News Items from UNC Greensboro

NotesIconNC House’s proposed budget The 2010-11 state budget passed by the State House last week contained much deeper cuts than the budget passed by the State Senate. In a statement, UNC system president Erskine Bowles said, in part, “If these proposed cuts remain in the state budget, another 1,700 positions will have to be eliminated across the University. Quality faculty will lose their jobs or be pirated away. Classes will be significantly larger or unavailable. As a result, retention and graduation rates will fall dramatically. And worst of all, many qualified North Carolina students won’t be able to obtain the financial aid they need—and many more will be denied admission altogether—since the House budget caps UNC enrollment growth and fails to fully fund need-based financial aid.” Read his full statement here. The statement – and additional budget-related items posted yesterday – are at UNCG’s budget central web site.  Members of the House and Senate are set to work on a compromise proposed budget.

Provost supports legislation to ensure public access to publicly funded research Dr. David H. Perrin has joined many other leaders at major public and private research institutions in voicing their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act. The act was introduced in the House of Representatives on April 15. The bill proposes to require those eleven federal agencies with extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to implement policies that deliver timely, free, online access to the published results of the research they fund, according to information provided in a media advisory. The act would require that the results of taxpayer-funded research be made available no later than six months after publication in a journal. As Barry Miller in University Libraries points out, the legislation would mean enhanced access to federally funded research articles for researchers and students at UNCG. Availability of federally funded research in open online archives also would expand the worldwide visibility of the research conducted here, increase the impact of our investment in this research, and aid us in examining related work at other institutions that compete for government grants and contracts. A list of those signing the SPARC statement may be found at http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/institutions.shtml. The statement may be found at http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/frpaa/highered.shtml.

Where UNCG stands in SoCon UNCG was second in the Commissioner’s Cup, which is based on men’s sports standings, and seventh in the Germann Cup, which is based on women’s sports standings, for 2009-10. UNCG’s second-place standing on the men’s side equaled its best finish set in 2006-07. The seventh-place standing on the women’s side equaled last year’s finish. Appalachian State’s men and Samford’s women claimed the all-sports championships for the 2009-10 athletic season.

One millionth visitor this year For the first time, Jackson Library has recorded one million visits in an academic year. The numbers are tabulated by the electronic gate counters. As the one millionth visitor arrived on Monday, library staff were waiting at the EUC Library entrance to take photos and celebrate. Kathy Crowe, the University Libraries’ associate dean for public services, added that other numbers have increased as well. For example, the number of students studying overnight during May exam week increased 11 percent between May 2009 and May 2010. She adds that the Libraries will also be adding more types of technology to lend. In addition to laptops, they will soon be lending camcorders and digital voice recorders in Jackson Library and the Music Library.

Nursing honor society endows scholarship Gamma Zeta, the nursing honor society on campus, presented the School of Nursing with a $25,000 endowed scholarship for nursing students. ‘We receive monies from member dues and fundraisers. Monies over and above operating costs have been placed in CDs for future use,” said chapter president Daria Kring. “At the time of maturity this year, we realized we had just over $25,000 – the amount needed to establish an endowed scholarship in the School of Nursing.” She added, “An endowed scholarship fund is a wonderful opportunity whereby a donor, in this case, Gamma Zeta, is creating an ongoing legacy by ensuring that nursing students are able to complete their degree and fulfill their dream of becoming a nurse.”

On Smithsonian Channel The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Department in the University Libraries has provided scanned documents and photographs to the Smithsonian Channel for its upcoming program, tentatively titled “Greensboro Four,” scheduled to air on July 25, to coincide with the date on which Woolworth finally desegregated its lunch counter after months of sit-ins. Among the materials provided are clippings from the student newspaper, The Carolinian; images of students who participated in the sit-ins; oral history transcripts; and various documents dealing with reaction to the sit-ins.

One of twelve The Student Success Center – Learning Assistance Center Tutoring Services program recently received Advanced-Level Certification from the National Association for Developmental Educators (NADE). The evaluation process was based upon the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS Standards). NADE noted that the LAC Tutoring Services program “is clearly dedicated to increasing student learning and student success and on the systematic and continuous collection of data.” Only 11 other programs nationally have received this certification, thus far. For details, email jeforema@uncg.edu.

Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dr. Rebekah Megerian of Asheboro has been elected chairperson of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, and Mr. Lance Elko, vice-chair. Megerian, who holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from UNCG, retired from Randolph Community College as dean of Basic Skills in 2008 after a 28-year career there. Elko, who lives in Greensboro, is an editor with Pace Communications and is also a professional musician. Other newly-elected board members include Robin Sutton Anders, David Arneke, Ned Cline, Carol Cone Douglas, Nancy Fuller, Jim Schlosser, Charles Sullivan, and Laura Tew. Re-elected to the board was Selby Bateman.

Red Cross gives recognition UNCG received a Certificate of Recognition last week from the Greensboro Chapter of the American Red Cross for UNCG’s “valuable contribution to blood services.”  Dr. Cherry Callahan says, “Evidently, we were the most successful in terms of amount of pints received when compared to all other colleges and universities in their jurisdiction – Guilford, Randolph and Montgomery Counties.”  Callahan is a board member of the Greensboro chapter, and had the honor of accepting the award on the university’s behalf.

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