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Archives for March 2016

Outsider art and an inside look at “Radiunt Abundunt”

030216Feature_RadiuntAbunduntIn a talk at the Weatherspoon Auditorium on Feb. 7, the creators of the play “Radiunt Abundunt” gave enlightening insight to the play’s origins.

Preston Lane, founding artistic director of Triad Stage and a UNCG adjunct theatre faculty member, joined UNCG alumna Laurelyn Dossett. Lane and Dossett have collaborated on six Triad Stage plays – he as writer and she as musical composer. The current production opened last weekend to impressive reviews.

The play’s origin was five years ago, Lane told the Weatherspoon audience. Lane was on a road trip on back highways, to find inspiration. Between Roanoke, Va., and Washington, DC, he saw a boarded up church that made an impression on him. In the nation’s capital, he saw an outsider art exhibition.

It showed “the absolute need to make art,” he explained. “It speaks to the heart of where art comes from.”

Together, Dossett and Lane have visited “outsider art” exhibitions and sites such as an outsider art museum in Baltimore, an exhibition in Philadelphia, a grotto in Alabama.

Dossett went into detail about a man they met in Baltimore who “covered everything” in mirrored glass. “There’s a city block of rowhouses covered in mirrored glass.”

Both Lane and Dossett spoke to their own impulse to create art – she through music and he through writing plays.

Lane said, “We’ve gotten trapped into thinking art should be something we like, that doesn’t challenge us. By being shaken, we have a chance to change.”

He indicated the locale of this play is the same as that in “Common Enemy.” He is keen, these days, to tell stories of the present, not the distant past.

“I love North Carolina. It’s a great state. The past, present and future exist in an immediate way. We appreciate our past – and we look toward the future,” he said.

They spoke about “outsider artists” who are compelled, often by religious fervor, to create. “There’s a human cost to being a prophet, and being an artist,” she said. Particularly the cost to the family.

Dossett, who performs with several members of The Buck Stops Here stringband in the production, sang two songs from the play – of kith and kin, of prophecy and Mason jars, of a future written in the stars.

Lane said the best of regional theater should find its way to the arts capitals of New York and Los Angeles. Unfortunately, now the dominant pattern is the reverse: the New York and LA plays come to the regions. “Wrong way,” he said.

Is the best in American theater being widely seen? That’s a good question.

They each hinted at future inspiration:

Lane has been interested in the John Brown story, since being inspired by a painting about the abolitionist. And, on a different note, both Lane and Dossett find common ground in a childhood favorite, “Free to Be You and Me.”

Faculty members Denise Gabriel (movement coach), Christine Morris (vocal coach) and Bryan Conger (dramaturgy) are involved in the production, as are UNCG Theatre students and actors Madelynn Poulson and Lizzie Wouters. The play was reviewed in CVNC last weekend and reviewed by the News and Record as well. It runs through March 13.

Photo and story by Mike Harris

Ashby Residential College celebrates 45th anniversary

Photo of Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. and Dr. Ashby’s children, Paul and Ann Ashby.Ashby Residential College recently celebrated its 45th Anniversary with a reception in the Virginia Dare Room that included Chancellor Gilliam, campus faculty and staff, alumni of the program, and the program’s current faculty and students.

Created in 1970 by Professor of Philosophy Dr. Warren Ashby and Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Robert Miller, Ashby Residential College is the oldest residential college program in North Carolina. Since its inception, Ashby College has been housed in Mary Foust Hall, where it offers the advantages of a university education on a much smaller scale.

Current Director of Ashby College Dr. Sara Littlejohn welcomed the attendees and former Directors (Dr. Micheline Chaloub, Dr. Ben Ramsey, Dr. Murray and Dr. Fran Arndt), while guests browsed Ashby’s memorabilia dating back to the 1970s. “The Ashby Song” was also performed by the residential college’s own choir.

According to Dr. Littlejohn, alumni in attendance noted that while much has physically changed in the program since 1970 (including modern conveniences like, computers, air conditioning and Wi-Fi), Ashby’s mission of educational innovation and strong community connecting in an unique environment has stayed very much the same over the years.

Ashby’s curriculum focuses on multiliteracy, and all the core courses are part of the University’s General Education Curriculum. Faculty who teach in Ashby College are dedicated to undergraduate education and pedagogical experimentation. Ashby College also strives to foster a deep sense of community among its members who support a series of traditional annual programs that include pumpkin carving contests, retreats to Valle Crucis Resort in Western N.C., Thanksgiving Dinners and music festivals.
Photo by Martin Kane of Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. and Dr. Ashby’s children, Paul and Ann Ashby, met to celebrating the 45th anniversary of the residential college community.

See/hear: March 2, 2016

International student Awa Mbaye tells her story of traveling from Senegal to the United States. Mbaye said the diversity of UNCG is what led her to the university, where she double majors in sociology and international studies, with a concentration in criminology.

Looking ahead: Mar. 2, 2016

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 2, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room

Race and the University discussion
Thursday, Mar. 3, noon, Alumni House

Screen Dance Night, New Short Film Festival
Thursday, Mar. 3, 6 p.m., Digital Media Commons

Casa Azul Night
Thursday, Mar. 3, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Women’s Tennis vs Western Carolina
Friday, Mar. 4, 2 p.m., UNCG Tennis Courts

Instruction ends for Spring Break
Saturday, Mar. 5, 1 p.m.

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, March 10, 10 a.m., Alumni House

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

Dr. Anthony Cuda invited to be Buckner lecturer at UNCW

Photo of Dr. Anthony Cuda. Dr. Anthony Cuda (English) has been invited to give an endowed lecture at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

According to UNCW web site, the Buckner Lecture Series “was established to fund bringing the most distinguished writers, speakers and artists of our generation to UNCW.” Buckner lecturers are selected because they are “scholars who are able to articulate and convey in a public forum the importance of literature, the study of literature, or literary criticism; the intersection of literature with other disciplines; or popular culture/cultural studies.”

In March, Cuda will be in Wilmington for three days to give the lecture and visit with students and faculty.

The title of his lecture will be “Making Modernism Young Again.”

Past lecturers have included Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Christopher Ricks and Philip Levine.

Nominate Outstanding Students for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate outstanding juniors and seniors for UNCG’s Golden Chain Honor Society, which was organized in 1948 to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the university community.

“Golden” denotes excellence and rarity, and “chain” signifies linkage – a binding together of past generations of students who served the University with students of today and those generations yet to come. The organization is unique to the UNCG campus. Members embody the characteristics of: leadership, scholarship, service, tolerance, judgment, magnanimity, and character.

Golden Chain is now accepting applications for Spring 2016 inductions. 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 Cherry Callahan at cmcallah@uncg.edu by March 25, 2016. Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, Golden Chain alumni, and honorary members. (Please note that accepted students must pay a $20 induction fee.)

Alumni House reservations

Photo of The Alumni House.The Alumni House will begin accepting reservations for the 2016-17 academic/fiscal year on Monday, March 7, 2016, at 8 a.m. All reservation requests should be made online via the Alumni House reservation form.

For a list of revised rental/usage policies, rates & fees, and a link to the reservation form visit the Alumni House web page at http://alumni.uncg.edu/house. Effective July 1, 2016, all reservations will be subject to the revised policies and fee structure.

For additional information, contact John Comer at 6-1466 (full number: 336-256-1466).

New Short Film Festival at UNCG

UNCG’s Digital Media Commons (DMC) announces the 2016 New Short Film Festival. The festival is created and coordinated by students in collaboration with Art Department and Media Studies Department professors at UNCG as a new way to share and increase knowledge through an informal and creative process of film and art making.

Mar. 3: Screen Dance Night. Hosted and curated by Prof. Robin Gee from the Music, Theater and Dance department. Gee will introduce us to the emerging art of screen dance, a blend of traditional dance and multimedia technology. The event will be held in the VIA lab, located in the DMC on the lower-level of Jackson Library. The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. Free drinks, pizza and light refreshments provided.

Apr. 27: Outdoor Screening; The final Film Festival event. Films curated by DMC staff with help from Media Studies faculty. Included in the screening are a selection of films made by UNCG students, as well as shorts created by filmmakers from around the globe. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. and will be held on the front lawn of Jackson Library.

More information is at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2016/01/new-short-film-festival-at-uncg.html.

With the Staff: January/February 2016

Carmen Bumpass, Human Development & Family Studies; Peggy Gentry, Information Technology Services; Pamela Fields, Accounting Services; Daniel Semonco, Housing and Residence Life; James Pinnix, Housing and Residence Life; Shaynelle Smith, Housing and Residence Life; Glenda Battle, Housing and Residence Life; LaVonne Walker, Housing and Residence Life; Wendy Tapia, University Advancement

Mark Taylor, Housing and Residence Life; Silvio Almeida, Housekeeping; Joyce Ray, Physics & Astronomy; Emily Watkins, Student Health Services; Sandy Miller, Graduate School; Helen Burns, Housekeeping; Chad Carwein, Facilities

CW resumes publication March 16

UNCG’s Campus Weekly will not publish next week, during Spring Break. CW will resume publication March 16.

Dr. Sarah Krive

Photo of Dr. Sarah Krive.Dr. Sarah Krive has been promoted to Associate Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College. She has steadily climbed the ranks of the Honors College since she first joined its staff as a program associate in 2007.

The following year, she was appointed Associate Dean. Krive became Assistant Dean in 2011. In her new position, Krive will take on additional responsibilities of supervising a larger staff, serving as a public voice for the Honor College and designing and implementing program policies.

“Over the past nine years she has steadfastly and brilliantly helped the Honors College grow and develop into one of the premiere honors colleges in the nation,” said Honors College Dean Dr. Omar Ali.

Krive received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has taught Russian literature and linguistics for more than a dozen years.

Nomination for highest honor for State employees

The nomination period for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Excellence is now open.

The Governor’s Awards for Excellence is the highest honor a State employee may receive. The program is designed to acknowledge and show appreciation for the outstanding accomplishments of North Carolina employees. The meritorious service or accomplishments recognized by this award program are so singularly outstanding that special recognition is justified.

Out of approximately 173,000 State employees in North Carolina, only about 10 to 15 Governor’s Awards are given each year.

If you have a coworker or colleague who you feel has made exemplary contributions to the university and the State of North Carolina, please consider nominating them for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence.

To Nominate:

Submit your nomination no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016

‘Race and The University,’ a discussion

“Race and the University: Context and Conversation,” a discussion of race and racism in higher education, will be held March 3, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Pecky Cypress Room, Alumni House.

The forum will feature Shelly Brown-Jeffy, Head of the Sociology Department; Jonathan Green; Tara Green, Director of the African American and African Diaspora Studies Program; and Mark Rifkin, Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

The event is co-sponsored by WGS, AADS and the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee.

See the flyer: Race and the University Flyer

This post was updated March 2.