UNCG Campus Weekly

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Provost Dana Dunn Named Acting Chancellor

Photo of Provost Dunn speaking with others at a past donor eventUNC system President Thomas W. Ross announced that Dr. Dana Dunn, provost and executive vice chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been named acting chancellor of the university, effective immediately.

Current UNCG Chancellor Linda Brady, who announced last fall that she would step down from the post in summer 2015, is recuperating from heart surgery and will be out on leave through June 30, the date on which her resignation as chancellor takes effect. A national search for Brady’s permanent successor is well underway, and Ross hopes a new chancellor can be in place by July 1.

In announcing Dunn’s appointment, Ross said: “UNC Greensboro is fortunate that Provost Dana Dunn has agreed to assume even greater responsibilities during this period of leadership transition. Given her extensive administrative experience and service as UNCG’s chief academic officer, she is exceptionally well qualified to assume oversight of the campus. The university will be in very good hands, and I am grateful that she has accepted this critical assignment.”

As UNCG’s provost and executive vice chancellor, Dunn is responsible for curriculum and program development, the advancement of teaching, and the support of research and other scholarly and creative work in the academic community. She also facilitates the integration of academic affairs, student affairs, and research and economic development functions in support of the university’s mission.

Dunn joined UNCG last year from The University of Texas at Arlington, where she had held a series of progressively responsible academic leadership and faculty roles over a 27-year period. She led academic affairs at UT Arlington for eight years, first as vice president and later as provost.

Dunn holds a B.A. degree in sociology and an M.A. degree in political economy from The University of Texas at Dallas. She earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of North Texas.

“UNCG is a strong university with a very important mission,” Dunn said. “I look forward to working with the campus community to continue the momentum evidenced by our enrollment growth, student successes and graduate accomplishments, and life-changing research contributions. It is a privilege to lead our committed campus community as we await the arrival of a permanent chancellor.”

Eugene Rogers will receive UNCG’s Senior Research Excellence Award

Photo of Dr. Eugene Rogers in his officeDr. Eugene Rogers will receive the Senior Research Excellence Award for his scholarship on Christian theology. Since joining UNCG in 2005, the religious studies professor has become one of UNCG’s most productive humanities scholars. He is also a national and international leader in the field of Christian thought. In recommending Rogers for the award, colleagues named him “one of the very best scholars of Christian theology” and “among the five best theologians working in the world today.”

Rogers is one of two Research Excellence Award winners. Dr. Nicholas Oberlies, in last week’s Campus Weekly, is the 2014-2015 Junior Research Excellence Award winner.

Rogers is acclaimed for the grace and intelligence of his writing, which captures audiences well beyond academia and the church. His books include Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: Sacred Doctrine and the Natural Knowledge of God; Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way Into the Triune God; and the upcoming Analogy of Blood. Colleagues call the first book “a classic” and the second “the most important Christian defense of same-sex marriage” and “one of the best books on same-sex marriage and Christian marriage in general.”

Rogers was educated at Princeton, Tübingen, Rome, and Yale. He was a Eli Lilly Visiting Associate Professor of Christian Thought and Practice in the Religion Department at Princeton University and has held fellowships or residencies from the Fulbright Commission, the Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Lilly Foundation, the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton Seminary, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, Tantur Ecumenical Research Institute in Jerusalem, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Templeton Foundation.

The campus-wide Research Excellence recognition program was established in 1988 on the principle that creating and diffusing knowledge is a formal obligation of the university. Awardees are selected based on the importance of their contributions to the field, the originality of their work, the execution of their research, the pattern of their research productivity, and the academic reputation of the journals, publishing houses, exhibitions and professional presentations in which their work has appeared.

By Sangeetha Shivaji
Full story at UNCG Research web site.

Dr. Joseph Starobin will receive UNC Board of Governors Teaching Award

Photo of Dr. Joseph Starobin talking with studentsIt’s the highest teaching honor given in the UNC system each year, one faculty member from each university.

Dr. Joseph Starobin will receive this year’s UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. He will be recognized at Friday’s excellence awards ceremony in the EUC Auditorium and he will receive the award at UNCG Commencement.

UNCG associate professor of nanoscience at The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Starobin career has been devoted to the application of methods of theoretical, mathematical and computational physics to cardiovascular research.

He has organized and led interdisciplinary clinical and experimental biomedical studies in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, Duke Medical Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Moses Cone Health System  and UNCG Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

His teaching is a priority. He and his students work in an interdisciplinary field, he explains, and he wants to prepare his students for their future careers.

Photo Dr. Joseph StarobinParticularly noteworthy is his ability to make mathematical concepts real, useful and applicable and to prepare students for further studies in the interdisciplinary field of nanoscience by strengthening their fluency in math. One of Starobin’s colleagues explains that the exciting opportunities in the field of nanoscience are also its challenges. Nanoscience resides at the intersection of many sciences, yet few students come prepared with strong backgrounds in both mathematics and physics. Professor Starobin, originally slated to teach Nanophysics, saw students struggling and volunteered to tailor and teach the Nanomath course – with astonishing results. Students are ever more prepared to engage with the innovative field of nanoscience. Colleagues and students alike praise the challenging curricular innovations that Starobin patiently implemented in order to meet the students’ needs.

Starobin is also a leader in the K-12 outreach program that JSNN maintains. He has trained, advised and assisted many middle school students for various science projects. His most outstanding accomplishment in this respect to date was the victory of his team from Mendenhall Middle School whose project was one of only 16 to be executed on board the space shuttle Endeavor in April, 2011, as part of the NASA Student Spaceflight Experiment Program. (See articles here and here.)

His accomplishments as a teacher and mentor have been recognized on and off campus. He received the JSNN Teaching Excellence Award twice (2012 and 2014). Numerous letters written by colleagues in support of his nomination clearly indicate that Starobin is a leader in his field both nationally and internationally. In evaluations, students consistently praise him for his passion for teaching. Graduate students writing in support of his nomination attribute their own academic and professional success to his willingness to mentor them beyond the classroom and to include them in his research. They emphasize the care with which Starobin mentors their work and appreciate the opportunities to publish with him.

Starobin received his master’s degree in Mathematical Physics from the Moscow Physico-Technical Institute in Moscow in 1975 and his doctoral degree in Mechanics of Fluids from the same institution in 1982. He joined UNCG in 1997 and has served as an associate professor in the Department of Nanoscience at JSNN since 2010.

Much of this announcement courtesy UNC System web site.

Nursing’s SCENE lab doubles simulations for students

Photo from the SCENE lab openingWhen UNCG’s School of Nursing dedicated its new Simulation Center for Experiential Nursing Education (SCENE) last week, it opened a new era for Nursing students.

“It’s just a thrill to dedicate this center,” said Dean Robin Remsburg. It had opened to students last semester.

The nursing school will be able to more than double its number of simulations this academic year, compared to last academic year, she explained. Students will go through 8 or 9 individual simulation scenarios this year, helping prepare them for real-life medical situations.

At the dedication, Kimberly Diniz, a senior Nursing student, explained that the patient simulations help you practice before you encounter the situations in your career. And you get to assess, via videorecording, how you performed. “Simulations are the way to grow,” she said.

Susan Hensley-Hannah and Julie Kordsmeier, who serve as clinical assistant professors and simulation coordinators, stood by the future nurse as she spoke to the large gathering.

“Thank you very much for what you’re doing for future generations – and for mine,” the undergraduate told Jackie and Walter Wolfe.

The Wolfes made a substantial contribution in support of the SCENE lab.

It was made in honor of Jackie McKoy Wolfe and her “tremendous commitment to nursing and education,” said Dr. Walter Wolfe. He was a longtime surgeon at the Duke School of Medicine.

Jackie Wolfe received her BSN at UNCG in 1971. She fondly recalls the powerful influence and example set by Nursing Dean Eloise Lewis, a great mentor for many students. Jackie carried what she learned through her career as an intensive care nurse, a cardio-thoracic nurse clinician and a head nurse of the cardio-thoracic intensive care unit at Duke Medical Center.

Last Wednesday, she was back where she started, where Dean Lewis and many nursing professors had helped her develop the skills and learning that translated to helping thousands of patients – and many other medical professionals as well. “It’s a great school,” Jackie says. “They made an investment in me that got me far along in my career. Now we want to make an investment in them.”

By MaryK McGinley and Mike Harris

UNCG’s CED is No. 2 nationally, says US News & World Report

Photo of Curry BuildingThe Counseling and Educational Development program at UNCG’s School of Education has been ranked second in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 list of the Best Student Counseling and Personnel Services graduate programs in the country.

The publication’s graduate program list was released this month.

The No. 2 ranking is the highest ever for UNCG’s CED department, which was ranked third last year.

CED ranks highest in North Carolina and is second only behind the University of Florida in the rankings.

These “Best Grad School rankings” placed UNCG’s School of Education at No. 83 in the nation, a rise over last year’s No. 90 ranking.

Two other graduate programs at UNCG received top 40 national rankings. Library and Information Studies was ranked No. 22. Speech-Language Pathology was ranked No. 32.

See rankings for these and other UNCG programs here.

By Laura Caroline Spell and Mike Harris

Dava Sobel on Shakespeare and Galileo

Photo of Dava Sobel speaking with others after presentationDava Sobel, best known for her award-winning book “Galileo’s Daughter,” told the UNCG audience a fantasy she has:

Galileo Galilei and William Shakespeare having the opportunity to speak with each other.

They were born the same year, 500 years ago, but alas, neither ever left his home country.

“I’m sure there would have been tremendous admiration on both sides,” she said.

The author spoke to a large audience March 25 in the Music Building’s Recital Hall as a highlight event of UNCG’s year-long “The Globe and the Cosmos” series. It marks their births a half-millennium ago.

“I love the title ‘The Globe and the Cosmos,” she said. “That’s the best.”

She noted the apparent references in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” to a supernova that was seen in 1572. The night watchmen in the play allude to it. The ghost does, as well.

She also spoke of the “inherited world of astrology’ both men shared. Galileo was teaching medical students how to cast and use horoscopes to set times for giving treatments, she wryly explained.

Galileo, through the use of a telescope, discovered that Jupiter had moons – four of them. Sobel told the audience Jupiter’s newly-discovered moons are alluded to in Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.”

The scientist wrote six sonnets – she finished her talk by reading one in an English translation. The topic of the sonnet? A comet.

Earlier in the day, Sobel had joined many UNCG Lloyd International Honors College students for lunch and discussion, Dean Jerry Pubantz noted as he introduced her.

He also noted she is working on a new book: on the women of the Harvard College Observatory.

By Mike Harris

Kaitlyn Wagner’s homage to Philip Glass features ‘old-school’ UNCG Moog

Photo of Kaitlyn WagnerHave Woodstock-era Moog synthesizer? Will travel.

Kaitlyn Wagner, an undergraduate composer in UNCG Music, took UNCG’s classic Model 12 Moog synthesizer with her to the National Student Electronic Music Event in Bowling Green. The invitation to present a composition at the conference was quite an honor, said Dr. Mark Engebretson, director of the A.V. Williams Electronic Music Studio at UNCG.

Her composition, “I, Philip,” uses not only the Moog but also a Korg Analog Sequencer, Live electronic processing and multi-channel sound. “It’s an homage to minimalist composer Philip Glass, in that the sequencer functions much in the same way as the compositional technique called ‘additive process’ which was pioneered by Glass and other minimalist composers in the 60s and 70s,” she says.

“By the end of the piece, it becomes an ambient soundscape, surrounding the listener in unpredictable, yet beautiful snippets of the sound being produced by the Moog and the sequencer, which is routed through an interface into my computer. This effect is achieved via a granular delay plug-in.”

What’s that? “Granular delay works the same way as sampling, except rather than playing the samples at speed, they are split into small “grains” or pieces each around 1-50 milliseconds. ….The granular effect is introduced gradually throughout the piece and when the tempo of the sequencer is slowed down, the effect really comes into its own.” You can hear the composition here.

Sounds ultra-modern – but one synthesizer is virtually an antique, in the best way. “What I like most about the Moog is the challenge it offers, and that this technology is something that’s definitely unique. In our world of plugins, VSTs and virtual synths, to be able to work with one of the original synthesizers is an opportunity too good to pass up.”

UNCG has quite a heritage in electronic music – its electronic music studio was the first in the state. When UNCG ordered its first Moog synthesizer, it invited Bob Moog to campus to lecture. A year ago, UNCG put its vintage synthesizers on permanent loan to the Moog Foundation, but Engebretson retained one for his students, the Model 12 Moog. “I kept this one,” he says, “because it’s awesome and really good for teaching synthesis to students.”

Wagner enjoys it too. It’s a vintage instrument. “The Model 12 has its own sound and quirks – a personality of sorts. For example – most people don’t know this – the Moog goes ‘out of tune’ pretty frequently, as it’s played. There’s this grungy old-school analog feel to it that I think is impossible to truly replicate.”

A recipient of the Holt Music Scholarship, Wagner is a winner of the Harold Schiffman composition competition. She was the youngest featured composer at the 2013 Charlotte New Music Festival, where one of her compositions was performed by the Freya String Quartet.

Among others who’ve performed her works are the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Oasis Saxophone Quartet, J.W. Turner of the College Music Society, and violinist Sarah Plum. Learn more at www.kaitlynwagnermusic.com.

Hear her present “I, Philip” Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNCG Music Building’s Recital Hall. The concert is free-admission.

Additionally, in April, the piece’s namesake, Philip Glass, will visit UNCG. See details here.

By Mike Harris
Photograph of Wagner by Rachel Garrison

117 NC National Art Honor Society high schoolers visit UNCG

Photo of student artwork on display in UNCG's Studio Arts BuildingNorth Carolina’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society annually organizes a retreat to celebrate the achievement of their students and introduce them to our state’s best universities.

UNCG hosted the impressive group of students this year. Faculty welcomed them by conducting 10 different workshops, each 90 minutes long, in different media and disciplines of art. Each student could choose two to attend. The students also enjoyed lunch on campus and took tours of the Gatewood Building and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Jody Stouffer, AP art instructor at Lee County High School and NCAEA National Art Honor Society state director, organized the students’ retreat scheduling. A total of 117 creative high school students came to UNCG, he says.

“We also displayed their art work in the lobby of the Gatewood Building with a special exhibition,” Associate Professor Amy Purcell adds. (Some are seen in visual.) She organized the workshops on campus:

Monoprints: Jennifer Meanley
Collage and Experimental Drawing: Barbara Campbell
Animating with Photoshop: Amy Purcell
3d modeling with Blender: Chris Cassidy
Cyanotypes and Experimental Photography: Leah Sobsey
Ceramics: Nikki Blair
Sculpture and Carving: Andy Dunnill
What is Art History and Why it Matters: George Dimock
Ideals of Beauty:  A Global Survey: Elizabeth Perrill
Find a passion for Art Education: Maria Lim and Sunny Spillaine

See photos here.

By Mike Harris
Photograph courtesy NC National Art Honor Society.

What’s going to work? Teamwork.

HRS offers two great workshops on team building within an organization. They are:

1) Wednesday, April 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Bryan 113

This workshop offers opportunities to see the world of work through different eyes.  This workshop will help you to expand your perceptions through an interactive simulation on communication and leadership within the workplace and organization.

Simulation of Organizations: This simulation is simple, non-threatening, and challenging to the individual.  Yet, it has profound effects for people as they attempt to understand and make sense of the experience.  This simulation displays in a very real way how difficult it is to communicate across organizational structures. It allows participants to experience decision-making and role ambiguity at a different level of the organization than they may presently be used to. It allows for feedback from other parts of the organization on their participation in a simple task, and provides the experience of leading at whatever level of the organization they happen to find themselves.

 

2) Tuesday, April 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Bryan 113

Enjoy a creative way of understanding teamwork in this interactive and fun workshop:

Building an Engaged and Innovative Team: Change the status quo, believe in thinking differently, and bring unconventional thinking to business challenges! Join this workshop and explore the topic of teamwork through experiential exercises, idea generating methods and processes to achieve engagement, collaboration, and innovation.

Visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/ for more information and to register.  Click on Teambuilding.

Team up and walk

UNCG employees, ready to do some walking?

It’s time for the Miles for Wellness Challenge 11 “Walking on the Wild Side: A Zoo Trail.” Challenge 11 is a virtual team-based walking initiative by and for state employees of North Carolina. The virtual trail provided encompasses approximately 6,500 miles and starts in Asheboro, NC, takes teams all the way to the west coast, and back to Colorado Springs, Colorado. That does seem scenic – but it’s just an illustration of how many steps your team will actually be accumulating.

With a start date of Monday, April 6, virtual walkers will conclude their 8-week trek on Sunday, May 31. Winners of this competition will be announced on June 10, 2015. For more information about the program or to register a team, visit MilesforWellness.nc.gov  Registration ends March 31.

UNCG has been well-represented in this offering. The top three teams at UNCG in the most recent Miles for Wellness Challenge were:

  • Bryan Cruisers- 2,486 miles – Team Captain: Terri Sparks, Bryan School of Business & Economics
  • Walking with the STARS- 2,414 miles – Team Captain: Emilie Peterson, HDFS STAR Project
  • Minerva Movers- 2,266 miles – Team Captain: Stefanie Milroy, HealthyUNCG

UNCG Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards March 27

The UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, March 27, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the EUC Auditorium. The ceremony will reflect the creativity, innovation and achievements of UNCG’s talented faculty and staff. Award recipients will be highlighted in short videos created by UNCG students.

University Service Awards recipients with 30, 35 and 40 years of service also will be recognized, and the following awards will be presented:

  • UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
  • James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
  • Research Excellence Awards
  • Staff Excellence Awards
  • Student Learning Enhancement Awards

UNCG Theatre takes Manhattan

Photo collage of students holding signs advertising ShowcaseWhen there’s this much talent, you have to show it off.

UNCG Theatre is in the midst of its New York City “Showcase.”

It’s an annual pilgrimage to the world’s capital of live theatre (sorry, London).

“This year we have 14 actors who will be performing the showcase for agents, casting directors, producers, directors, etc.” They are stage Tuesday at 4 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the TBG Theatre, New York.

The week is a creative whirlwind. Professor Michael Flannery messaged us a status report Monday. “We’re in the middle of rehearsal as I type this. Tonight we’ll do a dress rehearsal.”

UNCG alumni in the New York City area – there are a lot who work in the arts and other industries – and UNCG Showcase donors would be in the audience for dress rehearsal. Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn and STMD Dean Peter Alexander would be in attendance as well.

The changing tides of scholarship

Higher education is in the early stages of a time of extensive and fundamental change on a scale greater than has been experienced since the mid-20th Century. The search is on for a new model, and all aspects of academic work and culture are shifting and adapting to the growing need to build more efficient and collaborative models of knowledge discovery and dissemination. Increasingly, it is unproductive to organize teaching, learning, research and engagement as separate activities. The long-standing focus on organizing academic work as an individual enterprise is being replaced by a growing emphasis on collective action.

Dr. Barbara Holland will give the keynote address “The Changing Tides of Scholarship and Strategies to Lift All Boats” Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Maple Room, EUC.

She is a higher education consultant, professor at Portland State University and University of Sydney (Australia) and scholar at IUPUI and UNCG

This keynote address is open to anyone who is interested (within or outside of UNCG).

Holland’s visit is sponsored by the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, the Provost’s Office, the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, the University Teaching and Learning Commons, the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office, and the Faculty Senate.

Questions? Contact Kristin Medlin, ICEE Communications and Partnerships Manager, at kdmedlin@uncg.edu or 334-4661.

Harvard’s I-Min Lee gives Lawther/RISE Lecture, April 6

Photo of Dr. I-Min LeeLots of data shows that physical activity can prevent premature death and reduces the risks of many chronic diseases. In recent years, both researchers and the public have asked, regarding the amount of physical activity needed for health: “how little is too little?” and “how much is too much.”

Dr. I-Min Lee will tackle this topic with the UNCG HHS Lawther/RISE Lecture, April 6, 2015, at 4 p.m., at the Elliott University Center Auditorium. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

Titled “Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention: What’s New?” the lecture will explore why these questions have been raised and what the latest studies tell us.

Dr. Lee is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her specialization is the role and influence of physical activity in health and chronic disease prevention with a special focus on women’s health.

Other “Lawther/RISE Day” Events include:

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Panel Discussion (Lunch will be served).
EUC, Kirkland Room

  • “The Role of Physical Activity in Women’s Health” Dr. Lee and distinguished scholars from UNCG and NC universities.
  • Dr. Patricia Crane, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship in the College of Nursing, East Carolina University
  • Dr. Laurie Wideman, Associate Professor, UNCG Department of Kinesiology

2-3 p.m.  – Graduate Student Forum with Dr. Lee – Faculty Center

The Lawther Lecture honors Ethel Martus Lawther, who served Woman’s College / UNCG for 43 years. She joined the faculty in 1931. In 1971, Dr. Lawther was named first dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (now the School of Health and Human Sciences).

Co-sponsored by the RISE Network, a coalition of educators and researchers involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Network members include UNCG faculty and researchers, community educators, and grant specialists.

Questions? Contact Dr. Catherine Ennis, who currently serves as president of the National Academy of Kinesiology, at c_ennis@uncg.edu.

Global Engagement Summer Institute

As part of UNCG’s Quality Enhancement Plan on Global Engagement, a summer institute for faculty development will be offered through the University Teaching and Learning Commons May 13-15, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, including lunch.

The purpose of the institute is to provide professional development opportunities for selected faculty to build new knowledge about intercultural-global topics; to develop coursework or teaching applications for use in delivering global engagement student learning outcomes; and to build campus participation through faculty sharing of expertise.

In addition to speakers, activities, and panels, the heart of the experience will be project based.  All participants will work with a facilitator and other group members each afternoon to develop a course, or redesign a course, or create a teaching application that supports the delivery of the global learning competencies using QEP student learning outcomes.

Please fill out the application below by April 1, 2015.

https://docs.google.com/a/uncg.edu/forms/d/1k2UQpyDAFIBQBrUlhOPYyHLh0NKIqPJ-FmuQckR-41s/viewform?c=0&w=1

UNCG Summer Camps 2015

Photo formalist year's UNCG Summer Arts & Design Camp of students in a digital lab in the Studio Arts BuildingLooking into summer camp options? Each year, thousands of young people in the Triad and beyond enjoy camps at UNCG providing summer learning opportunities.

The camps are accepting applications for summer 2015, including a new one in the visual arts:

UNCG Summer Arts & Design Camp
Explore your creativity and artistic potential, as UNCG’s Departments of Art, Interior Architecture and Media Studies come together to offer a new summer arts and design camp for current 8th graders through 12th graders. Intermediate or advanced student artists are welcome to participate in college level studio art instruction and exciting interdisciplinary arts experiences at the UNCG campus. The campers will receive daily, studio instruction & supervision from UNCG art faculty and a professional art education staff. The program will offer one-week day camp or overnight camp followed by a closing exhibition at the Gatewood Gallery for the artwork created at the camp.

More information and an application are at http://www.uncg.edu/art/ArtCamp/ArtCampHome.html

UNCG Summer Music Camp
Known as “America’s Most Popular,” this summer camp had 1,826 students last year, more than any other music camp on a college campus in America. This summer there will be two one-week camps, with programs in band, mixed chorus, orchestra, and piano. Ensemble performance in band, chorus, or orchestra will be emphasized and each camp will conclude on Friday evening with a concert for parents, relatives, friends, and area residents. Classes in basic musicianship, as well as recital performances and sectional rehearsals by the camp staff members will serve to balance the total program. A private lesson on your instrument, in voice, or on piano is an available option to all campers. The camp weeks are:
Week No. 1:  July 12 – 17
Week No. 2:  July 19 – 24
Visit www.smcamp.org to download the camp brochure and application.

All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp
The All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp is designed to give in-depth, hands-on instruction in the arts, sciences and technology. The camp also includes recreation, citizenship and evening entertainment. Campers are divided into two grade levels (2nd–5th, and 6th and up) for coursework – many different types of topics are offered. It is operated by SERVE Inc. in cooperation with UNCG’s Division of Continual Learning. There are overnight and all-day options. Its week at UNCG is July 26-31. It offers special pricing for UNCG faculty and staff. Visit allarts.uncg.edu to see details – or to register.

UNCG Young Writers’ Camp
This two-week camp, in its fourth year, is for students in grades 3-12. It will be offered July 13-July 24, nine-noon, in the UNCG School of Education Building. Campers will create 21st century texts using digital tools such as storyboarding, blogging and movie-making during this two-week camp experience. The camp introduces young writers to the writing process, unlocks strategies of professional writers and supports a variety of writing styles. Scholarships are available. See the web site’s Scholarship Page or contact amvetter@uncg.edu. Visit www.youngwriterscampuncg.com for registration and additional information.

North Carolina Summer Program for Kids (NCSPK)
The NCSPK is a highly structured, fun and supportive summer day camp program for 7- to 13-year-old children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The camp will run Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., June 15 – July 31. Enrollment is limited to 24 children, and this year a donor has provided partial scholarships to defray the cost for all eligible campers.

The NCSPK is a unique summer day treatment program that brings together the expertise of the ADHD Clinic at UNCG and its partner, Noble Academy. The goals of NCSPK are to improve self-control, friendships, academic skills, sports skills and self-esteem. In addition to daily behavioral and educational programming, children have opportunities for sports, arts and crafts, swimming, music, and weekly field trips. Parents also have weekly opportunities to learn specialized skills that improve parent-child relations and home behavior. For information visit www.ncsummerprogramforkids.org.

“IT is for Girls / We Make IT” Summer Camp
UNCG is helping to increase awareness about  IT education and careers among middle-school girls in grades 6 through 8. High-school students who have participated in past summer camps will be invited to serve as teen mentors for the campers in grades 6-8. The camp will be held July 13-17. Participants will create animations and video games, design web pages, develop Android mobile apps, create a video production, work with LEGO Robotics, go on field trips and more. Details for this camp at the UNCG Bryan Building are at wiit.uncg.edu.

Summer Dance Intensive
The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance offers the Summer Dance Intensive, a program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors and college/university and professional dancers. The intensive runs for one week: June 15-19, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students may register for the Technique portion (morning session) as a standalone credit; Dance Repertory credit requires enrollment in both sessions (full day). Students may NOT enroll in only Dance Repertory. Requirement: Intermediate to advanced level of dance training in contemporary and/or ballet technique. Details and registration information are at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/summer-dance-intensive/.

Herpetological Research Experience
Interested in North Carolina ecology – particularly local populations of reptiles and amphibians? The HERP Project, an NSF-funded program, will offer residential and daytime only week-long herpetological research experiences for rising 9th – 12th graders again this summer.

In 2015, The HERP Project is co-sponsoring programs at Chestnut Ridge Camp & Retreat Center, Rockfish Camp & Retreat Center and Elon Academy (applicants must be enrolled in Elon Academy to apply). They are also co-sponsoring programs at the Greensboro Science Center and The North Carolina Arboretum. Registration information for all of these programs is available at The Herp Project web site theherpproject.uncg.edu. All programs are currently accepting applicants and scholarships are available.

Dr. Catherine E. Matthews (UNCG Teacher Education & Higher Education) is the project director.

Sport camps at UNCG
Though summer sports camps are not operated by the university, UNCG coaches own and operate camps in a variety of sports – and many are on the campus. The coaches’ contact information may be found here.

Compiled by Mike Harris
Photo from UNCG’s art camp in 2014, on Flickr.

Nicholas Oberlies will receive a UNCG Research Excellence Award

Photo of Dr. Nicholas Overlies standing in an aisle of Mycosynthetix's libraryDr. Nicholas Oberlies is the 2014-15 Junior Research Excellence Award winner. He receives the award for his research on biologically active compounds from nature and their potential in the treatment of disease.

Oberlies is one of two Research Excellence Award winners. Dr. Eugene Rogers (Religious Studies), who will be featured in next week’s Campus Weekly, is the 2014-2015 Senior Research Excellence Award winner.

Associate Professor Oberlies, who focuses on bioactive compounds from fungi in particular, is a leading scientist in his field. In recommending the Oberlies for this award, an international colleague placed him “among the very top researchers in the field of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry,” while another described his research team as “one of the leading groups in the US in Phytochemistry.”

Oberlies joined UNCG’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2009, after a decade at the Research Triangle Institute that included directing the RTI Natural Products Laboratory. At UNCG, he has been one of the most productive members of his cohort. He has over 100 peer-reviewed papers, with more than 60 produced at UNCG – an outstanding rate of output for a faculty member in his field.

Since his appointment, Oberlies has served as PI or Co-PI on several major grants totaling close to $15 million, $3 million of which came to UNCG. He is currently funded by five major NIH grants, with projects including the “Discovery of Anticancer Agents of Diverse Natural Origin” and “Mechanisms Underlying Drug-Diet Interactions.” Oberlies established the Natural Products and Drug Discovery Center at UNCG and has served as a driving force behind the growing prominence of his department’s PhD program in medicinal biochemistry. He is also known for his enthusiasm and charisma in communicating his research and for his successful mentorship of a large group of graduate and undergraduate students.

Educated at Purdue University and Miami University, Oberlies has received several awards, including the Matt Suffness Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Pharmacognosy, the 40 under 40 Leadership Award from the Triangle Business Journal, and the North Carolina Distinguished Speaker Award from the NC Section of the American Chemical Society.

The campus-wide Research Excellence recognition program was established in 1988 on the principle that creating and diffusing knowledge is a formal obligation of the university. Work by awardees contributes in an exemplary fashion to this end. Each year, a scholar at the rank of professor receives the Senior Research Excellence Award and a cash honorarium of $7,500, while a scholar at the rank of assistant or associate professor receives the Junior Research Excellence Award and $4,500.

Awardees are selected based on the importance of their contributions to the field, the originality of their work, the execution of their research, the pattern of their research productivity, and the academic reputation of the journals, publishing houses, exhibitions and professional presentations in which their work has appeared.

By Sangeetha Shivaji
Full story at UNCG Research web site.
Next week: UNCG Senior Research Excellence Award recipient Dr. Eugene Rogers

UNCG faculty and staff team up for Kickball

Action photo of last kickball gamePlay ball.

The UNCG Staff Senate and Faculty Senate invite everyone to the 3rd annual UNCG Blue & Gold Kickball Game, on April 14, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the UNCG Baseball Stadium.

The event will feature family-friendly activities such as corn hole and face painting, two food trucks, games and free popcorn.

In a new twist this year, the two teams will both include faculty and staff. “You’ll be able to meet new people and have lots of fun,” said Emily Rector, chair of the Staff Senate Events Committee.

There are several ways to get involved. Come play in the game or cheer for the teams.

Be an event volunteer. Or simply attend with your family and friends and enjoy the game. Admission is free and parking will be free in the Walker Avenue parking deck.

Complementing the kickball game will be a “Fill the Truck” campaign for the Guilford County Animal Shelter. In the past two years, the kickball event has raised several thousand pounds of animal food plus other supplies for the shelter. This year, items may be brought to the game or donated at boxes in various campus buildings. Locations will be listed on the Staff Senate web site.

Spread the word about the game and the Shelter drive. Talk to fellow UNCG faculty and staff about the event, tweet or post on Facebook using the hashtag #uncgkickball.

Sign up to play, cheer or volunteer at this Google docs web page.

Sign-ups will close Friday, April 3, 2015.

Faculty/Staff Excellence Awards March 27

The UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held Friday, March 27, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the EUC Auditorium. All are invited. The ceremony will reflect the creativity, innovation and achievements of UNCG’s talented faculty and staff. Award recipients will be highlighted in short videos created by our own UNCG students.
University Service Awards recipients with 30, 35 and 40 years of service also will be recognized, and the following awards will be presented:
  • UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
  • James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
  • Research Excellence Awards
  • Staff Excellence Awards
  • Student Learning Enhancement Awards
To see past years’ recipients and videos, visit: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Employee_Recognition/Excellence_Awards.

As boy, he escaped from Nazi Germany

Photo of Alfred Schnog speaking at event in Curry AuditoriumIt’s one thing to read about the Holocaust and Nazi Germany in books or see black and white pictures. It’s another to hear the startling, personal memories of a Jewish person who was there and survived.

On Kristallnacht, the nationwide German pogrom in November 1938 that is often identified as the official beginning of the Holocaust, Alfred Schnog saw the destruction firsthand. In Cologne, Germany, he watched Nazi thugs destroy and loot Jewish businesses, then saw his own synagogue burned down.

On March 3 at UNCG’s Curry Auditorium, he told of the family’s difficult escape from Germany – of his father eating documents to ensure they were not found. Of his mother telling the Nazi border guards she would kill her sons and herself on the spot, if they tried to separate the family. Of life in Holland, with his parents and grandparents. The visa that allowed his parents, his brother and him go to the United States, and their expecting their grandparents in Holland would soon follow. In about a month, Holland was taken over and ultimately the grandparents were killed in a Nazi concentration camp.

He had left in the nick of time. And he has never forgotten his blessings and the actions of his brave parents and those who helped them on their way to America and to establishing a new life.

In recent years, Schnog has begun to tell of what he saw. At the WW II Museum in New Orleans, he saw a huge picture of bombed out Cologne, Germany. He displayed it to the audience. He pointed out sites he had known, that were a part of his personal history.

After his riveting talk, several students came to the mic to ask questions. Lots of students went to the stage to greet him and ask more questions, as he finished his presentation.

The Holocaust may seem long ago. The students hearing him talk realize it wasn’t so long ago at all.

The talk was sponsored by a Kohler Fund grant from the UNCG International Programs Center, the UNCG Department of Communication Studies and the UNCG Department of History.

Dr. Roy Schwartzman (UNCG Communication Studies) introduced the speaker.

Schwartzman is principal investigator for the AfterWords Project, a collaboration with The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust. The AfterWords Project collects, preserves and analyzes the resettlement stories of Holocaust survivors and witnesses from the time they came to the United States to the present. It focuses on those living in North Carolina.

UNCG is one of only 50 institutions in the world that offer unlimited access to the Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive, Schwartzman told the audience. Students and visiting researchers can see videos of complete survivor testimonies in this archive of 52,000 eyewitness accounts. Students and other researchers also have access to UNCG’s North Carolina Holocaust Education, Research, and Outreach (NC HERO) online resources.

Those with questions about Holocaust and genocide-related courses and UNCG resources may contact Schwartzman, a Shoah Foundation Institute Teaching Fellow, at rjschwar@uncg.edu.

Photograph by Caitlin Alexander

Local FOODSTORM, at UNCG’s Ashby Dialogue Series

UNCG will host a FOODSTORM, a local brainstorm event intended to raise discussion about Greensboro’s food needs. The event fosters disciplinary conversations about local food needs and how to address them collectively. The event will be held March 27, 2015, from noon to 3 p.m. at the UNCG Gatewood Studio Arts Building [3rd floor studios]. Participating organizations will each present one thought-provoking question or issue they face. Attendees then will be invited to join conversations with the organizations around their specific dilemma. The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, Mobile Oasis Mobile Farmers Market, and City of Greensboro represent a sampling of the participating organizations.

FOODSTORM is part of UNCG’s 2015 Ashby Dialogue on “Localization in a Global World.” The dialogues are dedicated to understanding both local and global pathways to community resilience. The event page is at http://aas.uncg.edu/ashby/2014-15/localization/foodstorm.html.

The event is free and open to the public. You may contact Laura Cole at lbsmith5@uncg.edu or Marianne LeGreco at melegrec@uncg.edu with any questions.

RSVP here.

Learn about ways to save your students money

Are you interested in bringing down the cost of textbooks for your students? The high cost of commercial textbooks (print and electronic) is a major concern for both students and their parents. A new program at UNCG encourages you to do something about that concern.

The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries are joining together to support UNCG’s Open Education “Mini-Grants” initiative to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

Ten $1,000 “mini-grants” will be available this spring, and are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take faculty to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can also be used to cover any actual expenses you incur.

If you are interested in applying for these “mini-grants,” you are encouraged to attend one of the Open Education Initiative information sessions to be held April 14-15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Jackson Library, Room 216. Please RSVP prior to the workshop or direct your questions to Beth Bernhardt at brbernha@uncg.edu.

Additional literature on open educational resources is available at http://uncg.libguides.com/oer.

The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is April 24, 2015. You can apply at http://tinyurl.com/o2xck9j.

Art: Triumphs of Survivors of Domestic / Sexual Violence

A new exhibition in the UNCG Multicultural Resource Center in the EUC displays art that was created by survivors of past intimate partner violence and sexual assault. The pieces were created through art workshops that were held this academic year at UNCG and in partnership with local domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, specifically Family Service of the Piedmont in Greensboro and High Point and Family Abuse Services in Burlington.

The survivor art workshops were led by two doctoral students in the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development, Kelly Moore and Jaimie Stickl, under the supervision of faculty member Christine Murray. The workshops were an extension of the See the Triumph campaign co-founded by Murray and Allison Crowe, a professor at East Carolina University. The See the Triumph campaign is grounded in their research with hundreds of survivors of past intimate partner violence, and it aims to end the stigma surrounding domestic violence.

The goal of the art workshops was to provide a safe, supportive environment for survivors of past abuse to process and share their experiences of overcoming past abuse through the medium of art. Participants used a variety of art materials, including masks, mandalas, and pottery.

Some of the art pieces include statements from the survivors. One of these says, “This is the face I think people see of me. Although I have been through a little journey, I am NOT broken or damaged goods. I may not have all the answers at once, but I am determined to stay grounded. Survival of domestic violence is just one battle of the many we face in life.”

About the exhibit, Murray says, “It’s important that we listen to and honor the voices of survivors of abuse. This exhibit is one important way for survivors in our community to share their stories with others. Their inspiring stories are important for challenging the stigma that many survivors face today.”

The exhibition will be on display through April 28.

On April 1, there will be a reception at 4 p.m., at which Moore, Stickl and Murray will speak about the process of conducting the workshops and the ways that art can be part of the healing process for survivors of past abuse.

The exhibit’s co-sponsors are the UNCG Office of Multicultural Affairs, the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development, Family Abuse Services, Family Services of the Piedmont and See the Triumph.

Aycock Auditorium name

In September 2014, the Board of Trustees established a committee to review and respond to the statewide concern surrounding buildings named in honor of former Governor Charles B. Aycock (1859-1912). He was known as both the Education Governor, because of his role in helping to create a modern education system in North Carolina, and as one of the architects of the state’s White Supremacy Campaign, which disfranchised black voters.

The committee represents a broad cross-section of faculty, staff, students and alumni, including key members from the Department of History and University Archives. The committee is now actively engaged in a comprehensive review of Governor Aycock’s history and relationship with UNCG, studying how our peer institutions have responded to concerns and inviting feedback from faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university.

The committee has created a website, which provides further information about Governor Aycock and his relationship to education and to UNCG, as well as information about UNCG’s Naming Policy. Opportunities for your participation include a feedback survey, available on the website until March 31, 2015, as well as two campus-wide forums on March 24 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Curry Building Auditorium. Please continue to visit the website at aycock.uncg.edu for additional updates from the committee.

We encourage your participation in this process and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chuck Bolton & Rod Wyatt
Committee Co-Chairs

Dissension among The Beatles, as metaphor

Collage visual by Michael Rakowitz, “The Breakup,” 2012.What do The Beatles have to do with Middle East relations?

One part of the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s current exhibition “Zones of Contention: After the Green Line” is by Michael Rakowitz. In this art installation, he conflates the dissolution of The Beatles in London with the breakdown of Middle Eastern relations that led to the Six Day War in 1967. In the work, he compares the band’s break up and their discussions regarding their final concert – which he says was originally to be held in an ancient amphitheater at Sabratha, Libya – with historical events in the Middle East during the same time period.

Albums and rare recordings, text, Beatles-related documents, collages, video, maps and other ephemera make up the art installation.

A student-led Noon @ the ‘Spoon tour last Tuesday illuminated the various other installations in the exhibition. One is “SOMETIMES DOING SOMETHING POETIC CAN BECOME POLITICAL AND SOMETIMES DOING SOMETHING POLITICAL CAN BECOME POETIC” by Francis Alys. It challenges the physicality and cultural relevance of the Green Line, drawn in 1949. Another installation, by Yael Bartana, strongly alludes to photographs of legendary photojournalists Leni and Herbert Sonnenfeld. And there are more.

It’s an excellent and challenging exhibition. Admission is free. Stop in and learn.

By Mike Harris, with some text/information from exhibition guide
Collage visual: Michael Rakowitz, “The Breakup,” 2012.

UNCG Dining Hall renovation

Past photo of newly renovated Dinning HallDiners in UNCG’s Moran Commons are enjoying the results of Phase 4 of the building’s renovation project. The final quarter of the fully renovated dining area is open, allowing for more seating capacity during peak times and better flow through the building, says Scott Milman, director of UNCG Auxiliary Services. Several new food stations, such as a complete Breakfast Bar, The McIver Deli and the Spiro Sub Shoppe, will allow for more robust offerings, says Kevin Deans, Dining Services’ executive director. The International Food Station with more offerings will be in this space as well. Also, a new beverage station is now available – and there’s a section for items made without gluten. The waffle station will soon move to the breakfast bar, too. The chefs and other dining staff have gone without any central kitchen to support operations during the renovation, Milman explains. Now the main kitchen is set to open as part of the continuing efforts of Phase 4 of the project.

Additional construction updates provided by UNCG Facilities Design and Construction:

New Student Recreation facility on Lee Street: The structural steel work is almost complete, as well as the concrete work for walls and floor slabs.

Grogan Hall renovation: New electrical and air conditioning upgrades are ongoing, along with complete bathroom renovations. The residence hall is scheduled to reopen for students Fall 2015.

UNCG Soccer Stadium and field repairs: The existing seats have been removed for refurbishing. Waterproofing of the stadium structure will begin soon.

Spring weekends at UNCG

Students seated on blanket having discussion on campus lawn in springSpring has nearly sprung. And there’s a lot to do virtually every weekday evening at UNCG. What about the weekends? Here’s a sampling of ways to enjoy yourself, Spartan-style:

  • North Carolina Science Olympiad will be all day this Saturday (March 21), in various buildings on campus plus Kaplan Commons. We understand that’s where the bottle rockets will be, by the way. The schedule’s at http://www.sciencenc.com/tournament-information/greensboro/greensboro.php.
  • Enjoy reading in beautiful Foust Park, in the shadow of a diverse collection of trees. Come have a picnic and get in touch with nature. A weekend nap is optional.
  • UNCG’s Science, Science, Everywhere.  With lots of science and STEM activities and stations throughout campus, it’ll be family friendly and very kid friendly. It’s part of the NC Science Festival. CW will run a full story as the free-admission event gets closer, but mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 25.
  • Listen to WUAG. You won’t love every show. That’s the beauty of UAG – every show is very different. But give a few a try – if you don’t like it, change to some other station. And check back some other time. Just try it. There are no commercials. Last Sunday, WUAG had White Stripes, Nirvana, Pixies and Joan Jett in the same hour – and lots of stuff that really opened my ears. Listen here – and see the schedule of shows.
  • Follow Delana Harvick on Twitter on Nascar race days. She gives you a remarkably candid look; the hour or two before the race you can ask her questions via Twitter and during the race she gives you her perspective. Hey, Kevin Harvick is on a roll, winning the championship last year and finishing first or second in the last 7 Sprint Cup races. Delana, who majored in English at UNCG (she says Dr. Charles Tisdale was her favorite English professor), is an engaging communicator. Check it out at https://twitter.com/delanaharvick.
  • Putt on the practice greens. Or run the Belk track. Or shoot on the outdoor courts.
  • Watch some men’s or women’s tennis. What’s better is watching them back to back. This Saturday (March 21) offers that opportunity. Men’s Tennis begins at noon; Women’s Tennis begins at 2 p.m.  It’s great viewing – you’re close to the action, and you can move from one pair of matches to the next. There’s likely to be an interval (2-2:30) when both are playing – that’s a lot of tennis to enjoy. There’s no admission charge.
  • Baseball or Softball. If you haven’t seen a softball game, do it. You’re on top of the action in our great stadium, and the team had one of the top 20 batting averages in the nation at one point this season. And UNCG Baseball, playing in an excellent stadium, is a super way to enjoy an afternoon. They have a 4-1 record at home.
  • Check out the UNCG Gatewood Gallery and UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum (which hosts its Family Day March 21, by the way). Enjoy browsing on Tate Street. Admire the campus – we have more Harry Barton designed buildings than any other place. Relax and people-watch at the Fountain. Enjoy the Taylor Garden, the Alumni House’s “Secretaries’ Garden” named in honor of the leaders of the Alumni organization over the decades, and the Vacc Bell Tower landscaping. Swing on the swings. Make a wish and leave a coin at Minerva. Stroll to Kaplan Commons – bring a Frisbee and you’ll make new friends. Walk through the Herring Garden next to the Music Building. And of course, there’s a pleasingly cool Peabody Park.
  • And we’re not even mentioning students-only events, like “Spartanfest.”
  • But we have to mention one more: the ever-popular UNCG International Festival. A great diversity of food and entertainment awaits. CW will tell you more later, but mark the date: Saturday, April 11. Once again, it’s free admission.

Spring at UNCG. What could be better?

By Mike Harris

Degrees Matter! will expand services with Belk Endowment grant

A UNCG-led effort to increase the number of adults in Greensboro and High Point with college degrees just got a major boost from the John M. Belk Endowment.

The Charlotte-based charitable foundation awarded $125,000 to Degrees Matter!, a community partnership that is housed within the UNCG Office of Research and Economic Development.

With its new funding, Degrees Matter! will hire a volunteer coordinator to train coaches, who will in turn help connect adults with some college background to college programs.

“We are honored to call the John M. Belk Endowment our partner,” said Steve Moore, managing director of Degrees Matter! “Their investment and trust help us build our volunteer capacity to reach many more residents of our great community. We can better connect lifelong learning to a thriving economy by working together to increase the percentage of Guilford County residents with high-quality degrees and advanced credentials.”

Degrees Matter! is a shared partnership between UNCG, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, Opportunity Greensboro, and The United Way of Greater Greensboro. It works to increase degree attainment by engaging, connecting, and supporting the more than 67,000 Greater Greensboro and High Point residents who have attended college but not finished a degree.

Full story at UNCG Research site.

News from UNCG Human Resources

Emily Foust has been appointed HR’s new benefits manager. She has served as a member of the Benefits staff in HR for the past seven years. In her role as the Benefits Manager, she will administer the benefits, disability and retirement programs and serve as a working supervisor with oversight of three benefits professionals.

Eric Svenson, a Fidelity Workplace Planning and Guidance consultant, will be at UNCG on March 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Human Resources conference room (Mossman 159). Please consider bringing relevant account statements and any paperwork to help address your questions and needs. He can assist with:

  • Managing your retirement savings goals
  • Reviewing investment choices
  • Building a plan that’s easy to put into action.

Schedule a free one-on-one appointment by calling 1-800-642-7131 or registering online at www.fidelity.com/reserve.

Prudential Representative Denise Dalton will be on campus on Monday, March 23, to assist with individual counseling sessions for employees who have questions, or who want to enroll in either a 401k or 457b. To schedule appointments, employees can call Denise at 336-209-3507, or email her: denise.dalton@prudential.com. Meetings will take place in the HR Conference room, Mossman 159.

Information drawn from The Resource, the UNCG HR online newsletter.

 

UNCG MBA project earns third place nationally

A pair of UNCG MBA students won third place in the 2015 Small Business Institute Project of the Year contest for their analysis of the economic impact of Family Service of the Piedmont.

Ashley Ferrell and Will Kapakos earned the honor in the graduate feasibility business plan category of the competition, which was held last month. Both students earned their MBA degrees from the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics in May 2014.

This year’s top-three finish marks the fifth consecutive year a UNCG project has placed in the national competition.

The students’ research found that the work of Family Service of the Piedmont to promote financial stability, provide mental health services, stem domestic violence and prevent child abuse has an both positive social impact and a high economic return on investment.

The MBA Capstone Program is designed to give students hands-on, real-world experience in
strategic management.

“The students did an outstanding job on the business plan, which is a reflection of the quality of instruction at the Bryan School of Business and Economics,” said Dianne H.B. Welsh, Ph.D., the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Bryan School, director of the UNCG Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and director of the university’s Small Business Institute Program.

Richard Brown, the project director and faculty member who taught the capstone course, added: “The ability to combine insights from the Bryan School MBA program with the unique needs of valuing the impact of a not for profit organization with multiple offerings made this a unique learning experience.”

By Lanita Withers Goins
Full story at UNCG Now.

Professional development opportunities in coming weeks

Haven’t taken advantage of professional development offerings yet this semester? There is still time. For example, these are offered in the coming weeks:

Performance Measurement for Continuous Improvement – Instructor: Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya – Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m.-noon in Bryan 113
Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33019927

Grievance and Disciplinary Policies
Instructors: Dr. Edna Chun and Benita Peace – Tuesday, March 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Bryan 113
Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33019924

Micro-Affirmations and Micro-Inequities in the Workplace
Instructor: Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy – Wednesday, March 18, 9-11 a.m. in Bryan 113
Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33019935

Laughter, Humor and Play to Reduce Stress and Solve Problems
Instructors: ComPsych – Wednesday, March 18, 1-2 p.m. in Bryan 113
Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33019942

Compassionate Communication – Dr. Anthony Taylor – Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m.-noon in Bryan 113
Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020098

The Key to Customer “Delight”: The Journey to Excellence Continues! – Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya – Thursday, March 26, 10 a.m.-noon in Bryan 113
Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33019958

Grant Writing for Maximum Impact
Instructors: Aubrey Turner and Julie Voorhees – Thursday, March 26, 2-4 p.m. in Bryan 113
Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020062

Time Management Tools: To-Do Lists, Calendars, Smartphones and More
Instructor: ComPsych -: Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m.-noon in Bryan 113
Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33019944

Understanding and Responding to Discrimination and Harassment – Benita Peace – Tuesday, March 31, 2-4 p.m. in Bryan 113
Register at: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33020100

What’s new at UNCG Student Health Services Counseling Center

The UNCG Student Health Services Counseling Center was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Governor’s Office to create a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP). A CRP provides a peer and professional support network for students recovering from alcohol and other drug dependency.  Such communities have proven to be highly effective in supporting recovery, as well as positively impacting student success, retention, and graduation.  Work will begin immediately to create a Collegiate Recovery Program, with hopes to launch the program in the fall. The Student Health Services Counseling Center is consulting on this project with a multi-disciplinary Advisory Board consisting of faculty, staff and community members.

The SHS Counseling Center also has two new employees:

Jeanine Driscoll, Ph.D., HSP-P, Staff Psychologist
Driscoll joined The Student Health Services Counseling Center in February 2015. Jeanine considers herself to be a generalist who has expertise in helping people to live as vibrantly and effectively as possible through compassionate awareness and intentional action. Prior to coming to UNCG, she has worked with people on issues such as chronic and acute health problems, grief, end of life counseling, practicing more optimal health-related behaviors, dealing with depression and anxiety, developing more healthy interpersonal relationships, learning from mistakes, and doing the next effective thing.

Kristin Norden, MSW, LCSW, Staff Social Worker
Norden joined The Student Health Services Counseling Center in February 2015. She earned her BS from Indiana University School of Music and her MSW from The University of Pennsylvania in 1998. Prior to joining The Counseling Center, Kristin worked in a variety of settings, including psychiatric hospitals, community mental health, foster care, adoption, crisis management and most recently as an outpatient therapist. She has an extensive history in the performing arts as a ballet dancer and has a particular interest in helping performing artists and athletes manage performance anxiety, grief related to injuries, body image concerns, eating disorders, maintaining focus and optimizing their mental health in competitive fields.

UNCG spring enrollment up 4.8 percent over last year

Photo of Elliott University Center with studentsA significant increase in undergraduate students has boosted UNCG’s 2015 spring semester enrollment compared to spring semester 2014.

Undergraduate enrollment increased by 534 students to 13,913 — a 4 percent boost over last year. Total enrollment for the semester is 17,764 students compared with 16,955 students the previous year, an increase of 4.8 percent. Transfer students increased by 3.1 percent, and retention of first-year undergraduate students from the fall semester increased. Graduate enrollment remained the same year over year.

“The enrollment gains for undergraduate and transfer students proves UNCG is increasingly a destination for students looking to begin or continue their college careers,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

“The enrollment growth is a testament to the great work of our faculty and staff, who are committed to recruiting top-notch students, and providing challenging and supportive academic programs for them during their time at UNCG.”

Spring enrollment numbers are expected to go before UNC General Administration for final approval this month.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Facilities staff rocks

Photo of Cristian Rodriguez (Preventive Maintenance Coordinator for Facilities Operations), Dan Durham (Director of Facilities Operations). Ivan Lyall (IT Analyst for Facilities Operations), Jon Soter (Utilities Manager for Facilities Operations). Photo by Kathryn Kathryn Coley (Annual Giving)“Another week, another winter event, another clutch performance from the ‪#‎UNCG‬ grounds crew. We thank you!”

Within one hour, this Facebook post had 240 “likes” and nine comments. A picture, two short sentences, and lots of appreciative reaction from Facebook followers. There were 532 “likes” at last count, with 17 positive comments.

That’s the most reaction to a Facebook post this winter, Lanita Withers Goins said. The comments were unanimous: UNCG students appreciate them, UNCG employees appreciate them, UNCG parents appreciate them.

Students posted appreciative social media messages with pictures of snowplows and snow removal.

UNCG Police and Emergency Management …. Housing and Residence Life staff …. EUC staff and Dining Staff … The Grounds staff and folks throughout Facilities. Fact is, the whole Facilities division pitches in to tackle immediate priorities and help keep the campus going during snow events (as these pictures shows). And there are more people from throughout the university who play a role in keeping the thousands of students on campus fed and warm and safe.

“Thank you for making it safe for my child!!” one commenter said.

“You guys rock!” added another.

On CW main page, visual of Facilities staff removing snow. L-r: Jeremy Murray, Joe Borden, Willie Dowd (front), Hoyte Phifer (back), Morgan Mesar, John Tinnin and Tim Wilkins. On this page, L-r: Cristian Rodriguez (Preventive Maintenance Coordinator for Facilities Operations), Dan Durham (Director of Facilities Operations). Ivan Lyall (IT Analyst for Facilities Operations), Jon Soter (Utilities Manager for Facilities Operations). Photo by Sarah Kathryn Coley (Annual Giving). 

By Mike Harris

Evening with actress/singer Molly Ringwald & UNCG Jazz Ensemble

Publicity photo of Molly Ringwald seated on designer chairAward-winning performer Molly Ringwald is probably best known for her roles in the John Hughes’ motion pictures “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink.”

Now she will pair her vocal style with the UNCG Jazz Ensemble I and strings, directed by Chad Eby, in an evening of music from the American Songbook.

“An Evening with Molly Ringwald” will be offered at UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus for one performance only on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 8 p.m.

Ringwald will put her unique spin on standards such as “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” and “They Say It’s Spring,” as well as 80’s classics such as “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”

Ringwald’s passion for jazz and singing started at a young age. According to Ringwald, “I grew up in a home filled with music and had an early appreciation of jazz since my dad was a jazz musician [pianist Bob Ringwald]. Jazz music has continued to be one of my three passions along with acting and writing. I like to say jazz music is my musical equivalent of comfort food. It’s always where I go back to when I want to feel grounded.”

All ticket proceeds will benefit the Greensboro Urban Ministry. Throughout its forty-five year history, Greensboro Urban Ministry has worked with the community to meet the needs of its most vulnerable citizens.

The Greensboro Urban Ministry shares a special connection with the UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program. Arthur “Buddy” Gist, donor of the famous Miles Davis trumpet housed in the UNCG Music Building, was well cared for by the Urban Ministry after falling on hard times.

“An Evening with Molly Ringwald” is sponsored by the Marriott Greensboro Downtown, the Greensboro News & Record, Tom Chitty and Associates, William F. Black, Lincoln Financial Group, Tate Street Coffee House, Graphic Visual Solutions and Ralph Lauren.

Tickets are available from the Triad Stage Box Office in person at 232 S. Elm St., by phone at 272-0160 or online at www.triadstage.org.