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Archives for September 2015

Looking ahead: Sept. 23, 2015

Talk, Elizabeth Hudson, Our State magazine editor
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House

Forum on harassment and violence
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Cone Ballroom, EUC

Talk, ‘Candidates, Campaigns and Chaos: 2016 Presidential Primaries’
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 120, School of Education Building

Art reception, “Remembering Maud Gatewood”
Thursday, Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m., Gatewood Building

Interactive exhibition, “Vintage Viands” taste-testing
Friday, Sept. 25, noon to 2:30 p.m., Jackson Library 2nd floor

Women’s soccer vs. Western Carolina
Friday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

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

International Housekeepers Week

Our university celebrates UNCG housekeepers.

International Housekeepers Week will be Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2015.

Facility Services will have an ice cream social Sept. 28. An awards celebration will be held Sept. 29, with speaker Vice Chancellor Charles Maimone. A departmental picnic will be held Oct. 2.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Facility Services Department at 334-5997.

Research with human subjects

The Office of Research Integrity announces its fall training session in Human Subjects Research for graduate students and faculty. This training is conducted to meet the federal requirements for research with human subjects and to fulfill the requirement to submit an IRB application to the UNCG IRB. This session is offered as an alternative to CITI training.

The training will be Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, 9-11 a.m., Moore HRA Building, Room 2711. Register to attend at https://workshops.uncg.edu – click “Office Of Research Workshops.”

Spartan Fitness Competition Oct. 2

The Department of Campus Recreation brings you The Spartan Fitness Competition. It is is open to Student Rec Center members and current UNCG students. The SFC is designed for individuals to test their strength and endurance. The event will be held on Oct. 2 at noon and registration information can be found on the Campus Rec website at this link: Are you Spartan Strong?

Deadlines for award nominations

Several of UNCG’s highest awards and honors are accepting nominations. The deadlines for nominations are approaching.

Make nomination for O. Max Gardner Award, system’s highest honor for scholarship and creative activity
Deadline is Sept. 30.

Make nominations for 2015-16 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors awards
Deadline is Oct. 6.

Nominate candidates for honorary degrees
Deadline is Nov. 2.

Free info session for students interested in transferring to UNCG

UNCG will hold a free information session the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 6, for students who want to learn more about transferring to UNCG to complete an undergraduate degree. Attendees of this Transfer Information Program can speak directly to UNCG faculty members, admission counselors, and financial aid representatives. They also will have the opportunity to learn about UNCG’s admission process, transfer credit, housing, student life, and the university’s many resources.

The session is held in the EUC  on the UNCG campus. Check-in begins at 5:15 p.m. with a program beginning at 6:15 p.m. Anyone can register beforehand at spartanlink.uncg.edu. Visit admissions.uncg.edu for information about the event.

Dr. Erick Byrd

Photo of Dr. Erick ByrdDr. Erick Byrd (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism) has received new funding from the City of Greensboro Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for a Greensboro Tourism Leisure and Conversion Market Segment Study.

Dr. Chris Payne

Photo of Dr. Chris PayneDr. Chris Payne (Center for Youth, Family, and Community)  received funding from Guilford County Partnership for Children for “Bringing Out the Best: Supporting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development.”  This project will increase school readiness/success by improving the quality of the early education and care experiences for many infants and young children.

She has also received funding for the project “Supporting Vulnerable Families through the Juvenile Court Infant Toddler Initiative.”

Dr. Barbara Levin

Photo of Dr. Barbara LevinDr. Barbara Levin (TEHE) received new funding from the Grable Foundation for the project “Innovative Learning Pedagogies: A Proposal for Case Studies of Current Practices, Goals, and Outcomes.” The goal of this study is to understand how learning, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and innovation happens in these settings, and what using these innovative pedagogies can teach educators about learners and learning in these 21st century environments.


Dr. Daniel Bibeau (Public Health Education) and Dr. Mike Perko (Public Health Education) have received new funding from the Wellness Council of America for a project. The Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) is the largest US member organization dedicated to worksite wellness, with over 5000 members companies, including Fortune 500 and 100 companies, representing 13 million employees. WELCOA has a decade of some of the richest data on what America’s healthiest companies do to help employees become healthier and reduce risk for disease. WELCOA has partnered exclusively with UNCG’s Public Health Education Department to analyze this dataset to look at national trends and future projections in best practices for employee health and wellness.

Dr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard

Photo of Dr. Melissa Floyd-PickardDr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard (Social Work) received a continuation of funding from SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services for “JMSW Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training. The Joint Master of Social Work Program is committed to educating future social work clinicians who are committed to social justice and diversity and inclusion. “Our recent shift to a multicultural clinical model and the current behavioral health service delivery system in North Carolina necessitates that students be trained to practice inter-professionally,” the abstract states.

Larissa Denk

Photo of Larissa DenkLarissa Denk (LLC) of Austria has been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grant to serve as a teaching assistant in German and take courses at UNCG this academic year. Denk also serves as a Faculty in Residence. While in the United States, Denk will share her language and culture with U.S. communities to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas, and make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad. Please join the LLC Dept. on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, between 10 and 11 a.m. in the EUC Maple Room in order to meet Denk. The Meet and Greet will include a brief presentation on Austria with a Q/A. Questions? Email s_rinner@uncg.edu.

Dr. Heather Helms

Photo of Dr. Heather HelmsThe National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is recognizing Dr. Heather Helms (Education) as the 2015 recipient of the Felix Berardo Scholarship Award, which is given to an NCFR member whose work has been noted for excellence in mentoring one or more junior colleagues. Details are at https://www.ncfr.org/sites/default/files/downloads/news/felix_berardo_scholarship_award_2015_heather_helms.pdf

See/hear: Sept. 23, 2015

One of the best spectator sports at UNCG is volleyball. You’re on top of the action and it’s fast-paced – admission is free. They have 10 wins, 5 losses. The schedule is at http://www.uncgspartans.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32200&SPID=137656&SPSID=8

See/hear: Sept. 16, 2015

Chancellor Gilliam helped introduce UNCG alumna Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson, UNCG Beyond Academics staff member Lalenja Harrington and her son Justin to a large crowd packed in at the National Folk Festival’s Lawn Stage. “Any Spartans in the house?!” he asked, to a big cheer. He proudly sported a Spartan dress shirt. “I want to take a quick minute to remind all of us of the importance of the arts to the enrichment of our community. … And I promise you UNCG will continue to be involved and engaged in the cultural enrichment of Greensboro and the Triad,” he told the receptive crowd.

In this great clip from the Thursday night event kicking off the festival, three Spartans – Giddens, Harrington and UNCG alumna Laurelyn Dossett – sing “We Rise.”

Related articles: See feature on Dossett in UNCG Magazine. See feature on Harrington in UNCG Campus Weekly. See articles on Giddens and her many UNCG connections in UNCG Magazine and UNCG Campus Weekly.

Chancellor Gilliam presents plans for ‘first 100 days,’ lauds Provost Dunn

Photo of Provost Dunn with a framed resolution and a bouquet of flowersChancellor Franklin Gilliam praised Provost Dana Dunn, who served as both acting chancellor and provost during the past months. “I want to personally recognize you here publicly,” he said at the UNCG Board of Trustees general meeting Sept. 11.

Trustees Chair Susan Safran read a special resolution from the Board of Trustees. “We could not have asked for better leadership during this time of transition,” Safran said, as she presented Dunn a framed resolution and a bouquet of flowers, with daisies being most prominent.

Chancellor Gilliam, in his remarks to the trustees, looked toward the next three months.

He cited five things on which he’d focus during his “first 100 days.”

  1. Building a strong team. “It’s about the people,” he said. “A very strong, first-rate team.” As examples he referred to Human Resources, to Government/Community Relations and to Communications.
  2. Building an infrastructure. This includes a long-term, prudent strategy to make sure we’re structured in the best ways, he said, as well as looking at how to overcome silos at the university and encourage collaboration.
  3. Establishing “vision.” This involves an articulated mission, articulated value proposition, articulated goals and articulated metrics. The vision has to be authentic and it has to resonate. The vision component is overrated if you don’t first have the right people, he explained. The organization has to be ready to work on that vision. Additionally, the chancellor spoke of the need for a “meta-narrative” – the story of “what we’re about.”
  4. Reaching out. He will be a part of many “meet the chancellor” events around the state over the next two months, to speak with alumni and friends of the university.
  5. Bringing some fun to all of this. He gave an example: a cart he’ll drive around campus to give a lift to students, faculty and staff – and to help him get to know people throughout campus. “This cart will have a Twitter account,” he predicted. He also plans impromptu stop-ins throughout campus, to get to know people and see what they’re doing.

By Mike Harris
Photo by Martin Kane

Three displays of alumna Maud Gatewood’s art

Portrait photo of Maud Gatewood with one of her paintingsMaud Gatewood is one of the most significant painters to work in North Carolina in the second half of this past century.

Dr. Lawrence Jenkens, head of UNCG’s art department, wants the campus community to understand that Maud Gatewood was more than a name on the studio arts building.

Gatewood, who died in 2004, is known for her modern paintings that utilize a number of different styles, materials and creative methods.

An exhibition of her work will be on display at the art department gallery in the Gatewood Building from Sept. 24 to Nov. 8. Gatewood’s artwork will also be on display in the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Sketches and letters by Gatewood, who graduated from Woman’s College (UNCG) in 1954, are already on display at Jackson Library’s Hodges Reading Room.

The Art Department’s and Weatherspoon’s exhibitions of her work open on Thursday, Sept. 24, with a lecture from Will South, chief curator of the Columbia Museum of Art and former curator of collections for Weatherspoon Art Museum. South’s lecture, titled “The Original Maud: The Life and Legacy of Maud Gatewood,” will be at 4 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum auditorium and will discuss his interactions with Gatewood and his knowledge of her work. The lecture will be followed by an opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Gatewood gallery lobby.

On Oct. 1, William R. Ferris, eminent professor of history at UNC Chapel Hill, and Joel R. Williamson, senior associate director for the Center for the Study of the American South, will give a presentation titled “Maud Gatewood: Artistic Voice of the South” in Weatherspoon Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing in the gallery of the Gatewood Studio Arts Building.

Two weeks later, the Weatherspoon Art Museum will host “Building on Maud’s Legacy: Place and Being an Artist,” featuring visiting artists and bloggers Sharon Butler of New York, New York and Brett Baker of Durham. This event will take place Oct. 15 in the museum’s auditorium at 6 p.m.

So cultural tourists and art lovers throughout the state can more readily appreciate her art, Jenkins and the UNCG Art Department have created a Maud Gatewood Trail spotlighting Gatewood’s artwork on display at various locations: Asheville Art Museum in Asheville; Mint Museum in Charlotte; UNC Charlotte in Charlotte; UNCC City Center in Charlotte; Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem; Guilford College in Greensboro; UNCG’s Art Department Gallery in Greensboro; UNCG’s Special Collections at Jackson Library in Greensboro; Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro; Averett University in Danville, VA; Danville Museum of Art in Danville, VA; Caswell County Historical Association in Yanceyville; Yanceyville Museum of Art in Yanceyville; Elon University in Elon; North Carolina Museum of Art in  Raleigh; Meredith College in Raleigh; Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville and Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington.

By Jeanie Groh

Updated Sept. 22.

Enjoy big soccer match-up Thursday

Crows photo of the Blue Crew during a past soccer matchCome cheer on the UNCG Women’s soccer team as they host the defending National Champion Florida State tomorrow (Sept. 17), 7 p.m.

It promises to be fun and loud. Show your school spirit and sport your school colors.

In the last week, the Spartans have defeated NC State on the road and tied Elon.

Florida State is currently ranked no. 3 nationally.

5 p.m. – Tailgating begins for students, with raffles, games, etc.
7 p.m. – Women’s soccer match (Raffle winners announced at halftime.)
9 p.m. – Fireworks

Admission is free.

UNCG General Faculty Meeting and Convocation Sept. 16

The 2015 General Faculty Meeting and Convocation will be today (Wednesday, Sept. 16), 3-5 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

Chancellor Franklin Gilliam, Provost Dana Dunn and Chair Anne Wallace are scheduled to speak.

SECC giving campaign kicks off next week

The State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC) is the official, annual giving campaign for state employees. It supports more than 1,000 charitable organizations in our community and state.

UNCG’s campaign kicks off Monday, Sept. 21, with volunteer solicitor training at their kick-off meeting at Sept. 22, 10 a.m., at the Alumni House. The campaign will run through Nov. 13.

The university has a proud history of involvement in this campaign. Watch for a full feature in next week’s CW.

Details will be at secc.uncg.edu.

Nominate candidates for honorary degrees

The Committee on Honorary Degrees invites you to identify people who would be good candidates for honorary degrees to be granted at the 2016 commencement or subsequent commencements.

The committee asks that initially you submit candidates on the form available at provost.uncg.edu along with biographical information. Please keep in mind the need for confidentiality, as candidates should not be aware that they are being considered.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Please send the completed nomination form to the University Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Provost, 201 Mossman Building, The Campus.

The purpose for awarding honorary degrees includes the following:

  • To recognize individuals who demonstrate extraordinary achievement over their entire scholarly or artistic careers or who have performed distinguished public service in their lifetime;
  • To recognize excellence in the scholarly fields of degrees awarded by the University as well as those that exemplify the history and mission of the University;
  • To honor those individuals whose lives and achievements are consistent with the qualities and values espoused by the University in order to provide examples of the University’s aspirations for its graduates;
  • To elevate the visibility and reputation of the University by honoring those individuals who are widely known and regarded in their field or in society as a whole.

The person selected may be distinguished in any number of areas: humanities, sciences, arts, public service, and education, to name a few.  Those currently holding public office in the state and the permanent staff of our state universities are not eligible The achievements may vary in scope from prominence on the international or professional scene to vital contributions to the University, North Carolina, and beyond. A previous connection to the University or state is not mandatory but is considered a strength. For more information, see http://provost.uncg.edu/publications/personnel/honorary.asp Guidelines and Procedures for Honorary Degrees approved by the UNCG Board of Trustees at its November 21, 1996, meeting.

Those who have received honorary degrees in the past years include Timothy Rice (2015); Norman Anderson (2013); Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (2012); Thomas Haggai (2011); Margaret Maron (2010); Rebecca Lloyd, Nido Qubein (2009); Fred Chappell, Tom Ross, Kay Yow (2008); Irvin Belk, Betty Ray McCain, Edwin S. Melvin (2007); Molly Broad, Henry Frye, Shirley Frye (2006); Muriel Siebert (2005); Jim Hunt (2004); Jaylee Mead (2003); Michael B. Fleming, Stanley Frank (2002); Kenneth L. Adelman, Bonnie Angelo, Jean Brooks (2001); Erskine Bowles (2000); Maud Gatewood, Eloise R. Lewis (1999); Carolyn R. Ferree, Calvin Trillin (1998); Mary Ellen Rudin, LeRoy T.  Walker (1995); T. James Crawford (1994); Maya Angelou (1993); Richard C. Atkinson, Robert E. Ward (1992); and Doris W. Betts, John H. Franklin (1990).

‘Where am I Wearing’ and ‘Being Mortal’ launch book discussions

Photo of entrance to Jackson Library and McIver Statue with studentsThe Friends of the UNCG Libraries have another great line-up of book discussions this semester. Selections include the UNCG First Year Common Read for 2015, a thought-provoking book about medical care near the end of life, and a combined lecture and discussion about the ethnographer and photographer Edward S. Curtis, who documented the Native American people of North America.

  • Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. “Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes,” by Kelsey Timmerman. Discussion leader: Jenny Dale.
    Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” by Atul Gawande.  Discussion leaders: Dr. Janne Cannon and Dr. Rob Cannon
    Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis,” by Timothy Egan. Lecturer and discussion leader: Dr. Bob Gatten

The discussions are in the Hodges Reading Room, second floor of Jackson Library. They are free and open to the public on a space available basis, with preference given to members of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries who register.

If you have questions, contact Barry Miller at 256-0112.

‘Making the Grade in Worksite Wellness Workshop’ Sept. 22

Photo of participants in last year's Wellness WorkshopUNCG is a leader among our state’s universities in worksite health and wellness efforts.

The state’s first “Making the Grade in Worksite Wellness Workshop” was hosted by UNCG in April 2011 (see visual) in response to the 2008 state mandate that all NC universities and community colleges have an employee wellness program. The workshop drew representatives from many colleges around the state. It was a time for those given the responsibility of implementing the mandate on their campus to share ideas and challenges as well as identify resources and strategies.

“It has been five years since that initial workshop and we are hosting it again on our campus with the same ideas,” explains HealthyUNCG director Stephanie Milroy, “to see where we are now and where to go in the future.”

A Sept. 22 conference, again at UNCG, will have representation from the NC Office of State Personnel’s State Wellness Coordinator Katherine Hilliard; Dr. Mike Perko, UNCG faculty member and noted worksite wellness expert; and UNCG Health Coaching Programs.

Registration info and details are at www.serveincstore.org/products/making-the-grade-in-worksite-wellness.

“Our State” Magazine Editor Elizabeth Hudson, an alumnus, will speak Sept. 23

Photo of Elizabeth HudsonElizabeth Hudson ’95 operates at the intersection of Energy Street and Enthusiasm Avenue.

When you meet her, she quickly informs you that she has the best job in the world, and she credits UNCG for preparing her to get it.

Hudson began at “Our State” magazine answering telephones. Now she’s the editor-in-chief, and she puts more than 2000 miles a month on her car visiting all around the state in order to better communicate the many great things she sees about North Carolina. Each month, “Our State” magazine “celebrates the very best of North Carolina through authentic storytelling and stunning photography.”

Hudson is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a B.A. degree in English from UNCG and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief of the 80-year-old publication in 2009. Each month, she works with the top writers and photographers in the country to produce a magazine that has garnered national attention, and in 2011 and 2012, “Our State” won consecutive Gold Eddies for “Best Issue” of a regional magazine in the country, the top honor from “FOLIO: Magazine,” the magazine industry’s leading publication recognizing editorial excellence. For her work with the magazine, Hudson is also the 2014 recipient of the Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award, an award that celebrates contributions to the literary arts of North Carolina.

She especially enjoys working with former professors and writers at UNCG and in Greensboro, commissioning them to write stories with the same kind of love and affection for the state that she employs in her own monthly essays, many of which were collected into her book, “Wish You Were Here.”

Join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries in welcoming Elizabeth Hudson to the Virginia Dare Room in the Alumni House at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. She will sign copies of her book following the program. The event is free and open to the public.

Additional events this semester include:

  • Oct. 8 – North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson will speak Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library at UNCG.
  • Oct. 22 – Mystery writer and UNCG alumna Margaret Marion will present “Women of Mystery” featuring New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. The presentation will be Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of UNCG’s Alumni House.
  • Nov. 9 – Dr. Bob Gatten, UNCG emeritus professor of biology and a foremost authority on Lewis and Clark, will join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries to lead a discussion on “Short Nights and the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis” by Timothy Egan. The discussion will take place in Hodges Reading Room on the second floor of Jackson Library at UNCG.
  • Nov. 14 – UNCG playwriting students will write and perform a piece using oral histories from the Women Veterans Historical Project at the Women Veterans Luncheon. The luncheon will be Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Cone Ballroom in UNCG’s Elliott University Center.  Reservations are required, and there is a cost for the event. For tickets and information, call 336-334-5838.

Recognize UNCG housekeeping staff

The Facility Services Department of the UNCG Facilities Operations will be celebrating International Housekeepers Week from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2015.

If any department would like to honor housekeeping staff for their dedication, commitment, and contributions to the university, they may do so anytime during the month of September.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Facility Services Department at 334-5997.

Volunteer with CNNC and community centers

UNCG is known for service. All staff have an allotment of hours each year they can use for service in our community.

One volunteer opportunity? Help local immigrant and refugee youth have a successful year by volunteering with the Center for New North Carolinians after-school tutoring and mentoring program one afternoon a week at one of the CNNC’s three community centers. Times vary by site. The CNNC works with over 150 local immigrant and refugee youth coming from nations around the globe such as Mexico, Bhutan, Burma, Liberia, Sudan, Eritrea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

If interested, email Aaron Hall at volunteer.cnnc@gmail.com or call 256-1067.

Thinking about Graduate School?

The UNCG Graduate School will have a Fall Information Session on Monday evening, Sept. 28, 6-8:30 p.m. The Information Session is designed to provide prospective students the opportunity to learn first-hand about UNCG’s graduate programs. Workshops on “The Life of A Graduate Student at UNCG” and “Building A Strong Graduate Application” will be offered to participants. Register for the session by visiting the Graduate School’s website: http://grs.uncg.edu/prospective/information-session/

Parking will be free in the Oakland Deck. For more information, contact the Graduate School at 334-5596, or send an e-mail to jshudgin@uncg.edu.

Artist Robert Shetterly at UNCG Sept. 24

You are invited to attend a talk by artist Robert Shetterly. His current project about civic engagement is Americans Who Tell the Truth.

He explains the project on his website: “When I tell people the name of this project, Americans Who Tell the Truth, I am frequently met with a sardonic look and asked, ‘Are there any?’ Such is the common attitude about the integrity of our political and economic discourse. People are cynical, rightly so, and depressed at the depth of dishonesty all around them.

“And I am often asked, ‘What do you mean by truth anyway? Isn’t truth relative – like your version may be true, but isn’t mine, too?’ Most relative ‘truths’ are really opinions. With Americans Who Tell the Truth we are focused on verifiable facts, their remedies and ramifications. For instance: Were women in this country excluded from being full citizens? For how long? Why? How did they finally win their rights? What does that teach us about issues today?”

The talk will be Thursday, Sept. 24, Claxton Room of EUC at 2 p.m.

The UNCG visit is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Communication Studies, UNCG Department of Curriculum and Instruction/School of Education, UNCG Department of Library and Information Studies, Office of Leadership & Service-Learning and Ellie Richard.

Make nominations for 2015-16 Alumni Teaching Excellence and Board of Governors awards

A note to faculty, staff, student leadership and the Alumni Association from Chancellor Franklin Gilliam:

To recognize outstanding teaching and demonstrate our commitment to teaching excellence, the university presents three awards to UNCG faculty members every year; the UNC system also presents an award for teaching excellence to a UNCG faculty member each year. Let me urge you to submit nominations for the 2015-2016 Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards. All submissions will happen in Fall 2015, and award recipients will be notified in Spring 2016.

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

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

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

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

Nominations must be submitted by October 6, 2015. Complete submission dossiers must be submitted by November 9, 2015. Eligible faculty members who receive 2014-2015 teaching awards from their College or School will be automatically nominated. The nomination form is available at http://utlc.uncg.edu/teaching/teaching-excellence-awards.

Those with questions may contact UTLC Director David Teachout at djteacho@uncg.edu.

Deaf Kiss-Fist Sept. 20

Photo of the back entrance to Elliott University Center and the AuditoriumOn Sunday, Sept. 20 from 2-4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium, enjoy the popular annual event  “Deaf Kiss-Fist,” where individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing come to perform various genres in American Sign Language literature that are unique in the Deaf community.

This includes ABC stories, Deaf jokes, skits, ASL poetry, etc.

This event, coordinated by Karen De Naples of the Professions in Deafness Program in the School of Education’s Department of Specialized Education Services, has always been well-attended. At least 200-250 people come each year to help celebrate National Deaf Awareness Week. This is a public event and will be voice-interpreted for those who do not know ASL.

The cost is $5 per person, $3 for children age 6 – 12, free for age 5 and under. Parking will be free in the Walker Ave Parking Deck.

For more information, email Karen De Naples at kmdenapl@uncg.edu.

UNCG alumna captivates audiences in summer blockbuster

Photo of Tenae Wilkins DowningUNCG alumna Tenae Wilkins Downing ’02 made her feature film debut in “War Room,” which surprised many as it topped box offices across the nation over Labor Day weekend.

“I still don’t think it has clicked how well this movie is doing,” Downing said, but added that she’s not surprised because she feels the movie has a meaningful message.

“There is a thirst for that in this nation,” she said.

The faith-based film follows the story of how prayer changes a couple’s struggling marriage, and Downing plays the supporting role of the temptress Veronica Drake.

“I call myself the conflict. My character is one of the tests the marriage had to have,” she said.

As a student at UNCG, Downing majored in media studies and African American studies, both of which prepared her for her debut on the silver screen.

Her original career plan was to be a sportscaster after her career in running came to an end.

“I didn’t just want to be an athlete with a mic,” she said.

So, she decided to learn the other skills she needed along the way, such as video editing, lighting and camera angles.

“I was able to take all those skills with me into acting,” Downing said.

As she took African American studies courses, Downing thoroughly enjoyed reading and writing stories and poems, and she began to realize she had a creative side.

Perhaps the most important thing Downing took away from her time at UNCG was a sense of confidence and pride in herself.

Professors such as Dr. Frank Woods of the African American studies department and Frank Donaldson of the media studies department were the “reason why I found my own voice,” she said. “They believed in me, and that helped me to believe in myself.”

“I finally learned who Tenae was from attending UNCG,” she added.

By Jeanie Groh
Photo by Kevin Rice

Full story at UNCG Now.

Looking ahead: Sept. 16, 2015

Faculty Convocation and General Faculty Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Women’s soccer vs. NCAA champion Florida St.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

Theatre, ‘Almost, Maine’
Friday, Sept. 18, Brown Building Theatre

Men’s soccer vs. Jacksonville
Sunday, Sept. 20, 3 p.m.

Talk, Elizabeth Hudson, ‘Our State Magazine’
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Virginia Dare Room,  Alumni House

Talk, ‘Candidates, Campaigns and Chaos: 2016 Presidential Primaries’
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., Rm. 120, School of Education Building

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

‘Vagina Monologues’ auditions

Auditions for the 2016 production of the ​:Vagina Monologues” will be held:
Sept. 29, from 7-9 p.m. in the Lee Classroom of Lee Hall in Spartan Village
Sept. 30, from 7-9 p.m. in EUC Kirkland

Previous acting experience is not necessary, nor is preparation for the auditions. Simply select one monologue to read upon arrival and read for the producers of the show. Casting will be announced shortly after auditions are held.

The annual Vagina Monologues production at UNCG, presented by Housing and Residence Life, will be February 12 and 13, 2016. Curtains open at 7 p.m. at the EUC Auditorium

The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play, based on the work of V-Day Founder Eve Ensler [http://www.vday.org/home] The play premiered in 1996. By the late 1990s the play had undergone several revisions and had become part of a movement to stop violence against women.

UNCG’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program produced the play for many years, and after a four-year hiatus, a partnership of University professional staff, departments, and a dedicated group of student volunteers has brought it back.

The production, sponsored in 2015 by HRL’s Social Justice and Diversity Initiatives, Residence Hall Association, the Wellness Center and the Elliott University Center, not only will raise awareness about these issues; but also will raise funds to support Clara House (a local domestic violence shelter) as well as the national V-Day campaign.

Nanomanufacuturing conference at JSNN

Dr. Michael Meador, director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, and John Skvarla, secretary of the State of North Carolina’s Department of Commerce, will be keynote speakers at the 2015 Nanomanufacturing Conference at JSNN.

The conference will be Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. See the complete list of speakers for the conference at www.nanomanufacturingconference.org/speakers.php

You may register at www.nanomanufacturingconference.org.

Jim Fisher

Photo of Jim FisherJim Fisher (Theatre) has received an honor. The American Theatre and Drama Society has set up ten fellowships for young scholars to be given annually that will be called “James Fisher ATDS Fellowships.” Fisher has been asked to participate in selecting the recipients for 2015-16. Fisher, a UNCG alumnus, was the 2007 recipient of the Betty Jean Jones Award for Excellence in the Teaching of American Theatre from the American Theatre and Drama Society and was elected to membership in the National Theatre Conference in 2010. He has directed and/or acted in over 150 theatre productions.