UNCG Campus Weekly

Campus Weekly is published each Wednesday when classes are in session. In the summer, it is published biweekly.

Archives for April 2016

Top 40 UNCG Baseball leads NCAA in hitting

042016Feature_BaseballIf you haven’t been out to see the Spartan baseball team and Spartan softball team this spring, you have a few more weeks to do it. The teams are playing well and they’re fun to watch. And admission is free.

Men’s Baseball The team is currently no. 2 in the SoCon standings, with a 6 – 2 conference mark. Overall, the team has 27 wins, 10 losses. As they took on Furman last weekend, a Greenville News sportswriter noted their impressive mark: “Spartans are batting .358 as a team. That leads all of (NCAA) Division I by 20 points.” He later tweeted, “Only UNCG starter not hitting at least .330 is Jake Kusz (.283). All he’s done is caught all 38 games for the Spartans.”

They’re in the top 40 nationally in the RPI rankings. They’ve lost only one home game this season.

UNCG Softball The softball team is currently third in the SoCon standings, with a 4-4 conference mark They have 27 wins, 17 losses. Senior Nicole Thomas recently returned from the disabled list to lead the team to walk-off wins in back-to-back games against Mercer. She and her twin sister Lindsey Thomas have won SoCon Player of the Week honors this season, while Alicia Bazonski has been named Pitcher of the Week on three occasions.

UNCG Softball hosts NC State tonight (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. See full schedule here.

UNCG Baseball has three home games this weekend. See full schedule here.

All home games are free admission.

Visual courtesy UNCG Athletics

New Questions for Old Jazz Histories

The talk “Jazz and Ecomusicology: New Questions for Old Jazz Histories” will be presented by Dr. William Bares, UNC Asheville, Thursday, April 21, 5 p.m., UNCG Music Building 217.

This talk will bring established understandings of jazz history as an unruly, macho, heroic, American and urban soloist’s art into dialog with the budding field of ecomusicology.

Dr. Bares holds a BA from Amherst College, a M.M. in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a PhD in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. In addition to his university teaching career, Bares spent ten years performing and researching jazz in Europe, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Democratic National Committee and for Representative Jane Harman (D-CA).

The event is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Music Studies and the UNCG Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program.

Open to the public.

MFA film screenings April 30

On April 30 at 6 p.m. at the Elliott University Center Auditorium, students from the MFA in Drama program (Concentration in Film and Video) at UNCG will be screening their thesis films. Soheil Tajeddini, Fausto Barrionuevo, Chris Metz, Nathan Gjersted, David Moore, Michael Woods,  and David Row will premiere their films in two separate shows, one beginning at 6 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. A short Q&A with the filmmakers will follow each show. There will be food and drink beforehand, starting at 5 p.m. The films span multiple genres, from horror to romance to pseudo-documentary.

For more information, contact Fausto Barrionuevo at 305-807-8011, fbarrio@uncg.edu.

Appointment of Dr. Larry Mayes, Associate Vice Provost & Director of Institutional Research

Vice Chancellor Alan Boyette provided this message:

Following a national search led by Provost Dana Dunn and me, I am delighted to announce that Dr. Larry Mayes has accepted the position of Associate Vice Provost & Director of Institutional Research (IR) at UNCG, effective June 1, 2016. Dr. Mayes comes to us from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he has served since 2003 as Director of Assessment within Chapel Hill’s Office of Institutional Research. Prior to that role, he spent four years at UNC General Administration as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Program Assessment.  Dr. Mayes also held IR posts and adjunct faculty appointments at colleges and universities in Kentucky and Tennessee.

The mission of UNCG’s Office of Institutional Research is to collect, analyze and disseminate information in support of institutional planning, policy formulation, and decision making. Provost Dunn and I are confident that Dr. Mayes is well suited to provide effective leadership for this important function. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Mayes to UNC Greensboro.

Course Reserves due for summer, fall 2016

Faculty members, it’s time again to set up your print and electronic course reserves at the University Libraries. To be available by the first days of class, new lists are due as follows:

Summer 2016 – Friday, May 6
Fall 2016 – Friday, August 5

Requests to renew spring lists for use in summer and/or fall are due by Wednesday, May 4.

eReserve readings are stored in Box@UNCG and delivered to students via Canvas. The Reserve staff creates eReserve folders in Box then sends email to instructors containing embed codes to use to insert them into Canvas; instructions are provided. The embed codes allow students to see the eReserves in a Box widget embedded into a page on Canvas.

Before placing a film on reserve, please check the Libraries’ numerous streaming film sources. Also, we offer hundreds of thousands of e-books that may be linked to from your course syllabus. To learn more about these please see our e-book guide.

Visit the Reserves web pages or contact the reserve staff at reserves@uncg.edu, 256-1199 or 334-5245 for information related to creating your lists.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences visitors at UNCG

042016Feature_HealthSciencesOn April 7, a group from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) visited UNCG.  While here, they met with UNCG faculty to discuss scientific priorities of NIEHS, and to encourage UNCG faculty to apply for upcoming research funding opportunities.  NIEHS staff also met with UNCG students to discuss undergraduate internships and  graduate fellowships. The visit was coordinated by the UNCG Career Services Center and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. The NIEHS is located in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, and is one of 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIEHS invests more than $650 million annually in medical research for the American people.

For more about NIEHS funding for faculty research studies:


For more about NIEHS undergraduate student internship opportunities:


For more about NIEHS graduate fellowships, post-doctoral fellowships, and career awards:

Applications accepted for Staff Scholarship Fund

The Janet B. Royster (JBR) Memorial Staff Scholarship Fund was created in August of 2011 by the UNC Staff Assembly in memory of UNC-TV employee Janet B. Royster. This scholarship promotes staff development for permanent, full-time, non-faculty employees, as well as recognizes and honors Janet’s leadership and dedication to all UNC employees.

The JBR Memorial Staff Scholarship provides one or more annual awards, based on the availability of funds. Scholarships provide assistance towards earning a degree or other professional certification. The maximum award amount per academic year is $1,000. Awards are not automatically renewable. Recipients are selected by a Selection Committee.

Some of the following factors will be considered by the committee in making selections:

  • The educational goals of the applicant
  • The financial needs of the applicant
  • The commitment of the applicant to his or her UNC employer institution
  • The relationship of the educational program to the applicant’s job

Applicants are encouraged to describe how the educational program relates to the applicant’s career goals.

The scholarship can be applied to the cost of tuition, fees, books, or registration fees. Payment will be made directly to the school, provider, or vendor.

To be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Be a permanent full-time non-faculty employee of the UNC system
  • Submit a completed application
  • Include information that will help the selection committee understand how the educational opportunity will benefit you and your UNC institution

The applications are now being accepted for Fall 2016 and the deadline to apply is May 1, 2016.  Incomplete applications may not be considered. For more information about the scholarship and to apply:


New appointments at UNCG School of Nursing

The UNCG School of Nursing has announced new appointments for academic year 2016-17:

Dr. Nancy Hoffart, Forsyth Distinguished Professor

Dr. Nancy Hoffart will assume the School of Nursing’s Distinguished Forsyth Professorship position beginning Sept. Throughout her distinguished nursing career, Dr. Hoffart has held numerous leadership positions. She currently serves as the founding Dean for the Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing (ARCSON) at Lebanese American University (LAU), Byblos, Lebanon. At the University of Kansas School of Nursing she served as the Academic Coordinator/Assistant Dean. She left Kansas to assume the deanship at Northeastern University School of Nursing. Dr. Hoffart’s experience in higher education includes serving as the Academic Coordinator for Nursing Systems and Administration with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas. She has received numerous awards for teaching, research and service, including serving as a Leadership Fellow for the Academy of Nursing with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Hoffart received a PhD in nursing with a minor in higher education from the University of Virginia, a master’s in nursing from University of Minnesota, and a BSN from South Dakota State University. She completed a postdoctoral Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar fellowship at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Pam Rowsey, Chair, Department of Adult Health Nursing

Dr. Pamela Rowsey will assume the position of Chair for the Department of Adult Health Nursing beginning Aug. 1. Rowsey is currently an Associate Professor with tenure and the Coordinator for student diversity and recruitment at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She has served in a variety of leadership positions, including Coordinator for Student Diversity and Recruitment, Education Coordinator, Rehabilitation Coordinator, Assistant Head Nurse, Assistant Chief Nurse and Officer-in-Charge of a military hospital. She is a retired Captain, United States Army Reserve.

In addition to these important leadership positions, Rowsey completed the Academic Leadership Program at UNC Chapel Hill. Rowsey earned a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, a Masters in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BSN from Mississippi University for Women. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Courtney Caiola, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Health

Dr. Courtney Caiola will assume a tenure track position as an assistant professor on Aug. 1. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She has served in a variety of practice and educational positions, including nine years as a staff nurse, Clinical Nurse Education Specialist at UNC Hospitals, Clinical Lead/Charge Nurse, teaching assistant, Global Health Clinical Nursing instructor, research assistant and clinical instructor.  Dr. Caiola’s program of research is focused on understanding the impact of social determinants of health on minority and disadvantaged populations.  She has worked to reduce stigma in HIV-infected women and is currently engaged in developing community partnerships to reduce racial injustices and health inequities.  Dr. Caiola earned a PhD in Nursing from Duke University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Distinguished Jewish-Christian relations scholar to speak at UNCG

Amy-Jill Levine, a distinguished scholar of Jewish-Christian relations, will deliver her lecture “Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories” on Wednesday, April 20, at UNCG.

Levine is currently a professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and she received her master’s and doctoral degrees at Duke University. She has published numerous books including “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus,” “The Historical Jesus in Context” and “Feminist Companions to the New Testament.”

Hosted by the UNCG Jewish studies program in partnership with the Religious Studies Department, Levine’s lecture is part of the Henry Samuel Levinson Lecture.

Levine’s lecture will be held in the Elliott University Center auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on April 20. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Religious Studies at 334-5762 or email Ellen Haskell at edhaskel@uncg.edu.

Trina Patterson Named Women’s Basketball Head Coach

042016Spotlight_PattersonDirector of Athletics Kim Record announced the hiring of coaching veteran Trina Patterson as women’s basketball head coach Sunday. Patterson brings 17 years of head coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level to the Spartans and joins UNCG after spending the last three years as the top assistant at Old Dominion. Additionally, she has been part of USA Basketball as an assistant coach on two different occasions in her career.

Patterson, a native of Newport News, Va., joins the Spartans after spending the last three years on the staff at Old Dominion for coach Karen Barefoot. During her time at ODU, the Lady Monarchs posted three straight appearances in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), including second round showings the past two years. She helped ODU record 56 wins over the past three seasons, including a 21-win campaign in 2014-15.

Patterson has helped Old Dominion bring in recruiting classes ranked in the top 50 in the nation the last two seasons. During her time she has helped the Lady Monarchs boast six All-Conference honorees. The Lady Monarchs finished the season ranked in the top five in six defensive categories, including topping the league in rebounding margin and ranking second in field-goal percentage defense (.397).

Prior to Old Dominion, Patterson spent two seasons working for Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer at Stanford, working primarily with the Cardinal frontcourt and recruiting efforts. During that span Stanford racked up a 68-5 record, capturing the Pac-12 double (conference regular-season and tournament titles) each season and reached its fifth straight Final Four in 2012.

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Patterson served as head coach at University at Albany from 2002-10. She also served two prior head-coaching tenures — University of Maryland Eastern Shore (1999-2000) and the College of William & Mary (1991-99). She was named conference coach of the year on two different occasions during her 17-year career as leader of a program, earnings honors at both William & Mary and Albany.

Full story at UNCG Athletics web site.

Boosting financial awareness for UNCG undergraduates

041316Feature_FinancialAwarenessApril is Financial Awareness Month. For one UNCG committee, it’s a year-round passion.

In 2014, the UNCG Financial Literacy Committee was created, at Vice Chancellor Bryan Terry’s direction, with point people from Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

Members of the Financial Aid office have led sessions for all first year students enrolled in Foundations for Learning (FFL 100) classes.  In fall 2015, Denise Gabriel’s theater students held improv discussions to talk about financial behaviors, attitudes, and decision making.  Students who attended were pulled into the improv scenarios – such as “You just got your credit card!” About 20-30 students attended each one and all the attendees received the “Get It Together” book, helping provide additional real-world financial learning.

UNCG Enrollment Management is providing funding for the books, says Shakima M. Clency, senior associate director of UNCG New Student Transitions and First Year Experience. “This book is an investment in the students today and in the future.”

Throughout the year, she regularly talks with student organizations about financial wellness.

They explore attitudes toward money, how to make good financial decisions, aspects of student loans, budgeting and managing debt.

UNCG alumni are involved too. On April 12, six alumni who’ve graduated in the last ten years (known as GOLD alumni) facilitated conversations with upperclassmen. The discussion focused on tips and advice to prepare for real-world finances after college. Members of the Financial Literacy Committee were on hand to provide information as well. All students in attendance received the “Get It Together” book as well as information about how to prepare financially for life after college.

A lot of college students have not learned enough about personal finances from their families. “Families do not want to talk about money,” Clency explains. For whatever reason, there’s embarrassment or it’s an off-limit topic for the parents and guardians. Unfortunately, many of the messages that students receive from the media about money is inaccurate and unrealistic. ”

The Financial Literacy Committee want to see that when students leave UNCG with their degree, they have the financial know-how to succeed in their lives and careers.

Undergraduates graduating this May will also receive access to the “Get It Together” E-book.

By Mike Harris

Revisiting the Great War, April 16

041316Feature_GreatWarOn April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I, an act that impacted the lives of millions and forever altered the course of history.

Nearly 100 years later, UNCG graduate student and Army veteran Jason Baum is telling the story of the war from the perspective of those who were impacted most: twenty-somethings.

And he’s hoping millennials will listen.

Baum, who will earn a master’s degree in history with a concentration in museum studies in May, has been working on his capstone project “Battlefield to Ball Field” since August. Having served in the Army for four years – including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 – Baum was compelled to use his project as a way to take part in the WWI Centennial Observation.

His exhibit, which will be on display for the public on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, seeks to tell the story of the war and its effect on the Greensboro community, specifically young adults.

“The large majority of service members serving in WWI were in their early 20s,” Baum said. “I want millennials to see themselves in the lives of these people.”

The exhibit, which guides participants through the stadium concourse and down a runway to the field, includes three main sections:

  • A history of Greensboro from 1900 to 1926
  • An overview of the war experience in Greensboro and overseas
  • The stories of the 86 people from Greensboro who died serving in the war

Throughout these main sections, participants will take a trip back in time to learn more about the economy during the early 1900s, the rise of technology, training for soldiers and Greensboro’s contributions to the war.

Afterward, participants will walk onto the field, which will be transformed into a mini “Flanders Field” and covered with 1,634 poppies – handcrafted by Baum – to represent the individuals from Greensboro who served in the war.

“I modeled the installation after the Tower of London war memorial that featured 888,246 red poppies,” Baum said. “The poppies are designed to help people wrap their minds around the sheer amount of people from this area who served.”

At the conclusion of the exhibit, Baum hopes millennials will walk away with an opinion.

“I want people, especially millennials, to decide if the war was worth it,” Baum said. “The goal is for people to leave with an opinion about WWI and the necessity of war in general.”

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Full story at UNCG Now.

UNCG makes ‘Bicycle Friendly Universities’ list

041316Feature_BikeFriendlyWhen Jay Parr bought a house, one of his “must haves” was that it be in close proximity to UNCG. Parr, who serves as Program Manager of UNCG’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, often makes the four to five-mile bicycle ride to campus.

Parr, like many faculty and students, cite personal fitness and environmental sustainability as reasons for commuting by bicycle to UNCG, which has, for the fifth-consecutive year, made the League of American Bicyclists’ list of “Bike Friendly Universities.”

“What we’re doing right is having bike repair stations and a bike-share program and lots and lots of good places to lock up a bike on campus,” Parr said. “Having bike racks on all the transit buses is also an excellent thing.”

Duke University, NC State and UNC Wilmington share a “bronze” level of bike friendliness with UNCG.

By Daniel Wirtheim
Visual: departmental archives

Friends of the UNCG Libraries elect new officers

041316Features_NewOfficersThe Friends of the UNCG Libraries elected new officers at their recent annual meeting. Chairperson Camille Payton served as master of ceremonies at the event. More than 200 members and other attendees were at the event. Funds raised at the dinner support the University Libraries.

Camille Payton (in visual) was re-elected Chair of the Friends for the coming year.  Payton has been practicing law since 1993. She is a shareholder of Ward Black Law in Greensboro, where she heads the firm’s workers’ compensation department. A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Payton graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. After working in New York at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, she began work for the Austin American Statesman in Texas until 1990, when she left the newspaper profession to pursue a different career. She received her J.D from the University of Texas and began practicing law in the fall of that year in Greensboro. Payton has extensive trial experience, and she is the co-author of the North Carolina Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Forms Manual.

The new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect is Jennifer Koenig of Greensboro.  Koenig is a member of the Schell Bray law firm, where she specializes in trusts and estates.  She also has extensive experience representing charitable organizations and corporate fiduciaries.

Newly elected to the Board for three year terms were Ms. Carolyne Burgman, Dr. Bob Gatten, Ms. Carolyn Green, Ms. Miriam Herin, Ms. Leigh Seager and Dr. Lollie White, all of Greensboro.  Re-elected to a second term was Kate Barrett, also of Greensboro.

Full story at Friends of the University Libraries blog.

Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington: Lessons in Leadership April 21

On Thursday, April 21, enjoy the forum “Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation Between Biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington.” It will be held 4 p.m. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library. The event is free admission.

What makes a successful leader?  What sets some leaders apart from the rest?

Veteran journalists and biographers Ned Cline and Howard E. Covington will engage in a conversation about the lessons in leadership they have gleaned from their books and newspaper careers. The program is free and open to the public.  Those interested in attending are asked but not required to notify Barry Miller at barry_miller@uncg.edu that they are coming.

Ned Cline is a veteran journalist and biographer, and like Howard Covington, a former chair of the Friends of the UNCG Libraries.  He is rumored to have “retired” in 1997 from a distinguished newspaper career spanning 30 years. Ned is a self-described political junkie, and his work and his interests often took him on the road, traveling with the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George Wallace, Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard where he concentrated on a study of Southern politics and was one of 20 journalists nationwide chosen for a four-month study of Congress at the Washington Journalism Center. His newspaper career began on the Salisbury Post where he concentrated on civil rights, including the inner workings of the Ku Klux Klan which helped to send the Grand Dragon to prison. During Ned’s 11-year stint as managing editor of the News and Record in Greensboro, the newspaper was often acknowledged to have the best news coverage in the state and was three times named the best overall in North Carolina.

Ned is well qualified to talk about leadership.  Since his “retirement” he has written biographies of a number of important leaders in our state. His first biography was of Greensboro’s own Joseph Bryan, which brought Ned into our library on a frequent basis to use the Bryan Papers in our Archives.  He followed that biography with one of Stanley Frank, also of Greensboro, focusing on his philanthropic activities.  Biographies followed of Al Lineberry of Greensboro, Marshall Rauch of Gastonia, former Lieutenant Governor Bob Jordan from Mt. Gilead, Texas oilman-turned-benefactor to UNC Walter Davis, and most recently former Glaxo Pharmaceuticals CEO Charles Sanders.  He also found time to write a history of the First Lutheran church in Cabarrus County, so Ned has looked at leadership from many different perspectives, centered on the theme of philanthropy.

Howard E. Covington, Jr. began his career as a reporter on the Charlotte Observer where among other achievements he co-wrote a series of articles on occupational health that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1981.  He was executive city editor of the News and Record in Greensboro when he also “retired.” Once again, no one could ever tell that he retired, as his writing continued with a series of books.

Among major works are his multi-generation biography of George Watts and the Hill family of Durham, Favored by Fortune, which received the Ragan Old North State Award for best non-fiction from the NC Literary and Historical Society.

He also wrote well-regarded biographies of Judge Henry Frye of Greensboro, former governor and US Senator Terry Sanford, philanthropist A.J. Fletcher, and Albert Coates, founder of the Institute of Government at Chapel Hill. He co-edited The North Carolina Century, Tar Heels Who Made a Difference, 1900-2000, and was co-author of The Story of Nations Bank, Changing the Face of American Banking, and the author of histories of the Belk stores, Crossnore School. His book, Lady on the Hill, which is about the private preservation of Biltmore Estate, has been reprinted several times. Once upon a City, his history of Greensboro during the 20th century was published by the Greensboro Historical Museum and was the subject of a previous talk sponsored by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries a few years ago.
By Barry Miller

Full story at Friends of the University Libraries blog.

Looking ahead: April 13, 2016

New date, due to weather: People mover / golf car demos
Thursday a.m., April 14, Grounds dept, near Sink Bldg.

Jonathan Leib, colloquium speaker
Friday, April 15, 3:30 p.m., 212 Graham

Spring Dances
Friday, April 15, 8 p.m., UNCG Dance Theater

Volleyball, Blue/Gold Tournament
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m., Fleming Gymnasium

UNCG Science Festival
Saturday, April 16, noon, throughout campus

Music, ‘Lullabies for Little Ones’
Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

General Faculty Meeting
Wednesday, April 20, 3 p.m., Virginia Dare Room

Tolly Tollefsen

Photo of Tolly TollefsenTolly Tollefsen, UNCG Director of Financial Aid, is being honored by the NCASFAA this week. Tollefsen is receiving the “Eleanor S. Morris Distinguished Service Award”

A representative of the association said, in part, “This woman is one of the quiet giants in our profession. Her financial aid knowledge is unmatched and she carries over three decades of experience. … She is quoted as saying, “One of the things I learned early in my career is how supportive and collaborative financial aid professionals are and I have always striven to meet the high standard of ethics, compassion and fellowship in our community.”  She has certainly maintained her standards throughout the years and has been active in SASFAA as an elected officer, led courses in the SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop, and presented sessions at SASFAA, NCASFAA, NCHELP and various other conferences.  She is also the person that helped create NCASFAA’s Middle School Enrichment Scholarship program which has helped encourage disadvantaged Middle School students to consider enrolling in college by providing tuition to a summer enrichment program at a North Carolina college or university. With all of her accomplishments, however, I would submit that one of her greatest accomplishments has been serving as a mentor to those new in the profession and those seeking leadership roles within the professional associations.”

Michael Parker keynote speaker at N.C. Writers’ Network Conference at UNCG

Photo of Michael Parker.UNCG hosts the North Carolina Writer’s Network 2016 Spring Conference in Curry Auditorium on Saturday, April 23.

Michael Parker, who holds the Dr. Nicholas A. Vacc and Dr. Nancy N. Vacc Distinguished Professorship in UNCG’s MFA Writing Program, is the keynote speaker. He has been honored with the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction (1994), the Pushcart Prize (2002), the North Carolina Arts Council Fiction Fellowship (2003), the N.E.A. Fellowship in Fiction (2004), and the O. Henry Award (2004), and three career-achievement awards: the Mary Hobson Award in Arts and Letters (2006), the North Carolina Award for Literature (2006), and the R. Hunt Parker Award for significant contribution to the literature and culture of North Carolina.

Jennifer Whitaker, recent recipient of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and director of UNCG’s University Writing Center, teaches the Poetry Master Class.

The conference features 11 distinct workshops on fiction, non-fiction, the creative process and marketing. “Open Mic Readings” and a “Lunch with an Author” session are also featured.

The majority of the sessions are led by UNCG faculty or alumni.

To pre-register or find more information, visit www.ncwriters.org

Campus bookstore expands discount program

In the past, UNCG staff and faculty have received discount cards that were good for a 10% discount on most merchandise at Barnes & Noble superstores. Unfortunately, Barnes & Noble has discontinued this program.

In lieu of that program and to show our appreciation to the faculty and staff that add so much to the UNCG community, our campus bookstore will expand our discount program. Starting now, UNCG faculty and staff will receive a 15% discount on all textbooks purchased or rented for personal use, a 20% discount on most in store merchandise*, and a 20% discount on any special order general reading books. In addition, faculty and staff will now receive a 20% discount at the Café and on all convenience items.

All you have to do is present your UNCG Faculty/Staff ID upon check out, so please be sure to take advantage of these great deals today!

* Exclusions to all of the aforementioned discounts include special orders other than trade special orders, sale books, class and alumni rings, computer software, computer hardware, periodicals, discounted merchandise, stamps and health and beauty aids at the UNCG Bookstore.

Film: American motherhood and post-partum depression

Every year, 1.3 million women in the U.S. struggle with postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders, yet healthcare providers under-diagnose mood and anxiety disorders more than any other pregnancy-related condition.

On Wednesday, April 20, the UNCG School of Nursing will host a special screening of “Dark Side of the Full Moon,” a documentary exposing the disconnect within the medical community to effectively screen, refer and treat women with pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.

“Dark Side of the Full Moon” was created to raise awareness and promote the treatment of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders including postpartum depression.

Offered in cooperation with the North Carolina Perinatal Association, the screening is free and open to the public, and would be especially beneficial for members of the healthcare community, other professionals who advocate for women of childbearing age and expectant or new mothers and their family and friends.

The screening will be April 20 in the School of Nursing Moore Building, Room 130. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the film will begin at 6:15 p.m. Following the showing, there will be a discussion and attendees will receive materials about community resources.  For more information, contact Lori Hubbard at 269-1458 or ljhubbar@uncg.edu.

Ken Pearce

Photo of Ken Pearce.Ken Pearce joined UNCG as the new Director of Facilities Design and Construction in March.

Ken has 10 years of supervisory experience in capital construction and has been closely involved in the execution of a wide variety of capital improvement projects both at NC State University and at Cape Fear Community College. He holds an engineering degree from NC State University, is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, is an LEED accredited professional, and is also a member of the Innovations Committee of the NC State Building Commission.

Information courtesy Facilities Connections newsletter.

Shanna Eller

Photo of Shanna Eller . Shanna Eller is the new Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability in March. Shanna has been the Sustainability Director at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California since August of 2011 and was previously the Director of Community Environmental Services at Portland State University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Planning and Policy and a doctorate in Urban Studies from Portland State University with a focus on sustainability programs at the local level.

Information courtesy Facilities Connections newsletter.

Dr. Linda Rupert

Photo of Dr. Linda Rupert.Dr. Linda Rupert (History) is one of eight academics who has been invited to present her research as part of “Histories from a Shared Past: A Transatlantic Lecture Series,” which will take place in four different venues across the Caribbean and Europe throughout the first half of 2017. Rupert’s presentation, “Navigating Currents of Freedom: Runaway Caribbean Slaves in Atlantic and World Perspective,” connects slave flight with the broader story of refugees and asylum seekers across history—one that is especially relevant today. She is associate professor of history.

See/hear: April 13, 2016

UNCG’s second annual Science Everywhere, a hands-on interactive science festival, will be held on Saturday, April 16, from noon to 4 p.m. on the university campus.

Enjoy new spring UNCG Magazine online

Photo of Spring Alumni Magazine. UNCG Magazine offers more video clips, to complement its stories, than ever before.

Read about our state’s very first genetic counselor – and hear her tell a bit of her story in her own words.

Read about UNCG Nursing’s new Veterans Access Program – and hear about it from the students’ perspective.

Read about Gregory Ivy and the early years of the Weatherspoon, including the momentous purchase of “Woman” – and hear Nancy Doll give some background.

And enjoy lots of stories of opportunity and transformation. For every student since our campus’s very beginning, there’s the chance to transform yourself, to prepare yourself for your career, to elevate your game. It’s our university’s heritage, revealed one story after another.

Read the spring issue of UNCG Magazine here.



Rollin Donelson retirement reception April 22

AVC Rollin Donelson is retiring after 16 years of dedicated service to UNCG. A retirement reception for Rollin Donelon will be held Friday, April 22, 2016. from 11 am till 1 pm. The reception will be held in the new UNCG Police Building located at 1200 W. Gate City Blvd.

Joan Titus

Photo of Joan Titus.Joan Titus (Music) has been awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research on her newest book project on the composer Dmitry Shostakovich and his film music for Stalinist cinema (1936-1953). This current book project is the sequel to her first book on Shostakovich’s initial experiments as a film composer (1928-1936) titled “The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich” (Oxford University Press, released March 15, 2016). For information on “The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich” see:https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-early-film-music-of-dmitry-shostakovich-9780199315147?cc=us&lang=en&

Excellence lauded, at awards ceremony for faculty/staff

040616Feature_ExcellenceLaudedThese are folks who “make it go.”

Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. spoke of the faculty/staff honorees at the April 5 Excellence Awards ceremony. He was joined by Provost Dana Dunn in presenting the awards.

After the presentations and short films on the faculty/staff recipients, the chancellor recounted the values shown in the films. The audience had seen dedication, a desire for social justice and fairness, creativity, support, openness, caring and a striving for excellence.

“These are the kinds of values that make this a special place,” he said.

“I think you saw today what makes us a great university.”

The 2015-16 honorees are:

Dr. Risa Applegarth – Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Claudia Cabello-Hutt – James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Eloise McCain Hassell – Anna Marie Gove Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Gregory Grieve – UNCG Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Deborah Cassidy – O. Max Gardner Award nominee

Dr. Patricia E. Sink – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Dr. Cherry Callahan – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Tiffany Boley – Gladys Strawn Bullard Award

Chris Gregory – Staff Excellence Award
Maggie Jones – Staff Excellence Award

Travis Hicks – Holshouser Award for Public Service nominee

Dr. Terry Ackerman – Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Dr. Rebecca MacLeod – Research Excellence Award
Dr. Michael Zimmerman – Research Excellence Award

Department of Accounting and Finance – Student Learning Enhancement Award
Department of Public Health Education – Student Learning Enhancement Award

Dr. Olav Rueppell – Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

By Mike Harris
Photo by Martin Kane

UNCG Science Everywhere April 16

Participants at Science Everywhere.The wonders of science are everywhere — in the kitchen, in the world around us, on our bodies, in outer space.

Scientists of all ages will be able to participate in more than 70 activities demonstrating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts at UNCG’s second annual Science Everywhere. The hands-on, interactive science festival will be Saturday, April 16, from noon until 4 p.m. on UNCG’s campus.

Science Everywhere attendees will launch rockets, watch K-9s in action, touch reptiles and amphibians, build with a giant tinker set, make goop, examine DNA and much more.

Admission and parking are free, and Science Everywhere is open to the public. For more information, visit scienceeverywhere.uncg.edu.

Science Everywhere is a NC Science Festival event, hosted by UNCG’s RISE Network.

By Jeanie Groh
Photo by Martin Kane, at 2015 Science Everywhere

UNCG national leader in supporting Pell Grant recipients

Photo of College Avenue. UNCG is featured in a new report released by the U.S. Department of Education highlighting institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among Pell Grant-eligible students.

UNCG is one of just 13 public four-year institutions nationwide to be recognized for “excelling in access and success.” According to the report, UNCG outperforms its peer institutions in enrolling and graduating Pell Grant recipients. More than 40 percent of UNCG students are Pell recipients, and more than half of those students graduate within six years.

“Since our beginnings as a women’s college 125 years ago, UNCG has had a long and storied history of providing opportunity and access to underserved and vulnerable communities,” said Chancellor Franklin Gilliam Jr. “Not only are we committed to providing affordable access, but, as the Department of Education distinction proves, our initiatives are ensuring that these students succeed and thrive.”

“For students from low- and moderate-income families, a college degree is the surest path to the middle class in our country,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. in a news release. “I applaud the colleges and universities that have taken measurable steps to open up this pathway and make it a successful one for students from all backgrounds. But we need these types of efforts to become the rule and not the exception.”

The report, titled “Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need: Advancing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students,” used data available from the College Scorecard and incorporated findings of analyses by outside organizations focused on student success.

To access the full report, click here.

Jennifer Whitaker takes prestigious prize in poetry

Photo of Jennifer Whitaker.UNCG English Professor and Director of the University Writing Center Jennifer Whitaker won the 2016 Brittingham Prize in Poetry for her manuscript “The Blue Hour.”

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of English awards the Brittingham Prize to the best book-length manuscript selected by a nationally recognized poet. Denise Duhamel chose “The Blue Hour” for the 2016 prize winner.

The prize-winning book – Whitaker’s first – was published in March by the University of Wisconsin Press.

“The Blue Hour” is steeped in the fairy tale motifs that Whitaker developed a passion for as a graduate student. But unlike pop-culture fairy tales, “The Blue Hour” promises no happy endings. Her poems often meditate on remorse, familial abuse and incest.

“Fairy tales are my way of dealing with that complexity,” Whitaker said. “Fairy tales are the container that I try to pour these stories and difficulties into.”

Whitaker said that many of the concepts explored in “The Blue Hour” are ones that she had experimented with as a graduate student in UNCG’s MFA program in Creative Writing.

She adds that the creative writing faculty fostered a sense of community between the students, which gave her the support she needed as an aspiring poet.

“Being in the MFA program taught what it’s like to be in a community of writers,” Whitaker said. “It was supportive, so I could fight against my worst nature to stay holed up in my apartment and write.”

UNCG alumni have won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry for the past two years. Christina Stoddard, another graduate of UNCG’s Creative Writing MFA program, won the 2015 Brittingham Prize for her manuscript, “Hive.”

For Whitaker, winning the Brittingham is one of the greatest achievements in her career so far.

Whitaker said, “Overwhelmed is an understatement.”

Listen to Jennifer Whitaker read from “The Blue Hour” in the Maple Room of the EUC Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m.
By Daniel Wirtheim

Fun at noon: 2016 Employee Field Day April 22

Field Day at UNCG, 2015

UNCG Employee Field Day will be April 22, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. It will be held in Foust Park, at the corner of College Avenue and Spring Garden Street.

Employees will enjoy games, prizes, complimentary drinks and snacks,  and music. There will be lawn bowling and corn hole, as well as a picnic area. An obstacle course will be set up as well. Come have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of your co-workers during the mid-day hour.

Pre-register for a chance to win prizes – individual and team events. Visit Healthy.UNCG.edu for full details.

Also, there will be a Greensboro Police K-9 Unit Demonstration at 12:30. Sergeant Marcus Graves will have his eleven year old Belgian Malinois “Jax” on hand for five-minute demonstrations.

Participants will have an opportunity to donate to the SPCA of the Triad. Items needed include Dry/Wet Food, Toys, Blankets, Treats, Monetary, etc. This donation drive hosted by UNCG Staff Senate.

Any questions? Contact healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or 334-4131 for more information.

Events in UTLC through End of June

A number of events will be offered in the University Teaching and Learning Commons (UTLC) during the months of April, May and June.

April 5 – CAS Assessment in Canvas – During this workshop, Anita Warfford will address issues regarding assessment in Canvas, including: tips for students, quiz and assignment settings, availability settings, weighting grades, rubrics, and SpeedGrader.  You will need to have a basic understanding of Canvas before signing up for this workshop.  The event, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, will take place 1 – 3 p.m. in McIver 140.

April 12 – RCO Ceramic Craft as Art – A public lecture on ceramics will be presented by Daniel Johnston, artist and owner of Daniel Johnston Pottery. The event, hosted by RCO Faculty Fellow Elizabeth Perrill, will take place 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

April 14 – 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 Rm. 134, McIver Building.

April 15 – UTLC Integrating Undergraduate Research into Large Lecture Classes: An Example from Mythology – A workshop using the Mythology course at UNCG as a case study for integrating the undergraduate research process into large lecture classes will be facilitated by RCO Faculty Fellow Joanne Murphy. The event, co-sponsored by the Residential Colleges Office; Teaching Innovations Office; and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Office in the UTLC, will take place 9-10 a.m. in McIver 140.  Please sign up for this event at http://workshops.uncg.edu also walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

April 18 – URSCO & the Department of English: Designing Effective Assignments: Where Teaching and Scholarship Come Together – A lecture will be presented by Pat Hutchings, Senior Associate and former Vice President / Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  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 Rm., Alumni House.

April 19 – RCO Eureka! Writing Scheme – A workshop presenting strategies, knowledge, and tools to scaffold students toward quality research papers will be facilitated by RCO Faculty Fellow Greg Grieve. The event, sponsored by the Residential Colleges Office, will take place 2-4 p.m. in McIver 140.  Please sign up for this event at http://workshops.uncg.edu also walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

April 19 –Office of the Provost: Preparing Your Dossier for Promotion and Tenure – A panel discussion on preparing your dossier for promotion and tenure review will be presented by panel of experienced faculty members.  The event, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is aimed particularly at tenure stream faculty or tenured faculty planning to submit their dossiers sometime within the next 1-2 years and will take place 3:00-4:30 PM in the Faculty Center. Please sign up for this event at http://workshops.uncg.edu

April 20 – RCO Culturally Responsive Pedagogy – A brown bag lunch discussion on culturally responsive teaching practices facilitated by Jennifer Stephens, John Sopper, Sara Littlejohn, Jewell Cooper, Tara Green, Jane He, Augusto Peña, and graduate teaching assistant Revital Zilonka. The event, sponsored by the Residential Colleges Office in the UTLC, will take place 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. in the Mary Foust Parlor (Room 120).

April 28 – 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 Rm. 134, McIver Building.

May 10-12 – TIO Summer Week of Teaching – The Teaching Innovations Office, in collaboration with a number of other units, will host the UNCG’s inaugural Summer Week of Teaching. This multi-day event will include workshops on intentional learning, online learning, general education, and pedagogy.  This event, sponsored by the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) in the UTLC, will take place 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the EUC Cone Ballroom, with breakout sessions throughout the EUC and the Faculty Center. Sign up information will be forthcoming.

June 6-10 – TIO Online Course Incubator – Dr. Brian Udermann, Director of Online Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, will be joining the TIO and UNCG for a weeklong course development incubator to coach faculty who bring various levels of comfort with online learning to design (or re-design) courses to be offered online.  This event, sponsored by the Teaching Innovations Office (TIO) in the UTLC, will take place 1 – 5:30 p.m.  Venue and sign-up information will be forthcoming.

National Walking Day April 6

Join HealthyUNCG’s campus-wide “Walk Out” at noon on Wednesday, April 6.

Meet HealthyUNCG Staff in the front. main entrance of the EUC at noon on April 6. They will be joining organizations all across the Triad, state and nation by hosting a 30 minute group walk through UNCG’s walking trails to celebrate National Walking Day.

The first 30 people will receive a free HealthyUNCG Water Bottle.

Can’t make the noon walk? Organize a walk with your coworkers throughout the day! Send us your photos or let us know how you plan to participate! The Triad American Heart Association will be keeping track of how many participate across the Triad. Other participating organizations include, NC A&T University, Cone Health, VF Corporation and others.

For more information, contact HealthyUNCG at healthy_uncg@uncg.edu or by calling 334-4131.

54th Student Honors Convocation April 27

The university community is invited to celebrate the outstanding academic accomplishments of our students, at the 54th annual Student Honors Convocation on Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Auditorium of Elliott University Center. Student recipients of the following will be recognized: Graduate Student Scholarly and Teaching Awards, Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research & Creativity Expo Awards, University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award, and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards. A reception will follow in the lobby adjacent to the Auditorium. Contact Lloyd International Honors College if you have any questions, at 334-5538.