learning – community service through courses – for 2013-14 was 7,029. Examples include the Communication and Society Course in Communication Studies, in which students work with young people in the Boys and Girls Club to organize and implement activities, and a history course in which students work with Preservation Greensboro on a social history of local, historic homes.

Those who otherwise engaged in forms of community service? 4,434.

‘The university is developing ‘citizen leaders,’” says Dr. Cathy Hamilton, director of the UNCG Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL). “When students come to UNCG for the first time, we want them to understand that even as we welcome them as part of the UNCG community, we stress they are also a vital part of the Greensboro community. Becoming a citizen leader means developing a commitment for the common good and the skills for effecting positive change in society.”

Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn says,“‘Service’ has been this university’s motto since its earliest days. This figure is a remarkable milestone. It speaks to the tremendous impact UNCG makes in our community, through the efforts of thousands of Spartan students working alongside many community partners.”

Although the numbers don’t tell the whole story, gathering the numbers has been something that UNCG has committed to do since the inception of the national Presidential Honor Roll for Community Engagement in 2006. Since that time, OLSL and UNCG’s Institute for Community and Economic Engagement have taken the lead to document community engagement for UNCG’s Carnegie Foundation application for elective Carnegie Classification of Community Engagement. UNCG was awarded this classification in 2008 and again, when it was time for renewal renew, in 2015.

Community service means activities designed to improve the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low income individuals, Hamilton explains. Community service activities may include but are not limited to: academic service-learning, co-curricular service learning (not part of an academic course, but utilizing service-learning elements) and other co-curricular student volunteer activities, as well as Work-Study community service and paid community service internships. Community service includes both direct service to citizens (e.g., serving food to the needy) and indirect service (e.g., assessing community nutrition needs or managing a food bank). Academic service-learning means service that is integrated with academic course content. It may involve direct or indirect service, and may include academic research.

Spartan Service Day will be this Saturday – with Spartans at 15 locations throughout Guilford County. Details are at http://olsl.uncg.edu/students/community-service/short-term-service/spartan-service-day/.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Martin Kane. UNCG Guarantee students volunteered at Barnabas Network last week.

Next week: a look at UNCG OLSL service trips to Hurricane Katrina affected areas in the years after the storm.

UNCG leads Guilford, Brunswick, Yadkin school teachers in China

Photo of teacher showing iPad app to students in ChinaSponsored by a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) grant, UNCG professors led 12 NC public school teachers, including K-12 classroom teachers, English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), and special education teachers, on a Chinese educational project this summer. What they learned can enrich their classroom instruction this year and for years to come.

Dr. Ye (Jane) He (School of Education) and Dr. Kristine Lundgren (HHS) served as the directors. They led the dozen teachers from Guilford County, Brunswick County and Yadkin County Schools in China. The program’s base in China was Shanghai Normal University, a UNCG partner university in Shanghai, China.

The teachers learned the Chinese language and culture, and observed in several K-12 schools. They plan to integrate some of the Chinese language and cultural elements in their units in the coming year, Dr. He said.

Dr. He and Dr. Lundgren plan to take a group of UNCG students, teacher candidates, SLPs, and other interested educators and specialists to China next summer.

This is the first time UNCG has secured a Fulbright-Hays GPA grant to lead an overseas experience for school teachers.

Read a blog from a teacher participant: https://sanderlinnshanghai.wordpress.com/.

For more information of the upcoming program to China, contact Dr. Ye (Jane) He at y_he@uncg.edu.

Tara Green: Hurricane Katrina in reality and as metaphor

Photo of Dr. Tara T. GreenThis month marks the tenth anniversary of one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history: Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Tara T. Green will attend the Katrina 10 Commemorative Conference of the Urban League at the end of this month in New Orleans. The conference will look at the city’s re-emergence and the issues it and other cities hit by Katrina face.

Green, professor & director of the UNCG African American & African Diaspora Studies program, is from the New Orleans area. She attended Dillard University in New Orleans. Most of her family evacuated before the storm hit.

A lot has changed in the city as a result of the storm and the aftermath, and the conference will take a close look at the housing changes, education-related changes, etc., she explained.

Her current research and writing centers around water, both in reality and in metaphor, and African descendents.

The Middle Passage, a term for the slave transport ships’ journey from Africa to the Americas, is one subject of her upcoming book.

New Orleans was a major slave port, she notes.

Hurricane Katrina is another subject of the book.

She speaks of the imagery from Katrina. You have to unpack the imagery, she explains. “It’s a part of the history.”

In the book she ponders the role that the history of racial discrimination had on the response to and treatment of people displaced by the hurricane.

“Katrina is symbolic for our country, a metaphor,” she explains.

By Mike Harris

UNCG hosts 25 German Fulbright students

Group photo of German Fulbright studentsUNCG once again hosted 25 German Fulbright students this summer. 20-25 years old and from schools of applied sciences all over Germany, they learned about American culture and the American high education system. This year’s theme was once again “Entrepreneurship.” They visited many businesses as well as tourist/cultural sites. They marked the end of their UNCG educational adventure at this week’s UNCG German Fulbright Summer Institute 2015 Farewell Dinner and Certificate Ceremony.

This year’s German Fulbright students visited several businesses and organizations and met with leaders in the corporate and academic fields. They visited the International Civil Rights Museum, NC A&T University, High Point University, Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Bald Head Island Conservancy, EUE/Screen Gems Studios, Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, Victory Junction, Research Triangle Park, One Million Cups (1MC), Krispy Kreme corporate office, Tanger Factory Outlet corporate office and Mebane Tanger Outlet Mall.

Other adventures included a night paddle at Lake Brandt, TeamQuest group obstacle challenge session at Piney Lake, a trip to the Nantanhala Outdoor Center, a trip to Carolina Beach and Asheville city center and also some fun examples of American sports culture.

This year’s program marked the fifth year in which UNCG was chosen by the German Fulbright Commission in Berlin to host and run this summer institute. The other institution in the US hosting a group of German Fulbright scholars during this summer was SUNY at Binghamton (Binghamton University).

The office of Senator Thom Tillis is arranging for tours at the Library of Congress and the US Capitol as they depart UNCG.

See a Facebook page with many photos: UNCG German-American Fulbright Summer Institute.

For more information about this program, contact Dr. Penelope Pynes or Nor Othman-LeSaux at the International Programs Center (IPC) at ipc@uncg.edu or 334-5404.

Resources for adults and seniors in community

“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” is an eight-session program exploring topics of interest to adults and seniors in our community.

The sessions will  be 10 a.m. – noon Thursdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 5.

It will be of particular interest to those who are thinking of moving out of their large homes into smaller ones, apartments, condos or assisted living. It is a tough decision after the kids leave home. It will be of interest to their adult children as well.

The sessions will include resources for adults in addition to resources for seniors, such as  financial preparedness,, aquatic and fitness resources, a tour of the Adult Center for Enrichment, and more.

The series is sponsored by Well-Spring, UNCG and SERVE, Inc.

Visit http://www.servecenter.org/collections/frontpage/products/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go to register. The cost is $35.

You may contact Pat Levitin 336-339-2113 with any questions.

BRAVE bystander intervention training for faculty/staff

The program BRAVE – Building Responsible Advocates for Violence Education – has the goal of promoting healthy relationships for UNCG students through an education and advocacy training program. The UNCG program will build a network of allies throughout campus. The BRAVE program focuses on all forms of Interpersonal Violence (IPV) including abusive dating relationships (physically/sexually abusive and psychologically abusive), sexual assault (particularly among acquaintances), stalking and harassment.

Interested in learning more? Choose one of these sessions:

Tuesday, Sept., 22, 2015, 11 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, 11 a.m.

You may register here.

Missed a week or two of Campus Weekly? Quick way to see the stories.

Missed any issues of UNCG Campus Weekly this summer? Check out the CW Archives at http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/archives. You can scroll through each month’s stories. Or, if you prefer, you may click on a category at the top of the CW page – for example, click Features and scroll through August and work backward to July, June and May to see all the features since the semester ended. And do the same for any other sections, such as People.

CW had a variety of informative stories: from new members of the UNCG Board of Trustees, to Jan Van Dyke honored at downtown ceremony, to the revamped Spartan Trader, to a couple on Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis buzzing our campus – plus well over a hundred more stories.

UNCG’s Campus Weekly helps keep faculty and staff informed of events and initiatives on campus, as it helps build a sense of community. You’ll see new stories each Wednesday throughout the semester.

In coming weeks, you’ll see Spotlight profiles on this year’s leaders of Staff Senate and Faculty Senate, previews of the popular Collage concert, the University Performing Arts Series and MFA Readings series, some impactful research and projects from throughout campus, some items to possibly add to your calendar, and lots more.

Have story ideas from your department or program – or others on campus? Call 256-0230 or email mdharri3@uncg.edu.

Thanks for reading UNCG Campus Weekly.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships) received a continuation of funding from the Guilford County Area Authority for the project “Specialty Courts Staff Support.”

Starfish is live for Fall 2015

The Starfish EARLY ALERT and CONNECT technologies are now available to all students, staff and faculty at UNCG for the Fall 2015 term. Starfish is an early warning and student tracking system that allows UNCG to take a holistic approach to student success. Starfish aims to support student success by allowing instructors, faculty, and staff members to track student progress and remain easily connected to one another. Starfish can be accessed through Canvas.

Instructors can raise alert flags related to academic and personal concerns so that students can connect with resources that may help them. Instructors can also raise kudos for students who are performing well academically or who are showing improvement. Academic Status Reports are sent out three times in the semester to allow for quick tracking of many students at once. Instructors will receive email alerts when these reports launch on the following dates:

  • Sept. 8
  • Sept. 29
  • Nov. 3 (sent to instructors of student athletes and specific student cohorts only)

When a student is flagged for academic concerns, they are contacted and invited to meet with a Students First Office (SFO) staff member on the Starfish Outreach Team to help them develop a plan for academic success. All flagged students will also receive outreach from SFO with information about helpful campus resources.

New Features, Updates and Training Opportunities

  • Starfish Referrals: In Spring 2015, UNCG made referral options available in Starfish. The Tutoring Referral and Academic Skills Referral can be raised by faculty and staff to recommend students to academic services that may assist them. Raising a referral will alert the student and support staff within the designated support office.
  • New User Interface: On August 1 Starfish received a makeover.  Faculty, staff and students may now open Starfish and see a new and streamlined dashboard to help with prioritization of appointments and tracking items (flags, kudos, and referrals).
  • Starfish Training for Faculty and Staff: The Students First Office will be hosting training workshops throughout Fall 2015 to help faculty and staff learn how to navigate Starfish features. Workshop details and sign-ups can be accessed at workshops.uncg.edu. Simply search “Starfish Sessions” for a list of available dates and times.

Students, staff and faculty may refer to the Students First Office website for training guides on using Starfish features – studentsfirst.uncg.edu/starfish. Users may also email the Starfish Coordinator, Elena Medeiros, at starfish@uncg.edu for additional clarification or troubleshooting.

General Education Program Assessment Forum

The UNCG General Education Council invites faculty, staff and students to participate in the General Education Program Assessment Forum scheduled to be held in the Faculty Center (on College Avenue) on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Council members will present and lead discussion of results from the fall 2014 pilot of AAC&U VALUE rubrics used to assess student work in the General Education Program.

The General Education Program provides the foundation for the more specialized knowledge gained in a major.  Because the program belongs to the entire university, everyone’s input is vital to its improvement.