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Archives for July 2016

Ribbon cutting Aug. 5 at Union Square

072716Feature_UnionSquareAt the corner of Arlington Street and Gate City Boulevard, the Union Square Campus is a symbol of partnership and revitalization in downtown Greensboro, and it’s opening its doors for the first time next month.

The campus will house UNCG’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program that trains nurse practitioners, nurse executives and certified registered nurse anesthetists, as well as components of nursing and health care education programs for NC A&T State, Guilford Tech Community College and Cone Health.

The high-tech, energy-efficient building includes a 340-seat auditorium, multiple classroom and lab spaces, informal study and common areas and a state-of-the-art simulation lab. It will serve 160 UNCG students each day this academic year, and that number is expected to grow to more than 200 next year.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Friday, Aug. 5, and you’re invited to help celebrate the facility’s grand opening. An informational program will begin at 11 a.m. in the auditorium, and will be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception and tours.

Admission is free, but RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/union-square-campus-ribbon-cutting-ceremony-tickets-26545899500.

The Union Square Campus is located at 109 Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro.

By Jeanie McDowell

Social media gives new life to UNCG history

072716Feature_SocialMediaIn a room packed with the rows, shelves and cabinets that store over 120 years of UNCG artifacts, Erin Lawrimore flips through a single cabinet of photographs. She stops on a black and white photograph of 1940s faculty members inspecting a device purported to test the resilience of textiles.

These photograph — artifacts from UNCG’s nearly 125 years — are the building blocks of University Archives’ social-media campaign, the outlet through which UNCG students, faculty and staff are accessing the university’s archives and special collections.

There’s the Spartan Stories blog, a Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account — each requiring a team of archivists on a regimented schedule. There’s Monday’s Spartan Story along with a #MusicMonday post; Wednesday’s Who-Dun-It, which features a mystery novel from the university’s rare book collection; #ThrowbackThursdays; and the most popular of all, Fashion and Foodie Fridays.

“We will probably never run out of stuff,” said Lawrimore, who oversees the social-media outreach. “We’ve got negatives, glass-plate negatives, 80-plus years of yearbooks – by the time we run out no one will be on Twitter.”

Some of the clips are published solely for the sake of nostalgia (snapshots from the ‘80s and ‘90s are among the most popular) but University Archivist Lawrimore and the greater team of archivists aim to tell the university’s story with all the nuances of period-specific dress and social-norms of the period.

“Any student here today is part of a trend of students going back 120 years,” said Lawrimore. “I want to help make the university’s history real, to make them feel that they’re part of a place that has a history.”

As the archivists work through their daily operations, which include intensive research on subjects submitted by faculty members, they’ll often make mental notes that will become the subject of a blogpost.

Lawrimore made one such note when she saw a disciplinary case in Julius Foust’s folder. The note led to a post titled “A ‘Most Unfortunate Experience,” which follows the story of six students from what was then known as the North Carolina College for Women, as they purchased a car against university policy and later faced the repercussions when they crashed into a telephone pole. It was a single line in Allen Trelease’s book of UNCG history, “Making N.C. Literate,” that led the team to investigate the case of Dr. Albert Keister, a UNCG professor whose support of evolutionary theory was chastised by 1920s society.

The Spartan Stories blog posts can be thought of as the meat of the team’s social media operations. They take a considerable amount of research and aim to be introspective and informative rather than morale-boosting. But the quick stuff, the often funny or nostalgic photos, are usually the most shared items.

The archivists are often asked to teach archival classes. They’ll come into a classroom for a day and demonstrate the archival process. And, occasionally a student will recognize the team as the faces behind “Fashion Friday.” Lawrimore said that those moments are what the social media campaign is all about, exposing students to a history they’re connected to.

By Daniel Wirtheim
Visual from a Throwback-Thursday post, of UNCG’s Fall Kickoff in the early 1990s

A second cistern at UNCG

072716Feature_CisternA new cistern is being designed for UNCG. The design and the components should be completed by the end of August, says Jim Munro (UNCG Grounds). The cistern will be located behind the Financial Aid office, located on Kenilworth Street.

It is funded by UNCG’s Green Fund. (See previous article.)

A lot of water can be utilized through a cistern. For example, in the fall 2015 semester between Aug. 15 and Oct. 20, 7,500 gallons of water were conserved in the campus’s one existing cistern and used on campus plantings.

“That is water we didn’t have to purchase,” says Munro.

Over the winter, 725 gallons were used to make brine.

And it was valuable in the spring. For example, from April 25 to June 3, UNCG Grounds captured and used 3,400 gallons of water, Munro has calculated.

The campus has wells to water the athletic fields. But for the other parts of campus, the cistern is used – though Grounds ran out of cistern water during part of last fall. This additional cistern, which will also collect the condensate from the chiller units / air-conditioning at Financial Aid, will provide for additional water to be used in landscape plantings campuswide. And once it’s built, it’s free water, Munro notes.

Money doesn’t fall from the sky. In this case, it sort of does.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Mike Harris, of Kevin Siler using cistern water to water begonias on July 21, 2016

UNCG Nursing deemed “Center of Excellence” again and again

Photo of School of Nursing building.The UNCG School of Nursing has been selected for the fourth consecutive time by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Center of Excellence in recognition of its sustained efforts in “Creating Environments That Promote the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty.” This designation runs from 2016-2021, and will be formally awarded at the NLN Summit in Orlando, Florida, on Sept. 21, 2016.

Only 10 schools in the country have been designated as Centers of Excellence more than twice; the UNCG School of Nursing first received designation in 2005. The NLN “offers the Centers of Excellence program as a way to recognize schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and invested resources over a sustained period of time to distinguish themselves in a specific area related to nursing education.”

Information drawn from www.nln.org/recognition-programs/centers- of-excellence- in-nursing-education

UNCG Athletics will celebrate 50th anniversary

072716Feature_Athletics50thThe UNCG athletic department announced a year-long celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary of formally recognized intercollegiate athletics at the university for the 2016-17 season. The commemoration will be highlighted throughout the year at various athletic events as well as online at www.uncgspartans.com and on UNCG social media avenues.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary, the athletic department is unveiling a commemorative logo for the occasion that will be used throughout the year. The 50th anniversary celebration will kick off with the first official home event of the fall campaign when women’s soccer hosts Triad rival High Point August 19 at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.

The university first formally recognized intercollegiate athletics during the 1967-68 season and this year’s campaign will mark the 50th season of athletics, including the 25th year of NCAA Division I competition. Additionally, the athletic department will recognize the rich history of athletics prior to the formal recognition, a history that laid the foundation for the current athletic department.

By Matt McCollester

Grant to reduce some textbook costs

Photo of Jackson Library. A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid students at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and East Carolina University by reducing their costs for required textbooks. The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. The State Library of North Carolina, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a grant to librarians from J.Y. Joyner Library at ECU and Jackson Library at UNCG to develop a two-pronged approach to Alternative Textbooks. Including matching funds from both universities, the total cost of the two-year project is $184,332.

Sharing best practices, procedures, and promotional materials, the librarians at both institutions will work with departmental faculty to reduce students’ textbook costs and increase their academic engagement through two concurrent strategies. One strategy is to award departmental faculty mini-grants to adopt, adapt, or create Open Educational Resources (OER’s) as the bases for their syllabi. The second strategy is to identify required texts that either the library already owns or can purchase as ebooks that students may use in addition to or instead of a printed copy that they purchase.

Textbook affordability is a personal goal for Joyner Library director Janice S. Lewis, as well as a library goal. She is looking forward, she says, to working with colleagues at UNCG’s Jackson Library on “our cooperative efforts to provide high quality educational resources to students while saving them money.”

Kathy Crowe, Interim Dean for the UNCG’s University Libraries, says “We are delighted to have the opportunity to enhance and build on our OER initiatives at UNCG and broaden the scope across the state.”  Student response to a UNCG pilot program was equally enthusiastic; one student commented “I believe that this method of teaching is great, and I have learned just as much as I would using a textbook.”

The Alternative Textbooks Project benefits to students include a reduction in the cost of attending college and increased opportunities for engagement and academic success in their classes. Studies of student achievement across multiple colleges and universities have suggested that students in OER  classes take more classes, have higher retention rates and shorter times to degree, and have learning outcomes equivalent to or slightly higher than students in classes with traditional textbooks.

Any OER objects created will be made freely available to a global audience, and planning documents, procedures, and promotional materials will be shared with other libraries so that they can adopt this model for their own campuses. For more information, contact any of our co-principal investigators: Cindy Shirkey or Joseph Thomas from East Carolina University, or Beth Bernhardt from UNC Greensboro.

Faculty/staff: Tour Kaplan Center for Wellness

Photo of Kaplan Wellness Center.The Department of Recreation & Wellness is offering Faculty & Staff an opportunity to tour the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness following the official opening on Aug. 1. Individuals interested in touring the facility can register online through the UNCG Workshops Web Portal (workshops.uncg.edu). Kaplan Center Tours are listed under the Department of Recreation & Wellness.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes as the tour will involve standing and walking for an extended amount of time.

Please contact the Department of Recreation & Wellness at 336-334-5924 or recwell@uncg.edu for accommodation requests or any other questions.

Remembering friend of our university Tobee Kaplan

Photo of Tobee Kaplan.Philanthropist Tobee Kaplan died July 19.

She created a generous endowment in support of health and wellness programs on the UNCG campus. UNCG’s Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, which opens Aug. 1, was named in her husband’s honor.

The Kaplans made an indelible mark on the community through their extraordinary record of philanthropy and leadership. Together they established the Kaplan Family Foundation (later renamed the Toleo Foundation). The foundation has been active in furthering the causes of education, health, social services and community improvement. The Kaplans led the effort to establish the Moses Cone cardiac unit, were instrumental in building a new home for the Women’s Resource Center and have been tireless supporters of Greensboro Urban Ministry, the United Way and Habitat for Humanity.

See more information in this News and Record article, from which some of this information was drawn.

Looking ahead: July 27, 2016

Kaplan Center for Wellness opens
Monday, Aug. 1

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.,UNCG Police Station

State of the Campus Address
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., UNCG Auditorium

UNCG Athletics 50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, Aug. 19, Soccer Stadium

First day of classes, Fall semester
Monday, Aug. 22

In memoriam: Dr. Russ McDonald

Dr. Russ McDonald, a leading Shakespeare scholar who taught at UNCG for nearly 15 years, died in London earlier this month.

For the past decade, he had been on the faculty of Goldsmiths, University of London, England.

McDonald was on the English Department faculty from 1992 to 2006, teaching classes on poetry, drama and Shakespeare. He said that his overriding teaching goal is “to entice others into the realm of the imagination, to instill in them an enduring taste for the pleasures and rewards of the written word.”

“In all of my courses, from Introduction to Poetry to the Shakespeare Seminar, I seek to make myself unnecessary by transferring to my students both a passion for language and the tools for delighting in it. Ideally, they become their own instructors,” McDonald wrote. Perhaps his best-known book was the widely used “The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents.”

At UNCG, he received the Board of Governors’ Teaching Award for Excellence; the Carnegie Foundation / CASE North Carolina Professor of the Year Award; and the Dean’s Merit Award of Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences.

McDonald was a graduate of Duke University and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to UNCG, he taught at the University of Rochester (New York); the University of Hawaii; and Mississippi State University.

His last appearance at UNCG was 1 1/2 years ago, as he lectured as part of The Globe and the Cosmos series. Professor emeritus Keith Cushman recalls that many of his former colleagues and students were in the audience. “It was just wonderful,” Cushman says. “He had so many friends here, and he loved coming back.”

See more information, including excerpts from tributes, in this News & Record article.

Virginia Dare Room closed for renovations

The Alumni House Virginia Dare Room will be closed August 1-26, 2016, for a major renovation project. (Full story in future issue of CW.) The room will be unavailable for use during that time period. For additional information, contact John Comer at 256-1466.

Ray Carney retirement reception

Faculty and staff are invited to Ray Carney’s retirement reception. It will be Friday, July 29, 2016, 3-5 p.m., first floor, Sullivan Science Building.

Academic excellence, UNCG Baseball

UNCG Baseball was one of 30 Division I programs to earn the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for their work during the 2015-16 season. The  2015-16 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award goes to those high school and college programs that posted a Grade Point Average (GPA) over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the academic year.

Dr. Terri Shelton

Photo of Dr. Terri Shelton. Dr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Economic Development) received new funding from the NCDHHS Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (MHDDSAS) for the project “North Carolina Intensive Prevention Technical Assistance System.” The purpose of this contract is to continue the work begun by the North Carolina Prevention Technical Assistance system for the development and technical assistance associated with best practices to prevent underage alcohol, tobacco and other drug use (ATOD) and to expand the system to include training and ATOD prevention resources. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is responsible for program management, improvement, expansion and further development in the areas of: a) Technical assistance; b) Logistical support, content development and training in ATOD best practices; c) Data collection management, analysis and reporting; and d) Collection of training and technical assistance resources.

Dr. Margaret Gillis

Photo of Dr. Margaret Gillis. Dr. Margaret Gillis (Specialized Education Services) received additional funding from the NCDHHS Division of Child Development for the project “Online Master’s Degree Emphasis in Early Childhood Leadership and Program Administration.”

Additionally, she received a continuation of funding from the U.S. Department of Education, 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. The abstract explains that, 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 focuses on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high quality programming for young children with disabilities. 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.

See/hear: July 27, 2016

YouTube Preview Image UNCG PhD candidate Rakkiyappan Chandran shares the story of his journey from a remote village in India to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

Athletics receives second largest gift in their history

Photo of Dr. Nancy Vacc

Dr. Nancy Vacc

Dr. Nancy Vacc, former UNCG professor, has made a planned gift in the amount of $725,000 to establish the Vacc Women’s Golf Scholarship Endowment for the women’s golf program. As the second largest overall gift and the largest planned gift ever received by UNCG Athletics, the Vacc Women’s Golf Endowment will provide the value of a full out of state scholarship for Women’s Golf on an annual basis.

Women’s golf has a rich history at UNCG and participation in the sport dates back to before the university had an officially recognized intercollegiate athletics department. Notable players from the past include former LPGA players Marge Burns, Jenny Gleason, World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Carol Mann, H.B. MacArthur, and Becky Morgan, among others.

Vacc has a long history of supporting UNCG. In 2004, she gave, in memory of her late husband Dr. Nicholas Vacc, the Bell Tower at Anniversary Plaza as well as funds for landscaping the area. The area is now known as the Vacc Bell Tower and Plaza on the south end of College Avenue.

Dr. Nancy Vacc, after completing her doctorate in curriculum and teaching at UNCG, joined the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 1987. She received the UNCG School of Education Teaching Excellence Award in 1998. Her husband, Nicholas, taught at UNCG for 23 years and served as head of the Department of Counseling and Educational Development from 1986 to 1996.

“UNCG was such a special place for Nicholas and me,” said Dr. Nancy Vacc. “I am pleased to be able to provide support for future generations of wonderful student-athletes who play the game of golf at UNCG.”

Other funds at the university in the name of this generous couple are the Nancy Nesbitt Vacc Doctoral Fellowship in Elementary Education, the Nicholas A. and Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professorship, and the Nicholas A. Vacc Doctoral Fellowship in Counselor Education.

Full story at UNCG Athletics.

By Matt McCollester
Photo of Dr. Vacc in December 2015, by Martin W. Kane

Attracting bees and butterflies, at UNCG pollinator gardens

071316Feature_GardensA collaboration among UNCG Grounds, a class of biology students led by professor Ann Somers, and agrochemical company Syngenta, pollinator gardens are blooming in their first season on campus.

The gardens, which house an eclectic mix of flora and fauna, are five in total: four in Peabody Park and one on the edge of the Aycock parking lot, next to the UNCG Baseball stadium. The pollinator mix, which is specifically designed for North Carolina, offers both perennials and annuals that attract honey bees, bumble bees, moths and numerous bird varieties.

While the students are on summer break, Building and Environmental Supervisor of UNCG Grounds Peter Ashe looks over the gardens. He said that the gardens will become more lush as they continue to mature in the coming years.

“The perennials take a couple growing seasons to establish and shoot flowers,” said Ashe. “This first season they’re establishing a root system. In the next two or three years they’re going to get some blossoming. You’re fighting the weeds, you’re fighting drought sometimes you’re fighting the weather — It’s not easy, it’s a challenge.”

Somers, who led the service learning wildlife course that planted the gardens, said that foresight and an understanding that actions of environmental stewardship today have a positive impact for the future is part of the learning process.

“It’s not all about the moment. Bringing wildlife back is a long process,” said Somers. “What the students in 2015 understood is that the work we did would really come to fruition in 2017.”

Both Somers and Ashe believe that naturalizing the grounds is an act of environmental stewardship. Somers said she imagines that in thirty years the campus norm could be pollinators, rather than sterile non-nectar producing plants.

The pollinators allow a community of plants and animals to thrive, a partnership not unlike that shared between grounds, students and faculty.

Wondering about some of the flowering plants you see in these gardens? To help you in identifying them, here are the seeds they used.

Swamp milkweed
Butterfly milkweed
New England aster
Purple coneflower
Swamp sunflower
Autumn sneezeweed
Gayfeather
Bergamot
Spotted beebalm
Hairy beardstem
Virginia mountain mint
Gray goldenrod
Ohio spiderwort
New York ironweed
Golden Alexander
Aster, China single mix
Baby’s breath, annual
Black-eyed Susan (this is native)
Bluebell, California
Candytuft, annual
Catchfly
Clarkia, deerhorn
Coreeopsis, dwarf Plains
Daisy, African
Daisy, African stick
Forget-me-not, Chinese
Godetia, dwarf
Larkspur, rocket
Poppy, California
Poppy, corn
Snapdragon, tall spurred Northern Lights
Stock, Virginia
By Daniel Wirtheim
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Riding high at therapy camp

071316Feature_HorsepowerCampAt first glance, UNCG’s Horsepower Experience looks like any other horseback riding camp, but it’s much more.

Over the past 13 summers, graduate students in UNCG’s Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program have spent two weeks at HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center in Colfax.

They use horses to provide therapy to individuals with communication disorders alongside various physical, emotional and developmental needs. This year, for the first time, Horsepower Experience focused on language fluency.

“It’s a boutique skill we’re able to offer CSD graduate students,” said Perry Flynn, UNCG clinical educator.

Research shows that the motion of riding a horse can stimulate children, and they are more likely to talk to or about a horse than they would in a traditional therapy environment.

The graduate students worked one-on-one with preschool and school age children who struggle with stuttering and articulation, as well as expressive and receptive language. As campers learned about, cared for and rode horses, CSD students asked them leading questions to engage them in conversation.

“That was great talking,” Flynn said to one camper. “Can you say that again with smooth speech?”

Michelle Forrest, a graduate student, asked another child questions about a puzzle he was working on as he awaited his turn to ride.

Once all the campers were in the ring, they verbally repeated each step as they worked their way through an obstacle course.

Flynn and fellow faculty member Lisa McDonald lead the camp, which offers 30 hours of free, individualized therapy to participants. It also counts as a clinical practicum experience for the CSD students.

Claire Cuthrell was paired with a nonverbal 3-year-old during the two-week camp. It was Cuthrell’s first experience with hippotherapy, something that’s always intrigued her.

“I can see huge improvements on a day-to-day basis (in the campers),” she said.

Full story at UNCG Now

By Jeanie McDowell
Photograph by Martin W. Kane

Dr. Shanna Eller and UNCG’s vision for sustained aesthetics

071316Spotlight_EllerPhotographs of magnolia, amaryllis, ferns and hellebores serve as a multi-paned window onto campus from Dr. Shanna Eller’s office.

Eller, who assumed the sustainability coordinator role in the Office of Sustainability in March, noted that attention to aesthetics in UNCG’s sustainability program makes it unique from others.

“Nearly every sustainability program is focused on three things: social justice, the environment and economics,” said Eller. “But UNCG also recognizes aesthetics to be a part of the sustainable campus. There are a lot of three-leaf clovers out there; UNCG is a four-leaf clover.”

Having been the sustainability director at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and, before that, the director of community environmental services at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, Eller brings years of experience to the sustainability program. One of her big tasks as sustainability coordinator, she says, is to further enact the university’s Climate Action Plan. The university adopted the Climate Action Plan, a sustainability-to-do list, in 2013.

The Climate Action Plan is designed to limit UNCG environmental footprint. Eller sees making UNCG a more sustainable campus as having implications for the greater city and nation, as well.

“Universities are like mini-cities,” said Eller. “They’re mini-cities with a vision for the future. And I think the university has an opportunity that other businesses don’t have because we do just that, train people for the future. It’s a place where we think big.”

Learn more at the Office of Sustainability website or read through UNCG’s Climate Action Plan.

By Daniel Wirtheim

Paul Chelimo will race in Rio Olympics

Photo of Paul Chelimo.UNCG alumnus Paul Chelimo made history Saturday night as he became the first Spartan all-time to qualify for the Olympics by finishing third overall in the 5,000-meter race in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Chelimo will be part of the U.S.A. National Team in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chelimo ran an aggressive race in the 5,000-meter final at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., holding off a late push for the final Olympic spot by 0.06 seconds as the top three qualified. He was never lower than fourth place through the duration of the race.

Chelimo has been featured on the UNCG web site and in UNCG Magazine a number of times in the past five years.

A native of Kenya, Chelimo is now a U.S. citizen after being part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Project. He was a two-time national runner-up in the 5,000-meters in the NCAA Outdoor Track Championships and is the most decorated track athlete in UNCG history. He also was a three-time Southern Conference Cross Country Champion and was a six-time All-America recipient during his career.

He graduated December 2014 in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education.

The News & Record reports that “the first round of the 5,000 meters at Rio is scheduled for 9:05 a.m. EDT Aug. 17, with the final at 8:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 20.”

By Matt McCollester, with additional information

See photo gallery of Saturday’s qualifying race.

State Health Plan update

Human Resources sent this update to employees:

The State Health Plan’s Board of Trustees approved the following changes for the 2017 benefit year.

  • All members will be placed into the Traditional 70/30 Plan and must take action during Open Enrollment to select a different plan.
  • The Traditional 70/30 Plan will include a base premium that can be reduced to $0, if members complete the tobacco attestation premium credit.
  • Annual deductibles for the Enhanced 80/20 and Traditional 70/30 plans will increase. Click here for more detail.

Plan premiums have not been finalized, and will be announced once the state budget has passed.

Open Enrollment will take place October 1-31, 2016. Materials regarding Open Enrollment will be sent to members later this summer.

Please feel free to contact the HR Benefits Office with questions at 336-334-5009.

UNCG’s baseball beauty

071316Feature_BaseballIt’s not the first time UNCG’s Baseball Stadium’s charm has gotten national notice. Just the latest.

UNCG’s Baseball Stadium came in at No. 45 on a top 50 rating this month, on the Baseball Journey web site. It rated the “College Baseball Ballpark Experience.”

They obviously had a good one at UNCG. It is a great place to catch some baseball action. “There is plenty of room to stretch out, relax and enjoy the game,” it notes.

It rated just higher than NC State’s stadium (46) and the University of Miami (Fla.) stadium (47), both in the ACC.
See the ratings here.

By Mike Harris

July at UNCG Dining

Faculty and staff have dining options on campus this month. Click on this link to view this month’s hours via PDF.

Further details regarding open retail locations are below.

  • Chick-Fil-A is open from 7:30 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday, serving breakfast from 7:30 am-10:30 am and lunch from 10:30 am – 3 pm.
  • The Elliott University Center Food Court also serves a variety of Grab-N-Go sandwiches, salads, chips, yogurt and fruit every day.
  • Salsarita’s runs its lunch menu from 10:30 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Marketplace Convenience Store in the EUC is open from 10 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday offering a variety of Grab-N-Go items.
  • Subway Café located off of Gate City Blvd in Highland Residence Hall will be open from 11:30 am – 7 pm Monday through Thursday throughout the month of July. It’s also open Friday 7/8.

August 1 opening date

Photo of Kaplan Wellness Center. The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness is scheduled to open on August 1, 2016. As the Department of Recreation & Wellness prepares for the opening of the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, the department will have modified hours of operations for most of its programs and services. More information is available on the UNCG Recreation & Wellness web site at https://recwell.uncg.edu/transition/.

To learn more about the center, visit https://recwell.uncg.edu/kaplan-center/.

Looking ahead: July 13, 2016

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m., Alumni House

UNCG Music Camp performances
Friday, July 15, 6:15 p.m., EUC/Taylor/Music Bldg./UNCG Auditorium

EMF Faculty Chamber Series concert
Monday, July 18, 8 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

UNCG Music Camp performances
Friday, July 22, 6:15 p.m., EUC/Taylor/Music Bldg./UNCG Auditorium

EMF Faculty Chamber Series concert
Monday, July 25, 8 p.m., Music Building Recital Hall

Learning to Look – volunteer program begins Sept. 7

The Weatherspoon Art Museum’s “learning to look” program prepares volunteers to lead free, guided experiences for nearly 6,000 school age children, university students and adult learners annually. Volunteers are accepted into the semester-long training program and commit to giving tours for one year. Apply by Aug. 5, 2016. The program begins Sept. 7. More at: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/learn/volunteer/.

Dr. P. Holt Wilson

Photo of Dr. P. Holt Wilson. Dr. P. Holt Wilson (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received additional funding from North Carolina State University for the project “Building a Conceptual Model of Learning Trajectories Based Instruction (LTBI).” This project is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation. “The overarching goal of the LTBI project was to develop a model of teaching using Learning Trajectories (LTs) as an organizing framework for instructional decisions,” the abstract states. “Through our research in the past five years, our team has empirically examined the ways in which teachers learn about LTs and use their knowledge of LTs in their practice. We have also designed a professional development program to teach K-5 teachers about LTs and examined the ways that teachers’ participation changes in the professional development learning community. The goal of the supplemental work is to build on the outcomes of the LTBI project and promote knowledge sharing between the LTBI research team and other NSF-funded researchers who, in the last five years, have also investigated teacher learning of LTs and the ways in which this learning influences classroom instruction and student learning.”

Dr. Kathleen Mooney

Photo of Dr. Kathleen Mooney.Dr. Kathleen Mooney (SERVE Center) received funding from Prairie View A&M University for the project “Learning By Practice Undergraduate Curriculum Evaluation.”

See/hear: July 13, 2016

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Every spring, the UNCG history department hosts the Piedmont N.C. regional of National History Day – a program for middle and high school students, in which students do original research and create exhibitions, performances, websites, papers, and documentaries.  One of those documentaries won the national competition in Washington, D.C., last month, Dr. Benjamin Filene tells us.  Filene is director of Public History at UNCG. Winners Sydney Dye and Caroline Murphy attend high school in Chapel Hill.