News Items from UNC Greensboro

NotesIconSACS Fifth-Year Interim Report accepted The SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Fifth-Year Interim Report was accepted with no request for follow-up reports. The report can be seen at http://uncg.compliance-assist.com/accreditation/. Dr. Rebecca Adams, associate provost for planning & assessment who served as committee chair, said “We still have work to do in some of the 14 areas addressed in our report, but it is wonderful to know that SACS is trusting us to move forward without further review.” She added that the SACS commissioners decided that visits to some of the university’s off-campus sites would not be necessary.

Court-ordered guardianships On July 20, Senate Bill 1392 (S.L. 2010-120) was signed by Governor Perdue allowing state employees and retirees to enroll children for whom they are court-appointed guardians. The employee / retiree must be legally responsible for the child’s support and maintenance. Previously, these children were not eligible to be enrolled on the State Health Plan. This act is effective July 1, 2010. Note: The State Health Plan will allow employees / retirees to enroll dependents for whom they have court-ordered custody until Aug. 31, 2010, without a qualifying event. Copies of the court documents, signed by a judge and verifying the legal custody of the child, will be required to be sent to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to enroll a dependent for whom an employee / retiree has court-appointed guardianship, according to Melissa Barnes, benefits supervisor, Human Resource Services.

Rawkin’ Welcome Week 2010 Get ready to “rawk” the campus with the annual Rawkin’ Welcome Week celebration, Aug. 20-29. It is a series of programs and events designed to welcome and acclimate new students to the UNCG community. A few of the programs and events are the Party like a RAWKstar dance party, Spartan Service Day, Freshman Summer Reading Project, out-of-state student reception, the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, and Charlie’s Block Party with games and music, featuring a pep rally with UNCG Cheerleading and Dance teams. Faculty and staff are invited to come out and meet our newest Spartans. For more information, contact the Office of Orientation & Family Programs or Campus Activities & Programs. For a full schedule of events, visit orientation.uncg.edu/programs/welcomeweek.

Be a UNCG Guarantee mentor UNCG has created a new scholarship program to help its neediest students, and mentors are being asked to help. Thirty-five to 40 mentors are being sought to work with the first group of UNCG Guarantee scholars. They will encourage students by meeting with them throughout the school year, maybe over ice cream at Yum Yum or coffee at Tate Street. Mentors and students will be encouraged to attend UNCG concert and lecture offerings, athletic events and even off-campus activities such as theatre productions and concerts. Mentors may even allow their scholar to “shadow” them for a day. In addition to the one-on-one component, scholars and mentors will have opportunities during the school year to meet as a group on campus. A group service project is also planned. Mentors should expect to spend at least five hours a month with their scholar throughout the academic year. To become a mentor, contact Linda Carter, director of Alumni Relations, at linda_carter@uncg.edu or 6-2014. Volunteers will complete a mentor volunteer form and profile and must consent to a background check.

Tuition increase FAQ’s Additional information about the tuition increase, which was covered in the last issue of CW, can be found at UNCG’s Budget Information web siteResponses to frequently asked questions regarding the tuition increase have been posted.

Volunteer to make students’ first days great ones Move-In Days on campus will be Aug. 18-20. It can be a stressful time for students and their families. Be a part of the UNCG welcome and consider volunteering in UNCG’s 2010 Move-In Days. Over 3,600 students are moving into their new home on those days. Volunteers are needed to assist. If interested, contact Housing & Residence Life at k_dharma@uncg.edu and let them know about how many people your organization can provide and on what day or days they are interested in helping. In addition, Housing & Residence Life invites faculty members to volunteer for the campus’ House Calls 2010 program. House Calls will take place on Monday, Aug. 23, from 5 -7:30 p.m. Each volunteer faculty member for this program will be working with a UNCG colleague to visit first-year students in one of the residence halls on campus. Full information is at http://hrl.uncg.edu/housecalls/.

Internal grants training on Aug. 31 Primary Investigators (PIs) often need support to design projects or to gather pilot data necessary to obtain external support for research, scholarship, and creative activity. The Internal Grants Training workshop titled “Regular Faculty Research Grants and Summer Excellence Research Awards” will be Tuesday, Aug. 31, 9-11 a.m. in 2711 Moore HRA. It will explore how to apply for these internal sources of funding. Topics will include award information, eligibility, how to prepare and submit an application, application review and award administration information. The workshop is open to UNCG tenured and tenure-track faculty. The applications and guidelines can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/rsh/fundingopportunities.htm. Workshop registration is required by Monday, Aug. 30. Visit https://utlc.uncg.edu/workshops/ and click on the Office of Research workshops link to register.The submission deadline for the grant applications is no later than 5 p.m., Sept. 30.

Staff Senate Scholarship Fund now fully endowed Faculty and staff have completed the full endowment of the Staff Senate Scholarship Fund. A minimum of $25,000 was needed to endow a scholarship. The scholarship offers a way to help co-workers or their dependents afford tuition, books and course materials. While the money is invested and continues to grow, gifts can still be made to the fund, which will boost the endowment further. Alternatively, donors can choose to give to the spending fund, which allows money to be awarded immediately. To see several payment method options, including payroll deduction, visit www.donate.uncg.edu. For more information about the scholarship, contact Donna Sexton in Advancement Services at dwsexton@uncg.edu or 4-5920.

Hosting The university and the Greensboro Sports Commission have been awarded a bid to serve as one of six regional hosts for the 2012 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. The regional will be held at Forest Oaks Country Club, which served as a stop on the PGA Tour for 31 seasons from 1977-2007. It is also the home course of the UNCG men’s golf program, hosting the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate since the spring of 2005.

Men’s Track & Field named USTFCCCA All-Academic team The UNCG men’s track & field team was one of 73 teams who earned the distinction of being named an All-Academic team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Spartans had a GPA of 3.23 this past season. The 3.23 cumulative GPA by UNCG was the highest mark in the SoCon and was bested by only 15 other schools in the nation, David Percival (Athletics) noted.

Corn hole, anyone? Spirited games of corn hole were on tap when Alumni Relations hosted an appreciation picnic lunch for the Grounds staff, last month. Grill master Gualberto “Gually” Morales prepared the chicken, and the cake had a specially scripted message topping expressing appreciation to the grounds staff for helping create a “work of art” campus.

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