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Archives for February 2016

Vice Chancellor Jim Clotfelter will retire in July


Photo of Dr. Jim Clotfelter.Dr. Jim Clotfelter, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services, will retire effective July 31, 2016.

Clotfelter joined UNCG as Professor of Political Science in 1977 and was appointed Vice Chancellor in 1991. In addition to his responsibilities in those roles, he was responsible for university planning and public partnerships, including the passage of the 1993 Higher Education Bond that included funds for the Music Building; he led the effort to develop a UNCG/City/State partnership to create the Spring Garden Streetscape; he led a planning council that recommended the building of the Sullivan Science Building; and he led two university-wide strategic planning efforts.

In his 25 years as Vice Chancellor, he essentially built an organization from the ground up during a time of significant technological change.

Because of his leadership and the efforts of the hardworking ITS staff, they were able to:

  • fund, build and operate the core technology infrastructure that enables all of the mission-critical activities of the university, including the development of the campus’s network (31,768 wired network ports, 2,412 access points and 71 remote access points);
  • successfully leverage key strategic technologies to build sustainable, cost-effective services (e.g., UNCG was one of the first three campuses in the nation to adopt Google Apps for Education);
  • build strong collaborative partnerships with other UNC System schools and integrate University technology infrastructure with public anchor institutions as appropriate for the benefit of UNCG and the surrounding community. For example, with NC A&T, UNCG built a high speed/high availability fiber optic communications ring that traverses the city;
  • implement balanced data security measures, create cross-functional data security governance, maintain effective security policies and procedures, and perform regular, sound risk assessments, which has led to consistent protection of the university’s critical data.

When Clotfelter steps down, Donna Heath, Associate Vice Chancellor for Systems and Networks, will serve as interim Vice Chancellor for ITS as the university conducts its search for a new permanent Vice Chancellor.

Auditorium’s new name

Photo of the interior of Aycock Auditorium. The UNCG Board of Trustees voted that the university’s historic auditorium no longer be named Aycock Auditorium at its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The change comes after more than a year of extensive research and evaluation by the campus community, including the board and its appointed committees, into the statewide concern surrounding buildings named in recognition of Charles B. Aycock, who served as governor of North Carolina from 1901 to 1905.

At the time of the auditorium’s naming in the 1920s, Aycock was recognized for his leadership and support for public education in North Carolina, including his support for the women’s college in Greensboro. Over the past several years, questions have been raised regarding the appropriateness of this name on several North Carolina campuses in light of Aycock’s beliefs and actions regarding race. Of special concern has been his support of white supremacy and his role in the disenfranchisement of black voters in the early 1900s.

A subcommittee composed of trustees, faculty, staff, students and community representatives, met multiple times over the course of the year and invited a panel of experts to present the history of former Governor Aycock. At the conclusion of its morning meeting last Thursday, the subcommittee issued the following recommendation: “The Subcommittee respectfully recommends that the auditorium facility no longer be named Aycock Auditorium.”

The findings for the recommendation are as follows: “The Subcommittee finds that while Governor Charles B. Aycock had many accomplishments, Governor Aycock’s beliefs, actions, and resulting reputation related to matters of racial discrimination are contrary to the best interests of the University given its current mission and values.”

The Advancement Committee, acting as a committee of the whole, met in the afternoon. Following additional discussion and deliberation, the board voted unanimously to rename the auditorium.

At the Friday trustees meeting, the board voted that the auditorium will be identified as the UNCG Auditorium until a permanent name is selected.

See full story at UNCG Now.

Modifying SOAR to spur affinity for academic majors

Photo of SOAR session.SOAR is only three months away and the university has made a few changes to improve the focus of the orientation experience.

Those incoming students looking toward a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or who are exploring majors will have four sessions to choose from. Four other SOAR sessions will be for the professional schools or those exploring majors. There will be eight total, in June.

“We’re making this shift to be more academic-content focused,” said Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples. The students will spend more time in academic buildings with faculty and staff from their chosen major. This will help build an affinity for their major and make connections with faculty and students with similar academic interests, she explained.

By Mike Harris

Men’s basketball on a win streak, defeats Top 35 Mocs

Photo of men's basketball head coach. The Spartans have won three in a row.

They defeated Wofford, then Samford.

On Saturday, they traveled to take on conference leader Chattanooga, who was undefeated at home this year. Chattanooga had a national RPI ranking in the Top 35. The Spartans stunned the Mocs, shooting 67 percent and holding the Mocs to 35 percent, for a 79 to 64 win.

The team concludes their regular season with two home games in the coming days:  tomorrow (Thursday) against The Citadel and Sunday against Mercer.

This week will decide which teams receive a bye in the SoCon Tournament next week.

For ticket information for Spartan basketball, call 334-3250 or email alrich@uncg.edu.

UNCG Grounds, led by Hal Shelton, battles wintry weather

Image of salt brine trucks stationed at the physical plantJust a few days before an anticipated snowstorm, Hal Shelton is awaiting a 30 ton shipment of road salt.

“That last one was a tough one,” Shelton said, peering at the depleted pile of road salt in a small Facilities Operations warehouse on Gate City Boulevard.

As the Assistant Director for Grounds, Shelton is responsible for carrying out much of UNCG’s winter weather plan. Along with a team of Grounds employees, and help from many staff in Facilities Operations, Shelton helps keep university sidewalks and roads clear from snow and ice.  

According to Shelton, the university used about 90 percent of the 30 tons of road salt stored in the warehouse during the January 2016 snowstorm.

When Shelton began working with University Facilities 27 years ago, sprinkling sand on the sidewalks was the best tactic the Grounds Department had for offering traction on the sidewalks during a snowstorm. But the university has come a long way since then, Shelton said, as he awaited the shipment of road salt.  

Some of the salt will be mixed with rain water collected on the grounds. This mixture, called brine, is used to pre-treat roads before the storm. Oftentimes, a treatment of the brine or salt will be applied to Spring Garden Street at 2 a.m. when traffic has died down. Because Spring Garden is considered a secondary city street, it typically will not be cleared by the city so it’s up to the Grounds crew and cross-campus support to keep the street and its sidewalks cleared.

After a treatment of brine or salt is applied a snow plow will clear enough space for an emergency vehicle to operate on the street.

Facilities Operations keeps two snowplows in a warehouse on-site and if the anticipated storm is big enough Shelton will rent more. But even making a reservation costs money. Deciding between cost and efficiency is a large part of the job. “It’s sort of stressful sometimes,” Shelton said.

According to Shelton, it’s the support from all facets of campus operation that help keep the walkways passable. Volunteers from across campus will pick up shovels to clear entranceways and paths through campus. If icy roads make for a dangerous commute, Housing & Residence Life will often offer a vacant room to an employee. And according to Shelton, the administration has been behind the operation, providing the funding to keep roads and walkways clear.

“We’re all in it together on this,” Shelton said.

By Daniel Wirtheim

Ceramics in America, Pottery in North America

022416Feature_PotteryLearn about our state’s pottery tradition, as well as the international context.

The UNCG Residential Colleges and Dr. Elizabeth Perrill, with support from the UNCG Art Department, are proud to present a series of public lectures and question/answer sessions with national and international leaders in the field of ceramic creation and history.

“Attendees will learn about the rich history of North Carolinian ceramic communities, as well as the place of this dynamic art form in a national and international context. Speakers include practicing artists, historians and curators,” says Perrill, associate professor of art history. “The March 22nd presentation is a part of UNCG Entrepreneur day, but in fact, all presentations will discuss the entrepreneurial spirit that is an integral part of North Carolina’s rich ceramic legacy.”

This lecture series, developed as part of the RCO 202-02 Ceramics in America, Pottery in North Carolina Spring 2016 course is free and open to the public.

All talks will be at the UNCG Faculty Center.


University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Independent Curator: 2016 Central China Ceramics Biennale & 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale.

Apr. 12, 6:30 p.m. – “CERAMIC CRAFT AS ART” – Daniel Johnston, Artist, Owner of Daniel Johnston Pottery

Questions? Email ksstamey@uncg.edu.

Visual: signed Jugtown Chinese Blue glazed Han Dynasty style vase (related to Mar. 1 Jon Zachman talk) Courtesy: Greensboro Historical Museum

UNCG’s African-American history on display through Google Cultural Institute

022416Feature_BlackHistoryIn honor of Black History Month, the Google Cultural Institute is showcasing 80 online exhibits from museums and cultural centers across the nation.

UNCG was one of only two universities selected by the nonprofit arm of Google to participate in the project.

UNCG’s exhibit weaves together photos, documents, handwritten letters and oral interviews to tell the stories of African Americans on campus from its earliest days through 1971. It was compiled by the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.

Additionally, the archives has an exhibition in the display space between Jackson Library and the EUC.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Jeanie Groh

Photography courtesy of University Archives, of some of our campus’s earliest housekeeping staff

Kids’ Night Out Feb. 27

Here’s a great opportunity exclusively for UNCG faculty and staff.

Kids’ Night Out at Campus Rec is a program designed to provide a fun, safe place for children to learn, explore and play while offering parents a low-cost alternative to traditional supervision services.

Kids’ Night Out is open to children ages 5 to 12. Trained UNCG Campus Recreation student employees staff the program with a ratio of one staff member to four children.

The program will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m. in the UNCG Student Recreation Center. The cost is $25 for one child and $10 per additional child. Children must have the same legal guardian to qualify for discount pricing.

You can find more and register at http://campusrec.uncg.edu/kno.

Show me the Money! A Guide To and Through Grant-Seeking Databases

Faculty and graduate students often require external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activity. These workshops will explore how to get the most from grant seeking databases, including SPIN, GrantSelect, Grant Advisor Plus, and the Foundation Center.

Participants learn to search for possible funding opportunities, practice identifying eligibility, and realize the importance of key words. Attendees will have opportunities to access databases and engage in searches related to their topic of interest.

Presented by: University Libraries and Office of Sponsored Programs, UNCG.

The same workshop will be offered twice during the Spring semester:

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, noon – 2 p.m., Curry 304

Tuesday, March, 22, 2016, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Curry 304

Register at: https://workshops.uncg.edu/workshops-by-category.jsp?cat_id=77001240

New Student Transitions and First Year Experience

What once was known as New Student and Spartan Family Programs has a new name: New Student Transitions and First Year Experience.

The department moved under Enrollment Management last semester, and with the move came the name change.

The department works to:

  • enhance student’s first year student success and retention
  • provide resources and services that will enhance the college transition experience and communication efficiencies, and will provide the necessary supports for families of our student required for improving student satisfaction, academic success and retention.

In the past months, there have been some staff changes, as well.

Shakima Clency is now senior associate director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience.

Brian Ford is now associate director, supervising the day-to-day SOAR planning and operations.

Austin McKim is a new coordinator of the Your First Year program. McKim will spearhead Rawkin’ Welcome Week, the Chancellor’s New Student Convocation, SPEARS, and all YFY programming.

Elizabeth Stewart is a new coordinator for Spartan Family Programs. She is responsible for the parent and family SOAR program, as well as Family Weekend and communication with our current and future Spartan Family members.

Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, the department’s director, reports to Dr. Bryan Terry, vice chancellor for enrollment management.

See the staff listing here. Have questions? Email Sousa-Peoples at k_sousap@uncg.edu.

UNCG and Triad Stage announce expanded partnership

The UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) and Triad Stage have announced plans to create a formal partnership that will capitalize on the capabilities, connections and histories of both organizations.

The partnership will provide new curricular opportunities, enhance SMTD recruitment efforts and build a bridge to professions for students. The partnership will also provide top talent for Triad Stage productions.

“We look forward to working with Triad Stage to create a new national model for synergistic relationships between educational and professional entities,” said UNCG SMTD Dean Peter Alexander. “This is going to be a wonderful opportunity not just for our students, but for the Greensboro community as a whole.”

As the largest professional theater in the region, Triad Stage has been an important partner of UNCG since the theater’s inception. The new, formalized partnership is built on a history of collaboration between the two organizations, which dates back to Triad Stage’s 2002 inaugural production of “Suddenly Last Summer” featuring a UNCG graduate student and a UNCG alumna.

Over the course of the next year, Triad Stage Founding Artistic Director Preston Lane and Founding Managing Director Richard Whittington will serve as SMTD’s artists in residence. The two will teach courses and will open the doors of Triad Stage to UNCG students in formal and informal ways. This semester, Whittington is working to develop a theater management course that will be part of SMTD’s new arts administration major.

Make nomination for Betty Hardin Award

The Betty Hardin Award for Excellence in Business Affairs is presented each year to a deserving permanent, full-time employee of UNCG’s Business Affairs Division. Anyone may nominate an eligible employee. Consideration is based on:

  • Superior leadership to the Division of Business Affairs
  • A positive and constructive attitude with high standards
  • A sense of humor
  • An appreciation for people
  • Rendering of service above and beyond the call of duty to the university community

Employees may be nominated from all areas of Business Affairs, including:

  • Campus Enterprises
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Foundation Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Planning and Performance
  • Police and Emergency Management
  • Risk, Compliance and Insurance

Betty Hardin ’80 was a certified public accountant and a graduate of Lees-McRae College and UNCG. She was a 16-year employee of UNCG who worked in the Division of Business Affairs as director of advancement services. Hardin was known for her rock-solid dependability. In 1994, she was honored with the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for outstanding leadership and service to the University. She died in 2005 and is remembered through this award.
The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2016, at 5 p.m.
View details here.

Download the nomination form.

‘Science of Creativity and the Arts’

The theme of the Harrett Elliot Lecture Series 2016 will be “The Science of Creativity and the Arts.”

The series kicks off with a talk from Dr. R. Keith Sawyer, a professor of education at UNC Chapel Hill.

The series schedule:

“The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity”
Speaker: Dr. R. Keith Sawyer
Thursday, March 3, 2016

“Wired to Create”
Speaker: Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

“Predicting Artistic Brilliance in Children”
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Drake
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Details are at https://aas.uncg.edu/harriet-elliott/2015-Spring/.

Questions? Email Paul Silvia (Psychology) at p_silvia@uncg.edu

Looking ahead: Feb. 24, 2016

UNCG Softball vs. UNC Chapel Hill
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., UNCG Softball Stadium

Men’s Basketball: UNCG vs. The Citadel
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Book discussion, Isabel Allende’s ‘The House of the Spirits’
Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Theatre, ‘From Up Here’
Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., Brown Building Theatre

Women’s Basketball: UNCG vs. Western Carolina
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Music, UNCG Symphony & UNCG Choirs
Sunday, Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m.. UNCG Auditorium

Discussion, “Perceiving the past: Reactivation of cortical memory traces”
Monday, Feb. 29, 1:30 p.m., Sullivan 201

Forum, ‘Migrations throughout history’
Monday, Feb. 29, 6:30 p.m., Faculty Center

Inaugural statewide dance conference

More than 100 dance educators and students from across the state will arrive at UNCG this Saturday, Feb. 27, for “Connecting Across Carolinas: Energizing Dance Education,” the inaugural North Carolina Dance Education Organization (NCDEO) annual conference.

Organized by UNCG Professor of Dance Education and NCDEO President Dr. Mila Parrish, the one-day conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UNCG’s Coleman Building. See full story at UNCG Now.

Re-Inscribing Female Agency in Modernist Music

On Feb 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the EUC Sharpe Room, Dr. Elizabeth Keathley will present a work currently in progress for feedback from other faculty and staff. Students are welcome. Keathley’s book-in-progress shows that women writers, performers, and patrons have not only participated In shaping the production and reception of modernist music, but they have also incorporated this music as an important part of their social identities as modern women.

Dr. Mark Rifkin

Photo of Dr. Mark Rifkin.Dr. Mark Rifkin is the new director for the UNCG Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WGS). Rifkin assumes the position after completing a term as the Associate Head of the English Department at UNCG. Rifkin plans to bolster the number of classes taught by cross-appointed faculty within the program and to create a 100-level introductory course in hopes of attracting more WGS majors and minors earlier in their college careers. Learn more about the WGS program at wgs.uncg.edu

Dr. Erika Rauer

Dr. Erika Rauer (School of Music, Theater, and Dance) received funding from the United Way of Greater Greensboro for the “UNCG Community Arts Collaborative Arts After School Program.”

Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos

Photo of Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos.Dr. Arthur Anastopoulos (Human Development and Family Studies) received additional funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Longitudinal Outcome of College Students with ADHD.” Although there recently has been an increase in research investigating ADHD among adults, relatively less research has specifically addressed the manner in which ADHD impacts young adults attending college, the abstract notes. The need for conducting such research has become more evident recently, as increasing numbers of students with ADHD have been enrolling in college. To address this situation, the goals of this proposed study are: (a) to investigate the developmental trajectory of functional impairments associated with ADHD in the college student population, and (b) to identify variables that may predict differential outcomes in this group.

Dr. Catherine Scott-Little

Photo of Dr. Catherine Scott-Little . Dr. Catherine Scott-Little (Human Development and Family Studies received a continuation of funding from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for your project “Supporting Development of the North Carolina K – 3 Assessment.”

See/hear: Feb. 24, 2016

The Spartans men’s basketball team stunned the league-leading Chattanooga Mocs Saturday in Tennessee. The Mocs were No. 32 in the nation in the RPI rankings and had not lost at home since January 2015. See some highlights.

Ten UNCG professors with mini-grants helped students save in textbook costs

Photo of the McIver statute. In the Spring of 2015 the Office of the Provost and the University Libraries announced that they would support a pilot project where faculty interested in providing their students with a less expensive yet educationally rewarding alternative known as OER (Open Educational Resources) to expensive commercial textbooks.

Ten $1,000 stipends were granted to faculty as an incentive to encourage the faculty to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these could include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves. The results yielded quality teaching materials at a great savings to students. Assuming all of the class’ students in this pilot project would have otherwise purchased new textbooks, University Libraries has calculated a savings in these courses of as much as $150,000 overall, for the students.

Beth Bernhardt, representing the University Libraries, interviewed each participating faculty member before the Fall 2015 semester began and again at the end of the semester. “Everyone was just as enthusiastic about the project at the end of the semester as they were at the beginning,” she says. All of the grant winners told her they planned to continue using alternative resources for their classes for Spring 2016.

UNCG was the first UNC system school to provide “mini-grant” initiatives to encourage faculty to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials, Bernhardt says.

The University Libraries, in its commitment to promote Open Educational Resources, has joined the Open Textbook Network. This network promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks. UNCG was the first university in North Carolina to join the Open Textbook Network, Bernhardt notes. The network will provide a workshop for UNCG faculty interested in supporting faculty adoption of open textbooks on Sept. 9, 2016.

A forum about the 2015 Open Education Resources mini grant initiative will be Wednesday, March 23, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. A panel of faculty members, who received grants to create and/or implement the use of Open Educational Materials in their courses, will speak and answer questions.

If you are interested in learning more about Open Educational Resources check out the website http://uncg.libguides.com/oer or contact Beth Bernhardt at beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu.

This story is drawn from a UNCG Libraries blog post. See the full post at http://scholarlycommuncg.blogspot.com/2016/01/ten-uncg-professors-save-students.html

Researchers: Knowing ‘strengths’ spurs success

021716Feature_ResearchersWe’ve heard it a thousand times.

Put your best foot forward. Be positive. Play to your strengths.

But what if you don’t know what your strengths are?

That was the challenge UNCG Career Services was tasked with when it started to notice that students had difficulty answering the common interview question, “What are your strengths?”

The office’s response was to develop a strengths initiative, a series of cross-campus training and programming for students, faculty and staff using GALLUP’s StrengthsFinder assessment.

The assessment helps individuals identify their top five signature themes, or areas of natural talent, and learn how to maximize their talents and turn them into strengths. StrengthsFinder is incredibly unique and virtually customized to each individual – the chance that you will have the same top five in the same order as someone else is one in 33.3 million.

“We’re geared to look for what’s wrong rather than what’s right,” said Kala Taylor, assistant director for strengths initiatives. “The strengths initiative ties into the culture of care we strive to foster at UNCG.”

Since Career Services launched the initiative in 2013, UNCG has done more than just implement the program – the university recently conducted its own research, proving the effectiveness of strengths-based learning.

It all started in fall of 2013, when Career Services partnered with the Academic Connections in Education (ACE) program in UNCG’s Students First Office. The two teamed up to offer students returning from suspension the opportunity to take the assessment and attend a strengths-based learning workshop instead of opting for another academic support track.

“We were retaining 80 percent of students who participated in the strengths-based learning track – a number that was significantly higher than the retention rates of the other tracks,” said Amanda Phillips, academic recovery specialist with the Students First Office.

Eager to take a closer look at the effects of a strengths-based education, Phillips and Taylor applied for a UNC General Administration grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for research on non-cognitive skills development. UNCG, along with UNC Chapel Hill and NC State, won the grant.

Taylor and Phillips conducted the research last spring, evaluating the impact of a 16-week, strengths-based intervention program on the development of non-cognitive skills and outcomes for students on academic probation.

Students participating in the strengths program showed higher rates of self-confidence and higher confidence in their ability to use their strengths for academic and career success.

For Brian Le, a sophomore majoring in kinesiology, the program gave him the motivation he needed. “I learned that I can be successful if I start to apply myself,” he said.

Sophomore Brooke Smith shared similar thoughts.

“It was helpful to have something new and positive to focus on. The program helped me take my strengths and find ways to use them.”

Taylor and Phillips recently presented their findings at the National Symposium on Student Retention in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, the study was selected and approved for publication by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange.

“Before, these students didn’t know what they were good at,” Phillips said. “Now they have these five skills that they know they are good at naturally, and they can use these strengths for a successful academic career.”

Students on academic probation aren’t the only ones benefiting from the initiative. The strengths program has spread across campus, with a growing number of faculty, staff and students taking the assessment and participating in the workshop.

“The spread of this program has happened organically because people are starting to recognize that it’s positive and it works,” Taylor said. “Our goal is to give students, faculty and staff a way to identify their strengths and productively apply them.”


By Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Bryan School on Military Times’ ‘Best for Vets’ list

Photo of The Bryan School of Business and Economics.UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics is among the top North Carolina business schools for veterans according to the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016 list.

The Bryan School ranks third in the state after Fayetteville State University School of Business and Economics and North Carolina State University Poole College of Management.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by Military Times, especially since this is the first year that the Bryan School has participated in the ranking process,” said Mac Banks, dean of the Bryan School. “Military veterans are natural problem solvers, which makes them a great fit for the Bryan School. We look forward to continuing to offer the highest quality education to our nation’s heroes.”

The Business Schools list is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans. Military Times focused on culture and curriculum that cater to military veterans when conducting and scoring the fourth annual survey. The rankings recognize the top 77 business schools for veterans. The Bryan School ranks No. 59 nationally.

“Veterans have told us they were attracted to a business degree because it wouldn’t tie them down to a certain industry,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets. “The survey lets us recognize the graduate business schools with close military connections that truly take vets’ success to heart.”

UNCG has a long legacy of embracing veteran students and offers a wide range of resources for veterans and their families, including the Veterans Resource Center, the Student Veterans Association and numerous scholarship opportunities.

In addition to the Business Schools list, UNCG was recently named to the 2016 Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges list. The university was also named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a “Top School” in the 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges & Universities.

For more information about the rankings and methodology, visit militarytimes.com/best-for-vets.

See full story at UNCG Now.

Candidate forums for Dean, UNCG College of Arts & Sciences

Four candidates for the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences have been invited for a campus visit, Provost Dana Dunn said in a memo earlier this week:

There will be an open forum for each candidate followed by a brief reception. Forums are scheduled on Feb. 22 (101 Sullivan Bldg.), Feb. 25 (114 SOE Bldg.), Feb. 29 (101 Sullivan Bldg.), and March 3 (114 SOE Bldg.) from 3:30-5 p.m.

Forums will be recorded for viewing by those who cannot attend and linked to the website below by the next day.

The candidates’ itineraries, vitas and evaluation forms will also be posted at this link: https://sites.google.com/a/uncg.edu/dean-college-of-arts-sciences.  The evaluation form is an important tool in the search process. Please complete the survey as soon as you have had an opportunity to meet with a candidate.  We hope to make a timely decision after the visits have been completed so all surveys must be completed end of day Sunday, March 6.  I value your input and look forward to a successful conclusion to this important search.

Defeat Kansas. Defeat NC State. Defeat Kansas again.

UNCG Softball got their season off to a roaring start. In the Jacksonville University Invitational last weekend, they defeated the Big 12’s Kansas, a top 40 team. And a few hours later, they defeated the ACC’s NC State, ranked No. 23 nationally. On Sunday, they came from behind to defeat Kansas again.

The win over the Jayhawks marks Spartan Softball’s first-ever win over Kansas, and the first win over a Big 12 opponent.

The win over NC State was the first win over an ACC opponent since knocking off Virginia on Mar. 3, 2013.  It was also the first victory over the Wolfpack since Mar. 25, 2010 and the first win over a Top 25 team since knocking off then No. 23 Florida State on Feb. 11th, 2011.

They are now 4-1, having also defeated Coastal Carolina and lost to Jacksonville.

Softball is a great spectator sport here at UNCG. You’re on top of the action, wherever you sit. There’s no admission charge. Come cheer on the team.

Their home opener, against the Tar Heels, is one week away: Wed, Feb 24, 4 p.m.

Check out the schedule.

Forum: Migrations throughout history

021716Feature_HistoryForumThe UNCG History Department invites the community to a roundtable discussion about human migrations throughout history, and what they can teach us about the current world situation.

The forum will be Monday, Feb. 29, 6:30 p.m., in the UNCG Faculty Center. Admission is free.

The world refugee crisis has become a major topic of international discussion. The BBC reports that more than a million human beings sought refuge in Europe in 2015 alone, making this the world’s largest movement of people since World War Two. Meanwhile, the arrival of undocumented immigrants into the United States remains a hot-button political issue.

Human migration, its causes, and the widespread impact on society, are not new phenomena. From ancient times to the present, people have moved great distances in response to political, socio-economic, cultural and environmental crises.

Join in reflecting on how the past shapes the present and how the present, in turn, shapes our understanding of the past.

Questions? Email Dr. Linda Rupert at lmrupert@uncg.edu or Dr. Jill Bender at jcbender@uncg.edu.

Ashby Dialogues: MRI and creativity, exercise and injury

Join us for two guest presentations of the Ashby Dialogue on “Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Creativity, Exercise, and Injury.” The Ashby Dialogues provide opportunities for faculty and students from at least two academic departments – in this case Psychology and Kinesiology – to engage in presentations and inquiry on specific topics of interest.

Friday, February 19, 2016
Dr. Paul Laurienti (Wake Forest University)
Talk Title: “Complexity, Networks and the Human Brain”
3:30 pm; Sullivan 200

Monday, February 29, 2016
Dr. Roberto Cabeza (Duke University)
Talk Title: “Perceiving the past: Reactivation of cortical memory traces”
1:30 pm; Sullivan 201
Questions? Dr. Jeni Pathman, Dept. of Psychology


Spartan Trader in EUC Tuesday/Thursday noon-3 p.m.

Stop by the Spartan Trader table in the EUC and see selected items from the store. They have men’s and women’s professional wear including suits and ties for men, dress pants, dresses, jackets and blouses for women, casual and business style shoes, jeans, flannels, warm outerwear – coats, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves – jewelry, and more!  They will refresh what they bring to the EUC every week. They accept consignments and donations from the UNCG community, alumni and Greensboro community all year-round. Call the store to make arrangements for drop-offs (336) 256-0317. If you need more information or have questions, email Melissa Rinehart at mbrineha@uncg.edu. Their offerings range from bike rentals (hourly $1 to a semester $60 to 50 cent sodas and $1 coffee. The store is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F, noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

Some 2015-16 faculty funding deadlines

For 2015-16, Global Engagement has up to $50,000 in Global Engagement Course Development Award funding available for faculty to create or revise courses incorporating the four Global Engagement SLOs. Awards range from $500 (revised course) to $1,000 (new course or series of courses). The final Spring 2016 deadline to apply is March 18.

Please visit globalqep.uncg.edu/faculty/grants.htm for more details on available awards.

  • Global Engagement Course Development Awards (Global Engagement) – Up to $1,000 – March 18
  • International and Global Service-Learning Course Development Grants (OLSL) – Up to $2,500 – March 14 (for a summer exploratory trip)
  • Globally Engaged Undergraduate Research and Creativity Award (URSCO) – Up to $5,000 – February 14, April 10
  • Kohler Awards (IPC) – $300 and up – March 18
  • International Travel Fund (IPC) – Up to $600 – Rolling

Spring 2016 Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 23 3-4 p.m., Janet Allard (Theater) and Alexandra Moore (English)
Tuesday, March 22 3-4 p.m. Christian Moraru and Andrei Terian (Lucian Blaga U of Sibiu)
Tuesday, April 26 3-4 p.m. Seung-Hyun Lee (Media Studies) and Justin Lee (Social Work)

*All meetings will be held in the UNCG Faculty Center. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact UTLC Global Engagement Fellow Dr. Melody Zoch (Assistant Professor, Teacher Education and Higher Education), at mzoch@uncg.edu.

Paul Lester named new UNCG chief of police

Photo of Major Paul Lester.Chancellor Franklin Gilliam announced this news to the campus community earlier this week:

Major Paul Lester has been named as the new chief of police at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has 29 years of law enforcement experience. In 1993, he began his career at UNCG as a patrol officer with the Police Department. He worked his way up the ranks and was promoted to major in 2010.

Paul Lester received a bachelor of arts degree in 2002 from UNCG and is also a graduate of the FBI Academy. He holds certifications in Advance Law Enforcement, North Carolina Law Enforcement Training and Standards, Computer Forensics, Advanced Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs Investigations, Sexual Assault Investigations, Threat Assessment Investigations, Clery Compliance and Title IX.

He will assume his leadership role on March 1, 2016. We are both proud of his accomplishments and excited about his continued contribution to the UNCG campus community.

I want to thank the search committee for attracting an outstanding pool of candidates from around the region and for its role in recruiting Incoming-Chief Lester. I’d also like to extend a sincere thank you to the Greensboro and Guilford County Police Departments; and the faculty, staff and students who participated in this very important search.

Our incoming chief succeeds Chief Jamie Herring, who retired last fall after a 30-year law enforcement career at the university. A big thank you to Associate Vice Chancellor for Safety and Risk Management Rollin Donelson for serving in the interim.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Paul Lester as UNCG’s new chief of police.

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

See/hear: Feb. 17, 2016

UNCG’s #BelieveInTheG campaign runs through the end of today (Wednesday, Feb. 17). See how students respond when they’re asked, “Why do you believe in the G?” See more at believeintheg.com.



Global Engagement Faculty Learning Group

Come be a part of UNCG’s Global Engagement Faculty Learning Group Tuesday, February 23, from 3-4 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Refreshments will be provided. Guest speakers are Janet Allard (Theater) and Alexandra Moore (English).

For more information email Dr. Melody Zoch (Teacher Education and Higher Education) at mzoch@uncg.edu.

Allende’s “The House of the Spirits”

Take part in a book discussion on Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits” at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Thursday, Feb 25, 6 p.m.

Join Beth Sheffield, Greensboro Public Library, for the discussion of this important Latin American novel. A limited number of books are available; contact Terri Dowell-Dennis at t_dowell@uncg.edu. The event is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Pan American Modernism: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America and the United States,” on view through May 1.

Linda Rupert

Photo of Dr. Linda Rupert.Dr. Linda Rupert (History) has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction. The twenty-year-old Forum is an association of historians dedicated to the study of the development of European overseas empires and the resulting impact on peoples, places, and cultures worldwide, primarily in the early modern period. Rupert has been actively involved with the organization since her graduate student days. Most recently, she chaired the Program Committee for FEEGI’s biennial conference at the University of California, Irvine.

She is associate professor in the UNCG History Department.