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Archives for March 2016

UNCG Recognized for Efforts in Financial Aid

2016 UNCG International Festival April 9

Photo of attendees of the International Festival. The 34th Annual UNCG International Festival, one of the largest events each year on our campus, presents an exciting opportunity to celebrate diverse countries of the world and to foster multicultural awareness.

The 34th annual International Festival will be held on UNCG’s College Avenue on Saturday, April 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Alternative rain location is the Coleman Building (formerly called HHP Building).

The festival promotes cultural appreciation and understanding through music, food, exhibits, educational demonstrations, and live entertainment from all regions of the globe.

Last year, some 50 different countries, organizations and vendors hosted booths for the over 3,000 people in attendance. This year, passports will once again be distributed at the event and can be stamped as attendees visit numerous country booths and meet representative international students.

Parents, children, students and all community members are welcome as this event is free and open to the public! Parking is also free.

See the See/hear post this week for a video from a previous International Festival.


Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards April 5

033016Feature_FacultyStaffExcellenceThe 2016 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 5, at 9 a.m. in the EUC Auditorium. The ceremony will reflect the creativity, innovation and achievements of UNCG’s talented faculty and staff. Award recipients will be highlighted in short videos created by our own UNCG students.

University Service Awards recipients with 30, 35 and 40 years of service also will be recognized, and the following awards will be presented:

UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
  • James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards
  • Holshouser Award for Public Service
  • O. Max Gardner Award
  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
  • Research Excellence Awards
  • Staff Excellence Awards
  • Student Learning Enhancement Awards
  • Thomas Undergraduate Research Award

To see past years’ recipients and videos, visit http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Employee_Recognition/Excellence_Awards

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Counseling & Educational Development No. 2 in nation

033016Feature_CEDno2For the second year in a row, U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) No. 2 nationally.

“The faculty in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development are thrilled by the recent No. 2 ranking from US News and World Report,” said Scott Young, CED department chair. “Such national recognition of our work and the high quality programs the department offers is wonderful validation of the department’s years of sustained commitment to excellence.”

CED, housed in the School of Education, is home to a doctorate program, four master’s programs, four educational specialist programs, and a post-master’s certificate program.

View the rankings here.

Full story at UNCG Now.

By Jeanie Groh.

Antisemitism: From Persecution to Genocide

033016Feature_AntisemitismThe panel “Antisemitism: From Persecution to Genocide” will be held Wednesday, March 30, 6 p.m., School of Education Building, Room 114.

Guest speakers will include:

  • UNCG Emeritus Professor and author of “The Twisted Road to Auschwitz,” Dr. Karl Schleunes
  • Rabbi Frank Fischer, witness to Kristallnacht during the Holocaust
  • Dr. Zev Harel, survivor of Holocaust death camps
  • UNCG Communication Studies Professor Dr. Roy Schwartzman.

Schleunes will be discussing the the progression of antisemitism in Europe during the twentieth century, Rabbi Fischer and Dr. Harel will discuss their experiences in Nazi Germany, and Dr. Schwartzman will discuss how antisemitism is relevant to today’s issues of hate.

The UNCG Historical Society, the UNCG History Department, the UNCG Communication Studies Department, and the UNCG Holocaust & Genocide Studies Research & Teaching Network are co-sponsoring this event, which features two survivors of the Holocaust. Additional support provided by a grant from the Alfred & Anita Schnog Family Foundation and from the Jewish Heritage Foundation of N.C.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served immediately following the event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brittany Hedrick at bmhedric@uncg.edu.

Photograph from German Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Poland, summer 1944, photographer Ernst Hofmann or Bernhard Walte. Courtesy Creative Commons.

Travis L. Hicks

Photo of Travis L. Hicks.Travis L. Hicks, assistant professor of Interior Architecture and director of the UNCG Center for Community-Engaged Design, was the 2015-16 UNCG nominee for the Holshouser Award for Public Service. “I am changing the way that students learn – and how professionals practice – architecture and design,” Hicks said. “How? I engage the public in the design of places and spaces that impact the people of North Carolina.” Read more about Hicks here.

The Holshouser Award for Public Service was created to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the university system. Faculty from any of the 17 institutions of the UNC system are eligible. See information in accompanying post.

Dr. Diana Bowman

Photo of Dr. Diana Bowman.Dr. Diana Bowman, former director of the National Center for Homeless Education (grant managed by SERVE/ORED since the center’s inception) retired last summer. She continues to be a part of SERVE. She has received funding from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for the project “Homeless Education Product Review.”

New Veterans Resource Center Coordinator Brad Wrenn

Photo of Brad WrennBrad Wrenn is the coordinator for the Veterans Resource Center for the Division of Student Affairs. He officially began March 7.

Wrenn comes to the VRC from the UNCG School of Nursing, where he worked in Medical Simulation, and as the Project Manager for the School of Nursing’s Veterans Access Program.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 2002 after a six-year enlistment and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from the Bryan School at UNCG as well as a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from East Carolina University. He lives in Greensboro with his wife, Rachel.

In a presentation to Staff Senate March 10, Wrenn spoke about the large number of veterans that are enrolled at UNCG.

The Veterans Resource Center, which opened in 2014, has a carefully crafted environment of support that allows military-affiliated students to thrive. Located in Spring Garden Apartments on campus, it provide services and support for all military-affiliated students, and it provide programming focused on the veteran experience.

Details are at veterans.uncg.edu/veterans-resource-center.

Artist in Residence Showcase April 7

Join the Lloyd International Honors College for the Artist in Residence Showcase, on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m in Collins Lecture Hall, Music Building. Seven honors college fellows, a diverse community of artist scholars, will present the work they have created this school year. This program is in partnership with the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office. Dessert reception to follow.

Responsible Conduct of Research: Taking the High Road to Better Data

The Office of Research Integrity announces its spring training session in the Responsible Conduct of Research practices, “Responsible Conduct of Research: Taking the High Road to Better Data.” Topics to be covered include: Questionable Research Practices, Data Management, Authorship, and Mentor/Mentee Relationships.

The training will be Friday, April 8, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Sullivan 200. No registration is required; however, seating is limited. Please note that the ORI will host similar sessions each semester so please be on the lookout for the date and time if you are unable to attend this session.

Dr. Deb Cassidy

Dr. Deb Cassidy is UNCG’s nominee for the UNC system’s 2015-16 O. Max Gardner Award. The award was established by the UNC Board of Governors to recognize faculty who have “made the greatest contributions to the welfare of the human race.” A professor of Human Development and Family Studies, she was selected by the Gardner/Holshouser Award Committee because of her significant contributions to the field of early childhood education. Her career has been dedicated to understanding the complex factors that contribute to the high quality early childhood experiences so critical to the future well-being of our youngest citizens. Cassidy has provided substantial leadership for the development and widespread adoption of the 5-star rating system for early education settings, and her contributions include working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of education for early childhood teachers. Her regional, national, and international reputation speak to the overall impact of her scholarship and leadership in her field.

See/hear: March 30, 2016

The 2016 International Festival will be Saturday, April 9. See a clip for an earlier year’s International Festival, for a sample of the fun and learning on tap.

Looking ahead: March 30, 2016

Panel, “Antisemitism: From Persecution to Genocide”
Wednesday, March 30, 6 p.m., Education Building, Rm 114

Concert, Beaux Eaux Follies (on April Fools Day)
Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, April 5, 9 a.m., EUC Auditorium

“Performativity, Proceduralism, and Legalized Inhumanity at Guantánamo Bay,”  Dr. Ali Moore
Tuesday, April 5, noon, Dogwood Room,  EUC

Faculty Senate meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 3 p.m., Alumni House

Graduate Research & Creativity Expo
Thursday, April 7, noon, EUC, Cone Ballroom

Poetry reading, Jennifer Whitaker, from award-winning “The Blue Hour”
Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m., Maple Room, EUC

Dr. Emily Edwards

Dr. Emily Edwards (Media Studies) has a newly published book, “Bars, Blues and Booze.” It’s about local music scenes in the South. She will speak about the book on WUNC’s The State of Things Tuesday, April 5.

Graduate Research & Creativity Expo April 7

The UNCG Graduate School in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development will host the 2016 Graduate Research and Creativity Expo: “Scholarship That Matters” on April 7, 2016, noon – 4 p.m. in the EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

Opening remarks will be presented by Richard “Skip” Moore, former president of the Weaver Foundation and former Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at UNCG, with final judging taking place from 3 – 4 p.m. in various rooms through the EUC.

The purpose of the Expo is to showcase the accomplishments of UNCG’s graduate students to the Greater Greensboro community, and to provide a venue for students to communicate their research and creative activities to the general public. More than 85 graduate students will present their work either through posters, short colloquies, or short videos. Students will be present, based on various schedules, to explain their work and interact with the broader community. Attendees can meet with students and staff from across campus to identify ways to tap into UNCG’s talent and resources and build mutually beneficial partnerships.

The Expo is organized into competitions in the following broad categories: Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences; Health Sciences; Social Sciences; Humanities; Creative Arts; and Professional Programs.  Topics in this year’s Showcase range widely and include: high speed intercity passenger rail programs, how your diet affects your viruses, emerging cooperative grocery stores in food deserts,  trip training and reducing falling risks, how community gardens are providing fresh produce to food assistance, how low-intensity exercise may counteract sleep deprivation, looking at gendered spaces through graphic narrative, preserving the Gibsonville Prison Farm and enhancing the community, coal ash contamination in the Dan River food web, climate variability and tick- borne disease prevalence and many more.

Judges will circulate throughout the event and will evaluate presentations in each of the venues. Following the competition, a winner from each category will be awarded a $1,000 prize. Winners from the competition will participate in May at the State Legislature’s Graduate Education Day in Raleigh.

The event is free and open to the public.

EUC Blood Drive

The Elliott University Center will host its fourth and final Red Cross Blood Drive of the 2015-16 academic year on Tuesday April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

You may schedule your donation appointment today and help the EUC reach its 250-pint goal. For those wishing to donate double red blood cells, the Red Cross is currently accepting only blood types A negative; B negative; O positive; and O negative.

Come prepared when giving blood. Have a light meal and plenty to drink. Bring your Red Cross donor card (optional), driver’s license or two other forms of identification. And bring the names of any medications you are currently taking.

For more information on giving blood, and to schedule your donation appointment, visit http://euc.uncg.edu/mission/blood-drive.  Appointments will be given priority.  Walk-ins are welcome.

Nominate faculty member for Holshouser Award

The Holshouser Award for Public Service, formerly known as the Public Service Award, was created in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service by faculty of the University of North Carolina system. Each year, UNCG puts forth a campus nominee to the Board of Governors for consideration for the award.  The selection criteria include sustained, distinguished, and superb achievement in university public service and outreach and contributions to improving the quality of life for citizens of North Carolina.  The creativity and impact of such achievements should be beyond the normal accomplishments of productive faculty.

The Gardner/Holshouser award committee is currently seeking nominations for this distinguished award.  In honor of their achievements, the campus nominee will receive a $1,000 honorarium and be recognized at the 2017 Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony.  The system winner, chosen by the Board of Governors, receives a $7,500 cash prize. To submit a nomination, or learn more about the award, please visit http://provost.uncg.edu/Holshouser.  Nominations are due by April 8.

Reservation Books for campus spaces open April 15

The Elliott University Center reservation books for Academic Departments and Administrative Units will open on Friday April 15, 2016, at 10 a.m. for events and meetings your department would like to hold in the EUC and other campus spaces (College Avenue, Foust Park, Kaplan Commons, Taylor Garden and Stone Lawn). Reservations may be made for any event occurring between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. The Reservations Office will confirm room requests in the order in which the it receives them.  Please visit http://euc.uncg.edu to review the updated Elliott University Center Guidelines and Procedures for Facilities and Services prior to making your request(s).

Information concerning the reservation book opening dates for events and meetings held in academic spaces will be communicated soon.

The reservation books for the EUC display cases, as well as the indoor railing and outdoor banner space at the EUC, will also open on April 15.

Through Virtual EMS, you have the option to obtain a user account that will allow you to complete reservation requests online. The Reservations Office would appreciate it if the person responsible for programming in your area would obtain an account and complete a Room Reservation request for each event being planned.  Please visit http://reservations.uncg.edu  and open the Account Management link to request an account.

In efforts to increase our sustainability practices, they will be reducing the amount of paper generated through this office. At the time of the reservation request you will be required to submit the fund and account numbers to be billed for your reservation. The office will continue to provide you with a detailed invoice electronically prior to submitting a payment request to Accounts Payable.

Please visit the Additional Services & Spaces link on the Reservations web site to access the form to display outdoor banners and to request space in display cases and on the indoor railing in the EUC Commons.  You may also visit the Reservations Office in the EUC to complete a hard copy of the forms, if necessary.

Info session for students interested in transferring to UNCG

UNCG will hold a free information session the evening of Tuesday, April 26, for students who want to learn more about transferring to UNCG to complete an undergraduate degree.

Attendees of the 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 the admission process, transfer credit, housing, student life, and the university’s many resources.

The Transfer Information Program is held in the Elliott University Center on the UNCG campus.   Visit admissions.uncg.edu/discover-events-tip.php for information about the event.

Do you have a passion for the arts?

Find out how to pursue your creative passion and turn it into a profitable business.  On April 2 join artists and entrepreneurs from across the Triad at Revolution Mill in Greensboro to learn how to take your artistic ability to the next level.  The NC Entrepreneurship Center at UNCG will present a dozen workshops led by more than 15 experts ranging from local businesses to successful career artists. You will have the opportunity to learn how to manage your art as a profession, increase your business acumen and develop strategies to set you on a successful path to effectively accomplishing your career goals.  Find out how to get funding for your work, market yourself, and much more.  You will get to interact with each speaker after their workshop to ask questions and connect with them on a personal level.  Afterwards, stay for lunch to network with professionals in your community and get advice from people who want you to thrive and succeed.

​Register today to save your place at this revolutionary event at www.artsrev.com​.

In the afternoon Revolution Mill and the NCEC will host a free arts festival that is open to the public, giving the morning’s artists an opportunity to showcase their work and connect with the Triad community.  Live performances will feature everything from musicians to comedians to chefs will take place throughout the mill, and select local artisans will have the opportunity to sell their wares and promote their talents in a street festival atmosphere.   There will be food trucks and beverages.  A full schedule is here.

Interested in coming to ArtsRevolution? RSVP for free at artapalooza.eventbrite.com.

2016 Undergraduate Research Expo March 29

All are invited to attend the 10th annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in the EUC.

At noon in the EUC Auditorium, the plenary speaker will be: Jennifer Blackmer – “The Gesture of Thinking: What the Sciences and Humanities can Learn from the Performing Arts.”

Jennifer Blackmer is the 2015 winner of the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award for Emerging American Playwright. Her plays include “Human Terrain,” “Unraveled” and “Alias Grace.” She has developed work with Seven Devils, The Lark and the Playwrights Center, and has been a finalist for the David Charles Horn Prize and The O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference, among others. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Ball State University, where she also serves as the Associate Provost for Entrepreneurial Learning and the Director of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry.

Dr. John Z. Kiss named Dean of College of Arts & Sciences

0323216Spotlight_KissProvost Dana Dunn shares this announcement with the campus community:

Dr. John Z. Kiss, dean of the Graduate School and professor of biology at the University of Mississippi, has accepted the position of dean of The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro effective July 1, 2016.

John Kiss will succeed Dr. Timothy Johnston, who has held the position since 2003. After a yearlong transition leave, Johnston will return to UNCG as professor of psychology.

Dr. Kiss has been the dean of the graduate school at the University of Mississippi since 2012.  His academic appointments include Professor of Biology and Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the National Center for Natural Products Research. In 2014, Kiss received the NASA outstanding Public Leadership Medal “for exceptional contributions in spaceflight research in the fundamental biology of plants in support of NASA’s exploration mission.” Previously on the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio (1993-2012), Dr. Kiss received the title of Distinguished Professor, for which the emphasis is on both research and teaching, as well as the Benjamin Harrison Medallion (the highest faculty honor). From 2008-2012 he served as chair of the Department of Botany.

Commenting on the value of a liberal education, Dr. Kiss responded, “It is clear to me that a liberal arts and sciences education will prepare our students for lifelong learning which will lead success in our increasingly competitive society. Liberal education develops critical thinking as well as writing and quantitative skills. Students also develop their ability to analyze the written word and to speak clearly. Since our students will have many careers throughout their lives, I firmly believe that a liberal education is an important hallmark of a university experience.”

I would like to thank the members of the search committee for their work on this search and the many faculty, staff and students who participated in the candidate interviews. Also, thank you to everyone who took the time to complete evaluation forms on the candidates.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Kiss upon his appointment and welcoming him to this important position.

Connect NC bond passes; will bring Nursing/STEM building

Photo of Minerva statue.North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed the Connect NC Bond referendum March 15, which will bring a new nursing and STEM instructional building to UNCG’s campus. Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. issued the following statement:

We are pleased and grateful that the citizens of North Carolina voted yesterday to approve the Connect NC bond referendum. Its resounding passage will allow for much needed investments in the people and future prosperity of our great state.

I’d like to extend my personal gratitude to all those who worked tirelessly to educate our voting populace about the bond package and its importance to our state, community and campus. We also were fortunate to have a number of community partners step forward and advocate on our behalf. This demonstration of support is heartening and is indicative of the crucial role that our public university system plays in North Carolina.

UNCG alumna Beth Leavel lights up Triad Stage

032316Feature_LevelLightsStage“An Evening with Beth Leavel, featuring Dominick Amendum” lit up Triad Stage’s Pyrle Theatre mainstage March 14. Leavel, a Tony recipient, sang, told stories and celebrated the world of theater, accompanied by “Wicked” associate musical director Dominick Amendum ‘01.  She closed the show with “Before the Parade Passes By” from “Hello Dolly.” News & Record reviewer Jackson Cooper noted that was her thesis as an MFA student at UNCG.

Before the performance, they offered a special, brief cabaret performance in the UpStage Cabaret space (see photograph).

See related story about Q&A with students.

Photography by Martin Kane

‘Looking for Palestine’ is UNCG’s 2016 Keker Common Read

032316Feature_CommonReadNajla Said’s “Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family” is the chosen book for the 2016 Keker First Year Common Read program.

The Keker Book Selection Committee made the recommendation, and Provost Dunn and Vice Chancellor Callahan provided their approval.

Said, who grew up in Manhattan, is the daughter of Edward Said, a renowned intellectual known for his vigorous support of a Palestinian nation. “Looking for Palestine” traces Said’s search for self-identity as an Arab-American in wake of the September 11, 2011, attacks.

All freshmen will receive a copy of the KFYCR book at SOAR and will participate in the program through a variety of curricular and co-curricular initiatives. A full calendar of events surrounding the KFYCR will be available at http://yourfirstyear.uncg.edu/the-first-year-common-read/events/

Last year, there were 30 programs to support the common read. Programming for the 2016 common read is being developed.

Said will perform her one-woman show (see visual) related to “Looking for Palestine” on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the UNCG Auditorium. She is also scheduled to speak at a luncheon for students as well as teach a class in advanced theater.

Broadway’s Beth Leavel, Dom Amendum share tips with UNCG students

032316Feature_BethLevel“Coming back, it’s like coming home,” Tony winner Beth Leavel said.

Leavel, a 1980 UNCG MFA graduate in theater, was back at UNCG last week to speak with Spartan students. She was joined by “Wicked” associate music director Dominick Amendum, a fellow alumnus  (’01). Currently a visiting professor, he will conduct the orchestra for “Into the Woods” in April at UNCG.

Leavel attended Meredith for her undergraduate degree. She called her selection of UNCG’s MFA program “a really, really smart choice.”

She said, “Being here validated my passion.” She was surrounded by “like minds and supportive teachers,” she explained. “I felt so privileged to be here.”

She was terrified of moving to New York City and trying to break into the theatre world there, she told the students last week.  Soon, after being noticed in a musical based on the Nancy Drew series, she had booked “42nd Street” and she was on her way. Her other Broadway credits include “Baby It’s You,” for which she was nominated for a Tony,  “Elf,”  “Mamma Mia!,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Show Boat.”

One student asked about auditions for Broadway shows.

“I wish I’d taken more dance,” she told the students. She took tap dance in elementary school. She explained (humorously) the audition process for “42nd Street” and also for “Crazy for You,” her first two major shows. They both are known for their dancing. She also told of quietly walking out of the audition space for “Cats,” soon after arriving.

“I’m not a dancer. I can sing really well.”

That’s a good lesson for young actors, she said.

“Know your strengths. Are you a strong singer? A great dancer?”

In show business, we are the product, she explained. “Do your homework; know who you are going into the (audition) room.”

Amendum spoke of being on the other side of auditions – he referred to 12 years as music director on “Wicked.”

“Don’t mimic,” he told the students. Before an audition for a particular role, don’t study a star’s version of the role on YouTube. Those casting want to see what you bring to it.

Originating a role is so much better than taking over a role from a star – for example she replaced Andrea Martin in “Young Frankenstein.” You have less leeway in finding your character (and in the case of “Young Frankenstein,” the doors were not constructed for someone who’s tall – she drew laughs from the students as she showed her bending technique coming through the doors).

She won a Tony for her role in The Drowsy Chaperone. But she was passed over, originally, in the auditions. When chosen, she played “hot seat” in character, with many “creatives” in the audience seats. She’d have to answer their questions, in character. It’d help her crystallize the character. And something magical happened. As she walked onstage, the creatives stood and cheered her. It surprised her. She felt compelled to do a curtsy. It was a low, slow, majestic curtsy. (Leavel reenacted the moment for the students.)

She had it – all of a sudden. “We all knew who she was that day.”

Leavel spoke about particulars, such as the importance of having a good, trusting relationship with the stage manager. And she spoke about the big picture – being open and ready for whatever’s next.

She encouraged the theater students, and explained that she hopes to never stop pursuing roles.

“Keep going. You see the path. It’d be a shame not to explore,” she told the students.

“Just do it. Even if doesn’t work out, what’s the worst?” she said. “You’ll have amazing experiences. Just go for it.”

By Mike Harris
Photo of Leavel after the Q&A as students greeted her, by Mike Harris.

HHS Health and Wellness Expo March 24

The UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences’ Health and Wellness Expo will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Auditorium Pre-Function Area, EUC. Joined by the School of Nursing, Healthy UNCG, and Student Health Services, HHS will feature its departments through the promotion of health and wellness screenings, activities, and educational materials. There will be free food and snacks. Drop by to learn more about paths to wellness. All faculty, staff and students are welcome.

Golden Chain nominations deadline March 25

Faculty and staff may nominate outstanding juniors and seniors for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society, which recognizes students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community. Candidates must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.25 GPA. The nomination form and instructions can be found at http://sa.uncg.edu/golden-chain/ and should be returned to Dr. Cherry Callahan at cmcallah@uncg.edu by March 25, 2016. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni and honorary members.

Minerva Scholars honors recital March 24

UNCG’s Minerva Music Scholars represent excellence. Not only do they demonstrate some of the highest levels of music performance, but these students also possess outstanding qualities of leadership, creativity, innovation, dedication and discipline. There are up to four Minerva Music Scholars per entering class. The Minerva Music Scholarships cover up to four years of in-state tuition.

You are invited to a special Minerva Scholars concert Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building. There is no admission charge.

Events in the UTLC through end of March

A number of exciting events are taking place in the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) during this last part of March.

March 23 – Diversity in the Classroom – A panel discussion will be presented by Vidyaranya Gargeya, Andrea Hunter, and Julie Mendez.  Building upon the March 16th Faculty Forum, join your colleagues in a panel discussion and workshop addressing diversity in the classroom.  The event, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, will take place 9-10 a.m. in the Faculty Center.

March 28 – The Reciprocity of Theory and Practice: A Model for Public Scholarship – A lecture will be presented by Laurie Grobman, professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State University-Berks and the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year.  The event, cosponsored by the Department of English and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office (URSCO) in the UTLC, will take place 3-4 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room., Alumni House.

March 29 – The 10th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo – This event, sponsored by the URSCO in the UTLC, will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Elliott University Center.  The event will feature over 100 posters, exhibits, and oral presentations and performances.  Also, a keynote address will be presented by  Jennifer Blackmer in the EUC Auditorium at moon.

March 29 – The Gesture of Thinking: What the Sciences and Humanities Can Learn from the Performing Arts – A keynote address for the 10th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo will be presented by Jennifer Blackmer, Associate Professor of Theatre at Ball State University and the 2015 winner of the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award for Emerging American Playwright.  The event, sponsored by the URSCO in the UTLC, will take place noon – 1 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium.

March 29 – TIO Celebrate and Learn Series – This event, hosted by the New Faculty Mentoring Program (NFMP) of the UTLC, celebrates all mentoring programs that exist at UNCG.  Please join your colleagues in sharing, learning, and re-imagining career-spanning, responsive mentoring programs for our faculty community. As well, we hope this event may serve as an informal reunion of past NFMP participants – mentees and mentors. Beer and light fare provided. The event will take place 4 – 6 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

March 31 – TIO Coffeehouse – This regular event is an opportunity for faculty from across the university to gather and discuss what they are doing in their teaching.  Start your day off with a snack and a hot cup of coffee (or tea) & join your colleagues for some friendly conversation.  The event, sponsored by the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) in the UTLC, will take place 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Room 134, McIver Building.

2016 Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design

UNCG’s Department of Interior Architecture and UNCG’s Center for Community-Engaged Design will host the 3rd annual Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design on Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1, in the Elliott University Center’s Alexander Room.

This year’s symposium will draw upon the expertise of local and regional thought leaders in housing, architecture, design, preservation and development. Guest speakers include Benjamin Briggs, executive director of Preservation Greensboro; Walker Sanders, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro; and Georgia Bizios, founder of Bizios Architect, among others.

There are additional opportunities for off-campus engagement through community-based working groups. Teams of students, faculty and community volunteers will work on several sustainability, housing and design projects on Thursday and Friday. For additional information about the off-campus activities, visit novemmasonsymposium.com/communitywork.

The symposium continues to honor the legacy of Novem Mason, who served as chair of UNCG’s Department of Housing and Interior Design (now the Department of Interior Architecture) from 1990 to 1999. He retired from UNCG in 2008.

For more information and to register, visit novemmasonsymposium.com.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Recipients of 2016 HHS Alumni Awards

032316Feature_HHSAlumniAwardsThe Health and Human Sciences alumni awards will be presented on April 16, 2016, at the HHS Alumni Awards and Reunion Reception.

Honorees will include:

Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Jeffrey Martin (MS ’89, PhD ’92 in the Department of Kinesiology)

Lifetime Legacy Award: Dr. Margaret Bordeaux Arbuckle (MEd, ’75, PhD ’83 in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies)

Public Service Award: Dr. Donna Biederman (DrPH ’12 in the Department of Public Health Education)

Emerging Leader Award: Dr. Cindra Kamphoff (MS ’00, PhD ’06 in the Department of Kinesiology)


The HHS Pacesetter Awardees are:

  • Dr. Michelle Novakovich (BS, ’97, MA ’99), Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Ms. Laura Harkins Kelly (MS ’10), Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation
  • Ms. Rachel Mills (MS ’08), Genetic Counseling Program
  • Dr. Joo Hyung Han (MS ’07), Gerontology Program
  • Dr. Ishan Canty Williams (MS ’00, PhD ’03), Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • Dr. Michael McKenzie (PhD ’06), Department of Kinesiology
  • Ms. Julie Duffy Dillon (RD ’99), Department of Nutrition
  • Ms. Erin Beacham (MA ’12), Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Dr. Julia Alber (MPH ’12), Department of Public Health Education
  • Mr. Chauncey Greene (MSW ’04), Department of Social Work

Colloquium this week on contemporary Latin America

UNCG’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) will host a colloquium on contemporary Latin America on Thursday, March 24, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Intercultural Resource Center in the Elliott University Center (EUC)

The colloquium, titled “Imagining Modernity from the Margins,” will bring together top experts on contemporary Latin America to discuss how artists and writers represent the marginal, rural, indigenous and queer spaces in the face of modernity and postmodernity.

Guest speakers include Dr. Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause, assistant professor of languages at West Chester University; Dr. Juan José Adriasola, assistant professor at Alberto Hurtado University in Chile; Dr. Karen Spira, assistant professor of foreign languages at Guilford College; and Dr. María Laura Bocaz, assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Mary Washington.

According to Dr. Claudia Cabello-Hutt, assistant professor of Spanish at UNCG and event organizer, the colloquium is a unique opportunity for students and faculty of a variety of backgrounds.

“People tend to have a very general view of Latin American culture, but it’s necessary to realize the complexities of the continent and even the complexities within one country,” Cabello-Hutt said. “I invite everyone, particularly those interested in indigenous studies, queer studies and social inequality, to participate in this event.”

The colloquium – sponsored by LLC, Ashby Dialogues, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Kohler Fund – is part of a weeklong series of activities dedicated to Latin America, which includes a screening of Peruvian film “El Perro del Hortelano” (The Dog in the Manger) on Tuesday, March 22, at 5 p.m. in MHRA 1215.

Today (Wednesday, March 23), Harvard Professor Dr. Alejandro de La Fuente will give a lecture on Afro-Latin American Studies at 4 p.m. in the EUC Auditorium. That event is organized by Dr. Ana Hontanilla Calatayud, associate professor of Spanish.

All events are free and open to the public.

To learn more about LLC at UNCG, visit uncg.edu/llc.

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Revised 3/23 to specify Dr. Alejandro de La Fuente’s lecture is Wednesday, March 23. and to acknowledge Dr. Ana Hontanilla Calatayud’s role in organizing that day’s event.

SOAR volunteers needed during June to help our newest Spartans

The office of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience offers you the opportunity to volunteer with Spartan Orientation, Advising, & Registration (SOAR) this June. Volunteer shifts will take place for one hour intervals primarily through the first day of each session from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. You will be involved with guiding, directing, and answering questions while at your post. Information specific to each post will be provided after you sign up to volunteer. The deadline to sign up is April 29, 2016.

You are a valuable part of creating a positive experience for all of the students and families that will be visiting campus throughout the SOAR season this summer. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through the short google survey below. Your assistance is greatly appreciated and the office of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience looks forward to collaborating with you in showing off our Spartan pride.

Please RSVP through this link: https://goo.gl/1rlO4I

If you would like additional information, contact New Student Transitions & First Year Experience at 336.334.5231 or email Ashley Rizzotto at A_Rizzot@uncg.edu.


Europe and Other Fortresses in a Borderless World

The next “Europe and Other Fortresses in a Borderless World” Ashby Dialogue meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 30, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Room 107.

Artist Pedro Lasch will talk about his work on “The Art of Micro-Borders.”  Lasch was born and raised in Mexico City. He now divides his time between North Carolina, where he teaches art, art theory, and visual studies at Duke University since 2002, and New York (NY), where he leads on-going projects with immigrant communities and art collectives.