iSpartan email migration The voluntary opt-in period to migrate faculty and staff email accounts from Lotus Notes to iSpartan has been extended until October 2010, when ITS will begin migrating remaining accounts. (iSpartan is UNCG’s implementation of Google Apps for Education.) Details about this initiative can be found in the April 2010 ITS Newsletter, in the article “Campus-wide Technology Initiatives: ITS implementing three major projects in 2010-11.” The just-published newsletter offers many other news items as well.
Spartan Printing wins awards On March 6, Spartan Printing won two awards at the 43rd Annual PICA Awards honoring printing excellence in the Carolinas. The first award was for Best of Category for inkjet wide format printing for the UNC Exchange Program banner. The second award was a Special Judges Award for digital printing: brochures and broadsides for UNC Exchange Program brochure. Both pieces were designed by Spartan Printing’s graphic artist Wyndell Earles.
Relay for Life Faculty, staff and students raised more than $22,000 during the campus’ Relay for Life function to benefit the American Cancer Society at UNCG Soccer Stadium. There were a total of 742 participants for the event, a new record for the UNCG Relay site. Of our university’s 18 athletic teams, 15 participated in some form, with three teams having conflicts due to competition schedules. The women’s soccer team raised the most money of any of the athletic teams, raising $1,725. Alpha Lambda Delta raised the most money of any registered group, coming in with $2,434. Dana White raised the most money of any one participant at the site, raising $1,474 – twice as much as any other participant. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
In memoriam Dr. David Purpel, emeritus professor in the School of Education, died Monday, April 19. He joined the faculty of the School of Education in 1972 and served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations.
Ethics and business What better way is there for college students to learn how to manage an ethical business than to immerse themselves in one? That’s the experience dozens of local college students from UNCG, North Carolina A&T State and Elon University had this spring as they worked with Triad businesses on applications for the Piedmont Business Ethics Award. It’s the second year students from the Bryan School of Business and Economics have participated in the project, one that gives them hands on experience in evaluating ethical behavior, said UNCG instructor Wade Maki. Maki said participation from students at the three universities validates the importance of teaching business ethics. “In addition to learning how ethics are applied by businesses in our community our students also get an opportunity to hone their networking and professionalism skills in working with their business client. At UNCG, the project is a joint effort between the Department of Philosophy, the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning.
Free speech Several UNCG faculty members and students were among those who gathered for a “celebrating free speech” event at the downtown Center City Park April 20. The park’s policy against delivering political speech has been changed. Students and faculty in the interdisciplinary, inter-institutional class “Reclaiming Democracy: Dialogue, Decision Making and Community Action” had been advocating this change. For more information, contact Dr. Spoma Jovanovic (Communication Studies).
Psychopharmacology conference On March 26, the Counseling & Testing Center as well as departments of Social Work, Counseling and Psychology hosted the second annual Innovations in Psychopharmacology Symposium to a standing room only group. More than 160 attended. There were professionals from the Triad and Research Triangle attending, sharing expertise, and making connections. The event was held in Cone Ballroom, EUC. Key speakers included Dr. Brent Joy (Counseling & Testing Center) and Dr. Melissa Floyd (Social Work). The third speaker was Dr. Ayesha Chaudhary (Duke University Counseling & Psychological Services and Duke University Medical Center). Topics presented were “Innovations in Psychopharmacology,” “Psychiatry Medication & Ethics” and “Cultural Considerations in the Context of Pharmacological Treatment Planning.” The sessions covered issues that face mental health care professions on a daily basis, as well as new developments in medications and alternative therapies for their patients. Planning is beginning for next year’s symposium. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Arts Festival The UNCG NAACP will presents 2010 Black Arts Festival on Friday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., in Curry Auditorium.
Quantitative training available through ICPSR’s summer program Through UNCG’s membership, faculty, staff and students have access to resources of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the nation’s largest social science data repository. UNCG’s membership allows campus network users unlimited web downloads of ICPSR data and documentation from http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/. Popular topics include crime statistics, data on health, aging, and human development, census data, election studies, and economic data. ICPSR also offers training in quantitative methods of social research. UNCG training participants are eligible for reduced member fees. Most courses are at the University of Michigan, but a few are held at UNC Chapel Hill. For more information about the 2010 ICPSR Summer Program, including how to apply, course schedules and fees, visit http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/. If you have questions about the Summer Program or using ICPSR data, contact Lynda Kellam at email@example.com or 4-5251.
Paws for stress It’s meant as a stress reducer for students as the end of semester approaches, but all on campus community are welcome. Enjoy some fun and relaxation with therapy dogs, cats and rabbits. The event at the Minerva Statue near EUC will be Wednesday, April 28, noon to 2 p.m. It is sponsored by the Wellness Center and Kopper Top Life Learning Center.