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Randall Jarrell centennial: symposium and celebration at UNCG

Photo of Randall Jarrell courtesy Special Manuscripts & University ArchivesUNCG’s most well-known figure in its storied history? That’s likely Randall Jarrell.

A UNCG professor from 1947 until his death in 1967, the acclaimed poet, essayist, novelist and critic would have been 100 years old this year. The spotlight will be turned on his work and legacy this month at UNCG.

The Randall Jarrell Centennial Symposium and Celebration will be held April 24-25 on campus.

Some highlights:

  • Stephen Burt, poet, professor at Harvard University, and author of “Randall Jarrell and His Age,” will give a poetry reading.
  • UNCG professor emeritus Fred Chappell, former NC Poet Laureate, will provide the symposium’s first talk, introduced by Professor Michael Parker.
  • Noted photographer of North Carolina writers Jan Hensley will give a photography presentation, at a large tea honoring the Class of 1952.
  • Betty Watson, whose portraits of Jarrell hang at the National Portrait Gallery and in Jackson Library, will speak on the painting of those portraits.
  • Stuart Dischell, Linda Gregerson, Anthony J. Cuda and James Applewhite will be among the speakers at the two-day event.

“We are gathering together to celebrate and pay homage to the works of one of America’s most important poets and literary critics – the most prestigious figure to be involved with UNCG when it was the Woman’s College,” said Dischell, poet and UNCG professor. “We will be hosting both young scholars presenting papers on his writing as well as the most distinguished poet/scholars in the country.”

The event not only acknowledges the centennial of Jarrell’s birth, he explains. “We are also celebrating the history of our university and the Woman’s College.”

Jarrell, who was consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress – a position now known as Poet Laureate – was highly influential. “Jarrell’s significance as a poet grows with each generation that reads his work. His use of persona – writing in the voices of others – was in advance of the poetry of his contemporaries. Jarrell’s use of myth and fairy tales as points of departure for his poems also presages the works of the poets to follow,” Dischell said.

And his influence went further. “His literary criticism changed the way American readers and critics approached the art form.”

The event is hosted by the UNCG MFA Writing Program and The Greensboro Review.

All events will be on the UNCG campus. For details and a complete schedule, see http://mfagreensboro.org/event/randall-jarrell-centennial-symposium-celebration/.

By Mike Harris

Photo courtesy Special Manuscripts & University Archives

STEM fun for the day, as JSNN welcomes budding scientists

Photo of UNCG master’s student Jesse Plotkin (right) does a demonstration about enzymes. Photo courtesy JSNNWhat’s a microscope? A young student, perhaps a first-grader, nailed the answer.

“High five!” said Divya Shankar, a JSNN master’s student showing groups of budding scientists cells of an organism.

The Gateway to Science event last Thursday at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) had attracted almost 100 visitors by mid-morning. Two school groups, home school groups and a church group were among the early visitors. The open house event would last all day. (The final attendance tally was 135.) The science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) event had the theme ”Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a scientist?”

The young people toured the facility, seeing the cleanrooms behind glass walls – and lots of equipment. “I saw a person with a thingy in there!” one preschooler excitedly told her friend, as they observed researchers in a cleanroom. They also stopped at a variety of experiment stations. Doctoral student Richard Vestal was on the second floor, as was doctoral student Steven Coleman, getting the young people jazzed about science, with demonstrations at tables. They are both UNCG students. Dankar is an A&T student.

Near the entrance, UNCG master’s student Jesse Plotkin, in his second year at JSNN, was showing young people how to make “elephant toothpaste.” He explained, “It teaches about enzymes.” The students crowding around just knew it looked cool and they wanted to know more.

JSNN is a collaborative project of NC A&T and UNCG. Its mission is to train students to conduct research in nanoscience and nanoengineering, and to work closely with the Piedmont Triad community to help enhance opportunities for economic and academic growth through its outreach and engagement activities.

It’s a milestone moment for JSNN. The first doctoral degrees will be awarded in a few weeks. The first female at JSNN to earn a Ph.D. will be UNCG’s Rabeah Rawashdeh. UNCG’s Joseph Estevez will be the first JSNN male to earn a Ph.D. These UNCG degrees will be conferred May 9.

Just as these two students were once inspired to pursue science, now a new generation is hearing the call.

Dr. Joseph Starobin, professor of nanoscience at JSNN, paused on his way to a National Science Foundation meeting. The building was filling with young people energized about science. “These kids are our future,” he said. “You see their excitement.”

By Mike Harris

Visual: UNCG master’s student Jesse Plotkin (in plaid shirt) does a demonstration about enzymes. Photo courtesy JSNN.

This post was updated 9 a.m. April 16 to correct one name and provide final tally of visitors.

Finding efficiency ‘with fresh eyes’: UNCG’s innovative Dynamic Mailboxes

Photo of Robert Walker speaking with Bob Griffin in the postal center in Jefferson SuitesSince the beginning of the academic year students at UNCG have used their email address to receive regular mail, the implementation of a first-of-its-kind solution that solves not only a space problem but also a generational gap.

The solution is the brainchild of Robert Walker, UNCG’s director of business services and systems. The problem was the renovation of Moran Commons, which once centrally housed 6,000 student post office boxes.

Traditionally, UNCG had provided a postal box for every student on campus, but that system was antiquated and the set-up required “a lot of overhead and a lot of maintenance,” Walker said. At the end of the school year, “we had to change the dial on the combination locks, relabel them, move the mail. It was two weeks worth of work.”

Work that wasn’t appreciated by a generation of students reared on email. “We had full boxes of stuff they didn’t pick up,” Walker said.

The renovation, which made the old postal boxes unavailable, offered an opportunity for change. “We looked at it with fresh eyes and said we can do better,” Walker said. “If we’re going to change it, let’s do it in a way students will appreciate.”

The new system — dubbed Spartan Mail Management — abandons the old model using post office boxes. Now when students receive a letter or package on campus, they are emailed a unique postal code that corresponds with a cubby in the campus’ central postal center in Jefferson Suites. To pick up the mail, the student gives the postal clerk the code and, if applicable, shows his or her university ID. Once cleared, the cubby is then reassigned for the next piece of mail.

In a nod to sustainability — and changing student habits — the university no longer delivers bulk mail, fliers or junk mail to the campus’ 27413 student zip code.

“Students love it,” Walker said of the new system, which gives students instant notification that they have mail and tracks all the envelopes and packages received. “We have more tracking and accountability than we’ve ever had.”

Others see the potential for the system as well. The dynamic mail management system, the first of its kind in the nation, is patent pending and won the National Association for Campus Auxiliary Services’ Innovative Use of Technology Award.

Pulling on his IT background, Waker spent about six months and 300 to 400 development hours to create the web-based system, incorporating features he found lacking in the marketplace. The university spent less than $10,000 on the hardware and computing supplies to accompany the system, he said.

But the real savings, Walker added, was in UNCG avoiding having to buy a commercial system and the expensive licensing fees that would accompany it. Other systems currently available would have cost UNCG between $100,000 and $1 million and still lack some of the flexibility and features Walker’s system has.

Now, with the pending patent on the Spartan Mail Management system, “it could become a revenue generator for the university,” Walker said.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Visual: Robert Walker, left, speak with Bob Griffin in the postal center in Jefferson Suites. By Chris English.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Faculty and staff, kick that ball. Fill that truck.

Photo from last year's Kickball gameAll are invited to the UNCG Faculty vs. Staff Kickball Challenge Tuesday, April 22, at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. The game will begin at 6 p.m.

You can enjoy food and fellowship – and perhaps some fancy footwork during the game. There’ll even be some vendors on hand.

The event will help support the Guilford County Animal Shelter. There is no admission charge, but items to help the shelter are appreciated.

“Please remember this does not all have to be ‘new’ items,” says Jeannie Lasley, Staff Senate Service Committee co-chair. “Any gently used towels, tarps, sheets, blankets, metal bowls, can openers….” She noted the poster has a full list of needed items.

At last year’s game, they got lots of dog and cat beds, towels, leaches, cleaning supplies and paper towels, she noted. “And over 2,000 pounds of food – both dry food and canned food.”

Their hopes are high and the need is great. “We hope to exceed last year, with so many animals having to go to the shelter because their owners are not able to care for them or the animals have not been able to be spayed or neutered and are producing more puppies and kittens than the owners can take care of.”

Want to donate a few items? There are boxes around campus – or simply bring items to the game to help “fill the truck” there. Someone at the entrance to the stadium (beside Walker Deck) will help carry donations to the truck, for anyone who wants help.

More details at www.uncg.edu/staff.groups/senate/Senate_Committees/Events/Kickball.

Visual: The faculty particularly enjoyed last year’s game, which they won handily. Photo by Chris English.

Longer loans, fewer fines at UNCG Libraries

Photo of the front entrance to Jackson LibraryUniversity Libraries has some good news for you.

As of May 12, 2014, the following changes will be made to allow borrowers more time with materials and to renew or return materials before money is owed:

  • All 21-day loans will increase to 30 days for materials loaned from the Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobook and Paperback collections.
  • No overdue fines will be charged when materials from these collections are borrowed May 12 or afterward and returned or renewed late. Most of these materials can be renewed four times online.
  • Overdue fines will continue to be charged on materials from the Course Reserves, DVD, Tech Lending and AV Equipment collections.

Also effective July 1, 2014:

  • The lost item processing fee will increase from $10 to $20 per item. This fee compensates University Libraries for expenses incurred in the billing and reordering processes for lost items.
  • If items are returned or renewed within specified amounts of time after their due dates (eight days for Course Reserves, DVDs, Tech Lending and AV Equipment; 40 days for Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobook and Paperback books), the processing fee is not charged.

By Barry Miller

UNCG celebrates Earth Day April 22

Nature photo from UNCG campusA sustainability exhibition, a scholarship fair, and the premiere of “COAL” are highlights of the 2014 Earth Day at UNCG.

Earth Day will be celebrated Tuesday, April 22, with the following events:

  • Eco-Friendly Public Art Gallery – College Avenue from noon to 4:30 p.m. – Showcasing UNCG student artwork made with recycled and repurposed materials
  • Sustainability Scholarship Fair – Music Building Atrium from noon to 4:30 p.m. – Featuring UNCG academic programs, faculty research, and student projects
  • Campus Sustainability Exhibits – Music Building Atrium from noon to 4:30 p.m. – Highlighting the following initiatives: Energy and Water Conservation, LEED Buildings, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Alternative Transportation, Sustainable Food and Dining, Solar Power, Green Cleaning and Purchasing, Land Preservation, Natural Landscaping.
  • Performances of “COAL” – Music Building Organ Hall at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. – Creative Organizing and Leadership (COAL) is an upbeat musical tale to create climate change awareness and inspire local activism.
  • Tree Planting & Tree Campus USA Award Ceremony – Music Building at 1 p.m. – Supported by the UNCG Grounds Division and the Peabody Park Preservation Committee.

Questions? Contact Chad Carwein (UNCG Office of Sustainability) at cgcarwein@uncg.edu or 334-3664.

Apply to be Global Engagement Teaching Fellow

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons (FTLC) seeks a UNCG faculty member to serve as the Global Engagement Teaching Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. This Teaching Fellow will work in coordination and collaboration with faculty and staff engaged in implementing UNCG’s QEP on “Global Engagement”.

Potential applicants interested in this opportunity should submit responses to the following questions as a word document to FTLC@uncg.edu by May 5, 2014. It is also recommended that applicants review the proposed QEP document, especially section 5.4 “Faculty Development” found at http://uncgqep.uncg.edu/

  1. Name, Department, Unit, Department Chair.
  2. Describe your teaching philosophy, particularly around teaching and pedagogy that prepares students to engage, communicate and interact in international and culturally diverse contexts.
  3. What interests you about working with the FTLC and the QEP to provide faculty development related to enhancing global learning pedagogy and students’ intercultural competencies?
  4. Describe your experience with global learning.
  5. Please provide one reference.

The FTLC promotes a collaborative community of scholars to enhance teaching, learning, research and creative activity. The goal of the FTLC Fellows program is to identify, support and disseminate new ideas and pedagogical practices in specific areas by connecting teaching expertise with UNCG faculty—and all those who teach. Fellows are the heart and soul of the FTLC.

Expectations for all FTLC fellows include:

  • Recruiting and connecting with other faculty about teaching, leading a faculty cohort/learning community, monthly meetings, providing periodic activity reports and participation at FTLC events.
  • Compensation for individual Fellows varies depending upon particular needs and situations. For example, previously compensation has taken the form of additional pay, course release or professional development funds.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ben Ramsey at bhramsey@uncg.edu.

“Heartbleed” Internet Security Vulnerability

UNCG ITS provided this information about Internet security:

Media outlets have been reporting on the “Heartbleed” Internet security vulnerability. The “Heartbleed” risk is a threat to many websites across the Internet. The staff of UNCG’s Information Technology Services (ITS) are assessing the risk to UNCG and are making changes to mitigate risk.

Please take special note that despite many media reports advising people to change passwords, UNCG is not currently suggesting that users change their campus passwords as a response to “Heartbleed.” In terms of the “Heartbleed” risk and changing passwords, timing is important. Please do NOT change passwords as a response to “Heartbleed” until you have received information from ITS that any affected servers have been updated to eliminate the “Heartbleed” risk. ITS will provide further guidance on the timing of password changes in the near future.

(Note: Anyone who has a normal business reason to change passwords at this time should do so. This includes changing a password that is due to expire, per UNCG’s usual 90-day expiration cycle. If you are getting messages that your password is expiring, you should change your password at reset.uncg.edu.)

We will continue to update the campus as our work to address this risk progresses. If you have questions about “Heartbleed” and campus technology, please contact 6-TECH at (336) 256-TECH (8324) or 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

Full story at http://itsnews.uncg.edu/2014/04/10/heartbleed-internet-security-vulnerability/

UNCG Student Honors Convocation April 29

The university community is invited to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students at the 52nd annual Student Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the EUC Auditorium. Student recipients of the following will be recognized: Graduate Student Scholarly and Teaching Awards, Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo Awards, University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards. A reception will follow in the lobby adjacent to the auditorium. Contact Lloyd International Honors College if you have any questions, at 334-5538.

Owner of Zaki Oriental Rugs to speak at UNCG on April 16

Zaki Khalifa, owner of Zaki Oriental Rugs on South Main Street in High Point, will share his personal story about how his business has grown from a small storefront to a 100,000-square-foot showroom at the next Entrepreneurial Journeys program at UNCG on Wednesday, April 16.

The 5:30 p.m. event, which is offered at no charge and open to the public, will be held in Room 1214 of the Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building, 1111 Spring Garden St., on the UNCG campus. Due to limited seating, attendees are asked to register at entjourneys4.eventbrite.com. Check-in will begin at 5 p.m.

By Michelle Hines

2014 Excellence Awards for UNCG Faculty and Staff

Photo of the recipients at the close of the ceremonyIt’s an exciting time of year, Chancellor Linda P. Brady told those gathered in the EUC Auditorium the morning of April 4. “A time to recognize the scholarship and service of faculty, staff and students.”

More than a dozen awards were presented at the 2014 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony. Service pins recipients were recognized as well.

These outstanding faculty and staff really do reflect the outstanding work throughout the university, she said.

30 year service pin recipients:
Dr. Rebecca Adams
Lennie Alexander
Patricia Bowden
Dr. Julie Brown
Deloris Davis
Ralice Gertz
Cathy Griffith
Timothy Johnston
Dr. Susan Keane
Jo Leimenstoll
Liz Meeks
James Turner
Dr. Jerry Walsh
Dr. Nicholas Williamson

35 year service pins:
Dr. William Karper
Dr. Elizabeth Lacey
Dr. Stephen Layson
Dr. Paul Mazgaj
Sharon Nash-Sellars
Wallace Perdue
Connie Prater
Mark Schumacher
Dawn Wyrick

40 year service pins:
Dr. Joshua Hoffman
John Maggio
Cathy Roberts
Dr. William Tullar
Dr. Jerry Vaughan

Awards:
Dr. Jane Harris – Katherine H. Taylor Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Ye He – Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Wayne Journell – James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Robin Maxwell – Anna Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Bruce Kirchoff – UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Kelly Rowett-James – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Jim Clark – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Yuliana Rodriguez – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Dr. Michael McIntosh – O. Max Gardner Award

Dr. Jennifer Etnier – Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Dr. Michael Kane – Research Excellence Award
Dr. Paul Silvia – Research Excellence Award

Melissa Barnes – Staff Excellence Award
Paige Morris – Staff Excellence Award

Bachelor of Arts Program in Media Studies – Student Learning Enhancement Award (Dr. Kimberlianne Podlas accepted for the program.)
Department of Human Development and Family Studies – Student Learning Enhancement Award (Dr. Mark Fine and Dr. Kathleen Williams accepted for the department.)

Christine Fischer – Supervisory Recognition Award
Jacqueline Dozier – Supervisory Recognition Award

Visuals: Dr. Ye He and Chancellor Brady. The recipients at the close of the ceremony.
Photography by David Wilson.

Chancellor presents provisional UNCG budget plan for 2014-15

Photo from budget meeting with Chancellor BradyIt appears that about 120 positions and/or personnel will be affected by UNCG’s budget cuts for next year.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady presented the provisional budget reduction plan to UNCG Faculty Senate on April 2.

The university is planning for a reduction of more than $12 million in the 2014-15 budget. The impact will be felt in a range of ways, from the number of class sections to student services, from facilities repairs and renovations to ITS response time, she explained.

In the past two months, she has consulted with Executive Staff, Deans Council, Academic department heads, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, the Budget Sounding Board, the Student Government Association and the Board of Trustees about the plan. At the meeting last week, she presented responses to the main concerns and suggestions that she has heard.

One concern was that the proposed cut to Academic Affairs was too high.

She has reduced the cut assigned to Academic Affairs by about $1 million. An additional $1 million in cuts is now assigned to other units and divisions.

She presented the allocation of reductions across the divisions:
Academic Affairs: $9,332,801
Student Affairs: $513,570
Office of Research and Economic Development: $201,972
Total Provost Area: $10,048,343
Information Technology Services: $652,183
University Advancement: $212,686
Business Affairs: $1,591,398
Chancellor: $195,827
Gateway University Research Park: $100,000

Total: $12,800,437

For context, she showed reductions from 2007-08 to 2013-14, considering net cuts and campus-initiated tuition increase funds and enrollment change funds. Academic Affairs’ budget has risen some, by $985,000. Business Affairs has seen cuts of almost $2 million. ITS has lost $1,275,000. Student Affairs has been cut by $449,000.

This month, the university will be in communication with employees subject to Reduction in Force. “We want to place as many as possible at UNCG,” she said, as the university has done during previous cuts.

She will update faculty at the General Faculty meeting April 23, and she will also provide an update at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 30. She noted there may be an adjustment to the cuts this summer based on General Assembly actions in May and June.

More information – including the chancellor’s PowerPoint presentation on April 2 – is available at the UNCG Budget Central web site.

By Mike Harris

Spartan Village dedication April 24 at plaza

Photo of Spartan VillageChancellor Linda P. Brady invites the entire UNCG community to join her April 24, as the university begins a new phase of campus life.

A ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating Spartan Village will begin on the Forest Street side of the new pedestrian underpass on Thursday, April 24, at 2 p.m. A procession through the underpass will immediately follow, culminating in a party on the plaza on the Lee Street side.

Enjoy music, refreshments and tours of the new Spartan Village residence halls until 4 p.m.

Three of these residence halls opened in August. One opened in January. They accommodate about 800 students.

The underpass, a collaborative effort between UNCG and the North Carolina Railroad Company, creates a new gateway at UNCG.

As the underpass opened last week, Fred Patrick, director of Facilities Design and Construction, noted it will facilitate safer pedestrian and bicycle connections between the core of the campus and Spartan Village. The project required relocating the vehicular entrances off Forest Street to Oakland Avenue for access to the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, he added. UNCG’s recently updated Master Plan illustrates plans for enhanced pedestrian flow north from the underpass along the Forest Street corridor, with benches and landscaping.

UNCG’s Jazz Festival will feature Nash, Gardner

Photo of past a Jazz PerformanceUNCG’s Miles Davis Jazz Festival 2014 will feature student arrangements of Blue Note music, a seminal jazz record company.

The festival will be Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m., in Aycock Auditorium.

Drummer Lewis Nash and trombonist Vincent Gardner will join the UNCG Jazz Faculty and UNCG Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Chad Eby.

Tickets will be $10 adults, $6 for seniors and students. Purchase them at the door, or reserve tickets online at MilesDavisFestival.BrownPaperTickets.com

DOUG ELKINS CHOREOGRAPHY, ETC in PAS performance

Photo of dancer from the Doug Elkins Dance CompanyThe irreverent DOUG ELKINS comes to UNCG with a merry band of dancers, actors and clowns to explore the sharp intersections between physical comedy, choreography, flirtation and romance in his latest work “Hapless Bizarre.”

The final offering of this year’s UNCG Performing Arts Series will be Wednesday, April 9, 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Expect near misses of physical action and attraction with high flying kicks and turns in a new work paired with “Mo(or)town/Redux”. Set to a top 40 sound score, Mo(or)town pays homage to Jose Limon’s 1949 “Moor’s Pavane”, which was based on Shakespeare’s “Othello.”

Elkins is a two-time New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award-winning choreographer. He got his start in the early ‘80s as a “B-boy” dancing in the New York hip hop club scene. Before founding his first company Doug Elkins Dance Company (1988-2004), Elkins apprenticed with both Bill T. Jones and Elizabeth Streb. A 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Elkins’ informal dance background lends itself to his eclectic mix of hip-hop, martial arts, ballet, and modern dance.

Special ticket pricing is available to UNCG dance alumni. An alumni reception will be held following the performance. Contact Jeff Aguiar at jbaguiar@uncg.edu for more information.

Tickets may be purchased at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7522385.

Call for FTLC Teaching Fellow for Undergraduate Research

The Faculty Teaching & Learning Commons (FTLC) and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) seek a UNCG faculty member to serve as Teaching Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Potential applicants interested in this opportunity should submit responses to the following questions as a word document to FTLC@uncg.edu by April 26, 2014.

  1. Name, Department, Unit, Department Chair.
  2. Describe your teaching philosophy, particularly around integrating research into the curriculum.
  3. What interests you about working with the FTLC and URSCO to provide faculty development related to participation with undergraduate research?
  4. What most interests you about working with undergraduates in a mentoring relationship?
  5. Describe your experience working with undergraduate research.
  6. Please provide one reference.

The FTLC promotes a collaborative community of scholars to enhance teaching, learning, research, and creative activity. The goal of the FTLC Fellows program is to identify, support and disseminate new ideas and pedagogical practices in specific areas by connecting teaching expertise with UNCG faculty—and all those who teach. Fellows are the heart and soul of the FTLC.

Expectations for all FTLC fellows include:

  • Monthly meetings and activity reports, participation at FTLC events, and recruiting and connecting with other faculty about teaching.
  • Compensation for individual Fellows varies depending upon particular needs and situations. For example, previously compensation has taken the form of add pay, course release, or professional development funds.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ben Ramsey at bhramsey@uncg.edu or Lee Phillips at plphilli@uncg.edu

 

SOE events in April

UNCG’s School of Education has several events for the campus community in the coming weeks:

The HERP Project Earth Day Community Celebration
The HERP Project will host a free Earth Day Community Celebration on Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Burlington City Park. Storytelling, hiking adventures, live animals, arts and crafts and other family fun activities will take place. For additional information, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/The-HERP-Project-Celebration-Flyer-2014.pdf.

American Sign Language Idol
American Sign Language Idol, sponsored by the Specialized Education Services department of the UNCG School of Education, will take place Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. This year’s theme is ‘The Motown Era!’ featuring students performing popular songs in ASL from Motown greats such as the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and the Supremes. Admission is $5 ($3 for children ages 6-12; free admission for children ages 5 and under. Money from ticket sales and donations will go to help our Deaf-Blind friends attend Camp Dogwood.

For more information, please visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ASL-Idol-Flier-2014.pdf.

‘Understanding your students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing’ (A workshop on Deaf Education)
A workshop on classroom topics related to students with hearing loss, presented by Deaf Education majors, will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120. The workshop is free; RSVP to m_harker@uncg.edu. For more details on topics covered during the workshop, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Deaf-ed-workshop-flyer-.pdf.

HED Doctoral Colloquium
The first annual Higher Education Doctoral Colloquium featuring Dr. Ralph Soney, vice president of corporate and continuing learning at GTCC, will be held on Wednesday, April 16, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 401. For more information and to register for the Colloquium, visit: http://soe.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/LESJ-Colloquium.pdf.

Course Reserves due for summer, fall terms

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists for summer are due Wednesday, May 7; for fall, Friday, Aug.1, 2014. Requests to renew spring lists for summer and/or fall are due by Wednesday, May 7.

Before placing a film on reserve for your students, check out Swank’s Digital Campus and the Libraries’ other streaming film sources. Also, the Libraries offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see the e-book guide.

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

GEMS seeks entrepreneurial college students for mentoring program

A mentoring program for college students in Greensboro who are interested in starting their own businesses is accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year. The program, Growing Entrepreneurs by Mentoring Students (GEMS), is managed by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG.

Through a competitive application process, up to 20 top entrepreneurial students will be selected this spring and matched one-on-one with experienced entrepreneurs who will serve as mentors. The program starts in the fall and runs through the 2014-2015 academic year. The application deadline is Friday, April 18, and applications may be sent to ncec@uncg.edu. More information can be found at http://ncec.uncg.edu.

In addition to one-on-one mentoring, the program will include dinners and other activities to encourage networking and information sharing among mentors and students. Thanks to generous support from the community, there is no cost for either students or mentors to participate in the program.

By Betsi Robinson

Full story at UNCG Now.

Turning Bog Garden and Greene St. Deck into dance stages

Photo of dancers at bog gardenDucks waded. A doctoral music student fiddled. And a huge owl looked on as more than a dozen UNCG dancers made the trails and boardwalk of the Bog Garden their own dance space.

The site-specific production last weekend was choreographed by UNCG MFA student Caroline Althof, in collaboration with the performers.

Later in the day, police blocked off Washington Street in downtown for the production of another of her MFA thesis projects – at the downtown Greene Street Parking garage. An even larger crowd, about 80-100 plus some surprised passersby, took in the unique performance by a cast of mostly different performers.

Details, photos and video clips are at https://www.facebook.com/events/285619358255697/

Both productions will be repeated this Sunday, April 13. Be at the Bog Garden at 2 p.m. and Greene Street Parking Deck at 8 p.m. for unique dance experiences.

Photography of Bog Garden production by Meg Harris

Take PWP and enter to win an iPad

Take the new Online Personal Wellness Profile at no cost to you, and be entered to win an iPad.

Simply complete the online PWP between April 1, 2014, and April 30, 2014.

This opportunity is only available to UNCG faculty and staff.

The Personal Wellness Profile is part of a university initiative. At the time you take it you will be asked to participate in a voluntary research study. You do not need to be in the study to participate in HealthyUNCG programs or to be entered in the drawing.

To take the online PWP or for more information, visit healthy.uncg.edu

If you have any questions regarding HealthyUNCG or the PWPs please email healthy_uncg@uncg.edu

‘Vagina Monologues” at Curry Auditorium

After a four year hiatus at UNCG, “The Vagina Monologues” returns, for three shows only, April 11 and 12. UNCG students and staff will perform popular monologues like “The Angry Vagina,” “The Flood,” and “Hair.” The production is open to the general public.

Written and first produced by Eve Ensler, the play is a collection of monologues about women’s experiences, based on hundreds of interviews. The play explores women’s experiences with sensuality, pleasure, discomfort, and violence. Ensler co-founded V-Day, an organization committed to global efforts against violence against women and girls.

Shows are in Curry Auditorium, on Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. General admission; doors open 30 minutes before show-time and free parking is available behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

A $5 donation is suggested. All proceeds from tickets and merchandise go to Clara House and V-Day Campaign.

The play is sponsored by Housing & Residence Life Social Justice & Diversity Initiatives, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Residence Hall Association.

For more information, contact Krista Prince at k_prince@uncg.edu

Triad BioNight Gala – nominate a biotechnology leader

Triad BioNight, a premier event for our region’s biotechnology community, takes place Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons. The biannual gathering of hundreds of leaders from academia, industry, and government celebrates the success and impact of life sciences in our area. The big night honors leaders in the community with Piedmont Triad Biotechnology Excellence Awards.

BioNight co-chair Dr. Lisa Goble, licensing and research policy officer for the UNCG Office of Innovation Commercialization, encourages you to nominate deserving colleagues for the Excellence Awards. Says Goble, “Nominations allow peers and community members to recognize outstanding performance in biotechnology development and professionalism in the Piedmont Triad region. Anyone can nominate individuals and organizations for these awards by submitting a simple 50- to 150-word statement by April 18.”

The Advisory Committee, along with the Piedmont Triad Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, hosts the BioNight event. This year, UNCG’s Dr. Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, joins the committee. “The partnership between UNCG and NC Biotech has been a long and fruitful one, supporting the creation of new knowledge, innovation, and economic development in our community and state,” said Shelton. “I am honored to be asked to serve on the advisory board to continue to expand this successful partnership and the work of both entities.”

By Sangeetha Shivaji

Full story at UNCG Research & Economic Development site.

Hey, that diary is my great grandmother’s

Did you read the feature in the News & Record on a Greensboro College student’s pre-Civil War diary? It was performed as a play last weekend.

Barry Miller in UNCG Libraries read reporter John Newsom’s piece with great interest. He knew the subject, Mary Elizabeth, was his great-grandmother.

He went with family members to see the play last weekend.

Greensboro College owns the diary. Miller has something he himself treasures. “I have typed copies of the adult Mary Elizabeth’s handwritten letters to her own daughter about 1900,” he told Campus Weekly.

See Newsom’s N&R story: http://m.news-record.com/news/article_7dc8fc56-ba17-11e3-9329-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm

and his blog post about the diary: http://www.news-record.com/blogs/the_syllabus/article_7822b63c-ba7d-11e3-9c8d-0017a43b2370.html

Enjoy UNCG’s International Festival 2014

Photo from past iFestCome enjoy UNCG’s 32nd Annual International Festival on April 12. There will be lots of do and see along College Avenue, from noon to 5 p.m.

Performances include:
Noon Iran: Persian Dance
12:15 p.m. China: Youth Chinese Orchestra
12:30 p.m. Brazil: Forro Brazilian Dance
12:35 p.m. Eritrea/ Ethiopia: Traditional Dances
12:55 p.m. China: Chinese Dance
1:25 p.m. Latin America: Hantin & Salsa Dances
1:35 p.m. International Hairston MS International Dance
1:45 p.m. South Korea: K-pop Dance
2:00 p.m. Hmong Traditional Dance
2:05 p.m. Middle East: Troop Bellysima Belly Dance
2:55 p.m. Japan Taiko Japanese Drumming
3:25 p.m. India: Bollywood Dance
3:35 p.m. Micronesian Polynesian Hula Dance
3:45 p.m. United States: Blue Dynasty Dance Team
3:50 p.m. Asia: Asian Pop
4:05 p.m. France: French Traditional Dance
4:15 p.m. Peru: Peruvian Traditional Dance
4:25 p.m. South Asia: UNCG Jalwa Dance Performance
4:35 p.m. South Korea: K-pop Dance
4:45 p.m. Saudi Arabia: Saudi Traditional Dance

The event is sponsored by UNCG’s International Students Association, International Programs Center and the Student Government Association

More information and contact info is at http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/.

Be part of UNCG’s Earth Day, at Sustainability Scholarship Fair

Photo of garden at Music BuildingThe spring 2014 Sustainability Scholarship Fair will be held on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, noon-4 p.m., in the foyer of the Music Building and near the bridge in Peabody Park.

It will provide an opportunity for faculty currently engaged in teaching and research in sustainability to meet, learn about, and network with others who also are involved in related activities.

Sustainability is a core value defined in UNCG’s Strategic Plan 2009-2014 as “the enduring interconnectedness of social equity, the environment, the economy, and aesthetics.”

There is no need to develop anything particular for this event. Come with an existing presentation, poster, syllabus, assignment(s), book, article, object, artwork, etc. Situate yourself (at a table or otherwise) inside or outside for any period during the event. And interact with the other faculty and the students, staff and community members who stop by.

If you have advanced undergraduate or graduate students actively involved in your or their own sustainability work, they are welcome to represent you and/or share their work as well. Please note, however, that space is limited, and faculty will be given priority.

The Sustainability Scholarship Fair is free and open to the public, and it is part of UNCG’s Earth Day activities. A reception with snacks and drinks will be provided. If you would like to participate, fill out the following form before April 17: https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/forms/d/1r0JtDCGyj_n87OuCk2tnhsJ3qLBFRHvv3Hb6Op7q2RY/viewform

Have questions? Email UNCG’s Academic Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Aaron S. Allen, at asallen@uncg.edu.

UNCG’s Pedestrian Underpass opens

Photo of open Underpass with bicyclistA bicyclist made his way from Spartan Village, crossed Lee Street – and on a bright spring morning became one of the first students to make use of UNCG’s new Pedestrian Underpass.

The Pedestrian Underpass opened for use April 1.

The Pedestrian Underpass is a collaborative effort between UNCG and the North Carolina Railroad Company.

By Mike Harris

Photograph by David Wilson, morning of April 1.

Bryan School students uncork award-winning business plan

Winery photo courtesy of Monty and Brenda CombsA simple question — “Where can we eat?” — led to an award-winning pairing between the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics and Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery.

Bryan School MBA students won the 2014 Small Business Institute’s Project of the Year award for their comprehensive business plan for a restaurant at the Wilkes County winery. MBA students Gordon Trimble, Scott Jordan and Taylor Pittman worked on the business and marketing plan with Bryan School faculty members Richard Browne, Bonnie Canziani and Sam Troy.

A feasibility business plan by Bryan School undergraduates for Little Acorn Books, a local publisher of children’s books, won second place in the Small Business Institute’s undergraduate feasibility business plan category. Both of UNCG’s entries placed out of about 500 entries in the national competition.

UNCG is the only Triad school with a Small Business Institute program.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Textiles, Teachers and Troops’ public launch April 8

Photo of a downtown Greensboro scene, circa 1920.How did Greensboro become the city it is today? From 1880-1945, three distinct forces helped transform the city: textiles, teachers, and troops. Now, six important area institutions – including UNCG – have come together to create a free online tool that documents that transformation and makes it available to the public. Two upcoming programs will highlight that tool and are free and open to the public.

  • On Tuesday, April 8, a public launch of the digital project Textiles, Teachers, and Troops: Greensboro 1880-1945 will be held at the Greensboro Historical Museum at 7 p.m. In addition to demonstration of the project website and a brief outline of Greensboro history during the period, Dr. Kevin Cherry, Deputy Secretary of Archives and History in the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, will speak.
  • On Wednesday, April 16, the panel discussion “Historians, Digitization & the Future of Historical Research” will be offered in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library at 4 p.m. Panelists will include UNCG historians Lisa Tolbert and Anne Parsons, and PhD candidate Alexandra Chassanoff of UNC Chapel Hill.

Textiles, Teachers, and Troops makes available more than 175,000 digital images including photographs, manuscripts, rare books, scrapbooks, printed materials and oral histories documenting the social and cultural development of Greensboro. For the first time, all five colleges and universities in Greensboro, along with the Greensboro Historical Museum, have collaborated on a project to make primary source materials available online.

The project, coordinated by the Digital Projects unit in the University Libraries at UNCG, was made possible in large measure through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

The project incorporates material already digitized by the UNCG University Libraries and Greensboro Historical Museum as part of other projects, including Greensboro Historical Newspapers, Greensboro Pictorials, and Greensboro City Directories.

The principal contacts for more information about this project are David Gwynn (jdgwynn@uncg.edu) and Stephen Catlett (jscatlet@uncg.edu).

Full story is at UNCG Libraries web site.

By Barry Miller

Visual: A downtown Greensboro scene, circa 1920. From a Greensboro College Scrapbook.

Thomas Berry and UNCG

Photo of Thomas Berry and Dr. Charlie HeadingtonThomas Berry was born 100 years ago. A chautauqua this week at UNCG will mark this centennial and consider and build on his research about ecology, universities and our world. The event’s talks will focus on such disparate topics as species extinction, indigenous knowledge, green campuses, the role of undergraduate education, and North Carolina sea turtles. Thomas Berry, with his emphasis on a sustainable earth/human relationship, likely would not have found these topics as disparate at all.

He was celebrated widely. He received eight honorary degrees and dozens of awards and honors. And Greensboro was where he grew up and where he lived his final years. He died in 2009 at age 94.

The scholar visited the UNCG campus numerous times:

He spoke at UNCG’s Warren Ashby Residential College on several occasions, according to UNCG Biology lecturer Ann Berry Somers, and he spoke at the UNCG Faculty Center.

UNCG’s All College Read in the early 1990s was Berry’s “The Dream of the Earth,” Somers recalls. He gave a seminar in UNCG’s Biology department in the early 2000s.

Ann Berry Somers (who is his niece) uses his work in Biology when discussing thinking as an ecological force. Catherine Matthews and Somers have used his essays on education in their think tank class, which is presenting a chautauqua later this week.

David McDuffie, a lecturer in Religious Studies at UNCG since 2010, uses Berry’s writings in his classes.

Berry is one of the most important figures in religious environmentalism, McDuffie says. “He’s a huge figure in the conversation.”

Berry saw people, animals and all the earth as a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects, McDuffie explains.

Humans tell stories and they create meaning from stories. The scientific narrative – how we comprehend the world’s history scientifically – does not need to be separated from religious ones, in Berry’s view. Valuing both narratives can lead to a greater appreciation of our natural environment.

We tend to separate things, he acknowledged. He wanted fewer barriers in academic disciplines, in aspects of our lives. And ecology is an ever-present primary focus.

McDuffie is working on his dissertation. “The following question orients my work,” he explains. “In a time of widespread ecological degradation, what is the potential for religion or the religious to offer a significant contribution toward the attainment of sustainable human cultures?” Berry’s scholarship is important to that work.

Dr. Charlie Headington has taught in Religious Studies and courses on sustainability in various programs throughout UNCG’s College of Arts and Sciences. He has used Berry’s books “The Great Work” and “Dream of the Earth” in his UNCG classes. “He spoke at one of my classes,” Headington recalls,” and we went down to my house (on Mendenhall) and garden and had a potluck with the students.”

Headington also worked at a garden with UNCG students as interns. “Berry came one day to recite his poems to a large group gathered in the garden.”

Headington reflected recently on Berry’s poetry. “Thomas told me that he enjoyed writing poetry more than anything else. And it shows. Students often told me that his poetic prose struck deeply as if he embedded earthy metaphors in their very being. Metaphors like reliving the moment when one first recognizes the beauty and wonder of nature, or how the universe ‘bends’ toward complexity, community and beauty.”

“Most poignant was Berry’s assertion that ‘we are the universe, thinking.’ My students felt that challenged them to think deeply and ethically.”

Learn more about the Spring Think Tank Chautauqua at UNCG at the site http://biology.uncg.edu/Chautauqua/Gen_Info.html. There is no admission charge.

By Mike Harris

Photo: Thomas Berry and Dr. Charlie Headington, first recipient of the Thomas Berry Environmental Educator Award, at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, Greensboro, 2005.

2014 Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo honorees

UNCG’s Eighth Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo included 111 presentations by 158 students working with 84 faculty mentors representing 39 academic departments.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is now the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO). This name change promotes the disciplinary diversity of scholarship represented by the many academic departments at UNCG. In this spirit of inclusivity, the office has also added “and Creativity” to the Expo title.

The URSCO is dedicated to promoting and supporting student success through faculty-mentored undergraduate research, creative expressions and other scholarly experiences for the UNCG community. The expo highlights the diversity of disciplinary scholarship for and through our students in order to help cultivate a culture of lifelong inquiry.

2014 expo awards

Visual Arts
1st Place: Gabrielle Ocampo
Faculty Mentor: Sheryl Oring , Art
“What it’s Like to Sleep”

2nd Place: Michael Bannerman
Faculty Mentor: Barbara Campbell Thomas, Art
“The Complete Astrologer & His Time Capsules”

3rd Place: Elizabeth Traub
Faculty Mentor: Nikki Blair, Art
“Don’t Listen”

Honorable Mention: Billy Hawkins
Faculty Mentor: Barbara Campbell Thomas, Art
“Ako no. 1”

Behavioral, Economic, Educational and Social Sciences
1st Place: Brent Nara, David Frank, and Michaela Zavagnin
Faculty Mentor: Dayna Touron and Michael Kane, Psychology
“The Influences of Mood and Mindfulness on Age-related Differences in Mind Wandering in a Reading Task”

2nd Place: Jonathan Latta and Julie Campbell
Faculty Mentor: George Michel, Psychology
“The Development of Hand Preference in Infants Between 8 to 14 Months”

3rd Place: Meg Smith
Faculty Mentor: Nicole Dobbins and Vicki Jacobs, Education
“How Children Think About Math”

Honorable Mention: Joylyn Troyer and Catherine French
Faculty Mentor: Travis Hicks, Interior Architecture
“Sustainable Glenwood”

Humanities
1st Place: Emily Gering
Faculty Mentor: David Wharton, Classic Studies
“Development in Latin’s Basic Color Terms”

2nd Place: Eliana Mundula
Faculty Mentor: Heather Holian, Art History
“Learned, Mannered, and Titled: Baccio Bandinelli’s Self-Referential Work in the Context of the Changing Status of the Artist”

3rd Place: Rachel Chaney
Faculty Mentor: Hephzibah Roskelly, English
“There are Worse Crimes than Burning Books: How the Graphic Novel Enhances the Rhetorical Aim of Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’”

Life, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
1st Place: Daniel Nasrallah
Faculty Mentor: Mitchell Croatt, Chemistry and Biochemistry
“Investigation into the Syntheses and Applications of Cyanocarbenes”

2nd Place: Jonathan Nelson and Shan Yu
Faculty Mentor: Karen Katula, Biology
“Epigenetic Modulation of WNT5A Expression in the Human Colorectal Cell Line HCT-116”

3rd Place: Harry Rybacki
Faculty Mentor: Andrew Jensen, Computer Science
“OSF SciNet: Crowd-Sourcing the Scientific Citation Network”

Honorable Mention: Jason Howard
Faculty Mentor: Deepshikha Shukla, Physics and Astronomy
“Exploring charge independence of the strong force by modeling neutron-proton scattering”

UNCG’s Admissions and Campus Rec among winners

Student Affairs’ Campus Recreation got a high five – literally – from the chancellor. And Undergraduate Admissions took the top award, for a video that wonderfully captures how UNCG is the place to come in order to do big things.

At the 2014 DSBA Community Awards presentation last Friday, Chancellor Linda P. Brady presented more than two dozen awards to departments and schools throughout the university.

This year marks the first comprehensive, official awards program for the DSBA community. Last year, there was recognition of the “early adopters” on campus.

“We all know the importance of integrated marketing and strategic communication,” Brady said. “We do compete with other universities for students, staff and faculty.”

With strategic, impactful communications, we can better compete.

“Today, we are recognizing the good work we are doing,” she said.

Debbie Schallock, who has served as interim director of marketing and strategic communication in University Relations, noted there were 44 entries. A panel of judges from the UNCG and Triad communities judged the entries, based on effort and merit.

Undergraduate Admissions’ video “We’re the Spartans” took the The Gold Pennant Award. It was judged “best in show.”

The full list of winners:

Complete Campaign
Gold – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation Banner, Posters and Calendar)
Bronze – Bryan School (Student Services Website and Brochures)
Honorable Mention – School of Nursing (Fundraising Letters, Pledge Forms and Postcard)

Film and Video
Gold – Undergraduate Admissions (“We’re the Spartans” Video)

Photography
Gold – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation Calendar)
Silver – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation “I Found a Place”)
Honorable Mention – School of Education (Website, Social Media, and Annual Report)

Print Materials
Gold – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation Poster Series)
Gold – Student Affairs (Housing & Residence Life Welcome Banners)
Gold – School of Education (Annual Report)
Gold – Undergraduate Admissions (Academic Programs Brochure)
Gold – Undergraduate Admissions (Prospective Students Viewbook)
Silver – Bryan School (Applied Economics & MA/PhD Brochure)
Silver – Undergraduate Admissions (Transfer Brochure)
Bronze – Student Affairs (Campus Recreation Calendar)
Bronze – Student Affairs (Housing & Residence Life Prospective Student Mailings)
Bronze – Undergraduate Studies (Foundations for Learning Brochure)
Bronze – UNCG Lloyd International Honors College (Prospective Student Brochure)
Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Studies (Student Success Center Brochure)
Honorable Mention – University Libraries (FOL Dinner Invitation)

Web Site Design and Organization
Honorable Mention – College of Arts & Sciences (CAS Website)
Honorable Mention – School of Education (School of Education Website)

Writing
Silver – School of Education (Web Features)

Afterward, Mandy Byrd, associate manager of student marketing and communication, spotlighted Jill Ingram, who joined UNCG Admissions from Western Carolina last year, and videographer Justin Reich. Ingram and Reich created the “Gold Pennant” award-winning video. Reich is a UNCG alumnus. Ingram praised the access that faculty and staff throughout campus gave them – to film classes and ask questions on camera. The result: a wonderful film and impactful admissions tool.

Learn more about integrated marketing and strategic communications at UNCG.

See the award-winning video.

By Mike Harris

UNCG Softball supports fight against CHD

Photo of UNCG softball teamThe UNCG softball team is promoting its season-long campaign to help raise money in the fight against Congenital Heart Defects.

The UNCG softball team has picked the weekend series on April 12-13 against Western Carolina as UNCG’s official CHD focus weekend. Donations will be taken all weekend long at the stadium’s marketing table as the team has set aim to raise $2,000. All donations will go towards CHD research as well as supporting families suffering from this illness.

The team has taken a strong interest in the platform after hearing about head coach Janelle Breneman’s 6-year old nephew, Bronson, who suffers from CHD. To learn more about Bronson’s story check out this informative but personal video by Greta Hurst (Bronson’s Mom & Coach Breneman’s sister): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ma8wrSAekE

Here are some important statistics about CHD. CHD is the #1 birth defect worldwide. Approximately one out of every 120 babies are born with a heart defect.

By Justin Glover

Full story at UNCG Athletics web site.

‘Minority & Immigrant Youth: Achievement, Adaptation & Mental Health’

Hear several national experts give insights on the topic “Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Youth: Achievement, Adaptation, and Mental Health.”

UNCG’s 2014 Kendon Smith Lecture Series will be held Thursday and Friday, April 10-11. The event is sponsored by the Department of Psychology at UNCG, and attendance is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 10, School of Education Building, Room 114
“A Perfect Storm: Disparities for Immigrant Youth Needing Behavioral Health Care”
Dr. Margarita Alegria, Harvard University, 1:45 p.m.

“Transnationalism of the Heart: Psychological and Educational Implications of Family Separations”
Dr. Carola Suarez-Orozco, UCLA, 3:15 p.m.

Friday, April 11 Curry Building, Room 225
“Trajectories of academic and psychological well being among ethnic minority adolescents: Findings from the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education”
Dr. Diane Hughes, New York University, 9 a.m.

“Why do Latino Teens Help Their Family and What Does it Mean for their Development?”
Dr. Andrew Fuligni, UCLA, 10:30 a.m.

Additional information is available from Melanie Nickerson, mdnicker@uncg.edu, 334-5480, or at http://www.uncg.edu/psy/ksl14.html

Give input on Aycock/Walker intersection

Rendering of Aycock Street and Walker Avenue enhancementThe Greensboro Department of Transportation is planning changes to the intersection of Aycock Street and Walker Avenue to enhance pedestrian safety. To learn more about the project and provide feedback to GDOT, please stop by the Student Recreation Center lobby Monday, April 14, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.