UNCG Campus Weekly

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Enjoy diverse performances at Collage Sept. 6

Photo of performance from 2013 Collage performanceThe UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance presents its annual Collage Concert Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Collage 2014 kicks off the new academic year for the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This year, the program theme will feature works inspired by Shakespeare and Galileo, in celebration of the 450th anniversary of their birth. Collage features a diverse range of performers, presenting one work after another without pause. Special lighting enhances the experience and directs the audience’s attention to performances in multiple locations around the auditorium. Over 300 students from the school will perform, along with many faculty members. It’s a non-stop evening of virtuosic performances.

In 2013, Collage was completely sold out, so plan to purchase your tickets in advance (all seating is reserved).

All proceeds benefit student scholarships in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Triad Stage Box Office, by phone at 272-0160, or online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7798058. The box office is located at 232 South Elm Street.

UNCG, lauded for its trees, makes those in Foust Park stand out

Photo of Foust ParkWalked through UNCG’s Foust Park recently? It’s the shaded, grassy area between Foust Building and Spring Garden. And it now has signage for 40 of its most distinctive trees.

A small kiosk with maps and information was recently placed at the corner of Foust Park nearest the Alumni House. The map invites you to start near Foust Building at Tree 1, a Northern Red Oak, and make a large circle in the park until returning near your starting point at Tree 40, a Kousa Dogwood.

UNCG has been lauded as a Tree Campus USA university for five years straight, due to its tree conservation and student engagement in forestry/grounds initiatives. Students often remark on the natural beauty of the UNCG campus. And they can often be seen reading or practicing under the shade of a tree.

One student spurred this project forward – Anneliese Hitcho, an upperclassman working in UNCG’s Office of Sustainability. “I wanted a map,” she explains. She created one. “I wanted a kiosk too.” Mike Moser in UNCG Carpentry built one along with the paint shop, and with Facilities Design and Construction’s consultation. Trey McDonald, UNCG’s sustainability coordinator, was instrumental in securing the funding. The park has become a botanical learning area for students and passersby, says Kevin Siler, UNCG Grounds’ Tree Campus USA point person. He has been very involved.

The idea originated with Chris Fay, longtime director of Grounds at UNCG, who was nearing retirement last year and selected most of the trees. It was a goal he wanted to accomplish before his retirement. Hal Shelton, a longtime employee of Grounds and now the assistant director, took over after Chris’s retirement and has been an avid proponent of the project.

Rhonda Strader in Facilities Design & Construction (FDC), who is the geographic information systems (GIS) manager for UNCG, played a role. “The location and types of trees on campus is one of my data sets,” she says. Fred Patrick, FDC director, was involved in the project as well.

Hitcho, who graduated in May, double-majored in Environmental Studies and Geography, with a concentration in GIS. “I love making maps,” a love spurred by Dr. Jeffrey Patton’s cartography course when she was a junior. She now works at Fort Bragg in environmental work, and looks to continue her education. The project has changed her career focus. “Working with Kevin Siler changed my life – with his passion for trees.”

Hitcho’s favorite tree? Number 6 – Harry Lauders Walking Stick. The small tree is at the corner of College Avenue and Spring Garden. “It looks like a bush. It catches your eye. The leaves are really fuzzy.”

Siler’s favorite is nearby, Number 7 – Flowering Dogwood. Great looking dogwoods need some shade, he says, and this one gets the right amount. “This spring it was so full of blooms.”

The trees’ signs are in place. The kiosk has a fresh supply of maps. And with the rains and temperate weather in recent weeks, the park has never looked better. So come, enjoy – and learn some names (and botanical names too). And see which tree is your favorite.

By Mike Harris

See the stars and planets at UNCG

Photo of PlanetariumThe stars put on a show in UNCG’s planetarium.

Bring your family and friends to a free planetarium viewing in the Petty Science Building. Seating is limited so reservations are required. The shows normally fill quickly.

You may reserve up to five tickets on the web at physics.uncg.edu/planetarium/tickets.php.

The planetarium is in 310 Petty Science. Parking is available in the McIver Street Parking Deck. The planetarium features a Spitz Projector in a 20-foot dome. The show is sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and will feature the sky constellations as well as the motions of the moon, sun and planets.

Planetarium sessions scheduled for Fall 2014 are:
August 22
September 12
October 10
November 7
December 5

All begin at 7:30 p.m.

Best values on meals for faculty & staff

Photo of front entrance to Moran Commons and PlazaFaculty and staff have several options for meal plans at UNCG for 2014-15.

SpartanExpress is a flexible meal plan fund tuned specifically to the needs of staff and faculty members. It entitles you to a $1 discount at Fountain View inside Moran Commons. Note that SpartanExpress can only be used at Dining Services locations.

To add SpartanExpress to your card, you may call the SpartanCard Center at 334-5651, stop by the SpartanCard Center, or submit your request online using a payroll deduction form.

Meal Plans:
Dining Services now offers Standing Reservation meal plans designed specifically for faculty and staff. Standing Reservation meals can be used at Fountain View or in the Spartan Market for a Spartan Combo To-Go meal. Standing Reservations do not expire as long as you are a faculty and staff member. No refunds are given if you leave the university. You can track the number of meals used on your plan by asking a cashier for the balance of your plan. Meals on your Standing Reservation can be used for guest meals; just present your Faculty/Staff ID to the host or hostess. Options:

  • The 50 Value Pack: price per plan $295. Enjoy 50 meals in our all-you-care-to-eat Fountain View Restaurant.
  • The 25 Value Pack: price per plan $150. Enjoy 25 meals in our all-you-care-to-eat Fountain View Restaurant.
  • The 10 Value Pack: price per plan $65. Enjoy 10 meals in our all-you-care-to-eat Fountain View Restaurant.

To obtain a Standing Reservation meal plan, you may call the SpartanCard Center at 334-5651, stop by the SpartanCard Center, or submit your request online using a payroll deduction form. Please note that you may only purchase a new meal plan/renew your current plan after all of your previous meal swipes have been used.

More information is at http://spartancard.uncg.edu/using-your-card/faculty-staff-meal-plans/

Welcome to a new year

Photo of students during move inUNCG welcomed a record number of students into campus housing last week. More than 5,100 students moved into the residence halls.

With help from dozens of faculty, staff and students, UNCG undergraduates were settled in by the end of Friday – ready for a fun weekend making new friends and gearing up for their first week of classes.

Enjoy a few scenes from move-in, including Chancellor Linda P. Brady and Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, chair of UNCG Faculty Senate, helping students at Cone Residence Hall and scenes from the Quad.


Nano Manufacturing Conference 2014 at JSNN

Photo of Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf“A Conference to Move From Innovation to Commercialization” will be the theme of the 2014 Nano Manufacturing Conference Wednesday, September 24, at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

The organizers’ primary goal is to bring together founders, CEOs, senior executives, business leaders as well as economic development, education, government and nonprofit organizations to share their vision for the future and the opportunities that nano manufacturing enables.

Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf (in visual) will be a keynote speaker. She became the deputy director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) in May 2014 after serving in the office for two years as a full-time consultant on a wide variety of programs and projects. She has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly twenty years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. She is a strong advocate for STEM education, and has almost two decades of teaching experience. She has also been active in nanotechnology policy issues on the state and regional level as director of CIT’s Virginia Nanotechnology Initiative and as a member of the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science Citizen’s Nanotechnology Advisory Committees.  She was the managing director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research at the University of Virginia. She earned her PhD and MSE in Materials Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Mark Johnson will be another keynote speaker. He leads ARPA-E’s Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS) program, which targets disruptive grid-level stationary energy storage technologies. Johnson joined ARPA-E on assignment from NC State University, where he previously served as the Director of Industry and Innovation Programs for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Gen-III Engineering Research Center focused on the convergence of power electronics, energy storage, renewable resource integration and information technology for electric power distribution. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering as well as Director of Engineering for the Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Program at NC State. His work has focused at the intersection of smart-grid, renewable energy, wide band-gap semiconductor materials and devices, communications and photonics technologies; as well as entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and public-private partnership formation. Johnson holds a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from North Carolina State University, both in Materials Science and Engineering.

Last year’s inaugural conference welcomed attendees from North Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

Register and get more information at http://www.nanomanufacturingconference.org/

Call for paper and posters Presentations and posters must be related to the conference. Send your abstract to Elie Azzi at JSNN at e_azzi@uncg.edu. Submission deadline is Aug 31, 2014.

Nominate seniors with exceptional academic / service achievements

Faculty and staff, help the UNCG Alumni Association recognize some outstanding Spartan seniors.

The new “Spartans of Promise” Award recognizes seniors at UNCG who demonstrate exceptional achievement in both academic and service endeavors. It will be bestowed upon no more than ten graduating seniors each year.

Spartans of Promise must demonstrate:

  • strong involvement in campus or off-campus activities
  • diversity and balance of interests and activities
  • leadership in their field of study or within an organization
  • clearly defined goals upon graduation.

Faculty and staff are asked to recognize graduating seniors who should be considered for this honor by Aug. 25, 2014, at 4 p.m.

Submit the student’s name at http://alumni.uncg.edu/about-us/alumni-awards/spartans-of-promise/recognition-form/

Questions? Contact Channing Lawson, assistant director of young alumni and student programming, at cslawson@uncg.edu.

General Education program assessment update

At the UNC system-level, the Core Competencies subcommittee of the UNC General Education Council obtained system-wide faculty endorsement for two Core Competencies: critical thinking and written communication. In the Council’s January 2014 report, these prioritized competencies were defined and their subcompetencies identified.

This sets the stage for UNCG piloting the use of the VALUE rubrics for assessing its General Education Program. On August 26, Dr. Ashley Finley, AAC&U’s Senior Director of Assessment and Research, will present a VALUE rubrics calibration workshop to faculty who have agreed to participate in the fall 2014 pilot.

Look to Campus Weekly for future updates on UNCG’s assessment of its General Education Program. Questions about the General Education Council? Contact Dr. Jonathan Zarecki, chair of the General Education Council, at jpzareck@uncg.edu, or visit the General Education Council’s web site at http://genedcouncil.uncg.edu.

Bringing the best to Greensboro

The first day of classes for the academic year was marked with a large UNCG advertisement in the News & Record. “Together, we’ll forge new opportunities to advance teaching, research and service – and our hometown,” it proclaimed.

Photo of ad that ran in the News & Record

Beyond Academics can offer federal student aid

UNCG students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can now apply for federal student aid.

UNCG’s Beyond Academics program is now one of only 34 similar programs in the country approved to participate in federal student aid programs. The approval came July 1 when Beyond Academics was designated a Comprehensive Training Program (CTP) by the U.S. Department of Education, giving eligible students access to federal grants.

Joan Johnson, UNCG’s CTP director, said the opportunity is “an exciting option in transforming lives.”

“The Integrative Community Studies certificate program has underscored UNCG’s vision and commitment to diversity, access and inclusion for more than seven years,” Johnson said. “The pursuit of and participation in higher education is a demonstrated and effective means to improvement in the quality of life for all citizens. The relatively new access to higher education for students with intellectual disabilities is showing significant results in higher success rates for self-sufficiency, employment and engaged citizenship.”

Post-secondary education prepares individuals with intellectual disabilities for 21st century jobs, independent living, and fulfilling personal, social, and civic responsibilities. UNCG houses one of the largest CTP programs in the nation, and is one of only three institutions offering a four-year curriculum. CTP partners with the nonprofit Beyond Academics.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Continuing impact of the fall of the Iron Curtain

Playwright/journalist David Edgar will deliver the talk “Continuing Impact of the Fall of the Iron Curtain on Eastern Europe and the World” Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 3:30–5 p.m. in Stone Building, Room 186.

David Edgar is a British playwright and journalist with over 60 published and performed plays on stage, radio, television and film. His current play, “Iron Curtain Trilogy,” marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. This series of three productions, performed by Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, covers themes from political drama around art, refugees and history, to the quest for freedom in the fall of Communist governments in the former Soviet bloc. His works incorporate diverse languages across characters and present how the power of ambiguity may make or break a peace process. At UNCG, Edgar will discuss the role of theater in promoting dialogue around the issues of peace, violence, and the language of conflict.

Join the UNCG Department of Peace and Conflict Studies for this discussion about art, peace and conflict and how lessons from past conflict can be applied in today’s world.

Men’s and women’s health webinars

Men and women are very different, so shouldn’t the way we take care of our health be different too? Join NC HealthSmart this month for webinars focusing on the keys to maintaining your health, tailored to your gender. An NC HealthSmart lifestyle coach will help you learn many ways to improve and maintain your health, one step at a time.

Each webinar will last about 30 minutes, with an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation. You can log in and participate from any connected device, including mobile devices. To register for one of the webinars, please click on the link below that best fits into your schedule. Registration is limited, so register soon.

Men’s Health
August 26, 9 a.m.
August 27, noon

Women’s Health
August 27, 6:30 p.m.
August 28, 9 a.m.

Did you miss a past webinar? No problem. You can access the recorded version of the webinar at your convenience through your Personal Health Portal. To access the webinar, select “My Action Plan,” then “Resources,” followed by “Wellness Center.”

Article courtesy The Resource: The UNCG Human Resources newsletter

‘Thriving in Today’s Changing Landscape of Higher Education’

Photo of Chancellor Brady during addressChancellor Linda P. Brady focused squarely on UNCG’s future in her 2014 State of the Campus Address.

In the address, she presented a path to strategic visioning and planning. “Together, we will explore what kind of university community we want to be in 2025 and determine what it will take to get there.”

As the higher education environment continues to evolve, she said, the university must remain focused on reinforcing academic excellence, investing in its people and building on its strengths.

She identified where some of those strengths exist. “Certainly in our commitment to student success. Certainly in the life-changing research and creativity activity we perform.”

Through the upcoming strategic planning and visioning conversation, UNCG can be better positioned to thrive in a new era of higher education in America, she explained.

“We have an opportunity to strike out boldly, to build on our history and core values and unleash UNCG’s untapped potential.”

The strategic planning will take about 18 months, and the resulting vision, mission and values statement as well as some key goals will guide UNCG over the next decade.

“We must position UNCG for the future,” she emphasized, “a future based on engagement with the world around us, the development of innovative ideas that will help address the challenges of our times, and the preparation of graduates who aspire to make a difference in their communities and in the world.”

See the full text of Chancellor Brady’s address.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson

H&RL prepared for UNCG’s largest student move-in ever

Photo of Spartan Village Residence HallUNCG Housing & Residence Life is ready for the new year. Tim Johnson, director of UNCG Housing & Residence Life, provided a few updates for the campus community:

  • Move-in for students will run through Friday “We will have just over 5,100 students moving into residence halls this year. Our largest move-in ever.”
  • Reynolds Residence Hall has reopened after being offline for all of last year for renovation. The renovation included replacement of all building systems including plumbing, electrical and HVAC – and also a facelift with new carpet, furniture, painting and totally renovated bathrooms, he noted. Reynolds will be the temporary home this year for Grogan Residential College, while Grogan Hall is offline for renovation this year.
  • At Spartan Village’s Highland Residence Hall, which officially opened in January, students will enjoy a new Subway Café.
  • On the evening of Saturday, Aug. 23, Housing & Residence Life, along with Athletics and the Campus Activities Board, will host their annual “Opening Carnival” on the Quad Lawn and Moran Commons fountain area. Students will enjoy carnival games, food, caricature artists, inflatables and lots of fun. “This is our third year for this event and it keeps getting bigger,” says Johnson.

UNCG makes 2015 Princeton Review’s ‘Best Colleges’ list

Photo of front entrance to Elliott University Center For the 16th consecutive year, UNCG has made Princeton Review’s list of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education.

The education services company features UNCG in the new 2015 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.

“We are pleased that Princeton Review continues to recognize UNCG as a comprehensive, student-centered institution of excellence. We strive to offer our students a supportive learning environment that encompasses challenging academic programs, opportunities for hands-on research with outstanding faculty, and service-learning experiences that enhance their education while benefiting the community,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

Rankings are based on institutional data, visits to schools, feedback from students, and the opinions of Princeton Review’s staff ant Princeton Review continues to recognize UNCG as a comprehensive, student-centered institution of excellence. We strive to offer our students a supportive learning environment that encompasses challenging academic programs, opportunities for hands-on research with outstanding faculty, ad its 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. Princeton Review does not rank the “Best Colleges” numerically.

The university’s undergraduates praise the “high quality of education at a significantly reduced rate, while having the smaller classes allowing closer bonds between faculty and students,” according to Princeton Review’s student surveys. Non-traditional students appreciate the “great support system for adult students.” UNCG also made Princeton Review’s regional list of the 138 Best Colleges in the Southeastern U.S. Institutions make the regional lists based on established academic excellence and independent student surveys.

By Michelle Hines

Faculty retirements at end of 2013-14 year

Faculty members who cumulatively have given more than 400 years of service have retired from UNCG. They are:

Dr. Llewellyn G. Brown, associate professor, Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism, 28 years.

Dr. Kevin B. Lowe, professor, Department of Management, 18 years.

Dr. Eileen R. Rossen, associate professor, Department of Community Practice Nursing, 10.5 years.

Dr. Phyllis W. Hunter, associate professor, Department of History, 18 years.

Dr. William D. Bursuck, professor, Department of Specialized Education Services, 10 years.

Dr. Kathleen A. Casey, associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, 25 years.

Dr. Keith Cushman, professor, Department of English, 38 years.

Dr. John L. Eatman, associate professor, Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, 33 years.

Mr. Anthony N. Fragola, professor, Department of Media Studies, 41 years.

Dr. Mark I. Smith-Soto, professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 39 years.

Dr. Charlsena F. Stone, Associate Professor, Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation, 17 years.

Dr. Stephen C. Danford, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 38 years.

Betsy B. Lehman, clinical professor, Department of Community Practice Nursing, 30 years.

Dr. Deborah A. Egekvist, associate professor, Department of Music Performance, 29 years.

Dr. John J. Deal, professor, Department of Music Education, 13 years.

Dr. Gwendolyn S. O’Neal, professor, Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, 9 years.

Dr. Andreas Lixl, professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 27 years.

Some 2014-15 budget highlights

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn and Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charles Maimone provided an update to the campus community last week by email. An excerpt from their message:

Here are a few of the highlights of the 2014-15 budget as they relate to the entire UNC system:

  • A 3.3 percent, or $2.4 million, additional reduction to the UNC System operating budget (Management Flex Reduction) above the $73.6 million reduction already included for the 2014-15 fiscal year in the 2013-15 budget passed last year.
  • A $1,000 annual salary increase (approximately $1,236 salary and benefit increase) for permanent, full-time SPA employees, effective July 1, 2014.
  • $5 million for salary increases for EPA employees. The Board of Governors will determine how best to allocate these funds to improve employee retention.
  • A one-time additional five days of annual leave for full-time permanent state employees on Sept. 1, 2014.
  • An increase in tuition waiver for full-time faculty and staff from two to three courses per year.
  • Salary supplements for teachers who have taken courses in pursuit of a master’s degree prior to Aug. 1, 2013.
  • A special provision stating that the UNC Board of Governors shall use $2 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year to support Union Square Campus, Inc., a nonprofit entity, that will build the downtown facility to house nursing programs for UNCG, North Carolina A&T State University, Guilford Technical Community College, as well as training facilities for Cone Health Cardiovascular Physician Management Company, Inc.
  • $3 million for “Game-Changing Research” as described in the UNC system Strategic Directions plan (advanced manufacturing; data sciences; defense, military, and security; energy; marine and coastal sciences; and pharmacoengineering)
  • $1.2 million for the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program. The program is administered through a central office and four regional anchor sites at UNCG, UNC Charlotte, East Carolina University, and the UNC Center for School Leadership Development.

For additional information on the budget, we would invite you to visit Budget Central here.

While our budget for the upcoming academic year remains uncertain at this point, the thorough planning by the campus community last spring has prepared UNCG well to meet the anticipated allocation of the system reductions. After we receive our allocations from UNC General Administration later this month, Chancellor Linda Brady will convene the Budget Sounding Board, which comprises a cross-section of faculty and staff leaders, to receive their input prior to making any final budget determinations.

UNC-TV touts UNCG Bryan School / wine industry collaboration

UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now spotlighted the partnership between the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics and the North Carolina wine and grape industry Thursday, Aug. 7.

The segment featured Dr. Erick Byrd, associate professor of sustainable tourism and hospitality, and Sam Troy, the Bryan School’s executive in residence for international education.

The Bryan School has partnered with the state’s wine and grape industry since 2007, providing business intelligence and research that boosts the sector’s economic potential. Troy has played a leadership role in a number of those projects, and Byrd was one of the lead authors of a 2012 study, which found that excellent customer service is key to the growth of the industry.

The program may be viewed at http://video.unctv.org/video/2365302747/.

By Lanita Withers Goins

TOPS weight loss program becomes Healthy-U

UNCG’s Healthy-U, formerly Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), will return this fall beginning Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 12:05-12:55 p.m. in the Birch Room, EUC.

Are you looking to become a healthier you? Would you like to lose weight with a coach to guide you? Healthy-U is a recognized weight loss program proven to help people lose weight and keep it off.

You’re invited to participate in a research study designed to examine the effectiveness of health and wellness coaching on weight loss. All UNCG employees are eligible to participate. There is no cost to participate.

This research study will combine proven weight management strategies from the Healthy-U program with individual and small group health and wellness coaching sessions. Each week you will attend a one hour session.

Participation is free. Participants will not receive compensation or reimbursement for joining TOPS or for participating in the study. However, participants will receive Healthy-U program materials as part of their registration fee and health and wellness coaching services for free, a savings of up to $160 per month.

For more information, contact Stefanie Milroy, director of HealthyUNCG and principal investigator of the study, at healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or at 334-9743. You may visit healthy.uncg.edu.

Borrowers have more time for some items

Photo of front of Jackson LibraryAs the new year begins, UNCG University Libraries passes along some news to the campus community:

  1. Over the summer the entertainment DVD collection was reprocessed so that DVDs can be checked out on the Libraries’ two Self Check Express machines. Most items from the Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobooks and Paperbacks collections may also be self-checked. Self checks are located in the Jackson Library at the Circulation Desk and in the hallway between the desk and the Tower elevators. UNCG ID is required to self-check. After checkout, DVD cases can be unlocked after exiting the Library via the Library-EUC Connector or the College Avenue doors.
  2. The following changes were made to allow borrowers more time with materials and to renew or return materials before money is owed:
    • 21-day loans were increased to 30 days for materials loaned from the Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobook and Paperback collections.
    • No overdue fines are charged for items from these collections borrowed May 12 or afterward. Most of these materials can be renewed four times online.
    • Overdue fines continue to be charged on materials from the Course Reserves, DVD, Tech Lending and AV Equipment collections.
  3. Some additional changes:
    • The lost item processing fee increased from $10 to $20 per item. This fee compensates University Libraries for expenses incurred in the billing and reordering processes for lost items.
    • If items are returned or renewed within specified amounts of time after their due dates (eight days for Course Reserves, DVDs, Tech Lending and AV Equipment; 40 days for Stacks, Current Literature, Audiobook and Paperback books), the processing fee is not charged.

Key dates, as UNCG Fall Semester 2014 begins

Photo of students during a past move-in dayStudents soon will move in. The classrooms and labs are ready, as the fall semester gets underway. Some key dates as the year begins:

  • Chancellor Brady’s State of the Campus address, followed by luncheon – Wednesday, Aug.13, 10:30 a.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Residence hall move-in begins, Wednesday, Aug. 13, continuing through Friday
  • New graduate student orientation – Thursday, Aug. 14, 9-10:30 a.m., EUC Auditorium
  • Chancellor’s New Student Convocation – Sunday, Aug. 17, 4 p.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Charlie’s Fountain Fest – Sunday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m. – Moran Commons fountain (Rain Location: Cone Ballroom) – Games and giveaways will help students get ready for school to start.
  • Classes begin, Monday, Aug. 18
  • Fall Kickoff, Monday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. -3 pm., College Avenue
  • Spartan Service Day – Saturday, Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. – EUC, Cone Ballroom – Sign up to participate in a group community service project with the Office of Leadership & Service-Learning and give back to the Greensboro community. Transportation is provided and advanced registration is required; see the OLSL web site for details.
  • Part Time Job Fair – Tuesday, Aug. 26, 12:30-4 p.m. – Cone Ballroom, EUC – Both on-campus and off-campus employers will be available to talk to students about employment opportunities.
  • First Faculty Senate meeting of the year, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 3 p.m., Alumni House
  • Staff Senate meet and greet – Tuesday, Sept. 16, time TBD, Alumni House – Staff, come speak with your senators in informal setting.
  • Faculty Convocation and General Faculty meeting – Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Alumni House

A lot of activities are on tap in the semester’s first weeks, from several big soccer matches to literally kick off the year, to a Friday afternoon “Luau on the Lawn” with bands for the students to enjoy, to other performances and gatherings. See the full schedule at http://yourfirstyear.uncg.edu/rawkin-welcome-week/. The UNCG Public Calendar has a comprehensive listing of performances and events open to everyone.

By Mike Harris

UNCG Nursing fast-tracks medically trained veterans

Photo of military students during past Veterans DayAs a U.S. Navy veteran, Dr. Susan Letvak understands the challenges veterans face when they transition to civilian life. Letvak, chair of the Adult Health Nursing Department in UNCG’s School of Nursing, says military veterans trained in health care and medical support gain skills and experience that make them uniquely qualified to care for patients, but they leave the military without a degree that allows them to treat civilians.

“So many veterans have this unbelievable military training and experience that you can’t get as a civilian, but it equates to nothing in the civilian work force,” Letvak says.

To better meet the needs of those veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce, the School of Nursing is launching an accelerated bachelor’s in nursing degree program (BSN) for medically trained military veterans. UNCG-VAP (Veterans Access Program) is an innovative program that allows veterans credit for their valuable hands-on medical experience.

A cohort of about 24 veterans seeking the BSN that leads to RN licensure, will start in Fall 2015. RN-to-BSN students can enroll for January 2015.

UNCG-VAP is funded by a three-year federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant of just under $1 million. UNCG is the only university in North Carolina to receive the HRSA grant this year; grant funds will pay for teaching faculty, a tutor, a part-time counselor and family orientation days.

Many veterans worked as medics, physical therapists, nurses aides, licensed practical nurses, pharmacy techs and respiratory therapists in the military, says Letvak, who will direct the UNCG-VAP program.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Michelle Hines

Bryan School researchers develop plan for wine industry growth

Photo of wine tastingNorth Carolina’s wine and grape industry has experienced exponential growth in the past decade, employing more than 7,600 people. Now the industry has a five-year roadmap for continued growth and economic impact.

Researchers from the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics have developed the first comprehensive strategic plan for the North Carolina wine and grape industry. Formulated with input from key stakeholders ― including industry representatives, governmental agencies, business leaders and academics ― the report identified key areas of direction, including:

  • Ensuring the quality of North Carolina grapes and wines to drive sales, and increase positive brand recognition and consumer confidence;
  • Continued funding and research in enology, marketing, viticulture and wine/grape business;
  • Enhanced marketing to inform and promote the impact and benefits of the industry;
  • A focus on wine tourism, which has solid consumer interest; and
  • Advocating for a regulatory environment that equalizes peer state advantages and manages costs.

The report was sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the North Carolina Wine and Grape Growers Council. The number of wineries in the state has more than quadrupled over the last decade, supporting more than 7,600 North Carolina jobs and revitalizing some rural areas. “It was obvious that people who had tobacco farms were starting to turn into other types of agricultural crops,” said Dr. Bonnie Canziani, who co-developed the report with Dr. Erick Byrd. “Grape production was one that was tickling people’s fancy.” Canziani and Byrd are both associate professors of sustainable tourism and hospitality in the UNCG Bryan School.

A key strength is the state’s diversity in grape and wine products. Fertile North Carolina soil makes it possible to grow both native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes. In addition, wine tourism offers a unique activity to the state’s existing tourism mix and creates additional business for local hotels, restaurants and tour companies.

“The strategic plan allows industry leaders to say, ‘What do we know about where we are, what do the majority of people in the state say are the core concerns, and what are the ways we may develop ourselves in the future?’” Canziani said. The UNCG Bryan School has partnered with the state’s wine and grape industry since 2007. Previous statewide research includes a 2012 study, which found that excellent customer service is key to the growth of the industry.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Fascinating UNCG historical moments – now on YouTube

Image of video capture of daisy chain from the 1950sHave you heard about Eleanor Roosevelt’s visits to UNCG? Maybe you’ve seen a black and white photo or news clipping? Well, see for yourself – in color film. Or maybe you’ve heard about the spectacular May Day Festivals? Now enjoy highlights as they occurred in live-action in the 1940’s.

“The university has a fascinating history and many interesting stories, and we want to make sure that everyone knows about them, says Erin Lawrimore, university archivist. Today’s students can see that they are inheriting a remarkable heritage.

Enjoy film clips such as:

  • Phoebe Pegram, an “original student” who came to our university with the first entering class in 1892, showing off exercises from our university’s earliest years.
  • Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in one of several campus visits.
  • Promotional videos from the 1970’s. You may recognize some faces.
  • A Sports Day from the 1940’s – with a variety of sports.
  • The 1952 Class Day exercises in Foust Park.
  • A 1950 campus tour, as Jackson and Stone buildings were being constructed..

And there are more to come, as time allows, she says.

“Right now, I’m editing clips from a few reels of film in University Archives that were digitized in 2012. We’ll put as many of the clips from those reels as possible on YouTube.” She is adding a title page and credit page for each one.

Lawrimore says the goal is one of “robust access.”

“Adding these video clips to YouTube is a first step in providing online access to our audiovisual records.”

The films cover a wide range of perspectives on campus events from the 1940s to the 1970s, she notes.

What has she found the most striking? “I find the informal aspect of the films to be the most interesting. These aren’t formal portraits or posed photographs. We’re seeing students, faculty, administrators, and alumni in a way that seems more relaxed and personal.”

The project originated when Hermann Trojanowski in University Archives worked with Dan Smith in the Teaching and Learning Center in 2012 to have the reels of film digitized. This summer, Lawrimore began editing the reel footage into bite-sized clips and uploading them to the University Libraries’ YouTube channel.

“Putting these videos on YouTube is one more step in our plan to promote University Archives and UNCG’s history through a variety of new and exciting social media channels,” she says. “In addition to YouTube, we have our @UNCGArchives Twitter account, our Spartan Stories blog, and – the newest addition – our Tumblr (uncgarchives.tumblr.com). All of these outlets provide new ways to engage with students and alumni, and share the stories that we have here in University Archives with the broader public.”

Access the videos at the YouTube channel here.

By Mike Harris

Mural part of Glenwood renaissance

Photo of Mural being illustratedUNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) has unveiled its latest public art project, a mural on the Riz Mart building in Greensboro’s historic Glenwood community.

The ribbon-cutting for the new mural was held in July at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Grove Street.

Travis Hicks, CC-ED director, and design students in the Department of Interior Architecture worked with community volunteers and the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association to plan and complete the mural.

The project is one part of a wide-scale effort to revitalize Glenwood, one of Greensboro’s oldest planned communities. A diverse group of community volunteers, including kids, worked on the mural.

See more photographs here.

UNCG Gardens produce helps in feeding homeless

Photo of tomatoes in UNCG GardensIt was a hot summer Monday morning at UNCG Gardens on McIver Street. Nichole Owens was making a difference for dozens of individuals who have found themselves homeless.

Each Monday, the UNCG senior harvests produce from select plots at the garden. And the vegetables become part of the Monday evening meal served at Greensboro’s Interactive Resource Center (IRC). The center is the city’s day resource center for those who are homeless.

Through groups providing fresh produce, the preparers can minimize use of canned or processed foods in the meal. A nutrition major who knows the value of healthy foods, Nichole likes that.

This is one of many ways UNCG students, faculty, staff and alumni have contributed to the IRC’s mission in helping homeless people since its founding in 2009.

The garden is part of UNCG’s sustainability effort – and it is a learning tool. Various clubs, classes and individuals volunteer to keep it productive throughout the year. Some of the UNCG Garden’s harvest is used by UNCG Dining Services chefs in select dishes and on the salad bar.

Interested in volunteering at the garden or learning more about UNCG Gardens, which is marking its fifth year? Perhaps your class or organization is interested in having a garden plot this semester? Visit http://www.uncg.edu/aas/uncg_gardens/ or contact Dr. Susan Andreatta at 256-1164.

By Mike Harris

Flannery O’Connor’s visit to UNCG Arts Forum remembered

Archive photo of Mary Jarrell, Randall Jarrell, Flannery O'Connor, Peter Taylor, Robert Humphrey.The literary world is marking the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Flannery O’Connor. The celebrated writer died Aug. 3, 1964.

In March of 1955, she spoke at the UNCG Arts Forum Festival. She was joined by luminaries Randall Jarrell and Peter Taylor.

UNCG has a long history of inviting acclaimed writers to campus, from Carl Sandburg to Robert Penn Warren to Maya Angelou. Earlier that month in fact, Robert Frost, perhaps the most famous 20th century American poet, had read his poetry in Elliott University Center’s original ballroom. Each year at UNCG, the public can enjoy writers’ talks, and the students enjoy the intensive discussions in the classes and seminars. UNCG’s highly respected MFA in Creative Writing program hosts a writers’ series throughout the year – and other UNCG programs host writers as well.

O’Connor participated in a panel on March 30, 1955, in the auditorium of Jackson Library (now known as Jarrell Lecture Hall). In the EUC that afternoon, she took part in a tea and conference, the schedule shows.

The March 25, 1955, Carolinian student newspaper noted that O’Connor has “a particular interest for Woman’s College” (UNCG), because when she was a master’s student at the State University of Iowa one of her early short stories was published in an Arts Forum edition of Coraddi. Coraddi is a longtime publication at UNCG.

The Carolinian added that a book of short stories – titled “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” – would be published that spring.

Professor Jim Clark, director of UNCG’s MFA writing program, has written about her visit to UNCG. He explains that her health was in decline. She had lupus, and there was concern that she must not fall, he says. She had just turned 30.

Robert Watson and Betty Watson were among those who had dinner with her. Betty Watson, the noted painter and the widow of Robert Watson, was asked recently about that dinner. It was at a faculty member’s home, and maybe eight or 10 were there, she recalls. Her impression of O’Connor? “A very shy, retiring person – very appealing in that way. I liked her.”

Professor Stuart Dischell explains how much UNCG students gain each year from visits by notable writers. Hearing them read from their works and discuss them in person is an experience that can’t be replicated digitally, he says. The students have a chance to ask questions and “talk shop.” And there’s more. “On many occasions the visiting writers will conduct workshops, giving the students an opportunity to receive further criticism from the most accomplished writers in the field.”

Judging from a note in the Carolinian, the students were able to do just that with Flannery O’Connor. “Miss O’Connor will stay on the Woman’s College (UNCG) campus during the two day writing program. She will be available for conferences with students from Woman’s College and other schools.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives. L-r, Mary Jarrell, Randall Jarrell, Flannery O’Connor, Peter Taylor, Robert Humphrey.

Have camel, will travel – for some UNCG honors students

Photo of UNCG students on camelsStudying abroad is part of every student’s experience in the Lloyd International Honors College. A blog tracks their experiences – and the experiences of the stuffed red dragon they take along. It’s sort of like “Flat Stanley,” only the dragons are fluffier, redder and potentially fire-breathing. And the dragons have their pictures made in some very scenic places overseas.

Recently an LIHC and Elementary Education student, Leanna Donato, added a post and pictures from her summer program in Madrid. There’s even a couple of shots of Leanna and other UNCG students riding camels in Morocco.

Check out http://lihcdragonblog.blogspot.com/, to see a variety of blog post from students abroad. (Leanna’s post is currently on the second page of the blog – more posts are added each week.)


New Work/Life Balance web portal, at HR site

UNCG offers a variety of resources to help employees achieve balance and integrate work and life.

Information about those resources now can be accessed through one web portal.

“At a number of Human Resources’ recent professional development seminars, university stakeholders expressed the need for an easily accessible repository of policies and resources on work/life balance, health and wellness, as well as university leave and recognition programs,” said Dr. Edna Chun, associate vice chancellor for human resources. She noted that these programs represent important resources in attracting and retaining faculty and staff.

UNCG Human Resources has consolidated information concerning:

  • leave
  • health and wellness
  • family care
  • personal and professional development
  • life and culture
  • employee recognition
  • financial planning.

Sean Farrell and Dr. Chun presented the web portal at a summer Staff Senate meeting. They welcome suggestions and input from the campus community on resources or information to add to the site.

Access it at http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Work_Life_Balance

Bystander intervention and suicide prevention training

UNCG offers employees two sessions of its BRAVE bystander intervention program and I CARE suicide awareness and prevention program the week of August 11, 2014.

The program BRAVE – Building Responsible Advocates for Violence Education – has the goal of promoting healthy relationships for UNCG students through an education and advocacy training program. The program will build a network of allies throughout campus. The BRAVE program will focus on all forms of interpersonal violence including, abusive dating relationships (physically/sexually abusive and psychologically abusive), sexual assault (particularly among acquaintances), stalking and harassment.

The program I CARE is an interactive suicide prevention gatekeeper training that addresses the following: mental health and suicide on college campuses; how to identify, connect with, ask about, refer, and encourage help-seeking of students having thoughts of suicide; and mental health stigma.

Faculty and Staff can register at https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77000940

Questions? Contact Jeanne Irwin-Olson at jrirwino@uncg.edu

LIHC establishes enrollment agreement with Durham Tech honors program

Students graduating from Durham Technical Community College’s Honors Program will soon be able to enroll at UNCG and work toward earning full university honors from UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC).

To be eligible, the student must transfer a minimum of 12 hours of honors course credit with a grade of A or B in each course, have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and be accepted in the UNCG honors college through the UNCG admissions process.

Currently, more than 20 students transfer from Durham Tech to UNCG each year, notes Dr. Jerry Pubantz, dean of the UNCG honors college.

At UNCG, Durham Tech graduates would complete a number of requirements to graduate with full university honors: Disciplinary Honors in their major with a B or better in all honors work; LIHC’s International Experience requirement by studying abroad for a semester; a foreign language through the intermediate level; and a grade point average of 3.3 or higher at the time of graduation from UNCG.

UNCG established its first such agreement with a North Carolina community college honors program – Southwestern Community College – in 2011.

Full story at UNCG Now.

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
Red 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
Blue Junior Band

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

Editor’s note: Updated July 24, 8 a.m. to revise locations for two bands.

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.

Bonita Brown named vice chancellor

Photo of Bonita BrownChancellor Linda P. Brady shares this message with the campus community:

We are all pleased that UNCG completed a successful SACS accreditation process this year. Although the review was successful, the process revealed the university has become much more complex over the past decade and highlighted the need to centralize strategic compliance under a unified accountability structure. To address these specific needs, I have asked Chief of Staff Bonita Brown to assume responsibility for strategic leadership and management of university-wide compliance functions.

In this expanded role, Bonita will oversee several direct reports, including a director of compliance with oversight of Title IX; the associate chief of staff, who manages the university policy process; a Board liaison, who assists with the logistics and strategies of Board of Trustee meetings; and the chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Together, these functions will create an organization structure that encourages, supports and promotes a strong model for governance and compliance across the entire campus.

Bonita will maintain her responsibilities as chief of staff and assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees. To reflect the expanded scope of her role, she has been given the additional title of vice chancellor, with her annual compensation remaining at its current level.

Bonita, who holds a bachelor’s degree and J.D. from Wake Forest University, is exceptionally qualified for this expanded role. Since joining UNCG in 2010, she has led the successful development and implementation of university policies and handled a wide range of matters for the Chancellor’s Office. Please join me in congratulating Bonita on her expanded role.