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Library Webinar Series Offers Resources for UNCG Community

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:19:00 +0000

University Libraries will host two webinar series during the spring 2019 semester, including one on Research and Applications, as well as Online Learning and Innovation. The webinars are for UNC Greensboro students, staff, faculty, instructors and librarians. Each session is 30 minutes in length and will be hosted in Webex Meetings. After registering through the Google Form, participants will receive an email with a link to the session the day before the webinar. For more information or questions, contact Samantha Harlow, online learning librarian, at slharlow@uncg.edu.

Research and Applications Webinar Schedule: 

  • Thursday, January 17 at 1 p.m., Sage Research Methods
  • Wednesday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m., Digitalia: ebooks and Streaming Film 
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 1 p.m., OpenRefine: Free Tools for Messy Data 
  • Tuesday, March 19 at 11 a.m., Researching with Digital Archives

To register for a Research and Applications webinar, visit http://bit.ly/2skqXD7

Online Learning and Innovation Webinar Schedule:

  • Tuesday, January 15 at 10 a.m., Graphic Design and Canvas
  • Tuesday, February 12 at 1 p.m., Embedding Google Slides in Canvas 
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 11 a.m., Universal Design for Learning: The Basics 
  • Thursday, April 4 at 11 a.m., Library Online Tutorials and Research for Students and Instructors

To register for an Online Learning and Innovation webinar, visit http://bit.ly/2FlaMy3


UNCG Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Blog

National Day of Racial Healing

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:18:00 +0000


January 22, 2019

Campus Gathering

Minerva Statue Outside EUC

Noon

Brief Remarks 

Chancellor’s Fellow for Campus Climate, Julia Mendez 

Director of Office of Intercultural Engagement, Augusto Pena

Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement, Carla Fullwood


Dear Spartan Community,

The third annual National Day of Racial Healing is coming soon -  in just one week on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 – and plans are underway in many communities to gather, learn together and celebrate our common humanity.

To show our connection to many around the country committed to the work of racial healing and empowerment of all people, we will gather together as a Spartan Community. Please come and stand with fellow Spartans as we affirm our support for community, connection, and dialogue at UNCG.

Other events happening next week to celebrate the life and work of Dr. King and our commitment to intercultural engagement include:

MLK Celebration: An Evening with Ilyasah Shabazz

Location: UNCG Auditorium   https://intercultural.uncg.edu/programs/mlk-commemoration

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Our dialogue programs continue during the Spring including our CommUNITY Dialogue and our 5-week student dialogue program later this spring called Spartans-In-Dialogue.

https://intercultural.uncg.edu/programs/community-dialogue

https://intercultural.uncg.edu/programs/spartans-in-dialogue

To read more about the National Day of Racial Healing, https://healourcommunities.org/day-of-racial-healing/

#HowWeHeal

Contact: Julia Mendez (jlmendez@uncg.edu, 336-334-4927)

New DVDs at UNCG

Check-in to see which new DVDs are hitting the shelves in Jackson Library!

New DVDs

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 19:38:00 +0000

COMEDY
The happytime murders

DOCUMENTARY
McQueen

FOREIGN
Der Hauptmann = The captain

THRILLER
Operation finale

UNCG Libraries Suggestion Box

See responses to your suggestions here!

Spartan Card Machine

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:08:00 +0000

You said:  Please fix the "done" button on the Spartan Card machine in Jackson Library.

The SpartanCard Center is responsible for this machine. They are working on fixing the machines, All methods for putting money on your card are here. 

UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

SCUA collects, preserves, and makes accessible rare, unique, or otherwise significant materials outside the scope of the general UNCG library collection. We also deliver presentations, classes, tours, and exhibits. Our collections include official records, personal manuscripts, rare books, textiles, A/V materials and artifacts. Subject strengths include women's history, literature, theatre, music, and dance.

A Well Crafted NC update!

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:12:00 +0000

Our Well Crafted NC project continues to grow! Well Crafted NC is a collaborative project that documents the history of North Carolina beer and brewing through oral history interviews with industry leaders and archiving the records of individual small businesses. The craft beer industry in North Carolina has an annual economic impact of over $2.1 billion and provides more than 12,000 jobs across the state, so Well Crafted NC was created to ensure that the history of this important business sector is preserved.

In Summer 2018, University Archivist Erin Lawrimore received a UNCG Faculty First Award to support a series of oral history interviews with women brewers and brewery owners in North Carolina. Twenty-three women's stories were recorded for the project, bringing to total number of interviews in Well Crafted NC as of January 15, 2019, to 34. You can read more about this work in the Spring 2019 issue of UNCG Research Magazine (see the article online here). You can also listen to some of the women interviewed during this project talk about the importance of the Pink Boots Society, an organization focused on supporting women in the beer industry, in this video:



Additionally, the Well Crafted NC team received a grant through UNCG's Community-Engaged Pathways and Partnerships Collective Scholarship Fellows program, which aims to strengthen collective approaches to community-engaged scholarship through the development of sustainable pathways and partnerships that build deep, reciprocal processes to achieve mutually beneficial, community-identified priorities. The team, which includes faculty from the University Libraries as well as the Bryan School, will work with the Triad Brewers Alliance to document the history of local breweries and train local breweries on how to utilize their history to increase marketing and tourism for craft beer in the Triad.

We also received an in-kind award (100GB of digital storage) from Archive-It to create two web archive collections focused on beer and brewing. The Archives of Beer and Brewing will focus on documenting websites of influential craft breweries across the U.S. The Beer Bloggers Archive will focus on prominent national beer blogs. We're asking the public to help us identify beer blogs for inclusion in this web archive collection. You can nominate sites here.

In addition to the grants and special projects, in November 2018, the Well Crafted NC team set up an exhibit and information booth at the North Carolina Craft Brewers Conference in Winston-Salem. Erin Lawrimore was interviewed by Spectrum News for a piece on the importance of craft beer to North Carolina. You can see that piece here.


There are also a number of upcoming opportunities for folks to learn more about Well Crafted NC through presentations and exhibits.

On Wednesday, January 23 at 4pm at ZSR Library at Wake Forest University, Erin Lawrimore will discuss the original concept for the project, the continued development of the project through strategic partnerships and grant funding, and new initiatives focused on helping breweries integrate history into their individual and regional marketing efforts. You can learn more on the event's Facebook page. This event is free and open to the public. A reception, with an exhibit of materials from Well Crafted NC, will follow.

On Saturday, January 26 at 7pm at the Beer Growler in Winston-Salem, Richard Cox will join journalist and beer blogger Kat Bodrie for a discussion of the history and future of craft beer in North Carolina. We will also have an exhibit focused on North Carolina beer history. This event is free and open to the public. More details can be found on the Facebook event page.

On Saturday, March 2 at 1pm at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, Well Crafted NC will have an exhibit focused on the history of women in North Carolina beer as part of the annual Biere de Femme festival, sponsored by Pink Boots Society North Carolina. Biere de Femme is focused on highlighting women in the craft beer industry. 100% of all proceeds go toward scholarships to help women in North Carolina and beyond improve their lives by giving them education and marketable skills in the beer industry. This is a ticketed event, and tickets are currently available here. The event also has a Facebook page you can follow for updates (including a list of participating breweries).

We hope that you'll join us for one (or more) of these upcoming events! You can learn more about Well Crafted NC and keep up with news about other events and activities on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


UNCG Special Collections & University Archives

Photos and other fun stuff from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives in the University Libraries. You can also follow us on Twitter: @UNCGArchives!

This circa 1930 photographic image shows the Rosenthal...

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:00:32 -0500



This circa 1930 photographic image shows the Rosenthal Gymnasium. The inscription on the postcard reads, “Physical Education Building, North Carolina College for Women, Greensboro, N.C.”


Spartan Stories

Tales from the University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Play Ball!: Building a Baseball Stadium on Campus

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000

Have you ever gotten a chance to take in a Division I baseball game at the University’s Baseball Stadium?  Beyond the enjoyment of watching highly skilled ballplayers compete, the facility itself offers attendees the experience of unobstructed views of the field, elegant metal entrance gates, comfortable seating, and a brick-relief sculpture.  The building’s architectural features convey the impression that the stadium has been part of the campus landscape for decades.  You might be surprised to learn that the Baseball Stadium opened in 1999.  How did this gem of a sports complex come to be built at the center of campus?

UNCG Baseball Stadium Seats
In 1990, UNCG began a Division I baseball program.  The University sought to raise the profile of its Athletics Department as well as expand its program offerings.  The team joined the Big South conference.  At its launch, the UNCG baseball program did not have a permanent home field.  The team found itself playing at both the War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro and the Burlington Athletic Park.  The team had to share these facilities with other sports teams and programs.   By 1994, the baseball team had gained local, regional, national recognition and success.  UNCG Director of Athletics Nelson Bobb declared that “the commitment to build a baseball stadium and the need for such a facility on campus are very real for us at UNCG.” 

In June 1994, the Board of Trustees of the University approved a request to select an architecture firm to do preliminary design work for a new on-campus stadium.  The firm of Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern of Greensboro was awarded the contract.  The proposed complex would have permanent seating for 800 spectators.  The Board of Trustees approved the proposal to locate the stadium at the southeast corner of the intersection of Walker Avenue and Aycock Street.  UNCG owned most of the land and planned to clear the existing buildings to make way for the stadium. 

Recognizing the need to meet the standards of Division I baseball, Athletic Director Nelson Bobb declared that “our intent is to build a facility with state-of-the art field and lighting.”  The estimated cost to build the stadium was $3 million dollars.  The University intended to seek monies from the North Carolina General Assembly to fund the project.  The hope was to open the stadium by 1997.

At the time of the Board of Trustees vote in 1994, there was no universal campus and community support for the building of a baseball stadium.  Indeed, some opponents of the project argued that the University’s priorities were misplaced, since it was spending monies on athletics and not on academic programs.  Other critics felt that there was no pressing need to build a new facility, since the UNCG baseball team could continue to play at the War Memorial Stadium.  By 1996, the cost of the proposed stadium increased to $3.7 million dollars.  The University’s request for funds from the General Assembly was not met.  To jump-start the project, the University’s Board of Trustees approved a 7.3 % increase in student fees for the 1996-1997 school year to help play for the new facility.  Opposition to the fee hike centered around the use of student fees to fund the building project.  In the local Greensboro newspaper, News and Record, the papers’ editorial board posed the question “Why make students pay for a stadium?” 

To counter this opposition to the building plan, supporters of the baseball stadium argued that the University had previously funded other building projects (like the soccer stadium) through student fees.  Another key point raised by supporters was that the current arrangement of having the UNCG baseball team play at the War Memorial Stadium was not a viable long-term option.  They noted that the 70-year-old stadium needed significant renovations.  They also pointed out that the UNCG team shared the facility with a professional Single A baseball team.  This shared arrangement made it very difficult for UNCG to schedule practices and games.  Finally, supporters argued that the athletic program at the University was intended to enhance student life as well as assist with student recruitment.  Thus, it made sense to build a facility on campus to ensure that students had easy access to games. 

View of the Baseball Stadium from the Grass Berm
After a lengthy period of debate, the school decided to move forward with the baseball stadium project.  The 13-acre site was cleared of existing residential buildings.  As plans were further refined, the price tag rose to $5.4 million dollars.  The final design team was a collaboration between Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc. (Kansas City) and the local firm of Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern.  The planned stadium would include a state-of-the-art baseball field, a press box, an office/ticket booth/concession building, public restrooms, and a grounds maintenance building. The stadium plan included 889 fixed fold-down seats and grass berms down both baselines to provide additional space for seating.  The project would also include stadium lighting for night games, Major League-sized dugouts, a scoreboard, and a public-address system.  The design also reserved space for a future field house that would include locker rooms, training facilities, and office space. These additional facilities would eventually be built.  Besides the installation of a baseball stadium on the 13-site, the University also planned to build a golf practice facility and a student recreation field.

Baseball Dugout and Benches
The University also asked the designers to incorporate architectural features (like the prominent use of red brick) to match other surrounding University buildings.  Additionally, the two steel entrance gates to the stadium were created by local sculptor Jim Gallucci.  The gates were titled “Play Ball.”  At the back of the press box, there was a brick relief sculpture entitled “Play at the Plate” that was created by UNCG alum Brad Spencer. 

On February 12, 1999, Chancellor Patricia Sullivan throw out the ceremonial first pitch to mark the opening of the baseball stadium.  Wearing a Spartan baseball jersey, the Chancellor threw the pitch to catcher Michael Krekorian.  The Chancellor admitted that she had practiced before the inaugural day.  Sullivan stated that the Spartan baseball manager “told me to try and throw it over (the catcher’s) head.”  Coach Graski noted that the Chancellor “worked hard and wanted to understand the fundamentals.”  Sullivan greeted the large crowd of 1,853 attendees and declared that “this is a gorgeous facility.”

Overview of the Stands and Playing Field


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Free Webinar on ICPSR's Summer Program

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 19:11:00 +0000

Webinar: An Overview of the 2019 ICPSR Summer Program

Date and Time: Monday, January 28, 2019 at 2 p.m. EST

Founded in 1963, the ICPSR Summer Program offers rigorous, hands-on training in statistics, quantitative methods, and data analysis for students and researchers of all skill levels and backgrounds. Participants in the ICPSR Summer Program learn how to understand data and gain valuable research skills that help them to advance their education and careers. The ICPSR Summer Program is world-renowned for its premier quality of instruction, fun learning environment, and unparalleled networking opportunities. 

From May through August 2019, the ICPSR Summer Program will offer more than 80 courses in Ann Arbor, Michigan and other cities around the world. Registration for all courses will open in early February 2019.

In this live webinar, Summer Program staff will discuss this year’s courses, scholarship opportunities, registration, visitor information, and more. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. This webinar is open to anyone interested in learning more about the ICPSR Summer Program, including students, faculty, advisors, researchers, and ICPSR ORs and DRs. We hope you’ll forward this invitation to interested individuals at your school or institution!

Can’t attend the live webinar? Not a problem! Registrants will receive a link to a recording of the webinar after it is over.

Questions? Visit www.icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog or contact sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu or (734) 763-7400.