News Items from UNC Greensboro

NotesIconHealthyUNCG is offering mini-grants to students and faculty mentors HealthyUNCG is a university initiative to support the health and well being of employees. In support of the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service and the strategic plan items to promote health, HealthyUNCG is offering mini-grants to encourage faculty-student collaboration to develop and implement activities aimed at understanding or improving the health of UNCG employees. This competitive mini-grant program offers resources to assist in the development and implementation of planned activities. For more information or to apply, see the attached application. Those with questions may contact Michelle Cathorall at healthy_uncg@uncg.edu. More information – and a downloadable application form – can be found at http://healthy.uncg.edu. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 14.

Gifts for older members of our community UNCG’s Delta Gamma Chapter of the Sigma Phi Omega national honor society invites faculty, students, alumni and friends) to giving to Seniors in our Community this holiday season. The chapter asks for your help in bringing a some joy during this busy time by making a contribution to “Santa for Seniors” sponsored cy Senior Resources of Guilford. This is a great opportunity for re-gifting unused items, they say. Gifts don’t have to be expensive or grand to have a big effect, the add. Some gift ideas: gift Certificates to drug stores or grocery stores; personal care items such as shampoo and tooth paste; clothing like socks, robes and sweater, slippers; Grocery items like canned food items, tea, coffee and cereal; Other items like flashlights, batteries, towels and large print books and magazines, stationery and stamps; and other donations. Bring your item(s) to the “Santa for Seniors” box in the Gerontology Department (219 McIver Building) by Friday, Dec. 10.

No. 1 Duke comes to town Dec. 29 Santa is not the only one coming to town. So are the defending champions Duke Blue Devils, ranked no. 1 in the country. Getting a ticket to a game on Duke’s home court is next to impossible, they’re in such demand. But tickets are on sale for UNCG-Duke game at the Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. The best ticket deal is the 4 for $44 Family Pack, where you’ll receive four tickets, four sodas and one large popcorn. Seats are limited. Reserve yours by visiting the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office (where you’ll pay no service charge), visiting ticketmaster.com or calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Additionally, the men’s team will offer a Winter Holiday Special, Buy One, Get One Free ticket offer on Wednesday, Dec. 22, when the Spartans host the Richmond Spiders. Tip-off is set for noon. This offer is available through the UNCG Ticket Office at 4-3250, the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com.

Women’s basketball and men’s wrestling Come celebrate the holiday and support our women’s basketball team as it takes on the Wofford Terriers on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. This “Family Day,” features pregame cookie decorating, games, hot chocolate, crafts and visits with Santa Claus. Faculty and staff receive free admission to all women’s basketball home events. And UNCG Wrestling will host the Southern Scuffle Dec. 29-30 in the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Thirty-one teams from across the nation will attend the Southern Scuffle, including Cornell, who currently holds the No. 1 ranking. In all, six of the top 25 programs will be in attendance this year; Michigan (No. 13), Edinboro (No. 15), Virginia (No. 20), NC State (No. 21), and Kent State (No. 25). Purchase your tickets for the Southern Scuffle by visiting the Coliseum Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com.

Honor for UNCG Opera UNCG’s “L’Enfant et les Sortlieges” production won second place in its division in the 2010 National Opera Association Opera Production Competition. David Holley (Music) notes that this is the 11th award for UNCG Opera in the competition – seven in first place and four in second place – in the 16 years UNCG has entered. The award will be presented at the NOA Convention in San Antonio on Jan. 9.

Graduate-level counseling students teamed up with the Triad Health Project to create an online resource for women living with HIV and AIDS. The online booklet “Project Thrive: Women Living Longer, Living Better with HIV/AIDS” is available at http://www.uncg.edu/ced/thrive. It includes information on such issues as disclosure of HIV-positive status, job-related questions, maintaining supportive relationships and self care. “Project Thrive” was a semester-long project undertaken by students in Dr. Christine Murray’s sexuality counseling class. Murray and the students promoted the resource at the Triad Health Project’s annual Winter Walk on Sunday, Dec. 5. “Project Thrive” was a response to the relative lack of services and resources for women with HIV/AIDS compared with men, Murray said. “It was really important to the students that they send a positive message of empowerment and hope to these women through this project. This was especially true after they learned how the health behaviors that HIV-positive women use really can lead to positive physical and mental health outcomes.” The Triad Health Project, based in Greensboro, is dedicated to HIV prevention, education and services. For more information, contact Murray at cemurray@uncg.edu. To learn more about the Triad Health Project, visit http://www.triadhealthproject.com/.

HealthyUNCG offers big discount It offers the 15-week Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program to UNCG employees for only $5 if you attend 10 sessions. The cost is $30, payable at the first session, but if you attend 10 of the 15 sessions you will get a $25.00 refund. Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less is a weight-management program that uses strategies proven to work. Each lesson informs, empowers and motivates participants to live mindfully as they make choices about eating and physical activity. For more information or to register for any of the sessions. visit HealthyUNCG.

This issue is final CW of semester Happy holidays! After the holiday break, Campus Weekly will publish on Jan. 12, when it resumes its weekly schedule.

SERVE Center’s Regional Educational Laboratory-Southeast study regarding kindergarten literacy program A rigorous study conducted in the Mississippi Delta by the UNCG SERVE Center’s Regional Educational Laboratory-Southeast found that K-PAVE, an intervention designed to promote kindergarteners’ vocabulary development, had a significant positive impact on students. It was found that those students who received the K-PAVE intervention were one month further ahead in vocabulary development and academic knowledge at the end of kindergarten compared to their peers who did not receive K-PAVE. The study also found that K-PAVE training had a positive impact on teachers’ instructional practices. Kindergarten teachers trained in the intervention were significantly more likely than their peers who did not receive K-PAVE training to engage in activities intended to support students’ vocabulary and comprehension development. This study was the first independent test of the effectiveness of the K-PAVE vocabulary intervention, using a rigorous randomized design, and testing the intervention as implemented in multiple school districts. The SERVE Center has managed the U. S. Department of Education-funded Southeast Regional Educational Laboratory for nearly two decades. See more details about the SERVE Center and about the study.

Graduate School dean search committee is in place Applications for the position of dean of the Graduate School are being accepted. Screening of applications will begin on Feb. 1, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates are asked to submit applications electronically to L. DiAnne Borders, Chair of the Search Committee, at borders@uncg.edu. Additional members of the search committee are Dr. Kenneth A. Snowden, Bryan School; Dr. Sandra J. Shultz, HHP; Dr. Laura A. Chesak, Graduate School; Dr. W. Richard Cowling, School of Nursing; Dr. William P. Carroll, School of Music, Theatre and Dance; Dr. David H. Demo, HES; Dr. Marinella Sandro, JSNN; Dr. Karen Katula, CA&S; Dr. Charels C. Bolton, CA&S; Tuisha Fernandes, Brayn School; Joshua P. Herron, Graduate Student, English; Dr. Terri L. Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development; Ms. Mitzi Burchinal, Graduate School

Spartan Steps continues apace As of early December, Paul Siders from the Weatherspoon Gallery is the top stepper, while Aycock Auditorium is the leading department. There are 165 active participants in the Fall 2010 Spartan Steps, walking a total of 50,723,012 steps or approximately 25,210 miles. The average stepper has walked 5,041 steps per day or 2.51 miles. The challenge period ends in early January. “We walk every friday at noon, meeting at the clocktower on College Ave.,” says Sean Farrell (HRS). “All are invited!”

UNCG Budget Central web page Visit fsv.uncg.edu/budgetcentral to get updates related to the university’s budget. This web page is designed to keep the university community apprised of UNCG’s response to the unprecedented economic challenges facing North Carolina and the country. The web site provides relevant information from the system president, Chancellor Brady, the Office of State Budget and Management, and other important campus and North Carolina links related to the budget process and ongoing budget reduction plans. This web site will be updated as additional relevant information becomes available. At the web site, you can join a listserv to receive notification of web site updates.

“Hood To Coast” documentary by UNCG alum Christoph Baaden A former exchange student and UNCG alum, Christoph Baaden, has directed an independent film called “Hood To Coast, which is being released at select theaters nationwide. In Greensboro, the film will be played at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Regal Grande. The film follows four teams with various levels of athletic ability on their epic journey to conquer the world’s largest relay race. This is a film about ordinary people on an extraordinary journey. It played very successfully at South by Southwest (SXSW) this year to sold-out non-runner crowds. Baaden received a master’s in Broadcasting & Cinema in 2001, winning a Student Emmy for his master’s thesis. After graduating, Baaden moved to Los Angeles. Read more about Baaden and “Hood To Coast,” in this Oregon Live article and this Huffington Post piece.

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