Taking science to the classes
Lori Bolds '05, principal of Welborne Academy of Science and Technology and UNCG doctoral candidate, gives a tour of the school to UNCG graduate students who applied to be Graduate STEM Fellows.
Students at three High Point schools will be getting more than your average science lessons in the coming year, thanks to a $2.8 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant.
The K-12 students, all attending science magnet schools in the same neighborhood, will become engaged in hands-on lessons and will learn about a variety of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM for short). Although the research questions are focused on local and regional changes, the skills are universal.
The National Science Foundation started the Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program in 1999. UNCG's GK-12 project, the first in the Piedmont Triad, is one of only 23 new projects funded out of 143 proposals submitted in 2009.
Led by Dr. Stanley Faeth, Dr. Catherine Matthews and Dr. John Lepri, the program will pay stipends and $10,000 toward tuition for nine graduate students each year, who will work with several hundred students. The program will involve eight-10 teachers initially, but could grow to include as many as 30.
With this grant, UNCG graduate students will be bringing real-life research into our classrooms, said Debbie Kraszeski, science curriculum specialist for Guilford County Schools. Together, we will be able to integrate the research with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, making learning relevant for students.
The graduate students will share their particular expertise. For example, when the eighth grade studies the hydrosphere a fellow from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry could help teach the properties of water, such as density, polarity and specific heat.
When the subject matter shifts to geologic timescale, major geologic events and climate change, a fellow from geography could take the lead. A fellow from biology could cover cells and nutrient intake. On occasion, all three might be in the classroom to assist with a particularly complex topic or to integrate multiple subject areas.
The GK-12 program is a wonderful opportunity to train graduate students at UNCG to communicate their research to a broad and diverse audience, said Faeth, head of the Department of Biology and the project’s lead principal investigator. If a graduate student is able to effectively explain his or her research to a fourth grader and translate that research into a lesson plan for a fourth-grade teacher, then this makes him or her a much better scientist overall.
Taking our boughs
A member of the grounds crew oversees the transplanting of a Japanese maple from another part of campus.
Our university loves our trees. So does the Arbor Day Foundation.
It honored UNCG as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.
UNCG was the fourth college or university in North Carolina to receive this distinction and the first in the UNC system.
Chancellor Linda P. Brady noted that it was a great honor for UNCG to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA University. We are grateful to the many faculty, students and staff that have worked through the years in the planning, design, maintenance and management of the university's grounds and forest resources and in engaging our community in our conservation efforts, she said.
Our UNCG Peabody Park Preservation Committee is delighted, said Dr. Elizabeth Lacey, committee chair. One of the committee's recent projects was planting trees along the eastern edge of Peabody Park, near the McIver Parking deck.
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors college and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.
UNCG met the required five standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.
More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
The stuff dreams are made of
Roy Hamilton on Elm Street in Greensboro
Many therapists analyze dreams, but Dr. Roy Hamilton decided to take a closer look at nightmares. Nightmares of the Elm Street variety.
Hamilton, staff psychologist and training coordinator for UNCG's Student Health Services, said Freddy Krueger, the shape-shifting killer in the Nightmare on Elm Street horror films, is an archetypal projection of the stresses, fears and anxieties of adolescents. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, can thus be read as a dark fable showing the inadequacies of negative coping methods drugs, alcohol, escapism, bullying, etc. to deal with our problems.
Dream Warriors demonstrates that negative coping is ultimately not helpful, said Hamilton, who will present his ideas at the Creativity and Madness Conference in Santa Fe, NM, in August. Some ways of coping help us grow and deal with stress better than others. Yes, negative coping works, just not long-term. In the film, most of the characters who resort to negative coping die.
The most effective ways of dealing with stress tap into one's inner resources, he said. You have to learn to use your abilities to think through a problem, anticipate the future and work with other people collaboratively.
Screenwriter Wes Craven created Freddy Krueger, a child murderer who kills in dreams, after reading reports of a young person who died while sleeping, Hamilton said. Freddy, with his ability to change form and his sadistic sense of humor, reflects the archetypal Shadow Trickster explicated at length by psychiatrist Carl Jung.
The appeal of horror films like the Nightmare series to teens and pre-teens has long been a subject of discussion.
The Freudians see horror films as a projection of unconscious, primarily sexual, desires, Hamilton said. The existentialists will say they are means of escaping death anxiety or fear of death, because everybody's invulnerable at that age. If you pick a theory, you can generally explain the attraction of horror through the lens of that theory.
Reem Disu, right, at the World Model United Nations Conference
Looking at the numbers can't begin to describe the experience. 1,950 students. From 49 universities. Representing 42 countries. It doesn't get more global than that.
In March, seven students from Lloyd International Honors College, along with two staff members, traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, to participate in the World Model United Nations Conference.
They represented the small, land-locked African nation of Burkina Faso. For those not familiar with Model UN, student delegates represent their assigned countries, taking part in a simulation of the United Nations, international organizations or governmental bodies such as the World Health Organization or the African Union.
Students must understand their country in all its facets and understand its position on global issues debated during sessions on topics such as climate change, freedom of expression, children's rights, terrorism or small arms trade.
Over a series of meetings, delegates work together to introduce working papers or draft resolutions.
Reem Disu, a senior communication studies major from Ghana who served on the African Union committee, said she had been to international conferences in Dubai and Cyprus before but neither compared to this experience.
For sure this was the best conference due to the scope in diversity and the challenge of developing solutions to the world's problems.
Going into the experience, she wasn't sure what to expect except that she expected to be bad at it. But to her surprise, she found that the competition was good, but she was more than able to handle it.
It took quite a lot of patience, she said. I had to tell myself over and over to have patience. I'm not a very patient person but I quickly learned the importance of patience in negotiation.
All that patience paid off. She learned who responded well to compliments and who responded better to assertiveness.
That was a big part forming that bond on a personal level, she said. I was the first one there every day.
UNCG received the diplomacy award, given to those who embodied the spirit of negotiation. It's not usual for a first-time delegate to receive that award, said Dr. Jerry Pubantz, director of Lloyd International Honors College.
The experience has changed Disu's view of the world and helped her understand the significant role the UN plays in peace and development.
This has fueled my passion for human rights she said. My dream is to become a responsible leader in promoting ethics, peace and justice especially in my home, Ghana. Now I'm open to working in a UN organization. I'm glad I took the opportunity.
Grant to ENRICH future teachers and students
Almost 500 future teachers and their future students will benefit from a five-year, $6.9-million federal grant to the School of Education.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 12 Teacher Quality Partnership grants to programs across the country as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. UNCG's proposal, Project ENRICH, marks a partnership between the university and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
The Department of Education has classified the Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools as high-need. UNCG will recruit and train teachers, including about 20 resident teachers per year who will earn master's degrees and get hands-on training working with experienced teachers in the school system. Residents will be selected to mirror the diversity of the student population, and must have an undergraduate degree in a content area and no teaching credential.
The residents will earn a living wage while spending four days a week in the classroom with a master teacher, said Dr. Betty Epanchin, principal investigator of the project and associate dean of teacher education and school relationships. The residents will start their program in the summer, taking three courses designed to prepare them for the initial work they will do in the classrooms.
A missionary. Two educators. A philanthropist. A businessman. A breast cancer survivor. An artist. All volunteers who have given of themselves to make a difference in their communities and around the world. These people received UNCG's top awards for service May 11.
The recipients are:
- Louise “Coffee” Maxwell Worth '40, of Comer, Ga., and Ann Phillips McCracken '60, of Sanford, Alumni Distinguished Service Award, presented to alumni who have rendered distinctive service on national, state or local levels, and made significant contributions to the liberal arts ideal.
- Dr. Brian J. Clarida '02 MSA, of Greensboro, Young Alumni Award, which is presented to alumni who are 40 years of age and younger, and recognizes exceptional achievement and significant contribution to the recipient's profession or community, society or the university.
- Stanley and Doris Tanger, of Greensboro, Charles Duncan McIver Award, which recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the state or nation.
- T. Clyde and Dorothy B. Collins '54, of Greensboro, Adelaide F. Holderness / H. Michael Weaver Award, which honors North Carolinians who have rendered distinguished public service to their community or state. It is named in honor of Adelaide F. Holderness '34 and H. Michael Weaver of Greensboro.
These are the highest honors that the university awards each year to community, state or national leaders for their service, and this year we celebrate the accomplishments of seven outstanding individuals, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. This year's recipients have helped change the state of North Carolina and the Triad for the better and they have inspired all who know them and have worked with them.
Achievements of each recipient include:
Louise Coffee Maxwell Worth, former director of UNCG's Presbyterian Campus Ministry, has led an extraordinary life that has spanned two continents. After graduating from Woman's College (WC), she put her degree to work as a teacher in North Carolina and at Korean mission schools, setting up Korea's first Montessori preschool. She and her husband, George, lived in Korea as educational missionaries for more than 20 years. She still teaches English as a Second Language to immigrants at Jubilee Partners in Atlanta, walking the half a mile to school at the age of 90.
Worth has also been active in peace and justice issues. She has been an advocate for racial equality all her life as well as an advocate for good housing for low income people.
Ann Phillips McCracken has given a great deal of her life to education. After graduation from WC, she spent several years teaching in Durham County Schools before earning her master's degree and becoming an English instructor at Central Community College.
In her community, McCracken is a member of the League of Women Voters of Moore County, a member of the Delta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member of a local race relations group called One for One, a volunteer with Bread Basket in Sanford and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church.
Additionally, McCracken has served UNCG as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1990-94 and as president in 1991. In 1992, she was a member of the Centennial Planning Executive Board and she served on the Excellence Foundation Board of Directors from 1992-94. In addition, she was a member of the Alumni House Steering Committee from 2004-07 and has supported the Spartan Club, UNCG Libraries and Women's and Gender Studies. She is currently a member of the Excellence Foundation Board of Visitors.
As principal of Sumner Elementary School, Dr. Brian Clarida believes all students can and will reach their full potential. He holds monthly student meetings and round table discussions so that students can have an open forum to voice concerns about school as well as their lives outside of school. To show students they matter, he has started a Community Day in which more than 50 business and political leaders come to the school to volunteer in classrooms. Clarida makes sure he too volunteers time in the community so students will have a good role model. He is active in Action Greensboro and SynerG Young Professionals. He serves on several advisory boards such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, Greensboro Historic Preservation Commission, UNCG Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, Tapestry (Weaver Foundation) and the YWCA.
He has partnered with UNCG to have 50 student interns placed at the school. He has also served on several UNCG committees such as the Board of Visitors.
Stanley Tanger, former chairman and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, and his wife, Doris, are passionate supporters of two key causes health care and education. In 1970, Doris was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was successfully treated at Duke University and the Tangers have embraced the university and the cause of breast cancer ever since. Recently, the company created the Tanger Cure Card, a specially designed gift card where 10 percent of proceeds from sales go to support the fight against the most prominent types of cancer in the U.S. lung cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer. The Tangers have also played a role in supporting women’s health in the Triad by creating a fund in Doris' name for UNCG's Women's Health and Wellness Center, which facilitates collaborative research within the School of Health and Human Performance.
Clyde Collins retired as the executive vice president, CFO and secretary of Southern Life Insurance Company in 1987. He retired young and has devoted his time to help develop and maintain community spirit. Clyde has served on many boards in Greensboro, including the UNCG Excellence Foundation of which he is the only emeritus member.
Dorothy is a Class of 1954 graduate who served on the planning committee for her class' 50th reunion in 2004. She has served as a volunteer in a number of community organizations including the Greensboro Opera Company, the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Mobile Meals and the UNCG Excellence Foundation.
Both Clyde and Dorothy are artists. Clyde is a potter and Dorothy a painter. As a result, both support the arts. They established the Dorothy Buchanan Collins Graduate Fellowship in Music at UNCG. Several years ago, the School of Music's Dorothy and Clyde Collins Lecture Hall was named in their honor.
State of a city
Though the bear market ended in 2009, Greensboro continues to be a Goldilocks economy. Not too hot. Not too cold.
When geography professor Dr. Keith Debbage, along with graduate student Suzanne Gallaway, was commissioned by the Greensboro Partnership to write the 2010 State of the City report, he knew the economy was sluggish.
No surprise there. And the report shows that population growth, wages and job creation in Greensboro lag behind the rates seen in other peer cities.
He'd prepared similar reports in past years. Some facts readers may find surprising in this year's report:
- Greensboro seems to be shedding its image as a manufacturing town, though it has a high proportion of its labor force employed in retail, which tends to pay less.
- The Guilford County school system reported the lowest high school drop-out rate and the highest cohort graduation rate relative to the other four North Carolina cities in the report.
- Only two of the nine peer cities reported a higher percentage of the population aged between 20-34, perhaps suggesting the important role that colleges and universities play in all three cities.
- Studies indicate Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad have some of the most sprawling growth patterns in the United States.
As the report states, It seems Greensboro still remains a Goldilocks economy that is neither too hot nor too cold but instead remained slightly below average on most major metrics.
View the full report. (PDF file)
High praise indeed
The Bryan School operations management program has been named among the top 15 programs nationwide in The Princeton Review’s second annual Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools.
And the high ranking comes from people who know the most about the Bryan School's program and how well it prepares them for the future its students.
The Princeton Review compiled the lists using data from its national survey of 19,000 MBA students attending 301 business schools profiled in its book Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition. The 80-question survey asked students to report on classroom and campus experiences at their schools and rate their MBA programs in several areas. The Princeton Review tallied the Student Opinion Honors lists based on students' assessments of how well they felt their business school courses had prepared them to succeed in six areas: accounting, finance, general management, global management, marketing and operations.
The business schools appear in alphabetical order on the lists, and are not ranked 1 to 15. The list is posted at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges and http://www.princetonreview.com/studentopinionhonors.aspx.
Have walking shoes, will travel
The idea was simple. Faculty and staff could sign up in the spring and after 100 days, see who'd walked or jogged the farthest.
The results were eye-popping. The 279 who participated and tracked their Spartan Steps with pedometers racked up 140,805,385 steps or about 70,000 miles.
That's nearly three times the circumference of the earth.
The leader for most of the semester was Allyn Cabral, a Spartan Chariot bus driver.
He notes that bus drivers tend to put on weight. I'm just the opposite, he said as he walked briefly before his next shuttle route. I never want to look like that.
He walks early each morning. He walks at least six miles on weekends. And he walks during the workday, every chance he gets. Normally, there are four or five minutes between routes. He stops, hops out and gets in at least one lap around his parking lot.
Those steps add up.
I never get tired. It's good and it's healthy, he says.
Ethics in the real world
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 UNCG's 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.
Participating in a project like this is so important for students since it enables them to make the connection between what goes on in the classroom and the real world, he said. This particular project tells the story of the good business actors in our community. Too often, even in textbooks, it is the bad actors who get most of the attention which gives the wrong impression about the business community as a whole.
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.
The growth of the project also demonstrates the value of service our student teams perform for the businesses, he added.
Local businesses large and small are asking for and relying upon our student teams to provide quality and professional service by assisting with the award submissions.
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.
On a streak
Here they come. Look at that. Look at that.
There they go. Look at that. Look at that.
And they ain't wearin' no clothes!
In the early spring of 1974, the streaking craze hit UNCG, resulting in a record-breaking co-ed streak that included more than 250 students.
Cliff Mitchell chronicled the big streak in the March 4, 1974, edition of the Carolinian. The streaking phenomenon was so new, in fact, that Mitchell enclosed the term streak in quotation marks throughout.
Mitchell's front page story included photos and described nude men and women struggling with Campus Security and riding around on motorcycles and in a Porsche. Two of the streakers apparently were running for SGA offices.
The story appears below in all of its bare-all glory.
Don't look, Ethel!
UNCG sets new women streakers record
Streaking, which has been sweeping the colleges and universities around the country, ran rampant throughout UNCG during the past week. On Sunday night, 1,000 to 1,500 people watched and cheered as UNCG set various new streaking records. 258 students streaked, including 75-80 women (a new national record) which incidentally surpassed the 209 streakers who ran at Carolina last week.
There were also three other records set: one for two nude persons (one man, one woman) who rode a motorcycle for one half-mile, one for five people in a Porsche, and one for six in an M.G.B.
Vice-chancellor James Allen sent word that he was all for it as long as [the streakers] stayed on campus. The campus police did not interfere, acting under a decision made last Friday that no criminal or intra-University disciplinary action would be taken.
The streaking craze apparently began at UNCG last Wednesday night, when one lone man ran naked down College Avenue. That was also the night that Carolina set the national record for the new sport.
UNCG staged its first major streak the following night in front of Guilford and Spencer Halls. 1,500 to 2,000 students gathered to watch the streakers, numbering between 18 and 25 including four women, frolic up and down College Avenue.
The streakers made two runs. In between, some of the residents of Guilford danced naked on the roof, and when a television crew from WFMY arrived with their spotlights, the spectators went wild for them.
When the streakers made their last run, coming down College Avenue, Mr. James Blevins, Director of Campus Security, and one of his officers grabbed a female streaker and took her to a waiting campus police car.
Another officer tackled a male streaker and the crowd jumped to the streaker's rescue. As they wrestled with the security officer, he began to strike the students with his flashlight.
The streaker escaped, and the officer (as yet unidentified) grabbed another student around the waist and began to strike him. More students pulled the two apart and the scuffle ended. There were no reported injuries.
The crowd, now numbering approximately 800, swarmed around the police car in which the girl was being held. A chant of Let her go! sprang up, and an unknown person slashed the car's tires.
After consultation with James Allen, the Campus Security officers released the girl.
In the meantime, someone had caved in the roof of the patrol car by jumping on its roof. After the car left, the crowd dispersed.
In Sunday night's streak the participants ran three times, up and down the Quad. Between streaks people rode about nude on motorcycles and in cars.
One girl, standing at the microphone on the porch of Hinshaw, announced that we will never put UNCG on the map unless more girls streak.
There were also various challenges, relayed through master of ceremonies Jerry Fletcher. One challenged Mr. Blevins to streak, and was met with applause from the audience.
Two men who are rumored to be running for SGA offices streaked, saying they were in favor of openness in government.
This First National Streaking Competition was sponsored by a group calling itself the UNCG chapter of the Alpha Sigma Sigma fraternity. A spokesman for the group said, If our records are broken, there will be another streaking.