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Archives for May 2014

Hoops SoCon Freshman of Year Tevon Saddler will return

Action photo of Tevon SaddlerUNCG freshman guard and Southern Conference Freshman of the Year Tevon Saddler has rejoined the men’s basketball program, Coach Wes Miller announced Sunday. Saddler explored transfer possibilities this spring after his rookie campaign.

“He handled the transfer process with a great deal of maturity, and after looking at a variety of different universities he felt that his heart was still at UNCG,” Miller said.

He led the league in scoring among all freshman, averaging 12.5 points per game while also grabbing 3.8 rebounds per game. He was 11th overall in the league with 3.0 assists per game.

Last year’s leading scorer, Kyle Cain, has announced he is forgoing his final year to pursue a professional basketball career. He noted, “I am committed to continuing my education and plan to graduate from UNCG within the next two years.” Jordan Potts and Tryone Outlaw have announced their intention to transfer.

The News & Record recently reported that nationally, about 40 percent of all men’s basketball players leave their initial school by the end of their sophomore year.

But Sadler is staying. “I want to thank my teammates and coaches for welcoming me back,” Saddler said. “I am ready to get back to work with my team and am excited for our future.”

Season tickets for next season will go on sale in late summer. For information about tickets, email maehmke@uncg.edu or call 336-334-3250.

Information about this year’s recruiting class of four students is at this UNCG Athletics page.

Selfies and solemnity: Photographic look at Spring Commencement 2014

Commencement Friday was a day for pomp and circumstance, hugs and cheers – and lots of pictures.

They were seemingly everywhere on Facebook and Twitter. Relive the wonderful day through the lens of social media in this Storify montage, assembled by Lanita Withers Goins:  Click here to access it.


Like professional photography? UNCG UR photographers Chris English and David Wilson were on hand as well, capturing the special moments from start to finish with stellar images. Enjoy a slideshow of highlights from commencement, below. (And enjoy them today – this online slideshow will be taken down at some point, we’re told.)



UNCG’s halfway home for May 17 Heart Walk

Photo of crowd walking at last year's eventUNCG has already raised $4,335 toward its goal of $7,000. That’s more than halfway. And it’s not too late to get involved in the walk.

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon, the 2014 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk will hold its annual 5K walk/run. For the second straight year, the UNCG campus will host the event, which will begin on Kaplan Commons in front of Elliott University Center. (The race route will require the closure of Spring Garden Street between Tate Street and Aycock Street from 8:30 am to noon.)

For info about how to participate, visit this link or email k_sousap@uncg.edu.

Looking ahead: May 14, 2014

First summer session classes begin
Thursday, May 15

Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9 a.m., starts near EUC

Memorial Day. Classes dismissed; offices closed.
Monday, May 26

Moral Movies series, ‘American Winter’
Thursday, May 29, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

With the staff: April/May, 2014

Hello: Kevin Ross, Student Health; Rebecca Rymer, ID Center; Samuel Waters, Facility Services; Virginia Bobbitt, Registrar Office; Angie Moore, Undergraduate Admissions; Laura Sanzo, HDFS

Good-bye: Danielle Baldwin, University Relations

Parents and children grow together with Team QUEST

Team QUEST is an Experiential Education program based at Piney Lake, UNCG’s Experiential Campus. The program develops and facilitates a variety of programs tailored specifically for each group’s desired outcomes. Experiential education allows individuals and groups to learn through deep and meaningful interactions that are fun and exciting. Through an integrated hands-on approach to learning life-skills, intentional activity selection and facilitated discussions, Team QUEST is capable of offering life-changing programs for all involved.

The program “Parents and Children Grow together with Team QUEST” offers experiences focused on communication, building trust, problem solving, conflict resolution and much more while focusing on developing the parent/child relationship. It will provide you and your child with a safe place for open communication and growth while allowing you to have an experience you will talk about and share for a long time to come.

The first half of the full-day experience will include a variety of ground initiatives and activities that will develop healthy communication skills, team problem solving, and cooperation. During the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to ascend Team QUEST’s high ropes course. While harnessed into the course, you and your child will work together as a team to complete each challenge. After each activity, the experienced facilitators will guide you through a thoughtful conversation in order to delve into the lessons learned from the day and how you can use these lessons moving forward.

It will be offered May 31, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Child age range: 12 – 18 years old) Price is $149.95 for 1 parent / 1 child partnerships. Each additional child / parent: $44.95

Contact Paul Harmelin at 334-4855 or pgharmel@uncg.edu for more information.

Gerald Holmes honored with special Outstanding Service Award by African American Studies Program

Photo of Gerald HolmesReference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator Gerald Holmes received a special Outstanding Service Award from UNCG’s African American Studies Program.

In citing him for the award, which is not given on a regular basis, Director of African American Studies Tara Green noted that in addition to his primary responsibilities as a reference librarian and library liaison, Holmes serves on a variety of committees and organizations including the UNCG Black Faculty and Staff Association, and Chancellor Brady’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Holmes served as part of the team to aid in the reaccreditation of the Department of Library and Information Studies by the American Library Association and has been cited by Provost Perrin as a faculty member who has an “above and beyond commitment” to Student Affairs.

Holmes is a co-principal investigator of three grants received from the Institute of Museum and Library Studies for the Academic Cultural and Enrichment Scholars program at UNCG.

Within the profession of librarianship, he is an active member of the American Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, and the North Carolina Library Association’s Roundtable for Ethnic and Minority Concerns.

By Barry Miller
Full story at Friends of the UNCG Libraries blog.

UNCG staff networking event, evening of May 15

Join fellow UNCG staff for an evening of fun and good company at The PorterHouse Bar & Grill. Staff Senate will provide appetizers. The event will be Thursday, May 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The PorterHouse Bar and Grill, 4608 W. Market Street. The event is sponsored by Staff Senate. See more information here.

A bit of golf news, before Spartans head to NCAA Regionals

UNCG freshman men’s golfer Carter Jenkins was one of just six golfers to advance through the local U.S. Open Qualifying round at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst earlier this week. Jenkins secured a coveted spot in the Sectional Qualifying round. Sectional qualifying will be conducted in late May and early June. Sectional qualifiers then advance to the U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst.

Jenkins, the 2014 SoCon Freshman of the Year, was one of just two amateurs to advance from the Pinewild event.

His play Monday served as a final tune-up before the Spartans head to the 2014 NCAA Regionals Thursday-Saturday.

See details at UNCG Athletics site.

Michael Parker

Photo of Michael ParkerMichael Parker (English) is a recipient of the 2014 O Henry Prize. The Los Angeles Times notes that the 20 winning stories come from 14 publications, ranging from university literary journals to independent literary magazines to a major cultural magazine, the New Yorker. His short story “Deep Eddy,” which appeared in the Southwest Review, will be a part of The O Henry Prize Stories collection for 2014. The volume will be released in September, says Publishers Weekly.

Dr. Marinella Sandros

Photo of Dr. Marinella SandrosDr. Marinella Sandros (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received new funding from Luna Innovations Incorporated for the project “eSPRi-based IVD Assay for Multiple Organ Injury.” The focus of the project, she says, is to develop a specific and sensitive multiplex biomarker assay using surface plasmon resonance imaging (SPRi) and algorithm to detect multiple organ injury including kidney, liver, heart and lung.

Dr. Joanne Murphy

Photo of Dr. Joanne MurphyDr. Joanne Murphy (Classical Studies) received funding from from the Institute for Aegean Prehistory for the project “Kea Archaeological Research Survey: Testing the Value of Survey Data.” The study of the ancient remains on the surface of the ground, as opposed to excavation, has dominated the methodological debate in Greek archaeology. The proposed project will make a significant contribution to this debate by testing the longevity of survey results using the Greek island of Kea as a case study. Kea (or Keos) was surveyed in 1983-1984 by an international team of archaeologists. This will be the first project of its type in Greece and has the potential to assess and refine our appreciation of the value of survey as a reliable archaeological research method.

Dr. Bas van der Vossen

Dr. Bas van der Vossen (Philosophy) received new funding from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation for a “Visiting Speaker Series on Ethics and Economics.”

Dr. Esther Leerkes

Photo of Dr. Esther LeerkesDr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for the project “Biological and Behavioral Predictors of Early School Success.” It involves a novel longitudinal biobehavioral study. “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,” the abstract states.

Dr. Lisa Levenstein

Photo of Dr. Lisa LevensteinDr. Lisa Levenstein (History) received new funding from the National Humanities Center for “U.S. Women in Beijing: The Fourth World Conference on Women and the Global Politics of American Feminism.” This book will offer a new narrative of the history of American feminism by exploring the U.S. women’s movement in a global context. It begins where most histories of feminism typically end – with the upsurge of global engagement among feminists in the early 1990s that culminated in the Beijing Women’s Conference of 1995.

Dr. Christopher Kepley

Photo of Dr. Christopher KepleyDr. Christopher Kepley (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received additional funding from the Tunitas Therapeutics for the project “A Human Fc Bifunctional Fusion Protein to Treat Severe Allergic Asthma.” The overall goal of this proposal is to position a novel biologic for human clinical trials in allergic disease though the completion of critical preclinical development research activities. GE2, a genetically engineered human fusion protein consisting of portions of the human gamma1 Fc linked to portions of the human epsilon Fc chain, has unique mechanistic properties that should translate to a next-generation therapeutic option for patients with severe allergic asthma and food allergy.

Dr. Julie Edmunds

Dr. Julie Edmunds (SERVE) received funding from the Columbia University Teachers College for the project “Third Party Evaluation of the i3 STEM Early College Expansion Partnership (SECEP).” SERVE at UNCG is currently conducting a large scale longitudinal experimental study of the impact of the early college high school model.

See/hear: May 14, 2014

UNCG made the 2014 Softball SoCon Tournament an exciting one. See how they managed to stay alive to play another day by defeating Furman with a late-night finish. While you’re there, check out other clips from the tournament – and more clips from the past year in a variety of Spartan sports.

UNCG spring commencement will be Friday

Photo from past commencementAbout 2,500 graduates will receive degrees Friday, May 9, during UNCG’s spring commencement. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Dom Amendum, a 2001 graduate of the UNCG School of Music — now the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance — will deliver the commencement address. Amendum has flourished as a music director on Broadway, working on such beloved shows as “Wicked” and “First Date.” He is currently preparing a musical version of “Secondhand Lions” for a Broadway run and is also launching a musical version of the 1980′s film “Heathers” off-Broadway.

The ceremony will mark some major firsts for the university.

Rabeah Rawashdeh and Joseph Estevez, the first graduates of the nanoscience PhD program in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), will receive their degrees.

Also graduating are the first UNCG Guarantee scholars. UNCG Guarantee enables talented students at or below the poverty level to graduate debt-free.

Nine graduates of UNCG’s Beyond Academics program will also march at the ceremony. Beyond Academics is a four-year certificate program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

UNCG expects to confer 2,561 degrees at the ceremony, including 1,938 bachelor’s degrees, 555 master’s degrees, nine Specialist in Education degrees, and 59 doctoral degrees. Of this total, about 54 degrees will go to international students.

Dr. Daniel Winkler will be mace bearer. This will be his last ceremony after five years of carrying the mace.

Chief marshal is David Banks. Assistant chief marshal is Lauren West, and Caleb Hoover is assisting marshal. Tassel turner is Sacia Listenbee. Benoit Sabourin will speak for the Class of 2014.

Lindsay Ives, Class of 2014, and Anne Prince Cuddy, Class of 1964, will ring the university bell. Ringing the bell is a long-standing UNCG tradition. (Read related story in today’s CW.)

Watch the ceremony live online at http://www.uncg.edu/reg/Com/video.html.

Find more details on UNCG’s commencement at the university’s Commencement Central site.

Find contacts for information on departmental ceremonies here.

By Michelle Hines
Read full story at UNCG Now.

Spring 2014’s ‘incredible group of Staff Stars’

Group photo of spring 2014 staff stars“We have an incredible group of Staff Stars today – 26,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady at the April 29, 2014, ceremony.

The Staff Star awards are one of the ways our university tries to recognize the incredible commitment of our campus staff, she said.

“We see staff going the extra mile,” she explained. “People are doing multiple jobs.” The staff receiving these awards do it with good humor and great spirit, she noted. And they are ready to help.

“Visitors to campus refer to the helpfulness of our staff,” she said, adding that helps with attracting excellent students to our university.

The Spring 2014 UNCG Staff Star honorees are:
Amanda Levens (Financial Planning and Budgets)
Anna Croom (Annual Giving)
Brad Weatherly (Facilities Operations)
Brown Biggers (University Libraries)
Cathy Rogers (Weatherspoon Art Museum)
Delight Morehead (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Erik Schuman (Postal Services)
Glenda Lloyd (Business Administration)
Heather Edgerly (Facilities Design and Construction)
Helen Burns (Facility Services)
Karen Burton (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
Lori George (Bryan School)
Mae Byers (Facility Services)
Mark Unrue (University Relations)
Mary Early (Graduate School)
Melanie Sawyer (Facility Services)
Pam Sparks (Bryan School)
Rashaun DeBerry (Student Health)
Ray Defiore (Facility Services)
Rick Schumaker (Information Technology Services)
Robin Rorie Facility Services
Sean Farrell (Human Resources)
Shakima Clency (Office of Learning Communities)
Shawn O’Neil (Learning Assistance Center)
Suzanne Schmutz (Graduate School)
Tim Wilkins (Facility Services)

By Mike Harris
Photograph of recipients by Chris English.

“John Salmon plays Brubeck,” at Brubeck’s request

Photo of John SalmonSometimes the most joyful news comes at the same moment as the saddest.

On March 12, Albany Records gave UNCG music professor John Salmon the great news: his new “John Salmon plays Brubeck” CD was produced and would be released this spring. That evening, a call came with sad news: Dave Brubeck’s widow, Iola, had died.

The new release is a particularly personal recording for Salmon. He and jazz legend Dave Brubeck, who died a year ago, had been good friends. As he told Campus Weekly earlier, “My relationship with Dave has influenced me in lots of personal and musical ways,” he explains. Brubeck was self-effacing, generous, open-minded. “It was his humanity that impressed us all.”

Salmon has edited about eight volumes of Brubeck’s scores, and this new CD is his fourth of Brubeck’s classical-leaning compositions. Salmon wants the world to value not only Brubeck’s jazz musicianship, but his classical works for piano as well.

This CD is part of that effort.

“I began it in 2010, at Dave Brubeck’s request. He wanted me to come up with a piano version of the orchestral piece co-composed by him and his son Chris Brubeck, ‘Ansel Adams: America.’

Salmon saw one performance, with an orchestra, in Baltimore in 2010. His version is quite different. “My piano version was based both on Dave’s original drafts and the finished orchestral score – largely orchestrated by Chris Brubeck,” he notes. He was ready to move forward with releasing it that year but was told he should wait till the orchestral version had come out.

“So I waited.”

Dave Brubeck died December 5, 2012 – the same day the Brubeck family learned that “Ansel Adams: America” had been nominated for a 2013 Grammy. It had been performed by the Temple University Orchestra.

Brubeck’s wife of more than 70 years, Iola, and the family requested Salmon play at the memorial service. Many jazz luminaries were there to play in tribute to Brubeck, at New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Two, Chick Corea and John Salmon, were asked to perform solo.

That weekend Salmon discussed with Chris Brubeck and the Brubecks’ lawyer the possibility of releasing the piano CD.

They knew Dave Brubeck would want it to be released, Salmon explains. They gave him the green light.

Iola Brubeck’s health began to decline. She had always been generous, upbeat. She was very creative as well – for example, she penned the lyrics to many of her husband’s songs, including the classic “In Your Own Sweet Way.” For seven decades, Iola and Dave had been completely devoted to each other. Now, she had cancer.

Salmon had put Brubeck’s tender ballad “All My Love” on this CD. “It was dedicated to Iola.”

He recalls visiting Dave Brubeck and Iola at their home – the last time he saw the then-frail jazz legend and one of the last times he saw Iola. “Iola was with us every moment,” he recalls. Salmon played for them, as Dave Brubeck made request after another. It was a lovely visit. Dave thanked him as he prepared to leave. “No, thank you, Dave, for your life and for having given us this beautiful music.”

They had identical parting words in their last phone call, just before Brubeck died.

Salmon chose for his final cut on the new CD a Chopinesque work titled “Dziękuję.”

“That means ‘thank you’ in Polish.”

By Mike Harris
Read earlier CW piece on John Salmon and Dave Brubeck.

UNCG authors honored

More than forty UNCG authors have published books in the last year. They were honored at a reception in Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room on April 29. A changing exhibition of UNCG authors’ books is on continuous display in the Connector between the Elliott University Center and Jackson Library. Many are also noted in the University Libraries’ Faculty Book Blog. Books on the blog include Craig Nova’s “All the Dead Yale Men,” Eugene Rogers’ “Aquinas and the Supreme Court,” Nir Kshetri’s “Cybercrime and Cybersecurity in the Global South,” Terry Kennedy’s “New River Breakdown” and more.

Faculty authors are asked to notify Christine Fischer in the University Libraries’ Acquisitions Department at cmfische@uncg.edu and are invited to consider donating a copy of their book for the Libraries’ collection.

May 14 Spartan Legislative Network event

Photo of aerial view of College Avenue

The second annual North Carolina General Assembly reception will give alumni and friends of UNCG a chance to make connections, share information and answer questions about UNCG’s contributions to economic development, breakthroughs in scientific research, development of future leaders and service to the people of our state, nation and world.

The reception is a Spartan Legislative Network (SLN) event. SLN is an organization of alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends who support UNCG. The network’s mission is to promote the university as one of the flagship institutions of the UNC system and as a leader in higher education globally.

Last year, 145 people turned out for the General Assembly reception, which this year coincides with the opening day of the legislative session. State legislators, Greensboro elected officials, and Chancellor Linda P. Brady are expected to attend.

Cost to attend the reception is $10, which covers the costs of a bus ride to Raleigh, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.

The reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on May 14 at the Cardinal Club’s north dining room, 150 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.

For more information about the event or the SLN, contact Mary Swantek at (336) 256-2011 or m_swante@uncg.edu.

A milestone moment for JSNN

This is a milestone moment for the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, as Campus Weekly readers are aware. The first doctoral degrees for JSNN students will be awarded Friday to UNCG’s Rabeah Rawashdeh and Joseph Estevez.

A new UNCG Now article fills us in, explaining that Rawashdeh and Estevez undertook extensive research for their dissertation studies as they made use of the school’s equipment, among the most technologically sophisticated in the state.

Estevez’s topic was “Fundamental Properties of Thermoset Resin with Boron Nitride Nanotube Reinforcement for Radiation Shielding Applications.” His research was funded by NASA, and he worked with adding boron nitride nanotubes to a resin compound to determine if the resulting composite would provide better radiation protection for astronauts.

Rawashdeh’s research was on “Mechanistic Studies of Water-Soluble Fullerenes as Free Radical Scavengers, Biological Antioxidants and NF-Kappaβ Inhibitors.” She tested fullerenes, the spherical molecules composed of carbon atoms nicknamed “buckyballs,” for their properties as antioxidants.

See Steve Gilliam’s full story about these students, with context by Dean Jim Ryan, at UNCG Now.

Ring that bell, a resounding part of UNCG’s heritage

Photo of Matthew Moss, Class of 2013, and Gayle Hicks Fripp, Class of 1963, ceremoniously rang the university bell at 2013 Spring Commencement.The university bell will sound at commencement. Anne Prince Cuddy, Class of ‘64, and Lindsay Ives, Class of ‘14, will do the honors.

The old bell has been a part of our campus experience since its earliest years. It connects us to our past.

It’s the same peal heard in 1897, when overjoyed students heard news about expanded legislative funding for our university. At least a hundred Normal School (UNCG) students ran to ring the bell, the Greensboro Record reported. “The young lady who first reached the bell, in the exuberance of her spirits, pulled the rope off of the wheel, but this accident did not deter her desire. In an instant the ladder was scaled … the rope was replaced, and for an hour or more joy resigned unconfined.”

Its most illustrious moment? On a frigid January 1904 night, Brick Dormitory (located at the site of today’s McIver Building) caught fire. Student Josephine Scott ran over the snowy ground to alert everyone. (This was an era before modern fire alarms and sprinkler systems.) She, too, broke the rope, a classmate recalled, and climbed the bell stand to ring it with her hands again and again. In a phone call at age 84, she said, “I still don’t know how I climbed up that ladder, but it was just one of those things you do when you have to.” Every student got out safely; no one was injured. The bell played its part.

Students and alumni became fond of it. They called it “Prep” because it prepared them for dinner and meals, according to an alumna cited in a letter in UNCG Archives.

A January 21, 1938, letter in The Carolinian noted the several locations the “Old Bell” had held on campus since the 1890’s – near Foust Building and Brick Dormitory (where it would first sound at 6:30 a.m. each day), then near the College Avenue bridge over Walker, then near Spencer and Woman’s Hall (near today’s Moran Plaza). Even after it was no longer needed to call students to classes and meals, students still rang it to signal celebrations.

For much of the second half of the 20th century, it was displayed near the College Avenue/Spring Garden entrance. It hung at the location where President McIver and his family had once lived.

A 1963 Carolinian article suggested it was clapperless there so the Curry school children wouldn’t be tempted to ring it. It was bronzed in 1968, according to a Greensboro Record clipping, and for the next couple of decades it was featured in a “modernistic arch” at that location. (Note: This paragraph was corrected. The bell was bronzed in 1968.)

Today, the old bell is no longer silent. It is ceremoniously brought out at UNCG celebrations each year, its peal a reminder of our history.

It has been referred to over the years as the “Old Bell.” The “University Bell.” The “School Bell.” The “McIver bell.” “The Normal bell.” The “farm bell.” “Prep.” It has never been automated. When it rings, it’s because a Spartan puts effort into ringing it. No one said ringing a large bell is easy. But it’s a glorious sound. It’s our sound. Long may it ring.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Chris English. Matthew Moss, Class of 2013, and Gayle Hicks Fripp, Class of 1963, ceremoniously rang the university bell at 2013 Spring Commencement.

Sources: Feb. 26, 1897, Greensboro Record article transcription in UNCG Archives; 1968 letter by Bessie Heath Daniel (Class of 1905) of Roxboro to Clara McNeil recounting the January 1904 incident, preserved in UNCG Archives; Feb. 6, 1938, news release in UNCG Archives; Jan. 21, 1938, letter to The Carolinian in UNCG Archives; Feb. 22, 1963, article by Diane Oliver in The Carolinian; May 7, 1968, Greensboro Record clipping in UNCG Archives; Typed notes from telephone conversation with Josephine Scott (Mrs. Hudson), circa 1968, of Raleigh, in UNCG Archives; online photographs and captions in UNCG Digital Collections; Student Affairs’ UNCG Traditions web page; Allen Trelease’s “Changing Assignments” and “Making North Carolina Literate”


UNCG a winner in the 2013 Printing Industry Awards

The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) has announced that UNCG is an award winner in the 2013 PICA Awards Competition. The announcement was made during the 2013 PICA Awards Banquet in Concord, North Carolina, with more than 200 industry professionals in attendance. The PICA Awards competition is one of the largest printing contests in the nation. This year, the PICA Awards attracted more than 600 entries from 53 printing companies, along with more than 300 entries from 7 graphic arts high schools and 8 college graphic arts programs from across the Carolinas.

UNCG won two Best of Category Awards and one Special Judges Award. Only one “Best of” may be given in each category. The judging criteria included: registration, crossovers, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, finishing, bindery, and overall visual impact.

The two Best of Category Awards were the “Mathematical Biology” brochure for the Mathematics and Statistics department and the “Summer Session” poster for the Division of Continual Learning. The Special Judges Award was for the “Spartan Village” booklet for Campus Enterprises.

Looking ahead: May 7, 2014

SoCon Softball Championship Tournament
Wednesday, May 7, UNCG Softball Stadium

Red Carpet Reception for graduating seniors
Thursday, May 8, 2:30 p.m., Alumni House

SoCon Softball Championship Tournament
Thursday, May 8, UNCG Softball Stadium

Spring Commencement
Friday, May 9, 10 a.m., Greensboro Coliseum

Talk, “Public Art/Public Space” by Mags Harries, Lajos Héder
Friday, May 9, 5:30 p m., Weatherspoon

SoCon Softball Championship Tournament continues
Saturday, May 10

Noon @ the ‘Spoon art tour
Tuesday, May 13, Weatherspoon

UNCG Sociology wraps centennial with Weatherspoon exhibition

The UNCG Department of Sociology has celebrated its centennial year this past year with a host of activities and events. These events have revolved around the theme “Inequality and Social Justice in a Changing World.” The department has focused on bringing together current students, alumni, and community members around this theme through their alumni networking night, homecoming raffle (where they raised $1,500 for the Interactive Resource Center of Greensboro), free tours of the International Civil Rights Museum, and public lectures by David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief of The New York Times, and Dawn Porter, advocate, lawyer and documentary filmmaker of “Gideon’s Army.”

The department is concluding its year-long celebration by helping sponsor an art exhibition at the Weatherspoon. The show features works of art selected from the museum’s own collection that illustrate themes of “inequality and social justice.” The exhibition on the second floor of the Weatherspoon runs through June 22.

Pam Cash

Photo of Pam CashPam Cash (Bryan School of Business and Economics) was named to the 2014 class of “Women in Business” honorees, an accolade presented by the Triad Business Journal to recognize women of excellence and influence. As assistant dean at the Bryan School, she is responsible for non-academic operations including budget and personnel management, marketing and communications, student advising, accreditation management and strategic planning. Cash is also the vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, where she is leading the strategic planning efforts. Cash, a UNCG and Clemson University alumna and frequent mentor, is also deeply involved in Leadership Greensboro. A 2007 graduate of the program, she returned the following year to serve as program chair, has served on the Advisory Board since 2009 and just completed a term as Leadership Greensboro’s board chair.

Bonita Brown

Photo of Bonita BrownBonita Brown was named to the 2014 class of “Women in Business” honorees, an accolade presented by the Triad Business Journal to recognize women of excellence and influence. Brown, who serves as chief of staff, brought significant experience directing higher education strategy and policy when she joined UNCG’s senior leadership team in 2010. Brown is the primary facilitator between the university’s executive staff and the UNCG Board of Trustees, sets and executes strategic initiatives for the university, and fosters campus/community collaboration. She is a double graduate of Wake Forest University, earning a bachelor’s and law degree from the institution. She sits on the board of the Greensboro Historical Museum, and has twice been an invited speaker for the national Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges’ Workshop for Board Professionals.

Dr. Nir Kshetri

Photo of Dr. Nir KshetriDr. Nir Kshetri (Bryan School) delivered a keynote speech titled “Trends and Developments in the Application and Impact of Big Data in Organizations” at the first International Retail Congress held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event was organized by the Brazilian Franchising Association. The Brazilian newspaper Diário do Comércio highlighted his keynote speech in its article titled “Big Data, aliada também dos pequenos” (April 24, 2014), which is available at http://www.dcomercio.com.br/2014/04/24/big-data-aliada-tambem-dos-pequenos-1. He was also interviewed by Pequenas Empresas & Grandes Negócios magazine, a leading publication for entrepreneurs in Brazil. The interview (in Portuguese) titled “Com big data, as franquias podem otimizar seus resultados” is available at http://revistapegn.globo.com/Franquias/noticia/2014/04/com-big-data-franquias-podem-otimizar-seus-resultados.html.

UNCG Men’s Golf in NCAA Tournament

Screen image of NCAA tournament leader boardFor the first time in the team’s history, the UNCG men’s golf team is headed to the NCAA Tournament.

The Spartans are one of just two teams from the state of North Carolina to make the field. Wake Forest is the other.

“I am very proud for our entire program, going back 30 years in our history,” head coach Terrance Stewart said. “This bid is for all of those coaches and players that played a part building our program to where it is today. Our guys have worked very hard this year and are very deserving for the honor to keep playing.”

The team will head to the Auburn Regional at the Auburn University Club May 15-17.

By Matt McCollester
Full story at UNCG Athletics web site.

Softball’s Bedwell named Player of Year; UNCG hosts SoCon Tourney

Action photo of Katelyn Bedwell battingAfter a record-breaking regular season, senior softball first baseman Katelyn Bedwell was named Southern Conference Player of the Year.

Along with Bedwell, sophomore twin sisters Lindsay Thomas and Nicole Thomas were first team All-Conference selections. Junior Dominique Madruga was named second team All-Conference.

“She is so very deserving of this Player of the Year honor,” said head coach Janelle Breneman. “KB will leave here in the record books as one of the top hitters ever to wear the Blue and Gold. She truly loves the game of Softball and thrives on competition as it shows in her play.”

A communications major who will graduate this week, Bedwell is the first UNCG softball player to be Player of the Year since Jennifer Hubbard in 2003. Bedwell broke the single-season school record for RBI this season with 64 – and she tied UNCG’s home run record with 17 going into the SoCon tournament. (Lindsay Thomas set the mark last season.) Her .429 batting average also is a school record along with an .845 slugging percentage.

UNCG hosts the SoCon Championship Tournament this week. The Spartans, which finished the season with seven straight wins to place in the fifth seed, will take on No. 4 seed Samford at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the UNCG Softball Stadium.

By Justin Glover
Photo courtesy Carlos Morales
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Athletic training fund in Kinesiology will be established in nod to David Perrin’s service to UNCG

Photo of Dr. David H. PerrinDr. David H. Perrin reflected on his seven years as provost and executive vice chancellor, at the year’s final faculty meeting. “To have served as your chief academic officer for these past seven years has been the honor and privilege of my career. I shall cherish the good times, the challenging times, but most of all the faculty, staff and students who make UNCG such a special place.” He received a standing ovation.

At UNCG, he served as dean of HHP from 2001-07, when he became provost and executive vice chancellor of the university. His service as provost will come to a close this summer.

Perrin is perhaps the most well-known and productive scholar in athletic training in the United States. He has written hundreds of research articles and is the author of a number of textbooks in his discipline. His primary research interest, funded by the National Institutes of Health, has focused on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury risk factors in female athletes.

His professional awards from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association include the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award, the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award and the William G. Clancy, Jr., MD Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research. The association’s Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee Scholarship and its Research and Education Foundation’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award were named in his honor and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In appreciation of his service to UNCG since 2001, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and friends are establishing the David H. Perrin Athletic Training Fund in the Department of Kinesiology’s Master’s in Athletic Training program in the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, where he holds tenure. This fund will be used for academic purposes close to Provost Perrin’s heart – recruitment and support of minority students, student research, unique educational opportunities, professional development opportunities for students, and technology advancements in athletic training instrumentation and equipment, keeping this program on the cutting edge of teaching, research, service and community engagement.

If you would like to contribute to the fund, contact Barbara Wike, director of development for the School of Health and Human Sciences, at 336-256-1272 or bjwike@uncg.edu.

Interested in some basic computer training – or helping others?

Staff Senate Service Committee will offer a learning opportunity for basic computer skills.

If you are interested in taking the class or volunteering – they are looking for volunteers to walk around the room and assist – contact Jeannie Lasley, 334-5485 or jalasley@uncg.edu

The class will be May 21, 2014, MHRA Building 1305, 10 – 11:30 a.m.