UNCG Campus Weekly

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UNCG Music Camp retains title: America’s most popular

Photo of students rehearsingThe 32nd Annual Summer Music Camp program at UNCG is again hosting a capacity crowd of young musicians, retaining the title of largest university music camp in the nation.

Enrollment for 2014 is the largest in the history of the UNCG Summer Music Camp, with approximately 1,830 students in attendance. Since it began in 1983, some 54,000 student musicians have attended the camp.

“We’ve had a record demand for enrollment this year and it seems to grow every year,” said Dr. John R. Locke, founder and director of the music camp. In addition to the 1,830 students in the music camp, hundreds of others had to be turned away because all of the spaces had been filled.

The 2014 camp has drawn students from 15 states, from as far away as California, Vermont and Iowa, and three foreign countries. “Actually, nearly 200 students attended this summer from beyond the North Carolina border,” said Dr. Kevin Geraldi, associate camp director.

The Music Camp at UNCG is a large employer of both UNCG faculty and students as the total paid staff numbers approximately 150 persons, all of whom are musicians and music educators. “Many staff members merit regional, national and international acclaim,” said Dr. Randy Kohlenberg, associate camp director. “The quality and dedication of our entire staff is the single greatest strength of the UNCG Summer Music Camp.”

The Summer Music Camp, a program of the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance, features two one-week camps with offerings for Senior Band, Junior Band, Beginner Band, Senior Orchestra, Junior Orchestra, Piano Camp and Senior Mixed Chorus. This year, the Music Camp expanded by offering an additional week of Senior Orchestra, and for the first time establishing a Junior Mixed Chorus.

In total, the camp this years has included 15 concert bands, four orchestras, four mixed choruses, and 160 pianists. Week No. 1 was July 13 – 18 and Week No. 2 is July 20 – 25, 2014, on the UNCG campus.

The concluding concerts this week will be held Friday evening, July 25, in four separate locations on campus. The concerts are free-admission:

Cone Ballroom – Elliott University Center
6:15 p.m.
Junior Orchestra
Blue Junior Band

Auditorium – Elliott University Center
6:15 p.m.
Green Beginner Band
Gold Beginner Band

Aycock Auditorium
6:15 p.m.
Senior Orchestra
Taylor Senior Band
Aycock Senior Band

Taylor Theatre
6:15 p.m.
White Junior Band
Red Junior Band

Music Building Recital Hall
6:15 p.m.
Piano Soloists & Piano Camp Chorus
Senior Mixed Chorus

UNCG Economics faculty research earns high national ranking

Photo of Bryan BuildingUNCG’s Department of Economics, housed in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, has been ranked as one of the nation’s best for faculty-published economic research.

The department is ranked No. 7 in the nation for research on innovation, securing the top spot among economics departments at public universities. The department ranked No. 6 in the research field of program evaluation (third among public universities) and No. 7 in the nation for research on entrepreneurship.

The rankings are based on citation counts from the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) ranking database, which is hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

“I’m proud of the research conducted by economists in the Bryan School. These rankings are a testament to the commitment of our faculty,” said Dr. Jeremy Bray, chair of the department. “I’m particularly proud that we rank so highly in applied research fields that have tangible benefits for our students, businesses and organizations. The knowledge our faculty imparts helps create exceptional problem solvers who can tackle issues innovatively, ethically, globally and sustainably.”

UNCG’s Department of Economics uses an integrated curriculum of theory and application to prepare students to model and analyze large complex data sets. The department offers a bachelor’s and doctoral degree in economics, and a master’s degree in applied economics.

“Innovation is a critical part of our mission in the Bryan School, and this demonstrates how the economics department is aiding us in achieving that aspect of our mission,” said Bryan School Dean McRae C. Banks. “Additionally, because UNCG’s master’s and doctoral programs in economics have an applied, rather than theoretical, focus, program evaluation research is essential to be able to demonstrate that we deliver on what we say we do.”

By Lanita Withers Goins
Full story at UNCG Now.

Nurses, employers benefit from UNCG partnerships

Dr. Algie Gatewood and Chancellor Linda P. Brady signing agreementUNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Dr. Algie Gatewood, president of Alamance Community College, have cemented an agreement that will bring UNCG’s bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) to the community college’s Graham campus.

For associate degree nursing graduates and RNs in the area, the new partnership means a convenient path to employment and career advancement. For health care providers, it means an increasingly qualified workforce of nurses. For patients, the bottom line is better care.

Outreach programs like this one are crucial for nurses, says Dr. Robin Remsburg, dean of UNCG’s School of Nursing. “Having the BSN really facilitates their mobility within the health care system. The BSN is looked on as a gateway to graduate education for nurses.”

The Alamance program, which starts in Spring 2015, will primarily serve the community college’s recent associate degree nursing graduates beginning with an initial cohort of 25-50 students. Other RNs in the area may join the cohort as availability permits. A hybrid of in-person and online classes will be taught by UNCG nursing faculty, with in-person classes located in Graham.

Health care providers increasingly prefer or require nurses to have the BSN as research shows having BSN-credentialed nurses at the bedside improves patient outcomes, Remsburg says. The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report on The Future of Nursing, recommends that at least 80 percent of bedside nurses have the BSN degree by 2020.

“The collaboration with Alamance Community College is an important component of the School of Nursing’s plan to meet the changing needs of nurses and employers,” says Dr. Anita Tesh, associate dean for undergraduate study in the school. “Similar programs are being launched at Davidson County Community College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and others sites are under consideration.”

The BSN cohorts at Davidson and Rowan-Cabarrus start in Fall 2014. Those two programs are supported by a $100,000 grant from Northwest AHEC (Area Health Education Center), Tesh says. “We are targeting new associate degree graduates, to support the Institute of Medicine report’s call for a ‘seamless transition’ from ADN to BSN.”

By Michelle Hines
Photography by Chris English
Full story at UNCG Now.

State of the Campus Address Aug. 13

Chancellor Linda P. Brady will deliver the State of the Campus Address 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Aycock Auditorium. Afterward, faculty and staff are invited to the traditional luncheon at Moran Commons and Plaza. The luncheon will begin at 11:15 a.m.

Welcome students at August 18 ‘House Calls’

Photo of volunteers walking to residence hallsUNCG is known for its supportive environment. UNCG’s House Calls program is one more way UNCG provides a warm welcome to its students.

UNCG’s House Calls program welcomes first-year residence hall students to the UNCG campus community and provides them with an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and administrators on a personal level. This type of interaction can have a significant impact on students’ success and increase retention.

House Calls will take place Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, from 5:15 -7 p.m., including a dinner and brief volunteer orientation.

If you volunteer for this program, you will work with a UNCG colleague(s) visiting first-year students in one of the residence halls on campus. As a volunteer you will have an opportunity to do the following:

  • Interact with 10-20 students in a residence hall setting. You will visit students in their residence hall room and have a brief conversation with them about transitioning to college and their first day of school – and answer general questions about the university.
  • Provide students with “a bag of success” to assist with their transition to the university.
  • Have dinner with other volunteers. A salad and baked potato bar with dessert will be served from 5:15 – 6 p.m. in the EUC’s Alexander Room. Volunteer check-in will begin at 5 p.m
  • Hear a welcome from UNCG’s new provost, Dr. Dana Dunn.
  • Participate in a brief orientation. During dinner, you will receive the necessary information and materials to prepare you for the House Calls experience.

Deadline for volunteer sign-up is Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.

The registration form may be found at http://hrl.uncg.edu/home/news/news_items/house_calls/house_calls_volunteer.php

For more information, contact UNCG Housing and Residence Life at 336-334-5636 or hrl@uncg.edu.

Visual: One group of “House Calls” staff and faculty at last year’s event

‘Web Design and Usability’ is new UNCG MOOC

This summer, take an online course on web design and usability. It’s one of a pair of Massive, Open, Online Courses (MOOCs) UNCG is offering as it pilot tests the concept.

“It’s a guided experience. It’s self-paced,” says Dr. Anthony Chow, who along with UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning created the course. “There are hands-on projects and opportunities for discussion.” You will even learn a little about HTML coding and also the popular WordPress platform – and use them both. The course is not-for-credit.

The course takes on the question: How do I design, develop and evaluate usable digital environments? The emphasis is on usability and being user-friendly.

A UNCG Leadership Institute team last fall found that of UNCG’s 18 nationwide peer universities, six offer MOOCs. UNCG is testing the waters with two offerings. The first UNCG MOOC – “The Soul and the Search for Meaning” – launched in the spring.

The “Web Design and Usability” course opened June 30 – and learners may register at any time.

In general, MOOCs hold potential for online learning for a lot of people who may not have access to university courses. They can serve as a way for people who left college years ago to take an online course to see if completing a degree might be feasible for them.

You could finish in a few weeks. But most will take it at a slower pace. People may take advantage of particular units, or take the entire course in sequence.

A great benefit for those taking this MOOC is the opportunity to build relationships with other people across the world with similar interests, Chow explains. It will be a nexus of people, throughout the world, who can connect with each other. And UNCG will be a part of that connection.

Through the MOOC he can share his expertise and help make a positive impact. The experience will be helpful with his ongoing research. A professor of Library and Information Studies and director of online learning in UNCG’s School of Education, he notes it provides a learning experience for his Education students who take part in the online discussions. And it helps promote UNCG – the Spartan mascot and UNCG’s beautiful Taylor Garden are featured in the first video clip.

Even online, people like that sense of place, he explains. People prefer to be a part of universities’ MOOCs, he says, because “they like the brick and mortar of the university.”

Students can take the self-paced course online when they choose, from anywhere they want to learn. A certificate is available to those who complete the course in its entirety.
More information on the course may be found at moocs.uncg.edu. To register, visit moocs.uncg.edu/sign-up.

By Mike Harris

Associate vice chancellor Paul Mason speaks with Staff Senate

Photo of Paul MasonPaul Mason, who joined UNCG in the spring as associate vice chancellor of marketing and strategic communication, shared some of his priorities and vision at the July 10 Staff Senate meeting.

The goals of University Relations, as the department aligns marketing and strategic communications to build UNCG’s reputation, are twofold: help increase student enrollment, retention and graduation rates, and help increase financial support for the university.

He shared information from a recent, informal University Advancement study of approximately 100 Greensboro-area residents who responded to questions about their perception of UNCG. When asked “What could UNCG do better?” one-third of the respondents indicated that UNCG could do a better job of marketing and self promotion. University Relations, he said, is focused on two cost-effective ways of promoting the university in the current financial environment: traditional PR and social media.

In responding to a question about the “Do something bigger altogether” marketing initiative, Mason indicated that University Relations will be seeking feedback from students and prospective students, in particular, on the impact of the effectiveness of the campaign. He said UNCG’s marketing messages will continue to evolve over time, as will the home page of the university’s website. In addition, UNCG Magazine will be tabled for the foreseeable future as publication and mailing costs have become prohibitive. The university and Alumni Association plan to share the same types of information, including class notes and success stories, with alumni through more cost-effective and sustainable communication channels, including e-mail and digital communications.

Finally, Mason encouraged the senators to contact University Relations as compelling success stories arise in their departments.

“Since joining UNCG several months ago, I have been impressed with all of the great work being done by our students, faculty, staff and alumni. We have many wonderful stories to tell about their achievements. In University Relations, our mission is to raise the university’s visibility and enhance our reputation by telling these stories in a bigger, more impactful way,” Mason said.

UNCG Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies earns high national ranking

Photo from past Threads fashion showUNCG’s Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies (CARS) has been ranked as the 13th best fashion program in the nation by the website Fashion-Schools.org, a jump of 10 spots from the 2013 placement.

The CARS program ranked as the third best program in the South, up two spots from last year, and received the website’s best ranking among programs in the state of North Carolina.

“This jump in the rankings is a direct reflection of the tremendous dedication and hard work of the faculty, staff and students in CARS,” said Dr. Nancy J. Hodges, professor and incoming chair of the department. “We are extremely pleased to know that our continued efforts to ensure that CARS students develop the requisite skills and real-world experiences necessary for professional success are leading to such positive and widespread recognition for the CARS department and its degree programs.”

Fashion programs were judged on their academic reputation, admission selectivity, value, location, depth and breadth of the program and faculty.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Digging smarter, with satellite imagery

Photo of Paleontologist Robert AnemonePaleontologist Robert Anemone’s wrong turn turned out to be a happy accident that led him to a rich cache of 50 million-year-old fossil mammals. That was back in 2009 as he and his team from Western Michigan University explored a remote, 10,000-square-kilometer region of badlands in southwestern Wyoming known as the Great Divide Basin.

“Every paleontologist has a story like that,” he says. “They’re like urban folktales except they’re true. We’re out there walking and searching for 8-10 hours a day, and sometimes when we find our best things, serendipity plays a large role. And its always been that way, as far as I can tell, in the history of paleontology.”

Rather than leave future discoveries to chance, Dr. Anemone, who now heads UNCG’s Department of Anthropology, is pioneering a high-tech method of fossil hunting. Teaming up with a geographer and remote-sensing specialist, Anemone is harnessing satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to train computers to help find fossils.

Finding a fossil in the Great Divide Basin is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Paleontologists like Anemone typically spend a month in the field every summer, often with a crew of 8-10 undergraduate and graduate students and colleagues. But with the enormous size of the basin, deciding where to search for fossils has traditionally been a matter of following dusty two-track roads in search of deposits that may or may not contain fossils.

In 2009, after taking a wrong turn down an unfamiliar road that disappeared in some tall sagebrush, Anemone’s team was lucky to find a fossil-laden sandstone deposit, which they dubbed “Tim’s Confession” after Tim Held, the graduate student who found the first fossils there. Within an hour or two of collecting fossils, Anemone knew his team had literally stumbled upon one of the richest fossil mammal sites of this antiquity in the American West.

Late one night in camp shortly after they found Tim’s Confession, Anemone and his crew found themselves gazing at the spectacular night sky high above the Wyoming wilderness. Among the millions of stars, dozens of constellations, and magnificent horizon-to-horizon display of the Milky Way, they noticed a satellite crossing the sky. And an idea crossed Anemone’s mind.

Might the satellite imagery of the basin, coupled with state-of-the-art approaches from the geographic sciences, improve their odds of finding other fossil deposits? He contacted Jay Emerson, a geographer at Western Michigan, and together they developed a computer model to analyze Landsat imagery of the basin in order to predict other areas that most closely matched the “spectral signature” of their known fossil-bearing locations.

Anemone returned to the Great Divide Basin in 2012 and 2013 to test their model. His team found fossils at 25 of 31 areas identified by the computer model, a much higher success rate than they were used to based on their earlier work in the area. This month, they’ll return to the site for more work.

For paleontologists, the first question is where to search. “Traditionally paleontologists have just said, ‘Well let’s go down this road and take a look.’ But our work suggests there is a better way,” Anemone says. “It took us 15 years to find this incredible locality that is Tim’s Confession, and I can’t afford to wait 15 more years to find another one. I want to improve my odds.”

Anemone has been digging in the Great Divide Basin since 1994, turning up a wide variety of Eocene mammals. His lab and his office on the fourth floor of the Graham building, are a repository for the jaws and teeth of Eocene mammals (including some of the first rodents, horses, primates and carnivores), reptiles (like crocodiles, turtles, lizards and snakes) and fish. The fossils date to 50-55 million years ago, at the boundary of the Paleocene and Eocene eras.

Anemone’s work at the Basin this summer is supported by a $180,000, two-year National Science Foundation grant.

“We’re at the leading edge of applying this stuff to paleontology,” he says. “We’re pushing the field in a new direction.”

By Michelle Hines
Full story at UNCG Now.

GEAR UP Camp at UNCG spurs college access

Photo of camp activityMore than two dozen eighth-graders from across the state descended on the UNCG campus in June for a three-day, two-night immersion in college life.

The new GEAR UP leadership camp at UNCG is a partnership between the university’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development and GEAR UP NC, a federally funded program to help kids from disadvantaged school districts envision themselves as college students. For Dr. DiAnne Borders, one of the counselor education professors overseeing the camp, the message she wants campers to take away is simple: College is for everyone.

“I want them to see that they have a lot of potential that in the eighth grade they may not realize yet,” she said. “It’s about whether you can see yourself on a college campus. If no one in your family has been to college, it’s hard to see that for yourself. Of course, we hope some of them will choose UNCG.”

GEAR UP is an acronym for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Borders and her colleagues Dr. Laura Gonzalez and Dr. Erik Hines have worked closely with the College Foundation of North Carolina researching ways to overcome roadblocks, like limited finances, that get in the way of college. Their work led to the relationship with GEAR UP NC, and the camp.

By Michelle Hines
Full story – and a photo gallery – are at UNCG Now.

UNCG Board of Trustees elects new officers for 2014-15

Photo of Susan SafranThe UNCG Board of Trustees recently elected new officers for the 2014-15 academic year and welcomed two new board members.

Susan Safran, who previously served as vice chair, was elected board chair. Safran, who received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from UNCG, also serves on the Athletics Committee. She is the founder and former owner of CPR Consultants Inc., an American Heart Association training center in Raleigh.

Other board members elected as officers are: Linda Carlisle, vice chair; Ward Russell, secretary; Charles Blackmon, executive committee member; and Frances Bullock, executive committee member.

In addition to electing new officers, the board welcomed Brad Hayes and Simone Stephens as new members.

Hayes, who recently retired as executive vice president and chief financial officer for LabCorp in Burlington, joined the board and assumed the unexpired term of Martin Weissburg through June 30, 2015. A UNCG graduate, Hayes was honored in 2013 with the Bryan School of Business & Economics Distinguished Alumni Award.

Stephens, a senior from Spotsylvania, Va., was elected by the student body as UNCG’s Student Government Association president. She will serve a one-year term as a voting board member.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our faculty, staff and students at UNCG, we are pleased to welcome Brad Hayes and Simone Stephens to the board. We look forward to working with them and the entire board to advance UNCG’s success as a leading public university in North Carolina,” said Board Chair Susan Safran.

By Michelle Hines

Dr. David Perrin to join University of Utah as dean of College of Health

Dr. David H. Perrin has announced that he will join the University of Utah as dean of the College of Health beginning Aug. 1.

Perrin’s seven-year tenure as provost and executive vice chancellor at UNCG ended June 30 and he had planned to rejoin the Kinesiology Department faculty. During Perrin’s tenure with UNCG, he also served as dean of the School of Health and Human Performance. Prior to joining UNCG, he directed the graduate programs in athletic training and sports medicine at the University of Virginia.

“It has been an honor and a thrill to serve this wonderful university for six years as dean and seven years as provost. I am looking forward to the next phase of my career and taking on an exciting opportunity with the University of Utah,” Perrin said.

Please join us in thanking Dr. Perrin for his many contributions to UNCG as a scholar, teacher and administrator and in wishing him much success in his new role with the University of Utah.

UNCG honor society receives national award

Photo of honoreesThe UNCG chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society was selected as a recipient of the organization’s Order of the Torch Award. This award recognizes the most outstanding chapters in the nation based on numerous activities that the chapter organized throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

Only five other universities received this designation this year, and this was the first time the UNCG chapter was recognized. Membership into the Order of the Torch is awarded to chapters who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of programming, internal communications and campus visibility.

By Casey Fletcher
Full story at UNCG Student Affairs site.

Preparation for principals: Triad Leadership Academy graduates third cohort

The Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy (PTLA) graduated 22 aspiring school leaders in June. The graduates represented the third cohort of the three-year Race to the Top grant funded principal preparation program.

PTLA is a partnership among the UNCG School of Education, Alamance Burlington School System (ABSS), Asheboro City Schools (ACS), Guilford County Schools (GCS),Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WSFCS) and the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium (PTEC). PTLA has been​ supported by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Within two years of program completion, 90 percent of PTLA graduates are serving in school leadership positions across the Piedmont Triad​/Central​ area of North Carolina. Five principals, 28 assistant principals, and eight district directors, coordinators, and facilitators are making an immediate impact in UNCG’s partner school districts.

In three years, 63 educators have graduated from PTLA.

PTLA is ​a​n innovative, year-long, cohort-based program that offers outstanding leadership preparation to exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high need schools to educational excellence. PTLA participants attend full-time and are paid during the 12 month program. The PTLA program includes rigorous summer coursework followed by a school leadership internship conducted during the regular K-12 school year. PTLA is an initiative funded by $6.17 million from North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant.

More information is at www.ptla-nc.org.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at UNCG

Photo of castLucy, Snoopy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang will be on stage at UNCG this week – for one night only.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will be presented by the summer opera program Greensboro Light Opera and Song (GLOS), Thursday, July 10, in the Recital Hall, UNCG Music Building.

Two shows will be offered: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for all ages (cash, credit, or check) at the door – there are no advance sales. The production is 70 minutes long with no intermission.

It is an encore of the productions the group performed recently at the Roanoke Island Festival Park on the Outer Banks. GLOS is led by Dr. David Holley, director of opera in the UNCG Music department.

UNCG Archaeology at Bentonville Battlefield’s Harper House

Photo of the Bentonville Battlefield’s Harper HouseTo the average person, the charts look like waves. To UNCG’s Roy Stine and Linda Stine, they show something interesting under the earth. And when that ground is the backyard of one of North Carolina’s most historic houses – used as a hospital during the state’s largest Civil War battle – there’s interest in knowing what’s there.

Dr. Roy Stine, a geography professor with a love of history, and UNCG geography graduate students Jacob Turner, Douglas Gallaway and Stacy Curry, as well as Dr. Linda Stine, a UNCG anthropology professor, presented their preliminary findings in early May to officials at the Bentonville State Historic Site. They, along with Dr. Jerry Nave, a North Carolina A&T State professor specializing in surveying, had conducted research at the site in March. The next step: do some exploring.

Linda Stine, who specializes in archaeology, and John Mintz from the Office of State Archaeology will lead UNCG archaeology students in excavations in several areas behind the historic house Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27.

This isn’t the first historic site in which the Stines have worked in tandem. The first in which they used a system of magnetometers, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and excavation was at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle.

In addition to lots of interesting items at that military park, they found part of the original county seat of Guilford County. It was called Martinville, site of the original Guilford courthouse. They found two houses and a large stone wall or chimney base, as well as “a buried, long, linear feature, half a meter deep,” says Roy Stine. An excavation revealed Colonial era artifacts. It could be the retreat road that the Colonial troops used, the Stines say, or it could be a gully that one combat record referenced.

After they excavate, the Stines and Dr. Nave track how close, to the centimeter, they were with the original tracking from the GPR (a GSSI 3000 Ground Penetrating Radar with a 400 MHz antenna) or the magnetometers (a Bartington Dual Gradiometer). That analysis is part of their ongoing research.

The battle at Bentonville, in which Gen. Joseph Johnston’s Confederate forces attempted to stop the advance of Gen. William T. Sherman’s Union forces, was one of the last major battles of the Civil War.

This geophysical exploration behind Bentonville’s Harper House is undertaken in conjunction with the staff at Bentonville Battlefield (Donnie Taylor, site manager) and the State Office of Archaeology.

Some unusual patterns behind the Harper House are almost definitely underground utilities or piping. Others? No one knows. “See this line? It comes out to this area,” Roy Stine says, pointing to a dark area on his screen. “We don’t know what that is.”

He believes a lot of the small aberrations indicate campfires of Civil War reenactors over the years. But still, several areas are a mystery. “You don’t know till you dig,” Roy Stine says.

The public is invited to attend on June 26-27. There is no admission charge. They will likely see a GPR and a magnetometer in use. Plus, they will see several areas slowly excavated. Under the guidance of archaeologists, members of the public will be allowed to help with the sifting of earth as well. Displays and docents will explain the techniques the research team is using. The house is near the Bentonville Battlefield’s visitors’ center, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks.

By Mike Harris

Bryan School adds online programs in business analytics

Photo of Bryan School of Business and Economics buildingThe UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics will launch a new curriculum in business analytics this fall, designed to help professionals advance their understanding of analytics and its application in the business environment.

Co-sponsored by SAS, the Bryan School will offer two courses of study: an online graduate certificate in business analytics and a concentration in business analytics as part of the online master of science in information technology and management (MSITM) degree. The curriculum will offer students in-depth knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the challenge of developing and managing an information system within an organization.

The deadline to apply for fall semester is July 1.

“With the exponential growth of data, specifically big data, the demand for analytics talent has increased tremendously,” said Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, an associate professor in the Bryan School and director of the Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management’s graduate programs. “Recognizing the need for talent, companies such as SAS are partnering with universities to address the talent gap.”

The coursework integrates SAS’s industry-leading software, offering students the opportunity to gain experience using the platform while learning key concepts.

“Our SAS co-sponsored business analytics program, both the certificate and MSITM concentration, is for business professionals to gain state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in models, methods, tools and
techniques in business analytics that will enable them to make better data-driven business decisions,” Iyer said. “The concentration in business analytics in the MSITM program will not only help students
develop the competencies needed to join the big-data talent workforce but also to take on leadership roles within that area.”

The job market for people with these skill sets is considerable. According to one new projection from McKinsey & Company, the U.S. alone faces a shortfall of 140,000 to 190,000 big data professionals
in the next five years. Another recent study from Gartner suggests that 4.4 million IT jobs worldwide will be needed to support big data by 2015.

“That’s a lot of potential employment for the right people,” Iyer said.

By Lanita Withers Goins

UNCG’s Canvas Implementation Plan

Photo of student with laptop in Jackson LibraryIn Spring 2014 the Academic Technology Coordinating Committee (ATCC) recommended that UNCG move its Learning Management System (LMS) from Blackboard Learn to Canvas by Instructure.

Provost David H. Perrin has announced that the administration is accepting the recommendation to move to Canvas. This plan shows the timeline for moving courses and organizations from Blackboard Learn to Canvas. Information Technology Services (ITS) and Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs) from the College and Schools will work together to provide training and migration assistance to instructors and organization leaders.

Fall 2014 will be UNCG’s “early adopter” phase for Canvas. During this phase a limited number of classes will be held in Canvas, and functionality will be limited as it was during the Spring 2014 pilot (e.g., integration with 3rd party tools such as Starfish and the Turnitin anti-plagiarism tool are high priorities, but may not be available at the Fall 2014 semester start). By Spring 2015, ITS expects to have a complete implementation of Canvas, including integration with UNCG third-party tools. It is anticipated that at least 25 percent of all UNCG instructors will teach their courses in Canvas in Spring 2015.

Details and contact information are at http://courses.uncg.edu/.

From UNCG to ESPN: Alejandro Moreno calls World Cup

Action photo of Alejandro Moreno at UNCGAt UNCG, he was a star student-athlete.

Now at ESPN, Alejandro Moreno is a star analyst – one of the network’s most recognizable faces for World Cup coverage.

Moreno is calling matches and providing analysis in the studio.

As a Spartan, Moreno was a four-time First Team All-Region selection and a four-time All-Conference recipient. He led the Spartans in goals all four years of his career, 1998-2001. In his 11-year professional career, he played for three Major League Soccer champion teams.

He returned to campus last February, when he was inducted into the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame. “I am honored and proud to be a Spartan,” he said. (See photo.) As he explained in an interview with UNCG Athletics, “Here at UNC Greensboro, I had a lot of success on the field and a lot of success off the field.” He noted that he completed his UNCG bachelor’s program in International Business in three and a half years.

Blue and gold on the red carpet of Cannes

Photo of but David Ostergaard ’02He didn’t exactly rub shoulders with George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, but David Ostergaard ’02 did star in an award-winning film shown at Cannes.

Ostergaard, who graduated with a BFA in theatre at UNCG, was part of an Asheville-based film crew whose short film, “Joint Effort,” won the 2013 National Film Challenge. Grand prize was a showing at the elite film festival, held each year in the French Riviera.

“Joint Effort” is a seven-minute comedy by Gorilla with a Mustache Productions shot partly at Ostergaard’s house in Asheville.

The film beat out 150 short films from around the world in the Film Challenge. All films must be made within 72 hours and run 5-7 minutes.

Ostergaard, named Best Actor in the Film Challenge, has also won a regional Emmy for his work in a commercial for an Asheville computer store. He has made a thriving career for himself in the North Carolina mountains.

His Bright Star Touring Theatre does 1,000 shows a year in 36 states and has performed in Moscow by special invitation. Bright Star companies travel to schools across the U.S. promoting Black History and anti-bullying messages.

In the near future, Ostergaard hopes to launch an educational TV show for kids.

Meanwhile, he offers up this secret from Cannes: When the stars walk the red carpet on their way into a screening, providing a photo-op for paparazzi, they most often stroll quietly right out a back door. They’ve already seen the movie.

By Michelle Hines

Shakespearean sounds: UNCG’s Christine Morris coaches at Triad Stage

Photo of Morris with Poulson and OliverPerforming Shakespeare alongside professional actors could be intimidating. But with a voice/text coach giving the UNCG students personal lessons, the words come tripping off the tongue in the best kind of way.

UNCG theater professor Christine Morris helps all the actors shine in the Triad Stage production of “All’s Well that Ends Well.” For the UNCG undergraduates in the production who have less experience with Shakespeare, she’s a particularly valuable teacher. And they’re learning a lot.

“I found it not,” articulates actor Chloe Clark Oliver to the king, during an early rehearsal of a scene. A rising UNCG senior portraying Diana, she is working alongside some actors with decades of professional experience. Each time rehearsing the scene, she pushes the possibilities of her language and action. Each time, richer meanings are conveyed, as director Preston Lane makes suggestions and observations to the actors.

Eight UNCG students are on stage as part of Triad Stage’s big summer production. It’s in repertory with one other play in the annual UNCG Theatre/Triad Stage collaboration called Theatre 232. And Morris is at nearly every rehearsal, working with all the actors one-on-one.

How did she come to be a theater vocal expert? Morris, a Charlotte native, won a prestigious Spencer Love arts scholarship to UNCG in the 1970s. With her BA in Theatre, she went on to the University of Virginia for her MFA, then spent a decade in theater in New York City, including time with the New York Shakespeare Festival and Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. She later taught at Duke before returning “home” to UNCG, where she teaches theater, focusing on voice.

At Triad Stage, she is resident vocal coach. She started coaching there in 2006. Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre have had strong ties almost since the creation of Triad Stage – a development that enhanced the liveliness and economic development of downtown Greensboro. Lane, founding artistic director at the professional regional theater, co-leads UNCG’s directing program in UNCG Theatre.

Listening and being attentive are essential, which runs counter to our modern era with so many media distractions. “The fear with Gutenberg’s press was that people would lose the ability to speak and listen well,” Morris notes. “There are accounts of people leaving Shakespeare’s plays and reciting large chunks of dialog. At that time, people didn’t say, ‘Did you see the play?’ They’d say, ‘Did you hear the play?’”

For Morris, it’s applied research that she loves. Later this summer, she’ll present at two sessions of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association conference in England. One workshop will be on American Southern dialects; the other on vocal archetypes. She will also learn more about “original pronunciation” in Shakespeare’s plays – determining what a person would have sounded like centuries ago.

She loves working with the Triad Stage and UNCG actors one-on-one. Her questions to them usually boil down to this: “Why do you say what you say when you say it in the way that you say it?” And she helps them find their way in the language. “The actors want to get in there and do some spelunking.”

Chloe is one of those. The Raleigh native has already taken a UNCG acting class on Shakespeare sonnets, soliloquies, and comedy and tragedy scenes. “The language is so rich and full,” Chloe says.

She explains that it’s essential to find the key words the audience needs to hear in each line. Another challenge is making sure the audience understands, despite the fact that references and puns have changed over the centuries.

Madelynn Poulson, a rising junior who portrays Mariana, says, “The temptation (with Shakespearean language) is to think that it’s precious.” But it’s just like any other play. You have to make it accessible. “We take time to find what works. It’s easy to think, ‘This is what it’s about.’ But Shakespeare can mean so many things.”

One thing Morris helps with is syntax, Madelynn explains. “This part should go up, this part should go down.” But it goes much deeper, as the actors explore and read the text again and again. “Chris challenges you to not only know what it means, but to make it make sense for people.”

Madelynn recalls her tour of the UNCG campus, when she was a high-schooler in Hampton, Va.

She visited Triad Stage and saw Theatre 232’s “Fashionistas” in the upstairs space.“‘They are all UNCG students,’ I thought. I did not want to go anyplace else.”

Now only two years later, she herself is one of those Theatre 232 students in the spotlight. It’s a challenge but she is learning so much.

“Two shows a day – we’re living the dream.”

THTR 232 productions:
“All’s Well that Ends Well,” directed by Preston Lane, at Triad Stage June 8-29; tickets available at Triad Stage box office, 336-272-0160, or http://triadstage.org/series/129/alls-well-that-ends-well
“Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk,” directed by Jim Wren, June 14-28; tickets available at 336-334-4392 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/631155

By Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson, of a coaching session. Morris uses balloons, boxes, hula hoops and more to further the actor’s attentiveness to the rhythms and stresses in the language. This page: Morris with Poulson and Oliver. CW homepage: Madelynn Poulson with Morris.

UNCG archaeology at historic House in the Horseshoe

Photo of UNCG graduate student Jacob Turner conducting researchJacob Turner’s hard work may be paying off. The UNCG doctoral student of geography thinks he and his UNCG research team may have located something very interesting.

Working with UNCG geography professor Dr. Roy Stine, he and the team will test the results of his geophysical survey at House in the Horseshoe state historic site Monday, June 16, 2014.

The site is south of Siler City.

Readings from a ground penetrating radar (GPR) and a magnetometer have indicated possible structures in the backyard of the colonial era House in the Horseshoe.

Test excavations will be accomplished in conjunction with the staff at the House in the Horseshoe, which is part of the North Carolina Historic Sites Division. The excavations will be supervised by Dr. Linda Stine, UNCG professor of anthropology, and John Mintz of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology (OSA). This collaborative research is part of Turner’s UNCG doctoral dissertation research and part of the ongoing research conducted by both the Historic Sites division and OSA.

The House in the Horseshoe is best known for the Revolutionary War skirmish that occurred on July 29, 1781. The owner of the house was Philip Alston, a Whig colonel seeking independence from Great Britain. The Tory leader David Fanning surrounded the house and forced Alston to surrender. Today you can tour the house and see the bullet holes left by the altercation.

The research being conducted will better illuminate the house’s landscape during the Revolutionary War era and give officials insights to better interpret the house and surroundings for the people of North Carolina. It is hoped that the features discovered by the GPR and magnetometer will be outbuildings, possibly the kitchen, from that era. What has actually been discovered will remain a mystery until the excavations are completed.

The public is invited to attend on June 16, with a rain date of June 17. There is no admission charge. They will likely see a GPR, a magnetometer and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in use. Plus, they will see several areas slowly excavated, under the guidance of archaeologists. Displays and docents will explain the techniques the research team is using. The house is located at 288 Alston House Road, near Sanford, North Carolina.

In next Campus Weekly: the UNCG team prepares for excavation at Civil War Bentonville Battlefield site June 26-27.

Visual: UNCG graduate student Jacob Turner conducting research with team at a historical site this spring

See what ‘Buzz’ is all about at Weatherspoon Summer Solstice Party

Photo from last year's Summer Solstice PartyMark the start of summer at the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s Summer Solstice Party Friday, June 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

There’s plenty to celebrate in addition to the start of summer: UNCG’s Weatherspoon was just listed in “18 Hidden Gems Around The World That You Need To Visit” by Buzzfeed.com.

At the party, see the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Food for Thought. Plus there will be activities for all ages – and food and drink for purchase.

The party marks the opening of the exhibition,  which will be on view June 21 – Aug. 24. The evening will include a project by the Los Angeles artist duo, Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), who have created a specialty cocktail made with local fruit. Music, family activities, food trucks, cash bar (7-9 p.m.) and refreshments will be available. Select galleries open until 9:30 p.m.

The Food for Thought exhibition explores the use of food as a conceptual and formal tool in contemporary art. From monumental paintings of jelly donuts to highly aestheticized photographs of leftovers, the works in this exhibition reveal how artists transport the art historical tradition of still life painting into new territory by using food to explore contemporary issues and social concerns.

Bach and more Bach: Piano focus at UNCG last weekend

Photo of John Salmon on pianoSome were scholars, some perform professionally, some simply love piano music. They all gathered at UNCG’s annual Focus on Piano Literature conference last week at UNCG’s Music Building.

“We had about 125 registrants from 12 states and 2 foreign countries,” said Dr. Andrew Willis, director of the conference. “Our mission is ‘to uplift the spirit of all participants by increasing the understanding of and appreciation for the classical repertoire of the piano, both familiar and unfamiliar’”

“This year our guests were particularly distinguished: Jacques Ogg of The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Christoph Wolff of Harvard University, and David Schulenberg of Wagner College and The Juilliard School.”

The Brothers Bach, four musical sons of Baroque-era German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, took center stage at UNCG’s conference.

Focus provides a continuing educational enhancement for its registrants, including many teachers with private studios, many professors from other universities, and students in the UNCG Department of Music Performance, who take part in masterclasses.

“Outreach to the next generation of pianists is also provided in a recital by high school age piano students who have earned distinction in North Carolina’s statewide competitions,” Willis added.

Last week, Willis and Salmon, along with several other UNCG School of Music, Theater and Dance faculty, performed during the conference. Coincidentally, Salmon – who appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently – has just published a new book on the music of J.S. Bach, “Add on Bach”.

By Mike Harris

Custodial services and recycling changes for offices

Effective June 30, 2014, the frequency of custodial services for UNCG offices will change.

Facility Services (custodial) staff will only enter offices once per week to clean the office and to empty the trash and recycling containers. If the trash or recycling containers need to be emptied more frequently, office occupants may empty them into the nearest centralized trash and recycling containers that are typically located in break rooms and public areas. This change is necessary because of the loss of positions due to the budget reduction.

Another change that will occur on June 30 is that the small, blue office recycling containers, previously designated for office paper recycling only, can be used for commingled recycling. A list of items that can be placed in commingled recycling containers can be found at http://facrecycling.uncg.edu/recyguidlines.html. This change will make it more convenient to recycle a wider variety of materials.

These changes will affect offices only. Other areas such as classrooms, labs, restrooms and public areas will not be affected. Supervisors are working with building contacts to make this transition as seamless as possible. Any questions may be directed to the Facility Services supervisor assigned to your building as indicated below or, if your building is not listed or if you are unable to contact a supervisor, contact Thomas Everett, Ben Kunka or Hoyte Phifer.

Willie Dowd Curry – Graham, Bryan, Foust, Forney, Financial Aid, Visitor’s Center – wddowd@uncg.edu
Joseph Borden – Cone Art, Aycock, Taylor, Brown, Carmichael, Police Station – jaborden@uncg.edu
Sherry Stevens – SOEB, HHP, SRF, Mossman – srsteven@uncg.edu
Greg Poteat – MHRA, Alumni House, Faculty Center, EUC, Studio Arts – jgpoteat@uncg.edu
John Pearce – 500 Forest Street, Parking Decks, Print Shop, 1605 Spring Garden – jjpearce@uncg.edu
Ron Burkes – 1100 W. Market, Music – rdburkes@uncg.edu
Jeff Melton – Sullivan Science, Eberhart, Petty, Moore Nursing, McIver, Stone, North Drive Daycare, Carter Daycare – jtmelton@uncg.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk’ at UNCG

Publicity photo for Jack and the Jelly BeanstalkIt’s fun theater for children, at UNCG.

THTR 232, a UNCG and Triad Stage collaborative summer theatre festival, presents “Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk” by Nate Weida and Emil McGloin in UNCG’s Brown Building Theatre at 402 Tate Street.

Homework and daydreams collide when an unlikely group of friends perform an interesting interpretation of “Jack and the Beanstalk” in response to the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Performances are at 2 p.m. on June 14, 21, 28 and at 10 a.m. & noon on June 19, 20, 26 and 27. Tickets prices are $10 for adults; $7 for children, students and senior citizens and $5 for groups of 10 +.

Call 336-334-4392 or logon to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/631155 for more information.

Cast Photo: bottom left and moving clockwise: Sibel Turkdamar, Alex Cioffi, Tyler Barndhardt, Madelynn Poulson, Brady Wease

 

Manning, Aiken honored with UNCG’s highest awards

Photo of Photo of Kathy E. Manning and Rev. Mike AikenShe has made a difference for the arts and a wide array of nonprofit organizations. He has worked diligently to serve those experiencing homelessness. Both are recipients of UNCG’s top university honors.

Kathy E. Manning received UNCG’s Charles Duncan McIver Award, which recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the state or nation. The bronze medal bears the likeness of Charles Duncan McIver, the founding president of the institution that is now UNCG.

The Rev. Mike Aiken received the Adelaide F. Holderness / H. Michael Weaver Award, which honors North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished public service to their community or state. It is named in honor of Adelaide F. Holderness ’34 and H. Michael Weaver of Greensboro.

The honors were presented by UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady during a May 21 program that also recognized donors to the university.

About each recipient:

Kathy E. Manning has long been an advocate for the arts in Greensboro. She is the current chair of the Board of Triad Stage, where she was a founding member. She serves on the Board of the Greensboro Symphony, and was the founding chair of “ArtBeat,” now called “Seventeen Days.” She was on the original fundraising team for the Greensboro Children’s Museum and served on its founding board. She is the current chair of the Board of the Community Foundation, where she previously chaired the Grants Committee and its Development Committee.

She spearheaded the effort to secure private funding for a new downtown performing arts center in Greensboro. Under her leadership, the fundraising team has raised more than $35 million in private funds to build this facility, which will be called the Steven B. Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Manning worked to gain approval of the Center by the Greensboro City Council, led the effort to create the governance structure for the Center and chaired the Architectural Selection Committee for the Tanger Center.

Manning’s passion for working with non-profit organizations extends beyond the arts. She recently completed a three-year term as the chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the national organization that oversees more than 155 Jewish federations around the United States. She is a past chair of the Board of the Greensboro Jewish Federation, where she served as chair of the Women’s Annual Operation Exodus Campaign, and chair of Women’s Cabinet. She has twice served as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the B’nai Shalom Synagogue Day School in Greensboro. Together with her husband, Randall Kaplan, Manning has led the United Way de Tocqueville Campaign and chaired the Annual Dinner for the Greensboro chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

The Rev. Mike Aiken is the executive director of Greensboro Urban Ministry, an inter-faith outreach ministry serving the poor, a post he has held since 1985. In this role, Aiken has helped Greensboro and the Triad community make tremendous strides in addressing the needs of individuals experiencing poverty, hunger and homelessness.

Greensboro Urban Ministry was founded in 1967 by representatives of several downtown congregations to provide emergency financial assistance and meet the growing needs of the poor in the inner city. By 1981, support for the ministry had grown to 90 congregations, allowing for the opening of Pathways Center to provide temporary shelter to the homeless families. The next year, both Weaver House Singles Shelter and Potter’s House Community Kitchen opened, followed by Project Independence in 1984. This would lead to the building of transitional housing complex Partnership Village in 1999. The board of Greensboro Urban Ministry approved the implementation of Beyond Pathways, now Beyond GUM, in 2008 for the purposes of diversion and rapid re-housing.

Prior to joining Greensboro Urban Ministry, Aiken served as executive director of Fayetteville Urban Ministry. He plans to retire in July 2015.

By Beth English
Photography of Manning and Aiken by Chris English
Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG’s Teaching Excellence Award Recipients, 2013-14

Photo of Minerva statueFaculty recipients of the UNCG teaching awards in each of the UNCG schools and the UNCG College of Arts & Sciences have been announced:

Dr. Mitchell Croatt – Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Colleen Laird – Lecturer, Languages, Literatures & Cultures, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Omar Ali, Associate Professor, African American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Yolanda M. Hyde, Assistant Professor, Adult Health, School of Nursing

Julia A. Kordsmeier – Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Practice, School of Nursing

Karen M. DeNaples – Clinical Assistant Professor, Specialized Education Services, School of Education

Dr. Andrew J. Supple – Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, School of Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Rebecca B. MacLeod, Associate Professor, Music Education, School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Dr. Michelle Sheran-Andrews – Lecturer, Economics, Bryan School of Business and Economics

Dr. Joseph Starobin – Associate Professor, Nanoscience, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

ActiveU at UNCG this summer

Photo of faculty and staff participation in ActiveUThis summer, take advantage of the on-campus fitness program exclusively for UNCG faculty and staff. Bring your UNCG I.D. as well as a towel and water bottle. Wear comfortable exercise apparel. The program starts June 3 and continues weekly till the end of July. Sessions are Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

All sessions are in the Student Recreation Center Fitness Studio. An SRC membership is not required to participate.

June 3 – Walking
June 10 – Yoga
June 17 – Spin*
June 24 – Synrgy*
July 8 – Yogalates
July 15 – TRX*
July 22 – Zumba
July 29 – BOSU

*Reservations for these particular sessions are required at least one hour before class dates and classes are subject to change.

For information, visit campusrec.uncg.edu/fitness.

First students complete Future Leaders Graduate Program

Photo of some of the program’s students and leadersUNCG master’s recipient Lauren Mottle plans to become a professor at a liberal arts university, after she completes her doctoral program. A new program – the Future Leaders Graduate Program – has helped her on her way.

She was one of four graduate students at UNCG and NC A&T who recently completed the special program designed to prepare them for future careers in academia or in business, industry and the nonprofit sector. The Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) Program, jointly developed by the two universities, offers two distinct tracks: one for future faculty and one for students interested in business/industry or nonprofit careers.

Mottle took advantage of the Preparing Future Faculty track of the program. As a requirement, she submitted an abstract based on her thesis to a conference and presented that paper at the conference. “This was an incredibly useful experience because it gave me insight and exposure to the scholarly dimensions of being a university faculty member as well as forced me to take a step outside my comfort zone and do something most MA students in my field don’t get to do.”

Recently the program added a unique component through a grant provided by the Council of Graduate Schools to teach students how to develop student learning outcomes and assess student learning.

Completing the PFL program in May are Lauren Mottle, Kimberly Mozingo, and Jennifer T. Stephens from UNCG and Babatunde Adebiyi from NC A&T. The program takes about two years to complete and gives students a chance to experience a behind-the-scenes look at a range of academic and professional opportunities. While no academic credit is awarded, students completing the program receive a notation on their transcript.

Several students received monetary awards for their outstanding work in the program. Lauren Mottle from UNCG and Bonaventure Mills-Dadson from NC A&T each received $1,500 awards in the Preparing Future Faculty track. Judges noted that both winners articulated a thoughtful assessment plan to guide and fine-tune class instruction with clear, measurable student learning objectives.

Mottle praised how much you learn about the teaching process. “I was a GA in the history department but the PFF program let me go a step further and discuss/observe teaching practices and methods used by professors in my department. My mentor, Dr. Jeff Jones in the History Department, was also incredibly accessible and regularly explained his rationale behind certain classroom decisions and I learned a ton from these experiences. Also, the mentor experience is an essential and incredibly beneficial part of the program.”

In the Professional track, NC A&T student Myron White also received a $1,500 award for an outstanding proposal and business plan.

In addition, the following graduate students received $600 awards for their superior work in Preparing Future Faculty modules: NC A&T students Jones Ahoi, David Dodoo Amoo, Maquisha Mullins and Myron White. Student winners from UNCG are Brittany Chambers, Melissa Ridley Eames, Kamilah Legette, Sarah E. McCarthy, Heather Mitchell, Jennifer Stephens and Elizabeth Warren.

The program includes workshops, hands-on activities, and requires participants to identify a mentor in their chosen field who can provide guidance throughout. About 80 students are enrolled and plans call for numbers to increase by 25 students annually.

“Students completing the PFL program will have a head start in seeking a good position in any future work role,” said Dr. William Wiener, dean of the Graduate School at UNCG. Generally, about half of PhD candidates will seek positions in academia and half seek jobs in other sectors. As part of the program, students prepare a web-based portfolio to track their progress and to share professional documents such as video clips of presentations and major papers. An important part of PFL is teaching participants how to assess student learning in the classroom and effective performance in business and industry.

UNCG and NC A&T received one of six grants nationwide awarded by the Council of Graduate Schools to specifically incorporate assessment activities for students into their Preparing Future Leaders program. The other schools selected for grants included: Cornell University, Harvard University, Indiana University, Michigan State University and the University of California, Merced.

To learn more or to apply for the program, visit http://grs.uncg.edu/pfl.

Visual: some of the program’s students and leaders.

Steve Rhew will serve as interim VC

Photo of Steve RhewWith Reade Taylor’s retirement on June 30 and the planned arrival of Charlie Maimone as vice chancellor for Business Affairs on Aug. 1, Chancellor Linda P. Brady has asked Steve Rhew to serve as interim vice chancellor for the month of July.

Steve Rhew has held a variety of finance leadership roles since joining UNCG nearly 30 years ago. He has served as associate vice chancellor for finance since 1995.

UNCG Gen Ed this summer

UNCG has been selected to participate in the early-June Institute on General Education and Assessment, organized by The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

UNCG’s team includes Dr. Jonathan P. Zarecki, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of UNCG’s General Education Council; Dr. Jodi Pettazzoni, Director of Accreditation and Assessment; Dr. Bryan Terry, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management; Prof. Regina McCoy Pulliam, AP Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Public Health Education; Dr. Susanne Rinner, Associate Professor of German Studies and Faculty Coordinator of The Global Village; and Nancy Bucknall, Director of the College of Arts & Sciences Advising.

AAC&U institutes offer campus teams a time and place for sustained collaborative work on a project of importance to their campus along with a curriculum focused on important trends, research and best practices, and a resident faculty of educational experts.

“We’re looking forward to engaging in conversations about how our General Education Program can best reflect and reinforce our university identity, and best serve our unique student population,” Zarecki noted. “We hope to make UNCG a leader in shaping the process of General Education revision at a time of great opportunity, with changes in institutional leadership and the State of North Carolina becoming more involved with General Education throughout the UNC system.”

UNCG Student Affairs staff awards

On May 7, 2014, staff from the UNCG Division of Student Affairs gathered for an annual year-end celebration. Several awards were announced:

Unsung Hero Award:
Emily Nanna, Housing & Residence Life
Awarded to an individual who works quietly behind the scenes for the good of Student Affairs and UNCG and who, though not publicly celebrated, demonstrates leadership through dedication and service.

Team Player Award:
Erik Unger, Campus Recreation
This award is given to a Student Affairs employee who treats other team members with respect. They consider the ideas and opinions of others, share information, willingly accept responsibility, and work beyond their office and/or department. Utilizing strong interpersonal skills, they work towards maintaining harmonious relationships and enhance both team productivity and broader university collaboration.

Partnership Award:
Auxiliary Services
This award is presented to either a person or a department for their collaborative efforts with Student Affairs. The department and/or person is presented this award because they have worked with Student Affairs to create and implement a program, assist with a crisis or community event that affected the campus, or provide Student Affairs with opportunities to learn about new trends in the field of higher education through research or teaching.

Student Affairs Employee of the Year:
Patrick Madsen, Career Services Center
This award recognizes a Student Affairs employee who has displayed exemplary performance both in the employee’s own responsibilities as well as service to the division, university and community beyond assigned duties for the division of Student Affairs and UNCG.

Legacy of Excellence Award:
Barbara Gainey, Housing & Residence Life
Barbara Gainey is the first recipient of this new award, which is presented to employees who have created a legacy of excellence, supported student success, and provided outstanding contributions to the division and the university for a minimum of seven years. The candidate should have answered the university’s call to Do something bigger altogether.

Full story and pictures at http://sa.uncg.edu/student-affairs-staff-awards-2/

Even with no kickball, UNCG still filled the truck

Photo of Fill the Truck bannerOn May 5, Staff Senate wrapped up the “Fill the truck” campaign for the Guilford County Animal Shelter. The Faculty vs. Staff kickball game, which was postponed till the fall semester, was expected to be a big contributor to the cause. Still, Staff Senate collected animal food, blankets, bowls, paper products, cleaning supplies and other miscellaneous items for the shelter, as well as cash donations in the amount of $783. Staff Senate grilled hotdogs and served soft drinks that day, as people dropped of their donations of items or money. Many had made donations in the boxes throughout campus.

“We would like to thank everyone for your generosity and compassion for the animals,” said Jeannie Lasley, UNCG Staff Senate Service Committee co-chair.

The committee contributed one more great service project before the semester ended. They held a clean up day at the Sullivan Garden located in the Greensboro Downtown Greenway near Lee Street. They pulled weeds, tidied the area and put down fresh mulch.

UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work open to Students, Faculty and Staff

The UNCG Weight Watchers @ Work is open to the entire UNCG community including students, faculty and staff.

Interested in joining the UNCG Weight Watchers at Work Program? Come to their Open House on Monday, June 2, 2014, in Bryan 113 at 12:15 p.m. Coming to a meeting provides you an opportunity to see how a meeting is conducted, meet current participants and have your questions answered by group leader Bobbie Gaski.

The Weight Watchers at Work program consists of a series of informative and motivational group meetings. Meeting time ranges from 45 minutes to one-hour weekly on Mondays in Bryan 113 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. with weigh-in starting at noon.

For more information, contact Elizabeth L’Eplattenier at 334-3410 or email ebleplat@uncg.edu.

See more at www.facebook.com/UNCGWWatWork