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The west side of the dining hall (near the Fountain) will feature a large archway and a glass canopy.

The west side of the dining hall (near the Fountain) will feature a large archway and a glass canopy.

The Dining Hall you knew as a student will look quite different starting next fall.

A makeover for the main campus eatery will involve reconfiguring the interior to make it “more student-centered and customer-friendly,” according to David Reeves, the campus' project manager for the renovation.

For example, Reeves says, to get to the second floor dining area, you currently have to go to the center of the building, go through doors and climb the circular stairs. With the renovation, two new access points to the second floor will be available. As you enter from College Avenue, you will not have to go through the tunnel (though you can). Stairs will lead directly to the dining floor. In addition, stairs will be available from the west side.

On the second floor, the concept of one large cafeteria will be replaced by “a lot more dining venues — perhaps 11, (presenting) a lot of choices.”

As part of the renovation, the large white "birdcage" currently adorning the West entrance of the Dining Hall will be removed. It was created in 1985.

The new west entrance will feature a large archway and also a glass canopy. Much of the side facing the Fountain will be glass. Some seating is expected outside on the entrance floor. And balconies, with seating, can be enjoyed on the second floor. The balconies will be open.

The project budget is $31.5 million. It will be paid for over time by a portion of the students' meal plan fees, says Reeves.

The entire project is scheduled to last 24 months. The Dining Hall will remain open during renovation.

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Dr. Jim Weeks
Dr. Jim Weeks
Bryan School dean stepping down

After two decades as dean of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics, Dr. Jim Weeks will step down at the end of this academic year.

Under Weeks' leadership, the Bryan School:

  • Increased its endowment sixfold from $4 million to more than $24 million.
  • Graduated more than 10,000 undergraduates and graduate students. (The school has more than 19,000 alumni.)
  • Added six new degree programs — doctorates in economics and information systems; a master's degree in information management and technology; and bachelor's degrees in entrepreneurship, international business and marketing.
  • Established three research centers — the Center for Business and Economic Research and the McDowell Center for Global Information Technology Management, and the university-wide North Carolina Center for Entrepreneurship.

He also created the Bryan School Alumni Association, started the school's Distinguished Alumni Award, expanded international activity and earned international accreditation by the premier accrediting agency for business schools, AACSB International.

Weeks joined UNCG as an assistant professor of operations management in 1976 and was promoted through the faculty ranks to professor in 1988. He also served as associate dean and director of the MBA Program.

Three other deans also announced plans to step down this year. Dr. Dale Schunk, dean of the School of Education, left his position at the end of December. Dr. James Peterson, dean of The Graduate School, and Dr. Laura S. Sims, dean of the School of Human Environmental Sciences, will leave their posts at the end of the academic year.

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Dr. Karen K. Wixson
Dr. Karen K. Wixson
New face

The School of Education has a new dean — Dr. Karen K. Wixson.

Wixson, who previously served as dean and professor of education at the University of Michigan, succeeded Dr. Dale H. Schunk. Schunk had held the position since 2001.

“I was immediately attracted to UNCG because of its reputation as an engaged institution, in general, and specifically in the area of education,” Wixson said.

She served as dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan from 1998-2005. Prior to receiving her doctorate in reading education at Syracuse University, she worked as both a remedial reading specialist and a learning disabilities teacher.

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Anya Russian, left, UNCG AmeriCorps ACCESS caseworker, helps Honorine Ningatouloun, right, with her clothes. The installation of washing machines has brought a sense of community to the immigrants at Avalon Trace.
Anya Russian, left, UNCG AmeriCorps ACCESS caseworker, helps Honorine Ningatouloun, right, with her clothes. The installation of washing machines has brought a sense of community to the immigrants at Avalon Trace.
Laundry, service

The immigrants living in Greensboro's Avalon Trace community had no good access to laundry facilities. They'd wash clothes in bathtubs, which would sometimes overflow, and hang or lay the clothes throughout the property — on trees, bushes and mostly flat on the ground.

The apartment manager asked for assistance. UNCG's Center for New North Carolinians volunteers and community center director Stephanie Baldwin '07 MSW saw an opportunity.

They could help meet the basic needs of the immigrants — clean clothes and clear living spaces — while the residents learned how to operate American-style washers and dryers.

But the results could go much further.

They installed three washers and two dryers, donated by the apartments' management company.

African immigrants first began using the machines. Baldwin and CNNC AmeriCorps volunteers showed them how to operate the switches, how much detergent to use, how full to load the washer. Then more began using them. They'd not go directly back to their homes — they'd sit and talk with each other — and with volunteers. They'd learn about English classes offered at the center. About a women's support group there, which gathers to knit and talk weekly. Clothes for new arrivals. Computer-education and tutoring opportunities there. Health education, such as sickle cell outreach. Or if you just want someone to help you read mail …

The African, Vietnamese and Burmese residents began taking advantage of what was offered — and became empowered.

There's a greater sense of community now, Baldwin explains. All because of a few machines — and basic needs being met.

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Arugula, spinach and lettuce have already sprouted in the campus garden.
Arugula, spinach and lettuce have already sprouted in the campus garden.
Hatching a plot

Just call it another way to go green.

Last fall, UNCG kicked off a campus garden. And help has poured in from every corner.

Students in Interior Architecture designed the space on the formerly empty lot at 124 McIver Street for the UNCG Garden. Volunteers from the UNCG community built 30 4x8 low beds from reclaimed wood. Carpenters from Residence Life cut all the wood and built two raised beds for handicapped accessibility. The City of Greensboro donated topsoil and compost. And 120 faculty, staff and student volunteers readied the beds — a layer of cardboard, followed by topsoil and compost, and topped off with coffee grounds donated by Tate Street Coffee House. Shade cloth topped with wood chips lines the areas between the beds.

Dr. Susan Andreatta, co-director of UNCG Gardens with Guy Sanders, has worked with local farmers for years and one of the things she's noticed is that the age of the farmers continues to go up. Not many young people are seeking out that way of life.

“It occurred to me, we can teach them at UNCG. We can teach backyard gardening, make it fun, bring it into our classrooms,” she says. “And here we are.”

Already, all of the beds have been claimed by various groups such as the dining hall, the Asian Student Association, the library and even a Classics class, which plans to put in a Roman garden.

The UNCG Garden is an organic one, with no use of synthetic chemicals. And the weeding and work will be done by those who sign up to be a part of it.

“The best thing about all this is we're creating community around local food and around sustainability,” Andreatta says.

While the dining hall started garlic and shallots in early winter, others have waited for warmer weather to start planting.

Other things are afoot this spring as well — the construction of an outdoor school room and storage containers.

UNCG is also working with Guilford County extension agents and master gardeners to offer classes for those who want to learn more about gardening, Andreatta says.

To keep up to date with the latest garden happenings including photos and blog entries, visit the UNCG Gardens web site at http://www.uncg.edu/aas/uncg_gardens/.

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Under review

Every academic program at UNCG is under review.

Reviews on the unit level will take place in the spring, with programs being sorted into three ranked groupings. A university-wide review committee will conduct its work throughout the summer, making recommendations to either discontinue; curtail; combine with other UNCG programs; recommend for combination with other UNC system programs; continue with budget-neutral interventions to address program quality, functions and demand, or efficiency; continue as is; or continue with additional resources to be allocated as available.

Their work will be presented to campus groups in mid-September. By Nov. 1, Provost David H. Perrin will forward recommendations to Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

UNC President Tom Ross, in speaking with UNCG's Faculty Senate in February, commended UNCG for taking this initiative.

View details at opa.uncg.edu/programreview/docreview.aspx.

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Restructuring recommendation

A new School of Health and Human Sciences has been approved by UNCG's Board of Trustees. If approved by the UNC system's Board of Governors, it would replace the schools of Human Environmental Sciences and Health and Human Performance on July 1.

The new school would have seven departments — communication sciences and disorders, gerontology and recreation, human development and family studies, kinesiology, nutrition, social work, and public health education — and the Genetic Counseling Program.

See the full restructuring proposal. (PDF document)

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Closing the graduation gap

UNCG is on the short list of American universities that have closed the gap between graduation rates for African-American and white students, according to a report from The Education Trust.

Nationally, African Americans earn bachelor's degrees from four-year institutions at rates 20 percentage points below white students. By contrast, UNCG's graduation rates for African-American students — based on an average for 2006, 2007 and 2008 — were almost 5 percentage points higher than for whites. White students graduated at a rate of 50.7 percent while African-American students graduated at a rate of 55.5 percent.

The Education Trust, an education watchdog group, includes UNCG on a list of 29 public universities with the smallest white-black graduation rate gaps.

UNCG has the most diverse student body of the UNC system's historically white campuses. About 22 percent of the university's undergraduate students are African-American.

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Chancellor Linda P. Brady discusses the benefits of iSchool on the Microsoft video.
Chancellor Linda P. Brady discusses the benefits of iSchool on the Microsoft video.
Touting technology

We know that UNCG's iSchool program is a great example of using technology for education. Now everyone else will know it too.

Microsoft searched out several programs that put technology to good use for education for a 5-minute video.

UNCG's iSchool, in which high school students earn college credit by taking online courses during their school day, was the only U.S. example.

See the video. To learn more about iSchool, visit web.uncg.edu/dcl/web/ischool.

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