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Archives for June 2015

UNCG students immerse themselves in Costa Rican culture

Group photos of students in Costa RicaStudy trip led by Donna Duffy (Kinesiology) and Lisa McDonald (CSD)).

This past month, 19 UNCG Human Development & Family Studies and Social Work majors studied abroad for three weeks in Costa Rica as a part of the Language and Culture Immersion program that UNCG has hosted since 2006.

This year, the trip was led by Dr. Donna Duffy (Kinesiology), and Dr. Lisa McDonald (Communication Sciences and Disorders). Duffy explained that the goals of the trip were to help “students gain personal and professional experience as a result of this trip, which better informs them to work with people from diverse backgrounds and with people who have needs that are different from their own.”

UNCG teamed up with Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI), allowing students to explore Costa Rican culture through language training, unique tripes to ecological and cultural sites, and rooming with local families.

A typical day for the UNCG students was brimming with a plethora of both education and leisurely activities. Desiree Louvierre, a UNCG Social Work major, explains:

“A normal day in Costa Rica was waking up around 5 a.m., getting ready and eating breakfast with our host families, then walking to our meeting point to join our group of students and professors. We would drive to whatever our day field-trip was, such as touring coffee plantations or schools, then we would eat lunch at a local restaurant and drive back to school for our four-hour Spanish class. Once class was over, we would head back home to eat dinner with our host families and call it a night.”

This condensed trip abroad offers students various opportunities for cultural emersion: Desiree explains that being bilingual, working with children and understanding how different countries deal with welfare and poverty are pivotal towards success with her Social Work degree. She explains that the trip “definitely jump-started my efforts to learn more Spanish and I hope to continue learning,” and would love to continue studying abroad if given the opportunity.

Ultimately, the trip was an eye-opening experience for all students involved. UNCG prides itself on offering their students various study-abroad opportunities, allowing them to enrich their majors and personal life experiences, and take unexpected learning paths in their time as students.

See more at http://blog.studyandtravelcostarica.com/?cat=105.

By Christina Blankenship
Photo courtesy Lisa McDonald

UNCG alumni fly high, in wake of Lindbergh’s visit

Portrait photo of Charles Lindbergh standing with his Spirit of St. Louis planeCharles Lindbergh had circled low over the UNCG campus in his Spirit of St. Louis. And now the campus community was waiting for his motorcade to pass through.

It was midday on Oct. 14, 1927. The biggest celebrity of the decade had touched down at Greensboro’s new airport, as part of a tour promoting aviation and air mail. He was due to speak to thousands at Greensboro’s new War Memorial Stadium – and he proceeded through the UNCG campus as he entered the city.

At the time, Walker Avenue cut through the campus, passing under a bridge on College Avenue. Reportedly, students, faculty and staff lined Walker all the way from Shaw Residence Hall to the Brown Music Building at Tate Street. The Oct. 13 student newspaper noted they planned to group themselves by classes by 11:45 a.m., to properly greet the procession. The students were asked to wear white or light dresses and be sure to have a white handkerchief to wave.

At noon, the famous pilot’s motorcade appeared on the horizon. “Suddenly the sputtering of motor-cycles was heard, mounted police came into view, and then the long-awaited Lindy, seated in a high-powered car and accompanied by Governor McLean and Mayor Jeffress,” said the Oct. 20 Carolinian. “To the wildly cheering mob of girls he merely gave a military salute as he passed. Swiftly he was driven by, much to the disappointment of the spectators and amateur photographers who would have preferred a much slower rate of speed so they could take in all the details. However, the girls got the thrill of their lives when the slender blonde hero with his unsmiling visage was whisked by.”

His “drive through” visit – and low flights over the campus in his Spirit of St. Louis – stirred a lot of excitement. Even the alumni around the state caught the Lindy fever.

For example, when the Caldwell County alumni association celebrated Founders Day that month in Lenoir, said the November 1927 Alumnae News, “(t)he program given centered around an airplane flight in ‘The Spirit of.N.C.C.W.’”

The university at that time was called North Carolina College for Women.

Northampton County’s alumni took it even further on Oct. 20. “Carrying out the airplane idea, the tables were grouped so as to suggest an airship; and suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the room hung a small yellow plane, the ‘Spirit of N.C.C.W.’ … Place cards, decorated with a miniature plane, lay at each plate, and yellow aviator helmets, inscribed with N.C.C.W., were worn by all the alumnae present,” the magazine said. Pitt County specifically noted their alumni wore their school-pride aviator caps during their meal. The Randolph County alumni secretary reported about her county’s alumni, “You would have thought us a company of aviators for sure from the yellow helmets, bearing the insignia N.C.C.W., each of us wore!” They sang college songs between each course of the meal. “Following the meal, in true aviator style, we boarded the ‘Spirit of N.C.C.W.’ and soared among the clouds!”

It was a serious part of the evening, with an aviator theme. From that birds-eye view, the alumni considered the proud past and promising future of the college – now known as UNCG. The school faced challenges, but there was so much promise. The solo flyer, bravely striving to achieve what had never been done before, served as an inspiration.

By Mike Harris

May 31, 1927, photo courtesy Library of Congress. http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3a23920/
Sources: The November 1927 Alumnae News; The Carolinian issues of October 1927; Smithsonian Magazine November 2013; Daily News of the week of Oct. 14.
See Part 1 of this report at https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2015/06/09/lindbergh/

Lynn Kendrick Erdman to receive the 2015 School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award

Portrait photo of Lynn Kendrick ErdmanNational nurse leader Lynn Kendrick Erdman BSN ’77 will be recognized as the 2015 Distinguished Alumna at the Alumni Association Annual Meeting to be held on Oct.17 during UNCG Homecoming weekend.

A career that has taken Erdman from bedside nurse to the executive ranks of several major health organizations reached another milestone in January 2014. That’s when she was named CEO of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) in Washington, D.C.

It’s the newest challenging role for Erdman, who started out in North Carolina as a neonatal intensive care nurse, served as founding director of the Presbyterian Cancer Cancer in Charlotte and later held senior positions with the American Cancer Society, American College of Surgeons and Susan G. Komen Global Headquarters.

She can pinpoint the moment her leadership journey in healthcare began in earnest: It was when she met UNCG School of Nursing Dean Eloise Lewis as a sophomore in college.

“I remember thinking, ‘This is a woman who has it together!’” Erdman says. “She was an amazing nursing leader who earned respect, and she’s the reason I ended up at UNCG. It was a great choice because my experience at UNCG was probably as diverse as my career has been.”

With clinical training that exposed her to nursing in rural, community and hospital settings, Erdman says she learned a great deal more than just the science of nursing. She was also schooled in the art of understanding patients and their personal and emotional needs.

She recalls visiting a farmer during her student days to assess his health. He was a bit standoffish at first but he began to warm to her. During a follow-up visit, he said he’d fixed a meal for her. Erdman followed him to the kitchen to find that he’d prepared a delicacy – cow’s tongue.

“I couldn’t believe I was eating this!” says Erdman, who grew up a city dweller in Charlotte. “But it was one of those early lessons in figuring out how to get close to patients even when they’re from a background that I’m not familiar with. There’s always a story behind every person, and you’re a more effective nurse when you know it.”

Erdman later earned her MSN at the University of South Carolina and steeped herself in a wide array of nursing roles, from labor and delivery to oncology and hospice care, before embarking on a career in healthcare administration. Though she has filled executive and board roles for numerous national organizations, she maintains close ties to North Carolina. In 2013, she and her husband, David Erdman, endowed the Lynn Kendrick Erdman Scholarship Fund in Nursing at UNCG.

She recently finished a four-year term as chair of the N.C. Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control and has served as consulting faculty for Duke University’s Graduate School of Nursing since 1994. She still spends weekends in Charlotte with her husband, commuting to Washington D.C., each week.

She relishes the opportunity to focus once again on nurses and their patients in her new role at AWHONN.

“Caring for women and infants and advocating for their health and well-being has been the foundation of my professional career,” Erdman says. “It’s a great privilege to represent AWHONN’s 25,000 nurses.”

Report courtesy School of Nursing.

Looking ahead: July 8, 2015

EMF, Faculty Chamber Concert
Monday, July 13, 8 p.m., Recital Hall

UNCG Music Camp concerts
Friday, July 17, Aycock & EUC, 6:15 p.m.

EMF, Faculty Chamber Concert
Monday, July 20, 8 p.m., Recital Hall

UNCG Music Camp concerts
Friday, July 24, Aycock & EUC, 6:15 p.m.

EMF, Faculty Chamber Concert
Monday, July 27, 8 p.m., Recital Hall

EMF Festival Orchestra and Chorus
Saturday, August 1, 8 p.m., Aycock Auditorium

Dr. Jacquelyn White

Portrait of Dr. Jacquelyn WhiteDr. Jacquelyn White (Center for Women’s Health and Wellness) received a continuation of funding from the US Department of Justice for “Evaluation of OVW Grant Programs.”

Dr. Thanujeni Pathman

Portrait of Dr. Thanujeni PathmanDr. Thanujeni (Jeni) Pathman (Psychology) has been elected to the Executive Committee of Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. She will serve a two-year term as Early Career Representative starting in January 2016. The aim of Division 7 is to promote research in developmental psychology, increase undergraduate and graduate education in developmental psychology, and incorporate scientific findings in public policy decision-making, education, child care and related applied settings.


Dr. Paul Silvia, Dr. Roger Beaty, Dr. Thomas Kwapil and Dr. Michael Kane (Psychology) have won competitive funding from the Imagination Institute. Their project will examine the neuroscience of individual differences in creative thought, using neuroimaging, cognitive tasks, personality factors, and intensive daily experience sampling in a community sample varying in creative accomplishment. Supported by the John Templeton Foundation, The Imagination Institute focuses on “the measurement, growth and improvement of imagination across all sectors of society.”

Dr. Justin Waxman

Dr. Justin Waxman (Kinesiology) received funding from the American Society of Biomechanics for the project “The Relationship between Hamstring Musculo-articular Stiffness and Anterior Cruciate Ligament during Functional Unilateral and Bilateral Landing Tasks”.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff

Portrait photo of Dr. Bruce KirchoffDr. Bruce Kirchoff (Biology) attended the Summer Boot Camp at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. There, he won the Instructors Award for Most Engaged Student, the only award presented by the instructors at the camp. This was the first year that the Center offered the Boot Camp, a five day intensive communicating science to the general public and the media. The Center’s instructors use improv and storytelling techniques to teach effective communication skills. Kirchoff was the 2014 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient, as well as the winner of the 2014 Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award presented by the Botanical Society of America.

Dr. Susan Keane

Portrait photo of Dr. Susan KeaneDr. Susan Keane (Psychology) received a continuation of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the project “Reducing Barriers and Promoting Access to Culturally Competent Care for Underserved Populations: An Integrated, Interdisciplinary Model for Graduate Training.”

See/hear: July 8, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens tweeted this on May 31. She was preparing for an appearance with the North Carolina Symphony. “I was working on “La Vie en Rose” to sing with the NC Symphony at an upcoming gig and got this version worked out on the guitar – i don’t know many chords, so I kept it simple, and I think it works alright!” For your summertime listening pleasure, former UNCG Music graduate student Rhiannon Giddens.

Rebecca Adams, the Grateful Dead and 1,000,000+ Deadheads

Photo of Rebecca Adams and UNCG students, summer 1989When UNCG professor Dr. Rebecca Adams sees all three big “Fare Thee Well” concerts of Grateful Dead members in Chicago’s Soldiers Field, it will hardly be her first. She heard Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist for the Grateful Dead, play with the band about 100 times before he died in 1995 and has heard the remaining members of the Dead play together many times since then.

Her first Grateful Dead show was in 1970. Since then she has become well-known for her sociology research of the Grateful Dead fanbase – known for decades as “Deadheads.”

The “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” concerts on July 3-5, 2015, will be the Grateful Dead members’ final performance together. It’s a milestone for Deadheads.

Adams, professor and Gerontology Program director at UNCG, has been one of the foremost scholars on the Grateful Dead fans – known as Deadheads – since the 1980s.

She is co-author or co-editor of five books, including “Deadhead Social Science: You Ain’t Gonna Learn What You Don’t Want to Know” (2000) with Robert Sardiello, a graduate of UNCG’s Sociology MA program), “Placing Friendship in Context” (1998) and “Adult Friendship” (1992), as well as many scholarly articles and book chapters, including nine on Grateful Dead fans.

Her research areas include:

  • Aging
  • Friendships/community
  • Music fans  (mostly the Grateful Dead community)

These days, these three research areas have dovetailed, as the members of the Deadhead community are getting older. Many are in their 60s and 70s. One person calls her work “jerry-ontology,” she says.

“A conservative estimate of the number of Deadheads is over a million,” she says. “Most Deadheads tend to be professionals – they like to say ‘we are everywhere’ and that is accurate.”

When she taught a UNCG class in 1989 on the Deadheads – and took her students on a research field trip that involved observations at eight concerts and parking lot interviews – she and her students became a media sensation, throughout the US and even in England. Today, sociological study involving pop culture is commonplace, she notes.

“Now, popular culture is an established field. But back then I was written up in the Congressional Record as “a symbol of the decline of higher education.” She notes that she remains grateful to former UNCG Chancellor Moran for defending her right to study and teach about the Deadheads.

Things changed and the world has caught up to her academic research.

“Now people see me as a pioneer.”

She continued what she calls her “more respected research” on friendships of older adults. But she knew her sociological research on music fans, specifically the Deadheads, would be valued someday. She has written or co-written many academic pieces on Deadhead research – and written pieces and been interviewed for the popular press as well. From Rolling Stone to London publications to the LA Times.

Now, as the Grateful Dead members play their final shows, she is fielding more media requests.

How did she get tickets, if they sold out immediately? It was good karma, she believes. “I waited for ‘the community’ to function like it’s supposed to. I waited and waited.” She could have used connections, but waiting was the karmically-correct way, as she explains it. A co-author found he could not use the tickets he bought, so she purchased them. “$1,390 – that’s why I’m teaching summer school, so I can afford them.”

She’ll also attend the Dark Star Orchestra show in Chicago July 2. She used to host some of the “tribute” band members at her home.

She taught the UNCG course “Aging and Music” this spring; she plans to teach it again. Faculty from all over campus participated in it and loved it, she notes.

The Chicago shows will feel like a homecoming in many ways. She attended the University of Chicago, receiving an MA from there in 1977 and PhD from there in 1983, both in Sociology. She began her teaching career an adjunct at several Chicago-area schools including Roosevelt University, Elmhurst College, Barat College and Indiana University Northwest.

She began her longstanding career at UNCG in the fall of 1983.

How did the Deadheads become an academic specialty for her in the 1980s? One UNCG student in particular convinced her to pursue it, she explains. His name was Matt Russ, known to many people today for his Tate Street Coffee House, which gives a sense of community to many at UNCG.

  • Want to hear more? She will give a Gerontology Research Outreach Workforce and Teaching Hub (GROWTH) presentation – “Music, Aging and Well-Being: Deadheads and Other Babyboomers” on Sept. 30, noon-1:15 p.m. in Edwards Lounge, Stone Bldg., UNCG.
  • See a four-minute excerpt from “Deadheads: An American Subculture.” The 1990 film was narrated by Adams and produced by Dr. Emily Edwards (UNCG Media Studies).

By Mike Harris

Photo of Rebecca Adams and UNCG students, summer 1989, used with permission of photographer © Lloyd Wolf / www.lloydwolf.com  All rights reserved.

UNCG Police Building, Spartan Village get LEED Silver

Photo of Lee Residence Hall with student crossing the streetSustainability efforts at UNCG have received more recognition.

The new UNCG Police Building and Spartan Village Phase 1 were both certified as LEED Silver this month. The university received the notification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which manages the LEED certification standards.

“UNCG has made tremendous strides in our efforts to become a more sustainable institution over the last six years,” said UNCG Sustainability Coordinator Trey McDonald. “Besides ensuring that new construction strives to meet the latest standards to reduce its environmental footprint, we have other ongoing efforts that involve every aspect of campus life.”

Sustainability has been one of the university’s key strategic initiatives since 2009, when trustees made it one of UNCG’s five core values. Traditionally sustainability has three dimensions: the environmental stewardship, social equity and economic responsibility. UNCG’s definition includes a fourth element, aesthetics, which takes into account the importance of integrating sustainability into the arts and using that as a way to influence behavior change.  In addition, aesthetics also relates to the beautification and preservation of the campus environment, which has been demonstrated the Grounds Division and their work to secure Tree Campus USA status six years running for UNCG.

2015 Student Affairs Staff Awards

Photo of Shaw Residence Hall with student walkingThe recipients of the 2015 UNCG Student Affairs Staff Awards were honored at the division’s year-end celebration in late May.

Here are the recipients, along with an excerpt from what was stated at ceremony:

Partnership Award:
Beyond Academics
Since the first students from Beyond Academics moved into campus housing in fall 2014, their staff has gone above and beyond to make this process successful. They’ve trained Housing & Residence Life on inclusive language and behaviors, have been quick to respond to questions/concerns, and shown a firm commitment to a successful residential experience for their students.

Team Player:
William Parrish (Elliott University Center)
As director of the Elliott University Center, William works with departments across campus to ensure that the details of their events are complete and handled with great attention. It’s not unusual to see him doing everything from answering phones to assisting set-up crews. William is a positive ambassador for the Division in every project in which he is involved.

Unsung Hero:
Eric Alston and Wayne Michaux (Housing & Residence Life)
As the second shift fix-it team, these two have made significant contributions to UNCG’s culture of care. They go above and beyond to handle overnight issues to provide a safe and secure living environment to students.

Graduate Assistant of the Year:
Lisa Santiago (Career Services Center)
As a graduate student in Career Services, Lisa stepped up to manage the Student Employment Process on her own after professional staff changes. She also developed, implemented, and managed a formal program for our UNCG Guarantee students and initiated a new mentoring program for UNCG students.

Employee of the Year:
Ericka Smith (Office of Leadership & Service Learning)
Ericka’s energy and optimism have gone far beyond the leadership programming for which she was hired. She has made tremendous connections across campus, and under her management the Leadership Challenge Program has experienced exponential growth. She is a masterful facilitator, popular and demanding teacher of for-credit courses, exceptional curriculum design specialist, and organized administrator.

UNCG’s Pedestrian Underpass receives Star Award

Photo of entrance to Pedestrian UnderpassAt the 2015 Annual Construction Professionals Network (CPN) Conference, UNCG’s Pedestrian Underpass received the Star Award for Best Project under $20 million category.  The project had already received the ENR Southeastern Award and the AGC Pinnacle Award.

CPN of North Carolina, Inc. is a statewide organization of business and professional leaders who are involved with design, construction and related services.

The UNCG Pedestrian Underpass, built to run underneath the railroad tracks from Oakland Avenue to West City City Boulevard, opened April 2014. The underpass connects Spartan Village, a residence hall complex on Lee Street, with the main part of campus.

The tunnel is 170 feet long and cost about $10 million to build. It was a joint project of UNCG and the N.C. Railroad Co.

More about the award-winning features of the project may be viewed at this recent North Carolina Construction News feature.

Awards at UNCG College of Arts & Sciences

Group photo of award winnersSeveral faculty members in the UNCG College of Arts and Sciences have received major awards from the state. They are:

Cardinal Award
Carl Goldstein (Art) – 44 years of service

Order of the Long Leaf Pine
Joshua Hoffman (Philosophy) – 41 years of service
Terrance McConnell (Philosophy) – 38 years of service
William Markham (Sociology) – 34 years of service
Margo Bender (Languages, Literatures & Cultures) – 36 years of service

Order of the Long Leaf Pine and Caswell Award
D. Gordon Bennett (Geography) – 48 years of service

The Cardinal Award, given by the governor, is newly created and was introduced July 1, 2014. This award is specifically designated for public servants who have spent thirty or more years in state or local government. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine requires a minimum of thirty years, significant community service and demonstrated excellence in service. The Richard Caswell Award Program, established in January 1998 for state employees with 45 or more years of service, is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for noteworthy extended dedicated service.

The College recognized four other retiring members as well, Lori Kerr notes:
Lynn Bresko (Development) – 17 years
Paul Duvall (Mathematics & Statistics) – 28 years
Kathe Martin (Biology) – 10 1/2 years
Elizabeth Walker (Women’s and Gender Studies) – 9 years

6-TECH will soon be 24/7

UNCG’s ITS Service Desk (6-TECH) will offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service, as of July 1.

This enhanced service is being offered to respond to the needs of UNCG’s increasing number of online students, who may be doing coursework at any hour of any day, says Vice Chancellor Jim Clotfelter.

This initiative is being accomplished without any new funds coming to ITS for this purpose.

“By providing additional training for ITS Service Operations and Support staff, we will now be able to give round-the-clock tier 1 technical support to UNCG faculty, staff, students and potential students,” says Sherry Woody, who is leading this initiative in ITS. “My staff has worked hard to prepare and we are excited to be part of this initiative.”

6-TECH was created to provide the university campus community with a single point of contact for technology support. In keeping with the ITS Vision Statement, anyone in the campus community can call one number, 336-256-TECH (8324), and get immediate technical support from the 6-TECH Service Desk  – or be directed to the proper support personnel on campus.

If they prefer, they may email 6-TECH@uncg.edu.

UNCG, WCU partner on new Communication Sciences & Disorders Ph.D program

A partnership announced last Friday by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Western Carolina University is designed to replenish the dwindling national numbers of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Language Pathology and Audiology) doctoral graduates.

The doctoral training program, dubbed Inter-institutional Distance Education Agreement for Learning and Leadership in Communication Sciences and Disorders (IDEALL CSD), will begin in January 2016.  It is available to full and part-time students.

In a 2007 national survey (Hull, 2007) of 143 university graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology, 90 percent responded that they were experiencing a shortage of available doctoral-level personnel to fill new or vacant faculty positions; 93 percent stated they were expecting the shortage of available doctoral-level faculty to continue for the foreseeable future.  Further, 55 percent indicated that they were experiencing difficulty attracting applicants for new or vacant doctoral-level faculty positions.

“The shortage is driven by a number of factors,” said Dr. Denise Tucker, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communications Science and Disorders at UNCG. “A large number of early and late retirees; more attractive employment opportunities for doctoral-level personnel in the private sector; and a lack of Ph.D students entering and graduating from doctoral programs. This shortage of CSD doctoral students is a nationwide problem.”

UNCG’s Communications and Science Disorder (CSD) Department has a long-standing, nationally ranked SLP Masters program, and in Fall 2007, their graduate program added the doctoral program.

Dr. Robert Mayo, professor and director of Graduate Studies for the UNCG CSD Ph.D program, will oversee the IDEALL CSD program at UNCG, and Dr. Billy Ogletree, Professor and Head of Western Carolina’s Communication Science and Disorders Department, will oversee the program at WCU.

Students should be able to complete the program in five to seven years.

By Joe Gallehugh
Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG’s Coleman Fellows advance entrepreneurship education

For the sixth year in a row, Dianne Welsh, director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program at UNCG, has received a Coleman Foundation grant to name three new Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and 12 Veteran Entrepreneurship Fellows.

The UNCG professors are named Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellows and will receive grant funding to help them create a new entrepreneurship course or revise an existing course to include entrepreneurship.

The new Coleman Fellows are:

  • Keith G. Debbage, professor of geography. He will revise an urban planning course to include entrepreneurship.
  • Janice I. Wassel, associate professor of gerontology. She will revise a course in silver industries (businesses that serve older adults) to include entrepreneurship.
  • Bonnie Yarbrough, adjunct lecturer in English. She will revise the Writing in the Professions course to include entrepreneurship when applying communications strategies in the workplace.

The fellows are each awarded $4,000, to support their entrepreneurship-focused teaching efforts. All fellows have doctoral degrees.

UNCG is one of 19 universities nationally to receive funding for the program from the Chicago-based Coleman Foundation. The Coleman Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to the cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship program since it started awarding grants at UNCG.

“The Coleman Fellows program has been instrumental in helping UNCG develop a cross-disciplinary environment of entrepreneurship in the classroom and through various extracurricular activities,” Welsh said. “The Coleman grant helps faculty expose students to entrepreneurial ideas and teach them about self-employment and entrepreneurship.”

The academic entrepreneurship program has won six national and international awards, including the Best Emerging Program in the United States by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Freedoms Foundation Award for Excellence in Free Enterprise Education.

In addition to the new Coleman Fellows, several faculty members were also named Coleman Veteran Fellows. Veteran Fellows are those who have been named Coleman Fellows previously. As fellows, have access to a national network of other Coleman Fellows and resources, such as opportunities to attend conferences. They also receive $2,000 that can be used for entrepreneurship education and serve as members of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Council at UNCG.

The Veteran Fellows are:

  • Stoel Burrowes, assistant professor of interior architecture
  • Bonnie Canziani, associate professor of hospitality and tourism
  • Steve Cramer, business librarian and associate director of the Coleman program at UNCG
  • Duane Cyrus, associate professor of dance
  • Donna Duffy, assistant professor of kinesiology
  • Cathy Hamilton, director of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning
  • David Holley, professor of music
  • Bill Johnson, student success coordinator in the School of Health & Human Sciences
  • Sharon Morrison, associate professor of public health education
  • Cedric Pearce, adjunct professor of chemistry
  • Chris Thomas, lecturer in art
  • Dianne Welsh, professor of entrepreneurship
  • Jennifer Yurchisin, associate professor of consumer apparel and retail studies

For information on the entrepreneurship program, visit http://entrepreneurship.uncg.edu.

Perrill, Williams, Yarbrough are i3@UNC Fellows

The University of North Carolina Office of Learning Technology and Innovation has announced the selection of 28 fellows to participate in the second annual Instructional Innovation Incubator (i3@UNC).

UNCG’s fellows, who attended a summer workshop earlier this month, are Elizabeth Perrill (Art History), Kathy Williams (HHS) and Bonnie Yarbrough (English). Details are at http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=news/2015/03/fellows-announced-2015-i3unc-workshop

The i3@UNC program supports UNC system faculty in the development of new online and blended courses that expand educational opportunities and improve student learning outcomes. Faculty participants are designated i3@UNC Fellows. Fellows work under the guidance of state and national experts in instructional technology and design to develop new online and blended courses. The program fosters a system-wide community of faculty innovators in teaching and learning.

Seals of approval, for UNCG undergrad Julie Hodgin

Photo of Julie HodginUNCG’s Julie Hodgin is not exactly on top of the world. But she’s close.

This summer she is working at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, in the marine mammal stranding and husbandry departments. She helps rehabilitate sick, starving or stranded marine life back to health in order to release them back into the wild, she explains. She is working with animals ranging from sea lions, sea otters, seals, and even walruses.

The undergraduate has dedicated her life to the conservation of these mammals, she says. Previously, she worked at the North Carolina Zoo, with seals and other animals. And her work goes back much further.

“As an active volunteer for Polar Bears International, most of my work has been focused on polar bears. Polar bears are a poster-species for climate change, simply because their ice habitat degradation is active and obvious, but the truth is that all species will be affected by a changing climate,” she explains.

Alaska is just the start of her summer adventures in conservation. A few days after leaving Alaska, she will join UNCG classmates in Costa Rica to do sea turtle research in Tortuguero. That class trip is led by Ann Somers, who teaches the course Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles at UNCG. “This course teaches students all about sea turtle biology, and how to conserve these species for future generations,” Julie says. “Throughout this course, we have been able to volunteer at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, which has given us invaluable hands-on experience with these animals.”

UNCG is known for undergraduate research and for study-abroad experiences. Julie is having adventures that are life-changing and can galvanize a career.

Follow her ecological journeys at her blog, jules-and-gems.blogspot.com.

Compiled by Mike Harris

Full story at UNCG Now.

Facilities Operations’ work information center now is “Customer Service Center”

Facilities Operations has a news item about a name change:

Facilities Operations would like to update the campus of a name change to one of our areas of responsibility. In order to better serve our customers we’ve changed the name of the “Work Information Center” to the “Customer Service Center.”

The primary mission of the Facilities Operations Customer Service Center is to provide information and support to the faculty and staff of the University concerning facility maintenance, repair and renovations.

More information about Facilities Operations/Customer Service Center is online at http://facoperations.uncg.edu

Dr. William Mills-Koonce

Photo of Dr. William Mills-KoonceDr. William Mills-Koonce (Human Development and Family Studies) recently received an award from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for his project “Integrating Demography and Biosocial Stress Models in LGBTI Family Formation. Mills-Koonce’s research explores lesbian and gay (LG) families and/or the transition to LG parenthood. Research hasn’t dabbled as frequently into “… the ecological and cultural influences on family and individual functioning,” the abstract explains. Mills-Koonce plans on using national datasets (e.g, the U.S. Census and American Community Survey) to examine statewide changes in LG family structures while simultaneously observing how LG families correlate with state-level socio-political climates and public policies.

Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh

Photo of Dr. Dianne H.B. WelshDr. Dianne H.B. Welsh (Bryan School) was on a panel discussion with Alexa L. Wesner, U.S. Ambassador to Austria, and philanthropist Selma Prodanovic. Welsh is currently Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien. The event was hosted June 22 at the AMERIKA HAUS by the U.S. Embassy Vienna, the Austrian Fulbright Commission and Fulbright Women’s Roundtable Women and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Terrence Nile

Photo of Dr. Terrence NileDr. Terrence Nile (Chemistry and Biochemistry) recently received a research grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “REU Site: A Multi-site, Multi-Institutional International REU.” The REU Site, administered by UNCG, recruits roughly eight students (UNCG and international) to travel abroad at the Universities of Bath and Bristol, UK. Participants work full time in their research lab, which ends with a program research presentation. The REU Site offers up to six UNCG credit hours. After their experience at the REU Site, all students have the opportunity to present at a ACS regional meeting and the possibility of research publication. Niles research emphases include organic and organometallic synthesis and catalysis.

Dr. Jewell Cooper

Photo of Dr. Jewell CooperDr. Jewell Cooper (Teacher Education and Higher Education) recently received an award from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation for her project “Family Real-World Literacy Project.” Cooper’s project focuses on enhancing family literacy through university, school, and community collaboration. Her project focuses on adults’ English language and literacy, children’s bilingual literacy, and family literacy activities. Cooper has created a project where university faculty, school teachers, and community partners host 12-week Saturday classes starting in the fall. The goals of these classes are to increase familial English language proficiency, which will enhance employability, and develop stronger self-efficacy for children.

See/hear: June 24, 2015

Christian Prescott is headed to Harvard University after graduating as a member of the first class at The Middle College at UNCG. He was drawn to UNCG’s middle college due to its emphasis on medicine and health.  See brief video clip on his experience at The Middle College at UNCG.

Improving Road Sign Program for NC’s agritourism industry

Photo of highway sign for Laurel Gray, Windsor Run, Shadow Springs and Raffaldini wineriesA state-run road signage program has played a key role in connecting tourists with North Carolina’s booming wine and grape industry, which supports nearly 8,000 jobs and creates an annual economic impact of $1.71 billion. While there are some concerns about the program, most stakeholders involved in the N.C. Agricultural Tourism Directional Signage Program (NCATDSP) believe the program is unique and effective for participant wineries, leads to increased visits and is vital for the growth of the industry, according to a new UNCG study.

However, the program could be more efficient, and recommendations for making that happen are included in the new study by a team at the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics.

The UNCG research team reviewed 21 different road sign programs in 10 states as part of its study of the NCATDSP, which was created by the N.C. General Assembly in 1999 to make it easier for tourists to find wineries and related businesses. The N.C. Wine and Grape Council and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services funded the report.

Among the report’s main recommendations:

  • Currently, the signage program is jointly co-administered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) and the N.C. Department of Transportation. Coordination between the two agencies should be improved to avoid confusion for wineries applying to post a sign.
  • The terms “winery” and “wine” are currently not allowed to be used on signs in the N.C. Agricultural Tourism Directional Signage Program even if “winery” is part of a business’ full name. Many other states, including California, New York and Virginia, permit the terms to be used on signs. North Carolina should look into allowing these terms to be used in the NCATDSP to help with overall branding of the industry.
  • Wineries pay the full cost of building and posting road signs, with such signs in North Carolina among the most expensive in the 10 states that were studied. Fees for interstate signs range from $25,000 to $50,000 and must be paid in full up front, which is challenging for smaller wineries. Staggered payment programs, industry-backed subsidies and insurance programs for repairing or replacing damaged signs should be explored.

UNCG Bryan School professor Joy Bhadury, associate professor Erick Byrd and executive in residence Samuel Troy authored the report, which is the latest of several that UNCG research teams have done over the past several years about various aspects of the state’s wine and grape industry.

Looking ahead: June 24, 2015

Play, ‘Common Enemy’
Friday, June 26, 8 p.m., Triad Stage

Children’s play, ‘The Boy Who Loved Monsters’
Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m., Brown Building Theatre

Art happening, Spoonmosa Sunday
Sunday, June 28, 1 p.m., Weatherspoon

Independence Day holiday observed. Offices closed.
Friday, July 3

In memoriam: Lloyd Norman

Lloyd Norman died on June 8. He had been a member of Facilities Services since 2003. His years of service included Aycock Auditorium and, before that, Elliott University Center.

Travis Hicks

Photo of Travis HicksTravis Hicks (Interior Architecture) received a grant from The Servant Center for the project “The Servant Center: Building Program Research.” A research team from the Department of Interior Architecture and the Center for Community-Engaged Design will collaborate with The Servant Center in the Glenwood neighborhood of Greensboro to arrive at a building program document for a new administrative building.

Triad Stage, UNCG Theatre team for ‘Common Enemy’

Actors rehearsing for the upcoming production of Triad Stage’s production of the new play, Common Enemy.UNCG’s The Globe and the Cosmos series is going out with a slam dunk.

Triad Stage presents “Common Enemy” June 7-28. Preston Lane, artistic director at Triad Stage and a head of the directors’ program at UNCG Theatre, has taken an Ibsen classic and created a very modern tale set squarely in North Carolina.

Basketball on tobacco road. Whistle-blowing both on the court and off. Multi-media. Scandal. Reputations in the balance. Core university values in the balance, as well.

It’s looking to be the most innovative, timely and provocative production the theater has staged.

“First of all I want to go on the record that I love both college basketball and free speech,” Lane says. As for what spurred the play, which he wrote and is directing, he says that Triad Stage Board Chair Alan Tutterow said he wished he’d update Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People to present-day Greensboro. And other things spurred him. “It might have started when Peter Alexander, dean of the (UNCG) School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and I talked about producing Bertolt Brecht’s A Life of Galileo as part of UNCG’s “Globe and Cosmos” year-long conversation about Shakespeare and Galileo. Or perhaps it started when current Board Chair Kathy Manning asked why there are so few plays set in the contemporary South.”

This one is as contemporary and as political as it gets. “My ideal political theater doesn’t tell us what to think; it asks us to examine why we think what we think we think.”

The Triad Stage summer production is a collaboration with UNCG Theatre. Of the 15 actors in the cast, eight are UNCG MFA candidates in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. Two others are UNCG alumni. Many behind the scenes are UNCG professors or alumni.

Michael Tourek, who portrays Star Robbins, is entering his second year in the UNCG Theatre MFA program.

“The first Triad Stage show I ever saw was “Brother Wolf.” As it ended, he turned to his wife, Sara Geffert. and said, “I will work at this theatre.” His first show was another Preston Lane / Laurelyn Dossett collaboration, “Beautiful Star.” The cast included former UNCG Music master’s student Rhiannon Giddens. People still stop him on the sidewalk and say, “You were that guy in Beautiful Star!”

His wife completed the UNCG Dance master’s program – which had drawn them to Greensboro. He continued his relationship with Triad Stage and got his bachelor’s at UNCG. He’d already been acting for 20 years. Inspired by the many theatre professionals involved in Triad Stage and other companies and also at UNCG Theatre – such as Denise Gabriel, Jim Wren, Christine Morris – he entered the UNCG MFA in Acting program. “They’ve pushed me even further – to own by craft.” As a result, he’s never felt so confident as an actor, he explains.

He and his family have put down roots in Greensboro – that is, when he’s not flying out to do TV or film.

His role on the ABC series “Resurrection” expanded over the last two years. His acting credits – and his Equity card – are proof of his professional chops.

Ben Baker, another Equity actor who’s a UNCG MFA student, plays a professor who has tough decisions to make and advice to give.

“Everyone’s a hypocrite. Everyone lives in ambiguity – whether they know if or not,” Baker says in explaining the “thought-provoking” play. The creative process for the actors has been very open, he says.

Baker earned his Equity card 16 years ago in a Sir Peter Hall Shakespeare repertory at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. He’d gotten his Acting BFA at New York City, but wanted a “full, broad theater education.” He saw that with specialists like John Gully, Jim Wren, Chris Morris, Jim Fisher and Denise Gabriel on the faculty at UNCG Theatre, the university was the right place at the right time in his career. He heads into his final year at UNCG, and he plans to be an actor in a large city after that.

He lauds the collaboration between Triad Stage and the UNCG Theatre. It’s rare for a theater and a university to have such strong relationship, he explains. It’s remarkable that all of his classmates are in the same production, alongside professionals from New York City and beyond. “All eight of us – it’s a tremendous thing.”

Tourek also praises the collaboration with UNCG and the opportunity the professional productions give to all of the students. “You’re expected to be a professional.” Some of them already are, with Equity cards in hand. The rest are on their way.

To see more information and to purchase tickets, visit triadstage.org/series/168/common-enemy.

By Mike Harris
Photography by Martin Kane

UNCG’s new Art Truck hits the road

Photo of students and professor looking over the Art TruckIn early May, a vibrant truck appeared outside UNCG’s Gatewood Studio Arts Building. Adorned on its sides read slogans such as “Project One Art” and “Reach In, Bring Out,” with abstract recreations of the famous Greensboro skyline.

This former U-Haul, now the “UNCG Art Truck,” appeared again on June 5, as a part of Greensboro’s monthly “First Friday” celebration downtown. It was filled with art for the public to view.

What makes the UNCG Art Truck such an impactful idea is that it brings together the community and university students. This takes the traditional gallery form, and mobilizes it for the community.

The UNCG Art Truck is an art piece itself: open to interpretation, conversation and formulating ideas amongst each other. The truck’s conception, as explained by Art Department Head Lawrence Jenkens, comes from a suggestion by faculty member Mariam Stephan, who wanted to put a garden shed on a trailer and use it for art shows. Akin to any creative process, the initial idea metamorphosed into its current purpose: transporting art beyond the campus and into the community.

Through the work of a UNCG “think tank” class led by Chris Thomas, Travis Hicks and Stoel Burrowes, the UNCG Art Truck is packed with symbols representative of the Triad community. The truck’s exterior, designed by UNCG Art professor Amy Purcell’s independent study students, stimulates the mind. Jenkens explains that the art is actually drawn from a map. There’s literally more in this art than meets the eyes.

By Christina Blankenship
Photograph courtesy UNCG Art Department


Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis swoops over UNCG

Photograph of Spirit of St. Louis at Greensboro’s Lindley Field, Oct. 14, 1927, courtesy Greensboro Historical MuseumLook up, above the campus. It’s a bird. It’s a plane … It’s the Spirit of St. Louis, piloted by Charles Lindbergh.

The celebrated plane, with Lindbergh alone in the cockpit, had been the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean non-stop. Lindbergh left New York on May 20, 1927, and touched down in Paris on May 21. He and the plane were instantly famous.

Lindbergh sailed low over the UNCG campus on Oct. 14, 1927 – a thrilling sight no doubt. He also rode through the UNCG campus, perched in an open convertible.

“N.C.C. Gives Lindy a Hearty Welcome” the Carolinian headline proclaimed.

UNCG was then known as “The North Carolina College for Women” – NCC or NCCW for short.

Fall 1927 was an exciting time for the campus. Architect Harry Barton’s new auditorium at the corner of Tate and Spring Garden provided plenty of seating for October 5 Founders Day – and the students suggested they add a ceremony at the McIver Statue as well, the Carolinian reported. It also reported that contracts were bidded out for several new buildings, including Mary Foust and Guilford Residence Halls and a home economics building that is now the oldest part of Stone Building, facing Walker Avenue. (Barton, featured in last week’s Campus Weekly, designed each of them.) Old Curry had burned the previous year, but new Curry Building, also designed by Barton, had opened.

The year was momentous for the city as well. Greensboro had just opened War Memorial Stadium, a monument to the area men who had died in the War to End All Wars. The new stadium (also designed by Barton) allowed about 20,000 to hear Lindbergh speak. People came from southern Virginia and throughout North Carolina to see the man Governor McLean introduced as “perhaps the greatest hero of the age.” (Daily News, Oct. 15)

He landed his plane at the newly opened Lindley Field – now known as Piedmont Triad International Airport. Many thousands greeted him there. A focus of his Greensboro visit, which generated a lot of press coverage, was the importance of aviation. During his brief remarks at the stadium, the former airmail pilot predicted there’d soon be a surge in airmail and even passengers in the United States, as more airfields would be built and enhanced. “For this reason I want to to bring before you the importance of backing and standing behind the aviation progress that has been inaugurated in Greensboro,” he said, according to the Oct. 15 Daily News.

A historical marker at the airport notes Greensboro’s airport becoming part of the Eastern United States’ air mail route a few months later. Air transportation in Greensboro continued to blossom over the decades – and is one of the Triad’s key industries today.

Before landing at the Greensboro airfield, he circled the city three times, the third so low “the markings on the great aircraft could be easily read,” said the next day’s Greensboro Daily News. Actually, Lindbergh buzzed the UNCG campus twice that day, judging by the Nov. 1927 Alumnae News: “Previous to landing at the airport and just before leaving the city, Colonel Lindbergh circled low over the campus in the ‘Spirit of St. Louis.’”

The Oct. 15 newspaper corroborates this account, saying he made a “pleasing final gesture” of – instead of flying straight to Winston-Salem, his only other North Carolina visit on the tour – taking time to fly again over Greensboro that early afternoon.

And the UNCG students got a close-up look as Lindy rode through campus in an open convertible.

“The Famous Aviator Smiles and Salutes as He Passes Through City” proclaimed the Greensboro Daily News.

He would donate his plane to the Smithsonian the following year, after 174 flights.

Lindbergh died four decades ago. But the repercussions of that October 1927 day – for the city of Greensboro and the Triad aviation industry – live on.

In a future CW: part 2. UNCG community lines the banks of Walker Avenue through the campus to welcome Lindbergh; alumni statewide revel in aviation theme in wake of Lindbergh’s visit.

By Mike Harris
Photograph of Spirit of St. Louis at Greensboro’s Lindley Field, Oct. 14, 1927, courtesy Greensboro Historical Museum.

Sources: Greensboro Daily News newspapers week of October 1927, courtesy Greensboro Public Library. November 2017 Alumnae News and October Carolinian student newspapers courtesy UNCG’s Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives / Digital Collection. “Lindbergh” by A. Scott Berg, 1998. “Lindbergh Alone” by Brendan Gill, 1977. Historical marker’s full text may be viewed at http://www.historicalmarkerproject.com/markers/HMKM6_lindley-field_Greensboro-NC.html. Thanks to GHM Archivist Elise Allison for providing photography from that day.

UNCG Honors College students and their articulate dragons

Photo of Olivia Wood from RomeWho knew that dragons could compose such great blog posts? Or take selfies – Do they even have an opposable thumb?

It’s a little like “Flat Stanley” – but these are unique UNCG dragons. Each UNCG Lloyd International Honors College student going abroad names their red, plush fellow traveler. And in the blog posts, they let the dragon do the talking.

Olivia Wood (or, I should say, her dragon Khaleesi) last week took us to the Roman Coliseum and Pompeii. She is part of the UNCG in Rome study program. It seems that he got into a scuffle with another plush dragon at the Coliseum, but what do you expect from dragons hearing lots of tales of gladiators? The students, on the other hand, are taking in lots of history. And discovering the joys of a tasty 2-euro Roman breakfast.

The little dragon tells us, “Olivia (that’s my human) likes seeing all the places where people like Julius Caesar and Romulus used to live.”

UNCG has been a North Carolina leader in study abroad for decades.

The LIHC mascot is the Welsh Dragon, Y Ddraig Goch, the blog intro notes. “There Be Dragons” refers to the Latin phrase “HC SUNT DRACONES (here are dragons), used on maps centuries ago to indicate uncharted waters.

A great summer activity at UNCG is sitting back and being an armchair traveler – reading the students adventures and learning around the world.

UNCG’s honors program goes back to the 1940s. It was named for Rebecca Lloyd in 2006

Read this story and see pictures – and enjoy other posts – at http://lihcdragonblog.blogspot.com/.

Find out about more study abroad opportunities at https://www.uncg.edu/ipg/sae/study_abroad_exchanges.html.

By Mike Harris