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Archives for September 2014

“GO to the Movies” Opera Gala at UNCG

Photo of David HolleyDavid Holley, director of UNCG Opera Theatre and artistic director of Greensboro Opera, wanted to do something different for this year’s annual gala. He wanted to produce an opera event that was “fun and accessible,” something that would appeal to a broader audience.

So Holley came up with “GO to the Movies!” — a ritzy, Old Hollywood-style gala featuring operatic music used in film soundtracks from the 1935 Marx Brothers comedy “A Night at the Opera” to 2006’s “Superman Returns.” The gala, headlined by Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Victoria Livengood, begins at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, in UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium; pre-event Red Carpet festivities start at 6:45 p.m.

Holley says mixing opera glasses and popcorn isn’t really too great a stretch. “So many people love going to the movies, and they are moved by the music they hear there as part of the total experience. What many don’t realize is that they love opera music! Popular movies like ‘The Bad News Bears,’ ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘Shawshank Redemption’ use opera to reinforce the story, and many times, tell it outright. People already love the movies and don’t realize they are hearing opera in those movies.”

Organizers will literally roll out the red carpet for the evening, extending the carpet down the front steps of Aycock to Tate Street. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite film stars, and have their pictures taken as they enter. Students will serve as paparazzi and autograph seekers.

Patrons can pose for selfies with life-size cut-outs of Hollywood stars. And UNCG Theatre alumnus Adam Kampouris will make a special appearance as Charlie Chaplin, bringing Chaplin’s Little Tramp character to life.

Inside, audience members are encouraged to use smart phones as part of an interactive event that includes a live video feed. A big screen will enhance the performances.

Livengood, a Thomasville native, marks her Greensboro Opera debut with “GO to the Movies!” Livengood, an internationally-renowned, Grammy-nominated singer, made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1991. Known for her dynamic portrayals in well over 100 performances with the Met, she will share the Aycock stage with standout singers from UNCG Opera Theatre.

Premium ticket holders can attend an After Party with Livengood and other stars.

Buy tickets by phone at 336-272-0160; online at TICKETS.com; or in person at the Triad Stage Box Office, 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m). For more details, visit http://www.greensboroopera.org/home-galadetail.shtml.

“GO to the Movies!” is co-produced by the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance and Greensboro Opera. It is part of ArtsGreensboro’s 17 Days festival.

By Michelle Hines

UNCG’s quiet, quick electric motorcycles

Photo of Sergeant McCoy on electric motorcycleUNCG was recently lauded by Sierra Magazine as a sustainability-minded “Cool School.” Here’s another reason why:

The UNCG Police Department now has two motorcycles. In fact, they’re electric motorcycles. And they’re as quiet and as quick as they are sustainable.

Battery powered, a charge lasts 132 miles, Captain Richard Bailey explains. “It costs 96 cents to fully charge it.”

It’s a “green technology,” he explains. It has no drive train – no fluids or the parts that complement a fuel system – so maintenance is minimal. The motorcycle puts out no emissions.

And it’s quiet, which can be helpful in some situations.

Cpl. A.E. Joyner, one of several officers currently using them, pointed out some of the features. The siren. The blue and red lights. The storage space. The recharger cord that plugs into any normal outlet.

The UNCG police staff have four mountain bikes, but the Zero DS 11.4 motorcycle can take you more places and you can respond to a call more quickly. The top speed is listed at 95 mph, but of course they will never need to go so fast.

UNCG is known for its sustainability initiatives. This is one more example of being a sustainability leader.

UNCG Police is among the first police departments in North Carolina to have electric motorcycles. Bailey knows of no other university in the state that has them yet.

The sedans in the UNCG police fleet are leased from the State Motor Fleet, and they cost 38 cents a mile to operate, Bailey explains. That adds up, compared to the low-maintenance motorcycles. “It ends up costing about $150 a year to operate the motorcycle. In five years the motorcycle should pay for itself.”

Advantageous for the environment. Quick and nimble in response to calls. Cost-efficient over the long-term.

That is cool.

By Mike Harris
Photograph: Sergeant McCoy on electric motorcycle on UNCG’s College Avenue.

UNCG among nation’s best universities

Aerial photo of College AvenueUNCG is among the nation’s best universities, according to the 2015 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

UNCG ranked No.181 among national universities, private and public institutions that offer a full slate of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral studies and also make significant research contributions.

UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady said she is pleased to see UNCG recognized by U.S. News & World Report. “At UNCG, we challenge students academically and support them as they work to achieve their goals. Students are our focus, and we are proud to offer them a top-notch education at an affordable price.”

See the full rankings list at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.

By Michelle Hines

Student enrollment is everyone’s job – every interaction counts

While this year’s enrollment numbers are up, everyone can help those numbers continue to rise, according to Dr. Bryan Terry, associate provost for enrollment management.

He asked for that help during the Sept. 11 Staff Senate meeting.

This year, overall enrollment numbers rose 2.1 percent. But most know that last year UNCG experienced an enrollment drop. Terry attributed that decline to several factors: from changes in federal financial aid policy to a significant drop in Fall 2011 of the undergraduate incoming class to a significant drop in the retention of first year students.

To ensure that UNCG’s enrollment continues to increase, Terry said Enrollment Management has been reviewing the data, especially on those who left the university – specifically, where did they go and why?

In the future, he explained, UNCG will ramp up its use of predictive modeling to anticipate prospective students’ behavior.

Afterward, Bonita Brown, vice chancellor and chief of staff, emphasized Terry’s point.

“Enrollment is everyone’s job,” she said. “Every interaction counts.”

See related story about 2014-15 enrollment figures.

By Beth English

O. Max Gardner Award nominations deadline Oct. 10

Archive photo of O. Max GardnerMany UNCG faculty members are making a great contribution to the welfare of the human race.

Nominate one for the UNC Board of Governors’ highest award.

The O. Max Gardner Award honors “that member of the faculty of the [UNC system] who, during the current scholastic year, has made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.”

Only one award is presented for the entire system each year. Past UNCG award recipients include Vira Rodgers Kivett, Fred Chappell, Richard Bardolph, Eloise Rallings Lewis, Mary Elizabeth Keister, Naomi G. Albanese, Lois Edinger, Randall Jarrell, Richard N. Current, Mereb E. Mossman, Franklin H. McNutt and Louise B. Alexander.

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, administrators or alumni.

Who is eligible? Any member of the faculty, which includes all persons, including instructors, engaged in teaching in any unit, institution or branch of service of the UNC system.

Nominations should include:

  1. A brief statement giving the reasons the faculty member is being nominated in relation to the parameters of the award, i.e. national/international scope of work, career trajectory culminating in recent accomplishments, and how the work benefits the “welfare of the human race.”
  2. A copy of nominee’s current vita.

A nominee must be willing to work with the committee chair and administrative coordinator to develop materials for submission to the Board of Governors.

Nominations may be submitted:

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 10.

Visit http://provost.uncg.edu/Gardner for more information.

Harriet Elliott Lecture: ‘Can Our Politics Be Depolarized?’

The keynote Harriet Elliott Lecture will be delivered by Thomas Mann of The Brookings Institution on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. His talk and the title of the series is “The Divided States of America: Can Our Politics Be Depolarized?”

Mann is the author, with Norm Ornstein, of “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.”

A second lecture, “How News Coverage Polarizes Us and What (If Anything) Can Be Done About It,” will be delivered by Jonathan Ladd of Georgetown University on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 114. Ladd’s recent book, “Why Americans Hate the Media and How it Matters,” examines the contentious relationship between journalists, political leaders and the mass public throughout American history.

Harriet Elliott, the namesake for the longstanding lecture series, taught political science at UNCG (then called Woman’s College) from 1913 until 1935, when she became Dean of Women. She was a pioneer in the women’s rights and suffrage movements and served during the 1940s as presidential appointee under the Roosevelt administration. Her activities included Consumer Commissioner on the Advisory Commission to the Council of Defense and U.S. delegate to the 1945 U.N. Conference on Education, Science, and Cultural Organization in London.

The UNCG Department of Political Science is organizing the 2014-15 Harriet Elliott Lecture.

What’s so important about your recycling at UNCG?

Most of us think about recycling as an environmental issue, but the main focus of UNCG’s Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) is saving the university money. Waste disposal is expensive, especially for a large institution that generates as much waste as UNCG.

According to Recycling Operations Supervisor Ben Kunka, recycling saves UNCG $225,000 per year, and in fact, some forms of recycling are profitable, not simply money-saving. In the 2013-14 fiscal year, recycling hardcover books, office paper, toner cartridges, electronics and cooking oil netted the university $24,000.

Of course, none of this works without individuals making the right choices with their waste. With that in mind, here is a list of items that can be placed in the commingled recycling containers around campus:

  • Plastic—numbered 1-7 (leave caps on bottles)
  • Glass—green, brown and clear
  • Paper—magazines, newspapers and soft-cover books
  • Cardboard—broken down cardboard boxes and pizza boxes
  • Aluminum and steel cans—soda cans, tin cans and aerosol cans

Of course, not all waste can be recycled. Contamination increases costs and threatens UNCG’s $0 tipping fee at the recycling facility. The following items can NOT be recycled:

  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags
  • Food waste, wrappers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pie tins

For a more comprehensive list, visit facrecycling.uncg.edu.

Kunka invites any and all questions about what can and can’t be recycled. He can be reached at recycle@uncg.edu. As he likes to say, “When in doubt, call and find out.”

By Peter Hess

Authors’ Spotlight on Inclusive Excellence

The Fall 2014 UNCG Authors’ Spotlight on Inclusive Excellence series presents UNCG authors discussing themes from a recent book on topics related to inclusive excellence.

The noontime program is hosted by UNCG’s Black Faculty and Staff Association and Human Resources. Everyone is welcome to these these informal and interactive sessions. Light refreshments are served.

Wednesday, Sept. 24 – Faculty Center – Dr. Andrea G. Hunter, assistant professor, Human Development & Family Studies, “Valleys of Ivory”: Poems of William Myles Evans. (See related story). The preface to the book describes valleys of ivory “as a metaphor for humans who seek a place of tranquil affiliation, camaraderie among peers, and a safe haven,” Dr. Edna Chun notes. In Evans’ words, “It’s about being a part of something bigger than you, and recognizing that we are simply part of the greater equation of life.”

Wednesday, Oct. 22 – Faculty Center – Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith, professor of sociology, “The Earth Dragon” and “Miss Katrina”: Urban Disasters and the Recovery of Inequality

Tuesday, Nov. 18 – Faculty Center – Dr. William D. Hart, professor and department head – Religion, Ethics and Politics, Afro-Eccentricity: Religion, Identity, and Politics

All readings are noon to 1:30 p.m.

2014 International Human Rights Film Series

UNCG’s ninth annual International Human Rights Film Series begins this week and continues through November.

All the films begin at 6:30 p.m. in the UNCG School Of Education Building, Room 114. Admission is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Sept. 17
“Radiation: A Slow Death” (2005, Director Hitomi Kamanaka)
Discussant: Etsuko Kinefuchi (Communications)
The consequences of nuclear warfare, as well as the general effects of atmospheric radiation, are explored through the eyes of its victims in this compelling and unsettling documentary. (amazon.com)

Wednesday, Oct. 8
“The Act of Killing” (2012, Director Joshua Oppenheimer)
Discussant: Alexandra Moore (English and WGS)
This chilling and inventive documentary, executive-produced by Errol Morris (“The Fog of War”) and Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man”), examines a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, and are challenged to reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of the American movies they love. (amazon.com)

Wednesday, Nov. 12
“Another Corleone, Another Sicily, Living Sustainably in the Land of the Godfather”(2014, Director Tony Fragola)
Discussant: The director, Tony Fragola, with Will Dodson (Ashby Residential College)
Fragola’s film focuses on the lands confiscated from the mafia in Corleone, the town made famous by Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather.” The film illustrates the progress of Sicilian cooperatives to form self-sustaining ventures that provide meaningful work and economic freedom from mafia control by producing organically grown products. (weatherspoon.uncg.edu)

Details are at Human-Rights-Film-Festival.pdf

Human Subjects Research Training, Conflict of Interest in Research workshop

The Office of Research Integrity would like to announce the fall training session in Human Subjects Research for graduate students and faculty.

The session details are as follows:

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
  • Time: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Location: EUC Dogwood Room

Register to attend at https://workshops.uncg.edu. The course is listed as “Human Subjects Research Training.”

The Office of Research Integrity and The Graduate School also will sponsor a Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar. This seminar is open to faculty/staff/graduate students.

The Slippery Slope Series (a Responsible Conduct of Research Series): “Conflict of Interest in Research” is presented by Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom.

  • Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 – noon – 1:15 p.m. – EUC Dogwood Room
  • Online registration is available at http://workshops.uncg.edu. The event is listed as “Slippery Slope Series.”

Questions regarding the sessions can be directed to Melissa Beck (mdbeck@uncg.edu/256-0253)

Oct. 11 run will honor the late Bill Evans – and raise funds for scholarship

Photo of Bill EvansAssistant Professor Bill Evans passed away in 2013. His legacy at UNCG lives on through the many students he inspired in Public Health Education. And it will soon live on through a new scholarship fund.

His wife, Janet Evans, has joined with friends and family to organize a run/walk on Oct. 11, 2014, to help raise funds for the Bill Evans Student Leadership Fund. The fund will support deserving students who encompass Evans’ philosophy to improve themselves as well as enriching the lives of others through Public Health Education.

All are welcome to participate in this “Bill Evans Mad Hatter Run” Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. You will see former students, UNCG colleagues, family members and friends – many who were inspired by Evans. The two-mile event will start at 9 a.m. at the Mad Hatter on Friendly Avenue.

Registration will close Thursday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m.

Evans worked in communications for a variety of health system settings and nonprofits including Novant Health/Forsyth Medical Center, QualChoice of North Carolina, Hospice at Greensboro, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and United Way. He joined the faculty of UNCG in 2004. .

An alumnus, he received his master’s in public health from UNCG.

He also was a poet. One of his books of poetry will be the focus of a noon reading and discussion at UNCG. (See related story.)

Anyone wishing to learn more about the scholarship fund or to donate may contact Jane LaMarre, UNCG Development, at j_lamarr@uncg.edu or 334-5819.

To register or see details about the walk/run, visit http://jonesracingcompany.com/bill-evans-mad-hatter/.

Dr. Pamela Williamson

Photo of Dr. Pamela WilliamsonDr. Pamela Williamson (Specialized Education Services) received new funding from the U.S. Department of Education for “Project Teaching, Leading, and Collaborating (TLC): Serving Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities, Including Autism.” The abstract notes, “In the most recent personnel data provided by NCDPI, North Carolina reported that 30 percent of special education teachers employed to provide services to students with disabilities were not “highly-qualified,” as identified through licensure (2007).” Both statewide and locally, there is a significant need for high-quality teachers prepared to teach students with low-incidence (LI) Disabilities (i.e., significant intellectual disabilities, autism, developmental disability, and multiple disabilities). In partnership with NCDPI, PTEC, and Dale Carnegie the Teach, Lead, and Collaborate: Serving Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities (SID), including Autism (TLC) project will (a) address critical special education teacher shortages, and (b) recruit, prepare, and retain master teacher leaders to facilitate delivery of research and evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for students with low-incidence disabilities in least restrictive environments (LRE). Project TLC will recruit 32 high-quality, diverse elementary education teachers and prepare them with a master’s degree, adapted curriculum licensure, National Board preparation, and leadership training to facilitate improved outcomes for students with SID in least restrictive environments.

Dr. Eileen Kohlenberg

Photo of Dr. Eileen KohlenbergDr. Eileen Kohlenberg (Adult Health / Nursing) is continuing to chair the Guilford Child Development Board of Directors. She also serves on the Committee Advisory Board for the Nurse Family Partnership.

Dr. Robert Wineburg

Photo of Dr. Robert WineburgDr. Robert Wineburg (Social Work) received new funding from Greensboro College for work on the Greensboro College Strategic Plan. He will work with Greensboro College’s administration, deans and designated faculty for the development of an institutional community engagement plan aligned with the emerging new five year Greensboro College Strategic Plan.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne WelshDr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) will be the keynote speaker at the Take Risks, Embrace Change: 2014 Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians on the campus of Wake Forest University Oct. 17, 2014. She is Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director, Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program at the Bryan School. This conference will provide a forum to share and celebrate the entrepreneurial accomplishments of librarians and information professionals. The conference is sponsored by the libraries of Wake Forest University and UNCG. Details are at http://entrelib.org.

Dr. Margaret Gillis

Photo of Dr. Margaret GillisDr. Margaret Gillis (Specialized Education Services) received new funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the project “Preparing Post-Baccalaureate Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Educators for Working with ALL Children.”

A critical concern in early childhood special education (ECSE) is the shortage of highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver services to high-need children aged birth to five with disabilities, the abstract notes. Specifically, there is a need for professionals who can collaborate with others to meet the needs of all young children, including those with disabilities, who experience poverty, who are from minority racial or ethnic groups, who are English learners, or who may be immigrants. UNCG offers a synchronous online post-baccalaureate (post-bac) certificate program specializing in ECSE through an interdisciplinary approach. Building on prior success, this project will focus on preparing future early interventionists and early childhood educators to implement high quality programming for young children with disabilities. The primary goal of the project is to increase the number of highly-qualified personnel to work with other professionals and families to implement responsive, evidence-based practices in their work with young children in high need community-based programs and schools, including children from traditionally underrepresented groups. The proposed project has the potential to impact at least 2000 children and their families.

Dr. Karen Wixson

Photo of Dr. Karen WixsonDr. Karen Wixson (School of Education) received new funding from the UNC General Administration for the project “North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (2014-2015).” The NC NTSP provides four professional development opportunities designed to increase the effectiveness of beginning teachers. Professional development is aligned with the research-based curriculum of the program and customized to meet needs identified by participating teachers, school and district leaders, and NC NTSP Instructional Coaches. Professional development will be scheduled during the school week to accommodate existing teacher, school and district commitments.

Dr. Jennifer Keith

Photo of Dr. Jennifer KeithDr. Jennifer Keith (English) received new funding from the Folger Shakespeare Library for the project “Opening the Archive: Reading the Poetry of Anne Finch.” Keith states in the abstract, “In the coming months, I will study the cultural significance of Finch’s choice of particular French writers and the specific texts by them. In considering the subtle dimensions of her translation practices, I will analyze the lexical shifts and substitutions, the alterations of literal and figurative modes between her sources and her translations, and her changes in tone from her source texts.”

Jamie Herring

Photo of Jamie HerringJamie Herring (UNCG Police) represented UNCG at a recent Greensboro City Council meeting, as the council read a proclamation acknowledging Campus Safety Week. Herring is chief of police, UNCG Police Department.

Next week, Herring will speak at a forum. He will be one of the six panelists at the forum “Beyond Ferguson: A Frank Discussion of Race, Policing and the 4th Amendment,” Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Elon Law, 6:15 p.m.

See/Hear: Sept. 17, 2014

Melissa Barnes (Human Development and Family Studies) and Paige Morris (Kinesiology) were the recipients of the 2014 Staff Excellence awards. The award honors individuals who exemplify devotion to duty, innovation, service, human relations and other exemplary achievements. “I love working in higher education,” Morris says in the video. “I know this is where I’m meant to be.”

Looking Ahead: Sept. 17, 2014

General Faculty Meeting/Faculty Convocation
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Reading, Lee Zacharias
Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Faculty Center

Women’s Soccer vs. High Point
Friday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

Fall Briefs, UNCG Theatre
Friday, Sept. 19, Brown Building Theatre, 8 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. Georgia State
Saturday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer vs. James Madison
Sunday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m.

‘UNCG Budget 101’ session
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Nepal – A Short Introduction, Dr. Greg Grieve
Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Sharpe Room, EUC

Watch for Me NC

UNCG Police has been chosen, along with Greensboro Police (GPD) and North Carolina A&T Police (NCA&T PD), to participate in the Watch For Me NC campaign. Watch For Me NC is a statewide pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign. It primarily focuses on crosswalks but also deals with bicycle and motor vehicle laws.

Sept. 22 through Oct. 5, UNCG Police along with GPD and NCA&T PD will conduct a two-week crosswalk initiative for Watch For Me NC. The initiative will predominantly educate the public on the safety of crosswalks and bicycle safety.


Reception for Audrey Daniel

All are invited to a reception to say good-bye and best wishes to Audrey Daniel, director of UNCG Multicultural Affairs, as she leaves UNCG to pursue new dreams.

The reception will be Friday, Sept. 19, 3 p.m., EUC Pre-Function Area.


Faculty Convocation Sept. 17

UNCG’s General Faculty Meeting and Faculty Convocation will be held today (Wednesday, Sept. 17) in the Alumni House. It will begin at 3 p.m.

Two events will affect traffic Saturday, Sept. 20

If you’re driving at UNCG this Saturday, two races through the city will affect campus traffic – so you may give yourself a little extra time to get where you’re going. Greensboro’s “YMCA 4 Mile Run” will affect traffic from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. Greensboro’s “Race the Bar: Hams” will affect traffic from 2 – 7 p.m.

Raising money for Stop Hunger Now event

Stop Hunger Now is RHA’s annual event in which student volunteers help package meals for those around the globe who are malnourished and don’t know where their next meal may come from. These meals contain rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals.

In order to host this event, the UNCG Residence Hall Association needs help raising money to fund the materials. They are reaching out to UNCG and community partners in raising these funds. All of the money donated will go completely to Stop Hunger Now, they explain.

This event will occur on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, and it will be in conjunction with “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week,” hosted by the Office of Leadership and Service Learning (OLSL).

If you would like to donate, visit  http://events.stophungernow.org/UNCG.

The Stop Hunger Now website is http://www.stophungernow.org/.

For more information, email Blaze Jarrell, vice president for community outreach with the Residence Hall Association, at tbjarrel@uncg.edu or Ryan M. Collins, coordinator for Residence Life, Reynolds Hall, at ryan.collins@uncg.edu.

UNCG Budget 101 info session Sept. 23

The Faculty Senate Budget Committee invites faculty, staff and students to a “UNCG Budget 101” information session on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. Vice Provost Alan Boyette and Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Charlie Maimone will provide an overview of the university budget process, information about the 2014-15 budget, and where we go from here.

The Globe and the Cosmos, at UNCG

Photo of Globe and Cosmos artworkThe Bard and the Father of Modern Science. They were the superstars of their day. Literal Renaissance men whose words and ideas continue to shape our ideas on art and the universe.

William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei were born 450 years ago. And UNCG is marking the occasion with dozens of events in a year-long celebration.

The “Globe and the Cosmos” series originated with Dr. Peter Alexander, dean of the School of Music,Theatre and Dance. Alexander was looking for a collaborative project to bring together diverse talents and expertise from across the UNCG campus. Envisioning a unique project with a breadth that would challenge the intellect and stimulate the imagination, he reached out to Dr. Timothy Johnston and Dr. Jerry Pubantz, deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Lloyd International Honors College, to realize that vision.

“My hope is to offer a series of performances, lectures, films and classes that will sequentially enrich one another,” Alexander says. “The idea is to build bridges, tempting audiences to try something new in another discipline whether it be the arts, the humanities or the sciences.”

“The Globe and the Cosmos” will bring several renowned artists and lecturers to the UNCG campus. Composer Philip Glass, who wrote an opera about Galileo. Dava Sobel, author of “Galileo’s Daughter.” Science historian John Heilbron. Russ McDonald, professor of Renaissance literature and Shakespearean scholar. Theatre Gigante’s performance of “My Dear Othello,” which fuses drama, dance and music.

And UNCG’s homegrown talent is poised to shine as well. UNCG Opera Theatre will perform Glass’ “Galileo Galilei.” UNCG Theatre will stage Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Dance professor Janet Lily will perform with Theatre Gigante. The Weatherspoon Art Museum will feature “Skyward,” and exhibition of artists who, like Galileo, are fascinated by celestial observation.

Last weekend’s sold-out Collage Concert marked the launch of the celebration. Some highlights in the coming weeks include:

  • Shakespeare Re-imagined: Seven Films Adapted from Shakespeare with Unconventional Settings – “Coriolanus” (Ralph Fiennes, 2011) – Sept.10, 7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium
  • “Twelfth Night” – School of Music, Theatre and Dance – Oct. 2-9 “Twelfth Night” is truly one of William Shakespeare’s most famous and beloved comedies. A play about love in all its excesses and beauty, of its pain and joy, and finally, and most importantly, of its healing power and ability to put the world right for those unafraid to risk their hearts.
  • Southeastern Renaissance Conference – College of Arts & Sciences – Oct. 3-4, various locations Gathering scholars from throughout the region to present their latest research in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies with a special emphasis on the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and connections encouraged with Galileo and the early sciences. Cyrus Art Production will perform a program choreographically interpreting some of Shakespeare’s most famed characters. An exhibition of UNCG’s rare Renaissance holdings will be on view in Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room.
  • University Symphony Orchestra performance – “Shakespeare: East and West” – Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium
  • Shakespeare Re-imagined: Seven Films Adapted from Shakespeare with Unconventional Settings – “O” (Tim Blake Nelson, 2001) – Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium
  • “My Dear Othello”- Theatre Gigante – School of Music, Theatre and Dance – Oct. 16-18 This critically acclaimed production blends elements of Japanese movement, Shakespearean verse and contemporary monologues in revisiting a famous story of jealousy and revenge.
  • Renaissance Keyboard Recital – School of Music, Theatre and Dance – Oct. 19, 3:30 p.m., Music Building Organ Hall – UNCG keyboard faculty and graduate students will perform solo keyboard repertoire from the age of Galileo and Shakespeare on harpsichord and portative organ
  • Lloyd Faculty Panel – Lloyd International Honors College – Oct. 23, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House An interdisciplinary look at the impact of Galileo and Shakespeare on today’s sciences and humanities.

A detailed listing of the year’s series is at globeandcosmos.uncg.edu.

Set your sights on the stars as art and science, beauty and truth, come together at UNCG. It’s such stuff dreams are made on.

By Michelle Hines

UNCG student enrollment increases 2.1 percent

Photo of students moving inUNCG’s total fall 2014 enrollment is 18,454 students, a 2.1 percent increase over the prior year.

Undergraduate student enrollment increased 2.8 percent to 14,996, while graduate enrollment declined less than 1 percent to 3,458 students.

Freshman enrollment increased 4.5 percent to 2,594, and transfers grew 10.3 percent to 1,680 students. Distance learning credit hours increased 23 percent to approximately 14,000 hours.

“We are encouraged with the overall increase in student enrollment, and believe we are well positioned to build on that growth by delivering an outstanding academic experience for our students,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.

“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the effort to increase enrollment. Many of our deans, department chairs, faculty and staff made a personal effort to recruit prospective students and those efforts clearly made a positive impact.”

$30 discount on UNCG men’s basketball tickets

Photo of a past men's basketball gameAll UNCG employees can purchase UNCG men’s basketball season tickets for just $99. That is a savings of $30 off the price to the general public.

If they want, all UNCG employees may pay for tickets using payroll deduction.

UNCG faculty and staff receive all of the same great benefits as regular-price season-ticket holders including a free parking pass for the games, Buddy Pass vouchers, free women’s basketball season tickets and invitations to exclusive Season Ticket Holder events.

The 2014-15 UNCG home schedule includes 16 regular season games and the Spartans will participate in a round robin format within the SoCon as UNCG will host all league members for the first time. Included in the schedule are new members East Tennessee State (ETSU), Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and Mercer. Last year all three teams advanced to play in a post-season tournament, with Mercer knocking off No. 3 seeded Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

A highlight of the home slate will be Tuesday, Dec. 16, when the Spartans welcome the UNC Tar Heels. UNCG season ticket holders will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase additional seats to the Tar Heels game before they go on sale to the general public. Season ticket holders may purchase those Dec. 16 individual tickets beginning Monday, Sept. 15.

Other marquee games in the season ticket package include the return of High Point and Elon to tip-off against the Spartans in Greensboro.

This season two contests will take place on-campus at Fleming Gym. The Spartans will tip-off their season in Fleming on Friday, Nov. 14 vs. Chowan and return for a New Year’s Eve match-up with Mars Hill on Dec. 31. Season ticket holders will have access to a reserved section in the gym for those games.

To purchase tickets, or if you have any questions, contact Michael Ehmke, director of ticket sales, at 334-3250 or maehmke@uncg.edu.

Make nominations for Teaching Excellence Awards

Chancellor Linda P. Brady has issued a call for nominations:

To: Faculty, Staff, Student Leadership, and Alumni Association
Date: September 8, 2014
Re: Nominations for 2014-2015 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors Awards

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the university presents three awards to UNCG faculty members every year; the UNC system also presents an award for teaching excellence to a UNCG faculty member each year. Let me urge you to submit nominations for the 2014-2015 Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards. All submissions will happen in Fall 2014, and award recipients will be notified in Spring 2015.

UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Recognition for a tenured faculty member who has completed at least seven years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year. The Board of Governors Award brings statewide recognition. $12,500

Mary Settle Sharp Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenured faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year. $6,500

James Y. Joyner Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for a full-time tenure-track faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year. $3,500

Anna Maria Gove Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Recognition for any full-time lecturer, academic professional or clinical faculty member who has completed at least three years of teaching at UNCG, with an average teaching load over the three years preceding consideration of at least three courses per year. $3,000

Nominations must be submitted by October 3, 2014. Complete submission dossiers must be submitted by November 10, 2014. Eligible faculty members who receive 2013-14 teaching awards from their College or School will be automatically nominated. The nomination form is available at http://commons.uncg.edu/awards.php. For questions, contact FTLC Senior Fellow, Bennett Ramsey (bhramsey@uncg.edu).

Asian Autumn Festival

Photo from a past performanceUNCG’s 2014 Asian Autumn Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium and surrounding areas.

There will be origami, Asian refreshments, traditional music, dance, calligraphy, martial arts, cultural speakers and activities for children. Admission is free. The public is invited. Free parking will be available in the Walker Avenue Parking Deck.

The event is a celebration of the diversity of East and Southeast Asian cultures. The festival originated in 2008 as the Asian Moon Festival. Since 2012, it became the “Asian Autumn Festival,” encompassing the rich diversity of Asian cultures.

It is one of many UNCG events that are part of Greensboro’s 17 Days Festival.

For more information, email ylmatlos@uncg.edu or call 336-334-5560.

New name: African American & African Diaspora Studies Program

The UNCG African American Studies Program has been changed to African American & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS). Effective Aug. 1, 2014, the program’s name change has begun a new phase of critical inquiry. The extended name allows the AADS to retain its identity as it has been for over 10 years, and to augment it by including studies of people and cultures of the African diaspora who do not identify as American or who are new to America. The name now reflects the program’s diverse course offerings in comparative African history and literature, as well as current trends in Black Studies. A recent report on the status of Black Studies programs notes, “Researchers found that nearly half of all Black Studies units, or 49 percent, use terms such as ‘African,’ ‘African and African American’ or ‘Pan African’ that reflect the larger African Diaspora or the different waves of African descended peoples who have come to the U.S.” (Abdul Alkalimat, 2013 Report, University of Illinois).

AADS at UNCG has grown in the last five years with the addition of three tenure lines. Two of those faculty, Dr. Tara T. Green (director) and Dr. Omar Ali (associate professor), are researchers of the African diaspora. Much of Ali’s work focuses on the African Presence in the Indian Ocean and Latin America; Green’s area of research includes the Black diaspora in the U.S. and African literature. As a result, they have developed three courses with a diasporic focus, including “Making of the African Diaspora,” “Special Topics in the African Diaspora,” and “Africana Literatures.”

Information about the program is at aads.uncg.edu.

Exhibition of Gwen Magee quilts

Photo of one of Gwendolyn Magee’s quiltsEighteen of the late artist Gwendolyn Magee’s quilts will be on view in the exhibition “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The exhibition in UNCG’s Gatewood Gallery will begin Sept. 11.

J. Todd Moye will speak on “Soft Fabrics and Hard Truths: Dealing with History in the Art of Gwen Magee” on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Auditorium.

The opening reception for the exhibition will follow the talk. It will be held at the Gatewood Gallery.

Magee’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Museum of Mississippi History, the Michigan State University Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. In addition, her work has been exhibited in the Museum of Arts and Design, the Atlanta History Museum, the National Art Gallery of the Republic of Namibia, at the Val d’Argent Expo in Alsace, France, and at numerous other galleries around the nation.

Many of the quilts in the exhibition, a News & Record feature notes, were inspired by the lyrics of James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the black national anthem.

Magee graduated from Woman’s College (UNCG) in 1963.

While a student, Magee was involved in the civil rights movement. In an interview for the article “Turning the Corner on Tate Street,” she told of participating in a boycott protest on Tate Street – the student picketers wanted all the businesses to be integrated. That particular effort was not successful, she explained, but UNCG students finally met success on Tate Street in 1963 when all the businesses were integrated.

Additional information is at this archival article and this news release.

Looking Ahead: September 10, 2014

Exhibition, ‘Glimpses of Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp’
Wednesday, Sept. 10, Multicultural Resource Center, EUC

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m., Alumni House

Dance, Van Dyke and Gamble companies
Thursday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m., Dance Theatre

Women’s soccer vs. ECU
Friday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Music, Ellis and Jason Marsalis
Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

‘Great Gatsby’ Tent Party, costumes encouraged
Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 p.m., Kaplan Commons

Staff Senate Meet and Greet
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m., Alumni House

General Faculty Meeting/Faculty Convocation
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 3 p.m., Alumni House