UNCG Campus Weekly

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Get Healthy, Stay Healthy at Rec Center

The Student Rec Center offers a number of programs. Some are the following. [Read more…]

Campus People – January 20, 2010

012010CampusPeopleGraphicFeatured this week: Dr. William Markham – Dr. Alexandra Schultheis – Dr. Corey JohnsonDr. Linda RupertDr. Jonathan Tudge – Dr. C.P. Gause Dr. Carol Mullen – Michael ParkerJustin Maullin




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Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation

012010Headline_LincolnWhy did a nation founded on ideals of freedom and equality tolerate for so long one of the harshest and most unjust labor systems the world has known?

A new traveling exhibition opening at Jackson Library on Jan. 25 looks for answers to this question by tracing Abraham Lincoln’s gradual transformation from an antislavery moderate into “The Great Emancipator,” who freed slaves in the rebel states with a revolutionary war-time proclamation in 1863. “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation,” featuring reproductions of rare historical documents, will be on display at the library until March 5.

Organized by the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in cooperation with the American Library Association, this traveling exhibition is made possible through major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Locally, this project is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through the support of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, the N.C. Civil War Roundtable and the UNCG History Club.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the University Libraries are bringing several speakers to campus:

7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 – Dr. Loren Schweninger, UNCG Department of History, “Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the End of Slavery.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 – Former Senator George McGovern will sign copies of his 2009 book, “Lincoln,” and discuss what drew him to the subject. Reception immediately following. Jackson Library Reading Room.

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 – Dr. Thomas Brown, University of South Carolina Department of History, “The Civil War in Modern Eyes.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 – Dr. Paul Finkelman, Albany School of Law, “Did Abe Lincoln Really Free the Slaves?” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

7 p.m. Thursday, March 4 – Dr. Heather Williams, UNC Chapel Hill Department of History, “Help Me to Find My People: Searching for Family After Slavery Ended.” Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

“We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Dean Rosann Bazirjian (University Libraries). “The Civil War and slavery are topics which must constantly be revisited in order to help 21st century Americans better understand their causes and more clearly see how their effects are still with us today.

“This exhibit offers our campus and our community an opportunity to learn more about how Abraham Lincoln decided upon emancipation of the slaves, even as he tried to hold together a fragile coalition of states in order to preserve the Union. It is a revealing insight into the values, principles and ideals that guided one of our greatest presidents.”

In addition to the events at the University Libraries, free programs are being sponsored by the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro Historical Museum in connection with the exhibition. For more information, contact Kimberly Lutz at kdlutz2@uncg.edu.

Visit http://library.uncg.edu/depts/admin/lincoln/ for a list of all of the events in the series.

Abraham Lincoln was an obscure Illinois lawyer and politician of humble origins who rose in an astonishingly short time to world renown as the leader of a young nation during one of its most troubled times. Throughout his life, Lincoln’s dedication to the ideals of freedom and equality for all people did not waver. “I want every man to have the chance – and I believe a black man is entitled to it – in which he can better his condition,” he said early in his political career.

Lincoln was also a pragmatic politician who believed that a direct attack on slavery in the South would split the Union and end America’s experiment in self-government. He steered a middle course during the early years of the Civil War but became convinced that ending slavery would help the Union militarily. His Emancipation Proclamation transformed the character of the war by re-committing the nation to its founders’ vision of freedom and equality for all people.

“Forever Free” draws upon original documents in the collections of the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It was curated by John Rhodehamel, Norris Foundation Curator of American historical manuscripts at the Huntington Library.

McGovern on Film, in Person

012010Feature2_McGovernFormer presidential nominee and Senator George McGovern will speak and participate in a discussion Wednesday, Jan. 27, following the premiere of “Hungry for Green,” a film written and directed by Matt Barr (Media Studies) and narrated by McGovern.

“Hungry for Green: Feeding the World Sustainably,” a 26-minute documentary about the interconnections between feeding the world’s hungry and making agriculture more organic and sustainable, will be screened at 7 p.m. in Elliott University Center Auditorium. Chancellor Linda P. Brady will introduce McGovern.

Barr, a professor in the Department of Media Studies, shot the film in McGovern’s home state of South Dakota and North Carolina, and used additional footage from around the world. After the film is shown on Jan. 27, Barr and McGovern will discuss it with the audience.

“It was thrilling and wonderful to be able to make this film and to work with Senator McGovern, who has always been one of my heroes,” Barr says.

Barr can be heard speaking about the event and film at http://iminervapodcast.blogspot.com/.

“It is one of the first documentaries to tie together the issues of agricultural sustainability and the worldwide problem of hunger. We plan to get ‘Hungry for Green’ out to PBS stations as well as to educational venues nationwide.”

The music for the film was scored by Dr. Pete Kellett (Communication Studies) and performed by Dr. Kellett, Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith (Sociology) and Dr. Art Murphy (Anthropology).

The film has already won praise from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. “This is an important film that underscores the urgency of achieving agricultural sustainability to help alleviate hunger and protect our natural environment,” Burns says.

At 3:30 p.m. the same day, McGovern will speak about Abraham Lincoln and sign copies of his book about the 16th president in Jackson Library’s Reading Room.

Both the film screening and the book signing are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck for attendees of the film premiere.

Sponsors of McGovern’s visit to UNCG include the O’Henry Hotel, Green Valley Grill, the Sierra Club, Sustainable Health Choices, Tate Street Coffee House, the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences, the UNCG Department of Media Studies, the UNCG Sustainability Committee, UNCG University Libraries, and the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.

McGovern saw the devastating effects of hunger during the Great Depression, when Dust Bowl storms and grasshoppers ravaged South Dakota. He saw even worse hardship while stationed in Italy as a bomber pilot during World War II.

After graduating from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1946, he earned a master’s and doctorate in history at Northwestern University, where his thesis advisor was Arthur Link, the father of longtime UNCG history professor Bill Link.

He served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1957-61, and three terms in the Senate, 1963-81. Between his stints in Congress, he led the federal Food for Peace Program, an effort to use American surplus to feed the needy in other countries. McGovern spoke at UNCG’s graduation in 1969.

The Democratic Party nominated him in 1972 as its candidate for president. His career in public office was marked by his opposition to the war in Vietnam, his support for farmers and his work to feed the hungry around the world.

MLK Celebration and Related Events

012010NewsAndNotes_MLKUNCG’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in EUC Auditorium. Free tickets are available at the UNCG Box Office. Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to travel in space, will be the keynote speaker. [Read more…]

Redesigning Learning Spaces to Improve Teaching, Learning

The most effective classroom renovations don’t just happen. Join the Teaching and Learning Center for an online seminar titled “Redesigning Learning Spaces to Improve Teaching and Learning,” presented on Wednesday, Jan.  27, 1-2:15 p.m. in 140 McIver.

Register for this event at https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops.

Learn how classroom planners across the country are finding innovative ways to incorporate the latest technologies when building new spaces for learning. Discover how curriculum designers are learning skills to integrate course objectives with updated classroom designs.

Questions? Email marian_harrison@uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: Jan. 20 – Jan. 28, 2010

Meeting/discussion, for coordinating efforts to help those in Haiti
EUC Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Chattanooga
Greensboro Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Film, “Angels in the Dust,” part of I CAN campaign kickoff
EUC Auditorium, Tuesday, Jan. 26, noon.

MLK Celebration, with Dr. Mae Jemison
EUC Auditorium, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

Lecture, “Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and the End of Slavery,” Dr. Loren Schweninger
Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.

Discussion/booksigning, former Senator George McGovern
Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m.

Film, “Hungry for Green,” with discussion by former Senator George McGovern
EUC Auditorium, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

Forum on UNCG’s involvement in Woolworth’s sit-in in 1960
MRC, EUC, Thursday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

One Game Only: Men’s Basketball at Fleming

012010NewsAndNotes_BasketballIf you’re planning to attend the Saturday, Jan. 23, men’s basketball game vs. Samford, don’t head to the Coliseum. That one game will be in the cozy confines of Fleming Gym on campus. [Read more…]

Gerontology Events

Several gerontology-related events are upcoming. [Read more…]

Schmooza Palooza 2010

Schmooza Palooza is a networking event, co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Office of Career Services, in which key networkers mentor students on how to meet and mingle with others. It will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, beginning at 4:45 p.m., in the EUC. [Read more…]

Making House a Home

011310HeadlineWhen the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” announced it needed volunteers to help create a home for a local family in need, Woody Burkhead (second from right) jumped at the chance to help. Assistant director of facilities in Housing and Residence Life, he is noted for his carpentry. “’Finish carpentry’” is what I do,” he said. He listed that as a skill. “I got selected. They told me where to go, what to do. Luckily, I got to work in the art tent, where TV personalities work.”  And he had a front row view when the family first saw their new home. [Read more…]

Forgotten Stories of Slavery

011310Feature3The 1860 U.S. Census registered the names of slave owners and the age, gender and color of slaves. But there, as in much of the historical record, slaves are nameless.

UNCG’s new Digital Library on American Slavery provides the names of more than 83,000 individual slaves from 15 states and the District of Columbia.

The web site, created in cooperation with University Libraries, features petitions related to slavery collected during an 18-year project led by Dr. Loren Schweninger (History). The petitions filed in county courts and state legislatures cover a wide range of legal issues, including wills, divorce proceedings, punishment of runaway slaves, calls for abolition, property disputes and more.

“It’s among the most specific and detailed databases and web sites dealing with slavery in the U.S. between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War,” said Schweninger, the Elizabeth Rosenthal Excellence Professor in History. “There’s no web site like this, either in extent or content. The amount of information in here to be mined is enormous.”

Started in 1991, the Race and Slavery Petitions Project collected, organized and published the petitions. The Digital Library on American Slavery is the final phase of the project.

A complete collection of the full petitions, “Race, Slavery, and Free Blacks: Petitions to Southern Legislatures and County Courts, 1775-1867,” has been published on 151 reels of microfilm. In addition to Jackson Library, North Carolina university libraries with all or part of the microfilm collection are located at Duke, East Carolina, N.C. A&T, UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest.

Schweninger knows the value of conducting research from primary sources, something he learned from his mentor, the late Dr. John Hope Franklin. The stories he found in legal records were often not preserved anywhere else. “This was info that was not tapped,” he said. “Very few scholars had gone to county courts.”

Building the database for the archive was painstaking work. Schweninger visited about 160 county courthouses in the South and 15 state archives between 1991 and 1995. “The first three years, I was on the road 540 days,” he said.

Marguerite Ross Howell, senior associate editor, worked on the project for 11 years and was responsible for entering tens of thousands of slave names and connecting them with their own family members as well as their owners, creating a unique resource from original documents. Nicole Mazgaj, associate editor, worked on the project for seven years and focused her analysis especially on the rich documentary evidence from parish court houses in Louisiana.

“The archive is chock-full of information detailing the personal life of slaves,” Mazgaj said. “It’s probably about the most detailed that you’ll find.”

The project was supported by $1.5 million in grant money, a particularly impressive sum in the humanities, from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and UNCG.

The library includes petitions by more than 2,500 slaves and free blacks who sought redress for numerous causes. For example, George Sears of Randolph County, a blacksmith and a free man of color, purchased his slave wife Tillah for $300. He then petitioned the North Carolina General Assembly in 1818 to emancipate his wife and daughters and “render them Competent in Law to inherit the Estate of your Petitioner.”

A number of the petitions also speak to how slaves fought their enslavement, providing details of slaves who ran away, burned down plantations or plotted to murder slave owners. As the petitions show, the position of free blacks in the South was also precarious.

In some cases, whites petitioned for free blacks to be allowed to remain in the state, citing their value to the community. In others, a few free blacks petitioned to be returned to slavery so that they could be with loved ones who were slaves.

NFL Charities Grant Targets Knee Biomechanics

Roughly 20 minutes into a football game or practice, ACL injury rates begin to rise. That’s the same amount of time it takes for intermittent physical activity to increase the looseness of the knee.

Thanks to a $125,000 grant from NFL Charities, Dr. Sandra Shultz (Kinesiology) will conduct an 18-month study of precisely how the increase in knee laxity during sports activity affects the biomechanics of the knee. [Read more…]

Campus People – January 13, 2010

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Featured this week: Dr. Terri L. Shelton – Jeanne Jenkins – Dr. Laura Fero – Dr. Jacqueline DeBrew – Dr. Sherrill Hayes – Dr. Ulrich C. (Rick) Reitzug – Dr. Jennifer Etnier – Dr. Joyce Ferguson – Dr. Roy Schwartzman – Dr. Mary L. Crowe





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Newsmakers

Amy Harris, Dr. Loren Schweninger and Dr. Dianne H. B. Welsh were individuals recently featured in the news. See details.

Looking ahead: Jan. 13 – Jan. 21, 2010

Women’s basketball vs. Elon
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball vs. Appalachian St.
Saturday, Jan. 16, 3 p.m.

UCLS: Soweto Gospel Choir
Aycock Auditorium, Monday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m.

Classes begin for spring semester
Tuesday, Jan. 19.

“The Economy  in 2010” brown bag seminar
416 Bryan School, Wednesday, Jan. 20, noon

Men’s basketball vs. Chattanooga
Greensboro Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

Exhibition opens, “Forever Free”
Jackson Library, Monday, Jan. 25.

more at calendar.uncg.edu

Campus All a-Twitter

Chancellor Linda P. Brady and men’s basketball Coach Mike Dement have a friendly little competition going — who can get the most Twitter followers by Feb. 8. The stakes? A free lunch. [Read more…]

MLK Speaker out of This World

011310NewsAndNotes_JemisonDr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to travel in space, will be the keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The event starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in EUC Auditorium. The event is open to the public at no charge; however tickets are required. Tickets will be available at the UNCG Box Office beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. [Read more…]

Become a Grogan College Faculty Fellow

Grogan College supports first-year student learning, personal development and retention through its topical learning communities – groups of 15-25 students who share a common interest in a given academic field. [Read more…]

Announcements – January 13, 2010

Have a nomination for University Staff Excellence Award? Read the chancellor’s memo here. Download the nomination form here.

Apply for Community Fellowships

The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning has received a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to fund and pilot two UNCG Community Fellow positions. [Read more…]

Soweto Gospel Choir Jan. 18

011310EyeOnArts_SowetoThe Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will share the spirit and sound of African gospel music when it performs Monday, Jan. 18, in Aycock Auditorium. [Read more…]

Language Exchange Program Seeks Volunteers

A new Language Exchange Program will pair English speakers with speakers of foreign languages. The pairs meet weekly in a neutral location and spend half of their time conversing in English and the other half conversing in the foreign language. The program is ideal for those who have the basics of the other language and wish to improve their conversational skills. In order to maintain an international focus, celebrate different cultural backgrounds and build a greater sense of community on campus, the program will pair students with staff, staff with faculty, and faculty with students. The program seeks people interested in this volunteer opportunity.  [Read more…]

1,520 Receive Degrees

011310Feature2As the word suggests, commencement is a beginning rather than an end, Dr. Matina C. Kalcounis-Rüppell told soon-to-be UNCG graduates and their families at commencement Dec. 17.

“Although you have reached a milestone in your career, your learning is far from over,” the associate professor of biology said. “In fact, your degree is actually the starting point for new degrees of learning across multiple disciplines that you will face over the course of your life.”

The university conferred 1,520 degrees – 1,076 bachelor’s, 372 master’s, 13 specialist in education and 60 doctorates – during the ceremony. In addition to Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Kalcounis-Rüppell, participants included Erskine B. Bowles, president of the UNC system; Provost David H. Perrin; Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone, chair of the Faculty Senate; Randall R. Kaplan, chair of the Board of Trustees; and Jana Welch Wagenseller, president of the Alumni Association.

The problems we face can only be solved with contributions from across the academic spectrum, Kalcounis-Rüppell said. Countering threats to the state’s frogs, bees and bats, for instance, will require collaboration among scientists, educators, geographers, public health experts and economists.

“As much as I would like to tell you that you can take a break from learning, I cannot,” said the winner of the 2009 Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.

Also taking part in the ceremony were UNCG’s academic deans; Dr. Daniel Winkler, faculty marshal and mace bearer; Margie Wiggins, chief marshal; and Renwick Pridgeon Jr., undergraduate tassel turner. Commencement Brass, conducted by Carole Ott, provided music.

Jacob Scott Henry spoke on behalf of the December graduating class and urged his classmates to take the day to rest and reflect, to find joy in their achievement, and to appreciate the role models and supporters who made graduation possible.

Graduates should strive to be good stewards, Henry said, growing resources for the common good and contributing to a more just world. “We can and should be agents of renewal for all aspects of society,” he said.

New graduate Julie Tesh and Diane Carpenter Peebles, an alumna of the Class of 1959, rang the University Bell at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The full text of Kalcounis-Rüppell’s address, “New Degrees of Learning,” is available online.

Public Show in Petty’s Planetarium

011310NewsAndNotes_PlanetariumCome – and bring your family – to a free planetarium show at UNCG’s new planetarium in Petty Science Building Friday night, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. The planetarium features a Spitz Projector in a 20-foot dome. The show, sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will feature the sky constellations as well as the motions of the moon, sun and planets. Seating is limited; reservations are required. [Read more…]

New Name: Ph.D. in Educational Studies

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching has been re-named Ph.D. in Educational Studies, notes Dr. David Ayers, the program coordinator.
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2-D out, 3-D in

011310EyeOnArtsLipskiSMFor most of the twentieth century, sculpture seemed to be the poor relation of modernist art, compared to painting. Its status changed, however, in the 1960s when painting lost its central position, replaced by three-dimensional art. The Weatherspoon’s exhibition “American Art: 1960-Present; Five Decades of Innovation” surveys some of the sculptural movements that have evolved since 1960. [Read more…]

Notes


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A “Conversations with the Community” series is hosted by the African American Studies Program. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. in EUC’s Kirkland Room, the series features a community book discussion on President Obama’s “Dreams from my Father.” Discussion will be led by Dr. C. P. Gause and Robert Randolph. RSVP at afs@uncg.edu.

 

Brown bag “The Economy in 2010” is the topic of the next brown bag lunch discussion hosted by Staff Senate. Led by Dr. Stuart Allen (Economics), it will be in Room 416, Bryan Building, Wednesday, Jan. 20. Register.

Policy change at Wellness Center Effective Jan. 19, all patients failing to cancel a scheduled massage or acupuncture appointment at least 24 hours in advance will be billed for the appointment. The charge will equal the cost of the appointment. Questions? Call 4-3190.

20 percent off for faculty, staff The All-Arts, Sciences + Technology camp offers one week sessions each summer with hands-on classes in arts, sciences and technology. The camp also includes recreation and citizenship components. It is for ages 7-15. For more information on the discount, visit allarts.uncg.edu, call 315-7742 or email patlevitin@gmail.com.

In memoriam Dr. Stanley L. Jones, vice chancellor of academic affairs from 1971 to 1983, died Nov. 26. He was 91 years old.

In memoriam Dr.  Henry Levinson died Jan. 4. He was a professor of religious studies for over twenty-five years.  He had served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as head of the Department of Religious Studies.

Honors Students at Model UN Conference

The Lloyd International Honors College has selected seven students to participate in the Harvard World Model United Nations Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, March 14-18. UNCG is one of only two public universities in North Carolina to send delegates to this conference, which will give students the opportunity to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges along with more than 2,400 students from over 50 countries. [Read more…]

Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Proposals are due Jan. 29 by 5 p.m. for Undergraduate Research Assistantship projects requesting support to begin in Summer 2010. [Read more…]

Project Cut-Off Dates

The project cut-off dates for fiscal year 2009-2010 have been established. “In keeping with state and university policy, we will not pre-bill for work in progress or incomplete projects,” says Cynthia Barnes, assistant director of renovations. Funding for projects utilizing 2009-2010 funds must be received by Jan. 29 for projects involving renovations requiring design services and the N. C. State Construction Office approvals and April 15 for simple projects involving only painting or simple office relocations. All work must be completed by June 4. [Read more…]