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Sustainability “breakfast meet-ups” at Faculty Center

Photo of Faculty Center.

The Sustainability Breakfast Series is a monthly meetup of UNCG faculty with an interest in sustainability and its related topics.

Join a dynamic group of UNCG Faculty each month, 9-10:30 a.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center, for:
• Networking and Collaboration

• Innovative Faculty Presentations

• Grant Writing & Manuscript Advice

• And complimentary light breakfast
The three meet-ups for Spring 2016:

Monday, Feb. 15 – Food theme

Tuesday, March 22 – Transportation theme

Monday, April 11 – Energy theme

Faculty from across disciplines are invited to look at connections between environment, economy, equity, and aesthetics. The Sustainability Breakfast Series is brought to you by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Sustainability at UNCG.

If you would like to have your research featured or if you’d like to join the Sustainability Research Network, contact Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi at e_kinefu@uncg.edu or Dr. Marianne LeGreco at melegrec@uncg.edu.

Work begins on a proposal to create a new “Arts” College at UNCG

Photo of Minerva statue.

Provost Dana Dunn shares this message with the campus community:

I am pleased to announce that work is commencing on a proposal to create a new “Arts” College at UNCG composed of the Schools of Music, Theatre, Dance and Art. Following a participatory process that included extensive discussion with and a survey of our faculty and staff in Arts disciplines, we will now work to decide the name of the College and determine its organizational and governance structures. Our tentative timeline includes seeking endorsement from the UNCG Board of Trustees on May 4 and approval by the UNC Board of Governors on July 29. If these timelines are met and approval is granted, the new College will launch Fall 2016. I will provide updates as we move toward this goal. In the meantime, please join me in congratulating our Arts colleagues on pursuing this opportunity to showcase our impressive strengths in the Arts.

#BelieveInTheG giving campaign Feb. 16-17

Believe in the G image with studentsWhy do you #BelieveInTheG?

That’s the question UNCG will be asking alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends next week as it hosts its third annual #BelieveInTheG 48-hour giving campaign Feb. 16-17.

UNCG is asking 800 Spartans to make a gift during the campaign and to share their story on social media using the hashtag #BelieveInTheG. Gifts can be made at BelieveInTheG.com.

Whether you’re a community partner who has been impacted by the service of UNCG students or an alumnus who has enjoyed a successful career, the university wants to hear from you.

“Each year, #BelieveInTheG illustrates the inspiring loyalty and strength of our Spartan family,” said Bob Amico, director of annual giving. “We continue to see increased support for the ambitious impact we make in the community. When you stand with UNCG, you stand with builders and makers of opportunity.”

UNCG has also tapped “challenge donors” to encourage giving. Jeff Collins ’84; Brandi Johnson ’09, ’14; Angela Polk Jones ’89, ’07 MSA; Tom Martin ’70; Mary Napier ’68; Nicholas Rau ’04; JoAnne Safrit ’57; David Schuck ’02; and Jana Welch Wagenseller ’76 have pledged to give a total of $75,000 if the university reaches its goal of 800 donors in 48 hours.

“I give back to UNCG because I know it’s an investment that will pay off as Spartans go out into the world and make a difference in their communities,” Rau said. “Giving back to UNCG helps to ensure there will always be opportunities to support students in positive ways, whether it be through campus activities or academic scholarships.”

In last year’s campaign, the university raised more than $125,000 from 604 donors.

To learn more, visit BelieveInTheG.com.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

A note on State Health Plan’s Board of Trustees meeting

UNCG’s Human Resources updated university employees in recent days about the meeting of the State Health Plan’s trustees. The following is drawn from the most recent update:

The State Health Plan’s Board of Trustees met on Friday, February 5, 2016, to discuss potential changes to State Health Plan benefits for 2017. A complete summary of their actions and information regarding the meeting may be found at the State Health Plan website.

Of particular note, benefit changes beyond 2017, including the discussion regarding changes to the Enhanced 80/20 Plan, will be delayed until a later date. The removal of spousal coverage was also presented to the Board in January as a potential savings strategy. The Board does not have the authority to change eligibility and did not vote to request or recommend legislation to remove spousal coverage.

As a reminder, in the 2015 budget the General Assembly required the State Health Plan to take steps to reduce the projected increase to the state contribution for the 2017-19 fiscal biennium while maintaining significant cash reserves. With this legislative directive in mind, the State Health Plan will continue to work through various scenarios beyond 2017 to increase member engagement in order to reduce costs over time while providing meaningful benefits in accordance with the Board’s strategic plan.

We will continue to work with the Chancellor’s Office and UNC General Administration to monitor discussions regarding state health plan benefits. If you have additional questions, please contact Emily Foust, UNCG benefits manager, at 334-5009.

URSCO in the UTLC supports student success and faculty development

Art student doing undergraduate research. UNCG’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) in the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) is dedicated to supporting undergraduate students and faculty who are engaged in research together. Through URSCO’s programs and services, many students engage in faculty-mentored research/creative inquiry experiences.  Some do so individually, while others are part of teams working on different aspects of a larger project. These projects often become the center point of their academic preparation and serve as a catalyst for opportunities beyond the halls of UNCG.  Some students report confidence when being asked about a research presentation they have listed on their resume while interviewing for a position. Others have been able to point to particular transferable skills they have developed through their experiences, saying that they were able to demonstrate the ability to learn procedures necessary for answering tough questions.

Likewise, faculty members learn models and strategies for mentoring undergraduates and for integrating research skills into coursework and scaffolding them throughout the curriculum. Mentoring undergraduate research cannot always be an assumed skill. This is why URSCO offers research mentor training periodically throughout the academic year. If you are interested in serving as a faculty mentor for an undergraduate research/creative inquiry project or are currently in that role, research mentor training can help you develop sensitivity to such issues as proper size and scope for a project, time management, how much (and when) to assign particular tasks to your students, and how to foster a ‘researcher identity’ in your students.  This last skill can be scaled out to students in all your courses. The scaffolding of research skills is a way of intentionally building content-knowledge through incremental exercises that require process over answer.

To achieve our goals, URSCO offers several programs and services, some for students, others for faculty, and still others for both students and faculty.  They include:

Mentor Training – The URSCO offers workshops for faculty and graduate students designed to establish and promote best-practices for mentoring undergraduates in research and creative inquiry.

Research in the Curriculum – The URSCO will work with individuals and departments/programs to help fold research and research skills development into individual courses, as well as throughout the curriculum.  Appointments can be arranged at any time (Please contact Lee Phillips at plphilli@uncg.edu)

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Awards (URCA) – URCAs are designed to help faculty engage students in meaningful mentored research/creative inquiry experiences.  The URSCO provided funding through the URCAs that can be used to help defray the cost of materials and/or travel associated with the project.  Support can also be used to provide student stipends.  Deadline: February 14 for general URCA proposals supporting projects in Summer 2016.  Beyond the general URCAs, the URSCO offers specific support for:

  • Community Based research projects include reciprocal partnerships with community members/organizations.  The projects should serve a public purpose, build the capacity of all project partners, and address issues of public concern. Deadline: April 10 for Community Based URCA proposals supporting projects in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
  • Globally Engaged research/creative inquiry should increase global awareness and understanding through scholarly investigations.  These projects can address global needs near and far.

Deadline: February 14 for Globally Engaged URCA proposals supporting projects in Summer 2016.

Deadline: April 10 for Globally Engaged URCA proposals supporting projects in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Student Travel funds are available for undergraduates presenting the results of their inquiry.  Students are encouraged to apply for funds in support of travel to conferences, exhibits, or performance venues where they will disseminate their findings. Proposals are reviewed monthly.

The Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo is an annual campus-wide celebration of undergraduate research, scholarship and creativity.  Held each spring in the Elliott University Center, hundreds of students and their faculty mentors come together to showcase the results of their scholarly inquiry.  Student presentations include posters, art exhibits, oral presentations and performances.  All UNCG undergraduates engaged in faculty-mentored scholarly inquiry are encouraged to participate in the Expo.  We also take this time to honor the recipient of the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. Deadline: February 16 for abstract submissions.

Other upcoming URSCO events:

February 11 (4-5 p.m., 140 McIver): How to Create an Effective Poster Presentation (for Students)

March 28 (3-4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House): The Reciprocity of Theory and Practice: A Model for Public Scholarship, Lori Grobman – special guest speaker jointly sponsored by the Department of English and the UTLC.

March 28 (3-4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House): Designing Effective Assignments: Where Teaching and Scholarship Come Together, Pat Hutchins – special guest speaker jointly sponsored by the Department of English and the UTLC.

March 29 (noon, EUC Auditorium) The Gesture of Thinking: What the Sciences and Humanities can Learn from the Performing Arts, Jennifer Blackmer – keynote speaker for the 2016 Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo

To learn more about opportunities for faculty and students in the URSCO, visit: www.utlc.uncg.edu

Gateway Center earns international accreditation

Photo of GatewayCenterThe Gateway Materials Test Center (GMTC) has earned a new, international accreditation that is expected to attract significantly more contract testing to the site. The center is the only site on the East Coast to receive this credential.

The center is a program of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a joint initiative of UNCG and North Carolina A&T State University, and it is administered by Gateway University Research Park.

The GMTC specializes in the testing of Polymer Matrix Fiber Reinforced Composites, as well as textile and other materials testing services. The center also offers chemical analysis, SEM Imaging and consulting services.

“Our goals when we developed the Gateway Materials Test Center were to provide an important technical service to local industry and create jobs in Greensboro,” said Dr. Jim Ryan, founding dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. “Achieving ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is an important achievement in this effort that will enable the GMTC to hire student interns and professionals as the testing demand expands.”

Faculty Senate Forum on public access Feb. 17

A Faculty Senate Forum on Public Access will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

This forum will be an opportunity for campus faculty members to learn more about the Open Access movement (also referred to as Public Access), which seeks to benefit society by making scholarship available to wider audiences. The proposed UNCG Public Access Policy also seeks to collect and preserve UNCG scholarship for future generations, to assist UNCG authors in understanding and negotiating appropriate copyright terms for the use of their own work, and to support authors and the university in complying with agency mandates for public access to publicly-funded scholarship. The proposed UNCG policy follows Open Access policy precedents set at universities worldwide, including a recent policy adopted by UNC Chapel Hill. Anne Gilliland, Scholarly Communications Officer at UNC Chapel Hill, will provide context on her experience in promoting and implementing a similar policy on her campus. Other speakers will include Dr. Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development; Dr. Dianne Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Anna Craft, Metadata Cataloger and NC DOCKS Coordinator in the UNCG University Libraries.

Faculty and staff volunteer time to reach out to future Spartans

Over the past two weeks, faculty and staff from across campus have been working with the Undergraduate Admissions Office to call high-caliber admitted students as a part of the Faculty Phone-a-Thon. This calling initiative is designed to allow these potential freshmen for Fall 2016 to make early connections to their future faculty and encourage them to attend the university. During the phone-a-thon, students expressed gratitude and some surprise that faculty would take the time to reach out and answer questions.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will be heading up more calling initiatives throughout the spring semester. Those interested in participating should contact Janoah Williams, Undergraduate Admissions graduate assistant, at jgwilli6@uncg.edu.

Spring 2016 Faculty Phone–a–Thon participants

Dr. Kathleen Williams – Kinesiology
Mrs. Robin Maxwell – Biology
Dr. Lauren Haldeman – Nutrition
Ms. Peggy Trent – Nursing
Ms. Melissa Hershberger – Accounting and Finance
Dr. Robert Anemone – Anthropology
Dr. Thomas Lewis – Mathematics and Statistics
Ms. Janet Lilly – Dance
Dr. Elizabeth Tomlin – Biology
Ms. Megan Delph – Health and Human Sciences
Dr. Sam Miller – Education
Dr. Dale Schunk – Education
Dr. Vidya Gargeya – Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Mrs. Kathryn Aldridge – Human Development and Family Studies
Dr. Jerry Walsh – Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Stuart Schleien – Community and Therapeutic Recreation
Dr. Aaron Terranova – Kinesiology
Dr. Allan Goldfarb – Kinesiology
Ms. Carrie Rosario – Public Health
Dr. Pam Ladrow – Psychology
Ms. Susan Hensley-Hannah – Nursing
Dr. Laurie Kennedy-Malone – Nursing
Dr. Ethan Zell – Psychology
Dr. Sarah Cervenak – African American and Diaspora Studies/Women and Gender Studies
Dr. Robert Stavn – Biology
Dr. Esther Leise – Biology
Dr. Kathleen Williams – Health and Human Sciences
Dr. William Tullar – Management
Dr. Channelle James – Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism
Ms. Ann Somers – Biology
Dr. Susanne Rinner – Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Dr. Scott Howerton – Education
Dr. Roberto Campo – International and Global Studies
Ms. Hillary McAlhany – Nursing
Ms. Britt Flanagan – Nursing
Dr. Ashleigh Gallagher – Psychology
Dr. Suzanne Vrshek–Schallhorn – Psychology
Mrs. Eloise Hassell – Management
Dr. Zhonghui “Hugo” Wang – Management
Dr. Robert Griffiths – Political Science
Ms. Emily Hamuka – Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Joanne Murphy – Classical Studies
Dr. Jeremy Bray – Economics
Dr. Jenny Sandoval – Nursing
Dr. Olav Rueppell – Biology
Dr. Tracey Howell – Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Chris Rhea – Kinesiology
Mrs. Jennifer Clark – Health and Human Sciences
Dr. Yonghong “Tracy” Liu – Management
Dr. Susanne Jordan – Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies
Dr. Harper Roehm – Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, and Tourism
Dr. Robin Remsburg – Nursing
Mr. Matt Barr – Media Studies

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UNCG Theatre’s “She Kills Monsters”

Actress in the production, "She kills monsters"UNCG Theatre presents “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen and directed by Jim Wren in the Taylor Theatre.  A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, “She Kills Monsters” tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on February 11 and 18; 8 p.m. on February 12, 13, 19 and 20; and 2 p.m. on February 14 and 21.

Buy tickets at 336-272-0160 or theatre.uncg.edu .

Photo: Melissa Blackwell as “Agnes”; Elena Slominski and Patrick Cole as “monsters”

CACE Conference today: Social Justice in 21st Century

Today (Feb. 10), the UNCG African American and African Diaspora Studies Program is hosting the 2016 Conference on African American Culture and Experience Conference (CACE) in the EUC. In response to the current Black Lives Matter movement and other related social movements, this year’s theme is: “Social Justice in the 21st Century.”

Over 500 students, faculty, alumni, staff and community members have registered for the event in its 26th year. Undergraduate and graduate students from five different universities across the United States will present their research related to the theme. Presentations will cover gender and racial inequity as well as studies of literature and media. “This is an opportunity for students to use their academic studies to have their say. This is what we prepare them to do,” said Dr. Tara T. Green, program director.

In addition to the conference, students will have the opportunity to have lunch with professionals in the field they intend to pursue upon graduation. Professionals include members of the Greensboro community as well as UNCG faculty and staff. Over 100 students have registered to attend the two-day event, which began Feb. 9.

CACE was initiated by the Department of Religious Studies in the fall of 1989 with the support of faculty, staff and students in other academic units. The first conference was held in 1990 and the theme was “African-American Religion and Culture.” It is now housed in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program with support from the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.

See more information at https://aads.uncg.edu/cace/conference-information/.

Dancers Connect community dance program

Do you know a student who simply loves to dance but is not able to afford dance classes at a local studio or community center?

UNCG’s Dancers Connect program is a free community dance program for children ages 7-18 who love to dance. Dancers Connect classes meet on Saturdays from noon-2 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Feb. 20, 2016. In Dancers Connect classes students learn dance technique and artistic expression as well as develop collaboration and creative problem solving skills. Classes are led by professional dance educators.  The eight-week session culminates in a Dancers Connect performance for parents and friends on May 1, 2016.

Check out this website to read more and to register for the program: http://performingarts.uncg.edu/dancers-connect/

If you have any questions, contact:

Dr. Mila Parrish, Dancers Connect Program Director/Coordinator, milaparrish@uncg.edu

Danielle Kinne, Dancers Connect Assistant Coordinator, drkinne@uncg.edu

Kaitlyn Jessee, Dancers Connect Assistant Coordinator, Knjessee@uncg.edu

The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The UNCG Center for Legislative Studies’ 2016 Spring Lecture Series “Overwhelmed: The Causes and Consequences of the Global Migration Crisis” continues with its second lecture Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.

The lecture by Larry Yungk is “The Syrian Refugee Crisis, Resettlement, and the Role of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.”

Yungk, who has appeared on NPR, NBC and the BBC, is Senior Resettlement Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Regional Office for the United States and the Caribbean.

Nancy Doll talk starts UNCG Saturday Seminars in arts administration

Photo of Nancy Doll .Nancy Doll will present on the challenges facing art museums today on Saturday, February 13, at 9 a.m.- noon in the Brown Building Theatre.

Leading experts in the field of Arts Administration will be on campus to present their research and facilitate in-depth examination and understanding of complex industry trends, skills and techniques.

All the Saturday Seminars are from 9 a.m.- noon. A complimentary light breakfast and coffee bar will be provided at each event beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Supporters of series include support for this series from the following entities the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, The Coleman Foundation, Self Employment in the Arts and the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program.

The dates and information are as follows:

*  Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Nancy Doll, Weatherspoon Arts Museum will discuss the increasing challenges to Art Museums today and how to strategically meet them.  Brown Building Theatre.

*  Saturday, February 20, 2016 – Jason Bogden, General Manager-Triad Stage, will discuss Entertainment Contracts and Legalities (Unions & Artists).  Brown Building Theatre.

*  Saturday, February 27, 2016 – Dr. Dianne Welsh, will discuss Business Models and Feasibility Plans.  Brown Building Theatre.

*  Saturday, March 19, 2016: Miriam Bradley, UNCG, University Advancement, will discuss Entrepreneurial Spirit; Relationship Building; and Arts Philanthropy in the Performing and Visual Arts.  Music Building, Organ Hall.

*  Saturday, April 2, 2016: Nicolle Greenhood, of the American Dance Festival, will discuss Festival Management; Finding the Right Graduate program (Arts Administration); and share portions of her thesis which examines discrimination in hiring practices in the Dance Industry. Music Building, Room 217.

The public is welcome to attend.

Stan Faeth awarded Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professorship in the Sciences

Photo of Stan Faeth holding plants

Provost Dana Dunn and Dean Timothy Johnston have this message for the campus community:    

We are pleased to announce that Professor Stanley Faeth, Head of the Department of Biology, has been awarded the Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professorship in the Sciences.

Dr. Stan Faeth joined the UNCG faculty in Fall 2008 as Professor and Head of the Department of Biology, having previously held faculty positions at Arizona State University, where he also served as Department Chair. As Head of UNCG’s Biology Department, he has overseen the establishment and growth of the new PhD program in Environmental Health Science. Dr. Faeth has a long-standing and very productive record of research on plant-microbe-herbivore interactions in grassland communities and on urban ecology. In his recent work, he has been collaborating with colleagues in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UNCG on investigations of natural compounds isolated from plants, including some that have pharmaceutical properties. He has published almost 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and his research has been continuously supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and other funding agencies. In 2010 he received the Lord Robert May Prize for the best paper in the Journal of Biological Dynamics.

From 2010-16 Dr. Faeth has been the lead PI on a $3 million GK12 Graduate Training Grant from NSF, “Transforming Minds in a Transitioning Community,” which enables UNCG graduate students in Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Geography to work with students and teachers in the Guilford County Schools. This project pairs graduate students with teachers to develop inquiry-based lesson plans and to bring active scientific researchers into the public school classroom. Dr. Faeth’s research with his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is supported by a multi-year award from the National Institutes of Health to examine the pharmaceutical properties of the medicinal herb Echinacea. That research has also been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. In 2014 his research contributions were recognized by UNCG’s Senior Research Excellence Award.

As his work with local schools suggests, Dr. Faeth is strongly committed to bringing scientific insight and understanding to the broader community. Since 2012 he has been a regular contributor of columns on scientific topics for the Greensboro News & Record. In addition to his work as Department Head since 2008, Dr. Faeth’s service to the community and to UNCG includes membership on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research, on the Forsyth Technical Community College Advisory Board, the State Advisory Council for Cooperative Extension, the Board of Directors of the Highlands Biological Station, and the Advisory Board of UNCG’s RISE (Research and Instruction in Science Education) Network. He co-chaired the search committee for Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor in 2013-14.

Gov. McCrory visits UNCG to discuss Connect NC bond

Photo of Governor Pat McCrory and Chancellor Gilliam.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, along with key state officials and Triad academic leaders, visited UNCG on Thursday, Jan. 21, to discuss the proposed $2 billion Connect NC bond, which will be put to a vote March 15.

In a packed room of city leaders, business executives and UNCG faculty, staff and students, among others, McCrory highlighted some of the state’s most critical needs – including education, infrastructure, recreation and safety – and discussed how the bond will provide funds to address those issues.

“One of the main goals in our state must be developing the talent for the future,” McCrory said.

“Right now, there’s a skills gap in our nation and in our state. We have job openings, but employers are telling us, ‘We cannot find the talent to fill those jobs.’”

UNCG Chancellor Dr. Frank Gilliam stressed the imminent need to provide additional, more adequate resources and facilities for nursing and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at UNCG.

If the bond is approved by voters, UNCG will receive $105 million in funds for a new nursing and STEM instruction building to replace the aging McIver building on campus. This new facility will increase capacity to graduate more students in science and health care fields and help ensure the highest quality pre-service clinical preparation.

“The support for this bond is bipartisan. … It shows you how important this is,” Gilliam said. “It’s not about shiny buildings. It’s about people and it’s about prosperity.”

See full story at UNCG Now.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Photo by Martin Kane

HR Superstars are 3rd in state in ‘walking challenge’

Group photo of winnersMiles for Wellness is a “move more” initiative by the NC Office of State Human Resources provided for state employees. It provides employees with 8 weeks of mindfulness regarding the amount of physical activity they get, in a competitive and fun platform. In the Fall 2015 Miles for Wellness Challenge, 14 UNCG teams participated.

UNCG’s HR Superstars not only won first in their division among UNCG teams, but won THIRD PLACE IN THE STATE in their division as well. A trophy was presented to them by Katherine Hilliard, Statewide Wellness Coordinator.

“Our team did a great job in cheering one another on and in celebrating personal accomplishments such as team high stepper of the week and personal bests in the number of steps walked in a week,” said Adam Horton, Team Captain, HR Superstars, Human Resources.

Photo of one of UNCG's walking teams.Team designations are as follows:

1) Tortoise Division (less than or equal to 56,000 steps per week per member)

2) Hare Division – (56,001 up to 70,000 steps per week per member)

3) Super Hare Division – (equal to or more than 70,001 steps per week per member)

The winners in the three divisions at UNCG:

Photo of one of UNCG's walking teams.Tortoise Division – The Spice Girls with 2,225 miles walked

The Spice Girls are made up of 10 members from the NC Rated License Assessment Project. The project is based out of UNCG with staff reporting from home offices across the state. Members were:

Danielle Wood Thomas – Team Captain

LaToya Hedgspeth

Christy Allen

Linda Rowley

Nicole McCaskill

Deana Falciano

Aeriele Rivers

Kathy Wilson

Angie Roberson

Karen Whitehall

 

Hare Division – The HR Superstars with 3,013 miles walked

The HR Superstars are made up of 10 members from UNCG Human Resources. Members were:

Adam Horton (Team Captain) – Technology Support Technician

Deb Carley – Interim AVC for Human Resources

Betty Betts – Office Manager

Sarah Dreier-Kasik – Professional Development Coordinator

Sean Farrell – Information Technology Analyst

Stephen Hale – Benefits Specialist

Angela Mahoney – HR Business Partner – SHRA Classification/Compensation Specialty

Cati Munoz – Employee Services Specialist – Undergraduate Students

Jennifer Permar – Employee Services Specialist – Records Management and Special Pay Assignments

Kathy Watford – SHRA Temp Staffing Specialist

 

Super Hare Division-  The McIver ColeStoners with 5,008 miles walked
The McIver ColeStoners are made of 10 members from UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences’ Dean’s Office. Members were:

Eileen Miller (Captain), Assistant Dean

Charles Dent, Assistant Dean of Operations and Administration

Celia Hooper, Dean of HHS

Kathy Williams, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Diane Levine, Post-Award Research Administrator, HHS Office of Research

Billl Johnson, Student Success Navigator, HHS Advising and Personal Development Center

Verna Leslie, Pre-Award Research Administrator, HHS Office of Research

Heather Mitchell, University Program Associate

Michael Scotto, HHS Facilities and Communication Manager

Jane Harris, Educational Innovation and Design Consultant

As extra motivation for UNCG participants, HealthyUNCG, UNCG’s employee wellness program, announced that one participant who tracked all eight weeks would receive a FitBit Sleep and Activity Tracker. The winner was Deborah Tollefson, Director of Financial Aid, of the Lone aRangers.

What’s next?

HealthyUNCG will hold the 3S Movement Challenge beginning this week. Employees get points for simply Sipping (water), Standing, and Stretching at least once each hour in the eight hour workday. There are numerous health benefits when we simply stand at least once every hour! Join HealthyUNCG’s list serve for more information: healthy.uncg.edu

A spring 2016 Miles for Wellness Challenge is also being planned by the NC Office of Human Resources. HealthyUNCG will pass along details as we they come along.

Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon speak on Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama at UNCG, 2014. University Relations archives.On Tuesday, Feb. 9, hear a presentation on the book “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor” by UNCG faculty authors Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon. The event will be at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 2nd floor.

“When Michelle Obama held the Bible for her husband’s swearing in on January 20, 2009, it was a turning point in first lady history,” write Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon of UNCG’s Communication Studies Department, who have produced an essay collection about Mrs. Obama. They go on to describe Mrs. Obama as “not the ordinary first lady we have come to expect as the supporter of the president.  In fact, it is because she is extraordinary that we choose Michelle Obama for a rhetorical-cultural analysis that uncovers some of the ways American women communicate gender.”

Their book, “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor,”  is an edited anthology that explores the persona and speech-making of the country’s first African-American first lady.

Additional events at Jackson Library during Black History Month:

  • Feb. 1-29, Exhibition: “African-American Staff at State Normal, 1892-1919” will be on display throughout the month of February in the Elliot University Center (EUC) connector exhibition case in Jackson Library.
  • Feb. 16, Book discussion: UNCG’s Dr. Brian McGowan will lead a discussion on his new book, “Black Men in the Academy: Narratives of Resiliency, Achievement and Success” from 3 to 4 p.m. in EUC 062.
  • Feb. 22, Book discussion: Friends of the UNCG Libraries will host a discussion of “Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House” by Elizabeth Keckley. Led by Dr. Karen Weyler of the Department of English, the event will take place in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.

See UNCG Now story with full listing of Black History Month events.

Visual: Michelle Obama at UNCG, 2014. University Relations archives.

 

French films, free screenings begin Feb. 8

020316Feature_FrenchFilmsNew French films will be screened at UNCG in the Tournées Festival. During summer 2015, UNCG’s French Program of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and UNCG’s International and Global Studies Program submitted a joint proposal to receive another nationally competitive grant to host a Tournées French Film Festival this fall. The Tournées Festival is an annual event sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for the purpose of promoting French and Francophone culture as it is portrayed by the film industry of France. This will be UNCG’s second time hosting the event.

Join French and IGS faculty for light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.. All screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in Moore HRA Building, Room 1215. The screenings are free and open to the public.

Feb. 8 “BANDE DE FILLES” (Girlhood)
Feb.  11 “DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT” (Two Days, One Night)
Feb. 15 “HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR” (Hiroshima My Love)
Feb. 18 “TIMBUKTU” Timbuktu
Feb. 22 “L’ÉCUME DES JOURS Mood Indigo
Feb. 25 LES COMBATTANTS” Love at First Fight

“The Violence of Borders” in Ashby Dialogue

The Ashby Dialogues have two events this week.

The next “Europe and Other Fortresses in a Borderless World” Ashby Dialogue meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in MHRA 1607.

Guest speaker Dr. Reece Jones, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will discuss a selection from his recently completed book The Violence of Borders, which addresses how some of the most significant challenges of our times, such as climate change, global wealth inequality, and the growth of slums, are all connected to issues of borders.

The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Corey Johnson, Associate Professor of Geography, UNCG. Light refreshments will be served.

The second event will be Friday, Feb. 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m., EUC Maple Room. “The Violence of Borders,” a public lecture by Dr. Reece Jones, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will be co-sponsored by Ashby Dialogues and the UNCG Geography Department.

Student- and Faculty-Development intersect in UTLC’s Residential Colleges Office

Photo of students in residential colleges.The three Residential Colleges (RCs) at UNCG (Ashby RC, Grogan RC and Strong RC) are each populated by first- and second-year students who live together in a residence hall and take a common core of general education courses around a particular concept such as multi-literacy (Ashby), professionalism (Grogan), or sustainability (Strong).

The Residential Colleges are not new to the UNCG community, having been providing innovative living-learning environments for students since 1970. However, with the establishment of the Residential Colleges Office (RCO) in the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) in 2015, the RCs have gotten a facelift by offering new opportunities for faculty development (see utlc.uncg.edu – Faculty Funding Opportunities in the UTLC) while maintaining the uniqueness and traditions for students that have made the RCs a vibrant and trendsetting part of the academic community.

“As curricular and co-curricular academic communities designed around high impact practices, the Residential Colleges are ideal environments for piloting innovative approaches to teaching,” said Dr. Jennifer Stephens (jennifer.stephens@uncg.edu), who serves as Coordinator of the RCO. The three RCs offer a full slate of General Education courses in addition to a series of Core courses that speak to and engage with a key concept that frames the curricular and co-curricular programming in each RC. The Residential College model is founded on the idea that students who engage with faculty, take classes together in small communities, and connect their intellectual and academic experiences to their lives and communities have a better chance at thriving in college, while learning to explore new ideas and asking how that knowledge might benefit others. With this commitment to intentional learning, each of the following RCs provides developmental space for faculty to re-design and pilot innovative General Education courses with students who are motivated and receptive to creative teaching approaches:

Ashby RC focuses on the concept of multi-literacy within a liberal arts tradition that asks students to expand their understanding of literacy to include audio, gestural, visual, and spatial relations, along with a continued focus on verbal, written, and oral discourse. Thinking broadly about literacy helps students recognize, with intentionality, how they interpret and create images, space, movement, sounds, and words to make sense of the content they are learning and to apply that knowledge to larger contexts and communities.

Grogan RC offers students a unique and transformative academic experience that builds foundational professional competencies through problem based learning. Students engage with real world applications related to their academic and professional interests to develop ethical reasoning, intercultural competency, and critical thinking – all important aspects of becoming successful professionals in their fields.

Strong RC focuses on exploring the concept of sustainability and its broader implications to generate new perspectives on environmental, social, economic, and cultural systems and the ways those systems can be improved and sustained for future generations. Through hands-on research and fieldwork, students examine broad ways to interpret sustainability in both their local and global communities.

Upcoming opportunities for faculty development with the RCO include RCO Faculty Fellowships, with innovative course re-design grants and opportunities to pilot the re-designed courses in the RCs; workshops, brown bag luncheons, and video blogs on High Impact Practices (HIPs); teaching consultations; faculty certification in Residential College pedagogy; and opportunities to observe HIPs in organic classroom environments.

The next events?

Feb. 26 – RCO Faculty Fellow Workshop: “Re-design: Opportunities and Complexities.” Join RCO Faculty Fellow Dr. Jessica McCall (CST) and Jacquie Downing (CST) for a workshop on the opportunities and complexities of the course re-design process. 9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. in McIver 140.

The 2016-17 RCO Faculty Fellowship application process opens in February, with applications due by March 1. To learn more about opportunities for faculty and students in the Residential Colleges, visit utlc.uncg.edu.

Seeking Participants for Study on Survivors of Past Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault

Researchers in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNCG are conducting a study to learn about the experiences of survivors of past adulthood intimate partner violence (IPV) and/or sexual assault. This study will focus on the factors that impact the decision to report IPV and sexual assault, as well as survivors’ experiences with reporting.

To be eligible to participate in this study, prospective participants must be at least 21 years of age, currently reside in Guilford County, be a survivor of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault that occurred during adulthood, have been out of any abusive relationship for at least one year, and be able to complete a survey in the English language. Eligible volunteers will be asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire that will take approximately 20 minutes. Through this research study, the research team hopes to learn how to better serve the needs of survivors of IPV and sexual assault.

To learn more or participate in this research study, please visit www.seethetriumph.org/guilfordcountystudy.html.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Christine E. Murray, 336-334-3426 or cemurray@uncg.edu.

Estimates and Project Cut-Off Dates

To: All deans, directors and department heads

From: Matt Takacs, assistant director of design, Facilities Design and Construction

In an effort to best serve you and stay within State guidelines and procurement rules, we have established cut-off dates for projects submitted during the 2015-16 fiscal year (FY).

Requests for estimates must be submitted via the Minor Renovations Request Form located on the Office of Space Management website ( https://provost.uncg.edu/secure/osm/) by February 12, 2016. After the project has been assigned to Facilities Design and Construction, we will evaluate your specific renovation request and provide you with an estimated budget and schedule. If the department is planning to accomplish the project utilizing year-end funds, please let us know so that FDC can respond on the feasibility of completing the project within these parameters. Projects that require the services of a designer, or a code review by the State Construction Office are unlikely to be completed by year-end, and should be planned for the following fiscal year.

Minor renovations including painting, carpet replacement or office relocations have traditionally been accomplished by FY-end, IF FUNDING IS RECEIVED BY MID-MARCH. ALL WORK MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 1, 2016 and all invoices processed by mid-June to meet FY­ end accounting deadlines. Adherence to these deadlines allows Facilities Design & Construction to meet your project goals and successfully manage and execute your project.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact us at extension 4-5269.

Staff Senate sponsored initiatives / drives

Did you know the Teacher Supply Warehouse serves GCS teachers by allowing them to get supplies for their students at no charge.?

Please make a donation by Monday, Feb. 8. (Due to the icy weather, that deadline was extended.) Donation bins are located in 10 spots around campus. For a list of most requested items and bin locations, go to http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/teacher-warehouse/

Additionally, for those of you who were interested in volunteering in the Community Reader Day:

It takes just 30 minutes to share a story with students and brighten your day. You can bring one of your favorite books to share OR simply choose one that is provided by the school. Elementary schools across the county are taking part in Community Reader Days with times in the morning and afternoon.

Guilford Education Alliance is partnering with the Guilford County Council of PTAs to sponsor Community Reader Days to bring community and business leaders into schools for 20 – 40 minutes to read to an elementary classroom. Go to http://guilfordeducationalliance.org/alliance-initiatives/community-reader-days/  to view the schools participating and sign up, if you’d like.

‘The Vagina Monologues’ Feb. 12-13

UNCG will produce the play “The Vagina Monologues” Feb. 12 and 13, in the EUC Auditorium. Doors open each night at 6:30 p.m., the performance begins at 7 p.m.

Playwright and activist Eve Ensler wrote the monologues based on hundreds of interviews with women of various social, ethnic, religious and sexual backgrounds and ages. The collection of monologues about women’s experiences with sensuality, pleasure, discomfort, and violence has been performed internationally and on television. Each year, Ensler updates the monologues based on new and ongoing interviews with women around the world.

It is general admission; a $5 donation is suggested. Donations of feminine care products will directly benefit homeless women in Greensboro. T-shirts, V-Day themed food, t-shirts and buttons will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to Clara House and V-Day Campaign.

The play is being sponsored by UNCG’s Housing & Residence Life Social Justice & Diversity Initiatives, Residence Hall Association, and Elliott University Center.

For more information, contact Will Dodson at wjdodson@uncg.edu.

Ticket discounts for faculty/staff on special night

Photo of crowd at UNCG basketball game.The UNCG Athletics Department invites faculty and staff members and your family to join them for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Monday, Feb. 15, when the UNCG Men’s Basketball team hosts Wofford at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $5 for UNCG Faculty/Staff members and their guests. Each ticket purchased will include an entry into a raffle for gift certificates and other prizes that will be drawn throughout the game. Faculty/Staff season ticket holders will automatically be entered into the drawings. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the link below:

Purchase Tickets Here

There is no special code required. Simply select the amount of tickets you wish to purchase and click reserve. After confirming your purchase, you will need to build an account if you do not already have one. You can then proceed to checkout. All tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call at the Greensboro Coliseum the night of the game. Please present your UNCG ID at ticket pick up.
Questions? Call 336.334.3250

TEHE’s Middle Grades Cohort hosts Kiser 6th graders

On Jan. 20, about 240 sixth graders from Kiser Middle School visited UNCG on a field trip.

The School of Education’s Middle Grades Cohort, led by Miguel Gomez, a lecturer in the Middle Grades Program, greeted these students, gave them about a 30 minute introduction into what college life was like, and did a 15 minute Q & A with the students.  Afterwards, they took students in groups of about 20 on tours of our campus.  The tours ended up in different locations where some other departments, such as music, had activities planned.  However, a few of the tours ended up in the Self Design Studio Matt and his team did activities with those students.

The coordinator of the field trip from Kiser Middle School told them afterward, “We had kids saying, ‘Are you going to UNCG?’ and ‘What are you going to major in?’ which to me is a huge success and would not have been possible without your help.”

Pulling for Panthers? These Spartans are.

The Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos in the 50th Super Bowl this Sunday. We thought it’d be fun to see who had thoughts on the game.

Kim Zinke (Assessment and Accreditation) will be pulling for them: “Panthers all the way. They’ve got a great team, great momentum and the drive to win.”

Dean Brett Carter has obviously given the game some thought. “You have two very experienced quarterbacks, so it’s going to come down to the defense and special teams. Whoever controls the ball in the first quarter (yes, the first quarter) will win the Super Bowl. My prediction will be the Carolina Panthers will win by three. Go Panthers.”

We asked Dr. Cherry Callahan in Student Affairs about the big game as well. While she is generally not a professional football fan, it’s hard not to get excited about the Panthers, she told us. “Having them represent our state is a phenomenal opportunity and I will not miss a minute of the game.”

Hoyte Phifer (Facilities Services) said, “The Carolina Panthers are no doubt in my book the best team. I predict a very good game with the Panthers up by 14 in the end. This is because this team has been consistent this year on offense and defense. They are playing team ball. The only time they have had real trouble is when they have taken their foot off the gas and mentally checked out.”

Dr. Sam Miller (Education) has no doubt either.

“The Panthers are the easy pick, particularly if they play well in each half.” says Miller.

“Definitely the Panthers,” says Pat Levitin (UNCG in 3 / DCL). “The Panthers with Cam Newton and all of us pounding so loudly across the US is a winning scenario.”

Dr. Nancy Walker (Music), who is on research leave in Munich, Germany, has a small problem with the big game: It starts at 12:30 a.m. there.  “I have to say I am most excited about the halftime show in which Gustavo Dudamel will conduct members of the Youth Orchestra of LA. ”

But who does she think will win this “American futbol” game? “Although I did live in Colorado during my master’s program, I predict the Panthers will win.”

Lydia Howard (English) says this is a rare Super Bowl where she likes both teams. But she thinks the Panthers will prevail. “Although Denver has the best defense, I don’t think they will be able to rush Cam Newton the way they did Brady. Cam is too quick and isn’t afraid to leave his pocket protection. The Carolinas secondary will give Peyton fits so I think he will be thrown off his game rather quickly and since he doesn’t have the arm strength any more it will be up to the Broncos defense to make plays, but they will have difficulty doing this due to the Panthers amazing offensive line. If Thomas Davis is able to come back at full speed, he and Kuechly will completely shut down the Broncos offense.”

Dr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) is also rooting for the Panthers and believes they’ll win. “The Panthers just have too much firepower on offense and defense.”

As for Dr. Michael Kane (Psychology), he doesn’t seem happy his “beloved but maddening” NY Giants” didn’t make the playoffs. But the Panthers are playing for it all. “I’ll be cheering for Carolina on Sunday. The Denver defense is tough, but I don’t think they’ll be quite able to match up with all of Carolina’s weapons. Moreover, Carolina has been getting off to big early leads, and those don’t tend to be surmountable in Super Bowls.”

Bond issue would provide for new Nursing/STEM building

Photo of Greensboro skylight with UNCG campus at night. UNCG will get a new Nursing/STEM classroom building if a bond issue referendum on the March 15 primary ballot passes.

The UNC system would receive $980,000,000 of the $2 billion bond issue, for building projects largely focused on improving infrastructure for STEM education. UNCG would receive $105 million for the Nursing/STEM instruction building project, which would include demolition of the aging McIver Building.

In December, the UNCG Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the bond issue.

At the trustees meeting, Chancellor Gilliam and Provost Dunn explained that the building will increase capacity in the School of Nursing and will provide needed, state-of-the-art space for high-demand science classes.

The Chancellor’s Office recently sent this message to UNCG employees:

As you know, on March 15, North Carolina voters will decide on a proposed $2 billion bond package that would enable statewide investments in higher education, safety, parks and recreation, agriculture, and water and sewer infrastructure improvements. The Connect NC bonds would allow the state to pay for 50-year assets with 20-year financing and require no tax increases. If approved by voters, more than half of the bond revenues will fund improvement and expansion projects across the 17-campus University of North Carolina. The UNC Board of Governors has endorsed the bond package for the university.

Two websites have been created by outside entities to provide detailed resources and information about the bonds. Visit connect.nc.gov to learn more about the bond legislation and funding allocations proposed for specific projects, and visit www.ConnectNCForHigherEd.com for advocacy and fundraising information. Please note that these sites are not maintained or controlled by the university, that the university does not produce or direct the content on the sites, and that clicking on them will take you away from the university website.

You may receive information from Connect NC addressed to your work email. These addresses have been provided to campaign organizers in response to a public records request. If you would like to receive additional information from Connect NC, please sign up on their website using a personal email address to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. Should you wish to share information with others about Connect NC, please do so from your personal email. Please also review UNCG’s policy on Acceptable Use of Computing and Electronic Resources at http://policy.uncg.edu/university-policies/acceptable_use/.

As a reminder, state resources cannot fund advocacy for the bond campaign, and this restriction includes staff time, use of equipment and use of office supplies. With limited exceptions (including the chancellors and senior administrators, who have an obligation to promote the university), university employees may not advocate for the bond package during work hours. All employees, however, may inform others about the content of the bond package. The distinction between the two can be difficult to define. Communications that are intended to persuade a vote in one direction are considered advocacy and must be avoided (e.g., vote YES on the bond package); communications that are intended to provide factual information about the bond package are appropriate and encouraged (e.g., the bond package will invest $105,000,000 in UNCG to build a new nursing/STEM instructional building). If you have questions about what is and is not permissible, please contact Nikki Baker at nmwilson@uncg.edu.

Dr. Bryan Terry is now vice chancellor for enrollment management

Photo of Dr. Bryan Terry.Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn has made an announcement, through an email to faculty and staff, regarding Dr. Bryan Terry:

It is my pleasure to inform you that the UNC Board of Governors has approved the recommendation that Dr. Bryan Terry be promoted into the newly created position of Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, effective immediately. Dr. Terry joined UNCG in January 2014 as Associate Provost for Enrollment Management. A major reorganization of the university’s enrollment and student services functions was completed soon afterwards, with a large number of additional offices moving under Dr. Terry’s supervision, resulting in a more robust and far more complex Office of Enrollment Management. Dr. Terry’s new position title confirms the elevated role and importance of this office at UNCG. Enrollment growth is the primary source of increased funding for UNCG and is key to our ability to invest in the university.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Terry has demonstrated outstanding success as an enrollment manager and higher education practitioner. Prior to his arrival at UNCG, Dr. Terry held the position of Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Montclair State University, where he was responsible for leading the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Enrollment Services, as well as the institution’s Academic Success Center. Previously, Dr. Terry held a similar portfolio in his role as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Seton Hall University. He also served both Wayne State University and the University of Miami as Director of Financial Aid. Dr. Terry holds a PhD degree from Illinois State University in the field of Higher Education Administration. He received an MBA degree from Fontbonne University and BA in History from the University of Illinois.

Spartans honor MLK Jr. with service, celebration

Photo of Dr. Malveaux giving the keynote address.Last week faculty, staff and students gathered to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by volunteering in the community and discussing the civil rights issues of today.

Enjoy a Storify collection of reports and pictures at UNCG Now.

Photo of Dr. Malveaux giving the keynote address at the ML King Celebration, by Martin W. Kane

New era for Teaching Innovations Office in UTLC

Fall 2015 marked a time of new beginnings across UNCG, and the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) within the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) is no exception. In August, the TIO launched an updated New Faculty Orientation, a Fall Teaching and Learning Colloquium, and several new workshops. This spring, the TIO is working with key campus partners to develop a workshop series, a lecture series, and summer teaching institutes. Stay up-to-date with the latest TIO programs and join the Faculty Development listserv by e-mailing utlc@uncg.edu.

The TIO is coordinated by Laura Pipe (lmpipe@uncg.edu), who previously served as UNCG’s director of Learning Communities. “Since establishing the Teaching Innovations Office last May, the goal has been to provide faculty with a space to be creative, recharge and celebrate their work” said Pipe.

Throughout the fall, Pipe has been meeting with faculty to learn the types of support needed for faculty development.  These conversations led to the development of the UTLC Faculty Workspace (McIver 134), a unique meeting area that houses the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) library and includes conference room furniture for small group collaborative work. The space, which has been used to host a number of Coffeehouses, Brownbag Lunches, writing groups, and other events since August, may be reserved (via lmpipe@uncg.edu or plwyrick@uncg.edu) or is open for drop-in use if available.

Currently, the TIO is developing an ongoing Certificate Series comprised of a number of workshops that will allow faculty to complete certificates (non-credit bearing) in the areas of Pedagogy, Assessment, General Education, Online Learning/Technology and Global Learning.

Things to look forward to in February 2016:

February 3 – Brown Bag Luncheon: “Developing Online Courses? What resources do you need?” Join the TIO in a roundtable discussion on online course design. Bring with you any challenges, resources or requests for support. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in McIver 134. (UTLC Faculty Workspace)

February 4 – TIO Coffeehouse, 8:30-10:30 a.m., McIver 134 (UTLC Faculty Workspace)

February 4 – Call for Course (re)Design Proposals in partnership with the Title III grant (Intentional Futures): Interested full-time faculty (both NTT and TT) will be able to submit proposals to (re)design courses to include intentional/self-regulated learning components. Faculty who receive this grant will attend the 2016 Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference in Bethesda, Maryland (June 2-5, 2016) and receive a summer stipend.

February 4: ‘Celebrate and Learn’ event hosted by the Title III Grant (Intentional Futures), 4pm-6pm in the Faculty Center.  Come and celebrate the start of the spring semester, while learning about the value of Intentional Learning. Information about upcoming speakers and opportunities to attend the Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference-East will be provided. Wine and lite fare.

February 11: Maryellen Weimer Visit (Keynote) – The TIO and Title III Grant welcome Dr. Maryellen Weimer to campus on Feb. 11, 2016. Dr. Weimer is an emeritus professor from Penn State, and renowned instructional designer. She will be discussing student resistance in the classroom – particularly related to strategies for intentional learning. Feb 11, 3-5 p.m. Reception to follow.

February 18: TIO Coffeehouse, 8:30am-10:30 a.m., McIver 134 (UTLC Faculty Workspace)

Save the Date:
The TIO Summer Teaching Institutes will be held the week of May 9-13. This includes institutes on Online Learning (May 9-12), Intentional/Self-Regulated Learning (May 11-12), Pedagogy (May 11-12), and Global Learning (May 11-13).

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Dee Fink (www.designlearning.org) on Wednesday, May 11. – The TIO and Title III Grant welcome Dr. L. Dee Fink to campus on May 11, 2016. Dr. Fink is founding director of the Instructional Development Program at the University of Oklahoma and past president of the Professional and Organizational Development network, the largest faculty development organization in the United States.  He will be discussing strategies and practices for transformative learning. May 11, 9am- 12pm and 4pm-5pm. Reception to follow.

New Faculty Mentoring Application Process will open in March 2016 for fall 2016.

Blood drive at EUC Feb. 3

The next EUC blood drive s scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

Appointments are available for both Whole Blood collection and Double Red Blood Cell collection (automated). Please indicate when you sign up for your appointment if you are faculty or staff to make the process go more quickly for you when you arrive for your appointment. All donors will receive a Red Cross blood drive t-shirt.

Sign up now at euc.uncg.edu/blood-drive.

Additional news: The Red Cross introduces RapidPass

RapidPass is a new tool that allows blood donors to help save lives in less time. RapidPass offers donors a way to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their home or office, reducing the time they spend at blood drives by as much as 15 minutes.

Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Important information to remember:

  • RapidPass can only be completed on the day of the drive. The donor must complete the steps to redeem their pass on the day they donate.
  • Donors must complete RapidPass using a desktop or laptop computer. RapidPass cannot currently be completed using a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.
  • RapidPass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment. It is only used to complete the pre-reading and pre-donation questionnaire in advance of an appointment.
  • Donors must print out their pass or email the PDF to themselves and show it on their mobile device when they come to donate. Donors who do not provide the pass will be asked to complete the questions again.

UNCG’s SECC surpassed $190,000

Photo of McIver statute.Ray Carney, 2015 UNCG SECC Campaign Chair, wrote this message for the UNCG faculty and staff:

I wanted to share some information I have received on the wrap up of this year’s SECC campaign.  After looking at our numbers I am very proud of what UNCG has done in contributing to this year’s campaign. Our participation was at 36 percent, which is second highest in the university system with 877 donors contributing $190,644. While we did not reach our goal of $200,000, our contributions are far and above what the majority of our sister institutions have done. When you look at the size of our employee population and compare that to the ambitious campaign goal we set for ourselves, we have a lot to be proud of indeed. We had the fourth highest goal in the university system following UNC, NC State and UNC healthcare and far ahead of a few other larger (employee) institutions such as UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State and East Carolina.

Once again the contributions made by UNCG faculty and staff show how we feel about our community and the charities that provide services to those around us that are in need. It has been an honor to serve as chair for the 2015 campaign and I thank all those on the campaign committee and our great group of solicitors that worked so hard to made this happen.

Thank you for once again making the 2015 UNCG SECC a success.

2016 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award nominations due Feb. 2

The UNCG Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) requests nominations of outstanding UNCG faculty mentors for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

The faculty member must have mentored at least two UNCG undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry. The 2016 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award will be presented during the 10th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, which will be held on March 29. This honor will include a plaque and $1,000 to support activities related to research or creative inquiry as it involves undergraduates during the following academic year.

Eligibility: UNCG faculty members with experience mentoring undergraduate students in projects that contribute to their disciplinary scholarship are eligible for this award. Nominees should hold a terminal degree in their discipline. Prior recipients can be reconsidered after a three year interlude.

Nomination Process: A faculty member must be nominated for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award by their Department/Program Chair/Head. The nomination will consist of: 1) letter of nomination from the Chair/Head, 2) the nominee’s C.V., 3) brief letters of support from two students mentored by the faculty member (two page max), and 4) a teaching/research statement from the mentor
Examples of the types of activities that will be considered in the selection process include:

  • Evidence of consistent research and scholarly activity involving undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry;
  • Mentoring undergraduates whose work has led to peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations;
  • Innovative approaches to mentoring undergraduates, including the involvement of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in undergraduate student mentorship; and
  • Extramural support for undergraduate research activities through grants, contracts, and/or fundraising.

Number of Nominations per Department: Only one nominee per department/program will be accepted. The Department/Program Chair/Head must submit the nomination.

Email Address: All nominations should be emailed to ursco@uncg.edu with “Undergraduate Research Mentor Award” in the subject line.

The deadline for complete nomination packages is Feb. 2.

Questions: Questions should be addressed to Lee Phillips, Director of URSCO (plphilli@uncg.edu or 336-334-4622).

All nominations will be kept on file and can be reactivated by providing an updated CV and any other materials deemed necessary by the department/program.

First look at Lane/Dossett’s “Radiunt Abundunt” with Triad Stage

Photo of front entrance to Weatherspoon Art Museum.On Saturday, Feb. 6, 2-3 p.m. at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, join Triad Stage’s founding artistic director, playwright and UNCG adjunct theatre faculty member Preston Lane and musician and UNCG alumna Laurelyn Dossett for a special look at their latest collaboration, “Radiunt Abundunt.” It opens Feb. 21, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lane will give a brief presentation on the research involved in developing the play, a story of two women searching for a lost family member and an art collector who discovers a visionary artist. Dossett will perform select works from her original score.

Attendees receive a 25 percent-off discount code for tickets to “Radiunt Abundunt.” For more information, contact Triad Stage at: 336.272.0160.

This special preview with Triad Stage at the Weatherspoon Art Museum is free.