News Items from UNC Greensboro

NotesIconStormReady UNCG has been accredited as a StormReady University by the National Weather Service. UNCG is the third campus in the UNC System to receive this accreditation, and the first in this region. ECU and UNC Wilmington have received it. This accreditation demonstrates a community’s commitment to preparedness in preparing for severe weather, as well as other related emergencies and disasters. The application process for this accreditation included many components, some of which include emergency notification capabilities, emergency plans/planning efforts, training and communications. The accreditation acknowledges the efforst put forth by EPART, the UNCG Police Department and other departments in making the campus community a safe place to work and learn. The National Weather Service will conduct a small recognition ceremony, Feb. 9, 9 a.m, in the Virginia Dare Room of Alumni House. The campus community is welcome to attend. Those with questions may email jsmarshb@uncg.edu. More information is at http://www.stormready.noaa.gov

The MFA Writing Program’s distinguished visiting writers’ series schedule has been announced, including a reading by Michael Parker. See it at http://mfagreensboro.org/mfa-series.html.

G Live on Weekends – silent disco Want to keep abreast of more of what’s happening on campus on weekends? Campus Activities & Program’s UNCGlow (G Live on Weekends) Facebook page is one way. It’s at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/uncglow. For example, it alerts you to the Silent Disco at EUC Auditorium Friday night, Feb. 4. There’ll be no audible music – everyone will be dancing to the music transmitted to their headphones. It promises to be something to see (not to hear). Their weekly podcast is at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/uncglow.

Book talk on Malcolm X, religion Dr. William Hart (Religious Studies) will discuss his book “Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis,” Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Resource Center, EUC. “Black Religion” explores the complexity of the black spiritual imagination using the autobiographies of three prominent religious leaders, according to details provided by Jeffrey Coleman. Hart argues that the Muslim, Judaic and Buddhist commitments of these autobiographers show that the black spiritual imagination—religious, political, and personal—cannot be limited to the standard narrative of Black Religion, nor can spirituality be limited to religion.

35 inducted into business honor society Thirty-five students and a prominent Greensboro entrepreneur have been inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society by the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) is an international honor society for business students, and membership is the highest scholastic honor a student in business can obtain. To be eligible, students must rank in the upper 10 percent of their junior and senior classes and the upper 20 percent of their graduate class. They must also attend schools that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Honorary membership was awarded to Alicia Fields-Minkins, a 1986 UNCG graduate who is managing partner at EJ’s Staffing Services, Inc. in Greensboro. Fields-Minkins is a board member of the UNCG Excellence Foundation and UNCG Bryan School Alumni Board. She is actively involved with United Way of Greater Greensboro, Triad Girl Scouts, the UNCG Black Alumni Council and the UNCG Alumni Association, and has received numerous awards for entrepreneurship and women in business.

“North Carolina’s Oldest Roads” will be presented by Tom Magnuson, founder and president of the Trading Path Association on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. This presentation is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council. The Hodges Reading Room displays two early historic maps of North Carolina, the Collet map of 1770 and the Mouzon map of 1775. These maps indicate the presence of the Trading Path from the Eno River near present-day Durham to the Yadkin River west of present-day Winston-Salem. Tom Magnuson, president of the Trading Path Association, has spent much time mapping and documenting the course of the Trading Path from its historical remains in the landscape of the Piedmont. He will discuss colonial and early American trade routes in the area and share insight about how and why our contemporary roads sometimes follow the old routes. The close historical relationship of roads and trade routes will be discussed.

How to deepen UNCG’s community engagement The lecture “Anchor Institutions: Learning to Mobilize Our Intellectual, Financial and Institutional Assets Within Our Community” will be presented 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, Maple Room, EUC. As an anchor institution in the larger Triad community, UNCG has a responsibility to leverage its assets for strategic economic and community development. Hillary Kane, director of the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND), will speak at this breakfast program about the role of academic institutions as collaborators, conveners and facilitators. This is an open session designed to explore high-impact ways of deepening community engagement. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP to Selena Hilemon at sjhilemo@uncg.edu or 265-1484. PHENND is a consortium of 32 institutions of higher education in the greater Philadelphia region that seeks to help campuses connect to their communities through mutually beneficial service and service-learning partnerships. Since Kane joined PHENND in 1999, it has increased its membership, developed new multi-university programs and partnerships, and become a leader in the field of service-learning. Kane serves as a co-chair of the Pennsylvania K-12 Learn & Serve Advisory Board and Executive Board of the Penn State Cooperative Extension for Philadelphia County.

Telerehabilitation session Feb. 18 Faculty, staff and students can attend a free presentation on “Telerehabilitation: Leveraging Advancements in Technology to Improve Access to Rehabilitation Services” from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in Room 100, Ferguson Building. The event will cover the uses of videoconferencing to aid patients at home, school, clinic or workplace. Speaking will be David Brennan, a senior research engineer with the Center for Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, in Washington, DC. He has done research on the subject since 1999, focusing on the development and use of interactive, computer-based tools for telerehabilitation. Topics will include the evolution of technologies, including the range of telemedicine applications they support, challenges to delivering patient care, description of current applications in different clinical disciplines, and understanding some of the remaining obstacles to a broader adoption. It is sponsored by the School of HHP Dean’s Office, HHP Office of Research and UNCG Speech & Hearing Program.

Coupon makeover workshop Do you routinely save 50-75% on your grocery bill? If not, you may want a “coupon makeover.” The Staff Senate Professional and Personal Development Committee is hosting a Coupon Makeover Class on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. in 225 Curry Building, led by Angela Newsom. This is an introductory class for those who see grocery shoppers that save hundreds of dollars while shopping, but don’t know the “how to.” This Coupon makeover class will teach you how to make the most of spending less, perhaps even getting free groceries. Register for the class online at staffsenate.uncg.edu. Seating is limited. To get a sneak peak at the materials covered in the class, visit www.couponmakeover.com.

Men’s basketball wins four out of five That very challenging early season schedule for the men’s team appears to be paying off. Their non-conference schedule was among the most difficult in Div. I play, and they did not win until their 16th game of the season. They’ve now won 4 of their last five, the loss being a classic double-overtime game on the road against division-leading Chattanooga, where UNCG set a number of school records. They have four more home games, including tonight [Feb. 2] against Appalachian State at 7 p.m. See schedule.

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