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Archives for December 2015

More Than 1,600 Will Graduate at December Commencement

Photo of ceremony from a past commencementMore than 1,600 Spartans will turn their tassels at UNCG’s December 2015 Commencement on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum.

The university will award 1,236 bachelor’s degrees, 359 master’s degrees, 86 doctoral degrees and eight specialist in education degrees. Of those degrees, 40 will be awarded to international students.

UNCG Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh will deliver the commencement address. A recognized scholar in family business, international entrepreneurship and franchising, Welsh is the founding director of UNCG’s Entrepreneurship Program and previously founded two entrepreneurship programs and centers.

Megan Conner, who will be awarded a PhD in nursing, will serve as the student speaker for the Class of 2015.

Burlington Industries Excellence Professor Dr. L. DiAnne Borders will serve as the faculty marshal and mace bearer, and human development and family studies major Krishnaveni Balakrishnan will be the tassel turner.

Senior biochemistry major Miranda Weavil, a university marshal and Spartans of Promise award winner, will ring the university bell alongside UNCG alumna Betty Hobgood Eidenier ’66.

The University Brass Ensemble will lead the graduates and attendees in “America the Beautiful” and the University Song.

Parking at the coliseum is free to participants and their guests. Individuals who are unable to attend can watch a live stream of the ceremony at reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central/video.

For more information, visit the Commencement Central website.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Bells ring out at Vacc Bell Tower

Photo of Vacc Bell Tower a glow during the holiday receptionAll those who attended the second annual lighting of the Vacc Bell Tower and Students Anniversary Plaza on Reading Day not only saw the plaza blazing with holiday lights. They heard the first official playing of the full carillon of bells.

Chancellor Franklin Gilliam counted down “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” and as the entire plaza lit up in the cool mist, the bells rang in a seasonal melody. The number of bells have almost doubled, allowing greater range and beauty.

Marya Orlawska-Fancey, a doctoral student in organ performance, played a keyboard connected to the tower. The first song? “Carol of the Bells.”

Alumni Association President Mary Napier, in her welcoming remarks, noted additional musical performances of the evening, by the UNCG Steel Drum Ensemble and the Grimsley Madrigal Choir.

Ryan Hoffman, president of the UNCG Fraternity and Sorority Association, described the history of the UNCG luminaires tradition.

The chancellor noted that with 24 newly added bells, an additional gift by Dr. Nancy Vacc, UNCG’s Vacc Bell Tower has one of only five full carillons in the state.

He acknowledged Dr. Vacc, who was in attendance. “Please join me in thanking Nancy for giving us our beautiful clock tower and the bells that make the passing of time on our campus a pure delight.”

By Mike Harris
Photography By Martin W. Kane

A new twist on a beloved campus tradition

Photo of apples at the Minerva statueIt started in 2007 with a few coins. Three years later, apples appeared. Since then, there have been notes, flowers and various fruits left at the statue of Minerva, all serving as offerings intended to bring good fortune and even better grades.

This year, for the first time in UNCG history, alumni got involved. Last week, students didn’t have to bring their own apples to the statue in hopes of acing their exams. Instead, the UNCG Alumni Association donated more than 100 apples for students to offer to Minerva, many of which included a note of encouragement or sage words of advice from GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) alumni.

Apples were placed in a basket beside the statue, and students were invited to offer an apple and take a note for good luck.

“Relax. Reflect. Remind yourself that you are an extension of all you have learned,” said one note written by an anonymous alumnus.

Another letter of encouragement quoted Franklin D. Roosevelt: “When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

“We wanted to send our love and well wishes to students, and this seemed like a great way to do it,” said Sarah Kathryn Coley, associate director of annual giving and alumni engagement. “We know how stressful it can be to prepare for exams – we’ve all been there before. We want students to know that the UNCG Alumni Association supports them.”

While apples, apple juice, coins and other items can be spotted at the statue throughout the year, students take the tradition even more seriously during exams. In December of 2013, a whopping 130 apples surrounded the base of the statue.

Full story at UNCG Now.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Morgan Glover

UNCG’s Global Village living-learning community gets national recognition

Photo of Phillips/Hawkins Residence HallThe American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) has recognized UNCG’s Global Village living-learning community as a leader in global engagement. Global Village was one of just five university programs nationally to receive the ACTFL Global Engagement Award.

Dr. Susanne Rinner, Global Village coordinator and director of undergraduate studies in German, accepted the award on Nov. 21 at the council’s annual convention in San Diego.

“We are excited and grateful that the Global Village has received this national recognition,” Rinner said. “A lot of people, including faculty, staff and students, collaborated in order to conceptualize and implement this community. Everyone should feel very accomplished.”

Established in 2012, UNCG’s Global Village offers first-year students the opportunity to live and learn with fellow students who are interested in exploring diverse languages and world cultures. Students live together in Phillips/Hawkins Residence Hall, which also houses the university’s international exchange students. Global Village students enroll in a common core of global courses and choose to study at least one of six languages offered through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

In this living-learning community, students can participate in a wide range of multicultural activities, including film screenings, guest lectures, festivals and weekly language practice.

“We foster ties across campus that allow our students to take advantage of all the opportunities that UNCG offers,” Rinner said. “Our goal is to help students excel academically and grow personally.”

UNCG’s Global Village is just one of many ways the university seeks to foster diversity and offer multicultural experiences. Students can explore other cultures through the Office of Intercultural Engagement, the annual UNCG International Festival in the spring, study abroad and a variety of other campus organizations and activities.

With more than 12,500 members across the nation, ACTFL is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. To learn more about the organization, visit actfl.org.

For more information about Global Village, click here.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Starfish updates: Fall 2015

With the fall semester coming to a close, the Starfish Outreach Team in the Students First Office would like to wish students, staff, and faculty a productive and restorative Winter break. As the university prepares for a new term, we would like to remind the campus community that the ability to raise Starfish flags, kudos, and tutoring referrals will be turned off during the break. These features will be disabled on December 11, 2015, and will become available again for spring 2016 on January 11, 2016.

The following features will remain available during the break:

For assistance using Starfish, please email starfish@uncg.edu. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to explore UNCG’s Starfish webpages for additional information about Starfish and to see available training guides.

*Please note that the university will close for Winter break beginning on December 23, 2015, and will re-open on January 4, 2016. During this time, Starfish support will be unavailable. All support needs raised during this time will be addressed when the university re-opens.

How to ‘Undo Send’ in iSpartan Gmail. A tip from ITS

Images from iSpatan showing what to do in GmailiSpartan is UNCG’s implementation of Google Apps for Education (GAFE). GAFE is a collection of web-based collaboration tools, including email (Gmail), chat, calendaring, word processing, and spreadsheets. These tools work through a Web browser, without requiring users to buy or install software.

iSpartan Gmail is, by far, the most used tool on campus. The tool is robust and highly configurable. The tips below describe one new feature “Undo Send” which many folks may find helpful, as well as information about a few not-so-new features which may be of interest.

An exciting new feature in Gmail is the Undo Send option. This option slightly delays the actual sending of your message, providing you a short window of opportunity to reopen the email in its draft state. This feature helps prevent the consequences of accidentally clicking the send button as well as those messages one instantly regrets.

To enable this option, go to your Gmail General Settings and select Enable Undo Send in the Undo Send section.

To use this feature after you send a message, click Undo in the Send Notification Area.

For more information about this feature, see Gmail Help: Undo sending your mail.

See more helpful tips from ITS at: http://itsnews.uncg.edu/2015/09/01/google-tips-on-gmail-undo-send-conversation-view-labs-and-preview/

And see the most recent edition of the Technology@UNCG newsletter at http://itsnews.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/ITS_Newsletter_2015_October.pdf

Courtesy ITS.

Hey, what happens to those apples at Minerva?

Photo of apples placed in the woods at the School of Music, Theatre and DanceThe campus tradition of leaving apples at the Minerva Statue continues. I stopped by the statue and counted 78 apples on the second day of exams. In addition, someone had left a bag of Harris-Teeter red apples on the ground at the base of the statue. (Hey, why just leave one, right?) By Monday, the number of apples stood at around 120.

I recently was asked, “What happens to all those apples?” Last fall, I’d asked Hal Shelton in Grounds that very question, and stopped by to speak with Gually Morales and Tony Rojas, who take care of that area of campus. I learned that Grounds staff sometimes cleans and places a few pristine apples in the Grounds Department common area. But most of the apples are taken to the edge of the Peabody Park woods and placed on the ground and in bushes for the squirrels and rabbits to enjoy. A delightful holiday treat for the woodland animals … it seemed like something straight out of a great Beatrix Potter book. After last year’s December exams had ended, I was walking near Peabody Park and, lo and behold, there were a group of apples on the forest floor. I snapped a photo (dated Dec. 16, 2014). Within a few days, they were virtually all gone.

See related story about a new twist, this year.

Post and photo by Mike Harris

January 2016 timesheet

A note from Human Resources:

It’s been a work in progress over the past year to produce a revised timesheet for non-exempt employees that will satisfy the majority of our campus departments’ time and attendance and accommodate a wide variety of circumstances. We’ve received great feedback and some good suggestions from our pilot departments and we’re almost ready to roll it out. However, there is still some final work to be done, including scheduling workshops to introduce the new timesheet to employees. Look for a communication regarding these updates very soon. We anticipate that the new time sheet will be available for use beginning in the month of February for the reporting period of Jan 3-30, 2016.

For the month of January (reporting period Nov. 29, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016), we have provided a single month time sheet (which has not changed) for non-exempt employees here: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Leave/. In addition, time sheets for students and temporary employees have been updated for 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at 334-5009.

David A. Cook

This month, W. W. Norton & Company will publish the fifth edition of David A. Cook’s “A HISTORY OF NARRATIVE FILM” (1981; 1990; 1996; 2005; 2015). In promotional copy, Norton notes it is a trusted reference, a popular teaching text, and a well-written history. “‘A HISTORY OF NARRATIVE FILM’ is one of the most respected and widely read texts in film studies. This streamlined Fifth Edition provides a brand new chapter on twenty-first century film, refreshed coverage of contemporary digital production, distribution, and consumption of film, and a richly redesigned art program, making the text more useful to instructors and more appealing to students than ever before.”

David A. Cook is a professor in the Department of Media Studies. He is the author of “LOST ILLUSIONS: AMERICAN CINEMA IN THE SHADOW OF WATERGATE AND VIETNAM, 1970-1979” (University of California Press, 2002).

Michael Parker honored at NC Writers’ Conference

Photo of Michael ParkerMichael Parker, who holds the Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professorship in the MFA Creative Writing Program, was honored this summer at the annual North Carolina Writers’ Conference, with tributes from Associate Writing Program Director Terry Kennedy, Our State editor and UNCG alumna Elizabeth Hudson, and editor Kathy Pories of Algonquin Books. The North Carolina Writers Conference was begun in 1950 and is held annually in cities across the state to discuss issues related to writing and writers in North Carolina. Past honorees of the conference include Doris Betts, Reynolds Price, Fred Chappell, Robert Morgan, John Hope Franklin and Kathryn Stripling Byer.

Parker was also chosen to serve as a juror for the 2015 O. Henry Awards: Prize Stories. The O. Henry Prize Stories is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines, written in English. The series began in 1918 and is now published by Anchor Books, an imprint of Random House. Each year, three distinguished fiction writers are chosen to be jurors. Past jurors include Jennifer Egan, Ann Patchett, Richard Russo,  Francine Prose, Colm Toibin, Ursula K. LeGuin, A.S. Byatt, Anthony Doerr, Tim O’Brien, Junot Diaz, and David Foster Wallace.

Parker has taught in the MFA Creative Writing Program since 1992. His stories have twice appeared in the O.Henry Prize Stories anthology.

Looking ahead: Dec. 9, 2015

December Commencement
Thursday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m., Coliseum

Men’s Basketball vs. Belmont Abbey
Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. NCCU
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m.

Next CW Jan. 6, 2016

Campus Weekly publishes again Jan. 6, as it resumes weekly publication. (It will post on Jan. 5, and the CW email will be sent the morning of Jan. 6.) Please have all submissions to CW for this issue by Thursday, Dec. 31.

With the Staff: November

Christine Fitzgerald, CARS; Kevin Cothren, Parking Services; Maria Peguero Benitez, Housekeeping; Paula Welborn, Accounting Services; Scott Lake, H&RL; Carol Nie, Parking Services; Bryan Poole, Public Safety & Police; Ann Ashby, Dean’s Office COA; Jennifer Feehan, Facilities D&C; Dustin Gragg, Institutional Research

Donald Joyce, Grounds; Kodjovi Latsou, Housekeeping; Donna Gentry, Translational Biomedical Research; Janis McCormack, Public Safety & Police; Wanda Swinson, Housekeeping; John Bethea, Housekeeping; Kweku Atta, Housekeeping; Robin Lester, Nursing; Wayne Christian, Housekeeping; Natarsha Hood, H&RL; Ollie Dixon, Housekeeping; Ava Johnson, Registrar’s Office

Dr. Andrea Hunter

Dr. Andrea Hunter, director of the School of Health and Human Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion (HHSODI), and the HHSODI committee have been awarded the Cultural Pluralism Award by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The HHSODI works to demonstrate the value added by supporting inclusive culture and practices through open dialogue, education and training, and professional development. The work that she and the HHSODI committee have done since the creation of HHS has greatly contributed to HHS’s success as a school as it works toward inclusive excellence. Hunter is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She is known nationally for her work on inclusive excellence and cultural pluralism. She co-edited the June 2015 volume of the Journal of Social Issues with Dr. Abby Stewart titled “Psychology, History, and Social Justice: The Social Past in the Personal Present.” Details can be found here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/josi.2015.71.issue-2/issuetoc

Dr. Celia R. Hooper

Photo of Dr. Celia R. HooperDr. Celia R. Hooper, dean of Health and Human Sciences, was recently awarded the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Member of the Year. She has been an active member of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the national deans associations, for the past eight years. She has been on the executive board for three years as secretary of the association. She has helped the ASAHP team in representing the over 200 health careers for national advocacy efforts and partnerships with corporate partners. She will be representing ASAHP at the European health deans conference in Derby, England, in April, 2016.

Dr. David Wyrick

Photo of Dr. David WyrickDr. David Wyrick (Public Health Education) received new funding from Pennsylvania State University for the project “The Intersection of Alcohol and Sex: Engineering an online STI Prevention Program.” This project is supported by funds from the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on college campuses is alarming. The project’s work will result in a new, more potent behavioral intervention that will reduce the incidence of STIs among college students in the US, and will lay the groundwork for a new generation of highly effective STI prevention interventions aimed at other subpopulations at risk.

See/hear: Dec. 9, 2015

Last week readers learned about a joint UNCG Athletics/ESPN3 initiative. This week, take a look at the mobile video production facility.

At Spartan Trader, holiday decorations 50-75% off

The Spartan Trader will be closing for the winter break at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, and reopening at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. They are still actively taking donations and holiday decorations are 50-75 percent off. They have hats, scarves, gloves, boots, jackets, sweaters and warm outerwear all marked down 10-20 percent. Store hours are M-F 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-5 p.m. They are located in the lower level of Spring Garden Apartments at 1540 Spring Garden Street across from Bojangles.

See/hear: Dec. 2, 2015

Every year, the men’s basketball intro video – shown on the scoreboard just before player introductions and tipoff – offers something different. Here, the men’s team takes downtown by storm – and shows a few dance moves while they’re at it. The team has several games in the coming weeks at home. Check out the men’s and women’s basketball schedule at www.uncgspartans.com.

Omar Ali is North Carolina Professor of the Year

Photo of Dr. Omar H. AliDr. Omar H. Ali, interim dean of UNCG’s Lloyd International Honors College, has been named North Carolina Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

UNCG Provost Dr. Dana Dunn nominated Ali for the award.

“One thing that distinguishes Dr. Ali’s impact from that of other excellent professors is his commitment to student development in and beyond the classroom,” Dunn said in the nomination. “Dr. Ali continually searches for methods to inspire student interest and learning. … I cannot think of a more talented individual to nominate for this prestigious award.”

Ali is a professor, historian and community organizer in North Carolina. He is associate professor of Comparative African Diaspora History in the African American & African Diaspora Studies Program with faculty affiliations in the History Department and the International and Global Studies program. In 2014, he received the Senior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Arts & Sciences at UNCG.

“I wish we had more Omar Ali’s on this campus,” said UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. “His presence in the classroom drives students to reach higher, dig deeper, question conventional thinking, and to never settle. Omar is an extraordinary asset to UNCG who not only inspires students but also inspires all of us. He is truly deserving of this distinction.”

Ali studied political economy and cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan and the School of Oriental and African Studies before graduating from the London School of Economics and Political Science and receiving his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. Ali has been a Fulbright professor of history and anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, a visiting professor of African American & Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, and a library scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. With colleagues at UNCG he founded the Islamic Studies Research Network, an educational research network to promote awareness and understanding of Islamic history and culture.

“Teaching, like learning, is a revolutionary activity–that is, it’s about changing environments and creating new possibilities,” said Ali, in accepting the award at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. “At its heart, it’s a kind of creative performance in which we relate to each other as constantly growing. How do we help create such environments for learning, for growth? By affirming and building on what others say or do. It’s doing ‘yes, and …’ warmly, enthusiastically and in the most giving way possible.”

On May 7, 2015, Ali gave a TEDx talk titled, “What’s in a Name? Islam, History and Identity.” He has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, PBS, Black Network Television and Huffpost Live, including other news networks. The author of four books, most recently “Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean,” published by Oxford University Press, he has lectured widely across the U. S., as well as in Latin America, East Africa, and South Asia.

Ali serves on the board of directors of several community-based organizations, including the national All Stars Project, which transforms the lives of young people in poor and working-class communities by using the power of performance–the improvisational methodology that Ali practices to help cultivate creative learning environments.

Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation and administered by the Council of Advancement and support of Education, the professor of the year award recognizes professors for their excellence and commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

By Joe Gallehugh, contributor
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Relations

UNCG School of Nursing recognizes Susan Safran and veterans

Group photo of Mickey Tyagi, Chap Rapoza, Susan Sufran, Bruce Vosefski, Kevin ScottiThere are two things Susan Safran, chair of UNCG’s Board of Trustees, is particularly passionate about – nurses and veterans.

A ‘77 alumna of UNCG’s School of Nursing herself, Safran also has a soft spot for the university’s Veterans Access Program, which allows medically-trained veterans to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing customized to their individualized training and experience. In its first year, Safran provided the students’ uniforms and clinical supplies.

During an emotional ceremony honoring veterans and student veterans and recognizing Safran for her generous contributions in support of the Veterans Access Program, Safran explained her passion for the program.

Her own father enlisted in the military in 1938 and served in World War II. While he would have loved to make the military his career, a medical discharge sent him into the world of business after the war. He found great success in the business field, but he never lost his passion for this nation and its servicemen and women.

“He would have liked this program a lot,” Safran said through tears.

Brig. General James Gorham applauded the university for providing such a valuable program to the nation’s veterans. He thanked the School of Nursing for giving veterans the “opportunity to sharpen their axes” and to strengthen the state and nation through jobs.

“As you can tell this program is near and dear to many of our hearts,” said UNCG School of Nursing Dean Robin Remsburg.

There are 17 students currently enrolled in UNCG’s Veterans Access Program. That number is expected to jump to 25 next semester and then double in Fall 2016. The program is open to students from all branches of our nation’s military, and currently has students enrolled from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.

“I’m so happy we’re able to do this for our students,” Remsburg said.

By Jeanie Groh
Photograph by Martin Kane: l-r, Mickey Tyagi, Chap Rapoza, Susan Sufran, Bruce Vosefski, Kevin Scotti

UNCG alumnus screens ‘Lost Colony’ Dec. 3

Photo of a scene from the "Lost Colony" film“Lost Colony,” written, directed and produced by UNCG alumnus Christopher Holmes ’05 MFA, has been shown at prestigious film festivals in Boston, Portland and across the Southeast. Next week, however, the film will be shown on the very campus where it got its start a decade ago.

“Lost Colony” will be shown Thurs., Dec. 3, in UNCG’s Brown Theater at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, and the showing will be followed by a Q&A with Holmes.

Set in North Carolina’s scenic Outer Banks, “Lost Colony” is a coming of age story about how a teen navigates through the transition from adolescence to adulthood and his relationship with his overprotective and controlling mother, as well as his pregnant girlfriend.

“Lost Colony” was born out of a writing prompt Holmes was given in one of his classes at UNCG while he was working on his MFA in film and video production. Holmes wrote a short version of the script for that class. The summer after graduation, Holmes expanded the script to be feature length.

“Lost Colony” has certainly been a labor of love. Holmes spent years trying to find funding for film, working two jobs, sending it to development institutions and applying for grants. When the funding finally came through, Holmes started the casting process. Filming began in September 2013. Holmes, his crew and the actors spent 17 days on the Outer Banks filming, and then “Lost Colony” spent a year and a half in post-production.

Now it’s ready to be shown to audiences around the nation. And what better place to show “Lost Colony” than the place it got its start?

“It (UNCG) was a really important place in my development as an artist,” he said, adding that he’s excited to meet students and to reconnect with the professors he had as a student.

Holmes said it’s “a relief” to finally wrap up this project. Not only was it “very fulfilling,” but he now feels free to work on new projects as well.

“I’m really proud of the work,” he said. “I think it’s a really tremendous piece.”

In addition to being a filmmaker, Holmes is the program coordinator for the annual RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem. He also served as a visiting professor in UNCG’s Department of Media Studies during the 2006-07 academic year.

Learn more about the film at www.lostcolonyfilm.com.

By Jeanie Groh
Visual from the film courtesy Christopher Holmes

From ‘Inside Out’ to ‘Toy Story’ and beyond

Photo of Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston and Dr. Heather Holian talking with students after lecturePixar’s Ralph Eggleston worked on the critically acclaimed film “Inside Out” 5 1/2 years. At UNCG Nov. 20, he spoke to an audience for the very first time about that experience.

He has been a big part of the studio’s artistic team since nearly the beginning. He was art director for Pixar’s first feature film, “Toy Story,” and has been a creative force on many of the studio’s subsequent movies. The Pixar film he is working on now (on which he was mum) is scheduled for release in 2019.

The Mead Auditorium in Sullivan Science was full, as he presented clips from some films that have inspired him and as he showed art – colorscripts, concepts, drawings, models and more – from throughout the process of making Pixar films.

Dr. Heather Holian (UNCG Art) introduced him. She is the only scholar researching the art of Pixar; she has been interviewing figures at Pixar and visiting their studio archive for years, as she prepares her book on the topic of Pixar art. Eggleston spoke with her “Art of Disney and Pixar” class earlier in the day (see visual).

Among the many things he shared in the 1.25 hour evening presentation:

  • Design inspirations for “Wall-E” include “2001 – A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Star Wars.”
  • What would the mind look like, they pondered, as  they designed “Inside Out”? It wasn’t the main character’s brain – it was her mind that they were presenting. They went through a lot of concepts. “That took 3 1/2 years.”
  • Each aspect of Riley’s (the main character’s) personality challenged them creatively. Each were characters. “We had 600 designs for disgust,” he said, as he showed a few. One won out.
  • In the design of “Finding Nemo,” the coral is more “caricatured” than the fish. Only coral that’s deep in the ocean where there’s little light would be so colorful, so they took liberties with that reality, to create their own reality.

He showed many elaborate drawings for Pixar films. But one truism stood out: “Sometimes ‘simple’ is the hardest thing to do,” he said.

For UNCG art students – and members of the community – the opportunity to see lots of designs and colorscripts and hear first-hand about the art and creative process for Pixar films was a rare thrill.

See a video on the Pixar site as Eggleston speaks about colorscripts.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris Snow.

In ‘overtime,’ UNCG’s SECC is at 92% of goal

SECC Chair Ray Carney has a message for the campus community about the SECC, which helps support more than 1,000 area charitable organizations. There’s still time to make your contribution if you haven’t already.

The 2015 SECC has nearly reached our goal and it is still not too late to participate in this year’s campaign. With the upcoming holiday season it is important to think of those that are in need of our support and to do what we can even if it just a small amount to help out. As of Tuesday we are at 92 percent of our goal with $184,929 donated to the campaign by our campus. We are third at this time out of all campuses in the UNC system in total campaign contributions and that says something about where our heart is in supporting our community.

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the campaign and to those who have not, please consider a donation to the UNCG SECC.     – Ray Carney

Visit secc.uncg.edu to learn more or to make a donation.

UNCG Athletics partners with ESPN3

Photo of the ESPN3 trailer with the UNCG athletics logo painted on the sideThe UNCG athletic department is part of the ESPN University Production Initiative in 2015-16. The ESPN University Production Initiative allows for schools in conferences aligned with ESPN to produce sports events on their own campus to air exclusively on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN App. UNCG is part of the program through the Southern Conference’s contract with ESPN.

The Spartans are producing live events this year for men’s and women’s basketball with a crew made up of UNCG athletics staff members, local professionals and students from the Spartan Sports Link Program. The crew will produce the events, giving students valuable experience working on high-quality, ESPN-branded productions. The Spartans Sports Link program is an initiative of the UNCG athletic communications office that gives UNCG students the real-world, hands-on experience working on live sporting events for experience or class credit. All events will air on ESPN3, but ESPN will have access to cut to any event for inclusion on other ESPN platforms.

As part of UNCG’s commitment to the ESPN3 program, the UNCG athletic department invested in a custom-made trailer (see visual) that will help produce the live events. The Spartans are one of three programs in the country that has a custom-made ESPN3 trailer produced this year, joining Miami University and Eastern Michigan.

By Matt McCollester

Electronic consent for delivery of 2015 Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement

For employees who provide consent via UNCGenie, their electronic 2015 Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement), should become available by Jan. 15, 2016, in an IRS approved format. By consenting to receive your Form W-2 electronically, you agree to return to Banner Self Service via UNCGenie, to view and/or print your Form W-2 online. You will not receive a paper copy, but you may print the electronic version as often as you like, and attach it to your federal, state, or local income tax returns.

Benefits of consenting to receive the Form W-2 electronically:

  •         Earlier access through the same secure website where an employee accesses their pay information.
  •         Online delivery, only to the employee, no possibility of the Form W-2 being lost, stolen, delayed or misplaced during the delivery process.  The electronic Form W-2 can be retrieved at any time of day or night including weekends.
  •         Easy access to duplicate copies if needed.
  •         Employees are contributing to cost savings (forms, printing and distribution) as well as reducing the university carbon footprint.

NOTE: If you have previously consented via UNCGenie, to receive your W2 electronically, you do not need to consent on an annual basis.

The 2015 Form W-2s will be mailed by Jan. 31, 2016, to those employees who have not consented to receive their Form W-2 electronically. Printed Form W-2s will not be available for pick up in the Payroll Office.

Regardless of consent status, please be sure to keep your Payroll Address and e-mail address(es) up to date via UNCGenie.

Please visit the Payroll Office website, http://payroll.uncg.edu/formsinformation/, for additional information and instructions to complete the Electronic W-2 Consent as well as instructions on how to access your electronic Form W-2.  Once consent of the Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement has been approved, then access is also granted for the last seven years and all future tax years.  There is no need to remember to consent every year. Consent remains until you choose to change it. Your check a in the My Choice box indicates you have consented to receive your Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement electronically.  You will receive an email in January when your W-2 is ready to be viewed online.

If you have questions, please contact the Payroll Office via e-mail at Payroll1@uncg.edu.

Staff Senate and UNCG community make an impact

Photo of table with pajamas and booksThe UNCG Staff Senate and its service committee members have been productive in providing service to our community, over the past weeks.

Staff Senate partnered with the Pajama Program, a non-profit that provides New Pajamas and New Books to children in need. Forty-one pairs of PJs and 65 books were collected for the Pajama Program Drive and given to the Center for New North Carolinians for distribution to their Oakwood Forest Community Center, Ashton Woods Community Center and Glenhaven Community Center, helping immigrant and refugee families in Greensboro.

The Staff Senate and campus community have also helped make the holidays a little brighter for three UNCG students and three UNCG staff members and their families who have been selected to be recipients of the UNCG Staff Senate Angel Tree. The gift wrapping and Staff Senate Open House are tomorrow (Thursday) in the EUC Pre-function area, 9-11 a.m. All are invited to participate.

In January, Staff Senate will collect items for the Teachers’ Warehouse. Teachers and UNCG’s student teachers will be able to use the items for their students in their classrooms.

For more information, contact the Staff Senate Service Committee at debbie_freund@uncg.edu.

DeAngelo is First Team Academic All-American

Photo of Noah DeAngeloUNCG’s Noah DeAngelo has been named to the men’s soccer Academic All-America First Team.

He is the first UNCG student-athlete in any sport to earn the national accolade since Paul Chelimo picked up third team honors in 2013 and the first Spartan to earn first team honors since Jennifer Moran in 2003.

DeAngelo, a biology major and team captain, owns a 4.0 GPA and will graduate in December. He will look to continue his education in medical school. DeAngelo spent this past summer volunteering for the Elon Fire and Rescue Department. He was inducted into Phi ta Kappa and the UNCG Golden Chain Honor Society this fall.

By Matt McCollester

Lucy Mason’s 42 points a record

Photo of Senior Lucy MasonSenior Lucy Mason shattered her career high with 42 points in UNCG’s 82-72 win over High Point University. Her 42 points becomes the individual single-game record for UNCG Women’s Basketball, breaking Anna Parker’s 38, a record set at Wake Forest in 1979.

Mason is an economics and African American Studies double major. The Carolinian detailed some of her academic and athletic accomplishments in a profile as the season began. (See http://carolinianuncg.com/2015/11/04/getting-to-know-our-student-athletes-lucy-mason.)

Upcoming games include Tennessee Tech on Dec. 5, Barton College on Dec. 7, UMES on Dec. 28 and NC Central Dec. 31. The full schedule is here.

Reception for Police Chief Jamie Herring Dec. 7

You are invited to a floating retirement reception honoring UNCG Police Chief Jamie Herring, who is retiring after 30 years of dedicated service to UNCG.

The reception will be Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, from 3- 5 p.m., with brief remarks at 3:45 p.m. at the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

Join in and celebrate his career and wish him many wonderful retirement years.

A 1986 graduate of UNCG, Herring was hired as a UNCG police officer in 1986 and promoted to sergeant in 1989. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1992 and earned his Master of Public Affairs degree from UNCG in 1995. He became assistant chief in 1997 and has served as chief of police since 2008.

Anthony Cuda and Ronald Schuchard receive MSA 2015 Book Prize

Group photo of Dr. Anthony Cuda and Dr. Ronald SchuchardThe Modernist Studies Association has announced the winner of its 2015 MSA Book Prize for an Edition, Anthology, or Essay Collection.

The winner is volume 2 of “The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition.” The volume is “The Perfect Critic, 1919-1926.”

Dr. Anthony Cuda, associate professor of English at UNCG, and Dr. Ronald Schuchard, emeritus professor of English at Emory University, are co-editors of the 990 page volume collecting and annotating all of Eliot’s essays and literary reviews between 1919-1926.

During those seven pivotal years from 1919 to 1926, Eliot suffered a nervous breakdown, wrote “The Waste Land,” and became one of the foremost literary critics in England.

The volume is part of an immense project collecting all of Eliot’s non-fiction prose writings. It is expected to change how the readers around the world regard Eliot.

In presenting the award, the Modernist Studies Association said in a citation, “A monumental work of scholarly editing, the long overdue ‘Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot’ is sure to be widely used, appreciated, and admired. Volume II finds Eliot in his most prolific and indispensable years as a critic. Amidst such touchstones as the Sacred Wood essays, here one finds such important and previously uncollected material as neglected entries from the Dial ‘London Letters,’ reviews and regular commentaries from The Criterion, and unsigned book reviews from far-flung locations, on often surprising topics. While the entire edition, projected to eight volumes, constitutes a major achievement and an indispensable archive, Volume II is certain to be the one most used by scholars, most central to ongoing studies and re-evaluations of Eliot and the history of modernist criticism. Clear and easily grasped editorial principles and superb content notes speak to the dedication, diligence, and sound sense of the editorial team.”

See an earlier article on this work.

Visual: l-r, Schuchard and Cuda

December at the Weatherspoon

Have guests from out of town? Want to show them one of the best artistic centers in the state? Or enjoy a few inspiring hours for yourself? December offers events and exhibitions at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Film: A/V Geeks Presents 1960s Pop Culture – Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.
WAM welcomes back Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks for a fun evening of vintage films clips highlighting pop culture, Pop Art, fads and commercials of the 1960s. Free and open to the public.

Noon @ the ‘Spoon Public Tour: “Pop Art: 20th Century Popular Culture as Muse” – Tuesday, Dec. 8, noon
The 20-minute Noon @ the ‘Spoon tour is a fun way to explore a new exhibition during your lunch break. The free tour is offered the second Tuesday of the month. This month: Pop Art: 20th Century Popular Culture as Muse. WAM has a deep collection of Pop art and will feature some of its signature prints and multiples. Beginning in the late 1950s, a new art movement began gaining traction in America. A reaction to the then-dominant ideas and techniques of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art challenged traditions of fine art by showcasing commercial techniques and representational imagery derived from popular culture. Source material included advertising, journalism, comic books, and other mundane cultural artifacts such as road signs and consumer goods.

Exhibition Opens: “In Motion” – Dec. 12
The concept for this exhibition was inspired by the innovative collaborative work being done by the Weatherspoon’s educational staff and faculty in UNCG’s Department of Kinesiology. The artworks on display depict a variety of implied movement—be it physical, psychological, or optical—and range from agitated to humorous, and from languid to unruly. Regardless of how motion is denoted, the images will rouse the visitor’s imagination with possible scenarios of what happened just before and after these motions and moments occurred.

Three exhibitions still on view include:
“Punctuating Space: The Prints and Multiples of Richard Artschwager” – Through Dec. 13
“2015 UNCG Department of Art Faculty Biennial” – Through Jan. 3, 2016
“Pop Art: 20th Century Popular Culture as Muse” – Through Jan. 31, 2016

Shifting roles in Research & Economic Development office

With the departure of Dr. Julia Jackson-Newsom, who now serves as senior advisor to the chancellor, there have been some changes in responsibilities within the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Vice Chancellor Terri Shelton now serves as the UNCG point of contact with foundations, while Associate VC Bryan Toney continues as the UNCG point of contact with corporations.

Dr. Lisa Goble, formerly of the Office of Innovation Commercialization, has been named the export control and conflict of interest official for UNCG.

Learn more at the web post “VC Update: Shifting Roles at ORED.”

Olav Rueppell receives the 2015 Mid-Career Mentoring Award

Photo of Dr. Olav RueppellDr. Olav Rueppell has won the 2015 Mid-Career Mentoring Award from the Biology Division of the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR).

“This was a strongly contested award with many deserving candidates, but Dr. Rueppell’s strengths as an undergraduate research mentor made his nomination package rise to the top,” the awards committee chair said.

A professor in the Department of Biology, he is the leader of the UNCG Social Insect Lab. “I use honey bees as my main model to study a wide variety of exciting biological questions,” he says. “Specifically, I am interested in the genetics of complex traits, genomics, social behavior, and aging. In addition, my students and I address the urgent problem of honey bee health by studying the interactions of parasitic Varroa mites, viruses, and their honey bee hosts.”

Why is mentoring important? “Only a small part of a university education consists of classroom learning of facts,” he explains. “Mentored undergraduate research is a very intensive experience for student that teaches many critical skills, most of which are directly applicable to situations in professional careers. To name a few: critical thinking, problem solving, team-working, and communication. It fosters their natural curiosity and gives their studies meaning, particularly when they can connect their research project to class material. I can serve as a personal role model when I connect to my undergraduate students, some of which I see on an almost daily basis during their research. Additionally, students learn some advanced techniques and methodologies in detail, which can be a key strength for their future job prospects or applications to graduate school. Finally, they experience the research world and understand the inner workings of the university and scientific enterprise. Our societies needs citizens that appreciate how science actually works and that universities are much more than a mere extension of high schools. I consider mentored undergraduate research across many disciplines one key strength of UNCG that we can be very proud of.”

See additional post at http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=node%2F3578.


Looking ahead: Dec. 2, 2015

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Staff Senate Holiday Gathering / Angel Tree Gift Wrapping Party
Thursday, Dec. 3, 9 p.m., EUC Auditorium foyer

Film: A/V Geeks presents 1960s Pop Culture
Thursday, Dec 3, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Trustees full board meeting
Friday, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House

Women’s Basketball vs. Barton College
Monday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Fleming Gym

Noon at the ‘Spoon art tour
Tuesday, Dec. 8, noon, Weatherspoon

December Commencement
Thursday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m., Coliseum

Men’s Basketball vs. Belmont Abbey
Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m.