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Archives for June 2014

UNCG Archaeology at Bentonville Battlefield’s Harper House

Photo of the Bentonville Battlefield’s Harper HouseTo the average person, the charts look like waves. To UNCG’s Roy Stine and Linda Stine, they show something interesting under the earth. And when that ground is the backyard of one of North Carolina’s most historic houses – used as a hospital during the state’s largest Civil War battle – there’s interest in knowing what’s there.

Dr. Roy Stine, a geography professor with a love of history, and UNCG geography graduate students Jacob Turner, Douglas Gallaway and Stacy Curry, as well as Dr. Linda Stine, a UNCG anthropology professor, presented their preliminary findings in early May to officials at the Bentonville State Historic Site. They, along with Dr. Jerry Nave, a North Carolina A&T State professor specializing in surveying, had conducted research at the site in March. The next step: do some exploring.

Linda Stine, who specializes in archaeology, and John Mintz from the Office of State Archaeology will lead UNCG archaeology students in excavations in several areas behind the historic house Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27.

This isn’t the first historic site in which the Stines have worked in tandem. The first in which they used a system of magnetometers, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and excavation was at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle.

In addition to lots of interesting items at that military park, they found part of the original county seat of Guilford County. It was called Martinville, site of the original Guilford courthouse. They found two houses and a large stone wall or chimney base, as well as “a buried, long, linear feature, half a meter deep,” says Roy Stine. An excavation revealed Colonial era artifacts. It could be the retreat road that the Colonial troops used, the Stines say, or it could be a gully that one combat record referenced.

After they excavate, the Stines and Dr. Nave track how close, to the centimeter, they were with the original tracking from the GPR (a GSSI 3000 Ground Penetrating Radar with a 400 MHz antenna) or the magnetometers (a Bartington Dual Gradiometer). That analysis is part of their ongoing research.

The battle at Bentonville, in which Gen. Joseph Johnston’s Confederate forces attempted to stop the advance of Gen. William T. Sherman’s Union forces, was one of the last major battles of the Civil War.

This geophysical exploration behind Bentonville’s Harper House is undertaken in conjunction with the staff at Bentonville Battlefield (Donnie Taylor, site manager) and the State Office of Archaeology.

Some unusual patterns behind the Harper House are almost definitely underground utilities or piping. Others? No one knows. “See this line? It comes out to this area,” Roy Stine says, pointing to a dark area on his screen. “We don’t know what that is.”

He believes a lot of the small aberrations indicate campfires of Civil War reenactors over the years. But still, several areas are a mystery. “You don’t know till you dig,” Roy Stine says.

The public is invited to attend on June 26-27. There is no admission charge. They will likely see a GPR and a magnetometer in use. Plus, they will see several areas slowly excavated. Under the guidance of archaeologists, members of the public will be allowed to help with the sifting of earth as well. Displays and docents will explain the techniques the research team is using. The house is near the Bentonville Battlefield’s visitors’ center, 5466 Harper House Road, Four Oaks.

By Mike Harris

Bryan School adds online programs in business analytics

Photo of Bryan School of Business and Economics buildingThe UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics will launch a new curriculum in business analytics this fall, designed to help professionals advance their understanding of analytics and its application in the business environment.

Co-sponsored by SAS, the Bryan School will offer two courses of study: an online graduate certificate in business analytics and a concentration in business analytics as part of the online master of science in information technology and management (MSITM) degree. The curriculum will offer students in-depth knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the challenge of developing and managing an information system within an organization.

The deadline to apply for fall semester is July 1.

“With the exponential growth of data, specifically big data, the demand for analytics talent has increased tremendously,” said Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, an associate professor in the Bryan School and director of the Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management’s graduate programs. “Recognizing the need for talent, companies such as SAS are partnering with universities to address the talent gap.”

The coursework integrates SAS’s industry-leading software, offering students the opportunity to gain experience using the platform while learning key concepts.

“Our SAS co-sponsored business analytics program, both the certificate and MSITM concentration, is for business professionals to gain state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in models, methods, tools and
techniques in business analytics that will enable them to make better data-driven business decisions,” Iyer said. “The concentration in business analytics in the MSITM program will not only help students
develop the competencies needed to join the big-data talent workforce but also to take on leadership roles within that area.”

The job market for people with these skill sets is considerable. According to one new projection from McKinsey & Company, the U.S. alone faces a shortfall of 140,000 to 190,000 big data professionals
in the next five years. Another recent study from Gartner suggests that 4.4 million IT jobs worldwide will be needed to support big data by 2015.

“That’s a lot of potential employment for the right people,” Iyer said.

By Lanita Withers Goins

UNCG’s Canvas Implementation Plan

Photo of student with laptop in Jackson LibraryIn Spring 2014 the Academic Technology Coordinating Committee (ATCC) recommended that UNCG move its Learning Management System (LMS) from Blackboard Learn to Canvas by Instructure.

Provost David H. Perrin has announced that the administration is accepting the recommendation to move to Canvas. This plan shows the timeline for moving courses and organizations from Blackboard Learn to Canvas. Information Technology Services (ITS) and Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs) from the College and Schools will work together to provide training and migration assistance to instructors and organization leaders.

Fall 2014 will be UNCG’s “early adopter” phase for Canvas. During this phase a limited number of classes will be held in Canvas, and functionality will be limited as it was during the Spring 2014 pilot (e.g., integration with 3rd party tools such as Starfish and the Turnitin anti-plagiarism tool are high priorities, but may not be available at the Fall 2014 semester start). By Spring 2015, ITS expects to have a complete implementation of Canvas, including integration with UNCG third-party tools. It is anticipated that at least 25 percent of all UNCG instructors will teach their courses in Canvas in Spring 2015.

Details and contact information are at http://courses.uncg.edu/.

From UNCG to ESPN: Alejandro Moreno calls World Cup

Action photo of Alejandro Moreno at UNCGAt UNCG, he was a star student-athlete.

Now at ESPN, Alejandro Moreno is a star analyst – one of the network’s most recognizable faces for World Cup coverage.

Moreno is calling matches and providing analysis in the studio.

As a Spartan, Moreno was a four-time First Team All-Region selection and a four-time All-Conference recipient. He led the Spartans in goals all four years of his career, 1998-2001. In his 11-year professional career, he played for three Major League Soccer champion teams.

He returned to campus last February, when he was inducted into the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame. “I am honored and proud to be a Spartan,” he said. (See photo.) As he explained in an interview with UNCG Athletics, “Here at UNC Greensboro, I had a lot of success on the field and a lot of success off the field.” He noted that he completed his UNCG bachelor’s program in International Business in three and a half years.

Blue and gold on the red carpet of Cannes

Photo of but David Ostergaard ’02He didn’t exactly rub shoulders with George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, but David Ostergaard ’02 did star in an award-winning film shown at Cannes.

Ostergaard, who graduated with a BFA in theatre at UNCG, was part of an Asheville-based film crew whose short film, “Joint Effort,” won the 2013 National Film Challenge. Grand prize was a showing at the elite film festival, held each year in the French Riviera.

“Joint Effort” is a seven-minute comedy by Gorilla with a Mustache Productions shot partly at Ostergaard’s house in Asheville.

The film beat out 150 short films from around the world in the Film Challenge. All films must be made within 72 hours and run 5-7 minutes.

Ostergaard, named Best Actor in the Film Challenge, has also won a regional Emmy for his work in a commercial for an Asheville computer store. He has made a thriving career for himself in the North Carolina mountains.

His Bright Star Touring Theatre does 1,000 shows a year in 36 states and has performed in Moscow by special invitation. Bright Star companies travel to schools across the U.S. promoting Black History and anti-bullying messages.

In the near future, Ostergaard hopes to launch an educational TV show for kids.

Meanwhile, he offers up this secret from Cannes: When the stars walk the red carpet on their way into a screening, providing a photo-op for paparazzi, they most often stroll quietly right out a back door. They’ve already seen the movie.

By Michelle Hines

Looking ahead: June 25, 2014

Play, ‘Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk’
Thursday, June 26, noon, Brown Building Theatre

Opera, Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Gondoliers’
Saturday, June 28, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Faculty Chamber Music, part of Eastern Music Festival
Monday, June 30, 8 p.m., UNCG Music Building

Offices closed for Independence Day holiday.
Friday, July 4

Faculty Chamber Music, part of Eastern Music Festival
Monday, July 7, 8 p.m., UNCG Music Building

Tour, Noon at the Spoon
Tuesday, July 8, noon, Weatherspoon

Film, ‘A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt’
Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m., Weatherspoon

Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Gondoliers’ at UNCG

The 2014 Greensboro Light Opera and Song summer production will be a Gilbert & Sullivan delight. “The Gondoliers” will be presented June 26-28, 7:30 p.m. and June 29, 2 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. Ticket information is at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/areas/opera-theatre/glos/

CW schedule, week of July 10

UNCG’s Campus Weekly will publish one day later than usual, for our next issue. The CW email will be sent Thursday, July 10.

Dr. Gregory Grieve

Photo of Dr. Gregory GrieveDr. Gregory Grieve (Religious Studies) is co-editor of “Playing with Religion in Digital Games,” published by Indiana University Press. It spotlights the growing influence religion has in digital gaming genres, as well as the increased attention given by religion and gaming scholars from around the world to these trends and their impact on popular conceptions of religion. It illustrates how the employing of religious images, narratives and characters in popular video and digital games can reveal important insight as to how religion is understood in popular culture. “Playing with Religion in Digital Games” offers a fresh look into a range of common manifestations of spiritual and religious themes of different gaming platforms, and maps the ways religion is used in gaming to create myths and meanings, drawing out implications these uses have for gamers and framings of religion. The editors, Grieve and Dr. Heidi A. Campbell (Texas A&M), assembled an international collection of scholars working on the intersection of religion and gaming. More information may be found at: http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/product_info.php?products_id=807175

Dr. Donna Nash

Photo of Dr. Donna NashDr. Donna Nash (Anthropology) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “Colonization or Control: The Wari Settlement of Moquegua, Peru.” The abstract notes, “The proposed project will examine the material markers of imperial control and is the first phase of a larger investigation, which is designed to define the scope of Wari power in the Moquegua drainage, Peru. Working from a known site of Wari control this initial research will serve as a benchmark for subsequent investigations in other parts of the region and will provide the first glimpse of the impact of Wari intrusion on local populations in the region. Through excavation of the site of Las Peñas, which was occupied before and during the period of Wari control investigators, we will chart the important changes that took place in people’s lives as they were incorporated into the empire. The broader goal of the research is to establish a model for identifying political expansion and control. The project will provide training for graduate and undergraduate students (US and Peruvian) and promote international collaborations between US and Peruvian archaeologists. Project participants will also engage in education community outreach at the research site in Peru.”

Dr. Perry Flynn

Photo of Dr. Perry FlynnDr. Perry Flynn (Communication Sciences and Disorders) received funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “Exceptional Children State Speech-Language Consultant (2014-15).” UNCG will provide a range of professional services for the North Carolina State Board of Education during July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. The services provided for the Exceptional Children Division of the State Department of Public Instruction will be carried out by UNCG’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

See/hear: June 25, 2014

From the 2012 inaugural season of Greensboro Light Opera and Song, enjoy this Gilbert & Sullivan morsel. GLOS performs Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers” later this week. See related story in this Campus Weekly.

Tom White, set to retire as Facilities Operations Utilities Manager, receives Betty Hardin Award

Photo of Tom WhiteWhen he retires June 30, Tom White will be leaving a pair of very large shoes for someone to fill.

Tom White, Facilities Operations Utilities Manager, received this year’s Betty Hardin Award at the recent UNCG Business Affairs Luncheon.

The Facilities Operations Connections newsletter noted, “Tom was very deserving of this prestigious award. He takes the initiative to get things done, takes pride in his work, and quite often he goes above and beyond what is expected. In addition to his regular shift he has, on many occasions, worked all hours during the night and weekends taking care of emergencies and he does so without complaint.”

White joined UNCG in 1999. He quickly moved up the ranks from Maintenance Mechanic I to Utilities Manager, where he has been responsible for 35 employees in Electric, HVAC, Plumbing, and the Steam Plant. He and his colleagues are responsible for maintenance and repair of over 4 million square feet of electric, steam, chilled water, and sewer systems and infrastructure.

In presenting the award, Reade Taylor noted, “His position is high stress given the critical nature of the services within his area of responsibility. He is extremely dependable and always responsive to issues that may come up any time of day, any day of the week.”

He added, “He has been called back to campus on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and after hours an innumerable number of times leading his team in planned and unplanned utility repairs. Tom leads by example.”

– Adapted from June Facilities Operations Connections newsletter
Vickie DeBari wrote the article for newsletter. Jeannie Lasley, photographer.

Shakespearean sounds: UNCG’s Christine Morris coaches at Triad Stage

Photo of Morris with Poulson and OliverPerforming Shakespeare alongside professional actors could be intimidating. But with a voice/text coach giving the UNCG students personal lessons, the words come tripping off the tongue in the best kind of way.

UNCG theater professor Christine Morris helps all the actors shine in the Triad Stage production of “All’s Well that Ends Well.” For the UNCG undergraduates in the production who have less experience with Shakespeare, she’s a particularly valuable teacher. And they’re learning a lot.

“I found it not,” articulates actor Chloe Clark Oliver to the king, during an early rehearsal of a scene. A rising UNCG senior portraying Diana, she is working alongside some actors with decades of professional experience. Each time rehearsing the scene, she pushes the possibilities of her language and action. Each time, richer meanings are conveyed, as director Preston Lane makes suggestions and observations to the actors.

Eight UNCG students are on stage as part of Triad Stage’s big summer production. It’s in repertory with one other play in the annual UNCG Theatre/Triad Stage collaboration called Theatre 232. And Morris is at nearly every rehearsal, working with all the actors one-on-one.

How did she come to be a theater vocal expert? Morris, a Charlotte native, won a prestigious Spencer Love arts scholarship to UNCG in the 1970s. With her BA in Theatre, she went on to the University of Virginia for her MFA, then spent a decade in theater in New York City, including time with the New York Shakespeare Festival and Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. She later taught at Duke before returning “home” to UNCG, where she teaches theater, focusing on voice.

At Triad Stage, she is resident vocal coach. She started coaching there in 2006. Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre have had strong ties almost since the creation of Triad Stage – a development that enhanced the liveliness and economic development of downtown Greensboro. Lane, founding artistic director at the professional regional theater, co-leads UNCG’s directing program in UNCG Theatre.

Listening and being attentive are essential, which runs counter to our modern era with so many media distractions. “The fear with Gutenberg’s press was that people would lose the ability to speak and listen well,” Morris notes. “There are accounts of people leaving Shakespeare’s plays and reciting large chunks of dialog. At that time, people didn’t say, ‘Did you see the play?’ They’d say, ‘Did you hear the play?’”

For Morris, it’s applied research that she loves. Later this summer, she’ll present at two sessions of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association conference in England. One workshop will be on American Southern dialects; the other on vocal archetypes. She will also learn more about “original pronunciation” in Shakespeare’s plays – determining what a person would have sounded like centuries ago.

She loves working with the Triad Stage and UNCG actors one-on-one. Her questions to them usually boil down to this: “Why do you say what you say when you say it in the way that you say it?” And she helps them find their way in the language. “The actors want to get in there and do some spelunking.”

Chloe is one of those. The Raleigh native has already taken a UNCG acting class on Shakespeare sonnets, soliloquies, and comedy and tragedy scenes. “The language is so rich and full,” Chloe says.

She explains that it’s essential to find the key words the audience needs to hear in each line. Another challenge is making sure the audience understands, despite the fact that references and puns have changed over the centuries.

Madelynn Poulson, a rising junior who portrays Mariana, says, “The temptation (with Shakespearean language) is to think that it’s precious.” But it’s just like any other play. You have to make it accessible. “We take time to find what works. It’s easy to think, ‘This is what it’s about.’ But Shakespeare can mean so many things.”

One thing Morris helps with is syntax, Madelynn explains. “This part should go up, this part should go down.” But it goes much deeper, as the actors explore and read the text again and again. “Chris challenges you to not only know what it means, but to make it make sense for people.”

Madelynn recalls her tour of the UNCG campus, when she was a high-schooler in Hampton, Va.

She visited Triad Stage and saw Theatre 232’s “Fashionistas” in the upstairs space.“‘They are all UNCG students,’ I thought. I did not want to go anyplace else.”

Now only two years later, she herself is one of those Theatre 232 students in the spotlight. It’s a challenge but she is learning so much.

“Two shows a day – we’re living the dream.”

THTR 232 productions:
“All’s Well that Ends Well,” directed by Preston Lane, at Triad Stage June 8-29; tickets available at Triad Stage box office, 336-272-0160, or http://triadstage.org/series/129/alls-well-that-ends-well
“Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk,” directed by Jim Wren, June 14-28; tickets available at 336-334-4392 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/631155

By Mike Harris
Photography by David Wilson, of a coaching session. Morris uses balloons, boxes, hula hoops and more to further the actor’s attentiveness to the rhythms and stresses in the language. This page: Morris with Poulson and Oliver. CW homepage: Madelynn Poulson with Morris.

UNCG archaeology at historic House in the Horseshoe

Photo of UNCG graduate student Jacob Turner conducting researchJacob Turner’s hard work may be paying off. The UNCG doctoral student of geography thinks he and his UNCG research team may have located something very interesting.

Working with UNCG geography professor Dr. Roy Stine, he and the team will test the results of his geophysical survey at House in the Horseshoe state historic site Monday, June 16, 2014.

The site is south of Siler City.

Readings from a ground penetrating radar (GPR) and a magnetometer have indicated possible structures in the backyard of the colonial era House in the Horseshoe.

Test excavations will be accomplished in conjunction with the staff at the House in the Horseshoe, which is part of the North Carolina Historic Sites Division. The excavations will be supervised by Dr. Linda Stine, UNCG professor of anthropology, and John Mintz of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology (OSA). This collaborative research is part of Turner’s UNCG doctoral dissertation research and part of the ongoing research conducted by both the Historic Sites division and OSA.

The House in the Horseshoe is best known for the Revolutionary War skirmish that occurred on July 29, 1781. The owner of the house was Philip Alston, a Whig colonel seeking independence from Great Britain. The Tory leader David Fanning surrounded the house and forced Alston to surrender. Today you can tour the house and see the bullet holes left by the altercation.

The research being conducted will better illuminate the house’s landscape during the Revolutionary War era and give officials insights to better interpret the house and surroundings for the people of North Carolina. It is hoped that the features discovered by the GPR and magnetometer will be outbuildings, possibly the kitchen, from that era. What has actually been discovered will remain a mystery until the excavations are completed.

The public is invited to attend on June 16, with a rain date of June 17. There is no admission charge. They will likely see a GPR, a magnetometer and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in use. Plus, they will see several areas slowly excavated, under the guidance of archaeologists. Displays and docents will explain the techniques the research team is using. The house is located at 288 Alston House Road, near Sanford, North Carolina.

In next Campus Weekly: the UNCG team prepares for excavation at Civil War Bentonville Battlefield site June 26-27.

Visual: UNCG graduate student Jacob Turner conducting research with team at a historical site this spring

See what ‘Buzz’ is all about at Weatherspoon Summer Solstice Party

Photo from last year's Summer Solstice PartyMark the start of summer at the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s Summer Solstice Party Friday, June 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

There’s plenty to celebrate in addition to the start of summer: UNCG’s Weatherspoon was just listed in “18 Hidden Gems Around The World That You Need To Visit” by Buzzfeed.com.

At the party, see the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Food for Thought. Plus there will be activities for all ages – and food and drink for purchase.

The party marks the opening of the exhibition,  which will be on view June 21 – Aug. 24. The evening will include a project by the Los Angeles artist duo, Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), who have created a specialty cocktail made with local fruit. Music, family activities, food trucks, cash bar (7-9 p.m.) and refreshments will be available. Select galleries open until 9:30 p.m.

The Food for Thought exhibition explores the use of food as a conceptual and formal tool in contemporary art. From monumental paintings of jelly donuts to highly aestheticized photographs of leftovers, the works in this exhibition reveal how artists transport the art historical tradition of still life painting into new territory by using food to explore contemporary issues and social concerns.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady

Photo of Chancellor Linda P. BradyChancellor Linda P. Brady has been elected chairperson of the Council of Presidents for the Southern Conference (SoCon) for the 2014-15 academic year.

The council comprises university chancellors and presidents for SoCon-member institutions located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama. The council oversees strategic planning, conference membership, governance, and athletic and academic achievement for the conference.

Bach and more Bach: Piano focus at UNCG last weekend

Photo of John Salmon on pianoSome were scholars, some perform professionally, some simply love piano music. They all gathered at UNCG’s annual Focus on Piano Literature conference last week at UNCG’s Music Building.

“We had about 125 registrants from 12 states and 2 foreign countries,” said Dr. Andrew Willis, director of the conference. “Our mission is ‘to uplift the spirit of all participants by increasing the understanding of and appreciation for the classical repertoire of the piano, both familiar and unfamiliar’”

“This year our guests were particularly distinguished: Jacques Ogg of The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Christoph Wolff of Harvard University, and David Schulenberg of Wagner College and The Juilliard School.”

The Brothers Bach, four musical sons of Baroque-era German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, took center stage at UNCG’s conference.

Focus provides a continuing educational enhancement for its registrants, including many teachers with private studios, many professors from other universities, and students in the UNCG Department of Music Performance, who take part in masterclasses.

“Outreach to the next generation of pianists is also provided in a recital by high school age piano students who have earned distinction in North Carolina’s statewide competitions,” Willis added.

Last week, Willis and Salmon, along with several other UNCG School of Music, Theater and Dance faculty, performed during the conference. Coincidentally, Salmon – who appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently – has just published a new book on the music of J.S. Bach, “Add on Bach”.

By Mike Harris

Looking ahead: June 11, 2014

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, June 12, 10 a.m., Alumni House

UNCG Shred-a-Thon
Friday, June 13, 9 a.m, Walker Avenue Traffic Circle

Play, ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’ (opening night)
Friday, June 13, 8 p.m., Triad Stage (THTR 232)

Play, ‘Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk’
Saturday, June 14, 2 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

WAM Summer Solstice Party
Friday, June 20, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) received new funding from the Cemala Foundation for the project “Bringing Out the Best.” It will increase school readiness/success by improving the quality of the early education and care experiences for infants and young children. More specifically, Bringing Out the Best (BOB) builds the capacity of early education and care providers, preschool teachers, directors/administrators and families to reduce behavioral challenges and support social/emotional development through evidence-based prevention and intervention services.

Dr. Laura Gonzalez

Photo of Dr. Laura GonzalezDr. Laura Gonzalez (Counseling and Educational Development) received new funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for the project “Latino Parents Learning About College (LaP-LAC).” The purpose for the funding is to support partnerships with churches and/or social service agencies in Forsyth County to offer a college planning group in Spanish to interested Latino families.

Custodial services and recycling changes for offices

Effective June 30, 2014, the frequency of custodial services for UNCG offices will change.

Facility Services (custodial) staff will only enter offices once per week to clean the office and to empty the trash and recycling containers. If the trash or recycling containers need to be emptied more frequently, office occupants may empty them into the nearest centralized trash and recycling containers that are typically located in break rooms and public areas. This change is necessary because of the loss of positions due to the budget reduction.

Another change that will occur on June 30 is that the small, blue office recycling containers, previously designated for office paper recycling only, can be used for commingled recycling. A list of items that can be placed in commingled recycling containers can be found at http://facrecycling.uncg.edu/recyguidlines.html. This change will make it more convenient to recycle a wider variety of materials.

These changes will affect offices only. Other areas such as classrooms, labs, restrooms and public areas will not be affected. Supervisors are working with building contacts to make this transition as seamless as possible. Any questions may be directed to the Facility Services supervisor assigned to your building as indicated below or, if your building is not listed or if you are unable to contact a supervisor, contact Thomas Everett, Ben Kunka or Hoyte Phifer.

Willie Dowd Curry – Graham, Bryan, Foust, Forney, Financial Aid, Visitor’s Center – wddowd@uncg.edu
Joseph Borden – Cone Art, Aycock, Taylor, Brown, Carmichael, Police Station – jaborden@uncg.edu
Sherry Stevens – SOEB, HHP, SRF, Mossman – srsteven@uncg.edu
Greg Poteat – MHRA, Alumni House, Faculty Center, EUC, Studio Arts – jgpoteat@uncg.edu
John Pearce – 500 Forest Street, Parking Decks, Print Shop, 1605 Spring Garden – jjpearce@uncg.edu
Ron Burkes – 1100 W. Market, Music – rdburkes@uncg.edu
Jeff Melton – Sullivan Science, Eberhart, Petty, Moore Nursing, McIver, Stone, North Drive Daycare, Carter Daycare – jtmelton@uncg.edu








‘Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk’ at UNCG

Publicity photo for Jack and the Jelly BeanstalkIt’s fun theater for children, at UNCG.

THTR 232, a UNCG and Triad Stage collaborative summer theatre festival, presents “Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk” by Nate Weida and Emil McGloin in UNCG’s Brown Building Theatre at 402 Tate Street.

Homework and daydreams collide when an unlikely group of friends perform an interesting interpretation of “Jack and the Beanstalk” in response to the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Performances are at 2 p.m. on June 14, 21, 28 and at 10 a.m. & noon on June 19, 20, 26 and 27. Tickets prices are $10 for adults; $7 for children, students and senior citizens and $5 for groups of 10 +.

Call 336-334-4392 or logon to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/631155 for more information.

Cast Photo: bottom left and moving clockwise: Sibel Turkdamar, Alex Cioffi, Tyler Barndhardt, Madelynn Poulson, Brady Wease


Justin Streuli is new director of North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at UNCG

Photo of Justin StreuliJustin Streuli was named director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG effective June 2.

“We are excited about Justin moving into this important role,” said Bryan Toney, UNCG’s new associate vice chancellor for economic development and previous center director. “He is passionate about developing entrepreneurs and creating a more vibrant startup scene on our campuses and throughout the region. His involvement in local initiatives and his relationships with many key players will allow him to really hit the ground running.”

Streuli will work to further develop UNCG’s role in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, creating new and expanded opportunities for community members and students at all of the local colleges and universities. He will oversee existing NCEC programs, including Growing Entrepreneurs by Mentoring Students (GEMS), the 2 Minutes to Win It business idea competition, Entrepreneurial Journeys, Entrepreneur Day and the annual Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts (SEA) Conference.

“Our goal is to advance the relationship local colleges and universities have with the area’s entrepreneurs,” he said. “Working collaboratively, we will determine how we can best feed the local startup community and foster an action-oriented approach to growing startups among campus communities.”

Streuli most recently served as director of business development for Anomaly Squared in Greensboro.

As an active startup evangelist in the burgeoning Triad startup community, Streuli played a leadership role in coordinating multiple Startup Weekends, organizing a local entrepreneurial meetup called Shift, and serving on the board of Converge South, the Southeast’s largest technology conference.

Streuli previously worked at UNCG as a lecturer in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, a coordinator for the Spartan Startup Living Learning Community and a faculty advisor for the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization.

He holds a Master of Business Administration from UNCG and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from N.C. State University.

Reception for Cathy Roberts

She’s been a Spartan for a little more than four decades. It’s been 45 years, if you count her undergraduate years.

The UNCG Department of Athletics invites everyone in the campus community to a reception honoring Cathy Roberts in appreciation of 41 years of dedicated service. The event will be Friday, June 20, 4-6 p.m, in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. To RSVP, contact Stacy.Kosciak@uncg.edu or 336-334-5649.

In memoriam: Dr. Irna Priore

Dr. Irna Priore, an associate professor of music theory in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, has died. A member of the UNCG faculty since 2005, she had previously taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Iowa, and the University of New Mexico. Here at UNCG, she was a recipient of the School of Music Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009. A scholarship fund has been established in her name to support students of music theory at UNCG; those wishing to make a memorial to this fund may contact UNCG Advancement.

In memoriam: Dr. Marilyn Lea Miller

Dr. Marilyn Lea Miller, professor emeritus, Department of Library and Information Studies, died May 22. She was 83.

Miller’s career advanced education, research and practice in library service to children broadly and school librarianship specifically. In 1987 she accepted the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at UNCG, from which she retired in 1995.

She received many awards and honors, and at the national level, she served as President of the Association for Services to Children, the American Association of School Librarians and the American Library Association. The Dr. Marilyn L. Miller Scholarship Award, established in her name at UNCG, is made on academic merit to students enrolled in a degree program offered through the Library and Information Studies Department. Donations may be made toward the “Dr. Marilyn L. Miller Scholarship” at http://advancement.uncg.edu/giving/.

UNCG hosted conference of area library paraprofessionals

On May 13, more than 100 individuals from Greensboro and the surrounding counties, converged on Elliott University Center to take part in the first-ever Triad Area Library Association Paraprofessional Conference. It was titled “Academic Libraries: Staying Relevant in Times of Change.” Supported by the University Libraries at UNCG, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University and the Carol Grotnes Belk Library at Elon, the aim of the conference was to enhance the development of library paraprofessionals by providing workshops, presentations, discussion groups, and networking opportunities. Sessions focused on such topics as customer service, emerging technologies, and disaster preparedness. In addition, the director of UNCG’s Career Services, Patrick Madsen, gave lunchtime talk titled “The Intentional Career Brand,” about the importance of discovering what you want to do, where you want to do it, and how to market yourself to prospective employers.

Full story at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2014/06/on-tuesday-may-13th-over-100.html

Dr. Justin Lee

Photo of Dr. Justin LeeDr. Justin Lee (Social Work) received new funding from Virginia Commonwealth University for the project “Engaging vulnerable consumers in developing useful public healthcare reports.” Beginning in 1986, the Health Care Financing Administration (currently CMS) developed and disseminated numerous public reports on Medicare hospital mortality and healthcare quality. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) “Health Care Report Card Compendium” contains a listing of over 200 report cards currently produced. The abstract says, “Our study is necessary because, although such reports have been developed and disseminated for at least two decades, studies consistently find that these reports are infrequently used by consumers. Our objective is to build the scientific base for effective public reporting of healthcare quality by examining the nature, type and dissemination of public reports by engaging consumers in focus groups to identify their needs in healthcare decision-making.”

Dr. Catherine Ennis

Photo of Dr. Catherine EnnisDr. Catherine Ennis (Kinesiology) received a continuation of funding from the NIH National Center for Research Resources for the project “Ennis SEPA project.” The long-term objective of this SEPA project is to design and field test a science-enriched middle school healthful living curriculum to increase students’ knowledge and interest in health-related science, enhance their intention to pursue a life science-related career, and improve the communities’ understandings of NIH funded clinical and basic research.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff

Photo of Dr. Bruce KirchoffDr. Bruce Kirchoff (Biology) will receive the Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award from the Botanical Society of America. The award site states in part, “Dr. Kirchoff has been on the faculty at the The University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1986, where he has distinguished himself as a plant morphologist and botanical educator. He is a former member of the BSA Education Committee and served as chair in 1993-94. His botanical education research on image recognition is a direct outgrowth of his morphological studies.

“Dr. Kirchoff is transforming the way that students learn through the creation of active, visual learning programs and mobile applications. He has created, validated, and is in the process of distributing groundbreaking software that helps students more easily master complex subjects. Furthermore, he has collaborated not only with scientists in the U.S., but also Europe and Australia, to adapt his visual learning software to local problems such as helping Australian veterinary students recognize poisonous plants and providing visual identification keys for tropical African woods.

“In 2007 he was the BSA Education Booth Competition winner for ‘Image Quiz: A new approach to teaching plant identification through visual learning’ and his work was showcased in the Education Booth at the Botany & Plant Biology 2007 Joint Congress in Chicago. In 2013 he was the inaugural recipient of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT) Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize.”


Dr. Seoha Min and Dr. Byoungho Jin (Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies) received new funding from the Academy of Korean Studies for the project “Promoting Korean National Image through the Analysis of Korean Cultural Objects.”

Dr. John Salmon

Photo of Dr. John SalmonDr. John Salmon (Music), as noted in See/Hear this week, has a new book. The volume, “Add On Bach,” contains his musical additions to selected keyboard works of J.S. Bach. There’s a complementary website with video clips, at addonbach.com. Additionally, he was quoted last week in an article in the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Kenneth Gruber

Dr. Kenneth Gruber (Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships) receiving continued funding from the NC DHHS Division of Public Health for the project “Healthy Beginnings Evaluation 2014-15.” It will support the evaluation of the Healthy Beginnings program using primary and secondary data. The evaluation includes formal and informal surveys of local stakeholders and consumers to evaluate measures that contribute to both positive and negative minority birth outcomes.

He received new funding from NC A&T State for the project “Adolescents and Barriers to Selecting More Healthy Food Choices.” The project will determine if a focused emphasis on eating specific types of foods can lead to healthier eating patterns among first-year students attending NC A&T State University.

Dr. Heidi Carlone

Photo of Dr. Heidi CarloneDr. Heidi Carlone (Teacher Education and Higher Education) received continued funding from the Museum of Science, Boston, for the project “Engineering is Elementary.” Carlone will recruit and train a seed leadership team to prepare to launch and support future broader scale implementation, research and support of Engineering is Elementary (EiE) in North Carolina Piedmont Triad’s public schools, with emphasis on understanding unique benefits, considerations, and constraints of implementing EiE within high-needs school contexts.