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Archives for April 2015

At least 1,000 enjoy 1st UNCG Science Everywhere festival

Photo of kids at a science activity during eventKids don’t mind a little drizzle.

Kids are fascinated by (non-venomous) snakes … by making their own creations … by science experiments of all types, especially if they fizz onto the sidewalk, launch up into the sky or parachute down a story or two.

At Saturday’s inaugural UNCG Science Everywhere festival held at several locations on the UNCG campus, Triad families had a fun-filled day of all types of science.

“Wow.” “Oh!” “Neat.”Those were among of the most-heard reactions of the day.

Most of the festival moved indoors, due to a light rain, for a cozy, dry and fun inaugural UNCG Science Festival Everywhere.

Steve Ollison, one of our GK-12 teachers in High Point, brought 20 students, Sametz said. “He was having a blast, as were his students.”

“We counted over 800 community members  – we were using counters when folks checked in,” Dr. Lynn Sametz said. She is GK-12 Project Director, HERP Project Director and RISE Network Facilitator at UNCG. Due to the rain and knowing that many did not take time to stop by a welcome tent, obviously the attendance was greater than that. “Maybe 1,000 – great for a first time event.”

The organizers had about 235 volunteers and activity leaders from across campus taking part. Many faculty and deans were leading the activities, as were UNCG and high school students. (See some photos of event.)

Everyone involved had favorite memories:

“I loved seeing parents and children playing with science together on the floors (and tables) of the classrooms in the School of Education Building – and I loved the enthusiasm of the Herpetology Club members talking about their snakes,” said Dr. Carol Seaman (Mathematics & Statistics).

At the School of Education Building, Matt Fisher was in the SELF Design Studio.

He liked that the festival gave the school’s pre-service teachers an opportunity to teach children in an untraditional setting. “I also thought it was really interesting and intriguing to hear how children described the junk / scrap sculptures they were building in the makerspace. Their imaginations were quite amazing!”

The festival was a blending of campus resources, Sametz notes. “Just look at all the departments that contributed time and effort,” she said. And “three different National Science Foundation funded projects participated – GK-12, STAMPS and HERPS – as well as the Project Enrich/SELF Design studio. And of course the Provost and the NC Science festival provided funding.”

Dr. Heidi Carlone was struck by the kids’ focus and persistence during the activities. “Some stayed at a given activity for up to 45 minutes! … Youths’ engagement with science and engineering activities at the Science Everywhere festival clearly demonstrates that youth, even those who are very young, can and do focus and problem solve.”

At each welcome table were simple flyers for all the UNCG-related summer camps, as well – a continuing community resource for area families.

One parent told a graduate assistant volunteer, “You kept my three-year-old busy all afternoon. How do you do that?” Her response was: “It’s science.”

“The most common phrase I heard from the community attendees was, “When are you doing this again?!” said Dr. Heidi Carlone. “One of our three-year-old participants said, “I’ll be back tomorrow.”

Sametz heard the inquiries about future science festivals. “It is all a matter of money … and time,” Sametz said, “but I hope so!”

“And, just think of how many people might come if the weather is wonderful.”

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin Kane

Alumnus Chris Chalk visits UNCG before debut on “Gotham”

Photo of Chris Chalk speaking with studentsMany Spartans saw him at Thursday’s UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance Distinguished alumni awards ceremony.

UNCG theater students heard him speak Thursday and Friday at classes – including one on acting for film (see photo).

Audience members at Friday’s UNCG Theatre performance of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” engaged with him in a pre-show Q&A (with Jim Wren) about playwright August Wilson.

But this week, millions saw alumnus Chris Chalk makes his first appearance as Lucius Fox in the FOX network’s popular series “Gotham.” He will appear again next week.

Fans of DC Comics and Batman have been awaiting the introduction of this character into the series.

Chalk graduated from UNCG in 2001 with a major in theater. He then headed to New York City. His credits have included August Wilson’s “Fences” on Broadway with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis; acclaimed television series such as “Homeland” and “Network;” and the Oscar Best Picture film “12 Years a Slave.”

One UNCG Theatre student asked him what he’d learned as an undergraduate? “I learned beginning steps,” he told the students and audience members.

His work at UNCG was the beginning of a continuing journey to becoming an artist, he explained. That included such things as love, humility, service and discipline.

He encouraged the students. The theme of being disciplined and giving it all you have permeated his talk.

“In New York, there’s a huge UNCG community there now,” he told the theatre students looking to make it in the City. Reach out to other Spartans there, he said, himself included. They can point their fellow Spartans new to the City in the right direction.

He has not forgotten his time as a student – and has enjoyed returning to UNCG over the years

“They kept allowing me to come back and talk with students,” he said.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Martin Kane

UNCG, Forward Impact launch ThinkHouseU initiative

Aerial view down College AvenueStarting this fall, UNCG will serve as a national pilot site for ThinkHouseU, an innovative residential program for budding entrepreneurs.

Raleigh-based Forward Impact and UNCG are partnering to renovate a house near UNCG’s campus that will be home to eight students who are exploring entrepreneurial ventures.

Residents of the house, or ThinkHouseU Fellows, will have access to mentors and UNCG-organized learning and networking events that will help them cultivate their ideas and accelerate their own leadership development.

Admission to the house is competitive. Rising junior and seniors and graduate students at all universities and colleges in Greensboro are eligible to apply.

“We are currently recruiting college students from throughout Greensboro who are deeply interested in being entrepreneurial leaders and change makers in our community,” said Bryan Toney, associate vice chancellor for economic development and corporate engagement at UNCG. “They will benefit from the many resources at UNCG’s N.C. Entrepreneurship Center and through our partnership with Forward Impact. We are eager to work with them.”

Fellows will move into the house in August and live there through the 2015-16 school year.

They will pay rent based on market rates. They do not receive academic credit for the experience but will take part in a fall retreat with other entrepreneurial leaders who are part of the Forward Impact community. They will also participate in a “Demo Day” at the end of the academic year when they share the progress on their projects with the larger community.

ThinkHouseU Fellows will also receive complimentary memberships to HQ Greensboro, a co-work space for startups that will open this summer in downtown Greensboro less than a mile from ThinkHouseU. At HQ Greensboro, Fellows can take part in programs for entrepreneurs and build connections with the larger startup and innovation ecosystem in Greensboro and across North Carolina.

The ThinkHouseU concept is modeled on Forward Impact’s existing ThinkHouse in Raleigh, where recent college graduates receive extensive support in building scalable companies.

Forward Impact, which developed HQ Raleigh (a partner organization of HQ Greensboro), is also opening a TeachHouse in Durham for public school teachers who are recent graduates of Duke University’s Program for Education.

“Our goal is to open dozens of entrepreneurial living-learning communities across the United States over the next few years, and we are excited to partner with UNCG in pioneering the ThinkHouseU concept,” said Christopher Gergen, CEO of Forward Impact and Innovator in Residence at Greensboro’s Center for Creative Leadership. “We believe it offers a powerful forum for unleashing the full potential of our next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and a way for communities like Greensboro to attract and retain high potential talent.”

Interested students can apply online at www.thinkhouseu.com or contact Justin Streuli at jtstreul@uncg.edu or 336-256-8647.

See full story at UNCG Now.

Thornton will be interim vice chancellor for university relations

Photo of James ThorntonActing Chancellor Dana Dunn has announced an interim leader of University Relations:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to introduce James (Jim) Thornton, who will fill the position of Interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations effective May 1.

Jim will serve a six-month term, relieving Jan Zink, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, who has served in this role in an acting capacity since February.

Jim has extensive experience in public and private higher education, including serving as Interim Vice President for College Advancement at Hartwick College (New York) and as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Communications at Urbana University. He also has held senior leadership positions at the University of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens and the Dayton Art Institute.

Please join me in welcoming Jim to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and in thanking Jan for temporarily adding University Relations to her position as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement.

Dr. Dana Dunn
Acting Chancellor


Additional biographical information:

  • Thornton managed and directed more than twenty successful capital fund campaigns in a variety of nonprofit settings, including Ashland University, the University of Georgia System, the University of Rio Grande, Kent State University, the Ohio State University and West Virginia University Medical System.
  • He has conducted numerous campaign planning studies, institutional development assessments, board development and strategic planning assignments.
  • He has won multiple national and regional awards and citations for excellence in public relations, educational service, and fund raising, and served as a founding board member of The Development Exchange and the American Public Radio Network.
  • He has served on boards and professional committees for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, the Ohio Educational Broadcasting Network Commission, the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education and the Ohio Arts Council.
  • He earned his bachelor’s degree, majoring in English, from Doane College, and served as adjunct professor of broadcasting at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music.

Joan Johnson leads Beyond Academics at UNCG to growing impact

On May 6, UNCG’s Beyond Academics will hold its annual departmental ceremony. On May 8, 11 more students will graduate from the program.

Beyond Academics is one of only a handful of four-year certificate programs in the nation for individuals with intellectual disabilities – and one of the largest, she says.

Photo of Joan Johnson“We started with eight students in 2007,” says Joan Johnson, the program’s director. “We’ve had 34 graduates since 2011.”

And they continue to grow. “We’ll bring in 25 freshmen in the fall. We’ll have 64 students total.”

Joan Johnson recently won the Helen C. “Holly” Riddle award at the recent North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) awards event.

The award is presented to professionals whose work touches the lives of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. It is the highest recognition given by the NCCDD to those who have made lasting contributions towards improving opportunities, breaking down barriers, and promoting increased quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

UNCG’s Beyond Academics is a certificate program for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities which provides student support for participation in the Integrative Community Studies program offered by UNCG. The program emphasizes higher education, self-determination, community inclusion, career development and independent living..

The award is not for her; it’s recognition for the Beyond Academics program, she explains. “A project is only as good as the team. This team deserves lots of credit.”

The success of the program is largely owed to the team of committed staff who provide direct and tailored support to the students and families as they move through the curriculum and college life, she stresses. She also says that the guidance of Vice Chancellor Terri Shelton and also the program’s partnerships with various academic departments and other UNCG divisions and units have been key in Beyond Academics’ progress.

Next week, Johnson will mark the 40th anniversary of her graduation from UNCG. Her bachelor’s was in Communication Disorders. She became a teacher at a developmental daycare center. She eventually became its director. She went on to managing and leading comprehensive service systems for people with developmental disabilities for local public entities for 20 years and worked as a state agency DD systems consultant for more than 10 years, then did private service provider consulting for several years before become part of Beyond Academics.

She invites everyone to come to the UNCG May 8 commencement at 10 a.m. at the Coliseum. And to attend the program’s awards celebration May 6, 10 a.m. in Cone Ballroom, EUC (Please note the corrected time).

Also, she notes that on May 3 and 4, UNCG will be one of only three locations in the state to be part of the Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Act’s passing, hosted by UNCG and the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. The ADA Legacy Tour Bus will be here two days. Additionally, on May 4, at 11 a.m. in the EUC there will be a short programs; speakers will include Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn; Dr. Michael Mayer, senior partner, Community Resource Alliance; Chris Eagan, executive director of the N.C. Council on Disabilities; and Remington Brown, a 2015 graduate of UNCG’s Integrative Community Studies Certificate Program of Study (part of Beyond Academics).

Note: Was updated to correct the May 6 ceremony time: 10 a.m.

Course Reserves due for summer, fall 2015

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your print and electronic course reserves at the UNCG University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists for summer are due Wednesday, May 6; for fall, Friday, August 7. Requests to renew spring lists for summer and/or fall are due by Wednesday, May 6.

New:  eReserves for Canvas courses are stored in Box. Library staff will create Box eReserve folders and send instructors embedded codes to insert them into their courses along with a link to the Instructions for Adding eReserves to Courses in Canvas. The codes will allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget embedded into a page on Canvas. Reserves staff will continue to load eReserves for Blackboard Courses.

Before placing a film on reserve, please check the Libraries’ numerous streaming film sources. Also, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these, please see the e-book guide.

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

Emily Herring Wilson wins UNCG College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award

Photo of Emily Herring WilsonAs a college student with literary ambitions, Emily Herring Wilson studied in Greensboro with famed poet Randall Jarrell and other distinguished writers. Decades later, she’s being honored for her own impressive array of work.

Wilson, who graduated from Woman’s College (UNCG) in 1961 with a degree in English, will receive the first UNCG College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award on April 28. She is being recognized for her work as a North Carolina poet, biographer, teacher and community activist who has focused especially on women’s issues and civil rights. She holds an M.A. in English from Wake Forest University, where she was inducted into the Wake Forest Literary Hall of Fame.

“It couldn’t mean more than to be recognized by the school I love,” said Wilson, a longtime Winston-Salem resident. “There’s no higher honor for me than to receive this award from UNCG’s College of Arts & Sciences, which is the heart of the university and carries on the spirit of Woman’s College.”

After completing her education, Wilson taught in the state’s Poetry in the Schools program before moving on to teaching roles with UNCG, Wake Forest, Salem College and Cornell University. She co-founded and ran The Jackpine Press, a local publishing house. Her books include Hope and Dignity: Older Black Women of the South, For the People of North Carolina: The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation at Half-Century and North Carolina Women: Making History, co-authored with Margaret Supplee Smith.

An avid gardener, she also wrote No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence and Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener.

She is currently writing a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt that will be published next year by the University of Georgia Press.

“Emily’s contributions to the literary and cultural life of North Carolina are well-known, and she embodies, in so many respects, the qualities that we hope Arts & Sciences graduates will gain from their education,” said Tim Johnston, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “Her association with UNCG and with the College is a source of great pride to us, and we are very pleased to be able to honor her in this way.”

Full story at UNCG Now.

Alumni of the 60’s remember trying years

Photo of Sina McGimpsey Reid ‘65 speaking at reunionJoAnne Smart Drane, one of UNCG’s first two African-American students, noted that between the founding in 1891 and the year she enrolled, 1956, “there were no students of color on the campus.”

Opening the April 10 UNCG Reunion forum “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” she acknowledged the events of the past months: at Ferguson, North Charleston and New York City. She acknowledged the Class of 1965 as it marked its 50th year, remarking on its activism and involvement in Civil Rights in the 60s. “I know many in your class were leaders.”

And she noted the University Libraries’ Institutional Memory Project, in which many African-American students from the late 50’s and the 60’s have shared their memories and perspectives in recorded interviews, for current and future researchers.

“History is not dead – We are not dead,” said Linda Louise Scales Dark, class of ‘68. She asked if African American studies classes or history classes may want to invite some of the day’s speakers to speak with classes or be on a panel.

Barbara Wesley – now Dr. Barbara Wesley Baker – was inspired by Music professor Richard Cox to become a choir director. She is now world famous. “We are all old enough now to speak up,” she said.

Many of the UNCG students in the 60’s did speak up – and they put their futures on the line. For example, Sina McGimpsey Reid ‘65 (in visual) was one of the handful of leaders of the successful student-led effort to fully integrate Tate Street businesses in 1963.

Reid’s name was one of six on a Spring 1963 flyer promoting the boycott and picketing – and calling for fellow students to take part. The signs the students carried in front of the Cinema Theatre, Apple House Restaurant and Town & Campus Restaurant bore such messages as “All WC Students Are Equal” and “Liberty and Justice For All” according to the Daily News.

Reid’s husband (with whom, she told the Reunion, she was about to celebrate 50 years of marriage) was in a protest that spring outside a cafeteria in downtown Greensboro, was arrested, and was taken to a makeshift jail facility (apparently at the old prison farm). A white friend drove her there to visit her husband, she recalls. Many hundreds of Greensboro protesters were arrested in downtown protests. There were no arrests on Tate Street. The student protesters on Tate Street were spat on and recall having eggs thrown at them.

In looking back, Reid questions why the university leadership did not do more to help in integrating Tate Street, at the time. “Why didn’t Chancellor Singletary do something different than what he did?”

At the session, some current students ask questions. When a student asked what the alumni would do differently if they could go back and relive their student years, Baker replied: “I would ask ‘Why?’ more. I’d challenge more.”

Drane said, “I’d be more willing to get out of my own comfort zone – to engage people different from myself.”

Reid said she would have strived more academically. She might have gone on to get a doctorate, she said.

Bunnie McIntosh, a white alumna, said, “I’d be more aware politically – I regret that.”

Period documents and today’s consensus is that a majority of the faculty and the student body supported the boycott.

The UNCG students who participated by boycotting or by picketing or through the Student Government, both African American and white, were successful in ensuring all Tate Street businesses would open their doors to everyone. (Read more here.)

At the end of the Reunion forum, everyone sang the Black National Anthem, ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Alice Garrett Brown ‘65 noted the importance music has played in the Civil Rights Movement. A UNCG Civil Rights activist, Gwen Jones Magee had died in 2011. She had protested on Tate Street before the successful 1963 effort. Her posthumous exhibition of her quilts was presented last fall in the UNCG Gatewood Gallery. The exhibition’s title and theme was “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

The Alumni forum had begun with a few selections by UNCG’s Neo Black Society’s choir. The NBS president, Bria Hall, rose at the end to thank all those who had spoken that day.

“You all have taught me so much,” she said. “Thank you for being real about things.”

By Mike Harris
Photography by Martin Kane

Make nominations for Facilities Employee Recognition Program

Staff and faculty are invited to nominate individuals in Facilities for awards in the Facilities Recognition Program.

There are three categories:
“Yes I Can” Customer Service Award
“ Yes I Am ” Safety Award
“Yes We Can” Collaboration/Teamwork Award

The awards will honor individuals who demonstrate remarkable performance above expected duties, maintain an above average, productive work environment, and/or demonstrate positive and professional interaction with fellow employees as well as the university community.

Deadline for nominations is May 8, 2015.

The award will be for service for the period December – May.

Any UNCG individual on campus may nominate a Facilities Operations, Facilities Design and Construction, Sustainability, and AVC office employee. (No student employees.)

For a nomination form, email Erick Gardner, Buddy Hale or Hoyte Phifer.

Retirement reception for Barbara Gainey April 30

Photo of Barbara GaineyA retirement reception for Housekeeping Director Barbara Gainey will be held Thursday, April 30, 1:30 p.m. in Shaw Residence Hall’s Tillman-Smart Parlor. The event will be hosted by Housing and Residence Life. All are welcome to attend.

Barbara Gainey arrived at UNCG in 1992 as the Director for Housekeeping for Housing and Residence Life. She has had direct responsibility for the Building and Environmental staff, serving the resident students for the past 22 years. She and her staff have prepared and opened the residence halls each fall, as well as managing the summer work involved in hosting our many camps and conferences each summer. Gainey was the first recipient of the Student Affairs “Legacy Award,” which exemplifies her passion for student success, excellence in leading her staff and outstanding contributions to the division and the university. Housing and Residence Life and the housekeeping staff formally thank her for all she has contributed to the department and the university, and to the many lives she has touched over the years.

Looking ahead: April 29, 2015

Reading Day
Wednesday, April 29

UNCG Employee Field Day
Wednesday, April 29, 11 a.m., Foust Park

Exams begin
Thursday, April 30

UNCG Bunker Bash & Spartan Feast
Thursday, April 30, 5:30 p.m., Natty Greene’s Bunker, 1918 Lee St.

Course Reserves due (See related post)
May 6

Board of Trustees meetings
May 6-7

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, May 6, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Spring Commencement
Friday, May 8, 10 a.m., Coliseum

Governor’s Awards for Excellence

Nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Awards for Excellence are now open. These awards provide the opportunity to recognize exemplary state employees whose service and contributions make a difference in the lives of North Carolinians. The State Employees Credit Union has pledged its continued support for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence Program and the funding from the SECU Foundation will allow the award recipients to be recognized at a ceremony and reception for the winners with their family, friends and coworkers. It is critical to recognize individuals who go the extra mile in respect to public service, so please show your support of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence Program by nominating a colleague for this high honor. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2015. Additional information, including the nomination form, can be found at: http://www.excellenceawards.nc.gov/

With the Staff: March-mid April 2015

Hello: Eric Mecimore, International Programs Center; Omar Raya, Biology; Eh Htoo, Student Health Services; Macea Whisettse, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs Office; Raymond Hooker, Career Services Center; Shannon Bridges, Accounting Services; Jerri Price, Dean’s Office, JSNN / Nanosience; Martin Kane, University Relations; Dana Zhang, Institutional Research; Joshua Green, Housing and Residence Life; Glenn McGirt, Information Technology Services; William Noble, Facilities Design and Construction; David Thomas, Housing and Residence Life; Jonathan Groulx, Office of Research Integrity

Good-bye: Matthew Weaver, Grounds; Currissa Townsend, International Programs Center; Graciela Schmitt, Human Development & Family Studies; Carrie Miller, Annual Fund; Lauren Key, Registrar’s Office; Claude Van Laar, Office of Research & Economic Development

Guilford College President Jane Fernandes will speak at SOE ceremony

Guilford College President Jane K. Fernandes will offer remarks at the School of Education’s (SOE) commencement ceremony May 8 at 6 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.

The SOE Commencement will also feature two student speakers: Chelseaia Charran, a candidate for Bachelor of Science in Special Education, will represent the School’s undergraduates, while Rydell Harrison, a candidate for Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, will speak on behalf of the graduate student population.

David Roderick

Photo of David RoderickDavid Roderick (English) was honored in a small reception last Tuesday. His book of poems “The Americans” was named the Julie Suk Poetry Award winner for best book of poetry from an Independent Press in 2014. Richard Krawiec, publisher at Jacar Press, presented Roderick with the award. He was effusive about the winning book of poetry. “No syllable was out of place,” Krawiec said. His technique was flawless. “He has a book that loves suburbia, without ignoring its flaws.”

Roderick wrote the poems while a professor here at UNCG – this is his eighth year here. He and his family live in Sunset Hills. “Greensboro inspired the poems in the book,” he said, speaking of the pace and atmosphere of this city.

Dr. Francine Blanchet-Sadri

Photo of Dr. Francine Blanchet-SadriDr. Francine Blanchet-Sadri (Computer Science) received new funding from the National Security Agency for the project “Repetitions in Strings.” The problem of computing repetitions in sequences or strings of characters from a finite alphabet has important applications in numerous areas of computer science, notably in text compression, pattern matching, and computational biology, the abstract notes. The stimulus for recent works is the study of biological sequences such as DNA and protein that play a central role in molecular biology,

Several students will benefit from this award. They will become involved in different aspects of this project through course projects, directed study and special topics courses, and, more directly, research assistantships.

Dr. Dianne Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School) has been named the Senior Editor for the Journal of Small Business Strategy effective immediately. Dianne delivered the keynote address at the WU (Vienna School of Economics and Business) Annual Awards Presentation Ceremony this month. She also delivered a keynote address on women entrepreneurs at the Fulbright sponsored lecture at NIU, Galway, Ireland. A Fulbright-related video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tVDx8QKapI&feature=youtu.be.

Dr. Omar Ali

Photo of Dr. Omar AliDr. Omar Ali (African American and African Diaspora Studies) will be a speaker at TEDxGreensboro 2015 on May 7 at Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro.Exploring the theme “Spark!” TEDxGreensboro will feature nine scientists, entrepreneurs, educators and activists, with each talk illuminating a spark. Ali’s talk is titled “What’s in a Name?: Islam, History, and Identity.” He is a Lead Scholar for the Islamic Studies Research Network at UNCG.

See/hear: April 29, 2015

At the 2015 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony, Dr. Joseph Starobin received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching citation. Dr. Dianne Welsh received the Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence, Dr. Mitchell Croatt received the James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence and Karen DeNaples received the Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence. See a brief video created by Media Studies students in a Michael Frierson course and posted at the UNCG Human Resources site.

UNCG SMTD honors five alumni

Photo of Christal Brown, Anna H. Celenza, Dr. Donald Hamann, Laura Poe and Chris Chalk The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance welcomed five of its most accomplished alumni back to campus last Thursday and Friday to recognize their achievements in the school’s first Distinguished Alumni awards.

“We’re honored to have these five alumni return to campus so our students and faculty can learn from their accomplishments and experiences,” said Peter Alexander, dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. “These alumni, with their achievements in performance, research and education, are great examples of how far a UNCG music, theatre or dance degree can take you.”
The five distinguished alumni are:

  • Chris Chalk, Distinguished Alumnus in Theatre (2001). Chalk is an actor known for numerous TV, stage and movie roles. He played Clemens Ray in the 2013 Academy Award-winning film “12 Years a Slave.” He’s also had roles in a number of TV series, including Gotham, The Newsroom, Sons of Anarchy and Homeland.
  • Laura Poe, Distinguished Alumna in Music Performance (2001, 2004). Poe is a highly accomplished vocalist and an experienced conductor; she also plays a number of instruments. She is currently based in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she has been a member of the music staff at Deutsche Oper am Rhein since 2011. She will join the San Francisco Opera for the 2015-16 season.
  • Dr. Donald Hamann, Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education (1980). Hamann is an internationally published professor of music education who currently teaches at the University of Arizona. He is director of the Institute for Innovation in String Music Teaching and has been published in national and international music education and research journals.
  • Anna H. Celenza, Distinguished Alumna in Music Studies (1989). Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University and has published several academic books as well as an award-winning series of children’s books. Her work has been featured on national radio and television programs.
  • Christal Brown, Distinguished Alumna in Dance (2001). Brown is an innovative dancer, choreographer, educator, writer and activist. She is the chair of the dance program at Middlebury College, founder of the INSPIRIT dance company and Project: BECOMING, and creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance. She is currently in the midst of a 44-month interdisciplinary movement study funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Each of the alumni also met with students and faculty in classes and private meetings.

Dr. Susanne Gomoluch

Dr. Susanne GomoluchDr. Susanne Gomoluch (Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) was nominated the Faculty Representative (Ortslektorin) for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She joins the ranks of only three other DAAD faculty representatives in North America. Her work will focus on promoting a modern and accurateimage of Germany and maintaining a vivid exchange between Germany and the United States.

Dr. Gomoluch will receive funds to develop workshops and courses for faculty and students alike, participate in academic exchanges in Germany, and set up collaborations between UNCG and other participating German Departments on both sides of the Atlantic. Through annual course material donations, Dr. Gomoluch is also in charge of establishing a collection of reference books, peer-reviewed journals, DVDs, and fictional as well as non-fictional literature.

In return, Dr. Gomoluch will regularly contribute to DAAD publications and newsletters showcasing the academic and cultural exchange between Germany and the USA.

She is Visiting Assistant Professor in German at UNCG.

Dr. Debra Wallace

Photo of Dr. Debra WallaceDr. Debra Wallace (Community Practice / School of Nursing) received a continuation of funding of more than a million dollars from the National Institutes of Health for the project “TRIAD-2 Center for Health Disparities Research.” She is a professor as well as Senior Associate Dean for Research & Innovation.

UNCG’s family-friendly science festival April 25

Photo of child viewing box turtle Science here. Science there. Science everywhere, this Saturday throughout the UNCG campus – rain or shine.

Come learn about the ways science impacts us every day during UNCG Science Everywhere, a family-friendly interactive event of the NC Science Festival. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015, on the UNCG campus.

The public is welcome to the event at no charge.

UNCG faculty, students and community groups plan more than 40 hands-on science activities across campus that are appropriate for all ages. Planned activities include making homemade lava lamps, creating a blinking LED badge, exploring wildlife in a stream, observing live amphibians and reptiles, and embarking on a geocaching hunt.

Visitors are asked to start the day at one of three Welcome Centers located in front of the UNCG School of Education Building, at McIver Parking Deck or at the UNCG Recreation Field. Free parking will be available in Oakland and McIver Parking Decks and C Lots 7, 8, and 9 on campus.

For more information, visit rise.uncg.edu.

In the event of rain: Activities will be moved indoors. Some will be in the 3-court gym in Coleman Building (also known as HHP Building). A welcome table will be moved into the Coleman Building Atrium near the entrance from West Ave. The activities located on the Sullivan/Eberhart walkway will be moved into the Sullivan Building Lobby. There will be a welcome table in front of the McIver deck under a tent. The School of Education Building welcome table will be moved into that building’s lobby. The turtle sniffing dogs will be moved to the Coleman Building atrium.

By Lanita Withers Goins

Good-bye Lee Street. Hello W. Gate City Boulevard.

Photo of Police Building with view down Lee StreetThe City of Greensboro has notified UNCG that the name change for Lee Street will become effective July 1, 2015.

UNCG and Capital Facilities Foundation properties that have a W. Lee Street address will all change to W. Gate City Boulevard on July 1.

The Greensboro City Council approved the renaming of portions of Lee St. and portions of High Point Rd. in 2013.

The street is changing to E. Gate City Blvd and W. Gate City Blvd. Addresses that will change to E. Gate City Blvd are the portion of E. Lee St. east of S. Elm St. to its intersection with the I-40/Bus-85 interchange. Addresses that will change to W. Gate City Blvd. are W. Lee St. from S. Elm St. westward to its change to High Point Rd at the intersection with Groometown.

Back in time, with Philip Glass and Galileo opera

Photo from “Galileo Galilei” performance“Last night I dreamt that I knelt on the moon.” Those are Galileo’s words late in life, and one of the first he sings in the UNCG’s stunning opera production, “Galileo Galilei.”

What Galileo, who has invented the first telescope, observes and explains – and dreams about – is counter to Church doctrine. This conflict is foreshadowed: Galileo values the birds in the garden as a part of nature, to be appreciated and observed. The Cardinal (who will become Pope) takes another tack: they are inconvenient to him, disturbing his sleep and interrupting him, so he has them destroyed.

The symbolism is apparent. And it’s made richer as we trace Galileo’s life back to his earliest years.

In the last scene of the opera – and one of the first memories of his life – the tiny child watches his father’s opera. In a dreamlike sequence, we see mythology and the constellations – an early “explanation” of why the Orion constellation travels across the sky and is invisible 12 hours each day.

Of course, Galileo’s writings would lead us away from mythology and toward a path of scientific understanding of the stars and planets.

The UNCG opera production’s sea of stars and the shafts of natural light …. the creative and symbolic use of the staircase revolving counterclockwise again and again …. the wonderful costumes. The use of red and other primary colors. The magnificent voices. The acting and the blocking and the pacing. The orchestra conducted by Kevin Geraldi.

After the final performance, Natalie Rose Havens, a first-year master’s student in voice performance, reflected on the experience. “Once we were deep in rehearsals, and I was able to watch my other colleagues and their personal interpretations of the work, I began to fall in love with the piece because my eyes were opened to the sensitivity Phillip Glass had towards the story behind the music” she said.

“I think I can speak for all of us in saying we treated this piece with utmost respect, delicacy and dedication, and I believe it transferred to the audience. The entire process from start to finish was a remarkable lesson, in the greatest sense.”

The Philip Glass opera was a fitting end to the yearlong “The Globe and the Cosmos” series. It was a historic artistic event for our university.

With artistic dignitaries such as former state poet laureate Fred Chappell and former state Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda Carlisle in the audience – and with the opera directed by the president of the national Opera Association David Holley – it was a shining occasion for the performing arts at UNCG.

See a glowing review by CVNC: Online Arts Journal of North Carolina.
See another glowing review by Opera Lively online publication.

By Mike Harris


We’re going to have a field day

Photo of Foust Park. Location for Field Day.Do you remember how excited you were for field day in elementary school?

Seen pictures of “Field Day” from earlier times at our university – before it was even called UNCG?

Well, get ready for a decidedly healthy dose of nostalgia. “Healthy” is the key word.

Come out to HealthyUNCG’s 1st Annual Employee Field Day on Wednesday, April 29 (Reading Day), from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Foust Park. There are four events that will be repeating every hour.

11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. – Hula Hoop contest
11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. – Spooner race
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – Water balloon relay
11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. – Ball toss

Food and drinks will be provided as well as prizes for winners of each event. The Guilford County Animal Shelter will also have a truck on the College Ave side of Foust park for donations. See items needed at http://staffsenate.uncg.edu/?attachment_id=224.

HealthyUNCG typically does a “stress-relief” event this time of year. “For this day, we hope to give employees a chance to relieve some stress and have fun with some nostalgic competitions, as well as featuring items from our Fitness Lending Library in some of the events, to showcase the idea that physical activity can be ‘play!’,” says Stefanie Milroy, director of HealthyUNCG and instructor in Public Health Education.
This field day is in partnership of HealthyUNCG and UNCG Staff Senate.

More information is at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1155409581151981.

Updated 4/22 at 9 a.m.

UNCG libraries will trim hours

Photo of entrance to Jackson LibraryIn an effort to realign scarce resources with user needs, the University Libraries will reduce weekend hours in Fall 2015. Effective August 17, Jackson Library will close at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings instead of 10 p.m. and will open on Sunday at 12 noon instead of 11 a.m. for a total of 7 fewer hours per week. The SuperLab will follow these hours as well. Weekend hours will be extended right before and during exams to provide study space and technology to students. 24/5 service will continue Sunday through Thursday.

The Harold Schiffman Music Library will close at 5 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays and open at noon on Saturday instead of 10 a.m. for a total of four fewer hours per week. Schiffman Library will extend hours around exams as well.

During this summer, Jackson will reduce hours by five per week closing at 9 pm instead of 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday. Schiffman will reduce by 2 hours by opening at noon on Saturday instead of 10 a.m. This change takes effect May 6.

More details at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2015/04/university-libraries-to-reduce-weekend.html.

August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come & Gone” April 22-26

Rehearsal photo from “Joe Turner’s Come & Gone”UNCG’S Brown Theatre stage will be transformed into a 1911 Pittsburgh boarding house April 22-26, as UNCG’s Theatre Department stages “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.”

The play tells the stories of the inhabitants of a boarding house in 1911 Pittsburgh. It portrays the lives of a few former slaves who have traveled to the north, where they face discrimination as they seek to redefine themselves. It will be guest directed by Tamera Izlar.

“This interesting work examines the consequences associated with systematic victimization, hatred, and discrimination,” said Izlar, artistic associate at Triad Stage. “More importantly, it also seeks to liberate, restore community, celebrate one’s ancestral lineage, and encourage others to discover their unique songs.”

It was written by August Wilson (1945-2005), a celebrated African-American writer whose plays chronicle African-Americans’ lives during the 20th century. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in 1987 and 1990, for his poetic writing. “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” is the second in his Century Cycle series of plays.

“Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” premiered in 1984 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn. It opened on Broadway in 1988, and was awarded the 1988 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. It was also nominated for the 1988 Drama Desk Award for Best Play and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play.

There will be performances at 7:30 p.m. April 22-23, 8 p.m. April 24-25, and 2 p.m. on April 26. Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for children and seniors, and are available through the Triad Stage box office downtown, by phone at 336-272-0160, or through the Brown Box Office on campus from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets can also be bought online at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=24297&group_id=546978&schedule=list

Special note: UNCG alumnus and noted actor Chris Chalk will give a talk and answer questions before Friday’s show, around 7:15 p.m., for those who have tickets that evening. You must present a ticket or torn stub from an earlier “Joe Turner” performance to be admitted. Chalk appeared with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis on Broadway in Wilson’s “Fences.” He more recently has been featured in the Oscar Best Picture film “Twelve Years a Slave” and celebrated series such as “Homeland” and “Newsroom.” He will soon appear in the series “Gotham” and also the series “Complications.”

UNCG Music students have Q&A with Philip Glass

Photo of over head view of Q & A session with Phillip GlassLast week UNCG hosted iconic American composer Philip Glass in a two-day residency.

On Tuesday, he and violinist Timothy Fain performed as the final show in the UNCG UPAS series. Fain had tweeted a clip of Glass and Fain rehearsing earlier that day in Aycock.

A thrill for UNCG Music students came at 6 p.m., two hours before the curtain. The iconic composer had a casual conversation with several UNCG classes and Music faculty for a full hour, as he took questions on a broad range of topics (see picture).

Topics ranged from the importance of taking care of your body, to his experience working with Woody Allen, to the advantages of not being “discovered” till you’re older. About Minimilist composition and his contemporaries, about different types of music, about how to foster career longevity. He favorably noted he had had the opportunity to hear some of the UNCG production of his opera, that afternoon. (See related story.) He encouraged the students to “learn about everything” – how lighting works, costuming, etc. You can do that at a really good university like UNCG, he explained.

Junior Kaitlyn Wagner, featured earlier in Campus Weekly, sat in the front row and asked the first question – about what he thought the future of composition would look like in light of today’s changing technological landscape.

Before the Q&A, she gave him a copy of her composition “I, Philip” and spoke with him a bit. “He was excited to hear that I also perform my music as well as write it,” she said. After the concert she spoke with him a bit more. “I told Mr. Glass that his 5th String Quartet was the first score I ever bought and is probably the reason I’m a composer today. He said that he hopes it brings me luck, and that it was a lucky score for him as well.”

UNCG flutist Janet Phillips, who’ll receive her doctorate next month, and will graduate next month with my doctorate in music performance, was at the talk and also met him. “One thing I remember him saying that stuck with and inspired me was that his music didn’t gain so much popularity until he was in his 40s. I’m in my 40s and just beginning an expanded career after raising children and completing my graduate work.” It was great to hear those encouraging words, she notes.

Additionally, Philip Glass and Timothy Fain were part of an artists reception at the UNCG Weatherspoon Art Museum after their concert. Some photos are here.

Earlier in the day, news broke that Glass had won the prestigious Glenn Gould Award.

Landon Surratte reflected on one thing that stuck with him. “He said, ‘I always knew what I wanted to do and I did it.’ That one phrase gave me, a person with a lot of big dreams for the future, a great deal of inspiration. The concert was phenomenal from start to finish. I noticed that people of all ages were there, from children to the older generations and what I loved about that was everyone that I saw was engaged in the music. Considering Glass is one of my favorite composers it was almost surreal having the opportunity to see him perform in person and actually meet him.”

He added, “Thanks to the university and more specifically the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, I was able to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience of meeting one of the greatest music makers of our time.”

Glass returned to campus the next day, attending Wednesday’s UNCG 10 a.m. performance of his “Galileo Galilei” opera along with more than 800 students from area schools. (They’ll tell their grandkids someday about the time they saw Philip Glass at UNCG and a UNCG production of his opera on Galileo, on a remarkable school cultural outing. And they can use this web posting as proof.)

By Mike Harris

Randall Jarrell Celebration April 23-24

Archive photo of Randall JarrellThe final event in the yearlong celebration of Randall Jarrell’s birth a century ago will be held this week at UNCG.

The Randall Jarrell Celebration of Creative Writing and Literary Criticism will be held April 23-24 in the UNCG Faculty Center.

Stuart Dischell, Thomas Lux, Antonya Nelson, Katie Chaple, Sven Berkerts, Stephanie Watts and Travis Denton will be featured.

The emphasis is on master writers and master teachers, explains Dischell – as the event reflects the spirit of the towering UNCG figure, Randall Jarrell.

Dr. Anthony Cuda also will have a master class on literary reviewing at noon Friday at the Faculty Center. All are welcome to attend this master class.

Thursday’s event begin at 8 p.m. with a keynote address by noted memoirist/critic/editor Sven Berkerts.

Friday’s event begins at 6 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 334-5459.


Red Carpet Reception for those getting diploma

Photo of students walking the red carpet into the Alumni House from last year's eventUNCG’s newest graduates will walk the red carpet once again.

The UNCG Alumni Association celebrates and commemorates their achievement – and welcomes them into the Alumni Association – at a special Red Carpet Reception.

The new graduates’ families, friends and guests are all invited to the Second Annual Red Carpet Reception on May 7, 2015 in the UNCG Alumni House from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for fun, food and a celebratory toast.

Please RSVP at http://alumni.uncg.edu/RedCarpet

Questions? Contact Channing Lawson at cslawson@uncg.edu or 336-334-4024.

Students honored at UNCG’s Thomas Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo

The 9th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, hosted by the UNCG Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office (URSCO), exemplified UNCG’s commitment to doing something bigger altogether.

On April 7, 2015, 131 students representing 31 academic departments/programs, publicly presented their work.

The expo highlights the diversity of disciplinary scholarship for and through our students in order to help cultivate a culture of lifelong inquiry. The expo is a campus-wide celebration of research, scholarship, and creativity. Students share their inquiry through poster presentations, exhibits, performances and oral presentations.

The URSCO is dedicated to promoting and supporting student success through faculty-mentored undergraduate research, creative expressions and other scholarly experiences. URSCO Director Lee Phillips describes research as “an empowering experience” and emphasizes that the office “recognizes scholarship across all academic disciplines.”

Miranda Weavil: Lilian Nile Undergraduate Research Assistantship winner

The Lilian Nile Undergraduate Research Assistantship honors the mother of Dr. Terry Nile. He joined UNCG in 1998 and served as Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. With his love for scholarship and teaching, Nile has positively impacted the lives of numerous students, introducing them to the world of research and jump-starting their careers in industry.

Miranda Weavil, a Biochemistry major, was awarded the second Lilian Nile Undergraduate Research Assistantship in the summer of 2014. She used the assistantship to participate in the Summer International Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Bristol working with Professor Paul Pringle of the School of Chemistry. The generous donations of several of our alumni, faculty and local industry make this assistantship possible.

Jan Rychtář: 2015 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Recipient

In 2014, the UNCG Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) established the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award to recognize faculty members who engage students in projects that contribute to expansion of knowledge and understanding in their discipline. The second recipient of this award is Dr. Jan Rychtář from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. In 2004,  Rychtář earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and joined the faculty at UNCG. His research interests are mathematical biology and game theory. Since 2005, he has organized an annual UNCG Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference. He has authored or co-authored over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 29 of which were with undergraduates, and co-authored a book on game-theoretical models in biology. He has been PI on the two NSF UBM grants (2006-2009 and 2009-2013), an NSF REU grant (2014-2017), co-PI on NSF REU grant (2009-2012). In 2008, he received UNCG CAS Teaching Excellence Award, and the 2012-2013 UNCG Junior Research Excellence Award, while he served as interim director of the UNCG Office of Undergraduate Research (now URSCO). During his career at UNCG he has supervised research of over 43 undergraduate students. He is also an active councilor within the Mathematics & Computer Sciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Keynote Speaker: Barbara Holland

During the plenary session, Dr. Barbara Holland, Senior Scholar in the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement at UNCG, gave the keynote address. Barbara advises academic and institutional leadership on academic culture change and the changing nature of the academy, facilitates workshops on documenting and evaluating non-traditional forms of scholarship for promotion and tenure, and assists UNCG in building its identity and reputation as a community-engaged institution.

Expo Winners

Each presenter had the option for review by a panel of judges to be considered for exemplary works of undergraduate research and creativity. The following are the winners by category:


Division: Visual Arts

1st Place – Valerie Mazo

Faculty Mentor – Nikki Blair, Art

“Toxic Consumerism”


2nd Place – Taylor Kane & Jackson Thomas

Artists in Residence Program

“Humans of Greensboro”


Division: Humanities, Business, Education, and Social Sciences

1st Place – Shelley Gates

Faculty Mentor- Laura Cole, Interior Architecture

“Teaching Green School Buildings: An Analysis of Photovoice Data”


2nd Place – Deanne Rose Ewald & Sarah Howle

Faculty Mentor – Lauren Haldeman, Nutrition

“Hypertension in Low-Income, Immigrant, and Minority Adolescents”


3rd Place – MaryAnn Kozikowski

Faculty Mentor – Melanie Carrico, Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies

“Consumer Preferences in Plus Size Design”


Honorable Mention – Rachel Wilson

Faculty Mentor – Ann Ramsey, Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies

“Technology and the Future of the Apparel Industry”


Honorable Mention – Nicole Schacter

Faculty Mentor – Susanne Rinner, Languages, Literature and Culture

“Weltschmerz and Sehnsucht: Differences in Perceived Suffering in German and American Cultures”


Division: Sciences

1st Place – Keith Watkins

Faculty Mentor – Paul Knapp, Geography

“UNCG’s Old-Growth Trees”


2nd Place – Ashleigh Musso

Faculty Mentor – Nadja Cech, Chemistry & Biochemistry

“Simultaneous Analysis of Multiple Alkaloids in Endophyte-Infected Grasses”


3rd Place – Juliano Slivinski

Faculty Mentor – Nicholas Oberlies, Chemistry & Biochemistry

“Isolation and Purification of Compounds from Silybum marianum


Honorable Mention – Edem Tchegnon

Faculty Mentors – Nicholas Oberlies & Raja Huzefa, Chemistry & Biochemistry

“A Survey of Fungal Endophytes from Asimina triloba (L.) Dunal in North Carolina”



Honorable Mention – Yousefi Babak

Faculty Mentor – Olav Rueppell, Biology

“Behavioral and Mortality Changes in Response to Early Life Stress Treatment”


Division: Psychology

1st Place – Anna Batista, Maria Ditcheva, Saboria Thomas, & Mia McDonald

Faculty Mentor – Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn, Psychology

“Transdiagnostic Anxiety Severity Associated with Blunted Cortisol Response to Lab-Induced Stress”


2nd Place – Karys Normansell

Faculty Mentor – Blair Wisco, Psychology

“Negative Interpretation Bias as a Mechanism of the Relationship between Rejection Sensitivity and Depression”


3rd Place – Sarah McClanahan

Faculty Mentors – Julie Campbell and George Michel, Psychology

“Unimanual Hand Preference”


Honorable Mention – Amber Borcyk

Faculty Mentor – Blair Wisco, Psychology

“Is Dampening of Positive Affect a Specific Risk Factor for Depressive Symptoms? Evidence from Three Longitudinal Studies”


Honorable Mention – Markeela Lipscomb

Faculty Mentor – Thomas Kwapil, Psychology

“Working Memory as a Moderator of Schizotypy and Creativity”


Honorable Mention – Alyssa Mielock

Faculty Mentor – Thomas Kwapil, Psychology

“Assessment of Psychotic-like Experiences in Daily Life”


The Expo winners will be recognized on April 28 during the UNCG Student Honors Convocation.

New Short Film Festival April 27 at UNCG

Photo of front lawn of Jackson LibraryCome to the lawn in front of UNCG’s Jackson Library, bring a chair or a blanket, have a few slices of pizza and enjoy the creativity of UNCG students. Twenty have submitted short films in a new film festival at UNCG – no film is longer than 7 minutes and most are delightfully short. They vary from animation to experimental – making for a great evening under the stars.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27.

One film is by a faculty member: Michael Frierson. “I admire the work that the Digital Media Commons and Paula Damasceno De Oliveira are doing to try to promote film as art on campus. My film “Camroulette” plays with screen symmetry and how to use the 2-D quality of the film image to reveal a 3-d space over time.  It’s meant to be fun, a puzzle really,” he tells CW.

The line-up of films:

PART 1 –  experimental

(US, 2013, 3 min. 28 sec.)
Directed by Layla Browning’
Layla Browning’s surreal exploration of narcissism.

(US, 2015, 3 min. 23 sec.)
Directed by Jonathan Garris
Capturing the beauty of everyday sounds along with visuals to keep not only the eyes stimulated but the ears and brain.

(US, 2014, 8 min. 41 sec.)
Directed by Phillip Brubaker
Phillip Brubaker chronicles the communications between a team of scientists and deep sea research vessel.

(US, 2013, 5 min. 53 sec.)
Directed by Alvester Miller
Loose exploration of 1) power-and-control; 2) commodification and its relation to sports entertainment 3) gender 4) race.

(US, 2013, 4 min. 41 sec.)
Directed by Dustin Dennis
Dustin Dennis’ untitled short non-sequential narrative tracks two protagonists as they labor toward a common goal.

(US, 2013, 3 min)
Directed by Lindsey Laughridge
A visual poem by Lindsey Laughridge that takes a look at honesty.

(US, 2013, 8 min. 26 sec.)
Directed by Michael Frierson
A space built from iterated, symmetrical rotations of a moment. To the sound of that sea shell you used to hold up to your ear.

PART 2 –  animation

(US, 2014, 3 min. 43 sec.)
Directed by Jeremy Couillard
3D dreamscapes divulge the inner mind of the artist in Jeremy Couillard’s animation.

(US, 2012, 2 min.)
Directed by Rachel Frank
Rachel Frank’s silent cosmogony presents creation through animated handmade and natural elements.

(US, 2014, 4 min. 29 sec.)
Directed by Ben Pederson
Colorful animation and found footage are edited by Ben Pederson to question the triviality of it all.

(US, 2015, 15 sec.)
Directed by Billy Hawkin
Billy Hawkin’s kinetic expression within static art.

16 films.

(US, 2015, 33 sec., 17 sec. and 32 sec.)
Directed by “The Sarahs and The Stevens”
Video collages of sound and form animated by “The Sarahs and The Stevens”

PART 3 – video art

(US, 2015, 3 min. 05 sec.)
Directed by Jordyn Summer
This is a film based on the “Andy Warhol eating a hamburger” clip which from Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth’s 1981 art movie “66 scenes from America.”

(US, 2014, 4 min. 55 sec.)
Performance on video by Lu Xu
Lu Xu makes and boat and a statement, where a simple need for food becomes an Odyssean journey.

(US, 2014, 5 min. 59 sec.)
Video by Lu Xu
Tradition exists within the contemporary, connecting three strangers on Lu Xu’s train ride.

(US, 2015, 5 min 52 sec.)
Directed by Rachel Frank
Explore Manhattan in Brian Zegeer’s  parade of historical and literary symbols to bring attention to the Arab diaspora.

Questions? Email Armondo Collins, interim head of the UNCG Digital Media Commons, at arcolli2@uncg.edu.

Thank you, EUC housekeeping staff

The UNCG Student Government Association (SGA) has its offices in the EUC – and sees how much work goes into keeping the large building running smoothly, staying clean and looking good – though it gets a lot of use and traffic.
The SGA recently honored the housekeeping staff at EUC.

The commendation’s first sentences read:

“To the entire custodial/janitorial staff,

Every time I see a clean hallway, bathroom, lobby or glass door, I thank you. Your performance in your profession is so important that this campus could not operate as efficiently or cohesively if you didn’t come to work every day. The dedication you have for serving the students and other faculty of this campus, whether you are recognized for it or not, does not go unnoticed.” The letter was composed by junior senator Christopher McCoy.

Employees that work in EUC on the morning and night shifts:
Francis Jenkins
Martin Atama
Rebecca Dawkins
Ron Madden
Robin Rorie
Brandy Bumpas
Valerie Johnson
James Lyles
Bernard Goodwine
Rhonda Mitchell
Greg Poteat – Supervisor
John Tinnin – General Utility Person
Ernest Brooks – General Utility Person

Brandy S. Propst named outstanding new professional in her field

Photo of Brandy S. PropstBrandy S. Propst has received the William Leftwich Award for Outstanding New Professional for Region III of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The Leftwich Award recognizes a new professional from each region within the first 3 years of their position for performing all aspects of their job in an exemplary manner and for their contributions to NASPA as well as their employer institution within the field of students affairs.

She was recognized for the award during the 2015 NASPA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Propst currently serves as the Region III Coordinator for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP), Alumni Committee Chair for the NUFP Advisory Board and a member of the Center for Women Board for NASPA. At UNCG, she serves as the Coordinator of Academic Foundations & Mentoring in the Students First Office, where she coordinates the Foundations for Learning (FFL) first-year seminar program and assists with implementing various retention and student success initiatives.

Prior to working in the Students First Office, she was a graduate assistant in New Student & Spartan Family Programs from 2010-2011 and worked as an admissions specialist in the Graduate School from 2008-10 at UNCG.

She is an alumna of UNCG. She obtained her B.A. in Sociology & African-American Studies in 2007 and her master’s of education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education in 2012.