post by Matt Barrett
Graduate Assistant for Communications
Have you ever gotten one of those “Weekly Announcement” emails from On the Go with C.A.P.? If you’re a student, I bet you’ve gotten more than just one. In fact, I’d be willing to say you’ve seen at least one of them per week, ever since you started to come here. After all, they’re the weekly announcements. And they’re easy for us to ignore. There’s no pressure to respond. No one knows if you read them or not. So why not just delete them? Well, that’s why I’m writing this blog. If you keep reading, you’ll learn all about the upcoming UNCG events that you might have missed without these emails. I even checked my inbox for ones from previous weeks—and there were a lot of great events that I didn’t know took place. So this is my attempt to make everyone aware, not only of these emails, but of a few exciting times that are coming our way. In the future you can always visit their website: http://cap.uncg.edu/ to see what’s in store on the events calendar or check them out on Twitter or Facebook!
For those of you who do not own a calendar, Veterans Day is on Monday, the 11th. In order to celebrate, UNCG will hold a Remembrance Program from 11 am to 2 pm on the West Lawn of the Elliott Center. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, and in order to honor those who served, there will be a Roll Call of North Carolinians who were killed in action. At 2 pm, we’ll have a minute of silence, making this the third year that participating institutions have done so across the nation. Immediately afterwards students in the ROTC program will retire the colors.
Later that night, the Multicultural Resource Center will hold a Graduate Student Mixer for all of us to talk about our time as students and to meet people from different departments. Similar to First Friday, this is a great opportunity to reach outside of our own study groups and see how other UNCG students are trying to make a difference with their education. The leading topic will be “Planning Your Graduate School Timeline” and a panel of faculty and staff will give talks, as well as answer any questions you might have. Events like these help me step away from my studies and realize how many others are faced with similar tasks. I definitely recommend attending this panel, if for no other reason than to meet other students who have the same kind of questions as we move forward.
Speaking of questions: who doesn’t like Pixar movies? No one. On Thursday, the 14th, Pixar Production Designer Bill Cone will give a talk in the Curry Building Auditorium at 7 pm. The event, which you can read more about here http://ure.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2013/11/05/pixarveteranbillconenov14/ is open to all students and public for free. If you’ve ever wondered how Pixar movies are made or the kind of work that goes into each scene, you won’t want to miss this. And even if you haven’t wondered these things, don’t you like “Toy Story?” Of course you do, it’s an American institution. If it weren’t for Cone, the “Toy Story” we know and love could be drastically different. That’s why I recommend this event for you and everyone you’ve ever met.
As I continue to look through this “Weekly Announcement” email, I keep seeing new events that I want to mention. If I took the time to write about everything that’s going on next week, I’d end up with my first full-length novel. Just to list some of the other stand-out events: from the 11th through the 15th, UNCG will celebrate International Education Week; on the 13th, the Chancellor will hold an open forum regarding student fees; and—there are too many other things to write about. So hopefully we’ll all spend a few minutes each week, looking through these emails to see which events are the most appealing. I know I will. UNCG surprises me all the time with the number of entertaining and intellectual activities that it offers around campus. I’m not even sure I need to attend my classes to receive an education—the events by themselves are an education. Anyway, that’s enough out of me. It’s time to find my “Toy Story” collection.