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NotesIconUpdates to Program Review web site The Academic Program Process Review documents have been extensively revised in response to feedback received at the Feb. 16 Faculty Senate Forum, posted on the web and received via email. After the drafts have been finalized by the Program Process Review Committee and approved by the provost, possibly by noon today [Wednesday], they will be posted at opa.uncg.edu/programreview where they will be available to unit program review committees and other members of the UNCG community for the remainder of the review process. Members of the UNCG community may visit this web site to sign up to receive an email message each time this site is updated. Associate Provost for Planning and Assessment Rebecca G. Adams will deliver the final report of the Program Process Review Committee, which she chaired, today [Wednesday] at the Faculty Senate meeting in the Alumni House’s Virginia Dare Room, 3-5 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Expo deadline is March 5 The 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Expo will be held on April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the EUC. The Undergraduate Research Expo will showcase the research and creative scholarship of undergraduate students at UNCG. Student projects are eligible to compete for a $1,000 award. Eligibility is based on mandatory student participation at the expo and a nomination from their faculty mentor. Saturday, March 5, at 5 p.m. is the submission deadline. For details, go to http://www.uncg.edu/our.

International employees The Office of the Provost facilitates the appointment of foreign nationals to EPA positions and provides them with essential support services. For immigration purposes an international applicant is one who is in a nonimmigrant visa status or is outside the US and will require a nonimmigrant visa to enter. It is vitally important that an international employee obtain the most appropriate visa status for the type of employment. Since processing times can often take up to nine months or longer, departments should contact the Office of the Provost far in advance of an anticipated start date so we have sufficient time to process the visa application or advise the foreign national on processing his/her visa petition. International employees may not undertake employment until the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has authorized them for employment at UNCG. Note: only permanent fulltime teaching positions are eligible to be sponsored for a lawful permanent residency (green card). In these cases, a national print ad is required at the time of recruitment. If your department is anticipating the appointment of an international applicant in an EPA position, please contact Katie Brown in the Office of the Provost at 334-5398 or krbrown2@uncg.edu with any questions about employing a nonimmigrant in an EPA position. Additional information can be found here: http://www.uncg.edu/pvt/immigration/. Temporary exchange/short-term visiting scholars and researchers are coordinated through the International Programs Office (IPC). Contact Michael Elliott, mjellio2@uncg.edu, or go to http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/facultyisss.html for more information.

Transatlantic slave trade The lecture “The Transatlantic Slave Trade: The Human Story” will be presented Thursday, March 24, 2 p.m. at Room 200, Sullivan Science Building. The speaker, Dr. Sylviane Diouf, is curator of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. The lecture is presented by the African American Studies program.

CW will not publish next week. Campus Weekly will resume publication March 16.

Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference Artists and art supporters are invited to join the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center for Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference, From Passion to Profession. This conference will teach practical skills that can be implemented in an arts business. It will be Saturday, March 26, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in Elliott University Center. Learn how to turn artistic passion into a living. This artist-led conference will present entrepreneurial strategies and resources for student artists and emerging artists to become self-supporting. The conference will feature numerous speakers in three breakout sessions: Literary, Performing and Visual Arts. Early registration will continue throughe March 12. Visit http://seac.uncg.edu for information about speakers, registration and agenda.

Undergraduate Research Assistantships The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is accepting proposals for the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Research Assistantship program. The deadline is March 18 for proposals requesting the first funding period of fall 2011 and/or spring 2012. The URA program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on his/her research, scholarship or creative activity. Students may earn up to $3,000 ($1,500 per funding period) for their work. A presentation of research findings must be displayed at the Undergraduate Research Expo, UNCG’s celebration of undergraduate research held in the spring semester. For more information, visit http://www.uncg.edu/our/URAindex.html or call OUR at 4-4776.

Early Black women as global travelers The “conversation with the community” discussion “Choosing to Get on the Boat: Early Black Women as Global Travelers” will be presented Tuesday, March 15, 6 p.m. in Claxton Room, EUC. It will be be led by Dr. Willi Coleman, and sponsored by the African American Studies program.

The art of kicking and punching Bernard Posey, a freshman majoring in sports medicine, has made the United States National Team in taekwondo, and will go to the world competition May 1-6 in South Korea. Posey earned his spot on the U.S. team during the national competition in January. He is ranked 46th in the world and competes at the 138.9 pound weight class. He will return to Colorado Springs on Feb. 28 to train with the U.S. team at the Olympic Training Center. The team will train again in Colorado in late April and will leave from there for South Korea and the World Taekwondo Federation world competition. Taekwondo, a Korean martial art, literally means “the art of kicking and punching.”

Meet the Greeks Are you a faculty or staff member interested in learning more about your students’ activities outside the classroom? UNCG’s fraternities and sororities invite all university faculty and staff to “Meet the Greeks.” Stop by Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom, on March 15, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Meet representatives from the 20 Greek chapters at UNCG and check out what fraternity and sorority life is all about. Also, if you’re Greek, stop by for a small token of appreciation. For more information, contact Samantha McGinty, Assistant Director for Greek Life in the Office of Campus Activities & Programs, at 4-5800.

Tutoring opportunity Every Thursday evening during the school year 15-20 Burmese children come to the Campus Ministries Building across from the EUC for tutoring by UNCG students. The UNCG students are not available during Spring Break and once exams begin at the end of each semester, the Service Committee of the Staff Senate notes. This committee is looking for staff members interested in spending the evening of March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., tutoring these young students. There will be another opportunity to volunteer at the end of the semester. The Burmese children are refugees from their homeland and are in grades K-12, so a wide variety of tutoring skill levels are needed. Some children have homework assignments they need help with – and if they do not have homework, they need to practice reading, word recognition and phonetics. Those interested should email Judy Smith at jcsmith8@uncg.edu.

SpartanCard spending will be down UNCG will upgrade its Blackboard Transaction servers March 9 – 10. All accounts on the SpartanCard will be down during this time. Flex, Spartan Express, Bookstore Bucks, and Spartan Cash are included in this downtime. Alternative forms of tender including cash and credit card will be accepted at all open dining locations. Laundry facilities and some copiers and print stations will not be operating. Thank you for your patience as we work through these changes. Please call Beth Thomas at 4-3336 if you have any questions.

Lane closings next week The Grounds staff will performs its annual maintenance on the center beds on Spring Garden Street next week. The east-bound lane from Aycock St. to Tate Street will be closed daily from 5:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. starting Monday, March 7, through Thursday, March 10.

Are sweatshops good? The BB&T Program on Capitalism, Markets and Morality will host the debate “Are Sweatshops Good?” between Dr. Jeff Sarbaum (Economics) and Dr. David Lefkowitz (Philosophy). It will be a student-focused debate on the morality and economic impact of sweatshops. It will take place in Bryan 160 on Tuesday, March 15, at 4 p.m.

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week Last week, a scenario was presented asking what you would if a tornado warning was issued and you only had 3 minutes to make a potentially life-saving decision. Over the past three years, there have been two tornadoes, significant flooding, numerous severe storms, and other related severe weather events in Guilford County. Tornadoes touched down near the Triad Farmer’s Market in 2008 and in High Point in 2010, and in June 2009, an afternoon thunderstorm dumped 4.5 inches of rain at UNCG – the resulting flash flooding caused over $150,000 in damages on campus. Do you know the difference between a watch and warning? A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop. A warning means that a specified hazard is imminent (eg, Tornado Warning), and you should take shelter immediately. UNCG’s Office of Emergency Management says that for tornado warnings that may impact UNCG, every effort will be made to issue an alert. “It is important to remember that weather changes quickly, and everyone should monitor local media and NOAA weather radio for up-to-date information.” And make a plan. “When a tornado warning is issued, or severe weather strikes, know where you will go and how you will stay informed. Designate areas to take shelter, such as interior rooms on the lowest level of a building. Make sure you avoid glass and large open spaces, such as gyms and auditoriums.” To learn more about how to prepare for severe weather, register to attend a 30 minute “Essentials of Severe Weather” workshop on April 7 at 10 a..m. Email BeReady@uncg.edu to register. Visit www.uncg.edu/emg for more information on how to plan and respond to emergencies, or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 256-8639 or email BeReady@uncg.edu.

Art Appreciation 101 Staff are invited to a brown bag discussion noon – 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Enjoy a private tour of the current exhibitions, led by Curator of Education Ann Grimaldi and Curator of Exhibitions Xandra Eden. Gather in the 1st floor atrium lobby at noon. To register for this tour sponsored by the Personal and Professional Development Committee, UNCG Staff Senate, visit https://freyr.uncg.edu/workshops/list_by_category.jsp?cat_id=77001540.

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