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Archives for September 2015

Giving to SECC just got easier with ePledge

Photo of staff members entering the Alumni House during the SECC campaign launch partyThe State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) ePledge system, the simplest way for UNCG employees to participate in the giving campaign, is now open for business.

UNCG encourages all employees to participate in the SECC in one of two ways: support a charity or officially opt out via the online ePledge system. Individuals who wish to opt out can follow the link in the SECC emails they receive each week. Employees will continue to receive email reminders until they participate. UNCG hopes to raise more than $200,000 for charities across the Triad and the state through this year’s campaign.

UNCG launched the 2015 SECC last week with a kickoff meeting that included powerful words from Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr.

“It’s these tough economic times that make your contribution more important than ever,” Gilliam said.

“Every donation matters. No matter how large, no matter how small.”

During the training session, SECC Committee Chair Ray Carney praised the solicitors for their work last year.

“You guys are the ones in the trenches. You should be proud.”

Carney emphasized the importance of making this campaign a positive experience for all UNCG employees, and encouraged individuals to personalize the campaign and use SECC as a way to tell their story.

While paper pledge forms are still available for employees, the ePledge system is the easiest way to participate. For more information about the campaign, visit secc.uncg.edu. To donate via ePledge, visit www.ncsecc.org/donate.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo by Martin Kane, of SECC volunteers arriving at their campaign kickoff meeting.

Mitch Croatt puts “fun” in functional groups

Photo of Dr. Mitchell Croatt works with research student in the chemistry labIt’s not hard to see why Dr. Mitchell Croatt is a favorite among UNCG students. His passion for organic chemistry is infectious and can make even the most hesitant English major want to strap on a pair of safety goggles and get in the lab. He encourages research and discourse at all levels, incorporating students from the undergraduate to the post-doctorate on his projects. And he takes an active interest in the careers of his students, spearheading programs to ensure their success after they leave UNCG.

A year ago, Croatt received a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant goes to junior faculty pursuing innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and making significant impact in their community. By focusing on both, the CAREER grant shines light on the broader impacts of scientific study.

As a CAREER grantee, the associate professor’s influence at UNCG extends far beyond the lab. Since 2011, Croatt has led a discussion series on careers in science that is popular with undergrads and post-docs alike. Every semester his panels address a different subject – most recently the underrepresentation of women and racial minorities in the scientific field. For Croatt, it’s essential to foster an environment where all voices can be heard. “I definitely wouldn’t want to lose potential chemists or scientists of any regard because they felt like they weren’t welcome or they weren’t valued.”

But what students find most engaging about Croatt is his genuine interest in helping them learn. Under his guidance, they don’t just regurgitate facts and formulas – they actually think like chemists.

Croatt’s CAREER grant supports the continued development of one of his most successful teaching innovations – a computer program to help students better understand organic chemistry. This cross between a computer game and “glorified flashcards” results from a collaboration between Croatt and UNCG Biology’s Bruce Kirchoff. The program helps students visualize and conceptualize organic chemistry through a unique approach to functional groups, the groups of atoms that determine how a molecule will behave in chemical reactions.

“If you just memorize it, then you have that image in your mind, and if I present it on the exam upside-down – and how you draw molecules is highly variable – students then don’t understand what it is,” explains Croatt. “Whereas if you really learn what makes an ether an ether, what makes an amide an amide, then you can really start to understand how it’s gonna react, how something will react with it.”

The associate professor has a new program focusing on organic reactions in the works, as well as in-browser and application versions of the programs.

An innovative spirit also characterizes Croatt’s work in the lab. His research projects, which boast funding from the National Institutes of Health and the NC Biotechnology Center, generally fall into two camps. The first is medicinal chemistry. Croatt’s lab creates analogs of molecules, using processes that allow for modification of their individual components. His research focuses on finding ways to make medicinal compounds as simply and efficiently as possible, with the ultimate goal of lowering the costs of pharmaceuticals. Croatt’s second, more general area of focus is new reaction design and development, where he explores novel ways to synthesize molecules.

Full story at UNCG Research web site.

By Ben Tasho with Emma Toxler

Southern soul, at Our State

Photo of Elizabeth Hudson speaks with poet and faculty member Terry Kennedy and other attendees at book signingThere’s a yellowed piece of paper with a jagged edge pinned above Elizabeth Hudson’s desk at Our State magazine. On it, there’s a list penned in tight cursive of nine definitive characteristics of Southern fiction: deep involvement in place, family bonds, celebration of eccentricity, strong narrative voice, themes of human endurance, local tradition, sense of impending loss, pervasive sense of humor in the face of tragedy and an inability to leave the past behind.

Hudson jotted down those words as an undergraduate student at UNCG in Charles Davis’ Southern Fiction class. Now, she uses those characteristics as a guide to build each issue of Our State magazine.

“This is exactly how I make a magazine every month,” Hudson told the group that gathered Sept. 23 at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries event in Alumni House.

Hudson began her career at Our State 18 years ago, but her journey there began long before.

As a child, Hudson was an avid reader, devouring any book she could get her hands on. After high school, Hudson went to Appalachian State University before she dropped out in the middle of her freshman year. When she returned home to the small town of Farmer, she got a job driving the tram around the North Carolina zoo. Before long, however, Hudson decided to return to her studies. She attended Randolph Community College for several semesters and then transferred to UNCG.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” she said, but adds that she did know that she wanted to read.

“I started signing up for English classes,” Hudson said.

But she didn’t stick to classes just in the English department.

“This is the kind of school that lets you explore with a lot of things,” she said.

Hudson said she “dabbled” in a number of subjects, including geography and film. In the geography classes, she developed a “sense of place,” and the film courses strengthened her storytelling skills.

“Everything that happened here somehow stayed with me,” she said.

“I’ve had every editorial role that exists in publishing,” she said, explaining that she became an editorial assistant at Our State before moving up to associate editor and now to editor-in-chief, a position she’s held for six years.

“I really love it here,” Hudson said. “Every single month I get paid to read really good stories.”

Since Hudson began in 1997, Our State magazine has grown from 40,000 to 178,000 subscribers.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Story by Jeanie Groh, University Relations
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Relations. Hudson speaks with poet and faculty member Terry Kennedy and other attendees at book signing.

Did you know Elizabeth Hudson once won the UNCG Magazine fiction writing contest? Read the winning story here. The illustration was by former UNCG faculty member Suzanne Cabrera, who also illustrated her new book, she noted.

UNCG is a picture of health

Photo of UNCG students, faculty and staff gathered at Moran Commons listening to Chancellor GilliamUNCG students, faculty and staff gathered at Moran Commons and Plaza Tuesday to hear the big news:

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is one of just five universities in the United States to receive the 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award.

Active Minds, a national nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues, announced this morning that five campuses across the nation have been recognized as leaders in prioritizing health and demonstrating innovation and excellence in promoting student well-being. UNCG joins Cornell University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Minnesota and Western Washington University as the nation’s leaders in creating a culture of health on campus.

“The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is leading some of the nation’s most innovative efforts to create a healthy college community,” said Sara Abelson, vice president of student health and wellness at Active Minds. “UNCG’s efforts are a model for campuses nationwide and demonstrate what is possible when students, staff, faculty and administrators from across an entire university work together so that every student has the opportunity to thrive.”

For more information about how you can stay healthy on campus, visit shs.uncg.edu.

Full story is at UNCG Now news site.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photograph by Martin Kane

Nominate an outstanding student for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society

The Golden Chain Honor Society was organized in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the University community. “Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the university with students of today and those generations yet to come. The organization is unique to the UNCG campus. Members embody the characteristics of: leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity, and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for fall 2015 inductions. Candidates this fall must be seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. The nomination form can be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain/ and should be returned to Casey Fletcher at cmfletch@uncg.edu by Friday, Oct. 9. Nominations may be submitted by students, faculty, Golden Chain alumni and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee.)

Tackling the stigma: Football player Keith O’Neil speaks on bipolar disorder

Keith O’Neil will come to UNCG to share his personal journey of his struggle and triumph in living with bipolar disorder. O’Neil is a former NFL player who played for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants.

UNCG’s Department of Social Work along with the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, NAMI Guilford, and Sanctuary House will sponsor the talk by O’Neil on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at Aycock Auditorium at 7 p.m.  This free event is open to the community.

The organizers invite students, mental health professionals, educators, first responders, community advocates, civic and faith leaders, and anyone who wants to learn more about mental health and wellness. His trip to the Triad is not about his Super Bowl XLI ring or his football legacy but rather to share his personal story of playing in the NFL with an undiagnosed mental illness. He is currently writing a book and speaking to helping others who suffer with mental health issues. He is president and founder of the 4th and Forever Foundation, which brings awareness to mental health and funds research for mental illness.

The host organizations have a common goal of educating the community on the importance of good mental health, connecting people to the mental health support they need, and eradicating prejudice against people with mental illness.

Taking the high road to better data

The presentation “Responsible Conduct of Research: Taking the High Road to Better Data” will be offered by the Office of Research Integrity.

The training session in responsible conduct of research practices includes topics such as Conflict of Interest in Research, Questionable Research Practices, Data Management, Authorship, and Mentor/Mentee Relationships.

The training will be Friday, October 30, 2-3:15 p.m, School of Education, Room 120. Refer to http://integrity.uncg.edu/rcr-training-resources/ for location updates.

Another resource for staff: a Staff Relations Committee

There’s a new UNCG Staff Senate committee, for UNCG staff.

The Staff Relations Committee plans to operate on the principle of confidentiality and informality in offering staff the opportunity to discuss concerns and intends to suggest options and resources to staff members for resolution.

“It’s a safe place to come talk,” explains committee chair Maggie Capone-Chrismon, past co-chair of Staff Senate.

The Staff Relations Committee will collaborate with staff in key areas, focusing on issues that may adversely impact the university community. These key areas include, but are not limited to, the Department of Human Resources, the Legislative Liaison, Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Students, and the Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence.

The Staff Relations Committee plans to:

  • Listen
  • Help identify options
  • Suggest referrals to other resources
  • Consult with groups on development of policies and procedures.

The membership will be made up of one Staff Senate chair-elect, one immediate past chair, and one current chair. Rod Wyatt, director of Human Relations & chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, serves on the committee as ex officio.

Chair Maggie Capone-Chrismon may be reached at 334-3502 or mgchrism@uncg.edu. Kim Zinke, who is a Staff Senate co-chair, may be reached at 334-5445 or kpzinke@uncg.edu.

Triad Interprofessional Health Education Collaborative next session Oct. 8

About a year ago academic leaders from UNCG, High Point University and North Carolina A&T established a collaborative working group with the goal of developing high quality interprofessional education and practice (IPE & P) experience for our health professional students. That includes nursing, PA, and social work students. The challenges of creating an IPE & P collaboration among three universities are enormous, but great progress is being made. To launch the initiative, the three universities have planned a small pilot consisting of three workshops this year. The first workshop was Sept. 10, 2015. The others are Oct. 8, 2015, and Feb. 4, 2016.

On Sept. 10, 2015, the first Triad Interprofessional Health Collaborative Student Workshop took place in the Cone Moses Hospital AHEC Conference Rooms. The workshop was planned and implemented by UNCG School of Nursing faculty Robin Remsburg, Heidi Krowchuk, Susan Denman, Sue Letvak, and Angela Newman, along with faculty from the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, UNCG Department of Social Work, NC A&T School of Nursing and Department of Social Work, and High Point University’s School of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences, Physical Therapy program, and Physician Assistant program.

There was time for group / team formation and team building; learning more about the various disciplines; and delving into principles of effective IP communication as well as strategies to improve it. The session ended with a group simulation experience with a standardized patient.

‘Hairspray’ musical at Taylor Theatre

Group photo of student actors during dress rehearsalThe first UNCG musical of the year kicks off this week with a whole lot of spunk, hip-shaking and, of course, hairspray.

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) is coming together to produce the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” from Oct. 1-8 at UNCG’s Taylor Theatre.

“Hairspray” has been on th school’s musical docket for a number of years, and the faculty, students and staff couldn’t be more excited for this production.

“When we started talking about ‘Hairspray,’ everything just clicked,” said Jody Kaizen, UNCG Theatre manager and arts administration program director. “It has a powerful message, and it’s really relevant to a lot of the race relations issues that are happening right now.”

UNCG has brought in guest director and choreographer Amy McCleary, a seasoned theater professional who’s worked as a director, choreographer and performer at theaters across the nation.

Justin Cowan ’14, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music degree in conducting, is working alongside McCleary as the show’s musical director.

Behind the scenes, UNCG students are doing it all. The set and lights were designed by MFA design students and built by both undergraduate and graduate students. All of the costume design was done by UNCG senior Terry Baker. The orchestra is a combination of students, faculty and alumni from the music department.

Given the growing interest in musical theater from SMTD students, Cowan has led an effort to expand UNCG’s musical theater curriculum. Last year, he teamed up with UNCG alumnus Dominick Amendum ‘01, the musical director of Broadway’s “Wicked,” on a course titled “Audition Techniques for Musical Theater.” The students received private coaching and instruction from Cowan and Amendum – an opportunity that was truly once-in-a-lifetime. The course is being offered again this year, along with three new musical theater classes.

What can the audience expect from “Hairspray”? A lot of fun and a lot of laughs.

Students, faculty, staff and the Greensboro community are invited to attend one of “Hairspray’s” eight showings, including the “Pay What You Can” preview on Oct. 1. You can purchase tickets at the Taylor Theatre Box Office located at 402 Tate Street in Room 115 of the Brown Building or online at theatre.uncg.edu. Tickets are also available by phone at 336-334-4392 (Taylor Theatre) or 336-272-0160 (Triad Stage).

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Full story at UNCG Now news site.

Keeping logs of student complaints

Federal regulations require that institutions keep logs of student complaints.  The Office of Assessment and Accreditation, the Dean of Students Office and the Office of the General Counsel are offering a workshop that will clarify the processes surrounding these logs.  This workshop should be attended by assistant/associate deans, department heads, administrative assistants, and anyone else who collects student complaints.  The goals are to help the attendees understand the definition of “student complaint” and understand the expectations around collection of the logs.

The dates, times and locations are:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. in the Kirkland Room, EUC
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. in 140 McIver
  • Thursday, November 19, 11 a,m, in 140 McIver

Questions? Email kpzinke@uncg.edu.

Stuart Dischell

Photo of Stuart DischellThe Contemporary Classics Poetry Series of Carnegie Mellon University Press will reissue Professor Stuart Dischell’s collection “Evenings & Avenues” (1996) and the 1991 National Poetry Series Prize winning collection “Good Hope Road” in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Mental illnesses and gene-environment interactions

UNCG’s Kendon Smith Lectures will be held Oct. 1-2, 2015.

The UNCG Department of Psychology presents the series with the topic “Gene-Environment Interactions in Psychopathology and Beyond.”

The series features Dr. Avshalom Caspi (Duke University), Dr. Danielle M. Dick (Virginia Commonwealth University), Dr. Ahmad Hariri (Duke University), and Dr. Stephen B. Manuck (University of Pittsburgh).

The organizer is Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Click here to access the schedule and location of each talk.

The Kendon Smith Lecture Series is an endowed annual event that brings international experts to the UNCG campus to discuss specific themes in psychology that are of interest to the academic community and the public.

3MT master’s theses and doctoral dissertation competition deadline

Each November, The UNCG Graduate School hosts the Three Minute Thesis / Dissertation Competition (3MT). Graduate students convey the essence and importance of their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research in an engaging way to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes and with one PowerPoint slide. Limited to the first 60 eligible registrants, entrants are challenged to a rapid fire competition. Ten finalists will have the opportunity to compete before a panel of judges and community audience for prizes including $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for the People’s Choice award. The first place winner will also receive transportation and hotel accommodations to attend the annual Conference of Southern Graduate School regional 3MT Competition.

The deadline to enter is Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Register at http://grs.uncg.edu/3mt.

Alianza promotes dialogue/collaboration around Hispanic/Latin@ issues

Since 2013, UNCG’s Alianza has been a gathering point for university employees who are interested in collaborating around issues that impact Hispanic/Latin@ staff as well as initiatives that enhance activity on campus related to the Hispanic/Latin@ diaspora.

According to the Office of Institutional Research 2014-2015 Fact Book, there were 65 university employees who self-identified as Hispanic. This figure represented 2.76 percent of total number of employees.  The Student Data Profile showed that in 2014, there were 1,128 graduate and undergraduate students who self-identified as Hispanic/Latin@.  This figure represented 6 percent of the total number of undergraduate and graduate students.

Augusto Peña, the recently arrived new director of the Office of Intercultural Engagement, has been selected as the convener for the 2015-16 academic year.  Augusto’s record of service to and within the Hispanic/Latin@ community includes having served as chair of the Education subcommittee of the North Carolina Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.  He has lived and traveled extensively throughout Latin America and has taught a short-term service-learning course in his home country of Nicaragua for the past three years.  Other steering group members for Alianza include Kattya Castellon, Associate Director of Admissions; Dr. Amy Williamson, chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Pat Levitin, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions; and Dr. Jim Settle, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

A complete list of meeting dates and times during the 2015-2016 academic year is posted at oie.uncg.edu.  All university employees are welcome.  For questions about Alianza, contact Augusto by phone at 336-334-5090 or email at aepenaes@uncg.edu.

Sharon Morrison heeds call in Syrian refugee crisis

Photo of Dr. Sharon D. MorrisonAs millions of Syrian refugees continue to pour into the European Union, the world is being called on to aid in the inevitable process of resettlement outside of Syria.  The Obama administration has responded with promises of finding resettlement of 10,000 Syrians within the United States.

Public Health Education Associate Professor Dr. Sharon D. Morrison is part of a group of professionals and voluntary agencies (VOLAGS) heeding the call to respond to the refugee crisis by providing cultural competency training and outreach.

She is headed to Austria in October for an educational group visit sponsored by the Association of Refugee Service Professionals.  She leaves Oct. 10. This unique group of academic and refugee service providers will meet with the Vienna office of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the UNHCR and IOM officials who are all working to process and resettle hundreds of Syrian refugees and asylum seekers

A research fellow with the Center for New North Carolinians, Dr. Morrison is a well-respected local leader in educating on health outcomes, integration challenges and empowerment strategies of newly arrived and post-resettled refugees in the Triad region of North Carolina.

For Morrison, efforts to understand the pre-arrival experiences and challenges has taken her to Malaysia to observe UNHCR processing and cultural orientation of Burmese refugees being resettled in North America and Europe.  She was also part of a delegation to Rwanda and visited Congolese refugees housed in camps in that country.

North Carolina has seen a dramatic increase in foreign-born nationals since the mid-1980s.

“We have three resettlement agencies in Guilford County,” says Morrison.  Church World Service, African Service Coalition, and World Relief will likely be working with new Syrian community members as asylum is granted. The education and training efforts by  Morrison and these VOLAGS will be critical to ensuring a welcoming and facilitative environment for those who are fleeing from Syria without a choice and without a home.

Looking ahead: Sept. 30, 2015

Talk, “Truth and Reconciliation in Greensboro,” Spoma Jovanovic
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m., Pecky Cypress Room, Alumni House

Talk, Bill Ferris and Joel Williamson, “Maud Gatewood: Artistic Voice of the South”
Thursday, Oct. 1, Weatherspoon Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.

Musical, “Hairspray”
Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Theatre

Psychology topics, Kendon Smith Lectures
Thursday-Friday, Oct. 1-2

Forum on strategic planning
Monday, Oct. 5, 3-5 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Staff Senate meeting, with Chancellor Gilliam
Thursday, Oct. 8, Alumni House, 10 a.m.

Strategic Planning forum Monday, Oct. 5

Attend Monday’s strategic planning forum to share your input on themes that have emerged from the campus stakeholder discussions over the last year.

The forum will be held Oct. 5, 3-5 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building.

An additional forum will be held Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium.

Each session will begin with a 30-minute presentation from Chancellor Gilliam.

Status of Black women and girls in the U.S.

The African American & African Diaspora Studies (AADS) program at UNCG will host a Conversation with the Community on “The Status of Black Women and Girls in the U.S.” on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. in the UNCG Curry Auditorium, Room 225. Join a discussion on the status of Black women and girls in the United States. Students, faculty, and community members will discuss the social, economic and cultural forces that shape the lives of Black women and girls, and how they are responding to these forces.

Dr. Perry Flynn

Photo of Dr. Perry FlynnDr. Perry Flynn (Communication Sciences and Disorders) has received funding from Phoenix Academy for a “Speech Language Pathology Service Contract with Phoenix Academy.” The purpose of this agreement is to provide speech and language therapy services to children in the Phoenix Academy who qualify for these services.


Speaking Center Director Kim Cuny and Assistant Director Erin Ellis have each published an essay in the new book “Communicating Advice.”  Both essays cover working in the UNCG Speaking Center with UNCG students.

In Cuny’s essay she explores consultant engagement as a means to encourage a steward mentality among her staff. Cuny finds that emphasizing stewardship and satisfaction leads to a staff more willing to take on tasks and who have a stronger commitment to the center itself.

Ellis leans on her work as both trainer and trainee as she urges incorporating creative and cooperative activities when training student employees. In this essay, she extends the training literature to include small group activities that are cooperative over competitive and to incorporate food into training events.

UNCG launches 2015 SECC giving campaign

Photo of volunteers listening to Chancellor Gilliam during the 2015 SECC Kick-offUNCG kicked off its 2015 State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) today with one goal in mind: raise $200,000 for charities across the Triad and the state.

UNCG lives out its motto of “Service” each year with the SECC, an annual giving campaign for state employees that allows participants to support more than 1,000 charitable organizations. UNCG is known statewide for being a leader in giving back, a reputation that the university plans to uphold. In 2014, UNCG received the SECC Chairman’s Award for being first in giving for universities with 1,500-4,999 employees. UNCG also received the Top Ten Award after placing sixth in total giving out of all state government agencies, many of which are much larger than UNCG. Looking ahead to this year’s campaign, the committee is excited for a little friendly competition.

“We have a lot to be proud of here at UNCG in our support of the SECC,” said Ray Carney, SECC committee chair and Sullivan Science Building operations manager. “Over the years, UNCG has been extremely giving. It just shows how much we care.”

The university’s 89 SECC solicitors, all faculty and staff, celebrated the launch with a campaign kickoff earlier today at the Alumni House. The event featured a training session to prepare for the next eight weeks.

According to Michele Laudenbacher, SECC committee facilitator and budget/finance manager in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, faculty and staff get really excited during this time of year. For many, including herself, there’s a personal connection tied to giving back – the nonprofits that many employees support are near and dear to their hearts. Not only is participation rewarding, but Laudenbacher says it’s fun to come together as a campus community.

“We are a family,” Laudenbacher said. “This really is a concrete exhibition of that.”

The more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations include big names like the United Way of Greater Greensboro and Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina, as well as smaller organizations in the Triad and surrounding areas. Carney encourages employees to do some research and check out smaller nonprofits who often have fewer funds but support just as worthy causes.

UNCG asks all faculty and staff members to participate in one of two ways: give to an organization or officially opt-out via the paper/online pledge forms. Each employee’s decision is personal and completely anonymous.

Faculty and staff can complete a paper pledge form starting today and an ePledge form starting Sept. 28. The campaign runs from Sept. 22-Nov. 13. For more information about how you can make a difference with SECC, visit secc.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photo by Martin Kane, of this week’s kickoff SECC meeting for volunteers

With the Staff: August / Early September

Dorndra Johnson, Psychology; Silvio Almeida, Housekeeping; Hope Warren, Housekeeping; Ashley Hill, Campus Activities & Programs; Curtis Harsten, Housekeeping; Pamara Carter, Housekeeping; Jermaine Williams, Athletics; Kimberly Moody, School of Nursing; Christina Groves, Educational Research Methodology; Ashley Trebisacci, Dean’s Office, School of HHS; Alyssa Wharton, Math and Statistics; Amber Crocker, Human Development & Family Studies; Jeanie Groh, University Relations; Angel Biegert, Human Development & Family Studies; Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations; Morgan Glover, University Relations; Calvin Holloway, Human Resources; Erica Yamaguchi, School of Nursing; Emily Barringer, Elliott University Center; Tamara Holtzmann, Human Development & Family Studies; Nicosia Henry, Enrollment Services; Valerie McConnell, Weatherspoon Art Museum

Rick Dunning, Parking Services; Lizabeth Hanes, Parking Services; Sarah Wingerter, Human Development & Family Studies; Geraldine Coppedge, Housekeeping

Dr. Maha Elobeid

Photo of Dr. Maha ElobeidDr. Maha Elobeid (Center for New North Carolinians) received renewed funding from the DHHS Office of Refugee Resettlement for “Micro-Enterprise for Refugees in the Triad.” Refugees, who traditionally have found employment in factories, have been among the hardest hit with the shortage of jobs and employment opportunities in the Triad area, the abstract states. There is also the problem of not having funds or resources to start up micro-enterprises for those refugees who have the skills, knowledge and experience to do so. This grant will provide loans to refugees who are selected based on experience, knowledge and skills to start up or expand an existing business. A revolving loan fund will be set up to provide for approximately 21 loans for around $4,500 each to selected refugees. The refugees will receive training on credit establishment, business plans, and business management and will be monitored to ensure that they are able to manage their business and repay the loan.


Dr. Kelly Wester and Dr. Keith Mobley (Counseling and Educational Development) received a continuation of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for “Enhancing Evidence-based Clinical Internships.” The Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers CACREP-accredited master’s degree in Counseling. Seventy-five full-time students focusing on the at-risk youth population are anticipated to be eligible for clinical internship funding between 2014-2017. This funding will help support and train master’s-level counselors in their clinical internship and provide training in evidenced-based practices to these students and the primary care staff at their site placements.

Dr. Deborah Cassidy

Photo of Dr. Deborah CassidyDr. Deborah Cassidy (HDFS) received new funding from the Guilford County Partnership for Children. The project will address a critical need in Guilford County – the improvement of quality in community child care settings. The project addresses activities for family child care homes and centers including professional development, program enhancement through individual consultation, community learning sessions and workforce retention strategies including compensation. UNCG through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (where the Birth through Kindergarten Teaching Licensure program is housed) will provide project leadership through advising and consultation. The project will be conducted in Guilford County early care and education programs.

Strategic Planning forums Oct. 5 and Oct. 27

Aerial photo looking down College Avenue with students walkingAttend one of the following strategic planning forums to share your input on themes that have emerged from the campus stakeholder discussions over the last year.

The forums will be held:
Oct. 5, 3-5 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building
Oct. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Each session will begin with a 30-minute presentation from Chancellor Gilliam designed to share the themes and the way in which the ideas have been shaped by him with input from the strategic planning committee.

You may provide your reaction, thoughts and input at the sessions. Additionally, there will be a place on the strategic planning website to submit input for those not able to attend.

Enjoy UNCG’s Asian Autumn Festival Oct. 3

Group photo of Peter Dola and Roberto Campo (l-r), at last year’s festivalUNCG’s 2015 Asian Autumn Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium and surrounding areas.

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

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

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

Photograph of Peter Dola and Roberto Campo (l-r), at last year’s festival

Hodgkins’ NEH grant fuels foundational George Herbert resource

Portrait photo of Dr. Christopher Hodgkins reading a bookDr. Christopher Hodgkins, professor of English, has been awarded a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant. The money will be used to support co-editor Hodgkins and Robert Whalen of Northern Michigan University (NMU), in producing “George Herbert: Complete Prose, with Latin and Greek Verse.”

A once-in-several-generations project, Hodgkins’ and Whalen’s edition will provide a foundational resource for Herbert studies. When completed, it will include digital captures of all known manuscripts and first print editions of Herbert’s works—all of the latter housed in the Special Collections of UNCG’s Walter Clinton Jackson Library. The edition also will present original-spelling transcriptions linked to the high-resolution images of each manuscript or print page; edited texts, partially modernized; translations of the Latin and Greek works; and a scholarly apparatus that includes a full set of textual and critical annotations. Constructed as an XML database, the finished product will yield both a digital version accessible and searchable through conventional web browsers and a manuscript for print publication. Together with generous support from UNCG and NMU, the award funds all aspects of production over a three-year period.

George Herbert (1593-1633) was a near contemporary of John Donne and William Shakespeare, public orator at Cambridge University and a priest in the Church of England before the English Civil War.

He is best known, however, as one of the “metaphysical” poets and author of The Temple, widely considered the finest volume of devotional verse in the language. A poet’s poet, his influence as a master of form and technique has reached across the centuries to inform the works of Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill, to name but a few of his artistic progeny.

“Complete Prose, with Latin and Greek Verse” is a major expansion of Hodgkins’ and Whalen’s previous edition of Herbert’s English poetry, The Digital Temple. This earlier project, also funded by the NEH, was published in 2013 by University of Virginia Press and selected that year by the American Library Association’s Choice as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles. It can be found by all UNCG students, faculty and staff at http://digitaltemple.rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/ via the databases supported by Jackson Library.

More at UNCG Research.

Register for Miles for Wellness Challenge, Be Entered to Win a FitBit

Ready for a walk – to help keep in shape and enjoy some exercise? This year’s Miles for Wellness Challenge is right around the corner and registration has begun.

The title of the fall 2015 Challenge is “Plymouth Pilgrimage: A Thanksgiving Trail.” The challenge starts Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Participants will “virtually” walk from one Plymouth town to the next across the United States, just as we approach Thanksgiving.

Who knew there were so many cities named Plymouth, in so many states?

Compete against offices and departments at UNCG, as well as across the state. Each UNCG employee registered who completes all 8 weeks of the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a FitBit activity tracker. The winning UNCG team will be recognized here in Campus Weekly and will receive a luncheon provided by HealthyUNCG.

Registration is taking place now through Oct. 1.

To register, go to: MilesforWellness.nc.gov

Or call Hadley at 919-807-4800 for more information.

Grooving to the music, as you age

Photo of Dr. Rebecca AdamsDr. Rebecca Adams loves music. A leading scholar on the fans of the Grateful Dead and other musical acts, she saw her first Dead show in 1970. She was there for every show in Chicago this summer, as the Grateful Dead played their final shows as a band. Come hear her talk about her research and scholarly publications on the topic of aging Deadheads.

“Music and Aging: Deadheads and other Babyboomers”
Wednesday • Sept. 30, 2015 • Noon – 1:15 p.m.
UNCG • Stone Building Edwards Lounge – Free admission

Dr. Rebecca Adams, UNCG Gerontology Program director, has explored connections between music and identity since she taught research methods and social theory to UNCG sociology graduate students by taking them on tour with the Grateful Dead in the summer of 1989. (See CW story.)

In this talk, Adams provides an overview of the effects of aging on music performance and consumption and the challenges they pose to identity and community, specifically for aging Deadheads and other baby boomers who have been avid consumers of music throughout their lives.

Please bring your lunch to enjoy during GROWTH presentations. Seating is limited. Pay parking is available in three UNCG parking decks.

Tie-dye is optional, by the way.

To attend, RSVP indicating this specific event and your name, e-mail and phone to gerontology@uncg.edu or to 336-256-1020.

Save the date for another GROWTH presentation, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, 12:30-2 p.m.

Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey

At last year’s Faculty Convocation, Provost Dana Dunn focused her remarks on the changing landscape in higher education.

At this year’s convocation, held Sept. 16, she presented the findings from last spring’s COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey. COACHE is the Collaborate on Academic Careers in Higher Education.

“It’s a climate survey,” she noted. It explains how faculty feel about a wide range of issues, but very seldom provides any insight into why they feel the way they do. Satisfaction with one’s work is the result of two key things: one’s expectations and the workplace conditions they experience. It’s the intersection of the two that determine how satisfied or dissatisfied we are, she explained.

Unfortunately, the COACHE survey doesn’t really get at why we are dissatisfied, she said. “The keys to improvement lie in the realm of the why.”

The findings and the complete survey results are available to faculty at the Provost Office’s web site.

Over half of the faculty completed the survey, she noted. UNCG faculty view tenure policies, tenure clarity, divisional leadership and department quality as areas of strength. The greatest areas of dissatisfaction related to time spent on university service and teaching, personal and family policies, health and retirement benefits, and senior leadership.

She called for a committee to mine the data and identify actionable recommendations for improving faculty satisfaction. Each dean has recommended a faculty member to serve and Faculty Senate will recommend three additional members.

By Mike Harris

UNCG will provide space for start-ups at HQ Greensboro

UNCG is once again leading the way in entrepreneurship with the announcement that the Office of Innovation Commercialization (OIC) is partnering with HQ Greensboro.

UNCG’s OIC and the city’s newest co-working space have teamed up to provide an office suite supporting the university’s spin-out companies and entrepreneurs. The new suite will be next to the joint UNCG/NC A&T University Engagement Office in HQ Greensboro that opened this summer.

One of UNCG’s many resources devoted to entrepreneurial ventures, the OIC commercializes discoveries developed on campus. When faculty, students and staff create a new product or conduct research that has the potential to translate into a sustainable business model, the OIC offers a wide range of support.

“I think having our early-stage companies working in this new space will really help them grow and get exposure,” said Staton Noel, director of the OIC. “We’re excited to be a part of the start-up ecosystem that is really taking off in Greensboro.”

The space will allow for up to 10 companies to have membership access for approximately six months to one year before establishing headquarters outside of UNCG and HQ Greensboro. Several UNCG spin-out companies and licensees are already lined up to use the space, including Dynamic Mail Management LLC, a software-based solution for mailroom management, and Prevention Strategies LLC, a service providing program development and evaluation to improve the health and wellness of young people.

If you have an innovation that you would like to disclose to the OIC or if you’d like to learn more about the HQ Greensboro space and other OIC initiatives, visit innovate.uncg.edu.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Full story at UNCG Now.

Thomas Matyok heads to Germany on Fulbright in December, for Peace and Conflict Studies

Photo of Dr. Thomas MatyokDr. Thomas Matyok was a career US Army infantry officer, serving 23 years before retiring from active duty.

Now, he is an integral part of UNCG’s Peace and Conflict Studies faculty. He is both the department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies.

The UNCG program focuses on conflict transformation and management, addressing peacebuilding at interpersonal, community, national, and regional levels.

Matyok has been at UNCG eight years. He has seen the department grow; undergraduate and graduate on-campus and online enrollments are strong, and distance learners have full accessibility to every course within its graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs.

“Greensboro is an excellent place to study and gain experience as a practitioner in peace building and conflict transformation, the community is a lab for the (program’s) students. There are opportunities for engagement with businesses, government and the many non-profits in the area,” he says.

His doctoral focus was on modern-day slavery at sea on international merchant ships. His research focus now is on the real-world creators of peace.

“What institutions of peace are present and how are they contributing to the construction of modern-day societies?” he asks. He gives as an example a military conflict drawing to a close:

“The military does its job. But (then the issue is) how to build institutions to ensure violence does not re-emerge?”

Some may pursue a “rational actor” approach assuming everyone will act just as expected. But in fact, he says, people after a war or a conflict are motivated by many things. “They’re human – not always driven by logic and calculations.”

Peacebuilding and conflict transformation is a rewarding field. Practitioners and researchers can make a great impact.

He and the department have created a dual-degree option with Germany’s University of Konstanz. He explains that UNCG’s program is more focused on peace and conflict studies on the interpersonal and community level. Konstanz’s program is more geared toward the regional and national level.

By students spending time in each department, they’ll see engagement and peacebuilding perspectives on both the micro and macro levels.

Starting in December, he’ll teach two courses and conduct research in Germany, funded by a Fulbright fellowship. He will teach Peace Operations: Analyzing, Assessing, and Preventing Violent Conflict. He will also conduct research on Re-defining Global Civil Society Development Through Multiple Student Exchange Options.

His current teaching tends to revolve around the institutions of peace, he explains. “What peace institutions build a modern-day society?”

A particular research interest is the role of religion and religious leaders in peacebuilding and conflict management. The role is often positive – and complex. Last year, he co-edited the volume “Peace on Earth: The Role of Religion in Peace and Conflict Studies.” Recently the United States Army War College Press published “Religion: A Missing Component of Professional Military Education.”

As a visiting research professor at the United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute – where he currently has a three year appointment – he has taught courses on conflict analysis and the role of religion. He will return there next year to teach as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Army War College. He also plans to conduct research in the areas of strategic policy and securing U.S. interests in an era of persistent irregular and hybrid conflict.

By Mike Harris

Quintal will be honored for advocacy of underrepresented businesses

Photo of Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Jorge QuintalAssociate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Jorge Quintal will receive an inaugural HUB Advocate Award for his work promoting and advocating for historically underutilized businesses.

Quintal will receive the award during the MED Week Award Luncheon Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. The award and luncheon are part of the City of Greensboro’s first Minority Enterprise Development Week.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the work my colleagues and I do in encouraging minority- and women-owned businesses to compete for business opportunities from the UNCG,” Quintal said.

The purpose of the MED Week is to provide business development opportunities to companies and celebrate the accomplishments of minority and women businesses in the past year.

Quintal and the other HUB Advocate Award winners were selected by the Greensboro MED Week Committee, which is made up of representatives from the City of Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina A&T State University, UNCG, Guilford Tech and Guilford County Schools.

Other winners of the award are Andrew Perkins of NC A&T, Deena Hayes-Greene of Guilford County Schools and Steve Drew of the City of Greensboro.

By Mark Tosczak