News Items from UNC Greensboro

UNCG’s budget cut of more than 15 percent has meant the loss of positions throughout the university. Figures available late last week show 235 FTE (full-time equivalent) positions are being eliminated. These include approximately 156 faculty positions. About half of the eliminated positions were held vacant earlier, to help reduce the number of filled positions lost. “These cuts are real, they are painful and they impact us all. Supporting one another will be more important than ever, especially those whose positions are impacted by budget reductions,” the chancellor said.

The big picture is the positive impact UNCG is about to have on Greensboro, said Mike Byers, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises. Whereas the city’s plan to spur development along the Lee Street/High Point Road corridor might have taken many years, the university’s investment in the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village will do that much more quickly. Chancellor Linda P. Brady made introductions as the Board of Trustees’ July 15 teleconference information meeting began. Byers explained that Phase I of the UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village project will encompass 800-bed student housing, with mixed-use space on the ground floors along Lee Street.

The School of Health and Human Sciences began its first day July 1. The morning was marked with coffee and pastries in the Edwards Lounge of Stone Building at the meet with the dean event. The informal event was marked by conversations about family and former work experiences. The morning event was part of what Hooper calls her “listening tour.”

The Fountain is shut off, indefinitely. Fencing is up. Utility work will soon begin outside the west side of the Dining Hall. It will be done in stages, to ensure access into the Dining Hall at all times. Karen Core (in photo) said she wasn’t sure, at first, if the western entrance was open or not. Others may have wondered the same. But the Dining Hall – and all its entrances – remain open. See what must happen before the renovation can start. And see a short video clip.

Dr. Edna Chun will be the next associate vice chancellor for Human Resource Services. Chun comes to UNCG from Broward College, a very large, multi-campus community college, where she has been vice president for human resources and equity. Before joining Broward College in 2006, she was assistant vice president for human resources and chief affirmative action officer at the State University of New York at Geneseo (2003-06). She was assistant vice president for human resources at the Brooklyn College of the City of New York in 2002-03. At Kent State University (2000-02), she was special assistant to the president / vice president for human resources. Her first day will be July 6.

All are trailblazers in their own way. One forged a path in a male-dominated field. One led the charge for education for all. One has received national recognition for her research as well as the accolades of her students. Another has spent her life providing affordable housing to families. Another has sought to end poverty. Five women received UNCG’s top awards for service on May 19: Dr. Katherine A. Rawson, Susan Whittington, Patricia Gibson Garrett, Dot Kendall Kerns and Sue Woodall Cole (seen receiving the evening’s final award, the McIver Award.)

Dr. William Wiener, dean in residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, has been appointed dean of the Graduate School and will begin work Aug. 1. He comes to UNCG after five years as vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School at Marquette University, where he also is a professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology. He succeeds Dr. James Peterson, dean since 2002.

How many of our freshmen will be in learning communities on campus, by the middle of this decade? The target is 100 percent. An objective is to have at least 50 percent of freshmen in one in Fall 2012. Learn about next year’s four new LCs, what’s new at Cornelia Strong and a two-day workshop May 9-10 for a dozen or more faculty members to break into small teams to create models for future LCs.

With several days of classes remaining in the spring semester, Chancellor Linda P. Brady spoke about academic program review, budget news, JSNN, Opportunity Greensboro, learning communities and more. “We are asking faculty to engage in a very difficult process that will have significant consequences to the university,” she explained about Program Review. She anticipates the process extending throughout the 2011-12 academic year. She also spoke of some of the brighter notes of the past months – and future ones.

The looming budget cuts will be a “difficult challenge” for UNCG, the chancellor said last week, as work on the budget continues in Raleigh. If the cut for 2011-12 is at 15 percent, “we’d lose 44,000 seats in courses,” she said. The budget proposal that came from the state House appropriations subcommittee last week called for a cut of 17.4 percent for the system. Between 2007-08 and 2010-11, UNCG has taken permanent cuts of more than $9.6 million. UNCG has absorbed another $39 million in one-time cuts and mandatory reversions during this period.