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Archives for March 2016

New Student Transitions & First Year Experience brings home the GOLD

The New Student Transitions & First Year Experience office is busy preparing to welcome and support UNC Greensboro’s incoming students and families. Professional staff members along with the Spartan Orientation Staff recently attended the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW). During this annual workshop, institutions from all over the Southeast compete in a showcase of their new student orientation opening sessions. This year, the Spartan Orientation Staff brought a first place trophy back home to Greensboro.

New Student Transitions & First Year Experience staff work diligently to understand the needs of incoming students and their families and then build an intentional program to provide appropriate resources. This department trains their staff throughout the year to get ready for nearly 8,000 new members of the Spartan Family to join us this summer and fall. It takes an entire campus community and dedication from all current faculty, staff, and students to help make the transition to UNCG a smooth one.

2016 Undergraduate Research 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.

See details at ursco.uncg.edu/expo.


Dr. Cherry Callahan

032316CampusPeople_CallahanDr. Cherry Callahan (Student Affairs) was honored at the recent Annual Meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Indianapolis.  She was honored as past Chair of the NASPA Foundation’s Board of Directors on which she served for the past six years.  Callahan, UNCG’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, is a past president of NASPA and has received numerous recognitions for her service to NASPA and to her colleagues across the country.

Ann Grimaldi

Ann Grimaldi (Weatherspoon Art Museum) has been invited to participate in the first national forum on Art Museums and Medical School Partnerships to be held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Grimaldi began the Art of Seeing program at UNCG in 2009 to serve students in nursing and health and human studies by using artworks to hone visual diagnostic and communication skills common in clinical practice. Fewer than 50 art museums in the country presently have partnerships with medical or nursing schools.

Robert Barker

032316CampusPeople_BarkerRobert Barker, assistant dean of students, recently presented at the 2016 Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) annual conference held in St. Pete Beach, FL. Barker presented on “Navigating ‘Full Participation’ of Attorneys and Non-Attorney Advocates,” focused on how the law has impacted the student conduct practice and work as student conduct officers. Strategies and techniques to collaborate with attorneys and non-attorney advocates were shared. An article about the session will appear in upcoming issues of Student Affairs Today and Campus Legal Advisor.


Mary Anderson, associate dean of students, and Dr. Brett Carter, dean of students, presented at the 2016 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference held in Indianapolis, IN on March 14, 2016. Anderson and Carter presented two educational sessions at the conference titled “Dear Colleague: Creative Collaboration between the Dean of Students Office & Title IX Coordinator” and “Creating a Culture of Care: Case Management for Students in Mental Health Recovery.” The presentations focused on systems of collaboration between a Dean of Students Office and Title IX Coordinator following a report of sexual misconduct and the creation and implementation of a case management process designed to support students with mental health concerns and assist them in connecting to treatment services while enrolled in college, respectively.

Dr. Linda Rupert

032316CampusPeople_RupertDr. Linda Rupert (History) has been awarded a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work on her book “Fugitives to Freedom: Inter-colonial Marronage and Imperial Jurisdiction in the Early Modern Caribbean.” This is the second time Dr. Rupert has won this prestigious award; she also received it in 2008 to work on her first book, a study of the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. During AY 2016-17 Dr. Rupert will be a long term fellow at the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, where she hopes to complete the manuscript.


Three Student Affairs staff members presented sessions at the recent annual meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. NASPA is the largest student affairs organization in the country, with over 15,000 members primarily from the United States but also from around the world. Cherry Callahan, Brett Carter and Mary Anderson presented three sessions at the conference on the topics of interim management strategies, the student culture of care, and Title IX/Campus Climate surveys.

Looking ahead: March 23, 2016

CARS’s third annual Industry Summit

Thursday, March 24, all day, Cone Ballroom C, EUC


HHS Health and Wellness Expo

Thursday, March 24, 11:30 a.m., EUC Auditorium foyer


Baseball vs. Georgetown

Thursday, March 24, 6 p.m.


Minerva Scholars concert

Thursday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building


Spring holiday

Friday, March 25. Classes dismissed, offices closed.


Concert, Beaux Eaux Follies (on April Fools Day)

Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

UNCG Baseball the national leader in batting

UNCG Baseball leads the nation in hitting. The team is batting a whopping .370. The next closest team is at .353. UNCG has a record of 15 wins, 5 losses. See the schedule here. All games are free admission. Come see them host Georgetown for three games this week.

Disc Golf, anyone?

UNCG Campus Recreation will host the Spartan Disc Golf Challenge on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Piney Lake. Teams of two will play 36 holes of disc golf throughout the day. Come out and enjoy one of UNCG’s most beautiful spots – Piney Lake. Registration includes a t-shirt and lunch. This event is open to UNCG students, faculty, staff, and members of the Greensboro Community. Visit the event web site http://campusrec.uncg.edu/disc-golf for more information and registration.

See/hear: March 23, 2016

In this video clip, meet Barbara Mootoo, who is playing the Witch this April in UNCG’s ‘Into the Woods’ in Concert. Stephen Sondheim’s musical will be performed in a staged concert with 21 piece orchestra at UNCG this April. This performance will be conducted by UNCG alumnus and Broadway music director Dominick Amendum, and directed by Triad Stage Artistic Associate Bryan Conger. For ticket information call 336.334.4392 or 336.272.0160

Greensboro philanthropist makes transformative gift to promote wellness

Photo of Tobee and Leonard J. Kaplan.UNCG has announced a $5 million gift made by Tobee Kaplan in honor of her late husband, Leonard J. Kaplan. Her gift, which will create an endowment in support of health and wellness programs on the UNCG campus, will be recognized by the naming of the new wellness center located at 1301 W. Gate City Blvd. as the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness. The UNCG Board of Trustees voted to approve the naming for the facility at a special meeting called Tuesday morning.

Leonard J. Kaplan, who died last April at the age of 86, is remembered by many for his generosity and selflessness. He grew up in High Point and attended UNC Chapel Hill, but was forced to leave when his father became ill and he needed to return home to run the family’s janitorial supply company. While running the family business, he completed his degree at High Point University and, after serving in the Army during the Korean War, built Kay Chemical Company into a worldwide supplier of cleaning products.

Leonard J. Kaplan and his wife made an indelible mark on the community through their extraordinary record of philanthropy and leadership. Together they established the Kaplan Family Foundation (later renamed the Toleo Foundation). The foundation has been active in furthering the causes of education, health, social services and community improvement. The Kaplans led the effort to establish the Moses Cone cardiac unit, were instrumental in building a new home for the Women’s Resource Center and have been tireless supporters of Greensboro Urban Ministry, the United Way and Habitat for Humanity.

The Kaplans have also been great supporters of the Jewish community in Greensboro, helping to build the Greensboro Jewish Federation Building, the Beth David Synagogue education building and the new home for Temple Emanuel.

Through the Toleo Foundation, the Kaplans have also supported significant arts programs and organizations in Greensboro including the Tanger Center for Performing Arts, the Greensboro Symphony, Triad Stage and the Eastern Music Festival. Among their many recognitions for philanthropy and service, the Kaplans received the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad in November of 2014.

Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. expressed the university’s appreciation for the gift, saying, “We are profoundly grateful to Tobee Kaplan and the Kaplan family for this transformative gift, which will allow the university to build a more vibrant campus community. The Kaplans are true pillars of our community and we are proud that our new wellness center will bear Leonard J. Kaplan’s name.”

The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness will serve as a vital resource for UNCG’s growing and increasingly residential campus. UNCG enrollment reached record levels during the 2015-16 academic year, with more than 19,000 students registered. It is noteworthy that 81 percent of first-year students live in campus housing. The Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness will play a key role in giving thousands of students, staff and faculty access to facilities and activities that promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyle habits. UNCG has been recognized as a national model for creating a healthy college environment that promotes academic success, having recently been selected as one of just five universities in the nation to receive the prestigious Active Minds Healthy Campus Award.

Asked about her decision to make this gift, Tobee Kaplan said, “Leonard was a humble man, and putting his name on a building isn’t something he would ordinarily have done, but he truly believed that it was our responsibility to make a better world for the next generation. I think he would have been proud to be associated with UNCG’s efforts to promote mental and physical wellness.”

A naming ceremony and ribbon-cutting will be held in the fall. More information on the new wellness center may be found at campusrec.uncg.edu/kaplan-center and the university’s homepage.

Visual: Leonard J. Kaplan (left) and Tobee Kaplan.

UNCG gets gold in Best Workplace for Commuters program

Photo of UNCG's campus.The National Center for Transit Research awarded UNCG its fifth-consecutive gold medal in the research center’s 2015 Race to Excellence program.

The program acknowledges employers who offer strong benefits to commuters and take steps to reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and fuel consumption. UNCG has received gold in the program’s university category since 2010, reinforcing its stance as an innovator of sustainable commuting.

UNCG was given the highest honor among the center’s national ranking of universities in 2012 and remains the only university in North Carolina to receive the honor.

See more at http://www.bestworkplaces.org/uncategorized/3650.

By Daniel Wirtheim

Forum: Open educational and library resources in lieu of textbooks

Photo of McIver statue and Jackson Library. Come hear how UNCG professors changed their course(s) by using Open Educational Resources and library resources instead of relatively expensive textbooks March 23, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.

The panel will include:

  • Robert Anemone, Professor and Department Head, Anthropology
  • Heather Helms, Associate Professor, HDFS
  • Channelle D. James, Lecturer, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism
  • Liz McNamara, Lecturer, Political Science
  • Carrie A. Wachter Morris, Associate Professor, CED
  • Nancy Myers and Brenta Blevins (working together), College Writing Program Director and Assistant Director, English
  • Terence A Nile, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Elizabeth Perrill, Associate Professor, Art

This panel discussion is sponsored by the University Libraries and the Scholarly Communications Committee. Refreshments will be provided.

For disability accommodations, contact Beth Bernhardt at beth_bernhardt@uncg.edu.

From Service Learning and Community-Based Research to Academic Publication

031616Feature_AcademicPublicationThe Class of ’52 Teaching and Research Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the Department of English and the ULTC, will host two events on March 28.

First, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Alumni House Horseshoe Room, Laurie Grobman from Penn State Berks will lead a discussion forum and luncheon, “From Service Learning and Community-Based Research to Academic Publication.” In this discussion forum, participants will explore possibilities for the reciprocity of theory and practice as it relates to their own scholarly, teaching, and community engagement interests.

Those interested in participating should email Stephen Yarbrough, Class of ’52 Distinguished Professor, at sryarbro@uncg.edu.

Then, at 3 p.m., in the Alumni House Virginia Dare Room, Grobman will deliver a public lecture “The Reciprocity of Theory and Practice: A Model for Public Scholarship.” Grobman will provide an example of the interdependence of traditional research and public scholarship, conveying the ways in which theory and practice re-inform one another as disciplinary concepts are played out in real world contexts.

Dr. Laurie Grobman is a professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State Berks. Grobman’s teaching, research and service interests center on service learning and community-based research, bringing together students and community organizations to produce meaningful work while enriching students’ learning experiences. Grobman launched and coordinates the Penn State Berks Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research. She founded Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric, now in its 14th consecutive year of publication, and the international, multidisciplinary online journal, “Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research.”

Grobman has published five books and has more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books.

Grobman is the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year and was the recipient of the Penn State University President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration in 2012.

Bryan School at Small Business Conference

Photo of Bryan School of Business and Economics.UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics won big at the Small Business Institute (SBI) Academic Conference held last month in New Orleans.

The Friendly Pharmacy Project – the MBA capstone project of recent graduates Kaitlin Pendley ’15 and Kerry Radigan ’15 – won third place for graduate specialized (marketing) plan in the Project of the Year Competition. The students, advised by Dr. Jim Boles, developed an optimized marketing strategy for the local pharmacy with a goal of increasing market share locally.

“These are real-life projects with local businesses,” said Dr. Dianne Welsh, who serves as SBI Director at UNCG. Welsh is the Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Bryan School and director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program.

“It’s a great experiential learning opportunity for our students,” she said.

Additionally, Welsh and Associate Professor Dr. Bonnie Canziani won the Distinguished Empirical Paper Award for their paper titled “Website Quality for SME Wineries: Measurement Insights.”

By Alyssa Bedrosian

Brown Biggers is national Paralibrarian of the Year

Photo of Brown Biggers.Brown Biggers has been recognized as the national Paralibrarian of the Year. Here is the first paragraph from the article in the March 1 issue of Library Journal:

“In a compelling entry supported by 20 passionate letters from the academic community of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG), and beyond—including deans, faculty, administrators, librarians, community leaders, and coworkers—Brown Biggers was overwhelmingly recommended for LJ‘s 2016 Paralibrarian of the Year Award, sponsored by DEMCO. Among the highlights, nominators pointed to Biggers’s communication and teaching skills, technological expertise, commitment to service both at his job and in the larger Greensboro community, and genuine love for people.”

“Library Journal” is one of the most respected journals in the field.

A paralibrarian is defined as someone who works in a library without having a library degree.

A member of the UNCG Libraries IT Department, Biggers “tends to be behind the scenes and invisible to our users,” says nominator Tim Bucknall, assistant dean of university libraries and head of electronic resources and information technologies at UNCG, “but he has made a habit of making himself highly visible by finding new ways for all libraries to help their communities.”

For those with UNCG IDs and therefore access to our databases and electronic journals, you may view the full story here.

See the University Libraries blog post here.

Poet Brenda Marie Osbey March 29

The African American and African Diaspora Studies program hosts renowned poet Brenda Marie Osbey on Tuesday, Mar. 29. The reading will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Claxton Room, Elliott University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

A New Orleans native, Osbey authors poetry and prose nonfiction in English and French. Osbey examines the place of New Orleans in Atlantic and inter-American spheres, specifically focusing on narrative language, voice and placement, and narrative and material texts of culture.

Her books include her collected poems, “All Souls: Essential Poems” (LSU Press, 2015); “History and Other Poems” (Time Being Books, 2013); “All Saints: New and Selected Poems” (LSU Press, 1997), received the 1998 American Book Award; “Desperate Circumstance, Dangerous Woman” (Callaloo Poetry Series, 1983; University Press of Virginia, 1985).

See more at https://aads.uncg.edu/renowned-poet-brenda-marie-osbey-reads-march-29/.

Men’s Basketball plays in post-season tournament

The UNCG men’s basketball team returns to the postseason for the first time since 2002 as the Spartans have accepted an invitation into the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). UNCG will host Houston Baptist in the first round of the CBI tonight (Wednesday night) with a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Tickets for the game will all be general admission and will cost $10 for an adult and $5 for a youth ticket. Fans can purchase tickets online via Ticketmaster or can contact the UNCG ticket office at 336-334-3250. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the game at the Greensboro Coliseum box office.

See full story here.

Refugees, future of European Union, and limits of community

The UNCG Center for Legislative Studies’ 2016 Spring Lecture Series is “Overwhelmed: The Causes and Consequences of the Global Migration Crisis.”

The series talk “Refugees, the Future of the European Union, and the Limits of Community” will be given by Dr. Markus M. L. Crepaz, professor of Political Science, The University of Georgia, Wednesday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. It will be held in Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.

A reception follows this free public lecture. Co-sponsors include International Programs Center’s Kohler Fund, Department of Political Science, International and Global Studies Program and Lloyd International Honors College.

‘Native women and sexual violence’

The lecture “SOVEREIGNTY OF THE SOUL: NATIVE WOMEN AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE” will be given by Sarah Deer. The event will be March 22 at 4 p.m. in the Maple Room at the EUC.

MacArthur Fellow Sarah Deer is a legal scholar and advocate leveraging her deep understanding of tribal and federal law to develop policies and legislation that empower tribal nations to protect Native American women from the pervasive problem of sexual and domestic violence.

A reception will follow the lecture at 5 p.m. in the EUC Phillips Room.

The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Engagement at UNCG and Sexual Violence Campus Advocacy.

Questions? Email UNCG Women and Gender Studies.


Kim Cuny (Communication Studies/UNCG Speaking Center), Sarah Littlejohn (Ashby Residential College/English) and Kathy Crowe (University Libraries) have a chapter published in “Sustainable Learning Spaces: Design, Infrastructure, and Technology.” The chapter outlines the growing pains and lessons learned when leading UNCG through the first redesign of the lower level of the Jackson Library. The book, published by Computers and Composition Digital Press, is available online at ccdigitalpress.org/sustainable.

Dr. Terry Ackerman

Photo of Dr. Terry Ackerman.Dr. Terry Ackerman (Education) received funding from Wake Forest University for the project “Using projective unidimensional models for measuring multidimensional educational data.” This project is supported by funds from the Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences. This research is designed to create a projective IRT framework to better analyze multidimensional educational assessment data.

Dr. Linda Rupert

Photo od Dr. Linda RupertDr. Linda Rupert (History) received funding from Brown University’s John Carter Brown Library for the project “Flight to Freedom: Fugitive Slaves and Imperial Policy in the Early Modern Caribbean.” This project follows hundreds of slaves from British, Dutch, French, and Danish colonies who fled to Spanish America throughout the 18th century.

They were attracted, in part, by a series of Spanish royal decrees that offered them freedom. Far from disappearing into anonymity, many left their footprints in the archives and on the history of the region. This will be the first book-length pan-Caribbean study of inter-colonial marronage.

Looking ahead: March 16, 2016

Faculty Senate Forum, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Faculty and Curricular Issues
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room

Philosophy, Law and Society series, Eric Mack (Tulane), “Self-Love, Cooperation and Justice”
Thursday, Mar. 17, 5 p.m., School of Education Building 224

‘Just Eat it: A Food Waste Movie’
Thursday, Mar. 17, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Softball vs George Washington
Saturday, Mar. 19, 2:30 p.m.

Workshop: ‘Transforming the Workplace Through the Power of Play’
Monday, Mar. 21, 11:45 a.m., Faculty Center

Friends of UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner
Tuesday, Mar. 22, 6 p.m., EUC

UNCG Global Engagement Faculty Learning Group

Come be a part of the session Tuesday, March 22 from 3-4 p.m. in the Faculty Center. Refreshments will be provided.

Christian Moraru (English Department): Global Literacies in the 21st Century US Classroom

Andrei Terian, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania: The Teaching of Literature in Post-Cold War Romania: Globalization and Its Challenges

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

Find those eggs, watch some baseball

Join in the fun, as UNCG Athletics hosts an Easter egg hunt Saturday, March 26, 1 p.m at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. See the Spartans take on the Georgetown Hoyas. And UNCG Athletics will be having an egg hunt all game long, with eggs hidden all over the Stadium. Gates open at noon.

A celebration of the life of Andrew Dunnill

The UNCG Art Department and, more specifically, the Site-Specific Sculpture and Capstone classes, are organizing an art exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of Andrew Dunnill through his works and those of his students.

The exhibition will not be limited to sculpture. It will also include performance, writings and two-dimensional works from participating students.

On Friday, April 1, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m., the exhibition titled Dunnalia will open to the public in the Westerwood neighborhood at the corner of Prescott Street and Guilford Avenue. The site is a fenced-in 1.2 acre field and home of the Black Diamond Food Forest, a budding community orchard and garden headed by David Myers.

Myers and Andrea Crouse, founder of the neighboring business, Gaia Conceptions and former student of Andy Dunnill, coordinated with him last year to provide the land as a space to showcase student art.

2016 Community Engagement Series

PUBLIC TALK: Dialogue and Participatory Decision-Making about Difficult Topics in Moments of Significant Community, Cultural, and Organizational Change
Wednesday, April 6
9:30 – 11:00 am
Claxton Room, Elliot University Center

Dr. David Campt is a civic engagement expert and meeting strategist who discusses lessons from his diverse experiences in creative meetings, conferences, and larger processes that are designed to maximize the inclusion of diverse voices in order to leverage collective brainpower. He will explore the methods, underlying principles, and necessary skills that are relevant not only for creating more inclusive and generate be er processes within UNCG but also relevant when we want to engage effectively and reciprocally with colleagues outside of UNCG via community-university partnerships.

WORKSHOP: Strategically Planning for Inclusive Dialogue & Deliberation
Thursday, April 7, 2016
11:30 – 2:00 pm (lunch provided)
Kirkland Room, Elliot University Center
Registration Required

This interactive workshop is intended for UNCG faculty, sta , and community members who could bene t from revisiting current processes to address di cult issues, make decisions, or fashion organizational plans. This session will give participants a chance to explore new possibilities for the new ways that techniques in dialogue, deliberation, and group wisdom might improve current plans on the table. Registration is required as participants will be sent pre-workshop materials and requests.

Questions? Email Emily Janke.

LIS annual luncheon

The UNCG LIS Alumni Association board invites you to attend their annual luncheon. The event will take place Saturday, April 9 at noon in the Alumni House. They will honor Brigitte Blanton, the 2016 recipient of the Beatrice Kovacs Award for Outstanding Alumni Achievement. She is a graduate of the LIS program and is the director of Greensboro Public Library.

The Cora Paul Bomar Lecture speaker for the event will be writer Alex London. Admission is $20 paid by cash or check at the door on the day of the event.

See/hear: March 16, 2016

International student Mei-Lan Chen shares her story about her life in Taiwan and the United States. Chen is pursuing her doctorate in UNCG’s Nursing PhD Program. She believes the relationships she’s fostered at UNCG are lifelong. See the video.

Register for March 2016 HR Professional Development Workshops

030216Feature_WorkshopsThere are lots of offerings for professional development in the weeks ahead:

To view the workshops being offered and to register for a workshop, please visit the Professional Development catalog: http://web.uncg.edu/hrs/Professional_Development/Course_Catalog/

Human Resources’ Deb Carley will present a workshop, “Time Management,” on prioritizing  personal and departmental needs while helping identifying time-wasters. The workshop offers tips on using a “Priority Matrix” as well as a 5-step method to assist with time management.  This workshop is offered on Mar. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021486.

Human Resources’ Gwen Evans, an HR Business Partner, will offer a series of workshops on EHRA Non-Faculty. Workshop I covers requesting an EHRA non-faculty position. Workshop II covers effective job descriptions and org charts. Workshop III covers Salary Guidelines.

These workshops are designed to provide tools and guidance for managing the classification and compensation process of EHRA positions and employees, including information on how the HR Advisory Board (HRAB) and Board of Governors (BOG) Salary Approval processes work.

It is encouraged, as the workshops build on each other, to attend all three sessions on Mar. 8-10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Please register for Workshop I on March 8 here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021483

Please register for Workshop II on March 9th here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021484

Please register for Workshop III on March 10th here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021485


NEW! In conjunction with UNCG’s Campus Police and Public Safety Department, UNCG’s Human Resources brings you a workshop on safety, “RUN, HIDE, FIGHT: Active Shooter Training.” This workshop will give you the tools so that you know when you should run, hide or fight. This workshop is offered on Mar. 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 1200 W. Gate City Blvd. Please register for the workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021511.

Dr. Vidya Gargeya’s “The Key to Customer ‘Delight’: The Journey to Excellence” is designed to enhance quality, effectiveness and efficiency while delighting customers. This workshop is offered on Mar. 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021488.


In his three-part workshop “Transforming the Workplace Through the Power of Play,” Dr. Omar Ali explains how play can make happier and more efficient employees. Come learn through the latest in research in psychology, business, improvisation and interactive exercises that build self-confidence and interpersonal skills.

It is recommended, as each of the workshops build upon each other, to attend all three workshops on Mar. 21, Mar. 28, and Apr. 4 from11:45 a.m. to 12:45pm in the Faculty Center.

Please register for Workshop I on Mar. 21 here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021491

Please register for Workshop II on Mar. 28 here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021492

Please register for Workshop III on Apr. 4 here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021493


NEW! A new hands-on course on designing a presentation is offered this semester on Mar. 22 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. This course, “IT STARTS WITH DESIGN: Improving Your Presentations with Simple Digital Design Advice,” introduces users to some helpful tips for improving the aesthetic quality of their presentations from a digital design perspective with the expertise of both Armondo Collins, Head of the Digital Media Commons and Dr. Lindsay Sabatino, director of the Digital ACT Studio.

All participants are asked to bring a PowerPoint presentation that they don’t mind getting dirty. Please register for this course here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021579.


NEW! A new UNCG Human Resources provided workshop by Calvin Holloway, “Understanding Discipline and Grievance Procedures: The Importance of Coaching to Success,” is geared for employees.

The workshop helps employees understand both the value and importance of coaching, and to be comfortable in their role as an employee in the university’s discipline and grievance processes.

This workshop will be held on Mar. 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021578.


NEW! Compliance and safety go hand-in-hand. Please join us for a joint-workshop with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety’s Robert Wilson for a discussion on the key programs that keep you safe as an employee and what you can do to help.

This workshop, “Fundamentals of UNCG Health and Safety Programs,” is held on Mar. 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021541.


“Leave Management 101” answers your questions regarding leave –- when to use what and how to interpret the policy in regards to your department.

Various types of leave include, but are not limited to: adverse weather, holidays, compensatory (comp) time, vacation/sick leave, community service, civil leave and voluntary shared leave.  This workshop with Human Resources’ Marcia Rey and Rhonda Rogers will be held on Mar. 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021312.


Join Wade Maki, senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy provides a fun and thought-provoking workshop on ethics.

“Practical Ethics: Professional Life Beyond the Legal Minimum” offers tools and useful solutions to real life situations found here at UNCG. This workshop will be held on Mar. 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021512.


“Career Banding,” “Job Description” and “Competency Assessment Forms” are terms you associate with SHRA (SPA) positions.

The workshop “SHRA (SPA) Position Description and Employee Competency Assessment Forms” provides an understanding of the process as well as practical hands-on assistance in completing these forms.

This workshop with Human Resources’ Angela Mahoney will be held on Mar. 30 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please register for this workshop here: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021481.


Personal Development Workshops

Mar. 16 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Loving…YOU!: The Art of Self-Acceptance

Registration: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021505

Mar. 23 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: The Confident You: Taking Charge of Your Life

Registration: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021506

Mar. 30 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Healthy Food Choices on the Go

Registration: http://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021507

*All workshops will take place in the HR Training Room, Bryan 113, unless otherwise noted.*

Offered at Guilford College, a joint venture providing opportunities to both campuses’ employees:


NEW!  ”Breakfast Briefing” (which includes a complimentary breakfast):

Mar. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.: “Fostering Inclusion in the Workplace”

Registration Required: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021761 Limited seating available.


“Lunch and Learn” (which includes a complimentary luncheon):

Mar. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: “Navigating the Path to Medicare”

Registration Required: https://workshops.uncg.edu/sign-up/?wks_sch_id=33021658 Limited seating available.


*All Guilford College workshops will take place in the Gilmer Room, Founders Hall, unless otherwise noted.*

Exploring NC’s archaeological sites, including the Capitol grounds

030216Feature_ArchaeologyUNCG faculty members Linda Stine and Roy Stine and several UNCG graduate students have been invited to give papers in a public symposium at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. It is sponsored by the NC Office of State Archaeology and the NC Museum of History and the US Forest Service.  It’s free and open to the public.

This symposium, “Exploring North Carolina’s Archaeological Heritage through Remote Sensing and Geophysics” will be March 12, 2016.

The North Carolina Office of State Archaeology in association with the North Carolina Museum of History, and the United States Forest Service, is hosting a public presentation to discuss the application and relevance of using Remote Sensing to explore North Carolina’s buried history.

The last several years have witnessed an increase in the use of geophysical remote sensing as a “non-invasive” method of recovering data once unavailable to archaeologists.

The presentations will discuss how the application of ground penetrating radar (GPR), magnetometers and metal detecting are used to locate and map subsurface natural and cultural features. These methods and techniques represent a new frontier in archaeological research.

The presentations related to UNCG or Greensboro individuals:

9:35-10 a.m.
“3D Remote Sensing and Modeling of the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site”

Stacey Curry and Doug Gallaway, Department of Geography, UNCG

The House in The Horseshoe (Alston House), located in Sanford NC, is an 18th century property with a complex history of land use. This site was the scene of much smaller skirmish between North Carolinians loyal to the British crown and those in favor of independence. Using digital camera photogrammetric methods to capture the Alston House at the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site, a point cloud was generated used to model the house and surroundings. The House in the Horseshoe provides an opportunity to test the hypothesis that using SLR digital camera to capture multiple photos of the Alston House can provide an accurate point cloud.

10:05-10:30 a.m.”
“Geophysical Investigations of Prehistoric and Historic Sites in North Carolina”

Jacob Turner and Ari Lukas, Department of Geography, UNCG, and Damon Jones, NC Department of Transportation

This presentation reviews the results of two geophysical surveys. The first was conducted by UNCG in conjunction with TRC Environmental for NC DOT as a part of data recovery efforts (Middle to Late Qualla) at McCoy Bridge in Macon County. The second series of surveys were at House in the Horseshoe, a state managed historic site associated with the American Revolution in Moore County. These projects also provided opportunities for collaboration between UNCG and the State Office of Archaeology, North Carolina Historic Sites Division, and a private CRM firm, TRC Environmental.

Noon-12:25 p.m.
“Geophysical Applications in North Carolina Cemeteries”

Sara Lowry, New South Associates Inc., Greensboro

This presentation will include case studies from several cemeteries in North Carolina. Emphasis is on common issues such as identifying unmarked graves and defining boundaries in a non- invasive manner.

12:25-12:50 p.m.
“Metal Detecting: The Down-to-Earth Tool of Remote Sensing”

Linda Stine, Department of Anthropology, UNCG

UNCG archaeological research at the Troublesome Creek Ironworks and Guilford Courthouse national Military Park was enhanced through collaboration with a local metal detecting group. Metal detecting machines have been used to define site boundaries or military features at some historic sites since at least the mid-20th century. Though easy to initially learn, they are difficult to master. Four threads of discussion have been circulations in the past few years in historical archaeology about the use of this form of remote sensing: archaeologists should aspire to master the machines through RPA sanctioned workshops; archaeologists should teach one another the art and science of archaeology and detecting; archaeologists should teach themselves how to use the machine; or, that no archaeologists should have to use a metal detector in the 21st century. These debates affect potential future guidelines for academic-and CRM- driven archaeology in the state and region.

1 – 1:25 p.m.
“Geophysical Survey of Large Mississippian Villages”

Shawn Patch, New South Associates Inc., Greensboro

This presentation will discuss the geophysical survey results from several large, complex Mississippian village sites in East Tennessee. It will focus on how these methods can be used to identify internal site structure and feature patterning, as well as providing primary data to assist with National Register of Historic Places evaluations.

1:30-2 p.m.
Discussion – Roy Stine, Department of Geography. UNCG

Questions? Contact Linda Stine or Roy Stine.

Photo: At archeological project at Capitol grounds in Raleigh, 2015. Linda Stine at far right; UNCG alumna and archaeologist Lauren Souther of New South Associates, in hat, at left.

Mathematicians walk on the wild side

030216Feature_MathBioWhat do California field mice, delphacid planthoppers, and honeybee queens have in common? UNCG mathematicians.

At UNCG, an emerging cluster of mathematicians and their students are collaborating with biologists here and at other universities. The field is called math biology or biomathematics.

They are working together to analyze massive stores of scientific data, model how animals behave, and better understand how life functions at every level — from the interior of a cell to the borders between ecosystems.

“Math biology is a very hot applied field,” says Ratnasingham Shivaji, H. Barton Excellence Professor and head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “It’s different from previous, traditional applications of differential equations in physics and engineering. Ideas and techniques from many diverse branches of mathematics are needed to answer questions arising in biology. It’s an exciting challenge.”

Over the last 20 or 30 years, technological advances have opened up new opportunities for mathematicians to collaborate with biologists, physicians, and others in the life sciences. Biological systems — whether it’s how the microscopic parts of a cell interact with each other or how animals behave — are extraordinarily complex. But with advances in computing power, it’s become possible for researchers to formulate those systems mathematically and actually solve those complex problems.

What would have been impossible to solve on a chalkboard a few decades ago can now, often, be run on a computer. The results allow mathematics to describe and predict many biological phenomena and also provide biologists with new tools and insights to approach their work.

See more at UNCG Research site.

This article is drawn from the UNCG Research Magazine spring 2015 issue.