News Items from UNC Greensboro

NotesIconBuilding brands in the Digital Age That is the topic of the keynote address by Sidney Falken, senior vice president, Hanes Brand and Corporate Marketing Administration, Hanebrands, at the CARS Fall Symposium. The symposium, sponsored by Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, will be Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2-4 p.m. in EUC Auditorium.

SECC in gear Packets for the State Employees Combined Campaign have been distributed to each UNCG faculty and staff member. It is the official giving campaign for state employees, helping more than 900 organizations in our region and state. “With today’s economy there are so many who need food, clothing, housing, and medical care. Similarly, programs need support,” says campus campaign chair Benita Peace. “One example that helps our children have a good education is the newly awarded grant funding to United Way of North Carolina from United Way Worldwide; the purpose is to further its educational mission to cut high school dropout numbers in half by 2018 and graduate all students college-ready. This year UNCG has set an attainable goal of $235,000, but can only meet and hopefully exceed this goal with your help. I am asking that you contribute toward our goal and make a difference in the lives of others.” A guide with more details can be downloaded here.

Community-Based Research (CBR) proposal deadline for submission extended The community-based research (CBR) initiation grant provides funds to faculty, student and community partner teams to advance research that serves a community group and advances disciplinary scholarship. Projects are sought that demonstrate promise for community-engaged scholarship, as defined by “teaching, discovery, integration, application, and engagement that involves faculty members in a mutually beneficial partnership with the community and has the following characteristics: clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate methods, significant results, effective presentation, reflective critique, rigor and peer review” (Community Campus Partnerships for Health, 2009). CBR teams must include at least one faculty member, one graduate student, one undergraduate and one community partner. Grant amount: Faculty member -$1,000 stipend, Undergraduate -$1,500 stipend, Graduate -$1,500 research award. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 1. Application can be found at http://olsl.uncg.edu. Questions? Email chhamilt@uncg.edu

Phased retirement program There will be an informational meeting on the Phased Retirement Program on Friday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. in the Provost’s Conference Room, 201 Mossman Building. All interested faculty members are invited to attend. For inquiries on program eligibility, contact EPA-HR at 4-5494.

UNCGSpartans.com online store It’s relaunched and it’s better than before. Need an item or accessory for Friday Blue & Gold Days? You can purchase Spartans apparel and items online at http://www.uncgspartans.com/marketplace/gear/featured-all. Through the end of this month, all items are 10 percent off, according to UNCG Athletics. Questions? Email mwhirsch@uncg.edu.

Depression awareness On Thursday, Oct. 7, UNCG will be participating in National Depression Screening Day. Screenings will be conducted from noon – 2 p.m. in the Maple Room, EUC. As part of this awareness event, faculty, staff and students are able to complete a free, confidential depression screening, and meet with a mental health professional to discuss the results of the screening. There will be seven sites around the county open to the general public – including the UNCG Psychology Clinic – but the EUC event is exclusively for students, staff and faculty at UNCG. Those with questions may contact Alice Franks (Counseling and Testing Center) at aefranks@uncg.edu. For reasons of privacy, staff and faculty interested in participating might prefer to take advantage of the UNCG Psychology Clinic at 1100 W. Market St, which will be conducting screenings on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Raft debate On Thursday, Sept. 30, 4-6 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, Dr. Promod Pratap, Dr. Joan Titus and Dr. Corey Johnson will debate over which discipline is the most valuable to humanity. Cake will be served.

Honors symposium The 2011 Undergraduate Honors Symposium will be held on Friday, Feb. 25, in the EUC. The symposium, an academic conference for undergraduates, gives students the opportunity to present their research or creative work in a 10-minute presentation, as part of a panel that is moderated by a faculty member. Submissions from any UNCG undergraduate, in any discipline, are welcome, and are due by Dec. 10. Faculty, if you’re interested in serving as a moderator – or if you have questions – contact Dr. Stacey Peebles (Lloyd International Honors College) at slpeeble@uncg.edu.

Sustainability The campus is participating in a new program to encourage sustainability. “STARS (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) is a powerful tool that will assist UNCG in meeting its goal of climate neutrality by 2050. Utilizing the STARS protocol will help UNCG determine practices and policies that may be improved to achieve this goal,” said Sustainability Coordinator Trey McDonald. STARS is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

United States – Sino photography exchange An excellent, small photography exhibition is currently on view in the EUC Art Gallery, near the main desk. According to gallery information, photography students from Randolph Community College and UNCG joined RCC instructor John F. Rush on a trip to China in May 2009. They and Chinese students explored the streets of a city, taking photographs all the while. Some wonderful photography, the result of their time in China, is on display.

Science on Tap lecture The series starts this year with “Bats and Mice in Your Backyard” 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Green Bean, 321 S. Elm Street. Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell (Biology) will speak about the challenges and rewards of studying local nocturnal biodiversity, including the challenge of researching animal sounds outside the range of human hearing. It is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development. Science on Tap talks take place 7:30-9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Green Bean. The semester’s remaining events will be Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.

In memoriam Robert Striano, a technical services analyst in ITS’ Client Services since 2005, died Saturday.

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