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NotesIconForum on retention and learning communities On Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House, the Faculty Senate presents a forum. All are invited to to learn more about the relationship between retention and learning communities at UNCG, to learn about the plan to expand the number of learning communities, and to learn about the impact learning communities will have on the future in higher education, especially at UNCG. Speakers for this forum are Dr. Steve Roberson, Dean, Undergraduate Studies; Dr. John Sopper, Director of Special Projects, Undergraduate Studies; and Dr. John Gamble, Faculty Senate Chair.

NC Flex open enrollment is being held through Oct. 29. Any changes made during open enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2011. For details and contact information, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Benefits/Flex_Open_Enrollment/.

HES Sustainability Initiative presents “Small Steps to Big Ideas: Sustainability on Campus.” Join them for “Soup and Substance: Taking small steps to integrate sustainability into your curriculum,” in 401 Gatewood Building, Friday, Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy artisan soups & bread from Maria’s Gourmet Catering, take away the “Big Ideas” worksheet and browse the Sustainability Book and Video Fair. Sponsored by the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Space will be limited. RSVP by Oct. 27 at 4-5980 or HES@uncg.edu.

Greek Treats October 27 You’re invited to this annual tradition and opportunity to mingle with campus and community friends. Come in costume and head to Cone Ballroom in Elliott University Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, for candy, games and safe and convenient trick-or-treating presented by the UNCG Greek community. Open to children of all ages. Contact Assistant Director for Greek Life, Samantha McGinty (samcint@uncg.edu) for more information.

Aging and Health: a Global Perspective This talk will be today, Wednesday, Oct. 20, noon- p.m., Elliott University Center, Dogwood Room. Dr. Bei Wu, (Gerontology Program) will share results from her current research projects including cross-cultural comparison of health and health care systems in the U.S. and in China; promoting cognitive health in diverse cultures; and oral health disparities in older Americans. A very brief UNCG Gerontology Research Network business meeting will follow this presentation.

Dining Services is going pink UNCG Dining Services kicked off Breast Cancer Month with an Awareness Celebration honoring breast cancer survivors. They launched their partnership with the North Carolina Triad Susan G. Komen affiliate for the Yoplait Save the Lids campaign. For the entire month of October, the UNCG community can drop off any Yoplait Pink lids they may have, in all retail locations. Details are at dineoncampus.com/uncg. On an unrelated note, Dining Services will unveil its new burger today (Oct. 18) at Coyote Jack’s. Customers will be able to sample and purchase this burger.

Panel Discussion: Pirates! While the pirate in the popular imagination tends to look like Johnny Depp and inhabit rowdy port cities in the Caribbean, pirates have pillaged and plundered from ancient times to the present day in all corners of the world. On Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, four experts from UNCG will discuss the pirates they have encountered in their very different fields of study. Dr. Omar Ali, African American Studies, will talk about a 14th Century Morrocan explorer who was beset by pirates off the coast of Sri Lanka and lived to tell the tale. Dr. James Anderson, History, will examine the intersection between smuggling, piracy and patriotism in the career of the Sino-Japanese pirate and Ming loyalist Zheng Chenggong (1624-1662). Jason Cooke, a doctoral candidate in English, will look at the intersection between the actual hijackings of American vessels off the Barbary Coast and the treatment of those events in early American Literature. Dr. Robert Griffiths, Political Science, will discuss recent pirate attacks off the coast of Africa in the context of international security and law. A reception will immediately follow.

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