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Archives for May 2013

UNCG’s 2013 top service awards

052913Feature_ServiceAwardsSix people have received The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s top awards for service. They are:

  • Maggie Jeffus, Charles Duncan McIver Award, which recognizes individuals who have rendered distinguished public service to the state or nation. The bronze medal bears the likeness of Charles Duncan McIver, the founding president of the institution that is now UNCG. Jeffus, who served as a public school teacher for many years, has completed her 10th two-year term in the General Assembly.
  • Richard Whittington and Preston Lane, 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. Whittington and Lane founded Triad Stage, spurring the economic development of downtown Greensboro.
  • Beth Clinkscales McAllister and Claudia Buchdahl Kadis, Alumni Distinguished Service Awards, presented to alumni who have rendered distinctive service on national, state or local levels, and made significant contributions to the liberal arts ideal. McAllister over her career has led the creation of Meals on Wheels of Wake County, became executive director of Hospice of Wake County, co-founded the AIDS Service Agency of Wake County and developed Raleigh’s Summit House. Kadis’ many service leadership roles include the Guardian Ad Litem program in Goldsboro, the League of Women Voters in Goldsboro and the Marbles Museum in Raleigh. She established the Claudia Buchdahl Kadis Merit Scholarship in the Arts & Sciences.
  • Katie Marshall, 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. The former Student Government Association president is active in the Junior League of Greensboro and at UNCG.

The honors were presented by UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady during a May 16 program that also recognized donors to the university.

Full story at UNCG Now.
By Beth English

Scientists from Kazan, Russia, hosted by UNCG

Photo of Kazan researchers meeting with Chancellor BradyThree Russian scientists have spent May in collaboration with UNCG scientists at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady, accompanied by Dr. Penelope Pynes, associate provost of International Programs, visited Kazan Federal University two years ago to meet with university officials. That visit ultimately resulted in this month’s visit from UNCG’s first Kazan international scholar delegation.

A partnership between UNCG and Kazan Federal University had initially developed in 2004, after UNCG Fulbright scholar Dr. Kathleen MacFie (Russian Studies) taught there. Since then, UNCG’s International Programs Center has made it possible for several students each year to study Russian language and culture there.

The three Kazan researchers met with Chancellor Brady May 17.

During the meeting, they spoke of their research and the research capabilities and potential at the Joint School. They discussed the cities of Kazan and Greensboro. And the scientists spoke of North Carolina sites they planned to see before their return, such as Kitty Hawk and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Two of the researchers, Eduard Gilyazetdinov and Mikhail Bukharov, are working with Dr. Daniel Herr and Dr. Dennis LaJeunesse at the Joint School and are helping to characterize the physical and optical properties of new polymers for use in biomimetic fabrication and performing mass spectrometry. Alexey Salin’s research involves the use of computational methods that permit the modeling of chemical intermediates, such as transition states, along a chemical reaction pathway. This Russian researcher is working with Dr. Ethan Will Taylor.

In Fall 2012, Dean James Ryan of the Joint School worked with Dr. Valery Shtyrlin, head of the Butlerov Institute of Chemistry, to invite these three researchers to UNCG this month.

Visual by Chris English. L-r are Mikhail Bukharov, Eduard Gilyazetdinov, Alexey Salin and Daniel Herr. In foreground, l-r are Chancellor Brady and Penelope Pynes.


Well•Spring, UNCG announce innovative partnership

Photo of Well•Spring Retirement CommunityA reciprocal relationship between UNCG and Well•Spring will benefit members of both Well•Spring Retirement Community in Greensboro and UNCG by bringing together talented and experienced adults and our vibrant, academic community. Well•Spring will provide guidance to UNCG faculty and students regarding best practices in aging. Residents may serve as mentors or volunteers for student and community activities. In turn, UNCG’s health care programs, along with its diverse cultural arts, business and educational opportunities, will enrich Well•Spring’s culture.

The initiative will involve a wide range of departments across UNCG, including the School of Nursing, the School of Health and Human Sciences, the Athletics Department, and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, as well as Jackson Library and Weatherspoon Art Museum.

By Betsi Robinson
Full story at UNCG Now.

2013 Student Affairs Staff Awards

052913Feature_StudentAffairsAwardsUNCG’s students find a supportive environment on campus. The staff of Student Affairs is a big part of ensuring that support.

Four staff awards were presented on May 21. The recipients, and some of what was said:

Unsung Hero: Jeff Lail, coordinator for programs, Campus Activities & Programs
Jeff Lail is present at hundreds of events each year. … He has increased CAP visibility, as well as the number of events offered. This year there was a significant increase in the number of programs offered in the evenings and on the weekends. He trains and mentors students, and is known for how well he helps them develop professionally. He stays behind the scenes so that students learn to lead. …

Team Player: Mike Ackerman, assistant director, Outdoor Adventures – Campus Recreation
Mike Ackerman is organized, a good communicator and has earned the respect of professional and student staff. He worked with NSSFP & Undergraduate Admissions to create the Spartan Wilderness Orientation Program and worked with Veteran Services and the Dean of Students office to create a new Veterans’ Rock Climbing Trip.

Partnership Award: Andrew Mails, director – The Wesley Foundation at UNCG
Andrew Mails works tirelessly to educate faculty, staff and students about services. He developed the Spartan Open Pantry and supports Partners Assisting Homeless/Hungry Spartans. He is a motivator and team player at every level, and goes beyond the call of duty to help students….

Student Affairs Employee of the Year: Eric Scott, coordinator for residence life, Housing & Residence Life
Eric Scott is described as patient and creative with solutions… As CRL for the Quad he had to manage demands for tours as well as many other unanticipated challenges associated with the re-opening of these halls. …He mentors student staff. In addition, he initiated and organized “KidFest” to support youth literacy in the Greensboro community.

More information is at http://sa.uncg.edu/about/leadership/staff-development/

‘The Mikado’ at UNCG’s Aycock

052913Feature_Mikado“The Mikado” will be staged June 6, 7 and 8 at 7.30 p.m. and June 9 at 2.30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

This Gilbert and Sullivan work is presented by GLOS (Greensboro Light Opera and Song) in collaboration with Greensboro Opera. The production is directed and conducted by founder and artistic director David Holley (UNCG).

Tickets are available at the Triad Stage Box Office, 272-0160

Additionally, the musical offering “Around the World in 80 Minutes – Art Song from Around the Globe” will be held Friday, May 31, 7 p.m. at the UNCG Recital Hall. Purchase tickets at the door. Enjoy complimentary select international fare.

Visit http://opera.uncg.edu or www.greensboroopera.org for details on these events.

They did UNCG in 3

Some of the first students to enroll in UNCG in 3, a unique degree acceleration program, have graduated, armed with the same four-year degree as their peers — only they earned their degree in three years or less.

The first cohort began their UNCG careers in the fall of 2010, enrolling in a program designed to let students take full advantage of college credits earned while in high school. The university-wide accelerated degree program is the only one of its kind in the UNC System.

One member of the first group of students, Kimberly Daye, finished her degree in 2.5 years and graduated in December. Another donned cap and gown for UNCG’s Spring Commencement last Friday.

In the years since the program’s launch, UNCG in 3 has experienced significant growth.

Full story at UNCG Now.
By Lanita Withers Goins

UNCG faculty’s books celebrated

052913Feature_FacultyBooksOn May 2, 2013, many faculty authors were celebrated in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. On display were 52 books the University Libraries had acquired that were written, edited or translated by these authors over the past academic year.

“On display today, we see one measure of our faculty’s scholarly and creative output—your book publications,” Provost David H. Perrin told the faculty being honored.

“This is the third year the University Libraries have held this event, and we’re seeing some familiar names among the authors,” he said. Dr. Hamid Nemati and Dr. Albert Link have been honored each year. Dr. Carol Mullen, Dr. Christopher Hodgkins, Craig Nova, Dr. Dale Schunk, Dr. Edna Chun, Dr. Edna Tan, Dr. Geoffrey Baym, Dr. Kelly Ritter, Dr. Mark Rifkin, Dr. Mark Smith-Soto and Dr. Barbara Levin have been honored twice.

“We have some firsts this year among the books, too,” he said. Dr. Mike Perko (Public Health Education) has co-written a series of children’s books that tackle themes of bullying and self-esteem. “They are the first children’s books honored at this event.”

And there was another first, a digital book: Christopher Hodgkins’ “Digital Temple.”

A full list of the honored books and faculty authors are at http://uncgfacultypubs.blogspot.com/2013/05/celebration.html

SOAR 2013 starts June 6

051811NewsAndNotes_SOARSOAR will start for incoming students June 6. And a couple days earlier, UNCG faculty and staff get a preview.

This year’s SOAR Preview event will be June 4 at 3 p.m. in Cone Ballroom. This offers an opportunity for UNCG faculty and staff to meet the SOS and TASLs, learn more about what goes on during SOAR and get a special sneak-peek of the SOS performance. This event is an advance “thank you” for all that the campus community does to make SOAR a success. Please RSVP to soar@uncg.edu.

What’s new with this summer’s UNCG SOAR?

  • All freshmen will receive their First Year Summer Read book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot at SOAR. (It’s the first time all freshmen will participate in the read).
  • As reported in CW earlier, all freshman for the first time did “Before you SOAR” on-line orientation. (They were required to pass quizzes to gain access to SOAR reservations.)
  • This will allow an important feature of this year’s SOAR: Students will have increased time for other important, impactful activities – such as more time in discussions with their academic advisors.


Katam, Chelimo take NCAA East Regional titles

052913Feature_KatamEugene, Oregon, here they come.

Spartan runners Paul Katam and Paul Chelimo are going to the NCAA Championships for the second straight season. The Championships will be held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

Sophomore Paul Katam won his second consecutive outdoor track and field NCAA East Preliminary Round title last week in the 10,000-meter distance as he pulled away from the field on the final lap.

The pre-Nursing major now owns two of the Spartans’ four Regional titles in program history.

Junior Paul Chelimo now owns the other two.

Chelimo on Saturday won his second straight NCAA East Preliminary Round title in the 5,000-meter distance, winning by more than 10 seconds.

Chelimo, a public health major, finished last year as the national runner-up in the national championship race.

  • Paul Katam’s 10,000 meter race will be Thursday, June 6, 10:15 p.m. (Eastern time)
  • Paul Chelimo’s 5,000-meter race will be Saturday, June 8, 6:23 p.m.

See the races live at ESPN 3. And get updates before the races via Twitter at https://twitter.com/uncgsports and https://twitter.com/UNCGXC

Story compiled from articles by Matt McCollester.

See stories at UNCG Athletics Track web page.

Updated June 6 to add ESPN 3 viewing option.

Apply for summer stipend from NEH

UNCG Sponsored Programs has set an Aug. 9, 2013, deadline for those researchers interested in applying for 2014 Summer Stipends from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Applications are due Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at 5 p.m, to the UNCG Office of Sponsored Program

The program provides a stipend of $6,000 for two months of summer research.

Eligible applicants:

  • Full-time faculty members (instructor to professor)
  • US citizens
  • Foreign nationals (living in US jurisdiction for the last three years)
  • Not the recipient of a “major” grant ($15,000 or more) in the last three years

What to Submit:

  • A narrative description of the proposed project not to exceed three single-spaced pages
  • A bibliography of primary and secondary sources in one single-spaced page
  • A vita not to exceed two single-spaced pages

The items listed above should be prepared in accordance with the NEH Summer Stipend guidelines found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends. Note that the electronic submission employs a Grants.gov application package. Answers to frequently asked questions may be found at http://www.neh.gov/files/grants/summer-stipends-faqs_2013.pdf.

All items listed above are due by 5 p.m. via email to vtfranc2@uncg.edu or hand delivered by Aug. 9, 2013, to:
Valera T. Francis
Office of Sponsored Programs
Suite 2601, Rm. 2704 MHRA Building

For more information contact Valera Francis, director, at 334-4919 or vtfranc2@uncg.edu.

Details are at http://research.uncg.edu/spotlight/neh-summer-stipends-internal-review-deadline/

Shred-a-Thon 2013 is June 14

On Friday, June 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., you’ll have the opportunity to shred paper documents for free.

The event will be at the Walker Ave. traffic circle close to the EUC Bookstore and Jackson Library Connector Entrance. It is open to all members of the campus community.

The mobile shredding truck is designed to take large amounts of paper for shredding onsite. Users can even choose to watch the secure destruction on a closed circuit TV on the truck. Confidential materials from your office or home are welcome.

This event is limited to UNCG faculty, staff, students and alumni. Help will be available to unload your car at the traffic Walker Ave. traffic circle but no parking will be available. The traffic circle must remain free of parked cars.

Staples, envelope windows and small paper clips are fine to be included with the material but no binders will be accepted.

Last year about 30,000 pounds of material was shredded and recycled. That is roughly equivalent to 255 trees’ worth of paper.

For any questions or assistance with getting records to the event, contact Ben Kunka, bakunka@uncg.edu.

Keep in mind some records you may encounter have historical significance. Please refer to University Archives for more information about what records need to be saved and transferred to University Archives, http://uncg.libguides.com/university_archives.

UNCG is required to comply with the North Carolina Public Records Law concerning the retention and disposition of records. Records are to be disposed of according to University and State approved schedules. The UNC General Records Retention and Disposition Schedule is available on the RecordsManagement Website. If you have questions about records management, contact 6-TECH at 256-8324.

OLSL lauds community partners

Photos of representatives at breakfastRepresentatives from more than 35 community organizations visited UNCG on May 9 for the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning’s Community Partner Appreciation Breakfast. These organizations that help students develop real-world skills through service-learning. Dr. Celia Hooper, dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences, was the keynote speaker. She reminded community partners of UNCG’s long tradition of service and democratic engagement.

The event concluded with community partners participating in round-table discussions. Full story at Student Affairs web page.

Rebecca Lloyd, supporter of UNCG’s International Honors College, is remembered

052913Spotlight_LloydRebecca Lloyd, who gave tremendous support to UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College, died May 21 in San Diego. She was 83.

A 1950 graduate of Woman’s College, Lloyd gave UNCG a $4 million gift to endow the Honors College in 2006. It is the largest alumni gift the university has ever received. In 2009, the university gave her an honorary doctorate, naming her Doctor of Humane Letters.

The Aubrey Paul and Georgia Garrison Lloyd International Honors College was named in honor of Rebecca Lloyd’s parents.

A retired U.S. Navy commander, Lloyd later worked as a commercial Realtor in San Diego.

Lloyd once said, “The International Honors College will give students the international viewpoint that’s needed in their education. To the extent that my gift could help world peace come about, I’m happy to be making it.”

By Michelle Hines.
Full story at UNCG Now.

Updated 5/30, with addition of sentence regarding her parents.

Looking ahead: May 29, 2013

“Spanish Libraries Enhancing Open Access to Knowledge” Dr. José A. Merlo
Thursday, May 30, 1:30 p.m., Hodges Reading Room

Kevin Bullard bon voyage
Friday, May 31, 2 p.m., Alumni House

GLOS, ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’
Friday, May 31, 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Cram and Scram Sale
Sat, June 1, 9 a.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

10K NCAA Championship live-stream
Thursday, June 6, 10:15 p.m.

GLOS, ‘The Mikado’
Friday, June 7, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

5K NCAA Championship live-stream
Saturday, June 8, 6:23 p.m.

With the staff: May 2013

Hello: Matthew Takacs, Facilities Design and Construction; Steven Urbanick, Housing and Residence Life; Wendjoumamba Atama, Housekeeping; Emily Watkins, Student Health Services; Julie Dupuy, Registrar’s Office; Rebecca Scott, Public Safety and Police; Cassey Mapp-Ahmed, Nursing; Lauren Bostain, University Counsel; Tony Hurdle, Housekeeping; Isabella Dodge, University Libraries

Good-bye: Tyler Ammons, Athletics; Krystal Blackstock, Advancement; Burlin Gainey, Public Safety and Police; Kerri Clavette, Romance Languages; Jenny Raabe, University Libraries; Lillie Russell, Housing and Residence Life; Joann Cozart, Athletics; Jeffrey Collis, Student Health Services;Blaire Westmoreland, Education; Margaret Brown, Contracts and Grants

In memoriam: Novem Mason

Novem Mason died May 15, 2013. He served as chair of UNCG’s Department of Housing and Interior Design (which is now the Department of Interior Architecture) from 1990 to 1999. He retired from UNCG in 2008.

He also taught at VCU and at Louisiana Tech, before joining UNCG.

Mason received his MFA in sculpture at East Carolina University in 1974 and a bachelor’s of architecture at North Carolina State University in 1968. He was a sculptor and designer.

In memoriam: Dr. Joan Mathews

Dr. Joan Miller Mathews, a retired faculty member from School of Nursing, died April 30. She served on faculty in the Adult Health Department until her retirement in 1999. She taught both BSN and MSN students and continued to serve as an adjunct faculty member.

She received her initial nursing training at Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN in 1965 from NCCU, a MSN in 1971 from UNC-CH, and her doctoral degree in 1997 from UNCG. She was a longtime member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority. Mathews served from 1999 until her death as faculty advisor and Beta sponsor for the Chi Eta Phi local chapter, and she received the organization’s highest honor in 2009. The obituary may be found here.

In memoriam: Dr. Ruby Gilbert Barnes

Dr. Ruby Gilbert Barnes, Professor Emeritus of the School of Nursing, died April 30. She received her BSN at Duke University, her MSN from UNC-CH, and her EdD from NCSU. Barnes retired in 1986 as director of the MSN program at UNCG after an outstanding 50-year career in nursing education. She was a faithful member of the UNCG School of Nursing Advisory Board and supporter of graduate nursing students through the Ruby Gilbert Barnes Scholarship Fund. A full obituary may be found here.

Dr. Esther Leerkes

052913CampusPeople_LeerkesDr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for the project “Biological and Behavioral Predictors of Early School Success.” The abstract notes, “Children’s success or failure in the early school years is an important predictor of a range of developmental outcomes. Despite our understanding that these predictive relations exist, we know very little about how trajectories of low versus high achievement are produced, particularly with respect to the developmental precursors of early academic skills.”

This award will fund a novel longitudinal biobehavioral study of a diverse sample of 350 children from age 4 to first grade, using a multi-method approach to study trajectories of emotional and cognitive processes and the emergence of academic skills and social skills competence at the transition to school. The abstract concludes, “By understanding the emergence of learning engagement and how it is affected by both child and environmental factors as well as the interaction between them, we can develop more effective intervention approaches to increase academic achievement and support children’s adjustment.”

Dr. Deborah J. Taub

052913CampusPeople_TaubDr. Deborah J. Taub (TEHE) is one of the seven co-writers of “Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to Predict Resident Assistants’ Intention to Refer At-risk Students to Counseling.” The journal article was published in the Journal of College and University Student Housing. The co-authors were Heather L. Servaty-Seib, Taub, Ji-Yeon Lee, Carrie A. Wachter Morris, Don Werden, Susan Prieto-Welch and Nathan Miles.

The article has been selected as the Betty J. Harrah Manuscript of Year Award recipient by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. The award will be presented at the ACUHO-I annual conference in June in Minneapolis.

Dr. Patricia Reggio

052913CampusPeople_ReggioDr. Patricia Reggio (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Senior Scientist Award: Molecular Determinants for Cannabinoid Activity.” A mentoring plan for junior scientists is part of the award.

Dr. Adam Hall

052913CampusPeople_HallDr. Adam Hall (JSNN) received new funding from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University for the project “Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing.”

Dr. Bert Goldman

Dr. Bert Goldman, emeritus professor in the School of Education, received the Police Volunteer of the Year Award at the Police and Citizens Appreciation Dinner May 16 at Greensboro’s Sheraton.

Dr. Robert Henson

Dr. Robert Henson (Educational Research Methodology) received an award from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor for the project “Developing an Empirically tested Learning Progression for the Transformation of Matter to Inform Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Design.”

Dr. Jim Ryan

052913CampusPeople_RyanDr. Jim Ryan (JSNN) will be one of four featured speakers at the NanoManufacturing 2013 conference Sept. 25 at the Joint School. Ryan is founding dean of the school. The conference theme will be “applications and opportunities.” Details may be found at http://nanomanufacturing2013.org/index.php.


Dr. Patrick Madsen and Sue Brien presented “Creating a New Model for Career Services” at the state-wide conference of the National Association of Colleges and Employers in early May. Their program was so well-received the conference attendees voted the program Best in Show for the 2013 conference. The presentation focused on the need for Career Services offices to focus on matching professional, career focused Career Services with motivated, intentional programming to reach students. Madsen and Brien included information and best practices on resource allocation planning, increasing service capacity and changing experiences for students.

Madsen is UNCG Career Services director. Brien is assistant director.

Madsen, who has been with UNCG for a year, joined UNCG from Johns Hopkins University where he served for seven years as Director of Career Services and Director of Programs and Education in the Carey Business School. He served on three different occasions as a consultant in Azerbaijan on issues related to career advising and building a career center and has also served the U. S. State Department in its Career Advisor Training Program working with professionals from across Asia and Eurasia.

Brien, most recently from the Boston area, has more than 12 years of experience working with employer relations and career counseling.

Dr. Cheryl Lovelady

052913CampusPeople_LoveladyDr. Cheryl Lovelady, professor of nutrition, will serve as interim associate dean for research at the School of Health and Human Sciences. She has been a faculty member in Nutrition since 1992. Previous to that time, she served in many positions in nutrition at the University of California at Davis; Cal State University, Chico; and in the National Health Service Corp as a public health nutritionist.

Lovelady received her PhD with minors in Exercise Physiology and Physiological Chemistry from University of California, Davis. She received her Master’s in Public Health (Nutrition) at the University of California, Berkeley, and has received many honors and awards for her work. She has guided the work of many students and has collaborated with faculty all over campus, and in many HHS departments. Her work merges basic sciences, kinesiology and public health, and she serves as a Consulting Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University. She has received the UNCG Research Excellence Award, serves on an NIH scientific review panel, serves as an NIH INBRE mentor, and contributes to the American Society of Nutrition. Her research in maternal and child health has been published widely.

Lovelady will officially begin in July, Dean Celia Hooper has announced, and will be ready to assist faculty in her new role as the fall semester begins.

See/hear: May 29, 2013

Paul Katam ran through a hard rain to win the 10K NCAA Regionals for the second straight year. Four times a Spartan has won a Track regional – Katam has done it twice. (Later in the weekend, Paul Chelimo did it for the second time as well.) As the race leader entered the stretch, the announcer called out, “And now making the final turn to the homestretch, 100 meters to go, from UNC Greensboro, Paul Katam!”

At UNCG’s Fountain, ‘tribute to a bold leader’

Photo of Bill Moran waving at ceremonyBill Moran had a front row view as chancellor when the Dining Hall was renovated and the Fountain was built, a quarter century ago. On May 1, he had a front row seat, literally, as the area was named in his honor.

“He steered this institution through enormously challenging times,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. A hiring freeze, budget cut, double digit inflation, belt tightening were some of the challenges he faced – but he was undaunted by them, she explained.

This day of dedicating the William E. Moran Commons and Plaza was “a tribute to a bold leader.”

Among his achievements, he led UNCG’s first-ever capital campaign. UNCG’s endowment grew tenfold under his 15 year tenure as chancellor.

He was responsible for many new buildings on campus. Chancellor Brady made special note of the Dining Hall renovation during his tenure and building of the Fountain.

“UNCG could not have become the institution it is today without Bill Moran,” she said.

UNCG Trustee Richard “Skip” Moore noted those two projects were the “beginning of the physical transformation of this campus.” He described what the area had looked like before its transformation, with a parking area and a bridge leading to the second floor.

Student Government president Chelsea Boccardo called the commons and plaza “an incredible space.” She added – speaking from the students’ perspective – “This will be remembered as the spot – where everything happens.”

Moran described the phone call in which Chancellor Brady told him the news of the naming. He is “still stunned by it,” he said.

He alluded to the history of the campus, using the Dining Hall and fountain area as an example. “This campus means a lot to me,” he said. He called it “a classroom in itself.” The students are learning as they talk with each other – and as they walk the campus. It is a convergence of beauty and function and order, he explained, and students sense that importance and stability.

In his story of UNCG, “Making North Carolina Literate,” historian Allen Trelease noted Moran’s years of tenure were marked with controversy and dissension. “Different constituencies, on and off campus, pushed in different directions,” he wrote. On this day, that was forgotten.

The large crowd of well-wishers on hand for the dedication were testament to the important place he holds in the Spartan family.

An endowment fund has been set up in Moran’s name at UNCG.

Trustees chair David Sprinkle, who provided the welcome, joined Moran, Brady, Moore and Boccardo in ringing the University Bell.

Three taps on the ball and then a final cheer as Brady made final remarks at “this marvelous event in the life of the university.”

By Mike Harris
Photography by Chris English and David Wilson. On main CW page, Moran speaks with well-wishers, including Terry Seaks (left with raised hand). On this page, Moran at ceremony.


2,693 turn tassels at Spring 2013 Commencement

Photo of Dr. Norman Anderson speaking at commencementDr. Norman Anderson earned his PhD in psychology at UNCG 30 years ago.

On Friday, he was back. Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association, addressed the Class of 2013 and took home a second doctorate, an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

He spoke of happiness.

About 60 percent of their personal happiness can be chalked up to life circumstances and genetics, Anderson told the new grads. The remaining 40 percent is up to them.

“Research has shown that enduring happiness involves the actions we take, the thoughts we think and the goals we set for ourselves every day,” he said. “We are in complete control of a large percentage of our own happiness, so the onus is on us to fully realize our happiness potential.”

Chancellor Linda P. Brady conferred 2,693 degrees during the university’s spring commencement, held in the Greensboro Coliseum. That number includes 2,020 bachelors degrees, 600 masters degrees, 15 Specialist in Education degrees and 58 doctoral degrees. Thirty-eight of those degrees went to international students.

Dr. Daniel Winkler served as faculty marshal and mace bearer.

Chelsea Boccardo, president of the Student Government Association, addressed the Class of 2013 on behalf of SGA.

Chief marshal was Anna Batista. KaShay Evans-Barlow was tassel turner.

Matthew Moss, Class of 2013, and Gayle Hicks Fripp, Class of 1963, rang the university bell, a longstanding UNCG tradition.

Full story – and link to address – at UNCC News.

By Michelle Hines



Picketers on Tate Street, friends for life

Yearbook photos of Karen Parker and Joanne Johnston-FrancisKaren Parker was the first black female undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. Joanne Johnston-Francis, a white student, became her roommate without seeking permission from officials. They both protested segregation in sit-ins at Chapel Hill. Their role as Tar Heels is documented in such books as “Courage in the Moment” and “The Free Men.”

What few know is that their civil rights activism started earlier – as students at Woman’s College (later known as UNCG).

For them, before there was Franklin Street, there was Tate Street.

The Tate Street boycott involved a cinema and two restaurants that would not serve African Americans. The Woman’s College student government voted unanimous approval of a boycott and picketing. A few dozen Woman’s College students picketed in front of the three businesses in an organized manner.

The protest was featured in UNCG Magazine in Spring 2010. A number of key figures were interviewed (the story can be read here.) But two who were not interviewed were Parker and Johnston-Francis, who both transferred to UNC Chapel Hill after that semester.

Karen Parker, wearing her Class of ‘65 nametag at a recent WC Reunion, was asked about her involvement on Tate Street.

“I was picketing at the Apple House,” she said, and she may have picketed the cinema on Tate Street, as well. She additionally recalls participating in a big, silent march in downtown Greensboro.

She has suppressed some unpleasant memories, she says. But she has a few particular memories of the Tate Street protesting.

“I remember a white girl,” she says, stating her name. “She walked right in front of me on the picket line.” They’d know each other in Winston-Salem’s Reynolds High School AP English class, and as interns for two years (as WC students) at the Winston-Salem Journal, Parker notes. That day, the white student disregarded her as she cut through the line to enter the Apple House.

Parker called her by her name. “__, I’m shocked.” It hurt Parker’s feelings, she explains. “She put her head up, and walked right in there.”

“It floored me.”

Another memory: “A bunch of white men were really harassing us, name-calling,” she says. How close? “Pretty much in our faces.”

When did she meet Johnston-Francis? “I thought it was when we were picketing. Joanne thinks it was later,” in Chapel Hill.

Johnston-Francis is not sure either. She knew Parker’s roommate, Linda Lee, an African-American student. “I spoke to Linda on the picket line,” Johnston-Francis recalls. So it’s quite possible she and Parker did meet on Tate Street while picketing, she thinks.

Like Parker, Johnston-Francis transferred to Chapel Hill for their School of Journalism. Looking back, she credits WC/UNCG for the “variety and richness of its student body.”

The first black woman undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill, Parker had no roommate in West Cobb.

As Johnston-Francis tells it, “(Karen) was given a room by herself. I was put in a three-girl room.”

They thought, “Well, this is crazy.”

Johnston-Francis moved in. They became friends. And they both became a part of the effort to integrate Chapel Hill businesses that would not serve African Americans. (A brief overview is here.)

“Karen was arrested first,” explains Johnston-Francis about the sit-ins. “I did not know where she was.”

Ultimately Parker would be arrested twice, over the course of the sit-ins.

Johnston-Francis would be arrested four times. A newspaper photograph by Jim Wallace of her being dragged away by one arm by a police officer at a restaurant sit-in reportedly led to a police policy change: The police chief instructed all officers to carry those being arrested during sit-ins.

“I remember my teeth chattering, when I was arrested,” Johnston-Francis says, when asked about that photograph. She wasn’t sure what would happen next. “We would refuse to accept bail,” she says.

She worked to get more people involved. And she lobbied Congress regarding the 1964 civil rights legislation. “I spent a week or more in DC lobbying Peter Rodino, Emanuel Cellar and others.”

She’d spent much of her childhood in Greensboro, attending white, segregated schools in Lindley Park. She recalls riding the bus to downtown Greensboro for music lessons – she, a white girl, in the front while African-American maids would be in the back. The unwritten rules of segregation were “highly curious and uncomfortable” she remembers feeling at that young age. Her parents were from New Jersey, where she’d begun elementary school at an integrated school. “We were not prepared for segregation.”

She’d gone to that Cinema Theatre as a child, not aware that it was segregated. At downtown Greensboro’s theaters, segregation was more obvious, she explains.

As a sophomore at Woman’s College, she saw a sign in Elliott Hall (now the EUC), announcing a meeting there for anyone interested in the picketing on Tate Street. She went.

“I signed up for various shifts to carry a sign.”

How many shifts? “I have no idea how many times. I was supposed to be studying for exams.” How many? “More than I should have.”

She believes she marched at each location on Tate Street.

The positive experience encouraged her. “My experience being successful there (on Tate Street) led me to believe we’d be successful there at Chapel Hill.” But the protesters in Chapel Hill would meet very strong resistance.

Johnston-Francis’ family had not known of her picketing at Tate Street. They disapproved of her action in Chapel Hill.

“My mother did not know of it,” Parker says of the Tate Street protest and her participation in it. She says a blurb ran on the Winston-Salem TV news and believes that’s how her mother found out about it. “She did have a fit.” She was more upset later with her activism in Chapel Hill.

After Chapel Hill, Johnston-Francis embarked on a teaching career path in Harlem, then moved to Washington state. Much of her life’s work has been in social work of some kind but has also included agriculture, forestry, hospitality, historical research and writing. Now, short story writing and gardening are two passions.

After Chapel Hill, Parker worked at the Grand Rapids Press, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the LA Times for a 15 year stint, the Salt Lake Tribune and then the Winston-Salem Journal, where she’d interned as a UNCG student.

Her education at UNCG served her very well, she says. “I learned so much,” she says. “Literature and other things.”

Dante’s Inferno. Her Homeric Greek class. History class. She vividly recalls an exam where there was one essay question, about Martin Luther. One student got an A, the professor told the class. “The A was Miss Parker.”

“Things did get better over the years” for African-Americans, Parker observes. Johnston-Francis observes the societal changes too. “We have come a long way, but have so far yet to go.”

Though they live on opposite sides of the country, the two have remained friends over the decades. They are linked by their Greensboro years and Chapel Hill years. They talk about every six weeks or so, Parker says.

By Mike Harris
Photography of Parker and Johnston-Francis (Joanne Christine Johnston) from 1963 Pine Needles yearbook, courtesy UNCG Special Collections & University Archives. Photograph on main Campus Weekly page of Parker at April Reunion event is by Wesley Brown.

A brief overview of the Tate Street boycott and picketing is here.
The full story is at www.uncg.edu/ure/alumni_magazineT2/2010_spring/feature_tatestreet.htm


Quad earns top award

Photo of Shaw Residence HallUNCG’s renovated Quad has been awarded the Star Award, the top honor given by the Construction Professional Network of North Carolina.

The $55 million renovation of seven historic residence halls on campus, known as the Quad, was chosen for the prestigious award from among a list of projects that cost more than $20 million. Several aspects of the Quad renovation were singled out for praise by the judges, including its sustainable design and the project’s complexity, said Fred Patrick, director of UNCG facilities, design and construction.

Its impact on the local community and construction industry also received high marks, Patrick said.

This marks the second year in a row a UNCG-related construction project has received the Star Award.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Lanita Withers Goins



At College, Faculty Professorships awarded

Photo of Foust ParkThe College of Arts & Sciences has announced the award of the 2013-14 Candace Bernard and Robert Glickman Dean’s Professorships to three tenure-track faculty, based on their scholarly accomplishments and promise and their commitment to excellent teaching:

  • Holly Goddard Jones, assistant professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English, joined the UNCG faculty in 2009. Her work has appeared in some of the foremost venues for both fiction and non-fiction and her stories have been anthologized in volumes such as “The Year’s Best New Stories from the South,” “Best American Mystery Stories” and the forthcoming “The Lineup: 25 Provocative Women Writers.” Her collection of short stories, “Girl Trouble,” has been translated into French and Italian, and the rights to her new novel “The Next Time You See Me,” which is an alternate selection of both the Book of the Month Club and the Mystery Guild, have been sold in the UK, France, Italy and The Netherlands. She received the 2013 Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She has had great success as a teacher of fiction writing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Sheryl Oring, assistant professor in the Department of Art, joined the UNCG faculty in 2011. Her interdisciplinary works rely on public and community interaction to engage with important social issues and events through public participation. As an example, in 2011 she was commissioned by the New York Public Library to produce a project called Collective Memory to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Teams of typists sat in Bryant Park in New York City and asked passers-by to respond to the question: “What would you like the world to remember about 9/11?” The replies were typed verbatim on postcards and subsequently both exhibited and published in a limited edition set of books. She has produced works in Russia and Brazil and recently won an international competition to create public art for an expansion of the San Diego International Airport. In addition to her successful formal teaching, she led a project to engage students in an exploration of the meaning of diversity on campus.
  • Clifford Smyth, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, joined the UNCG faculty in 2008. His research in combinatorial probability has been published in some of the leading journals in his field, including two in the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, widely regarded as one of the most important journals in the field of mathematics, and he is regularly invited to present his research at some of the country’s most prestigious institutions. His research has been funded by the National Security Agency and the Simons Foundation, and he participates in two major collaborative projects funded by the National Science Foundation that support undergraduate involvement in the STEM disciplines. He has contributed to the department’s Math Emporium, an innovative model for teaching introductory mathematics, in addition to teaching courses at all levels and supervising graduate theses.

The Bernard-Glickman Dean’s Professorships are made possible by a generous gift from Candace Bernard ‘67 and Robert Glickman of Wayne, Penn. Each award includes a salary stipend and a fund for research. In announcing the recipients at the College of Arts & Sciences’ End-of-Year Celebration, Dr. Timothy D. Johnston, dean of the College, noted that the awards provide an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and promise of the College’s untenured faculty.

Flexible work schedule this summer

The following message was sent to university employees earlier this week:

Consistent with the objective in our Strategic Plan to “lead the UNC System in enhancing the health and wellness of students and employees,” UNCG initiated a pilot program in summer 2012 that encouraged a flexible work schedule for staff during an eight-week period. Staff Senate and Human Resources recently conducted a survey on the 2012 program and found considerable support for continuation of the program this summer. As a result, I encourage the deans and vice chancellors to make a special effort to facilitate flexible hours from Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 2. Our current Flexible Work Schedule Policy also provides options to departments and employees throughout the year.

While we want to provide flexibility in work schedules, offices must be mindful of two guiding principles that must be followed at all times:

  • An office must have coverage from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and
  • In compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act requirements, all full-time non-exempt employees must work 40 hours per week. The University recognizes that many FLSA exempt employees work a significant number of hours beyond the standard work week of 40 hours.

If you are interested in participating in a flexible work schedule, I recommend discussion of potential options with your supervisor. Keep in mind that the nature of some positions and offices may not allow for this option; however, I am hopeful that most units can find a way to implement a flexible structure, particularly during the summer months.

If you are a supervisor, I encourage you to work with your department, dean, and/or vice chancellor to explore opportunities to implement a flexible work schedule for your staff. Human Resources is available if you need assistance, ideas or guidance with the implementation of a flexible work schedule for your unit. With limited resources and fewer employees due to budget cuts, we all need to think more creatively and strategically in managing our departments.

We are very interested in knowing how this policy is being implemented. If you implement a flexible work schedule, whether you are a supervisor or a staff member, please let Human Resources know. We want to share success stories and ideas with others. Additionally, if there are challenges, or you feel as if this will not work for your area, Human Resources needs to hear about those as well. Dr. Edna Chun, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, can be reached at e_chun@uncg.edu.

I want to thank Staff Senate and Human Resources for their continuing efforts to support the wellness and work/life balance of our employees.

Linda P. Brady

Softball’s march to title game

051513Feature_SoftballThey came oh so close.

The UNCG Softball team entered the SoCon Tournament the fourth seed. With junior Raeanne Hanks pitching, they took the first two games in shut-out fashion, including one over top-seeded Appalachian State.

In the title game Saturday on ESPN3, she pitched again. The team gave up no runs through regulation. The defense was stellar, including a video-highlight snag (seen here) by Aisha Figueroa in left field. In the 11th inning, Georgia Southern finally scored on a home run. Final score 1-0.

Hanks went 24 straight innings without giving up an earned run until that 11th inning walk-off home run.

Hanks, who is a social work major, was named the SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

Catcher Lindsay Thomas, who had two home runs in the semifinal game, was named to the All-Tournament Team.

(CW livetweeted updates and pictures from the final two games.)

Earlier in the week, Thomas had been named SoCon Freshman of the Year.

Joining Thomas on the SoCon All-Conference first team was junior Katelyn Bedwell, who majors in elementary education. Six UNCG players made second team honors.

Thomas broke the school record for most home runs in a season with 17. (Two of those were in the tournament.)

Full story at UNCG Athletics. And see related story at UNCG Now.