UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Archives for February 2015

Looking ahead: Feb. 25, 2015

Talk, Greensboro’s Response to Beginning of WW I
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson

Talk, Playing with Religion in Digital Games
Thursday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., Hodges Reading Room, Jackson

Music, University Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Men’s Basketball vs. Chattanooga
Saturday, Feb. 28, 5 p.m.

Softball vs. Iona
Sunday, March 1, 2:30 p.m.

Baseball vs. Wake Forest
Tuesday, March 3, 4 p.m.

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, March 4, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Ceremony, friends of Anna Smith & Smith family
Thursday, March 5, noon, front of McNutt Building

UNCG’s economic value to Triad is nearly $1 Billion

Photo of aerial view of the Moran Commons and PlazaThere are almost a billion reasons UNCG is essential to the Triad economy. $988.6 million to be exact.

The first-ever statewide study documenting the economic impact of North Carolina’s higher education institutions was released last week, Chancellor Linda P. Brady told the UNCG Board of Trustees Feb. 19. For students, for society and for taxpayers, UNCG provides an impressive return on investment.

The analysis shows that in academic year 2012-13, the $375.3 million in payroll and operations spending of UNCG, together with its construction spending and the spending of its students, visitors, alumni and start-up companies, created $988.6 million in added regional income.

That’s equal to approximately 1.3 percent of the total gross regional product of the Triad region and is equivalent to creating 16,152 jobs.

The economic impact study was conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International.

Students attending UNCG during 2012-13 paid a total of $110.2 million to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies. They also forewent $285.3 million in money they would have earned had they been working instead of learning. In return for the money students invest to earn their degrees, they will receive a present value of 1.3 billion in estimated increased earnings over their working lives. This translates to a return of $3.20 in higher future income for every $1 that students invest in their UNCG education. The average annual return on investment for students is 13.3 percent.

The return on investment can be considered from other perspectives as well. For society? For every dollar that society spent on educations at UNCG during the analysis year, communities will receive a cumulative value of $11.20 in benefits, for as long as the 2012-13 students of UNCG remain active in the state workforce.

For taxpayers? In that year, state and local taxpayers invested $181.5 million to support operations of UNCG. The study found that the average annual return on investment for taxpayers is 12.4 percent.

This results of this study speak to the importance of continuing to invest in higher education, Brady noted.

#BelieveInTheG Feb. 25-26

Photo of Minerva statueToday and tomorrow (Feb. 25-26), UNCG will host a second Believe In The G Campaign. “We are asking 480 alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff to make a gift of any size to any area at UNCG in 48 hours. We are calling it the Believe In The G Giving Challenge,” says Emily Rector, director of UNCG Annual Giving.

The campaign is targeting those donors who favor social media. The hashtag is #BelieveInTheG. Once you make a donation at believeintheg.com, you’re sent access to a meme generator where you can create a Spiro meme.

This is a first time the campaign has been a two-day event. And there’s an added incentive in reaching the goal.

“We have two challenge donors who will together give $75,000 if we reach 480 donors,” says Rector.

This event will also raise awareness about how gifts from donors help shape the student experience, according to Sarah Kathryn Coley, associate director of development in Annual Giving. For example, they are using social media to show how donations are responsible for beloved sites on campus, such as the Minerva statue and the Vacc Bell Tower.

Make a donation of any size or find out details at www.believeintheg.com.

Watch this video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX-fmyDosTE

Want a booth at UNCG International Festival? Or plan to perform?

Photo of dancers representing Mexico from a past iFestThe International Programs Center (IPC) welcomes you participate in the 33rd Annual International Festival on April 11, 2015.

The UNCG International Festival is one of the largest events on campus. It is an exciting opportunity for the University and greater communities to celebrate diverse countries of the world and to foster multicultural awareness. The 33rd annual International Festival will be held on the UNCG campus on College Avenue on Saturday, April 11, from noon to 5 p.m. Alternative rain location is the Coleman Building (formerly known as the HHP Building.)

Last year, 50 different countries, organizations and vendors hosted booths for the more than 3,000 people in attendance. Parents, children, students and all community members are welcome as this event is free and open to the public.

Are you a country representative, performers or organization representatives? Apply to save your spot.

– Use this link to apply to host a country/cultural booth:

– Use this link to apply to perform during the festival:

Booth and Performance Applications are due no later than Monday, March 2.

Feel free to contact Emily Leber at ipgga2@uncg.edu with any questions.

VF Selects Gateway University Research Park

VF Corporation, a leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, has selected Greensboro’s Gateway University Research Park as the location for its Global Jeanswear Innovation Center.

The research park is a collaboration between UNCG and North Carolina A&T.

The VF facility will be the catalyst for new technologies and advancements that will improve all aspects of denim – from fiber, yarn, fabric, finishing and design all the way to the finished product for brands such as Wrangler, Lee, 7 For All Mankind, Nautica and Vans.

“A constant focus on innovation has enabled VF to remain a leader in the apparel industry for more than 115 years, and our Global Innovation Center strategy accelerates our innovation agenda to guide us into the future,” said Eric Wiseman, VF’s Chairman, President and CEO. “Partnering with Gateway University Research Park allows us to combine the universities’ world-class talent and research equipment with our expertise to deliver consistent, breakthrough innovation for consumers globally.”

Gateway University Research Park was designed to facilitate collaborations between researchers and businesses. Through the universities’ Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Gateway University Research Park provides access to state-of-the-art capabilities for product development, analytical services, materials testing, analysis and evaluation.

“Through this partnership, we have the unique opportunity to help a world-class company bring to life innovations that are ultimately transferred into must-have apparel for consumers,” said John Merrill, executive director of Gateway University Research Park. “We’re ecstatic to have VF on board and hope to use this collaboration as a model for working with more local businesses moving forward. This partnership is a perfect example of what was intended when the Universities and the State invested in Gateway.”

Located on the research park’s campus, VF’s Global Jeanswear Innovation Center will be home to teams of chemists, scientists, engineers and designers who will combine their expertise to develop innovative materials for VF’s many brands. The Innovation Center is expected to create approximately 30 new jobs for the area by the end of 2016.

Eyewitness to rise of Nazi Germany will speak March 3 at UNCG

Photo of a May 10, 1933, Berlin book burning, collection of U.S. National ArchivesAs a boy, Alfred Schnog lived as part of a Jewish family as the Nazi state rose to power. On Kristallnacht, the nationwide German pogrom in November 1938 that is often identified as the official beginning of the Holocaust, he saw the destruction firsthand. In Cologne, Germany he watched Nazi thugs destroy and loot Jewish businesses, then saw his own synagogue burned down. The next evening, he made a dramatic escape with his mother and twin brother.

His inspirational story of success as an immigrant also highlights the adaptation processes faced by all displaced people. On Tuesday, March 3, Schnog, who lives in the Wilmington area, will speak about how National Socialism and other extremism gain momentum, applying his observations to current national and worldwide events.

4 p.m. – “The Holocaust and Genocides Worldwide: What Have We Learned?” – A panel discussion in Curry Building, Room 225
Featuring Alfred Schnog (Kristallnacht eyewitness) and the UNCG Holocaust & Genocide Studies Network (Dr. Roy Schwartzman, Communication Studies; Dr. Emily Levine, History; Dr. Susanne Rinner, German Studies; Prof. Lynda Kellam, University Libraries/Political Science

Reception will  immediately follow in Curry 231

7 p.m. – “Prelude to Genocide” presentation by Alfred Schnog – Curry Building, Room 225

The events are sponsored by a Kohler Fund grant from the UNCG International Programs Center.

Visual: May 10, 1933, Berlin book burning, collection of U.S. National Archives

‘Housing the Homeless’ focus at UNCG’s Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design

The 2015 Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design will focus on ‘Housing the Homeless’ and will feature Brent Brown, of bcWORKSHOP and Dallas CityDesign Studio. The UNCG symposium will be March 5-7.

Register online here.

Registration to the symposium is free. In lieu of a registration fee, please make a donation of non-perishable food, toiletries, and/or baby supplies. Organizers will distribute the collected goods to the following: Urban Ministries Food Bank (non-perishable food), Interactive Resource Center (toiletries), and My Sister Susan’s House (baby supplies).

Highlights include:

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Community Service Day – Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
842B West Lee Street
Join students, faculty, staff, community members and partners, and friends of IARc in various projects including Industries of the Blind, Graffiti Garden, Tiny Houses, and Tiny House Village.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Panel Discussion: Homeless Populations in the Triad
9 – 10:30 a.m.
401 Gatewood Building

  • Salima Thomas . Partners Ending Homelessness
  • Yatisha Blythe . Supervisor of Homeless Services and Community Support (youth)
  • Shanna Reece . Servant Center (veterans)
  • Susan Ball . Mental Health Association of Greensboro
  • Maha Elobeid . Center for New North Carolinians (refugees and immigrants)

Lunch and Roundtable Discussions
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gatewood Locations

Brent Brown Keynote: Community-Engaged Design
1 – 2 p.m.
114 School of Education Building
Founder, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP (bcWORKSHOP)
Founding Director, CityDesign Studio, Dallas

Workshop: Creative Ways to Address Affordable Housing
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
West Studio, Gatewood Building
Brent Brown and Travis Hicks, Director, Center for Community-Engaged Design and Department of Interior Architecture, UNCG
Local leaders and other symposium participants will facilitate another workshop during this time.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Challenge: Attacking Affordable Housing as a Design Solution
9 – 10 a.m.
CC-ED . 842B West Lee street
Brent Brown, Travis Hicks, and symposium participants

Design Charette, Lunch and Presentations
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CC-ED, 842B West Lee street

The Novem Mason Symposium is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Interior Architecture, Center for Community-Engaged Design, and the HES Foundation, with special thanks to Starbucks and Apple Spice Junction.

For details or to register visit http://communityengagement.uncg.edu/2014-2015-speaker-series/.

Residence hall plans at Spartan Village

The Lee Street / Glenwood Avenue intersection may soon have new buildings – and UNCG may have more student housing on campus.

Plans for these two new buildings in Phase II of Spartan Village call for 330 more beds for student housing and also retail space for mixed-use design.

The UNCG Board of Trustees authorized the project at their Feb. 19 meeting. The UNC Board of Governors will have final approval and will consider the proposal during their board meeting on Feb. 27.

The UNCG Strategic Housing Plan recognizes the correlation between on-campus living and student success. Records show that UNCG students living on campus have significantly higher retention rates and graduation rates than those who do not live on campus.

It is anticipated that the new housing will be available for occupancy in the fall of 2017.

Chancellor Brady had discussed the Phase II plans earlier in the month at the Staff Senate meeting.

The buildings will be paid for over time through user rent.

Domestic and sexual violence research and practice

Registration is open for the 3rd annual Innovations in Domestic and Sexual Violence Research and Practice Conference at UNCG. The theme this year is “Effecting Change Through Evidence-Based Practice and Engaged Scholarship.”

The conference will be held March 5-6, 2015, in UNCG’s EUC.

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear many innovative ideas related to how sexual assault and domestic violence researchers and practitioners can work together to effect change. Attendees will also have many opportunities to interact with one another. The conference will include a mixture of speakers, panels, concurrent sessions, and roundtable discussions.

Details and contact information is at http://hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cwhw/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2015/01/Innovations-2015_General-Information-1.pdf.

Biggest events for 2015-16? Let us know.

UNCG’s University Relations and Alumni Relations plan to inform alumni of many of UNCG’s major events for next year. The piece will be produced and printed this summer and mailed to alumni in August.

To do that, the two departments need to know of your school or department’s biggest events for next year.

Your department’s most notable speakers? Most well-known performers? Most dynamic lecture? Most popular happenings?

Help us tell all our alumni about it, so they can make plans to attend.

Send a brief listing by April 15, 2015 – with event, date, time and location – to mdharri3@uncg.edu.

UNCG wins two CASE awards in District III competition

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UNCG has won two awards from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. UNCG submitted two entries in the CASE District III awards competition and received the following:

“We’re the Spartans” video – Award of Excellence – Marketing/Branding Video category

Undergraduate Viewbook – Special Merit Award – Recruitment Publications category

CASE is an international association of education and advancement officers, which includes those who work in communication and marketing for colleges and universities. The District III competition includes entries from schools all over the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Aorigele, master of Mongolian horsehead fiddle

Photo of Aorigele with his horsehead fiddleEnjoy a UNCG Music recital Feb. 25, as Aorigele, a master of the Mongolian horsehead fiddle, performs. The concert in the Music Building Recital Hall begins at 7:30 p.m.

He is currently on the faculty at the Inner Mongolian University for the Nationalities in Tonglia, China. Aorigele studied with Xie Tiezhu and Qian Baiyi and is a graduate of the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture in Ulaanbaatar.

Aorigele comes to North Carolina through a faculty exchange between the Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities and UNCG with funding support from the government of the People’s Republic of China. His three-week visit has included a variety of concerts, lecture/demos and hands-on workshops. He has toured through Korea, Mongolia and China and this is his first visit to the United States.

Admission is free.

More information and a video clip are at http://performingarts.uncg.edu/news/article?a=2015-02-10.

New Staff Senate web site

Check out the UNCG Staff Senate’s new web site. And while you are there, you’ll notice a few key dates:

  • The 2015 Faculty Staff Kickball Challenge will be April 14 at 6 p.m. at the UNCG Baseball Stadium
  • Nominations for Staff Senate 2015-16 elections will begin on March 1.

The site is at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu.

Kathy Reichs, inspiration for TV show ‘Bones,’ speaks at UNCG April 8

Photo of Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs — best-selling crime writer and inspiration for the Fox TV series “Bones” — will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Like her protagonist Temperance Brennan, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist — one of only about a hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the department of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is the former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada.

The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a seated dinner in Cone Ballroom, Elliott University Center, and a short business meeting. The presentation begins at 7:45 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. Copies of Reichs’ books will be for sale in the UNCG Bookstore both prior to the event and during the evening.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Sponsored table of eight: $600 (includes recognition on signage and in program if received by March 15)
  • Members of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries: $60
  • Non-members: $70
  • Program only (no dinner, admitted at 7:40 pm) $22

Dinner reservations must be received by April 1. Presentation-only tickets are available while they last.

For details, contact Barry Miller at bkmille4@uncg.edu or 256-0112.

Tickets are available from Triad Stage by calling 336-272-0160 or by visiting online.

Jim Fisher

Photo of Jim FisherJim Fisher (Theatre) will have a new book published this semester. “Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Beginnings” covers the history of theater as well as the literature of America from 1538 to 1880. The years covered by this volume features the rise of the popular stage in American during the colonial era and the first century of the United States of America, with an emphasis on its practitioners, including such figures as Lewis Hallam, David Douglass, Mercy Otis Warren, Edwin Forrest, Charlotte Cushman, Joseph Jefferson, Ida Aldridge, Dion Boucicault, Edwin Booth, and many others. He has published a dozen books and directed and/or acted in 150 theatre productions. He is the 2007 recipient of the Betty Jean Jones Award for Excellence in the Teaching of American Theatre from the American Theatre and Drama Society and in 2010 he was elected to membership in the National Theatre Conference.

Holly Goddard Jones

Photo of Holly Goddard JonesHolly Goddard Jones (English / MFA in Creative Writing) is the inaugural recipient of Transylvania University’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award, which honors a work from the Appalachian region. The selection also comes with a $2,000 cash prize. “The Next Time You See Me,” her debut novel, chronicles a woman’s disappearance in a rural Kentucky town and the secrets its residents are keeping. Jones, from Russellville, Ky., is an associate professor in the UNCG Creative Writing Program. She taught at Denison University and Murray State University before joining the UNCG faculty. Over the years, she has also taught workshops for the Reynolds Young Writers’ Workshop, the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee School of Letters, and Centre College. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled “Girl Trouble,” was published in 2009. She was a 2007 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and she received the Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2013. See her speak about this book.

Bruce Pomeroy

Photo of Bruce PomeroyBruce Pomeroy (Accessibility Resources and Services) was recently recognized for his “distinguished service” to the Greensboro Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities by Mayor Nancy Vaughan and the committee. He has served as chair of the committee for the past two years. The committee provides a supportive and advocacy resource for individuals with disabilities in the community. The committee’s annual events and efforts include raising funds for and awarding scholarships to area graduating high school students with disabilities who are going on to college; supporting and working with Community Housing Solutions to build ramps and repair houses for individuals with disabilities; partnering with the Chamber of Commerce in recognizing employers who hire individuals with disabilities; and raising funds for, planning, and providing an annual Shoppers’ Day at the Four Seasons Mall for individuals of all ages with disabilities. At UNCG, he is director of the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS)

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little

Photo of Dr. Catherine Scott-LittleDr. Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies) received additional funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the project “Supporting Development of the North Carolina K – 3 Assessment.”

See/hear: Feb. 25, 2015

Holly Goddard Jones (MFA in Creative Writing) talks about her debut novel, “The Next Time You See Me,” which chronicles a woman’s disappearance in a rural Kentucky town and the secrets its residents are keeping. She recently received the inaugural Judy Gaines Young Book Award Award.

UNCG held its first AcadeMAKE Conference

UNCG’s AcadeMAKE conference on Feb. 20 focused on making and makerspaces within an academic campus environment. This conference helped to bridge the gap between play and application. The first conference of AcadeMAKE was a collaborative effort of the UNCG School of Education staff and UNCG Libraries staff and was supported by a State of North Carolina LSTA grant.

Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society initiation

The German Program honored Dr. Penelope Pynes, associate provost for International Programs at UNCG, with an honorary National German Honor Society membership for her outstanding contributions in promoting the study of German and German culture, particularly by establishing the study abroad exchange program with Germany for the UNC system. At its annual induction ceremony on Feb. 12, 2015, the German Program welcomed German students Jamie Luckhaus, Phoebe Ogunwobi, Joshua Rath and Anastasia Shymanovich into UNCG’s chapter of the National German Honor Society.

Walk-In Wednesdays at Psychology Clinic

The UNCG Psychology Clinic is offering free mental health screenings for children and adolescents ages 3 – 17. Caregivers who have concerns about a child’s behavioral or emotional well-being can complete a screening on a first come, first served basis. The screenings are Wednesdays, March 4, 18 and 25, between 2 – 6 p.m. at the clinic, located at 1100 West Market St. (the corner of Tate and Market Streets). For more information, please call the clinic at 336-334-5662 or visit psy.uncg.edu/clinic.

If services are recommended, the clinic offers all of its services at 50 percent off of its regular rates, for UNCG employees and their spouses or children.

Free basketball game, hotdog and soda

UNCG Athletics would like to invite all UNCG employees to join the women’s basketball team as they celebrate Senior day in Fleming Gymnasium facing SoCon foe Western Carolina Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. for our annual UNCG Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. This package includes a ticket to the game and a concessions voucher for one free hotdog and soda at the game. *Limit two vouchers per person.

To RSVP, please complete the order form below or contact the UNCG Athletics Ticket Office by calling 334-3250. Please RSVP by tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 26) at 5 p.m.


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Questions? Contact the UNCG Athletics Ticket Office by calling 334-3250.

Make your Alumni House reservations

The Alumni House will begin accepting reservations for the 2015-16 academic/fiscal year on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 9 a.m. All requests should be made online via the Alumni House Reservation/Inquiry Request web page at http://alumni.uncg.edu/house. For additional information, contact John Comer at 6-1466.

Where’s my wallet?

Lori Kerr lost her wallet. She was going from forum to forum on campus for the Chancellors’ Search, and midday she realized her wallet was missing. Oh, no. She backtracked. It was gone. She spent her breaks cancelling her credit cards – she was soon leaving on a trip.

When she returned home from the trip, a special express package was in the mail. Six dollars in postage. She opened the package. Her wallet, in pristine condition. And there was a note saying where it was found and a hope it’d arrive in the mail soon, so she wouldn’t worry.

Whoever found it – and they didn’t give their name – found her address on her driver’s license and mailed the wallet. Anonymously.

She is thankful for its safe return. I think she’s thankful for something more: that she works in a community where such acts of kindness are commonplace. To the person who took the time and spent the money to do this, she says Thanks. It means more than you know.

Nominate students for UNCG Golden Chain

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to submit outstanding students for the Golden Chain Honor Society.

Founded in 1948, the Golden Chain is unique to the UNCG campus. The seven links of the Golden Chain symbolize the qualities that have always been prerequisite for election to membership: leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity and character.

Candidates for Golden Chain must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. The nomination form can be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain/ and should be returned Casey Fletcher at cmfletch@uncg.edu by Monday, March 30, 2015. Nominations may be submitted by faculty or staff.

Rescheduled: Nursing’s SCENE dedication and tour

Last week’s weather resulted in a new date for the UNCG School of Nursing’s dedication of its Simulation Center for Experiential Nursing Education (SCENE).

The dedication will be Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 11 a.m. to noon on the fourth floor of the Moore Nursing Building.

Tours of the new facility will be offered.

The new simulation space takes up most of the building’s fourth floor, which was renovated to expand Nursing’s simulation space. It was created with $300,000 of departmental funds and donations.

RSVP to Denyse Coker at denyse_coker@uncg.edu.

See a full story about the new SCENE space at http://newsandfeatures.uncg.edu/nursing-simulation-uncg-scene.

Dianne Welsh named Fulbright-Hall Chair for Central Europe

Photo of Dr. Dianne H. B. WelshDr. Dianne H. B. Welsh (UNCG Bryan School) has been named the Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship for Central Europe.

As a Fulbright-Hall Chair, Welsh will spend several months this spring teaching undergraduate and doctoral students at Vienna University for Economics and Business. She’ll also teach at the  University of Bratislava, Slovakia.

While in Europe, Welsh will expand on her global research on women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses. Welsh has surveyed women in 15 countries and will expand her data to include entrepreneurs in Slovakia and Austria. She’s also be conduct research on the psychological capital of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Additionally, Welsh has published the 2nd edition of “Global Entrepreneurship” (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2015). The book is used worldwide for International Entrepreneurship classes along with the accompanying “Case Studies in Global Entrepreneurship.”

Welsh is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Bryan School and director of UNCG’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program.

UNCG faculty/staff on C-SPAN Feb. 21-22

Photo of Keith Gorman's interview in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson LibraryIf you watch C-SPAN programming this weekend, you’ll see some familiar UNCG faces.

Recently, C-SPAN came to the UNCG campus to interview two faculty members and one emeritus faculty member in the History Department. And they interviewed two members of UNCG Archives in Jackson Library.

In the History interviews, the emphasis was on specific books the faculty have published:

Dr. Charles Bolton was asked about his book from 1994 “Poor Whites of the Antebellum South: Tenants and Laborers in Central North Carolina and Northeast Mississippi.”

Dr. Mark Elliott, an expert on 19th century Greensboro judge and author Albion Tourgee, was asked about “Color-Blind Justice: Albion Tourgee and the Quest for Racial Equality from the Civil War to Plessy v. Ferguson.”

Dr. Loren Schweninger, emeritus professor, was interviewed about “Families in Crisis in the Old South: Divorce, Slavery & the Law.”

Beth Ann Koelsch is curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project in the library’s Hodges Special Collections & University Archives. “Since it’s for C-SPAN2 “the book channel,” I pulled books from the collection including memoirs, books written about particular companies (for example, “The 149th WAAC Post HQ Company, 1940-1943: Our Story”), comics, books on the history of women in the military and books about the role of women in the military,” she said.

Keith Gorman, head of Special Collections and University Archives, was also interviewed in Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room. He spoke about the archives’ World War I pamphlet collection, noting that the entire collection of these pamphlets have been digitized and are online.

C-SPAN was in Greensboro as part of its “C-SPAN Cities Tour” in which they cover the history of a city as well as its local authors and libraries.

The UNCG related programming will air Feb. 21-22. According to C-SPAN: “The history segments will air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments will air on BookTV on C-SPAN2. In addition, we will air special Greensboro programming blocks: C-SPAN2 BookTV BLOCK: SATURDAY, February 21 at 12 pm ET and C-SPAN3 American History TV (AHTV) BLOCK: SUNDAY, February 22 at 2 pm ET.”

See more information at http://www.c-span.org/LocalContent/.

By Mike Harris

Training for UNCG faculty and staff working with veterans

Photo of UNCG student veterans at the Veterans Resource Center dedicationUNCG has seen an increase in the number of veteran and military affiliated students enrolling over the past few years. To better serve this population, the Division of Student Affairs opened the UNCG Veterans Resource Center in November 2014.  Part of the mission of the VRC is to better inform the UNCG community how best to serve veteran students and dependents.

Green Zone training is for faculty and staff desiring to learn more about the military affiliated student experience. Its goals are to train members of the UNCG community to know more about the issues and concerns faced by military affiliated students and to identify individuals who are available to assist this population. These individuals are not expected to be experts who can “solve problems.” They are individuals who can lend a sympathetic ear and help the student veteran identify and connect with the appropriate resources.

There are several trainings sessions being offered this semester, and interested parties can sign up here: https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77002993

Questions about Green Zone training or questions about veteran students in general can be directed to Chris Gregory, Interim Coordinator for the Veterans Resource Center, at Chris_Gregory@uncg.edu.

Religion, games and Greg Grieve; Greensboro, WWI and Jim Schlosser

Photo of Jackson LibraryTwo days, two interesting topics at Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room:

In the summer of 1914, when  World War I erupted in Europe, Greensboro residents were curious but not too concerned about an event so far away.

As the world observes the centennial of the  war’s beginning, Jim Schlosser, retired writer for the Greensboro News & Record and O. Henry Magazine, will discuss life in Greensboro from 1914 to April, 1917 when the nation finally went to war against Germany and its allies.

The talk will be Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.

Greensboro people became armchair warriors, explains Schlosser. Will’s book store and Meyer’s department store advertised war maps for following battles fought in places locals had never heard of, including Armentieres.

Greensboro newspapers ran interviews with area people who had escaped from Europe. Not all did. Dr. Claribel Cone of the wealthy textile family wound up stuck in Germany for the duration, unable to continue her art collecting.

It would be a short, victorious war for the Yanks. But the experience was traumatic for Greensboro. Of the 1,634 men and 12 female nurses from the area  who went to war, 78 were killed in combat or died from influenza that swept European battlefields, Schlosser says.

The following day brings another great talk.

Dr. Greg Grieve (Religious Studies) will speak about “Playing with Religion and Digital Games in the Library” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Hodges Reading Room.

His talk will draw from both his teaching and research. For the past two years, Grieve has worked closely with the Libraries’ Digital Media Commons and Undergraduate Studies’ Digital ACT Studio to develop space and resources for his courses on Digital Religion and Religion in Digital Games.  Final group projects in these classes require students to develop a video.

His recent books, “Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus”  and  “Playing with Religion in Video Games” explore this topic extensively. To quote Dr. Grieve:

“Shaman, paragon, God-mode: modern video games are heavily coded with religious undertones. From the Shinto-inspired Japanese video game Okami to the internationally popular The Legend of Zelda and Halo, many video games rely on religious themes and symbols to drive the narrative and frame the storyline.”

More information may be found at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/.

North Carolina General Assembly Reception

The UNCG Alumni Spartan Legislative Network requests the pleasure of your company at their annual North Carolina General Assembly Reception in Raleigh.

The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Susan Letvak, who will speak about the Veterans’ Access Program. Susan Safran, chair of the Board of Trustees, will also make remarks about the program.

The UNCG Alumni Spartan Legislative Network 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.

The network is proud to showcase university’s outstanding students who demonstrate the UNCG values of strong academics, educational access and service to our communities at this event. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and inform elected officials about UNCG’s contributions to economic development, breakthroughs in scientific research and service to the people of our state, nation and world.

The event will be Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m., at the City Club Raleigh, 150 Fayetteville Street, North Dining Room, Raleigh, NC.

Registration is $10 per person. Heavy appetizers and beverages will be served.

Round-trip transportation will be available from UNCG at 3:30 p.m. in front of Walker Parking Deck.

To register for this event click here

Questions? Please contact Mary Swantek at 336-256-2011 or m_swante@uncg.edu.

Tarrant trades blue & gold for Carolina blue

Mike Tarrant is returning to Chapel Hill.

Tarrant, director of strategic initiatives at UNCG, has accepted a position with UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Education, LLC. There, he will partner with businesses, governmental clients and other organizations to create customized executive development programs to support their organizational strategies.

Tarrant, who graduated summa cum laude from UNC Chapel Hill, will serve at UNCG through Feb. 24.

Effective Feb. 25, Nikki Baker, currently UNCG’s assistant for strategic initiatives, will assume the role of interim director of strategic initiatives.

“As director of strategic initiatives and member of Executive Staff, Mike has been responsible for government relations, military affairs, and special projects,” Chancellor Linda P. Brady said. “Since he joined UNCG in 2009, we have experienced great success in securing support for several key priorities at the federal, state and local level. Mike’s efforts on behalf of UNCG’s military-affiliated students have highlighted the university’s longstanding commitment to serving those who have served.”

She noted that Nikki Baker has worked closely with Mike Tarrant since she joined UNCG in 2012. “She brings extensive experience in federal relations to the team. I look forward to working with Nikki during this transition to ensure continued progress in the areas of government relations, military affairs, and other strategic initiatives.”

Feb. 24 UNCG Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day

The percentages are a surprise to many students. “Did you know that your college education is covered 38 percent by state funds, only 25 percent by tuition, 18 percent by sales and other services,” says Channing Lawson, assistant director, Young Alumni & Student Programming. “So 37 percent of anyone’s college education at UNCG is covered by private contributions of alumni, constituents and friends of UNCG.”

That’s a lot of generosity – and investment in the future of UNCG’s students.

On Feb. 24, UNCG’s Student Alumni Ambassadors will host the first annual Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day.

The event for students in the EUC Commons from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will help convey thanks to all those who give. Cookies will be served.

The day that will be marked by social media blasts about important locations such as the Minerva Statue, the Quad, the Kaplan Commons and much more – and how they were funded. “Can you imagine your UNCG experience without them?” will be the common question.

“The reason for the day of philanthropy is to plant the seed and begin the educational mindset of philanthropic thinking,” Lawson explains.”So once the students have graduated and become alumni they understand the importance of giving back to their alma mater and how it feels to be thanked by a student.”

Next week in CW: Preview of Feb. 25-26 #BelieveInTheG giving challenge.

Linda Rupert’s book is baptized in champagne

Photo of Dr. Linda Rupert getting her book baptized with champagneDr. Linda Rupert (History) traveled to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao in December, where she was honored to participate in the baptism of her book “Creolization and Contraband: Curacao in the Early Modern Atlantic World” (University of Georgia Press, 2012).

Campus Weekly asked her about this ceremony. “The book is wrapped tightly in plastic and placed in a bowl and then either water or – in the case of my book – champagne is poured over it,” she said. “Typically the author is accompanied by one or two “godparents,” which is considered to be an honor, as is the role of the “priest” who baptizes the book. Commonly the ceremony accompanies a public lecture by the author based on the book, and sometimes there is also a cultural presentation. I gave a talk.”

This traditional ceremony indicates the reverence for the written word in a largely oral culture, she explained.

The author keeps the baptized copy of the book. “I have mine in my office,” she said.

Rupert is associate professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies in the UNCG Department of History.

She lived in Curacao for thirteen years – 1987-2000 – before she joined academia. She was married to a local anthropologist and her two daughters were born and raised there. “I became interested in the history of the island, and after I wrote a non-academic book I decided I wanted to become a historian and write a more complete history based on archival sources. I moved to North Carolina and got my PhD at Duke in 2006, and this book developed out of my dissertation.”

Her book recasts the history of the island during its heyday as a Dutch trade center, shifting the focus from the wealthy Dutch merchants who controlled the island’s trade to the majority population of African descent who actually manned the ships and worked the docks.

It’s not her first book that’s had this ceremony. “I wrote a non-academic history of the island, “Roots of our Future: A Commercial History of Curacao,” in 1999 when I was living there, which was baptized,” she said.

She is fluent in the local creole language, Papiamentu.“I gave a radio interview in Papiamentu about the book while I was there. I’ve also been invited to write a short version of it in Papiamentu that could be used in local schools.”